Trump-Russia inquiry: President ‘did not conspire with Russia’

President Trump’s campaign « did not conspire » with Russia during the 2016 election campaign, Robert Mueller’s report says. The summary of the special counsel’s report released on Sunday « did not draw a conclusion » as to whether there was any obstruction of justice, either. But the special counsel adds that its findings do not exonerate Mr Trump. The report was submitted on Friday to Attorney General William Barr, who has been poring over the document. Follow live reaction to report’s conclusions The report is the culmination of two…

Mueller does not find Trump campaign knowingly conspired with Russia

The U.S. Capitol is seen after Special Counsel Robert Mueller handed in his report to Attorney General William Barr on his investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election and any potential wrongdoing by U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington, U.S., March 22, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos BarriaWASHINGTON (Reuters) – Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian meddling in the 2016 election did not find that any U.S. or Trump campaign officials knowingly conspired with Russia, according to details released on Sunday. Attorney General William Barr sent a summary of conclusions…

Attorney general’s summary of Mueller report expected Sunday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General William Barr was expected to release his summary of the long-awaited special counsel’s report on Russian meddling in the 2016 election on Sunday as lawmakers drew battle lines on how to respond to the investigation that has cast a pall over Donald Trump’s presidency. Special Counsel Robert Mueller sent his report to Attorney General William Barr on Friday, leaving members of Congress, the media and Trump himself waiting to learn its findings after a 22-month investigation of possible Russian connections. A Justice Department official…

May in fight to retain grip on Brexit as parliament seeks control

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May was holding crisis talks with colleagues on Sunday in an effort to breathe life into her twice-defeated Brexit deal after reports that her cabinet was plotting to topple her. The United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union was already slipping from May’s weakened grasp as she struggled to increase support for her deal and parliament prepared to grab control of Brexit in the coming days. At one of the most important junctures for the country since World War Two, British politics was…

Uri Geller urges mass-telepathy against Brexit

FILE PHOTO: Uri Geller poses for a photograph in Jaffa, next to Tel Aviv, Israel January 23, 2017. Picture taken January 23, 2017. REUTERS/Baz Ratner/File PhotoTEL AVIV (Reuters) – Spoon-bending psychic Uri Geller wants to bend British Prime Minister Theresa May’s will against Brexit using mass-telepathy. From his home in Israel, Geller – who is also a British citizen and a former resident of May’s Maidenhead constituency – wrote an open letter to the prime minister urging her to block Britain’s exit from the European Union. Now he wants Britons…

Before the Levi’s IPO, there was the 1985 buyout led by iconoclastic S.F. investor Warren Hellman

Levi Strauss & Co., the 166-year-old bluejeans maker, went public on Thursday and closed its debut week with an $8.6 billion market cap. It’s the first time the company has traded publicly since 1985, when a San Francisco-based financier named Warren Hellman helped lead a $1.6 billion buyout. div > div.group > p:first-child »> Hellman wasn’t particularly well-known at the time, having just started his private equity firm, Hellman & Friedman, a year earlier, following over a decade on Wall Street and early venture capital. But until his death in…

Steve Jobs was trying to revolutionize TV almost a decade ago — now we’ll find out Apple’s plan

Apple is holding a press event at its campus in Cupertino, California, on Tuesday at 1 p.m. ET, where the company is expected to announce new subscription services as it seeks to find new areas of revenue growth to combat stalling iPhone sales. div > div.group > p:first-child »> The announcements are likely to include a streaming video service that includes original programming produced by Apple and bundles of streaming packages from current players like HBO and Starz. On top of that, Apple is expected to revamp its News app…

Review: The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti is a beautiful SUV that doesn’t measure up to its price

Fiat Chrysler’s Alfa Romeo brand is still establishing itself in the U.S. after being absent from our shores for decades. While the 4C sports car marked the official return of the brand, the Giulia sedan and Stelvio crossover are Alfa Romeo’s first attempts to sell to a more mainstream crowd. div > div.group > p:first-child »> We sampled the red-hot Stelvio Quadrifoglio last year, but the Stelvio Ti is the volume seller. It doesn’t offer the crazy performance or aggression of the Stelvio Quadrifoglio, but it’s still a fun ride…

Box Office: Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ stuns with $70 million opening weekend

Director Jordan Peele (L) and cast members Lupita Nyong’o, Evan Alex, Shahadi Wright Joseph, and Winston Duke attend the « Us » premiere at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, New York, U.S., March 19, 2019. REUTERS/Eduardo MunozLOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – Talk about scary good. “Us,” the second directorial effort from Jordan Peele, pulled off a stunning debut, generating $70 million from 3,741 North American locations. That haul is enough to land it the second-best opening weekend of the year behind just Disney’s “Captain Marvel” ($153 million).…

