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France has imported milling wheat to mix with its poor quality, rain-soaked crop in order to reach quality required under contracts signed before the harvest.
Any speculation about the timing of a Federal Reserve rate hike could raise fears of a fall in demand for bonds in the euro zone periphery.
US stock index futures have edged higher, ahead of a flurry of economic data and the
start of the meeting of top central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
The extremists of the Islamic State group have turned their social media into a theatre of horror, broadcasting a stomach-turning stream of battles, bombings and beheadings to a global audience.
Mainstream access to 3D printing is some years away, but will nevertheless be accessible, an industry tracker says.
An animal rights activist has spent years raising awareness over a luxury clothing shop selling fur, but Investec says they see nothing wrong with the business.
Asian markets have mostly fallen with downbeat Chinese manufacturing data dragging down Hong Kong and Shanghai.
European stocks have risen, extending their sharp two-week rebound, boosted by better-than-expected German private sector growth figures.