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Most Germans doubt Merkel will get European immigration deal – poll

BERLIN (Reuters) – Three-quarters of Germans do not believe Chancellor Angela Merkel will manage to secure a European solution to the immigration dispute that is plaguing her relationship with her Bavarian allies in government, a survey showed on Wednesday. German Chancellor Angela Merkel gestures as she welcomes representatives of the European Round Table of Industrialists […]

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Trump determined to hit China as tit-for-tat tariff war erupts

WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) – China has underestimated President Donald Trump’s resolve to press ahead with tariffs unless Beijing changes its “predatory” trade practices, a top U.S. trade advisor said on Tuesday, in comments that undercut the chances of a negotiated settlement to a looming trade war between the world’s economic superpowers. The threat of a growing […]

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As outrage grows over children, White House defends immigration policy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration on Monday defended its hardline immigration policy at the U.S.-Mexico border as furore grew over the separation of immigrant parents and children, including video of youngsters sitting in concrete-floored cages. Democrats blasted such treatment as “barbaric,” while a few of President Donald Trump’s fellow Republicans also voiced concern as […]

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European shares slip on trade tensions; Nexans down, M&A in focus

MILAN (Reuters) – European shares dipped in early trading on Monday as worries over a trade war between the United States and China kept investors on the edge, while cable maker Nexans (NEXS.PA) plummeted after a profit warning. The German share price index, DAX board, is seen at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, March […]

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Crisis averted? Minister says migrant row with Merkel can be overcome

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said on Sunday a row between his Bavarians and Chancellor Angela Merkel is serious but can be overcome, a signal that he may compromise to avoid a full-blown German coalition crisis. German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during the “70 Years of Social Market Economy” anniversary event at […]

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Taxi ploughs into Moscow crowd including soccer fans, injuring eight

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A taxi drove into a crowd of pedestrians near Moscow’s Red Square on Saturday, injuring eight people including two Mexicans in the city for the soccer World Cup which Russia is hosting, officials and eyewitnesses said. The incident took place as residents and visiting soccer fans thronged the centre of Moscow on […]

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Arab forces seize entrances to airport in Yemen’s main port city

ADEN (Reuters) – Forces from an alliance of Arab states seized two entrances to the airport in Yemen’s main port city on Friday, in an offensive against the Iran-aligned Houthi movement that the United Nations fears could trigger a famine imperilling millions of lives. The swift advance was an important early success for the Saudi- […]

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Trump sets $50 billion in China tariffs with Beijing ready to strike back

WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump announced hefty tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese imports on Friday as Beijing threatened to respond in kind, in a move that looks set to ignite a trade war between the world’s two largest economies. FILE PHOTO: Flags of U.S. and China are placed for a meeting between […]

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U.S. Senate panel to call key Cambridge Analytica figure to testify

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Senate Commerce Committee panel plans to call a former Cambridge Analytica contractor at the centre of a scandal involving the use of data from millions of Facebook users, a committee spokeswoman confirmed Thursday. FILE PHOTO: Aleksandr Kogan, a researcher at Cambridge University who created a personality quiz to collect users […]

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Asian shares slip on Fed hike, trade fears and soft China data

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares eased on Thursday after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates and took a more hawkish tone in forecasting a slightly faster pace of tightening, while concerns about U.S.-China trade frictions kept investors on edge. FILE PHOTO: The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, U.S., September 16, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo Chinese […]

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After compromise, May set to avoid defeat in parliament on customs

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May looks set to avoid an embarrassing defeat in parliament on Wednesday over her post-Brexit trade plans, a day after she defused a rebellion in her party over plans to leave the European Union. Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London, June 13, 2018. […]

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May defeats rebellion in parliament over Brexit plans

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May defeated a rebellion in parliament over her Brexit plans on Tuesday, but only after having to compromise and hand lawmakers more control over Britain’s departure from the European Union. After winning Tuesday’s vote over changes to a future “meaningful vote” on a final agreement with Brussels in her […]

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Trump, Kim meet for historic U.S.-North Korea meeting

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump shook hands, smiling cautiously at the outset of their historic summit in Singapore on Tuesday, in which they will look for ways to end a nuclear standoff on the Korean peninsula. “Nice to meet you Mister President,” Kim said moments later […]

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Italian minister’s euro promise boosts bank stocks across Europe

LONDON (Reuters) – European banking stocks and Italian shares jumped on Monday after Italy’s new economy minister promised to keep the country in the euro, dissipating investors’ fears of a euro zone break-up and boosting sentiment after a fraught G7 summit. FILE PHOTO: The German share price index, DAX board, is seen at the stock […]

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Germany, France blast Trump over Group of Seven U-turn

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany and France on Sunday sharply criticised U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to abruptly withdraw his support for a Group of Seven communique, accusing him of destroying trust and acting inconsistently. Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and G7 leaders Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May, France’s President Emmanuel Macron, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, […]

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UK to force big companies to publish worker to boss pay gap

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s biggest companies will from 2020 be legally required to publish the gap between the salary of their chief executive and what they pay their average UK worker, under proposed new government rules. FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Greg Clark arrives in Downing Street in […]

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Israeli troops kill four Palestinians as Gaza protest resumes

GAZA (Reuters) – Israeli troops killed four Palestinians and wounded hundreds of others on Friday with live fire and tear gas used against protesters at the Gaza border, medics said. A Palestinian demonstrator uses a sling to hurl stones at Israeli troops during a protest marking al-Quds Day, (Jerusalem Day), at the Israel-Gaza border, east […]

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Trump vows to ‘straighten out’ G7 trade ahead of tense meeting

LA MALBAIE, Quebec (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump lashed out at Canada and the European Union on Friday and said he plans to leave a meeting with leaders of the Group of Seven nations early as fears of a trade war ratcheted higher. U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as he departs the White House […]

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Trump holds out prospect of North Korean leader visit if summit successful

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday held out the prospect of inviting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to the White House if he deemed next week’s summit a success while also signalling he was willing to walk away if he thought talks did not go well. At a White House news […]

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Asian shares hit 2-1/2-month high; euro, yields up after ECB comments

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares rose to a fresh 2-1/2-month high on Thursday, supported by sound economic fundamentals, while expectations the European Central Bank (ECB) could start to wind down its stimulus boosted the euro and global bond yields. A man walks past an electronic board showing the stock market indices of various countries outside […]