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  • *Saudi Arabia, Italy, Brexit keeps geopolitics in focus. SYDNEY, Oct 22- Asian share markets pared early losses on Monday as Chinese stocks swung higher for a second session and helped offset geopolitical concerns over Saudi Arabia, Italy and Brexit. Blue chips in Shanghai climbed 3.5 percent in early trade there, extending Friday's bounce on Beijing's pledge of...

  • *Sanctions against Iran oil exports to start Nov. 4. *Other producers will struggle to replace Iran shortfall- IEA. While the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries agreed in June to boost supply to make up for expected Iran disruptions, an internal document reviewed by Reuters suggested that OPEC is struggling to add barrels to the market as an...

  • BEIJING, Oct 22- London copper prices rose for a second session in early Asian trade on Monday, extending a rally fueled by a pledge from China's central bank that it would support firms with liquidity problems. *OTHER METALS: Nickel was the biggest gainer, tracking gains in China's ferrous complex to rise 1.7 percent in London and 1.9 percent in Shanghai.

  • SYDNEY, Oct 22- U.S. soybean futures fell for a third session in a row to hit a near two-week low on Monday as a trade war between Washington and China depressed demand for North American supplies. *The most active soybean futures on the Chicago Board Of Trade were down 0.1 percent at $8.56 a bushel by 0119 GMT, near the session low of $8.55-1/ 2 a bushel- the lowest since...

  • *Saudi Arabia on Sunday called the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at its Istanbul consulate a "huge and grave mistake," but sought to shield its powerful crown prince from the widening crisis, saying Mohammed bin Salman had not been aware. *President Donald Trump said Washington would withdraw from a landmark Cold War-era treaty that eliminated nuclear...

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 22- Oil prices were stable on Monday, supported by supply concerns ahead of the start of U.S. sanctions against Iran's crude exports, but held back by rising drilling activity in the United States. While the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries agreed in June to boost supply to make up for expected Iran disruptions, an internal...

  • YOKOSUKA, Japan, Oct 19- Unclaimed urns containing ashes of the dead are piling up by the thousands across Japan, creating storage headaches and reflecting fraying family ties and economic pressures in a rapidly ageing nation. The abandoned remains highlight social, economic and demographic changes in Japan, where more elderly live on welfare and families are...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 21- CBS Corp interim chairman Richard Parsons has resigned from the board for reasons of ill health about a month after joining, the company said in a statement on Sunday. Also last month, CBS Chief Executive Officer Leslie Moonves resigned amid allegations of sexual assault and harassment. At that time, CBS also announced a deal to end litigation...

  • On Monday, ICE will list 36 months of flat-price Permian WTI contracts and calendar spreads, as well as inter-commodity spreads for the Houston contract versus Brent and the Houston contract versus WTI. "Houston has become the pricing center for U.S. crude oil production and exports, and the new Permian WTI futures contract is designed to serve hedging and...

  • SANTIAGO, Oct 21- Canada's Nutrien, whose attempt to sell its stake in Chilean lithium miner SQM to China's Tianqi has been stalled by a row about competitive risks, vowed to "protect its interests" in an interview with a Chilean newspaper published on Sunday. Michael Webb, the executive vicepresident of fertilizer company Nutrien, accused Julio Ponce, SQM's...

  • BERLIN, Oct 21- German Chancellor Angela Merkel, campaigning for her Christian Democrats to retain control of the crucial state of Hesse in next Sunday's election, promised legislation to ward off the threat of air pollution leading to driving bans. Speaking at a news conference on Sunday evening, Merkel said it would be disproportionate to ban dirty diesel...

  • LOS ANGELES, Oct 21- " Halloween" made a killing in North America, earning $77.5 million when the slasher film launched in 3,928 locations. David Gordon Green's " Halloween," a direct sequel to John Carpenter's 1978 classic, obliterated the franchise record opening of $26 million, previously held by the 2007 Rob Zombie reboot. "Halloween" cost just $10 million, marking...

  • *Washington prepares to reimpose sanctions on Iran. *U.S. in talks with SWIFT on disconnecting Iran. His comments come two weeks before the Trump administration reimposes oil and financial sanctions against Iran after President Donald Trump withdrew from a 2015 deal between Iran and six world powers, which aimed to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear...

  • Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin dismissed concerns that China's weakest economic growth since the global financial crisis could spill into other emerging markets and destabilise U.S. financial markets. China is trying to navigate through multiple challenges after its trade war with the United States sparked a blistering sell-off in domestic stock...

  • SAO PAULO, Oct 21- Brazil and Chile concluded on Friday negotiations for a free trade agreement that could be signed by the end of the year, the Brazilian government said in a statement late on Saturday. Under the agreed terms, Brazil and Chile will not charge international roaming fees for mobile calls and data in each other's countries, it said.

  • ELKO, Nev/ MOSCOW, Oct 21- President Donald Trump said Washington will exit the Cold-War era treaty that eliminated a class of nuclear weapons due to Russian violations, triggering a warning of retaliatory measures from Moscow. "Russia has not, unfortunately, honored the agreement so we're going to terminate the agreement and we're going to pull out," Trump told...

  • BERLIN, Oct 21- Siemens boss Joe Kaeser came under pressure from senior German politicians on Sunday to pull out of an investment conference in Saudi Arabia next week following Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's death. "I hope that Joe Kaeser will rethink this," she told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper. "I certainly wouldn't participate in an event in Riyadh at the...

  • HONG KONG, Oct 21- Goldman Sachs Group Inc's veteran banker Todd Leland will become Asia investment banking head, a person with knowledge of the matter said on Sunday, adding to leadership changes at the bank since Chief Executive Officer David Solomon took over this month. In the new role, Leland, an American who joined Goldman in 1992, will replace Andrea Vella...

  • Mnuchin said information so far on the investigation was "a good first step but not enough" as Riyadh faced international pressure to disclose what happened to Khashoggi, who disappeared after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. However, he said he would visit Riyadh as planned for talks with his counterpart there on joint efforts towards...

  • MILAN, Oct 21- Italy's government should not ignore the problems that soaring government bond yields are causing for Italian banks, including possible capital needs, Cabinet Undersecretary Giancarlo Giorgetti said in a newspaper interview on Sunday. The profligate budget plans of Italy's populist government have prompted investors to shed 67 billion...