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  • BRUSSELS— Official figures show consumer prices across the 19- country eurozone fell by only 0.1 percent in the year to March, raising hopes that this current bout of deflation may soon come to an end. The modest decline reported Tuesday by the European Union's statistics agency, Eurostat, was in line with market expectations and follows February's 0.3 percent...

  • BERLIN— Lufthansa says its insurers are setting aside $300 million to deal with possible costs resulting from last week's crash of a Germanwings jet in the French Alps, in which 150 people died. She said $300 million is the amount currently reserved to deal with "all costs arising in connection with the case." Prosecutors believe, based on data from the cockpit...

  • PARIS, March 31- The Paris appeals court has delayed until the end of September a decision on whether to ban Uber's unlicensed taxi service, known as UberPOP, said a source familiar with the matter. The U.S. start-up raised constitutional issues that the court decided merited review by France's Constitutional Council, which has roughly three months to lay out its...

  • *A.P. MOLLER-MAERSK down 10 pct on dividend pay. LONDON, March 31- European shares extended gains on Tuesday and headed for their best quarterly performance in several years, with Kingfisher leading the market higher after announcing it planned to sell about 60 B&Q stores in Britain. Shares in Europe's biggest home-improvement retailer were up nearly 5 percent...

  • THE HAGUE, Netherlands— Electronics giant Philips says it is selling a majority stake in its LED components and automotive lighting division to a consortium led by investment fund GO Scale Capital in a deal worth up to $2.9 billion. Philips announced Tuesday it is selling an 80.1 percent stake and retaining the remaining interest in the business that makes...

  • WASHINGTON/ ZURICH, March 30- Swiss private bank BSI SA avoided prosecution for suspected tax-related offenses by paying a $211 million penalty, becoming the first bank to reach a deal in the U.S. Department of Justice's voluntary disclosure program, the department said on Monday. The agreement is expected to be the first of a flood of settlements by...

  • *Greece lowers target for asset sales, proposes bad bank. ATHENS March 30- Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday appealed for an "honest compromise" with lenders but warned Greece would not agree to an "unconditional" one, after its biggest creditor demanded it do more to show commitment to reform. Athens could run out of cash by April 20, a source has previously said.

  • FRANKFURT, March 30- Germany's Allianz has estimated insurers will pay $300 million in claims and costs stemming from the crash of a Germanwings plane in the French Alps last week, insurance industry sources said on Monday. The initial estimate represents about 20 percent of the $1.5 billion in premiums in the global market for airline insurance.

  • LOS ANGELES— You can bring your beach towels and floral headbands, but forget that selfie stick if you're planning to go to the Coachella or Lollapalooza music festivals. Coachella dismissed them as "narsisstics" on a list of prohibited items. In Europe, the Palace of Versailles outside Paris, Britain's National Gallery in London and the Colosseum in Rome have all...

  • BRUSSELS, March 29- After decades of punching above its weight in Europe, Britain's influence in the European Union is waning, even before we know whether a promised referendum on "Brexit" will go ahead. But there is growing frustration in Brussels, Berlin and Paris at the lack of clarity over Prime Minister David Cameron's goals if he is re-elected on May 7 and seeks...

  • DUESSELDORF, Germany, March 30- The German pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a plane in the French Alps last week was treated for suicidal tendencies years ago before he received his pilot's license, German prosecutors said on Monday. Investigators believe Lubitz, serving as co-pilot on a Germanwings flight from Barcelona to Duesseldorf on March 24th,...

  • BERLIN, March 30- After an already troubled first year as CEO of Lufthansa, Carsten Spohr must now deal with the aftermath of the Germanwings disaster whilst making the airline group fit to compete for the future. Spohr, a qualified pilot, has been trying to follow the example of rival IAG, the parent company of British Airways, Iberia and Vueling, by cutting staff...

  • *Novartis commits $225 mln upfront to private biotech firm. *Novartis also picks top scientist to lead immuno-oncology. March 30- Swiss drugmaker Novartis is digging deeper into cancer immunotherapy, one of the hottest areas of drug research, through a tie-up with Aduro Biotech worth up to $750 million.

  • *Lubitz had treatment before getting pilot's licence- prosecutor. BERLIN, March 30- The Germanwings co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a plane in the French Alps last week had been treated in the past for suicidal tendencies, German state prosecutors said on Monday. "Several years ago before obtaining his pilot's licence the co-pilot was in a long...

  • PARIS— A French bill which aims to make it illegal to buy sex is being turned upside down by the Senate, led by the conservative opposition. The bill was approved by France's Socialist-dominated lower house of Parliament in 2013 amid heated debate. The Senate is taking up the debate Monday and votes on the bill Tuesday.

  • DUESSELDORF, Germany— Prosecutors: We found no indications of co-pilot's motive for crashing Germanwings plane.

  • THE HAGUE, Netherlands— An international investigation into the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 disaster is officially looking into a scenario that the plane was downed by a missile fired from conflict-ridden eastern Ukraine. Ukraine and Western governments say Russia- backed separatist fighters are responsible for downing the plane, while Russian...

  • ATHENS/ BERLIN, March 30- Greece's biggest creditor Germany said on Monday that the euro zone would give Athens no further financial aid until it has a more detailed list of reforms and some are enacted into law, adding to scepticism over plans presented last week. A senior official in Brussels on Sunday had dismissed the list as "ideas" rather than a plan that Greece...

  • DUESSELDORF, Germany, March 30- Latecomers to the digital age, big German companies have started teaming up with start-ups to shake up their conservative business culture and keep pace with a world increasingly dominated by nimble tech giants. More than half of the firms on Germany's blue-chip DAX index trace their roots back to the 19th century or earlier.

  • *Shanghai, Hong Kong stocks lead on stimulus hopes. LONDON, March 30- Shares rose on Monday with Asian stocks buoyed by hopes for stimulus to boost China's economy, but the euro slipped on renewed concern about Greece's finances. Earlier, Chinese stocks surged to seven-year highs, helped by Beijing's unveiling of an ambitious plan to build a modern Silk Road to...