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  • TRIPOLI, Dec 20- Libya's internationally recognised government aims to set up a new payment system to receive oil revenues, bypassing the central bank based in Tripoli, the capital city that is no longer under its control, its top oil official said on Saturday. The OPEC oil producer has had two parallel governments and parliaments since August when a group called...

  • Falling oil prices worry Algeria Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 | 5:09 AM ET

    ALGIERS, Algeria— With oil prices at their lowest in five years and showing few signs of hitting bottom, Algeria is feeling the pinch. Though its problems are dwarfed by the impact on Russia for example, Algeria may have to rein back many of the policies it has held dear over many years. In many ways, the rule of Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has echoes with...

  • LONDON, Dec 19- Large oil companies flush with cash are expected to seize on the recent collapse in oil prices to begin a shopping spree for smaller rivals, focusing on oil producers and explorers in Africa, Asia and the United States. Those include British oil and gas company BG Group, which produces oil and gas in regions including Brazil, East Africa and Australia.

  • DAR ES SALAAM, Dec 19- Tanzania's gross domestic product has expanded by 32 percent after the state rebased its calculation to incorporate new sectors in the economy, including big discoveries of natural gas, officials said on Friday. Farming remains Tanzania's economic mainstay, while tourism, mining, communications and financial services are the other key...

  • MOSCOW/ LONDON, Dec 19- Russia pays hugely inflated prices for vital medical equipment made by Western companies, in part because some manufacturers channel sales through obscure intermediary companies, a Reuters examination has found. An analysis of 20,000 transactions dated between January 2006 and July 2013 found that international companies sold...

  • *Shanghai copper reverses early losses to follow LME up. SYDNEY, Dec 19- Copper futures edged higher on Friday as oil prices rose and on worries over a possible supply disruption in Africa. Barrick Gold Corp said on Thursday it would suspend operations at its Lumwana copper mine in Zambia if legislation is passed to lift royalties on open-pit mining operations to...

  • *Brent, U.S. crude fall over $2 a barrel after Wednesday rally. Benchmark Brent and U.S. crude tumbled $2 a barrel each in late trading after initially extending Wednesday's short-covering, which lifted oil prices by more than $3. Some cited a Bloomberg report about a Nigerian port workers union suspending a strike, although workers in that dock union were only...

  • EU grain to enjoy spoils of Russian export curbs Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 12:05 PM ET

    *Australia, Argentina, Canada, Ukraine could also benefit. PARIS, Dec 18- European Union grain exporters will be the main beneficiaries of Russia's pullback from international grain markets as Moscow races to cool domestic prices in the face of economic crisis, analysts and traders said. "At current prices, it's clearly European wheat that will benefit," Andree...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 18- Global crude prices fell again on Thursday, a day after a short-covering rally, as traders placed new bets that the market would resume a six-month rout on worries about a supply glut. But in late morning trade in New York, benchmark Brent and U.S. crude fell more than $1 a barrel to session lows. "We're continuing to search for a bottom, and might even see...

  • ND officials eager to expand trade with Cuba Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 8:38 AM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.— The Obama administration's move to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba could lead to increased sales of North Dakota crops to the communist island nation, though some issues would need to be sorted out, officials say. Over the past 12 years, the state has exported an average of about $1 million worth of agricultural goods to Cuba annually...

  • *Governor Godwin Emefiele says wants to stop speculators. LAGOS, Dec 18- Nigeria's central bank has barred banks from holding their own funds in dollars in order to end speculative pressure on the ailing naira currency, the governor said on Thursday. Godwin Emefiele told Reuters in a phone interview that he believed the current naira band, set last month, was "...

  • ABUJA, Dec 17- Nigeria has slashed its forecast for economic growth in 2015 due to the plunge in global oil prices, the finance minister's budget presented to parliament on Wednesday showed. Oil accounts for the bulk of government revenue in Nigeria, but global crude prices have almost halved over the last six months. The 4.3 trillion naira budget is based on a...

  • UPDATE 7-Oil moves above $60 as U.S. crude stockpiles fall Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 11:16 AM ET

    *OPEC, Russia unwilling to cut supply, spurring weakness. LONDON, Dec 17- Brent crude oil moved above $60 a barrel on Wednesday as U.S. data showed falling crude inventories, stemming deep losses brought on by a supply glut and signals from OPEC producers and Russia that they will not cut production. "The decline in overall crude oil inventories was smallish," said John...

  • Nigerian budget slashed by slumping oil prices Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 11:15 AM ET

    ABUJA, Nigeria— Nigeria's finance minister presented a 2015 budget of $23 billion to parliament on Wednesday, slashed by nearly $3 billion to accommodate slumping oil prices. Minister Ngozi Ikonjo-Iweala said she expects government revenue of $19.7 billion off growth of 5.5 percent next year, down from an earlier projection of 6.35 percent.

  • UPDATE 1-Oil prices slash Nigeria 2015 GDP growth Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 8:51 AM ET

    ABUJA, Dec 17- Nigeria's economy will grow 5.5 percent in 2015, down from an earlier projection of 6.4 percent, due to lower oil revenues, according to the budget the finance minister presented to parliament on Wednesday. The 4.3 trillion naira budget rests on a benchmark oil price of $65 a barrel, down from $77.50 in the 2014 budget, and a significant cut on previous...

  • UPDATE 5-Oil falls below $59 as OPEC, Russia keep pumping Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 7:55 AM ET

    *OPEC, Russia unwilling to cut supply, spurring weakness. LONDON, Dec 17- Brent crude oil fell below $59 a barrel on Wednesday, near 5-1/ 2- year lows, as major oil producers signalled that they would maintain output despite a supply glut and faltering demand in Russia and Europe. "OPEC is trying to choke U.S. oil producers."

  • Ethiopia to expand energy, industry with Eurobond funds Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 12:56 PM ET

    ADDIS ABABA, Dec 16- Ethiopia plans to expand industry, sugar factories and power production using proceeds from its oversubscribed debut Eurobond that raised $1 billion, the finance minister said on Tuesday. Ethiopia is the latest African state to receive a strong response on its first foray into the international debt markets. Offering cheap labor and power...

  • INTERVIEW- Barney Frank on practically everything Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 10:39 AM ET

    Dec 16- Long a legislative lion for Democrats, Barney Frank retired from Congress two years ago. In Congress, he was the controversial Democratic leader on the House Financial Services Committee and was a co-sponsor of the eponymous 2010 Dodd-Frank act, which brought sweeping reform to the financial industry. REUTERS: What do you make of Congress last weekend...

  • FACTBOX-ADM's and Olam's cocoa businesses Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 4:49 AM ET

    Dec 16- Olam International Ltd's $1.3 billion deal to buy Archer Daniels Midland Co's cocoa business will create one of the world's top cocoa bean processors and traders, rivalling Barry Callebaut AG and Cargill Inc.. The Chicago- based firm has eight cocoa bean processing facilities: Ontario, Canada; Koog aan de Zaan and Wormer, the Netherlands; Mannheim, Germany;...

  • Julio Camargo, a consultant for contractor Toyo Setal, and lobbyist Fernando Soares were charged along with Cervero with allegedly paying out $40 million in kickbacks to political parties, executives and contractors and accepting $13 million in bribes from Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries, the prosecutors said in a statement.