Britain’s PM May could face another Brexit defeat in parliament

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May could face a defeat in parliament on Thursday over her plan to renegotiate the Brexit deal, undermining her pledge to the European Union that, with changes, she can get the agreement approved. Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May is seen outside Downing Street in London, Britain, February 13, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKayThursday’s symbolic vote was seen by May’s team as little more than a rubber stamp of her plan to secure changes to the divorce deal with the EU, giving her more time to…

EU adds Saudi Arabia to dirty-money blacklist, upsets UK, U.S.

STRASBOURG (Reuters) – The European Commission added Saudi Arabia, Panama and four U.S. territories to a blacklist of nations it considers a threat because of lax controls on terrorism financing and money laundering, the EU executive said on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: European Commission headquarters in Brussels. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/File PhotoThe move is part of a crackdown on money laundering after several scandals at EU banks, but it has been criticized by several EU countries, including Britain, that are worried about their economic relations with the listed states, notably Saudi Arabia. The…

Airbus to scrap A380 superjumbo production as sales slump

TOULOUSE, France (Reuters) – Europe’s Airbus is scrapping production of the A380 superjumbo, with lackluster sales forcing it to abandon a dream of dominating the skies with a 21st century cruiseliner. FILE PHOTO: The damaged right-hand wing-tip of the Airbus A380, the world’s largest jetliner with a wingspan of almost 80 metres, is seen on the tarmac during the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget airport, near Paris, June 20, 2011. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol/File PhotoThe world’s largest airliner, with two decks of spacious cabins and room for 544 people in standard…

Singapore to Hanoi: The bumpy diplomatic road since Trump and Kim first met

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It’s been the better part of a year since U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stood face to face for the first time at their unprecedented summit in Singapore. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un react at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File PhotoAs the two leaders prepare to meet in Vietnam for a second summit, there is a growing expectation that this time they need to make…

Asia shares cautious, seeking Sino-U.S. clarity

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Asian stock markets were in a cautious mood on Thursday as investors hung on for any hint of progress in the latest Sino-U.S. tariff talks amid reports the White House could extend the deadline for a deal. FILE PHOTO: Pedestrians are reflected on an electronic board showing stock prices outside a brokerage in Tokyo, Japan December 27, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-HoonBloomberg reported President Donald Trump was considering pushing back the deadline by 60 days, citing people familiar with the matter. Trump, on Wednesday, had said the talks were…

EPA to limit manmade chemicals in drinking water

FILE PHOTO: Tap water flows out of a faucet in New York June 14, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Thayer/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will announce on Thursdays limits on how much toxic chemicals from cookware and carpeting are allowed in drinking water. The agency will announce a plan to control a group of chemicals known as PFAS that are linked to cancer, liver and thyroid damage, and other health and fetal effects. The substances, which include PFOA and PFOS, are found in non-stick cookware, stain-resistant carpeting and other…

Trump: China trade talks going ‘very well’ before high-level parley

WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday trade talks with China were “going along very well” as the world’s two largest economies try to resolve their seven-month tariff war ahead of a March 1 deadline for a deal. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks next to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross during a Cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 12, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File PhotoU.S. tariffs on $200 billion worth of imports from China are scheduled to rise to 25 percent from 10 percent…

T-Mobile, Sprint executives face skeptical House panel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Executives from T-Mobile US Inc and Sprint Corp faced tough questions from lawmakers on Wednesday about how the companies’ planned merger would affect prices and jobs, especially in rural America. The deal to combine the No. 3 and No. 4 U.S. wireless carriers, struck in April, was approved by both companies’ shareholders in October and has received national security clearance, but still needs approval from the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission. Representative Mike Doyle, who chairs the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee…

Former U.S. Air Force officer faces spy charges after defecting to Iran

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. authorities on Wednesday charged former Air Force intelligence officer Monica Witt with helping Iran launch a cyber-spying operation that targeted her former colleagues after she defected from the United States. Monica Witt, 39, a former U.S. Air Force officer, indicted for aiding Iran, is seen in this FBI photo released in Washington, DC, U.S., February 13, 2019. Courtesy FBI/Handout via REUTERSThe U.S. Justice Department said Witt, 39, assembled dossiers on eight U.S. military intelligence agents she had worked with for Iranian hackers, who then used Facebook…

Wary of shutdown, Trump edges toward support for funding deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday edged toward backing a deal in Congress on funding for a barrier on the Mexican border, but left open the possibility that disputes over the wall could still cause a partial government shutdown by the weekend. Trump, widely blamed for a five-week shutdown that ended in January, said he did not want to see federal agencies close again because of fighting over funds for the wall, one of his signature campaign promises in the 2016 election. But the Republican president fell…

‘Tinder for cows’ matches livestock in the mood for love

PETERSFIELD, England (Reuters) – A Tinder-inspired app is helping farmers match up potential partners for their cattle. Called “Tudder” – a mix of dating app Tinder and udder – it lets farmers swipe right on cattle they like the look of. They are then directed to a page on the SellMyLivestock website where they can browse more pictures and data about the animals before deciding whether to buy. Valuable information is available on matters like milk yield and protein content, or calving potential, explained Doug Bairner, CEO of Hectare Agritech…

We’ve got this mountain of trash – why don’t we ski down it?

A woman looks on the Copen Hill, a skiing slope a top of an incinerator plant open to the public in Copenhagen, Denmark February 12, 2019. Ritzau Scanpix/Mads Claus Rasmussen via REUTERS COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – What to do with the mountain of garbage a major metropolitan area produces is an age-old question. Copenhagen has come up with a brand-new answer: ski down the mountain. Well, not exactly. The waste is actually inside Copenhill, a waste-treatment plant 10 minutes from downtown Copenhagen. Its main facility is a futuristic building with a…

T-Mobile CEO defends Sprint deal in Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – T-Mobile US Inc Chief Executive John Legere defended his company’s $26 billion deal to buy rival wireless carrier Sprint Corp in Congress on Wednesday, stressing the jobs it will create and how it will benefit construction of the next generation of wireless networks. “Our merger will be jobs positive from day one,” Legere told lawmakers, saying that by 2024 the combined carrier would have 11,000 more jobs than the stand-alone firms. The deal would also result in “lower prices and better services” because the company’s costs will…

Russia moves to mask its soldiers’ digital trail

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia is moving to ban its soldiers from sharing information on the internet, a step that follows the use of social media posts by investigative journalists to shine a light on Moscow’s clandestine role in foreign conflicts. FILE PHOTO: A Russian Army member, dressed in a historical uniform, takes a selfie as he attends a rehearsal for a military parade to mark the anniversary of a historical parade in 1941, when Soviet soldiers marched towards the front lines at the Red Square in Moscow, Russia November 5,…

It’s May’s deal or long Brexit delay, UK’s chief negotiator overheard saying in bar

LONDON (Reuters) – British lawmakers will face a stark choice between Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal or a long extension to the March 29 deadline for leaving the bloc, the UK’s chief Brexit negotiator was overheard saying in a Brussels bar. FILE PHOTO – Olly Robbins, senior civil servant and Europe adviser to Prime Minister Theresa May, arrives at the Cabinet Office, in London, Britain January 28, 2019. REUTERS/Peter NichollsUnless May can get a Brexit deal approved by the British parliament, she will have to decide whether to delay…

‘This hurts’: On El Chapo’s home turf, some lament Mexican drug lord’s conviction

CULIACAN, Mexico (Reuters) – News of the conviction of Mexico’s legendary crime boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman traveled quickly on Tuesday to his rugged home state, where people said they felt pain for a man some described as a fallen folk hero and community benefactor. The accused Mexican drug lord Joaquin « El Chapo » Guzman is seen in this courtroom sketch on the day he was found guilty of smuggling tons of drugs to the United States over a violent, colorful decades-long career, in Brooklyn federal court in New…

‘Pineapple Express’ storm douses California with rain, snow

(Reuters) – A Pacific storm system known as the “Pineapple Express” threatened to dump up to 8 inches of rain and 8 feet of snow on areas of California, raising risks of flooding and mudslides, meteorologists said on Wednesday. Snow capped mountains are seen behind the downtown Los Angeles skyline, California, U.S., February 12, 2019. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson“The (Pineapple) Express is no joke,” said Bob Oravec, meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland of the strongest weather system of the season. The weather system, also…

Venezuela turns to India for oil exports as U.S. sanctions bite

HOUSTON/MEXICO CITY/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Venezuelan oil company PDVSA is looking to double exports to India as U.S. sanctions hobble deliveries to the United States and Europe. FILE PHOTO: Venezuela’s Oil Minister and President of Venezuelan state-run oil company PDVSA Manuel Quevedo (C) arrives to attend the Petrotech conference in Greater Noida, India, February 11, 2019. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis/File PhotoThe United States and most Western countries have recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s head of state, but President Nicolas Maduro retains the backing of Russia and China as well as control…

It’s May’s deal or long Brexit delay, UK’s chief negotiator says in a bar

LONDON (Reuters) – British lawmakers will face a stark choice between Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal or a long extension to the March 29 deadline for leaving the bloc, May’s chief Brexit negotiator Olly Robbins was overheard saying in a Brussels bar. FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May visits a community centre in Belfast, Northern Ireland February 5, 2019. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne/Pool/File PhotoUnless May can get a Brexit deal approved by the British parliament, then she will have to decide whether to delay Brexit or thrust the world’s fifth…

Asian stocks reach four-month peak on U.S.-China trade deal hopes

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian stocks reached a more than four-month high on Wednesday, lifted by optimism that the United States and China might be able to hammer out a deal to resolve their nearly year-long trade dispute. FILE PHOTO: Pedestrians are reflected on an electronic board showing Japan’s Nikkei average (top L), the Dow Jones average (top R) and the stock averages of other countries outside a brokerage in Tokyo, Japan, January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-HoonMSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.6 percent to its highest level…

