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  • A local resident shows bullet at a checkpoint that was the scene of an overnight gunfight near the city of Slaviansk
    Deadly gun attack in eastern Ukraine shakes fragile Geneva accord Aleksandar Vasovic - Reuters - 1 hour 5 minutes ago

    By Aleksandar Vasovic SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - At least three people were killed in a gunfight in the early hours of Sunday near a Ukrainian city controlled by … More »Deadly gun attack in eastern Ukraine shakes fragile Geneva accord

    A local resident shows bullet at a checkpoint that was the scene of an overnight gunfight near the city of Slaviansk

    By Aleksandar Vasovic SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - At least three people were killed in a gunfight in the early hours of Sunday near a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russian separatists, shaking an already fragile international accord that was designed to avert a wider conflict. The incident triggered a war of words …

  • Kuwait's Zain says sued for $4.5 billion over Iraq telco buy Matt Smith - Reuters - 1 hour 8 minutes ago

    By Matt Smith DUBAI (Reuters) - Zain is being sued for $4.5 billion (2.67 billion pounds) over its 2007 acquisition of an Iraqi telecom operator, the Kuwaiti firm said … More »Kuwait's Zain says sued for $4.5 billion over Iraq telco buy

    By Matt Smith DUBAI (Reuters) - Zain is being sued for $4.5 billion (2.67 billion pounds) over its 2007 acquisition of an Iraqi telecom operator, the Kuwaiti firm said in a bourse statement on Sunday. Zain bought Iraqna for $1.2 billion from Orascom Telecom in December 2007 after the Egyptian firm dropped out of the running …

  • Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron awaits the arrival of Ireland's President Michael D. Higgins at Number 10 Downing Street in London
    Bankrupt British loans official resigns, embarrassing PM Cameron Andrew Osborn - Reuters - 1 hour 13 minutes ago

    By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - The head of a British government agency that hands out billions of pounds of loans to local authorities has resigned after failing … More »Bankrupt British loans official resigns, embarrassing PM Cameron

    Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron awaits the arrival of Ireland's President Michael D. Higgins at Number 10 Downing Street in London

    By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - The head of a British government agency that hands out billions of pounds of loans to local authorities has resigned after failing to reveal he was bankrupt, Prime Minister David Cameron's office said on Sunday. Cameron appointed Tony Caplin, a former senior official in his ruling Conservative …

  • Ghana company says U.S. plane seen in Tehran broke no laws Kwasi Kpodo - Reuters - 1 hour 17 minutes ago

    By Kwasi Kpodo ACCRA (Reuters) - A U.S.-flagged plane which landed at an airport in the Iranian capital Tehran last week was carrying business executives from Ghana … More »Ghana company says U.S. plane seen in Tehran broke no laws

    By Kwasi Kpodo ACCRA (Reuters) - A U.S.-flagged plane which landed at an airport in the Iranian capital Tehran last week was carrying business executives from Ghana and did not flout international laws, according to the mining firm which leased it. The New York Times reported on Thursday that the plane, owned by the Bank …

  • Ukraine separatists say in touch with OSCE mediators Reuters - 1 hour 47 minutes ago

    SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - The self-styled mayor of the eastern Ukrainian city of Slaviansk, which is controlled by armed pro-Russian separatists, said on Sunday … More »Ukraine separatists say in touch with OSCE mediators

    SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - The self-styled mayor of the eastern Ukrainian city of Slaviansk, which is controlled by armed pro-Russian separatists, said on Sunday he had been in contact with mediators from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, speaking at a news conference …

  • The Pfizer logo is seen outside their world headquarters in New York
    Pfizer considers $100 billion bid for AstraZeneca - report Reuters - 1 hour 58 minutes ago

    U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has approached British rival AstraZeneca to propose a 60 billion pound ($101 billion) takeover, Britain's Sunday Times reported. The … More »Pfizer considers $100 billion bid for AstraZeneca - report

    The Pfizer logo is seen outside their world headquarters in New York

    U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has approached British rival AstraZeneca to propose a 60 billion pound ($101 billion) takeover, Britain's Sunday Times reported. The paper cited senior investment bankers and industry sources saying that informal conversations about a deal had taken place between the two but that no talks …

  • The new Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby knocks on the door of Canterbury Cathedral as he arrives for his enthronement ceremony, in Canterbury, southern England
    Church of England still invested in payday lender Reuters - 2 hours 51 minutes ago

