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

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

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BRIEF-Advantage Oil & Gas Approved 2018 Capital Budget Of $175 Million

* ADVANTAGE OIL & GAS LTD - APPROVED A 2018 CAPITAL BUDGET OF $175 MILLION Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 2-Canada, provinces end dispute on how to split pot tax revenues

OTTAWA, Dec 11 (Reuters) - The Canadian government and the country's 10 provinces on Monday settled a disagreement on how to split the revenues from a proposed federal tax on marijuana sales once the narcotic drug is legalized next July, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said.

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UPDATE 1-Monsanto offers cash to U.S. farmers who use controversial chemical

CHICAGO, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Monsanto Co will give cash back to U.S. farmers who buy a weed killer that has been linked to widespread crop damage, offering an incentive to apply its product even as regulators in several U.S. states weigh restrictions on its use.

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UPDATE 1-Fidelity keeps $2 bln mandate in New York after star manager's departure

BOSTON, Dec 11 (Reuters) - A large New York state retirement plan said on Monday it would keep a popular Fidelity tech fund, whose portfolio manager recently left the company after being accused of sexual harassment, to manage about 10 percent of its assets.

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BRIEF-Vicon Reports Q4 Loss Per Share $0.26

* VICON REPORTS FINANCIAL RESULTS FOR THE FOURTH QUARTER AND FISCAL YEAR ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2017

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UPDATE 1-Brazil's Kroton lays out aggressive growth strategy

SAO PAULO, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Kroton Educacional SA expects to open 180 undergraduate programs next year, 150 of them through partnerships, as Brazil's biggest for-profit education company ramps up growth plans after regulators blocked a major takeover.

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BRIEF-Amc Entertainment Holdings Signed Non-Binding Memorandum Of Understanding With Public Investment Fund Of Saudi Arabia

* AMC ENTERTAINMENT HOLDINGS INC - SIGNED NON-BINDING MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH PUBLIC INVESTMENT FUND OF SAUDI ARABIA Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Skywest Reports Combined November Traffic For Skywest Airlines And Expressjet Airlines

* SKYWEST, INC. REPORTS COMBINED NOVEMBER 2017 TRAFFIC FOR SKYWEST AIRLINES AND EXPRESSJET AIRLINES

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BRIEF-Enzymotec Shareholders Approve Proposed Acquisition By Frutarom

* ENZYMOTEC SHAREHOLDERS APPROVE PROPOSED ACQUISITION BY FRUTAROM

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BRIEF-Ashford Hospitality Prime Board Authorizes Repurchase Of Up To $50 Mln Of Common Stock

* ASHFORD HOSPITALITY PRIME SAYS BOARD GRANTED A REPURCHASE AUTHORIZATION TO ACQUIRE SHARES OF COMMON STOCK OF UP TO $50 MILLION- SEC FILING

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BRIEF-Lions Gate Entertainment Entered Amendment No. 1 To Certain Credit & Guarantee Agreement

* LIONS GATE ENTERTAINMENT SAYS ENTERED AMENDMENT NO. 1 TO CERTAIN CREDIT & GUARANTEE AGREEMENT DATED DEC 8, 2016 - SEC FILING

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BRIEF-NCI Building Systems Announces Secondary Offering

* NCI BUILDING SYSTEMS ANNOUNCES SECONDARY OFFERING BY INVESTMENT FUNDS ASSOCIATED WITH CLAYTON DUBILIER & RICE, LLC

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Canada province pushes on with mega dam project despite opposition

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

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BRIEF-Ventas Increases Fourth Quarter 2017 Dividend

* VENTAS INC - BOARD RAISED COMPANY'S Q4 2017 DIVIDEND BY 2 PERCENT TO $0.79 PER SHARE Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Ra Capital Management Reports 16.2 Percent Passive Stake In Scpharmaceuticals

* RA CAPITAL MANAGEMENT, LLC REPORTS 16.2 PERCENT PASSIVE STAKE IN SCPHARMACEUTICALS INC AS OF NOVEMBER 17 - SEC FILING Source text for Eikon: (http://bit.ly/2Bzh23r) Further company coverage:

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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-Mangrove Partners Master Fund-Continues To Have Conversations With Penn Virginia Board

* MANGROVE PARTNERS MASTER FUND-CONTINUES TO HAVE CONVERSATIONS WITH PENN VIRGINIA BOARD, PARTICULARLY WITH REGARDS TO STRATEGY AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

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CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-Canada province pushes on with mega dam project despite opposition

Dec 11 (Reuters) - British Columbia said on Monday it would push ahead with a C$10.7 billion ($8.32 billion) hydroelectric dam project approved by the western Canadian province's previous government, provoking an angry response from a political partner and threats of court cases from indigenous groups.

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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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Former Turkish investigator tells U.S. jury of uncovering bribe scheme

By Brendan Pierson Dec 11 (Reuters) - A former Turkish police investigator on Monday told jurors in the trial of a Turkish bank executive charged with evading U.S. sanctions against Iran that he found shoeboxes full of cash in the home of another high-ranking Turkish banker. The investigator, Huseyin Korkmaz was testifying in Manhattan federal court for U.S. prosecutors in the trial of Mehmet Hakan Atilla, an executive at the majority state-owned Halkbank accused of taking

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BRIEF-Sirius XM announces new programming collaboration with Shareblue

* SIRIUS XM - CO'S PROGRESS CHANNEL 127 ENTERED NEW PROGRAMMING COLLABORATION WITH SHAREBLUE MEDIA Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Briggs & Stratton acquires commercial spreader and sprayer product line

* BRIGGS & STRATTON ACQUIRES COMMERCIAL SPREADER AND SPRAYER PRODUCT LINE

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BRIEF-Bookrunner Says Detsky Mir Final Deal Size Expected To Be 46.5mm Shares in accelerated bookbuilt offering

* BLOCK TRADE - DETSKY MIR: BOOKRUNNER SAYS TRANSACTION EXPECTED TO PRICE AT RUB 90 PER SHARE; FINAL DEAL SIZE EXPECTED TO BE 46.5MM SHARES AT THIS PRICE‍​ Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 1-Canada, provinces end dispute on how to split pot tax revenues

OTTAWA, Dec 11 (Reuters) - The Canadian government and the 10 provinces on Monday settled a disagreement on how to split the revenues from a proposed federal tax on the sale of marijuana once the drug is legalized, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said.

