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Democratic Senator Franken to resign: CNN

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic U.S. Senator Al Franken was set to announce his resignation from office on Thursday, CNN reported, bowing to pressure from party colleagues after a string of sexual misconduct allegations against him. [Source]

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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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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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‘S.N.L.’ Takes On Omarosa Resignation (or Firing?)

Right before Christmas, “S.N.L.” delivered a holiday message from the White House, with President Trump (Alec Baldwin) and company decorating a tree.

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NHL-Senators beat Canadiens in frigid first outdoor game of season

(The Sports Xchange) - In an outdoor game with temperatures dipping past the freezing point, being hit by a puck was never less fun.

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NHL: Senators beat Canadiens 3-0 in first outdoor game of season

(The Sports Xchange) - Craig Anderson stopped 28 shots for his second shutout of the season as the Ottawa Senators defeated the Montreal Canadiens 3-0 in the NHL100 Classic at TD Place on Saturday night.

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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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CSX CEO Harrison dies days after medical leave announced

NEW YORK (Reuters) - CSX Corp Chief Executive Hunter Harrison has died, the freight railway operator said on Saturday, just a few days after announcing that he was taking a medical leave of absence.

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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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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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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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Opinion: Even a conservative senator couldn't stomach this nomination

President Donald Trump's nomination of Matthew Spencer Petersen to a lifetime appointment as a federal district court judge demonstrates the President's utter contempt for the judiciary.

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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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Williams put off driver announcement to New Year

LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One team Williams have put off until the New Year an announcement on who will partner Canadian teenager Lance Stroll next season.

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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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BRIEF-Discovery Air Announces Extension Of Operating Credit Facility With CIBC

* DISCOVERY AIR INC. ANNOUNCES EXTENSION OF OPERATING CREDIT FACILITY WITH CIBC

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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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BRIEF-Calpine Corp Announces Closings Of Senior Secured Notes Offering And Term Loan Facility

* CALPINE CORPORATION ANNOUNCES CLOSINGS OF SENIOR SECURED NOTES OFFERING AND TERM LOAN FACILITY Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Trump officials brief senators on Saudi reactors, enrichment a worry

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Trump administration officials briefed senators this week on how the White House was considering non-proliferation standards in a potential agreement to sell nuclear reactor technology to Saudi Arabia, but did not indicate whether allowing uranium enrichment would be part of any deal, congressional aides said.

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BRIEF-Azimut Announces $1.55 Million Flow-Through Private Placement Financing

* AZIMUT ANNOUNCES $1.55 MILLION FLOW-THROUGH PRIVATE PLACEMENT FINANCING

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

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

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BRIEF-Hive Blockchain Announces Upsize Of Financing To $115 Mln

* HIVE BLOCKCHAIN ANNOUNCES UPSIZE OF FINANCING TO $115 MILLION INCLUDING MINIMUM INVESTMENT OF $3 MILLION BY GENESIS MINING

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Republicans race to finish tax bill and win over reluctant senators

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican negotiators in the U.S. Congress worked furiously on Friday to put the finishing touches on a sweeping tax overhaul and expanded a child tax credit in an effort to win the support of two wavering senators.

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

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

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BRIEF-NGEx Announces Increase In Private Placement To C$12.5 Mln

* NGEX ANNOUNCES INCREASE IN PRIVATE PLACEMENT TO CDN $12.5 MILLION

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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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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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BRIEF-Blackhawk Network Announces Sale Of Grass Roots Meetings & Events

* BLACKHAWK NETWORK ANNOUNCES SALE OF GRASS ROOTS MEETINGS & EVENTS

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Republicans alter tax bill in bid to win over reluctant senators

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican negotiators in the U.S. Congress on Friday expanded a child tax credit that is part of sweeping tax legislation in order to shore up support for passage, but it was still unclear whether the move was enough to satisfy two balking senators.

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Trump pick struggles with GOP senator's basic law questions

A Trump judicial nominee is being openly mocked on Twitter following a hearing Wednesday where he struggled to answer basic legal questions posed to him by a Republican senator.

