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BRIEF-Campbell To Acquire Snyder’S-Lance, Inc For $4.87 bln

* CAMPBELL TO ACQUIRE SNYDER’S-LANCE, INC. TO EXPAND IN FASTER-GROWING SNACKING CATEGORY

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UPDATE 1-WellCare Health forecasts FY 2018 adj. profit below estimates

Dec 18 (Reuters) - Insurer WellCare Health Plans Inc on Monday forecast its full-year 2018 adjusted profit below analysts' estimates, largely due to higher interest expenses.

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BRIEF-Intellia Therapeutics Names John Leonard, M.D., President And CEO

* INTELLIA THERAPEUTICS NAMES JOHN LEONARD, M.D., PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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BRIEF-Compass Gold Announces Management And Board Appointments

* COMPASS GOLD CORP - LARRY PHILLIPS HAS BEEN APPOINTED CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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BRIEF-Datametrex Graph Blockchain Builds Prototype Blockchain Solution For Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

* DATAMETREX GRAPH BLOCKCHAIN BUILDS A PROTOTYPE BLOCKCHAIN SOLUTION FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATIONS Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Canopy Growth Says ‍Co, Canopy Rivers Corp Announce Definitive JV Agreement To Form New Co, Les Serres Vert Cannabis With Les Serres Stéphane Bertrand​

* CANOPY GROWTH - ‍CO, CANOPY RIVERS CORP ANNOUNCE DEFINITIVE JV AGREEMENT TO FORM NEW CO, LES SERRES VERT CANNABIS WITH LES SERRES STÉPHANE BERTRAND​

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Campbell Soup to buy snacks maker Snyder's-Lance for $4.87 bln

Dec 18 (Reuters) - Campbell Soup Co will buy Pretzels and Cape Cod chips maker Snyder's-Lance Inc for $4.87 billion as it looks to expand its snack business amid sagging soup sales.

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BRIEF-Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. Announces Comprehensive Financing And Debt Restructuring Transaction

* MARRONE BIO INNOVATIONS, INC. ANNOUNCES COMPREHENSIVE FINANCING AND DEBT RESTRUCTURING TRANSACTION

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BRIEF-Marathon Patent Group Files Resale Of Up To 2.83 Million Shares Of Common Stock By Selling Stockholders

* MARATHON PATENT GROUP INC FILES FOR RESALE OF UP TO 2.83 MILLION SHARES OF COMMON STOCK BY SELLING STOCKHOLDERS - SEC FILING Source text (http://bit.ly/2oEfijF) Further company coverage: (Bangalore.newsroom@thomsonreuters.com)

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BRIEF-The Carlyle Group And Level Equity, With Net Health Management, To Buy Net Health

* THE CARLYLE GROUP AND LEVEL EQUITY, WITH NET HEALTH MANAGEMENT, TO BUY NET HEALTH

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BRIEF-TE Connectivity Ltd Says CEO Terrence Curtin's FY 2017 Total Compensation Was $10.4 Million

* TE CONNECTIVITY LTD SAYS CEO TERRENCE CURTIN'S FY 2017 TOTAL COMPENSATION WAS $10.4 MILLION - SEC FILING

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BRIEF-TE Connectivity Says Thomas Lynch Announced His Retirement As Executive Chairman Of Co

* TE CONNECTIVITY SAYS ON DEC 14, THOMAS LYNCH ANNOUNCED HIS RETIREMENT AS EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN OF CO EFFECTIVE MARCH 14, 2018 - SEC FILING Source text : (http://bit.ly/2CTLLWh) Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Nexeo Solutions Says Co And Shell Chemical Have Finalized A New Products Supply Agreement

* AGREEMENT WITH SHELL ENHANCES NEXEO SOLUTIONS SERVICE IN THE WEST REGION

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First Quantum buys option for stake in Northern Dynasty project

Dec 18 (Reuters) - Northern Dynasty Minerals , owner of the Pebble copper-gold project in Alaska, said rival First Quantum Minerals acquired the option to buy half of the project for $1.50 billion.

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BRIEF-Live Nation Says Co, Michael Rapino Entered Into Employment Agreement

* LIVE NATION SAYS ON DEC 15, CO, MICHAEL RAPINO ENTERED INTO EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT, PURSUANT TO WHICH RAPINO WILL CONTINUE TO SERVE AS CEO OF CO

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CME's Black Sea wheat, corn futures open for trading

PARIS, Dec 18 (Reuters) - CME Group's Black Sea wheat futures attracted trade on their debut session on Monday.

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BRIEF-Astronics Corp Announces $50 Million Share Repurchase Plan

* ASTRONICS CORPORATION ANNOUNCES $50 MILLION SHARE REPURCHASE PLAN

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Chilean peso opens up almost 2 pct following Pinera win

SANTIAGO, Dec 18 (Reuters) - The Chilean peso strengthened almost 2 percent on Monday following conservative billionaire Sebastian Pinera's resounding victory in Sunday's presidential election.

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BRIEF-Covanta Holding Corp Partners With Green Investment Group

* COVANTA HOLDING CORPORATION PARTNERS WITH THE GREEN INVESTMENT GROUP TO DEVELOP, FUND AND OWN ENERGY-FROM-WASTE PROJECTS

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INEOS assessing damage to Forties crude pipe, sticks with 2-4 week repair estimate

LONDON, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Assessment of the damage to the Forties crude oil pipeline in the North Sea is ongoing a week after the system closed down, operator INEOS said on Monday, adding that it still expected repair work to take between two and four weeks.

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German Vonovia climbs property ladder with $6.1 billion Buwog deal

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Vonovia , Germany's biggest residential property company, has agreed to buy Austrian counterpart Buwog in a cash deal valuing the latter at 5.2 billion euros ($6.12 billion), the two companies said on Monday.

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Op-Ed Contributor: How Republicans Learned to Sell Tax Cuts for the Rich

The party’s tax strategy has roots in the populist tradition — but the G.O.P. uses it on behalf of the rich, not the poor.

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BRIEF-Applied DNA And Colorcon To Collaborate To Commercialize Product Authentication Technology

* APPLIED DNA AND COLORCON ANNOUNCE COLLABORATION TO COMMERCIALIZE PRODUCT AUTHENTICATION TECHNOLOGY FOR PHARMACEUTICAL AND NUTRACEUTICAL INDUSTRY

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UPDATE 2-Toyota to market over 10 battery EV models in early 2020s

* Says battery development costs to exceed $13 bln through 2030

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UPDATE 1-Hedge fund manager Hohn won't attend LSE vote - source

LONDON, Dec 18 (Reuters) - British hedge fund manager Christopher Hohn will not attend a vote on the motion brought by his firm to oust London Stock Exchange chairman Donald Brydon, a source close to the firm told Reuters.