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BRIEF-Tiffany & Co says Jana agreed to inclusion of 3 directors on slate for 2018 annual meeting

* TIFFANY & CO - ON DEC 8, JANA AGREED TO INCLUSION OF 3 DIRECTORS -ROGER FARAH, JAMES LILLIE & FRANCESCO TRAPANI- ON SLATE FOR 2018 ANNUAL MEETING

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BRIEF-Agios Pharmaceuticals Presents New Safety Data From Study on Leukemia Drug

* PRESENTS NEW SAFETY DATA FROM PHASE 1 EXPANSION STUDY EVALUATING ORAL IVOSIDENIB IN PATIENTS WITH R/R AML AND IDH1 MUTATION

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Fidelity fund keeps $2 bln mandate in New York after manager's departure

BOSTON, Dec 11 (Reuters) - A popular Fidelity Investments tech fund, whose manager left the company after being accused of sexual harassment, has retained a mandate to manage more than $2 billion for a New York state retirement plan.

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BRIEF-Quanex Building Products Says Qtrly Adjusted Earnings Per Share $0.37

* QUANEX BUILDING PRODUCTS ANNOUNCES FOURTH QUARTER AND FISCAL YEAR 2017 RESULTS

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BRIEF-Cohen & Steers says preliminary assets under management $62.6 bln

* COHEN & STEERS ANNOUNCES PRELIMINARY ASSETS UNDER MANAGEMENT AND NET FLOWS FOR NOVEMBER 2017

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UPDATE 1-Marcato sets condition for Deckers interviewing its nominees

Dec 11 (Reuters) - Marcato said on Monday it was open to a proposal by Deckers Outdoor Corp's board to interview the activist investor's nominees only if the footwear maker was willing to reach a settlement agreement ahead of a shareholder meeting this week.

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CORRECTED-US STOCKS-Wall St rises with help from technology, energy sectors

* Cryptocurrency related stocks bounce after bitcoin futures debut

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BRIEF-Rovida Advisors Reports 5.158 Percent Passive Stake In Orion Engineered Carbons As Of Dec 5

* ROVIDA ADVISORS REPORTS A 5.158 PERCENT PASSIVE STAKE IN ORION ENGINEERED CARBONS SA AS OF DECEMBER 5, 2017 - SEC FILING Source text : [ID:http://bit.ly/2iUIQUq] Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Block One Capital Inc. Announces $5 Million Non-Brokered Private Placement

* BLOCK ONE CAPITAL INC. ANNOUNCES $5,000,000 NON-BROKERED PRIVATE PLACEMENT

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BRIEF-Lilly Announces 8 Percent Dividend Increase

* ELI LILLY AND CO - DIVIDEND FOR Q1 WILL BE $0.5625 PER SHARE ON OUTSTANDING COMMON STOCK Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Angelo, Gordon promotes top executives amid succession planning

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

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UPDATE 10-Oil gains on Forties Pipeline shutdown, New York blast

* U.S. output rise undermines OPEC-led efforts to tighten market (Updates with settlement prices)

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UPDATE 1-Canada's British Columbia moves ahead with mega dam project

Dec 11 (Reuters) - The government of the western Canadian province of British Columbia said on Monday it would proceed with a large hydroelectric dam project approved and put into construction by the province's previous government.

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BRIEF-Verizon Awards 5G Contract To Ericsson

* ERICSSON - VERIZON HAS SELECTED CO TO PROVIDE NETWORKING EQUIPMENT FOR THEIR COMMERCIAL 5G LAUNCH

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Canada's British Columbia moves ahead with mega dam project

Dec 11 (Reuters) - The government of the western Canadian province of British Columbia said on Monday it would proceed with a large hydroelectric dam project already under construction.

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GLOBAL-MARKETS-Wall Street stocks tick higher; stocks rise worldwide

* Wall Street up after brief uncertainty on New York explosion

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BRIEF-T. Rowe Price Associates Reports 11.7 Pct Passive Stake In Alnylam Pharmaceuticals

* T. ROWE PRICE ASSOCIATES INC REPORTS 11.7 PERCENT PASSIVE STAKE IN ALNYLAM PHARMACEUTICALS INC AS OF NOVEMBER 30 - SEC FILING Source text : http://bit.ly/2ALIqHV Further company coverage:

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Deckers agrees to interview Marcato's board nominees

Dec 11 (Reuters) - Marcato said Deckers Outdoor Corp's board agreed to interview its nominees ahead of the annual shareholder meeting this week, a move it called a record-building exercise and to gain advantage in a contentious proxy battle between the two parties.

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Mexican retail group says November same-store sales rose 5.4 pct

MEXICO CITY, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Mexico's retail association said on Monday that sales at stores open for at least a year rose by 5.4 percent in November, compared to the same month a year earlier.

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Medical lab trade group sues over U.S. reimbursement cuts

Dec 11 (Reuters) - A U.S. trade association representing medical laboratories filed a lawsuit on Monday challenging a new reimbursement system used by the federal government that it said would reduce how much Medicare pays for labs by about $670 million in 2018.

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BRIEF-Marcato says Deckers Stand Ready to Interview its Director Nominees

* MARCATO CAPITAL MANAGEMENT SAYS DECKERS CONFIRMS IT CONTINUES TO STAND READY TO INTERVIEW MARCATO'S 3 DIRECTOR NOMINEES IN ADVANCE OF ANNUAL MEETING

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UPDATE 7-New bitcoin futures suggest breakneck price gains to slow

* Futures indicate less heady growth to come (Adds comments, updates prices)

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Zurich Insurance to buy ANZ's life insurance businesses for $2.14 billion

ZURICH (Reuters) - Zurich Insurance has agreed to buy ANZ's OnePath Life insurance businesses for 2.85 billion Australian dollars ($2.14 billion), the latest and largest foray by the Swiss company into the Australian market.

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BRIEF-Supervalu & Instacart To Launch New E-Commerce Sites

* SUPERVALU AND INSTACART TO LAUNCH NEW E-COMMERCE SITES AS PART OF MULTIYEAR AGREEMENT Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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U.S. fund firms make new push for bitcoin ETFs as futures debut

(Reuters) - Fund managers are racing to launch exchange-traded funds (ETFs) based on bitcoin after futures contracts based on the high-flying digital currency began trading on Sunday.

