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Asian shares rise amid U.S. tax cut hopes; China in focus

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

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South Africa's ANC votes to elect successor for party leader Zuma

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Battle lines were drawn for South Africa's ANC on Monday as voting began to elect a new leader to succeed President Jacob Zuma as head of a party that has ruled since the end of apartheid but faced scandals and corruption allegations.

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Asian shares rise amid U.S. tax cut hopes; pound struggles

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian shares inched up on Monday, tracking Wall Street, which hit record highs on expectations U.S. lawmakers will pass a long-awaited tax bill, while the British pound hovered near 3-week lows amid Brexit talks.

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Oracle Corp to buy Australia's Aconex for $1.19 billion

Sydney (Reuters) - Australia's Aconex Ltd said on Monday it had received a A$1.56 billion ($1.2 billion), or A$7.80 in cash-per-share, buyout offer from U.S. software major Oracle Corp , sending the target's share price up 45 percent.

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South Korea trade ministry says ready to begin renegotiating U.S. trade pact

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's trade ministry said on Monday it had reported to parliament a plan to renegotiate the 2012 free trade agreement (FTA) with the United States after President Donald Trump threatened earlier this year to scrap the accord unless it was revised.

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Bitcoin hits bigger stage as exchange giant CME launches futures

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

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South Africa's ANC votes to elect leader to replace scandal-ridden Zuma

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's ANC delegates started voting early on Monday to elect a leader to succeed President Jacob Zuma as head of a party that has ruled since the end of apartheid but has faced scandals and corruption allegations.

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Air Berlin receiver says optimistic on last-minute rescue for Niki: Sueddeutsche

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A receiver of insolvent German airline Air Berlin told a newspaper he is optimistic about the sales process of the airline's subsidiary Niki after a number of would-be investors stepped forward under a fast-approaching deadline.

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Aconex receives $1.19 billion takeover offer from Oracle Corp

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

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

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

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Italy 5-star party keeps option on euro referendum open

MILAN (Reuters) - The leader of Italy's main opposition party said he was keeping the option of a referendum on the euro open in the event his party won elections and failed to convince Brussels of the need to change some of the euro zone's economic rules.

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Thales agrees 4.8 billion euro Gemalto takeover, Atos throws in towel

PARIS (Reuters) - Aerospace and defense group Thales has agreed to buy chipmaker Gemalto for 4.8 billion euros ($5.6 billion), trumping an earlier bid by fellow French firm Atos to expand in the fast-growing digital security market.

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Niki Lauda says will be ready to bid for Niki airline on Dec 20: Handelsblatt

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Former motor racing driver Niki Lauda aims to bid for the Austrian Niki airline, which he founded in 2003, next Wednesday, he said in a newspaper report, formally adding himself to the list of interested parties.

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

* Saudi 2018 budget seen hiking infrastructure spending a bit

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

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

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Thales agrees 4.8 billion euro Gemalto takeover to trump rival French bid

PARIS (Reuters) - Aerospace and defense group Thales has agreed to buy chipmaker Gemalto for 4.8 billion euros ($5.6 billion), trumping an earlier bid by fellow French firm Atos to take aim at a fast-growing digital security market.

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Insurgents burn bus in southern Thailand

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Armed insurgents stopped and torched a Bangkok-bound passenger bus on a highway in southern Thailand on Sunday, police said.

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Thai Bev's unit seeks to buy a near $5 billion stake in Sabeco

Ho CHI MINH CITY/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Vietnam's trade ministry said on Sunday that Vietnam Beverage Co Ltd, a unit of Thai Beverage , was the only investor seeking to buy all shares of Vietnamese brewer Sabeco on offer worth nearly $5 billion.

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South Africa's ANC set to elect leader to replace scandal-ridden Zuma

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's ANC is set to elect a successor to President Jacob Zuma in a leadership vote by a party that has ruled since the end of apartheid but lost its luster in a welter of scandal and corruption allegations.

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Cook County Jail’s Comeback

After a decade-long reform effort, Cook County Jail in Chicago is now being described as a model facility. Walk through the jail complex to see what has changed.

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

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

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Second bitcoin futures debut could lure volume to wild market

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bitcoin investors expect futures volumes to perk up when CME Group Inc, the world's largest derivatives exchange operator, launches its own contract to wager on the cryptocurrency on Sunday.

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North Korea threat on agenda when South Korean foreign minister visits Japan

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's foreign minister will visit Japan this week to meet her Japanese counterpart, the foreign ministry said on Sunday, with Seoul and Tokyo seeking to boost cooperation over the handling of North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

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

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

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Highlights of Saturday's NFL games

(The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of National Football League games on Saturday:

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Trump and Fox News feed anti-Mueller feedback loop

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Mudslide in southern Chile kills five, at least 15 missing

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - A mudslide on Saturday tore through a small village in southern Chile near a popular national park, leaving five people dead and at least 15 missing after a night of torrential downpours, authorities said.

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U.S. renewable energy industry relieved as Republicans keep tax credits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. renewable energy industry expressed relief after a compromise Republican tax bill released late on Friday preserved key tax credits that had been at risk of being removed, but it raised concerns about a provision that may threaten investment in the sector.

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CSX CEO Harrison dies months into railroad's turnaround effort

NEW YORK (Reuters) - CSX Corp Chief Executive Hunter Harrison has died, the freight railway operator said on Saturday, just a few days after announcing that the veteran rail executive hired earlier this year to boost its profits had taken a medical leave of absence.

