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Israel indicts Palestinian teenage girl who punched soldier: army

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OFER PRISON, West Bank (Reuters) - Israel indicted a 16-year-old Palestinian girl on Monday on charges including assault for punching an Israeli soldier in the face two weeks ago, an incident which made her into a hero for Palestinians and was seen as humiliating by right-wing Israelis. [Source]

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Trump administration says U.S. mistakenly backed China WTO accession in 2001

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States mistakenly supported China's membership of the World Trade Organization in 2001 on terms that have failed to force Beijing to open its economy, the Trump administration said on Friday as it prepares to clamp down on Chinese trade.

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Bank of America Executive Departs After Misconduct Claim

The executive, Omeed Malik, was accused of inappropriate sexual conduct with a young woman, according to people briefed on the bank’s investigation.

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Trump appointee lays out plan to relax regulations on banks

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Las Vegas shooter's girlfriend won't face charges: sheriff

(Reuters) - The girlfriend of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock, who fatally shot 58 people in October, is unlikely to face charges but the FBI was investigating another person in the case, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said on Friday.

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No charges anticipated against Las Vegas shooter's girlfriend: sheriff

(Reuters) - The sheriff of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said on Friday he does not foresee charges being filed against the girlfriend of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock, who fatally shot 58 people last October.

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Schumer, Trump meet at White House as government shutdown looms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer met with President Donald Trump at the White House on Friday to search for ways to avert a U.S. government shutdown, but Schumer said afterward that disagreements remained as the clock ticks toward a midnight deadline to pass a funding bill.

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Kim Kardashian names new baby girl Chicago

Kim Kardashian's new baby daughter with rapper husband Kanye West has been named Chicago, the reality star announced on her app on Friday.

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No charges anticipated against girlfriend of Las Vegas shooter: sheriff

(Reuters) - The sheriff of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said on Friday he does not foresee charges being filed against the girlfriend of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock, who fatally shot 58 people last October.

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Trump to tout U.S. economy, urge fair trade at elite Davos forum

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will be entering something of a lion's den when he visits the elitist enclave of Davos next week, rubbing shoulders with the same "globalists" that he campaigned against in winning the 2016 election.

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U.S. funding hold will hurt U.N. effort to help Palestinian refugees: Russia's Lavrov

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a U.N. news conference on Friday that the U.S. decision to withhold funds for a U.N. agency that assists Palestinians would seriously undermine efforts to meet the needs of refugees.

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BRIEF-American National Bankshares Announces Stock Repurchase Plan Of Up To 300,000 Shares

* AMERICAN NATIONAL BANKSHARES INC. ANNOUNCES A STOCK REPURCHASE PLAN

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BRIEF-Bank Of Commerce Holdings Reports Quarterly EPS $0.00

* BANK OF COMMERCE HOLDINGS - QTRLY NET INTEREST INCOME $10.9 MILLION VERSUS $9.4 MILLION Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX rises, led by bank and railroad shares

TORONTO, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index rose on Friday, led by gains for the heavyweight financials group and industrial shares, while energy stocks were weighed by lower oil prices.

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Exclusive: Rohingya refugee leaders draw up demands ahead of repatriation

(Reuters) - Rohingya leaders in a Bangladesh refugee camp have drawn up a list of demands they want Myanmar to meet before authorities begin sending back hundreds of thousands in a repatriation process expected to begin next week and last for two years.

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SoftBank telecoms IPO faces headwinds from govt-backed upstarts

* SoftBank telecoms IPO could be largest Japan listing in 20 yrs

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U.S. workforce shortages bolster case for Fed rate hikes

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. (Reuters) - HydraForce Inc is going to almost desperate lengths, including offering to bus in out-of-town workers, to find the muscle it needs to meet growing demand for hydraulic valves from its three factories north of Chicago.

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North Korea may hold military parade on eve of Olympics, analysts say

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea may be preparing to hold a military parade on the eve of next month's winter Olympics in South Korea, analysts and diplomats say, even as the two countries have sought to mend ties.

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Tennis: Birthday girl Martic reaches last 16 in Melbourne

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Croatia's Petra Martic celebrated her 26th birthday in style by reaching the fourth round of the Australian Open on Friday.

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An Advocate for Israel Draws Fire as He Nears Confirmation to Civil Rights Post

Kenneth Marcus’s potential return to the Education Department has drawn criticism from civil rights groups that see his narrow focus on Israel as blinding him to other matters of bias.

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SoftBank is now Uber's largest shareholder as deal closes

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

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

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

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Rahm cards his lowest score on PGA Tour for first-round lead

(Reuters) - Spaniard Jon Rahm carded his lowest score on the PGA Tour, a bogey-free 10-under-par 62, for a one-stroke lead after the first round at the CareerBuilder Challenge in the California desert on Thursday.

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U.S. won't pay $45 million pledged for Palestinian food aid for now

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will not provide $45 million in food aid for Palestinians that it pledged last month as part of the West Bank/Gaza Emergency Appeal led by the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the U.S. State Department said on Thursday.

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Factbox: Big U.S. banks' fourth-quarter results muddied by new tax law

(Reuters) - Morgan Stanley reported quarterly results on Thursday, rounding off an earnings season for big U.S. banks marked by across-the-board hit to profits from the U.S. tax overhaul.

