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SAO PAULO, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Brazilian telecommunications company Oi SA filed late on Tuesday a new restructuring plan with the Rio de Janeiro court sweetening the terms for bondholders and government credits in a push to get approval in a key creditors meeting on Dec. 19.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Reuters) - Polls closed on Tuesday in a bitter U.S. Senate race in Alabama with high stakes for President Donald Trump, who has endorsed fellow Republican Roy Moore despite allegations against the candidate of sexual misconduct toward teenagers.
Dec 12 (Reuters) - The Ontario Securities Commission on Tuesday scheduled a hearing on CanniMed Therapeutics' request to intervene in a hostile takeover bid by bigger rival Aurora Cannabis Inc on Dec. 20.
Dec 12 (Reuters) - Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc said on Tuesday it would sell shares to raise funds to increase its stake in online ticketing service MoviePass, sending Helios' shares plunging 22 percent aftermarket.
(Reuters Health) - Less than 4 percent of young adult men-who-have-sex-with-men in the U.S. â€“ a population at significant risk of contracting the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) â€“ reported ever using the pill that protects them from the virus, in a recently published study.
(Reuters Health) - Postmenopausal women should not use hormone therapy to prevent chronic medical conditions, because the risk of significant side effects outweighs the unclear evidence of a benefit, according to a government-backed panel of experts.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Virtual currency bitcoin hit another all-time peak on Tuesday, two days after the launch of the first ever bitcoin futures on a U.S. exchange and ahead of the start of another futures contract next week, as investors grew optimistic that the $20,000-mark is within reach.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Reuters) - Voters in Alabama headed to the polls on Tuesday in a hard-fought U.S. Senate race with high stakes for President Donald Trump, who has endorsed fellow Republican Roy Moore in spite of allegations against him of sexual misconduct toward teenagers.
BERLIN (Reuters) - German pilots' union Vereinigung Cockpit said strike action at Ryanair was possible in Germany, as of now, as staff join pilots in other countries in pushing for better conditions at the Irish budget carrier.
LONDON, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Oil prices jumped to their highest in more than two years on Tuesday after the shutdown of a North Sea pipeline knocked out significant supply from an already tightening market.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Reuters) - Voters in Alabama were headed to the polls on Tuesday in a hard-fought U.S. Senate race in which President Donald Trump has endorsed fellow Republican Roy Moore, whose campaign has been clouded by allegations of sexual misconduct toward teenagers.
LONDON (Reuters) - Oil prices jumped on Tuesday after the shutdown of a North Sea pipeline knocked out significant supply from an already tightening market, while world stocks took a break from a three-day rally.
LONDON, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Oil prices jumped on Tuesday after the shutdown of a North Sea pipeline knocked out significant supply from an already tightening market, while world stocks took a break from a three-day rally.
JOHANNESBURG/ FRANKFURT (Reuters) - South Africa's Steinhoff is considering selling stakes worth a combined $1.4 billion in local companies PSG Group and KAP Industrial to help plug a liquidity gap at the retailer, two sources familiar with the matter said.
Dec 12 (Reuters) - Blackstone Group LP's real estate fund is taking a 10 percent stake in European warehouse firm Logicor Ltd , the Financial Times reported on Tuesday citing people briefed on the matter.
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian shares took a small step back on Tuesday after three straight sessions of gains, with markets consolidating in the hope an upswing in global growth could outlast a likely hike in U.S. borrowing costs this week.
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian shares took a breather on Tuesday after three straight sessions of gains, with markets consolidating in the hope an upswing in global growth could outlast a likely hike in U.S. borrowing costs this week.
HONG KONG/SHANGHAI, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings Ltd plans to buy a 5 percent stake in Yonghui Superstores Co Ltd, the department store operator said on Monday, in the latest push by China's internet giants into offline retail.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders defends President Donald Trump's attacks against the media, saying there's a difference between journalists making "honest mistakes and purposefully misleading the American people."
