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India orders investigation after Paradise Papers leak

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NEW DELHI, Nov 6 (Reuters) - India on Monday formed a panel of government officials to investigate cases that figure in the so-called Paradise Papers, a trove of leaked documents about offshore investments of wealthy individuals and institutions. [Source]

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New Zealand's a2 Milk expands U.S. business to the North East

Jan 16 (Reuters) - New Zealand's a2 Milk Company Ltd said on Tuesday that it was expanding its operations in the United States to include the country's north-east region.

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Norway's sovereign fund excludes 9 more firms on ethics grounds

OSLO, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Norway's $1.07 trillion sovereign wealth fund has excluded nine more companies from its portfolio based on breaches of its ethical investment criteria, the Norwegian central bank, which manages the fund, said in a statement on Tuesday.

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UPDATE 2-China's CNPC forecasts 10 pct growth in gas consumption, bumper fuel exports

* Gas demand, import growth to drop, but remain in double digits * 2018 oil demand growth at 4.6 pct, down from 5.9 pct in 2017 * Net diesel exports to rise 47 pct, gasoline exports by 23 pct (Adds details on fuel surplus, comment, table, byline) By Muyu Xu and Chen Aizhu BEIJING, Jan 16 (Reuters) - China's natural gas consumption will rise by 10 percent and imports by 13.4 percent in 2018, China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) forecast on Tuesday, boosted by a steady push t

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European stocks rise as corporate updates improve sentiment

LONDON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - European shares rose on Tuesday after corporate trading updates lifted sentiment, with shares in German fashion house Hugo Boss gaining on better-than-expected sales in the last quarter of 2017.

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UAE to lodge aviation complaint against Qatar at UN agency

DUBAI, Jan 16 (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates will lodge a complaint against Qatar at the United Nations aviation agency on Tuesday after Qatari fighter jets twice intercepted UAE civilian aircraft during routine flights to Bahrain, a UAE official said.

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McDonald's sets recycling goals for packaging, restaurants

Jan 16 (Reuters) - McDonald's Corp said on Tuesday it is responding to customers' No. 1 request by setting goals for switching to environmentally friendly packaging materials and offering recycling in all of its restaurants.

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UPDATE 2-Hugo Boss sales pick up at stores, online and in U.S.

* 2017 EBITDA seen in line with forecast (Adds details, shares)

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BRIEF-‍Cellcom Israel controlling shareholder announced examination of submitting creditors arrangement proposal in Eurocom​

* ‍CELLCOM ISRAEL REPORTS ITS CONTROLLING SHAREHOLDER ANNOUNCED EXAMINATION OF SUBMITTING A CREDITORS ARRANGEMENT PROPOSAL IN EUROCOM​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Czech PM ready to face allegations as he fights for minority government

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis on Tuesday requested that lawmakers lift his parliamentary immunity so he can face allegations of fraud as he fights to win support for a minority government.

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BRIEF-Boreal Metals to acquire cobalt project in Norway

* BOREAL METALS CORP. - ANNOUNCING EXECUTION OF DEFINITIVE AGREEMENT TO ACQUIRE COBALT PROJECT IN NORWAY

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

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

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BRIEF-Schoeller-Bleckmann to profit from new U.S. tax rules in 2018 -CEO

Jan 16 (Reuters) - Schoeller Bleckmann Oilfield Equipment Ag tells Reuters in phone interview:

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UPDATE 1-Hugo Boss sees recovery for stores, online and U.S.

* 2017 EBITDA set to be in line with 2016, in line with forecast

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BRIEF-Philip Morris International Says It Has Decided To Request Voluntary Delisting Of Its Shares From Euronext Paris.​

* SAYS IT HAS DECIDED TO REQUEST VOLUNTARY DELISTING OF ITS SHARES FROM EURONEXT PARIS.​

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BRIEF-Charter Court to sell interest Charter Mortgage Funding 2017-1

Jan 16 (Reuters) - Charter Court Financial Services Group Plc:

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METALS-Copper prices slide on resurgent U.S. dollar

SYDNEY, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Copper markets in London and Shanghai eased on Tuesday, reversing an earlier uptrend, as the dollar pulled up from a three-year low.

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BRIEF-Halma Sees positive impact to adj profit from U.S Tax Reform

* EXPECTS US TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT TO POSITIVELY IMPACT FUTURE US AFTER TAX ADJUSTED EARNINGS

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BRIEF-National Express Sees Small Tax Credit In 2017 from U.S. Tax Reform

* ANTICIPATED REDUCTION IN GROUP'S EFFECTIVE TAX RATE (ETR) FROM 1ST JANUARY 2018 DUE TO IMPACT OF US TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT​

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Premier Foods third-quarter sales up on non-branded products

LONDON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Premier Foods, owner of Mr Kipling cakes and Oxo stock cubes, reported higher third-quarter sales on Tuesday, helped by strength in its non-branded products.

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BP to take $1.7 bln Deepwater Horizon charge

LONDON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - BP said on Tuesday it expected to take a post-tax non-operating charge of around $1.7 billion in its fourth quarter results as part of the settlement of the deadly 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the United States.

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BRIEF-Touchstone says Q4 2017 average production 1,448 BBLS/D

* ‍ACHIEVED NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER 2017 CRUDE OIL SALES OF 1,536 AND 1,337 BARRELS PER DAY ("BBLS/D"), RESPECTIVELY.​

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UPDATE 1-China's natural gas consumption to rise 10 pct on yr in 2018 - CNPC research

* Gas demand, import growth to drop, but remain in double digits

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Nikkei hits highest level since 1991 as dollar weakening stops

TOKYO, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average rose to its highest level since late 1991 on Tuesday, as a firmer dollar supported exporter stocks and expectations for strong corporate earnings bolstered investor sentiment.

