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  • Risk modelers look to clarify cyber risk costs Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 4:58 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 19- Even as the Sony Corp cyber attack laid bare the kinds of vulnerabilities that typically drive companies to buy insurance policies, the lack of a risk model for insurers means such protection is not always easy to get. While high-profile attacks at retailers such as Target Corp and Home Depot Inc this year have spooked consumers, the devastating...

  • AP Interview: Coelho says Sony hack threatens all Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 3:56 PM ET

    GENEVA— Brazilian author Paulo Coelho says the Sony hack threatens us all if society doesn't enforce important values: our individual and collective freedom of expression and an unwavering refusal to negotiate with anonymous terrorists. The best-selling author said in an interview Friday with The Associated Press that he was prepared to make himself an...

  • German Amazon strikes to last until Christmas Eve Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 3:22 PM ET

    BERLIN— A German labor union says striking workers at four Amazon.com distribution centers in Germany will remain off the job until Christmas Eve. Companies in Germany normally shut down for the holiday at that time and reopen on Dec. 27, or the next working day. The walkouts at four of Amazon's distribution centers in Germany are part of an effort by workers to...

  • Cuba debt, often inert, moves on political winds Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 2:14 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 19- The historic breakthrough in U.S.- Cuba relations closes a Cold War chapter but leaves unresolved issues that investors need to pick through carefully, with Cuba's opaque economics and financial health poorly understood in world markets. Cuba has effectively been shut out of global financial markets for decades. said Thomas Herzfeld, a Miami...

  • Global oil impact: Who's hurting, happy, hopeful Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 1:12 PM ET

    Russia's currency has nose-dived, for instance, and investors worry Venezuela could default on its debt. The world's four biggest economies— U.S., China, Japan and that of the European Union— all benefit from lower oil prices. "Economically this is a good thing for the U.S., it's a good thing for Europe, it's a good thing for China and it's a good thing for most consumers,"...

  • Air France-KLM stock drops on profit warning Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 11:47 AM ET

    PARIS— Air France-KLM shares have plunged more than 8 percent in the wake of the airline's warning that weak demand on several long-haul routes and other factors would wipe hundreds of millions off profits this year. In a statement late Thursday, Air France-KLM said a combination of factors, including weak demand, higher costs from a crippling pilots' strike, and...

  • Security flaws allow global cellular eavesdropping Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 10:06 AM ET

    The Berlin- based Security Research Lab, which discovered the problem in August, said a skilled person could exploit the flaws to eavesdrop on the phone calls, text messages and data traffic of billions of people. The Washington Post and Germany's Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper reported on it Thursday. "The research disclosures made to the GSMA enabled us to...

  • FRANKFURT, Dec 19- European Central Bank officials are considering ways to ensure weak countries that stand to gain most from a fresh round of money printing bear more of the risk and cost. Such a move could help persuade a reluctant Germany to back plans to buy state bonds. But while the idea may help overcome opposition in Germany, which is worried that fresh money...

  • BRUSSELS, Dec 19- European Union leaders warned Moscow they are ready to flex their combined muscle and "stay the course" in a long confrontation with Russia if President Vladimir Putin refuses to pull back from Ukraine. In comments that were part warning to Russia, where falling oil prices and Western trade sanctions have brought financial havoc, and part...

  • GENEVA, Dec 19- Trials of GlaxoSmithKline's experimental Ebola vaccine are likely to move to a second phase in February, later than previously suggested, after a meeting of national regulators said they needed more information. Countries where the trials are planned-- Cameroon, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria and Senegal-- should receive and review the additional...

  • German consumer confidence on the rise Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 3:53 AM ET

    BERLIN— German consumer confidence is continuing to improve, supported by expectations of increasing economic strength and a greater willingness to make purchases. The GfK research group said Friday its forward-looking consumer climate index rose to 9 points for January from 8.7 points in December. GfK says consumers still have uncertainty over ongoing...

  • Farmers, unionists protest EU-US free trade talks Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 3:36 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— Hundreds of farmers and trade unionists are protesting in Brussels against negotiations to set up a trans-Atlantic free trade zone, which they fear will leave them out in the cold at the expense of big multinationals. Farmers built fires and set off firecrackers close to EU headquarters early Friday, where only a few hours earlier a summit of EU...

  • It's law now: 'No Social Security for Nazis' Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 3:21 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama on Thursday capped a swift and forceful response to an Associated Press investigation by signing into law a measure that bars suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. The AP's investigation, which was the impetus for the No Social Security for Nazis Act, found that dozens of former Nazis collected millions of...

  • *Turkey assumed G20 presidency this month. They fear he is taking Turkey ever further from Western standards on rule of law and free speech. Supporters say he is returning Turkey to its former glory, restoring its Ottoman and Islamic heritage after nine decades of rule by a secular elite.

  • TOKYO, Dec 19- The safe-haven yen was on the back foot on Friday, as risk assets staged a broad recovery and investors awaited a press conference by the head of the Bank of Japan after the central bank held policy steady. "The focus still remains on broader risk appetite, the continued fall in commodity prices, in particular oil, and the divergent monetary policies of...

  • EU leaders ready long confrontation with Russia Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 8:54 PM ET

    *EU leaders lay ground for long-term common front toward Moscow. BRUSSELS, Dec 19- European Union leaders warned Moscow they were ready exercise their combined muscle over the long haul in a confrontation with an economically wounded Russia if President Vladimir Putin refused to pull back from Ukraine. "It is obvious we will not find a long-term perspective for...

  • TOKYO, Dec 19- The safe-haven yen was on the back foot on Friday, as risk assets staged a broad recovery and investors awaited the outcome of a Bank of Japan meeting. The dollar added 0.2 percent against the yen to buy 119.06 yen, while the euro tacked on 0.2 percent to 146.21 yen. BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda will likely repeat calls for firms to increase wages at his...

  • Dec 18- Chinese government approval for imports of a controversial type of Syngenta AG biotech corn increases the likelihood the seed maker will pay legal settlements, said some lawyers for U.S. farmers and exporters suing for damages from grain shipments rejected by Beijing. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, ends uncertainty about Agrisure Viptera...

  • UNITED NATIONS, Dec 18- Iran has not demonstrated sufficient flexibility in nuclear talks with six world powers aimed at ending a 12- year standoff with the Islamic Republic over its atomic ambitions, France and Britain said on Thursday. The remarks, at the United Nations, came just after the completion of another inconclusive round of negotiations in Geneva...

  • UNITED NATIONS, Dec 18- Iran has not demonstrated sufficient flexibility in nuclear talks with six world powers aimed at ending a 12- year standoff with the Islamic Republic over its atomic ambitions, France and Britain said on Thursday. The remarks at the United Nations came just after the completion of another inconclusive round of negotiations in Geneva...