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  • Jan 19- Amazon.com Inc raised the monthly fee for the U.S. version of its fast-shipping and video-streaming service Amazon Prime by $2 on Friday, making the case for subscribers to upgrade to an annual plan. Amazon increased the fee for its monthly plan to $12.99 from $10.99, while maintaining the annual fee at $99. I don't think they will lose many members, " Tigress...

  • BOGOTA, Jan 19- The number of Venezuelans living in Colombia jumped 62 percent in the last half of 2017 to more than 550,000, its migration authority said on Friday, as Venezuela's economic devastation hastens migration to the neighboring country. Most of the Venezuelan migrants lack visas and have fled food shortages and the world's steepest inflation by...

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Arkansas lawmakers have approved banning an herbicide that farmers say has drifted onto crops where it wasn't applied and caused damage, but the prohibition still faces a legal challenge from a maker of the weed killer. The Legislative Council on Friday without discussion approved the Plant Board's plan to ban dicamba from April 16 through...

  • SINGAPORE, Jan 19- Singapore Exchange Ltd is to allow companies to list with dual-class shares, a move which aims to attract blockbuster tech listings and follows a similar action by its Hong Kong rival. SGX's move is designed to make it the go-to-place for potential initial public offerings of Southeast Asian start-ups, such as ride-hailing services Grab and...

  • Jan 19- Kansas City Southern, a U.S. railroad with extensive operations in Mexico, sought to ease investor fears on Friday over the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement, touting forecasts of solid freight volumes and a stronger economy in 2018.. Uncertainty over the future of NAFTA looms over the Kansas City, Missouri- based company, which dominates...

  • Jan 19- Shares of ADT Inc fell 10 percent in their market debut, giving the home security products maker a valuation of $9.56 billion. Its offering of 105 million shares was priced at $14 apiece, below the expected $17 to $19 range, and raised $1.47 billion. ADT's shares opened at $12.65 on the New York Stock Exchange and hit a low of $12.50 in early trading.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 19- President Donald Trump postponed plans to leave Washington on Friday while the U.S. Congress faced a midnight deadline to come up with funding legislation to avoid federal agency shutdowns. Although the House of Representatives voted 230-197 on Thursday night for a bill to extend expiring funding through Feb. 16, the measure appeared to be...

  • BRUSSELS, Jan 19- Social media companies Facebook, Twitter and Google's YouTube have accelerated removals of online hate speech in the face of a potential European Union crackdown. Instagram and Google+ will also sign up to the code, the European Commission said. She has also said she is not in favor of legislating as Germany has done.

  • Jan 19- Wall Street's main indexes rose on Friday, powered by gains in Amazon and Nike, while investors shrugged off fears of a looming U.S. government shutdown. The bill has yet to be approved by the Senate, where it faces an uncertain future. The House has a deal and the Senate maybe an issue.

  • Marc Short, White House legislative affairs director, and Mick Mulvaney, head of the Office of Management and Budget, will conduct the briefing at 10:30 a.m. ET, the White House said in a statement.

  • Some of the U.S. Department of Agriculture proposals released Friday are similar to those enacted in 2014 for poultry processors. The USDA says the proposed rules would streamline production without compromising food safety. The USDA is taking comments and has no date set for implementation.

  • PARIS— Unions at Peugeot maker PSA Group have agreed to 1,300 job cuts made possible by new French labor rules imposed by President Emmanuel Macron. Five of six unions at PSA signed the deal with company management Friday. Hard-left union CGT refused to sign, arguing it is a veiled way to get rid of older workers and shut down factories even as the company is...

  • GENEVA, Jan 19- The World Trade Organization, created in 1995 as a defence against trade wars and protectionism, is facing an unprecedented range of fundamental threats, some of which are likely to be aired when trade ministers meet in Davos next week. Officials attending the World Economic Forum in Davos include U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer,...

  • Starting Friday, new monthly members will pay $12.99 a month, up from $10.99. Qualifying college students will pay $6.49 a month, up from $5.49. Amazon.com Inc. said existing monthly members will start paying the higher fees next month.

  • *Disappointment over IRS tender boosts Hungarian bond yields. The NBH, one of the most dovish central banks in the world, launched the IRS program and mortgage note buying to push long-term market interest rates lower. The first IRS tender, held on Thursday, disappointed.

  • BERLIN— Officials have decided to move a data center for the European Union's new satellite navigation system out of Britain because of Brexit. The European Commission says diplomats voted Thursday to relocate the Galileo Security Monitoring Center's backup site from Swanwick to Spain. Britain has already lost the European Medicines Agency and the...

  • Jan 19- Amazon.com Inc on Friday raised the monthly fee for Amazon Prime, its fast-shipping and video-streaming service, to $12.99 from $10.99, while maintaining the annual fee. The company also hiked the monthly subscription fee for Amazon Prime Student members, its service targeting college students, to $6.49 from $5.49. The annual Prime membership fees...

  • N.KOREA CANCELS ITS PLAN TO SEND ADVANCE TEAM FOR PERFORMANCES IN S.KOREA- YONHAP.

  • IBM's results call after U.S. markets closed on Thursday forecast an operating profit of at least $13.80 per share for 2018, compared with $13.80 in 2017 and market expectations of $13.92, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. "While slight growth is a modest positive, we were largely underwhelmed by IBM's results, and felt the numbers showed IBM has much more...

  • Unreleased full-year coal employment data from the Mining Health and Safety Administration shows total U.S. coal mining jobs grew by 771 to 54,819 during Trumps first year in office, led by Central Appalachian states like West Virginia, Virginia, and Pennsylvania- where coal companies have opened a handful of new mining areas for shipment overseas.