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BRIEF-Cowen Prices Offering Of $120 Million 3.00% Convertible Senior Notes Due 2022

* COWEN PRICES OFFERING OF $120 MILLION 3.00% CONVERTIBLE SENIOR NOTES DUE 2022

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Houston man arrested for trying to aid Islamic State: U.S. government

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An 18-year-old Houston man was charged on Monday with trying to support the radical group Islamic State and distributing information about how to make bombs, the U.S. Justice Department said.

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Texas Congressman Runs What Aides Call a Hostile Workplace

Representative Blake Farenthold, the subject of an ethics investigation, set the tone for off-color jokes and inappropriate banter, legal documents and interviews with former aides suggest.

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Suspect in Times Square Bombing Leaves Trail of Mystery

As the authorities searched for clues, those who knew Akayed Ullah described the trappings of an ordinary immigrant life in Brooklyn.

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Uber fights ban on cash payments in Mexican state

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc said on Monday that it had appealed regulations that have barred it from accepting cash fares in the Mexican state of Puebla, in a new challenge to clampdowns on the ride-hailing service in Latin America.

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BRIEF-Under Armour Announces New Senior Management Additions In Europe And Communications

* UNDER ARMOUR ANNOUNCES NEW SENIOR MANAGEMENT ADDITIONS IN EUROPE AND COMMUNICATIONS

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BRIEF-Santander Holdings Announces Pricing Of Private Offering Of Senior Notes

* SANTANDER HOLDINGS USA, INC. ANNOUNCES PRICING OF PRIVATE OFFERING OF SENIOR NOTES

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Diplomat blasts Tillerson in stinging resignation letter

A rising star at the State Department has written a blistering resignation letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, saying that under his leadership, the agency's influence has withered and morale among staff has plummeted, in part because of the "stinging disrespect" shown by the Trump administration.

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Nuclear plan backer denies Inauguration Day text with top Trump aide

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A company promoting a plan for the United States and Russia to jointly build nuclear reactors in the Middle East denied in a letter made public on Monday that its director received an Inauguration Day text message from incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn saying the project was "good to go."

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

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

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

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

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Hunting Taliban and Islamic State Fighters, From 20,000 Feet

B-52s have once again been called into action in Afghanistan. A New York Times correspondent flew on one.

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Mario Batali takes leave amid sexual misconduct allegations

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MOVES-Martinez Vives leaves BAML

LONDON, Dec 11 (IFR) - Anthony Martinez Vives, a director in Bank of America Merrill Lynch's public sector financing business, has left the bank, according to sources.

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BRIEF-Healthcare Realty Trust Expects To Complete Sale Of $300 Mln Of Senior Notes

* HEALTHCARE REALTY TRUST- ON DEC 11, 2017, CO EXPECTS TO COMPLETE SALE OF $300 MILLION AGGREGATE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF CO'S 3.625% SENIOR NOTES DUE 2028 Source text: (http://bit.ly/2jvF1sM) Further company coverage:

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Kuwait replaces oil and finance ministers: state news agency

DUBAI (Reuters) - Kuwait replaced its oil and finance ministers in a cabinet reshuffle on Monday, state news agency KUNA reported.

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Golf: Sharma holds nerve to claim maiden tour win at Joburg Open

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - India's Shubhankar Sharma claimed a maiden European Tour title at the rain-hit Joburg Open on Monday when he returned to the course to card a final round 69 to secure a three-shot victory at the Randpark Golf Club.

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Nokia COO to leave the company

HELSINKI, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Telecom network equipment maker Nokia said on Monday its Chief Operating Officer Monika Maurer was leaving the company.

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Lives at Risk Inside a Senior Complex in Puerto Rico With No Power

Conditions at the largest housing project for low-income seniors on the hurricane-ravaged island illustrate a health crisis for the most vulnerable.

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China starts formal legal proceedings against disgraced senior politician

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's prosecutor began on Monday formal legal proceedings against disgraced senior politician Sun Zhengcai, once considered a contender for top leadership, who has been accused of corruption and other crimes.

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Nikkei flat as real estate, construction stocks weigh

TOKYO, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks struggled for traction on Monday as gains in financial shares were offset by drops in real estate and construction companies, with Obayashi Corp diving more than 8 percent.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Leave the Johnson Amendment Alone

Charities and churches shouldn’t be involved in political campaigns.

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Iraq holds victory parade after defeating Islamic State

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - An Iraqi military parade in Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone celebrated final victory over Islamic State on Sunday, with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi looking on as troops marched in formation, their bodies spelling "victory day" in Arabic.

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Boris Johnson Leaves Iran With Fate of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe Unclear

After the British foreign minister met with President Hassan Rouhani and expressed concern about the detained British-Iranian national, her husband said he felt renewed hope.

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

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

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Iraq holds military parade celebrating victory over Islamic State

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - An Iraqi military parade celebrating final victory over Islamic State is underway in Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, an Iraqi military spokesman told Reuters on Sunday.

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

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

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Iraq declares final victory over Islamic State

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared final victory over Islamic State on Saturday after Iraqi forces drove its last remnants from the country, three years after the militant group captured about a third of Iraq's territory.

