Theresa May says no Brexit more likely than no deal

Prime Minister Theresa May is making a last-ditch attempt to persuade MPs to back her Brexit deal as Tuesday’s key Commons vote looms closer. She will use a speech on Monday to warn that trust in politicians will suffer « catastrophic harm » if the referendum result is not implemented. Parliament is more likely to block Brexit than let the UK leave with no deal, she will warn. Labour has vowed to table a vote of no confidence if Mrs May loses. Its leader Jeremy Corbyn said Labour would vote…

Cesare Battisti: Bolivia extradites Italian ex-militant

An Italian former communist militant captured in Bolivia is on a plane back to Rome, officials have confirmed. Cesare Battisti, 64, is wanted for four murders in Italy during the 1970s, which he denies committing. He was extradited after being found in Santa Cruz de La Sierra in an international police operation. After escaping from prison in Italy, Battisti lived for years in Brazil but vanished after an arrest warrant was issued last month. Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini confirmed that Battisti had been handed over to Italian authorities and…

Theresa May says no Brexirt more likely than no deal

Prime Minister Theresa May is making a last-ditch attempt to persuade MPs to back her Brexit deal as Tuesday’s key Commons vote looms closer. She will use a speech on Monday to warn that trust in politicians will suffer « catastrophic harm » if the referendum result is not implemented. Parliament is more likely to block Brexit than let the UK leave with no deal, she will warn. Labour has vowed to table a vote of no confidence if Mrs May loses. Its leader Jeremy Corbyn said Labour would vote…

Alps snow: Avalanche kills three skiers near Lech, Austria

Three men have been killed in an avalanche near the Austrian ski resort of Lech am Arlberg, local police say. The search for a fourth person, declared as missing, had to be halted due to the ongoing avalanche risk. The group came from southern Germany and were reported missing by one of their wives on Saturday night. In France, two employees at the Morillon ski resort died when the avalanche-control charges they were trying to set accidentally went off. The accident took place at an altitude of 1,800m (6,000ft) as…

Pawel Adamowicz: Gdansk mayor stabbed at charity event

The mayor of the northern Polish city of Gdansk has been stabbed while on stage at a major charity event, officials say. Pawel Adamowicz, 53, is reportedly in a critical condition in hospital. The suspect, a 27-year-old local resident, had access to the scene using a media badge, Polish media report. He has been detained. Interior Minister Joachim Brudzinski said the attack was « an act of inexplicable barbarism ». The incident took place at the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity event which was attended by hundreds of people. Poland…

Maroon 5 to play Super Bowl halftime show

FILE PHOTO – 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards – Show – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 11/03/2018 – Adam Levine of Maroon 5. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni(Reuters) – Pop band Maroon 5 will provide the halftime entertainment at next month’s Super Bowl in Atlanta in a show that will also feature rappers Travis Scott and Big Boi, the National Football League said on Sunday. Maroon 5, a three-times Grammy-winning group led by Adam Levine, will be joined by rising star Scott and Atlanta, Georgia native Big Boi, who was previously one half of rap…

Maroon 5 to play 2019 Super Bowl halftime show

FILE PHOTO – 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards – Show – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 11/03/2018 – Adam Levine of Maroon 5. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni(Reuters) – Pop band Maroon 5 will provide the halftime entertainment at next month’s Super Bowl in Atlanta in a show that will also feature rappers Travis Scott and Big Boi, the National Football League said on Sunday. Maroon 5, a three-times Grammy-winning group led by Adam Levine, will be joined by rising star Scott and Atlanta native Big Boi, who was previously one half of rap group…

Early research on Apple’s Health Records service suggests patients generally like it

The first research research on Apple’s Health Records service has just been released and shows that users have a favorable view of its capabilities, though it hasn’t been widely adopted. div > div.group > p:first-child »> Researchers at the University of California San Diego Health, one of the first health systems to integrate with Apple’s health service, spent a few months surveying patients about the technology, and published the results of their research on Friday in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). UCSD is among dozens of hospitals…

Republican ally Graham urges Trump to open U.S. government temporarily

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Republican senator close to President Donald Trump on Sunday backed a temporary re-opening of the federal government, in the 23rd day of the longest shutdown ever, to allow for talks on a spending agreement that could satisfy Trump’s border security demands. FILE PHOTO – U.S. President Donald Trump listens to U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) speak during a campaign rally for Republican U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith in Tupelo, Mississippi, U.S. November 26, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueDemocrats in Congress rejected Trump’s request that legislation to fund the government…

Exclusive: PG&E talking to banks on multibillion dollar bankruptcy financing – sources

(Reuters) – PG&E Corp (PCG.N) is in discussions with investment banks about a multibillion-dollar financing package to help navigate bankruptcy proceedings, a sign that Chapter 11 filing preparations are intensifying in the wake of potentially staggering liabilities from deadly wildfires, sources said on Sunday. FILE PHOTO: PG&E crew work on power lines to repair damage caused by the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, U.S. November 21, 2018. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage/File PhotoThe California utility owner is in touch with large banks about so-called debtor-in-possession financing that could total between $3 billion and…

