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Britain presses for more EU sanctions against Russia

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will press the European Union on Tuesday to increase sanctions against Russia, saying it should stand “shoulder to shoulder” with the United States, which hit Moscow with new economic restrictions this month. The Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, will say that Russian President Vladimir Putin has made the world “a more dangerous […]

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U.S.-China trade talks optimism lifts shares, oil gains

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A gauge of global equity markets rose on Monday on hopes U.S.-China trade talks this week will diffuse the dispute, while Turkey’s lira fell anew on cuts to the country’s credit ratings and after shots were fired outside the U.S. Embassy in Ankara. FILE PHOTO: People walk past an electronic board […]

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U.S. Catholics ‘sickened’ by sex abuse report, stand by their faith

YORK, Pa. (Reuters) – Many churchgoers said they were sickened and saddened by a grand jury report detailing widespread sexual abuse by hundreds of priests in Pennsylvania but they would not let the Roman Catholic Church’s cover-up dissuade them from their faith. Nearly 200 parishioners filled almost all the pews for Saturday’s Mass at St. […]

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Search operation ended in Genoa, bridge death toll rises to 43

MILAN (Reuters) – The search operation for those missing after a motorway bridge collapsed in the Italian port city of Genoa ended overnight after the last three bodies were found, bringing the official death toll to 43. The collapsed Morandi Bridge is seen in the port city of Genoa, Italy August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini […]

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Autostrade vows to rebuild bridge; stops short of apology

GENOA (Reuters) – Italian toll-road operator Autostrade per l’Italia pledged on Saturday to rebuild a bridge that collapsed in Genoa this week killing at least 40 people, but its chief executive stopped short of apologising for the disaster. Autostrade, controlled by infrastructure group Atlantia (ATL.MI), manages the section of the A10 motorway linking Genoa to […]

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Trump defends ex-aide Manafort jury ends second day of deliberations

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Reuters) – In a break with convention, President Donald Trump weighed in on a criminal trial as the jury considered a verdict on Friday, calling the tax and bank fraud case against Paul Manafort “very sad” and lauding his former campaign chairman as a “very good person.” A federal court jury in Alexandria, […]

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Rescuers deal with fire in Italian bridge rubble before day of mourning

GENOA (Reuters) – Rescue workers searched through tons of concrete and steel from the collapsed Genoa highway bridge for a fourth day on Friday as Italians prepared to bury the 38 victims of a disaster that has angered the public and rattled industry. Firefighters and rescue workers stand at the site of a collapsed Morandi […]

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Turkey will emerge stronger from lira crisis despite U.S. row: minister

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Finance Minister Berat Albayrak assured international investors on Thursday that Turkey would emerge stronger from its currency crisis, insisting the country’s banks were healthy and signaling it could ride out a row with the United States. In a conference call with thousands of investors and economists, Albayrak – who is President Tayyip […]

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Malaysian court to rule on women accused of killing brother of North Korean leader

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – A Malaysian court will decide on Thursday whether to continue hearing a case against two women charged with the murder of the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, or acquit them. File Picture: Indonesian Siti Aisyah, who is on trial for the killing of Kim Jong Nam, the […]

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Global trade spat weighs on markets, but Apple’s $1-trillion valuation boosts Nasdaq

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A deepening trade dispute between the United States and China weighed on global stocks and bond yields on Thursday, but a rise in Apple shares took its valuation above $1 trillion (£767 billion), the most for a U.S.-listed company, and helped lift some U.S. indexes. Traders work on the floor of […]

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U.S. charges three Ukrainians in payment card hacking spree

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Three Ukrainians have been arrested on criminal hacking charges including stealing payment card numbers, in attacks on more than 100 U.S. companies that cost businesses tens of millions of dollars, the U.S. Justice Department said on Wednesday. A man holds a laptop computer as cyber code is projected on him in this […]

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VW posts forecast-beating second-quarter profit but outlook dims

WOLFSBURG, Germany (Reuters) – German carmaker Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) posted a forecast-beating 23 percent rise in underlying quarterly operating profit on Wednesday, even as difficulties conforming to new anti-pollution rules cloud the sales outlook for passenger cars. FILE PHOTO: A VW sign is seen outside a Volkswagen dealership in London, Britain November 5, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett/File […]

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Zimbabwe’s president, opponent both confident of win after close vote

HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his main opponent Nelson Chamisa both said on Tuesday they were confident of victory, after peaceful voting in the first election since the end of Robert Mugabe’s nearly four decade rule. Supporters of the ruling ZANU-PF party of President Emmerson Mnangagwa celebrate following general elections in Harare, […]

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After Indonesian earthquake terror, hundreds trek down from volcano

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Nearly 700 trekkers headed down Mount Rinjani on Indonesia’s tourist island of Lombok on Monday, a day after a powerful earthquake of magnitude 6.4 terrified the climbers as boulders tumbled down the slopes of the volcano. Officials said the death toll from Sunday’s earthquake, which was centred on the northern part of […]

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China offers to open discussions on post-Brexit trade deal – UK minister

BEIJING (Reuters) – China has offered to open discussions on a post-Brexit free trade deal with Britain, British Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt said in Beijing on Monday. Britain’s Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt (L) speaks during his meeting with China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi (not pictured) at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China July 30, […]

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Powerful quake kills 14 on Indonesian tourist island Lombok

SEMBALUN, Indonesia (Reuters) – A powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck the popular tourist island of Lombok in Indonesia on Sunday killing 14 people and sending villagers fleeing from their beds into open fields to avoid collapsing buildings. The quake, which rocked the island early in the morning when many people were still asleep, injured 162 […]

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Germany says U.S.-Europe trade tensions ease, questions remain on soy

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – The trade relationship between the United States and Europe is improving, German Agriculture Minister Julia Kloeckner said on Saturday, but there is no guarantee the bloc will buy the quantity of soybeans that Washington expects. German Minister of Food and Agriculture Julia Kloeckner speaks at an interview with Reuters during of […]

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Trump denies knowing of 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Russians

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday denied knowing about the 2016 meeting his son Donald Trump Jr. and other campaign staff held at Trump Tower with a group of Russians who offered damaging information about Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. “I did NOT know of the meeting with my son, Don jr,” Trump […]

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Party of Pakistan’s jailed ex-PM concedes election to Imran Khan

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s former ruling party conceded the country’s disputed election to cricket legend-turned politician Imran Khan as final results were expected on Friday, paving the way for Khan to begin searching for coalition partners. Pins with images of Imran Khan, leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), are pictured at a market a day […]

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Pakistan’s Imran Khan declares victory as rivals cry foul

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani cricket legend Imran Khan declared victory on Thursday in a divisive general election, and said he was ready to lead the nuclear-armed nation despite a long delay in ballot counting and allegations of vote-rigging from his main opponents. His success in Wednesday’s election is a stunning rise for an anti-corruption crusader […]