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BRIEF-Bookrunner Says Detsky Mir Final Deal Size Expected To Be 46.5mm Shares in accelerated bookbuilt offering

* BLOCK TRADE - DETSKY MIR: BOOKRUNNER SAYS TRANSACTION EXPECTED TO PRICE AT RUB 90 PER SHARE; FINAL DEAL SIZE EXPECTED TO BE 46.5MM SHARES AT THIS PRICE‍​ Further company coverage:

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Diplomat blasts Tillerson in stinging resignation letter

A rising star at the State Department has written a blistering resignation letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, saying that under his leadership, the agency's influence has withered and morale among staff has plummeted, in part because of the "stinging disrespect" shown by the Trump administration.

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Turkey, Russia will meet to finalize S-400 defense deal in coming week

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish and Russian officials will meet to finalize Turkey's S-400 surface-to-air missile systems deal in the coming week, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday.

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Apple confirms deal to buy music discovery app Shazam

SAN FRANSICO (Reuters) - Apple Inc on Monday confirmed it had reached a deal to acquire Shazam Entertainment Ltd, the U.K.-based app that lets users identify songs by pointing a smart phone at the audio source.

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BRIEF-Apple Confirms Deal To Buy Shazam Entertainment Ltd

* APPLE CONFIRMS IT HAS REACHED A DEAL TO ACQUIRE SHAZAM ENTERTAINMENT LTD Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 2-Verizon to pay $2.25 bln to NFL for 5-year streaming deal- source

NEW YORK, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc will pay around $2.25 billion for a five-year partnership with the National Football League that allows users to stream games on its Yahoo and go90 platforms as well as on mobile devices, a source told Reuters on Monday.

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Putin, Egypt's Sisi discuss restart of flights, sign nuclear deal

CAIRO (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks with Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Monday, agreeing to resume civilian flights which Moscow halted more than two years ago after militants bombed a Russian tourist jet over the Sinai.

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UPDATE 1-SandRidge offers Icahn some deal records, rebuts claims

Dec 11 (Reuters) - SandRidge Energy Inc on Monday pushed back against activist investors Carl Icahn and Fir Tree Partners' attack on the oil and gas producer's proposed $746 million acquisition of rival Bonanza Creek Energy Inc.

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Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest Specialize in Small Talk and Big Ratings

The homey “Live With Kelly and Ryan” sticks to light banter even as its NBC rival, Megyn Kelly, takes on weightier matters.

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BRIEF-Silver Spruce Receives Financing Mandate Letter From M Securities Limited

* SILVER SPRUCE RECEIVES FINANCING MANDATE LETTER FROM M SECURITIES LIMITED IN HONG KONG

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UPDATE 2-LKQ to buy German car parts retailer Stahlgruber in $1.8 bln deal

* LKQ to fund acquisition with debt offers, share exchange (Adds valuation, details)

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First round of Volkswagen pay talks end without deal

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German trade union IG Metall on Monday said a first round of wage talks at Volkswagen failed to produce a result, adding it was disappointed the carmaker did not present a counter-offer to its demand for a 6-percent wage hike.

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Verizon to pay $2.25 billion to NFL for five-year streaming deal: source

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc will pay around $2.25 billion for a five-year digital streaming partnership with National Football League, according to a source.

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Russia's Putin, Egypt's Sisi discuss nuclear deal, Middle East tensions

CAIRO (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin met Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo on Monday for talks over a nuclear power plant and tensions in the Middle East following Washington's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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BRIEF-Riot Blockchain's Tesspay Signs Letter Of Intent For Merger With Cresval Capital Corp

* RIOT BLOCKCHAIN'S TESSPAY SIGNS LETTER OF INTENT FOR MERGER WITH PUBLICALLY TRADED CRESVAL CAPITAL CORP

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LKQ to buy German car parts retailer Stahlgruber in $1.77 bln deal

Dec 11 (Reuters) - U.S. auto parts retailer LKQ Corp said on Monday it would buy German peer Stahlgruber for about 1.5 billion euros ($1.77 billion) to expand in Europe.

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GSK's new pharma head on lookout for cancer deals to boost pipeline

LONDON (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline will scout for deal opportunities in cancer medicine, as well as immunology, as the drugmaker seeks to rebuild its presence in oncology, its new head of pharmaceuticals told Reuters.

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Britain's May hails new optimism in Brexit talks after deal

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May will hail "a new sense of optimism" in Brexit talks on Monday, telling parliament Britain and the European Union should sign off on a deal at a summit this week "to move forwards together" to discuss future trade ties.

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Mediaset hopes truce with Vivendi to come with content deal with Telecom Italia: media

MILAN (Reuters) - Mediaset's chief executive said he hoped the shared interest over TV content with Telecom Italia (TIM) could pave the way to a truce with France's Vivendi , speaking in a interview published late on Sunday.

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Qatar goes ahead with $6.7 billion Typhoon combat jets deal with UK's BAE Systems

LONDON (Reuters) - BAE Systems and Qatar have entered into a contract valued at around 5 billion pounds ($6.7 billion) for the country to buy 24 Typhoon combat aircraft, the British defense group said on Sunday.

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Thyssenkrupp makes offer to workers for Tata Steel deal: sources

BERLIN (Reuters) - Thyssenkrupp has offered workers commitments on jobs and investments to get union backing for its deal with Tata Steel to merge their European steel operations, several people close to labor union IG Metall said.

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After Brexit, UK aims for trade deal with EU that tops Canada pact

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is aiming to secure a comprehensive free trade deal with the European Union and wants it to be signed shortly after it leaves the bloc in 2019, Brexit minister David Davis said on Sunday.

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Thyssenkrupp ready to make workers offer for Tata Steel deal: Bild am Sonntag

BERLIN (Reuters) - Thyssenkrupp is prepared to offer workers commitments on jobs and investments to get union backing for its deal with Tata Steel to merge their European steel operations, German weekly Bild am Sonntag reported, citing an internal memo.

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Trump escalates his rhetoric following the plea deal reached by fired national security adviser Michael Flynn

President Donald Trump's escalating assault on the "rigged" and "sick" institutions of the government that he leads may portend an ominous end game to special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.

