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  • ATHENS, Greece— A top Greek lawmaker has welcomed German President Joachim Gauck's call for his country to consider World War II redress to Greece as a gesture "of historical significance." Noting that Gauck's remarks became known Friday, the anniversary of a 1944 mass execution of Greek resistance fighters by German occupying forces, Parliament Speaker Zoi...

  • HONG KONG, May 3- Fosun International Ltd, an investment company controlled by Chinese billionaire Guo Guangchang, said it had offered to buy the 80 percent it does not already own in U.S. insurer Ironshore Inc for $1.8 billion. The move follows Fosun's decision to buy a 20 percent stake in the casualty and property insurer for $464 million in August 2014 in a bid to...

  • WEST CHARLTON, N.Y.— In an online profile of "Our Farmers," New York City milk bottler Elmhurst Dairy tells the story of how David Wood bought his first two calves as a part-time hobby in 1970 and grew his Saratoga County farm to more than a thousand Holsteins, whose milk is trucked every day to its plant in Queens. Elmhurst abruptly cut ties with Wood's seven-farmer...

  • WASHINGTON— Republican House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner says Hillary Rodham Clinton needs to back trade legislation that President Barack Obama wants— and help get Democrats on board. Boehner says Republican votes alone aren't enough to give Obama the negotiating authority to complete an Asia-Pacific trade deal. He tells NBC's "Meet the Press"...

  • HAVANA— An official Cuban newspaper reports that Fidel Castro joined his brother, President Raul Castro, for a rare appearance to meet with Japan's foreign minister. Kishido arrived in Cuba on Friday with a delegation of business leaders. Fidel Castro handed power to his younger brother in 2006 after suffering from poor health.

  • LOS ANGELES, May 3- McDonald's new Chief Executive Steve Easterbrook is set to unveil his plan on Monday to revive growth as the world's largest hamburger chain struggles to win back consumers and investors. He'll be aiming to persuade people such as Janna Sampson, co-chief investment officer at OakBrook Investments, which bought McDonald's shares on the...

  • LONDON, May 3- In 1990, an assessment called Project Rainbow paved the way for HSBC to move from Hong Kong to Britain. Project Rainbow assessed HSBC's future base by considering whether it was operationally effective, tax efficient, politically acceptable, consistent with bank regulatory requirements, in the best interests of shareholders and compatible...

  • DETROIT, May 3- Detroit's automakers, on track for their best sales year since 2006, may want to brace themselves for rockier times ahead. Auto executives say the industry is as healthy as it's been since being restructured in 2009. But judging by the recent stock performance of General Motors Co, Ford Motor Co and Fiat Chrysler Automotive, investors have a less...

  • Some make nothing at all when Congress is in recess. Members of the House and Senate collect their $174,000 annual salaries whether Congress is making laws, taking a break or causing a partial government shutdown. "This is the most important building in the world," said Sontia Bailey, who works the cash register and stocks the shelves at the "Refectory" takeout on the...

  • LONDON— Ian Robinson, co-owner of a small investment firm in London, is watching Britain's general election this Thursday with unease. A victory for Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative Party could bring Britain a step closer to leaving the 28- nation European Union, a move many companies fear would cause damage by increasing costs of doing business on...

  • BEIJING— A pilot said Sunday that he is anxious but excited about flying a solar plane solo from China to Hawaii on the longest leg of the first attempt to fly around the world without a drop of fuel. The 8,175- kilometer flight from Nanjing in eastern China to Hawaii— which may take off Thursday, depending on weather— is the seventh of 12 flights.

  • YANGON, May 3- Myanmar has awarded contracts to international oil majors Statoil and ConocoPhillips for oil and gas exploration in a deepwater offshore block, the official Kyemon Daily said on Sunday. The Myanmar newspaper said the two companies' regional subsidiaries- Singapore-registered Statoil Myanmar Private Ltd and ConocoPhillips Myanmar E&P Pte....

  • SHANGHAI, May 3- The leader of Taiwan's Nationalist Party will sit down with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Monday in the first meeting between the heads of the ruling parties in the two rival states in more than 60 years. Xi, as head of China's ruling Communist Party, will host Taiwan's Chu in the first meeting of its kind since defeated Nationalist...

  • LONDON, May 3- Always top of the data pile, this week will be no exception for the U.S. jobs report with a first interest rate rise likely this year despite a dramatic slowdown in the first quarter. "They will need better data to justify a rate hike, and that need is pushing the timing of a policy change ever-deeper into 2015," said Tim Duy, a professor at the University of...

  • BAKU, May 3- Central bankers and finance ministers from China, Japan and South Korea said on Sunday they remained committed to policies to support demand in the face of moderate and uneven global growth. The policymakers for the three North Asian economies held a trialateral meeting, chaired by Japan's Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso, on the...

  • Here, they sit at the vanguard of the Communist Party of China. These rising Communist Party members from across the country have come to the China Executive Leadership Academy Pudong in Shanghai as part of the party's decade-long effort to introduce its own elite to foreign ideas. As China seeks to play a more decisive role on the global stage, such exposure is...

  • Customer service Twitter accounts for Dish Network and Cox Communications asked users whether they ordered standard definition or high definition feeds of the fight, indicating there may be issues with the standard definition feed. A similar account for DirecTV referred users toward a troubleshooting website. "We're seeing and gracefully managing a lot...

  • Chairman of Taiwan's ruling party visits mainland Sunday, 3 May 2015 | 1:03 AM ET

    SHANGHAI— The chairman of Taiwan's ruling Nationalist party said Sunday that further cooperation between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan was of utmost importance ahead of expected talks with President Xi Jinping as the former bitter enemies continue their 2- decade-old rapprochement. Yu also said the forum could discuss ways for Taiwan to participate...

  • Jim Lampley, the main telecaster for the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao showdown in Las Vegas told viewers Saturday night that "electronic overload" caused cable and satellite operators to ask for a delay. Customer service Twitter accounts for Dish Network and Cox Communications asked users whether they ordered standard definition or high definition...

  • The investigation, which has not previously been reported, follows a wide-reaching probe into the pharmaceutical industry in China that last year saw GlaxoSmithKline Plc fined nearly $500 million for bribing officials to push its medicine sales. "We are not aware of any situation that conforms to what you describe," said Germany- based spokesman Matthias...