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Recovering What Was Lost in the U.S. Virgin Islands, One Boat at a Time

Back-to-back hurricanes destroyed hundreds of boats that were people’s livelihoods and even homes.

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Germany's SPD warn Merkel: Our members need to be convinced

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's center-left Social Democratic party (SPD) on Monday warned Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives that it would not win approval from its members for a new coalition government if it gave way on key election promises.

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EMERGING MARKETS-Emerging stocks, FX gain; S.Africa chooses Zuma successor

LONDON, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Hope for progress on U.S. tax reform and higher crude prices helped emerging markets make a cheerful start on Monday with much focus on South Africa's knife-edge leadership battle, which will set policy direction for Africa's most industrialised nation.

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BRIEF-Qingdao Haier To Boost Investment In Unit Haier U.S. Appliance Solutions By $500 Million

* SAYS IT PLANS TO BOOST INVESTMENT IN UNIT HAIER U.S. APPLIANCE SOLUTIONS BY $500 MILLION Source text in Chinese: http://bit.ly/2CAJa2e Further company coverage: (Reporting by Hong Kong newsroom)

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Bombardier, CRRC JV win $271 mln contract to build monorail in China

SHANGHAI, Dec 18 (Reuters) - A joint venture between Bombardier Inc and China's CRRC Corp Ltd has won a 1.79 billion yuan ($270.76 million) contract to build a monorail line for a Chinese city, the Canadian transport giant said on Monday.

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BRIEF-500.Com Ltd Says CFO Min Yu Has Resigned

* 500.COM LTD SAYS MIN YU HAS RESIGNED AS CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER OF COMPANY, EFFECTIVE TODAY

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BRIEF-TSMC's Nanjing Subsidiary Acquires Property Assets Worth T$786 Million

Dec 18 (Reuters) - Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd :

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CORRECTED-BRIEF-Statoil buys stake in major Petrobras oilfield for up to $2.9 bln

* REG-STATOIL ASA ACQUIRES 25% OF THE RONCADOR FIELD IN BRAZIL AND ADVANCES ITS STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH PETROBRAS TO INCREASE RECOVERY

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BRIEF-Bombardier's Says Chinese JV Wins Its First Monorail Contract In China

* CHINESE JOINT VENTURE WINS ITS FIRST MONORAIL CONTRACT IN CHINA

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Germany ties Iraq aid to peaceful resolution of conflict with Kurds

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany wants to continue support for Iraq and the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government, but that aid depends on peaceful efforts to solve the conflict between the two sides, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Monday.

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PetroChina trading chief to take on global rivals in major expansion drive -sources

BEIJING, Dec 18 (Reuters) - PetroChina's oil and gas trading arm aims to buy petrol stations and fuel storage facilities, setting up business in West Africa, Brazil and Pakistan in a major global expansion aimed at taking on international rivals, according to three senior oil industry executives briefed on the plans.

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BRIEF-GlaxoSmithkLine Acquires Further 26 Pct Stake In Glaxo Saudi Arabia

* ACQUIRES ADDITIONAL 26 PERCENT STAKE IN GLAXO SAUDI ARABIA LIMITED‍​

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FOREX-Dollar dips on U.S. tax reform caution

LONDON, Dec 18 (Reuters) - The dollar dipped against a basket of major currencies on Monday, on caution ahead of a vote in U.S. Congress on tax reform, after the bill moved another step closer to ratification over the weekend.

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UPDATE 1-South Korea's GS Caltex buys rare Canadian crude cargo for Feb

* GS Caltex trying out heavy crude from Canada -source (Adds comment, shipment details)

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RPT-COLUMN-Futures may legitimize Bitcoin, but let it infect other markets: McGeever

LONDON, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Bitcoin is taking its first steps toward becoming a legitimate investment vehicle with the creation of futures contracts in the crypto-currency this month, moves which may also allow it to infect wider financial market stability for the first time.

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Thai Beverage unit wins auction to buy 54 pct stake in Sabeco

HO CHI MINH CITY, Dec 18 (Reuters) - A unit of Thai Beverage won the auction to buy a $5 billion or 54 percent stake in top brewer Sabeco in the country's biggest ever privatisation process, an official from the Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange said on Monday.

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BRIEF-Serinus Energy Says On Dec. 18 Incident Occured At Moftinu 1001 Well

* SERINUS ENERGY- ‍DURING ROUTINE OPERATION TO PREPARE MOFTINU 1001 WELL FOR FUTURE PRODUCTION, AN UNEXPECTED GAS RELEASE OCCURRED AND SUBSEQUENTLY IGNITED​

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France files complaint against Amazon for abuse of dominant position -paper

PARIS, Dec 18 (Reuters) - The French government has filed a complaint with the Paris Commerce Court against e-commerce company Amazon for abusing its dominant position with some suppliers, newspaper Le Parsien said on Monday.

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BRIEF-Cbre Acquires Italian Local Facilities Management Provider Geico Lender S.P.A

* CBRE ACQUIRES ITALIAN LOCAL FACILITIES MANAGEMENT PROVIDER GEICO LENDER S.P.A

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UPDATE 1-Toyota to make over 10 battery EV models in early 2020s

* Says battery development costs to exceed $13 bln through 2030

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Ex-divs to take 0.5 point off FTSE 100 on Dec 21

LONDON, Dec 18 (Reuters) - The following FTSE 100 companies will go ex-dividend on Thursday, after which investors will no longer qualify for the latest dividend payout. According to Reuters calculations at current market prices, the effect of the resulting adjustment to prices by market-makers would take 0.53 point off the index. COMPANY (RIC) DIVIDEND STOCK OPTION IMPACT (pence) Burberry 11

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UPDATE 1-Nigerian oil union begins nationwide strike

LAGOS, Dec 18 (Reuters) - One of Nigeria's largest oil unions launched a nationwide strike on Monday over the laying off of its workers, its general secretary said.

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Don’t Waste Your Time With Bad Resolutions. This Is How to Do Them Right.

Welcome to the latest edition of the Smarter Living newsletter.

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UPDATE 2-China's Tencent, JD.com invest $863 mln in online retailer Vipshop

* Tencent will have right to appoint one director to Vipshop board (Adds size of JD.com's stake prior to latest investment)

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Nestle sells off tea brands in North America

ZURICH (Reuters) - Nestle has sold its sold two of its tea brands in North America as the world's biggest food maker presses ahead with reshaping its business to focus on new consumer trends and healthcare.

