Trump approval drops 3 points to 2019 low after release of Mueller report: Reuters/Ipsos poll

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The number of Americans who approve of President Donald Trump dropped by 3 percentage points to the lowest level of the year following the release of a special counsel report detailing Russian interference in the last U.S. presidential election, according to an exclusive Reuters/Ipsos public opinion poll. U.S. President Donald Trump prepares to board Marine One en route to his Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida following the release of the Mueller report at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 18, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos BarriaThe…

Emma Thompson, weeping teenagers join peaceful climate protest in London

LONDON (Reuters) – Film star Emma Thompson joined climate change activists in a central London shopping district on Friday to read poetry praising Earth’s bounties, part of five days of protests which clogged the British capital with transport snarl-ups. Organizers Extinction Rebellion have called for non-violent civil disobedience to force the British government to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2025 and stop what they call a global climate crisis. The protests did not cause major travel disruption on Friday during one of Britain’s biggest holiday weekends, but…

Ukraine presidential rivals trade barbs in stadium debate

Ukraine’s rival presidential candidates have held a long-awaited head-to-head televised debate at Kiev’s giant Olympic stadium. Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky and incumbent president Petro Poroshenko shook hands before launching scathing attacks on one another. Mr Zelensky is the clear favourite for Sunday’s second-round vote, polls say. But Mr Poroshenko argues that he is a political novice unfit for such a demanding job. Mr Zelensky has relied on a slick social media campaign to tap into the frustration of many younger Ukrainians with establishment politicians, cronyism and corruption. The debate in the…

Saudi sisters in Georgia: ‘We were treated like slaves’

« We have to cover our face, we have to cook…like slaves. We don’t want this, we want real life, our life, » says 25-year-old Wafa, the latest woman to flee Saudi Arabia with her sister. Wafa and Maha al-Subaie, 28, are now in the republic of Georgia and are under state protection in a shelter. They had made their case for international help on Twitter, under the account @GeorgiaSisters. The sisters are appealing to the UN to help them get to a third, safe country. They travelled to Georgia…

Science doesn’t explain tech’s diversity problem — history does

Editor’s note, April 19th, 2019: We’re republishing this story today because of a report at Quartz that — like the infamous memo from former Google employee James Damore — some Microsoft workers are now internally criticizing the company’s diversity policies, suggesting yet again that biological differences may make women less suited for engineering jobs. This story may help explain why that logic is flawed. In 2017, the idea that biological differences drive social inequality is considered fairly offensive. For the incurious, the taboo around this argument makes it exciting. But…

Lawmakers call for Zuckerberg to be held accountable for Facebook’s privacy fumbles

Pressure is mounting in Washington D.C. to take action against Facebook’s chief executive Mark Zuckerberg for the company’s handling of customer data. Two Democratic senators voiced support for Zuckerberg to be held personally responsible for the company’s privacy fumbles following a Washington Post report that claimed the Federal Trade Commission is considering how to hold him directly accountable. div > div.group > p:first-child »> « Facebook was put on notice about its practices long ago — the FTC must now take aggressive enforcement action and name names, » Connecticut Democratic…

Pompeo says nothing’s changed on North Korea talks: ‘It’ll be my team’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said U.S. diplomatic efforts will continue toward the goal of denuclearization of North Korea, a day after a North Korean official said it no longer wanted to deal with him in talks. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo escorts Vice Chairman of the North Korean Workers’ Party Committee Kim Yong Chol, North Korea’s lead negotiator in nuclear diplomacy with the United States, into talks aimed at clearing the way for a second U.S.-North Korea summit as they meet at a…

U.S. homebuilding near two-year low; permits extend decline

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. homebuilding dropped to a near two-year low in March, pulled down by persistent weakness in the single-family unit segment, suggesting the housing market continued to struggle despite falling mortgage rates. FILE PHOTO: A construction worker builds a single family home in San Diego, California, U.S. February 15, 2017. Picture taken February 15, 2017. REUTERS/Mike BlakeThe second straight monthly decline in homebuilding reported by the Commerce Department on Friday probably reflected in part massive flooding in the Midwest, with housing starts in the region plunging to levels…

Samsung’s $2,000 folding phone gave me a tantalizing glimpse of the future — before it broke

Sharper screens and better cameras have not been enough for people to upgrade their phones. Consumers are holding on to phones longer than ever before – up to 4 years according to a Bernstein report from February – and smartphone shipments are down across the globe to levels not seen since 2014. That means companies like Samsung and Apple are looking for new ways to attract phone buyers. The Galaxy Fold is a $1,980 example of a new form factor that might get people to care about new phones again……

Lyra McKee: Murdered journalist’s ‘dreams snuffed out’

A journalist who was shot dead during rioting in Northern Ireland had her dreams « snuffed out by a single barbaric act », her partner has said. Lyra McKee, 29, was struck by a bullet as she was observing the violence in Londonderry on Thursday night. Police have started a murder inquiry and are blaming dissident republicans for the killing. At a vigil in Derry, Sara Canning said she had been left without « the woman I was planning to grown old with ». Journalist shot dead during Derry rioting…

