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China and Trump Leave Europe Feeling Lonely

(Bloomberg) — In the daily onslaught of news — from the coronavirus to the U.S. presidential race — it would have been easy to miss a little fracas in the Baltics this week. On Tuesday, the Chinese embassy in Tallinn issued a blunt statement slamming the “ignorance, prejudice as well ... Read More »

S.Sudan citizens 'deliberately starved' by warring parties: UN

Hunger is being used as a weapon in South Sudan’s six-year-old conflict, the report says (AFP Photo/JOHN WESSELS) Nairobi (AFP) – South Sudan’s government forces and other armed groups have “deliberately starved” civilians by denying aid access and displacing communities, a United Nations rights probe said Thursday. In a report ... Read More »

Turkey unhappy with Ankara-Moscow talks on Syria offensive

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses to his ruling party’s legislator at parliament, in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. Erdogan said on Wednesday that time was running up for Syrian government forces to retreat from Syria’s northwestern Idlib province and warned of an “imminent” Turkish intervention to force the ... Read More »

UNifeed, the United Nations broadcast quality video news platform, joins Reuters Connect

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="LONDON, Feb. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ –&nbsp;Reuters today announced that UNifeed, the United Nations broadcast quality video news content platform, has joined the award-winning digital content marketplace, Reuters Connect, as a content distribution partner.” data-reactid=”11″>LONDON, Feb. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Reuters today announced that UNifeed, ... Read More »

RPT-NEWSMAKER-Iranian 'action man' sets sights on parliament

(Adds byline) By Parisa Hafezi DUBAI, Feb 19 (Reuters) – Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf’s record as a Revolutionary Guards air force commander, a war veteran and a national police chief has endeared him to Iran’s supreme leader and boosted his chances of becoming the next speaker of parliament after Friday’s election. ... Read More »

NEWSMAKER-Iranian 'action man' sets sights on parliament

DUBAI, Feb 19 (Reuters) – Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf’s record as a Revolutionary Guards air force commander, a war veteran and a national police chief has endeared him to Iran’s supreme leader and boosted his chances of becoming the next speaker of parliament after Friday’s election. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, whose grip ... Read More »

Merkel Says She Plans to Stay Out of Search for Successor

(Bloomberg) — Angela Merkel said she won’t get directly involved in choosing a new leader for her party or a candidate to succeed her as German chancellor, appearing to row back on previous comments. “My historical experience is that predecessors should stay out of such things,” Merkel said at a ... Read More »

Trump frees Blagojevich — and irritates Illinois Republicans

PARDON IN THE USA — President Donald Trump went on a clemency spree yesterday, commuting the prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) and granting pardons to financier Michael Milken and former San Francisco 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo Jr., among others. It’s unclear whether the requests went through ... Read More »

Conagra Brands Issues 2019 Update To Its Citizenship Report

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="CHICAGO, Feb. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ –&nbsp;Conagra Brands, Inc. (NYSE: CAG) today announced it has published its 2019 Citizenship Update Report (available online here), which provides a look at Conagra’s recent progress against key social and environmental initiatives. The Report focuses on actions that ... Read More »

China's Xi urges more protection for medical workers after deaths

A health worker checks the temperature of a patient at a hospital in Wuhan (AFP Photo/STR) More Beijing (AFP) – China’s President Xi Jinping called Wednesday for greater protection of medical staff fighting the new coronavirus after the deaths of prominent doctors sparked national anger at the government’s handling of ... Read More »

Sri Lanka says it will withdraw from UN rights resolution

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s prime minister said Wednesday that the government has decided to withdraw from co-sponsorship of a 2015 U.N. Human Rights Council resolution calling for the investigation of allegations of war crimes committed during the island nation’s long civil war. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s announcement ... Read More »

Erdogan criticizes EU move to enforce Libyan arms embargo

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a Pakistan-Turkey business forum, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. Erdogan is in Pakistan for a two-day state visit. (Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool) ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s president Wednesday criticized the European Union’s decision to launch a maritime effort focused ... Read More »

Iran's FM says his meeting with US senator spooked Trump

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks on the second day of the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer) TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s foreign minister said Wednesday that he believes his recent meeting with a U.S. senator had spooked the Trump administration ... Read More »

Critics slam UK post-Brexit immigration plans

London’s aim is to “reduce overall migration numbers”, a key demand of Brexit supporters (AFP Photo/DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS) More London (AFP) – Britain’s government on Wednesday faced a backlash over its new post-Brexit immigration plans, which are designed to cut “cheap Labour from Europe” in favour of high-skilled English speakers. The ... Read More »

Virus claims life of hospital director in hard-hit Wuhan

BEIJING (AP) — As a mysterious new virus enveloped central China’s Wuhan early this year, Liu Zhiming mobilized all the resources of his hospital in the city’s Wuchang district to deal with the thousands of sick people arriving daily, threatening to overwhelm the local health care system. That dedication appears ... Read More »

