• Poll shows 'dead heat' after UK election leaders' debate Link https://t.co/V42XzDI6Ag
    Reuters Tue 19 Nov 2019 22:55

    LONDON (Reuters) - A snap poll released immediately after a pre-election debate between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn showed a “dead heat”, YouGov said on Tuesday.

    A total of 51% of respondents said Johnson performed best overall whilst 49% said Corbyn was stronger, according to figures which excluded those who said they did not know.

    “On balance this is probably better for the Labour leader, why? Because a dead heat when you are significantly behind in the polls is probably better news for you that the person who is leading,” said YouGov’s Political Research Manager Chris Curtis.

    “It doesn’t seem from these initial numbers to be a game changing moment.”

  • U.S. safety board wants Boeing to redesign 737 NG part after fatal Southwest accident Link https://t.co/Owmqm0yGXW
    Reuters Tue 19 Nov 2019 22:50

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday called on Boeing Co (BA.N) to redesign the fan cowl structure on 737 NG planes after a passenger was killed on a Southwest Airlines (LUV.N) plane in April 2018 after an engine failure.

  • ‘It’s about fighting all the time. This isn’t only my story it’s the story of everybody in life. You are going to fall, but it’s how to get up,’ said Thierry Henry as he takes on the new role of Montreal Impact coach Link https://t.co/qU62C3ZJjN
    Reuters Tue 19 Nov 2019 22:45

    MONTREAL (Reuters) - Thierry Henry needs no reminder about his brief stint in charge of AS Monaco but the former France striker said on Monday he hopes the experience will benefit him in his new role as coach of Montreal Impact.

  • Kohl's cuts outlook for the full year, while discount retailer TJX hikes its forecast https://t.co/a5T2o5IEkO
    Reuters Tue 19 Nov 2019 22:35
  • Rising car sales in Germany and France and a rebound in demand for Volkswagen pushed passenger car registrations in Europe to their highest level in a decade in October Link https://t.co/Ys0jLf0vCG
    Reuters Tue 19 Nov 2019 22:30

    FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Passenger car registrations in Europe rose 8.6% in October, to their highest level since 2009, driven by robust demand in Germany and France and a rebound in demand for Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) which posted a 29% gain.

    Registrations rose to 1.214 million cars in the countries of the European Union and the European Free Trade Agreement (EFTA), statistics published by the European Auto industry association ACEA on Tuesday showed.

    In the year-earlier period, registrations were depressed as carmakers struggled to certify new vehicles to meet the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP).

    Volkswagen, which is also preparing to launch a new version of its Golf, is whittling down inventories of the old model, helping the German brand to outsell Renault (RENA.PA), which posted a 15.8% gain and Hyundai which saw sales rise 13.4%.

    A 12.7%...

  • When asked to relay the concerns the president articulated about Ukraine, witness Kurt Volker described how Trump came into a May meeting and said 'Ukraine is a terrible place...they tried to take me down.' Follow live: Link https://t.co/LmthFMGrLT
    Reuters Tue 19 Nov 2019 22:30
  • Arizona border activist on trial says he tried to 'alleviate suffering' Link https://t.co/o4GWcuOEj2
    Reuters Tue 19 Nov 2019 22:30

    TUCSON, Ariz. (Reuters) - An Arizona human rights activist charged with harboring migrants who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally on Tuesday testified that his work was to “alleviate suffering” by giving humanitarian aid to people crossing deadly deserts.

  • Amazon uses aggregated seller data to help business, it tells lawmakers Link https://t.co/EnF1zLzXDP
    Reuters Tue 19 Nov 2019 22:20

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc uses “aggregated data” from sellers in its third-party marketplace to improve its overall business, the online retailer said in response to a congressional antitrust probe that could raise concerns with such sellers.

  • Companies and charities are continuing to distance themselves from Britain's Prince Andrew in the wake of the Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking scandal Link https://t.co/SoUdJd0bWJ
    Reuters Tue 19 Nov 2019 22:20

    LONDON (Reuters) - A scheme for entrepreneurs founded by Prince Andrew has taken down the logos of its corporate sponsors from its website, as firms and charities distance themselves from the British royal over a sex scandal.

    Andrew, Queen Elizabeth’s second son, denies an allegation that he had sex with a 17-year-old girl procured for him by his friend Jeffrey Epstein, who killed himself in a U.S. prison in August while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.