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Special election set for Conyers' seat

A special election to fill the seat vacated by Michigan Democratic Rep. John Conyers will be held next year, with a primary August 7 and the general election November 6.

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Tax Plans May Give Your Co-Worker a Better Deal Than You

The G.O.P. bills impose different rates on the same income based on things like organizational structure or occupation. At the losing end? Employees with paychecks.

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The Look: After-School Special

Andre Wagner captured the brief window when kids run New York.

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Kenyan lecturers end strike, say deal reached with government

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Lecturers in Kenya's public universities ended a strike on Saturday after reaching agreement with the government over pay and other issues, according to a statement from their union.

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Special Counsel Mueller filing shows Manafort drafted Ukraine op-ed despite gag order

WASHINGTON (Reuters on Friday ) - U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller late on Friday unveiled a trove of evidence against President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort to convince a judge that he violated a gag order by ghost-writing an article to bolster his public image.

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Special Counsel Mueller produces evidence that Manafort drafted op-ed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller unveiled a trove of documents on Friday showing what he said was "irrefutable evidence" that President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort violated a court gag order by ghost-writing an opinion piece designed to improve his public image.

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BRIEF-Noble Energy Says On Dec 7, Co Entered Into Letter Agreement With Wheeling Creek Midstream LLC

* NOBLE ENERGY INC SAYS ON DECEMBER 7, CO ENTERED INTO A LETTER AGREEMENT WITH WHEELING CREEK MIDSTREAM LLC - SEC FILING

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BRIEF-Platform Specialty Products Announces Final Results Of Cash Tender Offer

* PLATFORM SPECIALTY PRODUCTS CORPORATION ANNOUNCES FINAL RESULTS OF CASH TENDER OFFER AND CONSENT SOLICITATION FOR, AND COMPLETION OF THE REDEMPTION OF, ANY AND ALL OF ITS OUTSTANDING 10.375% SENIOR NOTES DUE 2021 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Special election to replace Conyers to be held Nov. 2018: governor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said on Friday the state would hold a special election on Nov. 6, 2018, to replace Representative John Conyers, the Democrat who resigned this week amid accusations of sexual misconduct.

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BRIEF-NYX Gaming & Scientific Games Announce Sky Betting & Gaming Will Support Proposed Deal

* NYX GAMING GROUP AND SCIENTIFIC GAMES ANNOUNCE SKY BETTING & GAMING WILL SUPPORT PROPOSED ACQUISITION OF NYX

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BRIEF-Destination Xl Group Entered Into Letter Agreement With Prescott Group Capital Management

* DESTINATION XL GROUP - ON DEC 6, CO ENTERED INTO LETTER AGREEMENT WITH PRESCOTT GROUP CAPITAL MANAGEMENT L.L.C. & AFFILIATES & THEIR ASSOCIATES

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CVS expects Justice Department to handle review of Aetna deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp expects the U.S. Justice Department to do the antitrust review of its planned acquisition of health insurer Aetna Inc, a spokesman for the drugstore chain operator said.

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UPDATE 1-CVS expects U.S. Justice Department to handle review of Aetna deal

WASHINGTON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp expects the U.S. Justice Department to do the antitrust review of its planned acquisition of health insurer Aetna Inc, a spokesman for the drugstore chain operator said.

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CVS expects U.S. Justice Department to handle review of Aetna deal

WASHINGTON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - U.S. drugstore chain operator CVS Health Corp expects the Justice Department to do the antitrust review of its planned acquisition of health insurer Aetna Inc, a spokesman said.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-World stocks rise as Brexit deal adds to Asian cheer

* European stocks surge 0.8 pct, following Asian stocks higher

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E.U. and Japan Reach Deal to Keep ‘Flag of Free Trade Waving High’

The agreement would cover more than a quarter of the world’s economy. Leaders on both sides said it carried strategic as well as economic importance.

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BRIEF-First Cobalt Announces $25 Mln Bought Deal Private Placement Financing

* FIRST COBALT ANNOUNCES $25 MILLION BOUGHT DEAL PRIVATE PLACEMENT FINANCING

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Brexit deal helps U.S. futures bounce

(Reuters) - U.S. stock futures pointed to a higher opening for Wall Street on Friday, helped by gains for global stock markets after Britain secured EU agreement to move on from the first-round of Brexit negotiations.

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US STOCKS-Brexit deal helps U.S. futures bounce

Dec 8 (Reuters) - U.S. stock futures pointed to a higher opening for Wall Street on Friday, helped by gains for global stock markets after Britain secured EU agreement to move on from the first-round of Brexit negotiations.

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Liberty Specialty Markets to redomicile UK insurance company to Luxembourg

LONDON, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Liberty Specialty Markets said on Friday it planned to redomicile its UK insurance company to Luxembourg as a result of Britain's decision to leave the European Union.

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Special Report: How Monsanto's GM cotton sowed trouble in Africa

BOBO-DIOULASSO, Burkina Faso (Reuters) - In 2000, farmers in Burkina Faso, Africa's top cotton grower, were desperate. Their cotton fetched top prices because its high-quality fiber lent a luxurious sheen to clothing and bedsheets. But pests – bollworms – were threatening the crop.

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Britain and EU clinch divorce deal to move Brexit talks onto trade

BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) - Britain and the European Union struck a divorce deal on Friday that paves the way for talks on trade, easing pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May and boosting hopes of an orderly Brexit.

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Sterling hits six-month high, stocks up as Brexit deal adds to Asian cheer

LONDON (Reuters) - A breakthrough in Brexit negotiations pushed sterling to a six-month high against the euro on Friday and added momentum to an upswing in world stocks underpinned by strong economic news from China and Japan.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Sterling hits 6-month high, stocks up as Brexit deal adds to Asian cheer

* European stocks surge 0.9 pct, following Asian stocks higher

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Britain and EU clinch deal to move Brexit talks forward

BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) - Britain and the European Union struck a deal on Friday to move on to talk about trade and a transition period after they agreed the outline of their divorce, easing the pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May.

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Economist: Brexit fair deal is an illusion

Former Greek Minister of Finance, Yanis Varoufakis, said the notion that Britain can negotiate a mutually advantageous deal with the European Union is an illusion.