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BRIEF-Novartis says data reinforces ‍Cosentyx effectiveness

* NOVARTIS NEW DATA REINFORCES SUPERIORITY OF COSENTYX® VERSUS STELARA®* IN ACHIEVING SKIN CLEARANCE FOR PSORIASIS PATIENTS

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BRIEF-FDA accepts Novartis submission of biosimilar version of Humira

* SANDOZ REGULATORY SUBMISSION FOR PROPOSED BIOSIMILAR ADALIMUMAB ACCEPTED BY FDA

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China's economy set to slow to 6.5 percent in 2018 as government turns off cheap money: Reuters poll

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's economy is expected to cool this year as a government-led crackdown on debt risks and factory pollution drag on overall activity, a Reuters poll showed on Tuesday.

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BRIEF-Afterpay Touch Group Enters Agreement With Matrix Partners

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

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PRESS DIGEST- Wall Street Journal - Jan 16

Jan 16 (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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UPDATE 1-Prodded by China, Qantas amends website references to Taiwan, other regions

SYDNEY/TAIPEI, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Australia's Qantas Airways said on Tuesday it had amended its website to no longer refer to Taiwan and Hong Kong as countries, rather than Chinese territories, after China issued a warning to foreign airlines last week.

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

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

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UPDATE 1-JD.com widens Southeast Asia presence by investing in Vietnam's Tiki.vn

* JD.com co-leads investment in Tiki.vn with Vietnam's VNG Corp

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UPDATE 1-Google says "no changes" to mapping platform in China after report

BEIJING, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google said on Tuesday it has made "no changes" to its mapping platform in China, denying an earlier media report that claimed it was re-launching the function in China, where many of its services are blocked.

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Collapse of U.K. Construction Giant Rattles the Government

The contractor, Carillion, worked hand in glove with the government, raising questions about the outsourcing of public services to private companies.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares shrug off losses, euro near 3-year top

TOKYO, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Asian shares pushed higher on Tuesday, erasing early modest losses while the euro stood near a 3-year peak on rising expectations that the European Central Bank could pare its monetary stimulus.

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BRIEF-Exco Resources files voluntary petitions for Chapter 11

* EXCO RESOURCES, INC. FILES VOLUNTARY PETITIONS FOR CHAPTER 11 REORGANIZATION TO FACILITATE FINANCIAL RESTRUCTURING

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METALS-Weaker dollar helps buoy Shanghai, London copper prices

SYDNEY, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Copper prices edged up in London and Shanghai markets on Tuesday, helped by a weaker U.S. dollar.

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UPDATE 1-HNA's problems mount as airlines delay payments, bank sets up team to handle debt-sources

SHANGHAI/SINGAPORE, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Some airlines affiliated with China's HNA Group Co Ltd are delaying aircraft lease payments to lessors, and Export-Import Bank of China, which is a long-term financer of the group, has formed a team to handle the conglomerate's liquidity issues, several banking and leasing sources said.

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BRIEF-Obsidian Energy reports FY 2017 production of 31,700 BOE/D

* OBSIDIAN ENERGY ANNOUNCES FULL YEAR 2017 PRODUCTION ABOVE GUIDANCE & PROVIDES OPERATIONAL UPDATE

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Prodded by China, Qantas amends website references to Taiwan, other regions

SYDNEY, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Australia's Qantas Airways said on Tuesday it had amended its website to no longer refer to Taiwan and Hong Kong as countries, rather than Chinese territories, after China issued a warning to foreign airlines last week.

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Panama probes ex-officials in graft network suspected of taking bribes

PANAMA CITY (Reuters) - Panamanian prosecutors are investigating a network of over 30 people that includes former high-level officials suspected of taking bribes worth $40 million between 2011 and 2012 for public works projects, Attorney General Kenia Porcell said on Monday.

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Nikkei ekes out gains, strong earnings expectations provide support

TOKYO, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average eked out gains on Tuesday, with expectations for strong corporate earnings underpinning sentiment.

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BRIEF-Goldsource Mines Provides Private Placement Update

* PRIVATE PLACEMENT FOR $1.0 MILLION ANNOUNCED ON DECEMBER 18 AND INCREASED TO $1.8 MILLION AS ANNOUNCED ON JANUARY 5, 2018 HAS BEEN OVERSUBSCRIBED​

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BRIEF-‍Aurora Purchases 10,800 Shares Of Cannimed Therapeutics Inc.​

* ‍AURORA PURCHASES 10,800 SHARES OF CANNIMED THERAPEUTICS INC.​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Curo Announces Exercise Of Underwriter Option To Initial Public Offering

* CURO ANNOUNCES EXERCISE OF UNDERWRITER OPTION TO INITIAL PUBLIC OFFERING

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PRECIOUS-Gold holds steady near 4-mth peak on weaker dollar

Jan 16 (Reuters) - Gold prices on Tuesday held firm near four-month highs hit in the previous session, buoyed after the U.S. dollar slumped to three-year lows against a basket of currencies on Monday. FUNDAMENTALS * Spot gold was up 0.1 percent at $1,341.28 an ounce by 0054 GMT, after touching its strongest since Sept. 8 at $1,344.44 the session before. * U.S. gold futures were up 0.5 percent at $1,341.70 an ounce. * U.S. markets were closed for a holi

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares slip as iron ore softens, euro near 3-year top

TOKYO, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Asian shares slumped on Tuesday, as miners were pressured by weaker Chinese iron ore prices, while the euro stood near a 3-year peak on rising expectations that the European Central Bank could pare its monetary stimulus.

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UPDATE 2-Rio Tinto targets modest hike in 2018 iron ore shipments

* Mined copper output down 9 pct in 2017 (Adds expansion details, iron ore price, Oyu Tolgoi tax bill)

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Germany's Continental hires JP Morgan for potential break-up -sources

FRANKFURT/LONDON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Germany's Continental AG has hired JP Morgan to advise on a possible break-up, sources told Reuters, as the auto parts maker repositions for a market focused on electric and self-driving vehicles.

