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Ethiopian army planning to ‘eliminate’ Tigrayan forces -military official

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ADDIS ABABA, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Ethiopia’s military is planning to enter the Tigray regional capital of Mekelle and “eliminate” rebellious forces, a top military official said late on Friday amid diplomatic efforts to end conflict in the country’s north. The Horn of Africa country has been gripped by war......

Afghan women losing jobs fast as economy shrinks and rights curtailed

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KABUL, Jan 20 (Reuters) – In a small tailoring workshop in Kabul, 29-year-old Afghan entrepreneur Sohaila Noori looks on as her dramatically reduced workforce of around 30 women sew scarves, dresses and baby clothes. A few months ago, before the hardline Islamist Taliban movement seized power in August, she employed......

Biden says he believes Russia will make a move on Ukraine

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Biden says Russia would pay dearly for Ukraine invasion Blinken says Russia could attack Ukraine at short notice WASHINGTON/KYIV, Jan 19 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden predicted on Wednesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin will make a move on Ukraine and said Russia would pay dearly for a full-scale......

Canada ends contract with Malaysia’s Supermax

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Jan 18 (Reuters) – Canada has terminated its sourcing contract with Malaysian glove maker Supermax Corp (SUPM.KL) following allegations about forced labour, the country’s public services and procurement department said on Tuesday. Malaysian factories making products ranging from medical gloves to palm oil have increasingly come under scrutiny over allegations......

‘We want peace’: Blinken to meet Russian, Ukrainian officials, U.S. says

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WASHINGTON, Jan 18 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden’s top diplomat will seek to defuse a crisis with Moscow over Ukraine when he meets the Russian foreign minister in Geneva this week following visits with Ukrainian leaders in Kyiv and European officials in Berlin. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will......

Biden targets Republicans, supports Senate rule change for voting rights law

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ATLANTA, Jan 11 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden on Tuesday made an impassioned plea for U.S. voting rights legislation stalled in Congress and said Democratic lawmakers should make a major change in Senate rules to override Republican opposition. Calling it a “battle for the soul of America,” Biden put the......

Factors to watch – January 9

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DUBAI, Jan 9 (Reuters) – Here are some factors that may affect Middle East stock markets on Sunday. Reuters has not verified the press reports and does not vouch for their accuracy. INTERNATIONAL/REGIONAL * GLOBAL MARKETS-Whiplashed Wall Street struggles with mixed payrolls data Register now for FREE unlimited access to......

EXCLUSIVE Baby lost in chaos of Afghanistan airlift found, returned to family after long ordeal

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KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan 8 (Reuters) – An infant boy handed in desperation to a soldier across an airport wall in the chaos of the American evacuation of Afghanistan has been found and was reunited with his relatives in Kabul on Saturday. The baby, Sohail Ahmadi, was just two months old......

Egypt frees activist Ramy Shaath after he renounces nationality – family

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CAIRO, Jan 8 (Reuters) – Egyptian authorities have freed Egyptian-Palestinian rights activist Ramy Shaath from more than 900 days of detention after forcing him to renounce his Egyptian nationality, his family said in a statement on Saturday. The statement said that Shaath, who was a member of several secular political......

Three Georgia men sentenced to life in prison for ‘chilling’ Arbery murder

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A woman holds a sign outside the Glynn County Courthouse after the jury reached a guilty verdict in the trial of William “Roddie” Bryan, Travis McMichael and Gregory McMichael, charged with the February 2020 death of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery, in Brunswick, Georgia, U.S., November 24, 2021. REUTERS/Marco Bello Register now......

World’s biggest uranium miner says unaffected by Kazakh turmoil

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Troops are seen at the main square where hundreds of people were protesting against the government, after authorities’ decision to lift price caps on liquefied petroleum gas, in Almaty, Kazakhstan January 6, 2022. REUTERS/Mariya Gordeyeva Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register ALMATY, Jan 6 (Reuters) – Kazatomprom......

U.S. judge blocks Pentagon from punishing Navy SEALs who refused COVID-19 vaccine

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The Pentagon building is seen in Arlington, Virginia, U.S. October 9, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Barria Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Jan 3 (Reuters) – A federal judge on Monday barred the U.S. Department of Defense from punishing a group of Navy SEALs and other special forces members......

Tesla criticised for opening showroom in China’s Xinjiang region

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SHANGHAI, Jan 4 (Reuters) – Tesla’s (TSLA.O) announcement that it has opened a showroom in Xinjiang has attracted criticism from U.S. rights and trade groups, making it the latest foreign firm caught up in tensions related to the far-western Chinese region. Xinjiang has become a significant point of conflict between......

Hong Kong independent portal Citizen News says to shut

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A police officer stands guard below China and Hong Kong flags during a flag raising ceremony, a week ahead of the Legislative Council election in Hong Kong, China, December 12, 2021. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register HONG KONG, Jan 2 (Reuters) – Hong Kong......

Dutch police disperse thousands protesting against lockdown measures

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AMSTERDAM, Jan 2 (Reuters) – Riot police with batons and shields tried to break up a crowd of several thousand who had gathered in the Dutch capital on Sunday to protest against COVID-19 lockdown measures and vaccinations. Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema issued an emergency ordinance, empowering police to clear the......

U.S. cuts off Ethiopia, Mali, Guinea from Africa duty-free trade program

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Tadele Abate, 37, weaves a fabric at the Sammy Ethiopia hand made garments, hand-woven textiles and basketry factory in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, October 14, 2021. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri WASHINGTON, Jan 1 (Reuters) – The United States on Saturday blocked Ethiopia, Mali and Guinea from access to a duty-free trade program, following......

Hong Kong court denies bail to former Stand News editors charged with sedition

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HONG KONG, Dec 30 (Reuters) – A Hong Kong court denied bail to two former senior editors charged with conspiring to publish seditious materials a day after police raided the Stand News pro-democracy media organisation, prompting its closure. About 200 officers raided the office of the online publication on Wednesday,......

Apple puts supplier Foxconn’s India plant on notice after protests

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Dec 29 (Reuters) – Apple (AAPL.O) said it had placed its iPhone assembler Foxconn’s (2317.TW) plant in southern India on probation after both companies found that some remote dormitories and dining rooms used for employees did not meet required standards. Apple did not detail what being on probation meant. When......

‘Erasing history’: Russia closes top rights group, capping year of crackdowns

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Supreme Court closes Russia’s oldest rights group Says it failed to identify itself as a foreign agent Memorial says it will appeal Says demand for historical truth cannot be erased Says it will continue activities regardless MOSCOW, Dec 28 (Reuters) – Russia’s Supreme Court orderedthe country’s oldest human rights group......

India refuses to renew foreign funding OK to charity; religious protests

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NEW DELHI, Dec 27 (Reuters) – The Indian government on Monday “refused” to renew a permission that is vital for Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity (MoC) to be able to secure foreign funds, cutting off a key source the charity has depended on to run its programs for the impoverished.......

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