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  • TORONTO, Oct 23- The Canadian government is "really worried" about cyber attacks that have targeted critical infrastructure and it has helped companies improve defenses without disclosing hacks to the public, a senior intelligence official said on Monday. The comment by Scott Jones, an assistant deputy minister at Canada's Communications Security...

  • SAO PAULO, Oct 23- The world's largest meatpacker JBS SA said on Monday it does not know if its unit JBS Aves Ltda is on a government list of employers that use slave labor in Brazil, after a local media outlet alleged the unit was included in the roster. JBS said it has been a signee, since 2007, of an agreement to eradicate slave labor in Brazil. Press representatives at...

  • LONDON, Oct 23- European and British banks do not have much time left to prepare for Britain's exit from the European Union, the European Central Bank's top bank supervisor said on Monday. "Once the United Kingdom becomes a' third country' for the EU, banks located there will lose access to the European market, and European banks will lose access to the UK market,"...

  • ALBANY, N.Y.— New York state's top prosecutor has launched a civil rights investigation into The Weinstein Co. following sexual assault allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. The Democratic attorney general says his office wants to know whether any New York employees were subjected to pervasive harassment or discrimination at the...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 23- A U.S. jury on Monday found a former HSBC Holdings Plc executive guilty of defrauding Cairn Energy Plc in a $3.5 billion currency trade in 2011.. "They've convicted an innocent man," John Wing, a lawyer for Johnson, told reporters as he left the courtroom in Brooklyn federal court, where Johnson was on trial for nearly four weeks. Johnson, a 51- year-old...

  • BOSTON, Oct 23- Marcato Capital Management sued Deckers Outdoor Corp on Monday to force the maker of Ugg boots to hold its annual meeting and classify the hedge fund's board nominees so the company could avoid millions of dollars in financial penalties. The lawsuit filed in Delaware Chancery Court heightens tensions between Deckers and the hedge fund, which...

  • ALBANY, N.Y.— New York attorney general opens civil rights investigation of Weinstein Co., seeks records on sex harassment complaints.

  • *Chip Blankenship's appointment effective Jan. 15. Arconic tapped Chip Blankenship as its CEO although Elliott Management, which holds a 12.1 percent stake, had another choice in mind. "Chip Blankenship is an excellent selection...

  • PARIS, Oct 23- Airbus is more confident in the ability of Pratt& Whitney to speed up delayed engine shipments, two people familiar with the matter said on Monday, in a sign that supply-chain gridlock affecting European aircraft deliveries may soon reach its peak. Airbus Chief Executive Tom Enders said in July that Pratt& Whitney's performance was "unsatisfactory"...

  • GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip— A Palestinian cellular provider says it will soon expand coverage from the West Bank to the Gaza Strip. Wataniya Mobile, a subsidiary of Qatar's Ooredoo, says it will launch operations in Gaza on Tuesday. Wataniya's expansion was held up by the political divide between the West Bank- based Palestinian Authority and Hamas, which seized Gaza in...

  • MEXICO CITY— The Associated Press has named Scott Smith, a cross-format journalist from California, as its new correspondent in Caracas, Venezuela. The appointment was announced Monday by Paul Haven, the AP's news director for Latin America and the Caribbean. "The political and social upheaval in Venezuela is one of the most consequential stories in Latin...

  • *Hartford will be No. 2 U.S. group life benefits insurer. Shares of The Hartford fell more than 5 percent to $53.63 after the insurer said it would suspend its existing buyback to fund part of the deal and would not repurchase stock next year. "Hartford is financing the deal by dividends and clearly mentioned that it will not authorize an equity repurchase plan for...

  • TORONTO, Oct 23- Activist investor Jonathan Litt ratcheted up pressure on Hudson's Bay Co on Monday, calling a special shareholder meeting potentially to remove directors, in a sign of escalating tension between two investors who hold different views about the future of the department store operator. Litt's push for a special meeting sets the stage for a...

  • Oct 23- U.S. stocks traded in a narrow range on Monday, with losses in industrial shares led by GE offsetting gains in healthcare and technology sectors. Still, the indexes were near their all-time highs on a steady stream of upbeat third-quarter earnings and hopes that President Donald Trump's tax plans may move forward after the Senate's approval of a budget...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 23- A U.S. jury on Monday found a former HSBC Holdings Plc executive guilty of defrauding Cairn Energy Plc in a $3.5 billion currency trade in 2011.. "They've convicted an innocent man," John Wing, a lawyer for Johnson, told reporters as he left the courtroom in Brooklyn federal court, where Johnson was on trial for nearly four weeks. A lawyer for Scott, who is...

  • Oct 23- Oilfield services giant Halliburton Co on Monday warned of slower growth at its oil well drilling and evaluation business, reflecting a steady drop in rig counts in the United States. The outlook suggests Halliburton's current-quarter might not be as strong as its latest quarter, echoing warnings on Friday from its two bigger rivals, Schlumberger NV...

  • *Transition will be agreed as part of wider deal, UK says. LONDON, Oct 23- London Mayor Sadiq Khan joined Britain's business leaders in warning that companies would start moving jobs and investment out of the country if they do not get a Brexit transition deal soon. The boss of Goldman Sachs tweeted last week that he was looking forward to spending more time in...

  • *Chip Blankenship's appointment effective Jan. 15. Arconic tapped Chip Blankenship as its CEO although Elliott Management, which holds a 12.1 percent stake, had another choice in mind. "Chip Blankenship is an excellent selection...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 23- Pennsylvania's governor asked U.S. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, wrote to Trump, a Republican, on Friday asking him to urge the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to waive the renewable fuel requirement for all refiners in the U.S. A White House spokeswoman referred requests for comment to the EPA, which did not immediately respond.

  • NEW YORK— The Trump administration's Treasury Department has come out against a set of new regulations that would allow consumers to band together to sue their bank or credit card company. A Treasury Department report released Monday takes aim at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's so-called forced arbitration rules, which the agency finalized...