• Passengers from China's Wuhan arriving in Rome checked for coronavirus: airport spokesman Link https://t.co/mvuwNysb6x
    Reuters Thu 23 Jan 2020 10:35

    MILAN (Reuters) - Passengers on a China Southern Airlines flight from the Chinese city of Wuhan arriving at Rome’s Fiumicino airport early on Thursday were checked for signs of coronavirus, an airport spokesman said.

    The check on the 202 passengers and crew was the first since Italian health authorities ordered special control measures to prevent transmission of the virus this week. There was no information on any possible suspected cases.

  • Drone captures annual migration of gray whales in Newport Beach, California https://t.co/N4srHaYgDO
    Reuters Thu 23 Jan 2020 10:30
  • Democrat Schumer: impeachment witness trade involving Hunter Biden "off the table" Link https://t.co/NNV7YRjkCx
    Reuters Thu 23 Jan 2020 10:30

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday ruled out a so-called witness trade in which Republicans call witnesses Democrats want in exchange for former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden testifying in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial.

    “I think that’s off the table. First of all the Republicans have the right to bring in any witness they want. They haven’t wanted to and that trade is not on the table,” Schumer told reporters during a break in the Senate trial.

    Schumer said earlier that only witnesses with direct knowledge of Trump’s actions related to Ukraine should testify.

  • Indigenous Australians say traditional land burning could help counter bushfires Link https://t.co/MQF84v196t
    Reuters Thu 23 Jan 2020 10:25

    ILLAROO, Australia (Reuters) - As bushfires engulf parts of southeastern Australia, indigenous Australians say their traditional land burning methods could help contain out-of-control blazes that have led to the worst wildfire season on record.

  • Ukraine PM in Davos: government and prime minister do not plan to resign Link https://t.co/DJQ668uSG9
    Reuters Thu 23 Jan 2020 10:20

    KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine’s government and Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk do not plan to resign and have good relations with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Honcharuk said on Thursday.

    “The government is not going anywhere, we continue to work and do not plan any resignations,” Honcharuk told an economic forum in Davos.

    Last week Honcharuk offered to quit after an audio recording suggested he had criticized the president. Zelenskiy allowed him to keep his job.

  • Britain's ASOS shows recovery with Christmas sales beat Link https://t.co/VXPReBQRMZ
    Reuters Thu 23 Jan 2020 10:10

    LONDON (Reuters) - ASOS (ASOS.L) beat analysts’ expectations for sales growth over Christmas, indicating that management at the British online fashion retailer has addressed operational issues that plagued it in 2019, sending its shares sharply higher.

  • If the World Health Organization declares China’s coronavirus outbreak a global emergency, it will be the sixth international public health emergency in the last decade Link https://t.co/Ht1BWEWAFj
    Reuters Thu 23 Jan 2020 10:00

    BEIJING (Reuters) - China put on lockdown on Thursday two cities at the epicentre of a new coronavirus outbreak that has killed 17 people and infected nearly 600, as health authorities around the world scramble to prevent a global pandemic.

    Health officials fear the transmission rate will accelerate as hundreds of millions of Chinese travel at home and abroad during week-long holidays for the Lunar New Year, which begins on Saturday.

    The previously unknown virus strain is believed to have emerged late last year from illegally traded wildlife at an animal market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

    Most transport in Wuhan, a city of 11 million people, was suspended on Thursday morning and people were told not to leave. Hours later, state media in neighbouring Huanggang, a city of some 6 million people, said it was imposing a similar lockdown.

    Chinese...

  • Strikes over pension reform reduce French power generation Link https://t.co/HuFuETZXAP
    Reuters Thu 23 Jan 2020 10:00

    PARIS (Reuters) - Strikes by workers protesting against plans to change France’s pension system reduced power generation by more than 3 gigawatts by 0725 GMT on Thursday, including 1.8 GW at hydro power stations, data showed.

