U.S. troops cross into Iraq as part of withdrawal from Syria

DOHUK, Iraq (Reuters) – U.S. troops crossed into Iraq early on Monday, part of a withdrawal from northeast Syria ordered by President Donald Trump that opened the way for Turkish troops to launch an offensive against Kurdish fighters in the area. A convoy of U.S. vehicles is seen after withdrawing from northern Syria, at the Iraqi-Syrian border crossing in the outskirts of Dohuk,, Iraq, October 21, 2019. REUTERS/Ari JalalA Reuters cameraman saw more than 100 vehicles crossing from the northeast tip of Syria, where Turkey has agreed to pause its…

Erdogan says to take next steps in Syria after meeting Putin

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a gathering in Kayseri, Turkey, October 19, 2019. Mustafa Kamaci/Presidential Press Office/Handout via REUTERS ISTANBUL (Reuters) – President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday Turkey would take “necessary” further steps in northeastern Syria after his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, the day that a five-day Washington-brokered ceasefire expires. “We will take up this process with Mr Putin and after that we will take the necessary steps,” Erdogan told a forum in Istanbul hosted by broadcaster TRT World, without elaborating. Erdogan is due…

Johnson to push again for Brexit deal vote

Parliament must be given « a straight up-and-down vote » on the PM’s Brexit deal, No 10 says, after MPs delivered a major blow to his strategy on Saturday. Boris Johnson was forced by law to send a letter asking the EU for a new delay on Brexit, but did not sign it. The PM now wants MPs to say a clear « yes » or « no » to the deal on Monday, adding: « We cannot allow Parliament’s letter to lead to Parliament’s delay. » It will be…

Renewable capacity set for 50% growth over next few years, IEA says

The Creative Drone | The Image Bank | Getty Images Renewable power capacity is forecast to increase by 50% between 2019 and 2024, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said Monday. According to its « Renewables 2019 » market report, the increase will amount to 1,200 gigawatts (GW) and be driven by drops in cost and what the IEA described as « concerted government policy efforts. » In 2018, renewable capacity hit just over 2,500 GW. If the IEA’s forecast plays out, it would bring total renewable capacity to approximately 3,700…

Facebook says Libra could use a series of cryptocurrencies pegged to different currencies

A Zuck Buck is displayed on a monitor as David Marcus, head of blockchain with Facebook Inc., right, is questioned by Representative Brad Sherman, a Democrat from California, not pictured, during a House Financial Services Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, July 17, 2019.Andrew Harrer | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesFacebook has suggested its Libra project could use multiple cryptocurrencies backed by different existing currencies like the dollar, rather than having one single digital token tied to a basket of currencies.The tech giant had initially proposed one synthetic unit of…

U.S. troops cross into Iraq from Syria

Vehicles travel along a road in Raqqa, Syria October 20, 2019 in this still image taken from video. Video taken October 20, 2019. Syrian TV via REUTERS DOHUK, Iraq (Reuters) – United States troops have crossed into Iraq from Syria through the Sahela border crossing in the northern province of Dohuk, Reuters witnesses said on Monday. Reuters video images showed armored vehicles carrying troops into Iraq, part of the U.S. withdrawal from Syria. A Reuters cameraman saw more than 100 vehicles crossing. An Iraqi Kurdish security source also told Reuters…

Kurdish-led forces say they have pulled out of Syria border town

BEIRUT/ANKARA (Reuters) – The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Sunday said they had withdrawn from the border town of Ras al Ain under a U.S.-brokered ceasefire deal, but a spokesman for Turkish-backed Syrian rebels said the withdrawal was not yet complete. Vehicles travel along a road in Raqqa, Syria October 20, 2019 in this still image taken from video. Video taken October 20, 2019. Syrian TV via REUTERS Ras al Ain is one of two towns on the Turkish-Syrian border that have been the main targets of Turkey’s offensive…

Abu Dhabi is investing hundreds of millions in tech start-ups from the Middle East

