Jeremy Corbyn challenges UK government’s Iran accusations on oil tanker attacks

Jeremy Corbyn has questioned whether the government has « credible evidence » to show Iran is behind the attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said responsibility for Thursday’s attack in the Gulf of Oman « almost certainly » lies with the Iranian regime. But the Labour leader tweeted that there was no evidence for this. Mr Hunt responded that Mr Corbyn’s comments were « pathetic » and said he should back British intelligence. It is the second time in the past few…

Edexcel launches investigation after A-level maths paper leaked online

Exam board Edexcel has launched an investigation into how part of an A-level maths paper was leaked online. Blacked out images of two questions were shared on social media on Thursday afternoon. Pearson, which runs Edexcel, said the images were circulated « in a very limited way » shortly before Friday’s Maths Paper 3 exam. It reassured students no-one would be advantaged or disadvantaged and they would not have to re-sit the paper. The questions were first posted from a Twitter account in a since deleted post, where the user…

Hong Kong extradition protests: Government suspends bill

The Hong Kong government has suspended its highly controversial plan to allow extraditions to mainland China, Chief Executive Carrie Lam has announced. She had previously refused to scrap the bill despite mass protests from Hong Kong residents. « I feel deep sorrow and regret that deficiencies in our work – and various other factors – have stirred up substantial controversies, » she said. Protesters expressed concern at increased Chinese influence. Ms Lam said she had heard the calls for her government to « pause and think ». She also admitted…

Are too many Army officers privately-educated?

Nearly half of the British Army’s latest intake of officer cadets were privately educated, the BBC has found. A Freedom of Information request has revealed 49% of those who entered the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst in January came from fee-paying schools. The Sutton Trust, which aims to improve social mobility, said those at the top of the armed forces were seven times more likely to go to private schools. The Army said it was « increasing our outreach to those in state education ». The figures stand in contrast…

Explainer: Why proposed changes to Hong Kong’s extradition law are fuelling protests

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Cracks have appeared in the support base for a proposed Hong Kong law to allow extraditions to China, with local media reporting the city’s government will suspend the bill after widespread anger and violent protests. Protesters hold signs following a day of violence over a proposed extradition bill, outside the Legislative Council building in Hong Kong, China, June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Athit PerawongmethaThe extradition bill, which would cover Hong Kong’s 7 million residents and foreign and Chinese nationals living or traveling in the city, has many concerned…

Hong Kong media say controversial extradition bill may be suspended

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong media reported on Saturday the city’s government would suspend a proposed law on extradition to mainland China that sparked widespread anger and violent protests, with leader Carrie Lam planning to address reporters later in the day. Cracks began to appear on Friday in the support base for the extradition bill with several pro-Beijing politicians and a senior advisor to Lam saying discussion of the bill should be shelved for the time being. The extradition bill, which will cover Hong Kong’s 7 million residents and…

VW’s Tennessee workers vote against union representation

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Reuters) – Workers at Volkswagen AG’s assembly plant in the state of Tennessee narrowly voted against union representation, dealing a fresh blow to the United Auto Workers’ (UAW) efforts to unionize a foreign automaker’s plant in the U.S. South. FILE PHOTO: Cars are seen at the Volkswagen Chattanooga Assembly Plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee November 4, 2015. REUTERS/Tami ChappellThe German automaker and the UAW said on Friday that workers at the Chattanooga plant voted 833 to 776 against union representation, the second time in five years they have rejected…

UK court sets Assange U.S. extradition hearing for February 2020

LONDON (Reuters) – The full extradition hearing to decide whether Wikileaks founder Julian Assange should be sent to the United States to face accusations including spying charges will take place in February next year, a London court ruled on Friday. A demonstrator holding a placard protests outside of Westminster Magistrates Court, where a case hearing for U.S. extradition of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is held, in London, Britain, June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah Mckay – RC17C61BCDA0Assange, 47, faces 18 counts in the U.S. including conspiring to hack government computers and violating…

Listeria outbreak: Health secretary orders NHS food review

A « root and branch » review of hospital food has been ordered by the health secretary after two more patient deaths were linked to an outbreak of listeria. Public Health England (PHE) confirmed on Friday the total number of deaths related to pre-packed sandwiches and salads had risen from three to five. It said all but one of the deaths happened more than a month ago. Products from the Good Food Chain – linked to the outbreak – have been withdrawn and production stopped. « I have been incredibly…

Picasso, Leger paintings seen fetching millions at London auction

« Femme dans un fauteuil », a 1913 painting by French cubist artist Fernand Leger, on display at a photocall at Christie’s auction house in London, Britain, June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Emily Roe LONDON (Reuters) – Abstract paintings depicting the female form by Pablo Picasso and Fernand Leger are expected to fetch tens of millions of dollars at auction when they go under the hammer next week, according to Christie’s auction house. “Femme dans un fauteuil”, painted by French cubist artist Leger in 1913, is one of a group of five…

Gulf of Oman tanker attacks: Trump dismisses Iran denials

Media playback is unsupported on your device US President Donald Trump has dismissed Iran’s insistence it had no involvement with the attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. Mr Trump cited footage that Washington says shows Iranian forces in a small boat taking an unexploded mine off the hull of one of the ships. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the truth needed to be « clearly established ». Russia has warned against drawing « hasty conclusions ». The blasts came a month after four oil tankers…

Apollo in talks to finance Dish Network bid for T-Mobile and Sprint assets

Charles Ergen, chairman and co-founder of Dish Network CorpJonathan Alcorn | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesPrivate equity group Apollo Global Management is in talks with satellite TV provider Dish Network to finance a bid for wireless assets that will be divested in the proposed merger between T-Mobile and Sprint, according to two people familiar with the matter.The two U.S. wireless carriers have agreed to sell prepaid brand Boost Mobile to gain regulatory approval for the $26 billion merger. Sources said that Dish is interested in the assets.The talks between Apollo and…

Four candidates at top of Trump’s list to replace Sarah Sanders: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump has four leading candidates under consideration to replace outgoing White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, a Trump confidant said on Friday. U.S. President Donald Trump brings White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders onto the stage after it was announced she will leave her job at the end of the month during a second chance hiring prisoner reentry event in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., June 13, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueThe four are deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley,…

Trump says ‘Iran did do it,’ as U.S. seeks support on Gulf oil tanker attacks

DUBAI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Friday blamed Iran for attacks on two oil tankers at the entrance to the Gulf and said it was seeking international consensus about the threat to shipping, despite Tehran denying involvement in the explosions at sea. Thursday’s attacks raised fears of a confrontation in the vital oil shipping route at a time of increased tension between Iran and the United States over U.S. sanctions and military moves in the Middle East, Tehran’s proxy groups in the region and its nuclear program. “Iran did…

Global stocks edge lower on data, oil rises on geopolitical fears

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Equity markets lost ground on Friday as weak Chinese data stoked investor anxieties over a global growth slowdown and mounting fears of a U.S.-Iran confrontation added to geopolitical uncertainty, sending oil prices higher. FILE PHOTO: A man is seen in front of an electronic board showing stock information on the first day of trading in the Year of the Pig, following the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday, at a brokerage house in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China February 11, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer However, positive U.S. retail sales data…

Trump defends adviser Conway, won’t fire her over political comments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said on Friday he would not fire White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, a day after a federal watchdog accused her of breaking U.S. law by making political statements in her official role and called for her ouster. White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway looks toward U.S. President Donald Trump during a working lunch with governors on workforce freedom and mobility in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., June 13, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis – RC142C0BC4B0“No, I’m not going to fire her.…

Japanese oil tanker owner disagrees with US military that a mine caused blast near Iran

An oil tanker is seen after it was attacked at the Gulf of Oman, June 13, 2019. ISNA | Reuters WASHINGTON – The Japanese owner of one of the oil tankers attacked near Iran on Thursday said that the vessel was struck by a projectile and not by a mine, which is what U.S. officials assessed as the source of the blast. « We received reports that something flew towards the ship, » Yutaka Katada, president of Kokuka Sangyo said at a press conference Friday. « I do not think…

Alphabet investors and employees are planning a joint demonstration at shareholders’ meeting

Larry PageDavid Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesGoogle employees and shareholders are coordinating a joint demonstration at Alphabet’s shareholder meeting next Wednesday.The groups will try to pressure company stakeholders and leaders to vote on proposals that ban non-disclosure agreements in harassment and discrimination cases and tie executive compensation to its diversity goals. Another includes a proposal to publish a human rights impact assessment for its potential search engine with China called Project Dragonfly.The joint effort comes as Google employees and partners become increasingly vocal over company policies and government…

The Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL are $300 off at B&H Photo

Updated 11:58AM ET, June 14th: B&H Photo’s deal is back, and it includes more phones this time around. The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL in “not pink” with 64GB of storage are $300 off, bringing prices down to $499 and $599, respectively. B&H Photo is offering a great deal on the Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL with 64GB of storage in the “not pink” color variant. Each are $300 off of their original prices, and the Pixel 3 starts at $499, while the Pixel 3 XL is $100…

EU’s Malmstrom hopes Trump, Xi can meet and reduce trade tensions

GENEVA (Reuters) – European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom is hoping U.S. President Donald Trump meets his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, at the G20 summit in Japan later this month to try to reduce trade tensions between the two countries. European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom attends an interview with Reuters in Geneva, Switzerland June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse “If they are meeting, I think the whole world thinks that is a good idea,” Malmstrom said in an interview on Friday. “The fact that there is at least a possibility that…

