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  • Traffic analytics firm Inrix has calculated how much time drivers spend stuck in traffic during peak travel times last year in 1,064 cities in 38 countries worldwide. Source: Inrix Inc., 2016 Global Traffic Scorecard. Does not include cities in Japan or China, where Inrix does not collect its own data.

  • DETROIT— When it comes to getting stuck in traffic on the way to and from work, Los Angeles leads the world. That topped second-place Moscow at 91 hours and third-place New York at 89, according to a traffic scorecard compiled by Inrix, a transportation analytics firm. San Francisco was the fourth-most congested city, while Bogota, Colombia, was fifth, Sao Paulo...

  • KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index edged up 0.1 percent to 19,244.39 and South Korea's Kospi crept up 0.1 percent to 2,082.76. JAPAN TRADE: Imports to Asia's second-largest economy grew in January for the first time in 25 months while exports grew at a slower pace than the previous month, according to Kyodo News. ANALYST VIEW: "Asian markets look set...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 20- Snap Inc takes to the road in London on Monday to promote its initial public offering with a daring proposition: that it can build hot-selling hardware gadgets and ad-friendly software features fast enough to stay one step ahead of Facebook. These efforts, which are aimed at developing hardware and so-called augmented reality...

  • QUITO, Feb 20- Leftist government candidate Lenin Moreno was within striking distance of winning the first round of Ecuador's presidential election on Monday, as the Andean country's electoral body counted ballots late into the night. A couple of hundred opposition supporters congregated in front of the electoral council headquarters in Quito to demand...

  • Feb 19- The chief executive of Uber Technologies Inc has ordered an "urgent investigation" into claims of sexual harassment at the ride-hailing service company made by a former employee. Susan Fowler, an engineer who left Uber in December, wrote in a blog post that she was subjected to sexual advances through a' string of messages' over the company's chat software...

  • QUITO, Feb 19- Leftist government candidate Lenin Moreno was winning Ecuador's presidential election on Sunday, partial results showed, and was close to the margin needed to avoid a runoff against conservative former banker Guillermo Lasso. In the event of a runoff, Ecuador's fragmented opposition is expected to coalesce around Lasso amid anger over an...

  • DETROIT, Feb 20- Traffic jams cost U.S. drivers an average of $1,200 a year in wasted fuel and time, and much more in Los Angeles, the city with the world's biggest rush hour traffic delays, according to a study by INRIX Inc released on Monday. While Thailand was the world's most congested country in 2016, according to the study, the United States had the worst traffic...

  • TOKYO, Feb 20- A slide in U.S. bond yields pressured the dollar against the yen on Monday, while the euro struggled for traction after suffering significant losses at the end of last week on renewed concerns about the upcoming French elections. Markets, already nervous over the possibility of a win for far-right, anti- European Union candidate Marine Le Pen, were...

  • LAUNCESTON, Australia, Feb 20- Coal markets could be forgiven for feeling slightly confused about the recent signals coming out of top importer China, with both bullish and bearish developments in evidence. China said on Feb. 18 that it will suspend all imports of coal from its nuclear-armed neighbour North Korea until Dec. 31, a move that, if implemented, would...

  • SHANGHAI, Feb 20- China shares rebounded on Monday, led by wine makers and banks, after media reports said pension funds may begin flowing into the country's stock markets as early as this week. The bullish sentiment spread to Hong Kong, where the market also advanced but by a more modest margin. Cao Xuefeng, head of research at Huaxi Securities in Chengdu, said...

  • JAKARTA, Feb 20- Freeport-McMoRan Inc's Indonesian unit said on Monday it hoped to resolve a dispute with the government over its mining contract, but reserved the right to start arbitration against the government and seek damages. Freeport has submitted a notification to Indonesia's mining ministry describing breaches and violations of its contract of...

  • JAKARTA, Feb 20- Freeport McMoRan Inc's chief executive said on Monday the company's Indonesian unit has made its first lay-offs since a dispute over its mining contract started with the Indonesian government and may let go of more workers this week. Richard Adkerson told a news conference in Jakarta that about 10 percent of the expatriate workforce had been...

  • HONG KONG, Feb 20- China's yuan firmed slightly on Monday, supported by corporate sales of dollars despite a weaker fix by the central bank. The People's Bank of China set the midpoint rate at 6.8743 per dollar prior to market open, weaker than the previous fix 6.8456. "Spot yuan trading today is quiet as supply and demand is generally balanced while the central bank...

  • *Spot gold may break support at $1,233/ oz- technicals. Spot gold had edged down 0.1 percent to $1,234.28 per ounce by 0319 GMT, while U.S. gold futures fell 0.3. "We expect muted trading to start the week in Asia with a U.S. holiday today, although a break in gold of $1,231 may flush away some nervous long positions," said Jeffrey Halley, senior market analyst at OANDA.

  • *Q4 GDP +0.4 pct q/q sa, vs +0.6 pct in poll. *Q4 GDP +3.0 pct y/y, same as poll forecast. BANGKOK, Feb 20- Thailand's economy expanded less than expected in the last quarter of 2016 and the government left its forecast for growth this year unchanged, indicating recovery will remain a slow process.

  • QUITO, Feb 19- Leftist government candidate Lenin Moreno was winning Ecuador's presidential election on Sunday, partial results showed, though he was just short of the margin needed to avoid an April runoff against conservative former banker Guillermo Lasso. In the event of a runoff, Ecuador's fragmented opposition is expected to coalesce around Lasso amid...

  • ECUADOR RULING PARTY CANDIDATE MORENO HAS 38.83 PCT OF VOTES, VS 28.63 PCT FOR LASSO- ELECTORAL COUNCIL WITH 78.4 PERCENT BALLOTS COUNTED.

  • WELLINGTON, New Zealand— A New Zealand judge on Monday upheld an earlier court ruling that flamboyant internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom and three of his colleagues can be extradited to the U.S. to face criminal charges. Dotcom, who lives in New Zealand, has been fighting extradition in a case which has moved with glacial slowness at times. The New Zealand district...

  • JAKARTA, Feb 20- Freeport-McMoRan Inc's Indonesian unit has submitted a notification to Indonesia's mining ministry describing breaches and violations of its contract of work by the government, the company said on Monday. Freeport said it hopes to resolve the dispute with the government, but it also reserved the right to start arbitration against the...