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Asterias Biotherapeutics Announces Top Leadership Transition

FREMONT, Calif., May 23, 2017/ PRNewswire/-- Asterias Biotherapeutics, Inc., a biotechnology company pioneering the field of regenerative medicine, today announced that Michael Mulroy has been appointed President& CEO effective June 26, 2017. Steve Cartt, current President& CEO of Asterias, has decided to step down as of June 25, 2017 in order to allocate more of his...

Source: PR Newswire

RPT-EXCLUSIVE-Venezuela holds 5,000 Russian surface-to-air MANPADS missiles

CARACAS, May 22- Venezuela possesses 5,000 Russian-made MANPADS surface-to-air weapons, according to a military document reviewed by Reuters, the largest known stockpile in Latin America and a source of concern for U.S. officials amid the country's mounting turmoil. Much of that arsenal was obtained from Russia by Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez,...

Source: Reuters

EXCLUSIVE-Venezuela holds 5,000 Russian surface-to-air MANPADS missiles

CARACAS, May 22- Venezuela possesses 5,000 Russian-made MANPADS surface-to-air weapons, according to a military document reviewed by Reuters, the largest known stockpile in Latin America and a source of concern for U.S. officials amid the country's mounting turmoil. Much of that arsenal was obtained from Russia by Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez,...

Source: Reuters

Pope names cardinals for Laos, Mali, Sweden, Spain, Salvador

VATICAN CITY— In a surprise announcement Sunday, Pope Francis named new cardinals for Spain, El Salvador and three countries where Catholics are a tiny minority: Mali, Laos and Sweden. The five churchmen chosen are Monsignor Jean Zerbo, archbishop of Bamako, Mali, where he has been involved in peace efforts amid Islamist extremism; Monsignor Juan Jose Omella,...

Source: The Associated Press

RPT-Highland Venezuelan town blitzed by looting and protests

LOS TEQUES, Venezuela, May 19- Like many Portuguese immigrants to Venezuela after World War Two, Manuel Fernandes spent a lifetime building a small business: his bread and cake shop in a highland town. The first he knew of the destruction of his beloved " Bread Mansion" store on a main avenue of Los Teques was when looters triggered the alarm, resulting in a warning call...

Source: Reuters

Weyerhaeuser Company declares dividend on common shares

SEATTLE, May 18, 2017/ PRNewswire/-- Weyerhaeuser Company today announced that its board of directors declared a dividend of $0. 31 per share on the common stock of the company, payable in cash on June 23, 2017 to holders of record of such common stock as of the close of business on June 9, 2017. ABOUT WEYERHAEUSER Weyerhaeuser Company, one of the world's largest...

Source: PR Newswire

ANALYSIS-'Trump Trade' turns to trepidation as investors unwind

NEW YORK, May 17- Investors were shelving rosy hopes for U.S. tax reform and rethinking strategies premised on Donald Trump's economic growth promises on Wednesday, as the President faced his loudest criticism yet over possible collusion between his election campaign and Russia. From stocks to bonds to the U.S. dollar, a bevy of trades that have been fashionable...

Source: Reuters

Bribery scandal met with near-silence in Dominican Republic

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic— One of the most sprawling corruption scandals in modern history has deep roots in the Dominican Republic: The Brazilian company behind the operation placed its international "bribery bureau" in this Caribbean country and shoveled out nearly $100 million in bribes to local officials. By contrast, investigations in Brazil,...

Source: The Associated Press

Herzing University Announces New Atlanta Campus President

ATLANTA, May 16, 2017/ PRNewswire/-- Herzing University today announced the appointment of Chris Chavez as president of the Atlanta campus. He will also work to strengthen Herzing's relationships with businesses, healthcare providers and community organizations in and around Atlanta. Prior to joining Herzing, Chavez served as Atlanta Metro President for one...

Source: PR Newswire

2 dead as Venezuela protests turn violent outside capital

A day that began with largely peaceful protests against Venezuela's socialist government took a violent turn.

Source: The Associated Press