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'Lady Bird,' Jay-Z nominated for GLAAD Media Awards

GLAAD announced the nominees for the organization's media awards on Friday, which recognize LGBTQ-inclusive content.

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BRIEF-Cinedigm Announces Strategic Alliance With Starrise Media

* CINEDIGM ANNOUNCES STRATEGIC ALLIANCE WITH LEADING CHINESE ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY STARRISE MEDIA TO RELEASE FILMS IN CHINA AND NORTH AMERICA

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BRIEF-Alibaba Pictures Group Says Shanghai TPP Enters Advertising Services Framework Agreements

* SHANGHAI TPP ENTERS ADVERTISING SERVICES FRAMEWORK AGREEMENTS WITH UNITS OF ALIBABA GROUP HOLDING LTD Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (bangalore.newsroom@thomsonreuters.com)

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UPDATE 2-Social media companies accelerate removals of online hate speech -EU

* Improvement means legislation less likely -EU commissioner (Adds Google comment)

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BRIEF-Citizens Financial Group Sees FY2018 Provision Expense $425 Mln - $475 Mln Vs. Underlying 2017‍​

* CITIZENS FINANCIAL GROUP SEES FY2018 PROVISION EXPENSE $425 MILLION - $475 MILLION VERSUS. UNDERLYING 2017‍​

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BRIEF-Citizens Financial Group Q4 Earnings Per Share $1.35

* CITIZENS FINANCIAL GROUP, INC. REPORTS FOURTH QUARTER NET INCOME OF $666 MILLION AND DILUTED EPS OF $1.35

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China detains rights lawyer critical of President Xi Jinping: wife

BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing authorities on Friday took outspoken rights lawyer Yu Wensheng into custody as he was taking his child to school, his wife told Reuters, days after Yu said he was stripped of his legal license for criticizing President Xi Jinping.

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South Korean group files complaint against Apple CEO over iPhone slowdown

SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean consumer group has filed a criminal complaint against Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook over slower iPhone devices, after probes in Europe into allegations the firm had deliberately shortened the life of its handsets.

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S.Korean group files complaint against Apple CEO over iPhone slowdown

SEOUL, Jan 19 (Reuters) - A South Korean consumer group has filed a criminal complaint against Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook over slower iPhone devices, after probes in Europe into allegations the firm had deliberately shortened the life of its handsets.

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An Advocate for Israel Draws Fire as He Nears Confirmation to Civil Rights Post

Kenneth Marcus’s potential return to the Education Department has drawn criticism from civil rights groups that see his narrow focus on Israel as blinding him to other matters of bias.

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Social media companies accelerate removals of online hate speech -EU

BRUSSELS, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Social media companies Facebook , Twitter and Google's YouTube have greatly accelerated their removals of online hate speech, reviewing over two thirds of complaints within 24 hours, new EU figures show.

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Thadaney to leave Toronto Stock Exchange owner TMX Group

Jan 18 (Reuters) - TMX Group's head of equity capital markets, Nicholas Thadaney, is leaving Canada's biggest stock exchange operator after a reorganization of the company, Chief Executive Officer Lou Eccleston said.

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France to launch international group targeting toxic gas attacks

UNITED NATIONS/PARIS (Reuters) - France has asked some 30 countries to work together to preserve evidence of chemical weapons attacks and impose sanctions on those responsible after Russia ended an international inquiry into who is to blame for using toxic gas in Syria.

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Spotify launches visual content in multimedia push ahead of IPO

(Reuters) - Music streaming company Spotify launched a feature that will allow listeners to see stories, news and other content through photos, videos and text, the company said on Thursday, expanding beyond music ahead of taking itself public.

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BRIEF-ZK International Group Announces $1.2 Million Contract With The Xingrong Group

* ZK INTERNATIONAL GROUP CO., LTD. ANNOUNCES $1.2 MILLION CONTRACT WITH THE XINGRONG GROUP, ONE OF CHINA'S LARGEST WATER SUPPLY AND TREATMENT COMPANIES Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-WEC Energy Group Raises Quarterly Dividend

* QUARTERLY CASH DIVIDEND OF 55.25 CENTS PER SHARE, INCREASE OF 6.25 PERCENT OVER CURRENT QUARTERLY DIVIDEND OF 52 CENTS SHARE Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Nassar says his case is a 'media circus'

Serial sexual abuser Larry Nassar accused the judge presiding over his case of conducting a "four-day sentencing media circus" for her own benefit, he wrote in a letter read aloud in court on Thursday

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Reedeux Media seeks IPO after first coin offering sells out

(Reuters) - U.S. tech startup Reedeux Media said it plans to list on the Nasdaq exchange later this year, seeking a valuation of up to $1 billion after selling out the first tranche of its media cryptocurrency coin offering on Thursday.

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HRW says Trump is 'disaster' for human rights, fuels authoritarians

PARIS (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's record on human rights in his first year in office has been a "disaster" and has encouraged oppression by authoritarian leaders from China to Russia, the head of Human Rights Watch said in an interview on Wednesday.

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BRIEF-Marathon Patent Group Acquires Blockchain And Cryptocurrency Transmission Patents

* MARATHON PATENT GROUP ACQUIRES BLOCKCHAIN AND CRYPTOCURRENCY TRANSMISSION PATENTS

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BRIEF-Capitala Group Participates In $29.0 Million Credit Facility

* CAPITALA GROUP PARTICIPATES IN $29.0 MILLION CREDIT FACILITY

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U.S. tech trade groups urge Trump to let spouses of H1b holders to work

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - U.S. technology trade groups on Thursday urged the Trump administration to retain an Obama-era rule that allows certain spouses of highly skilled guest workers to also work legally in the United States.

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U.S. senators rip Trump over his attacks on the media

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senator Jeff Flake castigated President Donald Trump on Wednesday for his attacks on the media, saying Trump had embraced the despotic language of former Soviet dictator Josef Stalin and inspired modern-day authoritarians.

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Trilobites: Being Antisocial Leads to a Longer Life. For Marmots.

Unlike most mammals, yellow-bellied marmots with more active social lives died younger than those that kept to themselves, scientists found after tracking them for 13 years.

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Senators rip Trump over his attacks on the media

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Jeff Flake on Wednesday castigated President Donald Trump for his attacks on the media, comparing his fellow Republican to former Soviet dictator Josef Stalin and charging that Trump inspires modern-day authoritarians.

