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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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Australia urges China to do more on North Korea threat

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop called on China on Thursday to do more to contain the threat of North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

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BRIEF-Southern Lithium announces non-brokered private placement

* Southern Lithium Corp - Will issue 4.8 million units (each "unit") at a purchase price $0.25 per unit, for total gross proceeds of up to $1.2 million Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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The GOP health care strategy: Pass bill first, fix it later

Congressional Republicans have a simple plan to get an Obamacare repeal and replace bill to President Donald Trump: Keep kicking the can down the road.

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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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Asia and Australia Edition: White House, Jeff Sessions, North Korea: Your Thursday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

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South Carolina court rules domestic violence laws cover same-sex couples

(Reuters) - South Carolinians in same-sex relationships should get the same legal protection against domestic violence as heterosexual couples, the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday, finding part of the state's domestic violence law unconstitutional.

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Angelina Jolie talks divorce, health in new interview

Angelina Jolie has a new house and new outlook on her family's new normal following a difficult year.

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Hezbollah says nearing victory in battle at Lebanon-Syria border

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah said on Wednesday that the group was close to scoring a "very big military victory" in the battle against militants along the Syrian-Lebanese border.

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Drought hits parts of North Dakota spring wheat prospects: tour

MINOT, North Dakota (Reuters) - Spring wheat crops in central and northwestern North Dakota were showing the effects of hot, dry conditions and yield prospects were down sharply from a year ago, scouts on an annual crop tour said Wednesday.

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Canada top court throws out permits for seismic testing in north

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's top court handed aboriginals a partial victory on Wednesday, ruling there was not adequate consultation on plans to conduct seismic testing for oil and gas in the north of the country, but dismissing a separate attempt to quash permits for changes to an Enbridge Inc pipeline.

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Ohio Carries Out Its First Execution Since 2014

The execution of Ronald Phillips was the first in Ohio since the state changed its methods after an inmate took an unusually long time to die in 2014.

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Mainland Europeans outpace Britons as Ireland tourists for first time

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Visitors from mainland Europe in the second quarter accounted for more trips to Ireland than Britons for the first time since quarterly records began nearly two decades ago.

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California Today: California Today: A Republican Candidate for Governor Talks About Corruption

Wednesday: Questions for John Cox, a Republican candidate for governor; growing pressure on U.S.C. over a drug scandal; and bioluminescence in the Pacific.

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South Korean shelter dog basks in presidential glory as 'First Dog'

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday welcomed a rescue dog to his official Blue House residence, delivering on a campaign promise to boost awareness of the fast-growing...

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BRIEF-Pointer Telocation Cellocator division signs ongoing supply agreement in North America

* Pointer Telocation Ltd - deliveries will start in 2018 and revenues from agreement are expected to reach about $2 million-$3 million on annual basis

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Booby-traps plague north Iraq as Islamic State targets returning civilians

SHEIKH AMIR, Iraq (Reuters) - As people return home to Mosul and other areas of northern Iraq freed from Islamic State, homemade bombs and explosives laid on an industrial scale by the insurgents are claiming hundreds of victims and hampering efforts to bring life back to normal.

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Wildfires Force Thousands to Evacuate in Southern France

At least 10,000 people were forced to flee after a fire started near the town of Bormes-les-Mimosas, as summer blazes raged across the region.

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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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BRIEF-Northrop Grumman Q2 earnings of $3.15‍​ per share

* Q2 aerospace systems sales $2,970 million versus $2,600 million

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How Mitch McConnell got Republicans past the first hurdle

For weeks on end, his colleagues outright rejected his attempts to get to 50 votes.

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Republican Party, Jeff Sessions, North Korea: Your Wednesday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

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BRIEF-Noble Group updates on proposed disposal of remaining North American Gas And Power Business

* Proposed disposal of noble group's remaining north american gas and power business

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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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Frugal Traveler: In Southeast England, White Cliffs, Fish and Chips, and Deals

Enjoying the region’s rolling, campestral beauty in a three-town tour — while leaving the modest stack of pounds sterling in my pocket intact.

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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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Lebanon's Hezbollah faces tough terrain in border battle

JUROUD ARSAL, Lebanon (Reuters) - The barren, rocky hilltops that form Hezbollah's new front line with jihadists at the Syrian-Lebanese border were tough to capture and supply. Hezbollah commander Hajj Abu Ali says the experience could prove useful in future battles.

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Nintendo swings to first quarter operating profit, beats estimates

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Nintendo Co Ltd said on Wednesday it returned to profit in its first quarter, beating analyst estimates, due to strong demand for its Switch console.

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Line Corp first-half profit jumps 39 percent, boosted by asset transfer

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Line Corp posted a 39 percent jump in first-half profit, boosted by a transfer of assets.

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Does US-North Korea sanctions bill risk China relationship?

The US may target Chinese companies as part of new North Korea sanctions, an administration official said this week, even as diplomats are working with Beijing at the UN to reach a new international agreement.

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Suspected Boko Haram militants kidnap oil survey team in northeast Nigeria: NNPC

BAUCHI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Suspected Boko Haram insurgents have kidnapped 10 members of a geological research team from the University of Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria, the state oil company, which contracted the work, said on Wednesday.

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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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Watch viral Tinder couple meet for the first time

A couple whose three-year-long Tinder conversation went viral on Twitter met for the first time in person on ABC's "Good Morning America."

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Feature: The Majestic Marble Quarries of Northern Italy

Fueled by insatiable demand in the gulf states, the Italian marble trade is booming. A look at how the stone is wrenched from the earth.

