Data: US Economy Losing Momentum
2020-01-31 21:01:40 UTC
WASHINGTON Reuters - U.S. consumer spending rose steadily in December, but tepid income gains pointed to moderate consumption growth this year, which together with slumping business investment likely set the economy on a slower growth path this year.
While the report on Friday from the Commerc...
EU Parliament Gives Final Approval to Brexit Deal
2020-01-29 18:07:08 UTC
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Parliament on Wednesday gave its final approval to Britain’s divorce deal from the bloc, paving the way for Brexit to take place on Friday.
The chamber broke into singing Auld Lang Syne, a traditional Scottish song to bid farewell, after voting 621 for versus ...
Trump Plan Calls for Palestinian State, Settlement Freeze
2020-01-28 18:37:35 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump unveiled his long-awaited Middle East peace plan Tuesday, calling for the creation of a State of Palestine with its capital in portions of east Jerusalem. He declared it a “win-win” opportunity for both Israel and the Palestinians.
The plan ends specula...
Russian Troops to Fill Void Left by US in Syria
2019-10-23 00:55:16 UTC
SOCHI, Russia/ANKARA (Reuters) - Syrian and Russian forces will deploy in northeast Syria to remove Kurdish YPG fighters and their weapons from the border with Turkey under a deal agreed on Tuesday which both Moscow and Ankara hailed as a triumph.
Hours after the deal was announced, the Turkis...
US Will Betray Kurds Again
2019-10-07 23:06:05 UTC
For decades, the United States has maintained a curious relationship with the Kurds. Americans have historically enlisted them to help fight in the Middle East, only to turn on them in the end. Despite a history of betrayal, the Kurds have yet again become an important long ally in the fight agai...
Second Trump-Ukraine Whistleblower Comes Forward
2019-10-06 18:15:06 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A second whistleblower has come forward with first-hand knowledge of President Donald Trump’s attempts to get the Ukrainian president to investigate a political rival, lawyers for the official said on Sunday.
Lawyer Mark Zaid said the person, also an intelligence officia...
The Only Republican: Romney Clashes With Trump
2019-10-05 22:44:09 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - On Friday, U.S. Senator Mitt Romney said Trump’s actions regarding Biden were “wrong and appalling.”
“When the only American citizen President Trump singles out for China’s investigation is his political opponent in the midst of the Democratic nomination process, it stra...
New 25% Tariffs on EU Food Will Lead to Higher Prices, Cost American Jobs
2019-10-04 00:39:52 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New 25% U.S. tariffs on Italian cheese, French wine, Scotch whisky, British biscuits, Spanish olives and thousands of other European food products will lead to higher prices ahead of the holiday season and cost American jobs, trade groups said on Thursday.
The U.S. Trade...
Weak US Economic Data Weighs on Global Market
2019-10-03 16:56:45 UTC
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Weaker-than-expected U.S. economic data weighed on global financial markets on Thursday, leaving world equity benchmarks bouncing in choppy trading and sending investors into safe-haven assets on expectations of further Federal Reserve interest rate cuts.
The drop in the c...
North Korea Tested New Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile
2019-10-03 04:56:04 UTC
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said on Thursday it had successfully test-fired a new submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) from the sea to contain external threats and bolster self-defense, ahead of fresh nuclear talks with the United States.
The launch on Wednesday was the most provocati...
Trump Is Using “Misinformation” to Attack US Diplomat
2019-10-03 00:04:23 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats on Wednesday accused the Trump administration of using “propaganda and misinformation” to attack the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine and demanded that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo explain how the material circulated at top levels of his department.
Whistleblower on Trump-Ukraine contacts is a CIA officer: sources
2019-09-27 01:07:14 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The whistleblower who said U.S. President Donald Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden is a CIA officer and at one point was assigned to work at the White House, two sources familiar with the probe into his complaint confirmed on Thursday.
Whistleblower complaint describes White House cover-up on Ukraine scandal
2019-09-26 23:31:25 UTC
A whistleblower report released said Trump not only abused his office in attempting to solicit Ukraine’s interference in the 2020 U.S. election for his own political benefit, but that the White House tried to “lock down” evidence about that conduct.
