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Costa Rica's first gay marriage suffers bureaucratic hitch

SAN JOSE (Reuters) - Costa Rica's first same-sex wedding has been blocked by notaries who are refusing to recognize it until laws forbidding gay marriage are changed, setting them at odds with the...

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Baltic index falls, capesizes post biggest weekly drop in 2 years

Jan 19 (Reuters) - The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index fell on Friday and continued to linger around five month lows as the capesize segment recorded its biggest weekly percentage decline in two years.

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Hundreds commemorate Jewish sage at his tomb in southern Israel

NETIVOT, Israel (Reuters) - Hundreds of Jewish worshippers made a pilgrimage on Thursday to the tomb in southern Israel of a sage revered by his followers as a miracle-maker.

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Drone rescues swimmers in Australia in world first

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A drone rescued two swimmers off an Australian beach on Thursday, a world first for the fast-developing technology that seems perfectly suited to saving lives at sea, authorities...

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Hong Kong pro-independence protest leader appears in court for 'rioting'

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A young protest leader calling for Hong Kong's independence from China appeared in court on the rare charge of rioting on Thursday as two co-defendants failed to show up, the latest case highlighting a new generation of opposition to Chinese rule.

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Russia's benchmark MOEX stock index climbs to all-time high

MOSCOW, Jan 18 (Reuters) - The Russian benchmark stock index hit an all-time high on Thursday, catching up with the gains of major global peers and buoyed by favourable oil prices.

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Dance bars, mobile phones and Chelsea jerseys: changing face of Bhutan

THIMPHU (Reuters) - For decades Bhutan had no television, no traffic lights and a culture that had barely changed in centuries.

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BRIEF-CTI BioPharma to receive $10 mln milestone payment for Trisenox

* CTI BIOPHARMA TO RECEIVE $10 MILLION MILESTONE PAYMENT FOR TRISENOX®

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Fragment of flag Nelson flew at Trafalgar sells for almost 300,000 pounds

LONDON (Reuters) - A piece of the Union Jack flag believed to have been flown from the flagship of Britain's Lord Horatio Nelson's ship during the Battle of Trafalgar sold for 297,000 pounds...

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After 950 years, France to lend Bayeux Tapestry to Britain

PARIS/LONDON (Reuters) - France will lend Britain the Bayeux Tapestry, an 11th century treasure that tells the tale of how William the Conqueror came to invade England in 1066, an official at the...

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Hong Kong star Eric Tsang denies sexual assault allegations

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong celebrity Eric Tsang denied allegations of sexual misconduct on Wednesday and said he was taking legal action against one of his two accusers.

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London zoo names newborn Okapi after Meghan Markle

LONDON (Reuters) - Meghan Markle, the American actress who is engaged to Britain's Prince Harry, has a new namesake after London zoo named a just-born Okapi after her in honor of her wedding in May.

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Wilma! Malaysian sultan gets his own Flintstone car

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - A Malaysian sultan, known for his love of cars, was this week given his very own car right out of history, but he won't be getting blisters on his feet driving it around.

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World's biggest flooded cave found in Mexico, explorers say

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A group of divers has connected two underwater caverns in eastern Mexico to reveal what is believed to be the biggest flooded cave on the planet, a discovery that could help...

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Joshua Wong, Democracy Advocate, Is Sentenced in Hong Kong

Joshua Wong got three months in prison for his role in 2014 protests demanding freer elections for the leader of Hong Kong.

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Hong Kong democracy leader Joshua Wong jailed a second time for 2014 protest

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong, 21, was sentenced to a second jail term of three months on Wednesday for his role in the 2014 pro-democracy "Umbrella Movement" street occupations.

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PRECIOUS-Gold edges up as dollar index slumps to 3-yr lows

Jan 17 (Reuters) - Gold prices edged up on Wednesday towards four-month highs hit early in the week, as the U.S. dollar slumped to three-year lows against a basket of currencies. FUNDAMENTALS * Spot gold was up 0.3 percent at $1,341.96 an ounce by 0123 GMT. It touched its strongest since Sept. 8 at $1,344.44 on Monday. * Spot gold edged down for the first time in five sessions on Tuesday, easing 0.1 percent. * U.S. gold futures were up 0.4 percent at $

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Stock 'fear index' snaps out of extended snooze, jumps to six-week high

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A widely followed gauge of expected near-term stock price gyrations perked up on Tuesday to a six-week high as traders took to the equity options market to pick up some...

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Brussels recreates rape victim outfits in exhibition

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A new exhibition in Brussels showcases the stories of student rape victims by recreating the outfits they wore during their assault, inspired by a project created by students at...

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BRIEF-TMAC Resources Provides Q4 Operations Update And 2018 Milestones

* TMAC RESOURCES PROVIDES FOURTH QUARTER OPERATIONS UPDATE AND 2018 MILESTONES

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Timothée Chalamet Promises Salary From Woody Allen Film to Charity

The money will go to groups fighting sexual abuse and harassment. The actor is one in a series of Hollywood figures distancing themselves from the director.

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South Korean charged with murder of wife, son at Hong Kong Ritz-Carlton

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A South Korean man was formally charged on Tuesday with murdering his wife and six-year-old son at the five-star Ritz-Carlton hotel in Hong Kong.

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Whisky and waders as fishermen welcome salmon season in Scotland

KENMORE, Scotland (Reuters) - On the banks of the River Tay in the Scottish highlands, a parade of pipers and a whisky-based blessing helped mark the start of the country's salmon fishing season on...

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Ancient Greek tragedy tells timeless story of Syrian flight

BERLIN (Reuters) - A group of Syrian women are adapting the Euripides' tragedy "Iphigenia", using a a play set during an ancient war to bring Berlin audiences closer to the plight of women driven...

