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  • *Hermitage Plaza towers designed by UK architect Foster. PARIS, Nov 4- For Paris, a city whose priciest apartments boast mansard roofs and wrought-iron balconies, it's an audacious bet: a pair of shimmering, largely residential, luxury towers that might look more at home in Dubai or Shanghai.

  • VERKHNYAYA SINYACHIKHA, Russia, Nov 5- Factory smokestacks tower over weathered wooden houses in this provincial Russian town, part of the industrial heartland that helped propel Vladimir Putin into the presidency.

  • CAIRO, Nov 4- The international mediator on Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, called on Sunday for world powers to issue a U.N. Security Council resolution based on a deal they reached in June to set up a transitional government in a bid to end the bloodshed.

  • MEXICO CITY, Nov 4- Finance chiefs of the world's leading economies are ringing alarm bells over the U.S. fiscal cliff and Europe's debt woes at a meeting in Mexico this weekend as they look to push back deficit reduction targets to help boost growth.

  • *US budget uncertainty looms large over Mexico meeting. MEXICO CITY, Nov 4- Finance chiefs of the world's 20 leading economies are ringing alarm bells over the U.S. fiscal cliff and Europe's debt woes at a meeting in Mexico this weekend as they look to push back deficit reduction targets to help boost growth.

  • *Hermitage Plaza towers designed by UK architect Foster. PARIS, Nov 4- For Paris, a city whose priciest apartments boast mansard roofs and wrought-iron balconies, it's an audacious bet: a pair of shimmering, largely residential, luxury towers that might look more at home in Dubai or Shanghai.

  • *US budget uncertainty looms large over Mexico meeting. MEXICO CITY, Nov 4- Finance chiefs of the world's 20 leading economies are ringing alarm bells over the U.S. fiscal cliff and Europe's debt woes at a meeting in Mexico this weekend as they look to push back deficit reduction targets to help boost growth.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 3- When Jeroen Aerts, a Dutchman tasked with crafting a plan to defend New York City from flooding, first looked at its coastline seven years ago, he was taken aback by how vulnerable it was.

  • By Edith Honan and Michelle Nichols. NEW YORK, Nov 2- Tempers frayed in long gas lines and millions were still without electricity across the U.S. Northeast on Friday as the death toll from superstorm Sandy hit 102 and crews searched for more victims in devastated communities in New York and New Jersey.

  • New York City canceled its annual marathon in the face of mounting anger as utilities restored power to about a million East Coast homes and businesses but still had about 3.5 million customers in the dark four days after Sandy hit the U.S. coast.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 2- The United States is posed to slap steep anti-dumping duties on Russian hot-rolled steel in early December if the two sides cannot work out a new agreement in the coming weeks, U.S. industry and government sources said on Friday.

  • WASHINGTON- U.S. employers stepped up hiring in October and the jobless rate ticked higher as more workers restarted job hunts, a hopeful sign for a lacklustre economy that has been a drag on President Barack Obama's re-election chances. ( USA- ECONOMY/JOBS, moving shortly, by Jason Lange, 830 words).

  • 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.

  • DUBLIN, Nov 2- Ireland jailed former billionaire Sean Quinn on Friday for failing to disclose assets he was hiding abroad, completing the fall from grace of the richest man in Ireland's ``Celtic Tiger'' boom.

  • *Raised exposure to US, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Russia. OSLO, Nov 2- Norway's $660 billion sovereign wealth fund continued its long-term plan to cut investments in Europe in the third quarter, slashing its holdings of Spanish and French debt just as those countries try to recover investors' trust.

  • *Stocks build in Europe as refinery maintenance ends. Middle distillates inventories, which include heating oil, diesel and jet, had been running at multi-year lows in both the United States and Europe- threatening to ramp up heating bills for households in the event of an early cold snap.

  • MOSCOW, Nov 2- Russia's oil output hit a post-Soviet high in October as a beefed-up Rosneft, soon to be the world's biggest crude supplier, dug deeper into hard-to-reach fields.

  • By Radu Marinas and Sam Cage and Justyna Pawlak and Raissa Kasolowsky. BUCHAREST/ BRUSSELS/ DUBAI, Nov 2- Two months into anti-government protests in Syria last year, as the military crackdown grew more vicious, the European Union and United States introduced sanctions against President Bashar al-Assad, his security chiefs and members of his family.

  • *Scarabeo 9 drilling rig leaving Cuba for West Africa. Communist Party newspaper Granma reported that a well drilled off western Cuba by Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA had been plugged because it ``did not offer possibilities of commercial exploitation.''.

  • 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.