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  • *China steel mills have been slashing output. SHANGHAI, Sept 8- China, the world's top buyer of iron ore, coal and soybeans, saw imports of those commodities fall sharply in August from the previous month amid slackening demand and abundant supply, while rapidly falling prices also kept buyers on the sidelines.

  • SYDNEY/ SINGAPORE, Sept 8- Sterling weakened to its lowest in nearly 10 months on Monday amid worries about political uncertainty after an opinion poll showed supporters of Scottish independence from Britain taking the lead for the first time since the referendum campaign began.

  • TOKYO, Sept 8- Japanese government bond prices edged up on Monday, supported by U.S. job data out late last week not leading to a major shift in the U.S. monetary policy outlook. The market was also supported by the Bank of Japan's buying in JGBs.

  • TOKYO, Sept 8- Asian shares edged down on Monday, taking little comfort from mixed Chinese trade data, while sterling's decline after a poll showed rising support for Scottish independence helped bolster the dollar.

  • BEIJING, Sept 8- China's exports rose more than forecast in August while imports unexpectedly fell, pushing the trade surplus to a record high for the second consecutive month and underlining the challenges facing policymakers as they struggle to revive tepid domestic demand.

  • *SoftBank rises on news Alibaba's IPO price seen $60- $66/ share. *Rakuten falls on worries about recent hefty capital spending. TOKYO, Sept 8- Japanese stocks were modestly higher in choppy early trade on Monday, as mixed signals from China trade numbers and soft Japanese and U.S. data checked investors' risk appetite.

  • *Shares fall 4.4 pct after Rakuten confirms in talks. TOKYO, Sept 8- Japan's largest e-commerce firm Rakuten Inc said it was in talks to buy U.S. rebate site operator Ebates, a deal reportedly worth $950 million and the latest in a long line of overseas acquisitions.

  • Sept 7- The British government has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review appeals court rulings against BP Plc over a 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill that produced one of the largest class actions in American history.

  • *Carlyle's co-head of Asia buyouts sees bigger deals in Asia. HONG KONG, Sept 8- Carlyle Group, one of the world's largest private equity firms, said on Monday it has closed its fourth Asia fund at $3.9 billion, the second-largest private equity fund ever raised for Asia investments.

  • *U.S. crude for October delivery climbed a cent higher to $93.30 a barrel by 0053 GMT after initially rising to $93.62 in early morning trade.

  • SYDNEY, Sept 8- London copper was little changed on Monday, underpinned by expectations the Federal Reserve would delay an interest rate hike after Friday's weaker-than-expected U.S. jobs report, in a quiet day for trade with China off on a long weekend.

  • SINGAPORE, Sept 8- Gold held steady above $1,260 an ounce on Monday, clinging to gains from the previous session on a disappointing U.S. nonfarm payrolls report that pressured the dollar, with investors also eyeing developments in the Ukraine crisis.

  • TOKYO, Sept 8- Asian shares got off to a cautious start on Monday, while a plunge in sterling after a poll showed rising support for Scottish independence helped bolster the dollar. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was flat in early trade, while Japan's Nikkei stock average added 0.2 percent.

  • HONG KONG, Sept 8- Carlyle Group, one of the world's largest private equity firms, said on Monday it has closed its fourth Asia fund at $3.9 billion, the second-largest private equity fund ever raised for Asia investments.

  • Sept 7- The British government has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review an appeals court ruling against BP Plc over a 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill that produced one of the largest class actions in American history.

  • BUENOS AIRES, Sept 7- Argentina's central bank chief, Juan Carlos Fabrega, met his Chinese counterpart on Sunday to discuss how a currency swap worth billions of dollars will be put into action, the Argentine monetary authority said.

  • TOKYO, Sept 8- Japan's economy shrank an annualised 7.1 percent in April-June from the previous quarter, more than a preliminary estimate, underscoring concerns the hit from an April increase in the sales tax may have been bigger than expected.

  • TOKYO, Sept 8- Japan's economy shrank an annualized 7.1 percent in April-June from the previous quarter, revised down from a preliminary 6.8 percent contraction due to weaker-than-expected capital spending, Cabinet Office data showed on Monday. The revised contraction was the biggest since a 15.0 percent decline marked in January- March 2009.

  • Japan July current account swings back to black Sunday, 7 Sep 2014 | 7:52 PM ET

    TOKYO, Sept 8- Japan's current account swung back into the black in July, Ministry of Finance data showed on Monday, reflecting higher earnings on overseas investments. The surplus stood at 416.7 billion yen, compared with economists' forecast for 444.2 billion yen.

  • PANAMA CITY, Sept 7- Tests with ships will begin in mid-2015 on a new set of locks that are a key component of an expansion of the Panama Canal, the waterway's chief said on Sunday. On Sunday, Panama Canal Administrator Jorge Quijano said the locks would likely be ready, holding water, by April or May of next year.