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Jordan says Israel apologizes for deaths of two Jordanians at embassy

AMMAN (Reuters) - Jordan said on Thursday that Israel had formally apologized for the deaths of two of its citizens killed by an Israeli security guard last July in an incident that soured ties and led to the closure of the Israeli embassy in Amman, state media said.

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Uber-SoftBank deal has closed, making SoftBank largest shareholder

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

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Jordan says Israel apologizes for killing of two Jordanians in embassy incident

AMMAN (Reuters) - Jordan said on Thursday that Israel had formally apologized for the deaths of two of its citizens killed by an Israeli security guard last July in an incident that has soured ties and led to the closure of the Israeli embassy in Amman, state media said.

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Jordan says Israel apologizes for killing of two Jordanians in embassy incident: government spokesman

AMMAN (Reuters) - Jordan said on Thursday that Israel has formally apologized for the deaths of two of its citizens killed by an Israeli security guard last July in an incident that has soured ties and led to the closure of the Israeli embassy in Amman, state media said.

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MOVES-Bank of America names MacDonald new global TMT head; Zakkour departs

Jan 18 (Reuters) - Bank of America Corp has appointed Jack MacDonald to be head of global technology, media and telecom investment (TMT)banking, following the departure of Anwar Zakkour, the banker who formerly led the TMT group, according to a memo seen by Reuters.

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Deutsche Bank CEO says overhaul will take time

BERLIN/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Deutsche Bank's CEO on Thursday said an overhaul of the bank would take time but plans to turn around its performance were on the right track.

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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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Russia accuses Washington of leaking diplomats' bank details

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's foreign ministry on Thursday accused U.S. officials of leaking to the media confidential financial details of Russian diplomats working in the United States, and demanded that those responsible be punished.

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Ex-Bank of America executive Malik to launch fund advisory firm

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Omeed Malik, a former Bank of America Merrill Lynch executive, is preparing to launch an advisory firm for hedge funds and other so-called alternative investment managers,...

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BRIEF-Westamerica Bancorporation Reports Q4 EPS of $0.16

* WESTAMERICA BANCORPORATION REPORTS FOURTH QUARTER 2017 FINANCIAL RESULTS

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Suspected Boko Haram attack in Niger kills at least four soldiers

NIAMEY (Reuters) - Suspected Boko Haram fighters have killed at least four soldiers and a civilian in an attack on a military post in Niger's southeastern Diffa region, local officials and two security sources said on Thursday.

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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-CNB Bank Shares And Jacksonville Bancorp Announce Agreement To Merge

* CNB BANK SHARES, INC. AND JACKSONVILLE BANCORP, INC. ANNOUNCE AGREEMENT TO MERGE

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OPEC sees more oil supply from rivals, countering its cuts and Venezuelan woes

LONDON (Reuters) - OPEC has raised its forecast for oil supply from non-member countries in 2018 as higher prices encourage U.S. shale drillers to pump more, offsetting an OPEC-led deal to clear a supply glut and a deepening plunge in Venezuelan production.

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Oil specialist Westbeck to launch electric vehicle hedge fund

LONDON (Reuters) - Oil-focused hedge fund firm Westbeck Capital will enter new territory next month with an equities fund designed to tap into growing excitement over electric vehicles, according to...

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Morgan Stanley's wealth management business helps bank top estimates

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

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Congress to vote Thursday for funding bill to avoid government shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican leaders in the U.S. Congress stepped up their efforts to pass a temporary extension in funding government operations and avert a shutdown, scheduling a vote on the measure for later Thursday.

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China's 2017 GDP growth accelerates for first time in seven years

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's economy grew faster than expected in the fourth quarter of 2017, as an export recovery helped the country post its first annual acceleration in growth in seven years, defying concerns that intensifying curbs on industry and credit would hurt expansion.

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BRIEF-M&T Bank Corp Q4 Operating Earnings Per Share $2.04

* ORATION ANNOUNCES 2017 FOURTH QUARTER AND FULL-YEAR RESULTS

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China's 2017 GDP growth accelerates for first time in 7 years

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's economy grew faster than expected in the fourth quarter of 2017, as an export recovery helped the country post its first annual acceleration in growth in seven years, defying concerns that intensifying curbs on industry and credit would hurt expansion.

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Tennis: Birthday girl Kerber sets up Sharapova clash

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Former world number one Angelique Kerber celebrated her 30th birthday on Thursday with an emphatic 6-4 6-1 win over Donna Vekic at the Australian Open to set up an intriguing third round clash of former champions with Maria Sharapova.

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Israeli commandos kill Palestinian gunman blamed for West Bank ambush

JENIN, West Bank (Reuters) - Israeli police killed a Palestinian gunman and captured another in a clash in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, saying they were part of a cell responsible for an ambush in which a Jewish settler was shot dead.

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Will #MeToo be a turning point for younger girls, too?

Curious to know if the #MeToo conversation on sexual harassment was resonating with younger girls, I contacted my niece, a junior in high school in Westchester, just outside New York.

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China's fourth-quarter economic growth beats expectations

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's economy grew faster than expected in the fourth quarter from a year earlier, helped by a rebound in the industrial sector, a resilient property market and strong export growth.

