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  • WASHINGTON, Jan 23- The Senate energy committee said late Monday it had delayed "until further notice" a meeting on Tuesday in which the panel had been slated to vote on President Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of the interior, Rep. Ryan Zinke, and his pick for secretary of energy, Rick Perry. The panel gave no reason for the delay.

  • SENATE ENERGY COMMITTEE SAYS NO NEW DATE SET FOR VOTES ON ZINKE AND PERRY.

  • SENATE ENERGY COMMITTEE POSTPONES VOTES ON ENERGY DEPT NOMINEE PERRY AND INTERIOR DEPT NOMINEE ZINKE.

  • SEOUL, Jan 24- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Tuesday said it expects profit growth in 2017 despite challenges arising from political uncertainty, after record chip earnings glossed over the Note 7 smartphone fiasco in the fourth quarter. The South Korean tech giant and Apple Inc rival is embroiled in an influence-peddling scandal surrounding President Park...

  • The most-traded copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange was also 0.8 percent firmer at 47,190 yuan a tonne. Trump formally withdrew the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Monday, saying he would seek one-on-one trade deals with countries that would allow Washington to quickly terminate them "if somebody misbehaves."

  • SHANGHAI, Jan 24- China fixed its official yuan midpoint at the strongest level in more than two months on Tuesday, thanks to a broad slide in the dollar pressured by concerns over the impact of U.S President Donald Trump's protectionist trade stance. The dollar fell after Trump formally withdrew the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal...

  • HOLLYWOOD, Fla., Jan 23- China's progress toward full inclusion of its stocks in global benchmarks could be halted if the world's second-largest economy cracks down further on people moving money out of the country, index provider MSCI Inc's top executive said on Monday. In recent months China has been tightening its grip on individuals and businesses trying to...

  • EXCLUSIVE-FURTHER CAPITAL CONTROLS BY CHINA COULD DELAY INCLUSION OF CHINA A SHARES IN MSCI INDEXES- MSCI CEO.

  • BEIJING, Jan 24- China has vowed to step up its protection of farmland in the wake of the country's first drop in grain output in over a decade, as rapid urbanization swallows agricultural resources. In a document released late on Monday, the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council said there was strong pressure on arable land and called...

  • Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull acknowledged Trump's move was a massive blow to the 12- nation agreement, but suggested other countries, such as China, may help fill the void left by the U.S. Turnbull said he had discussed the future of the deal in recent days with the prime ministers of Japan, Singapore and New Zealand, all TPP members, and believed the...

  • *Scope for Indonesia, China to join reformulated deal- Australia. WELLINGTON/ TOKYO, Jan 24- Australia and New Zealand said on Tuesday they hope to salvage the Trans-Pacific Partnership by encouraging China and other Asian nations to join the trade pact after U.S. Fulfilling a campaign pledge Trump signed an executive order in the Oval Office on Monday pulling...

  • TOKYO, Jan 24- Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Tuesday morning after the dollar weakened to a seven-week low against the yen overnight, while concerns about the impact of U.S. While Trump promised "massive" cuts in taxes and regulations on Monday, he also formally withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and talked of big border taxes.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 23- Volkswagen AG's dealers will receive an average of $1.85 million in a $1.2 billion settlement approved by a U.S. judge on Monday over its diesel emissions scandal. In total, VW has now agreed to spend up to $22 billion in the United States to address claims from owners, environmental regulators, U.S. states and dealers stemming from the excess...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 23- Two Republican senators said on Monday that U.S. states should be allowed to stay in the Obamacare medical insurance program if they like, with one also saying she was confused by President Donald Trump's broad but unspecific executive order targeting the program. Trump and congressional Republicans campaigned on a promise to dismantle...

  • *Oil up on weak dollar, output cuts by OPEC, other producers. SINGAPORE, Jan 24- Oil climbed on Tuesday as a weaker U.S. dollar and production cuts announced by OPEC and other producers buoyed the market, but an increase in drilling activity in the United States is likely to keep a lid on prices. Ministers representing members of the Organization of the Petroleum...

  • SYDNEY, Jan 24- U.S. soybean prices rose for the first time in three sessions on Tuesday, edging away from a six-day low touched the day before as the U.S. dollar weakened, but easing fears over potential crop losses in Argentina curbed gains. *The most active soybean contract on the Chicago Board of Trade, for March, climbed 0.26 percent to $10.60-1/ 2 a bushel.

  • CALGARY, Alberta/ TORONTO, Jan 23- A pipeline in the western Canadian province of Saskatchewan has leaked 200,000 liters of oil in an aboriginal community, the provincial government said on Monday. The government was notified late in the afternoon on Friday, and 170,000 liters have since been recovered, said Doug McKnight, assistant deputy minister in the...

  • SHANGHAI, Jan 24- China set its official midpoint at 6.8331 per dollar prior to the market open on Tuesday, its strongest level since Nov. 14. Tuesday's fixing was 241 pips, or nearly 0.4 percent, stronger than the previous fix, which was at 6.8572. Market participants said the strength in the official guidance rate was due to a broad slide in the dollar, which was...

  • Jan 24- Gold prices hit their highest in two months on Tuesday, pushed up as the dollar weakened due to suspicions President Donald Trump's administration might seek a competitive advantage through a weaker currency. *Trump formally withdrew the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and told U.S. manufacturing executives he would...

  • TOKYO, Jan 24- Japan will continue to stress the strategic and economic importance of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal to the United States, trade minister Hiroshige Seko said on Tuesday. He said it would be important for the TPP to have the United States as a member. Seko also said that he would closely monitor the impact on Japanese corporations if there...