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community with acquisition of Corporate Payroll inc.
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Jan 3 (Reuters) – Billionaire Carl Icahn’s investment firm,
Icahn Enterprises LP, sweetened its offer for a third
time to buy shares of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corp it
does not already own.
A group of ethics hawks, including former Republican elected officials, is pushing again for President-elect Donald Trump to sell his business holdings.
TORONTO, Jan 3 (Reuters) – Canada’s main stock index vaulted
more than 1 percent on Tuesday, hitting its highest level in
more than 20 months on the first trading day of 2017, as a jump
in oil prices helped energy stocks lead a broad-based gain.
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Cairo – Eastern Libya’s dominant military leader ‘Khalifa Haftar’ expects Russia to help ending arms embargo against Libya and could supply weapons to his troops while fighting Radical Islamists, AFP reported.
Haftar forces support a rival administration to the UN-backed unity government, the military strongman said on Tuesday.
Asked whether he was promised arms during a recent visit to Russia, Haftar said Moscow had told him weapons “can arrive only once the (UN) embargo ends”.
But he was assured that “Putin will undertake to revoke it,” he said in the interview with Italy’s Corriere della Sera.
The Government of National Accord (GNA), based in Tripoli, is recognised by the international community.
But Haftar, the controversial head of the so-called Libyan National Army, supports a parallel authority, based in eastern Libya near the border with Egypt, that controls much of the country’s oil production.
The bitter divisions in the country are matched by those among the powers pushing for democracy in the conflict-torn country.
According to another report from Reuters’ Haftar has no plans to resume talks with his U.N.-backed rival in the west, according to comments in an interview that may further dent foreign hopes of an end to years of conflict in the divided country.
Haftar and Fayez Seraj, who heads the internationally recognised administration in Tripoli, were expected to meet in Algiers in coming days, a source close to the Algerian government said. They were to discuss the possibility of forming a government of national union, the source told Reuters.
But Haftar said talks with Seraj begun 2-1/2 years ago had yielded no result and the existing state of war now required combat rather than politics.
“Once the extremists are defeated we can go back to talking about democracy and elections. But not now,” Haftar was quoted as telling Tuesday’s edition of Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.
The outlook for Seraj’s government, already uncertain as it struggles to fulfill Western hopes that it could bring stability to Libya, worsened on Monday when one of its deputy leaders announced his resignation, saying it had failed to tackle urgent problems.
Haftar said his forces now controlled about 80 percent of the country, according to the newspaper.
He said his patrols were ensuring the rule of law was being upheld around the oil ports of Ras Lanuf, Brega and Es Sider.
“If our army controlled our southern border, there would be fewer problems for everyone. And the same is true for the energy plants so dear to Italy. I would be very happy to discuss this with the managers of (oil major) Eni,” Haftar said.
Libyans “had no idea what democracy meant” when elections were held in 2012, drawing a line under 42 years of Gaddafi’s rule, he said. “They were simply not ready.”
The updated version of Mercedes’ smallest SUV will make its first public appearance on January 9.
The match went on to the third set as Marin humbled Sindhu 11-8, 12-14, 11-2 to give her team Hyderabad a lead against Chennai.