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In New Year's greeting to Iranians, Trump slams Tehran government

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump sent greetings on Monday to Iranians celebrating the New Year's holiday known as Nowruz, but used the message to attack Iran's government, particularly its powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.


Cambodia jails Briton for 'unintentionally' producing pornography

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - A Cambodian court on Tuesday suspended 10 months of a one-year jail term it handed to a British man found guilty of producing pornography in connection with a party in the town of Siem Reap, home to the ruins of Angkor Wat.


BRIEF-U.S. SEC Requests Court To Dismiss Rio Tinto, Two Former Execs' Complaint In Its Entirety‍​ - Court Filing‍​



Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom asks for Obama to appear in NZ damages case

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom said on Tuesday he has filed an application for former U.S. President Barack Obama to appear in court in relation to a damages claim over his defunct Megaupload streaming website while Obama visits New Zealand this week.


Apple grabs two-year lead in 3D sensing race

(Reuters) - Most Android phones will have to wait until 2019 to duplicate the 3D sensing feature behind Apple’s Face ID security, three major parts producers have told Reuters, handicapping Samsung and others on a technology that is set to be worth billions in revenue over the next few years.


UPDATE 2-CEFC China's chairman to step down; CITIC in talks to buy stake in unit

* Ye probed for alleged economic crimes by Chinese authorities


From Wall Street to weed: How the financial crisis lit up the pot industry

NEW YORK (Reuters) - As a senior vice president at Wachovia and then Morgan Stanley during the dark months of the 2008 and 2009 financial crisis, Derek Peterson watched as colleagues lost their jobs and life savings and wondered if he was next.


Russia says 79,702 civilians evacuated from Syria's eastern Ghouta

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The total number of civilians, mostly children, who have been evacuated from Syria's besieged eastern Ghouta district since the start of a humanitarian operation has risen to 79,702, Russian defense ministry said on Tuesday.


Saudi Prince Alwaleed made secret agreement with govt, process ongoing: BBG TV

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the chairman of Kingdom Holding who spent nearly three months in detention in the kingdom's anti-corruption campaign, told Bloomberg TV that he had made an agreement with the government for his release.


Top court mulls California law on anti-abortion facilities

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday tackles a dispute over whether a California law requiring Christian-based facilities that counsel pregnant women against abortion to post signs disclosing the availability of state-subsidized abortions and birth control violates their right to free speech.

Source: Nikolas Cruz' brother arrested for trespassing at high school

The younger brother of Parkland gunman Nikolas Cruz was arrested Monday for trespassing on the campus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, a source confirmed to CNN.

Europe Edition: Facebook, Uber, Brexit: Your Tuesday Briefing

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


FEATURE-From Wall Street to weed: How the financial crisis lit up the pot industry

NEW YORK, March 20 (Reuters) - As a senior vice president at Wachovia and then Morgan Stanley during the dark months of the 2008 and 2009 financial crisis, Derek Peterson watched as colleagues lost their jobs and life savings and wondered if he was next.


METALS--LME copper slips for fourth day ahead of Fed meeting

(Adds analyst comment, updates prices) BEIJING, March 20 (Reuters) - London Metal Exchange (LME) copper prices fell for a fourth session on Tuesday, tracking a fall in equities as investors trimmed positions ahead of a U.S. Federal Reserve meeting starting later in the day. The Fed is widely expected to raise interest rates for the United States this week for the sixth time since December 2015 at the two-day policy meeting, the first under new Chairman Jerome Powell. "The risk-off t


CITIC Group in talks for up to 49 pct stake in CEFC unit - CEFC exec

BEIJING, March 20 (Reuters) - CEFC China Energy is in talks with China's state-run CITIC Group for CITIC to take a maximum 49 percent stake in the private conglomerate's European unit, a CEFC executive briefed on the matter told Reuters on Tuesday.


CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-Whole Foods calls supplier summit amid Amazon angst

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK, March 19 (Reuters) - Whole Foods will host a summit on Tuesday for up to 200 of its suppliers, amid anxiety about how its ongoing business revamp will play out under new owner

Former Cambridge Analytica contractor: 'I'm not out to get Facebook'

Weinstein Co. files for bankruptcy protection


BRIEF-BNK Petroleum Inc Reports Quarterly Loss Per Share Of $0.01​



Weinstein Co files for bankruptcy, ends all non-disclosure agreements

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. film and TV studio The Weinstein Company, whose ex-Chairman Harvey Weinstein has been accused of sexual harassment and assault, said on Monday it filed for bankruptcy and was ending all non-disclosure agreements that may have silenced some women.