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump sought to boost Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore by releasing a recorded phone call on his behalf in the final stretch of a bitter Alabama election fight marked by accusations of sexual misconduct against Moore.
RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Samarco MineraÃ§Ã£o SA , a joint venture between Brazilian miner Vale and Anglo-Australian BHP Billiton, on Monday received two waste system permits in a small step toward resuming operations halted after a November 2015 tailings mine dam collapsed, killing 19 people.
Dec 11 (Reuters) - Whiting Petroleum said on Monday it will record an impairment charge of $800 million to $900 million in the current quarter due to a partial write-down of some assets in the DJ Basin in Colorado.
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's government said on Monday it will create a new national economic crime center to crack down harder on money laundering by drug dealers and people traffickers who are expected to net 90 billion pounds ($120.3 billion) this year.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Merck & Co Inc, maker of the only immunotherapy approved for patients newly-diagnosed with the most common type of lung cancer, could solidify its lead by playing the long game, even as rivals edge closer.
AMMAN (Reuters) - The Syrian army and Iranian-backed militias backed by Russian air power stepped up a military campaign against rebels in eastern Hama province in a push towards the rebel stronghold of Idlib province in northwestern Syria, rebels and witnesses said.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - A raging wildfire pushed toward a string of California coastal cities on Sunday, prompting new evacuations as crews fought to save homes in the face of gusty winds that have fueled blazes across the state for nearly a week.
NAGOYA, Japan (Reuters) - Russian teenager Alina Zagitova took gold in the women's skate at her debut Grand Prix Final on Saturday, while French ice dancers Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron ended the winning streak of Canadian team Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.
(Reuters) - Rory McIlroy has announced he will play at least seven events in early 2018 in a busy build-up to the U.S. Masters, where he will attempt to complete the grand slam of major titles in April.
* SILENCE THERAPEUTICS PLC CUTS STAKE IN ARROWHEAD PHARMACEUTICALS TO 3.7 PERCENT AS OF DECEMBER 8 FROM A STAKE OF 6.4 PERCENT AS OF NOVEMBER 29 - SEC FILING Source text: (http://bit.ly/2BPqQSX) Further company coverage:
BRIEF-Capital Research Global Investors Reports 11.1 Pct Passive Stake In Integra Lifesciences As Of Nov 30
* CAPITAL RESEARCH GLOBAL INVESTORS REPORTS 11.1 PERCENT PASSIVE STAKE IN INTEGRA LIFESCIENCES HOLDINGS CORP AS OF NOVEMBER 30 - SEC FILING Source text: (http://bit.ly/2jb88l1) Further company coverage:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday added a second case to its docket on a contentious issue that could have major consequences for American elections, agreeing to decide whether Democratic lawmakers in Maryland unlawfully drew a congressional district in a way that would prevent a Republican candidate from winning.
Arizona GOP Rep. Trent Franks, who said Thursday he would resign in January after the House Ethics Committee said it would investigate allegations against him of sexual harassment, announced he will instead resign effective Friday.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States warned on Friday that the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty is under threat because of Russian cruise missile activity and Washington will pursue diplomatic, economic and military steps to encourage Moscow to return to compliance.
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Music streaming company Spotify and the music arm of China's Tencent Holdings Ltd will buy minority stakes in each other ahead of the Swedish firm's expected stock market listing next year, the companies said on Friday.
(Reuters) - Singapore's top taxi operator ComfortDelGro Corp will buy a 51 percent stake in a unit of Uber [UBER.UL] that runs a fleet of private hire vehicles, as the companies seek to bridge the gap with dominant ride-hailing firm Grab.
Dec 8 (Reuters) - Singapore's top taxi operator ComfortDelGro Corp will buy a 51 percent stake in a unit of Uber that runs a fleet of private hire vehicles, as the companies seek to bridge the gap with dominant ride-hailing firm Grab.
