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  • BEIJING, July 14- China's fiscal expenditure surged 26.1 percent in June from a year earlier to 1.65 trillion yuan, reflecting government efforts to speed up spending to shore up the economy.

  • LONDON/ HONG KONG, July 13- Financiers may grumble that the United States is acting like an imperial power in punishing foreign banks for dealings far beyond U.S. territory, but in the end they are more likely to bow to Washington than kick against its dollar muscle.

  • *BoE outlines two possible leverage ratio supplements. LONDON, July 11- The Bank of England proposed on Friday that Britain's biggest banks should set aside from 2019 more capital than planned under global rules being drawn up to prevent a repeat of the financial crisis.

  • *Central Bank outlines two possible leverage ratio supplements. LONDON, July 11- The Bank of England proposed on Friday that Britain's biggest banks should set aside from 2019 more capital than planned under global rules being drawn up to prevent a repeat of the financial crisis.

  • "We believe that freedom of expression, including of the press, has played an important part in Hong Kong's success," the report, made available by the British Consulate General in Hong Kong, said.

  • HONG KONG, July 11- Hong Kong's benchmark index finished flat on Friday and had its biggest weekly losses in two months, weighed down by underperforming banks and property counters. The Hang Seng Index closed little changed at 23,233.45, down 1.3 percent on the week- the largest loss since the week ended May 9.

  • Does Asia face Portugal-style debt risks? Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 1:21 AM ET

    Rising Asia corporate debt levels may make investors nervous after missed debt payments by a Portugal conglomerate spurred renewed default fears.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, July 10- Gold surged to 3-1/ 2 month highs on safe-haven buying on Thursday after questions raised about the health of Portugal's top-listed bank sparked worry that a new euro zone banking crisis might be in the offing.

  • *Bullion at March 19 high after worry of another Europe contagion. NEW YORK/ LONDON, July 10- Gold hit 3-1/ 2 month highs on Thursday on safe-haven buying sparked by worries about Portugal's top listed bank, and after India kept record high duties on bullion that could prompt traders who did not buy gold earlier to return to the market.

  • British government intensifies concerns over Hong Kong Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 11:28 AM ET

    "As such we take seriously concerns about press freedom, including fears about self-censorship," it adds, saying London would monitor the situation closely and noting Hong Kong leader Leung Chun- ying's "clear statements on press freedom".

  • *Bank of England holds interest rates, as expected. LONDON, July 10- The Bank of England held interest rates at record lows on Thursday but the pace of Britain's recovery looks likely to divide its policymakers soon over when to start weaning the economy off its support.

  • UPDATE 1-M&S finance chief Stewart defects to Tesco Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    LONDON, July 10- Marks& Spencer's Chief Finance Officer Alan Stewart on Thursday quit to join Tesco, leaving one struggling British retail giant for another.

  • ST. LOUIS, July 9- U.S. prosecutors are using a new tactic to crack down on banks that fail to fight money laundering: systematically asking suspects in a wide range of criminal cases to help them follow the money back to their bankers.

  • LONDON, July 9- The London Metal Exchange and technology firm Autilla teamed up on Wednesday to launch a last-minute bid to run the new global silver price benchmark in the closely fought contest to replace the 117- year old London "fix."

  • *Russia faces threat of more sanctions. MOSCOW, July 9- Russia's economy is stagnating as data showed on Wednesday that capital worth $75 billion has left the country so far this year following sanctions on Moscow over its involvement in Ukraine.

  • As silver fix decision nears, LME ties up with Autilla Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 12:04 PM ET

    LONDON, July 9- The London Metal Exchange and technology firm Autilla joined forces on Wednesday to propose an electronic system for setting the global silver price benchmark as the deadline neared for replacing London's century-old silver fix.

  • Europe stocks close flat, Portugal falls sharply Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 11:38 AM ET

    European stocks ended the day slightly higher, although Portuguese stocks fell sharply amid concerns over one of the country's biggest financial groups.

  • FOREX-Euro, dollar steady, eyes on Fed minutes Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 7:30 AM ET

    LONDON, July 9- The euro was steady against the dollar on Wednesday, with traders looking to a speech by European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi and minutes of the U.S. "Its really been very quiet," said Daragh Maher, a strategist with HSBC on Monday.

  • FOREX-Euro inches higher, eyes on Fed minutes Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 3:55 AM ET

    LONDON, July 9- The euro traded marginally stronger on Wednesday, with traders looking to a speech by European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi and the minutes of the U.S. "Its really been very quiet," said Daragh Maher, a strategist with HSBC on Monday.

  • BEIJING, July 9- China's consumer inflation cooled slightly more than expected in June, pointing to lingering weakness in the economy which could prompt Beijing to launch further stimulus measures to shore up growth.