Iran dismisses U.S. claim it was behind Saudi oil strikes, says ready for war

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran rejected accusations by the United States that it was behind attacks on Saudi oil plants that risk disrupting world energy supplies and warned on Sunday that U.S. bases and aircraft carriers in the region were in range of its missiles. A satellite image shows an apparent drone strike on an Aramco oil facility in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia September 14, 2019. Planet Labs Inc/Handout via REUTERS Yemen’s Houthi group claimed responsibility for Saturday’s attacks that knocked out more than half of Saudi oil output or more than…

Trump rebuffs Kavanaugh impeachment calls after new sexual misconduct report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump rejected Democrats’ calls for impeaching Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on Sunday after a new report that alleged sexual misconduct, encouraging Kavanaugh to sue for libel and suggesting the Justice Department could “rescue” him. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks next to U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh as they participate in a ceremonial public swearing-in in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., October 8, 2018. REUTERS/Jim Bourg/File PhotoAt least three Democratic presidential candidates called for Kavanaugh’s…

‘Jojo Rabbit’ wins Toronto film festival’s Oscar-bellwether award

FILE PHOTO – Cast member Scarlett Johansson arrives at the world premiere of « Jojo Rabbit » at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada September 8, 2019. REUTERS/Mario AnzuoniTORONTO (Reuters) – New Zealander Taika Waititi’s “Jojo Rabbit” on Sunday won the audience award given at the end of the Toronto International Film Festival, which has in many past years been a bellwether for Academy Award winners. “Jojo Rabbit” is a comic satire about a 10-year-old German boy Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis) during the World War Two,…

Saudi Arabia reportedly aims to restore one-third of lost oil output by Monday

Smoke is seen following a fire at Aramco facility in the eastern city of Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia, September 14, 2019. Stringer | Stringer Saudi Aramco is aiming to restore by Monday about a third of its crude output that was disrupted after drone attacks on two key oil facilities, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday, citing Saudi officials familiar with the matter. The drone strikes on facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais eliminated 5.7 million barrels of production over the weekend. Officials believe that they can restore 2 million barrels by…

UK’s Johnson, likening himself to Incredible Hulk, vows Oct. 31 Brexit

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson likened himself to the comic book character The Incredible Hulk in a newspaper interview where he stressed his determination to take Britain out of the European Union on Oct. 31. Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson reacts during the Convention of the North at the Magna Centre in Rotherham, Britain September 13, 2019. Christopher Furlong/Pool via REUTERSThe Mail on Sunday newspaper reported that Johnson said he would find a way to circumvent a recent parliament vote ordering him to delay Brexit rather than…

Britain’s Liberal Democrats formally adopt ‘Stop Brexit’ policy

FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Liberal Democrats leader Jo Swinson leaves BBC studios in London, Britain, September 15, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/File PhotoLONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Liberal Democrats party on Sunday toughened its anti-Brexit stance, formally adopting a policy to stop the country from leaving the European Union if it wins power at a national election. The party holds just 18 seats in Britain’s 650-seat parliament but has cast itself as the only ‘Stop Brexit’ party, hoping to pick up votes from the 16 million who voted to remain in the EU in…

Box Office: ‘Hustlers’ racks up solid $33 million debut, ‘Goldfinch’ bombs

Cast member Jennifer Lopez arrives for the gala presentation of Hustlers at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada September 7, 2019. REUTERS/Mario AnzuoniLOS ANGELES, (Variety.com) – “Hustlers” rolled in the Benjamins this weekend, collecting $33.2 million when it debuted in 3,250 North American theaters. Boosted by rave reviews and stellar word of mouth, “Hustlers” beat expectations and now ranks as the best start for an STX film, along with the biggest live-action opening weekend for stars Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu. Directed by Lorene Scafaria, “Hustlers”…