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Turkey says will respond immediately to any threats from Western Syria

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey will respond immediately to any threats from Western Syria that could harm the country or its citizens, the National Security Council (MGK) said on Wednesday.

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U.S. senator compares Trump's attacks on media to Stalin

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Jeff Flake on Wednesday castigated President Donald Trump for his attacks on the media, comparing his fellow Republican to former Soviet dictator Josef Stalin and charging that Trump inspires modern-day authoritarians.

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Congo armed groups uniting against President Kabila: U.N.

GENEVA (Reuters) - Militias in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are uniting in opposition to President Joseph Kabila, a senior U.N. official there told a news conference in Geneva on Wednesday.

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U.N. mediator invites Syria, opposition to Vienna talks next week

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria said on Wednesday he had invited the Syrian government and opposition to a special meeting to be held next week in Vienna, Austria.

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Top German Social Democrats urge party to back coalition talks with Merkel

BERLIN (Reuters) - Leading German Social Democrats (SPD) urged delegates on Tuesday to back coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and warned that shunning another tie-up would further damage the party's already dire ratings.

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CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-Russia awarded rights to Stolichnaya vodka brand in Benelux

AMSTERDAM, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Russia's state-owned Sojuzplodoimport won a Dutch appeals court ruling on Tuesday giving it the rights to the Stolichnaya vodka brand in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg (Benelux) and stripping them from SPI Group's Spirits International.

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BRIEF-Carlyle Group Says Wanlin Liu Has Joined The Carlyle Asia Private Equity Team As Managing Director

* THE CARLYLE GROUP SAYS WANLIN LIU HAS JOINED THE CARLYLE ASIA PRIVATE EQUITY TEAM AS MANAGING DIRECTOR

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Brazil commission to negotiate transfer of rights with Petrobras

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 17 (Reuters) - The Brazilian government on Wednesday created a commission to negotiate the terms of a so-called "transfer of rights" program with state-controlled oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras).

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BRIEF-Varun Beverages Approves Buying Franchisee Rights For Pepsico India's Sub-Territory In Bihar

* SAYS APPROVED TO BUY FRANCHISEE RIGHTS FOR PEPSICO INDIA'S PREVIOUSLY FRANCHISED SUB-TERRITORY IN STATE OF BIHAR Source text -http://bit.ly/2FJ3Bwm Further company coverage:

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'Bookkeeper of Auschwitz's' plea for mercy rejected - German media

BERLIN (Reuters) - A plea for clemency from a 96-year-old German convicted over his role in the murders of 300,000 people at the Auschwitz death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland has been rejected, German media cited prosecutors as saying on Wednesday.

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Arson attack rips through office of Russian human rights group

MOSCOW (Reuters) - One of Russia's biggest human rights groups said on Wednesday that one of its offices in southern Russia had been badly damaged in an overnight arson attack, an incident it said was part of a campaign to drive it from the region.

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Amid tension, China carrier group sails through Taiwan Strait

TAIPEI (Reuters) - A Chinese carrier group has sailed through the narrow Taiwan Strait that separates the self-ruled island from its giant neighbor but no unusual activity was detected, Taiwan said on Wednesday, amid heightened tension with Beijing.

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BRIEF-Cineworld ‍Fully Underwritten Rights Issue Raising Proceeds Of 1.7 Bln STG - bookrunner

* ‍FULLY UNDERWRITTEN RIGHTS ISSUE RAISING PROCEEDS OF £1.7 BILLION IN CONNECTION WITH PROPOSED ACQUISITION OF REGAL ENTERTAINMENT

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BRIEF-ARHT Media increases size of private placement financing to $5 mln

* ARHT MEDIA ANNOUNCES UPSIZING OF PRIVATE PLACEMENT FINANCING

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Canadian jury at impasse in Lac Megantic derailment trial: media

MONTREAL (Reuters) - A Canadian jury on Tuesday said it was at an impasse in the trial of three former rail employees in the 2013 Lac Megantic train derailment that killed 47 in Quebec and has asked the judge for guidance in the matter, local media reported.

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'The Fakeys': Comedians turn tables on Trump's 'fake news' awards

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Comedian Samantha Bee is campaigning for "Shrillest Reporting," late-night talk show host Stephen Colbert put up a billboard in New York's Times Square in a bid to win votes, and rival Jimmy Kimmel calls them "The Stupid People's Choice Awards."

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Motor racing: Hamilton misses sponsor event but back on social media

LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton pulled out of his first sponsor engagement of the year on Tuesday but reappeared on social media after wiping his accounts clean over the Christmas break.

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UPDATE 4-Citigroup reports $18 bln loss on one-time tax items

Jan 16 (Reuters) - Citigroup Inc posted an $18-billion quarterly loss on Tuesday because of charges related to a new U.S. tax law, but its adjusted earnings beat Wall Street expectations and management signaled that the bank may soon lift financial performance targets.

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BRIEF-NSK Will Probably Generate Roughly 108 Bln Yen In Group Operating Profit In The Year Through March 2019 - Nikkei

* NSK LTD WILL PROBABLY GENERATE ROUGHLY 108 BILLION YEN IN GROUP OPERATING PROFIT IN THE YEAR THROUGH MARCH 2019 - NIKKEI Source text : [http://s.nikkei.com/2DjXq3M] Further company coverage:

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Citigroup reports $18 billion loss on one-time tax items

(Reuters) - Citigroup Inc posted an $18-billion quarterly loss on Tuesday because of charges related to a new U.S. tax law, but its adjusted earnings beat Wall Street expectations and management signaled that the bank may soon lift financial performance targets.

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California family projected happy, wholesome image on social media

The Turpin family, on social media at least, is just like the rest of us -- posting the best pictures showing everyone smiling and having a great time during family trips and other special occasions.

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Split Social Democrats could sink Merkel's coalition plans

BERLIN (Reuters) - The leader of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) tried on Tuesday to quash a grassroots rebellion against a blueprint agreed with Angela Merkel's conservatives to enter formal talks on a "grand coalition" which could scupper her plan for a fourth term.

