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January 12, 2019 3:05 AM Pemex's New York roadshow spooks investors, yields spike

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Yields on the debt of Mexican state-run oil company Pemex rose sharply this week after the company failed during presentations in New York to lay out a clear plan to reduce debt and increase output, analysts said. Pemex faces the possibility of a credit ratings downgrade due to costly proposals by the new government of leftist 185

January 4, 2019 10:48 AM Trump's Withdrawal of U.S. Troops From Syria Will Boost Iran's Fortunes

President Donald Trump’s sudden announcement in December that the U.S. would withdraw troops from Syria came at a time when Washington seemed to finally be developing a strategy to tackle the Syrian conflict that went beyond prioritizing fighting ISIS. It was not Syria that was the focus of this new strategy; it was Iran. While former President Barack 112

December 28, 2018 2:09 PM Shot in the back: the dangers of being an opposition candidate in Bangladesh

NOAKHALI, Bangladesh (Reuters) - At a library inside a small district court in southeastern Bangladesh, barrister Mahabub Uddin Khokon stood up to take off his coat and scrunched his white shirt up to his shoulders to reveal a back covered in bandages over several shotgun pellet wounds. Settling back into an office chair, the 62-year-old smiled. “You see, my fight 103

December 24, 2018 2:44 PM Elephants help scout vast sugarcane plantations in search for missing 2-year-old boy

In this Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, photo released by Suphan Buri City, four mahouts and their elephants start a search operation for a two-year-old Myanmar boy who went missing, in Suphan Buri, Thailand. (Suphan Buri City via AP) Authorities enlisted the help of four elephants in their search for a 2-year-old boy from Burma who has been missing in Thailand 151

December 4, 2018 10:58 AM Exclusive: Exxon seeks to sell its stake in giant Azeri oil field

LONDON (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil (XOM.N) is seeking to sell its stake inAzerbaijan’s largest oil field, once dubbed the “contract of the century”, as the U.S. oil and gas giant re-focuses its global operations, industry and banking sources said. Exxon is hoping to raise up to $2 billion from the sale of its 6.8 percent in the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli (ACG) 107

November 28, 2018 9:51 AM A Colossal Australian Cow That Wowed the Internet Will Be Saved From Slaughter

(LAKE PRESTON, Australia) — Knickers the steer is huge on the internet — for being huge. The black-and-white Holstein Friesian won social media fame and many proclamations of “Holy Cow!” after photos surfaced of the 194-cm (6-ft.-4-in.) steer standing head and shoulders above a herd of brown cattle in Western Australia state. Owner Geoff Pearson said Knickers 103

November 26, 2018 12:00 PM Trial set to begin for man charged in deadly Charlottesville white nationalist rally

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Jury selection is set to begin in the trial of an Ohio man accused of killing a woman during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville last year. James Alex Fields Jr., of Maumee, Ohio, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer. Fields is accused of driving his car into a crowd of people protesting 101

November 24, 2018 3:51 PM Helicopters drying field at Bryant-Denny ahead of Alabama-Auburn

Alabama took the extraordinary step of using helicopters to dry the field at Bryant-Denny Stadium ahead of the No. 1-ranked Crimson Tide's home game against in-state rival Auburn on Saturday. On Saturday morning, athletic director Greg Byrne tweeted a photo of the "drying" process, which included two helicopters flying into the stadium and hovering above 79

November 15, 2018 3:36 PM WhatsApp’s geeky ‘new update’ will change the dating game forever

File photo: The WhatsApp messaging application is seen on a phone screen August 3, 2017. (REUTERS/Thomas White) WhatsApp could be launching a new update that is set to make awkward number-swapping with your crush a thing of the past. Clever software is reportedly being developed that will allow users to instantly share their contact details — without 126

November 4, 2018 6:35 PM Iraqi Kurds say upgrade raises oil pipeline capacity to 1 million bpd

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - An oil export pipeline in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region has been upgraded to a capacity of 1 million barrels per day from 700,000 bpd, the Kurdish regional government’s natural resources ministry said on Sunday. The pipeline carries crude across Iraqi Kurdistan and connects to a metering station in Fish-Khabur near the Turkish 96