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BRIEF-Martello Finance Files Early Warning Report In Respect Of Acasta Enterprises

* MARTELLO FINANCE COMPANY LIMITED FILES EARLY WARNING REPORT IN RESPECT OF ACASTA ENTERPRISES INC.

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BRIEF-Agenus Announces Combination Clinical Trials Of Anti-CTLA4 & Anti-PD1

* AGENUS ANNOUNCES COMBINATION CLINICAL TRIALS OF ITS ANTI-CTLA4 (AGEN1884) & ANTI-PD1 (AGEN2034)

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UPDATE 1-Uber CEO eyes "responsible growth", seeks fresh start in Germany

MUNICH, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Uber's chief executive said on Monday that he was focused on "responsible growth" as he seeks to put an end to the take-no-prisoners culture he inherited on joining the pioneer of ride-hailing services last year.

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UPDATE 3-Higher oil prices give Halliburton better-than-expected 4th quarter

Jan 22 (Reuters) - U.S. oilfield services company Halliburton Co reported a bigger-than-expected fourth-quarter profit after charges and gave an upbeat outlook for 2018, as higher oil prices continue to push U.S. production near record levels.

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UPDATE 1-Hedge fund Third Point pushes Nestle to do more faster -letter

BOSTON, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Billionaire investor Daniel Loeb praised food group Nestle's chief, but is keeping up the pressure with demands that the company move faster to overhaul its strategy.

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CEE MARKETS-Hungarian bonds erase months of gains, stocks hit record high

* Hungarian bonds extend losses on disappointing IRS tender * Hungary's 10-year yield back at Nov levels, off record lows * Hungarian stocks lead regional rise, hit record high * Czech central bank chief sees Feb. 1 rate hike (Adds Budapest stocks, Romania's failed auction) By Sandor Peto BUDAPEST, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Hungarian stocks surged to record highs on Monday and government bonds extended losses as investors continued to close positions after Thursday's disappoin

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Dow under pressure as industrial stocks weigh

(Reuters) - The S&P and the Nasdaq were marginally higher on Monday, while losses in industrial stocks such as General Electric and Boeing as well as Apple weighed on the Dow.

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UPDATE 2-Abercrombie lifts holiday-quarter forecasts; shares surge

Jan 22 (Reuters) - Abercrombie & Fitch raised its fourth-quarter sales forecast on Monday following a strong holiday season, driving its shares to a more than one-and-a-half-year high.

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U.S. FDA releases initial review of Philip Morris' iQOS device

Jan 22 (Reuters) - An electronic tobacco product made by Philip Morris International Inc that heats rather than burns tobacco contains lower levels of harmful and potentially harmful compounds than cigarettes, a preliminary review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration concluded on Monday.

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US STOCKS-Dow under pressure as industrial stocks weigh

* Indexes: Dow flat, S&P up 0.2 pct, Nasdaq up 0.26 pct (Updates to open)

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RPT-Business booms for privacy experts as landmark data law looms

* Companies globally race to comply with GDPR by May deadline

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Uber CEO eyes "responsible growth", seeks fresh start in Germany

MUNICH, Jan 22 (Reuters) - The recently hired chief executive of scandal-plagued ride hailing giant Uber said on Monday that he was focused on what he called "responsbile growth" as he seeks to put an end to the take-no-prisoners' culture he inherited in joining the company.

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BRIEF-Connecticut Water Service Declares Dividends And Announces New Direct Stock Purchase Program

* CONNECTICUT WATER SERVICE INC. DECLARES DIVIDENDS, ANNOUNCES NEW DIRECT STOCK PURCHASE PROGRAM AND SETS DATE FOR ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS

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U.S. top court takes up property rights case involving endangered frog

WASHINGTON, Jan 22 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed hear a bid by Louisiana landowners seeking to limit the federal government's power to designate private land as critical habitat for endangered species in a case involving a warty amphibian called the dusky gopher frog.

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Cheniere's Sabine Pass LNG plant suffers outage -market sources

LONDON/SINGAPORE, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Production at Cheniere Energy's Sabine Pass liquefied natural gas (LNG) export plant in Louisiana is running well below capacity, resulting in disruption to cargo loadings, trade sources said.

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BRIEF-Halliburton "encouraged by international markets for the first time in three years" : conf call

* HALLIBURTON SAYS INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS STARTED TO SHOW SIGNS OF RECOVERY IN THE LATTER HALF OF THE YEAR- CONF CALL

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US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-S&P opens lower as U.S. shutdown extends

Jan 22 (Reuters) - The benchmark S&P 500 index opened lower on Monday, weighed down by losses in Boeing, Apple and General Electric, and as a U.S. government shutdown entered its third day.

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UPDATE 3-AIG to buy reinsurer Validus for $5.56 billion

* Deal to immediately add to AIG's EPS and ROE (Adds details from conference call, shares)

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REFILE-UPDATE 2-Halliburton 4th-qtr profit beats, firm takes charge for Venezuela

Jan 22 (Reuters) - U.S. oilfield services company Halliburton Co reported a bigger-than-expected fourth-quarter profit, as higher oil prices pushed U.S. production to record levels.

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UPDATE 3-Richemont bids for control of Yoox Net-A-Porter as luxury expands online

* Swiss firm sees opportunity to expand YNAP (Adds shares, context)

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Hedge fund Third Point pushes Nestle to do more faster -letter

BOSTON, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Billionaire investor Daniel Loeb praised consumer company Nestle's chief but is keeping up the pressure with demands that the company move faster in overhauling its strategy.

