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Germans vote in close election to decide Merkel successor

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Chancellor Angela Merkel is not seeking a fifth term Final opinion polls gave Social Democrats a narrow lead Conservatives reduced gap in final stages of campaign BERLIN, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Germans vote in a national election on Sunday that looks too close to call, with the centre-left Social Democrats......

Wall St Week Ahead Fed’s coming taper fans talk of renewed ‘reflation’ trade

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People are seen on Wall Street outside the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., March 19, 2021. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo NEW YORK, Sept 24 (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve’s signal that it will soon unwind its bond buying program is bolstering the case in financial markets......

Ecuador’s Lasso proposes economic reforms to reactivate economy

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Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso speaks during the annual gathering in New York City for the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, U.S., September 21, 2021. Spencer Platt/Pool via REUTERS BOGOTA, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Ecuadorean president Guillermo Lasso on Friday proposed new labor regulations......

Huawei CFO strikes agreement with U.S. over fraud charges, allowing her to leave Canada

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Sept 24 (Reuters) – Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou has reached an agreement with U.S. prosecutors to end the bank fraud case against her, officials said on Friday, a move that should allow her to leave Canada and relieve a point of tension between China and the United States.......

U.S. new home sales beat expectations; supply near 13-year high

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New home sales increase 1.5% in August; July revised up Median sales price rises 20.1% from year ago WASHINGTON, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Sales of new U.S. single-family homes increased for a second straight month in August, but demand for housing has probably peaked after a COVID-19 pandemic-fueled buying frenzy.......

China’s top regulators ban crypto trading and mining, sending bitcoin tumbling

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A Chinese flag is seen among representations of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in this illustration picture taken June 2, 2021. REUTERS/Florence Lo/Illustration/File Photo China intensifies crypto crackdown Vows to root out “illegal” trading activity, bans mining Bitcoin, smaller coins slump SHANGHAI/LONDON, Sept 24 (Reuters) – China’s most powerful regulators on......

EXCLUSIVE Huawei CFO Meng to appear in court, expected to reach agreement with U.S. – source

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WASHINGTON, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Huawei Technologies (HWT.UL) Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou and U.S. prosecutors are expected to appear in court to say they have reached an agreement to resolve charges against her, according to a source familiar with the matter, in a process that should allow her to......

China scrambles to fix power crunch, tame runaway raw material markets

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BEIJING, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Roiled by widening power curbs that have disrupted industrial operations, Chinese commodity producers and manufacturers may finally be getting some relief. Beijing’s top economic planner, the National Development and Reform Commission, said on Friday it will work to resolve the power shortages that have plagued......

Fears grow for China Evergrande after interest deadline missed

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Evergrande misses payment dedline on dollar bond interest Some bondholders have not been paid – sources Company has 30-day grace period before the bonds default PBOC injects cash into banking system; Evergrande shares fall SINGAPORE/SHANGHAI, Sept 24 (Reuters) – China Evergrande inched closer on Friday to the potential default that......

U.S. weekly jobless claims unexpectedly rise; labor market recovery on track

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People line up outside a newly reopened career center for in-person appointments in Louisville, U.S., April 15, 2021. REUTERS/Amira Karaoud Weekly jobless claims increase 16,000 to 351,000 Four-week average of claims at 18-month low Continuing claims rise 131,000 to 2.845 million Business activity slows in September WASHINGTON, Sept 23 (Reuters)......

Wall Street set for strong open as taper fears fade

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A Wall St. street sign is seen near the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., September 17, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid Weekly jobless claims rise more than expected Accenture, Salesforce up after boosting forecasts Futures up: Dow 0.69%, S&P 0.62%, Nasdaq 0.53% Sept 23 (Reuters) – Wall......

Uganda loosens anti-coronavirus restrictions as pandemic ebbs

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Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni attends a meeting with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Russia–Africa Summit in Sochi, Russia October 23, 2019. Sputnik/Mikhail Metzel/Kremlin via REUTERS KAMPALA, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni on Wednesday eased anti-coronavirus restrictions, including allowing resumption of education for universities......

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,......

South Korea foreign minister says to meet Japan counterpart on Thursday

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South Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong speaks during a joint announcement with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the Foreign Ministry in Seoul, South Korea, March 25, 2021. Ahn Young-joon/Pool via REUTERS WASHINGTON, Sept 22 (Reuters) – South Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong said he would meet his Japanese counterpart......

Canada fossil fuel workers want victorious Trudeau to keep retraining pledge

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Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi announce the beginning of construction on the Green Line at the Calgary Transit Oliver Bowen Maintenance Facility, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada July 7, 2021. REUTERS/Mike Sturk/File Photo CALGARY, Alberta, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s narrow election victory......

U.S. existing home sales fall in August; price appreciation slowing

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Residential single family homes construction by KB Home are shown under construction in the community of Valley Center, California, U.S. June 3, 2021. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo Existing home sales fall 2.0% in August Housing inventory declines 13.4% from a year ago Median house price increases 14.9% from a year ago......

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,......

Germany’s Ifo institute slashes 2021 GDP growth forecast to 2.5%

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: Staff wear protective masks at the Volkswagen assembly line in Wolfsburg, Germany, April 27, 2020. Swen Pfoertner/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo Germany’s next chancellor inherits fragile recovery Supply bottlenecks hold back industrial output Consumption boom on the cards for next year BERLIN, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Germany’s Ifo economic institute......

BOJ more downbeat on exports, output even as recovery seen on track

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A man wearing a protective mask walks past the headquarters of Bank of Japan amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Tokyo, Japan, May 22, 2020.REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon BOJ keeps interest rate targets unchanged BOJ offers bleaker view on export, output Kuroda says Japan’s economy headed for recovery BOJ rolls out......

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......

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