*Ford to close Southampton plant, Dagenham stamping plant. LONDON/ BASILDON, England, Oct 25- Ford will stop making vans in Britain next year, with the potential loss of 2,000 jobs, a union leader said, as part of a plan by the U.S. car maker to drag its European operations back into profit.
LONDON-- Ford pressed ahead Thursday with its plan to slash production in Europe, announcing another plant closure and 1,500 more job cuts, as it warned that annual losses in the region will exceed $1.5 billion this year and next.
*Ford to close Southampton plant, Dagenham stamping plant. LONDON/ BASILDON, England, Oct 25- Ford will stop making vans in Britain next year, with the potential loss of 2,000 jobs, as part of a plan by the U.S. car maker to drag its European operations back into profit.
LONDON-- Carmaker Ford announced Thursday it will cut 1,500 jobs in Britain, closing a plant and eliminating a stamping and tooling facility, as it warned that losses in Europe will exceed $1.5 billion this year. Ford Motor Co., which on Wednesday announced the closure of another plant in Brussels, is struggling in Europe, as are many major carmakers.
LONDON, Oct 25- Ford will announce on Thursday that it is closing its van factory at Southampton, ending more than a century of vehicle production by the company in Britain, trade unionists and a source close to the U.S. car maker said.
ISTANBUL, Oct 24- When a Turkish brewing company issued a U.S. dollar bond last week more cheaply than its government, the message to international debt markets was clear: expect a flood of bonds from Turkish issuers in coming months.
Sarah Alexander, CEO of Emerging Markets Private Equity Association, tells CNBC investors now have the confidence to look into new, 'frontier' private equity markets such as Latin America, Turkey, and Indonesia.
PIPELINE DEAL: Iraq signed a $127.5 million deal with South Korea's KOGAS to build two key gas pipelines in northern Iraq as Baghdad takes steps to develop a modern infrastructure that meets growing energy needs.
Perhaps that's why famous pals Katie Holmes and Julianna Margulies joined Narciso Rodriguez as he launched a limited-edition collection with a more affordable national retailer. Holmes walked the red carpet at the launch party Monday in New York for Rodriguez's line for Kohl's Corp..
ROMNEY on Syria: "What I'm afraid of is we've watched over the past year or so, first the president saying, `Well, we'll let the U.N. deal with it.' And Assad _ excuse me, Kofi Annan _ came in and said we're going to try to have a cease-fire.
Turkey may be a net energy importer, but its geostrategic location in serving as an “energy corridor” means a further escalation with neighbor Syria could reverberate to market prices and weigh on energy investments, analysts have told CNBC.
BEIRUT-- Syrian warplanes hammered a strategic city captured by rebels, leaving behind scenes of carnage captured Thursday on amateur videos that showed a man holding up two child-sized legs not connected to a body and another carrying a dismembered arm.
CAIRO-- Syria's wealthy, long cultivated by President Bashar Assad as a support for his regime, are seeing their businesses pummeled by the bloody civil war. Assad may not have lost the backing of Syria's business elite, but some are losing faith.
AMSTERDAM-- Thieves broke into a Rotterdam museum on Tuesday and walked off with works from the likes of Picasso, Monet, Gauguin and Matisse potentially worth hundreds of millions. "Those thieves got one hell of a haul," said Chris Marinello, who directs the Art Loss Register.
AMSTERDAM-- Seven paintings by artists including Pablo Picasso and Claude Monet were stolen from a museum in Rotterdam in an early-hours heist, Dutch police said Tuesday.
BATUMI, Georgia-- Georgia's Black Sea resort of Batumi was once a bleak site: Roads were dotted with potholes, the city was pitch dark at night, running water was scarce and the city's best hotel was infested with rats.
BAKU, Azerbaijan-- Azerbaijan's top energy official urged further scrutiny of the international consortium developing the Caspian Sea nation's main oil field amid mounting irritation at a slump in output.
By afternoon in Europe, benchmark oil for November delivery was down 11 cents to $91.75 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Benchmark oil fell 21 cents Friday to settle at $91.86 per barrel on the Nymex. Brent crude, which is used to price international varieties of oil, added 57 cents to $115.19 per barrel in London.
ANKARA, Turkey-- Passengers, some in a panic, were evacuated from a plane at Turkey's Antalya airport early Sunday after crew members reported smoke inside the cockpit, airline officials and state media said.
ANKARA, Turkey-- Turkey's state-run news agency says passengers, some in a panic, were evacuated from a plane at the Antalya airport after reports of a cockpit fire. The Anadolu Agency says the crew detected smoke on the Trondheim, Norway- bound plane as it readied for take-off early Sunday.