Countries around the world celebrating start of 2018
2018-01-01 00:21:15 UTC
In the heart of Berlin, fireworks are igniting the night sky behind the Brandenburg Gate. Similar celebrations are taking place across Germany, including Cologne, Hamburg and Munich.
The Chancellor of the Free World, Angela Merkel used her tele...
Apple issues apology for purposely slowed down older iPhones
2017-12-29 07:48:52 UTC
The tech giant has offered a major price cut to replace out-of-warranty batteries that affect iPhone performance. Days before issuing an apology, it acknowledged it purposely slowed down older iPhones to prevent issues.
In a posting on its webs...
New York: GOP-Trump Tax Bill May Be Unconstitutional
2017-12-29 06:21:30 UTC
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The new U.S. tax code targets high-tax states and may be unconstitutional, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Thursday, saying that the bill may violate New York residents’ rights to due process and equal protec...
The Face of Russia's Opposition - Who Is Alexei Navalny?
2017-12-28 04:53:20 UTC
The Face of Russia's Opposition - Who Is Alexei Navalny?
The lawyer-turned-political campaigner has been among the most prominent figures of Russia's opposition to President Vladimir Putin.
Navalny came to prominence in 2008, when his blog e...
Marlene Dietrich would have been 116 on Wednesday
2017-12-27 09:06:37 UTC
Described as "a wild original", and hailed as the ninth-greatest female star of classic Hollywood cinema, Maria Magdalene Dietrich would have been 116 on Wednesday.
In her honor, Google is changing its logo in 24 countries to a doodle.
Vietnam to evacuate a million people as typhoon approaches
2017-12-25 19:34:46 UTC
HANOI/MANILA (Reuters) - Authorities in Vietnam prepared to move a million people from low-lying areas along the south coast on Monday as a typhoon approached after it battered the Philippines with floods and landslides that killed more than 230 p...
Zimbabweans of European Origin Return to Seized Land
2017-12-24 11:14:22 UTC
RUSAPE, Zimbabwe (Reuters) - The last time farmer Rob Smart left his land it was at gunpoint, forced out in June by riot police armed with tear gas and AK-47 assault rifles.
He returned on Thursday to ululations and tears of joy from former wor...
Down 35 percent: Bitcoin tumbled below $13,000
2017-12-22 07:47:50 UTC
TOKYO (Reuters) - Cryptocurrency bitcoin tumbled below $13,000 briefly on the Bitstamp exchange BTC=BTSP on Friday, down roughly 35 percent from its record top near $20,000 set at the start of the week.
It was last down 7 percent at $14,499 BTC...
Republicans Looting the Treasury: House Approves #TaxScamBill
2017-12-20 19:52:16 UTC
ASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives gave final approval on Wednesday to the biggest overhaul of the U.S. tax code in 30 years, sending a sweeping $1.5 trillion bill to President Donald Trump for his signat...
US Congress Struggling to Avoid a Partial Government Shutdown
2017-12-20 00:44:23 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress is struggling through another contentious week as infighting over defense spending, healthcare and other matters complicates the drive to pass a temporary spending bill by midnight on Friday to avert a part...
European Union: US Tax Reform Breaks Global Rules
2017-12-19 18:29:42 UTC
European finance ministers are worried. They say the US's big tax reform bill contains measures that would unfairly disadvantage European business and contravene global fair-taxation rules. Are they right?
Last week, the finance ministers of Eu...
Highly-skilled foreign workers favor Canada, not the U.S.
2017-12-18 03:45:11 UTC
Petra Axolotl knew her chances of getting an H-1B visa were slim. She had an MBA from Wharton and a job offer at Twitter, but luck would decide the Dutch data scientist's fate – and in 2016, it did not fall in her Favor.
Axolotl missed out in t...
Brexit: Majority of Britons don't want to leave the EU
2017-12-17 19:26:31 UTC
As Prime Minister Theresa May enters the second phase of Brexit negotiations, a poll commissioned by UK daily The Independent shows that more than half of Britons want to remain in the European Union.
A poll conducted by the BMG Research group ...
'Nervous' Prince Harry interviews Barack Obama for BBC
2017-12-17 17:51:01 UTC
LONDON — Kensington Palace announced Sunday that the former U.S. president Barack Obama was a guest of Prince Harry ’s for a special edition of Radio 4’s Today program, which will air on Dec . 27. The two spoke about their common focus of building...
Here's a Look at the Final Republican Tax Bill
2017-12-17 06:15:52 UTC
Republicans in the U.S. Congress released a final version of their tax bill on Friday, clearing the way for Senate and House of Representatives votes on the legislation next week.
President Donald Trump wants to sign tax legislation before the ...
UN: Poverty on the rise in US due to Trump's policies
2017-12-16 07:19:40 UTC
Already dismal poverty rates in the US are set to worsen under President Donald Trump, a top UN official has said. Currently, one in eight people in the US live in poverty.
A United Nations expert slammed the alarming levels of poverty in the ...
Walt Disney Buys Rupert Murdoch’s Twenty-First Century Fox
2017-12-14 18:19:23 UTC
(Reuters) - Walt Disney Co has struck a deal to buy film, television and international businesses from Rupert Murdoch’s Twenty-First Century Fox Inc for $52.4 billion in stock, giving the world’s largest entertainment company an arsenal of sho...
Joe Biden and Meghan McCain Share an Emotional Moment
2017-12-14 00:56:10 UTC
On ABC’s The View Meghan, daughter of Republican John McCain, connected with former Vice President Joe Biden over the fact that her father is now battling the same type of brain cancer that Biden’s son Beau died of while Biden was still in office...
US No Longer a Sponsor of Peace in the Middle East
2017-12-13 17:46:03 UTC
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) delegates that his people would refuse any role for the US in future peace talks following Trump's declaration.
"We do not accept any role of the United Sta...
Zimbabwe May Recoup Millions of Dollars in Diamonds Kept in Britain
2017-12-10 21:43:02 UTC
President Emmerson Mnangagwa could recoup millions of dollars in diamond proceeds that were siphoned to London if he mends Zimbabwe’s relations with Britain.
Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa said Mnangagwa would spearhead the mending of polit...
France’s Foreign Minister: "US Is Alone and Isolated"
2017-12-08 22:16:52 UTC
U.S. far-right nationalist President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital upset Western allies and has infuriated the Arab world.
The status of Jerusalem has been one of the biggest obstacles to a peace agreement between ...
Zimbabwe's government will Extend Amnesty on Outstanding Taxes
2017-12-08 07:04:50 UTC
HARARE — Zimbabwe's Finance and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa proposed an amnesty for interest and penalties on outstanding taxes accrued prior to December 1, 2017 for taxpayers who come forward and settle their obligations withi...
Canada takes swipe at US, could buy European fighter jets
2017-12-06 20:22:13 UTC
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada’s decision to shun Boeing jets could open the way for European rivals seeking to supply new fighters, assuming the government can sort out major procurement challenges, three sources familiar with the matter said on Wedne...
Turkey blasts Trump's decision on Jerusalem as irresponsible
2017-12-06 19:40:49 UTC
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey’s foreign ministry on Wednesday condemned a decision by the United States to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel as “irresponsible” and called on Washington to reconsider the move.
Several hundred protesters...
Deutsche Bank: Trump’s banking data turned over to Mueller
2017-12-05 18:43:29 UTC
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Special Counsel Robert Mueller has asked Deutsche Bank to share data on accounts held by U.S. President Donald Trump and his family, a person close to the matter said on Tuesday.
Germany’s largest bank received a subpoena ...