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Russian bank offers cats with mortgages 
CNN - 18 Hours ago
Worst 3 bank promotions LONDON (CNNMoney) Would you like a cat with that mortgage? Russia's biggest bank, Sberbank ( SBRCY ) , is offering to deliver cats to the doorsteps of new mortgage clients     Add Comment

Perth link saves rare twin sun bears (The West Australian) 
Yahoo! News Australia - 18 Hours ago
Curled up together, these two-week-old orphaned twin sun bears in Cambodia are unaware their survival depends on an organisation with its roots in Perth. Officially known as Cambodia Rescue 180 and     Add Comment

House Fire Was Dog's Fault: Police 
WCKY 103.7 - 17 Hours ago
(NEWSER) – Too bad they don't teach fire safety in obedience school. A fire in a New Jersey home this weekend appears to have started when a dog turned on the stove, police say, per the Asbury Park Press.
House Fire Was Dogs Fault: Police Cool 92.5
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Fairbanks spent $7k defending mayor's $37.50 fine 
Metro Canada - 8/31/2014
FAIRBANKS, Alaska – The city of Fairbanks has so far spent about $7,000 appealing a $37.50 elections fine levelled on the mayor. The Alaska Public Offices Commission ordered City Mayor John Eberhart     Add Comment
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>>   US politics
Unions Pouring Money into Democrats' Coffers 
NewsMax.com - 9 Hours ago
Fearing Republican control of both the House and the Senate after the November midterm elections, labor unions are pouring money into crucial campaigns. In the 2013-2014 election cycle, the Center for
Unions Pouring Money into Democrats' Nov. Warchest NewsMax.com
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Connecticut Republicans Sense Sweep In Works 
NewsMax.com - 10 Hours ago
Although Bill Clinton is coming to campaign Tuesday night, and both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are expected to make stops in Connecticut before November, Republicans in the Nutmeg State feel "cautiously     Add Comment

Northern California district a GOP target to regain seats 
San Francisco Chronicle - 10 Hours ago
A Northern California congressional district is one of the top targets for Republicans looking to reverse the disastrous 2012 election that cost them five seats around the state. Democratic Rep. Ami     Add Comment

Obama’s U.S. strategy is what America want... 
Haaretz - 11 Hours ago
Obama's critics are wrong when they accuse him of having no strategy against IS. He simply has tunnel vision against Middle East terror, only unsheathing his sword against people he thinks might kill     Add Comment
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>>   Mergers & acquisitions
Telefonica Reveals Plans To Exit Telecom Italia Stake After GVT Deal 
RTTNews.com - 9 Hours ago
Spanish telecom operator Telefonica S.A. revealed Monday that it plans to exit its 14.8 percent stake in Italian phone carrier Telecom Italia SpA (TI: Quote, TIAOF) after it strikes the deal to acquire     Add Comment

Elanor Investors Group announces acquisition of a Sydney CBD hotel 
Reuters - 9 Hours ago
8:00pm EDT   Elanor Investors Group:Says that 193 Clarence Hotel Syndicate, a newly established investment vehicle to be managed by the company, has exchanged contracts for the acquisition of City Hotel,     Add Comment

'Maps to the Stars' Acquired by… 
Variety - 10 Hours ago
After winning the best actress award in Cannes for “ Maps to the Stars ,” Julianne Moore was considered a strong bet in this year’s Oscar race for her turn as a washed-up star in the David Cronenberg     Add Comment

UPDATE 1-EU seeks rivals' feedback on Facebook, WhatsApp deal 
Reuters UK - 10 Hours ago
Mon, Sep 1 2014 * EU quizzes rivals, telecoms operators on deal impact * $19 bln deal is Facebook's biggest ever * Commission decision expected by Oct. 3 (Recasts, adds Commission questionnaire) By     Add Comment
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Al-Shabab leaders in Somalia targeted by U.S. counterterrorism team 
Washington Post - 10 Hours ago
By , The U.S. military carried out a counterterrorism strike Monday against leaders of the militant group al-Shabab in Somalia, Pentagon officials said, although it was unclear whether the operation     Add Comment

U.S. counterterrorism team carries out strike against al-Shabab in Somalia 
Washington Post - 10 Hours ago
By , The U.S. military carried out a counterterrorism strike Monday against leaders of the militant group al-Shabab in Somalia, Pentagon officials said, although it was unclear if the operation was     Add Comment

Snoop Dogg Drops in on Chicago Couple's Wedding 
ABC News - 9 Hours ago
Snoop Dogg showed up unexpectedly at the Chicago wedding of Neesha Ghadiali and Joe Scheller. Courtesy Allusion Photography of Hinsdale, Ill. Two newlyweds in Chicago got a unique wedding     Add Comment

Ukraine accuses Russia of 'undisguised aggression' as rebels advance 
Reuters Canada - 9 Hours ago
By KIEV/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia on Monday of "direct and undisguised aggression" which he said had radically changed the battlefield balance as Kiev's forces
Ukraine accuses Russia of "undisguised aggression" as rebels advance Brunei News
Ukraine accuses Russia of “undisguised aggression” as rebels advance Daily Messenger
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>>   Banking
More U.K. Home Purchases Flop as BOE Reins in Banks 
Bloomberg - 9 Hours ago
More Britons are pulling the plug on home purchases amid signs that the market’s 16-month rally is coming to an end after banks tightened mortgage standards . In August, failed deals rose to 26.4 percent     Add Comment

