Johnson to push again for Brexit deal vote

Parliament must be given « a straight up-and-down vote » on the PM’s Brexit deal, No 10 says, after MPs delivered a major blow to his strategy on Saturday. Boris Johnson was forced by law to send a letter asking the EU for a new delay on Brexit, but did not sign it. The PM now wants MPs to say a clear « yes » or « no » to the deal on Monday, adding: « We cannot allow Parliament’s letter to lead to Parliament’s delay. » It will be…

Renewable capacity set for 50% growth over next few years, IEA says

The Creative Drone | The Image Bank | Getty Images Renewable power capacity is forecast to increase by 50% between 2019 and 2024, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said Monday. According to its « Renewables 2019 » market report, the increase will amount to 1,200 gigawatts (GW) and be driven by drops in cost and what the IEA described as « concerted government policy efforts. » In 2018, renewable capacity hit just over 2,500 GW. If the IEA’s forecast plays out, it would bring total renewable capacity to approximately 3,700…

U.S. troops cross into Iraq from Syria

Vehicles travel along a road in Raqqa, Syria October 20, 2019 in this still image taken from video. Video taken October 20, 2019. Syrian TV via REUTERS DOHUK, Iraq (Reuters) – United States troops have crossed into Iraq from Syria through the Sahela border crossing in the northern province of Dohuk, Reuters witnesses said on Monday. Reuters video images showed armored vehicles carrying troops into Iraq, part of the U.S. withdrawal from Syria. A Reuters cameraman saw more than 100 vehicles crossing. An Iraqi Kurdish security source also told Reuters…

Kurdish-led forces say they have pulled out of Syria border town

BEIRUT/ANKARA (Reuters) – The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Sunday said they had withdrawn from the border town of Ras al Ain under a U.S.-brokered ceasefire deal, but a spokesman for Turkish-backed Syrian rebels said the withdrawal was not yet complete. Vehicles travel along a road in Raqqa, Syria October 20, 2019 in this still image taken from video. Video taken October 20, 2019. Syrian TV via REUTERS Ras al Ain is one of two towns on the Turkish-Syrian border that have been the main targets of Turkey’s offensive…

Asian shares edge higher, pound stumbles on Brexit drama

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian stocks edged higher on Monday as Chinese shares reversed early losses due to hopes for progress in resolving the U.S.-China trade war and expectations for greater investment inflows into Hong Kong. FILE PHOTO: A visitor wearing a mask is seen behind a logo of Japan Stock Exchange (JPX) at the Tokyo Stock Exchange in Tokyo December 15, 2014. REUTERS/Yuya Shino/File PhotoMSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS rose 0.19%. Chinese shares .CSI300 rose 0.13%, while Japan’s Nikkei .N225 rose 0.28%. The pound slipped from…

Pentagon chief in Afghanistan as U.S. looks to kickstart Taliban talks

KABUL (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Afghanistan on Sunday in a bid to bring talks with the Taliban back on track after President Donald Trump abruptly broke off negotiations last month seeking to end the United States’ longest war. Esper’s trip to Kabul comes amid questions about the United States’ commitments to allies after a sudden withdrawal of U.S. troops from northeastern Syria and Trump’s long-time desire to get out of foreign engagements. “The aim is to still get a peace agreement at some point, a…

Showered in blaze of bullets, upscale Mexican neighborhood in shock after cartel assault

CULIACAN (Reuters) – The trendy bars and restaurants along the main strip of the Mexican city overwhelmed late last week by an army of cartel gunmen slowly began their recovery over the weekend even as many traumatized residents still shied away. A general view shows restaurants and bars at the Tres Rios neighborhood, which faced the most intense firefights on the street where soldiers attempted to arrest Ovidio Guzman, a son of jailed drug lord Joaquin « El Chapo » Guzman, in Culiacan, Mexico October 20, 2019. REUTERS/StringerCuliacan’s central Tres…

