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  • BARCELONA, Sept 2- Though speculation is rife of a new Pfizer bid, AstraZeneca's chief executive is not holed up with advisers in London or New York. Strict British takeover rules limit what Soriot and other players can say about Pfizer's abortive attempt to buy AstraZeneca and the possibility of a resumption of talks.

  • *Britain eight months from election. LONDON, Sept 2- Britain's politicians and central bankers are watching one another even more closely than usual as the timing of a national election and a headline-making interest rate rise look set to converge.

  • *Weak factory data in China, Europe stoke oil demand fears. LONDON, Sept 2- Brent crude fell below $102 a barrel on Tuesday, pressured by worries about slowing oil demand growth in China and Europe, a strong U.S. dollar and ample supplies.

  • *Dollar touches 105 yen for first time since January. LONDON, Sept 2- The euro slumped to a fresh one-year low against a broadly strong dollar on Tuesday on persistent speculation that the European Central Bank will introduce more aggressive monetary easing.

  • LONDON, Sept 2- Zinc rose to a four-week high and aluminium neared an 18- month peak on Tuesday in markets driven by momentum-based speculators and computer-driven funds. Three-month zinc on the London Metal Exchange gained 1 percent to $2,380.50 a tonne by 1022 GMT, a high since Aug. 5.

  • *Weak factory data in China, Europe stoke oil demand fears. London, Sept 2- Brent crude dipped below $102 a barrel on Tuesday, pressured by worries about slowing oil demand growth in China and Europe, a strong U.S. dollar and ample supplies.

  • Commission rejects London mayor's plan for airport Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 | 4:54 AM ET

    LONDON— Britain's Airport Commission has rejected a plan to build a four-runway airport in the Thames Estuary, describing it as more problematic and more expensive than other options.

  • Euro continues descent ahead of ECB meeting Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 | 4:28 AM ET

    LONDON— The euro fell to a one-year low against the dollar on Tuesday as it continued to lose support from speculation that the European Central Bank could start pumping money into the ailing eurozone economy to spur growth.

  • SYDNEY, Sept 2- London aluminum climbed close to an 18- month high on Tuesday, sending Shanghai futures up more than two percent in a rally that traders and analysts said appeared momentum driven and had overshot fundamentals.

  • LONDON, Sept. 2- Burger King may have taken a lot of flack in the past week for a deal that should curb its U.S. tax bill but in many ways it is consistent with the burger chain's aggressive tax-reduction strategies in recent years. They say it will allow Burger King to avoid paying some U.S. taxes.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to Sep 16 Monday, 1 Sep 2014 | 10:16 PM ET

    LONDON- UK Treasury Chief Secretary Danny Alexander delivers speech setting out' his vision for Scotland to remain as an integral and full member of the United Kingdom' at Chatham House. MADRID- Central Bank of Peru Governor Julio Velarde speaks about monetary policy and macroeconomic stability at an event devoted to promoting investment in the country.

  • BRUSSELS, Sept 1- Europeans could be barred from buying new Russian government bonds under a package of extra sanctions over Moscow's military role in Ukraine that European Union ambassadors were to start discussing on Monday, three EU sources said.

  • Inquiries begin into nude celebrity photo leaks Monday, 1 Sep 2014 | 12:43 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— The FBI said Monday it was addressing allegations that online accounts of several celebrities, including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, had been hacked, leading to the posting of their nude photographs online. Apple said Monday it was looking into whether its online photo-sharing service had been hacked to obtain the intimate images.

  • Euro weighed down by soft economic data, Ukraine Monday, 1 Sep 2014 | 12:22 PM ET

    LONDON— The euro fell to a near one-year low against the dollar in the wake of soft European economic data and uncertainty over the crisis in Ukraine. Europe's single currency fell to a low of $1.3119 after a survey Monday showed that the manufacturing sector across the 18- nation eurozone lost momentum in August.

  • LONDON, Sept 1- The European Central Bank has talked up the chances of launching a bond-buying program to ward off deflation and having led markets down that path there could be a serious adverse reaction if it does not follow through.

  • LONDON, Sept 1- The European Central Bank has talked up the chances of launching a bond-buying programme to ward off deflation and having led markets down that path there could be a serious adverse reaction if it does not follow through.

  • Bracing for debt troubles as Ukraine gloom deepens Monday, 1 Sep 2014 | 9:49 AM ET

    LONDON/ KIEV Sept 1- Global investors' view of Ukrainian bonds as a relatively safe bet anchored by Western support is taking a battering as the country's economic gloom deepens, with many starting to brace for some form of debt restructuring.

  • *Citi, Commerz, DB, ENBD, MS, Stanchart to arrange deal. DUBAI, Sept 1- Emirates NBD, Dubai's largest lender, plans to sell a benchmark-sized capital-boosting bond, a document from lead managers said on Monday, looking to take advantage of favourable markets to strengthen its reserves.

  • *UK manufacturing PMI hits 14- month low. LONDON, Sept 1- Britain's manufacturing revival slowed sharply last month as the Ukraine crisis crimped demand from abroad, further denting hopes for a more balanced economic recovery.

  • *Escalating crisis in Ukraine, patchy Chinese recovery weigh. BANGALORE/ SYDNEY, Sept 1- Factory activity in Europe and Asia cooled in August after a strong July, as new orders dwindled in the face of escalating tensions in Ukraine and a patchy recovery in China, purchasing managers indexes showed.