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Melbourne reopens as world’s most locked-down city eases pandemic restrictions

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MELBOURNE, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Melbourne residents flocked to the city’s pubs, restaurants and hair salons in the early hours of Friday after the world’s most locked-down city emerged from its latest spate of restrictions designed to combat the spread of COVID-19. Australia’s second-largest city has so far endured 262......

Air New Zealand to require COVID-19 vaccination for international travelers

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Travellers walk under an Air New Zealand sign at Auckland Airport in New Zealand, September 20, 2017. REUTERS/Nigel Marple Oct 3 (Reuters) – Air New Zealand (AIR.NZ), the flag carrier airline of New Zealand, said on Sunday it will require passengers on its international flights to be fully vaccinated against......

Shipwrecks of World War I are a seabed museum in Turkey

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SEDDULBAHIR, Turkey, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Turkey’s newest park is an underwater museum of fourteen shipwrecks that lie beneath the waves of the Dardanelles Strait, a glimpse into the fierce battles between Ottoman and Allied forces in World War I. Turkish photographer Savas Karakas was one of the first to......

Australia reports 2,355 new COVID-19 cases as vaccination push continues

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A lone passenger wearing a protective face mask walks from a deserted train platform at Flinders Street during morning commute hours on the first day of a lockdown as the state of Victoria looks to curb the spread of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Melbourne, Australia, July 16, 2021.......

Asian stocks extend global slide as inflation fears bite

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A man wearing a protective mask, amid the COVID-19 outbreak, is reflected on an electronic board displaying stock prices outside a brokerage in Tokyo, Japan, September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon Asia-Pac stocks fall 1% after decline on Wall St overnight Concerns about inflation-growth outlook send bonds higher Gold in demand,......

Pandemic recovery fuels deal craze as third-quarter M&A breaks all records

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Global M&A hits all-time peak of $1.52 trillion in Q3 Cheap financing drives desire for transformative deals Volumes double in Europe driven by private-equity buyouts U.S. activity up 32% to $581 billion, Asia Pacific up 21% Frantic dealmaking surpasses all full-year records LONDON, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Global mergers and......

Melbourne cases hit record despite two months of lockdown

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People wear protective face masks in the city centre during a lockdown to curb the spread of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Sydney, Australia, September 28, 2021. REUTERS/Loren Elliott Home parties to watch sports event behind spike in cases 98% cases in Sydney and Melbourne out of Australia’s 2,400......

In Arizona, Rio Tinto CEO seeks ‘win-win’ for Resolution copper project

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A sign adorns the building where mining company Rio Tinto has their office in Perth, Western Australia, November 19, 2015. REUTERS/David Gray Sept 29 (Reuters) – A key Native American leader in Arizona declined to meet Rio Tinto Plc’s (RIO.L)(RIO.AX) chief executive this week, the latest roadblock in the mining......

CNN denies Australians access to its Facebook pages, cites defamation risk

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SYDNEY, Sept 29 (Reuters) – CNN said it is preventing Australians from accessing its Facebook Inc (FB.O) pages after a court ruled that publishers can be liable for defamation in public comment sections and the social media firm refused to help it disable comments in the country. The move makes......

Europe and China must continue talking despite disagreements, EU says

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Josep Borrell holds a press conference after a meeting of E.U. Foreign Ministers on the sidelines of the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly, in New York, U.S., September 20, 2021. REUTERS/David ‘Dee’ Delgado Sept 28 (Reuters) – The European Union and China must continue engaging on a number......

Little fluffy clouds may help save Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

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SYDNEY, Sept 28 (Reuters) – To slow the speed at which high temperatures and warm waters bleach the corals of the Great Barrier Reef, Australian scientists are spraying droplets of ocean water into the sky to form clouds to protect the environmental treasure. Researchers working on the so-called Cloud Brightening......

Sanofi ditches mRNA COVID-19 vaccine after rivals’ success

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To focus on more conventional COVID-19 vaccine with GSK To pursue mRNA technology in influenza, other vaccines Started testing mRNA flu shot in humans in June PARIS, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Sanofi (SASY.PA) is dropping plans for its own mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccine because of the dominance achieved by BioNTech-Pfizer and......

Sydney’s unvaccinated warned of social isolation when COVID-19 lockdown ends

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A health worker is stationed at a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing clinic set up for residents of surrounding public housing towers in the Redfern suburb, where authorities are working to contain an emerging cluster of cases, as widespread lockdown continues in Sydney, Australia, September 17, 2021. REUTERS/Loren Elliott Australia’s total......

Australia takes on Google’s online ad dominance, calls for data shakeout

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SYDNEY, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Australia’s antitrust watchdog said it wants the power to curb Google’s use of internet data to sell targeted ads, saying the Big Tech firm dominated the market to the point of harming publishers, advertisers and consumers. The comments, in a report published Tuesday, set up......

Oil shares lead charge as crude hits new 3-year highs

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A man watches an electric board showing Nikkei index outside a brokerage at a business district in Tokyo, Japan, June 21, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon Oil climbs on tight supply, strong demand Markets hope Beijing will contain Evergrande fallout U.S. debt ceiling deadline nears, spending bill to get vote Bonds pressured......

COVID-19 lockdown to ease more rapidly for the vaccinated in Sydney

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A pedestrian wearing a protective face mask crosses tram lines in the city centre during a lockdown to curb the spread of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Sydney, Australia, September 24, 2021. REUTERS/Loren Elliott Lockdown rules in Sydney to begin easing from Oct 11 Curbs for unvaccinated in NSW......

Hamilton takes his 100th F1 win with victory in Russia

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Sept 26 (Reuters) – Lewis Hamilton became the first Formula One driver to win 100 races with a victory in Russia that sent him back on top of the championship. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen finished second, after starting in last place, to limit the damage with Hamilton now two points......

Volkanovski, Shevchenko retain titles at UFC 266

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LAS VEGAS, United States, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Australian champion Alexander Volkanovski won a unanimous decision victory over Brian Ortega to successfully defend his featherweight title and Valentina Shevchenko dominated Lauren Murphy to retain the flyweight belt at UFC 266 on Saturday. In a five-round war of attrition, Volkanovski had......

‘Quad’ leaders meet at White House as China looks warily on

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WASHINGTON, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Leaders of the United States, Japan, India and Australia presented a united front on Friday at their first summit and stressed the need for a free and open Indo-Pacific region amid shared concerns about China. The two-hour meeting at the White House of the Quad,......

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