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  • BRUSSELS, March 29- Greece's lenders on Wednesday could not confirm what sources said was a preliminary deal on open issues of the country's bailout and said possible debt relief measures will be decided only at the end of the financial aid programme, contrary to Athens' will. Negotiations between Greece, the European Union and the International Monetary Fund-...

  • March 28- The vote by the U.S. Congress to repeal rules that limit how internet service providers can use customer data has generated renewed interest in an old internet technology: virtual private networks, or VPNs. VPNs are often used to connect to a secure business network, or in countries such as China and Turkey to bypass government restrictions on Web...

  • LONDON, March 29- European shares drifted lower on Wednesday, while sterling battled back from a one-week low and regained its composure amid the drama of Britain formally triggering its exit process from the European Union. Prime Minister Theresa May will notify EU Council President Donald Tusk in a letter that Britain really is quitting the bloc it joined in...

  • LONDON, March 29- Prime Minister Theresa May will file formal Brexit divorce papers on Wednesday, pitching the United Kingdom into the unknown and triggering years of uncertain negotiations that will test the endurance of the European Union. Nine months after Britons voted to leave, May will notify EU Council President Donald Tusk in a letter that the UK really...

  • LONDON, March 29- Sterling steadied against the dollar and euro on Wednesday as investors awaited the formal trigger for Britain's departure from the European Union and focused on how conciliatory the tone would be from both sides. The pound jumped to as high as $1.2460 in choppy trade, before easing back to trade down 0.1 percent on the day by 1030 GMT at $1.2440.

  • LONDON, March 29- Sterling steadied against the dollar and euro on Wednesday as investors awaited the formal trigger for Britain's departure from the European Union and focused on how conciliatory the tone would be from both sides. The pound jumped to as high as $1.2460 in choppy trade, before easing back to trade down 0.1 percent on the day by 1030 GMT at $1.2440.

  • PARIS— The mayors of Paris, London and Seoul are creating a system to grade vehicles based on their emissions in real-life conditions, after growing uncertainty about automakers' efforts to skirt rules intended to limit pollutants. Meeting Wednesday in Paris, they said the idea is to provide transparency so consumers know how much a car pollutes and push for...

  • *Charged with being part of scheme to breach Iran sanctions. ISTANBUL, March 29- Shares of Turkish state lender Halkbank were headed for their biggest ever one-day fall on Wednesday after U.S. prosecutors charged a senior executive with participating in a multi-year scheme to violate sanctions against Iran. Halkbank, Turkey's fifth-largest listed bank by...

  • Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange was flat at $5,873 a tonne by 1025 GMT, after hitting $5,927.50, its highest since March 20. *CHINA MANUFACTURING: Activity in China's vast manufacturing sector likely grew for an eighth straight month in March as a surprise rebound in the property market added to a construction boom, boosting sales of building...

  • BUZZFEED IS GOING PUBLIC IN 2018 - AXIOS, CITING SOURCES.

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    U.S. President Donald Trump told a group of senators that he expected lawmakers would be able to reach a deal on health care, without offering specifics.

  • LONDON, March 29- Gold edged higher on Wednesday as uncertainty about Brexit talks, French elections and U.S. "The general picture is still positive with dips seen as buying opportunities," said Carsten Fritsch, analyst at Commerzbank in Frankfurt. Prime Minister Theresa May will file formal Brexit divorce papers on Wednesday, pitching the United Kingdom into...

  • LONDON, March 29- The Turkey stock market spotlight was on Halkbank on Wednesday, with its shares set for their biggest one-day fall after the arrest of the company's deputy CEO, while South African assets weakened further on political concerns. Halkbank deputy CEO Mehmet Hakan Atilla was arrested in New York, accused of conspiring to conduct illegal...

  • LONDON, March 29- On the face of it, the first quarter of the year followed the' risk on' script. U.S. stocks surged to new highs, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates, high yield debt rallied yet again and Wall Street volatility slumped to its lowest in a decade. Investors piled into riskier, high-yielding assets at the expense of safe-haven bonds on the view that...

  • LONDON, March 29- On the face of it, the first quarter of the year followed the' risk on' script. U.S. stocks surged to new highs, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates, high yield debt rallied yet again and Wall Street volatility slumped to its lowest in a decade. Investors piled into riskier, high-yielding assets at the expense of safe-haven bonds on the view that...

  • HONG KONG, March 29- Australian energy major Woodside Petroleum on Wednesday hinted it may in future be willing to allow buyers of liquefied natural gas more flexibility as part of long-term contracts, saying that in time this could help create a more liquid market. Last week, the biggest buyers in the world's top three LNG consuming countries- Japan, South Korea...

  • *FTSE to dip in coming months. LONDON, March 29- Britain's FTSE 100 share index will dip in the months after the country starts official divorce proceedings later on Wednesday with the European Union but reach new record highs next year, a Reuters poll found. "The FTSE has had a spectacular run since the Brexit vote, with the share prices of UK multinationals...

  • REUTERS POLL- UK'S FTSE 100 SHARE INDEX TO BE AT NEW RECORD HIGH OF 7,500 BY MID-2018.

  • REUTERS POLL- UK'S FTSE 100 SHARE INDEX SEEN AT 7,250 BY MID-2017; 7,425 BY END-2017.

  • JAKARTA, Indonesia— France has pledged $2.6 billion in investments for Indonesia and affirmed deepening ties with Southeast Asia's biggest economy during a visit by President Francois Hollande. Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo welcomed the new commitment by French investors to increase their involvement in the energy, infrastructure and retail...