Will the European Central Bank affect Asia? 
CNBC - 9 Hours ago
Fan Cheuk Wan, Chief Investment Officer Asia Pacific, Credit Suisse Private Banking and Wealth Management, explains why monetary easing from the ECB is unlikely this week and discusses what that means     Add Comment

Australia shares listless, await c.bank policy meeting 
Reuters - 9 Hours ago
* ASX flat as geopolitical tensions hurt sentiment * 93 shares higher vs 90 shares lower, 17 flat (Adds analysis, quotes, stocks on the move) By Swati Pandey and Gyles Beckford SYDNEY/WELLINGTON,     Add Comment

Home Purchase Failures Rising in U.K. With Banking Limits 
Bloomberg - 9 Hours ago
More Britons are pulling the plug on home purchases amid signs that the market’s 16-month rally is coming to an end after banks tightened mortgage standards . In August, failed deals rose to 26.4 percent     Add Comment
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>>   Finance news
Asian Stocks Outside Japan Drop as Samsung, Hyundai Fall 
BusinessWeek - 9 Hours ago
Asian stocks outside Japan dropped as South Korean manufacturers dragged the gauge lower. The Topix index rallied in Tokyo as the yen weakened. Hyundai Motor Co. (005380) fell 2.4 percent after South
Asian Stocks Outside Japan Drop as Samsung, Hyundai Decline La Repubblica
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China’s Stocks Fluctuate Before Tomorrow’s Services Data 
La Repubblica - 9 Hours ago
Sept. 2 (Bloomberg) -- China’s stocks swung between gains and losses before tomorrow’s data on the nation’s services industries for August. Yingkou Port Liability Co. rallied for a second day, gaining     Add Comment

Hong Kong Stocks Heading for Three-Week Low on Lenders 
Bloomberg - 9 Hours ago
Hong Kong stocks declined, with the city’s benchmark index heading for a three-week low, as banks slid. China Modern Dairy Holdings Ltd. dropped after an investor sold shares in the company. The Hang     Add Comment

Dollar Advances Before U.S. Data as Japanese Stocks Rise 
BusinessWeek - 10 Hours ago
Japanese stocks rose, with the Topix index gaining a second day as the yen held losses. The euro was near a one-year low versus the dollar with the central bank to review monetary policy this week, while     Add Comment
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>>   IPO
Alibaba reportedly starting roadshow for IPO on Sept 8 
CHINAdaily - 10 Hours ago
A bird's-eye view of the Hangzhou-based Alibaba Group Holding Ltd compound. The company has been in discussions with the US Securities and Exchange Commission as it seeks regulatory approval for its IPO.
Alibaba reportedly starting IPO roadshow on Sept 8 China.org.cn
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VIVA Kuwait says gets approval to list on KSE 
MENAFN - 10 Hours ago
(MENAFN - Arab Times) DUBAI Aug 31 (Agencies): VIVA Kuwait the country's number-two mobile operator by subscribers has received regulatory approval to list on the local stock exchange nearly six years
Viva Kuwait aims to list by year-end GulfBase
Viva Kuwait cleared for bourse listing [Khaleej Times (United Arab Emirates)] TMC Net
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1MDB bags power plant deal, IPO could be delayed 
Malaysia Edge - 9 Hours ago
A + A - Reset KUALA LUMPUR: 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) has bagged a contract to build a 2,000mw combined cycle gas power plant in Melaka from the government, said industry sources, giving a boost     Add Comment

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba delays IPO by a week 
Azerbaijan News.Net - 10 Hours ago
Azerbaijan News.Net Monday 1st September, 2014 NEW YORK - Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is due to be listed under the ticker BABA in the United Unites but the initial public offering (IPO) may have     Add Comment
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>>   Stockwatch
Asian stocks slip, euro hits one-year low on ECB uncertainty 
Reuters - 9 Hours ago
A man stands in front of an electronic board, showing the various stock prices, outside a brokerage in Tokyo August 6, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Yuya Shino (Reuters) - Asian shares slipped on Tuesday
Asian stocks slip, euro hits 1-year low on ECB uncertainty Reuters UK
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Australia government spending dips 0.6 percent in second quarter 
Reuters UK - 10 Hours ago
2:49am BST SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian government consumption and investment spending fell 0.6 percent in the second quarter to an inflation-adjusted A$85.83 billion (47.82 billion pounds), the Australian
03:03 Australia government spending dips 0.6 percent in second quarter NewsRT.co.uk
Australia government spending dips 0.6 percent in second quarter (Reuters) Yahoo! News Australia
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Asian stocks dip, euro stuck near one-year lows 
Reuters India - 11 Hours ago
By Shinichi Saoshiro TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares drifted lower on Tuesday, with momentum from prior gains fading as investors were left short of cues with the U.S. markets closed on Monday, while
Asian stocks slip, euro hits one-year low Yahoo! Maktoob News
Asian stocks dip, euro near one-yr lows China Daily Asia
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Australia Q2 Current Account Deficit Widens Less-Than-Expected 
RTTNews.com - 9 Hours ago
The current account deficit in Australia widened less than expected in the second quarter, figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed Tuesday.The current account deficit came in at A$ 13.74     Add Comment
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