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UPDATE 1-Twitter to notify users exposed to Russian propaganda during U.S. elections

Jan 19 (Reuters) - Twitter Inc, which is reviewing Russian interference during the 2016 U.S. elections, said on Friday it would notify some of its users whether they were exposed to content generated by a suspected Russian propaganda service.

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UPDATE 5-ADM pursues big ag merger with grain trader Bunge -WSJ

CHICAGO/CALGARY, Alberta, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Top U.S. grains merchant Archer Daniels Midland Co has proposed a takeover of Bunge Ltd, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, a move that could set up a battle for Bunge with Swiss-based rival Glencore Plc.

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CORRECTED-UPDATE 4-ADM pursues big ag merger with grain trader Bunge -WSJ

CHICAGO/CALGARY, Alberta, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Top U.S. grains merchant Archer Daniels Midland Co has proposed a takeover of Bunge Ltd, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, a move that could set up a battle for Bunge with Switzerland-based rival Glencore Plc.

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BRIEF-Core Gold Provides Update

* CORE GOLD PROVIDES UPDATE ON ELIPE S.A RESTORATION TO CORPORATE GOOD STANDING AND INVESTA BANK S.A. $15,000,000 DEBT FACILITY Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 3-Facebook to prioritize 'trustworthy' news based on surveys

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc will prioritize "trustworthy" news in its feed of social media posts, using member surveys to identify high-quality outlets and fight sensationalism and misinformation, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Friday.

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UPDATE 1-Ohio again asks U.S. regulators to stop drilling on Rover natgas pipe

Jan 19 (Reuters) - Ohio environmental regulators on Friday asked federal energy regulators to order Energy Transfer Partners LP to cease drilling operations on the Rover natural gas pipeline under the Tuscarawas River over concern about the potential for a spill.

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UPDATE 4-ADM pursues big ag merger with grain trader Bunge -WSJ

CHICAGO/CALGARY, Alberta, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Top U.S. grains merchant Archer Daniels Midland Co has proposed a takeover of Bunge Ltd, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, a move that could set up a battle for Bunge with London-based rival Glencore Plc.

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U.S. government shutdown would shutter CDC's flu tracking program

CHICAGO (Reuters) - If the U.S. Senate fails to avert a government shutdown at midnight Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be forced to suspend its seasonal flu program as the nation faces one of the worst flu seasons in several years.

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UPDATE 1-New Jersey governor calls for audit of state's tax incentive program

NEW YORK, Jan 19 (Reuters) - New Jersey's new governor, Phil Murphy, signed an executive order on Friday calling for an evaluation of the state's corporate tax break programs by the comptroller's office before year-end.

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U.S government shutdown would increase Pentagon's weapons costs

WASHINGTON, Jan 19 (Reuters) - A U.S. government shutdown will stall new defense department contracts and ultimately increase the costs of weapons, creating even more budgetary headaches as lawmakers grapple with a government funding crisis.

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UPDATE 1-Weaker dollar adds to optimism over U.S. earnings

NEW YORK, Jan 19 (Reuters) - The dollar's drop to three-year lows this week after prolonged weakness in 2017 is expected to further boost profits at big U.S. companies when investor optimism is already high over corporate tax cuts.

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UPDATE 1-Dixons Carphone CEO James quits for job at Boots

LONDON, Jan 19 (Reuters) - The chief executive of Dixons Carphone has quit Britain's largest electricals and mobile phone retailer to run the Boots chain in the country, Dixons said on Friday.

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UPDATE 1-Parent company of 7-Eleven agrees to divest some U.S. stores in Sunoco deal

WASHINGTON, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Seven & i Holdings Co Ltd , the Tokyo-based parent company of the 7-Eleven network of stores, agreed to sell and divest some of its stores in its proposed $3.3 billion acquisition of 1,100 Sunoco LP outlets, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said Friday.

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UPDATE 2-U.S. approves possible sale of F-35 jets to Belgium for $6.5 bln

WASHINGTON, Jan 19 (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department on Friday said it has approved the possible sale of 34 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 jets to Belgium for $6.53 billion, a potential new customer for the No. 1 U.S. defense contractor's most important product.

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UPDATE 1-McDonald's 'joint employment' trial delayed amid settlement talks

Jan 19 (Reuters) - McDonald's Corp and a U.S. labor board are in talks to settle a case claiming the fast food company is liable for purported labor law violations by its franchisees, leading a judge on Friday to pause a trial that began in 2015.

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UPDATE 7-Oil prices fall as rally falters on growing U.S. output concerns

* U.S. crude output expected to break through 10 mln bpd -IEA

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UPDATE 1-Archer Daniels has made takeover approach to Bunge - WSJ

Jan 19 (Reuters) - Agricultural trader Archer Daniels Midland Co made a takeover approach to rival Bunge Ltd , the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter. http://on.wsj.com/2mSY8L0

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UPDATE 1-Facebook to prioritize 'trustworthy' news sources

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc will begin to prioritize "trustworthy" news outlets on its stream of social media posts as it works to combat "sensationalism" and "misinformation," Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Friday.

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UPDATE 5-Schlumberger profit beats, sees stronger year for oil sector

HOUSTON Jan 19 (Reuters) - Schlumberger on Friday posted a fourth quarter loss on charges but beat Wall Street forecasts and gave an upbeat outlook, predicting its international operations would grow in 2018 for the first time in four years.

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UPDATE 1-Delta Air to tighten rules for onboard service animals

NEW YORK, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Delta Air Lines is tightening the requirements for passengers traveling with onboard service and emotional support animals, the carrier said on Friday, following a sharp uptick in pet-related safety issues in recent years.

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UPDATE 1-U.S. oil drillers cut rigs for 2nd week in three -Baker Hughes

(Adds Permian rigs and production) By Scott DiSavino Jan 19 (Reuters) - U.S. energy companies this week cut oil rigs for the second time in three weeks even though crude prices traded near their highest level since 2014. Drillers cut five oil rigs in the week to Jan. 19, bringing the total count down to 747, General Electric Co's Baker Hughes energy services firm said in its closely followed report on Friday. The U.S. rig count, an early indicat

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UPDATE 4-Schlumberger profit beats, predicts strong 2018 for shale

HOUSTON Jan 19 (Reuters) - Schlumberger on Friday posted a fourth quarter loss on charges but beat Wall Street forecasts and offered an upbeat outlook that included the first growth in its struggling international operations in four years.

