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Euro stumbles at $1.24 level as yield rise supports dollar


LONDON The euro briefly flirted with $1.24 (0.8739 pounds) on Thursday but a rise in long-term U.S. bond yields supported the dollar and pushed the single currency further back into its recent trading range.


BoE's Woods downplays Brexit job losses at banks 12:31pm BST

LONDON Job losses in Britain's financial sector to the European Union by Brexit Day on March 29, 2019, may not be as high as initially estimated, the Bank of England said on Thursday.


Currency trading volumes hit record highs in first quarter 11:40am BST

LONDON Foreign exchange trading volumes rose to a record high in the first three months of the year, data from CLS showed on Thursday, as a rise in volatility from multi-year lows encouraged more buying and selling of currencies.


Global economy sprinting ahead but trade war could end the race 11:33am BST

BENGALURU The global economy will race further ahead this year, expanding at its fastest pace since 2010, but trade protectionism has the potential to quickly tire it out, the latest Reuters polls of over 500 economists worldwide suggest.


Basque separatist group ETA to announce final dissolution in May 11:13am BST

MADRID The Basque militant group ETA will announce its final dissolution early next month, public television station ETB reported, just over a year since it ended its armed separatist campaign by surrendering guns and explosives.


Merkel, Macron meet to plot euro zone reform road map 9:28am BST

BERLIN The leaders of Germany and France meet on Thursday to try to work out a common position on reforming the euro zone, a sensitive issue that is testing the new government in Berlin just a month after it took office.


U.S. tariffs on metal imports won't dampen German exports - economic institutes 9:09am BST

BERLIN U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminium imports would not dampen German exports if an exemption granted to the European Union expires on May 1 without a permanent solution, Germany's leading economic institutes said on Thursday.


Daily Briefing: Test run for Franco-German motor 8:58am BST

LONDON Germany's Angela Merkel welcomes French President Emmanuel Macron to Berlin this morning for talks on how to make sure the euro zone can fight off any repeat of the 2009 sovereign debt crisis that nearly wrecked the currency.

Dutch government wants power to vet telecoms deals 7:52am BST

AMSTERDAM The Dutch cabinet on Thursday proposed a law that would require any group wishing to try to take over a Netherlands-based telecommunications company to first seek government approval.


Portugal government, opposition agree to cooperate after feud 2:25am BST

LISBON Portugal's Socialist government and the main opposition Social Democrats agreed on Wednesday to cooperate on some reforms and funding plans, in a deal that may reduce the government's dependence on its hard-left allies.


U.S. hopes for success in talks with Europeans on 'fixing' Iran nuclear deal

GENEVA The United States hopes to reach agreement with Britain, France and Germany to address President Donald Trump's concerns about the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, Washington's disarmament ambassador said on Thursday.

As Macron heads to U.S., 'strong relationship' with Trump under test

PARIS When France's ambassador to Washington told American officials last July that he was heading to Paris and would shortly see President Emmanuel Macron, one of them handed him a copy of the New York Times.


Morgan Stanley seeks new court in Italian derivatives case

ROME Morgan Stanley on Thursday asked to have a lawsuit against it for 2.7 billion euros (2.35 billion pounds)in damages thrown out of an Italian administrative court, an Italian judge said.

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