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May seeks Brexit delay after third vote on her deal is derailed

Views - 8 Thursday, 21 March 2019 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): Prime Minister Theresa May will ask the European Union to delay Brexit by at least three months after her plan to hold a third vote on her fraught divorce deal was thrown into disarray by a surprise intervention from the speaker of


Dutch police arrest Turkish man suspected of killing three in tram shooting

Views - 7 Wednesday, 20 March 2019 00:00

UTRECHT, Netherlands (Reuters): Dutch police arrested a Turkish man suspected of shooting dead three people and wounding five on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht on Monday. Police said the suspect, 37-year-old Gokmen Tanis, had been taken into cus


‘Our darkest of days’: PM Ardern voices New Zealand’s grief as burial preparations begin

Views - 9 Wednesday, 20 March 2019 00:00

WELLINGTON/CHRISTCHURCH (Reuters): New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday praised the bravery and courage by worshippers as a lone gunman massacred their friends and family, saying the nation stood with its grieving Muslim community in


Myanmar military court to probe Rohingya atrocity allegations

Views - 9 Wednesday, 20 March 2019 00:00

YANGON (Reuters): Myanmar’s army said on Monday it had set up a military court to investigate its conduct during a crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim minority in 2017 that forced more than 730,000 to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh. The court compris


China’s Xi urges teachers of political courses to tackle ‘false ideas’

Views - 8 Wednesday, 20 March 2019 00:00

BEIJING (Reuters): Chinese educators must respond to “false ideas and thoughts” when teaching political and ideological classes, President Xi Jinping said, in a sensitive year that marks the 30th anniversary of student-led protests around Tiananm


May’s Brexit deal in chaos as Speaker sparks ‘constitutional crisis’

Views - 11 Wednesday, 20 March 2019 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plans were thrown into further turmoil on Monday when the speaker of parliament ruled that she could not put her divorce deal to a new vote unless it was re-submitted in fundamentally different


Asian shares flat as Fed looms, May’s Brexit deal in chaos

Views - 10 Wednesday, 20 March 2019 00:00

TOKYO (Reuters): Asian shares held tight ranges on Tuesday ahead of the a Federal Reserve policy meeting, but were broadly supported near six-month highs on expectations the central bank might strike a dovish tone, while fresh Brexit worries dogged t


OPEC scraps April meeting but keeps oil cuts in place

Views - 8 Wednesday, 20 March 2019 00:00

BAKU (Reuters): Oil producer group OPEC on Monday scrapped its planned meeting in April and will decide instead whether to extend output cuts in June, once the market has assessed the impact of US sanctions on Iran and the crisis in Venezuela. A mini


Tech consortium flags more than 800 versions of New Zealand attack video

Views - 9 Wednesday, 20 March 2019 00:00

Reuters: A consortium of global technology firms has shared on its collective database the digital fingerprints of more than 800 versions of the video of New Zealand’s mass shootings that killed 50 people, it said on Monday. While it was not the fi


Reliance Communications jumps after Mukesh Ambani bails out brother Anil on Ericsson dues

Views - 10 Wednesday, 20 March 2019 00:00

Reuters: Shares of Anil Ambani-led Reliance Communications Ltd (RCom) were locked in the upper circuit on Tuesday after his elder brother Mukesh Ambani helped pay off debt owed to Sweden’s Ericsson. Telecom equipment maker Ericsson received 4.62 bi


UK reaches post-Brexit trade agreement with Iceland and Norway

Views - 6 Wednesday, 20 March 2019 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): Britain on Monday reached an a deal with Iceland and Norway to allow trade to continue unchanged if it leaves the European Union without a deal, trade minister Liam Fox said. Britain is seeking to replicate around 40 EU bilateral tr


China rejects ‘abnormal’ US spying concerns as EU pushes trade

Views - 9 Wednesday, 20 March 2019 00:00

BRUSSELS (Reuters): China dismissed US security warnings against its telecoms equipment maker Huawei as groundless and “abnormal” on Monday, as the Chinese government’s top diplomat went to Brussels to cool growing European frustration over tra


Suspected New Zealand mosque gunman visited Israel in 2016

Views - 8 Tuesday, 19 March 2019 00:00

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The main suspect in New Zealand’s mosque attacks made a brief visit to Israel in late 2016, Israeli officials said on Sunday. Brenton Tarrant, an Australian national, entered Israel in October 2016 on a three-month tourist vis


Japan’s exports slump again on weak external demand, puts BOJ on notice

Views - 10 Tuesday, 19 March 2019 00:00

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s exports fell for a third month in February in a sign of growing strain on the trade-reliant economy, suggesting the central bank might be forced to offer more stimulus eventually to temper the effects of slowing external d


New Zealand Muslim leaders preach love, compassion after mosque attacks

Views - 16 Tuesday, 19 March 2019 00:00

CHRISTCHURCH/WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand Muslim leaders on Monday conveyed messages of love, compassion and appreciation for the community support they had received after a lone gunman attacked two mosques, killing 50 people and injuring dozen


Trump stance on Muslims, Fox host in spotlight after mosque shootings

Views - 15 Tuesday, 19 March 2019 00:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Sunday championed a Fox News personality who made anti-Muslim remarks as his White House rejected any attempt to link the U.S. leader to a shooter who killed 50 people in two New Zealand mosques. The v


Oil slips on economic slowdown, but OPEC-led cuts still support

Views - 11 Tuesday, 19 March 2019 00:00

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices dipped on Monday amid concerns that an economic downturn may dent fuel consumption, but crude markets remain broadly supported by supply cuts led by producer group OPEC and U.S. sanctions against Iran and Venezuela. B


Global stocks climb, dollar dips as traders price accommodative Fed

Views - 11 Tuesday, 19 March 2019 00:00

LONDON (Reuters) - Global stocks rose to their highest in five months and the dollar dipped on Monday as traders began to price in an accommodative stance from the U.S. Federal Reserve at its policy meeting this week. European markets extended a run


Facebook says it removed 1.5 million videos of the New Zealand mosque attack

Views - 7 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

REUTERS: Facebook Inc. said it removed 1.5 million videos globally of the New Zealand mosque attack in the first 24 hours after the attack. “In the first 24 hours we removed 1.5 million videos of the attack globally, of which over 1.2 million were


Kiwi PM wants to discuss live streaming with Facebook

Views - 9 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

WELLINGTON (Reuters): New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Facebook’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg has sent condolences over the shootings at two mosques that killed 50 people, some of which were live-streamed over the social m


Arch-eurosceptic Farage leads march over Brexit betrayal

Views - 10 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

SUNDERLAND, England (Reuters): Nigel Farage, the politician who probably did more than anyone else to force Britain’s referendum on membership of the European Union, joined protesters at the start of a 270-mile march over what they call a betrayal


Anti-graft campaigner wins first round of Slovak presidential vote

Views - 8 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

BRATISLAVA (Reuters): Zuzana Caputova, an anti-corruption campaigner with no experience in public office, won the first round of Slovakia’s presidential election on Saturday, setting up a tough clash with the ruling Smer party’s candidate. Althou


French violence flares as yellow vest protests enter fourth month

Views - 8 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

PARIS (Reuters): Rioters set fire to a bank and ransacked stores on Paris’s Champs Elysees avenue on Saturday, in a new flare-up of violence as France’s yellow vest protests against President Emmanuel Macron and his pro-business reforms entered a


NZ’s Ardern burnishes leadership after Christchurch carnage

Views - 16 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

WELLINGTON (Reuters): The calm and compassion shown by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in response to the killing of 50 Muslims by a suspected white supremacist has burnished the credentials of a leader whose youth and celebrity had given c


Indian statistics undermined by political interference, academics say

Views - 33 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI (Reuters): More than 100 economists and social scientists have alleged that the Indian government is interfering with the country’s statistics-gathering agencies, putting their work “under a cloud”. A statement signed by 108 ac


Fed to raise interest rates once more in third quarter, then done

Views - 8 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

BENGALURU (Reuters): The US Federal Reserve will remain patient for a little longer than thought just last month, waiting until the third quarter before raising rates once more, and then stay on the sidelines, a Reuters poll of economists showed. Tha


Trump’s trade war cost US economy $ 7.8 billion in 2018: Study

Views - 5 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters): President Donald Trump’s trade battles cost the US economy $ 7.8 billion in lost gross domestic product in 2018, a study by a team of economists at leading American universities published this week showed. Authors of the paper


US manufacturing sector slowing as economy loses steam

Views - 8 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters): US manufacturing output fell for a second straight month in February and factory activity in New York state hit nearly a two-year low this month, offering further evidence of a sharp slowdown in economic growth early in the firs


China’s premier says ready to use more policy tools to help economy

Views - 8 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

BEIJING (Reuters): The Chinese government has additional monetary policy measures that it can take to support economic growth this year, and will even cut “its own flesh” to help finance large-scale tax cuts, Premier Li Keqiang said on Friday. Ch


Indonesian leader’s ally arrested in graft case as polls loom

Views - 6 Saturday, 16 March 2019 00:00

JAKARTA, AFP: Indonesia’s anti-corruption agency arrested a key political backer of President Joko Widodo on Friday, just a month before he bids for re-election in the world’s third-biggest democracy. United Development Party chief Muhammad Roma


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