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LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Sunday she would seek a “pragmatic solution” to a parliamentary impasse over the terms on which Britain leaves the European Union when she tries to reopen talks with Brussels. With less than two months until Britain is due to leave the bloc on March 29, concerns are growing over the...
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore police on Monday said it was looking into reports by the Financial Times of alleged financial irregularities at German payments firm Wirecard AG. The FT last week published two reports about alleged wrongdoing at Wirecard’s Singapore office that sent shares in the member of the blue-chip DAX sharply lower. Wirecard responded to the reports saying they were...
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia’s central bank holds its first policy meeting of the year facing a world re-shaped, and not for the better. Unwelcome economic news at home and abroad are challenging the Reserve Bank of Australia’s (RBA) dogged optimism on growth and its oft-repeated insistence the next move in interest rates will be up. Investors have already veered to price...
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong customs busted a massive endangered species smuggling operation from Africa, seizing a record quantity of pangolin scales along with more than 1,000 ivory tusks, as authorities step up the fight against illegal wildlife trafficking. The value of the seized goods - which equates to around 500 elephants and up to 13,000 pangolins - was...
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The family of television actor Jussie Smollett, who plays a gay character on the hip-hop musical drama “Empire,” spoke out on Thursday to condemn the assault he reported suffering in Chicago at the hands of two men yelling racial and homophobic slurs. Chicago police said detectives have been unable to obtain cell phone records to “independently...
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Nineteen people have been charged in three “birth tourism” schemes that operated in Southern California to bring pregnant Chinese women into the United States in order to secure birthright citizenship for their children, federal prosecutors in Los Angeles said on Thursday. The 17 cases unsealed on Thursday are the first federal charges brought against operators and...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday introduced legislation to limit the president’s power to levy import tariffs for national security reasons The bills face an uncertain future but underscore bipartisan concerns on Capitol Hill over the rising costs of the Trump administration’s trade policies. The United States in 2018 slapped duties on aluminum and steel from other countries, drawing...
TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada has decided to cut the number of diplomatic staff in Cuba by up to half after another person fell ill, Ottawa said on Wednesday, bringing the total to 14 Canadians suffering mysterious symptoms since 2017. Canadian and U.S. diplomats in Havana first began complaining of dizziness, headaches and nausea in the spring of 2017. The United...
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India’s unemployment rate rose to a 45-year high during 2017-2018, the Business Standard newspaper on Thursday quoted a government survey as showing, in the latest setback for Prime Minister Narendra Modi just months before a tightening election. The assessment by the National Sample Survey Office conducted between July 2017-June 2018, showed the unemployment rate stood at...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China and Russia pose the biggest risks to the United States, and are more aligned than they have been in decades as they target the 2020 presidential election and American institutions to expand their global reach, U.S. intelligence officials told senators on Tuesday. The spy chiefs broke with President Donald Trump in their assessments of the threats...

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