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Trump advisers illegally campaigned while in office, U.S. government report finds

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WASHINGTON, Nov 9 (Reuters) – A U.S. government agency on Tuesday said 13 senior members of former President Donald Trump’s administration violated a law that limits political campaigning by government employees, faulting them for creating a “taxpayer-funded campaign apparatus” within the White House. In a 65-page report, the U.S. Office......

New Zealand hosts virtual APEC leaders’ summit, focusing on pandemic recovery

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern participates in a televised debate with National leader Judith Collins at TVNZ in Auckland, New Zealand, September 22, 2020. Fiona Goodall/Pool via REUTERS WELLINGTON/WASHINGTON, Nov 8 (Reuters) – Leaders of the Asia-Pacific trade group APEC will focus on the region’s economic recovery from the......

Djokovic downs Medvedev to claim record sixth Paris Masters title

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Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Paris Masters – Accor Arena, Paris, France – November 7, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his final match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Christian Hartmann PARIS, Nov 7 (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic won a record-extending sixth Paris Masters title by avenging his U.S Open......

Iraqi PM safe after drone attack on residence, military says

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Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi attends the Baghdad summit in Baghdad, Iraq, August 28, 2021. Iraqi Prime Minister Media Office/Handout via REUTERS BAGHDAD, Nov 6 (Reuters) – A drone laden with explosives targeted the residence of Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi in Baghdad early on Sunday in what the Iraqi......

Baghdad deaths, injuries to be investigated amid election dispute -Iraqi news agency

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BAGHDAD, Nov 5 (Reuters) – An investigation has begun into the deaths and injuries of demonstrators and security forces after clashes in Baghdad on Friday, the Iraqi News Agency (INA) reported, citing Iraq’s Joint Operations Command. Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi ordered the formation of a committee to investigate following clashes......

China, Russia revive push to lift U.N. sanctions on North Korea

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A North Korean flag flies on a mast at the Permanent Mission of North Korea in Geneva October 2, 2014. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo UNITED NATIONS, Nov 1 (Reuters) – China and Russia are pushing the U.N. Security Council to ease sanctions on North Korea by reviving a 2019 attempt to......

Maduro ally Saab to plead not guilty to money laundering -lawyer

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Oct 28 (Reuters) – Alex Saab, a Colombian businessman who became a special envoy for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, will plead not guilty to money laundering charges when arraigned on Monday, his lawyer Henry Bell told Reuters. In a case that pits the United States against Maduro’s socialist administration, Saab......

Boeing shares down slightly on 787, Starliner costs

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Oct 27 (Reuters) – Boeing Co (BA.N) reported a quarterly net loss after fresh charges on its problem-plagued 787 and Starliner spacecraft programs, masking a small underlying profit as air travel recovers from the pandemic. The 737 MAX and 787 are integral to Boeing’s ability to rebound from the pandemic......

FCC revokes authorization of China Telecom’s U.S. unit

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WASHINGTON, Oct 26 (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Tuesday voted to revoke the authorization for China Telecom’s (0728.HK) U.S. subsidiary to operate in the United States, citing national security concerns. The decision means China Telecom Americas must now discontinue U.S. services within 60 days. China Telecom,......

China to investigate energy index providers in bid to tame coal prices

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China thermal coal prices close down 7% on Monday NDRC says it will probe coal and energy index providers Says coal stocks at power plants up 17 mln T from end-Sept Urges coal firms to strictly meet contractual obligations BEIJING, Oct 25 (Reuters) – China said on Monday it will......

Mass protests held in Sudan against prospect of military rule

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KHARTOUM, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Huge crowds of people marched in several parts of the Sudanese capital and other cities on Thursday in demonstrations against the prospect of military rule, as the crisis in the country’s troubled transition from authoritarian rule deepened. The military has shared power with civilian parties......

U.S. House holds Trump ally Bannon in contempt, seeks prosecution

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WASHINGTON, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Longtime Donald Trump ally Steve Bannon could face criminal prosecution for refusing to cooperate with a probe into the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol after the House of Representatives voted Thursday to hold him in contempt of Congress. The Democratic-led chamber voted......

EXCLUSIVE White House, top Democrats agree to boost carbon capture credit in budget bill -sources

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WASHINGTON, Oct 1 (Reuters) – The White House and top Democratic lawmakers have agreed to boost a tax credit for industrial carbon capture projects in a deal that could help solidify support for the budget reconciliation bill at the heart of President Joe Biden’s economic agenda, two sources with knowledge......

Coinbase says hackers stole cryptocurrency from at least 6,000 customers

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Oct 1 (Reuters) – Hackers stole from the accounts of at least 6,000 customers of Coinbase Global Inc (COIN.O), according to a breach notification letter sent by the cryptocurrency exchange to affected customers. The hack took place between March and May 20 of this year, according to a copy of......

Myanmar currency trade turns to online groups on Facebook amid crisis

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Myanmar banknotes are seen during an illegal exchange inside a house in Yangon, Myanmar, September 24, 2021. Picture taken September 24, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer Oct 1 (Reuters) – As Myanmar’s economic slump deepens after February’s military coup and parts of its financial system freeze up, many in the strife-torn country are......

Asian stocks extend global slide as inflation fears bite

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A man wearing a protective mask, amid the COVID-19 outbreak, is reflected on an electronic board displaying stock prices outside a brokerage in Tokyo, Japan, September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon Asia-Pac stocks fall 1% after decline on Wall St overnight Concerns about inflation-growth outlook send bonds higher Gold in demand,......

Merck to buy Acceleron for about $11.5 bln in rare disease drug push

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Sept 30 (Reuters) – Merck & Co (MRK.N) is buying Acceleron Pharma Inc (XLRN.O) for about $11.5 billion, broadening its portfolio beyond aging cancer drug Keytruda with potential treatments that could bring in fresh revenue. The deal gives Merck access to Acceleron’s rare disease drug candidate, sotatercept, which the company......

Poland illegally pushed migrants back into Belarus, Amnesty Int’l says

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Polish border guard officers stand guard next to a group of migrants stranded on the border between Belarus and Poland near the village of Usnarz Gorny, Poland August 19, 2021. Picture taken on August 19, 2021. Grzegorz Dabrowski/Agencja Gazeta/via REUTERS WARSAW/BRUSSELS, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Poland carried out an unlawful......

France’s Sarkozy likely to avoid jail despite new conviction

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Nicolas Sarkozy found guilty of illegal campaign financing Former president receives a one-year jail sentence Sarkozy is unlikely to spend time in prison PARIS, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was handed a one-year prison sentence by a Paris court on Thursday after being found guilty of......

EXCLUSIVE Flouting U.N. sanctions in Africa? No one is watching after Russia move

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UNITED NATIONS, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Russia is delaying the appointment of panels of independent experts to monitor violations of U.N. sanctions on South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic (CAR)and Mali, diplomats said on Wednesday, leaving their work in limbo. Russia is unhappy with the number......

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