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  • *Decisions will help shape EU policy on economy, Ukraine. WARSAW/ BRUSSELS/ PARIS, Aug 28- Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk is seriously considering a proposal that he take the post of president of the European Council, a Warsaw government spokeswoman said on Thursday, linking his decision to the crisis in neighbouring Ukraine.

  • *EU leaders to hold jobs summit on Saturday in Brussels. BRUSSELS/ PARIS, Aug 28- Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk has emerged as clear favorite for the key post of president of the European Council when EU leaders meet for a special summit on Saturday, several sources familiar with the selection process said.

  • *Telefonica wins out with higher bid than Telecom Italia. PARIS, Aug 28- French media company Vivendi picked Telefonica for exclusive talks over the sale of its Brazilian broadband unit GVT, spurning a rival bid from Telecom Italia. Vivendi's decision deals a blow to Telecom Italia.

  • UPDATE 3-Vivendi picks Telefonica in GVT fight Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 8:46 AM ET

    PARIS/ MILAN, Aug 28- French media group Vivendi said it would enter into exclusive talks with Telefonica over the sale of its Brazilian broadband unit GVT, choosing the Spanish group over a rival bid from Telecom Italia.

  • Polish PM Tusk favourite for top EU job - sources Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 5:32 AM ET

    *EU leaders to hold jobs summit on Saturday in Brussels. BRUSSELS/ PARIS, Aug 28- Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk has emerged as clear favourite for the key post of president of the European Council when EU leaders meet for a special summit on Saturday, several sources familiar with the selection process said.

  • *Telefonica makes higher bid than Telecom Italia. PARIS/ MILAN, Aug 28- The battle over Brazil's telecoms market intensified on Thursday as European competitors Telecom Italia and Telefonica made rival offers for Vivendi's Brazilian broadband business GVT.

  • PARIS, Aug 28- The battle over Brazil's telecoms market ratcheted up on Thursday as European competitors Telecom Italia and Telefonica made rival offers for Vivendi's Brazilian broadband unit GVT.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO/ PARIS, Aug 27- Brazil's Grupo Oi SA unveiled plans on Wednesday to take over Telecom Italia's local mobile unit, in a move sources said was aimed at breaking up the country's second-biggest wireless carrier and upstaging merger bids by foreign rivals.

  • LONDON, Aug 27- German Bund yields reached record lows on Wednesday, as further evidence of the region's faltering economy fed market expectations for more European Central Bank stimulus.

  • MADRID/ PARIS, Aug 27- The battle over Brazil's telecoms market is heating up, with the country's biggest fixed-line firm Oi signaling it may make an offer for Telecom Italia's local mobile business.

  • UPDATE 2-Brazil telecoms battle heats up as Oi steps in Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 7:31 AM ET

    MADRID/ PARIS, Aug 27- The battle over Brazil's telecoms market is heating up, with the country's biggest fixed-line firm Oi signaling it may make an offer for Telecom Italia's local mobile business.

  • *JP Morgan calls for ECB rate cut next week. LONDON, Aug 27- German Bund yields reached record lows on Wednesday, as further evidence of the region's faltering economy fed market expectations for more European Central Bank stimulus.

  • *Germany's Schaeuble says Draghi comments' over-interpreted'. LONDON, Aug 27- German Bund yields fell back towards record lows on Wednesday, as further evidence of the bloc's faltering economy fed market expectations for more European Central Bank stimulus.

  • Aug 26- It may well be a big deal that Mario Draghi is now talking fiscal stimulus, but the unlikeliness of this happening only underscores that he'll be forced to do more with monetary policy.

  • *Alcoa to shut Sardinian ops, cut aluminium capacity by 150,000 T. LONDON, Aug 26- Aluminium touched a 18- month peak on Tuesday, boosted by a big long position and declining available stocks, with metals markets also supported by hopes the European Central Bank would implement stimulus measures.

  • *Alcoa to shut Sardinian ops, cut aluminum capacity by 150,000 T. LONDON, Aug 26- Aluminum touched a 18- month peak on Tuesday, boosted by a big long position and a shortage of available stocks, with metals markets also supported by hopes the European Central Bank would implement stimulus measures.

  • 5 things to watch for at the Venice Film Festival Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 6:32 AM ET

    VENICE, Italy— It has Al Pacino and zombie girlfriends, Owen Wilson and Lars von Trier. The 71st Venice Film Festival opens this week, bringing 11 days of high art and Hollywood glamour to the canal-crossed Italian city. Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts also star.

  • LONDON, Aug 26- Copper prices rose to three-week highs on Tuesday, as hopes of stimulus measures by the European Central Bank gathered pace following signs of a weakening European economy.

  • SYDNEY, Aug 26- London copper climbed to a three-week high as the market reopened after a holiday weekend on Tuesday, with signs of weakening in Europe's economy fanning hopes for fresh stimulus. *Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange traded at $7,097 a tonne by 0027 GMT, having earlier reached its highest since Aug. 5 at $7,108.75 a tonne.

  • Aug 25- Aluminum producer Alcoa Inc said on Monday it will permanently close its Portovesme smelter on the Italian island of Sardinia. The closure of the plant, which has not operated since November 2012, will reduce Alcoa's global smelting capacity by 150,000 metric tons to 3.6 million metric tons per year.