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  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct 23- Brazilian far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro would replace the chief executives of several state-owned companies if he wins the Oct. 28 election, the head of his party said on Tuesday. Gustavo Bebianno, the head of Bolsonaro's Social Liberal Party, said Bolsonaro would make changes to companies including Petróleo...

  • MEXICO CITY, Oct 23- Mexico's president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Tuesday criticized state-run Pemex's plan to import U.S. light crude from refiner Phillips 66, calling it a sign of the country's failed economic policies. It needs them to feed Mexico's main refinery, which is working below capacity due to a lack of light oil. One of his economic...

  • BUENOS AIRES, Oct 23- Argentina had a trade surplus of $314 million in September, official statistics agency Indec said on Tuesday, the first surplus the South American country has posted in the past twenty months.

  • Oct 23- Cloudflare Inc, a U.S. startup whose software makes websites load faster and with greater security, is preparing for an initial public offering that could value it at more than $3.5 billion, people familiar with the matter said. The San Francisco, California- based company is looking to go public in the first half of next year, the sources said this week,...

  • *Expected to hit Mexico's Pacific coast on Tuesday afternoon. MAZATLAN, Mexico, Oct 23- Thousands of people were evacuated, buildings were boarded up and schools closed on Mexico's Pacific coast on Tuesday as Hurricane Willa threatened to pummel tourist resorts with high winds and heavy rains. Residents had sealed windows and doors with wooden planks on hotels...

  • RIYADH, Oct 23- When the world's business elite gathered last year for Saudi Arabia's top investment forum, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman dazzled them with plans to build a $500 billion mega-city. Tycoons including Richard Branson milled at the time in Riyadh's Ritz-Carlton Hotel along with former political leaders Tony Blair and Nicolas Sarkozy, and...

  • Oct 23- The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said on Tuesday it had agreed to settle a fraud case with Texas oil and gas businessman Christopher Faulkner for $23.8 million. Faulkner who called himself the "Frack Master" was involved in a wide-ranging securities-fraud scheme that raised over $80 million from hundreds of investors nationwide, the SEC said.

  • *Benchmark yields lowest since Oct. 3. NEW YORK, Oct 23- Benchmark U.S. Markets are getting a little bit nervous about China in general and thats weighing on equities said Gennadiy Goldberg, an interest rate strategist at TD Securities in New York.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 23- The United States targeted Afghanistan's Taliban insurgency on Tuesday with sanctions against eight individuals, including two linked to the Quds Force of Iran's Revolutionary Guards. U.S. sanctions have targeted Taliban members involved in suicide attacks and other lethal activities in Afghanistan, as well as Iranians who provide...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 23- Federal agents on Tuesday were investigating an explosive device that was found in a mailbox outside a New York home owned by billionaire financier George Soros. He has become a hated figure among some right-wing activists in the United States and Eastern Europe, and the target of a hostile media campaign by the nationalist government in his...

  • PARIS, Oct 23- France's Safran posted stronger than expected third-quarter sales and said it was "well on track" to meeting full-year goals with the help of accelerating production of a new jet engine and stability at recently acquired Zodiac Aerospace. "We'll do everything we can to deliver those 1,100 engines divided in the most objective way possible between...

  • Facebook also has faced a barrage of criticism from users and lawmakers after it said last year that Russian agents used its platform to spread misinformation before and after the 2016 U.S. presidential election, an accusation Moscow denies. For example, a page supporting Texas Democratic U.S. Senate contender Beto O'Rourke, reveals spending of $5.4 million...

  • Oct 23- McDonald's Corp's investment in online and touch-screen ordering drove a 13th straight rise in global same-store sales in the third quarter, allaying concerns about the world's biggest fast food chain's poor growth in the United States. International markets including Britain, Canada and Australia, have been a bright spot for McDonald's having...

  • NAIROBI, Oct 23- Kenya has won a case against Cortec Mining Kenya Limited, Cortec Limited and Stirling Capital Limited over the revocation in 2013 of a licence for mining niobium and rare earth minerals, a court ruling made public on Tuesday showed. The decision could add to wariness about Kenya's nascent mining industry among investors already spooked by...

  • NAIROBI, Oct 23- Kenya has won a case against Cortec Mining Kenya Limited, Cortec Limited and Stirling Capital Limited over the revocation in 2013 of a license for mining niobium and rare earth minerals, a court ruling made public on Tuesday showed. The decision could add to wariness about Kenya's nascent mining industry among investors already spooked by...

  • BRUSSELS/ SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 23- Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook is expected to praise new European privacy rules and to voice the company's support for strong laws in Europe and the United States to protect the use of data, according to prepared remarks for delivery at a Brussels event. Cook was also expected to endorse a comprehensive federal privacy law in the...

  • SAO PAULO, Oct 23- Facebook Inc's popular messaging service WhatsApp has no plan to lift its limit on the number of people who can receive a forwarded message in Brazil, an executive for the company told reporters on Tuesday. Asked whether WhatsApp would lift its 20- recipient limit for forwarded messages or lower the cap to five in Brazil, as in India, Victoria...

  • *Italy defiant, deputy PM Di Maio calls for respect. *Rome has three weeks to revise 2019 draft. STRASBOURG, Oct 23- The European Commission rejected Italy's draft 2019 budget on Tuesday, saying it brazenly broke EU rules on public spending, and asked Rome to submit a new one within three weeks or face disciplinary action.

  • *Electric car to be built in Singapore. *Dyson says UK needs ties with Asia after Brexit. LONDON, Oct 23- James Dyson, the billionaire British inventor of the bagless vacuum cleaner, has chosen to build his electric car in Singapore to be close to Asian customers, supply chains and a highly skilled workforce.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 23- Tesla Inc shares jumped more than 9 percent on Tuesday after long-time critic and short-seller Citron Research said it had a change of heart and is now betting the electric automaker's stock will rise. Chief Executive Elon Musk has promised a Model 3 ramp-up will help make Tesla profitable in the quarter, and has said the automaker should not have...