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Mexican retail group says November same-store sales rose 5.4 pct

MEXICO CITY, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Mexico's retail association said on Monday that sales at stores open for at least a year rose by 5.4 percent in November, compared to the same month a year earlier.

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Medical lab trade group sues over U.S. reimbursement cuts

Dec 11 (Reuters) - A U.S. trade association representing medical laboratories filed a lawsuit on Monday challenging a new reimbursement system used by the federal government that it said would reduce how much Medicare pays for labs by about $670 million in 2018.

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Tillerson set to meet Trudeau for North Korea crisis talks: source

OTTAWA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to meet Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau next week for talks on how to address the crisis over North Korea's nuclear weapons program, an Ottawa source said on Monday.

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Chemicals distribution group Azelis considers 2018 IPO -sources

MADRID/FRANKFURT, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Belgium-based chemicals distribution group Azelis is considering a 2018 stock market listing as its private equity owner seeks to benefit from high sector valuations, sources close to the matter said.

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Tillerson set to meet Trudeau for N. Korea crisis talks: source

OTTAWA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to meet Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau next week for talks on how to address the crisis over North Korea's nuclear weapons, an Ottawa source said on Monday.

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BRIEF-Apple Confirms Deal To Buy Shazam Entertainment Ltd

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

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'Shape of Water' leads wide ranging Golden Globe nominations

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro's fantasy romance "The Shape of Water" led nominations for the Golden Globes on Monday, heading a list of dramas and comedies on issues ranging from press freedom, war, racism and the many aspects of love.

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Fantasy romance 'Shape of Water' leads 2018 Golden Globe nods

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro's fantasy romance "The Shape of Water" led the nominations for the 2018 Golden Globes on Monday, landing seven nods, including for best drama film, director and actress Sally Hawkins.

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First round of Volkswagen pay talks end without deal

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

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

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

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BRIEF-Bristow Group Says Overall Liquidity Increases To About $496 Mln

* BRISTOW GROUP INC SAYS AS OF DECEMBER 8, 2017, OVERALL LIQUIDITY OF COMPANY INCREASED TO APPROXIMATELY $496 MILLION - SEC FILING

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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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Seeking to extend martial law in Philippine south, Duterte says militants regrouping

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday asked Congress to extend martial law on the southern island of Mindanao for a year, arguing that Islamist militants have been regrouping since a five-month urban conflict ended there in October.

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Merkel, Social Democrats seek clarity on coalition talks

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) say they hope to find clarity soon on prospects for a new ruling coalition as they gear up for exploratory talks this week.

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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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Britain committed to no hard Irish border, whatever outcome of Brexit talks - Davis

LONDON, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Britain intends to prevent a hard border in Ireland after leaving the European Union whatever the outcome of talks with the bloc, UK's Brexit minister said on Monday, saying comments that this was not legally enforceable were taken out of context.

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BRIEF-Steinhoff Chairman Wiese Is In Talks With Lenders To Seek Standstill On A 1.5 Bln-Euro Margin Loan- Bloomberg

* STEINHOFF CHAIRMAN CHRISTO WIESE IS IN TALKS WITH LENDERS TO SEEK A STANDSTILL ON A 1.5 BILLION-EURO MARGIN LOAN - BLOOMBERG, CITING SOURCES

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Bahraini civil society group under pressure after Israel visit

DUBAI (Reuters) - A Bahraini civil society group has defended sending a delegation to Israel as a gesture of tolerance and coexistence, state news agency BNA has reported, after news of the visit sparked wide anger on social media.

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

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

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Hospital operators in merger talks to form U.S. industry leader: WSJ

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ascension Health and Providence St. Joseph Health are in talks about a merger between the two Catholic non-profits that would create the largest U.S. hospital chain, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing people familiar with the discussions.

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UPDATE 1-Hospital operators in merger talks to form U.S. industry leader -WSJ

NEW YORK, Dec 10 (Reuters) - Ascension Health and Providence St. Joseph Health are in talks about a merger between the two Catholic non-profits that would create the largest U.S. hospital chain, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing people familiar with the discussions.

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Hospital operators in merger talks to create U.S. industry leader: WSJ

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ascension Health and Providence St. Joseph Health are in discussions about a merger that would create the largest hospital chain in the United States, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing people familiar with the situation.

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Hospital operators in merger talks to create U.S. industry leader -WSJ

NEW YORK, Dec 10 (Reuters) - Ascension Health and Providence St. Joseph Health are in discussions about a merger that would create the largest hospital chain in the United States, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing people familiar with the situation.

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Singer Neil Young's model trains fetch nearly $300,000 at auction

(Reuters) - Singer-songwriter Neil Young's extensive collection of model trains have fetched nearly $300,000 at auction, along with classic cars and musical equipment owned by the 72-year-old folk-rock icon.

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Box Office: 'Coco' Wins as 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Waits in the Wings

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - With anticipation building for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," Disney-Pixar's animated comedy "Coco" handily won its third straight crown at a moderate North American box office with $18.3 million at 3,748 sites.

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Former British celebrity publicist Max Clifford dies in prison

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's best-known publicist, Max Clifford, died on Sunday after collapsing in prison, where he was serving an eight-year sentence for indecently assaulting teenage girls in the 1970s and 1980s.

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Nobel peace laureate group urges nuclear powers to adopt ban-the-bomb treaty

OSLO (Reuters) - The leader of the group that won this year's Nobel Peace Prize on Sunday urged nuclear nations to adopt a United Nations treaty banning atomic weapons in order to prevent "the end of us".

