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U.S. to stress need for ‘guardrails’ in Sherman’s talks in China

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WASHINGTON/BEIJING, July 24 (Reuters) – U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman will tell China in upcoming talks that while Washington welcomes competition, there needs to be a level playing field and guardrails to ensure ties do not veer into conflict, U.S. officials said on Saturday. The senior officials, briefing......

Two Turkish soldiers killed in attack in northern Syria

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ISTANBUL, July 24 (Reuters) – Two Turkish soldiers were killed and two were wounded in an attack on their armoured vehicle in northern Syria, and Turkish forces immediately launched retaliatory fire, Turkey’s defence ministry said on Saturday. “Our punitive fire against terrorist positions is continuing,” the statement on Twitter on......

U.S. hits one of two targets in missile defense test – agency

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A facility of Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex is pictured in Kauai, Hawaii, U.S in this photo taken by Kyodo January 18, 2019. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS/File Photo WASHINGTON, July 24 (Reuters) – The United States intercepted one of two targets in a missile defense test conducted over the ocean northwest......

Protesters against COVID restrictions clash with police in Paris-BFM Television

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Protesters hold placards and banners during a demonstration called by the “yellow vest” (gilets jaunes) movement against France’s restrictions to fight the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Paris, France, July 24, 2021. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier PARIS, July 24 (Reuters) – Anti-vaccination protesters and other demonstrators against COVID-19 restrictions in France clashed......

Sydney to get extra vaccines as COVID cases mount

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A lone passenger sits at a tram stop on a mostly-empty city centre street 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. REUTERS/Sandra Sanders/File Photo New South Wales reports......

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,......

Ethiopian parents appeal for help to evacuate students stranded by Tigray war

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ADDIS ABABA, July 23 (Reuters) – The parents of thousands of Ethiopian students stranded in the war-ravaged northern region of Tigray on Friday appealed for help to evacuate them after the main university warned it could not feed them for much longer amid food and cash shortages. Mekelle University, which......

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......

Biden authorizes $100 million in emergency funds for Afghan refugees

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U.S. President Joe Biden holds a meeting on infrastructure with labor and business leaders at the White House in Washington, U.S. July 22, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst WASHINGTON, July 23 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday authorized up to $100 million from a special emergency fund to meet urgent......

U.S. mulls crackdown on Chinese imports of Iranian oil

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DUBAI, July 23 (Reuters) – The United States is considering cracking down on Iranian oil sales to China as it braces for the possibility that Tehran may not return to nuclear talks or may adopt a harder line whenever it does, a U.S. official said. Washington told Beijing earlier this......

U.S. seeks ‘reliable, predictable’ way forward with N. Korea

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SEOUL, July 23 (Reuters) – The United States is seeking a “reliable, predictable and constructive” way to secure progress in stalled denuclearisation talks with North Korea, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said on Friday. Sherman made the remarks following a meeting with South Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choi......

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......

‘No banana republic’: Brazil’s politicos guarantee 2022 vote after bombshell story

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RIO DE JANEIRO, July 22 (Reuters) – Brazil’s political leaders lined up on Thursday to stress next year’s presidential election is certain to take place, after a bombshell newspaper report that Brazil’s defense minister had issued a threat about holding the highly polarized vote. The Estado de S. Paulo story......

U.S. agency approves three airport security agreements with Amazon.com air unit

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WASHINGTON, July 22 (Reuters) – A U.S. agency said on Thursday it is permitting three airports to enter into security agreements with Amazon.com’s (AMZN.O) Amazon Air unit that will allow the company to assume some security functions. In a notice, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said Cincinnati/Northern, Baltimore/Washington (BWI), and......

UK to launch daily COVID tests in food sector to tackle ‘pingdemic’

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A man stands next to shelves empty of fresh meat in a supermarket, as the number of worldwide coronavirus cases continues to grow, in London, Britain, March 15, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls Daily tests to replace self-isolation for ‘pinged’ workers Testing sites to be set up at distribution centres this week......

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......

Madagascar police arrest six over alleged plot to kill president

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ANTANANARIVO, July 22 (Reuters) – Police in Madagascar this week arrested six people, including one foreign citizen,suspected of plotting to kill the president following what officials in the Indian Ocean island nation said was a months-long investigation. Madagascar has a history of political violence. Former coup leader Andry Rajoelina, 44,......

Water crisis protests persist in Iran, with chants in capital -reports

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DUBAI, July 21 (Reuters) – Protesters angry about water shortages took to the streets of southwest Iran for a sixth night in a row on Tuesday, with mounting violence, while Tehran residents chanted anti-government slogans, according to videos posted on social media on Wednesday and Iranian news outlets. Videos uploaded......

Germany to take steps against Russia under pipeline deal with U.S.

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WASHINGTON, July 21 (Reuters) – Germany will act to curb Russia’s ability to export energy if Moscow takes aggressive actions against Ukraine or uses energy as a weapon, a U.S. diplomat said of a U.S.-German agreement on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline due to be unveiled on Wednesday. The pact......

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