LONDON (Reuters) – Squeezed British consumers reined in Christmas travel plans and bought fewer new cars last month, setting the stage for the first fall in festive spending in five years, credit card company Visa said on Monday. Shoppers walk along Oxford Street in central London, Britain December 3, 2017. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi The downbeat
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DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) – Indonesian police are hunting for a U.S. citizen who escaped on Monday from an overcrowded prison on the holiday island of Bali by cutting through steel bars in a ceiling, the jail’s second breakout of foreign inmates this year. FILE PHOTO: A prisoner prays in front of Kerobokan prison in Denpasar,
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BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s prosecutor began on Monday formal legal proceedings against disgraced senior politician Sun Zhengcai, once considered a contender for top leadership, who has been accused of corruption and other crimes. FILE PHOTO: Chongqing Municipality Communist Party Secretary Sun Zhengcai attends the opening session of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) at the Great
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LONDON (Reuters) – Buckingham Palace released on Monday a new portrait of Prince Philip, painted by Australian-born artist Ralph Heimans in the year that Queen Elizabeth’s husband announced his retirement from active public life. A painting by Australian born artist Ralph Heimans of Britain’s Duke of Edinburgh, London, Britain, December 10, 2017. Ralph Heimans/Buckingham Palace
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SYDNEY (Reuters) – The front-month bitcoin futures contract XBTc1 on the Chicago-based CBOE Futures Exchange surged past $17,000 on Monday, the first day of trading. Virtual currency Bitcoin tokens are seen in this illustration picture, December 8, 2017. Picture taken December 8. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration The January contract opened at $15,460 in New York on Sunday
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The campaign of Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for U.S. senator in Alabama who has been accused of sexual misconduct, appealed on Sunday to President Donald Trump’s supporters, saying a vote for Moore would be a vote for Trump’s agenda. In the final days before Tuesday’s special election, opinion polls show a
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LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May will hail “a new sense of optimism” in Brexit talks on Monday, telling parliament Britain and the European Union should sign off on a deal at a summit this week “to move forwards together” to discuss future trade ties. FILE PHOTO – Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May speaks
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LONDON (Reuters) – Buckingham Palace released on Monday a new portrait of Prince Philip, painted by Australian-born artist Ralph Heimans in the year that Queen Elizabeth’s husband announced his retirement from active public life. A painting by Australian born artist Ralph Heimans of Britain’s Duke of Edinburgh, London, Britain, December 10, 2017. Ralph Heimans/Buckingham Palace
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JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A Palestinian stabbed an Israeli security guard at Jerusalem’s main bus station on Sunday, police said, and violence flared near the U.S. Embassy in Beirut over U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Four days of street protests in the Palestinian territories over Trump’s announcement on Wednesday have largely
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican U.S. Senator Susan Collins, whose support was crucial in passing the Senate tax reform bill earlier this month, said on Sunday she has not yet decided whether she will back the final measure negotiated by House and Senate leaders. FILE PHOTO: Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) speaks with reporters ahead of the
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BAGHDAD (Reuters) – An Iraqi military parade in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone celebrated final victory over Islamic State on Sunday, with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi looking on as troops marched in formation, their bodies spelling “victory day” in Arabic. Tanks of Iraqi army are seen during an Iraqi military parade in Baghdad’s fortified Green
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VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) – California’s largest wildfire pushed toward prosperous coastal cities on Sunday, prompting a new wave of evacuations as firefighters struggled to curb its destructive power with the gusty winds that have fueled fires for nearly a week. Authorities ordered residents in parts of Carpinteria and Montecito to evacuate early on Sunday as
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LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – With anticipation building for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Disney-Pixar’s animated comedy “Coco” handily won its third straight crown at a moderate North American box office with $18.3 million at 3,748 sites. (L-R) Director Lee Unkrich, Anthony Gonzalez, who plays the voice of Miguel, co-director/screenwriter Adrian Molina and producer Darla K.
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(Reuters) – Singer-songwriter Neil Young’s extensive collection of model trains have fetched nearly $300,000 at auction, along with classic cars and musical equipment owned by the 72-year-old folk-rock icon. A model train which is part of a collection of recording artist Neil Young’s most prized possessions being put up for auction by Julien’s Auctions in
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VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) – The largest California wildfire advanced on coastal towns near Santa Barbara on Sunday, stoked by the gusty winds and dry conditions that have fueled destructive blazes across the state’s southern region. Authorities ordered residents in parts of Carpinteria and Montecito to evacuate early on Sunday as the Thomas Fire edged closer
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LONDON (Reuters) – Some trains were cancelled, flights were grounded and a rugby match was called off on Sunday after Britain experienced heavy snow fall in some areas. Members of the public push a car up a hill in Leverstock Green, Hertfordshire, Britain, December 10, 2017. REUTERS/Paul Childs Britain’s Met Office said there was an
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MANILA (Reuters) – State-run China Telecom Corp could become the Philippines’ third telecoms player, officials of the Southeast Asian nation said on Sunday, as the government looks to stir up competition in an effort to boost notoriously poor services. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte last month offered China the “privilege” of challenging a longstanding duopoly that
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DHAKA (Reuters) – Bangladesh’s finance minister said late on Saturday he wanted to “wipe out” a Philippines bank that was used to channel $81 million stolen from the Bangladeshi central bank’s account with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York last year. FILE PHOTO: A security guard stands guard outside a branch of Rizal Commercial
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LOWER MERION, Pa. (Reuters) – In Pennsylvania state Senator Daylin Leach’s bid to win a seat vital to the Democratic Party’s chances in 2018 elections of taking control of the U.S. Congress, his opponents may not be his biggest obstacle. Democratic candidate Daylin Leach for Pennsylvania’s 7th congressional district speaks during an interview in King
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