*Germany seeks trade-off to avoid voting to punish Paris. PARIS, Oct 22- France has long called for a European economic government to harmonise the bloc's policies, but it is baulking now at that governance being applied to its own fiscal indiscipline. Germany, France's historic partner in European leadership, is pressing for the rules to be upheld but it is eager...» Read More
MOSCOW, Oct 25- The Kremlin on Thursday dismissed talk that Russian President Vladimir Putin has a back problem that prompted him to postpone foreign visits and might require surgery. Putin, who began a six-year presidential term in May and turned 60 on Oct. 7, was seen to be limping at an Asia-Pacific summit in the Pacific port of Vladivostok in early September.
BRUSSELS-- An executive for ExxonMobil, the world's largest oil company, has been killed in front of his wife on a street in a suburb of the Belgian capital of Brussels. Nicholas Mockford, a British national, was shot as he left an Italian restaurant in Neder-over-Heembeek on Oct. 14.
*China Unicom slumps 7 pct after Q3 earnings disappoint. *Bank of China climbs after positive earnings. HONG KONG, Oct 26- China shares tumbled to a three week low on Friday, dragging down Hong Kong markets, as investors took profits on recent outperformers ahead of several key third quarter corporate earnings from major resources companies.
Benchmark oil for December delivery was down 78 cents to $85.26 a barrel at late afternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose 32 cents to finish at $86.05 a barrel in New York on Thursday, the only day this week that oil prices have risen. Brent crude fell 79 cents to $107.70 a barrel in London.
The Italian carmaker is preparing to present third-quarter results and has pledged to give a strategy update on Oct. 30, just days after a perfect storm of plant closures, plunging profit and a state bailout rocked Europe's automotive industry.
*Ottawa wanted to review China, Malaysia deals together. OTTAWA/ CALGARY, Oct 26- Malaysian state-owned oil company Petronas was so confident last Friday that its purchase of Progress Energy Resources Corp would be approved by Canada that company officials had drafted a press release to announce the news.
*Agrium believes Jana campaign is effectively over. Shareholders are taking notice as both Agrium and Jana work the phones and hold meetings to make their respective cases, according to investors and sources close to Jana and the company. Agrium's shares closed at $105.88 apiece on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday.
*Apple to launch iPhone 5 in China in December. SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 25- Apple Inc delivered a second straight quarter of disappointing results and iPad sales fell well short of Wall Street's targets, marring its record of consistently blowing past investors' expectations.
PARIS-- A strike by some Air France employees at the start of a nationwide two-week school vacation is delaying flights but the company has said the effect will be limited. Some flights from Paris Friday morning were slightly delayed. One flight to Bordeaux was canceled, but it was unclear why.
BANGKOK-- World stock markets fell Friday ahead of the U.S. government's estimate of economic growth in the latest quarter, which is expected to show improvement but not enough to jolt the global economy out of its doldrums. Europe's debt crisis has added to headwinds while emerging powerhouses such as China have also slowed.
The stronger pace of expansion, however, is still expected to fall short of what is needed to make much of a dent in unemployment, and will offer little cheer for the White House ahead of the closely contested Nov. 6 presidential election.
*Rebound in UK growth helps push sterling higher. TOKYO/ SYDNEY, Oct 26- The recently-battered yen got a respite in Asian trading after hitting a four-month low against the dollar early Friday, but it was still on track for a second week of losses as markets geared up for the Bank of Japan to ease policy next week.
*Yuan opens at strong-side limit of trading band. SHANGHAI, Oct 26- China's central bank reined in the yuan's appreciation on Friday as the currency hit a record high and bumped against the upper limit of its trading band for the second straight day.
MADRID-- One in four Spaniards are now officially out of work. Spain's National Statistics Institute says the country's unemployment rate rose around 0.4 percentage points in the third quarter on the previous three months to 25 percent. Spain is under pressure to ask for outside aid to help deal with its debts.
MUMBAI, India-- ICICI Bank reported a better-than-expected 30 percent rise in quarterly profit Friday on strong interest income and demand for retail loans, as India's largest private lender managed to improve loan quality despite rising corporate defaults.
DETROIT-- The Detroit Tigers are in the World Series for the second time since 2006. But much of the city seems seasons away from its own grand slam. Whole Foods is building a store north of where the Tigers play, and wealthy optimists are snapping up vacant downtown office buildings and filling them with workers.
*Gold seen trading in $1,700- $1,740 range next week. SINGAPORE, Oct 26- Gold was a tad higher on Friday but heading for its third week of decline after shares inched lower in Asia, the U.S. dollar firmed, and fears about the health of the global economy lingered.
"After last year's small crop, we saw peanut butter prices on average rise 30 percent or more," said Patrick Archer, president of the American Peanut Council. " A 10 percent decrease on a $3 jar of peanut butter, for example, would translate to a savings of 30 cents.