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Sherpas successfully complete first winter summit of K2; Spanish climber killed

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ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – A team of climbers from Nepal on Saturday become the first mountaineers to successfully complete a winter attempt on the summit of K2, the world’s second tallest peak. FILE PHOTO: K2 (backdrop) and Broad Peak (right side), are illuminated by the moon at Concordia, the confluence of......

Reeling again from COVID-19, Amazonas gets respirators, oxygen from Brazil military and Venezuela

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By Bruno Kelly, Jamie McGeever A truck is loaded with oxygen to fill the local hospitals, after it arrived on a Brazilian Air Force airplane in Manaus airport, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Brazil January 15, 2021. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly MANAUS/BRASILIA (Reuters) – The Brazilian jungle state of Amazonas......

Philippines, China vow cooperation for post-pandemic recovery

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MANILA (Reuters) – Foreign ministers of China and the Philippines on Saturday committed to prioritising post-pandemic recovery efforts as senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi wrapped up a week-long visit to four Southeast Asian countries. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte in March imposed one of the world’s longest and strictest lockdowns to......

Azerbaijan to start COVID-19 inoculations with 4 million Sinovac shots

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FILE PHOTO: Azeri law enforcement officers stand guard in a street as authorities tightened up measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Baku, Azerbaijan April 1, 2020. REUTERS/Aziz Karimov BAKU (Reuters) – Azerbaijan will begin vaccinating citizens against COVID-19 on Monday, using a batch of 4 million......

Azerbaijan to open restaurants but other coronavirus restrictions extended

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BAKU, Jan 16 (Reuters) – Azerbaijan will allow cafes and restaurants to open their doors to customers from Feb. 1 but other coronavirus lockdown restrictions will be extended until April, the government said on Saturday. Measures to stem the spread of the virus were introduced in late March and have......

Myanmar police scuffle with nationalist monk’s followers

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YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar police scuffled on Saturday with dozens of followers of Buddhist nationalist monk Ashin Wirathu at a demonstration calling for him to be put on trial more than two months after he handed himself in to face sedition charges. Protesters, many of them monks, gathered outside the......

After long journey, Fiat Chrysler and PSA to seal merger to become Stellantis

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MILAN (Reuters) – Fiat Chrysler and PSA will seal their long-awaited merger on Saturday to create Stellantis, the world’s fourth-largest auto group with deep enough pockets to fund the shift to electric driving and take on bigger rivals Toyota and Volkswagen. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Stellantis is seen in......

Trump directs government to minimize procurement from China

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with China’s President Xi Jinping before starting their bilateral meeting during the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan, June 29, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In another action against China days before he leaves office, U.S. President Donald Trump on......

WhatsApp to delay launch of new business features after privacy backlash

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FILE PHOTO: The Whatsapp logo and binary cyber codes are seen in this illustration taken November 26, 2019. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo (Reuters) – Facebook Inc’s WhatsApp is delaying the roll out of new business features following user backlash over the company’s data sharing practices. The delay is a setback for......

PRECIOUS-Gold falls 1% as dollar accelerates rally

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(New throughout, adds analyst comments, updates prices) * Powell sees no reason to alter Fed's accommodative stance * Platinum falls as much as 4.4%, silver down 3.8% * Interactive graphic tracking global spread of coronavirus: tmsnrt.rs/3mvcUoa By Shreyansi Singh Jan 15 (Reuters) - Gold prices slumped more than 1% on......

Factbox: U.S. president-elect Biden pledged to change immigration. Here’s how

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(Reuters) – U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has promised a quick and dramatic reversal of the restrictive immigration policies put in place by his predecessor President Donald Trump. While Biden pledged to undo many of Trump’s policies starting the first day he takes office on Jan. 20, the layers of reforms......

Breakingviews – Chinese investors can soothe Xiaomi’s U.S. pains

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A man uses his smartphone next to the Xiaomi brand’s store in central Kiev, Ukraine February 11, 2020. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko HONG KONG (Reuters Breakingviews) – It’s good to be able to turn to friends for support. Chinese phone maker Xiaomi lost some $10 billion in market value following its addition......

Three dead, 24 injured after strong quake in Indonesia’s Sulawesi

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JAKARTA (Reuters) – At least three people have died and 24 been injured after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia’s Sulawesi island, the country’s disaster mitigation agency said on Friday. The epicentre of the quake was six kilometres (3.73 miles)northeast of the city of Majene, at a depth of 10......

EXCLUSIVE-Trump administration adds China’s Comac, Xiaomi to Chinese military blacklist

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WASHINGTON, Jan 14 (Reuters) – The Trump administration on Thursday added nine Chinese firms to a blacklist of alleged Chinese military companies, including planemaker Comac and mobile phone maker Xiaomi, according to a document seen by Reuters. The companies will be subject to a new U.S. investment ban which forces......

Canada, allies expect Biden to re-engage U.S. on world stage – Trudeau

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By Amran Abocar, Steve Scherer OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada and other U.S. allies are looking to President-elect Joe Biden to re-engage with the world on such issues as climate change and free trade, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a Reuters Next interview aired on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: Canada’s......

Russian athletes propose ‘Katyusha’ folk song to replace anthem: reports

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MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian athletes on Thursday proposed playing patriotic folk song ‘Katyusha’ at international sporting events for the next two years, while Russia’s national anthem is banned over doping violations, news agencies reported. FILE PHOTO: Sofya Velikaya, Chairman of the Athletes’ Commission of the Olympic Committee of Russia, attends......

American Keys tests positive for COVID-19, to miss Australian Open

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FILE PHOTO: Sep 5, 2020; Flushing Meadows, New York, USA; Madison Keys of the United States hits the ball against Alize Cornet of France on day six of the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Reuters) –......

Tata puts post-pandemic bet on digital, electronics and health

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(Reuters) – Tata Group plans to invest in digital, high-end electronics and healthcare in a post-pandemic world, the $100 billion conglomerate’s chairman said on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: N Chandrasekaran, Chairman of Tata Sons, speaks at the unveiling of Tata Motors HBX compact SUV at the India Auto Expo 2020 in......

ASML CEO sees U.S.-China trade antagonism outlasting Trump

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AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – ASML CEO Peter Wennink expects further antagonism between the United States and China over semiconductor technology, even as a new administration is set to take over in Washington, he told the Reuters Next conference on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: ASML CEO Peter Wennink attends a news conference after......

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