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December 23, 2018 4:43 PM Five weightlifters suspended after London 2012 retests

(Reuters) - Five weightlifters, including two Olympic champions, have been provisionally suspended after retests of their samples from the 2012 London Olympics came back positive for doping, the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) said. Ukraine’s Oleksiy Torokhtiy could now be stripped of the Olympic title he won in the 105-kg category in London 107

December 22, 2018 10:35 AM A renegotiated Brexit would go ahead under Labour government

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn would push ahead with Brexit and seek to renegotiate the terms if he won a snap election next year, he said on Saturday, in a blow to party supporters who want a second referendum. Like much of Britain, Corbyn’s Labour party is deeply divided over Brexit, with some senior lawmakers leading 101

December 6, 2018 10:43 PM US fails to win UN condemnation of Hamas militants in Gaza

Palestinian women hurl stones at Israeli troops during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel on May 4, 2018. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra) UNITED NATIONS – A U.S.-sponsored draft resolution that for the first time would have condemned the militant Islamic group Hamas, which controls Gaza, failed to win the required two-thirds majority in the U.N. General 72

December 6, 2018 10:21 PM U.N. Fails to Pass U.S.-Sponsored Resolution Condemning Hamas

(UNITED NATIONS) — A U.S.-sponsored draft resolution that for the first time would have condemned the militant Islamic group Hamas, which controls Gaza, failed to win the required two-thirds majority in the U.N. General Assembly. Before Thursday’s vote, the 193-member world body had narrowly voted to require a two-thirds majority which Arab nations pressed 64

December 5, 2018 7:43 AM 'The Wiz' fails to wow theater-goers in Louisville; some seeking refunds, report says

Audience members in Louisville say they were left "distraught" by a problematic production of the musical "The Wiz," and were demanding their money back, a report said Tuesday. After Island Entertainment KC of Kansas City staged two performances of "The Wiz" on Saturday at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts' Brown Theatre, dozens of customers 113

November 29, 2018 3:31 PM The Quick Read on Donald Trump’s Swipe at Theresa May's Brexit Deal

It’s easy to dismiss Donald Trump’s opinion on May’s Brexit deal as just another flippant, off-hand comment by the U.S. president without much thought behind it. But the reality is that Trump’s assessment of May’s Brexit deal, regardless of how he arrived at it, echoes the sentiments of most Britons—this is a subpar deal for the U.K., which by extension 67

November 16, 2018 11:11 PM Novartis' blood disorder drug gets FDA approval for expanded use

(Reuters) - Novartis AG said on Friday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration expanded the use of its low platelets drug to treat patients with a rare, genetic blood disorder. The drug, Promacta, received the green light as a combination with standard immunosuppressive therapy to treat patients two years and older suffering from treatment-resistant severe 112

November 15, 2018 1:52 PM U.S. envoy for Iran warns EU banks, firms against non-dollar Iran trade

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European banks and firms who engage in a special European Union initiative to protect trade with Iran will be at risk from newly reimposed U.S. sanctions, the U.S. special envoy for Iran warned on Thursday. It is “no surprise” that EU efforts to establish a so-called Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for non-dollar trade with Iran were floundering 70

November 14, 2018 10:30 AM Draft Brexit deal reached: Live updates

Siemens CEO: "We need to make this deal work" May must now sell the deal to her Cabinet, which is deeply divided between ardent supporters of Brexit and those who voted to Remain. To do so, she must convince the Brexiters that the text, which is expected to include an arrangement that keeps the whole of the UK in close alignment with the EU, fulfills 67

November 5, 2018 2:04 PM SWIFT says suspending some Iranian banks' access to messaging system

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Belgium-based SWIFT financial messaging service said on Monday it is suspending some unspecified Iranian banks’ access to its messaging system in the interest of the stability and integrity of the global financial system. In a brief statement, SWIFT made no mention of U.S. sanctions coming back into effect on some Iranian financial 66