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Reeling again from COVID-19, Amazonas gets respirators, oxygen from Brazil military and Venezuela

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By Bruno Kelly, Jamie McGeever A truck is loaded with oxygen to fill the local hospitals, after it arrived on a Brazilian Air Force airplane in Manaus airport, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Brazil January 15, 2021. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly MANAUS/BRASILIA (Reuters) – The Brazilian jungle state of Amazonas......

Uganda’s Museveni declared winner of presidential poll: election commission

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Elections posters of Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni are seen on a street in Kampala, Uganda January 12, 2021. REUTERS/Baz Ratner KAMPALA (Reuters) – Uganda’s election commission on Saturday declared incumbent Yoweri Museveni the winner of the presidential election, extending his 35-year rule as his main rival alleged fraud and urged......

Philippines, China vow cooperation for post-pandemic recovery

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MANILA (Reuters) – Foreign ministers of China and the Philippines on Saturday committed to prioritising post-pandemic recovery efforts as senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi wrapped up a week-long visit to four Southeast Asian countries. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte in March imposed one of the world’s longest and strictest lockdowns to......

Azerbaijan to start COVID-19 inoculations with 4 million Sinovac shots

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FILE PHOTO: Azeri law enforcement officers stand guard in a street as authorities tightened up measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Baku, Azerbaijan April 1, 2020. REUTERS/Aziz Karimov BAKU (Reuters) – Azerbaijan will begin vaccinating citizens against COVID-19 on Monday, using a batch of 4 million......

Uganda’s Museveni in commanding election lead, rival alleges fraud

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KAMPALA (Reuters) – Uganda’s long-time leader Yoweri Museveni held a commanding lead in a presidential election according to partial results on Saturday morning, with final results expected later in the day, though his main rival Bobi Wine alleged widespread fraud. Electoral campaign posters of Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni hang on......

Azerbaijan to open restaurants but other coronavirus restrictions extended

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BAKU, Jan 16 (Reuters) – Azerbaijan will allow cafes and restaurants to open their doors to customers from Feb. 1 but other coronavirus lockdown restrictions will be extended until April, the government said on Saturday. Measures to stem the spread of the virus were introduced in late March and have......

Trump directs government to minimize procurement from China

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with China’s President Xi Jinping before starting their bilateral meeting during the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan, June 29, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In another action against China days before he leaves office, U.S. President Donald Trump on......

Scientists think vaccines will work on Brazil COVID variant: UK minister

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FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Transport Secretary Grant Shapps walks outside the Cabinet Office in London, Britain September 29, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s transport minister said scientists think that COVID-19 vaccines will work on a new variant of the coronavirus found in Brazil and a decision to ban flights......

Uganda’s President Museveni has early lead in election, preliminary results show

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Elections posters of Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni are seen on a street in Kampala, Uganda January 12, 2021. REUTERS/Baz Ratner KAMPALA (Reuters) – Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni took an early lead in the presidential election race, according to preliminary results released on Friday morning by the electoral commission. With 13.6%......

Analysis – Less for more in Turkey: costly food starves economic rebound

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By Ezgi Erkoyun, Jonathan Spicer ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Food has become so expensive in Turkey that some people are spending what money they have to stock up on rice and pasta to avoid swallowing even higher prices in the months ahead. Women shop at a local market in Istanbul, Turkey......

Three dead, 24 injured after strong quake in Indonesia’s Sulawesi

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JAKARTA (Reuters) – At least three people have died and 24 been injured after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia’s Sulawesi island, the country’s disaster mitigation agency said on Friday. The epicentre of the quake was six kilometres (3.73 miles)northeast of the city of Majene, at a depth of 10......

EXCLUSIVE-Trump administration adds China’s Comac, Xiaomi to Chinese military blacklist

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WASHINGTON, Jan 14 (Reuters) – The Trump administration on Thursday added nine Chinese firms to a blacklist of alleged Chinese military companies, including planemaker Comac and mobile phone maker Xiaomi, according to a document seen by Reuters. The companies will be subject to a new U.S. investment ban which forces......

Russian athletes propose ‘Katyusha’ folk song to replace anthem: reports

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MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian athletes on Thursday proposed playing patriotic folk song ‘Katyusha’ at international sporting events for the next two years, while Russia’s national anthem is banned over doping violations, news agencies reported. FILE PHOTO: Sofya Velikaya, Chairman of the Athletes’ Commission of the Olympic Committee of Russia, attends......

Tata puts post-pandemic bet on digital, electronics and health

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(Reuters) – Tata Group plans to invest in digital, high-end electronics and healthcare in a post-pandemic world, the $100 billion conglomerate’s chairman said on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: N Chandrasekaran, Chairman of Tata Sons, speaks at the unveiling of Tata Motors HBX compact SUV at the India Auto Expo 2020 in......

Biden likely to improve ties with Asia, end ‘silly trade war’: Mahathir

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KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – After four years of dealing with U.S. President Donald Trump, Asia can expect President-elect Joe Biden to improve ties with traditionally supportive nations and end a “silly trade war” with China, Malaysia’s former premier Mahathir Mohamad said. FILE PHOTO: Malaysia’s former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad reacts......

PayPal becomes first foreign firm in China with full ownership of payments business

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SHANGHAI (Reuters) – PayPal Holding Inc has become the first foreign operator with 100% control of a payment platform in China, according to Chinese government data, as the U.S. fintech giant eyes a bigger foothold in a booming market for online payments. FILE PHOTO: The PayPal app logo is seen......

Taiwan says international participation discussed in call with U.S. envoy

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FILE PHOTO: Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen attends the launch of the first of a new generation of coast guard patrol ships in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, December 11, 2020. REUTERS/Ann Wang TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan’s presidential office said on Thursday that President Tsai Ing-wen and the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations......

U.S. Chamber expects high-level Chinese visit early in Biden administration

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WASHINGTON, Jan 13 (Reuters) – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce sees “every indication” that a high-ranking delegation of Chinese officials will visit Washington early in the administration of President-elect Joe Biden, a top Chamber official said on Wednesday. Myron Brilliant, head of international affairs for the business group, told reporters......

REUTERS NEXT-PE firm Privavera chairman says remain optimistic about China’s Ant Group

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HONG KONG, Jan 13 (Reuters) – Private equity firm Primavera Group, which counts China’s Ant Group as one of its portfolio companies, remains optimistic about the financial technology giant, its chairman Fred Hu said on Wednesday, despite the ongoing regulatory crackdown. Hu’s comments come as Chinese regulators are investigating e-commerce......

Indian shares hit record high as banks, Airtel gain

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BENGALURU, Jan 13 (Reuters) – Indian shares rose on Wednesday to a record high as the country’s retail inflation eased, bolstering banking stocks, and Bharti Airtel gained after the telecom operator initiated process to increase foreign investment limit. Investors also await results from technology heavy weights Infosys Ltd and Wipro......

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