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*Treasury to sell $35 billion 5- year notes at 1 p.m. ( 1700 GMT. *NATO says evidence points to use of chemical weapons by Assad forces. On Wednesday, NATO said evidence pointed to the use of chemical weapons by Syria's president, Bashar al-Assad.
*Focus on Syria as UN investigates whether government forces used chemical weapons. Treasuries fell on Wednesday, unwinding some of the recent flight-to-safety gains inspired by the potential for a military strike against Syria in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack on that country's civilians.
*Britain to seek UN Security Council go-ahead on Syria. NEW YORK, Aug 28- U.S. stock index futures were little changed Wednesday as selling pressure abated following stocks' worst day since June as the United States and its allies appeared ready to strike Syria in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack on civilians.
NEW YORK, Aug 28- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Wednesday as selling pressure abated following stocks' worst day since June as the United States and its allies appeared ready to strike Syria in response to a chemical weapons attack on civilians. Secretary of State John Kerry's said Syria's use of chemical weapons was "undeniable."
MILAN, Aug 28- Italy's six-month borrowing costs rose slightly at auction on Wednesday as investors remained wary of turmoil in the country's fragile ruling coalition, ahead of a more challenging sale of longer-dated bonds on Thursday.
TOKYO, Aug 28- Japanese government bond prices rose on Wednesday, pushing the 10- year yield to retrace a 3- month low, as heightening tension over Syria increased the safe-haven appeal of fixed-income assets.
TOKYO, Aug 28- Japanese government bond prices rose on Wednesday, as rising tension over Syria increased the safe haven appeal of fixed-income assets and the Bank of Japan's bond-buying operations underpinned supply conditions.
JAKARTA, Aug 28- From a tumbling currency to a crippling current-account shortfall, slowing economic growth, high inflation and retreating investors, Indonesia's stature as emerging-market superstar is under siege.
Treasuries rose on Tuesday in safe-haven bidding after reports that Western forces could attack Syria within days prompted nervous investors to dump riskier assets.
*Talk of Western strike in Syria spurs safety bid. Treasuries rose on Tuesday in safe haven bidding after reports that Western forces could attack Syria within days prompted nervous investors to dump riskier assets.
BUENOS AIRES, Aug 27- Argentina's efforts to avoid a debt default could drag on for another year or more as it fights "holdout" bondholders to the bitter end in U.S. courts and simultaneously looks to side-step any final ruling ordering it to pay up.
*Talk of Western strike in Syria spurs safety bid. Losses on Wall Street, reacting to talk of possible Western airstrikes in Syria, also whetted investors' appetite for Treasuries.
LONDON, Aug 27- Emerging market currencies such as the Indian rupee and the Turkish lira have plunged to record lows against the dollar and trends in the derivatives market indicate little respite ahead.
*Syria war threat fuels profit taking on summer rally. LONDON, Aug 27- European stocks suffered their biggest daily drop in two months on Tuesday as the threat of a military strike against Syria prompted investors to take profit on some of this summer's best performers and to buy insurance against future losses.
*Talk of Western strike in Syria supports safety bid. Stock losses, also in reaction to talk of a Western strike in Syria, whetted investors' appetite for Treasuries. U.S. allies were drafting plans for air strikes and other military action against Syria on Tuesday, as Assad's enemies vowed to punish a poison gas attack that Washington called a "moral obscenity."
NEW YORK, Aug 27- U.S. stock index futures fell further on Tuesday after Western powers told the Syrian opposition to expect a strike against President Bashar al-Assad's forces within days, according to sources who attended a meeting between envoys and the Syrian National Coalition in Istanbul.
BUDAPEST, Aug 27- Hungary's central bank slowed the pace of monetary easing slightly on Tuesday, cutting interest rates by 20 basis points, as markets have turned volatile on concerns about reduced inflows to emerging markets.
*Flows into Italy, Spain ETFs outpace Europe- ETFGI. LONDON, Aug 27- Investment in Spanish and Italian stocks has surged on the back of improved economic data, trumping a Spanish party funding scandal and the risk that the government in Rome could fall.
*NYSE, Nasdaq at odds over cause of last week's outage. *J.C.Penney shares drop as top shareholder exits investment. NEW YORK, Aug 27- U.S. stock index futures fell on Tuesday on rising tension over a possible military response to a chemical weapons attack against Syrian civilians last week.
LONDON, Aug 27- Italy's debt premiums rose on Tuesday as it made a lacklustre return to bond markets after a summer break, reflecting investor concerns over tensions within the country's fragile ruling coalition.