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  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, May 26- Gold rose to its highest in nearly four weeks on Friday as political uncertainty led investors to favor bullion over assets considered riskier such as stocks. Equities are also down, "analyst Carsten Menke at Julius Baer in Zurich said. Leaders of the world's rich nations face difficult talks with Donald Trump at a G7 summit in Sicily on...

  • May 26- Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc said on Friday hackers used malware to access customers' card data, including its number, expiration date and internal verification codes, from payment systems at some of its restaurants between March 24 and April 18. An investigation into the breach found the malware searched for track data from the magnetic stripe of payment...

  • WASHINGTON, May 26- The fate of President Donald Trump's order to ban travelers from six predominantly Muslim nations, blocked by federal courts, may soon be in the hands of the conservative-majority Supreme Court, where his appointee Neil Gorsuch could help settle the matter. After the Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declined on Thursday to...

  • *G7 leaders hold two days of talks in Sicily. TAORMINA, Italy, May 26- Leaders from the world's major industrialised nations failed to persuade U.S. President Donald Trump to back a landmark climate deal at a G7 summit in Sicily on Friday after hours of talks that were described by Germany's leader as "controversial".

  • *U.S. bond market closes early at 2 p.m.. NEW YORK, May 26- U.S. "People are squaring up before the long weekend," said Kathy Jones, chief fixed income strategist at Schwab Center for Financial Research in New York.

  • BOGOTA, May 26- Colombia's central bank lowered the benchmark interest rate by 25 basis points to 6.25 percent on Friday to boost a slowing economy, as had been expected by the majority of analysts in a Reuters survey.

  • Stable gasoline prices are expected to fuel a slight increase in long trips this Memorial Day weekend. The nationwide average price for a gallon of regular on Friday was $2.37. In recent years, prices have risen 35 to 70 cents per gallon heading into Memorial Day, says Patrick DeHaan, an analyst for the price-comparison site GasBuddy.

  • BRATISLAVA, May 26- A top European Commission official said on Friday European Union members would be asked within days to give the bloc's executive a mandate to negotiate with Russia over the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which has bitterly divided the bloc. The planned 9.5 billion euro pipeline project has led to a split between Eastern European and Baltic Sea...

  • TIRANA, Albania— Food authorities in Albania say they are returning a poultry shipment to Brazil after tests found high levels of salmonella. The statement added that the "poultry will leave for Brazil" after the proper documentation was completed by customs and the local company. Brazil is a main source of poultry and pork for Albanian companies.

  • *Looks at all of Africa, except South Africa, Tanzania. M-Pesa was set up a decade ago by Safaricom, Vodafone's Kenyan business, and has long been expected to push further across Africa. This month, UK- based Vodafone, one of the world's top telecoms operators, transferred its 35 percent stake in Safaricom, Kenya's biggest company by market value, to its majority-owned...

  • WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump has vowed to revive the coal industry and regularly promises to "put our miners back to work." But one of his top White House advisers apparently does not share Trump's affinity for coal. Economic adviser Gary Cohn says, "Coal doesn't even really make that much sense anymore as a feedstock.

  • Several models of battery-operated ride-on toys are being recalled because the acceleration pedal can stick, posing a hazard to children. Other recalled consumer products include lamps with defective switches and wicker furniture with lead paint. The Surge 12 V Camo 4 X4 was sold at Walmart nationwide between June 2016 and March 2017, the Surge 12 V XL Quad...

  • May 26- U.S. energy firms added oil rigs for a record 19 weeks in a row as expectations of higher crude prices after an OPEC- led decision to extend current output curbs motivate producers to boost spending on new drilling. Drillers added two oil rigs in the week to May 26, bringing the total count up to 722, the most since April 2015, energy. Friday, after plunging nearly...

  • May 26- Bombardier Inc said on Friday it delivered its first CS300 aircraft to customer Swiss International Air Lines AG, marking a significant milestone for the Canadian planemaker's CSeries passenger jet family. Swiss International is expected to take delivery of 30 CS300 and CS100 aircraft. Bombardier has so far delivered 12 CSeries aircraft, nine of...

  • TORONTO, May 26- The Toronto Stock Exchange's efforts to win a slice of the massive Saudi Aramco public listing plays up the country's deep experience in natural resources as part of a broader offer to help the kingdom with its shift away from oil dependence. One source directly involved in the Canadian pitch told Reuters they are focused on convincing the...

  • *Prices bounce after dive on disappointment over OPEC. NEW YORK, May 26- Oil prices rose more than 1 percent on Friday, a partial rebound from the previous day's steep slide that came when an OPEC- led decision to extend production curbs did not go as far as some investors had hoped. Global benchmark Brent futures rose 50 cents to $51.97 a barrel at 12:29 p.m. EDT, after...

  • LONDON, May 26- Sterling suffered its steepest fall since January on Friday after an opinion poll showed the governing Conservatives' lead over the Labour opposition down to just 5 percentage points less than two weeks before a parliamentary election. That lifted London's FTSE share index by half a percent to a record high while other major European markets...

  • May 26- U.S. stocks were little changed in early afternoon trading on Friday, taking a breather after six straight days of gains and ahead of a three-day holiday weekend. Investors may be taking a breather as we head into the holiday weekend, "said Emily Roland, head of investment research at John Hancock Investments in Boston. At 12:32 p.m. ET the Dow Jones...

  • LOS ANGELES— President Donald Trump's budget proposal would cut federal funding for an earthquake early warning system for California, Oregon and Washington state, a development that seismology experts and some local leaders say would be the end of the project. The proposed funding cuts for the next fiscal year starting Oct. 1 would come from the budget of the...

  • MILAN, May 26- Banca Popolare di Vicenza and Veneto Banca have asked an investment fund backed by Italy's healthier banks to come to their rescue by helping to cover a capital shortfall, as demanded by the European Union. Rome has sought EU approval for months to bail out the two Veneto- based lenders and bigger rival Monte dei Paschi di Siena under strict EU bank...