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  • WASHINGTON, April 18- Mexican sugar producers pose no threat to the U.S. sugar industry, their lawyer said on Friday, rejecting a charge that Mexican sugar is being dumped in the United States and unfairly benefits from government subsidies.

  • WASHINGTON, April 18- In an expected move, the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday announced new measures to combat the spread of disease in the U.S. pig population. USDA will also require tracking movements of pigs, vehicles, other equipment leaving affected premises.

  • WASHINGTON, April 18- A U.S. appeals court on Friday largely upheld new emissions standards aimed at curbing pollution from the nation's cement plants. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected a challenge by environmental groups that the emissions standards were not stringent enough.

  • April 18- Procter& Gamble Co is planning to offer a new kind of razor, with a swiveling ball hinge and a pricey tag, to move forward with its strategy to push premium products, according to the Wall Street Journal on Friday. The company's Chief Financial Officer Jon Moeller had in January blamed a movement by the Movember Foundation for weak razor sales.

  • *PetroChina to triple spending from $500 mln past few years. BEIJING, April 18- Chinese state energy giant PetroChina plans to spend more than 10 billion yuan on shale gas this year, sources with knowledge of the matter said, as domestic competition heats up after rival Sinopec announced a commercial find.

  • *Hopes for Ukraine initiative dent safe-haven bids. LONDON, April 18- Gold was heading for a 1.8 percent weekly fall on Friday, dented by hopes that diplomatic efforts can calm violence in Ukraine and by strengthening U.S. economic data.

  • *BP pays billions in compensation but some claims still unpaid. April 18- Four years after the Deepwater Horizon spill, oil is still washing up on the long sandy beaches of Grand Isle, Louisiana, and some islanders are fed up with hearing from BP that the crisis is over.

  • TOKYO, April 18- Core consumer prices in Tokyo, a leading indicator of nationwide inflation, probably rose the most in 22 years in April after an increase in Japan's sales tax drove up prices across the board, a Reuters poll showed on Friday.

  • *Four-way talks end with call for end to Ukraine violence. KIEV/ SLAVIANSK, Ukraine April 18- Armed pro-Russian separatists were still holding public buildings in eastern Ukraine on Friday, saying they needed more assurances about their security before they comply with an international deal ordering them to disarm.

  • ANKARA, April 18- Turkey will seek a discount in the price of gas it buys from Russia in talks with the deputy head of state-controlled Gazprom next week when he visits Ankara, Turkey's energy minister said on Friday.

  • BEIJING, April 18- China has launched an intense media campaign to defend the safety of producing a chemical used to make polyester fibre, as public opposition to new petrochemical plants threatens to disrupt expansion plans by state energy giants such as Sinopec Corp..

  • *Canadian company ready to mine off Papua New Guinea. NEWCASTLE, England/ LONDON, April 18- The world's first deep sea mining robot sits idle on a British factory floor, waiting to claw up high grade copper and gold from the seabed off Papua New Guinea- when a wrangle over terms is solved. The world waits for the judgement of a United Nations agency based in Jamaica.

  • BEIJING, April 18- China shares closed nearly flat on Friday, with property stocks limiting the market's momentum after data showed Chinese home price rises had slowed further in March. China Fortune Land Co Ltd fell 3.5 percent and Ningbo Fuda Co Ltd dropped 2.4 percent.

  • MUMBAI, April 18- India's Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd is recalling some 2,900 bottles of its stomach ulcer drug ranitidine in the United States after a foreign tablet was found in one of the bottles.

  • TOKYO, April 18- Japan's Nikkei stock average rose 0.7 percent on Friday to its highest close in 10 days, buoyed by upbeat U.S. economic data and corporate earnings, though trading volume hit its lowest in almost 1-1/ 2 years as many overseas markets were closed for Easter.

  • SHANGHAI, April 18- China's yuan dipped moderately on Friday, following a slightly weaker central bank fixing, as traders said mixed signals on the health of the economy was likely to keep the yuan moving sideways in the near term. GDP data released on Wednesday showed that China's economy grew slightly faster than expected in the first quarter.

  • Japan, US trade talks in stalemate Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 12:51 AM ET
    Japan's Economy Minister Akira Amari

    U.S.-Japan talks aimed at a trade deal seen as vital to a broader regional pact are in stalemate, Japan's economy minister said.

  • *U.S. willing to let Japan keep some farm tariffs- Japan media. WASHINGTON/ TOKYO, April 18- U.S.- Japan talks aimed at a trade deal seen as vital to a broader regional pact are in stalemate, Japan's economy minister said, as negotiators struggle to narrow gaps ahead of a summit between the countries' leaders.

  • *Great Wall Motor tumbles on slowing earnings. China Fortune Land Co Ltd fell 2.6 percent, Shanghai Jinqiao Export Processing Zone Development Co Ltd shed 2.2 percent and Ningbo Fuda Co Ltd dropped 2.4 percent. The Hong Kong stock exchange is closed for Good Friday on April 18 and Easter Monday on April 21.

  • *Copper futures slip after 1 pct gain in previous session. *Spot premiums at 600- 750 yuan/ tonne- analyst. SINGAPORE, April 18- Shanghai copper futures slipped on Friday after jumping the most in 2-1/ 2 weeks, but premiums in the spot market rose to their highest this year indicating growing demand in top consumer China.