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BRIEF-Anthera Announces Positive Outcome Of Second Interim Futility Analysis In The Phase 3 Sollpura Study

* ANTHERA ANNOUNCES POSITIVE OUTCOME OF SECOND INTERIM FUTILITY ANALYSIS IN THE PHASE 3 RESULT CLINICAL STUDY OF SOLLPURA: STUDY ON SCHEDULE FOR TOPLINE DATA THIS QUARTER

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BRIEF-Longfin Says Ziddu Smart Contracts Commercially Available On Ethereum Blockchain

* LONGFIN - CO'S ZIDDU SMART CONTRACTS COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE ON ETHEREUM BLOCKCHAIN

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BRIEF-Juno Therapeutics Says If Deal Terminated By Co Or Celgene, Fee Of $300 Mln May Be Payable By Co To Celgene

* JUNO THERAPEUTICS SAYS IF DEAL TERMINATED BY CO OR CELGENE UPON SPECIFIED CONDITIONS, FEE OF $300 MILLION MAY BE PAYABLE BY CO TO CELGENE - SEC FILING

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BRIEF-Longfin Corp Gets $52.7 Million Investment Through Convertible Notes

* LONGFIN - ENTERED SECURITIES PURCHASE AGREEMENT WITH A FUND THAT WILL INVEST $52.7 MILLION IN CO THROUGH CONVERTIBLE NOTE INSTRUMENTS Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Baxter Announces U.S. FDA Approval Of Ready-To-Use Bivalirudin

* BAXTER ANNOUNCES U.S. FDA APPROVAL OF READY-TO-USE CARDIOVASCULAR MEDICATION BIVALIRUDIN

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BRIEF-Spark Energy Expects Residential Customer Equivalents (RCEs) In Excess Of 1 Mln As Of December 31, 2017​

* SPARK ENERGY, INC. ANNOUNCES UPDATED GUIDANCE ON SELECT 2017 FINANCIAL RESULTS

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BRIEF-Howard Bancorp Q4 Earnings Per Share $0.19

* HOWARD BANCORP, INC. REPORTS 2017 RESULTS WITH STRONG ORGANIC GROWTH, INCREASING REVENUES, HIGHER CAPITAL LEVELS AND THE PENDING ACQUISITION OF FIRST MARINER BANK

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BRIEF-Bioverativ Says Regarding Termination Of Merger Deal With Sanofi Under Certain Circumstances Co Will Be Required To Pay Fee Of $326 Mln

* BIOVERATIV SAYS REGARDING TERMINATION OF MERGER DEAL WITH SANOFI UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES CO WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY FEE OF $326 MILLION - SEC FILING Source text: (http://bit.ly/2DC3sg7) Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Dick's Sporting Goods Says Raised Board Size to 10 - SEC Filing ​

* DICK'S SPORTING GOODS SAYS ‍INCREASED SIZE OF BOARD FROM NINE TO TEN MEMBERS - SEC FILING ​ Source text (http://bit.ly/2G1SKhr) Further company coverage: (Bengaluru Newsroom: +1 646 223 8780)

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Abercrombie & Fitch raises Q4 outlook; exec chairman to step down

Jan 22 (Reuters) - Abercrombie & Fitch raised its fourth-quarter forecast following a strong holiday season, sending its shares up 4.6 percent before the bell on Monday.

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UPDATE 1-U.S. federal workers worry about government shutdown

Jan 22 (Reuters) - Thousands of federal workers faced uncertainty about the status of their jobs and paychecks after U.S. Senate leaders failed to reach an agreement to end a government shutdown before the work week begins on Monday.

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REFILE-UPDATE 1-Qatar Airways says delivery of first Airbus A350-1000 delayed until next month

DOHA, Jan 22 (Reuters) - The delivery of Qatar Airways' first Airbus A350-1000 has been delayed until February due to the "complex seat configuration" of the airline's business class, its chief executive said on Monday.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX futures lower as oil prices slip

Jan 22 (Reuters) - Futures for Canada's main stock index edged lower on Monday as a drop in oil prices weighed on energy stocks, while investors awaited a speedy resolution to the U.S. government shutdown.

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BRIEF-Liberty Media Announces Launch Of Process To Refinance Formula 1 First Lien Term Loan

* LIBERTY MEDIA ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF PROCESS TO REFINANCE FORMULA 1 FIRST LIEN TERM LOAN

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BRIEF-Lightbridge Receives U.S. Approval For Key Patent For Its Innovative Fuel Design

* LIGHTBRIDGE RECEIVES U.S. APPROVAL FOR KEY PATENT FOR ITS INNOVATIVE FUEL DESIGN

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BRIEF-J Alexanders Holdings Says Recommends Shareholders Vote "For" Transaction With Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub

* J ALEXANDERS HOLDINGS RESPONDS TO REPORTS BY ISS, GLASS LEWIS ON NINETY NINE RESTAURANT & PUB DEAL

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US STOCKS-Futures slightly lower as U.S. shutdown enters third day

Jan 22 (Reuters) - Wall Street was set to start the week slightly lower as a U.S. government shutdown entered its third day, while investors mulled over a flurry of multi-billion corporate mergers.

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Planemakers expect export funding impasse to be resolved soon

DUBLIN, Jan 22 (Reuters) - The world's leading planemakers said on Monday they expected uncertainty over Western government financing for Airbus and Boeing exports to be resolved in coming months, while Airbus said it was working on an alternative system with insurers.

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UPDATE 1-Halliburton beats on Q4 profit, makes tax provision

Jan 22 (Reuters) - Halliburton Co posted a much bigger than expected quarterly profit in the fourth quarter, benefiting from a shale-driven surge in U.S. oil production towards 10 million barrels per day.

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BRIEF-AIG Says Validus To Pay Termination Fee Of $162 Mln‍​ If Merger Terminated Under Some Conditions

* AIG SAYS IF VALIDUS MERGER TERMINATED, IN SOME CONDITIONS, VALIDUS TO BE REQUIRED TO PAY AIG A TERMINATION FEE OF $162 MLN‍​ - SEC FILING

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BRIEF-Chromadex - Patent Trial And Appeal Board Of U.S. Patent And Trademark Office Denied Elysium Health's Request To Invalidate U.S. Patent

* CHROMADEX - PATENT TRIAL AND APPEAL BOARD OF U.S. PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE DENIED ELYSIUM HEALTH INC.'S REQUEST TO INVALIDATE U.S. PATENT

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BRIEF-Carrizo Oil & Gas Announces Closing Of DJ Basin Divestiture And Partial Redemption Of Its 7.50% Senior Notes Due 2020 And 8.875% Redeemable Preferred Stock

