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  • New Zealand parliament speaker cradles and feeds lawmaker's baby during debate

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    The speaker of New Zealand’s parliament, Trevor Mallard, cradled and fed a bottle to a Member of Parliament's baby boy during a general debate. Normally the Speaker’s chair is only used by Presiding Officers but today a VIP took the chair with me.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 06:42:51 -0400
  • Egypt raises Sinai investment by 75% in 2019-20

    Egypt said on Thursday it would invest 5.23 billion Egyptian pounds ($315 million) in the Sinai Peninsula in fiscal 2019-20, a 75% rise on the year, in a venture officials say is intended to stabilise a region hit by violence from armed groups. The Planning Ministry, which directed 2.986 billion pounds in investments to Sinai in the 2018-19 fiscal year, said in response to a Reuters question that the 2019-20 investments would be "general investments directed to all sectors". Egypt has been fighting an insurgency led by Islamic State and concentrated in the peninsula's north since the military overthrew President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in mid-2013 after mass protests against his rule.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 06:42:50 -0400
  • Ex-presidential candidate Hickenlooper to run for Senate

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    Former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper, who dropped out of the 2020 Democratic presidential race last week, said on Thursday he will run for a Senate seat in the state instead. Hickenlooper, 67, remains popular in Colorado and has been urged by numerous Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, to challenge incumbent Republican Cory Gardner for his Senate seat.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 06:39:59 -0400
  • Ex-presidential candidate Hickenlooper to run for U.S. Senate

    Former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper, who dropped out of the 2020 Democratic presidential race last week, said on Thursday he will run for a U.S. Senate seat in the state instead. Hickenlooper, 67, remains popular in Colorado and has been urged by numerous Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, to challenge incumbent Republican Cory Gardner for his Senate seat. "I'm running to give Colorado's priorities and values a voice in Washington," Hickenlooper said in a statement on his website.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 06:37:21 -0400
  • Retrophin drug to treat nervous system disorder fails late-stage study

    The treatment, fosmetpantotenate, was being tested in 84 patients with pantothenate kinase-associated neurodegeneration, a rare, genetic and life-threatening disorder. The condition, which can lead to movement disorders and visual impairment, is estimated to affect up to 5,000 people worldwide, Retrophin said. The company said fosmetpantotenate was found to be safe and well-tolerated and that it would work closely with the study investigators to further analyze the results.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 06:36:41 -0400
  • DC man sues over being left inside fire-gutted senior center

    An elderly man found trapped in his senior living apartment five days after the complex was gutted by fire is suing the property's manager. WTOP-FM reports Raymond Holton accuses the Edgewood Management Corp. of falsely telling firefighters that all the residents had been accounted for after the September fire at the Arthur Capper Senior Homes in Washington, D.C. Fire spokesman Dough Buchanan said Holton, 74 at the time, was found sitting in a chair in his apartment.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 06:34:37 -0400
  • Earth to FEDOR: Russia launches humanoid robot into space

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    A Russian humanoid robot was making its way on Thursday to the International Space Station after blasting off on a two-week mission to support the crew and test his skills. Known as FEDOR, which stands for Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research, the Skybot F-850 is the first humanoid robot to be sent to space by Russia. NASA sent humanoid robot Robonaut 2 to space in 2011 to work in hazardous environments.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 06:34:19 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-President of Somali state of Jubbaland re-elected in divisive vote

    The president of Somalia's southern Jubbaland state, a region still partly held by al Shabaab, won a fresh term in office on Thursday, the parliamentary speaker said, amid heightened strains between the federal government and regional officials. Ahmed Mohamed Madobe, a top security partner for neighbouring Kenya, which helps Somalia fight the militant group, won 56 of the 74 votes cast by lawmakers in the regional parliament, speaker Cabdi Maxamed Abdirahmaan, said. The central government in Mogadishu said on Saturday it would not recognise the vote's result, saying the candidate selection process had violated the national constitution.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 06:33:24 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-"We want detail," senior EU official tells Brexit Britain

    The European Union is seeking detailed proposals soon from London on Brexit, a senior official in Brussels said, as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson pursued efforts to convince the bloc's leaders to change the terms of the divorce. Johnson met German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday, is lunching with French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday and will meet European Council President Donald Tusk face on Sunday on the sidelines of a G7 summit in France. "We want detail," said the senior EU official speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of the G7 summit.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 06:31:36 -0400
  • Earth to FEDOR: Russia launches humanoid robot into space

    A Russian humanoid robot was making its way on Thursday to the International Space Station after blasting off on a two-week mission to support the crew and test his skills. Known as FEDOR, which stands for Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research, the Skybot F-850 is the first humanoid robot to be sent to space by Russia. NASA sent humanoid robot Robonaut 2 to space in 2011 to work in hazardous environments.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 06:29:46 -0400
  • French financial prosecutor drops probe into top Macron official Kohler

    The office of France's financial prosecutor on Thursday dropped a probe into Alexis Kohler, President Emmanuel Macron's top official at the Elysee palace, saying it found no evidence of wrongdoing in an investigation into conflict of interest. The prosecutor was investigating whether Kohler breached conflict of interest rules while working for the state given his personal ties with the Swiss-Italian Mediterranean Shipping Company. Investigative journalism website Mediapart last year reported Kohler had not properly disclosed his links to MSC while he held a senior position at the French finance ministry during the previous administration.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 06:20:32 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Iran is prepared to work on French nuclear deal proposals - foreign minister

    Iran is prepared to work on French proposals to salvage the international nuclear deal that Tehran signed with world powers in 2015, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday. "There are proposals on the table, both from the French and the Iranian side, and we are going to work on those proposals tomorrow," he said at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. French President Emmanuel Macron offered on Wednesday to either soften sanctions on Iran or provide "a compensation mechanism to enable the Iranian people to live better" in return for full compliance with the pact, which the United States quit last year.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 06:17:23 -0400
  • Weekslong standoffs in Mediterranean becoming 'new normal'

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    The Ocean Viking carrying 356 people, mostly Africans, rescued in the Mediterranean off Libya is closing in on two weeks at sea without being assigned a safe port to offload the traumatized passengers — a situation that charity workers decry as "the new normal" as Europe fails to devise a systematic response. It is inhumane," Jay Berger, project coordinator for Doctors Without Borders on the Ocean Viking, said by satellite phone Thursday. The Ocean Viking conducted four rescues off Libya from Aug. 9-12, and is in its 13th day without being permitted to disembark the rescued people, as dictated by maritime law.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 06:12:47 -0400
  • Boeing spacecraft astronauts see new frontier for commercial space

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    A crew of veteran U.S. astronauts and aviators are training in Houston for a manned mission to the International Space Station aboard Boeing's new Starliner spacecraft, which could also be used to take tourists into space on future missions. The Boeing Starliner mission was originally scheduled for this month, but that has been delayed to at least the end of the year or into 2020 due to technical issues and amid a shakeup in the top echelons of the space agency. Boeing and rival Elon Musk's SpaceX are competing with each other to become the first private company to resume human space flight from U.S. soil after the space shuttle program ended in 2011.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 06:10:13 -0400
  • Indonesia picks East Kalimantan province for new capital - media

    Indonesia will build a new capital in the province of East Kalimantan on Borneo island, media cited land planning minister Sofyan Djalil as saying on Thursday. President Joko Widodo last week formally proposed to parliament moving the capital from Jakarta, a crowded, polluted city of 10 million people, to somewhere in Kalimantan. The Indonesian side of Borneo has five provinces, known for their rainforests, orangutans and coal reserves.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 06:08:23 -0400
  • As economic warning signs flash, Trump, Democratic rivals recalibrate messages

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    After two years touting a booming economy as his own doing, U.S. President Donald Trump is test driving a new message on the economy: Any chance of a recession is not his fault. Trump has moved from touting positive economic indicators since his 2016 election to now trying to blame someone else for a possible economic slowdown, while his advisers and officials are scrambling to insist there is nothing to worry about. From the moment he was elected, Trump took credit for the strong economy.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 06:06:08 -0400
  • China claims UK Hong Kong consulate worker arrested on mainland over prostitution

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    An employee at the British consulate in Hong Kong has been detained in China for involvement in prostitution, China's state-backed Global Times newspaper said on Thursday. China's foreign ministry confirmed on Wednesday that the employee, Simon Cheng, had been detained in the border city of Shenzhen. Britain has expressed its extreme concern about the case. The Global Times, published by the ruling Communist Party's official People's Daily, cited in a report on its English-language website Shenzhen police as saying Cheng had been detained for 15 days for "solicitation of prostitution". Police in Shenzhen's Luohu district said Cheng had violated article 66 of the law on administrative penalties for public security, the newspaper said. The law stipulates that people who engage in prostitution or visit prostitutes shall be detained for no less than 10 days but no more than 15 days, and may also be fined 5,000 yuan ($705.15). Shenzhen police referred Reuters to the Global Times report, saying it contained all the relevant details, and declined to comment further. Cheng did not return to work on Aug. 9 after visiting the neighbouring mainland city of Shenzhen the previous day, Hong Kong news website HK01 reported, citing an interview with his girlfriend and family. Cheng's family confirmed his disappearance in a Facebook post on Tuesday night, saying he travelled from Hong Kong to Shenzhen on the morning of Aug. 8 for a business trip. Hong Kong has been gripped by anti-government protests in recent weeks, with China accusing Britain and other Western countries of meddling in its affairs. Britain, the United States and other countries have urged China to respect the "one country, two systems" formula under which Hong Kong returned from British to Chinese rule in 1997.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 06:04:54 -0400
  • On the front lines: Trade war sinks North Dakota soybean farmers

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    North Dakota bet bigger on Chinese soybean demand than any other U.S. state. Now, as the world's top soybean importer shuns the U.S. market for a second growing season, Dakota farmers are reeling from the loss of the customer they spent two decades cultivating. The state's experience underscores the uneven impact of the U.S.-China trade war across the United States. Although China's tariffs target many heartland states that, like North Dakota, supported President Donald Trump's 2016 election, those further south and east are better able to shift surplus soybeans to other markets such as Mexico and Europe.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 06:04:51 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Swedish police arrest two more suspects in Copenhagen blast investigation

    Two more suspects have been arrested in Sweden on suspicion of involvement in an explosion outside the Danish Tax Agency in Copenhagen earlier this month, Sweden's prosecution authority said on Thursday. This brings the number of suspects to four, including a Swedish man arrested in Sweden last week and another Swedish man who the police in Copenhagen said was still on the run. The two new suspects aged 22 and 27 were arrested on Wednesday, Copenhagen police said in a statement.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 06:04:35 -0400
  • GRAPHIC-Factory woes grip swing states that flipped for Trump in 2016

    A slowdown in U.S. manufacturing is hitting jobs in states that flipped to Donald Trump in the 2016 election and that will be key to the Republican president's re-election prospects in 2020. Trump is telling voters across the country that the economy is booming and jobs are growing. While the overall U.S. economy is still growing at a healthy clip thanks to robust consumer spending, the weakness in the manufacturing-dependent areas that helped propel Trump to the White House could complicate his prospects in the November 2020 election.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 06:00:05 -0400
  • On the front lines: Trade war sinks North Dakota soybean farmers

    North Dakota bet bigger on Chinese soybean demand than any other U.S. state. Now, as the world's top soybean importer shuns the U.S. market for a second growing season, Dakota farmers are reeling from the loss of the customer they spent two decades cultivating. Although China's tariffs target many heartland states that, like North Dakota, supported President Donald Trump's 2016 election, those further south and east are better able to shift surplus soybeans to other markets such as Mexico and Europe.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 06:00:00 -0400
  • EXPLAINER-What are the obstacles to Bayer settling Roundup lawsuits?

    Bayer AG is in mediation to potentially settle thousands of U.S. lawsuits claiming that the company's Roundup weed killer causes cancer, but some legal experts said the cases raises novel questions that may prevent an easy settlement. More than 18,400 plaintiffs claim Roundup causes a type of cancer called non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Bayer to date has lost three U.S. jury trials in the Roundup litigation.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 06:00:00 -0400
  • FEATURE-Boeing spacecraft astronauts see new frontier for commercial space

    A crew of veteran U.S. astronauts and aviators are training in Houston for a manned mission to the International Space Station aboard Boeing's new Starliner spacecraft, which could also be used to take tourists into space on future missions. The Boeing Starliner mission was originally scheduled for this month, but that has been delayed to at least the end of the year or into 2020 due to technical issues and amid a shakeup in the top echelons of the space agency. Boeing and rival Elon Musk's SpaceX are competing with each other to become the first private company to resume human space flight from U.S. soil after the space shuttle program ended in 2011.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 06:00:00 -0400
  • As economic warning signs flash, Trump, Democratic rivals recalibrate messages

    After two years touting a booming economy as his own doing, U.S. President Donald Trump is test driving a new message on the economy: Any chance of a recession is not his fault. Trump has moved from touting positive economic indicators since his 2016 election to now trying to blame someone else for a possible economic slowdown, while his advisers and officials are scrambling to insist there is nothing to worry about. From the moment he was elected, Trump took credit for the strong economy.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 06:00:00 -0400
  • RPT-UPDATE 2-Italy's president wants quick deal on forging new govt

    Italy's head of state wants political parties to reach a deal to form a new coalition government in the next few days if they want to avoid snap elections, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday. The euro zone's third-largest economy is in political turmoil after its government, riven by months of infighting, collapsed this week, forcing Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to resign just as Rome was to begin preparing the 2020 budget. The collapse was triggered by the right-wing League party whose leader Matteo Salvini declared the ruling coalition dead two weeks ago, saying he could no longer work with his coalition partner, the anti-establishment 5-Star party.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 05:46:13 -0400
  • UPDATE 2-Syrian army opens corridor for people to leave rebel bastion - state media

    Syrian government forces opened a corridor on Thursday for people who want to leave insurgent territory in northwest Syria, where an army offensive has gained ground, state media said. Ten of thousands of people have fled towards the Turkish border in recent days as air and ground attacks battered parts of Idlib and Hama in the northwest, the last big rebel stronghold. After the collapse of a brief ceasefire this month, Syrian army troops, backed by Russia, have now marched into a town in Idlib province in rebel hands since 2014.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 05:40:53 -0400
  • FACTBOX-Israel a global leader in growing market for cyber weapons

    Israel, a leading provider of hacking and surveillance tools known as cyber weapons, or spyware, is easing requirements on selling the technology abroad. * Global demand for offensive cyber systems is expected to rise 39% by 2027 to $9.7 billion, according to defence research group Market Forecast, which identified companies in the United States, Israel and the European Union as dominating the market. * Israel's annual exports of cyber attack tools amount to hundreds of millions of dollars, a source close to the industry estimated.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 05:40:24 -0400
  • Israel eases rules on cyber weapons exports despite criticism

    Israel is easing export rules on offensive cyber weapons, despite accusations by human rights and privacy groups that its technologies are used by some governments to spy on political foes and crush dissent. A rule change by the defence ministry means companies can now obtain exemptions on marketing licences for the sale of some products to specific countries, a source close to the cyber sector told Reuters. Israel, like other big defence exporters, closely guards details of its weapons sales and its export rules are not widely known, but the defence ministry confirmed the change had gone into force about a year ago in response to Reuters' questions.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 05:40:17 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-S.Korea to scrap intelligence-sharing pact with Japan amid history feud

    South Korea said on Thursday it will scrap an intelligence-sharing pact with Japan, a decision that could further escalate a dispute over history and trade and undercut security cooperation on North Korea. The decision was announced after an hours-long debate within the presidential National Security Council (NSC). Japan created a "grave change" in the environment for bilateral security cooperation by removing South Korea's fast-track export status, citing security concerns without providing clear evidence, said Kim You-geun, a deputy director of the National Security Council.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 05:39:25 -0400
  • N.Ireland force lacks resources to police hard border in event of no-deal Brexit - chief constable

    Northern Ireland's police force does not have sufficient resources to effectively control the border with the Republic of Ireland if checkpoints are reinstated in the event of a no-deal Brexit, its chief said on Thursday. Chief Constable Simon Byrne also told BBC radio that a no-deal Brexit could have a detrimental impact on security in the British-run province, which has been at peace for two decades after years of political and sectarian violence. Britain, Ireland and the European Union want to avoid a return of physical checks on the border, which was marked by military checkpoints before a 1998 peace agreement between Catholic nationalists seeking a united Ireland and Protestant unionists who wanted to keep Northern Ireland British.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 05:36:05 -0400
  • FM Zarif says Iran prepared to work on French nuclear deal proposals

    Iran is prepared to work on French proposals to salvage the international nuclear deal that Tehran signed with world powers in 2015, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday. "There are proposals on the table... and we are going to work on those proposals," he said at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. French President Emmanuel Macron offered on Wednesday to either soften sanctions on Iran or provide "a compensation mechanism to enable the Iranian people to live better" in return for full compliance with the pact, which the United States quit last year.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 05:35:31 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Setting stern tone, France's Macron to spar with Britain's Johnson on Brexit

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will on Thursday try to convince France to reopen Brexit negotiations less than a day after President Emmanuel Macron bluntly ruled out any further talks on the divorce deal. In his first foreign trip since winning the premiership a month ago, Johnson is warning German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Macron that they will face a potentially disorderly no-deal Brexit on Oct. 31 unless the European Union does a new deal. Macron also told Britain that its post-imperial dreams of global statecraft would be dashed if it crashed out of the EU into the arms of the United States, which has cautioned that Brussels is being too hard on the United Kingdom.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 05:32:26 -0400
  • S.Korea to scrap intelligence-sharing pact with Japan amid history feud

    South Korea will scrap an intelligence-sharing pact with Japan amid an intensifying dispute over history and trade, South Korea's presidential office said on Thursday. The decision was made after a meeting of the presidential National Security Council. Japan created a "grave change" in the environment for bilateral security cooperation by removing South Korea's fast-track export status, said Kim You-geun, a deputy director of the National Security Council.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 05:29:04 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Kosovo lawmakers vote to dissolve parliament, paving way for election

    Kosovo lawmakers voted to dissolve parliament on Friday, paving the way for a parliamentary election after Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj resigned last month. Haradinaj resigned after being summoned for questioning by the country's war crimes prosecutor over his role in the 1998-99 insurgency against Serbian forces, when he was a commander of the guerilla Kosovo Liberation Army. The last government was a coalition between Haradinaj's party, the centre-right Alliance for the Future of Kosovo, the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) and the Social Democratic Initiative (NISMA).

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 05:27:27 -0400
  • Tennessee man sought in 2015 killing arrested in Mexico

    Federal authorities say a Tennessee man wanted on a murder charge in a shooting at a market four years ago has been found in Mexico. The U.S. Marshals Service says in a news release that Christian Hall has been arrested in Monterrey, Mexico, on charges of first-degree murder and especially aggravated robbery. Investigators say three men were involved in the fatal shooting of 30-year-old Khaled Khayat during a robbery at a market in Memphis.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 05:24:00 -0400
  • APNewsBreak: Duo to push opioid settlement toward hospitals

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    West Virginia University President Gordon Gee and former Ohio Gov. John Kasich are creating a nonprofit that will fight to steer cash from any national opioid settlement to hospitals, rather than to local and state governments already sparring for control of the dollars. Gee and Kasich say Citizens for Effective Opioid Treatment, a 501(c)4 organization to be announced Thursday, will educate policymakers and the public about the negative impact the opioid epidemic has had on health care infrastructure and advance health-related research solutions to the crisis. "It's an educational effort," Gee said.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 05:21:55 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Euro zone bond yields up on more promising PMIs

    Most euro zone government bond yields rose on Thursday after data showed service activity picked up last month and manufacturing contracted less than expected. Italian government bond yields fell on expectations a new government will be formed soon, as markets digested news that Federal Reserve policy makers were divided over the path of interest rates. The euro zone's service industry expanded but factory activity contracted for the seventh month in a row, although at a slower rate than the previous month, according to IHS Markit's flash purchasing managers' indexes.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 05:18:42 -0400
  • Yuan falls to fresh 11-year lows on trade war worries, despite state bank support

    China's yuan fell to fresh 11-year lows on Thursday amid worries about the deepening Sino-U.S. trade war, despite support from major state-owned banks in both the spot and forwards markets. Traders said sentiment was fragile, with recent news headlines offering little hope of a U.S-China trade deal anytime soon and new U.S. levies on Chinese goods set to go into effect on Sept. 1. China hopes the United States will stop its wrong tariff action, the commerce ministry said on Thursday, adding that the imposition of any new tariffs would lead to retaliatory actions.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 05:18:40 -0400
  • Mediaset files complaint with Italian market watchdog against Vivendi

    Mediaset has filed a complaint with Italy's market watchdog, accusing hostile shareholder Vivendi of leaking information with the goal of scuppering a cross-border merger deal, the Italian broadcaster said on Thursday. Mediaset announced in June a corporate overhaul under which the company and its Spanish subsidiary would merge into a new Amsterdam-based holding. Vivendi could sink the deal if it exercises its right of withdrawal.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 05:17:18 -0400
  • EXPLAINER-Macron's quest for an international tax on digital services

    French President Emmanuel Macron is pressing ahead with a digital tax in France, a move U.S. President Donald Trump described as "foolishness", and the French leader is keen to reach an international agreement on taxing big tech companies. Late on Wednesday, Macron urged the Trump administration to help reform global corporate taxes. Macron will seek common ground with Trump and other G7 leaders at a summit in Biarritz this weekend.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 05:15:35 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Ryanair says no flight disruption so far from UK pilot strike

    All Ryanair flights to and from British and Irish airports have departed without disruption so far on Thursday, the airline said, adding it also expected no impact for the rest of the day from a strike by some of its pilots based in Britain. Ryanair unions in Ireland, Britain, Spain and Portugal have been planning strikes over various grievances that began with a five-day cabin crew walkout in Portugal on Wednesday and continued with a 48-hour strike by some UK pilots on Thursday.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 05:15:26 -0400
  • GRAPHIC-OPEC's market share sinks - and no sign of wavering on supply cuts

    OPEC's share of the global oil market has sunk to 30%, the lowest in years, as a result of supply restraint and involuntary losses in Iran and Venezuela, and there is little sign yet producers are wavering on their output-cut strategy. Crude oil from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries made up 30% of world oil supply in July 2019, down from more than 34% a decade ago and a peak of 35% in 2012, according to OPEC data. The decline in prices, should it persist, and erosion of market share could raise the question of whether continued supply restraint is serving producers' best interests.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 05:08:26 -0400
  • President of Somali state of Jubbaland re-elected in divisive vote

    The president of the southern Somali state of Jubbaland, Ahmed Mohamed Madobe, won another term in office on Thursday, the parliamentary speaker said, after a divisive election. Madobe won 56 of the 74 votes cast by lawmakers in the regional parliament, speaker Sheikh Cabdi Maxamed Abdirahmaan, said. It has accused Madobe of interfering in the process and had backed opposition candidates, who were rejected by the electoral commission when they attempted to register.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 05:05:04 -0400
  • "We want detail," senior EU official tells Brexit Britain

    The European Union is awaiting detailed proposals from London on Brexit, a senior official in Brussels said, as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson pursued efforts to persuade the bloc's leaders to change the terms of the divorce. Johnson met German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday, is lunching with French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday and will meet European Council President Donald Tusk face on Sunday on the sidelines of a G7 summit in France.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 05:04:42 -0400
  • Mountain lion attacks young boy in Colorado, wildlife officials say

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    A child was attacked by a mountain lion in Colorado on Wednesday night, wildlife officials said. The young boy, whose name and age have not been released, was transported to a nearby hospital, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, which is investigating the attack. Wildlife officials are using dogs to search the area to find the mountain lion.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 05:03:05 -0400
  • Danish ex-PM attacks Trump for comments on defense spending

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    A former Danish prime minister on Thursday lashed out at U.S. President Donald Trump for his tweet about military spending, saying defense willingness is not just about the amount of money spent. Lars Loekke Rasmussen's comment is the latest in an escalating spat between the U.S. and Denmark after Trump scrapped a visit to the country, saying current Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen was "nasty" when she rejected his idea of buying Greenland as an absurdity. Loekke Rasmussen, who led the country until June, tweeted Thursday to Trump: "We have had (proportionally) exactly the same numbers of casualties in Afghanistan as US.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 04:59:59 -0400
  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks nudge down as investors crave clarity on Fed stance

    The Chinese yuan's slump to an 11-year low also sapped their appetite for risk, with dealers saying state-owned banks were seen selling dollars to support the yuan. The MSCI world equity index, which tracks shares in 47 countries, was down 0.1%. Minutes of the Fed's July meeting showed deep splits among policymakers over whether to cut interest rates last month, though there was some unity in wanting to signal it was not on a preset path to looser policy.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 04:57:30 -0400
  • EU against Russia's return to G7 world leaders' talks - official

    The European Union is against making any unconditional invitation to Russia to let it rejoin talks among the G7 world leaders, a senior official with the bloc said of an idea floated by U.S. President Donald Trump. The seven leaders of the world's advanced industrialised countries are due to meet in the French resort of Biarritz this weekend. The format used to be known as G8 before Russia was kicked out in 2014 after annexing Crimea from Ukraine and then backing an anti-Kiev rebellion in the industrial east of the country.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 04:49:51 -0400
  • Global stocks mixed after Wall Street rebound

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    Global stock markets were mixed Thursday following Wall Street's rebound as investors looked ahead to a speech by the U.S. Federal Reserve chairman for clues about possible interest rate cuts. Investor reaction was muted following Wednesday's release of notes from the latest Fed meeting showing conflicting opinions about rates. Benchmarks in London and Frankfurt declined in early trading.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 04:43:38 -0400
  • Jeffrey Epstein: At least eight jail officials knew he was not to be left alone in cell

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    At least eight US Bureau of Prisons staffers knew strict instructions had been given not to leave multimillionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein alone in his cell, yet the order was apparently ignored in the 24 hours leading up to his death, according to people familiar with the matter.That so many prison officials were aware of the directive – not just low-level correctional officers, but supervisors and managers – has alarmed investigators assessing what so far appears to be a stunning failure to follow instructions, these people said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss ongoing investigations. They declined to identify the eight.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 04:42:13 -0400
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