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  • Ukraine Central Bank Deputy Governor Kateryna Rozhkova said on Thursday that the subsidiaries of Russian banks in Ukraine, hit with new sanctions from Kiev, are stable and don't pose a threat to the financial ...

  • A man who tried to drive at high speed into a shopping district in the Belgian city of Antwerp on Thursday was a French national living in France with knives and other weapons in his car, prosecutors said....

  • Investors' outlook on domestic inflation has softened this week as oil futures slid to four-month lows, prompted by concerns that output curbs led by OPEC have not dented record U.S. crude stockpiles. Doubts that U.S. President Donald Trump and leading Republican lawmakers can quickly enact tax cuts, deregulation  …

  • Two members of France's Socialist government deserted their party's official contender for the presidency on Thursday and threw their support behind Emmanuel Macron, significantly bolstering the 39-year-old centrist's bid for the Elysee. The biggest catch for Macron was the defection of Defence Minister Jean-Yves …

  • FILE PHOTO: A real estate sign advertising a new home for sale is pictured in Vienna, Virginia

    New U.S. single-family home sales jumped to a seven-month high in February, suggesting the housing market recovery continued to gain momentum despite the challenges of high prices and tight inventories. ...

  • The gap between what traders bid and offer for Nigeria's naira on the black market has widened following a series of central bank interventions on the official market. Traders are trying to hedge against losses after the currency firmed sharply during previous session. The central bank has been intervening on the …

  • A trader works on the floor of the NYSE

    Trump was set to make a final push to secure the votes to begin dismantling Obamacare in the House of Representatives, with signs that enough Republicans might defect to jeopardize one of his top legislative priorities. Losing or delaying it would bruise investors' confidence in Trump's ability to deliver on his promises …

  • European leaders hope to paper over simmering disputes when they meet in Rome on Saturday to celebrate 60 years of union but with Britain filing for divorce next week, the mood will be sombre and unity under strain. Theresa May, who next Wednesday will launch a two-year countdown to Brexit, will be conspicuous by …

  • Wall Street was little changed in early trading on Thursday amid signs that President Donald Trump is struggling to get enough votes to pass a healthcare bill in Congress. Trump was set to make a final push to secure the votes to begin dismantling Obamacare in the House of Representatives, with signs that enough Republicans …

  • Republican U.S. Representative Mo Brooks said he believed up to 40 Republicans still opposed their party's healthcare legislation on Thursday, while the chairman of the House of Representatives Ways and Means committee said he was not sure when a vote would be taken. "In my judgment right now there are probably about …

  • FILE PHOTO: AkzoNobel's logo is seen in Amsterdam

    Executives from U.S. paint maker PPG (PPG.N) arrived in Amsterdam on Thursday to exert direct pressure on Akzo Nobel (AKZO.AS) to enter talks after the Dutch company spurned an improved 22.7 billion euro ($24.5 billion) takeover proposal. PPG Chief Executive Michael McGarry said he hoped to meet Akzo Nobel "stakeholders" …

  • Executives from U.S. paint maker PPG arrived in Amsterdam on Thursday to exert direct pressure on Akzo Nobel to enter talks after the Dutch company spurned an improved 22.7 billion euro takeover proposal. ...

  • FILE PHOTO: Ford cars are seen on sale at a dealership in Moscow

    Ford Motor Co (F.N) said on Thursday it expects lower earnings per share in the first quarter and lower pretax profit in 2017 due to higher spending on commodities, warranties and investments and a drop in sales volumes especially fleet sales. Ford shares fell more than 1 percent to $11.65 in early trading after the announcement, …

  • Trump is making a final push on Thursday to secure the votes to begin dismantling Obamacare in the House of Representatives, with signs that enough Republicans might defect to jeopardize one of his top legislative priorities. Uncertainty about the Republican plan to replace Obamacare is forcing some hospitals to delay …

  • Ford Motor Co said on Thursday it expects lower earnings per share in the first quarter and lower pretax profit in 2017 due to higher spending on commodities, warranties and investments and a drop in sales volumes especially fleet sales. Ford shares fell more than 1 percent to $11.65 in early trading after the announcement, …

  • Ukraine accused Russia of "state terrorism" after a former Russian lawmaker and key witness in a treason case against former leader Viktor Yanukovich was shot dead in broad daylight outside a hotel in central Kiev on Thursday. Russia called the allegation "absurd". Former MP Denis Voronenkov was killed by an assailant …

  • Canada's main stock was little changed on Thursday as heavyweight financial sector shares gained, while lower oil prices weighed on the energy group. The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index ...