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Golf: Sharma closes in on maiden tour win at Joburg Open

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - India's Shubhanker Sharma produced a birdie-fuelled 65 to claim a five-shot lead at the European Tour’s Joburg Open on Saturday to enter the final round with an excellent chance of claiming a maiden professional title.

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Islamic State completely 'evicted' from Iraq, Iraqi PM says

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Saturday that Iraqi forces had driven the last remnants of Islamic State from the country, three years after the militant group captured about a third of Iraq's territory.

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Iraqi PM says Islamic State completely 'evicted' from Iraq

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Saturday that Iraqi forces had driven the last remnants of Islamic State from the country, three years after the militant group captured about a third of Iraq's territory.

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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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Ex-Breitbart spokesman leaves GOP

Former Breitbart spokesman Kurt Bardella said he no longer wants to associate with the Republican Party in the wake of its support for Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore.

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Trent Franks, Accused of Offering $5 Million to Impregnate an Aide, Abruptly Resigns

Mr. Franks, Republican of Arizona, resigned earlier than expected after two women said he wanted to use sex as a means to impregnate them.

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BRIEF-‍MTY Files Restated Financial Statements For Year Ended Nov 30, 2016​

* ‍MTY FILES RESTATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FOR YEAR ENDED NOVEMBER 30, 2016​

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BRIEF-Oaktree Says Co's Portfolio Company Entered Amendment To Documents Governing Senior Revolving Credit Facility

* OAKTREE - ON DEC 8, CO'S PORTFOLIO COMPANY ENTERED AMENDMENT TO DOCUMENTS GOVERNING SENIOR REVOLVING CREDIT FACILITY

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Justice Dept. Investigating Fetal Tissue Transfers by Planned Parenthood and Others

In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Justice Department requested documents indicating it is picking up the fetal tissue issue that Congress started last year.

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BRIEF-DCP Midstream Says, Co And Unit Entered Into Second Amended And Restated Credit Agreement

* DCP MIDSTREAM LP SAYS ON DEC 6, 2017, CO AND UNIT ENTERED INTO SECOND AMENDED AND RESTATED CREDIT AGREEMENT - SEC FILING

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Farenthold should resign if misconduct accusations true: senior House Republican

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the fourth-ranking Republican in the House of Representatives, on Friday told Fox News Channel that fellow Republican Representative Blake Farenthold should resign if an ethics investigation finds that sexual misconduct accusations against him have merit.

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How states that carried Trump to victory avoid one sticky part of the tax bill

When the House and Senate passed their respective tax bills, they agreed on one thing: The repeal of state and local tax deductions, except for property taxes. Those are capped at $10,000.

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Ex-Penn State coach Sandusky's son sentenced for child sex crimes

(Reuters) - The adopted son of Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State University assistant football coach convicted of sexually abusing young boys, was sentenced on Friday to serve up to seven years in prison for child sex crimes, a court official said.

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Trump senior aide Dina Powell to resign early next year: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's deputy national security adviser, Dina Powell, plans to resign early next year and return to her home in New York, the White House said on Friday.

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Golden State Warriors’ Go-to Guy Doesn’t Play a Minute

Laundry, luggage, logistics ... there are 48 minutes in an N.B.A. game and about 20 hours in Eric Housen’s workday as he guides the team from one city to the next.

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Dina Powell, Influential Foreign Policy Adviser, Is Set to Leave White House

Dina Powell, a deputy national security adviser to President Trump, has been a key player on a variety of issues and a top ally of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.

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BRIEF-Boeing Provides Statement On Canadian Interim Fighter Capability Project

* BOEING STATEMENT ON THE CANADIAN INTERIM FIGHTER CAPABILITY PROJECT AND FREE AND FAIR COMPETITION

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U.S. has begun fully implementing Trump travel ban: State Dept.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department said it began fully implementing President Donald Trump's travel ban targeting six Muslim-majority countries on Friday, four days after the Supreme Court ruled the order could be enforced while legal appeals continue.

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'Star Wars' galaxy leaves plenty of space to navigate

With "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" about to arrive in cinemas amid all the hoopla that entails, add to the list of great unknowable questions when we might reach the point -- assuming there is one -- of "Star Wars" fatigue?

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BRIEF-Tucows, Units, Enter Interim Amendment To First Amended And Restated Credit Agreement

* SAYS ON DEC 5, CO, UNITS, ENTERED INTERIM AMENDMENT TO FIRST AMENDED AND RESTATED CREDIT AGREEMENT

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California Fires Live Briefing: A ‘Very Dangerous’ Time for an Already Charred State

Fires continued to ravage much of Southern California on Friday, where fast-moving flames had scorched more than 142,000 acres across four counties.

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Tillerson: Jerusalem embassy move probably won't happen this year or next

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday that moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem "is not something that is going to happen this year, probably not next year."

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South African court rules Zuma appointment of state prosecutor invalid

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's High Court ruled on Friday that President Jacob Zuma's appointment of a state prosecutor to decide whether to reinstate corruption charges against him was not valid and should be set aside immediately.

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BRIEF-Brookfield Real Estate Services Announces Acquisition Of Franchise Agreements

* BROOKFIELD REAL ESTATE SERVICES INC. ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF FRANCHISE AGREEMENTS

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Aide tries to refocus tax debate after Trump's corporate rate remark

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's weekend remark about a scaled-back tax cut for corporations sparked behind-the-scenes debate in the U.S. Congress, with a White House aide trying on Thursday to minimize the impact of the president's comment.

