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Experts: Massive oil spill off China's coast may affect marine life for decades

A massive oil tanker that sank off the coast of China could affect marine life for decades, environmentalists and experts say.

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PBOC official says China's centralized virtual currency trade needs to end: source

BEIJING (Reuters) - A senior Chinese central banker says authorities should ban centralized trading of virtual currencies as well as individuals and businesses that provide related services, an internal memo from a government meeting seen by Reuters showed.

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Philippines shuts more schools as volcano spews ash and lava

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines' most active volcano spewed lava that cascaded downslope and emitted ash that fell on nearby towns, state volcanologists said on Tuesday, prompting the provincial government to shut more schools.

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China's economy set to slow to 6.5 percent in 2018 as government turns off cheap money: Reuters poll

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's economy is expected to cool this year as a government-led crackdown on debt risks and factory pollution drag on overall activity, a Reuters poll showed on Tuesday.

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UPDATE 1-Prodded by China, Qantas amends website references to Taiwan, other regions

SYDNEY/TAIPEI, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Australia's Qantas Airways said on Tuesday it had amended its website to no longer refer to Taiwan and Hong Kong as countries, rather than Chinese territories, after China issued a warning to foreign airlines last week.

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Foreign governments, candidates, trade groups spent at Trump properties: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sixty-four trade groups, foreign governments, Republican candidates and others stayed at or held events at properties linked to U.S. President Donald Trump during Trump's first year in office, a political watchdog group said in a report released on Tuesday.

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Google says "no changes" to mapping platform in China after report

BEIJING (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google said on Tuesday it has made "no changes" to its mapping platform in China, denying an earlier media report that claimed it was re-launching the function in China, where many of its services are blocked.

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UPDATE 1-Google says "no changes" to mapping platform in China after report

BEIJING, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google said on Tuesday it has made "no changes" to its mapping platform in China, denying an earlier media report that claimed it was re-launching the function in China, where many of its services are blocked.

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Collapse of U.K. Construction Giant Rattles the Government

The contractor, Carillion, worked hand in glove with the government, raising questions about the outsourcing of public services to private companies.

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China rights lawyer says legal license revoked after criticizing President Xi Jinping

BEIJING (Reuters) - A prominent Chinese rights lawyer who wrote an open letter criticizing President Xi Jinping said on Monday that authorities had revoked his license to practice law.

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Prodded by China, Qantas amends website references to Taiwan, other regions

SYDNEY, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Australia's Qantas Airways said on Tuesday it had amended its website to no longer refer to Taiwan and Hong Kong as countries, rather than Chinese territories, after China issued a warning to foreign airlines last week.

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Three still missing in California's deadly mudslides

(Reuters) - The number of people missing from last week's deadly Southern California mudslides fell to three on Monday as hundreds of rescue workers searched for survivors from the rain-driven slides that killed 20 people.

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China consumer group seeks answers from Apple about slowing iPhones

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A Chinese consumer group has asked Apple for information about the slowing of older iPhones after operating system updates, demanding a reply before Friday, state news agency Xinhua reported.

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Brazilian miner Vale ordered to repair environmental damage

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A Brazilian court on Monday ordered the world's largest iron ore miner Vale SA to repair environmental damages its operations caused in land belonging to a community of descendants of escaped slaves in northern Brazil.

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Earthquake rattles Greece, felt in Athens

ATHENS (Reuters) - An earthquake that rattled Greece on Monday night was felt in the capital Athens, a Reuters reporter said.

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UPDATE 1-UK government questioned over Carillion contracts after profit warnings

* Government defends handling of the company (Adds opposition party, government commments)

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Google to relaunch map service in China: Nikkei

(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google will relaunch its map service in China after an eight-year absence, Nikkei reported on Monday.

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Google to relaunch map service in China -Nikkei

Jan 15 (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google will relaunch its map service in China after an eight-year absence, Nikkei reported on Monday.

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Construction firm with 43,000 employees and a lot of government contracts goes under

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California rescuers search for victims of deadly mudslides

(Reuters) - The search for victims of last week's deadly Southern California mudslides pushed into Monday, with hundreds of rescue workers with dogs and scanners hunting for four people still listed as missing after the rain-driven slides that killed 20 people.

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Norway to ban fur farms as fox, mink go out of fashion

OSLO (Reuters) - A plan by Norway's government to phase out fur farms by 2025 dismayed producers and delighted animal rights activists on Monday as a sign that fur is out of fashion even in a nation that was once the world's top producer of fox pelts.

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UK government seeks to limit damage after Carillion collapses

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Carillion collapsed on Monday after its banks lost faith in the construction and services company, forcing the government to step in to guarantee major public works contracts.

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UPDATE 1-British government will hold emergency meeting on Carillion, says minister

LONDON, Jan 15 (Reuters) - The British government will hold a meeting of its COBRA emergency response committee on Monday to discuss Carillion's collapse, defence minister Gavin Williamson said.

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Mercedes 'can't guarantee' meeting EU carbon goals: CEO

DETROIT (Reuters) - Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz faces a tough challenge to meet the next round of European CO2 goals and may fall short, Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche said on Monday.

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UK government questioned over Carillion contracts after profit warnings

LONDON, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Britain's government is under pressure to explain why ministers awarded construction company Carillion 1.3 billion pounds ($1.8 billion) of new contracts after it was known to be in financial difficulty.

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Samsung aims to double Africa's share of its revenues in five years

NAIROBI (Reuters) - South Korea's Samsung Electronics plans to double the annual revenue contribution from its African markets to 20 percent of the firm's global total in the next five years, the head of its business on the continent said on Monday.

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Madrid to keep ruling Catalonia if exiled ex-leader reelected: PM

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain will continue to rule the regional administration of Catalonia directly from Madrid in the event that its self-exiled former leader Carles Puigdemont is chosen as president by the Catalan parliament, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Monday.

