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Justice or else: is France in the DOJ’s line of fire?

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453 words “We have already seen four major quasi-criminal settlements – with Technip, Alcatel, Total and Alstom –  where the US Department of Justice (DOJ) investigated French companies even though, at least in some ...

Large shakeup at King Salman’s Saudi Arabia

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399 words The death of Saudi Arabia King Abdullah finally coincided with the possible end of the oil prices’ bearish trend started in June 2014 that reached its lowest at $43.56 a barrel (WTI) ...

Forget Solyndra, rise of the Renewable Energy

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321 words There is growing consensus that solar energy could be the largest source of electricity by 2050. Yet it was not a foregone conclusion until recently. Almost four years ago, Californian solar panel ...

Concerns over China’s facilities in disputed areas

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199 words China’s government repeats its Navy plays a “strategically pivotal role in maintaining national safety and development interest.” The US and its allies in Asia don’t think so. “There are concerns we raise ...

Crowdfunding results from a deep-rooted trend

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904 words Philippe Gaborieau, founder and CEO of Happy Capital, thinks that the growth of collaborative economy results from a deep-rooted trend. The French industry benefits from real quality guarantee, he adds, and French ...

Like the TTIP, Obama’s TPP is too confidential

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218 words US President Barack Obama is having a hard time convincing the Congress to give him authority to “fast track” the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a 5-year-old ongoing negotiation with Japan, Canada and 8 ...

$800M non-oil Dutch investment in Azerbaijan

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137 words Officials and around 50 business people from the Netherlands and Azerbaijan took part in the bilateral business forum held on April 23, 2015 in Maastricht. According to Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Economy and ...

Unemployment reached a new high in France

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140 words Favorable international trends should have contributed to French President François Hollande policies’ success. But for now the French economy is multiplying the unemployed now totaling 3.51 million people and increasing 4.9 percent ...

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General Motors (GM) announced it will invest $5.4 billion in US plant improvements during the next three years, including details of $783.5 million for three Michigan facilities.

Growth in Latin America and the Caribbean is expected to decline for a fifth consecutive year - dipping below 1 percent in 2015 - although there are clear differences along North-South lines, the IMF said.

Finally, officially because of “internal issues”, because of special treatment he allegedly was refused according to media, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will not visit Russia.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif had what he called a “frank conversation” on Iran talks, region and beyond at the NYU. He also battled with US Senator Tom Cotton on Twitter.

UK election enters its final week. Latest poll from IPSOS Mori showed a clear boost for PM David Cameron and put Conservatives at 35%, Labour at 30%, and UKIP at 10%.

Qatar decided to acquire 24 Rafale aircraft to equip its Air Force. The contract is to be signed on May 4, 2015 in Doha in the presence of French President François Hollande.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to propose rules to require companies to disclose the relationship between executive compensation and the financial performance of a company.

PIMCO announced that Dr. Ben Bernanke, former Chairman of the Federal Reserve (Fed), will serve as a senior advisor to the firm, contributing his economic expertise and insights to the firm’s investment process.

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is one of two lead investors in a $50 million funding round for bitcoin startup Circle Internet Financial Ltd, valuing Circle at around $200 million.

US-based XPO Logistics will acquire a majority interest in Norbert Dentressangle, a France-based leading global provider of contract logistics with 662 locations and approximately 42,350 employees.

President François Hollande announced 3.2 billion euros more for France’s defense budget for the next four years, totaling around 31.5 billion euros per year, nuclear forces non-included.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry announced that the first edition of the Russia-Vietnam industrial exhibition will be held next November.

Twitter Inc. tumbled around 18% after the early leak of disappointing Q1 2015 results well below Wall Street expectations. One the same day, Twitter acquired marketing technology company TellApart.

Iranian personnel boarded the Maersk Tigris container ship, a Marshall Islands-flagged commercial vessel. Shots were fired across its bridge, said the US DOD.

On the occasion of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s State Visit to the USA, he and his counterpart Barack Obama stressed the strength of their two countries’ alliance.

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