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No president has ever waited this long to get a Cabinet approved

More than a month in, nearly half of Trump's Cabinet nominees have yet to be confirmed by the Senate, the longest run for any modern president.

Source: CNBC.com

INTERVIEW-Mexico presidential frontrunner might halt new energy contracts -adviser

Lopez Obrador, frontrunner in polls for the 2018 race, fought the overhaul of Mexico's state-run energy sector by the current government, saying the move to open the industry to private producers was anti-constitutional. A Lopez Obrador victory in 2018 could complicate Mexico's relations with top trade partner the United States and U.S. oil companies that...

Source: Reuters

RPT-Venezuela opposition parties fear election ban as Socialists dig in

CARACAS, Feb 17- Venezuela's government is pushing forward with measures that could exclude some opposition political parties from future elections, potentially paving the way for the ruling Socialists to remain in power despite widespread anger over the country's collapsing economy. Socialist Party officials scoff at the complaints.

Source: Reuters

Venezuela opposition parties fear election ban as Socialists dig in

CARACAS, Feb 17- Venezuela's government is pushing forward with measures that could exclude some opposition political parties from future elections, potentially paving the way for the ruling Socialists to remain in power despite widespread anger over the country's collapsing economy. Socialist Party officials scoff at the complaints.

Source: Reuters

UPDATE 1-Ex-banker and leftist Correa ally vie in Ecuador election

GUAYAQUIL/ QUITO, Ecuador, Feb 16- An ally of Ecuador's leftist President Rafael Correa and a conservative ex-banker are battling to become the next president in Sunday's election in the face of corruption scandals and a lackluster economy. A Lasso victory would intensify the return of the right in South America, where Argentina, Brazil and Peru have all shifted...

Source: Reuters

RPT-Venezuela Catholic Church feels backlash after chiding Socialists

CARACAS, Feb 16- On a recent Sunday morning, several hundred Catholic worshippers were at Mass inside a hillside church of a poor Caracas neighborhood when there was a sudden commotion at the back. "Some people were scared, obviously, but no one was hurt," recounted Luis Arias, 67, a catechism teacher at the San Pedro Claver church in the "23 De Enero" community, long an...

Source: Reuters

Venezuela Catholic Church feels backlash after chiding Socialists

CARACAS, Feb 16- On a recent Sunday morning, several hundred Catholic worshippers were at Mass inside a hillside church of a poor Caracas neighborhood when there was a sudden commotion at the back. "Some people were scared, obviously, but no one was hurt," recounted Luis Arias, 67, a catechism teacher at the San Pedro Claver church in the "23 De Enero" community, long an...

Source: Reuters

Venezuela's bad relationship with the United States just got worse

The Treasury Department blacklisted Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami on Monday for alleged drug-trafficking.

Source: CNBC.com

RPT-Geeks venture into Goldman Sachs' world of big deals and egos

NEW YORK, Feb 14- Technology whizzes who helped Goldman Sachs eliminate hundreds of trading jobs over the past few years are venturing into the bank's flagship M&A business, making some junior bankers uneasy. A team of 75 programmers, internally referred to as "strats," has been developing technology to make Goldman's elite dealmakers more productive.

Source: Reuters

Geeks venture into Goldman Sachs' world of big deals and egos

Technology whizzes who helped Goldman Sachs eliminate hundreds of trading jobs over the past few years are venturing into the bank's flagship M&A business, making some junior bankers uneasy.

Source: Reuters