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Britain and EU reach deal to move Brexit talks forward

BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) - The European Commission said on Friday enough progress had been made in Brexit negotiations with Britain and that a second phase of negotiations should begin, ending an impasse over the status of the Irish border.

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U.S. Department of Justice investigating fetal tissue transfers

(Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice asked on Thursday for documents related to a Senate committee's report on the transfer of fetal tissue by abortion provider Planned Parenthood, according to a letter seen by Reuters.

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May makes dawn flight to Brussels as Brexit deal seems done

BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May met European Union chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker before dawn in Brussels on Friday after a night flight from London, apparently having clinched a deal to open talks on post-Brexit trade

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U.S. Department of Justice seeks documents on fetal tissue transfers

(Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice sent a letter on Thursday, seen by Reuters, seeking documents related to a Senate committee's report on the transfer of fetal tissue by abortion provider Planned Parenthood.

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May readies dawn call on EU as Brexit deal nears

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May is likely to meet European Union chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker before dawn in Brussels, the European Commission said early on Friday, as the two sides seek a deal to open talks on post-Brexit trade.

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Analysis: Rep. Trent Franks' absolutely bizarre resignation letter

Republican Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona announced Thursday night that is is resigning from Congress after being informed that the House Ethics Committee had opened an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment from two female former staffers.

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Tillerson to meet Lebanon's Hariri in Paris on Friday: U.S. State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will meet Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri in Paris on Friday, the State Department said in a statement on Thursday.

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Paul Manafort, Special Counsel Mueller tussle over Ukrainian op-ed

(Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort did not violate a court gag order when he helped edit an opinion piece about his political work in Ukraine, his defense lawyer Kevin Downing argued in a court filing on Thursday.

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Brexit Irish border deal possible within hours

BRUSSELS/DUBLIN (Reuters) - The United Kingdom and Ireland could reach agreement in hours on how to run their post-Brexit Irish land border, paving the way for a deal that would remove the last obstacle to opening free-trade talks with the European Union.

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The Male Animal: What’s the Deal With That Guy’s Fluffy Hair?

From Bernie Sanders to Graydon Carter, men of a certain age embrace an unruly hairstyle that suggests mad genius or regal slob.

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Brexit border deal possible in 'hours' as talks go down to the wire

BRUSSELS/DUBLIN (Reuters) - The United Kingdom and Ireland could reach agreement in hours on how to run their post-Brexit Irish land border, paving the way for a deal that would remove the last obstacle to opening free trade talks with the European Union.

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BRIEF-Freddie Mac Prices $1.1 Billion Multifamily K-Deal, K-F39

* FREDDIE MAC - APPROXIMATELY $1.1 BILLION IN K CERTIFICATES (K-F39 CERTIFICATES) ARE EXPECTED TO SETTLE ON OR ABOUT DECEMBER 18, 2017 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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U.S. Justice Department taps prosecutor to oversee asset forfeiture program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department has tapped a North Carolina-based prosecutor for a new role designed to provide more checks and balances to its civil asset forfeiture program, following criticism of its abuse by the police.

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REFILE-UPDATE 2-Norway wealth fund in first Asia property deal with Tokyo acquisition

OSLO, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Norway's $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund has made its first real estate investment in Asia by acquiring a 70 percent stake in five properties in Tokyo and hopes to do more property deals in the Japanese capital, it said on Thursday.

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U.S. Interior Department wants more oil drilling, expedite ANWR permits

(Reuters) - The Department of the Interior, the U.S. government's second largest revenue generator behind the IRS, is trying to be a better business partner to oil companies to curb falling revenues, Vincent DeVito, energy advisory to the Secretary of the Interior, said on Thursday.

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BRIEF-Molina Healthcare - On Dec 4 Co Entered Commitment Letter With Suntrust Bank And SunTrust Robinson Humphrey

* MOLINA HEALTHCARE - ON DEC 4 CO ENTERED COMMITMENT LETTER WITH SUNTRUST BANK AND SUNTRUST ROBINSON HUMPHREY - SEC FILING

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California Today: California Today: A Special Fires Edition

Thursday: Fires reach Los Angeles, smoke masks, and tales of evacuation

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Czech Travel Service says signs deal for additional nine Boeing 737 MAX planes

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech airline Travel Service said on Thursday it had signed an order for nine additional Boeing 737 MAX planes for its fleet in November, increasing its total order book for the model to 39 planes.

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Czech Travel Service says signs deal for additional 9 Boeing 737 MAX planes

PRAGUE, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Czech airline Travel Service said on Thursday it had signed an order for nine additional Boeing 737 MAX planes for its fleet in November, increasing its total order book for the model to 39 planes.

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Map: Trump continues to leave key State Department posts empty

Nearly 11 months into the Trump administration, and ten months since Secretary of State Rex Tillerson took office, the State Department continues to grapple with vacancies across its senior ranks.

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France and Qatar sign deals worth 12 billion euros -- Macron

QATAR, Dec 7 (Reuters) - France and Qatar signed commercial contracts worth around 12 billion euros ($14.15 billion) on Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron said, adding that the deals underscored the close relationship between the two countries.

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UPDATE 1-Norway wealth fund makes first Asia property deal with Tokyo acquisition

OSLO, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Norway's $1-trillion sovereign wealth fund has made its first real estate investment in Asia by acquiring a 70-percent stake in five properties in Tokyo, it said on Friday.

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Norway wealth fund makes first Asia property deal with Tokyo acquisition

OSLO, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Norway's $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund has made its first real estate investment in Asia by acquiring a 70-percent stake in five properties in Tokyo, it said on Friday.

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Democratic lawmakers question Kushner on New York property: letter

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday wrote to Jared Kushner, U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser, asking whether in his talks with foreign officials he had ever discussed financing for a deeply indebted Kushner Companies property in Manhattan.

Sessions, Jefferson B III nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Tucson’s Police Chief: Sessions’s Anti-Immigrant Policies Will Make Cities More Dangerous

People won’t report crimes if they’re afraid they may become separated from their families.

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No Brexit deal worst-case scenario for Britain: Lords committee

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will fail to agree a free trade deal with the EU before it plans to leave the bloc in 2019 and should seek a transition period to avoid a worst-case scenario of crashing out without an agreement, lawmakers from parliament's upper house said.

