Ewan McGregor to return as Obi-Wan in new ‘Star Wars’ streaming TV series

ANAHEIM, Calif. (Reuters) – Ewan McGregor will reprise his “Star Wars” role as Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi in a series for the upcoming Disney+ streaming service, the actor announced to fans of the beloved movie franchise on Friday. FILE PHOTO: Actor Ewan McGregor poses at the world premiere of Disney’s « Christopher Robin, » in Burbank, California, U.S., July 30, 2018. REUTERS/Danny MoloshokMcGregor surprised the crowd at Walt Disney Co’s D23 Expo fan convention, walking on stage to loud cheers and applause. The Scottish actor said he was relieved that…

Hong Kong families form peaceful human chains ahead of airport protest

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Thousands of chanting Hong Kong protesters joined hands to form human chains on Friday in a peaceful protest, with almost three months of anti-government demonstrations showing no sign of let-up across the Chinese-ruled territory. Protesters hold hands to form a human chain during a rally to call for political reforms at the Avenue of Stars in Hong Kong, China, August 23, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas PeterDemonstrators, families young and old, some people masked, some using hand wipes to stay clean, linked hands across different districts as others held…

Encouraged by Johnson’s visit, UK officials now hoping rest of EU agrees to work on Brexit solution

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is hoping the rest of the European Union falls in behind France and Germany and agrees to work on solving a deadlock over Brexit, with officials sensing a glimmer of hope after meetings this week, but conscious of the need for a wider consensus in Europe. FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes British Prime Minister Boris Johnson before a meeting on Brexit at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, August 22, 2019. REUTERS/Gonzalo FuentesBritain is on course to leave the EU, its biggest trading partner,…

Tesla solar panels reportedly caught fire at an Amazon warehouse in 2018

Inventory at a warehouseGetty ImagesTesla solar energy systems ignited at an Amazon warehouse in Redlands, California in June 2018, according to Bloomberg. As a result, the Seattle e-commerce titan has no further plans to buy solar energy systems from Tesla.The news follows a tumultuous week for Elon Musk’s renewable energy and electric vehicle company. On Tuesday, Walmart sued Tesla over solar panels that ignited atop seven of its stores in recent years. Tesla and Walmart have been partners on clean energy initiatives for years; more than 240 Walmart stores have…

Amazon fires: Brazil sends army to help tackle blazes

Media playback is unsupported on your device Brazil’s president has ordered the armed forces to help fight a record number of forest fires in the Amazon. A decree issued by President Jair Bolsonaro authorises the deployment of soldiers in nature reserves, indigenous lands and border areas in the region. The announcement comes after intense pressure from European leaders. France and Ireland say they will not ratify a huge trade deal with South American nations unless Brazil does more to tackle blazes in the Amazon. Finland’s finance minister has also called…

Brazil sends army to tackle Amazon fires

Media playback is unsupported on your device Brazil’s president has ordered the armed forces to help fight a record number of forest fires in the Amazon. A decree issued by President Jair Bolsonaro authorises the deployment of soldiers in nature reserves, indigenous lands and border areas in the region. The announcement comes after intense pressure from European leaders. France and Ireland say they will not ratify a huge trade deal with South American nations unless Brazil does more to tackle blazes in the Amazon. Finland’s finance minister has also called…

Amazon rainforest fires: Ten readers’ questions answered

Swathes of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil are burning at a record rate. On Monday, the sky in São Paulo blackened due to smoke drifting from the fires 2,700 km (1,700 miles) away. Politicians and environmental activists are taking a stand against Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, blaming the fires on his policies. But it’s a complex story, and online discussion of it has been riddled with misinformation, misleading photos and errors. To fill in the gaps and bust some common myths, we asked you to send us your questions on…

Trump says US firms ‘hereby ordered’ to quit China

Media playback is unsupported on your device President Donald Trump says he has « hereby ordered » American companies to leave China, after Beijing announced plans to slap new tariffs on US goods. The White House did not immediately say what authority the president had to compel private firms to quit a country. President Trump announced a 5% increase on tariffs on Chinese imports, after China unveiled plans for duties of 10% on $75bn (£61bn) of US goods. The latest salvos in the trade war sent global financial markets tumbling.…

