Friday September 25-th, 2020

Rockets target Baghdad's Green Zone, base housing United States troops Rockets target Baghdad's Green Zone, base housing United States troops

The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad urged American citizens to leave Iraq following the strike at Baghdad airport that killed Soleimani. Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis was also killed in the strike. India has been particularly concern...

Iran's Zarif: 'End of USA malign presence in West Asia has begun' Iran's Zarif: 'End of USA malign presence in West Asia has begun'

He said Trump is not competent enough to wage a war. "Assassination of General Soleimani is a turning point that will end the presence of the U.S. in the region; write these words down, everybody will see this happening in the future", he added.

Lotto Max offering record breaking $70 million jackpot tonight Lotto Max offering record breaking $70 million jackpot tonight

The draw was also to feature at least 10 smaller prizes valued at $1 million a piece. On Twitter , #lottomax was a trending hashtag throughout the day as Canadians joked and fantasized about what they would do with $70 million. "This is the first ti...

Hong Kong protests: China sacks top envoy after months of unrest

Luo Huining , the former Communist Party chief for Shanxi province, has been appointed to head China's liaison office in Hong Kong, the official Xinhua News Agency said. Xi, who continued to back Lam and her administration, however, has been reiterat...

BC Assessments show modest overall value declines, steeper in Lower Mainland BC Assessments show modest overall value declines, steeper in Lower Mainland

He adds property values, on average, dropped four per cent this year with the biggest decline for more expensive homes. "It's harder to sell properties and properties are going down in value as a outcome", said Cate Watt, city assessment and taxati...

Crude oil prices approach $70 after USA attack on Iranian general Crude oil prices approach $70 after USA attack on Iranian general

Stocks open with a sharp pullback following the US drone strike that killed Iran's top general; Dow -0.6%, S&P 500 -0.7%, Nasdaq -0.8%. Major indices had closed at records on Thursday, but the U.S. Defense contractors also notched gains. Analysts f...

Oil starts 2020 higher on trade optimism, Mideast tensions Oil starts 2020 higher on trade optimism, Mideast tensions

Crude oil futures in London and NY surged by more than 4% to levels not seen since the attacks on Saudi Arabia's oil production facility in September. Soleimani had been a key figure in Iranian politics, and his death has raised concerns over...

New US air raid targets Hashd commander in Iraq New US air raid targets Hashd commander in Iraq

A fresh USA air raid has targeted a commander of Iraq's Hashd al-Shaabi paramilitary forces, state television reported early on Saturday, a day after an American drone attack killed top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani. What did President Trump say? ...

China says Shanghai-London Stock Connect operating as normal China says Shanghai-London Stock Connect operating as normal

Two of them highlighted Britain's position over the Hong Kong demonstrations, and one pointed to remarks over the detention of a now-former staff member at its office in Hong Kong. Chang said some onshore companies had shown interest in cross-border ...

Surprise drop in ISM manufacturing PMI for December Surprise drop in ISM manufacturing PMI for December

Economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal had expected a reading of 49.0. It was the worst reading since June 2009 and marked the eighth decline in the last nine months. Weakness in the manufacturing sector was one of the concerns that spurred t...

Unemployed claims show job market ended 2019 on solid foundations Unemployed claims show job market ended 2019 on solid foundations

That marks the third consecutive weekly decline, and it matched the expectations of economists surveyed by Bloomberg. The four-week average, a less-volatile measure, edged up somewhat to 233,250. -Continuing claims, those filed by workers unemployed ...

Incredible image shows full extent of Australia's devastating wildfires Incredible image shows full extent of Australia's devastating wildfires

Bushfires so far this season have razed more than 4 million hectares (10 million acres) of bushland and destroyed more than 1,000 homes, including 381 homes destroyed on the south coast just this week. "Our concern is that they don't come into care b...

Amazon reportedly threatened to terminate employee climate change leaders Amazon reportedly threatened to terminate employee climate change leaders

Specifically, Amazon has reportedly threatened to fire employees quoted in The Washington Post (the newspaper owned by Bezos) if they continue to speak out against the company by saying its policies are contributing to climate change and harming ...

