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  • LOS ANGELES, Feb 17- Fox's sci-fi adventure "Alita: Battle Angel" dominated in North America, but its opening weekend win isn't leaving the box office with much to celebrate. "Alita," the cyberpunk CGI spectacle, earned $27 million when it debuted in 3,790 locations and $33 million over the four-day frame for a domestic haul of $41 million. Directed by Robert Rodriguez...

  • KHARTOUM, Feb 17- A Sudanese fruit seller died on Sunday after choking on tear gas fired at protesters in the market where he worked in Khartoum, his family members told Reuters. The 62- year-old fruit seller working there choked on the gas and later died in a hospital in Khartoum, his family said. Protests have spread across Sudan since Dec. 19.

  • Feb 17- A Sudanese fruit seller died on Sunday after choking on tear gas fired at protesters in the market where he worked in Khartoum, his family members told Reuters.

  • SUDANESE MAN DIES AFTER CHOKING ON TEAR GAS FIRED AT PROTESTERS- FAMILY MEMBERS.

  • LONDON, Feb 17- Britain's Theresa May plans to speak to every European Union leader and the European Commission chief to seek changes to her EU withdrawal agreement, days after another defeat from her own lawmakers and as businesses brace for a no-deal Brexit on March 29. In her talks with EU leaders and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker she...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 15- Optimism about a U.S.- China trade agreement has helped drive U.S. stocks to more than two-month highs, creating a make-or-break moment for Wall Street as a year-long clash between the world's two largest economies comes to a head. And if the United States and China reach a deal, market professionals say clarity after the lengthy dispute should...

  • *South Africa's state power firm in crisis. JOHANNESBURG, Feb 17- South Africa wants to talk to independent power producers about lowering the price Eskom pays for electricity from older renewable energy projects, a senior minister told Reuters, as the state utility struggles to emerge from a financial crisis. Eskom supplies more than 90 percent of South...

  • SAO PAULO, Feb 17- Around 200 residents were evacuated from an area near a tailings dam in Brazil operated by Vale SA late on Saturday, amid fears that it was structurally weak and could burst like a similar barrier failure last month that killed 300 people. Vale said in a statement that it had evacuated people living near the inactive B3/B4 dam of the Mar Azul mine...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 15- As Wall Street braces for the first quarterly decline in earnings in nearly three years, some investors are wondering if the market is factoring in a bigger erosion in profit margins than will actually come to pass. "Companies since the 2008 trauma have made it a top priority to maintain and increase, if possible, their profit margins," said Ed Yardeni,...

  • JOHANNESBURG, Feb 17- South Africa wants to talk to independent power producers about lowering the price struggling state utility Eskom pays them for electricity generated from older renewable energy projects, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said. Gordhan told Reuters in an interview that the aim was to "balance out" the price Eskom pays for power...

  • BEIJING, Feb 17- A Chinese surveillance firm is tracking the movements of more than 2.5 million people in the far-western Xinjiang region, according to a data leak flagged by a Dutch internet expert. An online database containing names, ID card numbers, birth dates and location data was left unprotected for months by Shenzhen- based facial-recognition...

  • TURKISH DEFENCE MINISTER SAYS PRIORITY IN NORTHERN SYRIA IS TO ENSURE SECURITY OF BORDER, GET RID OF TERRORISTS BE IT KURDISH YPG OR ISLAMIC STATE.

  • LONDON, Feb 17- Airbus said on Sunday it would have to make "difficult decisions" about future investment if Britain crashes out of the European Union without a deal, adding it had already spent tens of millions of euros in preparations. "There is no such thing as a managed' no deal', it's absolutely catastrophic for us," senior vice president Katherine Bennett told the...

  • *2004-11- In the chaos following the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, an al-Qaeda offshoot sets up there, changing its name in 2006 to Islamic State in Iraq. Baghdadi follows in 2013, breaking with al Qaeda and renaming his group' The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant'. *2014- Its year of sudden success starts by seizing Fallujah in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria at the turn of...

  • On Thursday, a consortium led by Kuwait's National Investment Co. and including the Athens bourse won a tender to acquire 44 percent of the Kuwait stock exchange.

  • ADDIS ABABA, Feb 17- Ethiopia and Djibouti have signed a deal to build a pipeline to transport Ethiopian gas to an export terminal in the Red Sea state, officials said. Ethiopia found extensive gas deposits in its eastern Ogaden Basin in the 1970 s. The agreement between Djibouti and Ethiopia comes more than a year after POLY-GCL signed a memorandum of...

  • PALM BEACH, Fla., Feb 16- President Donald Trump received an update on trade talks with China on Saturday at his Florida retreat after discussions in Beijing saw progress ahead of a March 1 deadline for reaching a deal. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and trade expert Peter Navarro,...

  • LONDON, Feb 16- British Prime Minister Theresa May is to hold Brexit talks with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker next week, her office said on Saturday, following this week's symbolic defeat in parliament which was widely interpreted as undermining her negotiating strength with the EU. On Monday, Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay will meet EU...

  • "Ambassador Lighthizer, Secretary Ross, Mick Mulvaney, and Peter Navarro will join the President in person at Mar-a-Lago and Secretary Mnuchin, Pat Cipilone, Larry Kudlow, Kevin Hassett, Derek Lyons and Clete Willems will join by phone," Sanders said.