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CSX CEO Harrison dies months into railway's turnaround effort

NEW YORK (Reuters) - CSX Corp Chief Executive Hunter Harrison has died, the freight railway operator said on Saturday, just a few days after announcing that the veteran rail executive hired earlier this year to boost its profits had taken a medical leave of absence.

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CSX CEO Harrison dies days after medical leave announced

NEW YORK (Reuters) - CSX Corp Chief Executive Hunter Harrison has died, the freight railway operator said on Saturday, just a few days after announcing that he was taking a medical leave of absence.

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Mudslide in southern Chile kills three; 15 others missing

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - A mudslide tore through a small village near a popular national park in southern Chile on Saturday, leaving three people dead and 15 missing after a night of torrential downpours, authorities said.

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U.S. labor board adopts business-friendly 'micro union' test

(Reuters) - A U.S. labor agency on Friday made it tougher for workers to form so-called micro unions made up of small groups of a company's employees, reversing an Obama-era decision that had been sharply criticized by companies.

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U.S. renewable fuel industry relieved as Republicans keep tax credits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. renewable energy industry expressed relief after a compromise Republican tax bill released late on Friday preserved key tax credits that had been at risk of being removed, but it raised concerns about a provision that may threaten investment in the sector.

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Brazilian prosecutors ask state bank Caixa to remove vice presidents

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilian prosecutors have asked that all the vice presidents of Caixa Economica Federal be replaced for what officials suspect are "irregularities" at the state bank, according to a document made public late on Friday.

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Alabama Democrats Savor a Rare Win. Now It’s Back to Reality.

By week’s end, Democrats’ excitement over Doug Jones’s upset win had been replaced by a more tempered view of the future in one of the nation’s most conservative states.

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Lindsey Vonn strikes back

She endured a week marred by an injury scare and controversy, but Lindsey Vonn hit back in emphatic fashion to clinch her 78th World Cup win in Val d'Isere.

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Metlife says it failed to pay some pensions, flags hit to reserves

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Metlife Inc failed to pay pensions to potentially tens of thousands of people and will have to strengthen its reserves because of the costs of finding and repaying them, the New York insurer said. Metlife said in a filing on Friday that it believed the group missing out on the payments represented less than 5 percent of about 600,000 people who receive benefits from the company via its retirement business. Those affected generally have average benefits of le

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

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

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Are High Heels Headed for a Tumble?

With sexual harassment revelations rife and public spaces threatened, some women are wondering just why they wear these things.

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South Africa to increase spending on higher education: Zuma

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa will raise subsidies to universities to 1 percent of gross domestic product over the next five years from nearly 0.7 percent at present as recommended by a commission on higher education funding, President Jacob Zuma said on Saturday.

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Wounded North Korean defector transferred to South Korean military hospital

SEOUL (Reuters) - A North Korean soldier who suffered critical gunshot wounds during a defection dash across the border to South Korea has been transferred to a military hospital, a South Korean intelligence official said on Saturday.

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Uber should have given court an ex-employee's letter about 'fraud and theft' in Waymo case

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Ride hailing company Uber was obligated to turn over to a U.S. federal judge a letter from a former employee that told of the company's "fraud and theft" and mentioned evidence of stolen trade secrets nailed "like a scalp" to the wall, a court official said Friday.

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North Korean hackers behind attacks on cryptocurrency exchanges, South Korean newspaper reports

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's spy agency said North Korean hackers were behind attacks on cryptocurrency exchanges this year in which some 7.6 billion won ($6.99 million) worth of cryptocurrencies were stolen, a newspaper reported on Saturday.

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Healthcare draws election-year worry, but 2016 repeat not seen

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

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Ramaphosa, Dlamini-Zuma in tight race to lead South Africa's ruling ANC

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's ruling African National Congress holds an election this weekend - seen as too close to call - to replace Jacob Zuma as party leader, with the winner also likely to become the next president.

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Hamburger chain Wendy's to reduce antibiotic use in beef supply

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Hamburger chain Wendy's Co laid out plans on Friday to trim the use of antibiotics that are important to human medicine from its beef supply, the latest step by a food company to fight concerns about resistance to the drugs in people.

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P&G appoints Peltz to board despite losing proxy battle

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

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North Korean high-ranking official missing

Reports that North Korea's second most high-ranking official to Kim Jong Un has vanished. CNN's Brian Todd reports on his whereabouts.

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

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

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Wall Street closes at records with tax overhaul in sight

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street's three major indexes climbed to record closing highs on Friday with broad-based gains as a long-awaited bill to cut corporate tax rates looked like it would win enough support from lawmakers to pass.

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

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

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Oil hovers below two-year highs with focus on U.S. output

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil prices were mixed on Friday, lingering below two-year highs as the continuing outage of a North Sea pipeline gave support, while climbing U.S. output and weak gasoline demand kept a lid on gains.

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U.S. Justice Department, AT&T settlement talks failed: court filing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice and AT&T Inc have held unsuccessful settlement talks over the wireless and pay-TV company's bid to buy movie and TV show maker Time Warner Inc , the two sides said in a court filing on Friday.

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Chile stocks mark highest weekly gain in 8 years

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

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Wall Street at record highs on rising hopes of tax overhaul

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street's three major indexes scaled new heights on Friday, with all major sectors pushing higher as a long-awaited tax bill that would cut corporate tax rates looked like it would win support among lawmakers.