* CARRIZO OIL & GAS ANNOUNCES CLOSING OF DJ BASIN DIVESTITURE AND PARTIAL REDEMPTION OF ITS 7.50% SENIOR NOTES DUE 2020 AND 8.875% REDEEMABLE PREFERRED STOCK

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BRIEF-Nasdaq - Agency For Cooperation Of Energy Regulators Continues To Use Co's Smarts For Pan-European Market Monitoring Of EU Wholesale Energy Markets

* NASDAQ - AGENCY FOR COOPERATION OF ENERGY REGULATORS CONTINUES TO USE CO'S SMARTS FOR PAN-EUROPEAN MARKET MONITORING OF EU WHOLESALE ENERGY MARKETS

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Celgene to buy remaining stake in Juno for $9 billion

Jan 22 (Reuters) - Celgene Corp said on Monday it agreed to buy rest of Juno Therapeutics Inc for about $9 billion in cash to gain access to Juno's pipeline of CAR-T cancer drugs.

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BRIEF-Celgene To Acquire Remaining Shares Of Juno Therapeutics For $87 Per Share

* CELGENE CORPORATION TO ACQUIRE JUNO THERAPEUTICS, INC., ADVANCING GLOBAL LEADERSHIP IN CELLULAR IMMUNOTHERAPY

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BRIEF-Franco-Nevada Acquires An Additional Precious Metals Stream On Cobre Panama From KORES For $178 Mln

* FRANCO-NEVADA ACQUIRES AN ADDITIONAL PRECIOUS METALS STREAM ON COBRE PANAMA FROM KORES FOR US$178 MILLION

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BRIEF-Excellon Announces 2017 Production Results

* EXCELLON RESOURCES INC QTRLY ‍SILVER EQUIVALENT PRODUCTION OF 475,007 OZ, SILVER PRODUCTION OF 223,349 OZ​

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BRIEF-Ingersoll Rand Announces Acquisition Of ICS Group Holdings Ltd

* INGERSOLL RAND ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF ICS GROUP HOLDINGS LIMITED, A LEADING EUROPEAN TEMPERATURE CONTROL AND HVAC SOLUTIONS PROVIDER

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BRIEF-Broadcom Files Preliminary Proxy Materials for Redomiciliation To The U.S.

* BROADCOM FILES PRELIMINARY PROXY MATERIALS IN CONNECTION WITH REDOMICILIATION TO THE UNITED STATES

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BRIEF-Atkore International Group Says Atkore International Entered Into A Debt Commitment Letter

* ATKORE INTERNATIONAL GROUP - ‍ON JAN. 19, ATKORE INTERNATIONAL, INC., UNIT OF CO ( 'BORROWER'), ENTERED INTO A DEBT COMMITMENT LETTER - SEC FILING​

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Mayor of Allentown, Pennsylvania to go on trial on corruption charges

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - The mayor of Pennsylvania's third largest city, Allentown, is scheduled to appear at the start of his federal corruption trial on Monday, accused of soliciting campaign contributions in exchange for public contracts.

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New York Today: New York Today: The Art of the Restaurant Review

Monday: Food critics talk shop, African-inspired fiber art, and building more bike lanes.

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BRIEF-Cadus Corp Enters Into Definitive Merger Agreement With Affiliate Of Carl C. Icahn

* CADUS CORPORATION ENTERS INTO DEFINITIVE MERGER AGREEMENT TO BE ACQUIRED BY AFFILIATE OF CARL C. ICAHN FOR $1.61 PER SHARE IN CASH

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UPDATE 1-Iraq, Orion sign deal to process gas from giant oilfield

BAGHDAD, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Iraq agreed a deal with U.S. energy company Orion on Monday to process natural gas extracted at its giant Nahr Bin Omar oilfield.

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BRIEF-Jazz Aviation Pathways Program Expands To 16 Organizations With Addition Of Collège Air Richelieu

* JAZZ AVIATION PATHWAYS PROGRAM EXPANDS TO 16 ORGANIZATIONS WITH ADDITION OF COLLÈGE AIR RICHELIEU Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks shrug off U.S. shutdown, dollar dips

LONDON, Jan 22 (Reuters) - World stocks and U.S. bond markets on Monday shrugged off a government shutdown in Washington, although the dollar pulled back as the euro continued its strong start to the year.

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UPDATE 2-Swiss firm Richemont offers 2.8 bln euros to buy Yoox Net-A-Porter

* Swiss firm sees opportunity to expand YNAP (Adds comment from YNAP CEO, details about Italian company's guidance)

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EMERGING MARKETS-Rand at 2 1/2-yr highs, emerging stocks extend gains

LONDON, Jan 22 (Reuters) - South Africa's rand rose to its highest in more than two years on Monday amid growing expectations that scandal-tarnished President Jacob Zuma would soon be ousted, while emerging-market equities pushed to another near-decade high.

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Facebook says it can't guarantee social media is good for democracy

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc warned on Monday that it could offer no assurance that social media was on balance good for democracy, but the company said it was trying what it could to stop alleged meddling in elections by Russia or anyone else.

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UPDATE 1-Israel's Leumi to sell stake in U.S. unit to strategic investors

TEL AVIV, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Bank Leumi has agreed to sell a 15 percent stake in its subsidiary Bank Leumi USA for $141 million to two strategic investors, who will bring the bank expertise in U.S. financial services, Israel's second-largest lender said on Monday.

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BRIEF-Rolls-Royce Wins $450 Mln Trent 1000 Order From Aercap

* ORDER FROM AERCAP FOR TRENT 1000 ENGINES TO POWER 10 BOEING 787 DREAMLINER AIRCRAFT; AERCAP HAS OPTIONS FOR ANOTHER 5 TRENT 1000-POWERED 787S Source text - (http://bit.ly/2rshqMB) Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 1-Delivery Hero, Takeaway shares jump on merger comments

* Delivery Hero CEO sees consolidation, but not soon in Germany

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UPDATE 2-Ocado to tap into Canada's online grocery market with Sobeys tie-up

* Ocado shares jump more than 10 pct (Adds details, CFO quote, analyst quote, shares)

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Turboprop maker ATR reports surge in orders for 2017

PARIS, Jan 22 (Reuters) - ATR, the world's largest turboprop maker, reported on Monday that its number of orders had more than tripled from a year ago, buoyed by a general pick-up in the aviation sector.

