Exxon sues EU in move to block new windfall tax on oil companies

Exxon sues EU in move to block new windfall tax on oil companies

Dec 29 (Reuters) – U.S. oil major Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N) is suing the European Union in a bid to force it to scrap the bloc’s new windfall tax on oil groups, arguing Brussels exceeded its legal authority by imposing the levy. Record profits this year by oil companies benefiting from high energy prices have … Read more

Slipping over Mexico border, migrants get the jump on U.S. court ruling

Slipping over Mexico border, migrants get the jump on U.S. court ruling

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico Dec 28 (Reuters) – Even before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday opted to keep in place a measure aimed at deterring border crossings, hundreds of migrants in northern Mexico were taking matters into their own hands to slip into the United States. The contentious pandemic-era measure known as Title 42 had … Read more

Serbs in northern Kosovo to start removing barricades from Thursday

Serbs in northern Kosovo to start removing barricades from Thursday

Third major border crossing closed on Wednesday Serbs in northern Kosovo resist moves they see as anti-Serb Kosovo declared independence, with backing of West, in 2008 MITROVICA, Kosovo, Dec 28 (Reuters) – Kosovo Serbs who have been blocking roads in northern Kosovo for 19 days have agreed to start removing barricades from Thursday morning, bowing … Read more

Bankman-Fried’s criminal case assigned to judge in Trump, Prince Andrew cases

Bankman-Fried’s criminal case assigned to judge in Trump, Prince Andrew cases

Dec 27 (Reuters) – Sam Bankman-Fried’s criminal case over the collapse of his FTX cryptocurrency exchange has been reassigned to a judge recently known for handling defamation lawsuits against former U.S. President Donald Trump and a sexual abuse lawsuit against Britain’s Prince Andrew. U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan replaces his colleague Ronnie Abrams, who recused … Read more

Ringleader in Michigan governor kidnapping plot sentenced to 16 years

Ringleader in Michigan governor kidnapping plot sentenced to 16 years

Dec 27 (Reuters) – The leader of a foiled plot by members of right-wing militia groups to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer was sentenced to 16 years in prison on Tuesday in a U.S. District Court, prosecutors said. Adam Fox was found guilty in August by a federal court jury in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on … Read more

Tensions rise in northern Kosovo, Serbia puts army on alert

Tensions rise in northern Kosovo, Serbia puts army on alert

MITROVICA, Kosovo, Dec 27 (Reuters) – Protesting Serbs in the ethnically divided city of Mitrovica in northern Kosovo erected new barricades on Tuesday, hours after Serbia said it had put its army on the highest combat alert following weeks of escalating tensions between Belgrade and Pristina. Serbia’s defence ministry said in a statement late on … Read more

Arizona governor-elect asks court to sanction election denier Lake

Arizona governor-elect asks court to sanction election denier Lake

Dec 26 (Reuters) – Arizona’s Democratic Governor-elect Katie Hobbs asked a court on Monday to sanction defeated Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake over her failed effort to overturn the state’s election results. An Arizona judge on Saturday rejected Lake’s lawsuit that challenged the counting and certification of the November electoral contest in a bid to … Read more

Iran reroutes plane carrying soccer star’s wife, blames UK over unrest

Iran reroutes plane carrying soccer star’s wife, blames UK over unrest

DUBAI, Dec 26 (Reuters) – Iranian authorities rerouted a flight bound for Dubai on Monday and prevented the wife and daughter of former national soccer team captain Ali Daei, who has supported anti-government protests, from leaving the country, state media reported. Amid a concerted clampdown, Tehran also said the arrests in Iran of citizens linked … Read more

Thousands lose power after three substations targeted in Washington state, sheriff says

Thousands lose power after three substations targeted in Washington state, sheriff says

Dec 25 (Reuters) – Thousands of residents were without power near Tacoma, Washington, after three electrical substations were vandalized, local authorities said on Sunday, adding that it was not yet clear if the Christmas Day incidents were linked. The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department said robberies were reported at two substations belonging to Tacoma Public Utilities … Read more

Iran top court accepts rapper Yasin’s appeal against death sentence

Iran top court accepts rapper Yasin’s appeal against death sentence

Dec 24 (Reuters) – Iran’s Supreme Court has accepted an appeal by rapper Saman Seydi Yasin against his death sentence even as it confirmed the same sentence against another protester, the judiciary said on Saturday. Yasin, a Kurd who raps about inequality, oppression and unemployment, had been accused of attempting to kill security forces, setting … Read more