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  • Dubai airport traffic rises 16.7 pct y/y in June Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 4:39 AM ET

    DUBAI, July 29- Dubai International Airport recorded a 16.7 percent year-on-year jump in passenger traffic in June, reflecting runway maintenance during the summer of 2014, the operator of the world's busiest airport by international traffic said on Wednesday. Growth was powered by traditional markets in the Indian subcontinent and Gulf countries, as well...

  • With the House of Representatives and Senate rushing toward a five-week summer recess, Republican leaders in both chambers embraced the newest version of a bill to temporarily fund road and mass transit construction projects. Late on Monday, the Senate demonstrated strong support for renewing the Ex-Im Bank, whose charter expired on June 30, by attaching a...

  • July 28- Freeport-McMoRan Inc may cut output at its small North American copper and molybdenum mines to help it reduce costs, analysts said on Tuesday after the miner and oil producer announced a cost and spending review amid weak commodity prices. Shares in Arizona- based Freeport leapt on the announcement, and were last up 9.4 percent at $12.44 on the New York...

  • The new plan leaves the Senate few options but to pass the short-term extension or face a disruption in federally funded road and mass transit projects starting on Aug. 1. The Senate late on Monday voted to attach a revival of the government trade bank, idled since July 1, to a six-year transportation spending plan that identifies funding for about three years'...

  • UPDATE 1-Etisalat's net profit falls 40 pct Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 10:55 AM ET

    *Q2 net profit 1.5 bln dirhams vs 2.51 bln dirhams a yr ago. DUBAI, July 28- Abu Dhabi- listed telecoms firm Etisalat missed analyst estimates by reporting a 40 percent fall in second-quarter net profit on Tuesday that it blamed on its troubled Saudi Arabia affiliate Mobily and foreign exchange losses. Etisalat, which operates in about 19 countries across the...

  • FRANKFURT, July 28- Business planning software start-up Anaplan is nipping at the heels of industry leaders SAP, Oracle and IBM, with sales of its cloud-based service tripling in each of the past three years as it seeks to shake up the market. While major players like SAP, Oracle's Hyperion business and IBM's Cognos and Applix units have been forced to offer...

  • Mozambique coal: boom to bust to wait it out Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 10:20 AM ET

    Just a few years ago, billions of dollars poured into Mozambique, one of the world's poorest nations, in a twin scramble for inland coal and offshore gas. "At this stage Mozambique is not a coal story any more. "It's really a liquefied natural gas story now and I think the government is shifting its focus from coal to LNG," she told Reuters on the sidelines of a Mozambique...

  • How foreigners have transformed Subaru's hometown Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 9:09 AM ET

    It's not New York, but Ota, a town north of Tokyo with an economy powered by Japanese automaker Subaru. It's here that Subaru's parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd, got its start building engines and the Hayate fighter plane for the Imperial Army in the 1940 s. A recent influx of foreigners has transformed the Subaru hub, making it a rare example of...

  • The top executive at the maker of Subaru automobiles joked that he would have to wear a helmet on an upcoming trip to the United States. Subaru's U.S. sales have almost doubled in the past four years. Subaru's " Love Promise," in which it pledges to make "a positive impact in the world," has helped build loyal consumers in states like California, New York and Washington.

  • LONDON/ BRUSSELS, July 28- Diageo and Heineken have agreed to dissolve their joint ventures in South Africa and Namibia, so the British spirits maker and Dutch brewer can pursue their own growth strategies in the countries. Diageo said it has become market leader in spirits in South Africa with a 40 percent share and felt it had the necessary scale to go it alone.

  • PARIS, July 28- France's largest telecom operator Orange inched closer in the second quarter to a long-awaited recovery as customers shifted to premium high-speed mobile and broadband services, allowing it to confirm annual profit, debt and dividend targets. Analysts welcomed what they said was a slight beat on revenue and core profit as strong commercial...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Ivory dealers in San Francisco's Chinatown stood in their shop doors next to windows full of carved ivory tusks and trinkets, unfazed by proposed federal rules that the White House says go as far as possible to ban the U.S. trade of ivory from the world's endangered elephants. "Cow bone," Virginia Lo, manager of a Chinatown shop next door, said of the...

  • BRUSSELS, July 28- Dutch brewer Heineken and spirits maker Diageo have agreed to end their 11- year cooperation in South Africa and Namibia in a series of deals to disentangle joint ventures. Diageo, whose brands include Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff and Guinness, said it had become market leader in spirits in South Africa with a 40 percent share and felt it had the...

  • LAUNCESTON, Australia, July 28- Weakness in global oil benchmark Brent has prompted China to buy more crude from Africa. For the Angolans, the large boost in July exports to China will be a welcome change, as they lost their number two spot behind Saudi Arabia in the first six months of 2015 to Russia, according to Chinese customs data. China imported 19.011 million...

  • First Quantum said it was unable to provide estimates on how long the power supply reduction would last or its impact on production. The country's power provider ZESCO has contracted independent power producers to procure more electricity by the end of 2015, First Quantum said. First Quantum's Zambian smelter, which ramped up in February, is expected to...

  • A risky investment with maybe 'China-like returns' Monday, 27 Jul 2015 | 12:12 PM ET
    Pedestrians wait at a roadside beside a sign advertising Caterpillar heavy construction machinery in Dakar, Senegal, last January.

    Ahead of President Barack Obama's trip to Kenya and Ethiopia, Africa has resurfaced as a topic of discussion in the investment community.

  • Nigeria tech enclave springs up in Lagos suburb Monday, 27 Jul 2015 | 7:52 AM ET

    LAGOS, July 27- At first glance, Yaba is like many other parts of Nigeria's sprawling commercial capital: a cacophony of car horns and shouting street vendors, mingling with exhaust fumes and the occasional stench of sewage. But in between the run-down buildings in this seemingly inauspicious part of Lagos, a city of around 21 million, tech start-ups are taking...

  • JOHANNESBURG, July 27- From milk churning in Zimbabwe to rose growing in Ethiopia, private equity investments in Africa have returned to pre-crisis levels and should keep rising as funds seek bumper returns in far-flung markets. Private equity deals in Africa totalled $8.1 billion last year, the second highest on record after the $8.3 billion posted in 2007,...

  • ATHENS, Greece— At its height eight years ago, George Kranitis' family-owned shipyard in Patra, Greece's third-largest city, employed some 35 people and sold around 340 boats annually. "We're being destroyed," said Kranitis who also heads the Greek Boat Builders' Association. With a coastline that's 10,720 miles in length, which according to the Greek Boat Builders'...

  • MUMBAI, July 27- Facebook Inc plans to scale up its service to offer free basic Internet on mobile phones, an executive said, after introducing the application in 17 developing countries over the past year. Facebook developed the platform with six technology partners to bring an estimated 4.5 billion unconnected people online, mainly in Latin America, Asia and...