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Kraft walks away from 'friendly' bid for Unilever

NEW YORK U.S. food company Kraft Heinz Co withdrew its proposal for a $143-billion merger with larger rival Unilever Plc , the companies said on Sunday, raising questions about whether Kraft will turn its focus to another target.

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Amazon to create over 5,000 jobs in Britain in 2017

LONDON Online retailer Amazon is set to create more than 5,000 jobs in Britain this year, the company said on Monday, boosting its investment in the country once more even as it prepares to leave the European Union.

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'That bus has gone' - EU sees no Brexit U-turn now

BRUSSELS Tony Blair wants fellow Britons to "rise up" and block or soften Brexit, but it may now be out of their hands -- many Europeans just want them to get on and get out.

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Iraqi forces battle their way toward Mosul airport

SOUTH OF MOSUL/BAGHDAD, Iraq U.S.-backed Iraqi forces fought Islamic State fighters on Monday to clear the way to Mosul's airport, on the second day of a ground offensive on the jihadists' remaining stronghold in the western side of the city.

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Snap bets on hardware as Facebook threat looms

SAN FRANCISCO Snap Inc takes to the road in London on Monday to promote its initial public offering with a daring proposition: that it can build hot-selling hardware gadgets and ad-friendly software features fast enough to stay one step ahead of Facebook.

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Scuffles at Thai temple as police hunt for monk

BANGKOK Monks and police scuffled on Monday at a Buddhist temple in Thailand where security forces are trying to arrest an influential former abbot on money-laundering charges.

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Stronger growth to help UK beat 2016/17 budget target - EY ITEM Club

LONDON Chancellor Philip Hammond is likely to hit his 2016/17 deficit reduction target with 3 billion pounds to spare, due to recent better-than-expected growth, economists working for accountants EY said on Monday.

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Uber CEO orders 'urgent investigation' on sexual harassment claims

The chief executive of Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] has ordered an "urgent investigation" into claims of sexual harassment at the ride-hailing service made by a former employee.

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Airport killing seen on CCTV, probe strains Malaysia-North Korea ties

KUALA LUMPUR Footage from airport cameras purportedly showing the assault on the half-brother of the North Korean leader emerged on Monday as a diplomatic row between Malaysia and North Korea escalated over the handling of a probe into the killing of Kim Jong Nam.

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Asia shares adrift for U.S. holiday, focus on Unilever

SYDNEY Asian share markets were mixed on Monday as political uncertainty globally kept the mood cautious, while the U.S. dollar dithered in a tight range ahead of a busy week for Federal Reserve events.

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