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 2022-01-28 20:38 

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Mexico's finance ministry says talk of 'technical recession' imprecise...

By Anthony Esposito and Noe Torres MEXICO CITY (Reuters) Mexico's Deputy Finance Minister Gabriel Yorio said on Friday that talk of a "technical recession" in the country doesn't take into account coronavirus-related economic volatility an...

 2022-01-28 19:23 

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Fed's matchmaker fear: Flatlining economy meets higher interest rates...

By Howard Schneider WASHINGTON (Reuters) The Federal Reserve plans to raise interest rates in March on the assumption the U.S. economy will largely steer clear of fallout from the Omicron variant of the coronavirus and keep growing at a healthy clip....

 2022-01-28 13:38 

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Fuel demand rebound powers Phillips 66 profit beat...

(Reuters) Phillips 66 posted quarterly earnings almost a dollar more than Wall Street estimates on Friday, as the U.S. refiner capitalized on mounting demand for fuel due to a loosening up of coronavirus restrictions....

 2022-01-28 11:08 

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Fed guidance on rates following liftoff may remain foggy...

By Howard Schneider WASHINGTON (Reuters) The U.S. Federal Reserve clearly telegraphed a March interest rate hike after its meeting this week but the pace of what follows may remain clouded as officials wait to see how inflation, the coronavirus pandemic, ...

 2022-01-28 08:55 

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Lunar New Year flowers in flames as Hong Kong farmer burns unsold stock...

HONG KONG (Reuters) Flower farmer Leung Yat-shen has burned thousands of flowers he cannot sell this year as Hong Kong's stringent measures against the Omicron variant of coronavirus https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/whack-a-mole-experts-call...

 2022-01-28 01:53 

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Newly inaugurated Honduran president says appreciates Taiwan 'solidarity'...

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) Honduras' new president, Xiomara Castro, said she met with Taiwan Vice President William Lai after her inauguration on Thursday, and that his government gave Honduras supplies and devices to fight the coronavirus....

 2022-01-28 00:23 

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Australia drugs regulator approves COVID-19 boosters for 16- and 17-year-olds...

SYDNEY (Reuters) Australia's drug regulator on Friday approved the use of COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for 16- and 17-year-olds as authorities urge people to get their third doses soon to mitigate the threat from the Omicron coronavirus variant....

 2022-01-28 00:23 

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IMF urges Japan to scale back pandemic support, raise taxes long-run...

By Leika Kihara TOKYO (Reuters) The International Monetary Fund urged Japan on Friday to scale back emergency pandemic support, and consider raising taxes on property and capital income once the economy's recovery from the coronavirus pandemic-induced...

 2022-01-27 16:22 

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Greece allows music in bars and restaurants again as COVID cases ease...

ATHENS (Reuters) Greece will allow music in restaurants and bars again and extend their operating hours as it lifts some of the restrictions imposed last month now that coronavirus infections and the pressure on hospitals are easing, authorities said on T...

 2022-01-27 14:38 

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Wanted: Volunteers to catch COVID in the name of science...

(Reuters) The world's first medical trial authorised to deliberately expose participants to the coronavirus is seeking more volunteers as it steps up efforts to help develop better vaccines....

 2022-01-27 12:38 

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UK PM Johnson has not been interviewed by police over party investigation -spokesman...

LONDON (Reuters) British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has not been interviewed by the police about their investigation into alleged parties in his Downing Street residence during coronavirus lockdowns, his spokesman said on Thursday....

 2022-01-27 10:08 

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Polish defence minister tests positive for COVID...

WARSAW (Reuters) Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak tweeted on Thursday that he has tested positive for coronavirus, as the Omicron variant takes hold across the country and tensions mount between Poland's neighbours Ukraine and Russia....

 2022-01-27 08:08 

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British holidays group Saga eyes return to profit in fiscal 2022/23...

(Reuters) British over-50s holidays group Saga Plc said on Thursday it expects to swing to a profit in the 2022 fiscal year, after a pretax loss in the previous year as coronavirus restrictions disrupted its cruise operations....

 2022-01-27 07:23 

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Spirits maker Diageo posts 16% rise in first-half sales...

LONDON (Reuters) Diageo, the maker of Johnnie Walker whisky and Tanqueray gin, on Thursday said that first-half sales rose 15.8% as more consumers bought high-end spirits and bars increased orders as they reopened after coronavirus lockdowns....

 2022-01-27 06:23 

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As Omicron ebbs, England revives Plan A: living with COVID...

By Alistair Smout and Elizabeth Piper LONDON (Reuters) After an uncomfortable but relatively brief return to coronavirus restrictions triggered by the Omicron variant, England is going back to "Plan A" learning to live with a disease that is proba...

 2022-01-26 22:38 

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Israel broadens eligibility for fourth shot of COVID vaccine...

JERUSALEM (Reuters) Israel on Wednesday broadened eligibility for a fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine to include adults under 60 with underlying medical conditions, their caretakers, and others over 18 at significant risk of exposure to the coronavirus....

 2022-01-26 19:53 

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Omicron subvariant appears more contagious, but not more severe, Denmark says...

