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Messaging startup Slack is raising $250 mln amid venture investment boom

SAN FRANCISCO, July 26 (Reuters) - Software startup Slack Technologies Inc is raising $250 million in a new funding round, according to people familiar with the matter, boosting the company's valuation as Silicon Valley companies enjoy a surge in venture capital investments.

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China's Baidu enters strategic partnership with Paypal to tap Chinese tourists

BEIJING, July 27 (Reuters) - Baidu Inc said on Friday that it has entered a strategic agreement with PayPal Holdings Inc to tap overseas merchants as Chinese tech companies ramp up the fight for overseas payment partnerships.

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Shares in Hon Hai Precision open 2.16 percent higher

TAIPEI, July 27 (Reuters) - Shares in Hon Hai Precision , the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer and major Apple supplier, opened 2.16 pct higher in early morning trade on Thursday.

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Southern Copper second-quarter profit rises 35.1 pct yr/yr

LIMA, July 26 (Reuters) - Southern Copper Corp said on Wednesday that its second-quarter net profit rose 35.1 percent from the same period a year earlier amid a double-digit surge in global copper prices.

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UPDATE 1-Suncor Energy reports second-quarter profit, ups capital budget

CALGARY, Alberta, July 26 (Reuters) - Suncor Energy Inc , Canada's second-largest oil and gas producer, reported a second-quarter profit on Wednesday due to stronger crude oil prices and increased production from some upstream assets and refining operations.

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RPT-Reliance's 'free' JioPhone shakes up cheap end of India's billion-strong market

MUMBAI, July 26 (Reuters) - At first glance, Indian telecoms upstart Jio's bet on 'free' internet-enabled phones to win over poorer customers is a near-fatal blow for low-end handset makers, most already struggling with paper-thin margins on some of the world's cheapest devices.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia shares hit 2008 highs, dollar in decline on Fed inflation view

SYDNEY, July 27 (Reuters) - Stocks, bonds and commodities were all on a roll in Asia on Thursday as bulls scented a softening in the Federal Reserve's confidence on inflation that promised to keep U.S. interest rates low for longer.

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WRAPUP 6-U.S. sanctions Venezuelan officials, one killed in anti-Maduro strike

WASHINGTON/CARACAS, Venezuela, July 26 (Reuters) - The Trump administration imposed sanctions on 13 senior Venezuelan officials as the country's opposition launched a two-day strike on Wednesday, heaping pressure on unpopular President Nicolas Maduro to scrap plans for a controversial new congress.

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Former Fiat Chrysler executive charged in U.S. in payoff scheme

WASHINGTON July 26 (Reuters) - A former Fiat Chrysler vice president was indicted on Wednesday for making $1.2 million in improper payments to a former union vice president and his wife, authorities said.

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Suncor Energy reports second-quarter profit

CALGARY, Alberta, July 26 (Reuters) - Suncor Energy Inc , Canada's second-largest oil and gas producer, reported a second-quarter profit on Wednesday as a result of stronger crude oil prices and increased production from its upstream assets and refining operations.

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UPDATE 1-Canada's Goldcorp earnings beat analyst estimates, CFO to leave

VANCOUVER, July 26 (Reuters) - Canadian gold producer Goldcorp Inc reported better-than-expected earnings on Wednesday and lowered its forecast for costs this year, while also announcing that its chief financial officer, Russell Ball, would leave the company.

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GE, Invenergy build wind farm in Oklahoma, biggest in the U.S.

July 26 (Reuters) - Power development company Invenergy LLC and General Electric Co on Wednesday announced plans to build the largest wind farm in the United States in Oklahoma, part of a $4.5 billion project to provide electricity to 1.1 million utility customers in the region.

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Brazil meatpacker JBS calls meeting sought by shareholder BNDESpar

SAO PAULO, July 26 (Reuters) - Brazil's JBS SA has called a shareholder meeting on Sept 1 to address concerns over potential losses raised by BNDESpar, the investment arm of Brazilian state development bank and holder of 21 percent of the meatpacker, the company said on Wednesday.

