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Mother of Uber CEO killed in boating accident - newspaper

(Reuters) - The mother of ride-hailing firm Uber's chief executive has died in a boating accident near Fresno, California on Friday, the Fresno Bee reported on Saturday.


Mother of Uber CEO killed in boating accident -newspaper

May 27 (Reuters) - The mother of ride-hailing firm Uber's chief executive has died in a boating accident near Fresno, California on Friday, the Fresno Bee reported on Saturday.

Tillerson bails on a Ramadan tradition

In an apparent break with a nearly two-decades long bipartisan tradition, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has declined to host an event commemorating the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, according to two administration officials familiar with the decision.


Morocco authorities arrest 20 after clashes in north - agency

RABAT (Reuters) - Moroccan authorities have arrested 20 people following violent clashes between police and protesters in the northern city of Al-Hoceima on Friday evening, the local prosecutor said on Saturday.


Libyan Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia says it is dissolving

CAIRO (Reuters) - Libyan Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia is formally dissolving, it said in a statement on Saturday.

Maritime Accidents and Safety

Mother of Uber Chief Executive Killed in Boating Accident

Travis Kalanick’s father was also seriously injured in the accident on Friday near Fresno, Calif., the company said.


Mo Farah runs year's fastest 5,000 meters in Oregon

EUGENE, Oregon (Reuters) - British double Olympic champion Mo Farah made his last U.S. track race a special one, running the year's fastest 5,000 metres at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League meeting on Saturday.


High-octane America's Cup gets off to flying start

(Reuters) - Oracle Team USA got off to a flying start on the first day of the America's Cup in Bermuda, comfortably beating Groupama Team France and then coming from behind in their second race with a narrow victory over arch rival Emirates Team New Zealand.


Trump son-in-law had undisclosed contacts with Russian envoy - sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and close adviser, Jared Kushner, had at least three previously undisclosed contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States during and after the 2016 presidential campaign, seven current and former U.S. officials told Reuters.


Southern rock music pioneer Gregg Allman dead at 69

(Reuters) - Gregg Allman, whose soulful vocals made the Allman Brothers Band one of rock's top acts in the 1970s with songs such as "Whipping Post," in a career also marred by tragedy and drug abuse, died on Saturday at the age of 69, his official website said.


Tomb of French national hero General de Gaulle vandalized

PARIS (Reuters) - Vandals on Saturday damaged the tomb of General Charles de Gaulle, leader of France's resistance to Nazi occupation during World War Two and founder of the Fifth Republic.


UK police issue photo of Manchester attacker, believe bomb made in city apartment

LONDON (Reuters) - British police on Saturday released a photograph of Salman Abedi on the night he killed 22 people in a suicide bomb attack in Manchester and said they believed an apartment in the city center was where he put together his device.

Southern rock pioneer Gregg Allman dies

Gregg Allman, the founding member of the Allman Brothers Band who overcame family tragedy, drug addiction and health problems to become a grizzled elder statesman for the blues music he loved, has died. He was 69.

Demonstrations, Protests and Riots

Young and Unemployed, Tunisians Agitate for a ‘Second Revolution’

Protests have been gathering steam in a remote region, leading to some government concessions but most recently resulting in a deadly clash with armed forces.

How Kushner could play the Nixon card


Southern rock music star Gregg Allman dead at 69

(Reuters) - Gregg Allman, whose soulful vocals made the Allman Brothers Band one of rock's top acts in the 1970s with songs such as "Ramblin' Man" in a career also marred by tragedy and drug abuse, died on Saturday at the age of 69, his official website said.

Abraham Lincoln document up for sale

This Memorial Day, historical collectors have the opportunity to snag a rare Civil War item: a document believed to be the only one with the signatures of President Abraham Lincoln and his fellow Union political and military leaders.

Deaths (Obituaries)

Gregg Allman, Influential Force Behind the Allman Brothers Band, Dies at 69

The singer, keyboardist and songwriter was a founder of the Allman Brothers Band and a composer of songs like “Whipping Post” and “Midnight Rider.”


South African president Zuma facing no confidence vote in ANC - News24 website

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Senior politicians attending a top meeting of South Africa's ruling ANC tabled a motion of no confidence on Saturday against president Jacob Zuma, News24 reported on its website.


Somali court sentences 5 insurgents to death for attempted bombings

BOSASSO, Somalia (Reuters) - A Somali court sentenced five men to death on Saturday after they were caught with a vehicle laden with explosives, a court official said, a rare successful prosecution in a country where bombings by the Islamist insurgency are increasing.