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BRIEF-Nokia Wins Five-Year Managed Services Agreement To Manage Optus' Network

* NOKIA WINS FIVE-YEAR MANAGED SERVICES AGREEMENT TO MANAGE OPTUS' NETWORK

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UPDATE 3-Airbus wins 2017 order race after last-gasp sales spree

* Airbus confirms A380 future hinges on Emirates talks (Adds comments by Boeing, Moody's and market source)

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BRIEF-D-Box Technologies Announces Appointment Of Jean-René Halde As Chairman

* D-BOX TECHNOLOGIES INC. ANNOUNCES THE APPOINTMENT OF JEAN-RENÉ HALDE AS CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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BRIEF-SSR Mining Reports Q4, Year-End 2017 Production Results, 2018 Guidance

* SSR MINING REPORTS FOURTH QUARTER AND YEAR-END 2017 PRODUCTION RESULTS AND 2018 GUIDANCE

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BRIEF-Razor Energy Corp Announces Increased Term Loan Facility

* RAZOR ENERGY CORP. ANNOUNCES CONSOLIDATION ACQUISITION IN THE KAYBOB AREA OF WEST CENTRAL ALBERTA AND INCREASED TERM LOAN FACILITY

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BRIEF-Exxonmobil Encounters Hydrocarbons Onshore Papua New Guinea

* EXXONMOBIL ENCOUNTERS HYDROCARBONS ONSHORE PAPUA NEW GUINEA

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

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

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BRIEF-Roxgold expects ‍gold Production Between 110,000 And 120,000 Ounces In 2018​

* ROXGOLD EXCEEDS INCREASED 2017 PRODUCTION GUIDANCE AND PROVIDES 2018 OPERATIONAL OUTLOOK

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BRIEF-Kinder Morgan Canada Announces Commencement Of Operations At Base Line Terminal

* KINDER MORGAN ANNOUNCES COMMENCEMENT OF OPERATIONS AT THE 4.8 MILLION BARREL BASE LINE TERMINAL

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BRIEF-HIVE Blockchain Commences Ethereum Mining Operations In Sweden

* HIVE BLOCKCHAIN COMMENCES ETHEREUM MINING OPERATIONS IN SWEDEN

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UPDATE 1-Citi to raise pay for women and minorities in U.S., UK, Germany

Jan 15 (Reuters) - Citigroup Inc will increase compensation for women and minorities to bridge pay gaps in the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany, as part of its annual pay process this year, the Wall Street bank said on Monday.

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BRIEF-Darling Ingredients Announces Appointment Of CFO

* DARLING INGREDIENTS INC. ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF NEW CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER AND NEW CHIEF ADMINSTRATIVE OFFICER

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BRIEF-Vermilion Energy Announces Acquisition Of Oil Assets In Southeast Saskatchewan And Southwest Manitoba

* VERMILION ENERGY INC. ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF OIL ASSETS IN SOUTHEAST SASKATCHEWAN AND SOUTHWEST MANITOBA

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BRIEF-Diplomat Pharmacy Says Dispensing Advanced Kidney Treatment, CABOMETYX

* DIPLOMAT PHARMACY INC - ‍IS DISPENSING EXELIXIS' LIMITED-DISTRIBUTION TREATMENT CABOMETYX NOW WITH AN EXPANDED INDICATION​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (Bengaluru Newsroom: +91 806 749 1136)

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BRIEF-Turquoise Hill Announces Fourth Quarter 2017 Production

* TURQUOISE HILL RESOURCES LTD - ‍OYU TOLGOI MEETS 2017 PRODUCTION GUIDANCE​

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BRIEF-Oyu Tolgoi Receives Tax Act From Mongolian Tax Authority​

* TURQUOISE HILL RESOURCES LTD - ‍OYU TOLGOI LLC RECEIVED, IS EVALUATING, A TAX ACT FOR APPROXIMATELY US$155 MILLION FROM MONGOLIAN TAX AUTHORITY​

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CANADA STOCKS-Gold miners and pot stocks push TSX higher

TORONTO, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index gained on Monday, boosted by a bounce-back in shares of cannabis producers and sharp gains for gold miners as bullion prices hit a four-month high.

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BRIEF-KBR Says No Disruption To UK Defense Project Being Executed Through JV With Carillion

* EXPECTS NO DISRUPTION TO PROJECT BEING EXECUTED THROUGH JV WITH CARILLION AS RESULT OF CARILLION'S ANNOUNCED LIQUIDATION ​

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Global carmakers to invest at least $90 billion in electric vehicles

DETROIT, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co's plan to double its electrified vehicle spending is part of an investment tsunami in batteries and electric cars by global automakers that now totals $90 billion and is still growing, a Reuters analysis shows.

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EMERGING MARKETS-Mexico peso rises on NAFTA hopes

(Updates prices) By Bruno Federowski SAO PAULO, Jan 15 (Reuters) - The Mexican peso rose to a more than five-week high on Monday on hopes that U.S. President Donald Trump may soften his stance on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) after negotiations hit a bumpy patch last week. Renewed worries that Trump would scrap NAFTA had weighed on the peso last week. The talks between the United States, Mexico and Canada are edging closer to the start of campaigning for Mexico's J

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX rises with pot stocks and gold miners

TORONTO, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index ended higher on Monday, boosted by sharp jumps for cannabis stocks after a sell-off last week and by gains for major gold miners as the price of the precious metal hit a four-month high.

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UPDATE 1-Fiat Chrysler CEO says no plans to sell brands to Chinese

DETROIT, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV's (FCA) has no intention of breaking up the company or selling individual brands to China or other parties, the company's chief executive said on Monday, adding that the group was counting on its coveted Jeep brand to drive future profits.

