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Exclusive - World Bank's pension investments clash with principles

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The World Bank indirectly invests part of its $18.8 billion (12 billion pounds) staff pension fund in companies in industries such as coal and tobacco, holdings that clash with the development institution's own calls for ethical and low-carbon investing.

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BHP's South32 risks tough market debut, M&A talk swirls

MELBOURNE/LONDON (Reuters) - BHP Billiton's shareholders are expected to approve the biggest ever spin-off in the mining industry on Wednesday, seeking to wring more value out of a string of long-neglected aluminium, manganese, silver and nickel assets.

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Four killed in shooting on Wisconsin foot bridge, including suspect

By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - A man fatally shot three people on a walking and biking bridge in central Wisconsin on Sunday, and wounded a fourth before being found dead himself, police said. "We believe that this was a random act and we do not believe that anyone was targeted," Menasha Police Chief Timothy Styka said during a news conference aired on local television.

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China April HSBC PMI shows biggest drop in factory activity in a year

China's factories suffered their fastest drop in activity in a year in April as new orders shrank, a private business survey showed on Monday, hardening the case for fresh policy stimulus to halt a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy.

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Asia stocks rise on China stimulus hopes, Wall St. rebound

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets rose Monday after Wall Street rebounded and China's leaders promised more measures to shore up slowing growth.

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China manufacturing index at one-year low: HSBC

Workers assemble watches at a factory in Shenzhen, southern China's Guangdong province, on April 22, 2015China's manufacturing activity recorded its worst contraction in a year in April, a survey by HSBC showed on Monday, as subdued domestic demand weighed on growth in the world's second-largest economy. The index, compiled by information services provider Markit, tracks activity in China's factories and workshops and is regarded as a barometer of the health of the Asian economic giant.

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Gunmen attack Mohammed art show in Texas

Suspects killed after opening fire at exhibition organised by free-speech group

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China data revision weighs on Asia bourses

Manufacturing slowdown drags on Hang Seng and Shanghai Composite

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Restructuring Areva attracts Chinese interest - newspaper

PARIS (Reuters) - Areva has attracted the interest of three Chinese groups in its technology and parts of its business as the loss-making, majority state-owned French nuclear reactor company restructures, Le Journal du Dimanche reported.

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