SINGAPORE, Sept 25- China National Offshore Oil Corp expects to add five liquefied natural gas receiving terminals by 2015, doubling its total capacity to 35-40 million tonnes per year, a senior company official said on Wednesday.
*Obama pledges diplomacy with Iran; no Rouhani meeting. SINGAPORE, Sept 25- Brent crude oil futures climbed towards $109 a barrel on Wednesday as investors remained sceptical whether relations between the United States and Iran would thaw, and if that would affect a long-running nuclear dispute.
*Iran seeks' consistent voice "from Washington. WASHINGTON, Sept 25- After balking at President Barack Obama's plan to attack Syria, the U.S. Congress is also stirring in opposition to his latest foreign policy goal: an effort to improve relations with Iran.
Sept 25- Wal-Mart Stores Inc, whose focus on low-cost sourcing helped to fuel the offshoring of U.S. manufacturing, has been promoting a patriotic new image in recent months. But an examination of the company's "Made in America" campaign suggests Wal-Mart's caught on to a reshoring phenomenon that was already underway.
HONG KONG, Sept 25- The travails of companies working for oil giant PetroChina and its parent China National Petroleum Corp took another twist on Wednesday when one supplier said it had been unable to contact several executives since they disappeared weeks ago.
*Official media confirm Sept 29 as Shanghai trade zone launch. "Other than some news-driven moves like the Shanghai free trade zone, there hasn't been a lot of fresh buying, a lot of rotation is going on," said Jackson Wong, Tanrich Securities' vice-president for equity sales.
*Must yield to Senate vote later in the day. Senator Ted Cruz began on Wednesday the second day of a marathon attack on Obamacare from the Senate floor, but most of his fellow Republicans declined to join the Tea Party favorite.
"If the price gap widens further, China could step up imports from Australia, Canada and may also be interested in U.S. hard-red spring wheat," said an industry analyst with an official think-tank.
HONG KONG, Sept 25- China's yuan eased against the dollar on Wednesday, following a weaker midpoint, and dealers said they were looking for signals from the central bank on whether it would allow further yuan gains. The People's Bank of China set its official midpoint at 6.1497, down 0.02 percent from Tuesday's 6.1485, reflecting an overnight rally in the dollar.
WELLINGTON, Sept 25- New Zealand has suspended apple exports to China after the discovery of a fungus that causes fruit to rot, government officials said on Wednesday.
Tea Party- backed U.S. senators are threatening to stall a bill to fund the U.S. Government. "It's negative to investor sentiment as a whole," said Hikaru Sato, senior technical analyst at Daiwa Securities in Tokyo, referring to the political wrangling in Washington.
DETROIT, Sept 25- A group of consumer advocates sued the U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday for repeatedly delaying a potentially life-saving rule requiring backup cameras in new cars sold in the United States. A 2008 law signed by President George W. Bush directed the DOT to revamp rear visibility standards by February 2011.
Sept 24- Amazon.com Inc unveiled two new high-definition tablets on Tuesday with a unique on-screen helpdesk feature it hopes will give it an advantage over devices from rivals Apple Inc and Google Inc.. The following is a comparison of the wifi versions of the new Kindle line-up and Apple Inc's current, comparable iPad, which went on sale in 2012:.
SEATTLE, Sept 24- Amazon.com Inc unveiled two new high-definition tablets on Tuesday with a unique on-screen helpdesk feature it hopes will give it an advantage over devices from rivals Apple Inc and Google Inc..
*Gold adds to small gains after 3- day drop. SINGAPORE, Sept 25- Gold ticked up for a second session on Wednesday, recovering after a 3 percent drop in as many days, but gains were limited by lacklustre physical demand and lingering uncertainty over the outlook for U.S. economic stimulus.
WELLINGTON, Sept 25- Fonterra, the world's largest dairy processor, is moving ahead with plans to launch its own branded milk formula in China, undeterred by a recent botulism scare and Beijing's crackdown on foreign firms over alleged corrupt sales practices.
*Obama pledges diplomacy with Iran; no Rouhani meeting. SINGAPORE, Sept 25- Brent crude oil futures were little changed on Wednesday and hovered near $109 a barrel, with investors watching whether relations between the United States and Iran will thaw and if it will impact a long-running nuclear dispute.
*Baosteel sees China steel consumption peaking at 825 mln T. QINGDAO, China, Sept 25- China's annual steel consumption is expected to peak at 825 million tonnes in 2018, Baoshan Iron and Steel said, as demand growth runs out of steam.
TOKYO/ SINGAPORE, Sept 25- The euro was on the defensive on Wednesday following weaker-than-expected German sentiment data, while worries over a possible U.S. government shutdown underpinned the yen against the dollar.
NEW YORK, Sept 24- Nigeria's fledgling sovereign wealth fund on Monday completed investment allocations for the 20 percent of the $1 billion it is setting aside to guard against commodity price shocks, its chief executive said.