• New 'Star Wars' title from EA set to be big draw this holiday season Link https://t.co/os8aGuAOeb
    Reuters Fri 15 Nov 2019 19:56

    (Reuters) - Electronic Arts Inc launched “Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order” on Friday, garnering strong reviews for its flagship action-adventure series that is crucial to its holiday sales, after the videogame publisher shelved “NBA Live” game.

  • It's really Senegal's reality, forced marriage, exploitation of the youth’: Senegalese youth recalls casting for award-winning film 'Atlantics' Link https://t.co/wiCP4DUluc
    Reuters Fri 15 Nov 2019 19:51

    DAKAR (Reuters) - To capture the harsh reality of life in Senegal, film director Mati Diop chose young people she met at building sites, bars and in Dakar’s poorer suburbs as the stars of ‘Atlantics’, a ghost story about migrants and those they leave behind.

  • Climate change, human activity rub salt into Venice's wounds Link https://t.co/P3s4sL2MA0
    Reuters Fri 15 Nov 2019 19:51

    ROME (Reuters) - Warming seas and excavations within the Venice lagoon mean the exceptionally high flood waters in the city this week are also saltier, posing an extra threat to its architectural treasures.

    When the water recedes from the cobbled lanes, marbled palaces and ancient churches of a city that rose up out of marshes 15 centuries ago it leaves salt crystals which slowly corrode the brickwork and will eventually eat it away.

    “With the salt water everything becomes more difficult for us,” Mayor Luigi Brugnaro said on Friday as a fresh inundation left 70% of Venice submerged just three days after it suffered the worst floods in more than 50 years.

    The lagoon has always held a mixture of water from rivers which feed it and that which enters via openings to the sea. Rising sea levels brought about by climate change and the digging of new canals and other structures...

  • Former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testifies in the #ImpeachmentHearings into Donald Trump Link https://t.co/cbmJqO8xpP
    Reuters Fri 15 Nov 2019 19:41

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump launched a Twitter attack on a former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine on Friday while she was testifying to an impeachment hearing in Congress, in an extraordinary moment that Democrats said amounted to witness intimidation.

    Marie Yovanovitch, a career diplomat, was explaining to the second day of televised impeachment hearings how she fought corruption in Ukraine and how the Trump administration abruptly pulled her back to Washington when Trump blasted her on Twitter.

    Democrats say Yovanovitch’s removal from her post earlier this year was aimed at clearing the way for Trump allies to persuade Ukraine to launch corruption investigations into Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who was on the board of a Ukrainian energy company.

    Trump’s pressure on Ukraine is at the heart of the Democratic-led...

  • Democrat Warren outlines three-year path to 'Medicare for All' Link https://t.co/thcBKxNNhX
    Reuters Fri 15 Nov 2019 19:41

    WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - White House hopeful Elizabeth Warren on Friday outlined how she would implement “Medicare for All” during her first term in office, including by passing new legislation in her first 100 days that would give all Americans the option of choosing the government health insurance plan.

  • Hong Kong falls into recession for the first time in a decade, government data confirms Link https://t.co/XWLnVpY7wV
    Reuters Fri 15 Nov 2019 19:36

    HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong sank into recession for the first time in a decade in the third quarter, government data confirmed on Friday, weighed down by increasingly violent anti-government protests and the escalating U.S.-China trade war.

  • From @Breakingviews: UK Labour Party's broadband plan is free of most logic, says @edwardcropley Link
    Reuters Fri 15 Nov 2019 19:36

    LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - “British Broadband” is a catchy alliterative title, but that’s about all. The opposition Labour party on Thursday announced it wants to nationalise telecoms provider BT’s network in order to give everyone speedy fibre connections. State ownership might fix the country’s lagging communications infrastructure. But the promise of free web surfing risks condemning the idea to previous failed experiments in public ownership like British Coal or carmaker British Leyland.

    Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s proposal drags Britain’s relatively poor levels of connectivity into the heart of the Dec. 12 election. BT’s fibre network currently reaches just 1.6 million homes, 9% of the total and way behind Spain and France. The company could crank up investment, but needs to provide a return to shareholders. Nationalising BT’s Openreach network would allow the state to...

  • Former Apple chip executives found company to take on Intel, AMD Link https://t.co/7srF3iBg9S
    Reuters Fri 15 Nov 2019 19:36

    (Reuters) - Three of Apple Inc’s former top semiconductor executives in charge of iPhone chips have founded a startup to design processors for data centers, aiming to take on current industry leaders Intel Corp and Advanced Micro Devices Inc.

  • Japan’s Emperor Naruhito emerged from a shrine compound where he had spent a symbolic night with a sun goddess. Some say the ceremony is too reminiscent of the country’s militaristic past, when the emperor was considered divine Link https://t.co/mZHYgVG468
    Reuters Fri 15 Nov 2019 19:31

    TOKYO (Reuters) - In the chill pre-dawn hours of Friday, Japan’s Emperor Naruhito emerged from a shrine compound where he had spent a symbolic night with the sun goddess from whom conservatives believe his family descends, completing the rituals of his accession.

