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October 17, 2017

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U.N. Security Council steps up sanctions on defiant North Korea

September 12, 2017 By Michelle Nichols and Jack Kim UNITED NATIONS/SEOUL (Reuters) – The U.N. Security Council unanimously voted to step up sanctions on North Korea, with its profitable textile exports now banned and fuel supplies capped, prompting a traditionally defiant threat of retaliation against the United States. Monday’s decision, triggered by the North’s sixth

China’s forex regulator denies U.S. dollar withdrawal limits

September 12, 2017 BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s foreign exchange regulator has not modified rules on withdrawals of foreign exchange by individuals, the regulator said on Tuesday, following media reports that it had capped the frequency of U.S. dollar withdrawals at two each week. “We have not released any new rules recently regarding domestic cash withdrawals

British theater director Peter Hall dies aged 86

September 12, 2017 LONDON (Reuters) – Leading British theater director Peter Hall, founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company, has died at the age of 86, the National Theater said on Tuesday. Hall died on Monday at University College Hospital, London, surrounded by his family, the theater said in a statement. “Peter Hall was an internationally

UK lawmakers back EU withdrawal bill at second reading

September 12, 2017 LONDON (Reuters) – British lawmakers on Tuesday voted in favor of legislation to sever political, financial and legal ties with the European Union at its second reading, allowing the bill to move to the next stage of the parliamentary process. The opposition Labour Party, which said several clauses in the legislation amount

Sweden, Britain seek U.N. meeting on situation in Myanmar

September 12, 2017 UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Sweden and Britain on Monday requested a United Nations Security Council meeting on the “deteriorating situation” in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, home to the majority-Buddhist nation’s Rohingya Muslims, diplomats said. The diplomats said the meeting would likely be held on Wednesday, after the United Nations’ top human rights official

U.N. Security Council votes to step up sanctions on North Korea

September 11, 2017 By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations Security Council unanimously stepped up sanctions against North Korea on Monday over the country’s sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sept. 3, imposing a ban on the country’s textile exports and capping imports of crude oil. It was the ninth sanctions

Norway’s right-wing government wins re-election fought on oil, tax

September 11, 2017 By Henrik Stolen and Joachim Dagenborg OSLO (Reuters) – Norway’s tax-cutting Conservative Prime Minister Erna Solberg declared victory on Tuesday after a parliamentary election, narrowly defeating a Labour-led opposition with her promises of steady management of the oil-dependent economy. The win is historic for Solberg, whose supporters compare her firm management style

Hurricane Irma pounds Florida; extent of damage not yet clear

September 11, 2017 By Adrees Latif and Zachary Fagenson TAMPA, Fla.,/MIAMI (Reuters) – Hurricane Irma pounded heavily populated areas of central Florida on Monday as it carved through the state with high winds, storm surges and torrential rains that left millions without power, ripped roofs off homes and flooded city streets. Irma, once ranked as

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