Daily Archive: January 29, 2018

Jan
29

CIA director expects Russia will try to target U.S. mid-term elections

LONDON (Reuters) – CIA Director Mike Pompeo said he expects Russia will target U.S. mid-term elections later this year as part of the Kremlin’s attempt to influence domestic politics across the West.

Jan
29

Saudi closes hotel detention center as corruption purge winds down

RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabian authorities have released all remaining detainees from Riyadh’s opulent Ritz-Carlton Hotel, which had been used as an interrogation center in a crackdown on corruption, a Saudi official said on Tuesday.

Jan
29

Exclusive: Tests link Syrian government stockpile to largest sarin attack – sources

THE HAGUE (Reuters) – The Syrian government’s chemical weapons stockpile has been linked for the first time by laboratory tests to the largest sarin nerve agent attack of the civil war, diplomats and scientists told Reuters, supporting Western claims that government forces under President Bashar al-Assad were behind the atrocity.

Jan
29

Janet Yellen sets interest rates one last time. How will history rate her?

The Fed chair has set the bar high for her successor, a tenure defined by five major achievements

Janet Yellen, the Federal Reserve chair, begins her final rate-setting meeting at the helm of the US central bank on Tuesday, before she is replaced by Donald Trump’s chosen successor, Jerome Powell.

The first woman to lead the Fed arrived in February 2014 at a time when the money-printing machine of quantitative easing was whirring at full-tilt under her predecessor, Ben Bernanke. QE, which involved the Fed buying bonds from financial institutions, pumped billions of dollars into the US economy to keep it afloat after the financial crisis.

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Jan
29

Russia says Su-27 fighter jet intercepted U.S. spy plane; U.S. protests

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Russian Su-27 fighter jet intercepted a U.S. surveillance plane over the Black Sea on Monday, prompting the U.S. State Department to protest the maneuver as “an unsafe interaction.”

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