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  • U.S. SENATE PASSES REVISED NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT, WITH RESTRICTIONS ON CLOSING GUANTANAMO, VOTING CONTINUES.

  • MERIDA, Mexico, Nov 6- After standing by Communist Cuba in its years of international isolation, Mexico welcomed Cuban President Raul Castro on Friday as it seeks to turn Havana's thawing relations with the United States into a major business opportunity on the island. Following Pena Nieto's words closely, Castro praised Mexico for its solidarity during the...

  • With detente raising hopes that full commercial ties could be restored, U.S. companies are being drawn to Cuba. One U.S. company that is in line to open the first American factory in Cuba in more than half a century is interested in the island only because its co-founder was born here. Cuba is special on a personal basis, "said Saul Berenthal, a Cuban-American who left...

  • For the first time since Washington and Havana announced a historic rapprochement last December, Cuban President Raul Castro will on Friday visit Mexico, a country eager to stake its claim as Cuba's principal bridge to Latin America. Castro will meet his Mexican counterpart President Enrique Pena Nieto in the picturesque colonial-era city of Merida just a...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 5- The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to pass a new version of the National Defense Authorization Act with $5 billion in spending cuts not included in a version of the legislation vetoed by President Barack Obama. The Senate is expected to vote on, and pass, the revised NDAA as soon as next week, although some senators...

  • President Barack Obama could further relax the U.S. trade embargo of Cuba, a senior State Department official said on Tuesday, adding that Washington would not first demand human rights progress from Havana. Obama has twice used executive authority to ease the embargo as part of his opening to Cuba, and more such regulatory changes could come if Cuba can absorb...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 3- The U.S. House and Senate Armed Services Committees said on Tuesday a version of the National Defense Authorization Act, a sweeping defense policy bill, would go before Congress this week, with $5 billion of cuts reflecting a budget deal passed last week. Obama vetoed the NDAA last month because of the way it used war funds to let the Department of...

  • President Barack Obama could further relax the U.S. trade embargo of Cuba, a senior State Department official said on Tuesday, adding that Washington would not first demand human rights progress from Havana. Obama has twice used executive authority to ease the embargo as part of his opening to Cuba, and more such regulatory changes could come if Cuba can absorb...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 28- U.S. lawmakers will trim a sweeping defense policy bill to comply with a budget deal with the White House, but will not change language in the measure restricting efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay military prison, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said on Wednesday. Representative Mac Thornberry said he did not yet know...

  • *China cuts rates for sixth time since Nov. LONDON, Oct 23- Copper and nickel jumped to one-week highs and other base metals also gained on Friday after top metals consumer China cut interest rates to boost its slowing economy. "The rate cut is quite important since it confirms the stimulus direction of the Chinese government," said Eugen Weinberg, head of commodity...

  • *Aluminium set to end week down 4 pct on China glut. LONDON, Oct 23- Copper and other base metals gained on Friday on potential further stimulus from the European Central Bank as well as news of production cuts and brighter data from China. "It's a combination of the announcement by the ECB of the possibility of another liquidity hike coming soon as well as somewhat...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 22- President Barack Obama vetoed a sweeping $612 billion defense policy bill on Thursday, returning the measure to the Republican-controlled Congress because of the way it uses money meant for war spending to avoid automatic budget cuts to military programs. "I'm going to be sending it back to Congress and my message to them is very simple:' Let's...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 22- President Barack Obama officially vetoed the $612 billion annual defense authorization bill on Thursday, returning the measure to Congress because of the way it uses money meant for war spending to avoid automatic budget cuts to military programs. "I'm going to be sending it back to Congress and my message to them is very simple:' Let's do this...

  • *China copper premiums slip $5 to $115, lowest since early Sept. LONDON, Oct 22- Copper climbed on Thursday after four sessions of losses, buoyed by another production cutback by producer Freeport and strong Chinese import data, though analysts cautioned that underlying demand remains weak. Aluminium, however, lurched to the lowest levels in over six years on...

  • *China copper premiums slip $5 to $115, lowest since early Sept. LONDON, Oct 22- Copper climbed on Thursday after four sessions of losses, buoyed by another production cutback by producer Freeport and strong Chinese import data, though analysts cautioned that underlying demand remains weak. There's so much stockpiling and destocking going on in China, "said...

  • FREEPORT- MCMORAN SAYS CURRENT ROYALTY RATE IT PAYS IN INDONESIA WILL NOT CHANGE UNDER EXTENDED CONTRACT IT IS DISCUSSING WITH GOVERNMENT.

  • FREEPORT SAYS "MORE VISIBILITY" ON ITS OIL AND GAS REVIEW WITHIN SIX MONTHS.

  • *Minister says nickel miner Aneka Tambang could take stake. JAKARTA, Oct 21- One of two Indonesian government-owned companies, miner Aneka Tambang or aluminium producer PT Inalum, should buy the stake that Freeport-McMoran's plans to divest in its Indonesian unit, the country's state-owned enterprise minister said. The comments from SOE Minister Rini...

  • LOS ANGELES, Oct. 18- "Goosebumps" rode a wave of Clinton era nostalgia to the top of the box office charts, as the adaptation of the popular children's book series earned $23.5 million in its opening weekend. DreamWorks produced the $40 million production. "It's overwhelmingly applicable to today," said Dave Hollis, Walt Disney Studios' executive vice president of...

  • UPDATE 6-AB InBev, SABMiller brew up $100 bln deal Tuesday, 13 Oct 2015 | 3:32 PM ET

    *SABMiller shares up 9 pct. BRUSSELS/ LONDON, Oct 13- The world's top two brewers, Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller, have agreed in principle to one of the biggest mergers in corporate history after a near month-long courtship resulted in SABMiller accepting an offer worth more than $100 billion. For AB InBev the SABMiller deal will give it more breweries in...