Bury owner Steve Dale says club has been sold with EFL deadline approaching

Owner Steve Dale has told BBC Radio Manchester he has agreed a deal to sell Bury, as a deadline for their possible expulsion from the EFL approaches. Dale says the League One club has been sold to football analytics company C&N Sporting Risk, headed by Henry Newman and Rory Campbell. Bury have been given until 23:59 BST to prove it can pay off creditors and has funding to complete the season. BBC Radio Manchester has contacted the English Football League for comment. A statement given to PA Media, Newman and…

Boris Johnson and Donald Trump speak ahead of G7 meeting

Boris Johnson has spoken to US President Donald Trump ahead of meeting him on Sunday for the first time since becoming prime minister. The leaders, who will meet at the G7 summit in France, discussed « foreign policy issues and global trade ». No 10 said they « looked forward to speaking further » at the summit. Mr Trump has praised Mr Johnson, calling him « Britain Trump », and predicted a speedy US-UK trade deal after Brexit. A UK government spokesman said: « Of course we want to move…

As EU threatens trade retaliation, Brazil sends army to fight Amazon fires

BRASILIA (Reuters) – European leaders on Friday threatened to tear up a trade deal with South America, reflecting the growing international dismay and anger with Brazil as a record number of fires in the Amazon rainforest intensified the unfolding environmental crisis. Against the global chorus of condemnation, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was mobilizing the army to help combat the blazes, while his administration launched a diplomatic charm offensive to try to mend bridges. The Trump administration said it was “deeply concerned” about the wildfires, which now look set to be…

Wall Street plunges as U.S.-China trade war intensifies

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Wall Street tumbled on Friday after the U.S.-China trade war escalated in dramatic fashion, with President Donald Trump demanding that American companies seek alternatives to doing business with China after Beijing announced its own slate of retaliatory measures. All three major U.S. stock indexes ended the session sharply lower, posting their fourth consecutive weekly declines. The latest exchanges in the long-running tariff row triggered a broad-based sell-off that hit shares of companies with high exposure to China the hardest, such as chipmakers and other top technology…

YouTube says it will now remove ‘violent’ and ‘mature’ videos pretending to be kid-friendly

Earlier this week, YouTube quietly announced a policy change to its treatment of videos targeted toward minors and young children. The video platform says it will now remove all content that contains “violent” or “mature” themes if it is targeted toward kids, either through the title of the video, its description, or the accompanying tags. Going forward, YouTube says this type of content “will no longer be allowed on the platform.” Prior to this change, YouTube was age-restricting such videos, but now it’s going a step further to help clean…

Facing global pressure, Brazil’s Bolsonaro may send army to curb Amazon fires

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Amid growing global condemnation, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro said on Friday he may mobilize the army to help combat a record number of fires sweeping through the Amazon rainforest. The Trump administration said it was “deeply concerned” about the wildfires and European leaders ratcheted up criticism of Brazil’s handling of the crisis, which now looks set to be discussed at a summit of G7 leaders in France this weekend. French President Emmanuel Macron’s office went so far as to accuse Bolsonaro of lying when he downplayed concerns…

Brazil’s indigenous people swear to fight for Amazon ‘to last drop of blood’

CANUTAMA, Brazil (Reuters) – Members of Brazil’s Mura indigenous tribe painted their bodies with orange-red paint and took up long bows and clubs as they headed into the jungle this week, prepared for battle. Their enemy? The deforestation and destruction of their home, the Amazon rainforest. There are more than 18,000 Mura that live in Amazonas state, the largest and best-preserved state in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, according to data compiled by the non-government organization Instituto Socioambiental. Members of the tribe showed Reuters an area the size of several football fields…

