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  • Dutchman Travels Across 33 Countries on Electric Car
    Dutchman_travels_across_33_countries_on_electric_car 2019-04-18 22:49:36 UTC
    Dutchman Wiebe Wakker on Sunday ended a 95,000 kilometer (59,000 mile) electric car journey that he hoped would show the world the viability of such vehicles. Wakker arrived in the eastern Australian city of Sydney after driving his retrofitted station wagon nicknamed "The Blue Bandit" across 33 countries including Turkey, Iran, India, Myanmar, Malaysia and Indonesia, with the route determined by the offers he received on his website. The trip started in the Netherlands and took just over three years. It was funded by public donations from around the globe, including electricity to charge the "Bandit," food and accommodation. "I wante...
  • Mueller Report Does Not Exonerate Trump
    Robert_mueller 2019-04-18 22:20:34 UTC
    By Sarah N. Lynch and Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on his inquiry into Russia’s role in the 2016 U.S. election described in extensive and sometimes unflattering detail how President Donald Trump tried to impede the probe, raising questions about whether he committed the crime of obstruction of justice. Thursday’s release of the 448-page report after a 22-month investigation was a watershed moment in Trump’s tumultuous presidency and inflamed partisan passions ahead of his 2020 re-election bid in a deeply divided country. Democrats said the report contained disturbing evidence of wron...
  • Restaurant Dishes Labeled Gluten-Free Often Are Not
    Restaurant_dishes_labeled_gluten-free_often_are_not 2019-04-02 22:07:57 UTC
    For people with celiac disease, even tiny amounts of gluten in foods can cause trouble, and restaurants may be the hardest places to avoid the hidden protein, a U.S. study suggests. More than half of gluten-free pizza and pasta dishes tested in restaurants were positive for the presence of gluten, and overall, about one third of supposedly gluten-free foods had some gluten, researchers report in the American Journal of Gastroenterology. “The long-suspected problem of gluten contamination in restaurant foods that has been reported by patients likely has some truth behind it,” said senior study author Dr. Benjamin Lebwohl, director of ...
  • Algeria’s President quits after Six Weeks of Mass Protests
    Algeria%e2%80%99s_president_quits_after_six_weeks_of_mass_protests 2019-04-02 21:51:36 UTC
    ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algeria’s ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned on Tuesday, succumbing to six weeks of largely peaceful mass protests driven by youth and pressure from the powerful army against his 20-year rule. Hundreds took to the streets of the capital after state media announced the 82-year-old’s departure, capping a wave of protests demanding the removal of an aging elite seen by many as out of touch with ordinary people and presiding over an economy riven by cronyism. Bouteflika’s supporters had sought to stop the dissent by telling Algerians not to return to the dark days in the 90s when some 200,000 were killed i...
  • Oil Prices Continue to Rise Amid OPEC-Led Supply Cuts
    Oil_prices_rose__lifted_by_a_weak_dollar 2019-04-02 21:38:57 UTC
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil prices on Tuesday hit their highest level so far in 2019, with Brent crude approaching $70 a barrel, on the prospect that more sanctions against Iran and further Venezuelan disruptions could deepen an OPEC-led supply cut. Brent futures reached a session peak at $69.52 a barrel, the highest since Nov. 13. The global benchmark rose 36 cents, or 0.52 percent, to settle at $69.37 a barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude rose 99 cents, or 1.61 percent, to settle at $62.58 a barrel, after touching $62.75, its highest level since Nov. 7. The United States is considering more sanctions against Iran, the ...
  • Still Unclear How, When or If UK Will Ever Indeed Quit EU
    Still_unclear_how__when_or_if_uk_will_ever_indeed_quit_eu 2019-04-02 20:57:13 UTC
    LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday she would seek another Brexit delay to agree an EU divorce deal with the opposition Labour leader, a last-ditch gambit to break an impasse over Britain’s departure that enraged many in her party. Nearly three years since the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in a shock referendum result, it is still unclear how, when or if it will ever indeed quit the European club it first joined in 1973. In a hastily arranged statement from her Downing Street office after spending seven hours chairing cabinet meetings on how to plot a way out of the Brexit maze, May said s...