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UPDATE 1-Energy Future warns delay would kill Oncor sale to Buffett

WILMINGTON, Del., July 26 (Reuters) - Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc will walk away from its $9 billion acquisition of Oncor Electric Delivery Co if the deal is delayed, an attorney for the parent company of Texas' largest utility told a bankruptcy judge on Wednesday.

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UPDATE 1-Barrick says will start Tanzania talks next week as earnings beat

July 26 (Reuters) - Barrick Gold Corp, the world's largest gold miner by production, reported better-than-expected second-quarter earnings on Wednesday and said it would begin discussions with the government of Tanzania next week about an export ban.

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Goldcorp posts quarterly profit as costs fall; CFO to leave

July 26 (Reuters) - Canadian gold producer Goldcorp Inc reported a quarterly profit on Wednesday, helped by lower costs.

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UPDATE 1-Gilead Sciences quarterly results beat Wall Street estimates

July 26 (Reuters) - Gilead Sciences Inc said on Wednesday its second-quarter profit fell 12 percent as use of its flagship hepatitis C drugs continued to decline, but the results beat Wall Street estimates and the company raised its full-year sales outlook.

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UPDATE 5-Foxconn to announce new U.S. manufacturing plant -source

July 26 (Reuters) - Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn will announce plans to build a multi-billion dollar flat panel screen plant in Wisconsin at a White House event later on Wednesday, a source briefed on the matter said.

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Christmas comes early for zoo polar bears with snow in July

RANUA, Finland (Reuters) - A group of polar bears in a zoo in Lapland in northern Finland got an early wintry treat in the summer heat when truckloads of snow were delivered to the Ranua wildlife park on Wednesday.

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UPDATE 1-CME to offer repo-backed futures and options

July 26 (Reuters) - The CME Group said on Wednesday that it will develop futures and options based on the repurchase agreement market, after a bank committee in June selected a benchmark repo rate to be used as an alternative to Libor in derivatives transactions.

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UPDATE 1-Deutsche Bank asset management listing seen in H1 2018 at earliest - sources

FRANKFURT/LONDON, July 26 (Reuters) - Deutsche Bank's planned listing of its asset management arm is unlikely before the first half of next year and could be later, as it wants more time to refine and sell the business's strategy to potential investors, people close to the matter said.

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UPDATE 2-U.S. to impose stricter electronic carry-on airport screening

WASHINGTON, July 26 (Reuters) - The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said Wednesday it will impose new stricter security rules requiring airline travelers to remove all electronic items larger than mobile phones like tablets, e-readers and video game consoles from carry-on baggage for screening.

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UPDATE 1-Dassault says business jet market still weak

PARIS, July 26 (Reuters) - Dassault Aviation, the French maker of Falcon private jets and Rafale warplanes, said on Wednesday the business jet market remained weak, with high stocks of unsold aircraft hampering a tentative recovery in benchmark second-hand trading.

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CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-General Dynamics profit beats, revenue sags; shares drop

July 26 (Reuters) - General Dynamics Corp, the maker of Gulfstream business jets and military equipment, posted higher-than-expected quarterly profits driven by increased sales in the unit that makes tanks, but projected slightly lower aerospace sales.

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UPDATE 3-Alaska Air quarterly profit jumps 13.8 pct, helped by Virgin America

July 26 (Reuters) - Alaska Air Group Inc on Wednesday posted a 13.8 percent rise in quarterly profit, helped in part by the December 2016 acquisition of former rival Virgin America.

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Judge rules against ex-Goldman employee in Fed leak case

July 26 (Reuters) - An administrative judge has recommended that a former Goldman Sachs Group Inc managing director be banned from the industry for distributing confidential U.S. Federal Reserve documents within the bank to advise his clients.

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LPC: KKR lines up US$2.25bn of loans for Nature’s Bounty buy

NEW YORK, July 26 (Reuters) - Private equity firm KKR & Co has lined up a syndicate of banks including Credit Suisse, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Jefferies, Morgan Stanley, RBC Capital Markets, HSBC and Mizuho to underwrite the debt financing for its leveraged buyout of U.S. vitamin and nutritional supplement maker Nature’s Bounty Co, according to three sources familiar with the matter.

