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  • *Meeting marked by competing visions from U.S., China. PORT MORESBY, Nov 18- Asia-Pacific leaders failed to agree on a communique at a summit in Papua New Guinea on Sunday for the first time in their history as deep divisions between the United States and China over trade and investment stymied cooperation. Competition between the United States and China over the...

  • S&P 500 E-MINI FUTURES FALL 0.42 PCT AS TRADING RESUMES; VOLUME AT 2,547 CONTRACTS.

  • *Gubitosi appointed by majority vote, Vivendi votes against. ROME/ MILAN, Nov 18- Telecom Italia appointed Luigi Gubitosi as chief executive on Sunday, in a move seen as portending a more aggressive shake-up at the phone group and prompting his predecessor to call for a shareholder vote on the strategy turn. Gubitosi, a former head of telecoms group Wind and now...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 18- California utility PG&E Corp, facing investor concerns over its possible role in the deadly Camp Fire in Northern California, has reported another power-line outage that it experienced on the morning of Nov. 8 when the blaze started. The incident report, which was filed on Friday with the safety division of the California Public Utilities...

  • PORT MORESBY, Nov 18- Papua New Guinea will release a formal closing statement for the regional APEC forum in coming days, Prime Minister Peter O'Neill said on Sunday, as the 21- member body was unable to agree on a leaders' statement for the first time in its history. In his closing comments to the forum, O'Neill also said the group was trying to ensure "free and open"...

  • *Defence chief's resignation over Gaza triggered crisis. JERUSALEM, Nov 18- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged his coalition partners on Sunday not to bring down the government, citing security challenges ahead and hinting at future Israeli military action against its enemies. That put the fate of Netanyahu's coalition at the mercy of its...

  • JOHANNESBURG, Nov 18- South African power utility Eskom cut 1,000 megawatts of electricity from the strained national power grid on Sunday after high unplanned outages, a company spokesman said. The controlled power cuts- locally known as load-shedding- started at 1015 GMT and were scheduled to end at 2000 GMT, but stopped earlier than planned, Eskom spokesman...

  • President Donald Trump said he does not want to listen to an audio recording of the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi despite facing mounting pressure to punish Saudi Arabia for the killing. Trump also said he wants to maintain a close alliance with Saudi Arabia despite Khashoggi's death and questioned the alleged role of Saudi Crown Prince...

  • LOS ANGELES, Nov 18- "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" enchanted moviegoers with a debut of $62 million. Warner Bros., the studio behind the wizarding series, sees "Fantastic Beasts" as more of an international play, where the follow-up has already earned $191 million. "The Crimes of Grindelwald" is the second entry in what Warner Bros. intends to be a...

  • LONDON, Nov 18- Nespresso, part of food giant Nestle, aims to use sustainable aluminum in all of its coffee capsules by 2020 under a deal with mining major Rio Tinto announced on Monday. Under the deal, Anglo-Australian Rio Tinto will supply aluminum produced with renewable power and respect for biodiversity to Nespresso, the world leader in the coffee pod market.

  • *Deputies raise exemptions to ease impact on middle class. AMMAN, Nov 18- Jordan's parliament approved a new IMF-backed tax law on Sunday after introducing some changes in a move to push ahead with crucial fiscal reforms to lower record public debt needed to get the economy hit by regional conflict back on track. Jordan's Prime Minister Omar al Razzaz earlier...

  • President Donald Trump said in an interview that aired on Sunday the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was "very vicious" but that he wants to stick with Saudi Arabia as a close ally in the Middle East. Under pressure to punish Saudi Arabia for Khashoggi's death inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, Trump questioned the alleged role of Saudi...

  • Turkey and Cyprus have overlapping claims of marine jurisdiction and both plan to carry out exploratory drilling this year. We remind them that sharing the natural resources of the island of Cyprus relates to the core of the Cyprus issue, "Aksoy said in a statement. Greece denied the charge and Cyprus accused Turkey of stirring tension.

  • BERLIN/ PARIS, Nov 18- French President Emmanuel Macron called on Sunday for Germany and France to dig deeper as allies in their bid to spearhead a more united Europe, including by overcoming lingering skepticism on issues such as a euro zone budget. In a speech to the German lower house of parliament on Sunday at an event honoring war victims, Macron said the onus...

  • DUBAI, Nov 18- Global ports operator DP World believes international trade tensions such as those between the United States and China will make 2019 challenging but not unmanageable, its chairman said on Sunday. DP World Chairman Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem told Reuters he believed the psychological impact of trade tensions involving the United States were...

  • JERUSALEM, Nov 18- Amir Yaron, a professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, looks set to be the next governor of Israel's central bank after the Israeli cabinet approved his nomination on Sunday. The economist is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's choice for the post and would succeed Karnit Flug, whose five-year term ended last week.

  • ANKARA, Nov 18- The killers of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi may have taken his dismembered body out of Turkey in luggage, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar was quoted as saying by broadcaster CNN Turk on Sunday. Speaking at a panel as part of an international conference in Halifax, Canada, Akar said Khashoggi's killers may have taken the journalist's body...

  • JERUSALEM, Nov 18- Israel's economy so far in 2018 is expanding more slowly than previously thought, after third-quarter data showed weaker-than-expected growth mainly led by government spending and exports. In a preliminary estimate, gross domestic product grew by an annualized 2.3 percent in the July-September period, the Central Bureau of Statistics...

  • YANGON, Nov 18- Myanmar police shot and injured four Rohingya Muslims on Sunday, after detaining two men accused of smuggling people out of a camp for displaced people in western Rakhine state, a witness and police told Reuters. The rickety vessel, which carried 25 children among its passengers, had been bound for Malaysia when authorities stopped it south of...

  • LONDON, Nov 18- British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Sunday the next seven days in the Brexit process would be critical for the country's future.