Technology

Contrite Facebook executives seek to ward off more European rules

MUNICH (Reuters) – Facebook (FB.O) executives are fanning out across Europe this week to address the social media giant’s slow response to abuses on its platform, seeking to avoid further legislation along the lines of a new hate speech law in Germany it says goes too far. Facebook’s communications and public policy chief used an […]

World

Spurned by Trump, Europeans ponder how to meet Iran ultimatum

PARIS/BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A day before Donald Trump’s Jan. 12 ultimatum to “fix” the Iran nuclear deal, European powers met Iran’s foreign minister to show support for it, but the effort failed to soften Trump’s aversion to the accord, U.S. and European officials said. The gathering in Brussels may even have reinforced the U.S. president’s […]

World

Mines still claim legs and lives in Libya’s Benghazi, months after war ceased

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – As military deminers warily picked their way through streets wrecked by war in Benghazi, a loud blast rang out – a familiar sound in the Libyan city, areas of which are riddled with deadly explosives and booby traps. On this occasion, it was a 27-year-old man returning to his home before […]

Sports

Dimitrov stays cool to subdue Kyrgios in thriller

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov kept cool in the Rod Laver Arena maelstrom to knock home favourite Nick Kyrgios out of the Australian Open in a fourth-round thriller on Sunday. Third seed Dimitrov absorbed 76 winners and struck 64 of his own to edge a scintillating duel 7-6(3) 7-6(4) 4-6 7-6(4). While Australia’s wait […]

Technology

Amazon’s automated grocery store of the future opens Monday

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) will open its checkout-free grocery store to the public on Monday after more than a year of testing, the company said, moving forward on an experiment that could dramatically alter brick-and-mortar retail. The Seattle store, known as Amazon Go, relies on cameras and sensors to track what shoppers remove […]

World

Congolese security forces kill five while dispersing anti-Kabila protest

KINSHASA (Reuters) – Congolese security forces shot dead at least five people and fired tear gas to disperse a banned protest against President Joseph Kabila organised by the Catholic church on Sunday, a U.N. peacekeeping mission in the country said. Kabila’s refusal to step down at the end of his mandate in December 2016 has […]

Sports

Double delight for Taiwan’s Hsieh at Australian Open

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Ten years after a stunning run to the fourth round of the Australian Open on her main draw debut, Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei has enjoyed double good fortune at Melbourne Park this week. The willow-thin 32-year-old from the steamy southern city of Kaohsiung will line up in the last 16 again after a […]

World

Trump: Senate should change rules if shutdown stalemate continues

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday that if the government shutdown stalemate continued, Republicans should fund the government by changing Senate rules, which currently require a super-majority for appropriations bills to pass. “The Dems (Democrats) just want illegal immigrants to pour into our nation unchecked. If stalemate continues, Republicans should go […]

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Senate should change rules if shutdown stalemate continues – Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Trump said on Twitter Sunday that if the government shutdown stalemate continued, Republicans should fund the government by changing Senate rules – which currently require a super-majority for appropriations bills to pass. “The Dems (Democrats) just want illegal immigrants to pour into our nation unchecked. If stalemate continues, Republicans should […]

Money

Britain must stay in European customs union-business group CBI

LONDON, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Britain must stay in a comprehensive customs union with the European Union in order to preserve trade in its biggest markets after Brexit, the business lobby group CBI said on Sunday. Prime Minister Theresa May ruled out remaining a member of the European single market and the European Customs Union […]

World

Czech presidential election headed for tight run-off vote – poll

PRAGUE (Reuters) – Czech voters are equally split ahead of a presidential vote next weekend between an academic who promises a better relationship with the European Union and incumbent Milos Zeman, who has used his time in office to push closer ties with Russia and China. A poll by Kantar TNS for Czech Television shows […]

Money

MIDEAST STOCKS-Most of region falls, Saudi retreats further from technical barrier

* Saudi’s Almarai falls; Q4 profit come at low end of estimates * Most Dubai real estate developers fall * Abu Dhabi’s ADNOC Distribution up after Goldman recommendation * Qatar National Bank pulls down Doha * Egypt’s Orascom Development rises on share split plan By Andrew Torchia DUBAI, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Most Middle Eastern […]

Sports

Dimitrov holds nerve to end Kyrgios’s run

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov kept his cool in the Rod Laver Arena maelstrom to knock home favourite Nick Kyrgios out of the Australian Open in a fourth-round thriller on Sunday. Third seed Dimitrov absorbed 76 winners and struck 64 of his own to edge a scintillating duel 7-6(3) 7-6(4) 4-6 7-6(4). Kyrgios fought […]

UK

PM May says will stop companies abusing pension schemes

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May said she would clamp down on bosses who try to “line their own pockets” while not protecting workers’ pensions, after the collapse of outsourcer Carillion with a 900-million-pound hole in its pension scheme. Writing in Sunday’s Observer newspaper, the Prime Minister said private companies could help deliver […]

Money

British PM May says will stop companies abusing pension schemes

LONDON, Jan 21 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May said she would clamp down on bosses who try to “line their own pockets” while not protecting workers’ pensions, after the collapse of outsourcer Carillion with a 900-million-pound hole in its pension scheme. Writing in Sunday’s Observer newspaper, the Prime Minister said private companies could […]

Sports

Buttler hundred hands England ODI series victory

SYDNEY (Reuters) – England’s Jos Buttler struck a belligerent unbeaten 100 to set up a 16-run win over Australia in the third one-day international on Sunday, as the touring side took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series. The right-handed batsman produced late fireworks to complete his fifth ODI hundred on the last ball […]

World

Congolese security forces kill three while dispersing anti-Kabila protest

KINSHASA (Reuters) – At least three people were killed when Congolese security forces fired tear gas and live bullets to disperse a protest against President Joseph Kabila organised by the Catholic church on Sunday, a local watchdog said. Seventeen other people were wounded, it said. A Reuters witness saw police and paramilitary troops fire volleys […]

Sports

American hero Tennys is good for tennis, says Wilander

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – American outsider Tennys Sandgren’s fairytale run at the Australian Open is just what the sport needs to make it less predictable, according to former champion Mats Wilander. The 97th-ranked Sandgren arrived in Melbourne without a grand slam match win on his CV but the man from Gallatin, Tennessee is now one victory […]

World

German SPD leader implores party to back coalition talks with Merkel

BONN (Reuters) – Social Democrat leader Martin Schulz made an impassioned appeal to his party on Sunday to give the go-ahead for formal coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, a move that would bring Germany a step closer to a stable government. Schulz is facing a backlash from the Social Democrats’ (SPD) left and […]

Sports

Pocock’s return from sabbatical delayed by operation

SYDNEY (Reuters) – David Pocock’s return to Australian rugby from his year-long sabbatical will be delayed after the Wallabies loose forward had knee surgery, Super Rugby side the ACT Brumbies said on Sunday. The 29-year-old flanker, who missed the best part of two seasons with knee injuries in 2013 and 2014, picked up the latest […]