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Israel's Elbit Systems wins $85 mln European contract

TEL AVIV, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Israeli defence firm Elbit Systems Ltd said on Thursday it won an $85 million contract to supply advanced ground-based Electronic Warfare and Signal Intelligence systems to an unnamed European country.

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

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

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CORRECTED-Toshiba sees $3.7 bln balance sheet improvement from Westinghouse deal

TOKYO, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp said on Thursday it would sell its claims in bankrupt nuclear unit Westinghouse Electric Co to a group led by the Baupost Group - a move that would contribute to an improvement of about 410 billion yen ($3.68 billion) in its balance sheet.

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BRIEF-Farmers Capital Bank Reports Q4 Adjusted Net Income Of $0.59 Per Share

* FARMERS CAPITAL BANK CORPORATION ANNOUNCES FOURTH QUARTER EARNINGS

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Toshiba sees $3.7 billion balance sheet improvement from Westinghouse deal

TOKYO (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp said on Thursday it would sell its claims in bankrupt nuclear unit Westinghouse Electric Co to a group led by the Baupost Group - a move that would contribute to an improvement of about 410 billion yen ($3.68 billion) in its balance sheet.

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

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

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Toshiba sees $3.7 bln balance sheet improvement from Westinghouse deal

TOKYO, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp said on Thursday it would sell its claims in bankrupt nuclear unit Westinghouse Electric Co to a group led by the Baupost Group - a move that would contribute to an improvement of about 410 billion yen ($3.68 billion) in its balance sheet.

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Palestinian gunman killed in Israeli raid in West Bank

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - At least one Palestinian gunman was killed in a raid by Israeli armed forces on the town of Jenin in the occupied West Bank late on Wednesday, Palestinian health officials and local residents said.

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BRIEF-Deutsche Boerse Says ‍Bank Markazi Filed Complaint Against Co's Unit Clearstream​

* ‍BANK MARKAZI FILED COMPLAINT AGAINST DEUTSCHE BÖRSE AG SUBSIDIARY CLEARSTREAM​

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U.S. Funding Cut Reignites Debate on Palestinian Refugee Agency

The decision to withhold $65 million in aid from a U.N. agency that helps Palestinian refugees has brought new attention to the organization, which functions as a quasi-government in some areas.

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U.S. enterprise telecoms firm Avaya trades again after bankruptcy

(Reuters) - Avaya Holdings Corp shares started trading on Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange, the first time the enterprise telecommunications provider has been public in more than a decade.

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Fed fines Taiwan's Mega Bank $29 million for anti-money laundering failures

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve Board said on Wednesday it had fined Taiwan's Mega International Commercial Bank Co. $29 million for anti-money laundering violations and required the company to improve its anti-money laundering oversight and controls.

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A Girl’s Killing Puts Germany’s Migration Policy on Trial

A deadly stabbing in a small German town has become Exhibit A for those arguing that Germany’s migration policy has increased the risk of violent crime.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX ends up as banks lead rally after rate hike

TORONTO, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index ended higher on Wednesday, with financial stocks leading a broad but shallow rally as the Bank of Canada hiked rates, offsetting losses among gold miners as the price of the precious metal slipped.

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BRIEF-Union Bankshares Reports Q4 EPS of $0.43

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

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

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

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Top Canadian banks raise prime rates after central bank rate hike

Jan 17 (Reuters) - Major Canadian banks on Wednesday raised their prime lending rates, a benchmark for a wide range of consumer and commercial loans, after the country's central bank raised interest rates for the third time in seven months.

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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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Kidnappers abduct two Americans, two Canadians in Nigeria; two police killed

KADUNA, Nigeria (Reuters) - Kidnappers have abducted two Americans and two Canadians in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna, killing two police officers, a police spokesman said on Wednesday.

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BRIEF-BMO Bank Of Montreal Increases CDN$ Prime Lending Rate To 3.45 Per Cent

* BMO BANK OF MONTREAL INCREASES CDN$ PRIME LENDING RATE TO 3.45 PER CENT

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UN Palestinian aid agency says US cuts spark worst-ever financial crisis

The UN agency tasked with assisting Palestinian refugees says the Trump administration's decision to cut funds to the organization has sparked its largest-ever financial crisis.

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

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

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'Just Hit Budget!' bankers at RBS restructuring unit told during crisis: memo

LONDON (Reuters) - Royal Bank of Scotland staff helping small firms to restructure debt during the financial crisis were given a list of ways to squeeze more money from struggling clients and told to "Just Hit Budget!", a memo released on Wednesday showed.

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Turkey says will respond immediately to any threats from Western Syria

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey will respond immediately to any threats from Western Syria that could harm the country or its citizens, the National Security Council (MGK) said on Wednesday.

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MOVES-Union Bank adds executives in San Francisco office

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

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

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

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RPT-Banks expected to share tiny proportion of mammoth Saudi Aramco IPO

* Bankers jostling for mandates for league table credit, prestige

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Kidnappers abduct two Americans, two Canadians in Nigeria, two police killed: police official

KADUNA, Nigeria (Reuters) - Kidnappers have abducted two Americans and two Canadians in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna, killing two police officers, a police spokesman said on Wednesday.

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Banks expected to share tiny proportion of mammoth Saudi Aramco IPO

LONDON (Reuters) - The banks that will advise and execute Saudi Aramco's stock market listing are expected to share a tiny proportion of the $100 billion Riyadh hopes to raise in its initial public offering, according to banking sources and industry insiders.