Thailand’s coup leader and ‘democratic front’ face off in long-awaited election

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thais voted on Sunday in a long-delayed election following a 2014 military coup, a race that pitted the country’s junta chief seeking to retain power against a “democratic front” led by the populist party he ousted. Supporters of Pheu Thai Party react after unofficial results, during the general election in Bangkok, Thailand, March 24, 2019. REUTERS/Athit PerawongmethaTurnout was expected to be high as 80 percent of the 51.2 million eligible voters, the Election Commission said about an hour before the polls closed at 5 p.m. (1000 GMT).…

I bought a used car off the internet and to my surprise, it was easy and fun

I first realized that I needed a new car on February 12, 2019. div > div.group > p:first-child »> I was driving my 2001 Chevy Impala, a retrofitted cop car with almost 90,000 miles, on the BQE in intense snow, sleet and hail, with my two kids in the backseat. Three things happened at once that day. The « check engine » light came on with an alarming bong, the radio went out and, most spectacularly, one windshield wiper blade on the driver’s side jettisoned off the shaft onto the…

Here’s the one ‘big, looming’ threat facing the oil rally, commodity expert says

One oil bull sees a « big, looming » risk bubbling up in the energy market. div > div.group > p:first-child »> RBC Capital Markets’ Helima Croft, the firm’s global head of commodity strategy, is generally bullish on oil prices. She sees OPEC’s commitment to productions cuts, the United States’ sanctions on Iran and Venezuela and overall demand for crude as healthy drivers of the oil rally, which has taken per-barrel prices up by nearly a third so far this year. But there’s one major risk that could threaten this…

Brexit: Ministers back Theresa May amid reports of a coup

Senior ministers have dismissed reports of a cabinet coup to oust Theresa May. Chancellor Philip Hammond said talk of a change was « self indulgent » while Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay said the PM « is in charge ». David Lidington – one of those touted as a possible replacement – insisted: « I am 100% behind the prime minister. » Mr Barclay told the BBC a general election would become more likely if MPs vote this week for a Brexit option the government does not want. MPs are expected…

Norway cruise ship heads to port after passenger airlifts

Media playback is unsupported on your device A cruise ship that got into trouble off the Norwegian coast is heading to port after the dramatic rescue of hundreds of its passengers. The Viking Sky lost power on Saturday and sent out a distress signal after it began drifting towards land. Rescuers airlifted almost 500 of the 1,373 mostly elderly passengers from the ship in bad weather. The vessel’s engines have been restarted and it is heading towards the port of Molde. Evacuations have been halted for now but rescuers said…

Exit poll has Thai opposition winning most seats but not enough for government

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thai voters flocked to the polls on Sunday for the first election since a 2014 coup, and an exit poll indicated the populist party linked to exiled former leader Thaksin Shinawatra would win the most seats, but not enough to form a government. Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha (L) prepares to vote in the general election at a polling station in Bangkok, Thailand, March 24, 2019. REUTERS/Athit PerawongmethaThe race has pitted military junta chief Prayuth Chan-ocha seeking to retain power and stay on as prime minister against…

The making of militants in India’s ‘paradise on earth’

KULGAM, India (Reuters) – Kashmiri farmer Yusuf Malik learned that his son Owais, a 22-year old arts student and apple picker, had become an armed militant via a Facebook post. Sister of Owais Malik, a suspected militant, displays her phone with the picture of Malik, at her home in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district February 16, 2019. REUTERS/Zeba SiddiquiDays after Owais disappeared from his home in this picturesque valley below the Himalayan ranges, his picture appeared on the social network, posted by a user the family said they did not recognize.…

Brexit: Theresa May urged to quit to help deal pass

Theresa May could gain support for her Brexit deal if she promises to stand down as PM, senior Conservatives have told the BBC. MPs in the party have said they might reluctantly back the agreement if they know she will not be in charge of the next stage of negotiations with the EU. But the chancellor said changing prime ministers « wouldn’t help », adding: « This isn’t about individuals. » No 10 has dismissed reports that Mrs May could be persuaded to stand aside. It comes as newspaper reports…

U.S. lawmakers await details of Mueller’s Russia report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers waited on Sunday for details of a confidential report into a probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 election that has cast a pall over President Donald Trump’s time in office and raised questions about possible collusion between the Republican’s campaign and Moscow. Attorney General William Barr was expected to give Congress and the public a summary of the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller who has conducted a 22-month-long Russia investigation. Barr, the top U.S. law enforcement official, spent nine hours on Saturday studying…

