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  • WELLINGTON, March 24- New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English on Friday announced a renewed push to promote free trade in his first major trade policy announcement since taking over as leader last December. New Zealand's $180 billion economy depends on exports, and the country lobbied hard in favour of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

  • WASHINGTON, March 23- The Trump International Hotel in Washington is not in violation of federal conflict-of-interest rules that bar elected officials from taking part in a lease of federal property, the U.S. General Services Administration said on Thursday. Critics argued that the luxury hotel housed in the historic Old Post Office a few blocks from the...

  • WASHINGTON, March 23- Iran would face tighter U.S. sanctions over ballistic missile launches and other non-nuclear activities under a bill announced on Thursday by a bipartisan group of senators, echoing a harder line on Tehran espoused by Republican President Donald Trump. The legislation would also require the U.S. president to block the property of any...

  • The White House has insisted there is no "Plan B" if the bill fails. I told him that personally, "said North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows, the chairman of a group of conservatives known as the Freedom Caucus, which has been critical of the bill. As the healthcare drama unfolded on Capitol Hill, Trump took a break from the negotiations to talk about the issue and hang...

  • BRASILIA, March 23- The European Union has asked Brazil to voluntarily suspend all shipments of meat to its member countries to avoid imposing a ban that would take time to lift, but the Brazilian government has not agreed, EU diplomats in Brasilia told Reuters on Thursday. EU ambassadors have been seeking more information on the irregularities discovered in...

  • BUENOS AIRES, March 23- Argentina's Tecpetrol, part of the Techint Group, said on Thursday it would invest $2.3 billion in the Vaca Muerta shale fields through 2019, the largest announcement in the formation in years. Tecpetrol said in a statement the investment was made possibly due to measures from President Mauricio Macri's government, including a deal with...

  • Michael Piwowar, who is acting chairman while President Donald Trump's appointee for the post Jay Clayton awaits confirmation by the U.S. Senate, announced the plan in a speech at Columbia University in New York City. "I have come to believe that the SEC rulemaking process would be more appropriate for such an important undertaking as the access fee pilot," said...

  • WASHINGTON, March 23- The U.S. State Department plans to approve on Friday the permit needed to proceed with construction of the Canada- to-United States Keystone XL oil pipeline, a project blocked by former President Barack Obama, according to two government sources familiar with the process. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said the administration would...

  • NEW YORK, March 23- Investors poured $8.3 billion into U.S.-based taxable bond funds during the latest week, Lipper data showed on Thursday, marking the largest inflows for the funds since last July.

  • DETROIT, March 23- When U.S. If Europe and China continue to toughen their emissions standards, "the U.S. might become an outlier," American Axle President Mike Simonte told Reuters on Thursday. Despite what the EPA may want, California and nine other states in the Zero Emission Vehicle program eight in the northeast, plus Oregon are expected to move ahead on Friday...

  • *Canada's infrastructure gap estimated at C $123 billion. TORONTO, March 23- Canada's Liberal government has been urged to move more quickly to roll out a C $180 billion infrastructure spending program and provide more details on how its planned infrastructure bank will work. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberals came to power in October 2015 promising to...

  • *Canadian dollar ends at C $1.3351, or 74.90 U.S. cents. "Traders are looking for further direction from either the oil market or from the equity market and risk appetite as Trump and the Republicans try to pass their healthcare bill," said Scott Smith, chief market strategist, associate portfolio manager at Viewpoint Investment Partners. Prices of oil, one of...

  • SAO PAULO, March 23- Brazil's JBS SA, the world's biggest meatpacking company, announced on Thursday that it had suspended beef production at 33 of its 36 plants amid the corruption scandal that has caused some of the country's biggest export markets to ban Brazilian meats. JBS and BRF SA, the world's largest poultry exporter, are among dozens of firms targeted in...

  • WINNIPEG, Manitoba, March 23- The western Canadian province of Saskatchewan will review regulations and engineering standards for pipelines around bodies of water following a Husky Energy Inc oil spill last year into a major river. Husky's July 2016 spill into the North Saskatchewan River forced the cities of Prince Albert and North Battleford to find...

  • BRASILIA, March 23- The European Union asked Brazil to voluntarily suspend all shipments of meat to its member countries to avoid imposing a ban that would take time to lift but the Brazilian government did not agree, EU diplomats in Brasilia told Reuters on Thursday.

  • BUENOS AIRES, March 23- Argentine Finance Minister Luis Caputo said demand for Swiss franc bonds had exceeded the 400 million Swiss francs the country sold on Thursday, and that the timing of a return to the global bond markets would depend on the advice of banks. Argentina plans to sell $10 billion in bonds on the international market this year.

  • SAN DIEGO _ Cytori Therapeutics Inc. on Thursday reported a loss of $4.9 million in its fourth quarter. On a per-share basis, the San Diego- based company said it had a loss of 24 cents. Keywords: Cytori Therapeutics, Earnings Report.

  • Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer pledges to pursue a procedural hurdle to try to block the confirmation of Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, a move that could provoke a nasty partisan fight and change the way the Senate does business. The State Department will approve on Friday the permit needed to proceed with construction of the Canada-...

  • TORONTO, March 23- Canada's main stock index closed higher on Thursday, led by heavyweight financial sector shares a day after the federal budget held off from raising taxes on investors. The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index rose 85.15 points, or 0.55 percent, to 15,433.61. Canada's Liberal government unveiled a stay-the-course budget after...

  • WASHINGTON— With time running out to get votes for the Republican plan to repeal and replace "Obamacare," President Donald Trump has shown he's willing to make a deal. As the tumultuous negotiations dragged on Thursday, the White House said it had agreed to a key demand from House lawmakers in the conservative Freedom Caucus— removing the federal mandate that...