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  • RUSSIA'S FINANCE MINISTER SIGNALS HE IS CONFIDENT WILL FIND REASONABLE SOLUTION FOR VISA, MASTERCARD BUSINESS IN RUSSIA.

  • NEW YORK, May 22- The U.S. dollar rose against major currencies on Thursday as higher U.S. bond yields revived appeal for the greenback, while the euro recovered from recent lows on upbeat economic data.

  • JOHANNESBURG, May 22- The National Union of Mineworkers said South Africa's labour movement will be the ultimate loser from a rival union's 17- week platinum strike, which could lead to layoffs and new restrictive government rules.

  • U.S. existing home sales rebound, inventory increases Thursday, 22 May 2014 | 10:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, May 22- U.S. home resales rose in April and the supply of properties on the market increased, suggesting the housing market was regaining its footing. The National Association of Realtors said on Thursday existing home sales increased 1.3 percent to an annual rate of 4.65 million units, marking the second increase in sales in nine months.

  • HASENSTAB SAYS UKRAINE GOVERNMENT "HAS DONE AN EXCEPTIONAL JOB" USING CRISIS TO MAKE REFORMS.

  • TEMPLETON FUND MANAGER HASENSTAB SAYS HE IS "MORE EXCITED" ABOUT UKRAINE THAN ONE YEAR AGO.

  • HASENSTAB'S $70 BLN GLOBAL BOND FUND HELD 5 PCT OF ASSETS IN UKRAINE AT MARCH 31.

  • *Mizkan Group looks to counter slowing domestic growth. LONDON, May 22- Mizkan Group has agreed to buy Unilever's Ragu and Bertolli pasta sauce brands for $2.15 billion, continuing a trend for Japanese consumer goods companies diversifying through Western assets.

  • May 22- McDonald's Corp shareholders on Thursday overwhelmingly voted in favor of an advisory measure on executive pay at the fast-food chain, where Chief Executive Officer Don Thompson took home total compensation of $9.5 million in 2013..

  • U.S. factory activity expands in May - Markit Thursday, 22 May 2014 | 9:45 AM ET

    The U.S. manufacturing sector expanded at a stronger-than-expected rate in May, while factory output growth hit its fastest pace since February 2011, an industry report showed on Thursday. Financial data firm Markit said its preliminary or "flash" U.S.

  • Credit Suisse's trading ties under FINRA scanner - WSJ Thursday, 22 May 2014 | 9:45 AM ET

    May 22- Wall Street's industry-funded regulator is examining ties between Credit Suisse Group AG and a number of trading firms over concerns that the Swiss bank enabled potentially improper trading, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the probe.

  • ISTANBUL, May 22- Turkey's central bank surprised markets with its first rate cut in a year on Thursday, weeks after Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan called for rates to fall- reviving questions about political pressure on the bank. Yields on Turkey's two-year bond slid to a six-month low after the announcement.

  • Sisi's economic vision for Egypt: back to the future Thursday, 22 May 2014 | 9:35 AM ET

    CAIRO, May 22- Days before a presidential election he seems certain to win, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi released a detailed, colour-coded rendering of "The Map of the Future", designed to reassure Egyptians he is serious about attracting investment in their battered economy.

  • UPDATE 1-TD Bank profit rises on strong retail lending Thursday, 22 May 2014 | 9:28 AM ET

    TORONTO, May 22- Toronto-Dominion Bank said on Thursday that its quarterly profit rose 16 percent as recent credit card and wealth management acquisitions boosted Canadian and U.S. retail lending.

  • *Timchenko now head of Russia- China business council. *Sees many Russia- China projects. ST PETERSBURG, Russia, May 22- Gennady Timchenko, who has had sanctions imposed on him by the United States, said on Thursday he expects a flurry of deals between Russia and China following his appointment as what he called Moscow's point person for business relations with China.

  • May 22- IntercontinentalExchange Group said Duncan Niederauer, chief executive of NYSE Group, would leave earlier than expected due to the rapid integration of the two companies. Niederauer, who served as CEO of NYSE since 2007, would continue as president of ICE until August, ICE said in a statement on Thursday.

  • May 22- Starboard Value LP launched a fight to take over the board of Darden Restaurants Inc, saying the planned sale of Darden's Red Lobster seafood chain was "a value-destructive transaction" that ignored the rights of shareholders.

  • *Best Buy rebounds from early declines after results. NEW YORK, May 22- U.S. stocks were set to open little changed on Thursday, in the wake of data showing initial jobless claims rose in the latest week but were still near pre-recession levels, and ahead of data on the housing market.

  • The connections behind Putin's medical centres Thursday, 22 May 2014 | 8:59 AM ET

    Nikolai Shamalov and Dmitry Gorelov, the Putin associates, each owned 10 percent of the business, according to the company's founding documents. Two of them were businessmen from St. Petersburg, Vladimir Vasiliev, head of a construction company, and Oleg Medoev, head of a real estate company.

  • PERM, Russia, May 22- At the foot of the Ural Mountains stands a symbol of how even the best intentions in Russia can enable well-connected individuals to bleed money from the state. The hospital's chain-smoking director, Sergei Sukhanov, loves his new facility, the Federal Centre for Cardiovascular Surgery, which has beds for 167 patients.