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

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

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CSX shares derail after CEO takes unexpected medical leave

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

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Exclusive: Aston Martin owners rev up for 2018 exit with Lazard hire

LONDON (Reuters) - Aston Martin's owners have hired Lazard to prepare for a stock market listing or sale of the British sportscar maker made famous by fictional spy James Bond, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

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UPDATE 8-Oil holds below 2-year highs with focus on U.S. output

* U.S. drillers cut rigs for first week in six - Baker Hughes (Updates prices, adds Baker Hughes data)

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Wall Street at record on rising hopes of tax overhaul

(Reuters) - Wall Street major indexes scaled new heights on Friday, with all the major sectors pushing higher as the long-awaited bill to lower corporate tax rates enters the final stretch.

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Lockheed to partner with Aerion to develop supersonic business jet

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

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Wall Street rally sets the stage for big IPO year in 2018

(Reuters) - A relentless bull-run in U.S. stock indexes this year has set the stage for a strong IPO market in 2018, with several multi-billion dollar firms including Airbnb and Spotify widely expected to grab headlines with their offerings.

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US STOCKS-Wall St at record on rising hopes of tax overhaul

* Indexes up: Dow 0.6 pct, S&P 0.84 pct, Nasdaq 0.99 pct (Updates to early afternoon trading)

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Unilever to sell spreads business to KKR for $8 billion

(Reuters) - Unilever has agreed to sell its margarine and spreads business to U.S. private equity firm KKR for 6.83 billion euros ($8.04 billion) to concentrate on faster growing products.

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Exclusive: Safran, Zodiac deal expected to win unconditional EU approval - source

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - French aero engine maker Safran is set to secure an EU green light for its $7.7 billion bid for aircraft seat maker Zodiac Aerospace to create the world's third-largest aerospace supplier, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday.

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UPDATE 7-Oil holds below 2-year highs as focus turns to U.S. output

* Coming Up: Baker Hughes U.S. oil rig count at 1 p.m./1800 GMT (Adds quote, updates prices)

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Exclusive: FCC plans to fine Sinclair $13.3 million over undisclosed commercials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Communications Commission plans to fine Sinclair Broadcasting Corp $13.3 million after it failed to properly disclose that paid programming that aired on local TV stations was sponsored by a cancer institute, three people briefed on the matter told Reuters.

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Ryanair offers to recognize unions in historic shift to try to avert strikes

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ryanair offered on Friday to recognize pilot unions for the first time in its 32-year history in a last-minute attempt to avert its first-ever pilot strike.

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Brazil's Embraer eyes 2024 commercial launch for Uber partnership: CEO

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - A partnership that Brazilian planemaker Embraer SA has struck with U.S. ride-hailing application Uber Technologies Inc will launch its first test flight in 2020, and aims to start commercial service in 2024, an executive said on Friday.

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Tesla largely responsible for slide in U.S. home solar sales

(Reuters) - After years of double-digit growth, home solar installations in the United States are poised to fall for the first time this year, according to a report released on Thursday by GTM Research.

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Wall St. rises as bank, healthcare stocks gain

(Reuters) - Wall Street indexes rose in morning trading on Friday, driven by gains in shares of banking and healthcare companies and on hopes that a final Republican tax bill will be unveiled in Congress later in the day.

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Exclusive: EU regulators set to clear Safran, Zodiac deal - source

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU antitrust regulators are expected to approve without conditions French aero engine maker Safran's bid for aircraft seats, toilets and galleys maker Zodiac Aerospace , a person familiar with the matter said on Friday.

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Tillerson: 'North Korea must earn its way back to the table'

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told the UN Security Council on Friday that North Korea must cease all threatening behavior before talks with the US can begin, omitting to mention his earlier offer of talks without preconditions.

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Unilever to sell margarine and spreads unit to KKR for $8 billion

LONDON (Reuters) - Unilever has agreed to sell its margarine and spreads business to KKR for 6.8 billion euros ($8 billion), it said on Friday, confirming an earlier report by Reuters saying the U.S. private equity fund had made it into exclusive talks to buy the shrinking business.

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EU court rejects U.S. intervention in Apple's Irish $15 billion tax case

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Europe's second-highest court has rejected a request from the U.S. government to intervene in Apple's challenge against an EU order to pay back taxes of up to 13 billion euros ($15.3 billion) because it failed to prove a direct interest in the outcome of the case.

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US STOCKS-Wall St rises as bank, healthcare stocks gain

* Indexes up: Dow 0.51 pct, S&P 500 0.65 pct, Nasdaq 0.57 pct (Changes comment, adds details, updates prices)

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Amazon to pay 100 million euros to settle Italy tax dispute

MILAN (Reuters) - Italy's tax authority said on Friday it had reached an agreement with e-commerce giant Amazon to settle outstanding tax claims covering the period 2011-2015.

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Steinhoff's ex-chairman Wiese calls off $2.6 billion Shoprite deal

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African tycoon Christo Wiese on Friday called off plans to sell his stake in grocer Shoprite to Steinhoff's African arm , a day after he resigned from Steinhoff's board in the midst of an accounting scandal.

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Wall Street up as gains in consumer staples power recovery

(Reuters) - Wall Street indexes rose on Friday with gains in consumer stocks such as Costco Wholesale helping a broad recovery.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX broadly rallies, Linamar jumps on acquisition

TORONTO, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index rose on Friday, helped by a sharp jump in auto parts maker Linamar Corp after it announced plans to buy an agricultural equipment maker, while natural resources stocks also boosted the move higher.

