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  • MOSCOW, Sept 16- Western sanctions on Russian companies, officials and banks are counterproductive and do not solve political problems, Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said on Tuesday. "When it comes to sanctions we consider them meaningless, counterproductive... measures that do not solve political problems," he told a foreign business conference.

  • DVORKOVICH SAYS SANCTIONS MEANINGLESS, DO NOT SOLVE POLITICAL PROBLEMS AND ARE COUNTERPRODUCTIVE.

  • DVORKOVICH SAYS GOVT TASK IS TO FIND NEW SOURCES OF FOREIGN INVESTMENT, ESPECIALLY FROM CHINA, ASIAN COUNTRIES.

  • RUSSIAN DEPUTY PM DVORKOVICH SAYS GOVT TO SUPPORT RUSSIAN ECONOMY, KEEP IT OPEN TO FOREIGN INVESTORS.

  • Farmers and analysts say the elimination of government incentives to buy new equipment, a related overhang of used tractors, and a reduced commitment to biofuels, all darken the outlook for the sector beyond 2019- the year the U.S. Department of Agriculture says farm incomes will begin to rise again.

  • CARACAS, Sept 16- Buses across jungle borders, boats through Caribbean waters and private flights from small airfields have become a new norm for departing Venezuela as a multi-billion dollar pay dispute turns the country into something of a' no-fly' zone.

  • China shares flat at midday as economy worries linger Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 12:58 AM ET

    *Eleven companies to list in Shanghai market. *Gold shares up on expected early start to trade plan. SHANGHAI, Sept 16- China shares fell early Tuesday on worries about the economy, but the losses were erased and indexes flat at midday thanks to support from resource companies.

  • Sept 16- Blackstone Group LP is aiming to raise about $16 billion for its latest buyout fund, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources familiar with the matter. The firm has already issued marketing documents for Blackstone Capital Partners VII LP, the newspaper reported.

  • Sept 16- Allergan Inc said it has reached an agreement with suitors Pershing Square Capital Management and Valeant Pharmaceuticals Inc to hold a special shareholder meeting on the originally scheduled date, Dec. 18.

  • TOKYO, Sept 16- An earthquake with preliminary magnitude of 5.6 shook buildings in eastern Japan, including the capital Tokyo, on Tuesday but there were no reports of serious damage. The earthquake was centred in Ibaraki Prefecture, just northeast of Tokyo, Japan's Meteorological Agency said.

  • China's yuan edges down on weak midpoint and FDI data Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 12:11 AM ET

    SHANGHAI, Sept 16- China's yuan softened against the dollar on Tuesday for the fourth straight day after the central bank set a weaker midpoint and in response to weak foreign direct investment figures. The People's Bank of China set the midpoint at 6.1462 per dollar prior to market open, down 0.02 percent from the previous fix.

  • *Japan's liberal Asahi newspaper admits errors, retracts stories. TOKYO, Sept 16- It was a rare role reversal for Japan's influential Asahi newspaper, which is known for exposing wrongdoing in high places, when its president stood before cameras to bow, apologise and pledge to restore his organisation's credibility.

  • TORONTO, Sept 16- McDonald's Corp is making its McCafe ground coffee available in Canadian grocery stores this month, the fast-food giant said on Tuesday, part of its broader campaign to win market share in a country long dominated by rivals like Tim Hortons Inc and Starbucks Corp..

  • SYDNEY/ SINGAPORE, Sept 16- The dollar eased on Tuesday with investors reluctant to do much as they waited for fresh guidance on interest rates from the Federal Reserve, while the Australian dollar held above a six-month trough.

  • BEIJING, Sept 16- China's foreign direct investment inflows in August fell to a low not seen in at least 2-1/ 2 years, underscoring the challenges to growth facing the world's second-biggest economy.

  • *Japan's liberal Asahi newspaper admits errors, retracts stories. TOKYO, Sept 16- It was a rare role reversal for Japan's influential Asahi newspaper, which is known for exposing wrongdoing in high places, when its president stood before cameras to bow, apologise and pledge to restore his organisation's credibility.

  • David Heiman, whose law firm Jones Day represents Detroit, told Rhodes that Syncora and the city "have laid down their swords." In a court filing on Monday, Syncora confirmed a "comprehensive settlement" with the city that was still subject to "definitive documentation and resolution of other terms.

  • Sept 15- Wal-Mart Stores Inc's Chief Spokesman David Tovar resigned after the company allegedly found that he had lied about his academic record in his resume, Bloomberg reported, citing a person familiar with the matter.

  • Brent steady below $98, capped by weak demand Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 11:17 PM ET

    SINGAPORE, Sept 16- Brent crude was little changed just below $98 a barrel on Tuesday, holding gains after recovering from its lowest price in more than two years but capped by a soft global economic outlook.

  • METALS-London copper inches up, Fed meeting in focus Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 11:05 PM ET

    MELBOURNE, Sept 16- London copper edged up on Tuesday from near three-month lows, as traders squared their books ahead of a Federal Reserve meeting that is expected to offer clues on when U.S. interest rates will climb.