Hong Kong pro-independence party formally outlawed in first such move since handover

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong authorities formally banned on Monday a group promoting independence from China – the first outlawing of a political organization since Britain handed its former colony back to Chinese rule in 1997. Andy Chan, founder of the Hong Kong National Party, speaks during a luncheon at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club (FCC) in Hong Kong, China, August 14, 2018. Paul Yeung/Pool via REUTERSThe city’s Secretary for Security John Lee announced the ban on the Hong Kong National Party in a brief statement published in the government’s…

Asian shares wobble on fear of long U.S.-China trade war; oil rallies

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Asian shares stumbled in holiday-thinned trading on Monday as China’s decision to cancel talks with the United States sparked fears of a protracted trade war, while oil rallied as Saudi Arabia ruled out increasing supplies to cool crude prices. A man walks in front of a screen showing today’s movements of Nikkei share average outside a brokerage in Tokyo, Japan, June 2, 2016. REUTERS/Issei Kato/File PhotoU.S. stock futures slipped 0.2 percent, while spreadbetters pointed to a subdued start for Europe with futures for Eurostoxx 50, Germany’s Dax…

Texan who published 3-D guns plans jailed on sex assault charge

(Reuters) – A Texas man running a 3-D printed guns company was booked into a Houston jail on a charge of sexual assault on Sunday after Taiwanese officials sent him back to the United States, where he is accused of having sex with an underage girl. Cody Wilson, a Texan 3-D printed gun maker who flew to Taiwan as police investigated an accusation he had sex with an underage girl, is escorted by immigration officers at Taoyuan international airport, Taiwan, September 22, 2018 in this still image from video. FTV/via…

Asian shares wobble as China cancels trade talks with US; oil rallies

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Asia shares stumbled in holiday-thinned trading on Monday as China ramped up trade tensions by cancelling upcoming tariff talks with the United States, while oil prices jumped after top producers ruled out boosting crude output. A man walks in front of a screen showing today’s movements of Nikkei share average outside a brokerage in Tokyo, Japan, June 2, 2016. REUTERS/Issei Kato/File PhotoU.S. stock futures were a touch weaker while MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.6 percent. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index was the…

Woods ends five-year drought with Tour Championship triumph

(Reuters) – Tiger Woods was moved to the brink of tears after capturing his first title since 2013 with a two-stroke triumph at the Tour Championship in Atlanta on Sunday that proved he was far from washed up at the age of 42. Sep 23, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Tiger Woods celebrates winning the Tour Championship golf tournament at East Lake Golf Club. Butch Dill-USA TODAY SportsAfter five years of complications in his personal life and injury woes, Woods reasserted his status as the best frontrunner in the history of…

Yen climbs as China halts trade talks with U.S.; oil rallies

SYDNEY (Reuters) – The safe haven yen gained on Monday in holiday-thinned trading as China canceled upcoming tariff talks with the United States, ratcheting up tensions while oil prices jumped after top producers including Russia ruled out boosting crude output. A man walks in front of a screen showing today’s movements of Nikkei share average outside a brokerage in Tokyo, Japan, June 2, 2016. REUTERS/Issei Kato/File PhotoMost of the action was in currencies as financial markets in Japan, China and South Korea were closed for a holiday. Investors were squarely…

Canada PM says informal NAFTA talks likely in next few days at U.N.

MONTREAL (Reuters) – U.S. and Canadian officials trying to reach a deal on NAFTA are “very likely” to hold informal talks on the sidelines of a major U.N. meeting in the next few days, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Sunday. Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau waits for the Prime Minister of Spain Pedro Sanchez before a military welcoming ceremony at The Royal Canadian Hussars Armoury in Montreal, Quebec, Canada September 23, 2018. REUTERS/Dario AyalaWith time running out ahead of a U.S.-imposed deadline of the end of September,…

Cuba’s new president makes first trip to old Cold War foe United States

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba’s new president, Miguel Diaz-Canel, arrived in New York on Sunday for his first trip to the United States, where he will denounce the decades-old U.S. trade embargo on his country at the U.N. General Assembly, state-run media reported. FILE PHOTO: Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz-Canel attends a meeting with Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, May 30, 2018. REUTERS/Marco Bello/File PhotoTensions have heightened between the Cold War foes after U.S. President Donald Trump tightened the embargo last year following the resumption of diplomatic relations under his…

Accuser of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh to testify on Thursday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – California professor Christine Blasey Ford has agreed to testify before a Senate panel on Thursday morning about her sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, her lawyers said on Sunday. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh listens during his U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 4, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File PhotoThe agreement capped a week of dramatic developments that cast into turmoil U.S. Senate confirmation of President Donald Trump’s conservative nominee, once considered a safe bet.…

UAE official denies Iranian allegations of links to military parade attackers

DUBAI (Reuters) – A senior United Arab Emirates official denied on Sunday Iranian allegations alluding to the involvement of the UAE in training troops that claimed the attack on a military parade in southwestern Iran. Minister of State for Foreign Affairs for the United Arab Emirates, Anwar Gargash, speaks at an event at Chatham House in London, Britain July 17, 2017. REUTERS/Neil HallThe “formal incitement against the UAE from within Iran is unfortunate, and has escalated after the Ahvaz attack,” said Minister of State for Foreign Affairs for the United…

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards threaten to avenge military parade attack

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran’s Revolutionary Guards vowed on Sunday to exact “deadly and unforgettable” vengeance for a shooting attack on a military parade that killed 25 people, including 12 of their comrades, and Tehran accused Gulf Arab states of backing the gunmen. Saturday’s assault, one of the worst ever against the elite force of the Islamic Republic, struck a blow at its security establishment at a time when the United States and its Gulf allies are working to isolate Tehran. “Considering (the Guards’) full knowledge about the centers of deployment…

Iran Revolutionary Guards threaten to avenge military parade attack

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran’s Revolutionary Guards vowed on Sunday to wreak “deadly and unforgettable” vengeance for a shooting attack on a military parade that killed 25 people, including 12 of their comrades, and Tehran accused Gulf Arab states of backing the gunmen. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani attends a news conference at the Chancellery in Vienna, Austria July 4, 2018. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner Saturday’s assault, one of the worst ever against the elite force of the Islamic Republic, struck a blow at its security establishment at a time when the United States…

Significance of attack on military parade in Iran

(Reuters) – A deadly assault on an Iranian Revolutionary Guards parade dealt a stunning blow to Iran’s security establishment, which has often said it can repel any threat no matter how big, even from the United States and its chief Middle East ally Israel. A general view of the attack during the military parade in Ahvaz, Iran September 22, 2018. Tasnim News Agency/via REUTERS Saturday’s shooting attack, among the worst ever on the Guards, illustrated that Iran’s elite force, which answers directly to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameni, can be…

Iran summons UAE envoy over parade attack comments: state TV

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran’s foreign ministry on Sunday summoned the United Arab Emirates’ charge d’affaires over comments made about a military parade attack that killed 25 people, including members of the Revolutionary Guards, state television said. State-run PressTV said the action was taken over comments by an unnamed UAE official, without giving details. Iranian officials have accused U.S.-backed Gulf Arab states of supporting the attackers. Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. Source: Reuters

Rouhani says Iran ready to confront U.S. after military parade attack

DUBAI (Reuters) – President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday Iran was ready to confront the United States and its Gulf Arab allies, a day after an attack on an Iranian military parade killed 25 people, including 12 members of the elite Revolutionary Guards. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani attends a news conference at the Chancellery in Vienna, Austria July 4, 2018. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner Speaking before leaving Tehran to attend the annual U.N. General Assembly in New York, Rouhani accused U.S.-backed Gulf Arab states of providing financial and military support for anti-government…