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BRIEF-Broadcom Says Expect Proposed Qualcomm Deal Will Be Completed Within About 12 Months Following Signing Of Definitive Agreement

* BROADCOM CFO - EXPECT THAT PROPOSED QUALCOMM TRANSACTION WILL BE COMPLETED WITHIN ABOUT 12 MONTHS FOLLOWING SIGNING OF DEFINITIVE AGREEMENT - CONF CALL‍​

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Northrop gets second request from U.S. antitrust officials on Orbital deal

Dec 6 (Reuters) - U.S. defense contractor Northrop Grumman Corp said on Wednesday it received a second request from U.S. antitrust regulators for more information about its deal to buy Orbital ATK Inc.

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Jean d’Ormesson, ‘Immortal’ French Man of Letters, Dies at 92

Once the youngest of the Académie Française’s 40 “immortals,” he became a national figure through his writings and television appearances.

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Disney CEO likely to extend tenure if Fox deal happens: WSJ

(Reuters) - Walt Disney Co Chief Executive Bob Iger will likely extend his tenure past 2019 to facilitate integration of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc assets if a deal is completed, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

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UPDATE 1-Disney CEO likely to extend tenure if Fox deal happens -WSJ

Dec 6 (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co Chief Executive Bob Iger will likely extend his tenure past 2019 to facilitate integration of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc assets if a deal is completed, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

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Patagonia, Interior Department trade Twitter barbs

Outdoor retailer Patagonia and the Interior Department continued their public spat over US national monuments Tuesday on Twitter, trading barbs over each others' ties to "special interests."

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BRIEF-Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger Likely To Stay At Company for Additional 2-3 Years If Deal With 21St Century Fox Goes Through- CNBC

* WALT DISNEY CEO BOB IGER LIKELY TO STAY AT COMPANY AN ADDITIONAL TWO TO THREE YEARS IF A DEAL WITH 21ST CENTURY FOX GOES THROUGH- CNBC, CITING SOURCE‍​ Source text : http://cnb.cx/2iy4ZaW Further company coverage:

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Uber's top European dealmaker to step down from role

(Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc's top European dealmaker is stepping down from his role, the latest in a series of management changes at the ride-hailing service.

Touch (Sense) nytimes.com

The Power of Touch, Especially for Men

Even in our touch-averse culture, men need platonic physical contact.

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For ‘Transparent,’ Accusations Against Jeffrey Tambor Burst an Idealistic Bubble

The staff of the acclaimed Amazon series believed it had created a special workplace. Then harassment accusations pierced the idealism.

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Justice Department seeks warrant to seize ancient ring trafficked by ISIS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday it is seeking a warrant so it can seize an ancient ring believed to be trafficked by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the militant organization also known as "ISIS."

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Uber's top European dealmaker to step down - FT

Dec 6 (Reuters) - Uber's top dealmaker in Europe, Fraser Robinson, is leaving the company, the Financial Times reported, citing a company-wide email.

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BRIEF-Canadian General Investments Declares A Special Dividend of $0.04/Share

* CANADIAN GENERAL INVESTMENTS, LIMITED DECLARES A SPECIAL DIVIDEND ON COMMON SHARES

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UPDATE 2-Britain pushes back date for provisional findings on Sky-Fox deal

LONDON, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Britain's competition watchdog will give its initial verdict on Rupert Murdoch's bid to buy Sky next month, later than expected, due to the vast number of responses it has received on the deal.

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BRIEF-Kinder Morgan Canada Launches $200 Million Bought Deal Preferred Share Offering

* KINDER MORGAN CANADA LIMITED LAUNCHES $200 MILLION BOUGHT DEAL PREFERRED SHARE OFFERING

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T-Mobile rolls out buyback plan after Sprint deal talks collapse

(Reuters) - T-Mobile US Inc said its board approved the U.S. wireless carrier's first-ever buyback program, a month after the company and rival Sprint Corp ended their deal talks.

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UPDATE 2-T-Mobile rolls out buyback plan after Sprint deal talks collapse

Dec 6 (Reuters) - T-Mobile US Inc said its board approved the U.S. wireless carrier's first-ever buyback program, a month after the company and rival Sprint Corp ended their deal talks.

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Irish PM says can pick up Brexit talks in new year if deal not possible

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Brexit negotiations can move to phase two next week only on the basis of the tentative Irish border agreement which collapsed on Monday, otherwise talks to break through the impasse will resume in the new year, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Wednesday.

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Britain pushes back date for provisional findings on Sky-Fox deal

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's competition regulator will publish its provisional findings on Rupert Murdoch's planned takeover of Sky next month, later than expected, but the overall timing of the review should remain unchanged.

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BRIEF-German cartel office approves Airbus deal to buy C-Series

* APPROVES AIRBUS ACQUISITION OF BOMBARDIER'S C-SERIES JETLINER PROGRAMME

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California Department of Insurance seeks to suspend Wells Fargo's licenses

(Reuters) - The California Department of Insurance is seeking to suspend or revoke Wells Fargo & Co's licenses for alleged improper insurance sales practices related to the company's online insurance referral program.

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Britain pushes back date for provisional findings in Sky-Fox deal

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's competition regulator will publish its provisional findings into the planned takeover of pay-TV group Sky by Rupert Murdoch's Fox in January and not December as originally planned, it said on Wednesday.

Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures nytimes.com

Disney Said to Be Nearing a Deal With 21st Century Fox

Disney is said to be seeking to acquire parts of Fox’s empire in a transaction that could offer a senior executive role for Rupert Murdoch’s son James at Disney.

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6-year-old writes scathing letter to Santa

Santa gets lots of letters, but none like this one. A 6-year old writes, "I know your notty list is emty. And your good list is emty. And your life is emty." CNN's Jeanne Moos has the story.