  • The negotiation process between BHP Billiton and striking workers at its Escondida mine in Chile has ended unsuccessfully, Escondida mine president Marcelo Castillo said on Thursday, and the company will ...

  • * House healthcare vote in focus * Fed's Yellen doesn't address monetary policy * Treasury to sell $11 bln, 10-year TIPS By Karen Brettell NEW YORK, March 23 (Reuters) - U.S. Treasuries were steady on Thursday as investors waited for a vote by lawmakers on a healthcare proposal, which is seen as a gauge of the Trump …

  • Police in the northern Belgian city of Antwerp said on Thursday they had detained a man who tried to enter the main pedestrianised shopping street in a car at high speed, adding security in the city would be stepped up. "At about 11 a.m. this morning a vehicle entered De Meir at high speed due to which pedestrians …

  • Barclays became on Wednesday the latest big bank to back off its forecast for the euro to fall below parity with the dollar this year, saying it sees the single currency falling to as low as $1.03 this year before recovering. Currency analysts at the world's sixth biggest foreign exchange trading bank say the political …

  • Twin Brook Capital Partners, the middle-market direct lending unit of private equity firm Angelo Gordon & Co, appointed Garrett Ryan as a partner and head of capital markets, effective immediately. Ryan ...

  • Wall Street opened slightly lower on Thursday amid signs that President Donald Trump is struggling to get enough votes to pass a healthcare bill in Congress. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 36.29 ...

  • FILE PHOTO: The logo of PwC is seen on the local offices building of the company in Luxembourg

    PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP has settled a $3 billion lawsuit in which the bankruptcy administrator of MF Global Holdings Ltd accused the auditor of malpractice that led to the collapse of the brokerage run by former New Jersey governor Jon Corzine. Terms were not disclosed, but the case was "settled to the mutual satisfaction …

  • The moon is partly covered by clouds as it rises above the skyline of Frankfurt

    Several U.S. investment banks are scouting the market for available Frankfurt office space to shift parts of their business from London, the real estate executive of a large German bank said on Thursday. ...

  • Italy should draw up ambitious reforms to address its economic weaknesses, one of the European Commission's vice presidents said on Thursday, increasing pressure on the government to press on with unpopular measures before next year's elections. Italy, alongside other EU states, is preparing to send Brussels details …

  • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP has settled a $3 billion lawsuit in which the bankruptcy administrator of MF Global Holdings Ltd accused the auditor of malpractice that led to the collapse of the brokerage run by former New Jersey governor Jon Corzine. Terms were not disclosed, but the case was "settled to the mutual satisfaction …

  • Fund manager Elliott Advisors, which owns 3.2 percent of Akzo Nobel, on Thursday criticised the Dutch paint maker for disregarding the views of an "overwhelming margin" of its shareholders by refusing to meet with U.S. suitor PPG. "Akzo Nobel's shareholders advocate engagement by an overwhelming margin," the investor …

  • Bad weather off the coast of Angola has prevented the berthing of fuel vessels docking at Cabinda and Benguela ports, causing shortages at filling stations and power blackouts, state-energy company Sonangol said. Sonangol, which handles the oil and gas reserves of Africa's second-largest oil exporter, said a lack …

  • FILE PHOTO - An oil pump jack pumps oil in a field near Calgary

    Oil prices hovered above four-month lows on Thursday, with a recovery reined in by investor concerns that OPEC-led supply cuts were not yet reducing record U.S. crude inventories. Benchmark Brent crude oil was trading at $50.49 a barrel by 1315 GMT (9:15 a.m. ET), down 15 cents on the day but still above Wednesday's slide …

  • Israel, a leader in marijuana research and health technology, is attracting international investment as it tries to position itself as a cutting-edge exporter in the rapidly-growing market for medical-grade cannabis. With estimates that the global market for medical marijuana could reach $50 billion by 2025, the Israeli …

  • Noranda Income Fund said on Thursday that zinc production at a Quebec plant, which was hit by a strike, was at 50-60 percent of normal operating levels. The company said in February that the plant's 371 unionized workers, represented by the United Steelworkers of America, walked off the job after the two sides failed …

