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German business morale drops to six-month low on virus woes

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FILE PHOTO: The skyline with its financial district is photographed during sunset as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Frankfurt, Germany, October 26, 2020, REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach BERLIN (Reuters) – German business morale slumped to a six-month low in January as a second wave of COVID-19 has brought......

Ugandan court lifts opposition leader Bobi Wine’s house arrest

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Ugandan presidential candidate and singer Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, known as Bobi Wine addresses a news conference at his house in Magere neighbourhood of Kampala, Uganda, January 15, 2021. REUTERS/Abubaker Lubowa KAMPALA (Reuters) – A Ugandan court has ordered security forces to cease surrounding the home of opposition leader Bobi Wine,......

Zimbabwe COVID-19 deaths pass 1,000 as infections surge

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HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabwe’s COVID-19 deaths have passed 1,000 as the country scrambles to contain a spike in infections of the virus that has claimed the lives of three government ministers in the last 10 days. A woman has her temperature checked by a healthcare worker during a nationwide lockdown......

South Africa’s rand firms, focus on U.S. stimulus plans

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A South African Rand is seen in this illustration picture taken October 30, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s rand firmed early on Monday as hopes that a massive economic stimulus in the United States would be passed provided some support to markets, with traders expecting the currency......

U.S. oil refiners set for worst earnings quarter of the pandemic

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. refiners are girding for a painful slate of fourth-quarter earnings, reflecting the pressure of rising crude prices, weak demand due to renewed COVID-19 travel restrictions, and higher costs of associated with blending of renewable fuels into their products. FILE PHOTO: General view of the Marathon......

Former Trump White House press secretary plans to run for governor of Arkansas: source

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FILE PHOTO: Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks during a campaign rally for U.S. President Donald Trump at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S., January 30, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis/File Photo WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Donald Trump’s former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders will announce plans on......

Indonesia’s coast guard seizes Iranian and Panamanian tankers

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Jakarta (Reuters) – Indonesia said on Sunday its coast guard had seized the Iranian-flagged MT Horse and the Panamanian-flagged MT Freya vessels over suspected illegal fuel transfers off the country’s waters. A statement from coast guard spokesman Wisnu Pramandita said the tankers, seized in waters off Kalimantan province, were escorted......

Makers of Sophia the robot plan mass rollout amid pandemic

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HONG KONG (Reuters) – “Social robots like me can take care of the sick or elderly,” Sophia says as she conducts a tour of her lab in Hong Kong. “I can help communicate, give therapy and provide social stimulation, even in difficult situations.” Since being unveiled in 2016, Sophia –......

Tropical cyclone Eloise makes landfall in Mozambique, loses strength

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JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Tropical cyclone Eloise made landfall in Mozambique early on Saturday, hitting the coastal city of Beira with huge gusts of wind and heavy rains, but was losing strength as it progressed, a South African weather official said. A view of fallen tree branches on a muddy street......

Toshiba regains Tokyo exchange’s top category amid calls for better governance

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FILE PHOTO: The logo of Toshiba is seen as a shareholder arrives at Toshiba’s extraordinary shareholders meeting in Chiba, Japan March 30, 2017. REUTERS/Toru Hanai TOKYO (Reuters) – The Tokyo Stock Exchange approved on Friday Toshiba Corp’s return to the bourse’s first section amid calls from some shareholders for better......

Toshiba regains Tokyo exchange’s top category amid calls for better governance

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FILE PHOTO: The logo of Toshiba is seen as a shareholder arrives at Toshiba’s extraordinary shareholders meeting in Chiba, Japan March 30, 2017. REUTERS/Toru Hanai TOKYO (Reuters) – The Tokyo Stock Exchange approved on Friday Toshiba Corp’s return to the bourse’s first section amid calls from some shareholders for better......

UPDATE 2-Brazilian appliance retailer Casa & Video files for IPO

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By Carolina Mandl, Tatiana Bautzer (Updates with filing) SAO PAULO, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Brazilian appliance retailer Casa & Video filed for an initial public offering on Friday, according to a preliminary prospectus on the securities industry watchdog CVM website. The Rio de Janeiro-based company has hired the investment banking......

UPDATE 2-Brazilian appliance retailer Casa & Video files for IPO

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By Carolina Mandl, Tatiana Bautzer (Updates with filing) SAO PAULO, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Brazilian appliance retailer Casa & Video filed for an initial public offering on Friday, according to a preliminary prospectus on the securities industry watchdog CVM website. The Rio de Janeiro-based company has hired the investment banking......

U.S. Senate to vote on Treasury chief nominee Yellen on Monday

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FILE PHOTO: Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) arrives before the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Brendan Mcdermid/File Photo WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate will vote on Janet Yellen’s nomination......

Biden administration will review Taliban agreement: White House

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FILE PHOTO: Jake Sullivan, U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s choice to be his national security adviser, speaks as President-elect Biden announces his national security nominees and appointees at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 24, 2020. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photo WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States will review the peace......

Tech shares could retake market reins as earnings heat up

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – A bevy of major U.S. earnings reports next week led by Apple, Microsoft and Facebook could help technology and growth stocks reassert their dominance after a recent run by banks, energy and other potential beneficiaries of an economic reopening. The New York Stock Exchange with a......

Murray ‘gutted’ to miss Australian Open

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LONDON (Reuters) – Former world number one Andy Murray said he was ‘gutted’ after deciding to withdraw from next month’s Australian Open following a positive test for COVID-19 earlier this month. FILE PHOTO: Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – September 27, 2020. Britain’s Andy Murray during......

Italy’s ruling parties talk up elections as Conte struggles for majority

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ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s main ruling parties on Friday flagged snap elections as the only way out of its political impasse, if Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte fails to drum up a parliamentary majority after scraping through a confidence vote. FILE PHOTO: Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte gestures as he speaks......

Breakingviews – How to pick the hydrogen industry’s future Amazon

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By George Hay, Ed Cropley A new hydrogen fuel cell truck made by Hyundai is pictured ahead of a media presentation for the zero-emission transport of goods at the Verkehrshaus Luzern (Swiss Museum of Transport) in Luzern, Switzerland October 7, 2020. LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) – Hydrogen stocks are partying like......

Column: Vaccine races and currency wars

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LONDON (Reuters) – A collision of vaccine races, early policy reversal and even currency wars could well give investors a headache this year. George Washington is seen with a printed medical mask on a one dollar bill reflected in a drop on a syringe needle in this illustration taken November......

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