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  • BRUSSELS, Oct 19- European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Thursday he saw no unanimity among member states to give the EU executive a mandate to hold talks with Russia over its plans for a new gas pipeline to Germany. After nations who oppose the Nord Stream 2 pipeline raised the issue at a summit of EU leaders in Brussels, Juncker said the...

  • Relationship between sugar and cancer is now clearer, scientists say

    Belgian scientists say they've made a research breakthrough in the relationship between sugar and cancer, writes USA Today.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 19- European Union leaders welcomed a proposal by British Prime Minister Theresa May aimed at unblocking Brexit talks, but said concessions to ease the fears of EU citizens living in Britain were not enough. Arriving at a two-day summit in Brussels on Thursday with other EU leaders, May sought to shift the focus away from a failure to push the talks...

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 19- Prime Minister Theresa May urged the European Union on Thursday to break the deadlock and move forward with Brexit talks, asking the bloc's leaders to respond with "urgency" on easing the fears of their citizens living in Britain. Arriving at a two-day summit in Brussels with other EU leaders, May sought to lower any remaining expectation that she...

  • BRUSSELS— British Prime Minister May calls for "urgency" in Brexit talks with EU over citizens' rights.

  • BRUSSELS _ Wabco Holdings Inc. on Thursday reported third-quarter net income of $69.8 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.53 per share. Wabco expects full-year earnings in the range of $6.55 to $6.70 per share, with revenue in the range of $3.25 billion to $3.3 billion.

  • BRUSSELS— The Latest on the Brexit talks between the European Union and the U.K.:. May used a dinner at a Brussels summit of the 28- nation bloc to push her call for urgency on trade talks and her promise to treat EU residents well once Britain leaves the EU. EU officials have become increasingly impatient about a lack of detailed plans from Britain.

  • European Council President Donald Tusk is ruling out any European Union role in the dispute between Spain and Catalonia as Madrid weighs whether to reclaim some powers from the regional government amid an independence dispute. Tusk said "there is no hiding that the situation in Spain is concerning. The head of the European Parliament has warned that if...

  • BARCELONA, Spain— Spain's government on Thursday set in motion plans to take away Catalonia's local powers after its defiant regional president refused to give up his demands for Catalan independence. Spain's government responded by calling a special Cabinet session for Saturday in which it would trigger the process to activate Article 155 of Spain's 1978...

  • BRUSSELS— British Prime Minister Theresa May headed to a European Union summit Thursday with a pledge to treat EU residents well once Britain leaves the bloc— the latest attempt to reinvigorate the lifeless divorce negotiations. With less than 18 months to go until Britain leaves the bloc, the negotiations so far have become stuck on the terms of its departure.

  • LONDON— British Prime Minister Theresa May has denied treating European Union citizens in Britain as bargaining chips in Brexit negotiations. Talks between EU and British negotiators have stalled over several issues, including the future status of the 3 million EU citizens in Britain and the 1 million Britons in other EU countries. She says Britain and the EU...

  • ROME— Malta, a tiny archipelago nation in the southern Mediterranean, is so attractive to those looking to shelter funds or operate under the radar of authorities that it's got a nickname to prove it: "treasure island." That means investigators have many tangled paths to follow to discover who wanted the anti-corruption crusader dead as she drove down a country...

  • BRUSSELS— European Union chief Donald Tusk says Britain needs to come up with much more concrete proposals to reinvigorate stalled Brexit negotiations. The European Council president said Wednesday that for the two sides to meet the goal of completing the first phase of talks by year's end, Britain must translate the intentions Prime Minister Theresa May...

  • LONDON, Oct 18- Zinc hit a 10- year price peak of $3,308.75 a tonne on the London market this month but on Wednesday London Metal Exchange three-month metal touched a low of $3,040 after a precipitous 3.1 percent slide the previous day. With further upside barred by profit-takers and producers' forward selling, investors have scrambled for the exit.

  • BRUSSELS— The European Union on Wednesday unveiled new measures to help counter deadly low-tech attacks following a spate of killings in major cities by extremists driving vehicles into crowds of people. The European Commission, which proposes and ensures compliance with EU laws, said the measures aim to better protect major gatherings like concerts or...

  • LONDON— As Brexit negotiations between Britain and the European Union stutter and stall, one question looms larger and larger: What if there is no deal? Divorce talks between Britain and the European Union have limped through five rounds without a breakthrough, and Britain is due to leave the EU in less than 18 months, on March 29, 2019. Unless new arrangements are...

  • BRUSSELS— The European Union says that the one-year-old rules governing data transfers with the U.S. are working well but that some improvements can still be made to the system to guarantee EU citizens' privacy protection. The EU-US Privacy Shield agreement was imposed last year amid concerns of snooping by U.S. intelligence agencies on global data managed by...

  • A top Catalan official is ruling out the possibility of holding a new election as a way out of the region's political impasse with Spain. Raul Romeva told reporters in Brussels on Wednesday that Catalonia's Oct. 1 secession referendum gave the region's separatist government a mandate to declare independence from Spain. Spain has given Catalan President...

  • MELBOURNE, Oct 18- London copper on Wednesday eased from three-year highs hit earlier in the week, but was supported by solid demand-growth expectations, with markets looking to policy announcements from China's Communist Party Congress. "China's underlying demand for copper remains stable and solid," said Hong Kong- based broker Argonaut Securities.

  • CARACAS, Oct 17- President Nicolas Maduro defended Venezuela's "secure" election system on Tuesday as opponents struggled to present a united front over allegations of fraud in a nationwide vote surprisingly won by the ruling socialists. Two losing opposition candidates, Henri Falcon in Lara state and Alejandro Feo La Cruz in Carabobo, have conceded defeat,...