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  • BANGKOK, March 24- Four alerts and a story on an exit poll indicating opposition winning most seats is wrong and is withdrawn. The poll was taken before voting began. STORYtNUMBER: L3N21B08X STORYtDATE: 24/03/2019 STORYtTIME: 1015 GMT STORYtNUMBER: L3N21B00W STORYtDATE: 24/03/2019 STORYtTIME: 1042 GMT.

  • ABU DHABI, March 24- Abu Dhabi will commit up to 1 billion dirhams to support technology start-ups, it said on Sunday, in a dedicated hub as part of efforts to diversify its economy. Abu Dhabi derives about 50 percent of its real gross domestic product and about 90 percent of central government revenue from the hydrocarbon sector, according to ratings agency S&P.

  • OSLO, March 24- Rescue services had airlifted 479 people to safety from a luxury cruise liner with engine trouble off the coast of Norway by Sunday morning and began towing the vessel to a nearby port. The airlift of passengers, many of them elderly, from the Viking Cruises ship by helicopter was halted on Sunday morning as two tugboats started steering the vessel...

  • BEIJING, March 24- Asia's top refiner China Petroleum& Chemical Corp boosted spending on exploration and production by 41 percent last year as crude oil reserves tumbled at its biggest oilfield. Sinopec's upstream capital expenditure rose to 59.6 billion yuan, its highest since 2014, as the company prepares to ramp up exploration at the Shengli oilfield and...

  • NEW YORK, March 22- As Wall Street braces for what may be the first U.S. profit decline since 2016, investors say the first quarter may not mark the low point for 2019 earnings. In the immediate term, markets could be roiled depending on what or if any information is released from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on his investigation into Russia's role in the...

  • BANGKOK, March 24- An exit poll in Thailand's first election since a 2014 coup indicated the ousted Pheu Thai Party of exiled former premier Thaksin Shinawatra won the most seats at 163, while the military proxy party came second at 96 seats. The pro-army Palang Pracharat party that wants to keep junta leader Prayuth Chan-Ocha as prime minister also would need...

  • THAI ELECTION EXIT POLL INDICATES OPPOSITION PHEU THAI TO WIN MOST SEATS, BUT NOT ENOUGH TO FORM GOVT.

  • THAI ELECTION EXIT POLL INDICATES OPPOSITION PHEU THAI PARTY TO WIN 163 SEATS, PRO-ARMY PARTY 96 SEATS.

  • OSLO, March 24- Rescue services had airlifted 397 people to safety from a luxury cruise liner with engine trouble off the coast of Norway by Sunday morning and began towing the vessel to a nearby port. The Viking Sky, with 1,373 passengers and crew on board, sent out a mayday signal on Saturday as it drifted towards land in the Norwegian Sea. The ship is currently about...

  • BERLIN, March 24- The German government wants to inject some 50 billion euros into upgrading the national rail network over the next decade, mass-selling Bild newspaper reported on Sunday. It has a debt mountain of 20 billion euros and its financing deficit is expected to hit 5 billion euros by 2023.. Deutsche Bahn has a deficit of 1.2 billion euros a year in costs...

  • *Riyadh still has to convince Russia to extend output cuts. DUBAI/ LONDON, March 22- Budget needs are forcing Saudi Arabia to push for oil prices of at least $70 per barrel this year, industry sources say, even though U.S. shale oil producers could benefit and Riyadh's share of global crude markets might be further eroded. President Donald Trump's demands for OPEC to...

  • OSLO, March 24- Rescue services had airlifted 397 people to safety from a luxury cruise liner with engine trouble off the coast of Norway by Sunday morning and were preparing to tow the vessel to a nearby port. The ship was carrying 915 passengers, of whom "a large number" were from the United States and Britain, according to the rescue services. One was taken to St....

  • OSLO, March 24- Evacuation from a luxury cruise liner with engine trouble off the coast of Norway continued for a second day on Sunday, with 397 people airlifted off the vessel, while rescue services prepared to tow the ship to a nearby port, rescue workers said. Stormy weather conditions had improved in the early hours of Sunday, with winds blowing at 14 metres per...

  • THREE OF FOUR ENGINES ON STRICKEN NORWAY CRUISE SHIP RESTARTED- AFP, CITING EMERGENCY SERVICES.

  • Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are scheduled to travel to Beijing for talks starting on March 28, the White House said on Saturday. The FT report https://on.ft.com/2JOKzer said Beijing had yet to offer "meaningful concessions" to U.S. requests for China to stop discriminating against foreign cloud computing...

  • Turnout was expected to be high among the 51.4 million Thais eligible to vote for the 500- seat House of Representatives, which will choose the next government along with a Senate that is appointed entirely by the ruling junta. Thailand has been under direct military rule since then-army chief Prayuth Chan- ocha overthrew an elected government linked to...

  • March 23- Italy signed a preliminary accord with China on Saturday that makes it the first country of the Group of Seven industrialized nation to join the Chinese Belt and Road infrastructure project. Italy's state lender Cassa Depositi e Prestiti signed an agreement with Bank of China to let it sell "Panda" bonds- debt sold by foreign entities to investors in...

  • BANGKOK, March 24- Thai voters went to the polls on Sunday in a long-delayed election following a 2014 coup, in a race that pits a military junta chief seeking to retain power against a "democratic front" led by the populist party he ousted. Turnout was expected to be high among the 51.4 million Thais eligible to vote for the 500- seat House of Representatives, which...

  • CORRECTED-POLLS OPEN FOR THAILAND'S FIRST ELECTION SINCE 2014 MILITARY COUP, VOTING TO END AT 5 P.M..

  • Acting administrator Dan Elwell told lawmakers last week that the FAA expected Boeing would complete its upgrade as early as March 25, kicking off the approval process. An FAA spokesman said Saturday that the agency expects to receive the software fix early next week. A U.S. official briefed on the matter Saturday said the FAA has not yet signed off on the upgrade...