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  • Federal Reserve Today in Washington. 23- Apr United States Sale of 2- year notes 23- Apr Japan Auction of 2- year government bonds 24- Apr United States Sale of 2- year floating rate notes 24- Apr United States Sale of 5- year notes 24- Apr Italy CTZ/BTPi auction 24- Apr Sweden Auction of government bonds 24- Apr Germany Auction of 10- year Federal bonds 25- Apr...

  • *Deal with Greece a pre-condition for EU, NATO membership. SKOPJE, April 21- Macedonia's pro-Western candidate, Stevo Pendarovski, and his main rival Gordana Siljanovska-Davkova emerged tied in the first round of presidential vote dominated by deep divisions over a change of the country's name to North Macedonia under a deal with Greece.

  • KIEV, April 21- In a popular Ukrainian TV series, comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy played a president who is scrupulously honest and outwits crooked lawmakers and shadowy businessmen who try to stand in his way. President Donald Trump and Italy's 5- Star Movement, which was also once led by a comedian, to power. Critics question Zelenskiy's political inexperience...

  • KHARTOUM, April 21- Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates said on Sunday they had agreed to send Sudan $3 billion worth of aid, throwing a lifeline to the country's new military leaders after protests led to the ousting of president Omar al-Bashir. The aid comes amid wrangling between the Transitional Military Council and protesters and opposition groups...

  • *Investors, West and Russia wondering what he will do. KIEV, April 21- Ukraine entered uncharted political waters on Sunday after exit polls showed a comedian with no political experience and few detailed policies had easily won enough votes to become the next president of a country at war. Zelenskiy, who plays a fictitious president in a popular TV series, is now...

  • KHARTOUM, April 21- Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates said on Sunday they had agreed to send Sudan $3 billion worth of aid, throwing a lifeline to the country's new military leaders after protests led to the ousting of president Omar al-Bashir. But in a potential setback to efforts to form a new government, a coalition of protesters and opposition groups...

  • WASHINGTON, April 21- The United States has largely carved out exceptions so that foreign governments, firms and NGOs do not automatically face U.S. sanctions for dealing with Iran's Revolutionary Guards after the group's designation by Washington as a foreign terrorist group, according to three current and three former U.S. officials.

  • CAIRO, April 21- Sudan's central bank on Sunday strengthened the Sudanese pound to 45 pounds to the dollar from 47.5, state news agency SUNA reported. It said the measure coincided with the sharp rise in the price of the pound against the dollar on the parallel market. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on Sunday said they had agreed to send Sudan $3 billion...

  • BEIJING, April 21- Japan's Toyota Motor Corp said on Sunday it was setting up a research institute in Beijing in partnership with Tsinghua University to study car technology using hydrogen power and other green technologies that could ease environmental problems in China. The initiative, outlined by Toyota's President and Chief Executive Akio Toyoda in a...

  • LOS ANGELES, April 21- Warner Bros. and New Line's "The Curse of La Llorona" ascended to the top of domestic box office charts, conjuring $26.5 million when it opened in 3,372 North American theaters. The decline in sales is likely because the rest of Hollywood avoided opening a big movie ahead of Disney and Marvel's "Avengers: Endgame," which is expected to crush...

  • DUBAI, April 21- Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates said on Sunday they had agreed to send Sudan $3 billion worth of aid, throwing a lifeline to its new military leaders after protests led to the ouster of President Omar al-Bashir. It is the first major publicly announced assistance to Sudan from Gulf states in several years. The two Gulf states have ties with...

  • *Deal with Greece a pre-condition for EU, NATO membership. SKOPJE, April 21- Macedonians vote on Sunday in a presidential election dominated by deep divisions over a change of the country's name to North Macedonia under a deal with Greece. The change, which Greece demanded to end what it called an implied territorial claim on its northern province also called...

  • DUBAI, April 21- Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have granted Sudan $3 billion in support, Saudi state news agency SPA said on Sunday.

  • DUBAI, April 21- Al Rajhi Bank, Saudi Arabias biggest Islamic lender, aims to boost mortgage lending as more affordable housing comes on the market, its chief executive told Reuters. The bank's mortgage book grew 27 percent year-on-year in 2018 and it is looking for double digit growth for the next two to three years, Steve Bertamini said in an interview.

  • AMSTERDAM, April 21- One Dutch person was among those killed in the bomb attacks that struck Sri Lanka on Sunday, Dutch foreign minister Stef Blok said in a statement. Blok said he was horrified by the Easter attacks, in which more than 200 people have been killed, according to a police spokesman. "Our thoughts are with the victims, including one Dutch national at this...

  • WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK April 21- Risk-taking has been the rage since the Federal Reserve quit hiking interest rates at the end of last year. That rebounding mood on Wall Street may be welcomed by a president that has been demanding the Fed cut rates after markets fell sharply last year, and complaining that even pausing at the current level is the wrong call.

  • DUBAI, April 21- Saudi Aramco will acquire Royal Dutch Shell's 50 percent stake in their Saudi refining joint venture SASREF for $631 million, the two companies said on Sunday. Saudi Aramco Shell Refinery Co, based in Jubail Industrial City in Saudi Arabia, has a crude oil refining capacity of 305,000 barrels per day. SASREF will continue to be a critical facility...

  • COLOMBO, April 21- The Sri Lankan government declared a curfew with immediate effect, junior defence minister Ruwan Wijewardene said on Sunday, following eight explosions that killed nearly 140 people, and mostly targeted churches and hotels. "A curfew will be imposed until things settle down," he told reporters in Colombo. Government officials also said major...

  • SRI LANKA GOVERNMENT SAYS IT HAS SHUTDOWN ACCESS TO MAJOR SOCIAL MEDIA, MESSAGING SERVICES.

  • SRI LANKA GOVERNMENT DECLARES CURFEW WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT, IS UNCLEAR ON WHEN IT WILL BE LIFTED.