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UPDATE 1-Songbird Estates says worth $4.4 bln, more than takeover offer

LONDON, Nov 28 - Songbird Estates, the majority owner of London's Canary Wharf, said an upturn in property markets means it is now worth 2.82 billion pounds ($4.42 billion), more than the takeover offer from Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) and Brookfield Property Partners .

BRIEF-Tritax Big Box Reit buys 22.45 mln stg distribution warehouse

* Has exchanged contracts on Tesco distribution warehouse in Touchet Hall Road, Middleton, Manchester for 22.45 million stg

7:53am GMT

Spain's Telefonica says seeks global alliance with BT

MADRID, Nov 28 - The chairman of Spain's Telefonica has said the company is seeking a "global alliance" with Britain's BT with cash and shares in exchange for Telefonica unit O2, a spokesman for Telefonica confirmed on Friday.

7:42am GMT

BRIEF-Spirit Pub says Greene King deal scheme to be published by Dec 24

* Scheme document with further information about offer and general meeting of Spirit shareholders to approve offer will be published by no later than Dec 24, 2014

7:23am GMT

Songbird Estates says received no further offers from QIA, Brookfield

LONDON, Nov 28 - Songbird Estates, the majority owner of London's Canary Wharf, has had discussions with Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) and Brookfield Property Partners on a takeover offer but received no further proposal, it said on Friday.

Meezan Bank studies purchase of HSBC Bank Oman's Pakistani unit

Nov 28 - Karachi-based Meezan Bank Ltd has received regulatory approval to study the acquisition of the Pakistani unit of HSBC Bank Oman, the sharia-compliant lender said in a bourse filing on Friday.

6:12am GMT

CVC Capital to buy half of Japanese broadband provider from Marubeni

TOKYO, Nov 28 - Global private equity firm CVC Capital Partners Ltd said on Friday it has agreed to buy about 50 percent of Arteria Networks, a telecommunications subsidiary of Japanese trading house Marubeni Corp, for about $150 million.

4:21am GMT

UPDATE 1-Former mining tycoon Tinkler sees global players shedding coal assets

* Says Glencore could keep pursuing Rio Tinto (Adds comments on Glencore pursuit of Rio Tinto, changes date)

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UPDATE 2-Rio Tinto promises big returns in February despite iron ore rout

* Rio shares rise 1.8 pct in weaker market (Adds CEO comments)

2:22am GMT

PRESS DIGEST- British Business - Nov 27

Nov 28 - The following are the top stories on the business pages of British newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

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