US sees ‘slight to moderate’ growth in June: Fed survey

The US economy saw “slight to moderate” growth in June while signs of mounting inflation remained scarce despite tight labor markets, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday.Most regions also expect the middling expansion to continue in the coming months, b…

July 12, 2017

US troops inside Raqa, IS Syria stronghold: official

US military advisors are operating inside the city of Raqa, the Islamic State group’s last major bastion in Syria, a US official said Wednesday.The troops, many of them special operations forces, are working in an “advise, assist and accompany” role to…

July 12, 2017

Former Brazil leader Lula sentenced to jail for graft

Former Brazil president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was convicted and sentenced on Wednesday to nine and a half years in prison for corruption and money laundering.The term was handed down against Lula over a giant embezzlement and kickbacks scheme cente…

July 12, 2017

Malta votes to allow same-sex marriage

Malta’s parliament voted Wednesday to allow same-sex couples to marry, three years after passing a law permitting civil partnerships in the overwhelmingly Catholic nation.Lawmakers gave near-unanimous approval to the bill, which represents a major step…

July 12, 2017

Fed’s Yellen: US economy needs only ‘gradual’ rate hikes

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Wednesday said even as the US economy grows stronger and employment expands, she foresees only “gradual” interest rate increases in the few years ahead.Facing sometimes tough questions in the hearing, Yellen presen…

July 12, 2017

Tajikistan releases book of long-serving leader’s ‘wise thoughts’

Tajikistan on Wednesday released a book of President Emomali Rakhmon’s collected wit and wisdom, further entrenching the strongman’s pervasive personality cult in the impoverished ex-Soviet nation.Rakhmon, a secular ruler who has dominated the Central …

July 12, 2017

Elbow injury forces Djokovic to quit Wimbledon quarter-final

Novak Djokovic said a right elbow injury was to blame for his retirement from Wednesday’s Wimbledon quarter-final against Tomas Berdych.Djokovic needed treatment on his elbow at the end of the first set and was already dealing with a long-term right sh…

July 12, 2017

Federer into 12th Wimbledon semi-final

Seven-time champion Roger Federer reached the Wimbledon semi-finals for the 12th time on Wednesday with a 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (7/4) win over Milos Raonic.Federer, 35, and playing in his 100th match at the All England Club, will now face 2010 runner-up Tomas …

July 12, 2017

Sudan halts talks after Trump extends sanctions

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Wednesday suspended negotiations with Washington aimed at ending sanctions against Khartoum, after the United States extended its embargo for another three months, state media said.US President Donald Trump prolonge…

July 12, 2017

Barcelona, Airbnb reach deal after months of conflict

Homesharing website Airbnb will remove adverts for lodgings in Barcelona that lack permits to host tourists under a deal reached Wednesday with city authorities after months of dispute.The city fined Airbnb 600,000 euros ($685,000) last year for advert…

July 12, 2017

Trump FBI nominee rejects torture

President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Federal Bureau of Investigation said Wednesday he rejected the use of torture in interrogations, calling the practice illegal and ineffective.Asked in a Senate confirmation hearing about his views on practices …

July 12, 2017

Spain’s party islands ask EU to ban booze on flights

Authorities in the Balearic Islands, home to the party resorts of Ibiza and Magaluf, on Wednesday asked Spain and the European Union to ban alcohol on flights and in airports as they battle “anti-social tourism”.The plea comes after recent, much-public…

July 12, 2017

Rat busters: New York unveils $32 million rodent fight

Desperate to turn the tide in its war on rats, New York unveiled a new $32 million effort Wednesday to cull thousands of them with rodent-proof trash cans and tighter garbage rules. Rodents are one of the least savory aspect of life in America’s financ…

July 12, 2017

Bank of Canada raises rates for first time in seven years

The Bank of Canada on Wednesday raised its key interest rate for the first time in nearly seven years, responding to what it sees as “above-potential” economic growth.The bank lifted the key overnight rate by a quarter point, from 0.50 percent to 0.75 …

July 12, 2017