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  • AVID LIFE MEDIA SAYS ASHLEY MADISON CONTINUES ITS DAY-TO-DAY OPERATIONS.

  • Aug 31- Asterias Biotherapeutics Inc said initial data from a small study showed that its lead stem cell therapy could improve mobility in patients paralyzed by a spinal cord injury. Asterias bought OPC-1 in 2013 from the erstwhile stem cell research leader Geron Corp, which decided to focus on developing cancer drugs. Asterias is looking to show recovery of...

  • LISBON, Portugal— Economic news is continuing to give heart to Portugal's center-right government as it aims for re-election in October. The government is telling voters the country is back on track after a 78 billion euro bailout in 2011 brought three years of recession amid deep spending cuts. The National Statistics Institute reported Monday that the...

  • "Stable euro zone consumer price inflation in August eases pressure on the European Central Bank to consider increasing its stimulative efforts at its September policy meeting on Thursday, such as by front-loading more its QE programme," IHS Global Insight economist Howard Archer said. He expected no action from the ECB despite fears about China's economy...

  • *UK stock market closed for holiday. LONDON, Aug 31- European shares fell on Monday, with Germany's DAX and France's CAC on track for their weakest month for four years, hit by sliding Chinese stocks and prospects of a near-term U.S. interest rate increase. The euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index fell 0.8 percent going into the middle of the trading session,...

  • NEW YORK— More than 54,000 New York City youths landed summer jobs through the Summer Youth Employment Program this year. Department of Youth and Community Development Commissioner Bill Chong tells the Daily News it's the highest number in the program's 50- year history. Information from: Daily News, http://www.nydailynews.com.

  • PRETORIA, Aug 31- South Africa's mining industry, unions and the government signed a broad plan on Monday to stem a wave of job losses triggered by falling commodity prices and soaring costs. Mines Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi said the government planned to negotiate this issue with South Africa's central bank and the New Development Bank which has been...

  • RAMAT GAN, Israel _ B Communications Ltd. on Monday reported second-quarter earnings of $6 million. B Communications shares have increased 7 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: B Communications, Earnings Report.

  • RAMAT GAN, Israel _ Internet Gold Golden Lines Ltd. on Monday reported a second-quarter loss of $3 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. On a per-share basis, the Ramat Gan, Israel- based company said it had a loss of 17 cents. Internet Gold shares have increased slightly more than 3 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • To defend its share of the global oil market, Saudi Arabia pumped a record 10.56 million barrels of oil per day in June, up 231,000 bpd from May. Analysts think Saudi Arabia can't escape the impact of cheap oil indefinitely, however. For example, Spain's Talgo said in July that Saudi Arabia had cancelled a $201 million contract for six high-speed trains.

  • *Gold eyes monthly gain, rebounding from 5-1/ 2- year low. LONDON, Aug 31- Gold steadied on Monday after last week's slide as a retreat in the dollar lent support, but indications that the Federal Reserve may still raise interest rates this year despite recent market turmoil weighed on the metal. Spot gold was flat at $1,132.98 an ounce at 0934 GMT, while U.S. gold...

  • MILAN, Aug 31- Italy's Eni is open to selling a stake in its "supergiant" Zohr gas field discovery off of Egypt, its chief executive said, as the state-controlled energy company looks for funds to bankroll development without sacrificing dividends. Eni said on Sunday it had discovered the largest known gas field in the Mediterranean off Egypt, covering an area of...

  • *Europe shares head for worst month in four years. *China worries, Fed outlook spook investors. LONDON, Aug 31- Stocks in Europe and Asia looked set on Monday for their worst monthly losses in at least three years, with investors still concerned about growth in China and the prospect of higher U.S. interest rates.

  • China's central bank injected 140 billion yuan ($21.96 billion) into banks through its short-term lending operations (SLO) tool on Monday.

  • TOKYO— Japan's Defense Ministry wants to buy an advanced Aegis radar-equipped destroyer and more F-35 fighters under its largest-ever budget to bolster the defense of southern islands amid a territorial dispute with China. Abe's government says Japan needs to bolster its military role amid China's growing territorial assertiveness and the rising risk...

  • MADRID— An American-Belgian businessman arrested for suspected involvement in enslavement and pillaging blood diamonds during Sierra Leone's civil war will be handed over shortly to Belgium, a Spanish court official said Monday. Spanish police said Desaedeleer, 64, was arrested last week at Malaga airport in southern Spain as he prepared to fly to the...

  • SHANGHAI, Aug 31- China's central bank injected 140 billion yuan into banks through its short-term lending operations tool on Monday, according to a statement published on the central bank website. Last week the central bank injected a total of 280 billion yuan through two separate SLOs. The People's Bank of China launched SLOs in 2013 to supplement its other...

  • LONDON, Aug 31- Oil fell below $49 a barrel on Monday after its biggest two-day rally in six years last week, pressured by a supply glut and renewed concern about a hard landing for China's economy. At 0835 GMT, Brent was down $1.28 at $48.77 a barrel and U.S. crude, which had rallied 12 percent last week, dropped $1.00 to $44.22. "Volatility was high last week, so now we're...

  • BANGKOK, Aug 31- Thailand's private consumption and investment slipped in July, central bank data showed on Monday, adding to the pessimism over weak exports that suggests a still fragile economic recovery. Southeast Asia's second-largest economy is struggling to recover after an army coup in May 2014 ended months of street protests with exports...

  • BUDAPEST, Hungary— Austria stepped up vehicle inspections Monday at its Hungarian border after 71 migrants apparently suffocated in a truck, creating a huge traffic jam on the main Budapest- Vienna highway. In addition to the gridlock at the Hegyeshalom border crossing— about a 30- kilometer backup at its peak— traffic was slower than usual at other spots along...