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MIDEAST STOCKS - Factors to watch - July 27

July 27 Here are some factors that may affect Middle East stock markets on Wednesday. Reuters has not verified the press reports and does not vouch for their accuracy.

Swiss stocks - Factors to watch on July 26

ZURICH, July 26 The Swiss blue-chip SMI was seen opening 0.2 percent firmer at 8206 points on Tuesday, according to premarket indications by bank Julius Baer .

COLUMN-Ongoing shareholder suit could be snag for Yahoo sale: Frankel

NEW YORK July 25 Yahoo announced plans Monday to sell its Internet communications business to Verizon for $4.83 billion while retaining its $40 billion stakes in Yahoo Japan and Alibaba, the Chinese online retailer. After the Verizon deal closes, Yahoo intends to rename itself and register with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as an investment company.

Zenefits fined $62,500 by Tenn. regulators in first settlement on licensing

SAN FRANCISCO, July 25 Software startup Zenefits must pay the state of Tennessee $62,500 for violating insurance requirements, state officials said on Monday, marking the first settlement with regulators as the scandal-hit company seeks to redeem itself after revelations it had flouted the law.

UPDATE 2-U.S. judge faults Uber, bans background check in NY lawsuit

NEW YORK, July 25 A federal judge on Monday banned Uber Technologies Inc and its Chief Executive Travis Kalanick from using information from a background check on a passenger bringing a price-fixing lawsuit, saying the investigative firm conducting the probe may have engaged in criminal conduct.

Judge bans Uber use of background checks in NY lawsuit

NEW YORK, July 25 A federal judge on Monday banned Uber Technologies Inc and its Chief Executive Travis Kalanick from using information obtained by an investigative firm in a background check of a plaintiff who brought a price-fixing lawsuit.

RPT-Corporate raiders seek Brexit bargains in Britain

LONDON, July 24 Overseas buyers lured by a plunge in the pound are looking to snare British companies on the cheap, ensuring a steady flow of deals since Britain voted to leave the European Union and defying expectations of an M&A drought.

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Bernie’s brother captures social media in tearful tribute

It's a tearful night for some Bernie Sanders supporters at this year's Democratic National Convention, as delegates from all 57 U.S. states and territories cast their votes, ensuring Secretary Hillary Clinton the Democratic presidential nomination.