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  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 0930 GMT / 04.30 AM ET Monday, 5 Nov 2012 | 9:54 AM ET

    HSBC profit hit by $800 mln charge for U.S. fine. LONDON- HSBC sets aside $1.5 billion to cover potential U.S. fines for lax anti-money laundering controls and the final bill could be significantly higher. ( HSBC/, expect by 1000 GMT/ 5 AM ET, by Steve Slater and Matt Scuffham, 400 words).

  • HONG KONG, Nov 5- Hong Kong shares eased slightly on Monday, as caution ahead of the U.S. presidential election spurred mild profit-taking after a strong run-up last week lifted the Hang Seng Index to a 15- month high.

  • HONG KONG, Nov 5- China shares eased slightly as investors paused after the recent rally ahead of the start of the 18th Party Congress that will usher in the country's next generation of leaders and the U.S. presidential election on Tuesday.

  • RPT-Russian developer bets on "Manhattan sur Seine" Monday, 5 Nov 2012 | 7:00 AM ET

    *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.

  • *PBOC sets weaker midpoint for third day. SHANGHAI, Nov 5- China's central bank set the yuan midpoint weaker for the third consecutive trading day on Monday, but customers continued to unload dollars, causing the spot rate to repeatedly bump into the limit of its trading band.

  • *Foxconn surges more than 30 pct after Citigroup upgrade. HONG KONG, Nov 5- Hong Kong shares eased slightly on Monday, as caution ahead of the U.S. presidential elections spurred mild profit-taking after a strong run-up last week lifted the local benchmark to a 15- month high.

  • The near term is always always uncertain,'' Christian Murck, president of the American Chamber of Commerce in China and independent director of J.P. Morgan Chase Ltd, told Reuters. A lighter regulatory touch on bond writing, derivatives and funding channels are seen as crucial to foreign banks' growth in China.

  • *Romney has said will declare China currency manipulator on ``day one''. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney would lack the legal power to label China a currency manipulator on his first day in office should he win Tuesday's election, offering him a way out of what experts say is the weakest claim on the issue for years.

  • *Investment boom is legacy of party boss aiming for China's top ruling body. TIANJIN, China, Nov 5- Dong Zizhou casts his fishing net from the shore and fixes his gaze on a stand of 15 unfinished skyscrapers rising like concrete skeletons beside the Hai River, heralding China's ambition to develop the world's largest financial centre.

  • Russian developer bets on "Manhattan sur Seine" Sunday, 4 Nov 2012 | 9:56 AM ET

    *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.

  • Reuters World News Highlights at 1345 GMT, Nov 02 Friday, 2 Nov 2012 | 2:00 PM 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.

  • LONDON, Nov 2- Copper fell on Friday, on course for the fourth weekly drop, pressured by concerns about demand from top consumer China and as the dollar rose following better-than-expected labour market data from the United States.

  • LONDON, Nov 2- World shares were steady near two-week highs and the dollar at a seven-week high ahead of U.S. jobs data that will provide the last major signal on the state of the world's leading economy before its voters pick a president on Tuesday.

  • LONDON, Nov 2- Copper prices slipped on Friday, and were on course for their fourth weekly drop, as uncertainty about economic growth and the outlook for demand kept investors cautious ahead of the release of labour market data from the United States.

  • 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.

  • SHANGHAI, Nov 2- China's yuan ended slightly weaker on Friday even after hitting the strong-side boundary of its daily trading band for a fourth straight day, as China's central bank tightened its grip on the currency with the weakest midpoint fix in over a week.

  • *China equity fund inflows highest this year: EPFR Global. *Galaxy Entertainment at record high on Oct gambling revenue. HONG KONG, Nov 2- Hong Kong shares had their best week in seven, with the Hang Seng Index hitting a 15- month high as fund inflows buoyed hopes of more gains before year's end, encouraging investors to build riskier positions.

  • BEIJING/ SHANGHAI, Nov 2- Honda Motor Co Ltd's China car sales plunged 54 percent in October from a year earlier, with the pace of decline accelerating from the previous month as Japanese automakers suffer the backlash from a territorial dispute between Beijing and Tokyo.

  • The FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares opened broadly flat at 1109.98 points, with London's FTSE 100, Paris's CAC-40 and Frankfurt's DAX mixed as investors opted for caution ahead of the U.S. data.

  • HONG KONG, Nov 2- Hong Kong shares had their best week in seven on Friday, with the Hang Seng Index hitting a 15- month high as fund inflows buoyed hopes of further gains by year-end and encouraged investors to build riskier positions. The China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings in Hong Kong rose 1.2 percent on the day and 3.7 percent this week.