Long-haul, fuel efficient jets underpin demand at Las Vegas air show

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – New large corporate planes that can fly farther and an industry push toward sustainable aviation fuels are seen as bright spots as the world’s biggest business jet makers assemble in Las Vegas to showcase their offerings at the sector’s largest gathering. FILE PHOTO: Bombardier employee Francis Masse polishes the sign of Bombardier’s Global 7500, the first business jet to have a queen-sized bed and hot shower, is shown during a media tour in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, December 19, 2018. REUTERS/Christinne MuschiThe National Business Aviation Association (NBAA)…

Top fund manager forced to resign after BBC investigation

One of the world’s leading fund managers has been forced to resign after the BBC discovered he had broken investment rules. Mark Denning helped to manage more than $300bn (£229bn; €265n) of investors’ money at Capital Group. BBC One’s Panorama uncovered evidence that suggests he was secretly acquiring shares for his own benefit in some of the same companies as his funds. Mr Denning, who had worked at the firm for 36 years, denies any wrongdoing. The 62-year-old fund manager left his job five days after Panorama wrote to Capital…

U.S. business investment downturn could pressure slowing economy

(This September 26 story corrects to clarify historicals in paragraphs 10 and 17) FILE PHOTO: Lower Manhattan including the financial district is pictured from the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S. June 1, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo AllegriBy Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. business investment contracted more sharply than previously estimated in the second quarter and corporate profit growth was tepid, casting a shadow on an economy that is being stalked by financial market fears of a recession. The downturn in business spending has been blamed on the Trump administration’s nearly…

Swiss election: Green parties ‘make historic gains’

Green parties have made strong gains in Switzerland’s parliamentary election, according to initial projections. The anti-immigration Swiss People’s Party (SVP) is set to win, despite losing at least 3% of its support. But projections show a combined vote for the two green parties of around 20%, which would make them major players in Swiss politics. Their gains reflect voters’ concerns over climate change, seen as the dominant issue in this election. Not all votes have been counted yet but the national broadcaster projected the Green Party’s share surged 5.6 points…

At least three dead in fires amid Chilean riots, flights out of Santiago delayed

SANTIAGO (Reuters) – At least three people died in supermarket arson attacks in Chile’s capital Santiago, and soldiers shot two people during an operation to detain looters, authorities said, as protests entered their second week and intensified after a state of emergency was announced. A group runs from a riot police water cannon during a protest against Chile’s state economic model in Santiago October 20, 2019. REUTERS/Ivan AlvaradoThere was transport deadlock in the city and chaos at the international airport, where flights into and out of Santiago were suspended or…

Box Office: ‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ dominates with soft $36 million

LOS ANGELES, (Variety.com) – Five years after Angelina Jolie’s “Maleficent” cast a spell over the box office, the villainous enchantress has returned to the top of domestic charts. Disney’s “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” a sequel to 2014’s fantasy adventure based on the “Sleeping Beauty” sorceress, debuted to $36 million from 2,790 North American theaters, nearly half of what the first movie made in its inaugural weekend ($69 million). FILE PHOTO: Actor Angelina Jolie poses as she attends the UK premiere of « Maleficent: Mistress of Evil » in London, Britain…

Brexit will happen on Oct. 31 despite PM’s unsigned delay request, UK says

LONDON (Reuters) – The British government insisted on Sunday the country will leave the European Union on Oct. 31 despite a letter that Prime Minister Boris Johnson was forced by parliament to send to the bloc requesting a Brexit delay. The Brexit maelstrom has spun wildly in the past week between the possibility of an orderly exit on Oct. 31 with a deal that Johnson struck on Thursday and a delay after he was forced to ask for an extension late on Saturday. Johnson’s defeat in the British parliament over…

Goldman Sachs lowers ‘no deal’ Brexit probability to 5% from 10%

FILE PHOTO: Anti-Brexit protesters demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, October 17, 2019. REUTERS/Tom Nicholson/File PhotoLONDON (Reuters) – Goldman Sachs (GS.N) said on Sunday that it lowered the probability of a no-deal Brexit to 5% from 10% after the British parliament withheld its approval until formal ratification legislation is passed. “As for our baseline path, we maintain the view that the UK will leave the EU on 31 October”, the bank’s analysts wrote, adding that the probability for “no Brexit” stood unchanged at 25% while chances for…

