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Ex-Giuliani associate Parnas found guilty of violating U.S. campaign finance law

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NEW YORK, Oct 22 (Reuters) – A federal jury on Friday convicted Lev Parnas, a one-time associate of Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, of violating U.S. campaign finance laws during the 2018 elections. Parnas, a Ukraine-born American businessman and his former associate Igor Fruman were accused of soliciting......

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......

EXCLUSIVE Governments turn tables on ransomware gang REvil by pushing it offline -sources

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Oct 21 (Reuters) – The ransomware group REvil was itself hacked and forced offline this week by a multi-country operation, according to three private sector cyber experts working with the United States and one former official. Former partners and associates of the Russian-led criminal gang were responsible for a May......

Ukraine demands sanctions on Russia’s Gazprom after Kyiv loses gas imports

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An engineer checks the gas distribution system in Beregdaroc, one of several points where Russian gas crosses into the European Union February 10, 2015. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh Russia-Hungary deal deprives Kyiv of revenue, gas Kyiv wants sanctions on Gazprom Kremlin says criticism is politicised Says Gazprom is meeting all obligations KYIV/MOSCOW,......

China marks national day with mass air incursion near Taiwan

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TAIPEI, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Taiwan’s air force scrambled again on Friday to warn away 25 Chinese aircraft that entered its air defence zone, the defence ministry in Taipei said, the same day as China marked its national day, the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Chinese-claimed Taiwan has......

Facebook could face hefty fine in Russia over banned content, says regulator

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MOSCOW, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Russian authorities on Thursday warned social media giant Facebook (FB.O) it faces a fine of up to 10% of its annual turnover in the country unless it deletes content Moscow deems illegal. Upping the ante in its standoff with U.S. Big Tech, state communications regulator......

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......

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......

Russia arrests top cybersecurity executive in treason case

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Ilya Sachkov, head of Russia’s Group IB cybersecurity company, is seen in a car in Moscow, Russia November 9, 2018. Picture taken November 9, 2018. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov/Files Founder of cybersecurity firm accused of state treason Executive faces up to 20 years jail, denies charge, TASS says Arrest sends chill through......

Belarus forces kill IT worker in shootout, opposition says

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Sept 28 (Reuters) – Belarusian security forces shot dead a man and arrested his wife during a raid in an apartment block in Minsk on Tuesday, the KGB security service said. The man had opened fire against the security forces, one of whom also died, a statement said. Reuters could......

China energy crunch triggers shutdowns, pleas for more coal

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Governor of Jilin province urges more coal imports Environmental checks, surging prices sap electricity generation Fears as power cuts hit traffic lights, 3G networks, factories State Grid Corp seeks to reassure residents on winter heating SHANGHAI, Sept 28 (Reuters) – China faces mounting pressure to ramp up coal imports and......

Mali could delay post-coup elections, interim PM says

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DAKAR, Sept 27 (Reuters) – Mali could push back presidential and legislative elections set for next February to avoid their validity being contested, its post-coup prime minister said. Mali’s progress back to democracy following the August 2020 overthrow of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita is being closely monitored in a region......

Team Europe win fourth consecutive Laver Cup

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Sept 26 (Reuters) – Andrey Rublev and Alexander Zverev clinched the Laver Cup for Team Europe with a 6-2 6-7(4) 10-3 win over Team World’s Reilly Opelka and Denis Shapovalov on Sunday in Boston. Team Europe entered the final day of the event needing one victory from any of the......

Erdogan: Turkey intends to buy more Russian defence systems

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York City, U.S., September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz/Pool ISTANBUL, Sept 26 (Reuters) – President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey still intended to buy a second batch of S-400 missile defense systems from Russia, a move that......

Hamilton takes his 100th F1 win with victory in Russia

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Sept 26 (Reuters) – Lewis Hamilton became the first Formula One driver to win 100 races with a victory in Russia that sent him back on top of the championship. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen finished second, after starting in last place, to limit the damage with Hamilton now two points......

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......

Lavrov says Mali asked private Russian military company for help

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UNITED NATIONS, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Mali has asked a private Russian military company to help it fight against insurgents, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday at the United Nations. Mali’s year-old military junta is close to a deal to recruit the Russian private military contractors the Wagner......

Russian F1 qualifying goes ahead after heavy rain

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Sept 25 (Reuters) – Final practice for the Russian Formula One Grand Prix was cancelled due to heavy rain in Sochi on Saturday but conditions improved and qualifying started as scheduled. Race director Michael Masi had said earlier that the session at the Olympic Park could be postponed until Sunday......

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......

CIA Vienna station chief removed amid ‘Havana syndrome’ criticism -Washington Post

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The CIA sign is seen onstage before the arrival of U.S. President Barack Obama to speak following a meeting with his National Security Council at CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia April 13, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque WASHINGTON, Sept 23 (Reuters) – The CIA has removed its Vienna station chief following criticism......

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