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Islamic State defeated, U.S.-backed SDF says

FILE PHOTO: Fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stand together in the village of Baghouz, Deir Al Zor province, Syria, March 20, 2019. REUTERS/Rodi Said BEIRUT (Reuters) – Islamic State has been defeated at its final shred of territory of Baghouz in Syria, the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Saturday, declaring the […]

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India’s watchmen question whether Modi embrace will improve their lot

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – For over a decade Arvind Singh has worked as a watchman in New Delhi, doing the rounds of the streets with a whistle and a wooden stick to keep vigil at night. A woman walks past a wall painted with the election symbol of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in […]

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Wallabies job an ‘unlikely’ option for Rennie

SYDNEY (Reuters) – New Zealander Dave Rennie has said it is unlikely he will take over as coach of Australia after this year’s Rugby World Cup because his contract with Glasgow Warriors runs until the middle of 2020.The former Waikato Chiefs coach was reported in the Sydney media to be on Rugby Australia’s (RA) list […]

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New Zealand reopens mosques that were attacked; many ‘march for love’

CHRISTCHURCH (Reuters) – Smelling of fresh paint, the two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch where a gunman killed 50 worshippers last week reopened their doors on Saturday, with many survivors among the first to walk in and pray for those who died. Muslims pray as people play cricket at Hagley Park outside […]

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Mexico give manager Martino a winning start, beat Chile 3-1

(Reuters) – Mexico scored three second-half goals in quick succession to defeat Chile 3-1 on Friday and give new manager Tata Martino a winning start to his tenure. Mexico’s Raul Jimenez broke the scoreless game open when he converted a penalty kick in the 52nd minute in front of a crowd of more than 41,000 […]

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RPT-China can speed up financial sector opening, official says

(Repeats to change reporting credit, no changes to text) BEIJING, March 23 (Reuters) – China can speed up the opening of its financial sector if the United States is unhappy with the pace because it will be good for both countries, Fang Xinghai, vice chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission, said on Saturday. “If […]

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Sri Lanka’s Malinga ready to put country before IPL cash

FILE PHOTO: Cricket – Sri Lanka Practice Session – Pallekele, Sri Lanka – October 19, 2018. Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga attends at a practice session ahead of their Fourth One-Day International cricket match with England. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte MUMBAI (Reuters) – Sri Lanka’s limited-overs skipper Lasith Malinga says he is ready to sacrifice his earnings from […]

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China can speed up financial sector opening, official says

Fang Xinghai of the China Securities Regulatory Commission attends the China Development Forum in Beijing, China, March 23, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Peter BEIJING (Reuters) – China can speed up the opening of its financial sector if the United States is unhappy with the pace because it will be good for both countries, Fang Xinghai, vice chairman […]

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Trump-Russia report handed in, U.S. lawmakers seek rapid release

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top U.S. law enforcement official could release as early as Saturday the main findings in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s confidential report on his 22-month-long inquiry into Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election and any potential wrongdoing by President Donald Trump. U.S. Attorney General William Barr’s letter to U.S. lawmakers stating […]

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China rescuers pull survivor from blast rubble as death toll rises

YANCHENG, China (Reuters) – Rescuers pulled a survivor from rubble early on Saturday in the wake of a massive explosion at a pesticide plant in eastern China that flattened buildings, blew out windows more than a mile away and killed at least 64 people. Smoke billows from the pesticide plant owned by Tianjiayi Chemical following […]

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U.S. airlines sending teams to review Boeing 737 MAX upgrade this weekend

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The three U.S. airlines that own Boeing Co’s 737 MAX are meeting the U.S. manufacturer this weekend to review a software upgrade for the jet that has suffered two fatal crashes in five months, officials from the airlines told Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft is pictured […]

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U.S. airlines sending teams to review Boeing 737 MAX upgrade this weekend

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The three U.S. airlines that own Boeing Co’s 737 MAX are meeting the U.S. manufacturer this weekend to review a software upgrade for the jet that has suffered two fatal crashes in five months, officials from the airlines told Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft is pictured […]

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Southwest sending team to review Boeing 737 MAX upgrade while parking jets

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Southwest Airlines Co is sending a team to review Boeing Co’s software upgrade for its 737 MAX airplanes, a spokeswoman told Reuters on Friday, even as it prepares to park its 34 MAX jets at a facility near the California desert. FILE PHOTO: A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft is […]

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Southwest sending team to review Boeing 737 MAX upgrade while parking jets

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Southwest Airlines Co is sending a team to review Boeing Co’s software upgrade for its 737 MAX airplanes, a spokeswoman told Reuters on Friday, even as it prepares to park its 34 MAX jets at a facility near the California desert. FILE PHOTO: A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft is […]

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Southwest says sending teams to review Boeing’s 737 MAX upgrade

FILE PHOTO: A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft is pictured in front of United Airlines planes, including Boeing 737 MAX 9 models, at William P. Hobby Airport in Houston, Texas, U.S., March 18, 2019. REUTERS/Loren Elliott CHICAGO (Reuters) – Southwest Airlines Co is sending experts from its technical pilot and training teams to […]

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Hurkacz stuns Thiem in Miami, Djokovic breezes through

MIAMI (Reuters) – Indian Wells champion Dominic Thiem’s bid for a ‘Sunshine Slam’ met with a quick end as he fell 6-4 6-4 to Hubert Hurkacz in the Miami Open second round on Friday, while world number one Novak Djokovic wasted little time in dispatching Bernard Tomic. Mar 22, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Kei […]

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Trump’s son-in-law Kushner cooperating with U.S. House probe – source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner is cooperating with a wide-ranging probe by the U.S. House Judiciary Committee into Trump and possible obstruction of justice and abuse of power, a person knowledgeable about the matter said on Friday. FILE PHOTO: White House adviser Jared Kushner looks on during the Middle East summit […]

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Golf – Holder Casey and Cook share Valspar lead

(Reuters) – Defending champion Paul Casey and American Austin Cook will go into the third round of the Valspar Championship in Florida one shot ahead of the chasing pack after the early starters posted a six-under 136 total on Friday. Mar 22, 2019; Palm Harbor, FL, USA; Paul Casey plays his shot from the 16th […]

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Factbox – Who did not face charges in Mueller’s probe?

(Reuters) – U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Friday appeared to end his probe without bringing criminal charges against several individuals he had investigated, including advisers and family members of President Donald Trump accused by Democratic lawmakers of not fully disclosing contacts with Russians. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr. speaks […]

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Mueller submits Trump-Russia report, lawmakers urge quick release

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Friday handed in a confidential report on his investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election and any potential wrongdoing by U.S. President Donald Trump, setting off a clamour from lawmakers in both parties for the document’s quick release. Marking the end of his nearly two-year […]