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  • MEXICO CITY, Dec 16- Mexico's new government aims by mid-February to put out tenders for the first four sections of a planned railway connecting the southeast of the country to Caribbean resorts, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Sunday. At a ceremony in southern Mexico to mark the start of work on the so-called Mayan Train project, Lopez Obrador said...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 16- A number of institutional investors in ExxonMobil Corp have said they will file a shareholder resolution which calls on the world's largest oil company to set targets for lowering its greenhouse gas emissions. The call, led by the New York State Common Retirement Fund and the Church Commissioners of England, comes in the wake of shareholder...

  • PARIS, Dec 16- France's budget deficit is likely to overshoot the European Union's limit of 3 percent of GDP next year and stand at around 3.2 percent, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe told Les Echos newspaper in an interview. France is expected to breach the deficit ceiling after President Emmanuel Macron made concessions to anti-government protesters...

  • FRENCH PRIME MINISTER PHILIPPE SAYS BUDGET DEFICIT OF FRANCE LIKELY TO STAND AT AROUND 3.2 PCT IN 2019- LES ECHOS.

  • Dec 16- Renault SA has sent a letter to its alliance partner Nissan Motor Co Ltd, urging the Japanese carmaker to call a meeting of its shareholders "as promptly as practicable", the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. Renault deputy Chief Executive Officer Thierry Bollore sent a letter dated Dec. 14 to Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa, saying the indictment of Nissan...

  • LOS ANGELES, Dec 16- "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" is the new box office king, collecting a solid $35.4 million during its first three days of release. Another weekend release, Warner Bros.' "The Mule," snagged second place with $17 million. In addition to Eastwood, "The Mule" cast includes Bradley Cooper, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Pena, and Dianne Wiest.

  • DUBAI, Dec 16- The central bank of the United Arab Emirates said on Sunday it stood ready to extend "all the available liquidity facilities" to struggling Invest Bank. Invest Bank is based in Sharjah, one of the seven members of the UAE federation. The UAE central bank said it would "support Invest Bank with all the available liquidity facilities, which remain at...

  • *U.S. investments grow as Qatar leaves OPEC. DOHA, Dec 16- Qatar Petroleum is looking to invest at least $20 billion in the United States over the coming few years, its chief executive told Reuters, after the Gulf Arab state unexpectedly quit OPEC this month. Qatar, a tiny but wealthy country is one of the most influential players in the LNG market due to its annual...

  • DUBAI, Dec 16- Oman signed on Sunday two agreements giving a unit of Occidental Petroleum the rights to explore for oil and natural gas in concessions 51 and 65, the oil ministry of the sultanate said in a tweet. The agreement provides for Occidental to spend $14 million on exploration operations in concession 51 in the initial three-year phase of the contract,...

  • *Fears of a slowdown put Fed tightening under microscope. WASHINGTON/ SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 16- In June 2006, the U.S. Now, as 2018 winds down with three rate increases on the books and another expected at the end of the Dec. 18-19 policy meeting, the Fed may be similarly preparing to call time on a rate hike cycle that has proved remarkable for its tepid pace.

  • Christmas gift@ NEW YORK, Dec 14- Investors are eager for a touch of Christmas cheer from the U.S. Federal Reserve next week, hoping for signs the central bank may ease up on interest rate hikes next year and spark a Santa Claus rally. "It's imperative a dovish statement and an accommodative Q&A session," said Bucky Hellwig, senior vice president at BB&T Wealth...

  • DUBLIN, Dec 16- Britain would likely have to delay its departure from the European Union or rescind its exit notification "for the moment" if it wanted to put an "entirely new" Brexit proposal forward, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said on Sunday. "If there is an entirely new proposal coming from the UK, I think undoubtedly it would need a lot more time to be...

  • DOHA, Dec 16- Qatar Petroleum is looking to invest at least $20 billion in the United States over the coming few years, its chief executive told Reuters, after the Gulf Arab state unexpectedly quit OPEC this month. We're looking at gas and oil, conventional and non-conventional, "Kaabi said in an interview at his office in Doha. Qatar, a tiny but wealthy country is one of...

  • MOSCOW, Dec 16- A Kremlin-backed candidate is on track to be governor of a region on Russia's Pacific coast, initial voting results showed on Sunday, after an election process in which the opposition had threatened the Kremlin's usually tight grip on power. Sunday's vote in Primorsky region, which includes the port city of Vladivostok, was a re-run of a Sept. 16...

  • DUBAI, Dec 16- The president of the United Arab Emirates has ordered a reshuffle of the central bank's board of directors, the state news agency said on Sunday.

  • LONDON, Dec 16- British trade minister Liam Fox said on Sunday talks with the European Union to secure "assurances" for parliament on Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal will take time, with a decision expected in the New Year. "The prime minister is giving an update tomorrow, she will be talking to the cabinet on Tuesday, it is very clear that the EU understand...

  • FOX SAYS EEA OPTION WILL NOT HAPPEN, WORSE THAN BEING IN EU.

  • FOX SAYS SECOND REFERENDUM WOULD PERPETUATE DIVISIONS IN BRITAIN.

  • BREXIT: BRITISH TRADE MINISTER FOX SAYS DISCUSSIONS TO GET ASSURANCES WITH THE EU OVER BREXIT DEAL WILL TAKE SOME TIME, IT WILL HAPPEN SOMETIME IN THE NEW YEAR.

  • BERLIN, Dec 16- Berlin plans to cut to 10 percent the threshold at which it can launch national security probes of stake purchases by non-European companies in German firms, business newspaper Handelsblatt reported on Sunday. The takeover of robotics firm Kuka by China's Midea in 2016 spooked Germany, as did the surprise purchase earlier this year of a 9.7...