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  • *FTSE 100 down 0.1 pct. LONDON, Sept 22- UK shares opened lower on Friday after North Korea's threat to test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific ocean weighed on markets globally and as investors await Prime Minister Theresa May's speech on Brexit later in the afternoon. At the center of traders attention was May's attempt this afternoon to rescue stalled Brexit...

  • PARIS— Angry French farmers are blocking Paris' famed Champs-Elysees in a protest against the government's agricultural policy. Sections of the normally pristine avenue were smothered in straw as about a hundred demonstrators brandished placards such as "Macron is killing farmers" and stopped morning traffic from passing Friday along the busy artery.

  • LONDON, Sept 22- Risk appetite in Europe chilled on Friday after a new exchange of barbs between North Korea and the U.S. sparked a knee-jerk sell-off in politically sensitive metals, while focus turned to a speech by the British Prime Minister on Brexit. Europe's main stock index fell in early trading, following a slide in Asian stocks and a rush to safe-haven...

  • LONDON— British Prime Minister Theresa May will try to revive foundering Brexit talks, proposing a two-year transition after Britain's formal departure from the European Union in 2019 to ensure there are no problems during the changeover. The speech comes before the fourth round of talks, which have stalled on issues such as the amount Britain must pay to...

  • Sept 22- Hong Kong stocks posted their worst decline in a month on Friday, erasing much of the week's gains, as investors trimmed positions following S&P's downgrade of China's sovereign credit rating and North Korea's nuclear threats. Market participants are also concerned about heightened tensions over North Korea's military provocations.

  • MILAN, Sept 22- European shares steadied on Friday amid fresh tensions over North Korea but remained near recent highs ahead of this weekend's general election in Germany, where conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to win a fourth term. L'Oreal rose as much as 6.7 percent after billionaire Liliane Bettencourt, whose family founded the firm and...

  • VIENNA, Sept 22- A meeting of OPEC and non- OPEC nations on Friday to review their oil supply cut deal will discuss monitoring exports to assess compliance and will consider extending the pact beyond March. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries plus Russia and other non- OPEC producers aims to clear a global oil supply glut by curbing output by...

  • *N Korea tensions, China downgrade weigh on risk sentiment. North Korea said on Friday it might test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean after U.S. The dollar dropped as much as 0.8 percent to 111.65 yen, before recovering to trade down around half a percent on the day at 111.96 yen in early London trade.

  • LONDON, Sept 22-- September Flash Composite PMI jumps to 56.7. LONDON, Sept 22- Euro zone private businesses ended the third quarter with much stronger growth than predicted, bolstered by manufacturers, who had their best month since early 2011, a survey showed on Friday. That growth, alongside rising inflationary pressures, is likely to increase expectations the...

  • Some ministers from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and from other producers are set to meet in Vienna at 0900 GMT on Friday to discuss a possible extension of an oil supply cut deal that is aimed at supporting oil prices. An OPEC source told Reuters the meeting had been postponed from 0800 GMT. The ministers from OPEC nations and others led...

  • jitters@ MELBOURNE, Sept 22- Metals in Shanghai and London tumbled on Friday as investors slashed risk given escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula and ongoing jitters about China debt after a ratings downgrade. "Metals have had quite a rally in the past few months and have done so much faster than fundamentals would suggest they should," said analyst Amy Li...

  • BERLIN— German voters will elect their new parliament Sunday, but don't expect a new government to be in place next week. After voters have had their say, it's down to Germany's political parties to put together a coalition to govern for the next four years. Each of Germany's 61.5 million eligible voters gets to make two crosses on the ballot paper— one for a directly...

  • PARIS, Sept 22- Shares in cosmetics group L'Oreal rose on Friday after the death of 94- year-old billionaire Liliane Bettencourt, who had the largest stake in the company and whose passing may alter the ties between L'Oreal and Nestle. L'Oreal shares were up around 4 percent in early trading, the best performer on France's benchmark CAC-40 index and among the top...

  • *Myanmar seen at turning point for luring western funds. *China's influence in Myanmar seen growing. Western trade and investment in Myanmar is small, but there were hopes that a series of reforms this year would prise open an economy stunted by international sanctions and decades of mismanagement under military rule.

  • WASHINGTON— Prospects are good for a public shaming in the Equifax data breach, but it's unlikely Congress will institute sweeping new regulations after hackers accessed the personal information of an estimated 143 million Americans. Several bills unveiled after Equifax are so far missing a key ingredient for success: Republican co-sponsors.

  • *Fourth term expected for Chancellor Angela Merkel. LONDON, Sept 22- German bond yields steadied just below 0.5 percent on Friday, ahead of German elections this weekend that are expected to return Angela Merkel as leader of Europe's biggest economy. Compared with the run-up to French elections earlier this year, Sunday's upcoming vote in Germany has gone...

  • WASHINGTON— Cheap solar panels imported from China and other countries have led to a boom in the U.S. solar industry, where rooftop and other installations have surged 10- fold since 2011.. The International Trade Commission is set to decide Friday whether the imports, primarily from Asia, are causing "serious injury" to the companies. A White House spokeswoman...

  • *BOJ Tankan due at 2350 GMT on Oct 1. *Aug core CPI seen +0.7 pct yr/yr, due at 2330 GMT on Sept 28. TOKYO, Sept 22- Japanese big manufacturers' confidence was expected to inch higher in September to hit its highest level in decade thanks to the upbeat global economy.

  • WASHINGTON— Who are you going to believe when it comes to the Republican health care bill? An AP Fact Check finds that TV host Jimmy Kimmel's highly critical take is harder to refute than President Donald Trump's or Sen. None of the three has captured the complexity of the debate over who might lose insurance protections in the bill.

  • SAN DIEGO— The busiest border crossing in the United States will close this weekend to the more than 40,000 cars that pass through it daily to Mexico. The closure between San Diego and Tijuana for work on a $741 million expansion project presents a monumental headache for border businesses, workers, tourists and Christopher Enjambre. U.S. officials are warning...