  • A Johnson & Johnson building is shown in Irvine, California

    Wireless carriers Verizon (VZ.N) and AT&T (T.N) said on Wednesday they would suspend digital ads on YouTube, joining a list of well-known British brands such as retailer Marks and Spencer Group Plc (MKS.L) deserting Alphabet Inc's (GOOGL.O) Google. Google has come under intense scrutiny for ads appearing alongside videos …

  • Kenya began selling a government bond exclusively via mobile phones on Thursday, a world first aimed at expanding the pool of investors in a country that needs money for infrastructure projects and where many people don't have a bank account. The three-year bond, called M-Akiba, can be bought by phone users without …

  • U.S. healthcare conglomerate Johnson & Johnson became the latest company to suspend all digital advertising on Google's YouTube, over concerns that its ads may have appeared on channels that broadcast offensive videos. Wireless carriers Verizon and AT&T said on Wednesday they would suspend digital ads on YouTube, joining …

  • A job seeker fills out an application at the King Soopers grocery store table at a job fair at the Denver Workforce Center in Denver

    The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week, but remained below a level associated with a strengthening labor market. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 15,000 to a seasonally adjusted 258,000 for the week ended March 18, the Labor Department said on Thursday. …

  • U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday was set to make a final push on Thursday to secure the votes to begin dismantling Obamacare in the House of Representatives, with signs that enough Republicans might defect to jeopardize one of his top legislative priorities. Trump has mounted an intensive campaign to garner …

  • An AT&T logo and communication equipment is shown on a building in Los Angeles

    AT&T Inc said 17,000 workers in California and Nevada resumed work on Thursday, after going on a strike on Wednesday. The workers had alleged that the company violated contract terms by forcing employees ...

  • The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week, but remained below a level associated with a strengthening labor market. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 15,000 to a seasonally adjusted 258,000 for the week ended March 18, the Labor Department said on Thursday. …

  • AT&T Inc said 17,000 workers in California and Nevada resumed work on Thursday, after going on a strike on Wednesday. The workers had alleged that the company violated contract terms by forcing employees ...

  • France's Le Pen to visit Moscow on Friday Reuters - 1 hour 18 minutes ago

    MOSCOW/PARIS, March 23 (Reuters) - French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen will visit Russia on Friday, a country whose leader she admires and which has been at the centre of allegations of interference in the French election campaign via media outlets. A spokesman for the National Front leader confirmed …

  • Wall Street looked set to open slightly higher on Thursday as investors picked up beaten-down stocks, but focus remained firmly on a vote on the healthcare bill - President Donald Trump's first significant policy test. Trump and Republican lawmakers pushed on Wednesday for votes for their plan to overhaul Obamacare …

  • British exporters cannot count on enjoying the "sweet spot" which was created by the Brexit vote last year, a top Bank of England official said on Thursday, underscoring the BoE's cautious view on the outlook for the economy. Deputy Governor Ben Broadbent said the fall in sterling -- down around 16 percent against …

  • The No. 2 Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives said on Thursday it was clear Republicans were falling short in their effort to secure votes to pass their healthcare bill, and said he doubted they would succeed. "Clearly, they don't have the votes now because the president is working it very hard, the Republican …

  • U.S. healthcare conglomerate Johnson & Johnson became the latest company to suspend all digital advertising on Google's YouTube, over concerns that its ads may have appeared on channels that broadcast ...

  • Fed's Yellen does not comment on monetary policy Reuters - 1 hour 27 minutes ago
    Federal Reserve Chair Yellen speaks during a news conference in Washington

    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen did not address monetary policy or the economic outlook in prepared remarks for a childhood education conference in Washington on Thursday. The two-day conference which ...

  • Fed's Yellen does not comment on monetary policy Reuters - 1 hour 28 minutes ago

    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen did not address monetary policy or the economic outlook in prepared remarks for a childhood education conference in Washington on Thursday. The two-day conference which ...

  • The attacker who killed three people near the British parliament before being shot dead was British-born and was once investigated by MI5 intelligence agents over concerns about violent extremism, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement …

  • The political heat is rising in the aluminium market, with a trio of industry bodies calling on the G20 to address global market imbalances resulting from China's burgeoning output. What they want is the sort of global forum created to discuss steel overcapacity at last year's G20 summit.

  • A red London bus passes the Stock Exchange in London

    Euro zone stocks and bonds rallied on Thursday as banks snapped up almost quarter of a trillion euros of interest-free European Central Bank cash in what the ECB hopes will be the last outing for one of its main crisis-fighting tools. Banks took a whooping 233 billion euros ($251.31 billion) at the ECB's TLTRO (targeted …

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