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December 20, 2018 7:26 PM U.S. FDA approves new protocol for study on Bayer's birth control device

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved a new protocol for a post-marketing study of Bayer AG’s Essure birth-control device, as the regulator seeks more information on the device’s safety. The study would now monitor here women implanted with the devices for five years, up from three years, and would need additional blood 111

December 20, 2018 6:22 PM Powerful quake strikes off Russia's far east: USGS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A major earthquake with a magnitude of 7.4 struck off Russia’s far east on Thursday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said, although Russian news agencies carried no immediate reports of damage from the sparsely populated area. The quake off Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula, which was initially measured at 7.8 before being revised 85

December 20, 2018 5:36 PM ExxonMobil shelves Canada LNG export project

LONDON/HOUSTON (Reuters) - U.S. oil major Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N) has withdrawn its WCC liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project in Canada from an environmental assessment, it said on Thursday, signaling that the project has been shelved. The decision to pare its LNG project portfolio follows the decision by a Royal Dutch Shell-led group to build 145

December 20, 2018 5:33 PM Magnitude 7.4 earthquake strikes off eastern coast of Russia, tsunami threat possible

A magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck off the east coast of Russia early Friday local time, sparking warnings of a tsunami. The United States Geological Survey said the quake was about five miles deep and struck before 5 a.m. local time about 50 miles west of Nikol’skoye. "Persons located in threatened coastal areas should stay later for information and follow 139

December 20, 2018 4:06 PM U.S. to send some migrants back to Mexico as immigration cases proceed: Nielsen

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will soon begin returning individuals who illegally cross the U.S. southern border back to Mexico to wait there while their immigration cases proceed, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said on Thursday. The policy change is part of the Trump administration’s efforts to tighten U.S. immigration 99

December 20, 2018 4:01 PM German court rules Apple infringed Qualcomm patent

MUNICH (Reuters) - A German court ruled on Thursday that iPhone maker Apple Inc (AAPL.O) infringed a hardware patent of Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O) and said the U.S. company could no longer sell some iPhone models in Germany which contain a particular component. The ruling is not final as Apple can appeal to a higher court, judge Matthias Zigann told the court 131

December 20, 2018 7:55 AM Turkey says Syrian Kurdish militants will be buried in ditches: Anadolu

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey said Kurdish militants east of the Euphrates in Syria “will be buried in their ditches when the time comes”, after President Donald Trump began what will be a total withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria. Trump’s decision to pull out completely was confirmed by U.S. officials and is expected in the coming months. The move stunned 120

December 19, 2018 10:05 PM In response to Trump, Britain says Islamic State remains a threat

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain said on Wednesday that Islamic State remained a threat even though it held no territory, commenting after U.S. President Donald Trump said the militant group had been defeated in Syria. “Much remains to be done and we must not lose sight of the threat they pose. Even without territory, Daesh (Islamic State) will remain a threat 94

December 19, 2018 5:23 PM Pentagon says it starts process of returning U.S. troops from Syria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon said Wednesday it had started the process of returning U.S. troops from Syria as the United States began to transition into the next phase of the campaign. “The Coalition has liberated the ISIS-held territory, but the campaign against ISIS is not over,” Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said in a statement, using an acronym 106

December 19, 2018 5:21 PM Russia: US troop pullout is helpful for Syria settlement

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria creates prospects for a political settlement of the crisis there, TASS news agency reported the Russian Foreign Ministry as saying on Wednesday. The United States said it had begun withdrawing U.S. forces from Syria as U.S. officials said Washington was considering pulling out all its troops 79