Electric vehicle prices finally in reach of millennial, Gen Z car buyers

Tesla Model 3 Source: Tesla Members of the millennial and Gen Z generations care more than past generations about climate change, but younger Americans have been slow to show that belief in one important way: electric car buying. Only 10% of electric vehicle buyers are between the ages of 25 and 34, according to Cox Automotive. A big reason: price. Younger generations of Americans are struggling with student debt and wage stagnation at a time when more than 70% of electric car customers’ incomes are at least $100,000. The biggest…

Millions of people are running out of water – how desalination plants are trying to fix that

Today, one out of three people don’t have access to safe drinking water. One reason is that 96.5% of that water is found in our oceans. It’s saturated with salt, and undrinkable. Most of the freshwater is locked away in glaciers or deep underground. Less than 1% of it is available to us. Desalination is an important tool in the fight against water scarcity. Its reliability is becoming critical. If you have a desalination plant, energy and seawater, you can reliably get clean water. But it’s not a cure-all. There…

Sheep take over streets of Madrid for annual migration

A man stands behind fences as a flock of sheep walks past during the annual sheep parade through Madrid, Spain, October 20, 2019. REUTERS/Sergio PerezMADRID (Reuters) – Sheep replaced traffic on the streets of Madrid on Sunday as shepherds steered their flocks through the heart of the Spanish capital, following ancient migration routes. The annual event, which started in 1994, allows shepherds to exercise their right to use traditional routes to migrate their livestock from northern Spain to more southerly pastures for winter grazing. The route would have taken them…

Petrol bombs and tear gas scar Hong Kong streets as police, protesters clash

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong riot police and protesters exchanged tear gas and petrol bombs as an illegal anti-government march that attracted tens of thousands descended into chaos, with hundreds of shops trashed and Chinese banks and metro stations targeted. After two weeks of relative calm, the major rally showed that the pro-democracy campaign has not lost support and that hardcore protesters will continue to clash with police. “You can see Hong Kongers won’t easily give up their right to demonstrate… today’s turnout is more than I expected,” said…

China’s propaganda chief says Cold War mentality hindering mutual trust in cyberspace

WUZHEN, China (Reuters) – A “Cold War mentality” and “bully behavior” are hindering mutual trust in cyberspace, China’s propaganda chief said on Sunday at the start of the World Internet Conference in the eastern Chinese town of Wuzhen. People walks in front of a screen at the World Internet Conference (WIC) in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, China, October 20, 2019. REUTERS/Aly SongHuang Kunming, head of the publicity department of China’s ruling Communist Party, also said that under the pretext of national security, some countries had launched cyber attacks on countries and…

‘Abominable’ film axed in Malaysia after rebuffing order to cut China map

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – DreamWorks’ animated movie “Abominable” will not be released in Malaysia after its producers declined to meet a censor board requirement to cut a scene showing China’s “nine-dash line” in the South China Sea, the movie distributor said on Sunday. FILE PHOTO: Bikers go past an empty space where a promotional poster for the DreamWorks film « Abominable » stood before being taken down at a cinema in Hanoi, Vietnam October 14, 2019. REUTERS/KhamThe U-shaped line is used on Chinese maps to illustrate its territorial claims over…

Brexit will happen on October 31 despite PM’s unsigned delay request, UK says

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will leave the European Union on Oct. 31 despite an unsigned letter that Prime Minister Boris Johnson was forced by his opponents to send to the bloc requesting a Brexit delay, the government said on Sunday. The Brexit maelstrom has spun wildly in the past week between the possibility of an orderly exit on Oct. 31 with a deal that Johnson struck on Thursday and a delay after he was forced to ask for an extension late on Saturday. Johnson’s defeat in the British parliament over…

