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  • The European Union successfully launched two navigation satellites into Earth's orbit late on Friday, restarting a flagship project after a botched deployment in August that cost millions of euros to fix. The Galileo satellites, which blasted off from Europe's space port in French Guiana aboard a Soyuz rocket at 6.46 p.m. …

  • Next week is set to be a busy one for financial markets in London with investors having to digest a flurry of global economic data and corporate results from a number of prominent UK retailers.

  • EU recommends two people at all times in cockpits Reuters - UK Focus - 22 hours ago

    The EU's aviation regulator on Friday urged all European airlines to ensure that two crew members are in the cockpit of passenger planes at all times following the suspected suicide crash of a Germanwings airliner. The move, plans for which were first reported by Reuters, came shortly after Germanwings owner Lufthansa …

  • Germanwings co-pilot had serious depressive episode - Bild newspaper Reuters - UK Focus - Fri, Mar 27, 2015 07:10 GMT

    The pilot who appears to have deliberately crashed a plane carrying 149 others into the French Alps received psychiatric treatment for a "serious depressive episode" six years ago, German tabloid Bild reported on Friday. Prosecutors in France, after listening to the cockpit voice recorders, offered no motive for why Andreas …

  • Lufthansa CEO stunned that co-pilot apparently crashed plane Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Mar 26, 2015 15:44 GMT

    Lufthansa's chief executive said on Thursday he was stunned by the assumption that the co-pilot of a Germanwings jet deliberately crashed it into a mountain in the Alps. This is our worst nightmare, that such a tragedy could happen in our group," CEO Carsten Spohr told reporters in Cologne.

  • Evonik has discussed multiple potential takeover targets -sources Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Mar 26, 2015 15:10 GMT

    Germany's Evonik has been evaluating Clariant and other speciality chemicals companies for a potential takeover bid, sources told Reuters, adding that it had yet to decide how to proceed. The Financial Times reported on Thursday that Evonik was considering a bid for Swiss peer Clariant to create a group with a market …

  • Lufthansa to review pilot training - CEO Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Mar 26, 2015 14:20 GMT

    Lufthansa will work with authorities and pilot groups to review its training and vetting procedures after one of its Germanwings pilots was suspected of having deliberately crashed a jet into the French ...

  • Lufthansa CEO says co-pilot had break in training Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Mar 26, 2015 13:58 GMT

    Lufthansa said the co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a jet operated by its Germanwings unit into the French Alps took a break from his training six years ago, but passed all necessary checks ...

  • Germanwings says French prosecutor comments are "shocking" Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Mar 26, 2015 13:06 GMT

    Germanwings said comments by a French authorities that the co-pilot appeared to have deliberately crashed flight 4U9525 into a mountain were shocking. "We have just learned of the shocking comments of the French prosecutor in which is said that the co-pilot apparently deliberately crashed the plane," the Lufthansa budget …

  • Lufthansa CEO to speak at press conference 1330 GMT Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Mar 26, 2015 09:09 GMT

    Lufthansa and unit Germanwings will hold a press conference at 1330 GMT on Thursday to provide an update on a Germanwings flight that crashed into the French Alps on Tuesday, killing all 150 onboard. Lufthansa ...

  • Recording shows pilot locked out of Airbus cockpit before crash -NYT Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Mar 26, 2015 03:28 GMT

    SEYNE-LES-ALPES/PARIS, March 26 (Reuters) - Cockpit voice recordings from the German jet that crashed in the Alps showed one of the pilots left the cockpit and could not get back in before the plane went down, killing everyone onboard, the New (KOSDAQ: 160550.KQ - news) York Times reported. "The guy outside is knocking …

  • Booz Allen contractor, two other Americans die in Airbus crash Reuters - UK Focus - Wed, Mar 25, 2015 22:39 GMT

    A Booz Allen Hamilton Inc contractor, her daughter and a third U.S. citizen were among 150 people killed when a Germanwings Airbus crashed in a remote Alpine region in France, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday. Booz Allen said Yvonne Selke was a contractor with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, which …

  • Airbus raises $1.8 bln with sale of 17.5 Dassault Aviation stake Reuters - UK Focus - Wed, Mar 25, 2015 19:36 GMT

    Airbus Group (Swiss: AIR.SW - news) sold a further 17.5 percent stake in business and fighter jet maker Dassault Aviation (Paris: FR0000121725 - news) on Wednesday as it unwinds its 16-year-old link to its defence market rival. After the sale of around 1.61 million ordinary shares that raised 1.64 billion euros ($1.80 …

  • Lufthansa CEO: delayed takeoff of Germanwings plane not linked to crash Reuters - UK Focus - Wed, Mar 25, 2015 18:59 GMT

    The delayed take-off of a Germanwings flight which crashed into the Alps on a flight from Barcelona to Duesseldorf is not linked to the crash, parent company Lufthansa said on Wednesday. "Congestion at the airport caused air traffic control to give us a later start time for the aircraft, so no relation to the incident …

  • London's FTSE 100 accelerated in the red by the end of Wednesday's session with declines in US markets offering direction to the downside.

  • TUI topped the risers after the group's first half trading update had surpassed last year's trading figures. The group's full year guidance of underlying operating profit growth of 10% to 15% was reiterated, ...

  • Germanwings says 72 Germans died in plane crash Reuters - UK Focus - Wed, Mar 25, 2015 12:09 GMT

    The number of victims from Germany onboard a Germanwings plane that crashed into the French Alps on Tuesday currently stands at 72, the carrier's managing director said on Wednesday. The list of nationalities of all 150 onboard is constantly being updated, Thomas Winkelmann told journalists in Cologne.

