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Ousted U.S. attorney who investigated Trump associates to tell Congress about events leading to his departure

Geoffrey Berman, whose abrupt removal as U.S. attorney in Manhattan sparked concerns of political retaliation, will brief lawmakers Thursday on the unusual sequence of events — including a standoff with the U.S. attorney general — that led to his departure last month. Support our journalism. Subscribe today. Berman, who will testify in private before the House Judiciary Committee, is not expected to speculate on the reasons for his removal — ... Full story

John Lewis and Boots to cut 5,300 jobs

Two of the UK's biggest High Street retailers, John Lewis and Boots, have announced 5,300 job cuts. Boots has said 4,000 jobs will go, while John Lewis is shutting down eight stores, putting 1,300 jobs at risk. John Lewis said it had to "secure the business's long-term future and respond to customers' shopping needs". Boots said it was consulting on plans to restructure its head office and store teams and close 48 Boots Opticians stores. John ... Full story

Park Won-soon: Mayor of Seoul reported missing with search under way

Image caption Park Won-Soon pictured delivering a New Year's address in January. The mayor of South Korean capital Seoul has been reported missing and a search is under way, police in the city said on Thursday. Police said they were looking for Park Won-soon near a small hill in the city's Sungbuk neighbourhood, where his mobile phone signal was last detected. They said Mr Park's mobile phone was currently turned off. His daughter reportedly ... Full story

Qasem Soleimani: US strike on Iran general was unlawful, UN expert says

Image caption A convoy carrying Qasem Soleimani was targeted by a US drone near Baghdad's airport. The US attack that killed top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani violated international law, a UN expert says. Soleimani died along with nine other people in a drone strike near Baghdad airport in Iraq in January. A report by the UN's special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, Agnes Callamard, says the US had not provided sufficient evidence of an ... Full story

Seoul mayor reported missing, police searching

FILE PHOTO: Park Won-soon, candidate for the mayor of Seoul from main opposition party New Politics Alliance for Democracy, celebrates his victory at his campaign office in Seoul June 5, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji. SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean police said on Thursday they are searching for the mayor of Seoul, Park Won-soon, after his daughter reported him missing. The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency said officers were searching for him around ... Full story

Severe bread shortages loom for Syria as fresh U.S. sanctions grip

DUBAI/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria could face severe bread shortages for the first time since the start of the war, another challenge for President Bashar al-Assad as he grapples with an economic meltdown and fresh U.S. sanctions, a U.N. official, activists and farmers said. FILE PHOTO: A combine harvester harvests wheat at a field in Qamishli, Syria June 2, 2019. REUTERS/Rodi Said/File Photo. Any major disruptions to Syria’s bread subsidy system ... Full story

Coronavirus: Frank Ludlow admits selling fake cures to the US

Image caption Frank Ludlow had a genuine belief his cure could "take out all viral infections", the court heard. A man has pleaded guilty to selling fake coronavirus cure kits to people in France and the United States. Frank Ludlow, 59, was caught by City of London Police trying to send dozens of parcels of fake remedies in a post office near his West Sussex home. Judge William Mousley said father-of-two Ludlow contacted national governments ... Full story

Gold rises towards nine-year peak as virus cases spike

(Reuters) - Gold firmed above the key $1,800 level on Thursday just shy of a near nine-year peak on growing fears that surging coronavirus cases will put the brakes on a global economic recovery, with focus shifting to U.S. jobs data later in the day. FILE PHOTO: Gold bars and granules are displayed in the Austrian Gold and Silver Separating Plant Oegussa in Vienna June 2, 2009. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger. Spot gold was up 0.2% at $1,814.53 per ... Full story

Prominent plaintiffs' firms sought government bailout to stay afloat

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Several prominent plaintiffs’ law firms, known for striking large settlements with companies like German carmaker Volkswagen AG ( VOWG_p.DE ) and Equifax Inc, were approved for loans that totaled tens of millions of dollars in government aid meant to help small businesses stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic. FILE PHOTO: A page from the PPP loan application that people have to fill out for financial support due to ... Full story

UK set to borrow 350 billion pounds and more is likely, IFS says

LONDON (Reuters) - British government borrowing is on course to surge to around 350 billion pounds ($442 billion) this year following new COVID-19 spending announced by finance minister Rishi Sunak, and could rise higher still, a leading think tank said on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak leaves Downing Street, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), London, Britain, May 4, 2020. REUTERS/John ... Full story