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Philippines' president made call on China's sea research - spokesman

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte personally made a decision to let China conduct scientific research off the Philippines' Pacific coast, his spokesman said on Monday, despite concern among critics about threats to maritime sovereignty.

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China to block cryptocurrency platforms that allow centralized trading: Bloomberg

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese authorities plan to block domestic access to Chinese and offshore cryptocurrency platforms that allow centralized trading, Bloomberg reported Monday citing sources.

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Tropical Singapore rugs up as temperatures drop

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A dip in temperature in Singapore has prompted an unusual parade of fur jackets, scarves and other winter items in the streets of the perennially balmy city-state, as more northern parts of the globe shivered under Arctic conditions.

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Madrid to keep direct rule of Catalonia if former leader reelected: PM

MADRID (Reuters) - Madrid will continue to run Catalonia's government if sacked former leader Carles Puigdemont is voted regional president by the Catalan parliament while in self-imposed exile in Brussels, Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Monday.

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Philippines widens evacuation area as lava spreads around restive volcano

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines ordered the forced evacuation of people from two more municipalities near a restive volcano on Monday as the chief volcanologist warned of a possible hazardous eruption "within weeks or even within days".

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UPDATE 4-UK government seeks to limit damage after Carillion collapses

* PM May's government under pressure over fate of Carillion (Adds further reaction)

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Stricken tanker leaves large oil slick in East China Sea

TOKYO/BEIJING (Reuters) - A burning Iranian oil tanker that sank in the East China Sea on Sunday in the worst oil ship disaster in decades has produced a large oil slick, Chinese media and Japanese authorities said on Monday, as worries grew over damage to the marine ecosystem.

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Warmer temperatures at Great Barrier Reef causing sea turtles to be born female

(Reuters) - Rising temperatures at Australia's Great Barrier Reef are causing more green turtles to be born female, which could lead to the species dying out, a new scientific study has found.

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Exclusive: China's JD.com targets $2 billion fundraising at logistics unit - sources

HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's second-biggest e-commerce firm JD.com has kicked off a fundraising round at its logistics unit with a target of at least $2 billion, and eventually plans to list the business overseas, people with direct knowledge of the matter said.

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Britain's Carillion collapses, forcing government to step in

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Carillion collapsed on Monday after its banks lost faith in the construction and services company, throwing hundreds of major projects into doubt and forcing the government to step in to guarantee vital public services.

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UPDATE 3-Britain's Carillion collapses, forcing government to step in

* PM May's government under pressure over fate of Carillion (Adds reaction, background)

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RPT-INSIGHT-China's COFCO makes painful cuts in drive to lead global food trade

LONDON/PARIS/BEIJING, Jan 12 (Reuters) - China's COFCO International is in the throes of a staffing upheaval as the group pursues its professed ambition of sitting at the top table of global agricultural traders.

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Suicide attack in Baghdad kills at least 25, wounds 63, government says

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - At least 25 people were killed and 63 wounded in a twin suicide bombing in central Baghdad on Monday, the Iraqi health ministry said on its Facebook page.

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Stricken oil tanker leaves 10-mile oil slick in East China Sea: CCTV

TOKYO/BEIJING (Reuters) - The burning Iranian oil tanker that sank in the East China Sea on Sunday in the worst oil ship disaster in decades has produced a 10-mile long oil slick as black smoke continued to billow from the site, Chinese media and Japanese authorities said on Monday.

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Madagascar cyclone death toll rises to 51, with thousands displaced

ANTANANARIVO (Reuters) - The death toll from a cyclone that hit Madagascar about 10 days ago has risen to 51, with another 22 people reported missing, authorities said on Sunday.

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Reports: Iran releases 440 anti-government protesters

Iran has released more than 400 people detained in anti-government protests that broke out across the country in late December, state-run media reports.

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Philippines says hazardous volcano eruption possible 'within weeks or days'

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines' chief volcanologist warned on Monday of a possible hazardous eruption at Mount Mayon "within weeks or even within days", as magma continued to pile up at the summit of the Southeast Asian country's most active volcano.

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Twenty now dead in California mudslides, major highway closed

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The death toll from Southern California mudslides that swallowed dozens of homes and forced the closure of a major highway along the picturesque Santa Barbara County coast rose to 20 on Sunday, with four other people still reported missing.

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Trump says 'I'm not a racist,' keeps door open for DACA deal

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump insisted on Sunday "I'm not a racist" in response to reports that he had described immigrants from Haiti and African countries as coming from "shithole countries."

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China sees 1,300 fugitives returned from overseas in 2017: China Daily

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A total of 1,300 fugitives were returned to China from overseas last year, including 347 corrupt officials, the China Daily reported on Monday, citing figures from the country's corruption watchdog.

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China punishes officials for tampering with smog monitoring

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has punished officials in the provinces of Jiangxi and Henan for tampering with pollution monitoring equipment in order to reduce smog readings, the environment ministry said in a notice on Sunday.

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Exclusive: France expects UK to pay up, take more refugees to keep border - official

PARIS (Reuters) - France expects Britain to agree to take more asylum seekers and pay more for border security in order to maintain a frontier on the French side of the Channel, a French government official said.

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A DACA Question: Should Judges Use Local Cases to Halt National Orders?

When a federal judge in California ordered a stop to a key plank of President Trump’s immigration agenda, he revived a debate over the impartiality of the judiciary.

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China absence looms over Canada meeting on how to pressure North Korea

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Foreign ministers from around 20 nations gather on Tuesday to discuss how to curb North Korea's nuclear ambitions through diplomatic and financial pressure, but China, seen as a key player in any long-term solution, will be absent.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Why China’s Good Environmental Policies Have Gone Wrong

Haste and zeal to please an increasingly authoritarian government have created unexpected problems.

