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  • TRUMP SAYS A DEAL "COULD VERY WELL HAPPEN" WITH CHINA.

  • TOTALAN, Spain, Jan 19- Rescuers in southern Spain began drilling on Saturday in hopes of rescuing a two-year-old boy trapped in a deep well for six days. Were not bothered by the hours, the tiredness or the lack of sleep, " Angel Vidal, the lead engineer overseeing the rescue, said on Saturday. Drilling of the first of two tunnels that will be made to reach the boy began at...

  • KOLKATA, India, Jan 19- India's main opposition parties joined forces against Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday at a rally which attracted hundreds of thousands of people months ahead of elections. The 23 regional groups said they forged a common front to stop Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, which beat the main opposition Congress and...

  • BEIRUT, Jan 19- Qatar's emir will visit Beirut on Sunday for an Arab economic summit which has been marred by regional rifts and internal Lebanese disputes even before it began. Rifts among Arab states over Syria and its ally Iran, on top of divisions inside Lebanon, have overshadowed the summit, with several leaders pulling out. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab...

  • PARIS, Jan 19- "Yellow Vest" demonstrators gathered in the French capital on Saturday for their tenth consecutive weekend of protests against President Emmanuel Macron's government. December's protests brought some of the worst violence seen in decades in Paris, as rioters burned cars and damaged shops and businesses. Protests so far this month have not had...

  • DUBLIN, Jan 19- Britain could remove most obstacles blocking a Brexit deal if it rolls back on a promise of leaving the European Union's customs union, the bloc's Agriculture Commissioner said. Britain's last-minute scramble to shape an EU exit after the deal Prime Minister Theresa May agreed with the bloc was crushed in a parliamentary vote has stalled in a...

  • PARIS, Jan 19- French supermarket retailer Casino, in the process of divesting assets to cut debts, has agreed to sell six of its' Geant' hypermarket stores to domestic rival Leclerc for 100.5 million euros. "Reducing these losses will contribute to the group's growth objective in trading profit in the France retail segment," Casino said in a statement on Saturday.

  • HARARE, Jan 19- Zimbabwe's public workers have rejected a second offer to raise their salaries and demanded to be paid in dollars, days after at least three people died in violent anti-government protests. Zimbabweans, who have seen their purchasing power eroded by soaring inflation despite adopting the dollar in 2009, say President Emmerson Mnangagwa has...

  • Federal Reserve Today in Washington. 21- Jan Norway Auction of Treasury bills 21- Jan Belgium OLO Auction 21- Jan Netherlands DTC Auction 22- Jan United Kingdom 1 3/ 4% Treasury Gilt 2037 22- Jan Spain Auction of 3- and 9- month Treasury bills 23- Jan Germany Auction of 5- year Federal notes 24- Jan Japan Auction of 20- year government bonds 24- Jan Sweden Auction...

  • ANKARA- Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey publishes summary of its monetary policy committee meeting. ACCRA- Central Bank of Ghana holds monetary policy committee meeting. TUESDAY, JANUARY 29 PRAGUE- Czech Central Bank Vice-Governor Tomas Nidetzky gives an interview on monetary policy ahead of the February 7 board meeting where the central bankers...

  • **BRUSSELS- ECB President Mario Draghi and ECB Executive Board member Benoit Coeure participate in Eurogroup meeting in Brussels, Belgium. DAVOS, Switzerland World Economic Forum annual meeting. PHILADELPHIA, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia issues Non-manufacturing Business Outlook Survey for January- 1330 GMT.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 18- White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Friday that the United States and China were making progress on trade negotiations but reaching a deal would take time. Chinese Vice Premier Liu He will visit the United States on Jan. 30 and 31 for the next round of trade negotiations with Washington. Liu's visit follows lower-level...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 18- LJM Partners Ltd on Friday filed a lawsuit against unnamed parties it holds responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars it lost after last year's jump in stock market volatility that effectively put the fund manager out of business. The Chicago- based fund manager was one of the largest casualties of the spike in volatility, which wiped out...

  • *Industrials post among biggest sector gains on Wall Street. NEW YORK, Jan 18- World stock indexes jumped on Friday, with Wall Street posting a fourth straight week of gains, and the dollar had its first positive week since mid-December as optimism increased that an end is in sight to the U.S.- China trade conflict. Stocks were boosted by a Bloomberg report that said...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 18- An Iranian-American businessman who gave money to Democrats including former President Barack Obama should be released early from his 12- year prison term for a $292 million bank fraud and moved to home confinement, his lawyers said on Friday. District Judge Sidney Stein in Manhattan to grant it. Attorney Geoffrey Berman in Manhattan declined...

  • Jan 18- Latin American stocks rallied sharply on Friday, with Brazil shares hitting yet another record high and Argentine stocks rising more than 2 percent, as equities around the world were cheered by the possibility of the China-U.S. trade conflict ending. "Any evidence that the U.S. and China are close to a trade agreement will result in a sustained higher...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 18- The trade deal that U.S. negotiators are seeking with China may have more in common with a sanctions-monitoring regime than a traditional trade pact. President Donald Trump is pushing China to agree to regular reviews of its compliance as a condition of any trade deal between the world's two biggest economies, according to people familiar...

  • UK PM THERESA MAY MADE NO CHANGE TO HER DEMANDS IN PHONE CALLS TO EU LEADERS- THE TELEGRAPH.

  • SHERBROOKE, Quebec, Jan 18- Canada's government on Friday dismissed China's warning of repercussions if Ottawa banned Huawei Technologies Co Ltd from supplying equipment to 5 G networks, saying it would not compromise on security. China's ambassador to Canada issued the threat on Thursday as relations between the two nations continued to deteriorate after...

  • *Canada's annual inflation rate rises to 2 percent. TORONTO, Jan 18- The Canadian dollar was little changed against its broadly stronger U.S. counterpart on Friday, supported by hopes of a possible end to the U.S.- China trade war and domestic data showing that inflation rose more than expected in December. Wall Street and oil prices moved higher after a Bloomberg...