Extinction Rebellion: Police move in on London protesters

Hundreds of police officers have closed in on Extinction Rebellion protesters in central London as demonstrations entered a fifth day. Officers surrounded a pink boat in Oxford Circus as actress Dame Emma Thompson told activists her generation had « failed young people ». More than 570 people have been arrested at protests this week in Oxford Circus, Parliament Square and Waterloo Bridge Dame Emma joined the protests after flying from Los Angeles on Thursday. She said: « We are here in this little island of sanity and it makes me…

Mueller report: Subpoena issued for unredacted version

Media playback is unsupported on your device A subpoena demanding the release of the full report into Russian meddling during the 2016 election has been issued, amid claims the current version « leaves most of Congress in the dark ». Democrat Jerry Nadler, chairman of the House judiciary committee, argued they are entitled to an unredacted version. Democrats have promised to continue pursuing Donald Trump following the release of the report on Thursday. But Mr Trump’s legal team argues it completely exonerates the president. The 448-page redacted document is the…

Two women die in Aberdeen beach swimming tragedy

Two women have died after getting into difficulties while swimming in the sea at Aberdeen beach in the early hours of the morning. Police said the victims, aged 22 and 36, were foreign nationals who were living in the city. The women have not yet been named. Emergency services were called to the Beach Esplanade at about 00:45 after reports of two people in the water. The women were pulled from the sea and taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. However, Ch Insp Martin Mackay of Police Scotland said that they…

Holyhead crossbow shooting: Man, 74, in critical condition

A 74-year-old man has suffered « significant life-threatening injuries » after being shot with a crossbow. It happened outside his home in a remote area near South Stack Road in Holyhead, Anglesey, in the early hours. North Wales Police said the victim was trying to fix a satellite dish on his home when he was hit with the bolt. He managed to get back inside and raised the alarm at about 00:30 BST on Friday and remains in a critical condition at Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor. Hospital staff alerted police…

Off-duty journalist shot dead during Northern Ireland riot

BELFAST (Reuters) – An off-duty journalist was killed after shots were fired during rioting in the Northern Irish city of Londonderry overnight, an attack that shocked the province and police said was likely the work of nationalist militants. Journalist Lyra McKee poses for a portrait outside the Sunflower Pub on Union Street in Belfast, Northern Ireland May 19, 2017. Jess Lowe Photography/Handout via REUTERS Rioting erupted in the Irish nationalist Creggan area of the city late on Thursday following a raid by police, who said they were trying to prevent…

U.S. housing starts fall to near to two-year low; permits weak

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – U.S. homebuilding dropped to a near two-year low in March, pulled down by persistent weakness in the single-family housing segment, suggesting the housing market continued to struggle despite declining mortgage rates. FILE PHOTO: A construction worker builds a single family home in San Diego, California, U.S. February 15, 2017. Picture taken February 15, 2017. REUTERS/Mike BlakeHousing starts fell 0.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.139 million units last month, the lowest level since May 2017, the Commerce Department said on Friday. Data for February…

Zoom’s CEO emigrated from China 22 years ago and spoke little English — now he’s worth $3 billion

Not even Eric Yuan’s closest friends, oldest advisers and earliest investors thought Zoom needed to exist. It was 2011, and the market was littered with videoconferencing systems from Google, Skype, GoToMeeting and Cisco, where Yuan had been leading WebEx’s engineering team. div > div.group > p:first-child »> « He came to a market that everybody said was done, » said Dan Scheinman, Cisco’s former head of corporate development who’s now an angel investor and Zoom board member. « He was competing with free and some pretty big incumbents. » Yuan,…

Lyra McKee: Journalist shot dead during Derry rioting

A journalist has been shot dead during rioting in Londonderry that police are treating as a « terrorist incident ». Dissident republicans are being blamed for killing 29-year-old Lyra McKee during rioting after police searches in Derry’s Creggan area on Thursday night. The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said the New IRA « are likely to be the ones behind this » and detectives have started a murder inquiry. Prime Minister Theresa May said the murder was « shocking and senseless ». Profile: Lyra McKee – ‘Her commitment to…

Mueller report gives Democrats political ammunition but they are split on how to use it

(Note graphic language in 13th paragraph) Official binders given to reporters with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election are seen in Washington, U.S., April 18, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstBy Sarah N. Lynch and Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on his inquiry into Russia’s role in the 2016 U.S. election provided extensive details on President Donald Trump’s efforts to thwart the probe, giving Democrats plenty of political ammunition against the Republican but no consensus on how to use it.…

Russia shrugs off Mueller report: agencies

Official binders given to reporters with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election are seen in Washington, U.S., April 18, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstMOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s foreign ministry on Friday dismissed the findings of the long-awaited report by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller and said it had failed to present any evidence of Russian meddling in U.S. elections, Russian news agencies reported. Mueller’s report, released on Thursday, details extensive contacts between Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russian operatives who, it said, sought to…

