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China industrial output rises 7.3% year-on-year in December; retail sales miss forecast

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FILE PHOTO: Employees work on a drilling machine production line at a factory in Zhangjiakou, Hebei province, China November 14, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s industrial output rose at a faster-than-expected rate of 7.3% in December from a year ago, data showed on Monday, expanding for the ninth straight......

Big Oil’s flagship plastic waste project sinks on the Ganges

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SINGAPORE/VARANASI, India (Reuters) – A wheelbarrow and a handful of metal grids for capturing litter, emblazoned with the words “Renew Oceans,” sit rusting outside an empty, padlocked office in the Indian city of Varanasi, a short walk from the Ganges. FILE PHOTO: Clouds cover the skies over the river Ganges......

UK vacancies for remote workers triple in a year: consultancy

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FILE PHOTO: Workers wearing face-masks walk past an information board on social distancing as they travel through the Waterloo Station during the morning rush hour following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in London, Britain, July 6, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville LONDON (Reuters) – Demand for remote workers in Britain tripled over......

Parler’s website is back online, but app still not in stores

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FILE PHOTO: A man wearing a “Trump 2020” sweatshirt uses his mobile phone during a “Stop the Steal” protest outside Milwaukee Central Count the day after Milwaukee County finished counting absentee ballots, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S. November 5, 2020. REUTERS/Bing Guan/File Photo NEW YORK (Reuters) – The chief executive of......

China’s economic recovery to quicken in Q4, herald stronger 2021

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* China GDP seen growing 6.1% y/y in Q4, vs Q3’s 4.9% * Recovery seen gaining further steam in 2021 * Leaders rule out policy u-turn amid pandemic * Q4 GDP, Dec activity data due Jan 18 at 0200 GMT BEIJING, Jan 18 (Reuters) – China’s economic recovery likely accelerated......

Ghana president warns of health system overload as COVID cases soar

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ACCRA (Reuters) – Ghana’s COVID-19 infection rates are skyrocketing and include new strains of the virus not before seen in the country, filling treatment centres and threatening to overwhelm the health system, President Nana Akufo-Addo said on Sunday. FILE PHOTO: Zipline team retrieves COVID-19 test samples from a health facility,......

Janet Yellen to say U.S. does not seek weaker dollar – WSJ

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Jan 17 (Reuters) – Janet Yellen, President-elect Joe Biden’s pick to take over the U.S. Treasury, is expected to affirm the United States’ commitment to market-determined foreign exchange rates when she testifies on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. The Treasury secretary nominee, at a......

After receiving letter of intent, Suez says open to begin talks on Veolia takeover

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FILE PHOTO: A flag with the logo of Suez is seen on a barge in Paris, France, September 3, 2020. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/File Photo PARIS (Reuters) – Suez said on Sunday it had received a letter of intent from Ardian and GIP (Global Infrastructure Partners), which would help to find a......

Brazil authorizes emergency use of Sinovac, AstraZeneca vaccines

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By Jamie McGeever, Pedro Fonseca BRASILIA/RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Brazilian health regulator Anvisa’s board on Sunday voted to approve emergency use of COVID-19 vaccines from China’s Sinovac Biotech and Britain’s AstraZeneca and to begin immunizations as the pandemic enters a deadly second wave. Nurse Monica Calazans, 54, receives the......

Brazil clears emergency use of Sinovac, AstraZeneca vaccines, shots begin

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By Jamie McGeever, Pedro Fonseca BRASILIA/RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Brazilian health regulator Anvisa on Sunday approved emergency use of COVID-19 vaccines from China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd and Britain’s AstraZeneca, clearing the way for immunizations as the pandemic enters a deadly second wave. Nurse Monica Calazans, 54, receives the Sinovac’s......

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......

Biden will wait for recommendation on sharing secrets with Trump

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. President-elect Joe Biden answers a question as he announces members of economics and jobs team at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., January 8, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President-elect Joe Biden will wait for a recommendation from his intelligence advisers on whether to......

Music producer Phil Spector, convicted of murder, dead at 81: media

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – Rock producer Phil Spector, who changed the sound of pop music in the 1960s with his “Wall of Sound” recordings and was convicted of murder for the 2003 murder of a Hollywood actress, has died at age 81 of COVID-19, according to media reports on Sunday.......

Thousands protest in Amsterdam against Dutch coronavirus lockdown

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FILE PHOTO: People walk on an empty street as Netherlands has gone into lockdown as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Amsterdam, Netherlands December 15 2020, REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw/File Photo THE HAGUE (Reuters) – Several thousand people held an unauthorised protest in Amsterdam on Sunday against......

Italy’s Conte struggles to secure support in Senate showdown

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ROME (Reuters) – Efforts by Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to build a new majority in parliament after a junior partner quit his coalition floundered at the weekend as several centrist lawmakers rejected his overtures. FILE PHOTO: Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte speaks as he holds a news conference at......

Beirut blast chemicals possibly linked to Syrian businessmen – report, company filings

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BEIRUT/LONDON/MOSCOW (Reuters) – The company that bought the ammonium nitrate which exploded in Beirut last August had possible links to two Syrian businessmen under U.S. sanctions for ties to President Bashar al-Assad, according to a report by a Lebanese journalist and London company filings. FILE PHOTO: A still image taken......

INSIGHT-The fight to avert one last execution on Trump’s watch

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind., Jan 17 (Reuters) – On Thursday evening, Dustin Higgs, 48, waited in a cell on death row at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, his scheduled execution less than 24 hours away. A five-minute drive down the road, members of his legal team sat around a......

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......

DHFL creditors vote in favour of Piramal’s $5 billion bid – source

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A woman walks past a signboard of Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Ltd. (DHFL) outside its office on the outskirts of Mumbai, India, January 31, 2019. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas/Files MUMBAI (Reuters) – Creditors of India’s Dewan Housing Finance Corp have voted in favour of a 372.5 billion rupees ($5.09 billion)takeover bid submitted......

France wants suspension of ‘poisonous’ U.S.-Europe trade spat

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FILE PHOTO: French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian speaks during a news conference at a meeting to discuss how to push forward stalled Arab-Israeli peace talks, in Amman, Jordan, September 24, 2020. Khalil Mazraawi/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo PARIS (Reuters) – The European Union and the incoming administration of U.S.......

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