US Supreme Court debates web designer’s position against same-sex marriage

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 (Reuters) – The US Supreme Court on Monday delivered spirited arguments in a landmark case pitting LGBT rights against a claim that the constitutional right to free speech exempts artists from anti-discrimination laws – a dispute involving an evangelical Christian web is a designer who refuses to provide her services for same-sex … Read more

UK economy shrinking in 2023, risks ‘lost decade’: CBI

LONDON, Dec 5 (Reuters) – The UK economy is on track to contract by 0.4% next year as inflation remains high and companies postpone investment, with dismal implications for longer-term growth, the Confederation of Business Industry Monday. “Britain is in stagflation – with skyrocketing inflation, negative growth, falling productivity and corporate investment. Businesses see potential … Read more

Iran’s top legal cleric says morality police are closed

Protesters are calling for an economic boycott Monday through Wednesday Raisi visits Tehran University on Wednesday for Student Day The Ministry of the Interior is silent on the status of the vice squad DUBAI, Dec. 4 (Reuters) – Protesters in Iran on Sunday called for a three-day strike this week, ramping up pressure on authorities … Read more

OPEC+ maintains firm policy amid weakening economy, Russian oil cap

No discussions about Russian price cap – deputies The oil price is under pressure due to the weak economy Next meetings will take place on February 1 and June 3-4 LONDON/DUBAI, Dec 4 (Reuters) – OPEC+ agreed in a meeting on Sunday to stick to its oil production targets as oil markets struggle to absorb … Read more

El Salvador sends 10,000 troops to a gang-run capital

SAN SALVADOR, Dec. 3 (Reuters) – El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele on Saturday announced the deployment of 10,000 security forces to a suburb of San Salvador known as a gang stronghold. The move is the latest escalation in a crusade against gang violence that began in March and is marred by unjust detentions, according to … Read more

OPEC+ will leave oil policy unchanged during review talks, sources say

OPEC met on Saturday for administrative talks No discussions about the Russian price cap so far – deputies OPEC+ to hold virtual meeting on December 4 LONDON/DUBAI, Dec. 3 (Reuters) – OPEC+ is likely to stick to its oil output targets when it meets on Sunday, five OPEC+ sources said on Saturday, a day after … Read more

World Bank chief says poorest countries owe $62 billion in bilateral debt

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 (Reuters) – The world’s poorest countries now owe $62 billion in annual debt service to official bilateral creditors, a 35% increase over the past year, World Bank president David Malpass said on Thursday . increase the risk of payment defaults. Malpass told the Reuters NEXT conference in New York that two-thirds of … Read more

Why Makron? Biden’s state dinner highlights France’s appeal to the US

WASHINGTON, Nov 30 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden’s welcoming of French President Emmanuel Macron during the first state visit from the White House on Thursday since the US Democrat took office in early 2021 is being celebrated by officials from both countries as a recognition of France’s status as America’s oldest ally. The visit also … Read more

UPDATE1 ECB says Bitcoin is artificially backed and should not be legitimized

FRANKFURT, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Bitcoin is artificially backed and should not be legitimized by regulators or financial firms because it is more like gambling, the European Central Bank said on Wednesday. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have been presented in various ways as an alternative form of money and a shield against the inflationary policies … Read more

Chinese astronauts board space station in historic mission

Shenzhou-15 marks the last of 11 missions since April 2021 in space station construction Shenzhou-15 crew takes over for Shenzhou-14 astronauts on the space station Chinese space station will become second permanently inhabited outpost after NASA-led ISS BEIJING, Nov. 30 (Reuters) – Three Chinese astronauts arrived at the Chinese space station on Wednesday for the … Read more