Iran’s Rouhani warns Trump about ‘mother of all wars’

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday cautioned U.S. President Donald Trump about pursuing hostile policies against Tehran, saying “America should know … war with Iran is the mother of all wars,” but he did not rule out peace between the two countries, either. FILE PHOTO: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani attends a news conference at the Chancellery in Vienna, Austria July 4, 2018. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner/File PhotoIran faces increased U.S. pressure and looming sanctions after Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from a 2015 international deal over Iran’s…

Dominic Raab: We can get Brexit deal done by October

A deal with the EU can be reached by October but the UK is preparing for the possibility of no deal, the new Brexit secretary Dominic Raab has said. He said he would return to Brussels for talks on Thursday and « strain every sinew » to get « the best deal ». But a responsible government puts plans in place in case talks do not end well, he told the PCF. Labour’s Rebecca Long-Bailey said a no deal scenario would be « catastrophic » for business. « No deal…

Cabinet still being persuaded over Brexit – Dominic Raab

The UK’s new Brexit secretary says he is still persuading other cabinet ministers that the government strategy for leaving the EU is the « best plan. » Dominic Raab told the Sunday Telegraph the prime minister’s blueprint for leaving the EU was « pragmatic. » Theresa May’s proposal for a future trade relationship with the EU sparked two cabinet resignations, including Mr Raab’s predecessor David Davis. Mr Davis told the Sunday Express the PM should « start again » on her plan. The UK is due to leave the European…

Fur sales: MPs call for consultation to ban real fur

A ban on sales of real fur should be considered, a committee of MPs has recommended. The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Efra) Committee investigation into the issue came after some real fur was found wrongly labelled as fake. They described the current labelling of fur products as « not fit for purpose ». The government said Brexit would allow the UK to « go further » when it came to introducing further restrictions on the fur trade. Fur farming was banned in the UK in 2000, but it is…

Prince George turns five: Official birthday picture released

A new official picture of Prince George has been released as he turns five. The eldest child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was photographed in the garden of Clarence House. The picture, showing the prince grinning at something – or someone – off camera, was taken after the christening of Prince Louis. The photographer, Matt Porteous, had also taken private pictures for William and Kate at the christening of two-month-old Louis earlier this month. In pictures: George’s first five years Royal Family tree and line of succession George…

Gunman arrested after deadly Los Angeles store hostage standoff

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Police in Los Angeles arrested a man who took hostages and barricaded himself inside a Trader Joe’s store on Saturday, ending a three-hour standoff during which he fatally shot a woman inside, authorities said. Police officers block the street near a Trader Joe’s store where a hostage situation unfolded in Los Angeles, California, July 21, 2018. REUTERS/Andrew CullenThe man, who was being chased by police after he was suspected of repeatedly shooting his grandmother and another woman in a separate part of the city, crashed his…

‘Keep us in prayer’ says woman who lost nine in Missouri boat tragedy

(Reuters) – A woman whose nine family members were among the 17 people killed when a tourist duck boat capsized in a storm on a Missouri lake said on Saturday she is not sure if there is any way to recover from such a loss. “Keep us in prayer. We are going to need it,” Tia Coleman, who lost her husband, three children and other relatives, told a news conference from a hospital in Branson, Missouri, where she was taken after the Thursday incident. An amphibious duck boat was carrying…

Uber suspends St. Louis driver who broadcast passengers on Twitch live stream

A ride-sharing driver in St. Louis who reportedly live streams his passengers has been suspended by Uber for violating its guidelines, the company said on Saturday. In a lengthy profile on Saturday, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch told the story of Jason Jason Gargac, a 32-year old Uber and Lyft driver who built a following on Twitch by broadcasting people who hailed his vehicle – some of them children. During each ride, more than 4,0000 viewers on his Twitch stream indulged in real-time commentary that frequently delved into crude, mocking and…

Houston police hunt clues in killing of Bush doctor by bicyclist

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Houston police are studying surveillance video and following up on tips in the killing of a cardiologist who once treated former U.S. President George H.W. Bush and was fatally shot while riding a bicycle in the city’s medical center, authorities said on Saturday. Mark Hausknecht, 65, was killed on Friday morning by a man thought to be in his 30s who fired at least two shots at him from a passing bicycle as the doctor rode to work at the center, which is home to several…

U.S. courts allies with free trade offers at G20, France resists

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – The United States sought to woo Europe and Japan with free trade deals on Saturday to gain leverage in an escalating tariff war with China but its overtures faced stiff resistance from France at a G20 finance ministers meeting dominated by trade tensions. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters at the gathering of the financial leaders of the world’s 20 largest economies in Buenos Aires that he was renewing President Donald Trump’s proposal that G7 allies drop trade barriers between them. “If Europe believes in…

