HOUSTON, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil and Georgia Tech researchers published findings of a breakthrough in the journal Science on Thursday, saying they had devised a way to slash carbon emissions from chemicals manufacturing by using reverse osmosis instead of heat to separate molecules.
* Kingfisher, Kaz Minerals up after results (ADVISORY- Follow European and UK stock markets in real time on the Reuters Live Markets blog on Eikon, see cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets)
KARACHI, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Pakistan shares closed lower on Thursday on foreign portfolio investment outflows and on profit-taking, dealers said.
ULAANBAATAR, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Mongolia raised its benchmark interest rates by 4.5 percentage points to 15 percent on Thursday, the central bank said, in a bid to stabilise a currency that has been in free-fall.
MELBOURNE, Aug 18 (Reuters) - China's huge zinc smelting industry has slashed its fees for turning ore concentrates into refined metal by 20 percent as competition for dwindling global mine output heats up, industry sources said this week.
** Evraz, one of Russia's largest steel producers, -c.4% & top midcap loser after co's H1 profit misses forecast
BERLIN, Aug 18 (Reuters) - The number of new residential building permits issued in Germany rose by nearly a third in the first half of 2016 to over 182,000, data showed on Thursday, a sign that construction will help to reinvigorate growth in Europe's largest economy.
ULAANBAATAR, Aug 18 (Reuters) - As mostly sports-mad Mongolians cheer on the country's two medalists at the Rio Olympic Games, deepening economic troubles at home mean the new government cannot afford to pay its athletes.
LONDON, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Debt in the world's top 30 steel companies totals a record $150 billion, international accountancy firm EY said on Thursday, adding governments' action to support the sector would work only if matched with more radical industry restructuring.
WARSAW, Aug 17 (Reuters) - Poland's KGHM on Wednesday reported a bigger than expected fall in net profit in the first half of 2016 on the back of losses on its foreign assets driven by rising costs and falling copper prices.
WASHINGTON, Aug 17 (Reuters) - The U.S. International Trade Commission on Wednesday backed duties on imports of certain carbon steel pipes and tubes from South Korea, Mexico and Turkey, saying the imports were harming domestic producers.
DUBAI, Aug 17 (Reuters) - Most Middle Eastern stock markets fell on Wednesday with Saudi Arabia hit by a broad sell-off, but support for Qatar persisted on expectations of fund inflows when index compiler FTSE includes it in its emerging market index next month.
PARIS, Aug 17 (Reuters) - Canada's Brookfield Asset Management Inc has signed a preliminary contract to buy Brazilian engineering conglomerate Grupo Odebrecht's 70 percent stake in water and sewage group Odebrecht Ambiental, an industry source told Reuters on Wednesday.
KARACHI, Aug 17 (Reuters) - Pakistan shares closed at a record high on Wednesday after a decision by the Pakistan Stock Exchange Ltd to offer a stake in the bourse operator received interest from as many as 17 investors, and on gains in refinery stocks, dealers said.
LAUNCESTON, Australia, Aug 17 (Reuters) - While a record loss is certain to grab media headlines, the real story about BHP Billiton is far more sanguine as the company tries to prove that boring is better.