    The Archbishop of Canterbury said the Church of England still held an indirect investment in short-term loan company Wonga, even though he branded its activities "morally … More »Church of England still invested in payday lender

    The new Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby knocks on the door of Canterbury Cathedral as he arrives for his enthronement ceremony, in Canterbury, southern England

    The Archbishop of Canterbury said the Church of England still held an indirect investment in short-term loan company Wonga, even though he branded its activities "morally wrong" nine months ago. Archbishop Justin Welby, leader of the world's 80 million Anglicans, said last year he had been embarrassed to learn that the …

  • A model poses beside a Ford Ecosport during a media presentation of the 34th Bangkok International Motor Show in Bangkok
    In the driving seat: China's yuppies are new market force for global automakers Samuel Shen and Norihiko Shirouzu - Reuters - 4 hours ago

    By Samuel Shen and Norihiko Shirouzu SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - Global automakers are scrambling to meet the demands of China's young urban professionals, who want … More »In the driving seat: China's yuppies are new market force for global automakers

    A model poses beside a Ford Ecosport during a media presentation of the 34th Bangkok International Motor Show in Bangkok

    By Samuel Shen and Norihiko Shirouzu SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - Global automakers are scrambling to meet the demands of China's young urban professionals, who want a car that makes them stand out, yet don't always have the money to splurge on a top-end model. After nearly two decades of frenzied growth driven mainly …

  • Handout of the Phoenix International Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Artemis participating in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370
    Malaysian plane search in 44th day, sea bed scans could end in days Byron Kaye and Matt Siegel - Reuters - 6 hours ago

    By Byron Kaye and Matt Siegel SYDNEY/PERTH, Australia (Reuters) - The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 entered its 44th day on Sunday as Australian … More »Malaysian plane search in 44th day, sea bed scans could end in days

    Handout of the Phoenix International Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Artemis participating in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370

    By Byron Kaye and Matt Siegel SYDNEY/PERTH, Australia (Reuters) - The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 entered its 44th day on Sunday as Australian search officials said a crucial series of sonar scans of the Indian Ocean floor could be completed within a week. The air, surface and underwater search is …

  • Visitors look at an Audi S8 car at Auto China 2014 in Beijing
    Premium car brands eye China's secondhand market Edward Taylor and Jan Schwartz - Reuters - 6 hours ago

    By Edward Taylor and Jan Schwartz BEIJING (Reuters) - Strong demand for new automobiles in China has laid the foundations for the next leg of business for carmakers … More »Premium car brands eye China's secondhand market

    Visitors look at an Audi S8 car at Auto China 2014 in Beijing

    By Edward Taylor and Jan Schwartz BEIJING (Reuters) - Strong demand for new automobiles in China has laid the foundations for the next leg of business for carmakers BMW , Audi and Mercedes-Benz: the second-hand premium car market. China's auto market is the world's biggest and is set to grow between 8 percent and 10 percent …

  • Residents stand outside a spaza convienience shop in Cape Town's Imizamo Yethu township
    South Africa's 'spaza' shops suffer as big retail rolls in David Dolan - Reuters - 6 hours ago

    By David Dolan SOWETO, South Africa (Reuters) - In this corner of South Africa's black township of Soweto, the biggest building used to be the Catholic church. Now … More »South Africa's 'spaza' shops suffer as big retail rolls in

    Residents stand outside a spaza convienience shop in Cape Town's Imizamo Yethu township

    By David Dolan SOWETO, South Africa (Reuters) - In this corner of South Africa's black township of Soweto, the biggest building used to be the Catholic church. Now it's been overshadowed by a shopping centre and business has only gotten worse for Grace, a 68-year-old shopowner. Like many proprietors of "spaza" shops …

  • Bernie Ecclestone's hair blows in the wind while being interviewed as he walks at the paddock after the third practice session of the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) in Sakhir
    Veteran F1 boss Ecclestone faces German bribery trial Keith Weir - Reuters - 7 hours ago

    By Keith Weir LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One chief executive Bernie Ecclestone goes on trial for bribery in Germany this week in a case that threatens to end the Briton's … More »Veteran F1 boss Ecclestone faces German bribery trial

    Bernie Ecclestone's hair blows in the wind while being interviewed as he walks at the paddock after the third practice session of the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) in Sakhir

    By Keith Weir LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One chief executive Bernie Ecclestone goes on trial for bribery in Germany this week in a case that threatens to end the Briton's long reign as the commercial boss of the motor sport. Prosecutors in Munich have charged Ecclestone, 83, with bribing jailed former German banker Gerhard …