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Hitachi aims double-digit margin by 2021, not interested in GE assets - CEO

TOKYO, Dec 18 (Reuters) - The head of Japan's Hitachi Ltd said the company was aiming to improve its operating margin to double digits by fiscal 2021 from current levels of around 7 percent.

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Poland - Factors to Watch Dec 18

Following are news stories, press reports and events to watch that may affect Poland's financial markets on Monday. ALL TIMES GMT (Poland: GMT + 1 hour):

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BRIEF-US FDA Accepts Tagrisso Submission For 1St-Line Nsclc

* ‍US FDA ACCEPTS REGULATORY SUBMISSION FOR TAGRISSO IN 1ST-LINE EGFR-MUTATED NON-SMALL CELL LUNG CANCER​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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South Korea's GS Caltex buys rare Canadian crude grade for Feb

* South Korean refiner GS Caltex Corp has bought a rare cargo of Cold Lake crude, the company's first purchase in more than two decades of this Canadian oil grade, a company spokesman said on Monday

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BRIEF-Avation ‍Delivers New Boeing Aircraft​

* ‍ACQUIRED AND DELIVERED INTO SERVICE A NEW BOEING 777-300ER COMMERCIAL PASSENGER AIRCRAFT​

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UPDATE 1-Hershey nears $1.6 bln deal to buy Amplify Snacks- CNBC

Dec 18 (Reuters) - Hershey Co, the maker of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and Hershey's Kisses, is nearing a deal to buy SkinnyPop parent Amplify Snack Brands for $1.6 billion, CNBC reported on Monday.

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Nikkei rises on financials and exporters; builders off lows

TOKYO, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks scored their biggest rise in over a month on Monday with financials and exporters in hot demand, while construction shares bounced after sliding on news that prosecutors had raided the headquarters of at least two builders for alleged antitrust violations.

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U.S. taxpayers rush to claim deductions under threat from tax bill

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Financial advisers and accountants are working overtime as many U.S. taxpayers scramble to pay the rest of their 2017 taxes before Jan. 1 when the proposed Republican tax...

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BRIEF-Ackermans & Van Haaren Reaches Agreement For The Sale Of BDM-ASCO To The Navigators Group

* REG-AGREEMENT ON THE SALE OF BDM-ASCO TO THE NAVIGATORS GROUP, INC.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares rise on US tax cut hopes; China in focus

SYDNEY, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Asian shares edged up on Monday, with sentiment boosted by expectations U.S. lawmakers will pass a long-awaited tax bill this week, while Chinese stocks were soggy on concerns about liquidity and tighter regulations in the world's second largest economy.

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BRIEF-Navigators To Acquire Belgian Specialty Insurer

* NAVIGATORS GROUP INC SAYS AS AGGREGATE CONSIDERATION FOR ACQUISITION OF ASCO AND BDM, NAVIGATORS WILL PAY EUR 35 MILLION IN CASH AT CLOSING OF TRANSACTION

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Hershey nears $1.6 bln deal to buy Amplify Snacks- CNBC

Dec 18 (Reuters) - Hershey Co, the maker of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and Hershey's Kisses, is nearing a deal to buy SkinnyPop parent Amplify Snack Brands for $1.6 billion, CNBC reported on Monday.

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UPDATE 7-Power restored to Atlanta airport after daylong outage paralyzes travel

Dec 18 (Reuters) - One of the heaviest travel weeks of the year began with the cancellation of more than 1,000 flights on Sunday at the world's busiest airport in Atlanta, where a power outage that lasted nearly 11 hours left passengers stranded in darkened terminals or in aircraft idling on tarmacs.

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BRIEF-Hershey Nears $1.6 Billion Deal To Acquire Skinnypop Parent Amplify- CNBC

* HERSHEY NEARS $1.6 BILLION DEAL TO ACQUIRE SKINNYPOP PARENT AMPLIFY- CNBC, CITING SOURCES

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Syngenta says Basel court cancels all publicly-held shares in company

ZURICH, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Syngenta said a court in Basel has cancelled all publicly-held registered shares in the Swiss agro-chemicals company following its $43 billion takeover by ChemChina.

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UPDATE 1-China's Tencent, JD.com invest $863 mln in online retailer Vipshop

* Tencent will have right to appoint one director to Vipshop board (Adds context, analyst comment)

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PRESS DIGEST -Wall Street Journal - Dec 18

Dec 18 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories in the Wall Street Journal. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

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Toyota to make over 10 battery EV models globally in early 2020s

TOKYO, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp will make more than 10 battery electric car models globally in the early 2020s, with sales starting in China, the company said on Monday.

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UPDATE 6-Power restored to Atlanta airport after outage led to partial shutdown

Dec 17 (Reuters) - One of the heaviest travel weeks of the year began with the cancellation of hundreds of flights on Sunday at the world's busiest airport in Atlanta, where a power outage left passengers stranded in darkened terminals or in aircraft idling on tarmacs.

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UPDATE 3-Bitcoin hits bigger stage as exchange giant CME launches futures

NEW YORK/SYDNEY, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Bitcoin futures received a lukewarm reception at its launch on the CME Group Inc on Sunday, although market experts believe a recent rally in the cryptocurrency has further to go.

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UPDATE 5-Power outage leads to partial shutdown of Atlanta airport

Dec 17 (Reuters) - One of the heaviest travel weeks of the year began with the cancellation of hundreds of flights on Sunday at the world's busiest airport in Atlanta, where a power outage left passengers stranded in darkened terminals or in aircraft idling on tarmacs.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares rise amid US tax cut hopes; China in focus

SYDNEY, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Asian shares edged up on Monday, with sentiment boosted by expectations U.S. lawmakers will pass a long-awaited tax bill, while Chinese stocks were soggy after the country's central bank raised interest rates.

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Indian ruling party in tough election fight in Modi's home state, vote count shows

NEW DELHI, Dec 18 (Reuters) - India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party was in a close fight with the main opposition in an election in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state on Monday, trends from the early vote count showed.

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FOREX-Dollar steady after U.S. tax bill moves closer to ratification

* Kiwi retains momentum from last week's surge (Adds details and quotes, updates prices)

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BRIEF-Delta Air Lines Cancels Some Flights Due To Atlanta Airport Outage

* DELTA AIR LINES INC SAYS HAS CANCELLED SOME MONDAY FLIGHTS DUE TO ATLANTA AIRPORT OUTAGE- TWEET Further company coverage:

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Nikkei rises on financials and exporters; builders stumble

TOKYO, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks rose on Monday with financial and exporter stocks leading gains, offsetting weakness in construction stocks after news prosecutors raided the headquarters of at least two construction firms for alleged antitrust violations.

