Iran’s Rouhani warns Trump about ‘mother of all wars’

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday cautioned U.S. President Donald Trump about pursuing hostile policies against Tehran, saying “America should know … war with Iran is the mother of all wars,” but he did not rule out peace between the two countries, either. FILE PHOTO: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani attends a news conference at the Chancellery in Vienna, Austria July 4, 2018. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner/File PhotoIran faces increased U.S. pressure and looming sanctions after Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from a 2015 international deal over Iran’s…

Gunman arrested after deadly Los Angeles store hostage standoff

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Police in Los Angeles arrested a man who took hostages and barricaded himself inside a Trader Joe’s store on Saturday, ending a three-hour standoff during which he fatally shot a woman inside, authorities said. Police officers block the street near a Trader Joe’s store where a hostage situation unfolded in Los Angeles, California, July 21, 2018. REUTERS/Andrew CullenThe man, who was being chased by police after he was suspected of repeatedly shooting his grandmother and another woman in a separate part of the city, crashed his…

‘Keep us in prayer’ says woman who lost nine in Missouri boat tragedy

(Reuters) – A woman whose nine family members were among the 17 people killed when a tourist duck boat capsized in a storm on a Missouri lake said on Saturday she is not sure if there is any way to recover from such a loss. “Keep us in prayer. We are going to need it,” Tia Coleman, who lost her husband, three children and other relatives, told a news conference from a hospital in Branson, Missouri, where she was taken after the Thursday incident. An amphibious duck boat was carrying…

U.S. courts allies with free trade offers at G20, France resists

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – The United States sought to woo Europe and Japan with free trade deals on Saturday to gain leverage in an escalating tariff war with China but its overtures faced stiff resistance from France at a G20 finance ministers meeting dominated by trade tensions. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters at the gathering of the financial leaders of the world’s 20 largest economies in Buenos Aires that he was renewing President Donald Trump’s proposal that G7 allies drop trade barriers between them. “If Europe believes in…

Houston police hunt clues in killing of Bush doctor by bicyclist

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Houston police are studying surveillance video and following up on tips in the killing of a cardiologist who once treated former U.S. President George H.W. Bush and was fatally shot while riding a bicycle in the city’s medical center, authorities said on Saturday. Mark Hausknecht, 65, was killed on Friday morning by a man thought to be in his 30s who fired at least two shots at him from a passing bicycle as the doctor rode to work at the center, which is home to several…

U.S. intelligence chief Coats says no disrespect intended toward Trump over Russia summit news

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. director of intelligence Dan Coats said on Saturday he in no way meant to be disrespectful toward President Donald Trump with what he called his “awkward response” to news of a second planned Trump summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. FILE PHOTO: Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Dan Coats attends a Cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, U.S., July 18, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis/File PhotoCoats issued a statement seeking to control the damage from an interview he gave at the Aspen Institute security forum in…

U.S. launches campaign to erode support for Iran’s leaders

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration has launched an offensive of speeches and online communications meant to foment unrest and help pressure Iran to end its nuclear program and its support of militant groups, U.S. officials familiar with the matter said. A staff member removes the Iranian flag from the stage after a group picture with foreign ministers and representatives of the U.S., Iran, China, Russia, Britain, Germany, France and the European Union during the Iran nuclear talks at the Vienna International Center in Vienna, Austria July 14, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos…

Trump denies wrongdoing, says lawyer’s tape ‘perhaps illegal’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday denied any wrongdoing a day after reports that his onetime attorney Michael Cohen had recorded them both discussing buying the rights to a story by a woman who said she had an affair with Trump. The president said in a tweet it was “perhaps illegal” for a lawyer to record a client. An attorney for Cohen called Trump’s statement “false.” “Inconceivable that the government would break into a lawyer’s office (early in the morning) – almost unheard of,” Trump tweeted, in…

Lavrov tells Pompeo: free Russian woman accused in U.S. of espionage

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s foreign minister told his U.S. counterpart on Saturday that a woman arrested in the United States on accusations she was a Russian agent had been detained on “fabricated charges” and should be released. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds a press briefing at U.N. headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., July 20, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid Sergei Lavrov made the comments about Maria Butina in a phone call to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that was aimed at improving bilateral relations, the Russian…

Two victims leave hospital after Missouri tour boat tragedy

(Reuters) – Two survivors have been discharged from a Missouri hospital after 17 people including nine members of one family drowned when a “duck boat” sank during a storm in one of the deadliest U.S. tourist tragedies for years, local media reported. FILE PHOTO: A duck boat is seen at Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri, U.S., July 19, 2018 in this picture grab obtained from social media video. Ron Folsom/via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES.Two adults and two…

Trump says ‘perhaps illegal’ for lawyer to tape client

(Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said that it was “perhaps illegal” for a lawyer to record a client, a day after reports his onetime attorney had recorded them both discussing buying the rights to a story by a woman who said she had an affair with Trump. U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, U.S., July 18, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis “Inconceivable that the government would break into a lawyer’s office (early in the morning) – almost unheard of,” Trump tweeted, in…

Israel, Hamas agree to restore calm in Gaza: Hamas

GAZA (Reuters) – Hamas said on Saturday it had agreed a truce with Israel in the Gaza Strip, a day after clashes killed an Israeli soldier and four Palestinians along the volatile border. An explosion is seen following an Israeli air strike in the southern Gaza Strip July 20, 2018. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu MustafaThe Israeli military declined to comment on the reported ceasefire. Israel’s government and army rarely acknowledge ceasefires with Hamas, but a military spokeswoman said civilian life should return to normal in areas next to Gaza. In what appeared…

Amazon, Toyota, Alcoa and others working to counter Trump’s tariff plans

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Big companies in the United States from Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) to Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) and Alcoa Corp (AA.N) are working to counter the effect of the Trump administration’s trade policies and to head off new tariffs. Companies are attempting to avoid any confrontation with U.S. President Donald Trump but want to exert as much influence as they can to dissuade him from tearing up trade agreements or introducing tariffs on a wide swath of imports. Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer and cloud-computing company, which…

Missouri duck boat captain told passengers not to don life jackets: survivor

(Reuters) – An Indiana woman who lost 9 members of her family, including her children and husband, when a “duck boat” capsized and sank in Missouri said on television that the captain of the vessel told passengers not to put on life jackets. Rescue personnel work after an amphibious « duck boat » capsized and sank, at Table Rock Lake near Branson, Stone County, Missouri, U.S. July 19, 2018 in this still image obtained from a video on social media. SOUTHERN STONE COUNTY FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT/Facebook/via REUTERS Tia Coleman told…

Missouri boat accident kills 17, including nine from one family

(Reuters) – Divers on Friday recovered the last bodies from the wreckage of a “duck boat” that sank on Thursday during a storm on a Missouri lake, killing 17 people, including nine members of the same family. The World War Two-style amphibious vehicle was carrying 31 passengers including children when a storm hit Table Rock Lake outside Branson, raising waves that caused it to capsize in one of the deadliest U.S. tourist tragedies in years. More than three dozen people have died in incidents involving duck boats on land and…

NASA prepares to fly probe into Sun’s scorching atmosphere

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla (Reuters) – NASA is preparing to send a probe closer to the Sun than any other spacecraft has ventured, enduring wicked heat while zooming through the solar corona to study this outermost part of the stellar atmosphere that gives rise to the solar wind. Technicians and engineers perform light bar testing on NASA’s Parker Solar Probe, which will travel through the Sun’s atmosphere, in the Astrotech processing facility near NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, in Titusville, Florida, U.S., June 5, 2018. Picture taken on June 5, 2018. Courtesy…

Exclusive: Treasury’s Mnuchin watching Chinese yuan weakness for manipulation

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – The United States is monitoring the recent weakness in China’s yuan currency and will review whether the currency has been manipulated, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Reuters on FridayMnuchin said in an interview in Sao Paulo, Brazil, that the yuan’s weakness would be reviewed as part of the U.S. Treasury’s semi-annual report on currency manipulation. That is due on Oct. 15 and will be based on activity for the first six months of 2018. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin talks during an interview with Reuters…

Tourist boat capsizes in storm, killing 17 in Missouri

(Reuters) – Divers on Friday pulled the last bodies from the wreckage of a “duck boat” that sank a day earlier during a storm in a lake near a popular Missouri destination, killing 17 people in one of the deadliest U.S. tourist incidents in years. The World War Two-style amphibious vehicle was filled with 31 passengers including children when a microburst storm hit Table Rock Lake outside Branson, Missouri. A video of the incident showed it battered by waves. Duck boats have been involved in a string of deadly incidents…

Trump and the U.S. dollar: Actions speak louder than words

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump may not be happy about the strength of the U.S. dollar, but the greenback’s recent rally may partly be a product of his own making. FILE PHOTO: Bundles of banknotes of U.S. Dollar are pictured at a currency exchange shop in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, January 15, 2018. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez/File PhotoThe U.S. dollar has been climbing against major currencies for several months, with the dollar index .DXY up nearly 7.0 percent over the last three months and on Thursday hit a one…

Trump threatens tariffs on all $500 billion of Chinese imports: CNBC

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said he was ready to impose tariffs on all $500 billion of goods the U.S. imports from China, remarks that sent financial markets retreating and threatened to escalate a trade clash with the Asian giant. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, U.S., July 18, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis“We’re down a tremendous amount,” Trump said in an interview about trade imbalances with China on CNBC broadcast on Friday. “I’m ready to go to 500.” Around…

