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  • LONDON, Feb 6- For 25 years, U.S. specialists in international relations have been predicting water shortages will become a source of conflict.

  • UPDATE 1-Cemex reports narrower fourth-quarter loss Thursday, 6 Feb 2014 | 7:55 AM ET

    MEXICO CITY, Feb 6- Mexico's Cemex, one of the world's biggest cement companies, reported a smaller fourth-quarter loss on Thursday as cement sales picked up in its foreign markets. The Monterrey- based company said its loss had narrowed to $255 million from $494 million in the year-earlier quarter.

  • UPDATE 1-ECB holds rates to assess deflation threat Thursday, 6 Feb 2014 | 7:51 AM ET

    *ECB news conference 1330 GMT. FRANKFURT, Feb 6- The European Central Bank left interest rates unchanged on Thursday, holding off policy action while it waits for new economic forecasts next month to assess the deflation threat facing the euro zone.

  • NICOSIA, Feb 6- Cyprus's president said on Thursday there were "serious prospects" that long-stalled talks to reunify the island could resume between the estranged Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities.

  • ECB holds rates at record low, assesses deflation risk Thursday, 6 Feb 2014 | 7:47 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Feb 6- The European Central Bank left interest rates unchanged on Thursday, holding off fresh policy action to combat the threat of deflation while it waits for new staff forecasts next month. The decision to leave rates on hold was expected by most economists as the bank awaits updated economic projections from its staff next month.

  • *China markets to reopen after week-long break on Friday. LONDON/ SYDNEY, Feb 6- Copper firmed on Thursday, but stayed close to two-month lows, supported by expectations of a pickup in prices when top consumer China returns from holiday on Friday and relative calm in vulnerable emerging markets.

  • ACCRA, Feb 6- Ghana's central bank raised its main policy rate by 200 basis points on Thursday to 18 percent in a drive to curb a fall in the cedi currency amid external pressures, Governor Henry Kofi Wampah told a news conference.

  • Noble Energy fourth-quarter profit falls 47 percent Thursday, 6 Feb 2014 | 7:40 AM ET

    Feb 6- Oil and natural gas producer Noble Energy Inc said on Thursday that its fourth-quarter profit fell 47 percent due to hedging losses and higher drilling costs. For the quarter, the company posted net income of $134 million, or 37 cents per share, compared with $251 million, or 70 cents per share, in the year-ago period.

  • LONDON, Feb 6- Britain's Vodafone said it was finally seeing early signs of a turnaround due to a growing number of customers and the take-up of more expensive 4 G services, following yet another torrid quarter hit by fierce competition in Europe.

  • NICOSIA, Feb 6- Cyprus's president said on Thursday there were "serious prospects" that long-stalled talks to reunify the island could resume between the estranged Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities.

  • Cemex reports narrower fourth-quarter loss Thursday, 6 Feb 2014 | 7:34 AM ET

    MEXICO CITY, Feb 6- Mexico's Cemex, one of the world's biggest cement companies, reported a smaller fourth-quarter loss on Thursday.

  • US STOCKS-Futures climb ahead of jobless claims data Thursday, 6 Feb 2014 | 7:31 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Feb 6- U.S. stock index futures advanced on Thursday, ahead of a rate decision by the European Central Bank, as well as U.S. labor market data and the latest round of corporate earnings. *Twitter Inc shares tumbled 23 percent to $50.80 in premarket trade. *Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc surged 43.4 percent to $116 before the opening bell.

  • GM 4th-quarter profit misses Wall St estimate Thursday, 6 Feb 2014 | 7:30 AM ET

    DETROIT, Feb 6- General Motors Co posted a weaker-than-expected fourth-quarter profit on Thursday as results in North America, Asia and South America disappointed. Net income rose to $913 million, or 57 cents a share, from $892 million, or 54 cents a share, in the year-earlier quarter.

  • Feb 6- Dunkin' Brands Group Inc, the parent of the Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins chains, reported better-than-expected quarterly results as store traffic and customer spending rose in its U.S. outlets.

  • CYPRUS PRESIDENT SAYS THERE ARE "SERIOUS PROSPECTS" THAT LONG-STALLED REUNIFICATION TALKS CAN RESTART.

  • COLUMN-U.S. airlines cut fuel consumption: Kemp Thursday, 6 Feb 2014 | 7:22 AM ET

    Yet in the United States, a quadrupling of crude and jet fuel prices since 2003, coupled with the prolonged recession, has cut jet fuel consumption by around half a billion barrels per year compared with the previous trend.

  • *Progress made between Arbil, Baghdad over oil row. *Issues narrowed down to three, Genel Energy says. ISTANBUL, Feb 6- Iraqi Kurdistan and the central government in Baghdad are close to resolving a long-standing dispute over the sharing of oil revenues, said the president of Genel Energy, which operates in the region.

  • LONDON, Feb 6- Brent crude rose above $107 a barrel on Thursday, recovering from a near three-month low hit at the start of the week as traders weighed Libyan supply disruptions against fears that turmoil in emerging markets could slow global growth.

  • ACCRA, Feb 6- Ghana's central bank raised its main policy rate by 200 basis points on Thursday to 18 percent in response to external pressures and in a drive to curb a fall in the cedi currency, Governor Henry Kofi Wampah told a news conference. The rise was the first shift in the rate since May and had been expected, though most analysts forecast a 100 basis point rise.

  • AOL revenue rises 13 pct as ad sales jump Thursday, 6 Feb 2014 | 7:14 AM ET

    Feb 6- Digital media and entertainment company AOL Inc reported a better-than-expected 13 percent rise in quarterly revenue as its advertising revenue rose, especially from video. Net income attributable to AOL rose to $36 million, or 43 cents per share, in the quarter from $35.7 million, or 41 cents per share a year earlier.