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  • *Corn sags on technical selling; exports fail to impress. CHICAGO, Jan 29- Chicago Board of Trade wheat futures rose on Thursday, halting a six-session slide and rebounding from a three-month low after the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported larger-than-expected weekly export sales. Wheat rallied after the USDA reported U.S. export sales in the week ended...

  • *Greece drops resistance, says "not a Russian puppet". BRUSSELS/ KIEV, Jan 29- European Union foreign ministers extended existing sanctions against Russia on Thursday, holding off on tighter economic measures for now but winning the support of the new left-leaning government of Greece, whose position had been in doubt. Germany said that decision would depend on...

  • *Greece drops resistance, says "not a Russian puppet". BRUSSELS/ KIEV, Jan 29- European Union foreign ministers extended existing sanctions against Russia on Thursday, holding off on tighter economic measures for now but winning the support of the new left-leaning government of Greece, whose position had been in doubt. Germany said that decision would depend on...

  • Business events scheduled for the coming week Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 1:37 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases personal income and spending for December, 8:30 a.m.; Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for January, 10 a.m. Eastern; Commerce Department releases construction spending for December, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases factory orders for December, 10 a.m..

  • *Corn sags on technical selling; exports fail to impress. CHICAGO, Jan 29- Chicago Board of Trade wheat futures rose on Thursday, halting a six-session slide and rebounding from a three-month low after the U.S. Agriculture Department reported larger-than-expected weekly export sales. Wheat bounced after the USDA reported U.S. export sales in the week ended Jan....

  • *EU considering new sanctions after rebel advance in Ukraine. *Greece's position unclear, signs of division emerging. BRUSSELS/ KIEV, Jan 29- European Union foreign ministers agreed on Thursday to extend existing sanctions against Russia by six months but were still debating whether to impose new measures, with the new government in Greece sowing uncertainty...

  • PARIS/ MUNICH, Jan 29- Airbus Group shook up the management and organisation of the A400M military transport programme on Thursday after the latest in a long series of delays and technical problems to beset Europe's largest defence project. Chief Executive Tom Enders acted two days after apologising in Britain over the problems and promising to draw internal "...

  • Milan Expo 2015 tightening security after Paris attacks Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 10:31 AM ET

    MILAN— Expo 2015 officials have heightened security measures surrounding the world's fair in Milan, which is expected to attract more than 20 million visitors over six months, following the terror attacks in Paris, the event's commissioner said Thursday. "The events in Paris made us focus even more attention on security, but this is work we started a long time ago,"...

  • *Greece's position unclear, signs of division emerging. BRUSSELS, Jan 29- Greece's new leftist government exasperated its EU allies on Thursday at negotiations over extending sanctions against Russia, leaving the other 27 member states guessing as to whether it would support new sanctions or veto them. Leaders of several EU countries and officials of the bloc...

  • Timberland sever ties with A.P.C. for using "N-word" Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 10:16 AM ET

    PARIS— Singer Carla Bruni, actress Catherine Deneuve and burlesque performer Dita Von Teese were among regulars attending the spectacular displays at Paris' haute couture week Wednesday. Sophie Hunter, the fiancée of Oscar-nominee Benedict Cumberbatch, meanwhile, caused much fracas when she attended Valentino hiding her baby bump. But it was surely Naomi...

  • *VW eyes truck holding to integrate MAN, Scania. WOLFSBURG, Germany, Jan 29- Volkswagen should be able to cut costs at its troubled passenger car brand by "substantially more" than the 5 billion euros planned by the German carmaker's top management, its works council chief said. Europe's largest automaker announced plans in July to cut 5 billion euros of costs at its...

  • EU to extend existing Russia sanctions over Ukraine Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 8:32 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— The European Union extended by six months an existing set of sanctions against Russian and pro- Russia separatist officials because of the continued fighting in eastern Ukraine and was planning further action, officials said Thursday. The new radical left-wing government in Greece didn't fall immediately in line with plans for further actions...

  • *Greece concerns weigh on Europe, Athens stocks up. LONDON, Jan 29- European stocks slipped and the dollar strengthened on Thursday after the Federal Reserve took an upbeat view of the world's largest economy and signalled it was on track to raise interest rates this year. Greece, where an anti-austerity prime minister took over on Monday, also kept investors...

  • PARIS/ DUBAI, Jan 29- Total became the first oil major to renew a 40- year onshore concession in Abu Dhabi, putting its peers under pressure to improve terms after the local partner said the French firm made the best offer. The state-run Abu Dhabi National Oil Company signed an agreement on Thursday with Total giving the firm a 10 percent stake in the new concession...

  • PARIS, Jan 29- France and Germany must work more closely together to boost growth in Europe, French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday, warning of the twin risk of Germany's budget "fetishism" and French inertia. He said it should include joint European debt, an idea long supported by France but rejected by Germany. "The risk in France is inertia,...

  • *Gazprom third quarter profit down 60 pct. *Gazprom hit by weaker rouble, provisions for Ukraine's gas debt. MOSCOW, Jan 29- Russian state gas producer Gazprom suffered a 60 percent slump in third quarter net profit on Thursday, hurt by the weaker rouble and after exports were halted to Ukraine over a pricing dispute.

  • EU plans to step up fight on online jihadi propaganda Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 8:10 AM ET

    Home Affairs Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos told reporters in Riga that the EU needs to deepen cooperation with the Internet industry "and to strengthen the commitment of social media platforms in order to reduce illegal content online." Already before this month's shooting massacres carried out by Islamic extremists in Paris, EU officials had been...

  • HELSINKI/ FRANKFURT, Jan 29- Nokia on Thursday reported strong profits at its core Networks business on the back of surging North American sales, but the shares fell back over an uncertain outlook, higher costs in its Technologies division and a disappointing dividend. The Finnish company, which sold its former flagship phones business to Microsoft last year,...

  • UPDATE 3-Deutsche Bank's legal headaches drag into 2015 Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 7:03 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Jan 29- Legal costs will weigh down Deutsche Bank's results well into 2015, Germany's biggest bank said on Thursday, as global investigations into cases such as the alleged manipulation of interest rate and currency benchmarks drag on. Deutsche Bank, which had originally hoped to clear its decks of legal problems in 2014, postponed a big litigation...

  • European shares knocked as oil slide hits earnings Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 6:59 AM ET

    *Vallourec warns of impairment, shares fall 5.5 pct. LONDON/ PARIS, Jan 29- Weak corporate updates pegged back European shares on Thursday, as the effects of a recent rout in oil prices knocked back heavyweight energy firms. France's Vallourec featured among the main losers, falling 5.5 percent after the steel pipes maker warned of an impairment charge of 1.0- 1.2...