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  • G20 flags U.S. fiscal cliff, Europe's debt woes Sunday, 4 Nov 2012 | 5:15 AM ET

    *US budget uncertainty looms large over Mexico meeting. MEXICO CITY, Nov 4- Finance chiefs of the world's 20 leading economies are ringing alarm bells over the U.S. fiscal cliff and Europe's debt woes at a meeting in Mexico this weekend as they look to push back deficit reduction targets to help boost growth.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 3- When Jeroen Aerts, a Dutchman tasked with crafting a plan to defend New York City from flooding, first looked at its coastline seven years ago, he was taken aback by how vulnerable it was.

  • By Edith Honan and Michelle Nichols. NEW YORK, Nov 2- Tempers frayed in long gas lines and millions were still without electricity across the U.S. Northeast on Friday as the death toll from superstorm Sandy hit 102 and crews searched for more victims in devastated communities in New York and New Jersey.

  • New York City canceled its annual marathon in the face of mounting anger as utilities restored power to about a million East Coast homes and businesses but still had about 3.5 million customers in the dark four days after Sandy hit the U.S. coast.

  • Time running out for new US-Russia steel deal Friday, 2 Nov 2012 | 7:32 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Nov 2- The United States is posed to slap steep anti-dumping duties on Russian hot-rolled steel in early December if the two sides cannot work out a new agreement in the coming weeks, U.S. industry and government sources said on Friday.

  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 1430 GMT / 10.30 AM ET Friday, 2 Nov 2012 | 2:49 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- U.S. employers stepped up hiring in October and the jobless rate ticked higher as more workers restarted job hunts, a hopeful sign for a lacklustre economy that has been a drag on President Barack Obama's re-election chances. ( USA- ECONOMY/JOBS, moving shortly, by Jason Lange, 830 words).

  • Reuters World News Highlights at 1345 GMT, Nov 02 Friday, 2 Nov 2012 | 2:00 PM ET

    BEIJING- Potentially sinister threats to China's ruling Communist Party sit unnoticed in cages perched on a rooftop above a small alleyway in southwestern Beijing.

  • DUBLIN, Nov 2- Ireland jailed former billionaire Sean Quinn on Friday for failing to disclose assets he was hiding abroad, completing the fall from grace of the richest man in Ireland's ``Celtic Tiger'' boom.

  • *Raised exposure to US, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Russia. OSLO, Nov 2- Norway's $660 billion sovereign wealth fund continued its long-term plan to cut investments in Europe in the third quarter, slashing its holdings of Spanish and French debt just as those countries try to recover investors' trust.

  • Superstorm Sandy blows gasoil bubble away Friday, 2 Nov 2012 | 1:09 PM ET

    *Stocks build in Europe as refinery maintenance ends. Middle distillates inventories, which include heating oil, diesel and jet, had been running at multi-year lows in both the United States and Europe- threatening to ramp up heating bills for households in the event of an early cold snap.

  • MOSCOW, Nov 2- Russia's oil output hit a post-Soviet high in October as a beefed-up Rosneft, soon to be the world's biggest crude supplier, dug deeper into hard-to-reach fields.

  • By Radu Marinas and Sam Cage and Justyna Pawlak and Raissa Kasolowsky. BUCHAREST/ BRUSSELS/ DUBAI, Nov 2- Two months into anti-government protests in Syria last year, as the military crackdown grew more vicious, the European Union and United States introduced sanctions against President Bashar al-Assad, his security chiefs and members of his family.

  • Cuba's oil hopes hit by another unsuccessful well Friday, 2 Nov 2012 | 10:33 AM ET

    *Scarabeo 9 drilling rig leaving Cuba for West Africa. Communist Party newspaper Granma reported that a well drilled off western Cuba by Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA had been plugged because it ``did not offer possibilities of commercial exploitation.''.

  • Reuters World News Highlights at 0945 GMT, Nov 02 Friday, 2 Nov 2012 | 10:00 AM ET

    BEIJING- Potentially sinister threats to China's ruling Communist Party sit unnoticed in cages perched on a rooftop above a small alleyway in southwestern Beijing.

  • Fishing thwarts Antarctic marine sanctuary idea Friday, 2 Nov 2012 | 9:43 AM ET

    At a meeting in Australia, the United States and New Zealand were rebuffed after submitting a joint proposal to protect the Ross Sea, which is considered one of the most pristine oceans in the world. But at the Australian meeting, some nations, including Russia, the Ukraine and China, balked at the proposal.

  • *Economy contracts in Q3, for the first time since 2009. KIEV, Nov 2- Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich's ruling party finds itself with a small window of opportunity to carry out painful but badly needed changes to streamline the economy.

  • MEXICO CITY, Nov 1- World finance chiefs this weekend will press the United States on how it can prevent its fiscal problems from hitting the global economy and will seek reassurance from Europe that it has a grip on its debt crisis.

  • INSIGHT-Putin's Russia: more fragile than it looks Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 7:48 PM ET

    *Exodus of talent and money from Russia. Russia is exporting three things in great quantity, says a leading Moscow banker: natural resources, capital and people. Only the first could be regarded as healthy and sustainable; the other two imply that oligarchs and ordinary citizens alike are turning their back on Putin's Russia.

  • Nov 1- Estée Lauder Cos Inc scaled back the top end of its full-year forecast for sales Thursday amid uncertainty in some key markets, and said it expects poor demand in Europe to persist. While sales growth was strong in the United States and China, Europe was a drag in the last quarter, with France, Spain, Russia and Switzerland showing declines.

  • *Company hopes to cut costs by $400 million/ yr within 3 years. Nov 1- Avon Products Inc slashed its dividend by nearly 74 percent on Thursday and announced measures to cut hundreds of millions of dollars in costs in the next few years as its new chief executive officer continues to work on a turnaround.