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  • Verizon, Vodafone discuss possible $130 billion deal Thursday, 29 Aug 2013 | 5:58 AM ET

    Shares of U.K. telecom firm Vodafone surged 9 percent on Thursday after it confirmed discussions with Verizon Communications over its 45 percent stake in their U.S. joint venture Verizon Wireless.

  • Italy's crucial tax deal will come at a cost Thursday, 29 Aug 2013 | 4:40 AM ET

    The pressure on Italy's fragile Italian coalition government may have eased after ministers agreed to abolish an unpopular real estate tax, but some analysts warned that this political stability would come at a cost.

  • Zurich chairman resigns over CFO's apparent suicide Thursday, 29 Aug 2013 | 2:34 AM ET
    Josef Ackermann

    Josef Ackermann, the chairman of Zurich Insurance Group, has resigned after indicating that he felt pressured to take part of the responsibility for the death of Chief Financial Officer Pierre Wauthier, the firm announced on Thursday.

  • France boosts profit at Europe’s largest supermarket Thursday, 29 Aug 2013 | 1:46 AM ET

    Carrefour reported a 4.9 percent rise in first-half recurring operating profit as a sharp improvement in the profitability of its core French business offset weakness in Spain and Italy, and in Asia.

  • Venice Film Festival: Launch pad for indie movies? Wednesday, 28 Aug 2013 | 12:02 PM ET
    Actors Sandra Bullock and George Clooney at the 2013 Venice Film Festival

    The world's oldest international film festival, which kicked off on Wednesday, is becoming an increasingly important launch pad for small-budget films, according to industry experts.

  • Carney's crunch speech: More stimulus possible Wednesday, 28 Aug 2013 | 10:24 AM ET
    Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, at the bank's quarterly inflation report news conference

    The Bank of England would consider injecting further stimulus into the economy if rising bond yields threaten its recovery, central bank governor Mark Carney said.

  • Even French criminals can't escape... the taxman Wednesday, 28 Aug 2013 | 10:19 AM ET

    An imprisoned drug dealer faced further bad news when he was asked to pay income taxes on his illicit activities,while still in jail.

  • Spain’s tomato festival charges for first time Wednesday, 28 Aug 2013 | 8:19 AM ET

    Revelers had to pay to take part in Spain's annual tomato-throwing festival for the first time, as the country's economic crisis continues to grip local towns and villages.

  • The newest additions to the English dictionary are likely to make language purists "vom," as "selfie" and "phablet", are among hundreds of new words that have been added to Oxford Dictionaries Online.

  • Gamblers take on central bank forecasts Wednesday, 28 Aug 2013 | 5:11 AM ET

    Sick of the "experts" getting their forecasts wrong? The public are being encouraged to take on the Bank of England by betting on the U.K.'s inflation and unemployment rates.

  • German consumer morale eases from 6-year high Wednesday, 28 Aug 2013 | 3:28 AM ET

    German consumer confidence eased slightly heading into September, albeit remaining close to its highest level in nearly six years, as shoppers worried about creeping inflation.

  • G4S to sell assets, new shares in major overhaul Wednesday, 28 Aug 2013 | 3:24 AM ET

    G4S said it would sell businesses and issue new shares to strengthen its balance sheet, allowing its new boss to clean up the company's reputation.

  • Former German President faces corruption trial Wednesday, 28 Aug 2013 | 1:51 AM ET
    Christian Wulff

    Former German President Christian Wulff will go on trial in November on corruption charges, more than 18 months after he resigned from the largely ceremonial role in disgrace.

  • In a rare outburst, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said Greece should never have been allowed to join the single currency.

  • Dutch govt agrees to $8 billion in budget cuts Tuesday, 27 Aug 2013 | 12:26 PM ET
    Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the Netherlands's finance minister

    The Dutch government has agreed a further $8 billion in budget measures to honor the European Union's deficit ceiling next year, Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem told reporters.

  • German business sentiment hits 16-month high Tuesday, 27 Aug 2013 | 4:46 AM ET

    The upswing in German business sentiment continued in August, according to data from Germany's Ifo Institute released on Tuesday.

  • UK services sector strongest since pre-crisis boom Tuesday, 27 Aug 2013 | 3:30 AM ET
    Alexander Alioto

    The U.K.'s service sector grew to its highest level seen since before the financial crash of 2008, according to a new report released on Tuesday.

  • Petrofac diversifying portfolio as tensions rise Tuesday, 27 Aug 2013 | 1:55 AM ET
    The sun sets over an oil refinery in Saudi Arabia.

    The company reported a 12.5 percent fall in first half revenue and said its profit would be heavily weighted to the second half of the year.

  • BoE's Carney set to hit back against skeptical markets Tuesday, 27 Aug 2013 | 1:47 AM ET
    Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, at the bank's quarterly inflation report news conference

    Bank of England (BoE) Governor Mark Carney will make his first public speech on Wednesday and analysts expect him to try and persuade businesses that interest rates will remain low for the foreseeable future.

  • Antofagasta feels pain of falling copper prices Tuesday, 27 Aug 2013 | 1:35 AM ET

    Falling demand from China will likely cause an oversupply in the copper market by the end of this year and could weigh on prices for the metal until 2016, the CEO of copper miner Antofagasta told CNBC on Tuesday.

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