U.S. Stock Futures Drop as Trade-Talk Doubts Swirl: Markets Wrap

U.S. equity futures fell as Chinese and American officials struggled to schedule a planned meeting this month to continue trade talks. The pound slumped with the U.K. facing a showdown in Parliament over delaying Brexit again. Contracts on the three main U.S. indexes extended their declines after Bloomberg reported the difficulties the two countries were having in support liquidity and growth. Elsewhere in Asia, equities in Japan, Hong Kong and Australia declined in thin volumes. The Stoxx Europe 600 advanced for a third straight session, led by financial services shares. Cash markets for both U.S. stocks and bonds are closed for the Labor Day holiday. Treasury 10-year futures erased a decline while a gauge of the dollar increased for the …

Deutsche Bank CEO Investing 15% of Monthly Pay in Bet on Shares

Photographer: Alex Kraus/Bloomberg where his mouth is. The chief executive officer will invest 15% of his monthly net salary in the lender’s shares, starting with a 22,144 euro ($24,303) investment on Aug. 30, Deutsche Bank filings show. That goes beyond standard practice at German companies, where senior executives are frequently awarded stock as part of their bonuses. Sewing kicked off Deutsche Bank’s biggest overhaul in recent memory earlier this year after attempts by his predecessors failed to restore the globally-important lender to profitability. The bank has yet to convince investors that it can meet goals for raising revenue in businesses it wants to keep, while exiting stock trading and firing staff across the firm. The stock purchase program runs from …

At least 24 Yellow Vests lost eyes in violent protests. Now they’re more determined than ever

Paris (CNN)It was a warm afternoon in March. David Breidenstein says he looked on as some of the more radical yellow vest protesters set fire to Le Fouquet’s, not just a restaurant but a symbol of wealth and power in France. Violent clashes across France Breidenstein is one of at least 24 people who have lost an eye since the “gilets jaunes,” or Yellow Vest, protests began in November 2018, according to Desarmons-Les, a support group for those maimed on the streets of French cities. What began as a campaign against a gas tax hike, morphed into a broader rally against President Emmanuel Macron’s government. Scenes of violent clashes erupted across France. Protesters hurled petrol bombs and bricks while the …

Italian court jails 24 over South American Operation Condor

Dictatorships of six countries conspired to kidnap and kill political opponents An Italian court has sentenced 24 people to life in prison for their involvement in Argentina, including 45 Uruguayans, 22 Chileans, 15 Paraguayans and 13 Bolivians. Q&A What was Operation Condor? Show Hide Operation Condor was devised by Latin American military dictatorships of the 1970s and 1980s to eliminate leftwing activists and political opponents who had dared to confront the rulers of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador. Named after the worlds largest carrion bird, it was drawn up at a secret 1975 meeting of intelligence chiefs and allowed cooperating countries to send death squads into each others territory to monitor, kidnap or kill political exiles. …

Ten unexploded allied bombs at Pompeii, Italian paper reports

Explosives are yet to be located within archaeological area, according to investigation At least 10 unexploded bombs dropped by the allies during the second world war are hidden within the foundations of the archaeological site of Pompeii, Italian media have reported. In August 1943, allied air forces dropped 165 bombs on Pompeii, in nine different air raids. Ninety-six bombs were located and deactivated, the Original Article : HERE ; Curated & posted using : RealSpecific

France endures its hottest day ever as Europe swelters in heat wave

(CNN)France recorded its highest-ever temperature on Friday as continental Europe continues to struggle with an intense heat wave. French authorities have taken a number of radical steps this week to prevent a repeat of the tragic consequences of the 2003 heat wave that left around 14,000 people dead. Paris activated its heat emergency plan last weekend, put together in the aftermath of the 2003 heat wave. Cooling rooms were opened in some municipal buildings and mist showers were installed in the streets. Climate scientists have warned that heat waves such as this one are becoming more frequent and increasingly severe because of the climate crisis. Météo-France said the frequency of such events is expected to double by 2050. Heat emergency …

