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  • LONDON, Jan 21- The Bank of England was asked to consider moving the gold bars out of its vaults so that space could be rented to a pub, during its first hearing before a parliament spending watchdog. Members of parliament's Public Accounts Committee had seized on a report by government auditors, which criticised the BoE for having more than 800 empty desks at its...

  • PARIS, Jan 21- The head of one of the world's largest aircraft leasing companies has told leading planemakers to "get their house in order" and wipe out manufacturing delays before pushing already record production rates to even higher levels. SMBC Aviation Capital's chief executive, Peter Barrett, urged caution over production increases as he confirmed a new...

  • JOHANNESBURG, Jan 21- Africa's biggest pay-TV business Multichoice plans to pay a 2.5 billion rand dividend two years after leaving its parent of three decades- media and e-commerce group Naspers- and pursuing a listing solo in South Africa. Multichoice chief financial officer Tim Jacobs said on Monday the firm would make its first payment to shareholders in...

  • SPAIN AND UK SIGNED DEAL TO GUARANTEE THAT SPANISH AND BRITISH CITIZENS LIVING IN EACH OTHERS COUNTRY RETAIN VOTING RIGHTS AFTER BREXIT- FT Source text: https://on.ft.com/2W8K94v.

  • *Expands rule started in India in July. *Rumours spread via WhatsApp led to killings in India. The limit of five is in expansion of a measure WhatsApp put in place in India in July after the spread of rumors on social media led to killings and lynching attempts.

  • SPAIN AND UK SIGNED DEAL TO GUARANTEE THAT SPANISH AND BRITISH CITIZENS LIVING IN EACH OTHERS COUNTRY RETAIN VOTING RIGHTS AFTER BREXIT- FT.

  • MEXICO CITY, Jan 21- A gasoline pipeline explosion in central Mexico last week killed at least 89 people, the country's health minister said on Monday, while an official with the state-owned oil company defended its response to the leak. There were also 51 people injured, Health Minister Jorge Alcocer told a morning news conference. Mexican Attorney General...

  • CARACAS, Jan 21- Venezuela's gold holdings in the Bank of England have jumped after it closed out a gold swap deal with Deutsche Bank, according to two sources, as Britain remains reluctant to release gold held for the troubled OPEC nation. The government of Nicolas Maduro has since last year been seeking to repatriate about $550 million in gold from the Bank of...

  • *China's 2018 crude runs hit record 12.1 mln bpd. LONDON, Jan 21- Oil prices edged up on Monday, reversing earlier losses, as investors shrugged off data that confirmed China's slowing economy and instead latched on to positive supply-side drivers for the market. Brent crude oil futures were up 12 cents at $62.82 a barrel by 12:27 p.m. EST, while U.S. crude futures...

  • *FTSE 100 up 0.03 pct, FTSE 250 flat. Jan 21- British blue-chip shares eked out small gains as industrials were comforted by Prime Minister Theresa May's presentation to parliament of her European Union divorce deal Plan B, even as a stronger pound weighed on the index. London's FTSE 100 closed 0.03 percent higher after hitting near session lows with sterling...

  • By Kylie MacLellan, William James and Elizabeth Piper. LONDON, Jan 21- British Prime Minister Theresa May sought to break the parliamentary deadlock over Brexit on Monday by proposing to seek further concessions from the European Union on a plan to prevent customs checks on the Irish border. With little time left until the United Kingdom is due to leave the...

  • MEXICO CITY, Jan 21- A gasoline pipeline explosion in central Mexico last week killed at least 89 people, the country's health minister said on Monday, while an official with the state-owned oil company defended its response to the leak. There were also 51 people injured, Health Minister Jorge Alcocer told a morning news conference. Pemex Chief Executive Octavio...

  • CARACAS, Jan 21- Venezuela's gold holdings in the Bank of England have jumped after it closed out a gold swap deal with Deutsche Bank, according to two sources, as Britain remains reluctant to release gold held for the troubled OPEC nation. Its holdings at the bank more than doubled in December to 31 tonnes, or around $1.2 billion, after Venezuela returned funds it...

  • LONDON, Jan 21- European shares slipped on Monday from six-week highs after China's fourth-quarter growth figures confirmed a slowdown in the world's second-biggest economy, with 2018 its weakest year since 1990.. The pan-European STOXX 600 fell 0.3 percent and Germany's exporter-heavy DAX dropped 0.6 percent while U.S. markets were closed for Martin...

  • CARACAS, Jan 21- Venezuela's government said on Monday it had suppressed a small military revolt after a group of officers stole weapons and kidnapped several officials, as a video posted online showed a sergeant demanding the removal of President Nicolas Maduro. The officers attacked a National Guard outpost in the Caracas neighborhood of Cotiza, a...

  • TOKYO, Jan 21- Ousted Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn has offered to wear an electronic ankle tag and hire guards to monitor him in an unusual bid to secure his release on bail after two months of detention in Japan for alleged financial crimes. Ghosn is also willing to remain in Tokyo, where he has leased an apartment, and post stock he owns in Nissan Motor Co as...

  • China last week threatened repercussions if Ottawa blocked Huawei, a warning the Canadian government dismissed. "Canada's government should ignore the threats and ban Huawei from Canada's 5 G networks to protect the security of Canadians," he wrote in the Globe and Mail. "If China would resort to putting Canadians to death to defend its corporate national...

  • JOHANNESBURG, Jan 21- South African media and e-commerce group Naspers has had its plan to spin-off and list Multichoice, Africa's biggest pay-TV business by subscribers, conditionally approved by the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, the company said on Monday.

  • *CEO urges Nigeria to issue exploration licences. PARIS, Jan 21- French oil group Total will approve plans to proceed with the Ikike project in Nigeria in the coming months, and also plans to expand its liquefied natural gas project in the country, said CEO Patrick Pouyanne. "There is a huge potential in Nigeria, it is probably the most prolific country in west Africa...

  • LONDON, Jan 21- Iran failed to find any buyers on Monday in its latest attempt to sell oil to private companies for export on the stock exchange, the ISNA news agency reported, in a setback to Tehran's efforts to bypass U.S. sanctions. In October, before U.S. sanctions came into force, Iran sold 280,000 barrels at $74 apiece of the one million barrels it offered on the...