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) -The BA.2 subvariant of the Omicron coronavirus variant, which is dominant in Denmark, appears more contagious than the more common BA.1 sub-lineage, Danish Health Minister Magnus Heunicke said on Wednesday in a national address....

 2022-01-26 18:08 

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British watchdog sets out plan to shine a light on card payments...

By Huw Jones LONDON (Reuters) Britain's payments watchdog proposed reforms on Wednesday to increase competition in card services for retailers after cashless transactions increased sharply during the coronavirus pandemic....

 2022-01-26 11:38 

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AT&T quarterly revenue beats estimates on strong wireless and streaming demand...

(Reuters) AT&T Inc beat market estimates for fourth-quarter revenue, bolstered by strong growth from Warner Media and its streaming platform HBO Max as consumers chose to remain indoors amid a surge in the coronavirus pandemic cases....

 2022-01-26 11:38 

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Volkswagen CEO in quarantine with COVID-19...

BERLIN (Reuters) Volkswagen Chief Executive Herbert Diess has contracted the coronavirus and is currently in quarantine, the German carmaker said on Wednesday....

 2022-01-26 06:23 

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Inflation-fighting Fed likely to flag March interest rate hike...

By Howard Schneider WASHINGTON (Reuters) The Federal Reserve is expected on Wednesday to signal plans to raise interest rates in March as it focuses on fighting inflation and sets aside, at least for now, economic risks posed by the ongoing coronavirus pa...

 2022-01-26 02:08 

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S.Korea's daily new COVID count exceeds 13,000 for first time...

By Hyonhee Shin SEOUL (Reuters) South Korea's daily new coronavirus cases exceeded 13,000 for the first time, data showed on Wednesday, while the government sought to revise its COVID-19 response to focus on the highly contagious but less-lethal Omicr...

 2022-01-25 23:23 

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Japan's border crackdown leaves students in limbo and economy in a pinch...

By Rocky Swift and Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) Two years after Japan locked down its borders to block the coronavirus, some 150,000 foreign students still aren't able to enter the country, left in limbo by a policy that has disrupted lives and caused ...

 2022-01-25 20:08 

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COVID is less severe with Omicron than Delta, U.S. study suggests...

By Manojna Maddipatla and Leroy Leo (Reuters) The Omicron variant appears to result in less severe COVID-19 than seen during previous periods of high coronavirus transmission including the Delta wave, with shorter hospital stays, less need for intensive c...

 2022-01-25 16:38 

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Exclusive-U.S. funding to WHO fell by 25% during pandemic -document...

By Francesco Guarascio and Emma Farge BRUSSELS/GENEVA (Reuters) U.S. financial contributions to the World Health Organization (WHO) has fallen by 25% during the coronavirus pandemic, provisional data show, with Washington's future support to the Unite...

 2022-01-25 14:53 

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IMF trims UK economic growth forecast for 2022 on Omicron effect...

LONDON (Reuters) The International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday that it had cut its forecast for British economic growth this year due to disruptions from the Omicron variant of the coronavirus and supply constraints, but raised its estimate for growth i...

 2022-01-25 11:23 

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Cannabis compound CBD stops coronavirus in test tube, but can it treat COVID?...

By Nancy Lapid (Reuters) Early research suggesting that a popular non-psychoactive compound derived from marijuana might help prevent or treat COVID-19 warrants further investigation in rigorous clinical trials, researchers say....

 2022-01-25 07:53 

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Netherlands expected to ease COVID curbs despite record infections...

THE HAGUE (Reuters) The Dutch government is expected to announce on Tuesday it will allow restaurants, bars and theatres to re-open despite record numbers of coronavirus infections....

 2022-01-25 07:40 

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German firms fear supply chain pain from China's battle with Omicron...

By Christian Kraemer BERLIN (Reuters) German companies doing business in China are worried the Omicron coronavirus variant will trigger more strict lockdown measures from Beijing that could exacerbate supply chain problems, the DIHK Chamber of Commerce sa...

 2022-01-25 07:08 

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Australia marks two years since first COVID case with another high death count...

SYDNEY (Reuters) Australia on Tuesday recorded one of its highest number of deaths in a day from COVID-19 as an outbreak of the highly-infections Omicron variant tore through the country which marked two years since its first infection of the coronavirus....

 2022-01-25 01:54 

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S.Korea's daily COVID count tops 8,000 for first time amid Omicron spread...

By Hyonhee Shin SEOUL (Reuters) -South Korea's daily count of new coronavirus cases topped 8,000 for the first time on Tuesday, as the highly infectious Omicron variant spreads rapidly despite the recent extension of strict social-distancing rules to ...

 2022-01-25 00:53 

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Australian business confidence bruised by coronavirus surge...

SYDNEY (Reuters) A measure of Australian business confidence has swung into the red as a surge in coronavirus cases hit consumer spending and played havoc with staffing, though sales overall were proving resilient so far....

 2022-01-24 14:53 

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Sarah Palin tests positive for coronavirus...

(Reuters) Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican U.S. vice presidential candidate and former Alaska governor, has tested positive for the coronavirus, as she had been set to go to trial against The New York Times, which she accused of defamation....