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BRIEF-Nomad Foods Announces Successful Repricing And Increase Of Term Loan Facility

* NOMAD FOODS ANNOUNCES SUCCESSFUL REPRICING AND INCREASE OF TERM LOAN FACILITY

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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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BRIEF-Wabash National Corporation Announces New Board Member

* WABASH NATIONAL CORP- APPOINTMENT OF JOHN BOSS BRINGS CO'S BOARD TO EIGHT MEMBERS Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 1-Brazil's Petrobras to announce revised capex plan next week -CEO

SAO PAULO, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Brazil's state-run oil company Petróleo Brasileiro SA will announce a revision to its investment plan next week, Chief Executive Officer Pedro Parente said on Friday.

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BRIEF-Power Corporation Announces The Retirement Of Henri-Paul Rousseau

* POWER CORPORATION ANNOUNCES THE RETIREMENT OF HENRI-PAUL ROUSSEAU

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BRIEF-Ultragenyx And Kyowa Kirin Announce Burosumab Receives Positive CHMP Opinion For Treatment Of X-Linked Hypophosphatemia In Children

* ULTRAGENYX AND KYOWA KIRIN ANNOUNCE BUROSUMAB RECEIVES POSITIVE CHMP OPINION FOR THE TREATMENT OF X-LINKED HYPOPHOSPHATEMIA IN CHILDREN

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BRIEF-Valley National Bancorp Announces Receipt Of Regulatory And Shareholder Approvals

* VALLEY NATIONAL BANCORP ANNOUNCES THE RECEIPT OF REGULATORY AND SHAREHOLDER APPROVALS FOR THE ACQUISITION OF USAMERIBANCORP, INC. Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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

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

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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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BRIEF-Univar Announces Pricing Of Sale Of 10 Mln Shares Of Common Stock By Clayton, Dubilier & Rice Llc

* UNIVAR ANNOUNCES PRICING OF SALE OF 10,000,000 SHARES OF COMMON STOCK BY CLAYTON, DUBILIER & RICE LLC

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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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Rep. Farenthold announces plan to retire

Republican Congressman Blake Farenthold announced he will not seek re-election after several sexual harassment claims have surfaced against him.

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Senator grills nominee on qualifications

Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) questions Matthew Spencer Petersen, President Trump's nominee for district court judge, about his lack of experience trying cases in court.

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South Africa's governing ANC to announce party leader on Sunday

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) will announce current president Jacob Zuma's successor as party leader on Sunday as it looks to conclude a bruising leadership battle and focus on policy, a party spokesman told radio station 702 on Friday.

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BRIEF-‍Painted Pony Announces Fully-Funded 2018 Capital Budget​

* ‍GROWING ANNUAL AVERAGE DAILY PRODUCTION VOLUME BY OVER 45%​ IN 2018

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South Korea blockchain association announces virtual currency transparency measures

SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean blockchain association announced on Friday measures to boost transparency in trading of cryptocurrencies, agreed by 14 exchanges in the country including the world's busiest virtual currency exchange, Bitthumb.

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BRIEF-‍CSX Announces Medical Leave Of CEO Hunter Harrison​

* ‍CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND PRESIDENT, HUNTER HARRISON, IS ON MEDICAL LEAVE DUE TO UNEXPECTED COMPLICATIONS FROM A RECENT ILLNESS​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Pfizer Announces FDA Approval Of Xeljanz® And Xeljanz® Xr For Treatment Of Active Psoriatic Arthritis

* PFIZER ANNOUNCES FDA APPROVAL OF XELJANZ® (TOFACITINIB) AND XELJANZ® XR FOR THE TREATMENT OF ACTIVE PSORIATIC ARTHRITIS

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Brazil's Petrobras to announce partnership for Campos Basin- CEO

SAO PAULO, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Brazilian state-controlled oil company Petróleo Brasileiro SA will announce soon a partnership to allow Campos Basin, which first produced oil 40 years ago, to continue producing for a long time, Petrobras Chief Executive Officer Pedro Parente said.

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Man with ALS to senator: You can save my life

Ady Barkan, a man with ALS, confronted Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) about Barkan's need for medicare disability benefits ahead of the upcoming vote on the latest version of the GOP tax bill.