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Syrian government returns to Geneva talks, Western envoys skeptical

GENEVA (Reuters) - The Syrian government's delegation returned to Geneva on Sunday for the resumption of talks with United Nations mediator Staffan de Mistura after more than a week's absence, but Western diplomats voiced scepticism about its willingness to engage.

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Britain offered 'statement of intent' on Irish border to unlock talks: Davis

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Brexit minister David Davis described the government's pledge to prevent any return to a hard border with Ireland after Britain leaves the European Union as "a statement of intent" rather than a legally binding move.

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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' premieres with tribute to late Carrie Fisher

Los Angeles (Reuters) - The galaxy far, far away was brought to life in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday for the world premiere of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” where the anticipated first screening was dedicated to the franchise’s late star, Carrie Fisher.

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German conservatives reject 'United States of Europe' ahead of coalition talks

BERLIN (Reuters) - Senior members of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on Saturday rejected the vision for a "United States of Europe" put forward by the Social Democrats (SPD), with whom they are hoping to form a governing coalition.

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As coalition talks loom, German conservatives reject SPD's Europe idea

BERLIN (Reuters) - Senior members of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on Saturday rejected the vision for a United States of Europe put forward by the Social Democrats (SPD), with whom they are hoping to form a governing coalition.

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UK's Johnson in Iran talks to lobby for jailed aid worker

DUBAI (Reuters) - British foreign minister Boris Johnson held talks on Saturday with his Iranian counterpart and other officials, during a visit to Iran where he is expected to seek the release of jailed Iranian-British aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

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Nobel peace laureate group tells U.S., North Korea to negotiate

OSLO (Reuters) - A survivor of the Hiroshima atomic bombing and the leader of the group that won this year's Nobel Peace Prize on Saturday urged the United States and North Korea to tone down their rhetoric and negotiate together to avoid a nuclear strike.

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Thousands mourn rock idol Hallyday at Paris memorial

PARIS (Reuters) - Thousands of people lined the streets of Paris on Saturday as a convoy of 700 Harley Davidson motorcycles escorted the white coffin of late French rock and roll giant Johnny Hallyday to a memorial service attended by French stars and politicians.

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Terrorist Groups Vow Bloodshed over Jerusalem Decision. ISIS? Less So.

From Mali to Afghanistan, jihadists promised to retaliate over the decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. But ISIS took aim, instead, at them.

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Drug industry group sues to stop California drug price law

Dec 8 (Reuters) - The trade group representing U.S. drugmakers on Friday said it has a filed a lawsuit to stop California from implementing a law aimed at reining in prescription drug prices.

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Apple in talks to acquire music identification app Shazam: source

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc is in talks to acquire Shazam Entertainment Ltd, whose software helps users identify songs by pointing their phone at an audio source, according to a person familiar with the situation.

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Apple in talks to acquire music identification app Shazam - source

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Apple Inc is in talks to acquire Shazam Entertainment Ltd, whose software helps users identify songs by pointing their phone at an audio source, according to a person familiar with the situation.

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BRIEF-CIT Group Inc Files For Potential Mixed Shelf Offering

* CIT GROUP INC FILES FOR POTENTIAL MIXED SHELF OFFERING; SIZE NOT DISCLOSED - SEC FILING Source text: (http://bit.ly/2y8rsAP) Further company coverage:

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

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

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Abu Dhabi to acquire Leonardo da Vinci's 'Salvator Mundi': Christie's

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New-York based Christie's auction house said on Friday Abu Dhabi's Department of Culture and Tourism was acquiring Leonardo da Vinci's portrait of Christ, "Salvator Mundi," a painting that sold for $450.3 million.

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Trump signs temporary spending bill as budget talks intensify

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday signed legislation to fund the federal government for two weeks, giving congressional negotiators more time to work out budget priorities through next September and other thorny policy matters.

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'X-Men' film director Bryan Singer sued for alleged sexual assault

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Brian Singer, the director of the film series "X-Men", has been sued for allegedly sexually assaulting a 17-year-old boy in 2003, according to a lawsuit filed in King County Superior Court in Washington state.

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BRIEF-Edgepoint Investment Group Reports 10.6 Pct Passive Stake In Novelion Therapeutics

* EDGEPOINT INVESTMENT GROUP INC REPORTS 10.6 PERCENT PASSIVE STAKE IN NOVELION THERAPEUTICS INC AS OF NOVEMBER 30 - SEC FILING Source text : http://bit.ly/2yOFk6N Further company coverage:

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Britain, EU clinch Brexit 'breakthrough' with move to trade talks

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

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HNA looks to float Swiss Gategroup early next year -sources

FRANKFURT/ZURICH, Dec 8 (Reuters) - China's HNA Group, which has started selling off assets to allay liquidity concerns, is pushing for a flotation of its Swiss airline caterer Gategroup Holding early next year, people close to the matter said.

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Britain and EU clinch Brexit 'breakthrough' with move to trade talks

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

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BRIEF-Barnes Group Says ‍Elected Richard Hipple As Independent Director

* BARNES GROUP - ‍ELECTED RICHARD J. HIPPLE AS INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR OF CO; HIPPLE'S ELECTION INCREASES BOARD MEMBERSHIP TO TWELVE DIRECTORS - SEC FILING​ Source text - http://bit.ly/2AJ9v0n Further company coverage:

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

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

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Britain and EU clinch deal to move Brexit talks forward

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

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Britain and EU reach deal to move Brexit talks forward

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

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Germany's SPD says talks with Merkel's conservatives to start Wednesday

BERLIN (Reuters) - A senior member of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) said on Friday her party would start exploratory talks on Wednesday with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on forming a coalition, a move that could end the political impasse in Europe's largest economy.

