Swiss actor Bruno Ganz who played Hitler in ‘Downfall’ dies aged 77

ZURICH (Reuters) – Bruno Ganz, the Swiss actor who portrayed Adolf Hitler in Oscar-nominated film “Downfall” and the kindly grandfather in “Heidi”, died of cancer at his home in Zurich on Saturday, aged 77, his agent said. FILE PHOTO: Actor Bruno Ganz acknowledges the audience after he was awarded in the category « Lebenswerk » (Lifetime Achievement) during the ‘Goldene Kamera’ (Golden Camera) awards ceremony in Berlin, Germany February 1, 2014. REUTERS/Britta Pedersen/Pool/File PhotoGanz had been active in German language theater, film and television for more than 50 years and…

U.S.-backed SDF nears victory over Islamic State in east Syria

Jiya Furat, commander of the assault on the last jihadist enclave in eastern Syria, talks during a press conference near Baghouz, Deir Al Zor province, Syria February 16, 2019. REUTERS/Rodi SaidNEAR BAGHOUZ, Syria (Reuters) – The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) will capture Islamic State’s last tiny enclave in eastern Syria “in a very short time”, the battle commander said on Saturday. Jiya Furat said the SDF had cornered the remaining Islamic State militants in one tiny neighborhood of Baghouz village, under its fire from all sides. With the help…

U.S.-backed SDF nearing victory over IS in east Syria: battle commander

FILE PHOTO – Turkish military use water cannon to stop Syrian refugees as they wait behind the border fences to cross into Turkey on the Turkish-Syrian border, near the southeastern town of Akcakale in Sanliurfa province, Turkey, June 5, 2015. REUTERS/Osman Orsal/File PhotoNEAR BAGHOUZ, Syria (Reuters) – The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) will defeat Islamic State “in a very short time”, the commander of the assault on the last jihadist enclave in eastern Syria said on Saturday. Jiya Furat told reporters the U.S.-backed SDF had cornered the remaining Islamic State…

Dismissed employee kills five co-workers in Illinois factory shooting

AURORA, Ill. (Reuters) – A gunman opened fire at an Illinois factory just after receiving notice of termination from his job there on Friday, killing five fellow workers and wounding five policemen before he was slain by police, authorities said. The assailant, identified as Gary Martin, 45, had worked at the Henry Pratt Company for 15 years before Friday’s violence unfolded at the firm’s sprawling facility in Aurora, 40 miles (65 km) west of Chicago, Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman said. At a late-night news conference, Ziman said it was…

Gunman in Aurora, Illinois, shooting described as ‘loner’

(Reuters) – When Gary Martin came to work at the Henry Pratt valve manufacturing plant in Aurora, Illinois, on Friday, he was told he was being terminated from his job. Shortly thereafter, Martin pulled out his Smith & Wesson revolver and opened fire. Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman said Martin shot six fellow employees, five of them fatally, at the sprawling warehouse where he had worked for 15 years, and wounded five police officers before he was slain by police 90 minutes later. She said police had yet to determine…

Five killed as gunman opens fire at Illinois warehouse

AURORA, Ill. (Reuters) – A gunman opened fire on Friday at an Illinois manufacturing warehouse, apparently as he was being terminated from his job there, killing five fellow workers and wounding five police officers before he was slain by police, authorities said. Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman said the assailant, identified as 45-year-old Gary Martin, had worked at the Henry Pratt Company for 15 years before Friday’s violence unfolded at the firm’s sprawling warehouse in Aurora, 40 miles (65 km) west of Chicago. At a late-night news conference, Ziman said…

U.S.-China trade talks to resume next week, Trump hints at extension

BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and China will resume trade talks next week in Washington with time running short to ease their bruising trade war, but U.S. President Donald Trump repeated on Friday that he may extend a March 1 deadline for a deal and keep tariffs on Chinese goods from rising. Both the United States and China reported progress in five days of negotiations in Beijing this week. Trump, speaking at a White House news conference, said the United States was closer than ever before to “having a…