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A First: Cardinal Pell Appears in Australian Court on Sexual Charges

A lawyer for Cardinal George Pell, one of Pope Francis’ top advisers, said the prelate would plead not guilty to all charges. The hearing lasted six minutes.

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Boy takes first steps with help of prosthetic legs

At the age of 9, Gabe Davis has walked for the first time. He was born with a rare congenital disability that left his legs underdeveloped and limited his motor skills.

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Intelligence Agencies Say North Korean Missile Could Reach U.S. in a Year

The estimate significantly shortens the time that analysts believed it would take the regime to develop a weapon capable of reaching the continental United States.

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Fairy tales overcome nightmares at South Korea’s militarized border town

SEOUL (Reuters) - A half-hour's drive north of Seoul, along a highway lined with barbed wire, lie two shopping malls the size of several football stadiums, a stone's throw from the world's most militarized border.

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Investment in UK fintech tops pre-Brexit levels in first half of 2017

LONDON (Reuters) - Over half a billion dollars were poured into British financial technology companies in the first half of 2017, over a third more than the same period last year, trade body Innovate Finance said on Wednesday, in the latest sign the fast-growing sector is so far weathering Brexit.

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BRIEF-First Midwest Bancorp announces Q2 earnings per share $0.34

* First Midwest Bancorp, Inc. announces 2017 second quarter results

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BRIEF-First Financial Bancorp posts Q2 earnings per share $0.37

* Q2 earnings per share view $0.38 -- Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S

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BRIEF-‍First Financial Bancorp, Mainsource Financial Group to merge

* Press release - top-performing Midwest community banking organizations announce agreement to merge

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North Korea could carry out missile test soon: U.S. officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials said on Tuesday they have seen increased North Korean activity at a site in the western city of Kusong that could be preparations for another missile test within days.

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Growth of French wind power capacity slows in first half of 2017: wind lobby

PARIS (Reuters) - New onshore wind capacity dipped in France in the first six months of 2017 compared with the same period a year ago as operators slowed the development of projects because of policy and economic uncertainties, an industry lobby said on Tuesday.

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Asia and Australia Edition: Jeff Sessions, North Korea, Iran: Your Morning Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

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U.S. likely to target more Chinese entities over North Korea 'fairly soon': official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New U.S. sanctions aimed at curbing North Korean's weapons programs, including measures aimed at Chinese entities and financial institutions, can be expected "fairly soon," a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday.

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Germany's ZF recently held takeover talks with Wabco -WSJ

BERLIN, July 25 (Reuters) - German engineering company and auto supplier ZF Friedrichshafen was recently in advanced takeover talks with U.S. commercial vehicle parts supplier Wabco Holdings before they broke down, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.

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Sale talks for Brazil's Belo Monte dam chill over price -sources

SAO PAULO, July 25 (Reuters) - Negotiations for the sale of Brazil's huge Belo Monte hydropower dam have cooled due to disagreements on price and regulatory issues, three sources close to the process told Reuters.

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Hawaii Wants to Be Prepared for a Nuclear Attack by North Korea

The Pacific state updated its emergency preparedness guidelines to include information on a blast that officials say is unlikely.

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BMW halts project talks after Daimler blew whistle: Sueddeutsche

BERLIN (Reuters) - BMW has suspended talks with Daimler on future cooperation projects after its rival disclosed alleged collusion among German carmakers to cartel authorities, Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported on Tuesday, citing industry sources.

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BMW halts project talks after Daimler blew whistle -Sueddeutsche

BERLIN, July 25 (Reuters) - BMW has suspended talks with Daimler on future cooperation projects after its rival disclosed alleged collusion among German carmakers to cartel authorities, Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported on Tuesday, citing industry sources.

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UPDATE 1-Worldline agrees $85 mln First Data deal, raises 2017 targets

July 25 (Reuters) - French payments company Worldline on Tuesday announced the acquisition of payment processor First Data Baltics and raised its 2017 targets after posting an 11 percent jump in first-half operating profit.

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South Africa's Semenya to seek double gold in London

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Caster Semenya will chase a golden double at next month's world championships in London after adding the women’s 1500 meters to her 800m entry, Athletics South Africa (ASA) said on Tuesday.

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The First Time: Bill Pullman: The First Time a Fellow Actor Had My Back

It was John Candy to the rescue when a famous director of comedies questioned whether this film newcomer could get a laugh.

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Manafort Talks With Senate Investigators to Discuss June 2016 Meeting With Russians

Paul Manafort met with Senate Intelligence Committee investigators on Tuesday to discuss the June 2016 meeting between a Russian lawyer and President Trump’s inner circle.

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China urges halt to oil drilling in disputed South China Sea

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Foreign Ministry has urged a halt to oil drilling in a disputed part of the South China Sea, where Spanish oil company Repsol had been operating in cooperation with Vietnam.

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By Land, Sea or Catapult: How Smugglers Get Drugs Across the Border

As the United States increases the number of agents, drones, sensors and cameras on the border, smugglers resort to more inventive modes.

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Drugs vs. Border: How Smugglers Get Creative

About two million pounds of illegal drugs were seized by Customs and Border Protection in 2016. Here are some of the ways they are smuggled into the United States.

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Spanish policeman attacked on Morocco border, man arrested

MADRID (Reuters) - A man was detained on Tuesday after attacking a policeman on the border between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla with a large knife, a source from the local government said.

