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Global central bankers, stuck at zero, unite in plea for help from govts

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo., Aug 27 (Reuters) - Central bankers in charge of the vast bulk of the world's economy delved deep into the weeds of money markets and interest rates over a three-day conference...


Best qualifying session of year gives Renault hope

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (Reuters) - Renault are eying their second points-scoring finish of the campaign at the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix after the team claimed their best result of the year in qualifying on Saturday.


Trump says would track immigrants to ensure no visa overstays

DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) - U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said on Saturday he would seek to develop a tracking system to ensure illegal immigrants who overstay their visas are removed from the United States.


Merkel's deputy says she underestimated migrant integration challenge

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said in an interview on Saturday that Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives had "underestimated" the challenge of integrating a record migrant influx.

Turkey helps rebels take Syrian town

Turkey flexed its military muscle across the border in war-torn Syria this week by helping rebels retake the border town of Jarablus from ISIS, marking a decisive win for the Free Syrian Army.


Hamilton ready for slog from back of the field

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton is preparing for a tough Sunday slog in sweltering conditions as he bids to claw his way through the field at the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix.


Nadal aims to carry Olympic boost into US Open

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal was exhausted yet exhilarated following his emotional return to action at this month's Rio Olympics after an injury-absence and is looking forward to gearing back up for the U.S. Open starting on Monday.


Colombia's FARC rebels to hold final conference, peace vote September 13-19

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's main rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces, said in a statement on Saturday they will hold their final conference on Sept. 13-19 to ratify a peace accord with the government.


Cowboys quarterback Romo has broken bone in back

(The Sports Xchange) - Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo suffered a broken bone in his back on the third play of Thursday night's preseason game and coach Jason Garrett said the injury would cost the veteran a chunk of the 2016 season.

ISIS video shows boys executing prisoners

ISIS has released a video online showing five young boys killing five prisoners.


Yemen's exiled government welcomes U.S. plan for restart of peace talks

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Yemen's Saudi-backed exiled government said on Saturday it welcomed a plan agreed by the United States, Gulf Arab states and the United Nations to restart peace talks with a goal of forming a unity government.


UPDATE 7-Turkey ratchets up Syria offensive, says warplanes hit Kurdish militia

* Any strike on Kurdish militia puts Turkey at odds with U.S.


Sarkozy says Britain should manage asylum seekers on its own territory

PARIS, Aug 27 (Reuters) - Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who is attempting a political comeback before next year's election, said on Saturday that Britain should open an asylum centre on its territory to deal with asylum seekers now camped in Calais.


UPDATE 1-Kuroda: BOJ will act 'without hesitation' to revive inflation

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo., Aug 27 (Reuters) - The recent dip in inflation in Japan may mean inflation expectations are not yet anchored at the Bank of Japan's two percent target, and the bank will approve...


One Turkish soldier killed in Syria offensive - sources

ANKARA, Aug 27 (Reuters) - One Turkish soldier was killed and three others wounded in a rocket attack on a tank close to the northern Syrian town of Jarablus on Saturday, Turkish military sources said, after Turkey launched a cross-border offensive this week.


Nigerian launches offensive against militants in Delta oil hub

YENAGOA, Nigeria, Aug 27 (Reuters) - Nigeria's military said on Saturday it had launched a new offensive against militants in the oil-producing Niger Delta, killing five and arresting 23.


Singapore confirms first case of locally transmitted Zika virus

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore has confirmed its first case of a locally-transmitted Zika virus, which has been linked to microcephaly, a rare birth defect, in Brazil, the health ministry said.


Coeure says "half-baked" govt reforms not helping ECB outlook

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo., Aug 27 (Reuters) - Economic reforms by European governments have so far been "half-baked and half-hearted," and not helped authorities reach their inflation goals, European...


BOJ's Kuroda: Recent inflation data may show expectations not yet anchored

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo., Aug 27 (Reuters) - The recent dip in inflation in Japan may mean inflation expectations are not yet anchored at the Bank of Japan's two percent target, and the bank will approve...


Togo slaughters 11,500 chickens after H5N1 bird flu outbreak

LOME (Reuters) - Togolese authorities said on Saturday they had slaughtered 11,500 chickens in response to an outbreak of H5N1 bird flu at two farms in the capital Lome and the town of Adetikope, about 25 km north of Lome.


Heir-apparent Kerber confident she can handle pressure

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Angelique Kerber says she is ready to deal with the increasing pressure as she targets U.S. Open glory and the world number one ranking.


