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  • AIRLINES DID NOT UNFAIRLY MANIPULATE FARES OR CAPACITY AFTER 2015 AMTRAK CRASH- LETTER.

  • PARIS, Dec 15- Third-party investors have made a firm 500 million euro offer for a combined 10 percent stake in the new nuclear fuel group that will be split off from Areva, Areva's Chief Executive Philippe Knoche said on Thursday. Areva Chairman Philippe Varin said last month that talks were under way with China's National Nuclear Corporation and Japan's...

  • PARIS, Dec 15- The chief prosecutor in the negligence trial of IMF chief Christine Lagarde in Paris called for her acquittal on Thursday saying the hearing had failed to support the "very weak" accusation against her. Lagarde, 60, faces charges, which she denies, of being negligent when, as French finance minister, she approved in 2008 a payout to businessman Bernard...

  • *Lonza to increase equity capital by up to 3.3 bln Sfr. Dec 15- Swiss pharmaceutical supplier Lonza Group AG on Thursday announced a deal to buy Capsugel, a U.S. maker of capsules and other drug delivery systems, from KKR& Co LP for $5.5 billion in cash to broaden its product range. Shares of Lonza fell nearly 5 percent on concerns about the acquisition's cost, more than...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 15- BlackRock Inc plans to lead the next funding round for the startup iCapital Network, which gives individual investors access to private equity funds, hedge funds, and other alternative investments, the two companies said on Thursday. Competitors include Artivest, with backers such as private equity firm KKR& Co and billionaire investor Peter...

  • LONDON, Dec 15- Sterling sank to an almost three-week low against the dollar on Thursday, hammered along with other major currencies by a broad move higher for the greenback driven by raised expectations for U.S. interest rate hikes next year. The Federal Reserve on Wednesday upped its forecasts for rate rises next year from two to three quarter-point moves,...

  • *STOXX Europe 600 index up 0.9 pct. LONDON/ MILAN, Dec 15 (Reuters)- European shares rose on Thursday, helped by gains in global banks after the Federal Reserve raised U.S. interest rates, while growing corporate deal activity underpinned year-end optimism. The pan-European STOXX 600 index rose 0.9 percent, ending at its highest level since Jan. 5.

  • Dec 15- Yahoo Inc shares fell more than 5 percent on Thursday after the technology company disclosed a second massive data breach that raised fears Verizon might kill a deal to buy its core internet business. Silicon Valley- based Yahoo said late on Wednesday that it had uncovered a 2013 cyber attack that compromised data of more than 1 billion user accounts, the...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 15- The White House on Thursday said it could not address the potential scope of vulnerable material from Yahoo Inc's most recently disclosed hack, adding that the FBI is investigating the breach.

  • MILAN, Dec 15- Popolare di Vicenza and Veneto Banca are preparing to sell 8 billion euros in bad loans, the head of credit manager Credito Fondiario said on Thursday, as the two Italian regional banks study a possible merger. The two lenders held 8.5 billion euros in bad debts at the end of June, out of a total of 17 billion euros in doubtful loans- which represent 38...

  • AUSTIN, Texas, Dec 15- The Texas city of Corpus Christi has told its nearly 320,000 residents to stop using tap water due to possible contamination from an industrial chemical leak, city officials said on Thursday. The chemical may have contaminated Corpus Christi drinking water due to a "back-flow incident in the industrial district," they city said in a...

  • UNITED NATIONS, Dec 15- United Nations aid chief Stephen O'Brien will brief the Security Council on Friday on an operation to evacuate thousands of civilians and fighters from the last rebel bastion in the Syrian city of Aleppo, diplomats said. France asked for the 15- member council to be briefed "on the modalities of the evacuation of civilians and delivery of...

  • LONDON, Dec 15- Copper steadied on Thursday, recovering from early losses triggered by a rising dollar and higher inventories that cast doubt over demand strength and expectations of tighter supply. Benchmark copper on the London Metal Exchange ended the session 0.2 percent up at $5,732 a tonne. "The dollar is stronger, there is some caution in the market, it's...

  • *Consumer prices increase 0.2 percent in November. WASHINGTON, Dec 15- Rising rents lifted underlying U.S. inflation in November, pointing to a steady build-up of price pressures in the economy that could support more interest rate increases from the Federal Reserve next year. President-elect Donald Trump's proposed expansionary fiscal policy agenda.

  • ANKARA/ PARIS, Dec 15- Iran's Aseman Airlines has agreed to lease seven Airbus jets, two aviation. Last week the European Union banned Iran's Aseman Airlines from operating within the EU because of safety concerns, but the airline said afterwards that it does not fly to the EU. Owned by Iran's civil service pension foundation but managed as a private company, Aseman...

  • FRENCH PROSECUTOR RECOMMENDS ACQUITTAL OF IMF'S LAGARDE.

  • Dec 15- Yahoo Inc shares fell almost 5 percent on Thursday after the technology company disclosed a second massive data breach that raised fears Verizon might kill a deal to buy its core internet business. Silicon Valley- based Yahoo said late on Wednesday that it had uncovered a 2013 cyber attack that compromised data of more than 1 billion user accounts, the...

  • *Expects 2017 revenue of $21.8 bln- $22.3 bln. *Expects 2017 adjusted EPS of $4.05- $4.15. "We are encouraged by Lilly's 2017 financial guidance," Leerink Partners analyst Seamus Fernandez said in a research note.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 15- Intesa Sanpaolo SpA, Italy's biggest retail bank, agreed on Thursday to pay New York state's financial regulator a $235 million fine for anti-money laundering failures and violations of bank secrecy laws, officials said. Intesa Sanpaolo and its New York branch mismanaged its transaction monitoring system and failed to identify suspicious...

  • Dec 15- Yahoo Inc shares fell almost 5 percent on Thursday after the technology company disclosed a second massive data breach that raised fears Verizon might kill a deal to buy its core internet business. Silicon Valley- based Yahoo said late on Wednesday that it had uncovered a 2013 cyber attack that compromised data of more than 1 billion user accounts, the...