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Jul 16, 2014

China growth data lifts Europe shares, oil and metals

LONDON, July 16 (Reuters) – Stocks rose in Europe on
Wednesday after China reported economic growth figures that were
slightly stronger than markets had expected, although the
reaction in Asia was more muted.

The world’s second largest economy expanded at a 7.5 percent
annual pace in the second quarter, the statistics bureau said,
just beating the 7.4 percent median forecast in a Reuters poll.

Jul 3, 2014

Who’s hunting yield in bond market’s risky regions?

LONDON, July 3 (Reuters) – The hunt for yield in an era of
diminishing interest rates has lured investors into ever riskier
regions of the bond market, prompting some to ask: who is buying
this stuff and are they suffering short-term memory loss?

In June, euro zone member Cyprus returned to the market just
a year after international lenders bailed it out and the
government forced bank depositors to forfeit uninsured savings.

Jun 23, 2014

Gloomy French data hits European stocks, Iraq keeps oil high

LONDON (Reuters) – European stocks fell on Monday after euro zone business activity data showed growth slowing, with France a notable laggard, in contrast with upbeat numbers from China that lifted Asian shares and the Australian dollar.

Brent crude oil prices rose towards a nine-month high above $115 a barrel on concerns that unrest in Iraq, where Sunni insurgents seized control of more towns over the weekend, could disrupt supply.

Jun 17, 2014

Dylan Thomas centenary to “right wrongs” about bohemian bard

LAUGHARNE, Wales, June 17 (Reuters) – This year’s centenary
of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas’s birth has sparked a creative
explosion and for some is also a chance to reassess a writer
whose bohemian reputation as a drunk and a womaniser has
sometimes eclipsed his work.

The year-long commemoration has already inspired a new,
television version of Thomas’s radio play “Under Milk Wood”,
starring veteran singer Tom Jones, and an opera based on the
same work. A whole new dictionary of Thomas-style invented words
suggested by the public is also in the pipeline.

Jun 5, 2014

Europe stocks steady, euro hostage to ECB decision

LONDON (Reuters) – European shares held steady and the euro languished near four-month lows against the dollar on Thursday, with the common currency hostage to expectations the European Central Bank will ease monetary policy to support a fragile economic recovery.

In anticipation of lower interest rates, euro zone government bond yields DE10YT=TWEB fell. This helped push the premium that two-year U.S. government debt offers over euro zone benchmarks to its widest since 2007.

Jun 3, 2014

Music and genocide link Jewish lawyers with Nazi criminal on stage

HAY-ON-WYE Wales (Reuters) – The improbable tale of three music-loving lawyers linked to Ukraine – two of them Jews and one a Hitler aide known as the “Butcher of Poland” – has made it to the stage in a work premiered at the Hay Festival.

“The Great Crimes” tells how the lives of Hersch Lauterpecht, who formulated the legal concept of crimes against humanity, Raphael Lemkin, who helped make genocide an international crime, and Hans Frank, World War Two governor of Nazi-occupied Poland, became entwined.

Jun 3, 2014

Europe stocks dip, euro gains as ECB seen poised to act

LONDON, June 3 (Reuters) – European shares dipped on Tuesday
and the euro edged higher against the dollar after a fall in
euro zone inflation cemented the case for the European Central
Bank to ease monetary policy later this week.

The pan-European FTSE Eurofirst 300 equity index
was down 0.5 percent at 1130 GMT, extending losses after data
that showed annual consumer price inflation unexpectedly slowed
to 0.5 percent in May.

Jun 3, 2014

Europe stocks down, euro holds near lows after inflation data

LONDON, June 3 (Reuters) – European shares dipped on Tuesday
and the euro held near 3 1/2-month lows against the dollar after
a fall in euro zone inflation cemented the case for the European
Central Bank to ease monetary policy later this week.

The pan-European FTSE Eurofirst 300 equity index
was down 0.3 percent at 0930 GMT, barely reacting to the data
that showed annual consumer price inflation unexpectedly slowed
to 0.5 percent in May.

Jun 3, 2014

Europe stocks dip, Euro steady before inflation data

LONDON, (Reuters) – European shares dipped and the euro held near 3 1/2-month lows against the dollar on Tuesday ahead of euro zone inflation data that is expected to bolster the case for the European Central Bank to ease monetary policy later this week.

The pan-European FTSE Eurofirst 300 .FTEU3 equity index was down 0.12 percent at 0810 GMT, with technology and telecommunications stocks among the worst performers.

Jun 2, 2014

Want to get ahead? Get more sleep, Huffington says

HAY-ON-WYE Wales (Reuters) – Money and power are all well and good but if you really want to live a successful life, get more sleep and turn the phone off.

That was the message from Arianna Huffington, founder of the online Huffington Post and one of the world’s most prominent – and wired-in – businesswomen, to an audience at the Hay Festival of literature and arts, which ended on Sunday.

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      "I have been a specialist editor on the financial markets team in London since October 2009 after four years running editorial training in EMEA. I joined Reuters from UK regional newspapers in 1986 and was a correspondent in Helsinki, Moscow and Prague before returning to London in 1999 to join the government bonds desk."
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