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Canada beefing up housing data as policy pushes ahead

OTTAWA, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Fresh data on foreign investment in Toronto and Vancouver, Canada's largest cities, will be released next week in a move economists hope will shed light on what is driving demand - and a potential bubble - in the country's housing market.

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Chef Batali exits company, TV show after sex harassment accusations

Dec 11 (Reuters) - Celebrity chef Mario Batali said on Monday that he has stepped away from his restaurant company and ABC said it asked him to step aside as co-host of a daytime food and talk show after he was accused of sexual harassment in a report by an online food trade publication.

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Chemicals distribution group Azelis considers 2018 IPO -sources

MADRID/FRANKFURT, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Belgium-based chemicals distribution group Azelis is considering a 2018 stock market listing as its private equity owner seeks to benefit from high sector valuations, sources close to the matter said.

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BRIEF-Macy’s Announces Pricing Of Debt Tender Offer

* MACY'S INC - ‍PRICING TERMS OF TENDER OFFER OF CO'S UNIT TO PURCHASE UP TO $400 MILLION IN AGGREGATE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF OUTSTANDING DEBT SECURITIES

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FDA clears Sanofi's follow-on diabetes biologic of Lilly's Humalog

Dec 11 (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Monday it approved Sanofi SA's Admelog as the first follow-on biologic version of Eli Lilly and Co's fast-acting insulin, Humalog.

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Canada's privacy watchdog launches probe into Uber hack

TORONTO, Dec 11 (Reuters) - The office of Canada's privacy commissioner said on Monday that it has opened a formal investigation into the 2016 breach of customer and driver data at Uber Technologies Inc, which the ride-hailing company disclosed last month.

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US STOCKS-Wall St higher as technology, energy stocks gain

* Cryptocurrency related stocks bounce after bitcoin futures debut

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UPDATE 1-Hackers hit U.S., Russian banks in ATM robbery scam-report

FRANKFURT, Dec 11 (Reuters) - A previously undetected group of Russian-language hackers silently stole nearly $10 million from at least 18 mostly U.S. and Russian banks in recent years by targeting interbank transfer systems, a Moscow-based security firm said on Monday.

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Canada to make fighter jets announcement on Dec 12 - official

OTTAWA, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Canada will make an announcement about fighter jets at 1 pm ET (1800 GMT) on Tuesday, a government official said on Monday, declining to give more details.

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UPDATE 1-LimeBike expands to Europe as cycle-sharing rivalry mounts

FRANKFURT, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Bicycle-sharing start-up LimeBike will begin operating in two European cities this month, marking the first overseas expansion by U.S. players seeking to keep pace with the international forays of better-funded Chinese rivals.

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BRIEF-Freddie Mac Announces Holiday Eviction Moratorium And Confirms Natural Disaster Relief Policies

* FREDDIE MAC ANNOUNCES HOLIDAY EVICTION MORATORIUM; CONFIRMS NATURAL DISASTER RELIEF POLICIES

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Brazil's Kroton looks to expand overseas through acquisitions

SAO PAULO, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Brazilian for-profit education company Kroton Educacional SA has begun studies to expand abroad via acquisitions and is also eyeing new domestic targets, the firm's chairman and senior executives said on Monday.

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Female directors snubbed, Plummer surprises at Golden Globe nominations

LOS ANGELES, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Women were shut out of the directors race at the 2018 Golden Globe nominations on Monday, while Ridley Scott's scramble to reshoot "All the Money in the World" led to a surprise nod for actor Christopher Plummer, who replaced Kevin Spacey.

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UPDATE 9-Oil gains on Forties Pipeline shutdown, New York blast

* U.S. output rise undermines OPEC-led efforts to tighten market (Updates prices, adds comment)

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Poland slaps $415,000 fine on TVN24 over coverage of protests in parliament

WARSAW, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Poland's media regulator has slapped a 1.5 million zloty ($415,000) fine on leading news broadcaster TVN24 over its coverage of protests in parliament last year, prompting accusations that it aims to muzzle free media.

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Congo mines say revised code threatens industry's future

DAKAR, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Mining companies in Democratic Republic of Congo said on Monday that proposed changes to the mining code adopted by the lower house of parliament last week would do lasting damage to investment in Africa's top copper producer.

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Lending startup Affirm valued at $1.8 bln in latest financing round

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Silicon Valley lending startup Affirm said on Monday it has raised $200 million in a fresh round of funding, boosting prospects as the firm aims to go after the market for millennial shoppers needing loans.

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EDF announces big push into solar, sees cost at 25 billion euros

PARIS (Reuters) - French state-owned utility EDF announced on Monday plans for a big push into solar energy in France that is likely to cost around 25 billion euros as the government tries to meet its climate goals.

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Interactive Brokers launches bitcoin futures trading

Dec 11 (Reuters) - Electronic brokerage firm Interactive Brokers Group Inc said on Monday it has started allowing clients to trade bitcoin futures on the newly minted CBOE Futures Exchange.

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BRIEF-Apple Confirms Deal To Buy Shazam Entertainment Ltd

* APPLE CONFIRMS IT HAS REACHED A DEAL TO ACQUIRE SHAZAM ENTERTAINMENT LTD Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 8-Oil gains on Forties Pipeline shutdown, New York blast

* Output rise undermines OPEC-led efforts to tighten market (Updates with information on pipeline shutdown, updates prices; changes dateline to NEW YORK, previously LONDON.)

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US STOCKS-Wall St ticks higher as New York explosion worries wane

* Cryptocurrency related stocks bounce after bitcoin futures debut

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BRIEF-Capital World Investors Reports A 13.8 Percent Passive Stake In Neovasc Inc

* CAPITAL WORLD INVESTORS REPORTS A 13.8 PERCENT PASSIVE STAKE IN NEOVASC INC AS OF NOVEMBER 30, 2017 - SEC FILING Source text : [http://bit.ly/2kZxgLY] Further company coverage:

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Brazil's Samarco wins waste permits in small step toward resuming operations

RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Samarco Mineração SA , a joint venture between Brazilian miner Vale and Anglo-Australian BHP Billiton, on Monday received two waste system permits in a small step toward resuming operations halted after a November 2015 tailings mine dam collapsed, killing 19 people.