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Car bomb kills seven civilians in Egypt's North Sinai: army

CAIRO (Reuters) - Seven civilians, including two young children, were killed by a car bomb that exploded at a security checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula on Monday, Egypt's army spokesman said.

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Logitech increases outlook after first-quarter beats forecasts

ZURICH (Reuters) - Logitech International raised its profit outlook for the year after strong sales of its gaming and video collaboration products helped the computer peripheral maker beat forecasts in its first quarter.

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Exclusive: Australia to accept first Central American refugees under U.S. deal - sources

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia will accept several dozen Central American refugees within the next few months, two sources familiar with the process told Reuters, the first transfers under a controversial refugee swap arrangement agreed with the United States.

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BRIEF-Alibaba, Paytm in talks to invest about $200 mln for about 20 pct stake in India’s Bigbasket- Bloomberg

* Alibaba and its Indian associate Paytm in talks to invest about $200 million for stake of roughly 20 percent in India’s Bigbasket- Bloomberg, citing sources Source text : https://bloom.bg/2gZdPAp Further company coverage:

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Rathbone Brothers first-half pretax profit up 16.7 percent

LONDON (Reuters) - British wealth manager Rathbone Brothers plc posted a 16.7 percent rise in first-half pretax profit on Tuesday, boosted by market gains and a rise in assets under management.

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China reinforcing its border with N. Korea

China is further fortifying its border with North Korea, new reports show, amid continued tensions on the peninsula and concerns over potential US military action against Pyongyang.

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Citigroup hosts investors for first time since the financial crisis

NEW YORK (Reuters) - For the first time since receiving three government bailouts during the 2007-2009 financial crisis, Citigroup Inc on Tuesday is holding a day-long conference for investors, marking another step in the recovery of what was once the biggest U.S. bank.

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Now showing at a disputed South China Sea island not very near you

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has opened its southernmost cinema on a disputed island in the South China Sea, state media said, part on an on-going effort to build up civilian infrastructure and assert Beijing's sovereignty.

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RPT-Citigroup hosts investors for first time since the financial crisis

NEW YORK, July 25 (Reuters) - For the first time since receiving three government bailouts during the 2007-2009 financial crisis, Citigroup Inc on Tuesday is holding a day-long conference for investors, marking another step in the recovery of what was once the biggest U.S. bank.

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Why I Visited North Korea

In light of the United States barring Americans from traveling to North Korea, recent visitors shared their stories of visiting the reclusive nation.

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BRIEF-Southern Missouri Bancorp reports Q4 preliminary earnings per share $0.49

* Southern Missouri Bancorp reports preliminary results for fourth quarter of fiscal 2017; increases quarterly dividend by 10%, to $0.11 per common share; schedules conference call to discuss results for Tuesday, July 25 at 3:30 pm Central Time

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BRIEF-Dream Industrial REIT announces first U.S. asset acquisition

July 24 (Reuters) - Dream Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust

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BRIEF-First Bank reports Q2 earnings per share $0.15

* First Bank reports second quarter 2017 net income of $2.0 million, an increase of 38% from 2016

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UPDATE 2-Anadarko becomes first U.S. oil producer to slash 2017 capex

July 24 (Reuters) - U.S. oil producer Anadarko Petroleum Corp posted a larger-than-expected quarterly loss on Monday and said it would cut its 2017 capital budget by $300 million because of depressed oil prices, the first major U.S. oil producer to do so.

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Fires destroy 1,400 hectares of forest in southern France

PARIS (Reuters) - Fires have destroyed some 1,400 hectares of forest and woodlands in the south of France and the island of Corsica on Monday, authorities said.

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US sees more signs North Korea is preparing another missile test

North Korea appears to be preparing for another missile test, according to a US Defense official. The official said that transporter vehicles carrying ballistic missile launching equipment were seen arriving in Kusong, North Korea on Friday.

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UPDATE 1-U.S. jury finds AbbVie liable for misrepresentation in first AndroGel verdict

NEW YORK, July 24 (Reuters) - A federal jury in Chicago on Monday found AbbVie Inc fraudulently misrepresented the risks of its testosterone replacement drug AndroGel and ordered the drugmaker to pay $150 million in punitive damages.

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U.S. jury finds AbbVie liable for misrepresentation in first AndroGel verdict

NEW YORK, July 24 (Reuters) - A federal jury in Chicago on Monday found AbbVie Inc fraudulently misrepresented the risks of its testosterone replacement drug AndroGel and ordered the drugmaker to pay $150 million in punitive damages.

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BRIEF-TA Realty says sold a portfolio to Colony Northstar for $201 mln

* On behalf of Realty Associates Fund VIII, L.P., Realty Associates Fund X, L.P, sold a industrial portfolio to Colony Northstar for $201 million Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Trump aide Greenblatt heading to Jordan for talks after Israel visit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's Middle East envoy, Jason Greenblatt, is heading to Jordan for talks about the Mideast peace process after meetings in Israel, a senior administration official said on Monday.

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BRIEF-Northwest Bancshares Inc. says Q2 earnings per share $0.30

* Northwest Bancshares Inc. Announces second quarter 2017 earnings and quarterly dividend

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North American strength helps Halliburton smash profit view

(Reuters) - Halliburton Co swung to a quarterly profit and handily beat analysts' expectations on higher demand in North America, sending the world's No.3 oilfield services provider's shares up 2.5 percent.

