Google CEO: ‘We do not bias our products to favor any political agenda’

Google CEO: Democracies should draw line on hate speech, not us Google CEO Sundar Pichai responded to reports that some staff had discussed tweaking search results to show a pro-immigration bias. « We do not bias our products to favor any political agenda, » he wrote in an email to Google employees. Pichai sent the note on Friday after The Wall Street Journal obtained emails traded between Google employees about tweaking search results to show pro-immigration content. Those ideas, which were discussed around the time the Trump administration was rolling…

Accuser of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh to testify on Thursday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – California professor Christine Blasey Ford has agreed to testify before a Senate panel on Thursday morning about her sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, her lawyers said on Sunday. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh listens during his U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 4, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File PhotoThe agreement capped a week of dramatic developments that cast into turmoil U.S. Senate confirmation of President Donald Trump’s conservative nominee, once considered a safe bet.…

Labour conference: deselecting MPs to be made easier

Labour’s annual conference has voted to make it easier for local party members to deselect sitting MPs. Until now, Labour MPs only faced a reselection contest if 50% of a constituency’s local branches and affiliated unions voted for it in a so-called « trigger ballot ». Delegates in Liverpool voted for that threshold to be reduced to 33%. The deselection campaign is seen by some Labour MPs as an attempt to « purge » critics of Jeremy Corbyn. Two MPs on the right of the party – Frank Field and…

US tells Iran to ‘look in the mirror’ after Ahvaz attack

Media playback is unsupported on your device The US ambassador to the UN has urged Iran to « look in the mirror » for the causes of an attack on a military parade that killed 25 on Saturday. Nikki Haley said Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had « oppressed his people for a long time ». She was responding to Mr Rouhani’s fierce criticism of the US, in which he blamed it for enabling the attack. Two separate groups have claimed they carried out the shooting, but neither has provided evidence.…

Girl with allergy dies after Pret baguette

A girl with a severe sesame allergy died after eating an airport Pret a Manger baguette, which did not list the ingredients. Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, 15, collapsed during a flight from Heathrow to Nice on 17 July 2016. Despite her father administering two EpiPen injections, Natasha, from Fulham, London, died within hours, West London Coroner’s Court will hear. Pret a Manger said it was « deeply saddened » by the death. Natasha’s father, Nadim Ednan-Laperouse, said in a statement: « It’s a daily battle and the pain is indescribable. » Mr…

France removes toxic tyres from failed reef project

Teams of divers are painstakingly lifting an artificial reef made of tens of thousands of old car tyres from the seafloor south of France, after it was found to spread pollution from toxic chemicals. The operation is costing well over a million euros ($1.1m; £898,000) and is part-funded by the tyre manufacturer Michelin as well as the French state. The divers are supported by a boat with lifting equipment. Fish had been avoiding the area. Local fishing association leader Denis Genovese told AFP news agency that some types of fish…

Corbyn: ‘Anti-Semitism is a scourge on any society’

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says he will continue to oppose anti-Semitism and that his party has taken steps to address it. Following a summer dominated by rows over his past conduct and his response to problems in the party, Mr Corbyn said he was « absolutely not » an anti-Semite. Speaking to the PCF’s Andrew Marr, he called it « a scourge on any society ». Source: The Guardian

Oil prices would be ‘cheaper’ if Trump would stop tweeting, Iran official says

President Donald Trump’s tweeting habits are lifting oil prices, and the U.S. leader should stop posting on social media to alleviate the spike in prices, according to one Iranian official. « The Trump administration is pushing politics into the OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries), and is aiming at spreading the members and securing their own interests by getting lower prices and so forth, » Hossein Kazempour, Iran’s OPEC representative, told CNBC’s Steve Sedgwick at the Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee (JMMC) in Algiers on Sunday. OPEC, along with a group…

How Fortnite’s $10 million fall tournament can help make it the next esports giant

And it’s on. On Friday, Epic Games kicked off their six week Fortnite Fall Skirmish series, with the world’s top players competing for a $10 million prize pool. The eight-figure purse eclipses the game publisher’s previous $8 million haul, with the invitational tournament pitting the best Fortnite players in the world against one another in a new club-based format. The event will culminate with a grand final in late October at TwitchCon. For industry experts and those involved in competitive Fortnite, the burgeoning prize pool and events of the last…

Plus-sized models and 1990s ‘supers’ walk for Dolce & Gabbana in Milan

MILAN (Reuters) – Plus-sized models led by Ashley Graham joined 1990s-era supermodels and celebrities on Dolce & Gabbana’s catwalk on Sunday as the Italian fashion house presented its opulent “DNA” spring-summer collection. VIPs also studded the audience at one of the last shows of Milan’s fashion week, with singers Stevie Wonder, Cardi B and Liam Payne surrounded by young influencers in the front row. Church bells rang as a solemn procession of women dressed in black and veiled, carrying candles, opened the show. The curtain rose to reveal a cast…

Trump’s claim that OPEC is pushing oil prices up is ‘not true,’ Saudi oil minister says

