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  • MANILA, April 29- The United States said it has removed the Philippines from its piracy watch list after two decades following significant reforms put in place by Manila, raising prospects for increased trade and investment between the two allies. President Barack Obama in the Philippines, the United States' oldest ally in the Asia-Pacific region.

  • *Immelt hoping to convince France to back Alstom offer. *Industry experts say Alstom deal may have to be different. PARIS, April 29- As General Electric tries to convince French leaders to back its offer to rescue engineering firm Alstom, it hopes that three letters will convince them of its good will: CFM.

  • BEIJING, April 29- China will step up efforts to quicken interest rate liberalisation and the opening up the capital account of its currency, the country's central bank said in its annual financial stability report released on Tuesday.

  • LONDON, April 29- U.S. handset maker Cirrus Logic Inc is to buy Wolfson Microelectronics Plc for an agreed 291 million pounds in cash, sending shares in the British microchip maker up more than 70 percent.

  • Turkish police believe that until recently, the area around the market also sat at the centre of an audacious, multi-billion-dollar scheme involving bribery and suspect food shipments to Iran.

  • MOSCOW, April 29- Russian natural gas exporter Gazprom said on Tuesday further Western sanctions over Ukraine could potentially disrupt its gas exports to Europe and hit its business and shares.

  • Northern Trust says received subpoena from SEC Tuesday, 29 Apr 2014 | 4:56 AM ET

    April 29- Asset management company Northern Trust Corp said it received a subpoena from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission seeking documents related to the company's securities-lending activities. Northern Trust said it received the subpoena in April, without giving further details about the investigation.

  • OSLO, April 29- Norway's Statoil defied gloom in the oil sector by reporting first-quarter earnings above expectations on Tuesday due to higher prices and good results from shale gas activities in the United States, lifting its shares.

  • *Europe to follow U.S. with more sanctions on Russia. LONDON, April 29- Oil rebounded towards $109 a barrel on Tuesday a day after prospects of a return of Libyan supply prompted its biggest daily fall in nearly a month although investors showed muted response to more U.S. sanctions on Russia.

  • The European Union had already sanctioned 33 Russians and Ukrainians in protest at Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region in March. *Dmitry Kozak, deputy prime minister responsible for overseeing the integration of the annexed Crimea into Russia. *Oleg Savelyev, minister for Crimean Affairs responsible for the integration of Crimea into Russia.

  • LONDON, April 29- European stocks rose on Tuesday, as optimism surrounding corporate earnings and merger moves eclipsed the crisis in Ukraine, while rising euro zone money market rates and strong German consumer confidence supported the euro.

  • BEIJING, April 29- Hong Kong shares ended up sharply on Tuesday, fuelled by a late afternoon rally in shares on the mainland and a rebound in telecom operators such as China Unicom which hit a near four-month high. The China Enterprises Index of the leading offshore Chinese listings in Hong Kong was up 1.2 percent.

  • MOSCOW, April 29- Russian shares rebounded further on Tuesday morning, reflecting investors' relief that new western sanctions against Russia over Ukraine were less steep than many had feared. "The new sanctions have caused a sigh of relief," Golden Hills Capital analyst Natalia Samoilova said in a morning note.

  • *Infineon, Nokia lead rally in tech shares after results beat. LONDON, April 29- European shares rose on Tuesday, led by tech shares as estimate-topping results from chipmaker Infineon and telecommunication gear maker Nokia brightened the outlook for the sector.

  • MOSCOW, April 29- Russian finance minister Anton Siluanov said he sees no immediate impact on Russia's high tech companies from U.S. sanctions imposed on Monday.

  • *Asian session subdued with Japan shut for holiday. LONDON, April 29- The euro inched up against the dollar on Tuesday, helped by comments from European Central Bank policymakers cooling any expectations the bank will respond to low inflation by easing monetary conditions further.

  • RUSSIAN FINANCE MINISTER SILUANOV SAYS SEES NO IMMEDIATE IMPACT ON RUSSIAN HIGH TECH COMPANIES FROM US SANCTIONS.

  • April 29- Carl Icahn and William Ackman, who clashed on their views about nutrition company Herbalife Ltd, could team up on activist investments in future, the Wall Street Journal reported. Neither Ackman's Pershing Square Capital Management hedge fund, nor Icahn Enterprises LP could be reached for comment outside regular U.S. business hours.

  • China labour activist held over online "disturbance" Tuesday, 29 Apr 2014 | 3:16 AM ET

    The move is the latest sign that authorities in China have been shaken by recent labour unrest such as a 2- week strike by workers at Yue Yuen Industrial Holdings, a $5.6 billion manufacturer of footwear for Nike Inc, Adidas AG and other international brands.

  • European shares rise early; Nokia surges Tuesday, 29 Apr 2014 | 3:09 AM ET

    PARIS, April 29- European shares rose in early trading on Tuesday, with telecom gear maker Nokia surging 5.5 percent after unveiling plans to return $3.1 billion to shareholders via buybacks and extra dividends.