Jim Bunning, Hall of Fame pitcher and U.S. senator, dead at 85

(Reuters) - Jim Bunning, who showed much of the same combativeness as a U.S. congressman as he had done during his Hall of Fame career as a hard-throwing pitcher in baseball's major leagues, died at the age of 85, his son said on Saturday.

Baseball HOFer and ex-Sen. Bunning dies

Former US Sen. Jim Bunning, the only National Baseball Hall of Fame member ever to serve in Congress, has died at the age of 85.

Bunning, Jim

Jim Bunning, Hall of Fame Pitcher and Blunt-Spoken Senator, Dies at 85

After a 17-season career in the major leagues, mostly with the Tigers and the Phillies, Mr. Bunning became a fervently conservative politician in Kentucky.

Airlines and Airplanes

System Failure at British Airways Shuts Down Flights Out of London

The airline canceled flights from Heathrow and Gatwick airports in London on Saturday after what it said was a “major I.T. failure” caused a global system shutdown.

Analysis: It's getting harder to say Russian meddling didn't help Trump

Before we get to James Comey, fake Russian intelligence and the fact that it's getting very hard to say the Russians didn't affect the outcome of the election, let's start this with the obvious caveat that there were a great many factors that led to Hillary Clinton's loss to Donald Trump.


UK PM May's lead narrows after Manchester attack - new polls show

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May's lead over the opposition Labour Party has narrowed ahead of a June 8 election but she is still on course to win comfortably, according to two opinion polls carried out since the Manchester suicide attack.


Iranian film "A Man of Integrity" wins 'Certain Regard' competition at Cannes

CANNES, France (Reuters) - A movie by an Iranian who was previously sentenced to jail for his work in Iran won the top prize in the "Un Certain Regard" competition at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday.


BA CEO Cruz says power supply issue caused global IT failure

LONDON, May 27 (Reuters) - British Airways said a power supply issue was to blame for a global computer system failure which sowed confusion and chaos at London's two biggest airports, with thousands of passengers queuing for hours and planes left stuck on runways.


Reliance Communications hit by Indian mobile price war

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Indian mobile phone network operator Reliance Communications Ltd posted its second straight quarterly loss on Saturday, hit by the price war which has broken out in the world's second-biggest mobile market by number of users.


WHO says India reports cases of Zika virus

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India has reported cases of the Zika virus, the World Health Organization said, adding that efforts should be made to strengthen surveillance.


'Devastated' Hamilton seeks answers to tyre mystery

MONACO (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton declared himself 'devastated' on Saturday after failing to qualify his Mercedes in the top half of the grid for the Monaco Grand Prix.

United States Politics and Government

Trump Returns to Crisis Over Kushner as White House Tries to Contain It

President Trump headed home Saturday to face reports that his son-in-law is under scrutiny in inquiries into possible ties between Russia and associates of Mr. Trump.


GM says ISS advises against Greenlight share plan, board nominees

(Reuters) - General Motors Co said on Saturday that proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services has recommended that shareholders vote against a slate of directors proposed by hedge fund Greenlight Capital and reject the hedge fund's plan to divide GM shares into two classes.

Politics and Government

Rebuked Twice by Supreme Court, North Carolina Republicans Are Unabashed

Legislators seek to create state and local courts more aligned to their views — and to pay back Democrats for similar acts when they were in power.


Grace closes on surprise Wentworth leader Dodt

VIRGINIA WATER, England (Reuters) - South African Branden Grace, who caused controversy earlier this week over a free drop he took from a bunker, climbed to within a stroke of the lead after the BMW PGA Championship third round on Saturday.


British PM May's lead falls to 12 percentage points from 18: ComRes poll

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May's lead over the opposition Labour Party has narrowed by 6 percentage points ahead of the June 8 election, according to a ComRes poll.


Fairfax Financial to sell 12.2 pct of Indian insurer ICICI Lombard

MUMBAI, May 27 (Reuters) - Canada's Fairfax Financial Holdings plans to sell a 12.2 percent stake in its Indian joint venture insurer ICICI Lombard in a deal that will value the company at 203 billion rupees ($3.15 billion), the Indian company said on Saturday.

Trump touts the successes of his overseas trip and then appears eager to delay his return home

President Donald Trump couldn't return home from his first foreign trip without taking a quick victory lap.


Iran's Rouhani calls for better Gulf ties in call with Qatar Emir

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani called on Saturday for improved relations with Gulf Arab countries during a telephone call with the emir of Qatar, which has come under fire from its Gulf neighbors over its relationship with Tehran.

