Democrat Buttigieg looks to Trump counties in New Hampshire as key to victory

CLAREMONT, N.H. (Reuters) - Pete Buttigieg began making his final case in New Hampshire over the weekend for why he is better placed to win over voters who backed President Donald Trump in 2016 than his top rivals for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. FILE PHOTO: Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks at a campaign town hall meeting in North Conway, New Hampshire, U.S., January 3,..

China’s Hengyi runs new Brunei refinery near full rates: officials

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - China’s Hengyi Petrochemical Co Ltd is operating its new 160,000 barrels per day refinery in Brunei at near full capacity after trial production began in July, two company officials told Reuters. The plant in Palau Muara Besar is one of four greenfield refineries to begin operations in Asia in 2019. The project includes a one million tonne per year (tpy) aromatics plant and a 500,000-tpy benzene unit. “Hengyi’s Brunei proj..

Secretary of State Pompeo postpones Ukraine trip to focus on Iraq

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivers remarks on human rights in Iran at the State Department in Washington, U.S., December 19, 2019. REUTERS/Erin Scott/File Photo WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday postponed a trip to Ukraine so he could focus on the situation in Iraq after demonstrators attacked the U.S. embassy. Supporters of Iranian-backed Iraqi paramilitary groups stormed the U.S. emba..

Strike up the band: Paris orchestra wails at pension reform plans

PARIS (Reuters) - The French capital’s Opera Bastille has been silent for nearly a month because its orchestra is on strike, but on Tuesday the musicians performed on the steps of the opera house to bring attention to their anger at planned pension reforms. Members of the Paris Opera's orchestra play an improvised open-air concert at the city's Place de la Bastille square to protest the government's proposed pension reform, which ..

With Uighur comic, Japanese manga artist aims to highlight everday ‘suffering’

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese artist whose manga comics about a Uighur woman went viral wants to use the simple power of her work to raise awareness of the “daily suffering” endured by the Chinese mostly Muslim minority, she told Reuters. With “What Has Happened to Me”, a manga comic that has been translated into 10 languages - including Mandarin, Uighur and English - and viewed more than 330,000 times online, artist Tomomi Shimizu has seized on ..

Paris Opera ballerinas, who retire at 42, kick up a fuss over Macron pension...

PARIS (Reuters) - Ballerinas in white tutus danced scenes from Swan Lake on the forecourt of the Paris Opera on Tuesday to protest against President Emmanuel Macron’s plans to scrap their special pension benefits. A view shows the Palais Garnier opera house with a banner that reads ''Paris opera on strike'' after 20 days of strike against pension reform plans in Paris, France, December 24, 2019. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes Backed..

No Christmas mass at Notre-Dame for the first time since Napoleon

PARIS (Reuters) - For the first time in more than 200 years, worshippers will not be able to attend Christmas mass at Notre-Dame cathedral, still being restored after a devastating fire. “There won’t be a midnight mass at Notre-Dame. The last time this happened was during the French Revolution. Since 1803, there have always been Christmas masses at Notre-Dame,” a Paris diocese spokeswoman told Reuters. The April 15 fire caused the roof and spir..

Stylish suburbs: how ancient Mexican metropolis dodged inequality trap

TEOTIHUACAN, Mexico (Reuters) - Fragments of pre-Aztec murals recently unearthed on the outskirts of what was once the largest city of the Americas are adding to mounting evidence that even commoners there enjoyed the finer things in life. Each year, millions of tourists visit the towering pyramids and temples of the sprawling metropolis of Teotihuacan, far from the latest discoveries on the city’s southern edge. “We’re now finding that life on..

Art exhibit by 12-year-old ‘young Jackson Pollock’ opens in New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Cynics who view pricy abstract art and scoff “a kid probably painted that” are finally right. At just 12 years old, Xeo Chu is setting sales records with his colorful, abstract paintings, which are selling for more than $150,000 and are being compared to works by renowned American artist Jackson Pollock. Now the seventh grade student from Vietnam is hosting his first solo exhibition, at the George Berges Gallery in Manhatta..

U.S. House passes new North American trade deal, Senate timing unclear

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a new North American trade deal on Thursday that includes tougher labor and automotive content rules but leaves $1.2 trillion in annual U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade flows largely unchanged. The House passed legislation to implement the U.S.-Mexico Canada Agreement 385-41, with 38 Democrats, two Republicans and one independent member voting no. The bipartisan vote contr..

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