CARACAS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Washington imposed sanctions on eight Venezuelan officials on Wednesday for their role in creating an all-powerful legislative body loyal to President Nicolas Maduro, while a mayor-turned-fugitive called for more anti-government protests. The new U.S. sanctions targeted politicians and security figures but stopped short of actions against Venezuela’s vital oil industry. Energy sector
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BEIJING (Reuters) – China has sent an “unbreakable” code from a satellite to the Earth, marking the first time space-to-ground quantum key distribution technology has been realized, state media said on Thursday. China launched the world’s first quantum satellite last August, to help establish “hack proof” communications, a development the Pentagon has called a “notable
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WASHINGTON/HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba said on Wednesday it was investigating allegations by the United States that unspecified “incidents” caused physical symptoms in Americans serving at the U.S. Embassy in Havana, after two Washington-based Cuban diplomats were expelled. “Cuba has never, nor would it ever, allow that the Cuban territory be used for any action against
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LONDON (Reuters) – Wayde van Niekerk’s bid for 200 meters gold to complete the 200/400m World Championship double is the highlight of Thursday’s action but, popular as the South African is, the crowd’s sympathies are likely to lean towards Isaac Makwala. After being refused entry to the 200m heats and 400m final because of illness,
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WASHINGTON/HAVANA (Reuters) – The United States said it had expelled two Washington-based Cuban diplomats in May after unspecified “incidents” caused physical symptoms in Americans serving at the U.S. Embassy in Havana that an unnamed official said included hearing loss. U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters on Wednesday the exact nature of the incidents
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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. With soymeal and gasoline prices surging, Shandong, China’s industrial and agricultural
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Washington police officer will face no charges for fatally shooting an unarmed black motorcyclist who rammed his cruiser after a high-speed chase, U.S. prosecutors said on Wednesday. The September 2016 shooting death of Terrence Sterling, 31, triggered demonstrations in the U.S. capital amid anger over police killings of African-Americans across the
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s vow to respond with “fire and fury” if North Korea persisted in threatening the United States caught his foreign policy and military aides by surprise, two administration officials with direct knowledge of how the issue unfolded said on Wednesday. “President Trump’s comment was unplanned and spontaneous,” said a senior
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(Reuters) – Goldman Sachs Group Inc plans to begin using a “personality test” as part of the hiring process for positions in its banking, trading and finance and risk divisions, a senior Goldman executive said on Wednesday. The bank began will using the test on U.S. summer intern candidates in 2018, Matt Jahansouz, Goldman’s global
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TORONTO (Reuters) – Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza tamed Kirsten Flipkens 7-5 6-2 to reach the third round of the Rogers Cup on a blockbuster Wednesday at the Canadian hardcourt event with eight of the world’s top 10 in action. Muguruza, the world number four, led the day-long parade of top seeds onto court and needed
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SAN JUAN (Reuters) – U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain, presiding over Puerto Rico’s massive bankruptcy, approved an agreement between the island’s competing creditor classes on Wednesday aimed at moving forward with an effort to resolve claims on sales tax revenue. The deal between the two biggest creditor classes, General Obligation (GO) bondholders and COFINA
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