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BRIEF-Citigroup Q4 2017 Adj Shr $1.28

* CITIGROUP QTRLY REPORTED LOSS PER SHARE $7.15; QTRLY ADJUSTED EARNINGS PER SHARE $1.28; QTRLY REVENUE $17.26 BILLION VERSUS $17.01 BILLION

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BRIEF-China Lodging Group reports 87 pct occupancy rate for leased and owned hotels in Q4

* CHINA LODGING GROUP, LIMITED ANNOUNCES ITS PRELIMINARY RESULTS FOR HOTEL OPERATION IN THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 2017

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BRIEF-Afterpay Touch Group Enters Agreement With Matrix Partners

* HAS ENTERED INTO A STRATEGIC RELATIONSHIP AND NEW SHARE ISSUANCE TRANSACTION WITH MATRIX PARTNERS

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Foreign governments, candidates, trade groups spent at Trump properties: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sixty-four trade groups, foreign governments, Republican candidates and others stayed at or held events at properties linked to U.S. President Donald Trump during Trump's first year in office, a political watchdog group said in a report released on Tuesday.

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China rights lawyer says legal license revoked after criticizing President Xi Jinping

BEIJING (Reuters) - A prominent Chinese rights lawyer who wrote an open letter criticizing President Xi Jinping said on Monday that authorities had revoked his license to practice law.

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China consumer group seeks answers from Apple about slowing iPhones

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A Chinese consumer group has asked Apple for information about the slowing of older iPhones after operating system updates, demanding a reply before Friday, state news agency Xinhua reported.

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BRIEF-MTY Food Group Increases Its Quarterly Dividend By 30%

* MTY FOOD GROUP INC - ‍ANNOUNCES AN INCREASE OF 30% OF ITS QUARTERLY DIVIDEND PAYMENT, WHICH INCREASES FROM 11.5¢ PER SHARE TO 15¢ PER SHARE​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (Bengaluru Newsroom: +91 806 749 1136)

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Flake: GOP should stand up to Trump's Stalin-like attacks on media

GOP Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona plans to deliver a speech comparing President Donald Trump's attacks on the press as reminiscent of Joseph Stalin, and said Monday that his colleagues should join him in speaking out.

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Romania's PM resigns after Social Democrats withdraw backing

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romania's Prime Minister Mihai Tudose resigned on Monday after his Social Democrat Party (PSD) leaders withdrew backing for him in an overwhelming vote, making him the second premier ousted by the party in less than seven months.

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Romania's PM resigns after Social Democrats withdraw backing for him: sources

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romania's Prime Minister Mihai Tudose resigned on Monday, after his ruling Social Democrat Party (PSD) leaders withdrew political backing for him in an overwhelming vote, the second premier to be ousted by his party in less than seven months.

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BRIEF-Arthur J. Gallagher & Co Acquires The Daniels Group Inc

* ARTHUR J GALLAGHER & CO - ‍TERMS OF TRANSACTION WERE NOT DISCLOSED​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (Bengaluru Newsroom: +91 806 749 1136)

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BRIEF-Bombardier Specialized Aircraft Says Conair Group Purchased Six Q400 Aircraft

* BOMBARDIER AND CONAIR ANNOUNCE PURCHASE AGREEMENT FOR SIX Q400 AIRCRAFT FOR CONVERSION INTO Q400 MULTIROLE AIRTANKERS‍​

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Bahrain court upholds jail sentence against rights activist Rajab

DUBAI (Reuters) - Bahrain's top court on Monday upheld a two-year prison sentence imposed last year by a lower tribunal on rights campaigner Nabeel Rajab over comments he was alleged to have made to journalists, a rights group said.

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BRIEF-Leading Brands Amends Definitive Arrangement Agreement With Liquid Media Group

* LEADING BRANDS, INC.: AMENDS DEFINITIVE ARRANGEMENT AGREEMENT WITH LIQUID MEDIA GROUP, INC., AND ANNOUNCES Q3 RESULTS

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Tiffany Haddish's viral story nabs her a Groupon gig

Going viral has landed actress Tiffany Haddish a new gig.

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BRIEF-Citigroup Says "Expanded On Efforts To Assess Pay At Citi When Comparing Women To Men, And US Minorities To Non-Minorities" - Memo‍​

* CITIGROUP SAYS, IN MEMO TO STAFF, "EXPANDED ON EFFORTS TO ASSESS PAY AT CITI WHEN COMPARING WOMEN TO MEN, AND US MINORITIES TO NON-MINORITIES"‍​

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French families plan to sue retailers over baby milk recall: group

PARIS (Reuters) - Some French families affected by a recall of baby milk by dairy firm Lactalis due to salmonella contamination plan to take legal action against supermarket chains, the head of a victims group said on Monday.

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Noble Group nets less than expected from oil unit sale to Vitol

LONDON (Reuters) - Struggling commodities trader Noble Group has completed the sale of its U.S.-focused oil business to the world's largest oil trader Vitol, but net proceeds from the deal are lower than a previously announced estimate, the company said on Monday.

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Armed group clashes shut airport in Libyan capital

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Clashes broke out around Mitiga airport in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Monday, causing the suspension of all flights.

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Peru ex-President Fujimori hospitalized with heart problems: media

LIMA (Reuters) - Alberto Fujimori, Peru's former authoritarian president who was freed from a 25-year prison sentence with a humanitarian pardon last Christmas Eve, was hospitalized with heart problems on Sunday, his doctor told local newspaper El Comercio.

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Peace efforts can only resume under international mediation: Abbas

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday he would only accept a broad, internationally-backed panel to broker any peace talks with Israel, but did not rule out a U.S. role in such a panel.

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Iraqi PM Abadi to seek re-election, in alliance with Iran-backed group

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Sunday announced he would stand for re-election on May 12 at the head of a cross-sectarian bloc, and received the support of a powerful Shi'ite group close to Iran.

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Transgender U.S. military recruits enlist amid uncertainty

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Transgender Americans are openly enlisting in the U.S. military for the first time, saying they feel confident that court rulings blocking Republican President Donald Trump's ban on their service will stand.

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RPT-U.S. 'socially screened' funds draw second-biggest inflows ever

NEW YORK, Jan 12 (Reuters) - U.S. investors poured $4.7 billion into so-called socially responsible mutual funds and exchange-traded funds in 2017, the category's second-biggest annual inflow ever, with managers pointing to Trump administration policies as a reason for the move.

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Mexican journalist killed amid wave of violence against media

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A journalist was killed on Saturday in the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas, adding to a wave of violence in one of the world's most dangerous countries for media workers.