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UPDATE 3-NAFTA future clouds Kansas City Southern earnings beat

Jan 19 (Reuters) - Kansas City Southern, a U.S. railroad with extensive operations in Mexico, sought to ease investor fears on Friday over the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement, touting forecasts of solid freight volumes and a stronger economy in 2018.

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UPDATE 3-Schlumberger profit beats, predicts strong 2018 for shale

HOUSTON Jan 19 (Reuters) - Schlumberger on Friday posted a large fourth quarter loss on charges but beat Wall Street forecasts and offered an upbeat outlook that included the first growth in its struggling international operations in four years.

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UPDATE 3-Lowe's nominates directors after 'constructive' talks with D.E. Shaw

Jan 19 (Reuters) - Home improvement chain Lowe's Cos Inc said it has nominated two independent board members and plans to add a third following "constructive" talks with hedge fund D.E. Shaw Group, which has taken an activist stake, sending shares up 3 percent on Friday.

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UPDATE 3-Sterling falls after weak retail sales numbers dent optimism

* Sterling has in January hit several post-Brexit vote highs (Adds details, updates prices)

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UPDATE 2-NAFTA future clouds Kansas City Southern earnings beat

Jan 19 (Reuters) - Kansas City Southern, a U.S. railroad with extensive operations in Mexico, sought to ease investor fears on Friday over the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement, touting forecasts of solid freight volumes and a stronger economy in 2018.

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UPDATE 1-Former Catalan leader says he can rule from abroad, Madrid says no

MADRID, Jan 19 (Reuters) - The sacked former leader of Catalonia said on Friday he could be re-elected as the region's president and rule remotely from his self-imposed exile in Brussels, but the Spanish government said it would not let that happen.

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CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-Regions, SunTrust top profit estimates on higher interest rates

Jan 19 (Reuters) - Regions Financial Corp and SunTrust Banks Inc reported quarterly earnings on Friday that topped Wall Street expectations, benefiting from higher interest rates amid sluggish lending.

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UPDATE 2-Social media companies accelerate removals of online hate speech -EU

* Improvement means legislation less likely -EU commissioner (Adds Google comment)

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German election would further harm SPD, Schulz warns

BERLIN (Reuters) - The leader of Germany's Social Democrats on Friday urged members of his center-left party to endorse coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives or risk facing new elections that could further damage the party.

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UPDATE 1-Foreigners maintain large-scale purchases of Canada securities

OTTAWA, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Foreign investment in Canadian securities, particularly bonds, remained strong in November and was on track to hit an annual record, Statistics Canada data indicated on Friday.

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UPDATE 1-Commodity volumes lift Kansas City Southern quarterly profit, beats on revenue

Jan 19 (Reuters) - Kansas City Southern, a regional U.S. railroad with extensive operations in Mexico, reported a higher quarterly net profit on Friday, driven by revenue growth in 2017 in all six of the commodities it hauls and changes in U.S. tax law. The Kansas City, Missouri-based company posted fourth-quarter net income of $552 million, or $5.33 per diluted share, up from $130 million, or $1.21 per diluted share a year earlier.

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UPDATE 1-Lincoln Financial to buy Liberty Life Assurance Co for $3.3 bln

Jan 19 (Reuters) - Lincoln Financial Group said on Friday it would buy fellow insurer Liberty Life Assurance Co of Boston for about $3.3 billion from Liberty Mutual to boost its presence in the group benefits market.

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UPDATE 1-Schlumberger Q4 profit beats, makes Venezuela write-down

Jan 19 (Reuters) - Schlumberger reported a bigger-than-expected quarterly profit on Friday as the oilfield services provider benefited from higher oil prices, while also taking $2.7 billion in charges for restructuring and investment in Venezuela.

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China to enshrine Xi's thought into state constitution amid national 'fervor'

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's ruling Communist Party will enshrine President Xi Jinping's political thought into the country's constitution, state media said on Friday, further solidifying his power following its addition last year to the party constitution.

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China to enshrine Xi's thought into state constitution

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's ruling Communist Party will enshrine President Xi Jinping's political thought into the country's constitution, state media said on Friday, further solidifying his power following its addition last year to the party constitution.

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UPDATE 1-Sterling seesaws after UK retail sales data; briefly nears $1.40

LONDON, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Sterling seesawed on Friday after data showed British shop sales slid by much more than expected in December, though the currency was still on track for its longest winning streak against the dollar since 2014.

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REFILE-UPDATE 4-Xerox-Fujifilm deal should have been changed long ago -Icahn

* Icahn says current Xerox management incapable of renegotiation

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UPDATE 1-Airbus says supplier bottlenecks easing as deliveries rise

* Airbus says cabin supplier Zodiac has addressed quality issues

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CORRECTED-UPDATE 3-Xerox-Fujifilm deal should have been changed long ago -Icahn

Jan 18 (Reuters) - Hedge fund investor Carl Icahn has called for the termination or renegotiation of Xerox Corp's long-running photocopier joint venture with Fujifilm Holdings , reiterating demands for a change of leadership at Xerox.

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UPDATE 3-Xerox-Fujifilm deal should have been changed long ago -Icahn

Jan 18 (Reuters) - Hedge fund investor Carl Icahn has called for the termination or renegotiation of Xerox Corp's long-running photocopier joint venture with Fujifilm Holdings , reiterating demands for a change of leadership at Xerox.

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UPDATE 1-Google announces patent agreement with Tencent amid China push

* Deal comes as Google looks to expand its presence in China (Adds context, details from statement)

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UPDATE 1-Canada regulator sets out process for pipeline permit disputes

VANCOUVER, Jan 18 (Reuters) - The National Energy Board on Thursday set out a process for resolving permit disputes related to Kinder Morgan Canada's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, which has faced repeated delays due to difficulty in obtaining permits.

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UPDATE 1-MetLife, U.S. regulators agree to set aside legal fight

WASHINGTON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - The U.S. government and MetLife Inc announced on Thursday they would jointly seek to dismiss an appeal over whether the insurance company should face stricter oversight as a key part of the financial system.

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UPDATE 2-United States wins WTO chicken ruling against China

GENEVA, Jan 19 (Reuters) - The United States largely won a World Trade Organization ruling on Thursday that China had failed to comply with an earlier ruling against its punitive tariffs on U.S. broiler chickens.

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Return of tactical nuclear weapons would send a dangerous signal

President Trump traveled to the Pentagon on Thursday to discuss the National Defense Strategy, an unclassified version of which will be released Friday. Undoubtedly, key topics of discussion on the new strategy included the proliferation of nuclear weapons and missile technology, and the need for the protection of space assets essential to providing early warning in the event of a nuclear attack.