    The disruption represents around 3.7% of available production capacity as of Thursday morning, data from RTE and state-controlled power group EDF (EDF.PA) showed.

    Electricity demand is forecast at around 81 GW due to cold weather. France was a net power importer during the morning peak demand period, the data showed.

    President Emmanuel Macron wants to simplify and streamline France’s existing set-up of 42 different pension schemes, in a move which he argues will make the system fairer but which critics say will result in people having to work for longer.

    Trade unions have led protests against the pension reforms since December, with...

  • Exclusive: Trafigura to buy Angolan general's stake in Puma Energy - sources Link https://t.co/e8vK1KxxTl
    Reuters Thu 23 Jan 2020 09:55

    LONDON (Reuters) - Global commodities trader Trafigura is in advanced talks to buy more than 10% of an Angolan general’s stake in its fuel retail arm Puma Energy by the end of the year, sources familiar with the matter said.

  • World leaders gather in Jerusalem for Auschwitz forum, without Poland Link https://t.co/PExwa6056H
    Reuters Thu 23 Jan 2020 09:50

    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Dozens of world leaders will convene in Jerusalem on Thursday to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, amid a backdrop of rising anti-Semitism in Europe and the United States.

  • Swiss police used water cannons, rubber bullets and tear gas to subdue demonstrators in Zurich who ignited fireworks and threw bottles as part of a protest targeting #WEF20 Link #ReutersDavos https://t.co/TpsNk8ZiGG
    Reuters Thu 23 Jan 2020 09:45

    ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss police on Wednesday used water cannons, rubber bullets and tear gas to subdue demonstrators in Zurich who ignited fireworks and threw bottles as part of a protest targeting the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) conference in Davos.

    Three people were arrested, one passerby was injured by fireworks and a policeman was hospitalized with unspecified injuries, Zurich police said in a news release after the demonstration broke up mid-evening.

    Several hundred people marched in the permitted demonstration entitled “Zurich against WEF” in the streets near the Swiss banking capital’s downtown.

    In addition to opposition to the annual confab of global business and political leaders in Davos, about 150 km (93 miles) from Zurich, that included a visit from U.S. President Donald Trump, demonstrators called for swifter action on climate change.

    Some...

  • A violent altercation that escalated into gunfire in downtown Seattle left one woman dead and six other bystanders wounded outside a fast-food restaurant. Police said they were searching for at least two suspects Link https://t.co/ZMgIZwmyl4
    Reuters Thu 23 Jan 2020 09:40

    (Reuters) - A violent altercation that escalated into gunfire in downtown Seattle left one woman dead and six other bystanders wounded outside a fast-food restaurant on Wednesday, and police said they were searching for at least two suspects.

    The precise circumstances of the shooting, what precipitated the bloodshed and the number of people involved remained murky hours after the incident, which unfolded in a busy shopping district during the evening rush-hour.

    The violence, which investigators deemed was “not a random incident,” grew out of a dispute in front of a McDonald’s restaurant, Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best told reporters at a briefing near the crime scene.

    “People pulled out guns, shots rang out, people ran in various directions,” she said.

    The chief added there were “multiple people involved as shooters” who apparently fled the scene, but she...

  • California governor seeks free surplus federal land to help house homeless Link https://t.co/DaqkjEjehK
    Reuters Thu 23 Jan 2020 09:40

    (Reuters) - California Governor Gavin Newsom, stepping up his bid to enlist U.S. government help to combat homelessness, has urged the Trump administration to open up surplus federal property for construction of more low-cost housing across the state.

  • Just when the Swiss mountain spat between President Trump and Greta Thunberg seemed to have blown over, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin took a new dig at the young climate activist Link https://t.co/cTKAtQAzzV
    Reuters Thu 23 Jan 2020 09:40

    DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Just when the Swiss mountain spat between U.S. President Donald Trump and Greta Thunberg seemed to have blown over, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin took a new dig at the young climate activist on Thursday.

