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  • According to an EU paper, member states will be asked to decide on new homes for the European Medicines Agency and the European Banking Authority by October 2017. Leading contenders to house the EMA are already jockeying for position, with Spanish Health Minister Dolors Montserrat setting out the case for Barcelona to host the agency during a visit to Brussels...

  • WASHINGTON— The Latest on President Donald Trump's budget:. Members of a House appropriations subcommittee are skeptical about President Donald Trump's plan to cut hundreds of millions of dollars from security grant programs managed by the Homeland Security Department. Homeland Security John Kelly says the Trump administration had to make cuts as part of...

  • *OPEC, other producers in Vienna to discuss oil output. *High inventories, rising US output undermining OPEC limits. NEW YORK, May 24- Oil prices were little changed on Wednesday as investors awaited official data on inventories in the United States and the outcome from Vienna where ministers from OPEC and other exporting countries were discussing whether to...

  • *Fed minutes scheduled to be released at 2 p.m. ET. *Nvidia up on report of SoftBank holding $4 bln stake. The minutes will be released at 2 p.m. ET.

  • LONDON, May 24- A BBC radio station located just outside Manchester city center briefly stopped live broadcasting on Wednesday after it was evacuated for what turned out to be a fire alarm. Britain is on its highest level of security alert after a suicide bomb attack killed 22 people on Monday evening, just two miles from the headquarters of BBC Radio 5 live.

  • *Fed minutes scheduled to be released at 2 p.m. ET. *Nvidia up on report of SoftBank holding $4 bln stake. The minutes will be released at 2 p.m. ET.

  • *RBS and shareholders given until June 1 to settle. LONDON, May 24- A judge has given Royal Bank of Scotland and thousands of investors until June 1 to agree a deal that would avert a trial over the bank's 12 billion pound cash call in 2008.. "We must have certainty one way or another... and that must be made clear," Hildyard told London's High Court.

  • MILAN, May 24- Big money managers have started buying cheap Greek stocks from banks to lotteries as clouds over talks between Athens and its international creditors gradually clear, anticipating big returns. A deal in May when Greece agreed to more austerity measures raised hopes of possible debt relief for a country that has endured economic hardship for...

  • PARIS, May 24- BNP Paribas plans to increase the assets run by its fund management arm by 5 percent a year to 2020 and speed up the development of the business in Germany, China and the United States. It also plans to rebrand BNP Paribas Investment Partners to BNP Paribas Asset Management from June 1. This brand will cover around 80 percent of its business, while the...

  • May 24- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Wednesday ahead of the Federal Reserve releasing the minutes of its May meeting that will help investors gauge the chances of a rate hike next month. *Shares of Lowe's fell 4.4 percent to $78.75 in premarket trading after the No. 2 U.S. home improvement chain reported a lower-than-expected profit and...

  • LONDON, May 24- A British judge has given Royal Bank of Scotland a week to avoid a trial by reaching a deal with investors who allege the bank misled them over its 2008 fundraising. Judge Robert Hildyard adjourned the case on Wednesday until June 7, but warned this would be the final chance to reach an out-of-court settlement and said the two sides must inform him...

  • *Weak sales in France also hit business. May 24- Britain's Kingfisher warned of supply disruption related to its five-year transformation plan as the home improvements retailer posted lower underlying quarterly sales because of weakness in France. Kingfisher, which trades as B&Q and Screwfix in Britain and Castorama and Brico Depot in France and other...

  • LONDON, May 24- Food and drink megabrands are seeing their sales chewed away by smaller, nimbler, cooler rivals. This is forcing the companies to take a leaf out of Silicon Valley's venture capital playbook- and their success or failure in harnessing promising new trends at a very early stage could help determine how well they adjust to the changing landscape, and...

  • LONDON, May 24- Britain's parliament said on Wednesday it would close to the public with immediate effect due to an increased security threat after Monday's suicide bomb attack in Manchester. Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday that Britain now faced a' critical' security threat- meaning another attack could be imminent- and ordered soldiers to...

  • LONDON, May 24- Britain's parliament said on Wednesday it would close to the public with immediate effect due to an increased security threat after Monday's suicide bomb attack in Manchester. Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday that Britain now faced a' critical' security threat- meaning another attack could be imminent- and ordered soldiers to...

  • LONDON, May 24- Britain's parliament said on Wednesday it would close to the public with immediate effect due to an increased security threat after Monday's suicide bomb attack in Manchester. Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday that Britain now faced a' critical' security threat- meaning another attack could be imminent- and ordered soldiers to...

  • LONDON, May 24- Britain's parliament said on Wednesday it would close to the public with immediate effect due to an increased security threat after Monday's suicide bomb attack in Manchester. Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday that Britain now faced a' critical' security threat- meaning another attack could be imminent- and ordered soldiers to...

  • STOCKHOLM, May 24- Rising mortgage debt is a serious threat to Sweden's economy while regulators need to introduce tougher measures to strengthen banks against future shocks, the central bank said in its semi-annual stability report, published on Wednesday. Worries have been growing about Sweden's soaring housing market with the European Commission...

  • Mediclinic, which has stakes in Britain's Spire Healthcare and Switzerland's Hirslanden, extended its reach into the United Arab Emirates when it bought Al Noor last year. Underlying earnings per share came in at 29.8 pence per share for the year to the end of March compared with 36.7 pence a year earlier, largely impacted by shares issued to acquire Al Noor and...

  • LONDON, May 24- The dollar on Wednesday held above 6-1/ 2- month lows hit in previous days, as comments from a senior Federal Reserve official rekindled expectations of possible U.S. interest rate rises. The dollar had lost nearly all of its gains since the U.S. elections last November as investor hopes for a fiscal boost from President Donald Trump were dulled by a...