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  • Iran's judiciary says jailed German freed, returned home

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    Tue, 18 Feb 2020 03:47:46 -0500
  • Poll shows Northern Ireland majority against united Ireland

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    Tue, 18 Feb 2020 03:45:50 -0500
  • UK Queen's nephew the Earl of Snowdon to divorce

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    Tue, 18 Feb 2020 03:41:16 -0500
  • French finance minister warns Renault against job cuts, factory closures

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    French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire warned Renault on Tuesday against shutting factories in France and cutting jobs there, after the carmaker announced "no taboos" cost cuts last week. "The state will play its role as shareholder in Renault to make sure that the choices which will be made will not go against jobs and factories in France," Le Maire told journalists in Brussels, adding the government would talk with the carmaker and remain "very vigilant" on its cost cuts strategy.

    Tue, 18 Feb 2020 03:35:00 -0500
  • German bond yields most negative in two weeks on coronavirus caution

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    Tue, 18 Feb 2020 03:32:24 -0500
  • Official: Armed corrections officer fatally shot by police

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    Tue, 18 Feb 2020 03:22:22 -0500
  • French finance minister warns Renault against job cuts, factory closures

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    Tue, 18 Feb 2020 03:16:11 -0500
  • China stocks end lower as Apple warning raises economic impact fears

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    Tue, 18 Feb 2020 03:09:52 -0500
  • BTG Pactual founder Esteves returns to center stage amid speculation on role

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    Banco BTG Pactual SA founder Andre Esteves will be the marquee speaker at a wide-ranging event on Tuesday sponsored by the Brazilian investment bank, marking a return to the limelight for one of the country's best-known bankers. Esteves, also the bank's biggest shareholder, will discuss Brazil's economic and political outlook before an audience of roughly 3,000 businessmen, investors and clients. It will be his most prominent public appearance since he was arrested and ultimately exonerated in a corruption probe, and Esteves is expected to cast a fresh spotlight on his role at the bank, where he remains influential.

    Tue, 18 Feb 2020 03:09:42 -0500
  • Kidnappers prey with ‘total impunity’ on migrants waiting for hearings in Mexico

