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  • *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.

  • PRESIDENT TRUMP WILL MEET WITH MEMBERS OF HIS TRADE TEAM AND RECEIVE AN UPDATE ON THE ONGOING TALKS WITH CHINA- SPOKESPERSON.

  • MOSCOW, Feb 16- A Russian court on Saturday ordered Michael Calvey, the U.S. founder of one of Russia's biggest private equity firms accused of fraud, to be kept in custody until April 13. Calvey, a senior partner at Baring Vostok and among Russia's most prominent investors, was detained on Thursday along with other executives after investigators accused them of...

  • ABUJA, Feb 16- Nigeria's presidential election was delayed by a week due to delays in transporting electoral material and was not a result of external pressure, the chairman of the electoral commission said on Saturday. Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission, said some sensitive election material had been distributed but all had...

  • *Kim to arrive in Vietnam on Feb. 25 ahead of summit. HANOI, Feb 16- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will arrive in Vietnam on Feb. 25 ahead of a planned second summit with U.S. Trump and Kim are due to meet in Hanoi on Feb. 27 and 28 following their historic first meeting last June in Singapore.

  • HANOI, Feb 16- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will arrive in Vietnam on Feb. 25 ahead of a planned second summit with U.S. Kim Jong Un will meet with Vietnamese officials when he arrives in Hanoi, said the sources, who requested anonymity citing the sensitivity and secrecy surrounding the movements of the North Korean leader. Vietnam's president and general...

  • RUSSIAN COURT ORDERS BARING VOSTOK'S MICHAEL CALVEY TO BE KEPT IN CUSTODY UNTIL APRIL 13.

  • MOSCOW, Feb 16- Michael Calvey, the U.S. founder of one of Russia's biggest private equity firms, told a Russian court on Saturday he would cooperate with an investigation into alleged financial misconduct and comply with terms if put under house arrest. The alleged share scam occurred in 2017 and involved Vostochny Bank, a small lender in which Baring Vostok has a...

  • MOSCOW, Feb 16- Michael Calvey, the U.S. founder of one of Russia's biggest private equity firms, told a Russian court on Saturday he would cooperate with an investigation into alleged financial misconduct and comply with terms if put under house arrest. Calvey, a senior partner at Baring Vostok, was detained on Thursday along with some other executives after...

  • BARING VOSTOK'S FOUNDER MICHAEL CALVEY TELLS RUSSIAN COURT HE IS READY TO COOPERATE WITH INVESTIGATION, PLEDGES TO MEET REQUIREMENTS OF HOUSE ARREST.

  • BASRA, Iraq, Feb 16- Iraq has lowered production at its giant Majnoon oilfield to 104,000 barrels per day this month from 220,000 bpd in January, in line with an OPEC supply agreement, a senior oil ministry source told Reuters on Saturday.

  • MUNICH, Feb 16- The European Union must recognize Venezuelan congress leader Juan Guaido as the president of the South American country, U.S. In a speech at the Munich Security Conference, Pence said Guaido, who has declared himself interim leader and has won U.S. and international support to replace Nicolas Maduro, deserved that "the rest of the world" recognize...

  • CULLINAN, South Africa, Feb 14- The owner of one of the world's most famous diamond mines could be about a decade away from clearing its multi-million-dollar debts, in a sign of the struggles facing an industry assailed by synthetic rivals and uncertain demand. The London- listed miner, which acquired Cullinan from industry leader De Beers, borrowed heavily to...

  • YOLA, Nigeria Feb 16- Nigerian opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar on Saturday appealed to voters to be patient following the postponement of a presidential election by a week. Atiku told reporters at his residence that he was shocked by the electoral commission's decision to delay the vote until Feb. 23. "I'm appealing to Nigerians to please come out and vote...

  • NIGERIA OPPOSITION CANDIDATE ATIKU ABUBAKAR APPEALS TO NIGERIANS TO BE PATIENT FOLLOWING ELECTION POSTPONEMENT.