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China's Tencent, JD.com invest $863 mln in online retailer Vipshop

BEIJING, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Chinese social media firm Tencent Holdings Ltd and e-commerce platform JD.com Inc on Monday said they will jointly invest $863 million in Chinese discount online retailer Vipshop Holdings Ltd .

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UPDATE 2-ExxonMobil, BHP end Australia gas sales joint venture

* Prices unlikely to fall much, analyst says (Recasts, adds ExxonMobil, BHP and analyst comments)

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BRIEF-Nanya Technology disposes 856,586 shares of Micron Technology for $36.3 mln

* Says it disposes 856,586 shares of Micron Technology Inc at the price of $36.3 million in total (average price of about $42.434517 per share), for working capital supplement and bank loan repayment

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Panthers owner to sell team amid misconduct allegations

(Reuters) - Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson announced on Sunday he will sell the team, hours after the National Football League said it had taken over an investigation into allegations of workplace misconduct by the owner.

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BRIEF-Tencent, Jd.Com And Vipshop Announce Equity Investment And Business Cooperation

* TENCENT, JD.COM AND VIPSHOP ANNOUNCE EQUITY INVESTMENT AND BUSINESS COOPERATION

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UPDATE 2-Thai Bev only bidder seeking to buy $5 bln stake in Vietnam's Sabeco

* Some bidders discouraged by rich valuations - sources (Recasts with Thai Bev's statement on Sabeco)

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Jerry Richardson Will Sell Carolina Panthers Amid Misconduct Allegations

In a statement that made no reference to the accusations he faces, Richardson said he would sell the team after this season.

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UPDATE 5-Billionaire Pinera recaptures Chile presidency with resounding win

SANTIAGO, Dec 17 (Reuters) - Conservative Sebastian Pinera won Chile's presidential election by a wider-than-forecast margin on Sunday, pledging to jump-start economic growth in the world's top copper exporter and opt for more business-friendly policies than his center-left predecessor.

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FOREX-Dollar firm after US tax bill moves closer to ratification

TOKYO, Dec 18 (Reuters) - The dollar held modest gains against the euro and yen on Monday, having received a lift after U.S. tax reform efforts moved another step closer to ratification over the weekend.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares rise amid US tax cut hopes; pound struggles

* Australian shares up 0.1 pct, Japan's Nikkei climbs 0.8 pct

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UPDATE 2-Oracle Corp to buy Australia's Aconex for $1.19 bln

* Aconex subject to break-up fee should deal not proceed (Adds share price reaction, deal timeframe, chairman comment)

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RPT-UPDATE 1-India government ignored warnings over GST roll out-sources

MUMBAI, Dec 15 (Reuters) - The Indian government ignored several warnings from private companies that the complex technology required for a nationwide goods and services tax (GST) to work smoothly was not ready for launch, several people who worked on the project said.

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Op-Ed Columnist: Omarosa, Sacking of a Sellout

Few will mourn her departure, and now she’s on a warpath.

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UPDATE 2-Bitcoin hits bigger stage as exchange giant CME launches futures

NEW YORK, Dec 17 (Reuters) - CME Group Inc, the world's largest derivatives exchange operator, began trading bitcoin futures on Sunday, with the contract opening at what is currently its session high and dropping over 6 percent within the first half hour.

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UPDATE 4-Power outage leads to partial shutdown of Atlanta airport

Dec 17 (Reuters) - Hundreds of flights were delayed or canceled at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Sunday as a power outage left passengers at the world's busiest airport stranded in darkened terminals or in aircraft idling on tarmacs.

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Rio Tinto to retrofit Pilbara trucks for autonomous handling

SYDNEY, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Mining giant Rio Tinto Ltd said it plans to expand its fleet of autonomous trucks operating in Australia's Pilbara iron-ore region, part of a cost-cutting programme across its operations.

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UPDATE 3-Atlanta's Hartsfield airport hobbled by power outage

Dec 17 (Reuters) - Hundreds of flights were delayed or canceled at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Sunday as a power outage left passengers at the world's busiest airport stranded in darkened terminals or in aircraft idling on tarmacs.

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UPDATE 1-BHP and ExxonMobil to separately market Gippsland Basin gas - regulator

Dec 18 (Reuters) - The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) said on Monday that BHP and ExxonMobil's local arm Esso Australia Resources would separately market their respective shares of gas produced from their Gippsland Basin joint venture from 2019.

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UPDATE 4-Chile's Pinera wins presidency as opponent concedes

SANTIAGO, Dec 17 (Reuters) - Billionaire conservative Sebastian Pinera won Chile's presidency on Sunday, with his center-left opponent Alejandro Guillier conceding the election as Chile followed other South American nations in a political turn to the right.

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BHP and Esso to separately market Gippsland Basin gas -regulator

Dec 18 (Reuters) - The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) said on Monday that BHP and Exxon Mobil would separately market their respective shares of gas produced from their Gippsland Basin joint venture from 2019.

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Japanese pension fund to shoulder costs of BOJ's negative rate - Nikkei

TOKYO, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Japan's Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF), the world's largest pension fund, has decided to shoulder the costs charged on its deposits under the central bank's negative rate policy, the Nikkei newspaper reported on Monday.

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Equinix to buy Australia's Metronode data centre group for $791 mln

SYDNEY, Dec 18 (Reuters) - U.S. data centre group Equinix Inc on Monday said it was buying Australian data centre company Metronode from the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan in an all-cash deal worth A$1.035 billion ($791.15 million).

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UPDATE 3-Chile's Pinera takes commanding lead in presidential vote

SANTIAGO, Dec 17 (Reuters) - Conservative challenger Sebastian Pinera was on track to win Chile's presidential election on Sunday, after pledging to end his center-left predecessor's progressive agenda and jump-start growth in one of Latin America's most developed economies.

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UPDATE 1-Aconex receives $1.19 bln takeover offer from Oracle Corp

Dec 18 (Reuters) - Aconex Ltd said on Monday it had received a A$1.56 billion ($1.19 billion), or A$7.80 in cash per share, buyout offer from U.S. software major Oracle Corp .

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UPDATE 2-Flights delayed at Atlanta airport after power outage

Dec 17 (Reuters) - Flights were delayed at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Sunday after a partial power outage, leaving passengers at the world's busiest airport stranded in dimly lit terminals or in aircraft idling on tarmacs.

