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Russian firm suing France's far-right party over loan debt - court document
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  • 2020-02-18 15:54:21Z

A Russian firm is suing France's right-wing party led by Marine Le Pen to recover outstanding debt on a loan made years earlier, court documents seen by Reuters show. Le Pen's Rassemblement National, formerly known as the National Front, took out a 9-million-euro loan at the First Czech Russian

U.S. blacklists Rosneft unit to choke off funds for Venezuela's Maduro government
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  • 2020-02-18 15:30:00Z

The United States on Tuesday tightened financial restrictions on Venezuela, blacklisting a subsidiary of Russian oil firm Rosneft that President Donald Trump's administration has said provides a lifeline to President Nicolas Maduro's government. The Trump administration has accused the subsidiary

Vatican police perform new raids in London real estate case
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  • 2020-02-18 15:28:11Z

Vatican police conducted new raids as part of a corruption investigation into a botched London real estate venture, focusing on the Vatican prelate who signed the contracts for the deal involving a luxury apartment building. Documents and computers were seized from the office and home of Monsignor Alberto

Huge locust outbreak in East Africa reaches South Sudan
Huge locust outbreak in East Africa reaches South Sudan
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  • 2020-02-18 15:26:10Z

The worst locust outbreak that parts of East Africa have seen in 70 years has reached South Sudan, a country where roughly half the population already faces hunger after years of civil war, officials announced Tuesday. Around 2,000 locusts were spotted inside the country, Agriculture Minister Onyoti Adigo told reporters. The locusts have been seen in Eastern Equatoria state near the borders with Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.

U.S. blacklists Rosneft unit to choke off funds for Venezuela's Maduro government
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  • 2020-02-18 15:25:50Z

The Trump administration on Tuesday moved to tighten financial restrictions on Venezuela, blacklisting a subsidiary of Russian oil firm Rosneft, which U.S. officials have said provides a lifeline to President Nicolas Maduro's government.

EXCLUSIVE-Machine lubricants leave bad taste for palm oil producers, buyers
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  • 2020-02-18 15:21:57Z

The palm oil industry, long accused of large-scale deforestation, is bracing for another hit to its business: machinery lubricants seeping into the world's most consumed edible oil during processing. European food companies, including Nestle, have in recent months asked top palm oil producers in

Russian blogger's HIV documentary reaches millions, draws Kremlin praise
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  • 2020-02-18 15:18:14Z

A hard-hitting YouTube documentary about Russia's HIV epidemic by a popular blogger has attracted more than 13 million views in a week and even drawn praise from the Kremlin. Some pharmacists have also reported a rush to snap up express HIV tests after the film, which is just under two hours long

US STOCKS-Apple's surprise sales warning pressures Wall St
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  • 2020-02-18 15:14:31Z

Technology stocks dragged down Wall Street on Tuesday after a surprise sales warning from bellwether Apple fanned worries about the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on global supply chains. The world's most valuable technology firm said it was unlikely to meet its March-quarter sales guidance

RPT-WRAPUP 7-China sees fall in coronavirus deaths but WHO urges caution
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  • 2020-02-18 15:12:50Z

BEIJING/SHANGHAI, Feb 18 (Reuters) - China reported on Tuesday its fewest new coronavirus infections since January and its lowest daily death toll for a week, but the World Health Organization said data suggesting the epidemic had slowed should still be viewed with caution. Apple Inc warned that its

Restoring the heartbeat of forgotten France, one cafe at a time
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  • 2020-02-18 15:11:13Z

Thomas Sureau and his partner Lisa Buisine took possession of the keys to an abandoned cafe in the village of Congrier faced with the task of breathing life back into a small corner of "La France Oubliee", or "Forgotten France". The former owners of the Chene Vert, who also sold

FOREX-Dollar rises as weak German data hurts euro
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  • 2020-02-18 15:02:01Z

On Tuesday, Germany's ZEW research institute said in its monthly survey that investors' mood deteriorated far more than expected in February, on worries the coronavirus would dampen world trade. Against the greenback, the Australian dollar was 0.33% lower, while the New Zealand dollar fell 0.67%

Sanofi partners with U.S. agency to develop coronavirus vaccine
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  • 2020-02-18 15:02:00Z

Sanofi said on Tuesday it was working with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) of the U.S. Health Department to develop a vaccine against the new coronavirus from China. The French drugmaker said it intended to further investigate an advanced pre-clinical vaccine candidate

Iran oil production projects have been reduced because of lack of funds - minister
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  • 2020-02-18 15:00:01Z

Iran has had to reduce oil production projects because of a lack of funds and income from oil exports has decreased, Iran's Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said on Tuesday, according to the official IRNA news agency.

