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Oil prices drop, but on track for steep weekly gain

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Brent, WTI both on track for about 2% weekly gains Vaccines likely to mitigate Delta’s impact on demand -analysts SINGAPORE, July 30 (Reuters) – Oil prices dropped on Friday but remained on track to post steep weekly gains with demand growing faster than supply, while vaccinations are expected to alleviate......

Microsoft looks to tap into India’s Oyo before its potential IPO- source

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The logo of OYO, India’s largest and fastest-growing hotel chain, is seen installed on a hotel building in New Delhi, India, April 3, 2019. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi July 29 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) is in advanced talks to invest in Indian hotel chain Oyo at a $9 billion valuation, a......

Taliban assassinations of Afghan pilots ‘worrisome,’ U.S. govt watchdog says

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An Afghan A-29 pilot prepared for flight in the cockpit of his aircraft, at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan September 10, 2017. Picture taken Septembeer 10, 2017. U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel/Handout via REUTERS WASHINGTON, July 29 (Reuters) – Taliban assassinations of Afghan pilots detailed by Reuters this month mark......

Phuket restricts travel from other Thai regions as COVID-19 cases surge

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Volunteers walk as they prepare to convert an air cargo warehouse into a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) field hospital at Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand July 28, 2021. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun July 29 (Reuters) – Thailand’s Phuket will ban travel from the rest of the country from Aug. 3-16......

Big Tech starts requiring vaccines; Twitter closes re-opened U.S. offices

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A sign is pictured outside a Google office near the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, U.S., May 8, 2019. REUTERS/Paresh Dave/File Photo July 28 (Reuters) – Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) is shutting its reopened offices in United States, while other big tech companies are making vaccination mandatory for on-campus employees,......

China says Taliban expected to play ‘important’ Afghan peace role

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KABUL, July 28 (Reuters) – China told a visiting Taliban delegation on Wednesday it expected the insurgent group to play an important role in ending Afghanistan’s war and rebuilding the country, the Chinese foreign ministry said. Nine Taliban representatives met Foreign Minister Wang Yi in the northern Chinese city of......

Russia beefs up Tajik base, warns of ISIS fighters in Afghanistan

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MOSCOW, July 28 (Reuters) – Russia said on Wednesday it was beefing up the combat capabilities of its military base in Tajikistan and training local soldiers, as Moscow warned that Islamic State militants were moving into neighbouring Afghanistan. Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, who was in Tajikistan on Wednesday for......

Analysis: U.S., China positions ossify at entrenched Tianjin talks

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U.S. and Chinese flags are seen before a meeting between senior defence officials from both countries at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., November 9, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/File Photo WASHINGTON, July 26 (Reuters) – With no indication of a U.S.-China leaders’ summit in the works, nor any outcomes announced from......

Mixed AstraZeneca-Pfizer shot boosts COVID antibody level – study

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SEOUL, July 26 (Reuters) – A mixed vaccination of first AstraZeneca (AZN.L) and then a Pfizer (PFE.N) COVID-19 shot boosted neutralizing antibody levels by six times compared with two AstraZeneca doses, a study from South Korea showed. The study involved 499 medical workers – 100 receiving mixed doses, 200 taking......

PM Imran Khan’s party bags majority in Pakistan’s Kashmir election

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MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan, July 25 (Reuters) – Pakistan’s ruling party of Prime Minister Imran Khan appeared to be winning in a tight race to elect the regional assembly in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, where two poll workers from Khan’s party were killed on Sunday, officials said. Khan’s party is leading with 24 seats......

Boxing-Kom launches bid for elusive gold with hard-fought win

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TOKYO, July 25 (Reuters) – Indian boxing queen MC Mary Kom, a six-time world champion, launched her final bid for the missing Olympic gold with a hard-fought opening win against Dominican Republic’s Miguelina Hernandez Garcia at the Tokyo Games on Sunday. The face of the campaign to get women’s boxing......

U.S. to stress need for ‘guardrails’ in Sherman’s talks in China

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WASHINGTON/BEIJING, July 24 (Reuters) – U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman will tell China in upcoming talks that while Washington welcomes competition, there needs to be a level playing field and guardrails to ensure ties do not veer into conflict, U.S. officials said on Saturday. The senior officials, briefing......

Shooting-Russian Batsarashkina follows Rio silver with Tokyo gold

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TOKYO, July 25 (Reuters) – Russian shooter Vitalina Batsarashkina won the women’s 10-metre pistol event at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday to claim the gold medal that narrowly eluded her five years ago in Rio. Batsarashkina mounted a spectacular charge over the closing shots to win gold at the Asaka......

French citizen among six held over plan to kill Madagascar president -minister

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ANTANANARIVO, July 23 (Reuters) – A French citizen is among six people arrested on suspicion of involvement in a plot to kill Madagascar’s president, the Indian Ocean island’s public security minister said, and a second official said the president’s security had been tightened. “One of the arrested people is French,......

Biden authorizes $100 million in emergency funds for Afghan refugees

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U.S. President Joe Biden holds a meeting on infrastructure with labor and business leaders at the White House in Washington, U.S. July 22, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst WASHINGTON, July 23 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday authorized up to $100 million from a special emergency fund to meet urgent......

Masking guidance unchanged as Delta variant sweeps U.S.- CDC director

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July 22 (Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not revised its masking guidance, even as the Delta variant of the coronavirus sweeps the United States, driving up infections, CDC director Rochelle Walensky said on Thursday. Walensky declined to say if the CDC is considering changing......

Madagascar police arrest six over alleged plot to kill president

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ANTANANARIVO, July 22 (Reuters) – Police in Madagascar this week arrested six people, including one foreign citizen,suspected of plotting to kill the president following what officials in the Indian Ocean island nation said was a months-long investigation. Madagascar has a history of political violence. Former coup leader Andry Rajoelina, 44,......

‘We lost’: Some U.S. veterans say blood spilled in Afghanistan was wasted

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GARDEN GROVE, Calif., July 20 (Reuters) – Jason Lilley was a special operations forces Marine Raider who fought in multiple battles in Iraq and Afghanistan during America’s longest war. As Lilley, 41, reflects on President Joe Biden’s decision to end America’s military mission in Afghanistan on Aug. 31, he expresses......

Delta variant behind more than 80% of U.S. cases, Fauci says

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July 20 (Reuters) – The Delta variant of the coronavirus is the cause of more than 80% of new U.S. COVID-19 cases, but the authorized vaccines remain more than 90% effective in preventing hospitalizations and deaths, said top U.S. infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci during U.S. Senate hearing on Tuesday.......

Britain to permanently deploy two warships in Asian waters

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TOKYO, July 20 (Reuters) – Britain said on Tuesday it would permanently deploy two warships in Asian waters after its Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier and escort ships sail to Japan in September through seas where China is vying for influence with the United States and Japan. Plans for the high-profile......

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