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BRIEF-Noble Energy Says On Dec 7, Co Entered Into Letter Agreement With Wheeling Creek Midstream LLC

* NOBLE ENERGY INC SAYS ON DECEMBER 7, CO ENTERED INTO A LETTER AGREEMENT WITH WHEELING CREEK MIDSTREAM LLC - SEC FILING

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UPDATE 1-CVS expects U.S. Justice Department to handle review of Aetna deal

WASHINGTON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp expects the U.S. Justice Department to do the antitrust review of its planned acquisition of health insurer Aetna Inc, a spokesman for the drugstore chain operator said.

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CVS expects U.S. Justice Department to handle review of Aetna deal

WASHINGTON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - U.S. drugstore chain operator CVS Health Corp expects the Justice Department to do the antitrust review of its planned acquisition of health insurer Aetna Inc, a spokesman said.

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CORRECTED-Elliott Management seeks changes at Alexion - NYT (Dec. 7)

Dec 7 (Reuters) - U.S. hedge fund Elliott Management, which has built a stake in Alexion Pharmaceuticals, is urging the company to take more action to boost its stock price, including exploring a sale, the New York Times reported on Thursday.

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UPDATE 1-SoftBank to invest $300 mln in food delivery firm DoorDash - Recode

Dec 7 (Reuters) - SoftBank Group Corp plans to invest around $300 million into DoorDash, a San Francisco-based food delivery startup, Recode reported.

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SoftBank to invest $300 mln in food delivery firm DoorDash - Recode

Dec 7 (Reuters) - SoftBank Group Corp plans to invest around $300 million into DoorDash, a San Francisco-based food delivery startup, Recode reported.

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Elliott Management seeks changes at Alexion - NYT

Dec 7 (Reuters) - U.S. hedge fund Elliot Management, which has built a stake in Alexion Pharmaceuticals, is urging the company to take more action to boost its stock price, including exploring a sale, the New York Times reported on Thursday.

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UPDATE 1-Mexico oil regulator cancels deep water Pemex tie-up auction

MEXICO CITY, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Mexico's oil regulator on Thursday canceled a tender for a joint venture with state oil firm Pemex in the deep water Maximino-Nobilis area, as no company expressed interest in the auction.

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Toronto votes to regulate and restrict short-term rentals

Dec 7 (Reuters) - The Toronto city council on Thursday approved regulations governing short-term rentals, requiring operators to register with the city and restricting the types of properties that homeowners can rent as it grapples with a growing affordability crisis.

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Mexico oil regulator cancels Maximino-Nobilis joint venture auction

MEXICO CITY, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Mexico's oil regulator on Thursday canceled a tender for a joint venture with state oil firm Pemex in the deep water Maximino-Nobilis area, as no company expressed interest in the auction. (Reporting by Adriana Barrera)

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UPDATE 4-Bitcoin blows past $16,000, alarm bells ring louder

LONDON/NEW YORK, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Bitcoin rocketed to a lifetime high well above $16,000 on Thursday after climbing some 67 percent over one week, intensifying the debate about whether the cryptocurrency is in a bubble about to burst.

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YouTube to launch music subscription service next year - Bloomberg

Dec 7 (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's YouTube plans to introduce a paid music streaming service in March, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.

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UPDATE 2-Kinder Morgan Canada wins Trans Mountain pipe expansion appeal

CALGARY, Alberta, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Canada's energy regulator ruled on Thursday in favor of Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd's appeal to sidestep some municipal permits for its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, a major victory for the C$7.4 billion ($5.8 billion) project.

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BRIEF-Verizon - Customers In Southern California Areas Hardest Hit By Wildfires Will Be Offered Free Unlimited Talk, Text And Data from Dec 7-Dec 10

* VERIZON -CUSTOMERS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AREAS HARDEST HIT BY WILDFIRES WILL BE OFFERED FREE UNLIMITED TALK, TEXT AND DATA FROM DEC 7 THROUGH DEC 10​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Walmex expands Wi-Fi in Mexican stores, pushing online shopping

MEXICO CITY, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Wal-Mart de Mexico said on Thursday that it will install Wi-Fi throughout all but one of its chains in Mexico by next summer, in an attempt to collect user data and drive online sales by familiarizing shoppers with technology.