Why hard skills aren’t enough to land a position in a hot job market

Right now, there’s more work than actual bodies to fill those jobs. div > div.group > p:first-child »> According to the latest Labor Department data, there are about 6.9 million jobs available, about 800,000 more positions than there are available workers. With many employers saying it’s tough to find qualified applicants to hire, how can job seekers ensure their resumes go to the top of the pile? « When you talk to employers about the skills they’re looking for, they’re ‘soft skills’, communication, problem solving, » Dan Roth, LinkedIn’s editor-in-chief,…

OPEC secretary general worried about trade war effect on China, India, oil demand’s ‘bright spots’

OPEC Secretary General Mohammed Barkindo is largely optimistic over prospects of achieving a balanced oil market in 2019. But if one thing keeps him awake at night, it’s the U.S.-China trade war’s potential to disrupt growth in major Asian markets that import the highest proportion of the world’s crude. div > div.group > p:first-child »> « We are concerned with the lingering trade disputes, » Barkindo told CNBC’s Hadley Gamble while at the Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum in Abu Dhabi Sunday. « The synchronized growth that we have witnessed…

Box Office: ‘The Upside’ surprises at no. 1 with $19.5 million, ‘Aquaman’ smashes $1 billion

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – In a surprise box office victory, STX’s “The Upside” doubled expectations with its $19.5 million debut, enough to defeat “Aquaman’s” three-week reign in North America. FILE PHOTO: Actor Bryan Cranston arrives at the premiere of the film « The Upside » at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in Toronto, September 8, 2017. REUTERS/Fred ThornhillBryan Cranston and Kevin Hart co-star in “The Upside,” which marks the studio’s first No. 1 opening. It also ranks as STX Film’s second-best start behind “Bad Moms,” which launched with $23 million…

Ford has a lot riding on the Detroit auto show this year

Few automakers exhibiting at the Detroit auto show, which kicks off Sunday in Detroit, have more riding on this year’s show than Ford. div > div.group > p:first-child »> The company, which is scheduled to release its fourth-quarter earnings Jan. 23, is in the midst of an $11 billion turnaround under CEO Jim Hackett. Investors haven’t been pleased so far. Its shares skidded 39 percent last year, falling below $10 a share for the first time since 2012, as its profits plunged 27 percent to $3.8 billion during the first…

French media denounce violent ‘yellow vest’ attacks on press

PARIS (Reuters) – French media and reporters’ organizations on Sunday denounced attacks on journalists by “yellow vest” anti-government protesters and called for better protection after a series of incidents this weekend. FILE PHOTO: French Gendarmes stand near a fire during a demonstration of the « yellow vests » movement in Strasbourg, France, January 12, 2019. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler/File PhotoParis police fired water cannon and tear gas to push back demonstrators from around the Arc de Triomphe monument on Saturday, in the ninth straight weekend of protests against French President Emmanuel Macron’s…

Key Republican to ask FBI about report of Trump counterintelligence probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican head of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee said on Sunday he plans to ask the FBI about a report it launched a probe into whether President Donald Trump has been working on Russia’s behalf, suggesting the agency may have gone too far. FILE PHOTO: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) waits for U.S. President Donald Trump to enter the room to speak about the « First Step Act » in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, U.S. November 14, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis/File Photo“I am…

A ‘Shark Tank’ hopeful wants to put an end to the problem of glasses that fall off your face

Sometimes the best business ideas come from the most trivial challenges. For Nashville-native Don Hejny, the light bulb turned on after his glasses slid down the bridge of his nose. div > div.group > p:first-child »> The touring audio engineer-turned-entrepreneur set out to solve the slippery spectacles dilemma, by creating a product with a beeswax-based blend of ingredients designed to help keep glasses in place. To get the business off the ground, Hejny his wife Lydia, and their two children Dia and Asaiah, pitched the company to « Shark Tank.…

All the rage: Beijingers vent their stress in ‘anger room’

BEIJING (Reuters) – It took Smash customer Qiu Siyu just a few sharp blows with a baseball bat to wreck what looked like an old car radio, after which two friends battered telephones, audio speakers, rice cookers and even a mannequin. High school student Qiu Siyu, wearing protective gear, reacts after smashing wine bottles in an anger room in Beijing, China January 12, 2019. Picture taken January 12, 2019. REUTERS/Jason LeeAll three paid 158 yuan ($23) to spend half an hour in an “anger room” in Beijing, where patrons wearing…

Apple’s famous walled garden is starting to show cracks

As Apple struggles with sluggish iPhone sales and a falling stock price, all eyes have turned to the company’s services businesses and whether they can meet the company’s lofty expectations. div > div.group > p:first-child »> Apple already gave us a few hints over the last month or so. In a series of uncharacteristic partnerships with tech rivals, Apple has shown its willingness to rethink how its tightly-controlled ecosystem of software and services can expand beyond the iPhone. The famous Apple walled garden may not be crumbling, but the cracks…

Nissan aims to take on Tesla by giving its electric vehicle Leaf major range, performance boost

