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South Dakota legislative leaders seek to suspend impeachment of attorney general

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By Patrick Callahan, Kayla Gahagan PIERRE, S.D. (Reuters) – Leaders of South Dakota’s legislature said on Tuesday they would push to suspend impeachment action against Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg over his conduct in a fatal car crash until criminal charges lodged against him are resolved. FILE PHOTO: The South Dakota......

No evidence U.S. Capitol rioters belong to antifa movement, FBI chief Wray testifies

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – FBI Director Chris Wray on Tuesday debunked conspiracy theories promoted by right-wing supporters of former President Donald Trump, saying there was no evidence that leftist extremists disguised themselves as Trump supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol. In testimony to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Wray also told......

U.S. Senate to begin debating COVID-19 bill this week -Schumer

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speaks to reporters in The Senate Reception Room during the second day of Trump’s second impeachment trial in Washington, U.S., February 10, 2021. Brandon Bell/Pool via REUTERS WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate will begin debating President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion......

Biden administration to pay transportation, healthcare for families separated under Trump

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FILE PHOTO: Migrants stand in lines on the U.S. side of the Gateway International Bridge to be processed to seek asylum in the U.S., in Matamoros, Mexico February 26, 2021. REUTERS/Go Nakamura WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States could pay for transportation, healthcare, legal services, and career and educational services......

Exclusive: Mexico’s president expected to ask Biden to share U.S. vaccines, say sources

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WASHINGTON/MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is expected to ask President Joe Biden to consider sharing part of the U.S. coronavirus vaccine supply with its poorer southern neighbor when the two leaders hold a virtual summit on Monday, U.S. and Mexican officials said. FILE PHOTO: Then-U.S.......

Ten arrested in Barcelona as protests over jailed rapper turn violent

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BARCELONA (Reuters) – Ten people were arrested in Barcelona on Saturday for assaulting police officers in fresh unrest over the jailing of a rapper for glorifying terrorism and insulting royalty in his songs. Pablo Hasel, known for his anti-establishment lyrics, was arrested on Feb. 16 after failing to report to......

Shot in the arm: Australian PM’s ‘defining’ week ends in bruising manner

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CANBERRA (Reuters) – It was supposed to be a milestone week for Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison that began with the nation’s first COVID-19 vaccinations and ended in the country becoming the first to force Silicon Valley giants to pay for news content. FILE PHOTO: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison......

Facebook switches news back on in Australia, signs content deals

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By Renju Jose, Jonathan Barrett SYDNEY (Reuters) – Facebook Inc ended a one-week blackout of Australian news on its popular social media site on Friday and announced preliminary commercial agreements with three small local publishers. FILE PHOTO: A 3D-printed Facebook logo is seen in front of a displayed Australian flag......

Biden’s aid bill wildly popular with Americans — except Republicans in Congress

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House is losing hope that congressional Republicans will back U.S. President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid bill despite a campaign-style push that has won support from business leaders, local government officials, unions and voters. U.S. President Joe Biden displays his face mask as he......

Iranian lawmakers criticise Tehran’s deal with IAEA on snap inspections

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DUBAI (Reuters) – Iranian lawmakers protested on Monday against Tehran’s decision to permit “necessary” monitoring by the U.N. nuclear watchdog for up to three months, saying the move broke a law mandating an end to the agency’s snap inspections this week. FILE PHOTO: Iranian lawmakers attend the opening ceremony of......

Protesting Indian farmers vow to amass more supporters outside capital Delhi

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BARNALA, India (Reuters) – More than 100,000 farmers and farm workers gathered in India’s northern Punjab state on Sunday in a show of strength against new farm laws, where union leaders called on supporters to amass outside the capital New Delhi on Feb. 27. Tens of thousands of Indian growers......

Voting rights advocates decry ‘devastating’ Georgia measure limiting ballot access

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By Julia Harte, John Whitesides (Reuters) – Democrats and voting rights groups condemned on Friday a broad proposal by Georgia Republicans to limit absentee and in-person voting in the state, the latest salvo in a national fight over efforts to place new restrictions on casting a ballot. FILE PHOTO: A......

U.S. Capitol Police investigating role of 35 officers during January 6 riot

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Thirty-five U.S. Capitol Police officers are being investigated for their actions during the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, and six have been suspended with pay, the police department said in a statement on Friday. FILE PHOTO: Police release tear gas into a crowd of pro-Trump protesters......

G7 says to coordinate approach to counter ‘non-market’ policies

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Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson hosts the Online G7 Summit in the Cabinet Room at Downing Street in London, Britain February 19, 2021. Geoff Pugh/Pool via REUTERS LONDON (Reuters) – Group of Seven leaders on Friday said they would seek a collective approach to counter “non-market oriented” policies and practices,......

South Carolina passes abortion ban, Planned Parenthood sues

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(Reuters) – South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster on Thursday signed into law a ban on almost all abortions in the state and the women’s health group Planned Parenthood followed with a lawsuit, arguing the measure was unconstitutional. FILE PHOTO: South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster speaks to supporters of U.S. Senator......

Australia to continue talks with Facebook’s Zuckerberg over media code

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SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said he would continue his talks with Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg on Friday after the social media platform blocked its news feeds in the country over disputes over a new media payment code. “We spoke yesterday morning but then we were......

Spanish police storm university, arrest rapper convicted in free speech case

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LLEIDA, Spain (Reuters) – Dozens of Spanish police stormed a university on Tuesday and arrested a rapper who had barricaded himself inside after being sentenced to jail on charges of glorifying terrorism and insulting royalty in his lyrics. Pablo Hasel and a group of his supporters had taken refuge the......

Australia’s political opposition to support Facebook, Google legislation: sources

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CANBERRA (Reuters) – Australia’s political opposition will support proposed legislation that would force Alphabet’s Google and Facebook to pay publishers and broadcasters for content, two sources briefed on the matter said on Tuesday. The bill, whose prospects are being widely watched around the world, is dependent upon support from the......

Australia’s Seven West Media strikes partnership with Google

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(Reuters) – Australia’s Seven West Media Ltd said on Monday it entered into an initial deal to form a long-term partnership with Alphabet Inc’s Google to provide content to the tech company’s News Showcase product. Google launched its News Showcase platform in Australia earlier this month, which will see it......

EU asks Hungary not to take opposition radio off air – letter

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union’s executive asked Hungary to “take urgent action” to let an opposition radio station continue broadcasting after it lost an appeal against the removal of its licence, according to a letter seen by Reuters. The EU this week expressed concern over media freedom in Hungary......

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