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Shots fired outside Berlin store, several injured -media

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BERLIN, July 30 (Reuters) – Shots were fired in a violent clash at a store car park in northern Berlin on Friday, leaving four people injured, the Berliner Zeitung reported. The injured included three men and a woman, local media reported, adding that police had questioned eyewitnesses and cordoned off......

Ceasefire called after three Armenian soldiers killed in clashes with Azerbaijan

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MOSCOW/BAKU, July 28 (Reuters) – Armenia said on Wednesday that three of its soldiers had been killed in an exchange of gunfire with Azerbaijan and both sides later accepted a Russian ceasefire proposal to try to calm tensions. Armenia’s defence ministry said in a statement that Azeri forces had attacked......

Five people missing after explosion rocks German chemicals site

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Smoke billows following an explosion in Wiesdorf, Leverkusen, Germany July 27, 2021, in this photo obtained from social media. Anna Fross/via REUTERS BERLIN, July 27 (Reuters) – Five people were missing and several injured after an explosion rocked an industrial park in the western German city of Leverkusen on Tuesday,......

China says U.S. is the ‘inventor of coercive diplomacy’ -foreign ministry

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Chinese and U.S. flags flutter outside the building of an American company in Beijing, China January 21, 2021. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang BEIJING, July 26 (Reuters) – The United States is the “inventor of coercive diplomacy”, China’s vice foreign minister Xie Feng told U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman on Monday,......

Masking guidance unchanged as Delta variant sweeps U.S.- CDC director

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July 22 (Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not revised its masking guidance, even as the Delta variant of the coronavirus sweeps the United States, driving up infections, CDC director Rochelle Walensky said on Thursday. Walensky declined to say if the CDC is considering changing......

Bubble burst: New Zealand suspends quarantine-free travel with Australia

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Passengers arrive from New Zealand after the Trans-Tasman travel bubble opened overnight, following an extended border closure due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at Sydney Airport in Sydney, Australia, October 16, 2020. REUTERS/Loren Elliott Suspension to last at least 8 weeks Australia fighting outbreak of Delta variant Demand for......

UK to launch daily COVID tests in food sector to tackle ‘pingdemic’

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A man stands next to shelves empty of fresh meat in a supermarket, as the number of worldwide coronavirus cases continues to grow, in London, Britain, March 15, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls Daily tests to replace self-isolation for ‘pinged’ workers Testing sites to be set up at distribution centres this week......

UK demands new post-Brexit deal on Northern Ireland from EU

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UK wants significant changes to post-Brexit settlement UK says it considered unilaterally deviating from deal EU has repeatedly refused to reopen treaty LONDON, July 21 (Reuters) – Britain on Wednesday demanded a new deal from the European Union to govern post-Brexit trade with Northern Ireland, saying it already had cause......

Peru election authority confirms it will name socialist Castillo as next president

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LIMA, July 19 (Reuters) – Peru’s electoral authority said it would name socialist Pedro Castillo as the country’s next president on Monday, calling him “president elect” in a statement sent to reporters announcing the ceremony would take place at 7 p.m. (2400 GMT). Right-wing presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori admitted she......

60% of people being admitted to UK hospitals are unvaccinated – adviser

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LONDON, July 19 (Reuters) – Britain’s Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance said that 60% of people being admitted to hospital with COVID-19 are unvaccinated, correcting an earlier statement he made on Monday. Vallance earlier said at a news conference with Prime Minister Boris Johnson that 60% of people being admitted......

Singapore sees COVID-19 cases double overnight as testing ramps up

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A woman wears a face mask at a shop in Little India district, as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Singapore, April 2, 2020. REUTERS/Edgar Su SINGAPORE, July 19 (Reuters) – Singapore on Monday saw new local coronavirus cases almost double from the previous day to 163, the......

Australia’s two biggest cities see COVID-19 cases ease amid lockdowns

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SYDNEY, July 19 (Reuters) – Locally acquired cases of COVID-19 slightly eased on Monday in Australia’s two biggest cities Sydney and Melbourne, both under lockdown, as authorities struggle to stop the spread of the highly infectious Delta variant. New South Wales (NSW) state reported 98 new locally-acquired cases, most in......

UK PM Johnson reverses plan to skip quarantine after COVID exposure

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PM U-turns after backlash, will now self-isolate Plan to dodge full quarantine lasted less than three hours ‘Freedom Day’ plans to go ahead despite surging cases Johnson pleads with public to take cautious approach LONDON, July 18 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and finance minister Rishi Sunak will......

Spike Lee accidentally announces “Titane” as Palme d’Or winner at Cannes

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PARIS, July 17 (Reuters) – “Titane”, a wildly imaginative film about a serial killer by young French director Julia Ducournau won the Palme d’Or for Best Picture at the Cannes Film Festival, jury head Spike Lee told the ceremony before the prize was due to be revealed. In a moment......

France opens doors to vaccinated travellers, restricts others

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A sign to respect social distancing is seen at deserted check-in desks at Nice international airport as France closed its borders to travellers outside European Union due to restrictions against the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in France, February 1, 2021. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard PARIS, July 17 (Reuters) – France......

Mexico regrets U.S. judge’s decision on DACA – ministry

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A sign in support of DACA Dreamers lies at the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court after the court declined to hear a Trump administration challenge to California’s sanctuary laws, in Washington, D.C., U.S., June 15, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner/File Photo MEXICO CITY, July 16 (Reuters) – The Mexican government regrets......

UK to keep quarantine rules for travellers from France

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A French flag and a British national flag, known as the Union Jack, are seen in Violaines, France, October 16, 2020. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol LONDON, July 16 (Reuters) – Britain said on Friday that it was scrapping a planned easing of coronavirus rules for travellers from France, which had been due......

Delta COVID variant now dominant strain worldwide, U.S. deaths surge -officials

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July 16 (Reuters) – The Delta variant of COVID-19 is now the dominant strain worldwide, accompanied by a surge of deaths around the United States almost entirely among unvaccinated people, U.S. officials said on Friday. U.S. cases of COVID-19 are up 70% over the previous week and deaths are up......

China should provide raw data on pandemic’s origins – WHO’s Tedros

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GENEVA, July 15 (Reuters) – The head of the World Health Organisation said on Thursday that investigations into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic in China were being hampered by the lack of raw data on the first days of spread there and urged it to be more transparent. A......

BOJ to tap foreign asset holdings for green investment

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BOJ says will prod banks to enhance climate risk disclosure BOJ working with regulator toward climate scenario analysis Outline lays out non-monetary policy steps on climate change TOKYO, July 16 (Reuters) – The Bank of Japan (BOJ) said on Friday it will start buying green bonds using its foreign reserves......

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