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  • *India re-examining all investment deals due to Vodafone spat.

  • *India re-examining all investment deals due to Vodafone spat.

  • *Speaks on eve of trip to India, Philippines, Hong Kong. Speaking on the eve of a trip to India and other parts of Asia, Harper said in an interview published in Saturday's Postmedia newspapers that Canada as a general rule welcomes foreign investment.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 2- Stronger-than-expected hiring by U.S. employers in October and a small increase in the jobless rate will have a neutral or insignificant impact on U.S. presidential elections next week, according to most economists surveyed in a Reuters poll on Friday.

  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 1830 GMT / 230 PM ET Friday, 2 Nov 2012 | 6:33 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- U.S. employers stepped up hiring in October and a small increase in the jobless rate was due to more workers restarting their job hunts, a hopeful sign for a lackluster economy that has been a drag on President Barack Obama's re-election bid ( USA- ECONOMY/JOBS, moved, 900 words).

  • *Profit of 62 cents a share exceeds Wall St view of 55 cents. *Investigating business practices in India. Nov 2- Beam Inc posted a bigger-than-expected third-quarter profit on Friday, helped by strong demand for its bourbon, and said it still expected earnings to grow at a low double-digit percentage rate this year.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 2- The contentious U.S.- China trade relationship has been a major issue in the U.S. race for the White House, with President Barack Obama defending his record and Republican challenger Mitt Romney promising tougher tactics if elected.

  • LONDON, Nov 2- Gold prices fell to their lowest level since late August on Friday, sliding more than 1 percent as the dollar jumped after better-than-expected U.S. jobs data in the last major signal on the state of the economy before elections next Tuesday. Spot gold was down 1.8 percent at $1,684.36 at 1509 GMT, having earlier hit an eight-week low of $1,682.89.

  • *Global drugmakers worried by India's tough stance. MUMBAI/ LONDON, Nov 2- India dealt a fresh blow to the international pharmaceutical industry on Friday as its patents appeal board revoked a patent granted six years ago on Roche's hepatitis C drug Pegasys.

  • LONDON, Nov 2- Gold slid to an eight-week low on Friday as the dollar jumped after data showing higher-than-expected U.S. job creation, the last major signal on the state of the world's largest economy before elections next Tuesday. Spot gold was at $1,695.65 at 1325 GMT, down 1.42 percent, having touched an eight-week low of $1,692.19 after the data.

  • *AngloGold Ashanti suspends operations at S. African mine. Spot gold was at $1,709.26 at 1102 GMT, down 0.63 percent, while U.S. gold futures for December fell $5.80 to $1,709.70. ``The stronger dollar is bringing down a number of markets including gold,'' Standard Chartered analyst Daniel Smith said.

  • Playboy to debut in India with new club Friday, 2 Nov 2012 | 10:13 AM ET

    MUMBAI, India-- India is set to get its first Playboy club next month, with demurely dressed bunnies and a focus on glamour instead of sex. PB Lifestyle chief executive Sanjay Gupta says he will recast the Playboy brand so that it doesn't offend conservative Indian sensibilities.

  • What If…Mumbai Gets Hit by a Storm Like Sandy? Friday, 2 Nov 2012 | 12:48 AM ET

    As the New York metropolitan region reels in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, those outside the area may wonder how their own cities would fare in such a disaster. What if a storm on the scale of Sandy took place in another teeming metropolis surrounded by water – like, say, Mumbai? The NYT reports.

  • The interim country strategy, endorsed by the World Bank board at a meeting in Washington, will guide the institution's work in Myanmar, also known as Burma.

  • Nov 1- Newmont Mining Corp, the world's second-largest gold producer, reported a 26 percent drop in quarterly profit as production at its giant Indonesian copper and gold mine plummeted and costs rose. Lower ore grades at its Tanami mine in Australia and the Ahafo mine in Africa also weighed on production, Newmont said.

  • Henry Ford of Heart Surgery  Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 8:40 PM ET

    Dr. Devi Shetty tells CNBC's Lisa Oake how he's making radical moves in India's health care industry. He aims to make costly heart surgeries more affordable through higher volumes.

  • *Q3 sales $13.98 billion vs forecast of $14.64 billion. Nov 1- Pfizer Inc on Thursday posted quarterly revenue well below Wall Street expectations, as sales of the pharmaceutical company's Prevnar pediatric vaccine disappointed and emerging market revenue dropped sharply.

  • *Q3 adj EPS $0.85 v Street view $0.98. TORONTO, Nov 1- Barrick Gold Corp reported a sharp drop in third-quarter profit on Thursday, nudged back the production date for its massive Pascua-Lama gold and silver mine and increased its estimate on costs.

  • *PM, on Nov 3-11 Asian trip, will say Canada open for business. OTTAWA, Nov 1- Prime Minister Stephen Harper will promote Canada as open for business during a Nov. 3-11 trip to Asia, although he is not likely to unveil long-awaited guidelines for foreign takeovers of Canadian firms, an aide said on Thursday.

  • COLUMN-Sandy and the One Percent-Chrystia Freeland Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 6:02 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Nov 1- For Amartya Sen, a Nobel Prize recipient and Harvard economist and philosopher, a formative life experience was the Bengal famine of 1943, which he had observed as a child living in Santiniketan, in West Bengal, a state in eastern India.