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  • *Greece drops resistance, says "not a Russian puppet". BRUSSELS/ KIEV, Jan 29- European Union foreign ministers extended existing sanctions against Russia on Thursday, holding off on tighter economic measures for now but winning the support of the new left-leaning government of Greece, whose position had been in doubt. Germany said that decision would depend on...

  • *Greece drops resistance, says "not a Russian puppet". BRUSSELS/ KIEV, Jan 29- European Union foreign ministers extended existing sanctions against Russia on Thursday, holding off on tighter economic measures for now but winning the support of the new left-leaning government of Greece, whose position had been in doubt. Germany said that decision would depend on...

  • Business events scheduled for the coming week Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 1:37 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases personal income and spending for December, 8:30 a.m.; Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for January, 10 a.m. Eastern; Commerce Department releases construction spending for December, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases factory orders for December, 10 a.m..

  • *EU considering new sanctions after rebel advance in Ukraine. *Greece's position unclear, signs of division emerging. BRUSSELS/ KIEV, Jan 29- European Union foreign ministers agreed on Thursday to extend existing sanctions against Russia by six months but were still debating whether to impose new measures, with the new government in Greece sowing uncertainty...

  • PARIS/ MUNICH, Jan 29- Airbus Group shook up the management and organisation of the A400M military transport programme on Thursday after the latest in a long series of delays and technical problems to beset Europe's largest defence project. Chief Executive Tom Enders acted two days after apologising in Britain over the problems and promising to draw internal "...

  • *Greece's position unclear, signs of division emerging. BRUSSELS, Jan 29- Greece's new leftist government exasperated its EU allies on Thursday at negotiations over extending sanctions against Russia, leaving the other 27 member states guessing as to whether it would support new sanctions or veto them. Leaders of several EU countries and officials of the bloc...

  • *VW eyes truck holding to integrate MAN, Scania. WOLFSBURG, Germany, Jan 29- Volkswagen should be able to cut costs at its troubled passenger car brand by "substantially more" than the 5 billion euros planned by the German carmaker's top management, its works council chief said. Europe's largest automaker announced plans in July to cut 5 billion euros of costs at its...

  • HELSINKI/ FRANKFURT, Jan 29- Nokia on Thursday reported strong profits at its core Networks business on the back of surging North American sales, but the shares fell back over an uncertain outlook, higher costs in its Technologies division and a disappointing dividend. The Finnish company, which sold its former flagship phones business to Microsoft last year,...

  • UPDATE 3-Deutsche Bank's legal headaches drag into 2015 Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 7:03 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Jan 29- Legal costs will weigh down Deutsche Bank's results well into 2015, Germany's biggest bank said on Thursday, as global investigations into cases such as the alleged manipulation of interest rate and currency benchmarks drag on. Deutsche Bank, which had originally hoped to clear its decks of legal problems in 2014, postponed a big litigation...

  • UPDATE 1-ECB warns banks to keep dividends tight Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 6:57 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Jan 29- The European Central Bank warned banks across the euro zone to curb payouts to shareholders, also pledging to probe how much they are paying in bonuses as the rest of the bloc's economy suffers. In its boldest public order to the industry since health checks last year uncovered problems chiefly in Italy, the European Central Bank said banks...

  • Dozens of flights cancelled in German airport strikes Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 5:12 AM ET

    BERLIN— Dozens of flights are being canceled at Germany's Duesseldorf and Cologne-Bonn airports after private security workers walked off the job in a dispute over wages. Cologne-Bonn was canceling 40 of 190 flights and Duesseldorf 205 of 530 on Thursday due to the one-day warning strike, the dpa news agency reported. Employers so far have rejected the...

  • UN seeking $3.1 billion to help children at risk Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 4:40 AM ET

    BERLIN— The United Nations is appealing for $3.1 billion to reach 62 million children at risk in humanitarian crises worldwide, including those living in Ukraine, Syria and other conflict zones and in areas affected by the Ebola epidemic. The U.N. children's agency UNICEF said Thursday the largest portion, $903 million, would be targeted to help children with...

  • BERLIN— German unemployment rose to 7 percent in January, but the increase was due largely to seasonal factors and the Federal Labor Agency says the job market remains strong. The rate rose 0.6 percentage points from 6.4 percent in December, with 3.03 million people out of work in January, the agency said in a report Thursday. When adjusted for seasonal factors,...

  • FRANKFURT, Germany— Deutsche Bank rebounded to make a surprise fourth-quarter profit of 441 million euros as it saw lower charges for settling accusations of wrongdoing. Co-CEO Anshu Jain cautioned Thursday that litigation expenses "will remain a challenge in 2015" as well. Litigation expenses for fines and settlements fell to 207 million euros from 1.111...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Feb 11 Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    FAIRFAX, United States- Federal Reserve Board Governor Daniel Tarullo speaks on "Advancing Macroprudential Policy Objectives" before the Office of Financial Research and Financial Stability Oversight Council 4th Annual Conference: Evaluating Macroprudential Tools: Complementarities and Conflicts "- 1745 GMT. SARASOTA, United States- Federal Reserve...

  • Jan 28- German genetic test maker Qiagen NV said its quarterly profit slid 24 percent as U.S. sales of its human papillomavirus test declined and the dollar strengthened. Qiagen said on Wednesday that sales of its HPV test in the United States fell by a greater-than-expected 59 percent, reducing adjusted net sales by five percentage points.

  • Jan 28- German genetic test maker Qiagen NV's quarterly profit fell short of market expectations as U.S. sales of its human papilloma virus test declined and the dollar strengthened. Qiagen said on Wednesday that sales of its HPV test in the United States fell a greater-than-expected 59 percent, reducing adjusted net sales by 5 percentage points.

  • *Sale of assets including stake in Greece's main utility halted. *Greek bank stocks fall 26 pct, Athens index tumbles 9 pct. *Greek minister says Athens against sanctions on Russia.

  • *Sale of assets including stake in Greece's main utility halted. *Greek minister says Athens against sanctions on Russia. It said it would halt the sale of stakes in the Public Power Corporation of Greece, Greece's biggest utility, and refiner Hellenic Petroleum and put other planned asset sales of motorways, airports and the power grid on ice.

  • *Scotland blocks new permits for fracking. LONDON, Jan 28- Scotland on Wednesday blocked the granting of permits for fracking and a local English council delayed a decision on two projects, casting doubt on British Prime Minister David Cameron's shale gas ambitions. Scotland, estimated to have around 80 trillion cubic metres of shale gas resources- enough to...