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South Korean group files complaint against Apple CEO over iPhone slowdown

SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean consumer group has filed a criminal complaint against Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook over slower iPhone devices, after probes in Europe into allegations the firm had deliberately shortened the life of its handsets.

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South Korea President Moon's approval rating drops on Olympics furor

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in's approval rating has fallen to a four-month low, a poll showed on Friday, after a public backlash over a decision for South and North Korea to field a joint ice hockey team at next month's Winter Olympics.

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S.Korean group files complaint against Apple CEO over iPhone slowdown

SEOUL, Jan 19 (Reuters) - A South Korean consumer group has filed a criminal complaint against Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook over slower iPhone devices, after probes in Europe into allegations the firm had deliberately shortened the life of its handsets.

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Driving a Car in Manhattan Could Cost $11.52 Under Congestion Plan

New York could become the first U.S. city with a pay-to-drive system. Trucks and for-hire vehicles would cost more, but key bridges would stay free.

Sexual Harassment nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: The Power of Human Touch

Touch comes with risks, as expressed about the well-publicized Aziz Ansari date.

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With wedding on a plane, Pope Francis reclaims love from its emoji status

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Slick driving on icy roads after deadly storm across U.S. South

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Commuters in the U.S. South endured 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 at least a dozen deaths.

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BRIEF-Nine Energy Service Prices IPO

* SAYS INITIAL PUBLIC OFFERING OF 7.00 MILLION COMMON SHARES PRICED AT $23.00PER SHARE Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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FDA plans more restrictive policy for bulk drug compounding

(Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday said it is preparing a new, more restrictive policy targeting what drugs compounding pharmacies can produce that do not go through the agency's approval process.

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Trump Rebuked China for North Korea’s Oil Smuggling. It’s More Complicated.

The opaque world of the global maritime industry makes it exceedingly difficult to prevent North Korea from obtaining oil, despite sanctions.

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Empty prisons, grounded warplanes: U.S. budget dysfunction hits home

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three hours west of Chicago, a federal prison stands ready to take in thousands of inmates and hire hundreds of guards, but its expansion is on hold, awaiting approval from a U.S. Congress that is again paralyzed by budget disputes.

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Pope officiates wedding on papal plane

Pope Francis married two flight attendants in an impromptu ceremony on his papal plane some 36,000 feet over Chile. CNN's Rosa Flores has details.

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Asia and Australia Edition: North Korea, Amazon, Republicans: Your Friday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

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North Korea Olympic officials in Switzerland ahead of IOC talks

GENEVA (Reuters) - North Korean Olympic officials arrived in Switzerland on Thursday ahead of weekend talks at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to finalize Pyongyang's participation in the Winter Games in South Korea next month.

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U.S. tests nuclear power system to sustain astronauts on Mars

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Initial tests in Nevada on a compact nuclear power system designed to sustain a long-duration NASA human mission on the inhospitable surface of Mars have been successful and a full-power run is scheduled for March, officials said on Thursday.

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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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Hundreds commemorate Jewish sage at his tomb in southern Israel

NETIVOT, Israel (Reuters) - Hundreds of Jewish worshippers made a pilgrimage on Thursday to the tomb in southern Israel of a sage revered by his followers as a miracle-maker.

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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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Norfolk Southern pushing for 'more stable' rail service in 2018: CEO

LOMBARD, Ill. (Reuters) - Norfolk Southern Corp is working toward a "more stable, resilient" network for 2018 following service issues in recent months, the No. 4 U.S. railroad's top executive 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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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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WhatsApp inches closer to revenue plan with accounts for businesses

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Messaging application WhatsApp said on Thursday that it would begin allowing business accounts for the first time, a step that brings the free service closer to a plan that would make money for its corporate parent, Facebook Inc .

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Pope Francis marries couple aboard plane

As far as Catholic weddings go, it's pretty hard to beat being married by the Pope. On an airplane.