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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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U.S. banking official critiques Senate bill aimed at easing bank rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A top official at a leading U.S. bank regulator is airing concerns about a Senate bill that would ease banking rules, saying parts of it could "significantly weaken" critical protections.

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Tech, industrials lead Wall Street higher, banks drop

(Reuters) - Wall Street's main indexes rose on Wednesday, led by gains in technology and industrial stocks, but losses in Goldman Sachs and Bank of America dragged down bank shares.

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US STOCKS-Tech, industrials lead Wall Street higher, banks drop

* Indexes up: Dow 0.44 pct, S&P 0.31 pct, Nasdaq 0.34 pct (Changes comment, updates prices, adds details)

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Tech stocks lead Wall Street higher; banks drop

(Reuters) - Wall Street's main indexes were lifted by modest gains in technology stocks on Wednesday, led by Microsoft, IBM and Intel.

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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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Bank of America net profit slumps on $2.9 billion tax charge, adjusted income beats

(Reuters) - Bank of America Corp's net profit nearly halved compared with a year earlier as it booked a $2.9 billion charge stemming from the new federal tax law although it beat analysts' estimates when adjusted for the charge.

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Goldman Sachs beats estimates as investment banking revenue soars

(Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Inc on Wednesday reported a quarterly profit that trumped analysts' estimates, as strength in its investment banking business helped cushion the blow from a slump in trading.

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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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You can't get $1 from banks in Venezuela

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Schools, health could be hit by U.S. cut for Palestinian refugee funds: UNRWA chief

JERUSALEM/GAZA (Reuters) - A cut in U.S. funding for a U.N. agency that helps Palestinian refugees will affect regional security and could put vital health, educational and food services at risk, its chief said on Wednesday, adding he would appeal for world donations.

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Futures higher as investors weigh bank earnings

(Reuters) - U.S. stock futures pointed to a higher open for Wall Street on Wednesday as investors assessed earnings of Bank of America and U.S. Bancorp.

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US STOCKS-Futures higher as investors weigh bank earnings

Jan 17 (Reuters) - U.S. stock futures pointed to a higher open for Wall Street on Wednesday as investors assessed earnings of Bank of America and U.S. Bancorp.

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

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

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Bank of America profit slumps on $2.9 billion tax charge

(Reuters) - Bank of America Corp's fourth-quarter profit nearly halved as it booked a $2.9 billion charge stemming from the new federal tax law.

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Euro surge threatens profitable bond trades

LONDON (Reuters) - The euro's sizzling January rally is undermining one of the most profitable bond market trades of recent years by potentially raising hedging costs and thereby eroding profits of overseas investors.

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#MeToo effect: Calls flood U.S. sexual assault hotlines

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The phones at U.S. sexual assault hotlines have been ringing in record numbers as the #MeToo social movement spurs victims to reach out for help, sending organizations scrambling to keep up.

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UNRWA chief appeals for Palestinian refugee funds after US cut

JERUSALEM/GAZA (Reuters) - The head of the U.N. agency that provides aid to Palestinian refugees appealed on Wednesday for world donations after the United States withheld about half its planned funding for the organization, a move he said risks instability in the region.

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UNRWA chief appeals for Palestinian refugee funds after U.S. cut

JERUSALEM/GAZA (Reuters) - The head of the U.N. agency that provides aid to Palestinian refugees appealed on Wednesday for world donations after the United States withheld about half its planned funding for the organization, a move he said risks instability in the region.

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BRIEF-SA's Competition Tribunal says Bank Forex Hearing Delayed

* BANK FOREX HEARING DELAYED AFTER COMMISSION NOTIFIED ITS INTENTION TO JOIN NEW APPLICANTS‍​

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As Trump heads to Davos, survey points to rising risk of war

BERLIN (Reuters) - The risk of political and economic confrontations between major powers, including outright military conflicts, has risen sharply, according to a survey released by the World Economic Forum (WEF) days before its annual gathering in Davos.

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Japan central bank to keep policy on hold, offer upbeat inflation view

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's central bank is set to maintain upbeat price forecasts next week and paint a slightly better picture of the economy than it did three months ago, signaling its conviction the country is making slow but steady progress in eradicating deflation.

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BRIEF-Westwater Resources Provides Business Update

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

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US cuts funding for Palestinians

The US has announced that it will hold back more than half of the funding it provides for a UN agency that supports Palestinians, about two weeks after President Donald Trump threatened to pull funding for the group.

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Starved California siblings treated after rescue from 'horrific' home

PERRIS, Calif. (Reuters) - The 13 siblings found starving in a filthy California home, some of them shackled to furniture, were getting food and treatment after being rescued from a "horrific" ordeal that could leave them scarred for years, authorities said on Tuesday.

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Ex-CIA officer arrested for retaining classified information

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former Central Intelligence Agency officer was arrested at an U.S. airport on Monday night in connection with charges that he illegally retained highly classified information, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday.

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U.S. withholds $65 million in Palestinian aid after Trump threat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will give a U.N. agency $60 million in aid for Palestinians refugees but withhold a further $65 million for now, the State Department said on Tuesday, as the Trump administration carried out a threat it made two weeks ago to cut funding.

