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  • WASHINGTON, July 20- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Thursday that 180 airlines worldwide that fly directly to U.S. airports have complied with the first phase of enhanced security measures outlined in June. DHS spokesman David Lapan said no airlines are currently subject to in-cabin restrictions on large electronics including laptops.

  • *Discussion on asset buys set for autumn. FRANKFURT, July 20- The European Central Bank left its ultra easy monetary policy unchanged on Thursday and did not even discuss clawing back stimulus, suggesting it may delay an inevitable decision on tapering bond buys until the latest possible moment. Maintaining a pledge to extend or even increase debt purchases if...

  • *Earnings hopes keep Wall Street close to all-time highs. LONDON, July 20- The euro hit a 14- month high and world shares pushed to a record peak on Thursday, as ECB head Mario Draghi said the bank would discuss the future of its 2- trillion-euro stimulus program at one of its next two meetings. The euro traded as high as $1.1630 from $1.1492 before Draghi began...

  • Banks have been feeling the fallout of the feud with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt, which cut diplomatic and transport ties with Qatar on June 5 and imposed economic sanctions. They accuse Qatar of financing Islamist militant groups and allying with their regional adversary Iran- allegations Qatar denies. The move prompted banks...

  • BUDAPEST, July 20- The forint led east European currencies higher on Thursday, hitting an 8- month high versus the euro after the European Central Bank left its ultra easy monetary policy stance unchanged. Investors in this part of the world focus on the policy of the European Central Bank, but also watch the Fed and U.S. long-term debt yields.

  • *Anglo-Dutch firm's London- listed shares up 1.2 pct. LONDON, July 20- Unilever lifted its annual profitability target on Thursday after cost cuts led to a big improvement in the first half of the year, showing it can boost returns after rebuffing a $143 billion takeover bid. "It's something that we keep on our radar screens here ourselves," Chief Financial Officer...

  • DHS SAYS NOT CURRENTLY IMPOSING ANY IN-CABIN ELECTRONIC DEVICE RESTRICTIONS ON ANY AIRLINE WORLDWIDE-- STATEMENT.

  • WASHINGTON, July 20- Republicans in the U.S. Congress are moving quickly to try to eliminate a new regulation that bars financial firms from forcing consumers into arbitration to settle disputes. Top lawmakers in both the House and Senate introduced bills on Thursday to repeal the rule, finalized this week by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

  • LONDON— Traffic on a major highway in England has been disrupted for hours after a truck laden with chocolate bars burst into flames. Drivers faced long delays after parts of the highway in Kent, southern England, were closed Thursday as fire crews put out the blaze and road workers tried to clear the debris. Kent Fire and Rescue Service said the cause of the blaze...

  • CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Sept delivery was higher 1.20 cents at $5.0420 a bushel; Sept corn was up 7.20 cents at $3.8960 a bushel; Sept oats was rose 1.20 cents at $2.9420 a bushel while August soybeans gained 12.20 cents to $10.12 a bushel. August live cattle was. 18 cent lower at $1.1745 a...

  • DOHA, July 20- Qatar's central bank governor said Doha's dispute with four Arab states had not affected long-term oil and gas contracts, state news agency QNA said on Thursday. "Long-term agreements signed by the state of Qatar to provide its customers with oil and gas are sufficient to guarantee continued supply without any problems," QNA quoted Sheikh Abdullah...

  • The muted loan growth forecast overshadowed the lender's quarterly profit that more than doubled, boosted by its acquisition of First Niagara Financial Group. "The stocks had a pretty good run going into the quarter but the guidance of the second half of the year is mixed," Wedbush Securities analyst Peter Winter said. Cleveland- based KeyCorp's net income...

  • LONDON, July 20- Copper prices held near five-month highs on expectations of solid demand from top consumer China after industrial output expanded strongly in the second quarter, but nickel fell as Chinese steel prices slipped from recent highs. Benchmark copper on the London Metal Exchange was unchanged at $5,966.50 at 1422 GMT, still close to Monday's high...

  • INDIANAPOLIS— More than 300 Carrier Corp. workers are working their final day at the company's Indianapolis factory as part of an outsourcing of jobs to Mexico that drew criticism last year from then-presidential candidate Donald Trump. Carrier announced last year that it would close the Indianapolis plant and cut about 1,400 production jobs in a move...

  • CARACAS, July 20- Many Venezuelan streets were barricaded and deserted on Thursday for a strike called by foes of President Nicolas Maduro to demand a presidential election and the abandonment of a plan for a new congress they fear would institute dictatorship. From the Andes to the Amazon, many businesses shut as the majority-backed opposition staged a 24-...

  • July 20- PayPal Inc said on Thursday it would partner with JPMorgan Chase& Co, allowing the bank's customers to link their Chase Pay and PayPal accounts. The companies said Chase customers will be able to use their reward points to make purchases via PayPal. PayPal will also be able to process payments on ChaseNet, JPMorgan's payment network.

  • LONDON, July 20- Sitting on $1 trillion in cash and emerging from years of caution, European companies are now showing the strongest year-on-year growth in capital spending plans in the world. As earnings season gets underway in Europe in earnest next week capital expenditures, or capex, plans will be closely scrutinized, particularly for the industrial and...

  • NEW YORK, July 20- U.S. Treasury yields declined on Thursday with benchmark yields hitting three-week lows as the European Central Bank maintained its pledge of easy money with inflation stuck below its 2- percent target despite improved growth in the region. Treasury trading at MUFG Securities America in New York.

  • WASHINGTON— Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he will continue in job' as long as that is appropriate,' despite president's rebuke.