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  • OSLO, Oct 1- A temperature goal set by almost 200 governments as the limit for global warming is a poor guide to the planet's health and should be ditched, a study published in the journal Nature said on Wednesday.

  • At celeb-filled Louis Vuitton, venue is real star Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 12:02 PM ET

    PARIS— Louis Vuitton's show caused traffic chaos early Wednesday with a sea of photographers clambering to get the must-have shot of attendees Jennifer Connelly, Selena Gomez, Sofia Coppola and Michelle Williams.

  • Wireless auction gives glimpse of shrinking Brazil market Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 11:52 AM ET

    SAO PAULO, Oct 1- Brazil's auction of next-generation wireless spectrum was most notable for what was missing: one of the country's four big carriers and, with it, the heated competition that officials hoped for.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 1- Britain's choice for the European Commission disarmed EU lawmakers with a combination of charm, grasp of financial regulation and a stated commitment to European integration at a hearing in the European Parliament on Wednesday.

  • The left-leaning Guardian bemoaned: "No one can conceive of Renault, Fiat or indeed BMW fattening themselves up after years of emaciation, ready for sell-off to a foreign rival." The blow to British pride was made all the more acute by the success of France, where Peugeot and Renault were speeding ahead.

  • At Paris show, carmakers look to better times Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 7:06 AM ET

    While it's too soon to raise celebratory coupes of champagne, the heads of Volkswagen, Mercedes, Fiat and their French hosts from PSA Peugeot-Citroen and Renault may at least take some relief that the worst seems over, six years after the bottom dropped out of Europe's car market.

  • *Hong Kong unrest saps risk appetite. LONDON, Oct 1- Stocks worldwide began the fourth quarter on a negative note on Wednesday, as lacklustre economic data and civil unrest in Hong Kong kept investors cautious before a European Central Bank meeting later this week. Federal Reserve on the one hand and the European Central Bank and Bank of Japan on the other.

  • Louis Vuitton $100M venue outshines show, celebs Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 6:57 AM ET

    PARIS— They were styles literally made to be worn on the street. Karl Lagerfeld did it again Tuesday— producing the most outlandish ready-to-wear show of the season by reconstructing an entire Parisian neighborhood inside the Grand Palais, attended by stars including Baz Luhrmann.

  • *France postpones deficit reduction by a further two years. PARIS, Oct 1- France laid down the gauntlet to EU partners on Wednesday with a 2015 budget setting out how it would bring its borrowing back to within EU limits two years later than promised, a retreat it blamed on a fragile economy.

  • *Hong Kong unrest saps risk appetite. LONDON, Oct 1- Stocks worldwide began the fourth quarter on a negative note on Wednesday, as lacklustre economic data and civil unrest in Hong Kong kept investors cautious before a European Central Bank meeting later this week. Federal Reserve on the one hand and the European Central Bank and Bank of Japan on the other.

  • *Region supplied 5 percent of French oil needs in 1920 s. Merkwiller-Pechelbronn, France, Oct 1- S ustainably high oil prices have lured small oil explorers back to Alsace, the cradle of the French oil exploration industry that gave birth to corporate giants such as Schlumberger.

  • Europe shares dip after mixed manufacturing data Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 4:35 AM ET

    *Nexans, Sainsbury drop after warning on sales outlook. PARIS, Oct 1- European shares dipped on Wednesday following mixed manufacturing data and as sales warnings from J Sainsbury and Nexans fueled worries over the outlook for European corporate results.

  • France's Socialists detail hefty spending cuts Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 4:17 AM ET

    PARIS— France's Socialist government has detailed a 21 billion-euro cost-cutting plan, the biggest in the country's modern history, saying it will focus on trimming welfare benefits.

  • *Hong Kong unrest saps risk appetite. LONDON, Oct 1- Stocks worldwide began the fourth quarter on a negative note on Wednesday, with investors wary of lacklustre economic data and keeping a cautious eye on civil unrest in Hong Kong. Sales warnings from British retailer J Sainsbury and French cable maker Nexans added to the gloom.

  • Peugeot chief keeps door open to partnerships Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 3:41 AM ET

    PARIS, Oct 1- French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen, placed ninth in the world by vehicle sales, is open to potential partnerships but must complete its restructuring first, its chief executive said on Wednesday.

  • Algeria's ailing president absent amid crises Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 2:21 AM ET

    ALGIERS, Algeria— The silence of Algeria's ailing president since the kidnapping and beheading of a French hiker by Islamic State-inspired militants has ignited new concerns over his health and whether he's fit to rule the oil-rich North African nation— or indeed whether he's still doing so.

  • Strike-scarred Air France-KLM may need strategy rethink Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 11:59 AM ET

    PARIS, Sept 30- With no deal in sight over pilot pay and up to 300 million euros of strike costs to absorb, Air France-KLM may need to rethink its route to viability.

  • *Mood swing from austerity seen helping France's case. PARIS, Sept 30- From Athens to Madrid and Dublin to Rome, France can count on a sympathetic hearing in several European capitals in its campaign for leniency over the latest broken promise to bring its public finances into shape.

  • PARIS, Sept 30- Lingerie provider Agent Provocateur is seeing brisk business in Russia, Hong Kong and China, contrary to many other luxury brands, and is rolling out a second line co-designed by actress Penelope Cruz and her sister Monica, its head said.

  • *Euro STOXX 50 index rises 0.5 pct. LONDON, Sept 30- Euro zone shares rose on Tuesday as a batch of weak inflation data increased the chances the European Central Bank will introduce new stimulus measures to boost the region's flagging economy.