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  • MEXICO CITY, May 27- Mexico is working hard to prevent outbreaks of a bird flu epidemic that has stricken the U.S. poultry and egg industry in recent months, a senior Mexican agriculture ministry official said on Wednesday. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, was responding to comments on Tuesday by a world health official who said that Mexico was...

  • Experts involved in past deep water searches say the search to find MH370 could easily miss the plane as Dutch company Fugro NV, the firm at the forefront of the mission, is using inappropriate technology for some terrain and inexperienced personnel for the highly specialized task of hunting man-made objects. "Fugro is a big company but they don't have any...

  • *U.S. expected to press Europe to reach deal on Greece. DRESDEN, Germany, May 27- G7 ministers and central bank heads convened on Wednesday to discuss how to revive global growth and China's increasing clout, while keeping a close eye on the protracted talks to avoid a Greek default. The United States is likely to use the talks, running through to Friday, to press Europe...

  • UPDATE 2-Airbus wins board spat with Spain, to renew CEO Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 2:56 PM ET

    AMSTERDAM, May 27- Airbus Group faced down a revolt by government shareholders over a board appointment and invited its chief executive to stay on until 2019 as Europe's largest aerospace company consolidated a recent push for political independence. France and Germany own 11 percent each of Airbus Group and Spain controls 4.1 percent.

  • PHOENIX— Hopi tribal leaders and Arizona congressmen are asking the federal government for help in preventing the sale of sacred Hopi items at a Paris auction house in June. The Hopi Tribe views selling the religious items as sacrilegious and offensive. Paul Gosar and David Schweikert were expected to join Hopi Chairman Herman Honanie on Wednesday to ask the...

  • French startups beg expats - 'Come home, work for us' Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 12:57 PM ET

    PARIS, May 27- French startup companies desperate for talent with international experience launched a campaign on Wednesday to persuade expats to return, pooling their resources to offer free repatriation help and advice as part of the package. Despite France's reputation as a high tax, low growth, bureaucratic country, the claim to be a centre for dynamic...

  • ATHENS, May 27- Greece's government on Wednesday said it is starting to draft an agreement with creditors that would pave the way for aid, but European officials quickly dismissed that as wishful thinking. Greece and its European and International Monetary Fund lenders have been locked in tortuous negotiations on a reforms agreement for four months without a...

  • UPDATE 2-U.S. urges EU, IMF to be flexible with Greece Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 12:27 PM ET

    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew issued the warning on Wednesday in a stopover in London on his way to a meeting of Group of Seven finance ministers in Dresden, Germany. Finance ministers from the United States, Japan, Germany, France, Italy, Britain and Canada are meeting in Dresden on Thursday and Friday, and although Greece is not formally on the agenda, it will be...

  • DRESDEN, Germany— Top finance officials from the Group of Seven wealthy democracies are gathering in Germany this week to discuss ways to strengthen the global economy. U.S. officials are pressing countries such as Germany that have strong finances to invest more to stimulate their economies. The Group of Seven, or G-7, meets against the background of a...

  • Greece says deal with creditors is close; markets rally Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 10:21 AM ET

    Alexis Tsipras spoke shortly before Greek negotiators were due to meet in Brussels with representatives of the bailout creditors— whose cash has kept Greece from bankruptcy for the past five years. But he warned stumbling blocks remain, as Greece is dealing with three different creditor institutions— the International Monetary Fund, European Commission...

  • LONDON, May 27- Yields on Greek bonds fell and European shares extended their gains on Wednesday on the prospect of an accord between Greece and its creditors. A Greek government official told Reuters that the Brussels group of Athens' official creditors had started procedures to draw up a staff-level agreement. Greek 10- year government bond yields fell 42 bps...

  • *Russia to meet OPEC next week, likely to stick to strategy. MOSCOW/ LONDON, May 27- As Russia prepares to meet OPEC next week, a briefing paper from a Moscow think tank has shed light on how the government was warned against cutting oil output late last year even though global prices were plummeting. "If Russia cuts output, OPEC will take our market share in Europe," a team...

  • AMSTERDAM, May 27- Airbus Group ended the suspense over the future of its chief executive on Wednesday, saying its board had asked German-born Tom Enders to serve for at least one more term after his mandate expires in 2016.. Airbus Group, whose shareholders include the Spanish, French and German governments, was due to ask shareholders to approve the appointment...

  • UPDATE 1-German regulator expects "lively" mobile auction Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 8:34 AM ET

    FRANKFURT/ MAINZ, Germany, May 27- Germany started an auction of radio frequencies for mobile phone network operators, hoping to raise billions of euros to help improve a national broadband network that has fallen behind those of poorer countries such as Hungary, Portugal and Spain. "The auction will point the way for the development of mobile services in Germany,"...

  • Germany lobbies India to buy Eurofighters, submarines Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 8:31 AM ET

    NEW DELHI, May 27- Germany's defence minister held out the prospect of more talks on a possible sale of Eurofighter jets to India and, on a visit to New Delhi, said on Wednesday Berlin stood ready to back a multi-billion-dollar Indian submarine project. Germany has taken the lead in the sales pitch to India for the Eurofighter, made by Alenia Aermacchi, a subsidiary...

  • *U.S. expected to press Europe to reach deal on Greece. DRESDEN, Germany, May 27- Little more than a gentlemen's club in recent years, G7 finance ministers and central bankers have their work cut out this week to revive stuttering global growth and defuse tensions over China's growing economic clout. The United States is likely to use the talks, beginning late on...

  • German consumers remain optimistic for June Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 6:05 AM ET

    BERLIN— A closely-watched survey shows German consumers remain optimistic as their economic expectations and willingness to make purchases have been bolstered by robust domestic demand and low inflation rates. The GfK research group said Wednesday its forward-looking consumer climate index rose to 10.2 points for June, up from 10.1 points in May.

  • G7 finance chiefs meet with growth problem to fix Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 4:47 AM ET

    U.S. expected to press Europe to reach deal on Greece. The United States is likely to use the talks, beginning late on Wednesday and running through to Friday, as an opportunity to press Europe to reach a funding-for-reforms deal with Greece, an official close to the discussions said. Hosts Germany have given the meeting in Dresden the heading "Towards a Dynamic...

  • Electrical failure paralyzes Belgian air traffic Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 4:41 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— A power failure at a control center paralyzed most of air traffic in and over Belgium for much of Wednesday and caused chaos at Brussels airport because of delays, detours and cancellations of flights. Planes slowly started flying again by mid-afternoon but by that time, thousands of passengers at Brussels airport had been affected.

  • Crew abandon North Sea freighter amid risk of explosion Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 4:02 AM ET

    BERLIN— Emergency officials say the crew of a freighter carrying fertilizer has abandoned the ship off the German coast because of the risk of explosion. Residents along the North Sea coast in the region around Bremerhaven had reported a strong smell, likely caused by fumes from the ship. Germany's Central Command for Maritime Emergencies said in a statement...