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  • Pussy Riot got what they deserved - Putin Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 8:14 PM ET

    NOVO OGARYOVO, Russia, Oct 25- President Vladimir Putin flatly rejected on Thursday Western criticism of the imprisonment of the Pussy Riot punk protest band, saying its three female members deserved their fate because they threatened the moral foundations of Russia.

  • Reuters World News Highlights 2200 GMT Oct 24 Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 10:00 PM ET

    BEIRUT/ CAIRO- Syria said on Wednesday its military command was still studying a proposal for a holiday ceasefire with rebels- contradicting international mediator Lakhdar Brahimi's announcement that Damascus had agreed to a truce.

  • German firm pays $500,000 to Pakistan fire victims Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 12:03 AM ET

    BERLIN-- A German discount clothing chain says it will pay $500,000 to the relatives of some 260 workers who died in a blaze at a factory in Pakistan last month. The payment amounts to less than $2,000 for each victim at the Karachi factory where workers produced garments for German company KiK and others.

  • Family shocked at Bangladeshi's arrest in NY plot Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 8:55 AM ET

    The FBI arrested 21- year-old Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis on Wednesday after he tried to detonate a fake 1,000- pound car bomb, according to a criminal complaint. "My son can't do it," his father, Quazi Ahsanullah, said as he wept in his home in the Jatrabari neighborhood in north Dhaka.

  • 'Consumer Revolution' Coming: How the West Can Win Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 4:08 AM ET
    'Consumer Revolution' Coming: How the West Can Win

    A “consumer revolution” will take place as close to 3 billion people join the global middle class in the next four decades, with the balance of power shifting inexorably to countries now classed as emerging markets, according to HSBC economists Karen Ward and Frederic Neumann. They predict that the emerging world will account for close to two-thirds of total global consumption by 2050 – up from less than a third in 2012.

  • KARACHI, Oct 12- Pakistani stocks closed lower on Thursday as investors engaged in a pre-weekend sell-off after the market traded at an all time-high. The Karachi Stock Exchange benchmark 100- share index ended 0.93 percent, or 146.94 points, lower at 15,698.36 on total volume of 112.15 million shares.

  • CANBERRA, Oct 12- Australian shares edged up 0.1 percent on Friday as gains in index-heavy mining stocks helped break a two-day run of losses, but the market still ended slightly down on the week. gained 0.9 percent to A $33.54 and major rival Rio Tinto Ltd rose 1.8 percent to A $56.40, helped by a rebound in iron ore prices.

  • Australia shares end up 0.1 pct as miners gain Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 1:28 AM ET

    CANBERRA, Oct 12- Australian shares edged up 0.1 percent on Friday as gains in index-heavy mining stocks helped break a two-day run of losses, but the market still ended slightly down on the week. Global miner BHP Billiton Ltd. gained 0.9 percent to A $33.54 and major rival Rio Tinto Ltd rose 1.8 percent to A $56.40, helped by a rebound in iron ore prices.

  • 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.