Saudi Arabia’s oil minister rebuffed President Donald Trump’s recent accusations that OPEC is pushing crude prices higher, speaking to journalists at the Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee (JMMC) in Algiers on Sunday. Asked by CNBC’s Steve Sedgwick about the U.S. president’s remarks, Saudi oil minister Khalid al Falih replied, « That is of course not true, we have been looking at more important aspects which is adequacy of supply. I think member countries over the last three months since June have responded in a very good way and have opened the…

Box Office: ‘The House With a Clock in Its Walls’ leads with $26.8 million, ‘Fahrenheit 11/9’ falls flat

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – “The House With a Clock in Its Walls” easily topped the domestic box office in an otherwise quiet weekend at multiplexes. Actors Jack Black and Owen Vaccaro pose at the premiere for « The House With a Clock in its Walls » in Los Angeles, California, U.S., August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni Eli Roth’s adaptation of the popular children’s book picked up a better-than-expected $26.8 million when it opened in 3,592 locations. The fantasy film, starring Jack Black and Cate Blanchett, didn’t face much competition. A…

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards threaten to avenge military parade attack

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran’s Revolutionary Guards vowed on Sunday to exact “deadly and unforgettable” vengeance for a shooting attack on a military parade that killed 25 people, including 12 of their comrades, and Tehran accused Gulf Arab states of backing the gunmen. Saturday’s assault, one of the worst ever against the elite force of the Islamic Republic, struck a blow at its security establishment at a time when the United States and its Gulf allies are working to isolate Tehran. “Considering (the Guards’) full knowledge about the centers of deployment…

UAE official denies Iranian allegations of links to military parade attackers

DUBAI (Reuters) – A senior United Arab Emirates official denied on Sunday Iranian allegations alluding to the involvement of the UAE in training troops that claimed the attack on a military parade in southwestern Iran. Minister of State for Foreign Affairs for the United Arab Emirates, Anwar Gargash, speaks at an event at Chatham House in London, Britain July 17, 2017. REUTERS/Neil HallThe “formal incitement against the UAE from within Iran is unfortunate, and has escalated after the Ahvaz attack,” said Minister of State for Foreign Affairs for the United…

Lesbian romance film shows to sell-out crowd in Nairobi after court lifts ban

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Rafiki, an acclaimed film portraying a lesbian romance that was until Friday banned in Kenya where it was made, showed on Sunday to a cheering, sold-out audience in Nairobi. FILE PHOTO: 71st Cannes Film Festival – Screening of the film “Summer” (Leto) in competition – Red Carpet Arrivals – Cannes, France, May 9, 2018. Director Wanuri Kahiu of « Rafiki » poses with actors Sheila Munyiva and Samantha Mugatsia. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard -/File PhotoNairobi residents will be able to watch Rafiki during daytime-only screenings at the Prestige Cinema…

Russia says it has ‘significant potential’ to hike oil production after Iran sanctions

Russia stands ready to hike its oil output after the implementation of U.S. sanctions on Iran, the country’s energy minister told CNBC on Sunday. President Donald Trump’s administration is set to impose fresh sanctions on Iran targeting the country’s crude industry on November 4. The U.S. is reimposing sanctions on the Middle Eastern nation as part of its withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. « I don’t think we can discuss the exact number at this point but what I can tell you for sure is that we have…

Airports use parking lot loyalty programs and discounts to compete against Uber and Lyft

Loyalty programs, half-off sales and even free coffee. These are some of the measures airport executives are considering to encourage travelers to park in their lots and garages, as ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft have surged in popularity. Parking is an important source of revenue for airports, sometimes second only to the fees airports collect from airlines, such as for terminal rent and landing fees. Airports are now scrambling to protect this key income stream as more travelers opt to leave their cars at home and take an Uber…

How one ‘Shark Tank’ entrepreneur turned his love of children and art into a toy business

They say life imitates art, which is why Budsies has no problem making a name for itself in the toy industry. This South Florida-based company lets customers turn their original artwork into a plush toy. Alex Furmansky, Founder and CEO of Budsies, pitched the heartwarming concept to the panel on « Shark Tank, » He told the sharks: « Children have the most amazing minds. Their imagination inspires them to create the most fantastic artwork. So, rather than let their artwork take over our fridge, or get lost in piles…

Iran Revolutionary Guards threaten to avenge military parade attack

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran’s Revolutionary Guards vowed on Sunday to wreak “deadly and unforgettable” vengeance for a shooting attack on a military parade that killed 25 people, including 12 of their comrades, and Tehran accused Gulf Arab states of backing the gunmen. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani attends a news conference at the Chancellery in Vienna, Austria July 4, 2018. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner Saturday’s assault, one of the worst ever against the elite force of the Islamic Republic, struck a blow at its security establishment at a time when the United States…

Significance of attack on military parade in Iran

(Reuters) – A deadly assault on an Iranian Revolutionary Guards parade dealt a stunning blow to Iran’s security establishment, which has often said it can repel any threat no matter how big, even from the United States and its chief Middle East ally Israel. A general view of the attack during the military parade in Ahvaz, Iran September 22, 2018. Tasnim News Agency/via REUTERS Saturday’s shooting attack, among the worst ever on the Guards, illustrated that Iran’s elite force, which answers directly to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameni, can be…

