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Airbnb drops controversial payment card in France

PARIS (Reuters) - Short-term rental website Airbnb has agreed to withdraw a controversial payment system in France after government officials, including finance minister Bruno Le Maire, met with its managers on Monday.

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Taiwan's Far Eastern International fined T$8 million over SWIFT hacking incident

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan's financial regulator said on Tuesday it had fined Far Eastern International Bank T$8 million ($266,524) due to deficiencies related to its SWIFT system hacking incident.

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Japan air force drills with U.S. bombers, stealth fighters near Korean peninsula

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese F-15 fighters on Tuesday held drills with U.S. B1-B bombers, F-35 stealth aircraft and F-18 multirole combat jets

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Kremlin says widespread Russian forces no longer needed in Syria

MOSCOW (Reuters) - There is a no longer the need for widely-deployed Russian military forces in Syria, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday.

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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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Taiwan's Far Eastern Int'l fined T$8 million over SWIFT hacking incident

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan's financial regulator said on Tuesday it had fined Far Eastern International Bank T$8 million ($266,524) due to deficiencies related to its SWIFT system hacking incident.

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Rolls-Royce creates cross-business data unit to drive efficiency

LONDON (Reuters) - Rolls-Royce has created a data unit, named R2 Data Labs, that uses analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning to improve efficiency across its civil and defense aerospace, marine, nuclear and power systems businesses.

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Amazon's cloud unit expands in China, with new partner in Ningxia

BEIJING (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc said on Tuesday it was expanding its cloud computing business in China with a new local partner, aiming to win share in an increasingly crowded and highly regulated market.

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Philippine bank accuses Bangladesh of heist 'cover-up'

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines bank through which $81 million stolen from Bangladesh's central bank was channeled in February 2016 has accused Dhaka's monetary authority of covering up its negligence and demanded that it stop making the bank a "scapegoat."

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U.S. agency prepares to hand over internet oversight to FTC

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission plans to turn over oversight of internet service providers to another federal agency as it plans to vote on Thursday to revoke the landmark 2015 "net neutrality" rules.

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'More to come' after bitcoin futures launch: Cboe CEO

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The generally smooth launch of bitcoin futures on Cboe Global Markets could pave the way for other cryptocurrency-related products like options and ETFs, the head of the exchange operator said in an interview on Monday.

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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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Apple removes app after MyEtherWallet complaint

(Reuters) - IPhone maker Apple Inc said on Monday it had removed a paid iOS application from its App Store after MyEtherWallet, a free service for storing digital currencies, complained that the program was improperly using its name.

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SEC halts initial coin offering from restaurant review app

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has stepped in to stop an "initial coin offering" (ICO) from a restaurant review app, after the company failed to register it as a security.

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U.S. tech firm settles probe of Russian work on defense project

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Netcracker Technology Corp will not face criminal charges for allowing Russian nationals without security clearance to work on a U.S. defense project after it agreed to adopt enhanced cyber security measures, authorities said on Monday.

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Apple confirms deal to buy music discovery app Shazam

SAN FRANSICO (Reuters) - Apple Inc on Monday confirmed it had reached a deal to acquire Shazam Entertainment Ltd, the U.K.-based app that lets users identify songs by pointing a smart phone at the audio source.

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Elliott says chipmaker NXP worth 23 percent more than Qualcomm's offer

(Reuters) - Activist investor Elliott Management Corp said on Monday NXP Semiconductors NV is worth about 23 percent more than Qualcomm Inc's $38-billion offer to buy the chipmaker.

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U.S. videogame makers may trounce sales estimates again

(Reuters) - Tepid holiday sales forecasts from two of the three major U.S. videogame producers have not dampened investors' confidence in one of the past decade's major stock market success stories for a simple reason: they almost always beat them.

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Elliott says chipmaker NXP worth more than Qualcomm's offer

(Reuters) - Activist investor Elliott Management Corp said on Monday that NXP Semiconductors NV is worth $135 per share on an intrinsic standalone basis, more than the $110 Qualcomm Inc has offered to buy the company.

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Chinese electric car maker to put 'Weltmeister' on road next year

BEIJING (Reuters) - WM Motor Technology Co, one of a new breed of Chinese electric car companies, will use its company name "Weltmeister" as its brand and plans to start taking orders for its first product, a sport-utility vehicle, from April.

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Putin orders 'significant part' of Russian forces in Syria to withdraw

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin ordered "a significant part" of Russia's military contingent in Syria to start withdrawing on Monday, saying Moscow and Damascus had achieved their mission of destroying Islamic State in just over two years.

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EU must look at regulating bitcoin, ECB's Nowotny says

VIENNA (Reuters) - The European Union needs to consider regulating bitcoin, European Central Bank ratesetter Ewald Nowotny said on Monday, citing the risk of money laundering.

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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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Exclusive: Hong Kong fund tells Toshiba that chip unit sale to Bain group not necessary

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Hong Kong-based activist investor in Toshiba Corp has told the embattled conglomerate that the $18 billion sale of its chip unit to a Bain Capital-led group is no longer necessary after its recent capital injection, according to a letter seen by Reuters.

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Putin orders Russian forces to start pulling out of Syria

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin on Monday ordered Russian forces in Syria to start withdrawing, saying that after a two year military campaign, Moscow and Damascus had achieved their mission of destroying Islamic State.

