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A timeline of a historic Oscars blunder

Director Barry Jenkins said he was "speechless" after his movie "Moonlight" was announced as the winner of best picture on Sunday night, following an unprecedented moment in Oscars history. And he wasn't the only one.


BRIEF-Mead Johnson acquires spray drying and finishing capabilities from Bega Cheese

* Mead Johnson acquires strategic capabilities and capacity in australia


Senior Taliban commander killed in northern Afghanistan air strike

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - After having been declared dead several times in the past, a senior Taliban commander has been killed in an air strike in northern Afghanistan, officials of the militant group confirmed on Monday.


Russia's VTB plans to slim down in Europe, keep London as hub

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian bank VTB plans to cut costs by slimming down its operations in the European Union to focus on Frankfurt while keeping London as the base for its investment banking business, the bank's first deputy president said.


Putin says Syria talks in Astana helped revive Geneva

ALMATY (Reuters) - Talks on consolidating the Syrian ceasefire held in Kazakhstan this year helped jumpstart the United Nations-led peace negotiations in Geneva, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday.


Finnish mobile game start-up Next Games plans listing

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finnish mobile game startup Next Games is planning to list its shares on the Helsinki bourse, it said on Monday.


South Korean prosecutors are denied Park scandal probe extension

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean special prosecutors investigating impeached President Park Geun-hye were denied permission to extend their probe and question her in person on Monday amid a graft scandal that threatens to topple her from office.


Killing of Kim Jong Nam organized by North Korean govt ministries: South Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) - The killing of the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was organized by the reclusive state's ministry of state security and foreign ministry, according to South Korean lawmakers briefed by the country's intelligence agency.


Trump policies play supporting role in 2017 Oscars

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Donald Trump's name was rarely mentioned during Sunday's Academy Awards, but the U.S. president's policies were a running subtext throughout the evening.


Russia finmin will offer OFZ bonds for households in April

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 27 (Reuters) - Russia's finance ministry will start selling rouble treasury bonds for households in April, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said on Monday.


Philippines needs clarity on China ties before lifting South China Sea exploration halt - minister

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines is waiting for clarity on its relations with China before lifting a suspension on exploration in disputed areas in the South China Sea, its energy minister said on Monday.

How Paul Ryan is getting Trump's team ready for fights in Congress

It's hard to overstate how much is on House Speaker Paul Ryan's plate right now. He presides over a restive group of Republicans who deposed his predecessor. He's dealing with a new president who -- even on his best days -- refuses to stick to the script and has no trouble throwing party orthodoxy out the window. Many of the top staffers he has to work with in the new administration have no idea how Congress works.


Toro Rosso still open to re-branding of engine

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Red Bull-owned Toro Rosso are still open to re-branding their Renault engines this season if they can find a suitable partner, said team principal Franz Tost.


Indonesia police say bomber 'possibly' linked to IS sympathisers

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A militant killed by police in Indonesia after detonating a small bomb in the city of Bandung on Monday was "possibly" part of a radical network sympathetic to Islamic State, police said.


BRIEF-TomTom announces a new project to crowdsource high-definition map data together with Qualcomm Technologies Inc

* Together with Qualcomm Technologies Inc., subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, announces a new project to crowdsource high-definition map data


Italy - Factors to watch on Feb. 27

The following factors could affect Italian markets on Monday.


BRIEF-Drax Group looking to buy some distressed pellet plants in U.S.

* Process for potential acquisition of distressed pellet plants


BRIEF-Rexel launches 300 million euros notes offering

* Rexel launches 300 million euros ($316.9 million) notes offering


METALS-London copper prices ease, but supply worries simmer

* Coming up: U.S. durable goods Jan at 1330 GMT (Adds detail, updates prces)


Libya's PM to visit Russia soon: Interfax

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Fayez Seraj, the Libyan Prime Minister of the U.N.-backed government in Tripoli is scheduled to arrive in Moscow within days, Russia's Interfax news agency reported on Monday, citing Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov.


Syrian rebels say clashed with government forces in north

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkey-backed Syrian rebel groups said they clashed on Sunday with government forces near a city captured last week from the Islamic State (IS) group in northern Syria, the second such confrontation in that area in recent weeks.


South Korea's Lotte Group approves land swap for THAAD missile defense

SEOUL (Reuters) - The board of an affiliate of South Korea's Lotte Group approved a land swap with the government on Monday that will enable authorities to deploy a controversial U.S. missile defense system, the defense ministry said.