Cambodia's Coronavirus Complacency May Exact a Global Toll

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen, center, gives a flower to a passenger who disembarked from the MS Westerdam, owned by Holland America Line, at the port of Sihanoukville, Cambodia, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. Hundreds of cruise ship passengers long stranded at sea by virus fears cheered as they finally disembarked ... Read More »

What Pearl Jam wrote in a letter to Rep. Frank Pallone

ROCK AND SLOW YOUR ROLL — New Jersey Democratic Reps. Bill Pascrell and Frank Pallone Jr. are spearheading legislation aimed at cracking down on ticket gougers, scalpers and bots that scoop up seats and sell them on the secondary market at a higher cost. And artists are just as eager ... Read More »

Iran supreme leader says voting is 'religious duty'

Iranian women queue to vote in the 2017 presidential election in the Shiite holy city of Qom (AFP Photo/Ali SHAIGAN) More Tehran (AFP) – Iran’s supreme leader said Tuesday it is a “religious duty” for people to vote in this week’s general election and strengthen the Islamic republic against the ... Read More »

India builds wall along slum ahead of Trump visit

AHMEDABAD, India (AP) — A half-kilometer (1,640-foot) brick wall has been hastily erected in India’s Gujarat state ahead of a visit by U.S. President Donald Trump, with critics saying it was built to block the view of a slum area inhabited by more than 2,000 people. “Since they are spending ... Read More »

UN: Government must allow humanitarian corridors in NW Syria

Civilians flee from Idlib toward the north to find safety inside Syria near the border with Turkey, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. Syrian troops are waging an offensive in the last rebel stronghold. (AP Photo) GENEVA (AP) — Government forces and their allies must allow humanitarian corridors into conflict areas in ... Read More »

Michael Bloomberg has a terrible past. Will his money stop scrutiny into it?

<figcaption class="C($c-fuji-grey-h) Fz(13px) Py(5px) Lh(1.5)" title="Photograph: David J Phillip/AP” data-reactid=”11″> Photograph: David J Phillip/AP More <p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="During his tenure as mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg oversaw one of the most discriminatory surveillance programs in our nation’s history. His police department’s “Demographics Unit” ... Read More »

EU Says Johnson Will Be Blamed if Brexit Wrecks Trade with U.K.

(Bloomberg) — European Union Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan said the U.K. will have “full responsibility” for any damage to the British economy after the post-Brexit transition expires, countering a stinging attack by Boris Johnson’s government on the conditions set by Brussels for a follow-up deal. Hogan told a conference on ... Read More »

Yemen rebels: Death toll from strikes at 35, mostly children

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — At least three dozen people, including 26 children and six women, were killed in airstrikes by Saudi-led forces in Yemen over the weekend, Yemen’s Houthi rebels said, raising the death toll. The Iranian-backed rebels have said the Saudi-led coalition carried out retaliatory airstrikes early on Saturday ... Read More »

EU red tape strangling UK sausage prospects, say producers

By Elizabeth Howcroft LONDON, Feb 18 (Reuters) – British producers will not be able to export processed meat like sausages and burgers to Europe after Brexit unless they get a specific European Union health certificate which currently does not exist, the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) said. When the Brexit ... Read More »

Homeland Security waives contracting laws for border wall

FILE – In this Nov. 7, 2019 file photo, the first panels of levee border wall are seen at a construction site along the U.S.-Mexico border, in Donna, Texas. The Trump administration said Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, that it will waive federal contracting laws to speed construction of the border ... Read More »

EU States to Deploy Ships Off Libya in Sign of Military Muscle

(Bloomberg) — The European Union agreed to deploy warships to enforce an arms embargo on Libya in a move that underscores the increasing importance the bloc places on geopolitics as it seeks to defuse the conflict ravaging a major African oil producer. EU foreign ministers agreed on Monday to launch ... Read More »

Investors urge Japan to strengthen climate targets ahead of U.N. summit

By Matthew Green LONDON, Feb 17 (Reuters) – Investors managing $37 trillion in assets urged Japan to slash the country’s carbon emissions, saying on Monday that a strong signal from Tokyo could help galvanise international climate action ahead of a U.N. summit in Glasgow in November. Institutional investors, traditionally wary ... Read More »

Cameroon army blames accident for village 'massacre'

The Cameroon government has been battling armed separatists in English-speaking regions since October 2017 (AFP Photo/ALEXIS HUGUET) Yaoundé (AFP) – Cameroon’s army on Monday denied opposition charges that it had massacred villagers in a troubled anglophone region, blaming instead an “unfortunate accident” caused by an explosion of fuel during a ... Read More »

