UPDATE 4-Gurnah, Tanzanian novelist of colonialism and refuge, wins 2021 Nobel
STOCKHOLM, Oct 7 (Reuters) - Tanzanian novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah won the 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature "for his uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugee," the award-giving body said on Thursday.
U.S. Senate aide says leaders agreed to raise debt limit by $480 billion
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate leaders have agreed to raise the Treasury Department's borrowing authority by $480 billion, a Senate aide said Thursday, adding that that amount is what the Treasury Department said was needed to extend the debt ceiling to December 3. The proposal could go to the Senate floor later Thursday.
UPDATE 2-Merkel and pope discuss climate change in farewell visit
VATICAN CITY, Oct 7 (Reuters) - Outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday the response to climate change would require a radical change in how people live as she met Pope Francis during a farewell visit to the Vatican and Italy.
N.Y. City mayor misused security detail for personal benefit, watchdog says
(Reuters) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's security detail was misused for personal tasks, including helping his daughter move and shuttling his son to and from college, a watchdog agency said on Thursday, likening the actions to a "concierge service."
Exclusive-U.S. electronics firm struck deal to transport and hire Uyghur workers
QINZHOU, China (Reuters) - U.S. remote-control maker Universal Electronics Inc told Reuters it struck a deal with authorities in Xinjiang to transport hundreds of Uyghur workers to its plant in the southern Chinese city of Qinzhou, the first confirmed instance of an American company participating in a transfer program described by some rights groups as forced labor.
U.S. Senate's Schumer announces agreement to extend debt ceiling until early December
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Thursday lawmakers have reached an agreement to extend the country's debt ceiling through early December.
UPDATE 3-Pfizer, BioNTech seek U.S. COVID-19 vaccine clearance for children 5-11
WASHINGTON, Oct 7 (Reuters) - Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE have asked U.S. regulators to authorize emergency use of their COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, a group for whom no shot is currently allowed, Pfizer said on Thursday.
UPDATE 1-German vaccine panel recommends booster shots for over 70s
BERLIN, Oct 7 (Reuters) - Germany's vaccine advisory committee on Thursday endorsed COVID-19 booster shots for those 70 years and older as well as medical staff interacting with patients, even as the nation's health system is already giving boosters to those over 60.
WRAPUP 1-Dash for gas sparks oil switch, pushes more suppliers to brink
LONDON, Oct 7 (Reuters) - Soaring gas prices are forecast to drive a switch to oil and put more energy suppliers in Britain out of business, while industry groups called on Thursday for government action to ensure there is no supply interruption this winter.
FOREX-Dollar trades flat as investors await U.S. jobs data
NEW YORK, Oct 7 (Reuters) - The dollar barely moved against a basket of currencies on Thursday, as investors awaited the release of U.S. labor market data on Friday that could provide clues to the timing of the Federal Reserve's next move as it looks to normalize policy.
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