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Apple, India wrangle over import tax on mobile parts: sources

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Apple Inc has asked India to defer a planned increase in import taxes on mobile phone parts so it can expand its iPhone manufacturing in the country, but the government is unlikely to accede, people familiar with the matter said.

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Nokia's COO quits after eight months in the job

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nokia said its chief operating officer will leave the telecom network equipment maker, which is struggling in the face of a shrinking market and tough competition, after just eight months in the job.

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U.S.-backed Syrian forces, Iraqi army coordinate at border: SDF

BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.S.-backed militias in Syria said they have set up a joint military center with the Iraqi army to protect their common border region after ousting Islamic State.

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China Telecom earmarked as Philippines' 3rd telecoms player: Manila officials

MANILA (Reuters) - State-run China Telecom Corp could become the Philippines' third telecoms player, officials of the Southeast Asian nation said on Sunday, as the government looks to stir up competition in an effort to boost notoriously poor services.

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Mubadala has done 15 to 16 investments in Silicon Valley as part of the Softbank fund

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Abu Dhabi's state investor, Mubadala [MUDEV.UL], has made 15 to 16 investments in Silicon Valley as part of a partnership with Softbank Group, deputy group CEO, Waleed al-Muhairi, told a conference in Abu Dhabi.

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Hotly anticipated bitcoin futures surge 21 percent on debut

NEW YORK/SYDNEY (Reuters) - Bitcoin futures jumped more than 20 percent in their eagerly anticipated U.S. debut, which backers hope will encourage wider use and legitimacy for the world's largest cryptocurrency even as critics warn of the risk of a bubble and price collapse.

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France orders international recall of Lactalis baby formula

PARIS (Reuters) - France has ordered banned the sale and ordered a recall of several baby formula milk and baby food products made by French dairy giant Lactalis after the discovery of salmonella bacteria, consumer protection agency DGCCRF said in a statement.

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Under Trump, E.P.A. Has Slowed Down Actions Against Polluters, and Curbed Enforcement

An analysis of enforcement data at the E.P.A. shows a substantial drop in activity against polluters when compared to the Obama and Bush administrations.

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China Telecom earmarked as the Philippines' third telecoms player

MANILA (Reuters) - State-run China Telecom Corp could become the Philippines' third telecoms player, officials of the Southeast Asian nation said on Sunday, as the government looks to stir up competition in an effort to boost notoriously poor services.

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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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Iraq is 'totally liberated' from Islamic State: Iraqi armed forces

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq has been "totally liberated" from Islamic State, the Iraqi armed forces announced in a statement on Saturday.

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France to allow blockchain for trading unlisted securities

PARIS (Reuters) - The French government opened the way on Friday for trading unlisted securities using blockchain digital ledgers with the adoption of new rules aimed at improving Paris' image as a center for financial innovation.

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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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BRIEF-Eros International Says‍ Eros Now Has Partnered With Metrological

* EROS INTERNATIONAL PLC - ‍ EROS NOW HAS PARTNERED WITH METROLOGICAL; EROS NOW WILL BE AVAILABLE AS PART OF METROLOGICAL'S APP LIBRARY Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Spotify and Tencent Music to buy stakes in each other

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Music streaming company Spotify and the music arm of China's Tencent Holdings Ltd will buy minority stakes in each other ahead of the Swedish firm's expected stock market listing next year, the companies said on Friday.

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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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BRIEF-Amazon Music Unlimited Says Announces Its Expansion Into 28 Additional Countries

* AMAZON MUSIC UNLIMITED SAYS ANNOUNCES ITS EXPANSION INTO 28 ADDITIONAL COUNTRIES Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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NiceHash says attacked probably from non-EU IP address

LJUBLJANA (Reuters) - A Slovenian cryptocurrency mining marketplace, NiceHash, which lost about $64 million worth of bitcoin in a hack on its payment system on Wednesday, said the attack was probably made from a non-EU IP address.

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BRIEF-ITG Releases Nov 2017 U.S. Trading Volumes And Provides International Trading Commission Update

* ITG RELEASES NOVEMBER 2017 U.S. TRADING VOLUMES AND PROVIDES INTERNATIONAL TRADING COMMISSION UPDATE

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Ericsson may make Digital goodwill impairment after revamp

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Ericsson said on Friday it may have to book a goodwill impairment in its struggling digital services and media businesses, potentially hitting the Swedish mobile network equipment maker's operating income but not its cashflow.

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California wildfires have scorched more than 140,000 acres and forced nearly 200,000 people to evacuate

Wildfires roared across Southern California for a fifth day Friday, with new blazes prompting additional evacuations as neighborhoods went up in flames in San Diego County.

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Teen forced into prostitution

17-year-old Becky left Nigeria in search of the European dream. Instead, she was forced into prostitution in Italy.

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They Fled Boko Haram, Only to Be Raped by Nigeria’s Security Forces

Thousands of women and girls have endured Boko Haram’s sexual violence. But Nigerian security forces have also preyed on the people they are assigned to protect.

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SoftBank to invest $300 million in food delivery firm DoorDash: Recode

(Reuters) - SoftBank Group Corp plans to invest around $300 million into DoorDash, a San Francisco-based food delivery startup, Recode reported.

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YouTube to launch music subscription service next year: Bloomberg

(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's YouTube plans to introduce a paid music streaming service in March, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.

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Spark NZ expects to roll out 5G in next few years

(Reuters) - New Zealand telecommunications company Spark New Zealand said on Friday its plans for a fifth-generation network (5G) are progressing well and it expects to roll it out within the "next few years."

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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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UPDATE 2-Kinder Morgan Canada wins Trans Mountain pipe expansion appeal

CALGARY, Alberta, Dec 7 (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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BRIEF-Investors Bank Announces Workforce Reduction And Branch Closures

* INVESTORS BANK ANNOUNCES WORKFORCE REDUCTION AND BRANCH CLOSURES

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UPDATE 1-Kinder Morgan Canada wins appeal on Trans Mountain expansion

CALGARY, Alberta, Dec 7 (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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BRIEF-Matthews International Says Entered Into Purchase Agreement To Issue $300 Mln 5.250 Pct Senior Notes Due 2025

* MATTHEWS INTERNATIONAL SAYS ON DEC 1 2017, CO & UNITS ENTERED INTO PURCHASE AGREEMENT TO ISSUE $300 MILLION 5.250% SENIOR NOTES DUE 2025 - SEC FILING

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France's Ubisoft delays three releases, back catalog sales remain strong

(Reuters) - French video game producer Ubisoft said on Thursday it was delaying the release of three games and lowering its 2017/18 sales goals while raising its targeted profit margin.

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Senate confirms top EPA enforcement official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate on Thursday confirmed the Environmental Protection Agency's third high-level official after Administrator Scott Pruitt, approving Susan Bodine to become the agency's top enforcement official.

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

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

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Deutsche Bank says more regulation of cryptocurrencies needed

BERLIN (Reuters) - More regulation and some degree of security are needed to make cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin a serious new asset class for investors, Deutsche Bank Chief Investment Officer Christian Nolting said.

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Chinese investor further raises stake in Dialog Semi to 8.15 percent

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - China's top state silicon chipmaker has further raised its stake in Dialog Semiconductor, buying into share price weakness triggered by fears the Anglo-German firm could lose its top customer Apple Inc.

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Ubisoft delays three releases, lowers 2017/2018 sales outlook

(Reuters) - French video game producer Ubisoft said on Thursday it was delaying the release of three games and lowering its 2017/18 sales outlook.

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Instagram testing standalone Direct messaging app

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc's Instagram said on Thursday it was testing a standalone messaging app called Direct, making it the company's third chat tool alongside its hugely popular WhatsApp and Messenger.

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Silicon Valley meets 'Flash Boys' on new corporate listings program

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A new would-be stock exchange based in Silicon Valley is teaming up with IEX Group, the newest U.S. stock exchange and focus of author Michael Lewis's book, "Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt," on a corporate listings program, the company said on Thursday.

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Blockchain network IOTA teams up with Microsoft, others on data marketplace

NEW YORK (Reuters) - (In this version of the Nov. 28 story IOTA corrects partners in the project to remove reference to Cisco in headline and first paragraph and Huawei in fifth paragraph, include Microsoft in headline and text. IOTA clarified that the error was due to the fact that it co-founded the Trusted IoT Alliance with Cisco.)

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Ford to test new self-driving vehicle technology in 2018

DETROIT (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co will begin testing its latest self-driving vehicle technology next year in at least one city but has not changed its plan to begin commercial production until 2021, the company said.

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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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Orange's boss Richard promises investors more of the same

PARIS/LONDON (Reuters) - Orange's boss Stephane Richard told investors on Thursday he will stick with plans to invest heavily in upgrading networks rather than content as he bids for a third term to lead France's biggest telecoms operator.

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BlackBerry, Qualcomm expand partnership to connected automotive

(Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd and Qualcomm Inc are expanding their partnership to tap the fast-growing connected automotive market, the companies said on Thursday.

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BRIEF-Philip Morris International Declares Regular Quarterly Dividend Of $1.07 Per Share

* PHILIP MORRIS INTERNATIONAL INC. DECLARES REGULAR QUARTERLY DIVIDEND OF $1.07 PER SHARE Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Russia calls on OSCE states to ramp up cyber security efforts

VIENNA (Reuters) - Russia's foreign minister called on Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) countries to strengthen efforts to ensure the safety of the internet on Thursday.

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Nonfiction: A Memoir of a Year on the International Space Station

The NASA astronaut and naval pilot Scott Kelly put his “Endurance” to the test, both on Earth and beyond.

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In the Arab World, the Rallying Cry of Jerusalem May Have Lost Its Force

The U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital deals a blow to an aspiration of the Arab world. But for many Arab leaders, the issue has been displaced by other priorities.

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Australia's ASX selects blockchain to cut costs

(Reuters) - Australia's ASX Ltd said on Thursday it would replace its registry, settlement and clearing system with blockchain technology to cut costs for customers.

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BRIEF-Mercer International Announces Pricing Of Private Offering Of Senior Notes

* MERCER INTERNATIONAL - ‍ANNOUNCED PRICING OF PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED OFFERING OF $300 MILLION AGGREGATE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF 5.500% SENIOR NOTES DUE JAN 15, 2026​

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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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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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BRIEF-Service Corp International Announces New Unsecured Credit Agreement

* SERVICE CORPORATION INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCES NEW UNSECURED CREDIT AGREEMENT

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ASX selects distributed ledger technology to replace CHESS

(Reuters) - Australia's main bourse ASX Ltd on Thursday said it would replace its existing technology used to record shareholdings and manage the clearing and settlement of equity transactions in Australia, with blockchain developed by its technology partner Digital Asset (DA).

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

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California fires force evacuation in exclusive L.A. area

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Southern California wildfires raged into an affluent Los Angeles neighborhood on Wednesday, forcing evacuations, threatening multibillion-dollar homes and temporarily shutting a major highway.

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U.S. Air Force unveils criminal reporting reforms in wake of Texas shooting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force is toughening its rules for reporting criminal records to the government's gun owner background check database, after a man convicted of assault while in the service was able to purchase guns and later shot and killed 26 people in a Texas church.

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

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

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Researchers say Ethiopia used Elbit products to spy on dissidents

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Israeli defense company Elbit Systems' shares fell 1.7 percent in premarket Nasdaq trade after researchers claimed Ethiopia used products made by its Cyberbit unit to spy on dissidents.

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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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High tech, high finance and high times for U.S. pot industry

(Reuters) - Two years ago, Alan Gertner was head of Google's Asia-Pacific sales team in Singapore, handling more than $100 million in business.

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Farming startup Indigo raises $203 million with help from Dubai fund

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Farming technology startup Indigo has raised more than $200 million from investors to fund its efforts to reform how crops including wheat, soybeans, cotton and corn are grown around the world.

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Oosthuizen forced out of Joburg Open after freak injury

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Local favorite Louis Oosthuizen has pulled out of the Johannesburg Open starting on Thursday after a freak accident that will go down as one of sport’s more unusual injuries.

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Israeli Prime Minister reinforces bond with US

After the announcement that President Trump will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the alliance with US is "irreplaceable."

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Ireland says yet to agree exact date for Apple to start transferring tax funds

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland expects Apple to start paying up to 13 billion euros ($15.36 billion) in back taxes into an escrow account once it is set up at the end of January, but an exact date has yet to be agreed.

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Soccer: Kuwait's international ban lifted after more than two years

ZURICH (Reuters) - Kuwait can return to international football following an absence of more than two years after FIFA lifted a ban on the country's football association on Wednesday.

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BRIEF-Cleantech Solutions International Enters Into Conditional Share Swap Agreement With Ever-Long Holdings Ltd To Enter Investment Management Business

* CLEANTECH SOLUTIONS INTERNATIONAL ENTERS INTO CONDITIONAL SHARE SWAP AGREEMENT WITH EVER-LONG HOLDINGS LIMITED TO ENTER INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT BUSINESS

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Op-Ed Contributors: Is Media Driving Americans Apart?

Social media gets all the attention for polarization, but TV is doing more than its share.

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Singapore drone frees your fingers to take photos

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - As more people shoot pictures and videos from consumer drones, researchers in Singapore have found a way round the frustrating task of framing and taking photos while manually piloting the craft. 

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Apple's Cook optimistic that apps pulled in China will be back

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Apple Inc is optimistic that some of its popular apps removed from its China App Store this year to comply with government requests will be reinstated, the U.S. tech giant's Chief Executive Tim Cook said on Wednesday.

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Op-Ed Columnist: Obsession With Iran Is Driving the Mideast and the U.S. Crazy

There are better ways to respond to Iran’s attempts to spread its influence.

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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.

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Maduro's cryptocurrency to fare no better than Venezuela itself: analysts

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's plan to create an oil-backed cryptocurrency faces the same credibility problems that dog the ruling Socialist Party in financial markets and is unlikely to fare any better than the struggling OPEC member itself, investors and technical experts say.

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BRIEF-American Media Says Dylan Howard Has "Full Support Of AMI And Its Executives"

* AMERICAN MEDIA SAYS DYLAN HOWARD HAS "FULL SUPPORT OF AMI AND ITS EXECUTIVES" Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Maduro's cryptocurrency to fare no better than Venezuela itself

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's plan to create an oil-backed cryptocurrency faces the same credibility problems that dog the ruling Socialist Party in financial markets and is unlikely to fare any better than the struggling OPEC member itself, investors and technical experts say.

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New rule could force workers to share tips

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Xunlei tumbles as cryptocurrency worries swirl

(Reuters) - Shares in Chinese technology company Xunlei Ltd sank 12 percent on Tuesday, taking falls in the stock past 40 percent in two weeks as investors debated whether the company is set to benefit or suffer from a boom in cryptocurrency stock plays.

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Wal-Mart to integrate physical, online units in Brazil

(Reuters) - The Brazilian unit of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has decided to integrate its physical retail and e-commerce activities, as well as expand its so-called online marketplace operations, the company said in a statement on Tuesday.

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Wildfires near Los Angeles force thousands to evacuate; one dead

VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. (Reuters) - Two wind-fueled wildfires north and west of Los Angeles have caused at least one death, forced the evacuations of thousands of people and triggered widespread power outages, officials said on Tuesday.

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Dish co-founder Ergen steps down from CEO role to focus on wireless

(Reuters) - Dish Network Corp said on Tuesday co-founder Charlie Ergen has stepped down from his chief executive role to devote more time to build out the company's wireless business.

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Dish Network founder steps down from CEO role to focus on wireless

(Reuters) - Dish Network Corp said on Tuesday Chief Executive Charlie Ergen has stepped down to devote more time to the company's emerging wireless business.

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Bitcoin hits new record high of $11,850

LONDON (Reuters) - Bitcoin powered to a record high of $11,850 on Tuesday, continuing its surge from below $1,000 at the start of the year.

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International police operation shuts down 'Andromeda' malware system

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A joint operation involving Germany, the United States and Belarus has taken down a malware system known as "Andromeda" or "Gamarue" that infected more than 2 million computers globally, Europol said on Tuesday.

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'Smart bags' may not fly if battery cannot be removed

GENEVA (Reuters) - "Smart suitcases" may be able to charge mobile phones or be easily found if misplaced, but unless their battery can be removed they risk being sent packing by the world's airlines.

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International police operation shuts down "Andromeda" malware system

AMSTERDAM, Dec 5 (Reuters) - A joint operation involving Germany, the United States and Belarus has taken down a malware system known as "Andromeda" or "Gamarue" that infected more than 2 million computers globally, Europol said on Tuesday.

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Exclusive: More Chinese lenders plan to pursue RCom in insolvency court - sources

HONG KONG/MUMBAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - Two major Chinese lenders plan to support a move by China Development Bank to put Indian wireless carrier Reliance Communications (RCom) into insolvency court as they seek to recover about $2 billion in debt, said three people with knowledge of the matter.

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iPhone market share slips in October-quarter: research firm

(Reuters) - The market share of Apple Inc's iPhone declined in key regions in the three months ended October, hurt by the unavailability of the iPhone X during that time, research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech said on Tuesday.

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Myanmar forces may be guilty of genocide against Rohingya, U.N. says

GENEVA (Reuters) - Myanmar's security forces may be guilty of genocide against the Rohingya Muslim minority, the United Nations' top human rights official said on Tuesday, adding that more were fleeing despite an agreement between Myanmar and Bangladesh to send them home.

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Chinese investor increases stake in Dialog Semi to over 7 percent

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - China's top state silicon chipmaker has indirectly raised its stake in Dialog Semiconductor , whose share price has plummeted on signs it could lose its top customer Apple Inc .

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Chinese investor lifts stake in Dialog Semi to over 7 percent

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - An investment vehicle owned by Tsinghua Unigroup Ltd, China's top state silicon chipmaker, has raised its stake in Anglo-German Dialog Semiconductor to 7.15 percent, according to a regulatory filing on Tuesday.

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Wildfire forces thousands to flee homes north of Los Angeles

(Reuters) - A rapidly growing wildfire in the foothills north of Los Angeles threatened thousands of homes on Tuesday, forcing nearby residents to evacuate after causing at least one death and power outages throughout the area, officials said.

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Spain withdraws international arrest warrant for Catalonia former politicians

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's Supreme Court said on Tuesday it had withdrawn an international arrest warrant for Catalonia's former leader Carles Puigdemont and four of his cabinet members saying the politicians had shown willingness to return to Spain.

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BRIEF-‍Juniper Networks Partners With Telefonica On Road To A Self-Driving Network​

* ‍JUNIPER NETWORKS PARTNERS WITH TELEFONICA ON ROAD TO A SELF-DRIVING NETWORK​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: ( Bangalore.newsroom@thomsonreuters.com ;)

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IATA seeks strong law enforcement to deter irresponsible use of drones

GENEVA, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Law enforcement authorities must play a strong role to ensure there are suitable deterrents in place for those flying recreational drones to prevent danger to passenger aircraft, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said on Tuesday.

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Australian retailers rally as Amazon gets cool reception

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's Australian arm took its first orders on Tuesday, ending the suspense over its opening date and sending retail stocks higher amid complaints of limited product range and uncompetitive prices on the U.S. e-commerce platform.

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Nissan, DeNA schedule public tests of self-driving car service in Japan next year

TOKYO (Reuters) - Nissan Motor Co and Japanese gaming software maker DeNA Co said on Tuesday they would begin public tests of their self-driving ride-sharing service in Japan next year.

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UPDATE 1-Kinder Morgan warns pipeline expansion could be further delayed

VANCOUVER/CALGARY, Alberta, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd said on Monday the start-up of its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion could be delayed past September 2020 if it is unable to get more clarity around permitting and the judicial process by early next year.

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Kinder Morgan warns pipeline expansion could be further delayed

VANCOUVER, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Kinder Morgan Canada said on Monday the start-up of its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion could be delayed past September 2020 if it is unable to get more clarity around permitting and the judicial process by early next year.

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UPDATE 4-CVS, Aetna executives defend $69 bln deal to skeptical Wall St

NEW YORK, Dec 4 (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp and Aetna Inc said on Monday their $69 billion deal to combine the pharmacy and drug benefit manager and the No. 3 U.S. health insurer would transform healthcare and deliver cost savings, but investors took a pessimistic view of the combination in the short term.

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U.S. SEC's cyber unit files charges in alleged initial coin offering fraud

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said on Monday its newly created cyber unit had filed its first charges against an "initial coin offering" (ICO), alleging that a privately held company called PlexCorps and its top two officials had defrauded investors.

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Toyota will decide on new U.S. plant location in early 2018: executive

DETROIT (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp should decide by the first quarter of 2018 on a location for a new U.S. vehicle assembly plant it will build with Mazda Motor Corp , the head of Toyota's North American operations said on Monday.

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NY attorney general asks for net neutrality vote to be put off

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New York's attorney general urged the Federal Communications Commission to delay a vote rolling back net neutrality rules because of the large number of fake comments submitted to the agency on the issue.

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Siemens, Brazilian prosecutors eyeing settlement over bribery lawsuit: newspaper

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - German industrial group Siemens AG is negotiating a settlement worth more than 1 billion reais ($307 million) with Brazilian state prosecutors over a civil case related to probes into whether bribes were paid to win train contracts, according to a Monday newspaper report.

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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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BRIEF-Vital Therapies Appoints Russell J. Cox As Chief Executive Officer And Board Member

* VITAL THERAPIES APPOINTS RUSSELL J. COX AS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND BOARD MEMBER EFFECTIVE JANUARY 3, 2018

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Somalia's peacekeeping mission could be hurt by cut in force size: mission chief

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - The African Union's plan to trim its Somalia peacekeeping force (AMISOM) will hurt the mission unless extra equipment is found to offset the troop decrease, the mission's leader told Reuters on Monday.

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Saudis pledge $100 million to African anti-jihadist force: Mali

DAKAR (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has pledged $100 million to a new regional military force battling jihadist groups in West Africa's Sahel region, force member Mali said on Monday.

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Amid rising discounts, Nissan seeks 'fair share' of pie in U.S.: executive

DETROIT (Reuters) - Facing a glut of late-model 2017 vehicles and rising consumer discounts by competitors, Nissan Motor Co Ltd will continue to target a "fair share of the pie" with big discounts of its own, the automaker's U.S. sales chief said on Monday.

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UPDATE 3-CVS, Aetna executives defend $69 bln deal to skeptical Wall St

NEW YORK, Dec 4 (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp and Aetna Inc on Monday said their $69 billion deal to combine the pharmacy and drug benefit manager and the No. 3 U.S. health insurer would transform healthcare and deliver cost savings, but investors took a pessimistic view of the combination in the short term.

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UPDATE 1-Uber joins forces with global public transport association

BRUSSELS, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Ride-hailing app Uber said on Monday it was joining a global public transport association to improve mobility in the cities it operates in, although North America's largest public transit union said there was no place for the U.S. company.

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Lakers to enforce so-called 'LaVar Ball rule'

There's now at least one less place to interview LaVar Ball.

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Self-driving costs could drop 90 percent by 2025, Delphi CEO says

DETROIT (Reuters) - Delphi Automotive Plc, which is changing its name to Aptiv Inc, wants to cut the cost of self-driving cars by more than 90 percent to around $5,000 by 2025, according to Chief Executive Officer Kevin Clark.

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Self-driving costs could drop 90 pct by 2025, Delphi CEO says

DETROIT, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Delphi Automotive Plc, which is changing its name to Aptiv Inc, wants to cut the cost of self-driving cars by more than 90 percent to around $5,000 by 2025, according to Chief Executive Officer Kevin Clark.

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Micro-lender China Rapid Finance spots opportunity in new rules

BEIJING (Reuters) - China Rapid Finance will make any adjustments needed to its business practices and the fees it charges in response to Bejing's new requirements to clean up fast-growing online micro-lenders, its chief executive Zane Wang said on Monday.

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Facebook rolls out messenger app for kids under 13

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Monday rolled out Messenger Kids, an app that lets the world's biggest social media company expand into a so-far untapped market of kids under 13 while also giving parents complete control over what their children see.

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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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UPDATE 2-CVS, Aetna executives defend $69 bln deal to skeptical Wall St

NEW YORK, Dec 4 (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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Chipmaker Dialog plunges further on fears Apple could go it alone

LONDON/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Shares in Dialog Semiconductor dropped as much as 23 percent on Monday after the company acknowledged for the first time that top customer Apple could develop its own battery-saving chips used in iPhones.

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SEC's cyber unit files charges in alleged initial coin offering fraud

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said on Monday its newly created cyber unit had filed its first charges against an "initial coin offering" (ICO), alleging that a privately held company called PlexCorps and its top two officials had defrauded investors.

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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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Direct Line offers 5-percent Tesla 'auto-pilot' incentive

(Reuters) - Britain's largest motor insurer Direct Line is offering Tesla Inc drivers in Britain a 5-percent discount for switching on the car's autopilot system, seeking to encourage use of a system it hopes will cut down on accidents.

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CVS, Aetna executives expect to save by reducing redundancy

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

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SEC's Cyber Unit files first charges, alleges fraud scheme

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday said its new Cyber Unit has filed its first charges, alleging that a privately held company called PlexCorps and its top two officials had defrauded investors.

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BRIEF-International Frontier Resources Corp Receives Over $2.56 mln From Warrant Exercise

* INTERNATIONAL FRONTIER RESOURCES - HAS ISSUED AN ADDITIONAL 24.96 MILLION COMMON SHARES FROM ITS TREASURY THROUGH CONVERSION OF THE WARRANTS TO SHARES​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-AltaGas Ltd And WGL Holdings Settlement Agreement Kickstarts Natural Gas Expansion In Maryland

* ALTAGAS LTD. AND WGL HOLDINGS, INC. SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT KICKSTARTS NATURAL GAS EXPANSION IN MARYLAND

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Facebook opens new London hub, to create 800 UK jobs

LONDON (Reuters) - Facebook opened its new London office on Monday and said it would add another 800 jobs in the capital next year, underlining its commitment to Britain as the country prepares for Brexit.

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China think tank calls for 'democratic' internet governance

WUZHEN, China (Reuters) - China ranks fifth among 38 nations globally in standards of cyber governance, a top state-backed internet think tank said on Monday, calling for a 'democratic' internet governance system to eradicate inequalities it said marginalized developing nations.

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BRIEF-Technipfmc Awarded Bapco Sitra Refinery Expansion In Bahrain

* TECHNIPFMC AWARDED BAPCO SITRA REFINERY EXPANSION IN BAHRAIN

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U.S. and South Korea Start Largest-Ever Joint Air Force Drills

The exercises will include simulated strikes on North Korean nuclear and missile testing sites and come a week after the North tested a ballistic missile.

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Uber joins forces with global public transport association

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Ride-hailing app Uber [UBER.UL] said on Monday it was joining a global public transport association to improve mobility in the cities it operates in.

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TIM's board to discuss network options this week: source

MILAN (Reuters) - The board of Telecom Italia (TIM) will this week discuss options for its fixed-line network, including possibly splitting it off, although no decision is expected to be made, a source close to the company said on Sunday.

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UPDATE 1-Volkswagen 'misused' me, accused executive tells judge

BERLIN, Dec 3 (Reuters) - Volkswagen AG executive Oliver Schmidt, who is due to be sentenced this week in connection with the carmaker's emissions scandal, has written to the judge to say he feels "misused" by the German company.

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Volkswagen 'misused' me, accused executive tells judge

BERLIN (Reuters) - Volkswagen AG executive Oliver Schmidt, who is due to be sentenced this week in connection with the carmaker's emissions scandal, has written to the judge to say he feels "misused" by the German company, a newspaper reported on Sunday.

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Commander of Taliban 'special forces' killed in Afghanistan: officials

KABUL (Reuters) - The commander of the Taliban's "special forces" branch, known as the "Red Unit," was killed last week in Helmand province by Afghan forces, according to Afghanistan's main intelligence agency.

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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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Honduran army enforces curfew after vote count stalls

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Honduran security forces fanned out on Saturday to enforce a curfew as sporadic demonstrations continued over a contested presidential election that triggered violent protests that have killed at least three people.

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For security agencies, blockchain goes from suspect to potential solution

(Reuters) - Police and security agencies have so far only taken an interest in blockchain - the distributed ledger technology behind cryptocurrencies like bitcoin - for tracking criminals hiding illegal money from banks.

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China's Xi says country will not close door to global internet

WUZHEN, China (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping said the country will not close its door to the global internet, but that cyber sovereignty is key to the development of the internet.

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Honduran army enforces curfew while vote count stalls

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Honduran security forces fanned out on Saturday to enforce a curfew that emptied streets after a contested presidential election triggered looting and violent protests that have left at least three people dead.

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Two dead as Honduran army enforces curfew while vote count stalls

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Two people died as Honduran security forces clashed with demonstrators and fanned out to enforce a curfew, officials said on Saturday, after a contested presidential election triggered looting and protests.

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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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India's Infosys taps Capgemini executive Parekh as CEO

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Infosys, India's No.2 IT services company, named Salil S Parekh as chief executive on Saturday, picking an outsider for the job for a second time and handing him the twin challenges of reviving growth and forging peace between its founders and board following a public spat.

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India's Infosys appoints outsider Parekh as CEO

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Infosys, India's No.2 IT services company, named Salil S Parekh as chief executive on Saturday, picking an outsider for the job a second time and handing him the twin challenges of reviving growth and making peace between its founders and board.

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Honduras awaits presidential vote count as army enforces curfew

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Honduras enforced a curfew on Saturday while still mired in chaos over a contested presidential election that has triggered looting and protests in which at least one person has died.

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Honduran army enforces curfew to stem violence after delayed vote count

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Honduras suspended the right to free movement on Friday, imposing a dusk-to-dawn curfew and giving the army and police extended powers after looting and protests triggered by a contested election killed at least one person.

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After Firing Matt Lauer, NBC Executives Move to Control the Damage

As competitors raised questions, the NBC News chairman and the news division president worked to reassure staff members about the handling of the scandal.

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UK cyber agency targets Kaspersky in warning on Russian software

(Reuters) - Britain's main cyber security agency on Friday warned British government agencies to avoid using anti-virus software from Russian companies, the latest in a series of moves targeting Moscow-based security software maker Kaspersky Lab.

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UK bans Kaspersky software from departments responsible for national security: FT

(Reuters) - The British government has banned its departments responsible for national security from using software made by Russia's Kaspersky Labs, the Financial Times reported on Friday, citing a letter sent to government officials. http://on.ft.com/2BuuWPU

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Kosovo PM removed from international arrest warrant: minister

PRISTINA (Reuters) - Kosovo’s Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj was removed from an international arrest warrant issued by Serbia, lifting an obstacle to him travelling outside the country, the justice minister said on Friday.

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Turkish gold trader testifies on bank executive's role in sham food sales

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Turkish-Iranian gold trader testifying for U.S. prosecutors in a New York court on Friday gave his most detailed account yet of how he claims an executive of Turkey's state-owned Halkbank devised key parts of a plan to launder money for Iran through fake food sales.

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UPDATE 2-Icahn steps up attack on SandRidge, seeks executive pay records

HOUSTON, Dec 1 (Reuters) - Activist investor Carl Icahn has stepped up his attack on SandRidge Energy Inc's proposal to buy a rival oil-and-gas producer, taking aim at the company's top executives and calling for a release of records on the deal and executive pay, according to a regulatory filing on Friday.

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Samsung to chase big M&A deals on three fronts, says strategy chief

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics' $8 billion purchase of automotive and audio electronics company Harman has given the technology conglomerate confidence to chase more big deals, its strategy chief said on Friday.

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Exclusive: CVS eyes major expansion of health clinics with Aetna deal - sources

NEW YORK (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp is planning to significantly expand health services at its retail pharmacies if it completes a more than $66 billion deal for insurer Aetna Inc , a move that could save more than $1 billion annually, people familiar with the matter said.

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Intesa CEO warns of Bitcoin 'bubble', urges global regulation: TV

MILAN (Reuters) - The head of Italy's top retail bank Intesa Sanpaolo joined a growing chorus of Bitcoin critics, calling the wild gyrations in the price of the cryptocurrency a speculative bubble and saying global regulatory scrutiny was essential.

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Uber security executives depart after CEO criticizes practices

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Two of Uber Technologies Inc's most senior remaining security executives resigned on Friday and another took medical leave after the company's new chief executive officer criticized past practices, a source familiar with the situation said.

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U.S. regulator to allow CME, CBOE to list bitcoin futures

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. derivatives regulator said on Friday it would allow CME Group Inc and CBOE Global Markets Inc to list bitcoin futures, after the rival bourses showed their proposed contracts and trading arrangements met necessary requirements.

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'Clash of Clans' maker Supercell banks on few games

HELSINKI (Reuters) - "Clash of Clans" maker Supercell will focus on a few mobile games and kill off those which it does not expect to become a top-10 global hit, its chief executive said on Friday.

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Information overload is driving us crazy

In a famous 1927 concurrence, Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis distinguished the purpose of free speech as helping humans to develop and nurture their capabilities to have meaningful discourse. Brandeis wrote: "The greatest menace to freedom is an inert people; that public discussion is a political duty, and that this should be a fundamental principle of the American government."

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BRIEF-Youngevity International Files For Offering Of Up To $10 Million Of Co's Series B Convertible Preferred Stock

* YOUNGEVITY INTERNATIONAL INC FILES FOR OFFERING OF UP TO $10 MILLION OF CO'S SERIES B CONVERTIBLE PREFERRED STOCK ON A BEST EFFORTS BASIS - SEC FILING Source text : (http://bit.ly/2AiovCi) Further company coverage:

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'Star Wars' islands feel the Force

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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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BRIEF-Delphi Energy Announces Increase In Credit Facility And Expansion Of Syndicate

* DELPHI ENERGY ANNOUNCES INCREASE IN CREDIT FACILITY AND EXPANSION OF SYNDICATE

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Lawsuit seeks to block Illinois abortion coverage expansion

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Abortion opponents in Illinois filed a lawsuit on Thursday to block a recently approved law expanding state-funded coverage of abortions for low-income Medicaid recipients and state workers.

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WhatsApp service resumes after worldwide outage

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Popular messaging app WhatsApp said on Thursday that users around the world had been unable to access its service for a brief period, but that access for its 1 billion daily users had since resumed.

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GM plans large-scale launch of self-driving cars in U.S. cities in 2019

SAN FRANCISCO/DETROIT (Reuters) - General Motors Co laid out its vision for self-driving vehicles on Thursday, telling investors it planned a commercial launch of fleets of fully autonomous robo-taxis in multiple dense urban environments in 2019, in a challenge to rivals such as Alphabet Inc's Waymo.

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UPDATE 2-GM plans large-scale launch of self-driving cars in U.S. cities in 2019

SAN FRANCISCO/DETROIT, Nov 30 (Reuters) - General Motors Co laid out its vision for self-driving vehicles on Thursday, telling investors it planned a commercial launch of fleets of fully autonomous robo-taxis in multiple dense urban environments in 2019, in a challenge to rivals such as Alphabet Inc's Waymo.

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'Bomb on board' wi-fi network causes Turkish Airlines flight to be diverted

ANKARA (Reuters) - A Turkish Airlines flight from Nairobi to Istanbul was diverted after the detection of a wi-fi network called "bomb on board" that alarmed the passengers, the airline said on Thursday.

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Juniper shares drop after Nokia denies takeover chatter

(Reuters) - Shares of Juniper Networks Inc fell 8 percent in pre-market trade on Thursday after Finland's Nokia denied reports that it was in talks to buy the U.S. network gear maker.

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Spotify investor favors spring listing

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Venture Capital firm Northzone, one of the largest stakeholders in Spotify, would like to see the music streaming company's flotation in the spring, depending on market sentiment, one of its partners said on Thursday.

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Executive who drove Uber's international expansion leaves

LONDON (Reuters) - Jambu Palaniappan, a driving force in the rapid international expansion of ride-hailing pioneer Uber, said on Thursday he was leaving to join a venture capital firm, the latest in more than a dozen top executive departures this year.