WASHINGTON/TOKYO (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp has recalled 3.37 million cars worldwide over possible defects involving airbags and emissions control units. The automaker on Wednesday said it was recalling 2.87 million cars over a possible fault in emissions control units. Toyota on Wednesday said evaporative fuel emissions control units in models produced from 2006 to 2015 including the Prius, Auris compact hatchback and its popular Corolla models were prone to cracks, which could expand over time and lead to fuel leaks.
The European Commission stands ready to support the banking sector in Italy but has not given its backing to Rome's plan to prop up Italian banks after the turmoil caused by the Brexit referendum, an EU official told Reuters on Wednesday. On Tuesday in Brussels, Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi met Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and vice president Valdis Dombrovskis, who takes control of EU financial services in July after British commissioner Jonathan Hill quit last week.
BUDAPEST (Reuters) - European Union leaders agreed that Britain must honour all four basic freedoms of the EU if it wants to retain access to the single market after its presumed exit from the bloc, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Wednesday. The four freedoms are the free movement of goods, people, capital and services. EU leaders met in Brussels. "If you want to know the mood at the talks, there was sadness, sympathy, disappointment and uncertainty," Orban told a press conference aired by state television. ...
Spain on Wednesday said it was opposed to negotiating potential EU membership with Scotland, which is seeking to remain within the European bloc after Britain voted last week to leave. "I want to be very clear … Scotland does not have the competence to negotiate with the European Union. Spain opposes any negotiation by anyone other than the government of United Kingdom," Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy told a news conference following a summit of European leaders in Brussels.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday stressed that Britain would have to abide by European Union rules once it divorced from the bloc if it wanted to maintain access to the single market. Speaking after a European Council summit, Hollande also said that defense and energy agreements with Britain would remain in place after it terminated its membership of the EU, citing EDF's Hinkley Point nuclear power project in southern England as one such. ...
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on British vote to leave the European Union (all times local):
LONDON (Reuters) - A rescue mission has been launched to find 20 children lost in caves in the Brecon Beacons, a mountainous area in Wales, the BBC reported on one of its Twitter accounts on Wednesday. (Reporting by Estelle Shirbon; editing by Stephen Addison)
U.S. consumer spending rose for a second straight month in May on increased demand for automobiles and other goods, but there are fears Britain's vote to leave the European Union could hurt confidence and prompt households to cut back on consumption. The Commerce Department said on Wednesday consumer spending, which accounts for more than two-thirds of U.S. economic activity, increased 0.4 percent last month, pointing to an acceleration in economic growth in the second quarter. Consumer spending in April was revised up to show it advancing 1.1 percent instead of the previously reported 1.0 percent jump.
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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Spain and Portugal risk incurring sanctions for breaching European Union budget deficit rules when the European Commission takes a delayed decision next month, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Wednesday. He was speaking at a news conference after a summit of 27 EU countries meeting for the first time without Britain. The Commission deferred the decision last month to avoid embarrassing Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy before a general election last Sunday in which his conservative Popular Party emerged strengthened. ...
As Hillary Clinton seeks to rebound from a highly critical report from the State Department’s inspector general, Senate investigators and a conservative group are zeroing in on newly revealed evidence about the activities of a now retired State Department computer specialist in orchestrating what they charge was a “cover-up” of the former secretary of state’s email practices. The role of John Bentel, whose identity as a key figure in the email probes was first reported by Yahoo News on Wednesday, is expected to be one focus of questioning today when Clinton’s former chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, is deposed in a lawsuit brought by Judicial Watch over the State Department’s handling of Freedom of Information Act requests relating to Clinton’s emails, according to a source close to the case.
The Statue of Liberty is seen in New York harbor. Climate change might dampen Lady Liberty’s glow, according to experts. The United Nations released a report Thursday saying 31 natural and cultural World Heritage sites in 29 countries are vulnerable to the effects of climate change: rising temperatures, rising sea levels, intensifying storms, longer droughts and so on.
By Kylie MacLellan and Ben Hirschler ISE-SHIMA, Japan/LONDON (Reuters) - Britain told the G7 industrial powers on Friday to do more to fight killer superbugs as the United States reported the first case in the country of a patient with bacteria resistant to a last-resort antibiotic. U.S. scientists said the infection in a 49-year-old Pennsylvania woman "heralds the emergence of truly pan-drug resistant bacteria" because it could not be controlled even by colistin, an antibiotic reserved for "nightmare" bugs. In Japan, British Prime Minister David Cameron said leading countries needed to tackle resistance by reducing the use of antibiotics and rewarding drug companies for developing new medicines.
HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — With an unflinching look back at a painful history, President Barack Obama stood on the hallowed ground of Hiroshima on Friday and declared it a fitting place to summon people everywhere to embrace the vision of a world without nuclear weapons.
LONDON (AP) — Nearly two dozen athletes tested positive in reanalysis of their doping samples from the 2012 London Olympics, adding to the more than 30 already caught in retesting from the 2008 Beijing Games.
The creators of YES to SEX, a smartphone app that promises to help “all gender partners get and give a safe sexual consent in as little as 25 seconds,” have released a new platform that allows colleges and universities to customize the application to meet the specific needs of their campuses. YES to SEX founder Wendy Mandell-Geller told Yahoo News that after launching the original version of the app in April, she soon realized its potential to make an impact on university and college campuses. In addition to providing users with an up-to-date guide to giving and receiving sexual consent under Title IX, the app’s new college format can be customized to reflect each school’s policies — as well as its color scheme.
Sheila Foster Anthony, sister of former Clinton White House aide Vincent Foster, took to the Washington Post opinion page Thursday to admonish Donald Trump for his recent comments about her brother’s death. Earlier this week, the same paper published an interview with Trump in which the presumptive Republican presidential nominee was quoted drudging up a decades-old conspiracy theory about Foster’s 1993 suicide.