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BRIEF-Aconex Announces Acquisition Proposal By Orcale ​

* ‍PROPOSED THAT ORACLE WILL ACQUIRE 100 PERCENT OF SHARES IN ACONEX BY WAY OF A SCHEME OF ARRANGEMENT FOR A$7.80 IN CASH PER SHARE​

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M&T Bank's CEO Robert Wilmers dies -bank

NEW YORK, Dec 17 (Reuters) - M&T Bank's chairman and chief executive officer, Robert Wilmers, died on Saturday night at home after nearly 35 years leading the Buffalo, New York-based company, the bank said on Sunday.

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Aconex receives $1.19 bln takeover offer from Oracle Corp

Dec 18 (Reuters) - Aconex Ltd said on Monday it had received a A$1.56 billion ($1.19 billion), A$7.80 in cash per share, buyout offer from U.S. software major Oracle Corp .

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Humana in talks to buy Kindred Healthcare with equity firms -source

NEW YORK, Dec 17 (Reuters) - U.S. health insurer Humana Inc is in advanced talks to acquire acute care provider Kindred Healthcare Inc in partnership with private equity firms Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe and TPG, a source familiar with the matter said on Sunday.

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UPDATE 1-Flights delayed at Atlanta airport after power outage

Dec 17 (Reuters) - Flights were delayed at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Sunday after a partial power outage, officials said, leaving passengers at the world's busiest airport stranded in dim terminals.

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TV host Matthews was reprimanded after woman's 1999 complaint -MSNBC

Dec 17 (Reuters) - TV "Hardball" host Chris Matthews was reprimanded after he was accused in 1999 of making inappropriate comments about a female employee, and the woman was given a separation payment, MSNBC said on Sunday.

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BRIEF-Humana, Private-Equity Firms In Talks To Buy Kindred Healthcare- WSJ

* HUMANA, PRIVATE-EQUITY FIRMS IN TALKS TO BUY KINDRED HEALTHCARE; DEAL WOULD VALUE KINDRED AT $9 PER SHARE- WSJ, CITING SOURCES‍​ Source text : http://on.wsj.com/2zjELSy Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 2-'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' opens with galactic $450 mln box office

LOS ANGELES, Dec 17 (Reuters) - "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" burst into theaters with a staggering $450 million in global ticket sales in its opening weekend, confirming that the celebrated space adventure franchise remained a powerful force at the box office.

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BRIEF-Atos says not to pursue offer to acquire Gemalto

* ATOS SAYS HAS DECIDED NOT TO PURSUE ITS OFFER TO ACQUIRE GEMALTO AT 46 EUROS PER SHARE

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Drug Company Under Fire After Revealing Dengue Vaccine May Harm Some

A promising vaccine for dengue fever is in limbo after the Philippines suspended its use amid widespread public anger and fears about its safety.

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UPDATE 1-'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' scores massive $450 mln in opening weekend

LOS ANGELES, Dec 17 (Reuters) - "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," the latest chapter in the hugely popular franchise, debuted with a massive $450 million in global ticket sales over the weekend, distributor Walt Disney Co said on Sunday.

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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' scores $450 mln in global opening weekend

LOS ANGELES, Dec 17 (Reuters) - "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" debuted with a massive $450 million in global ticket sales over the weekend, distributor Walt Disney Co said on Sunday.

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UPDATE 2-Strike over Teva Pharm job cuts briefly shuts down Israel

JERUSALEM, Dec 17 (Reuters) - Israel's main public-sector labour union staged a half-day strike on Sunday, closing the airport, stock exchange, banks and all government ministries to protest at mass layoffs planned by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries.

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UPDATE 1-Venezuela gives Russia's Rosneft gas field concessions - Rosneft

MOSCOW, Dec 17 (Reuters) - Venezuela has awarded licences to a unit of Russian oil major Rosneft to develop two offshore gas fields, Rosneft said in a statement.

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MIDEAST STOCKS-Region edges up, building-related shares boost Saudi before budget

* Saudi 2018 budget seen hiking infrastructure spending a bit

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Venezuela gives Russia's Rosneft gas field concessions - Rosneft

MOSCOW, Dec 17 (Reuters) - Venezuela has awarded licences to a unit of Russian oil major Rosneft to develop two offshore gas fields, Rosneft said in a statement.

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UPDATE 1-Strike briefly shuts down Israel over Teva Pharm job cuts

JERUSALEM, Dec 17 (Reuters) - Israel's main public-sector labour union went on a half-day strike on Sunday, closing the airport, the stock exchange, banks and all government ministries as part of a protest against mass layoffs planned by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries.

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U.S. employers say CVS-Aetna deal would affect health-benefits decisions -survey

NEW YORK, Dec 17 (Reuters) - CVS Corp’s proposed purchase of Aetna Inc will affect decision-making by a majority of large and mid-size U.S. corporations on employee health benefits, a survey by benefits consultant Aon Plc found.

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Utuado Journal: Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Small Gesture at a Time

Since Hurricane Maria steamrollered Puerto Rico, the day-to-day job of digging out, sometimes block by block, has fallen largely to island residents.

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UPDATE 1-Thai Bev's unit seeks to buy a near $5 bln stake in Sabeco

* Ministry set to conduct auction on Monday (Recasts, adds details of Thai Bev's unit seeking to buy all Sabeco shares)

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Strike briefly shuts down Israel over Teva Pharm job cuts

JERUSALEM, Dec 17 (Reuters) - Israel's main public-sector labour union went on a half-day strike on Sunday, closing the airport, the stock exchange, banks and all government ministries as part of a protest against mass layoffs planned by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries.

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Australian Tried to Sell Missile Parts for North Korea, Police Say

The police said a naturalized Australian citizen tried to skirt United Nations sanctions by attempting to conduct trade deals on behalf of North Korea.

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Vietnam to name buyer of up to $5 bln stake in top brewer Sabeco

Ho CHI MINH CITY/SINGAPORE, Dec 17 (Reuters) - Vietnam is set to auction an up to $5 billion stake in top brewer Sabeco on Monday, with Thai Beverage the only potential bidder to have expressed interest in a majority stake.

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RPT-Wall St Week Ahead-Healthcare draws election-year worry, but 2016 repeat not seen

NEW YORK, Dec 15 (Reuters) - With another election year looming, investors in the healthcare sector are wary the coming months could reopen wounds suffered during the 2016 U.S. presidential race.

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Knicks 111, Thunder 96: Carmelo Anthony, Back in New York, Gets Cheers, a Video and a Loss

Anthony also heard some jeers, and he made just 5 shots in 18 attempts during his first game at Madison Square Garden since the Knicks traded him to Oklahoma City.