Oil price jumps on fear of Iranian retaliation against US Oil price jumps on fear of Iranian retaliation against US

Global benchmark Brent crude futures , were up 21 cents, or 0.3%, to 66.21 a barrel by 0130 GMT. Globally, the West Texas Intermediate (WTI) was trading up 2.81 per cent to $62.90 per barrel. If this happens, and Nigeria is forced to comply, th...

Travelex offline after 'software virus' attack - Security Travelex offline after 'software virus' attack - Security

There's no news yet on what virus or malware was used in the attack, with no cybercrime group yet to claim responsibility. Travelex has been forced offline and into manual mode following a malware attack launched on New Year's Eve. The consumer org...

Gold at four-month high as tensions escalate in the Middle East Gold at four-month high as tensions escalate in the Middle East

Gold prices surged following the USA airstrikes against Gen. Qassem Soleimani , head of Iran's elite Quds Force, late Thursday. Middle East tension spurs demand for perceives safe-haven assets. Similarly, Gold Mini contract for February w...

Tencent Group buys 10% of Vivendi's Universal Music for US$3.4B Tencent Group buys 10% of Vivendi's Universal Music for US$3.4B

Another agreement expected in the near future could allow Tencent to acquire "a minority stake" in a UMG unit that groups its Chinese interests. Shares of the company rose 0.4% as of 12:08 p.m.in Paris . Tencent could help Universal Music get closer...

Tesla hits sales goals, reports 367,500 cars delivered in 2019 Tesla hits sales goals, reports 367,500 cars delivered in 2019

They will come exactly a year after Tesla CEO Elon Musk broke ground on the $2 billion "Gigafactory", the company's first outside the US. It's an important milestone for the company in the largest electric vehicle market in the world. "With Model...

These Are the World's Safest Airlines For 2020 These Are the World's Safest Airlines For 2020

A comprehensive range of factors, including government audits, airplane crashes, and other serious incidents, were taken into account as the AirlineRatings.com editors monitored 405 of the world's best-known airlines. All of these airlines, unlike a ...

Trump campaign raises $46M in fourth-quarter fundraising Trump campaign raises $46M in fourth-quarter fundraising

In total, the campaign raised over $143 million previous year. WASHINGTON: US lawmakers return to Washington on Friday with President Donald Trump's upcoming impeachment trial looming over the first Senate session of 2020, but congressional...

PMI: Turkish Factory Activity Contracts Slightly in December PMI: Turkish Factory Activity Contracts Slightly in December

Markit's Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) of manufacturing companies edged down to 47.4 last month from 47.5 in November. With new orders rising at the fastest pace since July, companies ramped up production and resumed hiring efforts. "Subdued b...

China Stocks end higher on US-China trade deal, RRR cuts China Stocks end higher on US-China trade deal, RRR cuts

The cut aims to help banks reduce their lending rate to businesses, the PBOC said in a separate statement. The comments come as China's economy appears to be reaching the end of a cyclical bottom with improving global demand and the prospect of...

Japan Airlines to give away 50000 free tickets next year Japan Airlines to give away 50000 free tickets next year

To win the tickets, travellers must be global and registered with Japan Airlines' Mileage Bank frequent flyer program. The free tickets will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Some famous hotels in the capital have already stopped takin...

Asian shares rise on China's policy easing Asian shares rise on China's policy easing

But U.S. President Donald Trump brightened the mood on Tuesday by saying the Phase 1 agreement would be signed on January 15 at the White House. Germany's DAX was 1.1% higher, while France's CAC 40 rose 1.2%. He also said he plans to travel to Beijin...

Gas Prices Turn Higher as the New Year Rolls In Gas Prices Turn Higher as the New Year Rolls In

That's nearly 60 cents lower than this year's peak price of $4.10 per gallon in mid-October. But in 2019, the national gas price average was $2.61, which is 10 cents cheaper than the 2018 average of $2.71. Also, experts at Gas Buddy say the price var...

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