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  • SYDNEY, March 28- London copper edged higher on Friday, moving further away from more than three-year lows hit earlier this month, as hopes for stimulus in top metals user China put it on target for its biggest weekly rise in six months.

  • LONDON, March 21- The future of two big loans for oil trading firm Gunvor and petrochemicals group Sibur were thrown into doubt after Russian businessman Gennady Timchenko appeared on the US sanctions list over Russia's involvement in Crimea and Ukraine.

  • CARACAS, March 21- While hemophilia sufferer Sergio Tovar lay in agony for five days at a hospital in Venezuela, his friends and family scoured hospitals and pharmacies looking for life-saving drugs. Eventually a cousin, Jenny Sequeda, helped find a substitute for the protein coagulant Tovar needs for his blood condition.

  • Cuba set to approve new foreign investment law Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 1:17 PM ET

    HAVANA, March 19- Cuba's National Assembly will meet on March 29 to debate and approve a new foreign investment law that the government hopes will lure overseas capital and increase growth, state-run media outlets reported on Wednesday.

  • French FM to visit Cuba in sign of warming EU ties Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 7:55 AM ET

    PARIS, March 19- France's foreign minister said on Wednesday he would soon travel to Cuba, the first such visit in 30 years and a sign of the quickening pace of improving ties between the European Union and Havana.

  • HAVANA, March 17- Cuba is laying plans to move to a single currency, a reform that many feel is one of the toughest challenges facing President Raul Castro as he tries to kick-start the Communist country's moribund economy.

  • PORT-AU-PRINCE, March 16- Better known for producing third-world poverty and political mayhem- as well as a world-class rum- the Western Hemisphere's least developed country has made a surprising entry into the high-tech world with its own Android tablet.

  • PORT-AU-PRINCE, March 16- Better known for producing third-world poverty and political mayhem- as well as a world-class rum- the Western Hemisphere's least developed country has made a surprising entry into the high-tech world with its own Android tablet.

  • PORT-AU-PRINCE, March 16- Better known for producing third-world poverty and political mayhem- as well as a world-class rum- the Western Hemisphere's least developed country has made a surprising entry into the high-tech world with its own Android tablet.

  • *Freeport says tax breaches contract; govt wants firmer smelter commitments. Freeport and fellow U.S. miner Newmont Mining Corp have refused to pay an escalating export tax introduced on Jan. 12 as part of package of new mining rules aimed at forcing miners to build smelters and process raw materials in Indonesia.

  • SERRANIA DE PERIJA, Colombia, March 10- After enduring eight hours of machine-gunfire and bombs between leftist rebels and right-wing paramilitaries, Maura Leonor Vega and her husband fled their home of four decades in Colombia's Andes for the shelter of the nearest town.

  • INSIGHT-Hunting credit, firms look beyond wary EU banks Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 | 3:13 AM ET

    LONDON, Feb 26- When David Armitt needed to refinance loans last year for his 153- year-old manufacturing company in Yorkshire, he found British banks reluctant to lend.

  • HAVANA, Feb 24- Cuba continued to shed state jobs and move workers into the private sector in 2013, according to a report issued by the official labor federation at the weekend, as President Raul Castro pressed forward with reforms to the Soviet-style system.

  • *The move is a potential victory for Freeport, Newmont. *Minister: Freeport to resume copper exports in near future. A senior government official said Freeport would resume exports of copper concentrate in the "near future".

  • *Indonesia will consider easing export tax after Freeport builds smelter-minister. JAKARTA, Feb 24- U.S. miner Freeport-McMoRan Copper& Gold is expected to resume copper concentrate exports from Indonesia in the "near future", a minister said, after halting shipments due to a dispute over new mining rules imposed last month.

  • *Copper producers Freeport and Newmont in dispute with govt. The tax ratchets up sharply before an outright export ban from 2017 and Freeport and Newmont Mining Corp, which produce 97 percent of Indonesia's copper, have halted all exports and are locked in talks with the government because they say the tax breaches their contracts.

  • UPDATE 2-AXA eyes cheap deals in emerging market push Friday, 21 Feb 2014 | 11:42 AM ET

    Faced with low interest rates in the United States and euro zone, AXA has sold some of its businesses in developed markets and spent 5 billion euros since 2010 on acquiring companies in the likes of China and Columbia.

  • CARACAS, Feb 20- Security forces and protesters fought around Venezuela on Thursday in streets blocked by burning barricades and a supporter of socialist President Nicolas Maduro was shot dead, the sixth fatality from more than a week of violence.

  • *EU offers talks to Cuba on trade, investment accord. BRUSSELS, Feb 20- Eleven months before Barack Obama's historic handshake with Raul Castro, Europe staged its own show of friendliness with Cuba. But all this warmth at Nelson Mandela's memorial service in South Africa has brought no radical change and the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba, imposed in 1962, remains.

  • CARACAS, Feb 20- Venezuelan security forces and demonstrators faced off in streets blocked by burning barricades in several provincial cities on Thursday as protests escalated against President Nicolas Maduro's socialist government.

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