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GM to build Opel SUV and invest 500 mln euros in European engines

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FRANKFURT - General Motors will build a sports utility vehicle (SUV) at the Opel factory in Ruesselsheim, Germany, and invest 500 million euros (399 million pounds) in engine production in Europe, Chief Executive Mary Barra said on Thursday.

Germany says no signs of bird flu outside quarantine farm 2:15pm GMT

HAMBURG - No signs of bird flu have been found anywhere else in the region around the farm in east Germany where it was discovered on Nov. 4, but the source of the infection there is still unknown, German authorities said on Thursday.

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German private sector growth at 16 month-low in November - PMI 8:57am GMT

BERLIN, Reuters - Germany's private sector has grown at the slowest rate in 16 months in November as manufacturing stagnates and services lose momentum, a survey showed on Thursday, signalling a weak fourth quarter for Europe's largest economy.

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BMW says its Takata inflator work moving from Mexico to Germany 19 Nov 2014

DETROIT - Takata plans to shift production of BMW air bag inflators from Mexico to Germany, the automaker said on Wednesday in a filing with U.S. safety regulators who have been probing questions about the quality of manufacturing at the plant.

Factbox - Bird flu concerns hit Europe as cases found in poultry 19 Nov 2014

LONDON/PARIS - Here are some key facts about avian influenza, after cases of H5N8 bird flu were detected on farms in Germany, the Netherlands and Britain:

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Germany's left parties agree coalition deal in eastern state 19 Nov 2014

BERLIN - Germany's three left-leaning parties have agreed a deal to rule in the eastern state of Thuringia, setting the stage for the country's first state premier from the radical Left party to take power some 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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Eurofighter Typhoon jet to get new one billion euro radar 19 Nov 2014

LONDON - Britain, Germany, Italy and Spain have through their Eurofighter project signed a 1 billion euro (0.83 billion pound) contract to provide their jointly backed Typhoon jet with a new sort of radar, in an effort to secure new orders.

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German sees no optimism on Ukraine after talks in Moscow, Kiev 18 Nov 2014

MOSCOW/KIEV - Germany's foreign minister saw "no reason for optimism" after talks on Tuesday in Moscow and Kiev on the Ukraine conflict that has claimed more than 4,000 lives and caused a deep rift between Russia and the West.

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Britain confirms bird flu on northern England farm is H5N8 strain 18 Nov 2014

LONDON - Bird flu on a duck farm in northern England is the highly contagious H5N8 strain, the same form of the virus already discovered in Germany and the Netherlands, Britain's farm ministry confirmed on Tuesday.

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G20's new growth plans suspiciously long in the tooth 18 Nov 2014

SYDNEY - As leaders of the world's 20 most powerful nations congratulate themselves on plans to boost economic growth, a closer look at their 800-plus policy proposals reveals a catalogue of measures that are either old, vague or unlikely to be implemented.

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Exclusive - U.S. increasing non-lethal military aid to Ukraine

WASHINGTON - The United States plans to increase non-lethal military assistance to Ukraine, including deliveries of the first Humvee vehicles, having decided for now not to provide weapons, U.S. officials said.