In a report released by a Democratic-led con...
Bird Numbers Plunge in US and Canada
2019-09-20 01:59:31 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - From grasslands to seashores to forests and backyards, birds are disappearing at an alarming rate in the United States and Canada, with a 29% population drop since 1970 and a net loss of about 2.9 billion birds, scientists said on Thursday.
People are to blame, the resea...
Millions of Young People to Strike for Climate Action
2019-09-20 01:46:10 UTC
NEW YORK (Reuters) - With world leaders about to gather in New York for a UN Climate Action Summit next week, millions of young people from Australia to Iceland will take off from school or work on Friday to demand urgent measures to stop environmental catastrophe.
Protests, inspired by the 16...
Attacks on Saudi Oil Field Knock Out Half of Its Output
2019-09-15 07:21:05 UTC
RIYADH/DUBAI/LONDON (Reuters) - Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi group said it attacked two plants at the heart of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry on Saturday, knocking out more than half the Kingdom’s output, in a move expected to send oil prices soaring and increase tensions in the Middle East.
Trump Abruptly Fired His National Security Adviser Bolton
2019-09-10 17:48:46 UTC
WASHINGTON — US President Donald Trump fired abruptly his national security adviser John Bolton, saying on Tuesday he had serious policy disagreements with his hardline aide.
“I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House. I disagreed strongly wit...
House Panel to Vote on Trump's Impeachment Probe
2019-09-10 01:58:21 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee said on Monday it will consider steps this week to formalize an investigation that could lead to the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
The panel, which hopes to decide whether to recommend Trump’s ...
UK's Johnson Loses Control
2019-09-07 01:55:13 UTC
LONDON (Reuters) - The British parliament voted on Wednesday to prevent Prime Minister Boris Johnson taking Britain out of the European Union without a deal on Oct. 31, but rejected his first bid to call a snap election two weeks before the scheduled exit.
After wresting control of the day’s p...
Scientists Find Micro Plastic in Arctic Ice
2019-08-14 23:33:28 UTC
LONDON (Reuters) - Tiny pieces of plastic have been found in ice cores drilled in the Arctic by a U.S.-led team of scientists, underscoring the threat the growing form of pollution poses to marine life in even the remotest waters on the planet.
The researchers used a helicopter to land on ice ...
Recession Fears Escalate
2019-08-14 19:02:04 UTC
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street stumbled on Wednesday as investors fled equities for safe-haven assets, seeking shelter amid gathering signs that a recession could be on the horizon.
All three major U.S. indexes were sharply lower as short- and long-dated Treasury yields inverted for the firs...
Pelosi: US, UK Trade deal Won't Pass Congress if Good Friday pact Is Undermined
2019-08-14 16:02:03 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - There is no chance that a trade agreement between the United States and Britain will pass Congress if Brexit undermines the Good Friday peace accord between Ireland and Northern Ireland, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Wednesday.
“Whatever form it takes, Brexit c...
US, UK Seek Quick Post-Brexit Trade Deal
2019-08-13 18:20:56 UTC
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain and the United States are discussing a partial trade accord that could take effect on Nov. 1, the day after Britain is due to leave the European Union, a senior Trump administration official said on Tuesday.
The official also said visiting U.S. national security advi...
US Seeks to Cut Legal Immigration by Half
2019-08-13 01:28:48 UTC
(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration unveiled a sweeping rule on Monday that some experts say could cut legal immigration in half by denying visas and permanent residency to hundreds of thousands of people for being too poor.
The long-anticipated rule, pushed by Trump’s lea...
US will "Enthusiastically Support a No-Deal Brexit"
2019-08-12 19:04:58 UTC
LONDON (Reuters) - The United States would enthusiastically support a no-deal Brexit if that is what the British government decided to do, U.S. national security adviser John Bolton said on Monday during a visit to London aimed at reassuring Britain over UK-U.S. ties.
Bolton told British Prime...