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  • NEW YORK, Aug 20- The dollar reversed gains on Monday as concerns eased about possible contagion effects of Turkey's currency crisis, though growing optimism over upcoming U.S.- China trade talks provided a floor for the greenback. It's a risk-on session, and the dollar has come off accordingly, "said Greg Anderson, global head of FX strategy at BMO Capital...

  • OSLO, Aug 20- Sweden's nuclear energy regulator SSM has asked plant operators to produce plans in the coming months to shield their reactors from harmful hot weather, its director told Reuters on Monday. The last time that SSM, the Swedish radiation safety authority, asked operators to produce plans to modify their reactors was after Japan's Fukushima disaster...

  • Aug 20- U.S. producer ConocoPhillips on Monday said Venezuela's PDVSA agreed to pay $2 billion to settle an arbitration award, suspending a dispute that blocked the state-run oil firm from exporting crude from most of its key Caribbean facilities. Venezuela's crude production, a major source of revenue, has fallen to a six-decade low this year as lack of cash for...

  • *FTSE 100 up 0.4 pct at close. LONDON, Aug 20- Strong mining stocks helped boost Britain's FTSE 100 on Monday, leaving last week's four-month lows behind as optimism over U.S.- China trade talks and Turkey buoyed markets, while luxury handbag maker Mulberry sank after results. The FTSE 100 ended the session up 0.4 percent, tracking gains across European bourses, as...

  • LONDON, Aug 20- Sterling steadied on Monday but was still near 14- month lows reached last week on concerns about forthcoming talks that may decide whether Britain gets a trade deal with the EU before it quits the bloc. But on Monday the currency was up 0.1 percent at $1.2764 at 1530 GMT, near a 14- month low of $1.2662 hit last Wednesday. With less than eight months to...

  • *Industrial rise on planned U.S.- China trade talks. The planned lower-level trade talks between the United States and China later this week boosted optimism in some sections of the market, with the trade-sensitive industrial sector up 0.55 percent. "Markets are reacting mostly to trade talks, although the Nasdaq seems to be off because the tech sector has seen...

  • *U.S. sanctions against Iran threaten to reduce supply. NEW YORK, Aug 20- Oil futures rose on Monday after weeks of declines, supported by easing concerns over a potential trade war between the United States and China, as well as an expected fall in supply from Iran due to U.S. sanctions. However, China and the United States will hold trade talks this month, the two...

  • JERUSALEM/ LONDON, Aug 20- PepsiCo will buy carbonated drink-machine maker SodaStream for $3.2 billion as it battles Coca-Cola for an edge in the health-conscious beverage market. "With sugary carbonates and juices struggling and no turnaround in sight, mitigating the losses through newer and healthier products will be essential for PepsiCo," said...

  • ISTANBUL, Aug 20- Turkey has initiated a dispute complaint with the World Trade Organisation against additional tariffs imposed by the United States on Turkish steel and aluminium imports, the WTO said on Monday. The pastor, originally from North Carolina, has lived in Turkey for two decades. "Turkey has requested WTO dispute consultations with the United...

  • Overall retail sales rose 6.4 percent in July from a year ago, and sales from non-store retailers, which include online merchants, soared nearly 9 percent, according to the Commerce Department. "This suggests the U.S. economy started the third quarter on solid footing after recording its best performance in nearly four years in the second quarter," Bank of the West...

  • *Iran says more needed to save nuclear deal. *Washington to impose tougher sanctions on Iran. ANKARA, Aug 20- Iran urged Europe on Monday to speed up efforts to salvage a 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and major powers that U.S.

  • BRASILIA, Aug 20- The Brazilian real led losses among Latin American currencies on Monday after an opinion poll showed the market's preferred candidate in October's presidential elections lagging far behind his rivals. The nation's benchmark Bovespa stock index, however, fell only slightly as rising iron ore prices helped lift shares of miners and...

  • PARIS, Aug 20- French oil and gas major Total confirmed on Monday that it had notified the Iranian authorities of its withdrawal from the multibillion dollar South Pars gas project after it failed to obtain a waiver from U.S. sanctions. "The contractual process is ongoing," Total said in an emailed statement. "As for the future of Total's share, we have not been...

  • *Turkey currency crisis raises questions over emerging markets. LONDON, Aug 20- German government bond yields hovered near one-month lows on Monday as investors held on to one of the safest assets in the world given the uncertainty around Turkey's currency crisis and what implications it may have for other emerging markets. "The question this week is whether...

  • *China's JD.com to buy more shares, Farfetch says. Aug 20- Online fashion retailer Farfetch aims to float on the New York Stock Exchange by the end of the year, the London- based company said on Monday, seeking to capitalize on rapid growth in luxury sales on the web. Competition to capture online shoppers has picked up among premium brands in recent years, pitting...

  • BERLIN— Germany's transport minister says the country has reliable procedures for checking bridges "that I trust and citizens can trust too." Andreas Scheuer told the weekly Bild am Sonntag that while the recent deadly bridge collapse in the Italian port of Genoa was grounds for reflection "I am not worried when I use a highway in Europe. Scheuer said Germany is...

  • *StanC completes Asia sale to Actis. The UK- based bank, whose business is focused on Asia, Africa and the Middle East, did not disclose the size of that deal. Reuters reported in November the real estate principal finance business has around $700 million in investments across Asia and Africa.

  • *Iran to provide insurance for oil cargoes to China- sources. BEIJING/ SINGAPORE, Aug 20- China, seeking to skirt U.S. sanctions, will use oil tankers from Iran for its purchases of that country's crude, throwing Tehran a lifeline while European companies such as France's Total are walking away due to fear of reprisals from Washington. China, which has cut imports of...

  • The plaintiff, Napoleon Patacsil of San Diego, is seeking class-action status on behalf of U.S. users of Android phones and Apple iPhones who turned the tracking feature off. He is seeking unspecified damages for Google's alleged intentional violations of California privacy laws, and intrusion into people's private affairs. The alleged tracking by the unit...

  • PARIS, Aug 20- French oil and gas major Total confirmed on Monday that it had notified the Iranian authorities of its withdrawal from the multibillion dollar South Pars gas project after it failed to obtain a waiver from U.S. sanctions.