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Poland's government reshuffle boosts support for ruling party

WARSAW (Reuters) - Public support for Poland's ruling conservatives has risen while backing for the biggest opposition party fell as a recent government reshuffle helped ease voters' dissatisfaction with Warsaw's clashes with the EU, an opinion poll showed.

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Strong earthquake in southern Peru leaves one dead, scores injured

LIMA (Reuters) - A strong magnitude-7.1 earthquake struck the coast of southern Peru on Sunday morning, killing one person, injuring scores and causing homes and roads to collapse.

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FCC says government officials must work to prevent false alerts

(Reuters) - The chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Sunday that Hawaii apparently did not have adequate safeguards in place to prevent a false emergency alert and that government officials must work to prevent future incidents.

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UPDATE 2-Carillion holds survival talks under close UK government watch

LONDON, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Carillion held further emergency funding talks on Sunday as the British government said it hoped that the struggling construction and services company's partners will find the cash it needs to stay in business.

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Magnitude-5.1 quake hits 40 miles from Batangas, Philippines: USGS

(Reuters) - A magnitude-5.1 earthquake hit the Philippines on Sunday, about 40 miles west-southwest of Batangas, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

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Philippines raises volcano alert level after lava flow

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines raised the alert level at its rumbling Mayon volcano to "level 3" on Sunday after detecting lava flow and indications of activity that could lead to eruptions of magma.

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Twenty dead as search for California mudslide survivors grinds on

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The search for survivors of the deadly mudslides in parts of California's Santa Barbara County continued Sunday even as hopes dwindled to find anyone alive, officials said.

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Norway's Lofoten region to remain off-limits to oil firms: government

MOSS, Norway (Reuters) - Norway's Arctic region of Lofoten, Vesteraalen and Senja will remain off-limits to oil exploration at least until the next election for parliament, which is due in 2021, the government said on Sunday.

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Strong earthquake in southern Peru leaves one dead, dozens injured

LIMA (Reuters) - A strong magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck the coast of southern Peru on Sunday morning, leaving one dead and several dozen injured while causing homes and roads to collapse.

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Strong earthquake in southern Peru leaves two dead, 17 missing

LIMA (Reuters) - A strong magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck the coast of southern Peru on Sunday morning, leaving two dead, 17 missing and several dozen injured, while causing homes and roads to collapse.

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Lactalis offers salmonella compensation, French government says probe continues

PARIS (Reuters) - France welcomed dairy group Lactalis' pledge to compensate victims of a Salmonella contamination in its baby milk on Sunday, but said a judicial investigation to determine who was responsible would continue.

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Strong earthquake in southern Peru leaves one dead, 20 injured

LIMA (Reuters) - A strong earthquake struck the coast of southern Peru on Sunday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, leaving one dead and around 20 injured and causing homes and roads to collapse.

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UPDATE 1-UK government keeping close eye on troubled Carillion

LONDON, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Britain's government is keeping a close eye on services company Carillion and ministers hope its partners will find the working capital to ensure it remains a going concern, the chairman of the governing Conservatives said on Sunday.

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Strong earthquake hits coast of southern Peru, minor damage reported

LIMA (Reuters) - A strong earthquake struck the coast of southern Peru on Sunday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, causing damage to some homes, collapsing roads and injuring around 20 people.

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Oil tanker burning in the East China Sea sinks

An oil tanker burning in the East China Sea has sunk a week after it collided with another vessel, according to Chinese state media.

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Iran's Rouhani mocks Trump's failure to keep election pledge

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani mocked Donald Trump for failing to kill off the Iran nuclear deal despite the US leader's 2016 election promise to do so.

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Strong earthquake hits coast of southern Peru, no damage reported

LIMA (Reuters) - A strong earthquake struck the coast of southern Peru on Sunday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.

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UPDATE 1-Saudi Prince Alwaleed in settlement talks with government -sources

DUBAI/JEDDAH, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, detained for over two months in an anti-corruption crackdown, is negotiating a possible settlement with authorities but so far has not agreed on terms, a senior Saudi official said.

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UK government keeping close eye on services company Carillion - Conservative chairman

LONDON, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Britain's government is keeping a close eye on building and services company Carillion and ministers hope its partners will find the working capital to ensure it remains a "going concern", the chairman of the governing Conservatives said on Sunday.

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Magnitude 7.3 earthquake hits 124 km southwest of Puquio, Peru: USGS

(Reuters) - An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 struck about 124 km southwest of Puquio, Peru, on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.

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Saudi Prince Alwaleed in settlement talks with government: sources

DUBAI/JEDDAH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, detained for over two months in an anti-corruption crackdown, is negotiating a possible settlement with authorities but so far has not agreed on terms, a senior Saudi official said.

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Saudi Prince Alwaleed in settlement talks with government -sources

DUBAI/JEDDAH, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, detained for over two months in an anti-corruption crackdown, is negotiating a possible settlement with authorities but so far has not agreed on terms, a senior Saudi official said.

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Bushfires shut Australia's Newcastle airport for second time in 24 hours

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The airport for the Australian city of Newcastle has canceled flights for the second time in 24 hours because of bushfires in the area, operator Newcastle Airport said on its Facebook page on Sunday.

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People evacuated from Papua New Guinea island after volcano explodes

SYDNEY (Reuters) - About 1,500 people are being evacuated from an island off the northern coast of Papua New Guinea (PNG) after a nearby volcano erupted, the local Red Cross said on Sunday.

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Venezuela government, opposition conclude talks without agreement

SANTO DOMINGO (Reuters) - Members of Venezuela's leftist government and opposition leaders concluded a round of talks in the Dominican Republic on Saturday, failing to reach a deal to address the country's political and economic crisis.

