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  • LONDON, May 22- Copper prices fell on Friday on worries about demand in top consumer China, while nickel hit a four-week low after stocks in LME registered warehouses climbed to a record high. Three-month copper traded down at $6,200 a tonne in official rings from $6,260 at Thursday's close. "The fundamental situation in the copper market clearly speaks to higher...

  • LONDON, May 22- A shortage of prime office space in rival European financial centres may torpedo plans by some of London's banks to quit the UK capital if Britain opts out of European Union membership. Deutsche Bank, the euro zone's second largest bank by assets, confirmed this week it was considering cutting its UK operations if the country pulled out, and other...

  • Ouch! French high court deals blow to Uber Friday, 22 May 2015 | 8:13 AM ET
    An Uber app on a mobile phone in Washington, D.C.

    France's highest court on Friday backed restrictions on unlicensed taxi services in a decision adding to U.S. start-up Uber's legal troubles.

  • PARIS, May 22- France's highest administrative court on Friday backed restrictions on unlicensed taxi services in a decision adding to U.S. start-up Uber's legal troubles. A Paris appeals court had been waiting for the decision before ruling on whether to ban Uber's unlicensed taxi service, known as UberPOP. Created by two Silicon Valley entrepreneurs...

  • *Gaza's economic output contracted 15 percent in 2014. JERUSALEM, May 22- Gaza's economy is in a worse state than any other in the world, with unemployment at a global high, output contracting sharply and the long-term prospects worrying, the World Bank said on Friday. "Blockades, war and poor governance have strangled Gaza's economy and the unemployment rate is now...

  • *Enel plans to build 5 GW of renewable energy in Africa. PARIS, May 22- Italian utility Enel plans huge investments in renewable energy and grids in Africa, where it expects to find the kind of growth it has enjoyed in Latin America. Enel's chief executive officer Francesco Starace told Reuters that in five years Enel expects to have built up to 5,000 megawatts of...

  • *Islamic State advances in Iraq, Syria raise supply worries. LONDON, May 22- Oil prices slipped on Friday as worries over the impact of war in the Middle East on crude supplies were outweighed by reports of profit-taking ahead of a long weekend. "No one wants to hold open positions ahead of a long weekend so books are being squared, bringing some consolidation," said...

  • *China worries weigh on copper. LONDON, May 22- Copper fell on Friday as worries about China dominated sentiment, but expectations of stronger demand from the top consumer over coming months limited losses. "The fundamental situation in the copper market clearly speaks to higher prices," said Daniel Briesemann, analyst at Commerzbank in Frankfurt.

  • PARIS— The Eiffel Tower closed to the public for most of the day Friday as workers protested a rise in aggressive pickpockets around the Paris landmark that attracts thousands of visitors daily. The walkout came a day after Paris authorities announced that crime against tourists in the French capital had dropped this year thanks to reinforced police...

  • France cracks down on food waste by supermarkets Friday, 22 May 2015 | 6:07 AM ET

    PARIS— France's parliament has voted to forbid big supermarkets from destroying unsold food, encouraging them to donate to charities or farms instead, as part of a national campaign against food waste. The amendment approved by the National Assembly, the lower house of Parliament, late Thursday is part of a larger environmental bill. The overall bill will go to a...

  • RIGA, May 22- British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday began his campaign to persuade European leaders to make changes to the European Union before he holds a referendum to decide whether Britain should stay in or quit the bloc. Cameron was due to hold talks with European Council President Donald Tusk and a handful of EU government heads on the sidelines of...

  • BERLIN, May 22- German business morale deteriorated slightly in May for the first time in seven months though it remained at a high level overall, a leading survey showed, adding to signs of softening in Europe's largest economy. The Munich- based Ifo think tank said its business climate index, based on a monthly survey of 7,000 firms, edged down to 108.5 in May from...

  • *Progressive Scandinavia encourages paternal leave. OSLO/ STOCKHOLM May 22- Nordic nations are the tops when it comes to gender equality, according to the World Economic Forum's global rankings which reviews the gaps between men and women in a range of areas, including the economy. "We are a feminist government and one of our goals is to increase labour market...

  • PARIS, May 22- France's highest administrative court on Friday backed restrictions on unlicensed taxi services in a decision that will hit U.S. start-up Uber. The constitutional council said that unlicensed taxis had to return to their bases after dropping off a customer or await new fares from a parking lot, upholding a ban on them driving around looking for...

  • FRANKFURT, Germany— European Central Bank head Mario Draghi says governments that share the euro currency shouldn't wait for better times to push through reforms that would boost sluggish growth. The jobless rate is 11.3 percent for the 19 European Union member countries that use the euro, and 50 percent for young people in Spain and Greece.

  • *Islamic State advances in Iraq, Syria raise supply worries. LONDON, May 22- Oil prices steadied on Friday as worries over the impact on crude supplies of war in the Middle East were balanced by reports of profit-taking ahead of a long weekend. "No one wants to hold open positions ahead of a long weekend so books are being squared, bringing some consolidation," said...

  • German business confidence drops slightly in May Friday, 22 May 2015 | 4:13 AM ET

    BERLIN— A closely watched survey shows German business confidence has slightly slipped as companies expressed satisfaction with their current situation but increasing worries about the future. The Ifo Institute said Friday its Business Climate Index dipped to 108.5 points for May from 108.6 points the month before. The survey of some 7,000 firms in...

  • Merkel and French President Francois Hollande spoke for about two hours with their Greek counterpart, Alexis Tsipras, at a summit in Latvia in an effort to pave the way for a deal to get Greece more loans. The "friendly and constructive exchange" came after a leading official from Tsipras' party warned that Greece will not be able to repay a loan to the International...

  • TOKYO, May 22- The market capitalisation of shares listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange's main board hit a record high on Friday, topping a 26- year peak and marking one victory in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's campaign to jolt the economy out of a long phase of deflation and stagnation. The total market capitalisation of the TSE's first section rose to 591.30...

  • Tuk-tuk taxi maker aims to make inroads in US Friday, 22 May 2015 | 2:24 AM ET

    DENVER— They're ubiquitous in Asia, swarming the bustling streets of Bangkok, New Delhi and Beijing. The Tuk Tuk Factory, based in Amsterdam, has signed a licensing agreement with Denver- based eTuk USA to allow the company to manufacture and sell an electric version of the vehicle. The three partners' other company, eTuk Denver, launched a call-and-demand shuttle...