Cuba says fuel shortage, blackouts are temporary, being fixed

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuban authorities sought to reassure jittery citizens this week that recent power outages and a fuel shortage were due to temporary problems that were being fixed rather than a broader decline in the economy under heavier U.S. sanctions. The Communist-run island is battling a cash crunch brought on by a decline in aid from leftist ally Venezuela […]

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Confusion builds over U.S. ban on Chinese surveillance technology

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Contractors who buy and install Hikvision and Dahua surveillance systems told U.S. officials on Friday that an ambiguous law that bans purchases from the two Chinese companies could harm their businesses. Contractors voiced their confusion at a U.S. General Services Administration meeting about the provision in last year’s National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, that prohibits federal […]

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Malaysian PM Mahathir calls for party unity as sex tape scandal deepens rifts

PORT DICKSON (Reuters) – Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad called on Friday for unity in his ruling coalition, saying his administration could risk losing power due to infighting, as a sex scandal involving a senior minister worsened divisions in the alliance. Tensions within the coalition have risen after sex videos purporting to show Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali, seen […]

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Seized British-flagged tanker in Gulf had turned off its tracker, ignored warnings: IRNA

DUBAI (Reuters) – The British-flagged tanker seized by Iran’s elite forces on Friday had turned off its tracker and ignored warnings from the Revolutionary Guards, Iran’s state news agency IRNA quoted a military source as saying. “The tanker had turned off its tracker and ignored several warnings by the Guards before being captured,” an unnamed military source told IRNA. The […]

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Italy's watchdog says single network controlled by TIM would be 'backward step'

ROME (Reuters) – A single network entity controlled by Italy’s former monopoly phone group Telecom Italia (TIM) (TLIT.MI) would be a “backward step”, the country’s communication watchdog chief Angelo Cardani said on Friday. Last month TIM signed a non-disclosure agreement with state lender CDP and utility Enel (ENEI.MI) to kick off talks on ways of integrating its fiber optic network […]

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US shoots down Iranian drone in Strait of Hormuz, Trump says

A US Navy ship downed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz Thursday after its operators ignored warnings to change course, President Trump announced. The ship, the USS Boxer, was on a routine patrol when the drone approached within 1,000 yards, he said. “The Boxer took defensive action against an Iranian drone which had closed into a very, very […]

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Serbian interior ministry says Lufthansa bomb threat was fake

BELGRADE (Reuters) – The Serbian interior ministry said a bomb threat which prompted the evacuation of a Lufthansa plane bound for Frankfurt on Thursday morning was fake. Serbian state TV reported that 130 passengers and five crew members had been evacuated after boarding the 6.15 a.m. (0415 GMT) HL 1411 flight, and the plane was taken off the runway. Special […]

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Former Pakistani PM Abbasi arrested: anti-graft agency

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s anti-corruption agency arrested a former prime minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, on Thursday, a spokesman for the agency, the National Accountability Board (NAB), said. He gave no details on the grounds for the arrest but a copy of the arrest warrant shared by Abbasi’s PML-N party, indicated that he was accused of “corruption and corrupt practices”. Abbasi, […]

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