By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV and TOBY STERLINGAssociated Press
AMSTERDAM (AP) - Vladimir Putin faced hundreds of protesters ranging from gay rights activists to a topless feminist group during his visit to Germany and the Netherlands on Monday, but the Russian president appeared unruffled by the furor.
NEW YORK (AP) - General Electric Co. will buy the oilfield equipment maker Lufkin Industries, Inc. for about $3 billion, furthering an effort by GE to grow its oil and gas operations.
GE said Monday it would pay Lufkin shareholders $88.50 per share in the all-cash deal, a 38 percent premium over
By CHARLES HUTZLERAssociated Press
BOAO, China (AP) - Major multinational companies appealed gingerly to Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday to reduce barriers to doing business in China's heavily government-directed economy, drawing a commitment to create a more level playing field.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Greek banks NBG and Eurobank on Monday saw their stock plunge 30 percent - the maximum allowed in a day - after their planned merger was postponed and fears grew they may be nationalized.
National Bank of Greece and Eurobank announced that the merger process had been "
By JUERGEN BAETZAssociated Press
BRUSSELS (AP) - European countries should ease off their austerity and adopt more growth-friendly policies, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Monday as he kicked off a series of meetings with the region's top leaders.
America's biggest trading partner
By JASON DEARENAssociated Press
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The nation's largest baby food makers face a lawsuit by an environmental group aimed at forcing them to alert consumers that some products contains low amounts of lead.
The case scheduled for trial Monday will determine whether they should
By JOAN LOWYAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Airline passenger complaints to the Transportation Department surged by one-fifth last year even though other measures such as on-time arrivals and mishandled baggage show airlines are doing a better job, according to a report being released Monday.
By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOVAssociated Press
HANNOVER, Germany (AP) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel confronted Russia's president with her concerns about a crackdown on non-governmental organizations, but Vladimir Putin brushed the issue aside by repeating that his government needs to know who is
By PAMELA SAMPSONAP Business Writer
BANGKOK (AP) - The price of oil rose Monday after sharp losses due to high supplies and weak U.S. employment figures.
Benchmark oil for May delivery was up 77 cents to $93.47 a barrel at late afternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile
By HYUNG-JIN KIMAssociated Press
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea said Monday it will suspend operations at a factory complex it has jointly run with South Korea, pulling out more than 53,000 North Korean workers and moving closer to severing its last economic link with its rival as tensions