Danger remains even as flood waters recede in Hurricane Florence’s aftermath

(Reuters) – Nearly all rivers and waterways in North and South Carolina will crest Sunday, but most will remain at dangerous flood levels for days to come, the U.S. National Weather Service warned, more than a week after the arrival of Hurricane Florence, which has killed at least 40 people. Flooding, in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, is seen in and around Wilmington, North Carolina, U.S., September 19, 2018 in this picture obtained from social media on September 21, 2018. ALAN CRADICK, CAPE FEAR RIVER WATCH/via REUTERS Swaths of rivers…

All aboard: Hong Kong bullet train signals high-speed integration with China

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s controversial bullet train got off to a smooth start on Sunday, as hundreds of passengers whistled north across the border at speeds of up to 200 kph (125 mph), deepening integration of the former British colony with mainland China. Passengers react on a first train departing from Hong Kong during the first day of service of the Hong Kong Section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link, in Hong Kong, China September 23, 2018. REUTERS/Tyrone SiuWhile the $11 billion rail project has raised fears…

Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh’s accuser tentatively agrees to testify on Thursday: media

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A woman who has accused U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault has tentatively agreed to testify before a Senate panel on Thursday, according to media reports. The agreement is in the works for California professor Christine Blasey Ford to possibly testify on Thursday, but details have yet to be finalized, CNN and other media reported late on Saturday. The report said that her lawyers will talk again on Sunday with Senate officials. U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley had set a Saturday afternoon…

Iran’s Khamenei blames Gulf Arab states for military parade attack

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused U.S.-backed Gulf Arab states of carrying out a shooting attack on a military parade that killed 25 people, almost half of them members of the country’s elite Revolutionary Guards. Khamenei ordered security forces to bring to justice those responsible for one of the worst assaults ever against the Revolutionary Guards, the most powerful military force in the country, which answers to him. The allegation will likely ratchet up tensions with Iran’s rival Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies, which along…

Comcast outbids Fox with $40 billion offer for Sky in auction

LONDON (Reuters) – Comcast (CMCSA.O) beat Rupert Murdoch’s Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA.O) in the battle for Sky (SKYB.L) on Saturday after offering 30.6 billion pounds ($40 billion) in a dramatic auction to decide the fate of the pay-television group. FILE PHOTO: The NBC and Comcast logos are displayed on 30 Rockefeller Plaza in midtown Manhattan in New York, U.S., February 27, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File PhotoThe U.S. cable giant bid 17.28 pounds a share for control of London-listed Sky, bettering a 15.67 pounds-a-share offer by Fox, Britain’s Takeover Panel said. Buying…

Iran’s Khamenei blames Gulf states for military parade attack

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused U.S.-backed Gulf Arab states of carrying out a shooting attack on a military parade that killed 25 people, almost half of them members of the country’s elite Revolutionary Guards. Khamenei ordered security forces to bring to justice those responsible for one of the worst assaults ever against the Revolutionary Guards, the most powerful military force in the country, which answers to him. The allegation will likely ratchet up tensions with Iran’s rival Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies, who along…

Senate Judiciary aide resigns amid sexual harassment allegation: NBC

(Reuters) – A media adviser helping the Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee respond to a sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has resigned amid allegations of his own sexual misconduct, a committee spokesperson said on Saturday. Garrett Ventry, 29, a communications aide to Senate Judiciary committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, was “one of several temporary staff brought on to assist in the committee’s consideration of the Supreme Court nomination,” a Senate Judiciary Committee spokesperson told Reuters. “While he strongly denies allegations of wrongdoing, he decided to resign to avoid…

Survivor pulled from capsized Tanzanian ferry as death toll reaches 207

UKARA, Tanzania (Reuters) – Divers on Saturday rescued a man from the wreck of an overcrowded Tanzanian ferry that capsized on Lake Victoria on Thursday, killing at least 207 people. Bodies continued to float to the surface around the vessel, which initial estimates suggested was carrying more than 300 people. State broadcaster TBC said the death toll had reached 207. Four navy divers resumed their search inside the sunken MV Nyerere early on Saturday after hearing sounds that suggested signs of life. They pulled one man out of the overturned…

