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Retail gloom helps to end six weeks of FTSE gains

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s major share index rallied to a higher close on Friday as strong metals prices boosted miners and investors sought out makers of consumer staples following fresh evidence of a slowdown in consumer spending. Profit warnings in the morning from retailer Carpetright and funeral services provider Dignity reverberated across the retail sector and underscored the challenges facing ...

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Actor Michael Douglas accused of sexual misconduct in 1980s

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A woman on Friday publicly accused Oscar-winning actor and producer Michael Douglas of sexual misconduct, saying he had repeatedly harassed her verbally and fondled himself in front of her when she worked for him in the 1980s. “He thought he was the king of the world, and that he could humiliate me without any repercussions,” journalist ...

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Clock running out as U.S. Senate tries to avert U.S. government shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate raced to avert a government shutdown on Friday ahead of a midnight deadline with no agreement on funding in sight and both parties squabbling over who is to blame for the impasse. President Donald Trump postponed plans to leave Washington on Friday as a bill to fund the government through Feb. 16, approved on ...

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Czech PM, blocked from forming government, loses immunity from fraud charge

PRAGUE (Reuters) – The Czech parliament lifted Prime Minister Andrej Babis’ immunity on Friday, leaving him open to prosecution over accusations he fraudulently received European Union subsidies. The threat of legal action has prevented Babis from creating a government as smaller parties have refused to back him while the charge remains. Babis, the country’s second richest person, denies hiding ownership ...

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Magnitude 6.6 quake strikes off Loreto, Mexico – USGS

LONDON (Reuters) – A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck off the coast of Loreto in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur on Friday, the United States Geological Survey reported. The epicentre of the quake was 10kms below the surface, the USGS said. Reporting by London desk Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. Click here to Read from the source

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Ice packs – Cigarette smugglers find frozen route to Lithuania

VILNIUS (Reuters) – Tobacco smugglers are using river iceflows and GPS technology to transport their goods into Lithuania, where an estimated one in every six cigarettes smoked in 2016 was illegally imported. The Baltic country’s border guard said on Friday it had found thousands of packets of cigarettes attached beneath blocks of ice on the river Neris, which runs into ...

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In Russia, Trump inauguration euphoria leaves lasting hangover

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A year ago on Saturday, Russian nationalists partied in central Moscow to celebrate Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th president of the United States. Euphoria has given way to dismay as the man they expected to end U.S. sanctions against Russia reluctantly reinforced the penalties and allegations of Russian interference in the U.S. election, denied by Moscow, ...

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Could Taliban finally return to Afghan peace talks? Obstacles abound

KABUL (Reuters) – Exploratory meetings in Pakistan between a high-level Taliban delegation and a representative of a prominent Afghan politician have fuelled speculation of a revival of long-stalled talks on ending Afghanistan’s 16-year war that kills thousands each year. Similar hopes have repeatedly been dashed since the first direct talks between the Western-backed Afghan government and the Taliban broke down ...

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French police clash with prison guards in protest over jail conditions

PARIS (Reuters) – French riot police clashed on Friday with striking prison guards who accuse the government of doing little to counter spiralling violence and Islamist activism inside the country’s overcrowded jails. The scuffles outside Fleury Merogis prison, one of Europe’s largest with 3,800 inmates, coincided with news from a jail in Corsica that two security guards were attacked and ...

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Former Catalan leader says he can rule from abroad, Madrid says no

MADRID (Reuters) – The sacked former leader of Catalonia said on Friday he could be re-elected as the region’s president and rule remotely from his self-imposed exile in Brussels, but the Spanish government said it would not let that happen. Supporters of Carles Puigdemont, who faces arrest for charges including sedition and rebellion if he returns to Spain, have suggested ...

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