Saudi seeks oil supply protection as U.S and Iran face off

DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia called for swift action to secure Gulf energy supplies, after the United States blamed Iran for attacks on two oil tankers in a vital oil shipping route that have raised fears of broader confrontation in the region. FILE PHOTO: An oil tanker is seen after it was attacked at the Gulf of Oman, in waters between Gulf Arab states and Iran, June 13, 2019. ISNA/Handout via REUTERSThursday’s tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman exacerbated the antagonistic fallout from similar blasts in May that crippled…

Iran summons UK envoy over ‘unfounded’ tanker accusations

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran on Saturday summoned the British ambassador to Tehran after London blamed it for attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, the semi-official Students News Agency ISNA reported. “During the meeting with Iran’s foreign ministry official, Iran strongly condemned the unfounded allegations and criticized Britain’s unacceptable stance regarding the attacks in the Gulf of Oman,” it said. The ambassador was asked for an explanation and correction after Britain was the only nation to echo U.S. accusations, ISNA reported. British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt issued a…

Amanda Knox breaks down in Italy as she relives murder trial

ROME (Reuters) – Amanda Knox, back in Italy for the first time since her 2015 murder acquittal, broke down in tears on Saturday as she relived her eight-year ordeal of trials and imprisonment, and the media frenzy surrounding it. Speaking at a conference on criminal justice in the northern Italian city of Modena, Knox said she had considered suicide while in jail, and she blamed the media for its treatment of her and her trial, which was closely followed around the world. “To the world, I wasn’t a suspect innocent…

Exclusive: U.N. chief calls on EU to raise 2030 climate goal to 55%

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called on the European Union to aim for a 55% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, far more than the bloc’s current target for a 40% reduction. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks at the R20 Austrian World Summit in Vienna, Austria, May 28, 2019. REUTERS/Lisi NiesnerIn a letter to European Council President Donald Tusk, seen by Reuters, ahead of a summit of EU leaders, Guterres said the world’s largest economic bloc should lead by example to avert the worst effects of…

Two London teens killed on night of violence

Police made 14 arrests after four separate London attacks left two teenagers dead and three men injured in the space of 12 hours. An 18-year-old man was stabbed to death at about 16:42 BST on Friday in Wandsworth, south London. Police were called minutes later, at 16:54, to Plumstead, south-east London, where a 19-year-old man was shot dead. In the early hours of Saturday two men were stabbed in Clapham and another was stabbed in Brixton. The condition of two of the men is not yet known, while the third…

Two teens killed on night of violence in London

Police made 14 arrests after four separate London attacks left two teenagers dead and three men injured in the space of 12 hours. An 18-year-old man was stabbed to death at about 16:42 BST on Friday in Wandsworth, south London. Police were called minutes later, at 16:54, to Plumstead, south-east London, where a 19-year-old man was shot dead. In the early hours of Saturday two men were stabbed in Clapham and another was stabbed in Brixton. The condition of two of the men is not yet known, while the third…

This is what it really looks like inside a bank’s cybersecurity center right before an attack

Businessman standing in front of window with business thinking.baona | iStock | Getty ImagesThe following is a modified excerpt from CNBC cybersecurity reporter Kate Fazzini’s « Kingdom of Lies: Unnerving Adventures in the World of Cybercrime, » on sale wherever books are sold. Names of corporations and individuals have been changed to protect sources. In 2012 and 2013, Iranian sponsored distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks that took down the websites of several prominent banks, including NOW Bank, one of the world’s largest.The attacks were not damaging in terms of monetary losses,…

Franco Zeffirelli, Italian film and opera director, dies at 96

ROME (Reuters) – Franco Zeffirelli, who directed the world’s greatest opera singers and brought Shakespeare to the cinema-going masses, has died. He was 96. In a statement, his foundation said he died in Rome on Saturday. “Ciao Maestro,” said the announcement. Often appreciated more by the public than critics, Zeffirelli was the last of a generation of Italian film giants who came of age after World War Two, including Federico Fellini, Luchino Visconti and Vittorio De Sica. He directed more than two dozen films, working with stars including Elizabeth Taylor,…

Here’s how the Apple Watch will soon help protect your hearing

You shouldn’t be in an environment louder than 100 decibels for longer than 3 minutes, according to the World Health Organization.Todd Haselton | CNBCApple will update the Apple Watch with its latest software, watchOS 6 in the fall. It’ll include a new feature called Noise that can be used to notify you if the environment you’re in is loud enough to damage your hearing. I tried it out using the watchOS 6 beta, and it’s pretty neat.Noise is off by default. But you can turn it on inside the new watchOS…

Here’s how big tech companies like Google and Facebook set salaries for software engineers