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BRIEF-Canadian National, Police Union In Canada Reach Tentative Agreement On New Labour Contract

* CN, POLICE UNION IN CANADA REACH TENTATIVE AGREEMENT ON NEW LABOUR CONTRACT

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UPDATE 2-HSH Nordbank suitors J.C. Flowers and Cerberus to begin exclusive talks

* Bid topped 700 mln euros -source (Adds detail on consortium)

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UPDATE 9-Oil hovers near three-year high despite rising U.S. output

* Asia remains awash with refined fuel products (Adds analyst comment, updates prices)

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BRIEF-Subaru Corp Expects U.S. Sales To Increase 5% In 2018 To 680,000- Nikkei

* SUBARU CORP EXPECTS U.S. SALES TO INCREASE 5% IN 2018 TO 680,000 COMPARED WITH 648,000 IN 2017; PREDICTS BUMP IN SALES FROM ITS NEW SUV ASCENT- NIKKEI Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 5-UAE says Qatari jet fighters intercepted civilian flights

* UAE is one of Arab states in feud with Qatar (Adds alleged details of incident, aircraft)

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

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

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REFILE-UPDATE 1-Tivo hits Comcast with new round of patent lawsuits

Jan 11 (Reuters) - Tivo Corp has again sued cable operator Comcast Corp of using its patented interactive programming technology without authorization, the latest salvo in the companies' long-running royalty dispute.

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UPDATE 1-UK government questioned over Carillion contracts after profit warnings

* Government defends handling of the company (Adds opposition party, government commments)

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Google to relaunch map service in China -Nikkei

Jan 15 (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google will relaunch its map service in China after an eight-year absence, Nikkei reported on Monday.

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Construction firm with 43,000 employees and a lot of government contracts goes under

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UPDATE 4-UAE says Qatari jet fighters intercepted civilian flights

DUBAI, Jan 15 (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates said on Monday Qatari air force jets had twice intercepted its civilian aircraft during routine flights to Bahrain, but Qatar called the claim "completely untrue".

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Argentina to allow short-selling in capital markets

BUENOS AIRES, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Argentina will allow short-selling in its capital markets, according to a resolution published by the securities regulator in the country's official gazette on Monday, part of President Mauricio Macri's efforts to open the country to investment.

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

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

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Brazilian digital bank Inter hires banks for IPO -source

SAO PAULO, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Brazilian digital bank Intermedium SA has hired banks for an initial public offering that should take place in the second quarter of the year, one source with knowledge of the matter said on Monday.

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UPDATE 6-Britain's Carillion collapses after banks pull the plug

* Carillion won state contracts since July profit warning (Adds industry reaction, detail)

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Britain will pay Carillion's private sector workers for 48 hours -minister

LONDON, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Britain will pay Carillion workers on private sector contracts for 48 hours after the infrastructure firm's collapse but will not offer them the same protection as those in the public sector, the minister handling the liquidation said on Monday.

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UPDATE 8-Oil hovers around $70, clouded by rise in U.S. output

* Asia remains awash with refined fuel products (Changes dateline, adds new comment, updates prices)

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Saudi's Kingdom Holding sells Beirut Four Seasons hotel stake- sources

BEIRUT, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabian investment firm Kingdom Holding has sold its stake in the Four Seasons Hotel in Beirut for around $100-115 million including debt, sources told Reuters on Monday.

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Iran jetliner deal could take longer to complete, Airbus says

* Trump warns of "disastrous flaws" in 2015 Iran nuclear deal

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Shell to acquire 43.8 pct interest in Silicon Ranch

Jan 15 (Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell Plc said on Monday it would acquire a 43.8 percent stake in the solar company Silicon Ranch Corp from investment manager Partners Group, as part of its new energies power portfolio.

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METALS-Zinc scales 10-year peak as base metals rally

* LME/ShFE arb: http://bit.ly/2wZSAEz (Updates with closing prices)

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UPDATE 2-European shares pause for breath; Carillion rivals gain

* UK small-cap Carillion collapses (Adds details, closing prices)

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MOVES-HSBC's Ramesh switches to Jefferies

LONDON, Jan 15 (IFR) - Jefferies has appointed Bala Ramesh as European co-head of leveraged finance alongside Nick Rodolakis. He joins from HSBC, where he was a senior member of the European leveraged credit syndicate.

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German watchdog calls for direct comparison of cancer immunotherapies

FRANKFURT, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Germany's drug assessment body has criticised a lack of data directly comparing drugs in a promising new class of cancer immunotherapy, saying physicians could be overwhelmed or misled by the available information.

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MOVES-COFCO International hires ex-ADM manager to head new Asia zone

PARIS, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Chinese agricultural trader COFCO International has hired former Archer Daniels Midland Co manager Frederik Groth as head of the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region excluding China.

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UPDATE 1-HSH Nordbank suitors J.C. Flowers and Cerberus to begin exclusive talks

* Bid topped 700 mln euros -source (Adds detail on bid, rivals)

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BRIEF-Shell To Acquire 43 Pct Interest In U.S. Solar Business

* SHELL - ‍ AGREEMENT TO ACQUIRE 43.83% INTEREST IN U.S. SOLAR COMPANY SILICON RANCH FROM FUNDS MANAGED AND/OR ADVISED BY PARTNERS GROUP​

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BRIEF-Fiat Chrysler CEO says no woman among successor candidates

Jan 15 (Reuters) - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne tells reporters in Detroit:

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UK awarded eight contracts to Carillion after profit warning - PM May's spokesman

LONDON, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Britain's public sector awarded eight contracts to construction firm Carillion after July last year when the company issued a profit warning, Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman said on Monday.

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BRIEF-Spark Energy Announces Buyout Of Verde Earnout Obligations

* SPARK ENERGY- CO, VERDE ENERGY USA TO TERMINATE EARNOUT PROVISIONS OF PURCHASE.SALE DEAL IN WHICH CO ACQUIRED VERDE'S OPERATING UNITS IN JULY 2017​

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BRIEF-Tahoe Resources Initiates Workforce Reduction In Guatemala

* TAHOE RESOURCES INC - ‍SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION TO MINERA SAN RAFAEL'S WORKFORCE AT ITS ESCOBAL MINE IN GUATEMALA​

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Tahoe Resources cuts about 25 pct jobs at Escobal mine in Guatemala

Jan 15 (Reuters) - Tahoe Resources Inc, said on Monday it would lay off about a quarter of its employees at its flagship Escobal silver mine in Guatemala because of uncertainty over whether the company will have its mining license for the site reinstated.

