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Mekelle struck, residents flee Amhara as Ethiopia battle intensifies

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Members of Amhara special forces stand guard on the Ethiopia-Eritrean border near the town of Humera, Ethiopia July 1, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer Friday’s strike hits university campus, say humanitarian sources Fourth day of aerial bombardments in city of Mekelle Air campaign comes amid heavy fighting in Amhara region Nearly a year......

Mass protests held in Sudan against prospect of military rule

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KHARTOUM, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Huge crowds of people marched in several parts of the Sudanese capital and other cities on Thursday in demonstrations against the prospect of military rule, as the crisis in the country’s troubled transition from authoritarian rule deepened. The military has shared power with civilian parties......

Biden says United States would come to Taiwan’s defense

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U.S. President Joe Biden speaks briefly with reporters after participating in a ceremony for state and national Teachers of the Year at the White House in Washington, U.S. October 18, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo Biden says U.S. has “commitment” to defend Taiwan White House says no change in policy on......

Alec Baldwin fires prop gun on movie set, killing cinematographer

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Oct 21 (Reuters) – Actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on a movie set in New Mexico on Thursday, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza, authorities said. The incident occurred on the set of independent feature film “Rust,” the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s office said in......

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......

U.S. House holds Trump ally Bannon in contempt, seeks prosecution

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WASHINGTON, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Longtime Donald Trump ally Steve Bannon could face criminal prosecution for refusing to cooperate with a probe into the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol after the House of Representatives voted Thursday to hold him in contempt of Congress. The Democratic-led chamber voted......

Intel shares sink as chipmaker predicts lower margins in years ahead

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Visitors are seen at the Intel booth during the China Digital Entertainment Expo and Conference, also known as ChinaJoy, in Shanghai, China July 30, 2021. Picture taken July 30, 2021. REUTERS/Aly Song/Files Oct 21 (Reuters) – Intel Corp (INTC.O) on Thursday forecast lower profit margins for years to come as......

One U.N. peacekeeper killed, four wounded in Mali

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UN peacekeepers patrol in the northern town of Kidal, file. REUTERS/Stringer BAMAKO, Oct 2 (Reuters) – One U.N. peacekeeper was killed and four more were severely wounded when their convoy hit an improvised explosive device in northern Mali on Saturday, the United Nations’ force in Mali said. The bloodshed near......

Late Locatelli strike hands Juventus win over Torino in Turin derby

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TURIN, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Manuel Locatelli struck late to earn Juventus a 1-0 win over Torino in the Turin derby on Saturday, as the Old Lady stretched their winning run to four games in all competitions and kept a Serie A clean sheet for the first time in seven......

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......

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.......

China marks national day with mass air incursion near Taiwan

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TAIPEI, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Taiwan’s air force scrambled again on Friday to warn away 25 Chinese aircraft that entered its air defence zone, the defence ministry in Taipei said, the same day as China marked its national day, the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Chinese-claimed Taiwan has......

Top Israeli diplomat visits Bahrain, U.S. navy base in signal to Iran

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DUBAI, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Bahrain hosted the Israeli foreign minister on Thursday for the highest-level visit since the countries established ties last year andwhich included a tour of a U.S. naval headquarters to signal common cause against Iran. Landing in Manama on a plane daubed with an olive branch......

Pelosi says House to vote on infrastructure bill, outcome uncertain

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WASHINGTON, Sept 30 (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives will vote Thursday on a $1 trillion infrastructure bill championed by President Joe Biden and passed in a bipartisan Senate vote, the chamber’s top Democrat said, even as some in her party threaten to vote against it. Speaker of the......

Poland illegally pushed migrants back into Belarus, Amnesty Int’l says

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Polish border guard officers stand guard next to a group of migrants stranded on the border between Belarus and Poland near the village of Usnarz Gorny, Poland August 19, 2021. Picture taken on August 19, 2021. Grzegorz Dabrowski/Agencja Gazeta/via REUTERS WARSAW/BRUSSELS, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Poland carried out an unlawful......

Facebook could face hefty fine in Russia over banned content, says regulator

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MOSCOW, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Russian authorities on Thursday warned social media giant Facebook (FB.O) it faces a fine of up to 10% of its annual turnover in the country unless it deletes content Moscow deems illegal. Upping the ante in its standoff with U.S. Big Tech, state communications regulator......

Pandemic recovery fuels deal craze as third-quarter M&A breaks all records

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Global M&A hits all-time peak of $1.52 trillion in Q3 Cheap financing drives desire for transformative deals Volumes double in Europe driven by private-equity buyouts U.S. activity up 32% to $581 billion, Asia Pacific up 21% Frantic dealmaking surpasses all full-year records LONDON, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Global mergers and......

Death toll in Ecuador prison riot rises to 116, six decapitated

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QUITO, Sept 29 (Reuters) – The death toll from a riot at one of Ecuador’s largest prisons rose to 116, President Guillermo Lasso said on Wednesday, adding that he would send additional security forces and free up funds to avoid a repeat. Another 80 inmates were injured during the Tuesday......

Bond is back: 007 film ‘No Time To Die’ premieres in London

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LONDON, Sept 28 (Reuters) – With a guest list made up of Oscar winners and British royalty, James Bond film “No Time To Die” finally held its delayed world premiere in London on Tuesday in the cinema’s most high profile red carpet since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Wet......

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