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CanniMed asks Canadian regulators to intervene in hostile Aurora bid

Dec 11 (Reuters) - Medical marijuana company CanniMed Therapeutics Inc has asked Canadian regulators to intervene as it seeks to prevent a hostile takeover by bigger rival Aurora Cannabis Inc.

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UPDATE 2-Verizon to pay $2.25 bln to NFL for 5-year streaming deal- source

NEW YORK, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc will pay around $2.25 billion for a five-year partnership with the National Football League that allows users to stream games on its Yahoo and go90 platforms as well as on mobile devices, a source told Reuters on Monday.

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Germany favours Eurofighter as it seeks to replace Tornado

BERLIN, Dec 11 (Reuters) - The German Defence Ministry said on Monday that the European fighter jet was in poll position to replace its Tornado jets, which it wants to phase out starting in 2025.

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UPDATE 1-Airbus may cut A380 production to six planes a year -sources

PARIS, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Airbus is exploring plans to cut A380 superjumbo production to as low as six aircraft per year as it battles to make the world's largest airliner commercially viable beyond the end of the decade, industry sources said.

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Two fund firms make new push for bitcoin ETFs as futures debut

(Reuters) - Two fund managers are going back to U.S. securities regulators for permission to launch exchange-traded funds (ETFs) based on bitcoin, filings showed on Monday, after futures contracts...

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UPDATE 6-Newly minted bitcoin futures indicate more modest growth ahead

* Futures indicate less heady growth to come (Recasts, adds quote, updates prices)

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UPDATE 1-SandRidge offers Icahn some deal records, rebuts claims

Dec 11 (Reuters) - SandRidge Energy Inc on Monday pushed back against activist investors Carl Icahn and Fir Tree Partners' attack on the oil and gas producer's proposed $746 million acquisition of rival Bonanza Creek Energy Inc.

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UPDATE 1-Two fund firms make new push for bitcoin ETFs as futures debut

Dec 11 (Reuters) - Two fund managers are going back to U.S. securities regulators for permission to launch exchange-traded funds (ETFs) based on bitcoin, filings showed on Monday, after futures contracts began trading on Sunday in the high-flying digital currency.

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BRIEF-Silver Spruce Receives Financing Mandate Letter From M Securities Limited

* SILVER SPRUCE RECEIVES FINANCING MANDATE LETTER FROM M SECURITIES LIMITED IN HONG KONG

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BRIEF-Archer Daniels Midland Reaches Agreement To Sell Bolivian Oilseeds Operations

* SAYS ‍UNTIL CLOSE OF DEAL, ADM WILL CONTINUE TO OPERATE ITS OILSEEDS BUSINESS IN BOLIVIA​

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BRIEF-Excelsior announces private placement of C$26 mln

* NET PROCEEDS OF OFFERING WILL BE USED FOR DEVELOPMENT, CONSTRUCTION, MAINTENANCE OF GUNNISON COPPER PROJECT

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BRIEF-Qualcomm Responds To Elliott Regarding NXP

* QUALCOMM INC - "REMAIN FULLY COMMITTED TO CLOSING ACQUISITION OF NXP AND BELIEVE THAT AGREED-UPON PRICE OF $110 IS FULL AND FAIR" Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX inches up with fertilizer company gains, railways weigh

TORONTO, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index inched higher in morning trade on Monday, boosted by gains for materials stocks including fertilizer companies, while gold miners moved in both directions and railway stocks weighed.

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UPDATE 1-'Ground-breaking' new drug gives hope in Huntington's disease

LONDON, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Scientists have for the first time fixed a protein defect that causes Huntington's disease by injecting a drug from Ionis Pharmaceuticals into the spine, offering new hope for patients with the devastating genetic disease.

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BRIEF-Leonovus Announces Strategic Partnership With Apexit

* LEONOVUS INC - APEXIT WILL SELL, SUPPORT CO'S BLOCKCHAIN ENHANCED ENTERPRISE SOFTWARE-DEFINED STORAGE PRODUCTS AND SERVICES PRODUCT LINE ACROSS USA Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Japan's SMBC Nikko poised to poach bankers in push for U.S. growth

TOKYO (Reuters) - Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc's brokerage unit is ready to poach bankers to expand its U.S. investment banking arm and could even buy small firms if the right target comes up, its chief executive said.

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BRIEF-Sorrento Therapeutics Enteres Into Securities Purchase Agreement

* SORRENTO THERAPEUTICS SAYS ON DEC 11, CO ENTERED INTO SECURITIES PURCHASE AGREEMENT - SEC FILING

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BRIEF-Kirkland Lake Gold Announces Sale Of Stawell Gold Mines

* ENTERED INTO SHARE SALE AGREEMENT WITH AN AFFILIATE OF ARETE CAPITAL PARTNERS

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BRIEF-Marksmen Announces Operational Update

* MARKSMEN ENERGY-AGREED TO ACQUIRE ADDITIONAL 20 PCT WORKING INTEREST FROM HOCKING HILLS ENERGY AND WELL SERVICES TO INCREASE CO'S WI SHARE IN WELL TO 60 PCT Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Idex Corporation To Acquire Thinxxs Microtechnology AG

* ‍THINXXS WILL OPERATE WITHIN IDEX HEALTH & SCIENCE LLC PART OF IDEX'S HEALTH AND SCIENCE TECHNOLOGIES SEGMENT​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 2-LKQ to buy German car parts retailer Stahlgruber in $1.8 bln deal

* LKQ to fund acquisition with debt offers, share exchange (Adds valuation, details)

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BRIEF-Bloomin' Brands Says Chris Sullivan Gave Notice Of Resignation From Board

* BLOOMIN' BRANDS - ON DEC 6,CHRIS T. SULLIVAN GAVE NOTICE OF RESIGNATION FROM BOARD; ON SULLIVAN’S RESIGNATION, BOARD REDUCED SIZE TO 7 - SEC FILING Source text: (http://bit.ly/2jOzTN7) Further company coverage:

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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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CANADA STOCKS-TSX slips at open as banks, railways move lower

TORONTO, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index edged lower in early trade on Monday, with declines in banks and railway stocks offsetting small overall gains for the materials sector.

