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Russians targeted 21 election systems, U.S. official says

June 21, 2017 By Dustin Volz and Julia Edwards Ainsley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Russian hackers targeted 21 U.S. state election systems in the 2016 presidential race and a small number were breached but there was no evidence any votes were manipulated, a Homeland Security Department official told Congress on Wednesday. Jeanette Manfra, the department’s acting deputy undersecretary of cyber security, testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee. U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded the Kremlin orchestrated a wide-ranging influence operation that included email hacking and online propaganda to discredit Democratic presidential candidate…

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Business consumer election New York Snap Inc 

Tech to see bump in growth weighting in Russell rejig

June 17, 2017 By Chuck Mikolajczak NEW YORK (Reuters) – The largecap technology sector is expected to see a bump in its growth weighting when index provider FTSE Russell completes the annual refresh of its benchmarks next Friday, a move that could lift tech shares targeted in the rejig. The increased significance of tech comes on the heels of an around twenty percent gain in the sector this year which led to a pullback over the last week. FTSE Russell finalizes its annual refresh of its widely-followed indexes on June…

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CSE cyber election political Tech Top News 

Canada cyber-spy agency expects hacktivist attacks in 2019 vote

June 16, 2017 By Leah Schnurr and Alastair Sharp OTTAWA/TORONTO (Reuters) – Canada’s electronic spy agency said on Friday it was “very likely” that hackers will try to influence Canada’s 2019 elections and it planned to advise political parties next week on how to guard against cyber threats. The Communications Security Establishment (CSE) agency said it had not detected any nation-state attempts to interfere in prior Canadian elections but saw risk from hacktivists. CSE said Canada’s 2015 federal election, which brought Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals to power, was targeted…

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bank Economy election rates results Top News 

Dollar steadies ahead of central bank meetings; C$ hits two-month high

June 13, 2017 By Masayuki Kitano SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The dollar held steady against a basket of currencies on Tuesday, with the focus on the U.S. Federal Reserve’s two-day policy meeting, while the Canadian dollar rose after its central bank hinted interest rates could rise sooner than anticipated. The dollar index , which tracks the greenback against a basket of six major rivals, last traded at 97.245, staying above a seven-month low of 96.511 set last week. The Canadian dollar touched its strongest in about two months at C$1.3287 per…

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change Economy election Masayuki Kitano Editing poll Top News 

Sterling steadies as British PM scrambles after poll shock, dollar awaits Fed

June 12, 2017 By Masayuki Kitano SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Sterling steadied on Monday as British Prime Minister Theresa May scrambled to pick up the pieces and reunite her Conservative Party after a disastrous election that could disrupt Brexit negotiations. Sterling last traded at $1.2743 , little changed on the day, after sliding 1.7 percent on Friday, its biggest one-day drop in about eight months. The pound had tumbled by as much as 2.5 percent in the previous session to its lowest since mid-April after no single party won a clear…

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consumer Economy election spending Top News UK 

UK consumer spending falls for first time in nearly 4 years: Visa

June 12, 2017 LONDON (Reuters) – British consumers cut their spending for the first time in nearly four years last month, figures from credit card firm Visa showed, as households turned more cautious even before last week’s shock election result. Consumer spending in May was 0.8 percent lower than in the same month in 2016 after adjusting for inflation, the first year-on-year fall since September 2013, Visa said on Monday. Sales fell by a hefty 1.9 percent in monthly terms. “Our index clearly shows that with rising prices and stalling…

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Economy election France government month Top News 

Global economy weekahead: French reform, British uproar and a Fed hike

June 10, 2017 By Padraic Halpin and Jeremy Gaunt DUBLIN/LONDON (Reuters) – When British Prime Minister Theresa May called a snap election in April, then-French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron was the one supposedly set to struggle to govern effectively with a parliamentary majority. Seven weeks later, May has lost her majority and a novice party created by Macron looks set to win the biggest parliamentary majority for a French president since Charles de Gaulle’s 1968 landslide. European Union leaders fear May’s dramatic electoral miscue will delay Brexit talks due to…

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Economy election poll results Top News Yukio Ishizuki 

UK election upset pummels pound, other currencies stay calm

June 9, 2017 By Shinichi Saoshiro TOKYO (Reuters) – The pound fell sharply on Friday after British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party appeared set to fall short of an expected majority in a general election. Sterling was down 1.5 percent at $1.2764 after sliding to as low as $1.2705 , down about 2 percent and the weakest since April 18. An exit poll predicted the Conservatives would win 314 seats in the 650-member parliament and the opposition Labour Party 266, meaning no clear winner and a “hung parliament”. As…

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Business election European Central Bank James Comey UK 

Asian stocks on edge before Comey, ECB and UK election

June 8, 2017 By Hideyuki Sano TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares wobbled on Thursday as investors braced for any surprises from the UK elections, the European Central Bank’s policy meeting and congressional testimony from ex-FBI director James Comey who was fired by President Donald Trump last month. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.1 percent while Japan’s Nikkei was flat. Wall Street shares ticked up on Wednesday, despite sharp decline in energy prices, after written testimony from Comey did not add major revelations about an investigation…

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ECB Economy election Masayuki Kitano Editing North Korea Top News 

Euro steady before ECB, pound near two-week high ahead of UK vote

June 8, 2017 SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The euro held steady on Thursday ahead of the European Central Bank’s policy announcement, while sterling was supported by expectations that Prime Minister Theresa May’s party will win a majority in Britain’s election. The common currency was fetching $1.1251 , having regained some footing after slipping to as low as $1.1204 on Wednesday, pressured by reports suggesting the ECB would lower its inflation targets. Bloomberg, citing unnamed euro zone officials, said the central bank was preparing to lower its annual inflation forecast for the…

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