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Takeda mulls sale of US$3b in emerging market assets

HONG KONG: Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. is considering a sale of some emerging-market drugs, as the Japanese drugmaker expands a push to cut debt after its $62 billion takeover of Shire Plc, people familiar with the matter said.

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Asia's mega rich take a hit with US$137b in losses in 2018

HONG KONG: The world’s fastest growing source of mega-wealth hit a speed bump this year.

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Takeda wins shareholder approval for US$62b Shire deal

TOKYO: Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. received shareholder approval for its $62 billion acquisition of U.K.-listed Shire Plc, an endorsement of Chief Executive Officer Christophe Weber’s strategy to transform the Japanese drugmaker into a global powerhouse.

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Italy's Di Maio warns coalition programme must be respected - paper

MILAN (Reuters) - Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said on Saturday the governing coalition programme must be respected after a top official raised doubts about a key pledge to introduce a minimum income for the poor.

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Petrobras close to selling Africa stake to Vitol

Deal values state-run oil company’s share of business at US$1.5bil

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France’s Monoprix says grocery alliance with Amazon Prime tops expectations

Casino's upmarket Monoprix supermarket chain said the start of its partnership with Amazon Prime's delivery service for Paris had been better than expected – an alliance that could prove crucial for debt-ridden Casino's fortunes.

World

Right-wing front-runner calls on Brazil to elect him on Sunday

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Far-right front-runner Jair Bolsonaro appealed to Brazilians on Friday to turn out to vote for him on Sunday and give him an outright victory to avoid a run-off that some polls say he could lose to a leftist challenger.

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Swiss packaging maker SIG Combibloc plans IPO to cut debt

ZURICH: Swiss packaging maker SIG Combibloc plans to sell one billion euros (US$1.2bil) worth of new shares “in coming months” to trim debt to levels normal for the industry, chief executive officer Rolf Stangl said.

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Noble Group’s fate hangs on investors’ vote

SINGAPORE: Singapore-listed Noble Group Ltd faces a make-or-break shareholders’ meeting on Monday as investors vote on a US$3.5bil debt restructuring plan that its creditors and board say is vital to prevent insolvency.

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Italy PM, ministers discuss 2019 budget, agree it must cut debt

ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and his top ministers discussed the 2019 budget on Monday and agreed that it will preserve the stability of state finances and lower the public debt, the prime minister's office said.