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Russia slips into default zone as payment deadlines

The clock on Spasskaya tower showing the time at noon, is pictured next to Moscow?s Kremlin, and St. Basil’s Cathedral, March 31, 2020. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com register Grace period runs out on $100 mln interest payment due May 27 Some Taiwanese bondholders did not received payment on Monday …

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Senators seek update on US security review of TikTok

A TikTok logo is displayed on a smartphone in this illustration taken January 6, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com register WASHINGTON, June 24 (Reuters) – A group of six Republican senators on Friday asked US Treasury Janet Yellen about an ongoing Biden administration national security review of social …

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US Senate passes gun safety bill as Supreme Court knocks down handgun limits

WASHINGTON, June 23 (Reuters) – A bipartisan package of modest gun safety measures passed the US Senate late on Thursday even as the Supreme Court broadly expanded gun rights by ruling Americans have a constitutional right to carry handguns in public for self-defense. The landmark court ruling and Senate action on gun safety illustrate the …

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Twitter tests long-form text feature called ‘Notes’

The Twitter app is seen on a smartphone in this illustration taken July 13, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com register June 22 (Reuters) – Twitter Inc (TWTR.N)said on Wednesday it was testing a new feature called “Notes” that would allow users to share essay-like write-ups as a link …

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Canada-owned Trans Mountain oil pipeline not profitable -budget officer

June 22 (Reuters) – The Canadian government-owned Trans Mountain oil pipeline is no longer profitable after cost over-runs and delays to its expansion project, the country’s parliamentary budget officer (PBO) said on Wednesday. A report from PBO Yves Giroux said the pipeline has a net present value of negative C$600 million (negative $463.03 million), based …

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EU seeks to halve use of pesticides, heal nature with landmark laws

BRUSSELS, June 22 (Reuters) – The European Commission proposed on Wednesday legally binding targets to halve the use of chemical pesticides and restore nature across the EU, in an attempt to better protect health and recover plunging wildlife populations. European Union environment policy chief Virginijus Sinkevicius told Reuters the proposal on repairing habitats would require …

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US Supreme Court backs public money for religious schools

Conservative justices power 6-3 ruling; liberals dissent Court has expanded religious rights in recent years WASHINGTON, June 21 (Reuters) – The US Supreme Court further reduced the separation of church and state in a ruling on Tuesday endorsing more public funding of religious entities as its conservative justices sided with two Christian families who challenged …

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South China provinces raise alerts over historic flooding

BEIJING, June 21 (Reuters) – Two provinces in south China upgraded flood warnings on Tuesday as rivers overflowed their banks and waters reached record levels, forcing people from their homes and disrupting work after weeks of pounding rain, state media reported. Guangdong province’s Shaoguan city, where average rainfall since late May has broken records, raised …

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Canada to ban making, importing many single-use plastics from Dec

A customer leaves a Sobeys grocery store carrying plastic bags in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, July 31, 2019. REUTERS/Chris Wattie Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com register June 20 (Reuters) – The government of Canada on Monday published final regulations to prohibit “harmful” single-use plastics, with a ban on manufacturing and importing most of …

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Spain battles wildfires as it swelters in heatwave

ZARAGOZA, Spain, June 18 (Reuters) – Firefighters battled to bring raging wildfires under control in Spain on Saturday and people sought relief with fans, shade and plenty of water as an unseasonable heatwave pushed temperatures close to record highs. Spain was heading towards its hottest early summer temperatures in decades, with forecasts of between 40-42 …

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