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BRIEF-Hess Corp Says Co,Certain Units Amended & Restated Existing 5-Year Credit Agreement Dated As Of Jan 21, 2015

* HESS CORP - ON DEC 1 CO,CERTAIN UNITS AMENDED & RESTATED EXISTING 5-YEAR CREDIT AGREEMENT DATED AS OF JANUARY 21, 2015 - SEC FILING

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South Africa's high court rules Zuma appointment of state prosecutor invalid

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's High Court ruled on Friday that President Jacob Zuma's appointment of a state prosecutor responsible for deciding whether to reinstate corruption charges against him was not valid and should be set aside immediately.

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Nikkei rises helped by gains in real estate, chip-related cos; Nikkei flat on week

TOKYO, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks rose on Friday on gains for most sectors after Wall Street climbed overnight, while Japan Display jumped on hopes that Apple may use liquid crystal technology on one of its new smartphones.

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Justice Dept. investigating use of fetal tissue

The Justice Department is looking into Planned Parenthood's practices related to human fetal tissue, according to a letter obtained by CNN.

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Out-of-control wildfires devastate California

Four major wildfires are torching the Los Angeles area

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Nikkei rises, real estate and chip-related firms lead; JDI soars

TOKYO, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks rose on Friday morning on gains for most sectors after Wall Street climbed overnight, while Japan Display jumped on hopes that Apple may use liquid crystal technology on one of its new smartphones.

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News Analysis: Did Trump Kill Off a Two-State Solution? He Says No, Palestinians Say Yes

The chief Palestinian negotiator said Mr. Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital means a radical P.L.O. shift — to a push for a single state, with equal civil rights.

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Tillerson to meet Lebanon's Hariri in Paris on Friday: U.S. State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will meet Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri in Paris on Friday, the State Department said in a statement on Thursday.

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Indiana police officer reinstated after 'white male privilege' remark

(Reuters) - A female Indiana police officer suspended after calling out a fellow officer for "white male privilege" during a transgender awareness training session was reinstated on Thursday.

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House ethics panel probing Rep. Farenthold over harassment allegations: statement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Committee said on Thursday it was investigating Republican Representative Blake Farenthold over allegations of sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation involving a former female staff member.

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Aide tries to refocus U.S. tax debate after Trump's corporate rate remark

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's weekend remark about a scaled-back tax cut for corporations sparked behind-the-scenes debate in the U.S. Congress, with a White House aide trying on Thursday to minimize the impact of the president's comment.

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Connecticut infrastructure funding in question: state report

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Connecticut's infrastructure projects are in jeopardy after revenue that helps pay off the state's transportation debt has decreased and additional funding sources have not yet been identified, according to a report released on Thursday.

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Previously undisclosed emails were from a Russia intermediary to a Trump aide, sources say

The British publicist who arranged the June 2016 meeting with Russians and Donald Trump Jr. sent multiple emails to a Russian participant and a member of Donald Trump's inner circle later that summer, multiple sources told CNN, the first indication there was any follow-up after the meeting.

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BRIEF-Royal Caribbean Cruises Entered Into Agreement To Amend And Restate Current $1.4 Bln Unsecured Revolving Credit Facility

* ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISES LTD - ON DECEMBER 4, ENTERED INTO AN AGREEMENT TO AMEND AND RESTATE CURRENT $1.4 BILLION UNSECURED REVOLVING CREDIT FACILITY Source: (http://bit.ly/2jskPEL) Further company coverage:

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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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BRIEF-Sotheby’s Prices $400 Million Of Senior Notes Due 2025

* SOTHEBY'S - PRICING OF $400 MILLION OF ITS SENIOR UNSECURED NOTES DUE 2025 THROUGH AN OFFERING TO QUALIFIED INSTITUTIONAL BUYERS

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EU's Tusk to make Brexit statement early Friday

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Council President Donald Tusk will make a statement on Brexit early on Friday, his office said on Thursday, prompting speculation on the fate of British Prime Minister Theresa May's plans for a deal with Brussels.

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BRIEF-Coca-Cola Board Elects Jim Dinkins As Senior Vice President

* COCA-COLA BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTS JIM DINKINS AS SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT

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BRIEF-Vantiv Prices Senior Notes Offering

* VANTIV - UNITS PRICED OFFERING OF $500 MILLION OF 4.375% SENIOR UNSECURED NOTES DUE 2025 AND £470 MILLION OF 3.875% SENIOR UNSECURED NOTES DUE 2025 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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

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

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Ukraine - biggest obstacle to normal Russia ties, says Tillerson

VIENNA (Reuters) - The United States would "badly" like to lift sanctions against Russia but will not do so until Moscow has pulled its forces out of eastern Ukraine and Crimea, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Thursday, calling that the main obstacle to normal ties.

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

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

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

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

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BRIEF-Central Garden & Pet Announces Offering Of $300 Mln Of Senior Notes

* CENTRAL GARDEN & PET ANNOUNCES OFFERING OF $300 MILLION OF SENIOR NOTES

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Russian military: mission accomplished, Islamic State defeated in Syria

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's military said on Thursday it had accomplished its mission of defeating Islamic State in Syria, and there were no remaining settlements there under the group's control.

