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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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Zurich Insurance to buy ANZ's life insurance businesses for $2.14 billion

ZURICH (Reuters) - Zurich Insurance has agreed to buy ANZ's OnePath Life insurance businesses for 2.85 billion Australian dollars ($2.14 billion), the latest and largest foray by the Swiss company into the Australian market.

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

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

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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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EDF announces big push into solar, sees cost at 25 billion euros

PARIS (Reuters) - French state-owned utility EDF announced on Monday plans for a big push into solar energy in France that is likely to cost around 25 billion euros as the government tries to meet its climate goals.

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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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VW sees 4-5 billion euros in outflows in 2018 due to dieselgate

WOLFSBURG, Germany (Reuters) - Volkswagen expects cash outflows of 4-5 billion euros ($4.7-5.9 billion) next year in relation to the dieselgate emissions cheating scandal, the carmaker's Chief Financial Officer Frank Witter told journalists on Monday.

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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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BRIEF-Idex Corporation To Acquire Thinxxs Microtechnology AG

* ‍THINXXS WILL OPERATE WITHIN IDEX HEALTH & SCIENCE LLC PART OF IDEX'S HEALTH AND SCIENCE TECHNOLOGIES SEGMENT​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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First round of Volkswagen pay talks end without deal

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

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

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

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BRIEF-Veru Acquires Novel Proprietary Formulation For Overactive Bladder

* VERU ACQUIRES NOVEL PROPRIETARY FORMULATION FOR OVERACTIVE BLADDER

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BRIEF-Cleantech Solutions International To Acquire A 60 PCT Interest In 3D Discovery Limited

* CLEANTECH SOLUTIONS INTERNATIONAL ENTERS INTO SALE AND PURCHASE AGREEMENT TO ACQUIRE A 60 PCT INTEREST IN 3D DISCOVERY CO. LIMITED

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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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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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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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Exclusive: U.S. mall owner GGP rejects Brookfield Property's $14.8 billion offer - sources

NEW YORK (Reuters) - GGP Inc , one of the largest owners and operators of U.S. shopping centers, has rejected a $14.8 billion buyout offer from its biggest shareholder, Brookfield Property Partners LP , people familiar with the matter said on Sunday.

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

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

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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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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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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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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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Speculators increase net-short dollar bets to $4.28 billion -CFTC and Reuters

Dec 8 (Reuters) - Speculators increased their bearish, net-short bets on the U.S. dollar to $4.28 billion in latest week of trading, marking the 21st straight week of net-negative speculator dollar positioning, data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission calculated by Reuters showed.

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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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BRIEF-WestRock Sees Fiscal 2018 Revenue Of At Least $16.3 Billion

* REITERATED FISCAL 2018 GUIDANCE FOR REVENUE OF AT LEAST $16.3 BILLION, ADJUSTED SEGMENT EBITDA OF MORE THAN $2.8 BILLION

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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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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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BRIEF-Manulife Financial Corp Files For Mixed Shelf Of Up To $5 Billion

* MANULIFE FINANCIAL CORP FILES FOR MIXED SHELF OF UP TO $5 BILLION– SEC FILING‍​ Source text - (http://bit.ly/2BhcmyL) Further company coverage:

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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-Hexcel To Acquire Oxford Performance Materials Aerospace & Defense Business

* HEXCEL TO ACQUIRE OXFORD PERFORMANCE MATERIALS AEROSPACE & DEFENSE BUSINESS

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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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Japan to acquire air-launched missiles able to strike North Korea

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan is to acquire medium-range, air-launched cruise missiles, capable of striking North Korea, a controversial purchase of what will become the longest-range munitions of a country that has renounced the right to wage war.

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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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U.S.-based stock ETFs attract $14.6 billion of inflows, largest since June: Lipper

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S.-based stock ETFs attracted $14.6 billion of inflows in the week ended Wednesday, their 10th consecutive week of inflows and the largest since June, illustrating investors'...

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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-Gilead Sciences and Kite To Acquire Cell Design Labs

* GILEAD SCIENCES INC - DEAL FOR UP TO APPROXIMATELY $567 MILLION

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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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BRIEF-CGI Acquires Commercial Consulting Firm Paragon Solutions

* CGI - ACQUISITION FOR ALL CASH CONSIDERATION OF PARAGON SOLUTIONS, INC Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Anthem Inc - Board Increased Company's Share Repurchase Authorization By $5 Billion

* ANTHEM INC - ON DECEMBER 7, 2017, BOARD INCREASED COMPANY'S SHARE REPURCHASE AUTHORIZATION BY $5 BILLION

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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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Investment funds buy $9.481 billion two-year note in November: U.S. Treasury

