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  • TOKYO, March 20- The Japan Times, an English-language newspaper that amended its description of "comfort women" and wartime forced labourers last year, apologised to its staff last month, but threatened legal action against anyone found leaking confidential information. In an email sent to the paper's staff on Feb 28, Japan Times president Takeharu Tsutsumi...

  • TOKYO, March 20- The Japan Times, an English-language newspaper that amended its description of "comfort women" and wartime forced laborers last year, apologized to its staff last month, but threatened legal action against anyone found leaking confidential information. In an email sent to the paper's staff on Feb 28, Japan Times president Takeharu Tsutsumi...

  • REUTERS POLL- SOUTH AFRICA REPO RATE TO END 2019 AT 6.75 PCT; 2020 AT 7.00 PCT.

  • REUTERS POLL- SOUTH AFRICA GDP GROWTH SEEN AT 1.4 PCT IN 2019; 1.8 PCT IN 2020.

  • REUTERS POLL- SOUTH AFRICA RESERVE BANK TO HOLD REPO RATE AT 6.75 PCT ON MARCH 28, SAY ALL ECONOMISTS POLLED.

  • *SARB to hold rates at March 28 meeting. JOHANNESBURG, March 20- South Africa's Reserve Bank is expected to leave interest rates unchanged next week, and with a weak currency threatening to stoke inflation, it probably won't cut rates this year, a Reuters poll showed on Wednesday. Inflation in Africa's most industrialized economy is currently below the Reserve...

  • *U.S.- China trade talks to resume next week. HONG KONG, March 20- Shares in mainland China and Hong Kong fell on Wednesday after a report suggested possible hurdles in Sino-U.S. trade talks, and as investors exercised caution ahead of a policy decision by the U.S. **The smaller Shenzhen index was down 1.7 percent and the start-up board ChiNext Composite index was...

  • SHANGHAI, March 20- China's yuan eased against the U.S. dollar on Wednesday as market sentiment soured on reports of renewed tensions in Sino-U.S. trade negotiations. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin plan to travel to China next week for another round of trade talks with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He.

  • SHANGHAI/ HONG KONG, March 20- An industry body representing global asset managers in Asia has urged China to lift foreign ownership caps in listed companies, two weeks after the restrictions disrupted overseas buying of a Chinese stock and just as foreign inflows are set to swell. In a policy paper released on Wednesday, financial lobbyist ASIFMA called on...

  • *Ex-Japan Asia down 0.4 pct; Japan flat, China up. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dropped 0.4 percent, led by losses in Australia and South Korea. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin plan to travel to China next week for another round of trade talks with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, a Trump...

  • BROWNVILLE, Neb., March 19- Vice President Mike Pence in Nebraska on Tuesday took stock of the devastation unleashed across the U.S. The floodwaters have inundated a large swath of farm states Iowa and Nebraska along the Missouri River, North America's longest river, prompting half of Iowa's 99 counties to declare states of emergency. Nebraska, Iowa and Wisconsin...

  • HOUSTON, March 19- Firefighters late Tuesday contained a raging inferno at a Mitsui& Co petrochemical storage site outside of Houston that has been billowing acrid smoke for days as Texas officials and environmental groups raced to expand air monitoring. The blaze at Mitsui unit Intercontinental Terminals Co in Deer Park, Texas, was reduced to four burning...

  • TOKYO, March 20- The dollar rose against most of its peers on Wednesday as reports of renewed tension in U.S.- China trade negotiations supported safe-haven bids, although the Federal Reserve's policy meeting later due in the day limited the greenback's gains. The Australian dollar slipped a quarter of a percent to $0.7070 on a decline in 10- year bond yields...

  • CHINCHOLI, India, March 20- A few years ago, in this sweltering corner of western India, the horizon was dotted with hunched, barefoot women swinging sickles all day to cut wheat for the spring harvest. Chhaya Kharade, 36, and other women doing lighter farm work were gradually replaced by the machines that now crisscross wheat, sugar cane and onion fields...

  • SINGAPORE, March 20- Most industrial metals on the London Metal Exchange fell on Wednesday, shrugging off some gains in the previous sessions as investors turned cautious ahead of the result of the U.S. *Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange fell 0.2 percent to $6,446.5 a tonne by 0127 GMT, while the most-traded copper contract on the Shanghai Futures...

  • SYDNEY, March 20- U.S. soybeans futures edged lower for the third consecutive session on Wednesday, as concerns over the progress of trade talks between Washington and Beijing stoked fears over global oilseed trade. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin plan to travel to China next week for another round of trade talks...

  • ADDIS ABABA/ PARIS/ WASHINGTON, March 19- Europe and Canada said they would seek their own guarantees over the safety of Boeing's 737 MAX, further complicating plans to get the aircraft flying worldwide after they were grounded in the wake of two accidents killing more than 300 people. As the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration analyses Boeing's plans for a...

  • The management reshuffle comes as Europe and Canada said they would seek their own guarantees over the safety of Boeing's 737 MAX, further complicating plans to get the aircraft flying worldwide after they were grounded in the wake of crashes that killed more than 300 people. John Hamilton, formerly both vice president and chief engineer in Boeing's...

  • SYDNEY, March 20- Oil prices fell on Wednesday, retreating from a four-month high, as concerns that trade talks between the United States and China have stalled, stoking fears over the outlook for global economic growth. International Brent crude oil futures were at $67.49 a barrel at 0107 GMT, down 15 cents, or 0.2 percent, from their last close.

  • BROWNVILLE, Neb., March 19- Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Nebraska on Tuesday to take stock of the devastation unleashed across the U.S. The floodwaters have inundated a large swath of farm states Iowa and Nebraska along the Missouri River, North America's longest river, prompting half of Iowa's 99 counties to declare states of emergency.