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  • CANBERRA, Oct 12- Australian shares gained more than 0.2 percent on Friday morning, recovering from two sessions of losses, as a rebound in metal prices lifted index-heavy mining stocks. Global miner BHP Billiton Ltd gained 0.8 percent to A $33.50 and major rival Rio Tinto Ltd rose more than 1.6 percent to A $56.31.

  • Australia shares seen flat, metals prices to support Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 6:26 PM ET

    CANBERRA, Oct 12- Australian shares are likely to open flat on Friday on mixed leads from Wall Street, holding below 14- month highs hit earlier this week, although a rebound in metal prices may help index-heavy mining stocks. *Local share price index futures. *New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index.

  • NY cotton tumbles as USDA hikes global stock estimate Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 4:22 PM ET

    *USDA hikes global ending stocks for 3rd month. NEW YORK, Oct 11- Cotton futures in New York fell their most in three weeks on Thursday after the U.S. Department of Agriculture raised its 2012/ 13 global ending stocks forecast for the fiber to a record high for a third consecutive month.

  • Oct 11- Cotton prices extended losses in early trade on Thursday after the U.S. government raised its inventory forecast for the season to end-July 2013 to a new record of close to 80 million 480- lb bales, reinforcing concerns about falling demand from China, the world's largest textile market.

  • Australia shares slip for a second straight day Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 2:27 AM ET

    *S&P/ASX 200 index fell 7 points to 4,483.5* Lynas Corp Ltd. plunges 15 pct on Malaysia delay. Shares pulled back from 14- month highs on Wednesday after the IMF cut its growth forecast for China, Australia's biggest export market.

  • Australia shares down but off lows Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 1:19 AM ET

    MELBOURNE, Oct 11- Australian shares fell 0.2 percent on Thursday, weighed by weakness in miners but paring steeper earlier losses after data showed a jump in jobs in September. Lynas Corp Ltd plunged 15 percent as it faced another delay in opening its rare earths plant in Malaysia.

  • Oct 11- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has raised its 2012/ 13 global ending stock forecast for cotton to record highs for a third consecutive month, sending prices down and reinforcing concerns about weakening demand from China, the world's largest textile market.

  • Australia shares off lows as jobs rise in Sept Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:59 PM ET

    MELBOURNE, Oct 11- Australian shares recovered from session lows to be down 0.3 percent on Thursday, paring steeper losses after data showed a jump in jobs in September and more people looking for work.

  • Australia shares fall on Wall St, investors eye jobs data Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 7:21 PM ET

    SYDNEY, Oct 11- Australian shares fell 0.6 percent early on Thursday, following weak leads from Wall Street as U.S. equities sank on corporate warnings of slower growth, with investors waiting on local jobs data later in the morning for an update on the domestic economy.

  • Australia shares seen lower, jobs data awaited Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 6:28 PM ET

    MELBOURNE, Oct 11- Australian shares are likely to extend losses into a second day on Thursday after U.S. equities sank on corporate warnings of slower growth, though local price moves may be limited ahead of monthly jobs data.

  • *Newcrest Mining slips 1.3 percent as bullion weakens. MELBOURNE, Oct 10- Australian shares pulled back from 14- month highs on Wednesday as lower growth forecasts for China and other regional economies by the International Monetary Fund wiped off gains made by miners on higher iron ore prices.

  • Australia shares slip; iron ore gains buoy miners Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 1:17 AM ET

    MELBOURNE, Oct 10- Australian shares slipped 0.3 percent on Wednesday, pulling back from 14- month highs after the IMF cut its growth forecasts for a second time, sending shares around most of the region lower. climbed 6 percent to $117.20 a tonne, its highest since Aug. 1, according to data provider Steel Index, taking gains to 12.5 percent over the past two days.

  • Australia shares fall 0.4 pct, gold miners sink Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 7:25 PM ET

    MELBOURNE, Oct 10- Australian shares fell 0.4 percent on Wednesday, with some of the biggest declines recorded by gold miners after bullion prices headed lower offshore. eased 0.6 percent to 3,882.8 after U.S. stocks fell on increasing worries about third-quarter earnings and the International Monetary Fund warned on global growth.

  • Australia shares seen down, index back below 4,500 Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 6:35 PM ET

    MELBOURNE, Oct 10- Australian shares may ease from 14- month highs on Wednesday after U.S. stocks fell on concerns over third-quarter earnings, although energy companies may be boosted by a sharp rise in oil prices. *Energy companies such as Woodside Petroleum.

  • In Ohio, Mandel's Senate bid faces Dems' scrutiny Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 1:03 PM ET

    CHILLICOTHE, Ohio-- Josh Mandel, the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate, declines to take a stand on the 2009 bailout of the auto industry and reserves judgment on vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan's plans for Medicare.

  • Probe into umpire cricket-fixing allegations Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 11:49 AM ET

    LONDON-- The International Cricket Council has launched an "urgent investigation" following allegations by an Indian television station that several umpires were willing to fix matches for money.

  • WHO: 'Brain-eating amoeba' kills 10 in Pakistan Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 11:04 AM ET

    ISLAMABAD-- A waterborne parasite commonly known as "brain-eating amoeba" has killed 10 people in Pakistan's largest city, a Pakistani official with the World Health Organization said Tuesday. Musa Khan, in charge of WHO's Disease Early Warning System in Pakistan, said the deaths were reported in the city of Karachi from March to September.

  • First female rapper debuts in Afghanistan Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 11:02 AM ET

    Afghanistan's first female rapper Sosan Firooz pleads into her microphone. She sings about repression of women, her hopes for a peaceful Afghanistan and the misery she says she experienced as a small child living in neighboring Iran.

  • Bill Gates in Abu Dhabi: I'll never run for office Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 10:11 AM ET

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates-- Microsoft founder and billionaire Bill Gates on Tuesday ruled out running for office, choosing not to join the parade of rich businessmen who have tried their hand at politics.

  • Asia Naphtha/Gasoline-Naphtha intermonths recover Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 8:56 AM ET

    SINGAPORE, Oct 9- The Asian naphtha price rebounded to a five-session high of $965 a tonne on Tuesday, with the intermonth premium recovering to reach $12.00 a tonne as demand from South Korea returned.