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Monsanto profit beats expectations on strong corn, soybean demand

To match Special Report FOOD/MONSANTOMonsanto Co, the world's largest seed company, reported higher-than-expected quarterly earnings on Wednesday as its corn and soybean businesses expanded globally. Growing market opportunities in Eastern Europe and advancements in Latin America are helping the company's corn business. And despite year-to-year fluctuations in output and demand, Monsanto said it sees demand for corn worldwide surging with population and income growth over

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Comcast defends Time Warner Cable deal as U.S. review kicks off

A man enters the Time Warner Cable headquarters in New YorkBy Alina Selyukh and Liana B. Baker WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Comcast Corp sought to rebut critics of its planned $45.2 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable Inc, arguing that newcomers like Google Inc and Apple Inc would ensure competition in both Internet and video markets. In a 175-page filing with the Federal Communications Commission that kicks off the FCC's review of the deal, Comcast argues that combined with Time Warner Cable,

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S.Africa charges extradited Dewani with honeymoon murder

S.Africa charges extradited Dewani with honeymoon murderSouth Africa on Tuesday charged extradited British businessman Shrien Dewani with ordering his wife's murder during their 2010 honeymoon in Cape Town and remanded him in a psychiatric hospital. After losing a three-year extradition fight, Dewani, 34, arrived in South Africa early on Tuesday morning and was promptly whisked to the Western Cape high court. Dewani was formally charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder and defeating the

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Ukraine to get help from new EU support group

The European Union plans to set up a special support group to help Ukraine stabilize its precarious economy and political situation, an EU diplomat said on Tuesday. Concern is growing that Moscow could be preparing for further military action in Ukraine and on Tuesday U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry accused Russian agents and special forces of... Read more...

'Mad Men' end in sight for Weiner with new season

'Mad Men' end in sight for Weiner with new seasonNEW YORK (AP) — Chat with Matthew Weiner these days and you feel the added depth of his "Mad Men" immersion.

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Simplify U.S. financial reform rules, Fed's Plosser urges

Simplify U.S. financial reform rules, Fed's Plosser urgesA top U.S. central banker on Tuesday criticized the complexity of a nearly four-year-old financial-reform law, urging simpler and more transparent laws for Wall Street that would rely more on the free market to discipline banks and other firms. The president of the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank, Charles Plosser, who has long pitched

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