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Anti-government protests claim another life in Venezuela

The new sanctions package was aimed at stepping up pressure on the leftist government of Venezuela n President Nicolas Maduro and his loyalists amid growing concern over a crackdown on street protests and his efforts to consolidate his rule over the South American oil-producing country. [Full Article...]

Macron visits French troops in Mali's deeply-troubled north

Speaking during a trip to Mali, where some 4,000 French soldiers are deployed, Macron said France would work in close cooperation with Germany, but called on other European Union states to support military and development efforts in the region. [Full Article...]

Worldwide Ransomware Attacks: What We Know

There are several factors in play. "Without the defences in place, once ransomware has initiated, the chances are it is already too late to recover that data set". Since serving customers online is now part of banks' bread and butter, you would expect cyber-security to be at the very top of their priorities. The goal of a ransomware attack is to extort money from victims. [Full Article...]

Michael Flynn blocked military plan against IS group opposed by Turkey

However and much like Trump's request for then-FBI Director James Comey to kill the investigation into Flynn's Russian ties (because he's a "good guy"), this news carries a whiff of possible obstruction of justice . A historian and political analyst who cowrote a book about battlefield intelligence with Michael Flynn said Flynn was reluctant to join the Trump administration, but that the pres... [Full Article...]

Trump to join Pence in disclosing 2016 financial information

Trump to join Pence in disclosing 2016 financial information Sources close to Pence would also like you to know that " Pence was not consulted about the decision to bring on Flynn as the national security adviser in November". The end of the Trump presidency is no longer just a liberal parlor fantasy. But the next day, the president said he had always meant to fire Comey, and requested Rosenstein's input only after the decision had been made. [Full Article...]

I'm not picking a fight with the banks: Australia Treasurer tells CNBC

In a final whack at the sector, a permanent team will be established within the ACCC to investigate competition in the nation's banking and financial system, as recommended by the Coleman Committee. Defence spending will hit two per cent of GDP by 2020/21. Unions said the budget waged war on the vulnerable through cuts to welfare and higher university fees. [Full Article...]

Swedish prosecutor drops rape probe into WikiLeaks' Assange

Swedish prosecutor drops rape probe into WikiLeaks' Assange He said the day marked an "important victory", but noted that he still could be prosecuted by the United States . Assange hailed a "victory" and said his lawyers were now seeking a "dialogue" with British authorities about his future but gave no further details and repeated his claim that the USA is planning to extradite him for revealing state secrets. [Full Article...]

Rosenstein says he stands by memo criticizing Comey

Earlier this week, the Times reported that Comey kept detailed memos of his conversations with Trump, including one from a February meeting in which Trump suggested he "let go" of the investigation into Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser who resigned the day after the president's meeting with Comey. [Full Article...]

Investor's Watch List: American Electric Power Company Inc (NYSE:AEP)

The company's shares were based on an average share price of $13.8, with the sale having a market value near $191,273 U.S. Dollars. Analysts await American Electric Power Company Inc (NYSE:AEP) to report earnings on July, 27. It has a 36.39 P/E ratio. The Company's divisions include Vertically Integrated Utilities, Transmission and Distribution Utilities, AEP Transmission Holdco, and Generation ... [Full Article...]

Oil prices up again after decreasing amid growing United States stocks

Oil prices up again after decreasing amid growing United States stocks Market watchers are growing more confident that the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other producers including Russian Federation will extend output cuts of nearly 1.8 million barrels per day (bpd) until the end of March 2018. [Full Article...]

Treasury chief says US can achieve 3 percent economic growth

Treasury chief says US can achieve 3 percent economic growth White House controversies - the firing of FBI Director James Comey, reports that Trump leaked highly classified information to the Russians and an allegation that the president asked Comey to end the investigation into his former national security adviser - have dominated political discussions on Capitol Hill, sidelining the GOP's legislative agenda. [Full Article...]

Saudi forces shoot down Houthi ballistic missile

Saudi forces shoot down Houthi ballistic missile The attack was targeted at Riyadh and the Arab coalition waging war in Yemen, the Houthi movement said in a statement released through their official news agency on Friday. According to Yemen's Legal Center of Rights and Development, the Saudi campaign has claimed the lives of over 12,000 Yemenis and left more than 20,000 others wounded. [Full Article...]

Saudi Arabia, US blacklist senior Hezbollah leader

Saudi Arabia, US blacklist senior Hezbollah leader The Trump administration imposed its first terrorism sanctions jointly with Saudi Arabia today as President Donald Trump travels to the kingdom on his first overseas trip. He also spent time in an Egyptian prison before escaping during the 2011 Egyptian revolution. The Trump administration said the four men have "committed, or pose a serious risk of committing, acts of terrorism" and threaten US... [Full Article...]

Under fire at home, Trump launches first foreign trip in Saudi

Under fire at home, Trump launches first foreign trip in Saudi McMaster, Trump's national security adviser. A military brass band played, cannons boomed and seven Saudi jets flew over in V-formation, trailing red, white and blue smoke. A five story image of Trump's face was projected on the exterior of the hotel he'll stay in when he arrives, and large billboards of Trump and King Salman lined the highway from the airport. [Full Article...]

Duterte: China warns of possible war with PHL over contested islands

All parties "uphold using the framework of regional rules to manage and control disputes, to deepen practical maritime cooperation, to promote consultation on the code and jointly maintain the peace and stability of the South China Sea ", the official Chinese statement released on Thursday noted. [Full Article...]

Republican healthcare bill 'a huge tax cut for guys like me': Buffett

Republican healthcare bill 'a huge tax cut for guys like me': Buffett At the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting, Buffett said there is clearly pain for retailers as they adjust to the growth of online shopping. "I would certainly think they [artificial intelligence] would result in significantly less employment in certain areas, but that's good for society", Warren Buffett said. [Full Article...]

Goldman Sachs Exec James Donovan Pulls Out of White House Nomination

Goldman Sachs Exec James Donovan Pulls Out of White House Nomination President Trump's pick to be second-in-command of the Treasury Department is withdrawing from consideration, saying he can no longer accept the nomination and instead plans to "focus on his family". At Goldman, Donovan has held various roles in the investment banking and investment management divisions. Mnuchin has been in office since February with most key senior-level Treasury positions unfil... [Full Article...]

Libya adds to OPEC's burden with output at highest since 2014

Libya adds to OPEC's burden with output at highest since 2014 Saudi Arabia's energy minister, Khalid al-Falih, said on Monday he expected Opec to agree to extend an agreement to limit oil production to the end of the year or possibly longer. U.S. bank Goldman Sachs said that USA shale drillers "fundamentally changed" the oil industry due to their ability to ramp up output much faster than conventional producers. [Full Article...]

The moment teenage Mark Zuckerberg got accepted into Harvard

The moment teenage Mark Zuckerberg got accepted into Harvard Later, Zuckerberg triumphantly clenches a fist and turns away from the computer screen, "That is awesome!" Zuckerberg enrolled at Harvard in 2002 as a member of the class of 2006, but dropped out in 2004 to move to Silicon Valley to found Facebook . [Full Article...]

Trump reportedly called Comey a 'nut job' to Russian officials

The news of a potential cover-up investigation came just hours after the Washington Post reported that an official now working in the Trump administration who is close to the president is a "significant person of interest" in the investigation. [Full Article...]


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