NAGOYA, Japan (Reuters) - Nathan Chen of the United States overcame an error-filled program including a fall to win the men's Grand Prix Final on Friday, beating hometown favorite Shoma Uno by half a point.
NAGOYA, Japan (Reuters) - Canada's Kaetlyn Osmond took a surprise lead in the women's short program at the Grand Prix Final on Friday, edging ahead of Russian teenager Alina Zagitova by less than a point.
Dec 8 (Reuters) - Singapore's ComfortDelGro Corp said on Friday it is buying a 51 percent stake in private hire vehicle fleet owner Lion City Holdings from Uber Technologies' unit Mieten B.V. for S$295 million ($217.99 million) in cash, in a bid to tackle local rival Grab.
Dec 8 (Reuters) - Singapore's ComfortDelGro Corp said on Friday it is buying a 51 percent stake in private hire vehicle fleet owner Lion City Holdings from Uber Technologies' unit Mieten B.V. for S$295 million ($217.99 million) in cash.
* SAYS MEDIA REPORTS ON LENOVO INTENDS TO ACQUIRE 20 PERCENT SHARES OF COMPAL IS NOT IN LINE WITH THE FACTS - CLARIFYING MEDIA REPORTS Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (Reporting by Hong Kong newsroom)
The Thomas Fire in Ventura County had burned 96,000 acres as of Thursday, making it roughly the size of Denver and nearly three times bigger than the most destructive of the Napa-Sonoma fires. CNN's Sara Sidner has the updates.
Dec 7 (Reuters) - Tyson Foods, the largest U.S. meat processor, said on Thursday it slightly raised its stake in plant-based protein maker Beyond Meat as it looks to tap growing demand for alternative sources of protein.
FRANKFURT, Dec 7 (Reuters) - China's top state silicon chipmaker has raised its stake in Dialog Semiconductor , buying into share price weakness triggered by fears the Anglo-German firm could lose its top customer Apple Inc .
SANTIAGO, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Potash Corp of Saskatchewan Chief Executive Officer Jochen Tilk met on Thursday with authorities in Chile as the Canadian fertilizer company tries to divest its minority stake in Chilean lithium miner SQM ahead of its proposed merger with rival Agrium Inc .
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - China's top state silicon chipmaker has further raised its stake in Dialog Semiconductor, buying into share price weakness triggered by fears the Anglo-German firm could lose its top customer Apple Inc.
BERLIN (Reuters) - The leader of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) took aim at U.S. technology firms Apple, Facebook and Google on Thursday, saying a strong Europe was needed to make sure they stick to the rules.
* HIGHBRIDGE CAPITAL MANAGEMENT LLC REPORTS 5.55 PERCENT PASSIVE STAKE IN ADVERUM BIOTECHNOLOGIES INC AS OF DECEMBER 5 - SEC FILING Source text for Eikon: (http://bit.ly/2iwSEnw) Further company coverage:
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday there could be no normal relations with Russia until Moscow ended its support for separatists in Ukraine and returned Crimea, in comments likely to reassure Western allies.
Dec 6 (Reuters) - Canadian telecom company Rogers Communications Inc is looking to sell assets including the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team and a stake in media company Cogeco Inc, Rogers Chief Financial Officer Tony Staffieri said on Wednesday.
LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May is working towards unlocking Brexit talks at an EU summit later this month and, despite there being more work to be done, has made good progress, her spokesman said on Wednesday.
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - As more people shootÂ pictures and videos from consumer drones, researchers in Singapore have found a wayÂ round the frustrating task of framing and takingÂ photos while manually piloting the craft.Â
BERLIN (Reuters) - Britain's easyJet will start competing with Lufthansa's airlines on domestic German routes from Berlin next month, following its planned takeover of parts of insolvent Air Berlin, it said on Wednesday.