    Asked during a news conference about Thunberg’s call to divest from fossil fuels, Mnuchin said: “Is she the chief economist? ... After she goes and studies economics in college, she can come back and explain that to us.”

    Mnuchin’s quip came two days after Trump and Thunberg sparred indirectly at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort of Davos. After Trump said the U.S. had committed to joining the one trillion tree initiative, Thunberg retorted that fixing the climate crisis was not only about trees.

    Before he left Davos, however, Trump seemed to extend an olive branch, saying he wished he had seen Thunberg speak....

  • ECB to launch review that will redefine its mission and tools Link https://t.co/iL3bd2dBX9
    Reuters Thu 23 Jan 2020 09:35

    FRANKFURT (Reuters) - European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde is set to launch a broad review of its policy on Thursday that is likely to see her redefine the ECB’s main goal and how to achieve it.

  • Britain to United States: We want a trade deal and a digital tax Link https://t.co/RUVo9hSv5l
    Reuters Thu 23 Jan 2020 09:25

    LONDON (Reuters) - Britain wants a trade deal with the United States but will impose a digital service tax on the revenue of companies such as Google, Facebook and Amazon, business minister Andrea Leadsom said on Thursday.

    “The United States and the United Kingdom are committed to entering into a trade deal with each other and we have a very strong relationship that goes back centuries so some of the disagreements that we might have over particular issues don’t in any way damage the excellent and strong and deep relationship between the U.S. and the UK,” Leadsom told Talk Radio.

    “There are always tough negotiations and tough talk but I think where the tech tax is concerned it’s absolutely vital that these huge multinationals who are making incredible amounts of income and profit should be taxed and what we want to do is to work internationally with the rest of the world to...

  • U.S. economy to coast, no big boost expected from trade deal: Reuters poll Link https://t.co/ZK3R8ZNiS8
    Reuters Thu 23 Jan 2020 09:25

    BENGALURU (Reuters) - The initial trade deal between Washington and Beijing is unlikely to provide a significant boost to the U.S. economy and will only reduce the downside risk or at best help activity moderately, a Reuters poll showed.

  • Britain says Huawei alternatives are limited, decision soon: minister Link https://t.co/XgiXrDXVT4
    Reuters Thu 23 Jan 2020 09:25

    LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will soon decide what role China’s Huawei will have in its 5G telecommunications network but there are only a limited number of alternative providers, business minister Andrea Leadsom said on Thursday.

    “Well there are other providers but they are limited, ideally there would be more providers of infrastructure similar to the work that Huawei does but the UK is looking very carefully at this issue and we will be making a final decision soon,” Leadsom told Sky.

    “It is an ongoing process and there are all sorts of factors to take into consideration as you say like the availability of other providers, like the work that Huawei already done in the United Kingdom, so these discussions are ongoing,” she said.

    Huawei, the world’s biggest producer of telecoms equipment, is under intense scrutiny after the United States told allies not to use its...

  • From @Breakingviews 2020 Predictions panel: M&A opportunities in climate finance #BVPredicts https://t.co/WFvnHuOfNY
    Reuters Thu 23 Jan 2020 09:20
  • 'Is she the chief economist? ... After she goes and studies economics in college, she can come back and explain that to us,' U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Greta Thunberg Link Follow the latest #ReutersDavos coverage Reuters Thu 23 Jan 2020 09:15

    DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Just when the Swiss mountain spat between U.S. President Donald Trump and Greta Thunberg seemed to have blown over, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin took a new dig at the young climate activist on Thursday.

    Asked during a news conference about Thunberg’s call to divest from fossil fuels, Mnuchin said: “Is she the chief economist? ... After she goes and studies economics in college, she can come back and explain that to us.”

    Mnuchin’s quip came two days after Trump and Thunberg sparred indirectly at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort of Davos. After Trump said the U.S. had committed to joining the one trillion tree initiative, Thunberg retorted that fixing the climate crisis was not only about trees.

