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  • Ex-congressman Gary Ackerman accused of violating a teenager

    Former U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman is being called a sexual "predator" in a lawsuit accusing the New York Democrat of violating a teenager at a Boy Scout camp five decades ago. The New York Post reports that in papers filed last week in state Supreme Court, the now 76-year-old Ackerman allegedly abused the 17-year-old while he was a director at the Ten Mile River Camp near upstate Narrowsburg, west of Poughkeepsie. According to the lawsuit, the teen said Ackerman took him to a back road where he tried to fondle him before forcing oral sex.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 22:36:05 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Hezbollah official: Israeli drone fell in south Beirut suburbs, second drone exploded

    An Israeli drone fell in the Hezbollah-dominated southern suburbs of Beirut and a second one exploded near the ground on Sunday, a Hezbollah official told Reuters, in the first such incident in more than a decade. The Israeli military said it does not comment on foreign reports. The second drone caused some damage when it crashed before dawn close to Hezbollah's media center in the Dahyeh suburbs of Lebanon’s capital Beirut, the Hezbollah official said.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 21:46:22 -0400
  • 8-year-old killed, 3 others injured in St. Louis shooting

    Police say an 8-year-old girl has been killed and three others injured in a shooting near a high school in St. Louis, bringing the number of children killed by gunfire in the city to at least a dozen since June. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the shooting happened about 8 p.m. Friday outside Harold's Chop Suey restaurant in the city's Academy neighborhood. Police Chief John Hayden said the girl, identified by police as Jurnee Thompson, and her family had attended a football exhibition about a block away at Soldan High School.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 21:44:39 -0400
  • Hong Kong police arrest 29 as city returns to violence, further protests planned

    Hong Kong police on Sunday said they arrested 29 people after clashes overnight in which volleys of tear gas were fired to break up anti-government protests and as the Asian financial hub braced for further demonstrations in the day. Activists on Saturday threw petrol bombs and bricks at the gritty industrial area of Kwun Tong, a densely populated area of the Chinese territory on the east of the Kowloon peninsula. Four MTR subway stations had been closed due to the protests.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 21:33:14 -0400
  • Married only minutes, Texas newlyweds killed in crash

    Harley Morgan was still wearing his dark suit and Rhiannon Boudreaux her wedding dress when the Texas "childhood sweethearts" were killed in a crash with a truck minutes after they were married. Nineteen-year-old Morgan and 20-year-old Boudreaux were pronounced dead Friday at the scene by the same justice of the peace who had just married them. You may kiss the bride," said Orange Police Cpt.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 21:22:27 -0400
  • South Korea begins military drills around disputed island amid feud with Japan

    South Korea's military will conduct two days of drills around a tiny island also claimed by Japan, Yonhap news agency reported on Sunday, just days after Seoul decided to scrap an intelligence-sharing pact with Tokyo amid worsening relations. Tokyo and Seoul have long been at loggerheads over the sovereignty of the group of islets called Takeshima in Japanese and Dokdo in Korean, which lie about halfway between the East Asian neighbours in the Sea of Japan, which Seoul refers to as the East Sea. South Koreas on Thursday had announced the scrapping of the intelligence-sharing pact with Japan, drawing a swift protest from Tokyo and deepening a decades-old dispute over history that has hit trade and undercut security cooperation over North Korea.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 20:50:32 -0400
  • Hezbollah official: Israeli drone falls in south Beirut suburbs, second drone crashes

    An Israeli drone fell in the southern suburbs of Beirut, dominated by the Iran-backed movement, and a second drone exploded near the ground before dawn on Sunday, a Hezbollah official told Reuters. The second drone caused damage when it crashed in a neighbourhood of the Dahyeh suburbs close to Hezbollah's media centre, the official said.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 20:48:38 -0400
  • Mexican reporter found dead with stab wounds amid escalating violence

    A Mexican journalist was found dead with stab wounds on Saturday, authorities said, adding to a growing list of reporter deaths in one of the world's most dangerous countries for the press. The state of Mexico prosecutor said it was investigating the cause of death of Nevith N., 42, whose body was found in the Tejupilco municipality about 75 miles (122 km) from Mexico City. Advocacy group Reporters Without Borders identified him as Nevith Condes Jaramillo, who ran the local news site El Observatorio del Sur in the central state of Mexico.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 20:17:38 -0400
  • IMF meets with Argentina's Treasury minister and central bank president

