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  • France's Sarkozy loses support in party race Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 | 8:40 AM ET
    Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy

    Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has lost support in the race for head of the conservative party, a poll showed.

  • UK firms Aviva, Friends Life in $8.8B merger talks Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 | 7:46 AM ET

    LONDON— Britain's Aviva says it is in talks to buy another insurer, Friends Life for over 5.6 billion pounds in a deal that would create the country's leading insurance, savings and asset management company by number of customers. The companies issued a statement Friday announcing they had reached agreement on the financial terms of a transaction under which...

  • Russia steps up war of words with US, EU Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 | 7:08 AM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) holds a glass of champagne as Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) looks on during a reception for foreign ambassadors in the Grand Kremlin Palace on November 19, 2014 in Moscow, Russia.

    Sergei Lavrov accused the West of trying to use sanctions imposed on Moscow in the Ukraine crisis to seek "regime change" in Russia.

  • Biden announces new aid for Syrian refugees Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 | 5:49 AM ET

    ISTANBUL— Vice President Joe Biden and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan emerged from a nearly four-hour meeting Saturday, offering no indication that the U.S. and Turkey had bridged their differences about how to deal with Islamic State fighters or Syrian President Bashar Assad. Biden announced $135 million in new U.S. aid for Syrian civilians,...

  • Portuguese police detain ex-premier in fraud case Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 | 4:11 AM ET

    LISBON, Portugal— Former Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates has been detained by police as part of an investigation into corruption, money-laundering and tax fraud, Portugal's Attorney-General's office said Saturday. Socrates, who was Portugal's prime minister from 2005 to 2011, was taken into custody late Friday with three others, according to a...

  • Influx of cheap Peruvian quinoa riles Bolivia Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    LA PAZ, Bolivia— International demand for quinoa continues to boom, and that's fueling an increasingly bitter commercial feud between Bolivia and Peru, the two main producers of the Andean "superfood." Peru is about to overtake Bolivia as the top exporter, worrying Bolivians about their ability to compete. As Peru boosts production of cheaper factory-farmed...

  • Man pleads guilty in New York cybercrime case Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 8:02 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Prosecutors say a California man has pleaded guilty in New York City for his role marketing malware that federal authorities say infected more than a half-million computers worldwide. Brendan Johnston entered his plea to a charge of conspiracy to commit computer hacking before a Manhattan federal judge Friday. Attorney Preet Bharara says the 24-...

  • Nov 21- The European Parliament is preparing a non-binding resolution that proposes splitting Google Inc's search engine operations in Europe from the rest of its business as one possible option to rein in the Internet company's dominance in the search market. European politicians have grown increasingly concerned about Google's and other American...

  • ATHENS, Nov 21- Greece's government on Friday pushed ahead with plans for a near-balanced budget next year, ignoring objections from its international lenders who say Athens is set to miss its deficit forecast. The government and the European Union and International Monetary Fund have been at loggerheads over the projected 2015 deficit, with the lenders...

  • How the Dow Jones industrials did on Friday Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 4:54 PM ET

    U.S. stocks closed higher Friday, edging further into record territory as investors welcomed a move by China to stimulate its economy by lowering interest rates. Hints from the head of Europe's central bank that it might step up its own stimulus efforts also helped lift stocks. The Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard& Poor's 500 index closed at record...

  • Dow, S&P 500 push further into record territory Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 4:12 PM ET

    Stocks are pushing further into record territory as investors welcome a move by China to stimulate its economy by lowering interest rates. Hints from the head of Europe's central bank that it might step up its own stimulus efforts also put investors in a buying mood Friday. Caterpillar jumped 4 percent, the biggest gain in the Dow.

  • Nov 21- The European Parliament is preparing to call on regulators to consider splitting Internet search from other commercial services, according to a draft motion seen by Reuters, escalating a longstanding effort to curtail Google Inc's dominance of the industry. European politicians have grown increasingly concerned about Google's and other American...

  • Jury orders Irish man to pay $2M over ethanol deal Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 3:34 PM ET

    IOWA CITY, Iowa— A wealthy Irish investor must pay $2 million in damages to an Iowa doctor who was cut out of a major ethanol development in eastern Europe, a jury ruled Friday. Branimir Catipovic, a doctor at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Des Moines, proved his civil claim of unjust enrichment against Dublin entrepreneur Mark Turley, the federal jury in Sioux...

  • *China's first rate cut in 2 years helped spark rally. *Expectations grow for OPEC production cut at Nov. 27 meet. NEW YORK, Nov 21- Oil prices rose on Friday for their first weekly gain in two months with benchmark Brent crude returning to above $80 a barrel after a rally triggered by China's interest rate cut and speculation of an OPEC output cut.

  • LONDON, Nov 21- British insurer Aviva said on Friday it had agreed terms on a possible deal to buy rival Friends Life for 5.6 billion pounds, as British pension reform puts pressure on insurance companies to find new business. Aviva's all-share offer of 0.74 shares for every Friends Life share implies a 15 percent premium to the closing price on Friday.

  • *Shares soar on China rate cut, Draghi stimulus hopes. *Euro tumbles on Draghi; Brent above $80 a barrel. NEW YORK, Nov 21- World stock markets and oil prices rallied Friday, fueled by hopes for global growth following a surprise interest rate cut by China and as the European Central Bank indicated it would step up asset purchases to boost the euro zone economy.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 21- The European Parliament is preparing to call for the separation of search engines from other commercial services to ensure a level playing field for the Internet industry, according to a draft motion seen by Reuters on Friday, presenting a threat to leading search engine Google Inc.. The draft motion does not mention any specific search...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 21- The European Parliament is preparing to call for a break-up of Google Inc that would separate its search services from its other businesses, the Financial Times on Friday cited a draft motion as saying. European regulators are increasingly concerned about Google's and other American companies' growing dominance of the Internet...

  • 2015 stock outlook: Good but not great, and bumpy Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 1:51 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Stocks can keep climbing next year, tacking even more gains onto their phenomenal run of the last five-plus years. Just don't expect them to be as big-- or to come with as little heartburn-- as before. The economy is growing, and employers have added more than 200,000 jobs for nine straight months, the longest such streak since 1995. "Everything is pointing to...

  • Nov 21- British insurer Aviva said on Friday it had agreed terms on a possible deal to buy rival Friends Life for 5.6 billion pounds, as British pension reform puts pressure on insurance companies. Aviva's all-share offer of 0.74 shares for every Friends Life share implies a 15 percent premium to the closing price on Friday. Friends Life shareholders would also...