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  • JAKARTA, Indonesia— Greenpeace says global consumer brands continue to buy palm oil from companies that are cutting down Indonesia's rainforests despite repeated pledges to clean up their supply chains. Palm oil, mainly produced in Indonesia and Malaysia, is used in a slew of consumer products from snacks to cosmetics. Rapid forest loss and greenhouse gas...

  • BEIJING, Sept 19- Shanghai copper prices rose sharply in early trade on Wednesday, tracking a jump in London in the previous session and hitting a one-month high as investors shrugged off an escalation of the U.S.- China trade row. China responded to the latest U.S. tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods with tariffs on about $60 billion worth of U.S. goods, as...

  • TOKYO, Sept 19- Japan's central bank has been pursuing quantitative easing for the past five years to spur consumption in the world's third largest economy, but its policies have also made it unpopular with banks due to pressure on their earnings. WHAT POLICIES HAS THE BOJ PUT IN PLACE? The first sign of trouble came shortly after the BOJ began quantitative easing...

  • BRASILIA, Sept 18- Support for Brazilian far-right presidential front-runner Jair Bolsonaro edged up ahead of next month's election, a poll showed on Tuesday, but Workers Party candidate Fernando Haddad moved into second place, with the two running neck and neck in a likely runoff. In first-round voter intentions, center-left candidate Ciro Gomes stalled at...

  • TOKYO, Sept 19- Japan's export growth accelerated in August from the previous month as shipments to the United States grew as Tokyo looks to avert a trade war through talks with Washington expected later this month. Japan's exports to the United States rose 5.3 percent in the year to August, the first gain in three months, led by medicines, construction and mining...

  • SYDNEY, Sept 19- U.S. soybean futures held near a 10- year low on Wednesday, under pressure from a deepening trade war between Washington and Beijing and a huge U.S. crop. *The most active soybean futures on the Chicago Board Of Trade edged up 0.1 percent to $8.15-1/ 4 a bushel by 0026 GMT, having closed down 1.1 percent on Tuesday when prices hit a low of $8.12- the lowest...

  • Brent crude futures had dropped 22 cents, or 0.28 percent, to $78.81 per barrel by 0042 GMT, chipping away at Tuesday's 1.26 percent gain. Meanwhile, ministers from OPEC nations and non- OPEC producers are set to meet on Sunday to discuss compliance with output policies. OPEC sources have told Reuters no immediate action was planned and producers would discuss how...

  • LONDON, Sept 18- Nickel has finally succumbed to the base metals price rout. But the "electric premium" in the price has been crushed by the broader market concerns about the escalating trade stand-off between the United States and China. Nickel was on a roll in the first half of this year, up 25 percent in early June, when it was trading above $15,000 per tonne.

  • MEXICO CITY, Sept 18- Mexico's incoming financial intelligence chief said it was "shameful" how little had been done about bribes that Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht executives said were paid to secure Mexican public works contracts, and vowed to reexamine the case once in office. "It's shameful that Mexico and Venezuela are the only countries in Latin...

  • Sept 18- Microsoft Corp announced on Tuesday new AI and mixed-reality applications for its Dynamics 365 online business software, putting to use its augmented-reality goggles HoloLens for businesses. "Previously it was required to fly in an inspector from Houston to a facility in Singapore once a month to inspect equipment. Dynamics 365, which posted a 61...

  • SHANGHAI, Sept 19- China is not afraid of "extreme measures" the United States is taking in their trade war and will use it as an opportunity to replace imports, promote localisation and accelerate the development of high-tech products, state media said. "To deal with the trade war, what China really should do is to focus on doing its own thing well," the People's Daily...

  • CHICAGO, Sept 18- North Carolina estimated on Tuesday that 3.4 million poultry birds and 5,500 hogs died in Hurricane Florence, exceeding the number killed in the state's last major hurricane two years ago. "I'm just assuming, based on the depth of the water that we had in North Carolina and the amount of rainfall, that we probably will exceed what we had in Matthew,"...

  • Federal Reserve Today in Washington. 19- Sep Germany Auction of 10- year Federal bonds 19- Sep Sweden Auction of government bonds 19- Sep Portugal Auction of Treasury bills 20- Sep United Kingdom Auction of 1 5/ 8% Treasury Gilt 2028 20- Sep Japan Auction of 20- year government bonds 20- Sep Spain Bond Auction 20- Sep France Index-linked Securities auction 21-...

  • **LONDON- Roundtable with Silvana Tenreyro, member of the Monetary Policy Committee, Bank of England. BERLIN- ECB President Mario Draghi gives speech at an event entitled "Making Europe's Economic Union work" organized by Jacques Delors Institute, Hertie School of Governance, Bertelsmann Stiftung in Berlin, Germany- 1330 GMT. FRANKFURT- Bundesbank President Jens...

  • TOKYO, Sept 19- Japan's exports rose 6.6 percent in August from a year earlier, Ministry of Finance data showed on Wednesday. The result compared with a 5.6 percent increase expected by economists in a Reuters poll. The trade balance came to a deficit of 444.6 billion yen, against the median estimate of a 468.7 billion yen deficit.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept 18- Brazil could face a diesel shortage at the end of 2018 as a result of the government's mispriced subsidy program which has discouraged suppliers, and the state-controlled oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA may be forced to sell diesel at a loss, broker INTL FCStone said on Tuesday. "Private imports are paralyzed, and Petrobras is...

  • Attorneys general from California and New Mexico are suing the Trump administration over its rollback of a rule aimed at reducing pollution from energy drilling on federal lands. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in California on Tuesday. It came just hours after the U.S. Interior Department announced it was rescinding a methane pollution rule...

  • Sept 18- Tesla Inc said on Tuesday the U.S. Department of Justice was investigating Chief Executive Elon Musk's public statements in August that he was considering taking the electric car maker private, the latest and biggest threat to Musk's leadership. The probe by the Justice Department, which can press criminal charges, comes on top of a civil probe by the...

  • WELLINGTON, Sept 19- Global dairy prices fell at the third fortnightly auction in a row early Wednesday as New Zealand's supply of key products ramped up. The GDT Price Index dipped 1.3 percent to an average selling price of $2,934 per tonne, after falling 0.7 percent at the previous sale. However, that was less than the 4.7 percent fall in WMP prices expected by...

  • BERLIN/ LONDON, Sept 19- Prime Minister Theresa May said Britain and the European Union were nearing a divorce deal but called on the bloc to show "goodwill and determination" to avoid a disorderly Brexit and secure a close future partnership. Just before an informal EU summit in Austria, May showed no sign of backing away from her Brexit plan, shrugging off...