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  • Reuters World News Highlights at 0945 GMT, Nov 02 Friday, 2 Nov 2012 | 10:00 AM ET

    BEIJING- Potentially sinister threats to China's ruling Communist Party sit unnoticed in cages perched on a rooftop above a small alleyway in southwestern Beijing.

  • Fishing thwarts Antarctic marine sanctuary idea Friday, 2 Nov 2012 | 9:43 AM ET

    At a meeting in Australia, the United States and New Zealand were rebuffed after submitting a joint proposal to protect the Ross Sea, which is considered one of the most pristine oceans in the world. But at the Australian meeting, some nations, including Russia, the Ukraine and China, balked at the proposal.

  • *Economy contracts in Q3, for the first time since 2009. KIEV, Nov 2- Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich's ruling party finds itself with a small window of opportunity to carry out painful but badly needed changes to streamline the economy.

  • MEXICO CITY, Nov 1- World finance chiefs this weekend will press the United States on how it can prevent its fiscal problems from hitting the global economy and will seek reassurance from Europe that it has a grip on its debt crisis.

  • INSIGHT-Putin's Russia: more fragile than it looks Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 7:48 PM ET

    *Exodus of talent and money from Russia. Russia is exporting three things in great quantity, says a leading Moscow banker: natural resources, capital and people. Only the first could be regarded as healthy and sustainable; the other two imply that oligarchs and ordinary citizens alike are turning their back on Putin's Russia.

  • Nov 1- Estée Lauder Cos Inc scaled back the top end of its full-year forecast for sales Thursday amid uncertainty in some key markets, and said it expects poor demand in Europe to persist. While sales growth was strong in the United States and China, Europe was a drag in the last quarter, with France, Spain, Russia and Switzerland showing declines.

  • *Company hopes to cut costs by $400 million/ yr within 3 years. Nov 1- Avon Products Inc slashed its dividend by nearly 74 percent on Thursday and announced measures to cut hundreds of millions of dollars in costs in the next few years as its new chief executive officer continues to work on a turnaround.

  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 1430 GMT / 1030 AM ET Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 2:58 PM ET

    Exxon Mobil, the world's largest publicly traded oil company, reports a lower profit that topped expectations, as higher results from its refining arm counters a 7.5 decline in oil and gas output. (EXXON-EARNINGS/ moved, by Anna Driver, 320 words).

  • MOSCOW, Nov 1- Rosneft more than doubled its cash reserves in the third quarter, as the state-owned Russian oil firm bolsters its finances ahead of its $55 billion acquisition of Anglo-Russian oil producer TNK-BP. ``It is always like this,'' said Vitaly Kruykov from brokerage IFD Kapital. ``The company had been accumulating cash... in this case for TNK-BP.''.

  • *Profit excluding items 79 cents/ share vs Street view 77 cents. Shares of New York- based Estee Lauder fell 2.6 percent to $60 in premarket trading. Revenue in the fiscal first quarter rose 2.9 percent to $2.55 billion, dragged down by disappointing sales in Europe that included decreases in key markets like Russia and France.

  • UPDATE 1-Avon slashes dividend as profit plunges Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 11:44 AM ET

    Nov 1- Avon Products Inc slashed its dividend by nearly 74 percent on Thursday, while also announcing measures to cut costs by at least $400 million within three years and reporting a steep plunge in third-quarter earnings.

  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 0930 GMT / 05.30 AM ET Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 9:54 AM ET

    BEIJING/ LONDON- Big Asian economies are slowly picking up after a year spent battling against global headwinds, according to business surveys and data released that showed renewed vim from China's factory sector and a rebound in South Korean exports (GLOBAL-ECONOMY/PMIS,, moved, by Lucy Hornby and Se Young Lee, 950 words).

  • *Archer Daniels Midland bid $2.8 bln for GrainCorp. MOSCOW, Oct 31- Russian investment and trading group Summa has asked the state development bank Vnesheconombank to fund a possible acquisition of Australia's GrainCorp, sources told Reuters on Wednesday.

  • JERUSALEM, Oct 31- Potash Corp, the world's No. 1 fertilizer maker, is ramping up efforts to buy Israel Chemicals Ltd, appealing directly to Israel's prime minister to back a deal that would rank as the largest foreign takeover of an Israeli company.

  • *Wheat jumps on 300,000 tonnes Egypt purchase. LONDON, Oct 31- Commodities edged higher on Wednesday as investors dipped back into risky assets, but the sector was on track for its worst monthly loss since May as worries resurfaced about demand for raw materials.

  • BUENOS AIRES, Oct 30- Argentina could lose 20 percent of its projected corn crop and 10 percent of its soy this season as violent storms lash the Pampas, turning prime farmland into unplantable mush, a local expert said on Tuesday.

  • LONDON, Oct 30- Imperial Tobacco has taken a 1.2 billion-pound writedown on its Spanish business as the impoverished country's smokers turn to cheaper black market cigarettes.

  • *Argentina is world's No. 2 corn exporter after the U.S. BUENOS AIRES, Oct 30- Argentina could lose 20 percent of its projected corn crop and 10 percent of its soy this season because of violent storms that have lashed the Pampas farm belt over the last three months, a local expert said on Tuesday.

  • *Boeing sees up to $27 bln in Russian titanium buying. MOSCOW, Oct 30- Boeing Co will sell 35 of its 737 MAX airliners to an aircraft leasing arm of Russian Technologies in a deal worth $3.5 billion, the companies said on Tuesday.

  • LONDON, Oct 30- British oil group BP Plc raised its dividend on Tuesday, confident it can fight back from a devastating U.S. oil spill with a big pile of cash, a rejigged business in Russia and a focus on exploration and production.