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UPDATE 5-Britain's Carillion collapses after banks pull the plug

* Carillion won state contracts since July profit warning (Adds background)

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Britain reassures on high-speed rail project after Carillion's collapse

* Joint-venture partners to deliver rail contract - PM spokesman

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX rises with gold miners and pot producers

TORONTO, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index rose in morning trade on Monday, boosted by a bounce-back in shares of cannabis producers and sharp gains for gold miners as bullion prices hit a four-month high.

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UK government seeks to limit damage after Carillion collapses

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Carillion collapsed on Monday after its banks lost faith in the construction and services company, forcing the government to step in to guarantee major public works contracts.

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UPDATE 7-Oil hovers below $70 highs, clouded by rise in U.S. output

* Asia remains awash with refined fuel products (Updates prices)

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UPDATE 1-British government will hold emergency meeting on Carillion, says minister

LONDON, Jan 15 (Reuters) - The British government will hold a meeting of its COBRA emergency response committee on Monday to discuss Carillion's collapse, defence minister Gavin Williamson said.

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UK parliamentary committee launches inquiry after Carillion collapse

LONDON, Jan 15 (Reuters) - A British parliamentary committee said on Monday it would hold an inquiry into government sourcing practices following the collapse of contractor Carillion.

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J.C. Flowers, Cerberus enter exclusive talks over HSH Nordbank buy-sources

BERLIN/FRANKFURT, Jan 15 (Reuters) - The state owners of Germany's HSH Nordbank on Monday granted prospective buyers J.C. Flowers and Cerberus exclusivity as long-running attempts to privatise the ailing bank near conclusion, two people close to the matter said.

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UPDATE 2-Airbus wins 2017 order race after last-gasp sales spree

* Airbus confirms A380 future hinges on Emirates talks (Adds detail, quotes, background)

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London attacker took steroids before deadly rampage, inquest told

LONDON, Jan 15 (Reuters) - The man who mowed down pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge before killing a police officer outside Britain's parliament last year had taken steroids beforehand, a London court heard on Monday.

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BMW optimistic on favourable outcome to NAFTA talks

FRANKFURT, Jan 15 (Reuters) - BMW is optimistic Washington's drive to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will result in a deal that benefits the German carmaker, it said on Monday.

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BRIEF-Christopher Dobbin Acquires Additional Stock Options Of Nova Leap Health

* CHRISTOPHER DOBBIN ACQUIRES ADDITIONAL STOCK OPTIONS OF NOVA LEAP HEALTH CORP.

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BRIEF-Brookfield Infrastructure To Issue $200 Mln Of Preferred Units

* BROOKFIELD INFRASTRUCTURE TO ISSUE $200,000,000 OF PREFERRED UNITS

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BRIEF-Trevali Mining Reports ‍Preliminary Q4 Zinc Production Of 104.8-Mln Payable Lbs​

* TREVALI MINING CORP - ‍PRELIMINARY Q4 ZINC PRODUCTION OF 104.8-MILLION PAYABLE LBS​

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

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

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BRIEF-Alliant Energy Declares Quarterly Common Stock Dividend

* ORATION DECLARES QUARTERLY COMMON STOCK DIVIDEND; ANNOUNCES REDEMPTION OF SHAREHOLDER RIGHTS PLAN

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BRIEF-‍CVS Pharmacy To Create New Standards For Post-Production Alterations Of Beauty Imagery​

* ‍CVS PHARMACY MAKES COMMITMENT TO CREATE NEW STANDARDS FOR POST-PRODUCTION ALTERATIONS OF BEAUTY IMAGERY​

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BRIEF-Superior Gold Says It Produced 20,197 Ounces Of Gold In Q4​

* ANNOUNCES FOURTH QUARTER AND FULL YEAR 2017 PRODUCTION RESULTS

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BRIEF-‍Hennessy Advisors Completes Acquisition Of Rainier U.S. Equity Funds

* ‍HENNESSY ADVISORS, INC. COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF RAINIER U.S. EQUITY FUNDS, BRINGING ASSETS UNDER MANAGEMENT TO $7.3 BILLION​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-‍SPI Energy Establishes Blockchain-Based Infrastructure Application Division​

* ‍SPI ENERGY CO., LTD. ESTABLISHES BLOCKCHAIN-BASED INFRASTRUCTURE APPLICATION DIVISION​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Israel's Netanyahu pushes for India free trade deal during rare visit

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India and Israel will begin work on a free trade pact that Israel has been pushing for, officials said on Monday, as Benjamin Netanyahu began a first visit by an Israeli prime minister in 15 years.

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UK government questioned over Carillion contracts after profit warnings

LONDON, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Britain's government is under pressure to explain why ministers awarded construction company Carillion 1.3 billion pounds ($1.8 billion) of new contracts after it was known to be in financial difficulty.

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

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

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UPDATE 3-UAE says Qatari fighter jets twice intercepted civilian flights

DUBAI, Jan 15 (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates said on Monday Qatari air force jets had twice intercepted civilian Emirati aircraft during routine flights to Bahrain, state news agency WAM reported, amid a months-old feud between the Gulf Arab states.