Wall Street drops as Broadcom warning pushes chip stocks lower

(Reuters) – U.S. stocks dropped on Friday, as shares of chipmakers sank on a warning from sector major Broadcom of a broad weakening in global demand and Chinese data pointed to the worst slowdown in industrial growth in 17 years. FILE PHOTO: Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., June 3, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermidShares of Broadcom Inc fell 6.53% after it cut its full-year revenue forecast by $2 billion, blaming the U.S.-China trade conflict and export curbs on Huawei Technologies Co…

Two more hospital patients die in sandwich listeria outbreak

Two more hospital patient deaths have been linked to an outbreak of listeria in pre-packed sandwiches and salads. Friday’s announcement from Public Health England (PHE) takes the number of confirmed cases from six to nine and the deaths from three to five. Last week PHE confirmed two patients from Manchester Royal Infirmary and another patient at Aintree Hospital had died. All of the cases were found in hospital patients in England. All but one of the deaths happened more than a month ago, PHE said. Sandwiches and salads from The…

Margaret Fleming trial: Carers guilty of murdering missing teenager

Media playback is unsupported on your device Two carers have been convicted of murdering a 19-year-old woman whose death they covered up for 20 years and whose body has never been found. Edward Cairney, 77, and Avril Jones, 59, killed Margaret Fleming in December 1999 or January of the following year. The authorities only became suspicious in October 2016 when concerns were raised about a benefits claim made by Jones on Ms Fleming’s behalf. A huge police search operation has failed to find any trace of Ms Fleming. Cairney insisted…

Trump: If Iran blocks the Strait of Hormuz, ‘it’s not going to be closed for long’

President Donald Trump said Friday that if Iran were to block the Strait of Hormuz, « it’s not going to be closed for long, » but he did not elaborate on whether the United States had an obligation to keep open the international shipping gateway, which is critical to the oil industry. « They’re not going to be closing [the strait], » Trump said in response to a hypothetical question during a telephone interview on « Fox and Friends. » « They know it, and they’ve been told in very strong…

The Google Pixel 4: everything we know so far

Google’s Pixel 4 is already official — sort of. Instead of dealing with the endless cycle of leaks that have plagued its recent phones, Google is taking a different approach this time: officially revealing the phone months in advance, tweeting out images of the back of the phone and revealing a new dual-camera image sensor. While we now know what it looks like, there’s still a lot we don’t know about the phone, and there will likely be plenty of news coming between now and when the phone goes on…

Ex-FTC chief: Elizabeth Warren right to worry about Big Tech power but wrong to seek break up

Lawmakers need to strike a balance between calls for breaking up Big Tech and focusing more on data privacy regulation, former Federal Trade Commission Chairman William Kovacic told CNBC on Friday. « There’s a synthesis of these two positions, » Kovacic said in a « Squawk Box » interview. He led the FTC during George W. Bush’s presidency from 2008-2009.Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren — one of the many candidates seeking the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination — published a blog post in March called, « Here’s how we can break up Big Tech, » which…

The Pixel 4 has already been photographed out in the wild

9to5Google has received a couple of photos of the upcoming Pixel 4, out in the world. Their tipster says the photos were taken in London and they confirm what Google had already shown with its tease earlier this week: there’s a big, square camera bump on the back. According to 9to5Google, the person who spotted the phone and snuck the photos also managed to get a glimpse of the front of the device, which reportedly did not have a notch but instead a large “forehead” with two cameras in it.…

Google CEO says regulating tech could have ‘unintended consequences’

Google CEO Sundar Pichai testifies during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, December 11, 2018.Saul Loeb | AFP | Getty ImagesGoogle CEO Sundar Pichai said he’s concerned about the « unintended consequences » of tech regulation as his company reportedly faces an antitrust probe from the U.S. Justice Department. « I worry that if you regulate for the sake of regulating it, it has a lot of unintended consequences, » Pichai said in an interview with CNN’s Poppy Harlow. « You know, if you take…

An AEI scholar breaks down the military history between Iran and the US

31 Mins Ago The Trump administration is accusing Iran for the attacks on the shipping tankers in the Gulf of Oman. The attacks are the latest in a series in the region that the U.S. blames on Iran, despite the Iranian government’s denials. Michael Rubin, American Enterprise Institute resident scholar, joins ‘Squawk Box’ to discuss. Source: CNBC

The Trump Administration has conflicting goals in the Middle East, expert says

1 Hour Ago Two tankers were attacked in the Gulf of Oman just south of Iran on Wednesday. The Trump Administration has announced they hold Iran responsible for the attack. Karim Sadjadpour, senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, joins ‘Squawk Box’ to discuss the rising tensions with Iran and the implications for American businesses. Source: CNBC