UPDATE 2-Weinstein Co files for bankruptcy, ends all non-disclosure agreements

NEW YORK, March 19 (Reuters) - U.S. film and TV studio The Weinstein Company, whose ex-Chairman Harvey Weinstein has been accused of sexual harassment and assault, said on Monday it filed for bankruptcy and was ending all non-disclosure agreements that may have silenced some women.


Movie studio MGM to replace CEO Gary Barber

(Reuters) - U.S. movie studio Metro Goldwyn Mayer will replace its chief executive, Gary Barber, five months after extending his contract for five years and has begun a search for a new CEO, MGM Holdings Inc said on Monday.

Delta misroutes puppy on cross-country trip

Thank goodness it didn't stay in Vegas.


U.S.-South Korea military exercises to resume next month

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and South Korea will resume joint military drills next month, Seoul and Washington said on Tuesday, exercises that will go ahead despite U.S. President Donald Trump's planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.


Xi warns Taiwan will face 'punishment of history' for separatism

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping warned self-ruled Taiwan on Tuesday that it will face the "punishment of history" for any attempt at separatism, offering his strongest warning yet to the island claimed by China as its sacred territory.


Goldman Sachs adds LPL Financial to its securities-lending business

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc has signed LPL Financial Holdings, the largest U.S. independent broker-dealer by revenue, to its securities-based lending platform, the bank said on...


Weinstein Company Files for Bankruptcy and Voids Nondisclosure Pacts

As part of the filing, the studio said it released anyone “who suffered or witnessed any form of sexual misconduct by Harvey Weinstein” from nondisclosure agreements.

Whistleblower: Company tested Trump slogans in 2014

Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie says the company tested Trump slogans such as "drain the swamp" and "deep state" as early as 2014, before Trump announced a presidential run.

Rep. Gaetz calls for an end to Russia probe

Rep. Matt Gaetz tells CNN's Anderson Cooper that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should renounce his recusal and fire special counsel Robert Mueller.


Exclusive: U.S. advancing toward first Guantanamo repatriation under Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is advancing toward the first transfer of a prisoner from the Guantanamo Bay detention center under U.S. President Donald Trump, the U.S. military told Reuters on Monday, a move that would repatriate the detainee to Saudi Arabia.


Yankees-Red Sox Rivalry Could Follow N.F.L. to London

A two-game series in 2019 would give baseball a rare chance to showcase itself for a country where the sport is not ingrained into the culture.


Judge says no decision for at least a month in Kansas voter ID case

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Reuters) - Lawyers presented closing arguments on Monday in the trial of a legal challenge to a Kansas law requiring proof of U.S. citizenship to register to vote, with opponents calling the statute illegal and supporters deeming it necessary to fight voter fraud.


Mississippi Bans Abortions After 15 Weeks; Opponents Swiftly Sue

“We are saving more of the unborn than any state,” Gov. Phil Bryant said. Abortion rights advocates called the bill clearly unconstitutional.


U.S. Senate advances bill to penalize websites for sex trafficking

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate voted 94-2 on Monday to advance legislation to make it easier to penalize operators of websites that facilitate online sex trafficking, setting up final passage of a bill as soon as Tuesday that would chip away at a bedrock legal shield for the technology industry.


BlackBerry must face revived U.S. lawsuit over BlackBerry 10

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Monday rejected BlackBerry Ltd's request to dismiss a lawsuit claiming it inflated its stock price and defrauded shareholders by painting a misleadingly positive picture of sales prospects for its BlackBerry 10 smartphones.

John Dean: Trump is Nixon on steroids

John Dean, who served as White House Counsel to President Richard Nixon during Watergate, said President Trump has already exceeded everything Nixon did and is engaged in a "public obstruction of justice."


BRIEF-Hut 8 Mining Enters Electricity Supply Agreement With City Of Medicine Hat



Australian court rejects part of News Corp defense against Geoffrey Rush defamation suit

SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian court on Tuesday threw out part of News Corp's defense against a defamation lawsuit by Geoffrey Rush, a win for the Oscar-winning actor who objected to a series of newspaper articles accusing him of inappropriate conduct.