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UPDATE 1-FDA rejects Eagle Pharmaceuticals' heat stroke treatment

July 26 (Reuters) - Eagle Pharmaceuticals Inc said on Tuesday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration declined to approve its drug Ryanodex to treat heat stroke and requested an additional clinical trial, sending its shares down 20 percent.

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SEC boss Clayton wants to tackle fiduciary rule, shareholder proposals

WASHINGTON, July 26 (Reuters) - The top U.S. securities regulator on Wednesday identified some issues he wants to tackle, including finding "common ground" with the Labor Department's rule requiring brokers who give investment advice to put their clients' interest ahead of their own potential commissions.

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UPDATE 1-Facebook funds Harvard effort to fight election hacking, propaganda

LAS VEGAS, July 26 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc will provide initial funding of $500,000 for a nonprofit organization that aims to help protect political parties, voting systems and information providers from hackers and propaganda attacks, the world's largest social network said on Wednesday.

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U.S. taxable bond funds attract most cash in 2 years -ICI

By Trevor Hunnicutt NEW YORK, July 26 (Reuters) - U.S. fund investors darted into taxable bonds for a 33rd straight week, injecting the most cash into the category since June 2015, Investment Company Institute (ICI) data showed on Wednesday. Nearly $12.8 billion flowed into the taxable bond mutual funds and exchange-traded funds during the week ended July 19, according to ICI, reinforcing a strong investor preference for debt despite low yields and uncertainty over central bank polic

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Conn. Governor orders review of Millstone nuclear plant viability

July 26 (Reuters) - Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has ordered state agencies to review the economic viability of Dominion Energy Inc's Millstone nuclear power plant, which critics want shut down in the face of cheaper energy sources.

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UPDATE 1-EU antitrust regulators raided Clariant, Celanese, others

BRUSSELS, July 26 (Reuters) - EU antitrust regulators raided several ethylene purchasing companies in May, including Swiss chemicals maker Clariant and U.S. rival Celanese, over concerns the firms may have participated in a cartel.

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FDA rejects Eagle Pharmaceuticals' heat stroke treatment

July 26 (Reuters) - Eagle Pharmaceuticals Inc said on Tuesday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration declined to approve its drug Ryanodex to treat heat stroke and requested an additional clinical trial.

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Interfering with flight crew not always violent crime -U.S. appeals court

July 26 (Reuters) - Interfering with a flight crew is not always a "crime of violence," a federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday in a decision favoring a New York man who rushed the cockpit and shouted about jihad while aboard a United Airlines flight.

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UPDATE 4-Ford results foreshadow tougher times for Detroit automakers

DETROIT, July 26 (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co on Wednesday joined rival General Motors Co in reporting higher-than-expected second-quarter profits, and in the next breath warning of a rougher ride for the rest of the year.

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Deutsche Bank asset management listing seen in H1 2018 at earliest - sources

FRANKFURT/LONDON, July 26 (Reuters) - Deutsche Bank's planned listing of its asset management arm is unlikely before the first half of next year and could be later, as it wants more time to refine and sell the business's strategy to potential investors, people close to the matter said.

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UPDATE 2-Dynavax hepatitis B vaccine works; raises safety issues -FDA

July 26 (Reuters) - Dynavax Technologies Corp's experimental hepatitis B vaccine is effective, but there were more deaths and serious heart problems in patients given the vaccine than in those given a rival product, according to a preliminary Food and Drug Administration report published on Wednesday.

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UPDATE 2-Loblaw sees challenges from lower drug prices, higher wages

July 26 (Reuters) - Canadian grocer and drugstore chain operator Loblaw Companies Ltd said on Wednesday a rise in minimum wages and an expected decline in drug prices will impact its business in the coming quarters.

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French President Macron's popularity ratings drop - poll

PARIS (Reuters) - Emmanuel Macron's popularity dropped in July to the lowest rating for a French president two months into his term, an opinion poll showed on Wednesday, in a sign that controversy over spending cuts and tax reform are taking a toll.

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UPDATE 1-Hedge fund Third Point bets on Alibaba, again

BOSTON, July 26 (Reuters) - Hedge fund Third Point made a new bet on Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba during the second quarter and told investors in a letter that it was still finding attractive new opportunities even as the stock market has surged this year.

