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  • VERSAILLES, France, Jan 21- Some of the world's top companies will invest more than 600 million euros in France, said President Macron's Elysee office, as Macron aims to restore his standing in the wake of anti-government protests that have hit the country.

  • *IMF cuts euro-area forecasts on weakness in Germany, Italy. DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 21- The International Monetary Fund on Monday cut its world economic growth forecasts for 2019 and 2020, due to weakness in Europe and some emerging markets, and said failure to resolve trade tensions could further destabilise a slowing global economy. In its second downgrade in...

  • CARACAS, Jan 21- Venezuelan authorities have arrested a group of military officials for stealing weapons from a National Guard outpost, the government said in a statement, following a social media video in which a sergeant called for the removal of President Nicolas Maduro.

  • VENEZUELA GOV'T SAYS SITUATION IS UNDER CONTROL AT THE COUNTRY'S MILITARY INSTALLATIONS.

  • VENEZUELA'S ARMED FORCES HAVE DETAINED OFFICIALS AT A CARACAS MILITARY UNIT FOR STEALING WEAPONS: GOV'T STATEMENT.

  • LONDON, Jan 21- Poland's foreign minister said on Monday he is proposing limiting the Irish backstop to five years in order to unblock the Brexit deadlock, a reporter for the BBC in Brussels said. The Irish backstop- an insurance policy to avoid the return of a hard border between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland- is the most contentious element of British...

  • DOHA, Jan 21- Qatar will invest $500 million in Lebanese government U.S. dollar bonds to support Lebanon's struggling economy, the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Monday. "Qatar's $500 m purchase of Lebanese bonds is a welcome step, but a short-term fix as it will only kick the can down the road given Lebanon's challenges are structural," said Ehsan Khoman,...

  • LONDON, Jan 21- Poland's foreign minister has confirmed that he is proposing limiting the Irish backstop to five years in order to unblock the Brexit deadlock, a reporter for the BBC in Brussels wrote on Twitter on Monday.

  • BANGKOK, Jan 21- Thailand's fourth-largest lender, Krungthai Bank Pcl, reported a 27 percent jump in annual profit on Monday due to loan growth and smaller provisions to cover bad loans. Krungthai said its 2018 net profit totalled 28.5 billion baht, but that missed an average estimate of 29.4 billion baht by 21 analysts in a Refinitiv poll. Krungthai Bank's...

  • SHANGHAI, Jan 21- China's SZ DJI Technology Co Ltd, a popular maker of drones which is investigating suspected corruption by its employees, said on Monday the matter involved staff inflating the cost of parts for personal gain. The privately held company estimates such incidents could cost the company up to 1 billion yuan but said it "did not incur a full year loss...

  • HONG KONG, Jan 21- China's Huawei has launched an unprecedented public relations blitz, thrusting its low-key founder in front of international media as the telecoms firm seeks to ease concern among Western nations bent on shutting it out of their markets. In a 25- minute interview aired late on Sunday- his first with state-controlled China Central Television-...

  • *China's 2018 crude runs hit record 12.1 mln bpd. Brent crude oil futures were down 13 cents at $62.57 a barrel by 1207 GMT, while U.S. crude futures lost 10 cents at $53.70 a barrel. China's 2018 economic growth slowed to the weakest in 28 years, data showed, at 6.6 percent versus 6.8 percent in 2017..

  • LONDON, Jan 21- The dollar held near a two-week high on Monday, shrugging off concerns about weakening global growth and data that showed China's economy slowed sharply in 2018.. But the greenback has enjoyed its first weekly gain since mid-December, buoyed by hopes of a thaw in U.S.- China trade tensions and stronger-than-expected U.S. industrial production...

  • ANKARA, Jan 21- Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Monday called on companies to lower their prices and cut profits if necessary, to help consumers through a difficult economic time. Erdogan also said in a speech in Ankara that U.S. President Donald Trump told him in a call on Sunday that Washington would take measures on its tariffs on Turkish steel imports.

  • CARACAS, Jan 21- A man identifying himself as a Venezuelan National Guard sergeant at a Caracas outpost called for the removal of President Nicolas Maduro, in a social media video circulating on Monday. Social media photos showed the presence of security forces in the area of the National Guard outpost. The United States and many Latin American nations say...

  • Spot gold was 0.2 percent lower at $1,279 per ounce by 1123 GMT, having hit its lowest since Jan. 4 earlier in the session of $1,277.11. We are seeing a bit of withdrawal of interest from the gold market, "said Macquarie commodity strategist Matthew Turner. World markets showed some relief from Chinese economic data that were in line with expectations and offered...

  • While the British currency had steadied above $1.28 levels since last week as markets ratcheted up expectations that Britain would not leave the European Union without a deal, market watchers warned of more volatility ahead. With around two months to go until Britain is due to leave on March 29, investors advised caution around current levels as there was no...

  • *China's 2018 growth slowed as expected to 28- yr low. LONDON, Jan 21- German government bond yields edged lower on Monday as signs of an economic slowdown in China, Washington's political deadlock and Brexit worries kept investors wary and strengthened the bid for safe assets such as Bunds. "The Chinese data, while there are some positives on the retail and...

  • SECURITY FORCES ARE PRESENT OUTSIDE MILITARY BASE IDENTIFIED IN VIDEO: SOCIAL MEDIA PHOTOS.

  • MAN IN VIDEOS SAYS HE WAS SPEAKING AT A NATIONAL GUARD OUTPOST IN CARACAS.