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  • BEIJING, Feb 19- China will deepen reforms of its agriculture sector to promote its rural economy, the government said in its first policy statement of 2019, as it seeks to bolster growth and offset trade challenges. China has been overhauling its crop structure in recent years, reducing support for corn after stocks ballooned, and seeking to promote more...

  • BRUSSELS, Feb 19- The recapitalisation of Germany's NordLB bank should be investigated by the European Commission as it likely involved state aid that might have violated European Union rules, two EU lawmakers said on Tuesday. "There are good reasons to believe the rescue of NordLB involved state aid," German green EU lawmaker Sven Giegold told Reuters on...

  • *2018 revenue $1.3 bln, down from $1.39 bln in 2017. JERUSALEM, Feb 19- Israeli chip manufacturer TowerJazz said it expects its main business units to grow further this year, despite macro-economic headwinds facing the sector, lifting its shares. Although chief executive Russell Ellwanger declined to give a full-year forecast after TowerJazz reported 2018...

  • TORONTO, Feb 19- The Canadian dollar weakened against its U.S. counterpart on Tuesday as an uncertain outlook for global trade offset the lift from the highest crude oil prices in nearly three months. A new round of talks between the United States and China to resolve their trade war will take place in Washington on Tuesday, with follow-up sessions at a higher...

  • *U.S.- China trade talks to resume in Washington. Feb 19- U.S. stocks struggled for direction on Tuesday after rallying strongly last week, as investors focused on the latest round of trade talks between the United States and China. "We had a fairly good rally on Friday and there is a hint of profit-taking before the resumption of the trade talks," said Peter Cardillo,...

  • Feb 19- Canada's main stock index inched higher on Tuesday, as shares of precious metal miners gained on the back of higher gold prices. *Investors will keep an eye on the latest round of trade talks between the United States and China in the hopes that the two countries will hammer out a deal to end their protracted tariff war. *At 9:41 a.m. ET, the Toronto Stock...

  • OSLO, Feb 19- Norwegian Air's shareholders overwhelmingly endorsed on Tuesday the lossmaking airline's plan for a deeply discounted cash call to help bolster its finances, Chairman Bjoern Kise said. Norwegian Air said on Jan. 29 it would raise 3 billion Norwegian crowns in a rights issue, just days after British Airways owner IAG ruled out a bid for the budget...

  • recover@ Feb 19- Latin American currencies strengthened on Tuesday amid increased risk appetite for assets in the region as the dollar softened with investors tracking the next round of trade talks between the United States and China. A new round of talks between the United States and China to resolve their trade war will take place in Washington on Tuesday,...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 19- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected Maryland's bid to revive a law aimed at preventing price gouging by pharmaceutical companies, dealing a setback to the power of states to rein in prescription drug costs. The justices declined to take up Maryland's appeal of a 2018 federal appeals court ruling that struck down the state's law, That...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 19- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to consider limiting the scope of a landmark law aimed at curbing water pollution in a dispute pitting an environmental group against local authorities in Hawaii over a wastewater treatment plant.

  • KAMPALA, Feb 19- Uganda accused the country's biggest telecoms operator, MTN Uganda, on Tuesday of underdeclaring its sales and causing public revenue losses, in a further souring of relations with the South African-owned company. Uganda deported MTN Uganda's Chief Executive Wim Vanhelleputte last week, the fourth MTN official to be expelled from the East...

  • *At 9:30 a.m. ET, the Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index was up 14.04 points, or 0.09 percent, at 15,852.28.

  • Senator Bernie Sanders, the progressive populist who mounted a fierce challenge to front-runner Hillary Clinton in the 2016 White House campaign, said on Tuesday he will again seek the Democratic Party's presidential nomination in 2020.. Sanders, 77, a self-described democratic socialist who caucuses with the Democrats, joins an already-crowded...

  • LONDON, Feb 19- The chief executive of mining group BHP has no plans to quit and will focus on the "nuclear level of safety" needed to avoid any repeat of the Vale dam collapse in Brazil, as well as on transforming his own company. Speculation about the future of CEO Andrew Mackenzie, 62, has swirled since 2017 when activist investor Elliott Advisors began campaigning...

  • BERLIN, Feb 19- France and Germany on Tuesday agreed a joint plan for industrial policy in Europe, aiming to support local companies to compete with foreign rivals and better protect key technologies from overseas takeovers. In their five-page strategy paper, France and Germany proposed giving the European Council, the forum representing European Union...

  • Feb 19- U.S. stocks opened lower on Tuesday after rallying strongly last week, as investors focused on the latest round of trade talks between the United States and China. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 33.40 points, or 0.13 percent, at the open to 25,849.85. The S&P 500 opened lower by 6.32 points, or 0.23 percent, at 2,769.28.

  • OSLO, Feb 19- Norwegian Air's shareholders endorsed on Tuesday the loss-making airline's plan for a deeply discounted cash call to help fill its coffers, Chairman Bjoern Kise said. Norwegian Air announced on Jan. 29 it would raise 3 billion Norwegian crowns in a rights issue, just days after British Airways owner IAG ruled out a bid for the budget carrier.

  • BUENOS AIRES, Feb 19- Argentina's central bank, looking to rein in a stronger peso, has snapped up close to 1 billion U.S. dollars in the last month, helping trim back sky-high interest rates and top up dollar reserves that could combat economic and political uncertainty as an election fight starts to brew. The bank has bought $978 million since first intervening in...

  • SILICA HOLDINGS INC- VOLUME ON THE SAND SIDE WILL BE KIND OF FLATTISH FROM Q4 TO Q1- CEO, CONF CALL.

  • SILICA HOLDINGS INC- EXPECTS TO REALIZE ABOUT 25 PCT OF PROFITABILITY FROM SAND PROPPANTS, 75 PCT FROM A COMBINATION OF INDUSTRIALS AND SANDBOX IN 2019- CEO, CONF CALL.