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  • Abu Dhabi's Etihad gets A380, complete with suite Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 12:17 PM ET

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates— Abu Dhabi's national carrier, Etihad, showcased on Thursday the arrival of its first Airbus A380, outfitted with "the only three-room suite in the sky." The A380 is the first of a fleet of 10 on order from Etihad Airways, which is to take delivery of four more of the double-decker jets next year. The airline also showcased Thursday its...

  • EU grain to enjoy spoils of Russian export curbs Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 12:05 PM ET

    *Australia, Argentina, Canada, Ukraine could also benefit. PARIS, Dec 18- European Union grain exporters will be the main beneficiaries of Russia's pullback from international grain markets as Moscow races to cool domestic prices in the face of economic crisis, analysts and traders said. "At current prices, it's clearly European wheat that will benefit," Andree...

  • FRANKFURT, Dec 18- The European Central Bank said on Thursday it would start publishing accounts of its monetary policy meetings next year, a move that will raise the ECB's transparency but still leave it behind other big central banks. The ECB will begin publishing the accounts of Governing Council discussions starting with the meeting on Jan. 22.

  • *Delivery delays in UK after "Black Friday" surge. BERLIN/ PARIS, Dec 18- The Christmas rush is exposing the limitations of internet-only retailers as surging orders cause delivery delays, allowing Europe's shops to fight back with "click and collect" services and more in-store theatre. Britain's biggest department store group John Lewis, which was early to...

  • Rise of the car-sharing apps poses threat to auto sector Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 10:15 AM ET

    The rise of the likes of car hire app Zipcar and car-pooling rival BlaBlaCar are expected to present new challenges to mass-market carmakers such as Ford, GM, Volvo, Renault and Volkswagen while presenting fresh opportunities for existing rental networks. Online taxi business Uber is another seeking a slice of the market with its UberPop operation, which...

  • Daimler puts aside $748 million for antitrust case Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 9:30 AM ET

    BERLIN— Daimler AG says it's booking a 600 million-euro charge related to European Union antitrust proceedings against commercial vehicle makers. Daimler said Thursday it's increasing a provision first made in 2011 to deal with the investigation by the EU's executive Commission after reviewing documents on which Brussels based its accusations, which it...

  • EU leaders agree to fund for jumpstarting growth Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 9:21 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— European Union leaders agreed Thursday to create a strategic investment fund that could generate up to 315 billion euros in private- and public-sector money to upgrade infrastructure, jumpstart the EU's sluggish economies and ignite job growth. The plan approved by leaders of the 28- nation EU at their one-day summit meeting in Brussels calls for...

  • DUBAI, Dec 18- Saudi Arabia's powerful oil minister said on Thursday that OPEC could not cut output without the support of other big producers and attempts to get them on board had not worked. Ali al-Naimi said it was impossible for OPEC to cut alone to reverse the oil price slump-- which he called temporary-- when others were pumping more, saying that could lead to...

  • Russian sailors leaving France without warship Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 8:29 AM ET

    The Vladivostok helicopter carrier is part of a strange and divisive arms deal now on hold— and perhaps on the verge of collapse— because of the conflict in Ukraine. France built it for Russia's navy but is now having second thoughts, notably amid heavy U.S. criticism of the deal. His change of heart reflects Europe's evolving relationship with Russia, a powerful...

  • LONDON, Dec 18- The Swiss franc tumbled on Thursday after its central bank announced a charge on deposits, wary of a flood of money exiting Russia and likely inflows from the euro zone if the ECB starts full-scale money printing early next year. The jitters of recent weeks calmed a touch as oil rose for a second day, although the pressure was still on Russia's rouble...

  • Ford shuts doors of Belgium's Genk plant Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    *Production to move to Valencia, Spain. GENK, Belgium, Dec 18- Ford Motor Company produced the last car at its plant in Genk, Belgium, on Thursday, closing the site which produced some 14 million vehicles over the past 50 years. The company decided in late 2012 to shut the factory which employed some 4,000 people and to relocate production of new models to Valencia, Spain.

  • Canada man finds woman for free trip around world Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 7:59 AM ET

    TORONTO— A Toronto man who made headlines last month by offering a free round-the-world air ticket to a woman with the same name as his ex-girlfriend has found Ms. Jordan Axani, 28, and his then girlfriend, named Elizabeth Gallagher, booked heavily discounted round-the-world air tickets in May, but their relationship ended and he didn't want her ticket to go to...

  • A fresh setback for efforts to cure HIV infection Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 7:53 AM ET

    So far, Timothy Ray Brown, a U.S. man treated in Germany, remains the only person thought to have been cured of infection with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Gero Huetter of the University of Berlin. In a research letter in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine, Huetter tells of six other patients with HIV and various blood cancers who received similar...

  • *Aim to keep pressure on Russia over Ukraine. BRUSSELS, Dec 18- The European Union banned investment in Crimea on Thursday, halting European help for Russian Black Sea oil and gas exploration and outlawing European cruise ships from calling at Crimean ports. EU leaders, who meet in Brussels later on Thursday, will pledge to keep up pressure on Russia over its role in...

  • The watchdog announced sanctions totaling 345.2 million euros on cleaning products makers Colgate-Palmolive, Henkel, Unilever, Procter& Gamble, Reckitt Benckiser, Sara Lee, SC Johnson and Bolton Solitaire. It announced a further 605.9 million euros of fines relating to personal hygiene products against Colgate-Palmolive, Henkel, Unilever, Procter& Gamble,...

  • France fines 13 firms $1.2 bln for price-fixing Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 7:24 AM ET

    PARIS— Penalizing a dirty business involving cleaning products, French regulators fined 13 consumer-products makers about 950 million euros for price fixing on goods like shampoos, detergents and toothpaste. France's competition authority said Thursday that the companies sought to maintain "artificially high" prices in negotiations with supermarkets...

  • EU bans investment in Crimean, targets tourism Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 7:10 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— The European Union has imposed a ban on investment in Crimea, and other economic sanctions including measures aimed at keeping tourists away. The new measures on investment, services and trade, announced Thursday, beef up the EU's previous sanctions taken in response to Russia's annexation of the peninsula from Ukraine in March.

  • Europe shares rally, led up by rebound for oil stocks Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 6:53 AM ET

    LONDON, Dec 18- European stocks rose on Thursday, led higher by energy-related stocks as oil rose and by strength in financials after the U.S. At 1135 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was up 1.9 percent at 1,341.86 points. Oil companies topped the index, with Norway's Seadrill up 8.7 percent and Statoil up 6.4 percent, as Brent crude jumped 3...

  • *Carrefour raises cash for Brazil expansion, Diniz back in retail. PARIS, Dec 18- Carrefour has sold a 10 percent stake in its Brazilian business to billionaire Abilio Diniz, in a first step towards a possible separate listing, as Europe's largest retailer looks to raise cash to accelerate growth in its second-largest market. With its core French market on the mend,...

  • French parliament passes deficit-cutting 2015 budget Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 6:08 AM ET

    Dec 18- The French parliament approved President Francois Hollande's revised 2015 deficit-cutting budget on Thursday, although it remains to be seen whether the European Commission will demand further efforts early next year. The budget has been at the center of a stand-off between the European Commission and France after Paris broke a promise to bring its...