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UPDATE 1-U.S.-based stock ETFs attract $14.6 bln of inflows, largest since June -Lipper

(Adds quotes from senior research analyst) By Jennifer Ablan NEW YORK, Dec 7 (Reuters) - U.S.-based stock ETFs attracted $14.6 billion of inflows in the week ended Wednesday, their 10th consecutive week of inflows and the largest since June, illustrating investors' appetite for low-cost exposure to record-high stock markets. Risk appetite was also reflected in high-quality bonds. U.S.-based investment-grade corporate bond funds attracted $622 million of inflows in the week ended We

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Tyson Foods raises stake in plant-based protein maker Beyond Meat

Dec 7 (Reuters) - Tyson Foods, the largest U.S. meat processor, said on Thursday it slightly raised its stake in plant-based protein maker Beyond Meat as it looks to tap growing demand for alternative sources of protein.

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U.S.-based stock ETFs attract $14.6 bln of inflows, largest since June -Lipper

NEW YORK, Dec 7 (Reuters) - U.S.-based stock ETFs attracted $14.6 billion of inflows in the week ended Wednesday, their 10th consecutive week of inflows and the largest since June, illustrating investors' appetite for low-cost exposure to record-high stock markets.

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UPDATE 1-Gilead to buy Cell Design Labs for up to $567 mln

Dec 7 (Reuters) - Drugmaker Gilead Sciences Inc said on Thursday it was acquiring privately-held Cell Design Labs Inc for up to $567 million, giving it access to new technology platforms that would help in the development of cancer drugs.

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REFILE-Gilead to buy Cell Design Labs for up to $567 million

Dec 7 (Reuters) - Drugmaker Gilead Sciences Inc said on Thursday it had agreed to acquire privately-held Cell Design Labs Inc for up to $567 million to boost its CAR-T cancer drug pipeline.

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UPDATE 1-Kinder Morgan Canada wins appeal on Trans Mountain expansion

CALGARY, Alberta, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Canada's energy regulator ruled on Thursday in favor of Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd in its appeal seeking to sidestep some municipal permits needed for the company's C$7.4 billion ($5.8 billion) Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

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UPDATE 3-AT&T/Time Warner antitrust trial set for March

WASHINGTON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - The trial to determine if the U.S. Department of Justice can stop AT&T Inc's $85 billion purchase of media company Time Warner Inc will begin on March 19 with no decision expected before the companies' April 22 deadline to complete the deal, a federal judge said on Thursday.

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UPDATE 1-Dover to spin off upstream energy businesses

Dec 7 (Reuters) - U.S. industrial equipment maker Dover Crop said on Thursday it plans to spin off its upstream energy businesses into a standalone, publicly traded company, following a strategic review announced in September.

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Canada's Rogers Communications says chairman to step down Jan 1

TORONTO, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Canada's Rogers Communications Inc said on Thursday that the chairman of its board, Alan Horn, will step down effective Jan. 1 and be replaced by Edward Rogers, the company's current deputy chair and son of founder Ted Rogers.

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UPDATE 4-Budweiser maker Anheuser-Busch reserves 40 Tesla electric trucks

Dec 7 (Reuters) - Budweiser beer maker Anheuser-Busch has reserved 40 Tesla Inc all-electric Semi trucks as it seeks to reduce fuel costs and vehicle emissions, the brewer said on Thursday.

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UPDATE 2-Bitcoin flirts with $16,000, alarm bells ring louder

LONDON/NEW YORK, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Bitcoin rocketed to a lifetime high just shy of $16,000 on Thursday after climbing some 60 percent in just over a week, intensifying the debate about whether the cryptocurrency is in a bubble about to burst.

