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  • BEIJING/ SHANGHAI, Sept 25- China said it would ease restrictions on foreign couriers seeking to deliver packages nationwide, potentially increasing competition in a fast-growing business already marked by bruising price wars.

  • OSLO, Sept 25- Lockheed Martin expects the cost of the F-35 fighter jet to drop to its target level by 2019 and still sees the first version of the aircraft combat ready by mid-2015, despite an engine fire which still needs a fix, the firm said on Thursday.

  • MOSCOW, Sept 25- A Moscow court on Thursday ordered wealthy businessman Vladimir Yevtushenkov to remain under house arrest until Nov. 16, pushing down shares in his company Sistema in a case that has shocked Russian business leaders.

  • BRUSSELS, Sept 25- European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said he aimed to propose an interim solution to the gas price row between Russia and Ukraine at talks he is brokering in Berlin on Friday. Russia cut off gas supplies to Ukraine in June because of a row over Ukraine's unpaid gas bill.

  • DALIAN, China Sept 25- China's steel consumption dropped this year for the first time since at least 2000 due to slower economic growth, leading to a surplus of iron ore in the country and a more than 40 percent plunge in prices of the steelmaking raw material.

  • Sept 25- Apple Inc released a workaround for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users who reported a drop in cellular service and the inability to use the fingerprint reading Touch ID after downloading the iOS 8.0. 1 mobile operating system. Apple said it would release iOS 8.0. 2 in the next few days to fix the issue.

  • MOSCOW, Sept 25- A Moscow court ordered Sistema's Chairman Vladimir Yevtushenkov to remain under house arrest until Nov. 16 on Thursday, rejecting his appeal. Yevtushenkov was put under house arrest last week on suspicion of money laundering in Sistema's acquisition of oil producer Bashneft. Sistema's shares fell 5 percent on the news.

  • MOSCOW COURT ORDERS RUSSIA'S SISTEMA CHAIRMAN VLADIMIR YEVTUSHENKOV TO STAY UNDER HOUSE ARREST UNTIL NOV. 16.

  • BEIJING, Sept 24- China said on Wednesday it would ease restrictions on foreign couriers seeking to deliver packages nationwide, potentially increasing competition in a fast-growing business already marked by bruising price wars.

  • *Market shrugs off potential Middle East supply risks. LONDON, Sept 25- Brent crude oil slipped further below $97 a barrel on Thursday as plentiful supply and a strong U.S. dollar outweighed concerns about potential loss of supply as a result of conflict in the Middle East. Brent shed 25 cents to $96.70 a barrel by 0845 GMT.

  • RUSSIA'S CENTRAL BANK GOVERNOR NABIULLINA SAYS 2014 INFLATION MAY REACH 7.5 PERCENT OR EVEN HIGHER.

  • LONDON, Sept 25- The dollar hit a four-year high and oil hovered near a two-year low on Thursday, as investors wagered the United States will be one of the few economies healthy enough to wean itself off of central bank aid in the near future.

  • European shares inch higher as euro falls further Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 4:09 AM ET

    PARIS, Sept 25- European shares gained ground in early trade on Thursday, extending the previous session's rebound as a further drop in the euro fuelled expectations of a boost to the region's corporate earnings. Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank.

  • Hong Kong shares fall to 9-week low, gaming stocks down Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 4:09 AM ET

    HONG KONG, Sept 25- Hong Kong shares skidded to their lowest close in more than 9 weeks on Thursday, fuelled by selling on concerns over unrest in the territory as pro-democracy activists prepare for a major protest in their "Occupy Central" campaign on Oct. 1. The Hang Seng Index ended down 0.6 percent at 23,768.13 points, the weakest close since July 21.

  • LONDON, Sept 25- JPMorgan was the top performing investment bank in the first half of the year, making $11.5 billion in revenue and ranking first for both its fixed income and deals advisory businesses, data showed on Thursday.

  • *New Zealand dollar skids to one-year lows. LONDON, Sept 25- The euro hit a 22- month low against the dollar on Thursday on the prospect of diverging monetary policy between the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank as rate differentials swing decisively in the greenback's favour.

  • LONDON, Sept 25- GlaxoSmithKline said on Thursday it had chosen Philip Hampton, who currently chairs Royal Bank of Scotland, as its next chairman. GSK was hit last week by a record $489 million fine in China for bribing doctors and has warned on profits in 2014 due to weak sales of its core respiratory drugs.

  • *Citi says market overplaying concerns of weak copper outlook. SYDNEY, Sept 25- London copper surrendered modest gains on Thursday, bowing to profit-taking after sprinting higher on bullish economic comments from central bankers.

  • SHANGHAI, Sept 25- China shares ended narrowly mixed on Thursday after coming off their highest levels this year on optimism over broad economic reforms and investment policies for the nuclear power sector. The CSI300 of the leading Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listings fell 0.2 percent.

  • GSK chooses Philip Hampton as next chairman Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 3:10 AM ET

    LONDON, Sept 25- GlaxoSmithKline said on Thursday it had chosen Philip Hampton, who currently chairs Royal Bank of Scotland, as its next chairman.