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  • SAO PAULO-- The man who has headed the Olympic movement in Brazil for decades and helped bring the Summer Games to Rio de Janeiro is set to extend his rule amid increased criticism and accusations of wrongdoing.

  • WELLINGTON/ SYDNEY, Oct 5- The Aussie and New Zealand dollars bobbed up on Friday, as risk aversion eased after the European Central Bank said it was ready to buy bonds of troubled euro zone countries, while markets awaited the outcome from a Bank of Japan policy meeting.

  • HONG KONG, Oct 5- Hong Kong shares are expected to rise for a fifth straight session and poised to end a holiday-shortened week with mild gains, although caution ahead of U.S. payrolls data is likely to keep trading activity light.

  • *Says EBX to raise $2 billion before year-end. SAO PAULO, Oct. 4- Eike Batista, Brazil's richest man, said his energy, mining and shipbuilding conglomerate EBX will raise $2 billion by the end of the year, without specifying the means.

  • *Facebook confirms billion user mark, growth slows. NEW YORK/ SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 4- Facebook Inc.

  • BRASILIA, Brazil-- Brazil says it will grant tax breaks to companies that produce safer and more fuel-efficient cars. Next year, all cars made in Brazil must have air bags and ABS brakes. Brazil is the world's seventh-largest motor vehicle producer.

  • *Facebook confirms billion-user mark, growth slows. NEW YORK/ SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 4- Facebook Inc.

  • SAO PAULO-- Fire forced the shutdown of a transformer in a substation, causing a 30- minute-long power outage in five Brazilians states, the country's Electric Energy System Operator said Thursday. "There was no blackout, but a preventive and controlled shutdown," agency director Hermes Chipp told reporters.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 4- The following are mergers under review by the European Commission and a brief guide to the EU merger process:. --Private equity firms Carlyle and BC Partners to acquire U.S. industrial pumps maker Hamilton Sundstrand Industrial which is owned by United Technologies Corp.

  • NEW YORK-- More than a billion people now log into Facebook each month to check up on old friends, tag photos of new ones and post about politics, religion, cats or what their kids are doing. The latest milestone also amounts to nearly half of the world's roughly 2.5 billion Internet users, as measured by the International Telecommunications Union.

  • WASHINGTON-- Orders to U.S. factories fell in August from July, mostly because of a sharp drop in volatile aircraft orders. The decline offset an increase in orders that reflect corporate investment plans. The Commerce Department said Thursday that factory orders dropped 5.2 percent in August, the biggest decline in more than three years.

  • *Rio cuts jobs in London, Australia. Australia's Rio Tinto- which gets some 80 percent of its profits from iron ore and is the diversified miner most exposed to fluctuations in the steelmaking ingredient- is cutting jobs in London and Melbourne, a source with knowledge of the situation told Reuters.

  • WASHINGTON-- Orders to U.S. factories fell in August, mostly because of a sharp drop in volatile aircraft orders. The decline offset an increase in orders that reflect corporate investment plans. The Commerce Department said Thursday that factory orders fell 5.2 percent in August, the biggest drop in more than three years.

  • *Facebook adds 45 million users since June. Oct 4- Social media company Facebook Inc reported on Thursday it reached the 1 billion user mark last month, while Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said it would keep pursuing growth through mobile devices.

  • Oct 4- Social media company Facebook Inc said on Thursday it reached the 1 billion active monthly users threshold last month, and is up by 45 million users since June. Facebook has faced a rough debut since its May initial public offering.

  • Oct 4- Social media company Facebook Inc said on Thursday it reached the 1 billion active monthly users threshold last month, and is up by 45 mi llion us ers since June. Facebook, based in Menlo Park, California, hit the 1 billion milestone on Sept. 14 at 12:45 p.m. Pacific time, the company said on its website.

  • Oct 4- Social media company Facebook Inc said on Thursday it reached the 1 billion active monthly users threshold last month, and is up more than 50 million users since June. Facebook, based in Menlo Park, California, hit the 1 billion milestone on Sept. 14 at 12:45 p.m. Pacific time, the company said on its website.

  • ABU DHABI, Oct 4- Mubadala Development, the Abu Dhabi investment fund with a mandate to boost the emirate's local economy, swung to a profit in the first half driven by a drop in investment write-downs and higher revenues at its key businesses.

  • *Seadrill may move to London, Singapore* CEO Thorkildsen disagreed with move, leaves firm.

  • ABU DHABI, Oct 4- Mubadala, the Abu Dhabi government's investment vehicle, swung to a profit in the first-half of 2012 helped by lower impairment losses and higher revenue at its key businesses.