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  • BOSTON, April 28- The U.S. and UK governments on Monday advised computer users to consider using alternatives to Microsoft Corp's Internet Explorer browser until the company fixes a security flaw that hackers used to launch attacks.

  • *Facebook and Amazon.com lead Nasdaq's losses. NEW YORK, April 28- The Nasdaq tumbled on Monday, led by a selloff in Facebook and Amazon.com, while the Dow clung to a slim gain in spite of Bank of America's suspension of a planned dividend increase. Amazon.com lost 3.1 percent to $294.74, extending Friday's sharp decline a day after its earnings report.

  • MEXICO CITY, April 28- In his first year in power, Enrique Pena Nieto raced to push through Congress the most ambitious reforms Mexico has seen in a generation, raising hopes of a new dawn for Latin America's second largest economy.

  • *Total compensation set to hit 20 bln stg. LONDON, April 28- British banks are unlikely to face hefty fines for mis-selling loan insurance products because the financial industry watchdog is more concerned about how they treat customers as they shell out 20 billion pounds in compensation.

  • *Oil slips below $110, near 7- week highs on Ukraine. NEW YORK, April 28- A slide in U.S. growth stocks led global equity markets to retreat on Monday from early gains on merger speculation driven by a bid for AstraZeneca, while crude oil prices fell on increased U.S. sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis.

  • LONDON, April 28- Britain's financial regulator has not yet concluded that there was any misconduct in the $5.3 trillion- a-day foreign exchange market despite working hand in hand with other authorities to coordinate a complex, global investigation.

  • *Platinum outperforms as S.African mine strike grinds on. NEW YORK/ LONDON, April 28- Gold prices fell on Monday after pressure from stronger-than-expected U.S. home sales data pushed prices below a key level of $1,300 an ounce, prompting some investors to reduce bullion positions despite heightened geopolitical tensions.

  • MOSCOW, April 28- U.S. payment card firm MasterCard Inc will suspend services in the near future to cards issued by Russia's SMP bank and InvestCapitalbank, which were sanctioned on Monday by the United States, the payment company said.

  • *Comcast seeking regulatory approval for Time Warner Cable deal. April 28- Comcast Corp on Monday agreed to a three-way deal with Charter Communications Inc as part of Comcast's efforts to win regulatory approvals for its proposed $45 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable Inc..

  • *Federal Circuit revives claim by BP, Chevron, Shell. By a 2-1 vote, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed the dismissal of claims by BP Plc, Chevron Corp and Royal Dutch Shell Plc in a now 23- year-old case that their wartime contracts to produce gas to fuel military aircraft entitled them to reimbursement.

  • WASHINGTON, April 28- Two Democratic U.S. senators on Monday called on the Department of Transportation to urge owners of 2.6 million recalled General Motors cars to stop driving them until they are repaired, which could take months as dealerships wait for replacement ignition switches.

  • MOSCOW, April 28- Sergei Chemezov, who worked in the old communist East Germany at the same time as President Vladimir Putin, sits atop sprawling conglomerate Rostec, which has stakes in some of Russia's largest industries and partnerships with foreign companies.

  • *Hearing set in London court for May 27. The Serious Fraud Office charged three former traders at British bank Barclays- director of dollar fixed-income swaps Jay Merchant and dollar interest rate derivative traders Alex Pabon and Ryan Reich- with conspiracy to defraud in connection with its Libor inquiry.

  • LONDON, April 28- Britain's Serious Fraud Office on Monday said it had opened a criminal investigation into possible money laundering associated with corruption in Ukraine and had frozen $23 million of assets in the UK in relation to the case.

  • *Royal Mail shares still 55 pct above offer price. LONDON, April 28- Britain's financial regulator will not investigate the government's sale of Royal Mail, it said on Monday, rejecting calls from lawmakers who said a sharp rise in the firm's share price should have set alarm bells ringing.

  • LONDON, April 28- The international oil business played down U.S. sanctions against the head of Russian energy giant Rosneft on Monday, with traders and global companies forecasting "business as usual".

  • *Says escalation of Ukraine crisis would pose major risks. FRANKFURT, April 28- The European Central Bank should do "everything it can" to tackle low growth and inflation but euro zone governments must also shape up their economies, a senior International Monetary Fund official said on Monday.

  • *Germany unusual in not indexing its tax brackets. BERLIN, April 28- Germany, flush with surging tax revenues and strong economic growth, could lower income taxes in 2016 by eliminating "bracket creep", according to a growing number of voices in Angela Merkel's right-left coalition.

  • SANAA, April 28- Political turmoil is preventing Yemen and donor countries from channelling billions of dollars in foreign aid intended to rebuild the impoverished Arab country, a Yemeni official said on Monday.

  • American Realty in talks to buy NorthStar: Sources Monday, 28 Apr 2014 | 12:55 PM ET
    NorthStar Realty Finance website

    American Realty is in talks to buy NorthStar Realty, according to sources, in a deal that would combine a major property owner with a real estate financing company.