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Sonic attacks in Cuba hit more diplomats than earlier reported, officials say

A higher number of US and Canadian diplomats and their families are believed to have been attacked by a mystery sonic weapon in Havana than was initially reported, CNN has learned from two senior US government officials.

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Nearly 500 dead pulled from Sierra Leone mudslide: coroner

FREETOWN (Reuters) - Rescue workers have unearthed 499 dead bodies since last week's devastating landslide near the Sierra Leone capital Freetown, the city's chief coroner told Reuters on Sunday.

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Diesel still needed to meet climate goals, Merkel says

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned on Sunday against a swift abandonment of diesel cars after a series of emissions scandals, saying the fuel is still needed if climate change targets are to be met.

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South African court grants rhino rancher permission to auction horns

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A South African court on Sunday ordered the government to allow the owner of the world's biggest private rhino herd to hold an online sale of rhino horn, which he aims to hold this week, his lawyer said.

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Pilot killed as helicopter crashes while fighting Portugal blaze

LISBON (Reuters) - A light helicopter that was taking part in firefighting efforts in northern Portugal crashed and exploded on Sunday, killing its pilot and further raising the death toll from the country's deadliest summer of wildfires, officials said.

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U.S. national monument review to test key land protection law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will recommend on Aug. 24 whether to eliminate or shrink nearly two dozen national monuments, creating the first major test for a 111-year-old law that gives presidents the power to protect swaths of public land.

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South Carolina aquarium to monitor animal behavior during eclipse

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - Animals in the path of the first total solar eclipse to travel across the United States in 99 years have a big surprise awaiting them on Monday afternoon, biologists say.

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Local officials weigh whether to keep Confederate memorials

Take a look at the week in politics from August 13 to August 19.

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Trump tweets thanks to Steve Bannon for service and role in campaign against Clinton

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump praised his former chief strategist Steve Bannon on Saturday, thanking him on Twitter for his service and his role in the presidential election campaign against Hillary Clinton.

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Earthquake of 6.4 magnitude strikes west of Tonga: USGS

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - An earthquake of 6.4 magnitude struck 500 km (310 miles) west of the Pacific island of Tonga on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, but there were no immediate reports of any casualties or damage.

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Gingrich: Trump 'more isolated than he realizes'

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Trump Officials Renew Effort to Expand Use of Prison at Guantánamo

Under John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, who once oversaw the prison in Cuba, the Trump administration is debating a potential executive order on detainees.

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Congo landslide death toll likely to rise over 200: Ituri vice governor

DAKAR (Reuters) - A landslide in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo likely killed more than 200 people, based on estimates from the number of households submerged, the vice governor of affected Ituri province said on Friday.

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British Columbia extends wildfire state of emergency for third time

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - The Canadian province of British Columbia has extended a state of emergency for a third time until Sept. 1 because of wildfires raging across the region, the provincial government said on Friday.

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BRIEF-Third bidder places $9.3 bln bid for Oncor, higher than Berkshire Hathaway's $9 bln bid- CNBC, citing DJ

* Third bidder has emerged for Oncor, placing higher $9.3 billion bid than Berkshire Hathaway's $9 billion bid- CNBC, citing DJ

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Ranchers in parched U.S. Northern Plains welcome hay lottery

(Reuters) - Hundreds of livestock ranchers in the drought-stricken U.S. Northern Plains are embracing what organizers say is the first lottery designed to provide some much-needed relief to their operations.

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Sierra Leone buries 461 mudslide victims, more still missing

FREETOWN (Reuters) - Sierra Leone has buried 461 victims of a mudslide that swept away homes on the edge of the capital this week, an official at the central morgue said on Friday.

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Cities across Africa face threat of landslides like Sierra Leone

DAKAR (Reuters) - Natural and human factors made Sierra Leone's capital vulnerable to a landslide that killed more than 400 people this week: heavy rain, deforested land and communities forced by overcrowding to live on steep hillsides.

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"What's 'smog' in Kazakh?" China language mix snags environment inspectors

BEIJING (Reuters) - With one national language often spoken poorly and thousands of regional dialects and ethnic minority tongues, China is having to employ multilingual officials as it embarks on its latest round of environment inspections across the country.

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Magnitude 6.7 quake strikes north of Ascension Island: USGS

(Reuters) - An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.7 struck on Friday in the South Atlantic Ocean about 790 km (490 miles) north of Ascension Island, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

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Montana wildfire triggers hundreds of evacuations

(Reuters) - A lightning-sparked wildfire burning for more than a month in western Montana has flared anew, prompting the evacuation of nearly 750 homes on Thursday as firefighters braced for more hot and windy weather forecast for the weekend, authorities said.

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Nikkei stock index falls more than 1 pct to three-month low

TOKYO, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei stock index skidded to its lowest in three months in early trade on Friday, after a selloff on Wall Street.

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Norway authorities stop Greenpeace protests at Arctic well

OSLO (Reuters) - Norwegian coast guards stopped Greenpeace from protesting at a site of the country's northernmost exploration well drilled by Statoil, the environmentalist group said on Thursday.

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Preemies do better now than years ago, but still at risk

(Reuters Health) - Children born very prematurely today are more likely than those born years ago to survive without a serious disability, but they're still at risk for developmental delays, according to a new study from France.

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Tropical Storm Harvey forms in Atlantic Ocean: NHC

(Reuters) - Tropical Storm Harvey became the eighth named storm of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Thursday.

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Governor urges Trump to drop Virginia from offshore drilling plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe urged the Trump administration to exclude his state from a federal offshore oil and gas drilling plan, citing concerns about revenue sharing and environmental issues, in a letter that his office revealed on Thursday.

