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Wall Street edges lower in mixed earnings day
The S&P 500 was down slightly on Wednesday, taking a pause after the previous session's record close as investors digested a mixed batch of earnings reports and declining energy stocks limited gains.
(Wed, 24 Apr 2019 15:11:31 -0400)

Euro falls on weak German business morale, stocks slip
The euro fell against the U.S. dollar on Wednesday after data showing a surprise deterioration in German business morale stoked fears of slowing global growth and weighed on a gauge of world equity markets.
(Wed, 24 Apr 2019 15:09:00 -0400)

Scaffolding firm says workers smoked at Paris' Notre-Dame
A scaffolding firm that has worked on the roof of Notre-Dame said some of its workers had smoked on the site, but ruled out that a cigarette butt might have started the fire that destroyed the cathedral's oak-framed roof last week.
(Wed, 24 Apr 2019 15:03:57 -0400)

Exclusive: Gold worth billions smuggled out of Africa
Billions of dollars' worth of gold is being smuggled out of Africa every year through the United Arab Emirates in the Middle East – a gateway to markets in Europe, the United States and beyond – a Reuters analysis has found.
(Wed, 24 Apr 2019 14:30:11 -0400)

Picture emerges of well-to-do young bombers behind Sri Lankan carnage
Details began to emerge in Sri Lanka on Wednesday of a band of nine, well-educated Islamist suicide bombers, including a woman, from well-to-do families who slaughtered 359 people in Easter Sunday bomb attacks.
(Wed, 24 Apr 2019 14:26:21 -0400)

Islamic State video throws spotlight on suspected ringleader of Sri Lanka bombings
Standing under a black flag of the Islamic State, eight men declare their loyalty to the group's leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.
(Wed, 24 Apr 2019 14:26:21 -0400)

Boeing abandons financial outlook, sees $1 billion in extra cost on 737 MAX
Boeing Co on Wednesday abandoned its 2019 financial outlook, halted share buybacks and said lowered production due to the grounding of its fastest-selling 737 MAX jet after two fatal plane crashes in five months had cost it at least $1 billion so far.
(Wed, 24 Apr 2019 14:23:16 -0400)

Boeing axes 210 orders after India's Jet stops flying
Boeing Co removed 210 aircraft from its order backlog and took an impairment charge over customer financing losses on Wednesday following the near-collapse of India's Jet Airways.
(Wed, 24 Apr 2019 14:20:10 -0400)

Contradicting Constitution, Trump vows Supreme Court fight over impeachment
President Donald Trump vowed on Wednesday to fight all the way to the Supreme Court against any effort by congressional Democrats to impeach him, even though the U.S. Constitution gives Congress complete authority over the impeachment process.
(Wed, 24 Apr 2019 14:00:29 -0400)

U.S. criticizes Myanmar court decision on Reuters journalists
The United States criticized Myanmar on Wednesday after the Asian country's high court upheld the sentencing of two Reuters journalists, expressing deep concern about freedom of expression and urging that the two be reunited with their families.
(Wed, 24 Apr 2019 13:40:12 -0400)

NRA sues Los Angeles over law requiring disclosure of ties to gun rights group
The National Rifle Association sued Los Angeles on Wednesday over a new law requiring that contractors disclose their ties to the gun rights group as a condition of obtaining business from the second most-populous U.S. city.
(Wed, 24 Apr 2019 13:14:49 -0400)

Russia offers passports to east Ukraine, president-elect decries 'aggressor state'
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday signed an order simplifying the procedure for obtaining a Russian passport for residents of separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine, prompting calls for more international sanctions from Kiev.
(Wed, 24 Apr 2019 12:57:08 -0400)

Ukraine's outgoing and new presidents denounce Russia over east Ukraine passports
Ukraine's outgoing leader and president-elect separately issued statements on Wednesday denouncing Russia as an occupying force in eastern Ukraine, after Moscow moved to simplify the procedure for Donbass residents to get Russian passports.
(Wed, 24 Apr 2019 12:57:08 -0400)

Peace, honesty and cheap gas: Ukraine's new leader shoulders high expectations
When the Ukrainian president played by actor Volodymyr Zelenskiy faces a corrupt parliament in his TV comedy, he fantasizes about blasting them all away with two submachine guns.
(Wed, 24 Apr 2019 11:55:02 -0400)

Britain to allow Huawei restricted access to 5G network
Britain will allow Huawei Technologies a restricted role in building parts of its 5G network, seeking a middle way in a bitter dispute between the United States and China over the next generation of communications technology.
(Wed, 24 Apr 2019 11:46:42 -0400)

Older workers helped fuel recent U.S. growth. Can it last?
As a record-breaking economic expansion nears the decade mark, people like Marty Groth may determine whether it is forced into a lower gear.
(Wed, 24 Apr 2019 11:39:54 -0400)

Axa provided insurance cover for Notre-Dame artworks for a few million euros
French insurer AXA said on Wednesday that it had provided insurance coverage for a few artworks from Notre-Dame Cathedral for a maximum amount of a few million euros.
(Wed, 24 Apr 2019 11:31:32 -0400)

Minorities, older adults boost Biden atop 2020 Democratic field: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Former Vice President Joe Biden, expected to declare his run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination on Thursday, leads all other candidates in the race and draws his strongest levels of support from minorities and older adults, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos public opinion poll.
(Wed, 24 Apr 2019 11:14:31 -0400)

Suicide bombing intelligence row stokes political tension in Sri Lanka
Political tension mounted in Sri Lanka on Wednesday over the handling of advance intelligence related to Easter Sunday's suicide bombings, with an ally of the prime minister charging that top officials deliberately withheld critical information.
(Wed, 24 Apr 2019 11:12:16 -0400)

Blood brothers: the wealthy family behind Sri Lanka's suicide attacks
Sri Lankan housewife Fathima Fazla thought of her neighbors in the grand three-storey home across the street as the wealthy celebrities of her humble Colombo suburb. She had no idea how infamous they would become.
(Wed, 24 Apr 2019 11:11:34 -0400)

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