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  • FRANKFURT, Sept 18- The European Central Bank saw far less demand than expected on Thursday for its new four-year loans to banks, raising doubts about a stimulus package it hopes will stave off deflation and revive the euro zone economy.

  • News Corp opposes Google in EU antitrust case Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 8:02 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— The media conglomerate controlled by Rupert Murdoch is joining the fray in Google's protracted European antitrust case, saying the technology company unfairly distorts competition.

  • Cleveland port adds 2nd trans-Atlantic freighter Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 6:05 AM ET

    CLEVELAND— The Port of Cleveland will soon have a second freighter traversing the Atlantic Ocean. Despite financial losses on its freighter to Europe, the Cleveland- Cuyahoga County Port Authority has reached an agreement with its Dutch partner to add a second ship to the trans-Atlantic service.

  • *Banks take 82.6 billion euros of cheap credit from ECB. FRANKFURT, Sept 18- The European Central Bank handed out the first of its new four-year loans to banks on Thursday, the flagship tool in a new stimulus package it hopes will stave off price deflation and revive the ailing euro zone economy.

  • EU court OKs airlines' right to charge for luggage Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 4:52 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— The European Union's highest court says airlines are allowed to charge passengers an extra fee for checking in luggage. Luggage surcharges coming on top of cheap airfares are common with Europe's burgeoning budget airlines such as Ryanair and Easyjet.

  • Scotland's independence vote puts UK union on edge Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 1:02 AM ET

    The entire United Kingdom will find out just how hard if Scotland chooses independence in Thursday's vote. The issues range from whether Scotland will use the pound as its currency to how much U.K. debt it should take on to how the military will be split up— and the results will affect all of the U.K.' s 64 million people, not just the 5.3 million in Scotland.

  • *Smiths Group falls after slump in operating profit. LONDON, Sept 17- European equities advanced in cautious trading on Wednesday on expectations that the U.S. Britain's blue-chip FTSE 100 index closed down 0.2 percent, against a 0.4 percent gain for the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares to 1,385.09 points.

  • PARIS, Sept 17- Thousands of French "notaires" held what they said were their first-ever street protests in Paris and Marseille on Wednesday to challenge plans by President Francois Hollande to deregulate their activities.

  • European shares rise as Fed statement seen less hawkish Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 10:45 AM ET

    *Smiths Group falls after slump in operating profit. LONDON, Sept 17- European equities advanced in cautious trading on Wednesday on expectations that the U.S. Britain's blue-chip FTSE 100 index was down 0.1 percent, against a 0.5 percent gain for the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares to 1,386.31 points by 1405 GMT.

  • PARIS, Sept 17- President Francois Hollande has angered everyone from medics to taxi drivers enough to drive them onto the streets in recent months but there is one profession few expected to see on the march: France's well-heeled "notaires".

  • Eurozone August inflation revised up to 0.4 pct Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 5:40 AM ET

    The European Union's statistics office, Eurostat, said Wednesday the eurozone's annual inflation rate was 0.4 percent, up from its initial estimate of 0.3 percent published late last month. However, the Eurostat figures showed that the eurozone's third- and fourth-largest economies, Italy and Spain, saw prices fall by an annual 0.2 percent in August.

  • *Brussels will review any state capital injections. DUBLIN/ FRANKFURT, Sept 16- For the first time since its financial crisis struck in 2008, Europe is carrying out stress tests that could force change at banks with strong political connections.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 16- The dollar fell to nearly two-week lows against the euro and Swiss franc on Tuesday, pressured by a report that said the Federal Reserve was unlikely to change its dovish stance on near-zero interest rates at a two-day policy meeting that ends on Wednesday.

  • *Brussels will review any state capital injections. DUBLIN/ FRANKFURT, Sept 16- For the first time since its financial crisis struck in 2008, Europe is carrying out stress tests that could force change at banks with strong political connections.

  • INSIGHT-Europe's startups get bootcamp booster Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 6:00 AM ET

    *Startup sale prices have surged in Europe. It's an increasingly familiar story in Europe, where hundreds of entrepreneurs have set up incubators that are adapting the Silicon Valley model to fast-track new companies. One EU-funded study from March, by database Seed-DB, estimated startups have created 3,500-4,500 jobs in Europe.

  • *Netflix moves fast in France on content, data centre. PARIS, Sept 15- Netflix will focus on ramping up in six new European markets in the next year, including France and Germany, before taking the video streaming service to additional countries, its chief executive said in an interview.

  • *Company rejects advances of bigger rival SABMiller. Begun in 1864 by Gerard Adriaan Heineken with the purchase of a brewery in Amsterdam, the company now has more than 165 plants in over 70 countries and is the world's third-largest beer maker- yet his great-granddaughter Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken is still wedded to the firm.

  • AMSTERDAM, Sept 15- Beneath the low beams of a converted warehouse in Amsterdam lives a company with many of the attributes of a Silicon Valley startup, except that at less than a year old it has zero venture capital and says it is already making enough money to sustain itself.

  • MOSCOW, Sept 15- Russia will honour all its agreements with the European Union and Ukraine, but will trigger "protective measures" if a trade pact between the two comes into force early, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was quoted by RIA news agency as saying.

  • MOSCOW, Sept 15- Russia will honor all its agreements with the European Union and Ukraine, but will trigger "protective measures" if a trade pact between the two comes into force early, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was quoted by RIA news agency as saying.