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  • WASHINGTON, Oct 18- States challenging President Donald Trump's decision to terminate cost-sharing payments to health insurance companies under the Obamacare law on Wednesday asked a judge to quickly block the administration's move. In a court filing, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra asked a federal judge in northern California to issue a...

  • Oct 18- Canada's Bank of Nova Scotia is exploring options for its gold business ScotiaMocatta, including a possible sale of the world's oldest gold trader, three sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. The Financial Times reported earlier on Wednesday that Scotiabank had made a decision to sell the business following a massive money laundering...

  • Secretary of Defense James Mattis this week asked Congress to halt pending legislation that would compel the U.S. to alert foreign governments when the Pentagon has decided to combat certain cyber attacks, according to a letter sent to lawmakers. The letter, sent to members of Congress on Tuesday and seen by Reuters, comes as lawmaker's finalize the Department...

  • MADRID, Oct 18- Private equity company Advent has hired Morgan Stanley to sell its 45 percent stake in Spanish explosives manufacturer Maxam, two sources with knowledge of the matter said on Wednesday. The transaction could value the company, founded in 1872 by Alfred Nobel, at up to 1.5 billion euros, the sources said. When Advent first bought a stake in Maxam in...

  • Oct 18- Caisse de depot et Placement du Quebec, Canada's second-largest public pension plan, said it would increase investments in low carbon assets by more than C $8 billion over the next three years. CDPQ also set a medium-term target to reduce its carbon footprint by 25 percent per dollar invested. "From now on, climate change will factor in each and every...

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 18- French President Emmanuel Macron has succeeded in pushing trade onto the agenda of the European Union summit which starts on Thursday, calling for caution in commercial deals that would bring a surge of beef and other agricultural imports. Macron said last week that France was in no hurry to a deal with the Mercosur bloc of Argentina, Brazil,...

  • Under the deal, which has not been finalized, five of Viacom's six flagship networks- MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, Paramount Network and BET- would be in the basic package of Charter's Spectrum cable service, according to the source, who wished to remain anonymous because the discussions are confidential. The other three channels included would be VH1, TV Land...

  • The White House said both parties shared a willingness to work with the president on tax reform. The White House hopes they will be open to working with Trump because they face voters next year. It was the latest White House attempt to recruit Democratic support to ensure that tax reform does not meet the same fate as Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare, which...

  • The White House said both parties shared a willingness to work with the president on tax reform. The White House hopes they will be open to working with Trump because they face voters next year. It was the latest White House attempt to recruit Democratic support to ensure that tax reform does not meet the same fate as Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare, which...

  • The White House said both parties shared a willingness to work with the president on tax reform. The White House hopes they will be open to working with Trump because they face voters next year. It was the latest White House attempt to recruit Democratic support to ensure that tax reform does not meet the same fate as Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare, which...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 18- U.S. Senate Republican whip John Cornyn said on Wednesday that Republicans appear to have enough votes to pass a budget measure that is vital to President Donald Trump's aim of enacting tax reform legislation before January.

  • ROME— On tiny Malta, a star investigative reporter had been digging into plenty of international intrigue before she was blown up by a car bomb while driving. Malta's reputation as a tax haven, its cozy links with nearby lawless Libya and its legal passports-for-sale program were just some of the fodder for investigation by reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia.

  • STATES CHALLENGING TRUMP DECISION TO CUT OFF OBAMACARE SUBSIDIES ASK COURT TO RULE BY THURSDAY THAT TRUMP MUST MAKE PAYMENTS- COURT FILING.

  • LONDON, Oct 18- Angola's new President João Lourenço backs the reform plans of oil company Sonangol, the state firm's powerful chief Isabel dos Santos said on Wednesday. "Our relations are full alignment," dos Santos said in a Reuters newsmaker interview, adding Lourenco was "fully aware" of her plans for Sonangol's transformation. Last month, Lourenço was sworn...

  • MOSCOW, Oct 18- Glencore will swap its 8.75 percent stake in Russian aluminium giant Rusal for shares in En+ Group, an aluminium and hydropower group controlled by tycoon Oleg Deripaska, En+ said on Wednesday. En+ Group plans to raise $1.5 billion in an initial public share offering in London and Moscow in November, testing investors' appetite for Russian assets...

  • DETROIT— Toyota Motor Co. is recalling 347,120 Sienna minivans worldwide because they can shift out of the "park" position and roll away. The recall involves Siennas from the 2005-2007 and 2009-2010 model years. Toyota also is recalling 24,000 in Canada, 13,000 in Mexico, 100 in Europe and 20 elsewhere.

  • REPUBLICAN SENATOR CORNYN SAYS REPUBLICANS APPEAR TO HAVE ENOUGH VOTES TO PASS BUDGET MEASURE THAT ADVANCES TAX REFORM.

  • CHICAGO, Oct 18- U.S. wheat futures fell for a third straight day on Wednesday, pressured by plentiful global supplies and strong competition for export business, especially from Russia, traders said. As of 12:54 p.m. CDT, Chicago Board of Trade December wheat was down 4-3/ 4 cents at $4.30 per bushel after dipping to $4.29, its lowest in nearly a week.

  • *Kirkuk- Ceyhan pipeline oil flow falls to 225,000 bpd- source. *Iraq crisis, U.S.- Iran tensions raise supply concerns. The global benchmark hits its highest in three weeks earlier in the session at $58.54 a barrel because of ongoing tensions around oil-rich Iraq and Iran, which raised risk premiums.

  • PARIS, Oct 18- Carrefour's sales growth slowed sharply in the third quarter on weakening demand in its core French market, the world's second-largest retailer said on Wednesday, highlighting the challenge facing its new boss. Improving the French hypermarket business is a priority for CEO Alexandre Bompard, who joined in July. In France, where Carrefour makes...