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Earnings, metal rally spur record high for European stocks

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FILE PHOTO: The German share price index DAX graph is pictured at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, April 14, 2021. REUTERS/Staff (Reuters) – European stocks hit a record high on Thursday as a rally in commodity prices lifted miners, while some positive earnings reports offset worries about the pace......

Taliban, Afghan government to attend peace talks in Turkey April 24

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ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey will host a major summit on Afghanistan’s peace process in Istanbul from April 24 to May 4, its foreign ministry said on Tuesday, adding representatives from the Taliban and Afghan government would both attend the talks. The meeting includes the United Nations and Qatar as part......

European stocks ease from record high ahead of earnings season

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FILE PHOTO: The German share price index DAX graph is pictured at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, April 1, 2021. REUTERS/Staff (Reuters) – European stocks eased from all-time highs on Monday as investors held off from making big bets ahead of the earnings season, while British retailers were set......

Swiss watchdog asked Credit Suisse on Greensill risks: SonntagsZeitung

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FILE PHOTO: The logo of Swiss bank Credit Suisse is seen at its headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland March 24, 2021. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann//File Photo/File Photo ZURICH (Reuters) – The head of Switzerland’s financial regulator FINMA questioned Credit Suisse over risks in its dealings with now-insolvent finance firm Greensill Capital “months” before......

U.N. atomic watchdog reports new Iranian breach of nuclear deal

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By Francois Murphy, John Irish VIENNA/PARIS (Reuters) – The U.N. atomic watchdog on Friday flagged a new breach by Iran of its nuclear deal with major powers on the day those powers met to revive the agreement, a report by the agency seen by Reuters showed, likely raising tensions with......

Moldova to buy 400,000 doses of Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine

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CHISINAU, April 9 (Reuters) – Moldova will buy 400,000 doses of the Chinese Sinovac coronavirus vaccine, the health ministry said in a statement on Friday. Moldova and neighbouring Ukraine, two of Europe’s poorest countries, have lagged behind the rest of the continent in the scramble for vaccines and welcomed donations......

Poland seems to have passed COVID-19 infections peak – minister

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FILE PHOTO: People wearing protective masks wait in line at the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine centre situated at a temporary hospital organised at the National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland April 7, 2021. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland seems to have passed a peak in the number of coronavirus infections,......

Germany sticks to recommendation on vaccine switch after first Astra dose

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FILE PHOTO: A vial with AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine is prepared during a vaccination of teachers and nursery teachers, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Grevesmuehlen, Germany, March 5, 2021. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s vaccine commission stuck to its recommendation on Thursday that people aged under......

Swiss luxury watchmakers learn to love the pre-owned market

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ZURICH, April 7 (Reuters) – Swiss luxury watch brands have long considered the market for pre-owned watches as a potential threat to their business, but now their view is shifting as they see it can provide valuable insights into pricing and demand. Initially seen as cannibalising sales of new watches,......

Europe’s STOXX 600 hits record high on global recovery optimism

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(For a Reuters live blog on U.S., UK and European stock markets, click LIVE/ or type LIVE/ in a news window) April 6 (Reuters) – Europe’s benchmark equity index hit a record high on Tuesday, recovering all of its pandemic-driven losses as investors bet on a speedy global economic recovery,......

Jailed Kremlin critic Navalny says he has temperature and cough, some inmates may have TB

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FILE PHOTO: Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny delivers a speech during a rally to demand the release of jailed protesters, who were detained during opposition demonstrations for fair elections, in Moscow, Russia September 29, 2019. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov MOSCOW (Reuters) – Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said on Monday that he......

Putin signs law allowing him to run for two more terms in Kremlin

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FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in the signing ceremony of the general agreement between the All-Russian unions of trade unions, employers and the government of the Russian Federation, via a video conference call, at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia March 31, 2021. Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via......

Kosovo parliament elects Vjosa Osmani as new national president

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PRISTINA (Reuters) – Kosovo’s parliament has appointed a 38-year-old U.S.-educated female law professor and candidate of the ruling Vetevendosje party as the country’s new president, following an election in February. FILE PHOTO: Acting president in Kosovo Vjosa Osmani speaks during a news conference after preliminary results of the parliamentary election......

Kosovo parliament elects Vjosa Osmani as new national president

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PRISTINA (Reuters) – Kosovo’s parliament has appointed a 38-year-old U.S.-educated female law professor and candidate of the ruling Vetevendosje party as the country’s new president, following an election in February. Vjosa Osmani took over as acting president of Kosovo last November when her predecessor, Hashim Thaci, resigned ahead of his......

Bulgarians elect new parliament amid COVID fears, anger over graft

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SOFIA (Reuters) – Bulgarians vote in a parliamentary election on Sunday that will decide whether long-serving Prime Minister Boyko Borissov wins a fresh four-year mandate despite persistent concerns about graft in the European Union’s poorest member state. FILE PHOTO: A woman walks past election posters of the ruling centre-right GERB......

Iran adds advanced machines enriching underground at Natanz: IAEA

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FILE PHOTO: The Iranian flag waves in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters, before the beginning of a board of governors meeting, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Vienna, Austria, March 1, 2021. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran has begun enriching uranium with a fourth......

Exclusive: Uniper CEO might not get contract extension – sources

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FILE PHOTO: Andreas Schierenbeck, CEO of German energy utility company Uniper SE, attends a news conference in Duesseldorf, Germany, March 10, 2020. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen/File Photo DUESSELDORF (Reuters) – The contract of Uniper Chief Executive Andreas Schierenbeck might not be extended, two people familiar with the matter said on Monday. Uniper’s......

Shares and bond yields rebound; dollar shows strength

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LONDON (Reuters) – World shares and the dollar zig-zagged higher on Friday, as hopes for economic recovery and the week’s easing of global bond market yields helped lift the mood. FILE PHOTO: A trading screen is seen following the opening of the markets by British Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip......

Aviva sells Polish business to Allianz for $2.9 billion

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LONDON (Reuters) – Aviva has sold its Polish operations to Germany’s Allianz for 2.5 billion euros ($2.94 billion) in cash, completing a programme to sell European and Asian assets begun last year, the British insurer said on Friday. Allianz beat rival bids from Italy’s Generali and Dutch insurer NN, sources......

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