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  • Helped by a blind eye from Italian authorities and visa-free travel inside Europe, migrants can relatively easily make it all the way to Scandinavia before they apply for asylum— even though European Union rules state they should do so in the first EU country they enter. Of the 435,000 people who applied for asylum last year in the 28- nation European Union,...

  • *Two more rescues underway near Libya, one off Greece. CATANIA, Italy/ LUXEMBOURG April 20- The European Union proposed doubling the size of its Mediterranean search and rescue operations on Monday, as the first bodies were brought ashore of some 900 people feared killed in the deadliest shipwreck while trying to reach Europe. Malta's Prime Minister Joseph...

  • *Two more rescues underway near Libya, one off Greece. CATANIA, Italy/ LUXEMBOURG April 20- EU foreign ministers met on Monday under pressure to produce more than words to save migrants drowning in the Mediterranean, as the first bodies were brought on shore of hundreds feared killed in a shipwreck while trying to reach Europe. Italy and Malta were working to rescue...

  • *Death toll from Sunday's shipwreck off Libya still unclear. CATANIA, Italy/ LUXEMBOURG April 20- European Union foreign ministers met on Monday under pressure to produce more than words and save desperate migrants drowning in the Mediterranean, as bodies of the deadliest known wreck of its kind were brought ashore in Malta. The death toll from Sunday's...

  • *Death toll from Sunday's shipwreck off Libya still unclear. VALLETTA/ CATANIA, Italy, April 20- European Union foreign ministers gathered in Luxembourg on Monday under pressure to produce more than words as bodies were brought ashore in Malta among hundreds feared drowned in the latest Mediterranean migrant tragedy. Sunday's shipwreck off Libya appears to...

  • Bodies from migrant boat disaster brought to Malta Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 4:13 AM ET

    *Death toll from Sunday's shipwreck off Libya still unclear. The death toll from Sunday's shipwreck off the coast of Libya was uncertain after officials said there had been at least 700 people on board, some reportedly locked in the hold. Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said on Monday the United Nations should mandate a force to intervene directly in Libya...

  • Vacationers to Europe will fare better with the average ticket down 3 percent to $1,619, about $50 less than last summer. Flights to Hawaii, Florida and New Orleans are cheaper, but travelers heading to New York, Denver and San Francisco can expect to pay more. Overall fares are down but it will cost more this summer to fly to cities like Amsterdam; London; Budapest,...

  • *Italy calls for emergency EU meeting this week. PALERMO, Italy April 19- As many as 700 migrants were feared dead on Sunday after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean, raising pressure on Europe to face down anti-immigrant bias and find money for support as turmoil in Libya and the Middle East worsens the crisis. If the death toll is confirmed, it will bring to...

  • *Italy calls for emergency EU meeting this week. PALERMO, Italy April 19- As many as 700 people were feared dead after a fishing boat packed with migrants capsized off the Libyan coast overnight in what officials said may be the Mediterranean's worst disaster as thousands flee poverty and war to Europe. Only last week, around 400 migrants were reported to have died...

  • *One of several options proposed for EU to help Libya. BRUSSELS, April 19- The EU is considering sending warships to the Libyan coast to combat oil and arms smugglers but fears that could encourage more migrants to take to sea in hopes of being rescued and taken to Europe, according to an EU document seen by Reuters. Another option suggested in the paper is that EU...

  • *Exxon Mobil front-runner for Mozambique LNG stake-sources. MILAN/ LONDON/ SINGAPORE, April 16- Anadarko Petroleum is considering selling its multi-billion dollar stake in Mozambique's giant gas reserves, with Exxon Mobil and Qatar Petroleum both showing interest, banking and industry sources said. The world's largest oil firm has been expected to follow...

  • Correction: Europe-Tourism Boost story Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 6:37 PM ET

    LISBON, Portugal— In a story April 15 about effect of the weakening euro on tourism in Europe, The Associated Press reported erroneously that 10 million Americans visited Paris last year, and that officials hoped the figure would rise 10 percent to 11 million this year. Weak euro adds to Europe's vacation lure for tourists from United States, China— and locals.

  • Memphis Group revival permeates Milan furniture fair Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 1:58 PM ET

    MILAN— The Memphis Group, a postmodern design movement that launched at the Milan Furniture Fair in 1981, was back to permeate this year's fair, not just with its acid colors and fanciful squiggles but with its pervasive search for clarity between the artistic and commercial. It was the freshest idea I had seen at a time when one idea could take over the whole city, "...

  • AMSTERDAM, April 16- Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne wants Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to play a key role in a consolidation of the global auto industry which he sees as inevitable to manage prohibitive capital costs. Speaking on Thursday to shareholders in Amsterdam, away from Fiat's historic roots in Turin and Chrysler's in Detroit, Marchionne said: "We...

  • European markets close: Greek bonds plunge   Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 11:26 AM ET
    European markets close: Greek bonds plunge

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on all the market moving events in Europe today, including IMF Lagarde's saying a payment delay for Greece is not recommendable.

  • 4 ways a surging dollar rattles world economies, markets Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 11:28 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The U.S. dollar hasn't been on a roll like this since Ronald Reagan sat in the White House and "Raiders of the Lost Ark" ruled the box office. Delta Air Lines said Wednesday that the strong dollar is hurting ticket sales in some foreign markets and announced plans to pull back international service, primarily in Japan, Brazil, India, Africa and the Middle...

  • European markets close: Draghi speaks   Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 11:20 AM ET
    European markets close: Draghi speaks

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on all the market moving events in Europe today, including the European Central Bank meeting, where Draghi denied a bubble in the European sovereign debt market.

  • LISBON, Portugal— Vacations in Europe have a new attraction: the euro's steep drop in value is making the continent much cheaper for tourists from across the world, especially the United States and China. That means the ingredients are in place for "a great year for tourism" in Europe, says Nick Greenfield, head of tour operator relations at the London- based European...

  • China headed for even slower growth?   Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 6:06 AM ET
    China headed for even slower growth?

    CNBC's Eunice Yoon reports on China's slowest GDP growth in 6 years.

  • European markets close: Critical phase for Greece   Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 11:28 AM ET
    European markets close: Critical phase for Greece

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on all the market moving events in Europe today, including Greek bond yields and Tullow oil.