 2022-01-24 11:08 

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German economy likely shrunk in Q4: Bundesbank...

FRANKFURT (Reuters) Germany's economy likely shrank in the fourth quarter as manufacturing remained constrained by supply bottlenecks and consumption dropped on renewed coronavirus fears, the Bundesbank said in a monthly report on Monday....

 2022-01-24 09:08 

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Euro zone recovery stuttered in Jan as Omicron hit services -PMI...

LONDON (Reuters) The euro zone economic recovery weakened further this month as renewed restrictions imposed to contain the Omicron coronavirus variant put another dent in bloc's dominant services activity and as prices continued to soar, a survey sho...

 2022-01-24 07:58 

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UK's De La Rue delays turnaround plan on COVID woes...

(Reuters) British banknote printer De La Rue on Monday warned of annual profit coming below market expectations on lower output because of increased employee absences at its manufacturing facilities globally due to coronavirus infections....

 2022-01-24 01:04 

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Japan Jan factory growth hits four-year high, but services contract-flash PMI...

TOKYO (Reuters) Japan's factory activity grew at the fastest pace in four years in January as output growth picked up, though pressure from a persistent chip shortage, rising input prices and the coronavirus pandemic clouded the outlook....

 2022-01-23 22:08 

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Hong Kong's financial sector faces talent crunch as expats head for the exit...

By Scott Murdoch and Kane Wu HONG KONG (Reuters) Late last year, Tania Sibree quit her well-paid job as a financial services lawyer in Hong Kong and returned to Australia rather than live a moment longer with the city's strict coronavirus restrictions...

 2022-01-23 07:08 

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S.Korea reports second-highest COVID count ahead of holiday...

SEOUL (Reuters) South Korea posted its second-highest daily number of coronavirus cases on Sunday, despite extended COVID-19 curbs and a high vaccination rate, raising concerns of further spread during the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday....

 2022-01-22 20:08 

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Pfizer CEO sees annual COVID vaccine rather than frequent boosters...

JERUSALEM (Reuters) Pfizer Inc Chief Executive Albert Bourla said on Saturday that an annual COVID-19 vaccine would be preferable to more frequent booster shots in fighting the coronavirus pandemic....

 2022-01-21 16:37 

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Italy approves new package to curb energy bills, help COVID-hit firms...

ROME (Reuters) Italy is putting the final touches to a more than 5 billion euro ($5.67 billion) package of measures to curb surging energy bills and help companies hit by the latest wave of coronavirus infections, government officials told Reuters....

 2022-01-21 14:53 

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Canada Dec retail sales seen down as COVID restrictions bite...

By David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) Canadian retail sales most likely fell by 2.1% in December as authorities imposed restrictions to fight the Omicron variant of the coronavirus and retailers faced challenges, Statistics Canada predicted on Friday....

 2022-01-21 14:44 

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Former Polish president, Solidarity leader Walesa has COVID...

WARSAW (Reuters) Lech Walesa, the former Polish president and Solidarity trade union leader who played a leading role in the fall of Communism, has coronavirus, he said on Friday....

 2022-01-21 14:38 

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Bank of Italy trims Italy 2022 growth forecast as downside risks increase...

ROME (Reuters) Italy's economy will grow by 3.8% this year, the Bank of Italy forecast on Friday, lowering a projection of 4.0% made just one month ago as a recent surge in coronavirus infections clouds the outlook....

 2022-01-21 12:12 

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Is COVID retreating in the U.S.? Data paints encouraging scenario...

By Maria Caspani NEW YORK (Reuters) New coronavirus cases are falling in parts of the United States hardest hit by the fast-spreading Omicron variant, according to a Reuters analysis of public health data, offering an early indication the virus might once...

 2022-01-21 08:23 

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German health minister sees possible tripling of coronavirus infections by mid-Feb...

BERLIN (Reuters) Germany reported a record 140,160 new coronavirus cases on Friday as the country's health minister warned the country could see at least 400,000 per day by mid-February....

 2022-01-21 08:23 

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Get back to work in the office, Britain's business minister says...

LONDON (Reuters) People should get to work in offices to benefit from in-person collaboration because the world must learn to live with the coronavirus after a pandemic that has wiped trillions of dollars off global output, Britain's business minister...

 2022-01-21 07:38 

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UK retail sales slump in December after early Xmas shopping, Omicron spread...

LONDON (Reuters) British retail sales slumped by 3.7% in December from November when consumers did much of their Christmas shopping earlier than usual, according to official data which also suggested an impact from the Omicron coronavirus variant....

 2022-01-21 06:38 

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U.S. crude exports ramp up as global demand recovers...

By Stephanie Kelly NEW YORK (Reuters) U.S. crude exports are ramping up due to increasing demand from Asia and Europe and recovering U.S. production from the lows of the coronavirus pandemic....

 2022-01-21 05:21 

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Germany wants to attract 400,000 skilled workers from abroad each year...

BERLIN (Reuters) Germany's new coalition government wants to attract 400,000 qualified workers from abroad each year to tackle both a demographic imbalance and labour shortages in key sectors that risk undermining the recovery from the coronavirus pan...

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