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  • NEW YORK— Book publishers for Fox News Channel host Bill O'Reilly say they stand behind his work despite questions that have been raised about his reporting. O'Reilly's series of books about the deaths of John F. Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln and Jesus Christ have sold millions of copies and been turned into successful movies for the National Geographic channel.

  • Somalia extremists urge attacks on US shopping malls Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 8:03 AM ET

    JOHANNESBURG— A video purported to be by Somalia's al-Qaida- linked rebel group al-Shabab urged Muslims to attack shopping malls in the U.S., Canada, Britain and other Western countries. The threat by the al-Qaida affiliate came in the final minutes of a more than hourlong video released Saturday in which the extremists also warned Kenya of more attacks like the...

  • JOHANNESBURG, Feb 23- South Africa's Harmony Gold must feel cursed by its Kusasalethu mine, where a fire on Sunday has delivered a fresh blow to the company's efforts to boost earnings. More than half of their book is not making money and Kusasalethu is the main culprit, "said Daniel Sacks, portfolio manager at Investec. The deep level operation west of Johannesburg...

  • *Fire started 2.3 km underground at 0800 GMT. JOHANNESBURG, Feb 22- South Africa's Harmony Gold said on Sunday all 486 miners who were trapped underground following a fire had been rescued. South Africa's gold mines are the deepest in the world and were ranked as some of the most dangerous during the apartheid era.

  • *Mine belongs to Harmony Gold. JOHANNESBURG, Feb 22- About 200 miners were missing on Sunday after an underground fire at a mine belonging to South Africa's Harmony Gold, the company said. South Africa's gold mines are the deepest in the world and were ranked as some of the most dangerous during the apartheid era.

  • *Paris, London mayors take measures against diesel. LONDON/ JOHANNESBURG, Feb 20- Platinum producers struggling back from South Africa's longest-ever mining strike are now contending with threats to a long-awaited price recovery, notably Europe's emerging dislike of diesel engines. Its rival Lonmin, having plunged into the red last year, also expects higher...

  • DIARY-Emerging Markets Economic Events to March 4 Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 7:02 PM ET

    ROME- OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria will present the Economic Survey of Italy at a news conference with Economy Minister and Finance Minister Pier Carlo Padoan. SINGAPORE- Singapore Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam will deliver the 2015 Budget statement in the Parliament- 0500 GMT. JERUSALEM- Bank of Israel announces...

  • LAGOS, Feb 12- Nigeria's central bank chief said on Thursday there was "no need to panic" about a slide in the currency, after figures showed the bank had been burning through more than $110 million a day in a vain attempt to defend it. The naira has crashed through the key level of 200 to the dollar this week in a rout sparked by weak oil prices and escalating tension over...

  • JOHANNESBURG, Feb 11- With power outages now a daily reality in South Africa and expected to last for the next three years, business and individuals are taking matters into their own hands. Mobile phone giant MTN and Standard Bank are among the companies that have decided to go it alone in trying to keep the lights burning at their businesses.

  • JOHANNESBURG, Feb 10- South Africa's Kumba Iron Ore plans to cut jobs, production costs and capital spending to cope with expected weak prices of the commodity this year, it said on Tuesday, after reporting a fall in 2014 earnings. The Anglo American subsidiary, whose shares fell around 3 percent in early trading, said crude steel production was forecast to recover...

  • KINSHASA Feb 9- Mining companies said on Monday the Congolese government's suspension of negotiations with them over new regulations could jeopardise investments, and urged it to resist making big changes to the mining code. Democratic Republic of Congo's chamber of mines said in a statement timed to coincide with an industry event in Cape Town that the...

  • LAGOS, Feb 9- The Nigerian naira slid to a record low on Monday after a six-week delay to the Feb. 14 presidential election that is stirring concerns about political stability and the central bank's ability to manage a currency hammered by weak oil prices. The currency of Africa's biggest economy and top oil producer was quoted at 196.22 against the dollar at 1234...

  • JOHANNESBURG, Jan 29- South Africa's Reserve Bank left interest rates on hold on Thursday and dampened chances for a rate cut in coming months due to lower oil prices, saying this would require a sustained decline in inflation. "The MPC is of the view that the bar for further accommodation remains high and would require a sustained decline in the inflation rate and...

  • VANCOUVER/ TORONTO, Jan 21- The New Year's rally in gold stocks offers a respite for the beaten-down sector, but it masks deep-seated problems of bloated debt, weak growth prospects and overvalued assets that will emerge when miners post year-end results in coming weeks. Even if bullion's recent rally persists- it is up 9 percent this year to $1,290 an ounce-...

  • DIARY-Emerging Markets Economic Events to Feb 3 Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 7:02 PM ET

    **SEOUL- Bank of Korea Governor Lee Ju-yeol will hold a press conference with foreign media at the Seoul Foreign Correspondent's Club- 2230 GMT. **SEOUL- Bank of Korea Governor Lee Ju-yeol will meet the heads of banks in South Korea- 2230 GMT. PRETORIA- The South African Reserve Bank starts its three-day monetary policy committee meeting.

  • The cost of halting a pandemic? $344 billion: Study Saturday, 17 Jan 2015 | 12:15 PM ET
    A custodial worker wears a mask and eye protection to guard against the Ebola virus as he prepares to clean Ruth Cherry Intermediate School in Dallas.

    How much would it cost world governments to insulate their economies from global pandemics. Would you believe nearly $344 billion?

  • *Faltering euro zone and China, disinflation biggest risks. BENGALURU, Jan 15- Global economic growth will be modest at best in the coming year as weak inflation persists, Reuters polls showed on Thursday, while a faltering euro zone and China could restrain it further. Economists polled over the past week by Reuters say the biggest risk to the global economy this...

  • WARSAW, Jan 14- South African e-commerce and media firm Naspers is looking to sell its Polish operations, including Eastern Europe's largest web auction service Allegro, sources said on Wednesday. Naspers wants to focus more on faster growing markets like Brazil and China. Naspers bought it in 2007 for 946 million pounds and used the Allegro model in the Czech...

  • *Poll details: reuters:// realtime/verb= Open/url= cpurl:// apps.cp./ Apps/fx-polls. BRASILIA, Jan 7- Emerging market currencies will stay under pressure in 2015, a Reuters poll found, though they may not fall as much as last year as lower commodity prices and tighter monetary policy in the United States could be largely priced in already. "The dichotomy between the...

  • Uber vehicles impounded in South Africa - executive Tuesday, 6 Jan 2015 | 4:11 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 6- Police in Cape Town, South Africa, impounded 33 Uber vehicles over the weekend in a dispute over what type of permits drivers should hold, an Uber executive said. Last month, it drew bans in France, Spain and the Netherlands. In Cape Town, after several months of discussion with Uber, officials decided late last year on a metered-taxi license.