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Exclusive: SEC officials' holdings, legal work, pose potential conflicts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two lawyers appointed to senior jobs at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission have ties to major companies including financial firms Goldman Sachs Group Inc and Wells Fargo & Co that could complicate efforts to regulate them, according to government documents viewed by Reuters.

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Nearly 100 percent chance of cyclone east of Windward Islands: NHC

(Reuters) - A low pressure system located several hundred miles east of the

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Anti-poaching activist shot dead in Tanzania; motive unclear

NAIROBI (Reuters) - A prominent conservationist who worked on high profile ivory smuggling cases has been shot dead in Tanzania, colleagues said on Tuesday, although the motive for the killing was unclear.

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Samarco should be punished but not closed: Brazil mining minister

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Samarco, a joint venture between BHP Biliton Ltd and Brazil's Vale, should be punished but not closed over the 2015 collapse of a tailings dam that killed 19 people, Brazil's mining and energy minister said on Thursday.

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Normandy's D-Day beaches invaded by green algae

COURSEULLES-SUR-MER, France (Reuters) - Normandy's D-Day beaches, where Allied troops landed in June 1944 to free Europe of Nazi occupation, are being invaded by green algae.

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Wildfire-plagued Portugal declares public calamity as braces for more

LISBON (Reuters) - Parts of Portugal, beset by its deadliest summer of wildfires in living memory, were declared in a state of public calamity on Thursday as the government put emergency services on alert for further outbreaks.

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Shell says fire out at Deer Park, Texas JV refinery

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell Plc said a fire was extinguished on Thursday morning at its 325,700 barrel-per-day (bpd) joint-venture Deer Park, Texas, refinery.

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South African rhino rancher asks court to permit horn sale

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - The owner of the world's biggest private rhino herd took court action on Thursday to force South Africa's government to allow its first online sale of rhino horn, which he aims to hold next week.

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Germany's Lufthansa looking to buy majority of Air Berlin planes

BERLIN/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's Lufthansa is considering buying a majority of insolvent Air Berlin's aircraft, two people familiar with the matter said, as the government and rivals race to carve it up.

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Forty killed in landslide in eastern Congo, vice governor says

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Forty people have been killed in a landslide in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Pacifique Keta, the vice governor of Ituri province, said on Thursday.

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Fire breaks out at Petrochina chemical plant in Dalian: Xinhua

BEIJING (Reuters) - A fire broke out on Thursday at a chemical plant owned by state oil major PetroChina in Dalian, in northeast China's Liaoning Province, state news agency Xinhua reported.

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Hundreds still missing in Sierra Leone as search intensifies

FREETOWN, Aug 17 (Reuters) - Soldiers and volunteers equipped with shovels and pickaxes dug through the perilous site of a mudslide in Sierra Leone on Thursday in search of hundreds of bodies that may still be buried days after the incident.

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Forest rangers, fire crews brace for eclipse watchers to descend on U.S. West

SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Forest rangers and fire managers across the U.S. West will be on high alert as motorists flock to Oregon, Idaho and Wyoming for next week's total solar eclipse, clogging roads and straining scarce resources at the height of summer wildfire season.

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NHC says 80 percent chance of cyclone east of Lesser Antilles

(Reuters) - A low pressure system about 550 miles east of the Lesser Antilles has an 80 percent chance of strengthening into a tropical cyclone over the next couple of days, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Thursday.

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Hyundai plans long-range premium electric car in strategic shift

SEOUL (Reuters) - Hyundai Motor Co said on Thursday it was placing electric vehicles at the center of its product strategy - one that includes plans for a premium long-distance electric car as it seeks to catch up to Tesla and other rivals.

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BRIEF-Wirecard sees Citi prepaid adding more than 13 mln euros to FY EBITDA

* Sees more than 13 million euros EBITDA contribution from Citi prepaid

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De Blasio Would Sooner Tax the Rich Than Befriend Them

Mayor de Blasio ran on a platform of ending income inequality, and had no natural kinship to Wall Street. Four years later, little has changed.

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Gert strengthens into Category 2 hurricane, moves off to sea: NHC

(Reuters) - Hurricane Gert, swirling away from land in the Atlantic Ocean off Nova Scotia, strengthened into a Category 2 hurricane on Wednesday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

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Fed Officials Confront New Reality: Low Inflation and Low Unemployment

A growing number of officials see a need to adjust the central bank’s assumptions on the economy, according to an account of the latest policy meeting.

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U.S. forecaster says 40 percent chance of cyclone east of Lesser Antilles

(Reuters) - A low pressure system about 800 miles east of the Lesser Antilles has a 40 percent chance of strengthening into a tropical cyclone, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Wednesday.

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Jewish Trump Officials Silent on President’s Defense of Anti-Semitic Protesters

Gary D. Cohn, Steven Mnuchin and Jared Kushner have not commented publicly, though Mr. Cohn was described by those close to him as disgusted with the remarks.

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Amphetamine combo linked to Islamic State more potent than thought

LONDON, Aug 16 (Reuters) - A synthetic psychoactive drug linked to substance abuse in the Middle East and said to be a fund-raising tool and stimulant for Islamist militants is more dangerous than previously thought, scientists said on Wednesday.

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Risk of disease as hundreds line up to identify Sierra Leone mudslide victims

FREETOWN, Aug 16 (Reuters) - Hundreds of Freetown residents queued on Wednesday to identify relatives killed in a mudslide on the edge of the Sierra Leone capital, as aid workers warned of an impending health crisis caused by nearly 400 corpses.

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Swiss, EU move closer to linking emissions trading systems

ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland and the European Union have moved closer to linking their carbon emissions trading systems (ETS) after the European Commission and Swiss government gave their backing for a deal.

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Firefighters contain destructive wildfire near Athens

ATHENS (Reuters) - Firefighters on Wednesday contained a wildfire burning for nearly four days near Athens after it destroyed thousands of hectares of pine forest and dozens of homes.

