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  • MONTREAL/ CALGARY, Aug 29- Canada's National Energy Board canceled the first day of hearings on TransCanada Corp's proposed Energy East pipeline in Montreal on Monday after protesters disrupted the panel session, an agency spokeswoman said. Montreal police said three protesters were arrested on obstruction charges, with two of the three also charged with...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 29- A federal appeals court in California on Monday dismissed a U.S. government lawsuit that accused AT&T Inc of deception for reducing internet speeds for customers with unlimited mobile data plans once their use exceeded certain levels. The company, however, could still face a fine from the Federal Communications Commission regarding the...

  • MEXICO CITY, Aug 29- Mexico's government will next week propose that Congress bring forward one year, to January 2017, the planned liberalization of gasoline prices, the finance ministry said on Monday. The state giant produces and imports gasoline consumed within Mexico. Miguel Messmacher, a deputy finance minister, told local radio the government would make...

  • BOGOTA, Aug 29- Colombia posted slower-than-expected economic growth in the second quarter weighed by a drop in oil revenue and less utility consumption, the government said on Monday, a performance that could lead the central bank to end its rate hiking cycle after almost a year. The Andean nation's gross domestic product grew 2 percent in the second quarter...

  • LAGOS, Aug 29- A Nigerian militant group, which has claimed responsibility for a series of attacks on oil and gas facilities in the southern Niger Delta energy hub in the last few months, said on Monday that it had halted hostilities. The swampland region- which produces most of the oil that makes up 70 percent of government revenue- has been hit by pipeline attacks...

  • SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— A Pennsylvania drug company has launched a clinical trial of a Zika vaccine in Puerto Rico, the part of the U.S. hardest hit by the mosquito-borne virus. Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc. says it will be testing its DNA-based vaccine candidate on 160 adult volunteers in Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico has reported more than 13,000 Zika cases.

  • US DOLLAR INDEX FALLS TO US SESSION LOWS OF 95.548, FLAT ON THE DAY.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 29- Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced on Monday that he directed his advisory council to evaluate whether the agency should continue to contract with private prisons, news that hit shares of private prison operators. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a division of DHS, currently uses private prison groups...

  • JOHANNESBURG, Aug 29- South Africa's Treasury and state-owned Eskom clashed on Monday over a probe into coal contracts between the power utility and a company linked to the wealthy Gupta family that is accused of holding undue political sway over President Jacob Zuma. The row further scarred relations in a government rocked by a police investigation of...

  • BUENOS AIRES, Aug 29- Argentina's inflation rate is expected to be less than 1 percent in August, Finance Minister Alfonso Prat-Gay said on Monday, forecasting that would continue the clear disinflation trend seen over the previous three months. Inflation was 2.0 percent in July, down from 3.1 percent in June and 4.2 percent in May, when the official Indec...

  • HAVANA/ NEW YORK, Aug 29- An expected explosion in U.S. tourism to Cuba will likely take years to materialize even after U.S. airlines resume commercial flights to the Caribbean island this week for the first time since 1961, industry officials said. Congress has yet to lift a trade embargo that prohibits U.S. citizens from visiting Cuba as tourists.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 29- A senior HSBC Holdings Plc executive pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges that he participated in a fraudulent scheme to front-run a $3.5 billion currency transaction by one of the bank's clients. The plea on wire fraud and conspiracy charges by Mark Johnson, a British citizen who at the time of his arrest last month was HSBC's global head of...

  • LAGOS, Aug 29- The Niger Delta Avengers militant group, which has carried out a series of attacks on oil and gas installations in Nigeria's Delta energy hub in the last few months, said on Monday it had halted hostilities.

  • WASHINGTON— There will be 600,000 commercial drone aircraft operating in the U.S. within the year as the result of new safety rules that opened the skies to them on Monday, according to a Federal Aviation Administration estimate. The rules governing the operation of small commercial drones were designed to protect safety without stifling innovation, FAA...

  • NIGER DELTA AVENGERS SAYS EXPECTS GENUINE, POSITIVE ATTITUDE TO RESTRUCTURING, SELF-DETERMINATION FOR EVERY COMPONENT UNIT OF NIGERIA- STATEMENT.

  • NIGER DELTA AVENGERS SAYS HALTED HOSTILITIES IN NIGER DELTA- STATEMENT.

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Apple is expected to show off a new iPhone next week when the company holds its fall product launch event in San Francisco. The tech giant announced the date for the Sept. 7 launch by sending out invitations to technology journalists and industry analysts on Monday. The Cupertino, California company sold more than 214 million iPhones over the last...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 29- The Federal Bureau of Investigation has found breaches in Illinois and Arizona's voter registration databases and is urging states to increase computer security ahead of the November presidential election, according to a U.S. official familiar with the probe. The FBI warning in an Aug. 18 flash alert from the agency's Cyber Division did not...

  • Aug 29- Wall Street snapped a three-day losing streak on Monday as financial stocks rose after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said the case for an interest rate hike had strengthened. Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer suggested that a move as soon as next month could be possible. The S&P 500 financial index was trading at its highest level since Dec. 17, a day after...

  • ROME, Aug 29- Facebook Inc. will not become a media company, its founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Monday, telling students the firm would remain a technology platform. It was the latest in a string of meetings the pontiff has held with Silicon Valley leaders, including Apple CEO Tim Cook and Alphabet's boss Eric Schmidt. Zuckerberg also on Monday met Italian...