Battlelines drawn for second Spanish election debate, coalition deals unclear

MADRID (Reuters) – The main contenders in Spain’s national election prepared for a second televised debate on Tuesday after a encounter in which they accused each other of lying but left open questions about what coalition deals might eventually be struck. Candidates for Spanish general elections People’s Party (PP) Pablo Casado, Spanish Prime Minister and […]


COLUMN-Oil traders to Saudi Arabia: show us the barrels – Kemp

(John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own) * Chartbook: By John Kemp LONDON, April 23 (Reuters) – “The United States, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates … are committed to ensuring that global oil markets remain adequately supplied,” the White House said in a press statement issued […]


Mumbai Indians sign Hendricks to replace injured pacer Joseph

FILE PHOTO: South Africa’s Beuran Hendricks makes a delivery during the final of the T20 cricket test match against Australia in Centurion, March 14, 2014. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko/File Photo (Reuters) – Indian Premier League (IPL) side Mumbai Indians have signed South African pace bowler Beuran Hendricks as an injury replacement for West Indian Alzarri Joseph for […]


With energy exports depressed, Turkmens turn to towel smuggling

ALMATY (Reuters) – Beset by economic hardship, enterprising Turkmens have found a way to supplement their incomes – smuggling towels and bed linen into neighboring Kazakhstan. People, including passengers of a flight from the Turkmen capital Ashgabat, gather in the baggage claim area upon their arrival at Almaty International Airport, Kazakhstan April 5, 2019. REUTERS/Mariya […]


Update on Deutsche Bank-Commerzbank merger talks by Friday at latest: sources

FILE PHOTO: Outside view of Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany, March 18, 2019. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski/File Photo FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Deutsche Bank is expected to announce by Friday at the latest an update on its merger talks with Commerzbank, which are now in their sixth week, people familiar with the matter said on […]


Twitter posts revenue beat, surprise user growth

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Twitter Inc on Tuesday posted better-than-expected quarterly revenue and a surprise rise in monthly active users, showing its efforts to delete spam accounts and better police posts were paying off by attracting more users and ad dollars. FILE PHOTO: A 3D-printed logo for Twitter is seen in this picture illustration made […]


U.S. making a mistake politicizing oil: Iran oil minister

FILE PHOTO: Iran’s Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh arrives for an OPEC meeting in Vienna, Austria, June 22, 2018. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader/File Photo (Reuters) – The United States has made a bad mistake by politicizing oil and using it as a weapon, Iran’s Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said in a parliamentary session on Tuesday, the Islamic Republic […]


Malaysia’s Leong Hup halves offer size, targets mid-May listing – sources

KUALA LUMPUR, April 23 (Reuters) – Malaysian poultry producer Leong Hup is targeting raising as much as $291 million in a scaled-down IPO in mid-May, sources with knowledge of the matter said, in what would be the Southeast Asian nation’s largest listing in nearly two years. The company cut the offer size to up to […]


The city crowd – young, urbane PM awaits Spain, whoever wins election

MADRID (Reuters) – As they prepare to vote in the most uncertain national election in decades, Spaniards can safely predict one thing regardless of political persuasion – that their next prime minister will be young, cosmopolitan, white and male. FILE PHOTO: Candidates for Spanish general elections People’s Party (PP) Pablo Casado, Spanish Prime Minister and […]


UPDATE 2-Italian bond yields hit seven-week high as govt tensions grow, rating review looms

* Italian 10-year bond yields rise to seven-week high * BTP/Bund spread at two-week high * Analysts cite government infighting, upcoming ratings review (Updates with price action, adds Cypriot bond news) By Dhara Ranasinghe LONDON, April 23 (Reuters) – Italy’s 10-year government bond yield jumped to its highest in seven weeks on Tuesday, pushed up […]


Verizon raises full-year profit forecast

FILE PHOTO: A man stands next to the logo of Verizon at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 26, 2019. REUTERS/Sergio Perez/File Photo (Reuters) – Verizon Communications Inc on Tuesday raised its 2019 profit forecast and beat Wall Street estimates for quarterly earnings, as the largest U.S. wireless carrier prepares for a wider […]


U.S. President Trump to make state visit to UK in June

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump and Britain’s Queen Elizabeth inspect the Coldstream Guards during a visit to Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque LONDON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump has accepted Queen Elizabeth’s invitation to make a state visit to Britain in June, Buckingham Palace said on Tuesday. Trump […]


Trump urges creation of ‘fairer’ companies amid spat with Twitter

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump attends the 2019 White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 22, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday called for the creation of “more, and fairer” social media companies in response to discrimination he […]


UPDATE 2-Italy’s fiscal spat with EU might resume after debt exceeds forecasts

* Italy’s 2018 debt up to 132.2 pct of GDP, above EU expectations * EU avoided move over Rome in Dec when debt was expected to be lower * Greece, Cyprus debts also up, bucking euro zone trend (Adds Commission spokeswoman) By Francesco Guarascio BRUSSELS, April 23 (Reuters) – Public debt in Greece and Italy, […]


Royal astrologer casts Thai king’s horoscope ahead of coronation

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand’s royal astrologer cast King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s horoscope on Tuesday in an important ritual to prepare for his elaborate coronation ceremonies next week. FILE PHOTO: Lertviroj Kowattana, permanent secretary of the Thai Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, dressed in a traditional costume, greets Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn during the annual Royal Ploughing […]


Sheremetyevo airport’s co-owners may sell 30 percent stake

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Private shareholders in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport may sell a 30 percent stake to raise money for a potential purchase of Russia’s 30.5 percent holding at a later date, the chairman of Sheremetyevo’s board Alexander Ponomarenko told Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A view shows the Sheremetyevo International Airport’s Terminal B ahead of the 2018 […]


Verizon beats quarterly profit estimates

FILE PHOTO: A man stands next to the logo of Verizon at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 26, 2019. REUTERS/Sergio Perez/File Photo (Reuters) – Verizon Communications Inc on Tuesday reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as the largest U.S. wireless carrier prepares for a wider 5G rollout across the United States. The biggest […]


Italy’s Salvini says government not at risk, despite feuding

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s government is not at risk and the cabinet will finally approve a long-delayed decree on Tuesday to boost economic growth, deputy Prime Minister and right-wing League leader Matteo Salvini said. FILE PHOTO: Matteo Salvini looks on next to Luigi Di Maio at the Quirinal palace in Rome, Italy, June 1, 2018. […]


Pulte new home orders top forecasts as mortgage rates ease

FILE PHOTO: A new home sub-division built by Pulte Homes is seen in Novi, Michigan April 8, 2009. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook (Reuters) – PulteGroup Inc beat analysts’ estimates for first-quarter profit on Tuesday, as demand for new houses benefited from a fall in mortgage rates due to the Federal Reserve’s reining in its campaign of monetary […]


Grieving relatives bury dead in Sri Lanka amid new security fears

NEGOMBO, Sri Lanka (Reuters) – Sri Lanka buried more of its dead on Tuesday from suicide bomb attacks on churches holding Easter services and luxury hotels that killed 321 people in the country’s worst violence in a decade. People react during a mass burial of victims, two days after a string of suicide bomb attacks […]