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  • MOSCOW, Aug 16- Russia's state railway monopoly is sticking to its plans to order additional trains from Siemens despite a row between Moscow and the German company over the delivery of turbines to Crimea, TASS news agency quoted Russian Railways as saying on Wednesday. "It will not affect our relationship," Alexander Misharin, Russian Railways first...

  • BERLIN— Deutsche Post DHL Group and U.S. automaker Ford have unveiled a jointly manufactured electric delivery van amid growing demand for emission-free utility vehicles. It's the third and largest electric delivery van made by DHL, which began manufacturing its own vehicles after finding none that met its specifications. DHL plans to put 2,500 of the new...

  • BRUSSELS— Belgium's Agriculture Minister Denis Ducarme says the government will join in legal action against those responsible for the egg contamination scandal, which has hit at least 17 countries. Ducarme told The Associated Press Wednesday that "the Belgian government wants to take part in civil proceedings." Millions of eggs have been destroyed or...

  • BERLIN/ FRANKFURT, Aug 16- Air Berlin's administrators will focus on selling its attractive take-off and landing slots in Germany, a source familiar with the process said, potentially opening up the market to new players. Loss-making Air Berlin has until now helped to shield Lufthansa and Germany, where a booming economy is fueling demand for travel, from...

  • *LME warehouse changes by operator: http://tmsnrt.rs/2i5GpR9. LONDON, Aug 16- First, the good news. The original queue to get aluminium out of exchange warehouses in Detroit disappeared in April 2016.

  • BERLIN— German Chancellor Angela Merkel's favorite emoji is a smiley— and on a good day it's one with a heart. Merkel talked about her emoji preferences Wednesday during a live interview on YouTube as part of her re-election campaign. Germany's general election is on Sept. 24, and Merkel is running for a fourth term.

  • *Factbox on Qatar's equity holdings. DOHA/ ZURICH, Aug 16- Qatar's sovereign wealth fund, with around $300 billion to its name, is shrugging off the country's diplomatic crisis with its neighbours and planning to expand its holdings. Qatar's economy has been under pressure since June 5 when Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic...

  • FRANKFURT, Aug 16- Air Berlin's chief executive blamed long delays in the opening of a new Berlin airport for the German airline's insolvency in an interview published by Germany's Die Zeit. Winkelmann's comments came a day after Air Berlin, Germany's second-largest airline, filed for bankruptcy protection after key shareholder Etihad Airways withdrew...

  • BERLIN— Authorities in Germany have formally indicted a Swiss citizen on suspicion of espionage for spying on German tax investigators. Federal prosecutors say the 54- year-old man, identified only as Daniel M. due to German privacy rules, acted as an agent for Switzerland's intelligence service. Prosecutors said in a statement Wednesday that M. was paid to...

  • *Iraq says it's complying with OPEC- led cuts. DUBAI/ LONDON, Aug 16- Oil exports from Iraq's southern terminals have fallen so far this month, suggesting the country is trying to step up compliance with OPEC output cuts, but it has a long way to go to match its peers in the producer group. If sustained, this would mean exports are down for a second month, giving weight to...

  • *UK wants no border posts between Ireland and N.Ireland. LONDON/ DUBLIN, Aug 16- Britain has said there should be no border posts or immigration checks between Ireland and the British province of Northern Ireland after Brexit, in a paper that attempts to resolve one of the most complex aspects of its departure from the European Union. "The paper provides flexible...

  • *Price drops spur import tenders from Egypt, Tunisia. PARIS/ SINGAPORE, Aug 16- Chicago wheat futures edged higher on Wednesday, steadying above a 2-1/ 2 month low, as import tenders offered fresh demand to absorb some of a bumper crop in the Black Sea region that has been hanging over the market. The state buyer in Egypt, the world's biggest importer, and fellow grain...

  • LONDON, Aug 16- The euro held near the day's lows on Wednesday after sources signalled European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi would not use his Jackson Hole appearance to signal policy change by the bank. The euro has gained 11.5 percent so far this year against the dollar and is the best performing currency in the G10 FX space with most of its gains coming in...

  • *Gold to drift down to $1,200 in three months- analyst. LONDON, Aug 16- Gold fell on Wednesday for the third straight day as the dollar edged higher on the back of robust U.S. economic data and an easing in tensions over North Korea. President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader about Pyongyang's development of nuclear missiles.

  • LONDON/ DUBLIN, Aug 16- Britain has said there should be no border posts between Ireland and the British province of Northern Ireland after Brexit, in a paper that attempts to resolve one of the most complex aspects of its exit from the European Union. May also said Britain would consider stepping in to replace some EU funding for peace projects in Northern Ireland...

  • *Miners, energy firms lead Europe shares higher; Asia rises. LONDON, Aug 16- The dollar held on to big gains on Wednesday before minutes of the U.S. Relative calm in the standoff between the United States and North Korea also lifted investors' appetite for riskier assets.

  • BERLIN— Germany on Wednesday rejected a claim by budget airline Ryanair that a government loan for rival Air Berlin as part of its bankruptcy proceedings amounted to a "conspiracy" to keep the airline afloat until a new owner is found. The Irish airline lodged a complaint with European Union competition authorities after Air Berlin filed for bankruptcy...

  • LONDON— There must be no border posts between the U.K. and Ireland after Brexit, and European Union citizens will be able to enter Britain through EU member state Ireland without immigration checks, the British government said Wednesday. Britain has vowed to end the free movement of people from the bloc after it leaves the EU in 2019, removing the automatic right...

  • LONDON, Aug 16- The dollar held near a three-week high on Wednesday against a trade-weighted basket of its rivals as strong U.S. retail sales data boosted risk appetite, though markets were wary of chasing gains due to lurking geopolitical risks. "The North Korea missile fears seems to be abating for now and if the recent bunch of strong U.S. data translates into...

  • LONDON, Aug 16- There should be no border posts between Ireland and the British province of Northern Ireland after Brexit, Britain said in an early attempt to resolve one of the most complex aspects of its European Union exit. The issue of how the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland will fare is particularly sensitive given the decades of violence over...