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North Korea cancels annual beer festival, firms say

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South Africa rhino poaching dips from record high

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - The number of poached rhinos in South Africa decreased by 13 animals to 529 between January to June compared with the same period last year, a downward trend welcomed with "cautious optimism" by the government on Monday.

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Olympics: Door to Pyeongchang still open for North Korea, says Moon

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's President Moon Jae-in said on Monday the North will be given until the very last minute to decide on its participation at next year's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

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BRIEF-Johnson & Johnson announces encouraging first-in-human clinical data for investigational HIV preventive vaccine

* Johnson & Johnson announces encouraging first-in-human clinical data for investigational HIV preventive vaccine

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China says it wants to 'maintain stability' in disputed South China Sea

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Monday Beijing wanted to maintain stability in the South China Sea as it seeks alliances in the region amid tensions in the disputed waters.

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Hezbollah wages multi-pronged attack on militants at Syrian border: media unit

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanese Hezbollah launched attacks against Sunni jihadist militants on Monday as part of an offensive to drive them from their last foothold along the Syria-Lebanon border, a military media unit of the group said.

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China warns India not to harbor illusions in border stand-off

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's defense ministry on Monday warned India not to harbor any illusions about the Chinese military's ability to defend its territory, amid a festering border dispute.

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Golf: Rookie Murray clinches first PGA Tour title by one stroke

(Reuters) - A lucky break at the 13th hole paved the way for PGA Tour rookie Grayson Murray to win the Barbasol Championship by one stroke in Alabama on Sunday.

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UPDATE 1-Blackstone in talks to buy 40 pct of Israel cyber firm NSO -report

TEL AVIV, July 23 (Reuters) - Blackstone Group is in advanced talks to pay $400 million for 40 percent of privately held Israeli firm NSO Group, a maker of spyware for mobile devices, Israel's Calcalist business newspaper reported on Sunday.

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Nigeria releases first photo of ailing president in almost 80 days

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria released a photograph of President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday, the first in almost three months after he left the country on May 7 for medical leave in Britain.

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‘The Big Sick,’ South Asian Identity and Marriage

The hit movie reflects the world that one New York Times writer grew up in. But does it do so at the expense of South Asian women?

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UPDATE 1-China Unicom says talks with strategic investors ongoing, no agreements signed

BEIJING, July 23 (Reuters) - Telecommunications operator China United Network Communications said on Sunday it is still in talks with potential strategic investors and has not yet signed any binding agreements.

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Thousands ordered to evacuate as heavy rains hit northeast Japan

TOKYO (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people in northeast Japan were told to evacuate their homes on Sunday as heavy rain caused major flooding and cut some rail links, authorities said.

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China Unicom says talks with strategic investors ongoing, no agreements signed

BEIJING, July 23 (Reuters) - Telecommunications operator China United Network Communications said on Sunday it is still in talks with potential strategic investors and has not yet signed any binding agreements.

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Blackstone in talks to buy 40 percent of Israel cyber firm NSO: report

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Blackstone Group is in advanced talks to acquire 40 percent of Israeli cyber firm NSO Group for $400 million, Israel's Calcalist business newspaper reported on Sunday.

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Blackstone in talks to buy 40 pct of Israel cyber firm NSO -report

TEL AVIV, July 23 (Reuters) - Blackstone Group is in advanced talks to acquire 40 percent of Israeli cyber firm NSO Group for $400 million, Israel's Calcalist business newspaper reported on Sunday.

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New Zealand braces for more rain after severe storms lash south island

(Reuters) - Residents in the two largest cities on New Zealand's south island began returning to their homes on Sunday, despite state of emergencies still in place, after a severe storm caused flooding and forced hundreds of homes to be evacuated.

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South Africa's Sisulu says ANC must return to its roots, fight graft

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African housing minister Lindiwe Sisulu launched her bid on Saturday to succeed scandal-hit President Jacob Zuma as leader of the African National Congress (ANC) by vowing to help save the ruling party from infighting and corruption.

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Trump talks pardons amid probes of Russia role in U.S. election

NORFOLK, Va. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Saturday declaring that he has "complete power to pardon," as his administration continued to be bogged down by ongoing investigations of possible ties between his 2016 campaign and Russia.

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U.S. lawmakers reach deal on sanctions bill for Russia, Iran, North Korea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republicans and Democrats have reached agreement on legislation that allows new sanctions against Russia, Iran and now also North Korea, leading congressional Democrats said on Saturday.

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Trump talks pardons, lashes special counsel about Russia probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Saturday to complain about the special counsel investigating possible ties between his 2016 campaign and Russia while insisting that he, as president, has "complete power to pardon."

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Hawaii to test nuclear warning system amid North Korea's threats

Hawaii is set to become the first state in the US to test an "attack- warning" system in the event of a North Korean nuclear missile strike.

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Lebanon's Hezbollah, Syrian army advance in border offensive: reports

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's Shi'ite militia Hezbollah and the Syrian army advanced against Sunni militants on Saturday, the second day of an assault to drive them from their last foothold along the Syria-Lebanon border, pro-Damascus media reported.

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MSF reopens first Kunduz clinic since deadly hospital air strike in 2015

KABUL (Reuters) - Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) reopened a small medical clinic in Kunduz, Afghanistan, on Saturday, their first facility there since the American airstrikes that destroyed a hospital in 2015.

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US to ban Americans from North Korea

The US government will bar American citizens from traveling to North Korea because of "mounting concerns over the serious risk of arrest and long-term detention," the State Department said. CNN's Brian Todd reports.