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Tillerson says Ukraine is biggest obstacle to normal Russia ties

VIENNA (Reuters) - The United States would "badly" like to lift sanctions against Russia but will not do so until Moscow has pulled its forces out of eastern Ukraine and Crimea, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Thursday, calling that the main obstacle to normal ties.

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More than 110,000 residents ordered to leave their homes

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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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BRIEF-Orange is ready to buy back shares from French state-CEO

* ORANGE CEO STEPHANE RICHARD SAYS GROUP READY TO EXAMINE BUYING BACK SOME OF THE SHARES OWNED BY FRENCH STATE

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Tillerson holds tough line on Russia sanctions over Ukraine

VIENNA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held his tough line on Russia during a visit to Europe on Thursday, saying in front of his Russian counterpart that Washington would keep sanctions in place until Russian forces withdraw from Ukraine.

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Map: Trump continues to leave key State Department posts empty

Nearly 11 months into the Trump administration, and ten months since Secretary of State Rex Tillerson took office, the State Department continues to grapple with vacancies across its senior ranks.

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Embattled Franken to make a statement

Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken is set to make a statement Thursday about his future in office, following a raft of allegations he touched women inappropriately and dozens of his Democratic colleagues calling for him to step aside.

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Tillerson: Russia sanctions will stay until it withdraws from Ukraine

VIENNA (Reuters) - U.S. sanctions against Moscow will remain in place until Russia withdraws from Ukraine, United States Secretary of state Rex Tillerson said on Thursday, speaking in front of his Russian counterpart at a security conference in Vienna.

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Britons who join Islamic State should be hunted and killed: defence minister

LONDON (Reuters) - Britons who have joined the Islamic State militant group in Syria and Iraq should be hunted down and killed, Britain's new defence minister said.

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BRIEF-United Rentals Announces Extension Of Exchange Offer For URNA’s 4.875% Senior Notes Due 2028

* UNITED RENTALS ANNOUNCES EXTENSION OF EXCHANGE OFFER FOR URNA’S 4.875% SENIOR NOTES DUE 2028

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

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

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Bill letting people bring concealed guns across state lines passes U.S. House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - People would be able to bring legal, concealed guns into any U.S. state under legislation the House of Representatives approved on Wednesday that would also bolster the national background check system and require a study of the "bump stocks" used in October's Las Vegas mass shooting.

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BRIEF-Axis Capital Says Unit Issued $350 Mln Aggregate Principal Amount Of Its 4 Pct Senior Notes Due 2027

* AXIS CAPITAL HOLDINGS LTD SAYS UNIT ISSUED $350.0 MILLION AGGREGATE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF ITS 4.000% SENIOR NOTES DUE 2027 - SEC FILING

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State lawmaker calls colleague gay for touching him

A Pennsylvania lawmaker is under fire after insinuating that a fellow state representative was gay for touching his arm during a committee meeting.

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Tillerson to visit Africa in first quarter of 2018: adviser

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is planning a trip to Africa in the first three months of next year, a senior aide said on Wednesday, amid speculation how long Tillerson might stay in the job.

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Trump: US will support a 2-state solution

President Trump says the US will support a two-state solution in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict if it is agreed to by both sides.

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'Good to go': Top Trump aide gave inaugural day ok to nuclear plan - congressman

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As President Donald Trump delivered his inaugural address on Capitol Hill in January, his incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn, sitting a few yards away, texted a former business partner that a nuclear power project that would require lifting sanctions on Russia was "good to go," a senior House Democrat said in a letter released on Wednesday.

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WNYC hosts put on leave amid investigation

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South Africa's ANC wants to avoid split after vote: senior official

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) is doing everything possible to avoid a split in the party after elections for a new leader this month, a senior official running for the top job said on Wednesday.

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Tillerson takes tough line on Russia, open to peacekeepers

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday there could be no normal relations with Russia until Moscow ended its support for separatists in Ukraine and returned Crimea, in comments likely to reassure Western allies.

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Tillerson Suggests Cuba Could Have Stopped ‘Targeted Attacks’ on U.S. Diplomats

“You probably know” who attacked the 24 American diplomats in Cuba, the secretary of state said. “You can stop it. It’s as simple as that.”

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Tillerson: Good opportunity for peace

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the Trump administration still believes there's a very good opportunity for peace in the Mideast.

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BRIEF-Ferroglobe Plc Updates On Open-Market Purchases Of Co's Shares By Its Senior Management

* FERROGLOBE PLC UPDATES ON OPEN-MARKET PURCHASES OF CO'S SHARES BY ITS SENIOR MANAGEMENT

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BRIEF-Clearsign announces request to withdraw S-1 registration statement

* CLEARSIGN ANNOUNCES REQUEST TO WITHDRAW S-1 REGISTRATION STATEMENT

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Tillerson Says Trump Remains Committed to Mideast Peace

Before an announcement expected to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expressed reassurances about the consequences of the decision.

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'You're wrong', Tillerson says of reports he will be fired

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said there was no truth in reports that the White House had a plan to fire him and replace him with CIA chief Mike Pompeo.

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Tillerson says no normalization of NATO ties with Russia

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told a NATO foreign ministers' meeting in Brussels on Wednesday that the Western allies agreed there was "no normalization" of ties with Russia.

