MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The U.S. Pacific Fleet commander, addressing a security conference in Australia, said in answer to a question on Thursday that he would be prepared to launch a nuclear strike on China if President Donald Trump so ordered. The fleet spokesman later said the question was asked as an “outrageous hypothetical”. Admiral Scott
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SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Scientists in Chile have discovered molecules in two species of Antarctic flowers that protect the plants from solar radiation and could potentially be used in products such as sunscreen for humans and protection for vulnerable crops. Researchers at the University of Santiago investigating the properties of Antarctic plants grown under controlled conditions
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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Russian intelligence agents attempted to spy on President Emmanuel Macron’s election campaign earlier this year by creating phony Facebook personas, according to a U.S. congressman and two other people briefed on the effort. About two dozen Facebook accounts were created to conduct surveillance on Macron campaign officials and others close to
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PARIS (Reuters) – Rihanna met French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday to discuss the pop star’s charity activities in healthcare and education. The Barbadian singer of hit “Diamonds” founded the Clara Lionel Foundation in 2012, a nonprofit organization that promotes scholarship projects across the globe. “We focused on the topic of education from global aspects,
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SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc launched its two-hour delivery service in Singapore on Thursday, marking the e-commerce giant’s push into populous Southeast Asia and its first head-on battle with its Chinese rival, Alibaba Group Holding. While Amazon does deliver to Singapore, higher-end services had not been available, such as Prime services which include access to
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(Reuters) – Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn on Wednesday announced plans to build a $10 billion LCD display panel screen plant in Wisconsin, a deal President Donald Trump asserted would not have happened without his efforts. The company said it plans to invest $10 billion over four years to build a 20-million square foot plant that
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LONDON (Reuters) – Large British employers gave staff an average 2 percent annual pay rise in the three months to the end of June, unchanged since the end of 2016, a report from pay analysts XpertHR said on Thursday. “Despite elevated inflation levels and low unemployment, organisations’ ability to pay, combined with economic uncertainty, are
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BUDAPEST (Reuters) – The international swimming governing body FINA will not revert to ‘synchronized swimming’ after the name of the sport was changed to ‘artistic swimming’ last week, FINA executive chairman Cornel Marculescu told Reuters on Wednesday. FINA’s Congress – which also elected top officials including a new term for 81-year-old Chairman Julio Maglione –
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would ban transgender people from the U.S. military, an action appealing to some in his conservative political base but sowing confusion about the fate of thousands of transgender service members. Trump’s surprise announcement, in a series of Twitter posts, drew condemnation from rights groups and
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(Reuters) – Wall Street got a big boost from strong corporate earnings on Wednesday, with all three major indexes hitting record highs, while investors awaited the outcome of a two-day Federal Reserve meeting. Boeing (BA.N) surged 8.3 percent to an all-time high, while AT&T (T.N) gained 5 percent, after the two companies posted higher-than-expected quarterly
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