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'War has changed', CDC says, as Delta variant infectious as chickenpox

(Reuters) -The "war has changed" against COVID-19 because the Delta variant is as contagious as chickenpox, can be passed on by vaccinated people and may cause more serious disease than earlier strains, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Read More


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Walmart to require masks for U.S. retail workers in COVID-19 hotspots

(Reuters) -Walmart Inc has made it mandatory for its retail workers in U.S. counties with substantial or high transmission of coronavirus to wear masks in its stores, clubs and distribution centers, according to a memo. More »


Russia blames software failure after space station briefly thrown off course

MOSCOW (Reuters) -Russia on Friday blamed a software failure for an incident that briefly knocked the International Space Station (ISS) off course and said it was pressing ahead with work to activate a newly-attached module at the centre of the episode. More »


Amazon hit with record EU data privacy fine

(Reuters) Inc has been hit with a record $886.6 million (746 million euros) European Union fine for processing personal data in violation of the bloc's GDPR rules, as privacy regulators take a more aggressive position on enforcement. More »


Services buoy U.S. consumer spending; inflation pushes higher

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. consumer spending surged in June as vaccinations against COVID-19 boosted demand for travel-related services, but part of the increase reflected higher prices, with annual inflation accelerating further above the Federal Reserve's 2% target. More »


Wall Street falls as Amazon earnings disappoint

(Reuters) -Wall Street's main indexes fell on Friday following a glum quarterly earnings report from, while data showing a strong rise in June consumer spending reinforced optimism about a steady economic rebound. More »


Grisly murder of diplomat's daughter sparks outrage over femicides in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A grisly murder in the heart of Islamabad involving families from the privileged elite of Pakistani society has dominated headlines for the past week, stirring national outrage over femicides in the South Asian nation. More »


Special Report-In Russian city haunted by 1962 protest massacre, Navalny gains little traction

NOVOCHERKASSK, Russia (Reuters) - Spring in Novocherkassk, a small city in Russia's south, is rich. Acacias bloom, the town thick with the smell of their waterfalls of flowers. White fluff flies off poplar trees in flurries, gets caught in hair, lands in soup. More »


Greenland experienced 'massive' ice melt this week, scientists say

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - With climate change fueling high temperatures across the Arctic, Greenland lost a massive amount of ice on Wednesday with enough melting to cover the U.S. state of Florida in 2 inches (5.1 cm) of water, scientists said. More »


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