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Russia says ready for talks with U.S. to try to save arms pact

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Friday it was ready for talks with the United States to try to keep a landmark arms control treaty that helped end the Cold War alive and that Moscow would comply with its obligations if the U.S. did.

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Britain and E.U. Clear Way for ‘Brexit’ Talks to Proceed

Prime Minister Theresa May apparently offered enough assurances over the future of the Irish border to satisfy European negotiators.

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Actor Geoffrey Rush sues Australian newspaper over 'inappropriate behavior' report

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian actor Geoffrey Rush said on Friday he had filed a defamation lawsuit against Sydney's Daily Telegraph newspaper after it published a report about a complaint alleging inappropriate conduct.

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Are Earthlings alone? Half of humans believe in alien life

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Nearly half of humans believe in alien life and want to make contact, a survey in 24 countries has found, in what researchers said helps to explain the lasting popularity of the "Star Wars" franchise 40 years after the first movie was screened.

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Congress moves to avoid government shutdown, talks resume Friday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress on Thursday moved rapidly to send President Donald Trump a short-term funding bill that would avert a government shutdown this weekend, leaving fights over budget priorities and other controversial issues for later this month.

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BRIEF-Farrow Elected To WEC Energy Group Board Of Directors

* FARROW ELECTED TO WEC ENERGY GROUP BOARD OF DIRECTORS Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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'Wonder Woman,' 'The Post' among AFI's movies of the year

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Press freedom movie "The Post," gay romance "Call Me By Your Name," World War Two film "Dunkirk" and superhero movie "Wonder Woman" were among 10 films of the year chosen by the American Film Institute (AFI) on Thursday, in a list likely to be echoed at Hollywood's high-profile awards shows next year.

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Petals and confetti shower stage at La Scala opening

MILAN (Reuters) - Rose petals, flowers and golden confetti showered the stage of the rarely-performed Italian opera 'Andrea Chenier' at La Scala's season premiere on Thursday.

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

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

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BRIEF-Wec Energy Group Announces Plan To Increase Dividend

* WEC ENERGY GROUP INC - ‍PLANNING TO RAISE QUARTERLY DIVIDEND ON COMPANY'S COMMON STOCK TO 55.25 CENTS PER SHARE IN Q1 OF 2018​

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'The Crown' looks polished in regal 2nd season

The upper lips remain admirably stiff in "The Crown," but Season 2 takes what was a fine Netflix drama and polishes it to a high gloss -- presenting its stories more crisply, while providing a stronger showcase for its regal core cast.

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BRIEF-Reko International Group Reports Qtrly Basic EPS Of $0.04

* REKO INTERNATIONAL GROUP INC - QTRLY BASIC EARNINGS PER SHARE $0.04

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J.K. Rowling defends Johnny Depp casting in next 'Fantastic Beasts'

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling on Thursday defended the decision to cast Johnny Depp in the next "Fantastic Beasts" movie after a backlash from fans unhappy about the circumstances of the actor's recent divorce.

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German SPD backs talks with Merkel after impassioned Europe speech

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) voted on Thursday to hold talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on forming a government after their leader made an impassioned plea for a free hand to work for a social "United States of Europe".

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UPDATE 4-German SPD backs talks with Merkel after impassioned Europe speech

* Schulz asks for support to implement "social Europe" programme

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Oscar body adopts conduct code as Hollywood reacts to harassment issue

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Academy of Motion Pictures, the body that chooses the Oscars, has adopted a code of conduct and warned members it reserves the right to expel any who flout the new rules.

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Ryan feels good about spending bill, wants budget cap talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said he felt good about the vote count on a government spending bill coming before House on Thursday afternoon that is aimed at keeping the government from shutting down this week.

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UPDATE 3-German SPD head seeks 'United States of Europe', open to coalition talks

* Schulz asks for support to implement "social Europe" programme

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Pop star Ed Sheeran receives honor from Britain's Prince Charles

LONDON (Reuters) - Grammy-winning singer Ed Sheeran received an MBE - a British state honor - for services to music and charity from Prince Charles in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Thursday.

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German SPD head seeks 'United States of Europe', open to coalition talks

BERLIN (Reuters) - The leader of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) urged his party on Thursday to push for the creation of a "United States of Europe" and keep open the option of helping Chancellor Angela Merkel form a new government.

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UPDATE 2-German SPD head seeks 'United States of Europe', open to coalition talks

* Schulz asks for support to implement "social Europe" programme

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Allison Janney puts her spin on ice-skating scandal in 'I, Tonya'

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The stars aligned for Allison Janney when she dressed up in a cheap fur coat, perched a parakeet on her shoulder, and chain-smoked and swore through figure-skating movie "I, Tonya."

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Stock futures sluggish; eyes on tax bill talks and General Electric

(Reuters) - U.S. stock futures pointed to a dull opening on Thursday with technology stocks holding on to their modest gains as traders focus on progress in tax bill negotiations and General Electric's job-cut plan.

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German SPD leader urges members to back coalition talks

BERLIN (Reuters) - The leader of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) on Thursday asked party members to give the green light for talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives to find a way out of the political impasse and leave all government options on the table.

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U.N. to assess if either side trying to 'sabotage' Syria talks

GENEVA (Reuters) - The mediator of U.N.-led Syria talks in Geneva plans to assess next week whether either side is trying to sabotage the talks, he told reporters on Thursday, after President Bashar al-Assad's negotiators announced they would turn up five days late.

