White House’s Kudlow says Trump not demanding Fed policy change

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow said on Wednesday that U.S. President Trump was not demanding a policy change at the Federal Reserve after Trump heaped more criticism on the Fed on Tuesday, calling rising U.S. interest rates his “biggest threat.” In what has emerged as a pattern recently, the administration official sought the day after Trump’s ...

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Suspect package sparks brief security alert near UK parliament

LONDON (Reuters) – Police cordoned off roads near parliament on Wednesday after a suspect package sparked a brief security alert. Armed police stand at the cordon after the bomb disposal robot was deployed to deal with a suspicious package on the Victoria Embankment in London, Britain, October 17, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay The incident happened around Embankment Gardens near the Ministry ...

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Just Eat listings include takeaways given zero ratings for hygiene

Image copyright Getty Images Many takeaway shops in England with a zero rating for hygiene are among those listed on the Just Eat food ordering app, a BBC investigation has found. Half of outlets rated as zero by the Food Standards Agency in Manchester, Bristol and London appear on the app. A consumer rights campaigner has called for Just Eat ...

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Influential Facebook shareholders back proposal to remove Zuckerberg as chairman

(Reuters) – Several public funds with holdings in Facebook Inc on Wednesday backed a proposal to remove Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg as chairman. Facebook’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg reacts as he speaks at the Viva Tech start-up and technology summit in Paris, France, May 24, 2018. REUTERS/Charles Platiau The proposal, originally bought to the table by hedge fund ...

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Sober start as recreational marijuana becomes legal in Canada

TORONTO/ST JOHN’S, Newfoundland (Reuters) – Canada became the first industrialized nation to legalize recreational cannabis on Wednesday, but a lawful buzz will be hard to come by in its biggest cities like Toronto and Vancouver, where stores are not yet open. Marijuana enthusiasts in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada’s easternmost province, kicked off the first permitted sales at midnight. Over 100 ...

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U.S. pushes EU for rapid trade results, says progress not enough

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The United States demanded rapid results on Wednesday from its trade talks with the European Union and complained that the bloc was stalling progress. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross poses in his office during an interview with Reuters at the U.S. Department of Commerce building in Washington, U.S., October 5, 2018. REUTERS/Mary F. Calvert “Our purpose ...

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Greek foreign minister quits in Macedonia name row

ATHENS (Reuters) – Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras accepted the resignation of his foreign minister on Wednesday, Greece’s first major political casualty in a crusade to end a decades-old name dispute with Macedonia. FILE PHOTO: Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras speaks with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias during a parliamentary session before a vote following a motion of no confidence by ...

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