GE beats diminished profit expectations, trims cash flow target

(Reuters) – U.S. industrial conglomerate General Electric Co reported a smaller-than-expected drop in quarterly profit on Friday as weakness in power and renewables energy offset gains in its aviation, oil and gas and healthcare units. FILE PHOTO: The General Electric logo is pictured on working helmets during a visit at the General Electric offshore wind turbine plant in Montoir-de-Bretagne, near Saint-Nazaire, western France, November 21, 2016. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe/File Photo GE cut its annual cash target to $6 billion from a range of $6 billion to $7 billion, but affirmed its…

Firmer U.S. dollar boosts corporate interest in currency hedging

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. multinational companies are starting to reevaluate their currency hedging strategies after a surge in the dollar in recent months, as the impact of the stronger greenback starts to show up in second-quarter corporate earnings. FILE PHOTO: The image of United States President George Washington is seen on an engraving plate for a US one dollar bill at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington November 14, 2014. REUTERS/Gary CameronREUTERS/ /File PhotoA stronger dollar claimed Netflix Inc (NFLX.O) as its first victim of the earnings…

Russia ready to discuss Putin Washington visit: Ifax

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia is ready to discuss a proposed new meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump, Interfax news agency cited Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, as saying on Friday. Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures during a joint news conference with U.S. President Donald Trump (not pictured) after their meeting in Helsinki, Finland July 16, 2018. REUTERS/Grigory DukorThe White House said on Thursday that Trump had invited Putin to visit Washington this autumn, a daring rebuttal to a torrent of criticism…

Apple Watch, FitBit could feel cost of U.S. tariffs

(Reuters) – The latest round of U.S. tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods could hit the Apple Watch, health trackers, streaming music speakers and other accessories assembled in China, government rulings on tariffs show. The rulings name Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O) watch, several Fitbit Inc (FIT.N) activity trackers and connected speakers from Sonos Inc. While consumer technology’s biggest sellers such as mobile phones and laptops so far have faced little danger of import duties, the rulings show that gadget makers are unlikely to be spared altogether and may have to…

At least 11 drown as ‘duck boat’ capsizes in Missouri: police

(Reuters) – At least 11 people including children drowned when an amphibious “duck boat” carrying 31 people capsized and sank in stormy weather on a lake in Missouri on Thursday. Rescue personnel work after an amphibious « duck boat » capsized and sank, at Table Rock Lake near Branson, Stone County, Missouri, U.S. July 19, 2018 in this still image obtained from a video on social media. SOUTHERN STONE COUNTY FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT/Facebook/via REUTERSDivers will resume searching for other victims on Friday, police said. Seven people were taken to hospital…

At least eight killed as ‘duck boat’ capsizes in Missouri: police

(Reuters) – At least eight people drowned when an amphibious “duck boat” capsized and sank in stormy weather on a lake in Missouri with 31 people on board, police said on Thursday, and divers were searching for other possible victims. Rescue personnel work after an amphibious « duck boat » capsized and sank, at Table Rock Lake near Branson, Stone County, Missouri, U.S. July 19, 2018 in this still image obtained from a video on social media. SOUTHERN STONE COUNTY FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT/Facebook/via REUTERSSeven people were taken to hospital following…

League and union ‘working on a resolution’ to anthem issue

(Reuters) – The NFL and the union representing its players are working on a resolution to the league’s national anthem policy, the two sides said in a joint statement on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: Washington Redskins tight end Niles Paul (84) and linebacker Ryan Anderson (52) and Washington Redskins linebacker Chris Carter (55) kneel with teammates during the playing of the national anthem before the game between the Washington Redskins and the Oakland Raiders at FedEx Field in Landover, MD, U.S., September 24, 2017. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports/File PhotoThe…

Days after Helsinki summit, Russia shows off Putin’s ‘super weapons’

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia on Thursday broadcast a series of videos showing the testing and operation of a new generation of nuclear and conventional weapons, days after Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump discussed how to avoid an arms race. President Putin announced an array of new nuclear weapons in March in one of his most bellicose speeches in years, saying they could hit almost any point in the world and evade a U.S.-built missile shield. Both he and Trump, who held their first summit in Helsinki on Monday,…

Trump invites Putin to Washington despite U.S. uproar over Helsinki summit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump has invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to Washington this autumn, the White House said on Thursday, a daring rebuttal to the torrent of criticism in the United States over Trump’s failure to publicly confront Putin at their first summit for Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 election. Four days after Trump stunned the world by siding with Putin in Helsinki over his intelligence agencies, the president asked national security adviser John Bolton to issue the invitation to the Russian leader, said White House spokeswoman Sarah…

Trump invites Putin to Washington despite U.S. uproar on Helsinki summit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump plans to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to Washington this autumn, the White House said on Thursday, four days after a summit that led to an uproar in the United States over Trump’s failure to publicly confront Putin for Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 U.S. election. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a Twitter post that Trump had directed national security adviser John Bolton to issue the invitation, even though U.S. lawmakers and top officials in Trump’s administration have not been briefed on…