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  • LONDON, Jan 26- European politicians at opposite ends of the spectrum celebrated the election victory of Greece's anti-austerity Syriza party on Monday, but Alexis Tsipras' post-communist triumph is forcing mainstream leftists to reconsider their position. "This is a slap at what I see as very right-wing economic policy in Europe," Finnish Foreign Minister...

  • PARIS— France's Parliament has started debating a bill promoted by the Socialist government aimed at freeing up the country's labor rules and regulations, in order to boost hiring. Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron told the National Assembly on Monday that the bill will inject "more vitality, more justice and more transparency" into France's economy.

  • PARIS— At Paris' high-octane couture week, what happens on the catwalk is only half the story. Academy Award winner Goldie Hawn and her daughter Kate Hudson made a surprise appearance at Atelier Versace in an atypical family night out in Paris. Her mother dressed more prudently in a black long sleeve cocktail dress with crystal zipper details from this year's...

  • *Greece must get bailout extension, discuss reforms with its lenders. BRUSSELS, Jan 26- Europe showed a willingness on Monday to give Athens more time to pay its debts, but little sign that it would yield to a new Greek government's demands for debt forgiveness. Before any talks on more time for Greece to repay its debts can start, Athens must get an extension of its...

  • OSLO, Jan 26- Last year tied with 2010 as the hottest on record, in a new sign of long-term global warming stoked by human activities, according to British data on Monday that back up U.S. findings of record-breaking heat in 2014.. The worldwide data, compiled by the Met Office and the University of East Anglia from records stretching back to 1850, showed average...

  • BERLIN/ LONDON, Jan 26- An expensive fightback by top consumer goods brands is likely to provide only temporary relief as retailers improve the quality of their own products to attract thrifty European shoppers. For household goods companies like Nestle and Unilever, the advance of private labels has eaten into market share and dented prices and margins.

  • EU open to Greek debt extension, not forgiveness Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 5:46 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, Jan 26- Europe showed a willingness on Monday to give Athens more time to pay back its debts, but little sign that it would yield to a new Greek government's demands of debt forgiveness. European Union leaders and policymakers responded to Greek anti-bailout party Syriza's election victory on Sunday with warnings that a debt restructuring for Greece...

  • PARIS, Jan 26- Greek stocks fell on Monday after anti-austerity party Syriza swept to victory in the polls, though this damage failed to halt a broader rally in European equities driven by the European Central Bank's bond-buying plan. Athens's ATG index was down 1.3 percent at 0922 GMT, led lower by banking stocks such as Piraeus Bank, down 9 percent, and Alpha Bank,...

  • France: 10 go on trial in L'Oreal heiress fraud case Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 3:36 AM ET

    PARIS— The trial of ten people accused of swindling France's richest woman of artworks and cash worth hundreds of millions of euros began Monday with the shock revelation that one of the accused had attempted suicide hours before the soap opera-like case began. The "Bettencourt Affair," as the case surrounding 92- year-old L'Oreal cosmetics heiress Liliane...

  • CIVIL NUCLEAR India and the United States struck a deal that could open the door for U.S. companies to build nuclear reactors in India by promising insurance cover to U.S. companies that had shied away from an Indian law placing liability on suppliers in case of an accident. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's assertiveness in the region has already aligned India...

  • FACTBOX-Obama and Modi aim high with India summit Saturday, 24 Jan 2015 | 2:00 PM ET

    President Barack Obama arrives in India on Sunday for the second time, to build on what he calls one of the defining relationships of the 21st Century. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's assertiveness in the region has already aligned India more with Washington, but they do not see eye-to-eye on Pakistan, and India is worried about the exit of U.S. troops from...

  • Relax—it's all under control, officials tell Davos Saturday, 24 Jan 2015 | 11:11 AM ET
    Haruhiko Kuroda

    Global policymakers and businessmen ended Davos optimistically, citing the effects of low oil prices and aggressive monetary policy in Europe.

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Feb 10 Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 7:00 PM ET

    DAVOS, Switzerland- Bank of England Governor Mark Carney to take part in panel discussion on "The Global Economic Outlook"- 1500 GMT. **DUSSELDORF, Germany- Deutsche Bundesbank board member Joachim Nagel speaks at the annual conference of the German-Chinese Economy, organized by Handelsblatt and HSBC- 1400 GMT. LUXEMBOURG- Central Bank of Luxembourg Governor and...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO/ SAO PAULO/ MILAN, Jan 23- Oi SA, Brazil's most indebted phone carrier, is open to all options in a potential process of industry consolidation as long as the transaction helps create value for shareholders, Chief Executive Officer Bayard Gontijo said on Friday. However, management at Telecom Italia SpA, TIM's controlling shareholder, plans to meet...

  • AVENTURA, Fla.— A Miami- area man is seeking to profit from the phrase " Je Suis Charlie," which became a rallying cry after a terrorist attack in Paris that killed 12 people at the Charlie Hebdo newspaper. Patent and Trademark Office, the Latin American Trading Group Inc. applied for a trademark on the words, which translate to "I Am Charlie." Coral Gables trademark...

  • LONDON, Jan 23- European stock markets rose on Friday after the European Central Bank's decision to buy government bonds, with Greek shares leading the gains before the country's election on Sunday. The bond-buying plan helped Greece's ATG share index rise 6.1 percent. Attica Bank, National Bank of Greece and Piraeus Bank gained 14 to 8 percent.

  • *Wall St stung by soft corporate earnings. NEW YORK, Jan 23- The European Central Bank's plan to pump out about 1 trillion euros to revive the euro zone economy kept stocks in the region on track for their best week since 2011 but knocked the shared currency to fresh 11- year lows. Oil prices rose on hopes for a boost to global growth from the ECB's move, while the death of...

  • *70 pct of cars bought on credit- Citi. LONDON, Jan 23- Shares in European carmakers powered to record highs on Friday as investors bet the European Central Bank's trillion-euro bond-buying plan would drive down the cost of car financing as well as boost eurozone companies' exports. Some 70 percent of cars in developed markets are bought on credit, according to...

  • Hollande to CEOs: Fight terror, climate change Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 10:18 AM ET
    French President Francois Hollande looks on during a conference in Milan, Oct. 8, 2014.

    French President François Hollande called on the business community to fight terrorism and climate change at Davos.

  • DAVOS, Switzerland— Climate change and poverty took center stage Friday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where leaders began campaigning in earnest for twin global accords aimed at cooling the planet and easing the suffering of multitudes. French President Francois Hollande, Rwandan President Paul Kagame and U.N. The United Nations' first round of...