Spencer Platt | Getty ImagesWhen recent college graduates and friends Zuhayeer Musa and Zaheer Mohiuddin started to break into the software industry, everything they found on the internet about engineering jobs seemed to be missing the actual information they needed: How much do these jobs pay?Software engineers straight out of college often make six-figure salaries, not counting equity compensation. Depending on seniority, some coders make millions of dollars per year. But where on that spectrum any given engineer lands often depends on a single number — what’s often called a…

Italian film and opera director Franco Zeffirelli dies at 96

(Reuters) – – Franco Zeffirelli, the film and opera director acclaimed for movies such as “Romeo and Juliet” and opulent lyrical productions on the world’s major stages, died on Saturday at the age of 96. Often appreciated more by the public than critics, Zeffirelli was the last of a generation of Italian film giants who came of age after World War Two and included Federico Fellini, Luchino Visconti and Vittorio De Sica. He directed more than two dozen films, working with stars including Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Laurence Olivier, Alec…

Director Franco Zeffirelli dies at 96 – Italy media

Italian film director Franco Zeffirelli has died aged 96, Italian media report. The Florence native directed stars including Elizabeth Taylor in the 1967 film Taming of the Shrew and Dame Judi Dench on stage in Romeo and Juliet. Italian media said Zeffirelli died after a long illness which had grown worse in recent months. Source: BBC

Wainfleet flooding: More evacuations of homes

More homes are being evacuated following severe flooding in a town. Residents in 290 properties in Wainfleet, Lincolnshire, will be moved over concerns about flood defences on the River Steeping. The Environment Agency said water levels remained high and a decision had been made to « evacuate the highest risk areas and the most vulnerable ». The town flooded on Wednesday after two months’ worth of rain fell in two days and the river burst its bank. Three RAF Chinook helicopters dropped 270 one-tonne bags of aggregate to repair the…

Iran renews nuclear pact ultimatum amid tensions with U.S.

DUSHANBE (Reuters) – Iran will continue scaling back compliance with a nuclear deal unless other signatories to the pact show “positive signals”, the Iranian president said on Saturday as tensions with the United States escalated over tanker attacks in the Gulf region. Participants listen to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who is seen on screens, during the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in Dushanbe, Tajikistan June 15, 2019. REUTERS/Mukhtar KholdorbekovIran stopped complying in May with some commitments in the 2015 nuclear deal that was agreed with global…

Five listeria deaths prompt NHS food review

A « root and branch » review of hospital food has been ordered by the health secretary after two more patient deaths were linked to an outbreak of listeria. Public Health England (PHE) confirmed on Friday the total number of deaths related to pre-packed sandwiches and salads had risen from three to five. It said evidence suggested the deceased ate the products before 25 May. Products from the Good Food Chain – linked to the outbreak – have been withdrawn and production stopped. « I have been incredibly concerned by…

Jeremy Corbyn challenges UK government’s Iran accusations on oil tanker attacks

Jeremy Corbyn has questioned whether the government has « credible evidence » to show Iran is behind the attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said responsibility for Thursday’s attack in the Gulf of Oman « almost certainly » lies with the Iranian regime. But the Labour leader tweeted that there was no evidence for this. Mr Hunt responded that Mr Corbyn’s comments were « pathetic » and said he should back British intelligence. It is the second time in the past few…

Edexcel launches investigation after A-level maths paper leaked online

Exam board Edexcel has launched an investigation into how part of an A-level maths paper was leaked online. Blacked out images of two questions were shared on social media on Thursday afternoon. Pearson, which runs Edexcel, said the images were circulated « in a very limited way » shortly before Friday’s Maths Paper 3 exam. It reassured students no-one would be advantaged or disadvantaged and they would not have to re-sit the paper. The questions were first posted from a Twitter account in a since deleted post, where the user…

Hong Kong extradition protests: Government suspends bill

The Hong Kong government has suspended its highly controversial plan to allow extraditions to mainland China, Chief Executive Carrie Lam has announced. She had previously refused to scrap the bill despite mass protests from Hong Kong residents. « I feel deep sorrow and regret that deficiencies in our work – and various other factors – have stirred up substantial controversies, » she said. Protesters expressed concern at increased Chinese influence. Ms Lam said she had heard the calls for her government to « pause and think ». She also admitted…

Are too many Army officers privately-educated?

