EU to add vetting of climate results to fiscal monitoring
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission will this year begin to assess the green transition of EU states as part of its monitoring of national budgets, a top official said, in a new sign of the bloc's commitment to meet ambitious climate goals.
UPDATE 2-Pension protesters try to spoil Macron's party in Versailles
VERSAILLES, France, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Protesters seeking to scupper reform of France's pension system scuffled with police on Monday near the Palace of Versailles, outside Paris, where President Emmanuel Macron was due later to pitch France as an investment destination to global executives.
FOREX-Dollar gains as U.S. economic strength supports sentiment
LONDON, Jan 20 (Reuters) - The dollar rose to its strongest level of 2020 on Monday after last week's run of data confirmed that the U.S. economy is holding up well, while China's yuan briefly hit a new six-month high.
UPDATE 1-China repeats call on Canada to release Huawei's Meng as extradition trial set to kick off
VANCOUVER/TORONTO, Jan 20 (Reuters) - China on Monday repeated its call for Canada to release Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, ahead of her expected arrival in a Vancouver courtroom for the start of a trial to decide whether she can be extradited to the United States.
UPDATE 1-Britain to set out goals for trade talks with EU - PM Johnson's spokesman
LONDON, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Britain will publicly set out its goals for its future partnership with the European Union, a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday, in a speech expected to take place early next month.
Global FDI dips, hit by Hong Kong divestment, Brexit - U.N.
GENEVA, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Global direct foreign investment (FDI) dipped slightly around the world last year, hit by massive divestment in Hong Kong and a drop in flows into Britain due to Brexit uncertainty, the United Nations said on Monday.
Settlement reached over Spanish toddler's fatal fall into well
MADRID, Jan 20 (Reuters) - The parents of a Spanish toddler who fell into an illegally-excavated well a year ago, setting off a frantic rescue effort that grabbed international attention, have reached a legal settlement with the landowner, prosecutors said on Monday.
UPDATE 1-Honduras formally declares Hezbollah a terrorist organization
TEGUCIGALPA, Jan 20 (Reuters) - The Honduran government has formally declared Iranian-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah a terrorist organization, a top security official said on Monday.
UPDATE 1-U.N. says militants targeted aid worker hub in northern Nigeria
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Islamist militants attacked a facility housing several aid groups in northeast Nigeria at the weekend in what the United Nations warned on Monday is an escalation in violence specifically targeting aid workers.
UPDATE 2-EU agrees to consider ways to support formal Libya truce
BRUSSELS, Jan 20 (Reuters) - European Union foreign ministers agreed on Monday to look at ways to support a formal ceasefire in Libya if warring sides can move beyond a tentative truce, including a monitoring mission and reviving a naval operation to uphold a U.N. arms embargo.
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