*At least half a million people to flee during Mosul battle. BAGHDAD, July 30- Many Islamic State leaders have fled Mosul with their families towards Syria ahead of a planned offensive by U.S.-backed Iraqi forces on the city, Iraq's defence minister said on Saturday. "Many Daesh families and leaders in Mosul have sold their property and sneaked out towards Syria,... » Read More
Yiannis Stournaras said "fairly large" differences remain with debt inspectors from the so-called "troika" of the International Monetary Fund, European Union and European Central Bank. We shall see, "he told journalists after briefing Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on the day's negotiations in Athens.
BARI, Italy-- Former Bari defender Andrea Masiello has reached a plea deal for a 22- month suspended sentence for match-fixing after admitting that he scored an own-goal to help Lecce stay in Serie A. In May 2011, Masiello's own-goal helped Lecce win a southern derby 2-0 to avoid relegation after Bari had already been relegated.
NEW YORK, Oct 3- The leak in a truck loading propane at Hess Corp's 70,000 barrel per day refinery in Port Reading, New Jersey, has been stopped, and emergency responders are demobilizing, a company spokesman said on Wednesday. The leak developed at about 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday. Emergency responders worked to safely disperse the vapors.
Bolt grabbed the camera from Jimmy Wixtrom, of Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, and snapped shots of the crowd and teammate Yohan Blake, who finished second. Wixtrom put the camera up for sale this week on e-Bay, saying the proceeds will go to the Swedish Cancer Society and Bolt's own foundation for children in Jamaica. eBay is owned by eBay Inc..
HOUSTON, Oct 3- An exploration and production resurgence in the Gulf of Mexico two years after a six-month drilling shutdown because of the BP Plc oil spill is expected to increase output nearly 43 percent by 2019, energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie said on Wednesday.
*Wilan and gpc announce new venture. *Says WiLan will provide a financial investment for the purposes of acquiring. *Says gpc will be responsible for day-to-day operations.
*China, Europe services PMI disappoint. NEW YORK, Oct 3- Oil prices fell sharply on Wednesday as disappointing economic data from China and Europe reinforced concerns about slowing growth and weak petroleum demand, even as supportive U.S. data strengthened the dollar.
Oct 3- Moody's assigns Petaquilla Minerals Caa1 corporate family rating.
BRUSSELS, Oct 3- Britain warned on Wednesday it would be unacceptable for the European Central Bank to have too dominant a role in a new system of supervision designed to watch over the region's banks.
U.S. stocks rose on Wednesday after stronger-than-expected employment and service-sector data in the United States, but a gloomier outlook in China and Europe weighed on commodity prices and hit energy and materials shares. **SAREPTA THERAPEUTICS INC, $40.65, up 171 pct. **HEWLETT-PACKARD CO, $15.67, down 8.4 pct.
*Co plans to meet with FDA around year-end or early next year. By Adithya Venkatesan and Balaji Sridharan. Oct 3- An experimental drug improved walking ability in boys suffering from a rare degenerative disease that causes progressive muscle loss, data from a new study showed, nearly tripling the market value of its developer Sarepta Therapeutics Inc.
The Institute for Supply Management said its index of service companies rose to 55.1 in September, the highest level since March. The euro fell to $1.2899 in late trading Wednesday from $1.2917 late Tuesday. The dollar rose to 78.52 Japanese yen from 78.13 yen, to 0.9390 Swiss franc from 0.9364 Swiss franc and to 98.82 Canadian cents from 98.42 Canadian cents.
Oct 3- 3 M Co said Wednesday it had restructured into five major business groups, down from six, and set up new roles for some of its senior executives.
"The tighter October loading schedule has pushed the front-end of the Brent CFD curve into steep backwardation while Platts is assessing Forties at the highest premiums to the 10-25 day Brent strip since late August," said Eugene Lindell, senior crude market analyst at JBC Energy in Vienna. Total bid Oct. 20-24 Forties to dated plus 45 cents and.
NEW YORK-- Boeing Co. and the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of General Electric Co. have agreed on a firm order for 85 737 s. With this order, GE Capital Aviation Services has ordered 580 airplanes directly from Boeing since 1995..
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 3- Hewlett-Packard offered a 2013 earnings outlook on Wednesday that underscored slow progress on CEO Meg Whitman's turnaround plan and decelerating technology spending worldwide, sending its shares to a nine-year low.
Oct 3- Westjet Airlines Ltd:. *National Bank Financial raises Westjet Airlines Ltd price target to. Reuters Station users, click. 1568 For a summary of rating and price target changes on Canadian companies:.
LONDON, Oct 3- Crude oil tanker earnings on the major Middle East route were weaker on Wednesday as slow business and a surplus of vessel availability took their toll on rate sentiment.
*Sets quarterly dividend of $0.25 per share.
CAIRO, Oct 3- Egypt's prime minister said an IMF team would come to Cairo in the last week of October to resume talks on a loan sought by his government, which was still working on the major issue of how to reduce fuel subsidies.