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UPDATE 3-Shell OKs first UK North Sea project in six years

* Project to generate profit even at sub-$40 oil price (Adds ownership details in last paragraph)

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UPDATE 6-Oil hovers below $70 highs, clouded by rise in U.S. output

* Asia remains awash with refined fuel products (Updates prices)

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BRIEF-‍Avivagen Announces Positive Results From Swine Trial​

* AVIVAGEN - ‍RESULTS FROM STUDY DEMONSTRATED THAT OXC-BETA NOT ONLY BENEFITED SOW HEALTH BUT ALSO LED TO IMPROVEMENTS IN HEALTH OF NURSING PIGLETS​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Trigon Closes First Tranche Of Private Placement Financing

* TRIGON CLOSES FIRST TRANCHE OF PRIVATE PLACEMENT FINANCING Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Imex Systems Announces Director Resignation

* IMEX SYSTEMS INC. ANNOUNCES DIRECTOR RESIGNATION Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Alacer Gold Corp Provides 2018 Outlook

* ALACER GOLD ACHIEVES 2017 PRODUCTION GUIDANCE, BEATS COST GUIDANCE AND PROVIDES 2018 OUTLOOK AS THE SULFIDE PROJECT APPROACHES FIRST GOLD POUR

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BRIEF-Tamarack Valley Energy Announces 2018 Guidance And Q4 Results

* TAMARACK VALLEY ENERGY LTD. ANNOUNCES 2018 GUIDANCE, OPERATIONAL UPDATE AND RECORD FOURTH QUARTER 2017 PRODUCTION

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German carmakers eye further U.S. market share gains in 2018-VDA

DETROIT, Jan 15 (Reuters) - German automakers expect to continue to grow market share in the United States this year thanks to a raft of new models, even as demand in the world's second largest car market is seen falling again slightly, Germany's VDA industry lobby said.

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Canada's RNC Minerals in talks to fund battery material mine

TORONTO, Jan 15 (Reuters) - RNC Minerals is in talks with commodity traders, mine operators and financiers to help secure $1 billion to build the world's biggest nickel and cobalt project next year, the Canadian miner said.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Euro hits three-year high as Europe leads global optimism

* But euro strength pushes European stocks touch lower (Adds U.S. stock futures, updates prices)

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BRIEF-RNC Minerals Plans Initiatives To Allow Decision To Start Dumont Nickel-Cobalt Project Construction In 2019

* RNC MINERALS PLANS INITIATIVES TO ALLOW DECISION TO BEGIN CONSTRUCTION OF DUMONT NICKEL-COBALT PROJECT IN 2019; HIGHLIGHTS LARGE NICKEL AND COBALT RESERVES

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UPDATE 1-Brazil's GPA posts revenue gains, but food deflation weighs

SAO PAULO, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Brazilian food retailer GPA SA said on Monday its fourth quarter net revenue rose 6.8 percent from last year to 12.5 billion reais ($3.91 billion) as a nascent consumer recovery boosted sales, although food deflation limited gains.

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BRIEF-Cannimed Says Glass Lewis Recommends Co's Shareholders Vote For Newstrike Deal

* A SECOND LEADING INDEPENDENT PROXY ADVISOR, GLASS LEWIS, RECOMMENDS CANNIMED SHAREHOLDERS VOTE “FOR” THE NEWSTRIKE ACQUISITION

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BRIEF-Aphria Signs Supply Agreement With Althea Company

* SAYS ‍SIGNED SUPPLY AGREEMENT WITH ALTHEA COMPANY; INVESTED $2.5 MILLION IN ALTHEA IN EXCHANGE FOR 25% SHAREHOLDINGS IN ALTHEA Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Danish police, after Facebook tip-off, charge 1,000 young people for sharing sex film

COPENHAGEN, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Danish police said on Monday they have charged 1,004 children and young people for sharing video clips of two 15-year-olds having sex, following a tip-off from Facebook.

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MOVES-Houlihan Lokey expands in Europe

LONDON, Jan 15 (IFR) - Houlihan Lokey has made two senior appointments in Europe, hiring Steffen Leckert from Lincoln International as a managing director in Frankfurt and Suraj Badlani from Nomura as a director of the business services group in London.

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MOVES-StanChart's Kheraj to chair Rothesay Life

LONDON, Jan 15 (IFR) - Naguib Kheraj, who used to run JP Morgan Cazenove, has been appointed chairman of bulk annuity provider Rothesay Life.

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Ex-divs to take 3 points off FTSE 100 on Jan. 18

LONDON, Jan 15 (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 3.04 points off the index. COMPANY (RIC) DIVIDEND STOCK OPTION IMPACT (pence)

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BRIEF-Mcewen Mining Reports Q4 Production Results

* MCEWEN MINING REPORTS 2017 FULL YEAR AND Q4 PRODUCTION RESULTS

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BRIEF-Torex Begins Re-Start Of Operations At ELG Mine, Main Access Gate Blockade Remains In Place

* TOREX INITIATES RE-START OF OPERATIONS AT ELG MINE: BLOCKADE AT MAIN ACCESS GATE REMAINS IN PLACE

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JP Morgan hires Papadopoulos to head Greece investment banking

LONDON, Jan 15 (IFR) - JP Morgan has hired the former head of Greece's debt management agency, Stelios Papadopoulos, to head its investment banking business in Greece, according to an internal memo seen by IFR.

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BRIEF-Shell Announces Redevelopment Of Penguins Field In UK North Sea

* ANNOUNCES A FINAL INVESTMENT DECISION ON REDEVELOPMENT OF PENGUINS OIL AND GAS FIELD IN UK NORTH SEA

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Brazil's GPA says sales rose 8.2 percent last year

SAO PAULO, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Brazilian retailer GPA SA said its total sales rose 8.2 percent last year, to 44.6 billion reais ($13.9 billion).

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METALS-Zinc surges to 10-year peak as base metals rally

* LME/ShFE arb: http://bit.ly/2wZSAEz (Updates throughout, adds LONDON dateline)

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CORRECTED (OFFICIAL)-UPDATE 1-Legendary U.S. investor Boone Pickens closes energy hedge fund after setbacks

HOUSTON, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Legendary investor T. Boone Pickens said on Friday he had closed his Dallas-based energy hedge fund after health and financial upsets, the latest oil-focused fund to report setbacks.

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Saidoff offer to buy parent company of Israel's Bezeq brought to court

JERUSALEM, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Eurocom Group, the parent company of Bezeq Israeli Telecom, has petitioned a Tel Aviv court to allow a debt settlement that would bring it a new controlling shareholder, a Eurocom subsidiary said on Monday.