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    Report finds 80% of migrants waiting have been abducted by the mafia and 45% have suffered violence or violationA score or so migrants crouch in the dark corridor of the safe house where they have been waiting for a month. Today, their turn has come to go back on the road again – not across the US border, however, but deeper into Mexico, to save their skins.Outside, a minivan pulls up, driven by Baptist pastor Lorenzo Ortíz to take the migrants to relative safety, and away from kidnap, extortion and violation.This is Nuevo Laredo, in the north-west corner of Tamaulipas state, opposite Laredo, Texas, the world’s busiest commercial trans-border hub. The people waiting to board the van have already crossed into the USA, but have been sent back under the Trump administration’s so-called Migrant Protection Protocols - known as “Remain in Mexico” – whereby would be asylum-seekers must await their appointed hearing south of the border.MPP was rolled out in January last year, since when an estimated 57,000 people now wait south of the border for their asylum hearing date. Tens of thousands more are waiting just for the initial application for asylum.These are the faces behind statistics in a shocking report by Doctors Without Borders (MSF), which found 80% of migrants waiting in Nuevo Laredo under MPP to have been abducted by the mafia, and 45% to have suffered violence or violation. The door of the safe house opens and blinding sunlight beckons those awaiting, as does Pastor Ortíz, who arrives across the border from Laredo each morning to take a vanload to the larger city of Monterrey, Nuevo León.There can be no tarrying, explains another local pastor, Diego Robles, from the First Baptist Church. “If they walk to the corner of the block”, he says, “they’re likely to be kidnapped”.Robles knows the risk he runs. Last August, criminals approached Aarón Méndez, a Seventh Day Adventist managing another shelter nearby, demanding he hand over Cubans in his care, whose relatives in the USA might pay high ransoms for their release.He refused – and has not been seen since, joining the 50,000 disappeared in Mexico’s war since 2006. The safe house – its gate kept closed with padlock and chain - is crammed with some 180 people, mostly indoors, some in a back yard enclosed by breeze blocks.Their stories are terrifying and consistent.Moy Eduardo fled his home in El Salvador after members of the MS-13 gang abducted and killed his brother after the family failed to pay sufficient extortion money. He eventually arrived at Nuevo Laredo bus station, only to be forced into a car and taken to a farm some distance from town. There, he was pistol-whipped, while the kidnappers called his cousin in Atlanta and demanded an $8,000 ransom.“They said if I didn’t pay, they’d hand me over to ‘other people in our organisation,’” he recalled. Four days later, his desperate relative wired money, and Moy Eduardo was released.He told the story to US authorities when applying for asylum, “but they didn’t believe me and sent me back”. Moy Eduardo has a court date in April, but is desperate to leave Nuevo Laredo. “I cannot stay here – they said if they saw me again, they’d kill me”.“It’s become big business”, says Pastor Robles “It’s a way for the drug cartels to diversify. It is worse in Tamaulipas than other border states, and worse in Nuevo Laredo than anywhere else in Tamaulipas. There’s no formula to the abductions and disappearances – they are kidnapped, beaten, women violated; most return, but not all”.Nuevo Laredo was for years controlled by the hyper-violent Zetas group, and is now territory of its off-shoot, the Northeast cartel. But their one-time associate, now rival, the Gulf Cartel is knocking at the gates, backed by the Jalisco Cartel, eager for access to the city’s vast commercial transit routes into the USA. .While the Zetas/Northeast Cartel control migrant movement within Nuevo Laredo, the Gulf and Jalisco cartels often bring migrants to the city. And each group sees migrants and asylum seekers as a source of easy money.“They go after the ones who’ve been brought here by a rival cartel. They have to pay twice,” says Pastor Ortíz “And the Cubans – because they know the Cubans have richer relatives”.Inside the safe-house, Yaqueline and her daughter Lisbeth, described how she was given a code by their coyote after fleeing gang violence in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.She was told that in Nuevo Laredo, the word “rana” – frog – would ensure safe passage. But when three thugs approached them outside the government migrant registration offices, they were told the word meant they were property of the enemy; mother and child were bundled into an SUV.Relatives north of the border were again contacted. After five days, they were still unable to find the ransom money, and Yaqueline and Lisbeth were released to find their own way to Pastor Robles’ church. Asked if she had been maltreated, Yaqueline lowers her eyes, gestures towards the child, and crossed herself. “The gangs were bad in Honduras, but it is even more dangerous here”.All these people have US ‘Notice to Appear’ papers for dates months away, when they will re-cross the bridge into Laredo, Texas, and enter a tent court beside the Rio Grande, for a cursory video-link hearing to a judge hundreds of miles away in San Antonio. Less than 1% are granted asylum.Those summoned to court begin gathering on the Mexican side of the bridge before 4am. A group from Cuba and Venezuela assembles first, manifestly nervous.There are 67 on the docket to appear at the tent court, but by 6am, only 29 are shuffled through into the canvas corridor, to plead their case, and await judgement on a screen from 150 miles away. The rest are presumed to have given up and retuned home. Reporters have never been admitted into the Laredo tent court.“The authorities make no attempt to intervene, says Pastor Ortíz, “the mafia is right there in the open, and there’s nothing done to stop them. It’s total impunity for the cartels”.Local and national governments play down the abduction emergency. Edwin Aceves, the chief investigator for the Office of Disappeared Persons in Nuevo Laredo, said he had received “no reports of kidnapping and extortion of migrants. These are just rumours”.Meanwhile, Mark Morgan, acting Commissioner for US Customs and Border Protection, told a round-table of reporters last year he was unaware of reports of kidnapping, while Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard has said kidnaps were “not a massive number”; his department had information on 20 cases nationally.Mexico’s leftwing government co-operates enthusiastically with President Trump’s MPP. In contrast to the Pastors’ buses helping migrants wait in relative safety, government buses chartered depart daily from Nuevo Laredo’s state migration centres to take migrants back to the border with Guatemala. Even one of those was hijacked last Autumn, surrounded by gunmen aboard pickup trucks, and migrants taken. But here at the safe house, the minivan is ready to take people on a round-trip, to relative safety away from Nuevo Laredo, and then back again to cross the border when their date arrives. The group shuffles out of the front door onto the sidewalk and scrambles aboard. Pastor Robles says a prayer for the road through the front passenger window – and off they go, in the opposite direction to that of their plans, but away from the clutches of the mafia.

