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  • *At least three attackers killed- Interior Ministry spokesman. *Taliban denies responsibility for the attack. KABUL, April 20- At least seven people were killed in an attack on the Afghan communications ministry in central Kabul on Saturday, breaking months of relative calm in the capital and underlining the continued security threats despite efforts to open...

  • QINGDAO, China, April 20- China will show off new warships including nuclear submarines and destroyers at a parade next week marking 70 years since its navy's founding, a senior commander said on Saturday, as Beijing flexes its increasingly well-equipped military muscle. President Xi Jinping is overseeing a sweeping plan to refurbish the People's Liberation...

  • **MANILA- Asian Development Bank President Takehiko Tadao talks to the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines on the bank's priorities for 2019 and economic outlook for Asia. MANILA- Asian Development Bank President Takehiko Tadao talks to the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines on the bank's priorities for 2019 and...

  • PHILADELPHIA, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia issues Non-manufacturing Business Outlook Survey for April- 1230 GMT. STOCKHOLM Riksbank to hold monetary policy meeting 2 0700 GMT. OSLO- Norges Bank Governor Oystein Olsen and CEO Yngve Slyngstad give introductory statements before the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs...

  • NEW YORK, April 19- The number of Americans who approve of President Donald Trump dropped by 3 percentage points to the lowest level of the year following the release of a special counsel report detailing Russian interference in the last U.S. presidential election, according to an exclusive Reuters/Ipsos public opinion poll. The poll, conducted Thursday...

  • April 17- PepsiCo Inc's quarterly sales and profit beat Wall Street estimates on Wednesday, as the beverage maker's advertising and marketing push helped drive sales of its snacks, sparkling waters and low-sugar sodas globally. Shares of PepsiCo hit a record high of $125.92 in morning trading after the company said its core sales grew at the fastest pace in...

  • NEW YORK/ DUBAI, April 19- Qatar Investment Authority and private realty firm Crown Acquisitions said on Friday they were the unnamed investors in a deal with Vornado Realty Trust valued at $5.56 billion that involves a portfolio of prime New York retail properties. Vornado sold a non-controlling stake in its portfolio of properties along Fifth Avenue and...

  • MAPUTO, April 19- The International Monetary Fund will grant Mozambique a $118.2 million credit facility to help it rebuild infrastructure after a devastating cyclone that killed hundreds of people and flattened whole villages, the lender said on Friday. More than 1,000 people have been reported killed by the storm in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi after...

  • CARACAS, April 19- Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido on Friday called on supporters to take to the streets on May 1 for what he called "the largest march in the history" of the South American country to keep the pressure on President Nicolas Maduro to leave power. Guaido, the head of the opposition-controlled National Assembly who in January invoked the...

  • NEW YORK, April 19- The number of Americans who approve of President Donald Trump dropped by 3 percentage points to the lowest level of the year following the release of a special counsel report detailing Russian interference in the last U.S. presidential election, according to an exclusive Reuters/Ipsos public opinion poll. The poll, conducted Thursday...

  • April 19- Generic drugmaker Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd on Friday received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to market its generic nasal spray for opioid overdose, the health regulator said. This is the first approval of a generic naloxone nasal spray for use in a community setting by individuals without medical training, the FDA said...

  • WASHINGTON, April 19- The U.S. International Trade Commission said on Friday it had determined that imports of wooden cabinets from China are harming American producers, keeping alive a trade investigation that could lead to tariffs on the products. If the Commerce Department determines the products are unfairly subsidized or dumped on the U.S. market, and the...

  • DUBAI, April 19- Qatar Investment Authority and private realty firm Crown Acquisitions have jointly bought a significant stake in a portfolio of prime New York retail properties owned by Vornado Realty Trust. The statement came after Vornado had announced on Thursday that it had sold a stake in a portfolio of New York properties along Fifth Avenue and...

  • *Rome threatened Atlantia to revoke its motorway concession. *Atlantia could mend relations with Rome if joins rescue- sources. However, sources familiar with the matter said Atlantia could mend relations with the government by joining a rescue of Alitalia, which Rome is desperate to save, and possibly be rewarded with a reprieve on its motorway concession.

  • PARIS, April 19- Climate activists blocked thousands of employees from entering the headquarters of French bank Societe Generale, state-run utility EDF and oil giant Total on Friday, environmental group Greenpeace said. Greenpeace said it was protesting against company links to the oil and gas industry, which it calls a driving force in global warming.

  • ALGIERS, April 19- Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators returned to Algeria's streets on Friday to press demands for wholesale democratic change well beyond former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika's resignation, chanting "we do what we want", witnesses said. Parliament named an interim president and a July 4 election date was set in a transition endorsed by...

  • WASHINGTON, April 19- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV said Friday it is recalling more than 320,000 Dodge Dart compact cars in North America that could roll away because of a defective part that could allow the shift cable to detach from the transmission. The Italian-American automaker said the recall covers 2013 through 2016 model year automatic transmission...

  • WASHINGTON, April 19- U.S. homebuilding dropped to a near two-year low in March, pulled down by persistent weakness in the single-family housing segment, suggesting the housing market continued to struggle despite declining mortgage rates. Some of the weakness in homebuilding reported by the Commerce Department on Friday likely reflected disruptions...

  • MOSCOW, April 19- Russia expects to use about 210 billion roubles from its National Wealth Fund this year to pay back oil firms as part of a deal to keep down domestic gasoline and diesel prices, a senior finance ministry official said on Friday. Russia is part of a global agreement to cut oil production aimed at propping up crude prices, a major source of state...

  • KIEV, April 19- A Ukrainian court ruling that the nationalisation of the country's largest bank, PrivatBank, was illegal also said that parties related to the bank's former owners should be excluded from the legal case, the central bank said on Friday. The bank said that decision, if implemented, would allow parties related to the former owners to claim money from...