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State of the Art: The Hidden Player Spurring a Wave of Cheap Consumer Devices: Amazon

Numerous electronics brands have sprung up offering inexpensive gadgets. Here’s how Amazon enables them, and how other brands may copy that success.

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North Korea sets template for other rogue states

Among the many strides North Korea has made in its development of nuclear weapons it can add another disquieting distinction: the precedent it's set for other rogue states who covet nuclear weapons.

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Chinese state media takes praise for leader to new heights as Xi tightens grip

BEIJING (Reuters) - The official newspaper of China's ruling Communist Party has lavished unusually high levels of praise on President Xi Jinping's signature leadership, as China's strongest leader in decades consolidates his personal power.

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UPDATE 2-Kinder Morgan gas pipeline explosion kills 2 in Illinois- fire dept.

Dec 5 (Reuters) - An explosion on a Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline killed two people and injured two others on Tuesday in Lee County, Illinois, according to the Dixon Rural fire department chief.

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House will vote on allowing concealed gun owners to carry across state lines

The House will vote Wednesday on a bill that would let gun owners with permits to carry concealed weapons travel to other states with their concealed firearms.

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Former Trump campaign aide may be hit with more charges

Robert Mueller may not be through with Rick Gates, a deputy Trump campaign aide and one of the four people who have been charged as part of the special counsel probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

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Andeavor undeterred by Washington state panel's rail-terminal snub

HOUSTON, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Independent U.S. refiner Andeavor said on Tuesday it will not abandon a push to build a Pacific Coast rail-to-marine terminal despite a Washington state panel's recommendation against the project.

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BRIEF-Cleveland-Cliffs Announces Pricing Of $400 Mln Of Senior Secured Notes Due 2024

* CLEVELAND-CLIFFS INC. ANNOUNCES PRICING OF $400,000,000 OF SENIOR SECURED NOTES DUE 2024

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BRIEF-Equinix Announces Pricing Of €1.0 Billion Senior Notes Offering

* EQUINIX ANNOUNCES PRICING OF €1.0 BILLION SENIOR NOTES OFFERING

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BRIEF-Cleveland-Cliffs Announces Pricing Of $275 Mln Of Convertible Senior Notes Due 2025

* . ANNOUNCES PRICING OF $275,000,000 OF CONVERTIBLE SENIOR NOTES DUE 2025

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BRIEF-Onemain Holdings Announces Pricing Of $875 Million Senior Notes

* ONEMAIN HOLDINGS, INC. ANNOUNCES PRICING OF $875 MILLION AGGREGATE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF SENIOR NOTES

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Uber investor Pishevar takes leave of absence amid misconduct claims

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Silicon Valley investor Shervin Pishevar, known for his early bet on Uber, said on Tuesday he was taking a leave of absence from his venture capital firm and the startup he co-founded to fight allegations of sexual harassment.

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Senior lawmaker Conyers leaves U.S. Congress after harassment accusations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrat John Conyers, the longest serving member of the U.S. House of Representatives, stepped down on Tuesday after multiple accusations of sexual misconduct, the first member of Congress to leave his seat during a wave of high-profile harassment allegations.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Kirstjen Nielsen, White House Aide, Is Confirmed as Homeland Security Secretary

Ms. Nielsen, an aide to John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, has defended herself against charges that she is too inexperienced to lead the department.

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BRIEF-EP Energy Extends Early Tender Time For Its Offers To Exchange New Senior Secured Notes Due 2024

* EP ENERGY ANNOUNCES EXTENSION OF EARLY TENDER TIME FOR ITS OFFERS TO EXCHANGE NEW SENIOR SECURED NOTES DUE 2024 FOR OUTSTANDING SENIOR NOTES DUE 2020, 2022 AND 2023

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Tech rally burns out, leaves Wall Street lower

(Reuters) - Wall Street fell on Tuesday as a technology rebound lost steam and Walt Disney Co shares dipped, while investors assessed how a Republican U.S. tax overhaul would impact corporate earnings.

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US STOCKS-Tech rally burns out, leaves Wall Street lower

* Indexes: Dow -0.45 pct, S&P -0.37 pct, Nasdaq -0.19 pct (Updates to close)

United States International Relations nytimes.com

Tillerson, Visiting Europe, Gets Cold Shoulder

The chilly reception given to the secretary of state in Brussels reflected concerns about President Trump’s positions on Jerusalem and Iran.

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BRIEF-S&P Lowers PDVSA's Debt Rating On Senior Unsecured Notes Due 2017 To 'D'

* SAYS PETROLEOS DE VENEZUELA DEBT RATING ON SENIOR UNSECURED NOTES DUE 2017 LOWERED TO 'D' ON MISSED INTEREST PAYMENT

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Uber suspends cash payments in Mexico's Puebla after demands from state

MEXICO CITY, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc said on Tuesday it will stop accepting cash payments in the central Mexican state of Puebla to comply with demands from authorities, as the ride-hailing company faces a new wave of regulation in Mexico.

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Former Trump aide nomination to be Singapore envoy stalled over Russia concerns

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The nomination to be ambassador to Singapore of K.T. McFarland, a former security adviser to President Donald Trump, has been delayed due to concerns about her testimony to Congress over communications with Russia, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said on Tuesday.

