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  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to April 30 Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    SYDNEY- Reserve Bank of Australia to release the minutes of its April policy meeting- 0130 GMT. GENEVA- European Central Bank Supervisory Board Chair Daniele Nouy speaks at the International Center for Monetary and Banking Studies- 1630 GMT. STOCKHOLM- Sweden's Riksbank Deputy Governor Henry Ohlsson takes part in panel debate- 1115 GMT.

  • Chairman Piech's grip on VW weakened by row with CEO Sunday, 19 Apr 2015 | 11:41 AM ET

    *Big shareholder Porsche says eager to calm situation. BERLIN/ HAMBURG, April 19- Volkswagen Chairman Ferdinand Piech's iron grip on the German carmaker has been severely weakened following a dramatic confrontation with senior board members last week that nearly resulted in a push to oust him, sources told Reuters. After an emergency meeting in Salzburg last...

  • FRANKFURT, April 18- Senior members of Volkswagen's supervisory board were prepared to demand Chairman Ferdinand Piech's resignation had he not agreed to a statement backing Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn, a German newspaper reported on Saturday. Reuters reported on Friday that Piech had been isolated at the Thursday meeting in Salzburg, with all five...

  • BERLIN/ HAMBURG, April 17- Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn has survived a challenge from powerful chairman Ferdinand Piech, but their row remains a distraction for the carmaker as it struggles to boost profits and revamp its ailing U.S. business. The committee issued a statement on Friday giving Winterkorn its "full support" and announcing that it would...

  • BERLIN, April 17- Martin Winterkorn will stay on as chief executive of Volkswagen, the German carmaker said on Friday, in an unprecedented defeat for its powerful chairman. Ferdinand Piech, the patriarch of Volkswagen's founding family, had provoked a showdown with Winterkorn by planting a comment in weekly magazine Der Spiegel last week that he had "distanced...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to April 29 Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- 2015 Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund. WASHINGTON- Institute for International Finance hosts International Capital Markets and Emerging Markets Roundtable. NEW YORK- Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Glenn Stevens speaks at an American Australian Association luncheon hosted by Goldman Sachs- 1630...

  • BERLIN, April 16- Leading economic institutes from Germany, Austria and Switzerland warned on Thursday there was a risk stock market bubbles could form as a result of the European Central Bank's money-printing stimulus. Under a quantitative easing programme which started in early March, the ECB aims to buy 60 billion euros of bonds a month until September 2016,...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to April 28 Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- European Central Bank Vice President Vitor Constancio speaks before the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College 24th Annual Hyman P. Minsky Conference on the State of the U.S. and World Economies- 1300 GMT. WASHINGTON- International Monetary Fund Deputy Managing Director Min Zhu, Central Bank of Malaysia Governor Zeti Akhtar Aziz, Turkey Deputy...

  • And Venezuela's oil minister Asdrubal Chavez met in Caracas with the local ambassadors of eight OPEC members plus Indonesia on Wednesday, the ministry said. Nearly four months of sub- $60 a barrel crude oil prices is weighing heavily on cash-strapped producers such as Venezuela and Russia, who failed to coax OPEC into cutting output last November.

  • WASHINGTON, April 15- Iraq's oil minister said on Wednesday his country's oil exports should hit a record of about 3.1 million barrels per day in April as output from the country's southern fields stays strong and weather conditions improve. Mehdi was in Washington with Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi on his first visit to Washington as leader.

  • *Russian delegation to meet OPEC in Vienna in June. Russia has stepped up contacts with OPEC after oil prices plunged last year, however it has dismissed any suggestion it might cut output to prop up prices, saying it is technically impossible to idle production due to the harsh climate in Siberia, the heartland of Russian oil production. The fall in price of oil,...

  • VIENNA— An Austrian court asked to hear a class-action suit brought against Facebook alleging invasion of privacy has closed further sessions to the public as it weighs whether it has jurisdiction in the case. The Austria Press Agency says the court on Thursday ordered Facebook to give representatives of the plaintiffs translations of documents before the...

  • Merck's potential HCV drug gets special FDA designation Wednesday, 8 Apr 2015 | 7:26 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Merck& Co. said Wednesday that the Food and Drug Administration granted the pharmaceutical company's developing hepatitis C treatment two special designations. The FDA granted Merck's grazoprevir/elbasvir combination "breakthrough therapy designation" for two different types of the condition, which affects the liver. The Kenilworth, New...

  • *One targeted company is owned by Ukraine's richest man. KIEV, April 7- Ukraine's judicial authorities moved to curb the influence of the super-rich on Tuesday by challenging tenders that gave leading businessmen control over key power companies under ousted president Viktor Yanukovich. The move against Akhmetov, Ukraine's richest man, and other oligarchs...

  • Ukraine challenges oligarchs' grip on energy companies Tuesday, 7 Apr 2015 | 12:23 PM ET

    *One of targeted companies is owned by Ukraine's richest man. KIEV, April 7- Ukraine's judicial authorities launched actions on Tuesday challenging tenders that gave big businessmen control over key power companies under ousted president Viktor Yanukovich in a new move by the government to curb the influence of the so-called oligarchs.

  • *Oil imports from Iran at 220,000 bpd in year to March 31. *U.S. pressured India not to raise annual Iran oil imports. NEW DELHI, March 31- India halted oil imports from Iran for the first time in at least a decade in March as New Delhi responded to U.S. pressure to keep its shipments from Tehran within sanction limits during the last month of negotiations on a preliminary...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to April 9 Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 8:02 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, United States- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks on "Monetary Policy" before the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Conference: The New Normal for Monetary Policy- 1945 GMT. PRISHTINA- European Central Bank's Deputy Director General International& European Relations, Gilles Noblet, speaks at an event to celebrate the conclusion of a...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to April 8 Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    ROME- European Central Bank president Mario Draghi addresses the Italian parliament's finance and EU policy committees- 1200 GMT. LONDON- Bank of England to publish Financial Policy Committee statement- 0930 GMT. FRANKFURT- Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard gives OMFIF Public Lecture on the economy and monetary policy- 0835 GMT.

  • JERUSALEM, March 25- Israeli biopharmaceutical company BioLineRX Ltd said on Wednesday an early stage trial for a drug that uses stem cells to treat leukaemia and other blood cancers met all safety and efficacy goals. Current stem cell treatments require four or five days of injections of material from a donor to get into the bloodstream, but BioLineRX said its...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to April 7 Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    HELSINKI- European Central Bank policy board member and Bank of Finland Governor Erkki Liikanen will brief the press on monetary policy and global economy- 0900 GMT. LONDON- European Central Bank policymaker Peter Praet takes part in panel discussion on "Global Economic Recovery- a Tale of Many Parts" at the International Financial Services Forum- 1025 GMT.