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UPDATE 1-Impact on banks from Britain's vote to leave the EU

July 26 (Reuters) - Global banks have said they could move thousands of jobs out of Britain to prepare for Brexit, the country's planned exit from the European Union.

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CME to offer repo-backed futures and options

July 26 (Reuters) - The CME Group said on Wednesday that it will develop futures and options based on the repurchase agreement market, after a bank committee in June selected a benchmark repo rate to be used as an alternative to Libor in derivatives transactions.

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BRIEF-GSK non-core tail brands could sell for 0.5-1.0 bln pounds

July 26 (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline CFO Simon Dingemans tells analysts:

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Amundi's Pioneer to ditch Blackrock's Aladdin to cut costs

PARIS, July 26 (Reuters) - Amundi confirmed on Wednesday plans to switch the IT systems of its recently-acquired Pioneer Investments from rival BlackRock's Aladdin platform in a bid to cut costs.

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METALS-Copper hits two-year high as China looks to cut scrap imports

LONDON, July 26 (Reuters) - Copper prices rose for a fourth day on Wednesday to the highest in more than two years on expectations of strong economic growth in China and news of Chinese restrictions on scrap imports that would increase demand for imported refined copper.

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WRAPUP 1-U.S. new home sales rise in June, but trend softening

WASHINGTON, July 26 (Reuters) - New U.S. single-family home sales increased in June as purchases in the West surged to a near 10-year high, but downward revisions to the sales pace for the prior three months pointed to a housing market that was treading water.

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McKesson shareholders vote against exec pay structure

July 26 (Reuters) - McKesson Corp shareholders voted against the company's executive pay policy, following a shareholder campaign that criticized the drug wholesaler for its role in the U.S. opioid drug epidemic.

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Hedge fund Third Point bets on Alibaba, again

BOSTON, July 26 (Reuters) - Hedge fund Third Point told investors on Wednesday that it made a new bet on Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba and U.S. asset management company BlackRock during the second quarter.

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MIDEAST STOCKS-Region mixed in narrow trade, no big boost from oil rebound

DUBAI, July 26 (Reuters) - Major Middle Eastern stocks markets were mixed in narrow ranges on Wednesday as caution over companies' upcoming second-quarter earnings announcements outweighed the positive effect of a rebound in oil prices.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX edges higher as energy stocks gain with oil

TORONTO, July 26 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index edged higher in early trade on Wednesday, with gains for the index's heavyweight energy sector on higher oil prices offsetting falls for railway stocks after Canadian National Railway Co reported earnings.

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BRIEF-Sito Mobile says got purported notice of default and acceleration of obligations under a revenue sharing and note purchase agreement‍​

* Sito Mobile - on July 26, co got purported notice of default and acceleration of obligations under a revenue sharing and note purchase agreement‍​

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UPDATE 3-Lower tax rate fuels Ford beat, seen boosting 2017 net profit

DETROIT, July 26 (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co on Wednesday reported a better-than-expected quarterly net profit due to a lower tax rate and increased U.S. sales of more-profitable pickup trucks, but forecast a slightly lower 2017 pre-tax profit, sending its shares down 2.3 percent.

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BRIEF-Infosonics - on July 25, co entered agreement and plan of merger by, among company, Cooltech Holding Corp, co's unit Infosonics Acquisition Sub Inc

* Infosonics - on July 25, co entered agreement and plan of merger by, among company, Cooltech Holding Corp, co's unit Infosonics Acquisition Sub Inc

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Ex-Merrill banker loses $20 mln bonus claim against Sports Direct's Ashley

LONDON, July 26 (Reuters) - A former Merrill Lynch banker on Wednesday lost his claim that Mike Ashley, founder and boss of British retailer Sports Direct, promised him a 15 million pound ($20 million) bonus during a heavy drinking session.

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MOVES-Investment firm Nuveen hires UBS exec as CIO of multi-asset solutions

July 26 (Reuters) - Investment manager Nuveen appointed Frank van Etten as chief investment officer for multi-asset solutions.

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More deaths with Dynavax vaccine but overall rate low - FDA

July 26 (Reuters) - There were more deaths in patients taking Dynavax Technologies Corp's experimental hepatitis B vaccine than those taking a rival product, but the overall rate of death was low, a preliminary review by Food and Drug Administration reviewers concluded.

