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  • SAO PAULO, Oct 20- Brazil's presidential front-runner Jair Bolsonaro said on Saturday he does not rule out keeping acclaimed central bank chief Ilan Goldfajn in the job, on a day that thousands took to the streets of major cities to protest against the far-right candidate. At the helm of the central bank since June 2016, Goldfajn has kept a tight lid on inflation...

  • BERLIN, Oct 21- Germany's Finance Minister Olaf Scholz has proposed a global minimum rate of corporation tax coupled with tougher measures to prevent tax evaders from stashing their profits in tax havens, newspaper Welt am Sonntag reported. Both countries are seeking ways to ensure that firms like Amazon, Apple and Google pay domestic taxes in proportion to...

  • BRASILIA, Oct 20- Facebook Inc's popular messaging service WhatsApp has become a political battleground in Brazil's most polarized election in decades, raising concerns that it is distorting debate beyond the public eye. Facebook has touted efforts to crack down on misinformation on its main platform ahead of the Oct. 28 presidential run-off between...

  • ERBIL, Iraq, Oct 20- Iraq is seeking to produce 7 million barrels of oil per day through its newly established National Oil Company and to export 4 million bpd in 2019, Oil Minister Jabar al-Luaibi said on Saturday. In an interview with state television, Luaibi said Iraq hoped to export 1 million bpd through Jordan's Akaba port, without specifying a timeline.

  • "Mega Millions has already entered historic territory, but it's truly astounding to think that now the jackpot has reached an all-time world record," Gordon Medenica, lead director of the Mega Millions Group, said in a statement. If a player hits all six numbers to win the jackpot, they can opt for an immediate cash payment of $904 million or receive the $1.6 billion...

  • MILAN, Oct 20- Italy's ruling coalition has overcome divisions over a tax amnesty included in next year's budget, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Saturday.

  • ZURICH/ MUNICH, Oct 20- An immunotherapy cocktail from Roche helped slow an aggressive type of breast cancer where new treatments have proven elusive, offering positive news for the Swiss drugmaker as it chases medicines produced by its rivals. Peter Schmid, clinical director of St. Bartholomew's Breast Cancer Centre in London and the study's lead author, said...

  • NEW YORK/ SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 19- Cybersecurity software maker CrowdStrike Inc has hired investment bank Goldman Sachs Group to prepare for an initial public offering that could come in the first half of next year, people familiar with the matter said on Friday. CrowdStrike is the latest in a wave of Silicon Valley startups, including ride hailing firms Uber...

  • Oct 20- At least $1.6 billion, the largest jackpot in U.S. lottery history, will be up for grabs during the next Mega Millions draw after no winning tickets were sold for Friday night's draw, the lottery said on Saturday. If a player hits all six numbers to win the jackpot, they can opt for an immediate cash payment of $904 million or receive the $1.6 billion prize over 29...

  • BRUSSELS/ SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 19- Alphabet Inc's Google will charge hardware firms up to $40 per device to use its apps under a new licensing system to replace one that the European Union this year deemed anti-competitive, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday. The fee can be as low as $2.50 and rises depending on the country and device size, the person said.

  • TOKYO, Oct 20- Bank of Japan Deputy Governor Masayoshi Amamiya said on Saturday it was doubtful whether central banks could enhance the effectiveness of their monetary policies by issuing digital currencies. "In order for central banks to overcome the zero lower bound on nominal interest rates, they would need to get rid of cash from society," he said in a speech at...

  • TOKYO, Oct 20- A European-Japanese spacecraft set off on a treacherous seven-year journey to Mercury to probe the solar system's smallest and least-explored planet. The BepiColombo mission, only the third ever to visit Mercury, blasted off from Europe's spaceport in French Guiana aboard an Ariane 5 rocket at 10:45 p.m. local time on Friday, according to the...

  • BEIJING, Oct 20- China's new home prices increased at a firm pace in September, supported by gains in smaller cities and showing the market remained resilient despite pressures from softer investment, a slowing economy and government curbs on the sector. Average new home prices in China's 70 major cities rose 0.9 percent in September from a month earlier,...

  • The winner can opt for an immediate cash payment of $565.6 million or receive the $1 billion prize over 29 years. That is taller than any skyscraper in the United States including New York City's 1 World Trade Center, which reaches 1,792 feet at its tip. If more than one winner is picked, the jackpot would be divided proportionately, as happened when the previous...

  • BEIJING, Oct 20- China's new home prices increased at a weaker monthly pace in September than the sizzling growth seen in August, though gains remained solid despite a slowing economy hit by weaker demand and falling investment. Average new home prices in China's 70 major cities rose 0.9 percent in September from a month earlier, compared to the previous month's...

  • BEIJING, Oct 20- China's new home prices rose 0.9 percent in September from a month earlier, slowing from August' s increase of 1.4 percent, Reuters calculated from data published on Saturday by the National Bureau of Statistics. On a yearly basis, average new home prices in China's 70 major cities increased 7.9 percent, compared to 7 percent growth in August.

  • CHINA SEPT GUANGZHOU NEW HOME PRICES +0.4 PCT M/M STATS BUREAU.

  • CHINA SEPT SHANGHAI NEW HOME PRICES -0.2 PCT Y/Y STATS BUREAU.

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  • CHINA SEPT BEIJING NEW HOME PRICES +0.4 PCT Y/Y STATS BUREAU.