Venezuela's Maduro visits Saudi Arabia -state media Jun 5, 2023 10:47AM

RIYADH (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro arrived in Saudi Arabia on Monday, state media reported, as the kingdom continues to expand its diplomatic outreach beyond traditional Western alliances.

Maduro was received at the airport of the Saudi Red Sea city of Jeddah by Deputy Governor of Mecca region Prince Badr bin Sultan and other officials, Saudi state news agency SPA said.

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JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon has no plans to run for office, company says Jun 5, 2023 10:43AM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - JPMorgan Chase & Co CEO Jamie Dimon does not intend to run for office, the company said, after speculation in recent days about potential political aspirations.

“As he has said in the past, Jamie has no plans to run for office," the company said in a statement. "He is very happy in his current role.”

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U.S. factory orders rise in April Jun 5, 2023 10:41AM

(Reuters) - New orders for U.S.-made goods rose for a second month in April, boosted largely by defense spending, but the overall manufacturing industry continued to struggle under the weight of higher interest rates.

Factory orders increased 0.4% after a 0.6% gain in March, the Commerce Department said on Monday. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast orders rising 0.8%. Orders increased 1.4% on a year-on-year basis in April.

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German MPs scrap Spanish strawberry fields visit as election water wars heat up Jun 5, 2023 10:39AM

MADRID (Reuters) - A delegation of German lawmakers on Monday scrapped a trip to assess the sustainability of strawberry production near Spain's endangered Donana wetlands as a war of words between Spain's ruling socialists and the opposition over water scarcity escalated ahead of a snap election next month.

The cross-party German parliamentary environment committee arrived in Madrid to meet environment ministry officials on Monday. They were then due... (continue reading...)

U.S. sanctions target Russian influence campaign in Moldova Jun 5, 2023 10:39AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States imposed sanctions on Monday on members of a Russian intelligence-linked group for their role in Moscow's efforts to destabilize democracy and influence elections in Moldova, the Treasury Department said.

The sanctions target seven individuals, several of whom maintain ties to Russian intelligence services, the department said in a statement.

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