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UPDATE 3-U.S. finds Canada lumber harms U.S. producers, duties to remain

WASHINGTON/OTTAWA, Dec 7 (Reuters) - The U.S. International Trade Commission said on Thursday it made a final finding that exports of softwood lumber from Canada injure U.S. producers, virtually ensuring that hefty duties on imports of the building material will remain in place for five years.

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UPDATE 2-AT&T/Time Warner antitrust trial set for March

WASHINGTON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - The trial to determine if the U.S. Department of Justice can stop AT&T Inc's $85 billion purchase of media company Time Warner Inc will begin on March 19, a federal judge in Washington said during a hearing on Thursday.

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Pentagon wants 12 month procurement time for major weapons programs, official

Dec 7 (Reuters) - The Pentagon's acquisition chief said on Wednesday she wants to cut the time for major procurements to 12 months from an average of 2.5 years, speaking during a congressional hearing on the reorganization of the Defense Department's procurement system.

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Brazilian airline Gol considers share offering in 2018 - sources

SAO PAULO, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Brazilian airline Gol Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes SA is considering a share offering in the early months of 2018, three sources with knowledge of the matter said on Thursday.

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UPDATE 2-Hackers steal $64 mln from cryptocurrency firm NiceHash

Dec 7 (Reuters) - A Slovenian cryptocurrency mining marketplace, NiceHash, said it lost about $64 million worth of bitcoin in a hack of its payment system, the latest incident to highlight risks that uneven oversight and security pose to booming digital currencies.

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Morgan Stanley fires former U.S. lawmaker for misconduct

NEW YORK, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Morgan Stanley has fired former U.S. Democratic lawmaker Harold Ford, Jr., a managing director at the Wall Street bank, for inappropriate conduct, a spokeswoman said on Thursday.

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MOVES-James Moir appointed to Jupiter UK equities team

Dec 7 (Reuters) - Jupiter Asset Management has appointed James Moir as equities analyst to its UK Growth Strategy.

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UPDATE 1-Chinese investor raises stake in Dialog Semi to 8.15 pct

FRANKFURT, Dec 7 (Reuters) - China's top state silicon chipmaker has raised its stake in Dialog Semiconductor , buying into share price weakness triggered by fears the Anglo-German firm could lose its top customer Apple Inc .

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BRIEF-BNDES CEO says investment arm BNDESPar may sell part of its portfolio

Dec 7 (Reuters) - Banco Nacional De Desenvolvimento Economico E Social Bndes:

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Potash CEO meets with Chilean government amid stake sale

SANTIAGO, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Potash Corp of Saskatchewan Chief Executive Officer Jochen Tilk met on Thursday with authorities in Chile as the Canadian fertilizer company tries to divest its minority stake in Chilean lithium miner SQM ahead of its proposed merger with rival Agrium Inc .

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UPDATE 3-Budweiser maker Anheuser-Busch reserves 40 Tesla electric trucks

Dec 7 (Reuters) - Budweiser beer maker Anheuser-Busch has reserved 40 of Tesla Inc's all-electric Semi trucks as it seeks to reduce fuel costs and vehicle emissions, the brewer said on Thursday.

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UPDATE 1-Hackers steal $64 mln from cryptocurrency firm NiceHash

Dec 7 (Reuters) - Slovenian cryptocurrency mining marketplace NiceHash said it lost nearly $64 million in a hack of its payment system, the latest incident to highlight the risks that uneven oversight and security procedures pose to digital currencies such as bitcoin.

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UPDATE 3-General Electric to cut 12,000 jobs in power business revamp

ZURICH/LAS VEGAS, Dec 7 (Reuters) - General Electric Co said Thursday it is axing 12,000 jobs at its global power business, the struggling industrial conglomerate's latest effort to shrink itself into a more focused company.

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U.S. finds Canada lumber harms U.S. producers; duties to remain

WASHINGTON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - The U.S. International Trade Commission said on Thursday it made a final finding that exports of softwood lumber from Canada harm U.S. producers, virtually ensuring that hefty duties on the building material will remain in place for five years.

