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  • Klaas Knot of De Nederlandsche Bank said that France is on track to break European budget rules in "14 out of 19" years of the euro's existence. In Frankfurt, Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann warned that the current low interest rates brought on by the European Central Bank's purchasing of government bonds are exceptional. "That goes not only for the countries...

  • LONDON/ FRANKFURT, March 11- A consortium of private equity firms CVC and KKR has tabled the highest bid to take control of Philips' lighting components business, though rival Bain Capital could still make a better offer, three sources familiar with the matter said. Philips' adviser Morgan Stanley aims to enter exclusive talks with one of the two sets of bidders in...

  • *Greece to start talks with EU, ECB, IMF on Wednesday. BRUSSELS, March 9- After euro zone finance ministers told Greece to "stop wasting time" on Monday, its financial experts will begin technical talks with its international creditors on Wednesday to agree reforms and unlock further funding. Experts from the European Commission, European Central Bank and...

  • *Greece to start talks with EU, ECB, IMF experts Wednesday. BRUSSELS, March 9- The head of euro zone finance ministers urged Greece on Monday to "stop wasting time" and buckle down to serious talks on implementing a reform programme to secure urgently needed fresh funds from its international creditors. Ministers spent barely 30 minutes discussing Greece at their...

  • BRUSSELS, March 9- The head of euro zone finance ministers urged Greece on Monday to "stop wasting time" and buckle down to serious talks and implementation of a reform programme to secure urgently needed fresh funds from its international creditors. "We have to stop wasting time and really start talks seriously," he said, adding that euro zone partners stood ready...

  • Hotel investors battle for yield as sector heats up Sunday, 8 Mar 2015 | 5:00 AM ET

    *Report predicts $68 bln in hotel real estate deals in 2015. BERLIN, March 8- Investors are expected to pump more money into buying, converting or building hotels in 2015 than in any year since the start of the global financial crisis, with a focus on budget and' buzz'. "It's not about people loving hotels, it's about investors searching for a return on their money which...

  • FUJAIRAH, United Arab Emirates, March 5- Vopak, the world's largest independent storage tank operator, is expanding its chemical product storage capacity in Saudi Arabia, a senior executive told Reuters on Thursday. Vopak, which offers oil, chemical and biofuels storage in the world's top bunkering hubs Singapore and Rotterdam, as well as on the east coast of the...

  • *Request to detain him came from Britain- police source. Dar es Salaam, March 3- Mohammed Emwazi, the Briton identified as Islamic State killer "Jihadi John", was denied entry to Tanzania in 2009 at the request of British security services, a Tanzanian police source said on Tuesday. "When Emwazi and his friends were told they would not be allowed to enter Tanzania, they...

  • Bells toll for Europe's largest gas field Sunday, 1 Mar 2015 | 12:00 PM ET

    WESTERWIJTWERD, Netherlands, March 1- Dutch church bells that for centuries have tolled to warn of floods across the low-lying countryside are sounding the alarm for a new threat: earthquakes linked to Europe's largest natural gas field. Lessons from Groningen, which lies far from any natural fault line, feed into a debate over the threat posed by hydraulic...

  • Working with investigators from Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Britain, it was assisted by AnubisNetworks, a unit of BitSight Technologies; Microsoft Corp and Symantec Corp in dismantling the server infrastructure used by the criminals, Europol said. Authorities simultaneously seized servers in four countries after Microsoft and the Washington-...

  • Working with investigators from Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Britain, it was assisted by AnubisNetworks, a unit of BitSight Technologies; Microsoft Corp and Symantec Corp in dismantling the server infrastructure used by the criminals, Europol said. Authorities simultaneously seized servers in four countries after Microsoft and the Washington-...

  • PARIS/ FRANKFURT, Feb 25- U.S. and British spies are likely to have hacked into SIM card maker Gemalto in an attempt to steal codes that protect the privacy of billions of mobile phone users, the company said, as it sought to downplay the impact and ruled out legal action. "The facts are hard to prove from a legal perspective and... the history of going after a state shows it...

  • PARIS/ FRANKFURT, Feb 25- U.S. and British spies probably hacked into the world's biggest maker of phone SIM cards in an attempt to steal codes that protect the privacy of billions of mobile phone users, the company said on Wednesday. The Franco-Dutch firm, Gemalto, was responding to a report on an investigative news website that said the hack allowed the Britain's...

  • *Euronext to imminently relaunch wheat futures contract. *Euronext raises EBITDA margin target. Feb 25- Euronext's 20 years of experience in wheat futures and a planned relaunch of its contracts will help the exchange operator cope if U.S. rival CME Group enters the European wheat market, a senior executive said on Wednesday.

  • UPDATE 2-New Carlsberg CEO to inherit Russian problems Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 4:29 AM ET

    *New CEO has experience in Asia, growth market for brewer. COPENHAGEN, Feb 18- Danish brewer Carlsberg named a new chief executive on Wednesday and warned that problems in Russia and Ukraine would weigh on earnings again this year. For seven years Rasmussen has fought a tough battle as sales in Russia, Carlsberg's main market after the acquisition of the Baltika...

  • LONDON, Feb 16- Twenty-something consumers raised on video games such as Grand Theft Auto and Angry Birds are being wooed by financial trading apps, keen to build bridges with a post-crisis generation that is disinterested in financial services or plain mistrustful. While financial trading is a niche slice of the $15 billion mobile gaming industry, dominated...

  • Stubbs: Seeing more Russian state control   Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 | 11:00 AM ET
    Stubbs: Seeing more Russian state control

    Discussing the cease-fire between Ukraine and Russia, Alexander Stubbs, Prime Minister of Finland, says "we're seeing more elements of state control" with Russia trying to do everything to save its economy.

  • MOSCOW, Feb 6- Russia's Finance Ministry said on Friday Moscow had appealed against a ruling by an arbitration court in The Hague that it must pay $50 billion for expropriating the assets the Yukos oil company that was owned by Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky. The ministry said in a statement on its website that it had lodged the appeal on Jan 28.

  • RUSSIA'S FINANCE MINISTRY SAYS APPEALS HAGUE COURT DECISION IN FAVOUR OF EX-YUKOS SHAREHOLDERS- INTERFAX.

  • DUBLIN/ FRANKFURT, Jan 22- Business leaders in Europe gave a mixed welcome to the European Central Bank's moves to bolster growth and inflation in the euro area on Thursday, with many- especially in Germany- concerned the programme could delay unpopular economic reforms. "This is a step in the right direction and we'll have to watch and see how it plays out," Swiss...