South Korea to extend subsidy on some egg imports as bird flu hits local output

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea is extending a scheme to subsidize up to half the cost of importing eggs by sea for another two months until the end of April, as it grapples with a shortfall in local supply in the wake of its worst-ever bird flu outbreak.


Obama-era human rights envoy says U.N. must investigate Myanmar

GENEVA (Reuters) - The U.N. Human Rights Council must set up a commission of inquiry into Myanmar's human rights record, as it has done for North Korea and Eritrea, and not spare its leader because of her iconic status, a former U.S. human rights envoy said on Monday.


Anthem and Blue Crosses loom large in Obamacare talks

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Anthem Inc. and other U.S. health insurers complained to the White House for more than a year that they were losing money on people who waited to sign up for Obamacare coverage until they were sick.


BRIEF-Cadila Healthcare says Zydus' unit gets FDA nod for influenza drug

* Says Zydus' Nesher Pharmaceuticals receives final approval from USFDA for oseltamivir phosphate capsules


Poland - Factors to Watch Feb 27

Following are news stories, press reports and events to watch that may affect Poland's financial markets on Monday. ALL TIMES GMT (Poland: GMT + 1 hour):


PRESS DIGEST- New York Times business news - Feb 27

Feb 27 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories on the New York Times business pages. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

Europe Edition: Oscars, Boris Nemtsov, Nokia: Your Monday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

Watch: Best Picture mix-up on stage

Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty presented "La La Land" as the winner of the best picture award, and the celebration began on stage but was quickly ended when one of the "La La Land" winners pointed out that in fact "Moonlight" had won the award.


Amazon, Netflix grab a share of Oscar glory

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Silicon Valley crashed Hollywood's biggest awards show on Sunday as Inc and Netflix Inc collected the first Academy Awards for streaming services while independent studio A24 won the coveted best picture Oscar.


Philippine police say ready to return to war on drugs as dealers return

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine police are ready to resume President Rodrigo Duterte's war on the drugs trade which had returned to the streets, the police chief said on Monday, a month after Duterte halted police operations, labeling the force "rotten to the core".


BRIEF-Bausch + Lomb, Nicox resubmit US NDA for Latanoprostene Bunod

* Bausch + Lomb and Nicox resubmit US New Drug Application for novel glaucoma candidate Latanoprostene Bunod

Academy Awards (Oscars)

Review: Politics and an Upset Finish in the Oscars Broadcast

In some years, the Oscars have been an uneasy blend of celebration and seriousness. This year, they were also a reminder that there are few escapes from politics in public life right now.


Russia hopes Syrian opposition to form unified delegation for Geneva talks: RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia hopes the Syrian opposition will form a joint delegation for the Geneva peace talks, RIA Novosti news agency reported on Monday, citing Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov.


BRIEF-Russia's Vimpelcom qtrly revenue reported of $2.35 bln vs $2.30 bln

* Russia's vimpelcom ltd says introducing a new dividend policy effective immediately, with a 2016 dividend of us 23 cents per share, including us 3.5 cents paid in december


Sanofi and Lonza to build new $285 million Swiss biologics facility

PARIS (Reuters) - French drugmaker Sanofi and Swiss manufacturer Lonza will invest 270 million euros ($285 million) in a new large-scale biologics facility that will produce monoclonal antibodies by 2020, the two companies said on Monday.


UPDATE 1-VimpelCom returns to growth as turnaround strategy progresses

* Announces raft of partnerships; corporate name change to VEON


VimpelCom returns to growth in Q4; hikes dividend, cash flow targets

BARCELONA, Feb 27 (Reuters) - Russian and emerging markets communications network operator VimpelCom Ltd on Monday reported a return to growth in the final quarter of last year and posted solid progress in its 18-month-old turnaround strategy, including a six-fold dividend increase.


Nikkei falls to 2-1/2 week lows on strong yen; financials weak

TOKYO, Feb 27 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average fell to 2-1/2 week lows on Monday as the yen strengthened and as financial stocks dropped on lower U.S. yields.


Exclusive: Wal-Mart launches new front in U.S. price war, targets Aldi in grocery aisle

(Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc is running a new price-comparison test in at least 1,200 U.S. stores and squeezing packaged goods suppliers in a bid to close a pricing gap with German-based discount grocery chain Aldi and other U.S. rivals like Kroger Co , according to four sources familiar with the moves.


Soccer-Asia confederation terminates deal with China broadcaster-sources

SYDNEY, Feb 27 (Reuters) - Chinese company LeSports had its four-year contract to broadcast Asian Football Confederation (AFC) competitions terminated by the continental governing body last week after failing to pay an instalment on the deal, sources have confirmed to Reuters.


South Korean graft investigators say they won't be able to question president Park

SEOUL (Reuters) - The South Korean special prosecutor's office said on Monday it will not be able to question President Park Geun-hye in person as part of its investigation into an influence-peddling scandal that threatens to topple Park.


BRIEF-Tata Communications and HPE to build IoT network in India

* Says HPE to work with Tata Communications to build worlds largest IoT network in India to enhance resource utilization Source text - ( Further company coverage:

Oscars flub: What happened on stage

It's an Oscar moment that will go down in history.


UPDATE 1-Emma Stone wins best actress Oscar for 'La La Land'

LOS ANGELES, Feb 26 (Reuters) - Emma Stone won her first Oscar on Sunday for her lead role as a struggling actress who falls in love with a jazz musician in musical romance "La La Land."


U.S. blockchain, securitization industry groups join forces

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The lobby group for Wall Street's structured finance companies has partnered with the trade association for the blockchain industry to explore ways blockchain technology can streamline the $1.9 trillion U.S. securitization market.


UPDATE 1-Casey Affleck wins best actor Oscar for 'Manchester by the Sea'

LOS ANGELES, Feb 26 (Reuters) - Casey Affleck won the best actor Oscar on Sunday for his role as a grief-stricken father in family drama "Manchester by the Sea."


Indonesian police in gunfight after reported explosion in Bandung city

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian police exchanged gunfire with an attacker after a reported explosion in a government building in the city of Bandung, according to police and TV footage.


20 Nominations Later, Sound Mixer Breaks Record Oscar Losing Streak

Kevin O’Connell has been losing since first being nominated for “Terms of Endearment.” Decades later, “Hacksaw Ridge” gets him the trophy.


Oscar host Jimmy Kimmel pokes fun at new world under Trump

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Comic Jimmy Kimmel opened Sunday's Oscars show seeking to break the tension among jittery nominees by poking deadpan fun at the political tumult roiling the United States and the globe during President Donald Trump's early weeks in office.


Busch drives past controversy to Daytona victory

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (Reuters) - Kurt Busch survived a demolition Daytona 500 on Sunday and much like he has throughout a controversial 18-year NASCAR career came away a winner, albeit with a few bumps, scrapes and dents.

Appointments and Executive Changes

Philip Bilden, Nominee for Secretary of the Navy, Withdraws

Mr. Bilden, a former military intelligence officer who ran a branch of a private equity firm, said that meeting the ethics guidelines would require too great a financial sacrifice.


Morning News Call - India, February 27

To access the newsletter, click on the link: If you would like to receive this newsletter via email, please register at: FACTORS TO WATCH LIVECHAT-GLOBAL M&A With talk of American protectionism and potentially more fragmented markets in Europe, we talk to UCL professor Dr. Peter Clark at 3:30 pm, about how global companies and


UPDATE 1-Disney's 'Zootopia' wins Oscar for best animated film

LOS ANGELES, Feb 26 (Reuters) - Animal cartoon "Zootopia," an exploration of bias through the comedic story of a bunny who becomes a police officer, won the Academy Award on Sunday for best animated feature film.


American who intervened in shooting that killed Indian says was happy to risk life

(Reuters) - A Kansas man wounded when he intervened in a bar room shooting that killed an Indian engineer and injured another said on Sunday he was glad he risked his life in an incident U.S. authorities are investigating as a possible hate crime.


Iran's 'The Salesman' wins Oscar for best foreign language film

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Iran's "The Salesman," a drama about honor and revenge in a modern marriage, won the Oscar on Sunday for best foreign language film.

Trump tells governors: Our health care plan will be 'very special'

President Donald Trump gave a toast to the nation's governors at the White House on Sunday evening, offering a preview of policy discussions slated for Monday.


UPDATE 1-Viola Davis wins first Oscar for 'Fences'

LOS ANGELES, Feb 26 (Reuters) - Viola Davis won her first Oscar on Sunday for her supporting role as a long-suffering housewife in the African-American family drama "Fences."