(Reuters) - Large investment managers bought $9.481 billion at a 2-year note auction held in November,

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

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

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BRIEF-Cypress Announces Pasinex Signs Option To Acquire 80% Of Gunman Project In Nevada

* CYPRESS ANNOUNCES PASINEX SIGNS OPTION TO ACQUIRE 80% OF GUNMAN ZINC / SILVER PROJECT IN NEVADA

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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-Four Corners Property Trust Acquires Longhorn Steakhouse Restaurant Property For $1.5 Mln

* FCPT ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF LONGHORN STEAKHOUSE RESTAURANT PROPERTY FOR $1.5 MILLION Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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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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Steinhoff scandal knocks $12 billion off value in blow to tycoon Wiese

JOHANNESBURG/BERLIN (Reuters) - Shocked Steinhoff shareholders have wiped more than $12 billion off its value since it revealed "accounting irregularities" and parted ways with its chief executive, in a dramatic fall from grace for the South African retailer.

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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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BRIEF-Blackstone Acquires Majority Stake In Titus

* BLACKSTONE ACQUIRES A MAJORITY STAKE IN LEADING DATA CLASSIFICATION PROVIDER TITUS

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

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

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UPDATE 1-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-Western Forest Products To Acquire Processing And Distribution Centre In Arlington, Washington

* WESTERN FOREST PRODUCTS TO ACQUIRE PROCESSING AND DISTRIBUTION CENTRE IN ARLINGTON, WASHINGTON

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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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BRIEF-Icl To Sell Two Low Synergy Businesses For Approximately $1 Billion

* ICL TO SELL TWO LOW SYNERGY BUSINESSES FOR APPROXIMATELY $1 BILLION

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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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Chevron sets 2018 capital budget at $18.3 billion

(Reuters) - Oil and gas major Chevron Corp announced an $18.3 billion capital and exploratory budget on Wednesday.

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BRIEF-Baker Hughes, A GE Company Announces Pricing Of Offering Of $3.95 Billion Of Senior Notes

* BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY ANNOUNCES PRICING OF OFFERING OF $3,950,000,000 OF SENIOR NOTES BY BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC

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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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BRIEF-Edwards Lifesciences Corp Acquires Harpoon Medical

* EDWARDS LIFESCIENCES CORP - EDWARDS PAID $100 MILLION IN CASH FOR HARPOON AT CLOSING ON DEC. 1

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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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Home Depot sets $15 billion share buyback, investment plan

(Reuters) - Home Depot Inc announced a $15 billion share buyback plan on Wednesday and said it would invest in improving its stores to hit a $120 billion annual sales target in the next three years.

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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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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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UPDATE 3-UnitedHealth to buy DaVita primary care unit for $4.9 billion

Dec 6 (Reuters) - The largest U.S. health insurer UnitedHealth Group Inc will buy DaVita Inc's primary and urgent care services for $4.9 billion in its second acquisition this year to expand its fast-growing medical group, it said on Wednesday.

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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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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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UnitedHealth to buy DaVita primary care unit for $4.9 billion

(Reuters) - U.S. health insurer UnitedHealth Group Inc on Wednesday announced a $4.9 billion deal to buy a unit of DaVita Inc, looking to bolster its primary and urgent care services.

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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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T-Mobile board approves up to $1.5 billion buyback program

(Reuters) - U.S. wireless carrier T-Mobile US Inc said on Wednesday its board authorized a buyback program for up to $1.5 billion of the company's common stock.

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UnitedHealth to buy DaVita's medical unit for $4.9 billion

(Reuters) - UnitedHealth Group Inc said on Wednesday it would buy kidney care services provider DaVita Inc's medical unit for about $4.9 billion cash, as the health insurer looks to expand operations in outpatient care services.

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Home Depot sets new $15 billion buyback, long-term sales target

(Reuters) - Home Depot Inc , the largest U.S. home improvement chain, on Wednesday announced a new $15 billion share buyback plan and set a target to grow annual sales to between $114.7 billion and $119.8 billion for the year ending January 2021.

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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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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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Home Depot announces $15 billion buyback program

(Reuters) - Home Depot Inc , the largest U.S. home improvement chain, on Wednesday announced a $15 billion share repurchase plan and set a target to grow annual sales to between $114.7 billion and $119.8 billion by the year ending January 2021.

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BRIEF-Hyster-Yale Materials Announces Agreement To Acquire A Controlling Interest In Zhejiang Maximal Forklift

* HYSTER-YALE MATERIALS HANDLING, INC. ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT TO ACQUIRE A CONTROLLING INTEREST IN ZHEJIANG MAXIMAL FORKLIFT COMPANY LIMITED

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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-Equinix Announces Pricing Of €1.0 Billion Senior Notes Offering

* EQUINIX ANNOUNCES PRICING OF €1.0 BILLION SENIOR NOTES OFFERING

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BRIEF-Preferred Apartment Communities To Acquire Grocery-Anchored Shopping Center Through Subsidiary

* PREFERRED APARTMENT COMMUNITIES, INC. ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF A GROCERY-ANCHORED SHOPPING CENTER THROUGH ITS WHOLLY-OWNED SUBSIDIARY, NEW MARKET PROPERTIES, LLC

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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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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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Nestle to buy vitamin maker Atrium Innovations for $2.3 billion

LONDON (Reuters) - Nestle is paying $2.3 billion to buy Canadian vitamin maker Atrium Innovations, it said on Tuesday, expanding its presence in the consumer healthcare market as it seeks to offset weakness in its traditional packaged foods.

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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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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-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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UPDATE 2-Indonesia plans to acquire Rio Tinto interest in Freeport Indonesia mine

* Indonesia to also buy Indocopper Investama stake in Grasberg (Adds context on Rio's copper investments)

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UPDATE 1-Indonesia plans to acquire Rio Tinto interest in Freeport Indonesia mine

* Indonesia to also buy Indocopper Investama stake in Grasberg (Adds quotes from mining minister, context)

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BRIEF-Livanova To Acquire Imthera Medical

* LIVANOVA PLC SAYS ENTERED INTO AN AGREEMENT TO ACQUIRE REMAINING OUTSTANDING INTERESTS IN IMTHERA MEDICAL, INC.

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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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BRIEF-Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Acquires Gatehouse Consulting Limited

* ARTHUR J. GALLAGHER & CO. ACQUIRES GATEHOUSE CONSULTING LIMITED

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Indonesia plans to acquire Rio Tinto interest in Freeport Indonesia mine

JAKARTA, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Indonesia plans to acquire Rio Tinto's 40 percent participating interest in the giant Grasberg copper mine operated by the local unit of Freeport-McMoRan Inc, mining minister Ignasius Jonan 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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Mastercard to repurchase up to $4 billion of its shares

(Reuters) - Payment processor Mastercard Inc said on Monday it would buy back up to $4 billion of its class A shares.

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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-Independent Bank Corp To Acquire Traverse City State Bank For About $63.24 Mln

* INDEPENDENT BANK CORPORATION ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT TO ACQUIRE TRAVERSE CITY STATE BANK

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BRIEF-Oncap Acquires Intrapac International From CI Capital Partners

* ONCAP ACQUIRES INTRAPAC INTERNATIONAL FROM CI CAPITAL PARTNERS

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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-AGF Reported Total Fee-Earning AUM Of $37.3 Billion As At Nov 30

* AGF MANAGEMENT LTD - REPORTED TOTAL FEE-EARNING ASSETS UNDER MANAGEMENT OF $37.3 BILLION AS AT NOVEMBER 30, 2017 Source text for Eikon: 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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CVS, Aetna executives defend $69 billion deal to skeptical Wall Street

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

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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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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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BRIEF-Hub International Acquires Assets Of Desert Empire Insurance Services

* HUB INTERNATIONAL ACQUIRES THE ASSETS OF CALIFORNIA-BASED DESERT EMPIRE INSURANCE SERVICES, INC.

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

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

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

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

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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-Scorpio Bulkers Announces A Commitment For A New Loan Facility And The Agreement To Modify A Contract To Acquire A Single Ultramax Vessel

* SCORPIO BULKERS INC. ANNOUNCES A COMMITMENT FOR A NEW LOAN FACILITY AND THE AGREEMENT TO MODIFY A CONTRACT TO ACQUIRE A SINGLE ULTRAMAX VESSEL

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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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Dubai’s GEMS Education says it secured $1.25 billion loan

DUBAI, Dec 4 (Reuters) - GEMS Education, an international private education provider based in Dubai, has secured a $1.25 billion loan to refinance existing borrowings and to support future growth, 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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Danish pharma company Alk Abello to invest 1 billion crowns in North America

(Reuters) - Danish pharma company Alk Abello said on Monday it would invest about 1 billion Danish crowns ($159.5 million) over the next three years to develop its North America business and said it expected earnings to be subdued during this period.

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BRIEF-Prysmian To Acquire General Cable For $30 Per Share In Cash

* PRYSMIAN TO ACQUIRE GENERAL CABLE FOR $30.00 PER SHARE IN CASH

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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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BRIEF-TTM Technologies to acquire Anaren for about $775 mln

* ‍AGREED TO ACQUIRE ANAREN, INC. FOR APPROXIMATELY $775 MILLION IN CASH FROM AFFILIATES OF VERITAS CAPITAL​

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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-CVS Health to acquire Aetna in $69 bln deal

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

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CVS Health to acquire Aetna for $69 billion in year's largest acquisition

(Reuters) - U.S. drugstore chain operator CVS Health Corp said on Sunday it had agreed to acquire U.S. health insurer Aetna Inc for $69 billion, seeking to tackle soaring healthcare spending through lower-cost medical services in pharmacies.

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UPDATE 2-CVS Health to acquire Aetna for $69 bln in year's largest acquisition

Dec 3 (Reuters) - U.S. drugstore chain operator CVS Health Corp said on Sunday it had agreed to acquire U.S. health insurer Aetna Inc for $69 billion, seeking to tackle soaring healthcare spending through lower-cost medical services in pharmacies.

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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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Aetna agrees to $69 billion sale to CVS Health: sources

(Reuters) - Aetna Inc's board of directors approved on Sunday the U.S. health insurer's sale to drugstore chain operator CVS Health Corp for approximately $207 per share in cash and stock, according to people familiar with the matter.

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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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Aetna's board set to approve $68 billion sale to CVS Health: sources

(Reuters) - Aetna Inc's board of directors was meeting on Sunday to approve the U.S. health insurer's sale to U.S. drugstore chain operator CVS Health Corp for approximately $207 per share in cash and stock, according to people familiar with the matter.

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Apple's Tim Cook says developers have earned $17 billion from China App Store

WUZHEN, China (Reuters) - Apple Inc's chief executive Tim Cook said developers using its platform in China number 1.8 million and have earned a total 112 billion yuan ($16.93 billion), representing roughly a quarter of total global App Store earnings.

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RPT-Sale of the century? $300-billion Saudi state sell-off moves slowly

* Healthcare, grains, postal, electricity suffer snags -sources

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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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Canada could make billions from legal pot

Canada faces one last hurdle to becoming the first G7 nation to legalize recreational marijuana.

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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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BRIEF-Hennessy Advisors, Inc. Acquires Two Rainier U.S. Equity Funds

* HENNESSY ADVISORS, INC. ACQUIRES TWO RAINIER U.S. EQUITY FUNDS

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BRIEF-Kesm Transaction Solutions Says Acquired In A Private Transaction, Ownership And Control Over 35.8 Mln Shares Of Ackroo Inc

* KESM TRANSACTION SOLUTIONS SAYS ACQUIRED IN A PRIVATE TRANSACTION, OWNERSHIP AND CONTROL OVER 35.8 MILLION SHARES OF ACKROO INC

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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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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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Egyptian billionaire denounces Saudi corruption crackdown

ROME (Reuters) - Egyptian billionaire businessman Naguib Sawiris condemned on Friday a crackdown on graft in Saudi Arabia, saying the purge had undermined the rule of law in the Kingdom and would deter investment.

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REFILE-Sale of the century? $300-billion Saudi state sell-off moves slowly

* Healthcare, grains, postal, electricity suffer snags -sources

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BRIEF-Fiera Capital To Acquire Management Of City National Rochdale Fast-Growing Emerging Markets Fund

* FIERA CAPITAL TO ACQUIRE MANAGEMENT OF CITY NATIONAL ROCHDALE FAST-GROWING EMERGING MARKETS FUND

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BRIEF-Fox Factory Holding Acquires Certain Assets Of Flagship, DBA Tuscany Motor Co

* FOX FACTORY HOLDING CORP. ACQUIRES CERTAIN ASSETS OF FLAGSHIP INC., DBA TUSCANY MOTOR COMPANY

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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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Sale of the century? $300-billion Saudi state sell-off moves slowly

DUBAI/RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's $300-billion privatization program was billed as the sale of the century when Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman unveiled his plan to great fanfare. Nineteen months later, it is moving at a snail's pace, bankers, investors and analysts familiar with the process say.

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UPDATE 1-Slim's America Movil acquires some 2018-2024 Olympics TV rights

MEXICO CITY, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Mexican telecommunications firm America Movil said on Thursday that it had acquired the rights to show the Olympic Games from 2018 to 2024 in some Latin American countries, marking the company's latest bid to boost its presence in television.

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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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U.S.-based money market funds post $33 billion inflows, largest of 2017: Lipper

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investors poured $33 billion into U.S.-based money market funds during the week ended Nov. 29, the largest inflows of 2017, Lipper data showed on Thursday, in a sign that...

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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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BRIEF-Golden Predator Acquires 100% Of Sprogge Project, Yukon

* GOLDEN PREDATOR ACQUIRES 100% OF SPROGGE PROJECT, YUKON Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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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.