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Hathras gang rape: India victim cremated 'without family's consent'

Image caption The girl's family has accused the police of cremating her body without their permission. The family of a woman who died after she was gang-raped has accused police officials of cremating her body without their permission. The 19-year-old Dalit (formerly untouchable) woman was allegedly raped by four upper-caste men in Hathras district in northern India. She was grievously injured and died in a Delhi hospital on Tuesday after ... Full story

UK GDP collapsed nearly 20% in second quarter in historic COVID hit

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain suffered a record collapse in economic output in the second quarter of 2020 when COVID-19 lockdown measures were in full force, though the decline was slightly smaller than first estimated. FILE PHOTO: The financial district can be seen as a woman wearing a protective face mask walks over London Bridge, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in London, Britain, August 26, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls. Gross ... Full story

Karabakh fighting enters fourth day, Armenia says no need for outside military help

YEREVAN/BAKU (Reuters) - Fighting between Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces entered a fourth day on Wednesday in the biggest eruption of their decades-old conflict since a 1994 ceasefire. A man walks next to an apartment building that was allegedly damaged by recent shelling during the fighting over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, in the Tartar border district of Azerbaijan September 29, 2020. REUTERS/Aziz Karimov. Azerbaijan and ... Full story

EU drafts rules to force big tech companies to share data: FT

FILE PHOTO: European Union flags flutter outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium August 21, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman. (Reuters) - The European Union (EU) is preparing to force big technology companies to share their customer data with smaller rivals, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday, citing an early draft of its landmark ‘Digital Services Act’ regulations. “The likes of Amazon and Google shall not use data ... Full story

Shell to cut up to 9,000 jobs as oil demand slumps

Royal Dutch Shell has said it plans to cut 7,000 to 9,000 jobs worldwide following the collapse in global oil demand due to the coronavirus pandemic. The oil giant said the cuts would be implemented by 2022 and included 1,500 people who were taking voluntary redundancy. It gave no indication of where the job losses would happen. The move comes five months after it cut its dividend for the first time since World War Two. Shell, which employs ... Full story

Helen Reddy, singer of feminist anthem 'I Am Woman', dies at 78

Slideshow ( 3 images ). SYDNEY (Reuters) - Singer Helen Reddy, whose 1972 song “I Am Woman” became a global feminist anthem, died in Los Angeles aged 78 on Tuesday, her family said. “Our hearts are broken. But we take comfort in the knowledge that her voice will live on forever,” the family wrote on her official Facebook account. Born in Australia, Reddy moved to the United States in her early 20s after winning a talent contest. She initially ... Full story

FAA chief Dickson to put Boeing 737 MAX to the test

Slideshow ( 2 images ). SEATTLE/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Chief Steve Dickson is due to conduct a two-hour evaluation flight at the controls of a Boeing BA.N 737 MAX on Wednesday, a key milestone for the jet to win approval to resume flying after two fatal crashes. Dickson, a former military and commercial pilot, and other FAA and Boeing pilots are due to take off around 9 a.m. PDT (1600 GMT) from King County ... Full story

European shares set for monthly loss on virus, U.S. election worries

(Reuters) - European stocks slipped on Wednesday as surging coronavirus cases and a chaotic debate that highlighted risks from the U.S. presidential election sapped risk appetite at the end of a tumultuous month for financial markets. FILE PHOTO: The German share price index DAX graph is pictured at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, September 28, 2020. REUTERS/Staff. The pan-European STOXX 600 index .STOXX fell 0.4% tracking Wall Street ... Full story

CureVac plans global late-stage COVID-19 vaccine trial in fourth quarter

FILE PHOTO: A vaccination against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) from German biotechnology company CureVac is ready to use at the start of a clinical test series in the tropical institute of the university clinic in Tuebingen, Germany, June 22, 2020. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach. (Reuters) - Germany’s CureVac NV said on Tuesday it has started a mid-stage study testing its experimental coronavirus vaccine and plans to begin a decisive global ... Full story

Height of fashion? Clothes mountains build up as recycling breaks down

MADRID/NAIROBI (Reuters) - Clothes recycling is the pressure-release valve of fast fashion, and it’s breaking under COVID-19 curbs. A worker carries a bale of imported second-hand clothes past displayed apparel, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak at the Gikomba market in Nairobi, Kenya September 18, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya. The multi-billion-dollar trade in second-hand clothing helps prevent the global fashion industry’s ... Full story