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UPDATE 5-Morgan Stanley raises targets, but Wall Street wants more

Jan 18 (Reuters) - Morgan Stanley raised key profitability and efficiency targets on Thursday, but those loftier goals failed to impress Wall Street analysts, who repeatedly asked Chief Executive Officer James Gorman why the bank could not do even better.

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UPDATE 2-SoftBank is now Uber's largest shareholder as deal closes

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 18 (Reuters) - A group of investors led by SoftBank Group Corp closed a deal with Uber Technologies Inc on Thursday, making SoftBank the largest stakeholder in the ride-services firm and providing a much-needed boost to controversy-ridden Uber.

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UPDATE 1-U.S. fund investors pull most cash from 'junk' in 2 months -Lipper

(Adds details on funds, analyst quote, table, byline) By Trevor Hunnicutt NEW YORK, Jan 18 (Reuters) - U.S. fund investors pulled $3.1 billion from high-yield "junk" bonds during the latest week, Lipper data showed on Thursday, offering new warning signs about risk appetite despite global markets' continuing triumph. The junk bond withdrawals - from both mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) during the week ended Wednesday - mark the largest of any week since November, accor

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UPDATE 2-CP Rail weighs strategic deals to boost crude-by-rail

Jan 18 (Reuters) - Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd said on Thursday it is weighing strategic deals to boost crude-by-rail shipments in 2018, after reporting fourth-quarter profit that beat analysts' estimates.

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BRIEF-Phaserx Revokes Proposed Distribution Record Date

* PHASERX- REVOKED PROPOSED DISTRIBUTION RECORD DATE AS REQUESTED IN DISTRIBUTION RECORD DATE MOTION, WITHDREW THE MOTION IN BANKRUPTCY COURT-SEC FILING Source text: (http://bit.ly/2DmSNqm) Further company coverage:

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CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-IBM returns to growth, but shares drop after recent rally

Jan 18 (Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp's revenue rose for the first time in 23 quarters and beat analysts' estimates as the company's shift into its focus areas such as cloud computing and security services gains traction.

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Apple to release software update to resolve iPhone slowdown: CEO

(Reuters) - Apple Inc will release a software update that will allow users to turn off a feature that slows down iPhones when batteries are low on charge, Chief Executive Tim Cook told ABC News.

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REFILE-UPDATE 4-Amazon's review of Toronto could escalate tension with Trump

TORONTO, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's inclusion of Canada's largest city on a list of 20 finalists for a massive new campus could escalate tensions between the tech giant and U.S. President Donald Trump.

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UPDATE 1-Businesses warn of risks of tighter rules on U.S. foreign investment

WASHINGTON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Proposals before the U.S. Senate and House to tighten rules on foreign investment into critical technologies could cause companies to take their research and development overseas to avoid scrutiny, critics said on Thursday.

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UPDATE 1-N. American Q4 cocoa grind falls, 5-year low for 2017

NEW YORK, Jan 18 (Reuters) - North American cocoa grindings took a surprise fall in the fourth quarter of 2017 and nudged down to a five-year low for the full calendar year, data from the National Confectioners Association (NCA) showed on Thursday.

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BRIEF-Lite Access Technologies Provides Comment On Carillion, UK Operations Update

* LITE ACCESS TECHNOLOGIES PROVIDES COMMENT ON CARILLION AND UK OPERATIONS UPDATE

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UPDATE 3-Schneider Electric says bug in its technology exploited in hack

MIAMI BEACH, Fla., Jan 18 (Reuters) - Schneider Electric SE said on Thursday that hackers had exploited a flaw in its technology in a watershed incident discovered last month that halted operations at an undisclosed industrial facility.

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UPDATE 1-U.S. Senate passes bill renewing internet surveillance program

WASHINGTON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed a bill to renew the National Security Agency’s warrantless internet surveillance program for six years with minimal changes, overcoming objections from civil liberties advocates that it undermined the privacy of Americans.

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UPDATE 1-Brazilian prosecutors ask BNY Mellon unit to return $2.5 bln to local fund

SAO PAULO, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Brazilian prosecutors asked on Thursday that the local unit of Bank of New York Mellon Corp return 8.2 billion reais ($2.56 billion) to local pension fund Postalis, according to a statement.

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UPDATE 1-CIBC eyes FirstCaribbean valuation around $1.4 bln -sources

* CIBC working with Barclays/UBS on listing -sources (Adds background on targeted valuation, prospects for listing)

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UPDATE 1-Italy's anti-trust opens probe into Apple, Samsung phone complaints

ROME, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Italy's antitrust body said on Thursday it had opened a probe into allegations that Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd used software updates to slow their mobile phones and push clients into buying new handsets.

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UPDATE 1-Train crashes in Mexico City suburb, killing at least 5

MEXICO CITY, Jan 18 (Reuters) - A train derailed in a densely populated Mexico City suburb on Thursday morning, killing at least five people, local authorities said.

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UPDATE 2-Crisis-hit Venezuela's oil output plummets in 2017 to decades low

HOUSTON/CARACAS, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Venezuela's crude oil production fell nearly 13 percent last year, according to figures released by OPEC on Thursday, hitting a 28-year annual low that points to a deepening economic crisis and increased chances of a debt default.

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UPDATE 1-Daimler, Bosch hit by walkouts in sector-wide labour dispute

* IG Metall demands 6 pct more pay, shorter working hours (Adds quote from regional IG Metall head)

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UPDATE 2-Xerox-Fujifilm deal should have been changed long ago -Icahn

Jan 18 (Reuters) - Hedge fund investor Carl Icahn called on Thursday for the termination or renegotiation of Xerox Corp's long-running joint venture with Fujifilm Holdings reiterating demands for a change of leadership at Xerox.

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UPDATE 2-European shares edge higher as cyclicals back in favour

* Financials, tech and materials lead rise (Recasts, adds detail and quote, updates prices at close)

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UPDATE 1-Crisis-hit Venezuela's oil output plummets in 2017 to decades low

HOUSTON/CARACAS, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Venezuela's crude oil production fell nearly 13 percent last year, according to figures released by OPEC on Thursday, hitting a 28-year annual low that points to a deepening economic crisis and increased chances of a debt default.

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Trump: 'Worst thing' about shutdown would be effect on military

President Donald Trump told reporters at the Pentagon Thursday that he the worst results of a possible government shutdown would be the impact on the US military.

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UPDATE 1-United States wins WTO chicken ruling against China

GENEVA, Jan 18 (Reuters) - The United States largely won a World Trade Organization ruling on Thursday that China had failed to comply with an earlier ruling against its punitive tariffs on U.S. broiler chickens.

