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  • STATE DEPARTMENT SAYS ALLOWS IMPORT OF CERTAIN GOODS AND SERVICES FROM "INDEPENDENT CUBAN ENTREPRENEURS".

  • LAGOS, Feb 13- Nigeria's central bank banned banks on Friday from reselling dollars bought at a currency auction to other banks, dealers said, a move aimed at curbing speculation in the beleaguered naira currency. The naira has crashed through the psychologically important level of 200 to the dollar this week in a rout triggered by weak oil prices and escalating...

  • STATE DEPARTMENT TO RELEASE LIST OF GOODS AND SERVICES THAT CAN BE IMPORTED FROM PRIVATE CUBAN ENTITIES- SOURCE FAMILIAR WITH MATTER.

  • PARIS, Feb 13- France's finance minister said on Friday Paris had not restricted the use of HSBC client data it passed on to UK authorities to help pursue tax evaders, contradicting comments by a senior British official. "The HSBC data were sent to them in 2010 under our bilateral conventions," Sapin said in the interview, adding: "If the British tax authorities wanted...

  • CHICAGO, Feb 13- Syngenta AG may file counterclaims against some of the more than 750 U.S. grain farmers and exporters who have sued the seed maker over its sales of a type of biotech corn seed that disrupted trading with China last year, a regulatory filing shows. Syngenta, the world's largest crop chemicals company, is "assessing the scope for potential...

  • FRANKFURT, Feb 13- Germany's Rocket Internet went to investors with a capital hike just four months after its stock flotation, asking for fresh funds following a 1 billion euro spending spree that targets online food takeaway businesses as the next big thing. The Berlin- based company, Europe's biggest Internet player thanks to its stakes in more than 100...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 13- A nonprofit group that paid just $10 for the exclusive right to use the World Trade Center name will turn over some of its future revenue to end a New York State probe into how the name was sold so cheaply. Under a settlement announced on Friday, the nonprofit agreed to repay $184,000 of membership fees paid by the Port Authority from 1991 to 2011. It...

  • LONDON, Feb 13- The boss of HSBC said the bank had sometimes failed to live up to the standards expected of it, in his first response to allegations of helping hundreds of people dodge taxes. The disclosures have sparked a political row in Britain over practices at HSBC, Europe's biggest bank, and whether tax authorities had done enough to pursue possible...

  • Gallagher's comments mark the latest twist in a saga at the SEC that started last spring, when the agency's two Democratic commissioners, Kara Stein and Luis Aguilar, balked at approving a waiver for the Royal Bank of Scotland after one of its units pleaded guilty to manipulating the Libor interest rate benchmark. In some cases, firms are disqualified...

  • U.S. approves biotech apple that resists browning Friday, 13 Feb 2015 | 12:21 PM ET

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service approved the new apples, developed by the Canadian biotech company Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc., as "unlikely to pose a plant pest risk to agriculture." Okanagan President Neal Carter, called the USDA approval a "a monumental occasion. The Organic Consumers Association...

  • A consortium of banks, led by JPMorgan Chase& Co, had offered to finance the deal for Telesat's parent, New York- based Loral Space& Communications Inc, offering much more debt than regulators are comfortable with, the sources said. After discussions with regulators, however, JPMorgan revised its debt financing offer down, offering to lend an amount equal to closer...

  • Feb 13- TransCanada Corp, Canada's second-largest pipeline company, reported on Friday a better-than-expected fourth quarter profit, driven mainly by increased earnings from its Canadian operations. Comparable earnings from TransCanada's cross-country Canadian Mainline pipeline, which carries natural gas from Empress, Alberta to Ontario, jumped 30...

  • OTTAWA/ CALGARY, Feb 13- Canada confirmed its first case of mad cow disease since 2011 on Friday but expressed confidence the discovery would not hit a beef export sector worth C $2 billion a year. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said no part of the affected animal, a beef cow from Alberta, had reached the human food or animal feed systems. Canada subsequently...

  • On Wednesday, American Express Co said it would stop offering a co-branded credit card with Costco when its contract with the retailer ends in March 2016. These products are big business for companies such as American Express- nearly a third of the company's purchase volume is on co-branded cards. The official noted that banks that issue Visa or Mastercard...

  • Feb 13- The United Steelworkers union and refinery owners were set to resume contract negotiations next week as the largest U.S. refinery strike since 1980 reached its 13th day on Friday. "We're still fulfilling the information request from the USW and looking forward to resuming negotiations next week," said Ray Fisher, spokesman for Shell Oil Co, the U.S. arm of...

  • KIEV, Feb 13- Ukraine expects to receive up to $15 billion from debt talks with private sector creditors, a finance ministry spokeswoman said on Friday, after the International Monetary Fund announced a bigger, longer-term bailout plan. "Debt negotiations should lead to up to $15 billion," the spokeswoman told Reuters in an email. Of that sum, the IMF has pledged...

  • PARIS, Feb 13- The International Energy Agency elected Turkish economist Fatih Birol as executive director, the Paris- based agency confirmed on Friday, a day after it was announced by Turkey. "With Fatih the IEA is likely to be more outspoken," said Olivier Jakob, an analyst at Petromatrix in Zug, Switzerland. Mark Lewis, a senior analyst at Kepler Cheuvreux in Paris...

  • *Brent up nearly 16 percent on the month. NEW YORK, Feb 13- Oil hit its highest level for the year on Friday with Brent crude rising above $60 a barrel, as eurozone economic growth exceeded expectations and market bulls priced in another drop in the U.S. oil rig count. Brent had collapsed from a high above $115 a barrel in June to a near six-year low under $46 in late...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 13- U.S. consumer sentiment unexpectedly fell in February from an 11- year high amid worries over slowing economic growth, suggesting a recent weakness in spending might last for a while. "As it stands, the pullback in confidence, along with the early-year decline in retail sales, hints of slower consumer spending growth in the first quarter," said...

  • Feb 13- Advertising company Interpublic Group of Cos Inc's fourth-quarter revenue topped analysts' estimates, helped by higher ad spending by businesses in the United States. Interpublic's shares were up 2.3 percent in morning trading as the company also said margins were set to improve further this year after rising by about 25 percent in 2014..