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California winds fuel state's third-largest wildfire

(Reuters) - Strong winds that have powered the third-largest wildfire in California's history were expected on Sunday to further fuel a blaze that has burned 267,500 acres.

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Second prototype of China's C919 jet conducts test flight: state TV

BEIJING (Reuters) - A second prototype of China's home-built C919 passenger jet took off for a test flight in Shanghai on Sunday, state television reported, another step forward in the country's ambitions to muscle in to the global jet market.

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China unveils 2017-2021 winter clean heating plan: media

BEIJING (Reuters) - China announced on Sunday a five-year plan to convert northern Chinese cities to clean heating during the winter through 2021, state media reported, amid a deepening heating crisis.

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Mudslide in southern Chile kills five, at least 15 missing

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

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Mudslide in southern Chile kills three; 15 others missing

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

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Winds fuel California wildfire, state's third largest on record

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A raging California wildfire on Saturday became the state's third largest blaze on record, with more devastation possible from a resurgence of the harsh winds that have fueled the deadly fire since the beginning of the month.

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California wildfire rages as third largest recorded in state

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A raging California wildfire on Saturday became the state's third largest blaze on record, with more devastation possible from a resurgence of the harsh winds that have fueled the deadly fire's growth.

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Carpinteria still rosy after California wildfires spare flower farms

(Reuters) - Dani Hahn was terrified as she watched dozens of firefighters racing to light a small blaze that they hoped would clear enough space to halt the giant wildfire advancing on her rose farm at the foot of Southern California's Santa Ynez Mountains.

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California wildfire close to becoming third largest ever in state

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A California wildfire was close on Saturday to becoming the state's third largest blaze on record, with more devastation possible from a resurgence of the harsh winds that have fueled the deadly fire's growth.

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Strong quake hits Indonesia's Java, kills three

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A powerful magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck the island of Java in Indonesia just before midnight on Friday, with authorities reporting three deaths and damage to hundreds of buildings.

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Strong quake hits Indonesia's Java, killed three

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A powerful magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck the island of Java in Indonesia just before midnight on Friday, with authorities reporting three deaths and damage to hundreds of buildings.

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Tropical storm Kai-tak floods central Philippines

MANILA (Reuters) - Moderate to heavy rains caused flooding and landslides in central Philippines as tropical storm Kai-tak made landfall on Saturday afternoon, and may hit more areas while moving westward, the weather bureau said on Saturday.

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Strong quake hits Indonesia's Java, at least two dead

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A powerful magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck the island of Java in Indonesia just before midnight on Friday, with authorities reporting two deaths and damage to scores of buildings.

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BRIEF-Quartz Mountain Says Robert Dickinson Named CEO And Executive Chairman

* QUARTZ MOUNTAIN ANNOUNCES MANAGEMENT CHANGES, PRIVATE PLACEMENT AND SHARE CONSOLIDATION

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Former cell phone company executive convicted of text message scam

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. jury on Friday found the former chief executive of mobile aggregation company Mobile Messenger guilty of defrauding mobile phone customers by charging them millions of dollars for unwanted text messages.

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Executive function declines long-term after 'transient' brain attacks

(Reuters Health) - People who have so-called transient neurological attacks, including brief mini-strokes, may develop cognitive problems that linger for months, a recent study suggests.

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Crews wary as gusty winds stoke huge California wildfire

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Crews battled shifting winds and difficult terrain on Friday to stop a mammoth wildfire that has burned for nearly two weeks along the scenic California coastline, killing a firefighter and destroying more than 720 homes.

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Drought leaves U.S. Plains wheat vulnerable to freeze damage

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A combination of delays to autumn planting and dry conditions in the southern U.S. Plains have left the hard red winter crop vulnerable to freeze damage, crop experts said, which could further tighten supplies of high-protein wheat.

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Strong quake hits Indonesia's Java, at least one casualty

JAKARTA (Reuters) - An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.5 struck the island of Java in Indonesia, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Friday, with authorities reporting at least one death and damage to buildings.

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Exclusive: Senator Cruz wants to cap renewable fuel credits at 10 cents - document

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Ted Cruz wants to place a cap of 10 cents each on renewable fuel credits - a fraction of their current value - to help U.S. refiners cope with the nation's biofuels policy, according to a document viewed by Reuters on Thursday.

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Gusty winds could expand deadly California wildfire

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Strong winds in the mountains near Santa Barbara may cause flare-ups on Friday in one of the largest-ever California wildfires that has claimed the life of a firefighter and burned down more than 700 homes, officials said.

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Exclusive: U.S. Senator Cruz wants to cap renewable fuel credits at 10 cents - document

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Ted Cruz wants to place a cap of 10 cents each on renewable fuel credits - a fraction of their current value - to help U.S. refiners cope with the nation's biofuels policy, according to a document viewed by Reuters on Thursday.

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Earthquake of magnitude 6.5 hits off Java, Indonesia: USGS

LONDON (Reuters) - An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.5 struck off the coast of Java in Indonesia, the United States Geological Survey said on Friday.

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Dutch test the water for subsidy-free offshore wind farms

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The Netherlands launched an attempt to fund an offshore wind farm without subsidies on Friday, hoping to capitalize on a boom in renewable energy.

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BRIEF-Rigel Announces Resignation Of Ryan Maynard, Executive Vice President And CFO Effective December 31, 2017

* RESIGNATION OF RYAN MAYNARD, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER, EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 31, 2017

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Vicious winds to test crews battling California wildfire

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Firefighters in California will be tested by vicious winds on Friday morning as they battle a huge wildfire that has claimed the life of one of their colleagues and torched more than 700 homes.

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Beijing spared as smog triggers curbs on factories across northern China

BEIJING (Reuters) - Smog warnings across northern China have forced authorities to order factories to reduce output, construction sites to slow work, and the enforcement of limits on the use of diesel-fueled vehicles on Thursday.

