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Shell

Oil majors to preserve dividends despite oil collapse, tap debt

Europe's oil majors will strike a sober note in their fourth-quarter results and investors will focus on companies' plans to maintain cherished dividends and their strategies to cope with the oil prices collapse that caught many unawares.

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Chinese Netizens

In China, VPN internet access tools suffer further disruptions

Internet services that allow people to freely access blocked websites and apps from within China have seen more severe disruptions this week, said three providers, moves that Chinese state media said were justified.

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James Gorman

Morgan Stanley awards CEO $4.4 million in restricted stock

Morgan Stanley's (MS.N) board of directors awarded Chairman and Chief Executive James Gorman $4.4 million in restricted stock as part of his 2014 bonus, the Wall Street bank said in a regulatory filing on Friday.

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Goldman Sachs

Goldman president urges Britain to stay in the EU

The president of Goldman Sachs has urged Britain to stay within the European Union, warning, ahead of a May general election, that an exit would put the capital's status as a major financial center at risk.

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Mobilicity

Canada's Mobilicity out of one airwaves auction, needs cash for another

Struggling Canadian wireless operator Mobilicity will not bid for more airwaves in one upcoming government auction and is trying to secure funding to participate in another, its court-appointed monitor said in a filing on the company's website.

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British Airways

BA-owner returns with 1.3 billion euro offer for Aer Lingus: reports

The owner of British Airways has made a third takeover approach to Aer Lingus (AERL.I), offering to pay 2.50 euros per share, or around 1.3 billion euros in total for the Irish airline, Sky News reported on Saturday.

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Dubai's Drake & Scull wins $49 million contract

A subsidiary of Dubai’s Drake & Scull International DSI.DU (DSI) has won a 180 million dirham ($49 million) engineering contract in the emirate, the parent firm said on Sunday.

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Agriculture

Japan offers compromise on rice in Asia-Pacific trade talks: Nikkei

Japan has offered to import more rice from the United States in a compromise aimed at pushing forward the Asia-Pacific regional trade talks, the Nikkei reported on Sunday.

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Jens Weidmann

Bundesbank's Weidmann casts doubt on effectiveness of ECB's QE

Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann, an unabashed critic of the European Central Bank's quantitative easing (QE), told a German newspaper on Sunday he had doubts about the effectiveness of the ECB bond-buying plan.

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International Monetary Fund

Madagascar needs reforms to hit 5 percent growth - IMF

Madagascar will not achieve the 5 percent growth the International Monetary Fund has projected for it this year unless it introduces reforms to boost tax revenue and improve the business climate, an IMF official told Reuters.

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Dow Collection of Abraham Lincoln

Lock of Abe Lincoln's hair sells for $25,000 at Dallas auction

A lock of slain U.S. President Abraham Lincoln's hair and items connected to his assassin were top sellers on Saturday at an auction that fetched $803,889 in the sale of a top private collection of Lincoln memorabilia.

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Kia

Kia Motors recalls nearly 87,000 Forte sedans in U.S. due to fire risk

Kia Motors is recalling 86,880 Forte sedans in the United States because a cooling fan resistor may overheat and melt, increasing the risk of a fire, according to documents filed by U.S. auto safety regulators.

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Bill(R) & Melinda Gates

Gates sees 'miracle' tools for AIDS by 2030 in vaccine and drugs

Two new tools to fight AIDS should be available by 2030 in the form of a vaccine and new intense drug treatments, ending most cases of a disease that has killed millions in the past 30 years, Bill Gates said.

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Ebola

Liberia Ebola vaccine trial 'challenging' as cases tumble

A steep fall in Ebola cases in Liberia will make it hard to prove whether experimental vaccines work in a major clinical trial about to start in the country, the head of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) said on Saturday.

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Audi

Volkswagen to recall 80,000 Audis; 35,000 in China

German car maker Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) will recall 80,000 cars from its luxury division Audi due to issues with the fuel injection system, Audi said on Saturday, adding that around 35,000 of the affected vehicles are from China.

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