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  • AMSTERDAM, March 27- The Amsterdam region suffered a power blackout of more than five hours on Friday that hit a million households, forced flights to divert from Schiphol airport and disrupted national public transport networks. After more than two hours without power, lights switched back on in the Amsterdam financial district and gradually returned to...

  • *Crude dips as market reassesses Yemen conflict impact. Trading in many markets was choppy, with oil dropping back after Thursday's spike on Saudi-led air attacks in Yemen and investors awaiting a speech on monetary policy later on Friday by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. "Yellen will be the big news of the day, certainly, so I don't expect a lot of movement...

  • NEW YORK, March 27- The dollar posted minor gains against the euro on Friday while slipping slightly against the yen and the Swiss franc as bullish bets on the dollar lost some steam ahead of comments from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. Yellen will speak on monetary policy in San Francisco at 3:45 p.m. EST and traders will keep an ear out for clues on when the...

  • OIL PRICES: Benchmark U.S. crude fell $1.65 to $49.78 a barrel in New York. MIDDLE EAST: The turmoil in Yemen is also a key focus for investors, particularly in oil markets. The conflict has erupted into a regional conflict, with Saudi Arabia and its allies bombing Shiite rebels allied with Iran, while Egyptian officials said a ground assault will follow the...

  • UPDATE 1-Suicidal pilots hard to spot, say experts Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 9:27 AM ET

    SINGAPORE/ SYDNEY, March 27- As investigators try to find out why a young German pilot deliberately crashed a passenger jet into the French Alps on Tuesday, pilots and psychologists warn it may be impossible to prevent similar incidents in the future. The International Civil Aviation Organization, which sets global aviation standards, recommends that someone...

  • LONDON, March 27- More losses could follow the dollar's recent 5- cent slide versus the euro, Citigroup global chief economist Willem Buiter said on Friday, another major voice to question forecasts the greenback will march relentlessly higher. The official forecast from the currency strategy team at Citi, the foreign exchange market's single biggest player,...

  • *Shanghai rebar also hits record low, but cuts losses. SINGAPORE, March 27- Spot iron ore prices hit new record lows on Friday while futures in China and Singapore slid as much as 4 percent before paring losses, on worries that global producers would continue to lift output in a well supplied market. Iron ore prices on China's Dalian Commodity Exchange hit the daily...

  • LONDON, March 27- The dollar rose across the board on Friday, extending a rebound begun the previous day after Federal Reserve officials signalled they were still on track to raise interest rates this year. Traders are now awaiting a speech by Fed Chair Janet Yellen at 1945 GMT to see whether she strikes a similarly hawkish tone to that of her colleagues, as well as...

  • ATHENS, March 27- Greece's outspoken Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis is not planning to resign, two Greek government officials said on Friday, denying a report in Germany's Bild newspaper. After a celebrity photo shoot with his wife for Paris Match magazine angered officials from the ruling Syriza party, Varoufakis has appeared on fewer television shows...

  • *Ukraine wants bondholders to accept debt writedown. *Entire IMF-led bailout for Ukraine at risk. Moscow bought the bonds from Kiev before a pro-Russian president was forced from power early last year, opening a rift which widened with the annexation of Crimea and a separatist rebellion in eastern Ukraine.

  • The potential deal, first reported by Women's Wear Daily, could value Net-a-Porter lower than the valuation of 2 billion euros reported by the fashion industry trade journal, Forbes reported on Thursday, citing the person. "It's Day 1 in the category," Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos told the New York Times in an interview in 2012, saying the company was making a "...

  • *Crude dips as market reassesses conflict in Yemen. Asian shares dropped overnight but the pan-European FTSEurofirst tip-toed higher as a 0.2 percent fall for Britain's FTSE was offset by 0.6 and 0.1 percent gains on Germany's DAX and France's CAC 40.. "I'm not surprised that European shares are fading their gains," said Gavin Friend, a strategist at National...

  • *Yemen sits on Bab el- Mandeb Strait supply chokepoint. LONDON, March 27- Oil prices fell more than $1 a barrel on Friday as worries receded over the threat of disruptions to Middle East supplies due to Saudi Arabia- led air strikes in Yemen. Oil jumped around 5 percent on Thursday, its biggest daily gain in a month, after air strikes in Yemen by Saudi Arabia and its Gulf...

  • LONDON, March 27- The dollar climbed broadly on Friday, extending a rebound begun the previous day after Federal Reserve officials signaled they were still on track to raise interest rates this year. "It's pretty clear that the market psychology is still to buy the dollar on dips, and hence we had this huge reversal in the dollar," said Alvin Tan, a currency strategist...

  • MONTABAUR, Germany— Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appears to have hidden evidence of an illness from his employers, including having been excused by a doctor from work the day he crashed a passenger plane into a mountain, prosecutors said Friday. Duesseldorf prosecutors' office spokesman Ralf Herrenbrueck said in a written statement that torn-up sick...

  • LONDON, March 27- The Bank of England is warning about potential irregularities in financial markets on a regular basis as it tries to address the problems that dragged it into recent market scandals, a senior BoE official said. Chris Salmon, executive director of markets at the BoE, also told Reuters that more rigid rules of engagement for the central bank's...

  • Stocks recover their poise ahead of US economic data Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 2:24 AM ET

    TOKYO— Asian shares were lackluster Friday as the conflict in Yemen ripped through the Middle East and Japanese data showed the world's No. 3 economy is still in the doldrums. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 fell 1.3 percent to 19,213.15 and South Korea's Kospi was down 0.3 percent at 2,016.94. MIDDLE EAST: The turmoil in Yemen has erupted into a regional...

  • The potential deal, first reported by Women's Wear Daily, could value Net-a-Porter lower than the valuation of 2 billion euros reported by the fashion industry trade journal, Forbes said, citing the person. "It's Day 1 in the category," Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos told the New York Times in an interview in 2012, saying the company was making a "significant"...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to April 9 Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 8:02 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, United States- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks on "Monetary Policy" before the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Conference: The New Normal for Monetary Policy- 1945 GMT. PRISHTINA- European Central Bank's Deputy Director General International& European Relations, Gilles Noblet, speaks at an event to celebrate the conclusion of a...

  • *Iran denounces strikes, Russia calls for "immediate ceasefire". NEW YORK, March 26- Oil jumped about 5 percent on Thursday, the biggest daily gain in a month, as air strikes in Yemen by Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies sparked fears that escalation of the Middle East battle could disrupt world crude supplies. The Saudi military operation against the Iran- backed...