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BRIEF-Phillips 66, Enbridge Announce Open Season For West Texas Crude Oil Pipeline System

* PHILLIPS 66 AND ENBRIDGE ANNOUNCE OPEN SEASON FOR WEST TEXAS CRUDE OIL PIPELINE SYSTEM

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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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BRIEF-Trican Announces First Half 2018 Capital Program

* TRICAN ANNOUNCES FIRST HALF 2018 CAPITAL PROGRAM, UPDATES THE STATUS OF ITS NORMAL COURSE ISSUER BID AND PROVIDES AN OPERATIONAL UPDATE

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BRIEF-Edgewater Wireless Announces Fully Committed Non-Brokered Private Placement

* EDGEWATER WIRELESS ANNOUNCES FULLY COMMITTED NON-BROKERED PRIVATE PLACEMENT

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BRIEF-Riot Blockchain's Tesspay Signs Letter Of Intent For Merger With Cresval Capital Corp

* RIOT BLOCKCHAIN'S TESSPAY SIGNS LETTER OF INTENT FOR MERGER WITH PUBLICALLY TRADED CRESVAL CAPITAL CORP

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BRIEF-Bristow Group Says Overall Liquidity Increases To About $496 Mln

* BRISTOW GROUP INC SAYS AS OF DECEMBER 8, 2017, OVERALL LIQUIDITY OF COMPANY INCREASED TO APPROXIMATELY $496 MILLION - SEC FILING

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BRIEF-Gain Capital Announces Monthly Metrics For November 2017

* RETAIL SEGMENT OTC TRADING VOLUME FOR NOV 2017 WAS $207 BILLION, DOWN 19.5 PERCENT

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BRIEF-Veru Acquires Novel Proprietary Formulation For Overactive Bladder

* VERU ACQUIRES NOVEL PROPRIETARY FORMULATION FOR OVERACTIVE BLADDER

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BRIEF-Restoration Robotics Announces Appointment Of Mark Hair As CFO

* RESTORATION ROBOTICS® ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF MARK HAIR AS CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

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BRIEF-Anthera Pharmaceuticals Announces Positive Outcome In The Phase 3 Result Clinical Study Of Sollpura

* ANTHERA PHARMACEUTICALS ANNOUNCES POSITIVE OUTCOME OF INTERIM FUTILITY ANALYSIS IN THE PHASE 3 RESULT CLINICAL STUDY OF SOLLPURA

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BRIEF-Elliott Advisors Says NXP Is Worth $135/Share On Intrinsic Standalone Basis​

* ELLIOTT ADVISORS (UK) SAYS RELEASED LETTER TO SHAREHOLDERS, PRESENTATION MAKING CASE IT BELIEVES NXP IS WORTH $135/SHARE ON INTRINSIC STANDALONE BASIS​

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BRIEF-BNY Mellon Says ITS Treasury Services Business Launches New Tokenized Payments Service

* BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON - ITS TREASURY SERVICES BUSINESS HAS LAUNCHED NEW TOKENIZED PAYMENTS SERVICE Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Suning Commerce sells 5.5 mln shares in Alibaba, expects net income of 3.25 bln yuan

* SAYS IT EXPECTS NET INCOME OF 3.25 BILLION YUAN ($491.16 million) AFTER SELLING 5.5 MILLION SHARES IN ALIBABA GROUP HOLDING Source text in Chinese: http://bit.ly/2B32uI0 Further company coverage: ($1 = 6.6170 Chinese yuan renminbi) (Reporting by Hong Kong newsroom)

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BRIEF-FS Investments, EIG Global Energy Partners To Form Partnership

* FS INVESTMENTS AND EIG GLOBAL ENERGY PARTNERS TO FORM PARTNERSHIP TO MANAGE $4 BILLION FS ENERGY AND POWER FUND

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BRIEF-Friendable Updates Shareholders On Fan Pass Spin-Off And 2018’S Strategic Path Forward

* FRIENDABLE UPDATES SHAREHOLDERS ON FAN PASS SPIN-OFF AND 2018’S STRATEGIC PATH FORWARD

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BRIEF-FS Investments, KKR To Form Middle Market Alternative Lending Platform

* FS INVESTMENTS AND KKR PARTNERING TO FORM PREMIER $18 BILLION MIDDLE MARKET ALTERNATIVE LENDING PLATFORM

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BRIEF-Christodoro Says Resigning From Xerox Board Due To Belief Board To Make Decisions With Which He Disagrees

* JONATHAN CHRISTODORO SAYS IT NOW APPEARS THAT THE XEROX BOARD WILL MAKE DECISIONS AND TAKE XEROX IN A "DIRECTION WITH WHICH I STRONGLY DISAGREE"

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US STOCKS-Futures inch up, bitcoin grabs investor interest

Dec 11 (Reuters) - U.S. stock futures pointed to a higher opening for Wall Street on Monday, with the launch of bitcoin futures raising investor interest in cryptocurrency related companies.

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LKQ to buy German car parts retailer Stahlgruber in $1.77 bln deal

Dec 11 (Reuters) - U.S. auto parts retailer LKQ Corp said on Monday it would buy German peer Stahlgruber for about 1.5 billion euros ($1.77 billion) to expand in Europe.

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UPDATE 1-Canadian Solar CEO offers to take company private

Dec 11 (Reuters) - Canadian Solar Inc said on Monday it received a letter from its Chief Executive Shawn Qu to take the company private.

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CANADA STOCKS-Futures little changed as oil prices edge lower

Dec 11 (Reuters) - Futures for Canada's main stock index were little changed on Monday amid a fall in oil prices on signs of an increase in U.S. drilling activity.

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BRIEF-Integra Lifesciences Holdings Corp ‍Reaffirms 2017 Financial Guidance As Provided On Oct 26, 2017​

* - ‍REAFFIRMING 2017 FINANCIAL GUIDANCE AS PROVIDED ON OCTOBER 26, 2017​

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BRIEF-Innoviva says court issued ruling in favor of Sarissa Capital, expands board by 2 seats - SEC Filing

* Innoviva says court issued a ruling in favor of Sarissa Capital, leading co to expand board by 2 seats - SEC Filing

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Whiting Petroleum to take $800-$900 mln impairment charge in Q4

Dec 11 (Reuters) - Whiting Petroleum said on Monday it will record an impairment charge of $800 million to $900 million in the current quarter due to a partial write-down of some assets in the DJ Basin in Colorado.

