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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......

Tunisian PM appoints new ministers in sweeping cabinet reshuffle

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Tunisia’s Hichem Mechichi takes the oath of office during the country’s new government swearing-in ceremony at the Carthage Palace outside the capital Tunis, Tunisia February 27, 2020. Fethi Belaid/Pool via REUTERS TUNIS, (Reuters) – Tunisian Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi named 12 new ministers on Saturday in a cabinet reshuffle he......

Residents flee Islamist insurgent attack on town in northeast Nigeria

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MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) – Government troops and several hundred residents have been forced to flee after Islamist insurgents overran a town in northeast Nigeria in an attack claimed by Islamic State, security sources said on Saturday. Friday’s assault on Marte, which lies on Lake Chad in Borno state, came just......

Britain invites G7 leaders to Cornish resort for June summit

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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain announced plans to hold the first in-person meeting of the G7 for nearly two years in June, inviting the leaders of major developed economies to a picturesque seaside village to discuss rebuilding from the pandemic and climate change. FILE PHOTO: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures......

Uganda’s Museveni in commanding election lead, rival alleges fraud

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KAMPALA (Reuters) – Uganda’s long-time leader Yoweri Museveni held a commanding lead in a presidential election according to partial results on Saturday morning, with final results expected later in the day, though his main rival Bobi Wine alleged widespread fraud. Electoral campaign posters of Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni hang on......

Britain tightens borders to keep out new COVID-19 strains

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Passengers from international flights arrive at Heathrow Airport, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), London, Britain January 15, 2021. REUTERS/Matthew Childs LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is tightening border controls to prevent new strains of COVID-19 coming into the country, suspending all the ‘travel corridor’ arrangements that had meant......

France toughens COVID-19 testing rules for non-EU travellers

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FILE PHOTO: Orange and green lanes for entry into France and the EU are seen on the road as new customs infrastructure for Brexit at Eurotunnel terminal in Coquelles, near Calais, France, December 31, 2020. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol PARIS (Reuters) – People travelling from non-EU countries to France will no longer......

Uganda’s President Museveni has early lead in election, preliminary results show

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Elections posters of Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni are seen on a street in Kampala, Uganda January 12, 2021. REUTERS/Baz Ratner KAMPALA (Reuters) – Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni took an early lead in the presidential election race, according to preliminary results released on Friday morning by the electoral commission. With 13.6%......

Car insurance premiums in Britain fall 6% in fourth-quarter – survey

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FILE PHOTO: Customers are seen looking at cars at Cargiant, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), London, Britain, June 1, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville (Reuters) – The cost of a comprehensive motor insurance policy in Britain fell for a fourth straight quarter, with the latest quarter recording a 6%......

Mom Calls Out The Government After Comparing What She Could Buy For £30 Vs. What The Government Bought For £30

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While I absolutely love the United Kingdom, its culture, nature, and food, even I can’t deny that some of the things going on there during the Covid-19 pandemic range from full-on dystopian to just downright dingy. Case in point, parents, regular Brits, and celebs alike are up in arms over......

Meagre lockdown food parcels for English school children provoke outcry

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LONDON (Reuters) – Shared images of meagre food packages supplied to children by schools during England’s COVID-19 lockdown prompted an outcry on Tuesday and led the government to warn private suppliers to raise their standards. FILE PHOTO: Food parcels for families that received free school meal vouchers during previous lockdowns......

Senegal’s hospitals stretched as COVID infections surge

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By Edward McAllister, Diadie Ba DAKAR (Reuters) – Senegal is rushing to provide more hospital beds for coronavirus patients as infections soar and a lack of capacity means doctors are only able to admit the most severe cases, health officials said. Professor Moussa Seydi, wearing his personal protective equipment (PPE)......

Guardians of Congo’s gorillas unbowed as ambushed colleague is buried

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Virunga National Park Rangers watch as civilians bury the body of Congolese ranger Burhani Abdou Surumwe who was killed in an ambush in Virunga National Park, a sanctuary for endangered mountain gorillas, in Goma, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo January 11, 2021. REUTERS/Djaffar Al Katany GOMA, Congo (Reuters) – A......

South Africa secures 20 million vaccines from manufacturers, Ramaphosa says

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa visits the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) treatment facilities at the NASREC Expo Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa April 24, 2020. Jerome Delay/Pool via REUTERS JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa has secured 20 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines which are expected to be delivered mainly in the......

Angola gets breathing space from Chinese creditors, says finance minister

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By Tom Arnold, Karin Strohecker LONDON (Reuters) – Angola has secured three years of payment relief from Chinese creditors and expects to get more than $700 million in its next tranche of International Monetary Fund financing in the coming days, its finance minister said on Monday. Africa’s second-largest oil exporter......

Exclusive: Chinese regulators to push tech giants to share consumer credit data – sources

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HONG KONG (Reuters) – China plans to push tech giants including Ant Group, Tencent and JD.com to share consumer loan data to prevent excess borrowing and fraud, two people with knowledge of the matter said, in Beijing’s latest tightening of scrutiny. FILE PHOTO: A sign of Ant Group is seen......

Britain records 54,940 new COVID-19 cases and 563 deaths on Sunday

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Medical workers transport a patient from an ambulance at the Royal London Hospital amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in London, Britain, January 10, 2021. REUTERS/Simon Dawson LONDON (Reuters) – Britain reported 54,940 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, a slight drop from the number on Saturday,......

OPEC crude output cuts should help U.S. shale profits in 2021

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HOUSTON (Reuters) – A decision by OPEC and allied countries to cut crude production through March delivered a late Christmas present for U.S. shale firms that have slashed costs, but any rise in prices spurred by the unexpected move may be just a modest stocking stuffer. FILE PHOTO: A Marathon......

Fact check: Men who stormed Capitol identified by Reuters are not undercover Antifa as posts claim

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Social media users have been sharing content online that suggests those who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 were Antifa, not Trump supporters. Many have been using compilations of pictures as purported evidence, but examination of these images shows they do not support this claim. Meanwhile, the FBI has......

Northern Ireland-Britain supply chain at risk of collapse, hauliers warn

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FILE PHOTO: A lorry passes a Brexit themed poster on the road close to the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland near Newry, Northern Ireland, December 31, 2020. REUTERS/Phil Noble DUBLIN (Reuters) – The supply chain between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom is a “boat breakdown”......

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