Suspects in alleged attack on ‘Empire’ actor released

(Reuters) – Suspects arrested in connection with an alleged racist and homophobic assault on “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett in Chicago were released on Friday, police said. FILE PHOTO: Jussie Smollett performs a tribute to President’s Award recipient John Legend at the 47th NAACP Image Awards in Pasadena, California February 5, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni“Due to new evidence as a result of today’s interrogations, the individuals questioned by police in the Empire case have now been released without charging and detectives have additional investigative work to complete,” the Chicago Police Department said…

Mexican actor apologizes for racial slur against ‘Roma’ actress

Mexican actor Yalitza Aparicio, who is nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for « Roma, » poses for a portrait in West Hollywood, California, U.S., February 15, 2019. REUTERS/Mario AnzuoniMEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A Mexican soap opera star apologized on Friday for using a racial slur to describe actress Yalitza Aparicio, whose performance in the critically acclaimed film “Roma” made her the first indigenous woman to be nominated for a best actress Oscar. Video footage surfaced on Twitter on Friday in which actor Sergio Goyri, 60, can be heard…

Mexico to inject $3.9 billion in Pemex, seeks to prevent credit downgrade

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico will inject $3.9 billion into ailing state oil company Pemex, officials said on Friday, promising to strengthen its finances and prevent a further credit downgrade, although investors saw the plan as only a short-term fix. FILE PHOTO: A digital LED price sign of state-owned company Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) shows their gasoline prices at a gas station in Monterrey, Mexico, August 8, 2018. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril/File PhotoFalling oil output, corruption and high labor costs have contributed to the decline of the company that was once a symbol…

Analyst View: Investors divided over Mexico’s bailout of state oil company

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The Mexican government promised on Friday to do what it takes to strengthen the finances of ailing state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos with an injection of at least $3.6 billion to prevent a further credit downgrade. FILE PHOTO: Clients get fuel at a gas station of state-owned company Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico October 4, 2017. REUTERS/Jose Luis GonzalezInvestors were divided over whether the plan, which includes previously announced measures as well as tax cuts and refinancing some of the firm’s roughly $106 billion…

Oscar organizers scrap plan to award four Oscars in commercial breaks

An Oscar statue is seen during a media preview of this year’s Academy’s Governors Ball in Los Angeles, California, U.S., February 15, 2019. REUTERS/Mario AnzuoniLOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The organizers of the Oscars ceremony on Friday scrapped a plan to award four Academy Awards during commercial breaks in the Feb. 24 telecast, following an uproar by Hollywood filmmakers, actors and others. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said in a statement that it had “heard the feedback” from members and that all 24 Academy awards “will be presented without…

Gunman opens fire at Illinois plant, at least one killed

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A gunman opened fire in an industrial building in Aurora, Illinois, on Friday, city and law enforcement officials said, killing at least one person and wounding several others before he was taken into custody. “We have an active shooter incident at 641 Archer Av. This is an active scene. Please avoid the area,” the Aurora Police Department said in a tweet shortly after 2 p.m. CST, adding that additional details would be forthcoming. The city of Aurora, which is roughly 50 miles (80.5 km) west of Chicago,…

Trump declares emergency for border wall, House panel launches probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency in a bid to fund his promised wall at the U.S.-Mexico border without congressional approval, an action Democrats vowed to challenge as a violation of the U.S. Constitution. The Republican president’s move to circumvent Congress represented an escalation in his efforts to make good on a 2016 presidential campaign pledge to build a wall to halt the flow into the country of illegal immigrants, who Trump says bring crime and drugs. Hours after Trump’s announcement, the Democratic-controlled House…

Police arrest ‘potential suspects’ in alleged attack on ‘Empire’ actor

(Reuters) – Two Nigerian brothers have been arrested in connection with an alleged racist and homophobic assault on “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett in Chicago, the city’s police department said on Friday. FILE PHOTO: Jussie Smollett performs a tribute to President’s Award recipient John Legend at the 47th NAACP Image Awards in Pasadena, California February 5, 2016. REUTERS/Mario AnzuoniAuthorities had previously said only that the pair, whose names have not been released, were persons of interest after they were recognized from surveillance camera footage taken in the area where Smollett said…

