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  • LONDON/ PARIS, July 29- A Sudanese man died on Wednesday as migrants desperate to enter Britain from France stormed the channel tunnel entrance and British ministers and security chiefs held an emergency meeting to try to tackle the growing crisis. Freight and passenger traffic through the rail tunnel has been severely disrupted as migrants camped out in...

  • LONDON, July 29- British investor Neil Woodford is backing a start-up biopharmaceutical firm whose first venture will be to launch clinical trials of three drugs developed by Novartis. It said has raised $119 million from Woodford Investment and Invesco Perpetual among others, and has acquired drug programmes from Novartis for the treatment of brittle bone...

  • LONDON, July 29- Asking outside auditors to vouch for the accuracy of a bank's key measure of health could help restore investor trust in the sector, a London- based accounting body said on Wednesday. The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales kicked off a public consultation on how accountants could check on bank capital ratios, a measure of...

  • GSK sees drop in earnings after asset swap with Novartis Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 8:16 AM ET

    LONDON— Britain- based drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline has reported a drop in earnings in the first full quarter since its deal to swap some assets with Swiss rival Novartis. CEO Andrew Witty described the performance as encouraging, with plans on track to integrate and restructuring operations it took over from Novartis in April. In the deal, GSK agreed to sell its...

  • LONDON, July 29- Major currencies that are closely linked to commodities prices were back on the defensive on Wednesday as oil prices fell again and traders awaited the outcome later in the day of a U.S. But even with a more encouraging tone on China's stock markets limiting the damage, the Canadian and Australian dollar were both down by 0.2-0.3 percent in...

  • Says to restart Goa mines after monsoons. MUMBAI, July 29- India's Vedanta Ltd said on Wednesday its quarterly profit more than doubled from a year-ago comparison weighed down by a one-time charge, and that it was on track to restart mining in key producing state Goa after monsoons. "We continue to focus on improving efficiency, costs, and enhancing production...

  • *Margins slide in first full quarter after Novartis deal. LONDON, July 29- A further slide in sales of lung drug Advair and lower profit margins following a business overhaul hit GlaxoSmithKline in the second quarter, although core earnings per share fell by a less than expected 9 percent. The drugmaker recently sold its marketed cancer drugs to Novartis and...

  • CNH misses Street 2Q forecasts Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 7:30 AM ET

    BASILDON ESSEX, Britain _ CNH Industrial NV on Wednesday reported second-quarter profit of $124 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 17 cents per share. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $7.52 billion.

  • LONDON— This year's Venice Film Festival will include Kristen Stewart in a sci-fi romance, Idris Elba at war and a thriller starring Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson, as well as potentially awards-worthy performances from Eddie Redmayne, Johnny Depp and Jake Gyllenhaal. It includes Drake Doremus' futuristic "Equals," with Stewart and Nicholas Hoult; Luca...

  • PARIS, July 29- French oil company Total posted higher than expected second-quarter profit on Wednesday, helped by increased refining margins in Europe and accelerated cost cuts to adjust to a low oil price environment. Europe's second biggest oil company reported adjusted net profit of $3.085 billion, beating analyst expectations of $2.61 billion and only...

  • LONDON, July 29- Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley are offering the fattest bonuses to their London analysts, but if it's a high base salary you're after then head to Deutsche Bank, according to a survey on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Deutsche Bank paid the largest average salary excluding bonus, at 56,000 pounds. Credit Suisse is close behind with 70,000 pounds, while JP...

  • CALAIS, France— The young Afghan has tried every single day for three months to get into the railway tunnel in Calais leading to England and what he hopes will be a better life. Men and women, some hiding their faces beneath bandannas, walked single file to sneak over a bent fence along the train tracks leading to the tunnel and ultimately to England.

  • LONDON, July 29- Major currencies that are closely linked to commodities prices were back on the defensive on Wednesday as oil prices inched lower and traders awaited the outcome of a U.S. The New Zealand dollar was again the exception to that rule, gaining after the country's central bank governor played down the chances of further deep cuts to interest rates...

  • Barclays reports sevenfold increase in profits Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 4:07 AM ET

    LONDON— Barclays, Britain's second largest bank, said Tuesday that second quarter profit increased sevenfold, boosted by earnings from investment banking and a 496 million pound gain on assets acquired from Lehman Brothers in 2008.. While Barclays is performing well, "there is more that can be done to deliver better returns for shareholders, faster," McFarlane...

  • LONDON, July 29- Chilean miner Antofagasta cut is annual copper output forecast for the second time this year on Wednesday due to a delay in the start-up of its Antucoya project, as it posted a double-digit-percentage decline in half-year copper production. The London- listed miner, which has been hurt by a steep fall in prices, declining ore grades, unfavourable...

  • LONDON, July 29- Chilean miner Antofagasta cut is annual copper output forecast on Wednesday due to a delay in the start up of its Antucoya project, as it posted a double-digit percentage decline in its half-year copper production. The London- listed miner, which has been hurt by a steep fall in prices, declining ore grades, unfavourable weather and environmental...

  • Global stocks rise ahead of Fed, keep wary eye on China Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 1:49 AM ET

    NEW YORK— U.S. stocks rose on Wednesday after Federal Reserve policymakers voted to keep interest rates unchanged and gave no indication that a rate rise was imminent. "Yeah, the economy is improving, but they are not really saying that the economy is taking off here," said Tom di Galoma, head of rates trading at ED&F Man Capital. There are several reasons why the Fed...

  • Willis Group tops 2Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 7:24 PM ET

    LONDON _ Willis Group Holdings Ltd. on Tuesday reported second-quarter net income of $70 million. The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 54 cents per share. Six analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $970.8 million.

  • NEW YORK, July 28- Oil prices steadied on Tuesday, with Brent recovering from near six-month lows and U.S. crude settling more than 1 percent higher as bets for a drop in U.S. stockpiles offset concern over a global oil supply glut and China's stock market meltdown. "We're getting a bounce of sorts but I'll be selling into any strength I see," said Tariq Zahir, an oil bear...

  • CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., July 28- Federal investigators cited inadequate training of test pilots by a Northrup Grumman Corp subsidiary on Tuesday as a leading factor behind last year's fatal crash of an experimental Virgin Galactic passenger spaceship over the Mojave Desert. The premature unlocking of the hinged tail section on Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo...