Erdogan says to take next steps in Syria after meeting Putin

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a gathering in Kayseri, Turkey, October 19, 2019. Mustafa Kamaci/Presidential Press Office/Handout via REUTERS ISTANBUL (Reuters) – President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday Turkey would take “necessary” further steps in northeastern Syria after his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, the day that a five-day Washington-brokered ceasefire expires. “We will take up this process with Mr Putin and after that we will take the necessary steps,” Erdogan told a forum in Istanbul hosted by broadcaster TRT World, without elaborating. Erdogan is due…

U.S. troops cross into Iraq as part of withdrawal from Syria

DOHUK, Iraq (Reuters) – U.S. troops crossed into Iraq early on Monday, part of a withdrawal from northeast Syria ordered by President Donald Trump that opened the way for Turkish troops to launch an offensive against Kurdish fighters in the area. A convoy of U.S. vehicles is seen after withdrawing from northern Syria, at the Iraqi-Syrian border crossing in the outskirts of Dohuk,, Iraq, October 21, 2019. REUTERS/Ari JalalA Reuters cameraman saw more than 100 vehicles crossing from the northeast tip of Syria, where Turkey has agreed to pause its…

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BEIRUT/ANKARA (Reuters) – The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Sunday said they had withdrawn from the border town of Ras al Ain under a U.S.-brokered ceasefire deal, but a spokesman for Turkish-backed Syrian rebels said the withdrawal was not yet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…

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…

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)…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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”.…

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…

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…

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…

Protests sweep Lebanon as fury at ruling elite grows over economic corruption

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Security forces fired tear gas and chased down protesters in Beirut on Friday after tens of thousands of people across Lebanon marched to demand the demise of a political elite they accuse of looting the economy to the point of collapse. Riot police in vehicles and on foot rounded up protesters, according to Reuters witnesses. They fired rubber bullets and tear gas canisters, dispersing demonstrators in Beirut’s commercial district. Dozens of people were wounded and detained. Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri blamed his partners in government for obstructing…

Brexit day of reckoning: PM Johnson battles further delay

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Boris Johnson appealed to lawmakers to back his last-minute Brexit deal in an extraordinary sitting of the British parliament on Saturday after his plans were plunged into chaos by his opponents’ moves to derail the legislation. More than three years since the United Kingdom voted 52-48% to leave the European project, Johnson sought parliament’s approval for the divorce treaty he struck in Brussels on Thursday. He said he was confident he had secured the best possible deal and there was little appetite for further delay.…

Brexit day of reckoning: parliament to vote on Johnson’s deal

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Boris Johnson puts his last-minute Brexit deal to a vote in an extraordinary sitting of the British parliament on Saturday, a day of reckoning that could decide the course of the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union. Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a news conference at the European Union leaders summit dominated by Brexit, in Brussels, Belgium October 17, 2019. REUTERS/Piroschka van de WouwMore than three years since the United Kingdom voted 52-48 to be the first sovereign country to leave the…

UK Conservative lawmaker Duncan Smith says time to get Brexit done

FILE PHOTO: Ian Duncan Smith is seen outside the venue for the Conservative Party annual conference in Manchester, Britain October 1, 2019. REUTERS/Henry NichollsLONDON (Reuters) – Conservative lawmaker Iain Duncan Smith said he would be voting in favor of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s European Union divorce deal on Saturday saying it was time to get Brexit done. “I had my concerns and my doubts. But I think, on balance, the key thing is we’ve just got to get this done,” Duncan Smith, a hardline Brexit supporter, told BBC radio.…

Exclusive: Electric Hummer could be part of GM’s move into EV trucks, SUVs – sources

WASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) – General Motors Co (GM.N) plans to build a new family of premium electric pickup trucks and sport-utility vehicles at its Detroit-Hamtramck plant beginning in late 2021, possibly reviving the imposing Hummer brand on some of them, several people familiar with the plans said. FILE PHOTO: General Motors Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant is seen in Hamtramck, Michigan, U.S. November 26, 2018. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook The so-called BT1 electric truck/SUV program is the centerpiece of a planned $3 billion investment in the Detroit-Hamtramck plant to make electric trucks and vans, and…

U.S. energy secretary will not comply with congressional Democrats’ impeachment probe

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump listens to U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry speak during an event touting the administration’s environmental policy in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., July 8, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry will not turn over documents to congressional Democrats who had subpoenaed them over his role in Ukraine as part of their impeachment probe into President Donald Trump, a department official said in a letter on Friday. Three U.S. House of Representatives committees subpoenaed Perry…

Mexican security forces free El Chapo’s son to protect lives: minister

Cartel gunmen are seen outside during clashes with federal forces following the detention of Ovidio Guzman, son of drug kingpin Joaquin « El Chapo » Guzman, in Culiacan, Sinaloa state, Mexico October 17, 2019. REUTERS/Jesus BustamanteMEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican security forces have released captured drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman’s son from a house where they briefly apprehended him on Thursday, Security Minister Alfonso Durazo told Reuters, saying the decision was taken to protect lives. Durazo’s comments followed an earlier statement that did not fully clarify whether the accused…

Opioid settlement talks falter, landmark trial expected Monday: attorney

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – A landmark trial stemming from the U.S. opioid epidemic is expected to begin on Monday after last-ditch talks to strike a multibillion-dollar settlement faltered on Friday, according to an attorney for local governments. A view of the statue standing in front of the U.S. District Courthouse in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., October 18, 2019. REUTERS/Aaron JosefczykThe thousands of towns and counties that sued drugmakers and distributors are “not on the same page” as state attorneys general who also sued the companies, said the attorney, Paul Hanly. “Our clients…