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  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 1630 GMT /11:30 AM ET Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 11:40 AM ET

    WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama might be open to using the Keystone pipeline as leverage with Republicans if they cooperate on other aspects of his long-stalled domestic agenda, such as investing in infrastructure, closing tax loopholes or reducing carbon emissions. U.S. regulator seeks nationwide recall of Takata air bags. WASHINGTON- The U.S. auto...

  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 1600 GMT /11:00 AM ET Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 11:07 AM ET

    WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama might be open to using the Keystone pipeline as leverage with Republicans if they cooperate on other aspects of his long-stalled domestic agenda, such as investing in infrastructure, closing tax loopholes or reducing carbon emissions. WASHINGTON- The U.S. auto safety regulator has told Japanese supplier Takata Corp and...

  • JOHANNESBURG/ DUBAI, Nov 19- Bharti Airtel's planned disposal of mobile phone towers in Africa will see it sell masts in Tanzania to Helios Towers, while units in Malawi will go to Eaton Towers, a person with knowledge of the deal said on Wednesday. The Tanzania sale will include about 1,000 towers, said the source, who declined to be identified because the deal has...

  • DIARY - Emerging Markets Economic Events to Dec 1 Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 7:02 PM ET

    Nov 18- For other related diaries, please. MAKATI CITY- Asian Development Bank to launch the latest Asian Economic Integration Monitor- 0130 GMT. BRASILIA- Brazil Central Bank President Alexandre Tombini may speak at congressional commission about deterioration of the country's fiscal results.

  • DAKAR/ BRUSSELS, Nov 14- Medecins Sans Frontiers "wasted time" by waiting too long to call for vaccines to fight an unprecedented outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, a veteran of the medical charity told Reuters. The group's response to the epidemic which has so far killed more than 5,000 people has been widely praised by governments and the World Health Organization.

  • Response to Ebola needs flexibility, experts say Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 11:36 AM ET

    DAKAR, Senegal— Many beds are empty at newly opened Ebola treatment units in Liberia's urban centers because the outbreak is now flaring in more rural parts of the country. In Liberia, the U.S. this week opened an Ebola treatment unit in Tubmanburg, about 40 miles north of the capital, Monrovia. There have been no patients at another facility in Foya, in northern...

  • South Africa: Opposition nixes report on president Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 10:06 AM ET

    "In our view, no outcome on the Nkandla scandal where the African National Congress is prosecutor, judge and jury for President Zuma has any validity," they said. The opposition walked out of that committee last month, saying it had been "hijacked and manipulated by the African National Congress to protect Jacob Zuma from accountability." The ruling African...

  • TORONTO, Nov 10- Global mining companies stung by slumping commodity prices are looking forward to a modest consolation prize- weaker local currencies and falling oil prices that will help trim their costs. "It's definitely a silver lining," said Chris Mancini, analyst at Gabelli Gold Fund. Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd, which produces two-thirds of its gold in Canada,...

  • South African puppeteer to challenge gagging order Monday, 10 Nov 2014 | 7:25 AM ET

    JOHANNESBURG— Chester Missing's broad brown face is familiar on South African television where he is known for provocative, funny comments on politics and racial issues. Ventriloquist Conrad Koch says that he will fight the gag order against his puppet in court. The comedian strongly denies allegations that tweets criticizing the singer Steve Hofmeyr...

  • LONDON/ VANCOUVER Nov 6- Struggling gold producers plan increasingly drastic measures such as scrapping dividends, cutting jobs, halting projects and shutting mines to survive the latest price plunge, but not all of them will make it. According to Citi analysts, about three quarters of gold mining companies burn cash at spot prices just below $1,200 on an all-in...

  • JOHANNESBURG, Nov 5- South African miner Harmony Gold reported a further quarterly loss on Wednesday and suggested it might have to cut jobs as it contends with a depressed gold price and operational problems which include an escalating battle with illegal miners. Unveiling its results for the three months to end-September, the company said losses narrowed...

  • JOHANNESBURG, Nov 3- South Africa's Bidvest Group on Monday jettisoned plans for a potential listing of its food service arm, the second time it has balked at spinning off the unit and disappointing investors who had bet on a hefty pay-out from the move. Bidvest, a sprawling company involved in businesses from shipping to mop sales, has long acknowledged the need...

  • JOHANNESBURG/ BANGALORE, Oct 30- Kenya's central bank is likely to put off raising interest rates until the second quarter of next year as tumbling oil prices keep a lid on inflation, a Reuters poll found. The exception, Rand Merchant Bank, forecast a 50 basis-point rise to 9 percent. Other central banks from emerging markets- such as South Africa and, on Wednesday,...

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to Nov 12 Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen gives welcome remarks before the "National Summit on Diversity in the Economics Profession" conference hosted by the Federal Reserve- 1300 GMT. WASHINGTON- Exploring New Approaches to Trade, Investment and Jobs Conference. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, Canadian Trade Minister Ed Fast and Mexico Economy...

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to Nov 11 Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker participates in Washington Ideas Forum session hosted by the Atlantic and the Aspen Institute- 1300 GMT. BIRMINGHAM- Bank of England Chief Economist Andy Haldane to speak at the Maxwell Fry Global Finance Lecture- 1715 GMT. TALLINN- Estonian Central Bank to present its Financial Stability Review- 0800 GMT.

  • JOHANNESBURG, Oct 17- Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene will have his work cut out at next week's budget to try and reassure disillusioned South Africans that the government still has gas in its tank to pull the economy out of the doldrums. Twenty years after Nelson Mandela swept the African National Congress to power, pledging to unleash the economy and ensure...

  • *Faltering euro zone economy, slower growth in China pose biggest risks. Indeed, the biggest danger for the world economy in the coming year is deflation or another recession in the euro zone, followed closely by the risk of slower growth in China, according to polls conducted globally over the past week. "Especially, the recent weakening of growth in emerging...

  • Angolan oil output squeezed by LNG plant closure Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 10:14 AM ET

    MILAN/ LONDON, Oct 15- The lengthy shutdown of a liquefied natural gas plant is helping push Angola's crude oil exports to their lowest levels since 2006, having clogged offshore platforms with unwanted gas supplies and forced operators to limit extraction. But a more far-reaching consequence of the constraint on oil output could be to deter investor...

  • JOHANNESBURG, Oct 10- An Ebola victim who travelled to the United States and a case of contagion in Europe have triggered a global frenzy to act. No one can minimise the horror of the daily deaths and suffering in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, as the silent but aggressive sickness wipes out families and communities, nor the health risk the virus poses to an...

  • *Deal gives Nedbank bigger presence in Africa. JOHANNESBURG, Oct 2- South Africa's Nedbank said on Thursday it will acquire a 20 percent stake in pan-African lender Ecobank Transnational for $493 million in cash, ending months of speculation it could walk away from the deal over governance concerns. "Nedbank will be investing a very substantial amount of their...