More Honduran migrants seek to join U.S.-bound group in Guatemala

CHIQUIMULA, Guatemala (Reuters) – More Honduran migrants tried to join a caravan of several thousand trekking through Guatemala on Wednesday, defying calls by authorities not to make the journey after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to cut off regional aid in reprisal. Honduran migrants, part of a caravan trying to reach the U.S., are seen on a truck during a new leg of her travel in Zacapa, Guatemala October 17, 2018. REUTERS/Edgard GarridoThe caravan has been growing steadily since it left the violent Honduran city of San Pedro Sula on…

Late brothel owner Hof will win Nevada vote: campaign manager

(Reuters) – A brothel-owning Republican candidate for the Nevada state legislature who died this week will remain on the ballot and win his election in November, his campaign manager predicted on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: Dennis Hof, who owned the Moonlite BunnyRanch legal brothel and was a Republican candidate for Nevada State Assembly District 36, poses outside the brothel in Mound House, Nevada, U.S. June 16, 2018. REUTERS/Steve Marcus/File PhotoDennis Hof, 72, who died on Tuesday, styled himself as America’s best-known pimp and a strip-club owner who ran multiple brothels. He…

US oil edges up after 3 percent drop on big stock build

Oil prices edged up on Thursday, steadying after a big drop overnight due to a jump in U.S. crude stockpiles and supported by ongoing tensions over the death of a prominent Saudi journalist. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude for October delivery was up 17 cents, or 0.2 percent, at $69.92 a barrel by 0031 GMT, after falling 3 percent in the previous session to settle below $70 for the first time in a month. Front-month London Brent crude for December delivery was up 23 cents, or 0.3 percent, at $80.28,…

Exxon Mobil bets big on China LNG, sidesteps trade war

HOUSTON/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – In the middle of a Sino-U.S. trade war, the world’s largest publicly traded oil and gas company is turning toward Beijing for business at a time when most of Corporate America is looking elsewhere to avoid the threat of tariffs. FILE PHOTO: The ExxonMobil Hides Gas Conditioning Plant process area is seen in Papua New Guinea in this handout photo dated March 1, 2018. ExxonMobil/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo Exxon Mobil Corp is placing big bets on China’s soaring liquefied natural gas (LNG) demand, coupling multi-billion dollar production…

What the row over U.S. aid means to Central America

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – More Honduran migrants tried to join a caravan of several thousand moving through Guatemala on Wednesday, defying calls by authorities not to make the journey after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to cut off regional aid in reprisal. FILE PHOTO: A Honduran migrant, part of a caravan trying to reach the U.S., carries his daughter at a migrant shelter in Guatemala City, Guatemala October 17, 2018. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria/File PhotoThe caravan has grown steadily since it left the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula on Saturday. The…

‘After The Screaming Stops’ films reunion of 1980s band Bros

LONDON (Reuters) – Last year, 1980s British pop band Bros took to the stage for the first time in more than 25 years, since singing twins Matt and Luke Goss went their separate ways. Now a new documentary charts that reunion, an experience the brothers say brought them close together again. “After The Screaming Stops” takes a look at how the duo, who each pursued separate careers after they stopped playing together in 1992, prepared to perform in August 2017, 28 years after performing at Wembley Arena to an audience…

O’Rourke gets tough in U.S. Senate battle in Texas, but is it too late?

(Reuters) – It was no more Mr. Nice Guy for Beto O’Rourke. U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke poses for pictures after a debate with U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (not shown) at the KENS-5 Studios in San Antonio, Texas, U.S., October 16, 2018. Tom Reel/San Antonio Express-News/Pool via REUTERS Falling behind in the polls and running out of time, the Democratic contender for the U.S. Senate went on the attack against Republican incumbent Ted Cruz in a raucous debate in Texas on Tuesday night, calling him dishonest and resurrecting President Donald Trump’s…

Trump reluctant to abandon Riyadh over missing journalist, wants evidence

ANKARA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he did not want to abandon close ally Saudi Arabia over the disappearance of a Saudi journalist and government critic, and he needed to see evidence to prove Turkish claims he was killed by Saudi agents. Trump said he was waiting for a full report on what had happened to Jamal Khashoggi from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, whom he sent to Saudi Arabia and Turkey to meet with officials over the disappearance. Turkish officials have said they believe Khashoggi,…

Spotify takes minor stake in music distributor DistroKid

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Music streaming service Spotify said on Wednesday it had taken a stake in DistroKid, a distribution service that allows recording artists to upload music across online stores and streaming platforms including Spotify’s biggest rival, Apple Music. FILE PHOTO: The Spotify logo is displayed on a screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., May 3, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File PhotoSpotify revealed the move in a blog post but did not give a dollar amount, saying only that it was…

Singer Buble says life changed after son’s cancer diagnosis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Singer Michael Buble, who releases his new album “Love” next month, has spoken about putting his career on hold after his son Noah was diagnosed with liver cancer. FILE PHOTO: Canadian singer Michael Buble poses for a portrait while promoting his new album ‘Michael Buble: To Be Loved’ in New York April 25, 2013. Picture taken April 25, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo“When you experience something that my family has experienced, it has to change you,” he told Reuters on Tuesday. The Canadian singer announced in November…