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UPDATE 1-Companies prepare for disorderly Brexit as talks stall

LONDON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Big companies are stepping up their plans in case Britain crashes out of the European Union without a deal as Prime Minister Theresa May struggles to get talks back on track after a major setback.

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Syrian govt delegation to return to Geneva on Sunday for peace talks: SANA

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's negotiating team is set to arrive in Geneva on Sunday to participate in peace talks, Syria's state news agency SANA reported on Thursday, quoting a foreign ministry source.

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UPDATE 1-Telecoms group Orange aims to boost profit margins through to 2020 via networks investments

* Strategy contrasts with that of rival Altice (Recasts story, adds detail, background)

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Companies prepare for disorderly Brexit as talks stall

LONDON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Big companies are stepping up their plans in case Britain crashes out of the European Union without a deal as Prime Minister Theresa May struggles to get talks back on track after a major setback.

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BRIEF-At Home Group Prices Secondary Offering Of 5 Mln Shares At $24.5 Per Share

* AT HOME ANNOUNCES PRICING OF SECONDARY PUBLIC OFFERING OF COMMON STOCK

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Australia competition watchdog to not oppose Fox Sports, Foxtel merger

Dec 7 (Reuters) - Australia's competition watchdog on Thursday dropped its opposition to a proposed merger of Fox Sports and Foxtel after finding the deal would not "substantially lessen competition."

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BRIEF-FXCM Group Reports Customer Trading Volume Of $218 Billion In November

* FXCM GROUP SAYS CUSTOMER TRADING VOLUME OF $218 BILLION IN NOVEMBER 2017, 14% HIGHER THAN OCTOBER

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Citigroup sees 'high teens' percentage decline in fourth-quarter markets revenue

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Citigroup Inc fourth-quarter markets revenue is on track to be down by a "high-teens" percentage from a year earlier, Chief Financial Officer John Gerspach said on Wednesday.

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BRIEF-Corus Entertainment extends credit facilities

* PURSUANT TO AMENDMENT, TERM FACILITY UNDER CREDIT FACILITY WAS ADJUSTED FROM $2.3 BILLION TO $2.1 BILLION

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Sean Combs leads four black artists as world's highest paid musicians

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rapper Sean "Diddy" Combs was ranked the world's highest-paid musician on Wednesday in an annual list that saw black artists take the top four spots.

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Ivory Coast in talks with Hershey over cocoa products factory

ABIDJAN, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Ivory Coast is in talks with Hershey over the construction of a factory for making and marketing semi-finished cocoa products, the government's spokesman said on Wednesday after a cabinet meeting.

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Israeli firm's spyware used against Ethiopian dissidents: Canadian group

TORONTO/TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Surveillance software from Israeli defense contractor Elbit Systems Ltd was used in an espionage campaign targeting Ethiopian dissidents living outside the East African nation, a Canadian research institute said on Wednesday.

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UPDATE 1-Israeli firm's spyware used against Ethiopian dissidents -Canadian group

TORONTO/TEL AVIV, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Surveillance software from Israeli defence contractor Elbit Systems Ltd was used in an espionage campaign targeting Ethiopian dissidents living outside the East African nation, a Canadian research institute said on Wednesday.

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Ardian gets bids for French engineering group Fives - sources

FRANKFURT, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Buyout group Ardian has received binding bids for its stake in Fives, which may value the French engineering group at about 1.5 billion euros ($1.8 billion), people close to the matter said.

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France mourns death of "French Elvis" Johnny Hallyday

PARIS (Reuters) - Johnny Hallyday, whose death at 74 was announced by his wife and the French president on Wednesday, was a rock and roll giant in his native France, surviving drug use, family strife and near-death episodes to strut the stage for more than 50 years.

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

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

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

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

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U.S., France urge Russia to "deliver" Assad delegation to Syria peace talks

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States and France called on Russia on Wednesday to deliver the delegation of President Bashar al-Assad to Syria peace talks in Geneva after discussions on ending the six-year war resumed with no sign of the government attending.

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BRIEF-Iconix Brand Group Sees Q3 Shr Loss From Cont Ops Of $0.10

* ICONIX BRAND GROUP - EXPECTS (NOT REPORTS) Q3 LOSS PER SHARE FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS $0.10

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BRIEF-Bank Of Nova Scotia- Announced Partnerships With Viola Group And Team8

* BANK OF NOVA SCOTIA- ANNOUNCED PARTNERSHIPS WITH TWO ISRAELI TECHNOLOGY COS, VIOLA GROUP AND TEAM8 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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

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

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Halperin and Rose accusers form support group

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Time magazine names #MeToo 'silence breakers' as person of the year

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Time magazine has named the social movement aimed at raising awareness about sexual harassment and assault, epitomized by the #MeToo social media hashtag, as the most influential "person" in 2017, the publication announced on Wednesday.

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French mourn death of 'French Elvis' Johnny Hallyday

PARIS (Reuters) - Johnny Hallyday, whose death at 74 was announced by his wife and the French president on Wednesday, was a rock and roll giant in his native France, surviving drug use, family strife and near-death episodes to strut the stage for more than fifty years.

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UnitedHealth Buys Large Doctors Group as Lines Blur in Health Care

The purchase of DaVita Medical Group moves UnitedHealth more into the role of doctor as it buys nearly 300 clinics across six states.

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Assad's delegation stays away from Syria peace talks

GENEVA/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Talks on ending the six-year war in Syria resumed on Wednesday with no sign of President Bashar al-Assad's delegation returning to the negotiations in Geneva after they walked out last week.

