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  • CAIRO, April 10- Egypt's cabinet approved a draft investment law on Thursday that prevents third parties from challenging contracts made between the government and an investor, two government officials said, a move that could boost the struggling economy.

  • NEW YORK, April 10- American Express Co, Citigroup Inc and Discover Financial Services won the dismissal of a lawsuit accusing them of colluding to force credit card holders to settle disputes through arbitration rather than class action lawsuits.

  • *Working on more tiered pricing after deal with Egypt. LONDON, April 8- Gilead Sciences aims to license its new hepatitis C drug Sovaldi to three or four Indian generic manufacturers to allow sales of the medicine at lower prices in some 60 developing nations.

  • April 7- A unit of UBS AG must pay $5.4 million to a former broker who alleged the firm misled its advisers about the financial health of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc while recommending they sell its structured notes to clients, a securities arbitration panel ruled.

  • FRANKFURT, April 1- A downward slide in reinsurance prices showed clear signs of accelerating in April contract renewals and is likely to feed through to property and casualty insurance prices before long, broker Willis said on Tuesday.

  • TOKYO, March 31- Japan's factory output unexpectedly fell in February at the fastest pace in eight months, leaving the economy in a precarious position as an impending sales tax hike threatens to choke consumption and undermine the government's revival plan.

  • TORONTO, March 28- Canadian National Railway Co and the union representing its conductors, yard workers, and traffic coordinators have agreed to start an arbitration process that ensures their most recent contract dispute will not lead to a strike at Canada's largest rail operator.

  • TORONTO, March 28- The union representing Canadian National Railway Co's conductors, yard workers, and traffic coordinators agreed on Friday to go to binding arbitration should contract talks fail, ruling out a potential strike at Canada's largest rail operator.

  • OTTAWA, March 28- Canada has signed a $105 million contract with the Philippines to supply eight military helicopters made by Bell Helicopter Textron Canada, a unit of Textron Inc, Canadian International Trade Minister Ed Fast said on Friday.

  • MOSCOW, March 27- Russia's nuclear industry contracts with other countries could be affected by Western sanctions, the head of state nuclear corporation Rosatom was quoted as saying on Thursday.

  • MOSCOW, March 27- The head of Russia state nuclear corporation Rosatom said on Thursday some of its international contracts could be affected by Western sanctions, RIA news agency reported. Rosatom is building nuclear plants in several foreign countries. RIA, which cited Rosatom chief Sergei Kiriyenko, did not immediately give any details.

  • March 21- The Philippines will award aircraft contracts to South Korean and Canadian companies worth $525.62 million, a senior defence official said on Friday, boosting its capability as tension simmers in the South China Sea.

  • HOUSTON, March 13- The U.S. government lifted a ban on Thursday that excluded BP from new federal contracts, after the British oil major filed a lawsuit saying it was being unfairly penalized for its 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill.

  • WASHINGTON, March 10- The U.S. Navy has awarded contracts worth nearly $1.4 billion to buy four more Littoral Combat Ships from Lockheed Martin Corp and Australia's Austal Ltd, the U.S. Defense Department said on Monday.

  • WASHINGTON, March 10- The U.S. Navy has awarded contracts worth nearly $1.4 billion to buy four more Littoral Combat Ships- two from Lockheed Martin Corp and two from Australia's Austal, the U.S. Defense Department said on Monday.

  • Eni CEO had threatened to leave Iraq if contracts not signed. *Excessive red tape frustrating investors in Iraq.

  • Feb 23- Private equity firm Cinven Ltd has agreed to acquire pharmaceutical contract research organization Medpace Inc from buyout firm CCMP Capital Advisors LLC for a little over $900 million, two people familiar with the matter said on Sunday.

  • SYDNEY, Feb 20- London copper dropped to a one-week low on Thursday after a preliminary survey of China's manufacturing sector showed it contracted in February, although analysts said the Lunar New Year break was partly responsible for the bleak reading.

  • SYDNEY, Feb 20- London copper slipped on Thursday after a preliminary survey of China's manufacturing sector showed it contracted in February, although analysts said the Lunar New Year break was partly responsible for the bleak reading.

  • Mexico's Congress in December approved the reform that ends Pemex's 75- year monopoly on crude production and aims to attract significant new streams of private investment into the country's lumbering oil, gas and electricity sectors.