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  • 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.

  • Reuters World News Highlights at 1000 GMT, Oct 30 Tuesday, 30 Oct 2012 | 10:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK/ REHOBOTH BEACH- Sandy, one of the biggest storms to hit the United States, pounded the east coast on Tuesday, flooding large parts of New York City, bringing transport to a halt and interrupting the presidential campaign.

  • Reuters World News Highlights at 1400 GMT, Oct 29 Monday, 29 Oct 2012 | 2:00 PM ET

    ROME- Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi faced a fresh setback on Monday as early counting in a local election in Sicily showed his divided centre-right party trailing in a former stronghold and big gains for the anti-establishment 5 Star Movement.

  • Reuters World News Highlights at 1000 GMT, Oct 29 Monday, 29 Oct 2012 | 10:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON- With one week left in the tight battle for the White House, it's all about the vital swing state of Ohio. Unless it's about Colorado- or Iowa, or tiny New Hampshire.

  • Greece Riskier Investment Than Libya, Syria: CFO Survey

    Despite huge efforts to keep the euro zone afloat, business leaders now believe that some of the region’s most troubled countries are riskier places to invest than war-torn nations in the Middle East or North Africa.

  • Reuters World News Highlights at 0820 GMT, Oct 29 Monday, 29 Oct 2012 | 8:20 AM ET

    NEW YORK- Hurricane Sandy, which could become the largest storm ever to hit the United States, is set to bring much of the East Coast, including New York and Washington, to a virtual standstill in the next few days with battering winds, flooding and the risk of widespread power outages.

  • In shaky Syrian holiday truce, enemies eye victory Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 9:58 PM ET

    LONDON, Oct 26- Lakhdar Brahimi's holiday truce may have saved Syrian lives on Friday, as government troops and rebels drew breath on several fronts- though dozens still shed blood on Eid al-Adha, the Muslim Feast of Sacrifice.

  • *Hurricane Sandy threat to U.S. Ease Coast. NEW YORK, Oct 26- Brent oil rose a second day on Friday, recovering from an early decline as supportive U.S. economic data coupled with North Sea and Nigerian production problems yielded some relief from concerns about Spain and tepid global demand.

  • *Hurricane Sandy threatens U.S. after slamming Cuba. NEW YORK, Oct 26- Brent oil pushed higher on Friday in choppy trading, recovering from an early decline as supportive U.S. economic data coupled with North Sea and Nigerian production problems yielded some relief from concerns about Spain and tepid global demand.

  • Reuters World News Highlights 1400 GMT, Oct 26 Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 2:11 PM ET

    NASSAU- Hurricane Sandy pounded the Bahamas with battering winds and rain on Friday, sweeping over the island chain after killing 21 people across the Caribbean and posing a menacing threat to the U.S. East Coast.

  • *Weeping, Kweku Adoboli tells court was all for bank's benefit. LONDON, Oct 26- Former UBS trader Kweku Adoboli wept on Friday as he told a jury that his ``off-book trades'' were done for the benefit of a bank that meant everything to him. The 32- year-old British-educated Ghanaian was arrested on Sept. 15, 2011, and blamed for losses of $2.3 billion.

  • LONDON, Oct 26- Accused UBS ``rogue trader'' Kweku Adoboli said on Friday he did not believe his behaviour had been fraudulent and it was unfair to suggest that his previous jobs in the UBS back office had given him the knowledge and skills to commit fraud.

  • ANALYSIS-Hamas brinkmanship masks quiet confidence Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 10:09 AM ET

    *Arab Spring puts Hamas on broader Islamist path. *Hamas aims to lead Palestinian national movement.

  • *Iran to seek more coking coal as steel imports banned. Despite the setbacks, industry sources say producers in Ukraine are providing Iran with coking coal, also known as metallurgical coal, and coke- key steel ingredients.

  • Reuters World News Highlights 2200 GMT Oct 25 Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 10:04 PM ET

    BEIRUT/ GENEVA- Syria's army command announced a ceasefire on Thursday to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al Adha but said it reserved the right to respond to any rebel attack or moves to reinforce President Bashar al-Assad's armed foes.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 25- Brent crude futures edged higher on Thursday after seven straight sessions of losses, as the threat of Hurricane Sandy to East Coast gasoline and heating oil supplies lifted markets.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 25- Brent crude futures edged higher on Thursday after seven straight sessions of losses, as the threat of Hurricane Sandy to East Coast gasoline and heating oil supplies lifted markets.

  • Reuters World News Highlights 1800 GMT Oct 25 Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 6:01 PM ET

    BEIRUT/ GENEVA- Syria's army command announced a ceasefire on Thursday to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al Adha but said it reserved the right to respond to any rebel attack or moves to reinforce President Bashar al-Assad's armed foes.

  • Could events beyond campaign control jolt race? Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 1:53 PM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.-- An election-eve terrorist strike. Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney are on guard for anything that could push the presidential race from its taut course. They've got a plan and they are now going to execute it, "said Carter Eskew, a top strategist for Democrat Al Gore during a 2000 campaign that came up just short."

  • Reuters World News Highlights 1000 GMT, Oct 25 Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 10:16 AM ET

    HAVANA- Hurricane Sandy, strengthening rapidly after crossing the warm Caribbean Sea, slammed into southeastern Cuba early on Thursday with 105 mph winds that cut power and blew over trees across the city of Santiago de Cuba.