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WASHINGTON— National Association of Realtors releases pending home sales index for March, 10 a.m. Eastern time. WASHINGTON— Standard& Poor's releases S&P/Case-Shiller index of home prices for February, 9 a.m.; The Conference Board releases the Consumer Confidence Index for April, 10 a.m.; Federal Reserve policymakers meet to set interest rates.
*Starbucks says results reflects rise in licensed stores. LONDON, April 24- Starbucks suffered its first ever drop in UK sales last year, a period in which the company became the subject of boycotts and public criticism over its tax practices. Starbucks said the result was not because of weakness in the business but reflected the closure of unprofitable stores.
*Alstom shares up more than 14 percent. PARIS, April 24- Shares in Alstom jumped more than 14 percent on Thursday after a report that U.S. conglomerate General Electric was in talks to buy the struggling French turbine and train maker for about $13 billion.
*America Movil takes operational control of Telekom Austria. VIENNA, April 24- Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim plans to use Telekom Austria as a base to build a European telecommunications network after sealing an eleventh-hour deal with the Austrian state to take control of the company.
*Alstom surges on GE bid speculation. German and Austrian companies are among the most exposed in Europe to Russia and Ukraine, and the DAX fell 1.2 percent while Vienna's benchmark ATX equity index declined by 0.9 percent.
*Syria due to hand over all chemicals by Sunday. Syria became a member of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons last year as part of a deal with Russia and the United States to destroy its chemical weapons programme.
*Obama says more sanctions "teed up" against Russia. LONDON, April 24- Oil rose towards $110 a barrel on Thursday as the dispute between Russia and the West over Ukraine added to supply concerns, although record U.S. crude inventories kept gains in check.
VIENNA— Austrian architect and designer Hans Hollein, a winner of the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize whose work ranged from big museums through tiny shops to furniture and sunglasses, has died. A spokeswoman for Hollein's family, Dorothea Apovnik, said he died in Vienna Thursday after a long illness.
LONDON, April 24- Global stocks rose on Thursday lifted by upbeat earnings from tech heavyweights Apple and Facebook which helped shake off some of the concerns about overheating that have dented the sector in recent weeks.
*EU graft rules not enforced- Transparency International. BRUSSELS, April 24- European lobbyists carry out much of their work in secrecy and there is widespread complacency in Brussels about tackling corruption or conflicts of interest, Transparency International said on Thursday.
*Alstom shares up more than 14 percent. *GE declines to comment; Bouygues supports Alstom strategy. A deal, which would be GE's biggest ever and would hand it control of Alstom's high-speed TGV trains and rail-signal technology, has the support of Bouygues, Alstom's biggest shareholder with a 29 percent stake, the report said.
LONDON, April 24- Starbucks suffered its first ever drop in UK sales last year, a period when the company became the subject of boycotts and public criticism over its tax practices.
LONDON, April 24- Oil edged further above $109 a barrel on Thursday as the dispute between Russia and the West over Ukraine added to supply concerns, although record U.S. crude inventories kept gains in check.
PARIS, April 24- Pernod Ricard said it was buying Kenwood Vineyards to beef up its premium wines portfolio in the United States, the French drinks company's biggest market, and was looking for more small-scale acquisitions.
The report, from the non-governmental watchdog organization Transparency International, claims to be the first comprehensive survey of how the European Commission, European Parliament and other EU institutions are acting to ensure standards of integrity, transparency and accountability.
BERLIN— The German government says it isn't authorizing any exports of military goods to Russia at present "because of the current political situation," leaving nearly 70 export applications on hold.
*M&A activity boosts Alstom, Scania. LONDON, April 24- European shares resumed their rise on Thursday, boosted by mergers and acquisitions activity and upbeat updates from electrical gear maker Schneider Electric and oil services group Technip among others.
AMSTERDAM, April 24- The European Central Bank could embark on a broad-based asset buying plan if the euro zone inflation outlook worsens, ECB President Mario Draghi said, adding that a rise in the euro could also trigger policy action. The euro fell to $1.3815 after the release of Draghi's comments from around $1.3835 beforehand.
BIROBIDZHAN, Russia, April 24- Russia warned foreign companies working in the oil and gas sector that if they quit the country over Ukraine- related sanctions, they would not be able to return any time soon.
FRANKFURT, Germany— European Central Bank head Mario Draghi says the bank's rate-setting council should publish a written account of its deliberations— without names.