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Three U.S. states, D.C. sue Google over location-tracking

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WASHINGTON, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Texas, Indiana, Washington State and the District of Columbia sued Alphabet Inc’s Google (GOOGL.O) on Monday over what they called deceptive location-tracking practices that invade users’ privacy. “Google falsely led consumers to believe that changing their account and device settings would allow customers to protect......

Biden curses Fox News reporter after he asks about inflation

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WASHINGTON, Jan 24 (Reuters) – (Note: This story contains language in paragraph 3 that may offend some readers) U.S. President Joe Biden was caught on a hot mic cursing a Fox News reporter at a White House event on Monday after the journalist shouted a question about the impact of......

Haiti quakes kill two, send residents flooding into the streets

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Haiti was struck by a 5.3 magnitude earthquake and a series of smaller tremors on Monday that killed two people and led panicked residents of the Caribbean nation’s southern peninsula to flood into the streets. The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the first quake hit......

Google faces lawsuits over location-tracking practices from U.S. states

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WASHINGTON, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Texas, Indiana and the District of Columbia sued Alphabet Inc’s Google (GOOGL.O) on Monday over what they called deceptive location-tracking practices that invade users’ privacy. “Google falsely led consumers to believe that changing their account and device settings would allow customers to protect their privacy......

Hong Kong’s financial sector faces talent crunch as expats head for the exit

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HONG KONG, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Late last year, Tania Sibree quit her well-paid job as a financial services lawyer in Hong Kong and returned to Australia rather than live a moment longer with the city’s strict coronavirus restrictions. Sibree, who said she had enjoyed the previous five years in......

Philippines’ presidential hopefuls tout post-pandemic recovery plans

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MANILA, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Four of the Philippines’ presidential candidates on Saturday laid down plans to tackle the country’s biggest issues in an interview with the nation’s leading broadcaster, but notable was the absence of early frontrunner Ferdinand Marcos Jr. Marcos, a clear favourite for the May 9 presidential......

Ethiopian army planning to ‘eliminate’ Tigrayan forces -military official

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ADDIS ABABA, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Ethiopia’s military is planning to enter the Tigray regional capital of Mekelle and “eliminate” rebellious forces, a top military official said late on Friday amid diplomatic efforts to end conflict in the country’s north. The Horn of Africa country has been gripped by war......

U.S. judge blocks Biden federal employee COVID vaccine mandate

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WASHINGTON, Jan 21 (Reuters) – A judge in Texas ruled on Friday that President Joe Biden could not require federal employees to be vaccinated against the coronavirus and blocked the U.S. government from disciplining employees who failed to comply. It was the latest setback to White House efforts to require......

Afghan women losing jobs fast as economy shrinks and rights curtailed

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KABUL, Jan 20 (Reuters) – In a small tailoring workshop in Kabul, 29-year-old Afghan entrepreneur Sohaila Noori looks on as her dramatically reduced workforce of around 30 women sew scarves, dresses and baby clothes. A few months ago, before the hardline Islamist Taliban movement seized power in August, she employed......

Biden says he believes Russia will make a move on Ukraine

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Biden says Russia would pay dearly for Ukraine invasion Blinken says Russia could attack Ukraine at short notice WASHINGTON/KYIV, Jan 19 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden predicted on Wednesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin will make a move on Ukraine and said Russia would pay dearly for a full-scale......

Canada ends contract with Malaysia’s Supermax

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Jan 18 (Reuters) – Canada has terminated its sourcing contract with Malaysian glove maker Supermax Corp (SUPM.KL) following allegations about forced labour, the country’s public services and procurement department said on Tuesday. Malaysian factories making products ranging from medical gloves to palm oil have increasingly come under scrutiny over allegations......

‘We want peace’: Blinken to meet Russian, Ukrainian officials, U.S. says

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WASHINGTON, Jan 18 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden’s top diplomat will seek to defuse a crisis with Moscow over Ukraine when he meets the Russian foreign minister in Geneva this week following visits with Ukrainian leaders in Kyiv and European officials in Berlin. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will......

Puerto Rico gets green light to end five-year bankruptcy

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Jan 18 (Reuters) – The judge overseeing Puerto Rico’s nearly five-year-long debt restructuring process has approved a debt adjustment plan that is intended to revitalize the commonwealth’s economy and reduce its $135 billion in liabilities. U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain approved the plan in an order filed on Tuesday,......

Djokovic to play late match at Rod Laver Arena, pending court decision

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Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic practices at Melbourne Park as questions remain over the legal battle regarding his visa to play in the Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia, January 13, 2022. REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register MELBOURNE, Jan 16 (Reuters) – World number......

Hundreds of U.S.-bound migrants in caravan stuck at Guatemala border

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TEGUCIGALPA, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Hundreds of Hondurans and Nicaraguans on Saturday reached the Guatemalan border but were prevented from crossing by Guatemalan security forces, the first such U.S.-bound migrant caravan to be formed this year in Central America. Some migrants at the Izabel border crossing in Guatemala threw objects......

EXCLUSIVE Ukraine suspects group linked to Belarus intelligence over cyberattack

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Ukrainian government websites were hit by cyberattack Russia has massed troops near Ukraine’s borders U.S. held security talks with Russia this week KYIV, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Kyiv believes a hacker group linked to Belarusian intelligence carried out a cyberattack that hit Ukrainian government websites this week and used malware......

Djokovic escorted by immigration officers to hearing to decide Australian fate

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MELBOURNE, Jan 16 (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic left a hotel for asylum seekers on Sunday morning headed for a federal court hearing that will decide once and for all whether he can stay in Australia and defend his Open title. Djokovic was driven out of the hotel, accompanied by Australian......

China’s Great Firewall 2.0 will repel smart money

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A paramilitary policeman throws the Chinese flag as he raises it in front of the portrait of Chairman Mao Zedong hanging in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square March 5, 2008. REUTERS/David Gray Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register HONG KONG, Jan 14 (Reuters Breakingviews) – The Great Firewall of......

U.S. Supreme Court blocks Biden vaccine-or-test policy for large businesses

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Conservative-majority court divided on both cases Blocked policy applied to companies with 100-plus workers Vaccines needed at facilities that take Medicare, Medicaid WASHINGTON, Jan 13 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday blocked President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccination-or-testing mandate for large businesses – a policy the conservative justices deemed......

Biden targets Republicans, supports Senate rule change for voting rights law

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ATLANTA, Jan 11 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden on Tuesday made an impassioned plea for U.S. voting rights legislation stalled in Congress and said Democratic lawmakers should make a major change in Senate rules to override Republican opposition. Calling it a “battle for the soul of America,” Biden put the......

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