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Fed in 'real debate' on rate hike in early to mid-2015: Lockhart

JACKSON HOLE Wyo. - The U.S. Federal Reserve is focused on an initial interest rate hike between the first quarter and the middle of next year, with possible changes in its main policy statement as soon as next month, Atlanta Fed President Dennis Lockhart said on Saturday.

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Argentina slams U.S. judge as 'imperialist,' peso halts rout

BUENOS AIRES - Argentina on Friday accused the U.S. judge who called the country's new debt restructuring plan illegal of making "imperialist" comments against the South American nation.

22 Aug 2014

French economy minister says austerity measures sapping growth

PARIS - Austerity measures being pursued by France and elsewhere in the euro zone are quashing growth, French Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg was quoted saying on Saturday, renewing his attacks on policies he sees as negative for the economy.

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Ackman, other shareholders ask Allergan to call special meeting

BOSTON/NEW YORK - Investors owning 31 percent of shares of Allergan Inc have asked the company to call a special shareholder meeting, activist shareholder William Ackman said on Friday, giving the hedge fund manager a victory in his fight to acquire the Botox maker.

22 Aug 2014

Cargill sues former employee for breach of contract

- Global commodities trader Cargill Inc [CARG.UL] has sued a former employee, accusing him of stealing trade secrets before he joined rival JBS SA.

22 Aug 2014

HSBC is sued in U.S. for $250 million over alleged role in 'death bonds'

NEW YORK - HSBC Holdings Plc was sued for $250 million on Friday for allegedly ignoring red flags that a colorful British entrepreneur, the late David Elias, was committing fraud through an investment vehicle he controlled.

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