Soccer-South American bid favourite for 2030 World Cup – CONMEBOL

Soccer – Copa Libertadores – Coaches Summit – CONMEBOL, Asuncion, Paraguay – March 19, 2019 CONMEBOL President Alejandro Dominguez attends the Copa Libertadores Coaches Summit REUTERS/Jorge Adorno BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – A joint bid by Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Chile is favourite to win the right to host the 2030 World Cup, the president of […]


Micron sees memory chip recovery coming later in year, shares rise

(Reuters) – U.S. chipmaker Micron Technology Inc on Wednesday said it sees a recovery in the memory chip market coming and reported a quarterly profit that beat estimates as cost controls helped offset falling demand and prices, sending its shares up nearly 5 percent. The logo of U.S. memory chip maker MicronTechnology is pictured at […]


Rugby – Australia winger Naivalu to join Stade Francais after World Cup

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia winger Sefa Naivalu has signed a three-year deal with French Top 14 side Stade Francais and will leave the Queensland Reds at the end of the Super Rugby season. Stade posted the signing on their website( The Fiji-born 27-year-old has scored five tries in 10 appearances for the Wallabies and played […]


Iran vows to control prices, boost production despite U.S. sanctions

LONDON/GENEVA (Reuters) – Iranian leaders vowed on Thursday to control soaring prices, bring stability to the national currency and create jobs as the nation marked the end of a year of economic crisis fuelled by renewed U.S. sanctions. FILE PHOTO: Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks live on television after casting his ballot in […]


Jazz Pharma’s sleep disorder treatment gets FDA nod

FILE PHOTO: The headquarters of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seen in Silver Spring, Maryland November 4, 2009. REUTERS/Jason Reed/File Photo (Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Jazz Pharmaceuticals Plc’s treatment for patients with a form of sleep disorder, the company said on Wednesday. The drug, solriamfetol, will treat […]


U.N. to hold Libya conference in April to avoid military showdown

TRIPOLI/TUNIS (Reuters) – The United Nations will hold a conference inside Libya in April to discuss elections as a way out of the country’s eight-year-long conflict, a U.N. envoy said on Wednesday, although it remains to be seen whether powerful factions will attend. The U.N. Envoy for Libya, Ghassan Salame, speaks during a news conference […]


Solomon Islands look beyond Taiwan alliance as election looms

WELLINGTON/SYDNEY (Reuters) – As politicians hit the hustings across the Solomon Islands two weeks out from a general election in the South Pacific archipelago, the loyalty of one of Taiwan’s few remaining allies is in the balance. A boy walks past a sign with voting instructions on his way to school in Honiara, Solomon Islands, […]


Golf: Oh brother, mind the stairs – another Johnson takes a tumble

FILE PHOTO: Dustin Johnson of the U.S. and his caddie Austin Johnson stand on the putting green shortly before Dustin Johnson withdrew from play due to injury during the first round of the 2017 Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, U.S., April 6, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo (Reuters) – Nearly […]


U.S. grants Iraq 90-day waiver to buy Iranian energy – State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States granted Iraq a 90-day waiver exempting it from sanctions to buy energy from Iran, a State Department official said on Wednesday, the latest extension allowing Baghdad to keep purchasing electricity from its neighbour. The official said the waiver was granted on Tuesday. The last waiver for Iraq to be […]


Boeing delays by months test flights for U.S. human space program: sources

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Boeing Co has delayed by at least three months its first uncrewed flight to the International Space Station under NASA’s human spaceflight program, and pushed its crewed flight until November, industry sources said on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: The Boeing logo is pictured at the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition fair […]


Brazil’s Neoenergia taps JPMorgan, BofA and Banco do Brasil for IPO: sources

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Brazilian power company Neoenergia SA has picked the investment banking units of JPMorgan Chase & Co, Bank of America Corp and Banco do Brasil SA to manage its initial public offering, three people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. Other banks may still join the group managing the IPO, added […]


Osaka sister act primed for Miami Open spotlight

MIAMI (Reuters) – Serena and Venus Williams usually get top billing at the Miami Open but this year there is another sister act vying for the spotlight with world number one Naomi Osaka showing older sibling Mari the ropes. FILE PHOTO: Mar 12, 2019; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Naomi Osaka (JPN) as she was defeated […]


Canada’s Trudeau under pressure as MP quits, budget criticized

OTTAWA/TORONTO (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau remained under pressure over a corruption scandal on Wednesday as a legislator quit his party’s caucus and a pre-election budget aimed at swaying key voters appeared to offer too little to stem the tide of negative news. Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during Question Period in […]

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Tencent to post steepest profit fall in 13 years on games setback

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Tencent Holdings is set to report on Thursday its sharpest quarterly profit decline in more than 13 years, as its failure to launch new blockbuster games due to China’s regulatory review capped revenue growth. FILE PHOTO: Logo of Tencent is displayed at a news conference in Hong Kong, China March 22, […]


Palestinian killed in West Bank by Israeli gunfire – Palestinian medics

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A Palestinian was shot and killed in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday by what a Palestinian ambulance service said was Israeli army gunfire. The Israeli military said it was checking the report. The Palestinian Red Crescent said one of its crews treated a man with two bullet wounds at an Israeli […]


U.S. Senate panel to first grill FAA, then Boeing after fatal crashes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Senate panel plans a hearing on March 27 on aviation safety after two fatal Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft crashes since October, and said it will also schedule a future hearing with Boeing and other manufacturers, officials said on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: Airplane engine parts are seen at the scene […]

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EU readies short Brexit delay – if May wins parliament over

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders meet in Brussels on Thursday to give Prime Minister Theresa May an offer to delay Brexit beyond March 29, on condition that she can finally win over her many opponents in parliament next week. President of the European Council Donald Tusk arrives to deliver a statement on Brexit ahead […]


Khamenei says Iran has successfully resisted U.S. sanctions

FILE PHOTO: Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks live on television after casting his ballot in the Iranian presidential election in Tehran June 12, 2009. REUTERS/Caren Firouz/File Photo GENEVA (Reuters) – Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Thursday in a new year speech broadcast on state TV that the Islamic Republic successfully […]


Ophir agrees to be bought by Indonesia’s Medco in a sweetened bid

(Reuters) – London-listed Ophir Energy Plc said on Wednesday it agreed to be bought by Indonesian oil and gas group Medco for a sweetened cash bid of 408.4 million pounds ($539 million) after previously agreeing to a lower offer. Under the terms, Ophir shareholders will receive 57.5 pence per share in cash, the companies said […]


Reliance selling fuels from India to Venezuela to avoid U.S. sanctions

NEW DELHI/MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – India’s Reliance Industries, operator of the world’s biggest refining complex, has turned to selling fuels to Venezuela from India and Europe to circumvent sanctions that bar U.S.-based companies from dealing with state-run PDVSA, according to trading sources and Refinitiv Eikon data. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Reliance Industries is pictured […]