Palm Oil: Consuming Sweat and Blood
2020-09-25 02:21:38 UTC
PENINSULAR MALAYSIA (AP) — Jum’s words tumble out over the phone, his voice growing ever more frantic.
Between sobs, he says he’s trapped on a Malaysian plantation run by government-owned Felda, one of the world’s largest palm oil companies. His boss confiscated and then lost his Indonesian pa...
New Poll: Majority of Scots Want Independence From UK
2020-08-13 07:05:31 UTC
LONDON (Reuters) - A majority of Scots support independence from the United Kingdom, a YouGov poll found on Wednesday, with support for nationalists bolstered by a much more positive view of how they have responded to COVID-19 compared with London.
The poll for the Times newspaper found that 5...
A Setback for Trump as Germany and France Quit WHO Reform Talks
2020-08-12 22:23:33 UTC
(Reuters) - France and Germany have quit talks on reforming the World Health Organization in frustration at attempts by the United States to lead the negotiations, despite its decision to leave the WHO, three officials told Reuters.
The move is a setback for President Donald Trump as Washingto...
UK Death Toll Edges Close to 50,000: Boris Johnson Says "Maybe There Were Things We Could Have Done Differently"
2020-07-25 00:23:45 UTC
<p>LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has been criticised for acting too slowly in the COVID-19 pandemic, said on Friday there may have been things he could have done differently. </p><p>He has pledged to hold an inquiry into his handling of the coronavirus crisis b...
A Look at Comet Neowise
2020-07-24 19:31:19 UTC
LINVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The newly discovered comet Neowise is only visible from Earth once every 6,800 years, and photographers who want to document it seek places with high elevation and little smog or light pollution. A place like North Carolina’s famed Grandfather Mountain.
On a recent weeken...
Tesla Quarterly Revenue Fell to $6.04 Billion
2020-07-22 23:42:19 UTC
(Reuters) - Tesla Inc on Wednesday beat analysts’ estimates for second-quarter revenue, helped by better-than-expected vehicle deliveries despite disruptions caused by the coronavirus crisis.
Revenue fell to $6.04 billion from $6.35 billion a year earlier. Analysts had expected revenue of $5.3...
UK Covid-19 Vaccine Shows Promising Results
2020-07-20 19:18:54 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Scientists at Oxford University say their experimental coronavirus vaccine has been shown in an early trial to prompt a protective immune response in hundreds of people who got the shot.
British researchers first began testing the vaccine in April in about 1,000 people, half of w...
WHO Warns "No Return to Normal, It’s Going to Get Worse and Worse and Worse”
2020-07-13 21:48:19 UTC
MIAMI (AP) — The resurgence of the coronavirus in the United States ignited fierce debate Monday about whether to reopen schools, as global health officials warned that the pandemic will intensify unless more countries adopt comprehensive plans to combat it.
“If the basics aren’t followed, the...
Ennio Morricone, Iconic Film Composer, Dies at 91
2020-07-06 19:26:40 UTC
ROME (AP) — Ennio Morricone, the Oscar-winning Italian composer who created the coyote-howl theme for the iconic Spaghetti Western “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” and often haunting soundtracks for such classic Hollywood gangster movies as “The Untouchables” and the epic “Once Upon A Time In Ame...
First Industrialized Country: Germany Leaves Behind Both Nuclear Energy and Coal
2020-07-04 03:02:11 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — German lawmakers have finalized the country’s long-awaited phase-out of coal as an energy source, backing a plan that environmental groups say isn’t ambitious enough and free marketeers criticize as a waste of taxpayers’ money.
Bills approved by both houses of parliament Friday e...
Germany, Australia, Brazil: Google to Pay Media Groups for Content
2020-07-03 03:03:29 UTC
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Alphabet’s Google on Thursday took a step towards resolving its spat with publishers, saying it would pay some media groups in Australia, Brazil and Germany for high-quality content and expects to do more deals, but others were sceptical.
The U.S. internet giant has for y...
Russians Approve Putin to Hold Power Until 2036
2020-07-01 19:47:23 UTC
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian voters approved changes to the constitution that will allow President Vladimir Putin to hold power until 2036, but the weeklong plebiscite that concluded Wednesday was tarnished by widespread reports of pressure on voters and other irregularities.
With the nation’s polls ...
