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  • PARIS/ FRANKFURT, April 27- Siemens and the French government intervened in U.S.-based General Electric's plan to buy the power arm of France's Alstom on Sunday by offering an alternative tie-up between European "champions" and a pledge to act in France's national interest.

  • PARIS April 27- German engineering group Siemens is offering Alstom half of its train-making business plus cash in exchange for its French rival's power turbines division, Le Figaro newspaper reported on Sunday.

  • CHICAGO, April 27- John Goihl, a hog nutritionist in Shakopee, Minnesota, knows a farmer in his state who lost 7,500 piglets just after they were born. In Sampson County, North Carolina, 12,000 of Henry Moore's piglets died in three weeks.

  • PARIS, April 27- France's Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg confirmed for the first time on Sunday that both General Electric and Siemens were interested in engineering group Alstom and said he would not allow any hasty decisions. In a statement, he said he first learned of GE's interest on Thursday and then of Siemens' proposal earlier on Sunday.

  • *Markets expect $10 billion taper to monthly bond buying. SAN FRANCISCO/ NEW YORK, April 27- Federal Reserve policymakers this week are set to continue paring their massive bond-buying stimulus, but below the smooth surface of a likely unanimous vote lies a deeply divided Fed struggling to lay the groundwork for more difficult decisions ahead.

  • *Fed meets Tues-Wed, Bank of Japan policy review on Wed. Global financial markets are still on alert for developments in Ukraine, with the United States and its G7 partners preparing tougher sanctions against Russia.

  • *Siemens says willing "to discuss future strategic opportunities" with Alstom. PARIS/ FRANKFURT, April 27- Alstom's arch rival Siemens wants talks with the struggling French engineering group, the German company said on Sunday, the day General Electric boss Jeff Immelt is due in Paris to thrash out a deal to buy Alstom's global power arm.

  • LONDON, April 27- From the shop floor of precision engineering firm JJ Churchill, the return to health of Britain's recession-damaged economy seems to be fully on course.

  • *EU legislature faces challenge to its legitimacy. PARIS, April 27- At each election since Europe's unique experiment in cross-border democracy began in 1979, the percentage of voters casting ballots for the directly elected European Parliament has fallen.

  • LONDON, April 27- The "stress test" scenarios to be unveiled by the European Banking Authority on Tuesday mark the third time Europe has set the likely and worst-case scenarios its biggest banks should prepare themselves for.

  • LONDON, April 27- Fears of euro zone deflation, emerging markets turmoil and a determination not to repeat past mistakes mean European regulators are likely to come up with the toughest set of tests for the region's banks that they have ever faced.

  • China March industrial profits up 10.7 percent yr/yr Saturday, 26 Apr 2014 | 10:49 PM ET

    SHANGHAI, April 27- Profits earned by China's industrial companies rose 10.7 percent in March to 513.2 billion yuan from a year earlier, faster than the 9.4 percent pace in the January-February period, the government said on Sunday. During the first quarter, profits of industrial companies rose 10.1 percent, the National Bureau of Statistics said on its website.

  • TOKYO, April 27- Japan and the United States have found "common ground" to forge a two-way trade deal, but may not be able to resolve remaining sticking points in time for a mid-May meeting of top negotiators seeking a broad regional deal, a senior Japanese official said.

  • LONDON, April 27- A British exit from the European Union could wreck London's position as the only financial centre to rival New York and isolate the country's economy, research ordered by a lobby group for banks and money managers showed.

  • White House looks at how 'Big Data' can discriminate Saturday, 26 Apr 2014 | 4:53 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, April 26- The Obama administration is preparing to release a report next week that will outline concerns that current U.S. privacy laws and regulations do not do enough to protect consumers from potential discrimination due to "big data" algorithms that crunch through information gathered online, a White House official said on Saturday.

  • SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 26- Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine offered on Saturday to release eight captive international observers in a prisoner exchange, as Western governments prepared new sanctions against Moscow.

  • PARIS, April 26- General Electric boss Jeff Immelt is due in Paris on Sunday and is expected to meet France's economy minister as he closes in on a deal to buy the global power arm of struggling French engineer Alstom, sources close to the matter said. Some put a $13 billion valuation on Alstom's turbines and power grid equipment business.

  • SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 26- Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine offered on Saturday to release eight captive international observers in a prisoner exchange, as Western governments prepared new sanctions against Moscow.

  • PRAGUE, April 26- Slovakia and Ukraine have reached an agreement on opening up limited capacity for reverse flow of natural gas from central Europe to Ukraine and will sign the deal on Monday, the Slovak Economy Ministry said on Saturday.

  • Slovakia reaches reverse gas flow deal with Ukraine Saturday, 26 Apr 2014 | 11:34 AM ET

    PRAGUE, April 26- Slovakia and Ukraine have reached an agreement on opening up limited reverse flow of natural gas from central Europe to Ukraine and will sign the deal on Monday, the Slovak Economy Ministry said on Saturday.