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  • WASHINGTON, Feb 20- The U.S. Department of Justice may announce as early as next week that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has given the attorney general his report on the federal Russia investigation, CNN said on Wednesday, citing unnamed sources. Attorney General William Barr will review Mueller's findings and submit his own summary to Congress, CNN reported.

  • Feb 20- Alberta's provincial government said on Wednesday it had committed C $80 million in credits against future royalties for Nauticol Energy's planned C $2- billion methanol plant near Grande Prairie. Methanol is produced from natural gas, which Alberta has in abundance and that producers sell at some of the world's lowest prices. It is used in paints,...

  • CAPE TOWN, Feb 20- South Africa will bail out state utility Eskom with 69 billion rand over three years, the centrepiece of a budget that exposed the limited room President Cyril Ramaphosa has to fix the economy ahead of an election in May. Ramaphosa, who is fighting rifts within his own party before the parliamentary election, has made reforming Eskom one of his top...

  • California and 19 other states have demanded the Trump administration abandon a proposal made in August to freeze fuel efficiency standards after 2020 and strip California of the ability to impose stricter rules. The California Air Resources Board, which did not have an immediate comment, has been meeting with officials from the White House, U.S....

  • PARIS, Feb 20- Credit rating agency Standard& Poor's cut its outlook on carmaker Renault to "negative" from "stable", citing broader challenges within the automotive sector that could hit its profits.

  • *Britain a key battleground for Huawei in Europe. LONDON/ BRUSSELS, Feb 20- Britain is able to manage the security risks of using Huawei telecoms equipment and has not seen any evidence of malicious activity by the company, a senior official said on Wednesday, pushing back against U.S. allegations of Chinese state spying. Ciaran Martin, head of Britain's National...

  • Dallas- based Southwest has canceled hundreds of flights since Feb. 15, due to a mixture of weather and unscheduled maintenance issues that have put an unprecedented number of aircraft out of service. Southwest said there was no common theme among the maintenance issues, which followed the latest round of negotiations with the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal...

  • AS MANY AS 15 BRITISH GOVERNMENT MINISTERS MIGHT VOTE TO STOP UK LEAVING THE EUROPEAN UNION ON MARCH 29- BLOOMBERG.

  • The move is also seen by some as a wager the energy sector could benefit from a change in the guard in Canada's oil-rich Alberta province, which has an election this year. Its re-entry is seen by analysts as a validation that Canada's biggest oil and gas company has catalysts- such as a new incoming CEO and the eventual removal of Alberta oil curtailments- that could...

  • *U.S.- China trade talks continue in Washington. Feb 20- U.S. stocks were little changed on Wednesday, as investors awaited the Federal Reserve's minutes from its January meeting and details on trade talks between the United States and China. Everyone is betting on a pause in 2019 and today's minutes aren't going to change that, "said Varun Ghotgalkar, equities...

  • Feb 20- Alphabet Inc's Google said on Wednesday it had made an "error" in not disclosing that its Nest Secure home security system had a built-in microphone in its devices. Earlier this month, Google said https://www.blog.google/products/assistant/nest-secure-google-assistant Nest Secure would be getting an update and users could now enable its virtual...

  • *No U.S. wheat offered or bought in Egypt tender. *U.S.- China trade talks watched for progress. CHICAGO, Feb 20- Chicago Board of Trade wheat futures plunged yet again on Wednesday as traders fretted over lagging U.S. exports despite being competitively priced in the global market.

  • MILAN/ LONDON, Feb 20- Italian power grid operator Terna has hired Spanish bank Santander to scout investors that could plough cash into its transmission businesses in Brazil, Peru and Uruguay, four sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. The process kicked off recently and aims to raise funds to help Terna strengthen its footprint in Latin America, the...

  • *Demand in China tends to pick up in second quarter. LONDON, Feb 20- Copper prices hit a seven month peak on Wednesday as the market worried about low stocks ahead of seasonally strong demand in top consumer China, while rising hopes of an end to the U.S.- China trade dispute also lent support. Demand in China typically picks up in the second quarter ahead of the third...

  • ZURICH, Feb 20- Swiss President Ueli Maurer did not speak to Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido about freezing Swiss bank accounts belonging to the South American nation, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Wednesday. "This information is not correct. There was no telephone contact between Mr.

  • LONDON, Feb 20- Bangladesh's prime minister has given the nod to a multi-billion dollar LNG supply deal with Swiss trader AOT Energy but the energy ministry will make a final decision on whether it goes ahead, an official at the premier's office said on Wednesday. Last month, the gas company that oversees Bangladesh's LNG supplies, Rupantarita Prakritik Gas Co,...

  • The company, which competes with the likes of Fitbit Inc and TomTom, forecast full-year profit of about $3.70 per share and revenue of about $3.5 billion. Analysts were expecting profit of $3.52 per share and revenue of $3.43 billion, according to IBES data from Refinitiv. Global wearable fitness trackers market is on track to generate revenue of $48.2 billion...

  • *Estonia to investigate as part of Danske probe. STOCKHOLM, Feb 20- Estonia is investigating allegations linking Swedbank to suspicious transactions in the country involving Danske Bank, Estonia's state prosecutor said on Wednesday. Danske is being investigated in its home market of Denmark, Estonia, Britain, France and the United States over some 200 billion...

  • *FTSE 100, FTSE 250 up 0.7 pct. Feb 20- London's main bourse rose as Lloyds gained after promising to return cash to shareholders and optimism prevailed over China-U.S. trade talks. Both the FTSE 100 and the FTSE 250 ended the day with 0.7 percent higher.

  • JOHANNESBURG, Feb 20- The annual budget South Africa unveiled on Wednesday highlighted its limited fiscal flexibility in a challenging economic environment, rating agency Moody's said.