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  • *Mooted March meeting of OPEC, non- OPEC shelved- Russia. LONDON, March 18- OPEC efforts to bring non-member countries such as Russia on aboard in cutting output have made little progress, officials say, and even the chance of more Iranian exports hitting prices if sanctions end is unlikely to boost cooperation. Since the oil price collapse, top OPEC exporter Saudi...

  • However, South Africa's rand, Turkey's lira and the Brazilian real all eased against the greenback ahead of the Fed's policy statement, widely anticipated to lay the ground for the first U.S. interest rate hike in nearly a decade later in the year. In Moscow, both dollar and rouble-denominated shares gained ground while in Israel shares rose 0.6 percent after...

  • A report released by the U.S. Transportation Department Office of Inspector General found that the FAA lacks the training and guidance necessary to enforce Bush-era regulations that allow carriers to disclose hazardous material violations voluntarily, without incurring civil penalties. In 65 percent of hazardous material cases, OIG investigators...

  • Chanel plans price hikes in Europe, cuts in China Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 | 11:33 AM ET

    PARIS, March 17- French fashion house Chanel said it plans to hike prices in Europe and cut them in Asia to counter the decline of the euro and discourage customers from buying fakes. The price of the 11.12 and 2.55 models will rise to 4,260 euros in April from 3,550 euros in Europe, while the cost of the Boy bag is set to rise to 3,720 euros from 3,100 euros, Chanel said.

  • *Andorra says banking system under stress. MADRID, March 16- State-appointed managers at Andorra's Banca Privada d' Andorra have capped cash withdrawals in an attempt to contain the damage from U.S. allegations the bank laundered money for international criminal gangs. Andorra took control of the bank after the U.S. Department of the Treasury described it last...

  • Dubai- based Emirates Airline will present its response this week in Washington to a dossier compiled by a group of U.S. airlines alleging that Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways had received more than $40 billion in state subsidies, giving them an unfair advantage. Delta Air Lines Inc, United and American Airlines have asked the White House to look into...

  • *Andorra says banking system under stress. *Andorra moves to halt withdrawals from tarnished bank, BPA. MADRID, March 16- Andorran authorities have given government-appointed managers at Banca Privada d' Andorra the authority to stop fund withdrawals as the lender battles U.S. allegations it laundered money for international criminal gangs.

  • LONDON/ DUBAI, March 12- Saudi Aramco, the kingdom's state oil giant, is close to completing a $10 billion tightly-priced loan, banking sources said on Thursday, part of which could be used to back the purchase of a stake in German synthetic rubber firm Lanxess. The cash replaces an existing $4 billion five-year loan due to mature later this year which Aramco, the...

  • *Gulf has biggest contingent at Egypt investment summit. DOHA/ ABU DHABI/ KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia, March 12- G ulf Arab governments are encouraging- and in some cases pressuring- hundreds of companies to attend an international investment summit in Egypt this week, in a move that may help the firms become top players in a rebounding Egyptian economy.

  • RIYADH, March 10- Saudi Arabia's King Salman said he would fight corruption, diversify the economy and confront anybody who challenged the stability of the world's top oil exporter in his first big speech since taking power on Jan. 23. Addressing the chaos threatening the kingdom from around the region, he said no one would be allowed to tamper with Saudi Arabia's...

  • *LDB is Senegal's only processing firm using milk from local herd. RICHARD TOLL, Senegal, March 9- Bagore Bathily was working as a vet to Senegal's pastoralist farmers when he was struck by an absurdity: 3 million cows roam the country but no dairy company processes their milk. Demand for dairy products was growing among Senegal's middle class but consumer choice...

  • Traders cash out on tanker-stored oil as prices rise Sunday, 8 Mar 2015 | 11:22 PM ET

    SINGAPORE, March 9- Traders who have been storing oil since the start of the year are selling some supplies back into the market, completing a trade-play that made oil storage profitable, and re-injecting fuel into an already oversupplied market. The selling signals a winding down of a strategy that has seen at least 50 million barrels of oil stored in tankers,...

  • SEOUL, March 9- Flashy Maseratis and Bentleys are fast becoming the cars of choice for young, monied South Koreans, eclipsing German luxury brands now so commonplace that some in Seoul's upscale Gangnam district jokingly refer to a BMW 5- series as a Hyundai Sonata. Last year, the Seoul dealership of Volkswagen unit Bentley Motors was the top global seller of...

  • BERLIN, March 5- Emirates has had extensive discussions with Airbus about the production of a revamped version of the A380 super jumbo with more efficient engines, the airline's president said on Thursday. Its first 90 A380 aircraft are supplied with engines from Engine Alliance, a joint venture between General Electric and Pratt& Whitney.

  • *Higher fund flows coming from eastern Europe to Dubai. Swiss-based but Abu Dhabi- owned Falcon would be open to deals covering its core target markets of the Gulf, Eastern Europe, Africa and South East Asia, according to Erich Pfister, who took up the role in January. The last major acquisition by Falcon, which manages around 16 billion francs of assets, was the...

  • *Saudis fear Obama wants Iran deal "whatever the cost". Secretary of State John Kerry flies to Riyadh this week to try to reassure King Salman that any nuclear deal with Iran will be in Saudi interests, despite the kingdom's fears that it may boost Tehran's backing for Shi'ite Muslim groups in the region. While the main critics of the U.S. push for a nuclear deal with...

  • Iraq battles to rebuild despite war and oil slump Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 4:00 AM ET

    *New city aims to house half a million people near Baghdad. *Challenges face mega projects planned for Basra, Baghdad. BAGHDAD, March 3- On a main highway south of Baghdad, dozens of buildings rise up from the Iraqi plains, the first blocks of a multi-billion-dollar city emerging from a landscape more accustomed to conflict and crisis than glitzy new development.

  • Secretary of State John Kerry flies to Riyadh this week to reassure King Salman that any nuclear deal with Iran is in Saudi Arabia's interest, despite the country's fears it may boost its rival's support for Shi'ite Muslim interests in the region. But Saudi Arabia is sceptical too that any agreement would only let Iran devote more cash and energy to Shi'ite...

  • DUBAI, March 2- Egypt has obtained $23 billion in aid from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait in the 18 months since Islamist President Mohamed Mursi was ousted, Investment Minister Ashraf Salman said on Monday. Speaking at a business conference in Dubai, Salman said the aid included oil shipments, cash grants and deposits in Egypt's central bank.

  • *Exports to EU, China fall; sales to U.S. rise. SEOUL, March 1- South Korean exports last month suffered their worst fall in two years on weaker sales to Europe and China, lower oil prices and long holidays, but the government said global demand showed some signs of recovery. Exports in February fell 3.4 percent from a year earlier to $41.46 billion, while imports...