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  • BERLIN— Newly released figures show Germany's centrist coalition approved more weapons exports over the past four years, fueling debate over the country's weapons sale policy. Figures contained in a government response to the opposition Left party show exports to countries outside the European Union and NATO rose even more steeply, by 47 percent to almost...

  • DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 24- U.S. and European oil majors are piling in with offers to help Qatar develop new gas projects, the country's energy minister said, despite a protracted crisis in the Gulf region and pressure on firms to chose between Qatar and its neighbours. We did expect this, but they surprised us on the upside by the degree of keenness, "said al-Sada, when...

  • *GRAPHIC-EV infrastructure in Europe: http://tmsnrt.rs/2DI0Yu6. At the moment, Tesla and carmakers in Japan and Germany use different plugs and communication protocols to link batteries to chargers, but firms building the charging networks needed for electric vehicles to become mainstream say the number of plug formats will need to be limited to keep...

  • *GRAPHIC-EV infrastructure in Europe: http://tmsnrt.rs/2DI0Yu6. At the moment, Tesla and carmakers in Japan and Germany use different plugs and communication protocols to link batteries to chargers, but firms building the charging networks needed for electric vehicles to become mainstream say the number of plug formats will need to be limited to keep...

  • *GRAPHIC-EV infrastructure in Europe: http://tmsnrt.rs/2DI0Yu6. At the moment, Tesla and carmakers in Japan and Germany use different plugs and communication protocols to link batteries to chargers, but firms building the charging networks needed for electric vehicles to become mainstream say the number of plug formats will need to be limited to keep...

  • *GRAPHIC-EV infrastructure in Europe: http://tmsnrt.rs/2DI0Yu6. At the moment, Tesla and carmakers in Japan and Germany use different plugs and communication protocols to link batteries to chargers, but firms building the charging networks needed for electric vehicles to become mainstream say the number of plug formats will need to be limited to keep...

  • SINGAPORE, Jan 24- Oil prices fell on Wednesday, weighed by data showing an increase in U.S. crude oil and gasoline inventories. Brent crude futures were at $69.79 a barrel at 0749 GMT, down 17 cents from their last close. The American Petroleum Institute said on Tuesday crude inventories rose by 4.8 million barrels in the week to Jan. 19 to 416.2 million, after nine...

  • Jan 24- British online estate agent Purplebricks Group Plc said it planned to enter the New York market in the second quarter of 2018, as it expands further in the United States after having built a leading position in a fragmented industry at home. "With higher-than-average rates of commission and transaction volumes, New York was the natural first move on the...

  • *Spot gold biased to rise towards $1,357.54/ oz- Technicals. Spot gold was up 0.1 percent at $1,342.30 per ounce at 0715 GMT, while U.S. gold futures for February. "Gold could move higher as we are still in the early stages of a broader USD sell-off, with all eyes focused on 110 USD- JPY," said Stephen Innes, APAC head of trading at OANDA.

  • SEOUL, Jan 24- South Korean steelmaker POSCO expects sales to rise in 2018 as Chinese steel prices should remain strong early this year thanks to Beijing's efforts to cut production, the company said during the release of its fourth quarter results. POSCO said on Wednesday its consolidated operating profit for the October to December quarter climbed to 1.15...

  • HONG KONG, Jan 24- Chinas HNA Group said on Wednesday several global banks have given it a clean chit after conducting compliance checks, a rare bit of good news for the cash-strapped conglomerate amid questions about its governance and ownership. HNA said in a statement emailed to Reuters that it has passed know-your-customer, or internal due-diligence...

  • *Shanghai stocks higher, blue-chip CSI300 index up. *Gains in Shanghai stocks led by Shandong Lukang Pharmaceutical Co Ltd and losses by Tibet Tourism Co Ltd. **The largest percentage gainers in the main Shanghai Composite index were Shandong Lukang Pharmaceutical Co Ltd up 8.66 percent, followed by CITIC Securities Co Ltd gaining 8.11 percent and Shanghai...

  • HONG KONG, Jan 24- Hong Kong needs to tighten the enforcement of its rules and regulations to ensure the Asian financial hub is not used to violate sanctions imposed on North Korea to give up its nuclear ambitions, said a top U.S. treasury official on Wednesday. "Hong Kong, of course, is an international financial hub and at the same time it has company formation and...

  • PARIS, Jan 24- French oil and gas company Total has agreed to buy Samson Offshore Anchor LLC, in a deal which Total said would strengthen its presence in the Gulf of Mexico region. Samson Offshore Anchor LLC holds a 12.5 percent interest in four blocks covering the Anchor discovery, one of the most significant recent discoveries in the Gulf of Mexico, USA.

  • *All 83 Toys "R" Us stores in Canada to remain open. Jan 24- Toys "R" Us Inc said on Tuesday it will shut about one-fifth of its stores in the United States in the coming months, as the toy store chain tries to emerge from one of the largest ever bankruptcies by a specialty retailer. The company filed for bankruptcy protection just ahead of the 2017 holiday season in the...

  • SEOUL, Jan 24- South Korea's government has asked the United States to hold bilateral talks as early as next week on tariffs Washington has imposed on imports of washing machines and solar panels, South Korea's trade ministry said on Wednesday. South Korea and China have condemned the steep tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump, with Seoul saying on Tuesday...

  • TOKYO— Asian shares were mixed on Wednesday, as Japan's benchmark took a rest from a spate of recent jumps. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 slipped 0.8 percent to finish at 23,940.78, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng index was flat at 32,937.16. TECHNOLOGY RALLY: On Wall Street, Netflix, which said it picked up 8.3 million subscribers in the fourth quarter,...

  • TOKYO, Jan 24- Japanese stocks fell on Wednesday as concerns over gains in the yen saw exporters lose further ground in afternoon trade and offset strength in real estate firms. The Nikkei ended 0.8 percent lower at 23,940.78, moving away from 24,129.34 hit on the previous day, the highest level since November 1991. The dollar fell below the 110 yen threshold for...

  • TOKYO, Jan 24- Japanese stocks fell on Monday as concerns over gains in the yen saw exporters lose further ground in afternoon trade and offset strength in real estate firms. The Nikkei ended 0.8 percent lower at 23,940.78, moving away from 24,129.34 hit on the previous day, the highest level since November 1991. The dollar fell below the 110 yen threshold for the...

  • The accord reached in Tokyo this week clears the way for possibly signing a Trans-Pacific Partnership deal by early March, officials said Wednesday. The Tokyo agreement among the 11 remaining TPP member countries follows a basic pact reached after tough negotiations at a regional forum in Danang, Vietnam, in November. Apart from Japan, it includes Australia,...