• Lawsuits against the Church of Scientology are piling up, alleging a vast network of human trafficking, child abuse, and forced labor
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    Lawsuits against the Church of Scientology are piling up, alleging a vast network of human trafficking, child abuse, and forced labor

    The pile of lawsuits follows years of scrutiny over the Church of Scientology and its inner workings, which largely remain an enigma to outsiders.

  • Oil gains more than 1% on Saudi supply doubts, Mideast tensions
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    Oil gains more than 1% on Saudi supply doubts, Mideast tensions

    Oil prices rose more than 1% on Monday on doubts over how fast Saudi Arabia can restore full crude output after an attack earlier this month on its largest processing facility, and as tensions in the Middle East remained high. Brent crude futures rose to as much as $65.50 per barrel. U.S. West Texas

  • The Latest: German Thomas Cook subsidiary still flying
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    The Latest: German Thomas Cook subsidiary still flying

    Thomas Cook's German airline subsidiary, Condor, says it is still flying and is seeking a bridging loan from the German government. It said in a statement that "to prevent liquidity shortages at Condor, a state-guaranteed bridging loan has been applied for." It said that the German government

  • Tour company Thomas Cook collapses, 150,000 people stranded
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    Tour company Thomas Cook collapses, 150,000 people stranded

    British tour company Thomas Cook collapsed early Monday after failing to secure emergency funding, leaving tens of thousands of vacationers stranded abroad. The British government said the return of the 178-year-old firm's 150,000 British customers now in vacation spots across the globe would be

  • Airlines ask Hong Kong to waive airport fees as demand drops: letter
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    Airlines ask Hong Kong to waive airport fees as demand drops: letter

    Scores of airlines wrote jointly to the Hong Kong government earlier this month to seek airport fee waivers as they struggle to deal with the financial fallout from anti-government protests that have led to a sharp drop in traveler demand. The Board of Airline Representatives (BAR) of Hong Kong, which

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    UPDATE 4-Hundreds of thousands stranded as British travel firm Thomas Cook collapses

    The world's oldest travel firm Thomas Cook collapsed on Monday, stranding hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers around the globe and sparking the largest peacetime repatriation effort in British history. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged to get stranded British travellers home and revealed

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    Survey finds 'sextortion' rife in Latin America, women worst hit

    One in five people in Latin America and the Caribbean has either direct or indirect experience of officials using their positions of power to demand sexual favours, usually from women, according to a survey published on Monday. “Sextortion” - abuse of power to obtain sexual favours - is prevalent in

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    UPDATE 1-UK PM Johnson questions whether Thomas Cook bosses "properly incentivised"

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday questioned whether the directors of companies such as collapsed travel company Thomas Cook were properly incentivised to avoid bankruptcy. Johnson said Thomas Cook had made a request to the government for around 150 million pounds but that bailing it out

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    Honduras, Cuba to sign deal on deporting some Cuban migrants - Honduran president

    Honduras will sign an agreement with Cuba to deport Cubans who arrive in the Central American country illegally en route to the United States, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez said on Sunday. The announcement comes as the United States presses Central American countries and Mexico to do more

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    FOREX-Safe-haven yen drifts lower as Sino-U.S. trade jitters calm

    The safe-haven Japanese yen fell against most major currencies on Monday, with investors' appetite for riskier assets improving after talks in Washington between U.S. and Chinese trade deputies were described as "productive". The currency was sold in favour of the euro and greenback, but

  • Lingering Pacific heat wave threatens Hawaii coral
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    Lingering Pacific heat wave threatens Hawaii coral

    At the edge of an ancient lava flow where jagged black rocks meet the Pacific, small off-the-grid homes overlook the calm blue waters of Papa Bay on Hawaii's Big Island — no tourists or hotels in sight. Here, one of the islands' most abundant and vibrant coral reefs thrives just below the surface

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    Florida man charged with making racist threats asks for bond

    A Florida man charged with cyberstalking and making racist threats against a black activist seeking to run for office in Virginia is asking to be released on bond, saying he is no flight risk. Daniel McMahon was scheduled to appear at a detention hearing Monday before a magistrate judge in federal court

