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French and German visions for Europe to clash in Berlin

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BERLIN/PARIS - Germany and France will try to reconcile divergent visions of how to fix Europe's economy on Monday when Manuel Valls makes his first visit to Berlin as French prime minister and holds talks with Angela Merkel.

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Head of Germany's central bank criticises ECB stimulus plan 9:36am BST

BERLIN - The head of Germany's Bundesbank has criticised the European Central Bank's (ECB) recent cut in borrowing costs and its pledge to buy repackaged debt, saying they took pressure off governments to implement needed reforms.

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Exclusive - Iran seeks give and take on militants, nuclear programme 6:36am BST

UNITED NATIONS - Iran is ready to work with the United States and its allies to stop Islamic State militants, but would like to see more flexibility on Iran's uranium enrichment programme, senior Iranian officials told Reuters.

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As G20 chases growth goal, members differ on how to get there 20 Sep 2014

CAIRNS Australia - Financial leaders of the Group of 20 top economies remain committed to chasing higher global growth, but were divided on how to achieve it as Germany pushed back at calls from the United States and others for more immediate stimulus.

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Siemens, GE consider bid for Dresser Rand - reports 19 Sep 2014

FRANKFURT - General Electric Co and Germany's Siemens are considering bids for compressor and turbine maker Dresser-Rand that could derail a merger between Dresser-Rand and Swiss pump maker Sulzer , according to media reports.

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SAP buys expenses software maker Concur for $7.3 billion 19 Sep 2014

FRANKFURT - Germany's SAP has agreed to buy U.S. expenses software maker Concur for $7.3 billion (4.46 billion pounds) in cash, strengthening its position in cloud computing, an area it long hoped to avoid until its momentum became too great to ignore. | Video

Germany, France to start joint airlift to Ebola-affected countries 19 Sep 2014

BERLIN - Germany and France agreed on Friday to launch a joint airlift to send aid supplies to western African states hit by Ebola, a spokesman for the German defence ministry said, adding the operation might start within 48 hours.

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German minister - EU-U.S. trade talks not perfect but EU's best chance 19 Sep 2014

BERLIN - A European free trade deal with the United States may not be perfect but is the last chance for Europe to remain globally relevant, Germany's economy minister said on Friday.

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Germany raises hurdles for asylum seekers from west Balkans 19 Sep 2014

BERLIN - Germany will be less likely to grant political asylum to people from the Western Balkans after its upper house of parliament on Friday agreed to upgrade Serbia, Bosnia and Macedonia to "safe" countries where basic human rights are guaranteed.

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Hollande asks Europe for patience with France, vows reform 18 Sep 2014

PARIS - President Francois Hollande pleaded with Germany and other European partners on Thursday to be patient with France and give it more time to reform before it meets deficit targets, admitting that results were coming too slowly.

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Islamic State closes in on Syrian town, refugees flood into Turkey

SURUC Turkey/BEIRUT - Islamic State militants tightened their noose on a northern Syrian border town on Sunday as the United Nations said the number of Syrian Kurds fleeing into neighbouring Turkey may have topped 100,000 and was likely to go much higher. | Video