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  • WASHINGTON, May 29- Alpha Natural Resources Inc no longer qualifies for a government program that subsidizes a share of mine cleanup insurance, requiring the coal company to find another way to cover roughly $400 million in liabilities, Wyoming officials said on Friday. "At the end of the day, the rules for self bonding are very clear," said Keith Guille, a spokesman...

  • *Intel to offer $54 per share- source. May 29- Intel Corp has resumed talks to buy programmable-chip maker Altera Corp and is close to a $16 billion deal, people familiar with the matter said on Friday, paving way for the third mega semiconductor-chip deal this year. The deal will allow Intel to bundle its own server chips with Altera's line of programmable chips,...

  • May 29- Intel Corp has resumed negotiations to buy smaller chip maker Altera Corp and is close to a $16 billion acquisition agreement, people familiar with the matter said on Friday. Intel and Altera did not respond to requests for comment. In April, Altera rejected an unsolicited $54 per share offer from Intel following months of negotiations, sources told...

  • May 29- Intel Corp has resumed negotiations to buy smaller chip maker Altera Corp and is close to a $15 billion acquisition agreement, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday. Intel and Altera did not respond to requests for comment. In April, Altera rejected an unsolicited $54 per share offer from Intel following months of negotiations, sources told...

  • WASHINGTON, May 29- The U.S. Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit on Friday aimed at stopping the $1.9 billion merger of medical technology provider Steris Corp and British sterilization services provider Synergy Health Plc, according to the agency, which enforces antitrust law. Synergy Health and Steris, both of which provide contract sterilization...

  • *Don't single us out as cause of influx, says Myanmar. BANGKOK, May 29- Southeast Asian nations agreed on Friday to intensify search and rescue efforts to help vulnerable "boat people" stranded in the region's seas, as Myanmar said its navy had seized a vessel off its coast with more than 700 migrants aboard. More than 4,000 migrants have landed in Indonesia, Malaysia,...

  • The Philippines has enough fiscal space to increase spending with revenues growing at a double digit pace, said Purisima, an accountant by training. Manila's efforts to collect more revenue by waging a campaign against tax evasion and corruption helped raise its tax-to-GDP ratio to 13.6 percent in 2014 from 12.1 percent in 2010 when President Benigno Aquino...

  • HONG KONG/ BANGKOK, May 30- Thai billionaire Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi is considering buying cognac maker Louis Royer, people familiar with the matter said, potentially locking horns with a Philippine tycoon for the French firm amid a forecast rebound in Asian demand for luxury spirits. Liquor firm Emperador Inc, controlled by the Philippines'...

  • HONG KONG/ BANGKOK, May 30- Thai billionaire Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi is considering buying cognac maker Louis Royer, people familiar with the matter said, potentially locking horns with a Philippine tycoon for the French firm amid a forecast rebound in Asian demand for luxury spirits. Liquor firm Emperador Inc, controlled by the Philippines'...

  • *India returned to Iran for imports after hiatus. Imports by Iran's four biggest buyers- China, India, Japan and South Korea- totalled 1.17 million bpd last month, down 4.1 percent on year and the highest since hitting 1.21 million bpd in December, government and tanker-tracking data showed. Iran, the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China reached a...

  • WASHINGTON, May 28- The U.S. Congress could lift the 40- year-old ban on domestic crude oil exports within a year as a drop in gasoline prices and the potential return of Iranian oil to global markets makes it an easier measure for politicians to support, Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts said on Thursday. The analysts found "a surprising amount of support to...

  • JAKARTA, May 29- A slide in the Philippines' economic growth to its weakest in three years wraps up a slew of dismal data from Southeast Asia and adds pressure on governments to unleash some of their fiscal spending firepower given the limitation of monetary policy now. "Monetary policy has lost its punch... but we're not really seeing the fiscal authorities step up,"...

  • NEW DELHI, May 29- India's government and businesses are pushing for an interest rate cut next week even though data on Friday may show output is expanding faster than China's, in the latest sign of concerns that the figures are masking weaknesses in the economy. But New Delhi, worried that companies are not investing enough and that a period of low inflation may be...

  • *Fosun total debt at $16.7 bln, not far off its market value. HONG KONG, May 29- A $1.2 billion share sale by Fosun International Ltd this month was likely only the start of a love affair with equity deals, bankers say, as the Chinese conglomerate seeks to cut reliance on debt to fund its huge acquisition ambitions. Led by tycoon Guo Guangchang who models himself on...

  • Dennis Gartman: This is when I’ll buy China stocks Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 4:48 PM ET
    Dennis Gartman

    China’s Shanghai Composite plunged 6.5 percent Thursday, but widely followed investor Dennis Gartman isn’t worried.

  • LONDON, May 28- The South China Sea has become the most important testing ground for the changing economic, political and military relationship between China and the United States. China and the other littoral states dispute ownership as well as the rights to resources and maritime control that flow from it. China says it owns the outcrops so is entitled to...

  • YANGON, Myanmar— Journalists were negotiating with Myanmar officials Thursday to restore their access to the Parliament chamber after being pushed out because pictures of snoozing lawmakers were published online. Reporters in the capital, Naypyitaw, were told on Tuesday they would have to watch proceedings on TV from the corridor. The pictures of sleeping...

  • Etihad Airways profit jumps by over half to $73 million Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 4:53 AM ET

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— Etihad Airways, the United Arab Emirates' fast-growing national carrier, said Thursday its profit rose by more than half to $73 million last year but warned that "aggressive protectionist sentiment" in the West threatens its future prospects. The government-backed airline, which has bought up stakes in several foreign carriers...

  • --Clyde Russell is a Reuters columnist. Of course, it's easy to dismiss participants at the SGX Iron Ore Forum and the Asia Mining Congress in Singapore, the Asia Oil& Gas Conference in Kuala Lumpur and the LME Week Asia in Hong Kong as talking their books, or at least to their hopes. Where the cautious optimism was most evident was in the investment community, attending...

  • MANILA, May 28- Philippine economic growth unexpectedly slowed to a six-year low in the first quarter, but the central bank said it would not ease policy as consumer and public spending were set to pick up. Still, economists doubted Manila's 7-8 percent growth target for the full year could be met without additional interest rate cuts or a sharp increase in fiscal...