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Russia’s Vladimir Putin self-isolates after COVID-19 infects inner circle

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Putin says he is self-isolating as precaution Unnamed members of his entourage have COVID-19 Putin will conduct business by video conference Putin may quarantine for one week – vaccine developer MOSCOW, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday he was self-isolating after several members of his......

Turkey raises required reserve ratios for forex deposits

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Turkey’s Central Bank headquarters is seen in Ankara, Turkey in this January 24, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Umit Bektas//File Photo ISTANBUL, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Turkey’s central bank said on Wednesday it raised the required reserve ratio for forex and precious metal deposits by 200 basis points, in a move economists......

American hacker mercenaries face U.S. charges for work in UAE

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The headquarters of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) in Washington, D.C., May 10, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly Sept 14 (Reuters) – Three former U.S. intelligence operatives, who went to work as mercenary hackers for the United Arab Emirates, face federal charges of conspiring to violate hacking laws, according to......

EXCLUSIVE U.S., EU pursuing global deal to slash planet-warming methane -documents

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BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON, Sept 13 (Reuters) – The United States and the European Union have agreed to aim to cut emissions of the planet-warming gas methane by around a third by the end of this decade and are pushing other major economies to join them, according to documents seen by Reuters. Their......

Putin meets Assad, takes swipe at US and Turkish forces in Syria

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MOSCOW, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin received his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad on Monday for the first time since 2018 and criticised foreign forces that are in Syria without permission or a U.N. mandate – a rebuke of the United States and Turkey. Putin is Assad’s most......

Cyber arms dealer exploits new iPhone software vulnerability, affecting most versions, say researchers

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Sept 13 (Reuters) – A cyber surveillance company based in Israel developed a tool to break into Apple (AAPL.O) iPhones with a never-before-seen technique that has been in use since at least February, internet security watchdog group Citizen Lab said on Monday. The discovery is important because of the critical......

Israeli prime minister visits Egypt in first official trip for a decade

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CAIRO, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Monday for talks on Israeli-Palestinian relations and bilateral ties in the first official trip by an Israeli head of government to Egypt for a decade. Bennett, the head of a far-right party who......

Israel strikes Gaza in retaliation for rocket fire, military says

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Streaks of light are seen as Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepts a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israel, as seen from Ashkelon, Israel September 11, 2021. REUTERS/Amir Cohen JERUSALEM, Sept 12 (Reuters) – Israel carried out air strikes in the Gaza Strip on Sunday in response to......

George W. Bush warns of danger from domestic terrorists on 9/11 anniversary

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SHANKSVILLE, Pa., Sept 11 (Reuters) – On the 20th anniversary of the deadliest attack on U.S. soil, George W. Bush, who was president at the time, warned of a new danger coming from within the country. “We have seen growing evidence that the dangers to our country can come, not......

U.S. CDC warns against travel to Sri Lanka, Jamaica, and Brunei

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A general view of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia September 30, 2014. REUTERS/Tami Chappell WASHINGTON, Sept 7 (Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday warned against travel to Sri Lanka, Jamaica and Brunei because of the rising......

Kuwait starts to recycle massive tyre graveyard

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KUWAIT, Sept 7 (Reuters) – More than 42 million old vehicle tyres dumped in Kuwait’s sands have started to be recycled, as the Gulf state tackles a waste problem that created one of the world’s largest tyre graveyards. The massive dump site was a mere 7 km (4 miles) from......

Blinken denies Taliban blocking Americans from leaving Mazar-i-Sharif

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DOHA, Sept 7 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken denied on Tuesday reports that the Taliban had blocked Americans attempting to fly out of of a northern Afghan city, but said the group had not allowed charter flights to depart because some people lacked valid travel documents. Reports......

UN says basic services in Afghanistan are collapsing

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Afghans line up outside a bank to take out their money after Taliban takeover in Kabul, Afghanistan September 1, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer GENEVA, Sept 7 (Reuters) – Afghanistan is facing the collapse of basic services and food and other aid is starting to run out, the U.N. Office for the Coordination......

Dubai’s Aramex splits core businesses as part of reshuffle

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A delivery staff member wearing a protective mask prepares parcels in Aramex office amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis, in Bethlehem in the Israeli-occupied West Bank July 19, 2020. REUTERS/Mussa Qawasma DUBAI, Sept 7 (Reuters) – Dubai-listed courier Aramex (ARMX.DU) said on Tuesday it had split its core businesses as......

Hundreds of health centres at risk of closure in Afghanistan – WHO

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A general view of the city of Kabul, Afghanistan, September 5, 2021. WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS GENEVA, Sept 6 (Reuters) – Hundreds of medical facilities in Afghanistan are at risk of imminent closure because the Western donors who finance them are barred from dealing with the new......

Oil falls after deep Saudi price cuts spur demand concerns

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General view of Aramco tanks and oil pipe at Saudi Aramco’s Ras Tanura oil refinery and oil terminal in Saudi Arabia May 21, 2018. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah/File Photo Saudi cuts Oct prices for Asia by at least $1/bbl U.S. Gulf Coast oil industry struggles with Ida recovery U.S. oil rig count......

Qatar says agreement reached on grant for Gaza rebuilding, opening of crossings

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CAIRO, Sept 6 (Reuters) – Qatar has reached an agreement on a grant for reconstruction in the Gaza Strip and the opening of crossings into the enclave, the state news agency QNA reported on Monday. Qatar and Egypt both promised funds to help rebuild the Palestinian territory, which is run......

After messy pullout, Blinken to intensify Afghanistan diplomacy in Qatar, Germany

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks about Afghanistan during a media briefing at the State Department, in Washington, U.S., September 3, 2021. Olivier Douliery/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo WASHINGTON, Sept 5 (Reuters) – A week after declaring America’s “new chapter” of engagement with Afghanistan, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken......

Israel to reopen for small foreign tour groups

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JERUSALEM, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Israel will allow small foreign tour groups from selective countries to visit from Sept. 19 under a pilot programme to kick-start tourism, the government said on Sunday. Tour groups of between 5 and 30 people from countries on Israel’s green, yellow and orange lists will......

All six Israel MPC members voted to keep rates unchanged-minutes

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The Bank of Israel building is seen in Jerusalem June 16, 2020. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun/File Photo JERUSALEM, Sept 5 (Reuters) – All six rate setters at the Bank of Israel voted to keep the benchmark interest rate (ILINR=ECI) at 0.1% on Aug. 23, though one member believed it may be time......

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