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UPDATE 4-UK government seeks to limit damage after Carillion collapses

* PM May's government under pressure over fate of Carillion (Adds further reaction)

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Four Pakistani soldiers killed in Indian fire across tense Kashmir frontier

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Four Pakistani soldiers were killed on Monday in shelling by Indian forces in the disputed Kashmir region, the Pakistani army said, the latest clash between the nuclear-armed neighbors who have also been exchanging heated challenges.

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Saudi Arabia aims to prequalify firms by April or May for first nuclear plant

ABU DHABI, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia plans to prequalify for bidding firms from two or three countries by April or May for the first nuclear reactors it wants to build, a consultant for the government body working on the nuclear plans said on Monday.

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UPDATE 5-Oil hovers below $70 highs, clouded by rise in U.S. output

* Asia remains awash with refined fuel products (Recasts, updates throughout, changes dateline from SINGAPORE)

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UPDATE 1-Toymaker Lego teams up with Chinese internet giant Tencent

BEIJING/COPENHAGEN, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Danish toymaker Lego is teaming up with Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd to jointly develop online games and potentially a social network aimed at Chinese children.

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EMERGING MARKETS-Record breaking Asia lifts stocks to 10-year high, yuan shines

LONDON, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Emerging markets started the week with the pedal to the metal on Monday, with the first record high for Asian stocks since 2007 and currencies from China's yuan to Mexico's peso and Russia's rouble rising against a sliding dollar.

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UPDATE 1-European shares pause for breath; Carillion rivals gain

* UK small-cap Carillion collapses (Adds detail and quotes, updates prices)

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UPDATE 1-Auto1 says no need for IPO after Softbank invests

* Auto1 operates in 30 countries, with 35,000 dealers (Updates with interview with co-founder, background)

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Euro hits 3-year high as Europe leads global optimism

LONDON, Jan 15 (Reuters) - The euro hit a fresh three-year high on Monday as optimism around growth buoys expectations of tighter policy from central banks, while the chance of a pro-European coalition in Germany also boosted confidence in the continent.

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BRIEF-Enghouse Systems names Vince Mifsud as president

* ‍MOST RECENTLY, MIFSUD WAS CEO OF SCRIBBLE TECHNOLOGIES INC​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-Airbus wins 2017 order race after last-minute sales spree

PARIS, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Frenetic selling in the closing weeks of 2017 saw Airbus overhaul Boeing's recent lead in the global jet market to win their annual order contest for the fifth year running, but doubts remain over the future of its flagship A380.

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BRIEF-Saeta Yield Confirms Potential Interest From Brookfield

* CONFIRMS POTENTIAL INTEREST FROM AN AFFILIATE OF BROOKFIELD ASSET MANAGEMENT

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UPDATE 1-Singapore files more charges against Shell oil theft suspects

* Thefts are alleged to have been going on for months (Adds context, additional material)

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Britain's Carillion collapses, forcing government to step in

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Carillion collapsed on Monday after its banks lost faith in the construction and services company, throwing hundreds of major projects into doubt and forcing the government to step in to guarantee vital public services.

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UPDATE 3-Britain's Carillion collapses, forcing government to step in

* PM May's government under pressure over fate of Carillion (Adds reaction, background)

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GRAPHIC-CME copper volumes surge in 2017 on lower costs as rivals fade

By Melanie Burton MELBOURNE, Jan 15 (Reuters) - CME Group won a bigger slice of the copper market in 2017 from its rivals in London and Shanghai, a Reuters analysis of exchange data showed, a trend that is expected to continue though this year. Trades of CME's Comex copper contract surged 25.7 percent last year to a record of more than 300 million tonnes, the analysis showed. That makes Comex the world's second-biggest contract by volume. At the London Metal Exchange (LME), holde

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UK to ensure services provided by Carillion will continue-minister

LONDON, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Britain's government will ensure that services provided by failed construction and services group Carillion will continue and the company's joint-venture partners will be involved, minister David Lidington said on Monday.

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TIMELINE-Carillion collapses under debt pile after profit warnings

Jan 15 (Reuters) - British construction and services company Carillion collapsed on Monday when banks refused to lend it any more money, throwing hundreds of major projects in doubt and bringing down one of the government's most important suppliers.

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BRIEF-Vitol US Holding Co completed acquisition Of Noble Americas Corporation ‍​

* VITOL US HOLDING CO. (“VITOL”) HAS COMPLETED ITS ACQUISITION OF NOBLE AMERICAS CORPORATION ‍​ Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 4-Oil near 3-year highs on output cuts, but rising N.American rig count weighs

* Asia remains awash with refined fuel products (Adds Bernstein comment, updates prices)

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Airbus wins 2017 order race after last-minute sales spree

PARIS, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Frenetic selling in the closing weeks of 2017 saw Airbus overhaul Boeing's recent lead in the global jet market to win their annual order contest for the fifth year running, while remaining behind its U.S. rival in the number of planes built.

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UK opposition Labour calls for investigation into Carillion collapse

LONDON, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Britain's opposition Labour Party called for an investigation into the government's actions ahead of the collapse of British construction and services company Carillion which was forced into compulsory liquidation on Monday.

