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PM Imran Khan’s party bags majority in Pakistan’s Kashmir election

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MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan, July 25 (Reuters) – Pakistan’s ruling party of Prime Minister Imran Khan appeared to be winning in a tight race to elect the regional assembly in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, where two poll workers from Khan’s party were killed on Sunday, officials said. Khan’s party is leading with 24 seats......

Lebanese Sunni tycoon Najib Mikati poised to be designated PM

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BEIRUT, July 25 (Reuters) – Lebanon’s wealthy businessman and former premier Najib Mikati is poised to be designated prime minister on Monday after winning the support of most major parties to form a new government facing a crippling financial crisis, political sources said. Earlier, a club of former Lebanese Sunni......

U.S. House Speaker Pelosi names Republican Kinzinger to Jan. 6 panel

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WASHINGTON, July 25 (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday formally named Republican Representative Adam Kinzinger to serve on a select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of then-President Donald Trump. Kinzinger, Pelosi said in a statement, “brings great patriotism......

Credit Suisse settles spying case with former star banker

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ZURICH, July 25 (Reuters) – Credit Suisse (CSGN.S) has reached an out-of-court settlement with former star banker Iqbal Khan over allegations of spying that led to the resignation of the Chief Executive Tidjane Thiam, a spokesperson for the Swiss bank said on Sunday. “Everybody involved has agreed to settle and......

Republican lawmaker says public transit dispute holding up U.S. infrastructure bill

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Commuters wait for the Chicago Transit Authority Blue line train at the Damen Avenue stop in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. March 16, 2020. REUTERS/Joshua Lott/File Photo WASHINGTON, July 25 (Reuters) – The lead U.S. Republican negotiator on an infrastructure plan said on Sunday he hoped for a detailed agreement sometime this......

Guatemalan anti-graft crusader flees country in blow to anti-corruption efforts

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Juan Francisco Sandoval, who was removed by Guatemala’s Attorney General as head of the Special Prosecutor’s Office Against Impunity (FECI), arrives for a news conference in Guatemala City, Guatemala July 23, 2021. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria/File Photo GUATEMALA CITY, July 24 (Reuters) – Guatemalan anti-graft fighter Juan Francisco Sandoval fled the country......

French citizen among six held over plan to kill Madagascar president -minister

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ANTANANARIVO, July 23 (Reuters) – A French citizen is among six people arrested on suspicion of involvement in a plot to kill Madagascar’s president, the Indian Ocean island’s public security minister said, and a second official said the president’s security had been tightened. “One of the arrested people is French,......

GM, Cruise demand Ford drop ‘BlueCruise’ name for hands-free driving

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DETROIT, July 23 (Reuters) – General Motors Co (GM.N) and its Cruise robo-taxi subsidiary said early Saturday they have asked a U.S. federal court to stop Ford Motor Co (F.N) from using the name “BlueCruise” to market its hands-free driving technology. In a statement and documents released shortly after midnight......

U.S. appeals court lifts CDC cruise ship restrictions in win for Florida

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WASHINGTON, July 23 (Reuters) – A federal appeals court late on Friday reversed course and let stand a lower court order prohibiting the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from enforcing coronavirus-related cruise ship rules in Florida. The decision is a win for Florida that had filed a......

Judge grants U.S. FTC more time to file amended complaint against Facebook

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July 23 (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Friday gave the U.S. Federal Trade Commission until Aug. 19 to file an amended complaint in its antitrust lawsuit against Facebook Inc (FB.O), an extension of three weeks from the previous deadline. Judge James Boasberg of the U.S. District Court for the......

Violent protests mar funeral of slain Haiti president

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CAP-HAITIEN, Haiti, July 23 (Reuters) – Haiti bid a rowdy farewell to assassinated president Jovenel Moise on Friday as his funeral was roiled by nearby gunfire and protests, prompting a high-level U.S. delegation to leave abruptly and other dignitaries to duck into vehicles for safety. The state funeral in the......

EXCLUSIVE Democrats may scrap matching funds from infrastructure bill over wage issue

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WASHINGTON, July 23 (Reuters) – Democrats are threatening to scrap plans to create an infrastructure bank in the $1.2 trillion bipartisan spending bill after Republicans opposed a provision intended to lift workers’ wages, according to three people familiar with the discussions. A decision to remove funding for the bank would......

Global supply chains buckle as virus variant and disasters strike

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LONDON/BEIJING, July 23 (Reuters) – A new worldwide wave of COVID-19. Natural disasters in China and Germany. A cyber attack targeting key South African ports. Events have conspired to drive global supply chains towards breaking point, threatening the fragile flow of raw materials, parts and consumer goods, according to companies,......

Masking guidance unchanged as Delta variant sweeps U.S.- CDC director

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July 22 (Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not revised its masking guidance, even as the Delta variant of the coronavirus sweeps the United States, driving up infections, CDC director Rochelle Walensky said on Thursday. Walensky declined to say if the CDC is considering changing......

U.S. moves to drop visa fraud charges against Chinese researcher

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Chinese staffers adjust U.S. and Chinese flags before the opening session of Sino-U.S. trade negotiations in Beijing, Feb. 14, 2019. Mark Schiefelbein/Pool via REUTERS July 22 (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department moved on Thursday to drop all charges against a Chinese researcher arrested last year over visa fraud in......

US regulator issues notice to Dakota Access pipeline over safety concerns

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July 22 (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s pipeline regulator on Thursday put the operator of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), Energy Transfer LP (ET.N), on notice for probable violations of safety regulations and proposed a civil penalty against it. The U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)......

New U.S. Capitol Police chief named after Jan. 6 riot

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Montgomery County, Maryland Police Chief J. Thomas Manger is interviewed by Reuters at Public Safety Headquarters in Gaithersburg, Maryland U.S. August 31, 2016. Picture taken August 31, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron WASHINGTON, July 22 (Reuters) – A retired Maryland county law enforcement official has been named chief of the U.S. Capitol......

U.S. senators target tech’s legal immunity to stop vaccine misinformation

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WASHINGTON, July 22 (Reuters) – Two Democratic U.S. senators on Thursday will add to the stack of bills going after Section 230 – a law that protects tech companies from being sued over content posted by users – making such platforms responsible for health-related misinformation. The legislation introduced by Amy......

FBI ignored tips on Brett Kavanaugh, Senate Democrats charge

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WASHINGTON, July 22 (Reuters) – Seven Democratic senators on Thursday said that newly released materials show the FBI failed to fully investigate sexual misconduct allegations against U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh when he was nominated to the court in 2018. The senators, including Sheldon Whitehouse and Chris Coons, said......

Cyber attack disrupts major South African port operations

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Container ships wait to load and offload goods in port during a 21-day nationwide lockdown aimed at limiting the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Cape Town, South Africa, April 17, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings/File Photo JOHANNESBURG, July 22 (Reuters) – A cyber attack has disrupted container operations at the South......

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