UPDATE 1-Putin ally accuses U.S. of involvement in deadly attacks inside Russia

(Recasts, adds details and context) MOSCOW, May 19 (Reuters) – A powerful ally of President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that the United States coordinated with Ukraine to kill two pro-war nationalists in Russia and to carry out attacks on critical national infrastructure in an effort to undermine stability. After Russia invaded Ukraine in February … Read more

Cloud-based Restaurant365 hits unicorn status after $135 million funding round

(Reuters) – U.S. cloud-based restaurant manager Restaurant365 has turned a ‘unicorn’ after a $135 million funding round, the company said on Friday. The new round of funding was co-led by global investment firms KKR & Co Inc and L Catterton along with current investors, including ICONIQ Growth and Besemer Venture Parteners, the California-based company said. … Read more

DeSantis Privately Tells Donors Trump Can’t Win

Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) delivers keynote remarks at an event hosted by Peoria County Republicans in Peoria, Ill. on Friday, May 12, 2023. (Haiyun Jiang/The New York Times) Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida all but declared his presidential candidacy Thursday afternoon, telling donors and supporters on a call that only three “credible” candidates were in … Read more

Deere Smashes Earnings Estimates (Again). The Stock Is Rising.

Text size Heavy-equipment maker Deere posted quarterly earnings that beat Wall Street estimates. Mark Hirsch/Getty Images Things are good down on the farm. Friday morning, agricultural equipment giant Deere smashed earnings expectations and its raised fiscal-year financial guidance. Shares were rising in early trading. Deere (ticker: DE) reported fiscal second-quarter earnings per share of $9.65 … Read more

Lebanon receives Interpol notice for its central bank governor who was no-show at Paris questioning

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon on Friday received an Interpol notice for the country’s embattled central bank governor who failed to show up in Paris earlier in the week for questioning in a key corruption case, officials said. France, Germany, and Luxembourg are investigating the governor, Riad Salameh, and his associates over myriad financial crimes, including … Read more