U.S.-South Korea military exercises to start next month

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and South Korea have agreed to resume joint military drills early next month, the Pentagon said, a move that was expected despite U.S. President Donald Trump's planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

US and South Korea announce start date for annual military exercises

The US said Monday that its major "Foal Eagle and Key Resolve" annual military exercises with South Korea will start April 1, an announcement that comes as President Donald Trump readies for a potential major summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which could happen as early as May.

Florida school resource officer had recommended committing Nikolas Cruz for mental health issues

A school resource officer initially recommended involuntarily committing Nikolas Cruz over mental health concerns about 18 months before Cruz shot students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, records show.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Op-Ed Columnist: Trump’s High-Tech Dirty Tricksters

Undercover video shows the president’s digital consultants acting like thugs.

An anti-abortion, conservative Dem is fighting for survival in Illinois primary

Illinois Rep. Dan Lipinski is an endangered species.


Australian court rejects part of News Corp defence against Geoffrey Rush defamation suit

SYDNEY, March 20 (Reuters) - An Australian court on Tuesday threw out part of News Corp's defence against a defamation lawsuit by Geoffrey Rush, a win for the Oscar-winning actor who objected to a series of newspaper articles accusing him of inappropriate conduct.

US student found dead in Bermuda

Authorities in Bermuda have confirmed the death of a 19-year-old American student who went missing over the weekend.

Social Media

Facebook Executive Planning to Leave Company Amid Disinformation Backlash

Facebook has reached a deal with its chief information security officer to depart after disagreements over how to address its role in spreading disinformation, said people briefed on the matter.

Pulse shooter's wife to FBI: 'I wish I had been more truthful'

The wife of the man who killed dozens of people at an Orlando nightclub in 2016 told FBI investigators she knew beforehand that he was going to do something violent.

As storms pummel Southeast, New England braces for another nor'easter

It doesn't look like winter is giving up easily.

United States Politics and Government

Soldier in Bloody Niger Mission Had Warned of Gaps, Defense Officials Say

Pentagon leaders are said to be troubled by draft conclusions of an inquiry that blames low-level officers in an ambush that killed four American troops.


GRAINS-Wheat prices firm after deep losses, rains aid drought-hit US winter crop

SINGAPORE, March 20 (Reuters) - Chicago wheat prices rose on Tuesday, clawing back some ground from their biggest three-day decline since 2013 after rains brought relief to the parched U.S. winter wheat crop in the southern Plains. Corn ticked higher to end a four-session losing streak, while soybeans edged up following deep losses on Monday. FUNDAMENTALS * The Chicago Board of Trade most-active wheat contract had risen 0.9 percent to $4.54-3/4 a bushel by 0058 GMT. The ma

The special counsel's team gives Trump's lawyers more details on what they want to talk to the President about

As President Donald Trump's reaction to special counsel Robert Mueller grows more irate by the day, attorneys on both sides sat down last week in a rare face-to-face discussion about the topics investigators could inquire of the President. It was the first in-person meeting after several weeks of informal discussions between the two sides, according to two sources familiar with the talks.


Foreign insurers gain in China amid scrutiny of riskier local products

* Foreign insurers to hire up to 40 percent more sales agents

Cruz, Zachary

Brother of Nikolas Cruz Arrested on Trespassing Charge at Stoneman Douglas High School

Sheriff’s deputies stopped Zachary Cruz on Monday afternoon after he rode a skateboard onto the school’s property, the authorities said. School officials had told him to stay away.


Asian shares fall as Facebook data flap spooks tech stocks

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares fell on Tuesday as investors dumped high-flying U.S. technology shares on fears of stiffer regulation as Facebook came under fire following reports it allowed improper access to user data.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares fall as Facebook data flap spooks tech stocks

TOKYO, March 20 (Reuters) - Asian shares fell on Tuesday as investors dumped high-flying U.S. technology shares on fears of stiffer regulation as Facebook came under fire following reports it allowed improper access to user data.


COLUMN-Speculators swing back to winning 2017 dollar, yield-curve bets - McGeever

LONDON, March 19 (Reuters) - As U.S. inflationary pressure remains conspicuous by its absence and signs emerge that the economy may be slowing early this year, speculators are returning to two of the most fruitful trades of last year: a weaker dollar and a flatter yield curve.


COLUMN-Banks brace for higher funding costs as crisis-era signal flashes: McGeever

LONDON, March 19 (Reuters) - The last time banks had to pay this much to borrow dollars from each other over near risk-free borrowing costs, the euro zone's very existence was in peril. The time before that, the global financial system was slowly coming back from the brink of collapse.