At least three dead, 19 missing as floods hit central Chile

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - At least three people are dead and 19 others missing after heavy rains struck Chile over the weekend during the country's usually dry summer months, causing mudslides and water outages in the South American nation, officials said on Sunday.

Father of slain Navy SEAL criticizes WH over son's death

Bill Owens, the father of the Navy SEAL killed in a late-January raid in Yemen, leveled biting criticism at the White House and called for an investigation into his son's death in a news story published Sunday.

Oscars: The winners list

The 89th Academy Awards were held Sunday.


Oscar Winners 2017

The winners of the 89th annual Academy Awards.

Victims fight to shed light on Indonesia's dark past

Their memories are those of old men -- sometimes wandering, sometimes imprecise -- but they clearly remember the fear.


100 Headstones Toppled at a Jewish Cemetery in Philadelphia

The episode drew almost immediate comparison to a similar discovery last Monday in University City, Mo., where more than 150 headstones were toppled.


Mediator: Assailing the White House From Hollywood’s Glass House

Who do our stars think they’re winning over with political oratory side-by-side with a bacchanalia of self-congratulation?


Nikkei falls to 2-1/2 week lows, hit by strong yen, weak financials

* Mining stocks underperform after oil prices tumble on Friday


METALS-London copper edges up as supply worries simmer

MELBOURNE, Feb 27 (Reuters) - London copper prices inched towards the key level of $6,000 a tonne on Monday, with supply concerns simmering amid production stoppages at the world's two biggest copper mines.


Trump budget plan boosts Pentagon, trims State Dept, EPA: officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Monday will send federal departments a budget proposal containing the defense spending increase President Donald Trump promised, financed partly by cuts to the U.S. State Department, Environmental Protection Agency and other non-defense programs, two officials familiar with the proposal said.


RPT-Q&A-How Freeport's row over its Indonesian mining contract has escalated

Feb 24 (Reuters) - U.S. mining giant Freeport-McMoRan Inc warned this week that it could take the Indonesian government to arbitration and seek damages over a contractual dispute that has halted operations at the world's second-biggest copper mine.

Politics and Government

Sweden’s Defense and National Security Adviser? ‘We Don’t Know This Guy’

The man, identified as Nils Bildt, appeared on Fox News to claim that immigrants are causing a crime wave in Sweden. But officials say he has no ties to the country’s security establishment.


Trump to lay out healthcare revamp details in speech to Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Sunday he will offer details on how he would like to overhaul President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law in a speech to the U.S. Congress on Tuesday.

Actors and Actresses

How Bill Paxton Won Over His Audience

Bill Paxton is remembered as a nice guy who was in good films you can watch with your family. He co-starred in a string of 1990s blockbusters and later played the lead in the critically acclaimed television drama “Big Love.”

Trump to call for substantial increase in military spending

President Donald Trump will call for a substantial increase in military spending and look to safeguard Social Security and Medicare from any cuts in his first major step toward compiling a budget proposal for the coming fiscal year, a senior administration official told CNN on Sunday.


Three dead, 19 missing as floods hit central Chile

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Three people are dead and 19 others are missing after heavy rains struck Chile over the weekend during the country's usually dry summer months, causing mudslides and water outages in the South American nation.

This year's hottest Oscars accessory: an ACLU ribbon

A little blue ribbon has become the hottest accessory for many stars on the red carpet at the 89th Annual Academy Awards. Celebrities are donning the ribbon in support of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), an organization that challenged President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban in court.


Dollar edges to lowest against yen since Feb. 9

TOKYO, Feb 27 (Reuters) - The dollar slipped to a more than two-week low against the yen on Monday, as investors awaited this week's speech by U.S. President Donald Trump for clues on tax reform.

Five years after Trayvon Martin's death, a movement lives on

Five years ago, the world learned of Trayvon Martin and how he died.

Oscars 2017: Hollywood's biggest night arrives

Will Hollywood give all the awards to a film about itself or celebrate diversity? Are we in for a night of political speeches slamming President Donald Trump? And will host Jimmy Kimmel kill or be killed?

Jackie Chan brings two stuffed pandas as his Oscar dates

Jackie Chan boldly brought two dates to the Oscars this year.