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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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BRIEF-Honeywell Supplies United Airlines With Cockpit Technologies For New Boeing 737 Max Airplanes

* HONEYWELL SUPPLIES UNITED AIRLINES WITH COCKPIT TECHNOLOGIES FOR NEW BOEING 737 MAX AIRPLANES

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

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

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BRIEF-GE Says Co's Power Services Business Signed Long-Term Agreements With Consortium Formed By Macquarie Capital, Techint Valued At About Over $330M ‍​

* GE - CO'S POWER SERVICES BUSINESS SIGNED LONG-TERM AGREEMENTS WITH CONSORTIUM FORMED BY MACQUARIE CAPITAL, TECHINT VALUED AT ABOUT OVER $330M ‍​ Source text: (http://bit.ly/2EUMaaT) Further company coverage:

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Short track still Korea's most likely path to gold

(Reuters) - While there has been much handwringing over sluggish ticket sales for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, empty seats will not be an issue inside the Gangneung Ice Arena when short track speed skating is in session.

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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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Trump administration's infrastructure plan taking shape

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is finalizing its long-awaited infrastructure plan, which would push most of the financing of projects to private investment and state and local taxpayers, according to sources familiar with the proposal taking shape.

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Donald Trump, North Korea, Apple: Your Thursday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

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'Pyongyang Olympics?' Backlash reveals changing attitudes in South Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) - An agreement between South and North Korea to march under a unity flag and field a joint ice hockey team at next month's Olympics was met sharp criticism by many in the South on Thursday, highlighting changing attitudes toward the country's northern neighbor.

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India plans to raise health spending by 11 percent in budget; less than requested

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India is poised to raise its public health spending by 11 percent in the annual budget next month, after rejecting the health minister's demand for a much bigger increase to ramp up disease control, according to government sources and documents.

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How to Plan a Last-Minute Trip to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang

It’s not too late to plan a trip to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. Here’s how to score a cheap flight, find a place to stay, and catch the games.

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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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Two Koreas' 'one flag' emblematic of once better ties

SEOUL (Reuters) - North and South Korea's plan to march together under the same blue-and-white Korean peninsula flag at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics next month marks the revival of an emblem of warmer ties between the old foes from years past.

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

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

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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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Old hands in South Korea Bitcoin market unfazed by threats of ban

SEOUL/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Threats of a potential cryptocurrency trading ban in South Korea have scared many investors away, but some veterans of the young market are defiant, saying restrictions would be relatively easy to circumvent.

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South Korea considers shutting down domestic cryptocurrency exchanges

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean policymakers joined the global chorus of virtual-coin critics on Thursday, saying Seoul is considering shutting down domestic virtual currency exchanges as the new breed of market exposes users to speculative frenzy and crime.

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Trump: Predecessors left N. Korea to a president 'that scored the highest on tests'

Fresh off a White House doctor declaring his health excellent, President Donald Trump swiped at his predecessors on North Korea, while saying he "scored the highest on tests."

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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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South Korea considering shutting down all virtual currency exchanges

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's financial regulator chief said the government is considering shutting down all local virtual currency exchanges in a national policy committee meeting on Thursday.

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

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

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

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

Olympic Games (2018) nytimes.com

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

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

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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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Tennis: Powerful Pera sends ninth seed Konta out

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - World number 123 Bernarda Pera sent ninth seed Johanna Konta tumbling out of the second round of the Australian Open on Thursday with a 6-4 7-5 upset in blazing sunshine on court two.

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South Korea's financial regulator says considering shutting down all virtual currency exchanges

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's financial regulator chief says the government is considering shutting down all local virtual currency exchanges in a national policy committee meeting on Thursday.

Olympic Games (2018) nytimes.com

Olympic Détente Upends U.S. Strategy on North Korea

For the White House, the budding détente scrambles its strategy of pressuring the North, with sanctions and threats of military action, to give up its nuclear arsenal.

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

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

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BRIEF-Walter Investment Management Says Prepackaged Chapter 11 Plan Approved By Court

* WALTER INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT CORP. PREPACKAGED CHAPTER 11 PLAN APPROVED BY COURT

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North Korea, Bannon, Apple: Your Wednesday Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

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Exclusive: Trump accuses Russia of helping North Korea evade sanctions; says U.S. needs more missile defense

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump complained on Wednesday that Russia was helping North Korea to evade international sanctions, signaling frustration with a country he had hoped to forge friendly relations with after his 2016 election win.