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Interior Dept. recommends changes to boundaries of six U.S. national monuments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended that President Donald Trump change the boundaries of six national monuments designated by past administrations, according to a copy of the recommendations seen by Reuters.

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Somalia's Puntland region declares state of emergency over drought

BOSASO, Somalia (Reuters) - Somalia's semi-autonomous region of Puntland declared a state of emergency on Tuesday and appealed for food and water because of shortages triggered by a severe drought.

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Venezuela's former ambassador to U.N. leaves the United States: source

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Venezuela's former ambassador to the United Nations, Rafael Ramirez, has left the United States after being forced to resign by President Nicolas Maduro's government, according to a source with knowledge of his travel plan.

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Tillerson seeks to reassure worried Europe over Trump

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivered a message of support to European allies in Brussels on Tuesday but their concerns about President Donald Trump's foreign policy have created a rift on a host of issues.

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Tillerson tries to reassure worried Europe over Trump

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivered a message of support to European allies in Brussels on Tuesday but their concerns about President Donald Trump's foreign policy have created a rift on a host of issues.

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UPDATE 1-Russian state fund RDIF plans to invest in Yandex taxi business

MOSCOW, Dec 5 (Reuters) - The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) plans to invest in Yandex's ride-sharing unit Yandex.Taxi and will partner with China's Alibaba in investing in other internet projects in Russia, the state fund's CEO said on Tuesday.

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Treasury sanctions cleric Faisal for Islamic State recruiting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury on Tuesday said it had sanctioned Abdullah Ibrahim al-Faisal for recruiting for Islamic State, alleging the Jamaican cleric had influenced people around the world in attacking civilians and creating bomb plots and also had helped new recruits to the extremist group travel and hide.

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Fewer than 3,000 Islamic State fighters remain in Iraq and Syria: U.S.-led coalition

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The United States-led international coalition fighting Islamic State estimates that fewer than 3,000 fighters belonging to the hardline Sunni militant group remain in Iraq and Syria, its spokesman said on Tuesday.

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WADA reinstates suspended Mexico laboratory

(Reuters) - Mexico’s suspended anti-doping laboratory has been reinstated after correcting non-conformities, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said on Tuesday.

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CVS likely wants FTC antitrust review, not Justice Dept, of Aetna deal

WASHINGTON, Dec 5 (Reuters) - It is uncertain who in the U.S. government will carry out an antitrust review of CVS Health Corp's deal to buy health insurer Aetna Inc, but the drugstore company is likely hoping the potentially more lenient Federal Trade Commission gets the nod, antitrust experts say.

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BRIEF-Onemain Holdings announces proposed senior notes offering

* ONEMAIN HOLDINGS, INC. ANNOUNCES PROPOSED SENIOR NOTES OFFERING

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In Brussels, Tillerson offers EU strong U.S. support

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday said the United States remains committed to Europe, offering a public statement of support for European allies worried about foreign policy under President Donald Trump.

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Tillerson defends record at State Department

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson defended his handling of America's foreign service on Tuesday during a visit to Brussels, seeking to reassure U.S. diplomats of American support under President Donald Trump.

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Bus bomb kills eight in Syria's Homs city: state media

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A bomb blast killed eight people and injured 16 others on a bus in Syria's Homs on Tuesday, state media said, citing the city's health authority.

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Bus bomb kills eight passengers in Syria's Homs city: state media

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A bomb blast killed eight people and injured 16 others on a bus in Syria's government-held Homs city on Tuesday, state media said.

cnn.com

Senior UN official to visit North Korea

A senior United Nations official will visit North Korea this week to meet with officials there and discuss "issues of mutual interest and concern," according to the UN.

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Basketball player Trump helped to leave China after shoplifting arrest leaves UCLA

(Reuters) - A UCLA basketball player who was arrested for shoplifting in China and whose father later engaged in a public dispute with U.S. President Donald Trump will leave the university and prepare for the NBA draft next year, the player's father told media on Monday.

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BRIEF-Array BioPharma Announces Redemption Of All Remaining 3% Convertible Senior Notes Due 2020

* ARRAY BIOPHARMA ANNOUNCES REDEMPTION OF ALL REMAINING 3.00% CONVERTIBLE SENIOR NOTES DUE 2020

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BRIEF-Calpine Corp Announces Upsizing And Pricing Of Senior Secured Notes Offering

* ORATION ANNOUNCES UPSIZING AND PRICING OF SENIOR SECURED NOTES OFFERING

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BRIEF-Valeant Announces Pricing Of Private Offering Of Senior Notes

Dec 4 (Reuters) - Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc :

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'Kiss of death' to two-state solution if Jerusalem declared Israel capital: PLO envoy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A formal U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel would be the "kiss of death" to the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Palestine Liberation Organization's chief representative in Washington said on Monday.

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Israeli missiles target Syrian military facility near Damascus: Syrian state media

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian state media on Monday said Israel had fired missiles at a Syrian military facility in the Damascus countryside, adding that Syrian air defense systems had intercepted three of the missiles.