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HNA wins loan deadline extension to proceed with Hong Kong property project

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese conglomerate HNA Group's [HNAIR.UL] Hong Kong International Investment unit has negotiated a six-month deadline extension for a loan linked to a land parcel in Hong Kong as its parent contends with growing debt challenges.

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Enjoying the high life, up on the roof in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv (Reuters) - When it comes to the high life in Tel Aviv, residents of the Mediterranean metropolis need look no further than their own rooftops.

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Saudi Arabia begins screening films after decades-long ban lifted

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia began screening feature-length animated children's films this weekend in a makeshift theater, after a 35-year-old ban on cinemas was lifted in the...

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Hong Kong police arrest South Korean suspected of murdering wife, son at Ritz-Carlton

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong police arrested a South Korean man on suspicion of murder on Sunday after his wife and seven-year-old son were found dead in a room at the five star Ritz-Carlton hotel.

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Saudi women score right to watch men's soccer in stadiums

JEDDAH (Reuters) - Women in black abayas and fluorescent orange vests stood at the gates at King Abdullah Stadium, welcoming people into the family section that, for the first time in Saudi Arabia,...

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New Vanguard CEO Buckley says indexing fosters competition

BOSTON (Reuters) - Vanguard Group Inc's vast scale helps it promote efficient markets, its new chief executive said on Friday, pushing back on concerns the growth of passive index funds could reduce...

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Ancient statues looted in Lebanese war returned decades later

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A marble bull's head made 2,400 years ago for a Phoenician temple and looted during Lebanon's civil war arrived in Beirut on Friday after American officials found it in the United...

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New face emerges in Hong Kong democracy movement, as others face court

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Having seen a court disqualify her friend from holding a seat in Hong Kong's legislature, 21-year-old Agnes Chow stands ready to step into the breach by contesting his seat for a pro-democracy movement that has provoked China's wrath.

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Saudi women-only motorshow opens in Jeddah

JEDDAH (Reuters) - Women flocked to Le Mall in Jeddah on Thursday to check out the kingdom's first car exhibition aimed at women, a few months after Saudi Arabia granted them the right to drive.

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Horrible carriage, unwieldy crowns: Queen Elizabeth's candid views of coronation and royal jewels

LONDON (Reuters) - Speaking for the first time about her coronation 65 years ago, Britain's Queen Elizabeth has revealed how uncomfortable riding in her golden carriage to the ceremony was and how...

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Fragment of flag Nelson flew at Trafalgar to go up for auction

LONDON (Reuters) - A piece of the Union Jack flag believed to have been flown from British military leader Lord Horatio Nelson's ship during the Battle of Trafalgar is to be auctioned in London later...

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Hong Kong, London, New York shortlisted for Aramco IPO: sources

DUBAI/LONDON (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has shortlisted New York, London and Hong Kong - singly or in a combination of two or even all three - for the international portion of the listing of national oil company Aramco, two sources with knowledge of the discussions said.

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Hong Kong, London, New York shortlisted for Aramco IPO - sources

* International listing on one exchange or several, sources say

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BRIEF-Chinanet Online Holdings Appoints Zhongyi Liu As Chief Strategy Officer For Blockchain, Business Development

* CHINANET ONLINE HOLDINGS APPOINTS ZHONGYI LIU AS CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER FOR BLOCKCHAIN AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Gourmet chocolate becomes economic lifeline in Venezuela crisis

CARACAS (Reuters) - In a modest apartment near a Caracas slum, nutrition professor Nancy Silva and four aids spread rich, dark Venezuelan cocoa on a stone counter to make chocolate bars to be sold in...

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Wheelchair-bound athlete honored for climbing up mountain

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A car accident seven years ago stripped professional Hong Kong rock climber Lai Chi-wai of his ability to walk, but this did not stop him climbing up a mountain that is roughly...

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Round up my ride! Bulgarian returns Singapore's damaged rental bikes

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A sea of yellow and orange bicycles in Singapore's public spaces shows how quickly the city-state has embraced the shared-bike culture since major operators such as Chinese...

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Mekong countries pledge more cooperation as demands on river grow

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Countries along the Mekong River said on Wednesday they would reinforce security, trade and environmental cooperation in the face of concerns over competing demands on its waters, particularly given multiple dams being built by China.

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Palestinians in East Jerusalem cherish horses as family

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Palestinian Fares Salem treats the horses he looks after at stables overlooking Jerusalem's walled Old City as though they were members of his own family.

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In digital age, circus maintains flesh-and-blood appeal

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Budapest's international circus festival shows audiences are still captivated by the emotion of a live performance, Charlie Chaplin's son Eugene, who heads the jury, said.

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Feature: The Mystery of the Exiled Billionaire Whistleblower

From a penthouse on Central Park, Guo Wengui has exposed a phenomenal web of corruption in China’s ruling elite — if, that is, he’s telling the truth.

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Hong Kong government adviser resigns over illegal ivory links

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A Hong Kong ivory trader fined this week for illegal possession of ivory resigned on Wednesday from a government advisory panel to protect endangered species, a potentially embarrassing blow for a city fighting to stamp out smuggling of ivory.

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Japanese astronaut apologizes for 'fake news' of height increase

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai, on a mission to the International Space Station, apologized on Wednesday for saying he had grown 9 cm (3.5 inches) while in space and expressing...

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San Antonio top cop under fire after releasing immigrants to charity

The San Antonio, Texas, police chief's decision to release a dozen undocumented immigrants discovered in a tractor trailer has spurred demands by the local police association that the chief be put on leave while his actions are investigated.

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Billionaire Rennert files malpractice lawsuit over $213 million judgment

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Billionaire Ira Rennert has filed a $214 million malpractice lawsuit against his former law firm, after a jury found him liable for looting his magnesium company to build a huge mansion in New York's Hamptons.

