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  • WASHINGTON— From the outside, the housing market looks solid: Sales are climbing. Mortgage rates are near historic lows. The Associated Press spoke with Rohit Gupta, chief executive of Genworth Mortgage Insurance, about today's housing market.

  • Sept 25- Iran introduced credit cards for the first time on Sunday, the Iranian Students' News Agency reported. Iran is looking to bolster its oil production and economy after world powers in January lifted sanctions against the Islamic Republic in return for Tehran complying with a deal to curb its nuclear ambitions. Valiollah Seif, the head of the central bank...

  • Sept 25- Iran introduced credit cards for the first time on Sunday, the Iranian Students' News Agency reported. Iran is looking to bolster its oil production and economy after world powers in January lifted sanctions against the Islamic Republic in return for Tehran complying with a deal to curb its nuclear ambitions. Valiollah Seif, the head of the central bank...

  • College tuition may be daunting, but so are the conversations about how to pay for it. START EARLY: Start talking to your kids as young as possible, said Judith Ward, a senior financial planner at T. Rowe Price. BE SPECIFIC: Keith Bernhardt, vice president of Fidelity's college savings program, said that by 9th or 10th grade those conversations should still be positive...

  • LOS ANGELES, Sept 25- Denzel Washington hit the bullseye again. He'll be back on screens at the end of the year in "Fences," an adaptation of August Wilson's play, that he directs and stars in alongside Viola Davis. "Storks," an animated comedy from Warner Bros., came in second with $21.8 million.

  • NEW YORK— Jane Pauley is becoming a morning television host again— this time at a much more relaxed pace. CBS said Sunday she will replace Charles Osgood as anchor of the "Sunday Morning" telecast. Pauley will be only the third host of the program since its 1979 start with Charles Kuralt.

  • MOSCOW, Sept 25- Reaching an agreement to stabilise global oil prices, including a possible deal to freeze output, is "non-critical" for Russia, its Energy Minister Alexander Novak was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying on Sunday. "For us, in principle, it's non-critical, but we believe that the process of market rebalancing could be advanced.

  • CHICAGO, Sept 25- Halloween enthusiasts need not take fright over the state of this year's U.S. pumpkin crop. "We're rebuilding our inventory right now and as soon as we have enough pumpkin canned we'll begin releasing the 2016 Libby's pumpkin to our retail partners," said Roz O'Hearn, spokeswoman for Libby's, supplier of more than 80 percent of U.S. canned pumpkin.

  • JERUSALEM— The Israeli military says it has indicted more than 145 Palestinians so far this year for incitement over social media. Israel says Facebook should do more to monitor and control content, raising a host of issues over whether the company is responsible for material posted by its users. Israeli lawmakers have proposed legislation that seeks to force...

  • ALGIERS, Sept 25- All options are possible for OPEC concerning an output cut or freeze with producers agreed on the need to stabilize the market, Algerian Energy Minister Noureddine Bouterfa said on Sunday. Bouterfa repeated his remarks that the informal gathering in Algiers could become a formal OPEC meeting. Before the Algiers meeting, Saudi Arabia and Iran...

  • *Draghi to defend ECB policies in Bundestag this week. BERLIN, Sept 25- Michael Stuebgen, a conservative member of the German parliament, was speaking with the head of a local savings bank recently about the European Central Bank's quantitative easing program. Stuebgen, a spokesman on European affairs for Chancellor Angela Merkel's party in the Bundestag,...

  • ALGIERS, Sept 25- All options are possible for OPEC concerning a cut or freeze of output with oil producers agreed on the need to stabilize the market, Algerian Energy Minister Noureddine Bouterfa said on Sunday. Members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries will meet on the sidelines of the International Energy Forum in Algeria from Sept....

  • ALGERIA ENERGY MINISTER SAYS' WE WILL NOT COME OUT OF MEETING EMPTY-HANDED' BEFORE ALGIERS OIL PRODUCER GATHERING.

  • ALGERIA ENERGY MINISTER SAYS ALL PRODUCERS AGREE ON NEED TO STABILIZE OIL MARKET.

  • ALGERIA ENERGY MINISTER SAYS ALGIERS GATHERING OF OIL PRODUCERS MAY TURN INTO FORMAL OPEC MEETING.

  • ALGERIA ENERGY MINISTER SAYS ALL OPTIONS' POSSIBLE' FOR OPEC CONCERNING AN OUTPUT FREEZE OR CUT.

  • SEOUL, Sept 25- Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Sunday it was delaying the start of new Galaxy Note 7 smartphone sales in South Korea by three days to Oct. 1, a move it says is needed for speedy completion of the ongoing recall in the country. Samsung announced on Sept. 2 a recall of at least 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 smartphones in 10 markets, including South...

  • *European businesses oppose special deal for Britain. *UK says firms need access to London financial services. Britain wants a trade deal that gives London's financial district, known as the City, access to EU clients while allowing the government to restrict migration from the bloc- something at odds with the basic rules of the European Union.

  • MADRID, Sept 25- An EU court ruling defending the right of temporary workers in Spain to receive severance pay is fuelling calls from Spanish unions and politicians for one of Europe's most uneven labour markets to be fixed. Spain has the European Union's second-highest unemployment rate after Greece and its labour market is more reliant on temporary...

  • SEOUL, Sept 25- Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Sunday it was delaying the start of new Galaxy Note 7 smartphone sales in South Korea by three days to Oct. 1, a move it says is needed for speedy completion of the ongoing recall in the country. Samsung earlier this month initiated a recall of at least 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 smartphones in 10 markets...