After strong 2019 start for U.S. stocks, trade verdict looms

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Optimism about a U.S.-China trade agreement has helped drive U.S. stocks to more than two-month highs, creating a make-or-break moment for Wall Street as a year-long clash between the world’s two largest economies comes to a head. FILE PHOTO: Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., February 13, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermidInvestors are increasingly hopeful about a positive resolution as a March 1 deadline for trade talks nears. And if the United States and China reach a deal,…

After Auschwitz visit, Pence accuses Iran of Nazi-like anti-Semitism

MUNICH/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Mike Pence accused Iran of Nazi-like anti-Semitism on Friday, maintaining his harsh rhetoric against Tehran just a day he attacked European powers for trying to undermine U.S. sanctions on the Islamic Republic. After visiting the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland, Pence said the Nazi death camp had made him more determined to confront Tehran, saying it was “breathing out murderous threats, with the same vile anti-Semitic hatred that animated the Nazis in Europe.” Iran’s ancient Jewish community has slumped to an estimated 10,000 to…

Portrait of Brazilian revolutionary is a salvo in fight over history

BERLIN (Reuters) – The makers of “Marighella”, a film about a left-wing revolutionary murdered by Brazil’s 1960s military dictatorship, hope their film will help counter a version of the country’s history that they see far-right President Jair Bolsonaro as propagating. Director and screenwriter Wagner Moura and actors Bella Camero, Seu Jorge and Bruno Gagliasso arrive for the screening of the movie « Marighella » at the 69th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, February 15, 2019. REUTERS/Hannibal HanschkeThe drama was shot before last year’s presidential election, but director Wagner…

Police have ‘potential suspects’ in alleged attack on ‘Empire’ actor

(Reuters) – Two men being questioned in connection with an alleged racist and homophobic assault on “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett in Chicago are potential suspects in the alleged crime, the city’s police department said on Friday. FILE PHOTO: Jussie Smollett performs a tribute to President’s Award recipient John Legend at the 47th NAACP Image Awards in Pasadena, California February 5, 2016. REUTERS/Mario AnzuoniAuthorities had previously said only that the pair, whose names have not been released, were persons of interest after they were recognized from surveillance camera footage taken in…

Father of supermodel concept awaits ex-wives’ verdict in film

BERLIN (Reuters) – The German photographer credited with inventing the concept of the supermodel in the 1980s is the subject of “Women’s Stories”, a documentary that premiered at the Berlin Film Festival on Friday. Peter Lindbergh, born in 1944 in German-occupied Poland, is seen as the creator of a style of naturalistic fashion photography that dispensed with the lavish make-up and detailed retouching that had characterized the genre. He brought this style, influenced by street photography and photojournalism, to a host of models who transformed the fashion world, shooting iconic…

Trump says he’ll declare emergency on U.S.-Mexico border

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump on Friday announced he would declare a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border, a move Democrats vowed to challenge as an unconstitutional attempt to fund his promised border wall without approval from Congress. U.S. President Donald Trump declares a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border as he speaks about border security in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., February 15, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria“I’m going to be signing a national emergency,” Trump said from the Rose Garden of the White House.…

New York state eyes legal challenge to Trump’s emergency declaration

U.S. President Donald Trump stops and thrusts his fist as he heads back to the Oval Office after declaring a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border during remarks about border security in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., February 15, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos BarriaWASHINGTON (Reuters) – New York’s state attorney general on Friday threatened legal action against U.S. President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration aimed at freeing up billions in funds to build a wall along the country’s border with Mexico. “We will not stand for this…

Brazilian documentary asks: do we live for work or work for life?