UPDATE 1-ECB rates could stay low if other policy areas don't contribute: Coeure

FRANKFURT, Aug 27 (Reuters) - European Central Bank rates could remain low unless other policy areas start contributing, raising the risk that they could increasingly hit their effective lower limit, a top policymaker said on Saturday.


Relative of Charlie Hebdo attacker investigated for Islamist ties

PARIS (Reuters) - A relative of one of the militants who attacked French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris in January 2015 has been put under formal investigation for Islamist ties and remanded in custody, a judicial source said on Saturday.

Trump, Donald J

Donald Trump Cites Death of Dwyane Wade’s Cousin in Appeal to Black Voters

Mr. Trump did not offer condolences in his Twitter message, but instead linked the death to his effort to win support from African-American voters.


TABLE-Qatar July trade surplus shrinks 53 pct yr/yr

Aug 27 (Reuters) - Qatar's Ministry of Development, Planning and Statistics released the following trade data for July on Saturday, showing the surplus shrinking 52.5 percent from a year earlier...


RPT-Whiplashed investors stay skittish about St. Jude

Aug 26 (Reuters) - One day after a short seller claimed that St. Jude Medical Inc's heart implants are vulnerable to deadly cyber attacks, investors appear most concerned about whether the accusation will derail St. Jude's $24 billion planned deal for Abbott Labs to buy it.


Greece PM says EU sleepwalking toward cliff, wants debt relief by end 2016

ATHENS, Aug 27 (Reuters) - Greece said on Sunday the EU was "sleepwalking towards a cliff" by sticking to austerity rules that created huge inequalities among members, and it expected a debt relief...

Roads and Traffic

As La Guardia Is Overhauled, the Check-In Line Starts at the Highway

An ambitious eight-year reconstruction of the airport is just starting, but travelers are already suffering traffic jams and long walks to terminals.


Kansas City area hit by floods after three days of downpour

(Reuters) - The Kansas City area was flooded late Friday after a three-day downpour, forcing emergency services to conduct about 10 water rescues in Missouri's largest city, officials said.


NFL's 49ers support quarterback after he refused to stand for anthem

(Reuters) - National League quarterback Colin Kaepernick of San Francisco 49ers refused to stand for the national anthem before a preseason game on Friday, drawing boos from some fans and criticism on social media, but his team said it backed his right to protest.


German military wants security checks on recruits, newspaper says

BERLIN (Reuters) - There are signs that Islamists are trying to join the German armed forces to get military training, and there is a risk they might use that training to carry out attacks in Germany or abroad, a German newspaper cited a draft document as saying.


ECB rates could stay low unless other policy areas contribute: Coeure

FRANKFURT, Aug 27 (Reuters) - The European Central Bank's ultra-loose monetary policies were enacted on the assumption they would be temporary, but unless other policy areas started contributing, rates could remain low, Executive Board member Benoit Coeure said on Saturday.


Quintana grabs red jersey after Lagutin wins stage eight

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Sergey Lagutin from Uzbekistan won stage eight of the Tour of Spain on Saturday while Colombian Nairo Quintana became the new overall leader, wresting the red jersey from compatriot Darwin Atapuma.


UPDATE 5-Turkey ratchets up Syria offensive, says warplanes hit Kurdish militia

* Any strike on Kurdish militia puts Turkey at odds with U.S.


MEDIA LINK-Exxon Mobil Backs Out of Proposed Alaska LNG Project -WSJ

Aug 27 (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp has decided to scrap further investment in a proposed natural gas export terminal in Alaska and will work with its partners to sell its interest in the project to the state government, the Wall Street Journal reported late Friday.


Venezuela ex-mayor Ceballos sent to prison from house arrest

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan intelligence agents on Saturday took Daniel Ceballos, a former opposition mayor accused of fomenting violence, to prison from house arrest in the capital of Caracas, his wife said via her Twitter account.


UPDATE 1-U.N. Syria envoy presses for speedy Aleppo aid delivery

GENEVA, Aug 27 (Reuters) - The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria called for all warring sides to agree by Sunday to allow the first safe delivery of relief supplies to the divided city of Aleppo.

Mom: My daughter is a heroin addict

The American heroin epidemic has become more dangerous, as reports of heroin laced with carfentanil are being reported throughout the country. CNN's Rachel Crane speaks to a drug addict about the outbreak.


UPDATE 2-Scandal-hit Gupta family says plans to sell South African holdings

* Gupta businesses range from media to mining (Adds Oakbay CEO, background)


France's Ayrault urges Russia to back U.N. resolution on Syria

PARIS (Reuters) - A U.N. report on the use of chemical weapons in Syria is a chance to push Russia to accept a resolution condemning the Syrian regime and resume political negotiations, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said.

