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  • MOSCOW, Sept 26- A Russian court has seized shares in oil company Bashneft that are owned by Sistema, a conglomerate controlled by wealthy businessman Vladimir Yevtushenkov, over alleged violations in the oil firm's sale.

  • JGBs firm, yield curve flattens as stocks stumble Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 1:42 AM ET

    TOKYO, Sept 26- Japanese government bond prices were firm on Friday, thanks to lower U.S. The yield curve steepened as super long JGBs outperformed, underpinned by a regular purchasing operation by the Bank of Japan that centred on the longer-dated maturities.

  • SINGAPORE, Sept 26- Brent crude slipped below $97 a barrel on Friday, set for its third weekly fall in four, as hefty supplies erased price gains and outweighed concerns that rising tensions in the Middle East could disrupt supply. France has joined a U.S.-led coalition which stepped up air strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq.

  • BEIJING/ SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 26- Intel Corp said it will pay as much as $1.5 billion for a 20 percent stake in two mobile chipmakers with ties to the Chinese government, in the hopes of catching up in a smartphone chip industry dominated by rival Qualcomm Inc..

  • Russian court seizes Sistema shares in Bashneft Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 1:22 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Sept 26- A Russian court has seized shares in oil company Bashneft that are owned by Sistema, a conglomerate controlled by wealthy businessman Vladimir Yevtushenkov, on the request of the prosecutor general's office over alleged violations in the oil firm's sale.

  • SEOUL, Sept 26- The boards of Hyundai Motor Co and two affiliates on Friday approved a 10.55 trillion won purchase of a plot of land in Seoul, the companies said, sealing a deal worth more than triple the property's appraised amount.

  • Sept 26- District attorneys of San Francisco and Los Angeles have accused ridesharing service Sidecar Inc of violating California business law and threatened an injunction on its service, the Wall Street Journal reported citing a letter sent to Sidecar and reviewed by the paper.

  • HONG KONG, Sept 26- Hong Kong's main share index opened down on Friday following New York's fall, but losses were pared by rebounding casinos, while mainland markets were tepid. The China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings in Hong Kong was off 0.4 percent.

  • CARACAS, Sept 26- Venezuela's famed models and aspiring beauty queens are struggling to doll themselves up as shortages turn eye shadow and breast implants into coveted luxuries. "I exhaust myself visiting pharmacies, I look everywhere for makeup," said Ileanne Davila, a 19 year-old civil engineering student and model.

  • *Medicaid expansion key part of Obama's healthcare reform. Up to a dozen states, including several led by Republicans, could move forward with plans to expand coverage under Medicaid after the November elections. Texas Governor Rick Perry once said expanding Medicaid would be similar to "adding a thousand people to the Titanic."

  • NEW YORK, Sept 26- The newest way to bet on the fortunes of Chinese e-commerce heavyweight Alibaba Group Holding Ltd will debut on Monday when its stock options go live for trading, and investors should look for the initial action to be very busy, but also choppy and potentially pricey.

  • On Thursday, Norwegian oil firm Statoil said it will postpone its 40,000 barrels-a-day Corner project for at least three years, possibly indefinitely. While a handful of other projects have also been delayed or canceled this year, due in part to rising costs, Statoil is the first company to explicitly cite "limited pipeline access" as a reason.

  • SEOUL, Sept 26- The boards of Hyundai Motor Co and two affiliates on Friday approved the signing of their 10.55 trillion won deal to buy a plot of land in Seoul valued at about a third of that amount, the companies said.

  • TOKYO, Sept 26- The dollar pared earlier losses and gained against the yen on Friday after Japan's welfare minister said reforms for the country's giant pension fund would continue as planned. The dollar had stumbled overnight as a sell off on Wall Street favoured the safe-haven yen.

  • Sept 25- Dallas pipeline operator Energy Transfer Partners LP said it would transfer some convenience store assets within the Sunoco Inc corporate family to Susser Petroleum Partners LP in a deal valued at about $768 million.

  • 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.

  • HONG KONG, Sept 26- China's yuan climbed to a one-week high against the dollar on Friday, shrugging off another weaker midpoint set by the central bank to reflect strength of the global dollar. The People's Bank of China fixed the official midpoint at 6.1508, down 0.02 percent from the previous day's 6.1497.

  • METALS-Copper eyes weekly loss on China demand concerns Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 11:01 PM ET

    MELBOURNE, Sept 26- London copper steadied near three-month lows on Friday but was set to chalk up a weekly loss as worries over demand growth in top consumer China weighed on prices.

  • SINGAPORE, Sept 26- Brent crude held above $97 a barrel on Friday, set for its third weekly fall in four, as hefty supplies capped price gains and outweighed concerns that rising tensions in the Middle East could disrupt supply. France has joined a U.S.-led coalition which stepped up air strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq.

  • TOKYO, Sept 26- Japan's annual core consumer inflation eased in August in another sign that the Bank of Japan could eventually be forced to take additional easing steps to meet its 2 percent price goal sometime next fiscal year.