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  • OFFICIALS ARE CONCERNED THAT CHINA IS PUSHING BACK AGAINST AMERICAN DEMANDS IN TRADE TALKS- BLOOMBERG, CITING SOURCES.

  • BRUSSELS, March 19- European Union judges ruled on Tuesday that Italy's rescue plan for an ailing bank five years ago was legal, prompting calls for compensation for savers who subsequently faced stricter terms because Brussels had rigidly interpreted the bloc's rules. After the dispute with Brussels over the rescue of Tercas, Italian authorities...

  • *OPEC cancels April meeting, extends output cuts to June. Some analysts expressed concern that the cancellation was related to tension between Saudi Arabia, the de facto head of OPEC, and Russia, the largest producing non-member of the group that agreed to production cuts last year. "However, I think OPEC and non- OPEC producers are determined to get the supply and...

  • MOSCOW, March 19- A prominent U.S. investor being held in Russia on embezzlement charges has asked U.S. diplomats not to defend him because he is worried about his case becoming politicized, a prison monitor who visited him in custody said on Tuesday. The detention last month of Michael Calvey, founder of the Baring Vostok private equity group, has strained U.S.-...

  • March 19- Facebook Inc's Instagram is trialing a feature that lets U.S. users shop from the photo-sharing app by using a "checkout" option on items tagged for sale, the company said on Tuesday. The move is in line with Facebook's plan to monetize higher-growth units like Instagram, as its centerpiece News Feed product struggles to generate fresh interest.

  • By Maggie Fick and Tim Hepher. ADDIS ABABA/ PARIS, March 19- The investigation into the final minutes of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 turned on Tuesday to the secrets in the cockpit voice recorder as Boeing and a shaken global aviation industry hung on the outcome. The voices of Captain Yared Getachew and First Officer Ahmednur Mohammed could reveal what led to...

  • LONDON, March 19- Prime Minister Theresa May will ask the European Union to delay Brexit by at least three months after her plan to hold another vote this week on her twice-defeated divorce deal was thrown into disarray by a surprise intervention from the speaker of parliament. Nearly three years after Britain voted to leave the EU, its departure is uncertain and...

  • *EU Commission had forced bank to reimburse aid. BRUSSELS, March 19- European Union judges ruled on Tuesday that Italy's rescue plan for an ailing bank five years ago was legal, prompting calls for compensation for savers who subsequently faced stricter terms because Brussels had rigidly interpreted the bloc's rules. The rescue of Tercas, which was sold to Banca...

  • *Pound pressured as Britain's May tries to agree Brexit extension. NEW YORK, March 19- The U.S. dollar slipped against a basket of major currencies on Tuesday, as concerns over the U.S. economy and expectations that the Federal Reserve will prove accommodative at a meeting this week weighed on the greenback. "What we are seeing is the market positioning for...

  • President Donald Trump on Tuesday accused social media platforms Facebook, YouTube and Twitter of favoring his Democratic opponents over him and his fellow Republicans. "But fear not, we will win anyway, just like we did before! #MAGA, "he said in a tweet.

  • SANTIAGO, March 19- Chilean state-run miner Codelco and its Ecuadorian counterpart Enami will sign an agreement in a few days to jointly develop a copper project in Ecuador, Chilean mining minister Baldo Prokurica said on Tuesday. "We are in the final stages and we hope that with the visit of the Ecuadorian president to Chile, he will be part of the signing of the...

  • NEW YORK, March 19- Stock markets across the world rose on Tuesday for a seventh session, the longest winning streak of the year, while sterling wobbled against the U.S. dollar on expectations European Union officials would allow Britain a delay on Brexit negotiations. Federal Reserve will this week reinforce a market view that the U.S. monetary...

  • LONDON, March 19- British environment minister Michael Gove said on Tuesday the sooner parliament voted again on whether to approve Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal the better. May's divorce deal to leave the European Union has been rejected by lawmakers twice already but the government is planning to hold a third vote, even though the Speaker of...

  • *Sterling earlier buoyed by UK jobs growth data. LONDON, March 19- The pound reversed earlier gains on Tuesday on concerns that Prime Minister Theresa May's request for postponing Brexit was running into complications with the European Union. The pound fell from as high as $1.3311 to $1.3260, up slightly on the day.

  • Higher oil prices also helped currencies for net crude exporters in the region with Mexico's peso rising 0.2 percent. Pemex, Mexico's debt-laden state oil company, said it planned to triple the number of wells it will drill this year, in a bid to grow crude output and reverse more than a decade of declining production. Pemex, which holds the largest debt of any Latin...

  • March 19- Facebook Inc's Instagram began trialing a feature on Tuesday that lets U.S. users shop directly for products from the photo sharing app by adding a' checkout' feature on items tagged for sale, the company said. Instagram said it has partnered with more than 20 brands, including Adidas, H&M and billionaire Kylie Jenner's booming cosmetic company and...

  • ADDIS ABABA/ PARIS, March 19- The investigation into the final minutes of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 turned on Tuesday to the secrets in the cockpit voice recorder as Boeing and a shaken global aviation industry hung on the outcome. The voices of Captain Yared Getachew and First Officer Ahmednur Mohammed could reveal what led to the March 10 crash of the...

  • BRUSSELS, March 19- The European Union will not allow models of the Boeing aircraft that crashed in Ethiopia to fly in its skies until it has received sufficient guarantees from the U.S. planemaker, the head of the bloc's aviation safety agency said. Patrick Ky, executive director of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency, said EASA would look "very deeply" at...

  • LONDON, March 19- Another 100 tonnes of zinc were loaded out of the London Metal Exchange warehouse system on Monday. The LME three-month price rose to an eight-month high of $2,882 per tonne last week, up 18 percent this year, before easing slightly to current levels of $2,800. The exchange's stock reports have thrown up many surprises over the intervening years,...

  • WASHINGTON, March 19- Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro endorsed U.S. President Donald Trump's immigration agenda on the eve of their first meeting at the White House, saying he supports a wall on the U.S.- Mexico border and that most immigrants to the United States wish to do harm. Ahead of Tuesday's Oval Office meeting, Bolsonaro waived a visa requirement for...