Europe’s Borders to Reopen, But Americans Are Not Invited
2020-06-28 00:11:58 UTC
BRUSSELS/CHICAGO (Reuters) - European Union countries failed to settle on Friday on a final “safe list” of countries whose residents could travel to the bloc from July, with the United States, Brazil and Russia set to be excluded.
Ambassadors from the 27 EU members convened from Friday afterno...
User's Data: Facebook Must Comply With an Order by Germany’s Antitrust Watchdog
2020-06-23 19:51:33 UTC
BERLIN, Germany (Reuters) - Facebook must comply with an order by Germany’s antitrust watchdog to curb data collection from users, a top German court ruled on Tuesday, in a setback for the U.S. social network company that could set a wider precedent.
The Federal Court’s stay order, which suspe...
Black Lives Matter - The Moment to Change the World Is Right Now
2020-06-09 00:56:29 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Just like coronavirus, racism pays no attention to borders.
Across the world, people representing a broad spectrum of society have marched as one to protest racial injustice and police brutality at home and abroad.
Despite the risks posed by possibly the biggest public healt...
Rwanda Genocide Suspect Felicien Kabuga Arrested After Years on Run
2020-05-16 19:11:18 UTC
<p>PARIS/KAMPALA (Reuters) - Rwandan genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga, who is accused of funding militias that massacred about 800,000 people, was arrested on Saturday near Paris after 26 years on the run, the French justice ministry said.</p><p>The 84-year-old, who is Rwanda’s most-wanted ...
U.S. Trails Far Behind Europe in Social Safety Response to COVID-19
2020-05-10 17:17:07 UTC
The coronavirus pandemic is straining social safety nets across the globe — and underlining sharp differences in approach between wealthy societies such as the United States and Europe.
In Europe, the collapse in business activity is triggering wage support programs that are keeping millions ...
US-UK Trade Talks at Risk With No-Deal Brexit
2020-05-05 01:13:57 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. business lobby on Monday urged Britain to conclude a bilateral trade deal with the European Union as quickly as possible to remove uncertainty that is limiting investment flows and could pose risks to its trade talks with the United States.
The Chamber of C...
EU: Germany's Financial Aid Can Be Locomotive for Europe
2020-05-04 19:30:26 UTC
BRUSSELS (Reuters) — Germany’s extensive bailouts of coronavirus-hit companies can work as a locomotive for Europe, the EU’s competition chief said on Monday amid criticism from other, less wealthy EU countries about what they see as an unfair edge given to German firms.
To date, a whopping 52...
COVID-19: People Roll Up Their Sleeves to Be Injected with Vaccines
2020-05-04 18:33:11 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of people are rolling up their sleeves in countries across the world to be injected with experimental vaccines that might stop COVID-19, spurring hope — maybe unrealistic — that an end to the pandemic may arrive sooner than anticipated.
About 100 research groups are...
United Kingdom Had Plan for PM Boris Johnson’s Death
2020-05-02 22:24:29 UTC
LONDON (Reuters) - The British government had a contingency plan for Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s death as his condition deteriorated while he battled COVID-19 last month in intensive care, Johnson said in an interview with The Sun newspaper.
Johnson returned to work on Monday, a month afte...
Queen and Adam Lambert Honor Global COVID-19 Fight: “You Are the Champions”
2020-05-01 00:09:54 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Queen and singer Adam Lambert have a message for workers on the frontline of the COVID-19 fight: “You Are the Champions.”
Brian May, Roger Taylor and Lambert recently gathered virtually to record a new version of the Queen classic, “We Are the Champions.”
“You Are the Champio...
75 Years Ago: Dachau Concentration Camp Liberation
2020-04-29 23:03:48 UTC
On Sunday, April 29, 1945 Colonel Sparks gave the marching orders to the 3rd battalion of his infantry regiment. The US troops came from the West, advancing towards Munich. They didn't know exactly where Dachau, the concentration camp the Nazis set up in 1933, was located. When they discovered it...
COVID-19: Germany Pushes Green Deal to Cut EU Net Emissions to Zero
2020-04-28 18:33:38 UTC
BERLIN (Reuters) - Governments should focus on climate protection when considering fiscal stimulus packages to support an economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday.
Her comments are the clearest sign yet that Merkel wants to combine the ta...
Impasse: No Progress in Brexit Talks
2020-04-28 13:22:21 UTC
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Negotiations between the European Union (EU) and ex-member Britain over new trade arrangements from next year are at an impasse due to disagreements and the coronavirus crisis, according to diplomats and officials in the bloc’s hub Brussels.
Halted when the epidemic starte...