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U.S. House committee approves blueprint for Big Tech crackdown

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee has formally approved a report accusing Big Tech companies of buying or crushing smaller firms, Representative David Cicilline’s office said in a statement Thursday. FILE PHOTO: The logos of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google in a combination photo/File Photo With......

Somalia’s president signs law extending his term, 15 killed in attack

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MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Somalia’s president has signed a disputed law extending his mandate for two years, the state news agency reported, setting the Horn of Africa nation on a collision course with donors who strongly oppose the move. Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo addresses lawmakers after winning the vote at......

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......

Cuba to enter post-Castro era at pivotal 2021 party congress

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By Nelson Acosta, Sarah Marsh HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba is poised to enter the post-Castro era with Raul Castro due to step down as head of the ruling Communist Party at its congress this week, which will also address the island’s severe economic crisis, pandemic response and signs of growing......

China’s graft watchdog rebukes ‘mukbang’ binge-eating, drinking videos

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SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China’s corruption watchdog has called on online video-sharing platforms to take action against “mukbang” shows, in which people livestream themselves eating – or drinking – excessively, saying such content encourages food waste. Mukbang videos originated in South Korea and are increasingly popular in China, but they have......

Failed Amazon union effort renews call for updated U.S. labor laws

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FILE PHOTO: Danny Gonzalez makes deliveries for Amazon during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Anaheim, California, U.S., March 23, 2020. REUTERS/Alex Gallardo/File Photo WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A failed attempt to unionize Amazon.com warehouse workers shows why Congress needs to pass proposed legislation to protect labor unions against......

Exclusive: World Bank, IMF eye ways to link debt relief to climate change spending

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund are planning to launch a platform to advise poor countries on funding climate and conservation activities, amid a broader push that could link such spending to debt relief, according to a draft document seen by Reuters. FILE PHOTO: International......

CORRECTED-Brazilians withdraw record $5 bln from bank savings in first quarter

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(In first paragraph corrects dollar amount to $629 million not billion) BRASILIA, April 7 (Reuters) – Brazilian savings accounts shrank by 3.5 billion reais ($629 million) in March, figures showed on Wednesday, bringing net withdrawals in the first three months of the year to a quarterly record of 27.5 billion......

Argentina benefiting from higher world food prices – IMF economist

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WASHINGTON, April 6 (Reuters) – Argentina is benefitting from higher world food prices since that is one of its main exports, although the country’s government is still working to stabilize the economy, Gita Gopinath, the IMF’s chief economist said on Tuesday. The IMF lifted its forecast for growth in Latin......

U.S. Senate parliamentarian says reconciliation can be used to pass legislation

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) touts Senate Democrats legislative accomplishments as he holds a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., March 25, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/Pool WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate parliamentarian has issued an opinion that a revised budget resolution may contain budget......

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......

Analysis: Biden White House tries to craft gun executive orders that can’t be undone

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House is trying to craft a series of executive actions for President Joe Biden to sign to try to limit gun violence, hoping they cannot be quickly dismantled in court, according to aides and gun safety groups. U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about the mass......

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,......

U.S. Attorney General launches review on hate crimes prosecutions, data collection

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Amid reports of a rising number of hate crimes against Asian Americans, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland on Tuesday announced he is launching a 30-day “expedited review” into how the Justice Department can bolster its efforts to prosecute hate crimes and improve data collection of such incidents.......

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,......

Mexican president pitches law that could suspend oil permits

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador sent a bill to Congress on Friday that could enable the government to suspend permits in the oil industry, as part of a drive to bolster state control of energy at the expense of private firms. FILE PHOTO: Mexico’s President......

Mastercard battles to limit scope of $19 billion UK class action

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LONDON (Reuters) -Mastercard, a global payment processor, is battling attempts to add about 14 million deceased people to a 14 billion pound-plus ($19.3 billion) British class action in an effort to limit the scope of the historic case. FILE PHOTO: Mastercard Inc. credit cards are displayed in this picture illustration......

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......

New York poised to legalize marijuana as lawmakers agree on terms: reports

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – Democrats, who control the New York legislature, have come to terms on a measure to legalize marijuana, which would make the state the 15th in the country to allow recreational use of the drug, according to two reports on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: Cannabis product boxes are......

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