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UPDATE 1-Uber's licence suspended in British city of Sheffield

LONDON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Uber's licence to operate in the northern English city of Sheffield was suspended last Friday after it failed to respond to requests about the management of its taxi app, the local authority said.

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UPDATE 1-Budweiser maker Anheuser-Busch reserves 40 Tesla electric trucks

Dec 7 (Reuters) - Budweiser beer maker Anheuser-Busch has reserved 40 of Tesla Inc's all-electric Semi trucks as it seeks to reduce fuel costs and vehicle emissions, the brewer said on Thursday.

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EU to intervene in Microsoft's U.S. Supreme Court data protection case

BRUSSELS, Dec 7 (Reuters) - The European Union is to make a submission to the U.S. Supreme Court in its hearing of the U.S. Department of Justice's appeal against a ruling which prevented prosecutors from gaining access to emails held by Microsoft in Ireland.

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Factbox: Trump on Twitter (Dec 7) - Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS.

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REFILE-UPDATE 2-Norway wealth fund in first Asia property deal with Tokyo acquisition

OSLO, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Norway's $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund has made its first real estate investment in Asia by acquiring a 70 percent stake in five properties in Tokyo and hopes to do more property deals in the Japanese capital, it said on Thursday.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX rises as energy stocks gain with oil prices

TORONTO, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index rose on Thursday, helped by gains among energy stocks as oil prices picked up and as BlackBerry Ltd moved higher after announcing an automotive partnership with chipmaker Qualcomm.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX rises with banks, energy stocks

TORONTO, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index ticked higher in early trade on Thursday, helped by gains among its heavyweight financial and energy sectors.

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US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Broadcom helps lift Nasdaq; S&P, Dow slip

Dec 7 (Reuters) - Gains in chipmaker Broadcom and yogawear maker Lululemon helped lift the Nasdaq at the open on Thursday, while the S&P 500 and the Dow were slightly lower.

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EMERGING MARKETS-Brazil markets slump as pension reform odds fade

By Bruno Federowski SAO PAULO, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Brazilian markets plummeted on Thursday after President Michel Temer's administration failed to gather enough support from lawmakers to put a pension overhaul plan to a vote. A senior lawmaker said on Wednesday that the government's coalition expected to have enough votes later that day to pass the bill, which investors see as crucial to curbing public debt. But a failure to do so led policymakers to put off a decision, originally

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Czech Travel Service says signs deal for additional 9 Boeing 737 MAX planes

PRAGUE, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Czech airline Travel Service said on Thursday it had signed an order for nine additional Boeing 737 MAX planes for its fleet in November, increasing its total order book for the model to 39 planes.

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Kremlin says up to arbitration court to decide on Rosneft's claim against Sistema

MOSCOW, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday it was up to an arbitration court to decide on a new claim brought by Russia's largest oil producer Rosneft against Sistema conglomerate.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Dollar hits two-week high, world shares climb as risk appetite returns

LONDON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - The dollar rose to its highest level in two weeks on Thursday and world shares rebounded amid a broader recovery in global risk sentiment.

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Russia's Sistema says has not received notification of Rosneft's lawsuit

MOSCOW, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Russia's Sistema says on Thursday that it has not received a new damage claim from oil major Rosneft.

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UPDATE 1-Sage's depression drug succeeds in mid-stage study, shares soar

Dec 7 (Reuters) - Sage Therapeutics Inc said on Thursday its drug to treat patients with moderate to severe depression met the main goal of reducing symptoms in a mid-stage study, sending its shares soaring 52.3 percent in premarket trading.

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GE to cut 12,000 jobs in power business - Bloomberg

Dec 7 (Reuters) - General Electric Co is planning to cut 12,000 jobs in its power business, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, citing a person familiar with the matter.

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Kiwi.com shareholders test market for possible sale

PRAGUE, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Shareholders in Kiwi.com are considering selling up to a majority stake in the Czech online travel agency, with a deal possible within months, one of the main owners said on Thursday.

