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French ‘yellow vests’ march through Paris denouncing police violence

French ‘yellow vests’ march through Paris denouncing police violence

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© Reuters. French 'yellow vests' march through Paris, France, denouncing police violence By Johnny Cotton PARIS (Reuters) - Several thousand "yellow vest" protesters marched through Paris and other French cities on Saturday on the 12th weekend of action against the government despite opinion polls pointing to a recovery in President Emmanuel Macron's popularity. The protests - named after the fluorescent jackets French motorists are required to carry in their cars - began in mid-November over plans to raise fuel taxes before developing into a broader revolt against the government that mobilized tens of thousands of demonstrators nationwide each Saturday. The government warned on Friday police would not hesitate to use flash balls in case of viol
Chinese authorities block access to Australian detained for suspected espionage: lawyers

Chinese authorities block access to Australian detained for suspected espionage: lawyers

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Yang Hengjun, author and former Chinese diplomat, who is now an Australian citizen, is pictured in an unknown location in Tibet By Philip Wen BEIJING (Reuters) - Two lawyers hired by the wife of an Australian detained in Beijing for suspected espionage said they have been denied access to him by Chinese authorities on the grounds that the detainee did not agree to their appointment. Yang Hengjun, a 53-year-old Chinese-born writer, was detained in the southern city of Guangzhou while waiting for a transfer to Shanghai last month, after flying in from New York. He was taken to Beijing, where China has said the city's State Security Bureau is holding him under "coercive measures", a euphemism for detention, as he is investigated on susp
Turkey jails two Kurdish former parliamentarians

Turkey jails two Kurdish former parliamentarians

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: BDP co-leader Gultan Kisanak attends an interview with Reuters in Ankara ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A Turkish court has sentenced two Kurdish politicians to lengthy jail terms on charges of belonging to a terrorist organization and disseminating terrorist propaganda, Demiroren News Agency (DHA) reported. It said former parliamentarian Gultan Kisanak, who was arrested in 2016 when she was the joint mayor of Diyarbakir city in southeast Turkey, was jailed for 14 years and three months. Sebahat Tuncel, who had also served in parliament, was jailed for 15 years, the agency said. She has been on hunger strike for three weeks and did not attend the court hearing. Kisanak rejected the charges in court and said she had been held for two years before Friday'
Congresswoman Gabbard to officially declare 2020 candidacy

Congresswoman Gabbard to officially declare 2020 candidacy

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Gabbard, speaks to veterans at a Sioux tribal welcome meeting at Sitting Bull College as "water protectors" continue to demonstrate against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, in Fort Yates By James Oliphant WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard, an Iraq War veteran who at times has had a spiky relationship with the Democratic Party, on Saturday will add another liberal voice to a burgeoning field of candidates seeking the party's 2020 presidential nomination. Gabbard, 37, will officially launch her candidacy in Hawaii, where she has served as a congresswoman since 2013. A Samoan-American, she was the first Hindu elected to Congress. She made headlines in 2016 by qui
Russia suspends nuclear arms treaty after U.S. says to pull out

Russia suspends nuclear arms treaty after U.S. says to pull out

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© Reuters. Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the Kremlin in Moscow By Vladimir Soldatkin MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has suspended the Cold War-era Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday, after the United States said it would withdraw from the arms control pact, accusing Moscow of violations. Moscow's relations with the West are strained over issues including Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, allegations of meddling in the U.S. presidential election and being behind a nerve agent attack in Britain. The United States announced on Friday it will withdraw from the INF treaty in six months unless Moscow ends what it says are violations
3 Things Under the Radar This Week

3 Things Under the Radar This Week

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© Reuters. 1. Fed's Dovish Tilt to Make Earnings Great Again? In the unpredictability of the busiest week of corporate earnings, the strength of the dollar was singled out as the cartoon villain holding back growth. But dollar strength may be on borrowed time after the Fed's dovish tilt. "With the Fed on hold, pressure on the USD to retreat broadly from still-expensive levels is likely to persist," BNP Paris said in a note earlier this week. It’s not hard to see that a stronger dollar rains on the earnings parade, with roughly half of companies' revenues coming from overseas. The relative strength of the U.S. dollar not only makes products more expensive in many parts of the world, reducing their competitiveness, but also creates currency transl
Will Trump’s China Trade Deal Amount to More than a Hill of Beans?

Will Trump’s China Trade Deal Amount to More than a Hill of Beans?

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Part of eastern Australia hit by once-in-a-century floods, braces for more rain

Part of eastern Australia hit by once-in-a-century floods, braces for more rain

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Part of eastern Australia hit by once-in-a-century floods, braces for more rain By Will Ziebell MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Once-in-a-century flooding in part of the eastern Australian state of Queensland looks set to worsen as the nation's weather bureau on Saturday warned of more heavy rain in the area. Some residents have already been evacuated after days of monsoon rains lashed the region around the coastal city of Townsville in north Queensland, a spokesman for the Bureau of Meteorology said. Adam Blazak, a forecaster with the bureau, did not say how many people had been evacuated, but added that some areas had reached "major" flood levels. "Normally a monsoonal burst might last a few days, but this one's been going on over a week now and is set ...
One killed, five wounded in attack in southeast Iran: state TV

One killed, five wounded in attack in southeast Iran: state TV

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One killed, five wounded in attack in southeast Iran: state TV DUBAI (Reuters) - One person was killed and five wounded in an attack on a paramilitary Basij base in southeastern Iran, state television reported on Saturday. The report gave no further details about what it described as a "terrorist incident" in the city of Nik Shahr in Sistan-Baluchestan province, which has long been plagued by unrest from both drug smuggling gangs and Sunni Muslim militants.Source: Investing.com -- Read: Original Article
East African nations approve individual trade pacts with EU if joint deal not reached

East African nations approve individual trade pacts with EU if joint deal not reached

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2/2 © Reuters. Marjan Sarec, Slovenia's PM speaks during an interview in Ljubljana 2/2 DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - East African countries can individually sign separate trade agreements with the European Union (EU) if a joint deal is not reached within the next four months, according to a statement from a meeting of regional leaders. The East African Community (EAC) and the EU have been at loggerheads for years over signing the so-called Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), designed to replace preferential trade deals struck down by the World Trade Organization. "The summit ... decided that the EAC engages the EU on the matter in the next four months to get more clarification on the pertinent issues of concern. Thereafter, partner states who wish to, may
Fed backs Bangladesh as cyber-heist lawsuit kicks off

Fed backs Bangladesh as cyber-heist lawsuit kicks off

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© Reuters. The corner stone of The New York Federal Reserve Bank is seen surrounded by financial institutions in New York's financial district By Jonathan Spicer NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve will lend a hand to Bangladesh's central bank as it sues to recoup losses from one of the world's largest cyber heists, even while the Philippine bank targeted by the lawsuit on Friday called it baseless and beyond U.S. jurisdiction. The New York Fed's formal agreement to provide "technical assistance" could spell some relief for Bangladesh Bank and sets the stage for its long-promised litigation over the February 2016 heist of $81 million, of which only $15 million has been recovered. Unidentified hackers pulled off the heist by breaching
Iran unveils long-range cruise missile on anniversary of revolution

Iran unveils long-range cruise missile on anniversary of revolution

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Iran unveils long-range cruise missile on anniversary of revolution DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran unveiled a new cruise missile with a range of 1,300 km (800 miles) on Saturday, state television reported, as the Middle Eastern country displays its achievements during celebrations marking the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution "With a range of more than 1,300 km ... this cruise missile needs a very short time for its preparedness and can fly at a low altitude," Iranian Defence Minister Amir Hatami said in remarks carried by state television during the unveiling ceremony. Hatami said the new surface-to-surface missile, named Hoveizeh, was from the Soumar family of cruise missiles, which were unveiled in 2015. Western experts say Iran often exaggerates its...
Vice Media to Lay Off 10% of Global Staff

Vice Media to Lay Off 10% of Global Staff

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Here’s Why The David Bowie ‘Stardust’ Biopic Won’t Feature ‘Ziggy Stardust’—Or Any Bowie Songs

Here’s Why The David Bowie ‘Stardust’ Biopic Won’t Feature ‘Ziggy Stardust’—Or Any Bowie Songs

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raceAhead: Howard Schultz – Spoiler or Savior?

raceAhead: Howard Schultz – Spoiler or Savior?