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CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-Richemont offers 2.8 bln euros to buy Yoox Net-A-Porter

ZURICH, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Luxury goods maker Richemont on Monday offered up to 2.8 billion euros ($3.42 billion) to buy the shares in Yoox Net-A-Porter that it does not already own in a deal aimed at boosting the Swiss company's online presence.

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RPT-Taiwan Dec export orders rise 17.5 pct y/y, more than forecast

(Repeats to attach to snaps) TAIPEI, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Taiwan's export orders for December, released by the Ministry of Economic Affairs on Monday. The data is an indication of the strength of Asian exports and of global demand for technology. DECEMBER REUTERS POLL NOVEMBER Export orders (y/y pct) +17.5 +13.0 +11.6 Export orders from China +7.9 +12.8 Export orders from U.S. +10.2

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UPDATE 1-European shares trade sideways, focus on M&A

* UK betting groups fall on new regulation report (Adds shares, comments)

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BRIEF-Cellcom Israel Announces Filing Of Supplemental Shelf Offering Report In Israel

* CELLCOM ISRAEL ANNOUNCES FILING OF SUPPLEMENTAL SHELF OFFERING REPORT IN ISRAEL

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RPT-UPDATE 1-Taiwan, with strong Dec, won record export orders in 2017

* Official: Jan orders to drop m/m, but up more than 25.1 pct y/y

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UPDATE 2-Rio Tinto digs deeper into Mongolia

* Rio Tinto says has invested more than $7 billion since 2010

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BRIEF-Cellcom Israel says Koor to transfer 5 pct of company's shares

* CELLCOM ISRAEL ANNOUNCES KOOR TO TRANSFER 5% OF THE COMPANY'S SHARE CAPITAL TO ISRAELI SHAREHOLDERS Further company coverage: (Reporting by Ari Rabinovitch)

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BRIEF-Astellas Says Cytomegalovirus Vaccine (ASP0113) Did Not Meet Its Primary Or Secondary Endpoints In Phase 3 Helios Clinical Trial​

* ASTELLAS AND VICAL ANNOUNCE TOP-LINE RESULTS FOR PHASE 3 TRIAL OF CYTOMEGALOVIRUS VACCINE ASP0113 IN HEMATOPOIETIC STEM CELL TRANSPLANT RECIPIENTS

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BRIEF-Air Lease Announces Placement Of Two New Airbus A321-200S With Frontier Airlines

* ANNOUNCES PLACEMENT OF TWO NEW AIRBUS A321-200S WITH FRONTIER AIRLINES; ORDER WILL DELIVER IN THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 2018​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: ( Bangalore.newsroom@thomsonreuters.com )

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UPDATE 1-Ocado to tap into Canada's online grocery market with Sobeys tie-up

Jan 22 (Reuters) - British online grocer Ocado on Monday said it had signed an agreement with Sobeys Inc to develop the online grocery business at Canada's second largest food retailer.

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National Grid files rate proposal for U.S. electric, gas distribution utility

Jan 22 (Reuters) - National Grid Plc said on Monday it filed a proposal to update rates for one of its U.S. electric and gas distribution utilities in a bid to boost its performance in the country.

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Israel's Bank Leumi to sell 15 pct of U.S. unit for $141 mln

TEL AVIV, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Bank Leumi has agreed to sell a 15 percent stake in its subsidiary Bank Leumi USA to two strategic investors for $141 million, Israel's second largest bank said on Monday.

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UPDATE 2-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Jan 22

(Adds news items) Jan 22 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 13 points lower at 7,717.6 on Monday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures down 0.14 percent ahead of the cash market open. * LONMIN: Platinum miner Lonmin reported a 65 percent drop in 2017 profit on Monday citing higher costs and subdued commodity prices but reiterated its 2018 targets. * DIXONS CARPHONE: Dixons Carphone tightened its

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UPDATE 3-Sanofi to buy U.S. haemophilia group Bioverativ for $11.6 bln

* To fund deal via cash and debt issue (Adds further CEO comments and detail)

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Operation in Syria to have very limited impact on Turkish economy: Simsek

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's military operation against a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia in Syria's Afrin region will have a very limited impact on the Turkish economy and budget, Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek said on Monday.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Wall Street futures, dollar dip after US government shutdown, Asia resilient

* South African rand shines, Turkish lira drops on Syria conflict

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UPDATE 1-Richemont offers 2.8 bln euros to buy Yoox Net-A-Porter

ZURICH, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Luxury goods maker Richemont on Monday offered up to 2.8 billion euros ($3.42 billion) to buy the shares in Yoox Net-A-Porter that it does not already own in a deal aimed at boosting the Swiss company's online presence.

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Ocado to tap into Canada's online grocery market with Sobeys tie-up

Jan 22 (Reuters) - British online grocer Ocado said it had signed an agreement with Sobeys Inc to help Canada's second largest food retailer to develop its online grocery business.

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UPDATE 1-Rio Tinto sets up new exploration office in Mongolia

MELBOURNE, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Rio Tinto will set up a new office in the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar, separate from its Oyu Tolgoi mine division, to focus on exploration and building local ties.

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Japan stocks eke out small gains as strong financials offset resources-related stocks

TOKYO, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks eked out small gains on Monday, with strength in securities and insurers offsetting falls in resources-related sectors including trading houses, steelmakers and shippers.

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Sanofi confirms deal to buy Bioverativ for $11.6 bln

PARIS, Jan 22 (Reuters) - French healthcare group Sanofi has agreed to buy U.S. peer Bioverativ for $11.6 billion, in a deal which Sanofi said would boost its earnings and strengthen its presence in the field of treatment for rare diseases.

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U.S. soy cargo to China traded using blockchain

LONDON, Jan 22 (Reuters) - A cargo of U.S. soybeans shipped to China has become the first fully-fledged agricultural trade conducted using blockchain, participants said on Monday.

