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  • Nov 22- Saudi Arabia has agreed to buy about $7 billion worth of precision guided munitions from U.S. defense contractors, sources familiar with the matter said, a deal that some lawmakers may object to over American weapons having contributed to civilian deaths in the Saudi campaign in Yemen. Raytheon Co and Boeing Co are the companies selected, the sources said,...

  • Russia, China, Canada and Greece are top destinations, according to a trapping industry representative and government reports. The Fish and Wildlife Service regulates trade in animal and plant parts according to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, or CITES, which the U.S. ratified in 1975.. The advocates' lawsuit would "do away with the...

  • N'DJAMENA, Nov 23- Chad's President Idriss Deby has sacked Finance Minister Christian Georges Diguimbaye, a government decree showed. The decree dated Nov. 21, reviewed by Reuters on Thursday, also dismissed secretary of state in charge of finances and budget Banata Tchalet Sow. Their dismissal came amid a standoff with Swiss-based commodities giant Glencore...

  • *Volume in Dubai's Emaar Development shrinks sharply. DUBAI, Nov 23- Almost all Middle East stock markets rose on Thursday as a plan for an initial public offering boosted Egypt while blue-chip Emaar Properties continued to recover in Dubai. El Sewedy Electric jumped 10 percent to a record high of 130.50 pounds in heavy trade after Naeem Research, increasing its...

  • ESSEN, Germany— Facebook is adding 500 more contractors in Germany to review content posted to the social media site, after a new law came into force targeting online hate speech. The company says the staff will work for a service provider called CCC at a new office in the western city of Essen that was formally opened Thursday. Together with an existing office in...

  • TORONTO, Nov 23- Canada's main stock index rose on Thursday as higher oil prices boosted energy shares, while heavyweight financial stocks also gained ground. The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index was up 21.72 points, or 0.14 percent, at 16,095.30, shortly after the open. Eight of the index's 10 main groups gained.

  • Problems in UK and North America hammer trading. LONDON, Nov 23- British Gas owner Centrica shed around a fifth of its market value on Thursday after warning its 2017 earnings would be well below forecasts due to fierce competition for business customers in North America and Britain. Centrica shocked the market in a trading update, saying its full-year adjusted...

  • *Canadian dollar at C $1.2720, or 78.62 U.S. cents. *Loonie touches its strongest since Nov. 13 at $1.2673. The 0.1 percent increase was short of economists' forecasts for a gain of 0.9 percent, while volumes fared worse, declining The data is negative for the Canadian dollar and positive for the front end of Canada's yield curve, "which still has some work to do in pricing...

  • IBM, Amazon and Microsoft all now have apprenticeship programs that pay workers learning on-the-job while they build IT skills. IBM Vice President Joanna Daly says the apprenticeship program the tech giant started last month will help fill the several hundred vacant early-career IT jobs in the U.S. Rhode Island- based Carousel Industries executive Tim...

  • BERLIN— Germany's new parliamentary speaker is meeting resistance to his suggestion that lawmakers refrain from tweeting or snapping photos during sessions. Wolfgang Schaeuble, who served as Germany's Finance Minister until being elected parliamentary speaker last month, told lawmakers in a memo that the use of devices "to photograph, tweet or distribute...

  • LONDON, Nov 23- Sovereign wealth funds withdrew more money from global stock and bond markets in the third quarter of 2017, albeit at a slower pace with net outflows of $3.7 billion, data from research firm eVestment showed on Thursday. This was down from the second quarter's $7.7 billion of redemptions and the first quarter's whopping $22.7 billion, but it still...

  • LONDON, Nov 23- Traders are chasing gasoline and diesel cargoes and drawing volumes away from Europe to prepare for a particularly heavy round of refinery works around the world. Buyers from Venezuela to Singapore, still recovering from the loss of millions of barrels in U.S. refining in the autumn due to Hurricane Harvey, are now grappling with upcoming...

  • BERLIN— A court is expected to rule Thursday in a case that has exposed a rift within Germany's secretive Albrecht family, owners of the discount supermarket chain Aldi. The company is split into two geographical parts and the dispute centers on the control over Aldi Nord, which operates in northern Germany, Poland, Denmark, France, the Benelux countries and the...

  • PARIS, Nov 23- The French finance ministry is studying several scenarios for restructuring state-owned utility EDF, including spinning off its nuclear power generation activities into a standalone unit, sources familiar with the situation said. EDF, which is 83 percent owned by the state, has hefty net debt of 31 billion euros and is poorly placed to make the...

  • PARIS, Nov 23- French anti-corruption investigators questioned Airbus Chief Executive Tom Enders and three other company executives as witnesses in an investigation centred on the sale of satellites to Kazakhstan in 2010, according to media reports on Thursday. Enders was interviewed in early October by anti-corruption investigators in Nanterre, close...

  • *Germany in political crisis after coalition talks collapse. BERLIN, Nov 23- Germany's Social Democrats should reconsider their opposition to joining a new "grand coalition" with Angela Merkel's conservatives because Europe needs a stable government in Berlin, a senior ally of the chancellor said on Thursday. Germany is facing the worst political crisis of...

  • DUBAI, Nov 23- Saudi Arabia aims to start issuing tourist visas to foreigners next year, a senior Saudi official told CNN, as the government seeks to open up the conservative kingdom and find new sources of revenue to diversify its economy. At present, foreigners travelling to Saudi Arabia are largely restricted to resident workers and their dependents, business...

  • BERLIN/ LONDON, Nov 23- A restructuring of Siemens' declining turbines business could trigger labour unrest across the German industrial group, trade union IG Metall warned on Thursday as workers rallied in Berlin in protest over planned job cuts. The issue has leapt up the national agenda in the face of potential fresh elections after Chancellor Angela...

  • BERLIN/ LONDON, Nov 23- A restructuring of Siemens' declining turbines business could trigger labour unrest across the German industrial group, trade union IG Metall warned on Thursday as workers rallied in Berlin in protest over planned job cuts. The issue has leapt up the national agenda in the face of potential fresh elections after Chancellor Angela...

  • BERLIN/ LONDON, Nov 23- A restructuring of Siemens' declining turbines business could trigger labor unrest across the German industrial group, trade union IG Metall warned on Thursday as workers rallied in Berlin in protest over planned job cuts. The issue has leapt up the national agenda in the face of potential fresh elections after Chancellor Angela...