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‘We get by day to day’: Argentina’s high poverty rate dips as pandemic eases

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BUENOS AIRES, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Eduardo David Rodriguez takes bags of fruit and vegetables to sell at a fresh produce market in Buenos Aires twice a week to make ends meet for his family. They barely do. Rodriguez, like some four in 10 Argentines, lives below the poverty line,......

Sanofi ditches mRNA COVID-19 vaccine after rivals’ success

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To focus on more conventional COVID-19 vaccine with GSK To pursue mRNA technology in influenza, other vaccines Started testing mRNA flu shot in humans in June PARIS, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Sanofi (SASY.PA) is dropping plans for its own mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccine because of the dominance achieved by BioNTech-Pfizer and......

COVID-19 pandemic cut life expectancy by most since World War Two –study

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LONDON, Sept 27 (Reuters) – The COVID-19 pandemic reduced life expectancy in 2020 by the largest amount since World War Two, according to a study published on Monday by Oxford University, with the life expectancy of American men dropping by more than two years. Life expectancy fell by more than......

‘Quad’ leaders meet at White House as China looks warily on

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WASHINGTON, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Leaders of the United States, Japan, India and Australia presented a united front on Friday at their first summit and stressed the need for a free and open Indo-Pacific region amid shared concerns about China. The two-hour meeting at the White House of the Quad,......

U.S. CDC director breaks with panel, backs COVID-19 boosters for high-risk workers

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Sept 24 (Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday backed a booster shot of the Pfizer (PFE.N) and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for Americans aged 65 and older, some adults with underlying medical conditions and some adults in high-risk working and institutional settings. The move......

Moderna chief executive sees pandemic over in a year – newspaper

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Walmart pharmacist holds a vial of the Moderna coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine inside a Walmart department store in West Haven, Connecticut, U.S., February 17, 2021. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo ZURICH, Sept 23 (Reuters) – Moderna Inc (MRNA.O) Chief Executive Stéphane Bancel thinks the coronavirus pandemic could be over in a year......

COVID-19 sends northern Chinese city into semi-shutdown

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BEIJING, Sept 22 (Reuters) – China’s northeastern city of Harbin, population 10 million, went into semi-shutdown after reporting new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases for the first time since early February. Three of 16 new local cases reported in China for Sept. 21 were in Harbin, the provincial capital of Heilongjiang,......

Dinner party-style Emmys display little overt sign of pandemic constraints

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LOS ANGELES, Sept 19 (Reuters) – While departing yet again from the look of Primetime Emmys of yore, Sunday’s presentation of television’s highest honors gave little overt appearance of being constrained by a second year of the COVID-19 pandemic. So much so, that the night’s first presenter, comic actor-writer Seth......

FDA advisers recommend COVID boosters for 65 and older after rejecting broad approval

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Sept 17 (Reuters) – Advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration voted on Friday to recommend COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for Americans 65 and older and those at high risk of severe illness, after overwhelmingly rejecting a call for broader approval. The panel also recommended that the FDA include......

Britain mulls easing COVID-19 travel rules for England

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Announcement on easing of rules expected later on Friday Expensive testing could be scrapped for fully vaccinated Destinations may be ranked high or low risk Industry warns over not easing rules Travel shares rise 4-5% LONDON, Sept 17 (Reuters) – The British government will on Friday consider easing England’s COVID-19......

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......

Gold armor for Lil Nas X, all black for Kim Kardashian at Met Gala

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NEW YORK, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Red, silver and blue ruled the Metropolitan Museum of Art steps at a youth-driven Met Gala on Monday in a celebration of the best of American fashion. There were show-stopping outfits from rapper Lil Nas X, wearing a Versace suit of gold armor and......

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......

Global reinsurance rates to keep rising next year – ratings agencies

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A woman exercises with a dog near the City of London financial district, in London, Britain, April 30, 2021. REUTERS/John Sibley/File Photo LONDON, Sept 7 (Reuters) – Global reinsurance rates are likely to continue rising next year after several years of increases, though the pace of increase may slow, ratings......

China’s Aug exports growth unexpectedly picks up speed in boost to economy

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Containers are seen at the Yangshan Deep-Water Port in Shanghai, China October 19, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song August exports solidly up from July, beat f’casts August imports also grows at strong pace Data provides some relief to stuttering economic recovery Authorities expected to add to stimulus measures BEIJING, Sept 7 (Reuters)......

Gunmen abduct 73 children from school in northwest Nigeria

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Security forces patrol as people wait for the arrival of the rescued JSS Jangebe schoolgirls in Jangebe, Zamfara, Nigeria March 3, 2021. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde Sept 1 (Reuters) – Armed men kidnapped 73 children from a school in the northwestern Nigerian state of Zamfara in the latest mass abduction in the......

U.S. energy firms launching employee COVID-19 vaccination mandates

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A Chevron gas station sign is seen in Del Mar, California, in this April 25, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Mike Blake//File Photo/File Photo Aug 23 (Reuters) – U.S. energy companies are moving to require that employees receive COVID-19 vaccinations as infection rates rise across the United States and health surveys show......

S&P 500, Nasdaq scale new peaks on tech, oil boost

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Signage hangs over the trading floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., August 19, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine approval lifts market mood Trillium nearly triples on Pfizer’s $2.26 bln deal GM to take $1 bln hit on expanded Bolt EV recall,......

Dollar dips after last week’s climb as Fed doubts resurface

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Graphic: World FX rates https://tmsnrt.rs/2RBWI5E LONDON, Aug 23 (Reuters) – The U.S. dollar declined broadly on Monday, after registering its biggest weekly rise in more than two months last week as some doubts about the course of U.S. monetary policy triggered profit-taking. Riskier currencies, including the Aussie , Norwegian crown......

Zambia counting votes with internet restrictions still in force

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Polling stations open overnight to clear voters Lungu and Hichilema duel in high stakes election Signs of high turnout, outcome too close to call Zambia is Africa’s second biggest copper producer LUSAKA, Aug 13 (Reuters) – Zambia prepared on Friday to begin announcing results of a tight presidential election between......

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