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  • Hollywood stars will mingle with filmmakers from all over the world at next month's Cannes Film Festival after organizers on Thursday unveiled a line-up heavy with international films.

     

  • Hollywood stars will mingle with filmmakers from all over the world at next month's Cannes Film Festival after organisers on Thursday unveiled a line-up heavy with international films.

     

  • Reuters will issue this diary daily at around 1000 GMT.

     

  • China called on Japan on Thursday to stop sending jets up against Chinese aircraft after Japan said it had scrambled its fighters twice as often in the past year amid a territorial dispute.

     

  • European shares and oil staged tentative recoveries on Thursday from a sharp selloff this week provoked by concerns about the global economic outlook, while gold bounced off a two-year low.

     

  • Car and plane parts maker GKN posted a 4 percent drop in first-quarter profit as its auto parts unit was hit by a restructuring charge and falling vehicle production in Europe, Japan and India.

     

  • It is your first day as the new U.S. Federal Reserve chief: the main interest rate is 4.50 percent, the economy is overheating and the task is to keep inflation and unemployment low.

     

  • Former Australia flanker George Smith is in the frame to face the British and Irish Lions a second time after securing a contract extension with the ACT Brumbies that should pave the way for a recall to the Wallabies.

     

  • Former Australia flanker George Smith will remain with Super Rugby side ACT Brumbies until the end of the current season after his Japanese club Suntory approved his contract extension, a Brumbies team spokesman told Reuters.

     

  • North Korea offered the United States and South Korea a list of conditions on Thursday for talks, including the lifting of U.N. sanctions, but Washington said it was awaiting "clear signals" that Pyongyang would halt its nuclear weapons activities.

     

  • North Korea offered the United States and South Korea a list of conditions on Thursday for talks, including the lifting of U.N. sanctions, signaling a possible end to weeks of warlike hostility on the Korean peninsula.

     

  • U.S. regulators are close to approving a key document that could start the process of returning Boeing Co's grounded 787 Dreamliner to service within weeks, according to several people familiar with the matter.

     

  • North Korea demanded on Thursday the removal of U.N. sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile tests and a U.S. pledge not to engage in "nuclear war practice" with South Korea if Washington truly sought dialogue.

     

  • U.S. regulators are close to approving a key document that could start the process of returning Boeing Co's grounded 787 Dreamliner to service within weeks, according to several people familiar with the matter.

     

  • Japanese exports picked up in March from a year earlier, beating forecasts and offering hope that a weaker yen is starting to support a slow upturn in the export-reliant economy as business confidence continues to improve.

     

  • Concerns over global growth and weak demand pulled down Asian shares and commodities on Thursday, while gold slid as money continued to flow out of gold-backed exchange-traded funds.

     

  • Don't tell Hironori Kanayama that investing almost $500 million in a market enduring its worst slump for 12 years is a questionable business decision. Honda Motor Co's India head sees only one way forward: Keep calm and carry on.

     

  • Britney Spears is going "Ooh La La" for the Smurfs with a song for upcoming summer movie "The Smurfs 2," movie studio Sony Pictures said on Wednesday.

     

  • World equity markets and commodities fell on Wednesday as global growth concerns dented investor sentiment yet again and disappointing earnings reports weighed on Wall Street stocks.

     

  • Britney Spears is going "Ooh La La" for the Smurfs with a song for upcoming summer movie "The Smurfs 2," movie studio Sony Pictures said on Wednesday.

     

  • An international business group is urging World Trade Organization members to strike a deal to simplify global customs procedures at a trade ministers meeting in Bali in December to prove the WTO is still a force for trade liberalization.

     

  • Italian prosecutors took steps in Germany and Britain on Wednesday to carry out the seizure of up to 1.95 billion euros ($2.6 billion) of assets from Japan's Nomura, which they say is needed to halt further losses from Italy's Monte dei Paschi bank.

     

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