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SINGAPORE, May 24- London copper futures edged higher on Friday after falling the most in three weeks the session before on signs that growth had stalled in top consumer China.
SINGAPORE, May 24- London copper futures edged higher on Friday after falling the most in three weeks the session before on signs that growth had stalled in top consumer China. *The most-traded September copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange was little changed at 52,680 yuan a tonne.
LONDON, May 24- Police investigating the murder of a soldier hacked to death on a busy London street were looking on Friday into whether the two suspected killers, British men of Nigerian descent, were part of a wider conspiracy.
*Pentagon report shows $4.5 bln drop in F-35 cost. WASHINGTON, May 23- The Pentagon on Thursday told Congress it expected a 1 percent drop in the cost of its biggest weapons program, the Lockheed Martin Corp. F-35 fighter jet, while averting the huge cost increases seen on other weapons programs in recent years.
SAN FRANCISCO-- Williams-Sonoma Inc. blew past market expectations for its fiscal first quarter as shoppers stepped up spending on housewares and furnishings both online and in stores.
LONDON, May 23- The euro zone is more stable than a year ago but economic conditions remain challenging and governments must push on with reforms and banking union plans, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said on Thursday.
*Weak manufacturing in China, Europe, U.S. spur buying. The combination of the weaker dollar and the drop in equities markets has triggered fairly robust safe-haven buying in gold, "said James Steel, metals analyst and senior vice president at HSBC in New York.
WASHINGTON, May 23- The Pentagon's annual report to Congress shows a decline of $4.5 billion, or just over 1 percent, in the projected development and acquisition cost of the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jet program, sources familiar with the data said on Thursday.
LONDON, May 23- In the lurid scene of the red-handed knifeman describing his motives for hacking to death a British soldier in broad daylight, perhaps the most chilling aspect for Londoners was the man's unmistakably familiar accent.
LONDON, May 23- Strapping his baby into a car seat, Abu Khaled said it was unfortunate that a British soldier was hacked to death in an apparent Islamist attack a day earlier in London, but it was not the only misfortune on his mind. "Eleven children died in Afghanistan in a U.S. drone attack about the time of the Boston bombings.
BRUSSELS, May 23- The European Commission has torn up new rules on how restaurants should serve olive oil less than a week after unveiling them, following widespread ridicule and accusations of unwanted interference.
LONDON, May 23- A benchmark European equity index had its worst one-day fall in nearly a year on Thursday, hit by worries over a possible end to U.S. economic stimulus measures, with mining and auto stocks among the worst performers.
NEW YORK, May 23- Oil fell to a three-week low on Thursday in a broader commodities selloff as a decline in China's factory activity entrenched concern about weak demand, and worries about an early scale-back in U.S.
LONDON, May 23- A group of U.S. accountancy professors is backing BP's fight to rein in compensation it has to pay for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, which is threatening to add billions of dollars to its growing bill for the disaster.
LONDON, May 23- Gold rose on Thursday as the dollar remained under pressure after falling U.S. weekly jobless claims and as a senior Federal Reserve official said the central bank is in no hurry to start winding down its economic stimulus.
LONDON, May 23- Trader Andrew Caplan is set to become the new head of Glencore Xstrata's aluminium division after the departure of veteran Gary Fegel, a source with direct knowledge of the situation said.
STOCKHOLM, May 23- The scene of Sweden's worst riots in years, Husby is on the surface at least a typically neat suburb of colourful playgrounds, manicured parks and low rise apartment buildings.
*EU readies first shadow banking reform. LONDON, May 23- About half of the European Union's trillion euro money market funds would have to set aside a chunk of cash under a proposed EU reform to make a run on a fund in rocky markets less likely.
*Nikkei drops 7.3 pct, Wall Street opens lower. LONDON, May 22- World stocks fell and measures of investor risk aversion surged on Thursday on signs the U.S. central bank may soon start scaling back the support measures that have been driving global assets higher.
LONDON, May 23- Oil fell to a three-week low near $101 a barrel on Thursday in a broader commodities selloff as a decline in China's factory activity entrenched concern about weak demand and on worries about an early scale-back in U.S. China's factory activity shrank for the first time in seven months in May, a survey showed.