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U.S. government workers awake to shutdown, Senate vote looms

WASHINGTON, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of federal workers will wake up on Monday with the U.S. government still shut down and the Senate expected to try again to restore federal funding, if only temporarily, and work on resolving a dispute over immigration.

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UPDATE 2-Icahn, Deason to jointly push Xerox to explore selling itself, other options-WSJ

* Icahn, Deason earlier separately called for change at Xerox

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Anxiety for U.S. federal workers facing government shutdown furloughs

Jan 22 (Reuters) - Thousands of federal workers faced anxiety about the status of their jobs and paychecks after U.S. Senate leaders failed to reach agreement to end a federal government shutdown before the work week begins on Monday.

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UPDATE 10-Government still shut down on Monday as U.S. Senate fails to clinch deal

WASHINGTON, Jan 21 (Reuters) - A U.S. government shutdown will enter its third day on Monday as Senate negotiators failed to reach agreement late on Sunday to restore federal spending authority and deal with demands from Democrats that young "Dreamers" be protected from deportation.

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UPDATE 2-Wal-Mart shops Brazil unit stake to Advent, other funds -sources

SAO PAULO, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc is in talks with buyout firm Advent International Corp and other funds to sell a major stake in its Brazilian operations, two people with direct knowledge of the matter said on Sunday.

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Billionaire Gupta looks to make electric cars in Australia

MELBOURNE, Jan 22 (Reuters) - British industrialist Sanjeev Gupta is set to bid for industrial assets at General Motors Co's former Holden manufacturing site in South Australia, according to the state's treasurer, aiming to use the equipment to build electric vehicles.

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UPDATE 4-'Three Billboards' biggest winner at female-flavored SAG awards

* Color returns to red carpet (Adds quotes, other awards, background, paragraphs 11-22)

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BRIEF-Enerkem And Sinobioway Group Sign A C$125 Mln Agreement

* ENERKEM AND SINOBIOWAY GROUP SIGN A C$125M AGREEMENT TO ACCELERATE ENERKEM'S GLOBAL EXPANSION AND CREATE A JOINT VENTURE TO BUILD OVER 100 BIOFUEL FACILITIES IN CHINA Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: ( Bangalore.newsroom@thomsonreuters.com )

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UPDATE 3-'Three Billboards' wins top prize at Screen Actors Guild Awards

LOS ANGELES, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Dark comedy "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" won the top prize at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards on Sunday in a ceremony marked by speeches about female empowerment in the face of a sexual misconduct scandal that has swept Hollywood.

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UPDATE 1-Toshiba considering IPO for memory chip unit - FT

* Toshiba no longer faces as much pressure to complete chip deal

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Japanese retail investors pull out of bear fund as Nikkei hits 26-year peak

* In the past, inflows to inverse ETF rose when Nikkei gained

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Nikkei dips on U.S. govt shutdown, resource-related stocks worst hit

TOKYO, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average inched lower on Monday, with resource-related sectors including trading houses, steelmakers and shippers leading the losses as the U.S. government shutdown hurt risk appetite globally.

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UPDATE 9-U.S. government to remain closed on Monday as Senate still short of deal

WASHINGTON, Jan 21 (Reuters) - A U.S. government shutdown will enter its third day on Monday as Senate negotiators failed to reach a deal late on Sunday on Democrats' demand for legislation protecting "Dreamers," young people brought to the country illegally as children.

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U.S. Senate sets noon Monday vote after it is unable to reach deal to open government

WASHINGTON, Jan 21 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate scheduled a vote for Monday at noon (1700 GMT) on a stopgap spending measure, canceling a planned vote for Monday at 1 a.m. (0600 GMT), ensuring that the federal government will remain closed when the work week begins.

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UPDATE 2-Allison Janney, Sam Rockwell among early winners at SAG awards

LOS ANGELES, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Allison Janney and Sam Rockwell won early honors at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards on Sunday in a ceremony that showcased women and their stories amid a sexual misconduct scandal sweeping the United States.

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UPDATE 1-Sanofi set to buy Bioverativ for more than $11.5 bln - WSJ

Jan 21 (Reuters) - Sanofi SA is close to a deal to take over U.S. drug maker Bioverativ Inc for more than $11.5 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

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UPDATE 8-Senators race to end U.S. government shutdown before work week begins

WASHINGTON, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Republican and Democratic senators raced on Sunday to try to break an impasse and hammer out a deal that would end a two-day-old U.S. government shutdown before the start of the work week.

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Sanofi near deal to buy Bioverativ for more than $11.5 bln -WSJ

Jan 21 (Reuters) - Sanofi SA is said to be near a deal to buy drug maker Bioverativ Inc for more than $11.5 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

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BRIEF-Sanofi nears deal to buy Hemophilia drugmaker Bioverativ for over $11.5 bln - WSJ

* SANOFI NEARS DEAL TO BUY HEMOPHILIA DRUGMAKER BIOVERATIV FOR MORE THAN $11.5 BILLION - WSJ, CITING SOURCES‍​ Source: http://on.wsj.com/2mYJulp Further company coverage:,

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Toshiba considering IPO for memory chip unit - FT

TOKYO, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp is considering an IPO of its prized memory chip business if an agreed $18 billion sale of the unit to Bain Capital fails to gain antitrust approval by the end of March, the Financial Times reported on Monday.

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U.S. Commerce Dept sends Trump aluminum probe findings -officials

WASHINGTON, Jan 21 (Reuters) - The U.S. Commerce Department has sent President Donald Trump the results of its national security probe into aluminum imports, Trump administration officials said on Sunday, while declining to disclose details.

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UPDATE 7-Senators race to end U.S. government shutdown before work week begins

WASHINGTON, Jan 21 (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republican and Democratic leaders met on Sunday amid a flurry of congressional negotiations aimed at breaking an impasse that has kept the U.S. government shut down for two days, but it was unclear if a deal could be struck to reopen federal agencies by the start of the work week.

