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EU reaches deal on energy standards for buildings

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union on Tuesday backed new rules on energy standards for all new public buildings in the 28-country bloc and improvements for existing buildings, which account for over a third of EU greenhouse gas and emissions. [Source]

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BRIEF-WEC Energy Group Raises Quarterly Dividend

* QUARTERLY CASH DIVIDEND OF 55.25 CENTS PER SHARE, INCREASE OF 6.25 PERCENT OVER CURRENT QUARTERLY DIVIDEND OF 52 CENTS SHARE Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Earth sweltered again in 2017: hottest year without an El Nino

OSLO (Reuters) - Last year was the second or third warmest on record behind 2016, and the hottest without an extra dose of heat caused by an El Niño event in the Pacific Ocean, the United Nations said on Thursday.

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Storm kills three in the Netherlands, three in Germany

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Three people were killed in the Netherlands and three people died in Germany on Thursday as powerful winds toppled trees, blew trucks off the road and forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights.

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Commuters in U.S. South cope with ice after deadly storm

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Commuters in the U.S. South grappled with frigid temperatures and slick driving conditions on Thursday after a storm dumped heavy snow across the region, whipped up winds that snapped power lines and led to the deaths of at least nine people.

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Peugeot CEO to meet with UK unions, govt officials

Jan 18 (Reuters) - Peugeot SA Chief Executive Carlos Tavares said on Thursday he planned to meet next week with the automaker's UK unions and government officials to discuss the future of Peugeot's Vauxhall plant, where Tavares said production costs are twice those of its plants in France.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks dip after rally as energy weighs; bond yields climb

* Dollar remains soft (Updates with U.S. market open, changes byline, dateline; previous LONDON)

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Wall Street slips from record as healthcare, energy drag

(Reuters) - Wall Street's main indexes edged lower on Thursday as declines in healthcare and energy stocks paused a rally that had driven the Dow Jones index to its fastest ever 1,000 point gain.

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US STOCKS-Wall St slips from record as healthcare, energy drag

* Indexes down: Dow 0.3 pct, S&P 0.16 pct, Nasdaq 0.07 pct (Changes comment, adds details, updates prices)

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Storm kills three in the Netherlands, two in Germany

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Three people were killed in the Netherlands and two people died in Germany on Thursday as powerful winds toppled trees, blew trucks off the road and forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX flat as financials gain, energy stocks fall

TORONTO, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index was barely lower in morning trade on Thursday, as banks and other financial stocks pushed higher while the index was weighed by energy stocks including Husky Energy Inc, which has had its SeaRose operations suspended.

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2017 was second or third warmest year, behind 2016 - U.N.

OSLO (Reuters) - Last year was the second or third warmest on record behind 2016, and the hottest without an extra dose of heat caused by an El Niño event in the Pacific Ocean, the United Nations said on Thursday.

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Storm kills three in the Netherlands, one in Germany

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Three people were killed in the Netherlands and a man died in Germany on Thursday as powerful winds toppled trees, blew trucks off the road and forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights.

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Wall Street slips as healthcare, energy stocks drag

(Reuters) - Wall Street's main indexes edged lower on Thursday as declines in healthcare and energy stocks paused a rally that had driven the Dow to its fastest ever 1,000 point gain.

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Deutsche Bahn halts rail service across Germany due to storm

BERLIN (Reuters) - German railway operator Deutsche Bahn [DBN.UL] on Thursday said it had suspended all long-distance rail service across Germany due to a powerful storm blowing across Germany and the Netherlands.

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German farm minister sees no timetable for end to glyphosate use

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt said on Thursday he could see no set date for an end to use of the controversial weed-killer glyphosate in Germany.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX flat as energy stocks fall, banks push higher

TORONTO, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index was little changed in early trade on Thursday, as energy stocks fell and banks rose.

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Wall Street opens flat as energy stocks weigh

(Reuters) - Wall Street's main indexes opened little changed on Thursday as energy stocks took a hit from lower oil prices.

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Drought-hit Cape Town at 'point of no return', tightens water targets

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa's drought-stricken Cape Town told residents on Wednesday they would need to cut their daily water consumption by almost half from next month as authorities scramble to prevent the city running out of water as soon as in April.

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Commuters in U.S. South face tough trek after deadly storm

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Commuters in the U.S. South faced frigid temperatures and dangerously slick roads on Thursday after a winter storm, responsible for at least eight deaths, thrashed the region with heavy snow and winds that snapped power lines.

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France sets out ten-point plan to double wind power capacity by 2023

PARIS (Reuters) - The French government on Thursday announced a ten-point plan which will simplify administrative procedures and accelerate the development of wind power projects in order to double its installed generation capacity by 2023.

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Poland says new EU renewables target very hard to meet

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland will find it almost impossible to meet an ambitious new target for renewable energy use backed this week by European lawmakers, Energy Minister Krzysztof Tchorzewski said on Thursday.

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Brazil seizes over 400 containers in fight against illegal logging

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Police in Brazil have seized 444 containers in an investigation into illegal logging in the country's vast Amazon, federal authorities said on Thursday, as the nation seeks to cut down on the widespread practice.

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BRIEF-SPI Energy Co Establishes Strategic Partnership With Hoofoo, Hackproof Cryptocurrency Hardware Wallet

* SPI ENERGY CO., LTD. ESTABLISHES STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH HOOFOO THE HACKPROOF CRYPTOCURRENCY HARDWARE WALLET

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EU cereal crops in good shape after mild, wet weather - analyst

PARIS (Reuters) - Cereal crops in the European Union are in decent condition after mild temperatures and abundant rainfall so far this winter, analyst firm Strategie Grains said on Thursday.

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Danone's Evian vows to use 100 percent recycled plastic in bottles by 2025

PARIS (Reuters) - Evian, Danone's popular mineral water brand, on Thursday became the latest consumer goods group to undertake pledges on recycling plastic, as companies around the world aim to bolster their credentials regarding helping the environment.

