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  • The summary ruling by an administrative court in the southern city of Nice overturned the decision in September by France's health and environment agency ANSES to grant a permit for the Closer and Transform crop chemicals, which contain the insecticide sulfoxaflor. The authorisation of the products angered environmental protection groups, which say that...

  • NICOSIA, Cyprus— ENI's top executive says the Italian oil and gas company will drill two exploratory wells off Cyprus over the next two months and is expressed confidence that significant quantities of the mineral can be found. ENI CEO Claudio Descalzi described Cyprus as a "natural bridge" linking existing and potential gas deposits in the eastern...

  • LONDON, Nov 24- Lidl, Cadbury maker Mondelez, Diageo and other big companies have pulled advertising from YouTube after the Times newspaper found the video sharing site was showing clips of scantily clad children alongside the ads of major brands. German discount retailer Lidl, Diageo- the maker of Smirnoff vodka and Johnnie Walker whiskey- and Cadbury...

  • NAIROBI, Nov 24- Kenya's economy has displayed "extraordinary resilience" in the face of political uncertainty, its central bank governor said on Friday, attributing the strength to its diversity and small and medium enterprises. He projected expansion would be 5.1 percent this year-- the lowest of President Uhuru Kenyatta's tenure but still well above the 2.6...

  • CHICAGO/ GARDEN CITY, N.Y., Nov 24- Early-morning crowds were light on Black Friday, the start of the U.S. holiday shopping season, as more people picked up deals online and the traditional rush was split by stores opening the night before. Thanksgiving holiday and Christmas can make or a break a retailer, accounting for as much as 40 percent of total revenue for the...

  • PARIS, Nov 24- The French parliament has approved measures to cut the cost of sacking traders by excluding their bonuses from compulsory redundancy payouts, in a move aimed at luring banks' trading activities to Paris as Britain leaves the European Union. Paris and Frankfurt are at the forefront of a race among European cities to attract London financial...

  • Preliminary readings of plans being made by purchasing managers-- the executives who buy what their companies need-- have already painted a bullish picture for the euro zone and especially for its two biggest economies, Germany and France. Industrial output is performing well, "said Hanna Freystatter, head of the international and monetary economy division at...

  • *Canada to U.S. pipeline shut after Nov. 16 oil spill. *Expectations of OPEC extension to oil curbs support prices. LONDON, Nov 24- Oil prices climbed on Friday, with U.S. oil crude hitting a more than two-year high as North American markets tightened on the partial shutdown of a pipeline linking Canada with the United States.

  • *South Europe debt lags, Italy- Germany spread widens. LONDON, Nov 24- Euro zone government bond yields rose further off recent lows on Friday after a detailed account of the European Central Bank's October meeting showed that ratesetters were divided on when exactly it should end bond purchases. "For the central bank, this could be one point for an exit, if they link...

  • CHICAGO/ GARDEN CITY, N.Y., Nov 24- Relatively few early-morning shoppers turned out on Black Friday to mark the start of the U.S. holiday shopping season, as more people picked up deals online and the traditional rush was split by stores opening the night before. Thanksgiving holiday and Christmas can make or a break a retailer, accounting for as much as 40 percent of...

  • *U.S import most popular in Britain. *Event gaining popularity in Germany, Spain, Italy. LONDON, Nov 24- Retailers across Europe chased shoppers on "Black Friday" in a test of consumer demand, particularly in Britain where the spending spree imported from the U.S. has become a particular feature.

  • LONDON, Nov 24- Travel firm Thomas Cook has bid for failed rival Monarch Airlines' landing and take-off slots at London Gatwick airport, two sources close to discussions said, after Monarch's administrator secured rights to sell the slots. The administrator now hopes to recover money for creditors by transferring rights to use the slots at London's Gatwick and...

  • LONDON, Nov 24- World stocks hovered below record highs on Friday, set to reverse two straight weeks of losses while the euro hit its highest levels in six weeks following stronger than expected economic data this week. Its climb was underpinned by gains in Europe and Asia. Along with surveys this week that showed Europe's services and manufacturing industries...

  • Nov 24- U.S. stock index futures were higher on Friday, a day after the Thanksgiving holiday, with retail stocks likely to be in focus as Black Friday kicks off the holiday shopping season. *By Thanksgiving evening, U.S. shoppers had splurged more than $1.52 billion online, a 16.8 percent jump over the same period last year, according to Adobe Analytics.

  • Walmart, meanwhile, says it has tripled the assortment and deals it had last year. Among its deals: 40 percent off a voice-activated Google Home Mini, $100 off the Barbie Hello Dreamhouse and $90 off the Xbox One S video console. Friends Yeshica Jeffers and Stacey Rhodes-Sofer hit a Walmart in suburban Albany, New York, before dawn.

  • WARSAW, Nov 24- Polish lawmakers approved legislation on Friday to gradually force all but the smallest shops to close on most Sundays from March 2018 in a move backed by the powerful Catholic church. While Sunday shopping remains limited in some of the biggest economies of western Europe, it bloomed in the east over the last two decades as people embraced malls...

  • WARSAW, Nov 24- Polish lawmakers approved legislation on Friday to gradually force all but the smallest shops to close on most Sundays from March 2018 in a move backed by the powerful Catholic church. While Sunday shopping remains limited in some of the biggest economies of western Europe, it bloomed in the east over the last two decades as people embraced malls...

  • WARSAW, Nov 24- Polish lawmakers approved legislation on Friday to gradually force all but the smallest shops to close on most Sundays from March 2018 in a move backed by the powerful Catholic church. While Sunday shopping remains limited in some of the biggest economies of western Europe, it bloomed in the east over the last two decades as people embraced malls...

  • WARSAW, Nov 24- Polish lawmakers approved legislation on Friday to gradually force all but the smallest shops to close on most Sundays from March 2018 in a move backed by the powerful Catholic church. While Sunday shopping remains limited in some of the biggest economies of western Europe, it bloomed in the east over the last two decades as people embraced malls...

  • WARSAW, Poland— Poland's lawmakers on Friday approved a law that will phase out Sunday shopping by the year 2020 despite criticism that it may eliminate thousands of jobs. Critics say it would negatively affect Poland's economy, eliminating tens of thousands of jobs, and hurt supermarket chains, which are mostly western. The bill still needs approval from the...