Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, a German member of the European Parliament, says officials should not "threaten" Switzerland regarding its vote to restrict immigration from other European Union countries.» Read More
*Europe stocks see record $17 bln in inflows year-to-date. PARIS, Feb 17- European shares climbed to a three-week high in thin volumes on Monday, extending a strong two-week rally fuelled by record inflows from an increasing number of investors betting on the region's economic recovery.
*Bank Mellat files claim seeking $3.94 billion in London's High Court. LONDON, Feb 17- Iran's largest private bank is suing the British government for almost $4 billion in damages after the Supreme Court quashed sanctions imposed against it over alleged links to Tehran's nuclear programme.
*Co-pilot lands in Geneva, demands asylum. *Ethiopian Airlines plane had been bound for Rome. GENEVA, Feb 17- The co-pilot of a hijacked Ethiopian Airlines flight surrendered to Swiss authorities in Geneva on Monday after commandeering his aircraft to seek asylum in Switzerland, police said.
*Ethiopian Airlines plane had been bound for Rome. GENEVA, Feb 17- Swiss authorities detained the hijacker of an Ethiopian Airlines flight that was forced to land at Geneva's international airport on Monday and police said all passengers were unhurt. The airline earlier said the flight from the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa had been "forced to proceed" to Geneva.
*Ethiopian Airlines plane had been bound for Rome. GENEVA, Feb 17- Swiss authorities detained the hijacker of an Ethiopian Airlines flight that was forced to land at Geneva's international airport on Monday, airport police said, adding that passengers and crew were safe.
HIJACKER OF ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES PLANE AT GENEVA AIRPORT HELD, SITUATION "UNDER CONTROL", NO INJURIES- AIRPORT POLICE.
GENEVA, Feb 17- A hijacked Ethiopian Airlines flight landed at Geneva's international airport on Monday, but it was not immediately clear who had seized the plane or if any demands had been made.
GENEVA, Feb 17- A hijacked aircraft landed at Geneva's international airport early on Monday, an airport spokesman said without giving details of the flight.
*Switzerland scrambles to contain damage from vote. BRUSSELS/ ZURICH, Feb 16- The European Union said on Sunday it has postponed negotiations with Switzerland on its participation in multibillion-dollar research and educational schemes in the latest fallout from a shock Swiss vote in favour of immigration curbs.
*After leaving Homs, rebel hopes to leave Syria. *Evacuees describe tension with fighters in Homs. HOMS, Syria, Feb 14- Waiting among a group of evacuees from Homs for questioning by Syrian security forces, Hodwan al-Masri knew he could not hide his identity.
*Managers seek half of profit from outside Europe in 5 years. ESSEN, Germany Feb 13- German utility RWE's trading subsidiary is seeking to expand in North American and Asian energy and commodities markets because of Europe's slow growth and increased regulation, a senior manager said.
*Zurich books $318 million in restructuring costs in Q4. ZURICH, Feb 13- Zurich Insurance missed profit expectations in the fourth quarter due to restructuring charges, and said the total cost of an overhaul of its business would be about $600 million- the upper end of its forecast range.
*Wellness is "major, major platform of growth"- Nestle CEO. LONDON, Feb 13- Swiss food giant Nestle's deeper dive into healthcare by taking over the dermatology joint venture it had with L'Oreal suggests further deals in the space are likely.
*Q4 orders fall 5 pct to $10 bln vs $9.9 bln f'cast. The company, which makes products ranging from power grids for utilities to industrial robots, said sales growth this year would be challenging as uncertainty in emerging markets, like China, offset growth in the United States and parts of Europe.
Feb 12- Dow Chemical Co's "lack of transparency" makes it difficult to determine whether the petrochemical giant should be split up or kept together, hedge fund titan Daniel Loeb said on Wednesday.
The builders, led by Spain's Sacyr, have stopped work on doubling the canal's capacity while a dispute rages over $1.6 billion in cost overruns and extra financing for the work that is 70 percent done and due to be finished next year.
BEIRUT, Feb 12- While the Syrian government and rebels have been at peace talks in Geneva, Syrians have been killed at the fastest rate since the country slid into conflict in 2011, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Wednesday.
BEIRUT, Feb 12- The Syrian government delegation to peace talks in Geneva said on Wednesday that negotiations must focus first on fighting terrorism before any other issue was discussed, state media reported.
By Vladimir Soldatkin and Gleb Stolyarov. MOSCOW, Feb 12- Russian investment group Summa has bought out the world's largest oil trader as a partner in a firm building a terminal at the Dutch port of Rotterdam, which could damage its plan to establish Urals crude as a market benchmark.
SYRIA GOVERNMENT DELEGATION IN GENEVA SAYS DISCUSSING TERRORISM MUST COME BEFORE ANY OTHER ISSUES AT PEACE TALKS- SYRIA TV.