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Philippines raises volcano alert level as eruptions spew ash

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines raised the alert at its restive Mayon volcano by one notch early on Sunday, citing signs of rising magma that could lead to hazardous eruptions.

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China to step up banking oversight in 'arduous' fight on financial risks

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will step up oversight in the banking sector this year to reduce financial risks, the country's banking regulator said, stressing that long-term efforts would be needed to control banking sector chaos.

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Philippines raises volcano alert, warns of hazardous eruptions

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines raised the alert at its restive Mayon volcano by one notch early on Sunday, citing signs of rising magma that could lead to hazardous eruptions.

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Death toll rises to 19 in California mudslides, five still missing

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The death toll from mudslides that devastated parts of California's scenic Santa Barbara County rose to 19 on Saturday amid a massive influx of emergency crews searching for five people still missing.

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Australia's Port Hedland reopens as Cyclone Joyce dissipates

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's Port Hedland iron ore terminal reopened on Saturday afternoon after a cyclone bearing down on the continent's far northwest dissipated, the port's operator said on Saturday evening.

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Crews ramp up effort to rescue live victims of California mudslide

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A massive influx of search and rescue crews scoured parts of California's Santa Barbara County on Saturday for seven people still missing following mudslides that killed at least 18.

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The Stone: Keep Our Mountains Free. And Dangerous.

Efforts to make wild places “safe” threaten to turn them into extensions of urban environments.

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Thousands protest against Austrian government's shift to the right

VIENNA/ZURICH (Reuters) - Protesters took to the streets of Vienna on Saturday and called for members of the Austria's new right wing government to be boycotted by the rest of Europe.

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Chile government guarantees Pope's safety despite church attacks

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Pope Francis will not be at risk during his trip to Chile this week, despite a series of attacks at Catholic churches in the capital city of Santiago, Interior Minister Mario Fernandez said on local radio station BioBio on Saturday.

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Ash eruption from Philippines volcano triggers evacuation

MANILA (Reuters) - An active volcano in central Philippines spewed ash into the air on Saturday, prompting the country's disaster agency to order the immediate evacuation of residents in nearby villages.

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History of government shutdowns in 1 chart

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Magnitude 6.0 quake hits southeast of Solomon Islands - USGS

(Reuters) - An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 struck about 158 km (100 miles) southeast of the Solomon Islands in the Pacific on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.

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‘Frost Boy’ in China Warms Up the Internet, and Stirs Poverty Debate

A widely shared photograph of an 8-year-old who had icicles in his hair after a 2.8-mile trek to school has become a symbol of the plight of poor rural children.

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California police hope for 'miracle' to find missing in mudslide

MONTECITO, Calif (Reuters) - Californian authorities called for public help in locating seven people still missing after mudslides that killed at least 18, as crews carried on searching for survivors on Saturday.

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China urges hotels to review websites as 'country' crackdown grows

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's tourism authority has urged accommodation companies to review their websites and apps to fix what Beijing deems to be inaccurate labeling of Taiwan or other Chinese-claimed territories as countries.

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Keep calm, Konta ready to carry on

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Johanna Konta is free from injury, ready to put a terrible second half to 2017 behind her and with Andy Murray recuperating from hip surgery, happy to shoulder the burden of British tennis fans at the Australian Open.

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'Window closing' for California mudslide searchers as death toll rises to 18

MONTECITO, Calif. (Reuters) - Rescue crews expanded their search on Friday for five missing people as the death toll rose to 18 from mudslides in Southern California that damaged hundreds of buildings and caked highways with sludge.

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These immigrants help keep America running

They're our nurses, our accountants, our students. Some of them come from places that President Trump has denigrated as "shithole countries," but they are interwoven into the American fabric now. This is what they'd like the President to know about them.

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Venezuela government, opposition resume talks in Dominican Republic

SANTO DOMINGO (Reuters) - Members of Venezuela's leftist government and opposition leaders resumed talks in the Dominican Republic on Friday, seeking to reach an agreement to ease a deep political and economic crisis in the OPEC country.

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'Window closing' as search expands for missing in California mudslide

MONTECITO, Calif. (Reuters) - Rescue crews expanded their search on Friday for at least five people missing after deadly mudslides in southern California that killed at least 17 people, caked highways with sludge and damaged hundreds of buildings.

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CVS plans to keep Aetna's headquarters in Connecticut

NEW YORK (Reuters) - CVS Health Inc said on Friday that it plans to keep Aetna Inc's headquarters in Connecticut after it completes its $69 billion acquisition of the U.S. health insurer.

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Make security strategy include climate again, lawmakers urge Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of more than 100 bipartisan lawmakers in the U.S. House urged President Donald Trump on Friday to reconsider the omission of climate change from his administration's national security strategy, saying it is a step backward on science.

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UPDATE 1-U.S. trade panel allows China aluminum sheet dumping probe to proceed

WASHINGTON, Jan 12 (Reuters) - The U.S. International Trade Commission on Friday said in an initial finding that imports of aluminum alloy sheet metal from China harm U.S. producers, allowing a U.S. probe to proceed into whether the product was being dumped or unfairly subsidized.

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Rescuers at California mudslide expand search for missing

MONTECITO, Calif. (Reuters) - Emergency officials in southern California said on Friday they were looking for five people missing and feared dead or trapped by deadly mudslides and have expanded the search area.

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White House praises China reduction in North Korea trade

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House praised China's moves to reduce its trade with North Korea on Friday, saying it will help the U.S.-led effort to apply maximum pressure on Pyongyang over its nuclear program.

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Merkel Takes Step Toward New Government for Germany

In marathon talks, the chancellor and the leaders of the other two main establishment parties settled the outlines of a renewed grand coalition.

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California mudslide rescuers expand search area for missing

MONTECITO, Calif. (Reuters) - Rescuers in southern California on Friday looking for as many as 43 people feared dead or trapped by this week's deadly mudslides have expanded the area they are searching and told residents that they might need to stay away for weeks.

