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Israel pounds Gaza to curb Palestinian militants but rockets still fly

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) -As the war between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip lit up the skies and sent civilians running for cover for a fifth night running on Friday, diplomats stepped up efforts to try and end the violence. Learn More


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Lines, tokens and money brokers: Myanmar's crumbling economy runs low on cash

(Reuters) -If you need cash in Myanmar, you have to get up early. Queues start forming outside banks at 4 a.m., where the first 15 or 30 customers are given a plastic token that will allow them to enter the bank when it opens at 9:30 a.m. and withdraw cash, according to more than a dozen people who spoke to Reuters.  More »


Exclusive: Italy audit court rejects public funding for ReiThera COVID-19 vaccine - sources

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's hopes of producing its own COVID-19 vaccine have been thrown into doubt after the state audit court rejected a plan to pump public funds into local biotech company ReiThera, two sources close to the matter told Reuters on Friday. More »


The man behind Brazil's search for miracle COVID-19 cures

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) -Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, addressing the nation last month in a social media video, touted the latest in a string of unconventional drugs he says can ease the country's COVID-19 crisis. More »


Armenia says Azerbaijan fails to fully withdraw after border incident

MOSCOW/BAKU (Reuters) -Armenia said on Friday that Azerbaijan had failed to fulfil a promise in full to withdraw troops that had crossed the border in a disputed incident, and that it had sought Russia's military help. More »


Russia deems U.S., Czech Republic 'unfriendly', limits embassy hires

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian government said on Friday it had officially deemed the United States and the Czech Republic "unfriendly" states, and that U.S. diplomatic missions could no longer employ local staff while Czech missions could employ a maximum of 19. More »


Taliban and Afghan government negotiators meet in Doha

KABUL (Reuters) - Taliban and Afghan government negotiators met in Qatar on Friday, the second day of a three-day ceasefire announced by the Taliban for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, both sides said after a long pause in peace talks between the two. More »


UAE urges Mideast ceasefire, offers condolences to all victims -WAM

CAIRO (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates foreign minister on Friday voiced his country's concern over the escalation of Israeli-Palestinian violence and called for a ceasefire and the start of a diplomatic dialogue, state news agency WAM reported. More »


Peru election race tightens again as conservatives gain ground

LIMA (Reuters) - Peru's polarized presidential election race is tightening further, an opinion poll showed on Friday, with socialist candidate Pedro Castillo's lead being trimmed by right-wing opponent Keiko Fujimori just weeks before the June 6 ballot. More »


No normal life for Israelis in range of Gaza rockets

ASHKELON, Israel (Reuters) - Sirens wail, radio broadcasts are interrupted, cellphones beep with Red Alerts every few seconds, and warning messages flash up on TV. When you hear them, rush for cover. More »


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