Exclusive: BlackRock, Goldman to move some fund managers to U.S. if no-deal Brexit – sources

LONDON (Reuters) – BlackRock and Goldman Sachs Asset Management both plan to temporarily move some British-based fund managers to New York in the event of a no-deal Brexit, two sources told Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A sign for BlackRock Inc hangs above their building in New York U.S., July 16, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo The portfolio …

North Korean diplomat arrives in Sweden to discuss U.S. deadlock

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – North Korean vice foreign minister Choe Son Hui has arrived in Sweden to take part in roundtable talks, Sweden’s foreign ministry said on Friday, amid stepped up international efforts to end the stand-off between the United States and North Korea. “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs can confirm that Choe Son Hui has …

Man sets himself ablaze in central Prague square

PRAGUE (Reuters) – A man set himself on fire in a central Prague square on Friday as Czechs marked the 50th anniversary of a student’s self-immolation in protest at the Soviet invasion that crushed the Prague Spring. The unidentified man was taken to hospital after bystanders doused the flames that enveloped him in the same …

Volkswagen mulls extending diesel incentives across Germany

FILE PHOTO: Volkswagen logos are pictured during the media day of the Salao do Automovel International Auto Show in Sao Paulo, Brazil November 6, 2018. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker BERLIN (Reuters) – German carmaker Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) is examining whether to extend trade-in incentives to owners of older vehicles in all of Germany, extending the program beyond the …

Huawei Polish unit executive says he is not guilty of spying charges

WARSAW (Reuters) – A Chinese executive of Huawei arrested earlier this month in Poland on suspicion of spying said on Friday he was not guilty in the case, which has drawn attention to what some Western countries say is a security risk from the world’s biggest telecoms equipment company. “With reference to my detention on …

Stocks, dollar up on trade hopes; Wall Street set for fourth week gains

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Major stock indexes rose worldwide on Friday and the dollar was on track for its first positive week this year, boosted by optimism that the trade conflict between the United States and China may come to an end. FILE PHOTO: Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange …

White House restricts U.S. lawmakers’ travel amid shutdown

FILE PHOTO: The U.S. Capitol is seen in Washington, U.S., January 16, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration has barred U.S. congressional travel on government-owned or operated aircraft during the partial government shutdown, unless they have White House approval, according to a memo issued on Friday by the White House Office of …

Anti-abortion activists hold 46th annual March for Life in Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Anti-abortion activists gathered in Washington on Friday for the 46th March for Life, which will end in a rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court to protest the ruling that effectively legalized abortion nationwide more than four decades ago. The event is the largest annual gathering in the United States of opponents of …

Did Aliens of Venus visit Earth in 1952? The George Adamski case

Featured Image: Representation of George Adamski during his close encounter. Credit: vesmirni-lide.cz. Right: Adamski’s UFO. In 2017 I was surprised by the publication of WE ARE HERE! “Visitors Without a Passport: Essays on Earth’s Alien Presence ( Source ), where the researcher and writer Michael Zirger, a native of France, and currently living in Japan, …

Report that Trump told lawyer to lie to Congress draws House inquiry

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two leading Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives promised to investigate U.S. President Donald Trump’s dealings with his personal lawyer Michael Cohen after a media report said Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress in violation of U.S. law. A combination photo shows U.S. President Donald Trump’s onetime personal attorney, Michael …

At least five people killed in Kashmir avalanche

SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) – At least five people were killed when an avalanche hit the truck they were traveling in Kashmir on Friday, and five more people were missing, officials said. After the avalanche in the Ladakh area of the heavily militarized Himalayan region, the army began search and rescue operations, said Rajesh Kalia, a …

Tesla cuts jobs as it looks to make Model 3 more affordable

(Reuters) – Tesla Inc said on Friday it would cut thousands of jobs to rein in costs as it plans to increase production of lower-priced versions of its crucial Model 3 sedan, sending its shares down as much as 10 percent. The company, which has struggled to achieve long-term profitability and keep a tight lid …

Bulgaria detains 43 people in raids on suspected terrorist financing ring

SOFIA (Reuters) – Bulgarian special police forces arrested 43 people on Friday in coordinated raids across the country on a suspected terrorism financing ring. Prosecutors said one of those arrested was a Syrian citizen residing in Bulgaria who is suspected of sending money to people who back what they termed international terrorist groups. The ring …

Schlumberger shares rise on lower 2019 capex, international outlook

(Reuters) – Oilfield services provider Schlumberger NV (SLB.N) said on Friday it would spend less in 2019 and forecast single-digit growth in international markets this year, sending its shares as much as 5 percent higher. FILE PHOTO: The exterior of a Schlumberger Corp building is pictured in West Houston Jan. 16, 2015. Schlumberger, is the …

Volkswagen to offer diesel trade-in incentives in all of Germany: Bild

FILE PHOTO: Volkswagen logos are pictured during the media day of the Salao do Automovel International Auto Show in Sao Paulo, Brazil November 6, 2018. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker BERLIN (Reuters) – German carmaker Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) will offer trade-in incentives to owners of older diesel vehicles in all of Germany and not just in the 14 cities …

Newborn lion cubs die in Gaza after winter storm

Bodies of four baby lion cubs that died in a zoo, are seen in the southern Gaza Strip, January 18, 2019. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa GAZA CITY (Reuters) – Four baby lion cubs died from the cold in a Gaza zoo after wind ripped protective plastic sheeting from their cage during a winter storm, the zoo’s …

Myanmar army kills 13 rebels in Rakhine clashes: military spokesman

Myanmar’s army has killed 13 rebel fighters in the western Rakhine State, a military spokesman said on Friday, as government troops battle to contain a new insurgency in the troubled region. Heard from feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/PvaLJlC5jJg/myanmar-army-kills-13-rebels-in-rakhine-clashes-military-spokesman-idUSKCN1PC16T 1744

Canada dismisses China’s warning of repercussions over Huawei ban

Canada’s government on Friday dismissed China’s warning of repercussions if Ottawa banned Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] from supplying equipment to 5G networks, saying it would not compromise on security. Heard from feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/b4PCYUODAww/canada-dismisses-chinas-warning-of-repercussions-over-huawei-ban-idUSKCN1PC1TG 1744

Zimbabwe: What Now After a 2nd Internet Shutdown, and Treason Charges for Activists?

Cape Town — Zimbabwe’s government has again forced a “total Internet shutdown”, Misa Zimbabwe says, after a violent crackdown by police when huge crowds protested against dramatic fuel price increases. The country’s biggest mobile operator Econet Wireless says it has been ordered to shut down the Internet nationwide until further notice. “We were served with …

Zimbabwe: Amid Protests Zimbabwe Orders Second Internet Shutdown

The latest increase has made gasoline in Zimbabwe the most expensive in the world. Protests have been met with hundreds of arrests and a second shutdown of the internet. Zimbabwe’s largest mobile phone operator Econet Wireless said on Friday it had again been ordered to shut down internet services until further notice, amid ongoing protests …

South Africa: Parties Will Have to Fork Out R200 000 to Participate in 2019 National Elections

To participate in this year’s national election, parties will have to pay R200 000. They will also have to pay R45 000 for every province in which they wish to compete. The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) announced in a statement on Friday that it had approved election deposits for the 2019 national and …

Medical News Today: Intermittent fasting boosts health by strengthening daily rhythms

Various versions of the intermittent fasting diet appear to have weight loss benefits. A new study investigating why they work concludes that circadian rhythms are key. Intermittent fasting has become popular, but how does it work? While the modern world appears awash with fad diets, people seem to be giving a fair bit of attention …

South Africa: Black Industrialist Textile Firm Creates Over 450 Jobs

Black industrialism in the textile sector has been taken to another level since the opening of an R81 million firm in Verulam, KwaZulu-Natal. Africa Bespoke Apparel (ABA) is a 100% black-owned company operating in the textile, clothing and footwear industry. The company is the first one among the black industrialists beneficiaries to create about 450 …

South Africa: SANDF Makes Progress With Vaal Project

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) says it is making inroads with the Vaal River rehabilitation project. SANDF members, who were deployed over the festive season, have rolled up their sleeves to clean the Vaal River, which is currently clogged by sewage, affecting several communities. Population growth, ageing infrastructure, vandalism and lack of capacity …

Drought, animal disease threaten South African farmers

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African grain and red meat farmers are bracing for hard times after dry weather conditions and an outbreak of the highly contagious foot and mouth disease suspended meat exports, officials said on Friday. FILE PHOTO: Cattle graze on a barren and parched land at a field in Hoopstad, a maize-producing district …

Daily bitcoin transactions on darknet markets doubled throughout 2018: report

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Use of bitcoin as a form of payment doubled in 2018 on darknet market sites, where users can buy anything from illegal drugs to fake IDs, even though the price of the cryptocurrency crashed, according to a study by data firm Chainalysis. FILE PHOTO: Representation of the Bitcoin virtual currency standing …

Tesla to cut workforce by 7 percent, sees small fourth-quarter profit

(Reuters) – Tesla Inc said on Friday it would cut thousands of jobs to rein in costs as it plans to increase production of lower priced versions of its crucial Model 3 sedan, sending its shares down 7 percent. A row of new Tesla Model 3 electric vehicles is seen at a parking lot in …

Thousands flee as militants kill more than 100 soldiers in northeast Nigeria: aid agencies

GENEVA (Reuters) – Armed groups have killed more than 100 soldiers and seized a huge stock of weapons in clashes in northeast Nigeria since Dec. 26, a report by a group of aid agencies said on Friday, weeks ahead of an election in which security is a campaign issue. An army spokesman denied the number …

U.S. manufacturing output posts biggest gain in 10 months

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – U.S. manufacturing output increased by the most in 10 months in December, boosted by a surge in the production of motor vehicles and a range of other goods, which could allay fears of a sharp slowdown in factory activity. FILE PHOTO: An Airbus A321 is being assembled in the final assembly line …

Comoros leader stirs anger by questioning outcry over Khashoggi killing

MORONI (Reuters) – Comoros President Azali Assoumani has provoked anger by saying the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul was an internal Saudi matter that did not warrant the international outrage it had triggered. “What’s wrong when a Saudi is assassinated in an embassy of Saudi Arabia?” Assoumani said …

Uganda: Parliament Orders Assessment on Impact of Social Media Tax

Parliament’s committee on Information and Communication Technology has ordered the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) ministry to conduct an assessment on the impact of the social media tax that was introduced by government at the beginning of the 2018/19 financial year. The committee chaired by Annet Nyakecho said Over The Top tax seems to negatively …

House committees to probe report Trump told lawyer to lie to Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two leading Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives promised to investigate U.S. President Donald Trump’s dealings with his personal lawyer Michael Cohen after a media report alleged Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress in violation of U.S. law. A combination photo shows U.S. President Donald Trump’s onetime personal attorney, Michael …

Poet quits Swedish Academy after being found to leak Nobel winner names

The member of the Swedish Academy and wife of Frenchman Jean-Claude Arnault, Katarina Frostenson (C), arrives to the Svea Hovratt appeal court together with laywer Bjorn Hurtig (R) and counsel Samuel Hartman (L) on the third day of Arnault’s appeal trial in Stockholm, Sweden, November 14, 2018. Jonas Ekstromer/TT News Agency/via REUTERS STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – …

Norway police says Oslo knife attack probed as ‘terror-related’

OSLO (Reuters) – A knife attack in a supermarket in Oslo on Thursday is being investigated as “terror-related”, the head of the Norwegian police security service (PST) said on Friday. The attack took place in the center of the Norwegian capital. A woman was knifed as she was paying at the till for groceries. The …

Liberia: Alleged Hacking of Lonestar Cell/MTN Network Occurred Months After Orange Acquired Cellcom

A V-SAT installation in Monrovia. By Rodney D. Sieh, Rodney Monrovia — According to court transcripts including oral submissions for the Prosecution in the case involving a large scale and unlawful interference, known as a cyber-attack, aimed at disrupting the regular operation of Lonestar Cell-MTN, telecommunications company, at the time of the alleged offense, Orange …

U.S. secretary of state to meet with North Korean counterpart: statement

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attends a news conference with Brazil’s Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo at Itamaraty Palace in Brasilia, Brazil January 2, 2019. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet with his North Korean counterpart in Washington later on Friday, the State Department said. Pompeo …

Ghana: Kasapreko Factory Will Open Up Tanoso – 1d1f Nat’l Coordinator

The National Coordinator of the One-District-One-Factory Secretariat (1D1F), Hon. Gifty Ohene Konadu, has lauded the leadership of Kasapreko Company Limited for conceiving the idea and taking steps to establish a subsidiary production unit in Tanoso in the Ashanti Region to take care of its client base in the Northern Sector of the country. She is …

Climate plans could make Germany’s ‘no limits’ Autobahns history

FILE PHOTO: Cars pass a 120 km/h (75 mph) speed limit sign on the A27 Autobahn near the northern German city of Bremen April 10, 2008. REUTERS/Morris Mac Matzen BERLIN (Reuters) – The days of unlimited speeding on Germany’s famously fast Autobahns could be over if the government adopts a series of draft proposals on …

Colombian ELN rebels behind Bogota car bomb attack that killed 21: government

BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombia’s ELN rebel group was responsible for the car bomb attack against a police academy that killed at least 21 and injured dozens, Defense Minister Guillermo Botero said on Friday. In Thursday’s attack, which the government described as an act of terrorism, the car broke through checkpoints into the grounds of the …

AT&T ads returning to YouTube, two years after pulling back over content

FILE PHOTO: The AT&T logo is pictured during the Forbes Forum 2017 in Mexico City, Mexico, September 18, 2017. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido (Reuters) – AT&T Inc (T.N) said Friday it will again buy advertising on Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) YouTube, nearly two years after the U.S. wireless carrier left the video platform when it discovered its ads …

U.S., North Korean diplomats meet in Stockholm to ease deadlock

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – High-ranking diplomats from the United States and North Korea are currently holding talks in Sweden aiming to end the stand-off between the two countries, a diplomatic source told Reuters on Friday. “After the meeting in Singapore things have ground to a halt. The purpose of this meeting is to inject some energy …

France to try 14 people over 2015 militant attacks

PARIS (Reuters) – France will put 14 people on trial over suspected connections to deadly attacks in and around Paris in January 2015, including an attack on the satirical publication Charlie Hebdo, a judicial source said on Friday. Ten of the 14 have been remanded in custody, while arrest warrants are out for three others. …

Elliott-target Pernod pledges to further improve governance

PARIS (Reuters) – Pernod Ricard (PERP.PA), the family-backed French spirits group under pressure from activist investor Elliott, will continue to improve its governance, it pledged on Friday. FILE PHOTO: Bottles of single malt scotch whisky The Glenlivet, part of the Pernod Ricard group, are pictured in a shop near Lausanne, Switzerland May 18, 2017. REUTERS/Denis …

Stock futures rise as trade hopes help sentiment

(Reuters) – U.S. stock futures rose for the fifth straight day on Friday, building on hopes that a bitter trade war between the United States and China would be resolved. FILE PHOTO: Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., January 10, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid Wall Street …

Gambia: Barrow Pledges to Reduce Unemployment By 12%

By Adam Jobe-Jallow President Adama Barrow yesterday pledged his government’s commitment to reduce youth unemployment from 38% to 25% by 2021 (medium term). He revealed that his government has already increased the budgetary allocation for the Ministry of Youth and Sports and its satellite agencies for better performance. Through the national Youth Council, a new …

A.J. Gallagher’s ‘clean coal’ business draws ire of green investors

BOSTON (Reuters) – Two of America’s best-known green investors are reassessing their stakes in global insurance broker Arthur J. Gallagher & Co’s after a Reuters investigation into the company’s lucrative side-business in “clean coal”. FILE PHOTO: A view of Duke Energyís Marshall Power Plant in Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, U.S., November 29, 2018. REUTERS/Chris Keane/File …

Exclusive: Trump meets with Cabinet officials to revive infrastructure push – sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump is reviving efforts to win approval for a significant infrastructure plan lasting up to 13 years, two people briefed on the matter said, as the administration seeks to bring a long-stalled campaign promise back to life. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the Missile Defense Review …

Banksy ‘snow’ pollution mural sold for over $130,000

LONDON (Reuters) – A mural by elusive British street artist Banksy depicting a child enjoying falling snow that is in fact pollution from a burning bin has been sold for over 100,000 pounds ($130,000) to a British art dealer. FILE PHOTO: People view new work by the artist Banksy that appeared during the week on …

India’s Sun Pharma tumbles on reports of fresh whistleblower complaint

(Reuters) – Shares of Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (SUN.NS) plunged 13 percent on Friday to near six-year lows, hit by reports that a whistleblower filed a complaint to regulators over transactions involving the top Indian drugmaker and its co-promotor. A guard walks inside the office of Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd in Mumbai, India, November 13, …

India’s Sun Pharma asks regulator to examine media report

FILE PHOTO: A bird flies past the logo of Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. installed on the facade of its corporate office in Mumbai, India, May 25, 2018. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas (Reuters) – Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (SUN.NS) on Friday asked India’s capital markets regulator to look into a media report about an alleged complaint by a …