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  • *Key launch in fight to stay No.1 vs Apple. SEOUL/ BARCELONA, March 1- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd unveiled its latest Galaxy S smartphones featuring a slim body made from aircraft-grade metal, in a bid to reclaim its throne as undisputed global smartphone leader from Apple Inc.. By some estimates, Apple surpassed Samsung as the world's biggest smartphone maker...

  • GENEVA, March 1- The main talking point at this week's Geneva car show is likely to be a vehicle that may never be built: the Apple car. Thilo Koslowski, vice president automotive at technology market research firm Gartner, believes there is now a race between carmakers and tech companies to control the "brain" of next generation vehicles. The ability of software...

  • REUTERS SUMMIT- UGANDA SET FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH OF 5.3 PCT THIS FISCAL YEAR- GOVT OFFICIAL.

  • Bells toll for Europe's largest gas field Sunday, 1 Mar 2015 | 12:00 PM ET

    WESTERWIJTWERD, Netherlands, March 1- Dutch church bells that for centuries have tolled to warn of floods across the low-lying countryside are sounding the alarm for a new threat: earthquakes linked to Europe's largest natural gas field. Lessons from Groningen, which lies far from any natural fault line, feed into a debate over the threat posed by hydraulic...

  • March 1- Ninety thousand executives, marketers and reporters gather in Barcelona this week for the telecom operators Mobile World Congress, the largest annual trade show for the global wireless industry. Click on the links below to see some stories from the conference. >China's Huawei enters smartwatch frenzy with round-face models.

  • March 1- Will Smith's new action drama "Focus" booted the kinky sex tale "Fifty Shades of Grey" for its perch atop U.S. and Canadian weekend box office charts, racking up $19.1 million in ticket sales. "Kingsman: The Secret Service", an adaptation of a popular comic series which stars Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Firth about a spy agency's training program and a global...

  • NEW YORK— Will Smith's con-man caper "Focus" disrobed "Fifty Shades of Grey" at the box office, but the film's modest $19.1 million opening still left questions about the drawing power of the once unstoppable star. According to studio estimates Sunday, Warner Bros.' "Focus" easily topped all competitors on a weekend with little competition at North American...

  • KAMALA, March 1- Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni replaced his finance, security and transport ministers in a reshuffle on Sunday, which analysts said was aimed at rewarding his allies ahead of an election due early next year. In the reshuffle, Matia Kasaija, a junior finance minister was promoted to finance minister, replacing Maria Kiwanuka, who will become...

  • Germany trusts Greece to fulfill bailout terms Sunday, 1 Mar 2015 | 10:51 AM ET

    BERLIN— Germany's finance minister said Sunday that he trusts Greece's current government to fulfill the conditions for the bailout deal, but also made clear the country would not receive any further money if it didn't. At the same time, Schaeuble warned that if Greece did not fulfill the demands laid out by the eurozone finance ministers in a four-month...

  • HTC Corp. also unveiled a fitness tracker, the Grip. Rather, HTC is partnering with sports clothing maker Under Armour to offer features for those with active lifestyles. The announcements come on the eve of this week's Mobile World Congress wireless show in Barcelona, Spain.

  • AMSTERDAM, March 1- Dutch semiconductor equipment maker ASML said on Sunday that it was investigating an unauthorised intrusion into its IT systems, but it had found no evidence that valuable files were accessed. ASML, the world's largest maker of tools for etching out the powerful microchips at the heart of latest-generation smartphones and computer...

  • ATHENS/ MADRID, March 1- Spain's centre-right Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy hit back on Sunday against accusations from Greece's leftist premier that Spain and Portugal had led a conservative conspiracy to topple his anti-austerity government. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Spain and Portugal had taken a hard line in talks on the euro zone...

  • Mobile industry tiptoes towards 5G Sunday, 1 Mar 2015 | 9:57 AM ET

    BARCELONA, March 1- Running short of dramatically new phone designs, leaders of the world's wireless industry agree their next big idea is 5 G, shorthand for the fifth generation of networks they expect to have up and running by 2020.. That will not stop network equipment makers such as China's Huawei and France's Alcatel-Lucent and dozens of newer players from...

  • As New England freezes, natural gas stays cheap Sunday, 1 Mar 2015 | 9:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK, March 1- What a difference a year makes. New England' s power grid operator, ISO New England, provided incentives to encourage generators to lock in oil and gas supplies early, offering an end-of-season cash payout to cover any excess costs from unused fuel supplies, among other things. "Both the region's power grid and its resources have been operating well...

  • MADRID— Spain's prime minister has responded angrily to his Greek counterpart's claim that Spain and Portugal have formed "an axis of forces" trying to overthrow Greece's government. Speaking Sunday in Andalusia, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said neither Spain nor Portugal were "responsible for the frustration" that Greece's new government led by the Syriza...

  • NEW YORK/ MANAGUA, March 1- Venezuela, once a proud exporter of premium coffee, has been reduced to swapping crude oil for growing volumes of Nicaraguan coffee beans to make sure worsening economic turmoil does not prevent people from getting their caffeine fix. Falling coffee production and near-record demand has forced it to buy more higher-priced foreign...

  • WASHINGTON— Congress' dysfunction isn't limited to the struggle to keep a Cabinet department running without interruption. The to-do list includes forestalling a 21 percent cut in Medicare payments to physicians, preventing a cutoff of highway and transit dollars in the middle of peak construction season this summer and renewing critical parts of the...

  • BARCELONA, March 1- Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei on Sunday launched its first smartwatch, a round-faced device that works with Android phones, joining a crowded market weeks before the introduction of the highly anticipated Apple Watch. At an event tied to the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the firm unveiled its Huawei watch line in classic,...

  • NEW DELHI/ MUMBAI, March 1- India's reform-minded prime minister, Narendra Modi, appears to have passed a major test with a budget that pleased economists and investors with pledges to spend more on modernising India's ageing roads and railways while keeping borrowing in check. "Despite the higher fiscal deficit; the market borrowing number is below market...

  • MOSCOW, March 1- Holding placards declaring "I am not afraid", thousands of Russians marched in Moscow on Sunday in memory of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, whose murder has widened a split in society that some say could threaten Russia's future. Families, the old and young walked slowly, with many carrying portraits of Nemtsov, an opposition politician and former...