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  • PARIS, Sept 15- Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn is preparing to cut battery manufacturing, people familiar with the matter said, in a new reversal on electric cars that has reopened deep divisions with alliance partner Renault.

  • US says Middle East to help fight IS, UK cautious Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 1:35 AM ET
    Secretary of State John Kerry.

    Washington said countries in the Middle East have offered to join airstrikes against IS militants, but Britain held back.

  • WASHINGTON/ LONDON, Sept 14- Washington said countries in the Middle East had offered to join air strikes against Islamic State militants and Australia said it would send troops, but Britain held back even after the group beheaded a British hostage and threatened to kill another.

  • PREVIEW-Hardest yet to come for France's Hollande Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 | 7:05 AM ET

    PARIS, Sept 14- A bitter public attack by a jilted ex-partner, a cabinet melt-down and the admission of broken economic promises have meant an uncomfortable three weeks for Francois Hollande.

  • France bristles as Netflix advances in Europe Saturday, 13 Sep 2014 | 2:24 AM ET

    PARIS— Netflix is tapping into six new markets Monday hoping to gain a big subscriber base around Europe, but is facing a frosty welcome in France. Well-established French competitors are trying to head off a Netflix wave, the government wants oversight and the cinema industry wants Netflix to invest heavily in French productions.

  • DIARY -Top Economic Events to Sept 25 Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    MILAN- EU finance ministers and central bankers meet in Milan. ECB President Mario Draghi, Vice President Vitor Constancio and ECB Supervisory Board Chair Daniele Nouy to attend. PARIS- Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai to chair the second China-France High-Level Economic and Financial dialogue in France with French Finance Minister Michel Sapin.

  • *France had pledged to meet EU goals by 2015, set example. MILAN, Sept 12- France faced harsh criticism on Friday for failing to meet a deadline to put its finances in order, as frustrated euro zone ministers struggled to keep alive their post-crisis strategy for the bloc's stagnating economy.

  • Germany's DAX, down 0.4 percent, underperformed the market after the United States and the European Union tightened sanctions on Russia over its intervention in Ukraine. Germany imports a significant amount of gas from Russia and sold it about 36 billion euros of goods last year, almost a third of the EU's total.

  • LONDON, Sept 12- Britain will become first Western government to issue an offshore bond in China's renminbi currency, finance minister George Osborne said on Friday, deepening efforts to build financial links with the world's No.2 economy.

  • *Aveva tumbles after warning about currency impact. LONDON, Sept 12- European equities edged lower in late trading on Friday, with investors refraining from making strong bets on stocks ahead of Scotland's referendum and the U.S. At 1416 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was down 0.1 percent at 1,382.66 points.

  • *France had pledged to meet EU goals by 2015, set example. MILAN, Sept 12- France faced harsh criticism on Friday for failing to meet a deadline to put its finances in order, as frustrated euro zone ministers struggled to keep alive their post-crisis strategy for the bloc's stagnating economy.

  • *22 euro- a-share Fosun bid 1 euro higher than Bonomi's. PARIS, Sept 12- Chinese conglomerate Fosun launched a last-minute counter offer for holiday group Club Mediterranee on Friday, outbidding Italian tycoon Andrea Bonomi hours before the deadline on a takeover saga that dates back to May last year.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 12- Would you give up alcohol to help balance the family budget? I posed that very question on social media recently. These were some of the answers I got:.

  • ArtRio international art fair opens in Brazil Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 7:07 AM ET

    RIO DE JANEIRO— ArtRio, the fair that has put Rio de Janeiro on the art world's map, has opened its latest show with exhibits from 99 top galleries from Brazil and beyond.

  • SEOUL, Sept 12- With big businesses like LVMH and Samsung for back-up, the South Korean music impresario who unleashed rapper Psy on the world in 2012 is laying plans to crack China's fashion and entertainment market- K-Pop style.

  • DIARY -Top Economic Events to Sept 24 Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    Treasury Deputy Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin attends the Making Home Affordable Help for Homeowners event in Baltimore- 1700 GMT. Speakers:- Latvia Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria, Norway Defense Minister Eriksen Soreide, Georgia Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze and Poland Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak.

  • UK says to sign nearly $4 bln in trade deals with China Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 7:01 PM ET

    LONDON, Sept 12- Britain said on Friday that it was about to sign commercial deals with China worth more than 2.4 billion pounds, as finance minister George Osborne prepared to meet China's Vice Premier Ma Kai in London.

  • PARIS, Sept 11- Britain's international partners are aghast, mostly in silence, at the possibility that one of the leading Western powers could break up and turn in on itself if Scotland votes next week for independence from London.

  • PARIS, Sept 11- Airbus and Qatar Airways have resolved a three-month old dispute that had been blocking the delivery of the first of ten A380s ordered by the Gulf airline, industry sources said.

  • European shares end near one-week low, mining stocks slip Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 12:37 PM ET

    *Standard Life, RBS rally after latest opinion poll. LONDON, Sept 11- European shares closed near a one-week low on Thursday after a report showed U.S. jobless claims rose last week, with mining stocks slipping amid concern about China's economic growth.