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  • NEW YORK— John B. Fairchild, who took Women's Wear Daily from dry fashion trade publication to an international industry force, died Friday at his Manhattan home after a long illness, the magazine confirmed. Fairchild headed his family's publishing business, Fairchild Publications Inc., for more than 30 years, including a long stint as the tyrannical editor in...

  • Meet the man who beats the market without fail Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 12:43 PM ET
    Aviva France's head office in Paris.

    In one of the most astounding situations in the financial world, Max-Herve George has a way to invest with 20-20 hindsight, the FT reports.

  • STOCKHOLM— Switzerland has become the first country to submit a pledge to the United Nations for a new global climate deal, vowing to cut its greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. The European Union, United States, China and Norway have also announced their intended targets but haven't formally submitted them to the U.N.

  • LOS ANGELES— In 1975, Leonard Nimoy published an autobiography with the defiant title, "I Am Not Spock." Two decades later, he bowed to fate with "I Am Spock," a revisionist sequel. Nimoy died Friday of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at his Los Angeles home, with family at his side, said his son, Adam Nimoy.

  • *Vodafone, alternative ops warn on "re-monopolisation". Germany's Deutsche Telekom and Spain's Telefonica have predicted that revenues will grow this year, while France's Orange and Norway's Telenor have promised higher future dividends, a major motivation for investors in the sector. Deutsche Telekom Chief Executive Tim Hoettges attributed the rebirth...

  • LONDON, Feb 27- European shares held steady at seven-year highs on Friday as investor confidence stayed buoyant ahead of the European Central Bank's monthly 60- billion-euro money-printing programme set to start in March. "The market's had a good run and it's the end of the month so we're going to see it drift lower today as people book some profit," ETX Capital's...

  • Egypt's Sawiris readies digital revamp for Euronews Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 7:08 AM ET

    PARIS, Feb 27- Egyptian tycoon Naguib Sawiris, unveiling plans for his majority stake in European broadcaster Euronews, said on Friday a cash injection would be used to expand onto digital platforms and better promote the brand. Part of the family that founded Egypt's giant Orascom group, Sawiris said he planned to retain Lyon, France- based Euronews's...

  • LONDON, Feb 27- European shares rose to fresh seven-year highs on Friday, extending a two-month rally fuelled by the European Central Bank's money printing programme which starts in the coming weeks. About two-thirds of the way into Europe's earnings season, 55 percent of companies have met or beaten profit forecasts. Overall, fourth-quarter earnings are...

  • Airbus says net profit soared in 2014 Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 3:29 AM ET

    PARIS— Airbus says its net profit soared 59 percent last year as a record-high number of jet deliveries helped offset a 551 million euros end-of-year charge against its delayed A400M military transporter program. At the same time Airbus will cut production of its wide-body A330 series to six a month from early next year, from the current rate of 10 a month.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 27- A significant majority of Americans say combating climate change is a moral issue that obligates them- and world leaders- to reduce carbon emissions, a Reuters/ IPSOS poll has found. The result of the poll suggests that appeals based on ethics could be key to shifting the debate over climate change in the United States, where those demanding...

  • OSLO, Feb 26- A natural cooling of the Pacific Ocean has contributed to slow global warming in the past decade but the pause is unlikely to last much longer, U.S. scientists said on Thursday. Examining temperatures of the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans back to 1850, which have natural swings in winds and currents that can last decades, the scientists said a cooler...

  • *Germany's DAX share index sets new record high. *Royal Bank of Scotland falls after reporting losses. Germany's DAX set a new life-time high, the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 and the broader STOXX 600 share indexes climbed to their highest level in more than seven years, and France's CAC touched its highest level since mid-2008.

  • European stocks set new multi-year highs, InBev helps Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 10:26 AM ET

    *Royal Bank of Scotland fall after reporting losses. LONDON, Feb 26- Major European share indexes climbed to new multi-year highs on Thursday, with the world's largest brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev leading the food and beverages sector higher after announcing a sharply higher dividend and a share buyback plan. Belgium- based InBev rose 3.2 percent after...

  • Journalist to face court after Paris drone incident Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 10:21 AM ET

    PARIS— An Al-Jazeera journalist will face court for illegally flying a drone in Paris, amid a spate of drone flyovers that have confounded French authorities amid heightened security concerns. The Paris prosecutor's office says three journalists for Qatar- based broadcaster Al-Jazeera were released Thursday, a day after they were detained.

  • *Allianz drops as dividend hike disappoints. LONDON, Feb 26- European shares rose on Thursday as a rally in metals prices pushed basic resources stocks higher, sending the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 to a new multi-year high and Germany's DAX to a record peak. The STOXX Europe 600 Basic Resources index rose 1.6 percent, to be the top sectoral gainer, after copper...

  • Feb 26- Google Inc has combined its two European regional divisions as it seeks to meet the challenges of tougher regulation across the continent, a source close to the company said on Thursday. In response, Google has argued that for Europe to remain competitive in global markets, it needs to form a single digital market instead of relying on national...

  • Feb 26- Sanofi's new Toujeo diabetes drug has won U.S. regulatory approval but with wording on its label that analysts say could make marketing difficult. Sanofi shares were 1 percent lower at 88.20 euros by 1029 GMT. Sanofi bought some time with a patent infringement lawsuit filed last year against Eli Lilly and Co to keep a cheaper Lantus generic off the market...

  • VIENNA, Feb 26- France sees itself as a link between Greece and its euro zone peers, Finance Minister Michel Sapin told an Austrian paper, reiterating his call for economic policies that can foster growth and boost ultra-low inflation in Europe. We cannot act as if nothing changed in Greece with the last elections, "he was quoted as saying by Der Standard in an...

  • VIENNA, Feb 26- The euro zone must follow less restrictive economic policies if it wants desired levels of growth and inflation, French Finance Minister Michel Sapin told an Austrian paper, adding talks with the EU on cutting France's budget deficit were "optimal". Asked about the EU giving France more time to meet its deficit target, he said: "I for my part had...

  • ECB could change Greek debt waiver if reforms hold Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 1:36 AM ET
    European Central Bank President Mario Draghi talks in Naples, October 2, 2014.

    The ECB is willing to again accept Greek bonds for funding if Athens keeps to reform pledges, its president said.