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California siblings being treated after 'horrific' ordeal

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

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

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

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U.S. to provide $60 million in Palestinian aid, withhold $65 million

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will give a U.N. agency $60 million in aid for Palestinians but will withhold a further $65 million "for future consideration," a U.S. official said on Tuesday.

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U.S. government shutdown looms amid harsh immigration exchange

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Partisan finger-pointing over immigration policy on Tuesday left the U.S. Congress and the White House stumbling closer to a possible federal government shutdown by the end of the week, although Wall Street held out hopes for a deal to prevent that.

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California hostages were biological children of captors: police

PERRIS, Calif. (Reuters) - The 13 people rescued from captivity in a Southern California home on Sunday were the biological children of their captors, police Captain Gregory Fellows told reporters on Tuesday.

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Advisers urge deep discount in Venezuelan cryptocurrency offering

CARACAS (Reuters) - Advisers to the Venezuelan government are recommending it sell $2.3 billion of its new cryptocurrency, the petro, in a private offering at a discount of up to 60 percent, according to a document reviewed by Reuters.

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Kim Kardashian West welcomes 3rd child

Kim Kardashian West and her husband Kanye West have welcomed a baby girl. Kardashian West shared the news on her website and verified social media accounts early Tuesday.

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World Bank urges Russia to spend more on healthcare, education

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's new government after its March presidential election should invest more in education and healthcare to help spur economic growth, the World Bank's chief executive officer said on Tuesday.

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Banks are Big Winners from Tax Cut

Financial firms are benefiting from the $1.5 trillion tax cut and make up the majority of companies so far handing out raises and bonuses as a result of the bill.

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'Little girls don't stay little forever. They turn into strong women who return to destroy your world'

Kyle Stephens said she had her first sexual experience when she was 6 years old.

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Netanyahu says Israel, India both face threat from radical Islam

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday he was discussing with India ways to strengthen security cooperation against the menace of from Islamist extremism that both democracies faced.

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Bitcoin, rival cryptocurrencies plunge on crackdown fears

LONDON (Reuters) - Bitcoin slid as much as 18 percent on Tuesday to a four-week low, as fears of a regulatory crackdown on the market spread after reports suggested it was still possible that South Korea could ban trading in cryptocurrencies.

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Palestinians see Gaza peace dividend pass them by

GAZA (Reuters) - Life began to look up for Gaza's Palestinians when reconciliation between its Hamas Islamist rulers and the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority in October brought a drop in crippling prices.

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Qatar central bank to consider topic of virtual currencies: governor

DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar's central bank will consider the topic of virtual currencies and there may be an opportunity in the future to introduce them in Qatar, central bank governor Sheikh Abdullah bin Saud al-Thani said on Tuesday.

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Parents charged after 13 siblings found starved, chained in California

PERRIS, Calif. (Reuters) - The 13 California siblings who police say were starved and chained to beds by their parents rarely left their disheveled house and, when they did, they appeared small and pale and acted strangely, neighbors said.

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Women's March organizers turn their attention west

The day after President Donald Trump's Inauguration, a sea of people clad in pink hats walked toward the Capitol in Washington DC, setting the stage for a nationwide Women's March movement.

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Qatar central bank chief: will consider issue of virtual currencies

DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar's central bank will consider the issue of virtual currencies and there may be opportunity in future to introduce them in Qatar, central bank governor Sheikh Abdullah bin Saud al-Thani said on Tuesday.

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Exclusive: Saudi Aramco snubs UBS and Bank of America for listing roles - sources

LONDON (Reuters) - Saudi Aramco has not invited UBS and Bank of America Merrill Lynch to pitch for senior advisory roles in its stock market listing because they have not lent money to the state oil giant in recent years, according to five finance sources.

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

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

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Canadian suspect in Singapore bank robbery faces UK court on extradition

SINGAPORE/LONDON (Reuters) - A Canadian man suspected of a rare bank robbery in Singapore in 2016 faces a court appearance in Britain on Thursday after he was detained on a extradition request from Singapore.

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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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China's economy set to slow to 6.5 percent in 2018 as government turns off cheap money: Reuters poll

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's economy is expected to cool this year as a government-led crackdown on debt risks and factory pollution drag on overall activity, a Reuters poll showed on Tuesday.

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Veteran U.S. diplomat Richardson to work for Reuters reporters release

(Reuters) - Former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson said on Monday he would work toward securing the release of two Reuters journalists arrested in Myanmar in his capacity as a member of an international advisory board on the crisis in Rakhine state.

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Indonesia bourse holds minute silence for injured after floor collapse

JAKARTA, (Reuters) - Indonesia's stock exchange held a minute silence at the start of trading on Tuesday for more than 70 people injured when a mezzanine floor in the building suddenly collapsed.

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UPDATE 1-HNA's problems mount as airlines delay payments, bank sets up team to handle debt-sources

SHANGHAI/SINGAPORE, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Some airlines affiliated with China's HNA Group Co Ltd are delaying aircraft lease payments to lessors, and Export-Import Bank of China, which is a long-term financer of the group, has formed a team to handle the conglomerate's liquidity issues, several banking and leasing sources said.

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Thirteen siblings found chained in California home; parents charged

PERRY, Calif. (Reuters) - A California couple has been charged with torture after police rescued their 13 malnourished children from a home where some of them had been chained to beds, and neighbors on Monday described the family as shut-ins who shunned social contact.