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EMERGING MARKETS-Mexico index rises on bank deal; Brazil's Bovespa dips

(Updates prices, adds details on Mexican stock index) SAO PAULO, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Mexico's S&P/BVM IPC share index rose 0.64 percent on Tuesday, recovering some ground after falling last week to its lowest level since March. Banorte bank pushed the gains, with its shares rising 2.60 percent as it announced that shareholders approved its acquisition of Grupo Financiero Interacciones, a deal that will create the country's second-biggest bank. The Mexican peso weakened in respons

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BRIEF-Revenue And Chery Holding Group Enter JV For Manufacturing Of Specialty Vehicles In China

* REVENUE AND CHINA-BASED CHERY HOLDING GROUP ENTER JOINT VENTURE FOR THE MANUFACTURING OF SPECIALTY VEHICLES IN CHINA

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Why moving US Embassy to Jerusalem is a big deal

US President Donald Trump's pledge to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has caused controversy across the world.

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U.S. Justice Department considers possible 'bump stocks' ban

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday that it is considering a possible ban on certain bump stocks, the attachments that make semiautomatic rifles fire faster and were used in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history in Las Vegas in October.

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Aetna CEO could get $500M from CVS deal

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U.S. Justice Department, ATF to decide if bump stocks are prohibited

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said on Tuesday they are considering a possible ban on certain bump stocks, used in Las Vegas in October in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

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UPDATE 3-Canada's Trudeau says will keep exploring trade deal with China

BEIJING, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Canada's trade minister extended his stay in Beijing on Tuesday in a bid to salvage early talks on a free trade agreement with China, but Canada faces tough choices after the United States threatened to pull out of NAFTA.

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Deal or no deal: How the past 24 hours have changed Brexit

Former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson once famously opined that a week was a long time in politics. For today's incumbent, Theresa May, the past 24 hours must have felt even longer.

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U.S. Special Counsel Mueller's office has spent $3.2 million since May: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office has spent about $3.2 million so far as part of its ongoing probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, the Justice Department revealed Tuesday in a report.

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Prysmian sets sights on other M&A targets after General Cable deal

MILAN, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Italian cable maker Prysmian is looking at three more M&A targets, its CEO Valerio Battista said on Tuesday, the day after announcing a $3 billion deal to buy U.S. rival General Cable.

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British PM May faces pressure to soften Brexit divorce after EU exit deal crumbles

LONDON (Reuters) - Just hours after a Brexit deal crumbled, British Prime Minister Theresa May came under pressure on Tuesday from opposition parties and even some allies to soften the EU divorce by keeping Britain in the single market and customs union after Brexit.

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Special Counsel Mueller's office has spent $3.2 million since May: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office has spent about $3.2 million so far as part of its ongoing probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, the Justice Department revealed Tuesday in a report.

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CVS likely wants FTC antitrust review, not Justice Department, of Aetna deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It is uncertain who in the U.S. government will carry out an antitrust review of CVS Health Corp's deal to buy health insurer Aetna Inc , but the drugstore company is likely hoping the potentially more lenient Federal Trade Commission gets the nod, antitrust experts say.

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CVS likely wants FTC antitrust review, not Justice Dept, of Aetna deal

WASHINGTON, Dec 5 (Reuters) - It is uncertain who in the U.S. government will carry out an antitrust review of CVS Health Corp's deal to buy health insurer Aetna Inc, but the drugstore company is likely hoping the potentially more lenient Federal Trade Commission gets the nod, antitrust experts say.

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BRIEF-Disney and Fox are closing in on deal, could be announced next week - CNBC

* WALT DISNEY CO. & TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY FOX CLOSING IN ON DEAL THAT COULD COME AS SOON AS NEXT WEEK - CNBC Further company coverage:

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Turkish academics to be tried in April over Kurdish letter

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A Turkish court on Tuesday adjourned for four months the trial of 10 academics who signed a letter to the Turkish government last year calling for violence against Turkey's Kurds to end.

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Lebanon's PM rescinds resignation as government agrees deal

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri rescinded his resignation on Tuesday and said all members of the government had agreed to stay out of conflicts in Arab countries.

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Shire in deal to develop a new way to administer hemophilia drug

(Reuters) - Shire Plc said on Tuesday it had partnered with a California-based company to develop a new way to administer a drug to treat hemophilia A.

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May is scrambling for a Brexit deal she didn't want

The European Union's negotiating tactics can be summed up in two words: "Sign here."

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Marriott signs co-brand credit card deal with JPMorgan, AmEx

Dec 5 (Reuters) - Marriott International signed a deal with JPMorgan Chase and American Express to issue co-branded credit cards associated with its loyalty programs, the world's largest hotel chain said on Tuesday.

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BRIEF-DHX Media And Tencent Strike Multi-Series Streaming Deal

* DHX MEDIA LTD SAYS HAS LICENSED MORE THAN 450 HALF-HOURS OF CHILDREN'S CONTENT TO TENCENT ACROSS MAINLAND CHINA ON TENCENT'S STREAMING PLATFORMS Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Tillerson defends record at State Department

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson defended his handling of America's foreign service on Tuesday during a visit to Brussels, seeking to reassure U.S. diplomats of American support under President Donald Trump.

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BRIEF-Prysmian CEO sees synergies NPV from General Cable deal of around 1.2 bln euros

* CEO VALERIO BATTISTA SAYS NET PRESENT VALUE OF SYNERGIES EXPECTED FROM GENERAL CABLE DEAL IS AROUND 1.2 BILLION EUROS

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BRIEF-Regal Entertainment Says Cineworld Deal Includes Termination Fees In Some Situations

* SAYS IF CINEWORLD DEAL TERMINATED UNDER SOME CIRCUMSTANCES SPECIFIED IN AGREEMENT, CO TO HAVE TO PAY CINEWORLD GROUP FEE OF $95.2 MILLION

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Britain confident of Brexit deal as May scrambles to win over Northern Irish kingmakers

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain said it was a confident of a deal on Brexit just hours after a tentative agreement with the European Union over the Irish border was dashed by Prime Minister Theresa May's kingmakers in Belfast.

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UPDATE 2-Sterling skids on uncertainty over Brexit deal

LONDON, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Sterling skidded to six-day lows on Tuesday, heading for its worst day in over a month, on uncertainty over whether Britain can reach a deal with the European Union to open talks on post-Brexit free trade.