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Al Qaeda suspect makes first appearance in U.S. federal court

(Reuters) - Ali Charaf Damache, an al Qaeda suspect accused by the United States of conspiring to support terrorists, made an initial appearance in a federal court in Philadelphia on Friday following his extradition from Spain, the Justice Department said.

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BRIEF-First Savings Financial Group,First National Bank of Odon sign acquisition agreement

* First Savings Financial Group Inc and the First National Bank of Odon sign definitive acquisition agreement

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Exclusive: U.S. presses Myanmar to cease military ties with North Korea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Myanmar's military has maintained ties with North Korea, even though the civilian-led government denies any cooperation, and the Trump administration is pressing for a complete break-off of remaining links, current and former U.S. officials said.

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BRIEF-First Bancshares Q2 earnings per share $0.26

* The First Bancshares, Inc. reports quarterly results and declares quarterly dividend

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Trump administration seeks to sidestep border wall environmental study: sources

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol plans to use a 2005 anti-terror law to sidestep an environmental impact study for a section of President Donald Trump's border wall that will pass through a Texas national refuge for endangered ocelots, according to two government sources familiar with the matter.

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Athletics: Bolt breaks 10 seconds for first time this season in Monaco win

MONACO (Reuters) - Eight-times Olympic sprinting champion Usain Bolt ran under 10 seconds for the first time this year as he narrowly won the 100 meters at the Monaco Diamond League meeting on Friday.

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BRIEF-Wabash National expands south central distribution

* Wabash National expands south central distribution with new dealer summit truck group Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Qatar's ruler: time to resolve differences in talks

DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar's emir called for dialogue on Friday to resolve a political crisis pitting his country against four Arab states, saying any talks must respect national sovereignty.

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Qatar's ruler: it is time to resolve differences through talks

DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar's ruling emir said on Friday that it was time for negotiations to resolve differences between Doha and four Arab states which have severed diplomatic ties with it.

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First woman enlists to become a Navy SEAL

A woman will train with other potential officers this summer in hopes of becoming the first female Navy SEAL.

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Lawsuit says North Carolina bathroom law still harmful

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - Transgender people still face discrimination and threats to their safety in North Carolina despite lawmakers replacing a measure that restricted their access to many public bathrooms, advocacy groups said in a new federal court action on Friday.

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U.S. to Bar Americans From Traveling to North Korea

The announcement came only hours after Mike Pompeo, the C.I.A. director, hinted that the United States was considering seeking a regime change in North Korea.

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Spicer talks to CNN about resignation

Following his resignation as White House press secretary, Sean Spicer told CNN's Dana Bash he wanted to "give the president and new team a clean slate."

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U.S. police seek missing Burundi students near Canada border

(Reuters) - U.S. law enforcement authorities on Friday were seeking six teenagers from Burundi who went missing after a robotics competition in Washington, two of whom had been spotted crossing the border into Canada.

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Revellers party in South Korea's capital of mud

BORYEONG, South Korea (Reuters) - Revellers danced and wrestled on Friday in South Korea's capital of mud, kicking off a nine-day festival expected to lure millions of people to this quaint coastal...

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U.S. to ban its citizens' travel to North Korea: U.S. official

SEOUL (Reuters) - The U.S. government will ban U.S. citizens from traveling to North Korea after the death of a U.S. student arrested there while on a tour, a U.S. official and tour agencies that arrange trips to the country said on Friday.

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A new dawn: South Korea seeks new talks with Pyongyang

(Reuters) - Earlier this month South Korea proposed military talks with the North. The formal initiative from Seoul's new government could lead to the first high-level discussions between the rival states since 2015.

Drought nytimes.com

U.N. Agency Reports Worst Drought in 16 Years in North Korea

The severe dry spell has raised fears of worsening food shortages in the North, where malnutrition has been a problem for years.

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More attacks likely in Southeast Asia after Marawi: report

JAKARTA (Reuters) - As a lengthy, urban battle drags on between Philippine forces and Islamist militants in the southern city of Marawi, a new report by a think-tank has warned of more attacks by radicals in Southeast Asia, including on foreigners.

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China equity funds, local debt top first-half emerging market performance tables

LONDON (Reuters) - Chinese and Indian equity funds sprinted away from their emerging market rivals in the first half of 2017, whilst local currency bond funds shone as the dollar weakened.

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Tour operators say U.S. to ban citizens from travel to North Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) - Two tourist agencies that operate tours to North Korea said on Friday the U.S. government will soon ban its citizens from traveling to the North.

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Philippine leader to go after Maoist rebels after scrapping talks

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he was no longer interested in peace talks with Maoist-led guerrillas and planned to hunt down the insurgents once the military has retaken a southern city from Islamist rebels.

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BRIEF-Sartorius Stedim Biotech 2017 first-half figures

* H1 SALES EUR 546.7 MILLION VERSUS EUR 508.8 MILLION YEAR AGO

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Hezbollah, Syrian army attack militants at Lebanese-Syrian border: pro-Assad commander

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Lebanese group Hezbollah and the Syrian army launched an operation on Friday against militants in an area of the Syrian-Lebanese frontier, a commander in the military alliance fighting in support of President Bashar al-Assad said.

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CIA chief signals he wants Kim out in North Korea

CIA Director Mike Pompeo on Thursday evening offered some of the most aggressive comments yet from the Trump administration with regard to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

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Japan's Mitsui to sell stake in UK's First Hydro

TOKYO, July 21 (Reuters) - Japanese trading house Mitsui & Co said on Friday it has agreed to sell its entire 25 percent stake in UK hydro power firm First Hydro to Brookfield Renewable Partners L.P. for more than 5 billion yen ($45 million).

