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Senator proposes Passengers Bill of Rights in wake of United incident

Nevertheless, executives expressed confidence in the direction United is headed, with Kirby saying that a 3-month-old effort to fill in network gaps out of the airline's hubs is improving margins faster than expected. He noted that the board of United Continental Holdings Inc has supported him. Munoz declined to address that or other possible changes until the airline finishes a review by April 30.


OPEC production cut deal appears to be holding

OPEC production cut deal appears to be holding

Crude inventories fell 1.03 million barrels to 532.3 million, the agency reported Wednesday. Brent crude futures LCOc1 dipped 18 cents at $54.71 a barrel as of 11:16 a.m. Global benchmark Brent crude futures fell 11 cents, trading at $55.25 a barrel, while Brent touched $54.76 intraday, its lowest since April 7. While more OPEC members are seen ready to extend output cuts, USA crude stockpiles dropped from a record.



Polls open for first round of French presidential vote

The election is also widely seen as a vote on the future of the European Union - with most of the candidates railing against its institutions. President Trump said this week that he believed Le Pen was "the strongest on what's been going on in France", while former President Barack Obama called to wish Macron well in the poll.


Iain Dale: UK snap election likely due to Brexit

Iain Dale: UK snap election likely due to Brexit

Mrs May faced taunts of "frit" from Labour backbenchers at Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons yesterday, as leader Jeremy Corbyn accused her of running scared of scrutiny on her record. The manifesto is reportedly set to include plans to end freedom of movement of EU citizenship, to leave Europe's single market and to end the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice, the Daily Mail reported.



San Francisco suffers large power cut for several hours

On 21 April 2017, widespread electrical outages in NY and San Francisco (and erroneous reports of a third in Los Angeles) prompted some to assume that the blackouts were conspiratorial in nature. ATM screens were blank and the city's famed cable cars were shut down for hours. They all seemed to have been caused by physical equipment failures (or an aging infrastructure), as opposed to a hacking attack on "the grid".


North Korea dominates Pence-Turnbull talks

North Korea dominates Pence-Turnbull talks

It can not remain idle while North Korea threatens nuclear war. Mr Trump told a news conference that "some very unusual moves have been made over the last two or three hours", and that he is confident Chinese President Xi Jinping would "try very hard" to pressure North Korea.