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  • BRASILIA, Dec 12- A proposal to overhaul Brazil's costly social security system will be put to a vote within the next week if it has enough support, President Michel Temer said on Tuesday, adding that otherwise it will have to be left for next year. Temer has had to reduce the extent of the unpopular measure to get it through Congress, but said the current version would...

  • BOGOTA, Dec 12- Colombia on Tuesday fined cement companies Cementos Argos, Cemex and Holcim, along with some of its managers, more than 200 billion pesos for fixing prices. The companies, which represent 96 percent of Colombia's cement market, allegedly agreed to set prices between January 2010 and December 2012, during which time cement prices increased 29.9...

  • *Westfield owns 35 shopping centres in UK, U.S. SYDNEY/ MELBOURNE/ PARIS Dec 12- Europe's biggest property firm Unibail-Rodamco is to buy U.S. and UK mall operator Westfield Corp for $16 billion, in a defensive move to create a global leader in a sector grappling with the online shopping challenge led by Amazon. The deal gives Europe- focused Unibail, which owns' Les 4...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 12- President Donald Trump signed into law on Tuesday legislation that bans the use of Kaspersky Lab within the U.S. government, capping a months-long effort to purge the Moscow- based antivirus firm from federal agencies amid concerns it was vulnerable to Kremlin influence. The ban, included as part of broader defense policy spending...

  • VIENNA/ MILAN, Dec 12- An explosion and fire that ripped through Austria's main gas pipeline hub on Tuesday killed one person and injured 21 others, prompting Italy to declare a state of emergency as flows from the strategic site were cut off for most of the day. The Baumgarten site in eastern Austria, near Slovakia, is a major regional transfer node, taking natural...

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  • NEW YORK, Dec 12- A Manhattan federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit brought by New York's banking regulator against the U.S. Since the OCC has not reached a final decision on the fintech charters, the claims were "not ripe," U.S. District Court Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald wrote in her decision tossing the case without prejudice. In the lawsuit, filed in May, Maria...

  • TORONTO, Dec 12- Canada's main stock index ended marginally higher on Tuesday, boosted by gains for some financial and materials stocks as well as consumer names, while energy companies weighed with lower oil prices. The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index unofficially closed up 10.52 points, or 0.07 percent, at 16,114.03. Six of its 10 main sectors...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 12- Virtual currency bitcoin hit another all-time peak on Tuesday, two days after the launch of the first ever bitcoin futures on a U.S. exchange and ahead of the start of another futures contract next week, as investors grew optimistic that the $20,000- mark is within reach. The CME Group is expected to launch its futures contract on Dec. 17.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 12- The S&P 500 and the Dow registered record closing highs on Tuesday with a boost from bank stocks as investors eyed a potential cut in U.S. corporate taxes and continued economic growth after strong inflation data.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 12- A Russian pipeline project that would boost Moscow's ability to manipulate European energy markets can be slowed by Denmark but ultimately Germany would be needed to stop it, U.S. State Department officials said on Tuesday. Russian natural gas company Gazprom and its European partners are seeking to build Nord Stream 2, a project to move gas...

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  • *Italy, its biggest recipient, declares state of emergency. VIENNA/ MILAN, Dec 12- An explosion and fire that ripped through Austria's main gas pipeline hub on Tuesday killed one person and injured 21 others, prompting Italy to declare a state of emergency as flows from the strategic site were cut off for most of the day. The Baumgarten site in eastern Austria, near...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 12- Net neutrality advocates said they are gearing up for a legal fight after abandoning attempts to convince the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to keep 2015 rules aimed at maintaining an open internet. The FCC is expected to vote on Dec. 14 to scrap the landmark so-called net neutrality rules championed by Democratic former President...

  • *Brent jumps above $65 for first time since mid-2015. LONDON, Dec 12- Britain's biggest pipeline from its North Sea oil and gas fields is likely to be shut for several weeks for repairs, its operator said on Tuesday, disrupting gas flows and sending international crude prices to their highest since mid-2015. The closure has struck during a winter freeze in Britain,...

  • Not so for victims of the California wildfires. If the Senate version prevailed, victims of all federally declared disasters— a category that cover victims of both hurricanes and the wildfires— could deduct their losses. No one is sure which provisions of the House and Senate bills will end up in the final reconciled version that Republicans are working on and...

  • LANSING, Mich.— The Michigan Legislature began taking final votes Tuesday on legislation aimed at getting a handle on municipalities' underfunded pension and retiree health care plans, after majority Republicans last week backed away from provisions that could have led to state intervention in some local governments. Roughly a third of Michigan's 1,800...

  • Dec 12- Wall Street stocks were higher on Tuesday afternoon with the biggest boost from the financial sectors as investors bet on strong economic growth a day ahead of the U.S. Earlier in the day, a Labor Department report showed U.S. producer prices rose in November as gasoline prices surged and the cost of other goods increased, leading to the largest annual gain...

  • Dec 12- Canadian asset manager Desjardins Group is partnering with five credit union centrals and insurer Cumis Group to form a wealth management firm with about C $55 billion in assets under management. The new entity, Aviso Wealth, will be equally owned by Desjardins and a partnership between the credit union centrals and Cumis, according to a joint statement...