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Feeding the fashionistas: Gucci turns to fine dining

Luxury labels are accustomed to tempting fashionistas, and now they're stretching from haute couture to haute cuisine.

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Alibaba will 'seriously consider' Hong Kong listing, says founder Ma

SHANGHAI/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd will "seriously consider" listing in Hong Kong, founder Jack Ma said, potentially providing a powerful boost to the financial hub which is preparing to allow dual-class share listings.

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UPDATE 2-Alibaba will "seriously consider" Hong Kong listing, says founder Ma

* HK recently decided to push ahead with dual-class share listings

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Ancient finding in Peru sheds light on desert society - archaeologist

LIMA (Reuters) - Archaeologists have discovered two chambers used for political ceremonies on Peru's desert coast more than 1,500 years ago that had previously only been glimpsed in the illustrations...

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Alibaba founder Ma says will 'seriously consider' Hong Kong listing

SHANGHAI/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd will "seriously consider" listing in Hong Kong, founder Jack Ma said, marking a potential boon for the financial hub which recently decided to move towards allowing dual-class share listings.

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UPDATE 1-Alibaba founder Ma says will "seriously consider" Hong Kong listing

* HK recently decided to push ahead with dual-class share listings

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Former Hong Kong Official Pleads Not Guilty in Africa Bribery Case

Patrick Ho is accused of trying to bribe Chad’s president and Uganda’s foreign minister in exchange for oil rights for a Chinese energy company.

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UPDATE 1-Drug charity sues U.S. over restrictions on donor communications

BOSTON, Jan 8 (Reuters) - A U.S. charity offering assistance to patients on out-of-pocket drug costs on Monday sued the federal government over restrictions on its ability to communicate with drugmakers who donate to it.

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Alibaba founder says to consider Hong Kong listing: SCMP

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd will consider a listing in Hong Kong, the South China Morning Post reported the company's founder Jack Ma as saying - remarks which follow the city's decision to allow dual class share listings.

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Alibaba founder says to consider Hong Kong listing -SCMP

HONG KONG, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd will consider a listing in Hong Kong, the South China Morning Post reported the company's founder Jack Ma as saying - remarks which follow the city's decision to allow dual class share listings.

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Drug charity sues U.S. over restrictions on donor communications

BOSTON, Jan 8 (Reuters) - A U.S. charity offering assistance to patients on out-of-pocket drug costs on Monday sued the federal government over restrictions on its ability to communicate with drugmakers who donate to it.

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Billionaire behind Trump impeachment ads to bankroll Democrats for House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer, who has spent millions on national ads calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, will spend $30 million this year trying to help Democrats win control of the U.S. House of Representatives, he announced on Monday.

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BRIEF-United Airlines Eliminates Second Checked Bag Charges On Travel To/From China, Hong Kong

* UNITED AIRLINES OFFERS CUSTOMERS TWO FREE CHECKED BAGS ON TRAVEL TO/FROM CHINA AND HONG KONG

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BRIEF-Gain Capital announces ‍launch Of Bitcoin Trading In Australia, Singapore On Co's City Index Branded Service​

* GAIN CAPITAL HOLDINGS INC - ‍LAUNCH OF BITCOIN TRADING IN AUSTRALIA AND SINGAPORE ON COMPANY'S CITY INDEX BRANDED SERVICE​

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BRIEF-Argos Announces $1.5 Million Equity Investment By Lummy (Hong Kong) Ltd

* ARGOS ANNOUNCES $1.5 MILLION EQUITY INVESTMENT BY LUMMY (HONG KONG), LTD. Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Thousands of Belgians brave cold to take dip in wintery North Sea

OSTEND, Belgium (Reuters) - Thousands of people braved the biting cold of a Belgian winter on Saturday to take a dip in the North Sea in Ostend's traditional New Year's plunge.

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Taxes as Charity? New Jersey Towns Try to Elude G.O.P. Tax Law

Three mayors said they would create charitable trusts as a workaround for residents hurt by the measure’s cap on state and local tax deductions.

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Drug charity halts patient aid after U.S. health agency pulls approval

BOSTON (Reuters) - One of the largest patient assistance charities in the United States said it will not provide financial aid in 2018 after the government revoked its approval to do so because of concerns that drugmakers had improper influence over the charity.

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Dog guards body of dead owner for weeks over Christmas

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - A dog has been rescued by animal protection services in Hungary after being found lying alongside the body of her mistress who died weeks before.

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Queen Elizabeth's granddaughter Zara expecting second baby

LONDON (Reuters) - Zara Tindall, the granddaughter of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, is pregnant with her second child, her spokeswoman said on Friday.

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UPDATE 1-European stocks bounce sees Swiss index, FTSE hit records

* U.S. non-farm payrolls in focus (Adds detail and quote, updates prices)

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Swiss index, FTSE hit records as European stocks jump

LONDON, Jan 5 (Reuters) - European shares powered higher on Friday, with the British and Swiss benchmarks hitting records, propelled by optimism for a strengthening regional economy and gains in U.S. equities overnight.

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Hong Kong legal chief steps down early amid judicial turbulence

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong's legal chief, whose watch was marked by instances of perceived interference by China in the city's rule of law, stepped down on Friday, more than four years before the end of his term.

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Dow tops 25,000 milestone; Wall St extends New Year's rally

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Dow industrials broke above the 25,000 level for the first time on Thursday and other major indexes hit closing record highs again, propelled by strong global economic data that extended the New Year's rally for the stock market.

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BRIEF-Asterias Biotherapeutics Reports Milestone Targets For 2018

* ASTERIAS BIOTHERAPEUTICS INC - AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2017, ASTERIAS' CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS TOTALED APPROXIMATELY $21.6 MILLION

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'Hands off our Irn Bru': Scots vent fury at sugar cut in popular drink

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - It's known as Scotland's second national drink, but a change in the secret recipe for Irn Bru, a sticky-sweet fizzy beverage prized as a hangover cure, has prompted outrage...