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U.S. South commuters face tough trek after deadly storm

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Commuters in the U.S. South face frigid temperatures and dangerously slick roads on Thursday after a deadly winter storm thrashed the region with heavy snow and winds that snapped power lines.

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Cities in China's Hebei province still top list of smoggiest places

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's Hebei province was the location of six of the country's 10 smoggiest cities in 2017, the same as the previous year, despite a campaign to improve air quality during the winter when smog levels peak, according to environment ministry data published on Thursday.

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A Tricky Reunion on the Ice for North and South Korean Hockey

The two countries, who played against each other to acclaim last year, are set to field a joint women’s hockey team at the Winter Olympics next month.

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Oil producer Obsidian Energy hits back at activist FrontFour Capital

Jan 17 (Reuters) - Canadian oil sands producer Obsidian Energy Ltd said on Wednesday it could not add major shareholder FrontFour Capital's candidate to its board, despite "extensive" negotiations.

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BRIEF-Sanchez Energy ‍Expects 2018 Production To Average Between 88,000 BOE/D And 92,000 BOE/D​

* SANCHEZ ENERGY ANNOUNCES 2018 CAPITAL BUDGET, PRODUCTION, AND FINANCIAL GUIDANCE

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Husky ordered to halt Atlantic Canada operations after iceberg close call

CALGARY, Alberta (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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Snowstorm, deep freeze leaves four dead in U.S. South

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A winter storm that caused at least four deaths in the U.S. South on Wednesday brought record low temperatures to parts of the region, where it coated roads with ice, snapped power lines and prompted schools to close.

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BRIEF-Union Bankshares Reports Q4 EPS of $0.43

* UNION BANKSHARES ANNOUNCES FOURTH QUARTER ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2017 EARNINGS AND QUARTERLY DIVIDEND PAYMENT

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Germany faces huge bill to meet EU climate goals: BDI study

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany will have to spend more than 1 trillion euros ($1.2 trillion) to meet even the lower end of the European Union's 2050 target to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, according to a draft of a study commissioned by the BDI German industry group.

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U.S. Interior Department blasts resigning National Parks board members

(Reuters) - The U.S. Interior Department on Wednesday said it welcomed the mass resignation of members of the National Parks Service advisory board, saying they had ignored sexual harassment cases and lied about how they were treated by the Trump administration.

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MOVES-Union Bank adds executives in San Francisco office

Jan 17 (Reuters) - MUFG Union Bank N.A., a unit of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, appointed Ann Hamilton as a fiduciary management executive, and Peter Bogardus as a private wealth adviser.

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France abandons plan for new airport, squatters ordered out

PARIS (Reuters) - The French government abandoned plans for a new 580 million euro ($710 million) airport in western France on Wednesday, a sensitive decision that past governments had shirked for decades.

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Flights canceled, schools closed across snowy U.S. South

(Reuters) - A bitter winter storm gripped much of the South on Wednesday, prompting schools to close and causing thousands of flight delays and cancellations as snow, ice and record-breaking cold hit the region.

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Tracking Europe's waste: 'There's gold in them landfills'

OSLO (Reuters) - Some of Europe's richest deposits of valuable materials are in the trash, ranging from gold in smartphones to cobalt in electric car batteries, according to a survey of urban mining published on Wednesday.

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Storm to disrupt traffic at Amsterdam airport on Thursday

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Air France-KLM has canceled 228 European flights to and from Amsterdam's Schiphol airport planned for Thursday morning, as a storm is expected to disrupt traffic at the Dutch national airport.

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EU lawmakers back more ambitious renewables, energy saving goals

STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - European lawmakers approved draft measures on Wednesday to reform the power market and reduce energy consumption that envisage more ambitious climate goals, setting the stage for tough talks with reluctant EU member states.

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France abandons plan for new airport in western France

PARIS (Reuters) - The French government abandoned plans for a new 580 million euro ($709.80 million) airport in western France on Wednesday in favor of expanding an existing airport in Nantes, a sensitive decision that past governments had shirked for decades.

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European lawmakers vote for more ambition on renewables targets

STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - European lawmakers voted on Wednesday to ramp up climate goals in draft measures to reform the power market and reduce energy consumption, setting up tough talks with EU member states.

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Inventor aims for healthier Yemen by turning waste into clean fuel

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Growing up in Al-Harrah, a small village in west-central Yemen, Omer Badokhon watched his mother cooking for hours at a time in a smoke-filled kitchen.

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Britain needs to give companies more time to save Carillion-linked jobs: union

LONDON (Reuters) - The British government needs to allow more time for firms to take on workers whose jobs are threatened by the collapse of outsourcer Carillion , the head of one of Britain's biggest trade unions said on Wednesday.

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Britain needs to give companies more time to save Carillion-linked jobs- union

LONDON, Jan 17 (Reuters) - The British government needs to allow more time for firms to take on workers whose jobs are threatened by the collapse of outsourcer Carillion, the head of one of Britain's biggest trade unions said on Wednesday.

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Quake rattles Taipei but no reports of damage

TAIPEI (Reuters) - A 5.7-magnitude earthquake hit Taiwan's capital Taipei on Wednesday with several witnesses reporting a slight rocking of buildings in the city's business district.

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Aliens, apocalypse, lightning? ... No, just a meteor rocking Michigan

(Reuters) - A bright meteor briefly swept across the sky over parts of the U.S. Midwest and Canada on Tuesday, weather and geology agencies said, and then caused a powerful explosion that rattled homes and onlookers.

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Taipei rocked by 5.7-magnitude earthquake: government

TAIPEI (Reuters) - A 5.7-magnitude earthquake rocked parts of Taipei on Wednesday afternoon, according to the government, with several witnesses reporting a slight rocking of buildings in downtown Taipei.

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Mauritius on alert for tropical cyclone Berguitta, port and airport closed

PORT LOUIS (Reuters) - Mauritius closed its port and airport on Wednesday after raising its warning as a potentially dangerous tropical cyclone approached the Indian Ocean island nation.

