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  • DUBAI, March 30- Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways are lending some passengers laptop computers and tablets to use on their flights following the new U.S. ban on allowing passengers' to take their own devices into the cabin on flights to the United States. Qatar Airways said on Thursday complimentary laptops would be available to business class passengers...

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  • WASHINGTON, March 30- Volkswagen AG said Thursday it has agreed to settle environmental claims from 10 U.S. states over its excess diesel emissions for $157.45 million as the world's largest automaker looks to move past the scandal. The German automaker settlement covers states including New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Washington and...

  • *Hungary lifts bond offer, yields fall. BUDAPEST/ PRAGUE, March 30- The crown plunged in the spot market and in forward contracts on Thursday as the Czech central bank gave up its guidance to end its 3 1/ 2- year-old weak crown regime around mid-2017. The crown's plunge started after CNB Governor Jiri Rusnok said the probability of a mid-year exit from the cap was lower "...

  • WASHINGTON— Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week for a second straight week, slipping further from their highest levels of the year reached two weeks ago. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the rate on 30- year fixed-rate home loans declined to 4.14 percent from 4.23 percent last week. The benchmark rate stood at 3.71 percent a year ago and averaged 3.65...

  • ANKARA, Turkey— Turkey's foreign minister says a Turkish banker and a Turkish businessman arrested in the United States for allegedly helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions are the target of a politically motivated case. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Ankara on Thursday. U.S. federal prosecutors say Turkish banker Mehmet Hakan Atilla was arrested Monday on...

  • *Canadian dollar at C $1.3311, or 75.13 U.S. cents. barrel, supported by supply disruptions in Libya and lower output from other Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries exporters. trading at C $1.3311 to the greenback, or 75.13 U.S. cents, stronger than Wednesday's close of C $1.3333, or 75.00 U.S. cents.

  • CHICAGO— Grain futures were lower Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for May delivery was 4 cents lower at $4.2140 a bushel; May corn was down 1 cent at $3.5740 a bushel; May oats was down 5 cents at $2.2620 a bushel while May soybeans lost 6.40 cent to $9.6240 a bushel. April live cattle was. 85 cent lower at $1.2050 a pound; March feeder cattle...

  • PARIS, March 30- Malaysia, which wants to buy up to 18 combat planes in a deal potentially worth more than $2 billion, is now talking to only one supplier, France's Dassault Aviation, about its Rafale jets, the French government spokesman said on Thursday. A source in Malaysia's Defence Ministry said last week that the Rafale was emerging as the frontrunner in the...

  • PUBLIC DEBT TO REACH 150 PCT OF GDP BY 2047 UNDER CURRENT LAW VS 77 PCT CURRENTLY, 89 PCT BY 2027.

  • Stock markets everywhere have rallied so far in 2017, with Wall Street hitting record highs on hopes that the U.S. administration will usher in financial deregulation and sweeping tax cuts. Many are now arguing that markets have become too reluctant to consider several key risks, including potentially-disruptive elections in Europe and no guarantees that...

  • ANNUAL BUDGET DEFICITS TO AVERAGE 8.6 PCT OF GDP FROM 2038-2047 UNDER CURRENT LAW VS 2.9 PCT FOR 2017.

  • WASHINGTON, March 30- U.S. debt held by the public will balloon to 150 percent of economic output by 2047 unless tax and spending laws are changed, the Congressional Budget Office said on Thursday, far exceeding the record level just after World War II. The new projections show steeper 30- year debt growth than last year's long-term forecast by the non-partisan...

  • March 30- The U.S. Department of Commerce on Thursday awarded a 25- year contract to AT&T Inc for the construction of a nationwide wireless broadband network to better equip first responders during emergencies. FirstNet, an independent arm of the Department of Commerce, will provide the No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier with 20 megahertz of telecom spectrum and...

  • March 30- U.S. stocks were little changed on Thursday as the upwardly revised fourth-quarter GDP growth rate underscored strength in the domestic economy, while investors looked ahead to the start of first-quarter earnings season. Gross domestic product increased 2.1 percent, compared with the previously reported 1.9 percent, the Commerce Department said.

  • *Shares rise 7.5 pct to C $107.23 in early trade. The Montreal- based company said the rise in sales was aided by a 7.8 percent increase in the average checkout bill, which is likely to be the biggest Dollarama has ever reported, according to analysts at Buckingham Research Group. The retailer also revised its long-term target to 1,700 stores from 1,400 stores, over...

  • CAIRO, March 30- Egypt's government is considering raising food subsidies provided to millions of people every month by 29 percent to help ease the impact of rising prices on poorer families, two sources at the finance ministry said on Thursday. A surge in inflation to a 30- year high since Egypt dropped the pound's peg to the dollar in November has driven up...

  • TORONTO, March 30- Canada's main stock index fell on Thursday after posting its highest close in one month the day before, pressured by losses for the energy group even as oil prices rose. The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index was down 15.57 points, or 0.10 percent, at 15,642.06, shortly after the open. Just four of the index's 10 main groups were lower.

  • March 30- Sarissa Capital Management LP called for a reduction in the compensation of Innoviva Inc's chief executive and the board- the hedge fund's latest salvo in its proxy fight with the drug company. The hedge fund said on Thursday Chief Executive Michael Aguiar's compensation should be reduced to below $500,000 per year. Sarissa owns 2.72 percent of...