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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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Tillerson: Evidence sanctions 'really starting to hurt' North Korea

PALO ALTO, Calif. (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday the United States is receiving evidence that international sanctions are "really starting to hurt" North Korea, and praised China for putting pressure on Pyongyang.

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Apple plans new U.S. campus, to pay $38 billion in foreign cash taxes

(Reuters) - Apple Inc will open a new campus as part of a 5-year, $30 billion U.S. investment plan and will make about $38 billion in one-time tax payments on its overseas cash, one of the largest corporate spending plans announced since the passage of a tax cut signed by U.S. President Donald Trump.

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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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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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Apple plans second U.S. campus, to pay $38 billion in foreign cash taxes

(Reuters) - Apple Inc will open a second U.S. campus as part of a 5-year, $30 billion U.S. investment plan and will make about $38 billion in one-time tax payments on its overseas cash, one of the largest corporate spending plans announced since the passage of a tax cut signed by U.S. President Donald Trump.

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Exclusive: Trump takes hard line on immigration, rejects 'horrible' bipartisan plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday aligned himself solidly with conservative Republicans on immigration, criticizing a proposed bipartisan deal as "horrible" on border security and "very, very weak" on reforms for the legal immigration system.

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Russia says North Korea summit undermines U.N., aggravates situation

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia hit out on Wednesday at a U.S.-led effort to increase international pressure on North Korea, saying it was making the situation worse and undermining the United Nations.

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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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Apple, Capitalizing on New Tax Law, Plans to Bring Billions in Cash Back to U.S.

Less than four weeks after President Trump signed a new tax bill, Apple plans to repatriate the vast majority of its $252 billion in cash held abroad.

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Trump: Russia is not helping with N. Korea

President Donald Trump on Wednesday accused Russia of helping North Korea skirt international sanctions aimed at curbing North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

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CORRECTED (OFFICIAL)-Kazakhstan to purchase Boeing planes, build new GE locomotives

WASHINGTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev said on Tuesday the country has reached agreements with several U.S. companies worth $7.5 billion, including contracts to supply passenger planes and locomotives to the Central Asian country.

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Exclusive: Trump says Russia helping North Korea skirt sanctions; Pyongyang getting close on missile

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday Russia is helping North Korea get supplies in violation of international sanctions and that Pyongyang is getting "closer every day" to being able to deliver a long-range missile to the United States.

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North Korea rejects sanctions talk, ready for 'successful' Olympics: diplomat

GENEVA (Reuters) - North Korea rejects as a "provocation" a U.S.-led meeting in Vancouver that discussed tougher sanctions that Pyongyang will fight, a senior North Korean diplomat told Reuters on Wednesday.

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GE's 2018 gains wiped out as worries about turnaround plan persist

(Reuters) - Shares of General Electric Co continued its slide on Wednesday and wiped out all its gains in 2018, a day after the U.S. industrial conglomerate announced more than $11 billion in charges and hinted about a potential breakup.

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

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

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Mining, demand for heating power U.S. industrial production

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. industrial production increased more than expected in December as unseasonably cold weather at the end of the month boosted demand for heating, but manufacturing output barely rose, pointing to moderate growth in the industrial sector.

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

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

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Russia: North Korea summit undermines U.N., aggravates situation

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia hit out on Wednesday at a U.S.-led effort to increase international pressure on North Korea, saying it was making the situation worse and undermining the United Nations.

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Russia: Vancouver meeting is aggravating situation around North Korea

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A meeting of 20 countries in the Canadian city of Vancouver to discuss ways to increase pressure on North Korea is making the situation on the Korean peninsula worse, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

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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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After Cyclists Died, Safer Crosstown Bike Lanes Are Planned for Midtown Manhattan

New York City is moving to install protected crosstown bike lanes: one going east on 26th Street and one going west on 29th Street.

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

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

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Koreas to form unified ice hockey team, march together in Olympics

SEOUL (Reuters) - The two Koreas will field a combined women's ice hockey team and march together under one flag at next month's Winter Olympics in the South, Seoul said on Wednesday, after a new round of talks amid a thaw in cross-border ties.

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North Korea: Our nukes only target US

North Korea's chief negotiator, Ri Son Gwon, says North Korea's atomic and hydrogen weapons are only targeting the United States and not South Korea, Russia or China.

