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  • By Maria Tsvetkova and Richard Balmforth. KIEV/ DONETSK, Ukraine, July 9- Ukrainian government forces on Wednesday warned separatists in the eastern town of Donetsk that a plan was now in place to take back the territory they occupy, but defiant rebels reported a steady flow of new recruits who were ready to fight.

  • Germany sets out plan to launch car toll in 2016 Monday, 7 Jul 2014 | 8:03 AM ET

    BERLIN— Germany plans to introduce a car toll that seeks to make money from the millions of foreigners who drive through the country every year, the transport minister said Monday. Germany has a truck toll but, unlike many European countries, no car toll. Dobrindt plans to introduce toll stickers in 2016 for all cars using any roads in Germany, not just highways.

  • China's premier says country's economy improving Monday, 7 Jul 2014 | 5:56 AM ET

    BEIJING— China's economy improved in the latest quarter but faces "downward pressure," and Beijing will increase the strength of targeted policy measures to shore up growth, the country's premier said Monday. "China's economic performance in the second quarter has been improved from that in the first quarter.

  • BEIJING, July 7- Airbus Group NV's helicopter division sealed a deal on Monday to sell 123 helicopters to Chinese companies during German Chancellor Angela Merkel's China visit.

  • LONDON, July 6- The drugs don't work- and neither does the market, when it comes to antibiotics. Totally resistant forms of the lung infection emerged in India just a few years ago and have now been detected worldwide.

  • BEIJING, July 7- China's economic growth quickened in the second quarter from the previous three months, but further modest government support measures will still be needed, Premier Li Keqiang said on Monday. His cautiously optimistic remarks may boost market confidence ahead of China's second-quarter economic report due on July 16.

  • Merkel slams industrial spying on China visit Monday, 7 Jul 2014 | 12:32 AM ET

    BEIJING— German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized industrial spying Monday while on a visit to China, which Germany and other governments have cited as a global center for economic espionage. Security researchers say Beijing tolerates such theft and in some cases actively encourages it.

  • China signs deal to purchase 100 Airbus helicopters Sunday, 6 Jul 2014 | 10:47 PM ET

    BEIJING, July 7- Airbus Group NV's helicopter division signed agreements on Monday to sell 100 helicopters to Chinese companies.

  • Merkel brings German business leaders to China Sunday, 6 Jul 2014 | 8:47 PM ET

    BEIJING— Economic and business ties between China and Germany are expected to dominate Monday discussions between Chinese leaders and Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is visiting Beijing with a large business delegation. Negotiations with Iran to end its nuclear program and the ongoing conflict in Ukraine may also come up in Monday's discussions.

  • INSIGHT-How to fix a broken market in antibiotics Sunday, 6 Jul 2014 | 4:59 AM ET

    LONDON, July 6- The drugs don't work- and neither does the market, when it comes to antibiotics. Totally resistant forms of the lung infection emerged in India just a few years ago and have now been detected worldwide.

  • BERLIN, July 6- A German intelligence chief warned, as Chancellor Angela Merkel embarks on her latest visit to China, that some firms in Europe's biggest economy face a growing threat from industrial espionage by Chinese government agencies with huge resources.

  • Report: German intel worker allegedly spied for US Friday, 4 Jul 2014 | 6:54 AM ET

    BERLIN— Germany summoned the U.S. ambassador in Berlin on Friday following the arrest of a man reported to have spied for the United States, heightening friction between the two countries over alleged U.S. eavesdropping in Germany.

  • Report: NSA targeted German privacy activist Thursday, 3 Jul 2014 | 12:46 PM ET

    BERLIN— German media reported Thursday that users and supporters of a popular online anonymity tool are among those automatically singled out for special attention by U.S. security services.

  • Merkel urges big push on EU-US free trade deal Thursday, 3 Jul 2014 | 12:33 PM ET

    BERLIN, July 3- Germany's Angela Merkel made a strong plea on Thursday for the European Union and the United States to complete their talks about forming a new transatlantic free trade area. But the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership has met resistance in Europe, including concerns about imports of U.S. food and the need to protect European culture.

  • BERLIN, July 3- Germany's lower house of parliament approved the introduction of a nationwide minimum wage of 8.50 euros per hour on Thursday, following a heated months-long debate between politicians and businesses who warned it would cost jobs. That has been the reality for millions of employees in Germany.

  • German Parliament OKs national minimum wage Thursday, 3 Jul 2014 | 7:32 AM ET

    BERLIN— German lawmakers on Thursday approved the introduction of the country's first national minimum wage, a triumph for its main center-left party that a long-skeptical Chancellor Angela Merkel described as a "painful" political compromise.

  • BERLIN, July 3- Germany's lower house of parliament approved on Thursday the introduction of a nationwide minimum wage of 8.50 euros per hour, one of the flagship reforms of Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition partner, the centre-left Social Democrats.

  • BERLIN, July 3- Germany's lower house of parliament is set to approve a controversial nationwide minimum wage on Thursday despite last-minute disputes over whether the Social Democrats' flagship labour market project goes too far or not far enough.

  • *Economist Jim O'Neill to head new antibiotics panel. LONDON, July 2- Prime Minister David Cameron called on Wednesday for global action to tackle the threat of drug-resistant superbugs and said Britain planned to take a leading role in finding ways to spur the development of new antibiotics.

  • BERLIN, July 2- German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet approved a 2015 budget plan on Wednesday which for the first time in over four decades includes no net new borrowing, according to participants.