Russian prankster impersonating Macron spoke to Poland’s Duda after blast

Russian prankster impersonating Macron spoke to Poland’s Duda after blast

WARSAW, Nov 22 (Reuters) – The Polish president spoke to a hoax caller pretending to be France’s Emmanuel Macron on the night that a missile hit a village near the Ukrainian border, his office said on Tuesday, an admission likely to raise questions about its operations. In a 7-1/2 minute recording of the call posted … Read more

Musk says Twitter to hold off relaunching blue check verification

Musk says Twitter to hold off relaunching blue check verification

Nov 21 (Reuters) – Twitter’s new owner Elon Musk said on Monday the social media company is holding off the relaunch of its blue check subscription service, a delay from his initial tentative timeline to bring back the service on the platform. “Holding off relaunch of Blue Verified until there is high confidence of stopping … Read more

Japan probes Unification Church after backlash over ruling party ties

Japan probes Unification Church after backlash over ruling party ties

TOKYO, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Japan launched a probe into the Unification Church on Tuesday that could threaten its legal status, after the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in July revealed its close ties to the ruling party and triggered a public backlash. For the Unification Church, founded in South Korea in 1954 … Read more

Decorated U.S. Army veteran one of two men who took down Colorado shooter

Decorated U.S. Army veteran one of two men who took down Colorado shooter

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Nov 21 (Reuters) – A decorated Iraq and Afghanistan veteran who had taken his family to support a drag show performer who was one of his daughter’s friends said his U.S. Army training took over when gunfire broke out at a Colorado LGBTQ club. “It’s the reflex,” Rich Fierro told reporters gathered … Read more

Children at school among 162 dead in Indonesia quake

Children at school among 162 dead in Indonesia quake

Death toll from 5.6-magnitude earthquake expect to rise Dozens remain trapped in the rubble – officials President CIANJUR, Indonesia, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Children killed when their schools collapsed accounted for many of the 162 dead in an earthquake that devastated a town on Indonesia’s main island of Java, an official said on Tuesday, as … Read more

Crypto lender Genesis says no immediate plans to file for bankruptcy

Crypto lender Genesis says no immediate plans to file for bankruptcy

Nov 21 (Reuters) – Cryptocurrency lender Genesis said on Monday it has no immediate plans to file for bankruptcy, days after the collapse of crypto exchange FTX forced it to suspend customer redemptions. “We have no plans to file bankruptcy imminently. Our goal is to resolve the current situation consensually without the need for any … Read more

‘It’s over’: Twitter France’s head quits amid layoffs

‘It’s over’: Twitter France’s head quits amid layoffs

PARIS, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Twitter Inc’s head of French operations, Damien Viel, said he was quitting the social media platform, whose new owner Elon Musk recently fired top executives and enforced steep job cuts at the company. “It’s over,” Viel tweeted on Sunday, thanking his team in France, which he led for the last … Read more

No tsunami warning for Solomon Islands after 7.0 earthquake off coast

No tsunami warning for Solomon Islands after 7.0 earthquake off coast

SYDNEY, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Authorities in the Solomon Islands said no tsunami warning would be issued after two earthquakes on Tuesday afternoon, including one with a magnitude of 7.0 just off the southwest coast. The first quake hit at a depth of 15 km (9 miles), about 16 km (10 miles) southwest of the … Read more

Wall Street slips as concerns rise of stricter China COVID curbs

Wall Street slips as concerns rise of stricter China COVID curbs

Dow down 0.13%, S&P 500 down 0.39%, Nasdaq down 1.09% Disney jumps on Iger’s return as CEO Grindr falls after rocketing in debut Tesla down on vehicle recall, China COVID concerns Nov 21 (Reuters) – Wall Street’s main indexes ended Monday roughly down on fears that China could resume stricter measures to fight COVID-19 after … Read more

In cold Ukraine village, Banksy mural offers warm bath

In cold Ukraine village, Banksy mural offers warm bath

HORENKA, Ukraine, Nov 21 (Reuters) – As they head into a cold winter, residents of a bombed-out Ukrainian village say they appreciate a warm bath in a mural painted by graffiti artist Banksy. The mural, showing a man scrubbing his back in a bathtub, is on the ground floor of what remains of an apartment … Read more