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  • BRUSSELS, Jan 21- Poland's foreign minister said on Monday he had proposed limiting the Irish backstop to five years in order to unblock the Brexit deadlock, but the idea was immediately knocked back by Ireland as being out of step with the EU's stance. The Irish backstop- an insurance policy to avoid the return of a hard border between the Irish Republic and...

  • SANTIAGO, Jan 21- Chilean President Sebastian Pinera announced on Monday a bill to set stiffer fines and jail time for serious violations of the country's environmental laws, marking a shift toward increasing environmental scrutiny in the world's top copper producer. Most environmental crimes in Chile are currently handled by civil or environmental...

  • LONDON, Jan 21- Britain's opposition Labour Party is seeking to force Prime Minister Theresa May to rule out leaving the European Union without a deal and to give parliament a vote on the options to break a deadlock over the way forward. Lawmakers will debate and vote on the next steps on Jan. 29, and ahead of that they can put forward amendments to the government's...

  • LONDON, Jan 21- Iran failed to find any buyers on Monday in its latest attempt to sell oil to private companies for export on the energy exchange, state media reported, in a setback to Tehran's efforts to bypass U.S. sanctions. Washington re-introduced sanctions on Iran's oil exports on Nov. 4 after withdrawing from a 2015 multinational deal that had lifted...

  • CARACAS, Jan 21- Venezuela's government said on Monday it had suppressed a military revolt after a group of officers stole weapons and kidnapped several officials, as a video posted online showed a sergeant demanding the removal of President Nicolas Maduro. Some two dozen officers attacked a National Guard outpost in the Caracas neighborhood of Cotiza, a...

  • DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 21- The International Monetary Fund trimmed its global growth forecasts on Monday and a survey showed increasing pessimism among business chiefs as trade tensions and uncertainty loomed over the world's biggest annual gathering of the rich and powerful. The gloomy IMF forecasts, released on the eve of the World Economic Forum in Davos,...

  • *Italy would not need to boost revenues even if downturn worsened. BRUSSELS, Jan 21- Italian Economy Minister Giovanni Tria said on Monday that the International Monetary Fund's economic policies, not Italy's,. posed a risk to the global economy. At the meeting, the Dutch minister asked the European Commission why it had put on hold disciplinary proceedings...

  • after UK Leaves EU- PM May's Spokesperson@. *UK PM HELD BILATERAL TALKS WITH PM OF NEW ZEALAND, JACINDA ARDERN, TODAY OVER LUNCH IN DOWNING STREET- PM MAY'S SPOKESPERSON. *UK PM AND PM OF NEW ZEALAND REAFFIRMED THEIR SHARED DESIRE TO FORGE HIGH QUALITY FREE TRADE AGREEMENT AFTER UK LEAVES EU- PM MAY'S SPOKESPERSON.

  • UK PM AND PM OF NEW ZEALAND REAFFIRMED THEIR SHARED DESIRE TO FORGE HIGH QUALITY FREE TRADE AGREEMENT AFTER UK LEAVES EU- PM MAY'S SPOKESPERSON.

  • UK PM HELD BILATERAL TALKS WITH PM OF NEW ZEALAND, JACINDA ARDERN, TODAY OVER LUNCH IN DOWNING STREET- PM MAY'S SPOKESPERSON.

  • LONDON, Jan 21- The Bank of England was asked to consider moving the gold bars out of its vaults so that space could be rented to a pub, during its first hearing before a parliament spending watchdog. Members of parliament's Public Accounts Committee had seized on a report by government auditors, which criticised the BoE for having more than 800 empty desks at its...

  • PARIS, Jan 21- The head of one of the world's largest aircraft leasing companies has told leading planemakers to "get their house in order" and wipe out manufacturing delays before pushing already record production rates to even higher levels. SMBC Aviation Capital's chief executive, Peter Barrett, urged caution over production increases as he confirmed a new...

  • JOHANNESBURG, Jan 21- Africa's biggest pay-TV business Multichoice plans to pay a 2.5 billion rand dividend two years after leaving its parent of three decades- media and e-commerce group Naspers- and pursuing a listing solo in South Africa. Multichoice chief financial officer Tim Jacobs said on Monday the firm would make its first payment to shareholders in...

  • SPAIN AND UK SIGNED DEAL TO GUARANTEE THAT SPANISH AND BRITISH CITIZENS LIVING IN EACH OTHERS COUNTRY RETAIN VOTING RIGHTS AFTER BREXIT- FT Source text: https://on.ft.com/2W8K94v.

  • *Expands rule started in India in July. *Rumours spread via WhatsApp led to killings in India. The limit of five is in expansion of a measure WhatsApp put in place in India in July after the spread of rumors on social media led to killings and lynching attempts.

  • SPAIN AND UK SIGNED DEAL TO GUARANTEE THAT SPANISH AND BRITISH CITIZENS LIVING IN EACH OTHERS COUNTRY RETAIN VOTING RIGHTS AFTER BREXIT- FT.

  • MEXICO CITY, Jan 21- A gasoline pipeline explosion in central Mexico last week killed at least 89 people, the country's health minister said on Monday, while an official with the state-owned oil company defended its response to the leak. There were also 51 people injured, Health Minister Jorge Alcocer told a morning news conference. Mexican Attorney General...

  • CARACAS, Jan 21- Venezuela's gold holdings in the Bank of England have jumped after it closed out a gold swap deal with Deutsche Bank, according to two sources, as Britain remains reluctant to release gold held for the troubled OPEC nation. The government of Nicolas Maduro has since last year been seeking to repatriate about $550 million in gold from the Bank of...

  • *China's 2018 crude runs hit record 12.1 mln bpd. LONDON, Jan 21- Oil prices edged up on Monday, reversing earlier losses, as investors shrugged off data that confirmed China's slowing economy and instead latched on to positive supply-side drivers for the market. Brent crude oil futures were up 12 cents at $62.82 a barrel by 12:27 p.m. EST, while U.S. crude futures...

  • *FTSE 100 up 0.03 pct, FTSE 250 flat. Jan 21- British blue-chip shares eked out small gains as industrials were comforted by Prime Minister Theresa May's presentation to parliament of her European Union divorce deal Plan B, even as a stronger pound weighed on the index. London's FTSE 100 closed 0.03 percent higher after hitting near session lows with sterling...