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  • curb supply@ MELBOURNE, Aug 17- London copper, aluminium and zinc rose to multi-year highs on Thursday, leading a broad-based rally in metals, on expectations that China's reform of its metals industry will curb supply against a background of robust demand. A weaker dollar has added heat to the move in metals, but the broader story relies on China's property sector...

  • supply@ MELBOURNE, Aug 17- London copper, aluminum and zinc rose to multi-year highs on Thursday, leading a broad-based rally in metals, on expectations that China's reform of its metals industry will curb supply against a background of robust demand. A weaker dollar has added heat to the move in metals, but the broader story relies on China's property sector where...

  • PARIS, Aug 17- France's ILO unemployment rate during the second quarter stood at 9.5 percent, marking a slight improvement from 9.6 percent in the previous quarter, according to data published by the INSEE national statistics office on Thursday. The ILO jobless rate corresponds to standards set by the International Labour Organisation to measure the...

  • *New South Wales clears mine for partial restart. MELBOURNE, Aug 17- Government regulators in an Australian state on Tuesday cleared South32 to partially restart its Appin coal mine after workers were evacuated in June following a gas-leak scare. "We've worked closely with the mine operator and we're now comfortable that the mine has put systems and controls in...

  • KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia, Aug 17- Saudi Arabia's crude oil exports in June fell slightly to 6.889 million barrels per day, 35,000 bpd lower than the May level, official data showed. OPEC's biggest producer also pumped 10.070 million bpd in June, up 190,000 bpd from May, according to a posting on the Joint Organizations Data Initiative website. OPEC's share of the cuts,...

  • *Asia ex- Japan rises; Nikkei slips on stronger yen. SINGAPORE, Aug 17- Asian stocks edged higher on Thursday as tensions between the United States and North Korea came off the boil, while the Federal Reserve's concerns about weak U.S. inflation weighed on the dollar. European stocks look set for a weaker start, with financial spreadbetter CMC Markets expecting...

  • NEW YORK— If you learned your DNA made you more susceptible to getting a disease, wouldn't you work to stay healthy? You'd quit smoking, eat better, ramp up your exercise, or do whatever else it took to improve your odds of avoiding maladies like obesity, diabetes, heart disease or cancer, right? The scientific evidence says: Don't bet on it.

  • MADISON, Wis.— The Wisconsin Assembly planned to approve a $3 billion tax break Thursday for Taiwan- based Foxconn Technology Group to build a massive display panel factory in the state, a project President Donald Trump touted as a transformational win for the U.S. economy. Democratic critics in Wisconsin, who don't have the votes to stop the incentive package or...

  • SORRISO, Brazil, Aug 17- At a warehouse in the heart of Brazil's agriculture sector, farmer Rafael Bilibio watches truck after truck line up to unload corn onto the ground outside the huge storage bins. But here in the world's biggest soybean exporter and the No. 2 corn exporter after the United States, Brazil is seeing these stockpiles on a crop that historically...

  • SHANGHAI, Aug 17- China stock indexes rose on Thursday as materials firms won back ground lost in the previous session, but weakness in technology and consumer non-cyclicals kept a lid on gains. China CSI300 stock index futures for August rose 0.4 percent, to 3,706.8, or 7.66 points below the current value of the underlying index. "The Shanghai index faces...

  • SHANGHAI, Aug 17- China's yuan rebounded against the U.S. dollar by midday on Thursday, poised to break a four-day losing streak, as the greenback weakened on growing uncertainty over the pace of U.S. interest rate rises. Prior to market opening on Thursday, the People's Bank of China set the midpoint rate at 6.6709 per dollar, 70 pips or 0.1 percent, firmer than the...

  • TOKYO, Aug 17- Japan's exports rose for an eighth straight month in July on robust shipments to the United States and a boost from a weak yen, suggesting the economy is carrying strong momentum through to the second half of the year. Imports rose for the seventh straight month on brisk demand for personal computers and digital cameras from China, highlighting the...

  • In partnership with the holders of the leaked Panama Papers, The Associated Press has found that the Thai family that co-owns Red Bull used offshore companies to cloak purchases of aircraft and luxury properties. The Associated Press found the suspect earlier this year at his family's London vacation home, which is actually owned by one of the offshore...

  • LEWISTON, Maine— L.L. Bean hopes to give the boot to backlogs of its most iconic product. The Maine- based retailer is expanding production to keep up with demand for its leather-and-rubber "duck boot" with a new manufacturing center that's being unveiled Thursday. The company also plans to hire more than 100 additional production workers at two locations in Maine.

  • LIMA, Aug 16- Peru declared a 30- day state of emergency in a remote Andean region to end a protest by residents who have blocked a road used by miner MMG Ltd to move its copper concentrate to port for shipping, the government said on Wednesday. Residents in the area have refused to allow trucks from the Las Bambas mine transit a local road unless MMG or the government...

  • Cambodia, like other developing countries, has been casual about tax collection as it promoted economic development. Those singled out by the tax collectors include a long-established English-language newspaper, The Cambodia Daily, two U.S. government-funded radio stations, the Voice of America and Radio Free Asia, and local human rights groups.

  • *Spot gold may test resistance at $1,294/ oz- technicals. Spot gold was up 0.3 percent at $1,287.01 per ounce U.S. gold futures for December delivery rose 0.8. "It's a dollar story and a concern that the market's been having with regards to geopolitical events," said Dominic Schnider at UBS Wealth Management in Hong Kong.

  • DETROIT— The new CEO of Ford Motor Co. says the company isn't taking its eyes off the present as it prepares for transportation in the future. Jim Hackett, who replaced Mark Fields in May, says new mobility projects such as buying a shuttle company and the purchase of an artificial intelligence startup have not taken money from car and truck development.

  • TOKYO— Asian shares were mostly higher Thursday in narrow trading, tracking gains overnight on Wall Street. Japan's Nikkei 225 index slipped as the yen strengthened against the U.S. dollar. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 index edged 0.1 percent lower to 19,718.09.

  • WELLINGTON, New Zealand— New Zealand's trade minister said Thursday he believes there's an odds-on chance that a group of 11 Pacific nations including Japan and Australia will sign a free-trade deal, despite the U.S. pulling out. He announced that the New Zealand government had approved a mandate for the country to push ahead with negotiations.