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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......

Inauguration 2021: Swearing in of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here The inauguration of a president is usually marked by lavish balls, colorful parades and hundreds of thousands of spectators. But well before the January 20, 2021 swearing-in of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, it was apparent that this year’s event would......

Mercedes unveils electric compact SUV in bid to outdo Tesla

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FILE PHOTO: A logo of Mercedes-Benz is seen outside a Mercedes-Benz car dealer, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Brussels, Belgium May 28, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman (Reuters) – Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz on Wednesday unveiled the EQA, a new electric compact SUV as part of plans to take on rival......

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,......

Senate’s top Democrat, Republican seek path to guide 50-50 chamber

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Facing a 50-50 partisan split in the U.S. Senate, the chamber’s top Democrat and Republican discussed adopting a power-sharing deal similar to one struck two decades ago in similar circumstances, a Democratic spokesman said on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (L) and Senate Democratic......

Netflix says borrowing to end as global membership tops 200 million

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By Lisa Richwine, Eva Mathews (Reuters) – Netflix Inc said on Tuesday its global subscriber rolls crossed 200 million at the end of 2020 and projected it will no longer need to borrow funds to keep financing its broad slate of streaming TV shows and movies, sending shares up 12%......

Death index: Top 59 ways Americans die

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here Every year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracks the number of deaths in the United States and the causes of those deaths. In 2017, the latest year available, there were more than 2.8 million.  This, of course,......

EU calls on Biden to take global leadership on COVID-19

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By Robin Emmott, John Chalmers BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The world needs American leadership in the battle against COVID-19, the EU’s top diplomat said, urging President-elect Joe Biden to step up after the Trump administration was widely criticised for its slow response to the pandemic. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President-elect Joe Biden......

Ugandan troops block U.S. ambassador from opposition leader’s house

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KAMPALA (Reuters) – The United States ambassador in Kampala was blocked by security personnel from visiting opposition leader Bobi Wine at his residence, prompting the mission to call his house arrest a “worrying” sign. Ugandan police officers refuse lawyers of Ugandan opposition presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi......

Florida COVID-19 whistleblower turns herself in on felony computer charge

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(Reuters) – A former Florida public health whistleblower who says she was fired because she refused to manipulate COVID-19 data turned herself in to face a felony computer offense and was released on bail on Monday, Florida officials and media said. FILE PHOTO: Rebekah Jones, a data scientist who helped......

Venezuela orders arrest of new Citgo board member named by opposition

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CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan authorities issued an arrest warrant for a new member of the board of directors of U.S.-based refining firm Citgo Petroleum Corp named by the opposition this month, chief prosecutor Tarek Saab said on Monday. FILE PHOTO: Venezuela’s Chief Prosecutor Tarek William Saab gestures to the media......

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......

IMF chief sees ‘high degree of uncertainty’ in global outlook

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FILE PHOTO: IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva attends a news conference ahead of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of the International Monetary Fund said on Monday the global economic outlook remained highly uncertain given the coronavirus pandemic, and a......

U.S. and China clash at WHO over scientific mission in Wuhan

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FILE PHOTO: A general view shows the Huanan Wholesale Seafood Market, where the first cluster of cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) emerged, in Wuhan, Hubei province, , China, January 15, 2021. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/ GENEVA (Reuters) – The United States called on China on Monday to allow an expert team......

Factbox: Biden’s Cabinet appointees get their day in Congress

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(Reuters) – U.S. President-elect Joe Biden is set to take office on Wednesday with only a few of his top chosen deputies in place. The Democrat’s Cabinet appointees are awaiting approval by the Senate, who are set to hold their first confirmation hearings on Tuesday. These are the officials set......

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......

Exclusive: Southeast Asia’s Grab considering U.S. IPO this year – sources

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FILE PHOTO: A Grab vehicle is pictured in Singapore March 26, 2018. REUTERS/Edgar Su/File Photo SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Southeast Asian ride-hailing and food delivery giant Grab is exploring a listing in the United States this year, encouraged by robust investor appetite for IPOs, three sources familiar with the matter told......

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