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Australia arrests man accused of trying to sell missile parts for North Korea

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australian police said on Sunday they had arrested a man accused of working on the black market to sell missile components and coal on behalf of North Korea, the first charges ever brought in Australia over the sale of weapons of mass destruction.

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Hoping to extend maritime reach, China lavishes aid on Pakistan town

GWADAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - China is lavishing vast amounts of aid on a small Pakistani fishing town to win over locals and build a commercial deep-water port that the United States and India suspect may also one day serve the Chinese navy.

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GM offers a sneak peek at new Chevy truck, loaded with profits

DETROIT, Dec 16 (Reuters) - General Motors Co offered a sneak peek on Saturday of the next generation Chevrolet Silverado pickup, designed to haul big payloads of profits for the automaker when it launches next year.

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Odebrecht says dealings with Peru president were legitimate

LIMA, Dec 16 (Reuters) - Brazilian builder Odebrecht said Saturday that its recently-disclosed business ties to embattled Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski were not part of the corrupt deals it struck with politicians that it has acknowledged to prosecutors.

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UPDATE 3-Palestinian billionaire Masri detained in Saudi Arabia - sources

AMMAN, Dec 16 (Reuters) - Sabih al-Masri, Jordan's most influential businessman and the chairman of its largest lender Arab Bank, was detained in Saudi Arabia for questioning after a business trip to Riyadh, family sources and friends said on Saturday.

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Turner wins broadcast rights to Chilean soccer

SANTIAGO, Dec 16 (Reuters) - U.S. media company Turner Broadcasting has won exclusive rights to broadcast Chilean soccer matches, edging out competitor Fox Sports for the 15-year contract, the local soccer association said late on Friday.

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UPDATE 3-Luxottica CEO exits eyewear giant ahead of Essilor merger

* Milleri would replace Del Vecchio at merged group if he died (Adds comment from Luxottica's spokesman)

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Austria's conservative-far right government says will be reliable EU partner

VIENNA, Dec 16 (Reuters) - Austria's newly formed conservative far-right coalition government said on Saturday it would be a reliable partner in a European Union it seeks to reform to return more power to national governments.

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REFILE-UPDATE 2-Palestinian billionaire Masri detained in Saudi Arabia - sources

AMMAN, Dec 16 (Reuters) - Sabih al-Masri, Jordan's most influential businessman and the chairman of its largest lender Arab Bank, was detained in Saudi Arabia for questioning after a business trip to Riyadh, family sources and friends said on Saturday.

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UPDATE 2-Palestinian billionaire Masri detained in Saudi Arabia - sources

AMMAN, Dec 16 (Reuters) - Sabih al-Masri, Jordan's most influential businessman and the chairman of its largest lender Arab Bank, was detained in Saudi Arabia for questioning after a business trip to Riyadh, family sources and friends said on Saturday.

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UPDATE 2-Luxottica CEO exits eyewear giant ahead of Essilor merger

* Milleri would replace Del Vecchio at merged group if he died (Adds Del Vecchio's comments)

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NEWSMAKER-South Africa's nearly man Ramaphosa may lead country at last

JOHANNESBURG, Dec 16 (Reuters) - The nearly man of South African politics, Cyril Ramaphosa, is at last in with a chance of becoming president after being overlooked for years.

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Roche, Shire court fight escalates over haemophilia drug

ZURICH, Dec 16 (Reuters) - Roche's patent dispute with London-listed Shire over the Swiss drugmaker's new haemophilia drug Hemlibra has escalated, with Shire filing a new motion in a U.S. court that Roche says aims to stop some patients from getting its medicine.

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Britian eyes bespoke trade arrangement with EU - UK fin min

BEIJING, Dec 16 (Reuters) - British finance minister Philip Hammond said it is likely Britain will want to negotiate a bespoke arrangement for future trade deals with the European Union.

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Alaska oil companies settle dispute over Trans-Alaska Pipeline tariff charges

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Dec 15 (Reuters) - The state of Alaska will receive hundreds of millions of dollars in a settlement with oil companies over the value of North Slope crude oil shipped through the Trans-Alaska Pipeline (TAP), officials announced.

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BRIEF-Primero Extends Revolving Credit Facility To Dec. 22, 2017

* PRIMERO EXTENDS REVOLVING CREDIT FACILITY TO DECEMBER 22, 2017 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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REFILE-UPDATE 2-Elliott takes stake in Akamai Tech, says shares undervalued

Dec 15 (Reuters) - Hedge fund Elliott Management disclosed a 6.5 percent stake in Akamai Technologies on Friday, and said the company's $9.7 billion market value did not reflect the uses of its platform, which speeds up content delivery over the internet.

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UPDATE 3-Unilever to sell spreads business to KKR for $8 billion

* Co to return cash to shareholders barring other M&A (Adds Breakingviews link)

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BRIEF-Centene's Washington Subsidiary Reaches Agreement With State Of Washington

* CENTENE'S WASHINGTON SUBSIDIARY REACHES AGREEMENT WITH STATE OF WASHINGTON

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UPDATE 1-U.S. Senate Democrats to force vote on FCC net neutrality repeal

WASHINGTON, Dec 15 (Reuters) - The top U.S. Senate Democrat said on Friday he would force a vote on the Federal Communications Commission's decision to repeal landmark net neutrality rules, but the move was unlikely to block a ruling that could reshape the digital landscape.

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Republican tax bill retains U.S. electric vehicle tax credit

WASHINGTON, Dec 15 (Reuters) - A compromise Republican tax bill released late Friday does not eliminate a $7,500 electric vehicle tax credit as Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives had previously proposed.

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BRIEF-Alaska Communications Comments On Schedule 13D Filing By Karen Singer Group

* ALASKA COMMUNICATIONS COMMENTS ON SCHEDULE 13D FILING BY KAREN SINGER GROUP

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BRIEF-WOW Unlimited Media Closes Private Placement Of Convertible Debentures

* WOW UNLIMITED MEDIA INC. CLOSES PRIVATE PLACEMENT OF CONVERTIBLE DEBENTURES Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 1-P&G appoints Peltz to board despite losing proxy battle

Dec 15 (Reuters) - Procter & Gamble Co said it appointed Nelson Peltz to its board despite the activist investor narrowly losing a months-long proxy fight, the biggest ever involving a U.S. company.

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Fashion house Camuto Group taps turnaround advisor -source

Dec 15 (Reuters) - Camuto Group, the U.S. footwear, clothing and accessories wholesaler known for its Vince Camuto shoes, has hired a turnaround consultant after a deal to sell itself to Aldo Group Inc fell through, according to a person familiar with the matter.