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Dutch government won't decide on cuts at Groningen until March - report

AMSTERDAM, Jan 12 (Reuters) - The Dutch government will not make public any new decision on production at the Groningen gas field until March at the earliest, newspaper Algemeen Dagblad reported on Friday.

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BRIEF-Chinanet Online Holdings Announces Entry Into Agreements For Registered Direct Placement Of $11 Mln Of Common Stock, Warrants

* CHINANET ONLINE HOLDINGS, INC. ANNOUNCES ENTRY INTO AGREEMENTS FOR REGISTERED DIRECT PLACEMENT OF $11 MILLION OF COMMON STOCK AND WARRANTS

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Flare-up with Israel tests Hamas effort to keep Gaza on low boil

ISRAEL-GAZA BORDER (Reuters) - The worst fighting on the Gaza Strip front since 2014 is being calibrated by Hamas, which wants to signal defiance of Israel and the United States while being careful not to trigger a new war for the enclave's penned-in Palestinians.

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China's COFCO makes painful cuts in drive to lead global food trade

LONDON/PARIS/BEIJING (Reuters) - China's COFCO International is in the throes of a staffing upheaval as the group pursues its professed ambition of sitting at the top table of global agricultural traders.

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INSIGHT-China's COFCO makes painful cuts in drive to lead global food trade

LONDON/PARIS/BEIJING, Jan 12 (Reuters) - China's COFCO International is in the throes of a staffing upheaval as the group pursues its professed ambition of sitting at the top table of global agricultural traders.

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China cracks down on foreign companies calling Taiwan, other regions countries

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's aviation authority on Friday demanded an apology from Delta Air Lines for listing Taiwan and Tibet as countries on its website, while another government agency took aim at Inditex-owned fashion brand Zara and medical device maker Medtronic Plc for similar issues.

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Merkel strikes deal with social democrats, opening way to new German government

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel struck a deal with Social Democrat (SPD) rivals on Friday to open government coalition talks, easing months of uncertainty that has undermined Germany's global role and raised questions about her political future.

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UPDATE 2-China cracks down on foreign companies calling Taiwan, other regions countries

* Highlights Chinese sensitivities over territorial sovereignty (Changes headline)

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BMW hits 2017 sales record but Mercedes keeps lead

BERLIN (Reuters) - BMW reported record sales last year on strong demand for its sport-utility vehicles and the overhauled 1-Series compact but was outsold by Mercedes-Benz, keeping the order in the three-way German luxury sales race unchanged.

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U.N. Indonesia earthquake plan foresees 47 million affected, 10,000 dead

GENEVA (Reuters) - A U.N. contingency plan for an earthquake in Indonesia foresees a scenario where 10,000 people would die within 24 hours with 47 million more affected, according to emergency response planning documents.

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Poland's new environment minister signals little change on forest logging

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland will comply with an EU court order to stop cutting trees in Bialowieza forest, except where public safety has to be ensured, its new environment minister said on Friday - words certain to disappoint campaigners who want logging to end there.

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Search for survivors of devastating California mudslide enters third day

MONTECITO, Calif. (Reuters) - The search for survivors from a devastating Southern California mudslide that has killed at least 17 people moved into its third day on Friday, with some 700 rescue workers expecting to find more dead victims.

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Japan protests to China over submarine near disputed islands

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan protested to China on Friday after a foreign submarine in waters near disputed islands in the East China Sea was confirmed to be Chinese, calling it a unilateral action and a "serious escalation" that raised bilateral tensions.

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China scolds Delta and demands apology

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Stricken Iranian oil tanker keeps exploding: Xinhua

BEIJING (Reuters) - The stricken Iranian oil tanker Sanchi keeps exploding, hampering efforts to extinguish the fire and rescue survivors, state media Xinhua said on Friday, citing the Ministry of Transport, as the blaze raged and worries grew the ship may break up and sink.

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Norway's Liberals to join government: public broadcaster NRK

OSLO (Reuters) - Norway's Conservative-led government has agreed to include the small centrist Liberal Party in the cabinet, public broadcaster NRK reported on Friday.

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Australia's Port Hedland set to reopen as Cyclone Joyce moves away

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's Port Hedland iron ore terminal will likely reopen on Saturday after Australia's weather bureau cut the forecast strength of a cyclone bearing down on the continent's far northwest, the port's operator said on Friday.

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China demands public apology from Delta for listing Taiwan, Tibet as countries

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's aviation authority on Friday said it had asked Delta Air Lines to investigate why Taiwan and Tibet were listed as countries on its website, and demanded an "immediate and public" apology.

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China's blockchain fever gets hotter even as regulator queries price surge

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's blockchain-related companies extended their bullish run on Friday, as punters brushed aside concerns raised by regulators about the rationality of stock price surges this week.

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China's imports from North Korea plummet in December, lowest for four years

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's imports from North Korea plunged in December to their lowest level in dollar terms since at least the start of 2014, with trade curbed by U.N. sanctions aimed at persuading North Korea to abandon its ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs.

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METALS-Shanghai copper dips as China imports slow in Dec

SYDNEY, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Chinese copper futures eased on Friday after data showed a sharp decline in the country's imports of the red metal in December.

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BRIEF-UMC Files Patent Infringement Lawsuits Against Micron Technology's Affiliates in China

* SAYS IT FILES THREE PATENT INFRINGEMENT LAWSUITS AGAINST FIRMS INCLUDING XIAN AND SHANGHAI AFFILIATES OF MICRON TECHNOLOGY INC

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Australia's weather bureau drops Port Hedland warning as Cyclone Joyce nears land

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's weather bureau has cut the forecast strength of a cyclone bearing down on the continent's far northwest on Friday and dropped its warning for high winds at iron ore terminal Port Hedland.

