Ready to roll: Zimbabwe cigar venture eyes smokers at home and abroad

World News - Thu, 2020-06-18 06:15
A newly established Zimbabwean company has started making cigars for export, aiming to take on established players while developing a culture of cigar smoking at home.
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Lloyd's of London to pay for its 'shameful' sins in Atlantic slave trade

World News - Thu, 2020-06-18 06:12
The Lloyd's of London insurance market has apologised for its "shameful" role in the 18th and 19th Century Atlantic slave trade and has agreed to fund charities and organisations promoting opportunities for black and ethnic minority groups.
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Atlanta police officer charged with murder in shooting death of Rayshard Brooks

World News - Thu, 2020-06-18 05:25
An Atlanta police officer was charged on Wednesday with murder for the shooting death last week of Rayshard Brooks in a fast-food parking lot, while a fellow officer facing lesser charges has agreed to testify against his colleague.
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EU ready to go it alone on taxation of digital firms

World News - Thu, 2020-06-18 05:01
The European Union is ready to go it alone with taxing digital services of firms like Google, Amazon, Facebook or Apple if there is no global deal on such a tax this year, European Economic Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni said on Thursday.
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Spain will not accept threats over digital tax - govt spokeswoman

World News - Thu, 2020-06-18 05:01
Spain and its European allies will not accept any threats over a proposed tax on internet giants' revenues, government spokeswoman Maria Jesus Montero said on Thursday, a day after Washington decided to pull out of talks on the matter.
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Vatican urges Catholics to drop investments in fossil fuels, arms

World News - Thu, 2020-06-18 04:55
The Vatican urged Catholics on Thursday to disinvest from the armaments and fossil fuel industries and to closely monitor companies in sectors such as mining to check if they are damaging the environment.
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India, China want peace but blame each other after deadly border clash

World News - Thu, 2020-06-18 04:36
India and China said they wanted peace but blamed each other on Wednesday after soldiers of the two sides savagely fought each other with nail-studded clubs and stones on their Himalayan border, killing at least 20 Indian troops.
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Defectors prepare packages to send to North Korea despite growing tensions

World News - Thu, 2020-06-18 04:33
A North Korean defector-led group on Thursday prepared hundreds of plastic bottles stuffed with rice which they plan to float into North Korea, despite a legal challenge from South Korean authorities and threats from Pyongyang.
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Iran rejects U.S. sanctions on Syria, vows to boost trade with ally

World News - Thu, 2020-06-18 04:20
Iran on Thursday condemned as inhumane a fresh round of U.S. sanctions against its regional ally Syria and said it would expand its trade ties with Damascus.
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Arrest of former Japanese minister could hasten PM Abe's departure

World News - Thu, 2020-06-18 03:45
The arrest of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's former justice minister could be a devastating blow for the Japanese leader whose support is near record lows, raising the possibility of his departure before the end of his term next year.
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Top U.S, China diplomats meet in Hawaii as tensions flare

World News - Thu, 2020-06-18 03:30
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met China's top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, in Hawaii on Wednesday, in high-level face-to-face talks that have become rare amid tensions between the two strategic rivals.
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Stocks drift as second wave virus fears mount

World News - Thu, 2020-06-18 03:18
Global stocks drifted on Thursday as spiking coronavirus cases in some U.S. states and China crushed hopes of a quick global economic comeback from the pandemic.
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PepsiCo drops Aunt Jemima branding; Uncle Ben's, others under review

World News - Thu, 2020-06-18 03:17
PepsiCo Inc said on Wednesday it will change the name and brand image of its Aunt Jemima pancake mix and syrup which have been criticized as racist amid a national debate over racial inequality in the United States.
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China says it has no intention of interfering in U.S. elections

World News - Thu, 2020-06-18 02:46
China said on Thursday it has no intention of interfering in the U.S. elections, responding to U.S. President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, John Bolton, who has said that Trump had sought Chinese President Xi Jinping's help to win re-election.
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U.S. weekly jobless claims remain high, second wave of layoffs blamed

World News - Thu, 2020-06-18 02:38
A second wave of layoffs amid weak demand and fractured supply chains is likely keeping new U.S. applications for unemployment benefits elevated, supporting views that the economy faces a long and difficult recovery from the COVID-19 recession.
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COVID-19 cases surge in Oklahoma, other states ahead of Trump's Tulsa rally

World News - Thu, 2020-06-18 02:36
Several U.S. states including Oklahoma reported a surge in new coronavirus infections on Wednesday, days before a planned campaign rally for President Donald Trump in Tulsa that would be the nation's largest indoor social gathering in three months.
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UK says China and Russia trying to exploit coronavirus crisis

World News - Thu, 2020-06-18 01:58
The United Kingdom said on Thursday that China, Russia and Iran were looking to exploit weaknesses shown by the coronavirus outbreak, amid suggestions Beijing had used the crisis to push through new security legislation for Hong Kong.
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South Korea's nuclear envoy visits U.S. as tensions flare with North Korea

World News - Thu, 2020-06-18 00:49
South Korea's chief nuclear negotiator will hold talks with officials in Washington on Thursday amid flaring tensions with North Korea after Pyongyang blew up an inter-Korean liaison office and threatened military action.
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Air maintenance firms, manufacturers plan for $60 billion in lost sales

World News - Thu, 2020-06-18 00:25
Maintenance firms and spare parts producers who keep airplanes running are bracing for a decline of up to 75% in sales this year - and more pain to follow - as airlines park or retire thousands of aircraft due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Trump administration proposes rolling back protections for big tech

World News - Wed, 2020-06-17 23:35
The U.S. Justice Department proposed on Wednesday that Congress take up legislation to curb protections big tech platforms like Alphabet's Google and Facebook have had for decades, a senior official said, following through on President Donald Trump's bid to crack down on tech giants.
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