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UPDATE 1-U.S. hospital systems team up to launch generic drugmaker

NEW YORK, Jan 18 (Reuters) - A group of four hospital systems plans to launch a not-for-profit generic drugmaker aimed at combating shortages and high costs of some generic drugs, which they blame on unscrupulous drug companies that hike prices.

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UPDATE 1-Apple's U.S. tax payment does not change EU's Irish tax ruling

BRUSSELS, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Apple's announcement that it will pay $38 billion in U.S. tax on its overseas cash will not reduce the $16 billion tax bill the company owes Ireland following a European Union ruling, the EU's executive said on Thursday.

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UPDATE 2-BNY Mellon expects more severance charges in 2018, shares down

Jan 18 (Reuters) - Bank of New York Mellon Corp expects to book more severance charges in 2018, its chief executive said, as the custodian bank tries to cut costs and streamline its businesses.

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UPDATE 3-S.Africa's Ramaphosa piles pressure on Zuma with anti-graft call

* Anti-graft push puts global firms under scrutiny (Updates with ANC meeting)

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UPDATE 1-Brazil offers $1 bln in reopening of 2047 dollar bond -source

BRASILIA, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Brazil on Thursday offered an initial $1 billion worth of 2047 dollar bonds in the first sovereign debt transaction of the year, a source with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

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Your estate plan needs an update, even if it is new

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Got a dusty old binder with your will and estate plan? Even if you had your paperwork set up a few years ago, all of your documents are now out of date, thanks to new tax laws...

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UPDATE 1-Morgan Stanley quarterly profit tanks; adjusted profit beats view

Jan 18 (Reuters) - Morgan Stanley's quarterly profit dropped almost 60 percent on a provision related to the new U.S. tax law, but adjusted profit beat analyst expectations as strength in wealth management helped offset a drop in trading revenue.

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UPDATE 1-Soccer-Arsenal's Sanchez likely to join Man Utd - Wenger

Jan 18 (Reuters) - Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez is likely to join rivals Manchester United this month, his manager Arsene Wenger said ahead of Saturday's Premier League match against Crystal Palace.

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UPDATE 1-Airbus wins Emirates deal for A380 jets worth $16 bln at list price

* Overall deal worth estimated $16 bln (Adds detail, background)

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UPDATE 2-S.Africa's Ramaphosa piles pressure on Zuma with anti-graft call

* Anti-graft push puts global firms under scrutiny (Recasts, adds finance minister, details)

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UPDATE 1-Exxon Mobil signs deal for deepwater oil exploration off Ghana

ACCRA, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp signed a deal with Ghana on Thursday to explore for oil in the Deepwater Cape Three Point offshore (DWCTP) oilfield. The signing followed direct negotiations between Ghana and Exxon Mobil without an open competitive tender due to the nature of the field, where the depth ranges from 2,000 to 4,000 metres, Ghanaian officials said.

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UPDATE 1-Iraq, BP sign deal to boost Kirkuk crude output - oil ministry

KIRKUK, Iraq, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Iraq signed a memorandum of understanding with BP on Thursday to boost production capacity from its northern Kirkuk oilfields, the country's oil ministry said.

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UPDATE 2-Google, Temasek to come in as new investors in Indonesia's Go-Jek -sources

* Go-Jek expanding in payments business (Adds details on Google's investment, industry context)

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U.S. court invalidates J&J cancer drug patent, hitting UK's BTG

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. administrative court invalidated a Johnson & Johnson patent on its blockbuster prostate cancer drug Zytiga, bringing rivals closer to selling generic versions and hitting shares in its British partner BTG Plc .

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UPDATE 1-European shares post modest rise after U.S. and Asia rally

LONDON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - European shares notched up modest gains on Thursday, failing to match a rally that lifted Wall Street and Asia to new records.

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UPDATE 1-Mongolia's Oyu Tolgoi declares force majeure after border protests

ULAANBAATAR, Jan 18 (Reuters) - The Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mine in Mongolia's southern Gobi Desert declared force majeure after protests by Chinese coal haulers disrupted deliveries near the border, majority owner Turquoise Hill said Wednesday.

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UPDATE 1-Shell oil heist: the story so far

SINGAPORE, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Singapore authorities say they have uncovered a complex, cross-border scheme to steal large quantities of oil from Shell's biggest refinery.

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UPDATE 1-Experian's quarterly revenue rises

Jan 18 (Reuters) - Experian Plc, the world's biggest credit data company, on Thursday reported a 5 percent rise in third-quarter organic revenue from ongoing activities at constant exchange rates, and said it expects full-year organic revenue growth in the mid-single digits.

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South Africa's Ramaphosa talks tough on state graft, signals departure from Zuma

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday welcomed moves taken by prosecutors against companies accused of corruption and said the ruling party would impose the policy certainty needed to attract investment to the country.

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BRIEF-Axis Auto Finance announces upsize of previously announced financing

* AXIS AUTO FINANCE ANNOUNCES UPSIZE OF PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED FINANCING

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UPDATE 1-Google, Temasek coming in as new investors in Indonesia's Go-Jek -sources

* Go-Jek expanding in payments business (Adds details of funding, quote)

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UPDATE 1-Starboard to nominate nine candidates to Mellanox board

Jan 17 (Reuters) - Activist hedge fund Starboard Value LP has started a proxy fight on Wednesday for control of Mellanox Technologies Ltd, calling the Israeli chipmaker deeply undervalued.

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UPDATE 1-Toshiba reaches deal to help resolve Westinghouse bankruptcy, rebuild finances

* Toshiba to sell claims in Westinghouse to group led by Baupost

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UPDATE 1-Woodside bullish on Australian Pluto LNG expansion prospect

* Talks with Myanmar on gas development terms "well advanced" (Adds CEO comments)

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UPDATE 2-Peugeot CEO outlines ambitious plan to re-enter U.S., go electric

DETROIT, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Peugeot SA Chief Executive Carlos Tavares said on Wednesday the French automaker is using the know-how of former Opel engineers acquired from General Motors Co to develop vehicles to re-enter the U.S. market, and said Peugeot will offer electrification as an option on all its vehicles by 2025.

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UPDATE 7-Apple plans new U.S. campus, to pay $38 bln in foreign cash taxes

Jan 17 (Reuters) - Apple Inc will open a new campus as part of a five-year, $30 billion U.S. investment plan and will make about $38 billion in one-time tax payments on its overseas cash, one of the largest corporate spending plans announced since the passage of a tax cut signed by U.S. President Donald Trump.

