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  • BERLIN, July 27- Business confidence in Germany improved in July after two monthly drops as an agreement between Greece and its creditors for talks on a third bailout lifted the mood at firms in Europe's largest economy. Hans-Werner Sinn, president of Ifo think tank, said the easing of that crisis had helped boost sentiment in Germany. Last week Germany and Iran...

  • SANAA, July 27- A truce appeared to be holding on Monday in Yemen's capital Sanaa, the target of near-nightly air raids during a fourth-month-old war, with residents saying the city had passed a quiet night. Four months of air raids and war have killed more than 3,500 people in the Arabian Peninsula state. U.N. children's agency UNICEF says the death toll includes...

  • U.S. crude for September delivery was down 14 cents at $48 as of 0024 GMT, after closing the previous session down 31 cents at $48.14, its lowest settlement since March 31 and down 5.5 percent on the week. Brent crude futures for September delivery fell 4 cent to $54.58 after ending the previous session 65 cents down, the lowest close since March 19 and a drop of 4.3...

  • WASHINGTON— As President Barack Obama faces pressure to discuss human rights in his first official visit to Ethiopia this weekend, a unique lawsuit back home is challenging whether the African country can spy on an American by turning his computer into a giant recording device. But the man, born in Ethiopia and now a U.S. citizen, isn't wanted for a crime.

  • *Most insurers in Reuters survey say Iran attractive market. LONDON/ SYDNEY, July 26- Western and Middle East insurance specialists see Iran as an appealing $8 billion market in the wake of its nuclear deal with world powers, though uncertainty over when sanctions on Tehran will be lifted means they are treating the country with caution. Under the accord reached...

  • July 25- Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd is in advanced talks to buy Allergan Plc's generic drug business following a thus far unsuccessful effort to acquire peer Mylan NV, according to a person familiar with the matter. Jerusalem- based Teva, which has offered to buy Mylan for $40 billion, is now close to an agreement to acquire Dublin- based Allergan's...

  • Turkey attacks Kurdish militants in Northern Iraq Saturday, 25 Jul 2015 | 5:38 AM ET
    Town of al-Qaim at the Iraqi-Syrian border

    Turkish fighter jets, which on Friday attacked Islamic State targets in Syria, launched a wave of airstrikes in northern Iraq on Saturday. The New York Times reports.

  • *Major opening seen after Iran's nuclear deal with powers. VIENNA, July 24- Iran offered to sell state assets to foreigners, said it would cut the government's role in the economy and pledged a tight monetary policy as it sought to attract billions of dollars of investment from abroad after over a decade of isolation. If implemented, they could move Iran's economy...

  • ZAGREB, Croatia— A Croatian man has been kidnapped in Egypt by an unidentified armed group, Croatia's foreign ministry said Friday. The man was abducted Wednesday in Cairo while traveling to work for a French company, the foreign ministry said in a statement. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media, said...

  • LONDON, July 24- Oil prices neared four-month lows on Friday, set for their fourth straight week of declines, after data showed a contraction in China's factory sector and the dollar rose against a basket of currencies. Data showing activity in China's manufacturing sector shrank at the fastest pace in 15 months in July adds to concern about demand at a time when...

  • West Bancorp posts 2Q profit Friday, 24 Jul 2015 | 8:18 AM ET

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa _ West Bancorp Inc. on Friday reported second-quarter earnings of $5.3 million. West Bancorp shares have increased 13 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: West Bancorp, Earnings Report.

  • *Iran woos European industrial firms after nuclear deal. VIENNA, July 24- Iran expects to rejoin the international electronic payment system SWIFT three months after sanctions imposed on it are lifted and it will also become easier for foreign firms to take part in privatizations in Iran, a senior Iranian official said. The size of the foreign reserves and the...

  • VIENNA, July 24- Iran's foreign reserves total between $115 billion and $125 billion, including assets in its sovereign wealth fund, its industry minister said on Friday in one of the most detailed public descriptions of the reserves by an Iranian official. The size of the foreign reserves and the way in which Iran uses them will be crucial in its efforts to...

  • LONDON, July 24- Oil prices hovered near four-month lows on Friday after data showed a contraction in China's factory sector and the dollar rose against a basket of currencies. "Concerns around the demand environment were heightened further today by the PMI read out of China," said Michael McCarthy, chief market strategist at CMC Markets in Sydney.

  • With the energy sector's second-quarter earnings seen doing better than the prevailing consensus forecast for a decline of almost 59 percent from the year-ago quarter, according to a Thomson Reuters analysis, shares could get a benefit. But the S&P energy subsector of exploration and production companies is at its most expensive on a price-earnings basis...

  • LONDON, July 24- Brent crude oil prices neared four-month lows on Friday after data showed a contraction in China's factory sector and the dollar rose against a basket of currencies. "Concerns around the demand environment were heightened further today by the PMI read out of China," said Michael McCarthy, chief market strategist at CMC Markets in Sydney.

  • UPDATE 2-Visa in talks to reunite with Visa Europe Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 6:40 PM ET

    July 23- Credit and debit card issuer Visa Inc said it was in talks to reunite with former subsidiary Visa Europe Ltd in a deal that would give the global company more scale to compete with arch-rival MasterCard Inc.. Visa Inc and Visa Europe, a cooperative of European banks with over 500 million cards, were part of a global bank-owned network until 2007. Most of the...

  • NEW YORK— Starbucks said Thursday its quarterly profit jumped 22 percent as pricier drinks and food helped lift sales at its U.S. cafes. The Seattle- based coffee chain said sales rose 8 percent in its flagship Americas unit. Starbucks Chief Financial Officer Scott Maw said in a phone interview that people are even "trading up" to newer, pricier breakfast...

  • Commodities tomorrow: Crude down again Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 4:00 PM ET
    Commodities tomorrow: Crude down again

    CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets.

  • VIENNA, July 23- Western firms are itching to return to Iran if sanctions are lifted, but to truly fulfil its potential Tehran should do more to make its business practices efficient and its environment welcoming, executives said at a trade conference. Not in Vienna, "said deputy oil minister Amir Hossein Zamaninia referring to domestic opponents to an historic...