With a growing number of long-range battery-cars coming to market, Nissan’s own electric vehicle, the Leaf, has been in danger of coming unplugged. div > div.group > p:first-child »> But the Japanese automaker is hoping to attract potential buyers with the launch of a new model that gives a 50 percent boost to both range and performance. The new Nissan Leaf Plus will go on sale in early spring and will deliver an estimated 226 miles per charge of its lithium-ion battery. That’s more than triple the range of the…

Ahead of vote, UK PM May warns it would be catastrophic to halt Brexit

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May warned lawmakers on Sunday that failing to deliver Brexit would be catastrophic for democracy, in a plea for support two days before parliament is expected to reject her deal with Brussels. Britain’s opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain’s Liberal Democrats Vince Cable and Britain’s Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay appear on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, in London, Britain January 13, 2019. Jeff Overs/BBC/Handout via REUTERS With the clock ticking down to its March 29 exit from the European…

Secretary of State Pompeo urges Gulf states to heal rift

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talks with Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani, the Deputy Prime Minister and Qatari Minister of Foreign Affairs, at the Sheraton Grand in the Qatari capital Doha, Qatar January 13, 2019. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool via ReutersDOHA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that a rift between Qatar and its Arab Gulf neighbors had gone on for too long. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and non-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member Egypt cut diplomatic, transport and trade ties with…

Paris bakery explosion death toll rises to four

The death toll from a gas explosion in central Paris has risen to four after rescue workers found the body of a woman in the rubble. Two firefighters and a Spanish tourist were also killed in Saturday’s blast at a bakery near a popular area. Dozens more people were injured in the blast, which also caused damage in nearby streets. The cause was thought to be accidental, though other explanations have not been excluded, the Paris prosecutor said. Media playback is unsupported on your device Some 30 firefighters were involved…

Greek government crisis over Macedonia name change

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has said he will call a confidence vote after his governing coalition split over the Macedonia name change. Defence Minister Panos Kammenos withdrew his party’s support, signalling his opposition ahead of an expected vote in the Greek parliament. The two countries recently agreed that Greece’s northern neighbour would be called North Macedonia, therefore ending a 27-year-long row. Macedonia has ratified the deal. Full story: What’s in a name? The man who has focused on one word for years Greek nationalists argue that the name «…

Texas tent city that holds migrant teens to close

EL PASO, Texas (Reuters) – A tent city in Texas for migrant teens will close, the U.S. government said on Friday, and the children held in what had become a controversial symbol of President Donald Trump’s migration policy will be transferred to sponsors or other shelters. The shelter in Tornillo, Texas opened in June to house migrant children, many of whom were Central Americans who crossed the border alone. Immigration advocates raised concerns about how long the minors were staying in the tents and some protesters had set up camp…

Iran protests to Poland over Iran-focused summit

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif delivers his statement, during the Geneva Conference on Afghanistan, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, November 28, 2018. Salvatore Di Nolfi/Pool via REUTERSDUBAI (Reuters) – Iran’s foreign ministry summoned a senior Polish diplomat on Sunday to protest Poland’s jointly hosting a global summit with the United States focused on the Middle East, particularly Iran, state news agency IRNA reported. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday the summit — to be held in Warsaw on Feb. 13-14…

Saudi energy minister: We’d work with anyone interested in balancing the oil market

OPEC’s largest oil producer is willing to work with all parties to balance the crude market in 2019, and that could include U.S. President Donald Trump, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih told CNBC on Sunday. div > div.group > p:first-child »> Asked if he would work with Trump, al-Falih replied, « We will work with all interested producers who want to bring stability to the market … OPEC plus and anybody else who would like to do it with us. » The American president has been vocally critical of the…

Schumer to force vote on U.S. decision to lift sanctions on Russia firms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said on Saturday he will force a vote soon on a resolution to disapprove the Trump administration’s decision to relax sanctions on three Russian companies connected to oligarch Oleg Deripaska. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speaks to the media ahead of a possible partial government shut down in Washington, U.S., December 20, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts“I have concluded that the Treasury Department’s proposal is flawed and fails to sufficiently limit Oleg Deripaska’s control and influence of these companies and the Senate…

Government shutdown breaks record, with no end in sight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A partial U.S. government shutdown over President Donald Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border entered its 22nd day on Saturday, making it the longest shuttering of federal agencies in U.S. history, with no end in sight. FILE PHOTO: A sign the reads « Federal employees all day happy hour » is displayed at a local bar as the partial U.S. government shutdown enters its third week in Washington, U.S., January 11, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File PhotoTrump, holed up in the White…

Brexit failure a catastrophic breach of trust, says May

A failure to deliver Brexit would be « a catastrophic and unforgivable breach of trust in our democracy », Prime Minister Theresa May has warned. Writing in the Sunday Express, Mrs May pleaded with MPs to back her Brexit deal in Tuesday’s crunch Commons vote. Not doing so risks the UK leaving the EU with no deal or Brexit not happening at all, she said. Meanwhile, No 10 is said to be alarmed at the prospect of MPs taking control of Brexit if Tuesday’s vote is lost. ‘Our turn to…