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  • Truppel, the first of the defendants to appear in court to answer the U.S. charges, voluntarily returned from Argentina, according to a spokesman for Preet Bharara, the U.S. Siemens in 2008 agreed to pay over $1.3 billion to resolve wide-ranging bribery investigations in the United States and Germany involving the German engineering group.

  • The U.S. Agriculture Department in its quarterly grain stocks report said U.S. corn stocks held in all positions as of Sept. 1 were 1.731 billion bushels, the biggest in nine years. "We see minimal price impact from this move due to the large new-crop supply picture," said Rich Nelson, chief strategist with Allendale Inc.. USDA also lowered its estimate of the soybean...

  • LONDON, Sept 30- Copper surged nearly 4 percent to hit its highest in a week on Wednesday while nickel touched a two-week peak, as bearish investors closed out positions at the quarter-end and ahead of Chinese holidays. Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange closed 3.8 percent higher at $5,160 a tonne after touching $5,192, the highest since Sept. 22.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 30- Oil prices rose on Wednesday on worries about an escalating Syrian war and a hurricane threatening energy infrastructure on the U.S. East Coast, but gains were limited by data showing a surge in U.S. crude inventories. "It's the typical month-end, quarter-end' window dressing' phenomenon," Tariq Zahir, a fund manager in oil at Tyche Capital Advisors...

  • Mexico fails to award contract for Xulum oil field Wednesday, 30 Sep 2015 | 12:23 PM ET

    MEXICO CITY, Sept 30- Mexico's oil regulator failed to award on Wednesday the offshore Xulum field in an auction forming part of an opening of the industry aimed at helping the country reverse declining crude output. The shallow water Xulum field, located along the southern edge of the Gulf of Mexico and known as contractual Area 3 in the auction, features 539...

  • The bill, introduced by lawmakers on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, could avert a threatened service suspension by major railroads that cannot meet the current Dec. 31 deadline, which Congress imposed in 2008, for implementing positive train control technology. The proposed legislation would extend this year's deadline to Dec. 31,...

  • *To buy Western Digital new shares at $92.50 each. Sept 30- China's Tsinghua Holdings Co Ltd plans to buy a 15 percent stake in U.S. data storage company Western Digital Corp, the latest push by the state-backed company to access U.S. technology. Tsinghua-owned Unisplendour Corp Ltd will invest $3.78 billion in Western Digital and get the right to nominate one...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 30- Wright Medical Group and Tornier NV have won U.S. antitrust approval for their merger on condition that they sell certain assets related to replacement ankle and toe joints, the Federal Trade Commission said on Wednesday. The deal will be allowed to go ahead on condition that the companies sell Tornier's U.S. rights and assets related to...

  • MEXICO CITY, Sept 30- Mexico's oil regulator awarded a production-sharing contract for the offshore Hokchi field on Wednesday to Argentina's Pan American Energy in consortium with E&P Hidrocarburos y Servicios. The shallow water Hokchi field, located along the southern edge of the Gulf of Mexico and known as contractual Area 2 in the auction, features 334...

  • Sept 30- Airbus Group SE said on Wednesday it found "minor damage" on an engine powering its new A320neo single-aisle jet after a flight test, but the plane-maker still expects to start deliveries of the widely sold aircraft by the end of the year. Airbus plans to swap the Pratt& Whitney engine with a spare to continue the test in a "matter of days," spokesman Clay...

  • From Lisbon and Madrid to Dublin, incumbents are gaining ground in opinion polls while the opposition is split among mainstream and radical parties, reducing the prospect of ousting sitting prime ministers and also encouraging investors to buy their countries' debt. One explanation is a gathering economic recovery, which is strongest in Ireland and Spain...

  • Sept 30- TransCanada Corp said on Wednesday it will seek approval from the Nebraska Public Service Commission to build its long-delayed and controversial Keystone XL crude oil pipeline route through the state. The company is also withdrawing eminent domain actions, which would force some reluctant Nebraska landowners to let TransCanada lay the pipeline...

  • MEXICO CITY, Sept 30- Mexico's oil regulator awarded a production-sharing contract for the offshore Amoca, Mizton and Tecoalli fields on Wednesday to Italy's Eni International as part of a series of oil auctions that aim to help the country reverse declining crude output. The shallow water Amoca, Mizton and Tecoalli fields on the southern edge of the Gulf of...

  • Corn, soy stocks plentiful but below market outlook - USDA Wednesday, 30 Sep 2015 | 12:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Sept 30- U.S. stockpiles of corn and soybeans were slightly smaller than forecast but supplies were still ample heading into what was expected to be a bumper harvest for both commodities, government data released on Wednesday showed. The U.S. Agriculture Department in its quarterly grain stocks report said that U.S. corn stocks held in all positions...

  • Wright Medical Group, Tornier win U.S. approval to merge Wednesday, 30 Sep 2015 | 11:59 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Sept 30- Wright Medical Group and Tornier NV have won U.S. antitrust approval for their $3.3 billion merger on condition that they sell assets, the Federal Trade Commission said on Wednesday.

  • LONDON, Sept 30- A former foreign exchange trader fired by Royal Bank of Scotland said he was a scapegoat and that the state-backed bank had "dishonestly contrived" his dismissal to divert attention from its own failings. Ian Drysdale is claiming unfair dismissal in a London court after being sacked in February by RBS for gross misconduct. RBS, which is 73 percent...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 30- A relentless deceleration in the economies of the developing world will cause global growth to slow this year and only pick up a bit more pace in 2016, the head of the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday. In a speech that previewed a report on global growth due next month, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde held back from giving...

  • SAO PAULO, Sept 29- Default on the Brazilian electric energy market has spread to critical levels, energy traders said on Tuesday, as hydroelectric generators balk at hefty bills for which the local regulator says they are on the hook. After nearly two years of drought and long delays in completion of new generation projects such as large scale dams in the Amazon,...

  • UPDATE 2-South Africa's NUM union calls coal miners strike Wednesday, 30 Sep 2015 | 11:47 AM ET

    JOHANNESBURG, Sept 30- South Africa's National Union of Mineworkers said on Wednesday it would ask its members in the coal sector to strike after wage talks collapsed. Africa's most advanced economy, beset by power shortages, relies on coal for its electricity and is also a major exporter to Europe and Asia. A spokeswoman for the Chamber of Mines, which represents...

  • BRUSSELS, Sept 30- European Union antitrust regulators are considering a programme for disgruntled employees or unhappy consumers to blow the whistle on cartels more easily, a European Commission official said on Wednesday. Director of cartels Eric Van Ginderachter said a whistleblowing scheme would complement the Commission's leniency programme...