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Analysis: One number that suggests a Democratic wave is coming

In the aftermath of Roy Moore's stunning Senate election loss in Alabama on Tuesday night, Republicans were quick to note that the circumstances in the state made drawing any conclusions impossible.

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BRIEF-Alamo Group Announces The Appointment Of A New Board Member

* ALAMO GROUP INC. ANNOUNCES THE APPOINTMENT OF A NEW BOARD MEMBER Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Ellington Residential Mortgage Reit announces CFO retirement

* ELLINGTON RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE REIT ANNOUNCES EXPECTED RETIREMENT OF CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER LISA MUMFORD

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BRIEF-SunCoke Energy Partners Announces Pricing Of Private $70 Mln Debt Offering

* SUNCOKE ENERGY PARTNERS, L.P. ANNOUNCES PRICING OF PRIVATE $70 MILLION DEBT OFFERING

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BRIEF-Ellington Financial announces CFO retirement

* ELLINGTON FINANCIAL LLC ANNOUNCES EXPECTED RETIREMENT OF CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER LISA MUMFORD

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BRIEF-Spectra7 Announces $15 Million Bought Deal Financing

* SPECTRA7 MICROSYSTEMS - ENTERED INTO AGREEMENT WITH CANACCORD GENUITY CORP PURSUANT TO WHICH CANACCORD WILL PURCHASE 15,000 UNITS OF CO Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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As Republican tax vote nears, more senators waver

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's drive to win passage of a sweeping Republican tax bill in the U.S. Congress hit potential obstacles on Thursday as two more Republican senators insisted on changes, joining a list of lawmakers whose support is uncertain.

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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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Fund managers seek stocks benefiting from Democratic gains in 2018 U.S. elections

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The surprise victory by Democrats in Tuesday's Alabama election for a U.S. senator is prompting fund managers to prepare for more losses by the Republican party in the 2018 mid-term Congressional elections.

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As Republican tax bill vote nears, two senators demand changes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's drive to win passage of a sweeping tax bill hit a potential obstacle on Thursday as two Republican senators, who previously backed the measure, insisted on a change to its child tax credit.

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Republican Senator Lee undecided on tax bill, seeks child credit changes: aide

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republican Senator Mike Lee has not decided whether to support a Republican tax bill and wants changes to the child tax credit, an aide to the lawmaker said on Thursday.

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Republican Senator Lee now undecided on tax bill: aide

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senator Mike Lee, unhappy with his party's tax legislation provision on child tax credits, is "undecided" on whether he will vote for the measure if changes are not included, spokesman Conn Carroll said on Thursday.

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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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BRIEF-Lonestar Resources US Announces Offering Of Senior Unsecured Notes

* LONESTAR RESOURCES US INC. ANNOUNCES OFFERING OF SENIOR UNSECURED NOTES

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BRIEF-NGEx Announces CDN $10 Million Private Placement

* NGEX RESOURCES - INTENDS TO SELL ON A NON-BROKERED, PRIVATE PLACEMENT BASIS, AN AGGREGATE OF UP TO 10 MILLION COMMON SHARES AT $1.00/COMMON SHARE

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Senator McCain will vote on tax bill -No. 2 Republican

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Senator John McCain, who is receiving treatment for brain cancer and has missed votes this week, will be available next week to vote on the tax compromise bill, John Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the U.S. Senate, said on Thursday.

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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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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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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-Pfizer Announces Pricing Terms Of Private Exchange Offer For 6.500 PCT Notes Due 2038

* PFIZER INC ANNOUNCES PRICING TERMS OF PRIVATE EXCHANGE OFFER FOR ITS 6.500 PER CENT. NOTES DUE 2038 OPEN TO CERTAIN INVESTORS AND RELATED TENDER OFFER OPEN TO ALL INVESTORS

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BRIEF-Freddie Mac Forgoes Issuing A Reference Notes Security On Its Dec 14 Announcement Date

* FREDDIE MAC FORGOES ISSUING A REFERENCE NOTES SECURITY ON ITS DECEMBER 14, 2017 ANNOUNCEMENT DATE Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Dicerna Announces Pricing Of Follow-On Public Offering Of Common Stock

* DICERNA ANNOUNCES PRICING OF FOLLOW-ON PUBLIC OFFERING OF COMMON STOCK

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BRIEF-SunCoke Energy Partners Announces Commencement Of Private $70 Million Debt Offering

