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Twitter users fact check misinformation in new trial program

Twitter users fact check misinformation in new trial program

By Slideshow (Reuters) - Twitter Inc said on Monday it launched a pilot program that has users flag tweets that they believe are misleading and write notes to provide context.The project, called Birdwatch, is initially offered in the United States, the social media firm said in a blog post .Twitter and other social media companies have been under pressure to combat misinformation on their platforms. Twitter last year started adding labels and warnings about misinformation on the site, including about the COVID-19 pandemic and the U.S. election.Birdwatch is on a separate section of Twitter ,...

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Senate Republican leader McConnell drops objection to power-sharing deal with Democrats

Senate Republican leader McConnell drops objection to power-sharing deal with Democrats

By (Reuters) - Mitch McConnell, the U.S. Senate Republican leader, said on Monday he would agree to a power-sharing agreement with Democrats, dropping demands that had held up the basic organization and daily work of the 50-50 chamber for days.Democrat Chuck Schumer, now the majority leader thanks to Vice President Kamala Harris’ tie-breaking vote, and McConnell had been at odds over the Republican’s request that Democrats promise to protect the filibuster, which requires a 60-vote supermajority to advance most legislation.Schumer has refused to guarantee the filibuster would stay. But in a...

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Biden vows to replace U.S. government fleet with electric vehicles

Biden vows to replace U.S. government fleet with electric vehicles

By WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden on Monday vowed to replace the U.S. government’s fleet of roughly 650,000 vehicles with electric models as the new administration shifts its focus toward clean-energy.Slideshow “The federal government also owns an enormous fleet of vehicles, which we’re going to replace with clean electric vehicles made right here in America made by American workers,” Biden said MondayBiden criticized existing rules that allow vehicles to be considered U.S. made when purchased by the U.S. government even if they have significant non-American made...

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Shell to acquire UK's largest electric vehicle charging network

Shell to acquire UK's largest electric vehicle charging network

By Slideshow (Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell said on Monday it was acquiring the owner of the UK’s largest public electric vehicle charging network, ubitricity, for an undisclosed amount.The deal for the company that has over 2,700 on-street charge points in the country is expected to be completed late this year.Electric vehicle sales are set to continue to soar in 2021, industry analysts and car distributors have said, as more models are brought to the market and governments push for use of cleaner energy to achieve climate goals.The European Commission has already outlined plans to further...

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Twitter users fact check misinformation in new trial program

Twitter users fact check misinformation in new trial program

By Slideshow (Reuters) - Twitter Inc said on Monday it launched a pilot program that has users flag tweets that they believe are misleading and write notes to provide context.The project, called Birdwatch, is initially offered in the United States, the social media firm said in a blog post .Twitter and other social media companies have been under pressure to combat misinformation on their platforms. Twitter last year started adding labels and warnings about misinformation on the site, including about the COVID-19 pandemic and the U.S. election.Birdwatch is on a separate section of Twitter ,...

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German vaccine institute praises efficacy of Astra-Oxford vaccine

German vaccine institute praises efficacy of Astra-Oxford vaccine

By FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The head of Germany’s vaccine regulator on Thursday described the success rate of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine as excellent, after some Australian scientists voiced scepticism about its efficacy.Speaking during an online press briefing, the president of Germany’s Paul Ehrlich Institute (PEI), Klaus Cichutek, said there had been some debate over the best usage pattern for the vaccine.“Still, the efficacy remains outstanding and excellent,” he said, citing data.The AstraZeneca shot, co-developed with Oxford University, was shown in a trial to have efficacy of at...

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U.S. new COVID cases down 21% in past week, deaths fall from peak

U.S. new COVID cases down 21% in past week, deaths fall from peak

By Slideshow (Reuters) - The United States reported a 21% drop in new cases of COVID-19 last week, as all but one state reported declines in new infections, and the number of coronavirus patients in hospitals also fell.The country reported 1.2 million new cases in the week ended Jan. 24, down from 1.5 million new cases in the previous week. It was the biggest decline on both a percentage and absolute basis in the past year, according to a Reuters analysis of state and county reports.New Hampshire is the only state where cases rose. In California, a hotspot where hospitals have been...

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World economy expected to barely regain 2020 losses in 2021 - U.N. report

World economy expected to barely regain 2020 losses in 2021 - U.N. report

By NEW YORK (Reuters) - The world economy is expected to make a modest recovery of 4.7 percent this year after shrinking 4.3 percent in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic - more than double the impact of the global financial crisis in 2009 - the United Nations said on Monday.The World Economic Situation and Prospects report by the U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs said developed economies shrank by 5.6 percent in 2020 are projected to recover 4 percent, while developing countries contracted 2.5 percent and are estimated to grow 5.7 percent in 2021.“Massive and timely fiscal...