Trump's budget isn't the disaster you think, ex-CBO chief says


White Sox sign Cuban prospect Robert, $26 million bonus

(The Sports Xchange) - The Chicago White Sox signed Cuban free agent outfielder Luis Robert to a minor league contract, including a $26-million signing bonus, the team announced Saturday.


Earthquake of 5.1 magnitude hits Turkey, no casualties or damage: CNN Turk

ANKARA (Reuters) - An earthquake of 5.1 magnitude hit Turkey's Manisa province east of the Aegean coastal city of Izmir on Saturday, broadcaster CNN Turk said, adding that initial reports showed no casualties or damage.


Trump ends nine-day overseas trip with a flourish as trouble looms at home

SIGONELLA, Italy (Reuters) - With trouble facing him back home, U.S. President Donald Trump ended his nine-day overseas journey in dramatic fashion on Saturday, addressing U.S. troops at a campaign-style rally.


UK PM May's lead narrows to 10 percentage points: Opinium poll

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party's lead over the opposition Labour Party has narrowed to 10 percentage points, according to an Opinium poll for the Observer newspaper on Saturday.


Stosur wins Strasbourg title, stays top in Australia

PARIS (Reuters) - Sam Stosur retained her Australian number one position as she claimed the Strasbourg International title with a 5-7 6-4 6-3 victory against compatriot Daria Gavrilova on Saturday.


Cycling: Dumoulin has Giro title in sight as Pinot wins last mountain stage

(Reuters) - Dutchman Tom Dumoulin limited his losses in the penultimate stage won by France's Thibaut Pinot on Saturday to stay well-placed to win the Giro d'Italia in the final time trial.

Duterte jokes about rape while rallying troops to fight militants

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, giving a pep talk to his troops in the country's restive south, exhorted the soldiers to go all out in fighting Islamic militants and joked that under martial law they could even commit rape with impunity.

Manchester Arena Bombing (May, 2017)

Before Manchester Bombing, a Path of Conflict and Rebellion

The life of Salman Abedi, the bomber whose attack killed 22 people in Manchester this past week, was interwoven with the tortured recent past of Libya.


British Airways cancels flights from London as global IT outage causes chaos

LONDON (Reuters) - British Airways has canceled all its flights from London's two biggest airports until Saturday evening after a global computer system outage caused confusion and chaos, with thousands of passengers queuing for hours and planes left stuck on runways.

Trump on foreign trip: We hit a home run

On the last day of his first overseas trip, President Trump addressed US military personnel stationed at Naval Air Station Sigonella, in Sicily, Italy.


BA cancels all scheduled flights from London's Heathrow, Gatwick airports on Saturday

LONDON, May 27 (Reuters) - British Airways said it had cancelled all flights from London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports on Saturday following a global IT system failure.


Pittsburgh and Nashville clash in Stanley Cup of contrasts

(Reuters) - A stellar attack collides with a spectacular defense as the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins take on the upstart Nashville Predators in a Stanley Cup Finals full of contrasts starting on Monday.


Pakistan reopens Afghanistan border crossing after deadly exchange

KABUL (Reuters) - Pakistan announced it had reopened a major border crossing with Afghanistan on Saturday, more than three weeks after several people were killed when troops from both sides exchanged fire for several hours.

Two top Trump advisers dodge Kushner questions

President Donald Trump's top economic and national security advisers on Saturday declined to comment on the swirl of allegations that Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner is facing regarding his contacts with Russian officials.


Tsonga takes first claycourt title in Lyon

PARIS (Reuters) - Jo-Wilfried Tsonga polished his preparation for the French Open in style by claiming his maiden claycourt title, beating Czech Tomas Berdych 7-6(2) 7-5 in the Lyon Open final on Saturday.


Polanski's return to female psycho-drama divides Cannes critics

CANNES, France (Reuters) - Roman Polanski, whose 1960s films "Repulsion" and "Rosemary's Baby" focused on women in mental torment, returns to the same theme in a film that screened at Cannes on Saturday to mixed reviews.


McMaster says 'not concerned' after Kushner back-channel reports

TAORMINA, Italy (Reuters) - Asked about reports that Donald Trump's son-in-law had tried to set up a secret channel of communication with Russia before the president took office, U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said that so-called "back-channeling" was normal.

Trump: I'll decide on Paris climate accord next week

President Donald Trump said Saturday he will make a decision next week on whether the United States will withdraw from the landmark Paris climate accord. The President teased his decision about the hotly debated topic in a tweet early Saturday morning during the final leg of his first presidential trip abroad.