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PRECIOUS-Gold up on safe haven buying after U.S. govt shutdown

Jan 22 (Reuters) - Gold prices edged up on Monday amid a softer dollar as investors sought safe haven assets after the U.S. government shutdown due to a funding impasse. FUNDAMENTALS * Spot gold rose 0.2 percent to $1,334.10 an ounce by 0046 GMT. * Spot gold fell 0.5 percent last week, its first weekly decline in six weeks. * U.S. gold futures were up 0.1 percent at $1,333.80. * The dollar index , which measures the greenback against a

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks, dollar sag after US government shutdown

* South African rand shines, Turkish lira drops on Syria conflict

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UPDATE 1-Icahn, Deason call on Xerox to explore options, including sale -WSJ

Jan 21 (Reuters) - Hedge fund investor Carl Icahn and another major owner of Xerox Corp stock, Darwin Deason, are pushing the digital print technology provider to explore strategic alternatives, including a sale, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.

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UPDATE 1-Australian short-seller target Quintis appoints administrators

* Shares not traded since May (Adds Glaucus comments and short-selling details)

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UPDATE 1-U.S. stock index futures dip after government shutdown continues

Jan 21 (Reuters) - Stock investors gave a muted reaction to the second day of a U.S. government shutdown on Sunday, with U.S. stock index futures dipping only slightly on expectations that the political impasse will not hurt the U.S. economy.

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UPDATE 1-Color back on red carpet ahead of Screen Actors Guild awards

LOS ANGELES, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Color returned to the red carpet on Sunday for the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) award on a night expected to celebrate female empowerment in the midst of the sexual misconduct scandal sweeping the United States.

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Icahn, Deason call on Xerox to explore options, including sale -WSJ

Jan 21 (Reuters) - Hedge fund investor Carl Icahn and another major owner of Xerox Corp stock, Darwin Deason, are pushing the digital print technology provider to explore strategic alternatives, including a sale, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.

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BRIEF-Carl Icahn And Darwin Deason push for Xerox to explore sale - WSJ‍​

* CARL ICAHN AND DARWIN DEASON PUSH FOR XEROX TO EXPLORE SALE - WSJ, CITING SOURCES‍​ Source: http://on.wsj.com/2EYCRHd Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 1-Wal-Mart shops Brazil unit stake to Advent, other funds -sources

SAO PAULO, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc is in talks with buyout firm Advent International Corp and other funds to sell a major stake in its Brazilian operations, two people with direct knowledge of the matter said on Sunday.

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Rio Tinto sets up new exploration office in Mongolia

MELBOURNE, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Rio Tinto will set up a new office in the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar, separate from its Oyu Tolgoi mine division, to focus on exploration and building local ties.

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UPDATE 1-U.S. hedge fund Tiger Global has invested more than $1 bln in Barclays -FT

Jan 21 (Reuters) - U.S. hedge fund Tiger Global Management has invested more than $1 billion in Britain's Barclays Plc , the Financial Times reported on Sunday.

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U.S. hedge fund Tiger Global has invested more than $1 bln in Barclays - FT

Jan 21 (Reuters) - U.S. hedge fund Tiger Global Management has invested more than $1 billion in Britain's Barclays Plc , the Financial Times reported on Sunday.

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Advent in talks to buy 50 pct of Wal-Mart's Brazilian unit -report

SAO PAULO, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Private equity firm Advent is in talks to buy 50 percent of Wal-Mart Stores Inc's operations in Brazil, according to a report in Brazil's O Globo newspaper on Sunday.

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UPDATE 1-Wall St Week Ahead-Where Netflix goes, Big Tech may follow

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Netflix Inc's quarterly results on Monday may offer an advanced preview of whether Facebook Inc, Amazon.com Inc and other heavyweights behind much of the U.S. stock market's record-breaking rally can keep delivering.

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Wall St Week Ahead-Where Netflix goes, Big Tech may follow, despite U.S. government shutdown

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Netflix Inc's quarterly results on Monday may offer a preview of whether Facebook Inc, Amazon.com Inc and other heavyweights behind much of the U.S. stock market's record-breaking rally can keep delivering.

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Turkish forces push into Syria, battle Kurdish militia

AZAZ, Syria (Reuters) - Turkey's army and rebel allies battled U.S.-backed Kurdish militia in Syria's Afrin province on Sunday, stepping up a two-day-old campaign against YPG fighters that has opened a new front in Syria's civil war.

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Review: The Elusive Jonas Kaufmann Finally Returns to New York

The superstar tenor appeared at Carnegie Hall on Saturday night, winning cheers despite vocal glitches.

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Turkish forces push into Syria, clash with Kurdish militia

AZAZ, Syria (Reuters) - Turkish ground forces advanced into northern Syria's Afrin region on Sunday, Ankara said after launching artillery and air strikes on a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia it aims to sweep from its border.

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New York governor vows to reopen Statue of Liberty as shutdown enters Day 2

NEW YORK (Reuters) - As the federal government shutdown entered its second day on Sunday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo vowed to use state money to reopen the Statue of Liberty before Washington restores funding to operate the popular tourist destination.

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Man accused of hate crime goes on trial in neighbor's killing

Members of a Tulsa, Oklahoma, family are hoping they will finally see justice after years of feeling the system let them down and ignored their pleas for help to keep a racist neighbor from killing their son.

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Alpine skiing: Switzerland's Gut claims first win since injury

CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy (Reuters) - Swiss Lara Gut won the World Cup Super G at Cortina on Sunday to claim her first win since last February's knee injury and signal her return to form in time for the Winter Olympics.

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British PM May says will stop companies abusing pension schemes

LONDON, Jan 21 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May said she would clamp down on bosses who try to "line their own pockets" while not protecting workers' pensions, after the collapse of outsourcer Carillion with a 900-million-pound hole in its pension scheme.

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Turkish forces push into Syria, Kurdish militia says attacks repulsed

AZAZ, Syria (Reuters) - Turkish ground forces pushed into northern Syria's Afrin province on Sunday, the army said, after Turkey launched artillery and air strikes on a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia it aims to sweep from its border.

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Turkish military enters Syrian city after days of airstrikes

Turkey launched a ground operation across the border into northern Syria on Sunday, in a move likely to raise tensions with the United States.

