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  • Hariri's resignation on Nov. 4 threw Lebanon into political crisis and put it centre-stage in the Middle East's overarching rivalry between Sunni Saudi Arabia and its allies and a bloc led by Shi'ite Iran. "With regard to the political situation in Lebanon, I will go to Beirut in the coming days, I will participate in the independence celebrations, and it is there...

  • PARIS, Nov 18- Saad al-Hariri, who resigned as Lebanon's prime minister this month while in Saudi Arabia, said on Saturday he would clarify his position when he returns to Beirut next week. "With regard to the political situation in Lebanon, I will go to Beirut in the coming days, I will participate in the independence celebrations, and it is there that I will make known...

  • PARIS, Nov 18- Saad al-Hariri, who resigned as Lebanon's prime minister this month while in Saudi Arabia, said on Saturday he would clarify his position when he returns to Beirut next week. "With regard to the political situation in Lebanon, I will go to Beirut in the coming days, I will participate in the independence celebrations, and it is there that I will make known...

  • Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri.

    Saad al-Hariri, who resigned as Lebanon's prime minister while in Saudi Arabia, arrived in Paris on Saturday as part of French mediation efforts.

  • PARIS, Nov 18- Saad al-Hariri, who resigned as Lebanon's prime minister this month while in Saudi Arabia, arrived in Paris on Saturday as part of French mediation efforts aimed at trying to ease tensions across the region. French President Emmanuel Macron, who welcomed Hariri with a warm embrace at the Elysee Palace for talks and a family lunch, leveraged France's...

  • *Freeport says evacuation plan to begin immediately. TIMIKA, Indonesia, Nov 18- U.S. miner Freeport-McMoRan Inc is evacuating spouses and children of workers from its giant Indonesian copper mine after a string of shootings in the area raised security concerns. Freeport has asked family and household members of its employees to prepare over the weekend for a...

  • TIMIKA, Indonesia, Nov 18- U.S. miner Freeport-McMoRan Inc is evacuating spouses and children of workers from its giant Indonesian copper mine after a string of shootings in the area raised security concerns, company sources said. The move follows efforts by Indonesian authorities on Friday to evacuate villages near Freeports Grasberg mine in the eastern...

  • SYDNEY- Panel participation by Michele Bullock, Reserve Bank of Australia's assistant governor at the Women in Payments Symposium, Sydney 2230 GMT. SYDNEY- Reserve Bank of Australia Financial Stability Head Jonathan Kearns will give speech at the Aus-China Property Developers, Investors& Financiers event, Sydney- 0135 GMT. SYDNEY- Reserve Bank of Australia...

  • CHICAGO, Nov 17- U.S. corn futures rose about 2 percent on Friday on fund-driven short-covering and talk of increased export demand, while soybeans hit a one-week high as worries about stressful crop weather in Argentina lifted soymeal futures, analysts said. Chicago Board of Trade December corn settled up 6-1/ 2 cents at $3.43 per bushel. January soybeans ended...

  • MUMBAI/ BENGALURU, Nov 17- Moody's Investors Service upgraded India's sovereign credit rating for the first time in nearly 14 years on Friday, saying continued progress on economic and institutional reforms would boost the country's growth potential. The agency said it was lifting India's rating to Baa2 from Baa3 and changed its rating outlook to stable from...

  • *For other news from Reuters Global Investment 2018 Outlook Summit, click http://www.reuters.com/summit/investment18. Yes, " Sankaran Naren, CIO of ICICI Prudential Asset Management Company, said at the Reuters Summit in Mumbai, referring to the tulip mania bubble in the Netherlands in the 17th century. The idea that the bitcoin market, which is now worth $130...

  • JAKARTA/ TIMIKA, Indonesia, Nov 17- Indonesia on Friday began evacuating villages that authorities said had been occupied by armed separatists after a string of shootings near a huge copper mine operated by Freeport McMoRan Inc.. Two police have been killed and at least 12 people wounded by gunfire in the area, in the eastern province of Papua, since mid-August.

  • *Improving weather in Brazil keeps focus on ample supply. MANILA/ PARIS, Nov 17- U.S. corn futures held near a one-year low on Friday, as the market tried to find a footing after being dented by lower than expected U.S. export sales and the prospect of ample supply. The most-traded corn contract for December delivery on the Chicago Board of Trade was up 0.5 percent at...

  • JAKARTA/ TIMIKA, Indonesia, Nov 17- Indonesia on Friday began evacuating villages that authorities said had been occupied by armed separatists after a string of shootings near the giant Grasberg copper mine operated by Freeport McMoRan Inc in the eastern province of Papua. "We hope they can return safely to their respective villages," Papua Police chief said in a...

  • *India government pushing for more natural gas use. *LNG to meet most of India's future gas demand. MUMBAI/ NEW DELHI, Nov 17- India's state oil refiners are planning an aggressive push into natural gas in coming years to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi's goal of making the fuel a bigger part of the country's energy mix.

  • MUMBAI/ BENGALURU, Nov 17- Moody's Investors Service upgraded its ratings on India's sovereign bonds for the first time in nearly 14 years on Friday, saying continued progress on economic and institutional reform will boost the country's growth potential. The agency said it was lifting India's rating to Baa2 from Baa3 and changed its rating outlook to stable...

  • JAKARTA/ TIMIKA, Indonesia, Nov 17- Indonesia on Friday began evacuating villages that authorities said had been occupied by armed separatists after a string of shootings near the giant Grasberg copper mine operated by Freeport McMoRan Inc in the eastern province of Papua. Mimika Deputy Regent Yohanes Bassang asked families in Timika to accommodate...

  • MUMBAI/ BENGALURU, Nov 17- Moody's Investors Service upgraded its ratings on India's sovereign bonds for the first time in nearly 14 years on Friday, saying continued progress on economic and institutional reform will boost the country's growth potential. The agency said it was lifting India's rating to Baa2 from Baa3 and changed its rating outlook to stable...

  • MUMBAI/ BENGALURU Nov 17- Moody's Investors Service upgraded its ratings on India's sovereign bonds for the first time in nearly 14 years on Friday, saying continued progress on economic and institutional reform will boost the country's growth potential. The agency said it was lifting India's rating to Baa2 from Baa3 and changed its rating outlook to stable...

  • MUMBAI/ BENGALURU Nov 17- Moody's Investors Services upgraded its ratings on India's sovereign bonds on Friday, saying that continued progress on economic and institutional reform will enhance India's high growth potential. Moody's said it was lifting India's rating to Baa2 from Baa3 and changed its rating outlook to stable from positive as risks to...