Nearly half of the British Army’s latest intake of officer cadets were privately educated, the BBC has found. A Freedom of Information request has revealed 49% of those who entered the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst in January came from fee-paying schools. The Sutton Trust, which aims to improve social mobility, said those at the top of the armed forces were seven times more likely to go to private schools. The Army said it was « increasing our outreach to those in state education ». The figures stand in contrast…

Explainer: Why proposed changes to Hong Kong’s extradition law are fuelling protests

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Cracks have appeared in the support base for a proposed Hong Kong law to allow extraditions to China, with local media reporting the city’s government will suspend the bill after widespread anger and violent protests. Protesters hold signs following a day of violence over a proposed extradition bill, outside the Legislative Council building in Hong Kong, China, June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Athit PerawongmethaThe extradition bill, which would cover Hong Kong’s 7 million residents and foreign and Chinese nationals living or traveling in the city, has many concerned…

Hong Kong media say controversial extradition bill may be suspended

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong media reported on Saturday the city’s government would suspend a proposed law on extradition to mainland China that sparked widespread anger and violent protests, with leader Carrie Lam planning to address reporters later in the day. Cracks began to appear on Friday in the support base for the extradition bill with several pro-Beijing politicians and a senior advisor to Lam saying discussion of the bill should be shelved for the time being. The extradition bill, which will cover Hong Kong’s 7 million residents and…

VW’s Tennessee workers vote against union representation

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Reuters) – Workers at Volkswagen AG’s assembly plant in the state of Tennessee narrowly voted against union representation, dealing a fresh blow to the United Auto Workers’ (UAW) efforts to unionize a foreign automaker’s plant in the U.S. South. FILE PHOTO: Cars are seen at the Volkswagen Chattanooga Assembly Plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee November 4, 2015. REUTERS/Tami ChappellThe German automaker and the UAW said on Friday that workers at the Chattanooga plant voted 833 to 776 against union representation, the second time in five years they have rejected…

UK court sets Assange U.S. extradition hearing for February 2020

LONDON (Reuters) – The full extradition hearing to decide whether Wikileaks founder Julian Assange should be sent to the United States to face accusations including spying charges will take place in February next year, a London court ruled on Friday. A demonstrator holding a placard protests outside of Westminster Magistrates Court, where a case hearing for U.S. extradition of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is held, in London, Britain, June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah Mckay – RC17C61BCDA0Assange, 47, faces 18 counts in the U.S. including conspiring to hack government computers and violating…

Listeria outbreak: Health secretary orders NHS food review

A « root and branch » review of hospital food has been ordered by the health secretary after two more patient deaths were linked to an outbreak of listeria. Public Health England (PHE) confirmed on Friday the total number of deaths related to pre-packed sandwiches and salads had risen from three to five. It said all but one of the deaths happened more than a month ago. Products from the Good Food Chain – linked to the outbreak – have been withdrawn and production stopped. « I have been incredibly…

Picasso, Leger paintings seen fetching millions at London auction

« Femme dans un fauteuil », a 1913 painting by French cubist artist Fernand Leger, on display at a photocall at Christie’s auction house in London, Britain, June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Emily Roe LONDON (Reuters) – Abstract paintings depicting the female form by Pablo Picasso and Fernand Leger are expected to fetch tens of millions of dollars at auction when they go under the hammer next week, according to Christie’s auction house. “Femme dans un fauteuil”, painted by French cubist artist Leger in 1913, is one of a group of five…

Gulf of Oman tanker attacks: Trump dismisses Iran denials

Media playback is unsupported on your device US President Donald Trump has dismissed Iran’s insistence it had no involvement with the attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. Mr Trump cited footage that Washington says shows Iranian forces in a small boat taking an unexploded mine off the hull of one of the ships. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the truth needed to be « clearly established ». Russia has warned against drawing « hasty conclusions ». The blasts came a month after four oil tankers…

Apollo in talks to finance Dish Network bid for T-Mobile and Sprint assets

Charles Ergen, chairman and co-founder of Dish Network CorpJonathan Alcorn | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesPrivate equity group Apollo Global Management is in talks with satellite TV provider Dish Network to finance a bid for wireless assets that will be divested in the proposed merger between T-Mobile and Sprint, according to two people familiar with the matter.The two U.S. wireless carriers have agreed to sell prepaid brand Boost Mobile to gain regulatory approval for the $26 billion merger. Sources said that Dish is interested in the assets.The talks between Apollo and…

Four candidates at top of Trump’s list to replace Sarah Sanders: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump has four leading candidates under consideration to replace outgoing White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, a Trump confidant said on Friday. U.S. President Donald Trump brings White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders onto the stage after it was announced she will leave her job at the end of the month during a second chance hiring prisoner reentry event in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., June 13, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueThe four are deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley,…

Trump says ‘Iran did do it,’ as U.S. seeks support on Gulf oil tanker attacks

DUBAI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Friday blamed Iran for attacks on two oil tankers at the entrance to the Gulf and said it was seeking international consensus about the threat to shipping, despite Tehran denying involvement in the explosions at sea. Thursday’s attacks raised fears of a confrontation in the vital oil shipping route at a time of increased tension between Iran and the United States over U.S. sanctions and military moves in the Middle East, Tehran’s proxy groups in the region and its nuclear program. “Iran did…