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  • Apple has held talks with Beats Electronics on a potential partnership involving Beats' planned music-streaming service, three people familiar with the situation told Reuters.

  • Obama Taps Burwell for OMB; New Chiefs for EPA, DOE Monday, 4 Mar 2013 | 11:08 AM ET
    Sylvia Matthews Burwell

    President Obama made three major personnel appointments Monday, nominating Walmart's philanthropic head Sylvia Mathews Burwell as White House budget director, Gina McCarthy to lead the EPA and physicist Ernest Moniz to head the DOE.

  • HSBC and Standard Chartered will report a reduction in their bonus pools, reflecting separate settlements with U.S. authorities over probes into money laundering and sanctions violations, Sky News reported on Sunday.

  • A prototype quadrotor unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in the Unmanned Systems Laboratory at the Naval Postgraduate School is tested on Septempter 30, 2011 in Monterey, California.

    As U.S. authorities grapple with how to regulate the use of unarmed drones in U.S. skies, a small network of police, first responders and experts is already flying unmanned aircraft.

  • The Sands Corp. sign in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Las Vegas Sands said it "likely" violated the federal Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which outlaws the bribery of foreign officials, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Friday.

  • Obama Presses Congress for Deal to End Cuts Saturday, 2 Mar 2013 | 6:15 AM ET
    U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

    Just hours after across-the-board spending cuts officially took effect, Barack Obama pressed Congress to work with him on a compromise to halt a fiscal crisis he said was starting to "inflict pain" on communities.

  • Let the Cuts Begin! Obama Signs 'Sequester' Order Friday, 1 Mar 2013 | 8:52 PM ET
    President Barack Obama

    It's on: President Obama on Friday signed an order that starts putting into effect across-the-board budget cuts known as the "sequester" after he and congressional leaders failed to find an alternative budget plan.

  • Goldman Sachs Trims Risk-Taking to Seven Year Low Friday, 1 Mar 2013 | 9:10 AM ET

    Goldman Sachs Group Inc reduced its risk-taking for a third straight year, with potential losses from trading dropping to the lowest level in seven years.

  • Britain Heads for Third Recession in Four Years Friday, 1 Mar 2013 | 5:38 AM ET
    London Underground

    The risk that Britain is entering its third recession in four years grew with manufacturing shrank unexpectedly last month and mortgage approvals for home buyers dropped in January.

  • Austrian architect Wolf Prix of CooP Himmelblau gestures during a media tour of the the new European Central Bank (ECB) headquarters on September 20, 2012 in Frankfurt, Germany.

    A dramatic anti-austerity vote leaves Italy lying outside the fortress the European Central Bank constructed around the euro zone last September.

  • Vivendi Stumbles on Asset Sales; Shares Drop Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 | 5:06 AM ET
    Vivendi's Chief Administrative Officer Philippe Capron

    Entertainment-to-telecoms conglomerate Vivendi said on Tuesday it could give no full-year group outlook until it had more clarity on key asset sales, prompting its shares to slip.

  • Bank of Japan Headed for Split Leadership Monday, 25 Feb 2013 | 6:12 PM ET
    Bank of Japan headquarters in Tokyo, Japan

    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is seeking to put at the top of the Bank of Japan two officials with different views on how to beat deflation, which could complicate decision-making in an already split board.

  • Cyprus' New President Faces Bailout Quagmire Monday, 25 Feb 2013 | 1:32 AM ET
    Nicosia, Cyprus

    Cypriot president-elect Nicos Anastasiades faces weeks of difficult talks with foreign lenders on a financial rescue for the island nation after sweeping to a resounding victory in a run-off election on Sunday.

  • People's Bank of China in Beijing, China

    Central bank insiders interviewed by Reuters say the People's Bank of China (PBOC) is the country's most potent force for reform in the face of powerful vested interests.

  • Italy Vote May Not Give Country What It Needs Thursday, 21 Feb 2013 | 7:51 PM ET

    Silvio Berlusconi's resurgence and the rise of a foul-mouthed populist comedian have thrown Italy's weekend election wide open, with deep uncertainty over whether the poll can produce a positive outcome.

  • Does Japan Really Need $100 Billion in Spending? Thursday, 21 Feb 2013 | 6:40 PM ET

    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to spend more than $100 billion on infrastructure in the next 15 months to help revive his country's economy. But does the ultra-modern nation need it?

  • China Central Bank Chief May Keep His Job Afterall Wednesday, 20 Feb 2013 | 7:20 PM ET
    Zhou Xiaochuan, governor of the People's Bank of China

    China's central bank governor, Zhou Xiaochuan, is set to keep his job next month despite reaching the mandatory retirement age of 65, in a bid by Beijing's new leaders.

  • Beer Fight: US, AB InBev in Talks Over $20 Billion Deal Wednesday, 20 Feb 2013 | 6:26 PM ET
    AB Inbev

    The Justice Department and AB InBev asked a court for a short delay as the Budweiser parent seeks to save a $20 billion beer deal.

  • The government's sale of a $10 billion stake in Japan Tobacco, the world's third-largest tobacco company, is expected to kick off within days after bankers met on Tuesday over deal details.

  • BHP Billiton Names New CEO as Profit Slumps Tuesday, 19 Feb 2013 | 6:03 PM ET

    Global miner BHP Billiton appointed the head of its non-ferrous business as its new chief executive on Wednesday to replace Marius Kloppers.