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  • LONDON, Dec 15- Britain's leading pay-TV companies Sky and BT have agreed to supply their most popular channels to each other's platforms in a thawing of a once difficult relationship. In a joint statement the two companies said BT customers would be able to sign up for Sky's NOW TV service which shows sports and U.S. drama. In return, BT will make its sports channels...

  • CHINA'S CNPC HOLDS DISCUSSION ON TAKING OVER IRAN GAS PROJECT FROM TOTAL IF U.S.

  • Uber Eats said on Friday it would start offering all its couriers in Europe an insurance package with AXA with coverage for personal accidents, cash benefits for hospitalisation, property damage and cover for third-party injury. "Uber Eats couriers can now enjoy the freedom and flexibility of working on their own schedule with the peace of mind provided by...

  • SINGAPORE, Dec 15- Oil prices moved up on Friday, lifted by the Forties pipeline outage in the North Sea and ongoing OPEC- led production cuts, although rising output from the United States kept a lid on markets. West Texas Intermediate crude futures were at $57.21 a barrel at 0651 GMT, up 17 cents, or 0.3 percent, from their last settlement. The ongoing outage of the...

  • LIMA, Dec 14- Peru's center-right President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski said on Thursday that he would not resign over a scandal involving payments Brazilian builder Odebrecht made about a decade ago to a company he controlled while holding public office. Before Kuczynski spoke, the leaders of several parties in the opposition-controlled Congress vowed to seek...

  • TOKYO— Global inequality has stabilized at high levels in recent years, a report said Friday, despite gains among the poor in China and much milder disparities in incomes and wealth in Western Europe. At the same time, the share of global income going to the bottom 50 percent rose slightly, to just under 10 percent, thanks to gains in populous, fast-growing China and...

  • LONDON, Dec 14- Euro zone government bond yields are close to multi-month lows just as the European Central Bank is on the verge of cutting its bond-buying scheme by half, leaving some investors worried that a sharp correction may be due in 2018.. I think it's very difficult to price in that deceleration ahead of time when the weight of central bank money is so...

  • HONG KONG, Dec 15- China's HNA Group said on Friday it had repurchased some of its bonds and planned to buy back additional bonds in the future. The conglomerate said in a statement it had repurchased the bonds due to the impact of recent market fluctuations on the prices of some bonds. It did not provide further details.

  • PARIS, Dec 15- Airbus confirmed a top management shake-up on Friday, following weeks of turmoil at the European planemaker. Chief operating officer and planemaking chief Fabrice Bregier will step down in February 2018, while chief executive Tom Enders will not seek a new mandate when his term expires in 2019, the company said. Guillaume Faury, currently chief...

  • TOKYO, Dec 15- Japanese stocks fell to their lowest in more than a week on Friday, with mobile firms extending a sell-off on concerns of increased competition after e-commerce group Rakuten said it aims to become the country's fourth wireless carrier. Taking the cue from weak U.S. stocks overnight, the Nikkei share average declined 0.6 percent to 22,553.22, the...

  • HONG KONG— Asian share benchmarks were mostly lower Friday as uncertainty over U.S. tax reform legislation outweighed upbeat data from Japan. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index dipped 0.6 percent to 22,553.22 but South Korea's Kospi climbed 0.4 percent to 2,478.50. TAXING TIME: President Donald Trump's $1.5 trillion U.S. tax overhaul was...

  • Kuczynski's defiant address ended a 24- hour period of political turbulence that started Wednesday as opposition lawmakers presented documents provided by Odebrecht showing payments to Westfield as well as $4 million to another firm, First Capital, owned by the same business partner. Peru's two biggest parties, which between them have enough seats in...

  • PARIS, Dec 15- European planemaker Airbus confirmed a top management shake-up on Friday. Chief operating officer and planemaking chief Fabrice Bregier will step down in February 2018, while chief executive Tom Enders will not seek a new mandate when his term expires in 2019, the company said. Guillaume Faury, currently chief executive of Airbus Helicopters,...

  • HOUSTON, Dec 15- Apache Corp Chief Executive John Christmann is betting the future of his company on a remote corner of the Permian Basin, the largest U.S. oilfield, planning to spend billions of dollars in the next 20 years to drill more than 5,000 wells. The development of the company's Alpine High field holds ramifications for U.S. oil reserves and future output...

  • *OPEC- led supply cuts, pipeline outage support crude prices. SINGAPORE, Dec 15- Oil markets were stable on Friday as the Forties pipeline outage in the North Sea and ongoing OPEC- led production cuts supported prices, while rising output from the United States kept crude from rising further. The ongoing outage of the Forties pipeline, which carries North Sea oil to...

  • *Imports f'cast +18.0 pct, trade deficit seen at 54.9 bln yen. TOKYO, Dec 15- Japan's exports are expected to have risen for a 12th straight month in November, a Reuters poll showed on Friday, as buoyant overseas demand helps drive a steady economic recovery. "The data will confirm exports are on a rising trend as the global economy is expanding," Mana Saito, economist at...

  • Now that the federal government has rolled back the internet protections it put in place two years ago, the big question is: What does the repeal of "net neutrality' rules mean to you? All of which would be perfectly legal under the new deregulatory regime approved Thursday by the Federal Communications Commission, so long as the companies post their policies...

  • NEW YORK— The minefield that co-workers and companies navigate when it comes to love at work has gotten even more complex following the recent flood of sexual misconduct allegations roiling Hollywood, politics and the media. "People need to think hard before they enter into a workplace romance," said Pennell Locey, a human resources expert at consulting firm...

  • SHANGHAI, Dec 15- China stocks fell on Friday morning, with the Shanghai benchmark poised for a fifth straight week of declines. Hong Kong shares also fell. **The largest percentage losses in the Shanghai index were Beijing Tiantan Biological Products Corp Ltd down 9.4 percent, followed by Xinyu Iron& Steel Co Ltd losing 5.65 percent and Jiangsu Changjiang...

  • SHANGHAI, Dec 15- China's yuan inched up against the U.S. dollar on Friday, poised for a winning week as the U.S. currency comes under pressure from concerns about the progress of U.S. tax reforms. Meanwhile, wrangling in Congress over a bill to change the U.S. tax code also dented confidence. Prior to market opening, the People's Bank of China set the midpoint rate at...