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MAPUTO, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi
has sacked four ministers, including those with the foreign
affairs and energy portfolios, his office said in a statement
late on Tuesday.
No reasons were given for the dismissal of Mineral Resources
and Energy Minister Leticia da Silva Klemens, Foreign Affairs
Minister Oldemiro Baloi and the ministers of industry and trade
and agriculture and food security.
The statement also did not say who would replace the
By Tom Polansek
CHICAGO, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Falling prices have lured a big
buyer to U.S.-grown, low-protein wheat, raising the prospect for
farmers of more exports and the hope that the market for
low-protein wheat may have reached its nadir.
U.S. wheat prices have tumbled 60 percent since
reaching a four-year high in 2012 as large harvests around the
world have reduced export demand.
* Wheat rises after dropping to lowest since early January
* Soybeans edge up, forecast of rain in Argentina caps gains
SYDNEY, Dec 13 (Reuters) - U.S. soybean prices climbed for
the first time in six sessions on Wednesday to edge away from
their lowest in nearly a month, though gains were checked by
ample global supply.
(New throughout, recasts with Mercosur source comments on delay
By Luc Cohen and Anthony Boadle
BUENOS AIRES/BRASILIA, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Trade talks
between the European Union and South America's Mercosur bloc
will likely extend into next year after European negotiators
said they needed more time to respond to improved offers, a
source close to Mercosur negotiators said on Tuesday.
By Tom Polansek
CHICAGO, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Minnesota became the latest U.S.
state on Tuesday to restrict controversial weed killers made by
Monsanto Co and BASF SE that were linked to
widespread crop damage, while Arkansas took a step back from
imposing new limits.
BUENOS AIRES, Dec 12 (Reuters) - The European Union and
South American bloc Mercosur are unlikely to reach agreement on
a trade deal this year because EU negotiators want to wait until
next year to discuss improved offers, a source close to Mercosur
negotiators said on Tuesday.
The official said new offers were exchanged on Tuesday in
talks on the sidelines of the World Trade Organization meeting
in Buenos Aires, though they did not include improved EU offers
on beef and ethanol sought by Mercosur.
(Adds joint statement, lack of progress on ministerial
By Eliana Raszewski and Luc Cohen
BUENOS AIRES, Dec 12 (Reuters) - The United States, European
Union and Japan vowed on Tuesday to work together to fight
market-distorting trade practices and policies that have fueled
excess production capacity, naming several key features of
China's economic system.
* Beneficial rains forecast for Argentina's crop belt
* Brazilian soy crop estimates rising
* Corn turns down after brief rally on USDA stocks view
* Wheat hits contract lows on ample world supplies
WASHINGTON, Dec 12 (Reuters) - The United States, European
Union and Japan said on Tuesday they agreed to cooperation in
the World Trade Organization to deal with excess factory
capacity and other market distorting trade practices.
The statement did not name China but it reflected
long-standing concerns among major industrial countries over
Beijing's trade practices, ranging from subsidies for
state-owned enterprises to technology transfer requirements for