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China chides tech firms over privacy safeguards

BEIJING, Jan 12 (Reuters) - China reprimanded three top tech firms on Friday over poor privacy protections, as tech companies face an increasing backlash from consumers and authorities over excessive data collection practices.

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China to ease investment access to aviation industry

SHANGHAI, Jan 12 (Reuters) - China will make it easier for state and private enterprises to invest in its fast growing civil aviation industry from Jan. 19, but retain the state's grip over key airlines and airports in sensitive regions.

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Long night for hundreds of passengers on Japan train trapped by snow

TOKYO (Reuters) - Hundreds of passengers spent a cramped and uncomfortable night and much of Friday morning stuck on a crowded train trapped by heavy snow at a railroad crossing not far from a station in northern Japan, an official said.

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Trump to extend Iran sanctions relief, keeping nuclear deal intact: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will extend sanctions relief granted to Iran under its 2015 nuclear deal with the United States and other world powers, leaving the accord intact for now, according to a person familiar with the decision.

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UPDATE 2-U.S. Commerce Dept sends Trump steel probe findings, keeps details under wraps

WASHINGTON, Jan 11 (Reuters) - The U.S. Commerce Department on Thursday said it sent President Donald Trump the results of its probe into whether steel imports threaten U.S. national security, but declined to reveal any details of its recommendations.

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Rescuers 'searching for a miracle' in California mudslide zone

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - Rescuers picking through waist-deep mud on Thursday, two days after a massive mudslide killed at least 17 people along Southern California's coast, said they feared more bodies may be found but still held out hope for "miracle" survivors.

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China's capital issues first major smog alert of winter

BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing issued its first major smog alert of the winter for the capital, triggering stringent measures to curb output of heavy industry as plunging temperatures spurred heating demand.

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Canada lynx no longer threatened by extinction: U.S. wildlife agency

PINEDALE, Wyo. (Reuters) - The Canada lynx, a wild cat found in just a handful of mostly western U.S. states as well as Canada, no longer needs federal protection from extinction in the Lower 48 states, U.S. wildlife officials said on Thursday, sparking an outcry from conservationists.

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Strong 6.0 quake hits central Myanmar, USGS says, no reports of damage

YANGON (Reuters) - A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 hit a remote region of central Myanmar early on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.

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Motorcycle gunmen kill pro-government legislator in Venezuela

CARACAS (Reuters) - A pro-government member of Venezuela's controversial legislative superbody was shot and killed in the west of the country by two assailants riding a motorcycle, authorities said on Thursday.

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California mudslide's victims include three-year-old, octogenarians

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - The mudslides that tore through a coastal Southern California area this week claimed the lives of children as young as 3 and senior citizens as old as 89, officials said on Thursday, while rescue crews continued to search for eight people believed missing.

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Australia's weather bureau downgrades forecast severity of Cyclone Joyce

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's weather bureau has cut the forecast strength of a cyclone bearing down on the continent's far northwest on Friday.

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UPDATE 1-More layoffs at Indiana factory Trump made deal to keep open

INDIANAPOLIS, Jan 11 (Reuters) - More than 200 workers clocked in for their final shifts on Thursday at Carrier Corp. in Indianapolis in the latest round of layoffs at a plant President Donald Trump toured in December 2016 to trumpet a deal to save jobs and prevent its closure.

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Warming set to breach Paris accord's toughest limit by mid century: draft

OSLO (Reuters) - Global warming is on track to breach the toughest limit set in the Paris climate agreement by the middle of this century unless governments make unprecedented economic shifts from fossil fuels, a draft U.N. report said.

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More layoffs at Indiana factory Trump made deal to keep open

INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) - More than 200 workers clocked in for their final shifts on Thursday at Carrier Corp. in Indianapolis in the latest round of layoffs at a plant President Donald Trump toured in December 2016 to trumpet a deal to save jobs and prevent its closure.

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Senators from 12 states seek offshore drilling exemptions like Florida's

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Twenty-two Democratic U.S. senators from 12 states on Thursday joined the chorus of local representatives seeking exemptions from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's newly proposed offshore drilling plan, after his surprise move on Tuesday to shield Florida.

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California mudslide's death toll includes mother, school founder

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - Rescue workers on Thursday searched for eight people missing after mudslides that ripped through a coastal Southern California community, as the identities of some of the 17 who died in Tuesday's disaster began trickling out.

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U.S. vehicle fuel economy rises to record 24.7 mpg: EPA

WASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) - The fuel economy of new U.S. cars and trucks hit a record 24.7 miles per gallon in the 2016 model year, a government report said, even as some automakers had to buy credits to meet federal requirements.

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El Salvador earthquake shakes buildings in capital; no damage

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - A shallow earthquake in El Salvador shook buildings in the capital on Thursday afternoon, emergency services said, though there were no immediate reports of damage.

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Shallow earthquake shakes buildings in El Salvador

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - A shallow earthquake shook buildings in El Salvador on Thursday afternoon, emergency services in the country said.

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Mountain gorilla numbers are up, predicts Rwanda ahead of census release

MUSANZE, Rwanda (Reuters) - A census of mountain gorillas due in March will likely show numbers have risen this decade, experts said during a ceremony to mark Rwanda's expansion of its Volcano National Park.

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Macron in China: notes on limits of influence

BEIJING (Reuters) - On a state visit to China this week, French President Emmanuel Macron got plaudits for giving his host a horse -- but also experienced the limits faced by Western leaders in dealing with the new superpower on the block.

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U.S. vehicle fuel economy hits new record: EPA

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The real-world fuel economy of new U.S. cars and trucks hit a record 24.7 miles per gallon in the 2016 model year, a government report said, even as regulators consider whether to revise fuel efficiency requirements.