Top U.S. publishers sue Amazon’s Audible for copyright infringement

The front desk of the Amazon office is pictured in New York, May 1, 2019.Carlo Allegri | ReutersAmazon’s Audible was sued by some of the top U.S. publishers for copyright infringement on Friday, aiming to block a planned rollout of a feature called ‘Audible Captions’ that shows the text on screen as a book is narrated.The lawsuit was filed by seven members of the Association of American Publishers (AAP), including HarperCollins Publishers, Penguin Random House, Hachette Book Group, Simon & Schuster, and Macmillan Publishers. « Essentially Audible wants to provide…

Apple and chip stocks slide after Trump orders US companies to look for alternative to China

A man uses a smartphone outside an Apple store in Beijing.Nicolas Asfouri | AFP | Getty ImagesSemiconductor stocks and shares of Apple slid more than their peers in the tech sector on Friday, after President Donald Trump said U.S. companies should « immediately start looking for an alternative » to their operations in China.Shares of Apple fell as much as 4.1%, while the VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF declined 3.5%. Among the chip companies, Qualcomm slid 2.7% and Nvidia lost 4.8%, as Advanced Micro Devices dropped 5.1%, Micron fell 3.1% and…

Ping Identity files to go public, betting investors will favor shrinking losses over fast growth

Ping Identity CEO Andre Durand poses for a portrait on February 14, 2018.AAron Ontiveroz | Denver Post | Getty ImagesPing Identity, a company whose software enables corporate workers to easily log in to many applications, has filed to go public. The company’s regulatory filing kicking off the process for an initial public offering became available online on Friday.Ping is looking to start trading on the Nasdaq under the symbol « PING. »As a provider of single sign-on and multi-factor authentication tools, Ping competes with the likes of Broadcom-owned CA, IBM,…

How to keep spam from invading your Google Calendar

For some time now, Google Calendar users have been vulnerable to a rather nasty type of spam that seems to have gained momentum lately. It works like this: an email containing an invitation to an event is sent by a spammer to your Google Calendar (this can apparently happen even with an email that ends up in your spam folder), and the calendar automatically puts the appointment into your calendar — even though the body of the appointment contains a spam link or some other obnoxious content. At minimum, this…

China strikes back at U.S. with new tariffs on $75 billion in goods

BEIJING (Reuters) – China said on Friday it will impose retaliatory tariffs against about $75 billion worth of U.S. goods, putting as much as an extra 10% on top of existing rates in the dispute between the world’s top two economies. The latest salvo from China comes after the United States unveiled tariffs on an additional $300 billion worth of Chinese goods, including consumer electronics, scheduled to go into effect in two stages on Sept. 1 and Dec. 15. China will impose additional tariffs of 5% or 10% on a…

Trump presses U.S. companies to close China operations

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks in front of a portrait of former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln prior to presenting the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Boston Celtics legend and Basketball Hall of Famer Bob Cousy at the White House in Washington, U.S., August 22, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueWASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said on Friday he was ordering U.S. companies to look at ways to close their operations in China and make more of their products in the United States instead, a rhetorical strike at Beijing as trade…

Scandinavia’s biggest offshore wind farm is officially open

The Horns Rev 3 facility is located in the North Sea, off Denmark’s west coast. Vattenfall The largest offshore wind farm in Scandinavia is officially open. In a ceremony Thursday, state-owned Swedish energy firm Vattenfall inaugurated the Horns Rev 3 facility, which is located in the North Sea, off Denmark’s west coast. Horns Rev 3 consists of 49 turbines which stand 187 meters tall. If the turbines’ foundations are taken into account, they each weigh nearly 1,500 tonnes. The facility has a capacity of 407 megawatts (MW), which Vattenfall says…

Renewable energy powerhouse Statkraft acquires electric vehicle charging business

Carolyn Hebbard | Moment | Getty Images Norway’s state-owned energy business Statkraft has acquired E-Wald GmbH, a German electric vehicle charging firm. In an announcement Friday, Statkraft said the deal strengthened its position in both the German and European electric vehicle (EV) charging sector. In 2018, the Oslo-headquartered business became a majority shareholder in eeMobility, another German EV charging company. The cost of the E-Wald acquisition was not disclosed in Statkraft’s announcement. « E-Wald is well placed for growth within fast charging in Germany, » Bjorn Holsen, senior vice president…