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Brainstorm Health: Brexit Stockpile, Novartis Cell Therapy, San Francisco Soda Health Warnings

Brainstorm Health: Brexit Stockpile, Novartis Cell Therapy, San Francisco Soda Health Warnings

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Did Snopes and Facebook End Their Fact-Checking Partnership? Mostly True

Did Snopes and Facebook End Their Fact-Checking Partnership? Mostly True

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Like predecessor, Trump’s new EPA pick favors meetings with industry

Like predecessor, Trump’s new EPA pick favors meetings with industry

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: U.S. EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler addresses staff at EPA Headquarters in Washington (Reuters) - Acting U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler, President Donald Trump's pick to run the agency permanently, held nearly 20 times more meetings with industry representatives than with conservationists during his first two months on the job, according to a copy of his schedule. The industry focus fits neatly with the administration's efforts to reduce environmental red tape for companies, but could add fuel to criticism from Democrats that Wheeler - who is due to be confirmed by the Republican-controlled Senate in the coming days - is too cozy with the industries he oversees. Wheeler, a longtime Washington insider, t
U.S. agency seeks approval to take over Sears pensions

U.S. agency seeks approval to take over Sears pensions

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A dismantled sign sits leaning outside a Sears department store in Nanuet By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. agency that insures worker pensions sought permission on Friday to take over two underfunded Sears Holdings Corp pension plans, after objecting to Sears Chairman Eddie Lampert's proposed $5.2 billion buyout of the bankrupt retailer. In a complaint filed in Chicago federal court, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp asked to be named trustee of the pension plans, which it said are underfunded by $1.4 billion and cover about 90,000 Sears and Kmart employees and retirees. The PBGC also asked that the plans be terminated as of Jan. 31, 2019. Friday's request came six days after the PBGC objected to the takeover of Sears by La
U.S. Energy Department warns staff to avoid foreign recruitment programs

U.S. Energy Department warns staff to avoid foreign recruitment programs

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy Dan Brouillette attends a meeting in Chile By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Energy Department on Friday told staff they are banned from taking part in foreign recruitment programs as the agency seeks to stop China and other countries from illegally acquiring sensitive research in supercomputing and other technologies. Dan Brouillette, the Energy Department's deputy secretary, said in a memo the agency that recruitment programs sponsored by certain countries "threaten the United States' economic base by facilitating the unauthorized transfer of technology and intellectual property to foreign governments." Potential recruits are offered prestigious positions at fo
House panel launches inquiry over voter rights roll-backs

House panel launches inquiry over voter rights roll-backs

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© Reuters. A banner urging people to vote in the midterm elections is displayed in Houston By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Democratically controlled U.S. House Judiciary Committee launched an inquiry on Friday into the Trump administration's decision to reverse course on several key voting rights lawsuits and its efforts to add a citizenship question to the upcoming 2020 U.S. census. In a letter to acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker seen by Reuters, the chairman of the committee, Representative Jerrold Nadler, demanded that the Justice Department turn over any internal records on a number of voting rights issues and said he was concerned by a lack of enforcement of voter rights laws in general. The letter seeks records related to the Justice
Crypto Exchange QuadrigaCX Missing $145 Mln After Death of Founder

Crypto Exchange QuadrigaCX Missing $145 Mln After Death of Founder

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© Reuters. Crypto Exchange QuadrigaCX Missing $145 Mln After Death of Founder Following the sudden death of its founder Gerry Cotten, cryptocurrency exchange QuadrigaCX is reportedly missing CA$190 million dollars ($145 million) in digital assets, Canadian news daily The Globe and Mail reports on Feb. 1Citing a creditor protection filing from the Nova Scotia Supreme court, the Globe and Mail states that the firm has been unable to locate or access the funds since Cotten passed on Dec. 9, leading to a liquidity crisis at the exchange. QuadrigaCX filed for creditor protection in compliance with the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) on Feb. 1.Continue Reading on Coin TelegraphSource: Investing.com -- Read: Original Article
GM Layoffs of More Than 4,000 Salaried Workers Will Begin on Monday

GM Layoffs of More Than 4,000 Salaried Workers Will Begin on Monday

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Vaping May Be a Gateway to Cigarette Smoking for Teens, Study Says

Vaping May Be a Gateway to Cigarette Smoking for Teens, Study Says

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