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BEIRUT, Oct 31- Syria has destroyed all of its declared chemical weapons production and mixing facilities, meeting a major deadline in an ambitious disarmament programme, the international chemical weapons watchdog said in a document seen by Reuters.
SHANGHAI, Oct 31- The looming bailout of Suntech Power may mark a temporary victory for the city of Wuxi in its struggle to keep its champion employer afloat, but it highlights a singular weakness in China's reform strategy: a deep-rooted political inability to allow inefficient businesses to go bust.
TOKYO, Oct 31- Sony Corp cut its full-year profit targets after slipping to a quarterly net loss as its recovering TV operation relapsed into the red.
LONDON, Oct 31- The dollar hovered near a two-week high on Thursday as some investors cut negative bets on the currency after the U.S. The euro lost 0.15 percent to $1.3713, pulling away from last week's peak of $1.3833. The euro stayed above chart support at $1.3651, the Oct. 21 low.
TOKYO, Oct 31- Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda faced the biggest rift since embarking on his aggressive stimulus campaign in April, with three members of the board dissenting against the bank's rosy outlook for achieving its 2 percent inflation target.
*Technip, Royal Dutch Shell drop after results. LONDON, Oct 31- European shares slipped further away from five-year highs on Thursday, with the Federal Reserve's less-dovish-than-expected statement raising concerns the U.S. central bank could start trimming its stimulus sooner than foreseen.
*Foreign banks can participate in asset-backed notes pilot. HONG KONG, Oct 31- Chinese regulators have expanded a pilot plan allowing banks to package loans into tradable securities to include foreign banks, sources said. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang told a cabinet meeting in late August that China would aggressively expand the securitisation of credit assets.
LONDON, Oct 30- California's lawmakers have ensured the state will remain a major oil and gas producer by approving new legislation allowing hydraulic fracturing and acid treatments to rejuvenate its ageing wells in exchange for strict controls and tougher enforcement.
*CEO Michel Combes says trying to save Alcatel. Alcatel-Lucent Chief Executive Michel Combes, who took the helm in April, is seeking to streamline the group to focus on high-speed mobile and fixed broadband products, while slashing the staff by 10,000 to save 1 billion euros by 2015..
*Nigeria outages cost 65,000 barrels a day.
LONDON, Oct 31- European stocks edged lower on Thursday after the U.S. "We're going to see traders... take profit," said Farhan Ahmad, a trader at Tradenext, adding he would need to see a 10 percent drop in major indexes before becoming a buyer again.
HONG KONG, Oct 31- Hong Kong shares posted their first loss this week on Thursday, led by Industrial and Commercial Bank of China after its disappointing quarterly earnings helped trim October gains on the major benchmark indexes. The Hang Seng Index finished the day down 0.4 percent, but the month up 1.5 percent at 23,206.4 points.
LONDON, Oct 31- Glencore Xstrata beat market forecasts with copper output that rose over a third in the quarter, boosted by improvements in its Congolese and Chilean mines, as metals helped its trading arm perform "in line" with its expectations. Among diversified miners, Glencore Xstrata has the biggest exposure to copper.
JAKARTA, Oct 31- A national strike demanding higher wages for Indonesian workers failed to win much support on Thursday, handing some welcome breathing space for the government, employers and investors just as Southeast Asia's biggest economy begins to stumble.
LONDON, Oct 31- AstraZeneca promoted Marc Dunoyer to be its new chief financial officer on Thursday, plugging a gap in the British drugmaker's top management team as it grapples with falling sales and profits.
*Brent-WTI spread near 6- month highs at around $13. *Libya may resume exports from key port in 10 days- official. SINGAPORE, Oct 31- Brent crude held well above $109 a barrel on Thursday and was set to end October with its fourth monthly gain in five, bolstered by disruptions to shipments from key producer Libya.
LONDON, Oct 31- Royal Dutch Shell's third quarter profits undershot analysts' forecasts on Thursday as a weak refining environment and production losses due to disruption in Nigeria weighed on its performance.
TOKYO, Oct 31- Japan's Sharp Corp reported its first quarterly net profit in two years, beating estimates, as the weaker yen and revived demand for solar cells and display panels boosted the consumer electronics maker's turnaround drive.
*BOJ revises up FY2014 GDP forecast on stimulus effect. *Holds FY2105 inflation forecast just under 2 pct target. TOKYO, Oct 31- The Bank of Japan stopped short of officially forecasting it could raise inflation to 2 percent in two years after a review on Thursday, but said it was on track to reach its target and would maintain its massive stimulus as long as needed.
*UAE wants route into EU market before Serbia joins. BELGRADE/ ABU DHABI, Oct 31- From animal feed to missiles and loans, Serbia is banking on an unlikely alliance with the United Arab Emirates to upgrade its vital farming industry, revive military production and get badly needed cheaper finance.