BERLIN (Reuters) – High in the hills of Brazil’s remote northeast, the town of Toritama echoes with the sound of sewing machines: in the self-proclaimed capital of jeans, people work all hours of the day to produce denim trousers. That piqued director Marcelo Gomes’s interest when he visited. From his childhood he remembered a sleepy town where you could hear a pin drop, not the bustling hive of cottage industries that the 40,000-strong township is today. In his Berlinale documentary, Gomes brings an anthropological eye to bear on the way…

Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom hint at engagement with ring picture

FILE PHOTO: Singer Katy Perry and actor Orlando Bloom smile upon their arrival for the Monte-Carlo Gala for the Global Ocean in Monaco, September 26, 2018. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard/File PhotoLONDON (Reuters) – Pop star Katy Perry and her Hollywood actor boyfriend Orlando Bloom have hinted they are engaged, posting a picture of the American singer sporting a large diamond-encrusted ring. Perry and Bloom began dating in 2016 but split for a time before getting back together. Both took to Instagram after Valentine’s Day to share the same photo, which showed part…

Oil prices are rising and poised for a breakout. Here are the next levels to watch

Analysts say oil prices are approaching breakout levels, and the final day of trading this week will offer clues about whether crude futures can keep rallying. div > div.group > p:first-child »> Brent crude on Friday topped $65 a barrel for the first time this year, hitting a nearly three-month high. The international benchmark for oil prices was pushing toward $66 around 9:45 a.m. ET. Meanwhile, U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude popped above $55, and was threatening to take out last week’s 2½-month high at $55.75. The main catalyst for…

U.S. targeted 21 Savage for his rap lyrics, lawyer says

(Reuters) – A lawyer for rap artist 21 Savage said on Friday the entertainer was in part detained by U.S. immigration officials because he is a celebrity who has been outspoken about family-separation security issues at the U.S.-Mexico border. FILE PHOTO: 2018 MTV Video Music Awards – Arrivals – Radio City Music Hall, New York, U.S., August 20, 2018. – 21 Savage. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/File PhotoThe entertainer, whose real name is She’yaa BinAbraham-Joseph, was arrested on Feb. 3 by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents on charges he is a…

Russia detains U.S. founder of Baring Vostok private equity group

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia has detained the U.S. founder of the Baring Vostok private equity group in Moscow on suspicion of fraud, a Moscow court said on Friday, a move likely to concern foreign investors. Michael Calvey, senior partner at the Baring Vostok private equity group, attends a session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), Russia May 24, 2018. Picture taken May 24, 2018. Pyotr Kovalev/TASS/Host Photo Agency/Pool via REUTERS Michael Calvey, a U.S. national and senior partner at the fund, was detained on Thursday, a spokeswoman for…

Exclusive: U.S. may trim over 1,000 troops from Afghanistan in belt-tightening – general

MUSCAT/KABUL (Reuters) – Even before any peace push-related drawdowns, the U.S. military is expected to trim troop levels in Afghanistan as part of an efficiency drive by the new commander, a U.S. general told Reuters on Friday, estimating the cuts may exceed 1,000 forces. FILE PHOTO: U.S. troops patrol at an Afghan National Army (ANA) Base in Logar province, Afghanistan August 7, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani/File PhotoU.S. President Donald Trump told Congress this month he intended to reduce U.S. forces from Afghanistan as negotiators make progress in talks with Taliban insurgents,…

Orsted’s huge offshore wind farm in UK produces first power

The first turbine at Hornsea One, an offshore wind farm situated 120 kilometers off the coast of Yorkshire, has started to generate power. div > div.group > p:first-child »> In an announcement Friday, Danish renewable energy firm Orsted said that, when fully operational, the Hornsea One offshore wind farm would be almost double the size of Walney Extension, which is currently the world’s biggest. The Hornsea One site will be made up of 174, 7-megawatt turbines from Siemens Gamesa. It is a joint venture between Orsted and Global Infrastructure Partners.…

Jeans you can lease instead of buying? How fashion is coming to terms with sustainability

For many of us, the availability of cheap, mass-produced clothing is a blessing. For a few dollars we can bulk buy everything from shirts and shorts to pants, underwear and sweaters. While « fast fashion » may be a boon for our wallets because of its value, its impact on the environment is significant. In October 2018, the U.K. Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee highlighted just how much our appetite for clothing affects the planet, publishing submissions it had received from experts for an inquiry into the sustainability of the fashion…