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Amazon aims to double U.S. Black employees in leadership this year

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FILE PHOTO: The logo of Amazon is seen at the company logistics centre in Boves, France, August 8, 2018. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol/File Photo (Reuters) – Amazon.com said on Wednesday it was aiming to double the number of Black employees in senior leadership roles and hire 30% more Black people as corporate......

More guns than people: Why tighter U.S. firearms laws are unlikely

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Joe Biden announced limited measures to tackle gun violence in the United States last week, but more ambitious steps will be harder to enact despite widespread public support. Here are some facts about gun violence in the United States: HOW MANY AMERICANS OWN GUNS? With about......

U.S. Senate to consider hate crimes bill in potential filibuster test

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By Makini Brice, David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate will take up hate crime legislation on Wednesday intended to combat violence against Asian Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic, in a potential first major test this Congress of the Senate procedural tool known as the filibuster. The COVID-19 Hate......

UK investors expand anti-slavery push to construction, materials sectors

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LONDON (Reuters) – A UK investor coalition that presses companies to unearth modern-day slavery in their supply chains said on Monday it was going to expand its campaign into the construction and materials sectors. FILE PHOTO: Construction workers are seen working at a site in London, following the outbreak of......

Honduras targets U.S. aid for reconstruction after hurricanes

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden’s special envoy for the Northern Triangle Ricardo Zuniga walks during a news conference, in San Salvador, El Salvador April 7, 2021. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas/File Photo TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) – Honduras said on Friday it wants to use U.S. aid aimed at reducing migratory pressures in Central......

Jordan bans media coverage of royal rift, Saudi reaffirms support

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(Adds dropped words in second paragraph) FILE PHOTO: Jordan’s Crown Prince Hamza bin Hussein delivers a speech to Muslim clerics and scholars at the opening ceremony of a religious conference at the Islamic Al al-Bayet University in Amman, Jordan August 21, 2004. REUTERS/Ali Jarekji AMMAN (Reuters) – Jordan banned all......

Three brothers killed by Indonesian soldiers at Papuan health clinic: army and witness accounts differ

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By Tom Allard, Agustinus Beo Da Costa JAKARTA (Reuters) – One mid-February morning in the central highlands of the Indonesian province of Papua, the army said Prada Ginanjar Arianda, a 22-year-old member of the 400 Banteng Raiders commando battalion, was shot in the stomach by separatist fighters and died. FILE......

Jailed Kremlin critic Navalny says he has temperature and cough, some inmates may have TB

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FILE PHOTO: Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny delivers a speech during a rally to demand the release of jailed protesters, who were detained during opposition demonstrations for fair elections, in Moscow, Russia September 29, 2019. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov MOSCOW (Reuters) – Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said on Monday that he......

Clashes in Sudanese city of El Geneina kill 18: medics

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KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Medics said on Monday that 18 people have been killed and 54 injured in clashes in the western Sudanese city of El Geneina. The clashes between militiamen and members of the Masalit tribe began on Sunday and escalated on Monday morning throughout the city, sources said. Reporting......

Myanmar protesters defy military as internet curbs test resolve

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(Reuters) – Demonstrators in Myanmar held protests demanding the restoration of Aung San Suu Kyi government on Monday and called for more coordinated nationwide dissent, defying the military’s moves to suppress attempts to rally opposition to its two-month rule. FILE PHOTO: Villagers attend a protest against the military coup, in......

Factbox: International reaction to security developments in Jordan

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(Reuters) – Jordanian King Abdullah’s half-brother and former Crown Prince Hamza bin Hussein was told to halt actions used to target the country’s “security and stability,” the military said on Saturday. In a statement published on the state news agency, it said this was part of a broader, ongoing security......

Rallies planned across Britain against new protest law

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LONDON (Reuters) – Dozens of marches and rallies are planned across Britain on Saturday as part of a “national weekend of action” against a proposed new law that would give police extra powers to curb protests. The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts bill would toughen measures officers can take to......

Hong Kong court finds leading democracy activists guilty of unauthorised assembly

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Democratic Party founder and barrister Martin Lee and Albert Ho arrive at the West Kowloon Courts for verdicts in landmark unlawful assembly case, in Hong Kong, China April 1, 2021. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu HONG KONG (Reuters) – A Hong Kong court found seven prominent democrats guilty on Thursday of unauthorised assembly,......

Hezbollah: time to allow formation of new Lebanon government

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FILE PHOTO: A man rides a motorbike past a picture of Lebanon’s Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, near Sidon, Lebanon July 7, 2020. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho/File Photo BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanon’s Hezbollah said on Wednesday it was time for politicians to put aside their demands and allow the formation of a......

China’s parliament approves Hong Kong electoral system reform plan: SCMP

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(Reuters) – The top decisionmaking body of the Chinese parliament unanimously approved a plan on Tuesday to reform Hong Kong’s electoral system, the South China Morning Post reported citing the city’s sole representative to the body. The National People’s Congress Standing Committee approved the plan by a vote of 167-0,......

Factbox: The protagonists in the Grindr story

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(Reuters) – The parties involved in the $620 million sale last year of dating app Grindr Inc gave information to a U.S. national security panel that contradicted disclosures to potential investors and Chinese regulators, Reuters reported on Monday. Many of these discrepancies center on ties between the acquirer, Chinese-American businessman......

Thai police vow more protest arrests after nearly 100 detained

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BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thai police on Monday vowed to arrest more people participating in anti-government protests after detaining nearly 100 at a demonstration a day earlier, citing a law restricting gatherings to prevent the spread of coronavirus. FILE PHOTO: A pro-democracy protester flashes the three-finger salute while she is detained......

Four Syrians found frozen to death in eastern Lebanon

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BEIRUT (Reuters) – Four Syrians, two women and two children, were found dead on Friday in eastern Lebanon after having gone missing, the governor of Lebanon’s Baalbek and Hermel region tweeted. The four were found, frozen to death, after a search operation by the Lebanese civil defence, army and security......

Georgia bans giving water to voters in line under sweeping restrictions

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ATLANTA (Reuters) – Georgia on Thursday enacted broad voting restrictions championed by Republicans that activists said aimed to curtail the influence of Black voters who were instrumental in state elections that helped Democrats win the White House and narrow control of the U.S. Senate. As soon as Republican Governor Brian......

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