    Top Argentine finance officials met with a team from the International Monetary Fund on Saturday, the Treasury Ministry said, while tens of thousands of supporters of President Mauricio Macri gathered just outside the presidential palace, waving national flags and cheering. The IMF officials met with Treasury Minister Hernan Lacunza, who was just installed in that position on Tuesday, and central bank President Guido Sandleris, according to the Treasury Ministry statement. The IMF team on Friday said it planned to "exchange views" over the weekend with the economic advisers to Argentina's top presidential contenders in the October election, the incumbent Macri and opposition candidate Alberto Fernandez.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 20:05:27 -0400
  • Reuters US Domestic News Summary

    Liberal U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has completed a three-week course of radiation therapy to treat a cancerous tumor on her pancreas, a court spokeswoman said on Friday. The 86-year old justice, who has had previous cancer scares, tolerated the therapy well and no further treatment is required, spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said in a statement. A psychologist at the federal detention center in New York City where financier Jeffrey Epstein was jailed on sex-trafficking charges had approved his removal from suicide watch before he killed himself, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 19:54:48 -0400
  • Reuters World News Summary

    Following is a summary of current world news briefs. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has asked his attorney general whether parliament can be shut down for five weeks from Sept. 9 in what appears to be an attempt to stop lawmakers forcing a further extension to Brexit, The Observer reported. An email from senior government advisers to an adviser in Johnson's office written in the last ten days says the prime minister recently requested guidance on the legality of such a move, known as proroguing, the newspaper said.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 19:54:47 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-'Star Wars,' 'Frozen,' Marvel, Mulan show fans the force is with Disney

    ANAHEIM, Calif., Aug 24 (Reuters) - "Star Wars" actors teased an epic sendoff, the cast of "Frozen" sang, and action movie star Dwayne Johnson rolled out in a river boat as Walt Disney Co promoted its upcoming film slate to devoted fans on Saturday. New footage from "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" showed heroine Rey (Daisy Ridley) wielding a red, two-sided lightsaber, generating thunderous applause from roughly 6,000 people in the Anaheim Convention Center for the company's D23 Expo fan event. The movie is the ninth installment in the space saga started 40 years ago by George Lucas.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 19:37:36 -0400
  • Britain's leader says trade deal with US won't be easy

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    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned Saturday that getting a trade deal with the United State won't be "plain sailing" because of barriers to the United Kingdom's goods in American markets. Speaking to reporters as he flew to France for the Group of Seven meeting, Johnson cited examples small and large of British goods that struggle in U.S. markets for bureaucratic reasons.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 19:21:52 -0400
  • Police are trying to arrest their way out of a mass shooting epidemic, and experts warn that law enforcement can't shoulder the entire burden

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    The arrests won't fully or permanently stop a person determined to inflict mass death — and the US is nowhere near close to tackling the root causes.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 19:04:00 -0400
  • Trade and economy in focus as G7 leaders get down to work

    Leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy nations will discuss global trade woes at their annual summit on Sunday, likely laying bare a yawning divide between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Western allies. The G7 gathering is taking place against a backdrop of growing worries about a global economic downturn and coincides with an era of international disunity across an array of issues that have strained decades-old allegiances. Trump joined the leaders from France, Britain, Japan, Germany, Italy and Canada in the French coastal resort of Biarritz for three days of talks that kicked off on Saturday with an ambitious agenda that includes the defence of democracy, gender equality, education and climate change.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 19:00:00 -0400
  • Democrats quash climate debate push from activists

    The Democratic National Committee is quashing a push from climate activists and some national party members who want a 2020 presidential primary debate devoted exclusively to the climate crisis. The national party committee on Saturday rejected a resolution that would have authorized a climate debate. The move drew rebukes from the Sunrise Movement and other activists who say the party leadership is ignoring young voters' priorities.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 18:30:45 -0400
  • Democrats quash climate debate push from activists

    The Democratic National Committee is quashing a push from climate activists and some national party members who want a 2020 presidential primary debate devoted exclusively to the climate crisis. The national party committee on Saturday rejected a resolution that would have authorized a climate debate. The move drew rebukes from the Sunrise Movement and other activists who say the party leadership is ignoring young voters' priorities.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 18:30:39 -0400
  • 'Star Wars,' 'Frozen,' Marvel, Mulan show fans the force is with Disney