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BRIEF-Revance Provides Update On Anticipated Clinical Milestones And Financial Outlook For 2018

* REVANCE PROVIDES UPDATE ON ANTICIPATED CLINICAL MILESTONES AND FINANCIAL OUTLOOK FOR 2018

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No winners in U.S. Powerball jackpot worth $460 million

CHICAGO (Reuters) - No one won the Powerball jackpot on Wednesday worth an estimated $460 million, the seventh-largest prize in the game's history, the lottery website said.

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U.S. Powerball jackpot swells to $460 million, game's seventh-largest

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Lottery players have another chance to strike it rich on Wednesday night when Powerball holds a drawing for a jackpot that has ballooned to an estimated $460 million, the...

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Alaskan 'sunrise' girl sheds light on how humans populated Americas

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ancient DNA extracted from the skull of a six-week-old baby girl whose 11,500-year-old remains were unearthed in a burial pit in central Alaska is helping scientists resolve...

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BRIEF-Bombardier To Provide 54 Additional Twindexx Vario Double-Deck Coaches To Israel Railways

* BOMBARDIER TO PROVIDE 54 ADDITIONAL TWINDEXX VARIO DOUBLE-DECK COACHES TO ISRAEL RAILWAYS

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No winner in Mega Millions drawing, jackpot climbs to $418 million

(Reuters) - A jackpot for the Mega Millions lottery climbed to an estimated $418 million, the fourth largest in the game's history, after no tickets matched all six numbers during Tuesday's grand...

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Former senior Hong Kong police officer jailed for baton assault during democracy protest

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A former senior Hong Kong police officer was sentenced to three months jail on Wednesday for assaulting a passerby with his baton during the city's massive pro-democracy protests of late 2014.

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Cuba's Santeria priests wax positive as transition from Castros begins

HAVANA (Reuters) - Priests from Cuba’s Afro-Cuban Santeria religion forecast on Tuesday that the upcoming retirement of President Raul Castro would signify "a moment of change" that accelerates the...

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JLT reinsurance index rises 4.8 pct at Jan 1 renewals

LONDON, Jan 2 (Reuters) - JLT Re's global property-catastrophe reinsurance index rose 4.8 percent at the key Jan 1 policy renewal season, after five years of falling rates, the broker said on Tuesday.

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RPT-China's Chongqing gas exchange aims to be Asia price benchmark

* Chongqing exchange rivals Shanghai hub, Japan Korean Marker

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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Is Hong Kong Really Part of China?

Beijing is an imperial power and it is occupying Hong Kong. Again.

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After tough year, Hong Kong democracy protesters sound warning to China on New Year's day

HONG KONG (Reuters) - After a year that saw democracy advocates in Hong Kong jailed and ousted from public office, thousands marched through the streets of Hong Kong on New Year's Day to warn China not to meddle further in the city's affairs and undermine its autonomy.

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Israeli archaeologists find 2,700-year-old 'governor of Jerusalem' seal impression

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli archaeologists unveiled on Monday a 2,700-year-old clay seal impression which they said belonged to a biblical governor of Jerusalem.

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In frigid Times Square, relief arrives with the new year

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Intrepid revelers from around the world endured hours of waiting in a frigid Times Square on Sunday to witness the glittering New Year's Eve ball make its annual descent at...

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Intrepid revelers flock to frigid Times Square for New Year's Eve

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Revelers from around the world crowded into New York's Times Square on a bone-chilling Sunday evening to watch the glittering New Year's Eve ball make its annual descent at...

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Party hardy: Revelers brave Times Square on a frigid New Year's Eve

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York's Times Square was filling up on Sunday as hordes of hardy revelers, undeterred by bitter cold and an unprecedented security operation, maneuvered for prime spots to...

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Hundreds of Indonesian couples ring in the new year at mass wedding

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Hundreds of Indonesian couples celebrated New Year's Eve on Sunday night by tying the knot in a mass wedding in the capital Jakarta.

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Bright lights of Times Square beckon, even on a frigid New Year's Eve

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of merrymakers are making the annual pilgrimage to New York's Times Square on Sunday to witness the giant New Year's Eve ball drop at midnight, undeterred...

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Why Are Mutual Fund Fees So High? This Billionaire Knows

In an era of Amazonian price destruction, mutual funds are an outlier. Weak directors, complacent investors and the lure of rich profits are among the reasons.

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BRIEF-Sirona Biochem Announces SGLT2 IND Submission Milestone

* SIRONA BIOCHEM ANNOUNCES SGLT2 IND SUBMISSION MILESTONE Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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California set for New Year's buzz with recreational marijuana sales

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California adults not content to ring in the New Year with the traditional fizz of champagne can look forward to celebrating with the buzz of marijuana, purchased for the...

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Hong Kong lawyers 'appalled' by move to enforce China law in rail station

HONG KONG (Reuters) - An association representing Hong Kong barristers said it was "appalled" by the Chinese parliament's move to enforce mainland laws inside a Hong Kong railway station, denouncing it as the most retrograde step since the 1997 handover.

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China's Chongqing gas exchange aims to be Asia price benchmark

* Chongqing exchange rivals Shanghai hub, Japan Korean Marker

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Hong Kong eyes blockbuster China tech IPO queue, led by Xiaomi

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong bankers are eyeing a slew of blockbuster IPOs from Chinese technology firms with a total market capitalization of some $500 billion over the next two years, in a sharp contrast to 2017 - the city's worst year for raising equity in a decade.

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New York to cross milestone in decades-long drop in murders

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York is on track to record fewer than 300 murders in 2017, a sharp drop from the previous year and a fresh milestone in a decades-long decline that began in the early 1990s, when the annual death toll in the city exceeded 2,000 people.

