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  • PARIS, Sept 8- A panel appointed by search engine Google will hold the first of a series of meetings on Tuesday to debate the balance between privacy and the free flow of information after a May court ruling reinforced Europeans' "right to be forgotten".

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 8- U.S. Export-Import Bank, caught in a rare political storm over its mission, is fighting for survival and its best line of defense is to debunk criticism that the 80- year-old institution favors corporate giants over small businesses.

  • *HSI -0.3 pct, H-shares +0.2 pct, China shut for holiday. *Tencent drops ahead of FTSE China Index change. In the morning, China's August trade data pushed down both the Hang Seng Index and the one for top Chinese listings in Hong Kong, but those losses were erased.

  • --Clyde Russell is a Reuters columnist. LAUNCESTON, Australia, Sept 8- If you were trying to distil China's commodity imports for August into a single word, that word may be cautious.

  • *Poor U.S. jobs data casts doubt on demand, weighs on prices China's exports grow better-than-expected 9.4 percent in Aug. *China's oil imports up 6 percent to 25.2 mln barrels- customs. On Monday, Brent was down 11 cents at $100.71 a barrel as of 0347 GMT after briefly hitting $101 a barrel in choppy early morning trade.

  • *China steel mills have been slashing output. SHANGHAI, Sept 8- China, the world's top buyer of iron ore, coal and soybeans, saw imports of those commodities fall sharply in August from the previous month amid slackening demand and abundant supply, while rapidly falling prices also kept buyers on the sidelines.

  • SYDNEY/ SINGAPORE, Sept 8- Sterling weakened to its lowest in nearly 10 months on Monday amid worries about political uncertainty after an opinion poll showed supporters of Scottish independence from Britain taking the lead for the first time since the referendum campaign began.

  • TOKYO, Sept 8- Japanese government bond prices edged up on Monday, supported by U.S. job data out late last week not leading to a major shift in the U.S. monetary policy outlook. The market was also supported by the Bank of Japan's buying in JGBs.

  • TOKYO, Sept 8- Asian shares edged down on Monday, taking little comfort from mixed Chinese trade data, while sterling's decline after a poll showed rising support for Scottish independence helped bolster the dollar.

  • BEIJING, Sept 8- China's exports rose more than forecast in August while imports unexpectedly fell, pushing the trade surplus to a record high for the second consecutive month and underlining the challenges facing policymakers as they struggle to revive tepid domestic demand.

  • *SoftBank rises on news Alibaba's IPO price seen $60- $66/ share. *Rakuten falls on worries about recent hefty capital spending. TOKYO, Sept 8- Japanese stocks were modestly higher in choppy early trade on Monday, as mixed signals from China trade numbers and soft Japanese and U.S. data checked investors' risk appetite.

  • *Shares fall 4.4 pct after Rakuten confirms in talks. TOKYO, Sept 8- Japan's largest e-commerce firm Rakuten Inc said it was in talks to buy U.S. rebate site operator Ebates, a deal reportedly worth $950 million and the latest in a long line of overseas acquisitions.

  • Sept 7- The British government has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review appeals court rulings against BP Plc over a 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill that produced one of the largest class actions in American history.

  • *Carlyle's co-head of Asia buyouts sees bigger deals in Asia. HONG KONG, Sept 8- Carlyle Group, one of the world's largest private equity firms, said on Monday it has closed its fourth Asia fund at $3.9 billion, the second-largest private equity fund ever raised for Asia investments.

  • *U.S. crude for October delivery climbed a cent higher to $93.30 a barrel by 0053 GMT after initially rising to $93.62 in early morning trade.

  • SYDNEY, Sept 8- London copper was little changed on Monday, underpinned by expectations the Federal Reserve would delay an interest rate hike after Friday's weaker-than-expected U.S. jobs report, in a quiet day for trade with China off on a long weekend.

  • SINGAPORE, Sept 8- Gold held steady above $1,260 an ounce on Monday, clinging to gains from the previous session on a disappointing U.S. nonfarm payrolls report that pressured the dollar, with investors also eyeing developments in the Ukraine crisis.

  • TOKYO, Sept 8- Asian shares got off to a cautious start on Monday, while a plunge in sterling after a poll showed rising support for Scottish independence helped bolster the dollar. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was flat in early trade, while Japan's Nikkei stock average added 0.2 percent.

  • HONG KONG, Sept 8- Carlyle Group, one of the world's largest private equity firms, said on Monday it has closed its fourth Asia fund at $3.9 billion, the second-largest private equity fund ever raised for Asia investments.

  • Sept 7- The British government has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review an appeals court ruling against BP Plc over a 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill that produced one of the largest class actions in American history.