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  • BEIJING/ SAO PAULO, Aug 18- China has launched an anti-dumping investigation into imports of Brazilian broiler chicken in another blow for the South American country's meat industry and threatening over $1 billion of exports annually. The investigation comes after a complaint from China's domestic industry that Brazil, its top supplier of chicken, has been...

  • WASHINGTON— Figures on government spending and debt in millions of dollars.

  • Aug 18- Billionaire investor Carl Icahn ended his role as a special adviser to U.S. A call to Icahn's office and an email to the White House were not immediately returned. Icahn's departure followed a flurry of changes at the White House.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 18- The departure on Friday of Steve Bannon, the White House's top economic nationalist, will likely tip the trade policy scales in favor of the Trump administration's "globalist" faction, which could soften the stance toward two of Trump's favorite targets: China and the North American Free Trade Agreement. Bannon and White House Trade and...

  • CARACAS, Aug 18- Venezuela's new legislative superbody on Friday gave itself the power to pass laws, superseding the opposition-led congress and fueling criticism by government adversaries that socialist President Nicolas Maduro is consolidating a dictatorship. South American trade bloc Mercosur condemned the assembly for usurping congress's...

  • Aug 18- A former senior official at the United Auto Workers trade union was charged on Friday with conspiring with other union officials to accept improper payments from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV officials over a four-year period. Virdell King, 65, of Detroit, who a union official until February 2016, was charged with conspiracy to violate labor laws in U.S....

  • WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump has lost another informal adviser from the business world: billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who gave the White House guidance on its deregulation efforts. Icahn controls a sizable stake in refiner CVR Energy. Icahn also said he was stepping down because he didn't want to cloud the work of Neomi Rao, who as head of the Office of...

  • Aug 18- China's state-owned COFCO International Ltd and U.S. farm cooperative Growmark Inc will partner in a deal that gives China more direct access to the food it imports, the companies said on Friday. As part of the deal, the companies said they would jointly own and operate a truck, rail and barge terminal in Cahokia, Illinois, on the Mississippi River, the main...

  • Aug 18- Billionaire investor Carl Icahn on Friday ended his role as a special adviser to U.S. Icahn's departure comes after a flurry of changes at the White House. Trump on Friday fired his chief strategist Stephen Bannon, two days after disbanding two high-profile business advisory groups.

  • *Trump fires chief strategist Steve Bannon. NEW YORK, Aug 18- U.S. stocks lost ground late to end lower on Friday following a White House- focused week that raised more questions about the Trump administration's ability to implement its pro-growth agenda. "While this mini correction we're seeing may not amount to much, it's probably caused by this escalation in...

  • In July, marijuana went up for sale at 16 pharmacies as part of a 2013 law that made Uruguay first to legalize a pot market covering the entire chain from plants to purchase. State-owned Banco Republica, Uruguay's largest bank, also told pot-selling pharmacies that it must close their accounts. Diego Olivera, secretary-general of Uruguay's National Drugs...

  • The verdict in U.S. District Court in Jackson, Mississippi, is a blow to thousands of patients with similar allegations against the drugmaker. In the latest case, plaintiff Dora Mingo claimed she suffered acute gastrointestinal bleeding after she was treated with Xarelto for a month in 2015 to prevent blood clotting following an operation.

  • Aug 18- Fitch Ratings upgraded Greece's long-term foreign-currency issuer default ratings to' B-' from' CCC', citing reduced political risk and sustained GDP growth. Euro zone governments in June threw Greece another 11th- hour credit lifeline worth $9.5 billion and sketched new detail on possible debt relief. The Fitch upgrade comes after Moody's upgraded...

  • ATHENS, Greece— Fitch Ratings has upgraded Greece's credit rating from CCC to B-, a one-notch improvement that still leaves the bonds issued by the crisis-battered country well below investment grade. A Fitch statement adds that other European countries using the euro currency are expected to grant Greece substantial debt relief next year.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 18- Billionaire investor Carl Icahn on Friday said he was ending his role as special advisor to U.S. President Donald Trump after facing criticism that his advice on regulations could help his own businesses. Some Democratic lawmakers and biofuels advocates have argued that Icahn's policy recommendations to the Republican administration...

  • Shares of American Airlines Group Inc. fell 48 cents to $45.55; United Continental Holdings Inc. rose 5 cents to $64.75; Southwest Airlines Co. gained 2 cents to $53.17; and Delta Air Lines Inc. was unchanged at $47.53. Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. disclosed this week that it trimmed its airline investments. The firm's stakes in American, Delta,...

  • HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. _ Air Industries Group on Friday reported a loss of $2 million in its second quarter. The Hauppauge, New York- based company said it had a loss of 36 cents per share. Keywords: Air Industries, Earnings Report.

  • *Barcelona attack hurts Europe stocks, keeps U.S. on edge. NEW YORK, Aug 18- Wall Street indexes and the U.S. dollar ended a volatile session lower after a week of drama in Washington intensified doubts about President Donald Trump's ability to deliver on pro-growth policy promises such as tax reform. "It's only marginally positive as it doesn't put money in...

  • DETROIT, Aug 18- Federal prosecutors on Friday recommended a three-year prison sentence for Volkswagen AG engineer James Liang for his role in a diesel emissions scandal that has cost the German automaker as much as $25 billion. Prosecutors in U.S. District Court in Detroit said Liang, a diesel engine expert with more than 30 years of experience at VW, "provided an...

  • CARL ICAHN SAYS IN LETTER TO TRUMP- AGREED TO CEASE TO ACT AS SPECIAL ADVISOR TO PRESIDENT ON ISSUES RELATING TO REGULATORY REFORM.