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*To cut additional jobs in the Netherlands. Shares in the group, which in 2013 fended off a takeover bid by top shareholder Carlos Slim's America Movil, fell as much as 5.7 percent in early Tuesday trading after it said fourth-quarter mobile revenues fell 13 percent year-on-year.
*Sale values Altice at 5.7 bln euros. AMSTERDAM/ PARIS, Jan 31- Cable group Altice has set its sights on further international expansion after raising 750 million euros from its stock market debut on Friday.
SHANGHAI, Jan 29- China's BYD Co Ltd said a California labour law watchdog had dropped charges against it over wage payments in a case that had put the Warren Buffet-backed automaker's labour practices under the spotlight.
SHANGHAI, Jan 29- China's BYD Co Ltd said it has agreed to pay a fine to settle a California case over wage payments- a case that had put the Warren Buffet-backed automaker's labor practices under the spotlight. Last October, BYD was accused of failing to pay five Chinese workers temporarily working in the United States the required minimum wage of $8 per hour.
HAVANA, Jan 27- Latin American and Caribbean leaders converge on Cuba this week to discuss trade, peace and human rights in a further sign of regional eagerness to challenge the dominance of the United States. Among those arrested was Jose Ferrer, leader of the Santiago de Cuba- based Patriotic Union of Cuba, one of the most active opposition groups.
SANTIAGO, Jan 24- President-elect Michelle Bachelet unveiled her Cabinet on Friday, putting forth a mix of political veterans and a few fresh faces meant to help her navigate a tricky Congress and a slowing economy.
SANTIAGO, Jan 24- Chilean President-elect Michelle Bachelet named the cabinet of ministers who she hopes will help her pass a planned program of wide-reaching reforms, with little in the way of surprises among the key posts.
BRUSSELS, Jan 22- China's Xi Jinping is expected to make his first trip as president to Europe in March, to meet the country's most important export partners after a year of trade tensions, EU diplomats said. From the Netherlands, Xi will travel to France and Germany before concluding his trip in Brussels on March 29, the diplomats told Reuters.
LONDON, Jan 21- Royal Dutch Shell's chief executive Ben van Beurden has, on the face of it, played the classic "new boss" card- using a barely justified profit warning to brighten his own future by making the past look bad.
*Australia already embroiled in spying row with Indonesia. AMSTERDAM, Jan 21- Australia rejected on Tuesday East Timor's demand that it return seized documents, arguing they may threaten its national security in a case relating to their negotiations over oil and gas reserves worth tens of billions of dollars.
AMSTERDAM, Jan 20- East Timor demanded on Monday that Australia return seized documents relating to the two countries' negotiations over oil and gas reserves thought to be worth tens of billions of dollars.
The hearings at the International Court of Justice in the Hague, in a case brought by East Timor against Australia, concern seized documents allegedly showing how Australia may have used intelligence to outmanoeuvre East Timor in talks over the Greater Sunrise oil and gas fields.
*Copper set to close week flat as traders eye holiday. SYDNEY, Jan 17- London nickel fell on Friday as traders locked in profits after a ban on Indonesian ore exports that came into force at the weekend triggered a rally that could lead to its biggest weekly gain in nearly a year.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Jan 12- The London Metal Exchange is considering launching a U.S. aluminum premium contract, a senior executive said, potentially expanding its most-traded product after years of criticism over high physical prices.
*Altice owns cable operators in France, Israel, Portugal. *Expanding into mobile in Israel, Dominican Republic. PARIS, Jan 7- Altice, which owns French and Belgian cable companies and mobile operations in Israel, plans to list its shares on Amsterdam's NYSE Euronext with the aim of raising 750 million euros to cut debt.
LONDON, Dec 31- European shares crept up on Tuesday before the New Year break, with pan-European indexes set for their biggest annual gains since 2009 and many investors forecasting more progress next year.
*UK market closes at 1230 GMT, Euronext, Madrid at 1300 GMT. Volumes were extremely low as many European stock markets including Germany, Italy and Switzerland have already closed for the year. UK markets were set to close at 1230 GMT and Madrid, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels and Lisbon at 1300 GMT.
PARIS, Dec 31- European shares inched higher early in a shortened session on Tuesday before the New Year break, with pan-European indexes set to post their biggest annual gains since 2009..
*FTSEurofirst 300, Euro STOXX 50 down 0.3 pct. PARIS, Dec 30- European stock indexes stayed on track on Monday to post their biggest annual gains in four years after signs of economic recovery coupled with a long run of cheap central bank money prompted investors to scoop up shares.
SHANGHAI, Dec 30- As China's smog levels crept past record highs in early December, the phone lines at pollution-busting kit maker Broad Group lit up with Chinese customers worried about hazardous pollution levels that have gripped China this year.