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  • LONDON/ PARIS, July 29- A Sudanese man died on Wednesday as migrants desperate to enter Britain from France stormed the channel tunnel entrance and British ministers and security chiefs held an emergency meeting to try to tackle the growing crisis. Freight and passenger traffic through the rail tunnel has been severely disrupted as migrants camped out in...

  • BRUSSELS, July 29- European Union regulators are investigating prices charged by Disneyland Paris after complaints from foreign consumers who said they were charged far more than their French counterparts. The move by the European Commission is part of a broader crackdown on "geoblocking", the practice of companies limiting or restricting consumers' access...

  • ATHENS, July 29- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, struggling to contain a revolt in his left-wing Syriza party, said on Wednesday that his government would not implement reform measures beyond those agreed with lenders at a euro zone summit this month. At the same time, Tsipras is under pressure from Greece's creditors to go beyond the two packages of...

  • BRUSSELS— The European Union is looking into complaints that Disneyland Paris is unfairly charging different prices for consumers depending on what nation the request comes from. She said the EU Commission has "received complaints about Disneyland Paris that we are now checking." Complaints addressed to the EU have come from consumers from Britain, Germany...

  • Greece has endured financial and political chaos since its referendum on July 5 on a bailout proposal by the country's rescue creditors. They let Greece's existing bailout expire, forcing the country to take the drastic action of shutting its banks for three weeks and putting limits on money withdrawals and transfers. The photographs here chronicle...

  • PARIS— British singer Jane Birkin has asked Hermes to take her name off the crocodile-skin versions of the iconic Birkin handbag, after being contacted by animal rights group PETA over "cruel" slaughtering practices. A PETA video from June shows several reptiles at a Texas farm that supplies crocodile skins to Hermes left twitching in a bloody ice container to...

  • BERLIN— Germany's HeidelbergCement AG says it plans to buy Italy's Italcementi, starting with the 1.67 billion euro acquisition of a 45 percent stake. HeidelbergCement said late Tuesday it agreed to buy the stake from financial investor Italmobiliare for 10.60 euros per share in cash and shares. HeidelbergCement says it expects that offer to be at the same...

  • LONDON— This year's Venice Film Festival will include Kristen Stewart in a sci-fi romance, a war story with Idris Elba and a thriller starring Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson. Organizers announced a 21- strong competition lineup Wednesday that includes Drake Doremus' futuristic "Equals," with Stewart and Nicholas Hoult; Luca Guadagnino's "A Bigger Splash," with...

  • HAMBURG/ SINGAPORE, July 29- U.S. wheat, corn and soybeans resumed their recent falls on Wednesday after rising on bargain-buying on Tuesday, with prices again around one-month lows as attention returned to the good U.S. harvest outlook. "Wheat, corn and soybeans are again weaker today as the market's attention has returned to the good U.S. crop prospects with near...

  • PARIS, July 29- French oil company Total posted higher than expected second-quarter profit on Wednesday, helped by increased refining margins in Europe and accelerated cost cuts to adjust to a low oil price environment. Europe's second biggest oil company reported adjusted net profit of $3.085 billion, beating analyst expectations of $2.61 billion and only...

  • WARSAW, Poland— Jan Kulczyk, Poland's richest man and the founder and president of investment empire Kulczyk Holding, has died from complications following surgery, the company said Wednesday. Poland's former president, Lech Walesa, said that Kulczyk was irreplaceable. His donation of some 20 million zlotys helped finish work on the POLIN Museum of the History...

  • BRUSSELS— Belgium's chemical group Solvay has announced it will buy U.S.-based Cytec for $5.5 billion, making it the second biggest company in the aerospace composite materials market. In Wednesday's announcement, CEO Jean-Pierre Clamadieu said that the proposed acquisition "marks a major step change in Solvay's portfolio upgrade" to expand into the...

  • FRANKFURT, July 29- German potash and salt miner K+ S has turned to economy minister Sigmar Gabriel for help in resisting an unwanted takeover approach by Potash Corp of Saskatchewan Inc, and has discussed the option of German state bank KfW taking a stake in K+ S, a newspaper reported on Wednesday. K+ S earlier this month rebuffed Potash Corp's 7.9 billion euros...

  • DUBAI, July 29- Dubai International Airport recorded a 16.7 percent year-on-year jump in passenger traffic in June, reflecting runway maintenance during the summer of 2014, the operator of the world's busiest airport by international traffic said on Wednesday. Growth was powered by traditional markets in the Indian subcontinent and Gulf countries, as well...

  • BERLIN— A closely-watched survey indicates German consumers remain optimistic but are showing signs of worry about the country's economic situation amid uncertainty about Greece's financial future. The GfK report says "consumers apparently assume that the hard-won solution in the debt dispute with Greece will have negative consequences on the German...

  • Posting 571 million euros of net income, after a 114 million loss the same time last year, Peugeot met key goals three years early but warned against hasty conclusions in the face of a Chinese slowdown and other approaching hurdles. Following a 3 billion euro bailout that saw the French government and China's Dongfeng buy matching 14 percent stakes last year,...

  • PIONKI, Poland— Marek Bogacki feels life in Poland 26 years after the fall of communism could hardly be better. Wearing a fine shirt and tie and enjoying brunch at a French bakery in Warsaw, the 35- year-old investment director at an insurance company ticked off places where he has vacationed, from New York to Thailand to Paris, saying the prosperity and freedom...

  • PARIS— French energy giant Total SA says its net profit slid 4 percent in the second quarter as higher production helped offset a steep drop in the price of oil. Total on Wednesday reported a net profit of $2.97 billion, down from $3.1 billion a year earlier. Underlying replacement cost profit, which strips out one-time items and changes in the value of inventories,...

  • FRANKFURT, Germany— Automaker Volkswagen AG saw profits slip in the second quarter despite taking the global lead in sales over Toyota and GM. More broadly, it faces headwinds from troubled economies in China, Russia and Brazil. China has been a key source of sales growth for Germany car makers but economic growth there has been slowing.

  • Calais is a key port for sea and land crossings to Britain. In recent months, thousands of migrants from Eritrea, Sudan and beyond have camped out around the city, and some try to sneak across the English Channel by getting onboard trucks and freight trains. The encampments have soured relations between Britain and France, which blame each other for failing to cope...