(Corrects RIC for Berner Kantonalbank to from )
ZURICH Dec 5 Swiss regional bank Valiant said on Wednesday it is in talks with Berner Kantonalbank about a possible merger.
Valiant confirmed the talks in a brief statement after the Inside Paradeplatz financial news website reported that Valiant had offered itself for sale to Berner Kantonalbank for 124 francs per share or almost 2 billion Swiss francs ($2.16 billion).
Valiant said it would not comment further beyond confirming the talks about a possible merger. Its shares were up 5.6 percent at 99.70 francs at 1109 GMT. ($1 = 0.9261 Swiss francs) (Reporting by Emma Thomasson; Editing by Anthony Barker)
CORRECTED-Odebrecht says sorry for corruption in ads, Brazilians skeptical
BRASILIA, Dec 2 Engineering conglomerate Odebrecht took out full-page advertisements in Brazil's main newspapers on Friday to apologize to Brazilians for its involvement in the country's biggest ever corruption scandal.
CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-U.S. top court takes Christian-affiliated hospital pension case
Dec 2 The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear appeals by Christian-affiliated hospital systems of lower court rulings that gave the green light to employee lawsuits accusing them of wrongly claiming a religious exemption from federal pension law.