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  • BAGHDAD/ DUBAI, Sept 11- Sometimes they came pretending to buy things. Months before they took control of the Iraqi city of Mosul in June, Islamic State militants were already busy collecting money to finance their campaign of setting up a 7th century-style caliphate.

  • *Dollar near 6- year high vs yen. SYDNEY/ TOKYO, Sept 11- The U.S. dollar held near a six-year peak against the yen early on Thursday and powered to a seven-month high on its New Zealand peer, which fell after the country's central bank said the kiwi's current level was "unjustified and unsustainable".

  • FOREX-Dollar holds broad gains, NZ dlr stung by RBNZ Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 7:17 PM ET

    SYDNEY, Sept 11- The U.S. dollar held near a six-year peak against the yen early on Thursday and powered to a seven-month high on its New Zealand peer, which fell after the country's central bank said its current level is "unjustified and unsustainable". The kiwi sank as far as $0.8180, bringing into view its 2014 trough of $0.8052 set in February.

  • Business Highlights Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 6:07 PM ET

    Regional airlines not sharing in majors' success. DALLAS— For passengers traveling between smaller cities and large hub airports, the ticket may say Delta, American or United, but they're likely flying on a regional airline whose planes are painted in the major carrier's colors.

  • *Cameron visits Scotland to beg Scots to keep the UK. *Party leaders Miliband, Clegg also speak in Scotland. EDINBURGH, Sept 10- British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday begged Scots not to rip apart the United Kingdom's "family of nations", flying to Scotland to man the barricades against a surge in support for independence eight days before a referendum.

  • UPDATE 5-"Don't break my heart," British PM begs Scots Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 12:40 PM ET

    *Cameron visits Scotland to beg Scots to keep the UK. *Party leaders Miliband, Clegg also speak in Scotland. EDINBURGH, Sept 10- British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday begged Scots not to rip apart the United Kingdom's "family of nations", flying to Scotland to man the barricades against a surge in support for independence eight days before a referendum.

  • MADRID/ LONDON, Sept 10- Ana Patricia Botin has been schooled for decades to replace her father Emilio Botin at the helm of Santander, ensuring that Spain's banking dynasty will remain in charge of the euro zone's biggest bank.

  • UPDATE 1-EU's Juncker offers Britain banking olive branch Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 12:05 PM ET

    LONDON, Sept 10- New European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker unexpectedly handed Britain supervision of EU financial services on Wednesday, offering an olive branch to a country that is weighing its future in the bloc.

  • *Juncker unveils new 28- strong European Commission. BRUSSELS, Sept 10- The incoming head of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, unveiled an EU executive team on Wednesday that handed key economic responsibilities to French and British commissioners but overseen by others in a new-look hierarchy.

  • Growing panic in London?     Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 10:36 AM ET

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron cancelled his appearance in parliament to travel to Edinburgh to speak with Scottish leaders.

  • EU's Juncker offers Britain banking olive branch Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 8:32 AM ET

    LONDON, Sept 10- New European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker handed Britain supervision of EU financial services on Wednesday, offering an olive branch to a country that is weighing its future in the bloc.

  • LONDON, Sept 10- Global shares struggled on Wednesday as markets added to bets on an early U.S. rate hike while nagging concerns over Scotland's future unnerved investors in Europe, hurting sterling and helping the dollar hold on to recent gains.

  • UK leader rushes to fend off Scottish independence Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 5:29 AM ET

    GLASGOW, Scotland— The British political establishment descended on Scotland on Wednesday to plead for a united United Kingdom, after polls suggested the once-fanciful notion of Scots voting to break from Britain has become a real possibility in next week's referendum.

  • TOKYO/ SYDNEY, Sept 10- The dollar rose to a new six-year high against the yen on Wednesday, as the Australian dollar nursed a second session of heavy losses after further gains in U.S. The rise in U.S. yields helped the greenback hit a fresh six-year high of 106.56 yen on the EBS trading platform.

  • As Scots eye independence, rest of UK gets nervous Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 1:06 AM ET

    BERWICK-UPON-TWEED, England— All Gavin Jones has to do is scan the shelves of his impossibly quaint shop on England's border with Scotland to know he'll have a big problem if the Scots declare independence next week. There are teddy bears in Campbell clan tartans and shelves of shortbread from Scotland— just above the red jams made in England.

  • *Sterling drops, shares fall, banks brace for Scotland vote. The survey prompted concern bordering on panic among Britain's ruling elite, with Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative-led government promising proposals this week to grant Scotland greater autonomy if it stays.

  • *Sterling drops, shares fall, banks brace for Scotland vote. The survey prompted concern bordering on panic among Britain's ruling elite, with Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative-led government promising proposals this week to grant Scotland greater autonomy if it stays.

  • Pound sinks as Scottish independence race tightens Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 6:37 AM ET

    LONDON— Britain's main political leaders scrambled Monday to offer Scotland greater autonomy in a last-minute bid to stave off independence, as the pound sank on opinion polls suggesting separatists are gaining ground— and may even be in the lead.

  • *Osborne insists no currency union with independent Scotland. LONDON, Sept 7- The British government is scrambling to respond to a lurch in the opinion polls towards a vote for Scottish independence this month by promising a range of new powers for Scotland if it chooses to stay within the United Kingdom.

  • NEWPORT, Wales/ DONETSK, Ukraine, Sept 4- U krainian President Petro Poroshenko and the main pro-Russian rebel leader said they would both order ceasefires on Friday, provided that an agreement is signed on a new peace plan to end the five-month war in Ukraine's east.