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  • BERLIN, Aug 28- Germany's Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Sunday that talks on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, a free trade deal being negotiated by the United States and the European Union, had essentially failed. "The negotiations with the USA have de facto failed because we Europeans did not want to subject ourselves to American...

  • LONDON— British Prime Minister Theresa May is bringing her Cabinet together at her rural retreat to plot Britain's first steps on leaving the European Union. Officials at May's Downing Street office say May will oversee a daylong brainstorming session with Cabinet colleagues Wednesday at Chequers, the prime minister's 16th- century mansion 40 miles...

  • If Democrat Hillary Clinton wins the White House, expect her to mount a rescue effort. But how much Clinton could do depends on finding willing partners in Congress and among Republican governors, a real political challenge. "There are turbulent waters," said Kathleen Sebelius, Obama's first secretary of Health and Human Services.

  • GERMANY'S ECONOMY MINISTER GABRIEL TELLS BROADCASTER ZDF: TTIP TRADE TALKS BETWEEN U.S.

  • BEIJING, Aug 28- China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation, or Sinopec Corp, said on Sunday its net profit fell 21.6 percent in the first half of 2016, hurt by a steep decline in international oil prices. The state-controlled energy firm, Asia's largest refiner, said in a separate statement that Dai Houliang had replaced Li Chunguang as company president and...

  • HARTFORD, Conn.— Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts officials are joining with electric utilities to evaluate more than 50 solicitations from companies to build plants that would generate clean energy for all three states. "It's the first time the New England states have joined together in a coordinated procurement for clean resources," said Katie...

  • 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.

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

  • *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.

  • 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,...