* SUNCOKE ENERGY PARTNERS, L.P. ANNOUNCES COMMENCEMENT OF PRIVATE $70 MILLION DEBT OFFERING

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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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BRIEF-Vuzix Announces $12,500,000 Registered Direct Offering

* VUZIX CORP- ENTRY INTO AGREEMENTS RELATING TO SALE OF 2.1 MILLION SHARES OF COMMON STOCK AT AN OFFERING PRICE OF $6.05 PER SHARE

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BRIEF-OneMain Holdings Announces Pricing Of Secondary Offering Of Common Stock

* ONEMAIN HOLDINGS, INC. ANNOUNCES PRICING OF SECONDARY OFFERING OF COMMON STOCK BY AN AFFILIATE OF FORTRESS INVESTMENT GROUP LLC

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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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BRIEF-Oncosec Announces Dosing Of First Patient In Registration-Directed Phase 2B Clinical Trial

* ONCOSEC ANNOUNCES DOSING OF FIRST PATIENT IN REGISTRATION-DIRECTED PHASE 2B CLINICAL TRIAL, PISCES/KEYNOTE-695, OF IMMUNOPULSE® IL-12 IN COMBINATION WITH PEMBROLIZUMAB Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (Bangalore.newsroom@thomsonreuters.com)

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BRIEF-Addvantage Technologies Announces Q4 Loss Per Share $0.03

* ADDVANTAGE TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES FINANCIAL RESULTS FOR THE FISCAL FOURTH QUARTER OF 2017

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BRIEF-Teva Announces Restructuring Plan And Measures To Improve Its Business And Financial Performance

* TEVA ANNOUNCES RESTRUCTURING PLAN AND ADDITIONAL MEASURES TO IMPROVE ITS BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE

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BRIEF-Tidewater Midstream And Infrastructure Ltd Announces 6.75 Pct Senior Unsecured Note Offering

Dec 14 (Reuters) - Tidewater Midstream And Infrastructure Ltd:

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BRIEF-Protagonist Therapeutics Announces Final Phase 1 Study Results With Novel Hepcidin Mimetic, PTG-300

* PROTAGONIST THERAPEUTICS ANNOUNCES FINAL PHASE 1 STUDY RESULTS WITH NOVEL HEPCIDIN MIMETIC, PTG-300

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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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Last-Ditch Effort to Sway Senator on Tax Bill Involves Personal Pleas

Progressive activists met with Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, in a bid to persuade her to vote against the $1.5 trillion tax bill.

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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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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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BRIEF-UBS Announces Changes To Group Executive Board

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

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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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BRIEF-EP Energy announces amendments to offers to exchange new senior secured notes

* EP ENERGY ANNOUNCES AMENDMENTS TO OFFERS TO EXCHANGE NEW SENIOR SECURED NOTES DUE 2024 FOR OUTSTANDING SENIOR NOTES DUE 2020, 2022 AND 2023

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BRIEF-Bristow Group Announces Pricing Of Convertible Senior Notes Offering

* BRISTOW GROUP ANNOUNCES PRICING OF CONVERTIBLE SENIOR NOTES OFFERING

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BRIEF-Yirendai Announces Strategic Investment In Lion Rock

* YIRENDAI LTD SAYS HAS MADE STRATEGIC INVESTMENT IN LION ROCK, THROUGH LION ROCK'S SERIES A FINANCING OF HK$50 MILLION Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Boston Properties Announces Redemption Price For 3.700% Senior Notes Due 2018

* BOSTON PROPERTIES ANNOUNCES REDEMPTION PRICE FOR 3.700% SENIOR NOTES DUE 2018

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BRIEF-Independent Bank Group, Inc. Announces Pricing Of Subordinated Notes Offering

* INDEPENDENT BANK GROUP, INC. ANNOUNCES PRICING OF SUBORDINATED NOTES OFFERING

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Alabama Loss Exposes Republican Fissures Amid a Democratic Surge

With the Republican majority in the Senate now reduced to a single seat, the party’s establishment is uneasy about what the populist wing could do in next year’s primary races.

