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CORRECTED-OFFICIAL-Some Canada firms could move to U.S. amid NAFTA worries -survey
OTTAWA, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Around six percent of Canadian firms could move part of their operations to the United States amid uncertainty over the future of the NAFTA trade pact, the nation's export credit agency said on Friday.
EXCLUSIVE-Aston Martin owners rev up for 2018 exit with Lazard hire
LONDON, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Aston Martin's owners have hired Lazard to prepare for a stock market listing or sale of the British sportscar maker made famous by fictional spy James Bond, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.
FOREX-Dollar index firmer as volumes thin ahead of holidays
NEW YORK, Dec 15 (Reuters) - The U.S. dollar rose on Friday as Republican negotiators in the U.S. Congress put the finishing touches on a sweeping tax overhaul, raising expectations that the bill would be passed by year-end.
U.S. says it wants Syrian govt to negotiate 'seriously' with opposition
WASHINGTON, Dec 15 (Reuters) - The United States on Friday urged supporters of the Syrian government to press it to "participate fully" in negotiations with the opposition, saying a lack of a political resolution in the war-torn country threatened indefinite instability.
Tobacco industry trumps as India court cancels stringent health labeling rules
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - An Indian court on Friday quashed federal rules that mandated stringent graphic health warnings on tobacco products, lawyers involved in the case said, in a decision seen as a major victory for the tobacco industry and a setback for health advocates.
U.S.'s Tillerson: No preconditions for North Korea talks
UNITED NATIONS, Dec 15 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday said the United States would not accept any preconditions for diplomatic talks with North Korea, saying the Trump administration and the international community would continue to pressure Pyongyang
U.S. top diplomat calls for release of two reporters arrested in Myanmar
UNITED NATIONS, Dec 15 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Friday that the U.S. government has demanded the release of two Reuters reporters being held in Myanmar.
WIDER IMAGE-"Day of Rage" - a knife, a fake bomb belt, a death
NEAR RAMALLAH, West Bank, Dec 15 (Reuters) - I went to the road just outside Ramallah, as on previous days, because that is one of the places in the West Bank where Palestinians have been protesting against U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
North Korean envoy ignores U.S. call for testing freeze in U.N. speech
WASHINGTON, Dec 15 (Reuters) - North Korea's ambassador to the United Nations on Friday ignored a U.S. call for a cessation of weapons testing to allow for talks with Pyongyang on its nuclear program and said his country would not pose a threat to any state, as long as its interests were not infringed upon.
UPDATE 2-Turkey wants former police investigator repatriated from U.S. - sources
ANKARA, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Turkey's justice minister has told his U.S. counterpart that a former Turkish police investigator who testified at the trial of a Turkish banker in New York this week is wanted by Ankara and should be swiftly returned, ministry sources said on Friday.
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