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  • *Report of targeted stimulus to big China banks. LONDON, Sept 17- Copper edged up on Wednesday on a report that China's central bank will provide the country's biggest banks with fresh loans to bolster the economy of the world's largest metals consumer.

  • *Need for skilled talent puts London at odds with national policy. LONDON, Sept 17- When Efe Cakarel picked London as a new base for his video streaming company, he was counting on its location, capital markets and infrastructure, but also on the city's reputation as a hub for talented people from Europe and beyond.

  • Yowie Group said on Wednesday that Wal-Mart Stores Inc, the world's largest retailer, will trial its "Yowie" chocolates across 50 stores in Texas. Shares in Yowie Group jumped as much as 18.5 percent after the company announced the tie-up with Wal-Mart. Yowie Group is based in Perth in western Australia.

  • SHANGHAI, Sept 16- China will ban the import and local sale of coal with high ash and sulphur content starting from 2015 in a bid to tackle air pollution, with tough requirements in major coastal cities set to hit Australian miners.

  • Eminem publishers sue New Zealand political party Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 12:45 AM ET

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand— The music publishers for American rapper Eminem filed a lawsuit Tuesday against New Zealand's ruling political party over the music it used in a campaign commercial. Detroit- based Eight Mile Style and Martin Affiliated both claim the National Party breached copyright laws by using Eminem's song "Lose Yourself."

  • SHANGHAI, Sept 15- China will ban the import and local sale of coal with high ash and sulfur content starting from 2015 in a bid to tackle air pollution, with tough requirements in major coastal cities set to hit Australian miners.

  • WASHINGTON/ LONDON, Sept 14- Washington said countries in the Middle East had offered to join air strikes against Islamic State militants and Australia said it would send troops, but Britain held back even after the group beheaded a British hostage and threatened to kill another.

  • LONDON/ MELBOURNE, Sept 15- Copper slipped towards three-month lows on Monday after growth at China's factories stumbled to its weakest in nearly six years in August and investors remained concerned about stagnation in Europe and an expected rate rise in the United States.

  • AMSTERDAM, Sept 15- Beneath the low beams of a converted warehouse in Amsterdam lives a company with many of the attributes of a Silicon Valley startup, except that at less than a year old it has zero venture capital and says it is already making enough money to sustain itself.

  • Kim Dotcom's party poised to win New Zealand seats Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 2:54 AM ET

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand— At a recent political rally in Wellington, indicted Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom jokingly asked members of New Zealand's spy agency to raise their hands.

  • *China Aug factory output growth slows to near 6- year low. SINGAPORE, Sept 15- Brent crude slumped to a more than two-year low under $97 per barrel on Monday as lacklustre economic data from China, the world's top energy consumer, cast a shadow on the outlook for oil demand amid abundant global supplies.

  • US says Middle East to help fight IS, UK cautious Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 1:35 AM ET
    Secretary of State John Kerry.

    Washington said countries in the Middle East have offered to join airstrikes against IS militants, but Britain held back.

  • Brent hits 26-month low under $97 on weak China data Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 12:16 AM ET

    *China Aug factory output growth slows to near 6- year low. SINGAPORE, Sept 15- Brent crude slumped to a more than two-year low under $97 per barrel on Monday as a slew of lacklustre economic data from China, the world's top energy consumer, cast a shadow on the outlook for oil demand amid abundant global supplies.

  • MELBOURNE, Sept 15- London copper slipped towards three-month lows on Monday after growth at China's factories stumbled to its weakest in nearly six years in August, fueling concerns over its metals demand.

  • WASHINGTON/ LONDON, Sept 14- Washington said countries in the Middle East had offered to join air strikes against Islamic State militants and Australia said it would send troops, but Britain held back even after the group beheaded a British hostage and threatened to kill another.

  • DIARY -Top Economic Events to Sept 25 Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    MILAN- EU finance ministers and central bankers meet in Milan. ECB President Mario Draghi, Vice President Vitor Constancio and ECB Supervisory Board Chair Daniele Nouy to attend. PARIS- Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai to chair the second China-France High-Level Economic and Financial dialogue in France with French Finance Minister Michel Sapin.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 12- The United States is planning to push Europe towards new and more aggressive efforts to boost demand and economic growth given a renewed risk of deflation in the euro zone, a senior Treasury official said on Friday.

  • LONDON, Sept 12- The dollar was on track for its longest winning streak in 17 years on Friday, hitting multi-month highs against its Australian and Canadian counterparts, as investors bet the U.S.

  • LONDON, Sept 12- Copper prices were steady on Friday, headed for their biggest weekly drop in close to two months, as the dollar strengthened on speculation the United States will raise interest rates earlier than previously expected. Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange was flat at $6,835.75 a tonne at 1004 GMT.

  • *Sterling steadies after latest Scotland poll. LONDON, Sept 12- The dollar index headed for its longest winning streak since 1997 on Friday, as the greenback hit a six-year peak against the yen on growing expectations that the U.S.