Asian stocks touch four-month peak on U.S.-China trade deal hopes

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian stocks edged up to a more than four-month high on Wednesday, lifted by optimism that the United States and China might be able to hammer out a deal to resolve their nearly year-long trade dispute. FILE PHOTO: Pedestrians are reflected on an electronic board showing Japan’s Nikkei average (top L), the Dow Jones average (top R) and the stock averages of other countries outside a brokerage in Tokyo, Japan, January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-HoonMSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose as much as 0.5…

South Korea pushes back at Trump claims about more money for troop agreement

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s presidential Blue House pushed back on Wednesday against comments by U.S. President Donald Trump that suggested Seoul had agreed to pay $500 million more towards maintaining U.S. troops in the country. FILE PHOTO – South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and Timothy Betts, acting Deputy Assistant Secretary and Senior Advisor for Security Negotiations and Agreements in the U.S. Department of State, stand before their meeting at Foreign Ministry in Seoul, South Korea, February 10, 2019. Lee Jin-man/Pool via REUTERSTrump said at a cabinet meeting in…

Explainer: Denver teachers strike challenges landmark incentive pay scheme

(Reuters) – A unique, incentive-based pay structure adopted by Denver public schools more than a decade ago is at the crux of a strike by teachers who say the bonus system has eroded their earning power in a city where the cost of living has soared over the last 10 years. Munroe Elementary teacher Melissa Curry holds a sign during a rally across from the Colorado State Capitol as Denver public school teachers strike for a second day in Denver, Colorado, U.S., February 12, 2019. REUTERS/Michael CiagloTheir union, the Denver…

Drug lord, escape artist ‘El Chapo’ convicted by U.S. jury

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The world’s most infamous cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who rose from poverty in rural Mexico to amass billions of dollars, was found guilty in a U.S. court on Tuesday of smuggling tons of drugs to the United States over a violent, colorful, decades-long career. Jurors in federal court in Brooklyn convicted Guzman, 61, head of the Sinaloa Cartel, on all 10 counts brought by U.S. prosecutors. Richard Donoghue, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said he expected Guzman to receive…

World stock markets rally on hopes for U.S.-China trade deal

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Signs that the United States and China might reach an agreement in trade talks and news of a tentative deal to avoid another government shutdown in Washington helped push world stock markets and bond yields broadly higher Tuesday. Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., February 8, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermidTokyo’s Nikkei set the tone with a 2.6 percent rally, its best day of the year, while the Stoxx 600 index of European shares gained nearly 0.5 percent.…

Women sue Yale, saying off-campus fraternities discriminate, enable abuse

(Reuters) – Three women sued Yale University and nine fraternities on Tuesday, saying the off-campus clubs harbored a culture of sexual discrimination and assault, and asked the court to order the all-male social organizations to admit women. FILE PHOTO: Students walk on the campus of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, October 7, 2009. REUTERS/Shannon StapletonAll three undergraduate students of the Ivy League college said they were groped at parties held at fraternity houses during their first semesters at the school, according to the complaint filed in federal court in…

Trump says he could let China trade deal deadline slip, ‘not inclined to’

WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he could let the March 1 deadline for a trade agreement with China “slide for a little while,” but that he would prefer not to and expects to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping to close the deal at some point. Trump’s top trade negotiator and Treasury secretary arrived in the Chinese capital on Tuesday for high-level talks later in the week as the world’s two largest economies attempt to hammer out a deal to protect American trade secrets…

Violent, colorful drug lord ‘El Chapo’ convicted in U.S. court

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The world’s most infamous cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who rose from poverty in rural Mexico to amass billions of dollars, was found guilty in a U.S. court on Tuesday of smuggling tons of drugs to the United States over a violent, colorful, decades-long career. Jurors in federal court in Brooklyn convicted Guzman, 61, head of the Sinaloa Cartel, on all 10 counts brought by U.S. prosecutors. Richard Donoghue, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said he expected Guzman to receive…

UK’s May seeks more time to find Brexit deal, tells lawmakers: Hold your nerve

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May told lawmakers on Tuesday to hold their nerve over Brexit and give her more time to negotiate a deal acceptable to both the European Union and the British parliament. The United Kingdom is on course to leave the European Union on March 29 without a deal unless May can convince the bloc to amend the divorce deal she agreed last year and get it approved by British lawmakers. “The talks are at a crucial stage,” May told parliament. “We now all need to…

‘Real hunger’ for Brexit deal, says UK foreign minister

LONDON (Reuters) – British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt said on Tuesday it was still possible to get a Brexit deal by March 29 when Britain leaves, describing a “real hunger” to finalize the exit in the European Union. After meeting French ministers in Paris, Hunt told Sky News: “The sense I get from the French here is that they understand there’s an issue, there is real hunger to find a way through this.” Reporting by William James; editing by Elizabeth PiperOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. Source: Reuters