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  • *To pay 7.15 euros/ share for rest of Telekom Austria. VIENNA/ MEXICO CITY, April 23- Mexico's Carlos Slim struck an 11th- hour deal on Wednesday with the Austrian government that could give him control of Telekom Austria and allow the multi-billionaire to consolidate his foothold in Europe as he expands outside the Americas.

  • SINGAPORE, April 24- The next hacker playground: the open seas- and the oil tankers and container vessels that ship 90 percent of the goods moved around the planet.

  • Facebook's next growth engines still warming up Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 9:40 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, April 23- Facebook Inc has a message for Wall Street: Don't expect new revenue streams anytime soon.

  • WELLINGTON, April 24- New Zealand's central bank raised interest rates for the second straight month on Thursday, and signaled it intends to keep tightening policy in the coming months to stay on top of inflation pressures in a booming economy.

  • NEW YORK, April 23- Warren Buffett, chairman of conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway, said on Wednesday that safety is a major priority for the rail industry, after a recent spate of accidents raised concerns about how to transport oil safely. Oil by rail has surged in recent years, helped by a boom in North Dakota.

  • BEIJING, April 24- A Chinese court said on Thursday that it has released a ship owned by Japanese shipping firm Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd, which had been seized in a contract dispute, after the Japanese firm paid up.

  • April 23- The disagreements around the spin-out of certain assets that had snagged merger talks between Barrick Gold Corp and its rival, Newmont Mining Corp, have been resolved but talks are at a standstill for now, said three sources familiar with the matter on Wednesday.

  • CARACAS, April 23- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro offered the private sector access to financing via state investment funds during a meeting with business leaders on Wednesday meant to stimulate the struggling economy and ease historic tension with industry.

  • TOKYO/ BEIJING, April 24- Three employees at one of Marubeni Corp's grain trading units in China have been detained by authorities, the Japanese trading house said on Thursday, a move sources told Reuters was prompted by allegations the unit evaded taxes on soy bean imports.

  • *Copper was up 0.2 percent at $6,683.50 a tonne after ending flat on Wednesday. *The most-traded July copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange rose half a percent to 46,860 yuan a tonne.

  • NEW YORK, April 23- A U.S. federal judge denied a bid by Apple Inc on Wednesday to hold off a trial in a case brought by state attorneys general accusing the company of conspiring with five major publishers to fix e-book prices.

  • TOKYO, April 24- Japanese shipping firm Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd has paid about $39 million to a Chinese court towards securing the release of one of its ships which was seized over an alleged payments dispute dating back to World War Two, Japanese media reported on Thursday.

  • NEW YORK, April 23- Warren Buffett, chairman of conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway, said on Wednesday that safety is a major priority for the rail industry, after a recent spate of accidents raised concerns about how to transport oil safely. Oil by rail has surged in recent years, helped by a boom in North Dakota.

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Apple shares jump 8 pct, Asian stocks lag Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 8:50 PM ET

    SYDNEY, April 24- Shares in tech heavyweights Apple and Facebook held hefty after-hours gains on Thursday as their results handily outpaced Wall Street expectations, though Asian markets managed only a muted cheer on the news. Seoul shares added 0.2 percent as Samsung Electronics climbed 1.7 percent, but Japan's Nikkei struggled to make any headway at all.

  • WASHINGTON, April 23- U.S. weapons maker Northrop Grumman Corp on Wednesday reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit and raised its earnings forecast, despite a drop in sales and continued concerns about cuts in U.S. military spending.

  • Apple resets the clock as investors await next big thing Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 8:45 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, April 23- Apple Inc just bought itself some much-needed time. To top it all off, Apple unveiled a 7- for-1 stock split that should go down well with individuals who want a piece of a household name but could not afford to fork over $500 a share.

  • SINGAPORE, April 24- Gold was little changed on Thursday, hovering near the weakest in more than two months, as a rally in equities dimmed its appeal as an alternative investment and jewellers looked for prices to fall further. *Gold was quoted at $1,283.65 an ounce by 0023 GMT.

  • U.S. crude gained 14 cents to $101.58 a barrel by 0028 GMT, after settling 31 cents lower in the previous session. Oil exports from Iraq's southern terminals are heading for a record high in April, according to loading data and industry sources, reflecting Iraq's efforts to expand capacity and deliver supply growth in 2014..

  • LIMA, April 23- Peru's finance minister said on Wednesday the government was cutting its view of economic growth for full year 2014 to 5.7 percent from its earlier estimate of 6 percent.

  • SEOUL, April 24- South Korea's economy grew at a steady pace in the first quarter, data showed on Thursday, a sign that a recovery is gaining momentum and reinforcing expectations for an interest rate hike later this year.