Olympic Games (2018) nytimes.com

North and South Korean Teams to March as One at Olympics

The agreement is a milestone in inter-Korean sports relations, and Seoul has said in the past it hoped such a move could contribute to a political thaw.

cnn.com

North and South Korea to march together under unified flag at Winter Olympics

North and South Korean athletes will march together at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony under a unified flag representing the entire peninsula, South Korea announced Wednesday.

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Koreas to form unified ice hockey team, march together in Winter Olympics

SEOUL (Reuters) - The two Koreas agreed during rare talks on Wednesday to form a combined women's ice hockey team to take part in next month's Winter Olympics in the South, and march together under a unified peninsula flag at the opening ceremony, a joint statement released by Seoul's unification ministry said.

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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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Stanley Cup winner Paek returns to Korea for Pyeongchang tilt

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Jim Paek, head coach of the South Korean men's national ice hockey team, is a man of two Olympic nations.

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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.

cnn.com

Snow comes to the South, bringing frigid temps

From Texas to Maine, a storm swept in frigid temperatures and snow, putting portions of 23 states and more than 70 million people under winter weather alerts.

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North Korea to send cheerleaders to Olympics but Japan sees little to applaud

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea will send a 230-strong cheering squad to the Winter Olympics in the South next month, Seoul said on Wednesday after both sides held talks amid a thaw in inter-Korean ties and as Japan urged caution over the North's "charm offensive".

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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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France plans to accelerate wind power projects

* GRAPHIC-Europe's wind power capacity: http://tmsnrt.rs/2zPjhiw

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North Korea to send cheerleaders to Olympics but Japan sees little to celebrate

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea will send a 230-strong cheering squad to the Winter Olympics in the South next month, Seoul said on Wednesday after both sides held talks amid a thaw in inter-Korean ties and as Japan urged caution over the North's "charm offensive".

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BRIEF-South African competition tribunal approves Maseve Mine sale transaction

* SOUTH AFRICAN COMPETITION TRIBUNAL APPROVES MASEVE MINE SALE TRANSACTION Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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N. Korea linked to new cryptocurrency attacks

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North Korea to send 230-strong cheering squad to Olympics in South, says Seoul

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea will send around 230 people as a single cheering squad to the Winter Olympics in the South next month, South Korea's unification ministry said in a statement after officials from the two Koreas held talks on Wednesday.

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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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Exclusive: GM, DHL use a Chinese plant to lead manufacturing change

LIUZHOU, China,  (Reuters) - Inside General Motors Co's vehicle assembly plant in this southern China city, many workers wear the red-and-yellow uniforms of DHL, the logistics company.

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Nations to consider more North Korea sanctions, U.S. warns on military option

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Twenty nations agreed on Tuesday to consider tougher sanctions to press North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned Pyongyang it could trigger a military response if it did not chose negotiations.

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Nations at North Korea meeting commit to considering more sanctions

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - A 20-nation meeting on North Korea agreed on Tuesday to consider imposing unilateral sanctions on Pyongyang that go beyond those required by U.N. Security Council resolutions, the United States and Canada said in a joint statement.

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

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

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North Korea rips 'lunatic' Trump as US moves B-52 bombers to Guam

The US Air Force has deployed six nuclear-capable B-52 Stratofortress bombers to Guam, according to US Pacific Air Forces, adding more firepower to the region just hours after North Korean state media mocked President Donald Trump's tweet referencing the size of his nuclear button as the "spasm of a lunatic."

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Olympics diplomacy could solve the Korea crisis

Olympics diplomacy will get its day, even if it comes beneath the shadow of the North Korean nuclear program.

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Bipartisan immigration plan fell short on border security: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan immigration proposal presented to President Donald Trump last week failed to adequately address his priorities, particularly in its level of funding for border security, the White House said on Tuesday.

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BRIEF-Boeing, Adient Launch New Company To Design And Build Airplane Seats

* BOEING, ADIENT LAUNCH NEW COMPANY TO DESIGN AND BUILD AIRPLANE SEATS

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Cloud Peak to export U.S. coal to new power plants in Japan

WASHINGTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - U.S. miner Cloud Peak Energy said on Tuesday it will export coal from a Montana mine for 30 to 40 months to two new power plants in Japan with shipments that could start late next year.

