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European shares end little changed after Brexit speech

* Lufthansa surges on reports of Etihad talks (ADVISORY- Follow European and UK stock markets in real time on the Reuters Live Markets blog on Eikon - see cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets) Adds details, closing prices)

Bayer, Monsanto pledge U.S. R&D spending, jobs after merger

FRANKFURT, Jan 17 A future combined Bayer and Monsanto expects to spend about $16 billion on research and development over the next six years with at least half of this investment made in the United States, the two companies said in a statement on Tuesday.

Appeals court rules for Education Management on debt-cutting plan

WILMINGTON, Del, Jan 17 Education Management Corp scored a victory in its fight against an investor opposed to its $1.5 billion debt-cutting plan on Tuesday, when a U.S. appeals court overturned a decision in a closely watched case involving creditors' rights.

Q&A-Sky9 founder highlights China deep tech as VC funding magnet

DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 17 Chinese start-ups in deep technology, including augmented and virtual reality, and artificial intelligence, will attract the most interest from venture capitalists, a private stakeholder in one of China's biggest internet food ordering companies said.

EU mergers and takeovers (Jan 17)

BRUSSELS, Jan 17 The following are mergers under review by the European Commission and a brief guide to the EU merger process:

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Putin says he doubts Trump met with Moscow prostitutes

MOSCOW Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday he doubted U.S. President-elect Donald Trump had met with prostitutes in a Moscow hotel room several years ago, referring to an unverified dossier published last week that Trump has dismissed as "fake news".