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Pliskova and Kvitova give Czechs commanding lead over Germany

April 21, 2018 (Reuters) – Karolina Pliskova and Petra Kvitova won their opening singles matches to give Czech Republic a commanding 2-0 lead in their Fed Cup semi-final against Germany in Stuttgart on Saturday. Kvitova powered past German number one Julia Goerges 6-3 6-2 before Pliskova produced a sublime display to record a […]

EU edges closer to new Iran sanctions ahead of Trump deadline, envoys say

April 18, 2018 By Robin Emmott and John Irish BRUSSELS/PARIS (Reuters) – European Union governments are showing more support for the idea of new sanctions on Iran proposed by Britain, France and Germany as a way of dissuading U.S. President Donald Trump from pulling out of the 2015 nuclear deal, diplomats say. London, Paris and […]

Facebook fuels broad privacy debate by tracking non-users

FILE PHOTO: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a joint Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees hearing regarding the company’s use and protection of user data, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S., April 10, 2018. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein/File Photo April 15, 2018 By David Ingram SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Concern about Facebook Inc’s <FB.O> respect […]

Trump says Syria attack ‘could be very soon or not so soon’

A man walks with his bicycle at a damaged site in the besieged town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta, in Damascus, Syria March 30, 2018. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh April 12, 2018 By Makini Brice, Guy Faulconbridge and Vladimir Soldatkin WASHINGTON/LONDON/MOSCOW (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump cast doubt on Thursday over the timing of his threatened strike […]

Merck’s Keytruda helps lung cancer patients live longer in trial

Merck’s cancer drug Keytruda. REUTERS/via Merck April 9, 2018 By Tamara Mathias (Reuters) – Merck & Co’s <MRK.N> blockbuster drug Keytruda helped previously untreated lung cancer patients live longer in a late-stage trial, potentially cementing its position as the dominant player in the lucrative lung cancer market. Shares of the drugmaker were up 3.1 percent […]

Apple says repeal of EPA carbon plan would threaten investments

April 6, 2018 By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Apple Inc <AAPL.O> said on Friday it opposes any repeal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of the Clean Power Plan, which is a priority of the agency’s Administrator Scott Pruitt and would reverse an Obama-era program to curb greenhouse gases. Repealing the plan would jeopardize […]

Automakers’ March U.S. sales rise, lifted by strong economy

April 3, 2018 By Nick Carey DETROIT (Reuters) – Detroit’s automakers posted sales gains in new vehicles in March on the back of a strong U.S. economy, sending shares in both General Motors Co <GM.N> and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV <FCHA.MI> <FCAU.N> up in early trading. GM posted a 16 percent jump in new vehicle […]

Sierra Leone heads to the polls to seek successor to Koroma

March 31, 2018 By Umaru Fofana FREETOWN (Reuters) – Sierra Leone voted on Saturday in a poll delayed by fraud allegations to choose a successor to President Ernest Bai Koroma who leaves a country still struggling after the Ebola epidemic. The face-off between opposition leader Julius Maada Bio and ruling party standard-bearer Samura Kamara was […]

Amazon, Apple weigh on Nasdaq

A woman passes by the Nasdaq Market Site in Times Square in New York City, U.S., February 7, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid March 28, 2018 By Sruthi Shankar (Reuters) – The Nasdaq Composite index fell on Wednesday, dragged down by losses in Amazon and Apple, while gains in healthcare stocks propped up the Dow and the […]

Keep shouting, don’t become anesthetized, pope tells young people

Pope Francis blesses faithful gathered to attend the Palm Sunday Mass in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican, March 25, 2018 REUTERS/Tony Gentile March 25, 2018 By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis, starting Holy Week services leading to Easter, urged young people on Sunday to keep shouting and not allow the older […]