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  • OTTAWA, Sept 28- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Monday he would keep aggressively pushing the merits of TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL pipeline, which U.S. President Barack Obama appears likely to veto soon. The White House last week noted Obama has previously expressed skepticism about claims from Keystone XL supporters that the pipeline...

  • MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 2.2 percent.

  • SINGAPORE, Sept 29- Oil prices remained low in early Asian trading on Tuesday following a slide of almost 3 percent the previous session, dragged down as concerns over Asia's economic health mounted and as production remained high. Brent crude futures were at $47.31 per barrel at 0138 GMT, down 3 cents from their last close and following a more than 2.5- percent...

  • SHANGHAI, Sept 29- Hong Kong stocks tumbled more than 3 percent to their lowest in two years on Tuesday, while Chinese shares also fell sharply, as investors joined a global sell-off amid deepening worries about the world economy. The Hang Seng index in Hong Kong was down 3.8 percent at 20,379.05 points by 0149 GMT, breaching a key support level and its lowest level...

  • SYDNEY, Sept 29- U.S. corn rose on Tuesday to recoup nearly half its losses from the previous session, after the U.S. government pegged harvesting behind market forecasts. *Chicago Board of Trade December corn climbed 0.26 percent to $3.87-3/ 4 a bushel after closing down 0.58 percent the session before, when prices had earlier hit a near two-week high.

  • MELBOURNE, Sept 29- London copper held steady on Tuesday but was near last month's six-year trough as concerns about weak demand from China hammered mining equities and eroded support for metals. *Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange was flat at $4,965 a tonne by 0030 GMT from the previous session when it struck its weakest in a month at $4,925, and...

  • SINGAPORE, Sept 29- Gold was hovering little changed on Tuesday after a two-day losing streak, as fears over a looming U.S. rate hike offset any safe-haven bids from weaker equities, while platinum hit a fresh 6-1/ 2- year low on fears of reduced auto sector demand. *Spot gold was little changed at $1,132.50 an ounce by 0031 GMT, after dropping 1.2 percent in the...

  • TOKYO, Sept 29- Japan Tobacco Inc is in the final stages of talks to buy Reynolds American Inc's Sante Fe Natural Tobacco unit for about $5 billion, aiming to reach an agreement this week, the Nikkei business daily reported on Tuesday. Officials at Japan Tobacco and Reynolds American were not immediately available for comment. With the purchase of Sante Fe, JT hopes...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 28- Alcoa Inc's decision to split in two will sharpen pressure on one of the world's top aluminum producers to cut costs or close unprofitable smelting capacity, as worries over China's output mounts and prices hit multiyear lows. The 127- year-old company, whose smelters stretching from Saudi Arabia to Spain and the United States account for 7...

  • TOKYO, Sept 29- Asian shares skidded to three-week lows and the dollar sagged on Tuesday, after weak Chinese data rekindled worries about its fragile economy and led to sharp losses on Wall Street. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.7 percent in early trading, touching its lowest levels since Sept. 8. On Wall Street on Monday,...

  • Colombia seeks to boost oil output, may cut taxes Monday, 28 Sep 2015 | 8:29 PM ET

    BOGOTA, Sept 28- Colombia plans to increase auctions of oil blocks to boost exploration and is considering a cut in taxes on oil companies as part of its strategy to increase crude output, a government official said on Monday. "What we are looking for is that the oil rounds are more dynamic and we want to adjust the agenda to hold them every six months or each year,"...

  • YUZHNO-SAKHALINSK, Russia, Sept 29- Russia's 2015 oil production is expected to increase slightly from last year to 526 million tonnes, or 10.56 million barrels per day, deputy minister for natural resources and ecology Denis Khramov said on Tuesday. That would be up 1 million tonnes from last year but lower than a forecast of 530.5 million tonnes by Russia's...

  • MEXICO CITY, Sept 28- Major talks on climate change this December are unlikely to yield an agreement to create a new global carbon trading market, the head of the International Energy Agency said on Monday. Speaking at an event in Mexico City, IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol said he did not expect a breakthrough during the Paris talks on efforts to establish a...

  • *Dollar back below 120.00 yen, euro holds below 135.00. SYDNEY, Sept 29- The yen was broadly firmer early on Tuesday, underpinned by safety flows stemming from a selloff in global equities, a risk-off mood that took a heavy toll on commodity currencies. The dollar was back below 120.00 yen, having slid from Monday's high of 120.60.

  • Sept 28- Yahoo Inc said on Monday it would proceed with the planned spinoff of its stake in Alibaba Group Holding Ltd even though the IRS has declined to rule on whether the transaction would be tax free. Yahoo's shares rose 4 percent to $28.71 in extended trading. Based on Alibaba's Monday close of $59.24, Yahoo's 384 million shares of Alibaba are worth $22.75...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 28- The U.S. Congress moved on Monday to rush legislation to President Barack Obama that avoids a government shutdown on Thursday as the new fiscal year starts while setting aside a bitter Republican feud over money for Planned Parenthood. The Senate kicked off the effort by advancing a measure to extend all previous agency funding levels...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept 28- Brazil's state-run utility Eletrobras said on Monday it has suspended for 90 days its contract with Andrade Gutierrez for work on the Angra 3 nuclear reactor, citing an "exceptional situation." Prosecutors allege that the price-fixing and bribery scheme that existed at state-run oil company Petrobras extended to Eletrobras and the...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 28- Airbnb is expected to double its nightly bookings this year, investors familiar with the company's performance said, a sign that the home and room renting site's battles with regulators have yet to dent its rapid global growth. "It's a global phenom," said Keith Rabois, a partner at Khosla Ventures who made an early personal investment in...

  • LONDON, Sept 29- The first patient has been treated in Britain in a pioneering trial of a new treatment co-developed by Pfizer and derived from embryonic stem cells designed for patients with a condition that can cause blindness. Specialists at London's Moorfields Eye Hospital said the operation, described as "successful", was the first of 10 planned for...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 28- A new countertop device by Keurig Green Mountain Inc will drive long-term growth for the company following recent sales declines in its core business of single-serve coffee pods and brewers, the company's chief executive officer said in an interview on Monday. Analysts have cited a high price of $299 to $369 per unit, a slower than anticipated...