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UPDATE 2-Major shareholder demands Xerox disclose agreement with Fuji

Jan 17 (Reuters) - Major Xerox Corp shareholder Darwin Deason has urged the photocopier pioneer to make public its joint venture agreement with Japan's Fujifilm Holdings Corp , saying U.S. securities laws require it.

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CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-Major shareholder demands Xerox disclose JV agreement with Fuji

Jan 17 (Reuters) - Major Xerox Corp shareholder Darwin Deason has urged the photocopier pioneer to make public its joint venture agreement with Japan's Fujifilm Holdings Corp , saying U.S. securities laws require it should do so.

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UPDATE 6-Apple plans new U.S. campus, to pay $38 bln in foreign cash taxes

Jan 17 (Reuters) - Apple Inc will open a new campus as part of a five-year, $30 billion U.S. investment plan and will make about $38 billion in one-time tax payments on its overseas cash, one of the largest corporate spending plans announced since the passage of a tax cut signed by U.S. President Donald Trump.

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UPDATE 1-Woodside Petroleum expects FY output to grow by up to 6.6 pct

Jan 18 (Reuters) - Woodside Petroleum said on Thursday it expects 2018 annual production to grow by up to 6.6 percent, while liquefied natural gas (LNG) prices in the first quarter should reflect higher oil prices from the final quarter of last year.

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Starboard to nominate nine candidates to Mellanox board

Jan 17 (Reuters) - Activist hedge fund Starboard Value LP has started a proxy fight on Wednesday for control of Mellanox Technologies Ltd, calling the Israeli chipmaker deeply undervalued.

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U.S. court invalidates patent on J&J cancer drug Zytiga

NEW YORK, Jan 17 (Reuters) - A U.S. administrative court on Wednesday invalidated a Johnson & Johnson patent on its blockbuster prostate cancer drug Zytiga, bringing rivals closer to selling generic versions.

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UPDATE 2-Kinder Morgan further delays Canada Trans Mountain oil pipeline

Jan 17 (Reuters) - Kinder Morgan Canada said on Wednesday that the start-up of its Canadian Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion would be delayed by three months to December 2020, marking the latest setback to a project facing fierce local opposition.

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UPDATE 1-Chile's Corfo, SQM strike deal in lithium dispute

SANTIAGO, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Chilean development agency Corfo said on Wednesday that it had struck a deal with lithium company SQM , ending a long dispute over royalties in Chile's Salar de Atacama, home to one of the world's richest lithium deposits.

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History shows that a government shutdown would have severe consequences for the party in control

If House Republicans can't find a way to wrangle their always-fractious conference to support legislation that would avoid a government shutdown by Friday night, they are likely to bear the brunt of the blame for the closure and pay a serious political price as well.

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UPDATE 1-Husky ordered to halt SeaRose operation after iceberg close call

CALGARY, Alberta, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Canadian regulators on Wednesday ordered Husky Energy to suspend operations on its 27,000-barrel-per-day SeaRose floating production vessel off the coast of eastern Canada after an iceberg came too close to the facility in March 2017.

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UPDATE 1-Verizon says new U.S. tax law to increase 4th-qtr earnings

NEW YORK, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc said on Wednesday the tax overhaul bill signed into law by U.S. President Donald Trump late last year will result in a one-time reduction in net deferred income tax liabilities of about $16.8 billion.

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UPDATE 1-Home Capital faces C$4 million lawsuit from short seller Cohodes

TORONTO, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Home Capital Group Inc, Canada's biggest alternative lender, said on Wednesday it had received a statement of claim from short seller Marc Cohodes, who is seeking C$4 million ($3.2 million) in damages.

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UPDATE 2-Twitter may notify users exposed to Russian propaganda during 2016 election

WASHINGTON, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Twitter may notify users whether they were exposed to content generated by a suspected Russian propaganda service, a company executive told U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday.

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UPDATE 4-Bank of America takes tax hit, vows longer-term boost

Jan 17 (Reuters) - Bank of America Corp's quarterly profit was nearly chopped in half by tax-related charges but the lender's management promised the new U.S. tax system would eventually benefit shareholders.

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UPDATE 1-Wells Fargo's chief risk officer to retire

Jan 17 (Reuters) - Wells Fargo & Co said on Wednesday Chief Risk Officer Mike Loughlin will retire, and a successor will be appointed in the next few months.

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Mexico ex-first lady would end husband's army policy if elected

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican presidential hopeful and former first lady Margarita Zavala pledged to curb violence and crime by pulling soldiers off the streets in a reversal of her husband's military-led drug strategy that ushered in a sharp increase in violence.

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UPDATE 1-Barclays to cut up to 100 senior jobs at its investment bank - source

LONDON, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Britain's Barclays is axing up to 100 jobs at its investment bank, a source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday, following another set of disappointing results from the division in the third quarter.

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UPDATE 1-Apple to pay $38 bln in U.S. taxes on foreign cash, open new campus

Jan 17 (Reuters) - Apple Inc will make about $38 billion in U.S. tax payments on its $252.3 billion in overseas cash in accordance with the tax law passed late last month, the company said on Wednesday.

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REFILE-UPDATE 1-Twitter may notify users exposed to Russian propaganda during 2016 election

WASHINGTON, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Twitter may notify users whether they were exposed to content generated by a suspected Russian propaganda service, a company executive told U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday.

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UPDATE 3-Rolls-Royce shares jump as commercial marine business goes on block

* Defence shipping moves to defence, civil nuclear to power systems

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UPDATE 1-Retailer Carrefour again lowers 2017 profit forecast ahead of strategy plan

* Q4 sales 23.328 bln euros, slightly above forecasts (Adds details and background)

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UPDATE 4-After Carillion, Interserve shares hit by report that Britain is "worried" about firm

* Interserve says govt updated on progress with lenders (Adds detail, PM May, closing price)

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UPDATE 3-France abandons plan for new airport, squatters ordered out

* Anti-airport protesters told to clear out (Adds detail on potential Vinci compensation)

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UPDATE 1-Supply disruptions could boost copper prices -Chile's Cochilco

SANTIAGO, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Chile's state copper commission, Cochilco, on Wednesday raised its estimated 2018 average price for the metal to $3.06 per pound from its previous forecast of $2.95 per pound, pointing to the potential for global supply disruptions in the coming year.

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UPDATE 3-Goldman investors rattled by latest plunge in bond trading

Jan 17 (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc on Wednesday reported a sharp drop in trading revenue that renewed questions about its ability to revive a moribund profit driver or find business to replace it, sending shares down 3 percent.

