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  • MOSCOW, Jan 17- Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak plans to meet Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland next week, Interfax news agency cited the Russian minister as saying on Thursday.

  • PARIS, Jan 17- French transport infrastructure group Alstom said it was making progress on its planned tie-up with Germany's Siemens, as the pair fight to win over regulators concerned that the deal could stifle competition in the sector. In 2017, Siemens and Alstom agreed to merge their rail operations, creating a European group better able to withstand the...

  • TOKYO, Jan 17- Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso on Thursday urged the Group of 20 major economies to renew their commitment to sustaining the international order based on cooperation and openness that has come under threat from protectionism. Speaking at a G20 meeting of deputy finance ministers and deputy central bank governors to kick off the process of...

  • LAUNCESTON, Australia, Jan 17- The spot price of liquefied natural gas in Asia has completely missed its usual winter peak, with much of the blame being laid at the door of milder-than-usual temperatures trimming demand. A total of 20.25 million tonnes of the super-chilled fuel were delivered in December to the region, which includes the top three consumers of...

  • TOKYO, Jan 17- Japanese government bond prices were steady to firmer on Thursday, underpinned by decent results of the Bank of Japan's purchase of five- to 10- year bonds and as Japanese shares ran out of steam after rallies in recent weeks. The BOJ's buying of 430 billion yen JGBs with five to 10 years to maturity drew limited offers from markets players, supporting...

  • SINGAPORE/ BEIJING, Jan 17- London copper prices rose for a third straight session on Thursday as China's move to inject liquidity into the financial system boosted expectations of higher demand in the world's top industrial metals consumer. The People's Bank of China is injecting 250 billion yuan through seven-day reverse bond repurchase agreements and...

  • *China installed 43 GW of new solar in 2018 vs. 53 GW in 2017. SHANGHAI, Jan 17- China put just over 43 gigawatts of new solar generation capacity into operation in 2018, down 18 percent from a year earlier, an industry group said on Thursday, after a government move to curb new capacity and ease a subsidy payment backlog. China announced last year that it would suspend...

  • *China 2018 GDP growth seen at 6.6 pct, 2019 6.3 pct. BEIJING, Jan 17- China's economy is expected to cool further this year as domestic demand weakens and exports are hit by U.S. tariffs, a Reuters poll showed on Thursday, reinforcing views Beijing will need to roll out more stimulus measures. At the same time, the escalating dispute with the United States saw both sides...

  • Jan 17- Clothing retailer Gymboree Group Inc said late Wednesday it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

  • *Beijing injects masses of cash into financial system. SYDNEY, Jan 17- Asian stocks nudged higher on Thursday after see-sawing through a subdued session on concerns over China's economic outlook, while an anti-climactic end to the latest chapter in the Brexit saga offered sterling a moment's peace. China's blue chip index recouped early losses to gain 0.4...

  • SHANGHAI, Jan 17- China's yuan eased against the U.S. dollar on Thursday morning as the greenback held steady in global markets and support from seasonal corporate demand for the Chinese currency faded. Prior to market opening, the People's Bank of China set the midpoint rate at 6.7592 per dollar, 23 pips firmer than the previous fix of 6.7615.

  • *Shanghai index rises 0.5 pct, Hang Seng 0.4 pct higher. HONG KONG, Jan 17- Chinese and Hong Kong stocks climbed on Thursday after China's Premier Li Keqiang committed to increase government investment this year, amid mounting signs of slowing economic growth. **Chinese H-shares listed in Hong Kong rose 0.5 percent, while the city's main Hang Seng Index climbed 0.4...

  • *Japan is biggest HNB market, Philip Morris' IQOS most popular. Philip Morris in 2014 started selling its IQOS HNB device in Japan, which has emerged as a fertile test ground for vaping products since e-cigarettes using nicotine-laced liquid are not allowed under the country's pharmaceutical regulation. It is now planning to start selling Ploom TECH+ and Ploom S...

  • LOS ANGELES, Jan 16- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has offered to mediate in renewed contract talks proposed for Friday between negotiators for 30,000 striking teachers and the nation's second-largest school district, union leaders said late on Thursday. There was no immediate word from the Los Angeles Unified School District to the overture from the...

  • *Wuhan plant will make Lotus cars and other vehicles. BEIJING/ SHANGHAI, Jan 17- The Chinese owner of Lotus plans to start producing the British sports car brand in China for the first time with the opening of a new 9 billion yuan factory in Wuhan city, company job advertisements and government documents showed. "For Geely, going high-end can help it take more market...

  • *Gold facing strong technical resistance at $1,300- analysts. Spot palladium was up 0.1 percent at $1,360, as of 0350 GMT, after earlier hitting a record high of $1,366.50. Spot gold was steady at $1,292.76 per ounce, while U.S. gold futures dipped 0.1 percent to $1,292.30 per ounce.

  • UNION FOR 30,000 STRIKING LOS ANGELES TEACHERS CALLS FOR RESUMING CONTRACT TALKS WITH SCHOOL DISTRICT ON THURSDAY, WITH MAYOR AS MEDIATOR.

  • NO IMMEDIATE WORD FROM LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT ON PROPOSED RENEWAL OF TALKS WITH STRIKING TEACHERS ON THURSDAY.

  • TEACHERS UNION PRESIDENT EXPECTS BARGAINING AIMED AT ENDING STRIKE WILL RESUME ON THURSDAY AND RUN THROUGH WEEKEND.

  • *Capital spending seen at $1.6- $1.7 bln for 2019. MELBOURNE, Jan 17- Australia's Woodside Petroleum Ltd on Thursday flagged higher-than-expected investment spending for 2019 as it steps up early work on the two big natural gas developments that will drive its growth in the next decade. Australia's largest independent gas and oil producer plans to spend...