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California rescuers keep up search for missing in deadly mudslide

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - Southern California rescue workers using dogs and scanners searched for eight people feared lost in the wreckage of this week's deadly mudslides, which struck along the state's picturesque coastal communities, according to officials.

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U.S. weather forecaster sees La Niña chances at 85-95 percent

(Reuters) - A U.S. government weather forecaster said on Thursday that La Niña conditions are likely to persist through the Northern Hemisphere winter.

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German prosecutors probe Bosch over Audi emissions

MUNICH (Reuters) - German prosecutors said on Thursday they had launched another probe into Robert Bosch GmbH over its suspected involvement in emissions test cheating - this time in relation to its work with Volkswagen's premium carmaker Audi.

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California rescuers use dogs, scanners to search deadly mudslide debris

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - Rescue crews in Southern California worked overnight into Thursday morning, using dogs and scanners to comb through tons of debris for survivors from deadly mudslides that struck along the state's picturesque coastal communities.

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BRIEF-China Gold International says Ore Processing Capacity At Jiama Mine Has Been Increased To 28,000 Tonnes Per Day From Previous Capacity Of 6,000 TPD​

Jan 11 (Reuters) - China Gold International Resources Corp Ltd:

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BRIEF-Chinanet Online Holdings Appoints Zhongyi Liu As Chief Strategy Officer For Blockchain, Business Development

* CHINANET ONLINE HOLDINGS APPOINTS ZHONGYI LIU AS CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER FOR BLOCKCHAIN AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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So close yet so far: China deal elusive for France's Areva

SHANGHAI/PARIS (Reuters) - A deal long sought by French company Areva to build a $12-billion nuclear waste reprocessing plant in China looks increasingly unlikely to go ahead despite a visit to Beijing by President Emmanuel Macron meant to drum up business.

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In mass address, China's Xi calls for total party loyalty

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping called on Thursday for out-and-out implementation of central party policy and the total loyalty of officials, the state broadcaster reported, in speech on discipline and corruption broadcast across the country.

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UK's May pledges to cut all avoidable plastic waste by 2042

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday she would eradicate avoidable plastic waste by 2042, part of a "national plan of action" she hopes will show that her government is about more than just Brexit.

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Rescuers race against time to find missing in California mudslides

SANTA BARBARA, Calif (Reuters) - Rescue crews in Southern California resumed on Thursday the arduous task of combing through tons of debris for survivors from deadly mudslides that struck along the state's picturesque coastal communities.

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From otters to orangutans, Singapore zoo unveils hundreds of newborns

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The Singapore zoo on Thursday introduced to the public 500 newborns it welcomed into the world in 2017, representing 145 species, more than a quarter of which are endangered.

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Burning Iranian oil tanker in East China Sea at risk of exploding, sinking: ministry

BEIJING (Reuters) - The stricken Iranian oil tanker Sanchi in the East China Sea is at risk of exploding and sinking because of fire from spilled oil, the Ministry of Transportation (MOT) said in a statement on Thursday.

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China's Xi supports progress in inter-Korean talks: South Korea's Blue House

SEOUL (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday welcomed recent progress in inter-Korean talks during a phone call with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Moon's office said.

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China opposes U.S. pro-Taiwan bills welcomed by Taipei

BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Thursday expressed firm opposition to a decision by the U.S. House of Representatives to pass two pieces of pro-Taiwan legislation, but Taipei welcomed them as helping to strengthen ties with Washington.

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China to enforce new standards for foreign waste imports from March

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will enforce new standards governing imports of 11 types of foreign solid waste from Mar. 1, the ministry of environmental protection said on Thursday.

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Call out Iran but keep nuclear deal, Germany says to U.S.

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Europe and the United States should confront Tehran about its ballistic weapons program and its role in Syria's civil war but a 2015 deal to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear bomb must be preserved, Germany's foreign minister said on Thursday.

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UPDATE 3-China says diversifying FX reserves, warns report on US bonds may be 'fake'

* China has been diversifying forex reserves investments - SAFE

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Earthquake hits Iran-Iraq border region, felt in Baghdad

BAGHDAD/ANKARA (Reuters) - An earthquake jolted the Iran-Iraq border region on Thursday at around 10 a.m. (0700 GMT), causing some panic in Baghdad and central Iraq, according to residents and state-run media.

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Earthquake of magnitude 5.6 strikes western Iran: TV

ANKARA (Reuters) - Iran’s western province of Kermanshah was hit by a strong earthquake on Thursday, state TV reported.

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Earthquake hits central Iraq, felt in Baghdad

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - An earthquake was felt at around 10 a.m. (0700 GMT) in Baghdad and central Iraq, according to residents and state-run media.

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Taiwan plans to invest in advanced arms as China flexes its muscles

TAIPEI/HONG KONG, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Taiwan's ruling party plans to use a long-term increase in defence spending to pursue advanced weapons systems, government officials say, in what is widely seen as growing determination to forge a stronger deterrent against a Chinese attack.

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UPDATE 1-China's cyber watchdog scolds Ant Financial over user privacy breach

SHANGHAI, Jan 11 (Reuters) - China's cyber watchdog has scolded Ant Financial, Alibaba's payment affiliate, for compromising user privacy after many users of its Alipay service were automatically enrolled in its credit scoring system.

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China signs new aid agreements with Cambodia

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodia and China signed 19 aid and investment pacts on Thursday in the latest sign of their strengthening relationship as Cambodia turns further away from Western donors.