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BRIEF-Cleantech Solutions International To Acquire A 60 PCT Interest In 3D Discovery Limited

* CLEANTECH SOLUTIONS INTERNATIONAL ENTERS INTO SALE AND PURCHASE AGREEMENT TO ACQUIRE A 60 PCT INTEREST IN 3D DISCOVERY CO. LIMITED

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BRIEF-Kimberly Blackwell To Become Vice President Of Early Phase Development And Immuno-Oncology At Lilly Oncology

* KIMBERLY BLACKWELL, M.D., TO BECOME VICE PRESIDENT OF EARLY PHASE DEVELOPMENT AND IMMUNO-ONCOLOGY AT LILLY ONCOLOGY Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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SandRidge to make some internal records available for Icahn

Dec 11 (Reuters) - SandRidge Energy Inc said on Monday it would make some company records available to Carl Icahn, a week after the activist investor asked the oil and gas producer to release internal documents on its proposed acquisition of a rival.

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BRIEF-Seaspan Accepted Delivery Of Teu Containership MSC Madhu B

* ACCEPTED DELIVERY OF MSC MADHU B, AN 11000 TEU CONTAINERSHIP THAT WILL COMMENCE BAREBOAT CHARTER WITH MSC MEDITERRANEAN SHIPPING FOR 17 YEARS Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Laurentian Bank Of Canada says on Dec 5, disclosed issues arising from a review of mortgages that it had sold to a third party purchaser

* Laurentian Bank Of Canada - On Dec 5, co disclosed issues arising from a review of mortgages that it had sold to a third party purchaser

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BRIEF-American Water Announces 2018 Earnings Guidance

* AMERICAN WATER WORKS COMPANY - ‍INVESTING $7.2 BILLION IN REGULATED INFRASTRUCTURE OVER NEXT FIVE YEARS, AN INCREASE OF $1.3 BILLION OVER 2017 FIVE YEAR PLAN​

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GLOBAL-MARKETS-Bitcoin futures steal spotlight, momentum keeps pushing stocks up

* Expectant dollar hovers ahead of Fed rate rise (Updates prices, adds detail)

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BRIEF-Affimed presents data from Phase 1B combination study of AFM13 with pembrolizumab at Ash

* Affimed presents data from Phase 1B combination study of AFM13 with Pembrolizumab at Ash

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Uber appeal case against London licence loss planned for April or June next year

LONDON, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Uber's appeal against the loss of its London licence should begin on Apr. 30 for five days but might be delayed until June, a British judge said on Monday at a preliminary hearing.

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UPDATE 1-Nokia's COO quits after eight months in the job

HELSINKI, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Nokia said its chief operating officer will leave the telecom network equipment maker, which is struggling in the face of a shrinking market and tough competition, after just eight months in the job.

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

NEW DELHI, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Apple Inc has asked India to defer a planned increase in import taxes on mobile phone parts so it can expand its iPhone manufacturing in the country, but the government is unlikely to accede, people familiar with the matter said.

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UPDATE 5-Oil prices slip under shadow of U.S. drilling

* Output rise undermines OPEC-led efforts to tighten market (Updates throughout, changes dateline from SINGAPORE)

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BRIEF-GE Power, Egypt’s EETC To Extend Gabal El Zayt Substation

* GE POWER, EGYPT’S EETC TO CONNECT 120 MW OF WIND POWER TO NATIONAL GRID THROUGH EXTENSION OF THE GABAL EL ZAYT SUBSTATION

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EMERGING MARKETS-Dollar decline and data lift lira, emerging markets

LONDON, Dec 11 (Reuters) - A weaker dollar and better-than-forecast economic data briefly lifted the Turkish lira to two-week highs on Monday, against a backdrop of generally firmer emerging assets and a half-percent rise in emerging equities.

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BRIEF-Exxon Discovers New Oil At Equatorial Guinea Block EG-06

Dec 11 (Reuters) - Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons of Equatorial Guinea:

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BRIEF-Boudewijn Duinstra Named Head Of First Line Clearing Risk, ICE Clear Europe

* INTERCONTINENTAL EXCHANGE APPOINTS BOUDEWIJN DUINSTRA AS HEAD OF FIRST LINE CLEARING RISK FOR ICE CLEAR EUROPE

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Bitcoin futures steal spotlight, momentum keeps pushing stocks up

LONDON (Reuters) - World stocks climbed and equity volatility neared a record low on Monday as investors focused on signs of strong economic growth ahead of a slew of central bank rate decisions, while the launch of bitcoin futures fed the market's cryptocurrency obsession.

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Hong Kong activist fund tells Toshiba chip unit sale to Bain group not necessary

TOKYO, Dec 11 (Reuters) - A Hong Kong-based activist investor in Toshiba Corp has told the embattled conglomerate that the $18 billion sale of its chip unit sale to a Bain Capital-led group is no longer necessary after its recent capital injection, according to a letter seen by Reuters.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Bitcoin futures steal spotlight, momentum keeps pushing stocks up

LONDON, Dec 11 (Reuters) - World stocks climbed and equity volatility neared a record low on Monday as investors focused on signs of strong economic growth ahead of a slew of central bank rate decisions, while the launch of bitcoin futures fed the market's cryptocurrency obsession.

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Britain committed to no hard Irish border, whatever outcome of Brexit talks - Davis

LONDON, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Britain intends to prevent a hard border in Ireland after leaving the European Union whatever the outcome of talks with the bloc, UK's Brexit minister said on Monday, saying comments that this was not legally enforceable were taken out of context.

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HSBC announces end to suspended sentence for Mexican cartel case

LONDON, Dec 11 (Reuters) - HSBC on Monday said its deferred prosecution agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice has expired, marking an end to the threat of further punishment for lapses in its anti-money laundering controls.

