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  • BEIJING, May 28- China will extend a pilot online personal credit database to cover the whole country this year, the central bank said on Wednesday, in the latest effort to build up a credit culture as the government looks to make the economy more consumption driven.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, May 27- Amazon.com Inc does not expect to reach a swift resolution in its contract dispute with publisher Hachette Book Group, the company said in a statement on Tuesday. Amazon is buying fewer print books from Hachette and is no longer taking pre-orders on titles that will be published in the future.

  • May 27- Michigan lawmakers on Tuesday voted to raise the minimum wage to $9.25 per hour by 2018, joining other U.S. states and municipalities that have considered increases in the minimum wage this year. "This is something that is good for Michigan," Snyder told a news conference. "It's good for the hard-working people of Michigan and I believe economically sound."

  • SYDNEY, May 28- London nickel firmed on Wednesday as unrest at a New Caledonian mine kept supply threats in focus amid expectations for a supply deficit as soon as next year, while London copper drifted from near three-month peaks. *LME copper edged down by 0.3 percent to $6,915.50 a tonne by 0126 GMT, after closing flat the previous session.

  • DONGGUAN, May 28- The days of rapid growth in China's real estate sector are over, but the government's urbanisation drive will continue to drive demand for the next 15 years, the country's biggest residential property developer China Vanke Co Ltd said.

  • NEW YORK, May 27- A former UBS AG banker who pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the United States by helping wealthy Americans evade taxes was sentenced to five years of probation by a U.S. judge on Tuesday. District Judge William Dimitrouleas of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, sentenced Lack to five years probation, in keeping with prosecutors' recommendations.

  • Its first attempt was thrown out last July by a U.S. District Court, which ruled in support of businesses that the SEC had failed to justify why companies must publicly disclose so much information on royalties, leases and other payments.

  • *Mitsui Fudosan dives on share issuance news. Real estate developer Mitsui Fudosan Co dived 7 percent and was the most traded stock by turnover on news it would raise as much as $3.6 billion by issuing new shares. Exporters were mixed, with Toyota Motor Corp rising 0.5 percent, while Honda Motor Co fell 1 percent and Nikon Corp dropped 0.7 percent.

  • Microsoft shows off real-time Skype translator Tuesday, 27 May 2014 | 9:41 PM ET

    RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif., May 27- Microsoft Corp showed off a test version of a real-time, spoken-word translation service for Skype calls on Tuesday, the first time the world's largest software company has demonstrated the breakthrough technology publicly in the United States.

  • LIMA, May 27- The China National Petroleum Corporation expects to invest at least $2 billion in Peru over the next 10 years, after having recently bought Petrobras' assets in the country, a top CNPC executive told Reuters on Tuesday.

  • CHINA CNPC EXEC SAYS SEES AT LEAST $2 BLN IN INVESTMENTS IN PERU OVER NEXT 10 YEARS.

  • CHINA'S CNPC SAYS SEES MORE OPPORTUNITIES IN PERU AFTER RECENTLY BUYING PETROBRAS ASSETS IN THE COUNTRY.

  • LIMA, May 27- The China National Petroleum Corporation expects to invest at least $2 billion in Peru over the next 10 years, after having recently bought Petrobras' assets in the country, a top CNPC executive told Reuters on Tuesday.

  • *Gold's safe haven appeal dims, hits lowest since Feb. 7. "Not only did the S&P print a record high, it also closed right at the highs, which is a positive sign and says a lot about momentum," Stan Shamu, market strategist at IG in Melbourne, said in a note to clients. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan tacked on gained 0.15 percent.

  • SINGAPORE, May 28- Gold fell to a fresh 3-1/ 2 month low on Wednesday, adding to sharp overnight losses, as strong U.S. economic data blunted its investment-hedge appeal and after a drop in imports by top consumer China.

  • TOKYO, May 28- U.S. crude oil futures held above $104 a barrel on Wednesday, as projections for gains in petroleum stockpiles were counterbalanced by geopolitical tensions in Libya and Ukraine. *U.S. crude futures for July delivery fell 2 cents to $104.09 a barrel by 0005 GMT, after finishing 24 cents lower on Tuesday.

  • In April, the New York Times reported that State Department lawyers favored supporting Jordan- based Arab Bank in the case in part because Jordan is a U.S. ally, but that the Justice Department and Treasury Department were inclined to avoid taking sides.

  • Michigan lawmakers approve minimum-wage increase Tuesday, 27 May 2014 | 7:54 PM ET

    May 27- Michigan lawmakers on Tuesday voted to raise the minimum wage to $9.25 per hour by 2018, joining other U.S. states and municipalities that have considered increases in the minimum wage this year. "This is something that is good for Michigan," Snyder told a news conference. "It's good for the hard-working people of Michigan and I believe economically sound."

  • British cost body recommends Sanofi MS drug Lemtrada Tuesday, 27 May 2014 | 7:01 PM ET

    LONDON, May 28- Britain's healthcare cost-effectiveness watchdog is recommending Sanofi's new multiple sclerosis drug Lemtrada as a treatment option on the state health service, it said on Wednesday.

  • FOREX-Dollar perks up but still lacks conviction Tuesday, 27 May 2014 | 6:57 PM ET

    SYDNEY, May 28- The U.S. dollar held near an eight-week peak against a basket of major currencies early on Wednesday, having edged up on the back of encouraging U.S. data and another record high on Wall Street. The euro last traded at $1.3635, having recovered from a three-month low of $1.3612 plumbed overnight.