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  • *UK stock market closed for holiday. LONDON, Aug 31- European shares fell on Monday, with Germany's DAX and France's CAC on track for their worst month in four years, hit by sliding Chinese stocks and prospects of a near-term U.S. rate increase. China is the catalyst, but the real reason for the sell-off is the nervousness about the first U.S. rate hike, "Koen De Leus, senior...

  • Imports by Iran's four biggest buyers- China, India, Japan and South Korea- totalled just over 1 million barrels per day last month, down 1.3 percent from a year earlier, government and tanker-tracking data showed. Under the accord reached in Vienna on July 14, Iran will be subject to longer-term restrictions on its nuclear programme in return for the removal of U.S.,...

  • TOKYO, Aug 30- Japan's Suzuki Motor Corp said on Sunday it would buy back the 19.9 percent stake it sold to Volkswagen AG after an international arbitration court ordered the German automaker to sell its holding. VW's stake, acquired in January 2010 for 1.7 billion euros, was worth some $3.8 billion at Friday's closing price. Both companies said they welcomed the...

  • *Some 31 U.S. senators have pledged to support the nuclear deal with Iran ahead of a Congressional vote by Sept. 17, moving President Barack Obama a step closer to having sufficient backing to ensure the deal stands. *Libya's National Oil Company and Central Bank chairmen met 26 oil majors including BP and ExxonMobil at meetings in London last week in a renewed...

  • PARIS— Some travelers trying to cross the English Channel are stranded because French workers are blockading the port of Calais. It's the latest disruption to cross-Channel traffic this summer, which has seen repeated problems with worker protests and tensions over migrants trying to sneak across to Britain. Calais Mayor Natacha Bouchart tweeted that the...

  • GENEVA— Nestle says "forced labor has no place in our supply chain" following a U.S. class action lawsuit that alleges the Swiss food company knowingly supported a system of slave labor and human trafficking to make its Fancy Feast cat food. Nestle didn't deny the allegations in an email Sunday to The Associated Press but said its guidelines require suppliers to...

  • BERLIN— Volkswagen AG and Suzuki Motor Corp. say an arbitration tribunal has formally put an end to a failed alliance between the two companies to develop green cars, and Suzuki will buy back the 19.9 percent stake that Volkswagen held. The hybrid and electric car partnership agreed in 2009 never got off the ground and unraveled into a public feud.

  • China crisis covers tracks of Japan Saturday, 29 Aug 2015 | 8:42 PM ET

    *China crash most closely matches Japan's in early 90 s. *China more active, Japan response too little, too late. The abrupt end of Japan's boom in the 1990 s, complete with stock crash and property bust, offers the most striking similarities, and the most valuable lessons.

  • PARIS— With more and more refugees appearing in Europe daily this summer, cities and towns are grappling with a basic but crucial problem: Where can they all sleep? Portable shipping containers are being converted into refugee apartments in Germany, which saw nearly half of Europe's overall 400,000 asylum applications in the first half of the year.

  • PARIS— European countries will increase identity checks and baggage controls on trains after American passengers thwarted an attack on a high-speed train from Amsterdam to Paris, France's interior minister said Saturday. In a statement, they floated the possibility of letting train police consult intel databases and better Europe- wide use of criminal...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Sept 12 Friday, 28 Aug 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    ZURICH- Swiss National Bank head Thomas Jordan addresses a business gathering- 1600 GMT. REYKJAVIK- Launch of Economic Survey of Iceland 2015. NEW YORK- Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President Eric Rosengren speaks on the economic outlook before the Forecasters Club of New York- 1710 GMT. TOKYO- Japan Economics Minister Akira Amari speaks at a seminar at...

  • Aug 28, Brussels-- The European Commission will launch a study in September of the ride-hailing app Uber in an effort to settle legal disputes that have pitched the U.S. start-up against conventional taxis across Europe, three people familiar with the matter said on Friday. Uber has responded by submitting complaints to the European Commission against German...

  • Business events scheduled for the coming month Friday, 28 Aug 2015 | 1:46 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for August, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for July, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases second-quarter productivity data, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases factory orders for July, 10 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases Beige Book, 2 p.m..

  • NEW YORK, Aug 28- The nearly two-month-long slide in oil prices to 6-1/ 2 year-lows has been a boon to many so-called systematic funds, which trade based on technical signals or computer algorithms rather than fundamentals. While most market commentary has focused on the persistent glut in the global market caused by unrelenting OPEC output and surprisingly...

  • Aug 28- The oil market's 10 percent surge on Thursday offered a visceral reminder that many of its most active participants could not care less about global oil inventories, Saudi Arabia's stressed finances or the American shale revolution. For dozens of commodity trading advisors from Rotterdam to Chicago, so-called "systematic" funds that typically use...

  • BICESTER, England— The designer outlet mall of Bicester Village is set in the English countryside near Oxford, but it might as well be in China. In the Burberry store, many try on the brand's signature trench coats, which go for at least 600 pounds after discounts. He came from Shanghai to Europe with a group of about 30 colleagues to shop and do some sight-seeing.

  • LONDON, Aug 28- Raghad al Sous braved bombings in Syria to keep studying at school before fleeing in 2013 to rejoin her mother, who had been granted refugee status in Britain. Across Europe, employers have largely welcomed a stream of young and often well-educated foreign workers who are helping to offset the ageing of the population. The situation is less clear...

  • BERLIN, Aug 28- Germany posted a record-breaking 21 billion euro surplus in the first half of 2015 but has turned a deaf ear to criticism from home and abroad that it should cut taxes or raise public spending to help alleviate pressures in the euro zone. Her party is expected use Germany's return to budget surpluses as a cornerstone of its 2017 election campaign.

  • New IEA boss faces world energy landscape in flux Friday, 28 Aug 2015 | 7:50 AM ET

    *First trip as executive director will be China in September. PARIS/ BRUSSELS, Aug 28- The new head of the International Energy Agency faces dilemmas that challenge the purpose of the body set up to protect the interests of the West against the power of OPEC in the 1970 s. And major energy consumers China and India are not even members, presenting a headache for the...

  • *Bull market "ageing" but very much alive- Citi. China's central bank injected 60 billion yuan into money markets on Friday, the second such move this week, while inflation data out of Germany later on Friday is likely to set the tone for the European Central Bank's meeting next Thursday as deflationary pressures rise around the world. Although global equities are...