*Malaysia Airlines flight loses contact hour after takeoff. KUALA LUMPUR/ HO CHI MINH CITY, March 9- A Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew was presumed to have crashed off the Vietnamese coast on Saturday, and European officials said two people on board were using false identities.» Read More
Two former Patton Boggs partners told Reuters the Washington firm, with nearly 500 lawyers and public policy advisers, is in merger discussions with Locke Lord of Dallas, which has more than 650 lawyers and consultants. A third source, who has direct knowledge of the matter, would not confirm or deny that the other party was Locke Lord.
CAIRO, Oct 27- Egypt is planning a charm offensive to persuade Gulf Arab entrepreneurs to invest in its economy, battered by political upheaval, protests and violence.
RANCAGUA, Chile, Oct 27- Michelle Bachelet is a safe bet to return to power in Chile's presidential election, but she is now promoting a more ambitious program of leftist reforms and will need every ounce of her political skill to push them through.
LONDON, Oct 27- Back in May and June, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke played a trick on markets by sketching out a timetable for reducing the central bank's $85 billion- a-month bond buying. The recent government shutdown in Washington and last-gasp deal to raise the federal debt ceiling have simply created too much economic uncertainty.
LOS ANGELES/ NEW YORK, Oct 27- Prankster comedy "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" kicked Sandra Bullock's 3 D space thriller "Gravity" from the top of weekend box office charts in the United States and Canada, starting off with $32 million in ticket sales over its first three days.
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 27- Facebook Inc finally earned Wall Street's love in the second quarter. Its shares have doubled in just the last three months, buoyed by an increasing belief among investors that Facebook has finally struck a winning formula in mobile advertising.
BREGA, Libya, Oct 27- For Libyan militia leader Ibrahim al-Jathran, shutting down half the country's oil production with an armed militia is not a crime, it is the start of a just battle for a fair share of country's petroleum wealth.
LOS ANGELES/ NEW YORK, Oct 27- Irreverent comedy "Bad Grandpa" knocked Sandra Bullock's 3 D space thriller "Gravity" from the top of the weekend box office charts in the United States and Canada, kicking off with $32 million in ticket sales over its first three days.
Two former Patton Boggs partners told Reuters the Washington firm, with nearly 500 lawyers and public policy advisers, is in merger discussions with Locke Lord of Dallas, which has more than 650 lawyers and consultants. Representatives of Patton Boggs did not respond to a request for a comment.
DUBAI, Oct 27- Iran's state oil refining and gas firms cannot afford the multi-billion dollar cash payments to householders demanded of them by the current budget, which leaves them nothing to invest in vital projects, Iran's oil minister said on Sunday.
ALGIERS, Oct 27- Algeria is unlikely to see substantial economic reform before the country holds elections in April 2014, a top advisor to the government said, despite growing signs that officials are edging towards liberalising policy.
BEIRUT, Oct 27- Lebanese Energy Minister Gebran Bassil said new estimates for nearly half of Lebanese waters suggested the country's reserves of natural gas and oil might be larger than previously thought.
BUENOS AIRES, Oct 27- Argentine President Cristina Fernandez is expected to lose some of her congressional clout in Sunday's midterm election as the ailing leader faces complaints over galloping consumer prices and a weakening currency.
SAN FRANCISCO/ KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia, Oct 27- G lobal energy service giants are banking on a boom in Saudi oil and gas drilling over the next few years to revive profits that are being squeezed by overcapacity in the North American market.
RAMALLAH, West Bank, Oct 27- The arteries of Gaza's economy have collapsed as Egypt demolishes the smuggling tunnels along its sandy border. The crackdown on the Gaza Strip and stagnation in the West Bank mean the Palestinian economy might shrink this year after average annual growth of about nine percent in 2008-2011..
The New York Stock Exchange on Saturday did a test run of Twitter's highly anticipated market debut, as it seeks to avoid the types of problems that plagued Facebook's initial public offering.
CAIRO, Oct 27- Egyptian Steel is preparing for an initial public offer of its shares in 2015 and is on track to boost its production capacity several-fold by then, chairman Ahmed Abou Hashima said.
*Fed to stay the course on $85 bln monthly bond buying. WASHINGTON, Oct 27- Federal Reserve officials are unlikely to make any shift to monetary policy this week as they wait for more evidence of how badly Washington's budget battle has hurt the U.S. economy.
Trendy chains like Starbucks Corp, brands like Juan Valdez that represents Colombian growers and in-home espresso machines marketed by Nestle SA are some of the pioneers transforming the coffee consumption habits of the two countries' combined populations of nearly a quarter billion people.
*To make Bahrain banks more competitive regionally. DUBAI, Oct 27- Bahrain is still in the early stages of a series of bank mergers designed to strengthen the sector in the face of regional competition, the central bank governor said.