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General Electric proposes 1,400 jobs cuts in Switzerland‍​

ZURICH, Dec 7 (Reuters) - General Electric announced plans on Thursday to axe around a third of its Swiss workforce as the industrial conglomerate responds to a sharp fall in demand for fossil fuel power equipment.

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Ant Financial's Yu'e Bao caps daily investment at $3,000

BEIJING, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Ant Financial's money market fund will cap the daily amount users can invest at 20,000 yuan ($3,023) from Friday, said Tianhong Asset Management Co Ltd, which manages the fund.

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BRIEF-Leshi says Jia Yueting, Jia Yuefang warned by securities regulator

Dec 7 (Reuters) - Leshi Internet Information & Technology Corp Beijing:

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France and Qatar sign deals worth 12 billion euros -- Macron

QATAR, Dec 7 (Reuters) - France and Qatar signed commercial contracts worth around 12 billion euros ($14.15 billion) on Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron said, adding that the deals underscored the close relationship between the two countries.

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UPDATE 1-Russian ex-minister Ulyukayev: I am victim of 'monstrous set up'

MOSCOW, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Former Russian economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev, accused of taking a $2 million bribe from Rosneft chief executive Igor Sechin, told a court on Thursday he was the victim of "a monstrous and cruel provocation."

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UPDATE 1-Amid regional tensions, Qatar buys French-made fighter jets

DOHA/PARIS, Dec 7 (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron sealed multi-billion dollar military and transport contracts in Qatar on Thursday, including the sale of Rafale fighter jets and hundreds of armoured vehicles, amid mounting tensions in the Middle East.

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UPDATE 1-Companies prepare for disorderly Brexit as talks stall

LONDON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Big companies are stepping up their plans in case Britain crashes out of the European Union without a deal as Prime Minister Theresa May struggles to get talks back on track after a major setback.

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UPDATE 1-Norway wealth fund makes first Asia property deal with Tokyo acquisition

OSLO, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Norway's $1-trillion sovereign wealth fund has made its first real estate investment in Asia by acquiring a 70-percent stake in five properties in Tokyo, it said on Friday.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Dollar hits 2-week high on U.S. tax reform optimism, world shares climb

LONDON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - The dollar rose to its highest level in two weeks on Thursday over optimism the United States would successfully push through tax reforms, while world shares rebounded after two straight days of losses.

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Qatar buys Rafale fighter jets and Airbus planes from France

PARIS, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Qatar on Thursday agreed to buy 12 additional Dassault Aviation-made Rafale fighters with an option for 36 more, and said it would buy 50 Airbus a321neo planes with an option for a further 30, according to a document sent to Reuters.

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Norway wealth fund makes first Asia property deal with Tokyo acquisition

OSLO, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Norway's $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund has made its first real estate investment in Asia by acquiring a 70-percent stake in five properties in Tokyo, it said on Friday.

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Russian ex-minister Ulyukayev tells court he is victim of 'monstrous setup'

MOSCOW, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Former Russian economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev, accused of taking a $2 million bribe from Rosneft chief executive Igor Sechin, told a court on Thursday he was the victim of "a monstrous and cruel provocation."

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Some Japanese aluminium buyers agree Q1 premium at $103/T, up 8-10 pct from Q4 -sources

TOKYO, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Some Japanese aluminium buyers have agreed to pay some global producers a premium of $103 per tonne for shipments in the January to March quarter, reflecting higher spot premiums, two sources directly involved in the pricing talks said on Thursday.

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ICL sells fire safety, oil additives units for $1 bln to SK Capital

TEL AVIV, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Israel Chemicals (ICL) said it has agreed to sell its fire safety and oil additives units to SK Capital for about $1 billion.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia shares creep above 2-mth lows, but growth, US policy risks weigh

TOKYO, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Asian shares hovered above two-month lows on Thursday as some high-tech bellwethers bounced back after a searing sell-off although softer oil and copper prices and uncertainty over U.S. policy kept many investors cautious.

