British government forecast predicts UK will suffer in every Brexit scenario
2018-01-30 18:34:42 UTC
A confidential report prepared for the British government and leaked on Monday suggests all UK industries will be hurt by leaving the European Union, Buzzfeed News reported.
The findings are the latest embarrassment for British Prime Minister Theresa May's government, which has faced renewed c...
Tennessee City Stumped by Trump's 'America First' Tariffs on Washing Machines
2018-01-29 21:29:06 UTC
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) - When President Donald Trump imposed steep tariffs on imported washing machines last week it was a “Not Again” moment for officials in this north Tennessee city that has lost jobs to an international trade dispute before.
The move threatens to stunt the launch of ...
California will catch up globally on electric vehicle sales
2018-01-27 08:07:24 UTC
(Reuters) - California said on Friday it would ramp up efforts to boost electric vehicles even as it holds talks with the Trump administration over the fate of fuel efficiency standards through 2025.
California Governor Jerry Brown signed an executive order “to curb carbon pollution from cars ...
Beijing tells the world to choose between China's global outlook and that of the U.S.
2018-01-27 07:52:02 UTC
DAVOS, Switzerland — China has given the world a blunt choice by asking global leaders to choose between Xi Jinping's global outlook and that of US President Donald Trump.
In a strongly worded editorial by the state's news agency, Beijing said the world needed to choose between "two fundamenta...
Weak US Dollar Struggles, Asian Shares Reach Record Peak
2018-01-25 07:27:10 UTC
TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks hit a record high on Thursday though concerns about the Trump administration’s protectionist stance tempered enthusiasm in financial markets, while the dollar struggled after U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin welcomed a weaker currency.
European shares are e...
Davos: Merkel says right-wing populism is a 'poison'
2018-01-24 21:04:11 UTC
DAVOS, Switzerland — German Chancellor Angela Merkel evoked the two world wars and questioned whether the West had learned the lessons from those conflicts.
Merkel has told WEF delegates that "the right-wing populism is a poison."
“We are seeing nationalism, populism and in a lot of count...
Dollar Slides to 3-year Low as Euro Gains
2018-01-24 07:28:05 UTC
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The dollar slid to three-year lows against a basket of major peers on Wednesday.
The euro climbed to as high as $1.2335 EUR=, its strongest level since December 2014, and was last up 0.2 percent at $1.2318.
Euro zone consumer confidence jumped much more than expected i...
Washington discusses bill funding government until Feb. 8
2018-01-21 20:26:12 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Sunday that the House of Representatives would accept a bill funding the government through Feb. 8 and ending the current shutdown of federal agencies if the Senate can pass the measure.
“We’ve agreed that we would accept that in the ...
#TrumpShutdown — U.S. Government Shuts Down After Senate Vote Fails
2018-01-20 08:57:36 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government shut down at midnight on Friday after Democrats and Republicans failed to reach a last-minute deal to fund its operations, divided in a bitter dispute over immigration and border security.
The shutdown formally began on Saturday, the first anniversary...
US dollar laboured near a three-year low against a basket of currencies
2018-01-19 10:32:11 UTC
LONDON (Reuters) - The dollar laboured near a three-year low against a basket of currencies on Friday, heading for a fifth week of falls that would be its longest losing streak since May 2015.
The U.S. currency slipped to its lowest since December 2014 this week, with investors selling on the ...
Bitcoin extended its sharp tumble of the past 24 hours
2018-01-17 17:16:08 UTC
(Reuters) - Bitcoin extended its sharp tumble of the past 24 hours, skidding more than 20 percent on Wednesday in a rapid downturn in fortunes as investors were spooked by fears regulators might clamp down on an asset whose value has skyrocketed in the past year.
Bitcoin, which skyrocketed nea...
21 states sue to restore Net neutrality as senate Democrats reach a tie votes
2018-01-17 00:20:19 UTC
(Reuters) - A group of 21 U.S. state attorneys general filed suit to challenge the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to do away with net neutrality on Tuesday while Democrats said they needed just one more vote in the Senate to repeal the FCC ruling.
Trade surplus in EU expanded to its highest point in 2017
2018-01-15 10:42:15 UTC
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The trade surplus in the 19 countries sharing the euro expanded in November to its highest point in eight months, as a rise in exports of goods outpaced increasing imports, despite a stronger euro, official estimates released on Monday showed.