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Exclusive: Mexico's Pemex chose Japan's Mitsui to complete Tula coking plant - sources

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican state oil company Pemex [PEMX.UL] has chosen Japanese conglomerate Mitsui as its partner for a $2.6 billion coking plant project at its Tula refinery in a preliminary deal, two sources told Reuters this week.

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Analysis: Durbin destroyed Kirstjen Nielsen's 'shithole' explanation

When Department of Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsen agreed to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, she could have never imagined she would find herself in the middle of a, well, shitstorm over "shithole."

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Trump’s Harsh Words, Not His Plan for Wall, Dominate Hearing

The secretary of homeland security was quizzed repeatedly about the vulgar word, or words, said to have been uttered by the president describing African countries.

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U.S.-led meeting urges North Korea pressure despite North-South detente

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - The world needs to keep up pressure on North Korea to force it to abandon its nuclear weapons program and should not be fooled by a charm offensive in engaging South Korea, participants at a 20-nation meeting on North Korea said on Tuesday.

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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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Kazakhstan to purchase Boeing planes, build new GE locomotives

WASHINGTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev said on Tuesday the country has reached agreements with several U.S. companies worth $7.5 billion, including contracts to supply passenger planes and locomotives to the Central Asian country.

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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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U.S.-led meeting says sanctions pressure on North Korea must be maintained

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Sanctions pressure must be maintained on Pyongyang to force it to abandon its nuclear weapons program, participants at a 20-nation meeting on North Korea said on Tuesday.

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BRIEF-Fujifilm Recalls Power Adapter Wall Plugs Sold With Digital Cameras Due To Shock Hazard

* FUJIFILM RECALLS POWER ADAPTER WALL PLUGS SOLD WITH DIGITAL CAMERAS DUE TO SHOCK HAZARD

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Senator says Trump definitely used 'shithole' to describe African nations, despite evolving explanations

Sen. Dick Durbin asserted Tuesday that President Donald Trump called certain African nations "shithole countries" during a bipartisan meeting on immigration reform at the White House last week, despite evolving explanations from some Republicans.

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

* Opposition says Zuma should be charged over state corruption

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Split Social Democrats could sink Merkel's coalition plans

BERLIN (Reuters) - The leader of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) tried on Tuesday to quash a grassroots rebellion against a blueprint agreed with Angela Merkel's conservatives to enter formal talks on a "grand coalition" which could scupper her plan for a fourth term.

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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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4 South Carolina officers shot after domestic violence call

A man shot and injured four law enforcement officers late Monday and early Tuesday near a South Carolina home, a sheriff's spokesman said, after deputies initially were called there for a complaint of domestic violence.

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Four South Carolina police wounded exchanging gunfire with suspect

(Reuters) - A police officer and three sheriff's deputies were shot and wounded as they tried to apprehend a man accused of domestic violence early Tuesday morning in South Carolina's York County, the sheriff's office said.

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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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Japanese broadcaster sends false N. Korea missile alert

Japanese national broadcaster NHK issued an on-air apology Tuesday after issuing an alert incorrectly claiming that North Korea had launched a ballistic missile.

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

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

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The South prepares for wintry mix of snow and ice

Snow and ice are coming to Southern states that aren't so accustomed to seeing such frosty conditions.

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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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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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South Korean charged with murder of wife, son at Hong Kong Ritz-Carlton

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A South Korean man was formally charged on Tuesday with murdering his wife and six-year-old son at the five-star Ritz-Carlton hotel in Hong Kong.

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Vancouver meeting focuses on sanctions as Koreas explore detente

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - A meeting of states that backed South Korea in the Korean war will look at ways to better implement sanctions to push North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons, officials said, even as the North and South explore detente ahead of next month's Winter Olympics.

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Plan for joint Olympics team with North gets icy reception in South Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) - While Seoul forges ahead with plans to use the upcoming Winter Olympics to showcase inter-Korean unity, some South Korean athletes are "furious" at proposals to form joint teams with North Koreans, highlighting a broader lack of enthusiasm for some of the government’s peace-making plans.

