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  • BEIJING, March 15- It won't be easy for China to grow its economy by around 7 percent this year as targeted by the government, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Sunday, but authorities will do what they can to ensure growth stays within a reasonable range.

  • Blackberry launches new secure tablet Saturday, 14 Mar 2015 | 6:24 PM ET

    March 14- Seeking to extend its range of secure mobile devices, BlackBerry Ltd said on Saturday it was launching a high-security tablet, developed with International Business Machines Corp and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. The SecuTABLET, based on Samsung's Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and being presented by BlackBerry unit Secusmart at tech fair CeBIT 2015 in Germany,...

  • SHARM EL-SHEIKH, March 14- One of Egypt's leading businessmen said on Saturday the country needs to fire inefficient civil servants to attract investment and strengthen the economy. Foreign investors have criticised bureaucracy and a bloated civil service of about seven million in Egypt, the most populous Arab country. "Changing the mindset of all the...

  • UPDATE 1-BP signs $12 billion energy deal in Egypt Saturday, 14 Mar 2015 | 12:51 PM ET

    SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, March 14- Oil company BP has signed an agreement to invest $12 billion in Egypt that will produce 3 billion barrels of oil equivalent, a joint statement from the company and the government said on Saturday. The deal, finalised at an international investment conference in the Sharm El-Sheikh resort, will help Egypt as it tackles its worst...

  • CHARLESTON, S.C., March 13- The percentage of Americans who drink a cup of coffee every day declined for the third straight year, the National Coffee Association said on Friday, reflecting slacker consumption from older drinkers. "Our grandparents drank coffee all day," Mark DiDomenico, director of business development at research firm Datassential and former...

  • LONDON, March 14- Long-term use of AstraZeneca's drug Brilinta can cut the risk of death, another heart attack or stroke in patients with a history of past attacks by 16 percent, a keenly awaited clinical trial showed on Saturday. The finding may boost sales of the blood-thinner, which AstraZeneca is relying on to drive growth, although doctors must balance its...

  • ANDORRA LA VELLA/ MADRID, March 14- The chief executive of Andorran lender Banca Privada d' Andorra, who was suspended along with the rest of the board last week, was arrested overnight on suspicion of money laundering, a police spokesman from the principality said on Saturday. Joan Pau Miquel had been running the bank until financial authorities in Andorra...

  • FRANKFURT, March 14- Germany's economy minister on Saturday invited the Egyptian president for a state visit to Germany, the newspaper Handelsblatt reported in its online edition. Sigmar Gabriel handed over the invitation on behalf of German Chancellor Angela Merkel when he met Abdel Fatah al-Sisi on Saturday morning. "The state of the whole region depends on...

  • BP signs $12 billion energy deal in Egypt Saturday, 14 Mar 2015 | 6:14 AM ET

    SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, March 14- British oil company BP finalised on Saturday a $12 billion deal with Egypt to develop 5 trillion cubic feet of gas resources and 55 million barrels of condensates in the West Nile Delta. The supply deal, signed at an international investment conference in the Sharm El-Sheikh resort, will help Egypt as it tackles its worst energy...

  • SYDNEY, March 14- Australia expects to make a decision within weeks on whether it will seek to join the China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Saturday. Australia's decision on whether to become a founding member of the institution risks upsetting either key strategic allies the United States and Japan, or top...

  • SEATTLE, March 13- Boeing Co has started using a new automated system to build wing panels for 737 jetliners, an important step in preparing to hit record production speeds while introducing new models of the popular plane. The robotic system, known as the Panel Assembly Line, or PAL, this week drilled holes and installed rivets for the wings of a production...

  • House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling said the Fed's Office of Inspector General reopened the case on March 4, according to the letter, which was sent to Fed Chair Janet Yellen on Friday. Details of the Federal Open Market Committee's September 2012 meeting were published by Medley Global Advisors in a report to clients on Oct. 3 of that...

  • CHICAGO, March 13- A U.S. home improvement association and several individual contractors said on Friday they would recommend customers avoid Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc, highlighting the widening fallout from allegations about the safety of its flooring. "Our members look down on the practices of Lumber Liquidators or for that matter any vendor that...

  • March 13- U.S. House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling said the Federal Reserve's inspector general had informed him that there was an open criminal investigation into the leak of confidential Fed information in 2012, Bloomberg reported on Friday. Potentially market-moving inside details of the Federal Open Market Committee's...

  • NEW YORK, March 13- U.S. authorities investigating potential manipulation of Herbalife Ltd's shares by consultants working for billionaire investor William Ackman will find it difficult to prove that false statements were deliberately made to drive down the company's value, securities lawyers said. Attorney Preet Bharara have been examining whether the...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, March 13- Pro-government labor unions and social activists staged demonstrations across Brazil on Friday in support of President Dilma Rousseff, two days before mass protests planned against her administration. The protests on Sunday could deepen a political crisis that has given rise to calls for Rousseff's impeachment for not stopping a...

  • "If Greece explodes, Spain and Italy will be next and then at some point, Germany. He also said Greece did not need a third bailout but rather "a haircut like the one Germany also got in 1953 at the London debt conference." Athens and Berlin have become engaged in a war of words and Greece has submitted a formal protest to the German Foreign Ministry, accusing Finance...

  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to March 27 Friday, 13 Mar 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    CERNOBBIO, Italy- European Central Bank board member Sabine Lautenschlaeger takes part in event on "The Outlook for Economy and Finance"- 0745 GMT. Speakers:- European Central Bank board members Sabine Lautenschlager and Peter Praet, Germany's Bundesbank board member Andreas Dombret and Germany's Bundesbank Deputy President Claudia Buch.

  • No jolt for java: U.S. coffee drinking grinds lower Friday, 13 Mar 2015 | 7:18 PM ET

    Charleston, S.C., March 13- The percentage of Americans who drink a cup of coffee every day declined for the third straight year, the National Coffee Association said on Friday, reflecting slacker consumption from older drinkers. "Our grandparents drank coffee all day," Mark DiDomenico, director of business development at research firm Datassential and former...

  • BERLIN, March 14- If Greece were to leave the euro zone, Spain and Italy would also end up quitting the common currency bloc, Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos told German newspaper Bild in an interview to be published on Saturday. "If Greece explodes, Spain and Italy will be next and then at some point, Germany. He also said Greece did not need a third bailout but...