It wasnt crying wolf: sale of whole Italian village revealed as PR hoax

Tiny Esino Lario claimed all its assets were up for grabs but it was actually working with a tech firm to raise awareness of issues facing villages Last month a mountain village in northern Italy put all its assets up for sale. A website advertised that everything must go. Street signs started at 1,250. A pilgrimage site cost around 600,000, with a 15% discount applied. The town hall was a bit cheaper 200,000. Benches came at 280 each, but with an enticing three-for-two promotion. In a full-page advert placed in almost all of Italys top newspapers, Esino Larios mayor, Pietro Pensa, lamented the reason for the mass sell-off: a lack of resources to fight the villages depopulation. Sadly, we no …

YouTube star who humiliated homeless man given prison term

ReSet posted footage of man eating Oreos filled with toothpaste in Barcelona A YouTube star who tricked a homeless man into eating biscuits filled with toothpaste and then posted footage of the incident online has been sentenced to 15 months in prison and ordered to pay his victim 20,000 in moral damages. A judge in Barcelona also banned Kanghua Ren, better known as ReSet, from having any social media accounts for five years. ReSet, who was born in China but grew up in Spain, was among the 200 most popular YouTubers in Spain and Latin America, with 1.1 million followers. In 2017 he accepted a dare to scrape the cream out of Oreo cookies and replace it with toothpaste. He …

The lost Leonardo? Louvre show ditches Salvator Mundi over authenticity doubts

Art experts remain divided on the origins of the worlds most expensive painting , the worlds most expensive painting, will not be part of this years big Leonardo da Vinci show in Paris because curators at the Louvre do not believe it can be attributed solely to the artist, it has been claimed. The art historian and writer Ben Lewis has charted the remarkable story of a painting which made headlines all over the world when it sold for $450m (354m) at Christies in New York in 2017. Some of the worlds leading Leonardo experts, Martin Kemp, emeritus professor of art history at Oxford Mohammed bin Salman, who reportedly agreed that it would become a star of the Louvre Abu …

EU citizens denied vote in European elections to sue UK government

Exclusive: Campaign groups prepare legal challenge following systemic denial of suffrage The government is facing the prospect of being sued by campaigners for EU citizens in the UK and British nationals abroad who were denied a vote in the European parliament elections. John Halford, a public law specialist at Bindmans, said this weeks electoral fiasco was something a democracy should not tolerate. The right to vote is the foundation for all citizenship rights, he said. Last Thursday saw a large-scale, systematic, openly discriminatory denial of that right. The case we plan to bring will show that this is not something the law will tolerate and that there must be accountability and consequences. Halford is working with the the3million group in …

How the ‘Las Vegas of Italy’ is kicking its slot machine addiction

Once compared to Oxford, the university city of Pavia is now better known for gambling. These activists are fighting to change that At the start of this year, Massimo was standing on a bridge determined to jump off. The 45-year-old had been struggling with gambling addiction since 2001. I started to play slot machines and video poker after the death of my father and ended up spending 5,000 a day, says the artisan fence-maker, from the city of Pavia in northern Italy. He was soon in debt to loan sharks and ended up stealing to fund his habit, including from his own mother, before considering suicide. Now Massimo (not his real name) lives in La Casa del Giovane, a unit …

Spain’s Socialists win election but will need support of other parties to form a government

(CNN)The center-left Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party, or PSOE, won Sunday’s general election in Spain but came up short of an overall majority. Incumbent PSOE Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez addressed supporters outside the party headquarters in Madrid after the result was confirmed. “After 11 years a socialist party has won the general election in Spain. And so the future beats the past,” he said as the PSOE gained 38 seats more than in 2016. “We have sent a message to Europe and to the world, that we can win over authoritarianism.” Sanchez to negotiate a deal The PSOE will need the support of other parties to form a government as a total of 176 seats is required to control parliament, and …