• *France sends fighter jets for reconnaissance mission over Iraq. PARIS, Sept 15- French President Francois Hollande called on Monday for united international action to tackle the threat from Islamic State militants as he opened a conference on Iraq bringing together members of a U.S.-led coalition.

  • Heineken rejects SABMiller takeover bid Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 4:36 AM ET

    AMSTERDAM— Family-controlled brewer Heineken says it has rejected a takeover bid by rival SABMiller. In a statement issued late Sunday night, the Dutch brewer said the Heineken family informed SABMiller it intends "to preserve the heritage and identity of Heineken as an independent company." Heineken did not release any details of the SABMiller bid.

  • *SABMiller, Heineken advance on M&A news. Weekend data showed China's factory output grew at the weakest pace in nearly six years in August while growth in other major sectors also fell, increasing fears that China may be at risk of a sharp slowdown unless Beijing takes new stimulus measures.

  • Union: Lufthansa pilots call off strike Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 3:07 AM ET

    BERLIN— Lufthansa plans to proceed with its long-haul flights from Frankfurt on Tuesday despite a pilots' strike, the airline said Monday. Germany's biggest airline said all 40 long-haul flights from Germany's busiest airport will go ahead, suggesting it expects to have enough staff to run them.

  • MOSCOW/ KIEV, Sept 14- Russian mobile firms face being squeezed out of Ukraine after Kiev signaled it would favor European companies in future airwave auctions to curb Moscow's influence in the country.

  • Sweden's far-right rises amid immigration debate Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 2:43 AM ET

    Ironically, the surge for the far-right Sweden Democrats means the country's government itself is poised to shift to the left, since many of the Sweden Democrats' new voters defected from Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt's center-right coalition. Here's a guide to Sweden's shifting political situation:.

  • A Scottish 'Yes' also means exit from EU, NATO Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 2:31 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— If Scottish voters this week say Yes to independence, not only will they tear up the map of Great Britain, they'll shake the twin pillars of Western Europe's postwar prosperity and security— the European Union and the U.S.-led NATO defense alliance.

  • Air France pilot strike amid low-cost tensions Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 2:16 AM ET

    Air France is urging passengers to change or postpone travel, estimating that it can only ensure 48 percent of flights Monday. Air France-KLM announced an investment plan last week aimed at saving 1 billion euros over the next several years, and said it will transfer much of its European operations— and jobs— to low-cost carrier Transavia.

  • Exhibition looks at genius of carousel inventor Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 2:08 AM ET

    He's the subject of an exhibition at Brooklyn's historic Green-Wood Cemetery where he's buried— just miles from Coney Island where he lived and worked. "William F. Mangels: Amusing the Masses on Coney Island and Beyond" runs through Oct. 26 at the cemetery's chapel.

  • PARIS, Sept 15- Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn is preparing to cut battery manufacturing, people familiar with the matter said, in a new reversal on electric cars that has reopened deep divisions with alliance partner Renault.

  • US says Middle East to help fight IS, UK cautious Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 1:35 AM ET
    Secretary of State John Kerry.

    Washington said countries in the Middle East have offered to join airstrikes against IS militants, but Britain held back.

  • WASHINGTON/ LONDON, Sept 14- Washington said countries in the Middle East had offered to join air strikes against Islamic State militants and Australia said it would send troops, but Britain held back even after the group beheaded a British hostage and threatened to kill another.

  • *Spain, others, fearful of separatist precedent, could veto Scots. *Realpolitik, negotiation with Spain, London may well be decisive. BRUSSELS, Sept 14- If Scots vote for independence, it will be in part because they believe assurances that their small Atlantic peninsula can quit the United Kingdom without ever leaving the secure embrace of the European Union.

  • PREVIEW-Hardest yet to come for France's Hollande Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 | 7:05 AM ET

    PARIS, Sept 14- A bitter public attack by a jilted ex-partner, a cabinet melt-down and the admission of broken economic promises have meant an uncomfortable three weeks for Francois Hollande.

  • Samsung accuses LG execs of damaging its products Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 | 6:37 AM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— Samsung Electronics Co. has accused senior executives of domestic rival LG Electronics Inc. of intentionally vandalizing its washing machines at retail stores in Germany and has asked for an official investigation.

  • Dutch stage tomato fight against Russian sanctions Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 | 6:03 AM ET

    AMSTERDAM— Hundreds of young Dutch men and women turned Amsterdam's central Dam square into a blizzard of red goop on Sunday, as they pelted each other mercilessly with overripe tomatoes. The idea was lifted from Spain's famed annual "La Tomatina" festival in Bunol. Tickets to the one-hour fight cost 15 euros each and around 1,000 were sold.

  • *Ukraine conflict, sanctions darken mood in Europe. Federal Reserve may give clearer hints on when it will hike the cost of borrowing in the United States in the coming week, as struggling Europe braces for a tight vote in Scotland on whether to leave the United Kingdom.

  • Anti-euro party strong in German state votes Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 | 4:55 AM ET

    BERLIN— A new party that has expanded its anti-euro stance into a broader appeal to protest voters won seats in two more German state legislatures Sunday, building on recent momentum and intensifying a headache for established parties.

  • MOSCOW/ KIEV, Sept 14- Russian mobile firms face being squeezed out of Ukraine after Kiev signalled it would favour European companies in future airwave auctions to curb Moscow's influence in the country.

  • Reinsurers flock to Monte Carlo as market storm brews Saturday, 13 Sep 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    *Reinsurers in Monte Carlo for Sept. 13-17 conference. "I am disappointed, exasperated, and even rather appalled by what is happening in the market," said Nikolaus von Bomhard, chief executive of the world's biggest reinsurer, Munich Re.