Presidential Election of 2016

‘No Vacancies’ for Blacks: How Donald Trump Got His Start, and Was First Accused of Bias

As Mr. Trump assumed an increasing role in his father’s business, the company’s practice of turning away potential black tenants was painstakingly documented.


Applying for Housing at a Trump Property in the '60s

In the 1960s, Mae Wiggins and her friend Maxine Brown applied for housing at the Wilshire Apartments in the Jamaica Estates neighborhood of Queens, N.Y. Ms. Wiggins recalled her experience.


Juppe pitches 'united France' in presidential bid launch

CHATOU, France (Reuters) - Alain Juppe kicked off his campaign to be the conservative candidate in France's presidential election on Saturday by pledging deep reforms "without exploiting fears", seeking to differentiate himself from hardline rival Nicolas Sarkozy.

Colleges and Universities

What University of Texas Campus Is Saying About Concealed Guns

While many professors and students worry that guns in classrooms will frighten people and discourage free expression, supporters of a new state law counter that the right to bear arms must not be restricted.


Boko Haram landmine kills four Chadian soldiers

N'DJAMENA (Reuters) - A landmine planted by Islamist group Boko Haram killed four Chadian soldiers on patrol near Chad's border with Niger on Saturday, two security sources said.


Bangladesh Police Kill Man Suspected of Planning Dhaka Bakery Attack

Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury, a Canadian citizen, was believed to have organized the July assault on the Holey Artisan Bakery, which left 22 dead.


UPDATE 2-Iraq says still set on expanding oil output to gain market share

* Plans to double crude storage capacity in coming years (Adds plans to ramp up output, expand refineries, storage, minister quotes, background)


Fed could use reserves payments to stimulate U.S. economy: paper

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve could push banks to lend more by paying Wall Street smaller returns on money stashed at the U.S. central bank when inflation is low, according to an academic paper presented on Saturday.

... Trump links death to black vote

Donald Trump tweeted Saturday that tragedies like the death of NBA star Dwyane Wade's cousin are one of the reasons African-Americans will vote for the Republican nominee.

'Dark twin' of the Milky Way galaxy discovered

Welcome to the dark side of the universe. In a direct contrast with the beautifully bright Milky Way galaxy, a "dark twin" called Dragonfly 44 has been discovered 300 million light-years away in the Coma constellation, according to a new study.


UPDATE 1-Gupta family, hit by scandal, says it plans to sell South African holdings

JOHANNESBURG, Aug 27 (Reuters) - South Africa's wealthy Gupta family, which has been accused of holding undue political sway over President Jacob Zuma, said on Saturday it planned to dispose of all the stakes it holds in South African businesses before the end of the year.

Bathing Suits and Swimwear

Memo From France: From Bikinis to Burkinis, Regulating What Women Wear

What is it about women’s swimwear and general attire that over and over has impelled societies to legislate or regulate women’s choices?


U.N. Syria envoy presses for speedy Aleppo aid delivery

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria called for all warring sides to agree by Sunday on a green light for a first safe delivery of relief supplies to the divided city of Aleppo.


Rosberg on pole for Belgian Grand Prix

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium,(Reuters) - Germany's Nico Rosberg set the fastest time in qualifying on Saturday to seize pole position for the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix.


UPDATE 2-Brazil court frees Ireland's Mallon arrested in Rio Olympic ticket scam

SAO PAULO, Aug 27 (Reuters) - A Brazilian court said on Saturday it has authorized the release of Ireland's Kevin James Mallon, a director of international sports hospitality company THG who was arrested on Aug. 5 for the alleged illegal scalping of Olympic tickets.


Gupta family says it plans to sell off South African holdings

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's wealthy Gupta family, which has been accused of holding undue political sway over President Jacob Zuma, said on Saturday it planned to dispose of all the stakes it holds in South African businesses before the end of the year.


Syria rebels battle rival force as Turkey presses operation

BEIRUT, Aug 27 (Reuters) - Syrian rebels backed by Turkey fought fighters opposed by Ankara in northern Syria on Saturday, sources on both sides said, as a Turkish-backed operation targeting Islamic State and Kurdish influence at the border appeared to gather pace.


Vatican says it has high hopes of better ties with China

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican is hopeful it can improve ties with China after decades of tension, the Roman Catholic Church's highest-ranking diplomat said on Saturday, adding that warmer relations would benefit the whole world.


