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UPDATE 1-British voters evenly split ahead of EU referendum -YouGov poll

May 25- Britons are evenly split on whether the country should remain or leave the European Union, a YouGov poll showed on Wednesday, as the In campaign struggles with poor voter support for its leader Prime Minister David Cameron. An ICM poll released on Tuesday, however, showed the rival sides tied, and YouGov on Wednesday said the referendum was damaging trust in...

Source: Reuters

EU regulators clear $100 billion-plus AB InBev, SABMiller deal

Regulators approved Anheuser-Busch InBev's takeover of SABMiller on condition that it sell almost all of SABMiller's beer business in Europe.

Source: Reuters

UPDATE 1-EU regulators clear $100 bln-plus AB InBev, SABMiller deal

BRUSSELS, May 24- The world's largest brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev gained EU antitrust approval on Tuesday for its $100 billion- plus acquisition of SABMiller on condition it sell almost the whole of SABMiller's beer business in Europe. The deal still needs to be approved by authorities in the United States and China. The Belgium- based maker of Budweiser, Corona...

Source: Reuters

EU gives go-ahead for huge beer merger

LONDON— The European Union's regulator has given the go-ahead to the proposed merger of Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller, clearing another hurdle for the combination of the world's two biggest beer makers. The deal is conditional on selling practically the entire SAB beer business in Europe. SABMiller owns brands such as Miller, Peroni, Pilsner Urquell and...

Source: The Associated Press

Luxembourg denies report it offers unwritten tax rulings

BRUSSELS, May 24- Luxembourg denied a report on Tuesday that it was offering multinationals tax rulings verbally rather than in writing to keep them secret from the grand duchy's EU partners. The Belgian newspaper De Tijd cited what it said were several tax experts saying that large companies had started to conclude verbal deals with Luxembourg concerning...

Source: Reuters

EU, Panama to discuss offshore accounts

BRUSSELS— The European Union will have talks with Panamanian authorities on Wednesday in the wake of the offshore accounts scandal centering on people and multinationals stashing funds and avoid paying taxes, something which costs the EU billions a year. The meeting comes at the request of the Panama's ambassador but is welcomed by the 28- nation EU.

Source: The Associated Press

Bank of England chief defends warning over EU exit risk

LONDON— Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has defended his decision to warn on the economic risks of leaving the European Union in a heated exchange before a parliamentary committee. Lawmaker Jacob Rees Mogg accused Carney on Tuesday of colluding with Britain's government in delivering a stark warning that recession may result from a British exit from...

Source: The Associated Press

Investors bank on bookies for Brexit trends as pollsters sow confusion

*Betting odds point clearly to Britain staying in EU. LONDON, May 24- Investors seeking guidance on whether Britons will vote to leave the European Union are. Bookmakers are offering odds of 1/ 6- indicating a more than 80 percent probability- that Britain will vote to remain in the EU on June 23.

Source: Reuters

British pound up as markets see lower risk of EU exit

LONDON— The British pound posted strong gains Tuesday as market expectations waned somewhat of a British exit from the European Union, so-called Brexit. With less than a month to go before the June 23 referendum on Britain's future in the 28- country EU, bookmakers have slashed their odds on a "remain" vote. "This puts the chance of Brexit close to 20 percent after...

Source: The Associated Press

UPDATE 2-'Remain' leading 'Leave' by 13 pct points ahead of UK's EU referendum-ORB poll

LONDON, May 24- The "Remain" camp holds a 13- point lead over "Leave" rivals in Britain's EU referendum campaign, after winning support for the first time from a majority of men, those aged over 65 and Conservative voters, according to a poll published on Tuesday. The three voter groups of men, older people and Tory supporters had all favoured leaving the European Union...

Source: Reuters