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  • *Markets in U.S., much of Europe closed on Monday. LONDON, May 25- European shares fell in thin trade on Monday while the dollar powered ahead after U.S. Investor concerns about Greece's debt problems and a poor regional and local election result by Spain's ruling People's Party also weighed on the euro and European shares.

  • LONDON— Britain's prime minister on Monday outlined who will be allowed to vote in a referendum on whether or not the country should remain in the European Union, opting to exclude most voters from the 28- nation bloc who live in the U.K.. His plans also include a tour of European capitals to press his case that the EU needs to be reformed, hoping that the upcoming vote...

  • *Volumes thin with London, Frankfurt and New York closed. LONDON, May 25- European equities fell on Monday, with the Spanish and Greek stock markets hit by investors' concerns over Greece's debt problems and a poor local election result for the Madrid government. Athens' main index equity index fell 1.2 percent after Greece's interior minister said on Sunday the...

  • ASTANA, May 25- Kazakhstan is seeking loans from China worth around $3 billion to build two new plants to boost copper and aluminium output in the Central Asian nation, Kazakh Deputy Investment and Development Minister Albert Rau told Reuters in an interview. London- listed Kazakh company KAZ Minerals, among the world's major copper producers, announced in...

  • *Markets in U.S., much of Europe closed on Monday. LONDON, May 25- European shares fell in thin trade on Monday while the dollar held firm after U.S. A warning on Sunday by Greece's interior minister that the country will not be able to meet a June 5 repayment to the International Monetary Fund, and political concerns in Spain after the ruling People's Party took a...

  • Global stocks mostly higher in quiet trading day Monday, 25 May 2015 | 4:49 AM ET

    BEIJING— Asian stocks were mostly higher Monday on a quiet trading day with Hong Kong, Wall Street and London closed for holidays. London and Frankfurt were closed for holidays. Wall Street is closed Monday for Memorial Day.

  • LONDON— With its classic red phone booth, pub, and medieval church, Harmondsworth's center looks quintessentially British. Harmondsworth is under threat because London and southeastern England need more airport capacity to meet the growing demands of business travelers and tourists. Heathrow and rival Gatwick, 30 miles south of central London, have offered...

  • Asian stock markets mostly higher in quiet trading day Sunday, 24 May 2015 | 11:29 PM ET

    BEIJING— Asian stocks were mostly higher Monday on a quiet trading day with Hong Kong, Wall Street and London closed for holidays. Singapore, Manila and New Zealand also rose. GREECE DEBT: Greece's ruling Radical Left Coalition rejected a call by party hardliners to skip its next payment to the International Monetary Fund.

  • MELBOURNE, May 25- Shanghai copper slipped to its lowest level in more than three weeks on Monday, tracking last week's losses in London after the Federal Reserve sent a strong signal it would raise interest rates this year, boosting the dollar. The most traded July copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange slipped 1 percent to 44,720 yuan a tonne.

  • HONG KONG, May 25- Shanghai copper slipped to its lowest in more than three weeks on Monday, tracking last week's losses in London after the Federal Reserve sent a strong signal it would raise interest rates this year, boosting the dollar. *The most-traded July copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange slipped 1.2 percent to 44,630 yuan a tonne.

  • MUMBAI, May 24- Fewer auspicious days later this year compelled Ramesh Phalke, an auto company employee in India's Maharashtra state, to hold his daughter's wedding in May. Gold is an essential part of the bride's dowry in India and also a popular gift from family and guests at weddings. "Jewellery demand could drop by 30 percent in the second half due to fewer...

  • WARSAW, May 24- Poles voted for a president on Sunday in a run-off that is too close to call but has already sounded a warning for the ruling Civic Platform as it looks to re-election later in the year. Originally seen as a shoo-in for a second five-year term, incumbent Bronislaw Komorowski finds himself neck and neck with his conservative challenger, Andrzej Duda,...

  • LOS ANGELES— It's a meet-and-greet worthy of an A-list star. "A year ago, I went to New York and tried to get a book publisher to take a meeting with me," said Graham, who represents Franta and other mega-popular YouTubers. Here we are a year later at Barnes& Noble in Los Angeles with a New York Times best-selling author who is a client.

  • LONDON, May 24- For Rivka Micklewaite and fellow students, securing a pledge this week from Oxford University to avoid direct investments in companies producing coal or tar sands is just the beginning. The second-year engineering student from Balliol College is not alone. Norway's $900 billion sovereign wealth fund and the Church of England are among recent...

  • LONDON— Britain's opposition Labour Party says it won't try to block a referendum on whether Britain should remain in the 28- nation European Union. The party's acting leader, Harriet Harman, offered support for the vote in a commentary in the Sunday Times— a U-turn on Labour's previous stance. However, Harman says Labour will still campaign hard to keep Britain...

  • WARSAW, May 24- Poles voted for a president on Sunday in a run-off that is too close to call but has already sounded a warning for the ruling Civic Platform as it looks to re-election later in the year. Originally seen as a shoo-in for a second five-year term, incumbent Bronislaw Komorowski finds himself neck and neck with his conservative challenger, Andrzej Duda,...

  • Fall-off in Indian weddings bodes ill for jewelers, gold Saturday, 23 May 2015 | 10:00 PM ET

    MUMBAI, May 24- Fewer auspicious days later this year compelled Ramesh Phalke, an auto company employee in India's Maharashtra state, to hold his daughter's wedding in May. Gold is an essential part of the bride's dowry in India and also a popular gift from family and guests at weddings. "Jewelry demand could drop by 30 percent in the second half due to fewer weddings,"...

  • WARSAW, May 24- Poles vote for a president on Sunday in a run-off that is too close to call but already spells trouble for the ruling Civic Platform as it looks to re-election later in the year. Originally seen as a shoo-in for a second five-year term, incumbent Bronislaw Komorowski finds himself neck and neck with his conservative challenger, Andrzej Duda, who...

  • Ireland first country to vote yes on gay nuptials Saturday, 23 May 2015 | 1:34 PM ET
    People celebrate a landslide victory of a Yes vote after a referendum on same sex marriage was won by popular ballot vote by a margin of around two-to-one at Dublin Castle on May 23, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland.

    Ireland is now the first nation to approve same-sex marriage by a popular vote, The NY Times reports.

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to June 4 Friday, 22 May 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    SINTRA, Portugal- European Central Bank board member Vitor Constancio chairs session 2 on "Structural Perspectives on European Employment, Productivity, and Growth in a Global Context" at an ECB forum on Central Banking "Inflation and Unemployment in Europe"- 0800 GMT. SINTRA, Portugal- Federal Reserve Vice Chair Stanley Fischer participates in a panel...