Battle lines hold firm at global whaling huddle
Portoro? (Slovenia) (AFP) - Pro- and anti-whaling nations dug in their heels at a key meeting Monday where Japan sought to lift a 30-year-old moratorium on commercial hunts while others pushed for a sanctuary in the Atlantic. "The moratorium on commercial whaling should and could be lifted on a stock-by-stock basis based on sound scientific evidence," Japan insisted in a written submission. The commission's own advisory scientific committee "has confirmed that certain stocks of whale species are recovered", which implies the moratorium is outdated, it argued.
UK police arrest man in City Airport chemical incident
AT&T, Time Warner bonds widen on merger newsAT&T saw some of its shorter-term outstanding bonds widen sharply in secondary trade Monday after the telecoms giant announced a blockbuster US$85bn acquisition of Time Warner. AT&T's 2.8% 2021s were spotted at T+120bp, some 15bp wider than Friday's close, according to one trading source, while its 4.125% 2026s were spotted at T+170bp or 7bp wider on the day. Meanwhile Time Warner's 2.95% 2026 were bid 17bp wider at T+140bp after the announcement of the deal, which still needs the approval of US regulators.
Belgium cannot sign off on EU-Canada trade pact
Belgium has conceded it cannot sign off on a landmark EU free trade deal with Canada because of continued objections from Wallonia and other regional leaders who rejected a late Monday deadline. Without Belgium's signature, the other 27 European Union nations cannot go ahead, leaving the bloc stuck in another bitter stand-off after Brexit and with its much vaunted unity shattered amid growing popular distrust of international trade deals. "We are not in a position to sign CETA," Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said after brief talks with the country's regional leaders in Brussels broke up without an accord.
Hayden a symbol of when youth took history into own hands
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) ? Tom Hayden was long past his heyday of political rebellion and the Chicago 7 trial when he died on Sunday at age 76. But in American culture, he remained an enduring symbol of a time when young people took history into their own hands.
Another bid from China for US hotel; $6.5B for Hilton stakeNEW YORK (AP) ? HNA Group is snapping up a 25 percent ownership stake of the Hilton hotel chain for about $6.5 billion, the latest attempt by a Chinese interest to acquire real estate in the U.S.
Turkey says its artillery playing role in Mosul, jets on standbyBy Tulay Karadeniz and Ece Toksabay ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish artillery fire has already played a role in the effort to drive Islamic State from the Iraqi city of Mosul and four Turkish fighter jets are on standby to take part in air operations, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday. Largely Sunni Muslim Turkey and the Shi'ite-dominated central government in Iraq are at loggerheads about the presence of Turkish troops at a military camp in northern Iraq, and about Ankara's demand to take part in the Mosul operation. Turkey says it has a responsibility to protect ethnic Turkmens and Sunni Arabs in the area around Mosul, once part of the Ottoman empire.
Egypt's security chief warns of scheme to incite chaos
CAIRO (AP) ? Egypt's interior minister warned in comments published Monday that the country faced "unprecedented challenges" that required a "decisive" response by security forces, accusing the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood of inciting chaos and stoking fears of a popular backlash over rising price and biting economic reforms.
SpaceX's Elon Musk elaborates on plan to colonize Mars
Eli Manning denies yelling 'Trump' to signal audible