Thursday, 5:49 AM
By Kylie MacLellan and Elizabeth Piper LONDON (Reuters) - Former London mayor Boris Johnson, runaway bookmakers' favorite to become Britain's prime minister, abruptly pulled out of the race on Thursday in a shock announcement less than a week after leading the campaign to pull the country out of the EU. Johnson's announcement, to audible gasps from a roomful of journalists and supporters, was the biggest political surprise since Prime Minister David Cameron quit on Friday, the morning after losing the referendum on British membership in the bloc. Johnson's withdrawal makes Theresa May, the interior minister who backed remaining in the EU, the new favorite to succeed Cameron.
Thursday, 6:19 AM
By Humeyra Pamuk and Daren Butler ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Three suspected Islamic State suicide bombers who killed 43 people in a gun and bomb attack at Istanbul's main airport this week were Russian, Uzbek and Kyrgyz nationals, a Turkish government official said on Thursday. The attack on one of the world's busiest airports, a hub at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, was the deadliest in a series of suicide bombings in Turkey this year.
Thursday, 4:44 AM
One of two men who drove to collect a key suspect in the Paris attacks the night after it occurred has been transferred to France from Belgium, Belgian federal prosecutors said on Thursday. Hamza Attou, 21, was handed over to French authorities on Wednesday, Belgian prosecutors said in a brief statement, declining to give any details on the timing or manner of the transfer. Attou drove hours after the Nov 13 attacks from Brussels with Mohamed Amri to pick up Salah Abdeslam, who was in Paris at the time and whose brother Brahim had blown himself up.
Thursday, 7:27 AM
A bespectacled intellectual with a low-key public image, Michael Gove emerged as an unlikely force behind the Brexit campaign and a wily political player after rebelling against his former friend and ally, Prime Minister David Cameron. In a statement outlining his reasons for going against Cameron, who led efforts for Britain to stay in the EU, the soft-spoken Gove said it had been the "most difficult decision of my political life". Gove and Cameron met when they were both young men and rising through Conservative Party ranks.
Thursday, 7:25 AM
LONDON (AP) Ã¢Â€Â” The race to become Britain's next prime minister took a dramatic, unexpected turn Thursday as former London Mayor Boris Johnson Ã¢Â€Â” popular with the public and widely considered to be a front-runner Ã¢Â€Â” ruled himself out of contention after the defection of a key ally.
Thursday, 7:17 AM
By Daniel Bases NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investors in Puerto Rico's debt-burdened economy still face risks of default on some of the island's $70 billion in debt even after the U.S. Congress on Wednesday created a powerful federal oversight board to manage credit restructurings. U.S. President Barack Obama says he will quickly sign the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA) before the U.S. territory faces a possible default on July 1 on $1.9 billion worth of debt payments. While the government of Puerto Rico says it cannot honor all of its debts, and will likely default for a fourth time in the last year on some of its bonds, some creditors could get their payments via insurers or reserve funds.
Thursday, 3:21 AM
(Reuters) - Top Chinese woman golfer Shanshan Feng will compete at the Rio Games despite concerns over Zika virus and the world number 12 says she fears for the sport's Olympic future following some high-profile withdrawals from the men's competition. Golf's return to Olympics for the first time since 1904 has been hit by pullouts by several top male golfers, including world number one Jason Day, multiple major champion Rory McIlroy, Fiji's Vijay Singh and Charl Schwartzel of South Africa. The mosquito-borne Zika virus, which the World Health Organization says is spreading rapidly in the Americas, can cause crippling defects in babies and has been linked to the neurological disorder Guillain-Barre in adults.
Wednesday, 11:37 PM
(Reuters) - An Olympic gold medal was not the pinnacle of the sport for golfers according to world number four Rory McIlroy, and he had no concerns about his decision to withdraw from the Rio de Janeiro Games. The Northern Irishman withdrew from the Rio Games last week, citing concerns about the Zika virus, though he also told British media the Olympics were not one of his goals. "Most other athletes dream their whole lives of competing in the Olympics, winning an Olympic gold, and we haven't," McIlroy told British media.
Wednesday, 11:22 PM
An Olympic gold medal was not the pinnacle of the sport for golfers according to world number four Rory McIlroy, and he had no concerns about his decision to withdraw from the Rio de Janeiro Games. The Northern Irishman withdrew from the Rio Games last week, citing concerns about the Zika virus, though he also told British media the Olympics were not one of his goals. "Most other athletes dream their whole lives of competing in the Olympics, winning an Olympic gold, and we haven't," McIlroy told British media.... read more
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JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. (AP) Ã¢Â€Â” Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Thursday there was an "unfolding situation" at Joint Base Andrews in Washington's Maryland suburbs but provided no further details.
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Thursday, 7:07 AM
The three major indexes have recouped more than half of the losses suffered after a shock vote by Britain to leave the European Union. Oil prices fell about 2 percent, snapping a two-day rally, as investors booked profits amid resumption of supply from Nigeria. "The focus now shifts to reality and the performance of the global economy, which is not all that promising," said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at First Standard Financial in New York.
Thursday, 7:15 AM
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Ã¢Â€Â” Defenders of a former Army sergeant in North Carolina say he truly believed he was protecting fellow soldiers from a Taliban bomber when he fired 24 rounds at police and firefighters responding to a fire in his apartment.... read more
Thursday, 5:45 AM
By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - British American Tobacco (BAT), the world's second biggest cigarette company, vowed on Thursday to investigate some of its supply farms in Bangladesh after a Swedish campaign group uncovered the use of child workers to grow and process tobacco. Swedwatch, which surveyed three tobacco farming districts in Bangladesh, said it found child labor was "widespread" in farms supplying BAT and its local subsidiary British American Tobacco Bangladesh, jeopardizing their health and education.... read more
Thursday, 5:16 AM
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Ã¢Â€Â” A federal judge is facing a deadline for deciding whether to block a new Indiana law banning abortions sought because of fetal genetic abnormalities.... read more