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US STOCKS-Wall Street up as gains in consumer staples power recovery

* Indexes up: Dow 0.53 pct, S&P 500 0.51 pct, Nasdaq 0.35 pct (Updates to open)

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BRIEF-Moody's Says Stable U.S. Retail Outlook In 2018, Reflective Of Higher Operating Income, Sales

* MOODY'S SAYS STABLE U.S. RETAIL OUTLOOK IN 2018, REFLECTIVE OF HIGHER OPERATING INCOME AND SALES

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Wall Street opens higher on tax bill optimism

(Reuters) - Wall Street opened higher on Friday as investors were optimistic about the passage of the Republican's much-awaited tax overhaul bill by the year-end.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Shares limp toward third week of gains, Bitcoin roars to new high

* Wall Street set to rebound after concerns about U.S. tax reforms

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX rises, boosted by Linamar on acquisition news

TORONTO, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index gained in early trading on Friday, as auto parts maker Linamar Corp jumped on news of a C$1.2 billion deal to buy an agricultural equipment maker, and heavyweight energy and financial stocks also rose.

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Chairman of Brazilian conglomerate Odebrecht to step down: paper

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Emílio Odebrecht will resign as chairman of the board of the scandal-plagued Brazilian engineering conglomerate Odebrecht SA in the first half of next year, newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo reported on Friday, citing an unnamed source.

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Icahn steps up fight against SandRidge's plan to buy Bonanza Creek

(Reuters) - Activist investor Carl Icahn on Friday urged SandRidge Energy Inc's stockholders to vote against the oil and gas company's plan to issue shares for its proposed acquisition of Bonanza Creek Energy .

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Exclusive: KKR wins auction for Unilever's spreads business - sources

(Reuters) - Private equity firm KKR is in exclusive talks to buy Unilever's margarine and spreads business, people familiar with the matter said on Friday, in a deal expected to top $7 billion.

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South African regulator probes conduct of Steinhoff auditors

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA) is investigating Steinhoff's auditor following the retail group's disclosure of accounting irregularities, it said on Friday.

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CSX shares tumble after CEO's medical leave

(Reuters) - CSX Corp's shares tumbled on Friday in premarket trading after the No. 3 U.S. railroad said Chief Executive Hunter Harrison was taking medical leave for unexpected complications from a recent unspecified illness.

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Amazon to pay 100 million euros to settle Italy tax dispute: statement

MILAN (Reuters) - Italy's inland revenue service said on Friday it had reached an agreement with Amazon to settle outstanding tax claims covering the period 2011-2015.

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Novo Nordisk wins EU panel's backing for key diabetes drug

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Danish drugmaker Novo Nordisk came closer to winning European approval for diabetes drug Ozempic, its biggest growth prospect, when a European Medicines Agency (EMA) experts' panel issued a positive recommendation on Friday.

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UPDATE 1-Novo Nordisk wins EU panel's backing for key diabetes drug

COPENHAGEN, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Danish drugmaker Novo Nordisk came closer to winning European approval for diabetes drug Ozempic, its biggest growth prospect, when a European Medicines Agency (EMA) experts' panel issued a positive recommendation on Friday.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX futures point to flat opening

Dec 15 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index futures were little changed on Friday even as oil prices rose amid ongoing OPEC-led production cuts and a pipeline outage in the North Sea.

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Let board do its job finding successor, Airbus CEO urges staff

PARIS (Reuters) - Airbus Chief Executive Tom Enders, who is stepping down in 2019, urged employees on Friday to allow the board to pick his successor without being distracted by speculation about who would replace him.

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Bitcoin hits new record high as warnings grow louder

LONDON (Reuters) - Bitcoin blasted to another all-time high of almost $18,000 on the Bitstamp exchange on Friday, up 9 percent on the day, as warnings grew over the risks of investing in the highly volatile and speculative instrument.

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Stock futures recover from tax bill concerns

(Reuters) - U.S. stock markets were set to open higher on Friday, recovering from a bout of uncertainty surrounding the passage of the Republicans' much-awaited tax overhaul bill.

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US STOCKS-Futures recover from tax bill concerns

Dec 15 (Reuters) - U.S. stock markets were set to open higher on Friday, recovering from a bout of uncertainty surrounding the passage of the Republicans' much-awaited tax overhaul bill.

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'Congratulations PM May': EU backs new phase in Brexit talks

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union agreed on Friday to move talks forward with London on Britain's exit from the bloc as leaders warmed to the British premier, but there was little clarity on trade issues and Austria warned the Irish border issue remained a "riddle".

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Bedene to switch allegiance from Britain back to Slovenia

LONDON (Reuters) - World number 49 Aljaz Bedene has finally given up on representing his adopted country Britain and will switch allegiance back to his native Slovenia next year.

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Bitcoin hits new record high as warnings grow

LONDON (Reuters) - Bitcoin blasted to another all-time high of just over $17,750 on Friday, up 8 percent on the day, as concerns grew over the risks of investing in the highly volatile and speculative instrument.

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Some Canada firms could move to U.S. amid NAFTA worries: survey

OTTAWA (Reuters) - More a quarter of Canadian firms could move part of their operations to the United States amid uncertainty over the future of the NAFTA trade pact, the nation's export credit agency said on Friday.

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Tesla largely responsible for slide in U.S. home solar sales: report

(Reuters) - After years of double-digit growth, home solar installations in the United States are poised to fall for the first time this year, according to a report released on Thursday by GTM Research.

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Op-Ed Columnist: Can Black Voters Turn the South Blue?

Doug Jones’ victory shows the importance of investing in African-American turnout.

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Germany owes Europe a stable government, top SPD boss says

BERLIN (Reuters) - A senior Social Democrat (SPD) politician said Germany needed a stable government able to play a leadership role in the European Union, in the clearest signal yet that the party would open coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives.

