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  • 43 accused of running cybersex ring in Philippines Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 7:39 AM ET

    MANILA, Philippines— Philippine authorities arrested 43 suspected members of a syndicate that runs a lucrative online cybersex operation catering to clients worldwide, officials said Thursday.

  • Sept 18- An erectile dysfunction drug that reduces by half the time patients need to take the pill before sexual activity has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

  • Rite Aid cuts full-year profit forecast for second time Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 7:27 AM ET

    Sept 18- Rite Aid Corp, the third largest U.S. drugstore chain, cut its full-year profit forecast for the second time this year as lower margins from its pharmacy business continue to eat into earnings. Rite Aid shares fell nearly 9 percent in premarket trading on Thursday after the company also shaved the top end of its sales forecast.

  • Sept 18- Vivint Solar Inc, a residential solar panel installer backed by Blackstone Group LP, is expected to raise up to $371 million in its initial public offering. Provo, Utah based-Vivint Solar was launched in 2011 and has become the second-largest installer of residential solar panels in the United States after SolarCity Corp..

  • Thai military ruler apologizes for bikini comment Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 6:47 AM ET

    BANGKOK— Thailand's military ruler apologized for suggesting that attractive foreign tourists might be unsafe on the country's world-famous beaches if they wear bikinis.

  • VIENNA, Sept 18- The European Union said on Thursday it was disappointed with a lack of progress by Iran in addressing concerns about its suspected atomic bomb research, pressuring Tehran to cooperate with a long-stalled U.N. watchdog inquiry.

  • Sept 18- Vivint Solar Inc, a solar energy provider backed by Blackstone Group LP, said it expected its initial public offering to be priced between $16 and $18 per share, raising up to $371 million.

  • NEW DELHI, Sept 18- A standoff between Indian and Chinese soldiers overshadowed a visit to New Delhi by China's President Xi Jinping on Thursday, with a $20 billion investment pledge eclipsed by robust comments from India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the dispute.

  • Sept 18- Business research and information firm IHS Inc reported a better-than-expected adjusted quarterly profit helped by revenue growth in its subscription business in America and Europe. IHS forecast an adjusted profit of $5.70 to $5.80 per share and revenue of $2.23 billion to $2.24 billion for the full year ending Nov. 30.

  • NEW DELHI, Sept 18- India will open talks on civil nuclear energy cooperation with China, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday after summit talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping in New Delhi. Behind the scenes, China has been pressing India hard to begin talks on civil nuclear cooperation, said W.P.S. Sidhu, a senior fellow at Brookings India.

  • NEW DELHI, Sept 18- Indian and Chinese soldiers pulled back from a stand-off on a Himalayan plateau on Thursday, helping salvage the mood during a rare visit by China's President Xi Jinping to New Delhi aimed at opening a new phase in cooperation between Asia's giants. "China and India paid great attention to the aforementioned border issue.

  • Sept 18- UBM Plc, a British communications and events company, confirmed that it was in talks to acquire Advanstar, a privately held U.S. trade show organiser. Reuters reported on Tuesday that UBM was in advanced talks to acquire Advanstar for around $900 million. 1/ 8 ID: nL1N0RH0ZO.

  • Visa explores options for stake in UK's Monitise Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 4:34 AM ET

    Sept 18- Visa Inc said it was exploring options for its investment in Monitise Plc, a British mobile banking technology company, sending Monitise's shares down 26 percent. Visa currently has a 5.5 percent stake in Monitise. The company, which first invested in Monitise in 2009, said it would reduce its dependence on external mobile development resources.

  • NEW DELHI, Sept 18- Indian and Chinese soldiers faced off on a Himalayan plateau on Thursday, dampening the bonhomie around a rare visit by China's President Xi Jingping to New Delhi and a reminder of problems underlying growing commercial ties. "There is an ongoing situation," an official at India's army headquarters in Delhi said.

  • UBM says in talks to buy US trade show rival Advanstar Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 2:47 AM ET

    Sept 18- UBM Plc, a British communications and events company, confirmed that it was in talks to acquire Advanstar, a privately held U.S. trade show organiser. Reuters reported on Tuesday that UBM was in advanced talks to acquire Advanstar for around $900 million.

  • *India Oil Corp buys Iran oil after 2- mth gap. World powers and Iran are working to resolve a decade-old dispute over the OPEC nation's nuclear programme, with an interim deal that eases some sanctions on the country extended by four months to late November.

  • Sept 18- Apple Inc is making strong efforts to assuage users' fears after taking the heat in the celebrity photo leak scandal that emerged over the Labor Day weekend.

  • India, China vow cooperation as troops face off Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 1:08 AM ET

    NEW DELHI— Indian and Chinese troops faced off along their Himalayan border on Thursday as the countries' leaders held a rare meeting in New Delhi, promising to boost economic cooperation and substantially increase Chinese investment in India's infrastructure. India's worries about the frequent standoffs on the border came up at the meeting.

  • Sept 17- News Corp Chief Executive Robert Thomson has urged European regulators to reconsider their settlement with Google Inc over its search practices, calling the Internet company an "egregious" aggregator and a "platform of piracy."

  • Sept 17- Apple Inc said a bug in its HealthKit health and fitness application platform prevented its release along with the launch of its iOS 8 operating system for iPhones and iPads. HealthKit gathers data such as blood pressure and weight from various health apps on Apple devices, and can be viewed by doctors at one place.