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

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

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BRIEF-Array - In Exchange For $126.06 Million 3.00% Convertible Senior Notes Co Issued 2024 $126.06 Million Notes

* ARRAY BIOPHARMA - ‍ON DEC 1, IN EXCHANGE FOR $126.06 MILLION OF 3.00% CONVERTIBLE SENIOR NOTES DUE 2020 CO ISSUED 2024 NOTES OF $126.06 MILLION

Drownings nytimes.com

Following Drownings, an Upstate City Known for Its Gorges Mulls Blocking One Off

Following the deaths of two students in seven years, Cornell University wants to build a gate to block a tunnel built by its founder.

cnn.com

House Russia investigators to interview senior colleagues

Two senior lawmakers will be questioned by the House Intelligence Committee as part of the panel's Russia investigation as the committee races to interview a bevy of high-profile witnesses in the final weeks of the year.

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Senior Tillerson aide will leave State Dept.

R.C. Hammond, a senior aide for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, will leave his position in mid-December, according to senior administration officials.

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The Battle against Islamic State

(Reuters) - It was an awkward coalition riven by political and sectarian differences, facing an elusive, fanatical enemy dug into an urban maze of narrow streets and alleyways. So, could Iraq's government really deliver on its vow to vanquish Islamic State?

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Top court leaves in place Texas ruling questioning gay spousal benefits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear Houston's appeal of a lower court ruling that threw into doubt the city's spousal benefits to gay married municipal employees, signaling that the reach of the landmark 2015 decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide may have limits.

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BRIEF-Alexandria Real Estate Equities Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend Of 90 Cents Per Common Share

* ALEXANDRIA REAL ESTATE EQUITIES, INC. DECLARES QUARTERLY CASH DIVIDEND OF 90 CENTS PER COMMON SHARE UP 4 CENTS, OR 5 PERCENT, OVER 3Q17 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Kushner's Mideast gamble fuels Tillerson feud

Jared Kushner is betting that his relationship with Saudi Arabia's new crown prince is the key to brokering a Middle East peace deal and tamping down any Arab uprising that results from controversial moves in Israel the Trump administration could announce as early as this week, according to multiple sources familiar with the White House senior adviser's strategy.

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BRIEF-Calpine Corp Announces Senior Secured Notes Offering

* CALPINE CORPORATION ANNOUNCES SENIOR SECURED NOTES OFFERING

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Merkel's Bavarian ally Seehofer won't run again as candidate for state premier: CSU's Ferber

BERLIN (Reuters) - The leader of Germany's Christian Social Union (CSU), the Bavarian sister party of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, Horst Seehofer, will not run again as candidate for state premier in a regional election next year, a senior CSU member told NDR broadcaster on Monday.

China nytimes.com

China’s A.I. Advances Help Its Tech Industry, and State Security

Global car brands and Chinese authorities alike embrace iFlyTek’s voice recognition know-how, illustrating the dystopian possibilities behind the technology.

Syria nytimes.com

Help Assad or Leave Cities in Ruins? The Politics of Rebuilding Syria

Ravaged areas in the city of Homs, which look as if punched by a giant, are a testament to President Assad’s ruthless tactics, and to the enormous task, costs and political calculation of rebuilding.

Football (College) nytimes.com

On College Football: College Football Playoff: Alabama Is In, Ohio State Is Out

Alabama edged Ohio State for the final spot in the College Football Playoff, joining Clemson, Georgia and Oklahoma.

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Syrian Kurdish YPG says seized eastern region from Islamic State

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said on Sunday it had fully captured Deir al-Zor's eastern countryside from Islamic State with the help of both the U.S.-led coalition and Russia.

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Syrian Kurdish YPG says seized eastern area from Islamic State

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said on Sunday it had fully captured Deir al-Zor's eastern countryside from Islamic State with the help of both the U.S.-led coalition and Russia.

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U.S. allies fret as 'guillotine' hangs over Tillerson

BRUSSELS/BERLIN (Reuters) - On the eve of his trip to Europe, Rex Tillerson gave a speech last week that European allies had waited months to hear: an "ironclad" promise of U.S. support to its oldest allies.

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

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

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Tillerson says no truth to reports that he is being replaced

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Saturday denied that he was leaving his post to be replaced by CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

cnn.com

Opinion: State Dept. is bigger than Tillerson

Fear not, people. The Foreign Service isn't going anywhere.

cnn.com

State Department plans for protests after Jerusalem embassy announcement

The State Department's security arm has been told to plan for potentially violent protests at US embassies and consulates once the Trump administration announces it is moving the embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

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Israeli missiles hit military post near Damascus: Syrian state TV

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Israeli missiles struck a military position near Damascus and Syria's air defence system responded on Saturday, destroying two of them, Syrian state television said.

nytimes.com

Michael Flynn, Tax Bill, Rex Tillerson: Your Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

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BRIEF-Platform Specialty Products Corp Announces Pricing Of Tack-On Offering Of 5.875 Pct Senior Notes Due 2025

* PLATFORM SPECIALTY PRODUCTS CORPORATION ANNOUNCES PRICING OF TACK-ON OFFERING OF 5.875% SENIOR NOTES DUE 2025

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Trump says U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson not leaving post

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is not leaving, President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday, after U.S. officials on Thursday said the White House had a plan for CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace him.