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Hurricane Gert strengthens, expected to weaken by Thursday: NHC

(Reuters) - Hurricane Gert, the second of the 2017 Atlantic season, strengthened slightly on Wednesday as it accelerated through the Atlantic Ocean in a northeasterly direction, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

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China to ban primary mercury mining by 2032 as convention comes into force

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will ban the production and trade of a range of products containing mercury by 2020, including thermometers and blood pressure monitors, and ban primary mercury mining by 2032, as a global pact to cut pollution from the metal comes into effect.

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Northern China air quality worsens in January-July: ministry

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Air quality worsened in China's northern region of Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei in the first seven months of this year, piling pressure on authorities to crack down on firms in their efforts to meet politically crucial 2017 pollution targets.

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Israel's Partner Comms second-quarter profit rises less than expected

JERUSALEM, Aug 16 (Reuters) - Partner Communications , Israel's second-largest mobile phone operator, reported a smaller than expected rise in quarterly profit as it lost customers amid fierce competition in the sector.

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UPDATE 1-Freeport Indonesia says flash floods damage mine power plant

JAKARTA, Aug 16 (Reuters) - Flash floods have left one worker missing and caused extensive damage to a power plant at U.S.-owned miner Freeport Indonesia's operations in the eastern-most province of Papua, company officials said on Wednesday.

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Flash floods hit Freeport Indonesia's mining operations

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Flash floods have left one worker missing and caused extensive damage to a power plant at U.S.-owned miner Freeport Indonesia's operations in the eastern-most province of Papua, company officials said on Wednesday.

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Trump Reminded Threats Work Differently in Diplomacy Than in Real Estate

President Trump is accustomed to using strong statements as a negotiating tactic. But on the global stage, the politics of intimidation can get complicated.

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David Duke on Trump: Thank you for your honesty and courage

Here's what you need to know about President Donald Trump's wild news conference Tuesday: It drew the immediate praise of David Duke.

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BRIEF-Select Sands' qtrly revenue more than doubled to $3.1 mln

* Select Sands Corp - qtrly comprehensive loss decreased more than 75pct to $0.8 million, or $0.01 basic and diluted loss per common share‍​

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Colombia's FARC rebels turned in more than 8,000 weapons: U.N.

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's Marxist FARC rebel group handed in more than 8,000 weapons and nearly 1.3 million pieces of ammunition as it demobilized after a peace deal with the government, the United Nations said.

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Trump orders faster permitting on infrastructure projects

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order to speed approvals of permits for highways, bridges and other major building efforts as part of his proposal to spend $1 trillion to fix aging U.S. infrastructure.

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Hurricane Gert strengthens, moving faster toward north-northeast: NHC

(Reuters) - Gert, the second hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic season, became a little stronger and was moving faster toward the north-northeast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Tuesday.

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Costco Owes Tiffany More Than $19 Million, Judge Rules

A Federal District Court judge in New York has ordered the discount warehouse giant to pay Tiffany for using the jeweler’s name to market diamond rings.

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EPA erred in denying renewable fuel hardship exemption: courts

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency used too strict of a test when it wrongfully denied Sinclair Oil's request for an exemption from the country's biofuel regulations, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Tuesday.

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U.S. NHC sees 20 percent chance of cyclone east of Lesser Antilles

(Reuters) - Shower and thunderstorm activity associated with an elongated area of low pressure located more than a thousand miles east of the Lesser Antilles has a 20 percent chance of developing into a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Tuesday.

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Nearly 400 bodies uncovered from Sierra Leone mudslide: coroner

FREETOWN (Reuters) - Rescue workers have uncovered nearly 400 bodies so far from a mudslide on the outskirts of Sierra Leone's capital Freetown, its chief coroner Seneh Dumbuya told Reuters on Tuesday.

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Second crude spill hits one mile of Kuwait coast: agency

DUBAI (Reuters) - Kuwaiti authorities said on Tuesday they were battling a new crude oil spill in the Abu Fatira area, a day after containing an initial leak that contaminated southern waters.

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Monsoon floods kill more than 200 people across South Asia

KATHMANDU/DHAKA (Reuters) - Heavy monsoon rains in Nepal, Bangladesh and India have killed more than 200 people in the last week, officials said on Tuesday, as rescue workers rushed to help those stranded by floodwaters.

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Iranian court freezes assets of more than 150 BBC staff

DUBAI (Reuters) - More than 150 Iranian current and former BBC staff and contributors have been barred from major financial transactions in Iran, an Iranian court order seen by Reuters showed, in a fresh step against foreign media seen as hostile to Tehran.

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London Inferno Inquiry Will Scrutinize How Officials Dealt With Complaints of Fire Risk

At least 80 people died in the blaze at Grenfell Tower, and local authorities were accused of having ignored warnings from the tenants.

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Two swans found with bird flu H5N8 in Switzerland

ZURICH (Reuters) - Two new cases of bird flu have been reported in western Switzerland, the Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO) said in a statement on Tuesday.

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Author: White nationalists more than 'slack-jawed yokels'

JD Vance, author of "Hillbilly Elegy," says white nationalism isn't just a problem for the poor and working class.

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German green group to pursue diesel bans as agreed steps inadequate

BERLIN (Reuters) - German efforts to overcome a diesel scandal were dealt a blow on Tuesday after prosecutors widened a Volkswagen probe and a key environmental group said steps proposed by automakers to cut pollution remained inadequate.

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Germany awards licenses to increase onshore wind capacity by 1 GW

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany will increase its onshore wind energy capacity by more than 1 gigawatt, equal to that of a nuclear plant, under new licenses awarded on Tuesday, its network regulator said.

