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  • *Eyes on Greece as talk of' plan B' swirls. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.6 percent, led by solid gains in Greater China, with Hong Kong shares hitting a seven-year high and Taiwanese shares a 15- year high. European shares are seen mixed, with spreadbetters expecting 0.2 percent gains in Germany's DAX and largely flat openings...

  • TOKYO, April 27- Asian shares scaled seven-year highs following stellar earnings from a few U.S. hi-tech giants, but investors were cautious ahead of central bank meetings this week in the U.S. and Japan and on apparent deadlock in Greece's talks with creditors. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was rose 0.3 percent in early trade...

  • BERLIN/ FRANKFURT, April 27- Ferdinand Piech, who resigned as chairman of Volkswagen over the weekend, sowed the seeds of his own demise by reneging on a deal to support CEO Martin Winterkorn and secretly plotting to oust him instead, according to sources close to the VW board. When news leaked out last week that Piech had been lobbying family members behind the...

  • LONDON— There is still time to save lives— that's why governments and aid agencies Sunday rushed doctors, volunteers and equipment to Nepal without waiting for the dust to settle. U.N. spokeswoman Orla Fagan, who is heading to Nepal, said preventing the spread of disease is one of the most important tasks facing aid workers who are arriving. They will use military...

  • *Legal reserves at 4.8 bln euros, contingent liabilities up. FRANKFURT, April 26- Deutsche Bank's earnings fell by half in the first quarter, a greater-than-expected drop as hefty legal charges eroded gains in investment banking revenue, while it prepares to unveil details of a strategic overhaul. Deutsche has so far positioned itself as Europe's "last man...

  • FRANKFURT, Germany— Deutsche Bank says net profit fell to 559 million euros in the first quarter as legal penalties ate into stronger revenues from trading stocks and bonds. Last week the bank said that it had agreed to pay penalties of $2.175 billion to the U.S. Justice Department, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the New York Department of...

  • Like shale oil, solar power is shaking up global energy Saturday, 25 Apr 2015 | 9:00 PM ET

    SINGAPORE/ TOKYO, April 26- One by one, Japan is turning off the lights at the giant oil-fired power plants that propelled it to the ranks of the world's top industrialised nations. Solar power is set to become profitable in Japan as early as this quarter, according to the Japan Renewable Energy Foundation, freeing it from the need for government subsidies and...

  • HAMBURG, April 25- An international maritime tribunal on Saturday ruled that Ghana can continue developing a $4.9 billion dollar offshore oil project in an area caught up in a border dispute with Ivory Coast but must not start new drilling. Ivory Coast in February asked the Hamburg- based International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea to issue a moratorium on oil...

  • HAMBURG/ FRANKFURT, April 25- Ferdinand Piech, a towering figure at Volkswagen for more than two decades, resigned as its chairman on Saturday after losing a showdown he had provoked with Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn, ending an era at the iconic German carmaker. Piech, the 78- year-old grandson of the inventor of the Volkswagen Beetle Ferdinand Porsche, had...

  • Volkswagen chairman Piech resigns after dispute over CEO Saturday, 25 Apr 2015 | 12:38 PM ET

    FRANKFURT, Germany— Ferdinand Piech, chairman of the board of Volkswagen AG and a major figure in the German auto industry, has stepped down after clashing with other board members over his criticism of the company's CEO. Piech had said in an interview with Der Spiegel published earlier this month that he was distancing himself from CEO Martin Winterkorn.

  • HAMBURG, April 25- An international maritime tribunal on Saturday ruled that Ghana can continue production in a multi-billion dollar offshore oil development in an area caught up in a border dispute with Ivory Coast, but must not start new exploration. "The decision means that Ghana can continue production from existing oil fields in the disputed area but not...

  • Ghana can continue production in Ivory Coast oil dispute Saturday, 25 Apr 2015 | 11:02 AM ET

    Ivory Coast had made a request to the Hamburg- based International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea that Ghana suspend oil exploration and exploitation operations in the disputed area while legal hearings expected to take several years into the dispute are held.

  • Germany hints at preparations of a Plan B on Greece Saturday, 25 Apr 2015 | 8:37 AM ET

    *Greece under pressure to deliver reform list to creditors. At a briefing with reporters after a tense meeting of euro zone finance ministers on Greece on Friday, Schaeuble was asked if euro zone finance ministers were working on a "Plan B" in case negotiations on funding with cash-strapped Athens fail. At the ministers' meeting on Friday, Greece was sharply...

  • Kotzias said Greece and its euro zone partners need to compromise on creating political policies that will foster growth and allow the country to pay its debts. Asked if he is simply asking the rest of Europe to trust Greece, he said: "No. "Do they want to support us to have growth... or do they decide to have Greece struggle, to punish Greece and to create an example of what...

  • FRANKFURT, April 24- Deutsche Bank will cut back investment banking, sell its Postbank retail chain via a public share offering and reduce costs, the group said late on Friday, in a restructuring plan designed to boost profits. Germany's largest bank is under pressure to revive its performance as new regulations, legal headaches and weak markets eat into returns...

  • Germany's Deutsche Bank changes tack on Postbank Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 6:12 PM ET

    BERLIN— Germany's Deutsche Bank AG says it plans to "deconsolidate" its Postbank retail banking unit, in which it has held a majority since 2010.. Germany's biggest bank said after its supervisory board met Friday that it also envisions investing in its transaction banking, asset and wealth management and retail businesses. Deutsche Bank agreed this week to pay...

  • *Fifty line up at one Tokyo store, more in Berlin. NEW YORK/ TOKYO, April 24- The Apple Watch launched quietly around the world on Friday without the usual frenzy or fanfare for an Apple Inc rollout, as a handful of boutiques in major cities like Tokyo and Paris sold the timepiece- but not for purchase at its own stores. Shops included The Corner in Berlin, Colette in Paris,...

  • Business events scheduled for the coming month Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 1:33 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for April, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for March, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases international trade data for March, 8:30 a.m.; Institute for Supply Management releases its service sector index for April, 10 a.m..

  • *Fifty line up at one Tokyo store, more in Berlin. TOKYO, April 24- A small group of Japanese tech-addicts lined up in Tokyo to become the first consumers to buy the Apple Watch from selected stores on Friday, but there was no sign of the frenzy that usually accompanies Apple Inc product rollouts. They include The Corner in Berlin, Colette in Paris, Maxfield in Los...

  • FRANKFURT, April 24- Deutsche Bank's supervisory board gathered on Friday to review a sweeping restructuring plan to cut back investment banking and dump the Postbank retail chain to restore profitability. The strategy decision, which may be announced as early as Friday evening, takes place under a cloud after U.S. and British authorities on Thursday imposed...