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  • It did recommend that healthcare providers inform patients of the risks, including infection, and benefits associated with the procedure and report to the manufacturer and the FDA if they suspect problems with the equipment have led to patient infections. In a safety alert the same day, the FDA said the complex design of endoscopes linked to the UCLA outbreak...

  • *China to encourage wind, solar, biofuel and natural gas. BEIJING, March 5- China's top state planning agency pledged on Thursday to accelerate policies to promote cleaner and renewable sources of energy and tackle overcapacity in polluting industrial sectors. China is trying to strike a balance between improving its environment, suffering from more than...

  • BEIJING, March 5- For highlights of the start of the annual session of China's National People's Congress, the country's parliament, click here.

  • BEIJING, March 5- China's Premier Li Keqiang said the world's second largest economy would target growth this year of around 7 percent, signalling the lowest expansion for a quarter of a century. In remarks prepared for delivery at the opening of China's annual parliamentary meeting in Beijing, Li vowed to fight corruption and pollution, and stressed the need...

  • SINGAPORE, March 5- Gold edged above $1,200 an ounce on Thursday as equities weakened, but the safe-haven metal retained most of its losses from a three-day decline on robust U.S. economic data and strength in the dollar. *Spot gold had ticked up 0.3 percent to $1,202.65 an ounce by 0035 GMT, after losing 1 percent in the last three sessions. Separately, the Institute...

  • BEIJING, March 5- For highlights of the start of the annual session of China's National People's Congress, the country's parliament, click here.

  • *U.S. FDA UPDATES SAFETY ALERT FOR "SUPERBUG" SCOPES Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 7:45 PM ET
  • BEIJING, March 5- China's top state planning agency will continue to promote cleaner and renewable sources of energy and tackle longstanding overcapacity problems in polluting industrial sectors, it said in its annual report on Thursday. The National Development and Reform Commision said in its report published at the opening of the full session of China's...

  • *Asia slips after Wall St pulls back before U.S. jobs data. TOKYO, March 5- Asian stocks slipped on Thursday after Wall Street continued to pull back from record highs ahead of Friday's closely-watched U.S. jobs data, while the nervous euro languished at an 11- year low prior to the European Central Bank's policy meeting. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific...

  • BEIJING, March 5- China aims to grow its economy by around 7 percent in 2015 and to keep consumer inflation at around 3 percent, Premier Li Keqiang said in remarks prepared for delivery at today's opening of the annual meeting of parliament, the National People's Congress. Weighed down by a sputtering housing market, industrial overcapacity and reduced...

  • March 5- SIM card maker Gemalto NV reported a 10 percent jump in quarterly profit and raised its long-term target for profit from operations, helped by its acquisition of SafeNet. Gemalto reported total 2014 revenue of 2.47 billion euros compared with 2.38 billion euros a year earlier. Gemalto's full year profit from operations rose to 383 million euros in the...

  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to March 18 Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    TEXAS- Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Richard Fisher speaks on "Reflections on 10 Years at the Fed& Farewell, El Paso" before a community forum hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas El Paso Branch- 0000 GMT. SYDNEY- Reserve Bank of Australia Deputy Governor Philip Lowe speaks at the Goldman Sachs 10th Annual Global Macroeconomics Conference- 0130...

  • *Will likely avoid big decision on Greece. FRANKFURT, March 5- Keen to keep a low profile over the Greek crisis, the European Central Bank will focus on improved growth prospects when it meets on Thursday and unveil some but not all the details of its 1 trillion euros- plus bond buying plan. Meeting in Cyprus, the ECB will keep rates on hold, likely lift growth forecasts...

  • SINGAPORE, March 5- U.S. crude was trading comfortably above $51 a barrel on Thursday, after comments by Saudi's oil minister predicting a floor for prices and as Iran nuclear talks hit a bump. President Barack Obama' s demand that it freeze sensitive nuclear activities for at least 10 years but said it would continue talks on a deal, Iran's semi-official Fars news...

  • WASHINGTON, March 4- When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the United States this week to take a tough line against Iran, he argued that world powers could always push for a better nuclear deal because the Islamic Republic was vulnerable to low oil prices. But the claim that lower oil prices can sway Iran, a major crude producer, into making greater...

  • BRASILIA, March 4- Brazil raised interest rates on Wednesday to the highest level in six years, maintaining its aggressive pace of monetary tightening to fight inflation despite fears the economy is slipping into a deep recession. Brazil is one of the few major economies raising rates as BRICS peers such as China and India are loosening monetary policy to prop...

  • Handmade goods website operator Etsy files for IPO Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 6:37 PM ET

    March 4- Etsy Inc, which operates a website that sells handmade goods and craft supplies, filed with U.S. regulators on Wednesday for an initial public offering of common stock. Goldman Sachs& Co, Allen& Co LLC and Morgan Stanley are underwriting the IPO, Brooklyn, New York- based Etsy told the U. S Securities and Exchange Commission in a preliminary prospectus.

  • ANKARA/ ISTANBUL/ NEW YORK, March 4- Turkey's prime minister and his economic team sought on Wednesday to calm the nerves of top investors in New York who hold more than 20 percent of the main Istanbul stock index, after President Tayyip Erdogan's tirades against the central bank helped send the lira to record lows. Erdogan has repeatedly attacked the bank over its...

  • March 4- Johnson& Johnson is close to buying cancer drug maker Pharmacyclics Inc in the coming days, the Financial Times reported, citing sources. A bid from J&J is expected to value Pharmacyclics near its $17.5 billion market value or at a premium, FT said on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter. Bloomberg reported last month, citing sources, that...

  • NEW YORK, March 4- U.S. hospital executives said on Wednesday they were optimistic they will avoid the toughest consequences of a Supreme Court decision on whether millions of Americans can continue to purchase subsidized health benefits under Obamacare. "I am hopeful that the court will recognize and uphold the intent of Congress, which was to expand coverage...