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Honduran politician sentenced to three years in U.S. for money laundering

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A member of a prominent Honduran family who once served in the nation’s cabinet was sentenced to three years in prison on Friday after he pleaded guilty to a U.S. money laundering charge.

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BRIEF-Mountain Boy Minerals Board Has Appointed Mark Brown As CEO

* MOUNTAIN BOY MINERALS - BOARD HAS APPOINTED MARK BROWN AS PRESIDENT & CEO, AND WINNIE WONG, AS CFO AND CORPORATE SECRETARY Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Steel Dynamics Q3 Adjusted Earnings Per Share $0.66 Excluding Items

* Q3 EARNINGS PER SHARE VIEW $0.65 -- THOMSON REUTERS I/B/E/S

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N.J. nuclear power subsidy bill could cost $320 mln per year

Dec 15 (Reuters) - Three state senators in New Jersey sponsored a bill that could cost electric ratepayers about $320 million a year to subsidize nuclear reactors that could otherwise be closed.

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TD Ameritrade to start bitcoin futures trading on Monday

Dec 15 (Reuters) - Retail brokerage TD Ameritrade Holding Corp said on Friday it will allow clients to trade bitcoin futures on the newly minted CBOE Futures Exchange from Dec. 18.

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UPDATE 1-Embraer sees 2024 commercial launch for Uber flying cabs

SAO PAULO, Dec 15 (Reuters) - A network of electric aircraft Uber Technologies Inc is developing with Embraer SA is likely to launch commercially in 2024, the Brazilian planemaker's chief executive said on Friday, adding a year to the latest forecast from the ride-hailing company.

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BRIEF-Quartz Mountain Says Robert Dickinson Named CEO And Executive Chairman

* QUARTZ MOUNTAIN ANNOUNCES MANAGEMENT CHANGES, PRIVATE PLACEMENT AND SHARE CONSOLIDATION

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BRIEF-Merit Medical Entered Into Third Amendment To Second Amended & Restated Credit Agreement & Incremental Increase Agreement

* MERIT MEDICAL SYSTEMS - ON DEC 13, MERIT ENTERED INTO THIRD AMENDMENT TO SECOND AMENDED & RESTATED CREDIT AGREEMENT & INCREMENTAL INCREASE AGREEMENT

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BRIEF-Applied DNA Q4 Loss Per Share $0.10

* APPLIED DNA ANNOUNCES SELECTED PRELIMINARY UNAUDITED FISCAL FOURTH QUARTER AND YEAR END RESULTS

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BRIEF-Baker Hughes A Ge Co Files For Debt Shelf Of Up To $3 Bln

* BAKER HUGHES A GE CO FILES FOR DEBT SHELF OF UP TO $3.0 BILLION - SEC FILING Source text for Eikon: (http://bit.ly/2kykFeR) Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 1-Leading U.S. antitrust senator urges hearing on Disney, Fox deal

WASHINGTON, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Senator Amy Klobuchar, the top Democrat on the Senate antitrust panel, urged the subcommittee on Friday to hold a hearing on Walt Disney Co's plan to buy a number of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc businesses.

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UPDATE 1-Turkish banker on trial denies helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions

NEW YORK, Dec 15 (Reuters) - An executive at Turkey's majority state-owned Halkbank took the witness stand in a New York courtroom on Friday and denied charges that he participated in a scheme to help Iran evade U.S. sanctions.

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Student borrowers under most stress in New York City's poorest areas

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York's poorest neighborhoods are home to the city's student borrowers under the most stress, according to a central bank report released on Friday showing "troublingly high" loan default and delinquency rates mainly in the Bronx and Brooklyn.

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BRIEF-Discovery Air Announces Extension Of Operating Credit Facility With CIBC

* DISCOVERY AIR INC. ANNOUNCES EXTENSION OF OPERATING CREDIT FACILITY WITH CIBC

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BRIEF-P&G Says About 972.8 Mln Shares Were Cast In Favor Of Nelson Peltz's Election To Board

* P&G SAYS ABOUT 972.8 MILLION SHARES WERE CAST IN FAVOR OF NELSON PELTZ'S ELECTION TO BOARD, WHILE ABOUT 16.4 MILLION SHARES WERE WITHHELD - SEC FILING Source: (http://bit.ly/2zfyTtB) Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-P&G Says Board Increased Size To Thirteen From Eleven

* P&G SAYS ON DEC 15, BOARD OF PROCTER & GAMBLE COMPANY INCREASED SIZE OF BOARD FROM ELEVEN TO THIRTEEN DIRECTORS - SEC FILING Source:(http://bit.ly/2AByDUc) Further company coverage:

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Procter & Gamble appoints Nelson Peltz to board

Dec 15 (Reuters) - Procter & Gamble Co said it appointed activist investor Nelson Peltz to its board following a certified recount of shareholder votes cast at its annual meeting in October.

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UPDATE 1-Facebook defends itself against critics of social media

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Friday struck back against scientific researchers and tech industry insiders who have criticized the world's biggest social media network and its competitors for transforming how people behave and express emotion.

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BRIEF-Sino-Global Shipping America Files For Mixed Shelf Of Up to $50 Mln

* SINO-GLOBAL SHIPPING AMERICA LTD FILES FOR MIXED SHELF OF UPTO $50 MILLION - SEC FILING Source: (http://bit.ly/2Ck0nx8) Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-MDC Partners Files For Mixed Shelf Of Up to $1 Bln

* MDC PARTNERS INC FILES FOR MIXED SHELF OF UPTO $1.0 BILLION - SEC FILING Source: (http://bit.ly/2zfQ924) Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-American Lorain Says Has Regained Compliance With Requirements For Continued Listing On NYSE American

* AMERICAN LORAIN CORPORATION HAS REGAINED COMPLIANCE WITH THE REQUIREMENTS FOR CONTINUED LISTING ON THE NYSE AMERICAN Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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US STOCKS-Wall St closes at records with tax overhaul in sight

* Indexes up: Dow 0.58 pct, S&P 0.9 pct, Nasdaq 1.17 pct (Updates to close, adds commentary, volume numbers)

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BRIEF-Perma-Pipe International Qtrly Loss Per Share $0.43

* PERMA-PIPE INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS ANNOUNCES THIRD QUARTER FINANCIAL RESULTS

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BRIEF-Visteon To Transfer Stock Listing To Nasdaq

* VISTEON CORP - WILL TRANSFER ITS STOCK LISTING FROM NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE TO NASDAQ GLOBAL SELECT MARKET (NASDAQ), COMMENCING DEC. 27, 2017

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BRIEF-Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Files For Mixed Shelf Of Upto $150 Mln

