Month: May 2018

(Reuters) – Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp (9984.T) will invest $2.25 billion in General Motors Co’s (GM.N) autonomous vehicle unit Cruise, the companies said on Thursday, a deal that validates the venerable Detroit automaker’s leadership in self-driving cars and sent GM shares up more than 10 percent. The move by SoftBank’s $100-billion Vision Fund is one
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(Reuters) – Britain’s pensions watchdog head Lesley Titcomb will step down at the end of her four-year contract in February 2019, The Pensions Regulator said on Thursday. The search for her successor will begin immediately and will be led by Chairman Mark Boyle, the watchdog said bit.ly/2J918ws. Titcomb, who was appointed chief executive of the
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump on Thursday pardoned a conservative commentator and said he was considering pardoning lifestyle maven Martha Stewart and commuting a former Illinois governor’s prison sentence, prompting critics to accuse him of subverting the rule of law. Trump announced his decision to pardon pundit and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, who pleaded guilty
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LONDON (Reuters) – The original map of the Hundred Acre Wood from the Winnie-the-Pooh children’s stories is set to go under the hammer, with an estimate price tag of up to $200,000. The ink sketch drawn by E.H. Shepard in 1926 lays out the much-loved fictional world created by A.A. Milne, depicting characters Winnie-the-Pooh, Christopher
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(Reuters) – A federal appeals court on Thursday awarded a victory to Jay-Z in a copyright infringement lawsuit claiming that the rapper sampled without permission from an Egyptian composer’s song for his 1999 hit “Big Pimpin’.” FILE PHOTO: American rapper Jay-Z performs at Bercy stadium in Paris, France, October 17, 2013. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier The 9th
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LONDON (Reuters) – Matt LeBlanc, former star of 1990s U.S. hit comedy “Friends”, said on Thursday he will step down as co-host of the BBC motoring program “Top Gear” after the next series. Cast member Matt LeBlanc speaks at a panel for the television series “Man with a Plan” during the TCA CBS Summer Press
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LONDON (Reuters) – Singer Ed Sheeran picked up two prizes at Britain’s Ivor Novello awards on Thursday, scooping the prestigious Songwriter of the Year prize for a second time while grime star Stormzy won in the album category. FILE PHOTO: Stormzy performs at the Brit Awards at the O2 Arena in London, Britain, February 21,
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Scientists have pinpointed three genes that may have played a pivotal role in an important milestone in human evolution: the striking increase in brain size that facilitated cognitive advances that helped define what it means to be human. FILE PHOTO: A doctor holds a human brain in a brain bank in the
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LONDON (Reuters) – British consumers and businesses turned more confident in May, a sign that the economy is recovering from a weak start to 2018, according to surveys published on Thursday. Households felt more upbeat about their personal finances, market research firm GfK said, while two surveys of companies suggested they were coping with uncertainty
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said he will grant a full pardon on Thursday to conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza, who was sentenced in 2014 to five years of probation for federal campaign law violations. FILE PHOTO: Conservative commentator and best-selling author, Dinesh D’Souza exits the Manhattan Federal Courthouse after pleading guilty in New
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LONDON (Reuters) – A British man, who suggested Islamist militants should target four-year-old Prince George – destined to be Britain’s future king – pleaded guilty to terrorism offences on Thursday. Husnain Rashid, who has pleaded guilty to terrorism offences relating to Britain’s Prince George, is seen in this undated photograph issued by the Greater Manchester
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LONDON (Reuters) – Meghan Markle was named among the 25 most influential women in Britain on Thursday, according to a list published by UK Vogue magazine which hailed her as forging a new identity for the monarchy. Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends a garden party at Buckingham Palace, in London, Britain May 22, 2018. Dominic
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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) – A small group of workers at Boeing Co’s South Carolina jetliner factory is voting on Thursday on whether to form a “micro union,” despite efforts by Boeing to challenge the election. FILE PHOTO: A Boeing logo is pictured during the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) at Geneva Airport,
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BEIJING (Reuters) – U.S. assertions that China is militarizing the South China Sea are “ridiculous”, China said on Thursday, after U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Washington would confront China’s actions in the disputed waterways. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis testifies before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the “Defense Department budget posture in
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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s largest Muslim group on Thursday urged Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party to launch an independent inquiry into Islamophobia to make sure “racists and bigots have no place in the party”. Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a speech to students and staff during her visit to Derby College in Derby,
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TOKYO (Reuters) – Sony Corp’s (6758.T) new chief executive is embracing entertainment content, but for now appears to be steering clear of direct competition with tech giants such as Apple Inc (AAPL.O) and Netflix Inc (NFLX.O). FILE PHOTO: Sony Corp’s new President and Chief Executive Officer Kenichiro Yoshida attends a news conference on their business
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LONDON (Reuters) – The chief of Britain’s financial regulator Andrew Bailey on Thursday declined to comment as to whether he was interested in succeeding Mark Carney as the Bank of England governor, saying he had a big job to do already. FILE PHOTO: Andrew Bailey, Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Conduct Authority, speaks during
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BEIRUT (Reuters) – President Bashar al-Assad said the United States should learn the lesson of Iraq and withdraw from Syria, and promised to recover areas of the country held by U.S.-backed militias through negotiations or force. Syria’s President Bashar al Assad attends an interview with a Greek newspaper in Damascus, Syria in this handout released
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