WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Navy’s top officer asked his Chinese counterpart to exert influence on North Korea to help rein in its advancing nuclear and missile programs, a U.S. official said on Thursday. Chief of U.S. Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson spoke with his Chinese counterpart Vice Admiral Shen Jinlong via a video teleconference.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Justice Department on Thursday announced it has dropped a requirement that Harley-Davidson Inc spend $3 million to reduce air pollution as part of a settlement the Obama administration announced in August. Last year, the Milwaukee-based motorcycle maker agreed to pay a $12 million civil fine and stop selling illegal after-market devices
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India has identified 5.5 gigawatts (GW) of inefficient coal-fired power plants to be retired, Power Minister Piyush Goyal told lawmakers on Thursday, as the country looks to cut emissions and make better use of its coal reserves. The Central Electrical Authority (CEA) has identified coal-fired plants which are more than 25
ABIDJAN (Reuters) – “It’s not my first time,” fireman Patrick Obite said with an air of confidence as, kneeling, he straddled a meter-long crocodile in the carpark of a building site in Ivory Coast’s main city Abidjan. “There was a first session yesterday at the zoo when we got used to them,” he added, smiling.
(Reuters) – The NBA is extending a push into India with a visit by Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors to support the growth of basketball in the country. Durant, named Most Valuable Player in this year’s NBA Finals, will be in New Delhi next Thursday to open two new basketball courts, funded by
BEIJING (Reuters) – A Chinese telecoms carrier said it had begun closing virtual private networks (VPNs) and other tools that can bypass the so-called Great Firewall, which state authorities use to filter and block traffic between Chinese and overseas servers. A spokesman for Guangzhou Huoyun Information Technology Ltd, which operates in around 20 cities across
BERLIN (Reuters) – German car manufacturing supplier Continental is in talks to acquire an 8-10 percent stake in the digital mapping firm HERE which is now controlled by Germany’s leading carmakers, Manager Magazin said on Thursday, citing unnamed company sources. The talks are nearing conclusion and a contract is due to be signed in September,
SOUTHPORT, England (Reuters) – Welshman Stuart Manley closed his round with an eagle and a birdie to become the early clubhouse leader with a two-under-par 68 at the British Open on Thursday. In his first appearance at a major the 38-year-old, who at 16 had a trial to play soccer with Manchester United, chipped in
NEW YORK (Reuters) – About one in eight people who voted for President Donald Trump said they are not sure they would do so again after witnessing Trump’s tumultuous first six months in office, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll of 2016 voters. While most of the people who voted for Trump on Nov. 8 said
BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s solar industry is expected to produce 25 percent more panels in 2017 than last year, supported by domestic sales and demand from the United States and emerging markets, the head of a Chinese industry association said. China was expected to produce solar panels with a combined capacity of 60 gigawatts (GW)
SEOUL (Reuters) – A South Korean court on Thursday handed K-pop sensation T.O.P. a suspended 10-month jail sentence for drug use, after he pleaded guilty and sought leniency to avoid a prison term. The suspended term for the 29-year old, whose legal name is Choi Seung-hyun, followed his indictment without detention last month for using
TORONTO (Reuters) – BlackBerry Ltd (BB.TO) said on Thursday it has won the right to sell tools for encrypting phone calls and text messages to the U.S. federal government, garnering an endorsement from the National Security Agency for the products. The company said it received the endorsement from the NSA’s National Information Assurance Partnership, or
MOSUL (Reuters) – Islamic State militants began reinventing themselves months before U.S.-backed Iraqi forces ended their three-year reign of terror in Mosul, putting aside the dream of a modern-day caliphate and preparing the ground for a different fight. Intelligence and local officials said that, a few months ago, they noticed a growing stream of commanders
SYDNEY (Reuters) – Axheads and grinding stones from a cave in Australia’s far north suggest humans arrived on the continent about 65,000 years ago, or 18,000 years earlier than previously thought, according to research published on Thursday. A technique called luminescence dating was used to date the ancient tools which were found in a rock
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – A.P. Moller-Maersk (MAERSKb.CO) said on Thursday its anti-virus software was not effective against a new type of malware that hit the Danish shipping giant last month, but said further protective measures have now been put in place. “This virus attack was a previously unseen type of malware, and updates and patches applied