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France condemns failed Iran satellite launch, urges halt to ballistics tests

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 20:00
PARIS: France on Wednesday condemned a failed Iranian satellite launch that it said used technology applicable to long-range missiles and urged Tehran to stop all ballistic tests which are not in line with U.N. resolutions. It was the latest in a string of French comments expressing irritation at ...

BlackRock profit misses as market turmoil hits bottom line

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 19:55
BlackRock Inc , the world's biggest asset manager, reported on Wednesday a 60 percent slump in quarterly profit from a year ago when the company booked a more than US$800 million gain due to changes in the U.S. tax code.

Tennis: Kerber wins battle of left-handers to progress to third round

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 19:51
Second seeded German Angelique Kerber easily won the battle of left-handers against big-hitting Brazilian qualifier Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-2 6-3 to stroll into the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday.

Goldman Sachs reports higher fourth-quarter trading revenue

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 19:51
Goldman Sachs reported an increase in trading revenue on Wednesday, the first Wall Street bank so far to show growth in that business during the fourth quarter as a rise in equities trading revenue offset losses from bond trading.

Germany still won't approve arms exports to Saudi - spokeswoman

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 19:51
BERLIN: Germany will still not approve arms exports to Saudi Arabia, a spokeswoman for the German Economy Ministry said on Wednesday. In November industry sources had said that German industry's voluntary halt in previously authorised arms shipments to Saudi Arabia after the killing of a ...

Blast near US-led coalition patrol in Syria

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 19:51
BEIRUT: A blast struck near a U.S.-led coalition patrol in Syria's northern city of Manbij on Wednesday, and a war monitor said 14 people were killed including two Americans. An Islamic State-affiliated web site, Amaq, said an attacker with an explosive vest had struck a foreign military patrol in ...

Tennis: Nadal spins his way into third round with near flawless display

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 19:50
MELBOURNE: Rafa Nadal picked apart second round opponent Matthew Ebden 6-3 6-2 6-2 at the Australian Open on Wednesday (Jan 16), in a near flawless display of top-spinning artistry. The second seed overcame an early first set challenge from the Australian, who should have secured a break-of-serve ...

Ford forecasts weaker-than-expected fourth quarter profit

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 19:46
Ford Motor Co on Wednesday forecast higher profit and revenue in 2019 as global industry sales remain flat.

Iran vows to will keep military forces in Syria despite Israeli threats

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 19:46
The head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards said on Wednesday that they will retain their military presence in Syria, defying Israeli threats that they might be targeted if they do not leave the country.

US automakers push for deal on fuel efficiency rules

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 19:40
Executives at the major U.S. automakers are pressing the Trump administration and California to agree on standards for fuel efficiency and carbon emissions through 2025, as risks increase that a deadline for setting national standards will pass without a deal.

Iran calls for release of its journalist arrested in U.S

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 19:30
DUBAI: Iran on Wednesday called for the immediate release of an American-born journalist arrested in the United States while working for Iran's English-language state television, accusing Washington of mistreating her in jail as a black Muslim woman. Iran's English-language Press TV said earlier ...

Iran says will be ready for new satellite launch in a few months - IRIB

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 19:30
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that Tehran will be ready for a new satellite launch in a few months after a failed attempt this week, ignoring U.S. and European warnings to avoid such activity.

Taliban officials say Pakistan applying pressure over Afghan talks

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 19:29
PESHAWAR, Pakistan: The arrest of a senior Taliban leader in Pakistan this week underlines a push by the government in Islamabad to pressure the insurgents to open talks with the Afghan government, Taliban officials said. Hafiz Mohibullah, a senior military commander who has been closely involved ...

BofA beats profit estimates on higher interest income, loan growth

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 19:20
Bank of America Corp reported fourth-quarter profit that more than tripled from a year earlier, when it took a US$2.9 billion charge related to changes in the U.S. tax law.

Guggenheim's Scott Minerd says Fed will pause to start 2019

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 19:20
The Federal Reserve is likely to hold its interest rate hikes on pause for the start of 2019 in order to stabilize markets, given economic growth is set to slow and financial conditions having tightened, Guggenheim Partners Global Chief Investment Officer Scott Minerd said on Wednesday.

Polish police detain suspects for hate speech after Gdansk mayor death

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 19:20
Polish police have detained at least 10 people since Tuesday over calls on social media for murder and acts of aggression made in the wake of the killing on a public stage of Gdansk's mayor.

Scores arrested as Zimbabwe police clamp down on fuel price protests

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 19:20
HARARE: Scores of Zimbabwean civilians including a prominent political activist were arrested to face public order charges on Wednesday, lawyers said, as authorities moved to clamp down on dissent in response to protests against fuel price hikes. Soldiers and police were patrolling Harare ...

Marriott looks to reboot loyalty plan after cyber attack

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 19:20
Marriott International Inc on Wednesday unveiled a new brand name for its loyalty programs, as the hotel chain looks to rebuild its image following a massive cyber attack that led to millions of customer records being stolen.

Slovenian Stojanovic set to become Latvia coach - sources

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 19:00
Former Slovenia boss Slavisa Stojanovic is set to take over as Latvia coach before the start of their European Championship qualifying campaign, sources close to the process told Reuters on Wednesday.

Greek PM will win votes on confidence and new Macedonia name - deputy PM

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 19:00
Greece's deputy prime minister said the government would emerge stronger after winning a confidence vote later on Wednesday and be able to secure parliament's endorsement for an accord to end a dispute over Macedonia's name.