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  • Jan 17- Britain's GVC Holdings expects the United States to be profitable, despite a Department of Justice call for wider restrictions on all gambling on the internet. GVC has expanded rapidly and last year set up an online betting platform in the United States with hotel and casino operator MGM Resorts International. "The U.S. will open up over the next few years...

  • BEIJING, Jan 17- German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said on Thursday he welcomed a sign that the United States and China were going to hold talks again on trade after the two world powers spent much of the past months embroiled in a trade conflict. "It is good that patience is paying off and that there are signs that there are further talks between China and the...

  • *Britain faces power supply crunch in 2020 s. *UK govt says will pursue alternative funding models. TOKYO/ LONDON, Jan 17- Japan's Hitachi Ltd decided on Thursday to freeze a 3 trillion yen nuclear power project in Wales as Britain scrabbles for a way to exit the European Union, dealing a blow to UK plans for the replacement of aging plants.

  • *Yields drop elsewhere, good auction seen in Hungary Forint yields ground after surge on hawkish comments. BUDAPEST, Jan 17- Romanian 10- year government bond yields traded at 3- month highs ahead of an auction on Thursday, bucking a retreat elsewhere in Central Europe, as worries over Bucharest's tax increases continue to weigh on Romanian markets.

  • *FTSE 100 down 0.5 pct, FTSE 250 down 0.3 pct. The FTSE 100 slid 0.5 percent by 0940 GMT, extending Wednesday's fall, while the mid-cap FTSE 250 fell 0.3 percent, in line with a slide in European stocks. Financials were the biggest drag on the FTSE 100 as Europe's banking sector sold off after weak results from Societe Generale, and investors received Prime Minister...

  • BRUSSELS, Jan 17- Euro zone inflation slowed in December to 1.6 percent on the year while core indicators remained stable at low levels, the European Union's statistics office said on Thursday confirming its preliminary estimates released earlier in January. The final figures confirm that inflation has fallen away from the European Central Bank target of a...

  • PARIS, Jan 17- France has put in motion a contingency plan to deal with an eventual "hard Brexit," Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Thursday, including 50 million euros of investments to help ports and airports cope. "What's certain is that the scenario of a no-deal Brexit is less and less unlikely. Prime Minister Theresa May's two-year attempt to forge an...

  • Emerging market equities from China and Hong Kong to South Africa dipped, while South Africa's rand softened ahead of a central bank meeting where borrowing costs are unlikely to be tweaked. Weakness prevailed in China as local stocks dipped and seasonal support from corporate demand for the Chinese yuan faded. The South African Reserve Bank was expected to...

  • Facebook's head of cybersecurity policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, said in a blog post it had unearthed two separate operations which originated in Russia, with one active in multiple countries across eastern Europe and the other specific to Ukraine. https://bit.ly/2W1h9LR. The company also said that based on a tip from U.S. law enforcement, it had separately...

  • LONDON, Jan 17- Concern over China's economic outlook and possible U.S. tariffs on European cars dragged stocks lower on Thursday, while an anti-climactic end to the latest chapter in the Brexit saga offered sterling a moment's peace. Carmakers fell more than 1.5 percent after U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley said he thought Donald...

  • BERLIN, Jan 17- No vendors should be excluded from Germany's fifth-generation mobile networks if there is no evidence against them, the BDI industry association said, responding to calls to bar China's Huawei Technologies on national security grounds. The Handelsblatt daily reported earlier that the German government was actively considering stricter...

  • Plan To Submit Special Appeal As Early As Friday@. Jan 17- Nissan Motor Co Ltd:. *CARLOS GHOSN'S LAWYERS SAY THAT TOKYO COURT HAS REJECTED BAIL APPEAL; PLAN TO SUBMIT SPECIAL APPEAL AS EARLY AS FRIDAY Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:.

  • THE HAGUE, Jan 17- Angry Dutch citizens on Thursday will ask their country's highest court to put an immediate end to gas production in the Groningen region due to the risk of life-endangering earthquakes. The Dutch High Court last week said it would hear two "pressing" objections to the government's production plans on Thursday, while 26 other complaints from...

  • LONDON, Jan 17- Sterling hovered just off two-month highs against the euro and the dollar on Thursday as uncertainty crept back in a day after British Prime Minister Theresa May won a confidence vote in parliament. Lawmakers backed May's government 325 to 306, just 24 hours after handing her European Union withdrawal deal a crushing defeat that left Britain's...

  • OSLO, Jan 17- Norway's sovereign wealth fund, the world's largest, said on Thursday it has added three more companies to the list of firms in which it will not invest. Texwinca Holdings Co, Evergy Inc and Washington H. Soul Pattinson& Co Ltd. were all removed from the fund's portfolio, it said in a statement. The Norwegian fund, whose assets are close to $1 trillion,...

  • Jan 17- Facebook Inc said on Thursday it has removed a number of pages, accounts and groups that were involved in coordinated inauthentic behavior on Facebook and Instagram. The two operations were found to have originated in Russia, with one active in multiple countries and the other was specific to Ukraine, the social media company said in a blog post....

  • LONDON, Jan 17- The New Zealand dollar moved the most among major currencies on Thursday, falling to a week's low on renewed fears over global growth, while sterling dipped as the British government struggled to find consensus over how to exit the European Union. A quiet trading session in Asia grew livelier in the Europe, with the dollar hitting the day's high of...

  • BEIJING, Jan 17- China will increase the flexibility of yuan exchange rate, the head of China's foreign exchange regulator said on Thursday. China will promote two-way opening of its financial market and the opening of the country's capital account in an orderly way, Pan Gongsheng said in an article posted on the WeChat account of a central bank publication.

  • TOKYO, Jan 17- Japan's Hitachi Ltd said on Thursday it has decided to freeze a 3 trillion yen British nuclear power project and will consequently book a writedown of 300 billion yen on its British nuclear unit. The suspension comes as Hitachi's Horizon Nuclear Power failed to find private investors for its plans to build a plant in Anglesey, Wales, which promised...

  • JAKARTA, Jan 17- Indonesia's central bank on Thursday held its key rate unchanged and the governor indicated that its cycle of aggressive tightening in 2018 was "near its peak," thanks to "dovish" recent signals from the U.S. The currency has rebounded since, but in recent days there has been a renewed bout of weakness amid concern over China's economy and a record...