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BRIEF-Vornado Announces Public Offering Of $450 Mln 3.5 Pct 7-Year Senior Unsecured Notes Due 2025

* VORNADO ANNOUNCES PUBLIC OFFERING OF $450 MILLION 3.5% 7-YEAR SENIOR UNSECURED NOTES DUE 2025 AND CALLS FOR REDEMPTION ITS $450 MILLION 2.5% SENIOR UNSECURED NOTES DUE 2019 AND CALLS FOR REDEMPTION THE REMAINING $120 MILLION OF ITS 6.625% SERIES I CUMULAT

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BRIEF-Siyata Mobile Announces Increase Of CDN$1 Mln To Brokered Private Placement

* SIYATA MOBILE ANNOUNCES INCREASE OF CDN$1 MILLION TO BROKERED PRIVATE PLACEMENT RESULTING IN UP TO CDN$4 MILLION IN UNSECURED CONVERTIBLE DEBENTURES

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BRIEF-Raging River Exploration Announces 2018 Capital Budget Of $335 Million

* RAGING RIVER EXPLORATION INC. ANNOUNCES DUVERNAY LIGHT OIL DISCOVERY, OPERATIONAL UPDATE AND ANNOUNCES 2018 CAPITAL BUDGET OF $335 MILLION

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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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Senator McCain treated for side effects of cancer therapy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator John McCain was undergoing treatment at a military hospital outside Washington for side effects of cancer therapy, his office said on Tuesday.

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BRIEF-Aqua America Announces Appointment Of Chris Franklin As Chairman

* AQUA AMERICA ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF CHRIS FRANKLIN AS CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

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BRIEF-Jacobs And Ch2m Announce Ch2m Stockholder Approval Of Merger

* JACOBS AND CH2M ANNOUNCE CH2M STOCKHOLDER APPROVAL OF MERGER AND PRELIMINARY MERGER CONSIDERATION ELECTION RESULTS

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It's the way you dress, Democratic congresswoman tells colleagues

At a closed-door meeting of House Democrats to discuss reforming how Congress handles sexual harassment allegations, one senior congresswoman stunned lawmakers when she suggested female lawmakers were inviting unwanted advances because of the way they dressed.

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BRIEF-General American Investors Announces Actions Taken By Board

* GENERAL AMERICAN INVESTORS COMPANY ANNOUNCES ACTIONS TAKEN BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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BRIEF-Berkshire Hathaway Energy Announces Debt Tender Offer And Consent Solicitation

* BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY ENERGY ANNOUNCES DEBT TENDER OFFER AND CONSENT SOLICITATION

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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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Minnesota lieutenant governor to replace Franken in Senate

(Reuters) - Minnesota's Democratic Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith was appointed as U.S. senator by the state's governor on Wednesday to replace Al Franken, who resigned after being accused of sexual harassment.

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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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Minnesota's Lt. Gov. to replace Al Franken in the Senate

Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith has been selected to replace Al Franken in the Senate.

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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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Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith to replace Franken

(Reuters) - Minnesota's Democratic Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith was appointed as U.S. senator on Wednesday to replace Al Franken, who resigned after being accused of sexual harassment, the state's governor said at a news conference.

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Minnesota Lieutenant Governor to Replace Al Franken in Senate

The appointment followed weeks of debate over Mr. Franken’s fate. He announced he would resign last week after more women reported improper behavior.

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BRIEF-Hive Blockchain Announces Expansion In Sweden, Up To $100 Mln Financing

* HIVE BLOCKCHAIN ANNOUNCES MAJOR EXPANSION IN SWEDEN, INCLUDING NEW BITCOIN MINING FACILITY, AND UP TO $100 MILLION FINANCING

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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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BRIEF-Cedar Realty Announces Partial Redemption Of 7.25% Series B Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock

* CEDAR REALTY TRUST ANNOUNCES PARTIAL REDEMPTION OF 7.25% SERIES B CUMULATIVE REDEEMABLE PREFERRED STOCK

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Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith to replace Franken: report

(Reuters) - Minnesota's governor will appoint Democratic Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith as U.S. senator to replace Al Franken, who resigned after being accused of sexual harassment, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported on Wednesday, citing sources.