Suicide bomber in SW Pakistan kills 8 at Islamist rally

Pakistani rescue workers and volunteers help to remove victims at the site of a suicide bombing in Quetta, Pakistan, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. The powerful bomb killed a few people and wounded dozen others in Pakistan’s restive Baluchistan province local police said, when it struck an Islamist rally in the ... Read More »

Women in politics: Theresa May recounts 'sticky tape' moment

Former British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks at the Global Women’s Forum in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili) DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Former British Prime Minister Theresa May said Monday that early on in her political career, she vowed never to think ... Read More »

With 'Mother Nature in charge,' dams unleash floodwaters

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Days and days of heavy rain have created a dilemma for authorities managing dams along swollen rivers in Mississippi and Tennessee. The water has to be released eventually, worsening the flooding for people living downstream. <p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Dramatic video posted by ... Read More »

Virus fears rise after Cambodia's acceptance of cruise ship

Passengers stand on the top deck of the MS Westerdam while the cruise ship is docked in Sihanoukville, Cambodia Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. The feel-good story of how Cambodia allowed a cruise ship to dock after it was turned away elsewhere in Asia for fear of spreading the deadly virus ... Read More »

10 things you need to know today: February 17, 2020

1. <p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="More than 1,100 former Justice Department officials signed a letter released Sunday calling for Attorney General William Barr to resign. The open letter came days after Barr’s Justice Department overruled prosecutors and reduced a sentencing recommendation for President Trump’s longtime confidant Roger ... Read More »

Rare Release of Xi’s Speech on Virus Puzzles Top China Watchers

(Bloomberg) — China’s elite politics are a black box and the country’s leaders like to keep it that way. That’s what makes the events of this weekend so perplexing even to seasoned China watchers. On Saturday, the ruling Communist Party’s top theoretical publication, Qiushi Journal, released a speech showing that ... Read More »

Trump Goes Orthodox With His Trade Re-Election Pitch

(Bloomberg) — Want to receive this post in your inbox every day? Sign up for the Terms of Trade newsletter, and follow Bloomberg Economics on Twitter for more. President Donald Trump’s place in the history books is likely to be that of the iconoclastic disruptor. He was elected in 2016 ... Read More »

'The West is Winning,' Pompeo Said. The West Wasn't Buying It.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attends a news conference in the White House briefing room in Washington, Jan. 10, 2020. (Erin Schaff/The New York Times) More MUNICH — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appeared at an annual gathering of Western diplomats and business leaders to declare Saturday that “the West ... Read More »

Ivanka Trump lauds Saudi, UAE on women's rights reforms

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Ivanka Trump lauded Sunday a handful of Mideast countries, including close U.S. allies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, for embarking on “significant reforms” to advance women’s rights, while speaking at a gathering of women entrepreneurs and regional leaders in Dubai. The daughter ... Read More »

Iran's president: Trump doesn't want war ahead of 2020 vote

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani gives a press conference in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi) TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Sunday that he doesn’t believe the U.S. will pursue war with his country, because it will harm President Donald Trump’s 2020 reelection bid. ... Read More »

The Latest: Buttigieg says he's proud of his husband

Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks at the Clark County Democratic Party “Kick-Off to Caucus 2020” event, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 presidential campaign (all times local): 7:45 a.m. Democratic presidential candidate ... Read More »

U.N. official says 'unjustified' killings in Yemen conflict represent 'shocking' failure to 'protect civilians'

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Yemen's Houthi rebels said air raids conducted by the Western-backed Saudi-UAE-led military coalition killed more than 30 civilians Saturday just one day after the rebels said they shot down a Saudi jet fighter with a surface-to-air missile. The United Nations confirmed Saturday’s death ... Read More »

Iran's beleaguered President Rouhani rules out resigning

The government of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has come under fire over the state of Iran’s sanctions-hit economy and for allegedly failing to fulfil election promises (AFP Photo/ATTA KENARE) Tehran (AFP) – Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday ruled out resigning and vowed to see out his term, even as ... Read More »

UN: Warring parties in Yemen agree on major prisoner trade

Yemeni Shiite fighters stand guard during a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump’s Mideast plan in Sanaa, Yemen, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed) CAIRO (AP) — Yemen’s warring sides have agreed to implement a long-delayed and major prisoner swap, the United Nations said on Sunday, in a sign ... Read More »

UN: Antarctic high temp records will take months to verify

FILE – In this undated file photo, a lonely penguin appears in Antarctica during the southern hemisphere’s summer season. The temperature in northern Antarctica hit nearly 65 degrees (18.3 degrees Celsius), a likely heat record on the continent best known for snow, ice, and penguins. The reading was taken Thursday, ... Read More »

10 things you need to know today: February 16, 2020

1. <p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="American passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which has been quarantined in Japan since Feb. 3 due to 356 cases of coronavirus on board, are being evacuated Sunday. Around 400 American citizens will disembark, and those that have either not been ... Read More »