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Argentines take to streets to protest utility rate hikes

BUENOS AIRES, April 19 Thousands of Argentines took to the streets on Thursday night to protest a sharp spike in gas and electricity rates imposed by the government, as President Mauricio Macri continued to cut subsidies that had ballooned under his predecessor.

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RPT-Japan carbon capture site shows promise for industrial use

TOMAKOMAI, Japan, April 19 A test site in Japan for burying carbon dioxide (CO2) below the seabed off Hokkaido island is showing more promise than other carbon, capture and storage (CCS) projects by cutting costs and increasing efficiency, its developer says.

UPDATE 2-EU says it may impose more sanctions on Venezuela if democracy undermined

BRUSSELS, April 19 The European Union said on Thursday it could impose further sanctions on Venezuela if it believes democracy is being undermined there, after the South American country's president called for elections next month that the main opposition has said it will boycott.

U.S. 'junk' bond funds take in most weekly cash since 2016 -Lipper

NEW YORK, April 19 U.S. fund investors poured nearly $3 billion into high-yield "junk" bond funds during the latest week, marking the best showing for those products since December 2016, Lipper data showed on Thursday.

UPDATE 1-Sudan's president sacks foreign minister, state news agency reports

KHARTOUM, April 19 Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has issued a presidential decree relieving Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour of his position, state news agency SUNA reported on Thursday.

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