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  • The potential deal, first reported by Women's Wear Daily, could value Net-a-Porter lower than the valuation of 2 billion euros reported by the fashion industry trade journal, Forbes said, citing the person. "It's Day 1 in the category," Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos told the New York Times in an interview in 2012, saying the company was making a "significant"...

  • WASHINGTON— There is little effective, real-world screening of airline pilots for mental problems despite regulations in the U.S., Europe and elsewhere that say mental health should be part of their regular medical exams, pilots and safety experts said. Authorities believe the 27- year-old German deliberately sought to destroy the Airbus A320 as it flew...

  • 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...

  • *Iran denounces strikes, Russia calls for "immediate ceasefire". NEW YORK, March 26- Oil jumped about 5 percent on Thursday, the biggest daily gain in a month, as air strikes in Yemen by Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies sparked fears that escalation of the Middle East battle could disrupt world crude supplies. The Saudi military operation against the Iran- backed...

  • The price of oil rose sharply on Thursday as mounting tensions in Yemen got traders worried that the flow of crude from the Persian Gulf region could be disrupted. Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states launched strikes on key military installations in Yemen. U.S. crude rose $2.22, or 4.5 percent, to close at $51.43 a barrel in New York.

  • *Iran denounces strikes, Russia calls for "immediate ceasefire". NEW YORK, March 26- Oil jumped about 5 percent on Thursday, rallying a second straight day, after air strikes in Yemen by Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies sparked fears of a bigger Middle East battle that could disrupt world crude supplies. Pakistan, a Riyadh ally far away from the conflict, promised a "...

  • Leading European budget airlines Norwegian Air Shuttle and EasyJet, along with Air Canada, say they will now require a minimum of two crew members in the cockpit while a plane is in the air. A group representing Germany's biggest airlines, including Lufthansa and Air Berlin, say they plan similar rules. Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said the government is...

  • *Ukraine wants bondholders to accept debt writedown. LONDON, March 26- A legal conundrum is threatening plans to ease Ukraine's debt burden and possibly its entire $40 billion IMF-led bailout: should a $3 billion Eurobond held by Russia be classed as commercial paper, or as bilateral sovereign debt? Moscow bought the bonds from Kiev before a pro-Russian...

  • LONDON, March 26- Conflict in Yemen risks spilling out into the busy sea lanes that pass it and potentially disrupt the narrow Bab el-Mandeb passage through which nearly 4 million barrels of oil are shipped daily to Europe, the United States and Asia. Oil prices rose as much as 6 percent on Thursday after neighbouring Saudi Arabia and its allies launched air...

  • *Oil rises on fears of Middle East supply disruption over Yemen. *Gold tops $1,200 an ounce. NEW YORK, March 26- Stock markets worldwide were knocked lower and oil prices jumped on Thursday after Saudi Arabia and its allies carried out air strikes in Yemen that fueled worries Middle East energy shipments may be put at risk, although Wall Street later recovered.

  • LONDON, March 26- Copper hit its highest in nearly three months on Thursday after mines closed in the world's top producer Chile due to flooding and oil rallied on military strikes in Yemen. Torrential downpours in the north of Chile forced companies to suspend operations at some major mines on Wednesday, putting an estimated 1.6 million tonnes of capacity on...

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, March 26- Raw sugar futures tested the prior session's six-year low in thin trade on Thursday, under pressure from a strengthening dollar, abundant supplies and light physical demand, while arabica coffee extended gains. New York cocoa futures eased, pressured by the weak sterling, and bucking the session's higher trend in larger commodity...

  • "The flight deck is capable of accommodating three pilots and there shouldn't ever be a situation where there is only one person in the cockpit," said James Hall, a former chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, referring to the "jump seats" in airliners. Hall was head of the safety board in 1999 when the board investigated the crash of an EgyptAir plane...

  • Yemen war clouds raise dangers for top oil shipping route Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 12:39 PM ET

    LONDON, March 26- Conflict in Yemen risks spilling out into the busy sea lanes that pass it and potentially disrupt the narrow Bab el-Mandeb passage through which nearly 4 million barrels of oil are shipped daily to Europe, the United States and Asia. Oil prices rose as much as 6 percent on Thursday after neighbouring Saudi Arabia and its allies launched air...

  • *Iran says halt "aggressions"; security up at Kuwait oil sites. NEW YORK, March 26- Oil prices rallied for a second straight day on Thursday after Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies began air strikes in Yemen, sparking fears of a bigger Middle East battle that could disrupt world crude supplies. The military operation against Houthi rebels, who have driven the...

  • LONDON, March 26- The Bank of England said on Thursday that it planned to quiz British asset managers about whether they could cope with a flood of investors asking for their money back in times of market stress. The call came in a quarterly statement from the BoE's Financial Policy Committee, chaired by Governor Mark Carney, which was set up two years ago to spot...

  • The euro hit $1.10525 early Thursday, its highest since a nearly two-week high of $1.10625 on March 18 after the Fed released its latest policy statement, before erasing its gains. Analysts said the euro has seen selling pressure above the $1.10 mark on the view that the European Central Bank's new bond-buying stimulus program should weaken the currency...

  • DUBAI, March 26- Saudi Arabia has begun drawing down its foreign currency reserves for the first time since 2009 to cover a record state budget deficit caused by the plunge in oil prices, data from the Saudi central bank indicated on Thursday. It was the first year-on-year drop since February 2010, when Saudi Arabia was affected by the global financial crisis.

  • Co-pilot was 'very happy' with Germanwings job Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 10:03 AM ET

    MONTABAUR, Germany— Andreas Lubitz never appeared anything but thrilled to have landed a pilot's job with Germanwings, according to those who helped him learn to fly as a teenager in this town in the forested hills of western Germany. Members of his hometown flight club in Montabaur, where he renewed his glider license last fall, told The Associated Press that the...

  • NEW YORK— A see-saw day for U.S. stocks ended with slight losses on Thursday, giving the market its fourth drop in a row. Edgy investors continue to monitor violence in the Middle East and the rapid ascent of the U.S. dollar, which is causing companies to pull back their profit forecasts for the year. "We have been due for a pullback," said Brad Sorensen of the Schwab Center...