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Britain must urgently bridge policy gaps to meet emissions target: advisers

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain must urgently lay out further policies to meet its domestic emissions targets, the government's climate advisers said on Wednesday.

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U.S.-Backed Force Could Cement a Kurdish Enclave in Syria

The creation of a new military force in Syria raises fears of fighting among American allies and could draw the U.S. deeper into the conflict.

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BRIEF-OGE Energy Says Asked Commission To Review Request To Recover Investment In Mustang Energy Center

* OGE ENERGY CORP - UNIT ASKED OKLAHOMA CORPORATION COMMISSION TO REVIEW CO'S REQUEST TO RECOVER ABOUT $390 MILLION INVESTMENT IN MUSTANG ENERGY CENTER Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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French startup launches hydrogen-powered bicyles

PARIS (Reuters) - A French start-up has become the first company to start factory production of hydrogen-powered bicycles for use in corporate or municipal fleets.

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German strikes spread to Daimler, union mulls escalation

BERLIN/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of German industrial workers downed tools on Tuesday in support of trade union IG Metall's demands for a 6 percent pay rise and a right to the first new cut in weekly working hours since the 1980s.

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Brussels recreates rape victim outfits in exhibition

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A new exhibition in Brussels showcases the stories of student rape victims by recreating the outfits they wore during their assault, inspired by a project created by students at...

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EU targets recycling as China bans plastic waste imports

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU regulators are searching for ways to increase recycling of plastic, as waste piles up in ports after China banned imports of "foreign garbage" from the start of 2018.

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Russia readies supercomputer to improve World Cup weather forecasts

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is setting up a supercomputer meant to improve weather forecasts ahead of this year's soccer World Cup finals, the authorities said on Tuesday.

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Kazakhstan oil output to rise 1 pct in 2018 to 87 mln T - energy ministry

MOSCOW, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Kazakhstan will increase its oil and gas concentrate production in 2018 by 1 percent to 87 million tonnes, compared to 86.2 million tonnes the previous year, its energy ministry told Reuters on Tuesday.

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BRIEF-USA Compression Partners To Buy Compression Business From Energy Transfer Partners

* USA COMPRESSION PARTNERS TO ACQUIRE COMPRESSION BUSINESS FROM ENERGY TRANSFER PARTNERS

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Without rain, South Africa's Cape Town may run out of water by April

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa's Cape Town, one of the world's iconic tourist destinations, could run out of water by April as the city's worst drought in a century risks forcing residents to join queues for emergency rations.

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Endangered Bornean orangutan found stabbed in Indonesia

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A Bornean orangutan, a critically endangered species, has been found stabbed to death in Indonesia's Central Kalimantan province, a conservation official said on Tuesday.

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Not just Florida: Tourism big in other states opposing coastal drilling

(Reuters) - The Trump administration's decision last week to exempt Florida from its national offshore drilling plan was based in part on the state's argument that a spill would cripple its crucial tourism industry.

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Philippine province declares 'calamity' as volcano lava spreads

MANILA (Reuters) - A central Philippine province declared a state of calamity on Tuesday as a volcano spewed lava that reached the limits of a six-km radius no-go zone and spread ash on nearby farming villages.

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BP Deepwater Horizon costs balloon to $65 billion

LONDON (Reuters) - BP said on Tuesday it would take a new charge over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill after again raising estimates for outstanding claims, lifting total costs to around $65 billion.

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BRIEF-Daqo New Energy Appoints Longgen Zhang As CEO

* DAQO NEW ENERGY APPOINTS LONGGEN ZHANG AS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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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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Two killed when explosion destroys buildings in Belgium

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Two people were killed and 14 injured when an explosion in the Belgian city of Antwerp destroyed three buildings.

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Japan sees little chance of oil slick from sunk tanker reaching its coast

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan sees little chance of the oil spill from a stricken Iranian tanker that sank on Sunday in the East China Sea reaching its shores, an official at the nation's environment ministry said on Tuesday.

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UK supermarket Iceland targets plastic-free own label ranges by 2023

LONDON (Reuters) - British supermarket Iceland plans to eliminate plastic packaging from all of its own brand products by the end of 2023 and called on the industry to follow its lead.

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BP to take $1.7 billion Deepwater Horizon charge

LONDON (Reuters) - BP said on Tuesday it expected to take a post-tax non-operating charge of around $1.7 billion in its fourth quarter results as part of the settlement of the deadly 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the United States.

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Philippines shuts more schools as volcano spews ash and lava

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines' most active volcano spewed lava that cascaded downslope and emitted ash that fell on nearby towns, state volcanologists said on Tuesday, prompting the provincial government to shut more schools.

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BRIEF-Obsidian Energy reports FY 2017 production of 31,700 BOE/D

* OBSIDIAN ENERGY ANNOUNCES FULL YEAR 2017 PRODUCTION ABOVE GUIDANCE & PROVIDES OPERATIONAL UPDATE

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Three still missing in California's deadly mudslides

(Reuters) - The number of people missing from last week's deadly Southern California mudslides fell to three on Monday as hundreds of rescue workers searched for survivors from the rain-driven slides that killed 20 people.

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BRIEF-Razor Energy Corp Announces Increased Term Loan Facility

* RAZOR ENERGY CORP. ANNOUNCES CONSOLIDATION ACQUISITION IN THE KAYBOB AREA OF WEST CENTRAL ALBERTA AND INCREASED TERM LOAN FACILITY

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Brazilian miner Vale ordered to repair environmental damage

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A Brazilian court on Monday ordered the world's largest iron ore miner Vale SA to repair environmental damages its operations caused in land belonging to a community of descendants of escaped slaves in northern Brazil.

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BRIEF-Vermilion Energy Announces Acquisition Of Oil Assets In Southeast Saskatchewan And Southwest Manitoba

* VERMILION ENERGY INC. ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF OIL ASSETS IN SOUTHEAST SASKATCHEWAN AND SOUTHWEST MANITOBA

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Earthquake rattles Greece, felt in Athens

ATHENS (Reuters) - An earthquake that rattled Greece on Monday night was felt in the capital Athens, a Reuters reporter said.