  • Korean gym is a hothouse of grief for relatives of ferry missing Ju-min Park - Reuters - 8 hours ago

    By Ju-min Park JINDO, South Korea (Reuters) - Kim Ha-na no longer sleeps or eats and is haunted by the voice of her 17-year-old brother, calling frantically to tell … More »Korean gym is a hothouse of grief for relatives of ferry missing

    By Ju-min Park JINDO, South Korea (Reuters) - Kim Ha-na no longer sleeps or eats and is haunted by the voice of her 17-year-old brother, calling frantically to tell her the ferry he was aboard with more than 300 classmates and staff from his high school on the outskirts of Seoul was sinking. More than 50 people are now …

  • C-class by Daimler AG is pictured before company's annual news conference in Stuttgart
    Daimler to sell DENZA electric car in China with local subsidy Reuters - 9 hours ago

    Daimler said its DENZA electric car will be eligible for local subsidies in China when it goes on sale there in September priced at 369,000 renminbi (35,693.04 pounds). … More »Daimler to sell DENZA electric car in China with local subsidy

    C-class by Daimler AG is pictured before company's annual news conference in Stuttgart

    Daimler said its DENZA electric car will be eligible for local subsidies in China when it goes on sale there in September priced at 369,000 renminbi (35,693.04 pounds). DENZA, a local Chinese brand jointly developed with Chinese partner BYD <002594.SZ>, forms part of the German auto maker's push to expand its footprint …

  • Employee wipes down a car as the logo of Hyundai Motor is seen on a car at a Hyundai dealership in Seoul
    Hyundai Motor unveils small SUV concept for China, to launch this year Hyunjoo Jin - Reuters - 11 hours ago

    By Hyunjoo Jin SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's Hyundai Motor <005380.KS> on Sunday unveiled its small sport utility vehicle (SUV) concept targeted at the Chinese market, … More »Hyundai Motor unveils small SUV concept for China, to launch this year

    Employee wipes down a car as the logo of Hyundai Motor is seen on a car at a Hyundai dealership in Seoul

    By Hyunjoo Jin SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's Hyundai Motor <005380.KS> on Sunday unveiled its small sport utility vehicle (SUV) concept targeted at the Chinese market, planning to join a flurry of rivals in tapping the growing segment in the world's biggest market. Hyundai said it had picked popular Korean actor Kim …

  • A man uses mobile phone at showroom of Toyota Motor in Beijing
    Toyota to launch China-made Corolla, Levin hybrids in 2015 Yoko Kubota - Reuters - 11 hours ago

    By Yoko Kubota BEIJING (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp <7203.T> plans to make and sell hybrid versions of its Corolla and Levin sedans in China next year, fitting them … More »Toyota to launch China-made Corolla, Levin hybrids in 2015

    A man uses mobile phone at showroom of Toyota Motor in Beijing

    By Yoko Kubota BEIJING (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp <7203.T> plans to make and sell hybrid versions of its Corolla and Levin sedans in China next year, fitting them with locally-made components, in its first bid to entirely manufacture gas-electric hybrids outside Japan. The backdrop to Toyota's plans are efforts by …

  • Chairman of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Li Shufu poses for a photo at an assembly line of the new Volvo automobile manufacturing plant in Chengdu
    China set to replace U.S. as Volvo's biggest market this year Reuters - 13 hours ago

    China is set to surpass the United States to become Volvo Car Group's biggest market in 2014 with sales of at least 80,000 cars in the world's largest auto market. Its … More »China set to replace U.S. as Volvo's biggest market this year

    Chairman of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Li Shufu poses for a photo at an assembly line of the new Volvo automobile manufacturing plant in Chengdu

    China is set to surpass the United States to become Volvo Car Group's biggest market in 2014 with sales of at least 80,000 cars in the world's largest auto market. Its car sales target for 2014 is around a third higher than the 61,146 cars sold in 2013, while sales in the United States in 2014 are expected to increase …

  • German financial watchdog - Low interest rates could trouble bigger insurers Reuters - 15 hours ago

    Some bigger German life insurance companies could find themselves struggling if low interest rates persist, according to comments made by the country's top insurance … More »German financial watchdog - Low interest rates could trouble bigger insurers

    Some bigger German life insurance companies could find themselves struggling if low interest rates persist, according to comments made by the country's top insurance regulator in an interview with a newspaper. Rock bottom capital market interest rates in Europe have slashed the income insurers can earn from their investments …

  • Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi reacts upon his arrival to attend the official opening ceremony for the new headquarters of the Iranian embassy in Amman
    Iran says it watered down, converted over 200 kg of enriched uranium Reuters - 16 hours ago

    Iran said on Saturday it had completed watering down and converting more than 200 kilograms (440 lb) of enriched uranium under a deal reached in Geneva last November … More »Iran says it watered down, converted over 200 kg of enriched uranium

    Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi reacts upon his arrival to attend the official opening ceremony for the new headquarters of the Iranian embassy in Amman

    Iran said on Saturday it had completed watering down and converting more than 200 kilograms (440 lb) of enriched uranium under a deal reached in Geneva last November with world powers over its disputed nuclear programme. "Based on the agreement with the West, we were supposed to have half of our 200 kilogram stock of uranium …

  • A family member of missing passengers who were on the South Korean ferry Sewol which sank in the sea off Jindo, cries as she found the name of her family in the list of fatalities, at a port in Jindo
    South Korea recovers first bodies from inside sunken ferry Reuters - 17 hours ago

    South Korean divers retrieved three bodies from inside a sunken ferry overnight, officials said on Sunday, the first time they have been able to gain entry to the passenger … More »South Korea recovers first bodies from inside sunken ferry

    A family member of missing passengers who were on the South Korean ferry Sewol which sank in the sea off Jindo, cries as she found the name of her family in the list of fatalities, at a port in Jindo

    South Korean divers retrieved three bodies from inside a sunken ferry overnight, officials said on Sunday, the first time they have been able to gain entry to the passenger section of the ship. "At 11:48 p.m. (1448 GMT) the joint rescue team broke a glass window and succeeded in getting inside the vessel," the South Korean …

  • Germany's Steinmeier urges focus on de-escalation with Russia, not sanctions Reuters - 17 hours ago

    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said he wished as much emphasis would be placed on preventing an escalation of tensions with Russia over Ukraine as there … More »Germany's Steinmeier urges focus on de-escalation with Russia, not sanctions

    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said he wished as much emphasis would be placed on preventing an escalation of tensions with Russia over Ukraine as there is at the moment in threatening economic sanctions. In an interview to appear in Germany's Bild am Sonntag newspaper on Sunday, Steinmeier appeared to …

  • Sudanese militants kill two, kidnap three at oil field Reuters - 19 hours ago

    CAIRO (Reuters) - Armed militants killed two security staff and kidnapped a Chinese, an Algerian and a Sudanese worker in an attack on an oil field in Sudan's West … More »Sudanese militants kill two, kidnap three at oil field

    CAIRO (Reuters) - Armed militants killed two security staff and kidnapped a Chinese, an Algerian and a Sudanese worker in an attack on an oil field in Sudan's West Kordofan state, army spokesman Al-Sawarmi Khalid Sa'ad said on Saturday. Security forces are still tracing the perpetrators, he added. West Kordofan …

  • People sing Ukranian national anthem as they attend a pro-Ukrainian rally in Luhansk
    Mediator heads to east Ukraine, seeking surrenders Alastair Macdonald and Aleksandar Vasovic - Reuters - 22 hours ago

    By Alastair Macdonald and Aleksandar Vasovic KIEV/DONETSK (Reuters) - A mediator from Europe's OSCE security body headed to eastern Ukraine on Saturday seeking the surrender … More »Mediator heads to east Ukraine, seeking surrenders

    People sing Ukranian national anthem as they attend a pro-Ukrainian rally in Luhansk

    By Alastair Macdonald and Aleksandar Vasovic KIEV/DONETSK (Reuters) - A mediator from Europe's OSCE security body headed to eastern Ukraine on Saturday seeking the surrender of pro-Russian separatists as the Kiev government declared an Easter truce following a peace accord with Moscow. Gunmen occupying public buildings …

  • Shalabayeva talks next to her daughter Madina during a news conference in Rome
    Italy gives wife, daughter of wanted Kazakh banker refugee status Reuters - 22 hours ago

    The wife and daughter of a Kazakh tycoon who is wanted in three countries for alleged fraud have been granted refugee status in Italy, their lawyer said on Friday. Lawyer … More »Italy gives wife, daughter of wanted Kazakh banker refugee status

    Shalabayeva talks next to her daughter Madina during a news conference in Rome

    The wife and daughter of a Kazakh tycoon who is wanted in three countries for alleged fraud have been granted refugee status in Italy, their lawyer said on Friday. Lawyer Anton Giulio Lana said in a statement that an Interior Ministry committee had granted Alma Shalabayeva and daughter Alua a five-year, renewable permit …

