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  • It takes something more audacious to sell beachfront property these days to the global ultra-wealthy who arrive in Miami with millions to spend on second or third homes. With a slew of residential and hotel developments, Miami is embracing the notion that homes, like cars, handbags and jewelry, should carry luxe designer labels. Miami is luring Argentinians,...

  • Merkel and Hollande edge closer after tragedies Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 1:13 PM ET

    *Berlin and Paris to step up cooperation on energy, drones. BERLIN, March 31- The leaders of Germany and France announced plans on Tuesday to work more closely on economic and security issues after years of strain, saying the tragedies of the Charlie Hebdo killings and air crash in the French Alps had brought them closer. Chancellor Angela Merkel and President...

  • ATHENS, Greece— Greece's new government disagrees with sanctions against Russia, and wants to boost trade ties with the country, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said before a visit to Moscow next week. The U.S. and the EU imposed crippling economic sanctions against Russia over its annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula and support for an insurgency in...

  • LONDON, March 31- Emerging market countries and companies sold just over $108 billion worth of hard currency bonds in the first three months of 2015, down over 10 percent from year-ago levels, Thomson Reuters data showed on Tuesday. The total is the lowest first quarter tally since 2011, partly because Russian and Brazilian companies, usually prolific...

  • Emerging market bond sales drop 10 percent in 2015 Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 11:04 AM ET

    LONDON, March 31- Emerging market countries and companies sold just over $108 billion worth of hard currency bonds in the first three months of 2015, down over 10 percent from year-ago levels, Thomson Reuters data showed on Tuesday. The total is the lowest first quarter tally since 2011, partly because Russian and Brazilian companies, usually prolific...

  • Former Putin allies question his political course Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 9:29 AM ET

    The annexation of Crimea in March last year, which Putin has admitted was his personal decision, and Russia's ensuing role in the bloody conflict in eastern Ukraine caused international outrage and saw Russia slapped with economic sanctions. Alexei Kudrin, Russia's finance minister in 2000-2011 and a former deputy prime minister, argued that Putin's focus...

  • *Iran negotiations in Lausanne enter last 24 hours. LONDON, March 31- Brent crude oil dropped towards $55 a barrel on Tuesday as Iran and six world powers entered a final day of talks over a nuclear deal that could see the energy-rich country increase oil exports to world markets. With a self-imposed deadline set for the end of the day, the United States, Britain,...

  • *President wants rich to keep money in Russia. The former Mrs Russia and Mrs Globe beauty pageant winner is among Russia's super rich but even she and many of her wealthy friends are feeling the pinch from the economic crisis. But the enforced modesty has not yet driven the super wealthy out of Russia or against President Vladimir Putin, who has fanned patriotism...

  • Greek PM Tsipras: I seek no rift with Europe Saturday, 28 Mar 2015 | 11:13 PM ET
    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, right, and Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis are shown at the Greek parliament in Athens.

    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Saturday that he sought no rift with Europe after his cash-strapped country submitted a list of reforms to its lenders in a bid to secure much-needed funds.

  • ATHENS, March 28- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Saturday that he sought no rift with Europe after his cash-strapped country submitted a list of reforms to its lenders in a bid to secure much-needed funds. After answering a question regarding government attempts to deal with corruption, Tsipras was asked whether he wanted a rift or a solution with...

  • ATHENS, March 28- Greece's Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis will meet his Russian counterpart and the CEO of energy giant Gazprom in Moscow on Monday, as he hit out at the EU and Germany for tightening a' noose' around the Greek economy. Outspoken Lafazanis, on the left wing of Greece's co-ruling Syriza party, will meet Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak...

  • ATHENS, March 28- Greek Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis will meet his Russian counterpart and the chief executive of energy giant Gazprom in Moscow on Monday, just over a week before Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras visits the Russian capital. Lafazanis will meet Russian energy minister Alexander Novak to discuss relations between the two...

  • KIEV, Ukraine— Russia plans to eliminate Ukraine as an independent state and could spark a new offensive in the east to achieve that aim, Ukraine's prime minister told The Associated Press on Friday. Ukraine and the West accuse Russia of being directly involved in the separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine which has left over 6,000 dead in the last year.

  • MOSCOW, March 27- Visa still needs one or two months to transfer processing of transactions made on its credit cards in Russia to a local payment system, but Mastercard will make an obligatory April 1 deadline, the head of the payment system said. The new rules were introduced after Visa and Mastercard stopped providing services for some Russian banks that were...

  • *Ukraine wants bondholders to accept debt writedown. *Entire IMF-led bailout for Ukraine at risk. Moscow bought the bonds from Kiev before a pro-Russian president was forced from power early last year, opening a rift which widened with the annexation of Crimea and a separatist rebellion in eastern Ukraine.

  • MOSCOW— Russia hasn't held negotiations on leasing a dozen supersonic bombers to Argentina, but would be willing to consider such a deal, a senior government official said Friday. Alexander Fomin, the head of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, a government agency tasked with coordinating arms trade, denied media reports claiming that...

  • MOSCOW— A television station owned by the Russian defense ministry is offering a job to former "Top Gear" host Jeremy Clarkson. The BBC announced Wednesday that it wouldn't renew Clarkson's contract after a fracas with a producer, ending his connection to the immensely popular program. The Zvezda TV channel published a letter to Clarkson on its website late...

  • MOSCOW, March 27- PCMA Rus, a Russian venture owned by France's PSA Peugeot Citroen and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, will temporarily suspend production of Peugeot, Citroen and Mitsubishi models, it said on Friday. Production of the Citroen C4 Sedan and Peugeot 408 will be halted from April 27 to July 10. Peugeot holds a 70- percent stake in the venture and...

  • WASHINGTON, March 26- The International Monetary Fund has not decided whether Russia's $3 billion holding of Ukrainian debt should be classified as "official" debt, an IMF spokesman said on Thursday, taking back an earlier statement. Ukraine, which recently received a $17.5 billion bailout from the International Monetary Fund, must come up with at least $15.3...

  • NEW YORK— Airline pilots are supposed to be the ones we trust. "In the near term, pilots will be looked at with a bit more suspicion," said former US Airways pilot John M. Cox, now CEO of the consulting firm Safety Operating Systems. Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, aviation security has focused on protecting pilots from passengers— not the other way around.