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  • PARIS- French Finance Minister Michel Sapin holds a press conference- 0500 GMT. AOMORI, Japan- Bank of Japan board member Takahide Kiuchi speaks in Aomori- 0130 GMT. MISSOULA, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Narayana Kocherlakota speaks before a Town Hall open forum- 0100 GMT.

  • Malicious software targeting smartphones with the Android operating system is becoming more common.

  • LONDON, Sept 2- Truckers caught up in Europe's migrant crisis say business is increasingly disrupted by queues and stowaways, but they are far more worried governments will step up border controls. If the border-free zone within Europe were to disintegrate or be scrapped, it would call into question not only the road haulage industry's own, time-sensitive...

  • *Mate S retails at 649 euros, premium version 748 euros. BERLIN, Sept 2- China's Huawei Technologies unveiled a new smartphone on Wednesday, taking aim at the high end of the market, which is dominated by Apple and Samsung Electronics. The Mate S, launched on the sidelines of Europe's biggest consumer electronics show, IFA, in Berlin, has a 5.5- inch display, a 13 mega...

  • ABIDJAN, Sept 2- Two years ago, Pascal Affi N'Guessan was in jail after backing the losing side in Ivory Coast's civil war. While N'Guessan appears likely to lose in October, the fact that the former prime minister is even contesting the election for the main opposition Ivorian Popular Front ought to mark a step towards national reconciliation.

  • LONDON, Sept 2- Royal Dutch Shell gained EU approval on Wednesday for its $70 billion acquisition of Britain's BG Group, the second of four key markets needed to clear the deal. The deal, announced in April, received the green light from Brazil in July but still requires mandatory approvals from authorities in Australia and China. "Receiving clearance from the...

  • *German government wants to change liability law. *Nearly 40 billion euros needed to fund nuclear exit. BERLIN, Sept 2- The German government plans to close a legal loophole to prevent utility companies from evading a 40 billion euro payment to fund the country's nuclear exit, a copy of the draft law seen by Reuters shows.

  • *China intervention helping calm market jitters- traders. LONDON, Sept 2- European equities gained on Wednesday after a volatile start to the week, drawing support from brokerage measures in China to invigorate the country's battered markets and from expectations of policy-easing by major central banks. "Possible actions by some central banks such as China...

  • BONN, Germany, Sept 2- National plans for limiting greenhouse gas emissions fall short of tough action needed to slow climate change under a United Nations agreement due in Paris in December, European researchers said on Wednesday. The national plans are meant as the building blocks of a Paris accord due to be reached at a summit from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11.

  • BERLIN, Sept 2- China's Huawei Technologies unveiled a new smartphone on Wednesday, taking aim at the high end of the market, which is dominated by Apple and Samsung Electronics. The Mate S, launched on the sidelines of Europe's biggest consumer electronics show, IFA, in Berlin, has a 5.5- inch display, a 13 mega pixel rear camera and fingerprint security.

  • BERLIN— Malicious software targeting smartphones with the Android operating system is becoming more common, with some handsets already infected when they're bought. A report by German security firm G DATA found that the samples containing such malware had increased by 25 percent in the second quarter compared with the first three months of the year.

  • *China intervention helping calm market jitters- traders. *Alstom up on report GE deal set for green light. China, the epicenter of worries over the global growth outlook, enjoyed a late market recovery after nine Chinese brokerages pledged to buy more than 30 billion yuan of shares, according to the China Securities Journal.

  • JAKARTA, Sept 2- Indonesia will pledge to increase its commitments on cutting greenhouse gas emissions growth by 29 percent by 2030, the environment and forestry minister said on Wednesday, but giving few details on how this would be done. Indonesia, ranked third in the amount of land covered by tropical forests and the world's top palm oil producer, is likely to...

  • Schengen, on the vine-flanked Moselle where old enemies France and Germany meet, gave its name 30 years ago to the code which removed border controls between most European states. "It's not Schengen that's the problem," the commissioner in charge of it, Dimitris Avramopoulos, told Reuters as Budapest, Vienna and Berlin bicker about what to do with thousands of...

  • LONDON, Sept 2- Emerging equities fell for the third day running on Wednesday, approaching six-year lows on deepening concerns about global growth, as oil price weakness fuelled another drop in the Russian rouble. Chinese mainland shares bounced off early losses after a range of brokerages pledged additional funds to buy shares while Hong Kong shares fell 1...

  • LONDON, Sept 2- Fresh government intervention to support China's jittery markets and bets on a more dovish stance from central bankers provided limited respite from a stock market sell-off on Wednesday as oil resumed its fall. European equities gave up early gains, with commodities stocks the hardest hit, as U.S. crude fell more than $1 to $44.39 a barrel.

  • *Wheat and corn firm after recent lows. HAMBURG/ SINGAPORE, Sept 2- U.S. soybeans rose on Wednesday on buying interest after falling 1.5 percent in the previous session but with gains limited by concern about slowing economic growth in China, the world's largest soybean importer. Wheat rose for a second session on renewed buying after touching a near four-month...

  • GENEVA— Swiss drug maker Novartis says it will cooperate with California- based biotech giant Amgen to develop and sell neuroscience treatments for illnesses and ailments like Alzheimer's disease and migraine headaches. A Novartis statement released late Tuesday said that as part of the deal, Amgen will make initial payments and cover some research and...

  • *China intervention helping calm mkt jitters- traders. *ECB meeting, China holiday seen also soothing. LONDON, Sept 2- European stock markets recovered from a rough start to the week on Wednesday, rising almost 1 percent as traders pointed to intervention in China that helped calm wobbly markets and hopes for more central bank action.

  • BERLIN— Top directors at German carmaker Volkswagen plan to give a two-year contract extension to CEO Martin Winterkorn, who emerged on top of a power struggle this year with company patriarch Ferdinand Piech. But the company has struggled to reduce costs and improve market share in the United States. It now faces slackening demand in China, which is a key source...