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Left-wing German Social Democrats lobby against Merkel alliance

BERLIN (Reuters) - Left-wing German Social Democrats lobbied party members on Saturday against joining Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives in a re-run of their 2013-2017 alliance, a week before delegates are asked to back a coalition blueprint.

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South Korea says North Korea suggested talks to send performance group to winter olympics

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's unification ministry said on Saturday that North Korea has proposed working-level talks on the prospects of sending its performance 'art' group to the winter olympics held in the South.

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Pope Faces Turmoil in Chile Over Indigenous Group and Sex Abuse

Firebombs exploded at three churches in Santiago, Chile’s capital, on Friday, just days before Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Chile and Peru.

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U.S. 'socially screened' funds draw second-biggest inflows ever

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. investors poured $4.7 billion into so-called socially responsible mutual funds and exchange-traded funds in 2017, the category's second-biggest annual inflow ever, with...

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Edgar Ray Killen, Convicted in ’64 Killings of Rights Workers, Dies at 92

Mr. Killen, who died in prison, drew a 60-year sentence in 2005 after evading conviction 41 years earlier in the murders of three civil rights campaigners.

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BRIEF-Capital City Bank Group Provides Impact to Deferred Tax Asset in Q4 From Tax Act

* CAPITAL CITY BANK GROUP - OVERALL IMPACT OF TAX ACT TO REQUIRE CO TO WRITE DOWN NET DEFERRED TAX ASSET BY $4.0 MILLION, OR $0.24 PER SHARE IN Q4 2017 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Post-trade group working to further shorten U.S. settlement cycle

NEW YORK, Jan 12 (Reuters) - The post-trade processor for U.S. stocks, as well as corporate and municipal bonds, said it is taking steps to further cut the time it takes to settle trades in a bid to reduce risk in the financial system and free up more capital.

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BRIEF-WEC Energy Group Increases Number Of Directors On Its Board To 14

* WEC ENERGY GROUP INC - ON JAN 10, 2018, BOARD INCREASED NUMBER OF DIRECTORS CONSTITUTING THE BOARD FROM 13 TO 14 Source text : [http://bit.ly/2qXSfl4] Further company coverage:

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Syrian state media says Turkey helped rebel attack

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian state media on Friday cited field commanders as saying Turkey helped anti-government rebels launch a counter attack against the Syrian army and its allies in the northwest this week, underlining recent regional tensions over the fighting.

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Coalition deal leaves Merkel's fate in hands of Social Democrats

BERLIN (Reuters) - Angela Merkel has survived as German chancellor but the coalition deal she clinched on Friday puts her fate in the hands of her Social Democrat (SPD) partners and risks eroding support from her close allies before the end of her fourth term.

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France's Macron welcomes Merkel's deal with Social Democrats, says good for Europe

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday welcomed a deal in Germany between Chancellor Angela Merkel and Social Democrat (SPD) that paves the way for a coalition government, saying its provisional terms were good for Europe.

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BRIEF-Golden Queen Announces Trading Date And Exercise Period Of Rights Offering

* GOLDEN QUEEN ANNOUNCES TRADING DATE AND EXERCISE PERIOD OF RIGHTS OFFERING

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BRIEF-Kite Realty Group Trust And University Of Notre Dame Sign JV

* KITE REALTY GROUP TRUST ANNOUNCES STRATEGIC JOINT VENTURE AT EDDY STREET COMMONS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME

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Connecticut police to release report on Sandy Hook massacre: media

(Reuters) - The Connecticut State Police are set to release a report on Friday analyzing their response to the 2012 Sandy Hook gun massacre of 26 young children and educators at Newtown elementary school, the Hartford Courant reported.

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Merkel strikes deal with social democrats, opening way to new German government

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel struck a deal with Social Democrat (SPD) rivals on Friday to open government coalition talks, easing months of uncertainty that has undermined Germany's global role and raised questions about her political future.

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BRIEF-Zais Group Holdings To Merge With Z Acquisition LLC

* ZAIS GROUP HOLDINGS, INC. ENTERS INTO DEFINITIVE MERGER AGREEMENT; TRANSACTION WOULD RESULT IN COMPANY GOING PRIVATE

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Uproar over crackdown on cryptocurrencies divides South Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) - With a tech-savvy population quick to adopt the latest gadgets and a young generation facing dim prospects in the conventional workplace, South Korea has been a fertile ground for virtual currencies.

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Japanese pop group chants cryptocurrency choruses

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese pop group hopped on the bitcoin bandwagon on Friday, dedicating themselves to singing and dancing about the cryptocurrencies that have taken the world by storm, and especially their homeland.

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Media Organizations Grapple With the New Facebook

In a heated political environment, Mark Zuckerberg moves to favor posts by friends. Will that mean a loss in audience for news outlets?

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U.N. says suspected rights abuses after deadly gunfight 'troubling'

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The United Nations said on Thursday it was deeply concerned that Mexican security forces may have violated human rights in responding to a gun battle near the seaside resort of Acapulco in which 11 people were killed.

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BRIEF-Platinum Group Metals reports quarterly loss per share $0.08

* ‍CONTINUES TO ACTIVELY ASSESS CORPORATE AND STRATEGIC ALTERNATIVES WITH ADVISORS​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Op-Ed Contributor: Social Media Is Making Us Dumber. Here’s Exhibit A.

Steven Pinker is a liberal, Jewish professor. But social media convinced people that he’s a darling of the alt-right.

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FCC pauses review of Sinclair's plan to buy Tribune Media Co

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Communications Commission said on Thursday that it was pausing its review of Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc's plan to buy Tribune Media Company .

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U.S. FCC pauses review of Sinclair's plan to buy Tribune Media Co

WASHINGTON, Jan 11 (Reuters) - The Federal Communications Commission said on Thursday that it was pausing its review of Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc's plan to buy Tribune Media Company.

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BRIEF-Hexion Inc Announces Sale Of Additives Technology Group Business

* HEXION INC. ANNOUNCES SALE OF ADDITIVES TECHNOLOGY GROUP BUSINESS

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Bipartisan U.S. Senate group crafts 'Dreamer' immigration plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan group of U.S. senators on Thursday reached a tentative agreement on legislation to protect young "Dreamer" immigrants from deportation, along with other immigration policy changes, and is attempting to build support for the deal in Congress.

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Bipartisan Senate group crafts 'Dreamer' immigration plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan group of U.S. senators on Thursday reached a tentative agreement on legislation to protect young "Dreamer" immigrants from deportation, along with other immigration policy changes, and is attempting to build support for the deal in Congress.

