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UPDATE 2-Twitter bans ads from Russia's Kaspersky Lab

Twitter Inc said on Friday that it has banned ads from Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab, saying the cyber-security company's business model conflicts with advertising rules and citing U.S. government claims that Kaspersky has ties to Russian intelligence agencies.

Deals of the day-Mergers and acquisitions

The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2000 GMT on Friday: ** Japan's Takeda Pharmaceutical nudged up its offer for Shire to 44.3 billion pounds ($62 billion) to try to persuade the rare-disease drugs specialist into talks after it rejected three previous proposals. ** General Electric Co said it was still considering a potential breakup of the 126-year-old industrial conglomerate, but such a move was secondary to running its businesses bett

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Democrats sue Russia, Trump campaign for alleged 2016 election conspiracy

WASHINGTON The Democratic Party sued the Russian government, U.S. President Donald Trump's campaign and WikiLeaks on Friday, charging that they carried out a wide-ranging conspiracy to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election. | Video