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BRIEF-Steinhoff Chairman Wiese Is In Talks With Lenders To Seek Standstill On A 1.5 Bln-Euro Margin Loan- Bloomberg

* STEINHOFF CHAIRMAN CHRISTO WIESE IS IN TALKS WITH LENDERS TO SEEK A STANDSTILL ON A 1.5 BILLION-EURO MARGIN LOAN - BLOOMBERG, CITING SOURCES

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UK's Petrofac hires Bain & Co to explore options for North Sea business -Times

Dec 11 (Reuters) - British oilfield services company Petrofac Ltd has hired consultancy Bain & Co to explore options for the its North Sea operations, including a sale, the Times reported on Sunday.

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UPDATE 4-Oil prices stable as OPEC cuts countered by rising US drilling

* Output rise undermines OPEC-led efforts to tighten market (Recasts, updates prices)

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RPT-COLUMN-The boldest market call for 2018? The consensus: McGeever

LONDON, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Credit markets should brace for a U.S. recession, the U.S. yield curve will invert and growth in America will reach President Trump's lofty and oft-derided target of 4 percent.

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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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BRIEF-Silence Therapeutics Says Sold Further Part Of Holding In Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals Inc

* HAS SOLD A FURTHER PART OF ITS HOLDING OF COMMON SHARES IN ARROWHEAD PHARMACEUTICALS INC.

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BRIEF-TSMC orders equipment for T$4.6 bln

Dec 11 (Reuters) - Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd :

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Nikkei rises to close at 25-year high, construction companies fall

TOKYO, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks hit a fresh 25-year high on Monday in choppy trade as gains in financial shares and large cap stocks offset falls in real estate and construction companies, with Obayashi Corp diving more than 7 percent.

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Ford's November China vehicle sales drop 8 pct y/y

Dec 11 (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co's sales in China fell 8 percent in November from a year ago, following a 5 percent decline in October, the U.S. automaker said on Monday.

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UPDATE 4-Hotly anticipated bitcoin futures surge 21 percent on debut

* Big U.S. banks, brokerages give launch a mixed reception (Updates prices)

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UPDATE 3-Oil dips on increased US drilling activity, uncertainty over OPEC cuts

* UAE says OPEC to next June announce strategy to exit cuts (Adds UAE comment, updates prices)

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BRIEF-Galapagos To Enter NASDAQ Biotech Index Effective Dec 18‍​

* TO ENTER NASDAQ BIOTECH INDEX EFFECTIVE DEC 18‍​ Source text: http://bit.ly/2jM5AGV Further company coverage: (Gdynia Newsroom)

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BRIEF-Medigene, RXi To Collaborate On Therapeutic T Cells

* MEDIGENE COLLABORATES WITH RXI PHARMACEUTICALS TO FURTHER SHARPEN ITS THERAPEUTIC T CELLS

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UPDATE 1-Roche: Tecentriq cocktail slows kidney cancer progression

ZURICH, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Combining Roche's Tecentriq immunotherapy with its older drug Avastin reduced the risk of disease worsening or death (PFS) for the initial treatment of advanced kidney cancer in some patients, the Swiss drugmaker said on Monday

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Bitcoin futures rocket past $18,000; Asian shares buoyant

* Fed expected to hike rates this week; BoE, ECB also meeting

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BRIEF-Birkenstock To Stop Supplying Amazon In Europe from Jan. 1

* SAYS TO STOP SUPPLYING AMAZON.COM INC IN EUROPE AS OF JAN. 1, 2018

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UPDATE 3-Hotly anticipated bitcoin futures surge 21 percent on debut

* Big U.S. banks, brokerages give launch a mixed reception (Updates prices, adds quote)

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Bitcoin futures surge past $18,000; Asian shares firm

* Fed expected to hike rates this week; BoE, ECB also meeting

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UPDATE 2-Oil prices drop on increased U.S. drilling activity

* Oil cut deal to be reviewed before June '18 -Kuwait (Adds Kuwait comments, updates prices)

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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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GLOBAL MARKETS-Bitcoin futures make firm debut, dollar holds gains ahead of Fed

* Fed expected to hike rates this week; BoE, ECB also meeting

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UPDATE 2-Hotly anticipated bitcoin futures debut in sedate fashion

* Big U.S. banks, brokerages give launch a mixed reception (Updates throughout, adds comments)

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Bitcoin futures race higher in volatile launch, dollar steady

* U.S. Fed expected to hike rates this week; BoE, ECB also meeting

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Oil prices drop on increased U.S. rig drilling

SINGAPORE, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Oil prices fell on Monday, pulled down as the latest rise in the U.S. rig count pointed to a further increase in American production, potentially undermining efforts led by OPEC to tighten markets.

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Syrian army and Iranian-backed militias push towards Idlib province

AMMAN (Reuters) - The Syrian army and Iranian-backed militias backed by Russian air power stepped up a military campaign against rebels in eastern Hama province in a push towards the rebel stronghold of Idlib province in northwestern Syria, rebels and witnesses said.

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UPDATE 1-Novartis CAR-T therapy leads to durable response in lymphoma study

Dec 10 (Reuters) - Patients with an advanced form of an aggressive blood cancer who had initially responded to Novartis' new type of gene-modifying immunotherapy continued to respond at least six months after treatment, according to updated data released at a medical meeting on Sunday.

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RPT-UPDATE 1-Global brewers line up bids for Vietnam's Sabeco sale - sources

SINGAPORE/LONDON, Dec 10 (Reuters) - Brewing groups including Thai Beverage, Anheuser-Busch InBev and Kirin Holdings are gearing up to bid for a stake in Vietnam's largest brewer, Sabeco, people familiar with the matter said, with the $5 billion sale process by the government opening this week.

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BRIEF-‍Verastem Announces Clinical Data From Pivotal Phase 3 Duo Study​

* ‍VERASTEM ANNOUNCES CLINICAL DATA FROM PIVOTAL PHASE 3 DUO™ STUDY​

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UPDATE 1-Hospital operators in merger talks to form U.S. industry leader -WSJ

NEW YORK, Dec 10 (Reuters) - Ascension Health and Providence St. Joseph Health are in talks about a merger between the two Catholic non-profits that would create the largest U.S. hospital chain, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing people familiar with the discussions.

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Steinhoff calls in Moelis and AlixPartners to advise ahead of lenders' meeting

BERLIN, Dec 10 (Reuters) - Troubled international retail conglomerate Steinhoff , whose shares plunged last week after disclosing accounting problems, said on Sunday it had appointed two advisory firms ahead of a meeting with lenders on Dec. 19.