  • Brexit: EU Prepares For a 'No-Deal' Scenario
    Brexit-_eu_prepares_for_a_'no-deal'_scenario 2019-03-29 20:39:59 UTC
    Theresa May's exit deal failed by 58 votes, and April 12 beckons as a new exit date for the UK out of the EU. More indicative votes are on the table, as the EU prepares for a 'no-deal' scenario. LONDON (Reuters) - Lawmakers rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal for a third time on Friday, sounding its probable death knell and leaving Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union in turmoil on the very day it was supposed to quit the bloc. The decision to reject a stripped-down version of May’s divorce deal has left it totally unclear how, when or even whether Britain will leave the EU, and plunges the three-year Brexit cri...
  • US Attorney General will Mueller report by mid-April
    Us_attorney_general_will_mueller_report_by_mid-april 2019-03-29 20:26:01 UTC
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General William Barr plans to issue a redacted copy of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s nearly 400-page investigative report into Russian interference in the 2016 election by mid-April, he said in a letter to lawmakers on Friday. “Everyone will soon be able to read it on their own,” Barr wrote in the letter to the top Democrats and Republicans on the Senate and House Judiciary committees. He said he is willing to appear before both committees to testify about Mueller’s report on May 1 and May 2. Mueller completed his 22-month investigation probe into whether President Donald Trump’s campaign co...
  • May Promises to Resign if Brexit Deal Passes
    May_promises_to_resign_if_brexit_deal_passes 2019-03-27 18:09:57 UTC
    LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday she would quit if her twice-defeated EU divorce deal passes at the third attempt, making a last-ditch bid to persuade rebels in her Conservative party to back her. May told a meeting of Conservative lawmakers she would stand down if her divorce plan finally got through a bitterly-divided parliament, to ensure a smooth path for a new leader to begin the next step of negotiating the future relationship with the European Union. “I have heard very clearly the mood of the parliamentary party,” May said. “I know there is a desire for a new approach – and new leadership...
  • Mozambique's Cyclone Survivors Face Cholera
    Mozambique's_cyclone_survivors_face_cholera 2019-03-27 17:36:23 UTC
    BEIRA, Mozambique (Reuters) - Dozens of fragile patients poured into a clinic in the wrecked Mozambican port city of Beira on Wednesday, as the government said it had confirmed the first five cases of cholera in the wake of deadly Cyclone Idai. Thousands of people were trapped for more than a week in submerged villages without access to clean water after the cyclone smashed into Mozambique on March 14, causing catastrophic flooding. Relief efforts have increasingly focused on containing outbreaks of waterborne and infectious diseases. In Munhava in central Beira, doctors and nurses at a newly set up treatment center said they are tre...
  • Wall Street Bogged Down by Global Growth Worries
    What_is_a_point_on_the_new_york_stock_exchange_ 2019-03-27 17:53:13 UTC
    (Reuters) - Fears of a global economic slowdown weighed on Wall Street’s main indexes on Wednesday, and along with a prolonged inversion in the U.S. yield curve kept investors at bay. Apple Inc was a bright spot, rising 1.23 percent after three straight days of losses. The benchmark 10-year Treasury yields slid on Wednesday, but came off 15-month lows reached overnight as investors remained focused on central bank dovishness globally. The inversion, if it persists, could indicate that a recession is likely in one to two years. [US/] U.S. stocks have been hit by worries of slowing global economic growth since last week following do...
  • EU: Italy Poses A Threat to Other Euro Zone Countries
    Eu-_italy_poses_a_threat_to_other_euro_zone_countries 2019-02-27 20:27:14 UTC
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Italy is facing excessive economic imbalances and the policies of its government are making matters worse, posing a threat to other euro zone countries, the European Commission said on Wednesday. However, the EU executive arm, whose job is to analyze the economic performance of each of the EU’s 28 countries and warn of trouble ahead, said it would wait until it receives Italy’s reform program in April before taking action. “Italy is experiencing excessive imbalances. High government debt and protracted weak productivity dynamics imply risks with cross-border relevance, in a context of still high level of non-perf...
  • Scientists' evidence for man-made global warming hits 'gold standard'
    Alarming_research_finds_global_warming_is_accelerating_sea_level_rise 2019-02-25 18:33:18 UTC
    OSLO (Reuters) - Evidence for man-made global warming has reached a “gold standard” level of certainty, adding pressure for cuts in greenhouse gases to limit rising temperatures, scientists said on Monday. “Humanity cannot afford to ignore such clear signals,” the U.S.-led team wrote in the journal Nature Climate Change of satellite measurements of rising temperatures over the past 40 years. They said confidence that human activities were raising the heat at the Earth’s surface had reached a “five-sigma” level, a statistical gauge meaning there is only a one-in-a-million chance that the signal would appear if there was no warming. ...
