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Biden says United States would come to Taiwan’s defense

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U.S. President Joe Biden speaks briefly with reporters after participating in a ceremony for state and national Teachers of the Year at the White House in Washington, U.S. October 18, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo Biden says U.S. has “commitment” to defend Taiwan White House says no change in policy on......

China Evergrande lines up funds for interest payment to avert default -source

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Evergrande remits funds for interest payment to trustee -source Company faced end of 30-day grace period for payment on Oct. 23 Evergrande shares jump, drive gains in other developers Next 30-day grace period expires Oct. 29 for Sept. 29 payment HONG KONG/SHANGHAI, Oct 22 (Reuters) – China Evergrande Group (3333.HK)......

Biden expects gasoline prices to fall in 2022

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U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on infrastructure legislation at the Electric City Trolley Museum in Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S. October 20, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst WASHINGTON, Oct 21 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden said on Thursday he expects gasoline prices to fall in 2022 and that any further price reduction depends......

Mexico launches reform to put state in charge of power market

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Bill aims to concentrate regulatory power with state Bill seeks to reserve future lithium extraction for the state Lopez Obrador faces challenge getting law through Congress MEXICO CITY, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Mexico’s leftist government on Friday pitched a constitutional reform to bolster state control of the electricity market, seeking......

British gas pumps still dry, pig cull fears grow

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A worker guides vehicles into the forecourt as they queue to refill at a fuel station in London, Britain, September 30, 2021. REUTERS/Hannah McKay Many gas stations still closed – Reuters reporters Britain says crisis stabilising More than a quarter of gas stations dry Pig cull fears: farmers warn butcher......

Powell: “Tension” between jobs, inflation is the chief challenge facing Fed

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Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell testifies during a Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on the CARES Act, at the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, DC, U.S., September 28, 2021. Kevin Dietsch/Pool via REUTERS Sept 29 (Reuters) – Resolving “tension” between high inflation and still-elevated unemployment is......

Samsung Electronics close to finalising $17 bln Texas chip plant -sources

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SEOUL/SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS) is close to finalising the construction of a $17 billion semiconductor factory in Williamson County in the U.S. state of Texas, three people with knowledge of the matter said. Samsung told Reuters that it is continuing due diligence in......

N.Korea fires missile, accuses U.S. of ‘double standards’

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SEOUL, Sept 28 (Reuters) – North Korea fired a missile towards the sea off its east coast on Tuesday, South Korea’s military said, as Pyongyang called on the United States and South Korea to scrap their “double standards” on weapons programmes to restart talks. The missile was launched from the......

China says will reduce abortions for ‘non-medical purposes’

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A pregnant woman arrives for a doctors appointment at a clinic in Shanghai September 12, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria BEIJING, Sept 27 (Reuters) – China will reduce the number of abortions performed for “non-medical purposes”, the country’s cabinet said in new guidelines issued on Monday that it said were aimed at......

Russia’s Gazprom is ready to boost gas sales to Europe – Ifx cites Kremlin

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The logo of Gazprom company is seen at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) in Saint Petersburg, Russia, June 2, 2021. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina/File Photo MOSCOW, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Russian energy giant Gazprom (GAZP.MM) is ready to increase gas supplies to Europe, Interfax news agency cited a Kremlin spokesman......

Israeli forces kill four Palestinian militants in West Bank – Palestinian ministry

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People check the scene where three Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces during a raid, in Beit Anan in the Israeli-occupied West Bank September 26, 2021. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman RAMALLAH, West Bank, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Israeli forces killed at least four Palestinians during a raid in the occupied West Bank......

Brazil approves COVID-19 booster shots for healthcare workers

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Brazil’s Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga attends a news conference at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, July 29, 2021. REUTERS/Adriano Machado BRASILIA, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Brazil has approved booster doses of COVID-19 vaccines for “health professionals,” with preference given to the Pfizer (PFE.N) shot, Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga said......

Britain has 10 days to save Christmas, retail sector says

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Retail industry warns of significant disruption Queues form at some petrol stations – Reuters reporters Britain to boost HGV driver testing British ministers to meet on easing rules Hauliers: there is no quick fix LONDON, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Britain’s retail industry warned the government on Friday that unless it......

Indonesia finmin warns of ripple effect from China’s Evergrande debt woes

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Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani wearing a protective mask reacts during an interview with Reuters at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, November 13, 2020. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan JAKARTA, Sept 23 (Reuters) – Indonesian authorities are monitoring the financial market situation in China, finance minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said on Thursday,......

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,......

BOJ rolls out climate scheme, to disburse first loans late December

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A man wearing a protective mask stands in front of the headquarters of Bank of Japan amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Tokyo, Japan, May 22, 2020.REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo BOJ will begin accepting applications from Wednesday BOJ says to offer climate loans twice a year Financial institutions required to......

Russia was behind Litvinenko assassination, European court finds

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European court says Lugovoy and Kovtun carried out 2006 killing Court endorses British inquiry findings “No serious attempt” by Moscow to refute British findings Both men, and Russia, have always denied any involvement Court awards Litvinenko’s widow 100,000 euros in damages LONDON, Sept 21 (Reuters) – The European Court of......

Sudan thwarts attempted coup, situation under control, army says

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Sudan’s ousted President Omar al-Bashir is seen inside the defendant’s cage during his and some of his former allies trial over the 1989 military coup that brought the autocrat to power in 1989, at a courthouse in Khartoum, Sudan September 15, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/File Photo KHARTOUM, Sept 21 (Reuters)......

U.S. to relax travel restrictions for vaccinated foreign air travelers in November

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WASHINGTON, Sept 20 (Reuters) – The United States will reopen in November to air travelers from 33 countries including China, India, Brazil and most of Europe who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the White House said on Monday, easing tough pandemic-related restrictions that started early last year. The decision, announced......

U.S. adds top Guatemalan, Salvadoran officials to corruption list

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U.S Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during a news conference at the State Department in Washington, U.S., September 16, 2021. Andrew Harnik/Pool via REUTERS MEXICO CITY, Sept 20 (Reuters) – The United States said on Monday it had put Guatemala’s attorney general and five Salvadoran Supreme Court judges on......

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