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  • SALZBURG, Austria— The European Union and Britain are walking a diplomatic tightrope as they attempt to thrash out a divorce deal in time for Britain's departure from the bloc next March. Even though both sides remain far apart on shape of their future economic relationship and on the border between Ireland and the U.K.' s Northern Ireland, no one sought...

  • SINGAPORE, Sept 20- A Singapore parliamentary committee said on Thursday the government should consider legislation to ensure technology companies rein in online fake news and that those responsible are punished. In an emailed statement on Thursday, Google said it took "the issue of false information seriously" and looked forward continuing to work with the...

  • BRUSSELS, Sept 20- Facebook and Twitter face sanctions unless they comply with European consumer rules by the end of the year, the EU said as its regulators continue to their crackdown on U.S. social media giants over privacy concerns. Online platforms have come under fire in Europe because of their dominance and anti-competitive business practices, resulting...

  • ZURICH, Sept 20- Jean-Claude Biver is dropping his operational responsibilities as the head of LVMH's watch division, he told Reuters over the phone on Thursday, confirming media reports. Biver declined to comment on a media report published in French magazine Challenges on Wednesday that he would be replaced by Stephane Bianchi, a former CEO of French...

  • JAKARTA, Sept 20- Efforts by Indonesian authorities to significantly narrow the current account deficit to help the rupiah might not be effective and could crimp economic growth, the World Bank said on Thursday. The World Bank maintained its forecast for Indonesia's economy to grow 5.2 percent this year, and revised its 2019 forecast marginally to 5.2 percent...

  • TOKYO, Sept 20- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday his key economic policy goal has been fulfilled, with job losses at record lows, signalling that he was no longer persisting on achieving the central bank's elusive 2 percent inflation target. "In that sense, we've succeeded in hitting the arrows" of the' Abenomics' mix of fiscal, monetary and...

  • RODANTHE, N.C., Sept 20- When Florence was raging last Friday on North Carolina's Outer Banks, the hurricane tore a 40- foot chunk from a fishing pier that juts into the ocean at the state's most popular tourist destination. The privately owned Rodanthe pier has already undergone half a million dollars in renovation in seven years and the owners started a new round...

  • ANKARA, Sept 20- Turkey sharply cut its growth forecasts for this year and next in its new medium-term economic program on Thursday, amid a deep currency crisis that has seen the lira fall by 40 percent this year. Finance minister Berat Albayrak's presentation showed growth was expected to be 3.8 in 2018 and 2.3 percent in 2019, both revised down from previous...

  • LONDON— Aston Martin Lagonda, the maker of James Bond's favorite sports car, plans to raise as much as 1.27 billion pounds when it sells shares to investors for the first time. Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer says the share sale "will provide investors with a fitting opportunity to participate in our future success." The carmaker was founded in London in 1913 and is...

  • BRUSSELS— European Union officials say Airbnb has agreed to clarify its pricing system in response to complaints that they could mislead consumers. EU Consumer Commissioner Vera Jourova said Thursday that the U.S.-based property rental company has promised to be fully transparent by either including extra fees in the total price for a booking quoted on...

  • *EXXONMOBIL, CHEVRON AND OCCIDENTAL PETROLEUM ARE JOINING A GLOBAL CONSORTIUM OF OIL AND GAS PRODUCERS SEEKING TO ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE- AXIOS Source text: http://bit.ly/2NYvUxT Further company coverage:.

  • EXXONMOBIL, CHEVRON AND OCCIDENTAL PETROLEUM ARE JOINING A GLOBAL CONSORTIUM OF OIL AND GAS PRODUCERS SEEKING TO ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE- AXIOS.

  • Central Bank Bills In Hong Kong@. Sept 20- China Central Bank. *SAYS IT SIGNS MOU WITH HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY TO FACILITATE ITS ISSUANCE OF CENTRAL BANK BILLS IN HONG KONG Source text in Chinese: https://bit.ly/2xARNZZ.

  • BUDAPEST, Sept 20- The Hungarian forint eased on Thursday on fading expectations for monetary tightening and a pick-up in European Union financing inflows later this year. The forint underperformed European Union peers, shedding 0.2 percent against the euro by 0833 GMT while Budapest's main stock index fell by 0.7 percent. On the negative side for Hungarian...

  • *OPEC to meet on Sunday in Algeria to discuss supply. The North Sea benchmark has been trading below $80 for the past week after conflicting reports of the market views of Saudi Arabia, the biggest producer in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries. "Brent is definitely fighting the $80 line, wanting to break above, but is still held back by the $70- $80-...

  • *August UK retail better than expected. LONDON, Sept 20- UK shares lagged their European peers on a trade war relief rally on Thursday, after better-than-expected UK retail data boosted the pound which acts as an accounting drag on their foreign revenues. At 0914 GMT, the FTSE 100 was up 0.08 percent while the pan-European STOXX 600 rose 0.35 percent.

  • LONDON— British regulators say that the corporate battle between 21st Century Fox and Comcast to take over broadcaster Sky will be settled by auction. The Takeover Panel, an independent regulator, says that since neither company has declared its offer final, an auction procedure is expected to commence at 5 p.m. on Sept. 21 and end during the evening of Sept. 22.

  • TOKYO, Sept 20- Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga and Finance Minister Taro Aso will retain their posts in a cabinet reshuffle expected in October, the Nikkei newspaper reported on Thursday.

  • JOHANNESBURG, Sept 20- Shares in South Africa's MTN rose 5 percent on Thursday, after Nigeria's central bank said on Wednesday that it was reviewing information provided by the telecoms firm and four banks over a dispute on the repatriation of dividends. "The statement suggests there are some talks going on and the market welcomed the less harsh tone by the...

  • Sept 20- Cary Joji Fukunaga, known for directing the first season of American crime drama True Detective, has been picked as the director for the next installment in the James Bond franchise, the producers of the multimillion-dollar film franchise said on Thursday. The new movie, Bond 25, will begin filming in March 2019, with a worldwide release slated for Feb. 14,...