Private equity chief says he’s bullish on A.I. in China

The head of one Chinese private equity firm is bullish on China’s technology. div > div.group > p:first-child »> « China has the best digital infrastructure, as a sizable economy, » John Zhao, CEO of Hony Capital, said at the China Development Forum in Beijing. « When I talk about the digital infrastructure, it’s not just about how many people are internet-users, or will be internet-users. We’re talking about mindset, » he told CNBC’s Eunice Yoon on Saturday. Chinese « consumers are digitally equipped and very open to consume digitally,…

Brexit: May urged to quit to help deal pass

Theresa May could gain support for her Brexit deal if she promises to stand down as PM, senior Conservatives have told the PCF. MPs in the party have said they might reluctantly back the agreement if they know she will not be in charge of the next stage of negotiations with the EU. It comes as newspaper reports claim cabinet ministers are plotting a coup against her. No 10 has dismissed reports that Mrs May could be persuaded to stand aside. The prime minister has come under growing pressure to…

Aerial footage shows scale of Brexit protest

Hundreds of thousands are marching through central London calling for another EU referendum. Demonstrators from the « Put It To The People » campaign are marching from Park Lane to Parliament Square, before rallying in front of Parliament. It comes after the EU agreed to delay the UK’s departure from the EU. This footage shows nine minutes of the march in just 90 seconds, starting at 14.45GMT. Read more: Million joined Brexit protest, organisers say Source: The Guardian

Cyclone Idai: Scores more deaths reported in Mozambique

The official death toll from Cyclone Idai, which tore through southern Africa more than a week ago, rose sharply on Saturday as authorities reported scores more deaths. The number of people declared dead in Mozambique rose from 242 to 417, Land and Environment Minister Celso Correia said. The new figure puts the overall death toll at about 700 people across Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. The toll is expected to rise further. The storm has killed at least 259 people in Zimbabwe, while in Malawi 56 people died when heavy rains…

Norway cruise ship evacuated after engine problems

Media playback is unsupported on your device About 1,300 people are being evacuated from a cruise ship off the western coast of Norway, authorities have said. Police in the county of More og Romsdal say the ship has suffered engine problems, and all those aboard are being taken to shore. Norway’s sea rescue agency said the MV Viking Sky sent out a distress signal amid high waves and strong winds. Five helicopters and several ships are taking part in the evacuation, the agency said. However, a freighter – Hagland Captain…

Michael Jackson: Barbra Streisand apologises for abuse remarks

The singer Barbra Streisand has apologised after she was criticised for sympathising with Michael Jackson over child abuse accusations against him. Streisand told The Times newspaper that she believed the allegations against the late superstar but said his actions « didn’t kill » the accusers. She later wrote on Instagram that she was « profoundly sorry for any pain or misunderstanding » caused. Jackson’s brothers have denied that the singer sexually abused children. Is Michael Jackson’s legacy ruined? The fans sticking up for Michael Jackson The accusations were made in…

Immigrant portraits in New York art show face down Trump

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Immigrant faces captured in life-sized portraits by artist Betsy Ashton look the viewer straight in the eye, as if eager to tell their stories of leaving home to brave new struggles in a strange land. Visitors examine Artist Betsy Ashton’s exhibition, « Portraits of Immigrants: Unknown Faces, Untold Stories » at Riverside Church in New York, U.S., March 10, 2019. REUTERS/Demetrius FreemanAshton said she created the oil paintings to counter what she calls a false political narrative spun by the Trump administration. “I simply decided it…

Wife of Venezuelan opposition leader to Maduro: ‘Enough already!’

LIMA (Reuters) – The wife of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido had a brief message for President Nicolas Maduro on Saturday, following the arrest of her husband’s chief of staff this week: “Enough already.” Fabiana Rosales, wife of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who many nations have recognized as the country’s rightful interim ruler, speaks during an interview with Reuters at the Colombian embassy in Lima, Peru, March 23, 2019. REUTERS/Guadalupe PardoIn an interview with Reuters in Peru, where she met with Venezuelan immigrants before a trip to the United…

Passengers airlifted from crippled cruise ship in storm off Norway

OSLO (Reuters) – Rescue helicopters evacuated more than 150 people from a luxury cruise ship which suffered engine failure on Saturday in stormy weather off the west coast of Norway, police and rescue workers said. The maritime rescue service said the Viking Sky, with 1,373 passengers and crew on board, had sent out a mayday signal as it had been drifting toward land in the Norwegian Sea. The ship was carrying 915 passengers, of which “a large number” were from the United States and Britain, the rescue service said, although…

Attorney general pores over Russia report, details expected Sunday

WASHINGTON/WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Saturday pored over a special counsel report into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Moscow, and was due to release key findings soon. Barr, the top U.S. law enforcement official, aimed to transmit to Congress and the public a summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report by the end of the weekend. He will not deliver the summary on Saturday, a Justice Department official said, leaving it likely that he…