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West African bloc resorts to sanctions over Guinea and Mali coups

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ACCRA, Sept 16 (Reuters) – West Africa’s main regional bloc on Thursday imposed sanctions against the junta in Guinea and those slowing Mali’s post-coup transition – its toughest response yet to a run of military takeovers. The move was agreed at an emergency summit of the Economic Community of West......

China applies to join Pacific trade pact to boost economic clout

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BEIJING, Sept 16 (Reuters) – China has filed an application to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), the commerce ministry said, as the world’s second-biggest economy looks to bolster its clout in trade. Commerce Minister Wang Wentao submitted China’s application to join the free trade agreement......

Italy makes COVID health pass mandatory for all workers

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Private and public sector workers must have health pass Draghi looks to boost vaccinations, blunt virus Italy becomes a test case for rest of Europe Minister says move puts country “in the forefront” globally ROME, Sept 16 (Reuters) – The Italian government approved on Thursday some of the strictest anti-COVID......

Britain’s M&S blames Brexit for closing French food stores

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M&S to close 11 food stores run with SFH Will retain nine stores run with Lagardere M&S says new rules make it ‘near impossible’ LONDON, Sept 16 (Reuters) – British retailer Marks & Spencer (MKS.L) said it would close all 11 French franchise food stores it runs with its partner......

Italy working on measures to curb power prices – minister

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Electricity masts are seen at the sunset in Milan’s neighborhood, Italy, February 21, 2016. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini/File Photo MILAN, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Italy will introduce short-term measures to offset the expected rise in retail power prices and is working on a longer-term reform of power bills, the energy transition minister......

Macron says French forces killed Islamic State leader in Sahara

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French President Emmanuel Macron is seen before the arrival of Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan (not seen) for a working lunch at the Chateau de Fontainebleau in Fontainebleau near Paris, France, September 15, 2021. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes PARIS, Sept 16 (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron said......

Macron says French forces killed Islamic State leader in Sahara

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French President Emmanuel Macron is seen before the arrival of Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan (not seen) for a working lunch at the Chateau de Fontainebleau in Fontainebleau near Paris, France, September 15, 2021. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes PARIS, Sept 16 (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron said......

Australia to get U.S. nuclear submarine technology as China looms large

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WASHINGTON, Sept 15 (Reuters) – The United States, Britain and Australia said on Wednesday they would establish a security partnership for the Indo-Pacific that will involve helping Australia acquire nuclear-powered submarines, as Chinese influence over the region grows. Under the partnership, announced by President Joe Biden, British Prime Minster Boris......

EXCLUSIVE U.S., EU pursuing global deal to slash planet-warming methane -documents

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BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON, Sept 13 (Reuters) – The United States and the European Union have agreed to aim to cut emissions of the planet-warming gas methane by around a third by the end of this decade and are pushing other major economies to join them, according to documents seen by Reuters. Their......

Putin meets Assad, takes swipe at US and Turkish forces in Syria

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MOSCOW, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin received his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad on Monday for the first time since 2018 and criticised foreign forces that are in Syria without permission or a U.N. mandate – a rebuke of the United States and Turkey. Putin is Assad’s most......

COVID-19 cases in southeast China more than double as Delta spreads

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Residents register to take nucleic acid tests at a testing site in Quanzhou, following new cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Fujian province, China September 13, 2021. China Daily via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. CHINA OUT. 59 new local cases reported......

UK takes friendly fire in latest vaccine spat

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A nurse fills a syringe with Pfizer vaccine as mobile vaccination teams begin visiting every Los Angeles Unified middle and high school campus to deliver first and second doses of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines in Los Angeles, California, U.S., August 30, 2021. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo LONDON, Sept 13 (Reuters......

Regional envoys meet Guinea junta, ousted president after coup

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CONAKRY, Sept 10 (Reuters) – A delegation from West Africa’s main political and economic bloc on Friday met Guinea’s ousted president Alpha Conde and members of the junta that overthrew him, hoping to steer the country back toward a civilian-led, constitutional regime. Conde, who had been in power since 2010,......

Taliban name new Afghan government, interior minister on U.S. sanctions list

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Govt head is Mullah Hasan Akhund, aide to late Taliban founder New interior minister’s Haqqani group on U.S. terrorism list Protesters shout slogans such as ‘Long live the resistance’ Panjshir Valley the last region resisting Taliban takeover Sept 7 (Reuters) – The Taliban drew from its inner high echelons to......

Blinken denies Taliban blocking Americans from leaving Mazar-i-Sharif

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DOHA, Sept 7 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken denied on Tuesday reports that the Taliban had blocked Americans attempting to fly out of of a northern Afghan city, but said the group had not allowed charter flights to depart because some people lacked valid travel documents. Reports......

UN says basic services in Afghanistan are collapsing

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Afghans line up outside a bank to take out their money after Taliban takeover in Kabul, Afghanistan September 1, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer GENEVA, Sept 7 (Reuters) – Afghanistan is facing the collapse of basic services and food and other aid is starting to run out, the U.N. Office for the Coordination......

UK to extend Northern Ireland’s Brexit grace periods

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LONDON/DUBLIN, Sept 6 (Reuters) – Britain plans to further extend post-Brexit grace periods on some goods imports to Northern Ireland, Brexit minister David Frost said on Monday, in a move designed to give London and Brussels more time for talks about trade with the province. The fate of British-ruled Northern......

Hundreds of health centres at risk of closure in Afghanistan – WHO

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A general view of the city of Kabul, Afghanistan, September 5, 2021. WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS GENEVA, Sept 6 (Reuters) – Hundreds of medical facilities in Afghanistan are at risk of imminent closure because the Western donors who finance them are barred from dealing with the new......

Taliban claim control of Panjshir, opposition says resistance will continue

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Opposition official rejects Taliban victory claim Panjshir Valley the last region resisting Taliban Taliban pledge not to retaliate against Panjshir residents Sept 6 (Reuters) – The Taliban claimed victory over opposition forces in the Panjshir valley northeast of Kabul on Monday, declaring that they had completed their takeover of Afghanistan......

End of the summer: Events that may shake markets in September

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The Federal Reserve building is set against a blue sky in Washington, U.S., May 1, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque LONDON, Sept 6 (Reuters) – After a summer in which stocks have hit a seemingly never-ending run of record highs, September brings a series of monetary and political events that could jolt......

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