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Blue Origin auctions a rocket trip to space with Bezos

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Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos addresses the media about the New Shepard rocket booster and Crew Capsule mockup at the 33rd Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States April 5, 2017. REUTERS/Isaiah J. Downing/File Photo/File Photo Want to bid for a seat on a spaceship ride with......

Saudi Arabia bars foreign travellers from Haj over COVID-19 – SPA

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Saudi Arabia has restricted the annual Haj pilgrimage to citizens and residents and set a maximum of 60,000 pilgrims in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the state Saudi Press Agency reported on Saturday. Only people aged between 18 and 65 who have been vaccinated will be able to take part,......

EU tells Britain’s Johnson: keep your word on Brexit

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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Saturday that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson must keep his word on the Brexit deal that he signed and that the 27-member bloc was completely unified on that position. “The Good Friday Agreement and peace on the island of Ireland are......

Iran’s ex-parliament speaker demands explanation for vote disqualification

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Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani attends a news conference in Damascus, Syria February 16, 2020. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki The former speaker of the Iranian parliament Ali Larijani demanded on Saturday an explanation from an election watchdog on why he was barred from running in next week’s presidential vote. Last month, the......

EXCLUSIVE France’s Macron tells UK’s Johnson: keep your word on Brexit deal

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Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson and France’s President Emmanuel Macron attend a bilateral meeting during G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, June 12, 2021. Stefan Rousseau/Pool via REUTERS French President Emmanuel Macron told British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday that Franco-British relations could only be reset if he......

Algerians vote in parliamentary election

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Polls opened in Algeria on Saturday for a parliamentary election that the ruling establishment hopes will turn a page on two years of political unrest, but which many voters are expected to ignore. President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has called for a high turnout, but there has been little public enthusiasm for......

Bitcoin falls 5.71% To $35,210

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Bitcoin dropped 5.71% to $35,210 at 0600 GMT on Saturday, losing $2,131.11 from its previous close. Bitcoin, the world’s biggest and best-known cryptocurrency, is down 45.7% from its 2021 high of $64,895.22 on April 14. Ether , the coin linked to the ethereum blockchain network, dropped 2.54 % to $2,293.26......

Mexico says COVID-19 has affected a fourth of its population

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People wearing face masks wait at a traffic junction as Mexico City’s authorities announce a full reopening of the city come Monday, the first time since the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, Mexico June 4, 2021. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido About a quarter of Mexico’s 126 million people are estimated to have been......

India’s daily COVID-19 infections at more than two-month low

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India on Saturday reported 84,332 new COVID-19 infections over the past 24 hours, the lowest in more than two months, data from the health ministry showed. The South Asian country’s total COVID-19 case load now stands at 29.4 million, while total fatalities are at 367,081, data. India added 4,002 deaths......

Australia’s Victoria state reports 1 new COVID case

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Morning commuters exit Southern Cross Station on the first day of eased coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions for the state of Victoria following an extended lockdown in Melbourne, Australia, June 11, 2021. REUTERS/Sandra Sanders Australia’s Victoria state, which emerged from a strict lockdown earlier this week, recorded one new community case......

Thousands march in support of Muslim family killed in truck attack in Canada

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Thousands of people marched on Friday in support of a Canadian Muslim family run over and killed by a man driving a pick-up truck last Sunday in an attack the police described as a hate crime. The four victims, spanning three generations, were killed when Nathaniel Veltman, 20, ran into......

Euro 2020 starts with fireworks and balloons after year-long delay

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The Euro 2020 soccer championship finally got underway on Friday after a year-long delay with a colourful fireworks show and choreography featuring balloons representing the 24 teams in Rome’s sparsely populated Stadio Olimpico. Only some 16,000 fans were admitted for the opening match between Italy and Turkey, around 25% of......

Apple tightens rules after Justice Department targeted U.S. lawmakers

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Apple Inc (AAPL.O) on Friday said it has tightened some of its rules for responding to legal requests after the U.S. Justice Department during Donald Trump’s presidency subpoenaed it for information on Democratic lawmakers. Apple said it recently instituted a limit of 25 identifiers such as email addresses or phone......

Reuters, New York Times win Pulitzers for coverage of racial injustice, COVID-19

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Reuters and the Minneapolis Star Tribune each won a Pulitzer Prize on Friday for journalism about racial inequities in U.S. policing, while the New York Times and the Atlantic were honored for chronicling the COVID-19 pandemic, the two topics that dominated last year’s headlines. The Star Tribune won the 2021......

Putin says relations with U.S. at lowest point in years

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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) in Saint Petersburg, Russia, June 4, 2021. Sputnik/Vladimir Smirnov/Kremlin via REUTERS Russian President Vladimir Putin, in an interview with NBC News ahead of his meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden next week, said U.S.-Russia relations......

Are you supposed to be enjoying yourselves? Queen Elizabeth asks G7

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth met U.S. President Joe Biden under the canopy of the world’s largest indoor rainforest on Friday as she hosted a reception for leaders of the Group of Seven richest nations, who are holding a three-day summit. The 95-year-old monarch was joined by the other senior members of......

U.S. House lawmakers introduce bipartisan bills to target Big Tech

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The U.S. Capitol is seen at sunrise. Washington, U.S. January 11, 2021. REUTERS/Erin Scott Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced four bills on Friday aimed at reining in the power of the tech giants in what one congressional aide described as a revolution in antitrust. Two of the......

U.S. says it is ‘gravely concerned’ about Ethiopia elections

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Ethiopian Federal Police officers stand guard as pro-government demonstrators attend a rally to protest against the U.S. action over alleged human rights abuses during the conflict in the Tigray region, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia May 30, 2021. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File Photo The United States is “gravely concerned” about the environment in......

U.S. renewable fuel credits, gasoline margins fall after Reuters report

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Some commodity and energy markets, including renewable fuel credit prices, fell on Friday, after a Reuters report said the U.S. EPA was considering ways to provide relief to U.S. oil refiners from biofuel blending mandates. read more The news caused renewable fuel (D6) credits for 2021 to fall 15% from......

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