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*Barclays, Nationwide asked to cut leverage. LONDON, June 20- Lloyds Banking Group must plug a capital shortfall of 8.6 billion pounds, Britain's banking regulator said on Thursday, a day after the government signalled plans to return the part-state owned lender to the private sector.
*Spain, France to hold "difficult" debt sales. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said the U.S. economy was growing fast enough to allow the central bank to trim its $85 billion monthly stimulus, with the goal of ending it in mid-2014.
LONDON, June 20- Bonds, shares and commodities fell sharply around the world on Thursday and the dollar rose after the U.S. Federal Reserve explicitly signalled an end to easy money and data showed China's economy slowing down.
PARIS, June 20- European planemaker Airbus sought to finalise a flurry of orders on Thursday to avoid a rare defeat to U.S. arch-rival Boeing at its domestic Paris Airshow. As of Wednesday, Airbus lagged its competitor with 211 firm orders against 265 for Boeing.
*China's weak flash PMI drags down China- related manufacturers. TOKYO, June 20- Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Thursday as weak China data further unsettled markets coming to grips with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's confirmation that the U.S. central bank could trim its bond-buying programme later this year.
LONDON, June 20- Emerging equities fell 3 percent on Thursday in tandem with most other higher-risk asset classes after Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke laid out a timetable for the end of the U.S. bond buying programme.
*MSCI Asia ex- Japan slides 3.5 pct in biggest drop since 2011. Among a host of unwanted milestones: Asian stocks outside Japan suffered their biggest daily loss since late 2011, key lending rates in China reached historic highs and India's currency carved out a record low.
LONDON, June 20- European shares fell on Thursday as confirmation that the U.S. Mining stocks dominated the loserboard, falling on fresh signs of a slowdown in China- the world's biggest metals consumer- while Swiss luxury goods stocks Swatch and Richemont also fell which traders attributed to data showing a fall in Swiss exports.
HONG KONG, June 20- China shares slumped to their lowest levels since December on Thursday after a preliminary survey showed manufacturing activity in the mainland hit a nine-month low, aggravating jitters from a cash squeeze that is threatening to overwhelm the interbank market.
*China June flash HSBC PMI hits 9- month low on weak demand. SINGAPORE, June 20- Oil slipped nearly $2 on Thursday, its biggest daily slide in close to three weeks, as slowing Chinese manufacturing activity unnerved investors already worried about the U.S. Brent crude dropped $1.57 to $104.55 a barrel by 0651 GMT, while U.S. oil declined $1.70 to $96.54.
*Hirai says Sony's board will consider Third Point's proposal carefully. TOKYO, June 20- Sony Corp shareholders pressed its chief executive for a response to hedge fund Third Point's proposal for a partial spinoff of its profitable entertainment arm but Kazuo Hirai pleaded for patience as management reviews the bold plan.
TOKYO, June 20- The U.S. dollar rose broadly on Thursday as global asset markets underwent sharp adjustments in the wake of confirmation by the Federal Reserve that it would begin to dial down stimulus this year as the economic outlook improves.
TOKYO, June 20- Japanese government bond prices fell on Thursday, tracking weakness in U.S. However, it was a far cry from a record low of 0.315 percent reached the day after the Bank of Japan announced its plan on April 4 to inject $1.4 trillion into the economy in less than two years by buying JGBs across the yield curve to pull the country out of deflation.
HONG KONG, June 20- China shares extended losses on Thursday after a preliminary survey of manufacturing activity in the mainland in June came in at a nine-month low, aggravating jitters from a cash squeeze that is threatening to overwhelm the interbank market.
TOKYO, June 20- Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Thursday as weak China data further unsettled markets coming to grips with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's confirmation that the U.S. central bank could trim its bond-buying programme later this year.
KABUL/ WASHINGTON- Revived Afghan peace talks hit their first roadblock on Wednesday, a day after they were announced, as Afghan President Hamid Karzai said his government would not join U.S. talks with the Taliban and would halt negotiations with Washington on a post-2014 troop pact.
JAKARTA, June 20- Indonesia will carry out a big increase in fuel prices on Saturday, settling months of agonising over the politically divisive issue that was damaging confidence in Southeast Asia's biggest economy and sapping the state's finances.
WELLINGTON, June 20- The founder of the outlawed Megaupload file-sharing site denounced on Thursday "the largest data massacre in the history of the internet", after a European firm wiped out private photos, videos and documents stored on servers used by the site. Dotcom, who also goes by the name Kim Schmitz, has New Zealand residency.
TOKYO/ SYDNEY, June 20- Asian markets buckled badly on Thursday after the Federal Reserve heralded an eventual end to free money and China turned the screw on credit even as factory activity in the world's second largest economy hit a nine-month low.
PARIS, June 20- Financial spreadbetters expect Europe's main stock indexes to drop on Thursday, tracking losses on Wall Street after U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke confirmed the Fed would begin winding down its stimulus spending later this year.