Trump, Donald J

Trump Considers Reshuffling Legal Team as He Takes On Mueller More Aggressively

President Trump has discussed firing one lawyer, and another has considered quitting. A third, who has pushed theories on television that the F.B.I. framed the president, was hired.

Why Zuckerberg needs to testify before Congress

How a designer got his scarf into 'Black Panther'


Brother of suspected Florida shooter arrested at high school

(Reuters) - The brother of suspected Florida high school shooter Nikolas Cruz was arrested on Monday afternoon for trespassing at the school where 17 people were shot dead last month, according to the Broward County Sheriff’ Office.


UPDATE 1-Kroger's Fred Meyer plans to phase out firearms business

March 19 (Reuters) - Kroger Co's superstore chain Fred Meyer said it would exit its firearms business, two weeks after deciding to stop selling guns and ammunition to those under the age of 21.

A family affair: Susan Pompeo's active role raising debate within the CIA

Susan Pompeo, wife of Central Intelligence Agency chief Mike Pompeo, has taken on an unusually active role for a CIA spouse in agency affairs since he started the job in January 2017, regularly spending her days at the agency, traveling with her husband, and attending agency social events -- seven sources with knowledge of the matter told CNN.


Congress struggles to meet deadline for government funding bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress, facing a Friday midnight deadline, toiled on Monday to finish writing a $1.2 trillion bill to fund the federal government through Sept. 30, as several thorny issues lingered, including funding President Donald Trump's border wall.


Privacy issues emerge as major business risk for Facebook

SAN FRANCISCO/ FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Facebook faces substantial business risks from new European Union privacy rules set to take effect in May, a looming reality that came into stark relief over the weekend with revelations that a controversial political consulting firm had improperly obtained personal data on 50 million Facebook users.


Extortion case against Boston officials faces dismissal after ruling

BOSTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Monday declined to reconsider a ruling that prosecutors said could lead to the dismissal of charges against two members of Boston Mayor Martin Walsh's administration who are accused of extorting a music festival production company.

Defense and Military Forces

How the Ambush of U.S. Soldiers in Niger Unfolded

One of the American soldiers ambushed by militants in Niger was wearing a helmet camera – we analyzed the footage to understand what happened.


Weinstein Company to file bankruptcy as soon as Monday: source

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. film and TV studio The Weinstein Company plans to file for bankruptcy in Delaware as soon as Monday night with an offer for the company in hand from private equity firm Lantern Capital, a person familiar with the matter said.

A load of $54M in gold went missing during the Civil War. There may be a break in the case.

A Civil War legend about a buried stash of gold. A treasure map. A mysterious dig.


Vienna unbeatable as world's most liveable city, Baghdad still worst

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria's capital Vienna once again defended its position as the city offering the best quality of life in the world, while Iraq's capital Baghdad remains the worst in an annual...

Whistleblower: It's my duty to tell people

CNN's Don Lemon sits down with Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie.


U.S. bans transactions with Venezuela's digital currency

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Monday signed an executive order barring any U.S.-based financial transactions involving Venezuela's new petro cryptocurrency, as U.S. officials warned that it was a "scam" by President Nicolas Maduro's government to further undermine democracy in the OPEC country.

Books and Literature

Op-Ed Columnist: What Holds America Together

Walt Whitman had a prescription for national renewal.

Civilian Casualties

Op-Ed Contributor: Fifteen Years Ago, America Destroyed My Country

Let’s stop calling the invasion of Iraq a “blunder” and call it what it is: a crime.


United Airlines image bruised after latest round of PR fiascos

NEW YORK (Reuters) - United Airlines is struggling to repair its badly bruised public image after the death of a puppy onboard one of its flights reignited public debate about the airline's customer service failures.

Republicans say we don't need a law to protect Robert Mueller

Republicans are bluntly warning President Donald Trump to lay off his attacks on special counsel Robert Mueller, but there is scant support among the GOP to pass legislation that would prevent Trump from firing the special counsel.

United States International Relations

Op-Ed Contributor: To Defend America, Don’t Overreach

The Iraq war began 15 years ago. Realism demands that we remember how badly it failed.

Trump attorney taunts Stormy Daniels

Michael Cohen, a longtime attorney and confidant of President Donald Trump, joked about the ongoing litigation he and the President have with Stormy Daniels, suggesting he might use winnings from the case to take a long trip.