Joaquin Phoenix bludgeons Cannes with Lynne Ramsay hit man thriller

CANNES, France (Reuters) - As a hired killer whose weapon of choice is a particular brand of hammer, Joaquin Phoenix delivered a short, sharp shock of a movie to close the Cannes Film Festival's main competition on Saturday.


Egypt says air strikes destroy militant camps after attack on Christians

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian air raids over Libya have destroyed several camps that trained the militants who killed dozens of Christians in southern Egypt on Friday, the Egyptian military said on Saturday.


Bulgaria to conduct food product checks amid quality concerns

SOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgaria said on Saturday it would conduct checks on different food products of multinational companies sold in the Balkan state and compare them with food sold in richer western European countries, amid concerns over quality.


Rights group calls on Myanmar to probe alleged military abuse after beatings video emerges

YANGON (Reuters) - Human rights advocates called on Myanmar to investigate the actions of some of its soldiers on Saturday after footage of people being treated violently by uniformed men went viral.

Hayden: We are in a dark place as a society

General Michael Hayden talks with CNN's Michael Smerconish about reports that Jared Kushner proposed establishing secret communications with the Kremlin.


McMaster says 'of course' Trump supports NATO Article 5

TAORMINA, Italy (Reuters) - U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said on Saturday that "of course" President Donald Trump backed NATO's mutual defense doctrine, despite not making an explicit reference to it during a visit to Brussels this week.


Sri Lanka seeks international help after deadly flooding, landslides

COLOMBO (Reuters) - The number of people known to have been killed in floods and landslides in Sri Lanka rose to 113, officials said on Saturday, as the country appealed for international assistance.


Young gun Fitzpatrick waiting for upturn in form

VIRGINIA WATER, England (Reuters) - Matt Fitzpatrick is not one to panic and his inability so far this year to replicate the 2016 form that validated his reputation as one of the hottest young players in golf has yet to unduly trouble him.

Car lender checked 8% of applicants' income

Alarm bells are ringing because one of the largest subprime auto lenders in the nation -- Santander Consumer USA -- only checked the incomes of 8% of its applicants, according to a new report from Moody's Investors Service.


India's Muslim meat traders plan legal action over new rules

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian meat traders plan to take the government to court over new rules banning the trading of cattle including buffalo for slaughter, calling it a move by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's administration to hurt the business run mainly by Muslims.

Prince Harry hosts Obama at palace

Prince Harry welcomed Barack Obama at Kensington Palace in London on Saturday during the former President's latest stop in Europe.


Raikkonen takes Monaco pole for Ferrari

MONACO (Reuters) - Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen took pole position for the showcase Monaco Formula One Grand Prix on Saturday with world championship leading German team mate Sebastian Vettel alongside him on the front row.


Philippines halts peace talks with rebels

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine government peace negotiators cancelled formal peace talks with Maoist-led rebels in the Netherlands on Saturday after New People's Army (NPA) guerrillas stepped up offensives in the countryside.


G7 communique acknowledges split with U.S. on climate

TAORMINA, Italy (Reuters) - In an unusual admission, Group of Seven (G7) leaders said in their final communique on Saturday that they had failed to bridge differences over climate change, with the United States unable to join other countries in committing to the Paris Agreement.


Defending champion Wood laments Wentworth woes

VIRGINIA WATER, England (Reuters) - Chris Wood was the toast of the 2016 BMW PGA Championship after waving the shortest club in the bag like a magic wand but fast forward 12 months and he cannot buy a putt for love nor money.


Bertens cruises to second consecutive Nuremberg title

NUREMBERG, Germany (Reuters) - Title holder Kiki Bertens swept aside Czech qualifier Barbora Krejcikova 6-2 6-1 on Saturday to win her second consecutive Nuremberg Cup in a successful dress rehearsal for the French Open starting on Sunday.


BA says no evidence global IT outage caused by cyber attack

LONDON, May 27 (Reuters) - British Airways said on Saturday there was no evidence that a global breakdown of its IT systems had been caused by a cyber attack.

British Airways has global IT outage

Travelers with British Airways are facing disruptions Saturday after the airline reported major computer problems.


British Airways cancels flights from London after global IT outage

LONDON (Reuters) - British Airways canceled all its flights from London's two main airports until Saturday evening after a global computer system outage caused massive delays and left planes stuck on runways.


