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  • PARIS, Dec 16- France's budget deficit is likely to overshoot the European Union's limit of 3 percent of GDP next year and reach 3.4 percent, National Assembly president Richard Ferrand told Sunday newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche. France is expected to break the deficit ceiling after President Emmanuel Macron made concessions to anti-government...

  • DOHA, Dec 16- Qatar Petroleum is looking to invest at least $20 billion in the United States over the coming few years, its chief executive told Reuters, after the Gulf Arab state quit OPEC, freeing Doha from potential legal risks in the United States. Saad al-Kaabi, who holds the energy portfolio of the world's top liquefied natural gas producer, also said on Sunday...

  • QP CEO SAYS LOOKING TO EXPAND MORE IN MOZAMBIQUE AND BRAZIL.

  • QP CEO SAYS TO DECIDE ON FOREIGN PARTNERS FOR NORTH FIELD NEW LNG TRAINS BY MID 2019, QP COULD DO IT ALONE IF NO GOOD OFFERS FROM IOCS.

  • QP CEO SAYS WE HAVE DECIDED TO FINANCE LNG TRAINS EXPANSION USING OWN FUNDS, WILL NOT SEEK EXTERNAL FINANCING.

  • WAS ONE REASON THAT QATAR HAS DECIDED TO LEAVE OPEC.

  • TEL AVIV, Dec 16- Israel is struggling to recruit enough workers to its technology sector, a report showed on Sunday, creating a challenge for an industry seen as the country's main potential driver of economic growth over the next decade. Start-Up Nation Central, which published the report with the Israel Innovation Authority, said that while the number of...

  • BEIJING, Dec 16- China's pork prices are likely to climb in 2019 due to tight supply caused by the further spread of African swine fever, an official at the National Development and Reform Commission said in remarks published on Sunday. China has reported more than 80 outbreaks of African swine fever across the country. Reuters reported earlier that China may...

  • MEXICO CITY, Dec 16- Mexico's new leftist government presented a first budget aimed at calming nervous markets while honoring pledges to increase welfare spending, saying it would run a bigger surplus next year once interest payments on debt were excluded. The budget is a major test of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's economic credibility, which was...

  • BEIJING, Dec 16- President Xi Jinping will make a major speech on Tuesday to mark the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening up, state news agency Xinhua reported. Former leader Deng Xiaoping initiated China's historic reform and opening up in 1978, followed by a series of capitalist experiments that lifted much of China out of poverty and turned it into...

  • MEXICO CITY, Dec 15- Mexico aims to lift oil and gas production by almost 50 percent in the next six years and in January will award infrastructure and drilling contracts to develop 20 fields, state oil firm Petroleos Mexicanos said on Saturday. "It's a new Pemex rescue," Lopez Obrador said alongside Romero in the port of Ciudad del Carmen in the southern Gulf of...

  • MEXICO CITY, Dec 15- Mexico aims to lift oil and gas production by almost 50 percent in the next six years, and in January will award infrastructure and drilling contracts to develop 20 fields, state oil firm Petroleos Mexicanos said on Saturday. "It's a new Pemex rescue," Lopez Obrador said alongside Romero in the port of Ciudad del Carmen in the southern Gulf of...

  • Dec 15- Motiva Enterprises has preliminarily been chosen by the government of Curacao to operate the 335,000- barrel-per-day Isla refinery, replacing Venezuela's state-run PDVSA, local media said on Saturday. The government of the Caribbean island is seeking a company willing to handle it in the long run and probably also to finish the lease term next year.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 15- President Donald Trump on Saturday hailed a court decision against Obamacare as "a great ruling for our country," while a U.S. government official said the decision by a Texas judge would have no immediate impact on health coverage. District Judge Reed O'Connor in Fort Worth, Texas, on Friday said that Obamacare, known formally as the 2010...

  • MEXICO CITY, Dec 15- Mexico aims to lift oil and gas production by almost 50 percent in the next six years, and in January will agree on infrastructure and drilling contracts to develop 20 fields, the head of state oil firm Petroleos Mexicanos said on Saturday. "Soon, Petroleos Mexicanos will again be a source of national pride," Romero said alongside Lopez Obrador in...

  • Dec 15- Motiva Enterprises has preliminarily been chosen by the government of Curacao to operate the 335,000- barrel-per-day Isla refinery, replacing Venezuela's state-run PDVSA, local media said on Saturday. The government of the Caribbean island is seeking a company willing to handle it in the long run and probably also to finish the lease term next year.

  • DUBAI, Dec 15- Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh praised OPEC on Saturday for what he said was the producer group's ability to reach agreement despite intense internal political differences. "OPEC... has shown the capacity in which members can hold talks and reach important results regarding their common interests despite having the most intense political...

  • Dec 15- Motiva Enterprises has preliminarily been chosen by the government of Curacao to operate the 335,000- barrel-per-day Isla refinery, replacing Venezuela's state-run PDVSA, local media said on Saturday. The government of the Caribbean island is seeking a company willing to handle it in the long run and probably also to finish the lease term next year.

  • Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who has aggressively sought to roll back Obama-era environmental protections, will be leaving his post at the end of the year, President Donald Trump tweeted on Saturday, the latest high-profile departure from his administration. Zinke has run the Interior Department, which oversees Americas vast public lands, since early 2017.

  • MEXICO CITY, Dec 15- The new Mexican government's oil plan aims to raise crude output to 2.624 million barrels per day by the end of 2024, Octavio Romero, Chief Executive Officer of state oil firm Petroleos Mexicanos, said on Saturday.