Newspaper editorials across U.S. rebuke Trump for attacks on media

By Alex Dobuzinskis Undated, Aug 15 : More than 300 U.S. newspapers have pledged to run editorials on Thursday defending freedom of the press in response to President Donald Trump calling some media organizations enemies of the American people. The Boston Globe organized the editorial push, which was joined by the New York Times and […]

Dalian iron ore hits two-week low on global growth risks

By Manolo Serapio Jr MANILA, Aug 16 : Chinese iron ore futures slumped more than 4 percent to a two-week low on Thursday as worries over China’s economic health and Turkey’s currency crisis raised the risks for the global economy. Iron ore was the hardest hit among ferrous metals with steel and coking coal also […]

Cuba frees leading dissident charged with attempted murder

By Nelson Acosta HAVANA, Aug 16: A leading Cuban dissident said he was freed from jail on Wednesday, 12 days after his arrest for attempted murder following a car crash in which he hit and injured an official from the Communist-run island’s interior ministry. Jose Daniel Ferrer, leader of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), […]

Israel finds no cause for criminal charges in deadly Gaza war raid

By Ori Lewis JERUSALEM, Aug 15 : Israel will not conduct a criminal investigation into a deadly raid in Rafah during the 2014 Gaza war, the military’s judicial arm said on Wednesday after a “comprehensive examination” of events, prompting condemnation from the Palestinian group Hamas. Israel launched its raid after Hamas militants, emerging from a […]

Turkish court releases local Amnesty head – Amnesty

By Ece Toksabay and Ali Kucukgocmen ISTANBUL, Aug 15 : A Turkish court has released Taner Kilic, the local honorary chairman of Amnesty International, from prison, the human rights group said on Wednesday in one of several cases that have caused expressions of concern over Ankara’s human rights record. Kilic, who has been in jail […]

Britain’s RBS adds dividend appeal, some investors need convincing

By Emma Rumney and Simon Jessop LONDON, Aug 15 : Paying a dividend will broaden interest in Royal Bank of Scotland, but a sudden influx of new shareholders is unlikely given the British government’s still dominant stake and as investors wait to ensure it can sustain the payout. RBS said on Tuesday it will pay […]