ZURICH (Reuters) – Swiss prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into Jerome Valcke, the banned former FIFA secretary general, and Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the chief executive of Qatar’s beIN Media, over World Cup broadcasting deals. The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) said on Thursday it suspected Valcke accepted “undue advantages” in connection with
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The massive brooding stone figures peering from Easter Island’s hillsides are emblematic of the enigmatic people who once thrived on the dot of land in the middle of the Pacific. New genetic research only deepens the mystery around these people. Scientists said on Thursday an analysis of DNA from ancient skeletal remains
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NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Democratic U.S. congressman is asking the Energy Department’s watchdog to investigate Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s travel on chartered aircraft, the congressman said at a hearing on Capitol Hill on Thursday. U.S. Representative Frank Pallone said Perry’s trips on chartered planes need scrutiny in light of the “extreme” budget cuts the
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LONDON (Reuters) – The dollar sagged on Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve showed a more guarded view toward inflation, but that did not derail a rally in stock markets that pushed Asian shares to their highest in a decade. Against a basket of six major currencies, the dollar wallowed at its lowest in more
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OSLO (Reuters) – Norway plans to trim lavish tax breaks for Tesla and other electric cars that have given it the world’s highest rate of battery-vehicle ownership, the right-wing government proposed on Thursday. The draft 2018 budget would mainly affect large cars weighing more than two tons, it said. Norwegian media dubbed the changes a
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FRANKFURT (Reuters) – An asteroid the size of a school bus flew remarkably near Earth on Thursday, providing scientists with an opportunity to test the warning systems that would kick in if a space collision was coming. Asteroid 2012 TC4 came close — passing Earth at a distance of only around 44,000 km (27,000 miles),
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SONOMA, Calif. (Reuters) – Firefighters facing a resurgence of high winds on Wednesday struggled to halt wildfires that have killed at least 23 people, destroyed 3,500 structures and left hundreds missing in chaotic evacuations across northern California’s wine country. Nearly two dozen blazes spanning eight counties have charred around 170,000 acres (68,797 hectares). Flames erupted
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(Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s expected plan to let Americans buy insurance across state lines could violate federal law governing employee benefit plans and will almost certainly be challenged in court, several legal experts said. Trump said on Tuesday he would likely sign an executive order this week allowing people to cross state lines
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