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  • *German election on Sunday could bring some volatility. *Merkel expected to win fourth term in splintered vote. BERLIN, Sept 22- At first glance, Germany's federal election looks like a done deal-- all major polls predict Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives to come in first, a result that should mean no political upheaval in Europe's biggest economy.

  • *German election on Sunday could bring some volatility. *Merkel expected to win fourth term in splintered vote. BERLIN, Sept 22- At first glance, Germany's federal election looks like a done deal-- all major polls predict Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives to come in first, a result that should mean no political upheaval in Europe's biggest economy.

  • *German election on Sunday could bring some volatility. *Merkel expected to win fourth term in splintered vote. BERLIN, Sept 22- At first glance, Germany's federal election looks like a done deal-- all major polls predict Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives to come in first, a result that should mean no political upheaval in Europe's biggest economy.

  • *German election on Sunday could bring some volatility. *Merkel expected to win fourth term in splintered vote. BERLIN, Sept 22- At first glance, Germany's federal election looks like a done deal-- all major polls predict Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives to come in first, a result that should mean no political upheaval in Europe's biggest economy.

  • TOKYO, Sept 22- Japanese government bonds firmed on Friday, taking cues from rising risk aversion as tensions escalated on the Korean peninsula. North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said on Friday he believes the North could consider a hydrogen bomb test of an unprecedented scale in the Pacific Ocean, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.

  • ZURICH, Sept 22- Adecco Group is investing in digital technology to make it more attractive to employers seeking flexible workers, the world's largest staffing company said on Friday, as it targets faster growth as the global economy recovers. It also unveiled a raft of cost savings and digital investments ahead of its investor day in London.

  • TOKYO, Sept 22- A court in Japan on Friday ordered Tokyo Electric Power to pay compensation to a group of former Fukushima residents, the second such ruling following the 2011 earthquake and nuclear disaster, Japanese media reported. However, the ruling by the Chiba district court, east of Tokyo, did not find the government liable for compensation, in contrast to a...

  • TOKYO, Sept 22- Japan's Nikkei share average slipped from a two-year high on Friday after North Korea threatened to test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean, ratcheting up tensions with the United States and its allies. North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho reportedly said his country could consider a hydrogen bomb test in the Pacific Ocean, raising...

  • *OPEC meeting to take place at 0800 GMT. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and other producers are set to meet in Vienna at 0800 GMT on Friday to discuss a possible extension of an oil supply cut deal to prop up prices. The two OPEC members have both been invited to the meeting.

  • Gatorade quickly reached a $300,000 settlement in which it promised not to badmouth water again. Associated Press. SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Just because drought-ravaged California has spent years urging residents to conserve water doesn't mean it wants people to actually stop drinking the stuff. By Thursday— less than a day after Becerra's complaint— the issue was...

  • JOHANNESBURG, Sept 22- Steinhoff said it had presented its arguments to a Dutch court and was certain a petition made by a former joint venture partner, seeking a probe into the South African group's accounts, would be dismissed within the next two months. The firm, also under scrutiny for alleged accounting fraud in Germany, has previously said that legal and...

  • PARIS, Sept 22- France's second-quarter gross domestic product grew by 0.5 percent compared to the previous quarter, in line with earlier official estimates, as higher consumer spending buoyed the overall economy, the national statistics agency said. INSEE has forecast economic growth in France this year of 1.6 percent, the strongest since 2011, as foreign...

  • NEW YORK— President Donald Trump added economic action to his fiery military threats against North Korea on Thursday, authorizing stiffer new sanctions in response to the Koreans' nuclear weapons advances. The exchange of super-heated rhetoric and unusually personal abuse between the adversaries will escalate tensions that have been mounting as North...

  • BRUSSELS/ LONDON, Sept 21- Hurricane Harvey's crippling impact on U.S. oil refinery operations this month and the challenge buyers faced in filling the gap in gasoline supplies has exposed a shortage of spare refining capacity around the globe. Global refining is considered to be running at its maximum when capacity utilization is 85.5 percent, the highest...

  • *Negotiations to continue until Oct. 12. FRANKFURT, Sept 22- Air Berlin's creditors have picked German flagship carrier Lufthansa and Britain's easyJet as possible buyers for the insolvent carrier's aviation business and will negotiate with them for the next three weeks. Air Berlin said negotiations with Lufthansa and easyJet would continue until Oct. 12,...

  • TOKYO, Sept 22- Asian stocks fell and the Japanese yen and Swiss franc gained on Friday after North Korea said it might test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean and escalated a war of words with U.S. Spreadbetters expected European stocks to start lower amid a chill in risk appetite, forecasting Britain's FTSE to open down 0.3 percent, Germany's DAX to open 0.2...

  • *Tsipras has battled Greece's creditors since winning power. *Government planning "new Greece" after bailout exit. Since taking power in early 2015, he has spent most of his days and nights in firefighting mode, battling Greece's creditors to renegotiate the harsh terms of a series of bailout deals.

  • BEIJING— China's Finance Ministry on Friday criticized the cut in the Standard& Poor's rating agency's credit rating on Chinese government borrowing as a "wrong decision" and said it ignores the country's economic strength. The move added to warnings China's debt burden might drag on economic growth or threaten the financial system. It said Hong Kong has a good...

  • SYDNEY/ TOKYO, Sept 22- Apple Inc's launch of iPhone 8 kicked off in a less lively mood in Asia, versus previous debuts, as fans held out for the premium iPhone X due out in early November. Hundreds of people usually gather at Apple's Sydney city store with queues winding down the town's main street, George Street, when there is a new product release.

  • SINGAPORE, Sept 22- Two South Korean refiners are exporting excess cargoes of residual fuel oil to nearby China, displacing some Singaporean sales of the commodity which can be used in ships and power stations, three trade sources said. Scheduled maintenance work at S-Oil Corp's Onsan plant in September and a fire at GS Caltex's Yeosu refinery in August has...