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BRIEF-Canadian National, Police Union In Canada Reach Tentative Agreement On New Labour Contract

* CN, POLICE UNION IN CANADA REACH TENTATIVE AGREEMENT ON NEW LABOUR CONTRACT

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California rescuers search for victims of deadly mudslides

(Reuters) - The search for victims of last week's deadly Southern California mudslides pushed into Monday, with hundreds of rescue workers with dogs and scanners hunting for four people still listed as missing after the rain-driven slides that killed 20 people.

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Norway to ban fur farms as fox, mink go out of fashion

OSLO (Reuters) - A plan by Norway's government to phase out fur farms by 2025 dismayed producers and delighted animal rights activists on Monday as a sign that fur is out of fashion even in a nation that was once the world's top producer of fox pelts.

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Erdogan: we will 'strangle' U.S.-backed force in Syria "before it's even born"

BEIRUT/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan threatened on Monday to "strangle" a planned 30,000-strong U.S.-backed force in Syria "before it's even born," as Washington's backing for Kurdish fighters drove a wedge into relations with one of its main Middle East allies.

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BRIEF-Spark Energy Announces Buyout Of Verde Earnout Obligations

* SPARK ENERGY- CO, VERDE ENERGY USA TO TERMINATE EARNOUT PROVISIONS OF PURCHASE.SALE DEAL IN WHICH CO ACQUIRED VERDE'S OPERATING UNITS IN JULY 2017​

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Mercedes 'can't guarantee' meeting EU carbon goals: CEO

DETROIT (Reuters) - Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz faces a tough challenge to meet the next round of European CO2 goals and may fall short, Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche said on Monday.

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Erdogan: we will 'strangle' U.S.-backed force in Syria 'before it's even born'

BEIRUT/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan threatened on Monday to "strangle" a planned 30,000-strong U.S.-backed force in Syria "before it's even born," as Washington's backing for Kurdish fighters drove a wedge into relations with one of its main Middle East allies.

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BRIEF-Alliant Energy Declares Quarterly Common Stock Dividend

* ORATION DECLARES QUARTERLY COMMON STOCK DIVIDEND; ANNOUNCES REDEMPTION OF SHAREHOLDER RIGHTS PLAN

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BRIEF-‍CVS Pharmacy To Create New Standards For Post-Production Alterations Of Beauty Imagery​

* ‍CVS PHARMACY MAKES COMMITMENT TO CREATE NEW STANDARDS FOR POST-PRODUCTION ALTERATIONS OF BEAUTY IMAGERY​

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BRIEF-‍SPI Energy Establishes Blockchain-Based Infrastructure Application Division​

* ‍SPI ENERGY CO., LTD. ESTABLISHES BLOCKCHAIN-BASED INFRASTRUCTURE APPLICATION DIVISION​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Tamarack Valley Energy Announces 2018 Guidance And Q4 Results

* TAMARACK VALLEY ENERGY LTD. ANNOUNCES 2018 GUIDANCE, OPERATIONAL UPDATE AND RECORD FOURTH QUARTER 2017 PRODUCTION

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New U.S.-backed 'border force' in Syria infuriates Ankara, Damascus

BEIRUT/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Syria, Turkey and Russia responded vehemently on Monday to new U.S.-backed plans to set up a 30,000-strong "border force" inside Syria to protect territory held by Washington's mainly Kurdish allies.

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Tropical Singapore rugs up as temperatures drop

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A dip in temperature in Singapore has prompted an unusual parade of fur jackets, scarves and other winter items in the streets of the perennially balmy city-state, as more northern parts of the globe shivered under Arctic conditions.

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Lloyd's of London to open Brussels unit in early 2019: CEO

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Insurance market Lloyd's of London [SOLYD.UL], an integral part of the British business scene since the 17th century, is on track to start operations at its Brussels unit next January, its chief executive said on Monday.

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Philippines widens evacuation area as lava spreads around restive volcano

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines ordered the forced evacuation of people from two more municipalities near a restive volcano on Monday as the chief volcanologist warned of a possible hazardous eruption "within weeks or even within days".

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Legendary U.S. investor Boone Pickens closes energy hedge fund after setbacks

(Paragraph 6 of this JAN. 12 story has been corrected after HSBC said the Andurand Commodities Fund gained 2.2 pct in 2017, instead of losing 4.47 pct)

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CORRECTED (OFFICIAL)-UPDATE 1-Legendary U.S. investor Boone Pickens closes energy hedge fund after setbacks

HOUSTON, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Legendary investor T. Boone Pickens said on Friday he had closed his Dallas-based energy hedge fund after health and financial upsets, the latest oil-focused fund to report setbacks.

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Ant Financial says has received approval for new consumer-credit backed securities

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Ant Financial Services Group has received approval to issue consumer credit-backed securities to institutional investors and the securities are currently in the pricing process, the company told Reuters on Monday.

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Warmer temperatures at Great Barrier Reef causing sea turtles to be born female

(Reuters) - Rising temperatures at Australia's Great Barrier Reef are causing more green turtles to be born female, which could lead to the species dying out, a new scientific study has found.

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Stricken oil tanker leaves 10-mile oil slick in East China Sea: CCTV

TOKYO/BEIJING (Reuters) - The burning Iranian oil tanker that sank in the East China Sea on Sunday in the worst oil ship disaster in decades has produced a 10-mile long oil slick as black smoke continued to billow from the site, Chinese media and Japanese authorities said on Monday.

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Madagascar cyclone death toll rises to 51, with thousands displaced

ANTANANARIVO (Reuters) - The death toll from a cyclone that hit Madagascar about 10 days ago has risen to 51, with another 22 people reported missing, authorities said on Sunday.

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Philippines says hazardous volcano eruption possible 'within weeks or days'

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines' chief volcanologist warned on Monday of a possible hazardous eruption at Mount Mayon "within weeks or even within days", as magma continued to pile up at the summit of the Southeast Asian country's most active volcano.