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Rock hall of fame announces new class

Bon Jovi, The Cars, Dire Straits, The Moody Blues, and Nina Simone are the 2018 inductees into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the organization announced Wednesday.

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BRIEF-Helios And Matheson Analytics Announces Pricing Of $60 Mln Public Offering

* HELIOS AND MATHESON ANALYTICS ANNOUNCES PRICING OF $60 MILLION PUBLIC OFFERING

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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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BRIEF-Plains All American Pipeline Announces Open Season For Permian Basin To Corpus Christi Pipeline

* PLAINS ALL AMERICAN PIPELINE ANNOUNCES OPEN SEASON FOR PERMIAN BASIN TO CORPUS CHRISTI PIPELINE

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BRIEF-Seacor Holdings Inc. Announces Sale And Lease Of Sea-Vista Tanker

* SEACOR HOLDINGS INC. ANNOUNCES SALE AND LEASE OF SEA-VISTA TANKER

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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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BRIEF-EQT Announces 2018 Operational Forecast

* FORECASTS 2018 PRODUCTION SALES VOLUME OF 1,520 - 1,560 BCFE

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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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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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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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BRIEF-Zotefoams Announces Strategic Partnership With Nike

* STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH NIKE TO DEVELOP FOOTWEAR TECHNOLOGY AND SUPPLY MATERIALS FOR GLOBAL FOOTWEAR, APPAREL AND EQUIPMENT COMPANY

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BRIEF-Regeneron And Sanofi Announce Positive Topline Pivotal Results For Pd-1 Antibody Cemiplimab In Advanced Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma

* REGENERON AND SANOFI ANNOUNCE POSITIVE TOPLINE PIVOTAL RESULTS FOR PD-1 ANTIBODY CEMIPLIMAB IN ADVANCED CUTANEOUS SQUAMOUS CELL CARCINOMA

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Merrill: Unlikely Jones is not next senator

Moments after Republican Roy Moore announced he wanted a recount, CNN spoke with Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill who said that it is "highly unlikely" that Democrat Doug Jones is not the next senator of the state of Alabama.

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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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Jones may not take office until 2018

Doug Jones was projected the winner of the Alabama special election Tuesday and he is sure to shake up the Senate, eating into Republicans' slim majority ... but probably not before the new year.

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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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BRIEF-‍African Gold Group Announces Termination Of Negotiations With Hummingbird Resources

* ‍AFRICAN GOLD GROUP ANNOUNCES TERMINATION OF NEGOTIATIONS WITH HUMMINGBIRD RESOURCES AND IS EVALUATING ALL LEGAL RIGHTS AND REMEDIES​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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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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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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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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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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BRIEF-Heartland Financial USA Announces Plan To Acquire First Bank Lubbock Bancshares In Texas

* HEARTLAND FINANCIAL USA, INC. ANNOUNCES PLAN TO ACQUIRE FIRST BANK LUBBOCK BANCSHARES, INC. IN TEXAS

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UPDATE 5-San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee dies at 65 - mayor's office

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 12 (Reuters) - San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, a champion for the technology sector and former civil rights attorney who sued the city on behalf of tenants and would go on to lead as its first Chinese American mayor, died early on Tuesday, officials said.

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BRIEF-ESSA Pharma announces overnight marketed equity offering

* ESSA PHARMA - TO USE NET PROCEEDS OF OFFERING PRIMARILY TO CONTINUE ONGOING PRECLINICAL DEVELOPMENT OF CO'S ANITEN COMPOUNDS Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Churchill Downs announces pricing of $400 mln senior secured term loan B due 2024

* CHURCHILL DOWNS INCORPORATED ANNOUNCES PRICING OF $400 MILLION SENIOR SECURED TERM LOAN B DUE 2024 AND $500 MILLION SENIOR NOTES DUE 2028

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Senator Grassley expresses reservations on two Trump judge nominees

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican chairman of the U.S. Senate committee that handles judicial nominations on Tuesday raised concerns about two of President Donald Trump's picks for lower court positions, citing controversial statements each has made.