  • Russian TV sends warning to US: We're able to hit you "in less than five minutes"
    Russian_tv_sends_warning_to_us-_we're_able_to_hit_you_%22in_less_than_five_minutes%22 2019-02-25 18:18:17 UTC
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian state television has listed U.S. military facilities that Moscow would target in the event of a nuclear strike, and said that a hypersonic missile Russia is developing would be able to hit them in less than five minutes. The targets included the Pentagon and the presidential retreat in Camp David, Maryland. The report, unusual even by the sometimes bellicose standards of Russian state TV, was broadcast on Sunday evening, days after President Vladimir Putin said Moscow was militarily ready for a “Cuban Missile”-style crisis if the United States wanted one. With tensions rising over Russian fears that the ...
  • The segregation-era road-trip drama “Green Book” wins best picture at Oscars
    The_segregation-era_road-trip_drama_%e2%80%9cgreen_book%e2%80%9d_wins_best_picture_at_oscars 2019-02-25 04:57:11 UTC
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The segregation-era road-trip drama “Green Book” was crowned best picture at the Academy Awards, handing Hollywood’s top award to a film seen as a feel-good throwback to some but ridiculed as an outdated inversion of “Driving Miss Daisy” by others. In a year where Hollywood could have made history by bestowing best-picture on Netflix (“Roma”) or Marvel (“Black Panther”) for the first time, the motion picture academy instead threw its fullest support behind a traditional interracial buddy tale that proved as popular as it was divisive. But Peter Farrelly’s “Green Book” weathered criticism that it was retrograde and ina...
  • Netanyahu faces backlash for far-right alliance
    Far-right_party_loyal_to_the_policies_of_the_late_anti-arab_rabbi__meir_kahane 2019-02-24 17:22:42 UTC
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has touched off rare criticism from AIPAC, the largest U.S. pro-Israel lobby, over an election alliance with a far-right party loyal to the policies of the late anti-Arab rabbi, Meir Kahane. Faced with a new merger of centrist parties that opinion polls show might defeat him, Netanyahu engineered the deal between Jewish Power and another <a href="https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-how-netanyahu-rehabilitated-jewish-supremacism-1.6962310"><strong><I>ultranationalist faction</I></strong></a>, Jewish Home, on Wednesday. Polls suggest that without the alliance one or both...
  • UK's Theresa May delays vote on Brexit until March 12
    May_-_brexit-_eu_demands_up_to__114_billion_before_talks_on_trading 2019-02-25 18:01:20 UTC
    SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May promised on Sunday to offer lawmakers a vote on her Brexit deal by March 12, the latest delay in her attempt to win approval for a plan to ensure Britain’s orderly departure from the European Union. As the United Kingdom’s labyrinthine Brexit crisis goes down to the wire, May is making a last-ditch effort to get changes to the divorce package but lawmakers may try on Wednesday to grab control of Brexit in a series of parliamentary votes. After the British parliament voted 432-202 against her deal in January, the worst defeat in modern British history, May promised to seek ...
  • Irish PM, Leo Varadkar rejects a post-Brexit border backstop that includes a time limit
    Leo_varadkar 2019-02-24 16:43:17 UTC
    SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (Reuters) - Ireland cannot accept a post-Brexit border backstop that has a time limit or a unilateral exit clause, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Sunday. “We are happy to discuss with the United Kingdom assurances that they may need to give them further confidence that the backstop were it ever applied will not be permanent,” Varadkar told reporters. “We are not playing chicken, we are not playing poker, we are just standing by our position which has been solid since day one,” he said. “A backstop that includes a time limit isn’t a backstop at all, nor would a unilateral exit clause work for us.” <I><st...
  • Buffett rebukes Trump for taking credit for US economic growth
    Buffett_rebukes_trump_for_taking_credit_for_us_economic_growth 2019-02-23 19:58:52 UTC
    (Reuters) - Warren Buffett on Saturday appeared to fault U.S. President Donald Trump for taking too much credit for the nation’s economic growth, while acknowledging that market conditions are making it tough for his Berkshire Hathaway Inc to find more big companies to buy. Buffett lamented these states of affairs in his widely read annual letter to Berkshire shareholders. Accompanying the letter was more bad news, that sinking stock prices and a big writedown for the company’s Kraft Heinz Co investment fueled a $25.39 billion fourth-quarter net loss, and caused Berkshire to post its lowest annual profit since 2001. But many of ...
