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France says it has no information on investigation of Interpol’s Meng

PARIS (Reuters) - The French interior ministry said on Sunday that it had no information on the latest developments concerning Interpol President Meng Hongwei, after China’s antigraft watchdog said Meng was being investigated for suspected violations of the law. Meng, who is also a vice minister of public security in China, had been reported missing after traveling from France, where Interpol is based, to China. His wife has been placed under police protection after receiving threats. Asked about the latest development in China, a spokesman for the interior ministry replied: “No information.” Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta and Caroline Pailliez; editing by Emelia Sithole-MatariseOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust…

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Stunning Farah claims Chicago Marathon in European record

(Reuters) - Mo Farah scored a stunning Chicago Marathon victory as he won in two hours five minutes and 11 seconds in only his third race over the distance on Sunday. Athletics - London Marathon - Mo Farah Press Conference - London, Britain - April 17, 2018 Mo Farah during the press conference Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra After biding his time for much of the race, the British four-time Olympic track champion surged to the lead in the final four miles and broke Ethiopian Mosinet Geremew to shatter the European marathon record of 2:05:48 despite wet, cool and sometimes windy conditions. Farah, 35, thrust his right…

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Pompeo says has good meeting with North Korea’s Kim but more needs to be done

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo agreed to arrange a second leaders summit “as soon as possible,” and discussed potential U.S. monitoring of Pyongyang’s steps toward denuclearization, South Korea’s presidential office said on Sunday. Pompeo said his latest, fourth trip to Pyongyang was “another step forward” to denuclearization and he had a “good, productive conversation” with Kim, but more needed to be done. South Korean President Moon Jae-in held talks with Pompeo in Seoul after the top U.S. diplomat met with Kim for more than three hours during a short trip to Pyongyang that was aimed at…

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China slashes banks’ reserve requirements as trade war imperils growth

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s central bank on Sunday announced a steep cut in the level of cash that banks must hold as reserves, stepping up moves to lower financing costs and spur growth amid concerns over the economic drag from an escalating trade dispute with the United States. A China yuan note is seen in this illustration photo May 31, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas White/IllustrationThe reserve requirement cut, the fourth by the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) this year, comes as Beijing has pledged to expedite plans to invest billions of dollars in infrastructure projects as the economy shows signs of cooling further, with investment growth slowing to a…

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Erdogan says closely following case of missing Saudi journalist

ANKARA (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday he was closely following the case of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi after Turkish officials said they believed he had been killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Erdogan told reporters that authorities were examining camera footage and airport records as part of their investigation into the disappearance last week of Khashoggi, who had been increasingly critical of Saudi Arabia’s rulers. A former newspaper editor in Saudi Arabia and adviser to its former head of intelligence, Khashoggi left the country last year saying he feared retribution for his criticism of Saudi policy in the Yemen war and its…

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Turkey’s Erdogan says following case of missing Saudi journalist personally

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday he was personally following the case of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who disappeared last week, and added that he still hoped for a positive outcome to the matter. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a party congress in Ankara, Turkey, October 7, 2018. Cem Oksuz/Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERS On Saturday, Turkish sources told Reuters that Turkish authorities believed Khashoggi had been killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week, in what they described as the deliberate targeting of a prominent critic of the Gulf kingdom’s rulers. Erdogan told reporters that authorities were looking into all camera…

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Excerpts from Saudi journalist Khashoggi’s column

DUBAI (Reuters) - Turkish authorities believe Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside his country’s consulate in Istanbul last week, Turkish sources said, in what they described as the deliberate targeting of a prominent critic of the Gulf kingdom’s rulers. As a journalist, he interviewed Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden several times in Afghanistan and Sudan, and served twice as editor of Al Watan newspaper. Khashoggi gained a wide following with his appearances on Arab satellite television networks. A consummate insider, he advised Prince Turki al-Faisal, former Saudi intelligence chief, and has also been close to billionaire investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal. A year ago, Khashoggi…

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Trump to announce pro-ethanol measure on Tuesday ahead of Iowa trip: sources

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to announce the lifting of a federal ban on summer sales of higher-ethanol blends of gasoline on Tuesday in Washington DC ahead of a trip to Iowa the same day, according to two sources familiar with the planning of the event. U.S. President Donald Trump waves from the steps of Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, U.S., upon his return to Washington from Kansas, October 6, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri GripasThe move, expected sometime around 3 p.m. on Tuesday, is aimed at helping Republicans in competitive elections in the nation’s farm belt. Iowa is the largest…

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Wife of Israeli prime minister goes on trial for fraud

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife, Sara, appeared in court on Sunday for the first hearing in the fraud trial against her, in which she is alleged to have misused state funds in ordering catered meals. Sara, wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, arrives to a court hearing in the fraud trial against her, at the Magistrate court in Jerusalem October 7, 2018. REUTERS/Ammar AwadAccording to the indictment, Sara Netanyahu, along with a government employee, fraudulently obtained from the state more than $100,000 for hundreds of meals supplied by restaurants, bypassing regulations that prohibit the practice if a cook is employed at home.…

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Anger, dismay as Indonesia says search for quake victims to end

PALU, Indonesia (Reuters) - Relatives of hundreds of people missing after an earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia reacted with anger, sadness and resignation on Sunday to a decision by the state disaster agency to end searches for bodies later this week. A woman cries while attending an outdoor church service in the earthquake damaged area of Jono Oge village, in Sigi district, south of Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia October 7, 2018. REUTERS/Darren WhitesideThe 7.5 magnitude quake on Sept. 28 brought down shopping malls, hotels and other buildings in the city of Palu, while tsunami waves smashed into its beachfront. But perhaps more deadly was soil liquefaction which…

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