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  • *Humble roots a key to Modi's popularity in India. *In Gujarat state, as across India, opinion divided. VADNAGAR, India, April 4- Narendra Modi spent his childhood in a modest three-room dwelling made of mud and brick nestled in a narrow, crowded lane in the western Indian town of Vadnagar.

  • April 4- Billionaire investor Steve Cohen- owned SAC Capital Advisors LP's lawyers proposed to retain corporate adviser and former federal prosecutor Bart Schwartz as a compliance consultant while the hedge fund pleads guilty to insider trading charges.

  • LONDON, April 3- Kuwait's billionaire al-Kharafi family is looking to sell Americana, one of the Middle East's largest food companies, and has hired bankers to explore a deal, four sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

  • Liberty Media cuts stake in Barnes & Noble Thursday, 3 Apr 2014 | 9:01 AM ET

    April 3- Liberty Media Corp said it would reduce its stake in Barnes& Noble Inc but retain a 10 percent share of its initial investment in the largest U.S. bookstore chain.

  • District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan said the "substantial additional information" provided by the SEC, "the unique circumstances of this case, and further guarantees of prompt payment of the proposed fines" justified approval, according to an order made public on Wednesday.

  • *Some companies are shelving or cancelling projects in Russia. WARSAW/ MOSCOW, April 2- Elektrobudowa, a Polish firm that builds power plants, is interested in buying its partner out of a Russian company they jointly own, but there is a problem: the partner firm is owned by a pro-Moscow Crimean politician on the EU's sanctions list.

  • West's targeted Russian sanctions ensnare investors Wednesday, 2 Apr 2014 | 11:19 AM ET

    WARSAW/ MOSCOW, April 2- Elektrobudowa, a Polish firm that builds power plants, is interested in buying its partner out of a Russian company they jointly own, but there is a problem: the partner firm is owned by a pro-Moscow Crimean politician on the EU's sanctions list.

  • How to run or ruin a company in 140 characters Wednesday, 2 Apr 2014 | 9:24 AM ET

    *Nat Rothschild's Twitter insult becomes a global story. LONDON, April 2- When Nat Rothschild, the co-founder of troubled miner ARMS, insulted his former investment partner on Twitter last week, he showed the power of social media for business leaders seeking publicity- but also the perils of saying the wrong thing.

  • Millionaires ignite real estate bidding war     Wednesday, 2 Apr 2014 | 8:44 AM ET

    It's a perfect storm and everyone is buying, says Fredrik Eklund, Bravo's "Million Dollar Listing New York" star, discussing Manhattan's soaring luxury real estate market.

  • *Relations between Ukraine and Russia in crisis. LIPETSK, Russia, April 2- After three years of court cases involving authorities and competitors, Taisiya Voronina thought she had seen everything in Russia's rough and tumble business environment.

  • LONDON, April 1- Fuzzy guidelines on ethical investing and donors' timid response to Uganda's new anti-gay law have reassured fund managers and private equity firms about continuing to invest in the newly oil-rich country, despite worldwide criticism. The White House said it was reviewing its relationship with Uganda's government.

  • Uganda signed legislation this year which strengthened punishments for anyone caught having gay sex, imposing jail terms of up to life for "aggravated homosexuality"- including sex with a minor or while HIV-positive.

  • DUBAI, April 1- Saudi Arabian conglomerate Ahmad Hamad Algosaibi& Brothers estimates its assets are worth less than a quarter of about $5.9 billion in claims made against it, a spokesman said as the group prepares a proposal to end one of the Middle East's biggest corporate debt disputes.

  • March 31- Bob Diamond- backed investment company Atlas Mara, said it would acquire sub-Saharan African bank ABC Holdings Limited and ADC African Development Corporation AG, for up to $265 million in cash and shares.

  • Income divide among wealthy     Monday, 31 Mar 2014 | 2:57 PM ET

    CNBC's Robert Frank reports on the income gap among the wealthy.

  • *Full-year net loss balloons to $1.4 billion. HONG KONG, March 31- China Rongsheng Heavy Industries Group has agreed with banks to extend loans and other financing worth 10 billion yuan to 2015, in a signal that the country's biggest private shipbuilder may be too big to be allowed to fail. Jon Windham, an analyst at Barclays, told Reuters. "

  • *Rongsheng posts 2013 net loss of $1.4 billion. *Ship orders were worth $726 mln vs target of $1.8 bln. HONG KONG, March 31- China's biggest private shipbuilder, China Rongsheng Heavy Industries Group, posted a second straight annual loss as new orders were less than half its target, and is in talks with banks about loan repayments.

  • NEW YORK, March 30- The U.S. stock market is rigged in favor of high-speed electronic trading firms, which use their advantages to extract billions from investors, according to Michael Lewis, author of a new book on the topic, "Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt."

  • MOSCOW, March 29- Russia said on Saturday it had "no intention" of invading eastern Ukraine, responding to Western warnings over a military buildup on the border following Moscow's annexation of the Crimean peninsula.

  • MOSCOW, March 29- Russia said on Saturday it had "no intention" of invading eastern Ukraine, responding to Western warnings over a military buildup on the border following Moscow's annexation of the Crimean peninsula.