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European stocks attempt recovery after sell-off LONDON: European stock markets rebounded slightly on Wednesday at the start of trading, one day after a fierce sell-off on fears of a fresh banking crisis and another global recession.London's FTSE 100 benchmark index rose nearly 0.8 percent to 5,674.4 points compared with the close on Tuesday.In the eurozone, Frankfurt's DAX 30 index added 0.66 percent to almost 8,938 points and the Paris CAC 40 won 0.7 percent to 4,027.1.Asian indices took another battering Wednesday, with Tokyo leading a day of sharp losses as investors grow increasingly concerned about the world economy.Global equities had tumbled on Monday and Tuesday as investors failed to shake off worries over economic weakness, banking sector jitters and a gloomy oil price outlook. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016

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Trump, Sanders win big in New Hampshire MANCHESTER: Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders resoundingly won Tuesday's presidential primaries in New Hampshire, riding a wave of anti-establishment anger in the second key test of the long, unpredictable race for the White House.The runaway victory by Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist advocating nothing less than "political revolution," spelled a deflating if expected defeat for Hillary Clinton, who put a brave face on the loss and admitted she had work to do as the campaign ...

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More than 500 dead in Syria regime's Aleppo offensive: monitor BEIRUT: More than 500 people, including dozens of civilians, have been killed since a major Russian-backed regime offensive in Syria's Aleppo province began this month, a monitor said Wednesday.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on a network of sources for its figures, said the toll of 506 included 23 children killed in Russian air strikes on Aleppo city and its surroundings since the operation was launched on February 1."At least 143 pro-regime fighters, ...

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Three killed as passenger bus hits mine in east Ukraine KIEV: Three civilians were killed on Wednesday when a passenger minibus hit a landmine in eastern Ukraine amid a relative lull in the country's ongoing conflict, authorities in Kiev said."Two civilians died at the scene and one more passed away in the ambulance car on the way to a hospital", military spokesman Andriy Zadubinnyi told AFP.Two more passengers were wounded and received first aid on the spot, he added.The explosion occurred on Wednesday near the ...

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Nokia fails to mop up remaining Alcatel-Lucent shares PARIS: Finnish telecom group Nokia has failed in its attempt to get its hands on 100 percent of shares in newly-acquired rival Alcatel-Lucent, the French stock market regulator said on Wednesday.After winning nearly 80 percent of the French-American company last month, Nokia reopened its bid, hoping that all remaining shareholders would deliver their holdings.But after the second round of bidding, Nokia was still left with only 91.25 percent in Alcatel-Lucent, the regulator said, thus failing ...