U.S. wants ruling on ‘Dreamers’ in Supreme Court’s current term

(Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday it will ask the Supreme Court to intervene if an appellate court has not ruled by Oct. 31 on whether the Trump administration can end protections for “Dreamers” who entered the country illegally as children. A woman leaves the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services offices in New York, August 15, 2012. REUTERS/Keith Bedford In a letter to the clerk of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, a Justice Department lawyer said the action would be necessary to…

Despite Trump criticism, Fed policymakers see need for more rate hikes

(Reuters) – Despite sharp criticism from U.S. President Donald Trump for raising interest rates, Federal Reserve policymakers remain generally united on the need to raise borrowing costs further, according to minutes from their most recent policy meeting. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell holds a news conference following a two-day Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) policy meeting in Washington, U.S., September 26, 2018. REUTERS/Al Drago/File PhotoEvery policymaker backed the Fed’s September rate increase, according to the minutes of the Sept. 25-26 meeting, published Wednesday. The display of unanimity…

Noel Gallagher scoops two prizes at music Q Awards

LONDON (Reuters) – British rocker Noel Gallagher triumphed at the Q Awards in London on Wednesday, scooping two prizes at the annual ceremony hosted by UK music magazine Q. FILE PHOTO: Noel Gallagher from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, whose album « Who Built the Moon? » was nominated for the Mercury Prize 2018, poses for a photograph. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File PhotoThe former Oasis songwriter, who released his third album “Who Built the Moon?” with his High Flying Birds band last year, won Q Best Solo Artist and Q Outstanding Contribution…

Roseanne calls TV death ‘morbid,’ audience slumps for ‘The Conners’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Roseanne Barr called the way her character was killed off “grim and morbid” and television viewers stayed away in droves from spinoff show “The Conners” without her. FILE PHOTO: Actress Roseanne Barr waves on her arrival to the 75th Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., January 7, 2018. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File PhotoRatings data on Wednesday showed about a 43 percent drop in viewers for the premiere of “The Conners,” in which the family featured in comedy “Roseanne” carries on without the show’s namesake star and…

U.S. regains crown as most competitive economy for first time since 2008: WEF

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. economy sits atop of the World Economic Forum’s annual global competitiveness survey for the first time since the 2007-2009 financial crisis, benefiting from a new ranking methodology this year, the Swiss body said on Tuesday. In its closely-watched annual Global Competitiveness Report, the WEF said the U.S. is the country closest to the “frontier of competitiveness,” an indicator that ranks competitive productivity using a scale from zero to 100. The U.S. beat off Singapore, Germany, Switzerland and Japan, the other top four markets, with a…

Trump widens Fed critique, calls it ‘my biggest threat’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump heaped more criticism on the Federal Reserve in an interview with Fox Business Network on Tuesday, extending his discontent beyond its chairman, Jerome Powell, whom he has frequently critiqued in public. “My biggest threat is the Fed,” he said, according to excerpts released before the interview with “Trish Regan Primetime” airs. “I put a couple of other people there I’m not so happy with too but for the most part I’m very happy with people.” Last week, Trump criticized the U.S. central bank…

World stock recovery loses steam as European auto sector takes beating

LONDON (Reuters) – A recovery by global stocks proved short-lived as warnings over a slowing European auto sector soured an upbeat mood, while Wall Street was set for a slightly lower open after enjoying its best session in eight months the previous day. FILE PHOTO: The London Stock Exchange Group offices are seen in the City of London, Britain, December 29, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File PhotoEuropean stocks, having hit a one-week high in early trade, were back in the red by 1200 GMT, pulled lower by a 1.6 percent fall in…

In U.S. Senate battle in Texas O’Rourke gets tough, but is it too late?

(Reuters) – It was no more Mr. Nice Guy for Beto O’Rourke. U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke speaks during a debate with U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (not shown), at the KENS- 5 TV studios in San Antonio, Texas, U.S., October 16, 2018. Tom Reel/San Antonio Express-News/Pool via REUTERSFalling behind in the polls and running out of time, the Democratic contender for the U.S. Senate went on the attack against Republican incumbent Ted Cruz in a raucous debate in Texas on Tuesday night, calling him dishonest and resurrecting President Donald Trump’s campaign…

Bomb kills 10 in Crimea college – Russia

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Oil rises on surprise draw in US crude stockpiles

Oil prices rose for a fourth day on Wednesday after industry data showed a surprise decline in U.S. crude inventories and tension over the disappearance of a prominent Saudi journalist stoked supply worries. Brent crude was up 40 cents at $81.81 a barrel by 0755 GMT, after gaining $1.15 in the previous three sessions. The global benchmark, which hit a two-week low last week as equity markets dropped, is trading around $5 below a four-year high of $86.74 reached on Oct. 3. U.S. light crude oil was up 30 cents…

