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  • From checkpoint to counterpoint: on tour with the Palestine Youth Orchestra

    From checkpoint to counterpoint: on tour with the Palestine Youth Orchestra"We can play but it is hard to travel," said Ibrahim, who had to travel two days from Nablus in the West Bank through neighbouring Jordan to reach Oslo, where the tour convened. "When we go to (the West Bank's) Birzeit or to Ramallah we pass through checkpoints. Israel says its West Bank security measures are to protect its citizens against attacks from suicide bombers and gunmen, which peaked in the Palestinian uprisings of the late 1980s and early 2000s.


  • Taylor Swift performs live on 'GMA,' reveals she'll re-record her old albums

    Taylor Swift performs live on 'GMA,' reveals she'll re-record her old albumsIn one of the most anticipated concerts in years, Taylor Swift rocked out live on "GMA" Thursday morning in front of thousands of fans -- some of whom had started camping out late Wednesday night. Before the performance, Swift spoke to "GMA's" Robin Roberts, including about owning her own work and how she plans to re-record her original music catalog next year.


  • Spain's King Juan Carlos to undergo heart surgery on Saturday

    Spain's King Juan Carlos to undergo heart surgery on SaturdaySpain's King Juan Carlos, 81 and the father of the current head of state King Felipe VI, will undergo heart surgery on Saturday, a spokesperson for the royal family said on Thursday. Doctors scheduled the operation back in June after a regular check-up on Juan Carlos, who retained the title of emeritus King after his abdication in 2014. In May, Juan Carlos announced his decision to withdraw from public life, ceasing his remaining institutional functions and appearances from June.


  • Italy's Democrats: Let's try for alternative to Salvini

    Italy's Democrats: Let's try for alternative to SalviniItaly's opposition Democrats signaled their willingness Thursday to work with an archrival to cobble together a Europe-centric coalition solid enough to counter fast-rising nationalist leader Matteo Salvini and avoid an early election. Intent on triggering that early election, Salvini yanked his right-wing League party's support from Premier Giuseppe Conte's populist government, triggering its collapse this week. The move was an apparent bid by Salvini to ride the crest of the rising popularity of the League and himself and capture the premiership.


  • Reuters US Domestic News Summary

    Reuters US Domestic News SummaryHalfway across the Atlantic Ocean, the plane carrying Tani Sanchez and her daughter Tani Sylvester on a heritage tour to Ghana crossed paths with a powerful storm. A sniper opened fire at a Los Angeles County sheriff's station on Wednesday afternoon, wounding a deputy and sending police SWAT teams hunting for a gunman on the loose in buildings nearby. The deputy, Angel Reinosa, 21, was shot in the chest as he walked outside the Lancaster City, California, station about 2:45 p.m. (2145 GMT), headed for his car parked near the station's helicopter landing pad.


  • Reuters World News Summary

    Reuters World News SummaryFollowing is a summary of current world news briefs. The Czech Republic will buy 12 military helicopters from U.S. maker Bell in a deal priced at 14.5 billion crowns ($622 million), Defence Minister Lubomir Metnar said on Thursday. The Czech Republic, a NATO member, has pledged to raise defense spending to 1.4% of gross domestic product in 2021 and 2% by 2024, from 1.2% this year.


  • Reuters Entertainment News Summary

    Reuters Entertainment News SummaryFollowing is a summary of current entertainment news briefs. A new HBO series on the killing of a Palestinian youth after three Israeli teens were murdered in a deadly summer five years ago is stirring up painful memories for bereaved families on both sides of the conflict. Mexican musician Celso Pina, famed as "the rebel of the accordion" for mixing eclectic styles with traditional Colombian cumbia, died on Wednesday of a heart attack in his hometown of Monterrey, his record label La Tuna Records said.


  • Reuters Odd News Summary

    Reuters Odd News SummaryConnie West, co-owner of an alien-themed motel in the tiny U.S. desert outpost of Rachel, Nevada, believes they are coming no matter what. A whimsical invitation on Facebook has urged UFO enthusiasts to gather on Sept. 20 and "storm" nearby Area 51, a U.S. military base long rumored to house extraterrestrials and spaceships. More than 2 million Facebook users have said they plan to go.


