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India reports another record daily rise in coronavirus infections

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FILE PHOTO: Patients suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) get treatment at the casualty ward in Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) hospital, amidst the spread of the disease in New Delhi, India April 15, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/File Photo NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India reported a record daily increase of 261,500......

China’s new home prices quicken in March

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BEIJING, April 16 (Reuters) – New home prices in China rose at a faster pace in March, data showed on Friday, even as authorities have taken measures to further clamp down on property speculation. Average new home prices in 70 major cities grew 0.5% in March from a month earlier,......

At least one killed in anti-UN protest in eastern Congo

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BENI, Democratic Republic (Reuters) – At least one person was killed by security forces on Thursday during protests against United Nations peacekeepers in Oicha, a town in the restive east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the town’s mayor said. Residents in towns in Congo’s eastern region have staged several......

Virus variants inciting India’s second surge, epidemiologists say

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By Neha Arora, Shilpa Jamkhandikar NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The second surge of COVID-19 cases in India has swamped hospitals much faster than the first because mutations in the virus mean each patient is infecting many more people than before, epidemiologists and doctors say. A patient lies in a bed......

Asian shares defensive, dollar struggles near one-month lows

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SYDNEY (Reuters) – Asian shares were on the backfoot on Thursday following mixed cues from Wall Street where a sharp sell-off in the largest bitcoin exchange Coinbase hit tech shares while the dollar index struggled near one-month lows. FILE PHOTO: Pedestrians and a traffic light stop sign are reflected on......

Somalia’s president signs law extending his term, 15 killed in attack

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MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Somalia’s president has signed a disputed law extending his mandate for two years, the state news agency reported, setting the Horn of Africa nation on a collision course with donors who strongly oppose the move. Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo addresses lawmakers after winning the vote at......

South Korea aims to fight Japan’s Fukushima decision at world tribunal

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SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s president ordered officials on Wednesday to explore petitioning an international court over Japan’s decision to release contaminated water from its wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea, amid protests by fisheries and environmental groups. FILE PHOTO: South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks at the National......

U.S. senators to receive classified briefing on Afghanistan: Schumer

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FILE PHOTO: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speaks during a news conference after the first Democratic luncheon meeting since COVID-19 restrictions went into effect on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. April 13, 2021. REUTERS/Erin Scott WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. senators will receive a classified briefing on President Joe Biden’s......

S.Korea aims to fight Japan’s Fukushima decision at world tribunal

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SEOUL (Reuters) -South Korean President Moon Jae-in ordered officials on Wednesday to explore petitioning an international court over Japan’s decision to release water from its Fukushima nuclear plant, his spokesman said, amid protests by fisheries and environmental groups. FILE PHOTO: South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks at the National Assembly......

March palm oil imports up 57% year on year, says trade body

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Palm oil fruits are seen placed on a wheelbarrow at a palm oil farm in Klang, outside Kuala Lumpur, February 19, 2014. REUTERS/Samsul Said/File Photo MUMBAI (Reuters) – India’s palm oil imports in March jumped 57% year on year as refiners increased purchases of the tropical oil to reduce expensive......

China shares end higher as some IT firms pledge against anti-competition

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* SSEC 0.6%, CSI300 0.8% * HK->Shanghai Connect daily quota used 5.2%, Shanghai->HK daily quota used 0.7% * FTSE China A50 +0.5% BEIJING, April 14 (Reuters) – China shares rose on Wednesday, with IT firms leading the gains, as investors cheered internet platform companies pledging to avoid anti-competitive behaviours after......

Chinese Internet firms pledge to avoid anti-competitive behaviors

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FILE PHOTO: A Baidu sign is seen at the World Internet Conference (WIC) in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, China, October 20, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo BEIJING (Reuters) – A dozen Chinese Internet platform companies pledged to avoid anti-competitive behaviors such as forcing vendors to use their platform exclusively, according to a......

Ship owned by Israeli firm attacked off UAE coast: media

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DUBAI (Reuters) -A commercial vessel owned by an Israeli firm was attacked off the coast of the United Arab Emirates in Gulf waters, pro-Iran media and an Israeli television channel said on Tuesday. Israel’s top-rated Channel 12 quoted unnamed Israeli officials as blaming arch-foe Iran for the assault, which it......

Erdogan says turkey remains committed to full EU membership

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FILE PHOTO: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan gives a statement after a meeting in Ankara, Turkey, April 5, 2021. Murat Cetinmuhurdar/PPO/Handout via REUTERS ANKARA (Reuters) – President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that Turkey remains committed to full membership in the European Union, for which it is a candidate country despite......

Taliban, Afghan government to attend peace talks in Turkey April 24

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ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey will host a major summit on Afghanistan’s peace process in Istanbul from April 24 to May 4, its foreign ministry said on Tuesday, adding representatives from the Taliban and Afghan government would both attend the talks. The meeting includes the United Nations and Qatar as part......

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong jailed for four months for 2019 protest

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HONG KONG (Reuters) – Joshua Wong, one of Hong Kong’s most prominent democracy activists and among 47 people charged under a national security law, was sentenced to four months in jail on Tuesday for unauthorized assembly and violating an anti-mask law. FILE PHOTO: Pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong walks to a......

Myanmar activists vow week of protests during new year holidays

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(Reuters) – Myanmar pro-democracy activists pledged on Tuesday to hold a series of protests this week to maintain pressure on military rulers during the country’s most important holiday of the year. The five-day New Year holidays, known as Thingyan, are usually celebrated with prayers, ritual cleaning of Buddha images in......

U.S. expresses support for Japan’s release of Fukushima nuclear plant water

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FILE PHOTO: The storage tanks for treated water are seen at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Okuma town, Fukushima prefecture, Japan March 1, 2021. REUTERS/Sakura Murakami TOKYO (Reuters) – The United States on Tuesday said Japan “appears to have adopted an approach in accordance with globally accepted......

Japan says to release contaminated Fukushima water into sea

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By Yuka Obayashi, Aaron Sheldrick FILE PHOTO: The storage tanks for treated water are seen through a window at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Okuma town, Fukushima prefecture, Japan March 1, 2021. REUTERS/Sakura Murakami TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan plans to release into the sea more than 1......

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