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Iran’s Khamenei vows revenge after deadly attack on Shi’ite pilgrims
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Iran’s Khamenei vows revenge after deadly attack on Shi’ite pilgrims

DUBAI, Oct 27 (Reuters) – Iran’s supreme Leader vowed on Thursday to retaliate against those threatening the country’s security after the massacre of Shi’ite pilgrims, an assault claimed by Islamic State which threatens to inflame tensions amid widespread anti-government protests. In a statement read on state TV, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the assailants “will surely...

U.S. Senate hopeful Herschel Walker faces fresh claim of paying for abortion
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U.S. Senate hopeful Herschel Walker faces fresh claim of paying for abortion

WASHINGTON, Oct 26 (Reuters) – Republican U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker, who has said he opposes abortion with no exceptions, faced fresh allegations on Wednesday from a second woman who said he pressured her to have an abortion and paid for the procedure after a six-year relationship with him. Walker, who hopes to unseat Democratic...

Biden targets hidden ‘junk fees’ from banks, cable TV, concert tickets
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Biden targets hidden ‘junk fees’ from banks, cable TV, concert tickets

WASHINGTON, Oct 26 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden pledged on Wednesday to crack down on surprise fees consumers are forced to pay on cable bills, hotel rooms and concert tickets, while U.S. financial regulators declared bank fees for bounced checks and overdrafts unfair. “These are junk fees,” President Joe Biden told reporters at the Eisenhower...

Islamic State claims Iran shrine attack, Iran vows response
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Islamic State claims Iran shrine attack, Iran vows response

Women and children among casualties – state media President says Iran will respond to attack Protesters mark 40 days since Mahsa Amini’s death in custody DUBAI, Oct 26 (Reuters) – The militant group Islamic State said it carried out an attack on a Shi’ite Muslim shrine in Iran on Wednesday which killed 15 people, escalating...

Three found guilty of aiding plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Whitmer
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Three found guilty of aiding plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Whitmer

Oct 26 (Reuters) – Three men accused of aiding a 2020 plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer were found guilty on Wednesday of taking part in a conspiracy that prosecutors ascribed to hostility over restrictions she imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic. A jury found Joseph Morrison, 28, his father-in-law Pete Musico, 44, and Paul...

U.S. mortgage interest rates jump to 7.16%, highest since 2001
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U.S. mortgage interest rates jump to 7.16%, highest since 2001

Oct 26 (Reuters) – The average interest rate on the most popular U.S. home loan rose to its highest level since 2001 as tightening financial conditions weigh on the housing sector, data from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) showed on Wednesday. The average contract rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rose by 22 basis points...

Germany to legalize cannabis use for recreational purposes
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Germany to legalize cannabis use for recreational purposes

BERLIN, Oct 26 (Reuters) – Germany on Wednesday set out plans to legalise cannabis, in a move promised by Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s government that would make it one of the first countries in Europe to make weed legal. Health Minister Karl Lauterbach presented a cornerstone paper on planned legislation to regulate the controlled distribution and...

Exclusive: Twitter is losing its most active users, internal documents show
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Exclusive: Twitter is losing its most active users, internal documents show

Oct 25 (Reuters) – “Is Twitter dying?” billionaire Elon Musk mused in April, five days before offering to buy the social media platform. The reality, according to internal Twitter (TWTR.N) research seen by Reuters, goes far beyond the handful of examples of celebrities ghosting their own accounts. Twitter is struggling to keep its most active...