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India raises import tax on cellphones, move to hurt Apple

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India has increased the import tax on dozens of electronic products such as mobile phones and television sets, a government statement said, to help curb supplies from overseas and build up the domestic industry.

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Germany's Merck in fresh bid to enter U.S. MS pill market

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's Merck KGaA is reviving plans to bring an oral multiple sclerosis (MS) treatment to the U.S. market, hoping for blockbuster sales despite regulatory concerns about side effects having frustrated its ambitions almost seven years ago.

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Airbus board triggers shake-up to end succession row

PARIS (Reuters) - Airbus confirmed the departure of planemaking chief Fabrice Bregier as part of a series of board moves on Friday to clear the air over succession plans following weeks of speculation surrounding Europe's largest aerospace firm.

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Global shares limp toward third week of gains, dollar hobbles

LONDON (Reuters) - World shares fell on Friday and the dollar slipped against major and heavyweight emerging market currencies, as nagging uncertainty about a U.S. tax cuts package dovetailed with broad-based end-of-year caution.

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Australia cobalt rush accelerates on electric vehicle demand, DRC troubles

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia, home to the world's second-biggest cobalt reserves, is seeing a rush of interest in projects still years from production as makers of batteries used in electric vehicles (EVs) seek supplies of the metal from a more costly but less risky source than top miner, the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Japan's Yamato plans to open labor-saving facility next year

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's largest package delivery company, Yamato Transport Co, is considering plans to open a new distribution facility with labor-saving technology near Tokyo early next year, its chief executive said on Friday.

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South Korea's Kakao to issue GDRs of up to $1 billion for M&A

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean messaging app service provider Kakao Corp said on Friday it is targeting raising up to $1 billion overseas for use in global mergers and acquisitions.

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Ryanair to recognize unions in historic shift to stop strike

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ryanair on Friday announced that it would recognize pilot unions for the first time in its 32-year history in a bid to stop the first pilot strike in its history from taking place later in the day.

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Oil prices rise on North Sea pipeline outage, but growing US output looms

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices moved up on Friday, lifted by the Forties pipeline outage in the North Sea and ongoing OPEC-led production cuts, although rising output from the United States kept a lid on markets.

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Exclusive: China's CNPC weighs taking over Iran project if Total leaves - sources

BEIJING/LONDON (Reuters) - China's top oil and gas company CNPC is considering taking over Total's stake in a giant Iranian gas project if the French company leaves Iran to comply with any new U.S. sanctions, industry sources said.

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Oil prices rise on North Sea pipeline outage, but rising U.S. output looms

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices moved up on Friday, lifted by the Forties pipeline outage in the North Sea and ongoing OPEC-led production cuts, although rising output from the United States kept a lid on markets.

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Uber Eats to offer couriers insurance in Europe

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Uber's [UBER.UL] food-delivery business will begin offering an insurance package to its couriers in Europe, a move to address the conditions of "gig economy" workers.

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South Africa's governing ANC to announce party leader on Sunday

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) will announce current president Jacob Zuma's successor as party leader on Sunday as it looks to conclude a bruising leadership battle and focus on policy, a party spokesman told radio station 702 on Friday.

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Airbus confirms management shake-up

PARIS (Reuters) - Airbus confirmed a top management shake-up on Friday, following weeks of turmoil at the European planemaker.

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Nikkei falls hit by telecom stocks, posts 1.1 pct weekly drop

TOKYO, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks fell to their lowest in more than a week on Friday, with mobile firms extending a sell-off on concerns of increased competition after e-commerce group Rakuten said it aims to become the country's fourth wireless carrier.

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French and Benelux stocks-Factors to watch on Dec 15

Dec 15 (Reuters) - Below are company-related news and stories from French and Benelux media which could have an impact on the region's markets or individual stocks.

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Paralysis at PDVSA: Venezuela's oil purge cripples company

CARACAS/HOUSTON (Reuters) - Decisions at some joint ventures with foreign firms are delayed. A growing number of oil tankers sit idle because no one authorizes payments. Employees struggle to get approval for routine expenses, from taxis to training.

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Oil prices stable on tighter market, but rising US output looms for 2018

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil markets were stable on Friday as the Forties pipeline outage in the North Sea and ongoing OPEC-led production cuts supported prices, while rising output from the United States kept crude from rising further.

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Europe Edition: Theresa May, Net Neutrality, Russia: Your Friday Briefing

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

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Asian shares slip, U.S. tax reform woes dent sentiment

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares erased earlier modest gains on Friday but were still on track for a weekly rise, as sentiment was hurt by Wall Street's weakness on concerns about the progress of U.S. tax reform.

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Nikkei falls to more than 1-week low; telecom stocks extend slide

TOKYO, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks fell to more than a week low on Friday morning, with mobile firms extending a sell-off on concerns of increased competition after Rakuten said it aims to become Japan's fourth wireless carrier.

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Moves in South Korea to make cryptocurrency trading more transparent

SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean blockchain association announced on Friday measures to boost transparency in trading of cryptocurrencies, agreed by 14 exchanges in the country including the world's busiest virtual currency exchange, Bitthumb.

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Mike Francesa Won’t Be ‘Back After This’

Francesa, who has dominated New York’s sports talk-radio scene for decades, is ending his show this week amid major shifts in the industry.

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South Korea blockchain association announces virtual currency transparency measures

SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean blockchain association announced on Friday measures to boost transparency in trading of cryptocurrencies, agreed by 14 exchanges in the country including the world's busiest virtual currency exchange, Bitthumb.

