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  • BEIJING, May 5- Wang Jing, the enigmatic businessman behind Nicaragua's $50 billion Interoceanic Grand Canal, shrugs off scepticism about how a little-known entrepreneur can be driving a huge transcontinental project, insisting he's not an agent of the Beijing government.

  • LAS VEGAS, May 2- A Nevada state judge ruled on Friday that a civil lawsuit between Wynn Resorts and Japanese billionaire Kazuo Okada could proceed, rejecting the U.S. government's request to keep it on hold for another six months to protect the identity of witnesses in a criminal probe into Okada's business in the Philippines.

  • TORONTO, May 2- News Corp said on Friday it would buy romance novel publisher Harlequin Enterprises Ltd from Canadian newspaper company Torstar Corp for C $455 million in cash in a move to boost its non-English book publishing.

  • *16,000 square foot penthouse sold at One Hyde Park. LONDON, May 2- London's red-hot property market has struck a new record with the sale of a 140 million pound unfurnished apartment, but even the developer of the opulent building warned that some asking prices in Britain were unsustainable.

  • Gabelli on Bill Ackman-Valeant alliance     Friday, 2 May 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    Billionaire investor Mario Gabelli told CNBC on Friday the unique arrangement to try to buy Botox-maker Allergan is unfair.

  • May 2- News Corp said it would buy romance novel publisher Harlequin Enterprises Ltd from Canadian newspaper company Torstar Corp to boost its non-English book publishing. News Corp's HarperCollins book publishing unit will be the new home of Harlequin, a publisher of novels aimed at women with titles such as My Fair Billionaire and Expecting the CEO's Child.

  • London sets new record with $237 mln apartment sale Friday, 2 May 2014 | 6:56 AM ET

    *16,000 square foot penthouse sold at One Hyde Park. LONDON, May 2- London's red-hot property market has struck a new record with the sale of a 140 million pound unfurnished apartment, but even the developer of the opulent building warned that some asking prices in Britain were unsustainable.

  • *Sony falls after dismal earnings. TOKYO, May 2- Japanese shares stepped back on Friday, with Sony Corp. falling after a profit warning and as investors took a cautious stance ahead of a closely-watched U.S. employment report later in the day.

  • *Biggest deal for Viacom since split from CBS. April 30- U.S.-based Viacom Inc said on Thursday it would buy British TV broadcaster Channel 5 from media baron Richard Desmond for $760 million as a keystone to develop its worldwide presence.

  • TOKYO, May 1- Sony Corp slashed its earnings guidance for the third time in a year on Thursday to barely 10 percent of its initial outlook as further losses from its PC exit cast a pall over its struggling electronics division.

  • April 30- Sprint Corp is planning to move ahead on a bid for smaller rival T-Mobile US Inc after meeting banks in April, Bloomberg reported, quoting people with knowledge of the situation.

  • Buffett's MidAmerican Energy adopts Berkshire name Wednesday, 30 Apr 2014 | 3:07 PM ET

    April 30- Berkshire Hathaway Inc's energy unit has changed its name to Berkshire Hathaway Energy from MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co, the largest of a growing list of businesses to adopt the name of the company run by billionaire Warren Buffett.

  • Oprah Winfrey may be next owner of LA Clippers Wednesday, 30 Apr 2014 | 1:48 PM ET
    Larry Ellison, Oprah Winfrey, David Geffen

    David Geffen says he, Winfrey and Oracle's Larry Ellison are joining together to bid for the team, according to ESPN.

  • China committed to Russian gas project, says Novatek Wednesday, 30 Apr 2014 | 1:14 PM ET

    MOSCOW, April 30- Chinese investors are committed to financing part of Novatek's $27 billion Russian gas project, ensuring it has sufficient backing despite losing U.S. support because of sanctions, the company said on Wednesday. "I think there will be a lot of conversations and travel between Moscow and Beijing- a more open dialogue."

  • GENEVA, April 30- Guinea's President Alpha Conde said on Wednesday he hoped Brazilian miner Vale would bid to reclaim two iron ore permits, because the company had not been involved in the alleged corruption that led to their cancellation.

  • *Its facilities could be sold for a symbolic 1 euro- Italian media. NEW DELHI/ LONDON, April 30- India's billionaire brothers, Naveen and Sajjan Jindal, could be the answer Pope Francis is looking for.

  • GENEVA, April 30- Guinea's President Alpha Conde said on Wednesday he would welcome a bid by Brazilian miner Vale for re-allocation of mining permits because it had not been involved in the corruption that led to their cancellation.

  • OSLO, April 30- Oil services firm Aker Solutions said on Wednesday it would split into two, keeping its best assets in a streamlined firm under new management as the market sours for several of its top business segments.

  • SYDNEY, April 30- London copper inched higher on Wednesday but remained below recent eight-week peaks, underpinned by tight credit conditions in top consumer China and as volumes fade ahead of a string of economic data and a series of holidays this week. *Copper on Monday stretched to its highest since March 7 at $6,798 a tonne.

  • MEXICO CITY, April 29- America Movil, Latin America's biggest phone company, said on Tuesday that higher debt costs had pushed its first-quarter profit down by almost half as its service revenue and subscriber base showed sluggish growth.