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Turkish army says has hit 153 targets so far in northern Syrian operation

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The Turkish military has so far hit 153 Kurdish militant targets in its operation in northern Syria's Afrin region, the army said in a statement on Sunday.

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Europe readies riposte to Trump's "America First" push in Davos

DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 21 (Reuters) - European leaders will be out in force at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week to defend multilateralism before U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to deliver his "America First" message.

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Rockets from Syria hit Turkish border town: Anadolu

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Four rockets fired from Syria hit the Turkish southern border town of Kilis early on Sunday damaging houses, state-run Anadolu Agency said.

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REFILE-SoFi in talks with top Twitter exec about CEO position-WSJ

Jan 20 (Reuters) - Social Finance Inc (SoFi) is in discussions with Anthony Noto, a top Twitter Inc executive, to become the online lender's chief executive, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday, citing sources.

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U.S. Army helicopter crash in California kills 2 soldiers -official

Jan 20 (Reuters) - A U.S. Army Apache attack helicopter crashed early Saturday morning in California, killing two soldiers, a spokesman for the Army said.

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SoFi in talks with top Twitter exec about CEO position-WSJ

Jan 20 (Reuters) - Social Finance Inc (SoFi) is in discussions with Anthony Noto, a top Twitter Inc executive, to become the online lender's chief executive, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday, citing sources.

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In New York, tourists left high and dry as Statue of Liberty shuts down

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tourists who came to Battery Park in lower Manhattan hoping to catch a ferry to the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor got an unpleasant surprise on Saturday, learning the must-see destination was closed thanks to a U.S. government shutdown.

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UPDATE 3- South Africa's ANC to force Zuma to quit as president -reports

* Telkom chairman Jabu Mabuza named Eskom's chair (Adds new details on Eskom board, Ramaphosa quote)

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UPDATE 6-ADM pursues big ag merger with grain trader Bunge-source

CHICAGO/CALGARY, Alberta, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Top U.S. grain merchant Archer Daniels Midland Co has proposed a takeover of Bunge Ltd, according to a person familiar with the approach, which could set up a bidding war with Swiss-based rival Glencore Plc.

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Gunmen attack Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel - Afghan official

KABUL, Jan 20 (Reuters) - A group of three or four gunmen attacked the Intercontinental Hotel in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday and were exchanging fire with security forces, an interior ministry spokesman said.

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South Africa names Jabu Mabuza as Eskom chairman in board shake-up 

JOHANNESBURG, Jan 20 (Reuters) - South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed a new board at state-owned power utility Eskom and named Telkom's chairman Jabu Mabuza as its new chairman, the country's presidency said on Saturday.

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Turkish military operation in Syria's Afrin has begun: Erdogan

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday a military operation in Syria's Kurdish-controlled Afrin region had begun after cross-border shelling by the Turkish army.

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Djokovic shrugs off injury scare to reach fourth round

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic allayed fears over a muscle strain in his lower back after overpowering Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-2 6-3 6-3 to reach the Australian Open fourth round of on Saturday.

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Turkish military operation in Syria's Afrin has begun - Erdogan

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday a military operation in Syria's Kurdish-controlled Afrin region had begun after cross-border shelling by the Turkish army.

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India's ONGC to buy majority stake in refiner HPCL for $5.78 bln

NEW DELHI, Jan 20 (Reuters) - India's biggest explorer Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) has agreed to buy the government's majority stake in state-refiner Hindustan Petroleum Corp for 369 billion rupees ($5.78 billion), ONGC said on Saturday.

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Schaeffler CEO says splitting company would be unwise -paper

FRANKFURT, Jan 20 (Reuters) - German car parts maker Schaeffler sees no merit in splitting the company, contrasting with peers such as Continental, Delphi or Autoliv, which have spun off units or are considering doing so.

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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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BRIEF-Blackstone / GSO Senior Floating Rate Term Fund Announces Preliminary Filing For Rights Offering

Jan 19 (Reuters) - Blackstone / GSO Senior Floating Rate Term Fund:

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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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CORRECTED-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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Vista Equity explores options for PowerSchool, PeopleAdmin-sources

Jan 19 (Reuters) - Private equity firm Vista Equity Partners Management LLC is exploring options for two software companies it owns, PowerSchool and PeopleAdmin, that could involve combining them in a deal worth between $2 billion to $3 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.

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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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Alaska oil producers focus on efficiencies, not $70 oil

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Jan 19 (Reuters) - The rebound in the price of crude oil in recent months that has helped producers will be temporary, and the industry must prepare for competition from energy sources elsewhere, the head of the Alaska operations of BP Plc said at an industry conference on Friday.

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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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BRIEF-Willis Lease Says It Gave All Non-Executive Employees One-Time Bonus Of $1,000

* WILLIS LEASE FINANCE GIVES EMPLOYEE BONUS DRIVEN BY NEW TAX LAWS

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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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Rent-A-Center, Vintage Capital sign standstill deal amid buyout talks

Jan 19 (Reuters) - Buyout firm Vintage Capital Management LLC has agreed not to raise its stake in its acquisition target Rent-A-Center Inc or seek to gain control of its board as they talk about a potential deal, the furniture retailer said on Friday.

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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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EMERGING MARKETS-Brazil stocks hold near all-time highs; Argentina stocks fall

(Updates prices) By Bruno Federowski BRASILIA, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Brazilian stocks hovered near all-time highs on Friday as optimism over the country's economic prospects sustained demand for local assets, while hopes of a tie-up with Boeing Co boosted shares of Embraer SA . The benchmark Bovespa stock index rose 0.32 percent, hitting an intraday record of 81,429. The bourse was supported by blue chips such as lenders Banco Bradesco SA and Itaú Unibanco Holding SA. Emerging mark

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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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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 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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McDonald's 'joint employment' trial delayed amid settlement talks

(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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BRIEF-Value Line ‍Announces Quarterly Cash Dividend Of $0.18/SHR

* VALUE LINE ‍ANNOUNCES QUARTERLY CASH DIVIDEND OF $0.18 PER COMMON SHARE , A SPECIAL DIVIDEND OF $0.20 PER SHARE AND REAFFIRMS SHARE BUYBACK PROGRAM​ Source text - http://bit.ly/2DUq0Xn Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Wintrust Raises Minium Wage Due To Tax Reform Legislation​

