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Russia, U.S., China aim to cajole Taliban into inter-Afghan talks

KABUL (Reuters) – Russia, the United States and China will this week try to press Afghanistan’s Taliban insurgents to hold talks with Afghan politicians and civilians, an important step in a process aimed at ending the Afghan war. FILE PHOTO: Zalmay Khalilzad, former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq and the United Nations, listens to speakers […]

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UPDATE 1-MTN converts Nigerian unit to public company before planned listing

(Adds quote, details) By Chijioke Ohuocha LAGOS, April 24 (Reuters) – South African telecoms firm MTN has converted its Nigerian unit into a public company before its planned listing on the Nigerian bourse in the first half of the year. MTN Nigeria said on Wednesday the conversion was a legal requirement to prepare for the […]

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Police to allow transgender recruits in Pakistan province

KARACHI, Pakistan (Reuters) – Transgender people in Pakistan’s Sindh province will be able to serve as regular duty police officers, the police chief said, adding it was time to offer more opportunities to a group relegated to menial jobs in government. Shahzadi Rai, 29, a transgender woman and activist, poses during an interview with Reuters […]

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UPDATE 1-BoE to shorten stress-testing period to give banks time to reflect

(Recasts with BoE reaction) By Huw Jones LONDON, April 24 (Reuters) – The Bank of England said it would shorten its annual bank stress-testing cycle to give the sector more time to reflect and implement necessary changes such as boosting capital. The BoE has conducted regular stress tests of top lenders such as HSBC, Barclays, […]

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North Korean leader’s train suffers hitch on arrival in Vladivostok

A worker removes the red carpet after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s arrival at the railway station in the Russian far-eastern city of Vladivostok, Russia, April 24, 2019. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s carefully choreographed visit to Russia suffered a minor glitch on Wednesday as his armoured […]

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SE Asia Stocks-Most end higher in line with U.S. rally, Vietnam leads pack

* Vietnam posts best session in about 6 weeks * Malaysia ends at 2-week high on bargain buying By Ambar Warrick April 24 (Reuters) – Most Southeast Asian stock markets ended higher on Wednesday, led by Vietnam, as an earnings driven rally in U.S. stocks spurred buying, despite broader Asian equities running out of steam […]

Technology

STMicro shares grow after signs of recovery in second half

PARIS (Reuters) – Franco-Italian chipmaker STMicroelectronics struck an upbeat tone for the second half of the year on Wednesday after a steep fall in quarterly sales of sensors compelled it to trim its investment plans. The supplier to iPhone maker Apple and electric carmaker Tesla saw signs of recovery in the first quarter and expects […]

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Minorities, older adults boost Biden atop 2020 Democratic field – Reuters/Ipsos public poll

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former Vice President Joe Biden leads all other candidates for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination and draws his strongest levels of support from minorities and older adults, according to a Reuters/Ipsos public poll released on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: Former Vice President Joe Biden who is mulling a 2020 presidential candidacy, speaks […]

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COLUMN-Fewer Americans seeing crucial Social Security document due to budget cuts

(The opinions expressed here are those of the author, a columnist for Reuters.) By Mark Miller CHICAGO, April 24 (Reuters) – It is one of the most important retirement documents you will ever receive – but fewer Americans are reviewing their Social Security benefit statement nowadays due to cost-cutting and a government push to online […]

Technology

Exclusive: Behind Airbnb’s bet on show business to hook travelers

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Hollywood has a new suitor in Silicon Valley. FILE PHOTO: The logos of Airbnb are displayed at an Airbnb event in Tokyo, Japan, June 14, 2018. REUTERS/Issei Kato Airbnb Inc, the high-flying startup for booking home rentals around the world, has ambitions to develop a slate of original shows to whet […]

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Indonesia election fraud allegations are ‘baseless’ – security minister

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s chief security minister said on Wednesday accusations that the government and security forces conspired with election agencies to conduct systematic fraud during last week’s polls are “baseless” and threatened national security. FILE PHOTO: Indonesia’s incumbent presidential candidate Joko Widodo gestures as he speaks during a campaign rally at Gelora Bung Karno […]

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Hong Kong stocks drop as rally loses steam

April 24 (Reuters) – Hong Kong stocks fell on Wednesday, despite strength on Wall Street, as a strong rally since the start of the year showed signs of fatigue in recent weeks. ** The Hang Seng index fell 0.5 percent to 29,805.83, while the China Enterprises index lost 0.6 percent to 11,663.78. ** With the […]

Sports

Chelsea’s Sarri charged with misconduct over Burnley behaviour

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – Premier League – Chelsea v Burnley – Stamford Bridge, London, Britain – April 22, 2019 Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri with referee Kevin Friend REUTERS/Eddie Keogh (Reuters) – Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has been charged with misconduct for his behaviour during Monday’s 2-2 Premier League draw with Burnley, the English Football […]

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Five challenges for Ukraine’s new president

LONDON (Reuters) – Ukraine has entered uncharted political waters by choosing Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a comedian with no previous political experience and few detailed policies, as its new president. FILE PHOTO: Ukrainian presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy reacts during a news conference at his campaign headquarters following a presidential election in Kiev, Ukraine April 21, 2019. REUTERS/Valentyn […]

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European shares slip as China worries overshadow robust earnings

(Reuters) – European shares edged lower on Wednesday as signals that China has put broader stimulus on hold overshadowed strong earnings from the likes of SAP and Credit Suisse. FILE PHOTO: The German share price index DAX graph is pictured at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, April 23, 2019. REUTERS/Staff The pan-regional STOXX 600 […]

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At least 17 killed in blast in Syria’s rebel-held Jisr al Shughour – rescue workers

AMMAN (Reuters) – At least 17 people were killed on Wednesday in an explosion in the centre of Jisr al Shughour, a rebel-held city in northwestern Syria, a day after heavy Russian air strikes, rescue workers and residents said.Several buildings collapsed as a result of the blast which shook the city in Idlib province, near […]

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Britain starts search for ‘highest caliber’ Bank of England governor

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s finance minister Philip Hammond began the search for a new governor of the Bank of England on Wednesday, seeking someone to help steer the world’s fifth-biggest economy, and its global financial center, through the upheaval of Brexit. FILE PHOTO: Workers emerge from Bank underground station with the Bank of England (L) […]

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Motor racing – Mercedes’ Bottas out for Baku revenge

BAKU (Reuters) – Valtteri Bottas has a score to settle as he heads into Sunday’s Formula One Azerbaijan Grand Prix determined to make up for a lost win and regain the championship lead from Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton. Formula One F1 – Chinese Grand Prix – Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China – April 13, […]

Technology

Britain to allow Huawei restricted access to 5G network

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will allow Huawei Technologies a restricted role in building parts of its 5G network, seeking a middle way in a bitter dispute between the United States and China over the next generation of communications technology. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Huawei Technologies is pictured in front of the German headquarters of […]

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Credit Suisse lifts profit with surprise equity trading gains

ZURICH (Reuters) – Credit Suisse set a positive tone for this quarter’s European bank results on Wednesday, lifting its net profit as gains in equities and deeper ties between trading and private banking helped offset lower revenue. FILE PHOTO: The Credit Suisse logo is pictured on a bank in Geneva, Switzerland, October 17, 2017. REUTERS/Denis […]