Police, protesters at DNC praised for restraint, courtesy
BOJ eases policy by doubling ETF buying, underwhelms expectations
By Leika Kihara TOKYO (Reuters) - The Bank of Japan expanded stimulus on Friday by doubling purchases of exchange-traded funds (ETF), yielding to pressure from the government and financial markets for bolder action, but disappointing investors who had set their hearts on more audacious measures. At the two-day rate review that ended on Friday, the BOJ decided to increase ETF purchases so its total holdings increase at an annual pace of 6 trillion yen ($58 billion), up from the current 3.3 trillion yen. The dollar fell more than a full yen on Friday at one point to as low as 102.825 and the Nikkei average tumbled nearly 2 percent, after the BOJ's decision fell short of expectations.
Clinton speech: reactions from the Twitterverse
Philadelphia (AFP) - Twitter blew up when Hillary Clinton formally accepted the Democratic Party's presidential nomination on Thursday. The following is a selection of reactions, from Clinton supporters and her Republican opponent Donald Trump:
Huge, once-hated fish now seen as weapon against Asian carp
CHICAGO (AP) ? It's a toothy giant that can grow longer than a horse and heavier than a refrigerator, a fearsome-looking prehistoric fish that plied U.S. waters from the Gulf of Mexico to Illinois until it disappeared from many states a half-century ago.
Accepting the nomination, Clinton casts herself as clear-eyed leader
By John Whitesides and Amanda Becker PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton cast herself as the steady leader at a "moment of reckoning" for America, contrasting her character with what she described as a dangerous and volatile Donald Trump. In the biggest speech of her quarter century in politics, Clinton on Thursday accepted the Democratic presidential nomination for the Nov. 8 election with a promise to make the United States a country that worked for everyone. "He's taken the Republican Party a long way, from 'Morning in America' to 'Midnight in America,'" Clinton said.
UK says to review EDF's Hinkley Point nuclear energy plan
Britain's government has said it will launch a new review into a controversial project to build two new nuclear reactors led by French utility EDF, the country's first new nuclear plant in decades. EDF's board narrowly voted to proceed with the Hinkley Point project on Thursday. "The UK needs a reliable and secure energy supply and the government believes that nuclear energy is an important part of the mix," Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark said in a statement shortly after EDF gave its go-ahead to the project.
Angels walk off with 2 runs on Ramirez's error, beat Sox 2-1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) ? Hanley Ramirez's throwing error to the plate on Daniel Nava's bases-loaded grounder allowed two runs to score, and the Los Angeles Angels walked off with a stunning 2-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night.
Cubs considering new translator for star closer Chapman
CHICAGO (AP) ? The Chicago Cubs are considering bringing in a new Spanish translator for Aroldis Chapman after the star closer from Cuba struggled to answer questions about a past domestic violence case in his introductory news conference.
BOJ index shows June consumer prices +0.8 percent year-on-yearJapanese consumer prices rose 0.8 percent in June from a year earlier when stripping out energy and fresh food costs, an indicator released by the Bank of Japan showed on Friday. With core CPI stagnant due largely to slumping energy prices, the central bank began internally calculating a new index that shows inflation exceeding government data.
Turkish military promotes 99 colonels in shake-up, top brass little changedTurkey's top military council promoted 99 colonels to the rank of general or admiral and put 48 generals into retirement in its annual shake-up, the military said on Friday, although the top brass was little changed after this month's failed coup attempt. President Tayyip Erdogan approved the council's key decisions, leaving armed forces chief Hulusi Akar and the army, navy and air force commanders in their posts, Erdogan's spokesman Ibrahim Kalin separately told reporters late on Thursday. The annual meeting of the Supreme Military Council - chaired by Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and including the top brass - followed the dishonorable discharge of nearly 1,700 military personnel over their alleged roles in the abortive putsch on July 15-16.