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  • LONDON, Nov 5- A U.S. fine for anti-money laundering rule breaches could cost HSBC significantly more than $1.5 billion and is likely to lead to criminal charges, Europe's biggest bank said on Monday.

  • LONDON, Nov 5- Oil prices slipped to around $105 a barrel on Monday, weighed down by a strong dollar and demand destruction after Superstorm Sandy, while investors remained cautious ahead of the U.S. presidential election. Front-month Brent futures were down 65 cents at $105.03 a barrel at 0946 GMT, while U.S. crude was down 34 cents to $84.52 a barrel.

  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 0930 GMT / 04.30 AM ET Monday, 5 Nov 2012 | 9:54 AM ET

    HSBC profit hit by $800 mln charge for U.S. fine. LONDON- HSBC sets aside $1.5 billion to cover potential U.S. fines for lax anti-money laundering controls and the final bill could be significantly higher. ( HSBC/, expect by 1000 GMT/ 5 AM ET, by Steve Slater and Matt Scuffham, 400 words).

  • LONDON, Nov 5- Business in Britain's dominant service sector grew at the slowest pace in almost two years in October and optimism about the outlook waned, a survey showed on Monday, pointing to a fragile economic recovery.

  • LONDON, Nov 5- The euro fell to a near two-month low against a broadly firmer dollar on Monday on uncertainty over a Greek vote on austerity and before this week's U.S. presidential election. The euro fell 0.4 percent to $1.2778, breaking below a reported options barrier at $1.2800 and stop loss sell orders at $1.2780 to mark its lowest since Sept. 11.

  • *Schatz yields turn negative, Bund futures at two-month high. LONDON, Nov 5- Two-year German bond yields fell below zero on Monday as low-risk assets rallied before an uncertainU.S. presidential election and another make-or-break parliamentary vote in Greece.

  • *Banks fall as HSBC announces hit to Q3 profit. *Ryanair gains as the airline raises its outlook. LONDON, Nov 5- European stocks edged lower in cautious trade on Monday as investors opted for safer havens ahead of a too-close-to-call presidential election in the United States this week.

  • LONDON, Nov 5- HSBC has taken a $1.15 billion hit to cover a potential U.S. fine for lax anti-money laundering controls and to pay compensation for mis-selling products in Britain, eating into its quarterly profit.

  • LONDON, Nov 5- European shares fell and the dollar firmed on Monday as low-risk assets gained at the start of a week in which the United States elects a new president and Greece faces a make-or-break parliamentary vote. London's FTSE 100 was down 0.4 percent, Paris's CAC-40 was down 0.7 and Frankfurt's DAX was down 0.6 percent.

  • LONDON, Nov 5- European stocks edged lower in cautious trade on Monday as investors opted for safer havens ahead of the upcoming too-close-to-call presidential election in the United States.

  • LONDON, Nov 2- Overseas investors, many of whom are creditors to the highly-indebted U.S. government, reckon a re-election of President Barack Obama would be best for world markets even if U.S. counterparts say otherwise.

  • SINGAPORE, Nov 5- Brent crude edged above $106 per barrel on Monday as a more than 2 percent drop in the previous session attracted some buyers, although investors remained focused on the U.S. presidential elections and demand worries.

  • European stock index futures signal lower open Monday, 5 Nov 2012 | 7:02 AM ET

    At 0701 GMT, futures for Euro STOXX 50, Germany's DAX and France's CAC were 0.5 to 0.6 percent lower.

  • RPT-Russian developer bets on "Manhattan sur Seine" Monday, 5 Nov 2012 | 7:00 AM ET

    *Hermitage Plaza towers designed by UK architect Foster. PARIS, Nov 4- For Paris, a city whose priciest apartments boast mansard roofs and wrought-iron balconies, it's an audacious bet: a pair of shimmering, largely residential, luxury towers that might look more at home in Dubai or Shanghai.

  • *MSCI Asia ex- Japan falls, Nikkei drops 0.5 pct. U.S. stock futures suggested a firm Wall Street start, with a 0.2 percent rise, but European shares were seen falling, with financial spreadbetters expecting London's FTSE 100, Paris's CAC-40 and Frankfurt's DAX to open down as much as 0.5 percent.

  • SINGAPORE, Nov 5- Brent crude edged above $106 per barrel on Monday as a more than 2 percent drop on Friday attracted some buyers, although investors remained focused on the U.S. presidential elections and demand worries.

  • Two cheers for Obama from Europe's press Monday, 5 Nov 2012 | 12:23 AM ET

    President Barack Obama on Monday won the less than resounding backing of European newspapers, which concluded he had done just about enough to deserve re-election in preference to a flip-flopping Republican challenger.

  • Drugmakers offer to cap Greece's medicines bill Sunday, 4 Nov 2012 | 10:37 PM ET

    The move follows growing concerns about the situation in Greece, where the government last month took the highly unusual step of suspending all drug exports from the country in an attempt to prevent shortages.

  • CAIRO, Nov 4- The international mediator on Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, called on Sunday for world powers to issue a U.N. Security Council resolution based on a deal they reached in June to set up a transitional government in a bid to end the bloodshed.

  • *China to anoint new leaders, go slow on reform shift. *Fresh euro zone turmoil looms if Greece rejects austerity. The election, of course, is on Tuesday for the White House and Congress.