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  • *Crops grow from Gulf to Russia in advanced greenhouses. AMSTERDAM, May 28- From the rooftops of Amsterdam to the expanses of Kazakhstan, Dutch technology is helping food producers to meet the needs of both gourmets and growing populations facing uncertain supplies. One of the most densely populated countries in the world, the Netherlands has long learnt to...

  • AMSTERDAM, May 26- In handing out lucrative public procurement contracts, Qatar is likely to favor countries whose airports grant take-off and landing slots to state-owned Qatar Airways, its chief executive said on Tuesday. While he later stressed that he had no direct influence over public procurement decisions, he said Qatar offered rich pickings for...

  • 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...

  • THE HAGUE, Netherlands— The Dutch government said Friday it will sell off ABN Amro bank in phases beginning later this year, seven years after the state took it over to prevent its collapse during the global financial crisis. Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the financial sector is now stable enough, there is sufficient interest in the market and ABN Amro is ready...

  • TOKYO, May 22- The market capitalisation of shares listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange's main board hit a record high on Friday, topping a 26- year peak and marking one victory in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's campaign to jolt the economy out of a long phase of deflation and stagnation. The total market capitalisation of the TSE's first section rose to 591.30...

  • Tuk-tuk taxi maker aims to make inroads in US Friday, 22 May 2015 | 2:24 AM ET

    DENVER— They're ubiquitous in Asia, swarming the bustling streets of Bangkok, New Delhi and Beijing. The Tuk Tuk Factory, based in Amsterdam, has signed a licensing agreement with Denver- based eTuk USA to allow the company to manufacture and sell an electric version of the vehicle. The three partners' other company, eTuk Denver, launched a call-and-demand shuttle...

  • AMSTERDAM, May 21- Dutch retail partnership Spar sees big opportunities to expand in markets where other Western chains fear to tread, exploiting a model of sharing global best practice among independent businesses trading from Angola to India and Ukraine. "The potential in China is still enormous and in Russia it is too because we've only just started opening...

  • *Paris- based Kepler Cheuvreux has taken measures on Greece. LONDON/ ATHENS, May 19- Greece's cash crunch has pushed several European brokers to cut back on Greek share trading or restrict approval of new positions in case Athens imposes capital controls, industry sources told Reuters. Trading sources in Athens said global banks were still routing Greek trades,...

  • Shell vows to explore Arctic despite Seattle protests Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 9:48 AM ET

    LONDON, May 19- Royal Dutch Shell will press on with a campaign to explore the Arctic for oil this summer despite protests in the port city of Seattle, chief executive officer Ben van Beurden said on Tuesday. Hundreds of environmental activists have fanned out across the Seattle Bay in recent days to disrupt the Anglo-Dutch company's rigs from entering the port...

  • BRUSSELS, May 12- Supermarket groups Ahold and Delhaize are in merger talks to create a top 20 global retailer with a major presence in the United States, the two firms said on Tuesday, confirming recent media reports. The company will communicate material updates, if any, in accordance with regulatory requirements, "both Ahold and Delhaize said.

  • SAO PAULO, May 7- Votorantim Cimentos SA on Thursday became the first Brazilian company to tap international bond markets since November, after clinching the sale of 500 million euros in 10- year debt. Proceeds from the deal will be used to repurchase a $303 million euro bond due in 2017, Chief Financial Officer Lorival Luz said in a phone interview from London.

  • *President Bachelet asked all ministers to resign. SANTIAGO, May 7- Chile's Cabinet ministers were waiting to learn their fate on Thursday, with few regarded as certain to keep their jobs, after President Michelle Bachelet made a surprise announcement on Wednesday night that she had asked them all to resign. By acting decisively, the president will hope to...

  • *Areva reprocessing sales shrink further post Fukushima. BEAUMONT- HAGUE, France, May 6- Areva's nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in La Hague needs to cut costs as its international customers disappear following the Fukushima disaster, and its sole remaining big customer, fellow state-owned French utility EDF, pressures it to cut prices. Areva said in January it...

  • *Areva reprocessing sales shrink further post Fukushima. BEAUMONT- HAGUE, France, May 6- Areva's nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in La Hague needs to cut costs as its international customers disappear following the Fukushima disaster, and its sole remaining big customer, fellow state-owned French utility EDF, pressures it to cut prices. Areva said in January it...

  • *Shell, Total restructure to combat falling oil prices. LONDON, May 1- Top oil firms Royal Dutch Shell and Total are bringing their refining and trading operations closer together, seeking alternative ways to drive profits as oil prices fall and independent trading houses expand into their territory. Snapping at their heels are energy brokerages Vitol and...

  • *Eurogroup chief says Greece needs loans, no time for referendum. But the head of euro zone finance ministers said Greece needed loans urgently and did not have time for such a vote, which would be a costly and destabilising distraction. Athens is weeks away from running out of cash, and talks with EU and IMF lenders on more aid have been deadlocked over their demands...

  • *Deutsche Bank could value Postbank at around 3.6 billion euros. FRANKFURT, April 21- Postbank is a low-profit retail banking network in need of restructuring but current owner Deutsche Bank may discover plenty of potential buyers prepared to look beyond the blemishes of the German chain. Selling Postbank on the stock market instead of directly to a strategic...

  • Dutch launch criminal investigation into Uber Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 9:37 AM ET

    AMSTERDAM, April 17- Dutch prosecutors launched a criminal investigation into Uber for providing an illegal taxi service in violation of a court order, a statement said on Friday. It ordered Uber to stop offering it under threat of a 100,000 euro fine. Dutch prosecutors, who raided Uber's offices in March, said they were starting an inquiry after police in...

  • LONDON, April 16- BP shareholders voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to publish regular updates on how its strategies were affecting climate change from next year, making it one of the first global oil companies to disclose such details. Some of BP's top 20 shareholders including Norway's sovereign wealth fund, Schroders and AXA Investment Management, had...

  • AMSTERDAM, April 16- Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne wants Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to play a key role in a consolidation of the global auto industry which he sees as inevitable to manage prohibitive capital costs. Speaking on Thursday to shareholders in Amsterdam, away from Fiat's historic roots in Turin and Chrysler's in Detroit, Marchionne said: "We...