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Hurricane Maria slams Puerto Rico with high rains, storm surge

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico on Wednesday as the strongest storm to hit the U.S. territory in nearly 90 years, ripping windows from their fixtures and sending debris hurtling through the streets as it approached the capital, San Juan.


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Posted 2017/09/20 13:58:03

Toshiba to sell chip unit to Bain Capital-led group for $18 billion

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Toshiba Corp agreed on Wednesday to sell its prized semiconductor business to a group led by U.S. private equity firm Bain Capital LP, a key step in keeping the struggling Japanese conglomerate listed on the Tokyo exchange.


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Posted 2017/09/20 13:55:22

Oil set for strongest third quarter since 2004, Iraq hints at OPEC extension

LONDON (Reuters) - Oil headed for its largest third-quarter gain in 13 years as prices rose on Wednesday after the Iraqi oil minister said OPEC and its partners are considering extending or deepening output cuts aimed at reducing a global supply glut.


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Posted 2017/09/20 13:44:34

Rescuers search rubble of school as Mexican quake toll hits 217

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Rescue workers scrabbled through rubble as dawn broke on Wednesday, searching for dozens of children feared buried beneath a Mexico City school, among hundreds of buildings destroyed by the country's most lethal earthquake in a generation.


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Posted 2017/09/20 13:24:37

Shopping surge in August boosts British rate hike bets

LONDON (Reuters) - British retail sales unexpectedly surged in August, boosting chances the Bank of England will raise interest rates for the first time in a decade at its next meeting.


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Posted 2017/09/20 12:39:42

As Apple slows, fast-moving Chinese rivals gain in wealthy markets

HONG KONG/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Slowing innovation at iPhone maker Apple gives Asian rivals their best chance yet to conquer developed markets, retailers and consumers say - thanks to better designs and lower prices.


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Posted 2017/09/20 11:53:48

Police arrest three in Wales over London train bomb attack

NEWPORT, Wales (Reuters) - British police arrested three men in south Wales over last week's bombing of a busy commuter train in west London, meaning five people are now being questioned by detectives over the attack which injured 30 people.


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Posted 2017/09/20 10:43:12

DiCaprio pledges $20m to tackle climate change

Leonardo DiCaprio has announced his foundation will give out $20m (£15m) to tackle the effects of climate change.
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Posted 2017/09/20 10:31:00

Spanish police arrest Catalan govt officials

Police have arrested at least 12 people in raids on Catalan government offices, ahead of an independence referendum authorities in Spain are calling illegal.
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Posted 2017/09/20 10:20:00

Fears Bali volcano could erupt amid tremors

Hundreds of small tremors have raised fears of an impending volcanic eruption on the holiday island of Bali.
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Posted 2017/09/20 09:12:00

Why are there so many earthquakes in Mexico?

Mexico has a deadly and unlucky history with earthquakes.
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Posted 2017/09/20 08:20:00

Frantic search for Mexico quake survivors

More than 200 people have been killed in an earthquake in central Mexico - including at least 21 children whose school collapsed on them.
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Posted 2017/09/19 19:11:00

May faces new parliament battle with committee vote

LONDON (Reuters) - British lawmakers will vote on Tuesday on moves by the Conservative government to bolster its numbers on committees that scrutinise laws, denounced by the opposition as an attempt to "rig parliament".


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Posted 2017/09/12 13:14:26

Myanmar faces mounting pressure over Rohingya refugee exodus

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) - Pressure mounted on Myanmar on Tuesday to end violence that has sent about 370,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh, with the United States calling for protection of civilians and Bangladesh urging safe zones to enable refugees to go home.


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Posted 2017/09/12 12:01:57

U.N. Security Council steps up sanctions on defiant North Korea

UNITED NATIONS/SEOUL (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council unanimously voted to step up sanctions on North Korea, with its profitable textile exports now banned and fuel supplies capped, prompting a traditionally defiant threat of retaliation against the United States.


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Posted 2017/09/12 11:50:03

British theatre director Peter Hall dies aged 86

LONDON (Reuters) - Leading British theatre director Peter Hall, founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company, has died at the age of 86, the National Theatre said on Tuesday.


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Posted 2017/09/12 11:45:24

UK inflation jump puts Bank of England back in spotlight on rates

LONDON (Reuters) - British inflation hit its joint highest level in more than five years in August, complicating the Bank of England's job this week of explaining why it is not raising interest rates.


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Posted 2017/09/12 11:41:19

Brexit law passes hurdle in reprieve for May

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's parliament backed a second reading of legislation to sever ties with the European Union early on Tuesday, a reprieve for Prime Minister Theresa May who now faces demands by lawmakers for concessions before it becomes law.


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Posted 2017/09/12 10:26:01

Airline chaos as 200 pilots call in sick

Air Berlin has been forced to cancel about 100 flights after an "exceptionally high" number of its pilots called in sick.
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Posted 2017/09/12 09:51:00

Why this is the most unApple iPhone launch ever

This iPhone launch feels a bit muddled, a bit leaky, a bit, well, unApple.
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Posted 2017/09/12 09:42:00