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Twenty now dead in California mudslides, major highway closed

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The death toll from Southern California mudslides that swallowed dozens of homes and forced the closure of a major highway along the picturesque Santa Barbara County coast rose to 20 on Sunday, with four other people still reported missing.

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China punishes officials for tampering with smog monitoring

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has punished officials in the provinces of Jiangxi and Henan for tampering with pollution monitoring equipment in order to reduce smog readings, the environment ministry said in a notice on Sunday.

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Strong earthquake in southern Peru leaves one dead, scores injured

LIMA (Reuters) - A strong magnitude-7.1 earthquake struck the coast of southern Peru on Sunday morning, killing one person, injuring scores and causing homes and roads to collapse.

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Magnitude-5.1 quake hits 40 miles from Batangas, Philippines: USGS

(Reuters) - A magnitude-5.1 earthquake hit the Philippines on Sunday, about 40 miles west-southwest of Batangas, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

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Iraqi PM Abadi to seek re-election, in alliance with Iran-backed group

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Sunday announced he would stand for re-election on May 12 at the head of a cross-sectarian bloc, and received the support of a powerful Shi'ite group close to Iran.

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Philippines raises volcano alert level after lava flow

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines raised the alert level at its rumbling Mayon volcano to "level 3" on Sunday after detecting lava flow and indications of activity that could lead to eruptions of magma.

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Twenty dead as search for California mudslide survivors grinds on

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The search for survivors of the deadly mudslides in parts of California's Santa Barbara County continued Sunday even as hopes dwindled to find anyone alive, officials said.

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Norway's Lofoten region to remain off-limits to oil firms: government

MOSS, Norway (Reuters) - Norway's Arctic region of Lofoten, Vesteraalen and Senja will remain off-limits to oil exploration at least until the next election for parliament, which is due in 2021, the government said on Sunday.

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Strong earthquake in southern Peru leaves one dead, dozens injured

LIMA (Reuters) - A strong magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck the coast of southern Peru on Sunday morning, leaving one dead and several dozen injured while causing homes and roads to collapse.

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Profile: Brussels, E.U. Capital, Gets a Novel, Both Tart and Empathic

Robert Menasse writes a polyphonic novel of satire and sympathy about Brussels, Europe’s symbolic capital — its bureaucrats, nationalisms and police.

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Strong earthquake in southern Peru leaves two dead, 17 missing

LIMA (Reuters) - A strong magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck the coast of southern Peru on Sunday morning, leaving two dead, 17 missing and several dozen injured, while causing homes and roads to collapse.

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Strong earthquake in southern Peru leaves one dead, 20 injured

LIMA (Reuters) - A strong earthquake struck the coast of southern Peru on Sunday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, leaving one dead and around 20 injured and causing homes and roads to collapse.

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Strong earthquake hits coast of southern Peru, minor damage reported

LIMA (Reuters) - A strong earthquake struck the coast of southern Peru on Sunday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, causing damage to some homes, collapsing roads and injuring around 20 people.

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Strong earthquake hits coast of southern Peru, no damage reported

LIMA (Reuters) - A strong earthquake struck the coast of southern Peru on Sunday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.

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Magnitude 7.3 earthquake hits 124 km southwest of Puquio, Peru: USGS

(Reuters) - An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 struck about 124 km southwest of Puquio, Peru, on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.

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Bushfires shut Australia's Newcastle airport for second time in 24 hours

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The airport for the Australian city of Newcastle has canceled flights for the second time in 24 hours because of bushfires in the area, operator Newcastle Airport said on its Facebook page on Sunday.

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People evacuated from Papua New Guinea island after volcano explodes

SYDNEY (Reuters) - About 1,500 people are being evacuated from an island off the northern coast of Papua New Guinea (PNG) after a nearby volcano erupted, the local Red Cross said on Sunday.

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Philippines raises volcano alert level as eruptions spew ash

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines raised the alert at its restive Mayon volcano by one notch early on Sunday, citing signs of rising magma that could lead to hazardous eruptions.

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Philippines raises volcano alert, warns of hazardous eruptions

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines raised the alert at its restive Mayon volcano by one notch early on Sunday, citing signs of rising magma that could lead to hazardous eruptions.

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Death toll rises to 19 in California mudslides, five still missing

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The death toll from mudslides that devastated parts of California's scenic Santa Barbara County rose to 19 on Saturday amid a massive influx of emergency crews searching for five people still missing.

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Australia's Port Hedland reopens as Cyclone Joyce dissipates

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's Port Hedland iron ore terminal reopened on Saturday afternoon after a cyclone bearing down on the continent's far northwest dissipated, the port's operator said on Saturday evening.

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Crews ramp up effort to rescue live victims of California mudslide

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A massive influx of search and rescue crews scoured parts of California's Santa Barbara County on Saturday for seven people still missing following mudslides that killed at least 18.

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Ash eruption from Philippines volcano triggers evacuation

MANILA (Reuters) - An active volcano in central Philippines spewed ash into the air on Saturday, prompting the country's disaster agency to order the immediate evacuation of residents in nearby villages.

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Magnitude 6.0 quake hits southeast of Solomon Islands - USGS

(Reuters) - An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 struck about 158 km (100 miles) southeast of the Solomon Islands in the Pacific on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.

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California police hope for 'miracle' to find missing in mudslide

MONTECITO, Calif (Reuters) - Californian authorities called for public help in locating seven people still missing after mudslides that killed at least 18, as crews carried on searching for survivors on Saturday.

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'Window closing' for California mudslide searchers as death toll rises to 18

MONTECITO, Calif. (Reuters) - Rescue crews expanded their search on Friday for five missing people as the death toll rose to 18 from mudslides in Southern California that damaged hundreds of buildings and caked highways with sludge.