    The “Daijosai” rite, centred on the goddess Amaterasu Omikami, began soon after sunset on Thursday and is the most overtly religious of all the rituals around Naruhito’s succession after his father, Akihito, abdicated in April.

    Amid flickering torchlight and chanting by priests, Emperor Naruhito emerged from behind the white curtains of the shrine at around 3:00 a.m., concluding a ceremony observed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and 400 dignitaries in an outdoor pavilion.

    “This ritual is basically a feast involving the sun goddess and the emperor,” said John Breen, a professor at Kyoto’s International Research...

  • U.S. prosecutors probe Giuliani's links to Ukrainian energy projects: WSJ Link https://t.co/LwXEOb04vu
    Reuters Fri 15 Nov 2019 19:31

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal prosecutors in New York are investigating U.S. President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani’s ties to Ukrainian energy projects and whether he violated federal lobbying laws, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter.

    Bloomberg, citing three unnamed U.S. officials, on Thursday reported federal prosecutors in Manhattan were investigating Giuliani’s financial dealings that could include possible campaign finance violations and a failure to register as a foreign agent.

    Reuters could not immediately confirm the reports. Neither Giuliani nor a lawyer who represents him immediately responded to requests for comment. A spokesman for U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman in Manhattan declined to comment.

    Citing people briefed on the matter, the Journal said two Giuliani associates, Lev Parnas and Igor...

  • Marie Yovanovitch says Ukrainian minister told her that she would 'have to watch her back' with Rudy Giuliani, who was seeking her removal. Follow live updates: Link https://t.co/TcZMYM0BIf
    Reuters Fri 15 Nov 2019 19:26
  • CORRECTION: In an interview with @Reuters, the ousted Bolivian president Evo Morales says the United States offered a plane to get him out of his country Link. We will delete an earlier tweet misspelling Morales' name. Reuters Fri 15 Nov 2019 19:26

    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Former Bolivian President Evo Morales said in an interview with Reuters in Mexico City on Friday that the United States had offered a plane to get him out of Bolivia.

    Morales resigned under pressure earlier this week and fled Bolivia after protests and violence following an Oct. 20 election that was tarnished by widespread allegations of fraud. He has been given asylum in Mexico.

    “The United States had called the foreign minister (of Bolivia) to offer to send us a plane to take us where we wanted. I was sure it would be Guantanamo,” said Morales, smiling.

  • Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei denied that he was anti-Semitic, saying he believed that people of all religions should decide Israel's future Link https://t.co/GDTmBgegZp
    Reuters Fri 15 Nov 2019 19:21

    DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran is not calling for the elimination of the Jewish people, but believes people of all religions should decide Israel’s future, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Friday.

    Since its Islamic Revolution in 1979, Iran has refused to recognize Israel and has backed militant Palestinian groups. Israel has long accused Iran of seeking its destruction and regards Tehran as its main enemy in the Middle East.

    “Calling for the elimination of the state of Israel does not mean the elimination of the Jewish people,” Khamenei told officials and participants at an Islamic conference in Tehran, according to his official website.

    “It means that the people of Palestine - be they Muslim, Christian or Jewish - should choose their own government.”

    The Shi’ite Muslim Khamenei, the ultimate authority on Iranian domestic and foreign policy, also...

  • In an emotional moment, Marie Yovanovitch declines to discuss how her family is being impacted by the smearing of her reputation during the #impeachmenthearings. Follow live updates: Link https://t.co/L0tNYkzm6j
    Reuters Fri 15 Nov 2019 19:21
  • St. Mark's Square in Venice is closed to tourists as flood waters rise Link https://t.co/drq6D5wEFI
    Reuters Fri 15 Nov 2019 19:16

    VENICE (Reuters) - An exceptionally high tide hit Venice again on Friday just three days after the city suffered its worst flooding in more than 50 years, leaving squares, shops and hotels once more inundated.

    Mayor Luigi Brugnaro closed access to the submerged St. Mark’s Square and issued an international appeal for funds, warning that the damage caused by this week’s floods could rise to one billion euros.

    Local authorities said the high tide peaked at 154 cm (5.05 ft), slightly below expectations and significantly lower than the 187 cm level reached on Tuesday, which was the second highest tide ever recorded in Venice.

    But it was still enough to leave 70% of the city under water, fraying the nerves of locals who faced yet another large-scale clean-up operation.

    “We have been in this emergency for days and we just can’t put up with it any more,” said Venetian...

  • Twitter lays out its plan for banning political ads just as campaigns for the 2020 presidential election heat up  Link https://t.co/jniWjfTp35
    Reuters Fri 15 Nov 2019 19:16

    (Reuters) - Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) on Friday laid out its plan for banning political ads just as campaigns for the 2020 presidential election heat up, and for banning ads that advocate for a certain outcome on social and political causes.

