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  • *Semiconductor exports to China up 80 percent. *Israel pushing for deeper trade ties with China. TEL AVIV, March 19- Israel's exports of computer chips to China soared last year as Chinese companies bought more semiconductors made at Intel's Kiryat Gat plant.

  • "Uber in Chile isn't easy." Chile has yet to work out a regulatory framework for ridesharing. Ubers unregulated status in fast-growing markets such as Chile poses a potential risk for the firm as it prepares for a much-anticipated IPO.

  • SINGAPORE, March 19- Copper and aluminum prices ticked up on Tuesday, supported by China's announcement to cut tax for manufacturers from next month to boost growth in the world's second-largest economy. "Sentiment was largely constructive as investors continued to view China's latest policy moves as positive for metals demand," ANZ said in a note.

  • *Palladium hits a record high of $1,591/ oz. *SPDR gold holdings post biggest daily gain since Jan. 18. Spot palladium was up 0.3 percent at $1,588.53 an ounce, as of 0339 GMT, after marking an all-time high of $1,591 earlier in the session.

  • FACEBOOK SAYS ACTIVELY IDENTIFYING AND REMOVING ANY IMPOSTER ACCOUNTS OF CHRISTCHURCH ATTACKS SUSPECT.

  • FACEBOOK SAYS VIDEO OF CHRISTCHURCH ATTACKS VIEWED FEWER THAN 200 TIMES DURING LIVE BROADCAST; NO USERS REPORTED VIDEO DURING LIVE BROADCAST.

  • TOKYO, March 19- Asian shares held tight ranges on Tuesday ahead of the a Federal Reserve policy meeting, but were broadly supported near six-month highs on expectations the central bank might strike a dovish tone, while fresh Brexit worries dogged the pound. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was flat, easing back from its highest level...

  • SINGAPORE, March 19- Chicago wheat futures rose on Tuesday, gaining for three out of four sessions on support from short-covering, although lacklustre demand for U.S. supplies kept a lid on the market. The most-active wheat contract on the Chicago Board Of Trade was up 0.6 percent at $4.59-1/ 4 a bushel by 0255 GMT. "It is short covering in wheat," said Ole Houe, director...

  • In November, Reuters reported that federal prosecutors had launched a criminal investigation into Hyundai and Kia to determine if vehicle recalls linked to engine defects had been conducted properly. Hyundai and Kia said they were cooperating with the investigation. Hyundai added that it had improved its "engine manufacturing" and was reaching out to...

  • SYDNEY, March 19- U.S. wheat futures rose more than 0.5 percent on Tuesday to hover near a 12- day high hit in the previous session, as traders again sought to unwind huge short positions, despite confirmation of tepid demand for North American supplies. *The most active wheat futures on the Chicago Board Of Trade were up 0.7 percent at $4.59-3/ 4 a bushel by 0152 GMT.

  • *Ethiopia and France see similarities with Indonesia crash. Analysis of the cockpit recorder showed its "angle of attack" data was "very, very similar" to that of the Lion Air jet that went down off Jakarta in October, killing 189 people, a person familiar with the investigation said. "If that's the case, that does raise the possibility that there is a similar occurrence...

  • SAO PAULO, March 18- A Brazilian appeals judge on Monday lifted an order that allowed struggling carrier Avianca Brasil to operate 10 of its planes despite missed leasing payments. The decision is the latest development in a bitter legal fight between lessors and the carrier, which is going through bankruptcy protection, and which could disrupt the airlines...

  • The ongoing public battle between Tesla's chief executive and the SEC piles pressure on Musk, the public face of Tesla, who is struggling to make the company profitable after cutting the price of its Model 3 sedan to $35,000. The SEC said a Feb. 19 tweet that Musk sent to his more than 24 million Twitter followers claiming the electric vehicle-maker would build...

  • SINGAPORE, March 19- Copper and aluminum prices ticked up on Tuesday, supported by China's announcement to cut tax for manufacturers from next month to boost growth in the world's second-largest economy. *Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange rose 0.3 percent to $6,440.5 a tonne by 0122 GMT, while the most-traded copper contract on the Shanghai...

  • SINGAPORE, March 19- Copper and aluminium prices ticked up on Tuesday, supported by China's announcement to cut tax for manufacturers from next month to boost growth in the world's second-largest economy. *Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange rose 0.3 percent to $6,440.5 a tonne by 0122 GMT, while the most-traded copper contract on the Shanghai...

  • NEW DELHI/ BHUBANESWAR, March 19- A protester and a policeman died in clashes outside Vedanta Ltd's eastern Indian alumina refinery, a police official said on Monday, less than a year after police killed 13 anti-Vedanta protesters in south India. Maheswar Pati, a protester, told Reuters the state's industrial security force personnel attacked the people...

  • SPOT PALLADIUM HITS RECORD HIGH OF $1,586.02 AN OUNCE.

  • SEATTLE, March 18- Boeing Co Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg, facing the biggest crisis of his tenure, said on Monday that the company understands "lives depend on the work we do" and was taking steps to "fully ensure" the 737 MAX safety in the wake of deadly crashes. Muilenburg also said a software upgrade for the 737 MAX aircraft that the planemaker started in the...

  • As floodwaters began to recede in much of the area inundated by the aftermath of a storm dubbed a "bomb cyclone," Nebraska officials were taking in the damage in a state where 64 of the 93 counties have declared emergencies. State officials said on the call that 290 people had been rescued by the Nebraska State Patrol, National Guard troops, and urban search and...

  • *Ethiopia and France see similarities with Indonesia crash. Analysis of the cockpit recorder showed its "angle of attack" data was "very, very similar" to that of the Lion Air jet that went down off Jakarta in October, killing 189 people, a person familiar with the investigation said. "If that's the case, that does raise the possibility that there is a similar occurrence...