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UPDATE 1-Airbus A350 goals on track, but A320neo plans in doubt

PARIS, July 26 (Reuters) - Airbus said on Wednesday it was on track to meet a target of 10 A350 deliveries a month by the end of 2018 as it hit a milestone of 100 deliveries since Europe's newest wide-body jet came into service, but doubts remains over its A320neo delivery plans.

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UPDATE 1-Boeing 2nd-qtr earnings top estimates; raises 2017 forecast again

July 26 (Reuters) - Boeing Co on Wednesday posted second-quarter profit and cash growth that beat analysts' estimates even though sales were less than expected, sending shares up sharply.

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Tencent-backed Meituan-Dianping plans aggressive investment in offline retail

BEIJING, July 26 (Reuters) - China's largest provider of on-demand services Meituan-Dianping, backed by Tencent Holdings Group Ltd, said it planned to invest heavily in offline retail services in a strategy that will pitch it directly against China's top e-commerce firms.

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Weapons maker Northrop's quarterly profit rises 6.8 percent

July 26 (Reuters) - Northrop Grumman Corp, the maker of Global Hawk surveillance planes, reported a 6.8 percent rise in quarterly profit on Wednesday, driven by strong demand for its manned aircraft.

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UPDATE 1-GlaxoSmithKline's new boss streamlines drug research

LONDON, July 26 (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline's new Chief Executive Emma Walmsley announced plans on Wednesday to streamline drug research in a bid to improve returns in the group's core pharmaceuticals business.

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Telefonica Brasil posts 25 pct rise in second-quarter profit

SAO PAULO, July 26 (Reuters) - Telefonica Brasil SA , the biggest telecommunications firm in the country, on Wednesday reported a 25 percent rise in second-quarter net income to 873 million reais ($275 million), a securities filing showed.

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UPDATE 1-Seadrill warns again of Chapter 11 as extends $14 bln debt talks

OSLO, July 26 (Reuters) - Offshore drilling contractor Seadrill again delayed restructuring its $14 billion in debt and liabilities on Wednesday and reiterated that Chapter 11 bankruptcy was likely.

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Shanghai plans to spend $740 million on cruise ship park

SHANGHAI, July 26 (Reuters) - A Shanghai district government plans to spend about 5 billion yuan ($739.97 million) to develop a cruise ship industrial park to house foreign firms that it hopes will help build China's first luxury passenger vessels, a local official said.

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UPDATE 1-Britain will ban new petrol and diesel cars from 2040, minister says

LONDON, July 26 (Reuters) - Britain will ban the sale of new petrol and diesel-powered cars from 2040 as part of a plan to get them off the roads altogether 10 years later, environment minister Michael Gove said on Wednesday.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Oil bounce, results keep stocks on high

LONDON, July 26 (Reuters) - Oil's rise back above $50 a barrel helped prod stock markets higher on Wednesday and company results and economic data continued to soothe worries that the world economy may be ripe for a another slowdown.

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Thales says in constructive talks on Airbus services drive

PARIS, July 26 (Reuters) - French aerospace supplier Thales said on Wednesday it was in "constructive" talks with Airbus about the latter's bid to boost its services business, striking a conciliatory tone on an issue worrying several top suppliers.

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Top EU court adviser says Coty can block retailers from online sales

LUXEMBOURG, July 26 (Reuters) - An adviser to Europe's top court said on Wednesday that U.S. beauty products maker Coty's German unit can block retailers from selling their products via marketplaces such as Amazon or eBay .

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Borealis buys additional 5.5 pct in Thames Water from AMP Capital

LONDON, July 26 (Reuters) - Borealis, the infrastructure investment manager of OMERS is buying an additional 5.5 percent in Thames Water, Britain's largest water company, from AMP Capital.

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BRIEF-Fevertree Drinks' CEO sold 1.5 mln shares at 1.925 pence on July 25

* FEVERTREE DRINKS PLC SAYS CEO TIM WARRILLOW SOLD 1.5 MILLION SHARES AT 1.925 PENCE ON JULY 25 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 1-Compass' revenue rises 3.9 pct on growth in United States

July 26 - Compass Group Plc, the world's biggest catering firm, reported a 3.9 percent rise in quarterly revenue, driven by strong growth in the United States.