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BRIEF-Surge Energy Announces Pricing Of $700 Mln Of Its 7.5 Pct Senior Notes

* SURGE ENERGY ANNOUNCES PRICING OF $700.0 MILLION OF ITS 7.500% SENIOR NOTES DUE 2026 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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RPT-MoneyGram opens office in Brussels

Jan 12 (Reuters) - The U.S. money-transfer company MoneyGram International Inc confirmed on Friday that it had opened an office in Brussels and National Bank of Belgium had granted it license as a payment provider.

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MoneyGram opens office in Brussels

(Reuters) - The U.S. money-transfer company MoneyGram International Inc confirmed on Friday that it had opened an office in Brussels and National Bank of Belgium had granted it license as a payment provider.

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'Window closing' as search expands for missing in California mudslide

MONTECITO, Calif. (Reuters) - Rescue crews expanded their search on Friday for at least five people missing after deadly mudslides in southern California that killed at least 17 people, caked highways with sludge and damaged hundreds of buildings.

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Make security strategy include climate again, lawmakers urge Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of more than 100 bipartisan lawmakers in the U.S. House urged President Donald Trump on Friday to reconsider the omission of climate change from his administration's national security strategy, saying it is a step backward on science.

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UPDATE 1-Legendary U.S. investor Boone Pickens closes energy hedge fund after setbacks

HOUSTON, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Legendary investor T. Boone Pickens said on Friday he had closed his Dallas-based energy hedge fund after health and financial upsets, the latest oil-focused fund to report setbacks.

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BRIEF-WEC Energy Group Increases Number Of Directors On Its Board To 14

* WEC ENERGY GROUP INC - ON JAN 10, 2018, BOARD INCREASED NUMBER OF DIRECTORS CONSTITUTING THE BOARD FROM 13 TO 14 Source text : [http://bit.ly/2qXSfl4] Further company coverage:

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Legendary investor Boone Pickens closes energy hedge fund amid setbacks

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Legendary investor T. Boone Pickens said on Friday he has closed his Dallas-based energy hedge fund amid health and financial setbacks.

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BRIEF-Primeline Energy Holdings Granted Interim Injunction Against CNOOC and CCL

* PRIMELINE ENERGY HOLDINGS - GRANTED INTERIM INJUNCTION RELATED TO ARBITRATION PROCEEDINGS ENGAGED IN AGAINST CHINA NATIONAL OFFSHORE OIL & CNOOC CHINA LTD Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Rescuers at California mudslide expand search for missing

MONTECITO, Calif. (Reuters) - Emergency officials in southern California said on Friday they were looking for five people missing and feared dead or trapped by deadly mudslides and have expanded the search area.

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California mudslide rescuers expand search area for missing

MONTECITO, Calif. (Reuters) - Rescuers in southern California on Friday looking for as many as 43 people feared dead or trapped by this week's deadly mudslides have expanded the area they are searching and told residents that they might need to stay away for weeks.

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U.N. Indonesia earthquake plan foresees 47 million affected, 10,000 dead

GENEVA (Reuters) - A U.N. contingency plan for an earthquake in Indonesia foresees a scenario where 10,000 people would die within 24 hours with 47 million more affected, according to emergency response planning documents.

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Poland's new environment minister signals little change on forest logging

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland will comply with an EU court order to stop cutting trees in Bialowieza forest, except where public safety has to be ensured, its new environment minister said on Friday - words certain to disappoint campaigners who want logging to end there.

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Search for survivors of devastating California mudslide enters third day

MONTECITO, Calif. (Reuters) - The search for survivors from a devastating Southern California mudslide that has killed at least 17 people moved into its third day on Friday, with some 700 rescue workers expecting to find more dead victims.

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Stricken Iranian oil tanker keeps exploding: Xinhua

BEIJING (Reuters) - The stricken Iranian oil tanker Sanchi keeps exploding, hampering efforts to extinguish the fire and rescue survivors, state media Xinhua said on Friday, citing the Ministry of Transport, as the blaze raged and worries grew the ship may break up and sink.

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Australia's Port Hedland set to reopen as Cyclone Joyce moves away

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's Port Hedland iron ore terminal will likely reopen on Saturday after Australia's weather bureau cut the forecast strength of a cyclone bearing down on the continent's far northwest, the port's operator said on Friday.

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Australia's weather bureau drops Port Hedland warning as Cyclone Joyce nears land

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's weather bureau has cut the forecast strength of a cyclone bearing down on the continent's far northwest on Friday and dropped its warning for high winds at iron ore terminal Port Hedland.

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Long night for hundreds of passengers on Japan train trapped by snow

TOKYO (Reuters) - Hundreds of passengers spent a cramped and uncomfortable night and much of Friday morning stuck on a crowded train trapped by heavy snow at a railroad crossing not far from a station in northern Japan, an official said.

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Chinese bitcoin miners eye sites in energy-rich Canada

MONTREAL/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's Bitmain Technologies is eyeing bitcoin mining sites in Quebec, a company spokesman told Reuters, as expectations of a potential Chinese crackdown on cryptocurrency mining make the energy-rich Canadian province an attractive alternative.

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Rescuers 'searching for a miracle' in California mudslide zone

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - Rescuers picking through waist-deep mud on Thursday, two days after a massive mudslide killed at least 17 people along Southern California's coast, said they feared more bodies may be found but still held out hope for "miracle" survivors.

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China's capital issues first major smog alert of winter

BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing issued its first major smog alert of the winter for the capital, triggering stringent measures to curb output of heavy industry as plunging temperatures spurred heating demand.

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Canada lynx no longer threatened by extinction: U.S. wildlife agency

PINEDALE, Wyo. (Reuters) - The Canada lynx, a wild cat found in just a handful of mostly western U.S. states as well as Canada, no longer needs federal protection from extinction in the Lower 48 states, U.S. wildlife officials said on Thursday, sparking an outcry from conservationists.

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Strong 6.0 quake hits central Myanmar, USGS says, no reports of damage

YANGON (Reuters) - A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 hit a remote region of central Myanmar early on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.