‘Trade war a reality’, French finance minister warns

A trade war is now a reality, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has warned as G20 ministers gather for a summit in Argentina. The current US trade policy of imposing unilateral tariffs is based on « the law of the jungle », he said. But US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin defended the tariffs and urged the EU and China to open their markets to allow free competition. Last week, US President Donald Trump described the EU as a foe on trade. Mr Trump later threatened to impose tariffs on…

Wand-waving Johnny Depp appears as ‘Fantastic Beasts’ character

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – Actor Johnny Depp gave Harry Potter fans a look at his coming portrayal of the pale and disheveled villain Grindelwald, delivering a monologue in character to a cheering audience at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday. Actor Johnny Depp performs with the Hollywood Vampires band during the Hellfest music Festival in Clisson, France, June 22, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe Depp surprised the crowd of science fiction and pop culture fans by stepping out of the darkness with blonde hair and in full costume, drawing applause from 6,500 fans…

Mystery surrounds Chris Pine return to ‘Wonder Woman’ film series

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – Actor Chris Pine surprised superhero fans with an appearance alongside “Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot on Saturday but offered no explanation for how he will return to the film franchise following his character’s fiery death in the last movie. Cast member Chris Pine poses at the premiere of « Wonder Woman » in Los Angeles, California U.S., May 25, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni At San Diego Comic-Con, Pine joined Gadot and director Patty Jenkins in a packed, 6,500-seat convention hall to talk about “Wonder Woman 1984,” which…

U.S. launches campaign to erode support for Iran’s leaders

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration has launched an offensive of speeches and online communications meant to foment unrest and help pressure Iran to end its nuclear program and its support of militant groups, U.S. officials familiar with the matter said. A staff member removes the Iranian flag from the stage after a group picture with foreign ministers and representatives of the U.S., Iran, China, Russia, Britain, Germany, France and the European Union during the Iran nuclear talks at the Vienna International Center in Vienna, Austria July 14, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos…

U.S. intelligence chief Coats says no disrespect intended toward Trump over Russia summit news

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. director of intelligence Dan Coats said on Saturday he in no way meant to be disrespectful toward President Donald Trump with what he called his “awkward response” to news of a second planned Trump summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. FILE PHOTO: Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Dan Coats attends a Cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, U.S., July 18, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis/File PhotoCoats issued a statement seeking to control the damage from an interview he gave at the Aspen Institute security forum in…

Britain’s Prince George celebrates his fifth birthday

LONDON (Reuters) – A picture of a smiling Prince George was released by Britain’s royal family on Saturday as Queen Elizabeth’s great grandson, who is third in line to the throne, prepares to celebrate his fifth birthday. Prince George, the son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, sucks a sweet as he leaves following the morning Christmas Day service at St Mark’s Church in Englefield, near Bucklebury in southern England, Britain, December 25, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Matthews/Pool George, the oldest of Prince William and Kate’s three children, was photographed in…

Here’s why Tesla’s Model 3 may face declining demand, despite Elon Musk’s claims

Recently, Elon Musk lashed out at a new analysis claiming that nearly a quarter of the more than 400,000 advance reservations for Tesla’s Model 3 battery-sedan have been canceled. But a closer look at Musk’s comment raises a different reason for concern: The prospect that new orders may not keep up with Tesla’s long-awaited production ramp-up at it’s suburban San Francisco assembly plant. When it opened the order bank up ahead of the Model 3 production launch in July 2017, Tesla saw a rapid burst of reservations, complete with $1,000…

Trump denies wrongdoing, says lawyer’s tape ‘perhaps illegal’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday denied any wrongdoing a day after reports that his onetime attorney Michael Cohen had recorded them both discussing buying the rights to a story by a woman who said she had an affair with Trump. The president said in a tweet it was “perhaps illegal” for a lawyer to record a client. An attorney for Cohen called Trump’s statement “false.” “Inconceivable that the government would break into a lawyer’s office (early in the morning) – almost unheard of,” Trump tweeted, in…

A big and overlooked flaw with health tech: Patients hate going to the doctor

Digital health is one of the hottest spaces for investment, with companies raising $1.6 billion in venture capital in the first quarter of 2018 alone. Apple, Alphabet and Amazon are also making moves in the space with their own health-tracking apps and devices. These companies are getting really good at screening populations of people for health problems before they develop into serious medical issues. But they struggle to help patients with greater medical needs. Medical experts say that digital health can’t do much for users that are already sick, or…

Sergio Marchionne stepping down as CEO of Fiat Chrysler

Fiat Chrysler’s on Saturday announced the sudden resignation of longtime CEO Sergio Marchionne, who is stepping down due to complications from surgery. Replacing him will be the be the former boss of FCA’s Ram and Jeep brands, Mike Manley. The company said in a statement that « unexpected complications arose while Mr. Marchionne was recovering from surgery and that these have worsened significantly in recent hours. » « As a consequence, Mr. Marchionne will be unable to return to work, » the statement said. –This is a developing story Source:…