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UPDATE 2-Britain's Carillion collapses as banks refuse to lend it any more money

* PM May's government under pressure over fate of Carillion (Adds details)

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BRIEF-Bodycote Says Significant Non-Cash Tax Credit from U.S. Tax Reform

* EXPECTED TO GIVE RISE TO A SIGNIFICANT NON-CASH TAX CREDIT FOR GROUP IN YEAR ENDED DEC 31, 2017 AS A RESULT OF REVALUATION OF US NET DEFERRED TAX LIABILITIES​

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BRIEF-Shire Says Granted EU marketing Authorization For ADYNOVI For Adults And Adolescents With Hemophilia A

* SHIRE GRANTED EU MARKETING AUTHORIZATION FOR ADYNOVI [ANTIHEMOPHILIC FACTOR (RECOMBINANT), PEGYLATED] FOR ADULTS AND ADOLESCENTS WITH HEMOPHILIA A​

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BRIEF-Orosur Mining says ‍Q2 18 production was 7,052 oz of gold

* ‍Q2 18 PRODUCTION WAS 7,052 OZ OF GOLD, COMPARED TO 6,852 OZ IN Q2 17​

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RPT-INSIGHT-China's COFCO makes painful cuts in drive to lead global food trade

LONDON/PARIS/BEIJING, Jan 12 (Reuters) - China's COFCO International is in the throes of a staffing upheaval as the group pursues its professed ambition of sitting at the top table of global agricultural traders.

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HNA's problems mount as airlines delay payments, bank sets up team to handle debt-sources

SHANGHAI/SINGAPORE, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Some airlines affiliated with China's HNA Group Co Ltd are delaying aircraft lease payments to lessors, and Export-Import Bank of China, which is a long-term financer of the group, has formed a team to handle the conglomerate's liquidity issues, several banking and leasing sources said.

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Indonesia stock exchange floor collapse not caused by a bomb - police

JAKARTA, Jan 15 (Reuters) - A mezzanine floor that collapsed and injured at least a dozen people in the Indonesia Stock Exchange building on Monday was not caused by a bomb, a police official said.

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Suicide attack in Baghdad kills at least 25, wounds 63, government says

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - At least 25 people were killed and 63 wounded in a twin suicide bombing in central Baghdad on Monday, the Iraqi health ministry said on its Facebook page.

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UPDATE 3-Brent crude oil rises to $70 on output cuts, ignores N.America rig gains

* Asia remains awash with refined fuel products (Re-leads with Brent at $70)

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Nikkei rises but weaker dollar caps gains, SoftBank climbs

TOKYO, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average tracked a rise in global equities and advanced on Monday, although the dollar's weakening against the yen capped gains.

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Singapore files more charges against Shell oil theft suspects

SINGAPORE, Jan 15 (Reuters) - A Singapore court on Monday filed additional charges against nine men accused in a large-scale oil theft at Shell's biggest refinery, the latest development in an extensive investigation in the city-state.

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PRESS DIGEST- Wall Street Journal - Jan 15

Jan 14 (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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UPDATE 1-VW brand car sales hit record 6.23 mln in 2017

DETROIT, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Volkswagen's core autos division increased vehicle sales to a record 6.23 million cars last year, as rising demand for VW brand models in the Americas and the key Chinese market offset a decline in western Europe.

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New Ram pickup notches win for steel in U.S. truck market

DETROIT, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV on Monday unveiled a redesigned Ram large pickup that along with General Motors Co's new Chevrolet Silverado, which debuted on Saturday, sealed a double victory for the steel industry's fight to remain the dominant metal in the auto market.

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UPDATE 3-Ford plans $11 billion investment, 40 electrified vehicles by 2022

DETROIT, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co will significantly increase its planned investments in electric vehicles to $11 billion by 2022 and have 40 hybrid and fully electric vehicles in its model lineup, Chairman Bill Ford said on Sunday at the Detroit auto show.

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BRIEF-‍Ubisoft, Tencent partner to bring Ketchapp games to Weixin mini-game application

* ‍UBISOFT, TENCENT ANNOUNCED STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP TO BRING SELECTION OF KETCHAPP GAMES TO TENCENT'S NEWLY-LAUNCHED MOBILE WEIXIN MINI-GAME APPLICATION​ Further company coverage:,

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Reports: Iran releases 440 anti-government protesters

Iran has released more than 400 people detained in anti-government protests that broke out across the country in late December, state-run media reports.

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UPDATE 2-Oil near 3-year highs on output cuts despite rising N.American rig count

* But rising North American output threatens to undermine cuts

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UPDATE 1-After emissions scandal, VW on U.S. comeback trail with all-new Jetta

DETROIT, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Volkswagen launched an all-new Jetta compact car, its biggest seller in America, at the Detroit Auto Show on Sunday as it looks to revive sales in the world's second-largest auto market and move on from the emissions scandal that has tarnished its reputation over the past few years.

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BRIEF-‍Telix Pharmaceuticals establishes Japanese subsidiary

* ‍TELIX PHARMACEUTICALS ESTABLISHES JAPANESE SUBSIDIARY, APPOINTS KEY EXECUTIVES​

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Nikkei tracks global equity surge, but weak dollar caps gains

TOKYO, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average tracked a rise in global equities and advanced on Monday, although the dollar's weakening against the yen capped gains.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia shares hit historic highs, dollar slips anew

SYDNEY, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Asian shares hit historic highs on Monday after Wall Street extended its record-breaking run, while the U.S. dollar retreat continued as investors priced in the risk of tighter policies elsewhere in the developed world.

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VW to spend more than $3.3 bln through 2020 on U.S. model expansion

DETROIT, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Volkswagen plans to spend more than $3.3 billion on development and production of new models in North America from 2018 to 2020 as the German group reboots operations in the world's second-largest auto market.

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China punishes officials for tampering with smog monitoring

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has punished officials in the provinces of Jiangxi and Henan for tampering with pollution monitoring equipment in order to reduce smog readings, the environment ministry said in a notice on Sunday.

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UPDATE 2-Ford plans $11 billion investment, 40 electric vehicles by 2022

DETROIT, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co will significantly increase its planned investments in electric vehicles to $11 billion by 2022 and have 40 hybrid and fully electric vehicles in its model lineup, Chairman Bill Ford said on Sunday at the Detroit auto show.

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Google venture arm backs UK universal flu vaccine company

LONDON, Jan 15 (Reuters) - A private British company developing a vaccine that would be the first in the world to fight all types of flu has raised 20 million pounds ($27 million) from investors including GV, the venture capital arm of Google parent Alphabet Inc.