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  • NEW YORK— Samsung is juicing up its smartwatch with a circular face and more battery life than the Apple Watch, but it's unknown how many apps will be available for it. According to IDC, Apple was the No. 2 maker of wearable devices in the April-June quarter, with a 20 percent worldwide market share, behind the Fitbit and its fitness trackers at 24 percent.

  • TOKYO, Sept 1- The number of Japanese nuclear reactors likely to restart in the next few years has halved, hit by legal challenges and worries about meeting tougher safety standards imposed in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, a Reuters analysis shows. The findings are based on reactor inspection data from industry watchdog the Nuclear Regulation Authority,...

  • CHICAGO, Aug 31- Chicago Board of Trade soybean futures edged higher on Monday on a round of end-of-month short covering while wheat was mixed and corn settled close to unchanged, traders said. CBOT soft red winter wheat for December delivery ended up 1-1/ 4 cents at $4.85 a bushel on Monday, snapping a streak of four straight losses on some bargain buying after the...

  • *Germany gets a wake-up call on depth of refugee crisis. No one in Germany is questioning her assessment any longer. In the past two weeks, the country has been shaken by a perfect storm of headlines that have elevated the refugee issue, long seen in Germany as primarily a southern European problem, to the very top of the public and political agenda.

  • 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..

  • 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..

  • BERLIN— German Chancellor Angela Merkel is making clear she expects Greece to continue complying with its obligations to creditors after upcoming elections, and says she doesn't see any possibility of reducing interest rates on its bailout loans. Greece is holding elections Sept. 20 after Alexis Tsipras stepped down as prime minister, seeking a stronger...

  • MADRID— A huge explosion Monday at a fireworks factory in northeastern Spain killed five people and injured six others, authorities said. The injured were taken to a hospital in the nearby regional capital of Zaragoza, said Gustavo Alcalde, the central government's top Interior Ministry official for the region. The factory was purchased in January by Etienne...

  • STOCKHOLM— U.N. climate talks began anew Monday in Germany, three months before world governments are supposed to adopt a landmark deal to fight global warming. The climate pact envisioned for Paris in December will be a crucial test for the diplomatic process, which failed to deliver a strong deal six years ago in Copenhagen. U.N. officials note things look much...

  • "We will have new elections in Greece and I am working on the assumption that Greece will fulfill its commitments," Merkel said during a press conference in Berlin.

  • *Price inflation stays steady but low at 0.2 percent. BRUSSELS/ FRANKFURT, Aug 31- With low price inflation serving as a reminder of the euro zone's delicate health, the European Central Bank is having to reassure market investors that it can do yet more to help the economy. Policy-setters in Frankfurt, who warn that falling oil has skewed this result, point to a...

  • MADRID— An American-Belgian businessman arrested for suspected involvement in enslavement and pillaging blood diamonds during Sierra Leone's civil war will be handed over shortly to Belgium, a Spanish court official said Monday. Spanish police said Desaedeleer, 64, was arrested last week at Malaga airport in southern Spain as he prepared to fly to the...

  • BUDAPEST, Hungary— Austria stepped up vehicle inspections Monday at its Hungarian border after 71 migrants apparently suffocated in a truck, creating a huge traffic jam on the main Budapest- Vienna highway. In addition to the gridlock at the Hegyeshalom border crossing— about a 30- kilometer backup at its peak— traffic was slower than usual at other spots along...

  • *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...

  • BRUSSELS— Inflation in the 19- nation eurozone was stable in August at an annual rate of 0.2 percent, an official report shows— another weak figure that may help push the European Central Bank toward doing more economic stimulus. The European Union's statistics agency, Eurostat, said Monday that a large drop in energy prices made up for increases in the costs of...

  • Asian imports of Iran oil fall slightly in July Monday, 31 Aug 2015 | 1:10 AM ET

    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...

  • NYMEX-Oil prices fall on U.S. interest rate comments Sunday, 30 Aug 2015 | 9:04 PM ET

    *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...