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  • MUMBAI, Feb 15- Below-normal monsoon rains and an infestation of the fall armyworm, which devastated African crops in 2017, have slashed India's corn output and boosted prices, increasing the chances the government will grant duty-free corn imports for the first time since 2016.. It also demonstrates the potential harm that the armyworm may wreak on India's...

  • *Amid big Samsung push in Europe, France's Orange shows interest. SEOUL, Feb 15- Samsung Electronics is pouring resources into its telecom network equipment business, aiming to capitalise on the security fears hobbling China's Huawei, according to company officials and other industry executives. "Samsung is doing a big push in Europe at the moment," one industry...

  • CULLINAN, South Africa, Feb 14- The owner of one of the world's most famous diamond mines could be about a decade away from clearing its multi-million-dollar debts, in a sign of the struggles facing an industry assailed by synthetic rivals and uncertain demand. The London- listed miner, which acquired Cullinan from industry leader De Beers, borrowed heavily to...

  • Feb 17- The British government has decided it can mitigate the risks arising from the use of Huawei Technologies Co Ltd in 5 G networks, the Financial Times reported on Sunday, citing two sources familiar with the conclusion of Britain's National Cyber Security Centre. Earlier this month, the chief of Britain's foreign intelligence service said Britain should...

  • CAIRO, Feb 17- Saudi Arabia has signed an agreement to supply Pakistan with crude oil and petroleum products to secure its fuel needs, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said on Sunday on Twitter.

  • GERMANY WILL STOP EXTRADITION OF ITS CITIZENS TO BRITAIN IMMEDIATELY AFTER BREXIT, EVEN IF UK LEAVES EU WITH A DEAL- FT.

  • MANAGUA, Feb 17- The Nicaraguan government said it has initiated talks with the country's private sector in what observers see as a bid to repair the relationship between embattled President Daniel Ortega and business leaders and ease a political crisis that has engulfed the country since last spring. José Adán Aguerri, the president of the Superior...

  • BRITISH GOVT HAS CONCLUDED IT CAN MITIGATE RISK FROM USING HUAWEI EQUIPMENT IN 5 G NETWORKS- FT, CITING SOURCES.

  • LOS ANGELES, Feb 17- Fox's sci-fi adventure "Alita: Battle Angel" dominated in North America, but its opening weekend win isn't leaving the box office with much to celebrate. Directed by Robert Rodriguez and produced by James Cameron, the Japanese manga adaptation cost over $170 million to produce-- and that's not including the tens of millions spent in marketing.

  • SAUDI CROWN PRINCE SAYS SIGNED JOINT AGREEMENTS WITH PAKISTAN WORTH 20 BILLION DOLLARS- ARABIYA TV.

  • LOS ANGELES, Feb 17- Fox's sci-fi adventure "Alita: Battle Angel" dominated in North America, but its opening weekend win isn't leaving the box office with much to celebrate. "Alita," the cyberpunk CGI spectacle, earned $27 million when it debuted in 3,790 locations and $33 million over the four-day frame for a domestic haul of $41 million. Directed by Robert Rodriguez...

  • KHARTOUM, Feb 17- A Sudanese fruit seller died on Sunday after choking on tear gas fired at protesters in the market where he worked in Khartoum, his family members told Reuters. The 62- year-old fruit seller working there choked on the gas and later died in a hospital in Khartoum, his family said. Protests have spread across Sudan since Dec. 19.

  • Feb 17- A Sudanese fruit seller died on Sunday after choking on tear gas fired at protesters in the market where he worked in Khartoum, his family members told Reuters.

  • SUDANESE MAN DIES AFTER CHOKING ON TEAR GAS FIRED AT PROTESTERS- FAMILY MEMBERS.

  • LONDON, Feb 17- Britain's Theresa May plans to speak to every European Union leader and the European Commission chief to seek changes to her EU withdrawal agreement, days after another defeat from her own lawmakers and as businesses brace for a no-deal Brexit on March 29. In her talks with EU leaders and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker she...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 15- Optimism about a U.S.- China trade agreement has helped drive U.S. stocks to more than two-month highs, creating a make-or-break moment for Wall Street as a year-long clash between the world's two largest economies comes to a head. And if the United States and China reach a deal, market professionals say clarity after the lengthy dispute should...

  • *South Africa's state power firm in crisis. JOHANNESBURG, Feb 17- South Africa wants to talk to independent power producers about lowering the price Eskom pays for electricity from older renewable energy projects, a senior minister told Reuters, as the state utility struggles to emerge from a financial crisis. Eskom supplies more than 90 percent of South...

  • SAO PAULO, Feb 17- Around 200 residents were evacuated from an area near a tailings dam in Brazil operated by Vale SA late on Saturday, amid fears that it was structurally weak and could burst like a similar barrier failure last month that killed 300 people. Vale said in a statement that it had evacuated people living near the inactive B3/B4 dam of the Mar Azul mine...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 15- As Wall Street braces for the first quarterly decline in earnings in nearly three years, some investors are wondering if the market is factoring in a bigger erosion in profit margins than will actually come to pass. "Companies since the 2008 trauma have made it a top priority to maintain and increase, if possible, their profit margins," said Ed Yardeni,...

  • JOHANNESBURG, Feb 17- South Africa wants to talk to independent power producers about lowering the price struggling state utility Eskom pays them for electricity generated from older renewable energy projects, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said. Gordhan told Reuters in an interview that the aim was to "balance out" the price Eskom pays for power...