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Saudi Arabia bars foreign travellers from Haj over COVID-19 – SPA

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Saudi Arabia has restricted the annual Haj pilgrimage to citizens and residents and set a maximum of 60,000 pilgrims in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the state Saudi Press Agency reported on Saturday. Only people aged between 18 and 65 who have been vaccinated will be able to take part,......

EU tells Britain’s Johnson: keep your word on Brexit

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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Saturday that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson must keep his word on the Brexit deal that he signed and that the 27-member bloc was completely unified on that position. “The Good Friday Agreement and peace on the island of Ireland are......

EXCLUSIVE France’s Macron tells UK’s Johnson: keep your word on Brexit deal

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Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson and France’s President Emmanuel Macron attend a bilateral meeting during G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, June 12, 2021. Stefan Rousseau/Pool via REUTERS French President Emmanuel Macron told British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday that Franco-British relations could only be reset if he......

Bitcoin falls 5.71% To $35,210

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Bitcoin dropped 5.71% to $35,210 at 0600 GMT on Saturday, losing $2,131.11 from its previous close. Bitcoin, the world’s biggest and best-known cryptocurrency, is down 45.7% from its 2021 high of $64,895.22 on April 14. Ether , the coin linked to the ethereum blockchain network, dropped 2.54 % to $2,293.26......

India’s daily COVID-19 infections at more than two-month low

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India on Saturday reported 84,332 new COVID-19 infections over the past 24 hours, the lowest in more than two months, data from the health ministry showed. The South Asian country’s total COVID-19 case load now stands at 29.4 million, while total fatalities are at 367,081, data. India added 4,002 deaths......

Apple tightens rules after Justice Department targeted U.S. lawmakers

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Apple Inc (AAPL.O) on Friday said it has tightened some of its rules for responding to legal requests after the U.S. Justice Department during Donald Trump’s presidency subpoenaed it for information on Democratic lawmakers. Apple said it recently instituted a limit of 25 identifiers such as email addresses or phone......

Reuters, New York Times win Pulitzers for coverage of racial injustice, COVID-19

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Reuters and the Minneapolis Star Tribune each won a Pulitzer Prize on Friday for journalism about racial inequities in U.S. policing, while the New York Times and the Atlantic were honored for chronicling the COVID-19 pandemic, the two topics that dominated last year’s headlines. The Star Tribune won the 2021......

Putin says relations with U.S. at lowest point in years

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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) in Saint Petersburg, Russia, June 4, 2021. Sputnik/Vladimir Smirnov/Kremlin via REUTERS Russian President Vladimir Putin, in an interview with NBC News ahead of his meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden next week, said U.S.-Russia relations......

Are you supposed to be enjoying yourselves? Queen Elizabeth asks G7

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth met U.S. President Joe Biden under the canopy of the world’s largest indoor rainforest on Friday as she hosted a reception for leaders of the Group of Seven richest nations, who are holding a three-day summit. The 95-year-old monarch was joined by the other senior members of......

U.S. says it is ‘gravely concerned’ about Ethiopia elections

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Ethiopian Federal Police officers stand guard as pro-government demonstrators attend a rally to protest against the U.S. action over alleged human rights abuses during the conflict in the Tigray region, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia May 30, 2021. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File Photo The United States is “gravely concerned” about the environment in......

EXCLUSIVE Exodus of veteran crude oil traders from Exxon continues -sources

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An Exxon gas station is seen in Houston, Texas, U.S., April 30, 2019. REUTERS/Loren Elliott/File Photo Exxon Mobil Corp has lost two top crude oil traders from its U.S. energy trading group, according to people familiar with the matter, in a continued exodus from the group. Exxon last year reversed......

Iran nuclear deal talks to resume on Saturday – Iranian official

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Talks between Iran and world powers on reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal will resume in Vienna on Saturday, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said on Friday. “The participants are expected to continue consultations on the possible return of the United States to the nuclear accord and ensuring the......

Indian court deals blow to Amazon, Walmart’s Flipkart in antitrust case

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An Indian court dismissed pleas on Friday by Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) and Walmart’s (WMT.N) Flipkart to quash an antitrust investigation into the business practices of the U.S. firms, dealing them a blow in their key growth market. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) announced its investigation in January 2020 after......

UK PM Johnson offers Tokyo Olympics some big power support

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday gave the Tokyo Olympics a show of public support at a meeting with Japan’s Yoshihide Suga and welcomed efforts to ensure the Games can take place safely. The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, which were postponed last year due to the global spread of......

EU advises against AstraZeneca shot in people with rare blood condition

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A vial of AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine is seen at a vaccination centre in Westfield Stratford City shopping centre, amid the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in London, Britain, February 18, 2021. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File Photo Europe’s drug regulator on Friday advised against using AstraZeneca’s (AZN.L) COVID-19 vaccine in people with a......

BOJ may extend pandemic-aid schemes to support fragile recovery

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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 The Bank of Japan is set to keep its money spigots wide open and may extend its pandemic-relief programmes next......

Toyota aims to make its factories carbon neutral by 2035, says exec

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The Toyota logo is seen on a Corolla model at the 89th Geneva International Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland March 5, 2019. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) will aim to make all its global factories carbon neutral by 2035, a senior executive said on Friday, pulling forward the......

U.S. tire maker Goodyear loses dispute against foreign workers in Malaysia

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(This June 10 story corrects “over a hundred” to “dozens of” in paragraph 1; number of migrant workers who filed complaints to 184 from 250 in para 2; number of workers in latest judgement to 65 from 109 in para 5) Malaysia’s Industrial Court has ruled in favor of dozens......

Japan’s exports set for biggest monthly gain since 1980

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Shipping containers are seen at a port in Tokyo, Japan, March 22, 2017. REUTERS/Issei Kato Japan’s exports likely posted their largest monthly rise in four decades in May, a Reuters poll showed on Friday, but the flattering milestone was largely reflective of a rebound in shipments from last year’s pandemic-driven......

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