Fed's Rosengren says slowdown in economic activity likely to continue

(Reuters) – The slowdown in economic activity is likely to continue as states put more restrictions in place to control the virus, and the momentum to return to full employment could fade as consumers remain cautious, Boston Federal Reserve President Eric Rosengren said Wednesday. Consumer spending is likely to say…

Belarus says police fired live rounds at protesters as EU weighs sanctions

MINSK (Reuters) – Belarus said on Wednesday that police had fired live rounds at protesters in the city of Brest and arrested more than 1,000 people nationwide, intensifying a crackdown that has prompted the European Union to weigh new sanctions on Minsk. Security forces have clashed with protesters for three…

How Biden chose Harris: Inside his search for a running mate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gretchen Whitmer wanted out. The Michigan governor had caught the interest of Joe Biden and his vice presidential vetting committee, who were drawn to her prominence in a crucial battleground state and her aggressive response to the coronavirus outbreak there. But by late spring, the nation was…

Deadly India clashes over post on Prophet Muhammad

Three people have died in the Indian city of Bangalore after police fired on crowds protesting against an allegedly blasphemous Facebook post. Crowds gathered outside the house of a local politician whose relative was accused of making an “offensive” post about the Prophet Muhammad. They set fire to vehicles and…

Asian markets set for mixed trade amid U.S. stimulus wrangling

BOSTON (Reuters) – Asian stocks were set for choppy trade on Wednesday after Wall Street dipped amid growing uncertainty about an additional round of U.S. fiscal stimulus. New Zealand opened the region on a grim note after the Pacific nation reported its first coronavirus infections in more than 100 days,…