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Exclusive: Mideast nuclear plan backers bragged of support of top Trump aide Flynn

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Backers of a U.S.-Russian plan to build nuclear reactors across the Middle East bragged after the U.S. election they had backing from Donald Trump's national security adviser Michael Flynn for a project that required lifting sanctions on Russia, documents reviewed by Reuters show.

cnn.com

Tattoo leaves doctors debating man's fate

Picture this: A man is admitted to the hospital, unconscious, with a history of serious health problems and a high blood alcohol level. He has no identification and no family with him. On his chest, he has a tattoo: "Do Not Resuscitate."

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Trump, on Twitter, says Tillerson will remain as top U.S. diplomat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Friday that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is not leaving the administration, contradicting news reports that the White House was planning to replace the top U.S. diplomat.

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BRIEF-Mountain Province Diamonds Prices $330 Mln Senior Secured Second Lien Notes

* MOUNTAIN PROVINCE DIAMONDS PRICES NEW US$330,000,000 SENIOR SECURED SECOND LIEN NOTES

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BRIEF-Freddie Mac Prices $637 Million Seniors Housing Multifamily K Certificates

* FREDDIE MAC PRICES $637 MILLION SENIORS HOUSING MULTIFAMILY K CERTIFICATES

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U.S. remains committed to Libyan political agreement: State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States remains committed to the Libyan Political Agreement, the State Department said in a statement following U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's meeting with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj on Friday.

United States International Relations nytimes.com

Tillerson Calls Reports of White House Ouster ‘Laughable’

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson has been dogged for months by rumors he would resign but said any White House plan for him to resign was “laughable.”

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U.S. states gird for fight as Trump targets consumer finance watchdog

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Pennsylvania's Attorney General is leading the charge among his Democratic peers preparing to shore up protections for borrowers and savers while President Donald Trump follows through on a pledge to defang a powerful consumer finance watchdog.

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US states gird for fight as Trump targets consumer finance watchdog

WASHINGTON, Dec 1 (Reuters) - Pennsylvania's Attorney General is leading the charge among his Democratic peers preparing to shore up protections for borrowers and savers while President Donald Trump follows through on a pledge to defang a powerful consumer finance watchdog.

cnn.com

WH chief of staff soured on Tillerson post-'moron' comment

The relationship between White House chief of staff John Kelly and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has soured in recent months, leaving the former Exxon CEO without a single top ally in the White House as talk has ramped up of him being replaced at the State Department.

cnn.com

Tillerson calls rumors 'laughable'

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson denies rumors that he plans to resign, calling them "laughable."

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Tillerson dismisses talk of his departure as 'laughable'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday dismissed reports that the White House is weighing a plan under which he would be replaced by CIA Director Mike Pompeo as "laughable."

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BRIEF-GM Report 245,387 Deliveries In The United States In November, Down 2.9 Pct

* GM SAYS REPORTED 245,387 DELIVERIES IN THE UNITED STATES IN NOVEMBER, DOWN 2.9 PERCENT

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

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

politicsNews reuters.com

Republican Senator Daines says he will support tax bill -statement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senator Steve Daines of Montana, one of several senators seen as pivotal to the fate of a Republican tax overhaul plan, said on Friday he would support the tax bill.

New York City nytimes.com

Big City: Paid Parental Leave, Except for Most Who Need It

New York City’s program applies to managers but omits a vast majority of workers, like teachers, police officers and park rangers, who are in unions.

sportsNews reuters.com

Infantino says FIFA doesn't speculate on Russia state-doping allegations

MOSCOW (Reuters) - FIFA President Gianni Infantino on Friday dodged questions about the alleged existence of a state-sponsored doping program in Russia, the host country of next year's World Cup finals.

nytimes.com

Rex Tillerson, Kathryn Steinle, Jim Nabors: Your Friday Briefing

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

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BRIEF-Havells India To Wind Up Units In Chile & United States

* SAYS UNIT HAVELLS HOLDINGS LTD SIGNS MOU WITH CONSORTIUM OF INVESTORS FOR TRANSFER ON ENTITY IN BRAZIL Source text - http://bit.ly/2AMlgnL Further company coverage:

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

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

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Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa names senior military officials to cabinet posts

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's new president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, appointed senior military officials to top posts in his new cabinet and chose a veteran cabinet minister to head the finance ministry.

nytimes.com

Europe Edition: Rex Tillerson, Angela Merkel, Turkey: Your Friday Briefing

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

United States International Relations nytimes.com

Replacing Tillerson With Pompeo Would Supplant a Moderate With a Hawk

The views of Mike Pompeo, the C.I.A. director, have put him in good stead with President Trump, who has come to value his pungent opinions and hard-charging style.

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BRIEF-Beleave announces upsize of previously announced non-brokered private placement

* BELEAVE ANNOUNCES UPSIZE OF PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED NON-BROKERED PRIVATE PLACEMENT

cnn.com

Tillerson doesn't deserve this

Today, multiple news outlets reported that according to administration sources a tentative plan for a double switch was in the works: CIA Director Mike Pompeo would replace Rex Tillerson at the State Department and Sen. Tom Cotton would replace Pompeo at CIA.

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Magnitude 4.1 quake strikes Delaware, equals estimated state record

(Reuters) - A magnitude 4.1 earthquake struck Delaware on Thursday in a rare seismological occurrence for the U.S. Northeast, officials said, with the temblor's strength equaling the estimated magnitude of an 1871 quake that was believed to be the largest ever in the state.