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  • *Rebel crisis fuels tension in Africa's most volatile region. KIGALI, Oct 4- President Paul Kagame said on Thursday Western governments were "dead wrong" in blaming Rwanda for the rebellion in neighbouring eastern Congo and threatening Kigali with aid cuts, and he pledged to stand firm against his accusers.

  • FARGO, N.D.-- Representatives of six North Dakota companies are going on a trade mission to the South American nation of Colombia next week. It is the first North Dakota trade mission to Colombia in four years.

  • JX Holdings Inc fell 1.6 percent to 434 yen after a source said Pan Pacific Copper Co, its joint venture with Mitsui Mining and Smelting, has cut its term premium for copper by 15 percent from last year to $85 per tonne for Chinese clients' 2013 shipments.

  • Mitch Daniels is touting investments in Indiana's public employee pension funds during his last few months in office. Daniels said Thursday that $207 million will be invested in teacher pensions, along with $90 million toward judges' pensions and $32 million for police pensions.

  • --Health Care Service Corp. has a very strong financial risk profile underpinned by excellent balance sheet strength and very strong business risk profile. --We are affirming our' AA-' financial strength on Health Care Service Corp. and our' AA-' issue rating on its $500 million senior notes.

  • DUBAI, Oct 4- HSBC Holdings Plc is to significantly scale back the scope of its global Islamic banking operations, as the business becomes the latest area to be affected by a wider restructuring at the UK- based bank.

  • Barclays announced a shake up at its investment banking business aimed at streamlining the business in the face of a more challenging outlook for the industry. Wells Fargo's international group named Christopher Lewis as executive vice-president and head of global trade services.

  • Oct 4- Liquid Nutrition Group Inc:. *Appoints evan brown as new chief financial officer. *Most recently, brown served as assistant controller of York capital.

  • WASHINGTON/ LONDON, Oct 3- To win approval for their planned $45 billion merger, EADS and BAE systems must persuade Washington to let a pan-European behemoth control some of the most sensitive U.S. defence contracts, without triggering a political backlash.

  • Trading house Marubeni Corp gained 1.4 percent to 498 yen after Barclays Securities lifted its price target on the stock to 700 yen from 650, saying the company had lower exposure to resources businesses than its peers. to 1,860 yen from 2,000, Mitsui& Co to 1,320 yen from 1,350, Sumitomo Corp to 1,190 yen from 1,230, and Itochu Corp to 1,070 yen from 1,100..

  • CHARLESTON, S.C.-- A new study concludes that a wind farm off the South Carolina coast could mean billions of dollars in wages and thousands of jobs. The study released Wednesday was compiled by Clemson's Restoration Institute and its Strom Thurmond Institute of Government and Public Affairs for the state Energy Office.

  • MIAMI-- Three female Wal-Mart Stores Inc. employees have filed a lawsuit in South Florida claiming the retail giant discriminates against women in areas such as wages and promotion opportunities.

  • --U.S. emergency transport services provider Rural/Metro announced very weak EBITDA for the June 2012 quarter, well below our expectations, driven by a significant charge for uncollectible receivables. --Cash flow is also negative for fiscal-year 2012, whereas we had been expecting modest positive cash flow.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 4- Sprint Nextel Corp is weighing a potential rival bid for MetroPCS Communications Inc, which agreed on Wednesday to a merger with Deutsche Telekom AG's T-Mobile USA, according to sources familiar with the situation. Sprint Nextel could also wait until the MetroPCS-T-Mobile deal is complete before making a move, one of the sources said.

  • ALBANY, N.Y.-- While New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman alleges massive fraud in mortgage-backed securities in a lawsuit filed this week, he's not criminally prosecuting anyone. The civil suit claims misconduct by Bear Stearns& Co. in 2006-2007 cost investors $22.5 billion in losses and left them holding an additional $30 billion in bad loans.

  • NEW YORK-- An encouraging report on the labor market and better sales from Costco and other retail stores helped push the stock market higher Thursday. Aluminum giant Alcoa led the 30 stocks in the Dow with a 3.3 percent surge, rising 29 cents to $9.07.

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  • HOUSTON-- Exploration and development company ZaZa Energy Corp. said Thursday it may sell its French assets. ZaZa Energy said it makes no assurances that the sale will be completed. Its shares lost 5 cents to $2.70 in midday trading after dropping as low as $2.65 earlier in the session, their lowest level since August 2011.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 4- Brent and U.S. crude futures rose more than $2 on Thursday as the turmoil in Syria reinforced fears about supply disruptions, and with the dollar weakening and Wall Street higher after European Central Bank's chief remarks encouraged hopes the euro zone debt crisis is being addressed.

  • NEW YORK-- BioSante Pharmaceuticals Inc. said Thursday it will merge with ANI Pharmaceuticals in an all-stock deal worth about $94 million. BioSante valued the deal at $93 million to $95 million based on its current share price, according to a company spokesman.