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  • LOS ANGELES, Dec 15- New movie "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" brought in $45 million on its opening night on Thursday at U.S. and Canadian theaters as fans rushed to see the latest installment in the blockbuster franchise, distributor Walt Disney Co said on Friday.

  • THE HAGUE, Netherlands— Dutch military police say they have shot a man after he threatened to use a knife at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport. In a tweet, the Marechaussee police service says the "situation is safe" and the suspect has been detained and removed from the scene. Schiphol, just outside Amsterdam, is one of Europe's busiest airports.

  • *OPEC- led cuts being undermined by U.S. output rises. NEW YORK, Dec 15- Oil prices remained little changed, lingering below two-year highs on Friday as the continuing outage of a North Sea pipeline and OPEC- led production cuts supported prices, while climbing U.S. output kept a lid on gains. Brent crude futures were down 1 cent at $63.30 a barrel by 10:41 a.m. EST.

  • LONDON, Dec 15- Sterling fell nearly a percent on Friday despite news that Brexit negotiations would move on to the next stage in January, as investors booked some profits following recent gains. The European Union agree to move talks forward with London on Britain's exit from the bloc, but there was little clarity on trade issues and Austria warned the Irish...

  • BRUSSELS, Dec 15- Europe's second-highest court has rejected a request from the U.S. government to intervene in Apple's challenge against an EU order to pay back taxes of up to 13 billion euros because it failed to prove a direct interest in the outcome of the case. Apple, maker of the iPhone, appealed to the Luxembourg- based General Court a year ago after the...

  • BEIJING, Dec 15- China will cut export taxes on some steel products and fertilizers and ditch those for sales abroad of steel wire, rod and bars from Jan. 1, the Ministry of Finance said on Friday, in a series of measures that could boost shipments. The move is likely to stir concerns among foreign competitors in the United States and Europe that China, the world's top...

  • BEIJING, Dec 15- China will cut export taxes on some steel products and fertilisers and ditch those for sales abroad of steel wire, rod and bars from Jan. 1, the Ministry of Finance said on Friday, in a series of measures that could boost shipments. The move is likely to stir concerns among foreign competitors in the United States and Europe that China, the world's top...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 15- Republican negotiators in the U.S. Congress on Friday expanded a child tax credit that is part of sweeping tax legislation in order to shore up support for passage, but it was still unclear whether the move was enough to satisfy two balking senators. Republican Representative Kristi Noem said on Friday that the refundable portion of an...

  • *Germany and France to agree on a vision by March. BRUSSELS, Dec 15- European Union leaders on Friday set the completion of a banking union and expansion of the role of the euro zone bailout fund as priorities for euro zone integration, putting off contentious issues such as a budget for the currency area. "Progressing step-by-step on... the completion of the banking...

  • MILAN, Dec 15- Italy's tax authority said on Friday it had reached an agreement with e-commerce giant Amazon to settle outstanding tax claims covering the period 2011-2015.. In April, Milan tax police said it believed the world's largest online retailer had evaded 120- 130 million euros of taxes in Italy, a source told Reuters. "In May 2015... we have created an Italian...

  • SAO PAULO, Dec 15- Equities in Chile posted solid gains on Friday, as prices for key export copper ticked up on solid Chinese industrial data and the country gears up for a tight presidential election over the weekend. Pinera, who once had a strong lead, disappointed in a first round vote in November, sending Chile's blue-chip IPSA index tumbling almost 10 percent by...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 15- The U.S. derivatives watchdog on Friday published draft legal guidance outlining the basis on which retail virtual currency trading would be exempted from complying with its rules. The proposed legal interpretation issued by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission should ultimately see more virtual currency operators come under the...

  • PARIS, Dec 15- Airbus confirmed the departure of planemaking chief Fabrice Bregier as part of a series of board moves on Friday to clear the air over succession plans following weeks of speculation surrounding Europe's largest aerospace firm. The move gives rival Chief Executive Tom Enders a free hand for the rest of what will now be his last term as CEO, ending in...

  • MOSCOW, Dec 15- Promsvyazbank, one of the largest private banks in Russia, will require between 100 billion roubles and 200 billion roubles as part of a central bank rescue, central bank deputy governor Vasily Pozdyshev said on Friday. Pozdyshev estimated the amount of subordinated debt at 100 billion roubles. He said loans issued by Promsvyazbank to the bank's...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 15- World shares gained on Friday and Wall Street opened higher on U.S. tax legislation optimism, while the dollar strengthened as trading activity wound down before the Christmas and New Year holidays. Federal Reserve raise interest rates, while the European Central Bank and the Bank of England held off on hikes. Wall Street equities were boosted by...

  • TOKYO, Dec 16- Japan's government plans an initial budget of a record 97.7 trillion yen for the 2018/ 19 fiscal year, while keeping new debt issuance below this year's level thanks to hefty tax revenue as the economy picks up, government sources told Reuters. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet is expected to approve the budget draft on Dec. 22, along with an extra...

  • *Output share of Panamera hybrids has doubled in past year. LEIPZIG, Germany, Dec 15- Battery suppliers are struggling to cope with buoyant demand for Porsche's Panamera hybrid sedan, the sports car maker told Reuters, in a sign parent Volkswagen's shift to cleaner vehicles may be paying off, but also of the challenges involved. The share of Panamera hybrids, which...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 15- The margin between U.S. shorter-dated and longer-dated Treasury yields contracted to its slimmest in a decade on Friday, based on traders' expectations that the Federal Reserve would increase short-term interest rates further and long-term inflation would stay tame. Moreover, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said at her last news conference as the head...

  • LONDON, Dec 15- Copper prices scaled 3- week highs on Friday alongside U.S. equities after the New York open and as expectations of strong demand in top consumer China were reinforced by data showing firm industrial activity. "Fundamentals are pretty strong on the back of the global economy and China," said Societe Generale analyst Robin Bhar, adding that copper...

  • *North Sea pipeline shut on Dec. 11. The 169- km pipeline, which carries about a quarter of all North Sea crude output and about a third of Britain's offshore gas production, has been closed since Monday, following the discovery of a small crack in part of the system onshore in Scotland. "Probably everybody's got revised dates now," a North Sea trader said, adding his...