LONDON/PARIS (Reuters) – France on Friday politely rejected Boris Johnson’s idea of building a giant bridge across the English Channel after Brexit, saying that, while far-fetched ideas were worth considering, there were plenty of major European projects to finish first. Foreign Secretary Johnson, who led the campaign to leave the EU in the 2016 referendum,
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CORTINA D‘AMPEZZO, Italy (Reuters) – Italian Sofia Goggia won a second successive women’s downhill in front of an elated home crowd, with the American duo of Lindsey Vonn and overall World Cup leader Mikaela Shiffrin also enjoying a podium finish in a thrilling race on Friday. The fired-up Goggia, who was also victorious in Austria’s
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(Reuters) – The U.S. securities regulator on Thursday raised alarm about the safety of bitcoin-themed investments, telling the fund industry they want answers to their concerns before endorsing more than a dozen proposed products based on cryptocurrencies. A top division chief at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission detailed the agency’s concerns about the wild-trading
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TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan’s aviation regulator has not approved applications from China Eastern Airlines and Xiamen Airlines to increase flights during the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday, an official with the regulator told Reuters. The official, who asked not to be named, said that Taiwan had not yet approved the flights because the airlines had
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Legislation to stave off an imminent federal government shutdown encountered obstacles in the U.S. Senate late on Thursday, despite the passage of a month-long funding bill by the House of Representatives hours earlier. Without the injection of new money, no matter how temporary, scores of federal agencies across the United States will
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government and MetLife Inc (MET.N) announced on Thursday they would jointly seek to dismiss an appeal over whether the insurance company should face stricter oversight as a key part of the financial system. MetLife and the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC), a top federal panel of financial regulators, filed a
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday said it had asked the Supreme Court to overturn a lower court ruling last week that blocked President Donald Trump’s move to end a program that protects hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children.     The Republican president in September
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Legislation to avoid a U.S. government shutdown at midnight on Friday advanced in Congress, as the House of Representatives on Thursday night approved an extension of federal funds through Feb. 16, although the bill faced uncertain prospects in the Senate. On a mostly partisan vote of 230-197, the Republican-controlled House approved the
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LONDON (Reuters) – London’s dark winter nights will shine a little brighter starting Thursday, as a nighttime art exhibition featuring a range of publicly displayed works that use light as a medium gets underway. Lumiere London features over 50 works by British and overseas artists, located in public spaces, buildings and on the streets. The
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CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – South Africa’s drought-stricken Cape Town told residents on Wednesday they would need to cut their daily water consumption by almost half from next month as authorities scramble to prevent the city running out of water as soon as in April. Struggling to cope with its worst drought in a century, Cape
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LONDON (Reuters) – Nestle (NESN.S) proposed three new independent directors to its board on Thursday, as the world’s largest food company seeks to accelerate its transformation into a health-conscious company. Pablo Isla, chief executive of Zara-owner Inditex, Adidas (ADSGn.DE) CEO Kasper Rorsted and Kimberly Ross, former chief financial officer of Baker Hughes (BHGE.N) will stand
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration is finalizing its long-awaited infrastructure plan, which would push most of the financing of projects to private investment and state and local taxpayers, according to sources familiar with the proposal taking shape. President Donald Trump, who spoke frequently of improving U.S. infrastructure during his 2016 campaign, may preview the
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CARDIFF (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince Harry and his American fiancée Meghan Markle visited Wales on Thursday on their third official joint appearance since announcing their engagement last November. The couple have attracted huge attention since announcing they were getting married, and as with their previous appearances, hundreds of people greeted them in Cardiff, waving Welsh
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