Inflation, Greece on ECB agenda at Vienna meeting

2 Jun

The ECB, expected to hold fire on monetary policy at its meeting Thursday, will likely focus instead on welcoming Greece back into the fold of fully-fledged eurozone borrowers after a bailout deal, analysts said.After months of fighting the threat of d…

Lionel Messi to take stand at tax fraud trial in Spain

2 Jun

Argentina and Barcelona football star Lionel Messi, one of the world’s highest-paid athletes, is due to take the stand Thursday for the first time at his tax fraud trial in Spain.The 28-year-old and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, are accused of using…

Citizen rage puts Rome on track for first female mayor

2 Jun

“Bread and circuses” was the formula that ancient Rome’s rulers hoped would keep the restless natives happy.Two millennia later, residents of the Eternal City just want their buses to turn up on time, holes in the roads filled and garbage collected and…

OPEC to keep oil flowing as price recovers

2 Jun

OPEC is expected Thursday to keep the oil gushing as a modest recovery in the crude price eases pressure on the divided cartel to cut or freeze output.Traditionally the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, which pumps around a third of th…

Clinton struggling to vanquish Sanders in California

2 Jun

Hillary Clinton ventures to California aiming to snatch a Democratic nomination victory next week and dash the White House dreams of rival Bernie Sanders, allowing her to finally turn to her election matchup against Donald Trump.Clinton has six days to…

Will Trump hit a wall with surging Hispanic vote?

2 Jun

Donald Trump is fond of saying Hispanics love him, but his Republicans face an all-but-impossible task in winning over the fast-growing, Democratic-leaning group that the billionaire has alienated time and again.In California, whose Republican White Ho…

Injury ends Kaka’s Copa dream

2 Jun

Brazil’s Copa America injury crisis deepened after veteran striker Kaka withdrew from the squad with a hamstring injury three days before the team’s tournament opener against Ecuador. The 34-year-old Orlando City attacking midfielder had been looking f…

West Indies face South Africa in tri-nation opener

2 Jun

Hosts West Indies and South Africa get a tri-nation One-Day International series under way on Friday in Guyana with both teams in rebuilding mode following last year’s World Cup.Australia, who lifted the global 50-over title for the fifth time with a c…

Iran rejects any output cap deal at OPEC meeting

2 Jun

Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh rejected suggestions OPEC would agree a production cap at a meeting in Vienna, saying his country backed a return to a national quota system.Tehran, which only recently returned to world oil markets after Western san…