LAS VEGAS, Dec 5- The London Metal Exchange asked a panel of U.S. judges on Thursday to assign a federal court in Manhattan to handle a series of antitrust lawsuits that allege the world's largest metal exchange, two of Wall Street's biggest banks and big commodity merchants conspired to raise the price of aluminum.» Read More
SINGAPORE, June 18- Gold was little changed on Tuesday as investors awaited guidance from a Federal Reserve meeting on the outlook for the bank's stimulus programme, amid some strong U.S. economic data. *Spot gold was near steady, easing $0.40 to $1,383.95 an ounce by 0018 GMT. *U.S. gold also marked time, rising $0.40 to $1,383.5.
*MSCI Asia ex- Japan down 0.1 pct, Nikkei opens down 0.1 pct. Turbulence in global financial markets over the past month was triggered by Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke saying the Fed may decide on slowing its $85 billion monthly purchases of Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities in its next few meetings if the economy showed signs of improving.
NEW YORK/ DETROIT, June 17- Johnson Controls Inc is speaking to private equity firms about selling its roughly $1 billion automotive electronics unit, after buyout interest from many rival auto parts suppliers faltered, according to several people familiar with the matter.
WASHINGTON, June 17- The Pentagon said on Monday it will spend $572 million to buy 30 Russian-built military helicopters that will be used by Afghan security forces. The Pentagon said the work would be performed in Russia.
June 17- Sprint Nextel Corp has filed a lawsuit against Dish Network Corp and Clearwire Corp to prevent the completion of Dish's offer for Clearwire's shares.
*Obama, Putin disagreed over Syria in tense meeting. ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland, June 18- Russian President Vladimir Putin faced further isolation on the second day of a G8 summit on Tuesday as world leaders lined up to pressure him into toning down his support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
June 17- Britain's top fraud prosecutor is poised to bring criminal charges against former Citigroup Inc and UBS AG trader Thomas Hayes, who is alleged to have been a central figure in a scam to rig global benchmark interest rates, a source familiar with the situation said on Monday.
June 17- Detroit's default and debt restructuring plan are precedent-setting in the U.S. municipal market, Moody's Investors Service said on Monday, because the city is looking to bondholders, as well as labor unions and pensioners, to share the pain.
TOKYO, June 18- Japan's Nikkei is expected to open higher on Tuesday and head for a third straight day of gains, which will mark its longest winning run since a sharp selloff on May 23, underpinned by hopes the U.S.
WASHINGTON, June 17- The International Monetary Fund said Ireland was on track with the conditions of its bailout program, and disbursed the European country's next chunk of aid on Monday.
WASHINGTON, June 17- Couples in the United States looking to spice up their sex lives will have to do without certain adult toys after a U.S. trade panel ruled on Monday that some companies are violating a patent held by a Canadian company for a two-armed vibrator.
CAIRO, June 17- Does Egypt face a new revolution? Millions hope so, it seems; they have signed a national petition demanding the president resign and plan to take to the streets on June 30, when Mohamed Mursi marks a year in office.
June 17- The U.S. Senate's debate over a comprehensive immigration bill is intensifying as proponents consider amendments designed to lure more Republican support and at the same time not alienate Democrats who are now on board. It is a difficult balancing act, especially with a self-imposed deadline of the end of June.
NEW YORK/ DETROIT, June 17- Johnson Controls Inc is speaking to private equity firms about selling its roughly $1 billion automotive electronics unit, after buyout interest from several rival auto parts suppliers faltered, according to several people familiar with the matter.
*Plan would include first USDA purchase of sugar since 2000. *USDA takes direct action to prevent sugar forfeitures. The measures will cost an estimated $38 million and are expected to remove 300,000 short tons of sugar from the U.S. market, the USDA said.
President Barack Obama sparred with Russia's Vladimir Putin over how to end the war in Syria on Monday during an icy encounter at a G8 summit where divisions over the conflict eclipsed the rest of the agenda.
*Follows days after New York mayor's $20 billion plan. Four dozen elected officials, from localities as diverse as Washington D.C., Des Moines, Iowa and Santa Barbara County, California, released a one-page plan which laid out actions such as using more renewable energy and making buildings and infrastructure more energy-efficient.
*Obama, Putin square off over Syria. President Barack Obama sparred with Russia's Vladimir Putin over how to end the war in Syria on Monday during an icy encounter at a G8 summit where divisions over the conflict eclipsed the rest of the agenda.
ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland,- Several dozen activists briefly breached a metal security barrier surrounding the G8 summit venue in Northern Ireland on Monday, but withdrew when police threatened to arrest them.
June 17- Johnson& Johnson said it would pay up to $1 billion for Aragon Pharmaceuticals and its experimental drugs for prostate cancer, to bolster J&J's role in the field after it acquired another experimental prostate-cancer treatment four years ago that has become a leading brand.