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  • LONDON, April 23- More holidays, a burka ban and an end to hard Brexit- just some of the policies Britain's opposition parties hope will prevent an overwhelming election victory by Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May in June. The early election, which stunned British politicians, could redraw the political landscape after Brexit exposed deep faultlines in...

  • JOHANNESBURG, April 23- South Africa's public enterprises minister has blocked power utility Eskom from giving its former chief executive a 30 million rand pension payout, the government said on Sunday. Credit ratings agencies S&P Global and Fitch downgraded South Africa to sub-investment grade this month after President Jacob Zuma removed respected...

  • *North Korea detains third U.S. citizen. SEOUL, April 23- North Korea said on Sunday it was ready to sink a U.S. aircraft carrier to demonstrate its military might, as two Japanese navy ships joined a U.S. carrier group for exercises in the western Pacific. President Donald Trump ordered the USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group to sail to waters off the Korean...

  • WASHINGTON, April 23- White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said talks between Republicans and Democrats in Congress could reach an agreement to avoid a government shutdown as early as Sunday.

  • DUBAI, April 23- Saudi stocks rose in heavy volumes on Sunday as investors cheered news that King Salman had issued a royal decree restoring financial allowances for civil servants and military personnel, while Egypt fell steeply on profit taking. The move is likely to boost consumption, benefiting the retail and food sectors, according to economists at Riyadh-...

  • WHITE HOUSE BUDGET DIRECTOR MULVANEY: TALKS IN CONGRESS TO AVOID GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN THIS WEEK COULD REACH AGREEMENT' AS EARLY AS TODAY'.

  • *Restoring public perks could be worth 50- 80 billion riyals. DUBAI, April 23- The decision by Saudi Arabia's King Salman to restore cuts to financial allowances for civil servants and military personnel is being seen as helping the kingdom avoid recession this year while smoothing the path toward economic reforms. On Saturday, Riyadh cancelled that step-- the...

  • WHITE HOUSE BUDGET DIRECTOR MULVANEY TELLS FOX NEWS THAT TRUMP'S TAX REFORM ANNOUNCEMENT, EXPECTED WEDNESDAY, WILL FOCUS ON PRINCIPLES, IDEAS AND RATES.

  • *North Korea detains third U.S. citizen. SEOUL, April 23- North Korea said on Sunday it was ready to sink a U.S. aircraft carrier to demonstrate its military might, as two Japanese navy ships joined a U.S. carrier group for exercises in the western Pacific. President Donald Trump ordered the USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group to sail to waters off the Korean...

  • April 23- One member of European security watchdog OSCE's monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine was killed and two others were injured after their vehicle drove over a mine near Luhansk. Three years after Moscow annexed the Crimean region, tensions between Ukraine and separatists in the Russian-held eastern part of the country remain high and a 2015...

  • ZURICH, April 23- LafargeHolcim is close to announcing that its chief executive Eric Olsen is to step down following an internal investigation into activities at a former Lafarge cement plant in Syria, a source familiar with the matter said on Sunday. The cement maker in March said one of its cement plants probably paid protection money to armed groups in Syria...

  • April the giraffe has become a cash cow for a tiny zoo in rural upstate New York, thanks to a YouTube video livestream of her pregnancy and birth of an incredibly cute calf that has riveted viewers around the world. "The monies are going to allow the park to continue to grow and improve," said Jordan Patch, who started the 20- acre zoo with his wife four years ago in...

  • *North Korea detains third U.S. citizen. SEOUL, April 23- North Korea said on Sunday it was ready to sink a U.S. aircraft carrier to demonstrate its military might, as two Japanese navy ships joined a U.S. carrier group for exercises in the western Pacific. President Donald Trump ordered the USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group to sail to waters off the Korean...

  • WASHINGTON— U.S. consumers filed nearly 300,000 complaints last year about their dealings with banks, credit card issuers and other financial services companies. Barry Loudermilk, R- Ga., said at a congressional hearing this month. "Once the damage is done to a company, it's hard to get your reputation back," responded Bill Himpler, executive vice president of the...

  • April 23- One member of European security watchdog OSCE's monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine was killed and another injured after their vehicle drove over a mine near Luhansk. Austria holds the rotating presidency of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Three years after Moscow annexed the Crimean region, tensions between Ukraine...

  • April 23- One member of European security watchdog OSCE's monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine was killed and another injured after their vehicle drove over a mine near Luhansk. Austria holds the rotating presidency of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Three years after Moscow annexed the Crimean region, tensions between Ukraine...

  • April 23- One member of European security watchdog OSCE's monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine was killed and another injured after their vehicle drove over a mine near Luhansk. Austria holds the rotating presidency of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Three years after Moscow annexed the Crimean region, tensions between Ukraine...

  • April 23- One member of European security watchdog OSCE's monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine was killed and another injured after their vehicle drove over a mine near Luhansk. Austria holds the rotating presidency of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Three years after Moscow annexed the Crimean region, tensions between Ukraine...

  • ZURICH, April 23- LafargeHolcim is close to announcing that its chief executive Eric Olsen is to step down following an internal investigation into activities at a former Lafarge cement plant in Syria, the Financial Times reported on Sunday, citing sources close to the company. LafargeHolcim declined to comment on the FT report. The cement maker in March said...

  • RIYADH, Saudi Arabia— Saudi Arabia's King Salman has issued a decree reinstating public sector perks after a drop in oil prices forced the kingdom to curb big-ticket spending and implement sensitive austerity measures. The decree, issued late Saturday, states that King Salman is "keen to provide comfort to Saudi citizens" and has reinstated all allowances,...