    Tue, 18 Feb 2020 03:00:21 -0500
  • CORRECTED-Coronavirus slows China's Belt and Road push

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    Tue, 18 Feb 2020 02:53:06 -0500
  • New French health minister: "Credible risk" of coronavirus pandemic

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    Tue, 18 Feb 2020 02:31:46 -0500
  • Hong Kong protests hurt Holiday Inn-owner IHG, sees pain from virus outbreak

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    The company started to see an impact from the epidemic in late January as it closed or partially closed 160 out of its 470 hotels in China, Chief Executive Officer Paul Edgecliffe-Johnson said. IHG said last month it would allow customers to change or cancel stays scheduled up to Feb. 3 in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan at no additional cost. The outbreak began in the central Chinese city of Wuhan and has killed more than 1,800 people in mainland China.

    Tue, 18 Feb 2020 02:28:00 -0500
  • Dry bulk shipper Golden Ocean warns on profit over coronavirus

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    Tue, 18 Feb 2020 02:22:07 -0500
  • 'Don't be kidnapped by China': Taiwan tells WHO in bid for separate virus tally

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    Tue, 18 Feb 2020 02:20:57 -0500
  • Southeast Asia's tourist hubs court local market as coronavirus shuts Chinese out

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    Southeast Asia's holiday hotspots, hit by billions in lost business from Chinese tourists, are turning to markets closer to home to soften the blow from travel restrictions caused by the coronavirus epidemic. To make up for foregone revenues, firms in the region are dangling discounted airfares, hotel accommodation and tour add-ons in a bid to boost domestic travelers. Home to rich culture, white sand beaches, diverse marine life, lively nightlife and affordable tours, Southeast Asia is the favorite for Chinese tourists, the region's top foreign visitors.

    Tue, 18 Feb 2020 02:03:22 -0500
  • RPT-EXCLUSIVE-Italian government leaning towards third term for Eni CEO - sources

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    Tue, 18 Feb 2020 02:00:00 -0500
  • INSIGHT-Shades of Detroit? Germany's auto heartlands in peril as 'golden age' fades

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    Tue, 18 Feb 2020 02:00:00 -0500
  • Southeast Asia's tourist hubs court local market as coronavirus shuts Chinese out

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    Tue, 18 Feb 2020 01:59:04 -0500
  • Shares fall in Asia as virus outbreak hits profits, events

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    Shares slipped in Asia on Tuesday as the impact from the virus outbreak that began in China deepened, with Apple saying it would fail to meet its profit target and China moving to postpone or cancel major events including the Beijing auto show. Signs suggest China may postpone its annual congress, its biggest political meeting of the year.

    Tue, 18 Feb 2020 01:56:20 -0500
  • Turkey seeks 695 arrests over links to U.S.-based cleric

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    Tue, 18 Feb 2020 01:52:42 -0500
  • HSBC net profit falls 53%, bank to sell assets in overhaul

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    Europe's biggest bank has reported that its net profit fell 53% in 2019 to $6 billion. London-based HSBC, whose profit is mainly from Asia, said Tuesday that it plans to revamp its U.S. and European business and shed $100 billion in assets to improve its profitability. The bank said the virus outbreak that began in China has caused a “significant disruption" for its staff, suppliers and customers, especially in the Chinese mainland and in Hong Kong.

    Tue, 18 Feb 2020 01:48:56 -0500
  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks under pressure as Apple sounds warning on coronavirus

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    Tue, 18 Feb 2020 01:39:40 -0500
  • SC authorities to say how missing girl, neighbor were killed

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    South Carolina authorities plan to release Tuesday how a 6-year-old girl who disappeared from her front yard was killed, along with details on the death of a neighbor whose body was found moments after the child. Investigators have said they found a clue to Faye Marie Swetlik's disappearance in the neighbor's trash can Thursday. Not long after, they found the girl's body in woods that had been carefully searched before and then found the neighbor 30-year-old Coty Scott Taylor dead in his home.

    Tue, 18 Feb 2020 01:38:09 -0500
  • Cab driver intervenes and saves passenger from falling for a $25,000 scam

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    When a Northern California cab driver realized that his 92-year-old passenger was about to become the victim of a scam, he quickly devised a plan to save her.Two weeks ago, Roseville Cab owner Raj Singh picked the woman up from her home, and she directed him to drive her to the bank. While on the way, the woman told Singh that she received a call from someone who told her she owed the IRS $25,000, and she was on her way to withdraw the money. Immediately, Singh determined that she had been targeted by a scam artist, but the woman didn't believe him.Singh suggested the pair stop by the police station in Roseville, where an officer could talk more about the scam with her. The woman agreed, and Singh went inside to explain what was happening. An officer came out to the cab, and the woman shared more details about the call. After talking with the officer, she agreed that the call was not from the IRS, and Singh drove her back home. The woman's money remains safely in the bank."We love this story because several times throughout, Raj could have just taken his customer to her stop and not worried about her well-being," the Roseville Police Department said on Facebook. "He took time from his day and had the great forethought to bring the almost-victim to the police station for an official response."More stories from theweek.com Federal judges association holding emergency meeting over DOJ interference in Stone case Why Bloomberg would be the cynical choice for Democrats The sidelining of Elizabeth Warren