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Olympics: More than 2,000 mascot applications received for Tokyo

(Reuters) - A total of 2,042 mascot designs have been received for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after a competition launched earlier this month invited Japanese residents to submit their proposals, Games organizers said on Tuesday.

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Flooding kills more than 160 people across South Asia

KATHMANDU/DHAKA (Reuters) - Heavy monsoon rains in Nepal, Bangladesh and India have killed more than 160 people in the last week, officials said on Tuesday, as authorities rushed to rescue those missing or stranded in flooded areas.

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Why Trump's ad libs mean more than his scripted response

President Donald Trump's examination on race is not over, not by a long shot.

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Vietnam tells officials to avoid graft and live modestly

HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam's Communist Party has set out rules for top officials with an emphasis on fighting corruption, avoiding nepotism and living modestly, the government website said on Tuesday.

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Gert strengthens to hurricane force, second of 2017 Atlantic season: NHC

(Reuters) - Storm Gert has strengthened into the second hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic season, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Monday.

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More than 200 killed in Sierra Leone as mudslide sweeps away homes

FREETOWN, (Reuters) - A mudslide killed more than 200 people on the outskirts of Sierra Leone's capital Freetown on Monday, sweeping away homes and leaving residents desperate for news of missing family members.

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U.S. wages seen growing faster than headline data suggest

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - U.S. wages are on the rise at a pace that is probably faster than the topline data suggest, according to a leading labor economist at the U.S. central bank.

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Canada's British Columbia to ban grizzly bear trophy hunting

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - British Columbian plans to stop all grizzly bear trophy hunting throughout the western Canadian province as of Nov. 30, a government minister said on Monday.

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Tougher than steel: Japan looks to wood pulp to make lighter auto parts

KYOTO, Japan (Reuters) - The global push among carmakers to make ever lighter vehicles is leading some auto suppliers in Japan to turn to what seems like an unlikely substitute for steel - wood.

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More Than 500,000 Infected With Cholera in Yemen

The outbreak, spreading rapidly since it began in April, has killed about 2,000 Yemenis, the World Health Organization said on Monday.

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Tropical Storm Gert strengthens, expected to become hurricane late Monday

(Reuters) - Tropical Storm Gert continued to strengthen and is expected to develop into the second hurricane of the Atlantic season by late on Tuesday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in an advisory on Monday.

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Kuwait contains oil spill, power and water output normal - agency

KUWAIT (Reuters) - Kuwait has contained a crude oil spill in the country's southern waters in the Gulf and is cleaning up contaminated parts of the shore, state news agency KUNA reported on Monday, citing the oil minister.

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Canadian lumber producers hit by BMO downgrade as NAFTA talks loom

TORONTO (Reuters) - Shares of Canadian lumber producers slumped on Monday after BMO Capital Markets downgraded much of the sector on concerns that punitive U.S. duties, a stronger Canadian dollar and ongoing litigation would hurt the sector.

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Sierra Club sues U.S. Energy Department over power grid study

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Environmental group the Sierra Club sued the U.S. Energy Department on Monday in hopes of forcing it to reveal the groups it has consulted in conducting an eagerly awaited study on the electricity grid.

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Tropical storm Gert expected to become hurricane by late Tuesday: NHC

(Reuters) - Tropical storm Gert is expected to strengthen into the second hurricane of the Atlantic season by late Tuesday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in an advisory on Monday.

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Back from holiday, Merkel shifts gear on diesel

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany must eventually follow other European countries in banning new diesel cars from the roads, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, conceding for the first time that diesel's days were numbered in the wake of the emissions scandals.

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Vanguard to focus on corporate climate risk disclosure

BOSTON (Reuters) - Top mutual fund manager Vanguard Group said on Monday it has "prioritized climate risk" in its talks with companies, and urged them to disclose potential business risks from environmental shifts.

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NHC sees 20 percent chance of cyclone near Cape Verde Islands

(Reuters) - A broad trough of low pressure southwest of the Cape Verde Islands has a 20 percent chance of developing into a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Monday.

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Hundreds feared buried in Sierra Leone mudslide

FREETOWN (Reuters) - Hundreds of people are feared buried in a mudslide on Monday in the outskirts of Sierra Leone's capital, witnesses said.

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Norway's $975-billion wealth fund should improve ethical stance: NGO report

OSLO (Reuters) - Norway's $975-billion sovereign wealth fund, the world's largest, should be more forceful in promoting its ethical agenda and influencing the thousands of companies it invests in, a report commissioned by non-governmental organizations said on Monday.

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China overall water quality improves in H1, but some regions worsen

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Overall water quality in China improved in the first six months of this year, though five regions saw an increase in substandard samples over the period, the environment ministry said on Monday.

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Stada warns retail tender rate even lower than before

FRANKFURT, Aug 14 (Reuters) - Stada on Monday warned that even fewer retail investors have so far tendered their shares in the planned takeover of the German generic drugmaker than at the same stage during the previous, failed attempt to get a deal done.

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Number of kids going to ER for pot more than doubles in 10 years

As attitudes about marijuana shift around the world, researchers are warning parents that it's risky to keep it around children, especially those who are too young to know what it is.

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Firefighters battle spreading wildfire near Athens, homes damaged

ATHENS (Reuters) - Firefighters on Monday battled to contain a wildfire northeast of Athens as high winds caused the blaze to spread overnight after it damaged dozens of homes at a coastal village northeast of the Greek capital.

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Korea tensions ease slightly as U.S. officials play down war risks

SEOUL/BEIJING (Reuters) - Tensions on the Korean peninsula eased slightly on Monday as South Korea's president said resolving Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions must be done peacefully and key U.S. officials played down the risk of an imminent war with North Korea.