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Seadrill extends $14 bln debt restructuring, warns of Chapter 11

OSLO, July 26 (Reuters) - Offshore drilling contractor Seadrill delayed the restructuring of its $14 billion in debt and liabilities on Wednesday and reiterated that Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings were likely.

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UPDATE 1-UAE buys first U.S. oil cargo to replace Qatar condensate -sources

SINGAPORE, July 26 (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates will import the country's first oil cargo from the United States, two sources familiar with the matter said, as the OPEC producer sought substitutes to replace Qatari condensate supplies after a diplomatic row.

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Indonesia, Freeport agree on term of new copper mine permit -official

JAKARTA, July 26 (Reuters) - Indonesia has reached an agreement with U.S. miner Freeport McMoRan Inc that any new operating permit for its Grasberg copper mine will only be valid until 2021, an energy and mining ministry official said on Wednesday.

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Compass posts 3.9 pct rise in organic revenue on strength in U.S.

July 26 - Compass Group Plc, the world's biggest catering firm, reported a 3.9 percent rise in quarterly organic revenue, helped by strong growth in the United States.

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Hyundai Motor Q2 profit down 51 pct y/y, China, U.S. sales sag

SEOUL, July 26 (Reuters) - Hyundai Motor posted a 51 percent drop in net profit for the April-to-June period, missing analysts' estimates, as political headwinds hit sales in China and U.S. sales decelerated.

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African Markets - Factors to watch on July 26

The following company announcements, scheduled economic indicators, debt and currency market moves and political events may affect African markets on Wednesday. - - - - - GLOBAL MARKETS Asian stocks steadied on Wednesday and the dollar held firm as investors awaited the Federal Reserve's policy decision later in the day for more clues on its tightening plans. WORLD OIL PRICES Oil prices firmed on Wednesday to hold near eight-week highs hit in the previous s

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Snap General Counsel Chris Handman steps down

July 25 (Reuters) - Snap Inc said its general counsel Chris Handman stepped down to spend more time with his family.

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U.S. firm Global Eagle says $416 mln pact with China's HNA fails to pass regulator

HONG KONG, July 26 (Reuters) - U.S.-based Global Eagle Entertainment Inc said a $416 million investment pact made last year with a unit of Chinese conglomerate HNA Group Co Ltd has been called off after failing to receive regulatory approval.

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UPDATE 6-U.S. Senate advances on healthcare, with dramatic return by McCain

WASHINGTON, July 25 (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republicans narrowly agreed on Tuesday to open debate on a bill to end Obamacare, but the party's seven-year effort to roll back Democratic President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law still faces significant hurdles.

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DIARY-U.S. refinery operations-Marathon to restart Kentucky refinery by end of week

July 25 (Reuters) - The following is a list of refinery incidents reported in the United States on July 25: * Marathon Petroleum to restart Kentucky refinery by end of week -source * Shell reports leak at Deer Park, Texas facility * Marathon reports power outage at Catlettsburg, Ky. plant on July 23 * Motiva Port Arthur refinery operations normal -sources

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Colombian tribunal fines Claro, Movistar over contract

BOGOTA, July 25 (Reuters) - A Colombian tribunal on Tuesday ruled telephone companies Claro and Movistar must pay the government $1.55 billion for failing to meet contractual conditions for cellular services, a government official said.

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Oil adds to rally on optimism over declining stocks

SINGAPORE, July 26 (Reuters) - Oil prices firmed on Wednesday to hold near eight-week highs hit in the previous session, on expectations of a drawdown in U.S. stocks and as a rise in shale oil production shows signs of slowing.

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UPDATE 1-Express Scripts says any new Anthem contract would be unfavorable

July 25 (Reuters) - Pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts Holding Co said on Tuesday that a new contract with biggest customer Anthem Inc would be on terms significantly less favorable for the company.

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Australian regulator takes legal action against Ford's Australian unit

July 26 (Reuters) - The Australian consumer watchdog said on Wednesday it has started court proceedings against Ford Motor Co's local unit, accusing the company of engaging in misleading or deceptive conduct when responding to customer complaints.