Victoria Beckham sees ‘women in motion’ for next spring at London Fashion

LONDON (Reuters) – Victoria Beckham chose a light and fluid silhouette for the female wardrobe next spring, presenting a line for “women in motion” at her London Fashion Week show on Sunday. Models present creations during the Victoria Beckham catwalk show at London Fashion Week in London, Britain, September 15, 2019. REUTERS/Henry NichollsWith her husband David and their children watching from the front row, Beckham said the spring/summer 2020 collection highlighted her love of contrasts, mixing tailored suits with floaty dresses and pale neutrals with bold colors. The former Spice…

Subscription porn gains popularity as new apps let models sell directly to their fans

LilPinkAlien, an online model, is charging customers subscriptions for content.LilPinkAlienDolly, an 18-year-old aspiring online model, was sitting in her kitchen one day in June when an exciting email arrived. Someone had just paid $10 to view her posts for a month on a social network called OnlyFans. Just like that, Dolly had her first subscriber.Like a growing number of her counterparts in the world of online sexual content, Dolly is trying to start converting her social media following into a paid customer base. Models are using Twitter, Facebook-owned Instagram and…

Apple is becoming a camera company

Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple Inc., speaks about the new iPhone Pro during an event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. Apple unveiled the iPhone 11 that will replace the XR and start at $699. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesDavid Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesThe iPhone 11 models Apple launched this week were more camera than phone.Sure, they can still send texts, download apps, and make video calls, but Apple spent a lot of time and…

Iran rejects US blame for Saudi Aramco attacks as ‘pointless,’ foreign minister suggests talks

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif Getty Images DUBAI — Iran is refuting U.S. allegations that it was behind drone attacks on two massive Saudi oil plants Saturday, with its foreign minister accusing his American counterpart of « deceit » while suggesting talks to get out of the conflict. « Having failed at ‘max pressure’, @SecPompeo’s turning to ‘max deceit’, » Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif wrote on Twitter Sunday afternoon, referring to the President Donald Trump administration’s « maximum pressure » policy of sanctions on Iran to end what…

If marathons weren’t hard enough already: strap a tree to your back

NAIROBI (Reuters) – This Sunday in South Africa, an accountant, an entrepreneur and a boxing executive are among 20 friends running the Cape Town marathon – with saplings strapped to their backs. Activist and treegrower Siyabulela Sokomani takes a selfies as he prepares for the start of the Cape Town marathon, in South Africa September 15, 2019. REUTERS/Mike HutchingsThe group are promoting the planting of native trees amid a nationwide push to replace invasive species with indigenous one to cope with drought and climate change. Last year, Cape Town suffered…

Hong Kong police fire tear gas, water cannon at petrol-bomb throwing protesters

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong police fired water cannon and volleys of tear gas to break up protesters throwing petrol bombs near the Legislative Council building and inside the Central Government Offices on Sunday, the latest in weeks of sometimes violent unrest. Some protesters threw bricks at police outside the nearby Chinese People’s Liberation Army base in the Admiralty district of the city and tore down and set fire to a red banner proclaiming the 70th anniversary on Oct. 1 of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.…

Saudi, Gulf stocks fall after attacks on Aramco oil plants

DUBAI/RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi stocks fell sharply on Sunday, after attacks on two plants at the heart of the kingdom’s oil industry a day earlier knocked out more than half of Saudi crude output. Saudi men look to a screen showing stock prices at ANB Bank, in Riyadh Saudi Arabia September 15, 2019. REUTERS/StringerSunday’s decline extended a losing spree for Saudi stocks, which in recent weeks have been hit by expensive valuations, weak oil prices and concerns about the economic outlook. The drone attacks were carried out by Yemen’s Houthi…

Lib Dems pledge to cancel Brexit if they win general election

The Liberal Democrats have pledged to cancel Brexit if they come to power at the next general election. Members voted for the new policy at their party conference in Bournemouth after it was moved by their former leader, Sir Vince Cable. Previously, the party has backed another referendum or « People’s Vote », saying they would campaign to Remain. The current leader, Jo Swinson, said the manifesto pledge made the Libs Dems the « stop Brexit party ». In his first speech at conference as a Lib Dem MP, Chuka…