Woman killed in N Ireland ‘terror incident’

A journalist has been shot dead during violence in Londonderry that police are treating as a « terrorist incident ». Dissident republicans are being blamed for killing 29-year-old Lyra McKee during rioting after police searches in Derry’s Creggan area on Thursday night. Petrol bombs were also thrown at police Land Rovers. Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton said the New IRA « are likely to be the ones behind this » and detectives have started a murder inquiry. Media playback is unsupported on your device « At around 23:00 BST last…

Rights group condemns U.S. ‘vigilante’ treatment of migrants on border

(Reuters) – The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico on Thursday called for state authorities to investigate a small group of armed U.S. citizens who they alleged are illegally detaining migrants entering the United States. FILE PHOTO: A child looks through the border wall during the visit of U.S. President Donald Trump to Calexico, California, as seen in Mexicali, Mexico April 5, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos JassoThe United Constitutional Patriots, who claim to be mainly military veterans, have been patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border near Sunland Park, New Mexico, since late February…

Journalist shot dead in Derry during rioting in the city

Media playback is unsupported on your device A journalist has been shot dead during violence in Londonderry that police are treating as a « terrorist incident ». Dissident republicans are being blamed for killing 29-year-old Lyra McKee during rioting after police searches in Derry’s Creggan area on Thursday night. Petrol bombs were also thrown at police Land Rovers. Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton said the New IRA « are likely to be the ones behind this » and detectives have started a murder inquiry. « At around 23:00 BST last…

Rapper Kodak Black arrested in New York on drug, weapons charges

(Reuters) – Rapper Kodak Black was released from custody by the New York State Police on Thursday after being arrested on drug and gun charges while coming across the Canada-U.S. border near Niagara Falls, police said. FILE PHOTO: 2017 MTV Video Music Awards – Arrivals – Inglewood, California, U.S., 27/08/2017 – Kodak Black. REUTERS/Danny MoloshokBlack, 21, was stopped on Wednesday evening by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at the Lewiston-Queenston International Bridge headed back into the United States from Canada, the New York State Police said in a release.…

Mueller report: Democrats keep pressure on Trump over Russia

Media playback is unsupported on your device Democrats are keeping up pressure on President Donald Trump following the long-awaited release of a report into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. They want Robert Mueller, the man who collated the report, to publicly testify before congress about the work he has done. The redacted report, which was released on Thursday, reveals the president tried to get Mr Mueller fired. Mr Trump’s legal team has described its release as a « total victory ». The 448-page redacted document is the result of…

Woman shot dead in Derry after rioting in the city

Media playback is unsupported on your device A 29-year-old woman has been shot dead in Londonderry in what police are treating as a « terrorist incident ». Dissident Republicans are being blamed for the killing, which happened during rioting after police searches in Derry’s Creggan area on Thursday night. Petrol bombs were also thrown at police Land Rovers. Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton said the police were « treating the shooting as a terrorist incident » and a murder inquiry had been launched. There are reports that the trouble broke…

Libya crisis: PM Fayez al-Serraj condemns ‘silence’ of allies

The UN-backed PM of Libya has condemned the « silence » of his international allies as opposing forces advance on the capital Tripoli. Fayez al-Serraj is facing down an insurgency led by eastern commander Gen Khalifa Haftar. More than 205 people have been killed since fighting began on 4 April, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says. As violence continues, Mr Serraj told the BBC his people were starting to feel abandoned by the world. Why is Libya so lawless? Who is military strongman Khalifa Haftar? He said failure to support…

Santorini deaths: London teachers killed in buggy crash

A British couple killed in a buggy crash on the Greek island of Santorini have been named as two teachers who worked in south London. Milly and Toby Savill had been driving on the Profitis Ilias mountain when the vehicle fell into a 200-metre ravine on Sunday afternoon, local media reported. Mrs Savill’s father, Steve Coulson, paid tribute to the couple saying they « were utterly devoted to one another ». The Foreign Office said it was in contact with the Greek authorities. Mr Coulson, a vicar at St Mark’s…

Nintendo shares surge more than 16% after tie-up with Tencent to sell Switch console in China

Nintendo shares surged more than 16% on Friday after Tencent won approval to start selling the Japanese gaming giant’s Switch console in China. div > div.group > p:first-child »> Regulators in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong approved the Nintendo Switch and the game « New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe » to be released in China. Nintendo shares responded by hitting their highest level since an intra-day high on October 18, 2018. Investors have been asking for a long time when Nintendo will enter the world’s largest gaming market…

Ancestry is pulling ad with apparent slavery-era theme

Genealogy company Ancestry has apologized for a commercial that depicted a Civil War slavery theme and said it is in the process of pulling the ad from television. div > div.group > p:first-child »> The spot, titled « Inseparable, » depicted a white man urging a black women to « escape to the North … across the border » to be together. The ad then cut to black with the text, « Without you, the story stops here, » with a voiceover reading « Uncover the lost chapters of your…