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UPDATE 1-Ivory Coast awards Tullow two new oil and gas blocks

ABIDJAN, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Ivory Coast awarded Tullow Oil two new oil and gas blocks on Wednesday, including one along the maritime boundary with Ghana, government spokesman Bruno Kone said.

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UPDATE 2-ArcelorMittal-Votorantim tie-up will need more asset sales -report

SAO PAULO, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Brazil's antitrust watchdog Cade will press steelmakers ArcelorMittal SA and Votorantim Siderurgia SA for more asset sales before approving their merger, newspaper Valor Economico reported on Wednesday, citing unidentified sources.

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UPDATE 1-Mazda vows to stay independent despite deeper ties with Toyota

DETROIT, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Japan's Mazda Motor Corp on Wednesday said that while it is deepening its development and production partnership with Toyota Motor Corp , the small automaker would remain a company independent from its much bigger rival.

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UPDATE 1-SandRidge to meet with investor Icahn to quell rising tensions

HOUSTON, Jan 17 (Reuters) - SandRidge Energy Inc plans to meet with activist investor Carl Icahn on Wednesday over his demands for a board shake-up and other governance changes, part of a bid by the U.S. shale oil producer to quell tensions with its largest shareholder and most outspoken critic.

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UPDATE 3-BofA takes one-time tax hit, vows longer term boost

Jan 17 (Reuters) - Bank of America Corp's quarterly profit nearly halved due to tax-related charges, though net income excluding that hit topped estimates and management promised the new U.S. tax system would eventually benefit shareholders.

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UPDATE 3-Nigerian militants threaten oil sector attacks within days

* Group says government talks failed to yield results (Adds pix)

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UPDATE 2-Qatar Airways says offered 25 pct stake by U.S. startup airline

* CEO concerned about Airbus management changes (Adds details, comments, background)

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UPDATE 2-France abandons plan for new airport in western France

* Anti-airport protesters told to clear out (Writes through, adds protests' comment, Mayor of Nantes)

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BRIEF-Scythian Biosciences Increases Size Of Its Previously Announced C$10 Mln "Bought Deal" Offering To C$12.5 Mln

* SCYTHIAN BIOSCIENCES CORP. ANNOUNCES INCREASE TO BOUGHT DEAL FINANCING WITH SERRUYA PRIVATE EQUITY AND THE DELAVACO GROUP AS OTHER STRATEGIC INVESTORS

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UPDATE 2-Rolls-Royce shares jump as commercial marine unit goes on block

LONDON, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Britain's Rolls-Royce is considering the sale of its commercial marine business, which has been hit by weak demand in offshore oil and gas markets, as part of a restructuring of the company into three core units.

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UPDATE 2-Boeing to make aircraft seats with car supplier Adient to cut delays

Jan 17 (Reuters) - Boeing is moving into making aircraft seats to try to reduce costly delays to deliveries by plane manufacturers, forming a joint venture with car seating leader Adient.

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UPDATE 2-Nigerian militants threaten oil sector attacks within days

* Group says government talks failed to yield results (Adds details, quotes, bullet points)

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UPDATE 1-Vale could be 'natural' owner for Samarco, in talks with BHP -director

SAO PAULO, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Brazil's Vale is in talks with Anglo American BHP Billiton Plc on options for their joint venture Samarco, and it may be easier for Vale to resolve that miner's problems as sole owner, a director of the Brazilian mining company said on Wednesday.

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UPDATE 2-S.African regulator pursues criminal complaints against SAP, KPMG, McKinsey

* State prosecutor says to serve McKinsey court order (Adds McKinsey comment, KPMG local chairman appointment)

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UPDATE 1-Tiffany's Americas holiday same-store sales up 6 pct, raises FY forecasts

Jan 17 (Reuters) - Tiffany & Co said on Wednesday its same-store sales in the Americas rose 6 percent in the holiday months of November and December, helping the upscale jeweler raise its 2017 full-year forecast for sales and earnings.

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UPDATE 1-Slovenian banks reduce bad loans to 4.4 pct of total loans

LJUBLJANA, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Slovenian banks reduced loans on which repayment was delayed by 90 days or more to 1.5 billion euros ($1.83 billion) in November, representing 4.4 percent of all loans, down from 4.6 percent the previous month, the central bank said on Wednesday.

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UPDATE 3-After Carillion, Interserve shares hit by report that Britain is "worried" about firm

* Interserve says govt updated on progress with lenders (Adds analyst reaction, details on shares)

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CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-Russia awarded rights to Stolichnaya vodka brand in Benelux

AMSTERDAM, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Russia's state-owned Sojuzplodoimport won a Dutch appeals court ruling on Tuesday giving it the rights to the Stolichnaya vodka brand in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg (Benelux) and stripping them from SPI Group's Spirits International.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Would the Air Force Let Airman Trump Near a Nuclear Weapon?

As a former military psychiatrist, I worry that the president would fail the military’s mental health standards.

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UPDATE 2-After Carillion, Interserve shares hit by report that UK is monitoring firm

* Ministers "very worried" about Interserve - FT cites official

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UPDATE 1-S.African regulator pursuing criminal complaints against SAP, KPMG, McKinsey

JOHANNESBURG, Jan 17 (Reuters) - South Africa's companies registry office is pursuing criminal complaints against SAP , KPMG and McKinsey on suspicion that business they conducted with friends of President Jacob Zuma broke the companies act, it said on Wednesday.

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France would 'look with kindess' on UK Brexit change of mind - Macron adviser

PARIS (Reuters) - France would "look with kindness" on a decision by Britain to reverse the course of Brexit and remain in the European Union, an adviser to President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday.

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Interserve says keeping UK government updated on progress of discussions with lenders

LONDON, Jan 17 (Reuters) - British construction and services firm Interserve said it was keeping government up-to-date on discussions with lenders on longer-term funding.

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UPDATE 1-Zalando says to spend to build market share this year

BERLIN, Jan 17 (Reuters) - German online fashion retailer Zalando said it would push ahead with a strategy of investing to gain market share in 2018 rather than seek to improve profitability even as it reported a recovery in fourth-quarter operating earnings.

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UPDATE 1-Interserve shares fall 14 percent after FT reports that UK is monitoring firm

LONDON, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Shares in British construction and services firm Interserve dropped 14 percent after the Financial Times reported that ministers are "very worried" and have set up a team of officials to monitor the company.

