Georgia’s new abortion law fuels Hollywood boycott

Georgia’s new law restricting abortion access is sparking a growing outcry in Hollywood, with some production companies calling for a boycott of the state and others vowing to support the legal battle against the legislation which takes effect in 2020.  At least five companies say they won’t shoot projects in the Peach State unless the legislation is overturned. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, signed ...

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Cuba starts widespread rationing of food and other basics

The Cuban government announced Friday that it is launching widespread rationing of chicken, eggs, rice, beans, soap and other basic products in the face of a grave economic crisis. Commerce Minister Betsy Diaz Velazquez told the state-run Cuban News Agency that various forms of rationing would be employed in order to deal with shortages of staple foods. She blamed the ...

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Why investors can’t wait to buy into Uber, a company that’s never made money — and maybe never will

It’s one of the fastest growing technology companies in the world.  Customers took more than five billion rides on the service last year, spending almost $50 billion US in the process.   And each and every time someone ordered up one of the company’s services — the company lost about 58 cents. Sound like a good investment? With most companies, the intuitive answer to ...

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What’s the U.S.-China trade war all about?

U.S. President Donald Trump welcomes Beijing’s top trade negotiator to Washington on Thursday for trade talks between the world’s two largest economies, as market-rattling tariff threats and warnings about counter-measures continue to smoulder. Ahead of the talks, there were sharp swings in global financial markets, with the Dow Jones dropping more than 400 points on Tuesday after Trump issued a threat via ...

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As public support for Syrian war wanes, Russia hopes ‘trophy train’ inspires patriotism

Every year around this time, Moscow is transformed into a giant military boot camp, with thunderous T-72 battle tanks and menacing-looking Iksander ballistic missile carriers rumbling past city landmarks, all in rehearsal for the annual Victory Day parade. While tens of thousands of Russians will line the streets of the capital Thursday to watch the demonstration of the country’s might, Russia’s military ...

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