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  • 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...

  • CHICAGO and NEW YORK, May 22- As a virulent avian influenza outbreak continues to spread across the Midwestern United States, some egg-dependent companies are contemplating drastic steps: importing eggs from overseas or looking to egg alternatives. "Canada is short on eggs and has been buying heavily from the U.S. for the last several years," said Rick Brown, a...

  • RIGA, May 22- Newly re-elected British Prime Minister David Cameron will have his first talks with other European Union leaders on Friday on reforms he is seeking to the EU before holding a referendum by 2017 on Britain's membership of the bloc. Cameron will use a summit in the Latvian capital between the EU and six former Soviet republics as an opportunity to...

  • *Rainer Neske, retail chief and others to depart. FRANKFURT, May 21- Deutsche Bank gave more power to co-chief executive Anshu Jain in a management shake-up that was roundly criticised by investors on Thursday who demanded more changes to restore confidence in the leadership of Germany's largest bank. Making Jain directly responsible for cutting Deutsche...

  • *Deutsche Bank reshuffles management board ahead of investor vote. FRANKFURT, May 21- Deutsche Bank boosted the power of co-chief executive Anshu Jain in a management shakeup, but shareholders criticised the moves as insufficient and demanded more changes to restore confidence in the leadership of Germany's largest bank. Deutsche Bank has trailed rivals...

  • AMSTERDAM, May 21- Dutch retail partnership Spar sees big opportunities to expand in markets where other Western chains fear to tread, exploiting a model of sharing global best practice among independent businesses trading from Angola to India and Ukraine. "The potential in China is still enormous and in Russia it is too because we've only just started opening...

  • PARIS— Authorities in Paris say crime against tourists in the city, famed for its monuments and troubled by petty theft, appears to be dropping after a reinforced police presence and increased video surveillance. In addition to an increased police presence intended to protect tourists against petty crime, Paris has overall ratcheted up security since the...

  • PARIS, May 21- Top European companies urged governments on Thursday to set a goal of slashing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero well before 2100, saying that going green can bring profits rather than costs. Business leaders from global and European alliances of companies including Unilever, Total and Saint-Gobain also called for a global price on carbon...

  • PARIS, May 21- Top European companies urged governments on Thursday to set a goal of slashing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero well before 2100, saying that going green can bring profits rather than costs. Business leaders from global and European alliances of companies including Unilever, Total and Saint-Gobain also called for a global price on carbon...