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  • WASHINGTON, Oct 12- Greece has begun talks for ending International Monetary Fund aid to the country, but will continue to have routine post-bailout reviews by the Washington- based group, a Greek official said after talks with the IMF's chief on Sunday. The IMF is deeply unpopular in Greece for insisting on austerity cuts under Greece's 240 billion euro EU/IMF...

  • Balances remaining on auto loans have risen by about a third since April 2011, reaching an all-time high of $924.2 billion in August, according to credit reporting bureau Equifax. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said in September that it is taking steps to oversee auto lenders that have previously been less regulated, and companies like GM Financial...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 12- The missteps in Dallas's handling of the first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States have revealed an uncomfortable reality: state and city plans for handling the deadly virus are based on generic recommendations for everything from measles to floods, to hurricanes and dirty bombs. Reuters checks with health departments in six states and...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 12- Investment funds will come under increased focus from global financial regulators, the head of a worldwide push to prevent a repeat of the financial crisis said on Sunday. "However, there must also be a focus, as there has been with banks, on the systemic risks it could create," he said in a speech on the sidelines of meetings at the International...

  • *Gas Natural to launch 4,700 peso per share bid for CGE. MADRID/ SANTIAGO, Oct 12- Spain's Gas Natural on Sunday said it would launch a $3.3 billion takeover offer for Chile's biggest electricity distributor Compania General de Electricidad, in a bid to boost its presence in growing Latin American markets. As part of the deal with those investors, Gas Natural will...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 12- Investment funds will come under increased focus from global financial regulators, the head of a worldwide push to prevent a repeat of the financial crisis said on Sunday. "However, there must also be a focus, as there has been with banks, on the systemic risks it could create," he said in a speech on the sidelines of meetings at the International...

  • SAO PAULO, Oct 12- Business-friendly opposition candidate Aecio Neves received a crucial boost in Brazil's presidential election race on Sunday with the endorsement of popular environmentalist Marina Silva two weeks before his runoff against incumbent Dilma Rousseff. He needs the support of most of Silva's supporters if he is to defeat the leftist...

  • Oct 12- It is possible that other healthcare workers who came into contact with an Ebola patient in Texas could be at risk of contracting the disease, a U.S. health official said on Sunday after one medical worker was confirmed to have been infected. "If this individual was exposed, which they were, it is possible that other individuals were exposed," Dr.

  • CDC DIRECTOR: APPEARS AT THIS TIME THAT THERE IS ONLY ONE PERSON WHO MAY HAVE HAD CONTACT WITH HEALTHCARE WORKER WHILE SHE MAY HAVE BEEN INFECTIOUS.

  • CDC DIRECTOR SAYS MAY SEE ADDITIONAL CASES OF EBOLA AMONG HEALTH WORKERS.

  • CDC DIRECTOR SAYS A BREACH IN PROTOCOL WAS TO BLAME FOR TEXAS EBOLA INFECTION.

  • TESTING OF SECOND EBOLA PATIENT IN DALLAS WILL BE COMPLETED LATER ON SUNDAY- US CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION DIRECTOR SAYS.

  • *Saudi Arabia reopens after week-long holiday. DUBAI, Oct 12- Stock markets across the Middle East tumbled on Sunday, led by Dubai and Saudi Arabia where the main indexes sank 6.5 percent, as declines on global bourses and falling oil prices sparked a broad sell-off in the region. Global markets took a big hit on Friday as investors fled to the safety of government...

  • DUBAI/ KUWAIT, Oct 12- OPEC is unlikely to cut oil production in an effort to prop up prices because such a move would not necessarily be effective, Kuwait's oil minister Ali al-Omair was quoted as saying by state news agency KUNA on Sunday. "I don't think today there is a chance that countries would reduce their production, especially since the target that OPEC has...

  • But the reality is that Germany hasn't looked this isolated over its policy prescriptions for Europe since the height of the euro zone financial crisis more than two years ago. Treasury Secretary who in an unusually frank panel discussion accused Germany of leading Europe down a path of Japanese-style deflation with a misguided focus on budget...

  • ZURICH, Oct 12- Switzerland's business elite published an appeal in a Swiss newspaper on Sunday to save the country's accords with the European Union from unravelling due to a vote earlier this year to curb immigration from the bloc. The move could violate a free movement of citizens pact and threaten Switzerland's other agreements with the 28- member union.

  • OMV CEO Roiss's job on the line as board set to meet Sunday, 12 Oct 2014 | 10:00 AM ET

    By Shadia Nasralla and Angelika Gruber. VIENNA, Oct 12- Pressure is mounting for an early departure of Gerhard Roiss as chief executive of OMV after a drop in operating earnings and as local media and sources close to the company report corporate infighting. A year ago, OMV extended Roiss's contract until March 2017, but since then operating profit halved in the...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 12- Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said the divergence in monetary policy among the world's four largest central banks is justified as they reflect differences in their economic situations. The Federal Reserve and the Bank of England are moving towards normalizing their ultra-loose monetary policies, while the European Central...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 12- For Federal Reserve officials already worried about a persistent lack of U.S. wage and price growth, one corner of the bond market may be suggesting even more reason for alarm. The Treasury Inflation Protected Securities market is suggesting price stagnation may be just around the corner. Slowing global growth, particularly because of weakness...

  • ANALYSIS-In Brussels, reasons to be cheerful Sunday, 12 Oct 2014 | 7:57 AM ET

    *Juncker gets all but one of team confirmed by parliament. BRUSSELS, Oct 12- Jean-Claude Juncker has come through his first big test as the European Union's chief executive with reasons to be cheerful, even if he faces another tricky couple of weeks to get a team in place that can take office next month. The president-elect of the European Commission was pleased,...