    Tue, 18 Feb 2020 01:37:00 -0500
  • Investors track ships, chase rumors to get edge on COVID-19 risks

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    Tue, 18 Feb 2020 01:00:00 -0500
  • Federal judges association holding emergency meeting over DOJ interference in Stone case

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    The Federal Judges Association will hold an emergency meeting on Tuesday to discuss concerns members have over President Trump and top Justice Department officials intervening in the case of longtime Trump friend and adviser Roger Stone.The association has more than 1,000 members, and says it supports a "fair, impartial, and independent judiciary." The group's president, U.S. District Judge Cynthia Rufe, told USA Today that members decided they "could not wait" until the organization's spring conference to address the matter. "There are plenty of issues that we are concerned about," added Rufe, a George W. Bush appointee. "We'll talk all of this through."Stone was found guilty of lying to Congress and witness tampering, and last week, Trump complained about federal prosecutors recommending Stone receive a sentence of seven to nine years. Attorney General William Barr and other DOJ leaders quickly reversed course on the recommendation, which resulted in the four Stone prosecutors quitting the case. On Friday, it was reported that Barr has also appointed an outside prosecutor to review the criminal case of Michael Flynn, Trump's first national security adviser. Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, but has since backtracked, claiming he was coerced.Since an open letter was released on Sunday night, more than 2,000 former Justice Department officials have signed on, calling on Barr to resign. The letter says it is "unheard of for the department's top leaders to overrule line prosecutors, who are following established policies, in order to give preferential treatment to a close associate of the president, as Attorney General Barr did in the Stone case."More stories from theweek.com Why Bloomberg would be the cynical choice for Democrats The sidelining of Elizabeth Warren The real potential of the electric vehicle revolution

    Tue, 18 Feb 2020 00:47:00 -0500
  • Samsung poised to benefit from China virus woes afflicting Apple, other rivals

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    Samsung Electronics stands to be a major beneficiary of the China production problems announced by rival Apple Inc on Monday, reaping the rewards of a decade-long bet on low-cost smartphone manufacturing in Vietnam. Half of Samsung's smartphones are now made in Vietnam, where the coronavirus that has crippled the China operations of Apple and many other firms has so far had only a limited impact on its production.

    Tue, 18 Feb 2020 00:44:47 -0500
  • FOREX-Euro on back foot before ZEW data, rate cut talk hurts Aussie

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    Tue, 18 Feb 2020 00:42:08 -0500
  • 2,000 ex-Justice Department employees call on Barr to resign

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    The former officials from Republican and Democratic administrations said Barr's behavior is a "grave threat to the fair administration of justice."

    Tue, 18 Feb 2020 00:33:29 -0500
  • Turkey to arrest 228 for links to cleric in probe of military, ministry - Anadolu

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    Tue, 18 Feb 2020 00:07:52 -0500
  • "From bad to worse" - Dashed hopes may deter many Iranians from polls

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    Tue, 18 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0500
  • Reuters Health News Summary

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    Mon, 17 Feb 2020 23:55:33 -0500
  • Reuters Entertainment News Summary

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    Mon, 17 Feb 2020 23:55:33 -0500
  • Reuters People News Summary

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    Mon, 17 Feb 2020 23:55:33 -0500
  • Burglar Ring

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    Authorities early Tuesday busted a ring of Miami burglars they say used Instagram and high-tech surveillance to target wealthy marks, including New York Yankees star pitcher Arnolis Chapman.

    Mon, 17 Feb 2020 23:30:09 -0500
  • Gyms in China livestream routines as coronavirus keeps patrons away

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    Livestreaming has been one of the biggest trends to hit the China's exercise sector in recent weeks, with gyms going online to help keep residents fit some of whom are stuck indoors for up for 14-day-long quarantines. The majority of these classes are being offered for free, getting many eyeballs - Liu's 20-minute class received over 4,700 likes - but no income, gym owners say. "I'm not planning on stealing new clients, I just want to protect my existing customers," said Liu Xiaojin, the founder of a chain of gyms called Gravity Plus in Beijing, which also started online classes 10 days ago and is renting out gym equipment to make some extra cash.

