September 21, 2019

Pentagon to send troops to bolster Saudi defenses after attack

Workers are seen at the damaged site of Saudi Aramco oil facility in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia, September 20, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen KalinWASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump has approved sending American troops to bolster Saudi Arabia’s air defenses after Saturday’s attacks on the kingdom’s oil facilities, which Washington has blamed on Iran, the Pentagon said…

In tech ‘awakening,’ U.S. workers at Google, Amazon join climate protests

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Hundreds of workers from Google, Amazon and other technology companies on Friday joined climate-change marches in San Francisco and Seattle, saying their employers had been too slow to tackle global warming and needed to take more drastic action. People protest during a Climate Strike march in San Francisco, U.S. September 20,…

Media visit Saudi oil plant damaged in strike blamed on Iran

ABQAIQ, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia on Friday took media on a tour of oil facilities damaged by attacks that Washington and Riyadh blame on Iran, showing melted pipes and burnt equipment, as Tehran vowed wide retaliation if heightened tensions boil over into hostilities. The kingdom sees the Sept. 14 strikes on its Khurais…

UK Labour Party officials attempt to oust deputy leader over Brexit

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s opposition Labour Party was plunged into fresh turmoil over Brexit on Friday as a key ally of leader Jeremy Corbyn attempted to have his deputy leader sacked on the eve of the party’s annual conference. FILE PHOTO: Britain’s opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks during a shadow cabinet meeting in…

UK’s Sajid Javid plans October giveaway Budget: FT

FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid is seen outside Downing Street in London, Britain, September 4, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay(Reuters) – British Finance Minister Sajid Javid is planning a pre-election giveaway budget in the week of October 21 if the UK strikes a Brexit deal with the European Union and parliament votes for…

Inspired by Greta Thunberg, worldwide protest demands climate action

(Reuters) – Millions of young people flooded the streets of cities around the world on Friday to demand political leaders take urgent steps to stop climate change, uniting in a worldwide protest inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. Alarmed by images of the Greenland ice sheets melting and the Amazon rain forests burning, students…

At U.N., Trump to tout leadership as U.S. seeks to tackle Iran and China

WASHINGTON/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump will tout U.S. leadership and a collective approach to challenges while at the United Nations next week, said a senior administration official on Friday, as Washington seeks to use the gathering of world leaders to build support to take on Iran and call out China over rights…

U.N. urged by own staff to look at its climate footprint

GENEVA (Reuters) – More than 1,000 United Nations employees have called for the global body to reduce its carbon footprint, including through curbs on their own diplomatic perks like business-class flights and travel handouts, a letter obtained by Reuters showed. FILE PHOTO: A copy of an open letter sent to the U.N. Secretary general on…

Fighting climate change, one quip at a time

Environmental activists participate in a Global Climate Strike near the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment office in Bangkok, Thailand September 20, 2019. REUTERS/Soe Zeya TunLONDON (Reuters) – For thousands of student protesters around the world, the fate of the planet is a serious business, but some couldn’t resist a bit of fun to press…

Striking students tell world leaders ‘do your jobs’ on climate

SYDNEY/BANGKOK (Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of students, office workers and other protesters took to the streets across the globe on Friday to demand urgent action to avert an environmental catastrophe from world leaders gathering for a U.N. climate summit. The global climate strike kicked off in the Pacific islands – some of the nations…

Young climate strikers “drop dead” at Thai environment ministry

BANGKOK (Reuters) – More than 200 young people in Thailand stormed into the environment ministry on Friday and dropped to the ground feigning death as they demanded government action on climate change along with thousands of strikers around the world. Environmental activist play dead as they participate in a Global Climate Strike near the Ministry…

Letter detailing civilian presence failed to prevent deadly Afghan drone strike

JALALABAD, Afghanistan/KABUL (Reuters) – Twelve days ahead of the pine-nut harvest season, the governor of Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province received a letter from village elders in the Wazir Tangi area about their plans to recruit 200 laborers and children to pluck the dry fruit. FILE PHOTO: Afghans work on a pine nuts field in Jalalabad…

Afghan President Ghani promises to introduce measures to prevent civilian casualties in war against militants

Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani speaks during an event with Afghan security forces in Kabul, Afghanistan, September 9, 2019. Picture taken September 9, 2019. REUTERS/Omar SobhaniKABUL (Reuters) – Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Friday promised to introduce measures to prevent civilian casualties in the ongoing war against militants, a day after at least 30 civilians were…

No crowds as Apple’s iPhone 11 hits stores in China

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Apple’s latest iPhone 11 range hit stores in China on Friday, with short queues of die-hard fans contrasting with the hundreds who camped out ahead of some previous launches. The sales performance of the U.S. tech giant’s latest line-up is being closely watched in the world’s largest smartphone market, where Apple has…

Explainer: U.S.-China trade talks – where they are and what’s at stake

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senior U.S. and Chinese officials are meeting in Washington on Thursday and Friday in an attempt to settle their ongoing trade war, but a lasting peace seems elusive. FILE PHOTO: A Benjamin Franklin U.S. $100 banknote and a Chinese 100 yuan banknote with late Chinese Chairman Mao Zedong are seen in this…

