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  • SINGAPORE, April 24- The next hacker playground: the open seas- and the oil tankers and container vessels that ship 90 percent of the goods moved around the planet.

  • UPDATE 1-GE in talks to buy France's Alstom - Bloomberg Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 6:11 PM ET

    April 23- General Electric Co is in talks to buy French turbine and train maker Alstom SA for about $13 billion, Bloomberg reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter.

  • GE in talks to buy France's Alstom - Bloomberg Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 5:33 PM ET

    April 23- General Electric Co is in talks to buy French turbine and train maker Alstom SA for about $13 billion, Bloomberg reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter. An Alstom spokeswoman denied the report saying "these are totally unfounded rumours". Alstom has a market valuation of about $10.37 billion, according to Thomson Reuters data.

  • SINGAPORE, April 24- The next hacker playground: the open seas- and the oil tankers and container vessels that ship 90 percent of the goods moved around the planet.

  • TOKYO, April 24- For Japanese billionaire Masayoshi Son, who wants to build the world's largest mobile Internet company, criticism of his operations from regulators in his home market could not come at a worse time.

  • Apple increases stock buyback, will split stock Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 4:34 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Apple is doling out more of its cash to shareholders and preparing to split its stock for the first time in nine years in an attempt to win back investors fretting about the iPhone maker's slowing sales growth and pace of innovation.

  • Russian social media CEO quits, flees country Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 4:16 PM ET

    MOSCOW— The founder of Russia's leading social media network— a wunderkind often described as Russia's Mark Zuckerberg— has left his post as CEO and fled the country as cronies of President Vladimir Putin have made steady inroads into the company's ownership.

  • Business events scheduled for Thursday Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 2:09 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases durable goods for March, 8:30 a.m. Eastern time. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m..

  • *Russia proposes April 28 for Moscow meeting. BRUSSELS/ MOSCOW, April 23- European and Russian officials will meet this week and next for emergency talks to try to prevent Moscow cutting off gas supply to Ukraine, as Europe explores how to pump more gas to the struggling country.

  • LONDON, April 23- The loud welcome given by investors to this week's deal for Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline to trade more than $20 billion of assets could trigger more pacts in the pharmaceuticals sector and beyond.

  • CAMPINAS, Brazil, April 23- Brazil's third-biggest airline, Azul Linhas Aereas, unveiled plans on Wednesday to add 11 wide-body jets from European planemaker Airbus to start service to the United States. The selection of Airbus planes, first reported on Tuesday by Reuters, is another blow to U.S. rival Boeing Co in Latin America's biggest market.

  • Amsterdam may ban pot shops in Red Light district Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 1:06 PM ET

    AMSTERDAM— Amsterdam has won court permission to ban marijuana cafes in its famous Red Light district, stepping up a crackdown on the city's freewheeling lifestyle. Coffee shop owners argued that laws were being selectively enforced against them.

  • Kiev and Washington twisting peace accord: Moscow. KIEV, April 23- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the United States of being behind the political upheaval in Ukraine and said Moscow would respond if its interests came under attack.

  • Shakespeare's Globe taking 'Hamlet' to 200 nations Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 11:37 AM ET

    LONDON— Four centuries after his death, William Shakespeare is probably Britain's best-known export, his words and characters famous around the world. Some suspect it's impossible, and Amnesty International has weighed in to point out the "dark irony" of taking a play about power and regicide and to authoritarian North Korea.

  • PARIS, April 23- France's Safran rattled investors with first-quarter aerospace revenue hampered by pressures ranging from delayed deliveries of defence equipment to weaker helicopter sales and cold weather in North America. But its shares fell as much as 3.6 percent, leading France's blue-chip CAC 40 index lower.

  • BRUSSELS, April 23- Britain should get a fair hearing for its concerns about the European Union but must not block extra powers for the euro zone, Jean-Claude Juncker, a leading candidate to take one of the bloc's top posts, said on Wednesday.

  • Spacious new Heathrow Terminal 2 set for opening Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 9:41 AM ET

    LONDON— The rundown, overcrowded Terminal 2 at London's sprawling Heathrow Airport is long gone, about to be replaced by a spacious new building built to handle 20 million passengers each year. The new facility was hailed as a cornerstone of Heathrow's revitalization when shown to reporters Wednesday ahead of the June 4 opening.

  • BRUSSELS/ KIEV, April 23- The European Commission said on Wednesday it is working on holding talks with Ukraine and Russia on a possible solution to Kiev's gas crisis, but no date has been set.

  • France raises deficit forecasts amid low growth Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 7:59 AM ET

    A plan aimed at reducing France's debt over the next three years was presented Wednesday during a Cabinet meeting. It raises the 2014 public deficit forecast from 3.6 percent of France's annual gross domestic product to 3.8 percent, and the 2015 forecast from 2.8 percent to 3 percent.

  • Strauss-Kahn's ex: 'I didn't know anything' Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 7:44 AM ET

    PARIS— Dominique Strauss-Kahn's ex-wife, who stood by him as he was charged with attempted rape, now says she was in denial about his sexual behavior. Anne Sinclair, a prominent French journalist, supported the former International Monetary Fund chief when he was arrested in New York in 2011 on accusations by a hotel maid. The New York charges were later dropped.

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