Senate’s Grassley sets Saturday deadline for Kavanaugh accuser: NY Times

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley set a Saturday afternoon deadline for a woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault to decide if and how she will testify, the New York Times reported. The Committee had delayed a vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation after California professor Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations emerged last week, and her lawyers and committee staff were negotiating the conditions of her testimony. Approval of Kavanaugh would cement conservative control of the Supreme Court and advance a White House effort to…

Survivor pulled from capsized Tanzanian ferry as death toll reaches 183

UKARA, Tanzania (Reuters) – Divers rescued a man on Saturday as they searched for survivors from the wreck of an overcrowded Tanzanian ferry that capsized on Lake Victoria on Thursday, killing at least 183 people. Tanzanian police and rescuers transport bodies of passengers retrieved after a ferry MV Nyerere overturned off the shores of Ukara Island in Lake Victoria, Tanzania September 22, 2018. REUTERS/Jackson NjehiaFour navy divers resumed the search operation inside the sunken MV Nyerere early on Saturday after hearing sounds that suggested signs of life. MV Nyerere that…

Gunmen kill 25, including 12 Revolutionary Guards, in attack on Iran military parade

DUBAI (Reuters) – Gunmen fired on a military parade in southwestern Iran on Saturday, killing 25 people, almost half of them members of the Revolutionary Guards, state news agencies reported, in one of the worst attacks ever on the elite force.State television said the assault, which wounded more than 60 people, targeted a stand where Iranian officials had gathered in the city of Ahvaz to watch an annual event marking the start of the Islamic Republic’s 1980-88 war with Iraq. An Iranian ethnic Arab opposition movement called the Ahvaz National…

China says U.S. has ‘no right’ to interfere in Russia military cooperation

SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s decision to buy fighter jets and missile systems from Russia is a normal act of cooperation between sovereign countries and the United States has “no right to interfere”, defense ministry spokesman Wu Qian said on Saturday. On Thursday, the U.S. State Department imposed sanctions on China’s Equipment Development Department (EED), the branch of the military responsible for weapons procurement, after it engaged in “significant transactions” with Rosoboronexport, Russia’s main arms exporter. The sanctions are related to China’s purchase of 10 SU-35 combat aircraft in 2017 and…

Gunmen kill 12 Revolutionary Guards in attack on Iran military parade: ISNA

DUBAI (Reuters) – Gunmen fired on a military parade in southwestern Iran on Saturday, killing 12 members of the Revolutionary Guards, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported, in one of the worst attacks ever on the elite force.State television said the assault, which wounded more than 60 people, targeted a stand where Iranian officials had gathered to watch an annual event marking the start of the Islamic Republic’s 1980-88 war with Iraq. A general view of the attack during the military parade in Ahvaz, Iran September 22, 2018. Tasnim News…

U.S. Senate’s Grassley sets Kavanaugh’s accuser Saturday deadline for testimony terms: NY Times

(Reuters) – U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley set a 2:30 p.m. EST Saturday deadline for a woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault to negotiate terms of her testimony, the New York Times reported. U.S. President Donald Trump listens to his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh speak during his nomination announcement in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., July 9, 2018. EUTERS/Jim Bourg The Committee delayed a vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation after California professor Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations…

Back to the wall, Cruz decries challenger O’Rourke as out-of-touch leftist

DALLAS (Reuters) – Ted Cruz is in the political fight of his life — and he knows it. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and U.S. Rep. Robert Francis « Beto » O’Rourke (D-TX) are pictured in this combination photo in Houston, Texas, U.S., September 20, 2018 and in McAllen, Texas, U.S., August 18, 2018 respectively. REUTERS/Loren Elliott/File Photos The conservative U.S. senator from Texas is being outpaced and overshadowed by his progressive challenger, Beto O’Rourke, who is pushing to be the first Democrat in Texas to be elected…