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  • *Chinese companies snap up $391 bln of foreign assets in decade. HONG KONG, March 27- ChemChina, which could soon face the task of integrating Italian tyre-maker Pirelli after its $7.7 billion bid, can take heart in the knowledge that Chinese buyers have made a decent fist of growing global brands in recent years. Success stories include the landmark 2004 purchase...

  • BERLIN/ LE VERNET, France, April 1- A video of the final seconds aboard the Germanwings plane that crashed in France last week has been discovered, reports said on Wednesday, just hours before executives visiting the crash site dodged questions about the mental health of the pilot. The video was found on a mobile phone belonging to one of the passengers killed on the...

  • SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France— Just over a week after a Germanwings plane crashed into the French Alps, investigators have finished retrieving human remains from the crash site and are now trying to match them with DNA profiles from the 150 people killed— an arduous task that could leave families waiting for months. Francois Daoust, head of the France's IRCGN...

  • BERLIN, April 1- A video showing the chaotic final seconds on board the Germanwings flight that crashed in the French Alps last week has been discovered near the site, Germany's Bild daily reported on Wednesday, saying it had seen the footage. The video was found on a mobile phone belonging to one of the passengers killed on the flight when German pilot Andreas...

  • It takes something more audacious to sell beachfront property these days to the global ultra-wealthy who arrive in Miami with millions to spend on second or third homes. With a slew of residential and hotel developments, Miami is embracing the notion that homes, like cars, handbags and jewelry, should carry luxe designer labels. Miami is luring Argentinians,...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to April 15 Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    STONE MOUNTAIN, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco President John Williams moderates "Policy Session 3: Financial Stability: How Essential Should Financial Stability Be to Central Banks?" before the 2015 Financial Markets Conference hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta- 1230 GMT. STONE MOUNTAIN, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of...

  • WASHINGTON, March 31- The Obama administration's plan for U.N. climate change talks encountered swift opposition after its release Tuesday, with Republican leaders warning other countries to "proceed with caution" in negotiations with Washington because any deal could be later undone. The White House is seeking to enshrine its pledge in a global climate...

  • *Corn stocks as of March 1 reached 7.7 billion bushels- USDA. The "double-barrel bearish corn updates" from the U.S. Department of Agriculture suggest corn prices will drop below the 2015 low of about $3.66 a bushel, said Rich Feltes, vice president of research for brokerage RJ O'Brien. The USDA, in a quarterly report, said farmers and grain elevators had 7.7 billion...

  • WASHINGTON, March 31- The Obama administration on Tuesday published plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions up to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, part of a strategy to generate momentum for a global agreement later this year on combating climate change. The formal submission to the United Nations fleshes out domestic measures to be taken and the White...

  • Merkel and Hollande edge closer after tragedies Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 1:13 PM ET

    *Berlin and Paris to step up cooperation on energy, drones. BERLIN, March 31- The leaders of Germany and France announced plans on Tuesday to work more closely on economic and security issues after years of strain, saying the tragedies of the Charlie Hebdo killings and air crash in the French Alps had brought them closer. Chancellor Angela Merkel and President...

  • *Corn stocks as of March 1 reached 7.7 billion bushels- USDA. The USDA estimated farmers will plant 89.2 million acres of corn this spring, above analysts' expectations for 88.7 million, and 84.6 million acres of soybeans, below expectations for 85.9 million. Corn stocks as of March 1 were 7.7 billion bushels, above estimates for 7.6 billion.

  • *Blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 set to rise 5 pct by end-2015. The euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index, home of bellwethers such as Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest brewer, and LVMH, the world's No.1 luxury goods maker, is expected to rise nearly 5 percent by the end of 2015, reaching 3,900 points. "For the euro zone, which is the biggest exporting region in the...

  • PARIS, March 31- The Paris appeals court has delayed a decision on whether to ban Uber's unlicensed UberPOP service while it awaits the result of the U.S. company's constitutional challenge of a new French law on taxis and chauffeured cars. A loss in France would add to a recent court decisions against UberPOP in Germany and the Netherlands, as well as an outright...

  • PARIS, March 31- The Paris appeals court has delayed until the end of September a decision on whether to ban Uber's unlicensed taxi service, known as UberPOP, said a source familiar with the matter. The U.S. start-up raised constitutional issues that the court decided merited review by France's Constitutional Council, which has roughly three months to lay out its...

  • LOS ANGELES— You can bring your beach towels and floral headbands, but forget that selfie stick if you're planning to go to the Coachella or Lollapalooza music festivals. Coachella dismissed them as "narsisstics" on a list of prohibited items. In Europe, the Palace of Versailles outside Paris, Britain's National Gallery in London and the Colosseum in Rome have all...

  • BRUSSELS, March 29- After decades of punching above its weight in Europe, Britain's influence in the European Union is waning, even before we know whether a promised referendum on "Brexit" will go ahead. But there is growing frustration in Brussels, Berlin and Paris at the lack of clarity over Prime Minister David Cameron's goals if he is re-elected on May 7 and seeks...

  • DUESSELDORF, Germany, March 30- The German pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a plane in the French Alps last week was treated for suicidal tendencies years ago before he received his pilot's license, German prosecutors said on Monday. Investigators believe Lubitz, serving as co-pilot on a Germanwings flight from Barcelona to Duesseldorf on March 24th,...

  • PARIS— A French bill which aims to make it illegal to buy sex is being turned upside down by the Senate, led by the conservative opposition. The bill was approved by France's Socialist-dominated lower house of Parliament in 2013 amid heated debate. The Senate is taking up the debate Monday and votes on the bill Tuesday.

  • *Shanghai, Hong Kong stocks lead on stimulus hopes. LONDON, March 30- Shares rose on Monday with Asian stocks buoyed by hopes for stimulus to boost China's economy, but the euro slipped on renewed concern about Greece's finances. Earlier, Chinese stocks surged to seven-year highs, helped by Beijing's unveiling of an ambitious plan to build a modern Silk Road to...

  • PARIS, March 30- French investigators hope to speed up identification of the 150 people killed in last week's Germanwings plane crash by digging a roadtrack that will allow direct access to the disaster zone high on a remote Alpine mountainside. They hope that will build on the information from a first flight recorder that has led judicial investigators to...