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Britain's May working towards EU summit, progress made in talks: spokesman

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.

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Conservative Groups Seeking Support for Tax Cuts Find It a Hard Sell

Groups like the Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity are trying to convince ordinary Americans that this is good for them too.

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China's HNA Group to sell overseas property, dispose non-core assets - 21st Century Business Herald

BEIJING, Dec 6 (Reuters) - HNA Group Co Ltd's Chief Executive Officer Adam Tan said the aviation-to-financial services conglomerate is negotiating to sell overseas real estate as part of a strategic streamlining, according to an interview published by 21st Century Business Herald.

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Johnny Hallyday, 'French Elvis', dies at 74 after cancer

PARIS (Reuters) - Johnny Hallyday, whose death at 74 was announced by his wife and the French president on Wednesday, was a rock and roll giant in his native France and survived drug use, family strife and near-death episodes to strut the stage for more than fifty years.

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French rocker Johnny Hallyday dies at 74 after battle with cancer

PARIS (Reuters) - Johnny Hallyday, a singer known as the "French Elvis" whose cowboy swagger and gravelly voice helped popularize rock 'n roll in his country, has died at 74 after a battle with cancer, the office of the French president said on Wednesday.

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French singer Johnny Hallyday dies at 74 after battle with cancer

PARIS (Reuters) - Johnny Hallyday, a singer known as the "French Elvis" who helped popularize rock 'n roll in his country, has died at 74 after a battle with cancer, the office of the French president said on Wednesday.

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House tax positions begin to emerge ahead of talks with Senate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in U.S. House of Representatives began staking out their positions on final tax legislation on Tuesday, days ahead of talks with the Senate to shape the tax package lawmakers hope to send to President Donald Trump by year end.

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

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

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'Responsible' investor group toughens code on global members

BOSTON, Dec 5 (Reuters) - A UN supported group pushing for "responsible" investment said it has adopted tougher rules aimed at making fund managers deliver on pledges to pay attention to environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues.

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BRIEF-Terraform Global Extends Termination Date Of Merger Agreement To March 6, 2018

* TERRAFORM GLOBAL EXTENDS TERMINATION DATE OF MERGER AGREEMENT TO MARCH 6, 2018

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Comedian John Oliver confronts Dustin Hoffman about sexual harassment claim

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Comedian John Oliver confronted Oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman on stage about a sexual harassment accusation, offering an audience in New York on Monday a rare glimpse of a powerful man facing live questions about such an allegation.

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BRIEF-TMX Group Says Transactions For All TMX Equities Marketplaces In Nov Was 20.7 Million

* TMX GROUP LTD - TRANSACTIONS FOR ALL TMX EQUITIES MARKETPLACES IN NOV WAS 20.7 MILLION VERSUS 23.7 MILLION

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NBC's 'Today' show ratings jump after Lauer firing

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.

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U.S. oil industry group launches voluntary program to cut methane

WASHINGTON, Dec 5 (Reuters) - The American Petroleum Institute on Tuesday launched a voluntary program to cut emissions of the greenhouse gas methane from oil and gas operations, a move environmentalists said was not strong enough to adequately protect the climate.

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How CVS-Aetna merger could change your health care

As a CVS-Aetna deal looms, here are four ways that a merger just might change health care for those insured under Aetna. "If there isn't a clinic already in your CVS, I think one is coming," one expert says.

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EU supervision at issue in final talks on new car rules

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Giving Brussels more supervision over national car regulators is a hurdle in talks this week to agree new EU rules after the Volkswagen scandal, with Germany and Italy opposed, according to EU documents and sources.

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BRIEF-The Hanover Insurance Group Increases Quarterly Dividend To $0.54 Per Common Share

* THE HANOVER INSURANCE GROUP, INC. INCREASES QUARTERLY DIVIDEND TO $0.54 PER COMMON SHARE

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Brazil's BR Malls in talks to sell three malls - filing

SAO PAULO, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Brazilian mall operator BR Malls Participações SA is in talks to sell three shopping malls, it said in a securities filing on Tuesday in response to a query from capital markets regulator CVM.

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BRIEF-Laurentian Bank Financial Group Reports Q4 Adjusted Earnings Per Share C$1.63

* Q4 REVENUE C$268 MILLION VERSUS I/B/E/S VIEW C$258.3 MILLION

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

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

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Asian dolphins a step closer to extinction: group

TOKYO (Reuters) - The International Union for Conservation of Nature said on Tuesday it had changed the status of the Irrawaddy dolphin and finless porpoise, both living in Asian waters, to "endangered" from "vulnerable", meaning they are closer to extinction.

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UPDATE 1-UK's Cineworld to buy U.S. Regal Entertainment for $3.6 bln

Dec 5 (Reuters) - Britain's Cineworld Group Plc has agreed to buy U.S. movie theatre operator Regal Entertainment Group for $3.6 billion in cash, the companies said on Tuesday.

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Cineworld to buy U.S. peer Regal Entertainment for $3.6 bln

Dec 5 (Reuters) - British movie theatre operator Cineworld Group Plc said on Tuesday it reached an agreement to buy U.S. peer Regal Entertainment Group for $3.6 billion.

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Billy Bush talks Trump and Lauer in Colbert interview

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Eurogroup, Looking Past Period of Crisis, Picks New Leader From Portugal

The selection of Mario Centeno reflects a shift by the Eurogroup, which has grappled with the near-constant collapse of the euro in recent years.