Brexit delay and election better than PM Johnson’s deal: Farage

LONDON (Reuters) – Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage said on Sunday a short delay to Brexit in order to hold a national election would be better than accepting Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s deal. “I want to leave on the 31 of October, but I’ll warn everybody that if this treaty goes through nothing will have changed at all, and I think far better to have a short delay and a general election where we might solve this,” Farage told Sky News, adding that Johnson’s deal was “rotten” and “not Brexit”.…

Boeing board to meet in Texas as scrutiny intensifies: sources

(Reuters) – Boeing Co’s (BA.N) board of directors and top executives from its airplanes division and supply chain were due to meet on Sunday in San Antonio, Texas, two days after the U.S. planemaker was plunged into a fresh crisis over its banned 737 MAX jet. FILE PHOTO: The Boeing logo is displayed on a screen, at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., August 7, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File PhotoThe meeting comes as pressure mounts on the world’s largest planemaker not only from investigations into the 737…

UK PM sends unsigned letter to EU asking for Brexit delay

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Boris Johnson sent an unsigned letter to the European Union requesting a delay to Britain’s exit from the bloc and also said he did not want the extension after his latest Brexit setback in parliament on Saturday. Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street to head for the House of Commons as parliament discusses Brexit, sitting on a Saturday for the first time since the 1982 Falklands War, in London, Britain, October 19, 2019. REUTERS/Simon DawsonJohnson had previously said he would rather be “dead…

SoftBank seeks to avoid WeWork’s liabilities with new investment: sources

NEW YORK (Reuters) – SoftBank Group Corp (9984.T) is attempting to become the majority owner of WeWork without assuming the onerous lease obligations of the U.S. office-space sharing firm, according to people familiar with the matter. FILE PHOTO: A WeWork logo is seen outside its offices in San Francisco, California, U.S. September 30, 2019. REUTERS/Kate Munsch/File PhotoSoftBank is offering a $5 billion financing lifeline that The We Company, the parent of New York-based WeWork, is assessing against a proposal by JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N) for a debt package of…

UK PM to send unsigned letter seeking Brexit delay

Boris Johnson will send a letter to the EU by 00:00 BST to request a Brexit delay – but he will not sign it, according to a Downing Street source. The request will be accompanied by a second letter, signed by Mr Johnson, which will say he believes that a delay would be a mistake, the source said. The PM was required by law to ask the EU for an extension to the 31 October deadline after losing a Commons vote. It is expected Donald Tusk will now consult EU…

UK MPs vote to delay Brexit: What just happened?

The UK Parliament just sat on a Saturday for the first time in 37 years to try and get Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal agreed. What was supposed to be the deciding moment – a Yes or No on Brexit – wasn’t. And now there might be another delay. Having déjà vu? Here’s what happened. A planned vote on Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal was pre-empted when MPs adopted an amendment which effectively requires the PM to ask for a third extension to the UK’s planned departure. The primary aim…

Johnson defiant after British parliament votes to force Brexit delay

LONDON (Reuters) – A defiant Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would not negotiate a further delay to Britain’s departure from the European Union after losing a vote in parliament on Saturday that means he is obliged to request a postponement. Parliament voted 322 to 306 in favor of an amendment put forward by Oliver Letwin, a former Conservative cabinet minister, that withheld support for the Brexit deal Johnson clinched with the EU on Thursday. According to legislation passed earlier, the vote means Johnson is obliged to write to the…

Ireland’s Varadkar says no British request to delay Brexit yet

FILE PHOTO: Ireland’s Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Leo Varadkar arrives at the European Union leaders summit dominated by Brexit, in Brussels, Belgium October 17, 2019. REUTERS/Toby MelvilleBRUSSELS (Reuters) – Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Saturday afternoon that Britain has not yet made any request to delay Brexit after Prime Minister Boris Johnson lost a vote in the UK parliament that means he is obliged to seek a postponement. “The EU & UK agreed a Withdrawal Agreement on Thursday that defends Ireland’s interests. The Commons voted today to defer a…