China mourns former leader Jiang Zemin with bouquets, black front pages

China mourns former leader Jiang Zemin with bouquets, black front pages

BEIJING/SHANGHAI, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Chinese newspapers turned their front pages black on Thursday and flags were put at half mast in mourning for the death of former president Jiang Zemin, while well-wishers laid piles of bouquets outside his childhood home. Jiang died in his home city of Shanghai just after noon on Wednesday of … Read more

Simon & Schuster to let sale to Penguin fall apart, sources say

Simon & Schuster to let sale to Penguin fall apart, sources say

NEW YORK, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Book-publishing powerhouse Simon & Schuster will let its $2.2 billion sale to Penguin Random House collapse on Monday, opening the door for a new suitor to try to clinch a deal, according to people familiar with the matter. The acquisition was blocked on Nov. 1 by a federal judge … Read more

Russia’s Lavrov dismisses report that he was taken to hospital at G20

Russia’s Lavrov dismisses report that he was taken to hospital at G20

Lavrov dismisses Associated Press report AP: Lavrov was treated for heart condition Bali governor: Lavrov had checks in hospital, in good health NUSA DUA, Indonesia, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday dismissed an news agency report that he had been taken to hospital with a heart condition, scolding Western journalists … Read more

Penguin, Simon & Schuster merger blocked over impact on authors – U.S. judge

Penguin, Simon & Schuster merger blocked over impact on authors – U.S. judge

WASHINGTON, Nov 7 (Reuters) – A U.S. judge cited negative impacts on top-selling authors in blocking a planned $2.2 billion merger of Penguin Random House, the world’s largest book publisher, and rival Simon & Schuster, according to a written opinion released Monday. Judge Florence Pan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia … Read more

Biden says Twitter spews lies across the world

Biden says Twitter spews lies across the world

ROSEMONT, Illinois, Nov 4 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden said on Friday that Elon Musk had purchased a social media platform in Twitter that spews lies across the world. Twitter laid off half its workforce on Friday but said cuts were smaller in the team responsible for preventing the spread of misinformation, as advertisers … Read more

Book app connects Ukrainian fathers with refugee children

Book app connects Ukrainian fathers with refugee children

ROTTERDAM, Oct 28 (Reuters) – When Ruslan Mykhalchenko leaves his family in the Netherlands to return home to Ukraine next week, one of the things he will miss most is reading his 5-year-old daughter Olivia a bedtime story. It’s a harsh reality for Mykhalchenko and countless Ukrainian fathers who have been separated from their families … Read more

Exclusive: Tesla faces U.S. criminal probe over self-driving claims

Exclusive: Tesla faces U.S. criminal probe over self-driving claims

Oct 25 – Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) is under criminal investigation in the United States over claims that the company’s electric vehicles can drive themselves, three people familiar with the matter said. The U.S. Department of Justice launched the previously undisclosed probe last year following more than a dozen crashes, some of them fatal, involving Tesla’s … Read more

Book gifted by Macron to pope was never Nazi plunder, authorities say

Book gifted by Macron to pope was never Nazi plunder, authorities say

Macron gave pope Francis rare Kant book on peace Polish library stamp on book sparked talk of Nazi plunder Book vendor, Polish minister say provenance is bona fide PARIS, Oct 26 (Reuters) – A rare book gifted by French President Emmanuel Macron to Pope Francis was never plundered by the Nazis, its seller and authorities … Read more

Facebook threatens to block news content over Canada’s revenue-sharing bill

Facebook threatens to block news content over Canada’s revenue-sharing bill

OTTAWA, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Facebook warned on Friday that it may block sharing of news content on its platform in Canada over concerns about legislation that would compel digital platforms to pay news publishers. The Online News Act, introduced in April, laid out rules to force platforms like Meta’s (META.O) Facebook and Alphabet’s (GOOGL.O) … Read more

London Stock Exchange Group sticks with targets in quarterly update

London Stock Exchange Group sticks with targets in quarterly update

LONDON, Oct 21 (Reuters) – The London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG.L) reported a 16.2% rise in income in the third quarter to 1.905 billion pounds ($2.13 billion) on Friday, and made no changes to its guidance or targets. A consensus forecast from analysts had expected income of 1.881 billion pounds, excluding recoveries. Gross profit in … Read more