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Oil stable on tighter market, but rising US output looms for 2018

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil markets were stable on Friday as the Forties pipeline outage in the North Sea and the ongoing OPEC-led production cuts supported prices, while rising output from the United States kept crude from rising further.

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Asian shares edge up, on track for weekly gain

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares edged higher on Friday, on track for weekly gains, though sentiment was kept in check by Wall Street's weakness on concerns about the progress of U.S. tax reform.

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More efficient SUVs a factor in product strategy: Ford CEO

DETROIT (Reuters) - Ford Chief Executive Jim Hackett said on Thursday the automaker is reviewing its product portfolio as consumers show a preference for sport utility vehicles that have fuel efficiencies closer to sedans.

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Airbus planemaking chief Bregier to leave in February: sources

PARIS (Reuters) - Airbus planemaking chief Fabrice Bregier plans to leave the aerospace group after the board intervened to resolve tensions over the future succession to Chief Executive Tom Enders, sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

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Uber investor departs venture firm amid harassment claims

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Silicon Valley investor Shervin Pishevar, known for his early bet on Uber Technologies Inc, said on Thursday that he would sever ties with his venture capital company, Sherpa Capital, after being accused of sexual misconduct.

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Ford to move autonomous vehicle business to Detroit

(Reuters) - Ford Motor Co said on Thursday it would relocate its autonomous and electric vehicle units to Detroit from Dearborn, Michigan.

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Murdoch bets live sports and news will boost new, smaller Fox

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Rupert Murdoch is banking on Americans' love of live sports and breaking news for a new, slimmed down version of his Fox TV business after selling the company's film studios and international operations to Walt Disney Co .

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While focus is on North Korea, China continues South China Sea buildup: think tank

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - While attention in Asia has been distracted by the North Korean nuclear crisis in the past year, China has continued to install high-frequency radar and other facilities that can be used for military purposes on its man-made islands in the South China Sea, a U.S. think tank said on Thursday.

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Childhood obesity climbing with media use, European doctors warn

(Reuters Health) - Children’s waistlines have been expanding in lock step with the amount of time they spend with televisions, computers, smartphones and tablets, European doctors say.

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Two dead, several wounded in stabbing in southern Dutch city Maastricht: police

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - At least two people were killed and several others wounded by stabbings in the southern Dutch city of Maastricht on Thursday evening, police said.

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Wall St falls as investors fret about tax bill passage

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Major U.S. stock indexes fell on Thursday, with the S&P 500 down the most in a month, as investor worries over potential roadblocks to the Republicans' tax overhaul more than offset optimism over strong retail sales data.

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Southwest Airlines would use tax savings on planes, share buybacks

NEW YORK, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Southwest Airlines Co would use savings from a potential cut to the U.S. corporate tax rate to buy new planes and fund share buybacks, Chief Executive Gary Kelly said on Thursday.

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One dead, several injured in stabbing in southern Dutch city Maastricht: police

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - One person was killed and several others injured in a stabbing incident in the southern Dutch city of Maastricht on Thursday evening, police said.

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After London setback, May wins Brexit cheer in Brussels

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Making no secret of her desire to move on with Brexit talks, Prime Minister Theresa May told EU leaders on Thursday and won a round of applause for efforts so far in agreeing to an outline of divorce terms.

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Exclusive: Chevron nears Schlumberger deal to drill wells in Brazil: sources

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Chevron Corp has reached preliminary agreement with oil services firm Schlumberger NV to drill six wells in a Brazilian offshore field, two sources said this week, in a bid to lift its output in the South American country after a 2011 oil spill there cut production.

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Wiese resigns as Steinhoff chairman in wake of accounting scandal

BERLIN/JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African tycoon Christo Wiese resigned on Thursday as chairman of Steinhoff , the latest setback for the retail group in the throes of an accounting scandal.

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Common Sense: The Disney-Fox Deal Has Friends in High Places

The Justice Department moved to block AT&T’s attempted acquisition of Time Warner. So why would it approve this $52.4 billion megadeal?

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Fund managers seek stocks benefiting from Democratic gains in 2018 U.S. elections

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The surprise victory by Democrats in Tuesday's Alabama election for a U.S. senator is prompting fund managers to prepare for more losses by the Republican party in the 2018 mid-term Congressional elections.

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Wall Street falls as investors fret about tax bill passage

(Reuters) - The S&P 500 and the Dow were lower on Thursday as investors worried about potential roadblocks to Republicans' tax overhaul, offseting their optimism over strong retail sales data.

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Trump Says His Regulatory Rollback Already Is the ‘Most Far-Reaching’

President Trump, showcasing his accomplishments near the end of his first year, said that for every new regulation, his administration has killed 22.

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U.S. less generous than European nations with development assistance

(Reuters Health) - The U.S. contributes more than any other nation in development assistance for health to low- and middle-income countries, but its generosity falls short when compared in terms of size and wealth, a new study found.

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Airbus planemaking chief Bregier to step down: sources

PARIS (Reuters) - Airbus Chief Operating Officer and planemaking chief Fabrice Bregier is expected to step down following a board meeting on Thursday to tackle management tensions at the aerospace group, two sources familiar with the matter said.

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Court reverses Dell buyout ruling that alarmed dealmakers

WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) - Delaware's Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that a lower court erred in finding that the 2013 buyout of computer maker Dell Inc was vastly underpriced, a ruling that had allowed hedge funds to wring extra cash from the deal.

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Steinhoff says Christo Wiese steps down as chairman

BERLIN (Reuters) - Retail group Steinhoff , which is fighting for survival following its disclosure of accounting irregularities, said on Thursday that South African tycoon Christo Wiese has stepped down as chairman.

