Tuesday, 11 Aug 2020

'Barbaric' horse killings put French countryside on alert

PARIS (Reuters) – French police are investigating a spate of killings of horses involving mutilation of the animals’ bodies. The latest in Cortambert, a village in the Saone-et-Loire region, occurred overnight on Friday. The horse’s right ear was cut off, one of its eyes was gouged out and its genitals had been cut away. “This […]

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Gasoline, portfolio management fees boost U.S. producer prices in July

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. producer prices increased by the most in more than 1-1/2 years in July, but the overall trend in producer inflation remained subdued amid signs the economy’s recovery from the COVID-19 recession was faltering. The Labor Department said on Tuesday its producer price index for final demand increased 0.6% last month, driven […]

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Reports: Lebanon's leaders warned in July about port explosives

Letter warning Beirut could ‘be destroyed’ reportedly sent to prime minister and president by port security officials. Lebanese security officials warned the prime minister and president last month that 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored in Beirut’s port could destroy the capital if it exploded, news reports said on Tuesday. Two weeks later, the industrial […]

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‘Bazooka man’ in bid to become German chancellor

German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz was once unflatteringly nicknamed “Scholzomat” – but his old robot-like, technocratic image has been transformed by the coronavirus crisis. The centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) has named the 62-year-old former Hamburg mayor as its candidate in next year’s race to succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor. His pragmatic handling of the […]

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Trump says 'great' bond with China's Xi changed after COVID-19

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday said his relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping has frayed in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic and that he has not spoken to his Chinese counterpart in a long time. “I used to have a very good relationship with him,” Trump told Fox Sports […]

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Putin: Russia’s Covid-19 vaccine approved for use

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said a locally developed vaccine for Covid-19 has been given regulatory approval after less than two months of testing on humans. Mr Putin said the vaccine had passed all the required checks, adding that his daughter had already been given it. Officials have said they have plans to start mass […]

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