BEIJING (Reuters) - The official newspaper of China's ruling Communist Party has lavished unusually high levels of praise on President Xi Jinping's signature leadership, as China's strongest leader in decades consolidates his personal power.
JOHANNESBURG, Dec 6 (Reuters) - South Africa's rand weakened on Wednesday, giving back gains made after a larger-than-expected expansion in third-quarter GDP as investors took some profits on the recent rally.
(Reuters) - The postponed rematch between former heavyweight world champion David Haye and fellow Briton Tony Bellew has been scheduled for May 5 at the O2 Arena in London, according to promoter Eddie Hearn.
Dec 6 (Reuters) - Canadian telecom company Rogers Communications Inc is looking to sell assets such as the baseball team Toronto Blue Jays and a stake in media company Cogeco Inc, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, citing Chief Financial Officer Tony Staffieri.
(Reuters) - The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on Wednesday said it is taking local units of GlaxoSmithKline and Swiss healthcare company Novartis to court over false or misleading representations in the marketing of pain relief products.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Silicon Valley investor Shervin Pishevar, known for his early bet on Uber, said on Tuesday he was taking a leave of absence from his venture capital firm and the startup he co-founded to fight allegations of sexual harassment.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Ratings for NBC's "Today" show rose last week after the network announced it had fired longtime co-host Matt Lauer following an allegation of inappropriate sexual behavior, according to Nielsen data released on Tuesday.
BOSTON (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp urged Massachusetts' top court on Tuesday to block the state's attorney general from obtaining records to investigate whether the company for decades concealed its knowledge of the role fossil fuels have on climate change.
BOSTON, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp urged Massachusetts' top court on Tuesday to block the state's attorney general from obtaining records to investigate whether the company for decades concealed its knowledge of the role fossil fuels have on climate change.
SANAA/DUBAI (Reuters) - The powerful exiled son of Yemen's slain ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh vowed on Tuesday to lead a campaign against the Houthi movement that killed his father after he switched sides in the civil war.
Dec 5 (Reuters) - Bank of Nova Scotia said on Tuesday that Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria S.A. (BBVA) has formally accepted its offer to buy the Spanish lender's stake in BBVA Chile for about $2.2 billion.
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - An investment vehicle owned by Tsinghua Unigroup Ltd, China's top state silicon chipmaker, has raised its stake in Anglo-German Dialog Semiconductor to 7.15 percent, according to a regulatory filing on Tuesday.
CAIRO (Reuters) - Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit said on Tuesday that the United States should not take any measures that would alter Jerusalem's legal and political status, Egypt's state news agency MENA reported.
BRIEF-Warburg Pincus Announces Sale Of Majority Stake In INEA To Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 5
* WARBURG PINCUS LLC SAYS FUNDS AFFILIATED WITH FIRM AGREED TO SELL THEIR MAJORITY STAKE IN INEA TO MACQUARIE EUROPEAN INFRASTRUCTURE FUND 5 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: ( Bangalore.email@example.com ;)
NEW YORK, Dec 4 (Reuters) - A Democratic U.S. senator wants to free the biggest U.S. lenders from having to hold capital against certain assets held at central banks, according to a document viewed by Reuters and a person familiar with it.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday signaled a willingness to let New Jersey legalize sports betting in a case that could pave the way for other states similarly interested in allowing such gambling as a way to fill their coffers to do the same thing.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday indicated they may be willing to allow New Jersey to legalize sports betting in a case that could pave the way for other states to do the same thing.
Dec 4 (Reuters) - Canada's Aurora Cannabis Inc said on Monday it increased its stake in Australia-based Cann Group Ltd to 22.9 percent from 19.9 percent, its latest move to expand in the cannabis industry.
TEL AVIV, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Israel's Tamar Petroleum said on Monday it is in talks to buy a 7.5 percent stake in the Tamar natural gas reserve and the Dalit field from Noble Energy for cash and equity.
TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Electoral authorities in Honduras seemed poised to hand the president a second term on Monday even after tens of thousands took to the streets in the biggest protests yet over suspected vote count fraud since last week's disputed election.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission added to mounting confidence in Brussels that it is set for a Brexit deal with London when it scheduled talks with EU lawmakers ahead of a crunch meeting on Monday with Theresa May.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and his Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier will meet EU lawmakers early on Monday, an EU official said on Sunday, in a further sign a Brexit deal with Britain could be ready.
DUBAI, Dec 3 (Reuters) - Yemen's Houthi group has fired a cruise missile towards a nuclear power plant in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, the group's television service reported on its website on Sunday, without providing any evidence.
* VALUEACT CAPITAL MANAGEMENT LP REPORTS 4.5 PERCENT STAKE IN BAKER HUGHES A GE CO AS OF NOVEMBER 29 VERSUS A STAKE OF 7.3 Pâ€â€‹CT AS OF JULY 28 - SEC FILING Source text: [http://bit.ly/2i8TK8O] Further company coverage:
HOUSTON, Dec 1 (Reuters) - Activist investor Carl Icahn has stepped up his attack on SandRidge Energy Inc's proposal to buy a rival oil-and-gas producer, taking aim at the company's top executives and calling for a release of records on the deal and executive pay, according to a regulatory filing on Friday.
Dec 1 (Reuters) - Mednax Inc, a U.S. healthcare network operator targeted by activist hedge fund Elliott Management Corp, is fielding acquisition interest from several private equity firms, according to people familiar with the matter.
(Reuters) - Martin Shkreli, dubbed the "pharma bro" for exploits such as jacking up the price of a life-saving drug by 5,000 percent, should forfeit $7.4 million, including his Wu Tang Clan album and a Picasso painting, U.S. prosecutors said on Friday.
RIBEIRÃƒO PRETO, Brazil, Dec 1 (Reuters) - China's CITIC Agri Fund said on Friday it had completed its $1.1 billion acquisition of Dow Chemical Co's corn seed business in Brazil, a potential vehicle for future purchases in Latin America.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Friday he hoped a gold trader cooperating with U.S. prosecutors in the trial of a Turkish banker will "turn back from his mistake", saying the Iran sanctions-related case targeted Turkey and its economy.
NOTTINGHAM, England (Reuters) - Britain's Prince Harry and his American fiancee Meghan Markle delighted cheering crowds who braved the cold on Friday to watch the couple on their first official engagement together.
(Reuters) - The music group of China's Tencent Holdings Ltd and Sweden's Spotify AB are in talks to swap stakes up to 10 percent in each other's businesses ahead of their expected public listings next year, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.
(Reuters) - Marc Leishman and Adam Bland carved out a two-stroke lead at the top of the leaderboard after the second round of the Australian PGA Championship on Friday as former winner Adam Scott's campaign came to an end.
AMSTERDAM, Dec 1 (Reuters) - Chipmaker Intel has cut its stake in Dutch semiconductor equipment supplier ASML to 4.96 percent, according to a filing published by the Dutch Financial Markets Authority on Friday.
FRANKFURT, Dec 1 (Reuters) - Germany's Bayer said that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) had no national security concerns about the drugmaker's planned takeover of U.S. seeds group Monsanto, giving its go-ahead.
LONDON (Reuters) - Genmab was Europe's second biggest biotech company, until its partner Johnson & Johnson bought Switzerland's Actelion for $30 billion this year and propelled the Danish antibody specialist to the top spot.
LAS VEGAS, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc this week announced a flurry of new machine learning features for its Amazon Web Services cloud computing business, raising its challenge to Silicon Valley's biggest tech firms for the lead in artificial intelligence.
Dec 1 (Reuters) - Sports apparel seller Billabong International Ltd confirmed on Friday it has received an indicative takeover proposal from Boardriders Inc, which values the company at about A$198 million ($150 million).