  • Lufthansa CEO says crash "inexplicable" Reuters - UK Focus - Wed, Mar 25, 2015 10:49 GMT

    The crash of a Germanwings A320 in the south of France is inexplicable, the chief executive of parent company Lufthansa said on Wednesday. "It is inexplicable this could happen to a plane free of ...

  • At least three Britons killed in Alps plane crash -foreign minister Reuters - UK Focus - Wed, Mar 25, 2015 10:11 GMT

    At least three British nationals were killed when a German Airbus ploughed into an Alpine mountainside on Tuesday, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Wednesday. "We currently believe ...

  • Airbus sells further 15 pct stake in Dassault Aviation Reuters - UK Focus - Wed, Mar 25, 2015 07:13 GMT

    Airbus Group (Swiss: AIR.SW - news) said it is selling a further 15 percent stake in business and fighter jet maker Dassault Aviation (Paris: FR0000121725 - news) as it continues to unwind its 16-year-old link to its defence market rival. The move will see Airbus' stake drop to around 27 percent from 42 percent, it …

  • Likely some Britons aboard Germanwings flight -British Foreign Secretary. Reuters - UK Focus - Tue, Mar 24, 2015 23:09 GMT

    It is likely some British nationals were on board the Germanwings flight that crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said. "I don't want to speculate on numbers of British nationals involved until we have completed our checks on all the passenger information. The UK Air Accident …

  • Airbus sends team to help France crash investigators Reuters - UK Focus - Tue, Mar 24, 2015 14:28 GMT

    The Germanwings A320 aircraft that crashed in southern France on Tuesday had accumulated approximately 58,300 flight hours in some 46,700 flights, planemaker Airbus said in a statement. The jetliner was ...

  • Allianz lead underwriter for crashed Germanwings Airbus plane - sources Reuters - UK Focus - Tue, Mar 24, 2015 12:47 GMT

    Allianz is the lead insurance underwriter for the Germanwings Airbus A320 plane which crashed in France on Tuesday and AIG was another of the underwriters, insurance industry sources said. Planes are normally ...

  • Fire shuts BG's brand new Knarr oil field Reuters - UK Focus - Tue, Mar 24, 2015 08:48 GMT

    A small fire overnight halted production at the floating production and storage vessel serving BG Group's Knarr oil field in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea, BG said on Tuesday. Production at the ...

  • Airbus says RwandAir signs MOU for two A330 aircraft Reuters - UK Focus - Tue, Mar 24, 2015 08:48 GMT

    RwandAir, the national flag carrier of the Republic of Rwanda, has signed a memorandum of understanding for two A330 aircraft, European planemaker Airbus said on Tuesday, in a deal worth around $500 million ...

  • BG's Norwegian Knarr oil field halts output due to fire Reuters - UK Focus - Tue, Mar 24, 2015 06:02 GMT

    A small fire broke out during the night on the floating production vessel serving BG Group's Knarr oil field in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea, halting production from the recently opened facility, ...

  • Airbus faces deadlock over French helicopter development loan Reuters - UK Focus - Fri, Mar 20, 2015 14:08 GMT

    Talks between Airbus Group (Swiss: AIR.SW - news) and the French government over the financing for a new helicopter have hit an impasse, raising questions about where thousands of assembly and supplier jobs will be located, two people familiar with the matter said. Code-named X6, the project being looked at by the Airbus …

  • Uk water group Pennon appoints John Parker as chairman Reuters - UK Focus - Fri, Mar 20, 2015 07:36 GMT

    British regional water and waste handling company Pennon Group (Other OTC: PEGRF - news) has appointed John Parker as its new chairman, to succeed Ken Harvey when he leaves the board on July 31, the company said on Friday. Parker, who has chaired five FTSE 100 companies and is currently chairman of Anglo American (LSE: …

  • Zodiac Aerospace warns on H1 profit after seat delays Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Mar 19, 2015 19:11 GMT

    Zodiac Aerospace (Paris: FR0000125684 - news) issued a profit warning on Thursday after a rise in costs as it tries to stem delays in seat production that have strained relations with planemakers Airbus and Boeing (NYSE: BA - news) . "We have gone on a combat footing to regain control of the situation," Chief Executive …

  • Saskatchewan aims to ease potash tax reliance on price Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Mar 19, 2015 16:33 GMT

    Canada's resource-rich province of Saskatchewan will aim to reduce its complex potash tax and royalty system's basis on the price of the crop nutrient, and increase its emphasis on production volume, Bill ...

  • Banco Popular is offering zero-deposit mortgages on Spanish holiday homes in a desperate bid to shift unwanted properties

  • Saskatchewan sees slim 2015-16 surplus, hikes potash taxes Reuters - UK Focus - Wed, Mar 18, 2015 22:07 GMT

    The Western Canadian province of Saskatchewan expects to post a slim budget surplus in the 2015-16 fiscal year, helped by changes in how it taxes potash mining companies, the government said on Wednesday. Premier Brad Wall's right-leaning Saskatchewan Party government raised spending 1.2 percent to C$14.17 billion ($11.10 …

  • French court blocks new Airbus insider trading trial Reuters - UK Focus - Wed, Mar 18, 2015 10:46 GMT

    France's Constitutional Court on Wednesday effectively blocked a trial involving charges of insider trading at Airbus Group (Swiss: AIR.SW - news) , finding the rules that sparked one of the country's most high-profile corporate cases were unconstitutional. The 10-member court, including former French President Valery …

  • Wednesday broker round-up Sharecast - Wed, Mar 18, 2015 00:45 GMT

    Johnson Matthey: Deutsche Bank reiterates buy and 3,850p target.

  • China overseas investment jumps in February on Dutch deal

    China's overseas direct investment surges in February as a state-owned oil company spends nearly $3 billion on a Dutch acquisition

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