  • The entrance of Monte Dei Paschi bank headquarters is pictured in Siena
    Italy's Treasury to give Monte Paschi more time to pay interest in cash - paper Reuters - 23 hours ago

    Italy's Treasury may allow loss-making Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena more time to pay interest on a state bailout, to ensure the sum is paid in cash rather than in … More »Italy's Treasury to give Monte Paschi more time to pay interest in cash - paper

    The entrance of Monte Dei Paschi bank headquarters is pictured in Siena

    Italy's Treasury may allow loss-making Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena more time to pay interest on a state bailout, to ensure the sum is paid in cash rather than in bank shares, Corriere della Sera reported on Saturday. Citing sources close to the Treasury, the paper said the Treasury had told the bank it may extend the …

  • People pass row of Volkswagen e-Golf cars during company's annual news conference in Berlin
    VW has agreed budget car concept, design - manager Reuters - 23 hours ago

    Volkswagen has agreed the basic concept and design of a budget car for emerging markets, a VW manager told Reuters, nearing the project's completion after a long struggle … More »VW has agreed budget car concept, design - manager

    People pass row of Volkswagen e-Golf cars during company's annual news conference in Berlin

    Volkswagen has agreed the basic concept and design of a budget car for emerging markets, a VW manager told Reuters, nearing the project's completion after a long struggle to meet cost targets for the vehicle. "The concept and design are now in place," Hans Demant, responsible for the so-called budget car project at VW, …

  • A Comcast sign is shown on the side of a vehicle in San Francisco
    Comcast in talks with Charter over divestitures - source Reuters - 23 hours ago

    (Reuters) - Comcast Corp is in talks with Charter Communications over selling or spinning off roughly 3 million subscribers worth approximately $18 billion (10.70 billion … More »Comcast in talks with Charter over divestitures - source

    A Comcast sign is shown on the side of a vehicle in San Francisco

    (Reuters) - Comcast Corp is in talks with Charter Communications over selling or spinning off roughly 3 million subscribers worth approximately $18 billion (10.70 billion pounds) to $20 billion as part of the divestitures related to its $45.3 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable , according to a source familiar with the …

  • Jean-Yves Charlier, chairman and chief executive of French mobile operator SFR, attends a news conference in Paris
    Vivendi's SFR to partner with Vodafone - CEO Reuters - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    The head of Vivendi's French telecom unit SFR, won by cable company Numericable in a fierce bidding war, said in comments published on Saturday it planned to partner … More »Vivendi's SFR to partner with Vodafone - CEO

    Jean-Yves Charlier, chairman and chief executive of French mobile operator SFR, attends a news conference in Paris

    The head of Vivendi's French telecom unit SFR, won by cable company Numericable in a fierce bidding war, said in comments published on Saturday it planned to partner with Britain's Vodafone in a network-sharing project. "In coming days, we will unveil an extended partnership with Vodafone ... (in which) our professional …

  • The logo on the front of a Jeep vehicle is shown at a Chrysler dealership in Carlsbad, California
    Fiat Chrysler strikes deal to produce Jeeps in China Reuters - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Fiat Chrysler has reached an agreement to start producing Jeep vehicles in China with partner Guangzhou Automobile Group Co <601238.SS>, the companies said on Saturday, … More »Fiat Chrysler strikes deal to produce Jeeps in China

    The logo on the front of a Jeep vehicle is shown at a Chrysler dealership in Carlsbad, California

    Fiat Chrysler has reached an agreement to start producing Jeep vehicles in China with partner Guangzhou Automobile Group Co <601238.SS>, the companies said on Saturday, as Fiat tries to catch up with competitors in a fast-growing market. The plan to produce three new Jeep vehicles in China for the domestic market, through …

  • Iran says plane at airport leased to Ghana after U.S.-flagged plane sighting Reuters - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Iran says that a plane which landed in Tehran airport flying the American flag was leased to Ghana's presidential office and carrying a business delegation from the West … More »Iran says plane at airport leased to Ghana after U.S.-flagged plane sighting

    Iran says that a plane which landed in Tehran airport flying the American flag was leased to Ghana's presidential office and carrying a business delegation from the West African nation. The New York Times reported on Thursday that a plane owned by the Bank of Utah was parked in Mehrabad Airport in Tehran on Tuesday. Its …