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  • WASHINGTON, Nov 2- An encouraging October jobs report may give President Barack Obama an 11th- hour campaign boost, but perhaps more importantly it denies Republican challenger Mitt Romney an opportunity to put an exclamation point on his argument that Obama has failed to turn around the economy.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 2- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Friday issued a temporary, blanket waiver of the Jones Act to allow foreign-flagged oil tankers from the Gulf of Mexico to help supply the Northeast with fuel, after Hurricane Sandy shut two refineries in the region.

  • 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).

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 2- 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 lackluster economy that has been a drag on President Barack Obama's re-election chances. Employers added 171,000 people to their payrolls last month, the Labor Department said on Friday.

  • 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.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 2- Demand for U.S. factory goods rose in September by the most in over a year, although a gauge of business investment plans pointed to lackluster momentum in the economic recovery despite a slight upward revision. New orders for manufactured goods climbed 4.8 percent, the Commerce Department said on Friday.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 2- The White House said on Friday that data showing hiring in the United States increased in October was proof the economy is on the mend, and stressed that the nation needs to stay with President Barack Obama's policies to dig out of hole created by the recession.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 2- Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney said on Friday the uptick in the U.S. employment rate to 7.9 percent shows the economy continues to struggle.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 2- U.S. employers stepped up hiring in October, a hopeful sign for the economic recovery and potentially an 11th hour boost for President Barack Obama's bid for re-election, even though the unemployment rate rose from near four-year lows.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 2- 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 lackluster economy that has been a drag on President Barack Obama's reelection chances. Employers added 171,000 people to their payrolls last month, the Labor Department said on Friday.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 2- U.S. employers stepped up hiring in October, a hopeful sign for the economic recovery and potentially an 11th hour boost for President Barack Obama's bid for re-election, even though the unemployment rate rose from near four-year lows.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 2- The long, bumpy road to America's ``fiscal cliff'' has been traced over many years by Congress and successive U.S. presidents. Now, crucial deadlines loom at year-end on major budget and tax issues, a convergence of problems Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke dubbed a ``fiscal cliff.'' Will lawmakers rise to the challenge?

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 2- After the Nov. 6 elections, Congress and the White House will face tough decisions on tax rates, tax breaks and budget cuts in a convergence of high-stakes deadlines that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke dubbed a' massive fiscal cliff.'.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 2- After the Nov. 6 elections, urgent tax and spending issues must be addressed, forcing Washington's power players to make some tough decisions before the end of the year. Regardless of who wins the Nov. 6 presidential election, Obama will be in the White House during the final months of 2012 when the ``fiscal cliff'' must be dealt with.

  • 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.

  • BOSTON-- Should he prevail Tuesday, Mitt Romney would bring a CEO's eye to the White House and a policy agenda based on a general set of principles and focused more on data than ideology. And he would likely have to work with a divided Congress to accomplish it all.

  • TOKYO, Nov 2- Japan looks poised to avoid falling off its own version of a' fiscal cliff' after the main opposition party signalled it will no longer hold a critical deficit financing bill hostage to its push for an early election.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 2- The U.S. unemployment rate probably rose in October as employers stepped up hiring only slightly, underscoring President Barack Obama's vulnerability in next week's presidential election.

  • Any increase in the rate would mean that President Barack Obama would face voters with the highest unemployment rate of any incumbent since Franklin Roosevelt. In 1976, President Gerald Ford lost to Jimmy Carter when unemployment was 7.8 percent.

  • *Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, JPMorgan Chase top list. *G20 finance ministers meet in Mexico this weekend. Nov 1- Citigroup Inc, Deutsche Bank, HSBC and JPMorgan Chase& Co will need to hold the most extra capital of 28 banks considered so large and complex they need an extra buffer to absorb potential losses, global regulators said on Thursday.