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  • *Restoring public perks could be worth 50- 80 billion riyals. DUBAI, April 23- The decision by Saudi Arabia's King Salman to restore cuts to financial allowances for civil servants and military personnel is being seen as helping the kingdom avoid recession this year while smoothing the path toward economic reforms. On Saturday, Riyadh cancelled that step-- the...

  • WHITE HOUSE BUDGET DIRECTOR MULVANEY TELLS FOX NEWS THAT TRUMP'S TAX REFORM ANNOUNCEMENT, EXPECTED WEDNESDAY, WILL FOCUS ON PRINCIPLES, IDEAS AND RATES.

  • *North Korea detains third U.S. citizen. SEOUL, April 23- North Korea said on Sunday it was ready to sink a U.S. aircraft carrier to demonstrate its military might, as two Japanese navy ships joined a U.S. carrier group for exercises in the western Pacific. President Donald Trump ordered the USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group to sail to waters off the Korean...

  • April 23- One member of European security watchdog OSCE's monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine was killed and two others were injured after their vehicle drove over a mine near Luhansk. Three years after Moscow annexed the Crimean region, tensions between Ukraine and separatists in the Russian-held eastern part of the country remain high and a 2015...

  • ZURICH, April 23- LafargeHolcim is close to announcing that its chief executive Eric Olsen is to step down following an internal investigation into activities at a former Lafarge cement plant in Syria, a source familiar with the matter said on Sunday. The cement maker in March said one of its cement plants probably paid protection money to armed groups in Syria...

  • April the giraffe has become a cash cow for a tiny zoo in rural upstate New York, thanks to a YouTube video livestream of her pregnancy and birth of an incredibly cute calf that has riveted viewers around the world. "The monies are going to allow the park to continue to grow and improve," said Jordan Patch, who started the 20- acre zoo with his wife four years ago in...

  • *North Korea detains third U.S. citizen. SEOUL, April 23- North Korea said on Sunday it was ready to sink a U.S. aircraft carrier to demonstrate its military might, as two Japanese navy ships joined a U.S. carrier group for exercises in the western Pacific. President Donald Trump ordered the USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group to sail to waters off the Korean...

  • WASHINGTON— U.S. consumers filed nearly 300,000 complaints last year about their dealings with banks, credit card issuers and other financial services companies. Barry Loudermilk, R- Ga., said at a congressional hearing this month. "Once the damage is done to a company, it's hard to get your reputation back," responded Bill Himpler, executive vice president of the...

  • April 23- One member of European security watchdog OSCE's monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine was killed and another injured after their vehicle drove over a mine near Luhansk. Austria holds the rotating presidency of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Three years after Moscow annexed the Crimean region, tensions between Ukraine...

  • April 23- One member of European security watchdog OSCE's monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine was killed and another injured after their vehicle drove over a mine near Luhansk. Austria holds the rotating presidency of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Three years after Moscow annexed the Crimean region, tensions between Ukraine...

  • April 23- One member of European security watchdog OSCE's monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine was killed and another injured after their vehicle drove over a mine near Luhansk. Austria holds the rotating presidency of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Three years after Moscow annexed the Crimean region, tensions between Ukraine...

  • April 23- One member of European security watchdog OSCE's monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine was killed and another injured after their vehicle drove over a mine near Luhansk. Austria holds the rotating presidency of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Three years after Moscow annexed the Crimean region, tensions between Ukraine...

  • ZURICH, April 23- LafargeHolcim is close to announcing that its chief executive Eric Olsen is to step down following an internal investigation into activities at a former Lafarge cement plant in Syria, the Financial Times reported on Sunday, citing sources close to the company. LafargeHolcim declined to comment on the FT report. The cement maker in March said...

  • RIYADH, Saudi Arabia— Saudi Arabia's King Salman has issued a decree reinstating public sector perks after a drop in oil prices forced the kingdom to curb big-ticket spending and implement sensitive austerity measures. The decree, issued late Saturday, states that King Salman is "keen to provide comfort to Saudi citizens" and has reinstated all allowances,...

  • Were going to make it happen this year, he said, according to Drew Greenblatt, the president of Marlin Steel in Baltimore, who was present. Project lists submitted by the North America's Building Trades Unions and by an outside developer who helped with the transition both contain projects that infrastructure builders call shovel ready. After North America's...

  • PARIS, April 23- Turnout figures for the first round of the French presidential election showed a 28.54 percentage participation rate by midday local time, the Interior Ministry said on Sunday, slightly above the corresponding rate in the 2012 vote.

  • BEIJING, April 23- Home prices in China's financial hub of Shanghai will remain stable in 2017, as cooling measures have taken some heat out of the market, housing authorities were quoted as saying on Sunday. Property prices have soared in China's biggest cities such as Shanghai and Beijing since last year, prompting regulators to step up control to rein in the...

  • RABAT, April 23- Morocco has summoned Algeria's ambassador to express concern after 54 Syrians attempted to "illegally enter" the country from Algeria, the ministry of foreign affairs said in a statement on Sunday. It accused Algeria of forcing them to cross into Morocco. Morocco and Algeria share a 1,500 km land border that runs from the Mediterranean Sea to the...

  • RABAT, April 23- Morocco has summoned Algeria's ambassador to express concern after 54 Syrians attempted to "illegally enter" the country from Algeria, the ministry of foreign affairs said in a statement on Sunday. It accused Algeria of forcing them to cross into Morocco. Morocco and Algeria share a 1,500 km land border that runs from the Mediterranean Sea to the...

  • RABAT, April 23- Morocco has summoned Algeria's ambassador to express concern after 54 Syrians attempted to "illegally enter" the country from Algeria, the ministry of foreign affairs said in a statement on Sunday. It accused Algeria of forcing them to cross into Morocco. Morocco and Algeria share a 1,500 km land border that runs from the Mediterranean Sea to the...