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Elephants help rescue hundreds from flooded Nepali safari park

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Elephants helped rescue hundreds of tourists from a flooded jungle safari park in Nepal, officials said on Monday, as the death toll from flash floods and landslides after four days of heavy rain rose to 70.

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Tourists rescued by elephants from flooded Nepal safari park

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Elephants were pressed into service to rescue hundreds of foreign tourists trapped in a Nepal jungle safari park, officials said on Monday, as the death toll from flash floods and landslides after four days of heavy rains rose to 70.

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Tropical storm Gert could become hurricane by Wednesday: NHC

(Reuters) - Tropical storm Gert, located about 485 miles (785 km) west-southwest of Bermuda, could strengthen into a hurricane by Wednesday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

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Wildfire near Athens damages homes and forces residents to flee

Athens (Reuters) - A wildfire close to a village near Athens damaged houses and caused people to flee their homes on Sunday, officials said.

Terrorism nytimes.com

An Ex-Shabab Leader Surrenders in Somalia, Officials Say

Abu Mansoor Mukhtar Robow surrendered to government forces on Sunday, in a surprise move that could weaken the country’s Islamist militants.

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Kuwait to finish cleaning up oil spill this week: report

KUWAIT (Reuters) - Kuwait will finish cleaning up a crude oil spill in the country's southern waters in the Gulf this week, a Kuwaiti newspaper report said on Sunday, quoting the country's oil minister.

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Portugal asks for help from Europe to fight fires

LISBON (Reuters) - More than 3,000 firemen struggled to put out forest fires across Portugal on Sunday, after the country requested assistance from Europe to fight blazes that threaten to spread with more hot weather in the coming days.

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Death toll in Nepal floods, landslides rises to 49

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Torrential rain battered Nepal on Sunday, causing widespread flooding and landslides and raising the death toll from three days of severe weather to 49 people, according to officials.

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More than 80,000 hit Sydney streets for City2Surf fun run

SYDNEY (Reuters) - More than 80,000 runners took part in Sydney's annual City2Surf race on Sunday, with 2016 champion Harry Summers defending his title in 42 minutes and 16 seconds, media reported.

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Philippines warns against killing of migratory birds amid avian flu outbreak

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines on Sunday warned citizens not to kill or poach migratory birds that usually fly in from China, the possible source of a virus that triggered the Southeast Asian nation's first outbreak of avian flu, to avoid worsening the situation.

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Quake of magnitude 6.5 strikes off Indonesian island of Sumatra: USGS

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - An earthquake of magnitude 6.5 struck west of Indonesia's island of Sumatra on Sunday, the United States Geological Survey said.

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Storm near Turks and Caicos expected to become cyclone: NHC

(Reuters) - A broad low pressure area over the Caribbean Sea has an 80-percent chance of developing into a cyclone, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Saturday.

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Russia probe counsel wants to interview senior White House officials: NYT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The special counsel investigating whether Russia interfered in the U.S. presidential election and possible collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign wants to speak with current and former senior White House officials, the New York Times reported on Saturday.

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Kuwait says responding to oil spill in Ras al-Zour area

(Reuters) - Kuwaiti authorities on Saturday were working on containing and cleaning up a crude oil spill in the country's southern waters in the Gulf, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) said in a statement.

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Oregon coastal city at 'double ground zero' braced for eclipse

DEPOE BAY, Ore. (Reuters) - Oregon's Depoe Bay is preparing for the first total eclipse to traverse the continental United States in a century as if a natural disaster was bearing down on the small coastal city.

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Flooding and landslides kill more than 30 in Nepal: officials

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Flash floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains have left more than 30 people dead in Nepal in the past 24 hours, authorities said on Saturday.

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Magnitude 5.9 quake strikes off Chile coast: USGS

(Reuters) - A magnitude 5.9 quake struck off the coast of Chile, 102 km west-southwest of Coquimbo, at depth of 10 km (6 miles), on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

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Storms disrupt Beijing flights, authorities warn of flash floods, landslides

BEIJING (Reuters) - Thunderstorms lashed Beijing on Saturday, disrupting hundreds of flights at one of the world's largest airports, while authorities warned that rain and wind could cause landslides in the area where a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck this week.

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Elephant blamed for 15 deaths in eastern India shot dead

SAHIBGANJ, India (Reuters) - An elephant blamed for killing more than a dozen people in the eastern Indian states of Jharkhand and Bihar was shot dead on Friday, after an elaborate hunt that involved dozens of forest officials and a sharpshooter.

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Storms disrupt Beijing flights, authorities warn of flash flooding, landslides

BEIJING (Reuters) - Thunderstorms lashed Beijing on Saturday, disrupting hundreds of flights at one of the world's largest airports, while authorities warned that rain and wind could cause landslides in the area where a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck this week.

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Deadly tornado hits northern China, killing five

BEIJING (Reuters) - A tornado struck northern China, lashing it with rain, killing five people, injuring more than 50 and destroying homes in a major city in Inner Mongolia, state media said on Saturday.

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One dead after 5.6 magnitude quake causes Peru landslides

LIMA (Reuters) - A 5.6-magnitude undersea earthquake struck the Pacific Ocean off of Peru's southern coast on Friday, triggering landslides on local roads that killed one person and wounded two, a regional governor said.

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NHC says 40 percent chance of cyclone near Turks and Caicos

(Reuters) - A low pressure area located about 300 miles (480 km) east of the Turks and Caicos Islands has a 40 percent chance of developing into a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Friday.

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Trump says was being 'sarcastic' in thanking Putin for embassy staff cuts

BEDMINSTER, NJ (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Friday he was being sarcastic when he thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for saving the United States money by ordering cuts in U.S. diplomatic staff in Russia.

