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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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Facebook Bans White Nationalism and Separatism on Its Platforms
    Gop_believe_facebook_is_%e2%80%9ccensoring%e2%80%9d_the_right 2019-03-27 18:01:14 UTC
    <p>(Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Wednesday announced a ban on praise, support and representation of white nationalism and separatism on its social media platforms, furthering its efforts to tackle hate speech.&nbsp;</p><p>These bans will be enforced next week, the social media giant said in a blog <a href="https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2019/03/standing-against-hate">here</a> post.&nbsp;</p><p>Facebook said it would also start connecting people who search for terms associated with white supremacy to organizations focused on helping people leave behind hate groups.&nbsp;</p><p>Reporting by Sonam Rai in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D&#39;Silva</p>
  • 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...
  • Chinese Company to Sell Popular Dating App Grindr
    Chinese_company_to_sell_the_popular_dating_app_grindr 2019-03-27 17:54:06 UTC
    (Reuters) - Chinese gaming company Beijing Kunlun Tech Co Ltd is seeking to sell Grindr LLC, the popular gay dating app it has owned since 2016, after a U.S. government national security panel raised concerns about its ownership, according to people familiar with the matter. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has informed Kunlun that its ownership of West Hollywood, California-based Grindr constitutes a national security risk, the two sources said. CFIUS’ specific concerns and whether any attempt was made to mitigate them could not be learned. The United States has been increasingly scrutinizing app deve...
  • 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...
  • Oscars winners 2019: The full list of winners
    Oscars_winners_2019-_the_full_list_of_winners 2019-02-25 04:32:29 UTC
    Los Angeles — Sunday night&rsquo;s Oscars marked a record-breaking year for recognizing the achievement of black artists. Shattering a record set in 2017, the 91st Academy Awards bestowed trophies to seven black winners in six categories. The following is a list of nominees and the winners: <h3>BEST PICTURE</h3><p>&quot;Black Panther&quot;</p><p>&quot;BlacKkKlansman&quot;</p><p>&quot;Bohemian Rhapsody&quot;</p><p>&quot;The Favourite&quot;</p><p>&quot;Green Book&quot; <strong>*WINNER</strong></p><p>&quot;Roma&quot;</p><p>&quot;A Star Is Born&quot;</p><p>&quot;Vice&quot;</p><h3><br></h3><h3>ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE</h3><p>Amy Adams...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • UK Government Considers Another Brexit Vote
    Brexit 2019-03-27 17:58:22 UTC
    LONDON, March 27 (Reuters) - Britain’s government will file a motion to allow parliament to sit on Friday as the government considers bringing another vote in parliament on its Brexit divorce deal, Brexit minister Stephen Barclay said on Wednesday. “The government will later today table a motion for the house to sit this Friday,” Barclay told parliament. “Whist I appreciate it may cause some inconvenience, it is better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.” <hr><I><strong>(Reporting By Elizabeth Piper and Andrew MacAskill)</I></srtrong><hr>
  • U.S. President: 'I Never Worked For Russia'
    Putin-linked_think_tank_wrote_plan_to_sway_2016_election_in_trump's_favor_-_documents 2019-01-14 22:43:31 UTC
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he never worked for Russia, his first direct denial after a media report that the FBI in 2017 investigated whether he acted against U.S. interests. Trump also disputed a Washington Post report that he had concealed details about his meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin and confiscated his interpreter’s notes. Congressional Democrats raised the possibility of subpoenaing the translator. The New York Times reported on Friday that the FBI opened the investigation after Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey raised concerns that the president posed a threat t...
  • Jimmy Carter: The US Is An “Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery”
    Jimmy_carter-_the_u.s._is_an_%e2%80%9coligarchy_with_unlimited_political_bribery%e2%80%9d 2019-01-08 00:53:49 UTC
    <p>Former president Jimmy Carter said Tuesday on the nationally syndicated radio show the <a href="http://www.thomhartmann.com/">Thom Hartmann Program</a> that the United States is now an &ldquo;oligarchy&rdquo; in which &ldquo;unlimited political bribery&rdquo; has created &ldquo;a complete subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors.&rdquo; Both Democrats and Republicans, Carter said, &ldquo;look upon this unlimited money as a great benefit to themselves.&rdquo;</p><p>Carter was responding to a question from Hartmann about recent Supreme Court decisions on campaign financing like <em>Citizens United</em>.</p><p>T...
  • Golden Globes 2019: The Complete List Of Winners
    Golden_globes_2019-_the_complete_list_of_winners 2019-01-07 07:29:25 UTC
    <p>BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) &mdash; Complete list of winners at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards, presented Sunday in Beverly Hills, California, by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association:</p><p>FILM</p><p>Drama: &ldquo;Bohemian Rhapsody&rdquo;</p><p>Actress, Drama: Glenn Close, &ldquo;The Wife&rdquo;</p><p>Actor, Drama: Rami Malek, &ldquo;Bohemian Rhapsody&rdquo;</p><p>Comedy or Musical: &ldquo;Green Book&rdquo;</p><p>Actor, Comedy or Musical: Christian Bale, &ldquo;Vice&rdquo;</p><p>Actress, Comedy or Musical: Olivia Colman, &ldquo;The Favourite&rdquo;</p><p>Actress-Supporting Role: Regina King, &ldquo;If Beale Street Could Talk&rdq...
