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Exclusive: Canada deporting thousands even as pandemic rages

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada deported thousands of people even as COVID-19 raged last year, data seen by Reuters shows, and lawyers say deportations are ramping up, putting people needlessly at risk in the midst of a global health emergency. Learn More


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'Choose - I kill you or rape you': abuse accusations surge in Ethiopia's war

HAMDAYET, Sudan (Reuters) - The young coffee seller said she was split from family and friends by an Ethiopian soldier at the Tekeze river, taken down a path, and given a harrowing choice. More »


British lawmakers seek investigation into UK-registered firm possibly linked to Beirut blast

LONDON (Reuters) - Two senior British parliamentarians called on Friday for an investigation into a British-registered company possibly linked to last year's devastating explosion in Beirut, after Reuters found that the firm had not disclosed its beneficial owners. More »


North Korea sees talks as way to advance nuclear program, says U.S. intel official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. intelligence officer for North Korea warned on Friday the country sees diplomacy only as a means to advance its nuclear weapons development, even as the new Biden administration says it will look for ways to bring Pyongyang back to talks. More »


Exclusive: AstraZeneca to supply 31 million COVID-19 shots to EU in first quarter, a 60% cut - EU source

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - AstraZeneca Plc has informed European Union officials on Friday it would cut deliveries of its COVID-19 vaccine to the bloc by 60% to 31 million doses in the first quarter of the year due to production problems, a senior official told Reuters. More »


Jailed Kremlin critic Navalny's supporters to rally for his release despite warnings

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Supporters of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny were set to confront Russian authorities on Saturday at nationwide rallies that the police have declared illegal and vowed to break up. More »


U.S. State Department says working to conclude Houthi terrorist designation review

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department has initiated a review of the terrorist designation of Yemen's Houthi movement and is working as fast as it can to conclude the process and make a determination, a State Department spokesperson said on Friday. More »


Italy tells TikTok to block users after death of young girl

ROME (Reuters) - The Italian data privacy watchdog ordered video app TikTok on Friday to block the accounts of any users in Italy whose age it could not verify following the death of a 10-year-old girl who had been using the Chinese-owned app. More »


Mexican president, Biden discuss migration, coronavirus, development

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he discussed migration, the coronavirus pandemic and cooperation on development during a phone call with U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday afternoon. More »


Swiss court finds Israeli businessman Beny Steinmetz guilty of corruption

GENEVA (Reuters) - In a landmark verdict in one of the mining world's most high profile legal cases, a Swiss criminal court found Israeli businessman Beny Steinmetz guilty of corruption and forgery on Friday and sentenced him to five years in jail with a sizeable fine. More »


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