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CORRECTED-'Flash Boys' exchange IEX aims to price out predatory traders

NEW YORK, Aug 11 (Reuters) - IEX Group Inc plans to push what it views as predatory trading strategies out of the market by raising fees for firms that cash in on stale prices, the stock exchange operator said on Friday.

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Trump 'sarcastic' in thanking Putin for embassy staff cuts: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump was being "sarcastic" when he thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for saving the United States money by ordering cuts in U.S. diplomatic staff in Russia, a White House official said on Friday.

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Damaged drainage system in flooded New Orleans is nearly repaired

(Reuters) - A damaged turbine that contributed to flooding in New Orleans should be working again later on Friday, but more back-up power is needed and dozens of extra generators are being brought in for the rest of the hurricane season, the mayor said on Friday.

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Pence jokes: I have more than one tie

Vice President Pence explains the significance of his tie during his Governor's portrait unveiling ceremony in Indiana.

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Trump being 'sarcastic' when thanked Putin for cutting U.S. diplomats: NBC

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump was being "sarcastic" when he thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for saving the United States money by ordering cuts in U.S. diplomatic staff in Russia, NBC News reported, citing the White House spokeswoman.

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Trump thanking Putin was sarcasm, White House says

President Donald Trump was being "sarcastic" when he thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday for expelling hundreds of American diplomats from the country, a White House spokeswoman said.

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Al Gore says Trump driving, not weakening, climate change momentum

LONDON (Reuters) - Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore said on Friday that President Donald Trump's rejection of the Paris climate change agreement was fueling, rather than weakening, momentum among environmental activists.

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New Brazil ethanol policy should boost demand, M&A

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - An overhaul of Brazil's biofuels policy in coming days, aimed at cutting the country's carbon emissions, should boost demand for cleaner fuels, stabilize the volatile industry and accelerate a recent wave of mergers and acquisitions in the sector.

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Canada orders ships to reduce speed to prevent whale deaths

TORONTO (Reuters) - Certain ships are being ordered to reduce speed because of the deaths of at least 10 North Atlantic right whales in Canada's Gulf of St Lawrence during the past two months, the government said on Friday.

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Take cover, avoid bomb flash. Guam issues nuclear guidelines

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Guam posted emergency guidelines on Friday to help residents prepare for any potential nuclear attack after a threat from North Korea to fire missiles in the vicinity of the U.S. Pacific territory.

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Keeping tabs on the birds in Slovenia

VRHNIKA, Slovenia (Reuters) - Scientists in an area of woodland in Slovenia are studying the migratory patterns of birds with the aid of a couple of big nets - and a lot of small rings.

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Egypt train crash kills 36, injures more than 100

CAIRO (Reuters) - Two trains collided in Egypt's coastal city of Alexandria on Friday killing 36 people and injuring more than 100 others, a health ministry spokesman said.

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Arctic Ocean thaw helps Russian shipping as old ice blows west

OSLO (Reuters) - Russian shipping in the Arctic is benefiting from winds that are driving the oldest and thickest sea ice towards North America, further opening a remote region that is thawing amid global warming, scientists say.

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Huge pipes wash up on British beach

LONDON (Reuters) - Four gigantic Norwegian-made plastic pipes up to 480 meters (1575 ft) long were discovered washed up on the English coast, officials said on Friday.

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Germany believes European Commission will propose electric cars quotas

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany believes the European Commission will propose quotas for electric cars in it next review of measures to cut emissions, a spokesman for the German environment ministry said on Friday.

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Hong Kong scoops up 158 tonnes of palm oil; may reopen some beaches

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong may reopen some of its 13 beaches closed since last Sunday following a palm oil spill, after authorities collected more than 150 tonnes of acrid-smelling clumps in one of the Chinese territory's worst environmental disasters.

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Trump thanks Putin for slashing U.S. diplomatic staff

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for ordering the United States to slash its diplomatic staff in Russia, remarks likely to rekindle criticism of Trump's kid-gloves handling of Putin.

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New Orleans braces for more rain, watchful for flash floods

(Reuters) - The governor of Louisiana and the mayor of New Orleans declared a state of emergency for the city on Thursday due to torrential rains that overwhelmed a municipal drainage system already diminished by power shortages.

United States International Relations nytimes.com

Trump Offers Putin Thanks, Not Critique, for Throwing Out U.S. Diplomats

The president’s comments were in keeping with his practice of not criticizing the Russian leader.

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Trump thanks Russia's Putin for slashing U.S. diplomatic staff

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for slashing the number of U.S. diplomatic staff in Russia, "because now we have a smaller payroll."

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Trump thanks Putin for removing US diplomats

President Trump thanks Russian President Putin for expelling US diplomats from Russia following US imposed sanctions.

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Snap posts lower-than-expected daily active users, shares drop

(Reuters) - Snap Inc reported a lower-than-expected number of daily active users for Snapchat, its popular messaging app, for the second quarter as the company grapples with stiff competition from Facebook Inc, sending its shares down about 6 percent in extended trading.

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Climate change disrupts timing of river floods in Europe: study

OSLO (Reuters) - Climate change has shifted the timing of flooding in European rivers in the past 50 years, causing deluges earlier in the northeast and later around parts of the Mediterranean, scientists said on Thursday.

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Climate change helped fuel record heat in 2016: U.S. government report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Global warming helped fuel the hottest year on record in 2016, with greenhouse gas concentrations reaching a new high, a U.S. government report released on Thursday said.

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CNN poll: Trump more popular than Congress

Here's a silver lining for President Donald Trump: he's still more popular than Congress.

Health Insurance and Managed Care nytimes.com

Public Health: Obamacare Premiums Are Set to Rise. Thank Policy Uncertainty.

Preliminary rate requests from insurance companies in 21 cities show big increases linked to their fears about Trump administration actions.