Computers and the Internet

The Shift: How Facebook’s Data Sharing Went From Feature to Bug

Sure, third-party Facebook apps collected data about users’ lives. But they seemed convenient and harmless, and, really, what could go wrong?

Van Jones rips death penalty proposal

CNN's Van Jones says he was encouraged by some of President Trump's proposals to fight the opioid epidemic but called the President's idea of the death penalty for some drug dealers "divisive" and "stupid."


'Socially responsible' investors reassess Facebook ownership

NEW YORK (Reuters) - With European and U.S. lawmakers calling for investigations into reports that Facebook user data was accessed by UK based consultancy Cambridge Analytica to help President Donald Trump win the 2016 election, investors are asking even more questions about the social media company's operations.


Puerto Rico power utility hacked but customer data not at risk

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Puerto Rico's bankrupt power utility, PREPA, said on Monday it had been hacked over the weekend, but customer information was not compromised.

With just days before a potential shutdown, negotiations on spending bill continue

Republicans in the House of Representatives will meet Monday evening to discuss a massive spending bill that they still haven't seen and isn't finished just days ahead of the deadline.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Editorial: The Wrong People Are Criticizing Donald Trump

In the wake of Andrew McCabe’s firing, and the president’s gloating tweets, Republicans once again could take action to protect democracy — but they refuse.


Driving With Assad: Syria’s President Tours a Destroyed Suburb

As his soldiers wage a brutal offensive near Damascus, President Bashar al-Assad takes a leisurely drive into the heart of the civil war.

United States Economy

Op-Ed Columnist: Trump and Trade and Zombies

Coming soon: a battle of bad ideas that refuse to die.


New York Subway’s On-Time Performance Hits New Low

Only 58.1 percent of weekday trains arrived on time in January, down from 64.1 percent a year earlier, according to a new report.

Why McConnell hasn't said anything on Trump's Mueller attacks

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has long believed he does not need to respond in real time or react to every controversial tweet or other action by President Donald Trump, according to people close to the senator.


More Americans at risk for heart attack and stroke

(Reuters Health) - Most U.S. adults have poor cardiovascular health, and more people are at risk for heart attacks and strokes today than was true a generation ago, a U.S. study suggests.


Palestinian President attacks Hamas, calls U.S. ambassador 'son of a dog'

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday called the U.S. ambassador to Israel a "son of a dog" because of his support for Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank.


Motor racing: Hamilton on top, but concern at grassroots level

BANBURY, England (Reuters) - Britain is on top of the world in Formula One, with Lewis Hamilton beginning his quest for a fifth championship in Australia this weekend, but there is concern at grassroots level.

WaPo: Trump lawyers trying to get ahead of Mueller interview

Lawyers for President Donald Trump recently provided the special counsel's office with documents in an attempt to limit the scope of an interview between Trump and special counsel Robert Mueller, The Washington Post reported Monday.

Cambridge Analytica, Trump, Cynthia Nixon: Your Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.


Bouchard passes first test in Miami qualifying

(Reuters) - Canadian Eugenie Bouchard beat American wildcard Allie Kiick 6-2 6-2 to be among a parade of former top 20 players to win their first round qualifying matches at the Miami Open on Monday.


Teens who hide their sexual orientation have higher suicide risk

(Reuters Health) - Teens who hide their true sexual orientation are at higher risk for suicidal behaviors, a new study suggests.


Brazil to launch canal to drought-stricken northeast this year: minister

BRASILIA (Reuters) - A canal set to deliver water to two drought-stricken states in northeastern Brazil is set to go into operation by year's end, a government minister said on Monday.


Xi Taps Harvard-Educated Adviser to Tighten Grip on China’s Economy

Liu He, long seen as a leader in Beijing’s effort to cure the country’s debt addiction, has been given unprecedented sway over its financial levers.

Austin police fear a serial bomber is on the loose

For the fourth time this month, an explosion struck the capital of Texas -- elevating fears of a serial bomber.


Supreme Court upholds Pennsylvania election map in win for Democrats

(Reuters) - In a boost to the Democratic Party's chances of winning back the U.S. Congress this year, both the U.S. Supreme Court and a Pennsylvania panel of federal judges on Monday rejected Republicans' efforts to block the state's new congressional district map from taking effect.


Pompeo to face tough questions on North Korea, Iran: senator

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican who heads the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee said on Monday that U.S. President Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, will face tough questions on North Korea and Iran if he is to be confirmed in the role.