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  • China last week threatened repercussions if Ottawa blocked Huawei, a warning the Canadian government dismissed. "Canada's government should ignore the threats and ban Huawei from Canada's 5 G networks to protect the security of Canadians," he wrote in the Globe and Mail. "If China would resort to putting Canadians to death to defend its corporate national...

  • JOHANNESBURG, Jan 21- South African media and e-commerce group Naspers has had its plan to spin-off and list Multichoice, Africa's biggest pay-TV business by subscribers, conditionally approved by the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, the company said on Monday.

  • *CEO urges Nigeria to issue exploration licences. PARIS, Jan 21- French oil group Total will approve plans to proceed with the Ikike project in Nigeria in the coming months, and also plans to expand its liquefied natural gas project in the country, said CEO Patrick Pouyanne. "There is a huge potential in Nigeria, it is probably the most prolific country in west Africa...

  • LONDON, Jan 21- Iran failed to find any buyers on Monday in its latest attempt to sell oil to private companies for export on the stock exchange, the ISNA news agency reported, in a setback to Tehran's efforts to bypass U.S. sanctions. In October, before U.S. sanctions came into force, Iran sold 280,000 barrels at $74 apiece of the one million barrels it offered on the...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 21- The U.S. Transportation Security Administration, where employees are going unpaid amid a partial government shutdown, said on Monday that unscheduled absences among U.S. airport security officers rose to a record 10 percent on Sunday as the shutdown reached its 31st day. Some airports experienced longer wait times at security checkpoints,...

  • CARACAS, Jan 21- Venezuela has captured a group of military officers who stole weapons and kidnapped four officials on Monday, the government said, hours after a social media video showed a sergeant demanding the removal of President Nicolas Maduro. An unspecified number of officers early on Monday attacked a National Guard outpost in the Caracas...

  • *Peter Plumb leaves after setting new strategy. LONDON, Jan 21- Just Eat Chief Executive Peter Plumb is stepping down with immediate effect, only 16 months after he joined the British takeaway ordering website and launched an investment drive that slowed earnings growth. Plumb, who joined from MoneySavingExpert.Com on a base salary of 695,000 pounds, upgraded...

  • LONDON, Jan 21- Years after sweeping reform aimed at eliminating logjams in warehouses that collect rent for storing metal, a firm is preventing companies from getting material when they need it from a Malaysian port, five sources close to the matter said. The firm, ISTIM UK, is controlled by the Whelan family, founders of major warehousing company Metro.

  • TOTALAN, Spain, Jan 21- Efforts to reach a two-year-old boy who fell into a borehole in southern Spain more than a week ago are nearing their most dangerous stage, an engineer on the rescue team said on Monday. "The most dangerous part, the most delicate part, still remains to be done," mining engineer Juan Lopez Escobar told Canal Sur. "We're at 53 meters, and we're just...

  • It was not immediately clear whether Switzerland would seek his extradition. The case is part of a decade-old dispute between Germany and Switzerland over untaxed assets, a fight they hope will fade now that both countries have joined more than 100 others in agreeing to automatically exchange financial data about their residents' international accounts.

  • HOWARD SCHULTZ, FORMER CEO OF STARBUCKS, EXPLORING RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT AS AN INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE- CNN, CITING SOURCES.

  • FRANKFURT/ LONDON, Jan 21- Private equity firms Cinven and Advent have teamed up to bid in an auction that could value Nestle's skin health business at about 7 billion Swiss francs, three sources familiar with the matter said. Private equity companies Blackstone, KKR, Carlyle, CVC, EQT and Partners Group are also expected to bid and might look for partners, according...

  • INFORMATION MEMORANDUMS ON THE NESTLE UNIT TO BE DISPATCHED TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS BY END OF JANUARY- SOURCES.

  • CINVEN AND ADVENT TO MAKE JOINT BID FOR NESTLE'S SKIN HEALTH UNIT, MAY VALUE BUSINESS AT $7 BLN- SOURCES.

  • OTHER BUYOUT FUNDS ALSO EXPECTED TO BID FOR NESTLE UNIT INCLUDE BLACKSTONE, KKR, CARLYLE, CVC, EQT AND PARTNERS GROUP- SOURCES.

  • AIRPORT SCREENERS' UNSCHEDULED ABSENCES HIT 10 PCT ON SUNDAY, HIGHEST LEVEL SINCE PARTIAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN BEGAN- STATEMENT.

  • TORONTO, Jan 21- The commodity-linked Canadian dollar weakened against its U.S. counterpart on Monday after data showed a slowdown in China's economy and the International Monetary Fund cut its world economic growth forecasts. China's economic growth cooled slightly in the fourth quarter from a year earlier as expected, weighed down by weak investment and...

  • AMSTERDAM, Jan 21- Tesla's Model 3 has been given the green light to hit the road in Europe, clearing the final hurdle for the European introduction of the battery-powered sedan expected next month. The cheapest version of the Model 3 is on sale from 58,800 euros, while the most basic version of the more exclusive Model S starts around 89,000 euros.

  • Spot gold was 0.1 percent down at $1,279.52 an ounce by 1429 GMT, having touched its lowest since Dec. 28 at $1,276.31. 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 in line with expectations and offered some bright spots, though...

  • MUNICH, Jan 21- Siemens Chief Executive Joe Kaeser said on Monday it was important to have a dialogue based on trust with European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager about a planned merger of Siemens' and Alstom's rail businesses.