* Blair denies report he thinks Labour will lose May vote (Adds SNP reaction, Blair)
KUWAIT, Oct 25 - Gulf Arab oil exporters face inevitable spending cuts as weak oil prices cloud their economic outlook, Kuwaiti Finance Minister Anas al-Saleh said on Saturday.
LONDON, Oct 25 - The head of Britain's opposition Labour party in Scotland has quit, unsettling the party in one of its heartlands ahead of national elections in May next year.
* Separatists use Akhmetov factory to repair combat vehicles
(Corrects direction of Japanese stocks in fifth paragraph)
Oct 24 - Ocwen Financial Corp said it was hiring an independent firm to investigate how the mortgage servicer had sent backdated letters to borrowers about loan modifications and foreclosures and the reason for the delay in fixing the issue.
NEW YORK, Oct 24 - A U.S. judge has delayed by a week a December hearing to consider whether Citigroup Inc should be allowed to process an interest payment by Argentina on bonds issued under its local laws following its 2002 default.
NEW YORK, Oct 24 - Fannie Mae has reached a $170 million settlement of a lawsuit accusing it of misleading shareholders about its finances, risk management and mortgage exposure before it was seized by the U.S. government during the 2008 financial crisis.
Oct 24 - A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order on Friday blocking a New Jersey law that would have allowed legal betting on sporting events.
Oct 24 - U.S. muni issuance totaling $6.6 billion next week will be driven by a single big deal involving a tower at New York City's 3 World Trade Center, according to Thomson Reuters data.
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