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(MENAFN - AFP) Consumer confidence in Germany is fading, weighed down by concerns about the economic fallout from geopolitical crises, a new poll found on Friday.

"In the eyes of consumers, ongoing geopolitical tensions are now also threatening to affect the economy in Germany. And it has led to a drop in optimism," market research company GfK said in a statement.

"As ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Russia warned Europe on Friday that it may cut off gas supplies because some countries have been re-exporting supplies to Ukraine to help Kiev through its latest energy war with Moscow.

The blunt threat came as energy chiefs gathered in Berlin for EU-mediated talks aimed at halting a Russian gas supply freeze to Ukraine that could leave parts of the war-scarred ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Europe's main stock markets rebounded slightly on Friday and the euro was stable against the dollar after the currency had tumbled the previous day.

London's FTSE 100 benchmark index edged up 0.06 percent to stand at 6,643.96 points around midday in the British capital.

Frankfurt's DAX 30 gained 0.08 percent to 9,518.01 points and in Paris the CAC 40 ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Oil prices rose slightly on Friday, striking a stable note after diving earlier this week to two-year lows on fears over ample supplies and weak demand.

The market won modest support heading into the weekend on worries over US-led airstrikes against jihadists in the oil-rich Middle East.

Brent North Sea crude for delivery in November gained 28 cents to ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Russia warned Europe on Friday that Moscow could cut off its gas supplies because some European countries have been re-exporting gas to Ukraine to help Kiev through its latest energy war with Moscow.

The threat came as energy chiefs gathered in Berlin for EU-mediated talks aimed at halting a Russian gas supply cut to Ukraine that could leave parts of the war-scarred ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey hit out at Apple and Google over new data-security measures designed to reassure customers wary of government prying.

Google and Apple this month announced they are hardening encryption tactics on devices powered by their mobile operating systems.

The move should mean that even if law enforcement agencies ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Tokyo investors are eyeing a rosy future, with a reconfigured pension fund investment, more central bank easing and a possible extra government budget to safeguard the fragile recovery, analysts said Friday.

In the coming week, the Tokyo market will digest Japan's unemployment data and the key Tankan business confidence survey, as well as US data on jobs, trade ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The longest ever strike by Air France pilots dragged into its 12th day on Friday after marathon talks again failed to break a deadlock over the airline's low-cost subsidiary.

"The situation is blocked right now," said Julien Duboz, a spokesman for one of the pilot's unions SPAF said after talks ended on Thursday.

The striking pilots at Europe's second ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The US government and technology experts warned Thursday of a vulnerability in some computer-operating systems, including Apple's Mac OS, which could allow widespread and serious attacks by hackers.

The flaw affects "Unix-based operating systems" powered by Linux and Apple's Mac OS, said the warning from the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT), part ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Japanese consumer inflation slowed further in August, official data showed Friday, stoking concerns about Tokyo's war on deflation.

The nation's core consumer inflation, stripping out volatile fresh food prices, was 3.1 percent year-on-year, the internal affairs ministry said.

That was below markets' median forecast of a 3.2 percent rise, despite a sales ...

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