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Proud Boys member in latest wave of arrests over U.S. Capitol riots

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By Sarah N. Lynch, Brad Heath WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The FBI on Wednesday arrested a Florida-based member of the right-wing Proud Boys group on charges of storming the U.S. Capitol two weeks ago in a crowd of Donald Trump supporters challenging his election defeat, the Justice Department said. FILE PHOTO:......

WHO chief congratulates Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on their inauguration

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FILE PHOTO: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) speaks during the opening of the 148th session of the Executive Board on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Geneva, Switzerland, January 18, 2021. Christopher Black/WHO/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo (Reuters) – The head of the World Health......

Loeffler’s WNBA stint nears end as Dream close to being sold

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FILE PHOTO: Republican U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler speaks at the GA GOP election night event for the run-off election for Georgia’s two Senate seats in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., January 6, 2021. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (Reuters) – A sale of the Atlanta Dream is close to being finalised, a deal that would......

UPDATE 1-Bank of England’s Bailey expects ‘pronounced recovery’ for economy

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(Combines stories, adds background) LONDON, Jan 20 (Reuters) – Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey said on Wednesday he expected a “pronounced recovery” in Britain’s economy as the country moves ahead with vaccinating its population against COVID-19. “I really do think that we are going to see a pronounced recovery......

At least three dead after blast wrecks building in central Madrid

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By Nathan Allen, Michael Gore MADRID (Reuters) – At least three people died and six were injured on Wednesday when a building in central Madrid belonging to the Catholic Church was blown apart by an explosion, local authorities said. Initial investigations suggested that the blast in Calle Toledo, a street......

Madrid mayor says explosion caused at least two deaths

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Fire fighters work after an explosion in Madrid downtown, Spain January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Susana Vera MADRID (Reuters) – At least two people have been killed in an explosion that caused the partial collapse of a building in central Madrid on Wednesday and provoked a fire inside, Mayor Jose Luis Martinez-Almeida......

Thai royalists launch political party to protect monarchy

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BANGKOK (Reuters) – An ultra royalist group in Thailand launched a new political party on Wednesday to defend King Maha Vajiralongkorn, amid unprecedented calls for reform of the monarchy by a youth-led protest movement. FILE PHOTO: Royalists wave flags during the appearance of Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn and Queen Suthida,......

Google investigates ethical AI team member over handling of sensitive data

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FILE PHOTO: An illuminated Google logo is seen inside an office building in Zurich, Switzerland December 5, 2018. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google is investigating a member of its ethical AI team and has locked the corporate account linked to that person after finding that thousands of files......

As he leaves office, Trump pardons former top strategist Bannon

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump has granted clemency to former White House aide Steve Bannon as part of a wave of pardons and commutations he will issue during his final hours in office, a senior administration official said. FILE PHOTO: Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon exits......

Senate’s top Democrat, Republican seek path to guide 50-50 chamber

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Facing a 50-50 partisan split in the U.S. Senate, the chamber’s top Democrat and Republican discussed adopting a power-sharing deal similar to one struck two decades ago in similar circumstances, a Democratic spokesman said on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (L) and Senate Democratic......

Netflix says borrowing to end as global membership tops 200 million

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By Lisa Richwine, Eva Mathews (Reuters) – Netflix Inc said on Tuesday its global subscriber rolls crossed 200 million at the end of 2020 and projected it will no longer need to borrow funds to keep financing its broad slate of streaming TV shows and movies, sending shares up 12%......

Netflix beats estimates for paid subscriber additions

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FILE PHOTO: The Netflix logo is seen on the company’s office in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S. July 16, 2018. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File Photo (Reuters) – Netflix Inc beat Wall Street estimates for holiday quarter paid subscriber additions on Tuesday, as its originals like “Bridgerton” and “The Queen’s Gambit” helped attract......

U.S. Senate Republican leader cautions Democrats against big ‘ideological change’

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FILE PHOTO: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell heads to the Senate floor as he and the rest of the U.S. Senate continue to disagree on approving 2,000 dollars stimulus checks on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., December 31, 2020. REUTERS/Cheriss May/File Photo WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Majority Mitch McConnell......

EU calls on Biden to take global leadership on COVID-19

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By Robin Emmott, John Chalmers BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The world needs American leadership in the battle against COVID-19, the EU’s top diplomat said, urging President-elect Joe Biden to step up after the Trump administration was widely criticised for its slow response to the pandemic. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President-elect Joe Biden......

Malaysia expands lockdown measures to most states as virus spreads

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People wait to be tested for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia January 18, 2021. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia on Tuesday said it would extend lockdown restrictions across most of the country as it grappled with a rise in coronavirus infections. Last week, capital......

UK says Biden confirmation shows U.S. democracy rejects violence

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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden arrives to introduce key members of his White House science team at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., January 16, 2021 REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque LONDON (Reuters) – British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Tuesday the confirmation of Joe Biden as the next president of the......

Taiwan cancels major festival as domestic COVID-19 cases rise

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TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan on Tuesday cancelled a major festival during the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday as the island reported four locally transmitted cases of COVID-19, the biggest daily rise in local infections in nearly 11 months. FILE PHOTO: Customers wear protective masks to prevent the spread of the......

Ugandan troops block U.S. ambassador from opposition leader’s house

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KAMPALA (Reuters) – The United States ambassador in Kampala was blocked by security personnel from visiting opposition leader Bobi Wine at his residence, prompting the mission to call his house arrest a “worrying” sign. Ugandan police officers refuse lawyers of Ugandan opposition presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi......

Indonesia air crash investigator hopes for recovery of cockpit voice recorder

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JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s air accident investigator is still hoping to recover the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) from a crashed Sriwijaya Air jet to better understand information obtained from the flight data recorder (FDR), an official said on Tuesday. The 26-year-old Boeing Co 737-500 plane crashed into the Java Sea......

China state planner to roll out targeted measures to help companies

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FILE PHOTO: People wearing face masks following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak walk past the China Zun skyscraper at the central business district (CBD) in Beijing, China, January 15, 2021. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China’s state planner said on Tuesday that it will roll out more targeted measures to......

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