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Democrats Add Momentum to G.O.P. Push to Loosen Banking Rules

The Senate is poised to approve significant changes to the post-crisis financial law. Some moderate Democrats are supporting the effort, even as their progressive colleagues warn that it’s too risky.

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Thirteen siblings found chained, starving in California home; parents charged

(Reuters) - Thirteen malnourished siblings, ranging in age from 2 to 29, were rescued by police in California from a house where some of them had been chained to beds, and their parents have been charged with torture, officials said on Monday.

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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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Boko Haram Video Is Said to Show Captured Girls From Chibok

In the video, a girl who claims she is among the kidnapped students from Chibok says she is happy being with the fighters of the extremist group. Her identity was not confirmed.

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Trump says Durbin 'totally misrepresented' comments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said Democratic Senator Dick Durbin "totally misrepresented" what was said at a White House meeting on immigration on Thursday, and was hurting efforts to strike a deal to protect so-called Dreamer immigrants.

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UPDATE 2-HSH Nordbank suitors J.C. Flowers and Cerberus to begin exclusive talks

* Bid topped 700 mln euros -source (Adds detail on consortium)

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Lawsuit in U.S. accuses nine banks of rigging Canadian rate benchmark

NEW YORK/TORONTO (Reuters) - Nine large banks, including six from Canada, have been accused in a lawsuit of conspiring to rig a Canadian rate benchmark to improve profits from derivatives trading.

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Bidder for the Weinstein Company says bankruptcy may be best option

(Reuters) - Killer Content Inc, the movie producer that has partnered with philanthropist Abigail Disney in a consortium vying to acquire the Weinstein Company, said on Monday that a bankruptcy may be the best way forward for the U.S. film and TV studio.

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Trump thanks Qatar for efforts to combat terrorism

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday thanked the ruler of Qatar for "action to counter terrorism and extremism in all forms," the White House said in a statement that suggested a warming of ties between the two countries.

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Brazilian digital bank Inter hires banks for IPO -source

SAO PAULO, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Brazilian digital bank Intermedium SA has hired banks for an initial public offering that should take place in the second quarter of the year, one source with knowledge of the matter said on Monday.

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UPDATE 6-Britain's Carillion collapses after banks pull the plug

* Carillion won state contracts since July profit warning (Adds industry reaction, detail)

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UPDATE 1-HSH Nordbank suitors J.C. Flowers and Cerberus to begin exclusive talks

* Bid topped 700 mln euros -source (Adds detail on bid, rivals)

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Carillion collapse hits banks and investors, boosts short sellers

LONDON (Reuters) - Leading British lenders including Barclays, the Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group face the prospect of hundreds of millions of pounds in outstanding loans going unpaid from Carillion's collapse on Monday.

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Britain's Carillion collapses after banks pull the plug

LONDON (Reuters) - Carillion collapsed on Monday when its banks pulled the plug, triggering Britain's biggest corporate failure in a decade and forcing the government to step in to guarantee public services from school meals to road works.

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UPDATE 5-Britain's Carillion collapses after banks pull the plug

* Carillion won state contracts since July profit warning (Adds background)

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Any rule on Bitcoin must be global, Germany's central bank says

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Any attempt to regulate cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin must be on a global scale as national or regional rules would be hard to enforce on a virtual, borderless community, a director at Germany's central bank said on Monday.

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Syrian rebel delegation in Washington seeking revival of CIA aid

AMMAN (Reuters) - Free Syrian Army envoys have urged U.S. officials at talks in Washington to resume a suspended CIA program of military aid if it is serious about challenging growing Iranian influence in Syria, according to Syrian opposition figures.

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J.C. Flowers, Cerberus enter exclusive talks over HSH Nordbank buy-sources

BERLIN/FRANKFURT, Jan 15 (Reuters) - The state owners of Germany's HSH Nordbank on Monday granted prospective buyers J.C. Flowers and Cerberus exclusivity as long-running attempts to privatise the ailing bank near conclusion, two people close to the matter said.

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

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

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Israel's Netanyahu pushes for India free trade deal during rare visit

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India and Israel will begin work on a free trade pact that Israel has been pushing for, officials said on Monday, as Benjamin Netanyahu began a first visit by an Israeli prime minister in 15 years.

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Washington D.C. subway train derails, no injuries reported

(Reuters) - A Washington D.C. subway train derailed early Monday, but none of the 60 passengers aboard were injured, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority said.

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Suicide attack in Baghdad kills at least 27, wounds 64

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - At least 27 people were killed and 64 wounded in a twin suicide bombing in central Baghdad on Monday, the deadliest attack so far this year in the Iraqi capital, an interior ministry official said.

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

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

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JP Morgan hires Papadopoulos to head Greece investment banking

LONDON, Jan 15 (IFR) - JP Morgan has hired the former head of Greece's debt management agency, Stelios Papadopoulos, to head its investment banking business in Greece, according to an internal memo seen by IFR.

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Saidoff offer to buy parent company of Israel's Bezeq brought to court

JERUSALEM, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Eurocom Group, the parent company of Bezeq Israeli Telecom, has petitioned a Tel Aviv court to allow a debt settlement that would bring it a new controlling shareholder, a Eurocom subsidiary said on Monday.

