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  • HOUSTON/ DUBAI, Nov 20- As Venezuela's dilapidated energy sector struggles to pump enough crude oil to meet the country's OPEC output target, rival producers within the exporters group have started to plug the gap, OPEC and industry sources said. Some OPEC members expect the fall to accelerate in 2018, reaching at least 300,000 bpd, OPEC sources said.

  • MANILA, Philippines— President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesman says China is being offered a chance to operate a third telecommunications carrier in the Philippines. It would be competing with current operators Globe Telecom Inc. and PLDT Inc.. In 2007, the Philippines signed a contract with China's ZTE for a national broadband network.

  • WASHINGTON— The White House says it's willing to strike a health-care provision from Senate legislation to cut taxes and overhaul the tax code if the provision becomes an impediment to passing one of President Donald Trump's top legislative priorities. Susan Collins of Maine, whose vote the White House needs. Trump's budget director, Mick Mulvaney, said the...

  • Nov 20- Hong Kong stocks rose slightly on Monday, despite pressure from a retreat on Wall Street amid tax reform uncertainty. The Hang Seng index rose 0.2 percent, to 29,260.31 points, and the China Enterprises Index lost 0.6 percent, to 11,538.28 points. The sub-index of the Hang Seng index tracking energy shares dipped 0.4 percent while the IT sector rose 3.5...

  • LONDON, Nov 20- Germany's 10- year bond yield slipped to its lowest level in around 1-1/ 2 weeks on Monday, after talks to form a coalition government failed and raised the risk of fresh elections in the euro zone's biggest economy. The political crisis at the heart of Europe lifted demand for safe-haven government debt, although the euro fell sharply against other...

  • WASHINGTON— Consumers are getting the word that taxpayer-subsidized health plans are widely available for next year for no monthly premium or little cost, and marketing companies say they're starting to see an impact on sign-ups. More consumers also are finding plans for under $25 a month. It's another twist in a year in which the Obama health law has managed to...

  • *Shanghai index hit two-month low before rebounding. SHANGHAI, Nov 20- China stocks tumbled early on Monday after Beijing unveiled sweeping new guidelines to regulate asset management products, but they rebounded and ended the day higher as investors realized the rules will only be implemented gradually. "Regulations on the asset management industry can...

  • *Spot gold may retest resistance at $1,298- technicals. "Much of this will depend on the progress that the U.S. tax bill makes in the Senate. President Donald Trump would not insist on including repeal of an Obama-era health insurance mandate in a bill intended to enact the biggest overhaul of the tax code since the 1980 s, a senior White House aide said on Sunday. "

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 20- A bipartisan Harvard University project aimed at protecting elections from hacking and propaganda will release its first set of recommendations today on how U.S. elections can be defended from hacking attacks. The ongoing effort is being led by the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, based at the Harvard Kennedy School...

  • SINGAPORE, Nov 20- Oil markets were tepid on Monday as traders were reluctant to take on big new positions ahead of an OPEC meeting at the end of the month, when the producer club is expected to decide whether to continue output cuts aimed at propping up prices. "Traders seem to be turning their attention now to the OPEC/ Non-OPEC meeting... and an extension of the...

  • *China shares recoup slide on asset management rules. TOKYO, Nov 20- Asian shares pulled back on Monday with investor sentiment hurt by a retreat on Wall Street, while the euro and German stock futures skidded after German coalition talks hit an impasse. "It's year-end season, so people have more incentive to take profits," said Kyoya Okazawa, Hong Kong- based head of...

  • ZURICH, Nov 20- Roche announced a double dose of trial wins on Monday, saying its immunotherapy Tecentriq mixed with other drugs made advances against lung cancer, while data suggested its hemophilia agent Hemlibra could be used by more patients. "We are extremely encouraged by these results and will submit these data to health authorities globally with the...

  • ZURICH, Nov 20- Roche announced a double dose of trial wins on Monday, saying its immunotherapy Tecentriq mixed with other drugs made advances against lung cancer, while data suggested its haemophilia agent Hemlibra could be used by more patients. "We are extremely encouraged by these results and will submit these data to health authorities globally with the...

  • SHANGHAI, Nov 20- Victoria's Secret's glitzy annual fashion show hits the stage in China on Monday night for the first time, but will do so without several of its "angels" and star names who had been expected to attend, including model Gigi Hadid and pop singer Katy Perry. Perry and Hadid have both drawn criticism in state media and online in China, the former for...

  • At Macy's flagship store on 34th Street in New York, a chance to sit on Saint Nick's lap is by appointment only this year, for the first time ever. Admission is free to Santaland Herald Square and runs from the day after Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve. Macy's says the new arrangement is intended to cut down on wait times and make it easier to see the man in the red...

  • LONDON, Nov 20- Budget airline Wizz Air said on Monday it would greatly expand operations at its London Luton base, allocating a further four planes to the fleet by June 2018 and opening five new routes. The extra Airbus A320s will create 150 jobs at Luton, the airline said, and will bring its fleet size at Luton to five. The expansion will allow the eastern Europe-...

  • LONDON, Nov 20- Centrica, Britain's biggest domestic electricity and gas supplier, has set out plans to reform its pricing by withdrawing the most common form of tariff, the standard variable tariff, ahead of government intervention in the market. The government said in October it would impose price caps on standard variable tariffs, the basic rate that energy...

  • LONDON, Nov 20- British bookmaker William Hill plc said its retail net revenue rose 3 percent in the 17 weeks to Oct. 24, keeping it on track to meet its expectations for the year.

  • MELBOURNE, Nov 20- London copper steadied on Monday amid a slightly firmer dollar, supported after a report showed China's property sector, a major metals consumer, remained resilient last month. China's new home prices rose at a slightly faster pace in October after gains had held steady the previous month, as prices remained resilient in the face of falling...

  • SHANGHAI, Nov 20- China stocks reversed early losses to end higher on Monday, aided by a rebound in banking shares even after Beijing set sweeping new guidelines to regulate asset management products. At the end of 2016, the collective outstanding volume of the asset management business was 102 trillion yuan. The heavyweight banking sector led the rebound with...