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Green groups sue over monument changes

A group of environmental and conservation groups sued President Donald Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in federal court on Monday, alleging that Trump did not have the authority to dramatically shrink Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

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CVS and Aetna Say Merger Will Improve Your Health Care. Can They Deliver?

The two major health players promise better care and lower costs, but skeptics question whether they can achieve those goals.

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BRIEF-Moody's says CVS-Aetna merger would have negative implications for other health care companies‍​

* Moody's: CVS-Aetna merger would have negative implications for other health care companies‍​ Source text: http://bit.ly/2BzpKdY Further company coverage:

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Latest Stumbling Block in Brexit Talks: The Irish Question

A Northern Irish party scuppered a deal Prime Minister Theresa May had reached with the E.U. The deal was a prerequisite for the next stage of talks.

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BRIEF-Triumph Group Says To Combine Precision Components With Aerospace Structures

* TRIUMPH GROUP INC - TRIUMPH GROUP TO COMBINE PRECISION COMPONENTS WITH AEROSPACE STRUCTURES

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BRIEF-Ascena Retail Group Says Q1 Same Store Sales Fell 5 Pct

* ASCENA RETAIL GROUP INC REPORTS FIRST QUARTER RESULTS AND PROVIDES GUIDANCE FOR SECOND QUARTER OF FISCAL 2018; FIRST QUARTER GAAP EPS OF $0.03; NON-GAAP ADJUSTED EPS OF $0.11; COMPARABLE SALES DOWN 5 PCT

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Democrats to join Trump, Republicans in talks to avert government shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic leaders in Congress on Monday accepted an invitation to meet U.S. President Donald Trump and Republicans for talks to avert a government shutdown this week, even as the Democrats pressed demands on funding priorities and protecting immigrants.

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Taylor Swift spends third week atop Billboard 200 chart

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Taylor Swift held onto her throne atop the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart for a third consecutive week on Monday.

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Final 'House of Cards' season to focus on Robin Wright after Spacey exit

(Reuters) - The final season of Netflix's political drama "House of Cards" will focus on Robin Wright's first female president character and will start production in 2018, following a hiatus after the exit of star Kevin Spacey, the company said on Monday.

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BRIEF-BML Investment Partners L.P Reports A 5.1 Percent Passive Stake In Zais Group As Of Nov 22

* BML INVESTMENT PARTNERS L.P REPORTS A 5.1 PERCENT PASSIVE STAKE IN ZAIS GROUP HOLDINGS AS OF NOVEMBER 22, 2017 - SEC FILING Source text : [ID:http://bit.ly/2nqBugr] Further company coverage:

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'Prairie Home Companion' to be renamed after Garrison Keillor's firing

(Corrects Dec. 3 story headline and paragraphs 1, 2, 4 to show "A Prairie Home Companion" has not been renamed "Town Hall," a new name has not been chosen)

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BRIEF-Newmark Group Sees IPO Of 30 Mln Shares Of Class A Common Stock Priced Between $19 And $22 Per Share

* NEWMARK GROUP INC SEES IPO OF 30.0 MILLION SHARES OF CLASS A COMMON STOCK PRICED BETWEEN $19 AND $22 PER SHARE - SEC FILING​

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BRIEF-Seven Stars Cloud Announces 20% Purchase Of BBD Digital Capital Group

* SEVEN STARS CLOUD ANNOUNCES 20% PURCHASE OF BBD DIGITAL CAPITAL GROUP LTD.

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Motor racing: Williams to have further talks with Kubica and Sirotkin

LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One comeback hopeful Robert Kubica and young Russian Sergey Sirotkin will both be at the Williams factory this week as the former champions continue to assess their driver options for 2018.

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Brexit talks inch closer to a deal

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

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Canada's Aurora Cannabis boosts stake in Australia-based Cann Group

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.

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German SPD to start talks with Merkel next week if members agree

BERLIN/MUNICH (Reuters) - The leader of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) said on Monday he would launch talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on forming a government next week if members of his center-left party gave him the green light at a congress this weekend.

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Bollywood matinee idol Shashi Kapoor dies at 79

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor, a Bollywood matinee idol who starred in over 100 films, died in Mumbai on Monday. He was 79 and had been battling a kidney ailment.

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Canadian auto sales could hit 2 mln in 2017- industry group

Dec 4 (Reuters) - Canadian auto sales dipped 1.2 percent in November from last year but could hit the two million milestone for the first time, according to data released by an automotive industry research firm.

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Syrian walkout from talks 'an embarrassment to Russia': opposition

GENEVA (Reuters) - The Syrian government's decision to quit peace talks last week was an embarrassment to its main supporter Russia, which wants both sides to reach a deal quickly, opposition spokesman Yahya al-Aridi said on Monday.

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Nordic Capital agreed to buy German nursing home group Alloheim -sources

FRANKFURT, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Buyout group Nordic Capital has agreed to buy Alloheim, one of Germany's top three nursing home operators, for about 1.1 billion euros ($1.3 billion) including debt, sources close to the matter said.

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Nine charged over links to banned Turkish group detained pending trial

ATHENS (Reuters) - A Greek court on Monday ordered the detention of nine Turkish citizens pending trial for terrorism-related offences, including links to a banned militant group behind a series of suicide bombings in Turkey.

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Germany's SPD lay out position for talks with Merkel

BERLIN/MUNICH (Reuters) - The leaders of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) agreed on Monday to enter talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on forming a government that could end political deadlock in Europe's largest economy.

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BRIEF-CME Group Average Daily Volume in Nov. Up 21 Percent from Oct.