* MERRIMACK PHARMACEUTICALS INC FILES FOR MIXED SHELF OF UPTO $150 MILLION - SEC FILING Source text :[http://bit.ly/2yGsbJv] Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Calpine Corp Announces Closings Of Senior Secured Notes Offering And Term Loan Facility

* CALPINE CORPORATION ANNOUNCES CLOSINGS OF SENIOR SECURED NOTES OFFERING AND TERM LOAN FACILITY Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Metlife Says In 2018 Baseline Capital Management Plan Would See Return Close To $5 Bln To Common Shareholders

* METLIFE INC - EXPECT TO HAVE CASH COMMITMENTS OF BETWEEN $2.0 BILLION & $3.0 BILLION OVER 2017 AND 2018 RELATING TO LIABILITY MANAGEMENT TRANSACTIONS

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BRIEF-Navidea Biopharmaceuticals Files For Mixed Shelf Of Upto $100 Mln

* NAVIDEA BIOPHARMACEUTICALS INC FILES FOR MIXED SHELF OF UPTO $100 MILLION - SEC FILING Source text :[http://bit.ly/2BdXkXV] Further company coverage:

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Op-Ed Contributor: Russell Simmons, R. Kelly, and Why Black Women Can’t Say #MeToo

When your community fights for the people who terrorized you, it means your pain is not a priority.

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Security tight as Germany marks anniversary of Christmas market attack

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany has tightened security at Christmas markets across the country a year after a deadly truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market, with conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel under fire from victims' relatives for her handling of the case.

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Speculators raise net-short dollar bets to $7.81 bln -CFTC, Reuters

Dec 15 (Reuters) - Speculators raised their net-short bets on the U.S. dollar to $7.81 billion in the latest week, the 22nd straight week of bearish bets against the U.S. currency, according to data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commision calculated by Reuters.

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Chile stocks mark highest weekly gain in 8 years

SANTIAGO, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Chile's IPSA stock index ended up 7 percent on the week on Friday, its highest weekly gain in eight years and coming ahead of Sunday's presidential election, as the price of copper, the country's main export, rose.

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BRIEF-Eric Watson Reports 15.1 Pct Stake In Long Island Iced Tea

* ERIC J. WATSON REPORTS A 15.1 PERCENT STAKE IN LONG ISLAND ICED TEA CORP AS OF DECEMBER 6, 2017 - SEC FILING

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Pennsylvania man admits to trading on tips about drug company

Dec 15 (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty on Friday to charges that he traded on confidential, inside information that a former Celator Pharmaceuticals Inc employee supplied him, including that the company now owned by Jazz Pharmaceuticals Plc was planning to be acquired.

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Chef Batali fired from 'The Chew' after sex harassment accusations

NEW YORK, Dec 15 (Reuters) - ABC Television Network said on Friday that it fired celebrity chef Mario Batali from its daytime cooking show, "The Chew," after he was accused of sexual misconduct.

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Italy's CDP, Intesa set for role in ArcelorMittal bid for Ilva -source

ROME, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Italy's state holding company CDP and Intesa Sanpaolo have signed a non-binding agreement to join ArcelorMittal's bid to buy Italian steelmaker Ilva, a source close to the matter said on Friday.

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UPDATE 1-Lockheed to partner with Aerion to develop supersonic business jet

WASHINGTON Dec 15 (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp, the maker of the F-35 and F-22 fighter jets, is partnering with plane maker Aerion Corp to develop the world's first supersonic business jet.

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SPD agrees to talks on joining German government, Merkel urges quick action

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) agreed to open exploratory talks on forming a government with Chancellor Angela Merkel, party leader Martin Schulz said, providing a chance to end a rare period of political deadlock in Europe's largest economy.

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Blockchain consortium Hyperledger loses members, funding -documents

NEW YORK, Dec 15 (Reuters) - More than 15 members of blockchain consortium Hyperledger have either cut their financial support for the project or quit the group over the past few months, according to documents seen by Reuters.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-World shares gain; U.S. yield curve flattest in decade

* Dollar index firmer on tax bill optimism (Updates to Europe close, adds commentary)

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UPDATE 1-Luxottica CEO exits eyewear giant ahead of Essilor merger

* Move comes as proposed merger approaches (Adds details, comment)

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Onex-backed Canadian renewables firm Pinnacle set to list -sources

TORONTO, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Wood pellets producer Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc, owned by Canadian private equity firm Onex Corp, wants to raise about C$175 million ($136 million) through a Toronto initial public offering (IPO), people familiar with the matter told Reuters this week.

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BRIEF-Trillium Therapeutics Inc Files For Mixed Shelf Of Upto $150 Mln

* TRILLIUM THERAPEUTICS INC FILES FOR MIXED SHELF OF UPTO $150 MILLION - SEC FILING Source text : http://bit.ly/2jZxGi0 Further company coverage:

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Conn. Millstone nuclear plant seen profitable for years -report

Dec 15 (Reuters) - Dominion Energy Inc's Millstone nuclear power plant is expected to remain profitable through 2035, according to a study released by Connecticut energy regulators on Thursday, making it less likely the company will shut the reactors early.

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BRIEF-Sonic Director Frank Richardson Reports Sale Of 50,000 Shares At $28-$28.39/Share

* SONIC CORP DIRECTOR FRANK RICHARDSON REPORTS OPEN MARKET SALE OF 50,000 SHARES PRICED BETWEEN $28.00 TO $28.39/SHARE- SEC FILING Source text : ( http://bit.ly/2CixX6F ) Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 4-CSX shares derail after CEO takes unexpected medical leave

Dec 15 (Reuters) - CSX Corp shares skidded as much as 10 percent on Friday, wiping out $4 billion in market value, as the No. 3 U.S. railroad by revenue sought to assure investors its turnaround would progress despite the unexpected medical leave of its chief executive officer.

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BRIEF-Freddie Mac Prices $1.3 Billion Multifamily K-Deal, K-071

* FREDDIE MAC - EXPECTS TO ISSUE APPROXIMATELY $1.3 BILLION IN K CERTIFICATES WHICH ARE EXPECTED TO SETTLE ON OR ABOUT DECEMBER 22, 2017 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 1-Fed's Quarles to recuse himself from Wells Fargo matters

WASHINGTON, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Randal Quarles, the top Federal Reserve official tasked with policing Wall Street, said on Friday that he would recuse himself from any matters concerning Wells Fargo & Co, the nation's third largest bank.

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BRIEF-Azimut Announces $1.55 Million Flow-Through Private Placement Financing

* AZIMUT ANNOUNCES $1.55 MILLION FLOW-THROUGH PRIVATE PLACEMENT FINANCING