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JD.com widens Southeast Asia presence by investing in Vietnam's Tiki.vn

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese online retailer JD.com Inc has made an investment in Vietnamese e-commerce firm Tiki.vn, expanding its Southeast Asia business amid growing competition in the region from Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Amazon.com Inc.

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UPDATE 1-JD.com widens Southeast Asia presence by investing in Vietnam's Tiki.vn

* JD.com co-leads investment in Tiki.vn with Vietnam's VNG Corp

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Japan investigates how to evacuate citizens from South Korea in crisis: report

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan is examining how to evacuate its roughly 60,000 citizens from South Korea in the event of a crisis that closes airports, with military ships being used as shuttles, a Japanese newspaper reported on Tuesday.

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Russia's hidden world of North Korean labor

In pre-fabricated buildings, down a muddy track on the outskirts of St. Petersburg lies a world of hidden North Korean labor in Russia.

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Work provides crucial funds for N. Korea

North Korea is sending thousands of workers to Russia, then receiving the majority of their earnings despite international sanctions. CNN's Matthew Chance has an exclusive look inside one construction site.

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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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North Korea meeting to stress importance of sanctions - Canada

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - A summit on curbing North Korea's nuclear ambitions will focus in part on how to ensure countries fully implement all the sanctions imposed on the reclusive state, a Canadian government source said on Monday.

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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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US and Canada will host North Korea nuclear meeting

The United States and Canada will co-host an international summit on the North Korean nuclear threat in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Tuesday, as tensions on the Korean Peninsula settle into a steady simmer while direct talks between the north and the south continue.

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Donald Trump, North Korea, Martin Luther King Jr.: Your Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

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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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North Korea meeting to stress importance of sanctions: Canada

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - A summit on curbing North Korea's nuclear ambitions will focus in part on how to ensure countries fully implement all the sanctions imposed on the reclusive state, a Canadian government source said on Monday.

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Fiat Chrysler CEO says no plans to sell brands to Chinese

DETROIT (Reuters) - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV's (FCA) has no intention of breaking up the company or selling individual brands to China or other parties, the company's chief executive said on Monday, adding that the group was counting on its coveted Jeep brand to drive future profits.

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UPDATE 1-Fiat Chrysler CEO says no plans to sell brands to Chinese

DETROIT, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV's (FCA) has no intention of breaking up the company or selling individual brands to China or other parties, the company's chief executive said on Monday, adding that the group was counting on its coveted Jeep brand to drive future profits.

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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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Fiat Chrysler boss says no plans to break up company

DETROIT (Reuters) - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV's CEO has no intention of breaking up the company or selling off individual brands to China or any other parties, he said on Monday, adding the group was counting on its coveted Jeep brand to drive profit.

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Asia and Australia Edition: Jakarta, North Korea, the Cranberries: Your Tuesday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

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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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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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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-‍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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South Korea's speed skaters face tough competition on home ice

(Reuters) - Picking up medals on the fast ice of the Gangneung Oval at the Winter Olympics could be a tall order for South Korea's speed skaters, according to Dutchman Bob de Jong, who is assistant coach of the hosts' national team.

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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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BRIEF-RNC Minerals Plans Initiatives To Allow Decision To Start Dumont Nickel-Cobalt Project Construction In 2019

* RNC MINERALS PLANS INITIATIVES TO ALLOW DECISION TO BEGIN CONSTRUCTION OF DUMONT NICKEL-COBALT PROJECT IN 2019; HIGHLIGHTS LARGE NICKEL AND COBALT RESERVES

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North Korean orchestra to perform in South during Olympics amid easing tensions

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea agreed during rare talks on Monday to send a 140-strong orchestra to perform during the Winter Olympics in South Korea next month, Seoul said, amid easing tensions after a months-long standoff over the North's weapons programs.

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Britain scrambles two Typhoon jets to intercept Russian planes

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain scrambled two Royal Air Force Typhoon jets on Monday from Scotland to intercept Russian planes near the United Kingdom's airspace, a defense ministry spokesman said.

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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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French families plan to sue retailers over baby milk recall: group

PARIS (Reuters) - Some French families affected by a recall of baby milk by dairy firm Lactalis due to salmonella contamination plan to take legal action against supermarket chains, the head of a victims group 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.