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Djokovic confirms return to Tour at Miami Open

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FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Australian Open – Men’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 21, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during his final match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Kelly Defina (Reuters) – World number one Novak Djokovic has said he will return to the court at this......

‘I’m ready to talk,’ says Meghan ahead of Oprah interview

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LONDON (Reuters) – Meghan, Britain’s Duchess of Sussex, said she had given an in-depth interview to U.S. chat show host Oprah Winfrey to be aired on Sunday because she was now free speak for herself, adding that being a royal was “not what people imagine it to be”. FILE PHOTO:......

GLOBAL MARKETS-Wall Street surges on jobs data, global equity markets regain ground

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(New throughout, updates prices, market activity and comments) NEW YORK, March 5 (Reuters) – Wall Street and a gauge of global equity markets on Friday recovered from earlier losses as investors took stock of a report that showed faster-than-expected U.S. jobs growth but which had previously stoked inflation concerns. Trading......

Iran’s Zarif to offer ‘constructive’ plan amid hopes of informal nuclear talks

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FILE PHOTO: Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon August 14, 2020. Dalati Nohra/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran will soon present a “constructive” plan of action, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Friday, after European sources said Tehran gave......

Bulgaria to cancel $1.74 billion armoured vehicle tender, defence minister says

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis poses with Bulgaria’s Defence Minister Krasimir Karakachanov during a NATO defence ministers meeting at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, February 15, 2018. REUTERS/Virginia Mayo/Pool/File Photo SOFIA (Reuters) – Bulgaria’s defence minister said on Friday he has asked the government to cancel......

U.S. designates Ukraine’s Kolomoyskyy over alleged corruption: State Department

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FILE PHOTO: Ukrainian and U.S. state flags fly in central Kiev, Ukraine September 25, 2019. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Ukrainian public official Ihor Kolomoyskyy has been designated as ineligible to enter the United States over alleged corruption, the State Department said on Friday. “While this designation is based......

Swiss plan free coronavirus tests for population

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ZURICH (Reuters) – Switzerland unveiled a 1 billion Swiss franc ($1.08 billion) plan on Friday to offer free coronavirus tests for its entire population as part of measures to ease the country’s exit from COVID-19 restrictions. FILE PHOTO: A woman sits in front of a COVID-19 testing site of the......

UK’s Prince Philip transferred back to private hospital, Buckingham Palace says

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FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Prince Philip enters a car as he leaves the King Edward VII’s Hospital in London, Britain December 24, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/File Photo LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince Philip, the 99-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth, has been transferred back to a private hospital after successfully undergoing a procedure......

Olympics: Tokyo 2020 chief vows to revive public passion for Games

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TOKYO (Reuters) – Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto promised on Friday to revive the Japanese people’s passion for the Summer Olympics and “turn their concerns into excitement.” FILE PHOTO: Seiko Hashimoto, President of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, speaks during a media briefing after a council meeting in Tokyo, Japan......

Britain lacks plan to meet climate target: watchdog

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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain still has not set out a plan on how will meet its climate target of net zero emissions by 2050, almost two years after setting the goal in law, a parliamentary watchdog said on Friday. FILE PHOTO: A view of a charging point, as Britain will......

Stellantis to distribute its stake in Faurecia to shareholders

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A view shows the logo of Stellantis at the entrance of the company’s factory in Hordain, France, March 3, 2021. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol MILAN (Reuters) – Stellantis on Thursday announced distribution of the stake it still holds in auto parts maker Faurecia to its shareholders. Stellantis shareholders will decide on the......

Volkswagen’s Skoda says to cut 2% of admin jobs in 2021

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FILE PHOTO: A Skoda logo is pictured during the Volkswagen Group’s annual general meeting in Berlin, Germany, May 3, 2018. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt PRAGUE (Reuters) – Volkswagen’s Skoda Auto aims to cut 2% of administrative jobs in the Czech Republic in 2021 by not replacing staff who leave rather than through......

Germany charges ex-Steinhoff managers with balance sheet fraud

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BERLIN (Reuters) – German prosecutors have filed charges against three former managers at South African retailer Steinhoff for balance sheet fraud, three years after the company first revealed holes in its accounts. The Oldenburg prosecutor’s office said on Thursday it had filed charges against the trio for allegedly manipulating the......

Poland’s Mercator plans spending spree after pandemic boost

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WARSAW, March 4 (Reuters) – Polish medical gloves producer and distributor Mercator Medical is planning an acquisition spree, including in foreign markets, after its value ballooned during the COVID-19 pandemic, its chief executive said. Shares in Mercator Medical currently trade at around 345 zlotys ($91.16) compared to about 10 zlotys......

Saudi Arabia says oil market recovery remains uncertain

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FILE PHOTO: A 3D printed oil pump jack is seen in front of displayed Opec logo in this illustration picture, April 14, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration LONDON (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s energy minister said on Thursday that the situation in the oil market had improved but the outlook for a recovery......

Germany approves AstraZeneca for over-65s

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FILE PHOTO: A package of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is shown in the state of Brandenburg where the first coronavirus vaccinations are given in doctors’ surgeries, in Senftenberg, Germany, March 3, 2021. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke/Pool BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s vaccination authority has approved the use of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine on the......

CureVac gets vaccine production support from Novartis

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FILE PHOTO: A sign marks Novartis’ Institutes for Biomedical Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S., January 2, 2020. Picture taken January 2, 2020. REUTERS/Brian Snyder FRANKFURT (Reuters) – German biotech firm CureVac has enlisted Swiss pharma giant Novartis to help with the production of its experimental COVID-19 vaccine. Novartis plans to......

Macron to spare Paris region from weekend lockdown, for now

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By Elizabeth Pineau, Michel Rose PARIS (Reuters) – President Emmanuel Macron will spare the Paris region a weekend lockdown for now, determined to keep France’s economy as open as possible, even though the death rate from COVID-19 is still creeping up. Two government sources aware of Macron’s thinking said Prime......

UK starts probe on Apple’s alleged anti-competitive behaviour

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FILE PHOTO: The Apple Inc logo is seen hanging at the entrance to the Apple store on 5th Avenue in Manhattan, New York, U.S., October 16, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo (Reuters) – Britain’s competition regulator said on Thursday it has opened an investigation into Apple Inc after complaints that the......

UK construction industry rebounds in February: PMI

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FILE PHOTO: Construction cranes are seen with St Paul’s Cathedral and the shard skyscraper nearby, in the city of London, Britain, August 10, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s construction industry perked up more than expected in February, helped by a return to growth in the commercial sector as......

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