Abu Dhabi city skyline, United Arab Emirates.kasto80 | iStock | Getty ImagesABU DHABI – Abu Dhabi is doubling down on its push into the technology sector with a $250 million investment to support start-ups from the Middle East and North Africa region.Mubadala, Abu Dhabi’s state investment arm, announced Monday its new MENA tech funds will invest in companies and venture funds that help boost local tech incubator Hub71.Hub71 was launched earlier this year as part of a broader effort by the government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to diversify…

Asian shares edge higher, pound stumbles on Brexit drama

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian stocks edged higher on Monday as Chinese shares reversed early losses due to hopes for progress in resolving the U.S.-China trade war and expectations for greater investment inflows into Hong Kong. FILE PHOTO: A visitor wearing a mask is seen behind a logo of Japan Stock Exchange (JPX) at the Tokyo Stock Exchange in Tokyo December 15, 2014. REUTERS/Yuya Shino/File PhotoMSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS rose 0.19%. Chinese shares .CSI300 rose 0.13%, while Japan’s Nikkei .N225 rose 0.28%. The pound slipped from…

Pentagon chief in Afghanistan as U.S. looks to kickstart Taliban talks

KABUL (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Afghanistan on Sunday in a bid to bring talks with the Taliban back on track after President Donald Trump abruptly broke off negotiations last month seeking to end the United States’ longest war. Esper’s trip to Kabul comes amid questions about the United States’ commitments to allies after a sudden withdrawal of U.S. troops from northeastern Syria and Trump’s long-time desire to get out of foreign engagements. “The aim is to still get a peace agreement at some point, a…

Brexit: No 10 to push again for vote on Boris Johnson’s deal

Parliament must be given « a straight up-and-down vote » on the PM’s Brexit deal, No 10 says, after MPs delivered a major blow to his strategy on Saturday. Boris Johnson was forced by law to send a letter asking the EU asking for a new delay on Brexit, but did not sign it. The PM now wants MPs to say a clear « yes » or « no » to the deal on Monday, adding: « We cannot allow Parliament’s letter to lead to Parliament’s delay. » It will…

Chile protests: Five dead after looters torch garment factory

Media playback is unsupported on your device Five people have died after a garment factory was set ablaze by looters near Chile’s capital Santiago amid a wave of protests. The military and police used tear gas and water cannon against demonstrators, and a night-time curfew was imposed in major cities. The unrest, sparked by a now suspended metro fare hike, has widened to reflect anger over living costs and inequality. President Sebastián Piñera has defended the government’s response. « I’m convinced that democracy not only has the right, it has…

I will ‘always’ protect my family, says Prince Harry

The Duke of Sussex has insisted he will « always » protect his family, adding that he « will not be bullied into playing a game that killed my mum ». Speaking in an ITV documentary, the duke said he did not want a « repeat of the past ». Meanwhile, the Duchess of Sussex said her British friends warned her not to marry the prince due to media scrutiny. The royal couple were interviewed by Tom Bradby during their tour of southern Africa in September. Prince Harry, 35, was…

Court asked to consider if PM’s Brexit delay tactic is lawful

Scotland’s highest court is to consider whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson has fully complied with a law requiring him to ask for a Brexit delay. He sent an unsigned letter to Brussels asking for an extension along with a signed letter saying he believed a further delay would be a mistake. The Court of Session will be asked to decide whether this broke a promise not to « frustrate » the so-called Benn Act. The government maintains it has fulfilled its legal obligations. The court was originally asked earlier this…

Pound slips in early trading after delay on Brexit vote

The pound slipped against the dollar as commercial currency markets opened for the first time since MP’s backed a move to delay approval of the Brexit deal. Most big banks in London had called in extra staff, expecting volatile trading after the first Saturday sitting in the House of Commons for 37 years. But the pound’s reaction was muted as foreign markets opened for the week, slipping 0.6% against the dollar to $1.29 as trading started in Australia. Against the euro, the pound fell 0.2%. On Friday, the pound had…