Fed should keep trillions in bonds to provide stability - paper

Aug 27 (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve should scrap a plan to shrink its massive bond holdings and instead keep them "indefinitely" as a new and little-recognized tool to protect against...


German finmin says ECB's low interest rates "harmful"

BERLIN, Aug 27 (Reuters) - German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble on Saturday renewed his criticism of the European Central Bank's low interest rates, saying they were particularly damaging for people saving up for their retirement.


German rightists scale Brandenburg Gate to protest immigration

BERLIN (Reuters) - Members of the far-right Identitarian Movement scaled Berlin's Brandenburg Gate on Saturday and unfurled a banner to protest against the "Islamisation" of Germany via mass immigration.

Survivor: 'We've lost everything'

Residents and rescue workers in Amatrice, Italy react to the devastation of earthquakes that killed over 250 people and reduced much of the town to rubble.


UPDATE 3-Stada shareholder AOC pushes through board reshuffle

* New CEO Wiedenfels promises more dynamism (Recasts, adds vote for new chairman)


UPDATE 4-Kurdish-aligned group in north Syria says targeted by Turkish warplanes

* Turkey yet to comment on report by Jarablus Military Council


Turkish planes destroy ammunition store in Syria - military sources

ANKARA, Aug 27 (Reuters) - Turkish warplanes destroyed an ammunition store south of the Syrian frontier town of Jarablus on Saturday, military sources told Reuters after a group in the region allied to a Kurdish-backed force said its positions had been targeted.


UPDATE 2-Japan pledges $30 billion for Africa over next three years

* Abe says it is investment that has faith in Africa's future


Brazil court frees Ireland's Mallon arrested in Rio Olympic ticket scam

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - A Brazilian court authorized the release of Ireland's Kevin James Mallon, the director of international sports hospitality company THG arrested on Aug. 5 for alleged illegal scalping of Olympic tickets, the local G1 news site said late on Friday.


Sources deny report Merkel delaying announcement on possible fourth term

BERLIN (Reuters) - Sources in Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrat (CDU) party on Saturday denied a magazine report that said the German leader was delaying an announcement until spring 2017 on whether she will run for a fourth term in next year's federal election.

Do big rallies mean big election wins?

It's the most deceptive sign in politics.


Iran detects malware in petrochemical plants, says not linked to recent fires

DUBAI, Aug 27 (Reuters) - Iran has detected and removed malicious software from two of its petrochemical complexes, a senior military official said on Saturday, after announcing last week it was investigating whether recent petrochemical fires were caused by cyber attacks.


Fire severely damages 'Knightfall' set in Prague: media

PRAGUE (Reuters) - A fire severely damaged a set for the "Knightfall" television series at studios in Prague overnight, causing damage worth about $4 million, Czech media reported on Saturday.

Afghanistan War (2001-14)

SEAL Team 6 and a Man Left for Dead: A Grainy Picture of Valor

An airman with the unit is being considered for the Medal of Honor after new video analysis suggested that he fought alone bravely in a 2002 battle on an Afghan peak.


Fire severely damages "Knightfall" set in Prague - media

PRAGUE, Aug 27 (Reuters) - A fire severely damaged a set for the "Knightfall" television series at studios in Prague overnight, causing damage worth about $4 million, Czech media reported on Saturday.


Kurdish-aligned group in north Syria says targeted by Turkish warplanes

KARKAMIS, Turkey (Reuters) - A group allied to Kurdish-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said it was bombarded by Turkish warplanes on Saturday, after Turkey's military launched an incursion this week into northern Syria against both Islamic State and Kurdish forces.

Yellowstone worker falls to death

A worker at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming is dead after falling off a cliff, park rangers said.


Exclusive: Iraq plans to sell oil through Iran if talks with Kurds fail

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's government would consider selling crude through Iran should talks with the autonomous Kurdish region on an oil revenue-sharing agreement fail, a senior oil ministry official in Baghdad told Reuters.


UPDATE 1-Iraq willing to play active role in propping up oil prices -minister

BAGHDAD, Aug 27 (Reuters) - Iraq is willing to play an active role within OPEC to support oil prices, its oil minister Jabar Ali al-Luaibi said on Saturday, without clarifying whether it was prepared to back a possible agreement to freeze output.


Italy grieves as state funeral held for victims of powerful quake

ASCOLI PICENO, Italy (Reuters) - Weeping relatives hugged each other and reached out to touch the simple wooden coffins at a state funeral held on Saturday for some of the 290 people killed in an earthquake this week.


