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British ambassador to Washington quits after spat over leaked memos

Views - 12 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

London (Reuters): Britain’s ambassador to Washington resigned on Wednesday after Donald Trump labelled him “stupid” and “wacky” following the release of confidential memos from the envoy in which he branded the US president’s administrati


Rouhani says Britain to face ‘consequences’ for seizing Iranian tanker

Views - 9 Thursday, 11 July 2019 00:00

DUBAI (Reuters): Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday Britain would face “consequences” over the seizure of an Iranian oil tanker. Iran has demanded the immediate release of the Grace 1, which British Royal Marines boarded off Gibr


Euro zone sees economic outlook worsening amid uncertain US trade policy

Views - 9 Thursday, 11 July 2019 00:00

BRUSSELS (Reuters): The European Commission lowered its forecast on Wednesday for the euro zone economy next year, saying that uncertainty over US trade policy posed a major risk to the bloc. In its quarterly economic forecasts, the European Union’


PM hopefuls battle over Brexit in bad-tempered debate

Views - 8 Thursday, 11 July 2019 00:00

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters): Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt, rivals to become Britain’s next prime minister, clashed over who could be most trusted on Brexit on Tuesday in a sometimes bad-natured television debate just two weeks before one will be


Australia’s Morrison calls for more prayer and religious freedom

Views - 12 Thursday, 11 July 2019 00:00

SYDNEY (Reuters): Australia needs more prayer, Prime Minister Scott Morrison, a devout Christian, has said, vowing that his administration would do whatever needed to be done by way of legislation to protect religious expression, now at the centre of


Trump blasts ‘foolish’ UK PM May and her ‘wacky’ envoy over leaked memos

Views - 13 Thursday, 11 July 2019 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): US President Donald Trump lashed out at “foolish” British Prime Minister Theresa May and her “wacky” Washington ambassador on Tuesday, stepping up a tirade against a close ally whose envoy had branded his administration inep


Asian stocks hobbled by fading expectations for aggressive Fed rate cut

Views - 13 Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:00

Tokyo (Reuters): Asian stocks struggled to rebound on Tuesday as investors came to terms with sharply reduced expectations the Federal Reserve will deliver a large interest rate cut at the end of July. Those views were bolstered after solid gains in


New UK PM must put Brexit plan to second referendum: Corbyn

Views - 11 Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:00

London (Reuters): Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn on Tuesday said Britain’s next prime minister must put their Brexit plan to a second referendum on European Union membership, saying his party would campaign to remain. In an email to m


Trump calls British ambassador to US ‘a very stupid guy’

Views - 9 Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:00

Washington, AFP: President Donald Trump on Tuesday called the British ambassador to the United States “a very stupid guy,” one day after declaring he would cut contact with the diplomat following a leak of cables describing Trump as “inept.”


Economists trim Brazil 2019 growth forecasts again, but signs of stability emerge: survey

Views - 8 Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:00

BRASILIA (Reuters): Economists trimmed their 2019 Brazilian economic growth forecasts for a 19th consecutive week, a Central Bank survey showed yesterday, but no changes in the outlook for other major macroeconomic variables suggested the worst may b


UN’s Bachelet “appalled” at US treatment of migrants and refugees

Views - 9 Tuesday, 9 July 2019 00:00

GENEVA (Reuters): UN Human Rights Chief Michelle Bachelet is “appalled” at the conditions in which the United States is keeping detained migrants and refugees, including children, her office said in a statement on Monday. “As a paediatrician, b


Hong Kong Police arrest six at Kowloon protest

Views - 8 Tuesday, 9 July 2019 00:00

HONG KONG (Reuters): Police arrested six people during a demonstration in one of Hong Kong’s most popular tourist areas on Sunday, where thousands of protesters sought to raise awareness among mainland Chinese visitors about the political crisis th


Greek Conservatives take charge in landslide win, vow more investment, fewer taxes

Views - 9 Tuesday, 9 July 2019 00:00

ATHENS (Reuters): Greece’s opposition conservatives returned to power with a landslide victory in snap elections on Sunday, and Prime Minister elect Kyriakos Mitsotakis said he had a clear mandate for change, pledging more investments and fewer tax


Oil steadies as demand concern counters Middle East tensions

Views - 9 Tuesday, 9 July 2019 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): Oil prices steadied on Monday as tensions over Iran’s nuclear program were tempered by global economic growth concerns and consequently oil demand. Brent crude futures were down one cent by 1122 GMT at $64.22 a barrel. US West Tex


World cannot shut China out, vice president says in jab at US

Views - 11 Tuesday, 9 July 2019 00:00

BEIJING (Reuters): China and the rest of the world must co-exist, Vice President Wang Qishan said on Monday, in an indirect jab at the United States with which Beijing is trying to resolve a bitter trade war. Top representatives of the world’s two


Iran ratchets up nuclear tensions with enrichment plan

Views - 8 Monday, 8 July 2019 00:00

Dubai (Reuters): Iran said on Sunday it will boost its uranium enrichment in a few hours above a cap set by a landmark 2015 nuclear deal, a move that could eventually culminate in the return of all international sanctions on Tehran. In a sign of heig


Putin meets Pope; holds “substantive” talks

Views - 8 Monday, 8 July 2019 00:00

Vatican City (Reuters): Russian President Vladimir Putin thanked Pope Francis for “very substantive” talks on Thursday, a day before Ukraine’s Catholic leaders were due at the Vatican. Putin, who has met with Francis twice before, arrived an h


Trump administration ’’uniquely dysfunctional’’ says Britain’s ambassador to US

Views - 7 Monday, 8 July 2019 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): Britain’s ambassador to the US described President Donald Trump’s administration as “dysfunctional”, “clumsy” and “inept”, the Mail on Sunday newspaper reported, citing a series of confidential memos. In memos to the


Tehran fumes as Britain seizes Iranian oil tanker over Syria sanctions

Views - 8 Saturday, 6 July 2019 00:00

LONDON/DUBAI (Reuters): British Royal Marines seized a giant Iranian oil tanker in Gibraltar on Thursday for trying to take oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions, a dramatic step that drew Tehran’s fury and could escalate its confrontation with


Calls for boycott of Japan grow in South Korea as labour row simmers

Views - 7 Saturday, 6 July 2019 00:00

SEOUL (Reuters): Calls in South Korea for a boycott of Japanese goods in response to Japanese restrictions on the export of high-tech material to South Korea picked up on Monday, as a dispute over compensation for forced wartime labour roiled ties be


Modi Government releases budget to get growth back up, plans structural reforms

Views - 8 Saturday, 6 July 2019 00:00

NEW DELHI (Reuters): Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Government unveiled the budget for 2019/2020 on Friday, seeking to reverse weakening growth and investment that threaten to take the shine off a recent landslide election victory. Finance Minister


World stocks cling to gains, bonds hover ahead of US payrolls

Views - 15 Saturday, 6 July 2019 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): World stocks clung to their 17-month highs yesterday and bonds paused after this week’s rally ahead of US jobs data, a gauge that could stoke or temper market expectations about aggressive policy easing by the Federal Reserve. Tra


IMF board approves $ 6 b loan package for Pakistan

Views - 14 Friday, 5 July 2019 00:05

ISLAMABAD (Reuters): The International Monetary Fund Executive board approved a three-year, $6 billion loan package for Pakistan on Wednesday to rein in mounting debts and stave off a looming balance of payments crisis, in exchange for tough austerit


Rahul Gandhi calls for change as he quits as Congress leader

Views - 10 Friday, 5 July 2019 00:01

NEW DELHI (Reuters): Rahul Gandhi, leader of opposition Congress party, said on Wednesday he had asked party bosses to find a successor after he took responsibility for losing a general election that has left the party in crisis. Gandhi, the fourth g


UK economy shrinks as Brexit, global worries mount: PMI

Views - 14 Thursday, 4 July 2019 00:50

London (Reuters): Britain’s economy appears to have shrunk for the first time since late 2012 between April and June as worries about Brexit were compounded by global trade tensions, a closely watched survey showed on Wednesday. A day after Bank of


France returns stolen ancient artefacts to Pakistan

Views - 38 Thursday, 4 July 2019 00:47

PARIS (Reuters): France returned more than 400 stolen artefacts to the government of Pakistan on Tuesday, including ancient busts, vases, urns and goblets, some dating to the second and third millennia B.C. Many of the pieces turned up in France in S


UK economy may need more help as trade war, Brexit risks grow: BoE’s Carney

Views - 14 Thursday, 4 July 2019 00:45

BOURNEMOUTH, England/London (Reuters): Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said a global trade war and a no-deal Brexit were growing risks to Britain’s economy which might need more help to cope with a downturn, prompting investors to increase the


Bangladesh sentences nine to death for 1994 attack on PM Hasina

Views - 8 Thursday, 4 July 2019 00:43

Dhaka (Reuters): A Bangladesh court on Wednesday sentenced nine members of the main opposition party to death and handed life terms to another 25 for attempting to kill Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina 25 years ago, a government lawyer said. Thirteen peo


Iran to boost uranium enrichment level, breaching nuclear pact: Rouhani

Views - 11 Thursday, 4 July 2019 00:41

Geneva/Dubai (Reuters): Iran will boost its uranium enrichment after 7 July to whatever levels it needs beyond the cap set in the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday, defying US efforts to force Tehran to renegotiat


China criticises Britain for ‘shameless’ comments on Hong Kong

Views - 13 Thursday, 4 July 2019 00:39

BEIJING (Reuters): China on Wednesday denounced British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt as “shameless”, saying it had made a diplomatic complaint to London after he warned of consequences if China neglected commitments made when it took back Hong K


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