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JOHANNESBURG, May 16- Miners at South Africa's Anglo American Platinum will down tools late Thursday or Friday, labour leaders said, in an escalation of unrest that sent the company's shares lower and the rand to a four-year low.
*Cyprus gas could provide 40 pct of new EU needs. BRUSSELS/ NICOSIA, May 16- Cyprus could use its reserves of gas to meet up to 40 percent of Europe's additional gas needs over the next decade, helping to curb the European Union's reliance on Russia, the head of the island's national gas firm said.
*Gold finds some relief as U.S. data hurts stocks, dollar. LONDON, May 16- Gold hit a four-week low on Thursday, declining for a sixth straight day for the first time in more than four years, as investors spooked by recent price falls favoured other assets.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill.-- Politics has long been a family business in Illinois, a place where who you know _ and who you're related to _ matters more than most. Though the election is a year away, the possible candidates include both a Daley and a Madigan _ two surnames that represent the royal families of Illinois politics, the local equivalent of the Kennedys or Bushes.
JOHANNESBURG, May 16- Miners at South Africa's Anglo American Platinum will strike from Thursday evening over proposed job cuts, a union official said, driving its shares lower and sending the rand to a four-year low.
*UK would need to negotiate new free trade rules with partners.
*Soros Fund Management cuts SPDR Gold Trust holdings. LONDON, May 16- Gold dropped for the sixth consecutive session on Thursday, hitting its lowest level in four weeks, on a stronger dollar and battered investor sentiment. Gold fell as much as 1.6 percent to a low of $1,369.29 an ounce and stood at $1,374.46 at 1012 GMT.
*Rupert to take one year leave after September AGM. ZURICH, May 16- Richemont's chairman and founder will take a year off from September, leaving the world's No. 2 luxury group in the hands of recently-named joint chief executives at a time of faltering growth in the industry's key market of China.
MAIDUGURI/YOLA, Nigeria, May 15- Nigeria launched a military campaign on Wednesday to flush Islamist militants out of their bases in remote border areas, after President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in the northeast.
WASHINGTON, May 15- More than 80 percent of the world's major oil and gas-producing and mining countries fail to meet "satisfactory standards" for managing their natural resources, according to a report tracking global resource mismanagement and corruption.
*BG Group, OGX, Total, BP among winners at Brazil auction. RIO DE JANEIRO, May 15- For the first time in nearly five years, Brazil's flagging oil industry has received serious interest from private investors.
*Lonmin says workers returning for night shift. MARIKANA, South Africa, May 15- Workers at Lonmin's South African platinum shafts were ending a walkout, the company said on Wednesday, easing fears that a two-day strike could ignite fresh labour violence in the continent's largest economy.
*Fire on April 15 caused by high-voltage cable. LONDON/ NEW YORK, May 15- Angola's hopes of becoming this year's only major new liquefied natural gas supplier suffered another setback in April after fire occurred at its plant just hours before production was to begin.
NEWARK, N.J.-- In early 2012, the three men were making an attractive offer: the opportunity to purchase Facebook Inc. stock just as the company was expected to go public. Federal prosecutors charged Aaron Muschel, 63, of Brooklyn; and Alex Schleider, 47, and Eliyahu Weinstein, 37, both of Lakewood, N.J., with wire fraud conspiracy.
MARIKANA, South Africa, May 15- The main union at Lonmin's South African platinum shafts told striking miners to return to work on Wednesday, potentially defusing a two-day wildcat action that had raised fears of a fresh wave of labour violence.
NEW YORK-- British Prime Minister David Cameron and Prince Harry visited a design studio in New York City on Tuesday as part of a campaign to promote their country as a tourist destination and U.S. business partner.
"I've had enough of Sudan and will go to Saudi Arabia," said Taha. " Taha, who has been working in an office accounts department for two years because he could not find a professional post, has just been hired as an engineer by a construction firm in Saudi Arabia- a move that will increase his salary sevenfold to 2,500 Saudi riyals a month.
The complaint comes from the tiny African state of Comoros, a member of the court, though Israel is not. Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said she met Tuesday with lawyers from a Turkish law firm that is representing Comoros. The Mavi Marmari was registered in Comoros, an archipelago off the African coast near Madagascar with a population of around 800,000..
*Black Sea expected to remain among the cheapest suppliers. *USDA's Black Sea crop estimates may prove too optimistic. While Russia and Ukraine are expected to store some grain, analysts said they would remain one of the world's cheap suppliers, typically attracting interest from price-sensitive buyers in north Africa and the Middle East.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Tuesday he had ordered the FBI to open a criminal probe in a growing scandal over the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative political groups.