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Pier 1 Imports slumps 30 percent; holiday optimism disappears

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Pier 1 Imports Inc's stock lost nearly a third of its value on Thursday and its main competitors' shares also fell after the furniture and home decorations retailer warned the holiday shopping season was not going well.

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S&P, Dow flat as healthcare losses offset by tech, media gains

(Reuters) - The S&P 500 and the Dow were trading flat in early afternoon on Thursday as losses in healthcare stocks such as Johnson & Johnson were offset by gains in shares of technology and consumer discretionary companies.

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US STOCKS-S&P, Dow flat as healthcare losses offset by tech, media gains

* Weekly jobless claims fall; Nov. retail sales beat estimates

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Sulzberger Jr to retire as NYT publisher by end of December

(Reuters) - Arthur Sulzberger Jr. will retire as publisher of the New York Times by the end of December and will be replaced by his son A.G. Sulzberger, the New York Times Co said on Thursday.

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Disney buying Fox film, TV units for $52 billion in digital push

(Reuters) - Walt Disney Co has struck a deal to buy film, television and international businesses from Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox Inc for $52.4 billion in stock, giving the world's largest entertainment company an arsenal of shows and movies to combat growing digital rivals Netflix Inc and Amazon.com Inc.

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UPDATE 2-European shares lag Wall Street, ECB provides no momentum

* Wind turbine makers boosted by U.S. tax development (Adds closing prices, quotes)

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Delaware court reverses controversial Dell buyout ruling

WILMINGTON, Del (Reuters) - Delaware's Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that a lower court erred in its controversial finding last year that the 2013 buyout of computer maker Dell Inc was vastly underpriced.

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Exclusive: Luxottica, Essilor tie-up on track for unconditional EU okay - sources

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Italian eyewear maker Luxottica and French lens manufacturer Essilor are set to win unconditional EU antitrust approval for their 48 billion-euro ($57 billion) merger, two people familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

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Renault revives Alpine production with 6,000-car capacity

DIEPPE, France (Reuters) - Renault has invested in plant capacity to build up to 6,000 sports cars annually under the revived Alpine brand, the company said on Thursday, as it formally opened the new production line in Dieppe, northern France.

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Train collides with school bus in southern France: local townhall

PARIS (Reuters) - A train collided with a school bus outside the town of Perpignan in southern France on Thursday and emergency services were at the scene, a local official said.

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Wall Street higher on optimism over tax bill, Fed's economic outlook

(Reuters) - Wall Street indexes hovered around record levels on Thursday, perked up by the Federal Reserve's upbeat view on the economy and news that the Republicans' tax code overhaul is set to face final votes in Congress before the year-end.

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US STOCKS-Wall St higher on optimism over tax bill, Fed's economic outlook

* Weekly jobless claims fall; Nov. retail sales beat estimates

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UPDATE 4-South Africa's Sibanye-Stillwater to be No. 2 platinum miner with Lonmin buy

* Lonmin underperforms peers: http://bit.ly/2zbL36M (Adds deal detail, updates shares)

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Spotify price tag rises ahead of filing for NYSE listing: sources

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - The value of music streaming service Spotify, which is planning a stock market listing, has grown around 20 percent to at least $19 billion in the past few months, outperforming U.S. and European tech indexes, sources familiar with the matter said.

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Wall Street climbs as tax reform enters last lap

(Reuters) - U.S. stocks climbed higher on Thursday, boosted by gains in technology and banking shares and aided by news that the Republicans' tax code overhaul should face final votes in Congress before the year-end.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX barely higher as miners gain

TORONTO, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index was little changed in early trade on Thursday as miners rose with higher metal prices and telecom and healthcare names pulled back.

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Volkswagen says some employees cooperated with Brazil's military regime

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Volkswagen said on Thursday that a historian commissioned by the carmaker found that some of the security staff at Volkswagen do Brasil had cooperated with the country's former military regime.

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Wall Street opens higher as bank stocks gain

(Reuters) - Wall Street opened higher on Thursday, aided by gains in bank stocks and on news that the Republicans' tax overhaul plan was headed for final votes in Congress before the year-end.

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Record number of Americans to travel during Christmas holiday: AAA

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. travelers will hit the roads, rails and skies this Christmas holiday in their largest numbers on record, lured by cheap plane tickets and a growing economy, the nation's largest motor advocacy group said on Thursday.

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California Today: California Today: North vs South, That Fading Rivalry

Thursday: A debate over NorCal versus SoCal, fire-resistant Getty Center, waiting for rain, Tavis Smiley show suspended and finally, Jewish humor for Christmas.

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Delta Air Lines to place order for Airbus jets

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Delta Air Lines said on Thursday it will place a firm order for 100 Airbus A321neo jets and an optional order for 100 of the aircraft. Delta, the No. 2 U.S. airline by passenger traffic, said in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that it expects deliveries to begin in the first quarter of 2020, with new aircraft arriving through 2023.

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MIDEAST STOCKS-Region mixed, stimulus plan doesn't buoy Saudi

* Saudi Electricity continues slide on news of payment to state

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Global stocks edge up amid central bank bonanza

LONDON (Reuters) - World shares eked out modest gains on Thursday as cautious comments on inflation from the U.S. Federal Reserve gave investors pause on a day packed with central bank decisions in Europe.