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Hospital operators in merger talks to create U.S. industry leader -WSJ

NEW YORK, Dec 10 (Reuters) - Ascension Health and Providence St. Joseph Health are in discussions about a merger that would create the largest hospital chain in the United States, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing people familiar with the situation.

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Interior secretary pushing controversial road project

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is pushing a plan to build a road through the protected Izembek Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. Critics say it's a dangerous precedent.

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Golf: Sharma in command as weather pushes Joburg Open into Monday

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - India’s Shubhankar Sharma remained on course for his maiden European Tour victory as lightning, rain and hail forced the Joburg Open into a Monday finish.

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Gilead's new drug keeps 56 pct of lymphoma trial patients alive

Dec 10 (Reuters) - More than half of trial patients with an advanced, aggressive form of blood cancer lived for at least a year after one-time treatment with Yescarta, a novel therapy sold by Gilead Sciences Inc, according to study results presented on Sunday.

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'Unheard of' responses to bluebird CAR-T therapy seen in myeloma study

Dec 10 (Reuters) - More than half of patients with advanced multiple myeloma who had run out of therapeutic options remained in complete remission after receiving bluebird bio Inc's experimental gene-modifying immunotherapy in a small, early stage study, according to updated data released on Sunday.

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Novartis CAR-T therapy leads to durable response in lymphoma study

Dec 10 (Reuters) - Patients with an advanced form of an aggressive blood cancer who had initially responded to Novartis' new type of gene-modifying immunotherapy continued to respond at least six months after treatment, according to updated data released at a medical meeting on Sunday.

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UPDATE 1-After bitcoin’s wild week, traders brace for futures launch

NEW YORK, Dec 10 (Reuters) - The newest way to bet on bitcoin will arrive on Sunday, when futures of the cryptocurrency that has taken Wall Street by a storm begin trading.

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UPDATE 1-Congolese lower house adopts new mining code that increases taxes

DAKAR, Dec 10 (Reuters) - The Congolese lower house of parliament has adopted a new mining code that will increase taxes and royalties, two members of parliament and an aide to the speaker said.

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'King of Spin' Max Clifford dies in jail

Max Clifford, the UK's best-known celebrity publicist whose clients included OJ Simpson, has died in prison aged 74, the UK's Ministry of Justice told CNN.

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MIDEAST STOCKS-Major markets rise, led by Saudi and Egypt

* Saudi continues bounce from chart support, volume very high

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Roche lymphoma drug drives high remission rate, longer survival-study

Dec 10 (Reuters) - An experimental Roche Holding AG drug, added to standard therapy, led to a far higher rate of remission and helped patients with an advanced, aggressive blood cancer live significantly longer than the standard treatment alone, according to data from a mid-stage trial released at a medical meeting on Sunday.

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France to push for European financial transactions tax

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

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Israel Chemicals sells stake in desalination firm IDE for $167 mln

JERUSALEM, Dec 10 (Reuters) - Israel Chemicals (ICL) said on Sunday it completed a sale of its 50 percent holding in water desalination firm IDE Technologies for $167 million.

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UPDATE 1-Global brewers line up bids for Vietnam's Sabeco sale - sources

* AB InBev, Japanese brewers also keen - sources (Adds context in paragraph 3)

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Global brewers line up bids for Vietnam's Sabeco sale - sources

SINGAPORE/LONDON, Dec 10 (Reuters) - Brewing groups including Thai Beverage, Anheuser-Busch InBev and Kirin Holdings are gearing up to bid for a stake in Vietnam's largest brewer, Sabeco, people familiar with the matter said, with the $5 billion sale process by the government opening this week.

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McDonald's Malaysia refutes Israel ties after boycott calls

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 10 (Reuters) - The Malaysian franchise of McDonald's Corp said it was "disappointed" with calls on social media to boycott the fast food restaurant chain in apparent retaliation to the United State's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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

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

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Peru's Kuczynski acknowledges having advised Odebrecht project

LIMA, Dec 9 (Reuters) - Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski acknowledged that he worked as a financial adviser for an irrigation project owned by the Brazilian builder Odebrecht on Saturday, contradicting his previous denials of having any links to the company.

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RPT-California wildfires send film, TV productions scrambling

LOS ANGELES, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Wildfires raging across Southern California are taking a toll on the region's iconic film industry, forcing producers of commercials, television shows and even student films to pause or seek alternate shooting locations.

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Pilatus jet development far exceeded planned costs - NZZ interview

ZURICH, Dec 9 (Reuters) - Swiss plane maker Pilatus's development costs of "well over 500 million Swiss francs" ($504 million) far exceeded the original budget for the company's first business jet, Chairman Oscar Schwenk told the Neue Zuercher Zeitung in an article published on Saturday.

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Czech PM designate: EU should not push us over migrants - paper

PRAGUE (Reuters) - The designated Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said that the European Union should not push Czechs over their refusal to shelter asylum-seekers, because it could strengthen extremist parties in the country.

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UPDATE 1-#NoRussiaNoGames: Twitter "bots" boost Russian backlash against Olympic ban

* But automated, semi-automated Twitter accounts amplify reach

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UPDATE 2-Uber agrees to settle U.S. lawsuit filed by India rape victim

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc and a woman who accused top executives of improperly obtaining her medical records after a company driver raped her in India have agreed to settle a civil lawsuit the woman filed against Uber in June, according to a U.S. federal court filing on Friday.

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UPDATE 1-KKR's tender offer for Hitachi Kokusai succeeds by slight margin

* Elliot had bought 8.59 pct stake in Hitachi Kokusai (Recasts with announcement, background)

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UPDATE 1-Uber agrees to settle U.S. lawsuit filed by India rape victim

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc has agreed to settle a U.S. civil lawsuit filed by a woman who accused top executives of improperly obtaining her medical records after a company driver raped her in India, according to a court filing on Friday.

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BRIEF-Liberty Property Trust Sets Quarterly Cash Dividend Of $0.40 Per Share

* SETS QUARTERLY CASH DIVIDEND OF $0.40 PER SHARE Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Drug industry group sues to stop California drug price law

Dec 8 (Reuters) - The trade group representing U.S. drugmakers on Friday said it has a filed a lawsuit to stop California from implementing a law aimed at reining in prescription drug prices.