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  • CANBERRA, Oct 3- Australian shares are set to open higher on Wednesday, extending recent gains after the Reserve Bank of Australia cut its main cash rate, although uncertainty over Europe's debt crisis and China's growth will still weigh on investor sentiment.

  • It's not just a matter of keeping up with the times, Duncan said in remarks to the National Press Club. South Korea, which consistently outperforms the U.S. when it comes to educational outcomes, is moving far faster than the U.S. in adopting digital learning environments.

  • *India is largest source of migrants to Australia. SYDNEY, Oct 3- India's wealthy, from old money to nouveaux riches IT entrepreneurs, are quietly snapping up hotels and mines Down Under just as Australia embarks on an immigration campaign to attract long-term investment.

  • *MSCI says switch covers $24 million of annual operating income. Oct 2- Vanguard Group, the largest U.S. mutual fund manager, said on Tuesday it was switching 22 of its biggest index funds away from benchmarks provided by MSCI Inc in order to cut costs.

  • *MSCI says switch covers $24 million of annual operating income. Oct 2- Vanguard Group, the largest U.S. mutual fund manager, said on Tuesday it was switching 22 of its biggest index funds away from benchmarks provided by MSCI Inc in order to cut costs.

  • It's not just a matter of keeping up with the times, Duncan said in remarks to the National Press Club. South Korea, which consistently outperforms the U.S. when it comes to educational outcomes, is moving far faster than the U.S. in adopting digital learning environments.

  • NEW YORK-- ArQule Inc. stock lost more than half its value in Tuesday trading after the company said it stopped a clinical trial of its cancer drug tivantinib because the therapy was not improving survival in lung cancer patients.

  • BOSTON-- Vanguard Group is trying to bolster its appeal to cost-conscious investors by reducing a key expense of investing in low-cost index mutual funds: fees paid to firms that license benchmarks covering segments of the stock market that the funds track.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 2- Singapore's manufacturing sector contracted for a third consecutive month in September as new orders fell further, a business survey showed, bolstering the view the trade-dependent city-state likely slipped into recession in the third quarter.

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  • BANGKOK-- World stock markets lost momentum Tuesday as investors weighed an improvement in U.S. manufacturing against the possibility Spain's government debt will be downgraded to junk status. Britain's FTSE 100 fell 0.3 percent to 5,806.11. In Asia, Japan's Nikkei 225 index shed morning gains to close 0.1 percent lower at 8,786.05.

  • SEOUL, Oct 2- Korea East West Power Co has bought steaming coal via spot and five-year term tenders closed on Sept. 19, a company source said on Tuesday. The utility purchased 65,000 tonnes of Indonesian coal of 4,600 kcal/kg via a spot tender from Klandee Resources Pte Ltd, the source said, but did not give any price information.

  • --We think French chemicals producer SPCM S.A.' s quarterly EBITDA could stay close to its strong first-half 2012 level given its positioning on defensive and growing end-markets, and its limited exposure to Europe.

  • *Case builds for rate cut at Bank of Korea Oct. 11 meeting. SEOUL, Oct 2- South Korea's central bank promised on Tuesday to direct policy at shoring up the sputtering economy, as a survey showed the manufacturing sector shrank by the most in nearly four years, adding to expectations it will cut interest rates next week.

  • SYDNEY, Oct 2- Australian shares rallied 1 percent on Tuesday to their highest close in five months after the central bank cut its main cash rate in a bid to bolster growth in the face of weak commodity prices and global uncertainty.

  • SYDNEY, Oct 2- Australian shares rallied 1 percent to their highest close in five months after Australia's central bank cut its main cash rate in a bid to bolster growth in the face of weak commodity prices and global uncertainty.

  • SEOUL, Oct 2- South Korean shares ended flat on Tuesday, paring earlier gains as trading was subdued heading into a holiday on Wednesday.

  • *MSCI Asia ex- Japan up 0.3 pct, Nikkei recovers from 3- week low. inched up 0.1 percent, suggesting a firm start on Wall Street, but financial spreadbetters expected London's FTSE 100.

  • SYDNEY, Oct 2- Australia's central bank cut interest rates by a quarter point to a three-year trough of 3.25 percent on Tuesday as a slowdown in China, falling export prices and a high currency all dimmed the economic outlook at home.

  • Seoul, Oct 2- South Korea's main KOSPI share index was up 0.24 percent at 2,001.13 points as of 0434 GMT. The food and beverage index jumped to a record high, which analysts attributed to holidays in Korea and China boosting demand and earnings. Orion Corp, another food manufacturer, was also trading at an all-time high of 986,000 won.