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Gains in oil stocks and Shire lift FTSE

LONDON - A rise in major oil stocks and drugmaker Shire helped Britain's top equity index extend its rebound on Tuesday after falling to 15-month lows last week.

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Exclusive: ECB looking at corporate bond buys, could move as soon as December

FRANKFURT - The European Central Bank is considering buying corporate bonds on the secondary market and may decide on the matter as soon as December with a view to begin buying early next year, several sources familiar with the situation told Reuters.

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EU can't let austerity override investment - Austria's Faymann

VIENNA - The European Union cannot afford to let fiscal belt-tightening halt investment needed to spur slowing economies, Austria's leader said on Tuesday, setting up a clash with Brussels over Austria's 2015 budget deficit target.

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Total CEO de Margerie killed in Moscow as jet hits snow plough

MOSCOW - The chief executive of French oil major Total, Christophe de Margerie, was killed when his private jet collided with a snow plough as it was taking off from Moscow's Vnukovo airport on Monday night.

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Tesco sales continue to slide -Kantar

LONDON - Sales at Britain's Tesco , the market leading grocer reeling from an accountancy scandal, continued to slide over the last 12 weeks, although the firm has at least stemmed the rate of decline, industry data showed on Tuesday.

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UK closer to selling shares in bailed-out RBS - UKFI

LONDON - The body that manages Britain's bank stakes said it is closer to selling shares in Royal Bank of Scotland and has seen growing appetite from financial institutions interested in buying the shares.

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What could be sweeter than sugar?

The top sugar brand in the United States, Domino Sugar, has announced it is joining the diet bandwagon by launching a no-calorie, "natural" sweetener line extracted from Paraguay's stevia plant.