  • Democrats pursue subpoenas on US migrant family separation policy
    Fuck_you_melanie__you_feckless_piece_of_shit'-_kathy_griffin_goes_on_shocking_tirade_against_first_lady_and_demands_she_stops_her_husband_from_separating_immigrant_families 2019-02-23 19:35:34 UTC
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In what is likely to be their first public use of subpoena power since taking over the U.S. House of Representatives in January, Democrats were set to vote on Tuesday on subpoenaing documents on the Trump administration’s migrant family separation policy. If approved, the subpoenas by the House Oversight Committee would show Democrats beginning to invoke the investigative clout they obtained when voters in November handed them majority control of the House and took it away from Republicans. Democrats are initiating a series of investigations of President Donald Trump, his personal finances and business interest...
  • North Carolina: New election in undecided US House race
    North_carolina-_new_election_in_undecided_us_house_race 2019-02-21 22:04:16 UTC
    (Reuters) - North Carolina’s elections board on Thursday unanimously ordered a new election for a U.S. House seat after officials said corruption surrounding absentee ballots tainted the results of last November’s vote. The bipartisan board’s 5-0 decision came after Republican candidate Mark Harris requested a new vote, telling the panel that evidence of possible ballot fraud had undermined confidence in the election. In the televised hearing, board members said “corruption” and the “absolute mess with the absentee ballots” had cast doubt on the fairness of the contest and voters deserved a fresh election. Harris’ request for a ne...
  • Putin says Russia ready to place new nuclear missile near US territory
    Putin 2019-02-21 21:52:11 UTC
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia is militarily ready for a Cuban Missile-style crisis if the United States wanted one and threatened to place hypersonic nuclear missiles on ships or submarines near U.S. territorial waters. The Cuban Missile Crisis erupted in 1962 when Moscow responded to a U.S. missile deployment in Turkey by sending ballistic missiles to Cuba, sparking a standoff that brought the world to the brink of nuclear war. More than five decades on, tensions are rising again over Russian fears that the United States might deploy intermediate-range nuclear missiles in Europe, as a landmark Cold ...
  • Tesla to buy battery tech maker Maxwell Technologies for $218 million
    Tesla_to_buy_battery_tech_maker_maxwell_technologies_for__218_million 2019-02-04 17:12:26 UTC
    (Reuters) - Tesla Inc has agreed to buy energy storage company Maxwell Technologies Inc for $218 million in an all-stock deal that could help the electric car maker produce batteries that hold more energy and last longer at a time when it needs to cut costs and faces growing competition. Tesla is rapidly increasing production of its Model 3 sedan and needs to lower the price to reach a broader customer base than its pure luxury vehicles. Maxwell executives told investors in January that it had developed and patented a “dry electrode” technology that could significantly increase the driving range and reduce the cost of electric vehicl...
  • Sanders to Ask Why Drug, Once Free, Now Costs $375k
    Bernie_sanders 2019-02-04 16:47:41 UTC
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders sent a letter to Catalyst Pharmaceuticals on Monday asking it to justify its decision to charge $375,000 annually for a medication that for years has been available to patients for free. The drug, Firdapse, is used to treat Lambert-Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome (LEMS), a rare neuromuscular disorder, according to the letter, made available to Reuters by the senator’s office. The disorder affects about one in 100,000 people in the United States. The government is intensifying its scrutiny of the pharmaceutical industry and rising prescription drug prices, a top voter concern and a priority...
  • Venezuela President Maduro Breaks Diplomatic Relations with US
    Venezuela_president_maduro_breaks_breaks_diplomatic_relations_with_us 2019-01-23 20:40:45 UTC
    CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Wednesday he was breaking diplomatic relations with the United States, after the Trump administration recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as the South American country’s interim president. Speaking to supporters outside the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, socialist leader Maduro said he would give U.S. diplomatic personnel 72 hours to leave Venezuela, which is suffering from a hyperinflationary economic collapse. Reporting by Caracas Newsroom, Editing by Rosalba O'Brien