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UPDATE 2-Kremlin condemns British ambassador's decision to skip spy briefing
MOSCOW, March 21 (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Wednesday that a decision by the British ambassador to skip a Russian briefing on the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Britain showed London was unwilling to listen to Moscow's side of the story.
China's decision makers pledge to confess mistakes to Xi
BEIJING, March 21 (Reuters) - China's top decision makers on Wednesday pledged to President Xi Jinping that they would ask him for instruction on major tasks and inform him of major mistakes, state media said, in the officials' first ever personal reports to the top leader.
Major banks earned more in metals than oil last year
LONDON (Reuters) - Banks' metals-related revenues exceeded their earnings from the oil sector last year for the first time since 2014 as low and relatively stable crude prices discouraged hedging activity, but this is unlikely to be the start of a new trend.
Doping-WADA says Russia making slow progress towards reinstatement
LAUSANNE, March 21 (Reuters) - The head of the world anti-doping agency (WADA) complained on Wednesday of slow progress by Russian authorities towards making the country's anti-doping agency (RUSADA) compliant with international standards.
International help for Iraq
MOSUL, Iraq, March 21 (Reuters) - The United States, which led the coalition that invaded Iraq in 2003, has contributed $1.7 billion in humanitarian aid since Islamic State militants overran vast swathes of Iraq's north. This includes $265 million to help displaced people return home and to restore light infrastructure, according to the U.S. embassy in Baghdad.
SPECIAL REPORT-This man is trying to rebuild Mosul. He needs help - lots of it.
MOSUL, Iraq, March 21 (Reuters) - Perched atop a mound of rubble, Abdelsattar al-Hibbu surveyed what remained of his second-floor office: twisted iron and centuries-old stone reduced to dust by an airstrike.
North Korean, South Korean, U.S. delegates had constructive meeting, host Finland says
VANTAA, Finland (Reuters) - Informal talks held in Finland between North Korean, South Korean and U.S. delegates ended on Wednesday, the Finnish foreign ministry said, describing the talks as constructive.
China strengthens global influence agency in government reshuffle
BEIJING, March 21 (Reuters) - China's ruling Communist Party will bring ethnic and religious affairs under the purview of a key agency charged with advancing the country's influence and political interests abroad, the party's central committee said on Wednesday.
UPDATE 1-North Korean, South Korean, U.S. delegates had constructive meeting, host Finland says
VANTAA, Finland, March 21 (Reuters) - Informal talks held in Finland between North Korean, South Korean and U.S. delegates ended on Wednesday, the Finnish foreign ministry said, describing the talks as constructive.
U.S. rejects EU alternatives to solar safeguard tariffs: WTO filing
GENEVA (Reuters) - Washington has rejected European Union proposals for an alternative to U.S. safeguard tariffs imposed on solar power goods, the two trading powers said in a joint World Trade Organization filing on Tuesday.
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