* WINTRUST FINANCIAL - DUE TO TAX REFORM LEGISLATION, CO TO RAISE MINIMUM WAGE PAID TO ELIGIBLE NON-COMMISSIONED HOURLY EMPLOYEES TO $15 PER HOUR​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Helios And Matheson Analytics Says Co And Moviepass Entered Into Amendment No. 1 To Voting Agreement

* HELIOS AND MATHESON ANALYTICS - ON JAN 16, CO AND MOVIEPASS INC ENTERED INTO AMENDMENT NO. 1 TO VOTING AGREEMENT-SEC FILING

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BRIEF-Activision Blizzard Expands Size Of Board To Ten Members​

* ACTIVISION BLIZZARD SAYS ON JAN 12 BOARD ELECTED A NEW MEMBER, EXPANDING SIZE OF BOARD TO TEN MEMBERS​ - SEC FILING Source text -http://bit.ly/2FYMXcv Further company coverage:

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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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BRIEF-South Jersey Industries To Postpone Investor Day Presentation

* SOUTH JERSEY INDUSTRIES: SJI TO POSTPONE INVESTOR DAY PRESENTATION

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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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BRIEF-Viacom CEO Robert Bakish's 2017 Total Compensation Was $20.3 Mln

* VIACOM INC - CEO ROBERT M. BAKISH 'S 2017 TOTAL COMPENSATION WAS $20.3 MILLION - SEC FILING‍​

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BRIEF-Whirlpool ‍Estimates One-Time, Non-Cash Charge Of About $425 Mln In Q4

* WHIRLPOOL - ‍ESTIMATES WILL RECORD U.S. GAAP ONE-TIME, NON-CASH CHARGE OF ABOUT $425 MILLION TO TAX EXPENSE IN Q4 DUE TO TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT​ Source text: (http://bit.ly/2rli3aR) Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Vintage Capital, Rent-A-Center Enter Into Confidentiality And Non-Disclosure Agreement

* VINTAGE CAPITAL MANAGEMENT - ON JAN 17, VINTAGE CAPITAL AND RENT-A-CENTER ENTERED INTO CONFIDENTIALITY AND NON-DISCLOSURE AGREEMENT

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Judge overseeing AT&T, Time Warner merger trial hears document dispute

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - AT&T , owner of DirecTV, is asking for documents from a long list of companies as part of preparation for a trial to determine if they will be allowed to buy movie and TV show maker Time Warner , their lawyer Daniel Petrocelli said in a pre-trial hearing on Friday.

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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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BRIEF-ModusLink Global Solutions Adopts Tax Benefits Preservation Plan

* MODUSLINK GLOBAL SOLUTIONS ADOPTS TAX BENEFITS PRESERVATION PLAN

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BRIEF-Lennar Announces Commencement Of Exchange Offers

* LENNAR ANNOUNCES COMMENCEMENT OF EXCHANGE OFFERS AND CONSENT SOLICITATIONS FOR CALATLANTIC NOTES

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BRIEF-Horizon Bancorp Files For Potential Mixed ‍​Shelf Offering Of Up To $60 Mln

* HORIZON BANCORP - FILES FOR POTENTIAL MIXED ‍​SHELF OFFERING OF UP TO $60 MILLION - SEC FILING Source text: (http://bit.ly/2DlbKpa) Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Scotts Miracle-Gro Adopts Resolution to Reduce Board Size From 11 To 10 Members​

* SCOTTS MIRACLE-GRO- ON JAN. 19, BOARD ADOPTED RESOLUTION PURSUANT TO CODE OF REGULATIONS OF CO TO REDUCE SIZE OF BOARD FROM 11 TO 10 MEMBERS​ Source text: (http://bit.ly/2rolu0s) Further company coverage:

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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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BRIEF-‍Dixons Carphone says Alex Baldock To Succeed Sebastian James As CEO

* ‍DIXONS CARPHONE PLC ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF ALEX BALDOCK AS GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE FROM APRIL 2018​

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BRIEF-Core Molding And Subsidiary Entered Into Amended And Restated Credit Agreement - SEC Filing​

* CORE MOLDING TECHNOLOGIES INC - ‍ON JANUARY 16, 2018, COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARY ENTERED INTO AN AMENDED AND RESTATED CREDIT AGREEMENT - SEC FILING​

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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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New York Set to Acquire the Next Generation of Subway Cars

The agency that runs the city’s troubled subway plans to spend nearly $4 billion on new trains to modernize an aging fleet, including novel gangway cars.

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BRIEF-Hugoton Royalty Trust Declares No January Cash Distribution

* HUGOTON ROYALTY TRUST DECLARES NO JANUARY CASH DISTRIBUTION AND GIVES NOTICE OF TENTATIVE XTO SETTLEMENT AMOUNT

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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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BRIEF-J Crew Group says ‍On Jan. 16, Board Appointed Seth Farbman To Board Of Co

* J CREW GROUP INC - ‍ON JAN, 16, , BOARD OF CO APPOINTED SETH FARBMAN TO BOARD OF COMPANY, WHICH INCREASED SIZE OF BOARD TO TEN MEMBERS - SEC FILING​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Canadian cannabis firm Aurora in talks to buy both CanniMed and Newstrike -sources

TORONTO, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Canadian marijuana producer Aurora Cannabis Inc is in talks with rivals CanniMed Therapeutics Inc and Newstrike Resources Ltd to acquire both companies in a friendly deal, people familiar with the situation told Reuters on Friday.

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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 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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US STOCKS-S&P, Nasdaq hit records, Dow muted as govt shutdown looms

* Dow up 0.03 pct, S&P up 0.3 pct, Nasdaq up 0.5 pct (Updates to late afternoon, changes byline, adds dateline NEW YORK)

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Patriots' Brady won't discuss hand injury

(Reuters) - New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady declined to discuss his injured hand on Friday or say if it would keep him from playing in Sunday's AFC Championship game where a Super Bowl berth is on the line.

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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.