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  • BERLIN, Oct 21- German Chancellor Angela Merkel, campaigning for her Christian Democrats to retain control of the crucial state of Hesse in next Sunday's election, promised legislation to ward off the threat of air pollution leading to driving bans. Speaking at a news conference on Sunday evening, Merkel said it would be disproportionate to ban dirty diesel...

  • LOS ANGELES, Oct 21- " Halloween" made a killing in North America, earning $77.5 million when the slasher film launched in 3,928 locations. David Gordon Green's " Halloween," a direct sequel to John Carpenter's 1978 classic, obliterated the franchise record opening of $26 million, previously held by the 2007 Rob Zombie reboot. "Halloween" cost just $10 million, marking...

  • *Washington prepares to reimpose sanctions on Iran. *U.S. in talks with SWIFT on disconnecting Iran. His comments come two weeks before the Trump administration reimposes oil and financial sanctions against Iran after President Donald Trump withdrew from a 2015 deal between Iran and six world powers, which aimed to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear...

  • Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin dismissed concerns that China's weakest economic growth since the global financial crisis could spill into other emerging markets and destabilise U.S. financial markets. China is trying to navigate through multiple challenges after its trade war with the United States sparked a blistering sell-off in domestic stock...

  • SAO PAULO, Oct 21- Brazil and Chile concluded on Friday negotiations for a free trade agreement that could be signed by the end of the year, the Brazilian government said in a statement late on Saturday. Under the agreed terms, Brazil and Chile will not charge international roaming fees for mobile calls and data in each other's countries, it said.

  • ELKO, Nev/ MOSCOW, Oct 21- President Donald Trump said Washington will exit the Cold-War era treaty that eliminated a class of nuclear weapons due to Russian violations, triggering a warning of retaliatory measures from Moscow. "Russia has not, unfortunately, honored the agreement so we're going to terminate the agreement and we're going to pull out," Trump told...

  • BERLIN, Oct 21- Siemens boss Joe Kaeser came under pressure from senior German politicians on Sunday to pull out of an investment conference in Saudi Arabia next week following Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's death. "I hope that Joe Kaeser will rethink this," she told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper. "I certainly wouldn't participate in an event in Riyadh at the...

  • HONG KONG, Oct 21- Goldman Sachs Group Inc's veteran banker Todd Leland will become Asia investment banking head, a person with knowledge of the matter said on Sunday, adding to leadership changes at the bank since Chief Executive Officer David Solomon took over this month. In the new role, Leland, an American who joined Goldman in 1992, will replace Andrea Vella...

  • Mnuchin said information so far on the investigation was "a good first step but not enough" as Riyadh faced international pressure to disclose what happened to Khashoggi, who disappeared after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. However, he said he would visit Riyadh as planned for talks with his counterpart there on joint efforts towards...

  • MILAN, Oct 21- Italy's government should not ignore the problems that soaring government bond yields are causing for Italian banks, including possible capital needs, Cabinet Undersecretary Giancarlo Giorgetti said in a newspaper interview on Sunday. The profligate budget plans of Italy's populist government have prompted investors to shed 67 billion...

  • HONG KONG, Oct 21- Goldman Sachs Group Inc has named veteran banker Todd Leland as Asia investment banking head, a person with knowledge of the matter said on Sunday, adding to leadership changes at the bank since Chief Executive Officer David Solomon took over this month. In the new role, Leland, an American who joined Goldman in 1992, will replace Andrea Vella and...

  • MUNICH, Oct 21- Roche's entrectinib cancer pill was shown to shrink tumours in 57 percent of patients within a group that can only be identified via genetic profiling, as the Swiss drugmaker challenges an alliance of Bayer and Loxo Oncology in a new targeted treatment area. The trial results on patients with a gene anomaly known as NTRK fusion, which occurs in less...

  • Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin praised investment opportunities in Israel on Sunday and said Washington would increase its participation in infrastructure projects there. "We have a very important relationship with Israel. Israel and the United States have strong trade and business ties, particularly in the high-tech sector.

  • WELLINGTON, Oct 21- New Zealand condemns the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi operatives and will not be attending an investment summit in Saudi Arabia, the government said in a statement on Sunday. Khashoggi, a U.S. resident and Washington Post columnist critical of Riyadh's policies, died inside the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, Saudi...

  • NEW ZEALAND CONDEMNS KILLING OF JOURNALIST JAMAL KHASHOGGI - STATEMENT.

  • NZ GOV AWAITING OUTCOME OF TURKISH INVESTIGATION AND KEEPING ALL OPTIONS FOR NEXT STEPS UNDER REVIEW.

  • NO NEW ZEALAND OFFICIALS TO ATTEND THE' DAVOS IN THE DESERT' EVENT IN RIYADH- GOVT STATEMENT.

  • WELLINGTON, Oct 21- Many foreigners will be banned from buying homes in New Zealand from Monday, unless they are newly built apartments, as the Labour-led government fulfils an election promise that critics say could be a popular but won't solve the lack of affordable housing. "Increasing the level of supply, speeding up the consenting process, creating...

  • SAO PAULO, Oct 20- Brazil's presidential front-runner Jair Bolsonaro said on Saturday he does not rule out keeping acclaimed central bank chief Ilan Goldfajn in the job, on a day that thousands took to the streets of major cities to protest against the far-right candidate. At the helm of the central bank since June 2016, Goldfajn has kept a tight lid on inflation...

  • BERLIN, Oct 21- Germany's Finance Minister Olaf Scholz has proposed a global minimum rate of corporation tax coupled with tougher measures to prevent tax evaders from stashing their profits in tax havens, newspaper Welt am Sonntag reported. Both countries are seeking ways to ensure that firms like Amazon, Apple and Google pay domestic taxes in proportion to...