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European shares steady near highs, Barclays and RSA advance

LONDON (Reuters) - European shares steadied near a 14-month high on Thursday, with a rally in stocks of companies like Barclays and RSA following their positive updates offsetting some weaker firms including Technicolor and Veolia .


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Posted 2017/02/23 08:54:53

Malaysia requests Interpol alert on four North Koreans over airport murder

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia has requested Interpol to put an alert out to apprehend four North Korean suspects in the murder of the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Malaysia's police chief said on Thursday.


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Posted 2017/02/23 08:51:30

Barclays gets surprise core capital boost as profit climbs

LONDON (Reuters) - Barclays reported a surprise increase in its core capital ratio on Thursday, as the bank took advantage of its rising profits to put money aside for expected demands on its cash from legal issues and worsening global market conditions.


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Posted 2017/02/23 08:43:19

British government cuts stake in Lloyds to below 4 percent

LONDON (Reuters) - The British government said on Thursday it has further reduced its stake in Lloyds Banking Group, a day after the bank posted its highest profit since before the 2007-2009 global financial crisis.


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Posted 2017/02/23 08:20:23

Iraqi security forces storm Mosul airport, military base

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S.-backed Iraqi security forces closing in on the Islamic State-held western half of Mosul stormed the city's airport and a nearby military base on Thursday, state television said.


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Posted 2017/02/23 07:40:16

Domestic demand drives German growth in fourth quarter

BERLIN (Reuters) - The German economy quadrupled its growth rate to 0.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016 as higher state spending, rising private consumption and construction more than offset a drag from net foreign trade, data showed on Thursday.


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Posted 2017/02/23 07:13:45

Tech breakthroughs take a backseat in upcoming Apple iPhone launch

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - When Apple Inc launches its much-anticipated 10th anniversary iPhone this fall, it will offer an unwitting lesson in how much the smartphone industry it pioneered has matured.


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Posted 2017/02/23 06:04:53

U.N. mediator not expecting quick breakthrough in Syria peace talks

GENEVA (Reuters) - U.N. mediator Staffan de Mistura said on Wednesday he did not expect an immediate breakthrough when Syria peace talks restart on Thursday but wanted productive talks that relaunch the process towards a political solution to end the six-year war.


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Posted 2017/02/23 00:37:49

French centrist gives Macron a boost in presidential race

PARIS (Reuters) - An influential French centrist politician struck an alliance with presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday that is likely to boost the independent's chances in the tightly contested election.


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Posted 2017/02/22 20:31:21

Irish PM says will deal with issue of his leadership next month - sources

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny told a meeting of his ruling Fine Gael party on Wednesday he would deal with the issue of his leadership "very shortly" after meeting the U.S. President next month, two sources present at the meeting told Reuters.


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Posted 2017/02/22 20:27:30

Experts must admit uncertainty to regain trust, says top BoE official

OXFORD, England (Reuters) - Economic experts, maligned in an age of populist movements and fake news, must come clean when they are uncertain about the future if they are to regain the trust of the public, Bank of England Deputy Governor Minouche Shafik said on Wednesday.


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Posted 2017/02/22 20:18:40

Astronomers find seven Earth-size planets where life may be possible

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Astronomers have found a nearby solar system with seven Earth-sized planets, three of which circle their parent star at the right distance for liquid surface water, raising the prospect of life, research published on Wednesday showed.


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Posted 2017/02/22 20:16:41

WTO deal to cut red tape comes into force, promising global economy boost

GENEVA (Reuters) - A global agreement to boost trade by cutting red tape and streamlining border checks came into force on Wednesday, promising a 0.5 percent lift to the world economy by 2030 even as it faces renewed protectionism from the United States.


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Posted 2017/02/22 20:10:43

British suicide bomber in Iraq had won compensation for Guantanamo stay

LONDON/CAIRO (Reuters) - An Islamic State suicide bomber from Britain who blew himself up in an attack on Iraqi forces this week had been given compensation for his detention in the Guantanamo Bay military prison, Western security sources said on Wednesday.


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Posted 2017/02/22 19:58:35

Peugeot sets sales and savings goals for Opel deal - sources

LONDON/FRANKFURT/PARIS (Reuters) - French carmaker PSA Group expects its planned acquisition of General Motors' Opel division to lead to combined sales of 5 million vehicles by 2022 and save as much as 2 billion euros (1.69 billion pounds) annually, sources said, adding that a deal could be finalised in early March.


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Posted 2017/02/22 19:48:49

UK economy picks up in late 2016 but signs of Brexit hit appear

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's economy sped up at the end of 2016, data showed, but over the whole year it was weaker than previously thought and there were signs that the Brexit vote will increasingly act as a brake on growth in 2017.


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Posted 2017/02/22 19:41:58

Unilever spurred into speedy value review by Kraft bid

LONDON (Reuters) - Unilever sought to show shareholders it can go it alone on Wednesday after rejecting Kraft Heinz's $143 billion bid (115 billion pounds), with the promise of a swift, far-reaching review.


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Posted 2017/02/22 15:37:41

Five die as light plane crashes into mall in Australia

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A pilot and four American passengers were killed on Tuesday when a small plane crashed in to the roof of a shopping mall after taking off from an airfield outside Melbourne, Australia's second-largest city, police said.


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Posted 2017/02/21 10:30:41

Suicide bombers in Pakistan kill five in attack on court

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Suicide bombers attacked a court complex in Pakistan on Tuesday, killing five people and wounding 20, police officials said, the latest incident in a new surge of Islamist violence.


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Posted 2017/02/21 10:27:42

EU finance ministers to make progress against tax avoidance

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union finance ministers hope to move closer to devising common rules to counter multinationals' tax avoidance and drawing up a common list of tax havens at a regular meeting in Brussels on Tuesday.


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Posted 2017/02/21 10:02:33