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  • SANTA MONICA, Calif.-- Lionsgate has promoted Brian Goldsmith to co-chief operating officer. He will serve as co-COO with Steve Beeks and will report to CEO Jon Feltheimer. Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. has headquarters in Santa Monica, California, but is based in Vancouver, British Columbia.

  • FRANKFURT, Oct 5- General Motors reaffirmed its commitment to its ailing European arm Opel, rejecting on Friday speculation it might be interested in disposing of the loss-making brand to rival Fiat. GM fully stands behind Opel, "GM Vice Chairman Stephen Girsky said in a brief statement sent by email.

  • LONDON, Oct 5- Royal Bank of Scotland has suspended a trader for attempting to manipulate a reference lending rate in Singapore, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters, showing the global spread of the scandal over setting rates such as Libor.

  • HONG KONG, Oct 5- Asian credit spreads moved in further on Friday boosted by inflows into riskier assets and as sentiment remained upbeat ahead of the crucial US jobs data. The iTraxx Asia ex- Japan investment grade index series 18 tightened by 1-2 bp to 128/ 131 bp after the European Central Bank provided further assurance about its bond buying programme.

  • *XL Foods, the Alberta beef packer at the center of a massive recall, is taking full responsibility for the tainted product as questions mount over why Canadian officials let the company's plant operate for two weeks after the U.S. deemed the meat unfit to cross the border.

  • LOS ANGELES, Oct 5- New shows "The New Normal," "Girls" and comedy "Go On" have helped U.S. television rack up a record number of gay, bisexual and transgender characters, gay rights group GLAAD said on Friday.

  • CANBERRA, Oct 5- Australia did not infringe tobacco companies' intellectual property rights by forcing them to sell cigarettes in plain packets, Australia's highest court said on Friday, killing off any domestic challenge to the plain-packet ruling. Tobacco giants British American Tobacco, Britain's Imperial Tobacco, Philip Morris and Japan Tobacco.

  • WASHINGTON-- Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who helped design Beijing's Olympic Stadium and has since drawn tough scrutiny for his political activism, is opening the first North American retrospective exhibition of his work in Washington.

  • Oct 5- Denison Mines Corp:. *Flow-through shares shall be offered at a price of $1.69 per share for. the athabasca region of Saskatchewan.

  • *Canadian PM says CNOOC bid raises difficult issues. *Government deciding whether to approve CNOOC bid for Nexen.

  • SAN ANTONIO, Oct 4- Actress Daryl Hannah was arrested in Texas on Thursday after she stood in front of an earth-moving machine clearing ground for the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, her representative said.

  • *Sprint may wait until after T-Mobile/ MetroPCS deal- source. *Sprint came close to buying MetroPCS in February- sources. NEW YORK, Oct 4- Sprint Nextel Corp is considering making a rival bid for MetroPCS Communications Inc, which agreed on Wednesday to a merger with Deutsche Telekom AG's T-Mobile USA, according to people familiar with the situation.

  • HONG KONG, Oct 5- Hong Kong shares are expected to rise for a fifth straight session and poised to end a holiday-shortened week with mild gains, although caution ahead of U.S. payrolls data is likely to keep trading activity light.

  • *Canadian PM says CNOOC bid raises difficult issues. *Government deciding whether to approve CNOOC bid for Nexen.

  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Oct 4- A pipeline and plant that would ship natural gas from Alaska's North Slope to international markets could cost between $45 billion and $65 billion, according to the companies pursuing the "mega-project." and partners BP Plc and ConocoPhillips-- and Canadian pipeline operator TransCanada Corp..

  • to Warner Bros. in a three-year deal that puts digital copies of its newer titles for sale on Warner's Flixster online movie service.

  • NEW YORK-- Dave& Buster's Entertainment Inc. said Thursday that it is withdrawing its proposed initial public offering because of unfavorable market conditions. Dave& Buster's, based in Dallas, registered its IPO in July 2011, saying it expected to sell $150 million in stock.

  • TORONTO, Oct 4- The Toronto Stock Exchange is tightening standards for how boards at companies listed on its markets are elected, introducing rules that will eliminate slate voting and force directors to stand for election each year. Exchange owner TMX Group said on Thursday the changes are part an ongoing review of its markets' rule book.

  • *Shares of SNC-Lavalin rise 1.3 pct. VANCOUVER, Oct 4- The province of British Columbia said on Thursday it has selected a consortium led by SNC-Lavalin Inc to design, build and finance a C $1.4 billion light-rail line linking three suburban cities in the greater Vancouver area.

  • TORONTO, Oct 4- Canada's main stock index notched its highest closing level in nearly three weeks on Thursday after reassuring comments from the European Central Bank chief and signs of improvement in the U.S. labor market supported demand for riskier assets.