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  • *Total eyes cut-price stake in Iran LNG project-sources. *Iran seeks to jumpstart gas exports after sanctions. Iran shares the world's biggest gas field with Qatar, which has used the reserves to build over a dozen giant liquefaction plants to chill gas into a liquid for export on ships-- a move Iran is keen to replicate.

  • DALLAS— United Airlines, which lost the distinction of being the world's biggest carrier after shrinking for several years, plans to regain lost ground by adding more flights from key airports this summer. Only once in the last five years did United Continental Holdings Inc. top Delta's operating income. "We've been shrinking, and our competitors have been...

  • Cash will remain a crucial part of the financial system despite these concerns, Fritz Zurbruegg, deputy head of the Swiss National Bank, said. The European Central Bank last year caused a stir in some countries, notably Germany, when it said it would stop issuing 500 euro notes as part of a push against their use by criminals. There was concern in Switzerland that the...

  • BERLIN, Feb 27- German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed China's plan to set quotas for the number of electric cars it wants on its roads in the future in a phone call with Prime Minister Li Keqiang, a government spokesman said on Monday. "The federal chancellor had a phone call with Prime Minister Li Keqiang, it was a confidential phone call and I can give no details,"...

  • LONDON— The London Stock Exchange's merger with Deutsche Boerse has been thrown into doubt after the LSE decided it couldn't comply with last-minute conditions imposed by European regulators. In a statement late Sunday, the London exchange said the European Commission, the executive branch of the European Union, was demanding that it sell its majority stake...

  • *Plans second share listing in Amsterdam as Telenor sells out. BARCELONA, Feb 27- Russian and emerging markets communications network operator VimpelCom Ltd on Monday reported a return to growth in the final quarter of last year and posted solid progress in its 18- month-old turnaround strategy, including a six-fold dividend increase. VEON is a new-model...

  • NORMAN, United States- Dallas Fed President Robert Kaplan to participate in a moderated Q&A session before the University of Oklahoma Price College of Business Distinguished Speaker Series- 1600 GMT. SANTA CRUZ, United States- San Francisco Fed President John Williams to speak on the economic outlook before the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce- 2030 GMT.

  • NORMAN, United States- Dallas Fed President Robert Kaplan to participate in a moderated Q&A session before the University of Oklahoma Price College of Business Distinguished Speaker Series- 1600 GMT. SANTA CRUZ, United States- San Francisco Fed President John Williams to speak on the economic outlook before the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce- 2030 GMT.

  • BERLIN, Feb 26- Greece must not be granted a "bail in" that would involve creditors taking a loss on their loans, Germany's deputy finance minister said in an interview broadcast on Sunday, reiterating the German government's opposition to debt relief for Athens. The IMF has called for Greece to be granted substantial debt relief, but this is opposed by Germany,...

  • NEW YORK— A trans-Atlantic wave of puzzlement is rippling across Sweden for the second time in a week, after a prominent Fox News program featured a "Swedish defense and national security advisor" who's unknown to the country's military and foreign-affairs officials. Swedes, and some Americans, have been wondering about representations of the Nordic nation in...

  • NORMAN, United States- Dallas Fed President Robert Kaplan to participate in a moderated Q&A session before the University of Oklahoma Price College of Business Distinguished Speaker Series- 1600 GMT. SANTA CRUZ, United States- San Francisco Fed President John Williams to speak on the economic outlook before the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce- 2030 GMT.

  • NORMAN, United States- Dallas Fed President Robert Kaplan to participate in a moderated Q&A session before the University of Oklahoma Price College of Business Distinguished Speaker Series- 1600 GMT. SANTA CRUZ, United States- San Francisco Fed President John Williams to speak on the economic outlook before the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce- 2030 GMT.

  • *Hikes dividend to 2.06 eur/ pref vs Rtrs poll avg 1.86 eur. *2016 operating profit ex one-offs 14.6 bln euros. WOLFSBURG, Germany, Feb 24- Record Audi and Porsche sales helped Volkswagen swing to a record underlying profit in 2016, although a bigger than expected charge from the diesel emissions scandal meant it missed estimates for its operating profit.

  • The company reported a net profit attributable to Volkswagen AG shareholders of 5.1 billion euros last year compared with a net loss of almost 1.6 billion euros in 2015.. The Wolfsburg- based company paid a heavy price for its deceit, agreeing to pay more than $16 billion in buybacks and compensations to owners of VW cars in the U.S. alone. VW group sales rose 4...

  • PARIS— The French financial prosecutor's office decided Friday to open a judicial inquiry surrounding the allegedly fake parliamentary aide jobs that conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon gave to his wife and two of his children, pushing the case to a higher and riskier level for the man hoping to become the next president of France.

  • PARIS— French financial prosecutor opens full judicial inquiry into conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon.

  • Feb 24- Canada's MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates Ltd said it would buy U.S.-based satellite imagery provider DigitalGlobe Inc for about C $3.10 billion, the biggest deal yet in a fast-consolidating earth-imaging satellite market. DigitalGlobe's satellites supply high-resolution images to its customers such as the U.S. Department of Defense and...

  • *Six U.K. P&I clubs account for half market share. *Two P&I clubs already regulated in Luxembourg. LONDON, Feb 24- U.K.- regulated ship insurers are preparing plans to open new outposts in European Union jurisdictions such as Luxembourg and Cyprus, fearing that Brexit will hinder access to the EU's financial market, industry sources involved say.

  • BERLIN— The German weekly Der Spiegel reports that the country's spy agency had at least 50 numbers and email addresses of journalists among its surveillance targets. Spiegel reported Friday that a list seen by the magazine contained over a dozen numbers belonging to the BBC in Afghanistan and London. It says a New York Times phone number in Afghanistan and...

  • *Drug found as effective as antibiotic linezolid. Feb 24- Cempra Inc said on Friday that its experimental oral drug to treat acute bacterial skin infections cleared a late-stage study, bringing the antibiotic developer one step closer to getting its first drug to market. The drug has been used in Europe for decades, and Cempra had recently indicated that a second...