Automobile Racing

Kurt Busch Wins His First Daytona 500 With Last-Lap Pass

Busch’s victory, in his 17th try, came in a race marred by crashes, including a 17-car wreck. Ryan Blaney took second after Chase Elliott, who led for 38 laps, ran out of gas with two to go.


Stars shimmer on Oscar red carpet as diamonds and gold have their day

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hollywood's A-list stars flaunted gold and silver gowns on the Oscar red carpet on Sunday, doused with a generous helping of diamonds, feathers, sequins and symbolic blue ribbons on the world's most cinematic runway.

United States Defense and Military Forces

U.S. Forces Play Crucial Role Against ISIS in Mosul

The American military’s firepower has helped Iraqi forces make notable gains in their push into western Mosul, which remains under the Islamic State’s control.

Oscars 2017: On the red carpet

See photos from the red carpet at the 2017 Academy Awards.


Shivering weather greets Oscar red carpet arrivals

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Shivering weather greeted celebrities on the Oscars red carpet on Sunday but cloudy skies and the threat of rain failed to dampen spirits ahead of the movie industry's biggest night.


South Korea acting president declines to extend special prosecution probe

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's acting president Hwang Kyo-ahn will not extend the current special prosecutor's investigation into a graft scandal involving President Park Geun-hye beyond the Feb. 28 deadline, Hwang's office said on Monday.

'Hidden Figures' cast honors NASA legend

Watch the Academy Awards live with CNN Entertainment as we provide the latest updates on the big moments and the night's winners.

Navy secretary nominee withdraws

President Donald Trump's nominee for Navy secretary, Philip Bilden, has withdrawn his name from consideration.

Immigration and Emigration

French Historian Says He Was Threatened With Deportation at Houston Airport

Henry Rousso said he was detained for more than 10 hours and told he would be sent back to Paris when he tried to attend a conference in Texas.


Trump's pick for Navy secretary withdraws

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's pick for secretary of the Navy withdrew from consideration on Sunday, the second time a Trump nominee to lead one of the armed services bowed out because of government conflict-of-interest rules.


Asian stocks seen weak on U.S. cues; bonds eyed

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Asian stocks look set to edge lower for a second day on Monday as weak cues from U.S. share markets and declining European government bond yields on political worries push investors to take profits after a recent rally.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian stocks seen weak on U.S. cues; bonds eyed

HONG KONG, Feb 27 (Reuters) - Asian stocks look set to edge lower for a second day on Monday as weak cues from U.S. share markets and declining European government bond yields on political worries push investors to take profits after a recent rally.


UPDATE 1-SoftBank nears deal to invest $3 bln in U.S. startup WeWork - CNBC

TOKYO, Feb 27 (Reuters) - Japan's SoftBank Group Corp is close to finalising an investment in U.S. office-sharing startup WeWork, in a deal expected to be worth over $3 billion, CNBC reported on Monday.


China's top diplomat to visit U.S. on Monday and Tuesday: Xinhua

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's top diplomat will visit the United States this week, the most senior Chinese official to do so since President Donald Trump took office on January 20, state news agency Xinhua said.

Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia vandalized; 2nd incident in a week

Between 75 and 100 tombstones were overturned and damaged Saturday night at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia, police said Sunday.

Federal Budget (US)

Trump to Ask for Sharp Increases in Military Spending, Officials Say

President Trump will instruct federal agencies on Monday to assemble a budget that would also make major cuts to agencies like the E.P.A. but not reduce funding for the largest entitlement programs.


Philadelphia Jewish cemetery desecrated by vandals

(Reuters) - About 100 headstones at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia have been knocked over, police said on Sunday, in the latest apparent vandalism incident at a Jewish burial ground in the United States.


Motor racing: Kurt Busch wins Daytona 500 demolition derby

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (Reuters) - Kurt Busch steered clear of the chaos to win a wreck-filled Daytona 500 on Sunday that saw nearly half the 40-car field fail to take the checkered flag.


'People's Court' judge Joseph Wapner dies at 97: reports

(Reuters) - Joseph Wapner, the former real-life judge who presided over "The People's Court" on reality television with a Solomonic presence that made him one of the best-known legal figures in the United States, died on Sunday at the age of 97, news reports said.


SoftBank nears deal to invest $3 billion in U.S. startup WeWork: CNBC

(Reuters) - Japan's SoftBank Group Corp is close to finalizing an investment in U.S. office-sharing startup WeWork in a deal expected to be worth over $3 billion, CNBC reported on Sunday.