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UPDATE 2-Canada's Trudeau says will keep exploring trade deal with China

BEIJING, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Canada will continue to explore a free trade agreement with China, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, as it weighs its options after the United States threatened to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

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DealBook: From Bezos to Walton, Big Investors Back Fund for ‘Flyover’ Start-Ups

The fund started by an AOL co-founder and an author has attracted a Who’s Who of American business to invest in the heartland’s entrepreneurs.

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UPDATE 4-CVS, Aetna executives defend $69 bln deal to skeptical Wall St

NEW YORK, Dec 4 (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp and Aetna Inc said on Monday their $69 billion deal to combine the pharmacy and drug benefit manager and the No. 3 U.S. health insurer would transform healthcare and deliver cost savings, but investors took a pessimistic view of the combination in the short term.

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Clariant open to M&A deals as it deals with activist -CEO

ZURICH, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Swiss speciality chemicals group Clariant is open to making fresh acquisitions as it deals with activist investor White Tale, its biggest shareholder, Chief Executive Hariolf Kottmann said in an interview with a local broadcaster on Monday.

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Manafort tried to pen positive op-ed on Ukraine work: special counsel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The special counsel investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election on Monday accused President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, of working with a Russian colleague to draft an opinion piece about his political work for Ukraine.

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Irish border row thwarts May bid to clinch Brexit trade deal

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May failed to clinch a deal on Monday to open talks on post-Brexit free trade with the European Union after a tentative deal with Dublin to keep EU rules in Northern Ireland angered her allies in Belfast.

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BRIEF-Monster Digital Terminates License Deal Between Monster Inc, SDJ Technologies

* HAS FORWARDED MONSTER INC A NOTICE OF TERMINATION OF TRADEMARK LICENSE DEAL BETWEEN MONSTER INC, SDJ TECHNOLOGIES

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What the CVS-Aetna deal could mean for you

Who needs to go to the doctor when you can go to your local CVS drug store instead? That appears to be the logic behind CVS's decision to buy health insurer Aetna for $69 billion.

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UPDATE 3-CVS, Aetna executives defend $69 bln deal to skeptical Wall St

NEW YORK, Dec 4 (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp and Aetna Inc on Monday said their $69 billion deal to combine the pharmacy and drug benefit manager and the No. 3 U.S. health insurer would transform healthcare and deliver cost savings, but investors took a pessimistic view of the combination in the short term.

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CVS-Aetna deal is a big test for Trump

The CVS-Aetna deal could serve as a major test of the Trump administration's resolve to live up to its newfound reputation as a tough-as-nails antitrust cop.

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On Comedy: 4 Comedy Specials to Watch: Seasoned Stand-Ups Making Debuts

Some of the funniest new stand-up is from veterans releasing their first specials or albums: Judah Friedlander, Michelle Wolf, Yamaneika Saunders and Shane Torres.

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Irish furor thwarts May bid to clinch Brexit trade deal

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Theresa May failed to clinch a deal on Monday to open talks on post-Brexit free trade with the European Union after a tentative deal with Dublin to keep EU rules in Northern Ireland angered her allies in Belfast.

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'Tough' May holds off Brexit deal after Irish furor

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May failed to strike a Brexit divorce deal with EU negotiators in Brussels on Monday despite earlier reports of a breakthrough agreement that would have kept British-ruled Northern Ireland aligned with EU regulations.

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'Tough' May holds off Brexit deal after Irish furore

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May failed to strike a Brexit divorce deal with EU negotiators in Brussels on Monday despite earlier reports of a breakthrough agreement that would have kept British-ruled Northern Ireland aligned with EU regulations.

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CVS, Aetna executives defend $69 billion deal to skeptical Wall Street

NEW YORK (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp and Aetna Inc top executives on Monday defended their planned merger to Wall Street analysts and investors who questioned the near-term impact on profits of the $69 billion deal to combine the pharmacy and drug benefit manager with the No. 3 U.S. health insurer.

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UPDATE 2-CVS, Aetna executives defend $69 bln deal to skeptical Wall St

NEW YORK, Dec 4 (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp and Aetna Inc top executives on Monday defended their planned merger to Wall Street analysts and investors who questioned the near-term impact on profits of the $69 billion deal to combine the pharmacy and drug benefit manager with the No. 3 U.S. health insurer.

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Brexit talks inch closer to a deal

Britain and the European Union failed to reach a highly anticipated Brexit deal on Monday despite "significant progess" on key outstanding issues, both sides announced in Brussels.

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CVS, Aetna executives defend $69 billion deal with eye on savings

NEW YORK (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp and Aetna Inc top executives on Monday defended their planned merger to Wall Street analysts who questioned the $69 billion deal, promising both near- and long-term savings for the combined company.

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CVS says deal to help build Anthem's drug benefit still on

NEW YORK, Dec 4 (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp CEO Larry Merlo said on Monday that its plan to help health insurer Anthem Inc build its own pharmacy benefit management business remains in place with planning well under way, unaffected by CVS' deal to buy Anthem rival Aetna Inc.

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BRIEF-Orex Signs Letter of Intent to Acquire Silver-Copper-Zinc Project in Mexico

* OREX SIGNS LETTER OF INTENT TO ACQUIRE THE SAN LUIS DEL CORDERO SILVER-COPPER-ZINC PROJECT IN DURANGO, MEXICO

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Brexit deal agreed on all Irish issues: Irish govt. sources

DUBLIN (Reuters) - British and European Union Brexit negotiators have reached agreement on a deal for all Irish issues, including the maintenance of regulatory alignment on the island to avoid a hard border, two Irish government sources told Reuters.

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Special Report: Hidden peril awaits China's banks as property binge fuels mortgage fraud frenzy

SHANGHAI/HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) - When Zhu Chenxia bought a flat early last year from Lei Yarong in the up-market Nanshan district of China's southern metropolis of Shenzhen, the two women drew up three purchase agreements to cover the deal.

