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

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

Shell 2022 profit more than doubles to record $40 bln

Fourth-quarter profit of $10 billion beats estimates Shell to repurchase $4 billion in shares Shares up 2.5% by 1002 GMT LONDON, Feb 2 (Reuters) – Shell ( SHEL.L ) delivered a record $40 billion profit in 2022, the energy giant said on Thursday, capping a tumultuous year in which a surge in energy prices after … 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

Philippines grants US greater access to bases amid China concerns

Philippines, US agree to add four locations under EDCA The agreement comes amid tensions in the South China Sea, over Taiwan EDCA allows US access to Philippine military bases MANILA, Feb 2 (Reuters) – The Philippines has granted the United States expanded access to its military bases, the countries said on Thursday, amid mounting concern … Read more

Airbus and Qatar Airways settle bitter A350 jet row

PARIS, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Airbus ( AIR.PA ) and Qatar Airways have settled a dispute over grounded A350 jets, the companies said on Wednesday, averting a potentially damaging UK court trial after a blistering 18-month feud that tore the lid off the global jet market. The “amicable and mutually agreeable settlement” ends a $2 … Read more

Nikki Haley, once Trump’s UN ambassador, to take him on in 2024

WASHINGTON, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley will kick off her campaign for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination this month, squaring off against her one-time boss, former President Donald Trump, two sources familiar with her plans said on Wednesday. The move would make her just the second declared Republican candidate and … Read more

Exclusive: EV maker Rivian to cut 6% of jobs amid price war – internal memo

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Rivian Automotive (RIVN.O) is laying off 6% of its workforce in an effort to cut costs as the EV maker, already grappling with falling cash reserves and a weak economy, braces for an industry -wide price war. The company is focusing resources on ramping up vehicle production and reaching … Read more

Adani abandons $2.5 billion share sale in big blow to Indian tycoon

NEW DELHI, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Gautam Adani’s flagship firm called off its $2.5 billion share sale in a dramatic reversal on Wednesday as a rout sparked by a US short-seller’s criticisms wiped billions more off the value of the Indian tycoon’s stocks. The withdrawal of the Adani Enterprises (ADEL.NS) share offering marks a stunning … Read more

Biden moves to slash US credit card fees, app charges

WASHINGTON, Feb 1 (Reuters) – The White House on Wednesday unveiled fresh efforts to slash credit card late fees and drive down the prices that Apple Inc (AAPL.O) and Google parent Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O) charge on mobile app stores . The move is part of a larger policy drive to promote competition in consumer markets, … Read more