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    UPDATE 2-UK PM Johnson says: don't expect Brexit breakthrough in New York

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday cautioned that there would be no Brexit breakthrough at talks with European leaders in New York as gaps remained but said significant progress had been made on striking a deal. Three years after Britons voted to leave the EU, hopes of a breakthrough were

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    FEATURE-Tap for trash: App seeks to clean up Zimbabwe's waste-clogged cities

    The rubbish bins in her neighbourhood in Harare are supposed to be emptied once a week, but often they sit untouched for up to four weeks at a time. "Waste collection is a basic right, the same as water. In Harare it manages to pick up only two-thirds of the 30,000 tonnes of garbage residents

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    RPT-INSIGHT-Turkey turned up heat on banks after standoff over bad loans

    ISTANBUL/ANKARA, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Turkey forced banks to take losses on $8 billion in bad loans this week to kick-start lending and boost its economic recovery after losing patience with them, bankers, senior government officials and industry advisers told Reuters. Ankara's most aggressive move

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    UK believes Iran was behind Saudi oil attacks -PM Johnson

    Britain believes Iran was responsible for an attack on Saudi oil facilities and will work with the United States and European allies on a joint response, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday. The United States and Saudi Arabia have already blamed Iran for the Sept. 14 strikes that initially halved

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    UK PM Johnson questions whether Thomas Cook bosses "properly incentivised"

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday questioned whether the directors of companies such as collapsed travel company Thomas Cook were properly incentivised to avoid bankruptcy. Johnson said Thomas Cook had made a request to the government for around 150 million pounds but that bailing it out

  • Reuters

    Canada's Trudeau pushes on with campaign after severe blow from blackface photos

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will forge ahead with his re-election campaign on Monday after blackface photos of him emerged and shifted voter support toward his Conservative rivals. The ruling Liberals were knocked off course when Time magazine published a picture of him in brown makeup at

  • Reuters

    UK PM Johnson says: don't expect Brexit breakthrough in New York

    Johnson said that while a "great deal" of progress had been made since he took office in July, there were "clearly still gaps and still difficulties". "I would caution you all not to think that this is going to be the moment," he told reporters on the plane on the way to

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    China, Hong Kong stocks fall on U.S.-China trade deal uncertainty

    China and Hong Kong stocks retreated on Monday as markets awaited more information on trade talks between the United States and China after mixed signals last week. ** In Hong Kong, stocks were on track for their fifth straight session of losses following protests over the weekend.

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    Reuters Health News Summary

    Following is a summary of current health news briefs. Health authorities in Democratic Republic of Congo said on Saturday that they plan to introduce a second Ebola vaccine, manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, to counter the second-worst outbreak of the virus in history. The team overseeing Congo'

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    Reuters Science News Summary

    Australia will invest A$150 million ($101 million) in its companies and technology to help U.S. President Donald Trump's bid for a moon landing by 2024 and subsequent U.S. missions to Mars, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said over the weekend. Morrison, visiting NASA headquarters in Washington, said

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    Gay performers shine with several wins at the Emmy Awards

    Gay performers shined at the Emmy Awards on Sunday with wins in several categories including best actor in a drama series, which went to "Pose" star Billy Porter as the first openly gay black man to take home the honor. "Once again, we witness history unfold, the Emmy goes to Billy Porter

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    Buildings set ablaze amid fresh unrest in Indonesia's Papua -media

    Indonesian security forces were battling on Monday to restore order in a town in the easternmost province of Papua, a police spokesman said, following media reports of buildings set ablaze and gunfire amid fresh demonstrations by protesters. Sometimes violent protests convulsed the region for two weeks

  • Trial begins for ex-Dallas cop who shot neighbor in his home
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    Trial begins for ex-Dallas cop who shot neighbor in his home

    Opening statements are set to begin Monday in the murder trial of a white police officer accused of shooting her black neighbor in his Dallas apartment. Amber Guyger, 31, is expected in a city courthouse Monday morning, where she will stand trial for the fatal shooting of 26-year-old Botham Jean last