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  • Secretary of State John Kerry and his counterparts from the European Union, United Kingdom, France, Germany and Italy meet at Tufts University to discuss a range of issues- 1545 GMT. MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 BELLINGHAM, United States- Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz gives a speech at Western Washington University- 2300 GMT. MINNEAPOLIS, United States- Federal...

  • Secretary of State John Kerry and his counterparts from the European Union, United Kingdom, France, Germany and Italy meet at Tufts University to discuss a range of issues- 1545 GMT. MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 BELLINGHAM, United States- Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz gives a speech at Western Washington University- 2300 GMT. MINNEAPOLIS, United States- Federal...

  • *Shanghai bonded copper premiums up $5 to highest since May. The Philippines has already halted the operations of 10 mines, eight of them nickel producers, on environmental grounds since it launched an audit in July. The Philippines accounts for more than 90 percent of China's nickel ore imports.

  • SYDNEY— Around 100 passengers on board a Qantas regional jet in Australia were evacuated via the plane's emergency slides upon landing on Friday after the crew noticed fumes inside the cabin, officials said. The QantasLink flight was carrying 97 passengers and five crew from the mining town of Newman to Perth in Western Australia. The aircraft had landed and...

  • France's CAC 40 shed 0.7 percent to 4,479.85 and Germany's DAX lost 0.3 percent to 10,647.05. Britain's FTSE 100 slipped 0.3 percent to 6,892.35. QUOTEWORTHY: "Global monetary policy is set to remain easy for some time yet," Shane Oliver, head of investment strategy at AMP Capital in Sydney, said in a report.

  • SYDNEY, Sept 23- Australia's top two pension funds have made a joint indicative offer to buy a majority stake in the country's biggest electricity network, a month after bids from Chinese and Hong Kong interests were rejected on security grounds. IFM Investors, which invests on behalf of about 30 Australian superannuation funds, and AustralianSuper made an...

  • *Shanghai bonded copper premiums rise $5 to highest since May. MELBOURNE, Sept 23- London nickel slipped on Friday, but was still on track for a nearly 9 percent gain, its biggest weekly gain since July, as markets braced for more Philippine mine suspensions amid an environmental crackdown on the sector. "The market probably hasn't placed enough importance on the...

  • *Bank of England policymaker Kristin Forbes said she did not see a case for a further interest rate cut to help Britain's economy after June's vote to leave the European Union, putting her at odds with the majority of her fellow rate-setters. *The European Central Bank needs to have a flexible approach over the time needed to reach its inflation objective to...

  • TOKYO, Sept 23- The dollar gained in Asian trading on Friday but was on track to end a tumultuous week with losses after the Federal Reserve trimmed its long-term interest rate expectations and the Bank of Japan rebooted its monetary policy framework. The 100- yen level remains a key technical point, and a break of that could open the pair's downside, said Yutaka...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Two Indonesian fishermen who escaped slavery aboard a Honolulu- based tuna and swordfish vessel when it docked at San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf are suing the boat's owner for tricking them into accepting dangerous jobs they say they weren't allowed to leave. The lawsuit alleges that San Jose, California, resident Thoai Nguyen, owner and...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 22- World stock indexes jumped and the Nasdaq hit a record high on Thursday while bonds rallied, a day after the Federal Reserve signaled an increasingly cautious approach to future U.S. rate increases. Market pricing for a December move rose only a fraction to 59.3 percent from 59.2 percent, according to CME Group's FedWatch tool.

  • *Turkey, Indonesia cut rates, world total since 2015 almost 200. LONDON, Sept 22- Wall Street had record highs back in its sights on Thursday as world shares and bonds rallied after the Federal Reserve signalled an increasingly cautious approach to future U.S. rate increases. European markets followed Asia's lead, with Britain's FTSE 100 climbing 1.3 percent and...

  • LONDON— Julien Ascoet was already suspicious when he pulled the plain white envelope from his mailbox this past July. The letter had no stamp and was completely unmarked. Someone must have delivered it in person to Ascoet's home outside the French port city of Nantes.

  • *European, Asian shares jump after Wall St gains 1 pct. LONDON, Sept 22- World shares and bonds rallied on Thursday, after the Federal Reserve left U.S. interest rates unchanged and slowed the pace of future hikes, weakening the dollar and lifting commodity prices. European markets followed Wall Street and Asia's lead with Britain's FTSE 100 climbing 0.6 percent...

  • *Australia, New Zealand say could cut later. Federal Reserve made it easier this week for central banks in the Asia Pacific to stay dovish, with Indonesia lowering rates on Thursday and Australia and New Zealand saying they could cut later. Bank Indonesia made its fifth rate cut this year, trimming its policy rate by 25 basis points to 5.00 percent to nudge economic...

  • London's FTSE 100 advanced 0.5 percent to 6,866.30. On Wednesday, the CAC 40 climbed 0.8 percent, the DAX gained 0.7 percent and the FTSE rose 0.2 percent. Benchmarks in Taiwan, New Zealand and Indonesia also rose, while Singapore declined.

  • SINGAPORE/ SYDNEY, Sept 22- Asian shares rallied on Thursday, taking their cue from Wall Street, after the Federal Reserve left U.S. interest rates unchanged and slowed the pace of future hikes, knocking the dollar and lifting commodity prices. European markets are likely to follow suit, with financial spreadbetters predicting Britain's FTSE 100 will open up as...

  • *Dollar/yen hits lowest level in nearly 4 weeks. *Fed signals less aggressive rate rises in coming years. SINGAPORE, Sept 22- The dollar stumbled to a near 4- week low against the yen on Thursday, after the U.S.

  • *Dollar nurses losses after Fed keeps interest rates unchanged. SINGAPORE, Sept 22- The dollar hit a near 4- week low against the yen on Thursday after the U.S. The dollar fell 0.2 percent to 100.15 yen and touched a low of 100.12 yen at one point, its lowest level since Aug. 26.

  • LONDON- Bank of England's Monetary Policy Member Kristin Forbes will discuss why economics shocks can have global reach and the variety of factors involved- 1200 GMT. FRANKFURT- European Central Bank releases its economic bulletin- 0800 GMT. FRANKFURT- European Central Bank publishes the results of its second targeted long-term refinancing operation, a...