World stocks waver ... Brexit negotiator says Britain’s exit won’t be ‘frictionless’ ... Ukraine official: Worm likely hit 1 in 10 state, company PCs
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Global share benchmarks are wavering today, overshadowed by tensions over North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile launch. Investors are parsing the latest minutes from the U.S. Federal Reserve and awaiting a Group of 20 summit that begins Friday. In early trading, Germany’s DAX and Britain’s FTSE 100 are flat. France’s CAC40 is down. Most Asian markets closed down. Wall Street futures are signaling a higher opening.
BRUSSELS (AP) — The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator says Britain cannot enjoy “frictionless” trade with EU partners after it leaves the union. Michel Barnier took a tough position on the Brexit negotiations today, warning there will be “negative” consequences no matter what. He says the consequences would be even worse if the EU and Britain can’t agree on departure terms, and there’s no “reasonable justification” for failing to reach a deal.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A Ukrainian government official says that as many as one in 10 personal computers at companies and government offices across the country may have been compromised in the cyberattack that erupted on June 27. The deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential administration and a former director of Microsoft Ukraine, tells The Associated Press the figure is a “guesstimate.” The government has yet to provide a comprehensive damage assessment more than a week after the cyberattack knocked out Ukrainian banks, cash machines and gas stations.
PARIS (AP) — The maker of Peugeot and Citroen cars has resorted to using helicopters to retrieve car parts from a French factory blockaded by workers worried about their jobs. France’s finance minister warned on BFM television today that the government will take the “necessary measures” if workers don’t lift the blockade, suggesting a possible police intervention. Employees at the factory want better conditions in a pending takeover of the struggling site.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Muslim groups in Malaysia and Indonesia are calling for a boycott of Starbucks because of the coffee chain’s support for LGBT rights. Malaysian group Perkasa is calling on its more than 500,000 members to stay away from Starbucks coffee shops. And leaders of Indonesia’s second largest Muslim group (Muhammadiyah), with an estimated 29 million members, have denounced the chain.