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  • *Swiss Re expects natural catastrophe price fall to slow. Swiss Re, the world's second-largest reinsurer, said on Monday it expected to see a slowing decline in natural catastrophe pricing rates, with demand doubling in some markets by 2020..

  • *Swiss Re expects natural catastrophe price fall to slow. Swiss Re, the world's second-largest reinsurer, said on Monday it expected to see a slowing decline in natural catastrophe pricing rates, with demand doubling in some markets by 2020..

  • PARIS, Sept 15- The OECD slashed its growth forecasts for major developed economies on Monday, urging much more aggressive ECB stimulus to ward off the risk of deflation in a subdued euro zone.

  • MOSCOW, Sept 15- Russia will honour all its agreements with the European Union and Ukraine, but will trigger "protective measures" if a trade pact between the two comes into force early, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was quoted by RIA news agency as saying.

  • MOSCOW, Sept 15- Russia will honor all its agreements with the European Union and Ukraine, but will trigger "protective measures" if a trade pact between the two comes into force early, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was quoted by RIA news agency as saying.

  • *France sends fighter jets for reconnaissance mission over Iraq. PARIS, Sept 15- French President Francois Hollande called on Monday for united international action to tackle the threat from Islamic State militants as he opened a conference on Iraq bringing together members of a U.S.-led coalition.

  • Heineken rejects SABMiller takeover bid Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 4:36 AM ET

    AMSTERDAM— Family-controlled brewer Heineken says it has rejected a takeover bid by rival SABMiller. In a statement issued late Sunday night, the Dutch brewer said the Heineken family informed SABMiller it intends "to preserve the heritage and identity of Heineken as an independent company." Heineken did not release any details of the SABMiller bid.

  • *SABMiller, Heineken advance on M&A news. Weekend data showed China's factory output grew at the weakest pace in nearly six years in August while growth in other major sectors also fell, increasing fears that China may be at risk of a sharp slowdown unless Beijing takes new stimulus measures.

  • Pilots at Germany's Lufthansa to strike on Tuesday Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 3:07 AM ET

    BERLIN— A union representing Lufthansa's pilots says they will walk off the job at Frankfurt airport for eight hours on Tuesday, preventing departures by Germany's biggest airline from its busiest airport. The Vereinigung Cockpit union said Monday that pilots on international long-distance flights from Frankfurt will walk out from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m..

  • MOSCOW/ KIEV, Sept 14- Russian mobile firms face being squeezed out of Ukraine after Kiev signaled it would favor European companies in future airwave auctions to curb Moscow's influence in the country.

  • A Scottish 'Yes' also means exit from EU, NATO Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 2:31 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— If Scottish voters this week say Yes to independence, not only will they tear up the map of Great Britain, they'll shake the twin pillars of Western Europe's postwar prosperity and security— the European Union and the U.S.-led NATO defense alliance.

  • Air France pilot strike amid low-cost tensions Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 2:16 AM ET

    Air France is urging passengers to change or postpone travel, estimating that it can only ensure 48 percent of flights Monday. Air France-KLM announced an investment plan last week aimed at saving 1 billion euros over the next several years, and said it will transfer much of its European operations— and jobs— to low-cost carrier Transavia.

  • Exhibition looks at genius of carousel inventor Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 2:08 AM ET

    He's the subject of an exhibition at Brooklyn's historic Green-Wood Cemetery where he's buried— just miles from Coney Island where he lived and worked. "William F. Mangels: Amusing the Masses on Coney Island and Beyond" runs through Oct. 26 at the cemetery's chapel.

  • PARIS, Sept 15- Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn is preparing to cut battery manufacturing, people familiar with the matter said, in a new reversal on electric cars that has reopened deep divisions with alliance partner Renault.

  • US says Middle East to help fight IS, UK cautious Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 1:35 AM ET
    Secretary of State John Kerry.

    Washington said countries in the Middle East had offered to join air strikes against IS militants, but Britain held back.

  • WASHINGTON/ LONDON, Sept 14- Washington said countries in the Middle East had offered to join air strikes against Islamic State militants and Australia said it would send troops, but Britain held back even after the group beheaded a British hostage and threatened to kill another.

  • *Spain, others, fearful of separatist precedent, could veto Scots. *Realpolitik, negotiation with Spain, London may well be decisive. BRUSSELS, Sept 14- If Scots vote for independence, it will be in part because they believe assurances that their small Atlantic peninsula can quit the United Kingdom without ever leaving the secure embrace of the European Union.

  • PREVIEW-Hardest yet to come for France's Hollande Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 | 7:05 AM ET

    PARIS, Sept 14- A bitter public attack by a jilted ex-partner, a cabinet melt-down and the admission of broken economic promises have meant an uncomfortable three weeks for Francois Hollande.

  • Samsung accuses LG execs of damaging its products Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 | 6:37 AM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— Samsung Electronics Co. has accused senior executives of domestic rival LG Electronics Inc. of intentionally vandalizing its washing machines at retail stores in Germany and has asked for an official investigation.

  • Dutch stage tomato fight against Russian sanctions Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 | 6:03 AM ET

    AMSTERDAM— Hundreds of young Dutch men and women turned Amsterdam's central Dam square into a blizzard of red goop on Sunday, as they pelted each other mercilessly with overripe tomatoes. The idea was lifted from Spain's famed annual "La Tomatina" festival in Bunol. Tickets to the one-hour fight cost 15 euros each and around 1,000 were sold.