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Pernod further expands in craft spirits with Smooth Ambler deal

PARIS, Dec 9 Pernod Ricard, the world's second-largest spirits group, has agreed to buy a majority stake in Smooth Ambler Spirits, the U.S. maker of Old Scout bourbon and Greenbrier gin, further strengthening its portfolio of premium craft spirits.

EU mergers and takeovers (Dec 9)

BRUSSELS, Dec 9 The following are mergers under review by the European Commission and a brief guide to the EU merger process:

Washington to check if Russia-Qatar oil deal violates sanctions

MOSCOW, Dec 9 The U.S. government is to check if sanctions where violated when Russia this week struck a deal to sell a stake in oil producer Rosneft to a consortium of Qatar's sovereign fund and commodities trader Glencore , the White House said.

UPDATE 1-AT&T says vice chairman de la Vega to retire

MEXICO CITY/NEW YORK, Dec 8 AT&T Inc Vice Chairman Ralph de la Vega, who played a critical role in bringing the iPhone to the U.S. market, will retire on Dec. 31, a spokesman for the wireless carrier said on Thursday.

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Trump, U.S. House Speaker Ryan meet to discuss policy

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, were meeting on Friday to discuss their policy agenda, a spokeswoman for Ryan said. | Video