German Social Democratic leaders beg members to back deal with Merkel

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Social Democratic (SPD) leaders appealed to party members on Friday to swallow their doubts and endorse an overnight deal to renew a "grand coalition" with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives for another four years.


Posted 2018/01/12 18:16:21

Thousands of Greeks protest over right to strike, hitting hospitals, transport and shipping

ATHENS (Reuters) - Thousands of Greek protesters marched in central Athens on Friday against new reforms, including restrictions on the right to strike, that parliament is set to approve next week in return for bailout funds.


Posted 2018/01/12 16:38:07

French NGOs file complaint against Samsung Elec over deceptive marketing

PARIS (Reuters) - Two French rights groups said on Thursday they had filed a complaint against South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd over alleged deceptive marketing practices.


Posted 2018/01/11 06:06:46

Asian shares weaken on trade worries, bonds recover as China rebuts report, Bitcoin slumps

TOKYO (Reuters) - The New Year rally in Asian shares petered out on Thursday due to concerns about rising U.S. protectionism, while bonds rebounded after China's regulator called a report about Beijing slowing or halting of its U.S. bond buying possibly wrong.


Posted 2018/01/11 06:03:14

South Korea plans to ban cryptocurrency trading, rattles market

SEOUL (Reuters) - The South Korean government on Thursday said it plans to ban cryptocurrency trading, sending bitcoin prices plummeting and throwing the virtual coin market into turmoil as the nation's police and tax authorities raided local exchanges on alleged tax evasion.


Posted 2018/01/11 05:50:00

Exclusive - Canada increasingly convinced Trump will pull out of NAFTA

LONDON, Ontario (Reuters) - Canada is increasingly convinced that President Donald Trump will soon announce the United States intends to pull out of NAFTA, two government sources said on Wednesday, sending the Canadian and Mexican currencies lower and hurting stocks.


Posted 2018/01/11 03:23:33

Death toll rises to 17 in California mudslides, 17 missing

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - The death toll from devastating mudslides in affluent communities along a stretch of Southern California coastline rose to 17 on Wednesday after two more bodies were recovered, the local sheriff said, and the number of people missing also climbed to 17.


Posted 2018/01/11 03:18:25

Brexit caused 37 percent fall in new London financial jobs in December - report

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's forthcoming exit from the European Union was the main reason for a 37 percent decline in new jobs available in London's financial sector last month, according to a report from recruiting firm Morgan McKinley released on Thursday.


Posted 2018/01/11 02:35:06

Armed robbers steal millions from Ritz Paris hotel

PARIS (Reuters) - Axe-wielding robbers stole jewellery on Wednesday possibly worth more than $5 million from a store in the famed Ritz Paris hotel, police said.


Posted 2018/01/11 02:07:01

Assange appears in Ecuador database, spurring citizenship speculation

QUITO (Reuters) - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's name has appeared in an Ecuadorean government database of citizen identification numbers, fuelling speculation that he may have received citizenship from the Andean country.


Posted 2018/01/11 00:20:43

Foreign minister Johnson says would not be sensible to rescind Trump invitation

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's invitation to U.S. President Donald Trump should not be rescinded, British foreign minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday, stressing that the United States is an important ally.


Posted 2018/01/09 12:51:12

"Is that it?" No new start for PM May with reshuffle

LONDON (Reuters) - It was meant to be a fresh start to put a year of gaffes, scandals and an ill-judged election behind Britain's Theresa May, but so far it only seems to have made matters worse.


Posted 2018/01/09 12:03:03

North Korea to send team to Winter Games, South to consider easing bans after talks

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said during rare talks with the South on Tuesday it would send a delegation to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea next month and Seoul said it was prepared to lift some sanctions temporarily so the visit could take place.


Posted 2018/01/09 10:51:35

Morrisons and Tesco shine in Christmas sales battle

LONDON (Reuters) - British supermarket chain Morrisons beat sales growth forecasts over Christmas while industry data indicated market leader Tesco probably outperformed smaller rivals during the festive season.


Posted 2018/01/09 10:37:34

Tesco top in UK Christmas trading battle - Kantar Worldpanel

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's biggest supermarket group Tesco was the best performer over Christmas, Kantar Worldpanel said on Tuesday, with a 3.1 percent rise in sales in the past 12 weeks beating its "big four" rivals Sainsbury's, Asda and Morrisons.


Posted 2018/01/09 09:22:50

UK retailers report biggest fall in non-food spending since 2009 - BRC

LONDON, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Inflation-squeezed British shoppers cut back on almost everything other than food in the last three months of 2017, leading to the biggest fall in non-grocery spending since 2009, industry figures showed on Tuesday.


Posted 2018/01/09 07:53:23

Asian shares scale ten-year peak, oil elevated on Iran unrest

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares flirted with 10-year highs on Thursday as solid economic data from the United States and Germany reinforced investors' optimism, while oil prices hovered at a 2-1/2-year high with unrest in Iran stoking supply disruption concerns.


Posted 2018/01/04 04:14:42

Friends of arrested Reuters reporter in Myanmar pour out hearts on social media

YANGON (Reuters) - Ever since Reuters Myanmar reporter Wa Lone was arrested on Dec. 12 on suspicion of violating the Official Secrets Act, friends and former colleagues have poured out their hearts and expressed hopes for his release on social media.


Posted 2018/01/04 02:23:26

Tony Blair warns British voters - time is running out to stop Brexit folly

LONDON (Reuters) - Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Thursday warned voters that time was running out to reverse Brexit, a folly he said would torpedo Britain's remaining clout and be regretted for generations to come.


Posted 2018/01/04 00:08:50

Labour Party grassroots support second Brexit vote - survey

LONDON (Reuters) - Eight out of 10 grassroots members of Britain's opposition Labour Party want a referendum on the terms of the country's exit from the European Union, according to a survey published on Thursday.


Posted 2018/01/04 00:06:21