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Russia reports pressure drop in space station service module

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The Nauka (Science) Multipurpose Laboratory Module is seen during its docking to the International Space Station (ISS) on July 29, 2021 in this still image taken from video. Image taken July 29, 2021. Roscosmos/Handout via REUTERS MOSCOW, July 31 (Reuters) – The head of Russia’s Roscosmos space agency said on......

Basketball-U.S. clinches playoff spot, France and Australia go 3-0

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TOKYO, July 31 (Reuters) – The United States clinched a quarter-final berth in Olympic men’s basketball on Saturday as seedings for next week’s last- eight showdowns took shape. Kevin Durant led Team USA to a commanding 119-84 victory against the Czech Republic in the final group game at the Saitama......

Equestrian-German birthday boy Jung takes eventing lead

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TOKYO, July 31 (Reuters) – Germany’s Michael Jung laid a solid foundation to defend his eventing gold medals from Rio and London, beating world number one Oliver Townend of Britain to an early lead after the dressage phase of the three-test discipline. Jung, who turned 39 on Saturday, was greeted......

Shots fired outside Berlin store, several injured -media

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BERLIN, July 30 (Reuters) – Shots were fired in a violent clash at a store car park in northern Berlin on Friday, leaving four people injured, the Berliner Zeitung reported. The injured included three men and a woman, local media reported, adding that police had questioned eyewitnesses and cordoned off......

Euro zone growth rebounds, inflation tops ECB target

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Q2 GDP +2.0 pct on quarter, vs consensus of +1.5% Euro zone economy still below pre-pandemic level Economists see similar growth rate for Q3 July inflation 2.2% vs average expectation of 2.0% BRUSSELS, July 30 (Reuters) – The euro zone economy grew faster than expected in the second quarter, pulling......

Asian shares down, set for worst month since March 2020

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MSCI Asia ex-Japan -0.84%; Nikkei down 1.71% Investors still ‘rattled’ by China regulatory measures -portfolio manager Dollar set for worst week since May U.S. stock futures down after Amazon earnings SHANGHAI, July 30 (Reuters) – Asian shares slipped on Friday, with a gauge of regional equities set for its biggest......

International Space Station thrown out of control by misfire of Russian module -NASA

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July 29 (Reuters) – The International Space Station (ISS) was thrown briefly out of control on Thursday when jet thrusters of a newly arrived Russian research module inadvertently fired a few hours after it was docked to the orbiting outpost, NASA officials said. The seven crew members aboard – two......

Lee grabs all-around gold for U.S. as Biles watches on

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TOKYO, July 29 (Reuters) – Sunisa Lee came to Tokyo thinking the best she might do was win an all-around Olympic silver but the youngest member of the U.S. gymnastics team grabbed the gold on Thursday after Simone Biles dropped out of the event over mental health concerns. With Biles......

Pet food shortages leave owners on the hunt for kibble and cat treats

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CHICAGO, July 29 (Reuters) – Black short-haired kitty Astra, one of millions of pets acquired during the COVID-19 pandemic last year, had to go without salmon-flavored Whiskas treats that were sold out at stores in New Orleans this month. Loki, an Alaskan malamute dog in Ontario, Canada, did not have......

Russia fines Google 3 mln rbls for violating personal data law

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MOSCOW, July 29 (Reuters) – Russia on Thursday fined Google 3 million roubles ($41,017) for violating personal data legislation, Google’s first fine for that offence, Moscow’s Tagansky District Court said. Google confirmed the fine and offered no further comment. The penalty comes amid a wider standoff between Russia and Big......

American Kendricks out for COVID-19 as pandemic casts pall on Games

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TOKYO, July 29 (Reuters) – American double world champion pole vaulter Sam Kendricks and rival German Chiaraviglio of Argentina were ruled out of the Olympics on Thursday after testing positive for COVID-19, sending a chill through the Games as infections spiked again in the host city. U.S. officials confirmed that......

Lloyds restores dividend as profits rebound on sunnier outlook

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H1 pretax profit 3.9 billion pounds Bank buys wealth platform Embark Dividend restored as bad loan fears recede LONDON, July 29 (Reuters) – Lloyds Banking Group (LLOY.L) swung to a first-half profit on Thursday and announced an interim dividend, boosted by a house-buying frenzy and improved economic outlook in Britain.......

China steps up efforts to calm investor jitters; markets rebound

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HONG KONG/BEJING, July 29 (Reuters) – China stepped up attempts to calm frayed investor nerves after a wild markets rout this week by telling foreign brokerages not to “overinterpret” its latest regulatory actions, setting the stage for a rebound in beaten-down stock on Thursday. Chinese state media also joined in......

Ceasefire called after three Armenian soldiers killed in clashes with Azerbaijan

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MOSCOW/BAKU, July 28 (Reuters) – Armenia said on Wednesday that three of its soldiers had been killed in an exchange of gunfire with Azerbaijan and both sides later accepted a Russian ceasefire proposal to try to calm tensions. Armenia’s defence ministry said in a statement that Azeri forces had attacked......

England scraps quarantine for fully vaccinated EU, U.S. visitors

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No quarantine for vaccinated EU, U.S. visitors from Aug. 2 UK PM says he wants U.S. travellers to come “freely” BA, easyJet shares rise 3-5% Restrictions still in place for France, upsetting French LONDON, July 28 (Reuters) – England will allow fully vaccinated visitors from the European Union and United......

Russia’s Abramovich didn’t buy Chelsea for Putin, court hears

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Abramovich and Rosneft sue writer over Putin book Abramovich was not Putin’s cashier – lawyer says Abramovich didn’t buy Chelsea to corrupt West – lawyer Rosneft says it didn’t expropriate Yukos assets LONDON, July 28 (Reuters) – Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich is not President Vladimir Putin’s “cashier” and nor did......

Russia beefs up Tajik base, warns of ISIS fighters in Afghanistan

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MOSCOW, July 28 (Reuters) – Russia said on Wednesday it was beefing up the combat capabilities of its military base in Tajikistan and training local soldiers, as Moscow warned that Islamic State militants were moving into neighbouring Afghanistan. Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, who was in Tajikistan on Wednesday for......

Deutsche Bank optimistic on revenues after profit beat

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Longest streak of quarterly profit since 2012 Shares open higher but early gains fizzle Investment banking revenue drops as expected FRANKFURT, July 28 (Reuters) – Deutsche Bank (DBKGn.DE) on Wednesday delivered a fourth consecutive quarterly profit for the first time in nearly a decade and raised its revenue outlook despite......

Biles out of next Tokyo event, sharpening focus on mental health at Games

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TOKYO, July 28 (Reuters) – Gymnast Simone Biles withdrew from the individual all-around competition at the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday, a day after she shocked the world by pulling out of the team event and put a sharp focus on mental health at the Games. American Biles will be evaluated......

Swimming-Rattled by ripped trunks, Hungary’s Milak settles for gold

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Swimming – Men’s 200m Butterfly – Medal Ceremony – Tokyo Aquatics Centre – Tokyo, Japan – July 28, 2021. Kristof Milak of Hungary poses with his gold medal REUTERS/Aleksandra Szmigiel TOKYO, July 28 (Reuters) – Hungarian gold medallist Kristof Milak was left furious, flustered and convinced......

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