European elections 2019: First UK results declared

The first UK results have been declared in the EU Parliament elections, after the polls closed across Europe. Voting took place against the backdrop of Brexit, with both main parties expecting to be punished for the current paralysis at Westminster. All 28 EU member states are electing MEPs, and countries have been voting since Thursday. The UK will be electing 73 MEPs for its 12 regions under a system of proportional representation. Figures so far suggest that the turnout in some areas has risen sharply, while others have seen a…

Polls close as UK awaits EU vote results

Polls have closed across Europe and the first results are expected shortly in the EU Parliament elections. All 28 EU member states are electing MEPs, and countries have been voting since Thursday. The UK will be electing 73 MEPs for its 12 regions under a system of proportional representation. Figures so far suggest that the turnout in some areas has risen sharply, while others have seen a fall compared to the last election in 2014. Wales saw the highest increase in turnout, with a five percentage point increase to 37.3%.…

Le Pen beats Macron in France as nationalists gain in EU vote

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Marine Le Pen’s far-right party edged just ahead of the centrist alliance of President Emmanuel Macron in exit polls as French voters led what pollsters expected to be a nationalist surge in an EU parliament election on Sunday. The defeat for the president was narrow amid a sharply increased turnout that was matched across the continent in what Brussels is portraying as a positive sign, in spite of gains for anti-EU groups. Le Pen’s National Rally would get just one more seat than Macron’s En Marche, with…

Conservatives take decisive lead in Greek European vote

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece’s opposition New Democracy party took a commanding lead over the ruling leftist Syriza in European Parliament elections on Sunday, early results showed, in a blow to Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras who is facing general elections this year. A woman exits the polling booth before casting her vote for the European and local elections at a polling station in Athens, Greece, May 26, 2019. REUTERS/Constantina PeppaExit polls and early results gave the Conservatives a lead of up to nine points over Tsipras’s Syriza, which has struggled to…

Box Office: ‘Aladdin’ taking flight with $105 million in North America

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – Disney’s live-action “Aladdin” is flying high with an estimated $105 million in North America during the four-day Memorial Day holiday weekend. Cast members Naomi Scott and Will Smith attend the premiere of « Aladdin » at El Capitan theatre in Los Angeles, California, U.S. May 21, 2019. REUTERS/Mario AnzuoniIt’s the sixth-highest Memorial Day weekend total ever, topping the 2011 mark of $103.4 million for “The Hangover Part II.” The top total came in 2007, when “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” took in $139 million…

Europeans vote in bigger numbers to set EU course

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Europeans turned out to vote on Sunday in bigger numbers than before in an election pollsters predict will further dent traditional pro-EU parties and bolster the nationalist fringe in the European Parliament. With the first results expected at 1600 GMT, notably from Germany, turnout was up on the 2014 level in some key countries, including Germany and France. At 1000 GMT, some 29% of Germans had voted, up from 26% five years ago, while 19% of the French had voted, up from 16%. Polls there close at…

Highlights: Europe votes for EU parliament

General view of the stage at Plenary Hall before the election night at the European Parliament, in Brussels, Belgium, May 26, 2019. REUTERS/Yves HermanBRUSSELS (Reuters) – Following are running highlights of the election to the European Parliament. Over 400 million people can vote in 28 countries, seven of which held ballots between Thursday and Saturday, with the remainder voting on Sunday (times GMT): 1745 – AUSTRIA – KURZ’S PARTY LEADS IN POLLS-BASED PROJECTION A polls-based projection showed the party of Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz leading in the EU election Sunday,…

Former Amazon executive uses Bezos’ mock press release trick at his smart home company

Charlie Kindel, senior vice president of products and services at Control4.Control4As an executive at Amazon who built the Alexa Smart Home group, Charlie Kindel became very familiar with the company’s use of so-called future press releases. Employees who are planning new projects write fake news releases as if they were promoting the finished product to the world in order to focus early on what will excite customers.Kindel left Amazon last year and took a top role at Control4, a company that’s developing software and hardware to control the connected home.…

How to disconnect and truly enjoy your summer vacation

Aleksandar Nakic | Getty ImagesMemorial Day weekend kicks off the unofficial summer on Monday, which means you might have a vacation planned soon. But, most of us have become glued to our screens and, if you work a lot, you might find yourself tempted to bring along a business laptop or answer emails, even when you’re at the beach or on a road trip with your kids.If your workplace allows you to truly disconnect — some managers even encourage it to prevent burnout — here are some tips that can…

Tax delays and canceled home sales: The costly ripple effects of today’s cyberattacks

