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Thales agrees 4.8 billion euro Gemalto takeover, Atos throws in towel

PARIS (Reuters) - Aerospace and defence group Thales has agreed to buy chipmaker Gemalto for 4.8 billion euros (4.23 billion pounds) , trumping an earlier bid by fellow French firm Atos to expand in the fast-growing digital security market.


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Posted 2017/12/17 20:15:41

Myanmar wields colonial-era law against Reuters journalists

(Reuters) - Myanmar has accused Reuters reporters Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, of breaching the country's Official Secrets Act, a little-used hangover from colonial rule. Sam Zarifi, secretary general of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), said the law can ensnare working journalists "at any time".


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Posted 2017/12/17 19:48:22

U.N. to vote Monday on call for U.S. Jerusalem decision to be withdrawn

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council is due to vote on Monday on a draft resolution calling for the withdrawal of U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, diplomats said, a move likely to face a Washington veto.


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Posted 2017/12/17 19:27:21

SPD leader wants Merkel to relinquish finance ministry - Handelsblatt

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) leader Martin Schulz wants Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives to leave the powerful finance ministry to his centre-left party in coalition talks, a report in business daily Handelsblatt said.


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Posted 2017/12/17 19:17:17

Female British embassy worker found strangled near Beirut

BEIRUT/LONDON (Reuters) - A female British embassy worker has been found strangled near a highway outside Beirut, a Lebanese security source said on Sunday.


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Posted 2017/12/17 19:15:07

Kremlin says U.S. tip-off helped Russia halt terrorist attack

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin telephoned U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday to thank him for a tip-off that helped prevent a terrorist bomb attack on a cathedral in the Russia city of St Petersburg, the Kremlin said.


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Posted 2017/12/17 17:38:31

Brexit will not be derailed, says May ahead of crunch cabinet meetings

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May said on Sunday she would not be derailed from leaving the European Union, laying the groundwork for difficult meetings this week in which she will try to unite a divided cabinet behind her vision for post-Brexit Britain.


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Posted 2017/12/17 10:56:30

U.N. council mulls call for U.S. Jerusalem decision to be withdrawn

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council is considering a draft resolution that would insist any decisions on the status of Jerusalem have no legal effect and must be rescinded after U.S. President Donald Trump recognised the city as Israel's capital.


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Posted 2017/12/16 21:59:00

More than half of Britons now want to stay in EU - poll

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - A poll has found that 51 percent of Britons would now keep European Union membership while 41 percent want to leave the bloc, a near reversal of last year's referendum result.


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Posted 2017/12/16 21:41:57

Exclusive - Bankers may get notes to help push industry line on Brexit

LONDON (Reuters) - Bankers may be given a cribsheet to help the industry push for close ties with the European Union following Brexit, according to a document drawn up for the organisation that promotes Britain as a financial centre.


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Posted 2017/12/16 20:52:51

Canadian police probe mysterious deaths of billionaire pharma couple

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian police are investigating the mysterious deaths of pharmaceuticals billionaire Barry Sherman, founder of Apotex Inc, and his wife Honey, whose bodies were found in their Toronto mansion on Friday.


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Posted 2017/12/16 19:29:41

Austrian conservatives bring far right into government

By Kirsti Knolle, Shadia Nasralla and Alexandra Schwarz-Goerlich


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Posted 2017/12/16 18:54:47

China, UK vow to bolster economic cooperation, speed up stock connect plan

BEIJING (Reuters) - China and Britain have vowed to continue and strengthen cooperation on a wide range of economic, financial and trade issues, including speeding the introduction of a London-Shanghai stock connect programme.


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Posted 2017/12/16 09:55:39

Britain looking at distinct trade deal with EU - Hammond

BEIJING (Reuters) - British Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond said on Saturday it is likely Britain will want to negotiate a bespoke arrangement for a future trade deal with the European Union, rather than copying existing arrangements like the Canada-EU deal.


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Posted 2017/12/16 09:33:09

Tillerson urges long halt to North Korea weapons tests before any talks

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday urged North Korea to carry out a "sustained cessation" of weapons testing to allow the two countries to hold talks about Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs.


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Posted 2017/12/16 02:10:22

Prominent Australian opposition lawmaker quits over claims of China links

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A prominent Australian opposition senator, Sam Dastyari, said on Tuesday he would resign from parliament after a series of allegations emerged about his links with Chinese-aligned interests in Australia.


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Posted 2017/12/12 08:42:17

May hails new optimism in Brexit talks after deal

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May hailed "a new sense of optimism" in Brexit talks, telling parliament on Monday an agreement to move negotiations on to future trade ties is progress and will reassure those concerned Britain may leave with no deal.


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Posted 2017/12/12 08:05:06

Subway bomber wounds self, three victims in New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Bangladeshi man set off a homemade pipe bomb strapped to his body in a crowded New York City commuter hub during the morning rush hour on Monday, officials said, immediately calling it an attempted terrorist attack.


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Posted 2017/12/12 05:35:39

Asia shares take a time out, Brent breaks above $65

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian shares took a small step back on Tuesday after three straight sessions of gains, with markets consolidating in the hope an upswing in global growth could outlast a likely hike in U.S. borrowing costs this week.


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Posted 2017/12/12 05:15:11

U.S., EU, Japan to join forces on Chinese excess capacity - source

BUENOS AIRES/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States, European Union and Japan are expected to announce a joint effort on Tuesday aimed at confronting China over its excess industrial capacity and other trade practices, a source close to the discussions said.


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Posted 2017/12/12 03:53:30