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Walgreens to close about 200 stores in United States

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FILE PHOTO: A customer walks out of a Walgreens pharmacy store in Austin, TX, U.S., March 26, 2018. REUTERS/Mohammad Khursheed (Reuters) – Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (WBA.O) said on Tuesday it plans to close about 200 U.S. stores and expects to record related pre-tax charges of between $1.9 billion and $2.4 billion. The Deerfield, Illinois-based Read More

Iran to make ‘third step’ in scaling down commitments under 2015 nuclear deal – FM

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Tehran is ready for the next phase of reducing its obligations under the 2015 nuclear agreement, as the US ramps up sanctions against the country and its Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. “The third step in reducing commitments will be implemented in the current situation,” Zarif said on Saturday, as quoted by local media. The Read More

Trump says China has to do a lot to turn things around in trade talks

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump talks to reporters as he departs for travel to Bedminster, New Jersey from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., August 2, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said on Friday China has to do a lot in order to turn things around Read More

‘Washington has lost power of rational thought’: Rouhani slams ‘childish’ sanctions on Iranian FM

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has castigated the US for imposing sanctions on his country’s foreign minister, describing the move as puerile and senseless. Rouhani accused the US of “childish behavior” on Thursday over Washington’s decision to sanction Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Washington had previously proposed unconditional talks with Tehran – a curious turnaround Read More

US imposes sanctions on Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif

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The US Treasury Department has placed sanctions on Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, after threatening to do so for several months. Zarif is a vocal and public critic of American policy towards Iran. The Treasury Department announced the sanctions on Wednesday, after declining earlier this month to blacklist the outspoken diplomat. The move comes Read More

At least 17 dead, including children, as army plane crashes into homes

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By Emily Mee, news reporter At least 17 people have been killed – including children – after a military plane crashed into homes in Pakistan. Neighbours were woken up when they heard an explosion and saw the wreckage of the burning aircraft, which crashed in a residential area on the outskirts of the city of Read More

Ex-Seattle tech worker arrested for Capital One hack – U.S. Justice Department

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(Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department said Paige Thompson, a former Seattle technology company software engineer, was arrested on Monday on a criminal complaint charging computer fraud and abuse for hacking into stored data of Capital One Financial Corp (COF.N). Thompson, 33, made her initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Seattle on Monday and Read More

Talks only possible with ‘tangible results,’ but US does not ‘seek dialogue’ – Tehran

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There is no point in talking when no “practical results” can be achieved, and Washington is not interested in good-faith dialogue, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson said amid rising tensions with the US. “Dialogue and negotiation can be held when we have a certain agenda in place, and when we could get some tangible and Read More

Opposition walks out as Muslim ‘instant divorce’ bill passes India’s lower house of parliament

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A controversial bill banning the practice of ‘triple Talaq’ divorce among muslims has passed India’s lower house of parliament by a resounding margin, amidst a walk-out by members of the opposition. The so-called Triple Talaq bill was passed on Thursday, with 302 votes in favor and 82 against. It seeks to make the practice of Read More