Jury deliberations set to begin in the Harvey Weinstein trial
Jury deliberations set to begin in the Harvey Weinstein trial
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  • 2020-02-18 14:52:55Z

The jury in Harvey Weinstein's rape trial is about to begin deliberating. After the defense and the prosecution in the disgraced movie mogul's trial delivered their closing arguments at the end of last week, Judge James Burke on Tuesday will give jurors instructions before they start to deliberate, USA Today reports. The sexual assault and rape charges against Weinstein center around the allegations of two women: Jessica Mann, who alleges Weinstein raped her in 2013, and Mimi Haleyi, who alleges Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her in 2006. Four other Weinstein accusers testified during the trial, while additional witnesses were brought in to back up the accusers' accounts....

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Jaguar Land Rover's UK output threatened by coronavirus-linked parts shortage
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  • 2020-02-18 14:48:59Z

Jaguar Land Rover has enough parts from China to maintain its British production for the next two weeks but not beyond that at the moment due to the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, the firm's boss said on Tuesday. Britain's biggest carmaker, which operates three car factories in its home market, joined major global companies such as Apple in warning of the impact of the virus on supply chains. The rapidly spreading virus has killed nearly 1,900 in China and stricken some 72,000 people, confining millions to their homes, disrupting supply chains and delaying reopening of factories after the extended Lunar New Year holiday break.

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Taylor Swift's dad fights off burglar in Florida penthouse
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  • 2020-02-18 14:45:26Z

The suspect was charged with second-degree burglary and is being held on more than $50,000 bond.

Trump blasts proposed restrictions on China trade, says national security is no 'excuse'
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  • 2020-02-18 14:43:39Z

President Donald Trump on Tuesday blasted some proposed restrictions on trade with China and said national security cannot be used as an "excuse" to make it difficult for foreign countries to buy U.S. products. "The United States cannot, & will not, become such a difficult place to deal

Angels ensure 'no means no' at Brazil's anything-goes carnival
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  • 2020-02-18 14:41:18Z

While the rest of the shimmering, semi-naked crowd load up on vodka mixers at Casa Comigo, a street party the Saturday before Brazil's carnival holiday, this group is on a different mission - to make sure the sensual chaos stays consensual. A group of volunteers linked to Sao Paulo's City Hall

Exclusive: Vodafone, Telecom Italia offer rivals access to some sites to ease EU concerns - document
Exclusive: Vodafone, Telecom Italia offer rivals access to some sites to ease EU concerns - document
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  • 2020-02-18 14:38:34Z

Vodafone and Telekom Italia offered to give rivals access to some of their infrastructure for up to nine years to allay EU antitrust concerns over their plan to create Italy's largest mobile tower company, according to a document seen by Reuters. It would see Vodafone transfer its Italian mobile masts to INWIT , TIM's 60%-owned subsidiary. For the telecoms industry, combining towers or sharing networks to reduce debt and share costs are seen as an alternative to counter EU antitrust regulators' tough line on mergers that reduce the number of players in a market.

South Africa's statistics agency faces funding crisis
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  • 2020-02-18 14:32:39Z

South Africa's statistics agency is facing a funding crisis that might affect the quality of official data if not addressed, the organisation which oversees the agency said on Tuesday. David Everatt, chairman of the Statistics Council, said the agency needed 200 million rand ($13.3 million) in funding

Alexander's: 4Q Earnings Snapshot
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  • 2020-02-18 14:19:12Z

PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) _ Alexander's Inc. (ALX) on Tuesday reported a key measure of profitability in its fourth quarter. The real estate investment trust, based in Paramus, New Jersey, said it had funds from operations of $24.6 million, or $4.81 per share, in the period. Funds from operations is a

Trump threatens lawsuits over Mueller probe
Trump threatens lawsuits over Mueller probe
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  • 2020-02-18 14:18:45Z

The president's posts represent the latest development in his renewed assault against the former special counsel's work.

US STOCKS-Apple's surprise sales warning sets Wall St for lower open
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  • 2020-02-18 14:15:39Z

Wall Street was set to open lower on Tuesday as a surprise sales warning from bellwether Apple fanned worries about the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on global supply chains. The world's most valuable technology firm said it was unlikely to meet its March-quarter sales guidance because of slower

Robots, clocks and computers: How Ancient Greeks got there first
Robots, clocks and computers: How Ancient Greeks got there first
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  • 2020-02-18 14:07:05Z

It is the focal point of an exhibition of more than 100 inventions that highlight the vast extent of Ancient Greece's technological legacy and also features an analogue computer, an alarm clock and automatic fire doors. Other recreations include Polybolos, a repeating catapult capable of launching arrows in succession, examples of cryptography to send coded messages in times of war, and the Pyoulkos, a syringe used for injections and to remove pus.