  • China’s Population to Reach 1.442 Billion in 2029
    China%e2%80%99s_population_to_reach_1.442_billion_in_2029 2019-01-06 05:03:07 UTC
    SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China’s population is set to reach a peak of 1.442 billion in 2029 and start a long period of “unstoppable” decline in 2030, government scholars said in a research report published on Friday. The world’s most populous country must now draw up policies to try to cope with a declining labor force and a rapidly ageing population, according to the summary of the latest edition of the “Green Book of Population and Labor” published by the China Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). Growth in the working population had now stagnated, the report said, and the rising number of elderly people will have a far-reaching impact o...
  • US Utility Company PG&E Explores Filing for Bankruptcy
    Us_utility_company_pg_e_is_exploring_filing_for_bankruptcy 2019-01-06 03:42:30 UTC
    (Reuters) - California utility company PG&E Corp (PCG.N) is exploring filing some or all of its business for bankruptcy protection as it faces billions of dollars in liabilities related to fatal wildfires in 2018 and 2017, people familiar with the matter said on Friday. The company is considering the move as a contingency, in part because it could soon take a significant financial charge for the fourth quarter of 2018 related to liabilities from the blazes, the sources said. A bankruptcy filing is not certain, the sources said. The company could receive financial help through legislation that would let it pass on to customers costs a...
  • GM To Cut 14,700 Jobs In Ohio, Michigan, Maryland And Ontario
    Gm_to_cut_14_700_jobs_in_ohio__michigan__maryland_and_ontario 2018-11-26 18:36:11 UTC
    DETROIT/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - General Motors will cut production of slow-selling models and slash its North American workforce in the face of a declining market for traditional gas-powered sedans, shifting more investment to electric and autonomous vehicles. The announcement is the biggest North America restructuring for the U.S. No. 1 carmaker since its bankruptcy a decade ago. Its shares rose 7.6 percent to $38.66. GM plans to halt production next year at three assembly plants: Lordstown, Ohio; Hamtramck, Michigan; and Oshawa, Ontario. It will also stop building several models now assembled at those plants, including the Chevrolet...
  • Coast of annexed Crimea: Russia seized three Ukrainian naval ships
    Coast_of_annexed_crimea-_russia_seized_three_ukrainian_naval_ships 2018-11-26 00:41:03 UTC
    MOSCOW/KIEV (Reuters) - Russia seized three Ukrainian naval ships off the coast of Russia-annexed Crimea on Sunday after opening fire on them and wounding several sailors, a move that risks igniting a dangerous new crisis between the two countries. Russia’s FSB security service said early on Monday its border patrol boats had seized the Ukrainian naval vessels in the Black Sea and used weapons to force them to stop, Russian news agencies reported. The FSB said it had been forced to act because the ships — two small Ukrainian armored artillery vessels and a tug boat. — had illegally entered its territorial waters, attempted illegal ac...
  • Angela Merkel Ally Urges New Era in German Politics
    Angela_merkel_ally_urges_new_era_in_german_politics 2018-11-07 19:51:09 UTC
    The battle to be the next leader of Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats is heating up. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the candidate considered closest to the chancellor personally and politically, has now made her case. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the woman many consider the natural successor to Angela Merkel both in leadership style and political agenda, has set out why she should be the next head of Germany's embattled conservative party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). Wednesday's press conference in Berlin was a home game for the CDU general secretary, who staged it in the office representing Saarland, the small southwestern st...
  • Democratic Victory Signifies Breaking Point in Time of Trump's Nationalism
    Democratic_victory_triggers_breaking_point_in_time_of_trump's_nationalism 2018-11-07 05:14:29 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats were gaining significant ground in the battle for House control Tuesday night, while Republicans held their Senate majority as voters rendered a mixed verdict in the first nationwide election of Donald Trump’s turbulent presidency. The results allowed both parties to claim partial victory, but highlighted an extraordinary realignment of U.S. voters by race, sex and education. Republicans maintained their strength in conservative, rural states, while Democrats made inroads across America’s suburbs. With control of Congress, statehouses and the president’s agenda at stake, some of the nation’s top elections ...
  • Hateful U.S. Politics Target Minorities and Immigrants
    Cynical_politics_of_hate_targeting_immigrants_and_minorities 2018-11-02 17:57:53 UTC
    Last week, several top Democrats were targeted by pipe bombs, two black Americans were killed in what appeared to be a racially-motivated murder, and a terror attack against Jewish Americans in their place of worship that left 11 people dead. Are American growing more violent? Are they regressing into something akin to what we saw in the 1960s, an era marked by assassinations, civil unrest, and political chaos? Has the cocktail of guns, polarization, and alienation made mass shootings a permanent feature of American life? Read the responses of seven experts below: <blockquote><hr class='grey-line'><h4>Joanne Freeman, author of <a ...
  • Joachim Ronneberg who thwarted Nazi nuclear plan dies
    Joachim_ronneberg_who_thwarted_nazi_nuclear_plan_dies 2018-10-26 00:51:05 UTC
    <h2>WWII resistance fighter who thwarted Nazi nuclear plan dies</h2><p><strong><span style="font-size: 14px;">Joachim Ronneberg who led a daring raid to sabotage Nazi Germany&#39;s nuclear weapon ambitions has died at the age of 99. The story of the World War II operation has been retold in books, TV series and a Hollywood film.</span></strong><span dir="ltr">&nbsp;</span><span dir="ltr">&nbsp;</span><span dir="ltr">&nbsp;</span><span dir="ltr">&nbsp;</span></p><p><br></p><p><a href="https://www.dw.com/en/wwii-resistance-fighter-who-thwarted-nazi-nuclear-plan-dies/a-45978377#" rel="nofollow"><img itemprop="image" src="https://www.dw.com/im...