    The scandal has escalated since Andrew’s rambling denials and explanations in a disastrous TV interview aired on Saturday left many viewers incredulous, and his apparent lack of compassion for Epstein’s victims drew widespread condemnation.

    The “supporters” page on the website of Andrew’s Pitch@Palace program, which is intended as a platform to boost the work of entrepreneurs, was no longer available on...

  • Lower mortgage rates boost U.S. housing starts, building permits Link https://t.co/stgwEU5qPW
    Reuters Tue 19 Nov 2019 22:15

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. homebuilding rebounded in October and permits for future home construction jumped to a more than 12-year high, pointing to strength in the housing market amid lower mortgage rates.

  • In testy leadership debate, UK PM Johnson promises to deliver Brexit Link https://t.co/TUOPDKsxPD
    Reuters Tue 19 Nov 2019 22:05

    MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised on Tuesday to take Britain out of the European Union by Jan. 31 and to secure a new trade deal by the end of next year, trying to press home his message that only he can deliver Brexit quickly in a leadership debate.

    In a testy debate with opposition Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn before a Dec. 12 election, Britain’s departure from the EU dominated the opening exchanges when both leaders trying to cast doubt over the other’s pledges.

    “We certainly will come out on January the 31st, because we have a deal ... that is oven ready,” Johnson said in the debate, with Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, broadcast by ITV.

  • U.S. Fed approves merger between BB&T, SunTrust Banks Link https://t.co/EcyPvAUhpP
    Reuters Tue 19 Nov 2019 22:00

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve said on Tuesday it approved a merger between BB&T Corp (BBT.N) and SunTrust Banks Inc (STI.N), sealing the biggest tie-up of banks since the 2007-2009 global financial crisis.

    Analysts have said such a tie-up has been made possible by regulatory easing under the administration of President Donald Trump, which has encouraged banking regulators to take a more relaxed approach to approving mergers, bank applications, and when enforcing post-crisis rules.

  • IMF will continue working with Ecuador to advance economic program Link https://t.co/sbHlXbwH1d
    Reuters Tue 19 Nov 2019 21:55

    (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday that it will continue working with Ecuador to advance economic reforms after the oil-producing country’s National Assembly rejected a bill proposed by President Lenin Moreno to address a large fiscal deficit.

  • Roger Federer doesn’t have retirement on his mind just yet. The 38-year-old winner of 20 grand slam titles says he is still enjoying the tour https://t.co/5eHucooKbR
    Reuters Tue 19 Nov 2019 21:55
  • GM not liable for punitive damages in ignition switch cases: U.S. appeals court Link https://t.co/5ZqTuPj02q
    Reuters Tue 19 Nov 2019 21:50

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal appeals court said General Motors Co (GM.N) is not liable for punitive damages over accidents that occurred after its 2009 bankruptcy and involved vehicles it produced earlier, including vehicles with faulty ignition switches.

  • U.S. housing finance agency to revisit key Fannie, Freddie capital rule Link https://t.co/XNRUeG0kAX
    Reuters Tue 19 Nov 2019 21:50

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. housing finance regulator on Tuesday said it planned to re-issue new capital rules for mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac next year, in a development that is likely to slow the pair’s removal from government control.

    The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) said it would again propose the rule first unveiled in July 2018 in light of the administration’s decision to begin rebuilding the mortgage giants’ capital bases as part of a broader plan to ultimately remove them from government conservatorship.

    The decision means the proposed rule may be changed and would have to be submitted to another round of consultation and public feedback, before being finalized. The entire process could take several months.

    “In fairness to all interested parties, the comments submitted during the previous rulemaking were submitted under a different...

  • Kurt Volker, the former U.S. special envoy to Ukraine, says allegations against Biden are 'self-serving and not credible' https://t.co/y6UyLACyBa
    Reuters Tue 19 Nov 2019 21:45
  • Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman defended wearing his military uniform in a public impeachment hearing, asking to be referred to as 'Lieutenant': 'The attacks I've had in the press and Twitter have kind of marginalized me as a military officer.' https://t.co/qpCcOIDaIt
    Reuters Tue 19 Nov 2019 21:45
  • Washington National Zoo's most eligible giant panda bachelor is set to leave for China https://t.co/Ue8HTK4djQ
    Reuters Tue 19 Nov 2019 21:45
  • U.S. House approves bill to avert government shutdown this week Link https://t.co/IdMOhAWqnI
    Reuters Tue 19 Nov 2019 21:40

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday approved legislation to avert a widespread government shutdown later this week with a bill extending temporary federal funding through Dec. 20.

