Theresa May to face vote of no confidence from Tory MPs

UK Prime Minister Theresa May will face a vote of no confidence in her leadership later on Wednesday. Conservative MPs will vote between 18:00 GMT and 20:00 GMT. The challenge to Mrs May’s position comes after the required 48 letters calling for a contest were delivered. Mrs May, who has been prime minister since shortly after the UK voted to leave the European Union in 2016, has faced criticism in her party for the Brexit plan she has negotiated. The prime minister is expected to make a statement in Downing…

Conservative lawmakers trigger no confidence vote in UK PM May’s leadership

British Prime Minister Theresa May arrives to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Annegret HilseLONDON (Reuters) – Lawmakers in Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party triggered a vote of no confidence in her leadership on Wednesday as Britain’s planned divorce from the European Union was plunged into chaos. Graham Brady, chairman of the party’s so-called 1922 committee, said the threshold for a vote had been exceeded. A ballot will be held between 1800 and 2000 on Wednesday in the House of…

Statement on vote of confidence in British Prime Minister May

FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street, London, Britain, December 4, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File PhotoLONDON (Reuters) – Graham Brady, chairman of the Conservative Party’s 1922 committee, released the following statement on Wednesday: “The threshold of 15 percent of the parliamentary party seeking a vote of confidence in the leader of the Conservative Party has been exceeded. “In accordance with the rules, a ballot will be held between 1800 and 2000 on Wednesday 12th December in committee room 14 of the House of Commons. The votes will…

Strasbourg shooting: France hunts gunman as alert level raised

Media playback is unsupported on your device France has issued a maximum level of alert as police hunt a gunman who opened fire at a Christmas market in the eastern city of Strasbourg. Three people were killed and 13 wounded, eight of them seriously. The gunman, 29, known to authorities as a suspected extremist, escaped after reportedly being injured. Some 350 officers are involved in the search for the gunman. France’s counter terrorism prosecutor has opened an investigation. Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said the country had issued an « urgence…

Stocks cheered by Trump trade talk; sterling plagued by politics

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Asian stock markets rallied on Wednesday as U.S. President Donald trump sounded upbeat about a trade deal with China, while sterling struggled with the risk of an imminent party coup against British Prime Minister Theresa May. Men look at stock quotation boards outside a brokerage in Tokyo, Japan, December 5, 2018. REUTERS/Issei KatoIn an interview with Reuters, Trump said talks were taking place with Beijing by phone and he would not raise tariffs on Chinese imports until he was sure about a deal. Trump also said he…

Oil rises more than 1 percent on OPEC-led supply cuts, trade talk hopes

Oil prices climbed by more than 1 percent on Wednesday, lifted by expectations that an OPEC-led supply cut announced last week for 2019 would stabilise markets as well as hopes that long-running Sino-American trade tensions could ease. Disruptions to Libyan oil exports after local militia seized the country’s biggest oil field, El Sharara, were also buoying prices, traders said. International Brent crude oil futures were at $60.89 per barrel at 0212 GMT, up 69 cents, or 1.15 percent from their last close. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were…

Curry signals willingness to meet with NASA over Moon landing doubts

(Reuters) – Three-time NBA champion Stephen Curry on Tuesday signaled that he is willing to take NASA up on its offer to tour its lunar lab in Houston after his pronouncement this week that he does not believe humans ever walked on the Moon. December 10, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates after making a three-point basket against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY SportsDuring the “Winging It” podcast released on Monday, the Golden State…

Canada frees CFO of China’s Huawei on bail; Trump might intervene

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – A top executive of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd was granted bail by a Canadian court on Tuesday, 10 days after her arrest in Vancouver at the request of U.S. authorities sparked a diplomatic dispute. Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer and the daughter of its founder, faces U.S. claims that she misled multinational banks about Iran-linked transactions, putting the banks at risk of violating U.S. sanctions. In a court hearing in Vancouver, British Columbia, Justice William Ehrcke granted C$10 million ($7.5 million) bail to…

U.S. weighs China travel warning over Huawei case: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is considering issuing a new warning to U.S. citizens, including business executives, traveling to China after Canada arrested a senior Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] executive at Washington’s request, two sources said on Tuesday. A man uses his phone as he sits in front of a Huawei shop in Beijing, China, December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas PeterSuch an advisory from the State Department would warn U.S. nationals of the risk that China could retaliate against them for the detention of Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng…

Cosby’s lawyers cite grounds for appealing sexual assault conviction

(Reuters) – Attorneys for Bill Cosby outlined their grounds on Tuesday for appealing his sexual assault conviction, citing what they called errors in legal procedure that may have biased the jury and warrant a new trial for the once-beloved comedian. FILE PHOTO: Actor and comedian Bill Cosby leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse after his first day of sentencing hearings in his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S., September 24, 2018. REUTERS/Jessica Kourkounis/File PhotoThe 81-year-old performer, best known for his role as the lovable family man and physician on the…

