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October 31, 2017 9:00 PM Catalan crisis leaves Europe on a tightrope

The former separatist leader of Spain's Catalonia region has fled to Belgium in an effort to evade arrest on charges of sedition filed against him back home by the Spanish Attorney-General. The presence of the now-deposed Catalan regional president Carles Puigdemont in the Belgian capital of Brussels, which also serves as the headquarters of the European 97

October 30, 2017 5:22 PM Spanish stock market rallies on Catalan relief

LONDON: The Madrid stock market soared on Monday (Oct 30) on investor relief over an apparent easing in Spain's Catalan independence crisis, dealers said. Other European, and also Asian, equity markets meanwhile diverged in hesitant trade before this week's key Japanese and US central bank announcements. Wall Street was lower as stocks pulled back from recent 88

October 30, 2017 12:45 PM Goldman CEO has high hopes for London HQ post-Brexit, much outside his control

LONDON - Goldman Sachs chief executive Lloyd Blankfein expects to fill up the firm's new European headquarters which is currently under construction in London, but said Britain's exit from the European Union leaves much outside the bank's control. "In London. GS still investing in our big new Euro headquarters here. Expecting/hoping to fill it up, but so much outside 97

October 30, 2017 7:45 AM Akzo Nobel in talks to buy U.S. rival Axalta

AMSTERDAM - Dutch paints and coatings maker Akzo Nobel, under pressure after rejecting a lucrative takeover offer and then issuing two profit warnings, said it was in talks to buy U.S. rival Axalta Coating Systems Ltd that could create a $30 billion company. Akzo, the maker of Dulux paint, announced it was in "constructive talks" following market speculation 88

October 29, 2017 2:29 PM Hundreds of thousands march for unified Spain, poll shows depths of division

BARCELONA - Hundreds of thousands of supporters of a unified Spain filled Barcelona's streets on Sunday in one of the biggest shows of force yet by the so-called silent majority that has watched as regional political leaders push for Catalan independence. Political parties opposing a split by Catalonia from Spain had a small lead in an opinion poll published 72

October 29, 2017 2:12 AM Sacked Catalonia leader calls for opposition to Madrid’s rule

MADRID/BARCELONA: Sacked Catalonian president Carles Puigdemont on Saturday called for peaceful “democratic opposition” to the central government’s takeover of the region following its unilateral declaration of independence from Spain. Puigdemont, whose regional government was dismissed by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Friday, accused Madrid 86

October 28, 2017 12:47 PM Catalan police call for neutrality as Spain exerts control

MADRID/BARCELONA (Reuters) - Catalonia’s police force told its officers to remain neutral in the struggle over the region’s fight for independence on Saturday, a step toward averting possible conflict as the Madrid government starts to impose direct control. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy dismissed the Catalan government, took over the administration 30

October 25, 2017 9:05 AM An independent Catalonia would be out of the EU: economy minister

MADRID - An independent Catalonia would be forced out of the European Union and euro area which would directly hurt the regional economy, the Spanish economy minister said on Wednesday. "It'd be out of all the treaties, 70 percent of its gross domestic product would be subject to tariffs and physical borders. It would be out of the euro zone and the banks 8

October 23, 2017 3:39 PM Wall Street opens at record highs, Treasury yields lower

NEW YORK - U.S. stocks opened at record highs on Monday after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's emphatic win in weekend polls, while U.S. Treasury 30-year bond yields hit session lows. The overwhelming election victory for Japan's ruling party also sent the dollar to a three-month high against the yen, as investors bet the win would mean a continuation 18

October 23, 2017 7:10 AM Japan ruling party victory boosts Nikkei; rest of Asia mixed

TOKYO — Shares were mixed Monday in Asia, while Japan’s benchmark rose on the back of a parliamentary election victory by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democrats, who had promised stability and growth. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 gained 1.1 percent to 21,696.65. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.2 percent to 5,894.00. South Korea’s 22