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Chipmaker TSMC says too early to say on Germany expansion

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The logo of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) is pictured at its headquarters, in Hsinchu, Taiwan, Jan. 19, 2021. REUTERS/Ann Wang TAIPEI, July 26 (Reuters) – Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC) (2330.TW) said on Monday that it was too early to say whether it will build factories in Germany......

Lebanese Sunni tycoon Najib Mikati poised to be designated PM

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BEIRUT, July 25 (Reuters) – Lebanon’s wealthy businessman and former premier Najib Mikati is poised to be designated prime minister on Monday after winning the support of most major parties to form a new government facing a crippling financial crisis, political sources said. Earlier, a club of former Lebanese Sunni......

U.S. House Speaker Pelosi names Republican Kinzinger to Jan. 6 panel

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WASHINGTON, July 25 (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday formally named Republican Representative Adam Kinzinger to serve on a select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of then-President Donald Trump. Kinzinger, Pelosi said in a statement, “brings great patriotism......

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......

Two Turkish soldiers killed in attack in northern Syria

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ISTANBUL, July 24 (Reuters) – Two Turkish soldiers were killed and two were wounded in an attack on their armoured vehicle in northern Syria, and Turkish forces immediately launched retaliatory fire, Turkey’s defence ministry said on Saturday. “Our punitive fire against terrorist positions is continuing,” the statement on Twitter on......

U.S. hits one of two targets in missile defense test – agency

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A facility of Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex is pictured in Kauai, Hawaii, U.S in this photo taken by Kyodo January 18, 2019. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS/File Photo WASHINGTON, July 24 (Reuters) – The United States intercepted one of two targets in a missile defense test conducted over the ocean northwest......

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,......

Ethiopian parents appeal for help to evacuate students stranded by Tigray war

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ADDIS ABABA, July 23 (Reuters) – The parents of thousands of Ethiopian students stranded in the war-ravaged northern region of Tigray on Friday appealed for help to evacuate them after the main university warned it could not feed them for much longer amid food and cash shortages. Mekelle University, which......

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......

U.S. seeks ‘reliable, predictable’ way forward with N. Korea

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SEOUL, July 23 (Reuters) – The United States is seeking a “reliable, predictable and constructive” way to secure progress in stalled denuclearisation talks with North Korea, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said on Friday. Sherman made the remarks following a meeting with South Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choi......

New U.S. Capitol Police chief named after Jan. 6 riot

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Montgomery County, Maryland Police Chief J. Thomas Manger is interviewed by Reuters at Public Safety Headquarters in Gaithersburg, Maryland U.S. August 31, 2016. Picture taken August 31, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron WASHINGTON, July 22 (Reuters) – A retired Maryland county law enforcement official has been named chief of the U.S. Capitol......

U.S. agency approves three airport security agreements with Amazon.com air unit

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WASHINGTON, July 22 (Reuters) – A U.S. agency said on Thursday it is permitting three airports to enter into security agreements with Amazon.com’s (AMZN.O) Amazon Air unit that will allow the company to assume some security functions. In a notice, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said Cincinnati/Northern, Baltimore/Washington (BWI), and......

FBI ignored tips on Brett Kavanaugh, Senate Democrats charge

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WASHINGTON, July 22 (Reuters) – Seven Democratic senators on Thursday said that newly released materials show the FBI failed to fully investigate sexual misconduct allegations against U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh when he was nominated to the court in 2018. The senators, including Sheldon Whitehouse and Chris Coons, said......

Cyber attack disrupts major South African port operations

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Container ships wait to load and offload goods in port during a 21-day nationwide lockdown aimed at limiting the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Cape Town, South Africa, April 17, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings/File Photo JOHANNESBURG, July 22 (Reuters) – A cyber attack has disrupted container operations at the South......

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,......

Water crisis protests persist in Iran, with chants in capital -reports

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DUBAI, July 21 (Reuters) – Protesters angry about water shortages took to the streets of southwest Iran for a sixth night in a row on Tuesday, with mounting violence, while Tehran residents chanted anti-government slogans, according to videos posted on social media on Wednesday and Iranian news outlets. Videos uploaded......

Republicans abandon Capitol riot probe after Pelosi rejects Jordan, Banks

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WASHINGTON, July 21 (Reuters) – The top Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday withdrew his five nominees to serve on the special committee probing the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol after Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected two of them. Pelosi had earlier rejected Representatives......

‘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......

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......

Cyprus talks can resume only on two-state basis, Erdogan says

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Turkish Cypriots mark anniversary of 1974 Turkish invasion Invasion after Greek Cypriot coup cemented island’s division Erdogan urges international recognition of Turkish Cypriots Turkish Cypriots announce plan to resettle part of Varosha NICOSIA, July 20 (Reuters) – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday peace talks on the future of......

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