S&P 500, Dow edge lower as U.S. shutdown threat, China trade in focus

New York (Reuters) – The S&P 500 and the Dow closed marginally lower after volatile trading on Tuesday as investors swiveled their focus between China-U.S. trade talks, President Donald Trump’s threat to shut down the U.S. government and political uncertainty in Britain. Wall Street’s three major indexes oscillated between positive and negative territory during the day before falling sharply in the last half hour of trading. Late in the session, the BBC reported that enough letters were submitted by Conservative lawmakers to trigger a vote of no confidence in the…

China’s Tencent Music raises nearly $1.1 billion in U.S. IPO

NEW YORK/HONG KONG (Reuters) – China-based music streaming company Tencent Music Entertainment Group’s (TME.N) has raised close to $1.1 billion in its U.S. initial public offering (IPO) after pricing its American depositary shares (ADRs) at the low end of its indicated $13 to $15 per share range, a source said on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: A Tencent sign is seen during the fourth World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, China, December 4, 2017. REUTERS/Aly Song/File PhotoThe IPO shows how companies are defying a bout of stock market volatility with flotations.…

Strasbourg shooting: Gunman at large after two killed and 11 injured

Two people have been killed and 11 others wounded in a shooting in the eastern French city of Strasbourg. The gunman, known to security services, is on the run and is being hunted by police. He had been injured in an exchange of gunfire with a soldier, police said. The shooting happened close to a Christmas market in one of the central squares, Place Kléber. France’s counter terrorism prosecutor has opened an investigation. Confirming the death toll had risen to two, the French interior minister, Christophe Castaner, who is on…

Gunshots near Strasbourg Christmas market leave one dead: fire department

PARIS (Reuters) – Gunshots in the center of the French city of Strasbourg on the German border on Tuesday left one dead and three injured, the local fire department told Reuters. The killing took place near Strasbourg’s Christmas market, which draws millions of tourists every year, a source at French security forces said. France remains on high alert after suffering a wave of attacks commissioned or inspired by Islamic State militants in 2015 and 2016, which killed more than 200 people. Reporting by Christian Hartmann, Gilbert Reilhac, Emmanuel Jarry; writing…

Life in prison looms for neo-Nazi in Virginia protest killing

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (Reuters) – A self-described neo-Nazi who killed a woman by ramming his car into a crowd protesting a white supremacist rally in Virginia last year should spend the rest of his life in prison, a jury said on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: James Alex Fields Jr., attends the « Unite the Right » rally in Emancipation Park, before being arrested by police and charged with charged with one count of second degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one count of failing to stop at an accident that…

Firefighters to the rescue after German chocolate factory spill

BERLIN (Reuters) – Firefighters in the town of Werl in western Germany tackled an unusual emergency late on Monday when a tank at a local firm making liquid chocolate overflowed and poured out onto a street. “About a ton of chocolate ran out into the yard and from there onto the street,” a spokesman for the Werl fire department said in a statement. The firefighters closed off the street and shoveled the chocolate – about 10 square meters (108 square feet) – to one side before a specialist cleaning company…

May meets EU leaders for Brexit talks

Theresa May is continuing to hold talks with European leaders and EU officials aimed at rescuing her Brexit deal. No 10 said Mrs May’s meeting with Angela Merkel had been positive and the PM was determined to get MPs to back her deal. Many of her MPs are demanding legally-binding guarantees over the backstop plan for the Irish border. The German leader said the deal could not be re-negotiated but she was still optimistic a solution could be found. But Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn labelled Mrs May the « runaway…

After May asks for help, Germany’s Merkel says no more Brexit negotiations

BERLIN (Reuters) – German leader Angela Merkel ruled out further negotiations on Brexit on Tuesday but said efforts were being made to give Britain reassurances after Prime Minister Theresa May abruptly pulled a parliamentary vote at home because she faced defeat. With less than four months left until the United Kingdom is due to leave the EU on March 29, May’s Brexit deal is floundering, opening up prospects that run the gamut from a disorderly no-deal divorce to calling Brexit off. A day after pulling the vote in the face…

Time’s ‘Person of Year’ goes to journalists, including Reuters pair

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Time on Tuesday presented its “Person of the Year” honor to a group of journalists, including a slain Saudi Arabian writer and a pair of Reuters reporters imprisoned by Myanmar’s government, as the magazine warned the ideal of truth as critical to democracy is under assault. The publication also honored the founder of a Philippines news website critical of that country’s authoritarian government and a Maryland newspaper that was the target of a mass shooting, marking the first occasion in the magazine’s 95-year history that Time…

Spain warns Catalonia over region’s Mossos police

The Spanish government has warned the Catalan authorities that national police could be sent to their region if they tolerate separatist blockades. The warning – in three letters from ministers – followed a protest on Saturday by separatists who blocked the AP-7 motorway connecting France to Catalonia’s coast. Madrid accused the Catalan police force – the Mossos – of just standing by. Spain’s ruling Socialists oppose the Catalan independence movement. Catalan nationalists regained power in Barcelona in May, after a seven-month period of direct rule by Madrid. Hunger strike Tensions…

