Riversdale agrees $3.9 billion Rio bid; rivals circle

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Anglo-Australian miner Rio Tinto offered $3.9 billion to buy African-focused coal miner Riversdale in an agreed deal that is likely to be challenged by rivals seeking to secure…

Anarchists claim responsibility for Rome bombs

ROME (Reuters) – An Italian anarchist group claimed responsibility for parcel bombs on Thursday that wounded two people at the Swiss and Chilean embassies in Rome, a reminder of Europe’s home-grown threats at a time of political instability.

Ventana Gold board rejects Batista bid, shares up

TORONTO (Reuters) – The board of Ventana Gold has urged shareholders to reject a C$1.5 billion ($1.49 billion) takeover offer from Brazilian billionaire Eike Batista, driving the Canadian company’s…

Nielsen IPO could price in January: report

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Nielsen Holdings BV, a data company best known for TV viewership ratings, could begin its initial public offering roadshow the week of January 10 and price by the end of January,…

CS to sell $2.8 bln CRE portfolio to Apollo -WSJ

NEW YORK, Dec 23 (Reuters) – Private equity firm Apollo
Management [APOLO.UL] is buying a $2.8 billion portfolio of
commercial real estate loans from Credit Suisse for
$1.2 billion, the Wall Street…

Toyota settles suit over California crash

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Toyota has agreed to pay $10 million to settle legal claims from the family of a California state trooper and three relatives whose fatal car wreck helped spark the automaker’s wide-ranging safety recall, lawyers said on Thursday.

Ex-Google exec’s venture firm to raise $100 million: source

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Merus Capital, the venture capital firm co-founded by Google Inc’s former head of mergers and acquisitions, is preparing to raise a new $100 million fund, according to a…

Skype recovering, still down for 20 percent

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Internet calling service Skype said its system was still down for around 20 percent of users on the second day of its biggest outage in more than three years, although service was gradually recovering.