  • In an interview with @Reuters, the ousted Bolivian president Eva Morales says the United States offered a plane to get him out of his country  Link https://t.co/kaPzyagoxh
    Reuters Fri 15 Nov 2019 19:11

    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Former Bolivian President Evo Morales said in an interview with Reuters in Mexico City on Friday that the United States had offered a plane to get him out of Bolivia.

    Morales resigned under pressure earlier this week and fled Bolivia after protests and violence following an Oct. 20 election that was tarnished by widespread allegations of fraud. He has been given asylum in Mexico.

    “The United States had called the foreign minister (of Bolivia) to offer to send us a plane to take us where we wanted. I was sure it would be Guantanamo,” said Morales, smiling.

  • Roger Stone found guilty of lying to Congress, obstruction, witness tampering Link https://t.co/MjD631Iq9k
    Reuters Fri 15 Nov 2019 19:11

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A jury convicted U.S. President Donald Trump’s longtime adviser Roger Stone on Friday on all charges, finding the long-time Republican operative and self-proclaimed “dirty trickster” guilty on seven criminal counts of lying to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering.

  • Evo Morales, the ousted former Bolivian president, told @Reuters he was not organizing demonstrations from Mexico, where he has been given asylum Link https://t.co/T3Btg6IJyg
    Reuters Fri 15 Nov 2019 19:11

    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Ousted Bolivian president Evo Morales said in an interview with Reuters on Friday that he was not organizing demonstrations from Mexico, where he has been given asylum.

    Morales resigned under pressure and fled to Mexico earlier this week after protests and violence following an Oct. 20 election that was tarnished by widespread allegations of fraud.

    Supporters of Morales have continued to agitate on his behalf with marches and skirmishes in the streets of the capital La Paz and nearby El Alto.

  • WeWork faces U.S. SEC inquiry over possible rule violations: Bloomberg Link https://t.co/UyWOG1PHm6
    Reuters Fri 15 Nov 2019 19:11

    (Reuters) - WeWork is facing scrutiny from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over whether it violated financial rules in the run-up to its abandoned initial public offering, Bloomberg reported on Friday, citing two people with knowledge of the matter.

    The SEC’s inquiry is preliminary and may not lead to any allegations of wrongdoing, Bloomberg reported, adding that it could not determine whether specific WeWork business decisions or transactions prompted the review.

    WeWork shelved its IPO in September after investors grew wary of its losses, business model and corporate governance that had forced former Chief Executive Officer and co-founder Adam Neumann to resign.

    Neumann and other WeWork officials are also being sued by minority shareholders who accuse the company’s board of directors of breaching its fiduciary duties.

    Masayoshi Son, chairman of...

  • Millions of acres of Canadian canola freeze, compounding 'harvest from hell' Link https://t.co/wn5Ai86n2n
    Reuters Fri 15 Nov 2019 19:06

    WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - Heavy snow and rain during harvest on the Canadian Prairies have left several million acres of canola buried until spring, the latest blow in a miserable year that may compound farmer problems into 2020.

  • Sudan is trying to revive tourism through its pyramids, a world-class attraction long neglected by the world. A new civilian transition government is easing visa rules as it tries to shrug off decades of isolation Link https://t.co/XKmlvGZIJ7
    Reuters Fri 15 Nov 2019 18:56

    MEROE, Sudan (Reuters) - Portuguese architect Tania Monteiro and her husband are almost alone as they tour Sudan’s pyramids, a world-class attraction long neglected by the world.

    “People are really, really nice, always very welcoming,” Monteiro said on a recent visit to Meroe, an ancient city on the east bank of the River Nile about 200 km (125 miles) northeast of the capital Khartoum.

    Sudan has more - though smaller - pyramids than Egypt, but attracted only about 700,000 tourists in 2018 compared to some 10 million in its northern neighbor.

    Conflicts and crises under veteran ruler Omar al-Bashir, a tough visa regime and a lack of roads and decent hotels outside Khartoum have made Sudan an unlikely tourist destination.

    But Bashir lost power in April, and the new civilian transition government is easing visa rules to attract more visitors with their hard currency...

  • The Obama state department prepped Yovanovitch for her Senate confirmation hearings by raising concerns about Hunter Biden's role at Burisma, were worried of potential conflicts of interest. Follow live updates: Link https://t.co/n66vICvbCM
    Reuters Fri 15 Nov 2019 18:51
  • A crocodile, a large lizard, turtles and snakes are among exotic animals that are adapting to their new home in a Siberian shelter after a petting zoo was forced to give them up https://t.co/jdfb3pfO99
    Reuters Fri 15 Nov 2019 18:51
  • Marie Yovanovitch would advise against holding up aid to Ukraine and asking the new government to investigate Joe Biden's son, she tells lawmakers at the #impeachmenthearing. Follow live updates: Link https://t.co/3FTpmuUGh3
    Reuters Fri 15 Nov 2019 18:51
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