Pompeo meets Erdogan after talks with Saudis on missing journalist

ANKARA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on Wednesday following talks with Saudi Arabia’s king and crown prince about the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. U.S. President Donald Trump, who dispatched his top diplomat to address the crisis, has given Saudi Arabia the benefit of the doubt in Khashoggi’s disappearance, even as U.S. lawmakers pointed the finger at the Saudi leadership, and Western pressure mounted on Riyadh to provide answers. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said Pompeo would bring information…

Turkey hopes to enter Saudi consul’s residence on Wednesday, foreign minister says

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey hopes to enter the Saudi consul’s residence in Istanbul on Wednesday in connection with the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Turkey’s foreign minister said after meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo greets Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu before their meeting in Ankara, Turkey, October 17, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis/PoolSpeaking from the airport in Ankara, Mevlut Cavusoglu said talks with Pompeo were “beneficial and fruitful”. Pompeo was on a brief visit to Turkey after having met with the Saudi…

MTV reboots ‘The Real World’ series on Facebook in studio push

(Reuters) – Viewers may finally be able to vote the next Puck, the notoriously obnoxious housemate of “MTV’s The Real World,” off the show. FILE PHOTO: Figurines are seen in front of the Facebook logo in this illustration taken March 20, 2018. REUTERS/Dado RuvicThe iconic MTV reality series, which ran for 32 seasons between 1992 and 2017, will return as three interactive series on Facebook in the United States, Mexico and Thailand early next year, MTV will announce on Wednesday at Mipcom, the annual television industry trade show in Cannes,…

Hélène Pastor murder: Polish son-in-law admits ordering hit

After years of denial, the Polish son-in-law of billionaire Hélène Pastor has confessed to ordering a mafia-style hit on the 77-year-old property heiress. Wojciech Janowski is on trial with nine others and made the shocking admission a day before the verdict is due. The 2014 shooting of Pastor and her chauffeur in Nice shook the principality of Monaco, where she was a friend of the royal family. Mr Janowski initially admitted his role but then retracted his confession. His lawyer Éric Dupond-Moretti told the Aix-en-Provence court on Tuesday his client…

‘Expectations low’ as UK PM heads to Brussels

Media playback is unsupported on your device Theresa May will urge other EU leaders to give ground on the issue of the Irish border when she addresses them at a summit in Brussels later. Brexit talks are deadlocked over the border, but the EU says it’s up to the UK to bring new ideas to the table. BBC political correspondent Iain Watson says Mrs May will try to strike an upbeat tone about the significant progress that’s been made. But he says expectations of any sort of breakthrough at the…

Pompeo says Saudis committed to complete probe into journalist’s disappearance

ANKARA (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia has committed to conducting a complete investigation into the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday before departing the kingdom for Turkey. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shakes hand with a Saudi official before leaving Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, October 17, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis/PoolPompeo said he would meet with President Tayyip Erdogan in the Turkish capital Ankara, two weeks after Khashoggi vanished when he visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to collect documents he needed for his planned…

Europe may need to change Saudi policies over Khashoggi case: Merkel ally

BERLIN (Reuters) – Europe may need to amend its relations with Saudi Arabia, depending on the outcome of an investigation into the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, an ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday. Khashoggi, a U.S. resident and a critic of the Saudi crown prince, vanished after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. Turkish officials say they believe he was killed there and his body removed, which the Saudis strongly deny. “We have a very ambivalent picture of Saudi Arabia, especially with what…

Asia’s natural gas prices are rising. Now higher oil prices and tariffs could cause more pain

Asia’s liquefied natural gas prices are set to go up on the back of surging oil prices and tightening supplies, according to analysts. It comes at a time when demand for LNG is set to shoot up in Asia, driven by China’s appetite for natural gas as it seeks to replace coal. If China — the world’s number 2 importer of natural gas — imposes tariffs on LNG exports from the U.S., it may cause Chinese buyers further pain in the short run, the experts said. But that could also…

Roseanne character dies of opioid overdose as ‘The Conners’ take over

NEW YORK (Reuters) – One of television’s best-known families returned on Tuesday without its matriarch, as the character of feisty Roseanne Conner was killed off through an accidental opioid overdose. Comedy series “The Conners,” featuring all the main characters in the blue-collar family from “Roseanne” except for its star and creator, Roseanne Barr, had its premiere on Disney-owned channel ABC, five months after “Roseanne” was canceled following a racist tweet by Barr. Audiences had last seen Roseanne Conner hiding an opioid addiction stemming from knee pain and about to undergo…

Trump gives Saudi Arabia benefit of doubt in journalist’s disappearance

WASHINGTON/RIYADH (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump gave Saudi Arabia the benefit of the doubt in the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi even as U.S. lawmakers pointed the finger at the Saudi leadership and Western pressure mounted on Riyadh to provide answers. “I think we have to find out what happened first,” Trump told the Associated Press in an interview on Tuesday. “Here we go again with, you know, you’re guilty until proven innocent. I don’t like that.” Trump then referred directly to his nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the…