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Tel Aviv attempts plastic brick record with 36-meter tower

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Tel Aviv residents have built a world record-contending, 36-meter (118ft) plastic brick tower, featuring more than 500,000 pieces, to honor a young cancer victim in the Israeli...

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There's a good boy: Thai nurses dress babies up as dogs to ring in New Year

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Nurses at a hospital in the Thai capital showed some festive puppy love on Thursday, dressing up newborn babies up in fetching canine outfits ahead of the Year of the Dog.

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Irish coastal village hosts annual beach horse races

BALLYHEIGUE, Ireland (Reuters) - On a rugged stretch of beach in Ireland's southwest, the residents of Ballyheigue braved the wild winds from the Atlantic coast on Wednesday for the annual Christmas...

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Tel Aviv attempts plastic brick record with 36-metre tower

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Tel Aviv residents have built a world record-contending, 36-meter (118ft) plastic brick tower, featuring more than 500,000 pieces, to honor a young cancer victim in the Israeli...

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China says part of Hong Kong rail station to be subject to mainland laws

BEIJING/HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's parliament on Wednesday said part of a Hong Kong high-speed railway station being built in the city center would be regarded as Chinese territory, an unprecedented move that critics say further erodes the financial hub's autonomy.

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EMERGING MARKETS-Mexican and Argentine currencies fall amid index gains

(Updates prices) By Bruno Federowski SAO PAULO/MEXICO CITY, Dec 26 (Reuters) - Mexico's peso on Tuesday slid to its weakest level in almost 10 months due to ongoing concerns over inflation and the potential impact of new U.S. corporate tax cuts. The Argentine peso also weakened on Tuesday, reaching an all-time low due to seasonal demand for U.S. dollars. Shares, however, hit a record high after Argentina's Congress approved key business-friendly legislation. The Brazilian rea

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Beijing tops China's first 'green development' index, but sinks in public opinion

BEIJING (Reuters) - China published its first "green development" index on Tuesday, listing regional governments which promote environmentally friendly development, with Beijing coming out top, though it came second-to-last in a survey of public satisfaction.

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Shanghai stock market edges up, but blue-chip index down

SHANGHAI, Dec 26 (Reuters) - China's main Shanghai stock market rose slightly on Tuesday, but both the blue-chip index and the start-up board ChiNext dipped in holiday-thinned trade, as banking system liquidity remains relatively tight.

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Swedish roofs can handle Santa's sleigh - if he's careful

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden's houses should be able to cope when Santa and his sleigh land on their snowy roofs this Christmas - as long as he doesn't try to deliver too many presents in one go.

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Charity provides dresses for holidays

The Believe in Yourself Project hopes to instill self-confidence in girls by giving them brand new designer dresses for the holidays.

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Italian chef's new restaurant chain: free food made from scraps

MILAN (Reuters) - Italian Michelin-starred chef Massimo Bottura plans to open two new restaurants in Paris and Naples next year, but wealthy diners are not welcome. The food will be free, made from...

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UPDATE 1-Succession doubts cloud Apotex future after billionaire owner's death

* Sherman had no succession plan in place before death -sources

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Behold the Christmas story - in a limestone cave

LJUBLJANA (Reuters) - One of the world's largest limestone caves, the Postojna Cave in western Slovenia, is a long way from a stable in Bethlehem, but its traditional living nativity is getting more...

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Franciscan monks put baby Jesus on bed of bullets to press for peace

ASSISI, Italy (Reuters) - Franciscan monks have put the baby Jesus in a crib made of bullet shells in a yearly "provocation" nativity scene designed to draw attention to those suffering in the world.

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Hong Kong leader says she won't blindly obey Beijing's orders

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said she would not blindly obey the orders of Communist Party leaders in Beijing, while admitting the government has no way to suppress skyrocketing prices in one of the most expensive property markets in the world.

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Succession doubts cloud Apotex future after billionaire owner's death

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian pharmaceuticals billionaire Barry Sherman failed to implement a succession plan at his Apotex business before his death last week, two business associates told Reuters, potentially leaving it vulnerable to takeover approaches.

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Canada pays tribute to billionaire couple after mysterious deaths

TORONTO (Reuters) - Tearful family members paid tribute to Canadian pharmaceutical billionaires and philanthropists Barry and Honey Sherman before thousands of people on Thursday, less than a week after news of the couple’s mysterious deaths shocked the nation.

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Jerusalem 'Santa' offers free Christmas trees to residents

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - In a corner of Jerusalem, a man dressed as Santa Claus and riding a camel tries to lift the atmosphere a little by offering free Christmas trees to residents of a city at the...

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Hong Kong arm of China's LeEco files for liquidation

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A Hong Kong arm of embattled Chinese tech conglomerate LeEco has filed a petition to the territory's high court to wind up the company, media in the Asian financial hub said on Thursday.

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BRIEF-Cleantech Solutions Enters Exclusivity Agreement With Shanghai Hongchuan For Potential Acquisition

* CLEANTECH SOLUTIONS INTERNATIONAL ENTERS INTO EXCLUSIVITY AGREEMENT WITH SHANGHAI HONGCHUAN FOR POTENTIAL ACQUISITION TO ENTER CHINA'S ADVERTISING MARKET

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Hong Kong arm of China's LeEco files for liquidation - media

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Le Corporation Limited, the Hong Kong arm of embattled Chinese tech conglomerate LeEco, has filed a petition to the territory's high court to wind up the company, media in the Asian financial hub said on Thursday.

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Smells like heaven: Israeli farm recreates Magi's gifts to Jesus

ALMOG, West Bank (Reuters) - The aromatic plants bestowed on the infant Jesus are being cultivated by an Israeli entrepreneur who aims to transform the gifts of the Christmas story into therapeutic...

