Protesters blockade universities, stockpile makeshift weapons as chaos grips Hong Kong

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Anti-government protesters dug in at several university campuses across Hong Kong on Wednesday, setting the stage for further confrontations as police said violence in the Chinese-ruled city had reached a “very dangerous and even deadly … [+5228 chars]

'Future of the presidency' at stake as Trump impeachment hearings kick off

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senior Democratic and Republican lawmakers presented dueling narratives on Wednesday as a U.S. congressional impeachment inquiry that threatens Donald Trump’s tumultuous presidency entered a crucial new phase with the first public heari… [+8149 chars]

Alibaba launches $13.4 billion Hong Kong listing to fund expansion

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group launched the share sale for its Hong Kong listing on Wednesday, braving unrest in the global financial hub to try to raise up to $13.4 billion to fund its expansion plans. The stock is due to star… [+4178 chars]

'Low-rent Ukrainian sequel:' Quotes and reaction to Trump impeachment hearing

(Reuters) - Wednesday marked a new and unparalleled chapter in Donald Trump’s tumultuous presidency, as a Democratic-led impeachment probe in the U.S. Congress went public with televised hearings into allegations about Trump’s dealings with Ukraine. The fir… [+4487 chars]

Test administrator pleads guilty, parent faces sentencing over U.S. college scam

BOSTON (Reuters) - A former college entrance exam administrator pleaded guilty to participating in a vast college admissions cheating and fraud scheme on Wednesday, the same day a wealthy parent is set to face sentencing for his role in the scandal. Federal… [+2330 chars]

Bolsonaro and Xi cheer strong and growing Brazil-China relations

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday praised strong bilateral relations between their countries and signaled a desire to expand two-way trade in a brief public ceremony in Brasilia. Their comm… [+949 chars]

Touting membership cards, Trump steps up anti-impeachment Facebook ads

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign is ramping up a Facebook ad campaign against efforts to impeach him, buying more ads on the topic in recent weeks than all the Democratic White House candidates combined. The contrast betw… [+3843 chars]

Fed chief Powell says 'sustained expansion' likely for U.S. economy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. central bankers see a “sustained expansion” ahead for the country’s economy, with the full impact of recent interest rate cuts still to be felt and low unemployment boosting household spending, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell s… [+3585 chars]

Climate change blamed as floods overwhelm Venice, swamping basilica and squares

VENICE, Italy (Reuters) - Venice’s mayor declared a state of emergency on Wednesday after “apocalyptic” floods swept through the lagoon city, flooding its historic basilica and inundating squares and centuries-old buildings. Thoroughfares were turned into r… [+3181 chars]

New Bolivian leader seeks quick vote, foes plan disruptions

LA PAZ (Reuters) - Bolivia’s new interim president pledged on Wednesday to hold a new election as soon as possible and condemned “revenge” acts by disgruntled supporters of fallen leader Evo Morales who resigned after protests over a disputed vote. Senate v… [+2943 chars]