U.S. cases of vaping-related illness rise to 530 as outbreak widens

FILE PHOTO: A man uses a vape device in this illustration picture, September 19, 2019. REUTERS/Adnan Abisi/Illustration CHICAGO (Reuters) – U.S. health officials said on Thursday there are now 530 confirmed and probable cases and seven deaths from severe lung-related illnesses tied to vaping, and there are no signs that the outbreak is easing. That…

Factbox: Tariffs in place or planned for nearly all goods traded by U.S. and China

(Reuters) – U.S. and Chinese trade negotiators are meeting in Washington this week to find ways to defuse a trade war that has roiled markets and triggered tit-for-tat tariffs on hundreds of billions of goods traded between the world’s largest economies. Last week, both sides offered goodwill gestures aimed at laying the groundwork for productive…

As chance of Trump, Rouhani meeting at U.N. fades, talk turns to Security Council

UNITED NATIONS/DUBAI/PARIS (Reuters) – The chances of a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani while they are both in New York next week for the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations have dwindled since an attack on Saudi oil facilities. FILE PHOTO: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks…

Unsafe sex: Argentina crisis deflates condom sales as costs rise

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – In South America’s capital of romance, Argentine lovers are cutting back on one important cost: contraception. Amid a biting recession, a sharp currency devaluation and painful inflation, sales of condoms and birth control pills have tumbled, pharmacists and manufacturers say. “The devaluation of the peso is killing me,” actor and comic…

Embattled Facebook CEO Zuckerberg seeks to mend fences in Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg has met with some of his company’s toughest critics, facing aggressive questions over the social network’s failures to protect consumer privacy and a call on Thursday to sell WhatsApp and Instagram. On the second day of a three-day trip to Washington, Zuckerberg, wearing a suit and tie…

Lawmaker accuses Justice Department of blocking whistleblower disclosure

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House Intelligence Committee chairman on Thursday accused the Justice Department of blocking intelligence officials from giving Congress a whistleblower complaint reported to involve communications between President Donald Trump and a foreign leader.The panel’s Democratic chairman, Adam Schiff, charged the Trump administration with blocking a congressional inquiry after receiving a closed-door…

Huawei hails own apps in Mate 30 challenge to iPhone 11

MUNICH (Reuters) – Huawei [HWT.UL] directly challenged Apple’s (AAPL.O) new iPhone 11 with its new Mate 30 smartphone range on Thursday, highlighting its own apps brand while sidestepping the critical issue of access to Google (GOOGL.O) services. Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s consumer business group, launches the Mate 30 smartphone range at the Convention Center…

BMW CFO wants to cut 5,000-6,000 jobs by 2022: Manager Magazin

FILE PHOTO: Nicolas Peter, CFO of German luxury carmaker BMW attends the company’s annual news conference in Munich, Germany, March 21, 2018. REUTERS/Michael DalderFRANKFURT (Reuters) – BMW’s (BMWG.DE) finance chief Nicolas Peter wants to cut between 5,000 and 6,000 jobs by 2022, mostly at the carmaker’s Munich headquarters, a German magazine reported on Thursday. Manager…

Shares inch higher after Fed cut; BOJ, SNB, BoE keep powder dry

LONDON (Reuters) – World share markets and bond yields nudged modestly higher on Thursday as the U.S. Federal Reserve’s second interest rate cut of the year and promises of support from other top central banks kept global recession jitters at bay. The effects of the trade war has seen monetary policy swing back into support…

Pompeo says U.S. wants peaceful resolution after attacks on Aramco facilities

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. special representative on Iran Brian Hook arrive at al-Bateen Air Base in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates September 19, 2019. Mandel Ngan/Pool via REUTERSDUBAI (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday the United States was building a coalition to deter Iran after an…

U.S., Chinese trade deputies face off in Washington amid deep differences

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. and Chinese deputy trade negotiators were set to resume face-to-face talks for the first time in nearly two months on Thursday, as the world’s two largest economies try to bridge deep policy differences and find a way out of a bitter and protracted trade war. FILE PHOTO: Chinese and U.S. flags…

Ex-Tepco bosses cleared over Fukushima nuclear disaster

TOKYO (Reuters) – A Tokyo court cleared on Thursday three former Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) executives of negligence for the 2011 Fukushima disaster, the only criminal case to arise out of the world’s worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl in 1986. Former Tepco Chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata and one-time executives Sakae Muto and Ichiro Takekuro were all…

Military strike against Iran would result in ‘all-out war’: foreign minister

DUBAI (Reuters) – Any U.S. or Saudi military strike against Iran would bring “all-out war”, Tehran said on Thursday, keeping up a drumbeat of warnings to its adversaries after they accused the Islamic Republic of a strike on Saudi oil facilities. FILE PHOTO: Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif attends a news conference in Moscow, Russia,…

Apple spars with EU as $14 billion Irish tax dispute drags on

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – Apple accused the European Commission of misunderstanding its business on day two of the iPhone maker’s appeal against a $14 billion tax order, in a dispute that is key to the EU’s drive to collect more taxes but which could also run for years. FILE PHOTO: CEO Tim Cook speaks at an…

Trump caps California swing with visit to border wall

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – President Donald Trump showed off a section of wall along the U.S. border with Mexico on Wednesday in a bid to illustrate his commitment to crack down on illegal border crossings as he raises money in California for his re-election campaign. The Republican president, who is on a three-day swing through…

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