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Apple's hardware engineering chief to step down to focus on new project

Apple's hardware engineering chief to step down to focus on new project

By (Reuters) - Apple Inc’s hardware engineering chief, Dan Riccio, will step down to oversee a new project, the iPhone maker said on Monday, providing few details on the longtime executive’s latest role.Riccio will report to Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook, Apple said in a statement. He will be replaced by company veteran John Ternus, who will join the executive team as senior vice president of hardware engineering.Riccio, who joined Apple over two decades ago as vice president of product design, was named vice president of iPad hardware engineering in 2010 and leads the Mac, iPhone, iPad...

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AstraZeneca denies report vaccine less effective in elderly

AstraZeneca denies report vaccine less effective in elderly

By FRANKFURT (Reuters) - AstraZeneca denied on Monday its COVID-19 vaccine is not very effective for people over 65, after German media reports said officials fear the vaccine may not be approved in the European Union for use in the elderly.German daily papers Handelsblatt and Bild said in separate reports the vaccine - co-developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University - had an efficacy of 8% or less than 10%, respectively, in those over 65.German officials were concerned that the vaccine may not receive approval from the EU’s medicines authority EMA for use in those over 65, Bild said in...

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Italy's Poste Italiane to buy 51% of China's Sengi Express

Italy's Poste Italiane to buy 51% of China's Sengi Express

By ROME (Reuters) - Italy’s Poste Italiane said on Wednesday it signed an agreement with Hong Kong-based Cloud Seven Holding Ltd to buy a 51% stake in Chinese logistics company Sengi Express.The postal operator said the closing of the deal was expected at the end of the first quarter of this year but did not give financial details of the operation.“For the first time, a foreign company will be part of the Poste Italiane Group, contributing to the consolidated results of the group,” the company said in a statement.Sengi Express offers logistics services to Chinese e-commerce companies...

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Delta Air to bring back 400 pilots by this summer - memo

Delta Air to bring back 400 pilots by this summer - memo

By (Reuters) - Delta Air Lines plans to bring back 400 full-time pilots by this summer, according to a company memo on Monday seen by Reuters.Having avoided furloughs last year, the company said it was restoring the pilots to full-flying status due to the federal payroll support program and available training capacity starting in March and April.“We’re cautiously optimistic that demand will increase as vaccinations roll out across the world, and we look forward to restoring all affected pilots back to full flying status as the recovery continues,” said John Laughter, senior vice president...

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California to lift stay-at-home orders on Monday: report

California to lift stay-at-home orders on Monday: report

By Slideshow (Reuters) - California is expected to lift its regional stay-at-home orders across the state on Monday, moving counties back into the tier-based reopening framework, local media reported.California Governor Gavin Newsom's office has decided to lift the orders as ICU availability in the regions that remained under the stay-at-home order, including the Bay area and Southern California are projected to rise above the 15% threshold that triggered the lockdown measures, according to San Francisco Chronicle.According to the report, counties will move back to the tiered system, with...

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Putin calls pro-Navalny marches illegal, new protest set for Sunday

Putin calls pro-Navalny marches illegal, new protest set for Sunday

By , MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin condemned weekend protests demanding the release of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny as dangerous and illegal, as the opposition politician’s allies said they planned a similar protest for Sunday.Police detained more than 3,700 people and used force to break up rallies across Russia on Saturday as tens of thousands of protesters ignored extreme cold and police warnings to demand Navalny be freed from jail where he is serving out a 30-day stint for alleged parole violations he denies.Putin, who avoids mentioning Navalny by name,...

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UK health minister says new COVID variant makes it harder to lift lockdown

UK health minister says new COVID variant makes it harder to lift lockdown

By LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s health minister Matt Hancock said on Monday a new more infectious coronavirus variant means the government needs to be more cautious in lifting lockdown restrictions.The government said on Friday that the new variant may be 30% more deadly than the original strain.“There is no question the new variant made this fight a whole lot tougher,” Hancock told a press conference. “The critical message is we must be cautious. For all of us, our response must be extra careful.”Reporting by Alistair Smout; writing by Andrew MacAskillOur Standards:

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Twitter users fact check misinformation in new trial program

Twitter users fact check misinformation in new trial program

By Slideshow (Reuters) - Twitter Inc said on Monday it launched a pilot program that has users flag tweets that they believe are misleading and write notes to provide context.The project, called Birdwatch, is initially offered in the United States, the social media firm said in a blog post .Twitter and other social media companies have been under pressure to combat misinformation on their platforms. Twitter last year started adding labels and warnings about misinformation on the site, including about the COVID-19 pandemic and the U.S. election.Birdwatch is on a separate section of Twitter ,...

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CVS completes first round of COVID-19 vaccination at 8,000 U.S. nursing homes

CVS completes first round of COVID-19 vaccination at 8,000 U.S. nursing homes

By , (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp has completed the first round of COVID-19 vaccinations at about 8,000 U.S. skilled nursing facilities that were part of a federal program, the drugstore chain said on Monday.Slideshow Administration of second doses is expected to be completed within four weeks, the company said.CVS said it will complete first vaccinations in the 40,000 long-term care facilities that have contracted with the company by mid-February, and said it has completed the first vaccinations of residents in skilled-nursing facilities. Most states have moved on to begin vaccinations of...

