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Trump policies unite allies against him at European security forum

MUNICH - In 2009, then U.S. Vice President Joe Biden came to Munich to "press the reset button" with Russia.

A decade later he came again to offer the world better relations, this time with his own country.


U.S. cannot back Syrian forces who align with Assad: U.S. commander

BAGHDAD - The United States will have to sever its military assistance to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) battling Islamic State if the fighters partner with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad or Russia, a senior U.S. general said on Sunday.



California tells Trump that lawsuit over border wall is 'imminent'

WASHINGTON - California will "imminently" challenge President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency to obtain funds for a U.S.-Mexico border wall, state Attorney General Xavier Becerra said on Sunday.


Alabama jury awards $152 million in Ford Explorer rollover case

NEW YORK - An Alabama jury awarded $151.8 million to a young man paralyzed in 2015 rollover accident involving a Ford Explorer sport utility vehicle, Ford and lawyers in the case said on Sunday.



Russia's Gazprombank freezes accounts of Venezuela's PDVSA: source

MOSCOW - Russian lender Gazprombank has decided to freeze the accounts of Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA and halted transactions with the firm to reduce the risk of the bank falling under U.S. sanctions, a Gazprombank source told Reuters on Sunday.


Airbus warns of no-deal Brexit, says has spent tens of millions preparing

LONDON - Airbus said on Sunday it would have to make "difficult decisions" about future investment if Britain crashes out of the European Union without a deal, adding it had already spent tens of millions of euros in preparations.



Chicago police seek follow-up interview with 'Empire' actor

CHICAGO - Chicago police have shifted the direction of their investigation into actor Jussie Smollett's report of a hate-crime assault and are seeking to interview him again, after releasing two men detained for questioning in the probe, a police spokesman said on Saturday.


Fiascos and fumbles: Oscar organizers stumble to restore glory

LOS ANGELES - First it was the furor over a proposed new "popular" film category, then it was the fiasco over planned host Kevin Hart, and last month the organizers of the Oscars were accused of intimidating celebrities not to present at rival award shows.



Kaepernick's lawyer predicts NFL return

Now that Colin Kaepernick has settled his collusion grievances with the NFL, the next step is getting him back in the league, his lawyer said Saturday night.


Tennis: Monfils overcomes Wawrinka to lift Rotterdam title

France's Gael Monfils overcame a determined Stan Wawrinka to win the Rotterdam Open 6-3 1-6 6-2 on Saturday, lifting his first title since January 2018.




EU foreign affairs ministers arrive for meeting

EU Foreign Affairs Ministers meet in Brussels and will discuss levying more sanctions on Russia over a stand-off with Ukraine in the Azov Sea.

18 Feb 02:00 ET / 07:00 GMT


Meet the five candidates running in Senegal's presidential election

Preident Macky Sall is seen as likely to win a second term after Senegal 's two best known opposition figures were barred from running in the Feb. 24 election.

He faces four other candidates: Idrissa Seck, who came second in 2012, Issa Sall, Ousmane Sonko and Madicke Niang.

18 Feb

USA-ELECTION/NORTH CAROLINA North Carolina elections board holds hearing in disputed congressional contest

A newly appointed State Board of Elections in North Carolina will hold a public evidentiary hearing starting on Feb. 18 as part of its investigation into possible election fraud in the disputed Ninth Congressional District contest.

18 Feb 10:00 ET / 15:00 GMT


EU foreign affairs ministers meet in Brussels

EU Foreign Affairs Ministers meet in Brussels and will discuss levying more sanctions on Russia over a stand-off with Ukraine in the Azov Sea.

18 Feb


Defence questions in UK parliament

British defence ministers answer questions in parliament.

18 Feb 04:30 ET / 09:30 GMT


India weighs response to Kashmir attack

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government is considering a response to the worst attack on security forces in Kashmir in three decades claimed by a Pakistan-based militant group.

Modi has said he's given a free hand to the military to retaliate and in the meantime, his government is trying to step up the diplomatic and economic pressure on Pakistan, imposing 200 percent duties on exports from there.

Pakistan has rejected the allegations and the nuclear-armed arch rivals are once again headed into a crisis.

18 Feb


UK PM May to hold Brexit talks with EU's Juncker - time TBC

British Prime Minister Theresa May is to hold Brexit talks with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

18 Feb


Brexit talks between EU's Barnier and UK's Barclay

Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay to meet EU negotiator Michel Barnier.

18 Feb



IDEX 2019 International defense exhibition in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

18 Feb



Singapore's biggest lender DBS reports Q4 results

DBS, Southeast Asia's biggest bank by assets, reports results for October-December and its full year, in an environment of slower loan growth due to the impact of the U.S. China trade war.

18 Feb 18:30 ET / 23:30 GMT


Israeli cyber-hotline offers help for the hacked

Israel has launched a cyber hotline, staffed mostly by veterans of military computing units, to enable businesses and private individuals to report suspected hacking and receive real-time solutions.

18 Feb


OECD chief Gurria presents survey of Portugal's economy

Angel Gurria, Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) presents a survey and outlook for the Portuguese economy, with recommendations to the government on how to make it more resilient to future shocks. Economy Minister Pedro Siza Vieira also to speak.

18 Feb 05:30 ET / 10:30 GMT


JPMorgan redesigns investment bank, other offices in four U.S. cities

JPMorgan Chase & Co is redesigning its space in San Francisco, Dallas, Phoenix and Columbus, Ohio, to move bankers and other employees out of individual offices and have them share "hot desks" to promote productivity and save money.

At the U.S. bank's Mission Street office in San Francisco, where two floors were renovated last month, most of the firm's roughly 250 investment bankers no longer sit in assigned offices or desks located around the perimeter of the building.

Instead, they can find a seat at one of the diner-style booths in the work café, a long, communal table, or one of the designated quiet zones.

18 Feb 07:00 ET / 12:00 GMT



A year after Oscar plea for equality, have women made strides in Hollywood?

A year after best actress winner Frances McDormand used the Oscars stage to advocate for more women in front of and behind the camera, Hollywood is celebrating some progress but remains far from reaching parity with men.

18 Feb 10:00 ET / 15:00 GMT


JW Anderson and Christopher Kane present at London Fashion Week

Designers including Erdem, JW Anderson and Christopher Kane present their autumn/winter 2018-2019 collections in the British capital.

18 Feb


Cuba's annual cigar festival kicks off

Cuban cigar manufacturer Habanos is expected to report on last year's sales at the start of the Communist-run island's annual cigar festival.

The company’s hand-rolled cigars, which include brands such as Cohiba, Montecristo and Partagas, are considered by many as the best in the world, and the festival attracts wealthy tobacco aficionados and retailers from all over for a week of extravagant parties and tours of plantations and factories.

18 Feb

First Published: 2019-02-17 08:00:27
Updated 2019-02-17 23:59:59

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