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UPDATE 1-Roche drug cocktail doubles chance of holding lung cancer at bay

ZURICH, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Adding Roche's immunotherapy Tecentriq to older drugs doubled the percentage of lung cancer patients who survived a year without their disease advancing, an outcome some experts labeled unprecedented.

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South Africa rand edges down as global risk appetite wanes

JOHANNESBURG, Dec 7 (Reuters) - The South African rand weakened on Thursday, as appetite for emerging market currencies globally was subdued with investors avoiding big bets ahead of employment data in the United States, seen as an indicator to the direction of interest rates.

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Indonesian ride-hailing firm Go-Jek to expand to Philippines in 2018

SINGAPORE, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Indonesia motorbike-hailing startup Go-Jek plans to set up operations in the Philippines in early 2018, with other Southeast Asian countries to follow later that year, the company's chief technology officer said on Thursday.

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Nikkei rebounds on bargain-hunting, mining sector remains weak

TOKYO, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average ended higher on Thursday, taking back some ground lost in the previous session as investors snapped up bargains after the benchmark index skidded its most in 8-1/2 months The Nikkei finished up 1.45 percent, or 320.99 points, at 22,498.03, following its biggest fall since March the previous day, when it broke key technical support at its 25-day moving average.

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CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-Australia's ASX selects blockchain to cut costs

Dec 7 (Reuters) - Australia's ASX Ltd said on Thursday it would replace its registry, settlement and clearing system with blockchain technology to cut costs for customers.

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Roche drug cocktail doubles chance of holding lung cancer at bay

ZURICH, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Adding Roche's immunotherapy Tecentriq to older drugs doubled the percentage of lung cancer patients who survived a year without their disease advancing, an outcome some experts labeled unprecedented.

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Companies prepare for disorderly Brexit as talks stall

LONDON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Big companies are stepping up their plans in case Britain crashes out of the European Union without a deal as Prime Minister Theresa May struggles to get talks back on track after a major setback.

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Obamacare insurance options dwindle for neediest U.S. patients

WASHINGTON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Josh Brookhart has four health insurers to choose from in Seattle's King County for 2018, more than many Americans like him who buy coverage on the Obamacare individual market.

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INSIGHT-Displaced by mining, Peru villagers spurn shiny new town

NUEVA FUERABAMBA, Peru Dec 7 (Reuters) - This remote town in Peru's southern Andes was supposed to serve as a model for how companies can help communities uprooted by mining.

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WorldRemit sees strong revenues, rapid user growth, eventual IPO

LONDON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Cross-border digital money transfer service WorldRemit aims to increase its customers fivefold to 10 million in 2020, with half of them in Africa, Chief Executive Ismail Ahmed said.

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COLUMN-Indonesia's Freeport-Rio plan masks longer-term issues: Russell

LAUNCESTON, Australia, Dec 7 (Reuters) - A proposed three-way deal between the Indonesian government, Rio Tinto and Freeport-McMoRan to clean up the ownership of the giant Grasberg copper-gold mine looks like one of those rare situations where everybody wins.

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Nikkei rebounds on bargain-hunting, but mining sector weak

TOKYO, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Thursday, taking back some ground lost in the previous session as investors sought bargains after the benchmark index skidded its most in 8-1/2 months The Nikkei ended morning trade up 1.27 percent, or 280.70 points, at 22,457.74, following its biggest fall since March the previous day, after it broke key technical support at its 25-day moving average.

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Digital currency exchange NiceHash says bitcoin worth nearly $64 mln hacked

Dec 7 (Reuters) - Cryptocurrency marketplace NiceHash said the contents of its bitcoin wallet had been stolen in a security breach and one executive said nearly $64 million had been lost.