Ex-taekwondo champ freed in Ukraine-Russia swap says she is captive again
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  • 2020-02-18 14:06:15Z

Daria Mastikasheva was one of scores of prisoners exchanged between Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists in December, but she says she is now being kept against her will in a hospital in eastern Ukraine by the same people who secured her release. A former taekwondo champion, Mastikasheva spent years

Grifols to help Saudi Arabia produce blood plasma medicines
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  • 2020-02-18 14:04:33Z

Spanish pharmaceutical company Grifols said on Tuesday it had signed a non-binding agreement with Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund to help the country produce blood plasma-derived medicines. Barcelona-based Grifols and the Public Investment Fund (PIF) have agreed in principle to create a joint

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Taylor Swift's dad fights off burglar in Florida penthouse
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  • 2020-02-18 14:02:00Z

The suspect was charged with second-degree burglary and is being held on more than $50,000 bond.

Prada says puts off fashion show in Japan due to coronavirus
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  • 2020-02-18 13:58:44Z

Italian fashion house Prada has put off a show in Japan in May due to the coronavirus outbreak in China, it said on Tuesday. "Due to the current uncertainty related to the spread of the novel coronavirus, the Prada Resort fashion show originally scheduled for May 21 in Japan will be postponed,&

GLOBAL MARKETS-Apple virus warning shakes stocks, euro near three-year low
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  • 2020-02-18 13:52:42Z

World stocks markets were knocked off record highs on Tuesday as two of the world's mega companies and Europe's largest economy, Germany, reported damage from the coronavirus outbreak. Apple's stock fell almost 6% in Frankfurt at one stage and Wall Street looked set for a rocky ride later after

Netanyahu's trial to begin on March 17 - Israeli Justice Ministry
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  • 2020-02-18 13:52:14Z

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's corruption trial will begin on March 17, two weeks after a national election, the Justice Ministry said on Tuesday. In a statement, the ministry said Netanyahu will be required to be present at the session, at which an indictment against him will be read

Robots, clocks and computers: How Ancient Greeks got there first
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  • 2020-02-18 13:50:52Z

It is the focal point of an exhibition of more than 100 inventions that highlight the vast extent of Ancient Greece's technological legacy and also features an analogue computer, an alarm clock and automatic fire doors. Other recreations include Polybolos, a repeating catapult capable of launching

Kosovo police officer commits suicide after killing parents, brothers
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  • 2020-02-18 13:48:24Z

A female police officer shot dead her parents and two brothers before committing suicide in the eastern Kosovo town of Gjilan where she served, police and the prosecutor's office said on Tuesday. "A police officer has killed four members of her family and in the end she committed suicide,"

Engineer given six years in prison over Latvian supermarket collapse
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  • 2020-02-18 13:29:45Z

A Latvian construction engineer was sentenced to six years in prison on Tuesday over the 2013 collapse of a supermarket that killed 54 people, the country's worst disaster since gaining independence in the early 1990s. Ivars Sergets was found guilty of breaching construction rules and of manslaughter

InMode: 4Q Earnings Snapshot
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  • 2020-02-18 13:26:11Z

YOKNEAM, Israel (AP) _ InMode Ltd. (INMD) on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $19 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The maker of cosmetic surgery devices posted revenue of $47 million in the period. InMode expects full-year earnings in the range of $1.85

Breen to return as DuPont CEO
Breen to return as DuPont CEO
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  • 2020-02-18 13:25:01Z

Breen, who is currently the chairman of DuPont, will replace Marc Doyle, the company said on Tuesday. The board concluded now is the right time to restore Breen to the chief executive role to draw more directly on his substantial operating experience, DuPont's lead independent director Alexander Cutler said in a statement.

Croatia's new president Milanovic takes office, urges solidarity
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  • 2020-02-18 13:23:45Z

Croatia's new president Zoran Milanovic urged more solidarity in society as he formally took office on Tuesday, and called for vigilance against populist approaches to issues such as climate change that may distort or ignore scientific facts. Unlike his four predecessors who were sworn in at Zagreb

One Russian on cruise ship confirmed to have coronavirus - embassy
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  • 2020-02-18 13:19:28Z

Russia's embassy in Japan said on Tuesday that a Russian woman earlier said to have been diagnosed with coronavirus on a cruise ship docked in Japan does not have the virus, but that her husband, who is also on board, had tested positive. Russia's embassy had said on Monday that the wife had

RPT -Spain sends bill on taxing web giants' Spanish revenues to parliament
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  • 2020-02-18 13:19:09Z

The Spanish government has sent a bill to parliament proposing to tax revenues booked by web giants such as Google (GOOGL.O), Amazon (AMZN.O) and Facebook (FB.O) in Spain, budget minister Maria Jesus Montero said on Tuesday. The government proposes to levy a 3% tax on large web companies that generate

More drenching rains take aim at flood-ravaged South
More drenching rains take aim at flood-ravaged South
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  • 2020-02-18 13:15:18Z

Forecasters are expecting heavy rains again in parts of the flood-ravaged South, prolonging the misery in neighborhoods surrounded by water. Some of the hardest-hit areas in Mississippi were under a flash flood watch on Tuesday. The National Weather Service said rainfall amounts of up to 2 inches (5 centimeters) - with higher amounts possible in some spots - were expected to fall in a short amount of time in central Mississippi on Tuesday.