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UPDATE 1-UK's Cineworld 2017 revenue grows as Star Wars, Dunkirk shine

Jan 17 (Reuters) - British cinema operator Cineworld Group , which is buying U.S. peer Regal Entertainment for $3.6 billion, said total 2017 revenue grew 11.6 percent on strong box office takings for titles such as "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" and "Dunkirk".

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UPDATE 1-Novartis's Kymriah wins speedy reviews in U.S., Europe

ZURICH, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Novartis has been granted fast-track reviews of its cell therapy Kymriah for blood cancers in the United States and Europe, the Swiss drugmaker said on Wednesday, as it seeks to expand the pool of patients eligible for the costly treatment.

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UPDATE 1-Chip tool maker ASML Q4 beats expectations, sees strong 2018

AMSTERDAM, Jan 17 (Reuters) - ASML, the Dutch supplier of equipment to key chip makers, reported a better-than-expected net profit for the fourth quarter as several customers asked for early delivery of products amid a booming semiconductor industry.

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Trump expands US military footprint despite his rhetoric as candidate

At one rally after the next, candidate Donald Trump lamented the "trillions of dollars spent and thousands of lives lost" in the Middle East, criticized his opponent as a warmonger and signaled he would scale back US military commitments abroad.

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UPDATE 1-Top Walmart executive to be appointed International CEO - source

Jan 16 (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc Chief Operating Officer Judith McKenna will take up the role of chief executive of its international unit, according to a source with knowledge of the matter.

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UPDATE 1-U.S. lawmaker asks Intel, others for briefing on chip flaws

WASHINGTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - A Democratic U.S. lawmaker asked Intel Corp and two other microchip makers on Tuesday to provide a briefing on the recently detected Spectre and Meltdown security flaws that could allow hackers to steal information from most computers and devices.

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BRIEF-Westwater Resources Provides Business Update

* ‍CONFIRM RECEIPT OF $1.5 MILLION FROM LARAMIDE RESOURCES, LTD​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Mueller probe would continue during a government shutdown

The special counsel investigation led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller would be able to continue, even if the federal government shuts down over an impasse on the budget.

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BRIEF-New Gold Sees Consolidated Gold Production Of 525,000 - 595​,000 Ounces In 2018

* NEW GOLD DELIVERS ON 2017 PRODUCTION AND COST GUIDANCE AND PROVIDES 2018 OUTLOOK

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UPDATE 1-U.S. Senate advances bill to renew NSA's internet surveillance program

WASHINGTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Tuesday advanced a bill to renew the National Security Agency's warrantless internet surveillance program, as a final push by privacy advocates to derail the measure came up short.

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BRIEF-Eros Reports Corporate Update And Management Change

* ‍WISHES TO ADVISE THAT RON STEWART HAS RESIGNED AS PRESIDENT AND CEO OF COMPANY TO PURSUE OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES.​

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BRIEF-Transocean Provides Update On General Meeting

* TRANSOCEAN LTD. PROVIDES UPDATE ON EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING

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UPDATE 2-CSX revenue misses estimates on disruptions from turnaround plan

Jan 16 (Reuters) - CSX Corp reported a bigger-than-expected drop in fourth-quarter revenue on Tuesday as the third-largest U.S. railroad lost some business due to service issues caused by former chief executive Hunter Harrison's turnaround plan.

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UPDATE 1-Nissan's Infiniti vehicles to go electric

DETROIT, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Japanese carmaker Nissan Motor Co. plans to transform its upscale Infiniti brand of vehicles into a primarily electrified offering, Chief Executive Hiroto Saikawa said on Tuesday.

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UPDATE 7-GE reignites break-up talk after $11 bln insurance, tax hit

* GE Capital to make statutory reserve contributions of $15 bln

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BRIEF-Papa John's Announces CFO Departure

* PAPA JOHN'S INTERNATIONAL INC - CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER AND CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER LANCE TUCKER IS DEPARTING COMPANY

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UPDATE 2-Brazil's Caixa suspends VPs after presidential order

BRASILIA, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Brazilian state lender Caixa Economic Federal suspended four of its vice presidents on Tuesday after President Michel Temer called on them to step down and defend themselves from accusations of wrongdoing.

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UPDATE 3-Hess cutting hundreds of workers as it battles activist investor

HOUSTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Hess Corp is cutting roughly 13 percent of its workforce and streamlining operations as it battles an activist hedge fund shareholder pushing for the U.S. oil and gas producer to post its first quarterly profit since 2014.

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UPDATE 1-Britain's RBS pulled plug on Carillion days before collapse

LONDON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Carillion collapsed only days after Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), one of the British group's main lenders, tightened the terms of its funding, court documents show.

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UPDATE 2-California siblings being treated after 'horrific' ordeal

PERRIS, Calif., Jan 16 (Reuters) - The 13 California siblings kept in "horrific" conditions by their parents, including some who were shackled to furniture, others who were starved, were being treated after an ordeal that could leave them scarred for years, authorities said on Tuesday.

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UPDATE 1-Senate Democrats close to majority in drive to restore net neutrality

Jan 16 (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Democrats said on Tuesday they had the backing of 50 members of the 100-person chamber to overturn the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s decision to reverse the Obama administration's net neutrality rules, leaving them just one vote short of a majority.

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UPDATE 6-GE renews break-up talk after $11 bln insurance, tax hit

* GE Capital to make statutory reserve contributions of $15 bln

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UPDATE 2-Health-conscious Nestle sells U.S. candy to Ferrero for $2.8 bln

* Deal is Ferrero's third North American deal in a year (Adds background, bullets)

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UPDATE 1-Brazil central bank calls for Caixa VPs to step down -source

BRASILIA, Jan 16 (Reuters) - The Brazilian central bank has called for all vice presidents of state lender Caixa Econômica Federal to step down following the investigation of alleged corruption at Caixa, a person with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Tuesday.

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Killing NAFTA would cost 300,000 US jobs, analysis shows

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UPDATE 4-Citigroup reports $18 bln loss on one-time tax items

Jan 16 (Reuters) - Citigroup Inc posted an $18-billion quarterly loss on Tuesday because of charges related to a new U.S. tax law, but its adjusted earnings beat Wall Street expectations and management signaled that the bank may soon lift financial performance targets.

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UPDATE 1-Hudson River Trading to buy rival HFT firm Sun Trading

NEW YORK, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Hudson River Trading LLC has agreed to buy Sun Trading parent Sun Holdings LLC, it said on Tuesday, the latest takeover in a shrinking high frequency trading industry beset by low market volatility and rising costs.

