Saudi Arabia relaxes ownership limits for foreign investors

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June 26, 2019 07:30 pm

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has relaxed a 49% limit for foreign strategic investors in shares of listed companies, it said on Wednesday. The country has introduced a...

Iran denies US cyber attack ahead of new sanctions

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June 24, 2019 04:41 pm

Iran denied Monday it was hit by a US cyber attack as Washington was due to tighten sanctions on Tehran in a standoff sparked by the US withdrawal from a nuclear deal. B...

Pompeo visits Saudi Arabia as U.S. prods Iran for talks

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June 24, 2019 03:13 pm

RIYADH (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in Jeddah on Monday to consult with regional allies amid heightened tensions with Tehran after President Donald Tru...

Quake of magnitude 7.5 shakes East Timor, Australia; no tsunami feared

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June 24, 2019 12:28 pm

Strong shaking caused alarm in the East Timor capital of Dili prompting people to run out of their houses, a Reuters witness said, but there were no immediate reports of damage,...

Trump calls off Iran strikes at the last minute: NYT

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June 21, 2019 02:03 pm

WASHINGTON/DUBAI (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump approved military strikes against Iran on Friday in retaliation for the downing of a U.S. surveillance drone, but called...

'I Love Thee, China': North Korea woos Xi in lavish state visit

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June 21, 2019 01:17 pm

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping have agreed that strengthening bilateral ties, at a time of “serious and complicated&rdq...

Exclusive: U.S. tells India it is mulling caps on H-1B visas to deter data rules - sources

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June 20, 2019 03:59 pm

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The United States has told India it is considering caps on H-1B work visas for nations that force foreign companies to store data locally, three sources wi...

US drone shot down by Iranian missile in international airspace: US source

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June 20, 2019 03:59 pm

A U.S. military drone has been shot down in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz by an Iranian surface-to-air missile, a U.S. official said on Thursday, speaking on ...

China's Xi arrives in North Korea a week before he's due to meet Trump

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June 20, 2019 03:47 pm

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in North Korea on Thursday as Beijing looks to bolster its neighbor, hit by U.N. sanctions over its nuclear and missile programs, a week bef...

Woman, 83, in hospital after William and Kate convoy crash

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June 20, 2019 03:44 pm

An elderly woman is in a serious condition in hospital after a road accident involving the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's police escort. Prince William and Kate wer...

Strong quake strikes northwest Japan, triggers small tsunami, power cuts

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June 19, 2019 11:19 am

TOKYO (Reuters) - A strong and shallow earthquake struck Japan’s northwest coast around Niigata prefecture on Tuesday, triggering a small tsunami, shaking buildings and cu...

China earthquake kills 12, injures 134

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June 18, 2019 09:30 am

The toll from a strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake in southwest China rose to 12 dead and 134 injured on Tuesday as rescuers pulled bodies and survivors from wrecked buildings. ...

Ousted ex-Egyptian president Mursi dies after court hearing: state TV

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June 17, 2019 10:11 pm

Ousted former Egyptian Islamist president Mohamed Mursi died on Monday after he fainted in court following a hearing, state television reported. Mursi, a top figure in t...

In historic shift, Vatican to consider married priests for Amazon region

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June 17, 2019 04:57 pm

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - A Vatican document on Monday said the Church should consider ordaining older married men as priests in remote areas of the Amazon, a historic shift whic...

Israel PM's wife Sara Netanyahu convicted of misusing public funds

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June 17, 2019 03:24 pm

An Israeli court Sunday convicted the wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of fraudulently using state funds for meals, under a plea bargain which saw her admit to lesser c...

Power mostly restored after massive blackout in Argentina, but questions remain

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June 17, 2019 03:15 pm

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Power returned to much of Argentina and two neighboring countries following a massive blackout that left tens of millions in the dark on Sunday, but Arg...

Airbus launches long-range A321 jet, close to 200 orders expected

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June 17, 2019 03:03 pm

PARIS, France (Reuters) - Airbus launched a long-range version of its A321neo jet at the Paris Airshow on Monday, aiming to carve out new routes for airlines with smaller planes...

Iran denies tanker attacks as tensions soar

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June 14, 2019 05:42 pm

Iran dismissed as "baseless" on Friday US accusations it executed twin attacks that left two tankers ablaze in the Gulf of Oman, raising fears of conflict in the strat...

United States and China suspend intellectual property litigation at WTO

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June 14, 2019 05:27 pm

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States and China have halted their dispute over intellectual property rights at the World Trade Organization until Dec. 31, the WTO dispute panel h...

Hong Kong protesters plan weekend rally after violent clashes

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June 13, 2019 05:22 pm

  Protesters have vowed a new round of mass rallies at the weekend Hong Kong protest leaders announced plans for another mass rally on Sunday, escalating th...

Yemen's Houthis strike Saudi airport, coalition vows to retaliate

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June 12, 2019 08:52 pm

The Saudi-led military coalition vowed to respond firmly to a missile attack by Yemeni Houthi forces on a civilian airport in southern Saudi Arabia on Wednesday that wounded 26 ...

Do you consume a credit card's worth of plastic every week?

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June 12, 2019 11:07 am

People worldwide could be ingesting five grammes of microscopic plastic particles every week, equivalent in weight to a credit card, researchers said Wednesday. Coming m...

Trump-bashing gets physical at China tech show

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June 12, 2019 11:03 am

It might be the most low-tech item at a Shanghai consumer electronics fair, but a bash-able Donald Trump is eliciting perhaps the most physical reaction from visitors amid his t...

Light exposure during sleep linked to weight gain in women: study

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June 11, 2019 05:55 pm

Women who sleep with the television or a light on in the bedroom may be more likely to gain weight, according to a new study published Monday. The research, which was pu...

Botswana High Court decriminalises homosexuality

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June 11, 2019 05:50 pm

Botswana's High Court, in a highly-anticipated verdict, on Tuesday ruled in favour of decriminalising homosexuality, which is outlawed under the country's 1965 penal cod...

Pakistan decides to let Narendra Modi’s aircraft fly over its airspace to Bishkek

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June 11, 2019 01:18 pm

Pakistan on June 10 decided in principle to let Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s aircraft fly over its airspace to Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan where he has to attend the Shanghai ...

Women boxers striking a blow for equality in Cuba

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June 11, 2019 11:54 am

In the musty funk of a Havana boxing gym, Idamelys Moreno smacks a series of whomping right hooks into a heavy punching bag. For the past four years, she has ripped it u...

Indonesia warns of further eruptions after volcano spews ash

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June 10, 2019 03:19 pm

KARO, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesian officials warned on Monday against the prospect of further eruptions from an active volcano on the island of Sumatra after it emitted a hu...

Hong Kong leader says extradition bill will not be scrapped

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June 10, 2019 01:07 pm

Hong Kong's pro-Beijing leader said Monday she had no plans to scrap a controversial plan to allow extraditions to the Chinese mainland, a day after huge crowds came out to ...

4 dead in Sudan a week after bloody crackdown

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June 10, 2019 01:05 pm

One week after dozens died in a crackdown on Sudanese protesters demanding civilian rule, four people were killed as security forces moved to quell a civil disobedience campaign...

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