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  • MADRID, Sept 10- Spain's Santander appointments and remunerations committee will propose Ana Botin as the new chairwoman of the bank to the board of directors, which is expected to back the appointment, this afternoon, two sources said on Wednesday.

  • Putin, Iran's Rouhani to discuss trade, economic ties Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 7:13 AM ET

    He did not say whether they would touch on an "oil-for-goods deal" which Tehran and Moscow have been discussing as a way to get round Western sanctions imposed on Russia over the Ukraine crisis and on Tehran over its nuclear programme.

  • US STOCKS-Futures tick higher after recent weakness Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 7:03 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Sept 10- U.S. stock index futures were a touch higher on Wednesday, suggesting investors found few reasons to jump back into the market even after a recent string of weakness. *The S&P 500 fell sharply on Tuesday, closing under its 14- day moving average for the first time since Aug. 12, a cautious signal for short-term momentum.

  • SPAIN'S SANTANDER BOARD OF DIRECTORS EXPECTED TO BACK APPOINTMENT OF ANA PATRICIA BOTIN AS NEW CHAIRWOMAN- SOURCES.

  • SPAIN'S SANTANDER APPOINTMENTS AND REMUNERATION COMMITTEE TO PROPOSE APPOINTMENT OF ANA PATRICIA BOTIN AS NEW CHAIRWOMAN- SOURCES.

  • METALS-Copper steadies as dollar's rally eases Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 6:57 AM ET

    LONDON, Sept 10- Copper prices steadied on Wednesday near a one-month low, after hefty falls in the previous session, as the dollar's surge against a basket of currencies stabilized, while nickel slipped as supply worries eased.

  • LONDON, Sept 10- Top oil exporter Saudi Arabia told OPEC it reduced its oil output in August by 400,000 barrels per day, a cutback coinciding with a drop in oil prices towards the kingdom's preferred level of $100 a barrel.

  • FACTBOX-The next European Commissioners and their posts Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 6:46 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, Sept 10- European Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker unveiled on Wednesday the next European Union executive for the 2014-2019 period. Below is the roster of the new European Commission:. AUSTRIA: Johannes Hahn, 56, outgoing regional policy commissioner from the center-right.

  • LONDON, Sept 10- London Stock Exchange Group said on Wednesday that its shareholders have approved the company's planned $2.7 billion takeover of U.S. index compiler and asset management firm Frank Russell.

  • MOSCOW, Sept 10- Russia should conclude all new export contracts with Asia in roubles, First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov was quoted as saying on Wednesday by Itar-Tass news agency. Shuvalov also said that China had asked Russia to ease the law on foreign investment into its strategic sectors, Itar-Tass reported.

  • RUSSIA'S FIRST DEPUTY PM SHUVALOV SAYS CHINA ASKS RUSSIA TO EASE LAW ON FOREIGN INVESTMENTS IN STRATEGIC SECTORS, SAYS NEW EXPORT CONTRACTS WITH ASIA SHOULD BE IN ROUBLES.

  • TOKYO, Sept 10- Japan's nuclear regulator on Wednesday approved the restart of a nuclear power station, the first step to reopening an industry that has been idle since the Fukushima disaster, as the government pushes for the permanent closure of older reactors.

  • BRUSSELS, Sept 10- Jean-Claude Juncker, the incoming president of the European Commission, handed key economic and financial responsibilities to French and British members of a restructured, 28- strong team he unveiled on Wednesday.

  • UPDATE 2-France breaks 2015 deficit-cutting promise Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 6:17 AM ET

    *Sapin says France will need more time to rein in public finances. PARIS, Sept 10- France announced on Wednesday it was breaking the latest in a long line of promises to European Union partners to cut its public deficit, conceding it now would take until 2017 to bring its finances in line with EU rules.

  • Dollar General goes hostile with Family Dollar bid Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 6:13 AM ET

    Sept 10- Dollar General Corp said it would take its $9.1 billion offer directly to shareholders of Family Dollar Stores Inc, after being spurned twice by its smaller rival. The company said it had started a tender offer to buy all shares of Family Dollar for $80 per share. Reuters reported on Tuesday that Dollar General would go hostile with its offer.

  • LONDON, Sept 10- Emilio Botin, who transformed Santander from a small domestic lender into the euro zone's biggest bank, has died of a heart attack, aged 79.. MARIANO RAJOY, Spain's Prime Minister:. SORAYA SAENZ DE SANTAMARIA, Spain's Deputy Prime Minister:.

  • China's economy can avoid hard landing - Premier Li Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 6:06 AM ET

    TIANJIN, China, Sept 10- China's economy can avoid an sharp drop in growth, Premier Li Keqiang said on Wednesday as he promised to accelerate China's switch to an economic model driven by science and innovation. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in the northern city of Tianjin, Li said China would continue to pursue structural reforms in its economy.

  • UPDATE 3-Santander patriarch Emilio Botin dies aged 79 Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 6:03 AM ET

    *Eldest daughter Ana Botin seen as likely successor. MADRID, Sept 10- Emilio Botin, one of Spain's most powerful men who transformed Santander from a small domestic lender into the euro zone's biggest bank, has died of a heart attack, aged 79..

  • BRUSSELS, Sept 10- European Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker unveiled the team on Wednesday that will run key areas of the European Union's policy-making over the next five years with a focus on economic growth, energy reforms, competition and trade.

  • LONDON, Sept 10- London Stock Exchange Group said on Wednesday that its shareholders have approved the company's planned $2.7 billion takeover of U.S. index compiler and investment management firm Frank Russell.