EMERGING MARKETS-Emerging stocks rise on trade optimism, FX treads water

* China shares falter, Beijing to not cut rates to spur growth * Most Asian currencies fall after Fed minutes * Rand up, traders see smaller chance of Moody’s... Read more »

Microsoft says discovers hacking targeting democratic institutions in Europe

(Reuters) – Microsoft Corp on Wednesday said it had discovered cyber attacks directed at democratic institutions, think tanks and non-profit organizations in Europe and would offer a cyber security... Read more »

From street kids to war romance, Oscar foreign-film slate keeps it real

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – From Lebanese street children to love behind the Iron Curtain and the daily life of a Mexican housekeeper, this year’s Oscar-nominated foreign language films draw... Read more »

Rouhani says Iran and U.S. tensions are at ‘a maximum’: IRIB broadcaster

FILE PHOTO: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attends talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during their meeting in the Black sea resort of Sochi,... Read more »

Microsoft expands political security service to 12 European countries

FILE PHOTO: General view of Microsoft’s logo at Microsoft Corporation headquarters at Issy-les-Moulineaux, near Paris, France, April 18, 2016. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/File Photo (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp on Wednesday said... Read more »

F1’s Williams target Wednesday new car track debut

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Williams could finally get their troubled new Formula One car on track on Wednesday, five days later than planned and well behind rivals already pounding out... Read more »

Poland pulls out of Israel summit in row over WW2 role

WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland pulled out of a planned summit in Israel on Monday, its prime minister said, after Israel’s acting foreign minister said “many Poles” had collaborated with... Read more »

Far-right activists stage torchlit march in Bulgarian capital

SOFIA (Reuters) – More than 2,000 far-right activists from several European countries staged a torchlit procession through Sofia on Saturday to honor a Bulgarian pro-Nazi general, despite opposition from... Read more »

Pence, at summit, lashes out at Europeans over Iran

WARSAW (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Mike Pence accused leading European countries on Thursday of trying to break U.S. sanctions against Tehran, in remarks at a Middle East peace... Read more »

Pompeo calls for open, fair competition between firms

BRATISLAVA (Reuters) – The United States is fine with companies competing in global markets but it must be done in an open and transparent way, U.S. Secretary of State... Read more »