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'Simpsons' creator heads to Netflix with adult comedy

LOS ANGELES, July 25 (Reuters) - "The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening is swapping Springfield for a medieval kingdom in a new animated adult comedy series called "Disenchantment" for Netflix, the streaming platform said on Tuesday.

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EMERGING MARKETS-Mexican stocks hit record high, Brazil stocks lifted by commodities

(Adds details from Mexico on bourse record high) By Sheky Espejo and Bruno Federowski MEXICO CITY/SAO PAULO, July 25 (Reuters) - Mexico's stock market hit a fresh record high on Tuesday, boosted by expectations of good earnings, while Brazil's stocks hit a one-month high as commodity price gains lifted shares of local blue-chips Vale SA and Petróleo Brasileiro SA. Mexico's S&P/BMV IPC stock index rose for the third straight session, inching up by 0.09 percent from Monday, as data sh

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Brazil wireless carrier TIM triples profit, beating forecasts

SAO PAULO, July 25 (Reuters) - TIM Participaçoes SA , Brazil's second-largest wireless phone company, reported on Tuesday that second-quarter net income nearly tripled from a year earlier to 219 million reais ($69 million), according to a securities filing.

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Brazil carrier TIM board approves reorganization of subsidiaries

BRASILIA, July 25 (Reuters) - Brazilian wireless carrier TIM Participações SA has obtained board approval for its plan to reorganize its subsidiaries TIM Celular and long-distance operator Intelig Telecom, according to a securities filing on Tuesday.

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BRIEF-ACCC institutes proceedings against Ford Motor Company Of Australia

July 26 (Reuters) - Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

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Express Scripts bearish on new Anthem contract

July 25 (Reuters) - Pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts Holding Co said on Tuesday that a new contract with biggest customer Anthem Inc would be on terms significantly less favorable for the company.

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UPDATE 3-Chipotle links sick worker to latest Norovirus outbreak

LOS ANGELES, July 25 (Reuters) - Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc is retraining kitchen crews on food safety and enforcing a zero-tolerance policy for employees refusing to abide by new rules, after identifying a sick employee as the cause of a Norovirus outbreak that forced it to briefly close a restaurant in Virginia last week.

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U.S. judge refuses to halt New York nuclear power plant subsidies

NEW YORK, July 25 (Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit by energy companies and trade groups to stop New York Governor Andrew Cuomo from providing billions of dollars in subsidies to prop up struggling nuclear power plants in the state.

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Jakarta's traffic-clogged economy gets a lift from motorbike deliveries

JAKARTA, July 26 (Reuters) - Three years ago, Ferly Aninditya's stall at a Jakarta food court was losing money. Deterred by the Indonesian capital's paralysing traffic, few customers were prepared to come to him.

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BRIEF-Biogen says in July 2017 learned that prosecution office of Milan is investigating interactions with some healthcare providers in Italy - SEC Filing

* Biogen says in July 2017 learned that prosecution office of Milan is investigating interactions with some healthcare providers in Italy - SEC Filing

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UPDATE 3-Malaysia's Petronas scraps $29 bln western Canada LNG project

CALGARY, Alberta, July 25 (Reuters) - Malaysian state-owned energy company Petronas will not proceed with a proposed C$36 billion ($29 billion) liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in western Canada due to weak global prices, dealing a blow to Canada's ambitions to become a global LNG player.

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Adviser charged with insider trading on Pfizer-King deal pleads guilty

NEW YORK, July 25 (Reuters) - A Long Island, New York, investment adviser accused of engaging in insider trading after being tipped off about Pfizer Inc's $3.6 billion acquisition of King Pharmaceuticals Inc pleaded guilty on Tuesday, federal prosecutors said.

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BRIEF-Emerge Energy Services and EP Energy E&P Co entered into sand supply agreement

* Emerge Energy Services Lp - on july 19, unit of co and EP Energy E&P Company, L.P. entered into a sand supply agreement effective as of Jan. 1, 2017

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Macquarie taps advisers for up to $4.5 bln Puget Energy stake sale -sources

July 25 (Reuters) - Macquarie Group has chosen Moelis & Co and its own investment banking arm to advise on the sale of its 42 percent stake in Washington utility Puget Energy, people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.