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UPDATE 1-Sainsbury led top UK grocers in Christmas sales growth

* UK grocery market grew 3.2 pct in 12 weeks to Dec. 23 * Sainsbury market share up 0.1 pct pt, Tesco down 0.1 * Strongest growth at discount and premium end - Kantar * UK retail sales up 0.3 pct in December - BRC * 2013 to be difficult for retailers - BRC By James Davey LONDON, Jan 8 (Reuters) - J Sainsbury, Britain's No.

Reuters World News Highlights at 0415 GMT, Jan 08

Jan 8 (Reuters) - TOP STORIES ----------- GUANGZHOU, China - Hundreds of supporters of one of China's most liberal newspapers demonstrated outside its headquarters on Monday, backing a strike by journalists against interference by the provincial propaganda chief. - - - -

Depardieu skips French court to prep for Strauss-Kahn role

* Garrulous actor already in spotlight over tax row * Drink driving case will now go to full trial * Could face up to two years in prison By Alexandria Sage PARIS, Jan 8 (Reuters) - French film star Gerard Depardieu failed to show up in court to face drink driving charges on Tuesday because he was preparing to play disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn in a film, his lawyer said.

ANALYSIS-Obama shows combativeness entering 2nd term but risks await

* Obama has shown toughness on Hagel, gun control, 'cliff' * "No more Mr. Nice Guy," former Obama aide says * Obama, Congress face another fiscal confrontation By Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Just two weeks before his second inauguration, President Barack Obama is acting as if he believes he has a big mandate for his next term. The latest sign: his decision to defy a concerted campaign against his choice for defense secretary.

UPDATE 4-Obama picks Hagel for defense, Brennan for CIA

* Faces Senate battle on two fronts * Hagel faces questions on Israel, gays * Brennan's previous CIA tenure under scrutiny * Moves fill out reshuffled national security team By Steve Holland and Roberta Rampton

Reuters Entertainment News Summary

Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs. 'Zero Dark Thirty,' 'Silver Linings' get box-office boost

Kuwait sentences second man to jail for insulting emir -lawyer

DUBAI, Jan 7 (Reuters) - A Kuwaiti court sentenced a man to two years in prison on Monday for insulting the country's ruler on Twitter, his lawyer said, the second to be jailed for the offence in as many days. The U.S.-allied Gulf Arab state has clamped down in recent months on political activists who have been using social media websites to criticise the government and the ruling family.

UPDATE 1-Lance Armstrong may admit he used banned drugs - NY Times

(Adds comments by WADA, Livestrong) Jan 5 (Reuters) - Lance Armstrong, the American cyclist at the center of the biggest doping scandal in the sport's history, may admit he used performance-enhancing drugs during his career, the New York Times reported in Saturday's editions, citing unidentified sources. Such an admission would be a stunning reversal for Armstrong, who has vehemently denied doping for years.

Reuters People News Summary

Following is a summary of current people news briefs. Venezuela searches for fashion boss Missoni's plane

UPDATE 1-Venezuela searches for fashion boss Missoni's plane

CARACAS/MILAN, Jan 5 (Reuters) - Venezuelan emergency services mounted a sea and air rescue mission on Saturday after a plane carrying fashion executive Vittorio Missoni went missing off the coast of Venezuela. The plane carrying Missoni, 58, his wife, Maurizia Castiglioni, another couple and two Venezuelan crew members disappeared after taking off from the resort of Los Roques, an archipelago off the coast of Venezuela, Italian media said.
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