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  • Feb 20- Satellite TV company DirecTV added fewer subscribers in the United States and Latin America in the fourth quarter as competition intensified.

  • *Deal pushes Deutsche Bank deeper into red in 2013 Q4. FRANKFURT, Feb 20- Deutsche Bank ended its decade-long battle with the heirs of late media mogul Leo Kirch on Thursday, closing one of Germany's most acrimonious corporate battles in a deal that will cost the country's largest lender about 900 million euros.

  • KIEV, Feb 20- The head of Kiev's city administration quit the party of President Viktor Yanukovich on Thursday in protest at the bloodshed on the streets of the Ukrainian capital- a sign the head of state may be losing support.

  • Walter Energy posts larger loss on one-time charge Thursday, 20 Feb 2014 | 8:10 AM ET

    Feb 20- Coal miner Walter Energy Inc reported a larger fourth-quarter loss after taking a $140.2 million charge. Net loss increased to $174.3 million, or $2.79 per share in the quarter ended Dec. 31, from $71 million or $1.13 per share, a year earlier. Total revenue slid about 1 percent to $472 million.

  • Feb 20- Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan named the managing director of Zenith Bank Godwin Emefiele as the next central bank governor, the chairman of the Senate committee on finance told Reuters by telephone.

  • LONDON, Feb 20- Weak manufacturing data from China knocked 1 percent from emerging market stocks on Thursday, while Ukraine's debt insurance costs rose to their highest since December 2009 on its escalating conflict. "The story of China remains one of very sluggish growth," said Luis Costa, emerging markets strategist at Citi.

  • UPDATE 1-Conn's warns on profits, shares drop 19 pct Thursday, 20 Feb 2014 | 7:57 AM ET

    *Cuts 2015 earnings/share forecast to $3.40- $3.70 vs $3.80- $4.00. Conn's operates 79 stores in Texas, Louisiana, Arizona, Oklahoma and New Mexico. For the year ending Jan. 31, 2015, Conn's forecast earnings of $3.40- $3.70 per share, down from a range of $3.80- $4.00 issued in December.

  • Feb 20- Wal-Mart Stores Inc gave a profit forecast for the year that missed analyst expectations and said sales growth would be hurt by reduced government benefits, higher taxes and tighter credit this year.

  • NIGERIA PRESIDENT HAS A PEROGATIVE TO SUSPEND THE CENTRAL BANK GOVERNOR, SENATE WOULD ONLY NEED TO APPROVE A FULL REMOVAL- SENATOR.

  • NIGERIAN PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN HAS NAMED MANAGING DIRECTOR OF ZENITH BANK GODWIN EMEFIELE AS NEXT CENTRAL BANK GOVERNOR; WON'T START UNTIL JUNE- SENATOR.

  • DirecTV adds fewer U.S. subscribers in fourth quarter Thursday, 20 Feb 2014 | 7:41 AM ET

    Feb 20- Satellite TV provider DirecTV added fewer customers in the United States and Latin America, its largest growth area, in the fourth quarter. Net income attributable to the company fell to $810 million, or $1.53 per share, in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31 from $942 million, or $1.55 per share, a year earlier.

  • LONDON, Feb 20- A European bank industry body has made substantial progress in shielding the Euribor interest rate benchmark from rigging by traders, two EU regulators on Thursday.

  • Feb 20- Facebook Inc's purchase of fast-growing mobile-messaging startup WhatsApp for $19 billion stunned the markets but analysts said the deal made strategic sense as it will solidify the social network's position as a leader in mobile.

  • *Facebook to buy WhatsApp for $19 bln, shares fall. *Some of Wall Street's biggest trading favorites will be in focus on Thursday, a day after Facebook Inc announced a massive acquisition and Tesla Motors gave a strong earnings outlook.

  • "Don't be doormat" Russia warns cash-starved Kiev Thursday, 20 Feb 2014 | 7:27 AM ET

    *Russia can only deal with "legitimate" authorities. MOSCOW, Feb 20- Russia warned Ukraine's president not to let opponents walk over him "like a doormat", its strongest signal yet on Thursday that Moscow wants order on the streets before handing over more cash to stave off bankruptcy.

  • VIENNA, Feb 20- A unilateral U.S. oil embargo on Iran is expected to remain in place even if a long-term nuclear agreement between Tehran and six world powers is reached that includes an easing of international sanctions, a U.S. official said on Thursday. The embargo pre-dates the decade-long nuclear dispute with Iran.

  • Feb 20- Wal-Mart Stores Inc on Thursday reported a lower profit for the holiday quarter as comparable sales in the United States declined again. Wal-Mart said comparable sales at its U.S. stores, its biggest unit, fell 0.4 percent in the fiscal fourth quarter. The world's largest retailer earned $1.60 per share excluding items, down from $1.67 a year earlier.

  • LONDON, Feb 20- The euro fell for a second straight day against the dollar on Thursday, pulling away from 7- week highs, after euro zone business surveys pointed to a sluggish recovery and underlined a fragile outlook for the currency bloc.

  • FRANKFURT, Feb 20- Deutsche Bank on Thursday said it had reached a settlement with the heirs of late media mogul Leo Kirch, ending an acrimonious legal battle that has dogged German's largest bank for more than a decade.

  • BRUSSELS/ WASHINGTON, Feb 20- U.S. airlines have stepped up the pressure on EU countries not to impose fines for alleged breaches of emissions rules in the latest twist to an international row over aircraft pollution.