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  • *New fuel price policy announced but details scarce. RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov 29- Brazil's state-run oil company, Petroleo Brasileiro SA, said on Friday it will raise the wholesale price of gasoline by 4 percent and diesel by 8 percent to cut losses and bring domestic fuel costs closer to international levels.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 29- The U.S. government said it would take down the website at the center of President Barack Obama's healthcare reforms for an extended 11- hour period overnight on Friday as technology experts push to complete upgrades by a Nov. 30 deadline.

  • Skariachan NEW YORK, Nov 29- U.S. retailers' controversial choice to kick off the U.S. holiday shopping season early, on Thanksgiving, may not pay off as much as they had hoped. Even Macy's Inc's flagship store in New York City opened then for the first time in its 155- year history, at 8 p.m. Some U.S. shoppers played along, hitting the Internet and stores on Thanksgiving.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 29- The website at the center of President Barack Obama's healthcare reforms will be down for an extended period overnight on Friday as the government pushes to complete upgrades by a Nov. 30 deadline, the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services said.

  • CARACAS, Nov 29- Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said a stricter wave of inspections for suspected price-gouging would begin on Saturday in an aggressive pre-election "economic offensive" aimed at taming the highest inflation in the Americas. He says "capitalist parasites" are trying to wreck Venezuela's economy and force him from office.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 29- Investors in U.S.-based funds poured $12 billion into stock funds in the week ended Wednesday on positive U.S. economic figures, data from Thomson Reuters' Lipper service showed on Friday. "It's more of a momentum-driven market," said Barry Fennell, senior research analyst at Lipper.

  • The Navy said on Wednesday it had suspended all contracts with British-based Inchcape Shipping Services Holding Ltd, a unit of Dubai World, because of questionable conduct.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 29- Investors in U.S.-based funds poured $12 billion into stock funds in the week ended Wednesday, marking the biggest inflows into the funds in five weeks, data from Thomson Reuters' Lipper service showed on Friday. Japanese stock funds attracted $691 million in new cash in the week ended Nov. 27, marking their biggest inflows since July.

  • CHICAGO, Nov 29- Illinois union leaders on Friday criticized the details of a controversial deal to reform the state's woefully under-funded public pensions, as legislative leaders revealed more specifics of the deal they reached on Wednesday.

  • LAKE LOUISE, Alberta, Nov 29- Many refineries in Europe, India and South America are easier to reach from Canaport, New Brunswick, in eastern Canada, than from the U.S. Gulf Coast, the chief executive of Irving Oil said on Friday.

  • Investors and Wall Street strategists who follow retail sales provided Reuters with some guidelines to avoid being confused by the deluge of data. They say that it is best to measure or forecast sales over a three-month period- from November to the end of January- rather than just a few days or a few weeks around Thanksgiving or heading into Christmas.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 29- A week packed with data awaits investors eager for fresh clues on when the Federal Reserve will start to trim its stimulus program, as traditionally bullish December kicks off with the S&P 500 poised to mark its best year since 1998..

  • Skariachan NEW YORK, Nov 29- U.S. retailers' controversial choice to kick off the U.S. holiday shopping season early, on Thanksgiving, may not pay off as much as they had hoped.

  • CARACAS, Nov 29- Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said a stricter wave of inspections for suspected price-gouging would begin on Saturday in an aggressive pre-election "economic offensive" aimed at taming the highest inflation in the Americas. He says "capitalist parasites" are trying to wreck Venezuela's economy and force him from office.

  • LONDON, Nov 29- Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has warned would-be British homeowners to consider the risks of higher interest rates, amid concerns that rising house prices could create a property market bubble, a newspaper reported on Friday. "Think about the mortgage you are taking on, the debts you are taking on," Carney was quoted as telling The Guardian.

  • LONDON, Nov 29- Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has warned would-be British homeowners to consider the risks of higher interest rates, amid concerns that rising house prices could create a property market bubble, a newspaper reported on Friday. "Think about the mortgage you are taking on, the debts you are taking on," Carney was quoted as telling The Guardian.

  • French carmakers poised for scramble to reclaim Iran Friday, 29 Nov 2013 | 2:59 PM ET

    *Peugeot, Renault officials attending Iran conference. *Foreign firms hope to revive Iran production. PARIS/ DUBAI, Nov 28- Peugeot and Renault are among Western firms sending executives to an automotive conference that opens in Iran on Saturday- firing the starting gun on a more overt race for post-sanctions business.

  • SANTIAGO, Nov 29- A Korea Southern Power Co Ltd and Samsung C&T Corp consortium has been awarded a contract to develop a $600 million BHP Billiton natural gas plant in Chile, the global miner said on Friday.

  • UPDATE 8-Brent falls, premium to U.S. oil narrows Friday, 29 Nov 2013 | 2:49 PM ET

    *More than 40 killed in army depot blast in Libya. NEW YORK, Nov 29- Brent oil dropped by more than $1 on Friday while U.S. crude rose in thin, volatile trade ahead of the weekend as traders continued to weigh supply outages in Libya against U.S. inventory levels.

  • Nov 29- The new owners of Swedish car maker Saab, National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB, will restart production of the 9-3 sedan on Monday at the Trollhattan factory in Sweden, a NEVS spokesman said on Friday.

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