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Facebook gave data on user’s friends to certain companies: documents

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc (FB.O) let some companies, including Netflix (NFLX.O) and Airbnb, access users’ lists of friends after it cut off that data for most other apps around 2015, according to documents released on Wednesday by a British lawmaker investigating fake news and social media. A man poses with a magnifier in front of […]

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Facebook board backs Sandberg’s handling of research into George Soros: WSJ

FILE PHOTO – Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on foreign influence operations on social media platforms on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 5, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts (Reuters) – Facebook Inc’s board backed Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg’s handling of research into investor George Soros, the Wall Street Journal […]

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Tariff effects broaden across U.S., wage growth higher – Fed

FILE PHOTO – A U.S. flag flies at the Port of Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California, May 30, 2012. REUTERS/David McNew WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Tariff-driven price increases have spread more broadly through the U.S. economy, though on balance inflation has risen at a modest pace in most parts of the country, the Federal Reserve […]

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U.S. confirms its Iran envoy met Saudi energy minister in Vienna

FILE PHOTO: Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih speaks during a session of the Russian Energy Week international forum in Moscow, October 4, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin/File Photo VIENNA (Reuters) – The U.S. government confirmed that Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih met with U.S. special representative for Iran Brian Hook in Vienna on Wednesday, contradicting a Saudi […]

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PM May’s chief enforcer listens to eurosceptic concerns over Brexit – source

The Conservative Party’s Chief Whip Julian Smith arrives at 10 Downing Street, London, Britain, December 4, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls LONDON (Reuters) – One of Prime Minister Theresa May’s chief party enforcers listened to the concerns of eurosceptics in the governing Conservative Party and Northern Irish DUP on Wednesday, part of a charm offensive to try […]

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Master of bygone civility, Bush is hailed at funeral as U.S. ‘soldier-statesman’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former President George H.W. Bush was hailed at his state funeral on Wednesday as a warrior-statesman of uncommon personal kindness who went from being a hero of American conflicts to representing a bygone era of civility in politics. Amid an unusual bipartisan spirit at the service at the Washington National Cathedral, both […]

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Global stocks battered by Wall Street, fears of U.S. slowdown

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Global stocks fell on Wednesday, plagued by a flattening yield curve that sparked concerns about an economic slowdown in the United States and weakening expectations of a lasting U.S.-China trade truce, while the dollar steadied. U.S. markets were closed to mark former President George H.W. Bush’s death, but the effect of […]

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Factbox – Britain’s Brexit vote: How many MPs are backing PM May?

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s parliament is debating whether to support Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal, a decision which will define Britain’s departure from the European Union and could determine her own future as leader. Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May makes a statement in the House of Commons, London, Britain November 26, 2018. Parliament TV […]

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Saudi energy minister meets U.S. Iran envoy in Vienna, Tehran irate

FILE PHOTO: Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih speaks during a session of the Russian Energy Week international forum in Moscow, October 4, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin/File Photo VIENNA (Reuters) – Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih met U.S. special representative for Iran Brian Hook in Vienna on Wednesday, sources familiar with the meeting said. Iran’s Oil Minister […]

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Northern Ireland’s DUP will support government in confidence motion if Brexit deal voted down – statement

FILE PHOTO: Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster, and Deputy Leader Nigel Dodds, react on stage, at the DUP annual party conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland November 24, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne LONDON (Reuters) – The Northern Irish party propping up Prime Minister Theresa May’s government will vote against any attempt to topple her if […]

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EU countries back investment screening plan with China in mind

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union countries agreed on Wednesday to a far-reaching system to coordinate scrutiny of foreign investments into Europe, notably from China. FILE PHOTO: An attendant walks past EU and China flags ahead of the EU-China High-level Economic Dialogue at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China June 25, 2018. REUTERS/Jason Lee/File Photo Under […]

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Bush hailed at funeral as U.S. ‘soldier-statesman,’ master of civility

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The late President George H.W. Bush was hailed at his state funeral on Wednesday as a World War Two hero, Cold War veteran and architect of a U.S. victory against Iraq who went on to represent a bygone era of civility in American politics. Amid an unusual bipartisan spirit at the service […]

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FTSE falls as growth angst spreads

LONDON (Reuters) – UK shares sustained heavy losses alongside their European peers on Wednesday as worries about slowing growth and trade wars weighed on sentiment. FILE PHOTO: A broker looks at financial information on computer screens on the IG Index the trading floor in London, Britain February 6, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson/File Photo The FTSE 100 […]

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Scottish parliament vents anger at May’s Brexit plan

FILE PHOTO: Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, addresses the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, Scotland June 27, 2017. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Scottish political parties joined forces on Wednesday to show their opposition to both Prime Minister Theresa May’s “damaging” deal for leaving the European Union and the possibility of a no-deal Brexit. The symbolic […]

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Facebook gave preferential data access to certain companies: documents

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc (FB.O) gave some companies, including Netflix (NFLX.O) and Airbnb, preferential access to user data in 2015 as it limited services for most others, according to company emails and presentations released by a British lawmaker. A man poses with a magnifier in front of a Facebook logo on display in this illustration […]

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American ‘soldier-statesman,’ Bush is honoured at state funeral

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The late President George H.W. Bush was remembered at his state funeral on Wednesday as a World War Two hero, Cold War veteran and commander in chief of a U.S. victory against Iraq who went on to represent a bygone era of civility in American politics. An unusual bipartisan spirit was on […]

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Day of mourning in Kosovo for Bush, seen as hero for 1992 letter

The Kosovo flag flies at half staff to honour former President George H. W. Bush in Pristina, Kosovo, December 5, 2018. REUTERS/Laura Hasani PRISTINA (Reuters) – Flags flew at half staff across Kosovo on Wednesday in honor of former U.S. President George H. W. Bush, who is seen as a figure of national importance in […]

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Architects build gingerbread city to whet appetite for design

Gingerbread structures are seen on display at the Museum of Architecture’s Gingerbread City at the V&A Museum, in London, Britain, December 5, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls LONDON (Reuters) – Architects swapped traditional building materials for sugar and spice to create an edible gingerbread city of the future at London’s V&A Museum, to show that urban planning […]

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OPEC, Russia move closer to cutting oil output

VIENNA (Reuters) – OPEC and Russia moved closer on Wednesday to agreeing cuts in oil production from next year despite pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump to reduce the price of crude. FILE PHOTO: The logo of the Organization of the Petroleoum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is seen at OPEC’s headquarters in Vienna, Austria June 19, […]

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An OPEC return to 2016 oil quotas could mean a cut of 1.2 million bpd

LONDON (Reuters) – If OPEC and its allies led by Russia agree to reduce oil output next year by reverting to 2016 production quotas, it would imply an OPEC-only supply curb of at least 1.2 million barrels per day (bpd), according to Reuters calculations. Russia’s TASS news agency, citing an OPEC source, reported on Wednesday […]