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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......

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)......

Alec Baldwin fires prop gun on movie set, killing cinematographer

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Oct 21 (Reuters) – Actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on a movie set in New Mexico on Thursday, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza, authorities said. The incident occurred on the set of independent feature film “Rust,” the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s office said in......

No ‘Squid Game’: South Korea’s real-life debt trap

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Passengers wearing masks to avoid contracting the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) walk at Seoul railway station in Seoul, South Korea, October 19, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/Files SEOUL, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Many small business owners in South Korea recognise themselves in the cash-strapped characters of the wildly popular Netflix (NFLX.O) drama ‘Squid......

Melbourne reopens as world’s most locked-down city eases pandemic restrictions

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MELBOURNE, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Melbourne residents flocked to the city’s pubs, restaurants and hair salons in the early hours of Friday after the world’s most locked-down city emerged from its latest spate of restrictions designed to combat the spread of COVID-19. Australia’s second-largest city has so far endured 262......

Fire devastates Honduras’ Caribbean resort island of Guanaja

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TEGUCIGALPA, Oct 2 (Reuters) – A huge fire destroyed or damaged more than 200 houses and businesses on the Honduran island of Guanaja on Saturday, forcing hundreds of residents to flee for safety and ravaging the tourism-dependent resort, relief authorities said. Dramatic video footage shared on social media showed rows......

France’s Sarkozy plays down new conviction at book signing event

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PARIS, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Saturday played down his conviction for illegal campaign financing over his failed 2012 re-election bid, suggesting many people in France had doubts about this week’s guilty verdict. Sarkozy, 66, made his first public comments on the conviction – his......

La Palma volcano eruption forces stay-home order for some residents

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LA PALMA, Spain, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Authorities told several thousand residents of La Palma to stay home because of worsening air quality as the erupting volcano on the Spanish island spewed red-hot lava and thick clouds of black smoke. Emergency services issued a lockdown order on Friday night for......

Philippine President Duterte says he is retiring from politics

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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte attends the ASEAN Plus Three (APT) Summit in Singapore, November 15, 2018. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha/File Photo MANILA, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Saturday he was retiring from politics, a surprise move that fuelled speculation he was clearing the way for his daughter......

Malaysia’s help needed to ease global chip shortage, Taiwan says

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A 12-inch wafer is seen at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) in Hsinchu June 15, 2010. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang TAIPEI, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Malaysia’s help is needed to resolve the global shortage of auto semiconductors, especially when it comes to packaging, a sector affected by the country’s COVID-19 curbs, Taiwan......

‘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,......

Facebook research shows company knew of Instagram harm to teens, senators say

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Sept 30 (Reuters) – U.S. senators on Thursday grilled Facebook Inc (FB.O) on its plans to better protect young users on its apps, drawing on leaked internal research that showed the social media giant was aware of how its Instagram app harmed the mental health of teens. The hearing in......

Top Israeli diplomat visits Bahrain, U.S. navy base in signal to Iran

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DUBAI, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Bahrain hosted the Israeli foreign minister on Thursday for the highest-level visit since the countries established ties last year andwhich included a tour of a U.S. naval headquarters to signal common cause against Iran. Landing in Manama on a plane daubed with an olive branch......

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupts for first time in nearly a year

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Sept 30 (Reuters) – Hawaii’s Kīlauea volcano, in its first eruption in nearly a year, was filling the crater at its summit with hot red lavaand clouding the skies with volcanic smog on Thursday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The latest eruption of Hawaii’s youngest and most active volcano......

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......

China power crunch slams factories as coal lobby warns woes could stay until winter

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SHENYANG, China, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Small firms caught in China’s prolonged energy crunch are turning to diesel generators, or simply shutting shop, as coal industry officials voiced fears about stockpiles ahead of winter and manufacturing shrank in the world’s no. 2 economy. Beijing is scrambling to deliver more coal......

Democrats mobilize to extend government funding, avert shutdown

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WASHINGTON, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Democrats in Congress on Wednesday mobilized to defuse one of several crises they face this week, saying they would vote to head off an imminent government shutdown before funding expires at midnight on Thursday. The Senate could vote on Wednesday or Thursday to fund the......

Bond is back: 007 film ‘No Time To Die’ premieres in London

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LONDON, Sept 28 (Reuters) – With a guest list made up of Oscar winners and British royalty, James Bond film “No Time To Die” finally held its delayed world premiere in London on Tuesday in the cinema’s most high profile red carpet since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Wet......

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