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China's COFCO makes painful cuts in drive to lead global food trade

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LONDON/PARIS/BEIJING China's COFCO International is in the throes of a staffing upheaval as the group pursues its professed ambition of sitting at the top table of global agricultural traders.

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Special report - FBI scrutinises funeral home with side business: selling body parts 11 Jan 2018

MONTROSE, Colorado - The Federal Bureau of Investigation is interviewing former employees of a funeral home whose owner runs a side business on the same premises selling human body parts.

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Special report - How courts help companies keep sexual misconduct under cover 10 Jan 2018

NEW YORK Cristina Chen-Oster, a senior salesperson in Goldman Sachs’s convertible bonds department, was a few years out of MIT when a male colleague pinned her against a wall, kissed her, groped her and tried to engage in a sexual act, she said in a lawsuit in federal court. After reporting the incident to her boss, the lawsuit alleged, she missed out on pay and promotions while her accused attacker steadily rose through the ranks.

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GM races to build a formula for profitable electric cars 09 Jan 2018

DETROIT General Motors Co Chief Executive Mary Barra has made a bold promise to investors that the Detroit automaker will make money selling electric cars by 2021. | Video

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In possible boon for White House, Fed ready to lay low as tax plan kicks in 08 Jan 2018

PHILADELPHIA U.S. Federal Reserve policymakers have come to view Donald Trump's tax overhaul as a short-term economic boost that will neither permanently supercharge the economy, as the president says, or cause an immediate disruption that would require a central bank response, as some analysts have warned.

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Iraq's Abadi in high-stakes plan to rein in Iranian-backed militias 04 Jan 2018

BAGHDAD Under pressure from allies in the West, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is staking his career on reining in the Shi'ite militias that helped him defeat Islamic State.

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Probe into deadly fire at U.S. firm’s Philippines offices focuses on possible safety lapses 31 Dec 2017

DAVAO CITY, Philippines A government investigator into a blaze that led to the deaths of 37 staff at the southern Philippines offices of an American market research firm says there are indications of fire safety lapses that may have contributed to the tragedy.

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Special Report - Meet the force behind Zimbabwe's 'Crocodile' president 30 Dec 2017

HARARE His wife is a beauty queen, his troops unseated Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe, and his motorcade is fit for a president. General Constantino Chiwenga, head of the armed forces until earlier this month, is on a roll.

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Beijing may be starting to win its battle against smog 30 Dec 2017

BEIJING Beijing may have turned a corner in its battle against the city's notorious smog, according to Reuters calculations, and environmental consultants say the Chinese government deserves much of the credit for introducing tough anti-pollution measures. | Video

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Special Report - In a hospital ward in Yemen, the collapse of a nation 29 Dec 2017

ADEN Nahla Arishi, chief paediatrician at the al-Sadaqa hospital in this Yemeni port city, had not seen diphtheria in her 20-year career. Then, late last month, a three-year-old girl with high fever was rushed to Arishi's ward. Her neck was swollen, and she gasped for air through a lump of tissue in her throat. Eight days later, she died.

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UK's saving after Brexit even bigger than 350 million pounds, Johnson says

LONDON Britain will have even more money to spend on public services than the disputed 350 million pounds a week Brexiteers promised after the country leaves the European Union, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said in an interview published on Tuesday.