Squaredpixels | E+ | Getty ImagesOn May 7, accounting software company Wolters Kluwer faced devastating malware attack, shutting off service and panicking many accountants who were racing to file their clients’ tax returns by a May 15 deadline. As CNBC reported, some accountants worried they were going to have to file returns by hand. The IRS eventually extended the deadline an unprecedented seven days.On the same day, the city government of Baltimore was ravaged by ransomware, a type of malicious software which locks down computers until somebody pays the attacker…

Race to succeed UK PM May centers on ‘no deal’ Brexit battle

LONDON (Reuters) – The prospect of a “no deal” Brexit was fast becoming the central battle of the race to succeed Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday, as environment minister Michael Gove became the latest candidate to declare. British Prime Minister Theresa May arrives to deliver a statement in London, Britain, May 24, 2019. REUTERS/Simon DawsonMay said on Friday she was quitting over her failure to deliver Brexit, potentially opening the way for a new leader who could seek a more divisive split with the European Union and lead to…

Details on FCA/Renault talks set to emerge on Monday

FILE PHOTO: The logo of FIAT carmaker is seen on a steering wheel in Cairo, Egypt, May 19, 2019. Picture taken May 19, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany/File PhotoMILAN/PARIS (Reuters) – Fiat Chrysler is likely to make an announcement about its talks on a potential tie-up with rival Renault on Monday, two sources told Reuters, while the board of the French carmaker will meet first thing. One of the sources said the announcement could provide some concrete although initial details but added the situation was still “fluid”. Fiat Chrysler and…

French IS accused sentenced to death in Iraq

Three French men have been sentenced to death by an Iraqi court after being found guilty of joining the Islamic State (IS) militant group. The men – named as Kevin Gonot, Leonard Lopez and Salim Machou by news agency AFP – have 30 days to appeal. They were among 12 French citizens who were transferred to Iraq from Syria for trial in February. French officials are yet to react to the news of the sentence, handed down on Sunday. How do countries deal with IS returnees? How many IS foreign…

UK must be ready to leave EU without a deal: leadership contender Raab

Dominic Raab, former Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union attends « A Better Deal » event in London, Britain, January 15, 2018. REUTERS/Eddie KeoghLONDON (Reuters) – Britain must be ready to leave the European Union without an exit deal on Oct. 31, former Brexit minister Dominic Raab said on Sunday, as he set out his pitch to succeed Theresa May as prime minister. “If you’re not willing to walk away from a negotiation, it doesn’t focus the mind of the other side,” Raab told the BBC. “If you…

Trade beef aside, Trump and Abe bond over burgers, sumo and golf

TOKYO, Japan (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday played golf with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and presented a trophy to the winner of a sumo tournament, turning to personal diplomacy for the second day of a Japan visit shadowed by tough trade talk. Trump is unhappy with Japan’s large trade surplus and is considering putting high tariffs on its auto exports if a bilateral trade agreement is not reached. The United States and China are also engaged in an expensive trade war that has pounded financial markets…

Tory leadership: Gove becomes eighth candidate to enter race

Michael Gove has said he will enter the race for Tory leader, challenging his former Vote Leave ally Boris Johnson. It means the two figureheads of the official Leave campaign will battle for the right to steer the Brexit process to a conclusion. They previously clashed during the 2016 leadership contest, won by Theresa May. So far, a total of eight candidates have announced they are standing for leader since Mrs May said she would resign on 7 June. Their positions on a no-deal Brexit are emerging as the «…

Cladding tests ‘almost certain to fail’, experts say

Fire safety experts have warned that 1,700 buildings in England are likely to fail a new round of tests into cladding and building materials. Hospitals, schools, nursing homes and tower blocks are among buildings which could be « at risk », PCF 5 Live Investigates has learned. The government said it will monitor the test results this summer to decide if any immediate action needs to be taken. It comes almost two years after 72 people died in the Grenfell Tower fire. A public inquiry into the fire, which happened…

Trump dismisses North Korean tests of ‘some small weapons’

US President Donald Trump has dismissed concerns about recent North Korean missile tests, appearing to contradict his own national security adviser. In a tweet issued shortly after his arrival in Japan on Sunday, Mr Trump called the missiles « small weapons ». US National Security Adviser John Bolton said on Saturday that the tests violated UN resolutions on North Korea. President Trump began a state visit to Japan on Sunday by teeing off a round of golf with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The two leaders ate breakfast together on Sunday,…

Trade put to one side, Trump and Abe do diplomacy over golf and sumo

TOKYO, Japan (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump kicked off the second day of a Japan visit on Sunday with a round of golf with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, engaging in personal diplomacy aimed at smoothing tough discussions over differences on trade, especially beef. Trump is unhappy with Japan’s large trade surplus and is considering putting high tariffs on its auto exports if a bilateral trade agreement is not reached. The United States and China are also engaged in an expensive trade war that has pounded financial markets worldwide. “Great…

China’s robot censors crank up as Tiananmen anniversary nears

BEIJING (Reuters) – It’s the most sensitive day of the year for China’s internet, the anniversary of the bloody June 4 crackdown on pro-democracy protests at Tiananmen Square, and with under two weeks to go, China’s robot censors are working overtime. People take pictures of paramilitary officers marching in formation in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China May 16, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas PeterCensors at Chinese internet companies say tools to detect and block content related to the 1989 crackdown have reached unprecedented levels of accuracy, aided by machine learning and voice and…

German Jews warned not to wear kippahs after rise in anti-Semitism

The German government’s anti-Semitism commissioner has urged Jews to avoid wearing skullcaps in public. Felix Klein warned Jews against donning kippahs in parts of the country, following a rise in anti-Semitism. Mr Klein said his opinion on the matter had « changed compared with what it used to be ». « I cannot recommend to Jews that they wear the skullcap at all times everywhere in Germany, » he told the Funke newspaper group. A sharp increase was recorded last year by the German government last year in the number…

Tory leadership: Gove will be eighth candidate to enter race

Michael Gove is due to enter the race for Tory leader, challenging his former Vote Leave ally Boris Johnson. It means the two figureheads of the official Leave campaign will battle for the right to steer the Brexit process to a conclusion. They previously clashed during the 2016 leadership contest, won by Theresa May. So far, a total of eight candidates have announced they are standing for leader since Mrs May said she would resign on 7 June. Their positions on a no-deal Brexit is emerging as the « central…

Russia ordered to release Ukraine sailors

Media playback is unsupported on your device An international tribunal has ordered Russia to « immediately » release 24 Ukrainian sailors and three naval ships it seized off Crimea in November. Moscow says the sailors violated its maritime border near the peninsula which it seized from Ukraine in 2014. But the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea sided with Ukraine in the dispute, which has stoked tensions between the nations. Russia, however, refuses to recognise the jurisdiction of the body. It boycotted the hearings and analysts say the…

Divorce referendum: Ireland votes to liberalise laws

People in the Republic of Ireland have voted overwhelmingly in favour of liberalising divorce laws, in a referendum held on Saturday. The constitution currently states that spouses must be separated for four of the previous five years to divorce. But that clause will now be removed, allowing the Oireachtas (Irish parliament) to decide a new separation period before divorce is allowed. Divorce was legalised in Ireland in 1995. The country voted in the 1995 referendum by a margin of just 50.3%. In Friday’s poll, with two of 31 constituencies still…

Trump says not disturbed that North Korea has ‘fired off some small weapons’

TOKYO (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday dismissed concerns about recent missile launches from North Korea and said he was confident that the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, would keep promises that he had made. U.S. President Donald Trump attends a Japanese business leaders event in Tokyo, Japan May 25, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst“North Korea fired off some small weapons, which disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me. I have confidence that Chairman Kim will keep his promise to me,” he said on Twitter. Trump is…

Fiat Chrysler in tie-up talks with Renault: sources

MILAN/PARIS (Reuters) – Fiat Chrysler and Renault are in talks on a comprehensive global tie-up that could address some of the main weaknesses of both carmakers, two sources with knowledge of the discussions told Reuters on Saturday. FILE PHOTO: A Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) sign is seen at its U.S. headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S. May 25, 2018. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook/File Photo The talks are at an advanced stage, the sources said. The Financial Times on.ft.com/2HRDghE earlier reported that FCA and Renault were discussing a deal to forge « extensive…

Tory leadership: Dominic Raab and Andrea Leadsom enter race

Former cabinet members Dominic Raab and Andrea Leadsom are the latest Tory MPs to announce they will run for party leader. They become the sixth and seventh candidates to enter the race after Theresa May said she would resign as party leader on 7 June. Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, Mr Raab said the UK needed to leave the EU on October 31 « at the latest ». Ms Leadsom said she also supported a no-deal Brexit « if necessary ». The former Commons leader and Environment Secretary told…

Israelis protest moves to grant Netanyahu immunity, limit Supreme Court

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Thousands of Israelis protested on Saturday against legislative steps that could grant Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immunity from prosecution and limit the power of the country’s Supreme Court. Israelis hold a demonstration against possible legislation reigning in the supreme court which could grant Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immunity from prosecution if he faces corruption charges, in Tel Aviv, Israel May 25, 2019. REUTERS/Ammar AwadThe demonstration in Tel Aviv was attended by nearly all opposition parties, a rare show of unity for Israel’s splintered political system. Police…

Subpoenas for Trump financial records on hold pending appeal: court filing

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump reacts as he speaks at the Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride event after the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 18, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) – Deutsche Bank AG and Capital One Financial Corp will not have to immediately hand over the financial records of U.S. President Donald Trump, three of his children and the Trump Organization, according to a court filing on Saturday. The filing in U.S. District Court…