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (Reuters) - "Star Wars" actors teased an epic sendoff, the cast of "Frozen" sang, and action movie star Dwayne Johnson rolled out in a river boat as Walt Disney Co promoted its upcoming film slate to devoted fans on Saturday. New footage from "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" showed heroine Rey (Daisy Ridley) wielding a red, two-sided lightsaber, generating thunderous applause from roughly 6,000 people in the Anaheim Convention Center for the company's D23 Expo fan event. The movie is the ninth installment in the space saga started 40 years ago by George Lucas.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 18:15:13 -0400
  • Golf-Six spectators hurt after lightning strike at Tour Championship

    Six spectators were injured when lightning struck a tree during the Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta on Saturday, a Tour official said on American broadcaster NBC. The network said the spectators were hit by falling debris as the result of a lightning strike about 28 minutes after play had been halted during the third round. The PGA Tour has suspended the third round for the remainder of the day.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 18:10:12 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Athletics-USADA confirms Coleman charges after he says reports not true

    American sprinter Christian Coleman has been charged with a potential anti-doping rule violation for failing to properly file his whereabouts information, the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said on Saturday. USADA issued a statement after Coleman, the U.S. 100 metres champion, said media reports he had committed whereabouts violations which could jeopardise his participation in next month's world championships were "simply not true".

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 18:04:38 -0400
  • Disney displays its movie force with 'Star Wars,' 'Frozen,' Marvel and 'Mulan'

    ANAHEIM, Calif., Aug 24 (Reuters) - "Star Wars" actors teased an epic sendoff, the cast of "Frozen" sang, and action movie star Dwayne Johnson rolled out in a river boat as Walt Disney Co promoted its upcoming film slate to devoted fans on Saturday. New footage from "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" showed heroine Rey (Daisy Ridley) wielding a red, two-sided lightsaber, generating thunderous applause from roughly 6,000 people in the Anaheim Convention Center for the company's D23 Expo fan event. The movie is the ninth installment in the space saga started 40 years ago by George Lucas.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 17:53:41 -0400
  • 'Most humiliating experience of my life:' Black North Carolina man after false burglar alarm

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    An African-American homeowner says he endured the "most humiliating experience of my life" when white police officers answered a false burglar alarm at his North Carolina home and ended up placing him in handcuffs at gunpoint and walking him to a police car in just his underwear as his neighbors watched. "I was counting the seconds because I thought he was going to kill me," Kazeem Oyeneyin, 31, told ABC News on Saturday of the confrontation with police at his home in Raleigh. Raleigh police official said the incident is under investigation.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 17:50:55 -0400
  • UAE minister calls Saudi-UAE coalition a strategic necessity in Yemen

    "As a result of our strategic relationship with Saudi Arabia, it is the one deciding whether to continue our role in supporting stability in Yemen within the Arab coalition or not," Gargash said in another tweet.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 17:46:59 -0400
  • Appeals judge in Georgia dies; DA says homicide unlikely

    An appeals judge in Georgia was found Saturday shot dead behind his Albany home, but officials do not believe it was a homicide. Albany police were dispatched to the residence and found Judge Stephen Goss, 60, in a wooded area dead from a gunshot wound, news outlets reported. Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards said the investigation is ongoing, but it doesn't appear to be a homicide.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 17:46:50 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-North Korean leader Kim oversaw test of 'super-large multiple rocket launcher' - KCNA

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the test of a "super-large multiple rocket launcher" on Saturday, state news agency KCNA reported on Sunday. North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast, the South Korean military said, the latest in a series of launches in recent weeks amid stalled denuclearisation talks. Photos released by North Korean state media showed rockets launching from large tubes mounted on the back of an eight-wheel vehicle.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 17:39:01 -0400
  • Family stayed in Syrian town during offensive as rebels ousted

    Russia-backed Syrian forces found Abu Abdo and family this week in Khan Sheikhoun, a town which almost all other residents had fled during shelling in an offensive to take the area from rebel fighters. Khan Sheikhoun was one of the towns lost early in the eight-year-old war to rebels opposed to the rule of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. There was a huge number of fighters here," Abu Abdo said, referring to the rebels.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 17:36:49 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-UK PM Johnson seeks legal advice on five-week parliament closure - The Observer