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California mudslide's victims include three-year-old, octogenarians

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - The mudslides that tore through a coastal Southern California area this week claimed the lives of children as young as 3 and senior citizens as old as 89, officials said on Thursday, while rescue crews continued to search for eight people believed missing.

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Australia's weather bureau downgrades forecast severity of Cyclone Joyce

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's weather bureau has cut the forecast strength of a cyclone bearing down on the continent's far northwest on Friday.

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BRIEF-EV Energy Partners Announces Listing Transfer To Nasdaq Capital Market

* EV ENERGY PARTNERS ANNOUNCES LISTING TRANSFER TO NASDAQ CAPITAL MARKET

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Brent hits $70/bbl before retreating; equities rise with energy

* Brent oil hits $70/bbl during session, highest since Nov 2014 (Updates with U.S. markets' closing levels)

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Berkshire energy unit names CEO to replace potential Buffett successor

(Reuters) - Berkshire Hathaway Inc's energy unit on Thursday named William Fehrman as its new chief executive to replace Gregory Abel, who was promoted a day earlier to oversee more Berkshire units, and potentially succeed Warren Buffett.

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Warming set to breach Paris accord's toughest limit by mid century: draft

OSLO (Reuters) - Global warming is on track to breach the toughest limit set in the Paris climate agreement by the middle of this century unless governments make unprecedented economic shifts from fossil fuels, a draft U.N. report said.

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Senators from 12 states seek offshore drilling exemptions like Florida's

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Twenty-two Democratic U.S. senators from 12 states on Thursday joined the chorus of local representatives seeking exemptions from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's newly proposed offshore drilling plan, after his surprise move on Tuesday to shield Florida.

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California mudslide's death toll includes mother, school founder

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - Rescue workers on Thursday searched for eight people missing after mudslides that ripped through a coastal Southern California community, as the identities of some of the 17 who died in Tuesday's disaster began trickling out.

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U.S. vehicle fuel economy rises to record 24.7 mpg: EPA

WASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) - The fuel economy of new U.S. cars and trucks hit a record 24.7 miles per gallon in the 2016 model year, a government report said, even as some automakers had to buy credits to meet federal requirements.

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El Salvador earthquake shakes buildings in capital; no damage

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - A shallow earthquake in El Salvador shook buildings in the capital on Thursday afternoon, emergency services said, though there were no immediate reports of damage.

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Shallow earthquake shakes buildings in El Salvador

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - A shallow earthquake shook buildings in El Salvador on Thursday afternoon, emergency services in the country said.

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Mountain gorilla numbers are up, predicts Rwanda ahead of census release

MUSANZE, Rwanda (Reuters) - A census of mountain gorillas due in March will likely show numbers have risen this decade, experts said during a ceremony to mark Rwanda's expansion of its Volcano National Park.

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U.S. vehicle fuel economy hits new record: EPA

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The real-world fuel economy of new U.S. cars and trucks hit a record 24.7 miles per gallon in the 2016 model year, a government report said, even as regulators consider whether to revise fuel efficiency requirements.

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Wall Street higher on gains in energy, industrial stocks

(Reuters) - U.S. stocks rose on Thursday as a jump in oil prices lifted energy stocks to their best day in more than a week and upbeat forecast from No. 2 U.S. carrier Delta Air Lines boosted other airline stocks.

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US STOCKS-Wall St higher on gains in energy, industrial stocks

* U.S. crude jumps above $64/barrel, tagging along energy stocks

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California rescuers keep up search for missing in deadly mudslide

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - Southern California rescue workers using dogs and scanners searched for eight people feared lost in the wreckage of this week's deadly mudslides, which struck along the state's picturesque coastal communities, according to officials.

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Wall Street climbs on gains in energy stocks

(Reuters) - U.S. stocks rose on Thursday with a broad-based rally across sectors as speculation over China halting U.S. bond purchases eased and investors focused on quarterly earnings reports and higher oil prices.

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U.S. weather forecaster sees La Niña chances at 85-95 percent

(Reuters) - A U.S. government weather forecaster said on Thursday that La Niña conditions are likely to persist through the Northern Hemisphere winter.

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German prosecutors probe Bosch over Audi emissions

MUNICH (Reuters) - German prosecutors said on Thursday they had launched another probe into Robert Bosch GmbH over its suspected involvement in emissions test cheating - this time in relation to its work with Volkswagen's premium carmaker Audi.

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California rescuers use dogs, scanners to search deadly mudslide debris

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - Rescue crews in Southern California worked overnight into Thursday morning, using dogs and scanners to comb through tons of debris for survivors from deadly mudslides that struck along the state's picturesque coastal communities.

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UK's May pledges to cut all avoidable plastic waste by 2042

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday she would eradicate avoidable plastic waste by 2042, part of a "national plan of action" she hopes will show that her government is about more than just Brexit.

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Rescuers race against time to find missing in California mudslides

SANTA BARBARA, Calif (Reuters) - Rescue crews in Southern California resumed on Thursday the arduous task of combing through tons of debris for survivors from deadly mudslides that struck along the state's picturesque coastal communities.

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From otters to orangutans, Singapore zoo unveils hundreds of newborns

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The Singapore zoo on Thursday introduced to the public 500 newborns it welcomed into the world in 2017, representing 145 species, more than a quarter of which are endangered.

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China to enforce new standards for foreign waste imports from March

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will enforce new standards governing imports of 11 types of foreign solid waste from Mar. 1, the ministry of environmental protection said on Thursday.

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Earthquake hits Iran-Iraq border region, felt in Baghdad

BAGHDAD/ANKARA (Reuters) - An earthquake jolted the Iran-Iraq border region on Thursday at around 10 a.m. (0700 GMT), causing some panic in Baghdad and central Iraq, according to residents and state-run media.

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Earthquake of magnitude 5.6 strikes western Iran: TV

ANKARA (Reuters) - Iran’s western province of Kermanshah was hit by a strong earthquake on Thursday, state TV reported.

