Special Report: In France, minority communities decry a surge in police fines

Special Report: In France, minority communities decry a surge in police fines

EPINAY-SOUS-SENART, France, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Mohamed Assam went to buy groceries at a supermarket close to his home near Paris one April afternoon in 2020. By the time he returned, he had incurred more than 900 euros in fines for nine different infractions without once, he said, coming into contact with a police officer. … Read more

U.S. House Democrats elect Hakeem Jeffries as first Black party leader

U.S. House Democrats elect Hakeem Jeffries as first Black party leader

WASHINGTON, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Hakeem Jeffries was unanimously elected on Wednesday to become the Democratic Party’s top leader in the U.S. House of Representatives beginning in January, making him the first Black American to hold such a high-ranking position in Congress. The vote by Jeffries’ fellow Democrats also marked the rise of a younger … Read more

Letter bomb injures one at Ukraine’s Madrid embassy, Kyiv ramps up security

Letter bomb injures one at Ukraine’s Madrid embassy, Kyiv ramps up security

MADRID/KYIV, Nov 30 (Reuters) – A security officer at Ukraine’s embassy in Madrid was injured when he opened a letter bomb addressed to the ambassador on Wednesday, and Kyiv ordered a bolstering of security at all its representative offices abroad. The security officer suffered light injuries and went under his own steam to hospital for … Read more

U.S. Senate passes same-sex marriage protection bill

U.S. Senate passes same-sex marriage protection bill

WASHINGTON, Nov 29 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate passed a bill on Tuesday that would protect federal recognition of same-sex marriage, a measure taken up in response to worries the Supreme Court could overturn a 2015 decision that legalized it nationwide. The narrowly tailored bill, which would require the federal government to recognize a marriage … Read more

U.S. bans Huawei, ZTE equipment sales citing national security risk

U.S. bans Huawei, ZTE equipment sales citing national security risk

Nov 25 (Reuters) – The Biden administration has banned approvals of new telecommunications equipment from China’s Huawei Technologies (HWT.UL) and ZTE (000063.SZ) because they pose “an unacceptable risk” to U.S. national security. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Friday it had adopted the final rules, which also bar the sale or import of equipment … Read more

S&P 500, Nasdaq pare losses as investors digest Fed comments

S&P 500, Nasdaq pare losses as investors digest Fed comments

Fed’s Brainard signals slower rate hikes ahead Tech and growth stocks off session lows Biogen, Lilly rise on Roche’s Alzheimer’s drug failure Indexes: Dow up 0.31%, S&P flat, Nasdaq down 0.36% Nov 14 (Reuters) – The S&P 500 and the tech-heavy Nasdaq pared losses on Monday as comments from U.S. Federal Reserve Vice Chair Lael … Read more

IMF says global economic outlook getting ‘gloomier’, risks abound

IMF says global economic outlook getting ‘gloomier’, risks abound

WASHINGTON, Nov 13 (Reuters) – The global economic outlook is even gloomier than projected last month, the International Monetary Fund said on Sunday, citing a steady worsening in purchasing manager surveys in recent months. It blamed the darker outlook on tightening monetary policy triggered by persistently high and broad-based inflation, weak growth momentum in China, … Read more

Democrats retain grip on U.S. Senate, defying ‘red wave’

Democrats retain grip on U.S. Senate, defying ‘red wave’

PHOENIX, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Democrats held onto control of the U.S. Senate while limiting projected losses in the House, handing a major victory to President Joe Biden and extinguishing hopes of the “red wave” that Republicans had expected leading into the midterm elections. Democratic leaders described the outcome – sealed late Saturday with a … Read more

Democrats await Nevada election result that could seal their U.S. Senate majority

Democrats await Nevada election result that could seal their U.S. Senate majority

PHOENIX, Nov 12 (Reuters) – Democrats on Saturday were one seat away from majority control of the U.S. Senate next year, as vote-counting in deeply divided Nevada continued following Tuesday’s midterm elections and campaigning kicked off for a Dec. 6 runoff in Georgia. If incumbent Democratic Senator Catherine Cortez Masto manages to fend off Republican … Read more

Uncounted votes in Arizona and Nevada could determine U.S. Senate control

Uncounted votes in Arizona and Nevada could determine U.S. Senate control

Senate control still undecided Vote count could take days Republicans move closer to control of House Biden says hope “still alive” PHOENIX, Nov 11 (Reuters) – Arizona and Nevada election workers were toiling on Friday to tally hundreds of thousands of uncounted ballots that could determine control of the U.S. Senate, a process officials in … Read more