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has asked his attorney general whether parliament can be shut down for five weeks from Sept. 9 in what appears to be an attempt to stop lawmakers forcing a further extension to Brexit, The Observer reported. An email from senior government advisers to an adviser in Johnson's office written in the last ten days says the prime minister recently requested guidance on the legality of such a move, known as proroguing, the newspaper said. "The claim that the government is considering proroguing parliament in September in order to stop MPs debating Brexit is entirely false," a government spokesman said.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 17:36:15 -0400
  • UK's Johnson tells Trump: Lower your trade barriers to seal UK deal

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson used a pre-G7 summit phone call to U.S. President Donald Trump to demand he lower trade barriers and open up parts of the U.S. economy to British firms, citing a wide range of markets from cars to cauliflowers. The two spoke on Friday ahead of the meeting of world leaders in the French resort of Biarritz, where they are expected to talk up the prospect of a bilateral trade deal once Britain leaves the European Union. Johnson listed what he said were restrictions or tariffs on shower base units, wallpaper, fabric, cars, railway carriages, pork pies, cauliflowers, micro-brewery beer, insurance, public procurement contracts, bell peppers, wine and rulers.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 17:30:00 -0400
  • Next Bank of England chief must be independent and "first class" - PM Johnson

    The next governor of the Bank of England has to be someone who is independent and "first class in every respect", British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Saturday, declining to answer on whether the successful candidate had to be a Brexit supporter. "The next Bank of England governor will somebody who is absolutely first class in every respect, and who is independent - those are the two most important qualifications," Johnson told reporters on his way to a G7 summit in France. Current BoE governor Mark Carney is due to stand down at the end of January 2020.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 17:30:00 -0400
  • Texas man accused of fatally shooting boss after being fired

    Authorities allege a 22-year-old suburban Houston man fatally shot his boss after being fired. Jatraveous Williams remained jailed on Saturday after being charged with murder in the death of 56-year-old Leonard John Ruffer. The Harris County Sheriff's Office alleges Williams shot Ruffer, who owned a floor installation business, after Ruffer fired him.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 17:19:04 -0400
  • Israel strikes at Iranian forces in Syria to foil attack -military

    Israeli aircraft on Saturday struck Iranian forces near Damascus that were planning to launch armed drones at targets in Israel, an Israeli military spokesman said. "The strike targeted Iranian Quds Force operatives and Shiite militias which were preparing to advance attack plans targeting sites in Israel from within Syria over the last number of days," the military said in a statement. A military spokesman told reporters the forces were preparing to launch "killer drones" at Israel.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 17:08:22 -0400
  • Reuters Health News Summary

    Following is a summary of current health news briefs. GlaxoSmithKline said an experimental multiple myeloma treatment has shown a meaningful response in patients that have run out of three previous treatment options, in a boost for the British drugmaker's cancer drug business. Two doses of belantamab mafodotin helped subdue the disease in adults who had received three prior treatments for multiple myeloma, a cancer of the white blood cells, GSK said on Friday.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 16:57:10 -0400
  • Reuters Entertainment News Summary

    A judge in Chicago on Friday named a special prosecutor to probe the case involving former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett's allegation that he was the victim of a racist attack, which authorities have ruled a hoax. Cook County Judge Michael Toomin appointed former U.S. Attorney Dan Webb to investigate the case. The Rolling Stones have rocked stages around the world in their more than 50-year career.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 16:57:10 -0400
  • Reuters Science News Summary

    Scientists in Florida have artificially induced reproductive spawning of an endangered Atlantic coral species for the first time in an aquarium setting, a breakthrough they say holds great promise in efforts to restore depleted reefs in the wild. The achievement, announced this week at the Florida Aquarium in Apollo Beach near Tampa, borrowed from lab techniques developed at the London-based Horniman Museum and Gardens and used previously to induce spawning of 18 species of Pacific coral, officials said. A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying a humanoid robot failed to dock with the International Space Station (ISS) on Saturday, Russian news agencies reported, citing a live broadcast.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 16:57:08 -0400
  • Reuters People News Summary