Google to update Pixel 4 face unlock with eye detection ‘in the coming months`

One of the headline features for the Google Pixel 4 is that it adds a new, secure face unlock feature in lieu of a fingerprint sensor. Only it turns out that “secure” is a relative term, as the phone will unlock even if your eyes are closed. Google has given us a statement promising that it will issue a software update that will fix that problem up, but unfortunately the timeline for it is longer than users might like. Google says that “it has “been working on an option for…

At home of Mona Lisa, a retrospective on da Vinci’s life and work

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s Louvre museum, home to Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, is putting the final touches to one of the biggest ever exhibitions of the Italian master’s work with the presence of the world’s most expensive painting agonizingly unresolved. An infrared reflectography of the painting « Mona Lisa » by Leonardo da Vinci is pictured during a press visit of the « Leonardo da Vinci » exhibition to commemorate the 500-year anniversary of his death at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France, October 20, 2019. REUTERS/Benoit TessierThe Louvre…

Showered in blaze of bullets, upscale Mexican neighborhood in shock after cartel assault

CULIACAN (Reuters) – The trendy bars and restaurants along the main strip of the Mexican city overwhelmed late last week by an army of cartel gunmen slowly began their recovery over the weekend even as many traumatized residents still shied away. A general view shows restaurants and bars at the Tres Rios neighborhood, which faced the most intense firefights on the street where soldiers attempted to arrest Ovidio Guzman, a son of jailed drug lord Joaquin « El Chapo » Guzman, in Culiacan, Mexico October 20, 2019. REUTERS/StringerCuliacan’s central Tres…

Long-haul, fuel efficient jets underpin demand at Las Vegas air show

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – New large corporate planes that can fly farther and an industry push toward sustainable aviation fuels are seen as bright spots as the world’s biggest business jet makers assemble in Las Vegas to showcase their offerings at the sector’s largest gathering. FILE PHOTO: Bombardier employee Francis Masse polishes the sign of Bombardier’s Global 7500, the first business jet to have a queen-sized bed and hot shower, is shown during a media tour in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, December 19, 2018. REUTERS/Christinne MuschiThe National Business Aviation Association (NBAA)…

Top fund manager forced to resign after BBC investigation

One of the world’s leading fund managers has been forced to resign after the BBC discovered he had broken investment rules. Mark Denning helped to manage more than $300bn (£229bn; €265n) of investors’ money at Capital Group. BBC One’s Panorama uncovered evidence that suggests he was secretly acquiring shares for his own benefit in some of the same companies as his funds. Mr Denning, who had worked at the firm for 36 years, denies any wrongdoing. The 62-year-old fund manager left his job five days after Panorama wrote to Capital…

U.S. business investment downturn could pressure slowing economy

(This September 26 story corrects to clarify historicals in paragraphs 10 and 17) FILE PHOTO: Lower Manhattan including the financial district is pictured from the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S. June 1, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo AllegriBy Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. business investment contracted more sharply than previously estimated in the second quarter and corporate profit growth was tepid, casting a shadow on an economy that is being stalked by financial market fears of a recession. The downturn in business spending has been blamed on the Trump administration’s nearly…

Swiss election: Green parties ‘make historic gains’

Green parties have made strong gains in Switzerland’s parliamentary election, according to initial projections. The anti-immigration Swiss People’s Party (SVP) is set to win, despite losing at least 3% of its support. But projections show a combined vote for the two green parties of around 20%, which would make them major players in Swiss politics. Their gains reflect voters’ concerns over climate change, seen as the dominant issue in this election. Not all votes have been counted yet but the national broadcaster projected the Green Party’s share surged 5.6 points…

At least three dead in fires amid Chilean riots, flights out of Santiago delayed

SANTIAGO (Reuters) – At least three people died in supermarket arson attacks in Chile’s capital Santiago, and soldiers shot two people during an operation to detain looters, authorities said, as protests entered their second week and intensified after a state of emergency was announced. A group runs from a riot police water cannon during a protest against Chile’s state economic model in Santiago October 20, 2019. REUTERS/Ivan AlvaradoThere was transport deadlock in the city and chaos at the international airport, where flights into and out of Santiago were suspended or…