Gareth Thomas: Ex-Wales rugby captain has HIV

Media playback is unsupported on your device Former Wales rugby captain Gareth Thomas has revealed he is HIV positive, saying he wants to « break the stigma » around the condition. He said he wants to show how people with HIV are misrepresented as « walking around with walking sticks who are close to dying ». He has also spoken about « shame » and « fear » of keeping his condition secret. The ex-British and Irish Lions skipper is due to talk about his diagnosis in a BBC Wales…

Saudi oil attacks: Iran condemns US ‘deceit’ after accusation

Media playback is unsupported on your device Iran has accused the US of « deceit » after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tehran was behind damaging drone attacks on two Saudi oil facilities. Mr Pompeo had rejected claims by Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels that they had carried out the attacks. Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said that « blaming Iran won’t end the disaster » in Yemen. Saudi Arabia said Saturday’s strikes had halved its crude oil production to 5.7 million barrels a day. All eyes will be on…

Saudi stock market dives, crude futures to jump after drone attack on oil plants

Smokes billows from the Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia crude processing facility after drone strikes Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019 Satellite imagery courtesy of Planet Labs DUBAI ⁠— Saudi Arabia’s stock market fell by 2.3% at Sunday’s open as the country grappled with weekend drone attacks on the heart of its oil production facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais claimed by Yemen’s Houthi rebels. Reports that the country may take weeks to return to full oil supply capacity is set to send crude futures up by as much as $10 per barrel, analysts say,…

Hong Kong police fire tear gas, blue water jets at petrol-bomb throwing protesters

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong police fired water cannon and volleys of tear gas to break up protesters throwing petrol bombs and bricks near the Legislative Council building and central government offices on Sunday, the latest in weeks of sometimes violent unrest. Anti-government protesters hold U.S. national flags during a demonstration in Hong Kong, China, September 15, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge SilvaSome protesters threw bricks at police outside the nearby Chinese People’s Liberation Army base in the city and tore down and set fire to a red banner proclaiming the 70th…

Iran says U.S. bases and aircraft carriers within range of its missiles: Tasnim

DUBAI (Reuters) – An Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander said on Sunday that U.S. bases and aircraft carriers in the region were within range of Iranian missiles after the U.S. accused Iran of leading attacks on Saudi oil plants, raising tensions in the Middle East. Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi group said it attacked two Saudi Aramco oil plants on Saturday at the heart of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry, knocking out more than half the Kingdom’s output. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Iran of being behind the attacks, ruling out Yemeni…

Hong Kong protesters urge former colonial power UK to stand up to China

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hundreds of Hong Kong protesters singing “God Save the Queen” and waving Union Jack flags rallied outside the British Consulate on Sunday demanding that the former colonial power ensures China honours its commitments to the city’s freedoms. An anti-government protester holds up a Union Jack flag and a placard with a likeness of Queen Elizabeth at the British consulate General in Hong Kong, China, September 15, 2019. REUTERS/Athit PerawongmethaCrowds later gathered in their thousands to the east in the shopping district of Causeway Bay and were…

Apple TV+ premieres with star-studded period drama ‘Dickinson’ at Tribeca Festival

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Apple TV+ premiered its first show at the Tribeca TV Festival on Saturday, flaunting feminist snark, lavish period costumes and a star-studded cast in “Dickinson,” a series that sheds a modern light on the life of an iconic American poet. Actors Jason Momoa (L) and Alfre Woodard speak during an Apple special event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, U.S., March 25, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen LamEmily Dickinson, the prolific American poet, is played by Hailee Steinfeld, the pop star whose breakout vocal performance in Pitch…

‘Leaving Neverland’ wins Emmy, Beyonce snubbed for ‘Homecoming’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A documentary about alleged sexual abuse by Michael Jackson won an Emmy on Saturday while RuPaul was named best reality show host and Beyonce went home empty-handed. 50th NAACP Image Awards – Show – Los Angeles, California, U.S., March 30, 2019 – Beyonce reacts after winning the entertainer of the year award. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni“Leaving Neverland,” which features two adult men who say they were befriended by Jackson and sexually abused by him starting from when they were 7 and 10 years old, was named best documentary…