The European statistics offic...
Merkel Returns to the World Stage for An Epic Clash with Trump
2018-01-15 11:09:59 UTC
BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel is considering joining French President Emmanuel Macron at the World Economic Forum in Davos next week in what could turn into an epic clash of competing world views with U.S. President Donald Trump.
Merkel, who has been struggling to put toge...
Scotland Sees 'Golden' Chance to Stay in European Single Market
2018-01-14 08:31:04 UTC
EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon said on Sunday there was a “golden opportunity” to argue for Britain to remain in the European single market after Brexit, as no-one had yet demonstrated the benefit of loosening trade ties with the EU.
Sturgeon, whose nationalist SNP runs ...
WTO: Canada launches a wide-ranging trade dispute against US
2018-01-10 19:12:59 UTC
GENEVA (Reuters) - Canada has launched a wide-ranging trade dispute against the United States, challenging Washington’s use of anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties, Canada said in WTO filing dated Dec. 20 and published on Wednesday.
Canada appeared to be mounting a case on behalf of the rest o...
iPhone overuse could hurt children’s developing brains
2018-01-09 04:39:42 UTC
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Apple Inc investors are shrugging off concerns raised by two shareholders about kids getting hooked on iPhones, saying that for now a little addiction might not be a bad thing for profits.
Hedge fund JANA Partners LLC and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (C...
Apple issues apology for purposely slowed down older iPhones
2017-12-29 07:48:52 UTC
The tech giant has offered a major price cut to replace out-of-warranty batteries that affect iPhone performance. Days before issuing an apology, it acknowledged it purposely slowed down older iPhones to prevent issues.
In a posting on its website Thursday, Apple apologized over its handling o...
China is winning the race for new energy vehicles
2017-12-27 09:26:31 UTC
BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China will extend a tax rebate on purchases of so-called new-energy vehicles (NEV) until the end of 2020, a boost for hybrid and electric car makers amid a shift by policy-makers away from the traditional internal combustion engine.
The finance ministry said in a s...
Zimbabweans of European Origin Return to Seized Land
2017-12-24 11:14:22 UTC
RUSAPE, Zimbabwe (Reuters) - The last time farmer Rob Smart left his land it was at gunpoint, forced out in June by riot police armed with tear gas and AK-47 assault rifles.
He returned on Thursday to ululations and tears of joy from former workers and their families who were also kicked out -...
Down 35 percent: Bitcoin tumbled below $13,000
2017-12-22 07:47:50 UTC
TOKYO (Reuters) - Cryptocurrency bitcoin tumbled below $13,000 briefly on the Bitstamp exchange BTC=BTSP on Friday, down roughly 35 percent from its record top near $20,000 set at the start of the week.
It was last down 7 percent at $14,499 BTC=BTSP but fell as much as 14.7 percent earlier in ...
Republicans Looting the Treasury: House Approves #TaxScamBill
2017-12-20 19:52:16 UTC
ASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives gave final approval on Wednesday to the biggest overhaul of the U.S. tax code in 30 years, sending a sweeping $1.5 trillion bill to President Donald Trump for his signature.
In sealing Trump’s first major legislative...
US Congress Struggling to Avoid a Partial Government Shutdown
2017-12-20 00:44:23 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress is struggling through another contentious week as infighting over defense spending, healthcare and other matters complicates the drive to pass a temporary spending bill by midnight on Friday to avert a partial government shutdown.
In a week when Preside...
European Union: US Tax Reform Breaks Global Rules
2017-12-19 18:29:42 UTC
European finance ministers are worried. They say the US's big tax reform bill contains measures that would unfairly disadvantage European business and contravene global fair-taxation rules. Are they right?
Last week, the finance ministers of Europe's five biggest economies — Germany, France, t...
Highly-skilled foreign workers favor Canada, not the U.S.
2017-12-18 03:45:11 UTC
Petra Axolotl knew her chances of getting an H-1B visa were slim. She had an MBA from Wharton and a job offer at Twitter, but luck would decide the Dutch data scientist's fate – and in 2016, it did not fall in her Favor.
Axolotl missed out in the lottery for the coveted visa but remained deter...