Wednesday, 8:31 AM
By Ayla Jean Yackley and Humeyra Pamuk ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish investigators pored over video footage and witness statements on Wednesday after three suspected Islamic State suicide bombers opened fire and blew themselves up in Istanbul's main airport, killing 41 people and wounding 239. The attack on Europe's third-busiest airport was the deadliest in a series of suicide bombings this year in Turkey, part of the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State and struggling to contain spillover from neighboring Syria's war.
Wednesday, 11:37 AM
LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders met for the first time without Britain on Wednesday less than a week after it voted to leave, delivering a tough message that London can access the bloc's lucrative single market only if it agrees to allow free movement for EU workers. Last week's shock referendum vote to leave the EU has caused global financial market turmoil, sent the pound sterling tumbling and wiped billions off the value of British shares. Britain's giant financial services sector, roughly 8 percent of economy, relies crucially on access to the EU market.
Wednesday, 10:53 AM
By Ben Blanchard and Anthony Deutsch BEIJING/AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - An international court said on Wednesday it would deliver a hotly anticipated ruling in the Philippines' case against China over the South China Sea on July 12, drawing an immediate rebuke from Beijing, which rejects the tribunal's jurisdiction. The United States, which is a close ally of the Philippines and is concerned about China's expansive South China Sea claims, reiterated its backing for The Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration and urged a peaceful resolution of the dispute. Manila is contesting China's historical claim to about 90 percent of the South China Sea, one of the world's busiest shipping lanes.
Wednesday, 11:49 AM
Two leading human rights group urged UN member-states on Wednesday to suspend Saudi Arabia from the UN Human Rights Council over the killing of civilians in Yemen and repression at home. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said they would begin lobbying the UN General Assembly to hold a vote on suspending Saudi Arabia from the Geneva-based council, even though they admitted this was a long shot.
Wednesday, 11:40 AM
In that time, the group has gone from obscurity, mocked by President Barack Obama as a terrorist Ă˘Â€ÂśJV team,Ă˘Â€Âť to the worldĂ˘Â€Â™s most brutal terrorist network, not only responsible for thousands of deaths in the Middle East but also linked to hundreds more in dozens of terrorist plots in the West. ISIS currently controls thousands of square miles in Iraq and Syria, though the U.S. military says the group been pushed out of swaths of land, especially in Iraq, since a territorial high point in late summer 2014. In January of that year in a New Yorker profile, Obama made the Ă˘Â€ÂśJV teamĂ˘Â€Âť remark.
Wednesday, 11:36 AM
At least 41 people died in a triple suicide bombing at Istanbul's international airport on Tuesday, the latest in a series of attacks that have claimed at least 260 lives over the past year. Turkey is battling threats on two main fronts -- against Islamic State group jihadists and Kurdish militants. June 28: At least 41 people are killed, including foreigners, and over 200 injured in a triple suicide bombing and gun attack at Istanbul's Ataturk airport.
Wednesday, 8:33 AM
Rory McIlroy defended on Wednesday the growing number of top-ranked golfers pulling out of the Rio Olympics and denied it represents a stinging embarrassment to the sport. Golf is returning to the Olympics for the first time since 1904 in August but will not feature world number one Jason Day, fourth-ranked McIlroy or US Open runner-up Shane Lowry because of fears over the Zika virus, to name just a few big names. "As a tool to grow the game around the world, I think it's great," McIlroy, a four-time major winner, told reporters ahead of the 100th French Open, of golf's inclusion at the Olympics.
Wednesday, 8:25 AM
LeBron James, fresh off guiding the Cleveland Cavaliers to their first NBA title, is headed for free agency after officially declining the $24 million player option on his contract. While the move frees James to talk to other teams, he isn't expected to leave Cleveland but to negotiate a new contract with them. James, 31, was a unanimous choice as NBA Finals Most Valuable Player after leading the Cavaliers back from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Golden State Warriors.
Wednesday, 4:35 AM
(Reuters) - Twice major winner Jordan Spieth is still undecided about whether to participate in August's Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games or opt out because of the Zika virus like several of his fellow professionals. The American world number two is the highest-ranked golfer left in the field after number one Jason Day withdrew on Tuesday, citing concerns over Zika, a mosquito-borne virus that the World Health Organization says is spreading rapidly in the Americas. "Right now, I'm uncertain," Spieth told reporters ahead of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
Wednesday, 12:00 PM
ST. LOUIS (AP) Ă˘Â€Â” An effort to get the legendary Delta Queen riverboat back afloat on the Mississippi River and its tributaries got a boost Wednesday when the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee agreed to reinstate an exemption for the 89-year-old vessel.
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STONEHAM, Mass. (AP) Ă˘Â€Â” A man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges he fatally shot his firefighter friend while they were drinking alcohol and playing with a handgun... read more
Wednesday, 11:55 AM
The S&P 500 had recouped more than half of its losses from the two-day equities rout sparked by the British referendum, which had amounted to $3 trillion in lost value from global equity markets, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices. The S&P energy sector jumped 2.4 percent, the top-performing group for a second straight day, supported again by higher oil prices. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 255.99 points, or 1.47 percent, at 17,665.71, the S&P 500 gained 32.39 points, or 1.59 percent, at 2,068.48 and the Nasdaq Composite added 87.65 points, or 1.87 percent, at 4,779.52.
Wednesday, 11:46 AM
(Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc on Wednesday launched a free 30-day trial of ShippingPass, its two-day shipping program for shoppers in the United States, as the world's largest retailer looks to take on Amazon.com Inc's Prime subscription service. Wal-Mart said that existing ShippingPass subscribers will get one month free. Wal-Mart's two-day service costs $49 a year.
Wednesday, 11:40 AM
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Wednesday, 10:14 AM
(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it is seeking additional data to support the safety and effectiveness of certain active ingredients used in topical consumer antiseptic rubs, including hand sanitizers, that are sold over-the-counter. The action is part of a larger ongoing review by the agency after a lawsuit settlement with the environmental group Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in 2013. The group had sued the FDA, claiming the agency failed to regulate toxic chemicals found in antimicrobial soap and other personal care products.
Wednesday, 10:13 AM
The move by the Financial Stability Oversight Council was the first time a non-banking firm has been freed from the designation, a product of the financial crash that can trigger stricter oversight and requirements to hold more capital. It was a big victory for GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt, who since April 2015 has reached agreements to unload about $180 billion worth of GE Capital businesses to lessen the industrial conglomerateĂ˘Â€Â™s exposure to the finance sector and shed the designation. The oversight council, made up of all the heads of the major U.S. regulatory agencies, voted unanimously to remove the label it put on GE Capital in 2013, according to the U.S. Treasury.