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Disney to buy Fox film, some TV businesses for $52 billion

(Reuters) - Walt Disney Co has struck a deal to buy film, television and international businesses from Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox Inc for $52.4 billion in stock as the world's largest entertainment company seeks even greater scale to combat growing digital rivals Netflix Inc and Amazon.com Inc.

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Stock futures up, eyes on Disney-Fox deal, bank stocks

(Reuters) - Wall Street was set for a slightly higher open on Thursday as traders focused on a $52.4 billion stock deal between Walt Disney and Twenty-First Century Fox and gains in shares of big banks.

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Teva Pharm to lay off a quarter of workforce, suspends dividend

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries will cut its workforce by more than a quarter, give up many of its manufacturing plants and suspend its dividend on ordinary shares in a much-anticipated overhaul to help pay back its massive debt.

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South Korea’s Leader, Meeting Xi Jinping, Seeks ‘New Start’ With China

President Moon Jae-in of South Korea was working to end an unofficial trade war over his country’s antimissile system.

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METALS-Copper near two-week high, China data supports

* GRAPHIC-2017 asset returns: http://tmsnrt.rs/2jvdmXl (Recasts, updates prices, changes dateline, adds details/quote)

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Exclusive: EU regulators to clear Luxottica, Essilor deal without conditions - sources

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Italy's Luxottica and French glasses group Essilor are set to win unconditional EU antitrust approval for their 48-billion-euro ($56.8 billion), two people familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

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Disney to buy Fox film, TV businesses for $52 billion

(Reuters) - Walt Disney Co on Thursday agreed to buy film, TV and international assets from Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox Inc for $52.4 billion as Disney seeks greater scale to tackle growing competition from Netflix and Amazon.com.

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Siemens CEO sees group as 'fleet of ships': Manager Magazin

MUNICH (Reuters) - Siemens' chief executive sees the German group as a "fleet of ships", each thriving under its own steam, but rejects the idea of separate listings for its core factory-automation and energy businesses, he told Manager Magazin.

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Norwegian Air ramps up transatlantic fare war with four new routes

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA will start flying four new routes between the United States and Europe, the budget carrier said on Thursday, rapidly expanding its low-cost transatlantic flights and increasing pressure on established carriers.

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Investors call on Sanderson, Denny's, McDonald's to cut antibiotics

(Reuters) - An investor coalition that presses for corporate responsibility is calling on U.S. food companies McDonald's Corp, Denny's Corp and Sanderson Farms Inc to stop buying or producing meat raised with medically important antibiotics.

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UPDATE 2-South Korea's Moon tries K-Pop and TV stars in China charm offensive

* Charm offensive includes K-Pop and TV stars (Adds memorandum on trade agreement)

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European stocks, euro dip as central banks dominate

LONDON (Reuters) - European shares and the euro dipped on Thursday as cautious comments on inflation from the U.S. Federal Reserve gave investors pause before a series of central bank decisions in Europe.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-European stocks, euro dip as central banks dominate

LONDON, Dec 14 (Reuters) - European shares and the euro dipped on Thursday as cautious comments on inflation from the U.S. Federal Reserve gave investors pause before a series of central bank decisions in Europe.

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UK retailers enjoy bumper Black Friday sales

LONDON (Reuters) - British shoppers pounced on electrical goods and other Black Friday bargains last month, giving an unexpectedly big boost to retail sales, which contrasted with earlier signs of a subdued start to Christmas spending.

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UK retailers enjoy bumper Black Friday sales: ONS

LONDON (Reuters) - British retail sales grew much faster than expected last month as shoppers took advantage of Black Friday bargains, official figures showed on Thursday, contrasting with more downbeat industry surveys.

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UPDATE 1-Banks drag European shares down as investors await Draghi

* Wind turbine makers boosted by U.S. tax development (ADVISORY- Follow European and UK stock markets in real time on the Reuters Live Markets blog on Eikon, see cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets)

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Banks drag European shares down as investors eye BoE, ECB meetings

LONDON, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Weakness in bank stocks dragged European shares to a downbeat open on Thursday as financial sectors caught the cold from U.S. and Asian trading which suffered from a less hawkish than expected tone from the U.S. Federal Reserve.

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South Africa's Zuma appeals court ruling on state prosecutor's appointment: local media

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has filed an appeal against a court ruling that his appointment of a state prosecutor to decide whether to reinstate corruption charges against him was not valid, local media reported on Thursday.

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PSA, Toyota lead European car sales gain, helped by extra selling day

BERLIN (Reuters) - European car sales rose 5.8 percent in November, helped by an extra selling day as PSA Group and Toyota posted the strongest gains among the region's major automakers, industry data published on Thursday showed.

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Asia stocks slightly up after Fed move; dollar, U.S. yields sag

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks generally rose on Thursday after the Federal Reserve delivered a much-anticipated interest rate hike, while its caution on inflation tempered expectations for 2018 tightening, weighing on the dollar and Treasury yields.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia stocks slightly up after Fed move; dollar, US yields sag

TOKYO, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Asian stocks generally rose on Thursday after the Federal Reserve delivered a much-anticipated interest rate hike, while its caution on inflation tempered expectations for 2018 tightening, weighing on the dollar and Treasury yields.

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BRIEF-Blocktrade: Alphamin ‍Confirms Close Of South African Private Placement

* ‍CONFIRMS THAT SOUTH AFRICAN PRIVATE PLACEMENT CLOSED AT 12:00 ON 11 DECEMBER 2017​

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South Korea prosecutors seek four-year jail term for Lotte group chief

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's prosecutors are seeking a four-year jail term for Lotte Group chief Shin Dong-bin, the corporate group's spokesman said by telephone on Thursday.