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RPT-UPDATE 3-Brazil judge approves Samarco dam burst settlement with government

RIO DE JANEIRO, May 5 A Brazilian judge on Thursday ratified the settlement Samarco and its owners, BHP Billiton and Vale SA, signed with Brazil's government in March to cover damages for a deadly dam spill last year, Vale said in a statement.

3:29am BST

RPT-Despite sanctions and isolation, Pyongyang skyline grows

PYONGYANG, May 5 The Pyongyang skyline is rising - and not just with the trophy structures that represent the North Korean state. Despite its political and economic isolation, the capital is in the midst of a building boom.

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America's newest refinery falls victim to oil price slump

HOUSTON, May 5 The owners of a North Dakota refinery that was the first to be built in the United States since the 1970s have curtailed output and may try to sell it, the latest victim of the oil price slump roiling the energy industry.

05 May 2016

MIDEAST STOCKS-Saudi banks lifted by end of contract freeze for debt-laden builder

DUBAI, May 5 Banking stocks helped Saudi Arabia's index rebound from a two-week low on Thursday after the government ended builder Saudi Binladin Group's ban on bidding for state contracts, potentially easing the strain on a company heavily in debt to local lenders.

05 May 2016

Pakistan shares end higher; rupee stronger, o/n overnight rates rise

KARACHI, May 5 Pakistan stocks rose for a third straight session on Thursday to hit their highest level in nearly nine months, on continued hopes that the country would soon be upgraded as an emerging market, dealers said.

05 May 2016
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BHP Billiton PLC 831.10p --
Rio Tinto PLC 2,114.50p --
Anglo American PLC 654.60p --


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