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Kremlin critic Navalny to magazine: Putin was behind crime against me

Slideshow ( 2 images ). BERLIN (Reuters) - Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny told a German magazine that Russian President Vladimir Putin was behind his suspected poisoning and stressed that he was not afraid. Navalny was flown from Russia to Berlin in August after falling ill on a domestic flight. He received treatment in the Charite hospital for what Germany said was poisoning by a potentially deadly nerve agent before being discharged in ... Full story

Japan 'Twitter killer' pleads guilty to murders

Image caption Takahiro Shiraishi after his arrest in 2017. A Japanese man has pleaded guilty to murdering nine people after contacting them on Twitter, in a high-profile case that has shocked the country. Dubbed the "Twitter killer", Takahiro Shiraishi was arrested in 2017 after body parts were found in his flat. He told a court in Tokyo on Wednesday that the allegations against him "are all correct". But his lawyer argue that his charges ... Full story

Facebook bans U.S. ads that call voting fraud widespread or election invalid

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc FB.O on Wednesday banned ads on its flagship website and Instagram photo and video sharing service that claim widespread voting fraud, suggest U.S. election results would be invalid, or which attack any method of voting. FILE PHOTO: A 3D-printed Facebook logo is seen placed on a keyboard in this illustration taken March 25, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic. The company announced the new rules in a blog post, ... Full story

U.S.'s Mnuchin offers $1.6 trillion in stimulus News

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin testifies during a Senate's Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs hearing examining the quarterly CARES Act report to Congress, in Washington, DC, U.S., September 24, 2020. Drew Angerer/Pool via REUTERS. (Reuters) - U. S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin made on Wednesday a counteroffer of about $1.6 trillion in stimulus measures to Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House of ... Full story

Moderna says COVID-19 vaccine unlikely to be ready before U.S. election - FT

FILE PHOTO: A sign marks the headquarters of Moderna Therapeutics, which is developing a vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S., May 18, 2020. REUTERS/Brian Snyder. (Reuters) - Moderna Inc will not be ready to apply for emergency authorization for its potential COVID-19 vaccine before the U.S. presidential election in November, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday, citing the company’s chief ... Full story

U.S. proposes $1.5 trillion stimulus, $20 billion aid extension for airlines

FILE PHOTO: A United Airlines plane is seen in the background as a passenger sits in Terminal C of the IAH George Bush Intercontinental Airport amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Houston, Texas, U.S., July 21, 2020. REUTERS/Adrees Latif/File Photo. (Reuters) - The Trump administration has proposed including a $20 billion extension in aid for the battered airline industry in a new stimulus proposal to House Democrats worth over ... Full story

Japan stocks trade halted due to technical glitch; Nikkei futures rise

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese shares remained suspended at midday break on Thursday after the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) earlier halted trading in all stocks citing technical problems. The Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) logo is seen next to a traffic light after the TSE temporarily suspended all trading due to system problems in Tokyo, Japan October 1, 2020. REUTERS/Issei Kato. TSE said it does not know when the issue will be resolved. Bourses in ... Full story

U.N. to tackle gender equality, chief calls it 'greatest' rights challenge

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Over the past week, 190 countries addressed the United Nations General Assembly, nearly all of them represented by presidents, prime ministers and ministers. Only nine of them were women. Slideshow ( 3 images ). United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that women watching “have a perfect right to feel that they are not represented, and their voices are not valued.” He also told world leaders last week: “Gender ... Full story

SoftBank-backed used-car startup Kavak becomes first Mexican unicorn

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - SoftBank-backed used-car platform Kavak has become Mexico’s first tech “unicorn” after reaching a $1.15 billion valuation in its latest funding round last month, Chief Executive Carlos Garcia told Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A logo of used autos platform Kavak is pictured on a car in Mexico City, Mexico, August 25, 2020. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido. The Mexico City-based startup has raised over $400 million in total funding since ... Full story

Fujifilm signs manufacturing contract with U.S. firm VLP for COVID-19 vaccine

FILE PHOTO: Fujifilm's company logo (top) is seen at its exhibition hall nearby the headquarters of Fujifilm Holdings Corp in Tokyo, Japan June 12, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo. TOKYO (Reuters) - Fujifilm Holdings Corp said on Thursday that it had signed a manufacturing contract agreement with U.S.-based firm VLP Therapeutics for a COVID-19 vaccine formulation. Japan’s Fujifilm will use its manufacturing facilities and infrastructure ... Full story