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  • MILAN, Feb 15- Italian major Eni said it intends to expand in the Middle East after a spree of deals in the Gulf last year, pressing ahead with plans to reduce its reliance on Africa and oil and gas exploration. Since last March Eni has secured nine deals in the United Arab Emirates, gained a foothold in Bahrain and expanded in Oman to underpin its future growth.

  • CHISINAU, Feb 14- Facebook Inc said it has removed a number of pages and accounts engaged in "inauthentic behavior" targeting people in Moldova, where elections will be held later this month. The owners of pages and accounts typically posted about local news and political issues such as requirements for Russian- or English-language education and potential...

  • Feb 14- Facebook Inc said on Wednesday it has removed a number of pages and accounts that engaged in "coordinated inauthentic behavior" targeting people in Moldova, where elections will be held later this month. Facebook has been recently cracking down on such accounts in countries including Russia, Iran and Indonesia after coming under fire in the last two...

  • LAUNCESTON, Australia, Feb 14- China's coal imports soared in January, more than tripling from the prior month to 33.5 million tonnes, but there are compelling reasons to treat this outcome with caution, including weakness in benchmark Australian coal prices. It's always worth being cautious about commodity imports around the Lunar New Year festival, as the...

  • LONDON, Feb 12- Was it another false dawn for the nickel market? Last week's rally to a five-month high of $13,350 per tonne on the London Metal Exchange has gone into sharp reverse. Although most analysts were quick to dismiss fears that Onca Puma would be impacted by the regulatory scrutiny surrounding all of Vale's tailings dams in Brazil, nickel's price...

  • Feb 12- India kicked off its biennial conference Petrotech on Saturday, Feb. 9, with oil ministers from Venezuela, Iran, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Mexico, Oman and elsewhere in attendance. >Venezuela open to barter in oil trade with India. >India looks to establish shale oil, gas potential.

  • Feb 12- India kicked off its biennial conference Petrotech on Saturday, Feb. 9, with oil ministers from Venezuela, Iran, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Mexico, Oman and elsewhere in attendance. >Venezuela open to barter in oil trade with India. >India looks to establish shale oil, gas potential.

  • Feb 11- India kicked off its biennial conference Petrotech on Saturday, Feb. 9, with oil ministers from Venezuela, Iran, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Mexico, Oman and elsewhere in attendance. >Venezuela open to barter in oil trade with India. >India looks to establish shale oil, gas potential.

  • MUMBAI, Feb 5- Indian steel firms are putting pressure on the nation's government to impose higher duties on imports as trade disputes and a global economic slowdown divert surplus Asian steel stocks to India, industry executives and government sources said. India's top four steelmakers- JSW Steel Ltd, Tata Steel Ltd, state-owned Steel Authority of India Ltd...

  • MSCI's index for emerging market stocks neared five-month highs with indexes in Moscow and Johannesburg leading gains. But trading remained light in Asia, with markets in greater China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea and Indonesia all closed for the Lunar New Year. "For the short-term, the outlook for EM assets may now be tilted in a bullish direction," said Cristian...

  • TOKYO, Feb 5- Asian stocks extended gains on Tuesday as overnight strength on Wall Street and the Federal Reserve's cautious turn underpinned appetite for riskier assets, while the dollar held firm on last week's upbeat U.S. data. European shares were expected to open higher, with financial spread-betters seeing Britain's FTSE, France's CAC, Germany's DAX to...

  • TOKYO, Feb 5- Asian stocks extended their gains on Tuesday as overnight strength on Wall Street and the Federal Reserve's dovish turn underpinned risk appetite, while the dollar held firm on last week's upbeat U.S. data. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan advanced 0.4 percent and hovered near its four-month high marked on Friday.

  • CAPE TOWN, Feb 4- There may be some irony in climate change being blamed for an increase in weather delays that resulted in South Africa's coal exports dropping 4 percent last year, but in reality the rough seas at the country's Richards Bay terminal are the least of the industry's worries. The blame for South Africa's lower exports was placed on market conditions...

  • CAPE TOWN, Feb 4- There may be some irony in climate change being blamed for an increase in weather delays that resulted in South Africa's coal exports dropping 4 percent last year, but in reality the rough seas at the country's Richards Bay terminal are the least of the industry's worries. The blame for South Africa's lower exports was placed on market conditions...

  • MEXICO- The Bank of Mexico hiked its benchmark interest rate by 25 basis points on Dec. 20, warning of uncertainty caused in part by the new leftist government's economic policies as well as the risk of higher inflation. THAILAND- Thailand's policymakers raised the key rate by 25 basis points to 1.75 percent on Dec. 19, its first tightening since 2011, while also...

  • *China has been cracking down on food smuggling. MUMBAI, Feb 1- India's buffalo meat exports are set to plunge 15 percent to their lowest in six years, a leading industry body told Reuters, as world No.1 meat consumer China clamps down on food smuggling. That has hit demand for Indian buffalo meat in places such as Vietnam, where some traders look to resell to clients in...

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    The company said it would use the proceeds to expand and deepen Go-Jek's presence in its home market Indonesia, as well as Singapore, Vietnam and Thailand.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, Jan 31- Arabica coffee futures on ICE surged on Thursday, lifted by a firmer currency in top grower Brazil, while cocoa futures slipped to seven-week lows. *March arabica coffee settled up 3.8 cents, or 3.7 percent, at $1.059 per lb. *Dry weather conditions in Brazil also supported prices though recent showers and forecasts for more rain in the coming...

  • *Indonesia says EU deforestation criteria unfair to palm. *Indonesia asks ASEAN to defer stronger EU partnership. JAKARTA, Jan 31- Indonesia intends to challenge an EU directive on renewable energy at the World Trade Organization, arguing the plan to curb the use of crops that cause deforestation will unfairly target palm oil, a senior Indonesian official told...

  • *Indonesian state energy company PT Pertamina said on Thursday it has signed agreements with Italian oil company Eni SpA to develop a so-called green refinery in Indonesia and to process a palm-based fuel mixture in Italy. *Pertamina said in a statement, it has signed a head joint venture agreement for the planned refinery in Indonesia that would produce fuel...