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WORLD at 0730 GMT

Fri, 07/30/2010 - 1:29am
Manufacturing.net

TOP STORIES:

BRITAIN-HARRY POTTER

LONDON - The estate of late author Adrian Jacobs brings a lawsuit against Bloomsbury, the publishing house of Harry Potter author JK Rowling. Jacobs' estate claims the themes from his 1987 book Willy the Wizard are replicated in Rowling's boy wizard series.

IRAN-STONING

LONDON - Anti-stoning campaigner and prominent ex-Muslim Mina Ahadi addresses the media, promising to reveal new information on the threatened execution of 43-year-old Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, whose case grabbed global attention earlier this month. She will also speak about others whom Iran's theocratic authorities have sentenced to death by stoning.

BRITAIN-LAWMAKERS' EXPENSES

LONDON - Court rules on whether three former Labour lawmakers and a Tory peer are protected from prosecution by parliamentary privilege over allegations that they fiddled their expenses.

SWEDEN-POLICE CHIEF

STOCKHOLM - A verdict is expected for former police chief charged with rape and other sex offenses..

BRITAIN-IRAQ LONDON - Former deputy prime minister John Prescott gives evidence to the British inquiry into the Iraq war.

BRITAIN-BICYCLES LONDON - Mayor Boris Johnson unveils plan to encourage commuters and visitors to cycle around the city, including a Paris-style bike rental plan.

BUSINESS AND FINANCE

SPAIN-ECONOMY

MADRID - Spain says its jobless rate rose nearly half a percentage point to 20.09 percent in the second quarter. Moved.

IRELAND-ECONOMY

DUBLIN - CSO publishes report on Ireland's overseas travel.

FRANCE-EARNS-EADS

PARIS - EADS NV, the parent company of plane-maker Airbus, raises its outlook for 2010 - despite a 61 percent drop in second quarter earnings - as its commercial aviation business takes off. By Emma Vandore. Moved.

BRITAIN-EARNS-BRITISH AIRWAYS

LONDON - British Airways PLC says its losses widened 15 percent to 122 million pounds ($190 million) in the three months ending June 30 as operations were disrupted by cabin crew strikes and a cloud of volcanic ash from Iceland. By Robert Barr. Moved.

FRANCE-EARNS-RENAULT

PARIS - French carmaker Renault SA says it returned to profit in the second quarter, beating market forecasts, as higher car sales in all regions helped reverse massive losses a year earlier. Moved.

FRANCE-EARNS-ALCATEL LUCENT

PARIS - Alcatel-Lucent SA says its net loss in the second quarter was a wider-than-expected euro184 million (US$240 million) but that it remains on track for a targeted improvement in profitability this year. By Greg Keller. Moved.

FRANCE-EARNS-TOTAL

PARIS - French oil company Total SA says its second-quarter profit jumped 43 percent, thanks to rising production and improving refinery activity after a rough 2009, and says it is reviewing drilling and accident policies after the BP spill. Moved.

FRANCE-EARNS-AREVA

PARIS - French nuclear manufacturer Areva reports first half earns. Upcoming.

FRANCE-EARNS-MICHELIN

PARIS - French tiremaker Michelin reports first half earns. Upcoming.

FRANCE-EARNS-EDF

PARIS - Electricite de France reports first half earns. Upcoming.

FRANCE-EARNS-PPR

PARIS - Retail-to-luxury group PPR SA says that net profit in the first half of the year more than doubled as consumer spending recovered and the company sought to expand outside of Europe. Moved.

BRITAIN-EARNS-ANGLO AMERICAN

LONDON - Mining company Anglo American PLC says its pretax profit rose in the first half of the year although net profit slid by 31 percent because of an exceptional gain a year ago. Moved.

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