HONG KONG, March 15- China's e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is planning a U.S. Alibaba does not want to miss the technology boom, which has boosted valuations of Internet companies both in the United States and in Hong Kong.» Read More
STOCKHOLM, Sept 30- Safe-haven Sweden is set to see strong demand for its debt for some time to come thanks to strong government finances and a gold-plated investment rating, the head of debt management at Sweden's Debt Office said on Monday.
MILAN, Sept 30- Expectations that a rebellion within Silvio Berlusconi's party may avoid snap elections in Italy pulled bond yields off the day's highs and curbed stock market losses.
NEW YORK, Sept 30- U.S. stocks fell on Monday as the chance of a last-minute deal to resolve a budget impasse in Washington appeared dim, moving the government closer to a partial shutdown.
NEW YORK, Sept 30- Brent crude oil fell on Monday, heading for its first monthly decline since May, as a looming U.S. government shutdown clouded the outlook for demand while tensions over Iran continued to ease.
*Italy's FTSE MIB down 1.3 pct on political uncertainty. LONDON, Sept 30- Italian shares hit a three-week low on Monday after the resignations of some ministers threatened the government's survival, while tense political wrangling in the United States further hurt investors' sentiment.
MOSCOW, Sept 30- Russia introduced new tax breaks on Monday encouraging oil firms to explore hard to reach undersea fields, in the hope of unlocking new reserves as the country approaches full production capacity from its dwindling oil deposits in West Siberia.
Sept 30- Cooper Tire and Rubber Co said its shareholders approved its sale to India's Apollo Tyres, bringing the tire makers one step closer to completing their $2.5 billion deal. About 96 percent of the shares that were voted at a shareholder meeting on Monday were in favor of the merger.
SANTIAGO, Sept 30- Boeing Co is focused on making its 787 Dreamliners, which have faced recent scrutiny in the wake of problems, more reliable, a senior executive said on Monday.
LONDON, Sept 30- OPEC oil output has fallen in September to the lowest in almost two years because of work at Iraq's main export outlet, a Reuters survey found on Monday, although record Saudi Arabian output prevented a larger decline.
BERLIN, Sept 30- Angela Merkel will hold preliminary coalition talks with the Social Democrats on Friday and also plans to meet with the Greens, as she tries to play her potential partners off against each other at the start of a tough horse-trading marathon.
MUMBAI, Sept 30- India's current account deficit grew less than expected in the June quarter and is tipped to ease in coming months as a pick-up in exports and lower gold imports improve the trade balance, offering relief to the battered rupee.
NEW YORK, Sept 30- U.S. "The best way to say what the market is doing right now is that it's pricing in a partial government," said John Herrmann, director of interest rates strategy at Mitsubishi UFJ Securities in New York.
ROME, Sept 30- About 20 Italian centre-right lawmakers may break with leader Silvio Berlusconi if he tries to bring down prime minister Enrico Letta's coalition in a dispute over Berlusconi's fraud conviction, a centre-right party source warned on Monday.
LISBON, Sept 30- Portugal's ruling Social Democrats took a heavy beating in local elections on Sunday as voters passed their verdict on the austerity measures that accompanied the 2011 international bailout.
*Bank lowers 2013 inflation view to 5.8 pct from 6 pct. BRASILIA, Sept 30- Inflation in Brazil will remain stubbornly high well into 2015 even as the economy struggles to gain steam, the central bank said, highlighting the somber outlook for Latin America's largest country as it heads in to an election year.
*Nigeria selling state power firm for $2.5 billion. Despite holding the world's ninth larg est gas reserves, Nigeria only produces a tenth of the amount of electricity as South Africa for a population three times the size.
LONDON, Sept 30- Google, which has been grilled twice in the past year by a UK parliamentary committee over its tax practices, had a UK tax bill of 35 million pounds in 2012, on sales of $5.5 billion to British customers, its accounts showed.
NEW YORK, Sept 30- U.S. stocks fell sharply on Monday as a last-minute deal to resolve a budget impasse in Washington appeared less likely, increasing the chances of a partial government shutdown. About 80 percent of companies traded on both the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq fell.
Mazda is recalling 161,400 Mazda6 sedans in the United States because loose screws could cause the side doors to come open.
NEW YORK, Sept 30- The dollar dropped against a broad swath of currencies on Monday as an 11th- hour deal to resolve a Washington budget battle looked more unlikely, raising the possibility of a partial government shutdown. The high-stakes brinkmanship in Congress will resume on Monday when the Democratic-controlled Senate reconvenes at 2 p.m..