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  • *OPEC meets in Vienna on Friday. *OPEC panel to discuss extending oil cut deal, tracking exports. Ministers from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, Russia and other producers meeting in Vienna on Friday, will discuss a possible extension of a deal to cut 1.8 million barrels per day of supply to support prices and will consider monitoring...

  • FRANKFURT/ BERLIN, Sept 21- A profit warning from one of the world's largest reinsurers is the latest sign that the death and destruction from a spate of hurricanes and earthquakes in North America are now taking a toll on the titans of global finance. Munich Re last issued such a warning in 2011 after losses from an earthquake and tsunami in Japan, a spokeswoman...

  • DETROIT, Sept 21- U.S. automakers are facing mounting pressure amid slowing demand in the country, as automakers from Asia and Europe aggressively ramp up vehicle production in North America, including a new investment by Daimler AG. In the latest move, German automaker Daimler said on Thursday it will spend $1 billion to expand its Mercedes Benz operations near...

  • ANKARA, Sept 21- Turkey, Iran and Iraq have agreed to consider counter-measures against Kurdish northern Iraq over a planned independence referendum, Turkey's foreign ministry said on Thursday. In a joint statement, the foreign ministers of the three countries voiced concerns that the referendum would endanger the gains Iraq has made against Islamic State,...

  • NAIROBI, Sept 21- Kenya Airways has started talks with the government, seeking its help in coping with competition from foreign carriers operating flights to its Nairobi hub, its chairman said on Thursday. The losses, caused by a slump in tourism due to frequent attacks in Kenya by militants from neighbouring Somalia, came at a time when the airline was taking on...

  • Sept 21- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned on Thursday that Intercept Pharmaceuticals Inc's drug Ocaliva was being incorrectly dosed in some patients with a rare liver disease, increasing the risk of liver injury and death. The U.S. drugmaker's shares fell 8.7 percent to $89.54 in afternoon trading. The FDA said some patients were receiving higher...

  • *FTSE 100 down 0.1 percent. LONDON, Sept 21- Concerns about consumption dragged on Britain's top share index on Thursday, partly offset by gains among banks after the U.S. The sector was boosted recently by more hawkish rhetoric from the Bank of England, which said that a rate rise was likely in coming months.

  • LONDON, Sept 21- Sterling firmed against the dollar on Thursday, with traders hopeful that a much-anticipated speech from Prime Minister Theresa May the following day would signal she wants a "soft" exit for Britain from the European Union. The BBC reported on Thursday that May will say on Friday that Britain is willing to pay 20 billion euros to the EU during a...

  • LONDON, Sept 21- Premium car service Addison Lee said on Thursday it had applied to appeal a court decision that ruled a courier deserved workers' rights such as holiday pay, in a bid to defend the flexible working lauded by employers but criticised by unions. Like taxi app Uber, Addison Lee operates in the so-called "gig economy", where most people are self-employed...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 21- The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission has filed civil fraud charges against a New York man and his company over an alleged Bitcoin investment scheme, the agency said in a statement on Thursday. The CFTC said it had charged Nicholas Gelfman and Gelfman Blueprint Inc with fraud, misappropriation and issuing false account statements...

  • LONDON, Sept 21- Banking shares drove European bourses higher on Thursday after the U.S. The pan-European STOXX 600 ended up 0.3 percent while euro zone stocks and blue-chips rose 0.4 percent as the U.S. central bank's optimism on the economy stoked renewed enthusiasm for financials and cyclical sectors in Europe. Banks, the biggest gainers from interest rate...

  • WASHINGTON— A healthy gain in the stock market and steadily increasing home prices boosted Americans' household wealth this spring, a trend that likely adds to the nation's inequality. The Federal Reserve said that Americans' net worth rose 1.8 percent to $96.2 trillion in the April-June quarter. Stock portfolios and mutual funds jumped $1.1 trillion.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 21- The wealth of U.S. households rose to $96.2 trillion in the second quarter of this year as U.S. stock prices hit record highs and home values continued to climb, a report by the Federal Reserve showed on Thursday. That compares to a slightly downwardly revised $94.5 trillion tally for household net worth in the previous quarter.

  • DETROIT— Tesla Inc. is denying claims that it threatened to fire pro-union workers at its Fremont, California, factory and tried to prevent them from passing out union literature. The National Labor Relations Board filed a complaint against Tesla earlier this month, citing multiple incidents in which Tesla security guards allegedly refused to let off-duty...

  • VERNON, Vt.— Two Native American tribes want a say in the cleanup of the closed Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant and the future use of the land, which they say was the site of fishing grounds and settlements for their ancestors. The Elnu Abenaki, based in southern Vermont, last month filed testimony with the state Public Utilities Commission.

  • Sept 21- SEC SAYS TELIA VIOLATED U.S. LAW BY AGREEING TO MAKE CORRUPT PAYMENTS TO UZBEKISTAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS TO OBTAIN BUSINESS u.s. Securities and exchange commission says it settles with telia over alleged bribery in uzbekistan, company to disgorge $457 mln SEC SAYS DISGORGEMENT AMOUNT REPRESENTS PROFIT GAINED AS A RESULT OF THE SUSPECT CONDUCT.

  • *OPEC meets in Vienna on Friday. NEW YORK, Sept 21- Oil prices were largely steady on Thursday, coming under slight pressure from a stronger dollar as traders waited to see whether oil-producing countries set to meet in Vienna would extend production limits to reduce the global crude glut. Ministers from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries,...

  • NEW YORK— A group of 400 of the biggest consumer goods companies across 70 countries has agreed to simplify food labels that create confusion among shoppers and leads them to discard food to the tune of $29 billion a year in the U.S. alone. The goal: to streamline these labels, which includes "Sell by" and "Display Until," down to two by 2020, says The Consumer Goods Forum.

  • LAW BY AGREEING TO MAKE CORRUPT PAYMENTS TO UZBEKISTAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS TO OBTAIN BUSINESS.

  • SEC SAYS DISGORGEMENT AMOUNT REPRESENTS PROFIT GAINED AS A RESULT OF THE SUSPECT CONDUCT.