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Jan 17- UnitedHealth Group Inc, the largest U.S. health insurer, reported a slight drop in fourth-quarter profit on Thursday as medical costs rose, but revenue increased more than 11 percent, helped by growth in its Medicare, care management, technology and international businesses.
*Vietnam Dec coffee shipments exceed expectations. LONDON, Jan 17- Robusta coffee futures on Liffe set a 2-1/ 2 month high on Thursday, boosted by strong roaster demand which has helped absorb higher-than-expected shipments from Vietnam.
LONDON/ NEW YORK, Jan 17- Soaring U.S. exports of liquefied petroleum gas, a side product of the shale boom, are giving energy markets a taste of the tectonic changes they could see if and when the United States passes the milestone of exporting natural gas. It is a taste of things to come, very much so, "said Seth Kleinman, head of energy strategy at Citi Group in London.
In its latest annual outlook, published on Wednesday, BP predicts China will be the most successful country outside North America in developing shale gas by 2030. Given the country's enormous shale resources and large prospective market, coupled with its ready availability of capital and proven engineering expertise, it is hard to argue with that assessment.
MOSCOW, Jan 17- Russia sought on Thursday to calm a' currency war' that has flared between the developed and emerging worlds and threatens to dominate Moscow's annual presidency of the Group of 20 forum.
Jan 17- UnitedHealth Group Inc, the largest U.S. health insurer, said on Thursday it kept fourth-quarter costs under control and increased revenue by more than 11 percent, helping earnings per share to rise.
Jan 17- UnitedHealth Group Inc, the largest U.S. health insurer, said on Thursday that it kept fourth-quarter 2012 costs under control and increased revenue by more 11 percent, helping earnings per share rise.
MELBOURNE/ SYDNEY, Jan 17- Rio Tinto's new chief executive Sam Walsh takes the helm at a time when some critics say the global miner is too dependent on one commodity-- iron ore.
*Tom Albanese sacked with no pay-off. LONDON, Jan 17- Rio Tinto sacked chief executive Tom Albanese on Thursday and revealed a $14 billion writedown in connection with his two most significant acquisitions, the Alcan aluminium group and Mozambican coal. Doug Ritchie, who led the acquisition of Mozambique- focused miner Riversdale, was also shown the door.
Siderúrgica Nacional SA have emerged as leading bidders for steel mills ThyssenKrupp AG is trying to sell in the United States and Brazil, a source close to the deal said on Thursday.
*France improves, Southern Europe still difficult. PARIS, Jan 17- Price cuts and revamped product ranges helped Carrefour deliver an improved fourth-quarter performance in its core French market, reassuring investors about new boss Georges Plassat's ability to revive Europe's largest retailer.
TOKYO/ SEATTLE, Jan 17- Airlines scrambled on Thursday to rearrange flights as Europe, Japan and India joined the United States in grounding Boeing Co's 787 Dreamliner passenger jets while battery-related problems are investigated.
Jan 17- Europe, Japan and India on Thursday joined the United States in grounding Boeing Co's 787, a day after a second incident involving battery failure caused one of the Dreamliner passenger jets to make an emergency landing.
SANTIAGO, Jan 16- Chile- based LAN said it will temporarily ground its three Boeing 787 Dreamliners following a safety warning issued on Wednesday by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. The airline uses its Boeing 787 s on routes to Los Angeles, Lima and Buenos Aires.
BUENOS AIRES, Jan 16- Chile- based LAN said it will temporarily ground its three Boeing 787 Dreamliners following a safety warning issued on Wednesday by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.
*EBay fourth-quarter revenue, profit slightly exceed forecasts. *EBay sees $40 bln in mobile transactions in 2013.
*EBay fourth-quarter revenue, profit slightly exceed forecasts. *EBay sees $40 bln in mobile transactions in 2013. SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 16- EBay Inc reported holiday quarter results that beat Wall Street expectations as the e-commerce company benefited from a boom in mobile shoppers, but it gave a cautious forecast for 2013, restraining share price gains.
*Sugar dips on Brazil crop; cocoa down ahead of grind data. Improving sugar crops in top producer Brazil prompted farmers to sell, while cocoa dipped on expectations of bearish grind data out of North America.
*Cordoba, Buenos Aires, Santa Fe provinces getting dry. BUENOS AIRES, Jan 16- Argentina needs rain by the end of the month to maximize corn yields and to realize forecasts that the global supplier will have a record harvest of 28 million tonnes, farmers and agronomists say.
SAO PAULO, Jan 16- Without even setting foot in Brazil, Twitter attracted 40 million subscribers in this social network-obsessed nation. "We believe our new office in Brazil will allow us to get closer to the users and show the value of our platform," the company's new country manager for Brazil, Guilherme Ribenboim, told Reuters in a recent interview.