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  • MOSCOW— A Clinton-Obama sex tape using body doubles. Many of the more eye-popping accounts of the Internet Research Agency's activities have come from former employees. One, Alan Baskaev, told Russian television channel Rain that the agency made a video that looked like a U.S. soldier shooting a Quran and hired actors in an abortive bid to fake a sex tape of Barack...

  • Nigeria has raised $5.5 billion over the past three months, Kenya wants to borrow at least $1.5 billion, and Angola, Ivory Coast, Ghana and Senegal are all queuing up. Rating agency Moody's calculates Ghana has $4.5 billion of bonds due between 2020-2026, Gabon has $2 billion maturing between 2022-2025 and Zambia has $3 billion between 2022-2027..

  • MINNEAPOLIS— The Latest on Minnesota's $5 billion lawsuit against 3 M Co. over the manufacturer's disposal of chemicals that contaminated groundwater:. Jury selection has been halted in Minnesota's $5 billion case against 3 M Co., on the day the trial was expected to start. The state of Minnesota is heading to trial in an effort to force manufacturer 3 M Co. to pay...

  • RIGA, Feb 20- Latvia's Defence Ministry said on Tuesday that allegations against the central bank governor could be part of a disinformation campaign aimed at damaging trust in the government and influencing elections due in October. "Regarding the previous day's events in banking sector and the detention of Ilmars Rimsevics, head of the central bank of...

  • GLENVILLE, Minn.— Opponents of wind power are stalling or shooting down wind-farm projects across the country, especially in the Midwest, which is home to the nation's greatest concentration of wind turbines. When a developer sought to put up dozens more of the 400- foot towers in southern Minnesota, hundreds of people fought back. Residents of Freeborn County...

  • *STOXX index up 0.6 pct at close. LONDON, Feb 20- European shares rose on Tuesday thanks to a slew of well-received results, though banks were a weak spot after HSBC reported weaker than expected earnings and said it needed as much as $7 billion of fresh capital. HSBC dropped 3 percent after its trading update, the last under outgoing CEO Stuart Gulliver, who has pushed...

  • *German results due on same day Italy holds election. BERLIN, Feb 20- Members of Germany's Social Democrats began voting on Tuesday on whether to enter a new coalition with Angela Merkel's conservatives, a postal ballot which could scupper the chancellor's chances of a fourth term in office. That will be the same day Italy goes to the polls in a vote seen as too tough...

  • EPS 63 cents vs. analysts' estimate 42 cents. Feb 20- Oil and gas company Energen Corp, under pressure from Keith Meister- led Corvex Management to sell itself, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, but its expectations for oil production this year fell short of analysts' estimates. The company said it expects to spend in the range of $1.6 billion to $1.8...

  • LATVIAN DEFENCE MINISTRY SAYS PROBABLE AIM OF INFORMATION CAMPAIGN IS TO SHOW LATVIA AS "UNTRUSTWORTHY ALLY", UNDERMINE TRUST IN GOVERNMENT.

  • LATVIAN DEFENCE MINISTRY SAYS SEES SIMILARITIES WITH INFORMATION CAMPAIGNS OBSERVED BEFORE U.S., FRENCH AND GERMAN ELECTIONS.

  • LATVIAN DEFENCE MINISTRY SAYS PROBABLE AIM OF INFORMATION CAMPAIGN IS TO INFLUENCE INTERIOR AFFAIRS OF LATVIA AND OCTOBER ELECTION.

  • LATVIAN DEFENCE MINISTRY SAYS BANKING SECTOR ALLEGATIONS MAY BE PART OF "INFORMATION CAMPAIGN" ORGANIZED FROM OUTSIDE.

  • LONDON, Feb 20- British lawmakers on Tuesday published in full a confidential report detailing Royal Bank of Scotland's mistreatment of struggling businesses during and after the financial crisis. "The findings in the report are disgraceful," Nicky Morgan, chair of the cross-party Treasury Select Committee, said. The lawmakers' decision follows a protracted...

  • *FTSE flat at close; mid cap index up 0.8 percent. MILAN, Feb 20- A disappointing update from banking heavyweight HSBC and declines in big mining stocks on metal price weakness weighed on the UK's top share index on Tuesday. The FTSE index ended the session flat at 7,246.77 points, lagging a broadly positive European market, while Britain's mid-cap index added 0.8...

  • *Jeweller Nirav Modi denies fraud accusations against him. NEW DELHI/ MUMBAI, Feb 20- India's Finance Minister decried a "lack of ethics" among sections of Indian business on Tuesday and criticised inadequate oversight by auditors and regulators, after the financial sector was rocked by a $1.8 billion fraud at a state-run bank. Arun Jaitley did not specifically...

  • *Jeweller Nirav Modi denies fraud accusations against him. NEW DELHI/ MUMBAI, Feb 21- India's Finance Minister decried a "lack of ethics" among sections of Indian business on Tuesday and criticised inadequate oversight by auditors and regulators, after the financial sector was rocked by a $1.8 billion fraud at a state-run bank. Arun Jaitley did not specifically...

  • *Kenya's Treasury has published a fiscal consolidation plan. NAIROBI, Feb 20- The International Monetary Fund said it stopped Kenya's access to a $1.5 billion standby credit facility last June after failing to agree with the government on a reduction of the fiscal deficit. "The programme has not been discontinued but access was lost in mid-June because a review...

  • COPENHAGEN, Feb 20- Prospects for the offshore oil drilling market are improving but profits for drillers are still under pressure and rates will not rise before 2019, the head of A.P. Although this has spurred new investment, it has yet to benefit suppliers, such as Maersk, which sold its North Sea- focused oil and gas business to France's Total last year and now...

  • PITTSBURGH— Amazon has announced plans to create another 125 technology jobs in Pittsburgh, more than doubling its current tech workforce in the city. Amazon announced opening of the Pittsburgh facility last year. The company says the Pittsburgh facility focuses on shopping and entertainment in multiple languages "and played a key role in the launch of...

  • U.S. 6- MONTH TREASURY BILL RATE FALLS TO SESSION LOWS AFTER RECORD AMOUNT OF 6- MONTH BILLS SOLD- REUTERS DATA.