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U.S. consumer sentiment rises in early June

Fri, 06/12/2020 - 11:26am
U.S. consumer sentiment perked up in early June as households responded to the reopening of businesses, which had been shuttered to slow the spread of COVID-19, and a rebound in hiring.

Exclusive: Trump aims to sidestep another arms pact to sell more U.S. drones

Fri, 06/12/2020 - 11:21am
The Trump administration plans to reinterpret a Cold War-era arms agreement between 34 nations with the goal of allowing U.S. defense contractors to sell more American-made drones to a wide array of nations, three defense industry executives and a U.S. official told Reuters.

World shares stem losses as fresh lockdown fears fade

Fri, 06/12/2020 - 11:11am
Global equity markets bounced back on Friday as investors took in stride the U.S. Federal Reserve's outlook for a long road to recovery and bet shutdowns to fight the coronavirus pandemic were unlikely to be reinstated widely.

Refusing to be silenced, some Myanmar journalists work from shadows

Fri, 06/12/2020 - 10:59am
Hiding from Myanmar's police, journalist Aung Marm Oo refuses to conceal his anger with the civilian government led by Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi as his country prepares for an election later this year.

Anti-China group urges Trump administration to block Chinese companies from U.S. markets: document

Fri, 06/12/2020 - 10:50am
An anti-China advocacy group that includes former White House adviser Steve Bannon is calling on the Trump administration to exclude Chinese companies from U.S. financial markets, as the White House studies new ways to crack down on China.

Luxury food industry turns sour amid global coronavirus lockdowns

Fri, 06/12/2020 - 10:25am
Global demand for premium foods like wagyu beef, bluefin tuna and caviar has plunged with thousands of restaurants shuttered and many economies sliding into recession amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Risk of new lockdowns rises with fear of second COVID-19 wave

Fri, 06/12/2020 - 10:14am
Fears of a second wave of COVID-19 infections shut six major food markets in Beijing on Friday, while India, which opened up this week, recorded a record daily increase and half a dozen U.S. states said their hospital beds were filling up fast.

Factbox: Global surge in coronavirus cases raise fears about second wave

Fri, 06/12/2020 - 10:14am
A second wave of the coronavirus could derail efforts by governments to reopen economies and ease lockdown restrictions. Here is a rundown of countries and regions with the highest infection rates and measures taken to curb infection rates.

Exclusive: Bottlenecks? Glass vial makers prepare for COVID-19 vaccine

Fri, 06/12/2020 - 9:32am
Drugmakers are warning of a potential shortage of vials to bottle future COVID-19 vaccines, but their rush to secure supplies risks making matters worse, some major medical equipment manufacturers warn.

Knocked off their perch: protesters target empire builders, Confederate symbols

Fri, 06/12/2020 - 8:50am
Once feted as pioneers, some of the architects of Europe's empire building now face a backlash: anti-racism protesters are demanding their legacies be revisited and their often imposing statues be torn down and consigned to the trash heap of history.

Asia stocks slide as coronavirus fears return

Fri, 06/12/2020 - 12:08am
Asian shares fell sharply on Friday and oil prices extended losses on growing concerns that a resurgence of coronavirus infections could stunt the pace of recovery in economies reopening from lockdowns, or even lead to fresh restrictions.

California police shoot and kill suspect wanted in Central California "shooting spree"

Fri, 06/12/2020 - 12:07am
Police shot and killed a man wanted in a Central California "shooting spree", and three law enforcement officers were wounded in the shoot-out at vineyard where he was tracked down on Thursday afternoon, sheriffs officials said.

U.S. lawmakers ask Zoom to clarify China ties after it suspends accounts

Thu, 06/11/2020 - 11:41pm
Three U.S. lawmakers asked Zoom Video Communications Inc to clarify its data-collection practices and relationship with the Chinese government after the firm said it had suspended user accounts to meet demands from Beijing.

Hong Kong government rejects UK criticism of new security law as biased

Thu, 06/11/2020 - 11:12pm
The Hong Kong government hit back on Friday at a report by Britain criticising Beijing's move to impose national security legislation on the global financial hub, saying the report was "inaccurate and biased".

'This is about livelihoods': U.S. virus hotspots reopen despite second wave specter

Thu, 06/11/2020 - 10:09pm
Facing budget shortfalls and double-digit unemployment, governors of U.S. states that are COVID-19 hotspots on Thursday pressed ahead with economic reopenings that have raised fears of a second wave of infections.

Iraq, U.S. affirm commitment to U.S. troop withdrawal: state media

Thu, 06/11/2020 - 10:02pm
Iraq and the United States have affirmed their commitment to the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq without giving a timeline, state news agency INA said on Friday, citing Iraq's Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi.

Arms seized by U.S., missiles used to attack Saudi Arabia 'of Iranian origin': U.N.

Thu, 06/11/2020 - 9:55pm
Cruise missiles used in several attacks on oil facilities and an international airport in Saudi Arabia last year were of "Iranian origin," U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Security Council in a report seen by Reuters on Thursday.

Exclusive: Most Americans, including Republicans, support sweeping Democratic police reform proposals - Reuters/Ipsos poll

Thu, 06/11/2020 - 8:25pm
Most Americans, including a majority of President Donald Trump’s Republican Party, support sweeping law enforcement reforms such as a ban on chokeholds and racial profiling after the latest death of an African American while in police custody, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Thursday.

Trump to accept Republican nomination in Jacksonville, Florida

Thu, 06/11/2020 - 8:23pm
President Donald Trump will accept the Republican presidential nomination in Jacksonville, Florida, this summer after balking at having the event in Charlotte, North Carolina, due to the state's coronavirus social-distancing rules.

Google's new rules clamp down on discriminatory housing, job ads

Thu, 06/11/2020 - 8:16pm
Alphabet Inc's Google said on Thursday it was tackling unlawful discrimination by barring housing, employment and credit ads from being targeted to its users based on their postal code, gender, age, parental status or marital status.