Michael Bloomberg to spend $80 million to help elect Democrats: NYT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a frequent critic of Republican President Donald Trump, intends to spend $80 million helping Democratic candidates in November’s U.S. congressional elections, the New York Times reported on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: Michael Bloomberg speaks at the unveiling of Christo’s work The London Mastaba, on the Serpentine […]


What trade war? FAANGs scale new highs

(Reuters) – Four of the five so-called FAANG stocks – Facebook, Alphabet, Amazon and Netflix – surged to all-time highs on Wednesday, with only Apple spoiling a perfect scorecard. FILE PHOTO: A 3D-printed Facebook like button is seen in front of the Facebook logo, in this illustration taken October 25, 2017. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo The […]


German intelligence sees Russia behind hack of energy firms – media report

BERLIN (Reuters) – Russia was probably behind a widespread cyber attack on German energy providers disclosed last week, the head of Germany’s BfV domestic intelligence agency told the RND newspaper chain. FILE PHOTO: Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov attends a news conference in St. Petersburg, Russia May 24, 2018. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor Hans-Georg Maassen told the newspaper […]


Doom and gloom in advertising? I don’t see it, says IPG boss Roth

CANNES, France (Reuters) – The veteran boss of advertising giant IPG said he does not recognize the talk of “doom and gloom” in his industry, arguing the holding companies are needed more than ever to help clients chart the rapidly changing territory. The strength of Google and Facebook in online advertising, and the arrival of […]


British Columbia cracks down on hidden ownership amid housing crisis

VANCOUVER, June 20 (Reuters) – British Columbia said on Wednesday it is preparing legislation to crack down on “hidden ownership” in real estate and pledged Canada’s first public registry of property owners, amid concerns that offshore money and criminal investors are helping fuel an affordability crisis. Real estate investors in British Columbia are currently able […]


U.S. lawmakers want Google to reconsider links to China’s Huawei

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A group of Republican and Democratic U.S. lawmakers asked Alphabet Inc’s Google on Wednesday to reconsider its work with Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL], which they described as a security threat. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Google is pictured during the Viva Tech start-up and technology summit in Paris, […]


U.S. ambassador says Trump to meet Queen Elizabeth on UK visit

LONDON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump will meet Queen Elizabeth during a visit to Britain next month, the U.S. ambassador in London told Sky News on Wednesday. Horse Racing – Royal Ascot – Ascot Racecourse, Ascot, Britain – June 19, 2018 Britain’s Queen Elizabeth arrives at Ascot racecourse REUTERS/Paul Childs Trump is due in […]


NZ Prime Minister Ardern enters hospital for birth of first child

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was admitted to hospital in Auckland for the birth of her first child on Thursday, according to a statement from her office. FILE PHOTO – New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks during a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel after a meeting at the […]


Challenged at home, Merkel seeks emergency EU meeting on migration

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel will try on Sunday to persuade other EU leaders to further curb immigration and restrict movement of asylum seekers within the European Union, to help keep her ruling coalition from crumbling at home. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and German Interior minister Horst Seehofer attend an event to commemorate […]


London court chides FCA as it rejects former UBS trader’s appeal

LONDON (Reuters) – A London court on Wednesday described as “troubling” a case brought by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) against a former junior UBS (UBSG.S) trader for alleged Libor interest rate rigging. FILE PHOTO: The logo of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is seen at the agency’s headquarters in the Canary Wharf business district […]


Injured Coleman delays return until July

(Reuters) – World 100 metres silver medallist Christian Coleman will delay his return to competition until mid-July as he recovers from a hamstring injury, his manager said. May 25, 2018; Eugene, OR, USA: Christian Coleman (USA) during a press conference prior to the 44th Prefontaine Classic at the Valley River Inn. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA […]


More evidence of NSAID risk in early pregnancy

(Reuters Health) – Using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) around the time of conception significantly increases the risk of miscarriage in the first eight weeks of pregnancy, a study suggests. Researchers compared newly pregnant women who used NSAIDs around the time of conception or early in their pregnancy to those who used acetaminophen or no painkillers, […]


Trump to order end of immediate immigrant family separations at U.S. border

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said he would sign an executive order on immigration on Wednesday to end the immediate separation of immigrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border, which has sparked outrage in the United States and abroad. An administration official said Trump would sign an order that would require immigrant families to […]


Afghan Taliban kill 30 soldiers in first major attack since Eid ceasefire

KABUL (Reuters) – Taliban militants killed 30 Afghan soldiers and captured a military base in the western province of Badghis on Wednesday, the provincial governor said, their first major attack since a ceasefire for the Eid al-Fitr holiday. The three-day Taliban ceasefire ended on Sunday. Provincial governor Abdul Ghafoor Malikzai said the Taliban attacked two […]


Svitolina eases into Birmingham quarters

(Reuters) – World number five Elina Svitolina continued her good form on grass ahead of Wimbledon, easing her way into the quarter-finals of the Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham on Wednesday. Tennis – WTA Premier – Nature Valley Classic – Edgbaston Priory Club, Birmingham, Britain – June 20, 2018 Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina reacts during her […]


Suspect in German ricin case was in touch with radical Islamists – prosecutor

BERLIN (Reuters) – A 29-year-old Tunisian arrested last week on suspicion of producing the lethal toxic ricin was in contact with radical Islamists, and twice tried unsuccessfully to reach Islamic State in Syria, Germany’s top federal prosecutor said on Wednesday. Peter Frank, head of the GBA Federal Prosecutor’s Office, told broadcaster SWR that the man, […]


Russia’s Putin revels in football side’s unexpected World Cup form

MOSCOW (Reuters) – With the host team through to the knockout stages for the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia’s World Cup is going better than even Vladimir Putin expected. FILE PHOTO – Soccer Football – World Cup – Group A – Russia vs Saudi Arabia – Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia […]


Trump to sign order on family separations at U.S. border

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said he would sign an executive order on immigration on Wednesday to end the separation of immigrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border, which has sparked outrage in the United States and abroad. Trump, whose administration weeks ago began separating hundreds of children from their parents at the border, […]


U.S. home sales stumble as prices hit record high

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. home sales unexpectedly fell for the second straight month in May as an acute shortage of properties on the market pushed house prices to a record high. FILE PHOTO: A “For Sale” sign is seen outside a home in Cardiff, California, U.S. on February 22, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo The sales […]


World Cup shoving revives painful memories for ex-England star Campbell

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (Reuters) – For former England defender Sol Campbell, the sight of players grabbing and shoving each other in the penalty box at the World Cup in Russia brings back painful memories. Former England captain Sol Campbell speaks during an interview with Reuters in Volgograd, Russia June 20, 2018. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino On two occasions […]