Google spooks employee activists with new guidelines for political speech at work

Google has updated its employee guidelines to caution against unnecessary political debate and improper disclosure of company information. Unveiled on Friday, the guidelines direct Googlers to be respectful in all internal communications, with prohibitions against trolling or blanket statements against groups of people that make fellow employees unwelcome. “Don’t troll, name call, or engage in ad hominem attacks,” the new guidelines read. “Be respectful in your comments about (and to) your fellow Googlers.” The previous version of the guidelines was unveiled just over a year ago in the wake of…

Amazon fires: Brazil threatened over EU trade deal

Media playback is unsupported on your device France and Ireland say they will not ratify a huge trade deal with South American nations unless Brazil does more to fight fires in the Amazon. French leader Emmanuel Macron said President Jair Bolsonaro had lied to him about his stance on climate change. There are currently a record number of fires in the Amazon rainforest – a major source of oxygen for the world. Environmental groups say the fires are linked to Mr Bolsonaro’s policies, which he denies. European leaders have also…

Amazon hosts thousands of unsafe or banned products, new investigation finds

FILE – In this Nov. 11, 2010 file photo, Humberto Manzano, Jr., delivers an arriving pallet of goods at an Amazon.com fulfillment center in Phoenix. Products are flying off the shelves at Amazon warehouses across the county as Californians prepare to start paying sales taxes on online purchases. The change, which takes effect Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, will pave the way for the e-commerce giant to open warehouses in California and offer same-day shipping to customers. (AP Photo/Ross D. FranklinRoss D. FranklinAmazon continues to struggle to curtail the sale of…

Special prosecutor to review actor Jussie Smollett’s case: judge

FILE PHOTO: Actor Jussie Smollett leaves court after charges against him were dropped by state prosecutors in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. March 26, 2019. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski/File PhotoCHICAGO (Reuters) – A Chicago judge on Friday named a special prosecutor to investigate the case involving ex-“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett’s allegation that he was the victim of a racist attack, which authorities have ruled a hoax. Cook County Judge Michael Toomin appointed former U.S. Attorney Dan Webb to probe the case of the actor, who is black and gay, and who told police on…

Tesla short David Einhorn says Elon Musk should resign over solar panel fires

David EinhornAndrew Harrer | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesTesla short David Einhorn of Greenlight Capital said on Twitter Friday that CEO Elon Musk should resign following allegations that the company’s solar panels have caused fires.The comments came just days after Walmart filed a lawsuit against Tesla claiming that solar panels it bought from the company caught fire in seven of its stores. Walmart alleged Tesla committed gross negligence, breach of contract and failure to live up to industry standards. It is asking for Tesla to remove its solar panels from over…

Facebook’s Libra reportedly losing support from early investors amid regulatory scrutiny

In this photo illustration, a visual representation of a cryptocurrency sits on display in front of a Facebook logo.Chesnot | Getty ImagesSome original investors in Facebook’s digital currency project are considering leaving,  the Financial Times reported Friday.Two Libra founders told the Financial Times they were worried about the regulatory spotlight that the cryptocurrency was attracting. The newspaper also said at least three early backers privately discussed separating themselves from the operation.The investors said they were concerned that the extra attention would put pressure on their other business ventures, the report…

Amazon fires: France and Ireland threaten to block EU trade deal

Media playback is unsupported on your device France and Ireland say they will not ratify a huge trade deal with South American nations unless Brazil does more to fight fires in the Amazon. French leader Emmanuel Macron said President Jair Bolsonaro had lied to him about his stance on climate change. There are currently a record number of fires in the Amazon rainforest – a major source of oxygen for the world. Environmental groups say the fires are linked to Mr Bolsonaro’s policies, which he denies. European leaders have also…