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Flush with cash, Democrats back midterms ‘inflation act’ ad blitz

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U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on food supply and prices, and his Administration’s efforts to support farmers and food processors, Kankakee, Illinois, U.S., May 11, 2022. REUTERS/Tom Brenner Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register WASHINGTON, Aug 16 (Reuters)......

Idaho top court allows near-total abortion ban to take effect

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The Idaho State Capitol building is seen in Boise, Idaho, U.S., October 29, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Aug 12 (Reuters) – Idaho’s top court on Friday refused to stop a Republican-backed state law criminalizing nearly all abortions from taking effect after......

Analysis: U.S. move to negotiate drug prices a rare defeat for Big Pharma

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WASHINGTON, Aug 12 (Reuters) – Big Pharma spent more than any other industry to lobby Congress and federal agencies this year, a Reuters analysis shows, but is still on course for a major defeat by failing to stop a bill that allows the government to negotiate prices on select drugs.......

Guatemala detains renowned journalist on money laundering, blackmail allegations

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GUATEMALA CITY, July 30 (Reuters) – Guatemalan authorities arrested a well-known local journalist on accusations of money laundering and blackmail, according to a prosecutor in charge of the case, a move that has sparked outrage among human rights activists. Jose Ruben Zamora Marroquin, an outspoken government critic, was detained Friday......

Kenya orders Meta’s Facebook to tackle hate speech or face suspension

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A smartphone with Facebook’s logo is seen in front of displayed Facebook’s new rebrand logo Meta in this illustration taken October 28, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register NAIROBI, July 29 (Reuters) – Kenya’s ethnic cohesion watchdog has given Meta’s (META.O) Facebook seven......

Kenyan health activist moves from mangrove swamps to politics

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LAMU, Kenya, July 25 (Reuters) – Most Kenyan candidates find their way into politics by navigating the corridors of power in one of the country’s big established parties. Health activist Umra Omar is hoping to plot out her route to office via a different route – through the mangrove swaps......

Thousands join Budapest Pride march in sweltering heat

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BUDAPEST, July 23 (Reuters) – In sweltering temperatures, thousands of Hungarians took part in the annual Budapest Pride march on Saturday, vowing to keep up their fight against government policies on LGBTQ rights that have drawn EU condemnation. The European Commission sued Hungary earlier this month over a law passed......

California takes swipe at Texas abortion law by allowing private lawsuits in gun cases

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California Governor Gavin Newsom speaks in Los Angeles, California, U.S. June 9, 2022. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 22 (Reuters) – California Governor Gavin Newsom on Friday signed a law that would allow private citizens to sue people who sell,......

Courts block Louisiana abortion laws, allow Florida’s 15-week ban

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July 21 (Reuters) – A Louisiana judge on Thursday blocked enforcement of the state’s abortion bans while a Florida appeals court declined to put back on hold a prohibition on abortions past 15 weeks of pregnancy that took effect earlier this month. The rulings came amid a flurry of litigation......

Nigeria’s NNPC sees IPO launch mid next year, CEO says

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ABUJA, July 19 (Reuters) – State-run Nigerian National Petroleum Corp will be ready to launch an initial public offering (IPO) in the middle of next year, its group CEO said on Tuesday after the firm formally became a commercial company known as NNPC Ltd. “We are convinced that by the......

Biden set to announce executive measures on climate -sources

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WASHINGTON, July 19 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden plans to announce new federal measures aimed at the climate crisis on Wednesday during a trip to Massachusetts, but will stop short of declaring a climate emergency, people familiar with his plans told Reuters. Democratic lawmakers and environmental groups have been......

Chip designers warm to U.S. bill despite big benefits to Intel

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July 18 (Reuters) – Major U.S. chip firms on Monday were coming around to support a package of chip industry subsidies despite earlier concerns that legislation awaiting a vote in the Senate disproportionately benefits manufacturers like Intel Corp (INTC.O). Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has told lawmakers that a vote......

UAE detains U.S. lawyer for Khashoggi on money laundering charges

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A demonstrator holds picture of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a protest in front of Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, October 5, 2018. REUTERS/Osman Orsal Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register July 17 (Reuters) – United Arab Emirates authorities have detained Asim Ghafoor, a U.S. citizen......

Facebook-owner Meta releases first human rights report

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July 14 (Reuters) – Facebook owner Meta (META.O) released its first annual human rights report on Thursday, following years of accusations that it turned a blind eye to online abuses that fueled real-world violence in places like India and Myanmar. The report, which covers due diligence performed in 2020 and......

State abortion bans prevent women from getting essential medication

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July 14 (Reuters) – Annie England Noblin, a 40-year-old resident of rural Missouri, had never had a problem filling her monthly prescription for methotrexate until this week. On Monday, Noblin’s pharmacist said she could not give her the drug until she had confirmed with Noblin’s doctor that the medication would......

Japanese horseradish farmers fear for future amid climate change

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TOKYO, July 12 (Reuters) – Masahiro Hoshina, a Japanese farmer, starts worrying about typhoon season months before it begins, haunted by memories of the heavy rains and landslides that washed away wasabi farms during one 2019 storm. “Recently the power of typhoons feels totally different from before due to global......

Biden weighs authority to declare abortion-related public health emergency

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July 10 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden on Sunday said he has asked his administration to consider whether he has authority to declare an abortion-related public health emergency after the Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide. The comments come after Biden on Friday......

South Carolina lawmakers consider banning almost all abortions

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July 7 (Reuters) – South Carolina lawmakers held a public hearing on Thursday to consider banning nearly all abortions in the state, following the lead of other Republican-led states that have outlawed most abortions since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. A committee of South Carolina’s House of......

Norway strike could cut gas output by 13% next week, oil lobby says

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OSLO, July 3 (Reuters) – A planned strike next week by Norwegian petroleum workers could cut the country’s gas output by 292,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, corresponding to 13% of output, employers’ group Norwegian Oil and Gas Association (NOG) said on Sunday. Oil output could be cut by......

Texas, Ohio top courts allow abortion bans to take effect

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July 1 (Reuters) – The top courts in Texas and Ohio on Friday allowed the Republican-led states to enforce restrictions and bans on abortions after the U.S. Supreme Court last week overturned the nationwide constitutional right to abortion. The Texas Supreme Court late on Friday allowed a nearly century-old abortion......

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