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BRIEF-vTv Therapeutics Signs Agreement With Hangzhou Zhongmei For Rights of Glp-1R Agonist Diabetes Program

* VTV THERAPEUTICS INC SAYS LICENSING AGREEMENT WITH HANGZHOU ZHONGMEI HUADONG PHARMACEUTICAL CO. TO RIGHTS FOR VTV'S GLP-1R AGONIST DIABETES PROGRAM

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Australia finds wreck of first Allied submarine to sink in World War One

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia has discovered the wreck of its first submarine off the coast of Papua New Guinea, authorities said on Thursday, resolving one of the country's oldest naval mysteries...

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Champagne? It's all in the taste, says top Europe court

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Europe's top court dashed brand-jealous champagne producers' hopes on Wednesday with a ruling that a sorbet sold by German discounter Aldi Sud could be labelled with the word...

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Retiro park: Madrid's green lung

MADRID (Reuters) - On a cold winter morning, Madrid's Retiro park is filled with joggers and dog walkers enjoying the fresh air and manicured flowerbeds of one of the city's most visited attractions.

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Hong Kong's underused military land a potential goldmine: but a minefield for government

HONG KONG (Reuters) - As Hong Kong seeks more land to help ease a worsening housing crisis, some lawmakers and activists are urging officials to take a fresh look at little-used swathes of more than $100 billion worth of real estate controlled by the Chinese military.

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London cafe unveils the 'selfieccino' - self portraits in froth

LONDON (Reuters) - A cafe in London is taking barista art to a new level by giving customers the chance to sip on their own self-portraits.

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Romans decry 'Mangy', city's threadbare Christmas tree, as symbol of decline

ROME (Reuters) - Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree. How mangy are your branches! That could be Rome's version of the classic Christmas carol, which speaks instead of branches, lovely and steadfast.

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'White gold' on deck of French trawler signals bumper haul of scallops

OFF THE COAST OF NORMANDY, France (Reuters) - On the trawler Thierisa the mood was festive. It was the first day of the scallop season and the deck already groaned with the "white gold" of a bumper...

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Pope puts Polish Cold War Cardinal Wyszynski on path to sainthood

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis has put the late Polish Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski, a towering figure of Polish religious freedom who was persecuted by communist authorities during the Cold...

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Lucky lottery winners get first peek at Japan's baby panda

TOKYO (Reuters) - The lucky winners of a Japanese lottery got their first live glimpse of baby panda Xiang Xiang on Tuesday, but others had to settle for watching the six-month-old cub and her mum on...

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REFILE-UPDATE 1-Chile's IPSA stock index up more than 6 pct on Pinera's win

SANTIAGO, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Chile's IPSA stock index rose more than 6 percent, hitting an all-time high on Monday, following a resounding win by conservative billionaire Sebastian Pinera in Sunday's presidential election.

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Buffett's latest milestone: Berkshire stock hits $300,000

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Berkshire Hathaway Inc's stock price touched $300,000 for the first time on Monday, reflecting investors' confidence in Warren Buffett's conglomerate despite four straight quarters of lower operating profit.

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UPDATE 1-Chile's IPSA stock index up more than 6 pct on President Pinera's win

SANTIAGO, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Chile's IPSA stock index rose more than 6 percent, hitting an all-time high on Monday, following a resounding win by conservative billionaire Sebastian Pinera in Sunday's presidential election.

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Japan panda cub meets media before public debut

TOKYO (Reuters) - The wife of China's ambassador to Japan and the governor of Tokyo turned out on Monday to help mark this week's public debut of Japan's popular panda cub, who turned six-months-old...

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Toronto homicide police take lead in probe of billionaires' deaths

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian homicide detectives have taken the lead in investigating the mysterious deaths of pharmaceuticals billionaire Barry Sherman and his wife, Honey Sherman, after the couple were found dead in their Toronto mansion on Friday, police said on Sunday.

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Billionaire Pinera recaptures Chile presidency with resounding win

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

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UPDATE 5-Billionaire Pinera recaptures Chile presidency with resounding win

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

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Toronto Buzzes With Talk of Billionaire Couple’s Suspicious Death

Family and friends of the generic-drug mogul Barry Sherman and his wife, Honey, say someone killed them and made it look like a murder-suicide.

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Season's micro-greetings: Scientists claim smallest Christmas card

(Reuters) - British scientists have created what they believe is the world's smallest Christmas card, a seasonal greeting so tiny that over 200 million of them could fit into a standard postage stamp.

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Fifty Chinese couples marry in mass ceremony in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Fifty couples from China tied the knot in the Sri Lankan capital on Sunday in a mass wedding ceremony, conducted in the island's Buddhist traditions, as the island aims to woo...

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Chile choosing between billionaire and ex-journalist for president

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chileans voted in a runoff presidential election on Sunday that will determine if the world's top copper producer stays on its center-left course or joins a tide of Latin American nations turning to the right in recent years.

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Blade running Thai dog gets new lease of life

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A Thai dog which had its legs hacked off for chewing a pair of shoes is running free again after being fitted with the type of blades used by paralympic runners.

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Palestinian billionaire Masri released by Saudis; says they 'gave him all respect'

AMMAN (Reuters) - Sabih al Masri, a Palestinian billionaire and Jordan's most influential businessman, was released after several days of detention in Saudi Arabia, who he said gave him "all respect".

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Billionaire, former journalist face off for Chile presidency

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chileans vote in an uncertain runoff presidential election on Sunday that will determine if the world's top copper producer stays on its center-left course or joins a tide of Latin American nations turning to the right in recent years.

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Palestinian billionaire Masri released by Saudis, to leave country soon, sources close to family say

AMMAN (Reuters) - Jordan's most influential businessman, the Palestinian billionaire Sabih al-Masri, returned to his home in Riydah after being detained by Saudi authorities and is expected to be allowed to leave the country soon, sources close to the family said on Sunday.

