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  • *Weak sterling limits losses in London cocoa. LONDON, Jan 9- Cocoa futures prices fell sharply on Monday after the government of top grower Ivory Coast reached a deal to calm an armed military uprising. Soldiers at military camps in cities and towns across Ivory Coast, including the commercial capital Abidjan, joined the rebellion.

  • *Oman caught between rivals Iran, Saudi Arabia. *Tehran ties may be key to boosting Oman economy. Oman has never found it easy to balance relations with Saudi Arabia to the west and Iran to the north, but worsening rivalry between the region's dominant Sunni and Shi'ite powers is testing its cherished policy of non-alignment more than ever.

  • LONDON, Jan 9- A U.S. banking regulator fined HSBC $33 million on Monday for past failings in its administration of some bank accounts, and ended business restrictions it had placed on the lender because of the problem. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, which oversees the U.S. federal banking system, said it assessed the civil penalty against HSBC for...

  • PORTUGUESE FINANCE MINISTER WARY OF "SIGNIFICANT POLITICAL UNCERTAINTIES" IN EUROPE IN 2017.

  • PORTUGUESE FINANCE MINISTER SAYS BOND SLUMP TEMPORARY, AIMS TO BROADEN BASE OF DEBT INVESTORS.

  • LISBON, Jan 9- Portugal hopes to broaden the investor base for its debt this year, its finance minister said on Monday, predicting the country's depressed bond market would revive as an economic recovery extended through 2017.. In an interview with Reuters, Mario Centeno also said he did not rule out any option for the future of Novo Banco, including potential...

  • PORTUGUESE FINANCE MINISTER SAYS 2016 BUDGET DEFICIT HIGHLY LIKELY BELOW 2.4 PCT/ GDP TARGET.

  • PORTUGUESE FINANCE MINISTER SAYS "ALL DOORS OPEN" ON NOVO BANCO, INCLUDING POSSIBLE NATIONALISATION.

  • DETROIT, Jan 9- Volkswagen's executive management was informed about the "existence, purpose and characteristics" of an emissions cheating device in July 2015, and chose not to disclose it to United States regulators, a court filing on Monday showed. A complaint filed to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan by the Federal Bureau...

  • DETROIT, Jan 9- Volkswagen's executive management was informed about the "existence, purpose and characteristics" of an emissions cheating device in July 2015, and chose not to disclose it to United States regulators, a court filing on Monday showed. A complaint filed to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan by the Federal Bureau...

  • *Airbus delivered well over 680 jets in 2016, data shows. *Deliveries higher than expected after December factory blitz. PARIS, Jan 9- Airbus is set to post an 8 percent rise in deliveries for 2016, beating expectations, after a sprint to the finish line that narrowed the gap with arch-rival Boeing, according to industry experts and records of aircraft movements.

  • LONDON, Jan 9- Gold firmed on Monday as markets reassessed the outlook for the U.S. economy after Donald Trump is inaugurated as President later this month, with the dollar steadying after the previous session's bounce. Spot gold was up 0.5 percent at $1,178.21 an ounce at 1500 GMT, while U.S. gold futures for February delivery were $5.10 higher at $1,178.50.

  • *Russian gas exports to Europe hit record. *Europe misses the boat despite growth in LNG exports. With the United States finally breaking the seal on LNG exports last year, analysts envisaged the ocean-going tankers challenging Russia's land-locked pipelines supplying Europe in a race that would send gas prices ever lower.

  • SAO PAULO, Jan 9- Yields on Brazilian interest rate futures narrowed on Monday as traders increased bets that the central bank would cut rates by an aggressive 75 basis points this week. Managers at Verde Asset Management SA, which runs Brazil's largest hedge fund, said on Friday they had purchased fixed-rate bonds on hopes of a 75- basis-point reduction.

  • The refusal by the justices to take up the women's appeal in the case involving the advertising website Backpage.com marked a victory for the tech industry, which could have faced far-reaching consequences had the Supreme Court decided to limit the scope of the Communications Decency Act, passed by Congress in 1996 to protect free speech on the internet.

  • DETROIT, Jan 9- Toyota Motor North America chief executive Jim Lentz said on Monday the Japanese automaker will spend $10 billion in U.S. capital investments over the next five years, matching its investments over the prior five years. The automaker has come under fire from President-elect Donald Trump for announcing in 2015 plans to shift production of its...

  • *Oil prices fall 2.3 pct, energy index top index loser. *VCA jumps on Mars Inc's $7.7 bln buyout offer. Jan 9- The Dow Jones Industrial Average declined on Monday, retreating from the historic 20,000 mark, weighed down by banks and energy companies, while a gain in technology stocks kept the Nasdaq afloat.

  • Jan 9- The Indian Point nuclear plant will shut down by April 2021, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday, under an agreement the state reached with Entergy Corp. It produces about 2,069 megawatts of electricity, enough to meet about 25 percent of the power used by New York City and adjacent Westchester County. Shares of Entergy were down 46 cents, or 0.6...

  • DETROIT, Jan 9- Volkswagen's management board was informed about the "existence, purpose and characteristics" of an emissions cheating device in July 2015, and chose not to disclose it to United States regulators, a court filing on Monday showed. A complaint filed to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan by the Federal Bureau of...

  • DETROIT, Jan 9- Volkswagen's management board was informed about the "existence, purpose and characteristics" of an emissions cheating device in July 2015, and chose not to disclose it to United States regulators, a court filing on Monday showed. A complaint filed to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan by the Federal Bureau of...