Korean car brand Genesis is praised by critics but unknown to customers

Genesis is a young and still-obscure luxury brand, with a complicated history, that’s currently going through a time of tremendous change. The new upscale model from Korean carmaker Hyundai will soon begin rolling out its widely praised 2019 mid-sized G70. The sports sedan, which starts at around $32,000, is competing head-to-head with other entry-level luxury models, including the Mercedes C class or BMW 3 series. Consumer Reports ranked it the top automotive brand in February. It then topped JD Power’s Initial Quality survey in June. Industry researchers AutoPacific, also that…

Two victims leave hospital after Missouri tour boat tragedy

(Reuters) – Two survivors have been discharged from a Missouri hospital after 17 people including nine members of one family drowned when a “duck boat” sank during a storm in one of the deadliest U.S. tourist tragedies for years, local media reported. FILE PHOTO: A duck boat is seen at Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri, U.S., July 19, 2018 in this picture grab obtained from social media video. Ron Folsom/via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES.Two adults and two…

Lavrov tells Pompeo: free Russian woman accused in U.S. of espionage

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s foreign minister told his U.S. counterpart on Saturday that a woman arrested in the United States on accusations she was a Russian agent had been detained on “fabricated charges” and should be released. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds a press briefing at U.N. headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., July 20, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid Sergei Lavrov made the comments about Maria Butina in a phone call to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that was aimed at improving bilateral relations, the Russian…

Chic guitarist Rodgers gets back to his busking roots

LONDON (Reuters) – Nile Rodgers, the guitarist and founding member of disco band Chic, got back to his busking roots in London on Saturday, delighting fans with stripped-down versions of some of his best-known songs. Musician Nile Rodgers poses for photographs as he launches International Busking Day at Wembley Park, in London, Britain, July 21, 2018. REUTERS/Peter NichollsWearing a white beret, Rodgers, 65, said playing on the streets of New York was how his career had started, and he performed Chic tunes “Good Times” and “Le Freak”, as well as…

A transatlantic trade war is brewing. Can it be stopped?

How to negotiate a trade deal Europe is hoping crunch talks with the United States next week will head off the threat of car tariffs and a transatlantic trade war. But expectations for the meeting between President Donald Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker could hardly be lower. « Anything short of an outright disaster would be considered a success, » Judith Lee, an international trade lawyer at Gibson Dunn, said of the talks scheduled for Wednesday in Washington. The United States has put tariffs on aluminum and steel…

Here’s what cybersecurity professionals at companies actually do, and why they’re so vital

There’s so much cybersecurity news these days, from elections integrity to stolen credit reports to the latest cybersecurity start-up, sometimes it feels like you need a decoder ring to make sense of it all. One way to start breaking through the jargon and intrigue is to try viewing these issues through the lens of the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), typically the top cybersecurity executive at a company. The CISO role dates back to 1994, when banking giant Citigroup (then Citi Corp. Inc.) suffered a series of cyberattacks from a…

Hundreds attend Alesha MacPhail farewell

Hundreds of mourners have attended the funeral of a six-year-old girl who was killed while on holiday on a Scottish island. Mourners were asked to wear pink to remember Alesha MacPhail, who was found dead after disappearing from her grandmother’s home on the Isle of Bute on 2 July. A 16-year-old boy has been charged with her rape and murder. In one of the tributes her uncle described her as « the brightest thing ». Dozens of bows were tied to the railings of the building while cuddly toys including…

Japan heatwave: Warnings issued amid scorching temperatures

People across Japan have been urged to take precautions against a heatwave that has killed about 30 people. Thousands more have sought hospital treatment for heat-related conditions over the past two weeks. Temperatures reached 40.7C (105F) in central Japan earlier this week, a five-year nationwide peak. In the city of Kyoto temperatures have stood above 38C (100.4F) for seven days in a row for the first time since records began in the 19th Century. The Japanese education ministry told schools to take thorough measures to prevent heat stroke after a…

Trump says ‘perhaps illegal’ for lawyer to tape client

(Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said that it was “perhaps illegal” for a lawyer to record a client, a day after reports his onetime attorney had recorded them both discussing buying the rights to a story by a woman who said she had an affair with Trump. U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, U.S., July 18, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis “Inconceivable that the government would break into a lawyer’s office (early in the morning) – almost unheard of,” Trump tweeted, in…

Macron aide Benalla: French police quizzed over assault video

Media playback is unsupported on your device Three French policemen are being questioned for allegedly leaking security footage of an incident in which a presidential aide beat up a demonstrator in May, French media say. This week Alexandre Benalla was exposed as the attacker shown on a video of the assault taken by a protester. The officers are suspected of releasing security images to Mr Benalla to try to prove his innocence, the reports say. The French presidency has been accused of failing to act swiftly against him. Interior Minister…