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Five U.S. lawmakers accuse Amazon of possibly lying to Congress following Reuters report

LONDON, Oct 18 (Reuters) – Five members of the U.S. House Judiciary committee wrote to Amazon.com Inc’s chief executive Sunday, and accused the company’s top executives, including founder Jeff Bezos, of either misleading Congress or possibly lying to it about Amazon’s business practices. The letter also states that the committee is considering “whether a referral …

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Canada formally invokes 1977 pipeline treaty with U.S. over Line 5 dispute

General view of the Imperial Oil refinery, located near Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline, which Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer ordered shut down in May 2021, in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada March 20, 2021. Picture taken March 20, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio/File Photo/File Photo CALGARY, Alberta, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Canada on Monday formally invoked a 1977 treaty with …

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U.S. Supreme Court rejects challenge to New York tax on opioid companies

WASHINGTON, Oct 4 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday cleared the way for New York to collect a $200 million surcharge imposed on opioid manufacturers and distributors to defray the state’s costs arising from the deadly epidemic involving the powerful painkilling drugs. The justices declined to hear an appeal by two trade groups …

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Hungary’s Leader Fights Criticism in U.S. via Vast Influence Campaign

WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Mike Pence turned up in Hungary last month to speak to a conference on conservative social values hosted by the far-right government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Jeff Sessions, the former attorney general, was another recent visitor. Tucker Carlson did his Fox News show from Hungary for a week this …

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U.S. Democrats to pare climate, social spending; no clear target

WASHINGTON, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Congressional Democrats face the hard work of paring back the White House’s sweeping infrastructure and social agenda in the week ahead, but have yet to agree on a target size for their multi-trillion dollar spending bill. Democrats said on Friday that their sweeping bill intended to bolster the social safety …

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COVID pill cuts risk of death or hospitalisation by half, says US drugmaker Merck

Drugmaker Merck has said that its experimental pill for people sick with COVID-19 reduced hospitalisations and deaths by half, in a potential leap forward in the global fight against the pandemic. If cleared by regulators, it would be the first pill shown to treat COVID-19. The company said it will soon ask health officials in …

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A few skeptical U.S. hospital workers choose dismissal over vaccine

NEW YORK, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Jennifer Bridges loved her job as a nurse at Houston Methodist Hospital, where she worked for eight years, but she chose to get fired rather than inoculated against COVID-19, believing that the vaccine was more of a threat than the deadly virus. Bridges was among about 150 employees who …

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Big nations must stretch further to limit climate change – U.S. envoy Kerry

MILAN, Oct 2 (Reuters) – The world’s major economies must “stretch to do more” at next month’s U.N. climate talks to show they are serious about wanting to tackle global warming, U.S. Climate Envoy John Kerry said on Saturday. The COP26 conference in Glasgow aims to secure more ambitious climate action from the nearly 200 …

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Cost of shipping container from China to US hits record high in September

The Port of Savannah is trying to clear backlog of cargo ships. FOX Business’ Ashley Webster with more. The cost to transport shipping containers between China and the United States surged to a record high in September.  According to the Freightos Index, the median cost of shipping a standard rectangular metal container from China to …

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