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  • ABU DHABI, Feb 19- South Africa's state-owned defense group Denel could sell stakes in some divisions as part of a new strategy to return to profitability within two years, its chief executive said on Tuesday. "We are the custodians of a sovereign and a strategic capability on behalf of the government and we will not dilute it or let it go," du Toit said at the IDEX...

  • ABU DHABI, Feb 19- South Africa's state-owned defence group Denel could sell stakes in some divisions as part of a new strategy to return to profitability within two years, its chief executive said on Tuesday. "We are the custodians of a sovereign and a strategic capability on behalf of the government and we will not dilute it or let it go," du Toit said at the IDEX...

  • BRUSSELS, Feb 19- EU lawmakers voted on Tuesday narrowly in favor of the European Union starting negotiations with the United States on a deal to lower tariffs on industrial goods. The European Parliament's international trade committee voted by 21 to 17 on a resolution encouraging the 28 EU countries to back negotiating mandates put forward by the European...

  • DUBLIN, Feb 19- Ireland's deputy prime minister on Tuesday called on people not to stockpile medicine before Britain quits the European Union, saying the country had at least eight weeks of supply and was moving to source medicines from other EU countries. Despite its large pharmaceutical industry, Ireland relies on Britain for many medicines.

  • Honda, which said the decision was based on changes in the global auto market, will also stop making its popular Civic sedan at its plant in Turkey from 2021, although it plans to continue its operations in that country, Chief Executive Takahiro Hachigo told a news conference in Tokyo. The plant closure will be one of several by automakers reassessing their...

  • *FTSE 100 down 0.4 pct. *FTSE 250 down 0.2 pct. The FTSE 100 was down 0.4 percent and the FTSE 250 was down 0.2 percent by 0837 GMT, ahead of unemployment rate data.

  • LONDON, Feb 19- The British pound hovered above $1.29 on Tuesday as traders awaited an update on Brexit talks between London and Brussels and data on the health of Britain's labor market. The Bank of England has said it wants to see wage inflation pressures before it raises interest rates again, although markets have pared back their expectations for tightening...

  • LONDON, Feb 19- The British pound hovered above $1.29 on Tuesday as traders awaited an update on Brexit talks between London and Brussels and data on the health of Britain's labour market. The Bank of England has said it wants to see wage inflation pressures before it raises interest rates again, although markets have pared back their expectations for...

  • Feb 19- Hong Kong stocks ended lower on Tuesday, snapping a six-week rally partly fuelled by optimism that China and the United States will hammer out a deal to resolve their trade dispute. **Reports of progress in trade talks between the United States and China have prompted investors to be mildly optimistic that the two countries can reach a compromise by March 1...

  • *France and Cyprus add to slew of euro zone syndications. LONDON, Feb 19- France and Cyprus launched syndicated bond sales on Tuesday as euro zone government bond yields were hovering near lows on expectations the European Central Bank will look to boost a faltering economy with cheap loans. "There is a lot of demand across the board we saw Italy's 30- year get 41...

  • TOKYO, Feb 19- Honda Motor said on Tuesday it will shut its only plant in Britain in 2021, a decision the Japanese car maker said was based on changes in the global market and not related to Brexit. The company will also stop making its Civic car model at its Turkey plant from 2021 but plans to continue its operations in the country, Honda Chief Executive Takahiro...

  • JOHANNESBURG, Feb 19- South Africa's Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union on Tuesday called on its members at Sibanye-Stillwater's platinum operations to embark on a secondary strike over job cuts and wages.

  • LONDON, Feb 19- The euro fell on Tuesday as investors shifted their focus from progress in U.S.- China trade talks to an economic slowdown in the eurozone. The single currency was buoyed on Monday as expectations grew for an easing of the U.S.- China trade conflict. When European Central Bank policymakers meet on March 7, they are expected to slash growth and...

  • LONDON, Feb 19- European shares edged down slightly on Tuesday at the open but clung to highs not seen since October as optimism about Sino/U. A new round of talks between the U.S. and China to resolve their trade war will take place in Washington on Tuesday. The session's top gainer was Germany's Wirecard, up 7.7 percent.

  • *Palladium hits fresh high of $1,491/ oz. A new round of talks between Beijing and the United States to resolve their trade spat will take place in Washington later in the day, with follow-up sessions at a higher level in the course of the week. "If there is progress in trade talks there will be increasing appetite for emerging-market currencies, and the U.S. dollar...

  • JOHANNESBURG, Feb 19- South Africa needs to invest more to rebuild confidence in its ability to supply power, its energy minister said on Tuesday, after its state-run power firm was forced to implement some of the worst blackouts in years. Problems at cash-strapped national power firm Eskom have shaken belief in South Africa's ability to power the continent's...

  • RPT: HONDA SAYS ITS TURKEY OPERATIONS WILL CONTINUE TO HOLD CONSTRUCTIVE DIALOGUE WITH TURKISH STAKEHOLDERS DURING THIS PERIOD.

  • RPT: HONDA SAYS PLANS TO CEASE MAKING CURRENT CIVIC SEDAN MODEL IN TURKEY IN 2021, INTENDS TO CONTINUE ITS BUSINESS OPERATIONS.

  • RPT: HONDA SAYS IT WILL CONTINUE TO BASE ITS EUROPEAN HQ IN UK.

  • *Beijing- Canberra tensions have risen recently. BEIJING/ MELBOURNE, Feb 19- Chinese coal traders have stopped ordering Australian coal as clearing times through China's customs have doubled to at least 40 days, according to major buyers in China and international coal merchants, resulting in a sharp fall in Australian prices. "We have stopped ordering coal from...