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METALS-London copper mired near two-month low as China demand growth cools

MELBOURNE, Dec 7 (Reuters) - London copper edged up on Thursday but was still not far two-month lows amid signs that growth in China's property and power sectors, both major copper consumers, is tapering into the year end. FUNDAMENTALS * London Metal Exchange copper edged up by 0.3 percent to $6,571.50 a tonne by 0209 GMT, after closing little changed in the previous session. Prices on Tuesday fell to $6,507.50, the weakest since Oct. 10. Shanghai Futures Exchange copper

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Bain gets almost 90 pct of Japan's Asatsu-DK in tender offer -Nikkei

TOKYO, Dec 7 (Reuters) - U.S. private equity firm Bain Capital has garnered nearly 90 percent of Japanese advertising agency Asatsu-DK Inc's (ADK) shares in a tender offer that closed on Wednesday, the Nikkei business daily reported.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia shares hover near 2-mth low as growth, US policy risks sap sentiment

TOKYO, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Asian shares held close to a two-month low on Thursday as softer oil and copper as well as U.S. policy uncertainty kept sentiment in check, while high-tech stocks struggled to recover after a searing sell-off.

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Air New Zealand cancels flights due to Rolls-Royce engine issues

Dec 7 (Reuters) - Air New Zealand Ltd on Thursday said it would cancel and delay some international flights over the coming weeks because engines on its Boeing Co 787-9 jets manufactured by Rolls-Royce Holdings PLC required early maintenance.

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China's growth objectives clash with financial stability goal - IMF

BEIJING, Dec 7 (Reuters) - China should prioritise financial stability above development goals, as pursuit of regional growth targets and helping firms avoid heavy job losses had led to a surge in debt, particularly at local government level, the International Monetary Fund said.

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UPDATE 2-Australia's ASX selects blockchain to cut costs

Dec 7 (Reuters) - Australia's ASX Ltd said on Thursday it would replace its registry, settlement and clearing system with blockchain technology to cut costs for customers.

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Australia competition watchdog to not oppose Fox Sports, Foxtel merger

Dec 7 (Reuters) - Australia's competition watchdog on Thursday dropped its opposition to a proposed merger of Fox Sports and Foxtel after finding the deal would not "substantially lessen competition."

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BRIEF-MidWestOne Financial Group's CFO Katie Lorenson resigned on November 14

* On Nov 14, 2017, Katie A. Lorenson announced her resignation as CFO of co, effective on Dec 7, 2017 - SEC filing​

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BRIEF-Tatwah Smartech's shareholder unloads stake in the company

* Says its shareholder Fang Jiangtao has sold 1.4 percent stake in the company between Dec 7 and 30

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BRIEF-Steel partners holdings says Board of co approved repurchase of up to 2 mln

* Says on Dec 7, board of directors of co approved repurchase of up to 2 million of company's common units Source text http://bit.ly/2hjiiwr Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Diodes says unit entered into 2016 amendment to JV agreement with Chengdu Ya Guang Electronic Co

* Diodes Inc - on Dec 7, unit of co, entered into 2016 amendment to joint venture agreement with Chengdu Ya Guang Electronic Co limited -sec filing

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BRIEF-Newlink genetics entered into settlement agreement with Wuxi Apptec

* On Dec 7, co entered into settlement agreement with wuxi apptec relating to company's termination of wuxi agreement

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BRIEF-Temasek Holdings sells 285,623 shares of Amyris Inc's common stock

* Temasek Holdings (Private) Ltd reports sale of 285,623 shares of Amyris Inc's common stock on Dec 7 & Dec 8 - SEC filing

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BRIEF-Sinocare's controlling shareholder unloads shares equivalent to 2.07 pct stake

* Says its controlling shareholder unloads shares equivalent to 2.07 percent stake from Dec 7-8

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BRIEF-Controlling shareholder of Shanghai Fosun Pharma increases stake

* says its controlling shareholder has bought 1.99 million A-share, 1.00 million H-share on Dec 7 and Dec 8

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Peru asks Las Bambas copper mine to resubmit environmental plan

LIMA, Dec 7 (Reuters) - The government of Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has asked MMG Ltd's copper mine Las Bambas to seek fresh approval for its environmental plan to correct any possible shortcomings, the vice president said Wednesday.