Sex, lies and video cams: Andrew Tate turned women into slaves, prosecutors say

BUCHAREST, Feb 2 (Reuters) – The woman from Moldova thought it was love. Internet celebrity Andrew Tate had offered her a new life. They’d even discussed marriage. He asked for only one thing: absolute loyalty. “You must understand that once you are mine, you will be mine forever,” Tate told her on Feb. 4 last … Read more

Putin evokes Stalingrad to predict victory over ‘new Nazism’ in Ukraine

Russian president speaks in Volgograd 80 years have passed since the Soviet victory in Stalingrad Putin draws parallels with Russia’s campaign in Ukraine This content was produced in Russia, where the law restricts coverage of Russian military operations in Ukraine. VOLGOGRAD, Russia, Feb 2 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin evoked the spirit of the Soviet … Read more

US weekly jobless claims drop to nine-month low; productivity gains speed

Weekly jobless claims drop 3,000 to 183,000 Continuing claims decrease 11,000 to 1,655 million Productivity accelerates at a 3.0% rate in the fourth quarter Unit labor costs grow at 1.1% pace WASHINGTON, Feb 2 (Reuters) – The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits dropped to a nine-month low last week as the … Read more

Euro dips as ECB meets market expectations

NEW YORK, Feb 2 (Reuters) – The euro dipped against the dollar on Thursday after the European Central Bank (ECB) hiked interest rates by a widely expected 50 basis points and offered no new hawkish surprises, while the Bank of England (BofE) adopted a more dovish tone on inflation. The ECB penciled in at least … Read more

Canadian lawmakers back resettlement of 10,000 Uyghur Muslims

OTTAWA, Feb 1 (Reuters) – The Canadian parliament on Wednesday unanimously voted in favor of a non-binding proposal for the resettlement of 10,000 Uyghur Muslim refugees from China’s Xinjiang region into Canada over two years. The House of Commons voted 322-0 for Liberal member of parliament Sameer Zuberi’s bill, which also called on the government … Read more

ChatGPT sets record for fastest-growing user base – analyst note

Feb 1 (Reuters) – ChatGPT, the popular chatbot from OpenAI, is estimated to have reached 100 million monthly active users in January, just two months after launch, making it the fastest-growing consumer application in history, according to a UBS study on Wednesday. The report, citing data from analytics firm Similarweb, said an average of about … Read more

Explainer: Spilled milk? Why are the US and Canada fighting over dairy?

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Feb 1 (Reuters) – The United States on Tuesday said it was seeking a second trade dispute settlement panel over Canada’s dairy import quotas, accusing Canada of not meeting obligations to open its market to American producers. The move is the latest salvo in longstanding tensions between the trade partners over Canada’s protected … Read more

US targets global sanctions evasion network supporting Russia

WASHINGTON, Feb 1 (Reuters) – The United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions on 22 individuals and entities in multiple countries that it accused of being tied to a global sanctions evasion network supporting Russia’s military-industrial complex. The sanctions, which come as Washington looks to increase pressure on Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine, are part … Read more

Asset managers, banks call on EU to cost plans to grab euro clearing from London

LONDON, Feb 2 (Reuters) – Asset managers, hedge funds and banks on Thursday called on the European Union to properly cost its plans to force market participants to shift derivatives clearing business from London to mandatory accounts in the bloc. London Stock Exchange Group’s LCH and ICE in London have long dominated parts of the … Read more

Russia advances in east Ukraine, strike on apartments kills civilians

Russian strike destroys apartment building; 3 dead – officials Zelenskiy gives gloomy assessment on Russian offensive in east Zelenskiy vows more anti-corruption measures New Russian offensive could begin on Feb. 24 – Ukraine minister KYIV, Feb 2 (Reuters) – The battle on the front lines in eastern Ukraine “has become tougher” as Russian forces push … Read more