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Asia stocks firm as upbeat U.S., European data boosts confidence

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks edged up on Friday and the dollar bounced from recent lows as upbeat data on U.S. manufacturing and employment and buoyant European factory growth boosted investor optimism.


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Posted 2017/06/02 00:42:15

Exclusive - Google faces hefty EU fine in shopping case by August: sources

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU antitrust regulators aim to slap a hefty fine on Alphabet unit Google over its shopping service before the summer break in August, two people familiar with the matter said, setting the stage for two other cases involving the U.S. company.


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Posted 2017/06/02 00:20:27

British high-street sales hit by weak demand for fashion - BDO Tracker

LONDON (Reuters) - Sales on Britain's high streets fell 1.3 percent in May, dragged lower by weak demand for clothes and shoes, according to accountancy group BDO's High Street Sales Tracker.


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Posted 2017/06/01 23:08:31

Audi emissions scandal erupts after Germany says it detects new cheating

BERLIN (Reuters) - Audi's emissions scandal flared up again on Thursday after the German government accused the carmaker of cheating emissions tests with its top-end models, the first time Audi has been accused of such wrongdoing in its home country.


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Posted 2017/06/01 21:33:42

Trump poised to announce decision on global climate deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Thursday will announce his decision on whether to keep the United States in a landmark global pact to fight climate change, after a source close to the matter said he was preparing to pull out of the Paris accord.


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Posted 2017/06/01 14:11:48

Germany and China vow to deepen ties amid Trump concerns

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany and China vowed on Thursday to expand their partnership and pledged to continue fighting climate change, sending a signal to Washington hours before U.S. President Donald Trump announces if he will quit a global climate deal.


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Posted 2017/06/01 13:02:58

Patriotic Russians may have staged cyber attacks on own initiative - Putin

ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that patriotic Russian hackers may have staged cyber attacks against countries that had strained relations with Moscow on their own initiative, but said the Russian state had never been involved in such hacking.


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Posted 2017/06/01 13:00:13

Dozens of fleeing civilians killed, wounded by Islamic State mortar fire in Mosul

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - At least seven civilians were killed and 23 wounded by Islamic State mortar shells as they tried to flee Mosul's militant-controlled Zanjili district on Thursday, Iraqi police said.


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Posted 2017/06/01 12:50:33

Sulk but no tantrum likely as central banks sidle towards exit

LONDON (Reuters) - History suggests that financial markets react violently when a central bank signals it is scaling back the stimulus that has kept an economy afloat - and lined the pockets of investors.


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Posted 2017/06/01 11:54:24

Reuters poll - Conservative win would give UK strongest hand in Brexit talks: analysts

LONDON (Reuters) - A Conservative victory in June 8's election would give Britain the strongest hand in EU divorce talks and lift sterling, economists polled by Reuters said, although nearly as many felt a coalition government would secure the best Brexit deal.


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Posted 2017/06/01 11:06:40

Soros says Brexit talks could last five years, risks distracting EU

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Billionaire financier George Soros warned the European Union on Thursday that it was facing an "existential crisis", saying the bloc should not let protracted Brexit talks distract it from making vital reforms.


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Posted 2017/06/01 10:31:26

Trump planning to pull U.S. out of Paris climate deal - source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump plans to make good on his campaign vow to withdraw the United States from a global pact to fight climate change, a source briefed on the decision said on Wednesday, a move that promises to deepen a rift with U.S. allies.


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Posted 2017/05/31 17:24:10

Truck bomb kills at least 80, wounds hundreds in Afghan capital

KABUL (Reuters) - A powerful bomb hidden in a sewage tanker exploded in the morning rush hour in the centre of Kabul on Wednesday, killing at least 80 people, wounding hundreds more and damaging embassy buildings in the Afghan capital's unofficial "Green Zone".


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Posted 2017/05/31 16:40:21

Barclays set to sell 1.5 billion pound stake in Africa business

LONDON/JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Barclays will sell shares worth 1.5 billion pounds in Barclays Africa Group , the bank said on Wednesday, marking another stage in its exit from the continent to focus more on the United States and Britain.


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Posted 2017/05/31 16:18:31

Court rules against Kremlin critic Navalny, orders graft allegation video deleted

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian court ruled on Wednesday against Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny in a defamation lawsuit brought by one of Russia's richest businessmen, ordering the removal of a popular video from the internet which details the offending allegations.


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Posted 2017/05/31 15:49:42

UK doctor jailed for 15 years over unnecessary breast surgery

LONDON (Reuters) - A British breast surgeon who carried out unnecessary operations on 10 patients for personal gain was sentenced to 15 years in prison, a court heard on Wednesday.


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Posted 2017/05/31 14:54:33

RBS in settlement talks with holdouts in rights issue case

LONDON (Reuters) - Royal Bank of Scotland is in talks with the last claimants in a lawsuit over its 2008 fundraising, two sources with knowledge of the matter said on Wednesday, as the bank seeks to draw a line under the long-running and costly case.


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Posted 2017/05/31 14:49:50

Trump pulling U.S. out of Paris climate deal - source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will follow through on a campaign pledge to pull the United States out of a global pact to fight climate change, a source briefed on the decision told Reuters, a move that promises to deepen a rift with U.S. allies.


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Posted 2017/05/31 14:42:47

Islamic State fighters seal off Mosul mosque preparing for last stand

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State militants have closed the streets around Mosul's Grand al-Nuri Mosque, residents said, apparently in preparation for a final showdown in the battle over their last major stronghold in Iraq.


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Posted 2017/05/31 14:14:33

Barclays gets approval to sell shares in African arm

LONDON/JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Barclays has received regulatory approval for the sale of its remaining stake in its Barclays Africa Group , a unit of the business said on Wednesday.


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Posted 2017/05/31 14:00:56