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Peru prosecutors seek travel ban for Repsol execs amid oil leak probe

LIMA (Reuters) – Peruvian prosecutors requested on Thursday that the president and three other executives of Spanish oil firm Repsol SA’s local refinery be barred from leaving Peru for 18 months while a probe into...

German parliament approves climate spending with unused COVID support funds

BERLIN (Reuters) -Germany’s lower house on Thursday suspended constitutional limits on new borrowing for another year and approved a supplementary budget to fund investments needed to transition the economy toward carbon neutrality. The debt-financed supplementary budget of 60 billion euros ($66.92 billion) was passed in a 382-283 vote in the Bundestag where Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s...

Scientists amazed by blinking star’s ‘totally unexpected’ behavior

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Scientists have detected what appears to be an incredibly dense star behaving unlike anything else ever seen – and suspect it might be a type of exotic astrophysical object whose existence has until now been only hypothesized. The object, spotted using the Murchison Widefield Array telescope in outback Western Australia, unleashed huge...

Morocco reopens airspace starting Feb 7 -MAP

CAIRO (Reuters) – Morocco will reopen its airspace for international flights starting Feb. 7, the state news agency (MAP) reported on Thursday. Morocco banned all inbound international passenger flights in November due to concerns over the Omicron COVID-19 variant.

Australia drugs regulator approves COVID-19 boosters for 16- and 17-year-olds

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s drug regulator on Friday approved the use of COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for 16- and 17-year-olds as authorities urge people to get their third doses soon to mitigate the threat from the Omicron coronavirus variant. The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) said it had approved Pfizer’s vaccine for use as a booster...

U.S., China confer on Ukraine, urge de-escalation and calm

BEIJING/WASHINGTON, Jan 27 (Reuters) – China told the United States on Thursday it wants all sides involved in Ukraine to remain calm and avoid increasing tensions, while Washington stressed de-escalation and warned of the security and economic risks from any Russian aggression. “We call on all parties to stay calm and refrain from doing things...

India probes illegal immigration after tragedy near Canada border

MUMBAI/TORONTO, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Indian police have detained six people in a crackdown on illegal immigration after four Indians were found frozen to death near the border between the United States and Canada last week, officials said on Thursday. On the same day, India’s High Commission in the Canadian capital of Ottawa confirmed the...

Argentina faces billion-dollar IMF trip wire as protests simmer

BUENOS AIRES, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Argentina is facing a billion-dollar trip wire of debt repayments to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) coming due with uncertainty over whether the South American country will pay amid tense talks to revamp around $40 billion in loans. The grains-producing country, which has been battling currency and debt crises...

Porn star Stormy Daniels testifies ex-lawyer Michael Avenatti ‘stole from me’

NEW YORK, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Adult film actress Stormy Daniels told jurors at her former lawyer Michael Avenatti’s criminal fraud trial on Thursday that he “stole from me and lied to me.” Testifying as a prosecution witness, Daniels said in Manhattan federal court that she fired Avenatti in early 2019, one year after retaining...

Scientists amazed by blinking star’s ‘totally unexpected’ behavior

WASHINGTON, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Scientists have detected what appears to be an incredibly dense star behaving unlike anything else ever seen – and suspect it might be a type of exotic astrophysical object whose existence has until now been only hypothesized. The object, spotted using the Murchison Widefield Array telescope in outback Western Australia,...

Honduras inaugurates first female president, Harris vows closer U.S. ties

TEGUCIGALPA, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Xiomara Castro was sworn in as Honduras’ first female president on Thursday, with U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris in attendance, as her government faces tests over a sharply divided Congress, rising debt and relations with China. Castro, flanked by her husband former President Manuel Zelaya and their children, was sworn...

Biden urges Congress to act now on Equal Rights Amendment

WASHINGTON, Jan 27 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden on Thursday called on Congress to immediately enshrine the Equal Rights Amendment in the U.S. Constitution and formally protect women’s rights nearly a century after lawmakers first raised them. In a statement, Biden urged Congress “to pass a resolution recognizing ratification of the ERA,” saying recent legal...

Honduras inaugurates first female president; Harris vows closer U.S. ties

TEGUCIGALPA, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Xiomara Castro was sworn in as Honduras’ first female president on Thursday, with U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris in attendance, and faces tests over a sharply divided Congress and relations with China. Castro, flanked by her husband former President Manuel Zelaya and their children, was sworn in at a packed...

Russia keeps door open to talks as U.S. rejects main security demands

MOSCOW, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Russia said on Thursday it was clear the United States was not willing to address its main security concerns in their standoff over Ukraine, but kept the door open for further dialogue. The United States and NATO submitted a written response on Wednesday to demands Russia has made for a redrawing of...

Casual denim trend, higher prices fuel Levi’s upbeat forecast

Jan 26 (Reuters) – Levi Strauss & Co (LEVI.N) forecast annual sales and profit above analysts’ estimates after topping quarterly results on Wednesday, bolstered by higher prices and strong demand for its jeans and jackets, sending its shares up 8% after the bell. People shopping for casual outdoor clothing as pandemic restrictions eased and a resurgence in...

