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  • LONDON, Feb 14- Investors are being tempted by the mineral riches of Iran, which has opened for business after the lifting of sanctions as part of a nuclear deal. *Iron ore- Iran produced 34 million tonnes of iron ore in 2014 and has 2.7 billion tonnes of reserves. In 2014, Iran launched the Zarshuran plant, which it billed as the biggest gold processing operation in the...

  • *Iran has one of the world's biggest zinc deposits. *India considering $2 bln aluminium smelter in Iran. "Iran absolutely has world class mining assets, which have hitherto been shrouded from investors, but we're in the depths of one of the darkest, worst downturns in mining for some time," said Neil Passmore, chief executive of Hannam& Partners boutique merchant bank...

  • *Big cities still growing despite slowing economies. JOHANNESBURG, Feb 14- Africa's biggest economies have been hammered by the collapse in commodity prices over the past 18 months but there are still investment bright spots to be found. In cities such as Lagos, Nairobi, Accra, Kinshasa and Johannesburg, growth remains robust and investors are prospering in the...

  • BEIJING, Feb 14- China's commerce ministry has expressed its concern over European Union's anti-dumping investigations into Chinese steel products and said that trade frictions should be solved through dialogue. The European Union on Friday launched investigations into whether Chinese seamless pipes, heavy plates and hot-rolled flat steel were being...

  • *Biggest brand India has ever created- Modi. MUMBAI, Feb 14- Thousands of people and mascots of lions swarmed the weekend opening of a "Make in India" drive to attract foreign direct investment, pitched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as "the biggest brand that India has ever created". But even as the Make in India hype scales new heights, some bosses question Modi's...

  • *Online polls suggest EU referendum will be tight race. LONDON, Feb 14- If you believe online polls, Britain's looming referendum on whether to quit the European Union will be a tight race that the "out" camp could win. The EU risks losing its second-biggest economy and one of its two main military powers, while the consequences for Britain in terms of trade, growth and...

  • *Suicide rate in City of London higher than other boroughs. LONDON, Feb 14- Dwindling job security, heavier workloads, regulatory upheaval and the poor public image of the banking sector are taking a toll on the mental health of Britain's bank workers. Those who still have a job are vilified, "said Jagdev Kenth, director of risk and regulatory strategy in the...

  • SEOUL, South Korea— North Korea channeled about 70 percent of the money it received for workers at the now-shuttered Kaesong industrial park into its weapons programs and to buy luxury goods for the impoverished nation's tiny elite, South Korea said Sunday. Seoul closed the park last week in retaliation for North Korea's recent rocket launch.

  • SINGAPORE, Feb 14- Aerospace leaders gathering for this week's Singapore Airshow face conflicting pressures as they juggle growing concerns over jetliner demand while keeping record production plans on track. Worries about the effects of a faltering global economy and tensions in the South China Sea overshadow the two-yearly event in Singapore, which is...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 13- The death of Justice Antonin Scalia on Saturday means that the normally nine-member U.S. Supreme Court will probably be down to eight when it rules on such divisive issues as abortion, immigration, affirmative action and the power of public-sector unions. With a replacement unlikely to be appointed before the current Supreme Court term ends...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 13- President Barack Obama has a number of likely options as he looks for a nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, who died on Saturday. If Obama's nominee is not confirmed by the Senate, the White House could use the process to energize Democratic voters ahead of the presidential and congressional elections in...

  • The Light Rose Garden, a public art installation featuring a sea of white roses made with light-emitting diode, or LED, is also a perfect venue for Valentine's Day in Hong Kong. Originating in South Korea, the Light Rose Garden is on a world tour with its first stop in the southern Chinese city. Organizer Jung Yong Jin said he's thrilled to see people outside of Seoul...

  • SEOUL, Feb 14- South Korea said on Sunday 70 percent of the U.S. dollars paid as wages and other fees for the now-suspended Kaesong industrial project run jointly with the North had been diverted for use in Pyongyang's weapons program and luxury goods for its leader. South Korea on Wednesday suspended the project as punishment for the North's long-range rocket...

  • RANCHO MIRAGE, California, Feb 13- President Barack Obama said on Saturday he plans to fulfill his constitutional responsibility to nominate a Supreme Court justice to fill the vacancy left by the death of Antonin Scalia.

  • SEOUL, Feb 14- South Korea said on Sunday 70 percent of the U.S. dollars paid as wages and other fees for the now-suspended Kaesong industrial project run jointly with the North had been diverted for use in Pyongyang's weapons programme and luxury goods for its leader. South Korea on Wednesday suspended the project as punishment for the North's long-range...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 13- The death of Justice Antonin Scalia on Saturday means that the normally nine-member U.S. Supreme Court will probably be down to eight when it rules on such divisive issues as abortion, immigration, affirmative action and the power of public-sector unions. With a replacement unlikely to be appointed before the current Supreme Court term ends...

  • US SUPREME COURT JUSTICE ANTONIN SCALIA RECEIVED LAST RITES FROM CATHOLIC PRIEST AT TEXAS RANCH WHERE HE DIED- EL PASO DIOCESE.

  • Feb 13- Insight Venture Partners is nearing a deal to acquire Diligent Corp, a maker of software used by corporate boards, two people familiar with the matter said on Saturday. The New York- based company's shares, which are listed in New Zealand, ended trading on Friday at NZ $5.64, valuing the company at NZ $493.4 million. Insight's agreement to acquire Diligent...

  • Feb 13- Conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has died, setting up a major political showdown between President Barack Obama and the Republican-controlled Senate over who will replace the jurist just months before a presidential election. FORMER PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH. "The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next...

  • DEMOCRAT HILLARY CLINTON SAYS KEEPING SUPREME COURT SEAT OPEN BEYOND NOVEMBER ELECTION WOULD' DISHONOR OUR CONSTITUTION'.