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  • The bloc will also try to get Portugal and Greece back on their feet after Ireland successfully exited its EU/IMF bailout. Athens is likely to need more help to do so. Then there is the question of Britain's place in the EU.

  • *Could ease wage pressure on South Africa- based gold miners. LONDON, Feb 9- European stocks from travel firms to South Africa- focused gold miners may reap some benefits from an emerging market sell-off that has otherwise roiled equities across the globe.

  • *AirAsia and Lion Air in race to order fuel efficient planes. SINGAPORE, Feb 9- Low-cost carriers are flying high in Southeast Asia on the back of sharp growth in air travel, but as hundreds of new jets swarm into the region concerns are rising about its ability to absorb the record numbers of planes on order.

  • JOHANNESBURG, Feb 9- For corporate South Africa, the tumbling rand has been both a blessing and a curse: a windfall for mining houses, it has also saddled domestic manufacturers and retailers with higher costs and weaker consumer demand.

  • SINGAPORE, Feb 9- Myanma Airways is set to order up to a dozen Boeing 737 jets on lease in what appears to be the largest single fleet expansion in Myanmar as the country opens up to business and tourism, aviation industry sources said.

  • Russian authorities say Bitcoin illegal Sunday, 9 Feb 2014 | 4:22 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Feb 9- Russian authorities have issued warnings against using Bitcoin, saying the virtual currency could be used for money laundering or financing terrorism and that treating it as a parallel currency is illegal. Russia's central bank also said on Jan. 27 that Bitcoin trade was highly speculative and that the unit carried a big risk of losing value.

  • SINGAPORE, Feb 9- Myanma Airways is set to order up to a dozen Boeing 737 jets on lease in what could be the largest single fleet expansion as Myanmar opens up its aviation market, aviation industry sources said.

  • BEIJING, Feb 9- China's catering sector grew at its slowest pace in more than two decades in 2013 as diners avoided splashing out in luxury restaurants during an anti-corruption campaign targeting official excess, according to state media.

  • FACTBOX-Japan's nuclear plants queue up to re-start Saturday, 8 Feb 2014 | 11:29 PM ET

    Feb 9- Following is a list of nuclear reactors under review by the regulator before being allowed to re-start operations. For a related story, Capacity is in megawatts. PWR stands for pressurised water reactor.

  • TOKYO, Feb 9- Hundreds of technicians and engineers are camped out in Tokyo hotels trying to revive Japan's nuclear industry, shut down in the wake of the Fukushima disaster almost three years ago.

  • GM, Ford dealers boost discounts on big trucks Saturday, 8 Feb 2014 | 5:22 PM ET

    DETROIT, Feb 8- General Motors Co is boosting discounts on full-size pickup trucks by thousands of dollars to keep pace with competitors and to whittle down bulging inventories on dealers' lots.

  • Obamacare leaves some AIDS patients in limbo Saturday, 8 Feb 2014 | 10:59 AM ET

    Hundreds of people with HIV/AIDS trying to obtain coverage under Obamacare are in danger of being thrown out of their insurance plan.

  • Redemptions force funds to unload Puerto Rico debt Saturday, 8 Feb 2014 | 10:42 AM ET
    A vacant building in the Santurce neighborhood of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

    US mutual funds with heavy exposure to Puerto Rico bonds have sold off some of the cash-strapped island's debt.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 8- Hundreds of people with HIV/AIDS in Louisiana trying to obtain coverage under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform are in danger of being thrown out of the insurance plan they selected in a dispute over federal subsidies and the interpretation of federal rules about preventing Obamacare fraud.

  • BEIJING, Feb 8- China's central bank urged commercial banks to properly manage liquidity while reiterating its promise to keep monetary policy stable and to clamp down on risky lending, noting that the world's second-largest economy has yet to find a stable base for growth. Debt is shaping up as a major risk to China's economy.

  • Feb 7- Cameco Corp, the world's third-largest uranium producer, on Friday scrapped its lofty production target for the radioactive metal due to excess global supply in an uncertain market.

  • Feb 7- Morgan Stanley named four executives, including fixed-income trading co-heads Michael Heaney and Robert Rooney, to its operating committee, bringing the Wall Street bank's total committee members to 16, the company said on Friday.

  • Feb 7- Toyota Motor Corp is close to a deal to pay $1 billion to settle a U.S. criminal investigation into how it disclosed customers' complaints about unintended acceleration years ago, the Wall Street Journal cited anonymous sources as saying on Friday.

  • PANAMA CITY/ MADRID, Feb 7- The companies working to widen the Panama Canal and the waterway's administrator on Friday each made new proposals aimed at reviving the multibillion dollar project, after talks broke down this week amid a cost spat and work ground to a halt.

  • BOSTON, Feb 7- U.S. mutual funds with heavy exposure to Puerto Rico bonds have sold off some of the cash-strapped island's debt to meet investor redemption demands, taking heavy losses after a year-long slide in prices.