France’s strength in depth gives them the edge against Goffin’s Belgium

France’s strength in depth gives them the edge against Goffin’s Belgium

FILE PHOTO: France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga celebrates winning his match against Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol November 23, 2017 By Julien Pretot PARIS (Reuters) – France’s strength in depth makes them the favorites for this week’s Davis Cup final against Belgium, who will need David Goffin to be at his very best to stand a chance in the three-day showdown in Lille. Belgium, seeking their first title, will be led by world number seven Goffin, who…

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Exclusive: India pares back planned funding for crucial public health scheme

Exclusive: India pares back planned funding for crucial public health scheme

An ambulance arrives as people stand at the entrance of the emergency department of a government-run hospital in New Delhi, India, November 22, 2017. Picture taken November 22, 2017. REUTERS/Saumya Khandelwal November 23, 2017 By Aditya Kalra and Tommy Wilkes NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India has approved a three-year budget for its flagship public health program almost 20 percent lower than what the health ministry said was needed, according to sources and previously unreported government…

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Tesla cranks up big battery in Australia

Tesla cranks up big battery in Australia

FILE PHOTO – The logo of Tesla is seen in Taipei, Taiwan on August 11, 2017. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu/File Photo November 23, 2017 MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Tesla Inc <TSLA.O> has completed construction of the world’s largest lithium ion battery in Australia, putting it on track to meet a 100-day deadline for switching the battery packs on, the South Australian government said on Thursday. Tesla won a bid in July to build the 129 megawatt hour battery…

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U.S. oil prices near two-year high on pipeline shutdown, falling inventories

U.S. oil prices near two-year high on pipeline shutdown, falling inventories

A pump jack is seen at sunrise near Bakersfield, California October 14, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File Photo November 23, 2017 By Henning Gloystein SINGAPORE (Reuters) – U.S. oil prices remained near two-year highs on Thursday as the shutdown of the Keystone pipeline and a drawdown in fuel inventories pointed to a tightening market, despite rising output. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $57.95 a barrel at 0143 GMT, down 7 cents from their…

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China must enhance protection of intellectual property rights: Premier Li

China must enhance protection of intellectual property rights: Premier Li

FILE PHOTO: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang gestures at Malacanang Palace in metro Manila, Philippines November 15, 2017. REUTERS/Dondi Tawatao November 23, 2017 SHANGHAI (Reuters) – It is strategically important for China’s economy that the country enhances protection of intellectual property rights, the state news agency Xinhua quoted Premier Li Keqiang as saying, as the cabinet promised to improve regulations. Inadequate protection of intellectual property had contributed to the decline in private investment, he added. Companies…

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South Korea considers scrapping exercise with U.S. for Olympics: Yonhap

South Korea considers scrapping exercise with U.S. for Olympics: Yonhap

FILE PHOTO: The PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games logo is seen at the the Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre in Pyeongchang, South Korea, September 27, 2017. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski/File Photo November 23, 2017 SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea is considering scrapping a regular military exercise with U.S. forces next year to minimize the risk of an aggressive North Korean reaction during the Winter Olympics in the South, the Yonhap news agency reported on Thursday. North Korea denounces…

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Papua New Guinea police enter abandoned Australian-run detention camp

Papua New Guinea police enter abandoned Australian-run detention camp

Asylum seekers occupying the closed Australian-run immigration detention centre on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island climb on top of buildings at the centre to avoid police, November 23, 2017. Thanus/via REUTERS. November 22, 2017 By Tom Westbrook and Swati Pandey SYDNEY (Reuters) – Police entered an officially-shuttered Australian-run detention camp in Papua New Guinea on Thursday and ordered some 380 asylum seekers occupying it to leave as they carried away food and water the men…

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Saudi Arabia agrees to buy $7 billion in precision munitions from U.S. firms: sources

Saudi Arabia agrees to buy $7 billion in precision munitions from U.S. firms: sources

Logo of the U.S. defense company Raytheon is pictured at an international military fair in Kielce, Poland September 7, 2017. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel November 22, 2017 By Yara Bayoumy and Mike Stone (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia has agreed to buy about $7 billion worth of precision guided munitions from U.S. defense contractors, sources familiar with the matter said, a deal that some lawmakers may object to over American weapons having contributed to civilian deaths in the…

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Waiting for May, Brussels eyes December Brexit deal

Waiting for May, Brussels eyes December Brexit deal

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street, London, November 22, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls November 22, 2017 By Alastair Macdonald and Jan Strupczewski BRUSSELS (Reuters) – When Theresa May visits Brussels on Friday, EU negotiators will be listening intently for signs the British prime minister is preparing to risk a domestic backlash and raise her offer to secure a Brexit deal in December. European Union officials and diplomats from the other 27 member states…

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Rockwell Automation rebuffs Emerson’s latest $29 billion bid

Rockwell Automation rebuffs Emerson’s latest $29 billion bid

FILE PHOTO: Emerson Electric Company Canadian headquarters is shown in Markham, Ontario, Canada, February 7, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Cassese/File Photo November 22, 2017 By Greg Roumeliotis (Reuters) – Rockwell Automation Inc <ROK.N> rejected Emerson Electric Co’s <EMR.N> sweetened $29 billion takeover offer on Wednesday, in its strongest rebuttal to date of the proposed combination of two of the world’s largest factory equipment makers. Rockwell has resisted Emerson’s overtures not just because of disagreements over price, but…

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