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  • NEW YORK, Nov 23- A U.S. judge ruled that Uber can force an unhappy Connecticut customer's price-fixing case against the ride-service company into arbitration, after the customer said the proposed class action belonged in court because he never agreed to arbitrate. In an order dated Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan also dismissed claims by...

  • LONDON, Nov 23- A fall in Centrica's shares weighed on British stocks on Thursday, but a rebound in housebuilders and a weak pound provided enough support to recoup most of the morning's losses. Jefferies analysts flagged weakness in Centrica's North America and UK business. Babcock was the second-weakest performer of the FTSE, retreating in the wake of brokers...

  • LONDON, Nov 23- The pan-European STOXX 600 index ended flat on Thursday, while euro zone blue chips erased early losses to trade up 0.3 percent after business surveys for the bloc cemented optimism on the economy. "This supports our view that the economy is in a very healthy condition," said Britta Weidenbach, head of European equities at Deutsche Asset Management.

  • NEW DELHI, Nov 23- Italian-American carmaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV will recall 1,200 Jeep Compass sports utility vehicles sold in India, for "replacement of the front passenger air bag," FCA India said in a statement on Thursday. The recalls are part of a bigger recall by the company. The carmaker on Wednesday recalled 7,000 U.S.-market SUVs and 1,000...

  • *Britain's economic prospects remain gloomy as Brexit looms. LONDON, Nov 23- A bleak Brexit budget that slashed growth forecasts but gave young voters a tax break on buying their first property may have placated critics of British finance minister Philip Hammond, at least for now. Hammond was under intense pressure from within his Conservative Party to spend...

  • LONDON— U.K. politicians have expressed dismay after the European Union booted Britain out of the contest to become European Capital of Culture because of Brexit. Britain was due to hold the title in 2023, and five British cities were competing to be chosen. But the EU says that since Britain is due to leave the bloc in 2019, its participation "will not be possible."

  • LONDON, Nov 23- Sterling edged down from a six-week high on Thursday, with traders largely brushing off cuts to Britain's economic growth forecasts announced in the previous day's budget statement and refocusing on Brexit negotiations. Prime Minister Theresa May will visit Brussels on Friday, where European Union negotiators hope she will run the risk of a...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, Nov 23- U.S. crude hit a two-year high in thin trade on Thursday as the shutdown of a major crude pipeline from Canada and a draw on fuel inventories pointed to a tightening market, despite rising output from U.S. producers. U.S. crude was up 35 cents at $58.39 per barrel by 10:58 a.m. EST, close to a two-year peak of $58.44 touched earlier in the session.

  • SAO PAULO, Nov 23- Equities markets across Latin America fell on Thursday amid light Thanksgiving trading, led by the blue-chip IPSA index in Chile, where investors are still jittery over a weak performance by conservatives in elections over the weekend. Additionally, workers at BHP Billiton Ltd's Escondida copper mine in Chile, the world's biggest, walked off...

  • BRUSSELS, Nov 23- The European Union will publish a list of priority energy infrastructure projects on Friday with an emphasis on improving power supplies, better integrating renewable sources and helping Ireland cope with Brexit. It also aims to address Ireland's worries about its security of supply after Britain quits the EU in March 2019, leaving Ireland...

  • LONDON, Nov 23- Copper prices were set for a fifth day of gains on Thursday and most other industrial metals also rose, helped by a weaker dollar, although concerns over demand from top consumer China after a sharp fall in Chinese share prices limited gains. COPPER: Benchmark copper on the London Metal Exchange was up 0.1 percent at $6,959 a tonne at 1522 GMT after...

  • *Workers in Germany also announce Black Friday walkouts. MILAN, Nov 23- Workers at Amazon's main distribution hub in Italy are planning their first ever strike for Friday, trade unions said, while they are also striking at six warehouses in Germany, threatening to disrupt one of the year's busiest shopping days. Unions said in a statement more than 500 Amazon...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov 23- The board of Brazilian telecoms company Oi SA is trying to assemble a coalition dependent on public sector creditors to pass its restructuring plan in the face of serious opposition from private bondholders, three sources with knowledge of the board's strategy told Reuters. The board is offering similar deals to the investment banking...

  • Linxens management recently made presentations to interested parties in China to test their appetite, they said. An adviser is helping the company reach out to the prospective China suitors but there is no formal mandate or sale process at the moment, according to the people. President Donald Trump barred China- backed buyout fund Canyon Bridge from acquiring...

  • LONDON, Nov 23- The euro rose for a third consecutive day on Thursday after breaking through a key technical level when a flurry of European business surveys pointed to a strengthening growth outlook for the region. The euro was up 0.2 percent on the day at $1.1850 against the dollar and not far from a one-month high of $1.1862 set last week in a holiday-shortened...

  • *Demand heavy at auctions in Budapest, Prague, Warsaw. Debt auctions in Prague and Warsaw also drew robust demand. Hungary sold 3-, 5- and 10- year bonds worth 99 billion forints at its own auctions, 80 percent more than planned.

  • N'DJAMENA, Nov 23- Chad's President Idriss Deby has sacked Finance Minister Christian Georges Diguimbaye, a government decree showed. Chad is under pressure to restructure its debt to Glencore for a second time after the International Monetary Fund said this year that its external commercial debt was unsustainable. Chad pumps about 130,000 barrels per day...

  • *Markets in Japan, U.S. closed on Thursday. LONDON, Nov 23- Gold steadied on Thursday after rising nearly 1 percent in the previous session as the dollar sank on reduced expectations for U.S. interest rate hikes next year. Spot gold was 0.1 percent lower at $1,290.82 per.

  • Nov 22- Saudi Arabia has agreed to buy about $7 billion worth of precision guided munitions from U.S. defense contractors, sources familiar with the matter said, a deal that some lawmakers may object to over American weapons having contributed to civilian deaths in the Saudi campaign in Yemen. Raytheon Co and Boeing Co are the companies selected, the sources said,...

  • N'DJAMENA, Nov 23- Chad's President Idriss Deby has sacked Finance Minister Christian Georges Diguimbaye, a government decree showed. The decree dated Nov. 21, reviewed by Reuters on Thursday, also dismissed secretary of state in charge of finances and budget Banata Tchalet Sow. Their dismissal came amid a standoff with Swiss-based commodities giant Glencore...