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No Korean military talks after North snubs South's call

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's proposed military talks aimed at easing tensions between the two Koreas planned for Friday failed to take place after the North snubbed a call by the South, a setback for new President Moon Jae-in's hope of engaging Pyongyang in dialogue.

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BUZZ-Japan's Mitsui to sell stake in U.K. First Hydro

** Japan's Mitsui & Co said it has agreed to sell its entire 25 percent stake in UK hydro power firm First Hydro to Brookfield Renewable Partners L.P.

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BRIEF-Washingtonfirst Bankshares Q2 core earnings per share $0.42

* Washingtonfirst Bankshares Inc reports 21% increase in net income and 29% increase in core net income for the second quarter 2017

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BRIEF-Republic First Bancorp reports Q2 earnings per share $0.04

* Republic First Bancorp, Inc. Reports second quarter financial results

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U.S. Navy to commission first 'Ford-class' carrier on July 22

(Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Defense said the Navy will commission its first "Ford-class" aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford, on Saturday at its base in Norfolk, Virginia - three years behind schedule and billions over budget.

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Kushner talks with Graham about immigration, not Russia probe

Jared Kushner met Thursday with Sen. Lindsey Graham on Capitol Hill, though the South Carolina Republican said the two discussed immigration policy and not congressional investigations into Russian interference in last year's US presidential election.

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Moroccan police fire tear gas to disperse protests in north

AL-HOCEIMA, Morocco (Reuters) - Police fired tear gas and used truncheons to scatter hundreds of protesters in northern Morocco, a Reuters witness said on Thursday, part of the biggest wave of demonstrations in the kingdom since Arab Spring-inspired rallies in 2011.

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BRIEF-Citizens First Corp reports Q2 earnings per share $0.43

* Citizens First Corporation announces second quarter 2017 results and completion of preferred stock redemption

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BRIEF-Fidelity Southern reports Q2 earnings per share $0.33

* Fidelity Southern Corporation reports earnings for second quarter of $8.9 million

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Spieth backs up his swagger with impressive first round

SOUTHPORT, England (Reuters) - Two-time major winner Jordan Spieth said his opening round in the British Open at Royal Birkdale on Thursday was one of the finest he had ever produced in a major after he took a share of the clubhouse lead with a five-under par score of 65.

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Moscow in talks with U.S. to create cyber security working group: RIA report

MOSCOW/LONDON (Reuters) - Moscow and Washington are in talks to create a joint cyber security working group, Russia's RIA news agency reported on Thursday, citing Andrey Krutskikh, a special presidential envoy on cyber security.

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U.S. Navy chief asks Chinese counterpart for help on North Korea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy's top officer asked his Chinese counterpart to exert influence on North Korea to help rein in its advancing nuclear and missile programs, a U.S. official said on Thursday.

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BRIEF-BancFirst Corp Q2 earnings per share $1.42

* Q2 earnings per share view $1.16 -- Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S

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Moscow says in talks with U.S. to create cyber security working group: RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Moscow and Washington are in talks to create a joint cyber security working group, Russia's RIA news agency reported on Thursday, citing Andrey Krutskikh, a special presidential envoy on cyber security.

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BRIEF-Groupon names Aaron Cooper as president of North America

* Groupon names Aaron Cooper as president of North America Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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EU, Britain end round of Brexit talks with little progress

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU and British negotiators found some common ground at the end of a first full round of Brexit talks but big differences remain over citizens' rights and uncertainty persists over the financial settlement and the Irish border.

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BRIEF-Incyte says first patient treated in Phase 3 clinical trial of itacitinib

* Incyte announces first patient treated in Phase 3 clinical trial of itacitinib for acute graft-versus-host disease

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Russia says in talks with U.S. to create cyber security working group: RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Moscow and Washington are in talks to create a joint cyber security working group, RIA news agency reported on Thursday, citing Russia's special envoy on cyber security Andrey Krutskikh.

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Oman Air in talks with Airbus, Boeing to expand wide-body fleet to 25 jets

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Oman's national airline is in talks with planemakers Airbus and Boeing to expand its wide-body fleet to 25 jets and hopes to conclude the deal in the next two to three months, its chief executive said on Thursday.

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Myanmar sees insurgents behind Rohingya killings in northwest

MAUNG HNA MA, Myanmar (Reuters) - In the middle of the night on July 4, more than a dozen masked men, dressed head-to-toe in black, surrounded Abdu Sulwon's home in northwestern Myanmar. His widow says that was the last time she saw him alive.

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Blackstone raising at least $3 billion in first Asia PE fund: sources

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Blackstone Group LP is seeking to raise up to $3 billion in its first Pan-Asia buyout fund for investments in sectors including high-end manufacturing and healthcare, people familiar with the plan told Reuters.

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UPDATE 1-Blackstone raising at least $3 bln in first Asia PE fund-sources

* Fund size not finalised, could be bigger than $3 bln-source

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Blackstone raising at least $3 bln in first Asia PE fund

* Fund size not finalised, could be bigger than $3 bln-source

cnn.com

South Korea postpones proposed talks because North Korea didn't respond

Hours before they are due to start, possible joint military talks between North Korea and South Korea remain up in the air, with Pyongyang having yet to confirm its attendance.