Defying Trump, Saudi Arabia chooses ‘Saudi first’ oil policy at OPEC meeting

President Donald Trump has told foreign leaders that « America First » means he will always put the needs of America ahead of the needs of other nations — and that they should do the same for their own country. div > div.group > p:first-child »> Saudi Arabia’s leadership appears to be on board with that message. Last week, Saudi Arabia disregarded Trump’s public pressure campaign to keep pumping at full throttle and cut fuel costs. The kingdom instead convinced two dozen oil producers to cut output and announced a…

Broadway’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ puts new spin on racial injustice

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Almost 60 years after it was first published as a book, “To Kill a Mockingbird” opens this week in a first Broadway theater adaptation whose themes of racial injustice are just as relevant today. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President George W. Bush (R) before awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom to American novelist Harper Lee (L) in the East Room of the White House, in this November 5, 2007. REUTERS/Larry DowningYet writer Aaron Sorkin says despite the book’s familiarity as a beloved classic of American literature and…

Beauty meets despair in racial injustice movie ‘Beale Street’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Some films about race in America are angry, many are passionate, or terrifying or heartbreaking, and a few are funny. “If Beale Street Could Talk,” opening in U.S. theaters in major cities on Friday is marked by a quiet beauty and dignity, despite the despair that runs through it. Based on the 1974 novel with the same title by the late James Baldwin, the film is director Barry Jenkins’ follow-up to his 2016 Oscar-winner “Moonlight.” It is the latest in a slew of movies by or…

Enel Group starts construction of 244-megawatt wind farm in Mexico

The Enel Group, via subsidiary Enel Green Power Mexico, has commenced construction of a 244 megawatt (MW) wind farm in the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon. div > div.group > p:first-child »> The Dolores facility is slated to begin operations in the first half of 2020, the company said Tuesday. The wind farm will be able to produce around 850-gigawatt hours annually and will help to prevent the emission of roughly 470,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year. Investment in the construction of the wind farm is approximately $280 million.…

EU rules out Brexit renegotiation as May seeks help from Merkel

BERLIN/STRASBOURG (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May sought Angela Merkel’s support on Tuesday to save her floundering Brexit deal but the European Union ruled out renegotiating the divorce treaty, after May postponed a parliamentary vote she admitted she would lose. European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker addresses the European Parliament during a debate on upcoming EU council meeting, at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Vincent KesslerLess than four months until the United Kingdom is due to leave the EU on March 29, May warned British lawmakers that…

Time ‘Person of Year’ goes to journalists, including imprisoned Reuters pair

FILE PHOTO: Reuters journalist Wa Lone arrives at Insein court in Yangon, Myanmar September 3, 2018. REUTERS/Ann Wang(Reuters) – Time magazine on Tuesday named journalists, including a slain Saudi Arabian writer and a pair of Reuters journalists imprisoned by Myanmar’s government, as its “Person of the Year,” in a cover story headlined “The Guardians and the War on Truth.” The honor went to a series of journalists including Reuters journalists Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, who the government of Myanmar convicted on Sept. 3 under the colonial-era…

UK announces $126 million of funding for renewable energy in Africa

The U.K. government has announced £100 million ($126.11 million) of extra funding for renewable energy projects in Africa. The money will be used to support the Renewable Energy Performance Platform (REPP), which was set up in 2015 and supported by £48 million in initial funding from the U.K. The REPP’s broad goal is to « catalyze the growth » of the renewable energy sector in sub-Saharan Africa by helping developers to « overcome barriers to finance. » The program currently backs 18 renewable energy projects in countries such as Tanzania,…

Britain’s May to ask Merkel to help change Brexit divorce deal

THE HAGUE/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May was making the rounds of European leaders on Tuesday, seeking support for changes to her Brexit deal in a last ditch bid to save it, after calling off a vote that she admitted she was on course to lose. FILE PHOTO: German Chancellor Angela Merkel receives Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May in Berlin, Germany, July 5 2018. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt/File PhotoLess than four months until the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union on March 29, Brexit was plunged into chaos…

Huawei CFO back in Canada court as bail hearing set to wrap

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – A top executive at Chinese telecoms giant Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL] is set to return to a Vancouver courtroom on Tuesday, as the judge weighs final issues in determining whether she should be freed on bail while awaiting extradition proceedings. Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou was arrested by Canadian authorities on Dec. 1 at the request of the United States. Tuesday will be the third day of bail hearings in a British Columbia court, with China criticizing her continued detention and demanding her immediate release. Meng, 46,…

U.S. returns bells looted after Philippine wartime massacre

MANILA (Reuters) – Church bells taken as war trophies by U.S. forces more than a century ago arrived in the Philippines on Tuesday, ending Manila’s decades-long quest for the return of some of the most famous symbols of resistance to U.S. colonialism. Philippine Air Force personnel unload the bells of Balangiga after their arrival at Villamor Air Base in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De CastroThe “Bells of Balangiga” landed in a military cargo plane at a Manila air base ahead of their return on Saturday to…