    Mon, 17 Feb 2020 23:25:21 -0500
  • Gyms in China livestream routines as coronavirus keeps patrons away

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    Mon, 17 Feb 2020 23:18:28 -0500
  • HSBC to slash investment bank, 35,000 jobs in strategy overhaul

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    HONG KONG/LONDON (Reuters) - HSBC Holdings PLC said on Tuesday it would shed $100 billion in assets, shrink its investment bank and revamp its U.S. and European businesses in a drastic overhaul that will mean 35,000 jobs cut over three years. The bank, which has struggled to keep pace with leaner and more focused rivals, is seeking to become more competitive as it grapples with slowing growth in its major markets, the coronavirus epidemic, Britain's European Union exit and lower central bank interest rates. In the latest in a series of overhauls since the 2008 financial crisis, HSBC said it would merge its private banking and wealth businesses, axe European stock trading and cut U.S. retail branches as it seeks to remove $4.5 billion in costs.

    Mon, 17 Feb 2020 23:11:07 -0500
  • REFILE-UK working to organize flight for British nationals on cruise ship with coronavirus

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    Mon, 17 Feb 2020 22:51:39 -0500
  • Japan approves bill to help firms to develop 5G, drone technologies

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    Mon, 17 Feb 2020 22:40:56 -0500
  • Broward deputies search for suspect after a shooting leaves one man dead

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    Broward Sheriff’s Office homicide detectives are investigating a shooting that left a 23-year-old man dead Saturday afternoon in Lauderdale Lakes.

    Mon, 17 Feb 2020 22:31:35 -0500
  • Bolton says he hopes book is not 'suppressed' by White House

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    John Bolton, the former national security adviser to President Donald Trump, raised concern on Monday about his unpublished book being "suppressed" by the White House and suggested he should be able to respond to the president's tweets about him. “I hope, ultimately, I can get the book published,” Bolton told a Duke University event in North Carolina during his first public remarks since Trump's acquittal in his Senate impeachment trial. Bolton, 71, left his post in September after disagreements with the president.

    Mon, 17 Feb 2020 21:58:40 -0500
  • Bolton says he hopes book is not 'suppressed' by White House

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    Mon, 17 Feb 2020 21:53:45 -0500
  • China virus threatens global antibiotics supply - European business group

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    Mon, 17 Feb 2020 21:46:47 -0500
  • FOREX-Euro edges lower on economic pessimism, Aussie hit by rate outlook

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    Mon, 17 Feb 2020 21:16:01 -0500
  • Man charged with involuntary manslaughter, DWI after teen killed in Charlotte crash

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    A 17-year-old girl was killed Monday morning in a crash in northwest Charlotte.

    Mon, 17 Feb 2020 21:11:41 -0500
  • South Korea's president calls for 'all possible measures' to help virus-hit economy

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    Mon, 17 Feb 2020 21:11:26 -0500
  • Knightley says film 'Misbehaviour' highlights battle for equality

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    Keira Knightley said her new film "Misbehaviour", the true story of how the Women's Liberation Movement disrupted the 1970 Miss World competition, felt relevant at a time when people were still fighting for equal treatment. Knightley, 34, plays a member of the Women's Liberation Movement, which storms the stage of the London theater where the beauty pageant was being held. "What I loved about this film was that conversation because it felt so very relevant to what we're still talking about today," Knightley told Reuters in an interview.

    Mon, 17 Feb 2020 21:02:58 -0500
  • Nissan CEO tells angry shareholders he is ready to be sacked if no turnaround

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    Nissan's new chief executive said on Tuesday he would accept being fired if he fails to turn around Japan's second biggest automaker which is grappling with plunging sales in the aftermath of the scandal surrounding ex-chairman Carlos Ghosn. Makoto Uchida, who took over the top job in December, put his job on the line at a raucous shareholders' meeting, where he faced demands ranging from cutting executive pay to offering a bounty to bring Ghosn back to Japan after he fled to Lebanon. Nissan's worsening performance has heaped pressure on the 53-year-old Uchida, formerly Nissan's China chief who became its third CEO since September, to come up with aggressive steps to revive the company.

    Mon, 17 Feb 2020 20:40:56 -0500
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