    Before he left Davos, however, Trump seemed to extend an olive branch, saying he wished he had seen Thunberg speak....

  • Iran welcomes dialogue with Gulf neighbors: foreign minister tweets Link https://t.co/ivCQs0Hprd
    Reuters Thu 23 Jan 2020 09:15

    DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran welcomes dialogue with its Gulf neighbors, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday, amid heightened tension in the Middle East.

    “Iran remains open to dialogue with its neighbours and we announce our readiness to participate in any complementary work that is in the interest of the region,” Zarif wrote in Arabic on Twitter.

  • France's Le Maire: still hopeful of digital tax deal Link https://t.co/ZazLxwgsZF
    Reuters Thu 23 Jan 2020 09:10

    DAVOS (Reuters) - French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Thursday that he remained hopeful of reaching a global digital tax deal, despite an initial failure to strike an agreement on the issue with the United States.

    “We are moving in the right direction,” Le Maire told Reuters TV at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss resort of Davos, adding he still thought France was close to being able to reach a deal with the United States on the matter.

    On Wednesday, France and the United States failed to agree on how to push forward a global rewrite of decades-old cross-border tax rules, although they agreed to set aside a bilateral row on digital taxation.

  • Rep. Adam Schiff said at Trump's impeachment trial in the Senate that the president had pushed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son on unsubstantiated corruption charges last year Link https://t.co/goS4qIcvVn
    Reuters Thu 23 Jan 2020 09:00

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats accused President Donald Trump at his impeachment trial on Wednesday of a corrupt scheme to pressure Ukraine to help him get re-elected and warned that America’s global prestige would suffer if the U.S. Senate acquits him.

    The Republican Trump, who has denied wrongdoing, sounded a defiant note, telling reporters in Switzerland the Democrats did not have enough evidence to find him guilty and remove him from office.

    In a two-hour opening argument for the prosecution after days of procedural wrangling, U.S. Representative Adam Schiff said Trump had pushed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and Biden’s son on unsubstantiated corruption charges last year.

    “To implement this corrupt scheme, President Trump pressured the president of Ukraine to publicly announce investigations into two...

  • French Finance minister sees global railway consolidation in 'coming years' Link https://t.co/01W0zqN1YR
    Reuters Thu 23 Jan 2020 08:50

    DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - French finance minister Bruno Le Maire said on Thursday a consolidation in the global railway industry would occur in the “coming years”, amid speculation French company Alstom and Canada’s Bombardier (BBDb.TO) would combine their rail businesses.

    “Alstom is a very strong company, healthy and that’s why we have to think about the future of Alstom. But we are all aware that there will be a move in the direction of consolidation in the railway industry in the coming years”, Le Maire told Reuters TV at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss resort of Davos.

    Alstom shares hit a two-year high Wednesday following a report of a potential deal with Bombardier.

    Trainmakers have explored various combinations in recent years, with the idea of creating larger industry champions to head off competition from Chinese firms.

    Last year the European...

  • Factbox: C-130 Hercules aircraft used as water bombers to fight fires around the world Link https://t.co/Mjwc0bsGkc
    Reuters Thu 23 Jan 2020 08:50

    (Reuters) - A Lockheed C-130 Hercules tanker fighting bushfires in Australia’s alpine region crashed after losing contact with ground control on Thursday, authorities said. Modified versions of the aircraft are used around the world to dump large quantities of flame retardant or water on wildfires.

    * Originally designed as a military troop and cargo transport aircraft, the four-engine turboprop can be modified to act as a “water bomber” to douse wildfires.

    * The aircraft typically carries a crew of two to six when equipped to fight fires.

    * It can carry 15,000 liters (3,960 gallons) of water or fire retardant, which can be released in one large drop within seconds or several smaller drops.

    * The aircraft can be refilled in 12 minutes and has a cruise speed of more than 500km/h (311mph).

    * It is able to take off and land on short, unsurfaced runways....

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