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  • BELGRADE, Serbia— The Serb pilot who landed a jetliner in Somalia with a large hole on its fuselage says he has never doubted that it was caused by a bomb and describes the security at Mogadishu Airport as "zero." They said the blast sucked a male passenger out of the plane and forced the aircraft to make an emergency landing Tuesday in Somalia's capital.

  • EDEN, N.C.— Giant earthmoving machines beep and grind as they drop 17- ton scoops of coal ash and dirt into dozens of railroad cars lined up for two-thirds of a mile at a site along the Virginia- North Carolina border, where the country's largest electricity company was responsible for one of the worst spills of the toxic, liquefied waste in U.S. history.

  • BERLIN— German authorities have ordered the closure of Maple Bank after the Canadian-owned company was investigated for alleged tax evasion and money laundering. Maple Bank, based in Frankfurt, Germany, is part of Canada's Maple Financial Group. The Federal Financial Supervisory Authority said Sunday that it has forbidden Maple Bank from making payments or...

  • Feb 7- Honda Motor Co's order that its U.S. dealers stop selling some 2.2 million of the automakers' most popular models is compounding financial and regulatory headaches for car dealers stuck with millions of vehicles that have potentially hazardous air bags or other safety defects. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says this difference...

  • PARIS, Feb 7- French retail group Casino said on Sunday it had signed an agreement to sell its stake in Big C Supercenter for 3.1 billion euros excluding debt to Thailand's TCC Group. The sale will allow Casino to reduce its debt by 3.3 billion euros and will be realised by March 31, it said in a statement. A person with direct knowledge of the matter earlier told...

  • BOSTON— Tapping into Canadian hydropower is hardly a new concept in energy-starved New England. Among several plans yet to secure final approval are the $1.4 billion Northern Pass project, designed to bring 1,090 megawatts of Hydro- Quebec power through New Hampshire into southern New England and a 1,000- megawatt transmission line beneath Lake Champlain...

  • FRANKFURT, Feb 7- Volkswagen will offer generous compensation packages for the roughly 600,000 U.S. owners of diesel vehicles that emit an illegal amount of emissions, the head of its claims fund told a German paper. Volkswagen in December asked Feinberg-- who earlier headed the compensation funds for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill...

  • Feb 7- The rapidly spreading Zika virus is discouraging many Americans from traveling to Latin America and the Caribbean, with 41 percent of those aware of the disease saying they are less likely to take such a trip, a Reuters/Ipsos poll shows. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advised pregnant women to avoid travel to areas with an active...

  • EXCLUSIVE-ZIKA VIRUS HAS DISCOURAGED TRAVEL TO LATIN AMERICA, CARIBBEAN FOR 41 PERCENT OF AMERICANS WHO ARE AWARE OF DISEASE- REUTERS/IPSOS POLL.

  • Feb 7- Palm oil prices could jump more than expected to 2,700 ringgit per tonne in the second quarter, the highest since early 2014, as seasonally lower output and dry weather dent inventories across Southeast Asia, vegetable oils analyst Dorab Mistry said. Concerns that dryness linked to an El Nino weather pattern will lower fresh fruit bunch yields in top...

  • DUBAI, Feb 7- Dubai Aerospace Enterprise, one of the few Gulf aircraft leasing firms, expects to add 30-35 planes to its current portfolio of 97 with significant demand seen coming from Iran, the company's chief executive said on Sunday. Iran, which has emerged from years of sanctions that prevented it from legitimately buying aircraft, agreed with European...

  • SOUTH KOREA MILITARY RETRIEVES SUSPECTED FAIRING FROM NORTH KOREAN ROCKET- YONHAP.

  • *Malawi highlights perils of aid reliance without industrialising. LILONGWE, Feb 7- As she walks along a dirt road in central Malawi, Louise Abale carries her precious maize wrapped in a brightly coloured cloth and balanced on her head. Because of drought in Malawi and across southern Africa the grain has doubled in price in the space of a year, and now costs around...

  • DUBAI, Feb 7- Stock markets in Saudi Arabia and Egypt slipped in early trade on Sunday, erasing some of their gains in the previous session after oil prices reversed and global markets sold off at the end of last week. Saudi Cement rose 2.0 percent after the company recommended a dividend distribution of 3.00 riyals per share for the second half of 2015, versus a...

  • *Britain's BP bets on Egyptian gas, Shell on major acquisition. LONDON/ HOUSTON, Feb 7- As oil and gas companies cut ever-deeper into the bone to weather their worst downturn in decades, boards have adopted contrasting strategies to lead them out of the crisis. Britain's BP is betting on offshore gas in Egypt, while Royal Dutch Shell has opted for an alternative route...

  • MANCHESTER, N.H., Feb 7- Republican contender Marco Rubio struggled at a presidential debate on Saturday at the worst possible time, potentially confounding his bid to emerge as Donald Trump's chief rival in New Hampshire and giving hope to three rivals desperate for a strong showing. While Rubio recovered later in the debate, the timing of his performance was...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 6- Seven years after the United States banned waterboarding as an interrogation tactic, two Republican presidential candidates said on Saturday they would revive its use and one of them, billionaire businessman Donald Trump, would go even further. Waterboarding- the practice of pouring water over someone's face to mimic drowning as an...

  • BOSTON, Feb 7- Fidelity Investments plans to unveil a new pitchman on Sunday in television commercials that feature Will Danoff, the unassuming portfolio manager of its behemoth $103 billion Contrafund. The last time Boston- based Fidelity used a portfolio manager in a television advertising campaign was nearly 20 years ago. The silver-haired Peter Lynch,...

  • UNITED NATIONS, Feb 6- The United Nations Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on Sunday to discuss the North Korean rocket launch as requested by United States, Japan and South Korea, the U.N. press office said. The closed-door consultations of the 15- nation council on North Korea will take place at 11 a.m. ET, the United Nations said in a statement on...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 6- The United States vowed on Saturday to take all necessary actions to defend itself and its allies following a North Korean rocket launch, and said it would seek "significant measures" in the U.N. Security Council to hold North Korea to account. North Korea said the rocket carried a satellite, but its efforts have raised strong suspicion in...