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Stricken tanker leaves large oil slick in East China Sea

TOKYO/BEIJING (Reuters) - A burning Iranian oil tanker that sank in the East China Sea on Sunday in the worst oil ship disaster in decades has produced a large oil slick, Chinese media and Japanese authorities said on Monday, as worries grew over damage to the marine ecosystem.

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Four Pakistani soldiers killed in Indian fire across tense Kashmir frontier

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Four Pakistani soldiers were killed on Monday in shelling by Indian forces in the disputed Kashmir region, the Pakistani army said, the latest clash between the nuclear-armed neighbors who have also been exchanging heated challenges.

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Auto1 says no need for IPO after Softbank invests

BERLIN (Reuters) - German used-car dealing platform Auto1 said a 460 million euro ($561 million) financial infusion from Japan's Softbank meant it was under no pressure to launch an initial public offering to fund its pan-European growth plans.

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UPDATE 1-Auto1 says no need for IPO after Softbank invests

* Auto1 operates in 30 countries, with 35,000 dealers (Updates with interview with co-founder, background)

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Russia will not support U.S. bid to change Iran nuclear deal: Lavrov

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday Moscow will not support attempts by Washington to modify the Iran nuclear deal.

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BOJ Kuroda's optimism on economy, price outlook sends yen to 4-month high

TOKYO (Reuters) - Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda offered a positive view on the economy and inflation on Monday, sending the yen to a fourth-month high against the dollar on simmering speculation the central bank could withdraw stimulus earlier than expected.

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Russia will not support U.S. attempts to change Iran nuclear deal: Lavrov

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday Moscow will not support attempts by Washington to change the Iran nuclear deal.

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UPDATE 2-Britain's Carillion collapses as banks refuse to lend it any more money

* PM May's government under pressure over fate of Carillion (Adds details)

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HNA's problems mount as airlines delay payments, bank sets up team to handle debt: sources

SHANGHAI/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Some airlines affiliated with China's HNA Group Co Ltd are delaying aircraft lease payments to lessors, and Export-Import Bank of China, which is a long-term financer of the group, has formed a team to handle the conglomerate's liquidity issues, several banking and leasing sources said.

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HNA's problems mount as airlines delay payments, bank sets up team to handle debt-sources

SHANGHAI/SINGAPORE, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Some airlines affiliated with China's HNA Group Co Ltd are delaying aircraft lease payments to lessors, and Export-Import Bank of China, which is a long-term financer of the group, has formed a team to handle the conglomerate's liquidity issues, several banking and leasing sources said.

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Suicide attack in Baghdad kills at least 25, wounds 63, government says

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - At least 25 people were killed and 63 wounded in a twin suicide bombing in central Baghdad on Monday, the Iraqi health ministry said on its Facebook page.

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Suicide attack in Baghdad kills at least 16, wounds 65: ministry says

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - At least 16 people were killed and 65 wounded in a twin suicide bombing in central Baghdad on Monday, the Iraqi interior ministry said.

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Nikkei rises but weaker dollar caps gains, SoftBank climbs

TOKYO, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average tracked a rise in global equities and advanced on Monday, although the dollar's weakening against the yen capped gains.

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SoftBank considers IPO for Japan wireless unit, said to seek $18 billion

TOKYO (Reuters) - SoftBank Group Corp said on Monday it was considering listing its Japanese wireless business, seeking to raise a reported $18 billion in a move that would accelerate the conglomerate's transformation into one of the world's biggest tech investors.

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Singapore central bank head hopes cryptocurrency tech will survive 'crash'

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The head of Singapore's central bank said on Monday he hoped the technologies underpinning cryptocurrencies such as blockchain would not be undermined by an eventual crash in the digital money.

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In Czech Election, a Choice Between Leaning East or West

A presidential vote will help decide whether the Czech Republic continues to be drawn east toward Russia and China or fully re-embraces the European Union.

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SoftBank plans $18 billion IPO of mobile phone unit: Nikkei

TOKYO (Reuters) - SoftBank Group plans to list its mobile phone business and raise some US$18bn, the Nikkei newspaper has said, a spin-off that would complete the Japanese telecoms conglomerate's transformation into a global technology investor.

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Hawaii says lack of adequate fail-safe measures led to false missile alert

HONOLULU (Reuters) - Human error and a lack of adequate fail-safe measures during a civil defense warning drill led to the false missile alert that stirred panic across Hawaii over the weekend, a state emergency management agency spokesman acknowledged on Sunday.

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Softbank plans $18 billion IPO of mobile phone unit this year: Nikkei

TOKYO (Reuters) - SoftBank Group Corp plans to list its mobile-phone business and raise some $18 billion, the Nikkei newspaper said, a spin-off that would complete the Japanese telecoms conglomerate's transformation into a global technology investor.

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Plane skids off Turkish runway and plunges towards sea

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A Pegasus Airlines flight skidded off the runway of a Turkish coastal airport and plunged down a steep slope on the edge of the Black Sea, ending up only meters from the water's edge.

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Exclusive: France expects UK to pay up, take more refugees to keep border - official

PARIS (Reuters) - France expects Britain to agree to take more asylum seekers and pay more for border security in order to maintain a frontier on the French side of the Channel, a French government official said.

