Robert Califf, a top cardiologist and researcher, to oversee its drug, medical device and tobacco policy in what experts said is a coup for the FDA. "This is a great catch for the FDA," said Dr. Califf has run countless clinical studies, published more than 1,000 papers, served as an FDA adviser and has twice been interviewed as a potential FDA commissioner.» Read More
LONDON, Aug 22- Britain announced that energy and mining firms would have to disclose from next year any payments made to governments in countries where they operate as it aims to curb corruption in the natural resources sector.
SINGAPORE/ ZURICH Aug 22- Royal Bank of Scotland plc might split its international private bank into separate European and Asian divisions to attract Asian buyers who have the financial muscle for a deal but are reluctant to take on European client risk.
*Russia aid convoy crossed border without OK, Ukraine says. NEW YORK, Aug 22- U.S. stocks were poised for a flat open on Friday, as futures pared losses after the latest flare of tensions between Ukraine and Russia, and ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.
LONDON, Aug 22- The London Stock Exchange Group said on Friday it would raise 938 million pounds in its first rights issue to part fund the acquisition of U.S. indexes group Frank Russell.
LONDON, Aug 22- Britain's Vodafone has agreed to acquire a further 73 percent stake in Greece's broadband and fixed-line telephony provider Hellas Online for 73 million euros, to help it better compete in the highly competitive market.
OTTAWA, Aug 22- Canada's annual inflation rate softened more than expected in July and the core rate unexpectedly fell, Statistics Canada said on Friday, weighed by a drop in prices of gasoline, clothing and healthcare.
OTTAWA, Aug 22- Consumers once again bolstered the Canadian economy in June, with retail sales rising for the sixth straight month, by a stronger-than-expected 1.1 percent to a new record, according to Statistics Canada data released on Friday. The median forecast in a Reuters survey of analysts had been for only a 0.3 percent rise.
Aug 22- Murata Electronics North America Inc said it would buy the rest of chipmaker Peregrine Semiconductor Corp it does not already own in an all-cash deal valued at $465 million. The offer price of $12.50 per share is at a premium of 62.5 percent to Peregrine's Thursday close of $7.69.
BANGALORE, Aug 22- India's wettest state is planning to dry out, drop by drop. Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, quoted in local media, said the state government was in favor of "total prohibition". "How are we going to compete with Sri Lanka and Thailand?"
*European shares wobble as Russia convey goes into Ukraine. LONDON, Aug 22- The high-flying dollar steadied on Friday as markets waited for steers on U.S. monetary policy, while escalating tensions over Ukraine halted a strong run-up by European stocks.
Aug 22- U.S. power company Dynegy Inc said on Friday that it would buy coal and gas generation assets from Duke Energy Corp and Energy Capital Partners, in two deals totaling $6.25 billion.
BULLARD SAYS HE DISAGREES WITH FED'S DESCRIPTION OF LABOR RESOURCES.
ST. LOUIS FED PRESIDENT BULLARD SAYS WORRIED ABOUT INFLATION EXPECTATIONS SLIPPING IN EUROPE, ECB NEEDS TO TAKE ACTION.
James Bullard, the president of the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank, said that central banks operate in a global environment, and that he's worried about inflation expectations slipping in Europe.
BULLARD SAYS ANOTHER RECESSION IN EUROPE WOULD BE A SERIOUS ISSUE FOR U.S.
*Russia aid convoy crossed border without OK, Ukraine says. NEW YORK, Aug 22- U.S. stock index futures were slightly lower on Friday, after the latest flare of tensions between Ukraine and Russia and ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.
BUENOS AIRES, Aug 22- Argentina on Friday accused the U.S. judge who called the country's new debt restructuring plan illegal of making "imperialist" comments against the South American nation.