Armani defines the shape of color in pastel and silver collection

MILAN (Reuters) – After stunning the fashion elite with his spectacular show-with-concert on Thursday, Giorgio Armani returned on Sunday and gave a “shape to color” in a new collection of ethereal designs in pastel and silver colored satins. A model presents a creation at the Giorgio Armani show during Milan Fashion Week Spring 2019 in Milan, Italy, September 23, 2018. Picture taken using a plastic prism. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo“Liquid and lightness are given by a rarefied range of colors. It’s all very subtle, just like the color palette, which gives a…

Swiss voters ‘reject fair food plans’

Voters in Switzerland appear to have rejected two proposals on ethical and sustainable food. Initial projections suggest the two initiatives have been defeated by no votes of over 60%. The proposals were aimed at boosting local farming and promoting more sustainable agriculture. But opponents, including business leaders and the government – which had advised people to vote no – had warned of higher food prices and less choice. This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version.…

Nigerian pirates kidnap 12 crew from Swiss cargo ship

Pirates have kidnapped 12 crew members from a Swiss cargo vessel in Nigerian waters. Massoel Shipping said its vessel, MV Glarus, was carrying wheat from Nigeria’s capital to Port Harcourt when it was attacked on Saturday. « The pirate gang boarded the Glarus by means of long ladders and cut the razor wire on deck, » the firm told AFP. The intruders struck 45 nautical miles from Bonny Island in the Niger Delta, taking 12 of the 19 crew hostage. Geneva-based Massoel said the pirates had « destroyed much of…

Corporate America, not banks, could cause the next recession

The collapse of Lehman Brothers: 10 years later 1. The next debt crisis: There’s a $6.3 trillion elephant in the room. And it just might cause the next recession. The last downturn was triggered by Wall Street and Americans accumulating too much debt — particularly in the sizzling housing market. A decade later, it’s Corporate America borrowing with gusto. Egged on by extremely low rates, US companies have piled on a record-setting $6.3 trillion of debt, according to S&P Global Ratings. All that debt is easy to ignore right now.…

Cosby sentencing is new milestone for #MeToo movement

(Reuters) – When a grainy video of standup comedian Hannibal Buress making a joke about Bill Cosby’s rape allegations on an October night in 2014 went viral, the rallying cry of #MeToo was years away. FILE PHOTO: Bill Cosby reacts while being notified a verdict is in, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in his sexual assault retrial, in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S., April 26, 2018. Mark Makela/Pool via Reuters/File PhotoThe men the movement would lay low were still at the height of their powers. That same evening, Bill O’Reilly was on…

Rouhani says Iran ready to confront U.S. after military parade attack

DUBAI (Reuters) – President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday Iran was ready to confront the United States and its Gulf Arab allies, a day after an attack on an Iranian military parade killed 25 people, including 12 members of the elite Revolutionary Guards. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani attends a news conference at the Chancellery in Vienna, Austria July 4, 2018. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner Speaking before leaving Tehran to attend the annual U.N. General Assembly in New York, Rouhani accused U.S.-backed Gulf Arab states of providing financial and military support for anti-government…

Iran summons UAE envoy over parade attack comments: state TV

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran’s foreign ministry on Sunday summoned the United Arab Emirates’ charge d’affaires over comments made about a military parade attack that killed 25 people, including members of the Revolutionary Guards, state television said. State-run PressTV said the action was taken over comments by an unnamed UAE official, without giving details. Iranian officials have accused U.S.-backed Gulf Arab states of supporting the attackers. Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. Source: Reuters

Danger remains even as flood waters recede in Hurricane Florence’s aftermath

(Reuters) – Nearly all rivers and waterways in North and South Carolina will crest Sunday, but most will remain at dangerous flood levels for days to come, the U.S. National Weather Service warned, more than a week after the arrival of Hurricane Florence, which has killed at least 40 people. Flooding, in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, is seen in and around Wilmington, North Carolina, U.S., September 19, 2018 in this picture obtained from social media on September 21, 2018. ALAN CRADICK, CAPE FEAR RIVER WATCH/via REUTERS Swaths of rivers…

Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh’s accuser tentatively agrees to testify on Thursday: media

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A woman who has accused U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault has tentatively agreed to testify before a Senate panel on Thursday, according to media reports. The agreement is in the works for California professor Christine Blasey Ford to possibly testify on Thursday, but details have yet to be finalized, CNN and other media reported late on Saturday. The report said that her lawyers will talk again on Sunday with Senate officials. U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley had set a Saturday afternoon…

All aboard: Hong Kong bullet train signals high-speed integration with China

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s controversial bullet train got off to a smooth start on Sunday, as hundreds of passengers whistled north across the border at speeds of up to 200 kph (125 mph), deepening integration of the former British colony with mainland China. Passengers react on a first train departing from Hong Kong during the first day of service of the Hong Kong Section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link, in Hong Kong, China September 23, 2018. REUTERS/Tyrone SiuWhile the $11 billion rail project has raised fears…