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(MENAFN - AFP) The leaders of 50 of Europe's mightiest companies, from Shell and BP to Heineken and BMW, warned Tuesday that Britain will be weaker if its people vote to break away from the European Union.

Weeks away from the June 23 referendum in Britain, the corporate chiefs said the continent, already challenged by terrorism and migration, now faced a new "fork in the ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) India's economy grew 7.6 percent in 2015-16, official figures showed Tuesday, retaining its place as the world's fastest-growing major economy and providing a boost to the right-wing government as it marks two years in power.

Gross domestic product (GDP) expanded at a faster pace in the fourth quarter of the financial year, growing 7.9 percent year-on-year, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Belgium faced growing disruption on Tuesday after public sector staff halted work in protest at the centre-right government's austerity plans, adding to ongoing strikes on the rail system and in prisons.

Thousands of trade union members took part in peaceful protests in Brussels and other cities during the latest walkout at schools, city transport networks, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) French firm Technip has signed a preliminary contract worth more than $500 million (557 million euros) to rebuild a major oil drilling platform off the coast of Libya, officials said Tuesday.

Technip signed the letter of intention in Paris with Mellitah Oil and Gas, a joint venture between Libya's National Oil Corporation and Italy's Eni.

The drilling ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A knee-high robot designed to help around the house ended up serenading Taiwan's president as Asia's largest tech trade show kicked off Tuesday in Taipei.

The Computex fair comes as Taiwan looks to tech innovation as a way out of economic stagnation, seeking to diversify its reputation as a hardware hub best-known for manufacturing chips.

Organisers ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Unemployment in Germany fell to its lowest level since East and West Germany reunited after the fall of the Berlin Wall, as Europe's top economy continues to recover, data showed on Tuesday.

The unemployment rate -- which measures the jobless total against the working population as a whole -- fell to 6.1 percent in May from 6.2 percent in April, the federal ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) European stocks dipped Tuesday, shrugging off an earlier rebound in Asia, as London investors returned to action after a long holiday weekend.

The British capital's main index lost about 0.1 percent in late morning deals after Monday's bank holiday, while Frankfurt and Paris each lost 0.3 percent.

"Europe's markets have got off to a quiet and slightly ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) France was bracing for fresh transport chaos Tuesday with railway workers striking just 11 days before Euro 2016 in a bitter labour dispute that has sparked months of protests.

The rolling train strike called by the powerful CGT union is expected to affect around half of national and regional services by the time it takes full effect on Wednesday.

That ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) New Zealand and Norway became the latest countries Tuesday to announce they will remove branding from cigarette packets, in a move hailed by the WHO as an effective way to cut smoking rates.

The announcements, which coincide with World No Tobacco Day, mean cigarettes must be sold in drab boxes plastered with health warnings and gruesome pictures of smoking-related ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Eurozone inflation remained in negative territory in May, the Eurostat statistics agency said Tuesday in a first estimate.

Consumer prices fell 0.1 percent in May after slipping 0.2 in April, the agency said.

The figures were in line with analysts' forecasts compiled by data provider Factset.

Energy prices were the main downward drag on headline ...

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