    The legislation passed the House by a vote of 231-192, with all but a dozen Republicans voting against the funding.

    It now goes to the Senate, which will aim to approve it before midnight Thursday when existing funds expire. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday said the White House had indicated its support for the bill.

    This second stop-gap bill since September is needed because Congress has not completed a series of regular appropriations bills for the fiscal year that began on Oct. 1.

    That in part is because of disagreements between Republican President Donald Trump and Democrats, who control the House, over the billions of dollars he wants...

  • U.S. aircraft carrier strike group sails through Strait of Hormuz Link https://t.co/dMurHx1rr2
    Reuters Tue 19 Nov 2019 21:35

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. aircraft carrier strike group Abraham Lincoln sailed through the vital Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday, U.S. officials told Reuters, amid simmering tensions between Iran and the United States.

  • Paris mayor, Anne Hidalgo, says Airbnb's deal to provide accommodation at the 2024 Olympics Games in the French capital will push local people out of the housing market, according to French media Link https://t.co/bqlqJSGG63
    Reuters Tue 19 Nov 2019 21:35

    PARIS (Reuters) - The mayor of Paris, due to host the Olympics in 2024, has taken issue with a sponsorship deal between the Games and Airbnb Inc., saying the short-term rental firm pushes working people out of the housing market, French media reported on Tuesday.

    Mayor Anne Hidalgo has written a letter to International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach in response to a nine-year deal under which Airbnb will help provide accommodation for five Olympics and Paralympics events.

    Hidalgo told Bach she was writing to alert the IOC about the “risks and consequences” of the deal with Airbnb, according to France’s Le Monde newspaper, which cited the contents of the letter.

    “By taking out a significant number of properties in Paris, Airbnb is contributing to price rises for housing, and worsening the shortage of housing in the rental market, penalizing all Parisians and, in...

  • Kurt Volker, the former U.S. special envoy to Ukraine: 'At no time was I aware of or knowingly took part in an effort to urge Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Biden' Link https://t.co/iX9LhTocvZ
    Reuters Tue 19 Nov 2019 21:25
  • Canada in 'good position' to weather possible economic storm: central bank Link https://t.co/8dv59n1lon
    Reuters Tue 19 Nov 2019 21:25

    Ottawa (Reuters) - Canada’s financial system is in a relatively good place to weather any potential storms generated by a weakening global economy and the U.S.-China trade war, a top Bank of Canada official said on Tuesday.

    Senior Deputy Governor Carolyn Wilkins said the central bank is not forecasting a recession at home or world-wide, but reiterated the global economy is facing immense challenges that could spill over into Canada.

    “In the unlikely event of a storm, Canada’s financial system is resilient and we are in a good position to deal with whatever comes our way,” Wilkins told a business audience in Montreal, adding even if the trade war doesn’t worsen, the dispute could cost around $1 trillion in lost economic output by 2021.

    Last month the Bank of Canada - which has sat firmly on the sidelines for more than a year even as several of its counterparts, including...

  • Google enters gaming with cloud-based streaming service Stadia Link https://t.co/IQqgDh2hSK
    Reuters Tue 19 Nov 2019 21:20

    The service will start with a slate of 22 games and stream 4K videos at 60 frames per second, which can also be accessed through Google’s Chromecast and Pixel devices.

    Google is offering the 4K version as part of its premium service, Stadia Pro, priced at $9.99 per month. The free high-definition version is expected to roll out next year.

    “We have over 450 games in development right now that will be coming out in 2020 and beyond,” Google Vice President and General Manager Phil Harrison told Reuters.

    Stadia will need at least 10Mbps internet speed for the base 720p resolution and 35Mbps to stream games in 4K. Early reviews of Stadia have complained of latency, the time delay between pressing a button and getting the reaction on screen.

    The success of cloud gaming depends heavily on the underlying network and how much controlled-latency traffic it can support during periods of peak demand, said Steve Alexander, chief technology officer at Ciena Corp, a...

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