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South Korea gives pop idol T.O.P. suspended jail term for smoking weed

SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean court on Thursday handed K-pop sensation T.O.P. a suspended 10-month jail sentence for drug use, after he pleaded guilty and sought leniency to avoid a prison term.

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PetroChina unloading first Chinese purchase of oil from US strategic reserves -shipping data

SINGAPORE, July 20 (Reuters) - PetroChina is this week unloading the first Chinese purchase of crude oil from U.S. strategic petroleum reserves at a port in eastern China, according to shipping data and two industry sources.

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UPDATE 1-Unilever lifts margin target after first-half improvement

LONDON, July 20 (Reuters) - Unilever lifted its full-year margin target on Thursday after seeing a big improvement in the first half, underlying its ability to boost returns as an independent firm after rebuffing a $143 billion takeover bid earlier this year.

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Russia, U.S. duel at U.N. over whether North Korea fired long-range missile

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States and Russia are waging rival campaigns at the United Nations Security Council over the type of ballistic missile fired by North Korea earlier this month as the U.S. pushes to impose stronger sanctions on Pyongyang over the test.

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Brazil's Light authorizes Renova to enter exclusive talks with Brookfield

SAO PAULO, July 19 (Reuters) - The board of Brazilian utility Light SA has given its approval for Canada's Brookfield Asset Management Inc to enter exclusive negotiations to acquire its stake in renewable company Renova Energia SA, the company said in a securities filing.

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South Carolina newborn dies after being put in trash by mom: police

(Reuters) - A 19-year-old South Carolina woman and her mother have been charged in the death of a newborn baby boy left in a trash can at the restaurant where each of them worked, police said on Wednesday.

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UPDATE 1-U.S. lawmaker acknowledges corporate lobbying helped derail border tax

WASHINGTON, July 19 (Reuters) - An aggressive corporate lobbying effort to derail a Republican-backed border tax has forced lawmakers working on tax reform to seek alternatives, Kevin Brady, chairman of the tax-writing U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, said on Wednesday.

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UPDATE 5-U.S., Chinese officials conclude contentious economic talks, steel stocks soar

WASHINGTON, July 19 (Reuters) - Senior U.S. and Chinese officials concluded contentious economic talks on Wednesday but the outcome was clouded by the cancellation of closing news conferences and U.S. demands for a "more fair" trading relationship with Beijing.

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BRIEF-Hydro One to acquire Avista to create growing North American utility leader with C$31.2 billion in enterprise value

* Hydro One to acquire Avista to create growing North American utility leader with C$31.2 billion in enterprise value

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BRIEF-First Connecticut Bancorp Q2 earnings per share $0.32

* First Connecticut Bancorp, Inc reports second quarter 2017 earnings of $0.32 diluted earnings per share

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Facebook in talks with publishers on supporting subscription models

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc is in early talks with several news publishers about how its social media site can better support subscription business models, the company's head of news partnerships, Campbell Brown, said in a statement on Wednesday.

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Nigeria bolsters security in northern state of Kaduna amid violence

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria is to deploy troops and police to reduce violence in the northern state of Kaduna, the acting president's spokesman said on Wednesday, as ethnically charged violence pressures a government already fighting Boko Haram in the northeast.

cnn.com

Trump's first six months by the numbers

On Thursday, President Donald Trump finishes his first six months -- yes, months -- in office.

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No quick results in Brexit talks, negotiators say

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - British and EU negotiators will not announce major breakthroughs on Thursday in their public account of this week's first round of Brexit talks in Brussels, officials said on Wednesday.

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Exclusive: U.S., Canada, Mexico agree on fast-paced NAFTA talks - sources

MEXICO CITY/OTTAWA (Reuters) - U.S., Mexican and Canadian officials have agreed to an aggressive timetable to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), sources said, aiming to conclude early next year to avoid Mexico’s 2018 presidential elections.

Myanmar nytimes.com

As U.S. Attention Wanes in Southeast Asia, China Woos Myanmar

Myanmar’s opening had been considered an American victory, but China is bringing it into its fold with money and diplomacy.

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Senior U.S. Republican questions Trump's South Korea, Asia trade moves

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A top U.S. Republican trade lawmaker on Wednesday questioned the Trump administration's plans to renegotiate a trade deal with U.S. ally South Korea, as well as the White House's focus on bilateral trade deals.

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GM cleared in first case over updated ignition switch

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal jury in New York on Wednesday found General Motors was not to blame for a crash of an Arizona man who alleged that his accident was caused by an updated version of the carmaker's ignition switch that did not adequately fix the flaws of a previous model.

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Corporate lobbying helped derail border tax: senior Republican

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An aggressive corporate lobbying effort to derail a Republican-backed border tax has forced lawmakers working on tax reform to seek alternatives, Kevin Brady, chairman of the tax-writing U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, said on Wednesday.

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NAFTA exit, border tax would raise U.S. carmakers' costs: study

DETROIT (Reuters) - A U.S. exit from NAFTA or implementation of a border tax would result in many billions of dollars in additional costs for automakers and their suppliers and add hundreds of dollars to each car's production costs, according to a study released on Wednesday.

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Corporate lobbying helped derail border tax -senior U.S. Republican

WASHINGTON, July 19 (Reuters) - An aggressive corporate lobbying effort to derail a Republican-backed border tax has forced lawmakers working on tax reform to seek alternatives, Kevin Brady, chairman of the tax-writing U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, said on Wednesday.

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Uruguayans begin buying cannabis in pharmacies in world first

MONTEVIDEO (Reuters) - Pharmacies in Uruguay began selling cannabis directly to consumers on Wednesday, culminating a long and pioneering legalization effort that began over three years ago.

