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Nearly 875,000 people displaced by Russian-backed Syrian offensive: U.N.

Nearly 875,000 Syrians, mostly women and children, have fled a Russian-backed Syrian government offensive against the rebel-held northwest since early December, including over 40,000 in the last four days alone, the United Nations said on Monday.


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Posted 2020/02/17 18:15:57

New York drops fight against T-Mobile-Sprint merger

New York on Sunday dropped its fight against the $40 billion merger of U.S. wireless carriers T-Mobile US Inc and Sprint Corp , saying the state would not appeal a judge's approval of the deal.


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Posted 2020/02/17 16:54:26

Hundreds of Americans flown home from cruise ship, 14 with coronavirus

More than 300 American cruise liner passengers, including 14 who tested positive for coronavirus, were flown home to military bases in the United States, after two weeks under quarantine off Japan.


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Posted 2020/02/17 16:47:53

Americans return to U.S. after two weeks on coronavirus-affected cruise

More than 300 U.S. citizens including 14 infected with the coronavirus were in the United States and under quarantine on Monday after spending two weeks stuck on a cruise ship off Japan that had the largest cluster of cases outside China.


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Posted 2020/02/17 16:27:58

Thyssenkrupp shortlists buyout firms for elevator unit, Kone out

By Christoph Steitz, Tom Käckenhoff, Arno Schuetze and Edward Taylor


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Posted 2020/02/17 16:26:50

Facebook sees risks to innovation, freedom of expression ahead of EU rules

Facebook warned of threats to innovation and freedom of expression on Monday, ahead of the release of a raft of rules by the European Union this week and in the coming months to rein in U.S. and Chinese tech companies.


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Posted 2020/02/17 15:43:12

EU industry chief warns of more onerous tech rules by year end

The European Union will decide by the end of the year whether to impose rules reining in the market power of U.S. tech giants, the bloc's industry chief said on Monday as he criticised Facebook's proposals as insufficient to address EU concerns.


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Posted 2020/02/17 15:42:37

Khamenei loyalists may tighten grip at Iran elections

Hardliners are set to tighten control of Iran this week in a parliamentary election stacked in their favor, as the leadership closes ranks in a deepening confrontation with Washington.


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Posted 2020/02/17 15:41:02

Questions outnumber answers for generations of refugees as Afghan peace deal nears

A short drive from the heavily secured five-star Islamabad hotel where international VIPs will discuss the future of Afghan refugees on Monday, 20-year old Ahmed Khan Younis lives in a makeshift settlement where the houses are made of mud.


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Posted 2020/02/17 15:40:09

GM shuts Australia, NZ operations; sells Thai plant to Great Wall

General Motors Co said it would wind down its Australian and New Zealand operations and sell a Thai plant in the latest restructuring of its global business, costing the U.S. auto maker $1.1 billion.


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Posted 2020/02/17 15:38:35

Suicide of "Love Island" host sparks demands for tougher UK media rules

The suicide of Caroline Flack, one of Britain's most famous TV stars, has prompted nearly 350,000 people to sign a petition demanding tougher laws on the way the tabloid press covers celebrities.


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Posted 2020/02/17 15:36:19

Chinese support measures buoy world stocks

Global shares were buoyant on Monday as the promise of further policy stimulus from China to counteract the economic hit from a coronavirus outbreak calmed nervous investors.


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Posted 2020/02/17 15:10:24

Pompeo blasts corruption, promotes U.S. business in Africa trip

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo denounced corruption and touted American business on Monday during the second leg of an African tour in Angola, where the government is seeking to claw back billions of dollars looted from state coffers.


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Posted 2020/02/17 15:07:02

Gunmen kill 24 in attack on Burkina Faso church

Gunmen killed twenty-four people, including a pastor, in an attack on a church during Sunday mass in northwestern Burkina Faso, four security sources told Reuters on Monday.


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Posted 2020/02/17 14:06:07

Russia orders woman back into coronavirus quarantine after escape

A Russian court on Monday ordered a woman to be returned to a quarantine facility as a precaution against coronavirus after she staged an elaborate escape and said she was being kept against her will.


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Posted 2020/02/17 13:02:35

Rise in coronavirus infections prompts Japan to limit public crowds

Japan canceled the emperor's birthday celebrations next week as it moved on Monday to limit crowds to contain the spread of the coronavirus, and said it will close the Tokyo Marathon to all but elite professional runners.


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Posted 2020/02/17 12:01:14

Alibaba offers $2.86 billion in loans to firms hit by coronavirus outbreak

Alibaba Group Holdings said on Monday its affiliate Ant Financial's MYBank unit would offer 20 billion yuan ($2.86 billion) in loans to companies in China in light of the coronavirus outbreak, with preferential terms for Hubei firms.


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Posted 2020/02/17 11:56:49

Twitter says Olympics, IOC accounts hacked

Twitter said on Saturday that an official Twitter account of the Olympics and the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) media Twitter account had been hacked and temporarily locked.


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Posted 2020/02/15 23:33:32

Chinese tourist dies of coronavirus in France, first death in Europe: minister

An 80-year-old Chinese tourist has died of the fast-spreading coronavirus in France, becoming the first fatality in Europe, French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said on Saturday.


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Posted 2020/02/15 20:51:54

U.S. to evacuate Americans from cruise ship quarantined at Japan port

The United States said on Saturday it will send aircraft to Japan to bring back American passengers on the quarantined cruise ship Diamond Princess, where the most coronavirus infections outside China have occurred.


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Posted 2020/02/15 17:44:29