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Turkey and Greece resume talks on maritime disputes after five years

Turkey and Greece resume talks on maritime disputes after five years

By , ANKARA/ATHENS (Reuters) - Turkey and Greece resumed talks aimed at addressing long-standing maritime disputes on Monday, ending a five-year hiatus after months of tension in the eastern Mediterranean.The neighbouring NATO members are at odds over claims to Mediterranean waters and energy rights, air space and the status of some islands in the Aegean Sea. They made little progress in 60 rounds of talks from 2002 to 2016.Plans for resuming talks foundered last year over Turkey’s deployment of a seismic survey vessel in contested waters and disagreements over which topics they would...

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Many U.S. utilities plan to hang on to their coal plants for a decade: Sierra Club

Many U.S. utilities plan to hang on to their coal plants for a decade: Sierra Club

By , (Reuters) - The most coal-dependent U.S. utilities plan to keep around 75% of their coal-fired power plants running for another decade, according to an analysis by the environmental group Sierra Club released on Monday, posing a threat to the climate.Slideshow The report , which reviewed the plans of the 50 U.S. utilities most invested in coal and gas generation, reflects some of the obstacles President Joe Biden will need to overcome to achieve his administration's goal to decarbonize the power sector by 2035.The Sierra Club analysis of utility public filings found that the companies,...

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Biden will keep all options on table with Russia's handling of Navalny: press secretary

Biden will keep all options on table with Russia's handling of Navalny: press secretary

By NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden will keep all options on the table as it considers responses to Russia’s detention of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, press secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday.Police detained more than 3,700 people and used force to break up rallies across Russia on Saturday as tens of thousands of protesters ignored extreme cold and police warnings to demand Navalny be freed from jail where he is serving out a 30-day stint for alleged parole violations he denies.The Biden administration has called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to immediately release...

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BlackBerry says unaware of reason for stock price surge

BlackBerry says unaware of reason for stock price surge

By (Reuters) - Canada’s BlackBerry Ltd said it was unaware of any reasons for a surge in its share price on Monday that lifted gains to more than 150% since the start of January.U.S.-listed shares of the security software supplier were up 17.7% at $16.53, set for a seventh consecutive session of gains.Responding to a request from securities regulator the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada, BlackBerry said it was not aware of any material, undisclosed corporate developments that could have driven the surge in its stock and trading volume.The latest jump in the company’s...

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Twitter introduces community-driven tool to tackle misinformation

Twitter introduces community-driven tool to tackle misinformation

Twitter Inc said on Monday it was launching a new community-driven program that would allow users to identify misleading information in tweets and write notes to provide informative context. The tool, called Birdwatch, is currently in pilot in the United States, the social media firm said in a blog post. (Reporting by Ayanti Bera in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D'Silva)Our Standards:

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UK could become 'a failed state' without reform, former UK PM Brown says

UK could become 'a failed state' without reform, former UK PM Brown says

By Slideshow LONDON (Reuters) - Unless the United Kingdom is fundamentally reformed it could swiftly become a failed state as many people have lost faith in the way the country is governed by, and in the interests of, a London-centric elite, former Prime Minister Gordon Brown said.“I believe the choice is now between a reformed state and a failed state,” Brown wrote in the Daily Telegraph newspaper. “It is indeed Scotland where dissatisfaction is so deep that it threatens the end of the United Kingdom.”“‘Whoever in London thought of that?’ is a common refrain, reflecting the frustration of...

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Diverse team of U.S. House Democrats to lead Trump's second impeachment trial

Diverse team of U.S. House Democrats to lead Trump's second impeachment trial

By WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The nine Democratic lawmakers who will prosecute ex-President Donald Trump in his impeachment trial reflect America’s racial, ethnic and sexual diversity, in stark contrast to the white nationalist imagery that marked the mob of Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol.Trump urged his followers to “fight” to overturn his election loss to President Joe Biden in a fiery speech on Jan. 6. Hundreds -- some carrying or wearing racist and anti-Semitic symbols -- then attacked Congress in a siege that left five dead and drove lawmakers into hiding.A week later, the...

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Google workers to form global union alliance

Google workers to form global union alliance

By (Reuters) - Google employees from across the globe are forming a union alliance, weeks after more than 200 workers at the search engine giant and other units of parent company Alphabet Inc formed a labor union for U.S. and Canadian offices.Alpha Global was formed in coordination with UNI Global Union, a union federation that represents about 20 million workers globally, and includes unions from countries such as the United States, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, and the UK, UNI Global Union said. ()“The problems at Alphabet - and created by Alphabet - are not limited to any one country,...

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