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Does Pentagon still have a UFO program? The answer is a bit mysterious

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon acknowledged on Saturday that its long-secret UFO investigation program ended in 2012, when U.S. defense officials shifted attention and funding to other...

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

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

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

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

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Canadian police probe mysterious deaths of billionaire pharma couple

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian police are investigating the mysterious deaths of pharmaceuticals billionaire Barry Sherman, founder of Apotex Inc, and his wife Honey, whose bodies were found in their Toronto mansion on Friday.

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

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

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Palestinian billionaire Masri detained in Saudi Arabia: sources

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

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Canadian police probe 'suspicious' deaths of billionaire couple

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian police said they were investigating the mysterious deaths of Barry Sherman, founder of Canadian pharmaceutical firm Apotex Inc, and his wife, Honey, one of the nation's wealthiest couples whose bodies were found in their mansion on Friday.

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Report: Billionaire, wife found dead in home

Toronto billionaire and philanthropist Barry Sherman and his wife were found dead in their mansion Friday afternoon, CNN affiliate CTV reports.

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Canada police probe 'suspicious' deaths of billionaire, wife

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian police said they were investigating the mysterious deaths of the billionaire founder of Canadian pharmaceutical firm Apotex Inc, Barry Sherman, and his wife, Honey, who were found dead in their Toronto mansion on Friday.

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Canadian pharmaceutical billionaire, wife found dead in Toronto

(Reuters) - The billionaire founder of Canadian pharmaceutical firm Apotex Inc, Barry Sherman, and his wife Honey, were found dead in their Toronto home on Friday under circumstances that police described as "suspicious."

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Canadian billionaire found dead in Toronto: Ontario health minister

(Reuters) - The billionaire founder of Canadian pharmaceutical firm Apotex, Barry Sherman, and his wife Honey, were found dead in Toronto on Thursday, Ontario's health minister said on Twitter.

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Santa traffic cop sleighs it with Manila dance routine

MANILA (Reuters) - Directing motorists at busy intersections in Manila isn't the easiest job, but traffic cop Ramiro Hinojas makes it fun by adding dance to his beat.

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UPDATE 3-Hong Kong to push ahead with controversial dual-class shares

* HKEX drafting specific rule changes to allow dual-class shares

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UPDATE 2-Hong Kong to push ahead with controversial dual-class shares

* HKEX drafting specific rule changes to allow dual-class shares

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UPDATE 1-Hong Kong to push ahead with controversial dual-class shares

* HKEX drafting specific rule changes to allow dual-class shares

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Hong Kong gearing up to allow controversial dual-class shares

HONG KONG, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Hong Kong is set to allow controversial dual-class shares under rule changes to be proposed by the city's stock exchange as it raises the stakes in its battle against New York for blockbuster Chinese initial public offerings (IPOs).

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Beautiful photos capture the energy of Hong Kong

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the term "feng shui" as: "A Chinese geomantic practice in which a structure or site is chosen or configured so as to harmonize with the spiritual forces that inhabit it."

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World's steepest funicular railway to open in Switzerland

ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss technology is due to hit new heights on Friday when the world's steepest funicular line opens at one of its Alpine resorts.

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Decorated kayaks light up Copenhagen canals on Saint Lucia's Day

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - A flotilla of kayaks decked in lights and Christmas decorations floated through the canals of central Copenhagen on Wednesday evening to celebrate Saint Lucia's Day.

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Red-suited frontman for Finland's Santa village calls for Christmas love

ROVANIEMI, Finland (Reuters) - A red-suited frontman for Santa Claus village in Lapland has asked people to "share the compassion and the love of Christmas" this year.

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Swiss church bells ring out after dark as court upholds nighttime chiming

ZURICH (Reuters) - A Swiss church can let its bells ring out in celebration after the country's highest court overturned a restriction on its peeling chimes demanded by a local couple.

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BRIEF-Nasdaq Says Experiencing Issues With Market Data Dissemination, Affecting Certain Nordic Indexes

* NASDAQ SAYS CURRENTLY EXPERIENCING ISSUES WITH MARKET DATA DISSEMINATION, AFFECTING CERTAIN NORDIC INDEXES

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It's a rum thing: Madeira's lost spirit gets a boost

FUNCHAL, Portugal (Reuters) - The Portuguese island of Madeira is best known for its eponymous fortified wine, but it was not always king of drinks alone -- there was rum, too.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda celebrates Twitter milestone

When Lin-Manuel Miranda hit two million Twitter followers on Monday, he decided to celebrate in a very "Hamilton" way.

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Vanguard looks to blockchain for index data

BOSTON (Reuters) - Vanguard Group Inc is moving to use blockchain to simplify how it updates index data underlying mutual funds, executives said on Monday, an important sign of confidence for the new...

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British banker to appeal against life sentence for Hong Kong double murder

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A British banker, jailed for life in Hong Kong last year for the murder of two Indonesian women he tortured and raped in his luxury apartment, is due to launch an appeal on Tuesday.

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Exclusive: Detained Saudi billionaire al-Sanea seeks to end debt dispute

DUBAI (Reuters) - A detained Saudi billionaire who led the collapsed Saad Group is seeking to repay part of a multi-billion dollar debt to creditors under a deal that could allow his release, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

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Exclusive: Hong Kong fund tells Toshiba that chip unit sale to Bain group not necessary

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Hong Kong-based activist investor in Toshiba Corp has told the embattled conglomerate that the $18 billion sale of its chip unit to a Bain Capital-led group is no longer necessary after its recent capital injection, according to a letter seen by Reuters.