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Trump EPA lags behind in environmental enforcement: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - During the first six months of the Trump presidency, the Environmental Protection Agency has lagged behind three previous administrations in environmental enforcement, collecting 60 percent less in civil penalties from polluters, a report released on Thursday said.

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Cooking gas shortages force Venezuelans to turn to firewood

PUERTO ORDAZ/CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuelan homemaker Carmen Rondon lives in the country with the world's largest oil reserves, but has spent weeks cooking with firewood due to a chronic shortage of home cooking gas - leaving her hoarse from breathing smoke.

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Ford says it is cooperating in German diesel investigation

BERLIN (Reuters) - Ford said German motor authorities were investigating a diesel-engined model of its mid-sized Mondeo car, adding that none of its cars was equipped with illegal emissions cheating software.

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U.S. NHC says storm Franklin dissipates over Mexico

(Reuters) - Franklin, the first hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic season, has dissipated over Mexico, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Thursday.

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U.S. weather forecaster sees El Niño unlikely through 2017-2018 winter

(Reuters) - A U.S. government weather forecaster said on Thursday there were no active El Niño or La Niña patterns, and neutral conditions were favored in the Northern hemisphere through the 2017-18 winter.

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Arctic fjords help Russia combat fish shortage problems

URA BAY, Russia (Reuters) - Arctic fjords that hid Soviet nuclear-powered submarines during the Cold War are now being used as a weapon in the sanctions war with Europe - to rear fish that Russia can no longer import.

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Denmark reports Maersk Oil to police for discharging chemicals into North Sea

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - The Danish environmental protection agency (DEPA) said on Thursday it had reported Maersk Oil, the oil unit of A.P. Moller-Maersk, to the police for discharging chemicals into the North Sea in connection with oil production.

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Franklin weakens into tropical storm: NHC

(Reuters) - Franklin, a Category 1 hurricane, has weakened into a tropical storm over the eastern coast of Mexico, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Thursday.

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Hurricane Franklin makes landfall in Veracruz, Mexico: NHC

(Reuters) - Hurricane Franklin made landfall on the eastern coast of Mexico in the state of Veracruz, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said early Thursday.

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Hurricane Franklin to make landfall over next several hours: NHC

(Reuters) - Hurricane Franklin is expected to make landfall and bring torrential rains over the next several hours as it crosses the coast of eastern Mexico's key oil-producing Gulf state, Veracruz, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

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Magnitude 4.9 quake hits Tokyo area, no tsunami warning

TOKYO (Reuters) - An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.9 hit the Tokyo area on Thursday but no tsunami warning was issued, Japan's Meteorological Agency said.

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New York's new casinos produce weaker-than-projected revenues

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (Reuters) - New York State’s three new commercial casinos are turning out much weaker gambling revenues than projected, with gross receipts at one gaming hall off about 40 percent.

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China's smog crackdown roils niche commodities markets

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's push for blue skies is roiling supplies and boosting prices of key raw materials from soymeal to ferroalloys as the government ramps up smog checks and forces some factories in the world's top commodities market to close or suspend operations.

North Korea nytimes.com

The Interpreter: Trump’s Threat of War With North Korea May Sound Scarier Than It Is

North Korea’s nuclear program is serious, but research on foreign threats and bellicose rhetoric suggests that Americans can hold off on building bomb shelters.

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NFL to hire 24 full-time officials for 2017 season

(The Sports Xchange) - The NFL will hire as many as 24 full-time game officials for the upcoming 2017 season, the league and the NFL Referees Association announced Wednesday.

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Franklin now a hurricane, nearing Mexico oil state: U.S. NHC

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Franklin, upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane from a tropical storm, is expected to hit eastern Mexico's key oil-producing Gulf state of Veracruz on Wednesday evening or early Thursday morning, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Wednesday.

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Officials say his off-the-cuff remarks to North Korea, but isn't far from comments he has made in private

United States International Relations nytimes.com

War With North Korea Not Imminent, Officials Say, but U.S. Would Still Win

A day after President Trump threatened North Korea with “fire and fury,” his top advisers lowered the heat.

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Trump's 'fire and fury' remark on North Korea was impromptu: officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's comment vowing to respond with "fire and fury" if North Korea further threatened the United States was "unplanned and spontaneous," a senior administration official who deals with the issue said on Wednesday.

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U.S. sanctions eight more Venezuelan officials, including Chavez brother

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Wednesday imposed sanctions on eight more Venezuelan officials, including the brother of late socialist leader Hugo Chavez, to punish them for their roles in President Nicolas Maduro’s creation of a new legislative superbody, U.S. officials said.

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Infant ape fossil skull illuminates humankind's remote past

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The lemon-sized fossil skull of an infant ape nicknamed Alesi that inhabited a Kenyan forest about 13 million years ago is offering a peek at what the long-ago common ancestor of people and all modern apes may have looked like.

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Rising rivers flood homes in southern Venezuela

PUERTO ORDAZ, Venezuela (Reuters) - Rising rivers have flooded homes in southern Venezuela, affecting more than 15,000 people and forcing some 500 to leave their homes, according to civil protection officials.

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Bashful baby bonobo born in Belgium

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A baby bonobo ape has been cradled in her mother's arms since her birth in Belgium last week, offering zoo visitors only a brief glimpse of her face at feeding times.

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Storm Franklin expected to hit Mexico's east coast as hurricane: NHC

(Reuters) - Tropical storm Franklin has gained in strength and is expected to develop into a hurricane later on Wednesday, hitting Mexico's eastern Veracruz state as a hurricane on Wednesday night or early on Thursday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

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Wendy's posts better-than-expected quarterly sales

Aug 9 (Reuters) - U.S. burger chain Wendy's Co reported better-than-expected quarterly sales, helped by higher franchise revenue and rental income.

