Soccer star Pele, Brazilian legend of the beautiful game, dies at 82

Soccer star Pele, Brazilian legend of the beautiful game, dies at 82

SAO PAULO, Dec 29 (Reuters) – Pele, the legendary Brazilian soccer player who rose from barefoot poverty to become one of the greatest and best-known athletes in modern history, died on Thursday at the age of 82. Sao Paulo’s Albert Einstein hospital, where Pele was undergoing treatment, said he died at 3:27 p.m. “due to … Read more

Brazil’s haunting graveyard of ships risks environmental disaster, warns activist group

Brazil’s haunting graveyard of ships risks environmental disaster, warns activist group

GUANABARA BAY, Dec 29 (Reuters) – On a stormy evening in mid-November, a huge, abandoned cargo ship broke free of its moorings and slowly floated into the massive concrete bridge that carries cars across Brazil’s Guanabara Bay to Rio de Janeiro. Brazil’s navy said the 200-meter-long (660-ft.) Sao Luiz, a rust-spattered bulk carrier built in … 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

Twitter back online after global outage hits thousands

Twitter back online after global outage hits thousands

Dec 28 (Reuters) – Twitter Inc suffered a major outage on Wednesday, leaving tens of thousands of users globally unable to access the popular social media platform or use its key features for several hours before services appeared to come back online. The incident is the social media site’s first apparent widespread service disruption since … 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

Bankman-Fried, FTX execs received billions in hidden loans, ex-Alameda CEO says

Bankman-Fried, FTX execs received billions in hidden loans, ex-Alameda CEO says

NEW YORK, Dec 23 (Reuters) – Sam Bankman-Fried and other FTX executives received billions of dollars in secret loans from the crypto mogul’s Alameda Research, the hedge fund’s former chief told a judge when she pleaded guilty to her role in the exchange’s collapse. Caroline Ellison, former chief executive of Alameda Research, said she agreed … Read more

Elon Musk says he will not sell more Tesla stock for about two years

Elon Musk says he will not sell more Tesla stock for about two years

Dec 22 (Reuters) – Tesla (TSLA.O) Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said on Thursday he will not sell any more Tesla stock for about two years. While speaking in a Twitter Spaces audio chat, Musk said he foresees the economy will be in a “serious recession” in 2023 and demand for big-ticket items will be … Read more

COVID border restrictions on migrants to stay after U.S. Supreme Court order

COVID border restrictions on migrants to stay after U.S. Supreme Court order

WASHINGTON/CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico, Dec 19 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday said COVID-era restrictions at the U.S.-Mexico border that have prevented hundreds of thousands of migrants from seeking asylum should be kept in place for now, siding with Republicans who brought a legal challenge. The restrictions, known as Title 42, were implemented under … Read more

El Paso mayor declares state of emergency over influx of migrants from Mexico border

El Paso mayor declares state of emergency over influx of migrants from Mexico border

Dec 17 (Reuters) – The mayor of the Texas border city of El Paso declared a state of emergency on Saturday, citing the hundreds of migrants sleeping on the streets in cold temperatures and the thousands being apprehended every day. Mayor Oscar Leeser, a Democrat, said the emergency declaration would give city authorities the resources … Read more

Peru president urges Congress to bring elections forward amid deadly protests

Peru president urges Congress to bring elections forward amid deadly protests

LIMA, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Peruvian President Dina Boluarte, who has said she is leading a transitional government, urged the country’s Congress to pass a proposal to bring forward general elections in a news conference from the presidential palace on Saturday. Boluarte, formerly Peru’s vice president, assumed the presidency earlier this month after leftist then-President … Read more