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  • A child holds a big puppet outside his house in the Kathputhli Colony (Puppeteers' Colony) in New Delhi

    Asia's third-largest economy has more than doubled maternity leave for the private sector but the new law could do more harm than good.

  • BRUSSELS- ECB Executive Board Member Benoit Coeure gives a presentation followed by a discussion and Q&A at Bruegel in Brussels- 1000 GMT BOLOGNA, Italy- ECB Supervisory Board Member Ignazio Angeloni speaks at a conference in Bologna- 1050 GMT. MINNESOTA, UNITED STATES- Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Neel Kashkari participates in a...

  • BRUSSELS- ECB Executive Board Member Benoit Coeure gives a presentation followed by a discussion and Q&A at Bruegel in Brussels- 1000 GMT BOLOGNA, Italy- ECB Supervisory Board Member Ignazio Angeloni speaks at a conference in Bologna- 1050 GMT. MINNESOTA, UNITED STATES- Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Neel Kashkari participates in a...

  • LONDON, March 31- Global equity listings rose in the first quarter compared with a year earlier, driven by issuance in Asia and the United States, Thomson Reuters data showed, pointing to a more buoyant year for share sales than 2016.. These combine to produce strong appetite for new issues, "Bank of America's global head of equity capital markets, Craig Coben, said.

  • "UK M&A activity has started strongly in 2017... foreign exchange made UK companies cheaper, and there is an overarching desire for growth, which is not easy for companies to deliver organically," said Jan Skarbek, head of UK investment banking at Citi. "In this environment, we are likely to continue to see combinations that make strategic sense and enable companies to...

  • JOHANNESBURG— South Africa's president replaced his embattled finance minister early Friday in an expected move that spooked investors this week and sent the currency tumbling. The recall caused South Africa's rand to lose nearly 5 percent, another blow to Africa's most industrialized economy that has stalled amid high unemployment.

  • NEW YORK, March 30- Equities in world markets edged higher on Thursday, led by gains on Wall Street after an upward revision to U.S. economic growth, while U.S. crude oil rose to trade above $50 per barrel for the first time in three weeks. The euro slipped after data showed easing inflation in Spain and Germany, pushing back bets on tighter policy from the European...

  • *Kuwait says OPEC discussing extending output cuts. NEW YORK, March 30- Oil prices jumped for a third day on Thursday to their highest in three weeks after Kuwait backed an extension of OPEC production cuts to reduce a global glut. Kuwait oil minister Essam al-Marzouq said his country was among several nations supporting the extension of a deal between the...

  • NEW YORK, March 30- Equities in key world markets edged higher on Thursday, led by gains on Wall Street after an upward revision to U.S. economic growth data, while U.S. crude rose to trade above $50 per barrel for the first time in three weeks. The euro slipped after data showed easing inflation in Spain and Germany, paring back bets on tighter policy from the European...

  • *Price lowered to 700 from 1,100 CFA francs/ kg. ABIDJAN, March 30- Ivory Coast slashed the price it guarantees for cocoa farmers by 36 percent to 700 CFA francs per kilogram on Thursday and reduced taxes for the April-to-September mid-crop amid a sharp drop in world prices. Higher than expected output and a wave of export contract defaults have created a glut of...

  • *Kuwait says OPEC discussing extending output cuts. NEW YORK, March 30- Oil prices jumped for a third day on Thursday to their highest in three weeks after Kuwait gave its backing for an extension of OPEC production cuts in an attempt to reduce global oversupply. Kuwait oil minister Essam al-Marzouq said his country was among several nations supporting the...

  • LONDON, March 30- Ukraine, in a legal case over a $3 billion debt to Russia, hopes to return to dollar bond markets by the end of the year, but it has no emergency funding needs and will not borrow "at any price", Deputy Finance Minister Yuriy Butsa said on Thursday. The country suffered a setback this week when a UK court ruled in a pre-trial hearing that it had no "...

  • LONDON, March 30- Iranian sovereign fund IFIC is targeting investments in the healthcare and high-tech sectors in the hope of improving the lives of Iranians, Vahid Sharif, an investment manager at the fund, said on Thursday. The Iran Foreign Investment Company, set up in 1997 as a holding company to manage the state's assets and investments overseas, has around $5...

  • NEW YORK, March 30- Equities in key world markets edged higher on Thursday, supported by an advance in U.S. crude to trade above $50 per barrel for the first time in three weeks, while stocks on Wall Street also got a lift from growth data. The euro slipped after data showed easing inflation in Spain and Germany, paring back bets on tighter policy from the European...

  • *Kuwait says OPEC discussing extending output cuts. NEW YORK, March 30- Oil prices jumped for a third day on Thursday to their highest in three weeks after Kuwait gave its backing for an extension of OPEC production cuts in an attempt to reduce global oversupply. "I see no sign from OPEC and Saudi Arabia that they will not roll over the cut into the second half of the...

  • *Trump admin seeking ways to penalize currency manipulators. NEW YORK, March 30- The dollar was flat on Thursday after weak reports on euro zone inflation took the edge off news that U.S. While campaigning, Trump promised to label China a currency manipulator on his first day as president, but so far has taken no action.

  • *Price lowered to 700 from 1,100 CFA francs/ kg. ABIDJAN, March 30- Ivory Coast has slashed the price it guarantees for cocoa farmers by 36 percent to 700 CFA francs per kilogram and reduced taxes for the April-to-September mid-crop amid a sharp drop in world prices, a government spokesman said on Thursday. The goverment is doing everything it can to ensure this...

  • Members of the European Parliament take part in a voting session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, on June 7, 2016.

    European Parliament President Antonio Tajani says the chamber will veto the Brexit deal if the rights of European and U.K. citizens are not guaranteed.

  • DUBAI, March 30- Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways are lending some passengers laptop computers and tablets to use on board following the U.S. ban on most electronics devices from being taken into the cabin on United States- bound flights. On March 25 the U.S. authorities banned electronic devices larger than a mobile phone from being taken into cabins on direct...

  • Banks and other financial companies led U.S. stocks modestly higher Thursday, nudging the Nasdaq composite index to an all-time high. ConocoPhillips jumped 8.8 percent after the energy company agreed to sell most of its Canadian assets. "Equities are ending the first quarter in a reasonably good place," said Terry Sandven, chief equity strategist at U.S.