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January 8, 2019 10:53 AM South Africa detects foot and mouth disease in Limpopo province

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The highly contagious foot and mouth disease, which poses a threat to the livestock industry, has been detected in a northern district of South Africa’s Limpopo province, the country said on Tuesday. Positive laboratory results for the viral disease, which causes lesions and lameness in cattle and sheep, were taken in the Vhembe 144

January 5, 2019 8:08 AM Iran says despite U.S. sanctions, it has found new 'potential' oil buyers

LONDON (Reuters) - All countries that were granted waivers from the United States to continue buying a certain amount of Iranian oil imports are complying with U.S. sanctions, a senior Iranian energy official said, noting that Tehran was hopeful to find new buyers. The United States withdrew from a nuclear deal with Iran last year and snapped sanctions 144

December 30, 2018 3:29 PM Brazil moving its embassy to Jerusalem matter of 'when, not if': Israel's prime minister

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Brazil’s President-elect Jair Bolsonaro told him that it was a matter of “when, not if” he moves his country’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. The far-right Bolsonaro, who takes office on Tuesday and is hosting Netanyahu and the leaders of other counties for his inauguration 133

December 20, 2018 10:00 PM Cuba's tourism inched up in 2018 on cruise ship arrivals

HAVANA (Reuters) - Tourism to Cuba inched up to a new record this year, government officials said on Thursday, although the gain was largely due to greater arrivals on cruise ships, which analysts say contribute less than regular travelers to the island nation’s economy. A boom in tourism to the Caribbean’s largest island over the last few years has helped 118

December 20, 2018 5:36 PM ExxonMobil shelves Canada LNG export project

LONDON/HOUSTON (Reuters) - U.S. oil major Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N) has withdrawn its WCC liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project in Canada from an environmental assessment, it said on Thursday, signaling that the project has been shelved. The decision to pare its LNG project portfolio follows the decision by a Royal Dutch Shell-led group to build 165

December 19, 2018 11:16 PM Ireland unveils 'stark' contingency plans for no-deal Brexit

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland on Wednesday disclosed its first major set of contingency plans in case Britain crashes out of the European Union without a withdrawal deal, including possible emergency measures to avoid any shortages of medicines and food. Deputy Prime Minister Simon Coveney described the plans as “stark”, but said his government was not yet making 121

December 18, 2018 9:19 AM Libya NOC declares force majeure on El Sharara oilfield, El Feel stays open

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya’s National Oil Company (NOC) has declared force majeure on operations at the country’s largest oilfield, El Sharara, a week after the firm announced a contractual waiver on exports from the field following its seizure by militants. Exports from the smaller El Feel oilfield were continuing, field engineers said, as workers had maintained 118

December 4, 2018 10:15 AM U.S. will not stop Iran exporting oil, Iranian president says

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States will not be able to stop Iran exporting its oil and any move to prevent Iranian crude shipments passing through the Gulf would lead to all oil exports through the waterway being blocked, Iran’s president said on Tuesday. The United States has imposed sanctions on Iran and U.S. officials say they aim to reduce Iran’s 113

December 3, 2018 4:49 PM Iran says OPEC members who increased output should take lead on cuts

LONDON (Reuters) - Qatar’s decision to quit OPEC shows the frustration of small producers at the dominant role of a Saudi and Russia-led panel, a top Iranian official said, adding that any supply cuts should come only from countries that had increased output. The comments underline tensions within the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries 102

November 29, 2018 8:52 PM Russia does not expect Ukraine crisis to have big impact on grain exports

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Tensions between Russia and Ukraine in the Azov Sea should not significantly affect Russia’s grain exports because it is low season, TASS news agency quoted the Russian agriculture ministry as saying on Thursday. “The Azov route is being actively used for Russian grain exports during the river navigation period, so in the autumn-to-winter 86