  • Reuters Science News Summary

    Reuters Science News SummaryFollowing is a summary of current science news briefs. 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. 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.


  • Merkel: We can have until Oct 31 for Brexit backstop solution

    Merkel: We can have until Oct 31 for Brexit backstop solutionGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday she had not set Britain a 30-day deadline to find a solution for the so-called Irish backstop, saying they could also have time until Oct. 31, when Britain is due to leave the European Union. Merkel had suggested on Wednesday that Britain and the EU could find a solution to the sticking point of the Irish backstop in the next 30 days, a possible signal she was willing to compromise with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.


  • California police arrest hotel worker allegedly planning mass shooting

    California police arrest hotel worker allegedly planning mass shooting* Long Beach police: suspect had huge arsenal and well-laid plans * Rodolfo Montoya allegedly plotted revenge attack on MarriottThis undated photo released by the Long Beach police department shows weapons and ammunition seized from a cook at a Los Angeles-area hotel who allegedly threatened a mass shooting. Photograph: APPolice in Long Beach, California, appear to have thwarted a mass shooting by arresting a hotel cook who had amassed an astonishing cache of powerful firearms and had well-laid plans to carry out a gun rampage throughout the hotel.Rodolfo Montoya, 37, was picked up at his home in Huntington Beach on Tuesday. The previous day he had allegedly confessed to a fellow worker at the Long Beach Marriott that he planned to carry out the attack as a revenge act for a grudge he bore the company.The fellow worker immediately sounded the alarm. In ensuing searches, police discovered the pile of firearms that included pistols, two assault rifles of the sort used in several recent mass shootings, a pump-action shotgun and thousands of rounds of ammunition.The alleged foiled plot to attack the Marriott once again puts the spotlight on America?s lax gun laws. A key question being addressed by detectives is how Montoya came to amass such a stash of deadly weapons without drawing attention to himself.It is thought that he had no prior criminal record, which would have freed him to buy some firearms over the counter. Even so, several of the weapons in his possession are illegal in California including the assault rifles and investigators will try to find out whether he obtained them by nefarious means or out of state.Robert Luna, the police chief of Long Beach, addressed the guns issue on Tuesday. He recognized a ?serious conversation? was taking place across the US about access to lethal weapons. ?There is no question that as a country and as a community, we are having a conversation about that and need to do more, and we should be doing more,? he said.Donald Trump promised to tighten background checks on the sale of firearms in the wake of the pair of mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, earlier this month that killed 31 people. But in a pattern that has been seen before he subsequently walked back his pledges having been lobbied by the National Rifle Association.But Trump is likely to remain under pressure over gun policy given the spate of arrests being made across the country of individuals apparently motivated to carry out copycat attacks after El Paso and Dayton.Montoya?s arrest in California brings to at least seven the number of mass shootings or white supremacist plots that police claim to have intercepted since the Texas rampage.They included Conor Climo, 23, from Las Vegas who allegedly planned to attack Jews and a gay bar in the city. Climo is reported to have told police that he belonged to a neo-Nazi group.Three planned gun rampages were apparently thwarted last week alone in separate incidents in Connecticut, Florida and Ohio.


  • WRAPUP 1-U.S. jobless claims fall in sign of labor market strength

    WRAPUP 1-U.S. jobless claims fall in sign of labor market strengthThe number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits fell sharply last week, suggesting the labor market was holding firm despite a manufacturing slowdown and concerns the economy is on a path toward recession. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 209,000 for the week ended Aug. 17, the Labor Department said on Thursday. The four-week moving average of initial claims, considered a better measure of labor market trends as it irons out week-to-week volatility, edged up 500 to 214,500 last week.


  • Auto companies in India cut more jobs, halt production to tackle slowdown

    Auto companies in India cut more jobs, halt production to tackle slowdownWith India's auto sales declining for the ninth straight month in July, more automotive manufacturers are laying off workers and temporarily halting production to keep costs in check, according to sources and documents seen by Reuters. Japanese carmaker Toyota Motor and South Korea's Hyundai Motor are the latest in a string of companies to halt production at plants to combat slumping sales, according to company memos to employees, reviewed by Reuters. The sales declines have triggered major job cuts in India's auto sector, with many companies forced to shut down factories for days and axe shifts.


  • Bangladesh bid to repatriate Rohingya stalls as refugees refuse to return to Myanmar

    Bangladesh bid to repatriate Rohingya stalls as refugees refuse to return to MyanmarCOX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh, Aug 22 (Reuters) - An attempt to begin repatriating thousands of Rohingya Muslims living in camps in Bangladesh stalled on Thursday after nearly 300 refugee families refused to go back to Myanmar, almost a year after a similar effort failed amid protests. Last week, the neighbours said they had agreed Aug. 22 as the start date for the return of 3,450 people cleared by Myanmar, of more than 730,000 who fled a military crackdown in Rakhine state in 2017, and now shelter in the sprawling camps. The United Nations says the crackdown in Myanmar?s northern state was carried out with "genocidal intent".


  • Former Manafort deputy Rick Gates set to testify against Greg Craig

    Former Manafort deputy Rick Gates set to testify against Greg CraigRick Gates was thrust into public view in August 2017 when he and Manafort were indicted in the first case publicly brought by Mueller?s office.


  • First manned Titanic expedition in 14 years reveals 'shocking' deterioration

    First manned Titanic expedition in 14 years reveals 'shocking' deteriorationFirst manned Titanic expedition in 14 years reveals 'shocking' deterioration originally appeared on abcnews.go.comFor the first time in 14 years, a manned dive has visited the RMS Titanic at the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean.The world's most famous sunken ship rests 12,500 feet down on the icy seafloor, some 370 miles south of Newfoundland, Canada. This month, a deep-sea exploration team of experts and scientists completed five dives to the shipwreck over eight days, using a human-occupied submersible. ...


  • U.S. jobless claims fall in sign of labor market strength

    U.S. jobless claims fall in sign of labor market strengthThe number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits fell sharply last week, suggesting the labor market was holding firm despite a manufacturing slowdown and concerns the economy is on a path toward recession. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 209,000 for the week ended Aug. 17, the Labor Department said on Thursday. The four-week moving average of initial claims, considered a better measure of labor market trends as it irons out week-to-week volatility, edged up 500 to 214,500 last week.


  • European Central Bank weighs best type of economic stimulus

    European Central Bank weighs best type of economic stimulusThe European Central Bank is weighing a package of stimulus measures including an interest rate cut and new bond purchases to counter worries that growth is slowing more than expected. The written account of the July 25 meeting released Thursday cites discussion that a package "such as the combination of rate cuts and asset purchases" would be "more effective" than any one measure introduced piecemeal. Many analysts expect the bank to add stimulus at its Sept. 12 meeting.


  • The Latest: Iraqi migrant hit and killed by train in Greece

    The Latest: Iraqi migrant hit and killed by train in GreecePolice in northern Greece say a migrant who had apparently fallen asleep on rail tracks has been hit and killed by a passing train near the porous border with Turkey. The survivor told police that both had entered Greece from the land border with Turkey, a major illegal crossing point for migrants who often follow the rail tracks to find their way west to Alexandroupolis. Slovenian border officials said Thursday the move comes as July saw the highest number of migrant crossings in a month since the migration wave peaked a few years ago, when thousands fleeing wars and poverty in their home countries tried to cross into European Union nations daily.


  • Demi Burnett opens up about having the first same-sex relationship in 'Bachelor in Paradise' history

    Demi Burnett opens up about having the first same-sex relationship in 'Bachelor in Paradise' historyDemi Burnett dropped a "Bachelor in Paradise" bombshell that sent Bachelor nation into a frenzy, and now she's opening up for the first time after she came out to fans as bisexual. Burnett sat down with ABC News and said "it means a lot" to be in a position to have been able to come out on the show.


  • Special Report: How Cuba taught Venezuela to quash military dissent

    Special Report: How Cuba taught Venezuela to quash military dissentIn December 2007, Venezuela's Hugo Chavez suffered his first defeat at the polls. Stung, Chavez turned to a close confidant, according to three former advisors: Fidel Castro. The aging Cuban leader had mentored Chavez years before the Venezuelan became president, when he was still best known for leading a failed coup.


  • UPDATE 1-Immigration to Britain falls to 5-year low ahead of Brexit - ONS

    UPDATE 1-Immigration to Britain falls to 5-year low ahead of Brexit - ONSNet immigration to Britain sank to its lowest since 2013 during the year to the end of March, driven by a sustained fall in the number of immigrants from the European Union since 2016's Brexit referendum, official figures showed on Thursday. Rising immigration was a major public concern when Britain voted to leave the EU, though it has since dropped down people's list of worries.


  • WRAPUP 1-Iran ready to work on French nuclear deal proposals, does not want war - foreign minister

    WRAPUP 1-Iran ready to work on French nuclear deal proposals, does not want war - foreign ministerIran is prepared to work on French proposals to salvage the international nuclear deal that Tehran signed with world powers in 2015 but it will not tolerate U.S. interference in the Gulf, its foreign minister said on Thursday. At a time of heightened friction between Tehran and Washington, Iran also on Thursday displayed what it described as a domestically built long-range, surface-to-air missile air defence system. The United State abandoned the international nuclear deal in May last year and stepped up sanctions on the Islamic Republic.


  • SPECIAL REPORT-How Cuba taught Venezuela to quash military dissent

    SPECIAL REPORT-How Cuba taught Venezuela to quash military dissentIn December 2007, Venezuela's Hugo Chavez suffered his first defeat at the polls. Stung, Chavez turned to a close confidant, according to three former advisors: Fidel Castro. The aging Cuban leader had mentored Chavez years before the Venezuelan became president, when he was still best known for leading a failed coup.


  • UPDATE 1-Czechs pick Bell for $622 million army helicopter deal

    UPDATE 1-Czechs pick Bell for $622 million army helicopter dealThe Czech Republic will buy 12 military helicopters from U.S. maker Bell in a deal priced at 14.5 billion crowns ($622 million), Defence Minister Lubomir Metnar said on Thursday. The Czech Republic, a NATO member, has pledged to raise defence spending to 1.4% of gross domestic product in 2021 and 2% by 2024, from 1.2% this year. The deal includes the utility Venom aircraft and the attack Viper aircraft, which share most of their parts.


  • HIGHLIGHTS-British PM Johnson on Brexit at meeting with Macron

    HIGHLIGHTS-British PM Johnson on Brexit at meeting with MacronBritish Prime Minister Boris Johnson met French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday. "I want to be clear to you Emmanuel, to the French people, that of course I want a deal and I think that we can get a deal and a good deal.


  • Man with arsenal allegedly threatened hotel mass shooting

    Man with arsenal allegedly threatened hotel mass shootingA cook at a Los Angeles-area hotel was arrested after he allegedly threatened a mass shooting and stockpiled guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition at his home, police said Wednesday. Rodolfo Montoya, 37, was taken into custody Tuesday at his Huntington Beach home, police said. Montoya was upset over a work-related human resources issue when he told a co-worker at the Long Beach Marriott on Monday that "he was going to shoot up fellow employees and people coming into the hotel," Police Chief Robert Luna said.


  • Church: Free speech protects decision to fire teacher

    Church: Free speech protects decision to fire teacherCatholic church leaders in Indianapolis are citing the First Amendment as a defense to a lawsuit filed by a teacher who was fired because he's in a same-sex marriage. The Archdiocese of Indianapolis asked a judge Wednesday to dismiss a lawsuit by Joshua Payne-Elliott, who worked at Cathedral High School for 13 years. Payne-Elliott says the church illegally interfered in his contract with the school.


  • Slovenia erects more border fence to curb migrant inflow

    Slovenia erects more border fence to curb migrant inflowSlovenia has begun work on an additional stretch of fence along its southern border with Croatia with which it aims to keep out a rising number of migrants entering the country illegally. Slovenia's police registered 7,415 illegal migrants in the first seven months of this year, a jump of 56% compared to the same period of 2018 as more people are try to reach wealthy Western states via the Balkans. Last month the government signed a contract with a Serbian firm Legi-SGS to put up 40 kilometres (25 miles) of fence on the border with Croatia.


  • Elderly woman, daughter die after car rolls into pond

    Elderly woman, daughter die after car rolls into pondPolice say an 81-year-old woman and her 56-year-old daughter have died after a car left in drive rolled into a Michigan pond, trapping the disabled pair in the vehicle. The Ford Escape was being driven by an 83-year-old man who was the spouse and father of the victims. Police in Oakland County's Waterford Township say he left the vehicle transmission in drive Wednesday while going into a house.


  • Fed doubts dominate as futures tick lower

    Fed doubts dominate as futures tick lowerWhile traders are sticking to bets that the Fed will cut again in September, money markets have now ruled out a half-point move, and Fed Chair Jerome Powell's speech at an annual gathering in Jackson Hole on Friday may prove crucial to short-term sentiment. While markets are on course to fall this month after a two-week sell-off driven by concerns over the U.S.-China trade war and its impact on global and U.S. growth, the signals for Powell from the economy this week have been more bullish. Strong results for retailers Target , Lowe's and Nordstrom on Wednesday were complemented by better than expected purchasing manager surveys in Europe on Thursday.


  • Worker convicted of sexually assaulting nursing home patient

    Worker convicted of sexually assaulting nursing home patientA jury in Texas has convicted a health care worker of sexually assaulting a nursing home patient who had dementia. The jury in Fort Worth deliberated less than two hours Wednesday before convicting 53-year-old Anthony Mamboleo Nyakeo of aggravated sexual assault of an elderly or disabled person. Prosecutors say Nyakeo worked at a nursing home in Grapevine and provided health care services to the woman, who lived there.


  • Cambodia says EU rice tariffs hurting farmers

    Cambodia says EU rice tariffs hurting farmersCambodia said on Thursday European Union tariffs on its rice had hurt half a million farmers with a sharp decline of exports to the bloc, as it reviews the Southeast Asian nation's duty-free trading access over human rights concerns. The EU in January imposed tariffs for three years on rice from Cambodia and Myanmar, aiming to protect EU producers such as Italy following a surge in imports from the two Asian countries. For the first six months after duties were imposed on Cambodian rice, exports to the EU fell by half compared with the same period last year, to 93,000 tonnes, according to the Cambodia Rice Federation (CRF).


  • US STOCKS-Fed doubts dominate as futures tick lower

    US STOCKS-Fed doubts dominate as futures tick lowerWall Street's main markets were set to edge lower on Thursday as the previous session's hints of a skeptical Federal Reserve attitude to a new cycle of interest rate cuts offset a handful of more bullish signs from U.S. retailers. While traders are sticking to bets that the Fed will cut again in September, money markets have now ruled out a half-point move, and Fed Chair Jerome Powell's speech at an annual gathering in Jackson Hole on Friday may prove crucial to short-term sentiment. While markets are on course to fall this month after a two-week sell-off driven by concerns over the U.S.-China trade war and its impact on global and U.S. growth, the signals for Powell from the economy this week have been more bullish.


  • Strong storms set to batter Midwest and East, high fire danger in the West

    Strong storms set to batter Midwest and East, high fire danger in the WestA large area of the country will see strong storms continuing today with possible flash flooding in areas all the way from Oklahoma to Maine. Flash flood watches are currently in effect for four states including Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Illinois this morning where some areas have already seen up to 5 inches of rain. Later this afternoon and evening the cold front that has been the catalyst for the storms in the Plains will move to the East Coast with strong storms and damaging winds from Maine to the Carolinas including Boston, New York City, Washington, D.C., and Raleigh.


  • From drones to social media, big data helps confront more complex disasters in Asia

    From drones to social media, big data helps confront more complex disasters in AsiaTechnological innovations - from unique digital identies for drought-hit farmers to use of data from drones and social media - can better predict increasingly complex disasters in the Asia-Pacific region and limit their impact on vulnerable people, the United Nations said in a report on Thursday. Rising global temperatures have increased the frequency and intensity of floods, cyclones and droughts in the region, making it harder to accurately forecast and monitor them, according to the report by the U.N.'s Asia-Pacific social agency (UNESCAP). The Asia-Pacific region is particularly vulnerable to climate-related threats, with more fatalities and greater economic damage from disasters.


  • Virginia marks pivotal moment when African slaves arrived

    Virginia marks pivotal moment when African slaves arrivedFour hundred years after American slavery and democratic self-rule were born almost simultaneously in what became the state of Virginia, ceremonies will mark the arrival of enslaved Africans in the mid-Atlantic colony and seek healing from the legacy of bondage that still haunts the nation. The commemoration will include Sunday's "Healing Day" on the Chesapeake Bay where two ships traded men and women from what's now Angola for food and supplies from English colonists in August 1619. Virginia's two U.S. senators and its governor will make remarks at a Saturday ceremony.


  • Florida to execute man convicted of killing gay men during crime spree in 1994

    Florida to execute man convicted of killing gay men during crime spree in 1994Gary Bowles, 57, is set to die by lethal injection at 6 p.m. EDT at the state's death chamber in Raiford, Florida. Bowles pleaded guilty and a jury in 1996 sentenced him to die for the first-degree murder of Walter Hinton in Duval County two years earlier. Hinton gave Bowles a place to stay in his Jacksonville, Florida, mobile home in 1994.


  • An African American mother and daughter journey to their family's past in Ghana

    An African American mother and daughter journey to their family's past in GhanaHalfway across the Atlantic Ocean, the plane carrying Tani Sanchez and her daughter Tani Sylvester on a heritage tour to Ghana crossed paths with a powerful storm. "'Oh my God, I brought my mom! What did I do?'" Sylvester, 40, recalled thinking as the plane shook. Looking back, Sylvester sees the moment of terror as a nudge from the past, an invocation of the suffering of millions of Africans who were crammed into the lightless hulls of ships and sent in the opposite direction during the centuries-long transatlantic slave trade.


  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks edge down as investors crave clarity on Fed stance

    GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks edge down as investors crave clarity on Fed stanceShare markets slipped on Thursday as uncertainty over the outlook for U.S. interest rate cuts left investors on edge, with the release of minutes from the Federal Reserve's last policy meeting exposing rifts over its recent easing. 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, edged down 0.1%.


  • Florida to execute man convicted of killing gay men during crime spree in 1994

    Florida to execute man convicted of killing gay men during crime spree in 1994A man convicted of targeting three gay men who had befriended him before he bludgeoned and suffocated them during an eight-month crime spree in 1994 is scheduled to be executed in Florida on Thursday. Gary Bowles, 57, is set to die by lethal injection at 6 p.m. EDT at the state's death chamber in Raiford, Florida. Bowles pleaded guilty and a jury in 1996 sentenced him to die for the first-degree murder of Walter Hinton in Duval County two years earlier.


  • The sky never goes dark while the Amazon burns

    The sky never goes dark while the Amazon burnsThere are no lights in sight but the night sky glows a dusky yellow, for the Amazon is burning. During the day the sun, usually so fierce in these parts, is obscured by thick gray smoke. For the last seven days Reuters has repeatedly driven a 30-kilometer (18.6 miles) stretch from Humaita towards Labrea along the Trans-Amazonian highway, watching a fire eat its way through the jungle.


  • An African American mother and daughter journey to their family's past in Ghana

    An African American mother and daughter journey to their family's past in GhanaHalfway across the Atlantic Ocean, the plane carrying Tani Sanchez and her daughter Tani Sylvester on a heritage tour to Ghana crossed paths with a powerful storm. "'Oh my God, I brought my mom! What did I do?'" Sylvester, 40, recalled thinking as the plane shook. Looking back, Sylvester sees the moment of terror as a nudge from the past, an invocation of the suffering of millions of Africans who were crammed into the lightless hulls of ships and sent in the opposite direction during the centuries-long transatlantic slave trade.


  • German, Dutch governments meet to discuss climate change

    German, Dutch governments meet to discuss climate changeGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel and key Cabinet ministers met their Dutch counterparts Thursday to discuss ways of tackling climate change together. The meeting at Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte's official residence comes as Germany is set to miss its emissions goals for 2020 by a wide margin, even as Merkel's government acknowledges that it has to further ramp up its ambition by next year as part of its commitment under the 2015 Paris climate accord. In a typically Dutch approach, that could appeal to the German government, sectors of industry and society that will have to implement changes sat down together for months to thrash out details of the climate package.


  • UPDATE 1-Ex-presidential candidate Hickenlooper to run for U.S. Senate

    UPDATE 1-Ex-presidential candidate Hickenlooper to run for U.S. SenateFormer 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 on his website.


  • Florida set to execute serial killer who preyed on gay men

    Florida set to execute serial killer who preyed on gay menA serial killer who preyed on older, gay men during an eight-month spree that left six dead on or near the U.S. East Coast a quarter century ago is scheduled to be executed Thursday evening. Gary Ray Bowles, 57, is set to receive a lethal injection at Florida State Prison in Stark. Many of the victims were found not far from the East Coast's most heavily traveled interstate.


  • FOREX-Euro slips as PMIs signals gloomy outlook; yuan tanks

    FOREX-Euro slips as PMIs signals gloomy outlook; yuan tanksThe euro fell on Thursday, heading towards a three-week low, as an uptick in euro zone business growth was offset by another decline in China's currency. Euro zone business growth picked up in August, as services expanded and manufacturing contracted at a slower pace. "Though the eurozone PMI data was slightly better than expected, it is fairly gloomy stuff and there is some degree of concern among investors about the Chinese yuan's decline," said Neil Mellor, a senior FX strategist at BNY Mellon in London.


  • Bernie Sanders proposes $16.3 trillion Green New Deal plan

    Bernie Sanders proposes $16.3 trillion Green New Deal planPresidential hopeful Bernie Sanders unveiled a climate change strategy on Thursday that would mobilize $16.3 trillion to help the U.S. generate 100% of its electricity from renewable energy by 2030 and achieve "full decarbonization" by 2050. The plan would "launch a decade of the Green New Deal," a 10-year federal "mobilization" that would factor climate change into every policy action from immigration to foreign policy while promising to create 20 million jobs in the process. The plan outlines dozens of policies aimed aggressively moving the United States off of fossil fuels in the electricity, transportation and building sectors, restoring U.S. leadership and financial aid under the Paris Climate Agreement and pouring trillions of dollars to assist fossil fuel workers and vulnerable minority communities in the transition to a green economy.


  • UPDATE 2-S.Korea's top court to rule on Samsung heir's bribery case on Aug.29

    UPDATE 2-S.Korea's top court to rule on Samsung heir's bribery case on Aug.29South Korea's Supreme Court is to rule next Thursday on whether to uphold a reduced sentence given to Samsung Group heir Jay Y. Lee or ask an appeals court to revisit a case that was part of a graft scandal that brought down the president in 2017. The ruling will be a test of South Korea's pledge to reform dominant conglomerates criticised for cozy relationship with political leaders, at a time when the Asia's fourth-biggest economy is facing a series of headwinds. Prosecutors have alleged that he paid bribes to help secure control of Samsung Group, South Korea's top conglomerate that owns Samsung Electronics, the world?s leading smartphone and chip maker.


  • Egypt raises Sinai investment by 75% in 2019-20

    Egypt raises Sinai investment by 75% in 2019-20Egypt 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.