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(MENAFN - AFP) Lithuania said Saturday it had signed a trade agreement to buy liquified natural gas from the United States in a move aimed at reducing the EU Baltic state's heavy dependence on Russian gas deliveries.

Under the deal with Houston-based Chenier Energy company, the first LNG fuel is expected to arrive in Lithuania as early as next year, state-owned company Litgas ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) China's central bank on Saturday announced that it will cut the benchmark deposit and loan interest rates by 25 basis points, as authorities seek to prop up flagging growth in the world's second-largest economy.

The move, which goes into effect Sunday and marks the second cut in four months, was largely expected amid a raft of weakening economic indicators, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Chile's President Michelle Bachelet on Saturday visited a 14-year-old girl suffering from cystic fibrosis who made a heart-wrenching video appeal to be allowed to end her life.

Valentina Maureira had addressed Bachelet personally in the message, which she recorded with a smartphone and uploaded to YouTube from her hospital bed without her parents knowledge.

"I ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Billionaire investor Warren Buffett hinted Saturday he had found a successor to replace him as he reflected on 50 years in charge of his Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate in an annual letter to shareholders.

The 84-year-old investment guru, ranked by Forbes as the world's third richest man with a fortune estimated at $72.3 billion, said his replacement as CEO ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Greece's premier on Saturday vowed no surrender in his "battle" with the country's creditors and accused other eurozone stragglers of trying to undermine its negotiations with Brussels.

"The battle will continue," Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told the central committee of his hard-left Syriza party. "Anybody thinking that we are going to go away will be disappointed."

Tsipras ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Bailed-out Spanish financial giant Bankia announced Saturday an 83 percent jump in its 2014 net profits to 747 million euros, though the group remains under investigation for an ill-fated 2011 stock listing.

The jump in gains at the bank was due in part to a change in accounting norms that pushed down 2013's profits, the bank said unveiling last year's results. ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) AFP on Saturday issued an apology to French industrialist Martin Bouygues, chairman and CEO of the conglomerate Bouygues, for reporting his death.

"We take this incident very seriously and are carrying out an investigation among editorial staff to understand how such an error could have been made," AFP's global news director Michele Leridon said.

"We ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) India's finance minister pledged major investment in infrastructure on Saturday, saying it was time for the economy to "fly", as he unveiled the new right-wing government's first full budget.

Arun Jaitley said his government had inherited an economy dominated by "doom and gloom" when it took power last year, trumpeting its achievements in conquering inflation ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) French conglomerate Bouygues on Saturday denied the death of its CEO Martin Bouygues.

"Bouygues categorically denies that its chairman and CEO Martin Bouygues has died and deeply regrets that such a rumour has been allowed to spread," the group told AFP in a statement.

The TF1 television channel, which is owned by Bouygues, also denied the 62-year-old ...

 
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