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  • Obama told Americans in a speech late on Wednesday that he had authorized U.S. air strikes for the first time in Syria and more attacks in Iraq in a broad escalation of a campaign against the Islamic State militant group.

  • FACTBOX-Hong Kong's electoral process Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 9:18 PM ET

    Sept 11- China's rubber-stamp parliament on Aug. 31 endorsed the framework for Hong Kong's first direct leadership election, due in 2017. It says a 1,200 person nominating panel will vet candidates, who must be "patriots".

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 10- The U.S. government is continuing to advocate for the Patriot missile defense system offered by Raytheon Co and Lockheed Martin Corp in a Turkish tender after Turkey cited disagreements with the Chinese firm that initially won the bid, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday.

  • BRASILIA, Sept 10- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has recovered support and would run a tight race with opposition candidate Marina Silva if October's election leads to a runoff vote, polls published on Wednesday showed.

  • TOKYO, Sept 11- Japan's prime minister will meet the head of the central bank on Thursday to exchange of views on the economy, sources with knowledge of the meeting said, amid lingering worries over a prolonged drop in consumption after an April sales tax hike.

  • Long-awaited diet pill gets U.S. approval Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 9:00 PM ET

    Sept 10- A new diet pill Contrave got approval to be sold in the United States on Wednesday, only the third obesity treatment in more than a decade to win approval from the Food and Drug Administration.

  • SINGAPORE Sept 11- U.S. crude futures held near a 16- month low below $92 a barrel on Thursday, after falling sharply in the previous session on lower OPEC demand forecasts and a jump in U.S. refined product stocks. *U.S. crude for October delivery edged up 11 cents to $91.78 as of 0036 GMT after falling $1.08 to settle at $91.67 a barrel in the previous session.

  • SYDNEY, Sept 11- Copper was perched above one-month lows on Thursday but looked vulnerable to fresh losses as cracks appeared in global economic growth, while expectations supply will rise towards the year-end also kept a lid on prices. *Copper prices on Tuesday slipped to a four-week low at $6,821.75 a tonne, its weakest since Aug. 14.

  • SINGAPORE, Sept 11- Gold was trading near its lowest level in three months on Thursday, hit by fears of an early hike in U.S interest rates, a stronger dollar and an apparent easing of tensions over the Ukraine. *Spot gold was little changed at $1,248.95 an ounce by 0030 GMT, after dropping 0.6 percent on Wednesday, when it hit a three-month low of $1,243.56.

  • Obama will deliver a speech late on Wednesday in which he will vow to attack Islamic State militants "wherever they exist," lay out a strategy for expanding U.S. air strikes in Iraq and, for the first time, strike targets in Syria.

  • UPDATE 1-RadioShack restructuring begins to takes shape Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 8:26 PM ET

    Sept 10- Troubled electronics retailer RadioShack Corp, whose shares swung wildly on Wednesday, is being advised by a restructuring attorney at law firm Jones Day as it tries to strike a deal with creditors to close stores while averting bankruptcy, two people close to the matter told Reuters.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to Sept 23 Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    WELLINGTON- Reserve Bank of New Zealand announces Monetary Policy Statement and Official Cash Rate. Speakers:- Latvia Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria, Norway Defense Minister Eriksen Soreide, Georgia Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze and Poland Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak.

  • Sept 10- American Airlines has won regulatory approval to swap flight attendants' paper manuals for lighter Samsung tablets in a change that will save nearly $1 million a year, the company said on Wednesday.

  • NEW YORK/ LOS ANGELES, Sept 10- Time Warner Inc and CBS Corp signaled on Wednesday that they were increasingly open to one day making HBO and Showtime available directly to consumers over the Internet without a subscription to a cable television service.

  • Syncora had argued it had been short-changed compared to other creditors. If approved, the deal will see Syncora drop its objection to the restructuring and the trial- which is studying the feasibility of Detroit's plan to exit bankruptcy- could get a swift approval from U.S.

  • In search of the missing 'i' in Apple's Watch Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 7:53 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO/ NEW YORK, Sept 10- Apple Inc's Tuesday launch was a marketing extravaganza stuffed full of gadgets, corporate hyperbole and celebrities of every stripe. Apple's prefix has anchored the brand names of generations of products, from its phone to the iPad.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 10- U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said more women should be serving in the Navy and Marine Corps, and plans to take action to boost their presence in those military branches.

  • ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., Sept 10- MGM Resorts International won regulatory permission on Wednesday to re-enter the Atlantic City casino market after a 20- month investigation focusing on the company's ties to Pansy Ho, the richest woman in Hong Kong, who New Jersey gaming regulators considered an unsuitable partner.

  • FOREX-Dollar holds broad gains, NZ dlr stung by RBNZ Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 7:17 PM ET

    SYDNEY, Sept 11- The U.S. dollar held near a six-year peak against the yen early on Thursday and powered to a seven-month high on its New Zealand peer, which fell after the country's central bank said its current level is "unjustified and unsustainable". The kiwi sank as far as $0.8180, bringing into view its 2014 trough of $0.8052 set in February.

  • BOGOTA, Sept 10- Colombia's government has backed away from plans to increase its 2015 budget and to lower the threshold for the payment of wealth tax, Finance Minister Mauricio Cardenas confirmed on Wednesday, amid criticism by industry and opposition figures.