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  • *Indonesia to send official objection in 5 days- minister. BRUSSELS, Aug 14- The European Commission on Tuesday imposed countervailing duties of 8% to 18% on imports of subsidised biodiesel from Indonesia, saying the move aimed to restore a level playing field for European Union producers. The EU biodiesel market is worth an estimated 9 billion euros a year, with...

  • BRUSSELS, Aug 14- The European Commission on Tuesday imposed countervailing duties of 8% to 18% on imports of subsidised biodiesel from Indonesia, saying the move aimed to restore a level playing field for European Union producers. The European Commission, which coordinates trade policy for the EU, launched an anti-subsidy investigation in December...

  • Hong Kong is very important to our state: California STEP

    Jeff Williamson of the California State Trade Expansion Program says U.S. firms are starting to pay more attention to Southeast Asia.

  • NEW DELHI, Aug 13- India's domestic passenger vehicle sales fell for the ninth straight month in July, an auto industry body said on Tuesday, amid a deepening crisis in the country's automobile sector that has triggered large-scale job losses. India's S&P BSE auto sector index has fallen 23% this year, with the country's top automaker Maruti Suzuki's market...

  • The dip in stockpiles could further support benchmark palm oil prices, which have been trading at three-month highs, tracking gains in related edible oils and also bolstered Malaysian palm oil futures were last up 0.6% at 2,191 ringgit a tonne at the midday break on Tuesday, just below an earlier peak of 2,199 ringgit, the highest since April 22.

  • The Facebook app is displayed on the screen of an iPhone.

    Facebook, YouTube, TikTok, Twitter and LinkedIn have "lite" versions — smaller and simpler iterations of their platforms targeted at users with more basic, slower devices.

  • *India shuts some major Srinagar mosques for Muslim holiday. *Communications in India- run Kashmir still in lockdown. Frustration is growing in Muslim-majority Kashmir, which is also claimed by Pakistan, over Indias move last week to curtail autonomy for the state of Jammu and Kashmir, including a bar on non-residents buying property.

  • BERLIN, Aug 12- German exports to Iran fell by nearly half in the first six months of 2019, data showed on Monday, suggesting companies are scaling back business ties with Tehran to avoid trouble with the United States after Washington reimposed sanctions. "The fact that trade between Iran and Germany has collapsed that massively is not a big surprise,...

  • BEIJING, Aug 12- London nickel prices plunged after an initial surge in volatile trade on Monday as bulls that placed bets on Indonesia bringing forward a ban on mineral ore exports moved to close their positions. It had hit a 16- month high in London last Thursday before shedding 2.1% on Friday after Indonesia's trade minister, Enggartiasto Lukita, said Jakarta...

  • BEIJING, Aug 12- London nickel prices rose sharply in volatile Asian trade early on Monday as speculation continued that key producer Indonesia is about to bring forward a ban on mineral ore exports that was previously set to start in 2022. *NICKEL: Three-month nickel on the London Metal Exchange rose as much as 3.8% to $16,145 a tonne and stood at $16,125 a tonne as...

  • *Pakistan PM likens Modi to Hitler over Kashmir policy. SRINAGAR, Aug 11- Hundreds of people protested in Kashmir's main city of Srinagar on Sunday against India's decision to curb its autonomy, despite new restrictions on travel and a seventh straight day of communications blackout. Seeking to tighten its grip on the region also claimed by neighbouring...

  • NEW DELHI/ BENGALURU, Aug 11- The death toll from floods in the Indian states of Karnataka, Kerala and Maharashtra rose to 147, state authorities said on Sunday, as rescue teams raced to evacuate people and waters submerged parts of a world heritage site. Heavy rain and landslides forced hundreds of thousands of people to take shelter in relief camps, while train...

  • JABRI, Pakistan, Aug 11- Deep in the mountains of the Neelum Valley, where a river separates Indian and Pakistani Kashmir, is the small village of Jabri, usually far enough away to avoid being hit by exchanges of fire between the countries' armies. That changed late last month when Indian artillery shells hit the village and an unexploded device found its way into the...

  • COLOMBO, Aug 11- Sri Lankans, angered by the government's inability to prevent the Easter Sunday terror attacks that killed more than 250 people, want a strongman back in power who can guarantee their safety and bring back economic growth. The Rajapaksa brothers, Gotabaya and Mahinda, were credited with bringing peace to Sri Lanka in 2009 by defeating the Tamil...

  • COLOMBO, Aug 11- Sri Lankans, angered by the government's inability to prevent the Easter Sunday terror attacks that killed more than 250 people, want a strongman back in power who can guarantee their safety and bring back economic growth. The Rajapaksa brothers, Gotabaya and Mahinda, were credited with bringing peace to Sri Lanka in 2009 by defeating the Tamil...

  • SRINAGAR, Aug 10- For the first time in six days, India eased travel restrictions in some parts of Srinagar on Saturday, and people flooded the streets of Kashmir's summer capital to buy provisions ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid-al-Adha on Monday. But with public mobile, landline telephone and internet connections still severed by the authorities in most of...

  • SRINAGAR, Aug 10- For the first time in six days, India eased travel restrictions in some parts of Srinagar on Saturday, and people flooded the streets of Kashmir's summer capital to buy provisions ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid-al-Adha on Monday. And some homeowners and city workers were left to clean up Srinagar's streets on Saturday, a day after police used...

  • SRINAGAR, Aug 9- Indian police used tear gas and pellets to fight back at least 10,000 people protesting Delhi's withdrawal of special rights for Muslim-majority Jammu and Kashmir state in its main city of Srinagar on Friday, a police official and two witnesses said. Video footage carried by international news channels, the BBC and Al Jazeera and available...

  • Aug 9- Gold prices steadied on Friday, on course for their best week in over three years, as dovish central banks, escalating U.S.- China trade tensions and negative debt yields around the globe kept prices close to $1,500 per ounce. Spot gold was down 0.1% at $1,498.97 per ounce at 1:56 p.m. EDT after it broke through $1,500 for the first time since April 2013...

  • SRINAGAR, Aug 9- Indian police used tear gas and pellets to fight back at least 10,000 people protesting Delhi's withdrawal of special rights for Muslim-majority Jammu and Kashmir state in its main city of Srinagar on Friday, a police official and two witnesses said. Seeking to tighten its grip on the region also claimed by neighbouring Pakistan, India this week...