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UPDATE 2-Italy's Prysmian digs deep to buy General Cable in $3 bln deal

* Tightens grip on market leadership (Adds Prysmian executives comments, share reaction, analyst comment)

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BRIEF-Hartford Financial Services says If Deal Terminated, Hopmeadow Acquisition To Pay Hartford Holdings A Non-Refundable Fee Of $114.4 Mln

* HARTFORD FINANCIAL SERVICES - IF DEAL TERMINATED, HOPMEADOW ACQUISITION TO PAY TO HARTFORD HOLDINGS A NON-REFUNDABLE FEE OF $114.4 MILLION IN CASH Source text: [http://bit.ly/2iJIB20] Further company coverage:

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Hartford to sell Talcott Resolution in deal valued at $2.05 bln

Dec 4 (Reuters) - Hartford Financial Services Group on Monday agreed to sell its life and annuity businesses, Talcott Resolution, to a group of investors in a deal valued at $2.05 billion.

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Tax deal sends dollar surging, preps U.S. stocks for strong day

LONDON (Reuters) - The dollar jumped on Monday versus the currencies of other developed and emerging nations while Treasury yields rose and Wall Street was primed for a another record-setting day after the U.S. Senate voted to approve a wide-ranging tax overhaul.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Tax deal sends dollar surging, preps US stocks for strong day

* Dollar rises 0.4 percent vs currency index; bond yields rise

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Idorsia to get $230 mln from J&J in latest hypertension deal

ZURICH, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Idorsia, the Swiss drugmaker spun off from Actelion after it was bought by Johnson & Johnson (J&J), will receive a one-time payment of $230 million from J&J's Janssen unit as they partner on aprocitentan for resistant hypertension.

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UPDATE 1-Prysmian agrees $30-a-share all-cash deal for General Cable

MILAN, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Italian cable maker Prysmian has agreed to buy General Cable for $30 a share in an all-cash deal that values its Kentucky-based rival at about $3 billion, including debt and other liabilities.

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Dollar gains on U.S. tax cut progress; Brexit deal eyed

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The U.S. dollar bounced to a two-week top on Monday and S&P futures jumped as traders marked the passage of a Senate tax bill over the weekend, a move that raises the risk of more aggressive rate hikes in the world's largest economy.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Dollar gains on U.S. tax cut progress; Brexit deal eyed

SYDNEY, Dec 4 (Reuters) - The U.S. dollar bounced to a two-week top on Monday and S&P futures jumped as traders marked the passage of a Senate tax bill over the weekend, a move that raises the risk of more aggressive rate hikes in the world's largest economy.

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CVS buys Aetna in huge deal that could change health care

CVS is buying health insurance giant Aetna, the companies announced Sunday.

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BRIEF-CVS Health to acquire Aetna in $69 bln deal

* CVS HEALTH TO ACQUIRE AETNA; COMBINATION TO PROVIDE CONSUMERS WITH A BETTER EXPERIENCE, REDUCED COSTS AND IMPROVED ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE EXPERTS IN HOMES AND COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY

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CVS-Aetna deal to change how big employers buy health benefits

NEW YORK (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp's proposed purchase of Aetna Inc will change the way many major U.S. corporations buy health coverage for employees and raise new questions over the cost of those benefits, benefit consultants said.

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McConnell optimistic of tax bill deal between Senate and House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Sunday that he is optimistic the Senate and House of Representatives will reach a conference agreement on tax legislation that can be signed into law by President Donald Trump.

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As Brexit deal takes shape, Juncker to meet MEPs

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission added to mounting confidence in Brussels that it is set for a Brexit deal with London when it scheduled talks with EU lawmakers ahead of a crunch meeting on Monday with Theresa May.

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Commander of Taliban 'special forces' killed in Afghanistan: officials

KABUL (Reuters) - The commander of the Taliban's "special forces" branch, known as the "Red Unit," was killed last week in Helmand province by Afghan forces, according to Afghanistan's main intelligence agency.

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Juncker to meet MEPs before PM May as Brexit deal takes shape

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and his Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier will meet EU lawmakers early on Monday, an EU official said on Sunday, in a further sign a Brexit deal with Britain could be ready.

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Venezuela political talks end without deal, new meeting planned Dec. 15

CARACAS (Reuters) - Members of Venezuela's government and opposition coalition failed to reach a deal in a new round of talks in the Dominican Republic on Saturday aimed at resolving the OPEC nation's protracted political crisis, but planned to meet in two weeks to try again.

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In Japan, Ohtani Is a Special Player but Definitely Not Babe Ruth

Like the Babe, Shohei Ohtani can hit and pitch with distinction. But comparisons to the great Yankees slugger do not seem to resonate in Ohtani’s home country.

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Greece, lenders reach deal on reforms under bailout review

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece and official creditors on Saturday concluded talks on the review of its bailout progress, reaching agreement on fiscal issues, energy and labor market reforms, bad loans and privatizations, the country's finance minister said.

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State Department plans for protests after Jerusalem embassy announcement

The State Department's security arm has been told to plan for potentially violent protests at US embassies and consulates once the Trump administration announces it is moving the embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

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American Air reaches deal with pilots over scheduling error

NEW YORK (Reuters) - American Airlines has reached an agreement with its pilots union over premium pay for some December flights, both groups said on Friday, after a scheduling snafu gave too many pilots holiday time off and sent the airline scrambling to correct its mistake.

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UK bans Kaspersky software from departments responsible for national security: FT

(Reuters) - The British government has banned its departments responsible for national security from using software made by Russia's Kaspersky Labs, the Financial Times reported on Friday, citing a letter sent to government officials. http://on.ft.com/2BuuWPU

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Tech firms tell patent court to ignore Allergan deal with tribe

(Reuters) - Over 30 technology companies including Alphabet Inc , Amazon.com Inc and Facebook Inc. on Friday urged a U.S. patent court to disregard drugmaker Allergan Plc's contention that its transfer of some of its patents to a Native American tribe shields them from the court's review.

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The Daily: Listen to a Special Episode of ‘The Daily’ on Flynn’s Guilty Plea

What it tells us that federal prosecutors have a former senior member of the Trump White House on their side.