Box Office: ‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ dominates with soft $36 million

LOS ANGELES, (Variety.com) – Five years after Angelina Jolie’s “Maleficent” cast a spell over the box office, the villainous enchantress has returned to the top of domestic charts. Disney’s “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” a sequel to 2014’s fantasy adventure based on the “Sleeping Beauty” sorceress, debuted to $36 million from 2,790 North American theaters, nearly half of what the first movie made in its inaugural weekend ($69 million). FILE PHOTO: Actor Angelina Jolie poses as she attends the UK premiere of « Maleficent: Mistress of Evil » in London, Britain…

Brexit will happen on Oct. 31 despite PM’s unsigned delay request, UK says

LONDON (Reuters) – The British government insisted on Sunday the country will leave the European Union on Oct. 31 despite a letter that Prime Minister Boris Johnson was forced by parliament to send to the bloc requesting a Brexit delay. The Brexit maelstrom has spun wildly in the past week between the possibility of an orderly exit on Oct. 31 with a deal that Johnson struck on Thursday and a delay after he was forced to ask for an extension late on Saturday. Johnson’s defeat in the British parliament over…

Goldman Sachs lowers ‘no deal’ Brexit probability to 5% from 10%

FILE PHOTO: Anti-Brexit protesters demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, October 17, 2019. REUTERS/Tom Nicholson/File PhotoLONDON (Reuters) – Goldman Sachs (GS.N) said on Sunday that it lowered the probability of a no-deal Brexit to 5% from 10% after the British parliament withheld its approval until formal ratification legislation is passed. “As for our baseline path, we maintain the view that the UK will leave the EU on 31 October”, the bank’s analysts wrote, adding that the probability for “no Brexit” stood unchanged at 25% while chances for…

Electric vehicle prices finally in reach of millennial, Gen Z car buyers

Tesla Model 3 Source: Tesla Members of the millennial and Gen Z generations care more than past generations about climate change, but younger Americans have been slow to show that belief in one important way: electric car buying. Only 10% of electric vehicle buyers are between the ages of 25 and 34, according to Cox Automotive. A big reason: price. Younger generations of Americans are struggling with student debt and wage stagnation at a time when more than 70% of electric car customers’ incomes are at least $100,000. The biggest…

Amazon is shipping expired baby formula and granola, putting customers and food brands at risk

Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive officer of Amazon.com Inc., speaks at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019.Andrew Harrer | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesAmazon’s sprawling marketplace, consisting of millions of third-party sellers, has become a go-to site for many grocery shoppers, especially since the company’s acquisition of Whole Foods over two years ago.But an increasing number of consumers are finding that, just as the broader Amazon Marketplace has a major issue with counterfeits and unsafe products, the grocery section is littered with similarly problematic…

Millions of people are running out of water – how desalination plants are trying to fix that

Today, one out of three people don’t have access to safe drinking water. One reason is that 96.5% of that water is found in our oceans. It’s saturated with salt, and undrinkable. Most of the freshwater is locked away in glaciers or deep underground. Less than 1% of it is available to us. Desalination is an important tool in the fight against water scarcity. Its reliability is becoming critical. If you have a desalination plant, energy and seawater, you can reliably get clean water. But it’s not a cure-all. There…

Sheep take over streets of Madrid for annual migration

A man stands behind fences as a flock of sheep walks past during the annual sheep parade through Madrid, Spain, October 20, 2019. REUTERS/Sergio PerezMADRID (Reuters) – Sheep replaced traffic on the streets of Madrid on Sunday as shepherds steered their flocks through the heart of the Spanish capital, following ancient migration routes. The annual event, which started in 1994, allows shepherds to exercise their right to use traditional routes to migrate their livestock from northern Spain to more southerly pastures for winter grazing. The route would have taken them…