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  • FTSE toils as BAE Systems merger fails Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 12:24 AM ET

    *FTSE 100 down 0.6 percent. LONDON, Oct 10- Global growth worries prodded Britain's top share index lower on Wednesday as a failed merger with a French peer hurt shares in defence and aviation firm BAE Systems.

  • S.African stocks end positive, but gold miners dim Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 12:19 AM ET

    JOHANNESBURG, Oct 10- South African shares turned positive for the first time this week but Gold Fields and other bullion mining firms took a beating from a recovery in the local currency. Absa, the South African bank majority owned by Barclays, fell 2.8 percent to 134.60 rand.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 10- Singapore's economy probably contracted in the third quarter due to weak global demand for its manufacturing exports, reinforcing expectations of policy easing by the central bank on Friday.

  • Finance leaders to address global economic threats Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 12:02 AM ET

    Europe is gripped by a debt crisis and stalled growth. A budget standoff in the United States is set to trigger tax increases and spending cuts and perhaps a recession. And it's warning that even its dimmer outlook might prove too optimistic if Europe and the United States fail to resolve their crises.

  • --Clyde Russell is a Reuters market analyst. LAUNCESTON, Australia, Oct 10- The job losses and cost-cutting at Australia's major iron ore producers show they are taking to heart the adage to never let a good crisis go to waste.

  • China finance officials to skip Tokyo IMF meeting Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 11:43 PM ET

    TOKYO-- China's central bank governor and finance minister won't be attending IMF and World Bank annual meetings in Tokyo this week, a Japanese official said Wednesday _ cancelations that come as the two Asian giants remain at odds over a cluster of tiny islands both claim.

  • *NATO says plans in place to defend Turkey from Syria. SINGAPORE, Oct 10- Brent crude slipped below $114 on Wednesday after a 2 percent jump the previous day, with a cloudy economic outlook offsetting fears about disruptions to Middle East oil supply as a conflict between Turkey and Syria escalated.

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    The International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday that China's central bank governor will not lead the Chinese delegation at the IMF's semi-annual meeting this week, in what appeared to be a snub to host Japan.

  • Nikkei hits 2-month low on corporate earnings concerns Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 11:19 PM ET

    TOKYO, Oct 10- Japan's Nikkei average fell to a two-month low on Wednesday on concerns that upcoming corporate earnings for the latest quarter would be hurt by sluggish global growth, as the IMF cut its forecasts for the second time since April.

  • Indian FX/debt factors to watch - Oct 10 Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 11:13 PM ET

    *Asian shares fell on Wednesday, led by losses in technology and materials stocks after brokerage downgrades for top chip maker Intel Corp. *Oil prices jumped on Tuesday, snapping two sessions of losses, as escalating turmoil on the border of Turkey and Syria heightened concerns of a supply disruption in a tense Middle East.

  • *India plans to raise nearly $6 bln from stake sales by end-March. That choosiness comes at a bad time for India, which may struggle to hit its goal of raising nearly $6 billion from share sales in state companies by the end of March with investor demand for new shares expected to remain modest.

  • Taiwan's Ma pledges greater effort to fix economy Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 11:02 PM ET

    TAIPEI, Taiwan-- Commemorating the founding of the Republic of China, Taiwan President Ma Ying- jeou has pledged greater efforts to fix the island's economy, now limping along at about a 2 percent annual growth rate. Over the past several months, Taiwan's high-tech economy has been battered by slowing demand in Europe, North America and China, its main export market.

  • MANILA, Oct 10- The Philippines is unlikely to hit its export growth target of 10 percent this year, with growth seen only reaching up to 7 percent due to slowing demand from its traditional markets, the trade secretary said on Wednesday.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 9- A U.S. congressional report that urged American companies to stop doing business with Chinese telecom equipment makers Huawei and ZTE.

  • *Canada invokes "national security exception"* Suggests Huawei may be excluded from building network* U.S. House report urged U.S. firms not to deal with Huawei By Randall Palmer.

  • OTTAWA, Oct 9- Canada indicated strongly on Tuesday it would exclude Chinese telecom equipment giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd from helping to build a secure Canadian government communications network because of possible security risks.

  • Gov't to warn motorists about counterfeit air bags Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 10:24 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The Obama administration is preparing to warn car owners whose air bags have been replaced in the past three years that dangerous counterfeit bags may have been installed, according to auto industry officials who have been briefed by the government.

  • Australia shares slip; Newcrest down, Alumina up Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 10:21 PM ET

    MELBOURNE, Oct 10- Australian shares slipped 0.3 percent on Wednesday, with falls across the board after a weak lead from Wall Street, while gold miners fell after bullion prices eased offshore.

  • MANILA, Oct 10- Philippine exports fell in August, posting the steepest drop and lowest value in eight months, the statistics office said on Wednesday, putting more pressure on the central bank to ease its policy rates further to support domestic growth.

  • PRESS DIGEST - China - Oct 10 Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 9:46 PM ET

    SHANGHAI, Oct 10- Chinese newspapers available in Beijing and Shanghai carried the following stories on Tuesday. --The first round of fundraising will soon close for China's first buyout fund, run by a unit of CITIC Securities Co, after raising 3 billion yuan initially.