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  • LONDON, April 24- Global stocks were back on the front foot on Thursday, as upbeat earnings from tech heavyweights Apple and Facebook helped shake off some of the jitters that have hit the sector in recent weeks. European bourses started brightly, with the FTSE 100 up 0.5 percent and the DAX, the CAC 40 and markets in Madrid and Milan between 0.7 and 0.9 percent firmer.

  • Unilever first quarter sales hit by strong euro Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 | 2:52 AM ET

    AMSTERDAM— Unilever PLC, the maker of consumer products such as Dove soaps and Ben& Jerry's ice cream, said Thursday that the stronger euro dented its revenues in the first quarter of the year. It noted modest improvements in Europe and a big 6.6 percent rise in emerging markets.

  • Heineken returns to growth in Western Europe Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 | 2:28 AM ET

    AMSTERDAM— Heineken NV says it has returned to growth in its crucial Western Europe market in the first quarter, after a long period of stagnation. Net profit was 143 million euros, against 227 million euros a year ago. Heineken said that like-for-like sales in Western Europe, where it is the largest brewer, were up 1.8 percent to 1.51 billion euros.

  • Business events scheduled for Thursday Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 2:09 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases durable goods for March, 8:30 a.m. Eastern time. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m..

  • Amsterdam may ban pot shops in Red Light district Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 1:06 PM ET

    AMSTERDAM— Amsterdam has won court permission to ban marijuana cafes in its famous Red Light district, stepping up a crackdown on the city's freewheeling lifestyle. Coffee shop owners argued that laws were being selectively enforced against them.

  • Shakespeare's Globe taking 'Hamlet' to 200 nations Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 11:37 AM ET

    LONDON— Four centuries after his death, William Shakespeare is probably Britain's best-known export, his words and characters famous around the world. Some suspect it's impossible, and Amnesty International has weighed in to point out the "dark irony" of taking a play about power and regicide and to authoritarian North Korea.

  • LONDON, April 23- The Australian dollar sank almost one percent in value on Wednesday after a lower than expected rise in consumer prices appeared to reduce the chances of higher official interest rates this year.

  • SINGAPORE, April 23- The Australian dollar slid on Wednesday after data showed that Australian consumer prices rose less than expected in the first quarter, lessening the risk of a rise in domestic interest rates this year. Other major currencies were subdued, with the euro edging up 0.1 percent to around $1.3817, while the dollar eased 0.1 percent to 102.55 yen.

  • Finalists named in Bloomberg European city contest Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Amsterdam wants to create an online game to get unemployed young people engaged in finding jobs across Europe. The cities are among 21 finalists vying for millions of euros in a new government-innovation contest devised by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, his foundation announced Wednesday.

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to May 6 Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    LONDON- Bank of England will release the minutes of April Monetary Policy Committee meeting- 0830 GMT. HELSINKI- Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen, Finance Minister Jutta Urpilainen and The Finns Party leader Timo Soini participate in a election debate- 1300 GMT.

  • *Chlorine not declared by Syria to chemical weapons watchdog. BEIRUT, April 22- Chlorine gas attacks in Syria this month, if proven, expose a major loophole in an international deal to remove chemical weapons from the war-torn country and suggest chemical warfare could persist after the removal operation has finished.

  • Unilever says it will use less plastic per bottle Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 | 10:20 AM ET

    AMSTERDAM— Unilever PLC, the producer of countless disposable containers that clutter the landfills of the world, says it is adopting technology that will cut the amount of plastic it needs to use in each bottle by 15 percent.

  • FOREX-Growing threat of ECB action keeps euro subdued Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 | 7:16 AM ET

    LONDON, April 22- The euro hovered near a two-week low against the dollar on Tuesday and fell to a two-month low against the British pound, as expectations the ECB will try to halt any further strengthening kept investors away from the single currency.

  • FOREX-Euro subdued near two-week lows, wary of ECB Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 | 4:25 AM ET

    LONDON, April 22- The euro hovered near a two-week low against the dollar on Tuesday and fell against the yen, as expectations the ECB will try to halt any further strengthening kept investors away from the single currency. European Central Bank President Mario Draghi is scheduled to give a keynote speech in Amsterdam on Thursday.

  • LONDON, April 22- M&A talk in the pharmaceutical sector lifted European shares on Tuesday, but failed to support the euro, which held at a two week low against the dollar on rising expectations of further policy easing by the European Central Bank.

  • Obama visit to Asia seen as counterweight to China Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 | 3:22 AM ET

    TOKYO— President Barack Obama's travels through Asia in coming days aim to reassure partners about the renewed U.S. commitment to the region, with an eye both to China's rising assertiveness and the fast-growing markets that are the center of gravity for global growth.

  • Philips shares slump over weak 1st-quarter profits Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 | 2:41 AM ET

    AMSTERDAM— Shares in Royal Philips, the world's leading light maker, slumped Tuesday after the Dutch company reported a drop in first-quarter profits blamed partly on sluggish sales of its health care products and consumer lights.

  • SYDNEY/ TOKYO, April 22- The dollar inched up to fresh two-week highs against both the yen and a basket of major currencies on Tuesday, following a subdued session overnight with many global financial centres shut for the Easter long-weekend.

  • DIARY - Top economic events to May 5 Monday, 21 Apr 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, will give a speech entitled "Eight Years of Crisis Management at the Federal Reserve and the Way Forward"- 1545 GMT. HALIFAX, Canada- Canadian Finance Minister Joe Oliver will speak at a Halifax Chamber of Commerce lunch in Nova Scotia- 1545 GMT.

  • SYDNEY, April 22- The dollar held at two-week highs against a basket of major currencies early on Tuesday after a subdued session overnight, with many global financial centres shut for the Easter long-weekend holiday.

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