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  • STUTTGART, Feb 24- Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Vans division is looking closely at a growing demand in the United States for mid-sized pick-up trucks to see whether there is market potential to launch its X-Class model there, divisional head Volker Mornhinweg said on Friday. Mercedes-Benz Vans has already developed a mid-sized pick-up truck to be sold in South...

  • BERLIN— New statistics show that China and France have overtaken the U.S. as Germany's largest trading partners. Germany's Federal Statistical Office reported Friday that trade between the country and China in 2016 totaled some 170 billion euros worth of goods. It remained Germany's largest market for exports, however, with a total value of 107 billion euros...

  • ATHENS, Greece— Greece's era of austerity is over, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras claimed Friday, as he painted a positive picture of the reforms his government has agreed to take after the bailout program ends in 2018.. Speaking in parliament, Tsipras described the deal reached Monday as an "exceptional success" and said it showed the country's creditors...

  • *OPEC/ non- OPEC deal compliance at 86 pct in Jan- sources. *U.S., Asia traders start selling most costly stored crude. Their joint compliance with a production-reduction deal reached at the end of last year was around 86 percent in January, according to OPEC sources quoting results from a technical committee meeting held this week.

  • 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. TOKYO- Bank Of Japan Executive Director Shigehiro Kuwabara to attend the Third FinTech Forum. SANTA CRUZ, United States- San Francisco Fed President John...

  • 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. TOKYO- Bank Of Japan Executive Director Shigehiro Kuwabara to attend the Third FinTech Forum. SANTA CRUZ, United States- San Francisco Fed President John...

  • BRUSSELS— The head of the European Union's executive commission says he does not want a "hard border" between Northern Ireland and member state Ireland once Britain has broken away from the bloc. Once the divorce proceedings are complete, possibly sometimes in 2019, the EU could in theory have a hard border with the U.K. through Ireland. Northern Ireland is part of...

  • BAKU, Feb 23- The Southern Gas Corridor will start pumping gas from the Caspian Sea to Europe by 2020, its backers said on Thursday, despite the risk of delays to this option for reducing dependence on Russia. Politicians and ministers meeting in Baku backed the $40 billion, 3,500- km chain of pipelines, a step towards curbing Russia's one-third share of Europe's...

  • VIENNA— Austria's defense minister says that state prosecutors have begun preliminary proceedings on suspicion of fraud against Airbus and an affiliated company regarding his country's purchase of 15 combat aircraft. The accusation against Airbus Defence and Space GmbH and Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH is based on Austria's purchase of 15 used...

  • *USDA pegs U.S. 2017 soy plantings at record 88 mln acres. *USDA sees U.S. 2017 corn plantings down 4.3 pct from 2016. As of 11:15 a.m. CST, the Chicago Board of Trade March soybean contract was down 8-3/ 4 cents at $10.14 per bushel after dipping to $10.13-1/ 4, its lowest since Jan. 12.

  • BRUSSELS, Feb 23- EU chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker assured Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny on Thursday that his negotiators would push to protect Ireland's interests around Northern Ireland during Brexit talks with London. Kenny met European Commission President Juncker and EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels, where he stressed...

  • Feb 23- Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA plans to offer transatlantic flights on 10 new routes between the United States and Europe with tickets starting at $65 one way, putting pressure on U.S. and European rivals to compete, it said on Thursday. Norwegian's $65 fares will be for a one-way ticket to UK and Irish destinations from smaller airports in New York state,...

  • *PSA wants to use own architecture for Opel models. PARIS, Feb 23- French carmaker PSA Group is planning an engineering blitz to redevelop Opel's core models with its own technology if it succeeds in buying General Motors' European arm, company sources and advisers told Reuters. The Peugeot maker, which is in talks with GM on an Opel deal, wants to build the next Corsa...

  • GENEVA— The chief executive of Glencore says the Swiss mining and metals company is better positioned than ever after core profits rose 48 percent last year amid recovering commodity prices and cost cutting policies. The Baar, Switzerland- based company reported net income before exceptional items of $1.99 billion in 2016, against $1.34 billion the year...

  • Feb 23- A collaboration between Google's research unit and a Dutch institute on Thursday cracked a widely used cryptographic technology that has been one of the key building blocks of internet security. The algorithm, known as Secure Hash Algorithm 1 or SHA-1, is currently used to verify the integrity of digital files and signatures that secure credit card...

  • BERLIN, Feb 23- France and Germany on Thursday called on the management of General Motors and PSA Group to give a "long-term perspective" for all production sites in the proposed acquisition of Opel from the U.S. carmaker. They also said that both Opel and Peugeot should keep their own brand names and separate management entities. Paris- based PSA and GM confirmed...

  • Millennials opting to avoid the stress of switching jobs could be paying the price for their company loyalty according to new research.

  • The group led by Microsoft Ventures also includes the venture capital unit of aerospace giant Airbus, chipmaker Qualcomm, Japanese tech firms Rakuten and Sony and China's Yuneec, a top drone maker. The new round of financing will enable AirMap to expand into markets worldwide, while opening offices in Berlin and at the NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon...

  • LONDON, Feb 23- U.S. bank Morgan Stanley may initially move 300 staff from Britain following its exit from the European Union, and is scouting for office space in Frankfurt and Dublin, Bloomberg News reported on Thursday. The Wall Street firm will eventually choose either Frankfurt or Dublin to base its enlarged European Union hub, according to the Bloomberg...

  • Feb 23- Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA on Thursday announced plans to offer transatlantic flights on 10 new routes between the United States and Europe starting at $65, ramping up pressure on U.S. and European rivals. Norwegian is expanding its network of flights to the United States from mid-June after receiving long-awaited approval late last year for its Irish...