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  • WASHINGTON, Aug 14- A senior U.S. senator said on Thursday he has written to Hospira Inc and urged the drug and medical device maker not to move its tax domicile abroad to save on U.S. taxes.

  • *Merger to create Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. MILAN, Aug 14- Sergio Marchionne has shown he is determined to let nothing stand in the way of Fiat's merger with Chrysler, but a share price slide may yet force the CEO to hit the brakes on plans to turn the world's No. 7 carmaker into a top player.

  • Berlin bans car service Uber Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 12:22 PM ET

    Aug 14- Berlin has banned car service Uber, which allows users to summon a ride on their smartphone, for not offering drivers and vehicles licensed to carry passengers, or full insurance cover, the German capital said.

  • UPDATE 1-EU seeks to take sting out of Russia food ban Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 11:46 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, Aug 14- The European Commission will announce more help for EU fruit and vegetable producers early next week to try to stave off a price collapse after Russia's ban on most Western food imports.

  • European shares inch up after Putin comments Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 11:01 AM ET

    *FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.2 pct, Euro STOXX 50 down 0.04 pct. *Euro STOXX 50 halted by strong resistance level. The euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index was down 0.04 percent at 3,054.41 points.

  • LONDON, Aug 14- Bond yields dropped to record lows across the euro zone on Thursday and the euro hovered near its weakest in nine months after Germany reported its economy shrank in the second quarter, fuelling expectations of more central bank stimulus. Germany said its gross domestic product shrank by 0.2 percent during the April-May period.

  • LONDON, Aug 14- Bond yields dropped to record lows across the euro zone on Thursday and the euro hovered near its weakest in nine months after Germany reported its economy shrank in the second quarter, fuelling expectations of more central bank stimulus. Germany said its gross domestic product shrank by 0.2 percent during the April-May period.

  • Slovak PM critical of Ukraine for sanctions Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 7:46 AM ET

    BRATISLAVA, Slovakia— Slovakia's prime minister has criticized Ukraine for preparing sanctions against Russia. Robert Fico says "it's weird" that Ukraine, which has an association agreement with the 28- nation European Union and receives help from the bloc, takes "unilateral steps" that can pose a threat to the economic interests of individual EU nations.

  • Berlin taxi drivers hail city's Uber ban Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 7:24 AM ET

    BERLIN— Berlin taxi drivers were celebrating Thursday after authorities banned the ridesharing service Uber from operating in the city because of safety concerns.

  • *Germany surprises by slipping into contraction. BERLIN/ BRUSSELS, Aug 14- The euro zone economy ground to a halt in the second quarter of the year, drained of vigor by contraction in Germany and stagnancy in France.

  • *Germany surprises by slipping into contraction. BERLIN/ BRUSSELS, Aug 14- The euro zone economy ground to a halt in the second quarter of the year, drained of vigour by surprisingly shrinking growth in Germany and stagnancy in France.

  • By Paul Carrel and Eva Taylor. FRANKFURT, Aug 14- Euro zone inflation will be weaker than previously expected this year and next, an updated survey for the European Central Bank indicated on Thursday, darkening the euro zone's economic outlook.

  • *Outlook for Q3 bleak due to Russia- Ukraine tensions. BERLIN, Aug 14- Europe's largest economy Germany suffered a surprise contraction in the second quarter, raising doubts about whether it can prop up growth across a continent where tougher sanctions against Russia are already fueling business anxiety.

  • The discovery of the deceit last month crippled the company and undermined credibility in Spain's stock market just as the country recovers from a four-year recession. Spain's judicial system does not require a formal plea and Garcia Martin has not given one.

  • BRUSSELS— Economic growth falls to zero in second quarter in 18 countries that use the euro.

  • LONDON, Aug 14- Bond yields across the euro zone hit record lows on Thursday and the euro hovered near its weakest in nine months after Germany reported its economy unexpectedly shrank in the second quarter, casting doubt on the region's fragile recovery.

  • *Germany surprises by slipping into contraction. *France flatlines, government rips up growth forecast. BERLIN/ PARIS, Aug 14- Germany's economy shrank in the second quarter and France again failed to conjure up any growth, snuffing out any signs of a recovery in the euro zone which is now also weighed down by tit-for-tat sanctions with Russia.

  • Euro zone growth scare weighs on European shares Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 3:27 AM ET

    *Germany's DAX down 0.3 pct, France's CAC down 0.5 pct. By 0712 GMT, the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was 0.3 percent lower at 1,322.09 points, Germany's DAX also fell 0.3 percent and France's CAC dropped 0.5 percent.

  • *Germany surprises by slipping into contraction. *France flatlines, government rips up growth forecast. BERLIN/ PARIS, Aug 14- Germany's economy shrank in the second quarter and France again managed to conjure up no growth, data showed on Thursday, snuffing out any signs of a recovery in the euro zone which is now weighed down by tit-for-tat sanctions with Russia.

  • European shares fall on French, German growth scare Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 3:05 AM ET

    LONDON, Aug 14- European stocks opened lower on Thursday as disappointing economic output data from the euro zone's two largest economies cast shadows on market bets on an economic recovery in the currency bloc. At 0703 GMT, the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was down 0.3 percent at 1,322.16 points, with Germany's DAX and France's CAC down 0.4 percent each.