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FCC says appears Hawaii had no safeguard to stop missile scare

(Reuters) - Hawaii apparently did not have adequate safeguards in place to prevent a false emergency alert about a missile attack that panicked residents for more than a half-hour before it was withdrawn, a federal official said on Sunday.

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Softbank plans $18 billion IPO of mobile phone unit as soon as spring: Nikkei

TOKYO (Reuters) - SoftBank Group Corp plans to list its core mobile-phone unit in Tokyo and overseas as early as this spring, raising some 2 trillion yen ($18 billion) in one of Japan's biggest initial public offerings, the Nikkei newspaper said on Monday.

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China absence looms over Canada meeting on how to pressure North Korea

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Foreign ministers from around 20 nations gather on Tuesday to discuss how to curb North Korea's nuclear ambitions through diplomatic and financial pressure, but China, seen as a key player in any long-term solution, will be absent.

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Softbank invests 460 million euros in Germany's Auto1: sources

BERLIN (Reuters) - Japan's Softbank will invest 460 million euros ($561 million) in used-car dealing platform Auto1, marking the first investment in Germany by its Vision Fund, according to sources familiar with the matter.

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Serial killer may be behind rape, murder of Pakistani girl

Pakistani authorities Sunday released a sketch of a man they believe picked up 7-year-old Zainab Ansari on the day she went missing.

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FCC says government officials must work to prevent false alerts

(Reuters) - The chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Sunday that Hawaii apparently did not have adequate safeguards in place to prevent a false emergency alert and that government officials must work to prevent future incidents.

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Israel says it destroyed Gaza attack tunnel under Egyptian border

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli said on Sunday it had destroyed a cross-border attack tunnel that ran from Gaza into Israel and Egypt dug by Hamas, the Islamist group that controls the Palestinian enclave, and that it would destroy all attack tunnels by the year's end.

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U.S.-led coalition helps to build new Syrian force, angering Turkey

BEIRUT/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The U.S.-led coalition is working with its Syrian militia allies to set up a new border force of 30,000 personnel, the coalition said on Sunday, a move that has added to Turkish anger over U.S. support for Kurdish-dominated forces in Syria.

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U.S.-led coalition helps build new Syrian force, angering Turkey

BEIRUT/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The U.S.-led coalition is working with its Syrian militia allies to set up a new border force of 30,000 personnel, the coalition said on Sunday, a move that has added to Turkish anger over U.S. support for Kurdish-dominated forces in Syria.

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Israel says it destroyed Hamas tunnel

The Israeli military said Sunday it destroyed a mile-long tunnel that stretched from Gaza under Israel and into Egypt.

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Burning Iranian oil tanker sinks after January 6 accident: Chinese state TV

BEIJING (Reuters) - An Iranian oil tanker has sunk after burning for more than a week following a collision on Jan. 6 in the East China Sea, Chinese state media said on Sunday, adding that large amounts of oil are burning in the surrounding waters.

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Merkel could join Macron in Davos for epic clash with Trump

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel is considering joining French President Emmanuel Macron at the World Economic Forum in Davos next week in what could turn into an epic clash of competing world views with U.S. President Donald Trump.

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Burning Iranian oil tanker has sunk after January 6 accident: Chinese state TV

BEIJING (Reuters) - An Iranian oil tanker has sunk after burning for more than a week following a collision on Jan. 6 in the East China Sea, Chinese state media said on Sunday, adding that large amounts of oil are burning in the surrounding waters.

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Search for California mudslide survivors goes on

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

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

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

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Burning Iranian oil tanker finally sinks after January 6 accident: Chinese state TV

BEIJING (Reuters) - A burning Iranian oil tanker that had drifted into Japan's exclusive economic zone has sunk after a collision on Jan. 6, Chinese state television said on Sunday.

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Brexit vote may be reversed, says British campaigner Farage

LONDON (Reuters) - Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage said on Sunday he was increasingly concerned that a vote for Britain to leave the European Union could be overturned by a powerful group of the bloc's supporters.

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Myanmar, Bangladesh meet amid doubts about Rohingya repatriation plan

DHAKA/YANGON (Reuters) - Hamid Hussain, a 71-year-old Rohingya Muslim farmer, first fled Myanmar for Bangladesh in 1992. He went home the next year under a repatriation deal between the two neighbors, only to repeat the journey last September when violence flared once more.

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Israel says destroyed Gaza attack tunnel under Israel, Egypt borders

GAZA (Reuters) - The Israeli military said on Sunday it had destroyed a cross-border attack tunnel that ran from Gaza into Israel and Egypt, dug by the Hamas, the Islamist group that controls the Palestinian enclave.

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Chile Slams World Bank Amid Charges of Political Bias

Chile’s left-leaning government demands an investigation after a World Bank economist says the nation’s drop in a business survey was politically motivated.

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China to step up banking oversight in 'arduous' fight on financial risks

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will step up oversight in the banking sector this year to reduce financial risks, the country's banking regulator said, stressing that long-term efforts would be needed to control banking sector chaos.

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Ballistic missile warning sent in error by Hawaii authorities

HONOLULU (Reuters) - An emergency alert was sent mistakenly on Saturday to Hawaii's residents warning of an imminent ballistic missile attack when an employee at the state emergency management agency pushed the "wrong button," Hawaii's governor said.