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Asian shares weaken on trade worries, bonds recover as China rebuts report, Bitcoin slumps

TOKYO (Reuters) - The New Year rally in Asian shares petered out on Thursday due to concerns about rising U.S. protectionism, while bonds rebounded after China's regulator called a report about Beijing slowing or halting of its U.S. bond buying possibly wrong.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares weaken on trade worries, bonds recover as China rebuts report, Bitcoin slumps

* Bitcoin skids as S Korea prepares bill to ban cryptocurrency trade

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UPDATE 2-China says protectionist sentiment rising in US as deals fall apart

* Protectionist voices in the U.S. rising - commerce ministry

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Australia's Port Hedland clearing out ships as Cyclone Joyce intensifies

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's Port Hedland iron ore terminal was clearing all vessels from its harbor on Thursday as a tropical cyclone intensified off the western Australian coast, Pilbara Ports Authority said.

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Japan sees 70 percent chance of La Nina weather pattern lasting into spring

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's weather bureau said on Thursday that a La Nina weather pattern is continuing, with a 70 percent chance of it lasting into spring.

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UPDATE 1-China ministry says protectionist sentiment rising in US

BEIJING, Jan 11 (Reuters) - China's commerce ministry said on Thursday protectionist sentiment is rising in the United States after Chinese company Ant Financial's plan to buy U.S. money transfer firm MoneyGram International Inc collapsed.

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China commerce ministry says protectionist sentiment rising in US

BEIJING, Jan 11 (Reuters) - China's commerce ministry said on Thursday protectionist sentiment is rising in the U.S. after Chinese company Ant Financial's plan to buy U.S. money transfer company MoneyGram International Inc collapsed.

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Beijing winning pollution battle as other Chinese cities fall behind

BEIJING (Reuters) - As Beijing and the surrounding region reported big improvements in air quality last year, nationwide gains were much more muted as industrial activity shifted further away from the capital, a report by Greenpeace shows.

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China's cyber watchdog scolds Ant Financial over user privacy breach

SHANGHAI, Jan 11 (Reuters) - China's cyber watchdog has scolded Ant Financial, Alibaba's payment affiliate, for compromising user privacy after many users of its Alipay service were automatically enrolled in its credit scoring system.

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Death toll rises to 17 in California mudslides, 17 missing

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - The death toll from devastating mudslides in affluent communities along a stretch of Southern California coastline rose to 17 on Wednesday after two more bodies were recovered, the local sheriff said, and the number of people missing also climbed to 17.

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Australia's Port Hedland says clearing port due to cyclone fears

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's Port Hedland iron ore terminal has begun clearing all vessels in its harbor as a tropical storm intensifies off the western Australian coast, Pilbara Ports Authority said on Thursday.

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Rescuers seek survivors after California mudslides kill 17

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - Rescue crews with dogs and scanners dug through waist-deep mud in an affluent stretch of Southern California's coast on Wednesday, searching for 13 people still missing after mudslides that killed at least 17.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-U.S. yields at 10-month high on China report; S&P 500 snaps rally

* Dollar falls on China report (Updates with U.S. markets' closing levels)

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UK pledges to cut all avoidable plastic waste by 2042

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May will pledge on Thursday to eliminate avoidable plastic waste within 25 years, in an attempt to shift the focus away from her government's divisions over Brexit to a more wide-ranging domestic agenda.

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Businesswoman’s Fate a Test of China’s Resolve on North Korea

The fate of Ma Xiaohong, and the business empire she built on trade with North Korea, has become a measure of China’s willingness to confront its neighbor.

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Rescuers seek survivors after California mudslides kill 15

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - Rescue crews with dogs and scanners dug through waist-deep mud in an affluent stretch of Southern California's coast on Wednesday, hunting for some two dozen people missing after mudslides swept through, killing at least 15.

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Trump says fairer deal might coax U.S. back into the Paris climate accord

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Wednesday his primary concern with the Paris climate accord was that it treated the United States unfairly and that if a better deal could be reached, Washington might be persuaded to rejoin the agreement.

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China's U.S. bond rebalancing would hold few fears for Fed

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Federal Reserve policymakers reacted coolly to a report on Wednesday that China could curb its massive U.S. debt purchases, pointing out that such rebalancing by countries can be healthy and would not likely disrupt the U.S. central bank's plan to trim its own bond portfolio.

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Wall Street falls on China, NAFTA concerns

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street's major stock indexes pared earlier losses on Wednesday while U.S. Treasury yields fell from their peak as investor skepticism grew about a report that China would slow purchases of U.S. government bonds.

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US STOCKS-Wall Street falls on China, NAFTA concerns

* Bond yields pull back from peaks reached after China report

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California mudslides kill 15, more feared dead in deluge

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rescue crews with dogs and scanners dug through waist-deep mud in an affluent stretch of California's coast on Wednesday, hunting for up to two dozen people missing after mudslides swept through the coastal community and killed at least 15.

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Magnitude 4.7 earthquake hits western Iran: local media

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A magnitude 4.7 earthquake hit western Iran on Wednesday evening, according to Mizan, the official website of the Iranian judiciary.

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Bulgaria joins Poland in appeal against EU pollution crackdown

SOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgaria will join Poland in an appeal against a European Commission decision to impose stricter limits on toxic pollutants coal-fired plants emit, the government said on Wednesday.

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Canada takes U.S. to WTO, U.S. says case helps China

GENEVA (Reuters) - Canada has launched a wide-ranging trade complaint against the United States, the World Trade Organization said on Wednesday, in a dispute that Washington said would damage Canada's own interests and play into China's hands.

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UPDATE 3-Canada takes U.S. to WTO, U.S. says case helps China

* United States has 60 days to respond (Adds comment from Canadian foreign minister)

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Brazil curbs soy farming deforestation in Amazon

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil all but stopped growth of soy farming in newly deforested parts of its Amazon rainforest during the 2016-2017 crop year after efforts to halt purchases of beans from such areas, official data showed on Wednesday.

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After Florida, more states press U.S. for offshore drilling exemptions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Governors and other officials from several U.S. coastal states ramped up pressure on the Trump administration on Wednesday to exempt their waters from an offshore drilling plan, hours after the Interior Department granted Florida's request to opt out.