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  • *Iran talks extend past deadline, crude extends losses. TOKYO, April 1- Asian stocks sagged on Wednesday, taking their lead from weaker U.S. shares, while the dollar slid against the yen as Tokyo's Nikkei recoiled in volatile trade. Crude oil prices continued to decline as negotiations between Iran and world powers over nuclear technology with potential supply...

  • PRECIOUS-Gold edges up after March drop as dollar slips Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 11:10 PM ET

    *Gold snaps 3- day fall, lost 2.4 pct in March. SINGAPORE, April 1- Gold kicked off April by climbing on Wednesday as the dollar retreated, but expectations the Federal Reserve is on course to lift interest rates this year capped bullion's gains. "There's some short-term support around $1,180, but I still believe the price will continue to go down given pressure from...

  • *Iran nuclear talks extend beyond Tuesday deadline. Talks between Iran and six world powers to settle a dispute around Tehran's nuclear programme extended beyond a Tuesday deadline, as the parties edged towards a deal but failed to agree to crucial details such as the lifting of U.N. sanctions. Talks had appeared to bog down, after the United States warned that it...

  • *Crude decline continues, Iran talks drag on past deadline. Crude oil prices continued declining as negotiations between Iran and world powers over nuclear technology with potential supply implications dragged on beyond a deadline. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.1 percent.

  • *Oil down on worries that Iran could add to supply. NEW YORK, March 31- The euro closed out the worst quarter in its 15- year history on Tuesday, slammed by monetary policy changes and worries about Greece, while U.S. stocks retreated a day after posting big gains. Federal Reserve will raise interest rates this year, while the European Central Bank's...

  • *Oil down for 3rd day on Iran nuclear talks. NEW YORK, March 31- Oil fell for a third straight session on Tuesday, with Brent crude tumbling 12 percent for the month, as world powers entered into intense negotiations with Iran for a nuclear deal that could bring more of its oil to an oversupplied market. In Tuesday's session, prices ended off the day's lows as the United...

  • *Oil down for 3rd day on Iran nuclear talks. NEW YORK, March 31- Oil fell for a third straight session on Tuesday, with Brent crude tumbling 12 percent for the month, as world powers entered into intense negotiations with Iran for a nuclear deal that could bring more of its oil to an oversupplied market. In Tuesday's session, prices ended off the day's lows as the United...

  • Merkel and Hollande edge closer after tragedies Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 1:13 PM ET

    *Berlin and Paris to step up cooperation on energy, drones. BERLIN, March 31- The leaders of Germany and France announced plans on Tuesday to work more closely on economic and security issues after years of strain, saying the tragedies of the Charlie Hebdo killings and air crash in the French Alps had brought them closer. Chancellor Angela Merkel and President...

  • *France, Germany want deal where Iran cannot make nuclear weapons. Six world powers, consisting of the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China, ramped up negotiations with Iran in Switzerland for outline deal on Tehran's nuclear program that would be integral to removing sanctions on its oil exports. But with hours to go to the midnight deadline in...

  • BELGRADE, March 31- The vista of rusting boats and drab wasteland that greets visitors passing over the river Sava into Belgrade is set to be transformed into a futuristic forest of skyscrapers under ambitious redevelopment plans that have left Serbs deeply split. The project marks the first foray into central and eastern Europe by Abu Dhabi- based Eagle Hills...

  • NEW YORK, March 31- U.S. stocks retreated on Tuesday from the previous session's rally, though major indexes were headed for a positive first quarter, while the euro was on track for its biggest quarterly fall as worries about Greece kept the currency under pressure. The European Central Bank's one-trillion-euro economic stimulus program, launched this month,...

  • BELGRADE, March 31- The vista of rusting boats and drab wasteland that greets visitors passing over the river Sava into Belgrade is set to be transformed into a futuristic forest of skyscrapers under ambitious redevelopment plans that have left Serbs deeply split. The project marks the first foray into central and eastern Europe by Abu Dhabi- based Eagle Hills...

  • CAIRO, March 31- The public tranche of Egyptian foodmaker Edita's secondary share issue on the Cairo bourse was 4.5 times oversubscribed, the company said in a statement on the stock exchange on Tuesday. The company launched a private institutional offering of shares on the Egyptian stock exchange and global depository receipts on the London Stock Exchange...

  • LONDON, March 31- Littlebrook power station, which towers grimly over the lower Thames near Dartford in Kent, ceases operations today after almost 35 years, the last of Britain's big oil-fired power plants to close. Now its closure marks the impact of higher oil prices and EU-wide policies, agreed by Britain's major political parties, to move away from fossil...

  • DUBAI/ ABU DHABI, March 31- Tourism Development& Investment Co has delayed fundraising plans to build Abu Dhabi's largest shopping mall in collaboration with a unit of French luxury goods firm LVMH, three sources aware of the matter told Reuters. The move by the Abu Dhabi state-owned investment fund, coupled with management changes at the joint venture and lower...

  • BAGHDAD, March 31- Iraqi troops aided by Shi'ite paramilitaries and Sunni tribal fighters have reached the center of Tikrit after securing the Sunni city's southern and western sections from Islamic State militants, Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said on Tuesday. "Our security forces have reached the center of Tikrit and they have liberated the southern and...

  • IRAQI PM'S SPOKESMAN SAYS SECURITY FORCES HAVE LIBERATED WESTERN AND SOUTHERN TIKRIT AND REACHED THE CENTRE OF THE CITY.

  • GENEVA, March 31- Members of the Saudi-led coalition conducting air strikes in Yemen are preventing a Red Cross plane from delivering medical supplies in Sanaa, an ICRC spokeswoman said on Tuesday. In a statement, the independent aid agency "called for the urgent removal of obstacles to the delivery to Yemen of vital medical supplies needed to treat casualties...

  • KUWAIT, March 31- Iran wants all parties in Yemen to return to talks, Tehran's deputy foreign minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said on Tuesday, adding the Islamic Republic and Saudi Arabia could work together to solve the conflict there. "Iran and Saudi Arabia can cooperate to solve the Yemeni crisis," Abdollahian told reporters in Kuwait, speaking through a...

  • GENEVA, March 31- Members of the Saudi-led coalition conducting air strikes in Yemen are preventing a Red Cross plane from delivering urgent medical supplies in Sanaa, an ICRC spokeswoman said on Tuesday. In a statement, the independent aid agency "called for the urgent removal of obstacles to the delivery to Yemen of vital medical supplies needed to treat...