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  • WASHINGTON, Sept 24- President Donald Trump on Sunday slapped new travel restrictions on citizens from North Korea, Venezuela and Chad, expanding the list of countries covered by his original travel bans that have been derided by critics and challenged in court. Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Somalia were left on the list of affected countries in a new proclamation...

  • TOKYO, Sept 25- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected on Monday to announce a snap election for next month to take advantage of improved ratings and opposition disarray, despite criticism that he is creating a political vacuum amid worries over North Korea. Abe is expected to hold a news conference after meeting party executives and will likely put...

  • MEXICO CITY, Sept 24- Mexicans packed churches on Sunday to pray for the victims of the country's deadliest quake in 32 years as rescue teams searched against the odds for any survivors trapped under rubble since Tuesday's tremor shook Mexico City and nearby states. As another aftershock jolted southwestern Mexico on Sunday, the death toll from Tuesday's 7.1...

  • TOKYO, Sept 25- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected on Monday to announce a snap election for next month to take advantage of improved ratings and opposition disarray, despite criticism that he is creating a political vacuum amid worries over North Korea. A weekend survey by the Nikkei business daily survey showed 44 percent of voters planned to vote...

  • **FRANKFURT- ECB Vice President Vitor Constancio gives opening speech at Second ECB Annual Research Conference in Frankfurt, Germany 0700 GMT. **FRANKFURT- ECB Excecutive Board member Benoit Coeure chairing policy panel on "Exit from non-standard monetary policy" at Second ECB Annual Research Conference in Frankfurt, Germany 1445 GMT. SYRACUSE, New York- Federal...

  • **FRANKFURT- ECB Vice President Vitor Constancio gives opening speech at Second ECB Annual Research Conference in Frankfurt, Germany 0700 GMT. **FRANKFURT- ECB Excecutive Board member Benoit Coeure chairing policy panel on "Exit from non-standard monetary policy" at Second ECB Annual Research Conference in Frankfurt, Germany 1445 GMT. SYRACUSE, New York- Federal...

  • TOKYO, Sept 25- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to compile a new economic stimulus package of around 2 trillion yen by the end of this year, the Yomiuri newspaper reported on Monday. The package will mainly consist of increased spending on child care and education, and cover a period of three years from the fiscal year beginning in April 2018, Yomiuri said.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 24- The United States will prohibit entry of citizens from North Korea to the United States as part of a sweeping new travel ban that also slaps restrictions on Iran, Chad, Libya, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen and Somalia, the Trump administration said on Sunday. The addition of North Korea and Venezuela broadens the restrictions from the original, mostly...

  • SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO, Sept 24- Puerto Rico's. The newborn was admitted to the Centro Cardiovascular de Puerto Rico in the capital shortly before Maria slammed into the island last Wednesday, but it was impossible for doctors to operate in such precarious conditions. Gabriellyz was among the first infants cleared to take a medical flight out of Puerto Rico since...

  • President Donald Trump on Sunday was considering a replacement to his executive order temporarily barring travel to the United States from several majority-Muslim countries. The current ban, enacted in March and set to expire on Sunday evening, extended to travelers from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. Rather than a total ban on entry to the United States,...

  • MELBOURNE, Sept 22- Some banks have begun to pare back credit lines to smaller trading companies holding industrial metals in South Korea amid escalating tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile program, two industry sources said this week. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un traded insults and the United States imposed...

  • *Exit polls indicate Merkel set for fourth term. BERLIN, Sept 24- German Chancellor Angela Merkel won a fourth term in office on Sunday but Europe's most powerful leader will have to govern with a far less stable coalition in a fractured parliament after her conservatives haemorrhaged support to a surging far right. Two years after Merkel left German borders...

  • Trade experts say the sluggish tempo of the talks mean it is doubtful whether Canada, Mexico and the United States-- meeting in Ottawa for the third of seven planned rounds-- can come to a deal by the end of December. Chief Canadian negotiator Steve Verheul said he did not expect the U.S. side to present detailed proposals in Ottawa on major issues such as dispute...

  • *Business leaders fear for Germany's future as business hub. BERLIN, Sept 24- Leading industry associations urged Germany's biggest parties to start coalition negotiations quickly following Sunday's parliamentary election and form a stable government to avert damage to Germany's business environment. Now it's all about averting damage to Germany as a...

  • SYDNEY, Sept 25- The euro slipped in early Asian trading on Monday after Germany's election showed surging support for a far-right party that left Chancellor Angela Merkel scrambling to form a governing coalition. The New Zealand currency eased 0.44 percent to $0.7308, but should find chart support at $0.7280. A few hours after Prime Minister Theresa May set...

  • *Canada's chief NAFTA negotiator says making "good solid progress" at third round of talks in Ottawa, says pace is very fast. *Canada's chief NAFTAnnegotiator says doesn't expect detailed U.S. proposals on auto rules of origin, dairy, dispute settlement in this round. *Canada's chief NAFTA negotiator says will make good progress in next few rounds, says impossible...

  • CANADA'S CHIEF NAFTA NEGOTIATOR SAYS WILL MAKE GOOD PROGRESS IN NEXT FEW ROUNDS, SAYS IMPOSSIBLE TO PREDICT WHEN TALKS WILL CONCLUDE.

  • CANADA'S CHIEF NAFTA NEGOTIATOR SAYS HAS SEEN NO INDICATIONS SO FAR THAT U.S.

  • OTTAWA, Sept 24- U.S. trade negotiators will only partially unveil new text on modifying a key chapter on investment under NAFTA, two well-placed sources said on Sunday, underlying the cautious pace of talks that are supposed to wrap up by the end of the year. Trade experts say the sluggish tempo of the talks mean it is doubtful whether Canada, Mexico and the United...