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Earthquake hits central Iraq, felt in Baghdad

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - An earthquake was felt at around 10 a.m. (0700 GMT) in Baghdad and central Iraq, according to residents and state-run media.

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Australia's Port Hedland clearing out ships as Cyclone Joyce intensifies

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's Port Hedland iron ore terminal was clearing all vessels from its harbor on Thursday as a tropical cyclone intensified off the western Australian coast, Pilbara Ports Authority said.

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Japan sees 70 percent chance of La Nina weather pattern lasting into spring

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's weather bureau said on Thursday that a La Nina weather pattern is continuing, with a 70 percent chance of it lasting into spring.

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German union boss confident "decent" pay rise can be agreed on

FRANKFURT, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Germany's biggest trade union, IG Metall, expects a "decent" pay rise in ongoing talks on wages and flexible hours, its chief Joerg Hofmann said, adding that companies had made enough profits in the past year to give more to workers.

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BRIEF-KKR-backed Emerald Media acquires controlling stake in Cosmos-Maya

* KKR-BACKED EMERALD MEDIA ACQUIRES CONTROLLING STAKE IN COSMOS-MAYA

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Beijing winning pollution battle as other Chinese cities fall behind

BEIJING (Reuters) - As Beijing and the surrounding region reported big improvements in air quality last year, nationwide gains were much more muted as industrial activity shifted further away from the capital, a report by Greenpeace shows.

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Death toll rises to 17 in California mudslides, 17 missing

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - The death toll from devastating mudslides in affluent communities along a stretch of Southern California coastline rose to 17 on Wednesday after two more bodies were recovered, the local sheriff said, and the number of people missing also climbed to 17.

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Australia's Port Hedland says clearing port due to cyclone fears

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's Port Hedland iron ore terminal has begun clearing all vessels in its harbor as a tropical storm intensifies off the western Australian coast, Pilbara Ports Authority said on Thursday.

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Rescuers seek survivors after California mudslides kill 17

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - Rescue crews with dogs and scanners dug through waist-deep mud in an affluent stretch of Southern California's coast on Wednesday, searching for 13 people still missing after mudslides that killed at least 17.

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BRIEF-Capgen Capital Group Reports A 7.3 Pct Stake In Union Bankshares

* CAPGEN CAPITAL GROUP VI LP REPORTS A 7.3 PCT STAKE IN UNION BANKSHARES CORP AS OF JAN 1 - SEC FILING

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UK pledges to cut all avoidable plastic waste by 2042

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May will pledge on Thursday to eliminate avoidable plastic waste within 25 years, in an attempt to shift the focus away from her government's divisions over Brexit to a more wide-ranging domestic agenda.

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Rescuers seek survivors after California mudslides kill 15

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - Rescue crews with dogs and scanners dug through waist-deep mud in an affluent stretch of Southern California's coast on Wednesday, hunting for some two dozen people missing after mudslides swept through, killing at least 15.

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Trump says fairer deal might coax U.S. back into the Paris climate accord

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Wednesday his primary concern with the Paris climate accord was that it treated the United States unfairly and that if a better deal could be reached, Washington might be persuaded to rejoin the agreement.

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BRIEF-Patterson-UTI Energy Prices $525 Mln Senior Notes Offering

* PATTERSON-UTI ENERGY, INC. ANNOUNCES PRICING OF $525 MILLION OFFERING OF 3.95% SENIOR NOTES DUE 2028 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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California mudslides kill 15, more feared dead in deluge

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rescue crews with dogs and scanners dug through waist-deep mud in an affluent stretch of California's coast on Wednesday, hunting for up to two dozen people missing after mudslides swept through the coastal community and killed at least 15.

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Alcoa Canada workers' union rejects contract offer

Jan 10 (Reuters) - Unionized workers at Alcoa Corp's aluminum smelter in Becancour, Quebec rejected the company's latest contract offer.

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BRIEF-USW Union Members Reject Company Offer At ABI Smelter

* UNITED STEELWORKERS - UNION MEMBERS EMPLOYED AT ABI ALUMINUM SMELTER IN BÉCANCOUR VOTED BY MAJORITY OF 80.3% TO REJECT CO'S LATEST CONTRACT OFFER Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Magnitude 4.7 earthquake hits western Iran: local media

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A magnitude 4.7 earthquake hit western Iran on Wednesday evening, according to Mizan, the official website of the Iranian judiciary.

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Bulgaria joins Poland in appeal against EU pollution crackdown

SOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgaria will join Poland in an appeal against a European Commission decision to impose stricter limits on toxic pollutants coal-fired plants emit, the government said on Wednesday.

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Brazil curbs soy farming deforestation in Amazon

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil all but stopped growth of soy farming in newly deforested parts of its Amazon rainforest during the 2016-2017 crop year after efforts to halt purchases of beans from such areas, official data showed on Wednesday.

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After Florida, more states press U.S. for offshore drilling exemptions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Governors and other officials from several U.S. coastal states ramped up pressure on the Trump administration on Wednesday to exempt their waters from an offshore drilling plan, hours after the Interior Department granted Florida's request to opt out.

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Fifteen confirmed dead in California mudslide, search for survivors

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rescue crews using helicopters and dogs searched the hills around wealthy Santa Barbara, California, on Wednesday for people trapped or killed by rain-driven mudslides that left at least 15 people dead in the coastal community.

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Bulgaria joins Poland in an appeal against EU pollution crackdown

SOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgaria will join Poland in its appeal against a European Commission's decision to impose stricter limits on toxic pollutants coal-fired plants emit, the government said on Wednesday.

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California mudslide death toll up to 15 as rescues continue

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California rescuers worked through the night plucking stranded Santa Barbara residents from mudslides that have killed at least 15 people and devastated the coastal community after it was drenched by rain, authorities said on Wednesday.

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UPDATE 2-German union IG Metall threatens all-out strikes ahead of wage talks

* Regional talks in Baden-Wuerttemberg due on Thursday (Recasts, adds comments by IG Metall chief, IG BCE union, Deutsche Post wage demand)