    A judge in Chicago on Friday named a special prosecutor to probe the case involving former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett's allegation that he was the victim of a racist attack, which authorities have ruled a hoax. Cook County Judge Michael Toomin appointed former U.S. Attorney Dan Webb to investigate the case. Former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday morning on an indictment in connection with his upcoming criminal trial, a spokesman for the Manhattan district attorney said on Thursday.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 16:57:08 -0400
  • UPDATE 3-Israel hits Iranian force in Syria to stop 'killer drones' - military

    JERUSALEM/DAMASCUS, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Israeli aircraft on Saturday struck Iranian forces near Damascus that had been planning to launch "killer drones" at targets in Israel, an Israeli military spokesman said. "The strike targeted Iranian Quds Force operatives and Shiite militias which were preparing to advance attack plans targeting sites in Israel from within Syria over the last number of days," the military said in a statement.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 16:55:54 -0400
  • Britain will withhold $37 billion from EU in no-deal Brexit - Mail on Sunday

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to tell European Union leaders he will withhold 30 billion pounds ($37 billion) from the Brexit divorce bill unless they agree to changes to the deal, the Mail on Sunday reported. If Britain leaves the bloc without a trade deal, lawyers have concluded the government's will only have to pay the EU 9 billion pounds, rather than 39 billion pounds, the newspaper reported.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 16:54:47 -0400
  • EXCLUSIVE-Sudan needs up to $10 billion in aid to rebuild economy, new PM says

    Sudan needs $8 billion in foreign aid over the next two years to cover its import bill and help rebuild its ravaged economy after months of political turmoil, its new prime minister said on Saturday. Abdalla Hamdok, sworn in three days earlier to head a transitional government after the ousting of veteran leader Omar al-Bashir, said up to another $2 billion of foreign reserves deposits were needed in the next three months to halt a fall in the currency. The 61-year-old economist, who has worked for the U.N. Economic Commission for Africa, said he had started talks with the IMF and the World Bank to discuss restructuring Sudan's crippling debt, and had approached friendly nations and funding bodies about the aid.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 16:27:21 -0400
  • UK PM Johnson seeks legal advice on five-week parliament closure - The Observer

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has asked his attorney general whether parliament can be shut down for five weeks from Sept. 9 in what appears to be an attempt to stop lawmakers forcing a further extension to Brexit, The Observer reported. An email from senior government advisers to an adviser in Johnson's office written in the last ten days says the prime minister recently requested guidance on the legality of such a move, the newspaper said. The legal guidance given in the email is that shutting parliament may well be possible, unless the courts agree to demands by anti-Brexit campaigners to block such a move, the Observer reported.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 16:26:59 -0400
  • Qatari envoy says Israel, Hamas committed to truce despite violence

    Israel and the Islamist group Hamas have no desire to go to war despite an uptick in violence, the Qatari envoy who helped mediate a truce between the sides along the volatile Gaza border, said on Saturday. "Both sides are committed (to the truce) and they have no war intentions at all," Mohammed Al-Emadi told Reuters on a visit to Gaza after a series of border confrontations in which Israel says it has killed at least eight Palestinian militants who tried to infiltrate its territory. Hamas has fought three wars with Israel over the past decade and tensions along the Gaza border are high with frequent fatalities.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 16:01:53 -0400
  • White ‘vigilante’ convicted of killing unarmed black man over parking space

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    A white man who shot and killed an unarmed black man in front of his five-year-old son in an argument over a disabled parking space has been convicted of manslaughter.Michael Drejka shot Markeis McGlockton outside a store in Clearwater, Florida, later telling police he had a “pet peeve” about illegal parking in disabled spaces.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 15:59:10 -0400
  • Athletics-Filing violation reports 'not true', says Coleman

    American sprinter Christian Coleman said on Saturday that reports he has committed doping whereabouts violations were "simply not true" and he expects to compete in next month's world championships. A British newspaper report this week alleged that Coleman had committed three whereabouts violations in the past 12 months which could jeopardise his participation in the world championships and next year's Olympic Games. "I'm not a guy who takes any supplements at all, so I'm never concerned about taking drug tests, at any times," Coleman said in a statement.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 15:51:29 -0400
  • EXCLUSIVE-Sudan needs $8 billion aid to rebuild ravaged economy, new PM says

    Sudan needs $8 billion in foreign aid over the next two years to cover its import bill and help rebuild its ravaged economy after months of political turmoil, its new prime minister said on Saturday. Abdalla Hamdok, sworn in three days earlier in to head a transitional ruling body after the ousting of veteran leader Omar al-Bashir, said up to another $2 billion of foreign reserves deposits were needed in the next three months to halt a fall in the currency. The economist who has worked for the U.N. Economic Commission for Africa, said he had started talks with the IMF and the World Bank to discuss restructuring Sudan's crippling debt and had approached friendly nations and funding bodies about the aid.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 15:18:34 -0400
  • Fed's Mester sees downside risk from escalating trade war

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    Cleveland Federal Reserve President Loretta Mester said on Saturday she sees "big downside risk" from rising trade uncertainty, and will be watching how businesses and consumers react ahead of the U.S. central bank's next policy meeting. Mester, who opposed the Fed's interest rate cut last month, spoke a day after the U.S.-China trade war escalated sharply, with Beijing and Washington slapping additional tariffs on each other's goods and President Donald Trump calling on U.S. companies to exit China. Whether trade and other policy moves will knock a U.S. economy chugging along at an expected 2% annual growth rate remains to be seen, Mester told Reuters on the sidelines of the Fed's annual central banking conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 15:15:21 -0400
  • Fed's Mester sees downside risk from escalating trade war

    Cleveland Federal Reserve President Loretta Mester said on Saturday she sees "big downside risk" from rising trade uncertainty, and will be watching how businesses and consumers react ahead of the U.S. central bank's next policy meeting. Mester, who opposed the Fed's interest rate cut last month, spoke a day after the U.S.-China trade war escalated sharply, with Beijing and Washington slapping additional tariffs on each other's goods and President Donald Trump calling on U.S. companies to exit China. Whether trade and other policy moves will knock a U.S. economy chugging along at an expected 2% annual growth rate remains to be seen, Mester told Reuters on the sidelines of the Fed's annual central banking conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 15:06:31 -0400
  • Felix Sater: Trump wanted to reveal my secret CIA, FBI work during the campaign

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    During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump wanted to reveal years of secret work that his one-time real estate adviser Felix Sater did for the CIA and FBI, Sater tells the Yahoo News “Skullduggery” podcast.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 15:00:21 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-S.African court impounds Tanzanian plane in compensation case- lawyer

    DAR ES SALAAM/JOHANNESBURG, Aug 24 (Reuters) - South African authorities impounded an Airbus 220-300 aircraft leased by Tanzania's national flag carrier following a court application by a retired farmer who is owed compensation by the Tanzanian government, the farmer's lawyer said. The plane had been scheduled to fly from the Oliver Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on Friday, but was seized on an order issued by the Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg, Tanzania's transport ministry said in a statement on Friday.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 14:36:34 -0400
  • Hong Kong police fire tear gas at pro-democracy protesters after chaos erupts

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    Protesters who've taken pro-democracy demonstrations to the streets of Hong Kong every weekend since early June clashed on Saturday with riot-ready police who deployed tear gas after demonstrators hurled bricks and Molotov cocktails at them and refused orders to clear roadways. Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Hong Kong, a city of 7.4 million people, blocking traffic on a main thoroughfare with their bodies and by piling wooden pallets, boards, trash cans and other debris across lanes.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 14:32:00 -0400
  • The Latest: Trump dining with G-7 leaders in France

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    President Donald Trump is dining with world leaders attending the annual Group of Seven summit in France. The French presidency has chosen five local chefs, all with Michelin stars, to prepare meals featuring local Basque cuisine for the summit. President Donald Trump French and French President Emmanuel Macron discussed economic and trade issues, as well as security challenges, during their private lunch ahead of the Group of Seven summit in Biarritz.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 14:18:58 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-French police fire tear gas, water cannons at anti-G7 protesters

    French riot police used water cannons and tear gas on Saturday to disperse anti-capitalism protesters in Bayonne, near the resort of Biarritz where President Emmanuel Macron and G7 nation allies were meeting for a three-day summit. A police helicopter circled as dozens of protesters, some hurling stones, shouted slogans and abuse at the lines of police in the Basque town's historic centre.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 14:18:31 -0400
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