Democratic presidential hopeful Bloomberg calls for tighter financial industry regulations
Democratic presidential hopeful Bloomberg calls for tighter financial industry regulations
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  • 2020-02-18 13:13:38Z

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday proposed a raft of new regulations aimed at Wall Street, including the phasing in of a financial transaction tax of 0.1% and stronger consumer protections. The campaign said he would toughen stress tests for the largest financial institutions, merge the government-sponsored mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and bolster the "Volcker Rule" ban on proprietary trading, which it said has been undermined by the Trump administration. While it doesn't go quite as far as the proposals backed by liberal rival Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, Bloomberg's sweeping reform plan is the...

Air strikes hit hospitals, camps in northwest Syria, relief effort overwhelmed - U.N.
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  • 2020-02-18 13:06:10Z

BEIRUT/GENEVA, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Government air strikes have hit hospitals and displaced persons camps in northwest Syria and killed about 300 civilians as President Bashar al-Assad's forces press an assault against the last rebel stronghold, the United Nations said on Tuesday. U.N. officials said

Teen strikes plea deal after arrest raises mental health concerns
Teen strikes plea deal after arrest raises mental health concerns
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  • 2020-02-18 12:53:58Z

Hayden Long's mother says he agreed to plead guilty to assault and underage drinking charges to avoid being tried as an adult for felony assault.

US STOCKS-Apple's surprise sales warning pressures futures
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  • 2020-02-18 12:53:57Z

U.S. stock index futures dropped on Tuesday as investors returned from a long weekend to a sales warning from Apple Inc that highlighted the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on global supply chains. Shares of the iPhone maker fell 3.1% in premarket trading, while those of Apple suppliers, including

EXCLUSIVE-Samsung wins 5-nanometer modem chip contract from Qualcomm -sources
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  • 2020-02-18 12:35:00Z

Samsung will fabricate at least some of Qualcomm's X60 modem chips, which will connect devices such as smart phones to 5G wireless data networks. The X60 will be made on Samsung's 5-nanometer process, the sources said, which makes the chips smaller and more power-efficient than previous generations

New Qualcomm chips aim to connect phones to disparate 5G networks
New Qualcomm chips aim to connect phones to disparate 5G networks
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  • 2020-02-18 12:34:20Z

Qualcomm is the world's biggest supplier of mobile phone chips. The San Diego, California-based company said its new X60 modem chip, along with a new antenna chip, will be the first to aggregate signals sent over the disparate frequencies used in the two variants of 5G networks, a feature the company said will help boost download speeds. 5G communications, which are intended to improve data transfer speeds and connect more devices to the internet, are expected to be in wide use by the end of 2020.

Millennial Money: Make your brand loyalty pay off
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  • 2020-02-18 12:32:29Z

Blogger Dani Austin of Dallas, Texas, logged into her Southwest Airlines account a few days before the end of 2019. Shortly after, she and her husband, Jordan Joseph Ramirez, flew to Las Vegas (and back home) in less than 72 hours. The spontaneous trip was part of a last-ditch attempt to try to earn

Vonage: 4Q Earnings Snapshot
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  • 2020-02-18 12:31:12Z

HOLMDEL, N.J. (AP) _ Vonage Holdings Corp. (VG) on Tuesday reported a loss of $2.4 million in its fourth quarter. The Holmdel, New Jersey-based company said it had a loss of 1 cent per share. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, came to 6 cents per share.

New Qualcomm chips aim to connect phones to disparate 5G networks
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  • 2020-02-18 12:30:00Z

Qualcomm Inc on Tuesday introduced new chips designed to connect mobile phones to 5G networks that operate differently around the world. Qualcomm is the world's biggest supplier of mobile phone chips. The San Diego, California-based company said its new X60 modem chip, along with a new antenna

Brazil oil workers to appeal labor court decision ruling strike at Petrobras as illegal
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  • 2020-02-18 12:24:04Z

An oil workers federation plans to appeal a decision by Brazil's labor court that declared a strike at state-run Petrobras illegal and abusive, according to a video released by the federation on social media. Brazil's Superior Labor Court (TST) authorized Petrobras on Monday to take disciplinary

EXCLUSIVE-Machine lubricants leave bad taste for palm oil producers, buyers
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  • 2020-02-18 12:23:57Z

The palm oil industry, long-accused of large scale deforestation, is bracing for another hit to its business: machinery lubricants seeping into the world's most consumed edible oil during processing. European food companies, including Nestle, have in recent months asked top palm oil producers in


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