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  • LOS ANGELES— The Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds action comedy "The Hitman's Bodyguard" has taken the top spot at the box office this weekend with an estimated $21.6 million in grosses from 3,337 theaters according to studio estimates Sunday. Despite largely mediocre reviews, "The Hitman's Bodyguard" easily outdid Steven Soderbergh's well-reviewed heist...

  • TIMIKA, Indonesia, Aug 20- Limited access to the giant Grasberg copper mine in eastern Indonesia is expected to resume on Monday, its operator said, after hundreds of former workers blockaded the site and clashed with police. Buildings, vehicles and motorbikes belonging to the company and its employees were also torched in the incident in the province of Papua,...

  • DUBAI/ RIYADH, Aug 20- Goldman Sachs received approval on Sunday to trade equities in Saudi Arabia, joining the growing band of western investment banks and fund managers expanding in the kingdom. Western financial institutions have been looking to tap new opportunities in Saudi Arabia since the government unveiled plans for oil giant Saudi Aramco's $100...

  • DUBAI/ RIYADH, Aug 20- Goldman Sachs received approval on Sunday to trade equities in Saudi Arabia, joining the growing band of western investment banks and fund managers expanding in the kingdom. Western financial institutions have been looking to tap new opportunities in Saudi Arabia since the government unveiled plans for oil giant Saudi Aramco's $100...

  • The potential battery-powered revamp of the van, known as the Bulli in Germany, was first announced at the Detroit auto show in January. "After the presentations at the global motor shows in Detroit and Geneva, we received a large number of letters and emails from customers who said,' please build this car'," Volkswagen brand chief Herbert Diess said in a statement.

  • Not enough housing is being built to accommodate the growing population and, as a result, California has higher housing prices and higher rates of homelessness than most parts of the United States. "The fact that the governor, our speaker and the Senate president have committed to a comprehensive housing package is indicative of how committed we are to getting...

  • *Dubai's Union Properties rebound continues. *Egypt's El Sewedy Electric down on profit-taking. Saudi Indian Company for Cooperative Insurance dropped 3.8 percent, Malath Cooperative Insurance fell 4.5 percent and Arabian Shield Cooperative Insurance slumped 7.6 percent.

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— For a decade, computer programmer Eddie Tipton reliably showed up for work at the central Iowa office of the Multi-State Lottery Association and earned the confidence of his co-workers, a team of technicians entrusted to build computers used to randomly pick numbers for some of the most popular lottery games in the U.S. "The depth of his deceit is...

  • NORTON, Vt.— It can be slow at the U.S.-Canadian border crossing between Norton, Vermont, and Stanhope, Quebec, where agents have watched moose amble through while waiting for people and cargo. As part of a nationwide effort to increase staff at some of its most remote border crossings, Customs and Border Protection is now offering hiring bonuses and job security...

  • Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will recommend on Aug. 24 whether to eliminate or shrink nearly two dozen national monuments, creating the first major test for a 111- year-old law that gives presidents the power to protect swaths of public land. Zinke is expected to recommend that at least some of the national monuments under review- which were all created since...

  • The board of bankrupt Texas utility Energy Future Holdings will meet later on Sunday to decide whether to sell its crown jewel, power transmission company Oncor, to Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc or accept an opposing bid from Sempra Energy, a person familiar with the confidential deliberations said on condition of anonymity. The rival bid for Oncor was...

  • JERUSALEM, Aug 20- An Israeli exploration group said on Sunday it would return its licences to develop a natural gas field off Israel's Mediterranean coast to the government, citing a number of factors including a lack of investors. Returning the licence to all rights to develop the Daniel gas fields could be a significant blow to Israel, which is seeking to...

  • JERUSALEM, Aug 20- An Israeli exploration group said on Sunday it would return its licenses to develop a natural gas field off Israel's Mediterranean coast to the government, citing a number of factors including a lack of investors. Returning the license to all rights to develop the Daniel gas fields could be a significant blow to Israel, which is seeking to...

  • BEIRUT, Aug 20- The Iranian parliament voted on Sunday to keep the oil and foreign ministers, two of pragmatist President Hassan Rouhani's key members of cabinet, in their posts. Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh has been credited with the boost in Iran's crude output since many global sanctions were lifted last year and with a multi-billion-dollar deal with...

  • BEIRUT, Aug 20- The Iranian parliament voted on Sunday to keep the oil and foreign ministers, two of pragmatist President Hassan Rouhani's key members of cabinet, in their posts. Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh has been credited with the boost in Iran's crude output since many global sanctions were lifted last year and with a multi-billion-dollar deal with...

  • LONDON, Aug 20- Britain will not rule out the possibility that the European Union may retain oversight of customs controls at UK borders after it leaves the bloc, as the country seeks ways to keep unhindered access to EU markets following Brexit. British goods would be exported tariff-free and Britain would levy EU tariffs on goods coming into the UK for onward...

  • IRANIAN OIL MINISTER ZANGANEH, FOREIGN MINISTER ZARIF GET APPROVAL FROM PARLIAMENT TO SERVE IN PRESIDENT'S NEW CABINET.

  • The board of bankrupt Texas utility Energy Future Holdings will meet later on Sunday to decide whether to sell its crown jewel, power transmission company Oncor, to Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc or accept an opposing bid from Sempra Energy, a person familiar with the confidential deliberations said on condition of anonymity. The rival bid for Oncor was...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 19- In the opening NAFTA session of talks, the United States did not give precise details of how much it wanted to boost North American content for autos, a source directly familiar with the negotiations said on Saturday. The United States had autos and auto parts trade deficits of $74 billion with Mexico and $5.6 billion with Canada last year, both...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 19- In the opening NAFTA session of talks, the United States did not give precise details of how much it wanted to boost North American content for autos, a source directly familiar with the negotiations said on Saturday. The United States, Canada and Mexico on Wednesday opened talks in Washington to modernize the North American Free Trade...