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  • PARIS— The final hours of many electoral campaigns are frantic affairs, dominated by last-minute pitches, late-breaking polls and massive social media campaigns aimed at drumming up turnout. The Twitter feeds of France's 11 presidential candidates went quiet after midnight Friday. The national time out lasts from midnight Friday to 8 p.m. on Sunday in France...

  • PARIS/ PAPEETE, French Polynesia, April 22- French overseas territories and French residents in the United States and Canada began voting on Saturday in France's presidential election, a day before the main first-round of a poll that could change the global political landscape. The first round will send two of 11 candidates into a run-off vote in two weeks' time...

  • Of 47 million registered French voters, there are fewer than a million resident in far-flung places like French Polynesia in the South Pacific and Guadeloupe, French Guiana and Martinique in the Caribbean. The first round will send two of 11 candidates into a run-off vote in two weeks time to pick a new president for France, a core member of the European Union and...

  • Of 47 million registered French voters, there are fewer than a million resident in far-flung places like French Polynesia in the South Pacific and Guadeloupe, French Guiana and Martinique in the Caribbean. The first round will send two of 11 candidates into a run-off vote in two weeks time to pick a new president for France, a core member of the European Union and...

  • LONDON, April 22- The United States could strike a free-trade agreement with the European Union after President Donald Trump warmed to a deal with the bloc, the Times reported on Saturday, quoting sources from both sides of the discussion. Post-Brexit Britain would be pushed behind Europe in the race to secure a U.S. deal after Germany's Angela Merkel persuaded...

  • TBILISI- National Bank of Georgia monetary policy committee meeting. THURSDAY, APRIL 27 SYDNEY- Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Philip Lowe gives a speech at the Renminbi Global Cities Dialogue Dinner. MOSCOW- Central Bank of Russia interest rate decision- 1030 GMT.

  • SATURDAY, APRIL 22 WASHINGTON- IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde speaks before the "Fiscal Forum Opening Session: Digital Revolutions in Public Finance" 1745 GMT. WASHINGTON- IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde and U.S. **BRUSSELS- European Central Bank board member Daniele Nouy participates at the ECON Committee Public Hearing in Brussels 0830 GMT.

  • SATURDAY, APRIL 22 WASHINGTON- IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde speaks before the "Fiscal Forum Opening Session: Digital Revolutions in Public Finance" 1745 GMT. WASHINGTON- IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde and U.S. **BRUSSELS- European Central Bank board member Daniele Nouy participates at the ECON Committee Public Hearing in Brussels 0830 GMT.

  • *U.S. crude dips below $50 a barrel for first time since April 4. U.S. crude futures fell below $50 a barrel for the first time in more than two weeks on renewed fears that increasing U.S. production will thwart OPEC's attempts to reduce the global oil glut. "After Brexit everyone has to be concerned," said Joe Saluzzi, co-manager of trading at Themis Trading in Chatham,...

  • *Candidates Le Pen and Fillon push hard line on security. *Poll: Macron on 24 pct, Le Pen 21.5, Fillon 20, Melenchon 19.5. Centrist Emmanuel Macron, who narrowly leads a tight race ahead of Le Pen, said the solutions were not as simple as she suggested, and that there was "no such thing as zero risk".

  • WASHINGTON, April 21- Global economic leaders on Friday continued downplaying possible friction with the Trump administration over currencies, trade and other potentially contentious issues, even while acknowledging that much about the U.S. president's plans remains unclear. On a day when Donald Trump himself seemed focused on domestic matters-...

  • CHICAGO, April 21- U.S. wheat futures fell on Friday, with key contracts hitting all-time lows as the outlook for Canadian plantings topped expectations and threatened to add to the already abundant global stockpile, traders said. Chicago Board of Trade July corn futures ended down 1/ 2 cent at $3.63-3/ 4 a bushel. CBOT July soft red winter wheat was off 3/ 4 cent at...

  • *U.S. crude dips below $50 a barrel for first time since April 4. NEW YORK, April 21- Oil prices fell on Friday as oversupply concerns resurfaced, while the euro and stocks slipped ahead of the first round of the French presidential election on Sunday. "After Brexit everyone has to be concerned," said Joe Saluzzi, co-manager of trading at Themis Trading in Chatham, New...

  • *Candidates Le Pen and Fillon push hard line on security. *Poll: Macron on 24 pct, Le Pen 21.5, Fillon 20, Melenchon 19.5. Centrist Emmanuel Macron, who narrowly leads a tight race ahead of Le Pen, said the solutions were not as simple as she suggested, and that there was "no such thing as zero risk".

  • WASHINGTON, April 21- Germany's finance minister is optimistic about reaching a "non-confrontational solution" on trade with the United States at a summit this summer, he said on Friday after meeting his U.S. counterpart in Washington. Yet, confirming early signs of a detente, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said neither topic was discussed in...

  • FRANKFURT, Germany— The French presidential election could be a turning point for Europe's biggest economic project, the shared euro currency. And that leaves room for a very sharp drop in markets— and a blow to the longer-term prospects for the survival of the euro— if the winner turns out to be National Front candidate Marine Le Pen, who wants to take her country...

  • LONDON/ TAIPEI, April 21- Taiwan's troubled Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp is halting its container service to Iran, becoming the first foreign shipping line to abandon the route a year after international sanctions on Tehran were lifted, according to a company source. Yang Ming, the world's ninth largest container shipping line, is a comparatively small...

  • LONDON, April 21- An OPEC and non- OPEC technical committee recommended that producers extend a global deal to cut oil supplies for another six months from June, a source familiar with the matter said, in an effort to clear a glut of crude that has weighed on prices. Compliance numbers were also reviewed at the meeting in Vienna on Friday that comprised of officials...

  • LONDON, April 21- France's government bond yields pulled back from three-month lows on Friday, as a sense of caution set in during the final hours of trade before a close-run French presidential election. Ten-year bonds yields initially fell, with traders focusing on the final polls ahead of Sunday's first-round vote and played down the impact of the killing...

  • CHICAGO, April 21- U.S. wheat futures fell on Friday, with key contracts hitting all-time lows as the outlook for Canadian plantings topped expectations and threatened to add to the already abundant global stockpile, traders said. At 10:42 a.m. CDT, Chicago Board of Trade July corn futures were down 1-1/ 4 cents at $3.63 a bushel. CBOT July soft red winter wheat was...