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  • Iran's President Hassan Rouhani speaks during an event to mark Nawroz, the Persian New Year, in Kabul
    Iran expects next payment under nuclear deal, signaling compliance 36 minutes ago

    By Fredrik Dahl and Mehrdad Balali VIENNA/DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran expects to get a fifth installment this week of previously blocked overseas funds, a senior official … More »Iran expects next payment under nuclear deal, signaling compliance

    Iran's President Hassan Rouhani speaks during an event to mark Nawroz, the Persian New Year, in Kabul

    By Fredrik Dahl and Mehrdad Balali VIENNA/DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran expects to get a fifth installment this week of previously blocked overseas funds, a senior official was quoted as saying, a payment that would confirm Tehran's compliance with an interim deal with world powers to curb its nuclear program. Separately, Iranian …

  • EU struggles to unpick the knot of Russia-Ukraine gas logistics 38 minutes ago

    (This April 14 story was corrected to change year of previous supply cuts in third paragraph to 2006 from 2007) By Jan Lopatka and Christoph Steitz VELKE KAPUSANY, … More »EU struggles to unpick the knot of Russia-Ukraine gas logistics

    (This April 14 story was corrected to change year of previous supply cuts in third paragraph to 2006 from 2007) By Jan Lopatka and Christoph Steitz VELKE KAPUSANY, Slovakia/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Unprecedented talks across the European Union on Tuesday showed it scrambling for solutions on the ground to break its dependence …

  • Two women take a selfie photograph in front of a sign in the town of Lerwick on the Shetland Islands
    Remote, oil-rich Shetland elbows way into Scotland's independence vote 47 minutes ago

    By Sarah Young LERWICK, Shetland Islands (Reuters) - Twelve hours by ferry from the Scottish mainland, hundreds of miles from Edinburgh and closer to Oslo than London, … More »Remote, oil-rich Shetland elbows way into Scotland's independence vote

    Two women take a selfie photograph in front of a sign in the town of Lerwick on the Shetland Islands

    By Sarah Young LERWICK, Shetland Islands (Reuters) - Twelve hours by ferry from the Scottish mainland, hundreds of miles from Edinburgh and closer to Oslo than London, the windswept Shetland islands have their own aspirations about Scottish independence. Many Shetlanders see the September 18 vote on whether Scotland should …

  • Armed men stand guard near armoured personnel carriers in Slaviansk
    Separatists fly Russian flag over Ukrainian armored vehicles 50 minutes ago

    By Gabriela Baczynska and Thomas Grove KRAMATORSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - Pro-Russian separatists hoisted the Russian flag on Ukrainian army armored vehicles … More »Separatists fly Russian flag over Ukrainian armored vehicles

    Armed men stand guard near armoured personnel carriers in Slaviansk

    By Gabriela Baczynska and Thomas Grove KRAMATORSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - Pro-Russian separatists hoisted the Russian flag on Ukrainian army armored vehicles in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday, mocking the pro-Western Kiev government's attempt to reassert control on the eve of crucial talks in Geneva on the country's …

  • Three European firms win Angola deepwater deals worth $7.5 bln 1 hour 10 minutes ago

    By Andrew Callus PARIS (Reuters) - Three European companies have won contracts for almost half the value of Angola's $16 billion ultra-deepwater Kaombo oil project, … More »Three European firms win Angola deepwater deals worth $7.5 bln

    By Andrew Callus PARIS (Reuters) - Three European companies have won contracts for almost half the value of Angola's $16 billion ultra-deepwater Kaombo oil project, confirming a trend toward bigger scale and risk for the deep-sea contracting and construction sector. Saipem of Italy announced a $4 billion contract related …

  • A stray dog is taken from the street by dog catchers in Bucharest

    By Radu Marinas and Bogdan Cristel BUCHAREST (Reuters) - When French film actress Brigitte Bardot began a campaign to spare the thousands of stray dogs in Romania's capital from being put down, she did it with a $150,000 donation scheme. A similar campaign is being waged by Ana-Maria Ciulcu, a 13-year-old schoolgirl with …

  • Toronto Stock Exchange logo is seen in Toronto

    (Reuters) - Canadian stocks were set for a higher open on Wednesday as better-than-expected economic growth in China reassured investors. June futures on Canada's main index, the S&P TSX index, were up 0.32 percent at 0715 ET. Data on foreign securities bought by Canadians and BoC rate decision is due at 0830 ET and …

  • Nigeria's Finance Minister Okonjo-Iweala speaks during an interview in Abuja

    Nigeria's government revenues fell 7.8 percent month-on-month to 614.36 billion naira in March, from 666.75 billion naira received the previous month, due to oil outages, Accountant General Jonah Otunla said on Wednesday. But total revenue to be distributed to the three tiers of government in Africa's largest economy - …

  • Pedestrians look at an electronic board showing stock prices outside a brokerage in Tokyo

    By Ayai Tomisawa TOKYO (Reuters) - Some Japanese Internet companies are getting a boost from foreign investors as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pushes for an elusive strength his country's firms are not known for - high returns. After a slow start, the index is attracting attention after Japan's Government Pension Investment …

  • The logo of French utility group Veolia is pictured during the company's 2011 annual results in Paris

    By Sui-Lee Wee BEIJING (Reuters) - China has blamed French utility Veolia Environnement for "supervision problems" in its water quality standards after authorities said a cancer-inducing chemical had been found in tap water supplied by the firm at 20 times above national safety levels, state media said on Wednesday. The …

  • Women and children displaced by recent fighting between rebel soldiers and government troops wait in line to collect their food rations in Mingkaman refugee camp

    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Humanitarian aid groups are in a "race against the rain to prevent famine" in impoverished South Sudan where violence has displaced more than one million people in the past four months, European Union aid chief Kristalina Georgieva said. The conflict in the world's youngest …

  • By Feras Bosalum and Suleiman Al-Khalidi TRIPOLI/AMMAN (Reuters) - Jordan's ambassador to Libya was kidnapped on Tuesday by gunmen who demanded an Islamist militant be released from a Jordanian jail in exchange for the diplomat's freedom. The masked gunmen shot and wounded the driver of Ambassador Fawaz al-Itan's car …

  • File photo of an employee walking past a logo of Alibaba Group at its headquarters on the outskirts of Hangzhou

    HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is expected to file the prospectus for its U.S. initial public offering next week, sources said on Wednesday, moving closer to what could be the biggest-ever listing by a technology firm. Alibaba's documents could be filed as soon as Monday, added …

  • Johnson, managing owner of Queen Anne Cannabis Club, carries bag of marijuana strain called "Beast Mode OG" in Seattle

    Young, casual marijuana smokers experience potentially harmful changes to their brains, with the drug altering regions of the mind related to motivation and emotion, researchers found. The study to be published on Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience differs from many other pot-related research projects that are focused …

  • (Reuters) - A rig vessel and a container ship collided in a shipping channel in the Chesapeake Bay, off the Virginia coast, on Tuesday amid gusting winds blamed for causing a bulk carrier to run aground and a dozen other ships to drag anchor, the U.S. Coast Guard said. The 79-foot (24-meter) rig vessel, Petite, and a 1,065-foot …