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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Pope Francis declares “all-out battle” against sexual abuse
    Pope_francis_declares_%e2%80%9call-out_battle%e2%80%9d_against_sexual_abuse 2019-02-24 16:59:12 UTC
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis ended his conference on the sexual abuse of children by clergy on Sunday by calling for an “all-out battle” against a crime that should be “erased from the face of the earth”. In his closing address to the almost 200 Church leaders he had summoned to Rome, Francis said national guidelines on preventing and punishing abuse would be strengthened and the Church’s definition of minors in cases of possession by clergy of pornography would be raised from the current age of 14. At least two Vatican officials have been convicted in recent years of possessing child pornography. Shortly after the confer...
  • 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
  • Germany to Accelerate Development of Autonomous Driving
    German_carmakers%e2%80%99_to_accelerate_the_development_of_autonomous_driving 2019-01-23 18:33:15 UTC
    FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany’s top carmakers including BMW and Volkswagen are looking at ways to speed up development of the next generation of self-driving cars, possibly by even working together, as tech giant Google forges ahead with plans to mass produce such vehicles. Carmakers and tech companies have been in a race to develop self-driving robotaxis since 2012 when Google unveiled a self-driving car. BMW announced a development pact with tech firm Mobileye in 2016 and Daimler struck an alliance with autos supplier Bosch in 2017. BMW and Daimler’s first-generation autonomous cars will start to emerge after 2020/2021 using comput...
  • 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...
  • Wikileaks Tells Media to Stop Spreading Falsehoods About Assange
    Julian_assange_tells_media_140_things_not_to_say_about_him 2019-01-07 01:25:59 UTC
    LONDON (Reuters) - WikiLeaks on Sunday advised journalists not to report 140 different “false and defamatory” statements about its founder Julian Assange, who has been holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London since June 2012. It was not immediately clear what prompted the advice to media organizations, but WikiLeaks singled out Britain’s Guardian newspaper for publishing what it said was a false report about Assange. The Guardian did not immediately respond late on Sunday to a Reuters request for comment. The Australian set up WikiLeaks as a channel for publishing confidential information from anonymous sources. He is a hero to s...
  • China's Chang'e-4 Probe Touched Down on Far Side of Moon
    China's_chang'e-4_probe_touched_down_on_far_side_of_moon 2019-01-06 05:35:05 UTC
    China's Chang'e-4 probe touched down on the far side of the moon, state broadcaster CCTV reported on Thursday morning. The successful "soft landing" marks a groundbreaking development in space exploration, being the first time that a spacecraft has landed on the side of the moon that faces away from Earth. Chang'e-4, which is named after the Chinese goddess of the moon, entered its planned orbit to allow the landing on Sunday. It landed in the Von Karman crater, which is in the lunar South Pole's Aitken Basin, at about 0226 UTC. <strong>Lunar surface explorer</strong> Chang'e-4 is set to release a rover to map contours and surface...
  • 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...
  • France's Yellow Vest Protests Enter 8th Week
    France's_yellow_vest_protests_enter_8th_week 2019-01-06 03:25:12 UTC
    PARIS (Reuters) - Rioters in Paris torched motorbikes and set barricades ablaze on the upmarket Boulevard Saint Germain on Saturday, as protests against high living costs and the perceived indifference of President Emmanuel Macron turned violent on the fringes. The latest “yellow vest” marches began peacefully but degenerated in the afternoon as protesters threw missiles at riot police blocking bridges over the Seine. Officers fired tear gas to prevent protesters crossing the river and reaching the National Assembly. One riverboat restaurant was set ablaze and a policeman was wounded when he was hit by a bicycle hurled from a street ...