Ocean Viking: Rescued migrants disembark in Italy

Eighty-two migrants have disembarked on the southern Italian island of Lampedusa after six days at sea. Italy says it is allowing the ship, the Ocean Viking, to offload the migrants as most of those on board will be relocated to other EU countries. The move signals a change of approach to migration from the new coalition which took office on Tuesday. Ex-Interior Minister Matteo Salvini routinely blocked access to charity-run migrant vessels. EU nations to take in migrants stuck near Malta What happens to migrants picked up in the Channel?…

Thousands of fetal remains found on Illinois property of deceased doctor

(Reuters) – More than 2,200 preserved fetal remains have been found on the Illinois property of a recently deceased doctor who performed abortions, the Will County sheriff’s office said in a statement. The family and attorney of Ulrich Klopfer, who died on Sept. 3, discovered 2,246 medically preserved fetal remains on Thursday while going through the deceased doctor’s personal property and alerted the local coroner’s office, the sheriff’s office said. “The family is cooperating fully with this investigation. There is no evidence that any medical procedures were conducted at the…

David Cameron: Boris Johnson backed Leave to ‘help career’

Boris Johnson did not believe in Brexit during the referendum campaign and backed Leave « because it would help his political career », says David Cameron. In an extract from his memoir published in the Sunday Times, the former PM also refers to cabinet minister Michael Gove as « a foam-flecked Faragist ». The pair were « ambassadors for the expert-trashing, truth twisting age of populism, » Mr Cameron writes. And he also accuses Mr Gove of being disloyal to himself and Mr Johnson. Of his former colleague Mr Cameron…

Attacks on Saudi oil facilities knock out half the kingdom’s supply

RIYADH/DUBAI/LONDON (Reuters) – Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi group said it attacked two plants at the heart of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry on Saturday, knocking out more than half the Kingdom’s output, in a move expected to send oil prices soaring and increase tensions in the Middle East. The attacks will cut the kingdom’s output by 5.7 million barrels per day (bpd), according to a statement from state-run oil company Saudi Aramco, or more than 5% of global oil supply. The pre-dawn strikes follow earlier cross-border attacks on Saudi oil installations and…

U.S. blames Iran for Saudi attacks, ‘pretend’ diplomacy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday accused Iran of leading attacks on Saudi oil plants that have cut the kingdom’s output roughly in half, as he ruled out Yemeni involvement and denounced Tehran for engaging in false diplomacy. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo walks after his meeting with Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo at the State Department in Washington, U.S., September 13, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri GripasYemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi group claimed credit for the attacks on two plants at the heart of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry,…

US blames Iran for strikes on Saudi oil sites: ‘Unprecedented attack on world’s energy supply’

This Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, satellite image provided by NASA Worldview shows fires following Yemen’s Houthi rebels claiming a drone attack on two major oil installations in eastern Saudi Arabia. NASA Worldview | AP Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Saturday that Iran is responsible for the drone attacks on important facilities in Saudi Arabia’s oil-rich Eastern Province that reportedly forced the kingdom to shut down half of its oil production on Saturday. The closure will reportedly impact nearly five million barrels of crude production a day, roughly 5% of…

After U.S. court ruling, Honduran newlyweds among migrants clinging to asylum dream

MATAMOROS, Mexico (Reuters) – Led by a dream of marrying on U.S. soil, a young Honduran couple traveled thousands of miles from their home in the port city of La Ceiba, narrowly escaping a kidnapping in Mexico before seeking asylum across the border in Texas. Honduran migrants Marvin Madrid and his new wife Dexy Maldonado speak during an interview with Reuters in an encampment in Matamoros, Mexico, at the end of the Gateway International Bridge, where migrants sent back under the « Remain in Mexico » program, officially called the…