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  • US TREASURY YIELDS RISE SLIGHTLY AFTER JOBLESS CLAIMS DATA, 10- YEAR NOTE YIELDS INCREASE TO 2.11 PERCENT.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 20- Brazil's unemployment rate rose for a seventh straight month in July to the highest in over five years, government data showed on Thursday, underscoring expectations for a deep recession in 2015.. Brazil's non-seasonally adjusted jobless rate rose in July to 7.5 percent from 6.9 percent in June, statistics agency IBGE said.

  • *Greece repays ECB debt with new bailout money. ATHENS, Aug 20- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is set to call early elections, state television said on Thursday, in a bid to quell a mounting rebellion in his leftist Syriza party and seal support to implement a tough bailout programme. Tsipras had been widely expected to call snap polls at some point in the autumn...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 20- The number of Americans filing new applications for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week, but the trend remained consistent with solid labor market momentum that could keep the Federal Reserve on track to raise interest rates this year. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 4,000 to a seasonally...

  • NAIROBI, Aug 20- Kenya's telecoms regulator said on Thursday that new regulations to prevent large firms abusing their dominant position in the sector are not targeted at Safaricom, the country's biggest operator, or any other company. He denied media reports that the regulations were targeted at Safaricom, which is 40 percent- owned by Britain's Vodafone.

  • Aug 20- Consolidation among U.S. banks, particularly capital-squeezed small- and mid-cap lenders, is set to rise in the next year or two due to persistently low interest rates, RBC banking analyst Gerard Cassidy said. This week, BB&T Corp said it would buy National Penn Bancshares Inc for about $1.8 billion, hot on the heels of regulatory approval for its $2.5...

  • ATHENS, Aug 20- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is expected to announce a snap election later on Thursday, state broadcaster ERT said, in a move to quell a rebellion in his leftist Syriza party after agreeing a new bailout for the country. Speculation of early elections, most likely in September, has grown in recent days with senior aides including Energy...

  • FACTBOX-Greece's funding program - the ins and outs Thursday, 20 Aug 2015 | 8:17 AM ET

    ATHENS, Aug 20- The European Union's ESM fund paid out the first money on Thursday from Greece's third bailout, allowing Athens in turn to make a payment to the European Central Bank on bonds held there. Following is a schedule of disbursements under the 86 billion euro rescue package and payments due on Greece's debt. -Greece makes a 3.2 billion euro payment to the...

  • *Gold up nearly 6 pct from July's 5-1/ 2- year low. LONDON, Aug 20- Gold hit its highest in nearly five weeks on Thursday as the dollar eased after meeting minutes from the U.S. Spot gold hit a high of $1,141.75 an ounce, its highest since July 17, and was up 0.5 percent at $1,140 as of 1210 GMT.

  • ADDIS ABABA, Aug 20- Ethiopian Airlines is powering ahead with a plan to expand its fleet and route network after exceeding its profit target for the 2014/ 15 year, its chief executive said in an interview. Ethiopian Airlines flew six million passengers in the prior year, up from 5.22 million in 2012/ 13.. Ethiopian Airlines plans to increase revenue to $10 billion by...

  • Aug 20- U.S. digital health startup Grand Rounds, which connects patients with medical experts mainly for a second opinion, said it had raised $55 million in new capital. The company, whose customers include Comcast Corp, Costco Wholesale Corp and Evernote, said on Thursday it would use the funds to expand its technology, care team and analytics platform.

  • JERUSALEM, Aug 20- The Bank of Israel is expected to leave short-term interest rates unchanged for a sixth straight month next week, with just an outside chance that weak economic growth and lower inflation expectations could spur it to cut rates to zero or below. "The Bank of Israel is likely to stay in wait-and-see mode until the Fed decision in September," said...

  • The return to profit, as well as the drop in sales, were flagged earlier this month in an earnings preview by the company, which runs the Sears department store and Kmart discount store chains. The REIT has leased the stores back to Sears for operation. Sears expects a $1.4 billion gain from that transaction.

  • ATHENS, Aug 20- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is due to meet senior advisers shortly to discuss whether to call early elections to quell a rebellion in his leftist Syriza party, a government official said on Thursday.

  • ANKARA, Aug 20- Turkey's election commission has proposed that any snap parliamentary election should be held on Nov. 1, officials of the ruling AK Party said on Thursday, reinforcing the sense that a re-vote is inevitable after June's poll yielded no working majority. AKP officials said the High Election Board had proposed Nov. 1 as the date.

  • Aug 20- Canada's Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc said it would buy privately owned Sprout Pharmaceuticals, whose drug became the first approved treatment this week for low sexual desire in women, for about $1 billion plus milestone payments. Addyi was approved on Tuesday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for pre-menopausal women, after...

  • FOREX-Dollar drops as September rate hike chances fade Thursday, 20 Aug 2015 | 7:40 AM ET

    LONDON, Aug 20- The dollar fell against a basket of major currencies on Thursday, with investors trimming bets in its favor after Federal Reserve minutes suggested policymakers were in no hurry to raise interest rates. "The ongoing rhetoric of data-dependence and a reluctance to commit is becoming tiresome to the market," said Alex Lydall, senior sales trader at...

  • The United States imported 56.3 million barrels of crude in the week ending Aug. 14, up from 53.0 million barrels the week before, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Higher imports largely accounted for the reported 2.6 million barrel increase in commercial crude stocks, though refinery processing also slipped as a result of problems at...

  • Theater chain checks bags nationwide after shootings Thursday, 20 Aug 2015 | 7:29 AM ET
    Members of The Nashville Fire Department and Metro Police enter Hickory Hollow Cinemas on August 5, 2015 in Antioch, Tennessee.

    Movie theater chain Regal Entertainment Group has begun to check bags in response to shootings at theaters around the country.

  • Aug 20- U.S. stock index futures fell sharply on Thursday, a day after minutes from the latest Federal Reserve meeting highlighted concerns over the state of the global economy and as oil prices hit their lowest since 2009.. Wall Street briefly turn positive after the minutes, but closed lower, weighed down by oil prices and a fall in materials and energy stocks.