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  • ATHENS, March 26- Greece will present measures to boost tax revenues and encourage investors as part of a reforms list aimed at reaching a deal with lenders early next week to unlock aid, the government said on Thursday. After talks with EU leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the past week, Athens said it would present a package of reforms to its...

  • DUBAI, March 26- Top oil exporter Saudi Arabia and Gulf OPEC ally Kuwait will beef up security around their oil facilities, they said on Thursday, after they and other Arab allies began a military operation in Yemen. Oil prices rallied on Thursday after the air strikes in Yemen, on the borders of Saudi Arabia, sparking fears of a wider Middle East conflict that could...

  • US BENCHMARK 10- YEAR TREASURY NOTE YIELDS INCREASE AFTER SEVEN-YEAR NOTE AUCTION TO 1.991 PCT.

  • US TREASURIES YIELDS RISE AFTER SEVEN-YEAR NOTE AUCTION, SEVEN-YEAR NOTE YIELDS INCREASE TO 1.788 PCT.

  • *FTSE 100 down 1.4 pct. Britain's FTSE 100 closed 1.4 percent lower at 6,895.33 points, bringing the drop since a record high hit on Tuesday to 2.4 percent. Analysts at Citigroup on Thursday cut their forecasts for the smartphone sector and target prices on stocks highly exposed to China, the world's largest phone market, including Britain's ARM, which designs...

  • *Named as Andreas Lubitz, a German citizen. After listening to "black box" voice recordings, French prosecutors left no doubt that they believe 28- year-old Andreas Lubitz was in control of the Airbus A320 and set it on its fatal descent. Prosecutors in the German city of Duesseldorf said police were searching his home for evidence.

  • March 26- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control is launching an ad campaign warning consumers against the dual use of e-cigarettes and regular cigarettes. E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that heat a nicotine-laced liquid to produce an inhalable vapor. Such data could have implications for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's proposed...

  • Froman said although there was no firm deadline to conclude the 12- nation Trans-Pacific Partnership, "we do feel that we can close this out in a very small number of months." Some countries are demanding Congress approve legislation to streamline the passage of trade deals before closing the TPP, sources close to the negotiations told Reuters.

  • VICTORIA, March 26- The Seychelles' economy is seen growing by 3.5 percent this year from an estimated 3.3 percent in 2014, helped by a recovery in tourism, the International Monetary Fund said on Thursday. "Although the weak euro is putting some pressure on yields, tourism arrivals are rising moderately, and growth is projected at 3.5 percent, higher than...

  • U.S. business groups have already complained about the new rules, which China announced in December, and senior officials including Secretary of State John Kerry have written to their Chinese counterparts about them. Japan and the European Union have echoed U.S. concerns about the regulations, which China says aim to promote cybersecurity.

  • Yemen war clouds raise dangers for top oil shipping route Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 12:39 PM ET

    LONDON, March 26- Conflict in Yemen risks spilling out into the busy sea lanes that pass it and potentially disrupt the narrow Bab el-Mandeb passage through which nearly 4 million barrels of oil are shipped daily to Europe, the United States and Asia. Oil prices rose as much as 6 percent on Thursday after neighbouring Saudi Arabia and its allies launched air...

  • *Iran says halt "aggressions"; security up at Kuwait oil sites. NEW YORK, March 26- Oil prices rallied for a second straight day on Thursday after Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies began air strikes in Yemen, sparking fears of a bigger Middle East battle that could disrupt world crude supplies. The military operation against Houthi rebels, who have driven the...

  • Trade Representative Michael Froman said on Thursday that although there was no firm deadline to conclude a Pacific trade pact, he hoped the Transpacific Partnership could be wrapped "in a small number of months."

  • U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PASSES BIPARTISAN, PERMANENT FIX FOR MEDICARE DOCTOR PAYMENTS.

  • BILL REQUIRES MEANS TESTING OF MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES SO PEOPLE WITH HIGHER INCOMES PAY MORE.

  • ABU DHABI, March 26- Abu Dhabi fund Aabar Investments said on Thursday its sale of 2 billion euros of bonds exchangeable into shares of UniCredit was not an exit from its investment in the Italian bank, but a way to improve its own finances. The investment firm on Tuesday said it had sold the five- and seven-year bonds representing around 4 percent of UniCredit's...

  • MADRID/ MILAN March 26- The euro zone credit cycle is a whisker away from turning positive but don't expect a rapid recovery. Bank lending to the private sector fell 0.1 percent in February, data from the European Central Bank showed on Thursday, dashing expectations for an increase but inching ever closer to positive growth after nearly three years of...

  • GENEVA, March 26- The United States is concerned about China's restrictions on the use of foreign information technology equipment by the banking sector, the United States said in a filing published by the World Trade Organization on Thursday. U.S. business groups have already complained about the regulations, and senior officials, including Secretary of...

  • MAJORITY OF U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES VOTES FOR BIPARTISAN FIX FOR MEDICARE DOCTOR PAYMENTS, VOTING CONTINUES.