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  • LONDON— Have a question about artificial intelligence and think theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking is the man to ask? Hawking is giving the Internet-going public a rare chance to pose direct questions to him on Reddit, the user-powered news and discussion forum. The celebrity scientist is speaking on the perils and promises of artificial intelligence, a...

  • LONDON, July 27- Speculators have confirmed what everyone else has been thinking: expect more falls in commodities, as worries about China and higher interest rates combine with waning sentiment to suggest markets are heading further south. Losses are not new, with oil and gold having peaked in July 2008 and September 2011 respectively, while iron ore has been on...

  • *China- exposed stocks among top decliners. LONDON, July 27- European equities dropped to a two-week low on Monday, recording their fifth straight daily decline, as fears for China's growth prospects overshadowed some forecast-beating results. But shares fell further following a weaker start on Wall Street on concerns that China's growth prospects were...

  • CHICAGO, July 27- Chicago Board of Trade corn and soybean futures plunged to their lowest in more than a month on Monday as improving weather for crop development across the U.S. "The perception is the crops are stabilizing, if not improving in some areas," said Tom Fritz, analyst at EFG Group. Corn posted the biggest decline, with the front-month contract shedding 4.5...

  • BRUSSELS/ ATHENS, July 27- International creditors want Greece to enact a third wave of politically sensitive reforms before they will release any money to keep the near bankrupt country afloat under a third bailout they began negotiating on Monday. The government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has pushed two packages of measures through parliament this...

  • NEW YORK, July 27- Crude oil futures hit four-month lows on Monday after a steep drop in China's stock markets spread concerns about the economic health of the world's biggest energy consumer, amid evidence of a growing crude glut. Brent crude oil was down 95 cents, or 1.7 percent, at $53.67 a barrel by 11:35 a.m. EDT. U.S. crude slipped 55 cents, or 1.2 percent, to $47.59,...

  • Wall Street opened lower on worries over China's slowing growth, crystallized by a stunning 8.5 percent fall in Shanghai that also rattled equity markets in Europe and Asia. Share indices in Frankfurt and Paris tumbled more than 2 percent, while London's FTSE 100 was off nearly 1 percent. Japan's Nikkei slipped nearly 1 percent, while MSCI's broadest index of...

  • With Chinese market turmoil and a slide in commodity prices throwing doubt over the strength of global growth, some sterling traders are starting to question whether the Bank of England will raise interest rates as soon as many had pencilled in. Lee Hardman, a currency economist at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ in London, said doubts over whether the U.S.

  • NEW YORK— The worst drop in China's stock market in eight years helped drag down other markets around the world Monday. Faced with a drop in stock prices in Asia, Europe and the U.S., investors moved into traditional safe havens. "There remain very few buyers out there and there are some growing concerns that we're looking at a slowdown in global economic growth," said...

  • LONDON, July 27- Average daily volumes of trading in the currency markets fell back from record highs in the six months to April, digesting a shock decision by the Swiss National Bank to jettison a cap on the franc, a regular survey by the Bank of England showed. Daily trading in London, the world's main foreign exchange centre, was 8 percent lower at $2.48 trillion a...

  • UPDATE 1-Bellerophon's heart device fails study Monday, 27 Jul 2015 | 7:31 AM ET

    July 27- Bellerophon Therapeutics Inc said its implantable heart device failed to prevent heart failure in patients in a large study, casting doubts over an approval for the device in Europe. The device, Bioabsorbable Cardiac Matrix, was licensed to Bellerophon by BioLineRx Ltd in 2009.. BioLineRx's U.S.-listed shares fell 18 percent to $1.76 in premarket...

  • LONDON, July 27- The jury in the London trial of former trader Tom Hayes, who is charged with eight counts of conspiracy to defraud by manipulating global Libor interest rates, retired on Monday to consider its verdict after hearing nine weeks of evidence. Hayes, a 35- year-old former UBS and Citigroup yen derivatives trader based in Tokyo, pleaded not guilty to...

  • Hayes, a 35- year-old former UBS and Citigroup yen derivatives trader based in Tokyo, pleaded not guilty to charges he conspired to rig the London interbank offered rate, a benchmark for $450 trillion of financial contracts and loans worldwide, between 2006 and 2010..

  • LONDON- JURY SENT OUT TO CONSIDER VERDICT IN LIBOR-RIGGING TRIAL OF TOM HAYES, FORMER UBS, CITIGROUP YEN DERIVATIVES TRADER.

  • Italian group confirms talks with Economist Group Monday, 27 Jul 2015 | 6:32 AM ET

    LONDON— An Italian investment group owned by the Agnelli family has confirmed it is in talks with Pearson PLC to increase its stake in the Economist Group. Exor S.p.A., which has been a shareholder in the business since 2009, said the discussions also include the Economist Group's trustees, who would have to approve any sale. Exor, which owns just under 5 percent of...

  • Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos said late Monday that meetings in Athens had begun between Greek officials and negotiating teams representing creditors, with talks to intensify Tuesday, paving the way for higher level discussions possibly by the end of the week. Before the talks started in Athens, a recording of Varoufakis discussing a parallel...

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-China slides again, Europe follows Monday, 27 Jul 2015 | 4:41 AM ET

    *Shanghai market falls 8.5 percent, biggest daily loss since 2007. LONDON, July 27- European stocks and major commodity prices fell hard on Monday as concerns over China dominated financial markets in the wake of the biggest drop in Shanghai shares in eight years. But it was the stunning 8.5 percent fall in Shanghai that drove most of the moves early in the European...

  • SEOUL, South Korea— The Shanghai share index fell the most since early 2007 on Monday as Chinese stocks suffered a renewed sell-off despite government efforts to calm the market. In Europe, Britain's FTSE 100 fell 0.1 percent to 6,573.22 and Germany's DAX shed 1.3 percent to 11,198.22. Monday's fall on the Shanghai market was the biggest one-day decline in...

  • LONDON, July 27- Britain's Merlin Entertainments, the company behind the Alton Towers theme park, warned that annual profit would be about 9 percent lower than current forecasts due to the impact of a roller coaster crash in June. Merlin said on Monday that the temporary closure of Alton Towers, where the crash took place, and rides at other parks, would result in a 37...

  • Thai Airways suspends unprofitable US flights Monday, 27 Jul 2015 | 2:22 AM ET

    BANGKOK— Thailand's beleaguered national airline said Monday it will suspend flights to the U.S. as part of efforts to end years of losses. The airline will suspend the unprofitable four roundtrip flights per week from Bangkok to Los Angeles and from Bangkok to Rome, starting October 25, Thai Airways President Jarumporn Chotikasathein said in a statement.