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UPDATE 2-Hess cutting hundreds of workers as it battles activist investor

HOUSTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Hess Corp is cutting roughly 13 percent of its workforce and streamlining operations as it battles an activist hedge fund shareholder pushing for the U.S. oil and gas producer to post its first quarterly profit since 2014.

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UPDATE 1-Nestle sells U.S. candy business to Ferrero for $2.8 bln amid health push

LONDON/MILAN, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Swiss food group Nestle has agreed to sell its U.S. confectionery business to Italy's Ferrero for $2.8 billion, it said on Tuesday, marking CEO Mark Schneider's first big sale and a small step on its path towards healthier products.

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Aziz Ansari is either guilty of assault or being just a really bad date

Is Aziz Ansari guilty of assault or of being just a really bad date?

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UPDATE 2-India's GAIL reworks Gazprom LNG deal, raises volume

NEW DELHI/LONDON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Gas utility GAIL (India) Ltd has renegotiated the terms of a long-term liquefied natural gas (LNG) purchase deal with Russia's Gazprom , the Indian company said on Tuesday.

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UPDATE 2-European stocks end steady as commodity stocks weigh

* PSA, Engie, JD Sports also gain after updates (Adds details, closing prices)

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UPDATE 1-Former Fiat Chrysler exec expected to plead guilty in payments probe - sources

DETROIT, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Former Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV vice president Alphons Iacobelli is expected to plead guilty in connection with a U.S. Justice Department investigation into allegations he made at least $1.2 million in improper payments to a former union vice president and his wife, two people briefed on the matter said on Tuesday.

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U.S. judge delays setting trial date for Trump ex-aide Manafort

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday delayed setting a trial date for President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort, who faces charges stemming from the special counsel's probe of allegations of Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election.

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UPDATE 2-South Africa wants McKinsey and firm linked to Zuma's friends to repay $130 mln

* Opposition says Zuma should be charged over state corruption

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BRIEF-Freddie Mac Forgoes Issuing Reference Notes Security On Jan 16 Announcement Date

* FREDDIE MAC FORGOES ISSUING A REFERENCE NOTES SECURITY ON ITS JANUARY 16, 2018 ANNOUNCEMENT DATE Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 1-Qualcomm tries to win shareholder support, lays out lofty 2019 targets

Jan 16 (Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc on Tuesday gave a lofty revenue, profit outlook for 2019 as the U.S. chipmaker looks to win over shareholder support to reject the hostile bid from Broadcom Ltd.

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UPDATE 3-GE points to $11 bln hit in Q4, examining options

* GE Capital to make statutory reserve contributions of $15 bln

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UPDATE 1-India's GAIL reworks Gazprom LNG deal, raises volume

NEW DELHI, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Gas utility GAIL (India) Ltd has renegotiated the terms of a long-term liquefied natural gas (LNG) purchase deal with Russia's Gazprom, the Indian company said on Tuesday.

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UPDATE 3-GM sees flat 2018 earnings, with pickups picking up in 2019

DETROIT, Jan 16 (Reuters) - General Motors Co shares rose on Tuesday after the company said 2018 earnings will be largely flat compared with 2017 and forecast higher profits in 2019 when its revamped line of high-margin pickup trucks hits the U.S. market.

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BRIEF-Antares Pharma Provides Xyosted Regulatory Update

* ANTARES PHARMA INC - TYPE A MEETING HAS BEEN SCHEDULED WITH U.S. FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION ON FEBRUARY 21, 2018 FOR XYOSTED

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BRIEF-TMAC Resources Provides Q4 Operations Update And 2018 Milestones

* TMAC RESOURCES PROVIDES FOURTH QUARTER OPERATIONS UPDATE AND 2018 MILESTONES

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UPDATE 1-Energizer to buy Spectrum Brands unit for $2 bln

Jan 16 (Reuters) - Battery maker Energizer Holdings Inc said on Tuesday it would buy the global battery and portable lighting business of Spectrum Brands in a $2 billion cash deal, adding brands such as Rayovac and Vatra to its lineup.

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UPDATE 1-UAE will complain to U.N. body over Qatar war planes

DUBAI, Jan 16 (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates will lodge a complaint against Qatar at the United Nations' aviation agency on Tuesday after Qatari war planes allegedly intercepted UAE civilian aircraft, a UAE official said.

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UPDATE 1-European stocks rise as corporate updates lift sentiment

* UK inflation edged down (Adds quotes, more share price moves)

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UPDATE 1-New Zealand's a2 Milk expands U.S. business to north east

Jan 16 (Reuters) - New Zealand's a2 Milk Company Ltd said on Tuesday that it was expanding its operations in the United States to include the country's north-east region.

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Iran says planned U.S.-backed force inside Syria would fan war

LONDON (Reuters) - Iran said on Tuesday a new U.S.-backed, 30,000-strong force inside Syria would "fan the flames of war", echoing the vehement response of Syria, Turkey and Russia to the plan.

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UPDATE 2-China's CNPC forecasts 10 pct growth in gas consumption, bumper fuel exports

* Gas demand, import growth to drop, but remain in double digits * 2018 oil demand growth at 4.6 pct, down from 5.9 pct in 2017 * Net diesel exports to rise 47 pct, gasoline exports by 23 pct (Adds details on fuel surplus, comment, table, byline) By Muyu Xu and Chen Aizhu BEIJING, Jan 16 (Reuters) - China's natural gas consumption will rise by 10 percent and imports by 13.4 percent in 2018, China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) forecast on Tuesday, boosted by a steady push t

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European stocks rise as corporate updates improve sentiment

LONDON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - European shares rose on Tuesday after corporate trading updates lifted sentiment, with shares in German fashion house Hugo Boss gaining on better-than-expected sales in the last quarter of 2017.

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UPDATE 2-Hugo Boss sales pick up at stores, online and in U.S.

* 2017 EBITDA seen in line with forecast (Adds details, shares)

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BRIEF-‍Cellcom Israel controlling shareholder announced examination of submitting creditors arrangement proposal in Eurocom​

* ‍CELLCOM ISRAEL REPORTS ITS CONTROLLING SHAREHOLDER ANNOUNCED EXAMINATION OF SUBMITTING A CREDITORS ARRANGEMENT PROPOSAL IN EUROCOM​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Halep survives date with Destanee in opening round

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - World number one Simona Halep flirted with another early exit from the Australian Open and suffered an ankle injury before rallying to reach the second round with a 7-6(5) 6-1 victory over local teenager Destanee Aiava on Tuesday.

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UPDATE 1-Hugo Boss sees recovery for stores, online and U.S.

* 2017 EBITDA set to be in line with 2016, in line with forecast