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Luxury group Kering to spin off Puma to its own shareholders

FRANKFURT/LONDON (Reuters) - Gucci-owner Kering plans to spin off German sports brand Puma to the French conglomerate's shareholders to focus squarely on its luxury brands.

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UPDATE 2-Luxury group Kering to spin off Puma to its own shareholders

* Spin-off deal comes after turnaround for Puma (Updates with Kering CFO quotes, background)

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Journalist says she started notorious list of allegations against men in the media

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BRIEF-Postmedia Reports First Quarter Results

* POSTMEDIA NETWORK CANADA - IMPLEMENTED INITIATIVES WHICH ARE EXPECTED TO RESULT IN ABOUT $14 MILLION OF NET ANNUALIZED COST SAVINGS IN QUARTER

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Hamilton's social silence has the Formula One fans talking

BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton's social media posts have long been a talking point in Formula One but the absence of any from the four times world champion so far this year is also attracting attention.

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BRIEF-Moviepass Announces Media Partnership With IHeartMedia

* MOVIEPASS INC SAYS NEW AGREEMENT INCLUDES AN EXTENSIVE MARKETING CAMPAIGN ACROSS IHEARTMEDIA'S MULTIPLATFORM NETWORK

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BRIEF-T. Rowe Price Group Preliminary Month-End Assets Under Management Of $991 Bln As Of Dec. 31

* T. ROWE PRICE GROUP REPORTS PRELIMINARY MONTH-END ASSETS UNDER MANAGEMENT FOR DECEMBER 2017

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BRIEF-Shanda Group, Affiliates, Hold About 24% Of Community Health Systems Common Stock

* COMMUNITY HEALTH SYSTEMS INC - ON JAN 11, MEMBERS OF SHANDA GROUP FILED AMENDMENT TO SCHEDULE 13D TO DISCLOSE INCREASE IN INVESTMENT IN CO

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BRIEF-Keane Group Sees Revenue $498 Mln To $500 Mln For Three Months Ended Dec. 31

* KEANE GROUP SEES REVENUE $498 MILLION TO $500 MILLION FOR THREE MONTHS ENDED DEC. 31

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BRIEF-Keane Group Files For Offering 6 Mln Shares Of Common Stock By The Selling Stockholder

* KEANE GROUP INC FILES FOR OFFERING 6.0 MILLION SHARES OF COMMON STOCK BY THE SELLING STOCKHOLDER - SEC FILING Source text: [http://bit.ly/2D1Lvax] Further company coverage:

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Vietnam seeks lengthy jail terms for former officials of state oil firm: media

HANOI (Reuters) - Prosecutors in Vietnam were seeking long jail terms on Thursday for a former member of the country's ruling politburo and a high-profile former official over losses of hundreds of millions of dollars at a state oil firm, domestic media said.

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Vietnam seeks sentences for former PetroVietnam officials: media

HANOI (Reuters) - Prosecutors in Vietnam were seeking jail terms on Thursday for a former member of the country's ruling politburo and a high-profile former official of an oil firm, domestic media said.

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BRIEF-Helsinn Group and MEI Pharma's Pracinostat receives orphan drug designation from European Medicines Agency

* HELSINN GROUP AND MEI PHARMA ANNOUNCE THAT PRACINOSTAT HAS RECEIVED ORPHAN DRUG DESIGNATION FROM THE EUROPEAN MEDICINES AGENCY FOR THE TREATMENT OF ACUTE MYELOID LEUKEMIA (AML) Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Moira Donegan Says She Created List of Men in Media Accused of Misconduct

Ms. Donegan said she created the list for women in the media industry to document what many discussed in private: the names of men to stay away from.

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BRIEF-KKR-backed Emerald Media acquires controlling stake in Cosmos-Maya

* KKR-BACKED EMERALD MEDIA ACQUIRES CONTROLLING STAKE IN COSMOS-MAYA

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BRIEF-NFI Group Announces Fourth Quarter 2017 Backlog

* NFI GROUP ANNOUNCES FOURTH QUARTER 2017 ORDERS, BACKLOG AND 2018 OUTLOOK

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BRIEF-Capgen Capital Group Reports A 7.3 Pct Stake In Union Bankshares

* CAPGEN CAPITAL GROUP VI LP REPORTS A 7.3 PCT STAKE IN UNION BANKSHARES CORP AS OF JAN 1 - SEC FILING

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Smaller social network tied to bigger diabetes risk

(Reuters Health) - - Socially isolated people may be more likely to develop diabetes than adults with closer ties to family and friends, a recent study suggests.

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BRIEF-Softbank Group Reports Purchase Of 5.3 Million Shares Of Sprint Corp's Common Stock Between Jan 8-9

* SOFTBANK GROUP CORP REPORTS OPEN MARKET PURCHASE OF 5,348,176 SHARES OF SPRINT CORP'S COMMON STOCK BETWEEN JAN 8 AND JAN 9 - SEC FILING Source text: (http://bit.ly/2FoJNyc)

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Magnitude 4.7 earthquake hits western Iran: local media

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A magnitude 4.7 earthquake hit western Iran on Wednesday evening, according to Mizan, the official website of the Iranian judiciary.

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On eve of trip, Pope orders takeover of Catholic group in Peru

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis has ordered the Vatican takeover of an elite Catholic society in Peru whose founder is accused of sexually and physically abusing children and former members of the group.

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Animal rights versus big game conservation

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BRIEF-‍Marcolin Group Announces Early Renewal Of Eyewear License With GUESS

* ‍MARCOLIN GROUP SAYS ANNOUNCES EARLY RENEWAL OF AN EXCLUSIVE EYEWEAR LICENSE WITH GUESS

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BRIEF-Stars Group Appoints Observer To Board Of Directors

* THE STARS GROUP APPOINTS OBSERVER TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT WITH MR. TANG HAO

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BRIEF-Sumtra Diversified Entered Binding LoI To Acquire 100% Interest In Mjardin Group

* SUMTRA DIVERSIFIED INC - ENTERED BINDING LETTER OF INTENT TO ACQUIRE A 100% INTEREST IN MJARDIN GROUP

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BRIEF-Barna Capital Group Reports 19.5 Percent Stake In China Auto Logistics

* BARNA CAPITAL GROUP SAYS CONSIDERS ACTIVIST POSITION, POSSIBLY A SEAT ON BOARD OF CHINA AUTO LOGISTICS INC - SEC FILING

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German Social Democrats wary as coalition talks enter crunch stage

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Social Democrats sounded downbeat about their coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on Wednesday, a day before both camps decide whether they want to move to formal negotiations on establishing a new government.

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UPDATE 2-Russia awarded rights to Stolichnaya vodka brand in Benelux

AMSTERDAM, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Russia's state-owned Sojuzplodoimport won a Dutch appeals court ruling on Tuesday giving it the rights to the Stolichnaya vodka brand in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg (Benelux) and stripping them from SPI Group's Spirits International.

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BRIEF-Isign Media Solutions To Issue 495,505 Shares In Settlement Of Debt Of $69,371​

* ‍AGREED TO ISSUE 495,505 COMMON SHARES AT A DEEMED PRICE OF $0.14 PER SHARE IN SETTLEMENT OF A DEBT OF $69,371​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Meta Financial Group Says Crestmark May Be Required To Pay Termination Fee Of $10 Mln​, If Merger Terminated

* META FINANCIAL GROUP SAYS AGREEMENT PROVIDES THAT IF MERGER TERMINATED, CRESTMARK MAY BE REQUIRED TO PAY CO TERMINATION FEE OF $10 MILLION​ - SEC FILING Source text: (http://bit.ly/2Ep0qJ2) Further company coverage:

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Ecuador says exploring mediation to solve Assange standoff

QUITO (Reuters) - Ecuador said on Tuesday it was exploring mediation to solve the standoff over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been holed up in Ecuador's Embassy in London for five years, and called for cooperation from the United Kingdom and the international community.

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BRIEF-Groupe Constructo Acquires Contech

* GROUPE CONSTRUCTO ACQUIRES CONTECH, A LEADER IN TRAINING AND EVENT PLANNING FOR THE BUILDING INDUSTRY IN QUEBEC Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Golden Matrix Group Officially Enters The Bitcoin Market

* GOLDEN MATRIX GROUP, INC. OFFICIALLY ENTERS THE BITCOIN MARKET Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-CME Group Says Agricultural Producers Indicated Reduced Optimism Heading Into 2018

* CME GROUP SAYS AGRICULTURAL PRODUCERS INDICATED THEY HAVE REDUCED OPTIMISM HEADING INTO 2018

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Energy group Ineos to challenge Scotland's ban on fracking

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Energy group Ineos is seeking a judicial review of the Scottish government's ban on onshore unconventional oil and gas development in Scotland, known as "fracking".

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Swiss engineering group ABB Ltd named Formula E title sponsor

(Reuters) - Swiss engineering group ABB Ltd has agreed to become the title sponsor of the environmentally friendly Formula E racing series until 2025.

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Rights group criticizes Thai PM's cardboard cutout gesture

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, known for his temperamental outbursts, has adopted a unique tactic to avoid tricky questions from reporters -- leave a cardboard cutout of himself for reporters to quiz.

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UPDATE 1-Abu Dhabi's Etihad appoints former JetBlue exec as group CFO

Abu Dhabi, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Etihad Airways has hired former JetBlue executive Mark Powers as group chief financial officer, the Abu Dhabi-based carrier said on Tuesday.

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Abu Dhabi's Etihad appoints former JetBlue executive as group CFO

Abu Dhabi (Reuters) - Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways said on Tuesday it appointed former JetBlue executive Mark Powers as its new group chief financial officer.

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Abu Dhabi's Etihad appoints former JetBlue exec as group CFO

Abu Dhabi, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways said on Tuesday it appointed former JetBlue executive Mark Powers as its new group chief financial officer.

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Intel to form new cybersecurity group amid chip flaw: report

(Reuters) - Intel Corp will create a new internal cybersecurity group in the wake of recently disclosed flaws in its microchips, the Oregonian newspaper reported on Monday, citing a memo sent to company employees.

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Intel to form new cybersecurity group amid chip flaw - report

Jan 8 (Reuters) - Intel Corp will create a new internal cybersecurity group in the wake of recently disclosed flaws in its microchips, the Oregonian newspaper reported on Monday, citing a memo sent to company employees.

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BRIEF-Group 1 Automotive Says ‍Opens Land Rover Franchise In Watford Franchise Expected To Generate Additional Estimated $35 Mln In Annualized Revenues ​

* GROUP 1 AUTOMOTIVE - ‍OPENS LAND ROVER FRANCHISE IN WATFORD; FRANCHISE EXPECTED TO GENERATE ADDITIONAL ESTIMATED $35 MILLION IN ANNUALIZED REVENUES ​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 1-Group says Venezuela bonds should trade minus interest

NEW YORK, Jan 8 (IFR) - Emerging markets trade group EMTA on Monday recommended that Venezuela's sovereign bonds be traded flat or without accrued interest, the way bonds in default are typically traded.

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Bannon group shopped anti-Trump document in 2015

Before Donald Trump and Steve Bannon were enemies, they were allies. And not long before that, Bannon was part of an effort to sink Trump's presidential hopes -- even if Trump didn't know it.

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Turkish healthcare group MLP begins marketing IPO to investors

LONDON (Reuters) - MLP Saglik Hizmetleri, Turkey's largest private healthcare service provider, on Monday started marketing its initial public offering to investors, in which it aims to raise primary proceeds of around 500 million lira ($133 million), the bookrunner on the sale said.

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BRIEF-Top Ships Says On Jan 5, Entered Into Amendment To Note Purchase Agreement Dated Dec 14, 2017 With Crede Capital Group

* TOP SHIPS SAYS ON JAN 5, ENTERED INTO AMENDMENT TO NOTE PURCHASE AGREEMENT DATED DEC 14, 2017 WITH CREDE CAPITAL GROUP LLC - SEC FILIING

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BRIEF-RGAx To Acquire LOGIQ3 Group

* RGAX SAYS ADDITIONAL TERMS OF TRANSACTIONS, INCLUDING SALE PRICES, ARE NOT BEING DISCLOSED​

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BRIEF-Enterprise Group Announces $9.1 Million Equipment Supply And Services Agreement

* ENTERPRISE GROUP ANNOUNCES $9.1 MILLION EQUIPMENT SUPPLY AND SERVICES AGREEMENT Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Israel's Delek Group partners in Gulf of Mexico drilling

* Israel's Delek Group said on Monday it has signed a deal with GulfSlope Energy and Texas South Energy to explore 12 concessions in the Gulf of Mexico.

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UPDATE 3-Novo Nordisk bids $3.1 bln for Belgian biotech group Ablynx

* Approach shows demand for biotech assets by large firms (Adds comments from Novo CFO, further reaction and context)

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Factbox: Trump on Twitter (Jan 7): DACA, media, stock market

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

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Groups to push for boycotting Israel will be barred from entering the country

The members of 20 organizations -- including one Jewish organization -- which advocate boycotting Israel will be banned from entering the country. The full list comes from the Ministry of Strategic Affairs, a governmental department created to fight the boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement, known as BDS.

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Merkel optimistic at start of government talks with Social Democrats

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday she was "optimistic" going into exploratory talks with the Social Democrats (SPD), whose leader Martin Schulz said his party would not draw any red lines at the start of discussions.

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VW 2017 group sales rose to around 10.7 million cars, beating Toyota: Bild am Sonntag

BERLIN (Reuters) - Volkswagen group sales probably rose to around 10.7 million cars last year and kept the German behemoth ahead of Toyota as the world's largest automaker, Bild am Sonntag reported, citing in-house VW estimates.

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Watchdog group calls on Saudi Arabia to release local journalist

DUBAI (Reuters) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on Saudi Arabia to release a local journalist who was reportedly arrested this week after criticizing the government.

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Eleven Saudi princes detained following protest: media

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi authorities have detained 11 princes after they gathered at a royal palace in Riyadh in a rare protest against austerity measures that included suspending payment of their utility bills, Saudi media reported on Saturday.

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UPDATE 1-CME Group expands private trades in grain markets, raising worries

CHICAGO, Jan 5 (Reuters) - Exchange-operator CME Group Inc will allow a type of privately negotiated transaction in all its agricultural markets for the first time on Monday, splitting traders who predict the move will either improve or hurt transparency.

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BRIEF-Constellation Software's Division And Its Unit Acquire IN2 Group

* CONSTELLATION SOFTWARE INC SAYS ITS WHOLLY-OWNED DIVISION AND ITS SUBSIDIARY HAS ACQUIRED IN2 GROUP Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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CME Group expands private trades in grain markets, raising worries

CHICAGO, Jan 5 (Reuters) - Exchange operator CME Group Inc will allow a type of privately negotiated transaction in all its agricultural markets for the first time on Monday, splitting traders who predict the move will either improve or hurt transparency.

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Formula One hails growth in social media, TV audiences

LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One was the fastest growing sports brand across social media in 2017 while television and digital viewing figures also increased, the commercial rights holder said on Friday.

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Messi agreed no-fee Barca exit clause in case of Catalan independence: media

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Lionel Messi could leave Barcelona without a transfer fee if Catalonia ceded from Spain and the club did not compete in any of Europe's top four leagues, El Mundo said on Friday, citing a clause in his new contract.

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Michael Wolff, From Local Media Scourge to National Newsmaker

A journalist who loved to needle the Manhattan elite enrages the president with his insider account of the year he spend reporting from the West Wing.

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BRIEF-Olympia Financial Group Sets January Cash Dividend Of C$0.17 Per Share

* SETS JANUARY CASH DIVIDEND OF C$0.17PER SHARE Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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U.S. suspends security aid to Pakistan over militant groups

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Thursday it was suspending an undisclosed amount of security assistance to Pakistan, which two officials said was worth more than $255 million, until Islamabad takes action against the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network.

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CORRECTED-BRIEF-Pandora Media Says Entered Into Credit Agreement Under Which Lenders Secured Credit Facility Of Up To $200 Mln

* PANDORA MEDIA - ON DEC 29, CO ENTERED INTO CREDIT AGREEMENT UNDER WHICH LENDERS COMMITTED TO CO SECURED REVOLVING CREDIT FACILITY OF UP TO $200 MILLION

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Japanese Comedian Who Used Blackface Comes Under Fire Online

The comedian Masatoshi Hamada dressed up as Eddie Murphy in a widely viewed television show on New Year’s Eve.

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Social Q’s: Must I Keep This Useless Gift?

And: the price of end-of-life care, socializing with new parents, and a bystander’s stance on everyday sexism.

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Iran accuses US of 'grotesque' meddling through social media

Iran has written a letter to the United Nations accusing the US of using Facebook and Twitter to meddle in its affairs.

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Light quake shakes San Francisco; no immediate damage reported

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A shallow but light earthquake shook the San Francisco Bay Area of California early on Thursday, waking many, but there were no immediate reports of damage.

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Best of Late Night: Stephen Colbert Wants One of Trump’s ‘Corrupt Media Awards’

President Trump said on Twitter that he would be announcing awards for “dishonest” and “corrupt” members of the media. Late-night hosts are intrigued.

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Friends of arrested Reuters reporter in Myanmar pour out hearts on social media

YANGON (Reuters) - Ever since Reuters Myanmar reporter Wa Lone was arrested on Dec. 12 on suspicion of violating the Official Secrets Act, friends and former colleagues have poured out their hearts and expressed hopes for his release on social media.

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BRIEF-Total Face Group Receives Notification Of Zeltiq Aesthetics Inc & Lumenis' Contract Termination

* RECEIVED OFFICIAL NOTIFICATION THAT CONTRACT BETWEEN ZELTIQ AESTHETICS INC AND LUMENIS BEEN TERMINATED

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BRIEF-Casey's Comments On Letter From JCP Shareholder Group

* CASEYS GENERAL STORES INC - ‍MET WITH REPRESENTATIVES FROM JCP THIS PAST SUMMER​

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Public interest group sues Justice Department for release of FBI messages

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A public interest group sued the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday, demanding a quicker response to a request for internal communications about a decision to show some reporters private text messages between two FBI officials who worked for special counsel Robert Mueller.

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Virginia court rejects Democrat's bid in tied state House race: media

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Virginia recount court on Wednesday rejected a bid by the Democratic candidate in a disputed state House of Delegates race to reconsider its ruling that the election had ended in a tie, Washington's WTOP radio reported.

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U.N. human rights officials urge Iran to spare life of juvenile murderer

GENEVA (Reuters) - United Nations human rights experts called on Iran to spare the life of a man, due to be executed on Thursday, who was convicted of raping and killing a child when he was a juvenile.

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BRIEF-Nissan Group Reports U.S. Sales of 138,226 Units In December, Down 9.5 Pct

* SAYS SOLD 138,226 UNITS IN THE U.S. IN DEC. 2017, DOWN 9.5 PERCENT FROM PRIOR YEAR

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Trump’s First Big Twitter Day of 2018: Analyzing Nuclear Buttons and the ‘Corrupt Media’

The president’s 17 posts on Tuesday can be read as an outline of his agenda but also a glimpse at the challenges he faces this year.

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BRIEF-Och-Ziff Capital Management Group Says As Of January 1, Estimated Unaudited Amount Of Aum About $31.9 Bln

* OCH-ZIFF CAPITAL MANAGEMENT GROUP LLC SAYS AS OF JANUARY 1, ESTIMATED UNAUDITED AMOUNT OF AUM ABOUT $31.9 BILLION

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BRIEF-Cme Group Reached Record Average Daily Volume Of 16.3 Million Contracts In 2017, Up 4 Percent From 2016

* CME GROUP REACHED RECORD AVERAGE DAILY VOLUME OF 16.3 MILLION CONTRACTS IN 2017, UP 4 PERCENT FROM 2016

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BRIEF-Aslan Pharmaceuticals buys full global commercial rights for Varlitinib

* ASLAN PHARMACEUTICALS ACQUIRES FULL GLOBAL COMMERCIAL RIGHTS FOR VARLITINIB FROM ARRAY BIOPHARMA

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Social Media Shudders After Trump Mocks North Korea’s ‘Button’

The president’s tweet that he has a “much bigger” arsenal of nuclear weapons was met with dread and humor, of both the gallows and locker-room varieties.

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BRIEF-PRA Group Announces Changes To Board Of Directors

* PRA GROUP INC - ‍MARJORIE (MARGE) CONNELLY WAS APPOINTED TO COMPANY'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2018​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Citigroup Announces Redemption Of Series AA Preferred Stock

* CITIGROUP ANNOUNCES REDEMPTION OF SERIES AA PREFERRED STOCK

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Passenger rights group takes legal action that could block Niki sale to IAG

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A group representing airline passengers has taken legal action to shift insolvency proceedings for budget airline Niki to Austria from Germany, in a move that could endanger the sale of the Air Berlin unit to Britain's IAG .

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Vice Media Places Two Executives on Leave

After an investigation by The Times, the company reconsiders sexual harassment allegations against its president and chief digital officer.

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BRIEF-Cronos Group Upsizes Bought Deal Financing To $40 Mln

* CRONOS GROUP INC. ANNOUNCES UPSIZE OF PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED BOUGHT DEAL FINANCING TO $40 MILLION

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BRIEF-Interactive Brokers Group Reports Brokerage Metrics For December 2017

* INTERACTIVE BROKERS GROUP REPORTS BROKERAGE METRICS AND OTHER FINANCIAL INFORMATION FOR DECEMBER 2017, INCLUDES REG.-NMS EXECUTION STATISTICS

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Civil rights resolutions for a better America in 2018

Will 2018 be the year when racism ends and America truly has liberty and justice for all?

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U.N. rights experts decry repression of activists in Saudi Arabia

GENEVA (Reuters) - United Nations human rights experts called on Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to end "repression" of rights activists and release dozens detained since September for peacefully exercising their civil and political rights.

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BRIEF-Nuvo Pharmaceuticals Acquires Global Ex-U.S. Product Rights, Existing Royalty Streams To Resultz From Piedmont Pharmaceuticals

* NUVO PHARMACEUTICALS INC.™ ACQUIRES GLOBAL EX-U.S. PRODUCT RIGHTS AND EXISTING ROYALTY STREAMS TO RESULTZ® FROM PIEDMONT PHARMACEUTICALS LLC

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BRIEF-Cronos Group Announces $30 Million Bought Deal

* CRONOS-ENTERED LETTER OF ENGAGEMENT WITH PI FINANCIAL; UNDERWRITERS TO PURCHASE FOR RE-SALE 3.4 MILLION SHARES OF CO ON "BOUGHT DEAL" BASIS AT $8.75PER SHARE​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-DSP Group, Emza, Himax Announce AI Based Human Presence IoT Visual Sensor

* DSP GROUP, EMZA AND HIMAX ANNOUNCE INDUSTRY’S FIRST AI BASED HUMAN PRESENCE IOT VISUAL SENSOR FOR CONSUMER APPLIANCES AND INDUSTRIAL APPLICATIONS Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Digital media are changing the face of buildings

Looking over the Melbourne skyline in the evening, I can see at least four high-rise building facades containing digital media. They've become animated, almost flickering like diamonds. And we see this across the globe: buildings now seem to compete to be the most mind-boggling in appearance. Architecture has opportunities that it never had before, and urban policy needs to keep up with these developments.

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BRIEF-ADO Group to examine private or public offering by ADO Properties SA in Q1 2018

* A.D.O GROUP TO EXAMINE PRIVATE OR PUBLIC OFFERING BY ADO PROPERTIES SA DURING FIRST FISCAL QUARTER OF 2018​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Australian investigators to raise seaplane in which Compass Group CEO, family killed

SYDNEY, Jan 2 (Reuters) - Australia's transport safety investigation agency said on Tuesday it plans to raise a seaplane that crashed into a Sydney river on New Year's Eve, killing six people, including the chief executive of British catering giant Compass Group Plc.

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RPT-UPDATE 4-Compass Group chief, five others killed in Sydney seaplane crash

SYDNEY/LONDON, Jan 1 (Reuters) - The chief executive of British catering giant Compass Group Plc and four members of his family were killed when the seaplane they were flying in crashed into a Sydney river on New Year's Eve.

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2017 safest year on record for commercial passenger air travel: groups

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Airlines recorded zero accident deaths in commercial passenger jets last year, according to a Dutch consulting firm and an aviation safety group that tracks crashes, making 2017 the safest year on record for commercial air travel.

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Powerful Hollywood women help form group targeting harassment in all industries

A group of more than 1,000 women in entertainment have detailed a comprehensive plan to combat sexual harassment across industries.

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Compass Group chief, five others killed in Sydney seaplane crash

SYDNEY/LONDON (Reuters) - The chief executive of British catering giant Compass Group Plc and four members of his family were killed when the seaplane they were flying in crashed into a Sydney river on New Year's Eve.