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  • *Total CEO a defender of Moscow policies. MOSCOW, Oct 21- The chief executive of French oil major Total, Christophe de Margerie, was killed when a business jet collided with a snow plow during takeoff at Moscow's Vnukovo International Airport, the company and airport officials said. "Total confirms with deep regret and great sadness that Chairman and CEO...

  • DALLAS, Oct 20- The United States issued stringent new protocols on Monday for health workers treating Ebola victims, directing medical teams to wear protective gear that leaves no skin or hair exposed to prevent medical workers from becoming infected. The new guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta come as 43 people who...

  • BOSTON/ BEIJING, Oct 20- Apple Inc's iCloud storage and backup service in China was attacked by hackers trying to steal user credentials, a Chinese web monitoring group said, adding that it believes the country's government is behind the campaign. The attack comes several weeks after Apple said it would begin storing iCloud data for Chinese users on China...

  • PARIS, Oct 21- French oil major Total confirmed in a statement that Chief Executive Christophe de Margerie died in a plane collision with a snow plough at Moscow's Vnukovo International Airport shortly after 2000 GMT on Monday.

  • *Investors cautiously wait for China's growth figures. *Fujifilm shares advance on Ebola drug announcement. Investors looked past solid advances on Wall Street overnight, where investors were bouyed by hopes of a strong earnings season, and the Tokyo bourse's strong performance on Monday, when the Nikkei posted its biggest daily gain since June 2013.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 20- AbbVie Chief Executive Officer Richard Gonzalez for three months led the charge to buy Dublin drugmaker Shire for $55 billion, only to walk away from the deal last week, but analysts and fund managers said he deserves credit for trying and should remain at the helm of the Chicago drugmaker. Investors were given no advance warning on Thursday, when...

  • SYDNEY, Oct 21- London copper edged up on Tuesday but stayed near six-month lows, with focus on data expected to show struggling economic growth in China that could boost a drive for stimulus, bolstering metals prices. Copper prices hit a six-month trough of $6,530 a tonne on Friday, having dropped 10 percent this year. *China is expected to post its weakest growth...

  • *Defender of Moscow policies killed in plane-plow crash. MOSCOW, Oct 21- The chief executive of French oil major Total, Christophe de Margerie, was killed in an airplane collision with a snow plow at Moscow's Vnukovo International Airport, airport spokeswoman Elena Krylova said on Tuesday. The collision occurred during takeoff of the Dassault Falcon business...

  • SEATTLE, Oct 20- Microsoft Corp's new Chief Executive Satya Nadella has become one the technology industry's biggest earners, with a total compensation package worth $84.3 million this year, according to a document filed with securities regulators on Monday. Large stock awards have not been necessary for Microsoft's previous two CEOs, Bill Gates and Steve...

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 21- Gold retained overnight gains on Tuesday to trade near a one-month high as Asian equities and the dollar marked time, with markets awaiting China and U.S. data to gauge the strength of the global economy. *Gold jumped to a one-month high of $1,249.30 last week as fears over a slowdown in the global economy sent investors chasing after safe-haven...

  • Oct 20- Online book retailer Amazon.com Inc said on Monday it has signed a multiyear deal with Simon& Schuster Inc, the second Big-Five book publisher, on the future price of e-books. Amazon, which had been in talks with Simon& Schuster since July over pricing, confirmed the deal first reported by the Business Insider news blog that the two had reached an agreement.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 21- The chief executive of French oil major Total, Christophe de Margerie, was killed in an airplane collision with a snowplow at Moscow's Vnukovo International Airport, airport spokeswoman Elena Krylova said on Tuesday. De Margerie, 63, a graduate of the Ecole Superieure de Commerce business school in Paris, became chief executive officer of Total...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 20- AbbVie Chief Executive Officer Richard Gonzalez for three months led the charge to buy Dublin drugmaker Shire for $55 billion, only to walk away from the deal last week, but analysts and fund managers said he deserves credit for trying and should remain at the helm of the Chicago drugmaker. Investors were given no advance warning on Thursday, when...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 20- The Russian government has been ruled out as sponsor of a cyber attack on JPMorgan Chase& Co disclosed in August, U.S. law enforcement officials said on Monday. Officials from the FBI and Secret Service told a news conference at the Financial Services Roundtable in Washington that authorities believe the attack was the work of cybercriminals.

  • "Market action will largely depend on the release of key economic numbers in China," Michael McCarthy, chief market strategist at CMC Markets in Sydney, said in a note. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was flat in early trade, while Japan's Nikkei stock average drooped about 0.2 percent. Wall Street marked gains overnight despite a...

  • *Yen stands to gain if China data stokes growth worries. The China data could influence investors' perception on the U.S. "Because slowdown in China is one major reason behind investor concerns on global growth, the data is likely to affect sentiment on the global economy," said Shin Kadota, chief FX strategist in Barclays' Tokyo branch.

  • NYMEX-US crude steadies near $83 ahead of China data Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 8:17 PM ET

    SINGAPORE, Oct 21- U.S. crude futures hovered near $83 a barrel on Tuesday after an uneventful session overnight and ahead of data from China that may point to cooling economic growth in the world's No. 2 oil consumer. *U.S. crude for November delivery was up 4 cents at $82.75 a barrel by 0008 GMT after ending nearly flat at $82.71 on Monday. *About a third of U.S. shale...

  • DALLAS, Oct 20- The United States issued stringent new protocols on Monday for health workers treating Ebola victims, directing medical teams to wear protective gear that leaves no skin or hair exposed when caring for patients infected with the virus. The new guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta come as 43 people who...

  • GENEVA/ WASHINGTON, Oct 20- The United States faces potential trade sanctions from Canada and Mexico after the World Trade Organization ruled on Monday it had failed to bring its meat labeling regulations fully in line with international fair trading rules. Canada and Mexico called on the United States to repeal the rules and said they were prepared to...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 20- Apple Inc's iCloud storage and backup service in China was attacked by hackers trying to steal user credentials and other information, a cybersecurity blog charged on Monday, saying it believes the country's government is behind the campaign. Unknown "Chinese authorities" interposed their own website between users and Apple's iCloud,...