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

Explainer: why the US Inflation Reduction Act is gripping Europe

PARIS, Dec. 5 (Reuters) – Top European Union officials will use a trade meeting with US counterparts on Monday to raise concerns about Washington’s massive new green energy subsidy package. While EU countries welcome the new commitment to the energy transition, they fear the $430 billion Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) will put their companies at … Read more

Will the Fed ‘raise and hold’ rates? Traders bet they won’t

Dec 5 (Reuters) – Federal Reserve policymakers have all but promised to slow the pace of their rate hikes next week, and over the next few months they’re working their way towards a policy rate high enough to dampen inflation, but not as much high as if to crash the economy. Once they hit interest … 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

Exclusive: The US and Russia have used their military hotline once so far during the war in Ukraine

WASHINGTON, Nov 28 (Reuters) – A communication line between the militaries of the United States and Russia at the start of Moscow’s war against Ukraine has so far been used only once, a US official told Reuters. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the United States has issued a call through the … Read more

Exclusive: South Korea’s Yoon Warns of Unprecedented Response to North Korea Nuclear Test, Calls on China to Do More

SEOUL, Nov 29 (Reuters) – South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol warned of an unprecedented concerted response with allies if North Korea goes ahead with a nuclear test, and urged China to restrain the north from continuing the banned development of nuclear weapons and missiles. . In an extensive interview with Reuters on Monday, Yoon called … Read more

Chevron can resume key role in Venezuela’s oil production and exports

WASHINGTON/HOUSTON, Nov 26 (Reuters) – Chevron Corp on Saturday secured a US permit allowing the second-largest US oil company to expand production in Venezuela and bring the South American country’s crude oil to the United States. The decision extends rights to the last major US oil company still operating in US-sanctioned Venezuela. However, it limits … Read more

Germany is in talks with allies over Polish insistence on sending Patriots to Ukraine

NATO says the decision on whether to deploy Patriots depends on a specific country Poland asked to send German launchers to Western Ukraine BERLIN/WARSAW, Nov 25 (Reuters) – Germany said on Friday it was discussing with allies Poland’s request to send German Patriot air defense units to Ukraine after the NATO chief suggested the military … Read more

The US was preparing to allow Chevron to boost Venezuela’s oil production

US ready to allow oil giant to produce and sell Venezuelan oil Chevron owes billions in unpaid debts from the state-run PDVSA The US aims to siphon Venezuelan oil sales from shadow firms HOUSTON, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Chevron Corp could soon receive US approval to expand operations in Venezuela and resume oil trading once … Read more