Asian shares hit 6-1/2-month high on tech hopes, U.S. data
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 23:20:34 -0400
Asian shares hit 6-1/2-month highs on Friday after upbeat U.S. data and optimism in the tech sector lifted Wall Street stocks, helping calm some of the jitters sparked by the Federal Reserve's cautious outlook on the world's biggest economy.

May gets two-week Brexit reprieve from impatient EU
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 23:13:15 -0400
European Union leaders have given Prime Minister Theresa May two weeks' reprieve, until April 12, before Britain could lurch out of the EU if she fails to persuade lawmakers to back the withdrawal treaty she concluded with Brussels.

Five percent? EU leaders doubt May's Brexit vote chances
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 23:12:54 -0400
After British Prime Minister Theresa May reassured them she could win a crunch vote in parliament next week to ensure an orderly Brexit, EU leaders were left even more doubtful of her chances.

U.S. imposes first new North Korea sanctions since failed summit
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 22:18:58 -0400
The United States imposed sanctions on Thursday on two Chinese shipping companies it says helped North Korea evade sanctions over its nuclear weapons program, the first such steps since a U.S.-North Korean summit collapsed last month.

'We are one,' says PM Ardern as New Zealand mourns with prayers, silence
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 21:53:35 -0400
The Muslim call to prayer rang out over Christchurch and around New Zealand on Friday, as thousands gathered to remember the 50 people killed by a lone gunman at two mosques a week ago.

American Airline pilots expect to test 737 MAX software fix in Boeing simulator
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 21:36:27 -0400
American Airlines Group Inc pilots expect to test Boeing Co's 737 MAX software fix on the U.S. manufacturer's simulators this weekend, officials from the pilots' union told Reuters on Thursday, a key step in restoring pilots' confidence in the aircraft after two fatal crashes.

In major shift, Trump says time for U.S. to recognize Israeli sovereignty over Golan
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 21:33:55 -0400
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday it was time to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights that Israel seized from Syria in 1967, marking a dramatic shift in U.S. policy and giving a boost to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the middle of his re-election campaign.

New Zealand women don headscarves to support Muslims after shootings
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 21:33:06 -0400
Women all over New Zealand put on headscarves on Friday to show solidarity with Muslims a week after 50 people were killed at two mosques in the city of Christchurch.

U.S. warns China meddling in Hong Kong hurting business confidence
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 21:28:31 -0400
The United States warned in a report on Friday that increased meddling from China in Hong Kong had adversely impacted the city, straining international business confidence in the Asian financial hub.

Man charged with sending bombs to Trump critics pleads guilty
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 21:23:05 -0400
A Florida man pleaded guilty on Thursday to using weapons of mass destruction and other crimes in connection with mailing explosives to prominent Democrats and other critics of U.S. President Donald Trump.

Text of EU summit agreement on Brexit
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 21:22:48 -0400
1. The European Council takes note of the letter of Prime Minister Theresa May of 20 March 2019.

Amid U.S. Midwest flooding, residents in Missouri, Kansas rush to fill sandbags
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 21:04:29 -0400
Floodwaters that devastated swaths of Nebraska and Iowa rolled downstream along America's longest river on Thursday, swamping more Midwestern farmland as waterfront communities in Missouri and Kansas hurried to shore up strained levees.

As worries about populism in Europe rise, investors bet on stock market volatility
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 20:24:05 -0400
Investors are betting on heightened political uncertainty and greater volatility in European stock markets ahead of European Parliament elections in May amid growing concerns about rising populism.

NYSE wins Uber, Pinterest listings: sources
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 20:11:30 -0400
Uber Technologies Inc and Pinterest, two of the highest profile internet companies planning to go public this year, have picked the New York Stock Exchange as the venue for their stock listings, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Suspicion and strife strain Ethiopian plane crash probe
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 19:56:18 -0400
At the headquarters of the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority, a paper sign balanced above room 107 and a threadbare square of carpet welcome a stream of foreign visitors to the Accident Investigation Bureau.

End the Brexit ambiguity, Macron tells Britain
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 19:42:34 -0400
The European Union has made clear its options for delaying Brexit and now it is time for Britain to lift all ambiguities surrounding its position, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday.

UK PM May welcomes Brexit delay, says parliament now has clear choice
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 19:37:41 -0400
Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday welcomed the European Union's decision to delay Brexit, saying that lawmakers in the British parliament now had clear choices about what to do next.

White House rejects Democrats' requests for information on Trump-Putin talks
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 19:29:29 -0400
The White House rejected a request by congressional Democrats that it provide information about President Donald Trump's communications with Russian President Vladimir Putin, House Democratic leaders said on Thursday, suggesting they would take further action.

Exclusive: U.S. threatens to derail meeting of Latam lender if China bars Venezuela
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 19:19:39 -0400
The United States on Thursday threatened to pull out of the annual meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank in China next week if Beijing refuses to allow a representative of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido to attend.

Japan firms see prolonged Sino-U.S. trade war, China slowdown to persist: Reuters poll
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 19:16:33 -0400
Three in four Japanese companies expect U.S.-China trade frictions to last until at least late this year, a sharp contrast to market hopes that presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping might soon strike a deal to end their damaging trade war, a Reuters poll found.