* CME GROUP REACHED AVERAGE DAILY VOLUME OF 18 MILLION CONTRACTS IN NOVEMBER 2017, UP 21 PERCENT FROM OCTOBER

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BRIEF-LSC Communications Awarded Multi-Year Print Agreement With Bauer Media Group USA

* LSC COMMUNICATIONS AWARDED MULTI-YEAR PRINT AGREEMENT WITH BAUER MEDIA GROUP USA

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May heads for Brussels as last-minute Brexit talks go on

BRUSSELS/DUBLIN (Reuters) - British negotiators were locked in last-minute talks with their European Union and Irish counterparts on Monday, trying to put together a Brexit deal that Prime Minister Theresa May might agree over lunch in Brussels.

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UPDATE 1-Euro zone yields higher on U.S. tax plan as key Eurogroup meeting looms

* Euro zone yields 3 to 5 bps higher as tax plan finally passes

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BRIEF-Prysmian says synergies from merger with General Cable likely higher than forecast

Dec 4 (Reuters) - Prysmian executives tell analysts in a conference call after agreement to buy U.S. rival General Cable:

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UK's Pendragon to sell U.S. Motor Group business

LONDON (Reuters) - British car dealership Pendragon is to sell its U.S Motor Group business after concluding a strategic review following a profit warning, it said on Monday.

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Tamar Petroleum in talks to buy part of Noble stake in gas field

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.

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Pendragon to sell U.S. Motor Group business

LONDON (Reuters) - British car dealership Pendragon is to sell its U.S Motor Group business after concluding a strategic review, it said on Monday.

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UK's Pendragon to sell U.S. Motor Group business​

LONDON, Dec 4 (Reuters) - British car dealership Pendragon is to sell its U.S Motor Group business after concluding a strategic review, it said on Monday.

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Billy Bush: It was Trump's voice on "Access Hollywood" tape

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former NBC television host Billy Bush accused U.S. President Donald Trump of "indulging in some revisionist history" for reportedly telling allies it was not his voice making lewd remarks as the men waited to film a segment for "Access Hollywood" in 2005.

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New York Met opera suspends conductor on sexual misconduct allegations

(Reuters) - New York's Metropolitan Opera on Sunday suspended its relationship with former long-time music director, the acclaimed conductor James Levine, as it investigates several allegations of sexual misconduct.

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Key meeting for PM May as Brexit talks enter decisive phase

LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Theresa May hopes to break the Brexit talks deadlock on Monday with a new offer on divorce settlements at a crunch meeting with EU officials, as some of her party members urge her to walk away unless there is progress.

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BRIEF-First Cobalt Completes Merger With Cobalt One

* COMPLETES MERGER WITH COBALT ONE Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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The New Health Care: Why a CVS-Aetna Merger Could Benefit Consumers

Consolidation in health care has generally not been good for Americans. Here’s why this seems to be an exception.

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'Prairie Home Companion' renamed after Garrison Keillor's firing

NEW YORK (Reuters) - "A Prairie Home Companion," the U.S. radio variety show that Garrison Keillor presented for decades until his retirement last year, has been renamed "Town Hall," days after the raconteur was accused of sexual misconduct.

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Box office: 'Coco' repeats as box office winner with $26.1 million

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Disney-Pixar's animated comedy "Coco" easily repeated as the winner of the North American box office with a solid $26.1 million at 3,987 locations during a moderate weekend.

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MEDIA-Fox restarts talks with Disney about sale of assets - FT

NEW YORK, Dec 3 (Reuters) - -- Source link: http://on.ft.com/2nqqLCE

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U.S. quits talks on global migration pact over sovereignty clash

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States has quit negotiations on a voluntary pact to deal with migration because the global approach to the issue was "simply not compatible with U.S. sovereignty," said U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.

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UPDATE 1-Yemen's Houthi group says fires missile toward Abu Dhabi nuclear reactor

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.

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

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

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Disney Is Said to Have Resumed Talks to Buy Parts of Fox

The move comes as the Murdoch family decides whether to sell big parts of its empire, as the media industry continues to consolidate.

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Fiat Chrysler CEO says in talks with Hyundai on tech partnership

ARESE, Italy (Reuters) - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is in talks with South Korea's Hyundai about a technical partnership, but there are no merger talks between the two, FCA Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne said on Saturday.

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Napoleon feted in Czech reenactment of Battle of Austerlitz

(Reuters) - Cannons roared and horses' hooves pounded across the battlefield on which French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte won one of his most famous victories as hundreds of people took part in a weekend reenactment of the Battle of Austerlitz.

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BRIEF-Fiat Chrsyler in partnership talks with Hyundai, not merger-CEO

Dec 2 (Reuters) - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Nv CEO Sergio Marchionne:

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Cambodian PM pulls back on threat to shut rights group founded by rival

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has pulled back from a threat to close a human rights group founded by the detained opposition leader Kem Sokha, a pro-government website said on Saturday.

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BRIEF-Protea Biosciences Group Says Board Determined It Will Be Required To File Voluntary Petition For Reorganization Under Chapter 11

* PROTEA BIOSCIENCES GROUP INC - ON NOV 30, BOARD OF CO DETERMINED IT WILL BE REQUIRED TO FILE VOLUNTARY PETITION FOR REORGANIZATION UNDER CHAPTER 11

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Venezuela government and foes resume talks, breakthrough unlikely

SANTO DOMINGO/CARACAS (Reuters) - Members of Venezuela's leftist government and opposition coalition began a new round of talks in the Dominican Republic on Friday aimed at resolving the OPEC nation's long-running and often bloody political standoff.

