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Kuwait mourns Emir Sheikh Sabah, veteran defender of Arab unity

KUWAIT (Reuters) - Kuwait’s ruling Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah has died, his office announced on Tuesday, plunging his country into mourning for a leader regarded by many Gulf Arabs as a savvy diplomatic operator and a humanitarian champion. Slideshow ( 5 images ). Sheikh Sabah, 91, had ruled the wealthy oil producer and U.S. ally since 2006 and steered its foreign policy for more than 50 years. His designated successor is his brother, ... Full story

TikTok launches U.S. elections guide to combat misinformation

(Reuters) - TikTok is launching an elections guide in the video-sharing app to give users information about the 2020 U.S. elections to help protect against misinformation, the company said in a Tuesday blog post. Slideshow ( 3 images ). TikTok said the guide will give users access to information about federal, state and local candidates from BallotReady, and about how to vote in each state, from the National Association of Secretaries of State. ... Full story

Russian scientist behind COVID-19 vaccine defends 'wartime' roll-out

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia plans to share preliminary results of its COVID-19 vaccine trial based on the first six weeks of monitoring participants, raising the tempo in an already frenzied global race to end the pandemic. Alexander Gintsburg, head of the Gamaleya Institute that produced the Sputnik V vaccine, told Reuters that the pace of its development was necessary under the “wartime” conditions of a pandemic but no corners were being cut. ... Full story

U.S. intelligence reports warn of extremist threat around election

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. security officials are warning that violent domestic extremists pose a threat to the presidential election next month, amid what one official called a “witch’s brew” of rising political tensions, civil unrest and foreign disinformation campaigns. FILE PHOTO: Yard signs supporting U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic U.S. presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden are seen outside of an early ... Full story

Beyond Meat triples distribution of plant-based burgers at Walmart stores

FILE PHOTO: A guest wears a hat during the Beyond Meat IPO at the Nasdaq Market site in New York, U.S., May 2, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid. (Reuters) - Beyond Meat Inc BYND.O said on Tuesday its burger patties will be available at more than 2,400 Walmart Inc stores from next week, as it triples distribution with the retailer to tap into the growing demand for its plant-based meat products during the pandemic. Demand for fully cooked ... Full story

Coronavirus lockdown costs South Africa millions of jobs

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U.S. says 'outraged' by rocket attack in Baghdad

Slideshow ( 5 images ). WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is ‘outraged’ by Monday’s rocket attack in the Iraqi capital Baghdad that killed five civilians, U.S. State Department said on Tuesday, urging Iraqi authorities to take immediate action to hold the perpetrators accountable. “We have made the point before that the actions of lawless Iran-backed militias remains the single biggest deterrent to stability in Iraq,” Department ... Full story

Palm scanner launched for 'secure' payments - BBC News

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Financial firms and governments deeply sceptical of cryptocurrencies: survey

LONDON (Reuters) - Financial firms and governments overwhelmingly see cryptocurrencies as risky, a major survey found on Tuesday, with the potential for bitcoin and other digital tokens for use in money laundering and sanctions busting among the chief worries. FILE PHOTO: Representations of the Ripple, Bitcoin, Etherum and Litecoin virtual currencies are seen on a PC motherboard in this illustration picture, February 13, 2018. Picture is taken ... Full story

Breonna Taylor case: Tapes of grand jury deliberations to be released

Image caption Breonna Taylor, 26, was an emergency medical technician. Tapes of the grand jury's deliberations in the case of a black American woman killed in a police operation at her home in Kentucky are to be made public. Breonna Taylor's death in March has become a key issue in protests over police brutality and racism. The jury decided no officers should be charged over her death. Its tapes are secret, but one juror sued for release. ... Full story