BERLIN— A senior European Union official says he opposes cutting back gas ties with Russia in the next few years but the bloc should work on diversifying supplies. Russia is a major European gas supplier, and mounting tensions over Ukraine have raised concerns about possible disruption.» Read More
Perched on top of the rocket was a 7,000- pound communications satellite owned by Luxembourg- based SES S.A., which operates a 54- satellite fleet, the world's second-largest.
*Data seen positive for Japan's goal of beating deflation. TOKYO, Nov 29- Japanese consumer inflation accelerated to a five-year high and factory output rose for a second straight month in October, more evidence a recovery in the world's third-largest economy is on track to extend into 2014..
MEXICO CITY, Nov 28- Mexico's main leftist party said on Thursday it had pulled out of a cross-party pact on economic reform, raising hopes that the government will agree to a more far-reaching plan to attract private investment for the oil industry.
TOKYO, Nov 29- Japanese industrial output rose 0.5 percent in October from the previous month, government data showed on Friday, suggesting that robust domestic demand is continuing to make up for some of the weakness in exports.
*Rio to wind down Gove alumina production from early next year. SYDNEY, Nov 29- Miner Rio Tinto said on Friday it will stop alumina production at its Gove refinery in Australia, as the plant is no longer viable amid difficult market conditions.
Investors have been using the yen as a funding currency for carry trades with the Bank of Japan committed to keeping ultra-loose monetary policy to shore up growth-- a contrast with the U.S.
SYDNEY, Nov 29- The yen was pinned at a four-year trough against the euro and a six-month low on the dollar early in Asia on Friday, having suffered a bruising week as investors used the low-yielding currency to buy riskier assets.
TOKYO, Nov 29- Japanese manufacturing activity expanded at the fastest pace in more than seven years in November as domestic demand and exports improved, a survey showed on Friday, suggesting economic growth is picking up pace in the final quarter of 2013..
SYDNEY, Nov 29- Australia rejected the A $2.8 billion takeover of GrainCorp by U.S. agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland on Friday, bowing to pressure from grain growers in a rare and surprising decision.
Kmart, Old Navy and Lord& Taylor were some of the stores that opened their doors on Thursday morning, as each company did last year. Macy's Inc and a slew of other stores are opening later on Thanksgiving for the first time ever in a bare-knuckle brawl for a bigger slice of holiday sales.
*GrainCorp shares set to fall. SYDNEY, Nov 29- Australia rejected the A $2.8 billion takeover of GrainCorp by U.S. agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland on Friday, bowing to pressure from grain growers in a rare and surprising decision.
SYDNEY, Nov 29- Australia rejected the A $2.8 billion takeover of GrainCorp by U.S. agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland on Friday, saying the deal was contrary to the national interests.
NEW DELHI, Nov 29- India's economic growth probably picked up slightly in the September quarter, but weak investment levels have tempered hopes that strong rural demand and a rebound in exports will drive a sustained recovery ahead of elections due early next year. India's statistics office will release the data at 1200 GMT on Friday.
TOKYO, Nov 29- Japan is burning so much coal as it tries to lower the cost of replacing nuclear energy that it may see a surprise dip in imports of liquefied natural gas in 2013, the first in four years.
MEXICO CITY, Nov 28- The head of Mexico's main leftist party said on Thursday it had pulled out of a cross-party pact on economic reform, which could push the government toward a more radical plan to spur investment in the oil industry wanted by conservatives.
The move raises the stakes in a standoff with the United States, Japan and South Korea over the zone. Ties between China and Japan have been strained for months by the dispute over the islands in the East China Sea, called the Diaoyu by China and the Senkaku by Japan.
AMSTERDAM, Nov 28- Google's practice of combining personal data from its many different online services violates Dutch data protection law, the country's privacy watchdog said on Thursday after a seven-month investigation.
STOCKHOLM, Nov 28- Christer Gardell, who co-founded Europe's biggest activist investor Cevian Capital, expects a burst of activity in mergers and acquisitions next year as corporate confidence returns.
TORONTO, Nov 28- Teletubbies owner DHX Media said on Thursday it will acquire Family Channel and three other children's channels from BCE's Bell Media for C $170 million in cash, adding content distribution to its current capabilities.
RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov 28- A lack of pipelines and access to drilling equipment as well as unclear environmental rules restricted bidding at Brazil's latest oil and natural gas rights auction to less than a third of the 240 on-shore areas offered, industry officials said on Thursday.