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  • European shares fell for the fourth session in a row on Wednesday, led down by commodity-related shares.

     

  • European shares dropped on Wednesday morning, sinking for the fourth session in a row, with traders citing several potential causes for a key index to break below technical support, triggering stop losses.

     

  • Miner Petra Diamonds said it recovered a high-quality 25.5-carat blue diamond at its Cullinan mine in South Africa, sending its shares up as much as 5 percent.

     

  • Germany's Daimler sold its remaining stake in EADS for about 2.2 billion euros ($2.9 billion), exiting its aerospace activities completely nearly 13 years after it helped to found the Airbus parent company.

     

  • European shares pared early gains and turned flat on Wednesday morning as heavyweight miners resumed their recent sell-off, falling along with metal prices, dragged by jitters over demand growth.

     

  • European shares rose in early trade on Wednesday as investors started to look for bargains after a steep three-session selloff, reassured by better-than-expected results from U.S. and European companies.

     

  • European shares rose in early trade on Wednesday as investors started to look for bargains after a steep three-session selloff, reassured by better-than-expected results from U.S. and European companies.

     

  • An influx of refugees from countries such as Syria is fuelling a backlash against immigration in Sweden, for years seen by victims of conflict as a bastion of tolerance.

     

  • PSA Peugeot Citroen and Toyota led European car sales 10.3 percent lower in March, as the unrelenting market contraction spread north, unnerving automakers.

     

  • Experienced Finnish driver Heikki Kovalainen rejoined the Caterham Formula One team as a reserve on Wednesday and will take part in Friday free practice at this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix.

     

  • European stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Wednesday after three straight sessions of losses, as investors balance the muted growth outlook against the chance of continued monetary easing from global central banks.

     

  • The United States has proposed that the U.N. peace-keeping mission in the disputed territory of Western Sahara help monitor human rights there, U.N. diplomats said on Tuesday, an idea that has prompted an expression of regret from Morocco.

     

  • The European Union's trade chief will seek the backing of EU states to investigate Chinese telecoms equipment makers Huawei and ZTE, even without a complaint from European manufacturers, EU diplomats said on Tuesday.

     

  • The European Union's trade chief will seek the backing of EU states to investigate Chinese telecoms equipment makers Huawei and ZTE, even without a complaint from European manufacturers, EU diplomats said on Tuesday.

     

  • St Etienne's 17-game unbeaten run came to an abrupt end when Jeremie Aliadiere's stoppage-time goal earned Lorient a 2-1 win at Geoffroy Guichard in a French Cup quarter-final tie on Tuesday.

     

  • The top aviation regulator said on Tuesday he expects to decide "very soon" whether to approve Boeing Co's redesigned 787 Dreamliner battery system, potentially ending a three-month ban on flights by the high-tech jet.

     

  • Novak Djokovic will be hoping his gamble to play in the Monte Carlo Masters does not leave his claycourt season going bust after he decided to test his injured ankle in the glamorous principality.

     

  • A former French minister who quit after admitting he had a secret foreign bank account appealed for forgiveness on Tuesday, saying on TV he had made a "crazy error", lied to himself for years and was unlikely to return to politics.

     

  • German carmaker Daimler began selling its remaining stake in Airbus owner EADS on Tuesday as part of a wider overhaul of the European aerospace group's core ownership nearly 13 years after its creation.

     

  • Former Tour of Spain winner Laurent Jalabert has stepped down as France road cycling coach after four years in charge.

     

  • German carmaker Daimler began selling its remaining stake in Airbus's owner EADS on Tuesday as part of a wider overhaul of the European aerospace group's core ownership nearly 13 years after its creation.

     

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