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WHO issues plan to prevent sexual abuse after Congo scandal

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WHO management plan aims to prevent further misconduct Tedros vows “profound transformation of WHO’s culture” Donors call for external probe leading to further scrutiny GENEVA, Oct 21 (Reuters) – The World Health Organization issued its plan on Thursday to prevent any further misconduct by aid workers deployed in its field......

No ‘Squid Game’: South Korea’s real-life debt trap

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Passengers wearing masks to avoid contracting the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) walk at Seoul railway station in Seoul, South Korea, October 19, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/Files SEOUL, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Many small business owners in South Korea recognise themselves in the cash-strapped characters of the wildly popular Netflix (NFLX.O) drama ‘Squid......

Melbourne reopens as world’s most locked-down city eases pandemic restrictions

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MELBOURNE, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Melbourne residents flocked to the city’s pubs, restaurants and hair salons in the early hours of Friday after the world’s most locked-down city emerged from its latest spate of restrictions designed to combat the spread of COVID-19. Australia’s second-largest city has so far endured 262......

EXCLUSIVE Governments turn tables on ransomware gang REvil by pushing it offline -sources

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Oct 21 (Reuters) – The ransomware group REvil was itself hacked and forced offline this week by a multi-country operation, according to three private sector cyber experts working with the United States and one former official. Former partners and associates of the Russian-led criminal gang were responsible for a May......

Facebook signs copyright agreement with some French publishers

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Paves the way for signing of individual licences Copyright fees included in preliminary deal – source Publishers not compelled to use Facebook News service PARIS, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Facebook (FB.O) said on Thursday it had signed a preliminary copyright agreement with a French news publishers’ lobby group, paving the......

Algeria recalls ambassador to France for consultations

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ALGIERS, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Algeria has recalled its ambassador to France for consultations after what it called “irresponsible” comments attributed to French President Emmanuel Macron, Algeria’s presidency said on Saturday. “Following comments that several sources attributed to … Macron, Algeria expresses its categorical rejection of inadmissible interference in its......

Air New Zealand to require COVID-19 vaccination for international travelers

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Travellers walk under an Air New Zealand sign at Auckland Airport in New Zealand, September 20, 2017. REUTERS/Nigel Marple Oct 3 (Reuters) – Air New Zealand (AIR.NZ), the flag carrier airline of New Zealand, said on Sunday it will require passengers on its international flights to be fully vaccinated against......

Big nations must stretch further to limit climate change – U.S. envoy Kerry

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MILAN, Oct 2 (Reuters) – The world’s major economies must “stretch to do more” at next month’s U.N. climate talks to show they are serious about wanting to tackle global warming, U.S. Climate Envoy John Kerry said on Saturday. The COP26 conference in Glasgow aims to secure more ambitious climate......

Fire devastates Honduras’ Caribbean resort island of Guanaja

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TEGUCIGALPA, Oct 2 (Reuters) – A huge fire destroyed or damaged more than 200 houses and businesses on the Honduran island of Guanaja on Saturday, forcing hundreds of residents to flee for safety and ravaging the tourism-dependent resort, relief authorities said. Dramatic video footage shared on social media showed rows......

Shipwrecks of World War I are a seabed museum in Turkey

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SEDDULBAHIR, Turkey, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Turkey’s newest park is an underwater museum of fourteen shipwrecks that lie beneath the waves of the Dardanelles Strait, a glimpse into the fierce battles between Ottoman and Allied forces in World War I. Turkish photographer Savas Karakas was one of the first to......

Texas rally launches day of U.S. protests against abortion restrictions

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AUSTIN, Texas, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Women’s rights advocates gathered at the Texas Capitol on Saturday to protest against the country’s most restrictive abortion law, launching a series of 660 marches around the United States in support of reproductive freedom. A crowd of more than 1,000 protesters assembled in sweltering......

La Palma volcano eruption forces stay-home order for some residents

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LA PALMA, Spain, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Authorities told several thousand residents of La Palma to stay home because of worsening air quality as the erupting volcano on the Spanish island spewed red-hot lava and thick clouds of black smoke. Emergency services issued a lockdown order on Friday night for......

Somali militia, former government ally, captures two towns from federal forces

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MOGADISHU, Oct 1 (Reuters) – A militia previously allied to the Somali government in its fight against militant group al Shabaab has captured two towns in central Somalia from federal forces, saying it was taking control where the government had failed to end the insurgency. On Thursday, Somali federal forces......

U.S. Supreme Court’s Sotomayor allows New York school vaccine mandate

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Oct 1 (Reuters) – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Friday refused to block New York City’s requirement that its public school teachers and employees be vaccinated against COVID-19. Sotomayor denied a challenge by four teachers and teaching assistants who sought to halt enforcement of the vaccine mandate while......

Coinbase says hackers stole cryptocurrency from at least 6,000 customers

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Oct 1 (Reuters) – Hackers stole from the accounts of at least 6,000 customers of Coinbase Global Inc (COIN.O), according to a breach notification letter sent by the cryptocurrency exchange to affected customers. The hack took place between March and May 20 of this year, according to a copy of......

California first in U.S. to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for schoolkids -governor

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Coronavirus deaths top 700,000 in United States California requirement would be first statewide SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct 1 (Reuters) – California will become the first U.S. state to mandate statewide COVID-19 vaccinations for schoolchildren, Governor Gavin Newsom said on Friday as a Reuters tally showed the United States topping 700,000 coronavirus......

Biden administration asks judge to halt strict Texas abortion law

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Oct 1 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden’s administration on Friday urged a judge to block a near-total ban on abortion imposed by Texas – the strictest such law in the nation – in a key moment in the ferocious legal fight over abortion access in the United States. The U.S.......

EXCLUSIVE Some Afghan evacuees leaving military bases in U.S. before resettlement

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WASHINGTON, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Something unexpected is happening at U.S. military bases hosting Afghan evacuees: Many hundreds of them are simply leaving before receiving U.S. resettlement services, two sources familiar with the data told Reuters. The number of “independent departures,” which top 700 and could be higher, has not......

Disney resolves dispute with Scarlett Johansson over ‘Black Widow’ movie

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Scarlett Johansson poses on the red carpet during the Oscars arrivals at the 92nd Academy Awards in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S., February 9, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Blake LOS ANGELES, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) and actress Scarlett Johansson have resolved their legal dispute stemming from the release......

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