Liberal U.S. Supreme Court Justice Breyer to retire, letting Biden pick successor

WASHINGTON, Jan 26 (Reuters) – Liberal U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer plans to retire, lawmakers said on Wednesday, giving President Joe Biden the opportunity to fulfill a campaign promise to nominate the first Black woman to the nation’s top judicial body. The retirement of Breyer, who is 83 and has served on the court since...

U.S. responds to Russia security demands as Ukraine tensions mount

WASHINGTON/MOSCOW, Jan 26 (Reuters) – The United States said on Wednesday it had set out a diplomatic path to address sweeping Russian demands in eastern Europe, as Moscow held security talks with Western countries and intensified its military build-up near Ukraine with new drills. In a written response to Russia’s demands delivered in person by...

U.N. chief tells Security Council: Afghanistan ‘hanging by thread’

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 26 (Reuters) – Afghanistan is “hanging by a thread,” United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Security Council on Wednesday, calling for countries to authorize all transactions needed to carry out humanitarian activities in the Taliban-ruled state. He also pushed for a suspension of any rules or conditions constricting “lifesaving” aid operations...

Expats head for the exit as ‘easy’ Singapore’s COVID controls bite

SINGAPORE, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Atar Sandler arrived in Singapore in 2019, seizing the opportunity to live in a buzzing global city that is also a convenient base to jet off to more exotic locales nearby. But after two years of mask-wearing, socialising in small groups and travel restrictions to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the...

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AT&T readies for revamped firm after sale of media unit

Jan 26 (Reuters) – AT&T Inc’s (T.N) WarnerMedia unit reported solid fourth-quarter revenue growth on Wednesday, helped by new customers for its HBO Max streaming service, but shares of AT&T fell 3% as the market absorbed whether its core wireless business could propel future growth. After facing skepticism from investors over its expensive endeavor to become a...

Intel first-quarter earnings forecast miss Street view

Jan 26 (Reuters) – Chipmaker Intel Corp forecast first-quarter earnings below analysts’ expectations on Wednesday, sending the world’s largest chipmaker’s shares down 3% in late trade. Intel forecast earnings per share of 80 cents, compared to an expectation of 86 cents, according to IBES data from Refinitiv. The company expected first-quarter revenue above Wall Street...

Most U.S. local governments opt to join $26 bln opioid settlement

BOSTON, Jan 26 (Reuters) – U.S. cities and counties have embraced a proposed settlement worth up to $26 billion resolving lawsuits alleging three large drug distributors and drugmaker Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) fueled the U.S. opioid epidemic, a lead negotiator of the deal said on Wednesday, increasing the odds that it will move forward. About 90% of...

Alec Baldwin seeks dismissal of civil suit over fatal ‘Rust’ shooting

LOS ANGELES, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Attorneys for Alec Baldwin and other producers of the movie “Rust” are asking a court to dismiss a civil lawsuit filed by a script supervisor who was on the set when the actor fatally shot a cinematographer. In a filing in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, the attorneys...

Trump is nowhere – and everywhere – in Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race

PHILADELPHIA, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Former President Donald Trump is nowhere to be seen in Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race, but he nonetheless is shaping the election as Republican candidates vie for his support and the state party considers skipping an endorsement to avoid being at odds with him. Trump has not revealed whether he will...

Deadlock over Italian presidency as centre-right proposals fall flat

ROME, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Italy’s lawmakers failed on Tuesday for a second day running to elect a new head of state, with party leaders struggling to find a consensus candidate. Although Prime Minister Mario Draghi remains a frontrunner, worries that his promotion to president might cause his coalition government to disintegrate and trigger early...

Cardinal skips Vatican trial to boycott talk of rumoured liaison with woman

VATICAN CITY, Jan 25 (Reuters) – A cardinal who is a defendant in a Vatican corruption trial stayed away on Tuesday because he did not want to be in the room when lawyers spoke of rumours that he had an intimate relationship with a woman, which he has denied. The trial, in which 10 defendants...

Bolsonaro’s far-right guru Carvalho dies at 74 in United States

BRASILIA, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Brazilian Conservative ideologue Olavo de Carvalho, who was President Jair Bolsonaro’s political guru, died on Monday night at a hospital in Richmond, Virginia in the United States, his family said on his social media accounts. He was 74. The Folha de S. Paulo newspaper reported that Carvalho was diagnosed with...

Qatar’s emir to visit Washington on Jan. 31

DOHA/WASHINGTON, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Qatar’s ruling emir plans to visit Washington on Jan. 31, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters, a trip likely to address Afghanistan, the security of gas supplies to Europe as well as Iran. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani’s visit, the first since President Joe Biden took office a...

U.S. judge hands down 44-month sentence for Capitol rioter who assaulted police

WASHINGTON, Jan 26 (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Thursday imposed a 44-month prison sentence on a man who pleaded guilty to a felony charge after throwing objects at police during last year’s attack on the U.S. Capitol and boasting about his actions on social media. The defendant, Nicholas Languerand, has been jailed since his...

Prince Andrew seeks jury trial, denies Virginia Giuffre’s sex abuse claims

NEW YORK, Jan 26 (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince Andrew on Wednesday asked for a U.S. jury trial as he again denied Virginia Giuffre’s accusations that he sexually abused her more than two decades ago when she was 17. Giuffre, 38, sued the Duke of York last August, alleging he battered her while the late financier...

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