UPDATE 1-China-based campaign breached satellite, defense companies -Symantec

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A sophisticated hacking campaign launched from computers in China burrowed deeply into satellite operators, defense contractors and telecommunications companies in the United States and southeast Asia, security researchers at Symantec Corp said on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: A map of China is seen through a magnifying glass on a computer screen showing binary digits in Singapore in this January 2, 2014 photo illustration. REUTERS/Edgar SuSymantec said the effort appeared to be driven by national espionage goals, such as the interception of military and civilian communications. Such interception…

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U.S. quits U.N. human rights body, citing bias vs. Israel, alarming critics

WASHINGTON/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United States withdrew from a “hypocritical and self-serving” United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday over what it called chronic bias against Israel and a lack of reform, a move activists warned would make advancing human rights globally even more difficult. Standing with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the State Department, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley slammed Russia, China, Cuba and Egypt for thwarting U.S. efforts to reform the council. She also criticized countries which shared U.S. values and encouraged…

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North Korea expected to begin transferring remains of U.S. troops soon – officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – North Korea could start the process of handing over the remains of troops, including Americans, missing from the Korean War within the next few days, two U.S. officials told Reuters on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: A member of the U.S. military is seen through the trees walking with the Korean War Veterans Memorial in the foreground in Washington, D.C., U.S., June 12, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said North Korea would hand over the remains to United Nations Command in South Korea, and…

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FedEx profit tops Wall Street estimates amid trade war worries

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) – FedEx Corp (FDX.N) reported fourth-quarter profit that beat Wall Street estimates on Tuesday, as revenues and operating margins increased in each of the company’s operating units. FILE PHOTO: A Fedex truck makes deliveries and pick-ups in the Back Bay in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., June 18, 2018. REUTERS/Brian SnyderShares of the Memphis-based package delivery company extended losses in after-hours trading, following their worst regular session sell-off in two months on worries over the U.S.-China trade war. FedEx is often considered a bellwether for the U.S. economy,…

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Starbucks closing cafes; CEO calls performance 'not acceptable'

(Reuters) – Starbucks Corp (SBUX.O) forecast on Tuesday slower sales growth than Wall Street expected this quarter and plans to close about 150 U.S. cafes next fiscal year to boost performance, sending its shares down 2 percent after hours. FILE PHOTO: A Starbucks store is seen inside the Tom Bradley terminal at LAX airport in Los Angeles, California, U.S. on October 27, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File PhotoThe world’s largest coffee chain is facing competition both from upscale coffee houses and lower-priced fast-food chains like McDonald’s Corp (MCD.N) and Dunkin’ Donuts (DNKN.O).…

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Uruguay fans grateful for Tabarez but worried about Suarez

ROSTOV-ON-DON (Reuters) – As Uruguay fans whipped up a fervent atmosphere on the eve of their team’s World Cup game against Saudi Arabia, supporters expressed their gratitude toward coach Oscar Tabarez whilst admitting their concern over the form of Luis Suarez. Soccer Football – World Cup – Uruguay Press Conference – Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don, Russia – June 19, 2018 Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez during the press conference REUTERS/Marko DjuricaSuarez, who on Wednesday will make his 100th appearance for the national team, missed a glut of chances in the 1-0 win…

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UPDATE 3-Starbucks closing cafes; CEO calls performance 'not acceptable'

(Reuters) – Starbucks Corp (SBUX.O) on Tuesday said it would close 150 cafes in some saturated U.S. markets and warned comparable sales globally this quarter would miss Wall Street expectations, sending shares down 3 percent after hours. FILE PHOTO: A Starbucks store is seen inside the Tom Bradley terminal at LAX airport in Los Angeles, California, U.S. on October 27, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File PhotoThe world’s largest coffee chain has faced increasing competition from upscale coffee houses and fast-food chains like McDonald’s Corp (MCD.N) and Dunkin Donuts (DNKN.O) in recent years,…

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Incoming Paraguay president Abdo to name his brother Lopez as finance minister

ASUNCION (Reuters) – Incoming Paraguay President Mario Abdo will name his half-brother and former central bank board member Benigno Lopez as finance minister when he is sworn in on August 15, the transition team said on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: Paraguay’s elected President Mario Abdo Benitez is seen after a meeting with Brazil’s President Michel Temer (not pictured) at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, June 11, 2018. REUTERS/Adriano Machado Lopez, a lawyer, ran the landlocked South American country’s social security agency under the administration of current President Horacio Cartes. Major changes…

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UPDATE 1-Hollywood producers speak out against Fox over immigration stance

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Some powerful Hollywood producers and directors have criticized Twenty-First Century Fox Inc over its news commentators’ support for the U.S. immigration crackdown that separates children from their parents, with one award-winning producer threatening to take his work elsewhere. FILE PHOTO: The Twenty-First Century Fox Studios flag flies over the company building in Los Angeles, California U.S. November 6, 2017. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File PhotoSteve Levitan, the co-creator of Emmy-winning comedy “Modern Family,” said on Twitter he was “disgusted” to work for the Fox television studio because it is…

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Senate opposition grows to Trump's choice of immigration critic to lead refugee office

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two U.S. senators urged Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday to withdraw the nomination of Ronald Mortensen, who has been criticized for harsh remarks about undocumented immigrants, to a top department position dealing with refugees. Republican Senator John McCain and Democrat Chris Coons said Pompeo should pick someone else to be assistant secretary of State for population, refugees and migration. The letter was sent as the Trump administration faces criticism in the United States and abroad over its policy of separating parents and children immigrants on…

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