Warning signs for global recovery as Delta dims outlook

(Corrects ratio in final paragraph to copper/gold) By Saikat Chatterjee and Ritvik Carvalho LONDON (Reuters) -A drubbing in world equity markets and a huge flight to safety into U.S. Treasuries this week suggests investors now doubt that a much-anticipated return to post-COVID normality is feasible any time soon. Data from the United States and China, […]

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Canada to admit vaccinated U.S. tourists after more than 16 months

(Corrects WestJet Airlines capacity in paragraph 15 to 40% from 60% after spokesperson amends figure) By David Ljunggren and Steve Scherer OTTAWA (Reuters) -Canada on Monday said it would allow fully vaccinated U.S. tourists into the country starting from Aug. 9 after the COVID-19 pandemic forced an unprecedented 16-month ban that many businesses complained was […]

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US and allies accuse China of global hacking spree

By Steve Holland and Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The United States and its allies accused China on Monday of a global cyberespionage campaign, mustering an unusually broad coalition of countries to publicly call out Beijing for hacking. The United States was joined by NATO, the European Union, Britain, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and Canada in […]

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Can the US ‘restore’ internet to Cuba?

President Joe Biden’s suggestion that Washington bring full internet access to Cuba following government restrictions could break new ground on digital rights but face major technical and geopolitical hurdles. Biden’s statement followed calls by Republican Senator Marco Rubio and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who said the US should look at satellites, balloons and offshore hotspots […]

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White House says 20,000 Afghan interpreters asking for US asylum

About 20,000 Afghans who worked as interpreters for the United States during its war in Afghanistan and now fear retribution from Taliban insurgents have applied for evacuation, the White House said Thursday. “There are approximately 20,000 Afghans who have applied,” Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters. Psaki said those are all former translators for the […]

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Facebook says Iran-based spies targeted defense workers

Facebook on Thursday said it disrupted an Iran-based espionage operation targeting defense and aerospace workers in Europe and the United States. Fake accounts posing as company job recruiters or employees were used to dupe targets, according to head of cyber espionage investigations Mike Dvilyanski. “This effort was highly targeted,” Dvilyanski said in a telephone briefing. […]

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Blaming US for protests, Cuba official says actions could trigger exodus from the island

Accusing the U.S. of masterminding and financing the massive protests in Cuba this week, the island’s foreign minister issued a veiled threat that American actions could trigger a new exodus of Cubans to the United States. “I accuse the government of the United States of being directly involved and of having serious responsibility in the […]

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Faced with rare protests, Cuba curbs social media access, watchdog says

By Sarah Marsh and Elizabeth Culliford HAVANA (Reuters) -Cuba has restricted access to social media and messaging platforms including Facebook and WhatsApp, global internet monitoring firm NetBlocks said on Tuesday, in the wake of the biggest anti-government protests in decades. Thousands of Cubans joined demonstrations throughout the Communist-run country on Sunday to protest https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/cubas-president-blames-discontent-us-sanctions-2021-07-12 against […]

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North Korea dismisses U.S. humanitarian aid as ‘sinister scheme’

By Josh Smith SEOUL (Reuters) – U.S. humanitarian aid is a “sinister political scheme” to put pressure on other countries, a North Korean researcher said, after suggestions from U.S. allies such as South Korea that coronavirus vaccines or other help could promote cooperation. North Korea’s foreign ministry published the criticism of U.S. aid on an […]

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In symbolic end to war, U.S. general to step down from command in Afghanistan

By Phil Stewart KABUL (Reuters) – The U.S. general leading the war in Afghanistan, Austin Miller, will relinquish command on Monday, U.S. officials say, in a symbolic end to America’s longest conflict even as Taliban insurgents gain momentum. Miller will become America’s last four-star general on the ground in Afghanistan in a ceremony in Kabul […]

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China says it ‘drove away’ U.S. warship on anniversary of tribunal ruling

BEIJING (Reuters) -China’s military said it “drove away” a U.S. warship that illegally entered Chinese waters near the Paracel Islands on Monday, the anniversary of an international court ruling that held Beijing had no claim over the South China Sea. The USS Benfold entered the waters without China’s approval, seriously violating its sovereignty and undermining […]

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India pulls officials from Afghanistan’s Kandahar as Taliban widens control

MUMBAI (Reuters) – India said on Sunday it had temporarily brought back officials from its consulate in Kandahar, a major city in southern Afghanistan, as Taliban fighters continue to gain control amid the withdrawal of international forces. “Due to the intense fighting near Kandahar city, India-based personnel have been brought back for the time being,” […]

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Haiti sent ‘urgent’ request for US, UN troops to secure ports after assassination

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The Haitian government under acting Prime Minister Claude Joseph sent a letter to the Biden administration this week requesting the “urgent” deployment of troops to secure the country’s sea, air and oil ports, hours after the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse. Haiti’s ambassador to the United States, Bocchit Edmond, delivered the letter […]

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The war in Afghanistan, by the numbers

The war in Afghanistan — launched on October 7, 2001 in the wake of the September 11 attacks — is the longest ever waged by the United States. Here are some key figures about the conflict with US and foreign troops having all but withdrawn from Afghanistan: Boots on the ground At its peak, under […]

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Freed US editor says he was tortured in Myanmar

(Reuters) – Myanmar security forces punched, slapped and beat a U.S. journalist and kept him blindfolded for more than a week of interrogation, he said after being deported to the United States following over three months in detention. Nathan Maung, 44, editor-in-chief of the online news platform Kamayut Media, was detained on March 9 in […]

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