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Tech-savvy farmers a new hope for Japan's shrinking agriculture sector

YAMAMOTO-CHO, Japan (Reuters) - A new breed of younger, business- and tech-savvy farmers are transforming Japan's shrinking agriculture sector with cutting edge techniques and marketing strategies, giving new hope to an industry in slow decline.

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NHC says Franklin to strengthen into hurricane on Wednesday

(Reuters) - Tropical storm Franklin has strengthened over the Bay of Campeche and is forecast to become a hurricane late Wednesday when it reaches the coast of Mexico, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

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Nikkei skids to more than 2-month lows on rising North Korea risk

* Investors could be positioning for a possible drop - analyst

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China's Hebei vows to shut polluting steelmakers from September 1

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Steelmakers in the smog-prone northern Chinese province of Hebei will be forced to halt operations next month if they fail to meet tough new pollution restrictions, the local environmental authority said in a notice.

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Hong Kong cleans up 93 tonnes of palm oil, shuts 13 beaches after huge spill

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong has scooped up over 90 tonnes of palm oil and closed more than a dozen beaches after a ship spill washed foul-smelling, Styrofoam-like clumps ashore, the latest major environmental disaster to blight the territory's waters.

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Earthquake of magnitude 6.6 hits northwest China's Xinjiang

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.6 hit a remote part of China's far northwestern region of Xinjiang on Wednesday morning, the country's earthquake administration said.

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Nine dead, 164 injured in China Sichuan quake

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Nine people have been killed, including six tourists, and 164 injured in an earthquake that struck a remote and mountainous part of southwest China's Sichuan province, the local government and official media said on Wednesday.

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Vivint Solar second-quarter results top estimates

(Reuters) - Residential solar company Vivint Solar Inc on Tuesday reported quarterly results that topped expectations as costs for selling its rooftop systems fell.

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Canadian officials back in North Korea to discuss imprisoned pastor

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian officials have traveled to North Korea to discuss the case of a Canadian pastor serving a life sentence there, a spokesman for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday.

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Exclusive: U.S. envoys told to be coy on re-engaging in Paris climate deal - cable

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. diplomats should sidestep questions from foreign governments on what it would take for the Trump administration to re-engage in the global Paris climate agreement, according to a diplomatic cable seen by Reuters.

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Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Franklin over portions of Yucatan Peninsula: NHC

(Reuters) - Tropical Storm Franklin was bringing heavy rains to portions of the Yucatan Peninsula, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in its latest advisory on Tuesday.

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Italian winemakers expect less quantity, more quality after extreme weather

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's wine producers are already starting to pick grapes under a scorching sun, after a very cold spring and then extreme heat brought forward a harvest expected to be small but perfectly delicious.

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Most Houston-area refineries unaffected by flooding after heavy rains

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Most Houston-area refineries were unaffected by heavy rains that caused flooding across wide areas of the city, the companies and sources said on Tuesday.

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Factbox: Germany, carmakers agree steps to cut diesel pollution

(Reuters) - German ministers, regional politicians and car executives have agreed a package of measures aimed at cutting inner-city air pollution and averting bans on diesel cars.

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Quake of magnitude 6.5 strikes in China's Sichuan province -USGS

(Reuters) - An earthquake measuring 6.5 in magnitude struck in China's mountainous southwestern province of Sichuan on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

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Dutch students grow their own biodegradable car

EINDHOVEN, Netherlands (Reuters) - What's made of sugar, can carry four people and travel at 50 miles (80 km) per hour? A biodegradable car, whose inventors say could be the next step in environmentally friendly motoring.

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Siemens Gamesa installs Asia's tallest wind turbines

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Wind power group Siemens Gamesa has installed Asia's tallest wind turbines, with a total height of 210 meters (230 yards), in Thailand, it said on Tuesday.

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Landslide in southwest China kills 23

BEIJING (Reuters) - A landslide in southwestern China has killed 23 people, the provincial government said on Tuesday, as heavy rain hits large parts of the country.

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Thailand approves flood relief measures worth $48 million

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's cabinet on Tuesday approved 1.6 billion baht ($48 million) in relief for farmers hit by floods in the north and northeast.

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Volkswagen offers up to 10,000 euros in premiums to new-car buyers

BERLIN (Reuters) - Volkswagen will offer up to 10,000 euros ($11,810.00) in premiums to buyers of VW brand vehicles trading in an older diesel model, the carmaker said on Tuesday.

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VW to offer diesel owners 5,000 euros to buy new Golf: Bild

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Volkswagen will knock 5,000 euros ($5,905) off the price of new Golf model cars for buyers trading in an older diesel model, German daily Bild reported on its website, citing no sources.

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Hong Kong closes 13 beaches as congealed palm oil washes ashore

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong has closed more than a dozen beaches after a palm oil spill washed foul-smelling, Styrofoam-like clumps ashore, the latest environmental disaster to blight the territory's waters.

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Now a tropical storm, Noru rakes Japan's main island

TOKYO (Reuters) - Typhoon Noru raked Japan's main island of Honshu with heavy rains and strong winds on Tuesday, despite being downgraded to a tropical storm, flooding rivers and prompting the evacuation of thousands at one point, but staying well away from Tokyo.

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U.S. orangutan Chantek, 'the ape who went to college,' dies at 39

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Chantek, a male orangutan who was among the first apes to learn sign language, could clean his room and memorized the way to a fast-food restaurant, died on Monday at age 39, Zoo Atlanta said.

Health Insurance and Managed Care nytimes.com

Facing Trump Subsidy Cuts, Health Insurance Officials Seek a Backup Plan

State commissioners are debating what to do if President Trump stops subsidies paid to insurance companies on behalf of millions of low-income people.