China's Xi says need to move to greener economic growth: state media

BEIJING (Reuters) - China needs to shift away from over-reliance on heavy industries, large-scale and careless expansion, and the depletion of the country's natural resources, President Xi Jinping said on Saturday, according to state media.


Two British jets dispatched after Russian incursion

LONDON (Reuters) - Two British fighter jets were dispatched from a Royal Air Force base in Scotland on Saturday after an incursion by Russian jets, Britain's Ministry of Defence (MoD) said.


Trump says he will decide on Paris climate deal next week

TAORMINA, Italy (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said in a Twitter post on Saturday that he would make a decision on whether to support a landmark international agreement on climate change next week.

How Trump's budget hits one of the poorest places in the US

Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, SOUTH DAKOTA (CNN) -- Antoinette Poafpybitty wanted to come home.


BA cancels flights from London's Heathrow, Gatwick after IT outage

LONDON, May 27 (Reuters) - British Airways said it had cancelled all flights from London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports scheduled before 1700 GMT on Saturday due to a global computer outage.

ISIS claims massacre of 29 in Egypt

ISIS has claimed responsibility for Friday's massacre of at least 29 people on buses in Egypt, a terror monitoring group says.


UPDATE 1-UK passengers suffer long delays after global BA IT outage

LONDON, May 27 (Reuters) - British Airways flights from Britain were delayed on Saturday because of a global system outage, the airline said, with passengers reporting massive hold-ups at airports and planes being held on runways.

United States International Relations

Trump Said to Seek More Time to Decide on Paris Climate Accords

The indecision comes as the six other nations were to release a statement on Saturday reaffirming their commitment to cutting planet-warming pollution.


Putin and Erdogan want deeper strategic partnership: Kremlin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan confirmed in a phone call their mutual desire for a deepening of the strategic partnership between their two countries, the Kremlin said on Saturday.


UK security threat level lowered as police close on bomber's suspected network

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain lowered its security threat level to "severe" on Saturday following significant activity by police investigating the suicide bomb attack on a pop concert in Manchester, Prime Minister Theresa May said.


Erdogan says EU presented Turkey with new 12-month diplomatic timetable: Hurriyet

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said the European Union had presented Turkey with a new 12-month timetable for renewing their relations, the Hurriyet daily said on Saturday.

UK reduces terror threat level to 'severe'

Britain's terror threat level has been reduced to "severe" from "critical," UK Prime Minister Theresa May said Saturday after meeting with security chiefs.

United Airlines sorry for accusing dad of fondling son

Henry Amador-Batten, a gay father flying to his North Carolina home, was accused by United flight attendants of inappropriately touching his son on the flight, setting off a police investigation and angering the boy's fathers.


Putin discusses Syria, economic ties with Iran's Rouhani: Kremlin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iran's Hassan Rouhani held a phone call in which the two leaders stressed the need for more joint efforts to resolve the Syria crisis and discussed economic ties, the Kremlin said on Saturday.

British Airways Says Computer Outage Causing Global Delays

British Airways says travelers are facing delays because of a failure of its computer systems worldwide.

2 charged after forcing gator to drink beer

Two South Carolina men each face a harassment charge after pictures surfaced on social media showing them pouring beer down the throat of an alligator, authorities said.


British Airways suffers flight delays after global IT outage

LONDON, May 27 (Reuters) - British Airways flights in Britain were being delayed and passengers were suffering long waits at airports on Saturday because of a global system outage, the airline said.


Egypt continues air strikes against militant camps: state TV

CAIRO (Reuters) - The Egyptian military is continuing to carry out air strikes against militant training camps outside the country, state television reported on Saturday.


Button set to start Monaco GP from last place

MONACO (Reuters) - Jenson Button is set to start Sunday's showcase Monaco Grand Prix from last place after McLaren's engine partners Honda detected a power unit problem that will incur a 15-place grid penalty.


Palestinian Prisoners End Hunger Strike in Israel After 40 Days

A leader of the strikers confirmed the end of the hunger strike, timed to the beginning of Ramadan, the holy Muslim month of fasting.

Forces advance on ISIS-held neighborhoods

Iraqi forces have made another step toward wresting Mosul from ISIS.


The Rise and Fall of Yik Yak, the Anonymous Messaging App

The app, which shut down in April, was plagued by bad press from the beginning, earning itself a reputation as a place for racism, sexism, bullying and bomb threats.

Customs, Etiquette and Manners

Encounters: Two Etiquette Experts Take On New York

The author of “Adulting” and Emily Post’s great-great-granddaughter discuss manners at a museum, on the subway, at a co-working space and at a restaurant.