BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) – Syrian rebels said on Thursday a U.S. decision to halt a covert CIA program of military aid would mark a big blow to the Syrian opposition and risked allowing jihadists to tighten their grip over the insurgency. Rebels who have received aid under the CIA program said they had yet to be
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday it had shut down the dark web marketplace AlphaBay, working with international partners to knock offline the site accused of allowing a global trade in drugs, firearms, computer hacking tools and other illicit goods. Authorities said the law enforcement action was one of the largest
LONDON (Reuters) – The epic quarter-final between Britain’s Johanna Konta and Romanian Simona Halep drew a record peak audience for a Wimbledon women’s match on BBC television, figures released on Thursday showed. Some 7.4 million, a million more than the peak audience for the men’s final, watched Konta beat the second seed 6-7(2) 7-6(5) 6-4
CHICAGO (Reuters) – An Illinois man charged with kidnapping a female Chinese scholar who has been missing for more than a month will plead not guilty at a court hearing on Thursday, his attorney said. Brendt Christensen, 28, is accused of abducting Yingying Zhang, a 26-year-old visiting scholar to the University of Illinois from Southeast
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House said Thursday it had withdrawn or removed from active consideration more than 800 proposed regulations that were never finalized during the Obama administration as it works to shrink the federal government’s regulatory footprint. In a report, the Trump administration said it had withdrawn 469 planned regulatory actions that had
BOSTON (Reuters) – Testing has confirmed Norovirus in a customer who ate at the Virginia Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc restaurant that was briefly closed earlier this week following multiple reports of diners falling ill, a county health department official said on Thursday. Shares of the burrito chain, which has been under a microscope since it
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Bombardier Inc (BBDb.TO) has won the dismissal of a U.S. lawsuit in which Comerica Inc (CMA.N) sought millions of dollars after the Canadian aircraft maker was unable to find buyers for four planes whose leases had expired. In a decision made public on Thursday, U.S. District Judge Paul Gardephe in Manhattan
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Ryan Seacrest confirmed on Thursday that he will return as host of “American Idol,” the most popular music reality show in U.S. television history, when it comes back to the screen on ABC TV in 2018. After much anticipation and speculation, Seacrest, who served as host of the talent competition show
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,