Australian teen completes record round world solo flight

SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian teenager made history on Saturday by becoming the youngest person to complete a solo circumnavigation of the world in a single engine aircraft.


Syrian group says Turkey targets village in air strikes

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkish warplanes struck civilian homes and positions held by a group allied to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance in a village south of Jarablus in northern Syria on Saturday, the group said in a statement.


Fire kills 17 Kyrgyz nationals in Moscow printing plant

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A fire in a Moscow printing plant killed 17 people on Saturday, officials said, and a representative of the Kyrgyz diaspora in Russia said all the dead were members of its community.


Burkina Faso bans big buttocks beauty contest

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - The government of Burkina Faso has banned an annual beauty contest for women with the biggest buttocks, saying such events are sexist.


Raikkonen fastest in final Belgian GP practice

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (Reuters) - Kimi Raikkonen set the pace for Ferrari in the final practice session for Sunday’s Belgian Formula One Grand Prix.


France expels two Moroccans considered serious security threat

PARIS (Reuters) - France has deported two Moroccan nationals seen as a serious security threat after they became radicalized as Islamist militants, the interior ministry said in a statement late on Friday.


Iranian refugee detained in Papua New Guinea wins cartooning award

SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Iranian refugee held at an Australian-funded detention center in Papua New Guinea has won a political cartooning award for his work depicting life inside the camp.


British PM to trigger Brexit without vote by lawmakers: Telegraph

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May will not hold a parliamentary vote on Brexit before formally triggering Britain's withdrawal from the European Union, The Daily Telegraph reported on Saturday, without specifying sources.


Athletics: Kenya arrests three officials over Rio mismanagement

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya has arrested three top members of its Olympic committee, a Reuters witness said, after mismanagement of the contingent nearly derailed the country's participation in the Rio Games.

War-weary Colombians wary of peace deal with FARC rebels

Many Colombians have known nothing but a time of conflict between the government and the guerrillas of FARC.


Jobs data to be a big deal for record-high stocks

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Wall Street will fixate on a wave of U.S. economic data next week, crested by payrolls data on Friday that could sway expectations about the timing of future interest rate hikes and spark volatility in record-high stock prices.

Italy earthquake: Grieving nation begins burying its dead

Italy began the painful task of burying its dead Saturday following a massive earthquake -- as aftershocks rattled the heart of the country and the death toll climbed to 290.

United States Open (Tennis)

Venus Williams, Off the Court

At 36, Venus Williams is balancing a still-vibrant tennis career and her athletic-wear and interior design businesses.


Cousin of NBA star Wade killed in Chicago shooting: media

(Reuters) - The cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade was killed in a shooting while she pushed her child in a stroller on the South Side of Chicago on Friday, local media reported.


Bongo seeks to prolong 50-year family rule in Gabon vote

LIBREVILLE (Reuters) - Voters in Gabon turned out for an election on Saturday that could mark the greatest challenge yet to President Ali Bongo, whose family has controlled the oil-producing central African nation for nearly half a century.


Tropical Storm Gaston expected to become hurricane Saturday: NHC

(Reuters) - Tropical Storm Gaston is expected to become a hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in an advisory.


Italy holds state funeral for 35 of earthquake's victims

ASCOLI PICENO, Italy (Reuters) - Italy marked a day of national mourning on Saturday for 290 people killed in a quake that devastated parts of its mountainous heart, holding a state funeral for 35 of the victims.

Cafe terror attack planner killed, Bangladeshi police say

Bangladeshi police killed one of the "suspected masterminds" of the July terror attack in Dhaka after an hourlong battle, authorities said.


Milk price talks between Lactalis and producers collapse

PARIS, Aug 27 (Reuters) - Negotiations over milk purchase prices between Europe's largest dairy group Lactalis and French farmers collapsed late on Friday without an agreement, a union official said.


Malaysian student protesters demand 1MDB arrest

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Nearly a thousand protesters marched in the heart of the Malaysian capital on Saturday calling for the arrest of an unnamed high-ranking government official who U.S. investigators say received $700 million skimmed from a sovereign fund.

General Electric Company

G.E., the 124-Year-Old Software Start-Up

The industrial giant is investing big in an effort to adopt the nimble habits and digital wizardry of Silicon Valley. And, its C.E.O. says, there is no Plan B.

‘Isn’t It Also Against Her Freedom of Choice?’

Our top 10 comments of the week: Readers discuss “burkini” bans, the devastation from the Italian earthquake, the EpiPen price surge and more.