British teachers and civil servants join mass strike on ‘Walkout Wednesday’

British teachers and civil servants join mass strike on ‘Walkout Wednesday’

Up to 500,000 people are expected to take part in the British strikes The government says large wage increases will fuel inflation Schools are closed, most trains are not running More strikes involving health workers will follow next week LONDON, Feb. 1 (Reuters) – Up to half a million British teachers, civil servants and machinists … Read more

India increases spending in final pre-election budget

India increases spending in final pre-election budget

NEW DELHI, Feb. 1 (Reuters) – The Indian government on Wednesday announced a budget of $550 billion for the next fiscal year starting April 1, setting out a plan for record investment while limiting the budget deficit. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party, which faces elections in key states this year and a national election in … Read more

Suspects arrested after explosion at Pakistani mosque, police focus on how bomber entered

Suspects arrested after explosion at Pakistani mosque, police focus on how bomber entered

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Feb. 1 (Reuters) – Police investigating a suicide bombing that killed more than 100 people at a Pakistani mosque said on Tuesday that several people had been arrested and they could not rule out the possibility that the terrorist internal aid had evaded security checks. The bombing was the deadliest in a decade, … Read more

Missing radioactive capsule found in Western Australia

Missing radioactive capsule found in Western Australia

SYDNEY, Feb. 1 (Reuters) – Australian authorities on Wednesday found a radioactive capsule that was lost in the vast Outback after nearly a week-long search along a 1,400 km (870 mi) stretch of highway, an emergency services official said. The military verified the capsule and it would be taken to a secure facility in the … Read more

Two years later, Myanmar coup takes ‘catastrophic toll’

Two years later, Myanmar coup takes ‘catastrophic toll’

Jan 31 (Reuters) – Two years after the military coup in Myanmar, a young factory worker turned resistance fighter mourns the loss of his leg in combat. A former diplomat has not seen his family for four years. A beauty queen adjusts to a new life in wintry Canada. And an exiled teacher dreams of … Read more

The Canadian province is trying to decriminalize drugs to combat the overdose crisis

The Canadian province is trying to decriminalize drugs to combat the overdose crisis

VANCOUVER, Jan. 31 (Reuters) – The Western Canadian province of British Columbia on Tuesday began a three-year pilot program to stop prosecuting people for carrying small amounts of heroin, meth, ecstasy or crack cocaine as part of attempting a drug overdose crisis. As of 2016, BC is responsible for about a third of the 32,000 … Read more

Exxon crushes Western oil company profits by $56 billion by 2022

Exxon crushes Western oil company profits by  billion by 2022

HOUSTON, Jan. 31 (Reuters) – Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N) posted a net profit of $56 billion for 2022, the company said Tuesday, taking home about $6.3 million an hour last year and not just a company record but also a historic high point for the Western oil industry. Oil companies are expected to break their … Read more

US requests Tesla driver-assist documents; company raises capex forecast

US requests Tesla driver-assist documents;  company raises capex forecast

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 (Reuters) – Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) announced on Tuesday that the US Justice Department has sought documents related to its Full Self-Driving (FSD) and Autopilot driver assistance systems as regulations tighten. The automaker said in a filing that it has “received requests from the DOJ for documents related to Tesla’s Autopilot and FSD … Read more

France hit by new wave of strikes against Macron’s pension reform

France hit by new wave of strikes against Macron’s pension reform

The reform would raise the retirement age to 64 Schools, transportation networks, refinery supplies are affected Macron: Reform vital to ensure the viability of the pension system SAINT-NAZAIRE, France, Jan. 31 (Reuters) – Striking workers disrupted deliveries to French refineries, public transport and schools on Tuesday during a second day of nationwide protests over President … Read more

Three years later, Britain is still waiting for a Brexit dividend

Three years later, Britain is still waiting for a Brexit dividend

The UK is lagging behind its peers in growth, investment and trade Many economists say Brexit is contributing to underperformance Polls show that Britons are increasingly regretting leaving the EU Pro-Brexit economist Lyons: Britain’s problems have long roots LONDON, January 31 (Reuters) – Three years after leaving the European Union, Britain has yet to benefit … Read more