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  • BERLIN— Germany's economy minister says free trade talks between the European Union and the United States have failed. Negotiations on the so-called Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP, have made little progress in recent years. Sigmar Gabriel, who is also Germany's Vice Chancellor, said Sunday that "in my opinion the negotiations with...

  • BERLIN— Germany's economy minister says free trade talks between the European Union and the United States have failed.

  • DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— Ride-hailing service Uber and a chief competitor have unexpectedly suspended services in the United Arab Emirates capital of Abu Dhabi. Careem did not respond to Associated Press requests for comment, but told the paper it was working closely with transit authorities to ensure reliable service and adhere to "fleet requirements.

  • LONDON— Police and airline officials say two United Airlines pilots have been arrested for suspected intoxication before they were to fly 141 passengers from Scotland to the United States. United Airlines officials have confirmed Saturday's arrest of the pilots, aged 45 and 35, at Glasgow Airport. The Police Service of Scotland says both men are expected to...

  • JERUSALEM, Aug 28- Israeli technology company Shellanoo is planning to raise at least 100 million shekels in an initial public offering on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange in late September or October, it said on Sunday. Shellanoo, founded in 2014 and whose backers include Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich and popstars will.i.am and Nicki Minaj, focuses on...

  • AMATRICE, Italy— The Latest on Italy's devastating Aug 24 earthquake:. Pope Francis says he plans to visit an area in Italy struck by a deadly earthquake to bring the people there the "comfort of faith." Italy's central Apennine mountains are a seismically active region that has suffered other earthquake tragedies in the past.

  • AMATRICE, Italy— Bulldozers with huge claws and other heavy equipment rolled through Italy's quake-devastated town of Amatrice on Sunday, pulling down dangerously overhanging ledges and clearing rubble as investigators tried to figure out if negligence in enforcing building codes added to the quake's high death toll. That bell tower also had been...

  • ISTANBUL— Kurdish militants launched a rocket-propelled grenade at a civilian airport in southeast Turkey early Sunday, causing minor damage and no injuries, officials and the state-run news agency said. Rebels linked to the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, were apparently targeting a police checkpoint at Diyarbakir Airport, the Anadolu Agency said.

  • *Rules out helicopter money in Switzerland. ZURICH, Aug 28- The Swiss National Bank remains committed to negative interest rates and currently sees no opportunity to lift the policy, governing board member Andrea Maechler told Swiss newspaper Sonntagsblick. "The financial markets expect a further easing of monetary policy in Britain and in the euro zone, and...

  • SNB'S MAECHLER SAYS SWISS FRANC WOULD HAVE BEEN STRONGER WITHOUT NEGATIVE RATES- SONNTAGSBLICK.

  • SNB'S MAECHLER SAYS SEES NO ROOM TO LIFT NEGATIVE RATES AT PRESENT- SONNTAGSBLICK.

  • SNB'S MAECHLER RULES OUT HELICOPTER MONEY IN SWITZERLAND- SONNTAGSBLICK.

  • SNB'S MAECHLER SAYS SNB REMAINS COMMITTED TO NEGATIVE INTEREST RATES- SONNTAGSBLICK INTERVIEW.

  • CARACAS, Aug 27- Venezuela and Iran continue to seek consensus on ways to stabilize oil markets and strengthen OPEC, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Saturday, following a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. "We continue to build common ground and a new consensus on stabilizing oil markets, strengthening industries,...

  • JACKSON HOLE, Wyo., Aug 27- Federal Reserve policymakers are signaling they could raise U.S. interest rates soon but they are already weighing new tools they may need to fight the next recession. A solid U.S. labor market "has strengthened" the case for the first rate increase since last December, Fed Chair Janet Yellen told a central banking conference in Jackson...

  • BERLIN, Aug 27- The head of Germany's Federal Office for Migration and Refugees told a German newspaper that he expected a maximum of 300,000 refugees to arrive in Germany this year. Weise said Germany took in fewer migrants in 2015 than previously thought because some were registered twice and others had moved on to other destinations. "We'll present the exact...

  • JACKSON HOLE, Wyo., Aug 27- Central bankers in charge of the vast bulk of the world's economy delved deep into the weeds of money markets and interest rates over a three-day conference here, and emerged with a common plea to their colleagues in the rest of government: please help. These would range from immigration reform in Japan to structural changes to boost...

  • Submarine builder General Dynamics Electric Boat, based in Groton, Connecticut, delivered the submarine that will become the USS Illinois to the Navy on Saturday after nearly five and a half years of construction. It took thousands of shipyard employees in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Virginia and submarine supply businesses nationwide to build the $2.7...

  • NEW ORLEANS— A Southwest Airlines flight bound for Orlando, Florida, made an emergency landing Saturday morning due to a major problem with one of its two engines. Flight 3472 from New Orleans diverted the airplane to Pensacola, Florida, after the pilot detected something had gone wrong with an engine, according to a Southwest statement. The jet, a Boeing 737-700,...

  • JACKSON HOLE, Wyo., Aug 27- The recent dip in inflation in Japan may mean inflation expectations are not yet anchored at the Bank of Japan's two percent target, and the bank will approve more quantitative easing or lower negative interest rates "without hesitation," BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Saturday. "It could be that long term inflation expectations are...