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World Cup favorites spared tough groups in Russia

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The favorites to win next year's World Cup in Russia were given a fairly straightforward path to the last 16 with the coaches of Germany, Brazil, France, Argentina and Spain among those likely to feel relaxed after Friday's draw.

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Exclusive: VW in talks to buy stake in Russia's GAZ - sources

MOSCOW (Reuters) - German carmaker Volkswagen is in talks to buy a stake in GAZ , a Russian manufacturer of light commercial vehicles (LCV), five sources familiar with the talks told Reuters.

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Syrian government negotiator quits Geneva talks, says may not return

GENEVA (Reuters) - Syria's government delegation quit U.N.-led peace talks in Geneva on Friday and said it might not return next week, blaming the opposition's rejection of any role for President Bashar al-Assad in any interim post-war government.

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U.S. firms push Washington to restart nuclear pact talks with Riyadh: sources

RIYADH/DUBAI (Reuters) - U.S. firms attracted by Saudi Arabia's plans to build nuclear reactors are pushing Washington to restart talks with Riyadh on an agreement to help the kingdom develop atomic energy, three industry sources said.

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CME Group to launch bitcoin futures contract on Dec. 18

(Reuters) - CME Group Inc on Friday said it will launch its bitcoin futures contract on Dec. 18 to provide a regulated trading platform for the cryptocurrency futures market.

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BRIEF-TCW Group Says Nippon Life To Acquire 24.75 Pct Stake In Co From Carlyle Group

* NIPPON LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY TO MAKE STRATEGIC INVESTMENT IN TCW GROUP

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Merkel, SPD leader agreed to start talks to solve political impasse: party source

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel, her Bavarian ally Horst Seehofer and SPD leader Martin Schulz agreed during a meeting late on Thursday to enter talks to find a way out of the political impasse, a party official said on Friday.

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Tencent Music, Spotify in talks to swap stakes: WSJ

(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.

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Merkel's conservatives and SPD agree to start coalition talks: newspaper

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) agreed at meeting with President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Thursday to start exploratory talks on forming another grand coalition, Bild newspaper reported on Friday.

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Lebanon choked by burning garbage, rights group says

BEIRUT (Reuters) - People and municipalities have resorted to burning garbage in Lebanon as a result of government mismanagement and it may badly damage the health of nearby residents, Human Rights Watch said on Friday.

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UPDATE 3-Axalta ends Nippon Paint talks after rejecting $9.1 billion bid

Nov 30 (Reuters) - Axalta Coating Systems has ended talks with Japan's Nippon Paint Holdings Co Ltd about a potential sale, the U.S. coating company said on Thursday, following the rejection of what sources said was a $9.1 billion all-cash bid.

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The long winter: 'Game of Thrones' fans in four-day viewing marathon

LONDON (Reuters) - Ice zombies and fire-breathing dragons plague the characters in the hit fantasy TV series "Game of Thrones," but for fans who took part in a four-day marathon to watch the series' 67 episodes back-to-back, a pained rear end posed a greater threat.

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Tapper: Trump recklessly pushed out extremist group videos

CNN's Jake Tapper comments on the anti-Muslim videos that President Trump retweeted.

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UPDATE 2-Axalta ends Nippon Paint talks after rejecting $9.1 billion bid

Nov 30 (Reuters) - Axalta Coating Systems has ended talks with Japan's Nippon Paint Holdings Co Ltd about a potential sale, the U.S. coating company said on Thursday, following the rejection of what sources said was a $9.1 billion all-cash bid.

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Actor Jim Nabors, TV's 'Gomer Pyle' of 1960s, dies at 87

(Reuters) - Actor Jim Nabors, whose portrayal of the grinning country bumpkin Gomer Pyle on the 1960s television hit "The Andy Griffith Show" belied a classic baritone singing voice, died on Thursday at the age of 87, his website said.

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BRIEF-Penn National Gaming Confirms Discussions With Pinnacle Entertainment

* PENN NATIONAL GAMING CONFIRMS DISCUSSIONS WITH PINNACLE ENTERTAINMENT

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BRIEF-Pinnacle Entertainment Confirms Discussions With Penn National Gaming

* PINNACLE ENTERTAINMENT CONFIRMS DISCUSSIONS WITH PENN NATIONAL GAMING

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Latvia, Luxembourg, Portugal, Slovakia bid for Eurogroup chair

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Finance ministers from Latvia, Luxembourg, Portugal and Slovakia bid on Thursday to replace Jeroen Dijsselbloem as the head of the euro zone finance ministers, the Eurogroup, before a vote next week among the 19 countries sharing the euro.

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Brazil's Oi hopes to advance in talks to settle regulatory debts

RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Oi SA, the Brazilian telephone carrier operating under bankruptcy court protection, hopes to advance in talks with the country's solicitor general (AGU) on an agreement to repay the company's regulatory debts, chief executive Eurico Teles Neto said on Thursday.

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UPDATE 1-Axalta ends Nippon Paint talks after rejecting $9.1 billion bid

Nov 30 (Reuters) - Axalta Coating Systems has ended talks with Japan's Nippon Paint Holdings Co Ltd about a potential sale, the U.S. coating company said on Thursday, following the rejection of what sources said was a $9.1 billion all-cash bid.

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New CEO of Brazil's Oi to adopt a conciliatory tone in creditor talks

RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov 30 (Reuters) - The new chief executive officer of Oi SA, the Brazilian carrier which is conducting Latin America´s largest ever debt restructuring, said the company will adopt a conciliatory tone in talks with creditors.