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Proud Boys member in latest wave of arrests over U.S. Capitol riots

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By Sarah N. Lynch, Brad Heath WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The FBI on Wednesday arrested a Florida-based member of the right-wing Proud Boys group on charges of storming the U.S. Capitol two weeks ago in a crowd of Donald Trump supporters challenging his election defeat, the Justice Department said. FILE PHOTO:......

Indian stock exchanges clear Future-Reliance deal in setback for Amazon

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian stock exchanges on Wednesday gave the go ahead for Future Group’s $3.4 billion deal to sell its retail assets, taking it a step closer toward closing a deal that has soured its ties with its business partner Amazon.com Inc. Future and Amazon are locked in......

At least three dead after blast wrecks building in central Madrid

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By Nathan Allen, Michael Gore MADRID (Reuters) – At least three people died and six were injured on Wednesday when a building in central Madrid belonging to the Catholic Church was blown apart by an explosion, local authorities said. Initial investigations suggested that the blast in Calle Toledo, a street......

Google asks U.S. judge to move states’ antitrust lawsuit to California

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google has asked a U.S. judge in Texas to transfer an antitrust lawsuit filed by 10 states in December to a court in California, a state that has more relevant witnesses and documents needed by the company, it said. FILE PHOTO: A Google sign is......

Thai royalists launch political party to protect monarchy

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BANGKOK (Reuters) – An ultra royalist group in Thailand launched a new political party on Wednesday to defend King Maha Vajiralongkorn, amid unprecedented calls for reform of the monarchy by a youth-led protest movement. FILE PHOTO: Royalists wave flags during the appearance of Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn and Queen Suthida,......

Swiss government urges voters to reject burqa ban in March referendum

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ZURICH (Reuters) – The Swiss government recommended on Tuesday that voters reject a proposal in a planned March 7 referendum to ban full facial coverings such as burqas and niqabs worn by some Muslim women, saying the move would hurt tourism. Under Switzerland’s system of direct democracy, any proposal to......

New York governor asks Pfizer to directly sell COVID-19 vaccine doses

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FILE PHOTO: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delivers his State of the State address virtually from The War Room at the state Capitol in Albany, New York, U.S. January 11, 2021. Hans Pennink/Pool via REUTERS (Reuters) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo asked Pfizer Inc Chief Executive Albert Bourla on......

Greek President praises Olympic medallist for breaking abuse silence

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ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece’s president praised Olympic sailing champion Sofia Bekatorou for dissolving “a conspiracy of silence” by reporting a historic allegation of sexual assault by a sports official. Bekatorou, who won a gold medal in the 2004 Olympics, told the Greek edition of Marie Claire last month that she......

Amazon to open two new hubs in Italy this year

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FILE PHOTO: The logo of Amazon is pictured inside the company’s office in Bengaluru, India, April 20, 2018. REUTERS/Abhishek N. Chinnappa/File Photo MILAN (Reuters) – Amazon will open two new logistics centres in Italy this year, investing over 230 million euros ($278 million), the world’s largest online retailer said on......

Amazon faces backlash from Indian ruling party lawmakers over web series ‘Tandav’

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FILE PHOTO: The logo of Amazon is pictured inside the company’s office in Bengaluru, India, April 20, 2018. REUTERS/Abhishek N. Chinnappa/File Photo MUMBAI (Reuters) – A local official from India’s ruling Hindu nationalist party on Sunday registered a police complaint against an Amazon Prime web series alleging it insults Hindu......

Bayer aims to help CureVac with COVID-19 vaccine output, says CEO

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BERLIN, Jan 17 (Reuters) – German pharmaceutical giant Bayer is examining whether it can help CureVac to produce its experimental COVID-19 vaccine, its chief executive was quoted as saying on Sunday. Though inoculation campaigns have started around the world using various COVID-19 vaccines, many countries say their ability to get......

Tunisian PM appoints new ministers in sweeping cabinet reshuffle

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Tunisia’s Hichem Mechichi takes the oath of office during the country’s new government swearing-in ceremony at the Carthage Palace outside the capital Tunis, Tunisia February 27, 2020. Fethi Belaid/Pool via REUTERS TUNIS, (Reuters) – Tunisian Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi named 12 new ministers on Saturday in a cabinet reshuffle he......

Tunisian PM appoints new ministers in sweeping cabinet reshuffle

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FILE PHOTO: Tunisia’s Interior Minister Hichem Mechichi takes the oath of office during the country’s new government swearing-in ceremony at the Carthage Palace outside the capital Tunis, Tunisia February 27, 2020. Fethi Belaid/Pool via REUTERS TUNIS, (Reuters) – Tunisian Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi named 12 new ministers on Saturday in......

Reeling again from COVID-19, Amazonas gets respirators, oxygen from Brazil military and Venezuela

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By Bruno Kelly, Jamie McGeever A truck is loaded with oxygen to fill the local hospitals, after it arrived on a Brazilian Air Force airplane in Manaus airport, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Brazil January 15, 2021. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly MANAUS/BRASILIA (Reuters) – The Brazilian jungle state of Amazonas......

Uganda’s Museveni declared winner of presidential poll: election commission

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Elections posters of Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni are seen on a street in Kampala, Uganda January 12, 2021. REUTERS/Baz Ratner KAMPALA (Reuters) – Uganda’s election commission on Saturday declared incumbent Yoweri Museveni the winner of the presidential election, extending his 35-year rule as his main rival alleged fraud and urged......

Explainer: Can Trump pardon himself? Would the courts reject the move?

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(Reuters) – As he prepares to end a tumultuous four years as U.S. president facing potential legal jeopardy, Donald Trump has discussed the possibility of pardoning himself, according to a source familiar with the matter. But there are questions about whether a president’s broad executive clemency powers under the U.S.......

Uganda’s Museveni in commanding election lead, rival alleges fraud

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KAMPALA (Reuters) – Uganda’s long-time leader Yoweri Museveni held a commanding lead in a presidential election according to partial results on Saturday morning, with final results expected later in the day, though his main rival Bobi Wine alleged widespread fraud. Electoral campaign posters of Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni hang on......

U.S. carries out 13th and final execution under Trump administration

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (Reuters) – The U.S. government early on Saturday carried out the 13th and final federal execution under President Donald Trump’s administration, a media witness said, just days before President-elect Joe Biden takes office with a promise to try to end the death penalty. Reporting by Jonathan Allen......

U.S. carries out 13th and final execution under Trump administration

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind., Jan 16 (Reuters) – The U.S. government early on Saturday carried out the 13th and final federal execution under President Donald Trump’s administration, a media witness said, just days before President-elect Joe Biden takes office with a promise to try to end the death penalty. (Reporting by......

After long journey, Fiat Chrysler and PSA to seal merger to become Stellantis

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MILAN (Reuters) – Fiat Chrysler and PSA will seal their long-awaited merger on Saturday to create Stellantis, the world’s fourth-largest auto group with deep enough pockets to fund the shift to electric driving and take on bigger rivals Toyota and Volkswagen. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Stellantis is seen in......

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