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  • INTERVIEW-Japan's Osaka Gas seeks U.S. shale gas stake Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 6:38 AM ET

    *In talks with JBIC, other banks to finance Freeport investment. TOKYO, April 15- Osaka Gas Co is looking to buy a stake in at least one U.S. shale gas project to help supply fuel to the Freeport LNG project in Texas, a senior company official said on Tuesday.

  • *Problems in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Zambia. LONDON, April 15- SABMiller, the world's second-largest brewer by sales, posted a modest rise in full-year lager sales volumes following troubles in a number of African markets that have been fueling growth for the past few years.

  • *First-quarter sales 20.8 bln Sfr vs 21.5 bln in poll. ZURICH, April 15- Nestle expects sales growth to pick up in the next few quarters after slowing to 4.2 percent in local currencies in the first, when unusually cold weather hit sales in North America and cost-conscious Europeans continued to opt for cheaper brands.

  • ZURICH, April 15- Nestle expects sales growth to pick up in the next few quarters after slowing to 4.2 percent in the first quarter as unusually cold weather subdued sales in North America and cost-conscious Europeans continued to opt for cheaper brands.

  • WASHINGTON, April 14- A U.S. appeals court on Monday struck down parts of a regulation that forces public companies to disclose if their products contain "conflict minerals" from a war-torn part of Africa, saying it violates free speech rights.

  • NEW YORK, April 14- Brent crude oil rose more than $1.50 on Monday as tensions escalated in Ukraine, while U.S. crude rose modestly after positive retail sales data signaled a rebound in the U.S. economy.

  • MILAN, April 14- Claudio Descalzi faces a delicate balancing act as he takes the helm of Italian oil major Eni- guaranteeing Italy's gas supply by nurturing relations with Russia, while exploring new drilling frontiers in Africa and Asia to boost profit.

  • WASHINGTON, April 14- A U.S. appeals court on Monday struck down parts of a regulation that forces public companies to disclose if their products contain "conflict minerals" from a war-torn part of Africa, saying it violates free speech rights.

  • *Separatist unrest spreads in Ukraine, boosting gold. NEW YORK/ LONDON, April 14- Gold rose to a three-week high on Monday as renewed concerns over the escalation of hostilities in Ukraine prompted investors to add positions in bullion as a hedge, while supply fears lifted palladium prices to a fresh 2-1/ 2 year peak.

  • Senior Circuit Judge A. Raymond Randolph cited both the Dodd-Frank law and the SEC regulation in his ruling, writing that they "violate the First Amendment to the extent the statute and rule require regulated entities to report... on their website that any of their products have not been found to be... conflict free."

  • NEW YORK, April 14- Brent crude oil rose more $1.50 on Monday as Western powers considered tougher sanctions against Russia over its actions in Ukraine, while U.S. crude rose modestly after positive retail sales data signaled a rebound in the American economy.

  • NEW YORK, April 14- Brent crude oil rose $1 on Monday as Western powers considered tougher sanctions against Russia over its actions in Ukraine, while U.S. crude rose modestly after positive retail sales data signaled a rebound in the American economy.

  • *Seen as key for expansion of Angola's oil industry. PARIS/ LUANDA, April 14- France's Total said it would go ahead with a deepwater project offshore Angola after cutting its cost to $16 billion, keeping Africa's No.2 producer on track to expand its oil industry.

  • LONDON, April 14- Oil rose towards $108 per barrel on Monday on concern that escalating tension between Russia and Ukraine could lead to supply disruption, though prices were capped by the prospect of a recovery in Libyan exports.

  • LONDON, April 14- Oil was flat on Monday, as the prospect of a recovery in Libyan exports offset concern that escalating tension between Russia and Ukraine could lead to supply disruption. U.S. oil slipped 24 cents to $103.50 after settling 34 cents up in the previous session.

  • LONDON, April 14- Gold jumped to a three-week high on Monday as mounting tensions in Ukraine curbed investor appetite for risk, sending equities lower and boosting bullion's appeal as an insurance asset.

  • LONDON, April 14- Oil rose above $108 a barrel on Monday, on concern that escalating tension between Russia and Ukraine could lead to supply disruption. The United States and the European Union considered tougher sanctions against Russia, a key exporter of crude oil to Europe and Asia, if separatist action continues.

  • PARIS, April 14- French oil company Total said on Monday it had decided to go ahead with its Kaombo oil project offshore Angola after lowering its cost by $4 billion to $16 billion. Angola is Africa's second largest oil producer and it wants to increase production to 2 million barrels per day next year from 1.73 mbpd in 2013..

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, April 11- Palladium prices shot through $800 an ounce for the first time in almost three years on Friday after a burst of heavy early buying triggered light buy stops as investors bet on tightening supplies from top exporter Russia and strong automotive demand.

  • DAKAR, April 11- Entrepreneurs are central to bridging Africa's widening inequality gap but most governments on the continent are not doing enough to help them, the regional head of billionaire Pierre Omidyar's philanthropic arm said.

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