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Sempra Energy to buy Oncor for $9.45 billion in blow for Berkshire

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Sempra Energy said it will buy Oncor for $9.45 billion in cash after Energy Future Holdings Corp, which indirectly owns Oncor, abandoned a deal to sell the power transmission company to Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

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Total boosts North Sea business with $7.5 billion Maersk Oil deal 11:52am BST

PARIS/COPENHAGEN Total is buying Maersk's oil and gas business in a $7.45 billion deal which the French energy major said would strengthen its operations in the North Sea and boost earnings and cash flow.

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China's Great Wall confirms interest in Fiat Chrysler 1:29pm BST

SHANGHAI/BEIJING China's Great Wall Motor Co Ltd is interested in bidding for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), a company official said on Monday, confirming reports it is pursuing all or part of the owner of the Jeep and Ram truck brands.

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AstraZeneca ups investment in messenger RNA drugs with Ethris deal 11:03am BST

FRANKFURT AstraZeneca has stepped up its investment in messenger RNA drugs, a promising approach in genetic therapy, by spending more than 25 million euros ($29 million) on a research alliance with German biotech start-up Ethris.

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Rosneft, Trafigura close $12.9 billion purchase of India's Essar Oil refinery 12:37pm BST

MUMBAI Russian oil major Rosneft, oil trader Trafigura and Russian fund UCP closed their $12.9 billion purchase of Indian refiner Essar Oil on Monday, giving the companies a foothold in a country that is among the world's fastest growing oil users.

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Lufthansa gets backing from Economy Minister in Air Berlin carve-up 12:32pm BST

BERLIN Lufthansa has received more German government support in its bid to take over substantial assets of insolvent rival Air Berlin , with German Economy Minister Brigitte Zypries saying she would welcome such a move.

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Linde management, supervisory boards recommend Praxair deal 12:33pm BST

FRANKFURT The leadership of German industrial gases group Linde on Monday urged shareholders to accept a proposed $74 billion merger with U.S. peer Praxair .

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Vontobel to buy eastern European private banking portfolio from Notenstein 6:38am BST

ZURICH Swiss bank Vontobel has agreed to buy a roughly 2 billion Swiss franc ($2.1 billion) portfolio of eastern European private banking clients from Notenstein La Roche Private Bank Ltd, it said on Monday.

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China's HNA boosts Dufry stake, pursues CWT purchase plan 10:17am BST

HONG KONG Chinese conglomerate HNA Group has completed the acquisition of a 16.2 percent stake in Swiss airport retailer Dufry AG from Singaporean sovereign funds GIC and Temasek, Dufry and HNA said on Monday.

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China regulator says Unicom's reform plan does not violate rules; shares surge 9:44am BST

HONG KONG China Unicom's $11.7 billion ownership reform plan does not violate rules, the nation's securities regulator said, helping shares in the telecom group's units surge as they resumed trade on Monday after speculation that the deal was under scrutiny.