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Hong Kong activist fund tells Toshiba chip unit sale to Bain group not necessary

TOKYO, Dec 11 (Reuters) - A Hong Kong-based activist investor in Toshiba Corp has told the embattled conglomerate that the $18 billion sale of its chip unit sale to a Bain Capital-led group is no longer necessary after its recent capital injection, according to a letter seen by Reuters.

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BRIEF-Galapagos To Enter NASDAQ Biotech Index Effective Dec 18‍​

* TO ENTER NASDAQ BIOTECH INDEX EFFECTIVE DEC 18‍​ Source text: http://bit.ly/2jM5AGV Further company coverage: (Gdynia Newsroom)

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UK Princes William and Harry announce sculptor for new Diana statue

LONDON (Reuters) - A sculptor who produced the image of Queen Elizabeth used on Britain's coins has been chosen to create a new statue of Princess Diana, the office of Princes William and Harry said...

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BRIEF-Qiao Zhongxing Reports 9.9 Percent Stake In UTStarcom

* QIAO ZHONGXING REPORTS 9.9 PERCENT STAKE IN UTSTARCOM HOLDINGS CORP AS OF NOVEMBER 28 - SEC FILING Source: (http://bit.ly/2jbYDCb) Further company coverage:

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High prices for haute cuisine in France this Christmas

RUNGIS, France (Reuters) - If you're holidaying in France this festive season, you'll have to pay more for delicacies like foie gras and snails after a turbulent year for agricultural production that...

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Bosnian museum of wartime childhood aims to go global, wins top prize

SARAJEVO (Reuters) - In just a year, a small Bosnian museum dedicated to the experience of growing up during the Balkan wars has opened its doors, won a best European museum prize and decided to go...

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Breast milk and soot mark Turkey's fading beauty

KIZILTEPPE, Turkey (Reuters) - When Ayse Yusufoglu was a girl, she and her friends in southeast Turkey tried to win the hearts of young men in their village using breast milk and soot.

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Pope wants better translation of phrase on temptation in 'Our Father' prayer

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis has said the Roman Catholic Church should adopt a better translation of the phrase "lead us not into temptation" in the "Our Father", the best known prayer in...

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Neapolitan pizza making wins world heritage status

JEJU, South Korea (Reuters) - The art of Neapolitan pizza making won world heritage status on Thursday, joining a horse-riding game from Iran and Dutch wind mills on UNESCO's culture list.

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See Naples and pie: pizza making wins world heritage status

JEJU, South Korea (Reuters) - The art of Neapolitan pizza making won world heritage status on Thursday, joining a horse-riding game from Iran and Dutch wind mills on UNESCO's culture list.

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Emperor Hirohito's memoir bought by Japan surgeon criticized for praising Nazis

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese cosmetic surgeon criticized for praising Nazis and playing down Japan's wartime atrocities won an auction for a memoir by Emperor Hirohito that chronicles the nation's...

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Global murder hot spot? No problem, let's stroll around Caracas!

CARACAS (Reuters) - The murder and kidnap rates rival a war zone. Streets often shake to violent political protests. The poor scavenge garbage for food, while the rich go around with armored cars and...

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Hong Kong's premium office space ranked world's most expensive

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong's premium office space has topped the charts as the world's most expensive for the second consecutive year, outpacing prices in No. 2 Midtown New York by 66 percent, according to property consultancy JLL.

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Japan's slide into war chronicled in Emperor Hirohito's memoir

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Japan's Emperor Hirohito did not veto his advisers' decision to declare war on the United States in 1941 because he feared triggering an internal conflict that would destroy his...

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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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Lubaina Himid awarded Britain's Turner Prize, oldest artist ever to win

LONDON (Reuters) - Lubaina Himid, a 63-year-old artist whose creations include dinner plates painted with vomiting aristocrats, became the oldest person ever to win Britain's most prestigious art...

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BRIEF-Xencor Receives Milestone Payment From Amgen

* SAYS IT HAS EARNED A $10 MILLION MILESTONE PAYMENT FROM AMGEN

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Austria's supreme court paves way for same-sex marriage from 2019

VIENNA (Reuters) - Same-sex couples will be allowed to get married in Austria from 2019, the country's supreme court ruled on Tuesday, saying a current law to the contrary violated the principle of...

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BRIEF-Nasdaq Copenhagen expands benchmark index to 25 stocks from 20

* ‍NASDAQ COPENHAGEN INTRODUCES C25 AS NEW LEADING INDEX FOR DANISH EQUITY MARKET​

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Sierra Leone "Peace Diamond" sells for $6.5 million at auction

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sierra Leone sold one of the world's largest uncut diamonds for $6.5 million at a New York auction on Monday to raise funds for development projects in the West African country.

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Corrine Brown, Ex-Congresswoman Who Ran a Sham Charity, Gets 5 Years in Prison

Ms. Brown, a former representative from Florida, was convicted of fraud after using over $300,000 from the charity for personal expenses, including tickets to a Beyoncé concert.

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Six-year-old tells Santa: 'You don't know my troubles'

(Reuters) - A 6-year-old Virginia boy has shaken up social media with an all-too-skeptical letter to Santa Claus in which he says he knows that jolly Saint Nick's life is empty and that Santa had no...

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Move over Paddington...Winnie-the-Pooh to bear all in London show

LONDON (Reuters) - Paddington Bear may have captivated cinema audiences this year, but another ursine star, Winnie-the-Pooh, will get his own show at London's historic V&A museum this month.

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'Expats go home': Amsterdam's visitor boom angers locals

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch politicians gave each other high-fives when they won a contest to host the European Medicines Agency last month, but not everyone in the capital is celebrating the...

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'Dream come true': Brigitte Macron names French baby Panda

BEAUVAL, France (Reuters) - French First Lady Brigitte Macron revealed on Monday that the first panda born in France, to whom she is "Godmother", will go by the name of Yuan Meng.