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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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BRIEF-Provectus Announces Resolution Of SEC Investigation

* PROVECTUS ANNOUNCES RESOLUTION OF SEC INVESTIGATION 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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Key GOP senator: These Trump picks shouldn't be judges

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley issued a rare rebuke Tuesday of two of President Donald Trump's most controversial judicial nominees, urging the White House to rethink the picks.

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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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BRIEF-Freddie Mac Announces First Offerings Of Multi Pcs Backed By Tax-Exempt Loans

* FREDDIE MAC ANNOUNCES FIRST OFFERINGS OF MULTI PCS BACKED BY TAX-EXEMPT LOANS

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BRIEF-Par Pacific Holdings Announces Pricing Of Senior Secured Notes Offering

* PAR PACIFIC HOLDINGS ANNOUNCES PRICING OF SENIOR SECURED NOTES OFFERING

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Senators say effort to protect 'Dreamers' making progress

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, Republican Senator Jeff Flake said on Tuesday.

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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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Senator Gillibrand calls Trump Twitter post 'sexist smear'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand fired back at President Donald Trump on Tuesday and said she would not be silenced after he attacked her on Twitter for calling for an investigation into accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct against him.

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Alabama voters choose senator in race with high stakes for Trump

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Reuters) - Voters in Alabama headed to the polls on Tuesday in a hard-fought U.S. Senate race with high stakes for President Donald Trump, who has endorsed fellow Republican Roy Moore in spite of allegations against him of sexual misconduct toward teenagers.

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Trump will announce new U.S. security strategy on Monday: adviser

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will announce a new security strategy on Monday, White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster said on Tuesday.

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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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Warren accuses Trump of trying to 'slut-shame' senator

Democratic senators are coming to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's defense Tuesday after President Donald Trump called her a "lightweight" on Twitter and blasted the New York Democrat as a "flunky" and "used."

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These are the senators calling for the President to resign

A growing number of senators have called for President Donald Trump's resignation in the face of such sexual harassment and assault accusations.

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Senator blasts Trump as 'misogynist' and 'liar'

Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) calls Donald Trump a "misogynist" and "liar," saying the President should resign.

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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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South Africa's Zuma rejects reports his office is drafting emergency laws

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African President Jacob Zuma has rejected local news reports that his office has started drafting regulations for a state of emergency, the president's office said on Tuesday.

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BRIEF-Capital Southwest Announces Offering Of Notes

* CAPITAL SOUTHWEST CORP- TO USE NET PROCEEDS FROM OFFERING TO REPAY OUTSTANDING INDEBTEDNESS UNDER EXISTING CREDIT FACILITY Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Kroger And Chase Pay Announce Mobile Payment Partnership

* KROGER CO - ‍TEAMING UP WITH CHASE PAY TO OFFER MOBILE PAYMENTS STARTING WITH SELECT RETAIL MARKETS AND E-COMMERCE PROGRAMS IN 2018​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (Bangalore.newsroom@thomsonreuters.com)

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BRIEF-Morien Adopts Dividend Policy And Announces First Dividend

* MORIEN RESOURCES CORP - BOARD HAS APPROVED IMPLEMENTATION OF A DIVIDEND POLICY, DECLARED AN INAUGURAL DIVIDEND OF CAD $0.005 PER COMMON SHARE

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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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BRIEF-Soleno Therapeutics Announces $15 Million Private Placement

* SOLENO THERAPEUTICS ANNOUNCES $15 MILLION PRIVATE PLACEMENT

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BRIEF-Transeastern Power Trust Announces $40 Mln Private Placement Offering, Debt Recapitalization

* TRANSEASTERN POWER TRUST ANNOUNCES $40 MILLION PRIVATE PLACEMENT OFFERING, DEBT RECAPITALIZATION AND PROPOSED CHANGE OF NAME TO BLOCKCHAIN POWER TRUST

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BRIEF-Stryker Announces Howard Cox Jr Will Retire From Board

* STRYKER ANNOUNCES MR. HOWARD COX JR WILL RETIRE FROM BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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BRIEF-Intrepid Announces Delivery Of New 777-300ER To Philippine Airlines​

* INTREPID AVIATION LTD - ‍INTREPID ANNOUNCES DELIVERY OF NEW 777-300ER TO PHILIPPINE AIRLINES​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: