California will block transportation of oil from Trump offshore drilling plan
2018-02-08 07:11:56 UTC
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California will block the transportation through its state of petroleum from new offshore oil rigs, officials told Reuters on Wednesday, a move meant to hobble the Trump administration’s effort to vastly expand drill...
France: Turkey and Iran violating international law in Syria
2018-02-07 18:12:34 UTC
PARIS (Reuters) - France’s foreign minister said on Wednesday that Turkey and Iran were both violating international law through their actions in Syria, France’s toughest comments yet on Turkish involvement in the Syrian conflict.
Speaking on B...
Merkel reaches coalition breakthrough with Germany's main center-left party, SPD
2018-02-07 18:43:50 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel finally reached a deal Wednesday to form a new German coalition government, handing the powerful finance ministry to the country’s main center-left party in an agreement aimed at ending months of political gr...
Britain's Hope For New Vote On Brexit
2018-02-06 21:00:28 UTC
LONDON — Brexit opponents have begun pushing for a new referendum in the hopes that British voters will have had a change of heart about leaving the European Union. That may just be so, reports Samira Shackle from London.
At the end of December...
5 Reasons the US Market Is Crashing
2018-02-06 04:38:54 UTC
Dow Jones industrials plummets with largest drop since 2011.
The US Dow Jones stock index plunged 4.6 percent Monday, in its biggest one-day percentage loss since 2011. The selloff has wiped off all its gains since the start of 2018. Asia share...
Dow Jones Worst Day Since 2011
2018-02-06 03:58:21 UTC
TOKYO (AP) — Shares tumbled in Asia on Tuesday after a wild day for U.S. markets that resulted in the biggest drop in the Dow Jones industrial average in six and a half years.
Japan’s Nikkei 225 index dropped as much as 5.6 percent in early tra...
Women's Protests Against 'Headscarf Law' Sweeping Iran
2018-02-05 06:16:50 UTC
Some 30 women have been detained in Iran for protesting compulsory hijab by holding a headscarf aloft a stick. The chief prosecutor, Mohammad Jafar Montazeri, who reported the arrests on Friday to state-run media called the movement a "childish" o...
Germany slams US nuclear plans, urges Europe to act
2018-02-04 20:13:53 UTC
BERLIN — Germany's top diplomat Sigmar Gabriel joined a chorus of condemnation on Sunday after the US proposed upgrading and expanding its nuclear arsenal.
Gabriel said it was now up to Europe to take the lead in pushing for worldwide nuclear d...
Study: Dying Polar Bear Connected to Global Warming
2018-02-04 05:42:12 UTC
Millions have seen the heart-wrenching video of a polar bear clinging to life, its white hair limply covering its thin, bony frame. Shot by Paul Nicklen and Cristina Mittermeier of the nonprofit group Sea Legacy, and published on National Geograph...
Kurds Continue the Resistance Against Turkish Barbarity
2018-02-04 06:16:11 UTC
Kurdish forces in Syria said one of their fighters was mutilated by Turkey-backed rebels, referencing a video circulating on social media.
Turkey launched an air and ground offensive last month against Kurdish fighters who control the northwest...
Trump declassified FBI memo written only in his own favor
2018-02-02 19:38:37 UTC
House Republicans on Friday released a partisan and bitterly disputed memo that they say shows surveillance abuses in the early stages of the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia.
The memo, prepared by Republicans on the House...
Germany's Economy Growing Fast with Surplus
2018-02-01 22:18:01 UTC
BERLIN (Reuters) - The German government this week raised its 2018 growth forecast to 2.4 percent from 1.9 percent after bullish economic data, which could translate into added tax revenues.
That would give more leeway to increase state spendin...
Turkish aggression: Kurds didn’t expect US stance to be that low
2018-02-01 03:41:30 UTC
Kurdish officials weren’t surprised the Americans have distanced themselves from the Turkish attacks on Afrin “but they didn’t expect United States stance to be that low.”
Syria’s Kurdish militia is growing frustrated with its patron, the US, a...
EU Pledges Additional $53 Million in Aid to Palestinians
2018-01-31 20:55:32 UTC
The EU has promised an extra $53 million to Palestinians for state-building efforts. The aid comes after the US decision to withhold millions in funding from the UN agency that supports Palestinian refugees.
The European Union has pledged €42.5...
France's Macron Condemns Turkey's Invasion Into Syria
2018-01-31 09:56:25 UTC
PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron warned Turkey that its operation against Kurdish militias in northern Syria should not become an excuse to invade the country and said he wanted Ankara to coordinate its action with its allies.
British government forecast predicts UK will suffer in every Brexit scenario
2018-01-30 18:34:42 UTC
A confidential report prepared for the British government and leaked on Monday suggests all UK industries will be hurt by leaving the European Union, Buzzfeed News reported.
The findings are the latest embarrassment for British Prime Minister T...
Turkey Destroys Ancient Temples, Just Like ISIS
2018-01-30 04:04:55 UTC
DAMASCUS, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) -- The Antiquities and Museums Department on Sunday condemned the Turkish attacks that targeted archeological sites in the Kurdish-held Afrin region in northern Syria, according to state news agency SANA.
The Ain Dara...
Times Up Movement: Grammy Stars Wear White Roses for Equality
2018-01-29 03:08:40 UTC
(Reuters) - Even the most outrageous outfits of feathers, sequins or lace included a simple white rose at the Grammy Awards show’s red carpet on Sunday as the glitterati of the music world showed support for women’s equality and freedom from sexua...
Cape Town’s Critical Water Shortage Disaster Plan “Day Zero”
2018-01-28 19:46:52 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s police and military will help secure water collection sites in drought-stricken Cape Town if authorities must turn off most taps on what they call “Day Zero,” a date currently projected to fall in the first half ...
Russian Protesters Demand 'Freedom of Speech'
2018-01-28 18:11:05 UTC
Throughout Russia, thousands have joined protests against Russian President Vladimir Putin's expected re-election. Well-known Putin critic Alexei Navalny was again arrested by police. Miodrag Soric reports from Moscow.
"Citizens, please move as...
Russian police raid opposition leader Alexei Navalny's office amid protests
2018-01-28 08:46:04 UTC
MOSCOW — Russian police have forced their way into the Moscow office of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, a spokeswoman says. The raid comes as Navalny's supporters plan nationwide rallies to protest "pseudo-elections."
Russian police descended...
Court: Catalonia's president must return to Barcelona to form government
2018-01-28 01:17:00 UTC
Spain's Constitutional Court has unanimously ruled to ban a remote investiture for Carles Puigdemont as Catalonia's president. Spanish ministers want to prevent Puigdemont retaking the regional leadership.
The Spanish government has won its app...
Beijing tells the world to choose between China's global outlook and that of the U.S.
2018-01-27 07:52:02 UTC
DAVOS, Switzerland — China has given the world a blunt choice by asking global leaders to choose between Xi Jinping's global outlook and that of US President Donald Trump.
In a strongly worded editorial by the state's news agency, Beijing said ...
Turkey's Erdogan threatens to expand Syrian Kurds offensive till Iraq border
2018-01-26 19:18:44 UTC
ANKARA/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday his forces would sweep Kurdish fighters from the Syrian border and could push all the way east to the frontier with Iraq -- a move which risks a possible confrontation with ...
WH counsel threatens to resign after Trump orders to fire Mueller: NY Times
2018-01-26 02:25:30 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump last June ordered Special Counsel Robert Mueller fired but backed down after the White House counsel threatened to resign rather than follow his directive, The New York Times reported on Thursday, citi...