Month: February 2018

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The body of evangelist Billy Graham will lie in honor under the U.S. Capitol rotunda next week as Congress pays tribute to a clergyman who counseled presidents and preached the Gospel to millions worldwide, House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Thursday. Graham, who died at his home near Asheville, North Carolina, on
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PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Haiti has temporarily revoked Oxfam Great Britain’s authorization to operate in the country after allegations of sexual misconduct by some of the charity’s staff there, Planning and External Cooperation Minister Aviol Fleurant said on Thursday. Fleurant said the decision had been made on the grounds of “serious failings” by Oxfam Great Britain
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BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentina is giving Venezuelan immigrants extra time to present documents needed to obtain residency due to delays in obtaining paperwork from their homeland, the head of the country’s migration authority said on Thursday. Like other South American countries, Argentina has experienced a surge in immigration from Venezuela, as hundreds of thousands
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NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. stocks advanced on Thursday, putting major indexes on track to snap a recent spate of declines, buoyed by gains in industrial and energy shares as U.S. Treasury yields eased. The Dow and S&P dropped for a second consecutive session and the Nasdaq fell for a third straight on Wednesday after
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HELSINKI (Reuters) – Angry Birds game maker Rovio Entertainment (ROVIO.HE) warned that profitability would fall short of forecasts, halving its share price and leaving investors in the Finnish company nursing big losses after a flotation last September. Rovio blamed increased marketing costs and other investments for the gloomier outlook. Its shares crashed 49.7 percent to
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LONDON (Reuters) – The world’s oldest known cave paintings were made by Neanderthals, not modern humans, suggesting our extinct cousins were far from being uncultured brutes. A high-tech analysis of cave art at three Spanish sites, published on Thursday, dates the paintings to at least 64,800 years ago, or 20,000 years before modern humans arrived
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SILVERSTONE, England (Reuters) – Lewis Hamilton expects his Formula One rivalry with Sebastian Vettel to become even more intense this season and says he is prepared for anything the Ferrari driver throws at him. The battle between the two four-times world champions promises to be the storyline of the season starting in Australia on March
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BERLIN (Reuters) – A film depicting the Jamaican community in London in the 1980s is a reminder of Britain’s multicultural complexity, British actor Idris Elba said presenting “Yardie”, his directorial debut, at the Berlin Film Festival. “Yardie … is a reminder of where we come from in England,” Elba said at a news conference after
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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md./WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Vice President Mike Pence rallied thousands of conservative activists on Thursday to fight back against a Democratic drive to take over the U.S. Congress in 2018 elections, calling it crucial to advance President Donald Trump’s agenda. Pence spoke at the annual gathering of the Conservative Political Action Conference, a traditional
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LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May hopes on Thursday to settle disputes over her Brexit strategy that are dividing her cabinet and party, and frustrating her negotiating partners in the European Union. At a meeting at a 16th-century country residence that is expected to continue into the evening, May and her so-called Brexit
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LEIPZIG, Germany (Reuters) – A German court will rule on Thursday whether major cities can ban heavily polluting diesel cars, potentially hitting the resale value of 15 million vehicles in Europe’s largest car market and forcing carmakers to pay for costly modifications. Diesel-engine cars have been in the spotlight since Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) admitted in 2015
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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) – Dave Ryding said he was just warming up in his Alpine skiing career and planned to race on until the 2022 Beijing Games after finishing ninth in the men’s slalom in his third Olympics on Thursday. The 31-year-old Briton, who famously learned to ski on an artificial slope in his
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(Reuters) – British construction sites are starting to see a labour shortage as Eastern Europeans, who have traditionally filled the bulk of on-site jobs, have stopped taking positions after Britain’s decision to leave the EU, recruiter Hays said. Chief Executive Alistair Cox said there was “less appetite” for non-British workers to take jobs following the
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PHNOM PENH (Reuters) – Germany said on Thursday it has suspended preferential visas for private travel by members of Cambodia’s government, including Prime Minister Hun Sen, following a government crackdown on the opposition. The visa suspension is the latest action taken against Hun Sen’s government by a Western country following the dissolution of the opposition
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QUERETARO, Mexico (Reuters) – French aero engine maker Safran (SAF.PA) expects to be producing 20,000 composite fan blades for the LEAP jet engine by 2021 at its new plant in central Mexico’s Queretaro state, the company’s chief executive Philippe Petitcolin said on Wednesday. The composites plant, a joint $100 million investment with Albany International, was
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GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) – Skip Benoit Schwarz produced one of the shots of the Games to earn a rare five-pointer in the ninth end to give Switzerland a 9-5 victory over Britain in their men’s curling playoff to earn an Olympic semi-final against Sweden later on Thursday. In the only contest in the arena,
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “The Shape of Water,” a contender for this year’s best picture Oscar, was hit with a plagiarism lawsuit on Wednesday, alleging that its fantastical plot about a romance between a cleaning woman and a mysterious river creature was lifted directly from an American stage play. The lawsuit, filed in federal court
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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Twitter Inc said on Wednesday it would no longer allow people to post identical messages from multiple accounts, cracking down on a tactic that Russian agents and others have allegedly used to make tweets or topics go viral. The San Francisco-based social network also said it would not allow people to
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(Reuters) – Pennsylvania Republicans on Wednesday filed an emergency appeal asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block a new congressional map drawn by the state’s top court from taking effect ahead of this year’s mid-term elections. The Supreme Court rejected a similar petition from the state’s Republican legislative leaders earlier this month, paving the way
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