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  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to March 20 Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland President Loretta Mester speaks before the National Association for Business Economics annual Economic Policy Conference- 1825 GMT. TEXAS- Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Richard Fisher speaks on "Reflections on 10 Years at the Fed" before the Founding Director's Lecture Series at Rice University's...

  • BRUSSELS, March 6- The European Union on Friday submitted its formal promise on how much it will cut greenhouse gas emissions to the United Nations ahead of climate change talks starting in November and called on the United States and China to follow its lead. The European Union is the first major economy to agree its position before the talks in Paris aimed at...

  • *Paris to host U.N. climate talks starting in November. BRUSSELS, March 6- EU ministers agreed on Friday to send their formal promise on how much they will cut greenhouse gas emissions to the United Nations ahead of climate change talks starting in November. The European Union is the first bloc to agree its position before the talks in Paris aimed at seeking a new...

  • Euro drops toward parity with dollar Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 7:34 AM ET

    For U.S. visitors, Europe is getting cheaper. Tour companies in Greece are already reporting stronger interest from U.S. holiday seekers. Greece earns around a fifth of its money from tourists.

  • *Bundesbank chief: failure to fine Paris a "political bazaar". *Berlin, Brussels fear bolstering Hollande's anti-EU rivals. BRUSSELS, March 6- France, Germany and the European Commission believe leaving Paris unpunished for persistently failing to curb its budget deficit was a wise compromise that bolsters the euro.

  • UNITED NATIONS, March 5- Iran's foreign minister on Thursday suggested that a 10- year moratorium on some aspects of the country's nuclear program might be acceptable to Tehran, though he declined to discuss the issue in detail. President Barack Obama told Reuters on Monday that Iran must commit to a verifiable freeze of at least 10 years on sensitive nuclear...

  • French court rules UBS bullied ex-employee Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 12:09 PM ET

    PARIS, March 5- UBS France bullied a former worker who said she had refused to destroy documents that might have been of interest to tax evasion investigators, a Paris labour tribunal ruled on Thursday. The Swiss bank denied any bullying of the ex-employee, Stephanie Gibaud, and said the dispute between Gibaud and her boss was a simple misunderstanding.

  • Europe firms may draw fire by joining buyback boom Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 11:56 AM ET

    *Europe unlikely to match huge U.S. buyback levels. In the United States, years of Federal Reserve stimulus aimed at reviving the real economy led to the wave of share buybacks while firms neglected capital expenditure. Few people expect European firms to match the staggering sums in the United States, where over $2 trillion of stock was bought back between 2009...

  • *Global stock gains capped by U.S. data, China outlook. *Lack of Iran nuclear deal keeps Brent oil near $61 a bbl. NEW YORK, March 5- The euro fell to an 11 1/ 2- year low against the dollar as U.S. and euro zone bond prices rose on Thursday, after the European Central Bank spelled out its 1 trillion-euro stimulus plan that begins next Monday.

  • LONDON/ PARIS, March 5- European shares touched a fresh 7-1/ 2 year high on Thursday, boosted by encouraging comments from the European Central Bank and by strong results from supermarket Carrefour and fund manager Schroders. ECB President Mario Draghi said the bank's bond-buying program, due to start on Monday, could last beyond September 2016 if needed and...

  • March 5- Shares in SIM card maker Gemalto NV, hit last month by a report that U.S. and British spy services had stolen its SIM card encryption keys, fell again on Thursday following disappointing 2014 revenue growth figures. "Gemalto won't be able to put more pressure on operating spending so topline growth needs to be there in the months/years to come for the...

  • NEW YORK— Upscale hotel chain Mandarin Oriental says it is investigating a potential credit card breach at its hotels. Mandarin Oriental said it is coordinating with credit card agencies and forensic specialists. Mandarin Oriental operates hotels across the world including Paris, Shanghai, Hong Kong, London, New York, Miami, San Francisco, Prague, Boston, Las...

  • Top French court approves extradition of Kazakh banker Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 9:04 AM ET

    PARIS— France's top appeals court on Wednesday approved the extradition of a Kazakh oligarch-turned-dissident to Russia or Ukraine— but his lawyers urged the French government to reconsider, arguing that the case is politically motivated. Ablyazov's lawyers say he is being pursued because of his activities as an opposition leader in autocratic...

  • LONDON— The British government has agreed to sell its stake in Eurostar, the high-speed rail service that connects London with Paris and Brussels through a tunnel under the English Channel, for 757 million pounds, a move that's prompted accusations that it is selling the family silver. The Treasury said Wednesday that a group of international investors,...

  • PARIS— France's nuclear industry is in turmoil after the country's main reactor manufacturer, Areva, reported a loss for 2014 of 4.8 billion euros— more than its entire market value. The government of France, the world's most nuclear dependent country, has a 29 percent stake in Areva, which is among the biggest global nuclear technology companies.

  • PARIS— A British investor who made millions in Russia before his lawyer was imprisoned and died is calling for an international investigation into the killing of Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov. U.S.-born William Browder is suggesting a probe led by the United Nations, the Council of Europe or the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

  • PARIS— A Paris court has fined a journalist for broadcaster Al-Jazeera 1,000 euros for flying a drone without authorization over the French capital while the city was under a high security alert. The court ordered the drone confiscated but handed down no prison term to Tristan Redman, who had faced a maximum one-year prison sentence and a 75,000- euro fine.

  • SINGAPORE/ PARIS, March 3- Chicago wheat traded little changed on Tuesday after posting its biggest daily loss in more than two months in the last session, pressured by a lack of demand for U.S. supplies as the dollar strengthens. "The concerns about frost damage in the U.S., which had driven up the price at the end of last week, appear to be dissipating again," Commerzbank...

  • LONDON, March 1- The latest episode of Greece's debt crisis has revived doubts about the long-term survival of the euro, nowhere more so than in London, Europe's main financial centre and a hotbed of Euroscepticism. To sceptics, the election of a radical leftist-led government in Athens committed to tearing up Greece's bailout looks like the start of an...

  • BOSTON— The company that operates the state's commuter rail system has been fined more than $434,000 after nearly two-thirds of the trains were late or canceled during the heavy snowfalls that pounded the region last month, transit officials said Monday. Keolis Commuter Services had an on-time performance rate of roughly 35 percent, the Massachusetts Bay...