Global stocks tread water ahead of Fed meeting

LONDON (Reuters) – Global equities trod water on Tuesday ahead of a U.S. Federal Reserve policy meeting, while investors reassessed their views of tech stocks following a slump in Facebook’s shares after reports of data misuse. The MSCI world equity index .MIWD00000PUS, which tracks shares in 47 countries, was flat in percentage terms by 0901 GMT, while the pan-European STOXX 600 equity index slipped 0.1 percent. Tech .SX8P stocks underperformed in Europe as the sector fell 0.3 percent, taking its cue from Monday’s falls for U.S. peers on the backRead More

On eve of Trump-Saudi meeting, Riyadh calls Iran nuclea…

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia called the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers a “flawed agreement” on Monday, on the eve of a meeting between the Saudi crown prince and U.S. President Donald Trump who have both been highly critical of Iran. FILE PHOTO: The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman arrives at Lambeth Palace, London, Britain, March 8, 2018. REUTERS/Yui Mok/Pool “Our view of the nuclear deal is that it’s a flawed agreement,” Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told reporters in Washington. The meeting betweenRead More

EU convenes urgent Brexit meeting amid deal talk: sourc…

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Diplomats handling Brexit talks for EU member states in Brussels were summoned to an urgent meeting by EU negotiators on Monday, diplomats and officials said, amid speculation about an interim deal ahead of a summit later this week. FILE PHOTO: A Britain’s and some European flags are hung outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium December 4, 2017. REUTERS/Yves Herman “There could be a deal,” one senior EU diplomat said. Another however played down talk that good progress in negotiations with Britain over the weekend hadRead More

Asia gets the jitters as Fed meeting looms

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Asian share markets got off to a hesitant start on Monday for a week in which the Federal Reserve is likely to deliver a hike in U.S. interest rates and perhaps signal that as many as three more lie in store for the rest of the year. Investors look at an electronic board showing stock information at a brokerage house in Shanghai, China February 9, 2018. REUTERS/Aly Song Japan’s Nikkei .N225 took an early 0.3 percent drop as exporters were hit by recent broad-based gains in theRead More

Sources Say Sessions Misled on Russia Meeting

On Friday night, Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe two days before his retirement, purportedly over McCabe’s lack of “candor” regarding the Hillary Clinton email investigation. One reason this explanation raised so many eyebrows is that Sessions has such a complicated relationship with the truth himself. On Sunday, Reuters reported that three sources have contradicted Sessions’s claim, made under oath, that he opposed a Trump campaign plan to meet with Russians during the 2016 campaign. The sources told Reuters that they had spoken to Special CounselRead More

Trump admits to making up information in meeting with T…

President Trump made the shocking admission on Wednesday that he made up information during a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. During a fundraising speech in Missouri, Trump recalled contradicting Trudeau, who told him Canada didn’t have a trade deficit with the U.S. — even though he had “no idea” whether that was true. Trump, who was raising money for Republican Senate candidate Josh Hawley, said, “I didn’t even know…I had no idea. I just said, ‘You’re wrong.’ You know why? Because we’re soRead More

British PM May to chair security meeting on poisoning o…

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May will chair a meeting of Britain’s National Security Council on Monday to discuss the poisoning of a former Russian double agent and his daughter. Sergei Skripal, a former colonel of Russia’s GRU military intelligence service, looks on inside the defendants’ cage as he attends a hearing at the Moscow military district court, Russia. Kommersant/Yuri Senatorov via REUTERS Former double agent Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, have been in hospital in a critical condition since March 4 when they were foundRead More

Trump-North Korea meeting: US ‘knows the risks’, says s…

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionKim Jong-un and Donald Trump: From enemies to frenemies? CIA director Mike Pompeo has defended Donald Trump’s decision to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, saying the president understands the risks. Mr Trump “isn’t doing this for theatre, he is going there to solve a problem,” the spy chief told Fox News Sunday. The president has said the summit could produce the “greatest deal for the world”. But critics have warned that if the talks go poorly, the two nations will beRead More

South Koreans express skepticism over Trump meeting wit…

Kelly Cobiella and Gabe Joselow and Bruce Harrison and Chelsea Bailey SEOUL, South Korea — Choe Sunhee was 13 when the Korean War began in 1950. Like many South Koreans, over the last seven decades Choe has witnessed the division of his country, the fall autocratic leaders, and the rise of nuclear weapons — all under the omnipresent threat of a new war with the brutal regime just 35 miles to the north. Now, at 81, Choe told NBC News he’s skeptical that this latest attempt by the U.S. toRead More

Russian spy attack: UK ministers hold emergency meeting

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