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(Reuters) - The United States is developing a "new system for international travel" that will include contact tracing for when it eventually lifts travel restrictions that bar much of the world's population from entering the country, a senior White House official said on Wednesday.
FOREX-Dollar index climbs after U.S. retail sales show surprise rebound
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Blinken calls France vital partner in Indo-Pacific in apparent bid to calm French fury
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday said France was a "vital partner" in the Indo-Pacific region and that Washington would continue to cooperate with Paris, comments that appeared aimed at calming French anger after the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom clinched a historic defense export contract to supply Australia with submarines.
UPDATE 1-Australia agrees on increased U.S. air deployments in Australia
WASHINGTON, Sept 16 (Reuters) - Australia and the United States have reached new force posture agreements that will see greater air cooperation through rotational deployments of all types of U.S. military aircraft to Australia, Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton said on Thursday.
Soccer-West Ham sink Dinamo as Betis edge Celtic in thriller
ZAGREB, Sept 16 (Reuters) - West Ham began their Europa League campaign with a 2-0 win at Dinamo Zagreb in Group H while Celtic threw away a two-goal lead in a 4-3 defeat by Real Betis in Group G in the opening round of games on Thursday.
U.S. defends Australia sub deal, says it not seeking conflict with China
WASHINGTON, Sept 16 (Reuters) - The White House on Thursday defended the U.S. decision to provide Australia with advanced technology for nuclear-powered submarines, rejecting criticism from both China and France over the deal.
UPDATE 1-Facebook cracks down on German anti-COVID restrictions group over 'social harm'
Sept 16 (Reuters) - Facebook has removed a network of accounts linked to an anti-COVID restrictions movement in Germany as it announced a new crackdown on coordinated campaigns of real users that cause harm on and off its platforms.
World Bank kills business climate report after ethics probe cites 'undue pressure' on rankings
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The World Bank Group on Thursday said it ended publication of its "Doing Business" report on country investment climates after a probe of data irregularities cited "undue pressure" by top bank officials, including then-Chief Executive Kristalina Georgieva, to boost China's ranking in 2017.
Russia mulls new extraction tax and higher profit tax for metals firms -sources
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's finance ministry proposed setting a mineral extraction tax (MET) linked to global prices for producers of iron ore, coking coal and fertilisers, as well as ore mined by Nornickel, four sources at companies familiar with talks told Reuters.
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