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Today โ€” May 27th 2019Reuters Top News

From Japan, Trump doubles down on Biden criticism and embrace of Kim Jong Un

President Donald Trump doubled down on his support for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's scathing view of former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Monday, dismissing criticism that he was siding with a dictator over a fellow American.

North Korea dubs Bolton's missile comments 'more than ignorant': KCNA

U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton is "more than ignorant" to argue that North Korea's recent missile tests violated U.N. resolutions, the North's foreign ministry said in a statement on Monday.

Trump to help Japan bring abductees home from North Korea, but families wary

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he would work with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to bring home Japanese citizens kidnapped by North Korean agents decades ago, but family members warned him not to be duped.

Spain's Sanchez, France's Macron to talk EU jobs on Monday

Spain's Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez will meet France's centrist President Emmanuel Macron on Monday to discuss the allocation of top jobs in the European Parliament, the PM's office said.

French police arrest suspect over last week's Lyon bomb blast: Interior Minister

French police have arrested a 24-year old man suspected of being behind last week's bomb blast in the central city of Lyon that injured 13 people.

China bridles at rare meeting between Taiwan and U.S. security officials

China responded angrily on Monday as Taiwan confirmed the first meeting in more than four decades between senior U.S. and Taiwanese security officials.

Nationalists surge in EU Parliament vote, but pro-EU parties remain dominant

Pro-European parties retained a firm grip on the EU parliament, provisional results from the bloc's elections showed on Monday, though eurosceptic opponents saw strong gains.

FCA, Renault deal could take more than one year to be finalised - CEO to employees

It could take more than one year for Fiat Chrysler and Renault to finalize a proposed merger of the two companies, FCA group's chief executive told employees on Monday in a letter seen by Reuters.

Nasdaq pulls out of Oslo Bors battle, handing Euronext victory

Nasdaq withdrew its offer for Oslo Bors on Monday, giving pan-European exchange Euronext free rein to pursue its bid for the Norwegian stock market operator after a five-month battle.

Factbox: The road to Fiat Chrysler, Renault merger talks

American-Italian carmaker Fiat Chrysler has made an all share merger proposal to French rival Renault as part of a new wave of auto industry consolidation.

Spain's PM to talk EU jobs with Macron on Monday

Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez will travel to Paris on Monday to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron to analyze the results of the European parliamentary elections, the PM's office said.

PSA shares fall as Fiat proposes merger to rival Renault

Peugeot-maker PSA's shares fell on Monday, which some analysts put down to the fact that Fiat had chosen to seek a merger with Renault rather than PSA.

China says strongly opposes Bolton meeting Taiwan official

China's foreign ministry said on Monday that Beijing strongly opposes a meeting this month between U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton and Taiwan's national security chief David Lee.

Renault and Fiat's shares jump higher on merger proposal

Shares in both Fiat and Renault surged higher on Monday, as analysts welcomed a proposed merger between the two carmakers.

DNB says it has not decided whether to sell Oslo Bors stake to Euronext

Norway's DNB will meet with Euronext before deciding whether to sell its 20% stake in Oslo Bors VPS to the pan-European stock market operator, the bank said on Monday.

Timeline: China's post-Tiananmen re-emergence onto the world

Next Tuesday, June 4, marks 30 years since China bloodily suppressed pro-democracy demonstrations in and around central Beijing's Tiananmen Square, when Chinese troops opened fire on their own people.

Fiat Chrysler puts merger offer to Renault board

Fiat Chrysler has made a "transformative" merger proposal to Renault, the Italian-American carmaker said, in a deal that would create a new third-ranked global manufacturer.

Polish nationalists win EU vote, set stage for national ballot

Poland's ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) surged to a clear victory in Sunday's European Parliament vote, a stamp of approval for the party's nationalist, eurosceptic platform before a national election later in the year.

Nasdaq withdraws bid for Oslo Bors, handing prize to Euronext

Nasdaq withdrew its bid on Monday to takeover Norwegian stock market operator Oslo Bors VPS, leaving pan-European competitor Euronext as the sole bidder.

French government: looking 'reasonably favorably' on Renault/Fiat deal

The French government is looking "reasonably favorably" on a proposed merger deal between Italian carmaker Fiat and French peer Renault, said government spokeswoman Sibeth Ndiaye on Monday.

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