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  • *Selling retail business in Turkey a priority- sources. ISTANBUL, April 30- HSBC faces a tough task selling its loss-making retail arm in Turkey, where it has been hamstrung by tough competition and faces a decline in both economic growth and investor confidence. Chief Executive Stuart Gulliver said in February HSBC's four problem businesses-- Brazil, Mexico,...

  • DIARY- Emerging Markets Economic Events to May 11 Monday, 27 Apr 2015 | 2:32 PM ET

    SINGAPORE- Monetary Authority of Singapore releases its macroeconomic review- 0400 GMT. SEOUL- Bank of Korea will release minutes from its April policy rate meeting- 0700 GMT. BUCHAREST- National bank of Romania Governor Mugur Isarescu to attend financial seminar.

  • DIARY- Emerging Markets Economic Events to May 7 Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 8:02 PM ET

    SINGAPORE- Monetary Authority of Singapore releases its macroeconomic review- 0400 GMT. SEOUL- Bank of Korea will release minutes from its April policy rate meeting- 0700 GMT. BUCHAREST- National bank of Romania Governor Mugur Isarescu to attend financial seminar.

  • *EU summit agreed to triple search and rescue mission off Libya. *Land routes into Europe also deadly; train kills 14 migrants. BRUSSELS/ SKOPJE, April 24- British and German warships made ready to sail for waters off Libya as Europe ramped up rescue operations in the Mediterranean after up to 900 desperate migrants drowned last weekend on a boat heading for Italy.

  • Chinese bourses hit fresh 15- year highs and the MSCI emerging equities index was up 0.2 percent to within a whisker of seven-month highs reached on Friday. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was at seven-year highs on signs China is entering a prolonged cycle of pro-growth monetary easing. It's hard to see how aggressive they will be,...

  • How to get around gov't curbs on the Internet Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 1:52 PM ET
    Person at computer

    Government bans on certain websites happen all the time across the globe, but there is a simple workaround for most.

  • How to get around a government firewall   Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 12:00 PM ET
    How to get around a government firewall

    CNBC's Reem Nasr explains the steps web users can take when governments - such as those in China, Iran and Turkey - block certain websites.

  • ISTANBUL, April 15- The Turkish lira slid to a new record low on Wednesday on rising investor fears about political uncertainty after a June 7 parliamentary election, but the economy minister warned against intervention, saying the currency would find its own level. Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci and Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek also sought to boost...

  • No fuel price impact: Turkish Airlines   Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 7:10 AM ET
    No fuel price impact: Turkish Airlines

    Temel Kotil, CEO of Turkish Airlines, talks about the low oil price and its impact on his business.

  • Turkey, Russia are undervalued: Pro   Monday, 13 Apr 2015 | 3:00 AM ET
    Turkey, Russia are undervalued: Pro

    Alan Miller, CIO of SCM Direct.com, says Russia and Turkey have been undervalued in emerging market trades, adding that recent ruble strength is boosting valuations for Russian firms.

  • *Istanbul aims to be top-10 financial hub. *Equity market has not kept pace with economic growth. ISTANBUL, April 12- Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan dreams of transforming Istanbul into a financial hub that can rival Dubai or Singapore, but first he needs to win over would-be investors like Ali Bahcuvan.

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to April 21 Thursday, 9 Apr 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    SARASOTA, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond President Jeffrey Lacker speaks on the economic outlook before an event co-sponsored by the Global Interdependence Center and the Financial Planning Association of the Suncoast- 1245 GMT. BLOOMINGTON, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Narayana Kocherlakota speaks...

  • ISTANBUL, April 7- Two Turkish academics on Tuesday appealed a court order that allowed authorities to block access to Twitter and YouTube for several hours this week, a crackdown they say reflects Ankara's growing authoritarianism. Turkey has taken a tough stance on social media under President Tayyip Erdogan and the ruling AK Party he founded.

  • Turkey's Internet ban   Tuesday, 7 Apr 2015 | 11:00 AM ET
    Turkey's internet ban

    CNBC's Courtney Reagan reports on Turkey's efforts to cut off the Internet from its own people as June election nears.

  • ISTANBUL, April 7- Twitter and Facebook have vowed to fight a Turkish ban that briefly blocked access to social media sites this week, a clampdown critics said was further evidence of Ankara's growing authoritarianism. Turkey has taken a tough stance on social media under President Tayyip Erdogan and the ruling AK Party he founded, temporarily stopping access...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to April 20 Monday, 6 Apr 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    BISMARCH, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Narayana Kocherlakota speaks before a breakfast meeting of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce- 1250 GMT. TOKYO- Bank of Japan monetary policy meeting. WASHINGTON- Federal Open Market Committee to publish the minutes of March policy meeting- 1800 GMT.

  • Iran nuke deal: These industries could get a boost Monday, 6 Apr 2015 | 3:17 PM ET
    Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif speaking at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland last Thursday.

    The industries that will most immediately benefit are those that have been hit by sanctions meant to bring Iran to the negotiating table.

  • *Twitter ban to be lifted after it complies with requests. ANKARA/ ISTANBUL, April 6- Twitter has complied with Turkey's request to remove photographs of an Istanbul prosecutor held at gunpoint by far-left militants and a ban on the micro-blogging site will be lifted very shortly, a senior Turkish official said on Monday. "Users across Turkey will be able to access...

  • ISTANBUL, April 6- Al Qaeda's official Syrian wing, the Nusra Front, kidnapped 300 Kurdish men in the country's north, a Kurdish official in Syria said on Monday. Idris Nassan, an official in the Kobani canton, said the men were taken on Sunday evening as they were travelling from the town of Afrin, which is under Kurdish control, to the cities of Aleppo and the capital...

  • ANKARA/ ISTANBUL, April 6- Turkey blocked access to Twitter and YouTube on Monday over the publication of photographs of an Istanbul prosecutor held at gunpoint by far-left militants hours before he was killed in a shootout last week, officials said. Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said a prosecutor had sought the block on access to social media sites...