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  • LONDON, Oct 19- Evaporating inflation and slowing growth have put financial markets into such a spin that they could inflict further damage on the world economy. With the Fed set to turn off its money taps at the end of this month, investors appear to have woken up to poor growth prospects in much of the world, something International Monetary Fund chief Christine...

  • DAKAR/ NEW YORK, Oct 17- The first casualty of a possible U.S. ban on travel to and from Ebola-stricken West African nations could be Washington's ties with the region and, to a lesser degree, travel and resources businesses exposed to it. Such a move would make things worse for the nations of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea battling the outbreak, Liberia's...

  • Rules vary about travel to countries hit by Ebola Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 4:32 PM ET

    Demands are rising in Washington for the U.S. to ban travelers from countries in West Africa, but the Obama administration is resisting and says the screening measures already in place for travelers are more effective. There are no direct flights from Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone to the U.S. No direct flights from the three affected countries to London's...

  • *Italy's Monte Paschi seen at risk. LONDON, Oct 17- Violent swings on financial markets in the past week have deepened investors' anxiety about what Europe's review of the health of its banks will reveal later this month. Concerns range from losses on bond portfolios held by banks in peripheral euro zone economies such as Italy or Greece to the greater difficulty...

  • IMF: Market sell-off may have been 'over-reaction' Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 10:04 AM ET

    PARIS— The head of the International Monetary Fund says market turmoil this week may have been an "over-reaction," as leading economic figures met to discuss Friday the global economy and worries about another recession in Europe. Reforms in France are also on the agenda at Friday's meeting in Paris, in a country crippled by flat growth and high unemployment.

  • *FTSEurofirst 300 up 1.4 pct, Euro STOXX 50 up 1.5 pct. Among the top gainers were Renault, up 2.8 percent and PSA Peugeot Citroen up 5.2 percent, boosted by data showing car sales in Europe rose 6.1 percent in September, the 13th straight month of growth in sales. The euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index was up 1.5 percent, at 2,917.69 points.

  • LONDON, Oct 17- World stocks hit a nine-month low on Friday but oil and southern European bonds were off their week's worst levels, as investors began to dust themselves off after one of the most volatile spells in world markets in years. Bourses in London, Frankfurt and Paris started the day up 1 to 1.5 percent and Athens rose 4.5 percent as Greek governments bonds...

  • Oct 16- Chicago grain and soybean futures rose on Thursday on technical buying, rebounding from losses in the previous session that were due to forecasts for favorable harvest weather in the week ahead. The CBOE volatility index, the fear gauge of financial markets, hit its highest level since November 2011 and the S&P 500 and Nasdaq briefly fell into negative...

  • *Concern that Germany and ECB will do too little too late. PARIS, Oct 16- After a two-year siesta, the euro zone is back in the financial markets' firing line due to stagnating growth, low inflation, budget problems in France and Italy and rising political risk in Greece, where the bloc's debt crisis began in 2009.. But four overlapping factors have rekindled anxiety...

  • *Faltering euro zone economy, slower growth in China pose biggest risks. Indeed, the biggest danger for the world economy in the coming year is deflation or another recession in the euro zone, followed closely by the risk of slower growth in China, according to polls conducted globally over the past week. "Especially, the recent weakening of growth in emerging...

  • *Areva says jumbo reactor still best product offer. *Areva hopes for new contracts in India, China. PARIS, Oct 16- Areva chief executive Luc Oursel, his job at risk from an imminent government overhaul, still believes the French nuclear group can win new contracts with its out-of-favor mega-reactor model in India and China.

  • LONDON, Oct 16- World markets tumbled for a second day on Thursday, hurt by concerns about the health of world economy and fears that Europe's debt crisis was waking up from a two-year siesta. European stock markets slumped, with London, Frankfurt and Paris down 1.8, 1.7 and 2.4 percent by midday and Greek shares down 3 percent for a loss of 17 percent in a week.

  • *Exxon Mobil says refinery strategic regardless of EU policy. ANTWERP, Belgium, Oct 16- Exxon Mobil is pouring $1 billion into a refinery in the European Union, setting aside concerns ranging from poor margins to EU green energy rules due to be agreed next week that will cut demand for oil. Heavy industry and some nations, such as coal-dependent Poland, have argued...

  • *Exxon Mobil says refinery strategic regardless of EU policy. ANTWERP, Belgium, Oct 16- Exxon Mobil is pouring $1 billion into a refinery in the European Union, setting aside concerns ranging from poor margins to EU green energy rules due to be agreed next week that will cut demand for oil. Heavy industry and some nations, such as coal-dependent Poland, have argued...

  • Russia's Kasparov backs case of dissident banker Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 7:17 AM ET

    PARIS— Russian chess master and political activist Garry Kasparov said a Kazakh dissident banker is in danger if a court rules he should be extradited from France. The case of Mukhtar Ablyazov has been tangled up in courts in at least five countries since he fled Kazakhstan amid the nationalization of BTA Bank, which he had led as chairman. Ablyazov was arrested...

  • African leaders: Ebola could lead to food crisis Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 7:05 AM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa— Financial aid and global coordination are needed to prevent the Ebola health care crisis from becoming a food emergency, agriculture ministers from West African nations at the center of the Ebola outbreak said Wednesday. In Sierra Leone, where thousands are infected and more than 900 have died, 40 percent of the farmers have abandoned their...

  • *Concern that Germany and ECB will do too little too late. PARIS, Oct 16- After a two-year siesta, the euro zone is back in the financial markets' firing line due to stagnating growth, low inflation, budget problems in France and Italy and rising political risk in Greece, where the bloc's debt crisis began in 2009.. But four overlapping factors have rekindled anxiety...

  • Bureau Veritas CEO: Why France needs a reform     Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 12:34 AM ET

    Didier Michaud-Daniel, CEO at Bureau Veritas, outlines the firm's expectations for the French government. He also discusses the current business environment in Europe.

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to Oct 29 Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    CHELSEA, United States- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen tours the CONNECT facility and meets consortium leaders and local residents to hear about conditions in the local economy and the impact of CONNECT for residents entering or re-entering the workforce- 1645 GMT. LONDON- Bank of England Deputy Governor Jon Cunliffe takes part in a panel discussion at...

  • Gov. to French, Irish: Don't mess with our tobacco Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 2:12 PM ET

    RALEIGH, N.C.— In a trans-Atlantic debate over cigarette packaging, North Carolina's governor poses a rhetorical question to the Irish and French governments: Would Guinness be recognizable labeled simply as "beer?" "Plain packaging laws are a direct assault on intellectual property and trademarks," he says in the Oct. 6 letter to Gerard Araud, France's ambassador...