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  • *Iran looking for more support from Europe. PARIS, May 20- France is looking to see if the European Union could compensate European companies that might face U.S. sanctions for doing business with Iran, French finance minister Bruno Le Maire said on Sunday. European companies conducting business in Iran face U.S. sanctions after President Donald Trump withdrew...

  • WASHINGTON, May 20- The U.S. trade war with China is "on hold" after the world's largest economies agreed to drop their tariff threats while they work on a wider trade agreement, U.S. On Saturday, Beijing and Washington said they would keep talking about measures under which China would import more energy and agricultural commodities from the United States to close...

  • TEHRAN, May 20- The European Union is not doing enough to preserve the benefits for Iran from the 2015 international nuclear pact following the withdrawal of the United States, Iran's foreign minister told the EU's energy chief on Sunday. "With the withdrawal of America, public expectations from the European Union have increased in order to maintain the deal's...

  • "The two leaders will work closely and unwaveringly for the successful hosting of the North Korea- U.S. summit set on June 12, including the upcoming South Korea-U.S. summit," the presidential official said. The White House said Trump and Moon discussed recent developments in North Korea and continued "their close coordination ahead of President Trumps June 12...

  • WASHINGTON— The Latest on U.S.- China trade talks:. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the United States and China are "putting the trade war on hold" after two days of talks that he says produced meaningful progress. The United States and China have agreed to take measures to "substantially reduce" America's massive trade deficit with China.

  • WASHINGTON— Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says efforts to renegotiate a trade agreement with Canada and Mexico could spill into next year. The Trump administration missed an informal deadline last Thursday that had been set by House Speaker Paul Ryan to get a revamped North American Free Trade Agreement to Congress in time for lawmakers to vote on it in a...

  • TEHRAN, May 20- The European Union is not doing enough to preserve the benefits for Iran from the 2015 international nuclear pact following the withdrawal of the United States, Iran's foreign minister told the EU's energy chief on Sunday. "With the withdrawal of America, public expectations from the European Union have increased in order to maintain the deal's...

  • ZARIF SAYS POSSIBLE WITHDRAWAL OF EUROPEAN COMPANIES FROM IRAN CONTRADICTS EUROPE'S COMMITMENT TO NUCLEAR DEAL.

  • IRANIAN FOREIGN MINISTER ZARIF TOLD VISITING EU ENERGY CHIEF EUROPE'S POLITICAL SUPPORT TO NUCLEAR DEAL NOT ENOUGH- IRNA.

  • Fishermen in Maine search for the eels, called elvers, in rivers and streams every spring so they can be sold to Asian aquaculture companies as seed stock. Fishermen have sold more than $20 million worth of the eels so far this season, according to the Maine Department of Marine Resources. "Eels are going to get caught up in this next round of tides, I think," said Darrell...

  • DUBAI, May 20- Gulf stock markets were mostly flat on Sunday amid low trading volumes and a lack of significant events. Most of the trading was concentrated on real estate developer Dar Al Arkan Real Estate Development Co., which was up 0.4 percent, and Alinma Bank, down 0.1 percent. Real estate developer Jabal Omar Development was among the best performers, up 3.9...

  • *Pope Francis announces his 5th consistory for June 29. VATICAN CITY, May 20- Pope Francis said on Sunday he would elevate 14 churchmen from five continents to the rank of cardinal, picking candidates that work with the poor or where Catholics are in a minority and putting his stamp on the group that will elect his successor. Making the surprise announcement during...

  • NEWPORT, Vt.— A remote Vermont community down on its luck had looked forward in 2012 to a downtown hotel, office and retail space and a research plant that would bring hundreds of jobs. Six years later, the small city of Newport on the Canadian border, with a population of 4,300, is left with a razed downtown block dotted with holes where building foundations once...

  • SEOUL, May 20- The chairman of LG Group, Koo Bon- moo, who helped transform South Korea's fourth-largest conglomerate into a global brand, passed away on Sunday after a battle with a brain disease. Koo, 73, had been ill for a year, LG Group said in a statement. LG Group also established a holding company in order to streamline ownership structure and to begin the process...

  • After the June ceremony, Pope Francis will have nominated 74 cardinals since being elected Pope in 2013, according to statistics on the Vatican's website. Two of those named by the Pope are Bishop Luis Ladaria Ferrer, head of the Vatican's doctrinal department, known as the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Archbishop Angelo Becciu, deputy...

  • *Koo Bon- moo led parent group of LG Electronics and LG chem. SEOUL, May 20- The chairman of South Korea's LG Group, Koo Bon- moo, instrumental in transforming the country's fourth-largest conglomerate into a global brand, passed away on Sunday after a year-long battle with a brain disease. LG Group said in a statement Koo, 73, had been ill for a year.

  • DUBAI, May 20- Gulf stock markets were mixed in early Sunday trading in light volumes, with Dubai dragged down by real estate developer Emaar and the Saudi exchange trading up, supported by last weeks gains in oil prices. Real estate developer Jabal Omar Development was among the best performers, up 6.1 percent, after announcing an agreement with Albilad Capital...

  • CAIRO, May 20- Egypt's Beltone Financial is seeking a controlling stake in Oragroup, which owns banks in 12 African countries, as the company looks to expand its financial services on the African continent, Beltone said in a statement late on Saturday. Beltone Financial, listed on the Cairo exchange and one of the country's largest asset managers and financial...

  • Moon and Trump spoke over the phone for about 20 minutes, and exchanged their views on North Korea's recent reactions, South Korea's presidential office said without elaborating. North Korea's chief negotiator Ri Son Gwon said on Thursday it would not hold talks with South Korea unless their demands were met, taking issue with the U.S.-South Korean air combat...

  • Financial opening also should an orderly process to control any risks that could arise, said Huang Yiping, a member of a member of the Peoples Bank of Chinas monetary policy committee. Beijing has promised to reduce or remove market entry barriers to foreign firms in its financial market, and the United States has pushed China to allow greater foreign access to...