U.S. Supreme Court backs Ted Cruz, dumps campaign finance curb

WASHINGTON, May 16 (Reuters) – The US Supreme Court on Monday further undermined campaign finance restrictions, striking down as a free speech violation part of a bipartisan 2002 law challenged by Republican Senator Ted Cruz that federal officials had touted as an anti-corruption safeguard . The justices, in a 6-3 ruling, found that a $250,000 … Read more

EXCLUSIVE Former top Republican lawmaker in Colorado received leak of voting data

May 16 (Reuters) – A former Republican minority leader of the Colorado legislature is among the recipients of a trove of sensitive voting data leaked by a county official working with activists seeking to prove President Donald Trump’s false stolen-election claims, according to court records reviewed by Reuters. The revelation indicates the breach of ballot … Read more

Golden arches to go dark in Russia as McDonald’s exits after 30 years

May 16 (Reuters) – McDonald’s Corp (MCD.N) on Monday became one of the biggest global names to exit Russia, laying out plans to sell all its restaurants after operating for more than 30 years in the country following its invasion of Ukraine. The world’s largest burger chain, which owns about 84% more its nearly 850 … Read more

Ukraine claims battlefield successes in northeast as Russians fall back

Ukraine says its forces have pushed through to Russian border Russia warns of consequences over Finland, Sweden NATO move NATO chief says Russian offensive not going to plan Situation still tough in south RUSKA LOZOVA, Ukraine/KYIV, May 16 (Reuters) – Ukrainian troops counter-attacking against Russian forces in the country’s northeast have pushed them back from … Read more

UAE strongman Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed named new president

MbZ becomes president at a time of tension with US I have led a Middle East realignment, forging ties with Israel UAE has also deepened ties with Russia and China Economic development a priority driving foreign policy DUBAI, May 14 (Reuters) – The United Arab Emirates’ de facto leader Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan was … Read more

U.S. abortion rights activists start ‘summer of rage’ with Saturday protests

WASHINGTON, May 14 (Reuters) – Thousands of abortion rights supporters gathered for protests across the United States on Saturday, starting what organizers said would be “a summer of rage” if the US Supreme Court overturns the Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion nationwide. Planned Parenthood, Women’s March and other abortion rights groups organized more … Read more

Ukraine seeks evacuation of wounded fighters as war rages on

Ukraine in ‘complex talks’ on evacuating wounded fighters Finnish leader tells Putin his country plans to join NATO Ukraine deputy PM says war ‘entering new, long phase’ Hundreds of Russian war dead brought to rail yard G7 nations vow more military and economic aid for Ukraine KYIV, May 14 (Reuters) – Very complex talks are … Read more

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern tests positive for COVID

May 14 (Reuters) – New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern tested positive for COVID-19 with moderate symptoms, her office said in a statement on Saturday. She will not be in parliament for the government’s emissions reduction plan on Monday and the budget on Thursday, but “travel arrangements for her trade mission to the United States … Read more

North Korea’s Kim says COVID ‘great turmoil’, 21 new deaths reported

Reports 21 new deaths among people with fevers for Friday About 280,810 people being treated with symptoms -KCNA Kim offers to donate medical supplies Outbreak could deepen an already dire food situation SEOUL, May 14 (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said on Saturday that the spread of COVID-19 had thrust his country … Read more

Bitcoin set for record losing streak after ‘stablecoin’ collapse

SINGAPORE/HONG KONG/LONDON, May 13 (Reuters) – Cryptocurrencies nursed large losses on Friday, with bitcoin just above $30,000 and set for a record losing streak after the collapse of TerraUSD, a so-called stablecoin, rippled through cryptocurrency markets. Crypto assets have also been swept up in broad selling of risky investments on worries about high inflation and … Read more