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BRIEF-Platform Specialty Products Corp Announces Pricing Of Tack-On Offering Of 5.875 Pct Senior Notes Due 2025

* PLATFORM SPECIALTY PRODUCTS CORPORATION ANNOUNCES PRICING OF TACK-ON OFFERING OF 5.875% SENIOR NOTES DUE 2025

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BRIEF-Jaguar Health Announces Adjournment Of Special Meeting Of Stockholders Until Friday, December 15, 2017

* JAGUAR HEALTH ANNOUNCES ADJOURNMENT OF SPECIAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS UNTIL FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2017 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Berkadia Arranges About $1 Bln Financing For Beacon Multifamily Property Portfolio Deal

* ARRANGED FINANCING OF NEARLY $1 BILLION FOR ACQUISITION OF BEACON MULTIFAMILY PROPERTY PORTFOLIO Source text for Eikon:

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Samsung to chase big M&A deals on three fronts, says strategy chief

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics' $8 billion purchase of automotive and audio electronics company Harman has given the technology conglomerate confidence to chase more big deals, its strategy chief said on Friday.

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Exclusive: CVS eyes major expansion of health clinics with Aetna deal - sources

NEW YORK (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp is planning to significantly expand health services at its retail pharmacies if it completes a more than $66 billion deal for insurer Aetna Inc , a move that could save more than $1 billion annually, people familiar with the matter said.

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U.S. remains committed to Libyan political agreement: State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States remains committed to the Libyan Political Agreement, the State Department said in a statement following U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's meeting with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj on Friday.

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Nonfiction: A Renowned Travel Writer’s Letters From the Road

“Patrick Leigh Fermor: A Life in Letters,” edited by Adam Sisman, sparkles with the charm that made Fermor such a welcome guest and bedmate.

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Flynn charged with lying to FBI, plea hearing set: special counsel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn lied to the FBI about his contacts with Russia's ambassador to the United States, the U.S. special counsel's office charged in a court filing made public on Friday.

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The royals' special relationship with Africa

When Prince Harry introduced Meghan Markle this week as his fiancee, he talked about their romantic trip to Botswana, where they camped under the stars, away from prying eyes.

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BRIEF-Getswift Ltd Updates On Deal With Amazon

* ‍EXTENT OF SERVICES TO BE PROVIDED AND REVENUES TO BE DERIVED WILL BE GENERATED FROM SPECIFIC TRANSACTIONS AGREED WITH AMAZON​

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Toshiba, Western Digital nearing deal over chip unit sale dispute: media

TOKYO (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp and Western Digital Corp are close to settling a legal dispute that has threatened to become a major stumbling block in the embattled Japanese conglomerate's plans to sell its $18 billion semiconductor unit, media reported.

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UPDATE 1-Toshiba, Western Digital nearing deal over chip unit sale dispute - media

* Toshiba's shares up 1.8 pct (Recasts with additional report from Jiji news agency)

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Global powers strike deal to research before fishing Arctic seas

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Delegations from the United States, Russia, and China and other countries struck a deal on Thursday to refrain from commercial fishing in the high Arctic seas, one of world's fastest-warming places, until scientists can determine what fish are there and whether they can be harvested sustainably.

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UPDATE 2-Australian delivery software startup inks Amazon, Yum deals; shares leap

* Expects over 250 mln deliveries a year through Yum deal (Recasts; adds investor comment, company background)

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UPDATE 1-Australia's GetSwift shares up 84 pct at record high after deals with Amazon, Yum

Dec 1 (Reuters) - Australian logistics company GetSwift Ltd said on Friday it had entered into an agreement with Amazon.com Inc and a multi-year partnership with Yum Brands Inc, sending its shares up 84 percent to a record high.

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Special panel meets to discuss Japan Emperor Akihito's abdication date

TOKYO (Reuters) - A special panel meets on Friday to discuss the date for Emperor Akihito's planned abdication - the first by a Japanese monarch in about two centuries - clearing the way for the government to formally decide when the octogenarian emperor will retire.

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Australia's GetSwift shares surge after deals with Amazon.com, Yum Brands

Dec 1 (Reuters) - Australian logistics company GetSwift Ltd said on Friday it had entered into an agreement with Amazon.com Inc and a multi-year partnership with Yum Brands Inc, sending its share up sharply.

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Hedge fund Hutchin Hill shutting down: letter

BOSTON (Reuters) - Hedge fund manager Neil Chriss said on Thursday he is closing his $2.2 billion firm Hutchin Hill Capital LP after a period of poor performance.

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Ex-Trump campaign aide Manafort in $11.65 million bail deal: lawyer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort has agreed to an $11.65 million bail agreement with the special counsel investigating Trump campaign ties to Russia, the longtime Republican political consultant's lawyer said on Thursday.

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Letter: Psychiatrists Warn About Trump’s Mental State

Dr. Bandy X. Lee of Yale calls for an urgent evaluation of the president.

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BRIEF-United-Guardian announces regular and special dividends

* SAYS ‍DECLARED A SEMI-ANNUAL DIVIDEND OF $0.50/SHARE AND SPECIAL DIVIDEND OF ADDITIONAL $0.50 PER SHARE​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Russia and Egypt Move Toward Deal on Air Bases

Moscow and Cairo signed a preliminary agreement allowing Russian military aircraft the use of Egyptian air bases, in an apparent snub to Washington.

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CVS closes in on deal to buy health insurer Aetna: source

(Reuters) - CVS Health Corp is moving closer to a more than $66 billion cash and stock deal to buy health insurer Aetna Inc which could be announced as early as Monday, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

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CIA chief Mike Pompeo is the leading candidate to take over at the State Department, government sources say

The White House is contemplating a scenario to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo within the next few months, multiple government officials tell CNN.

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Special Report: Canada regulator ignored warnings on risky mortgage investments

TORONTO (Reuters) - In June 2014, regulators were investigating syndicated mortgages linked to Fortress Real Developments, a major force in Canada’s multibillion-dollar market for the risky investments.

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BRIEF-Purepoint Uranium Group Raises Ceiling For Private Placement

* PUREPOINT URANIUM GROUP INC. RAISES CEILING FOR PRIVATE PLACEMENT

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Flipkart investors, employees trimming stakes as part of SoftBank deal: sources

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Some early Flipkart [IPO-FLPK.N] investors, employees and ex-employees are selling their shares in the Indian e-commerce firm as part of a $2.5 billion investment deal agreed with Japan's SoftBank Group , two people familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

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UPDATE 1-Flipkart investors, employees trimming stakes as part of SoftBank deal -sources

* Current, former employees offered just over $85 apiece -sources