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EXCLUSIVE Mexico postpones low sulfur diesel rule until 2025, ministry says

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MEXICO CITY, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Mexico on Friday delayed for three years a rule mandating that new trucks and buses use low-sulfur diesel, arguing the fuel is not currently available everywhere in the country, according to an environment ministry official and a document seen by Reuters. COMARNAT, a government......

EXCLUSIVE SoftBank in talks to sell French robotics business to Germany’s United Robotics

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TOKYO, Oct 22 (Reuters) – SoftBank Group Corp is in talks to sell the Paris-based robotics business behind its Pepper android to Germany’s United Robotics Group, according to sources and documents reviewed by Reuters, scaling back a business it once touted as a major growth driver. The talks are ongoing......

EXCLUSIVE UK public’s inflation expectations rocket to record high: GfK

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People shop at market stalls, with skyscrapers of the CIty of London financial district seen behind, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in London, Britain, January 15, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Files LONDON, Oct 22 (Reuters) – A record proportion of the British public thinks inflation will accelerate over the next 12......

EXCLUSIVE BOJ discussing phasing out pandemic support as economy reopens – sources

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Businessmen wearing protective face masks walk on a pedestrian bridge, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in a business district in Tokyo, Japan June 24, 2020. REUTERS/Issei Kato Markets expect extension of scheme’s March deadline Decision on pandemic loan programme due Dec at earliest Some fret of cost......

EXCLUSIVE Governments turn tables on ransomware gang REvil by pushing it offline -sources

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Oct 21 (Reuters) – The ransomware group REvil was itself hacked and forced offline this week by a multi-country operation, according to three private sector cyber experts working with the United States and one former official. Former partners and associates of the Russian-led criminal gang were responsible for a May......

EXCLUSIVE Huawei, SMIC suppliers received billions worth of licenses for U.S. tech

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WASHINGTON, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Suppliers to Chinese telecoms giant Huawei and China’s top chipmaker SMIC got billions of dollars worth of licenses from November through April to sell the firms goods and technology despite being on a U.S. trade blacklist, documents released by Congress and seen by Reuters showed......

EXCLUSIVE White House, top Democrats agree to boost carbon capture credit in budget bill -sources

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WASHINGTON, Oct 1 (Reuters) – The White House and top Democratic lawmakers have agreed to boost a tax credit for industrial carbon capture projects in a deal that could help solidify support for the budget reconciliation bill at the heart of President Joe Biden’s economic agenda, two sources with knowledge......

White House presses U.S. airlines to quickly mandate vaccines for staff

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WASHINGTON, Oct 1 (Reuters) – The White House is pressing major U.S. airlines to mandate coronavirus vaccines for employees by Dec. 8 and showing no signs of extending the deadline, four sources told Reuters on Friday. White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeffrey Zients spoke to the chief executives of American......

EXCLUSIVE Some Afghan evacuees leaving military bases in U.S. before resettlement

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WASHINGTON, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Something unexpected is happening at U.S. military bases hosting Afghan evacuees: Many hundreds of them are simply leaving before receiving U.S. resettlement services, two sources familiar with the data told Reuters. The number of “independent departures,” which top 700 and could be higher, has not......

EXCLUSIVE Flouting U.N. sanctions in Africa? No one is watching after Russia move

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UNITED NATIONS, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Russia is delaying the appointment of panels of independent experts to monitor violations of U.N. sanctions on South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic (CAR)and Mali, diplomats said on Wednesday, leaving their work in limbo. Russia is unhappy with the number......

EXCLUSIVE The king of oil bets on batteries for a green world

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Alex Beard, head of oil at trading firm Glencore, looks on during an interview in Tlalnepantla, state of Mexico, Mexico, August 17, 2017. REUTERS/Ginnette Riquelme/File Photo Beard’s fund to invest in UK battery storage Batteries can cushion shocks and help power trading UK facing energy crisis LONDON, Sept 30 (Reuters)......

Drug distributors strike 1st opioid settlement with Native American tribe for $75 mln

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Sept 28 (Reuters) – The three largest U.S. drug distributors will pay more than $75 million to resolve claims they fueled an opioid epidemic in the Cherokee Nation’s territory in Oklahoma, marking the first settlement with a tribal government in the litigation over the U.S. addiction crisis. Cherokee Nation Principal......

EXCLUSIVE JPMorgan’s Dimon cautions a U.S. default would be ‘potentially catastrophic’

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Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase, takes part in a panel discussion about investing in Detroit during a panel discussion at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S., April 11, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File Photo WASHINGTON, Sept 28 (Reuters) – JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N) has......

Canada seeks to attract U.S. frequent flyers with perks on Air Canada

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Air Canada planes are parked at Toronto Pearson Airport in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada April 28, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio/File Photo MONTREAL, Sept 27 (Reuters) – Canada is trying to use the lure of travel perks to convince America’s frequent-flying elite to fly north on Air Canada (AC.TO), as the country steps......

White House says millions of government contractors must be vaccinated by Dec. 8

Reuters
WASHINGTON, Sept 24 (Reuters) – The White House said on Friday that millions of federal contractors must be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Dec. 8 and that the administration will add clauses to future government contracts mandating inoculations. President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Sept. 9 requiring federal contractors......

EXCLUSIVE Oil producer Hilcorp eyes purchase of shut Louisiana refinery -sources

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HOUSTON, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Houston-based oil producer Hilcorp (HILCO.UL) is evaluating Phillips 66’s (PSX.N) refinery in Alliance, Louisiana, for conversion into an oil export terminal, said four sources familiar with the matter, a move that would eliminate it as a source of motor fuels. Hilcorp, the largest privately owned......

Huawei CFO strikes agreement with U.S. over fraud charges, allowing her to leave Canada

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Sept 24 (Reuters) – Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou has reached an agreement with U.S. prosecutors to end the bank fraud case against her, officials said on Friday, a move that should allow her to leave Canada and relieve a point of tension between China and the United States.......

EXCLUSIVE Huawei CFO Meng to appear in court, expected to reach agreement with U.S. – source

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WASHINGTON, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Huawei Technologies (HWT.UL) Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou and U.S. prosecutors are expected to appear in court to say they have reached an agreement to resolve charges against her, according to a source familiar with the matter, in a process that should allow her to......

Exclusive: Echoes, uncertainty as Afghan pilots await U.S. help in Tajikistan

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A member of the Afghan air force marshals in an A-29 Super Tucano at Hamid Karzai International Airport near Kabul, Afghanistan, January 15, 2016. Picture taken January 15, 2016. To match Special Report USA-AFGHANISTAN/PILOTS U.S. Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Nathan Lipscomb/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo WASHINGTON, Sept 22 (Reuters) – A U.S.-trained......

EXCLUSIVE Biden administration mulls big cuts to biofuel mandates in win for oil industry -document

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Signage is seen at the headquarters of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington, D.C., U.S., May 10, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/File Photo NEW YORK, Sept 22 (Reuters) – The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden is considering big cuts to the nation’s biofuel blending requirements, according to a......

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