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LONDON, March 14 (Reuters) - European equity futures rose on Monday, buoyed by gains on Asian and U.S. markets, with the region's stock markets set to extend a rebound from the end of last week that was driven by new funding plans for banks from the European Central Bank.
Futures on the Euro STOXX 50, Germany's DAX, France's CAC and Britain's FTSE were all up by between 0.2-0.5 percent.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index ended up 2.7 percent at 1,347.47 points on Friday, after having falling 1.8 percent on Thursday.
Talks about the sale of Bouygues Telecom to Orange, which could prompt rivals Iliad and Numericable SFR to take on some Bouygues assets, are making good progress, with a deal on these asset sales nearing, the French daily Les Echos reported.
Britain's finance minister George Osborne will announce plans to sell 16 billion pounds ($23 billion) worth of bank assets which were rescued from Bradford & Bingley (B&B) during the financial crisis, Sky News said on Saturday.
Credit Suisse said it would lay off 163 employees at its New York office, as part of a restructuring plan under new Chief Executive Tidjane Thiam.
French investigators have recommended tougher medical checks for pilots after uncovering fresh evidence of unreported concerns over the mental state of a German pilot who crashed his jet into the Alps last year, killing all 150 people on board.
France's Safran confirmed on Monday that it was selling its Morpho Detection business, and said it was reviewing strategic options for its identity and security activities.
Societe Generale said on Friday the European Commission had agreed to reduce a 445.9 million-euro ($498 million) fine imposed in 2013 for manipulating benchmark interest rates.
Tesco, Britain's biggest retailer, pledged on Friday to give any left-over food from its stores to charity so that by the end of 2017 nothing is thrown away.
French media group Vivendi has raised its stake in Telecom Italia to 24.9 percent, just below the 25 percent threshold that would force it to launch a takeover bid, according to a filing with U.S. market authorities.
A former employee of Volkswagen's U.S. subsidiary is suing the company for damages, claiming he was unlawfully fired after flagging internally what he alleged was illegal deletion of data, a group of German media outlets said on Sunday. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ > GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian stocks lifted by Wall Street gains > US STOCKS-ECB stimulus, firmer oil push S&P 500 to 2016 high > Nikkei rises but markets cautious ahead of BOJ, Fed meetings > TREASURIES-U.S. bond yields rise on increasing 2016 Fed hike expectations > FOREX-Dollar steadies before BOJ, Fed meetings; Aussie buoyant > PRECIOUS-Gold rebounds on weak dollar, market eyes Fed meeting > METALS-London copper near 4-month top after China data, regulator assurances > Oil prices stable as market seen bottoming, but oversupply lingers (Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta)