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Irish furor thwarts May bid to clinch Brexit trade deal

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Theresa May failed to clinch a deal on Monday to open talks on post-Brexit free trade with the European Union after a tentative deal with Dublin to keep EU rules in Northern Ireland angered her allies in Belfast. [Source]

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Atlanta's Hartsfield airport hobbled by power outage

(Reuters) - Hundreds of flights were delayed or canceled at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Sunday as a power outage left passengers at the world's busiest airport stranded in darkened terminals or in aircraft idling on tarmacs.

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M&T Bank's CEO Robert Wilmers dies: bank

NEW YORK (Reuters) - M&T Bank's chairman and chief executive officer, Robert Wilmers, died on Saturday night at home after nearly 35 years leading the Buffalo, New York-based company, the bank said on Sunday.

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U.S. helped thwart major attack in St. Petersburg: U.S., Russia say

MOSCOW/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States provided intelligence to Russia that helped thwart a potentially deadly bomb attack in St. Petersburg, U.S. and Russian officials said on Sunday, in a rare public show of cooperation despite deep strains between the two countries.

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Humana in talks to buy Kindred Healthcare with equity firms: source

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. health insurer Humana Inc is in advanced talks to acquire acute care provider Kindred Healthcare Inc in partnership with private equity firms Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe and TPG, a source familiar with the matter said on Sunday.

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Humana in talks to buy Kindred Healthcare with equity firms -source

NEW YORK, Dec 17 (Reuters) - U.S. health insurer Humana Inc is in advanced talks to acquire acute care provider Kindred Healthcare Inc in partnership with private equity firms Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe and TPG, a source familiar with the matter said on Sunday.

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Colombia's ELN rebels willing to extend ceasefire if talks progress

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's leftist ELN rebels said on Sunday they are willing to extend a ceasefire set to expire next month if there is sufficient progress at peace talks with the government.

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Flights delayed at Atlanta airport after power outage

(Reuters) - Flights were delayed at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Sunday after a partial power outage, officials said, leaving passengers at the world's busiest airport stranded in dim terminals.

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* HUMANA, PRIVATE-EQUITY FIRMS IN TALKS TO BUY KINDRED HEALTHCARE; DEAL WOULD VALUE KINDRED AT $9 PER SHARE- WSJ, CITING SOURCES‍​ Source text : http://on.wsj.com/2zjELSy Further company coverage:

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Female British embassy worker found strangled near Beirut

BEIRUT/LONDON (Reuters) - A female British embassy worker has been found strangled near a highway outside Beirut, a Lebanese security source said on Sunday.

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U.N. to vote Monday on call for U.S. Jerusalem decision to be withdrawn

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council is due to vote on Monday on a draft resolution that would insist decisions on the status of Jerusalem have no legal effect and must be rescinded, diplomats said on Sunday, after U.S. President Donald Trump recognized the city as Israel's capital.

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Explainer: Myanmar wields colonial-era law against Reuters journalists

(Reuters) - Myanmar has accused Reuters reporters Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, of breaching the country's Official Secrets Act, a little-used hangover from colonial rule. Sam Zarifi, secretary general of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), said the law can ensnare working journalists "at any time".

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Suicide bombers attack church in Pakistan's Quetta before Christmas, killing nine

QUETTA, Pakistan/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Two suicide bombers stormed a packed Christian church in southwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing at least nine people and wounding up to 56, officials said, in the latest attack claimed by Islamic State in the country.

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Iran tells France's Macron not to 'blindly follow' Trump

LONDON (Reuters) - Iran on Sunday criticized French President Emmanuel Macron over his tough stance toward Tehran and said Paris would soon lose its international credibility if it "blindly follows" U.S. President Donald Trump.

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Cuba’s Castro and Russian oil executive meet in Havana

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban President Raul Castro and the head of Russian oil company Rosneft met in Havana on Saturday, the latest sign the two countries are readying a major energy agreement.

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Erdogan says Turkey aims to open embassy in East Jerusalem

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey intends to open an embassy in East Jerusalem, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday, days after leading calls at a summit of Muslim leaders for the world to recognize it as the capital of Palestine.

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U.S. employers say CVS-Aetna deal would affect health-benefits decisions: survey

NEW YORK (Reuters) - CVS Corp’s proposed purchase of Aetna Inc will affect decision-making by a majority of large and mid-size U.S. corporations on employee health benefits, a survey by benefits consultant Aon Plc found.

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U.S. employers say CVS-Aetna deal would affect health-benefits decisions -survey

NEW YORK, Dec 17 (Reuters) - CVS Corp’s proposed purchase of Aetna Inc will affect decision-making by a majority of large and mid-size U.S. corporations on employee health benefits, a survey by benefits consultant Aon Plc found.

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Twin suicide bombers attack church in Pakistan's Quetta ahead of Christmas, killing eight

QUETTA/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Two suicide bombers attacked a packed Catholic church in southwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing at least eight people and wounding up to 45 before one of them blew himself up and police killed the other, officials said.

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Gunmen kill five in attack on church in Pakistan's Quetta

QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - Two suicide attackers opened fire inside a church in southwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing at least five people and wounding up to 16 before being stopped by police guards, officials said.

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Thousands flee as wildfire 'beast' grows to California's third-largest

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - A raging California wildfire powered by fierce winds grew into the third-largest in state history on Saturday as forced evacuations turned neighborhoods into ghost towns and ash fell in some areas like heavy snow.

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Australia arrests man accused of trying to sell missile parts for North Korea

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australian police said on Sunday they had arrested a man accused of working on the black market to sell missile components and coal on behalf of North Korea, the first charges ever brought in Australia over the sale of weapons of mass destruction.

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Hoping to extend maritime reach, China lavishes aid on Pakistan town

GWADAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - China is lavishing vast amounts of aid on a small Pakistani fishing town to win over locals and build a commercial deep-water port that the United States and India suspect may also one day serve the Chinese navy.

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Odebrecht says dealings with Peru president were legitimate

LIMA, Dec 16 (Reuters) - Brazilian builder Odebrecht said Saturday that its recently-disclosed business ties to embattled Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski were not part of the corrupt deals it struck with politicians that it has acknowledged to prosecutors.

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U.N. council mulls call for U.S. Jerusalem decision to be withdrawn

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council is considering a draft resolution that would insist any decisions on the status of Jerusalem have no legal effect and must be rescinded after U.S. President Donald Trump recognized the city as Israel's capital.

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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 on record, with more devastation possible from a resurgence of the harsh winds that have fueled the deadly blaze since the beginning of the month.

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Zuma calls for party unity as ANC meets to elect new leader

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's Jacob Zuma gave his last speech as African National Congress head on Saturday, as the only party in power since the end of apartheid prepared to pick its next leader, and likely future president, in a vote that was too close to call.

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Canadian police probe mysterious deaths of billionaire pharma couple

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian police are investigating the mysterious deaths of pharmaceuticals billionaire Barry Sherman, founder of Apotex Inc, and his wife Honey, whose bodies were found in their Toronto mansion on Friday.

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Metlife says it failed to pay some pensions, flags hit to reserves

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Metlife Inc failed to pay pensions to potentially tens of thousands of people and will have to strengthen its reserves because of the costs of finding and repaying them, the New York insurer said. Metlife said in a filing on Friday that it believed the group missing out on the payments represented less than 5 percent of about 600,000 people who receive benefits from the company via its retirement business. Those affected generally have average benefits of le

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Myanmar journalists' group to don black T-shirts over arrest of Reuters' reporters

YANGON (Reuters) - A group of Myanmar journalists said they would begin wearing black T-shirts on Saturday in protest at the detention of two Reuters reporters accused of violating the country's Official Secrets Act, as pressure builds on Myanmar to release the pair.

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Britian eyes bespoke trade arrangement with EU - UK fin min

BEIJING, Dec 16 (Reuters) - British finance minister Philip Hammond said it is likely Britain will want to negotiate a bespoke arrangement for future trade deals with the European Union.

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Wounded North Korean defector transferred to South Korean military hospital

SEOUL (Reuters) - A North Korean soldier who suffered critical gunshot wounds during a defection dash across the border to South Korea has been transferred to a military hospital, a South Korean intelligence official said on Saturday.

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Venezuela talks to resume in January after government, opposition fail to reach deal

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's government and opposition leaders will hold a new round of talks in January after failing on Friday to reach an agreement to ease a deep political and economic crisis in the troubled OPEC country.

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TD Ameritrade to start bitcoin futures trading on Monday

Dec 15 (Reuters) - Retail brokerage TD Ameritrade Holding Corp said on Friday it will allow clients to trade bitcoin futures on the newly minted CBOE Futures Exchange from Dec. 18.

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Leading U.S. antitrust senator urges hearing on Disney, Fox deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator Amy Klobuchar, the top Democrat on the Senate antitrust panel, urged the subcommittee on Friday to hold a hearing on Walt Disney Co's plan to buy a number of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc businesses.

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UPDATE 1-Leading U.S. antitrust senator urges hearing on Disney, Fox deal

WASHINGTON, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Senator Amy Klobuchar, the top Democrat on the Senate antitrust panel, urged the subcommittee on Friday to hold a hearing on Walt Disney Co's plan to buy a number of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc businesses.

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Myanmar faces mounting calls for release of Reuters journalists

UNITED NATIONS/YANGON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Friday that the United States was demanding "the immediate release" of two Reuters reporters arrested in Myanmar "or information as to the circumstances around their disappearance."

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Austria's Kurz strikes deal to bring far right into government

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austrian conservatives led by Sebastian Kurz reached a coalition deal with the anti-immigration Freedom Party on Friday, paving the way for Austria to become the only western European country with a far-right party in government.

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U.S. Justice Department, AT&T settlement talks failed: court filing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice and AT&T Inc have held unsuccessful settlement talks over the wireless and pay-TV company's bid to buy movie and TV show maker Time Warner Inc , the two sides said in a court filing on Friday.

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SPD agrees to talks on joining German government, Merkel urges quick action

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) agreed to open exploratory talks on forming a government with Chancellor Angela Merkel, party leader Martin Schulz said, providing a chance to end a rare period of political deadlock in Europe's largest economy.

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Tillerson, in Apparent U-Turn, Says North Korea Must ‘Earn’ Its Way to Talks

Three days after striking a conciliatory tone, Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson said Pyongyang must stop nuclear threats before any possible talks.

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BRIEF-Freddie Mac Prices $1.3 Billion Multifamily K-Deal, K-071

* FREDDIE MAC - EXPECTS TO ISSUE APPROXIMATELY $1.3 BILLION IN K CERTIFICATES WHICH ARE EXPECTED TO SETTLE ON OR ABOUT DECEMBER 22, 2017 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Tillerson urges long halt to North Korea weapons tests before any talks

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday urged North Korea to carry out a "sustained cessation" of weapons testing to allow the two countries to hold talks about Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs.

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Fed's rosy economic scenario leaves inflation puzzle for Powell

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As incoming Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell works through his holiday shopping list, he might consider the nearly 50 percent discount he could get buying Calvin Klein underwear online instead of at the local mall.

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Special Report: At a hotel near you - Cadavers in the banquet room

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida (Reuters) - LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida – Just outside the operating theater, the organizers of a medical conference wore Minnie Mouse ears.

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Exclusive: Safran, Zodiac deal expected to win unconditional EU approval - source

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - French aero engine maker Safran is set to secure an EU green light for its $7.7 billion bid for aircraft seat maker Zodiac Aerospace to create the world's third-largest aerospace supplier, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday.

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Big U.S. banks engage universities to fill unglamorous banking jobs

(Reuters) - Banks are grappling with how to recruit young people into businesses like trade finance and cash management, which are increasingly important drivers of revenue but perceived to be un-sexy compared with investment banking and trading.

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Israeli troops kill four Palestinians, wound 160 in protests over Jerusalem

GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli troops shot dead four Palestinians and wounded 150 others with live fire on Friday, medical officials said, as protests over U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital entered a second week.

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Exclusive: EU regulators set to clear Safran, Zodiac deal - source

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU antitrust regulators are expected to approve without conditions French aero engine maker Safran's bid for aircraft seats, toilets and galleys maker Zodiac Aerospace , a person familiar with the matter said on Friday.

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Israeli troops kill three Palestinians, wound scores in protests over Jerusalem

GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli troops shot dead three Palestinians and wounded 150 others on Friday, medical officials said, as protests over U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital entered a second week.

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Tillerson urges lull in North Korea 'threatening behavior' before any talks

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday called for a "sustained cessation of North Korea's threatening behavior" before talks could occur between Washington and Pyongyang, but did not specify a length of time for a lull.

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Steinhoff's ex-chairman Wiese calls off $2.6 billion Shoprite deal

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African tycoon Christo Wiese on Friday called off plans to sell his stake in grocer Shoprite to Steinhoff's African arm , a day after he resigned from Steinhoff's board in the midst of an accounting scandal.

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BRIEF-Ardshinbank Signs $25 Mln Trade Finance Facility With Citi And ADB

* ARDSHINBANK SIGNS $25 MILLION TRADE FINANCE FACILITY WITH CITI AND ADB

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Israeli troops wound more than 40 Palestinians in protests over U.S. Jerusalem move

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Israeli troops shot and wounded more than 40 Palestinians in Gaza and the occupied West Bank on Friday, medical officials said, as protests over U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital entered a second week.

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In Syria, Russia securing position as Assad presses war

BEIRUT (Reuters) - With the map of Syria's conflict decisively redrawn in President Bashar al-Assad's favor, his Russian allies want to convert military gains into a settlement that stabilizes the shattered nation and secures their interests in the region.

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Exclusive: Italy plans big handover of sea rescues to Libya coastguard

ROME/TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Italy wants Libya's coastguard to take responsibility within three years for intercepting migrants across about a tenth of the Mediterranean even as Libyan crews struggle to patrol their own coast and are accused of making deadly mistakes at sea.

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E.U. Leaders Agree to Begin Next Phase of Brexit Talks

Their acceptance of a “divorce deal” opens the way for discussions on a transitional period and the nature of trade relations with Britain

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'Congratulations': EU launches next phase of Brexit but warns of tough talks ahead

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union agreed on Friday to move Brexit talks onto trade and a transition pact but some leaders cautioned that the final year of Britain's divorce negotiations could be fraught with peril.

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Erdogan says Turkey seeking to annul Trump decision on Jerusalem at U.N.

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey is launching an initiative at the United Nations to annul a decision by the United States to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday.

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U.S. says concerned about Myanmar's silence over where Reuters journalists are being held

YANGON (Reuters) - The U.S. embassy in Myanmar said on Friday it was concerned that there had been no word on the whereabouts of two Reuters journalists three days after they were detained, and that authorities had not allowed their families to visit them.

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CSX CEO Hunter Harrison takes medical leave amid rail overhaul

(Reuters) - CSX Corp said on Thursday its Chief Executive Officer Hunter Harrison was taking medical leave, an announcement that comes amid of a controversial turnaround plan at the No. 3 U.S. railroad that has drawn customer criticism and scrutiny from regulators. The Jacksonville, Florida-based railroad said Harrison, 73, was taking a leave of absence due to unexpected complications from a recent unspecified illness.

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World trade order in a wobble as Washington snubs WTO status quo

BERLIN (Reuters) - The frustration of Roberto Azevedo was evident when, as director general of the World Trade Organization, he summed up the results of a three-day ministerial conference in Buenos Aires in the past week. There were simply none.

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Congo child soldiers awarded $10 million compensation in landmark ruling

THE HAGUE (Reuters) - International war crimes judges awarded $10 million in compensation on Friday to child soldiers recruited by convicted Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga - the largest reparation of it kind.

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'Congratulations PM May': EU backs new phase in Brexit talks

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union agreed on Friday to move talks forward with London on Britain's exit from the bloc as leaders warmed to the British premier, but there was little clarity on trade issues and Austria warned the Irish border issue remained a "riddle".

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Erdogan says Turkey starting initiatives at U.N. to annul U.S. decision on Jerusalem

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey is starting initiatives at the United Nations to annul a decision by the United States to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday.

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Kremlin: Putin and Trump agreed to exchange information on North Korea

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Friday that President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump had agreed in a phone call to exchange information about North Korea and cooperate on possible initiatives to resolve a crisis around the Asian nation.

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Mexico plots open trade course to escape Trump's NAFTA threats

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's 'America First' brand of economic nationalism is pushing Mexico to seek sanctuary in more open commercial ties elsewhere to soften the blow of a possible breakdown of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

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EU to move on Brexit talks, Irish 'riddle' remains

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union is poised on Friday to move talks forward with London on Britain's exit from the bloc as leaders warm to the British premier but there was little clarity on trade issues and Austria warned the Irish border issue remained a "riddle".

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Banco do Brasil unit keeps Neoenergia stake after failed IPO

SAO PAULO, Dec 15 (Reuters) - BB Banco de Investimento SA, a wholly owned subsidiary of state-run Banco do Brasil, will keep its 9.35 percent ownership of electricity company Neoenergia SA after the utility canceled plans for an initial public offering, the bank said in a securities filing late on Thursday.

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Second phase of Brexit talks will be harder than first: EU's Juncker

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The second phase Brexit negotiations will be significantly harder than an already difficult first phase of talks, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Friday.

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Russia says Iran nuclear deal breakdown would hurt effort to manage North Korea

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said a possible breakdown of the Iran nuclear deal would send the wrong signal when it came to trying to resolve the situation around North Korea, the RIA and Interfax news agencies reported on Friday.

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BT and Sky strike deal to carry each other's channels

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's leading pay-TV companies Sky and BT have agreed to supply their most popular channels to each other's platforms in a thawing of a once difficult relationship.

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Europe Edition: Theresa May, Net Neutrality, Russia: Your Friday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

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Report: Trump asked about fate of Fox News in Disney-Fox deal

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The Streaming Landscape After Disney’s Deal

Netflix is the clear leader in the streaming wars, but Disney’s deal with 21st Century Fox changes things. Here’s a look at the various streaming services.

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Theresa May, Once a ‘Dead Woman Walking,’ Reaches a First Finish Line

Mocked for months as weak and robotic, the British prime minister has earned sympathy in Brussels — and some respite at home — by doggedly carrying on.

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UPDATE 2-Court reverses Dell buyout ruling that alarmed dealmakers

WILMINGTON, Del., Dec 14 (Reuters) - Delaware's Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that a lower court erred in finding that the 2013 buyout of computer maker Dell Inc was vastly underpriced, in an opinion that will likely restrict a hedge fund strategy aimed at wringing cash from mergers.

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Exclusive: Chevron nears Schlumberger deal to drill wells in Brazil: sources

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Chevron Corp has reached preliminary agreement with oil services firm Schlumberger NV to drill six wells in a Brazilian offshore field, two sources said this week, in a bid to lift its output in the South American country after a 2011 oil spill there cut production.

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Trump congratulates Murdoch after Disney-Fox deal

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Common Sense: The Disney-Fox Deal Has Friends in High Places

The Justice Department moved to block AT&T’s attempted acquisition of Time Warner. So why would it approve this $52.4 billion megadeal?

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Homegrown attacks rising worry in U.S. as Islamic State weakens abroad

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The online video's message was clear: Supporters of Islamic State who could not travel overseas to join the militant group should carry out attacks wherever they were in the United States or Europe.

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U.N. calls Syria talks a 'big missed opportunity', seeks new ideas

GENEVA (Reuters) - A round of Syria peace talks that ended on Thursday was a big missed opportunity but there may more talks next month if ideas can be found to encourage President Bashar al-Assad's government to engage, U.N. mediator Staffan de Mistura said.

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Trump supports deal for Disney to acquire Fox film, TV units -White House

WASHINGTON, Dec 14 (Reuters) - The White House said on Thursday that President Donald Trump backs the deal that Walt Disney Co has struck to buy film, television and international businesses from Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox Inc.

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Court reverses Dell buyout ruling that alarmed dealmakers

WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) - Delaware's Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that a lower court erred in finding that the 2013 buyout of computer maker Dell Inc was vastly underpriced, a ruling that had allowed hedge funds to wring extra cash from the deal.

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'Bad news for our enemies': EU launches defense pact

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union nations, now unfettered by Britain's decision to quit, achieved a 70-year-old ambition on Thursday to integrate their defenses, launching a pact between 25 EU governments to fund, develop and deploy armed forces together.

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World shares little changed amid slate of central bank meetings

NEW YORK (Reuters) - World stock markets were little changed on Thursday after policy meetings from major central banks in Europe, while some U.S. shares were buoyed by news that the Republicans' tax legislation could face final votes in Congress before year-end.

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What the deal means for Marvel, streaming

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Arms supplied by U.S., Saudi ended up with Islamic State, researchers say

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Arms provided by the United States and Saudi Arabia to Syrian opposition groups frequently ended up in the hands of Islamic State, an arms monitoring group that analyzed weapons found on the battlefield said on Thursday.

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Saudi hopes purge will help push to join anti-illicit funding body

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has high hopes that a campaign of arrests to crack down on corruption will improve its chances of joining the Financial Action Task Force, a global body dedicated to combating illicit money flows.

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Sberbank CFO says previous talks with Alibaba finished

LONDON (Reuters) - Russian lender Sberbank's talks with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba have finished in their current form, the bank's Chief Financial Officer Alexander Morozov said on Thursday.

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Seven decades in the making, a defense pact comes to the EU

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union nations are set to achieve a 70-year-old ambition to integrate their defenses on Thursday, signing a pact between 25 EU governments to fund, develop and deploy armed forces together after Britain's decision to quit the bloc.

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BRIEF-Sberbank CFO says previous talks with Alibaba finished, now talking with everyone

* LONDON: RUSSIA'S SBERBANK CFO SAYS TALKS WITH ALIBABA HAVE FINISHED IN THE PREVIOUS FORMAT, YANDEX DEAL SIGNED

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U.S. retail sales surge; weekly jobless claims fall

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. retail sales increased more than expected in November as the holiday shopping season got off to a brisk start, pointing to sustained strength in the economy that could pave the way for further Federal Reserve interest rate hikes next year.

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China says war must not be allowed on Korean peninsula

BEIJING (Reuters) - War must not be allowed to break out on the Korean peninsula and the issue must be resolved through talks, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Thursday, while U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned of the danger of "sleepwalking" into conflict.

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Brazil's Temer delays pension-vote talks as he recovers after surgery

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilian President Michel Temer has postponed meetings scheduled for Thursday to discuss a crucial pension reform vote as he recovers well in hospital following minor surgery, his office said, and he will not be back on the job until Friday.

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Austria's Kurz says pro-EU stance secured in deal with far right

VIENNA (Reuters) - Coalition talks between Austria's far-right Freedom Party and conservatives led by Sebastian Kurz are in the "home straight" and have laid down guarantees that the next government will be pro-European, Kurz said on Thursday.

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Stock futures up, eyes on Disney-Fox deal, bank stocks

(Reuters) - Wall Street was set for a slightly higher open on Thursday as traders focused on a $52.4 billion stock deal between Walt Disney and Twenty-First Century Fox and gains in shares of big banks.

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Disney Makes Deal for 21st Century Fox, Reshaping Entertainment Landscape

The acquisition of most of Rupert Murdoch’s entertainment empire makes Disney a true streaming competitor to services like Netflix and Amazon.

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Exclusive: EU regulators to clear Luxottica, Essilor deal without conditions - sources

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Italy's Luxottica and French glasses group Essilor are set to win unconditional EU antitrust approval for their 48-billion-euro ($56.8 billion), two people familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

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The $52.4 billion deal for much of Rupert Murdoch's company could help Disney fend off digital rivals

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With no deal on children's health plan, U.S. states scramble for Plan B

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - For Nancy Minoui of Portland, Oregon, and Crystal Lett of Dublin, Ohio, Congress' failure to fund the Children's Health Insurance Program is not some distant tale of political wrangling.

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Austria's Kurz optimistic on coalition deal with far right by Christmas

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austrian conservative leader Sebastian Kurz said on Thursday that coalition talks with the far-right Freedom Party were in the "home straight" and a deal on forming a government should be reached by next week.

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Russia's Putin, on track for easy re-election, laments dearth of rivals

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he faced no credible high-profile political opponents as he prepared to run for re-election in March, but would work to try to create a more balanced political system.

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U.N. chief says arrest of Reuters journalists shows erosion of press freedom in Myanmar

TOKYO (Reuters) - The arrest of two Reuters journalists in Yangon this week was a signal that press freedom is shrinking in Myanmar and the international community must do all it can to get them released, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Thursday.

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U.N. probes alleged abduction of North Korean restaurant workers, official says

SEOUL (Reuters) - A senior United Nations human rights official on Thursday said he was investigating North Korea's allegations that a dozen restaurant workers who arrived in the South from China last year were abducted against their will.

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Putin says will run as independent candidate for new Kremlin term

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin, seeking a new term in office in a March election, said on Thursday he would run as an independent candidate while hoping for support from more than one political party.

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In-flight sexual assaults often unreported; airlines need to step up

SINGAPORE/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - When a 17-year-old Bollywood actress took to social media this week alleging she was sexually assaulted on an airplane, she appeared to catch the airline industry off-guard.

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Israel closes Gaza border crossings after Palestinian rocket strikes

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel announced the closure of its Gaza border crossings on Thursday in response to daily rocket fire from the enclave over the past week after U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital stoked Palestinian anger.

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South Africa's Zuma appeals court ruling on state prosecutor's appointment: local media

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has filed an appeal against a court ruling that his appointment of a state prosecutor to decide whether to reinstate corruption charges against him was not valid, local media reported on Thursday.

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UPDATE 1-Australia's Crown Resorts signs several deals to cut debt

Dec 14 (Reuters) - Australian casino operator Crown Resorts said on Thursday it had signed several deals to divest assets to cut debt, including selling interest in a site on the Las Vegas Boulevard for $300 million.

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* ACKNOWLEDGES ANNOUNCEMENT BY AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION THAT IT INTENDS TO OPPOSE PROPOSED ACQUISITION OF WOOLWORTHS’ RETAIL FUEL BUSINESS

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Moscow, Cairo may sign deal on Friday to resume Russian flights to Egypt: TASS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia and Egypt may sign an agreement on Friday allowing to resume Russian civilian flights to Egypt, the TASS news agency cited Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov as saying on Thursday.

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* ‍CONFIRMS THAT SOUTH AFRICAN PRIVATE PLACEMENT CLOSED AT 12:00 ON 11 DECEMBER 2017​

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U.N.'s Guterres warns against 'sleepwalking' into war over North Korea

TOKYO (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, warning against the danger of "sleepwalking" into war, said on Thursday that Security Council resolutions on North Korea's nuclear and missile programs must be fully implemented by Pyongyang and other countries.

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Australia's Crown Resorts signs several divestment deals to reduce debt

Dec 14 (Reuters) - Australian casino operator Crown Resorts said on Thursday it has signed several divestment deals as part of its ongoing debt reduction strategy, including the sale of its interest in a Las Vegas site for $300 million to a unit of Wynn Resorts Ltd.

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U.N. resolutions on North Korea must be fully implemented: Guterres

TOKYO (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Thursday that United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding North Korea's nuclear and missile programs must be fully implemented by Pyongyang and other countries.

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Britain's May urges EU leaders to move on with Brexit talks

LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May will urge European Union leaders to approve an agreement to move Brexit talks on to a second phase on Thursday, describing it as a fair deal that offers a good base for a discussion of future ties.

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White House reins in Tillerson's offer to start North Korea talks

The White House and State Department both stated Wednesday that the US is not ready to begin talks with North Korea, a day after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had suggested the two sides could start talks without preconditions.

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Finisar deal helps Apple block rivals' path to AR features

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc's $390 million deal with chip supplier Finisar Corp announced on Wednesday helps lock in the supply of a component that Apple believes will play a big role in its future products by bolstering augmented reality features.

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Republicans forge tax deal, final votes seen next week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans reached a deal on final tax legislation on Wednesday, clearing the way for final votes next week on a package that would slash the U.S. corporate tax rate to 21 percent and cut taxes for wealthy Americans.

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Parliament Demands Greater Say Over ‘Brexit,’ Defying Theresa May

Rebel Conservative lawmakers joined opposition lawmakers in a 309 to 305 vote to insist on a formal vote on Britain’s plans to withdraw from the European Union.

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Disney deal set to value Fox at more than $75 billion: source

(Reuters) - Walt Disney Co's deal to buy film, television and international businesses from Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox Inc will value the latter at over $40 per share, or $75 billion, a person familiar with the matter said.

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UPDATE 1-Disney deal set to value Fox at more than $75 billion -source

Dec 13 (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co's deal to buy film, television and international businesses from Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox Inc will value the latter at over $40 per share, or $75 billion, a person familiar with the matter said.

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U.S. agency to vote on net neutrality rules despite outcry

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Internet service providers clashed with Democrats and celebrities like "Star Wars" actor Mark Hamill ahead of a vote on the Trump administration's plan to revoke net neutrality rules barring the blocking or slowing of internet traffic.

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Merkel's conservatives keen, but SPD still coy on German government talks

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives said they were willing to open formal talks on forming a government with Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) - but her chosen partner was expected to take two more days to decide how to proceed.

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U.S. Republicans craft tax deal, final votes seen next week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans reached a deal on final tax legislation on Wednesday, clearing the way for final votes next week on a package that would slash the U.S. corporate tax rate to 21 percent and cut taxes for wealthy Americans.

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CME Group veteran, post-trade head Taylor to retire at year-end

WASHINGTON, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Kim Taylor, CME Group veteran and post-trade head, will retire from the world's largest exchange group at the end of the year, she said in an email to Reuters.

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U.S. judge orders accused New York bomber detained ahead of trial

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Bangladeshi man accused of attempting a suicide bombing in a busy New York City commuter hub will remain in federal custody while he awaits trial on charges that include supporting a foreign terrorist organization, a judge ruled on Wednesday.

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Putin must nudge Syria into U.N. peace deal, mediator says

GENEVA (Reuters) - U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura urged Russia on Wednesday to convince its ally the Syrian government of the need to clinch a peace deal to end the nearly seven-year-old war.

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U.S. sanctions two Africans over ivory, weapons trade

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury Department on Wednesday blacklisted two people it said supported the outlawed Lord's Resistance Army in Central African Republic through the illegal trade in ivory, weapons and money aimed at fueling conflict in the region.

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WTO to end meeting with no deals after U.S. rebukes

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Trade ministers looked set to wrap up their biennial World Trade Organization (WTO) meeting on Wednesday without any new agreements after criticism of the agency by the United States, once the WTO's driving force.

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Merkel courts Germany's skittish SPD as talks open on government

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) held their first formal talks on forming a government with Angela Merkel's conservatives on Wednesday, more than two months after the national election that plunged Europe's largest economy into unaccustomed uncertainty.

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Despite Tillerson overture, White House says not right time for North Korea talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - No negotiations can be held with North Korea until it improves its behavior, a White House official said on Wednesday, raising questions about U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's offer to begin talks with Pyongyang anytime and without pre-conditions.

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Congress secures tax deal, Trump backs 21-percent corporate rate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans have reached a deal on final tax legislation, the U.S. Senate's top Republican tax writer said on Wednesday, with President Donald Trump saying he would back a sharply lowered corporate tax rate of 21 percent.

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Senate secures tax deal, Trump backs 21-percent corporate rate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans have reached a deal on final tax legislation, the top Senate Republican tax writer said on Wednesday, with President Donald Trump saying minutes later he would back a corporate tax rate of 21 percent.

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On Pro Football: Goodell Gets $200 Million for Last Deal, Owners Get … Continuity?

Exactly what did N.F.L. owners get for the $200 million they just committed to Roger Goodell?

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U.N. expert says torture persists at Guantanamo Bay; U.S. denies

GENEVA (Reuters) - An independent U.N. human rights investigator said on Wednesday that he had information about an inmate being tortured at the U.S. Guantanamo Bay detention facility, despite Washington banning "enhanced interrogation techniques" almost 10 years ago.

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White House says not right time for North Korea talks, despite Tillerson overture

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - No negotiations can be held with North Korea until it improves its behavior, a White House official said on Wednesday, raising questions about U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's offer to begin talks with Pyongyang anytime and without pre-conditions.

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Republicans in House and Senate strike a deal on tax bill

House and Senate Republicans have struck a tentative deal on a tax bill Wednesday, a major step in ensuring the GOP majority is on its way to deliver an overhaul of the US tax system by the holidays.

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Republicans reach deal on final tax legislation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans have reached a deal on final tax legislation, the top Senate Republican tax writer said on Wednesday, an achievement that would clear the way for final votes in the Senate and House of Representatives next week.

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White House says not right time for talks with North Korea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - There can be no negotiations with North Korea until it "fundamentally improves its behavior," a White House official said on Wednesday, a day after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's offer to begin direct talks with Pyongyang anytime and without pre-conditions.

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Republicans Say They Have a Deal on Tax Bill

House and Senate negotiators reach agreement, appear on track to send bill to President Trump by Christmas

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Republicans rush to nail down tax deal as Trump readies final push

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans scrambled on Wednesday to hammer out a final tax bill, as U.S. President Donald Trump prepared to make his closing arguments in a speech promoting the party's plan to slash taxes for corporations and wealthy Americans.

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Muslim leaders call on world to recognize East Jerusalem as Palestinian capital

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Muslim leaders condemned U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Wednesday and called on the world to respond by recognizing East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.

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Republican negotiators on the verge of announcing tax plan deal

A stunning election loss isn't changing the trajectory of the GOP tax overhaul effort -- in fact, it may actual sharpen the desire to move things quickly, according to several Republican aides.

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BRIEF-Element Fleet Management Comments On Media Reports Speculating Potential Deals Involving Co

* ELEMENT FLEET MANAGEMENT COMMENTS ON MEDIA REPORTS SPECULATING POTENTIAL DEALS INVOLVING CO

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Disney-Fox deal would be monumental

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Accused NYC bomber to formally face terrorism charges as soon as Wednesday

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Bangladeshi man accused of attempting a suicide bombing in one of New York City's busiest commuter hubs is expected to be formally charged as early as Wednesday with supporting a foreign terrorist organization and other crimes.

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U.N. expert says inmate U.S. torture continues at Guantanamo Bay

GENEVA (Reuters) - An inmate at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay is still being tortured, the U.N. special rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer said in a statement 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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BRIEF-TD Ameritrade Announces Pricing Of Secondary Offering Of Common Stock

* TD AMERITRADE ANNOUNCES PRICING OF SECONDARY OFFERING OF COMMON STOCK

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U.N. expert says U.S. torture continues at Guantanamo Bay

GENEVA (Reuters) - An inmate at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay is still being tortured, the U.N. special rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer said in a statement on Wednesday.

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Batali shows the dark side of hospitality ideal

I've never been assaulted by Mario Batali, who stepped away from his restaurant business and ABC television show amid allegations of sexual misconduct this week. But I know someone who allegedly was.

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Aurora Cannabis wins rights for licensing talks with CannaRoyalty

(Reuters) - Canadian medical marijuana maker Aurora Cannabis Inc has won the rights to negotiate a licensing deal with CannaRoyalty Corp that will allow it to sell a range of cannabis-infused consumer products.

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WTO struggles to hone global trade vision after U.S. turnabout

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Trade ministers looked set to wrap up their biennial World Trade Organization (WTO) meeting without having reached a single agreement on Wednesday, still reeling from criticism brought by the United States, once the WTO's driving force.

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Palestinian leader says Trump's Jerusalem 'crime' prevents U.S. peace role

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told Muslim leaders on Wednesday that a U.S. decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital was a crime which showed that Washington should no longer play a role in Middle East peace talks.

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Iran urges Muslim nations to defend Palestinians after Trump move

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday all Muslim nations should work together to defend the rights of Palestinians following Donald Trump's decision last week to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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Germany's SPD plays hard-to-get before first talks with Merkel

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Social Democrats said on Wednesday they would share power with Angela Merkel's conservatives only if ordinary voters get a fairer deal, seeking to reassure party skeptics hours before highly-sensitive talks between the two camps.

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Trump to make final tax push as Republican negotiators near deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will make a final push on Wednesday to shepherd a Republican tax overhaul over the finish line, hosting congressional negotiators for lunch before delivering a speech in which he will make his closing arguments for the legislation.

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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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Tech sector loses champion in death of San Francisco mayor

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - San Francisco technology companies including Twitter, Salesforce.com, Uber and Airbnb lost an important ally on Tuesday with the sudden death of Mayor Ed Lee.

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Trump's Jerusalem decision shows lack of respect for Palestinian nation: Iran's Rouhani

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital shows the United States lacks any respect for the legitimate rights of the Palestinian nation, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani tweeted on Wednesday.

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Tour de France champion failed drug test

Chris Froome, who has been the world's most dominant cyclist in recent years, failed a drugs test in one of cycling's most prestigious races earlier this year.

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Exclusive: After Grenfell fire, same builders rehired to replace dangerous cladding, Reuters finds

LONDON (Reuters) - Some building companies that installed dangerous cladding on social housing blocks across Britain are now winning new contracts following the Grenfell Tower blaze to remove their original work and install panels that can pass safety tests, a Reuters review shows.

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Blackstone hires Bain dealmaker in Japan corporate buyout push - sources

* Bain's Toshiba chip deal is top PE-backed global deal this yr

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U.S. prepares to open doors on billion-dollar London embassy

LONDON (Reuters) - The United States' diplomatic team in London, custodians of one of the most significant bilateral relationships of the last 100 years, will next month move into a new home: a billion-dollar, 12-storey glass cube overlooking the River Thames.

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UPDATE 1-Debt-laden Carillion secures deal to sell part of UK healthcare unit

Dec 13 (Reuters) - Troubled British construction firm Carillion said on Wednesday it had reached a deal to sell a large part of its UK healthcare facilities management business to outsourcing group Serco, helping it cut its debt by 41.4 million pounds.

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Debt-laden Carillion secures deal to sell part of UK healthcare unit

Dec 13 (Reuters) - Troubled British construction firm Carillion said on Wednesday it had reached a deal to sell a large part of its UK healthcare facilities management business to outsourcing group Serco for about 47.7 million pounds ($63.55 million).

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Tillerson says U.S. ready to talk to North Korea; Japan wants pressure

WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions, backing away from a key U.S. demand that Pyongyang must first accept that giving up its nuclear arsenal would be part of any negotiations.

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Tillerson says U.S. ready to talk to North Korea; Kim promises more weapons

WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions, backing away from a key U.S. demand that Pyongyang must first accept that giving up its nuclear arsenal would be part of any negotiations.

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UPDATE 1-Ex-Trump aide Carter Page tells court to stop AT&T Time Warner deal

WASHINGTON, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page argued in court papers on Tuesday that AT&T Inc should not be permitted to buy CNN parent Time Warner Inc because there was a risk it would lead to "recklessness" in journalism.

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North Korea's Kim Jong Un fetes rocket scientists, promises more weapons

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un vowed to develop more nuclear weapons on Tuesday while personally decorating scientists and officials who contributed to the development of Pyongyang's most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile, the Hwasong-15.

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Disney’s Deal for 21st Century Fox Is Said to Be Close

The $60 billion-plus acquisition would give Disney control of most of Rupert Murdoch’s movie and TV empire, and give a serious boost to the company’s streaming ambitions.

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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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Crucial details of Republican tax plan in flux as deal deadline looms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Crucial details of the Republican tax plan, including the proposed corporate rate, were in flux late on Tuesday as negotiators from the U.S. Congress rushed to finalize the plan ahead of a self-imposed Wednesday deadline.

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UPDATE 1-Exxon deal aside, tough proxy season looms at U.S. energy firms

BOSTON/HOUSTON, Dec 12 (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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BRIEF-‍Acasta Enterprises Announces Deal To Lease Four Airbus C295 Aircrafts To Humanitarian Assistance Organization​

* ‍ACASTA ENTERPRISES' AVIATION COMPANY ANNOUNCES DEAL TO LEASE FOUR AIRBUS C295 AIRCRAFTS TO HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE ORGANIZATION​

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Ex-Trump aide Carter Page tells court to stop AT&T Time Warner deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page argued in court papers on Tuesday that AT&T Inc should not be permitted to buy CNN parent Time Warner Inc because there was a risk it would lead to "recklessness" in journalism.

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Tillerson, in new overture to North Korea, says ready to talk without pre-conditions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered on Tuesday to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions, backing away from U.S. demands that Pyongyang must first accept that any negotiations would have to be about giving up its nuclear arsenal.

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UPDATE 1-Unimin to buy shale sand supplier Fairmount in cash-and-stock deal

HOUSTON, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Fairmount Santrol Holdings Inc said on Tuesday it would sell itself to Unimin Corp in a cash-and-stock deal to create one of the largest suppliers of sand for use in hydraulic fracturing to shale oil and gas producers.

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BRIEF-Td Ameritrade Announces Secondary Offering Of Common Stock

* TD AMERITRADE HOLDING CORP - UNDERWRITTEN SECONDARY OFFERING A TOTAL OF 27.7 MILLION SHARES OF COMPANY'S COMMON STOCK Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Advocates ready legal showdown with FCC on net neutrality

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Net neutrality advocates said they are gearing up for a legal fight after abandoning attempts to convince the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to keep 2015 rules aimed at maintaining an open internet.

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BRIEF-Mason Graphite Announces $45 Million Bought Deal Private Placement Offering

* MASON GRAPHITE ANNOUNCES $45 MILLION BOUGHT DEAL PRIVATE PLACEMENT OFFERING

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Senate leader says he's confident of deal to keep government open after Dec. 22

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Monday he was confident the U.S. Congress would be able to reach an agreement to fund the government when the current spending bill ends on Dec. 22 and that there would be no forced government shutdown.

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U.S. slaps terror charges on accused Times Square bomber

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors on Tuesday brought federal charges against the suspect in Monday's attempted suicide bombing in one of New York City's busiest commuter hubs, accusing him of supporting a foreign terrorist organization.

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Trump administration holds talks with airlines, keeps pressure on Gulf carriers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration met with major airlines on Tuesday to discuss complaints that some Gulf states are unfairly subsidizing state-owned carriers, keeping up pressure on the Middle East airlines at the center of a spat with U.S. rivals.

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White House to host fresh biofuels talks to help refiners: sources

(Reuters) - The White House will host talks between the rival oil and ethanol industries on Wednesday in hopes of brokering a deal to help refiners struggling to meet the country's biofuels policy, according to sources familiar with the matter.

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'DACA' bill to help young immigrants nearing Senate deal: Senator Flake

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan push in the Senate to protect undocumented people who immigrated to the United States as children is gaining momentum as lawmakers try to wrap up negotiations this month, Republican Senator Jeff Flake said on Tuesday.

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White House to host fresh biofuels talks to help refiners -sources

Dec 12 (Reuters) - The White House will host talks between the rival oil and ethanol industries on Wednesday in hopes of brokering a deal to help refiners struggling to meet the country's biofuels policy, according to sources familiar with the matter.

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Times Square bomb suspect charged; Bangladesh questions wife

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors on Tuesday brought federal charges against a Bangladeshi man, accusing him of using a weapon of mass destruction in Monday's bombing of a Manhattan commuter hub.

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Unimin to buy shale sand supplier Fairmount in cash-and-stock deal

HOUSTON, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Fairmount Santrol Holdings Inc said on Tuesday it would sell itself to Unimin Corp in a cash-and-stock deal to create one of the largest suppliers of sand for use in hydraulic fracturing to shale oil and gas producers.

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New York charges Times Square bomb suspect; Bangladesh questions wife

DHAKA/NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York officials on Tuesday said they charged a Bangladeshi man with terrorism, accusing him of setting off a pipe bomb a day earlier in a crowded Manhattan commuter hub, as investigators in his home country questioned his wife.

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U.S. producer prices rise strongly, point to firming inflation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. producer prices rose in November as gasoline prices surged and the cost of other goods increased, leading to the largest annual gain in nearly six years.

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Investigators search for clues in attempted New York subway bombing

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investigators are searching for reasons a Bangladeshi man set off a bomb strapped to his body in a New York City commuter hub during the morning rush hour in what is being characterized as an attempted terrorist attack.

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Sanofi investors hungry for drug progress and deal news

PARIS (Reuters) - Sanofi still needs to convince markets it can deliver on an exciting and sustainable growth path as it contends with fresh difficulties in its vaccines arm and looks set for another gloomy year in diabetes, investors told Reuters.

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Five years after Sandy Hook, U.S. gun-control advocates switch strategy

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Five years after a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school, advocates who are disappointed with the failure of efforts to limit access to firearms are changing their strategy.

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Russian credit to cover part of S-400 missile deal with Turkey: agency

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will offer Turkey partial financing for Ankara's purchase of S-400 surface-to-air missile systems, the Interfax news agency reported on Tuesday, citing a Russian presidential aide.

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Major Cineworld investor 'uncomfortable' with debt for Regal deal

LONDON (Reuters) - One of the biggest shareholders in Cineworld has expressed concern about the company's $3.6 billion takeover of bigger U.S. rival Regal Entertainment, saying it is uncomfortable with the debt the British business will take on to finance the deal.