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Alcoa secures $30 billion credit line for Alcan acquisition

> Alcan said to begin merger talks with Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto Plans $34 Billion Alcan Bid To Counter Alcoa Offer

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: Alcan begins merger talks with Rio Tinto

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Alcan Inc. has begun negotiating toward a merger agreement with Rio Tinto PLC to fend off a hostile bid from U.S. rival Alcoa Inc., Canada's the Globe and Mail newspaper reported on its Web site. Britain's Times newspaper also reported that Rio was poised to launch a $34 billion takeover of Alcan, saying that Wall Street bankers believe the rival offer "is ready to go hot" with a formal approach within two weeks.

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