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

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

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CORRECTED-METALS-Copper, aluminium top Shanghai gainers on China data

SYDNEY, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Copper and aluminium led gainers in Shanghai base metals futures on Friday, helped by overnight increases in the London market on the back of upbeat China manufacturing data.

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Rio Tinto not expected to relinquish interest in Freeport Indonesia copper mine until 2022 -govt official

JAKARTA, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Rio Tinto is not expected until 2022 to relinquish its interest in the giant Grasberg copper mine in Indonesia operated by the local unit of Freeport McMoRan Inc, a government official said on Friday.

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METALS-Copper, aluminium top Shanghai gainers on China data

SYDNEY, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Copper and aluminium led gainers in Shanghai base metals futures on Friday, helped by overnight increases in the London market on the back of upbeat China manufacturing data.

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Firefighter killed battling massive California blaze

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A firefighter was killed while battling a massive wildfire burning in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said on Thursday.

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Hungary plans big boost in solar power generation

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary will relax rules on the construction of small solar power plants and subsidize loans to landowners as part of efforts to promote renewable energy, a government official said on Thursday.

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Fierce winds to intensify as California wildfire grows

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California firefighting crews may face strong winds on Thursday that could feed a volatile wildfire which has grown into one of the biggest in state history.

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U.S. weather forecaster sees La Niña chances exceeding 80 percent

(Reuters) - A U.S. government weather forecaster on Thursday said La Niña conditions are predicted to continue through the Northern Hemisphere winter 2017-18.

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Poland to respect EU top court ruling on Bialowieza forest logging

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Poland will respect the ruling of the European Union's top court on whether the government can continue logging in the primeval forest of Bialowieza that is under an EU environment protection plan, Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said.

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

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

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ADB approves $506 mln loan to improve air quality in China

BEIJING (Reuters) - The Asian Development Bank [ADB.UL] (ADB) approved a third loan, worth 428 million euros ($506 million), to help improve air quality in China's smoggiest region of Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei, it said in a statement on Thursday.

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Fierce winds to intensify as firefighters battle California wildfire

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California firefighting crews may face on Thursday another round of fierce gusts that have fed a volatile wildfire, one of the largest in the state's history, as they protect homes from flames and build control lines.

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BRIEF-UBS Announces Changes To Group Executive Board

* UBS GROUP AG-MARTIN BLESSING, CURRENTLY PRESIDENT PERSONAL & CORPORATE BANKING AND PRESIDENT UBS SWITZERLAND, WILL BECOME PRESIDENT WEALTH MANAGEMENT

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China's industrial heartland struggles in Beijing's fight against smog

SHIJIAZHUANG, China (Reuters) - Severe natural gas shortages are hitting businesses and residents across China's industrial heartland as an unprecedented government effort to clean up an environment devastated by decades of unbridled growth backfires.

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Seizures of medicines using banned animal parts see steep rise

LONDON (Reuters) - The amount of medicinal products containing illegal wildlife parts seized by EU authorities has risen sharply in the last six years, according to monitoring group TRAFFIC, and includes items from a range of animals including tigers, bears and snakes.

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Airbus executive says considering cuts to A380 production, still undecided

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Airbus SE is considering cutting production of its A380 superjumbo to six or seven planes a year, but has made no final decision on the matter, a top executive said on Thursday amid growing question marks over the future of the double-decker jet.

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Nominee for EPA chemical safety withdraws: Bloomberg

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former chemical industry consultant nominated by the Trump administration to head the Environmental Protection Agency's chemical safety and pollution prevention office has withdrawn his nomination, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday.

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Heathrow launches environmental consultation on expansion

LONDON (Reuters) - Heathrow Airport announced a public consultation on the proposed development of a third runway at Europe's biggest airport, saying it aimed to mitigate the environmental impact of expansion.

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Firefighters defend homes as huge California wildfire rages on

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Firefighters grappling with a wildfire that has burned out of control for 10 days on California's scenic coastline, destroying more than 700 homes, sought on Wednesday to defend homes from flames whipped by resurgent Santa Ana winds.

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Renewed winds, dry conditions hamper fight to tame California wildfire

CARPINTERIA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters trying to tame a blaze that has destroyed hundreds of homes in Southern California were facing bone-dry conditions and the return of powerful wind gusts on Wednesday.

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Electronic waste at new high, squandering gold, other metals: study

OSLO (Reuters) - Electronic waste rose to a record 45 million tonnes worldwide in 2016, squandering valuable metals such as gold and copper since few trashed televisions, cellphones or other products get recycled, a U.N.-backed study showed on Wednesday.

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UPDATE 1-China's HNA says U.S lawsuit over failed deal 'baseless'

HONG KONG, Dec 13 (Reuters) - China's HNA Group said on Wednesday a U.S. lawsuit against the company and its Beijing-based unit Pactera Technology International Ltd over a failed acquisition was "baseless and without merit".

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L'Oreal turns to plant-based hair dye as natural cosmetics thrive

PARIS (Reuters) - L'Oreal is launching its first wholly plant-based hair dye as cosmetics companies look to win over customers who are becoming increasingly wary of chemical ingredients.

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Zimbabwe seizes 200 kg of ivory destined for Malaysia

HARARE (Reuters) - An illegal shipment of 200 kg (440 lb) of ivory destined for Malaysia has been seized at Zimbabwe's main airport, an official said on Wednesday.

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Big firms call on EU to set 35 percent renewable power supplies target

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A group of big technology, industry and power companies have called on the European Union to set a target for renewables of at least 35 percent when EU energy ministers meet next week.

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Winds, dry conditions to hamper efforts to tame California wildfire

CARPINTERIA, Calif. (Reuters) - Powerful gusts of wind and bone dry conditions will remain overriding concerns for Californian firefighters on Wednesday as they seek to tame a huge blaze that has destroyed hundreds of homes.

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After fires, Southern California faces risk of mudslides

CARPINTERIA, Calif./LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Firefighters in Southern California are slowly gaining control of one of the largest wildfires in state history, but residents may not enjoy much relief as experts said the flames are laying the groundwork for the next disaster - mudslides.

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China's HNA says U.S lawsuit over failed deal 'baseless'

HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's HNA Group [HNAIRC.UL] said on Wednesday a U.S. lawsuit against the company and its Beijing-based unit Pactera Technology International Ltd over a failed acquisition was "baseless and without merit".

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As China gas crisis deepens, factories, homes lose supply

SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - The southern Chinese province of Hunan has warned of natural gas shortages, an official said on Wednesday, as producers rush to divert fuel to heat northern homes with temperatures plummeting and factories across the country losing supplies of the fuel.

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METALS-Copper edges higher ahead of expected U.S. rate hike

(Adds detail, updates prices) By Melanie Burton MELBOURNE, Dec 13 (Reuters) - London copper edged higher on Wednesday as the dollar eased after hitting one-month highs earlier on expectations that the U.S. Federal Reserve will raise interest rates for a fifth time since 2015. The dollar slipped against a basket of currencies after a Democrat won a bitter fight for a U.S. Senate seat in deeply conservative Alabama, reducing Republicans' already narrow Senate majority further. "Pr

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Founder of China's embattled LeEco placed on debt blacklist

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The high-profile founder of struggling Chinese tech conglomerate LeEco has been placed on an official blacklist of debt defaulters, a further blow to a firm that had spent heavily to compete in areas from smart cars to online entertainment.

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METALS-Copper largely steady ahead of expected U.S. rate hike

MELBOURNE, Dec 13 (Reuters) - London copper trading was little changed on Wednesday, as volumes thinned throughout the complex in the lead-up to holidays and ahead of a U.S. monetary policy meeting which may spell out higher interest rates. FUNDAMENTALS * LME: London Metal Exchange copper was up 0.1 percent at $6,666.50 a tonne, as of 0247 GMT, having closed little changed in the previous session. Prices have found a base around $6,500, but have run into resistance at the 10

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Exxon deal aside, tough proxy season looms at U.S. energy firms

BOSTON/HOUSTON (Reuters) - Climate activists said on Tuesday they would take a tough shareholder resolution off the table at Exxon Mobil Corp after the company agreed to provide new details about how climate change could affect its business.

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Multiple earthquakes hit southeastern Iran: USGS

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran's southeastern province of Kerman was hit by multiple strong quakes on Tuesday and Wednesday, injuring at least 18 people and damaging some 20 houses, state media reported.

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Magnitude 6.0 aftershock quake hits Kerman, Iran -USGS

(Reuters) - A magnitude 6.0 quake hit eastern Iran near the city of Kerman on Wednesday, just hours after it was shaken by a magnitude 5.9 temblor, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

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Firefighters wrestle to control massive California wildfire

CARPINTERIA, Calif. (Reuters) - A massive California wildfire that has already destroyed nearly 700 homes in its path of destruction crept closer to the upscale hillside community of Montecito on Tuesday despite calmer winds that slowed its progress.

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Brazil Senate passes bill to boost ethanol, biodiesel use

BRASÍLIA/SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazilian senators passed on Tuesday a bill proposing sharp increases in the use of biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel in the country in coming years, as a way to help cut carbon emissions.

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U.S. court upholds Grand Canyon uranium mining ban, but allows mine nearby

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a lower-court ruling keeping a ban on uranium mining around the Grand Canyon, but also upheld a separate decision allowing a uranium mine nearby to open.

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World is losing the battle against climate change, Macron says

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron delivered a bleak assessment on the global fight against climate change to dozens of world leaders and company executives on Tuesday, telling them: "We are losing the battle".

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Norway's PM says happy with sovereign fund's coal exclusion rules

PARIS (Reuters) - Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg on Tuesday said she had no immediate plans to toughen a rule that means a firm generating about a third or more of its income from coal is excluded from the country's $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund.

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Poland's new PM voices backing for nuclear, green energy in future

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland will remain reliant on coal for power generation for now but in future should consider turning to nuclear energy and renewable sources, the new prime minister said on Tuesday in his first policy speech.

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Twenty companies join nations planning coal phase out

PARIS (Reuters) - About 20 companies including Unilever, EDF and Iberdrola joined an international alliance of 26 nations on Tuesday pledging to phase out coal to combat global warming.

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World is losing the battle against climate change, says Macron

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron delivered a bleak assessment on the global fight against climate change to dozens of world leaders and company executives on Tuesday, telling them: "We are losing the battle".

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California and Washington state join carbon pledge in defiance of Trump

PARIS (Reuters) - California and Washington state joined five nations on the Pacific coast of the Americas on Tuesday to agree to step up the use of a price on carbon dioxide emissions as a central economic policy to slow climate change.

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Poland to back nuclear power, remain reliant on coal: PM

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's new Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Tuesday that his government will support a plan to build the country's first nuclear power station, while Warsaw will still rely on coal in its power generation.

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K+S settles environmental dispute with Gerstungen municipality

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German potash miner K+S has settled a dispute with Gerstungen in Thuringia over the municipality's drinking water, allowing K+S to continue producing potash in the region.

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Firefighters wrestle to control California wildfire as winds persist

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters on Tuesday fought to take further control of a massive California wildfire, the fifth largest in the state's history, as relentless wind gusts and bone-dry weather were expected to persist throughout the week.

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Brazil beefs up agribusiness governance after meatpacker scandal

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's Ministry of Agriculture launched a program on Tuesday to ensure farmers comply with anti-corruption, environmental and child labor laws, after a highly publicized meatpacking scandal raised doubts about the country's food products.

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Firefighters look to gain on California wildfire as winds persist

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters on Tuesday hoped to take further control of a massive California wildfire, the fifth largest in the state's history, as relentless wind gusts and bone-dry weather were expected to persist.

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World Bank says will cease financing upstream oil and gas after 2019

PARIS (Reuters) - The World Bank said on Tuesday it will no longer finance upstream oil and gas projects after 2019, apart from certain gas projects in the poorest countries in exceptional circumstances.

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Macron seeks climate action after U.S. withdrawal from Paris accord

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron is urging wealthy countries and global companies to commit more funds to combating global warming and help poorer nations deal with the impact of climate change.

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Magnitude 6.2 quake hits southeast Iran

BEIRUT (Reuters) - An earthquake of magnitude 6.2 hit Kerman province in southeast Iran on Tuesday, injuring 15 people and causing the walls of some houses to collapse, state media reported.

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South China chemical producer halts ammonia output as gas crisis deepens

BEIJING (Reuters) - A major Chinese chemical producer based in the southern province of Yunnan said it has halted production of synthetic ammonia and urea due to natural gas shortages as China's winter heating crisis deepens.

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BRIEF-Steve Laut To Become Executive Vice Chairman of Canadian Natural Resources

* DARREN FICHTER, CURRENTLY EVP OF CANADIAN CONVENTIONAL TO BE PROMOTED TO COO, E&P

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Earthquake of magnitude 6.1 strikes in Iran: USGS

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 struck northeast of Kerman, a provincial capital in Iran, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

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Firefighters look to gain on California wildfire as winds remain relentless

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters hope gain further control on Tuesday of a wildfire, the fifth-largest in California's history, as relentless wind gusts and bone-dry weather conditions are expected to persist.

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Study seen needed before lifting fracking ban in remote Australia

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Gas extraction via fracking could only resume in Australia's Northern Territory district after a study on the controversial practice is completed in two to three years, according to the recommendations of an independent group released on Tuesday.

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Big investors press major companies to step up climate action

OSLO (Reuters) - More than 200 institutional investors with $26 trillion in assets under management said on Tuesday they would step up pressure on the world's biggest corporate greenhouse gas emitters to combat climate change.

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RPT-UPDATE 2-China's growth objectives clash with financial stability goal - IMF

* IMF releases report on stability of China's financial system

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Firefighters hold back massive Southern California wildfire

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters, taking advantage of a lull in the winds, on Monday held in check a massive Southern California wildfire that has torched hundreds of buildings and charred an area larger than New York City.

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Japan says its CO2 emissions inched to 6-year low in last financial year

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's greenhouse gas emissions fell 0.2 percent to a six-year low in the financial year that ended last March, government figures showed on Tuesday, amid growing use of renewable energy and the gradual return of nuclear power.

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South Korea's Moon, China's Xi to talk North Korea, trade in Beijing summit

SEOUL/BEIJING (Reuters) - Reining in North Korea's nuclear ambitions will top South Korean President Moon Jae-in's agenda in Beijing during a visit this week aimed at breaking the ice after a furious row with China over Seoul's deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system.

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U.S. company sues China's HNA over deal, cites opaque ownership

NEW YORK, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Ness Technologies S.A.R.L., a U.S. software engineering company, has sued Chinese conglomerate HNA Group accusing it of failing to adequately answer questions about its ownership in a U.S. review of takeovers by foreign companies, thereby causing their $325 million deal to fail.

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UPDATE 1-China's Tencent plans retail push with Yonghui Superstores stake

HONG KONG/SHANGHAI, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings Ltd plans to buy a 5 percent stake in Yonghui Superstores Co Ltd, the department store operator said on Monday, in the latest push by China's internet giants into offline retail.

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EMERGING MARKETS-Chile stocks see highest rise in two years on copper prices

By Felipe Iturrieta and Bruno Federowski SAO PAULO, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Chilean stocks rose more than 2 percent on Monday, their highest daily rise in almost two years, driven by foreign buyers in large stocks and higher prices for copper, the country's main export. The IPSA index rose 2.69 percent to 5,018.67 points, its best performance since January 2016. The copper reference price on the London Metals Exchange rose 1.5 percent, its largest daily rise in almost two months. Shar

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Canada province pushes on with mega dam project despite opposition

(Reuters) - British Columbia said on Monday it would push ahead with a C$10.7 billion ($8.32 billion) hydroelectric dam project approved by the western Canadian province's previous government, provoking an angry response from a political partner and threats of court cases from indigenous groups.

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U.S. government calls for teens' climate change lawsuit to be halted

(Reuters) - The U.S. government on Monday urged a federal appeals court to issue an order blocking a lawsuit over climate change brought by a group of Oregon teenagers, warning that allowing it to go forward could lead to a constitutional crisis.

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California wildfire rages, threatens communities

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Crews battling a massive wind-driven California wildfire that has torched nearly 1,000 buildings and charred an area larger than New York City on Monday struggled to protect communities menaced by flames along the state's scenic coastline.

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Angelo, Gordon promotes top executives amid succession planning

BOSTON, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Investment firm Angelo, Gordon is promoting two senior executives to co-chief investment officers to work alongside the firm's co-founder, Michael Gordon, as the firm prepares for an eventual generational change.

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Netherlands confirms highly pathogenic bird flu outbreak: OIE

PARIS (Reuters) - The Netherlands confirmed an outbreak of highly contagious bird flu in the Flevoland province that led to the culling of nearly 16,000 ducks, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) 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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France awards climate grants to U.S.-based scientists on summit eve

PARIS (Reuters) - Emmanuel Macron plans to award multi-year grants for several U.S.-based scientists to relocate to France, his office said on Monday on the eve of a climate summit hosted by the president to raise finances to counter global warming.

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Strained firefighters brace for second week battling California wildfire

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - Crews battling a massive wind-driven California wildfire that has torched nearly 1,000 buildings and charred 230,500 acres braced on Monday to protect communities menaced by flames along the state's scenic coastline.

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Snow disrupts schools, travel in UK, Netherlands

AMSTERDAM/LONDON (Reuters) - A second day of snowfall closed schools and disrupted travel across parts of Britain and the Netherlands on Monday, with freezing weather and further snow predicted for later in the day.

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China's graft watchdog warns officials over 'concealed' extravagance

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese officials trying to hide dishonest spending with tricks such as throwing extravagant parties in private will be targeted in a sustained campaign to root out hedonism, the top anti-graft watchdog said on Monday.

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Weary firefighters brace for second week battling California wildfire

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - Crews battling a massive wind-driven California wildfire that has torched nearly 800 buildings and charred 230,000 acres are bracing on Monday to protect communities menaced by flames along the state's scenic coastline.

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Japan sees 60 pct chance of La Nina weather pattern lasting until May

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's weather bureau said on Monday that a La Nina weather pattern has emerged, with a 60 percent chance of it lasting though to the end of spring in May.

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India government favors petcoke import ban, U.S. would be biggest loser

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's government is in favor of banning imports of petroleum coke on environmental grounds, according to a government affidavit filed with the country's top court, which could be a big blow to U.S. refiners who export heavily to the country.

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Monsanto offers cash to U.S. farmers who use controversial chemical

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Monsanto Co will give cash back to U.S. farmers who buy a weed killer that has been linked to widespread crop damage, offering an incentive to apply its product even as regulators in several U.S. states weigh restrictions on its use.

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China says 8 northern cities failed air quality targets in Oct, Nov

BEIJING (Reuters) - Eight northern Chinese cities failed to meet air quality targets in October and November, even as local authorities launched rigorous steps to cut emissions during the winter, the government said on Monday.

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China's top paper says Australian media reports are racist

BEIJING (Reuters) - Australian media reports on Chinese interference in Australia are racist and paranoid, China's top newspaper said on Monday, stepping up a war of words over concerns in Australia about Chinese influence in the country.

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California wildfire rages toward scenic coastal communities

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - A raging wildfire pushed toward a string of California coastal cities on Sunday, prompting new evacuations as crews fought to save homes in the face of gusty winds that have fueled blazes across the state for nearly a week.

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New evacuations ordered as winds reinvigorate California wildfire

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - California's largest wildfire pushed toward prosperous coastal cities on Sunday, prompting a new wave of evacuations as firefighters struggled to curb its destructive power with the gusty winds that have fueled fires for nearly a week.

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New evacuations ordered as California wildfires rage on

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - The largest California wildfire advanced on coastal towns near Santa Barbara on Sunday, stoked by the gusty winds and dry conditions that have fueled destructive blazes across the state's southern region.

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Trains canceled, flights grounded after snow hits Britain

LONDON (Reuters) - Some trains were canceled, flights were grounded and a rugby match was called off on Sunday after Britain experienced heavy snow fall in some areas.

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Egypt to sign contracts for nuclear power plant during Putin's visit: sources

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt will sign contracts with Moscow during Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Cairo on Monday for the country's first nuclear power plant, three senior sources told Reuters on Sunday.

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France to push for European financial transactions tax

PARIS (Reuters) - France will push for an European financial transactions tax to fund the fight against climate change, four French government ministers said in a joint statement.

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Crews battling California wildfires gird for return of high winds

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Santa Ana winds that have stoked wildfires across Southern California, destroying hundreds of buildings and forcing evacuations of some 200,000 people are forecast to return in force on Sunday, authorities said.

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China looks to nuclear option to ease winter heating woes

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - With its smog-prone north desperate to slash coal consumption, China is looking to deploy nuclear power to provide reliable winter heating, raising public safety concerns - though developers say the risks are minimal.

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VW executive convicted in U.S. may seek transfer to Germany: Welt am Sonntag

BERLIN (Reuters) - Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt, convicted in the United States this week for his role in the German carmaker's emissions scandal, may ask to serve his prison sentence in Germany, German weekly Welt am Sonntag reported, citing sources close to Schmidt.

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VW executive convicted in U.S. may seek transfer to Germany - Welt am Sonntag

BERLIN, Dec 10 (Reuters) - Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt, convicted in the United States this week for his role in the German carmaker's emissions scandal, may ask to serve his prison sentence in Germany, German weekly Welt am Sonntag reported, citing sources close to Schmidt.

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California firefighters make gains ahead of strong winds

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters in Southern California made progress on Saturday in their multifront battle against a slew of wildfires that have killed at least one person, destroyed hundreds of buildings and forced more than 200,000 people from their homes this week.

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Strong winds pose fresh threat in California wildfires

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown will survey the destruction of the state's devastating wildfires on Saturday, as firefighters rushed to contain the blazes before dry desert winds were expected to intensify.

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Firefighters race to contain California wildfires as winds set to strengthen

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters in Southern California were under pressure on Saturday to contain six raging wildfires, which have destroyed hundreds of buildings and forced tens of thousands of people to flee, before fierce winds are expected to strengthen again.

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China's Xinjiang halts mining in nature reserve to curb pollution: Xinhua

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's far western Xinjiang region has suspended mining in one of its big nature reserves, the official Xinhua news agency reported, amid rising environmental concerns.

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Weather eases the battle as California wildfires grow

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Growing wildfires chewing through parts of Southern California on Friday ravaged avocado farms, racehorse stables and a retirement community, even as milder weather aided firefighters in their efforts to slow the progress of six major blazes.

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No respite in sight from fast-moving Southern California wildfires

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Exhausted fire crews made little headway on Friday in containing the most troublesome of six major wildfires burning in South California as dry winds fanned flames that ravaged avocado farms, racehorse stables and a retirement community.

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BRIEF-Toyota Announces Executive Leadership Appointments In North America

* TOYOTA ANNOUNCES EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP APPOINTMENTS IN NORTH AMERICA Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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High winds to hamper California firefighters into weekend

FARIA BEACH/LILAC, Calif. (Reuters) - Armies of firefighters on Friday battled an expanding front of Southern California wildfires that have raged for five days and destroyed at least 500 structures, with the gusty winds expected to drive the conflagrations into the weekend.

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Norway cuts payments to Brazil after Amazon forest losses rise

OSLO (Reuters) - Norway has slashed its annual payments to Brazil to protect the Amazon rainforest by 60 percent to $42 million after a rise in forest destruction in 2016, but welcomed signs that losses have slowed this year, Norway's Environment Ministry said on Friday.

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High winds to hamper California firefighters through weekend

FARIA BEACH/LILAC, Calif. (Reuters) - Armies of firefighters on Friday battled an expanding front of Southern California wildfires that have raged for five days and destroyed at least 500 structures, with the gusty winds driving the conflagrations expected to continue into the weekend.

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NYC mother seeks millions from city after child's lead poisoning

(Reuters) - A Brooklyn mother is seeking millions from the city after her toddler was poisoned while living in a lead-infested apartment, the latest charge that New York has failed to protect children from the toxin.

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Berlin zoo on survival watch for newborn polar bear

BERLIN (Reuters) - Berlin's Tierpark zoo is anxiously waiting to see if a polar bear cub survives its first few days, when the likelihood of it dying is especially high, the zoo's director said.

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France's Macron hunts for more money to slow climate change

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron will next week press rich countries to increase climate financing and urge investors worldwide to turn their backs on polluters in a bid to accelerate efforts to combat global warming.

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BRIEF-Westmoreland Resource Partners Appoints Michael Hutchinson As Interim Chief Executive Officer

* WESTMORELAND RESOURCE PARTNERS LP SAYS ON DEC 5, BOARD APPOINTED MICHAEL HUTCHINSON TO SERVE AS INTERIM CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER - SEC FILING Source text - http://bit.ly/2kChp5Y Further company coverage:

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Firefighters battle intense wildfires in Southern California

FARIA BEACH/LILAC, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters battled several intense wind-driven wildfires early on Friday across densely populated Southern California that have destroyed at least 500 structures and chased tens of thousands of people from their homes over the past five days.

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Firefighters battle intense wildfires ravaging southern California

FARIA BEACH/LILAC, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters battled several intense wind-driven wildfires early on Friday that have swept across densely populated Southern California, destroying at least 500 structures and chasing 190,000 people from their homes over the past five days.

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Ash billows from Bali volcano in fresh volley of activity

KARANGASEM, Indonesia (Reuters) - A rumbling volcano on Indonesia's tourist island of Bali ejected greyish-white plumes of ash on Friday, a timelapse sequence of Reuters images showed, a reminder, if it were needed, that its weeks-long period of activity has not ended.

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METALS-Shanghai copper prices turn positive on China data

SYDNEY, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Shanghai copper futures turned positive on Friday after data showed a jump in imports of the metal into China, the world's top consumer of the commodity.

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UPDATE 2-China's HNA pushes back against liquidity concerns, won't sell assets "blindly"

* Group exec says dismisses concerns about "liquidity crisis"

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Kobe Steel's copper plant loses JIS certification - government

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) certification for copper and copper alloy seamless pipes produced by Kobe Steel Ltd's unit Shinko Metal Products has been suspended, the nation's trade ministry said on Friday.

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UPDATE 1-China's HNA pushes back against liquidity concerns, wont sell assets "blindly"

* HNA's leverage, ownership under scrutiny after $50 bln in deals (Adds quotes and comments from HNA executive)

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China's HNA says it is not selling assets "blindly"

HONG KONG, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Chinese conglomerate HNA Group is not selling assets "blindly" and has no plans to sell its stakes in Deutsche Bank or Hilton Worldwide in the near future, a senior executive told Reuters on Friday.

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METALS-Shanghai copper set for soft finish to the week

SYDNEY, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Shanghai copper futures were on track to end the week in negative territory after opening softer on Friday, ignoring signs of supply-side support.

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Magnitude 6.6 earthquake strikes Micronesia: Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

(Reuters) - A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.6 struck east-northeast of Yap in Micronesia in the Pacific Ocean on Friday, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) said, but there was no tsunami threat.

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Kinder Morgan Canada wins Trans Mountain pipe expansion appeal

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - Canada's energy regulator ruled on Thursday in favor of Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd's appeal to sidestep some municipal permits for its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, a major victory for the C$7.4 billion ($5.8 billion) project.

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Kinder Morgan Canada wins appeal on Trans Mountain expansion

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - Canada's energy regulator ruled on Thursday in favor of Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd in its appeal seeking to sidestep some municipal permits needed for the company's C$7.4 billion ($5.8 billion) Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

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EPA chief says public climate debate may be launched in January

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could launch a public debate about climate change as soon as January, Administrator Scott Pruitt said on Thursday, as the agency unwinds Obama-era initiatives to fight global warming.

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U.S. delays rule on methane emissions from federal lands

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration will delay an Obama-era rule limiting emissions of the powerful greenhouse gas methane from oil and gas operations on federal and tribal lands, it said on Thursday, a move slammed by environmentalists.

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Wildfires pile woes on California pot industry after tough year

(Reuters) - Wildfires blazing through Southern California are worrying marijuana growers, who fear that smoke could damage their crops, the basis of a newly legalized industry in the state.

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Trump open to biofuel policy reform, senators say after meeting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is open to reforming the country's biofuels policy if it can be done in a way that protects jobs in both the refining and agriculture industries, senators said on Thursday after a meeting with Trump on the issue.

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Trump open biofuel policy reform, senators say after meeting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is open to reforming the country's biofuels policy if it can be done in a way that protects jobs in both the refining and agriculture industries, senators said on Thursday after a meeting with Trump on the issue.

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EPA chief says may launch public climate debate in January

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could launch a public debate about climate change as soon as January, administrator Scott Pruitt said on Thursday, as the agency continued to unwind Obama-era initiatives to fight global warming.

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U.S. energy office gets new chairman as nuclear, coal vote looms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A new chairman was sworn in on Thursday at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission who will lead the agency as it considers a directive from the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump to subsidize ailing coal and nuclear power plants.

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Trump to meet senators to discuss biofuels policy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas will lead a delegation of lawmakers in a meeting with President Donald Trump on Thursday to argue for changes to the nation's biofuels policy to protect oil refining jobs.

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Southern California fires force 200,000 people to flee

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hundreds of Los Angeles area schools shut their doors on Thursday as raging wildfires wreaked havoc on Southern California, forcing about 200,000 people to flee and destroying hundreds of houses.

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METALS-Copper rises on bargain hunting, gains seen as fragile

* LME/ShFE arb: http://bit.ly/2wZSAEz (Adds technical analyst comment, updates prices)

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U.S. Interior Department wants more oil drilling, expedite ANWR permits

(Reuters) - The Department of the Interior, the U.S. government's second largest revenue generator behind the IRS, is trying to be a better business partner to oil companies to curb falling revenues, Vincent DeVito, energy advisory to the Secretary of the Interior, said on Thursday.

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Trump to meet senators to discuss renewable fuel program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will meet with Republican senators on Thursday to discuss his commitment to the Renewable Fuel Standard, the White House said.

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EU gains powers to check up on new car approvals

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU negotiators agreed new rules on Thursday that give Brussels the power to check up on national car approval authorities and set targets for emission checks in the aftermath of the Volkswagen emissions scandal.

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METALS-Copper rises on bargain hunting, gains seen fragile

* LME/ShFE arb: http://bit.ly/2wZSAEz (Adds analyst comments, updates prices, changes dateline from MELBOURNE)

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Just subtract water - how a dry spell allowed winds to lash California with flames

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hot, dry Santa Ana winds will likely whip up the unseasonably fierce wildfires ravaging Southern California on Thursday, forecasters said. The gales have come at the worst time, at the end of a long dry spell.

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Winds whip up wildfires, forcing mass evacuations in California

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hot, dry Santa Ana winds are expected to fan several relentless wildfires in southern California on Thursday, where hundreds of houses have burned and tens of thousands have fled their homes around Los Angeles, the second-largest U.S. city.

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Malawi hit by blackout as falling dam levels drain hydropower

BLANTYRE (Reuters) - Many parts of Malawi remained without electricity on Thursday after water levels at the country's two main dams sunk to critical levels and affected hydro power plants, the power utility said on Thursday.

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China's Sinopec sues Venezuela in sign of fraying relations

(Reuters) - Sinopec USA, a subsidiary of Chinese oil and gas conglomerate Sinopec, has sued Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA in a U.S. court, claiming it never received full payment for an order of steel rebar.

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China scales back northern gas push to avert heating crisis

BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing scaled back its plan to convert northern cities to cleaner fuel this winter after provinces warned of gas shortages, residents struggled to keep warm and reports of freezing classrooms deepened concerns about a heating crisis.

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China eases northern gas push to avert heating crisis

BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing has eased a push to convert northern cities to gas or electric heating this winter, after two provinces warned of gas shortages and reports of freezing classrooms deepened concerns about a winter heating crisis, local media said on Thursday.

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UPDATE 2-China's growth objectives clash with financial stability goal - IMF

* IMF releases report on stability of China's financial system

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METALS-London copper mired near two-month low as China demand growth cools

MELBOURNE, Dec 7 (Reuters) - London copper edged up on Thursday but was still not far two-month lows amid signs that growth in China's property and power sectors, both major copper consumers, is tapering into the year end. FUNDAMENTALS * London Metal Exchange copper edged up by 0.3 percent to $6,571.50 a tonne by 0209 GMT, after closing little changed in the previous session. Prices on Tuesday fell to $6,507.50, the weakest since Oct. 10. Shanghai Futures Exchange copper

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UPDATE 1-China's growth objectives clash with financial stability goal - IMF

* IMF releases report on stability of China's financial system

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U.S. reviews rule removing protections for Yellowstone grizzlies

PINEDALE, Wyo. (Reuters) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reviewing a decision to strip some grizzly bears of federal protections after a court ruling found flaws with a formula used to delist Great Lakes wolves, officials said on Wednesday.

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China's growth objectives clash with financial stability goal - IMF

BEIJING, Dec 7 (Reuters) - China should prioritise financial stability above development goals, as pursuit of regional growth targets and helping firms avoid heavy job losses had led to a surge in debt, particularly at local government level, the International Monetary Fund said.

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VW executive gets seven years for U.S. emissions fraud

DETROIT (Reuters) - A U.S.-based Volkswagen AG executive who oversaw emissions issues was sentenced to seven years in prison and fined $400,000 by a judge on Wednesday for his role in a diesel emissions scandal that has cost the German automaker as much as $30 billion.

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CORRECTED-(OFFICIAL)-UPDATE 1-VW executive gets 7 years for U.S. emissions fraud

DETROIT, Dec 6 (Reuters) - A U.S.-based Volkswagen AG executive who oversaw emissions issues was sentenced to seven years in prison and fined $400,000 by a judge on Wednesday for his role in a diesel emissions scandal that has cost the German automaker as much as $30 billion.

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Wildfire burns homes, winery in L.A.'s posh Bel-Air neighborhood

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A wind-whipped wildfire raged on Wednesday into a wealthy Southern California neighborhood, destroying at least four homes, threatening dozens more and scorching a building at a winery owned by billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch.

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Volkswagen Mexico executive sees scope to boost NAFTA auto content

LEON, Mexico, Dec 6 (Reuters) - An executive at carmaker Volkswagen's Mexico unit said on Wednesday there is room to boost regional tariff-free content for autos made in North America, a central plank of the Trump administration's plan to overhaul NAFTA.

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Volkswagen executive sentenced to seven years for U.S. emissions fraud

DETROIT (Reuters) - A U.S.-based Volkswagen AG executive who oversaw emissions issues was sentenced to seven years in prison and fined $400,000 by a judge on Wednesday for his role in a diesel emissions scandal that has cost the German automaker as much as $30 billion.

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Argentine drought threatens to wallop late-planted corn and soy

CHIVILCOY, Argentina (Reuters) - Juan Graneros does not remember the last time he saw rain fall on the soy and corn fields he leases in Argentina's bread-basket province of Buenos Aires, and he and fellow farmers are starting to doubt they can recover investments made in this year's crops.

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Crude-producer Alberta unveils rules for large carbon emitters

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - Canada's main crude-producing province Alberta unveiled new rules on Wednesday on how it would charge large industrial emitters including the oil sands sector for carbon output, saying emissions will be cut by 19 percent by 2030.

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Bankrupt Toys 'R' Us puts aside $16 million for executive bonuses

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Global warming may be more severe than expected by 2100: study

OSLO (Reuters) - World temperatures could rise 15 percent more than expected this century, obliging governments to make deeper cuts in greenhouse gas emissions to limit global warming, scientists said on Wednesday.

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China fines for environmental violations up 48 percent from Jan-Oct: ministry

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China firms accused of violating environmental regulations paid fines totaling 1.02 billion yuan ($154 million) in the first 10 months of 2017, up 48 percent from a year earlier, the environment ministry said on Wednesday.

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China's Ofo joins crowded Paris bike-share market

PARIS, Dec 6 (Reuters) - China's Ofo launched its dockless bicycles in Paris on Wednesday, becoming the fourth bike-sharing scheme operator in a city set to banish all combustion-engine cars by 2030.

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More than 200 nations promise to stop ocean plastic waste

NAIROBI (Reuters) - More than 200 countries signed a U.N. resolution in Nairobi on Wednesday to eliminate plastic pollution in the sea, a move some delegates hoped would pave the way to a legally binding treaty.

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More than 1,000 firefighters battle California inferno

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - More than 1,000 firefighters battled an unrelenting wildfire on Wednesday that threatened more than 12,000 homes in and around Ventura, the biggest of several uncontrolled Southern California blazes fanned by intensifying dry Santa Ana winds.

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Volkswagen executive faces sentencing in U.S. emissions fraud case

DETROIT (Reuters) - Volkswagen AG executive Oliver Schmidt will be sentenced in federal court in Detroit on Wednesday for his part in a diesel emissions scandal that has cost the German automaker as much as $30 billion.

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India stumped in efforts to clear toxic smog as cricketers throw up

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's state-run NTPC is launching bids for clean technology for two coal-fired power plants near New Delhi, officials said, as criticism mounts over the country's failure to end a toxic smog which strikes the capital every winter.

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UPDATE 1-Tanzania-Zambia railway halts copper transportation after strike

LUSAKA, Dec 6 (Reuters) - The Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) has suspended all train services, including the transportation of copper following a strike by workers in Africa's second-largest producer of the metal, the company said on Wednesday.

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Tanzania-Zambia railway halts copper transportation after strike

LUSAKA, Dec 6 (Reuters) - The Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) has suspended all train services, including the transportation of copper following a strike by workers in Africa's No. 2 producer of the metal, the company's spokesman said on Wednesday.

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China's warm start to winter heats up Chinese steel, mill profits

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A warm start to the winter has boosted steel prices and margins for mills in China, the world's top producer, as the higher temperatures have allowed projects to proceed that would normally have come to a halt.

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Unrelenting California wildfire threatens thousands of homes

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - An unrelenting wildfire fanned by hot, dry Santa Ana winds threatened more than 12,000 homes in and around Ventura, California, on Wednesday, forcing thousands of people to race for safety.

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Exclsuive: China's Xiaomi seeks bank pitches for 2018 IPO - sources

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc has asked banks to pitch next Friday for an initial public offering in 2018, people familiar with the plan told Reuters.

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London hails electric cabs for a fare to a "different world"

LONDON (Reuters) - London's black cab has gone electric - and it's just hit the roads.

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Apple's Cook says he sees China's Tencent as a great partner

HONG KONG, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Apple Inc's chief executive Tim Cook said on Wednesday he sees Tencent Holdings , China's biggest social network and gaming company, as a great partner and thinks very highly of its founder Pony Ma.

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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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China's smog-plagued Hebei draws up environmental tax plan

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The smog-prone northern Chinese province of Hebei has drawn up plans to launch a comprehensive environmental protection tax starting in the new year that will give more incentives for local polluters to clean up, it said on Wednesday.

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Exclusive: China's Xiaomi seeks bank pitches for 2018 IPO - sources

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc has asked banks to pitch next Friday for an initial public offering in 2018, people familiar with the plan told Reuters.

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China's Xiaomi seeks bank pitches for 2018 IPO: sources

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc has asked banks to pitch next Friday for an initial public offering in 2018, people familiar with the plan told Reuters.

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METALS-Shanghai copper prices fall sharply on China demand jitters

(Adds analyst comment, updates prices) BEIJING, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Shanghai copper fell more than 3 percent on Wednesday, tracking a steep drop on the LME as investors wound in profits on concerns China could see a weaker first half of next year. Analysts said besides a rise in copper inventories, the selloff was fuelled by concerns about liquidity tightness in China towards the year-end, amid a government-led deleveraging push, and slowing investment in the country's power sector, a ke

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China fines for environmental violations up 48 pct from Jan-Oct: ministry

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China firms accused of violating environmental regulations paid fines totaling 1.02 billion yuan ($154 million) in the first 10 months of 2017, up 48 percent from a year earlier, the environment ministry said on Wednesday.

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METALS-Shanghai copper prices fall sharply, track losses in London

BEIJING, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Shanghai copper fell more than 3 percent in early trade on Wednesday, tracking London prices which the session before saw their biggest drop since July, 2015. FUNDAMENTALS * SHFE COPPER: The most-traded Shanghai Futures Exchange copper contract was down 3.2 percent at 51,350 yuan ($7,758.44) a tonne at 0158 GMT, on course for its biggest one-day fall since November, 2016. * LME COPPER: Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange was trading up

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U.S. rejects federal protection for white-tailed prairie dogs

PINEDALE, Wyo. (Reuters) - The white-tailed prairie dog will not be declared an endangered or threatened species after the U.S. government deemed on Tuesday there was no danger despite declines in its population from human development and disease.

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EU executive to propose deeper euro zone integration to unite EU on Wednesday

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission will propose on Wednesday deeper euro zone integration that would help unite the broader European Union rather than just the single currency area.