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Exclusive: Three sides agree on seven rounds of NAFTA talks - sources

MEXICO CITY/OTTAWA (Reuters) - U.S., Mexican and Canadian trade officials plan to hold seven rounds of talks at three-week intervals in a bid to wrap up the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) rapidly, Mexican sources familiar with the situation said.

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China Minmetals, China National Gold 'unaware' of merger talks

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - China Minmetals Corp and China National Gold Group are unaware of any merger talks between the two companies, their listed units said on Wednesday, after a Reuters report on a possible deal caused a rally in their shares.

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China Minmetals, China National Gold "unaware" of merger talks

SINGAPORE, July 19 (Reuters) - China Minmetals Corp and China National Gold Group are unaware of any merger talks between the two companies, their listed units said on Wednesday, after a Reuters report on a possible deal caused a rally in their shares.

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Shares in video games maker Ubisoft hit record high after first-quarter sales

PARIS (Reuters) - Shares in French video games maker Ubisoft hit a record high on Wednesday, after Ubisoft posted an increase in first-quarter sales.

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Swimming: Twichell takes first U.S. gold of Budapest worlds

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Ashley Twichell won the U.S. swimming team's first gold medal of the Budapest world championships on Wednesday with victory in the women's five km open water event.

cnn.com

First on CNN: House Dem to try to force GOP to go on record supporting Russia probe

As the daily drip of revelations continues about how President Donald Trump's campaign interacted with Russian representatives during the 2016 presidential campaign, one House Democrat is calling on Republicans to put their money where their mouths are.

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Senate Republicans reluctantly consider bipartisan healthcare talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As their seven-year effort to repeal and replace Obamacare derailed in the U.S. Senate, Republicans faced the prospect of doing the once unthinkable: working with Democrats to make fixes to former President Barack Obama's 2010 healthcare law.

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UPDATE 1-Northern Trust to set up EU bank in Luxembourg ahead of Brexit

LONDON, July 19 (Reuters) - Asset management company Northern Trust will set up a European Union banking base in Luxembourg following Britain's decision last year to leave the bloc, the body promoting the Grand Duchy as a financial centre said on Wednesday.

Voter Registration and Requirements nytimes.com

Trump Election Commission, Already Under Fire, Holds First Meeting

The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity begins public life facing questions about its impartiality, its agenda and even its reason for being.

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Northern Trust to set up EU bank in Luxembourg ahead of Brexit

LONDON, July 19 (Reuters) - Asset management company Northern Trust will set up a European Union banking base in Luxembourg following Britain's decision to leave the bloc, the body promoting the Grand Duchy as a financial centre said on Wednesday.

cnn.com

Celebrity defector returns to North Korea

A North Korean defector known for her appearances on South Korean reality TV has returned to her former country and denounced the "propaganda" she once helped to produce. CNN's David McKenzie has more.

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TalkTalk adds 20,000 broadband customers in first quarter

LONDON, July 19 (Reuters) - British broadband operator TalkTalk said on Wednesday it added 20,000 broadband customers on its network in its first quarter while churn fell to 1.2 percent, helped by take-up of its fixed low price plans.

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UPDATE 1-Volvo hikes North American outlook after Q2 profit narrowly beats

STOCKHOLM, July 19 (Reuters) - Swedish truck maker Volvo reported a slightly bigger than expected rise in second-quarter core earnings on Wednesday and lifted its forecast for the North American truck market this year as order intake picked up across the group.

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U.S., China talks seen offering small-scale market access deals

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. and Chinese officials will try to ease trade tensions and bridge differences on Wednesday in annual economic talks that trade experts say will likely yield some small-scale agreements to grant U.S. firms more access to some of China's markets.

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Cop who shot woman was precinct's first Somali officer

Mohamed Noor, the on-duty Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an Australian-born woman on Saturday night, had been with the force for two years and was his precinct's first Somali-American officer.

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North Korea conducts public executions for theft, watching South Korea media: report

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea carries out public executions on river banks and at school grounds and marketplaces for charges such as stealing copper from factory machines, distributing media from South Korea and prostitution, a report issued on Wednesday said.

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BRIEF-Northern Trust says declared quarterly cash dividend of $0.42 per share

* Northern trust announces increased quarterly dividend and stock repurchase authorization

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Discovery and Scripps in merger talks: sources

(Reuters) - Discovery Communications and Scripps Networks Interactive Inc are in merger talks, revisiting a deal that was scrapped three years ago, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters on Tuesday.

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Discovery and Scripps in merger talks -sources

July 18 (Reuters) - Discovery Communications and Scripps Networks Interactive Inc are in merger talks, revisiting a deal that was scrapped three years ago, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters on Tuesday.

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BRIEF-Discovery Communications & Scripps Networks are in talks to combine – sources familiar with the matter

* Discovery Communications & Scripps Networks are in talks to combine – sources familiar with the matter Further company coverage: (Bengaluru Newsroom)

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Brazil's Petrobras and Odebrecht in talks to revise Braskem shareholder accord -filing

SAO PAULO, July 18 (Reuters) - Brazil's Petroleo Brasileiro SA began discussions with construction company Odebrecht SA to revise the shareholder accord in petrochemical company Braskem SA, the oil company said on Tuesday.

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BRIEF-Jura announces gas and condensate discovery in Badin IV North

* Jura announces gas and condensate discovery in Badin IV North Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: