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Analysis: Washington's political impotence is on full display

In Washington, political alienation is now so intense that the world's most powerful nation can't agree how to keep its next generation safe in school -- or fix the system regulating immigration, the human lifeblood which has been America's foundation.


Hong Kong court rules pro-independence stance must bar standing for election

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong's High Court on Tuesday ruled in favor of barring a pro-independence activist from standing in an election, saying it is "fundamental" for lawmakers to accept the city as an inalienable part of China.


Quake-hit Taiwan city winds down rescue efforts, five still missing

HUALIEN, Taiwan (Reuters) - Rescue operations in Taiwan started to wind down on Friday after a devastating 6.4-magnitude earthquake rocked the tourist area of Hualien this week, taking a toll of 12 dead and five missing.


Rescue efforts wind down at quake-hit Taiwan city, seven still missing

HUALIEN, Taiwan (Reuters) - Rescue operations after a devastating 6.4 magnitude earthquake that rocked Taiwan's tourist area of Hualien this week started to wind down on Friday, with the death toll at 10 and seven people still missing.


Earthquake-hit Taiwan city still on edge as rescuers hunt survivors

HUALIEN, Taiwan (Reuters) - Scores of aftershocks hampered rescue efforts on Thursday as emergency personnel combed through collapsed buildings in search of survivors after a powerful earthquake killed at least nine people near Taiwan's tourist city of Hualien.


Aftershocks rattle Taiwan as quake toll rises to 10, 58 missing

HUALIEN, Taiwan (Reuters) - Scores of aftershocks hampered rescue efforts on Thursday as emergency personnel combed through collapsed buildings in search of survivors after a powerful earthquake killed at least 10 people near Taiwan's popular tourist city of Hualien.


New quake shakes Taiwan's Hualien

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan was hit by an earthquake of 5.7 magnitude on the eastern coast of the island, the government said late on Wednesday night.


At least seven killed, 67 missing after quake rocks Taiwan tourist area

HUALIEN, Taiwan (Reuters) - Rescuers combed through the rubble of collapsed buildings on Wednesday, in a search for 67 people missing after a strong earthquake which killed at least seven near Taiwan's popular tourist city of Hualien.


At least six killed, 60 missing after quake rocks Taiwan tourist area

HUALIEN, Taiwan (Reuters) - Rescuers combed the rubble of collapsed buildings on Wednesday, in a search for about 60 people missing after a strong earthquake killed at least six near Taiwan's popular tourist city of Hualien.


At least five killed, 60 missing after quake rocks Taiwan tourist area

HUALIEN, Taiwan (Reuters) - Rescuers combed through the rubble of collapsed buildings on Wednesday, as they searched for about 60 people missing after a strong earthquake killed at least five near the popular Taiwanese tourist city of Hualien overnight.

Taiwan hit by 6.4 earthquake

A magnitude-6.4 quake struck 22 kilometers (13 miles) north of the Taiwanese city of Hualien, late on February 6.

Dozens feared trapped after quake

Dozens of people are missing following a deadly earthquake in Taiwan, with more than 40 feared trapped in a multi-story building tilting perilously in the northeastern city of Hualien.


At least four killed, 85 missing after quake rocks Taiwan tourist area

HUALIEN, Taiwan (Reuters) - Rescuers combed through the rubble of collapsed buildings on Wednesday, some using their hands as they searched for about 85 people missing after a strong earthquake killed at least four near the popular Taiwanese tourist city of Hualien overnight.


At least four killed, 145 missing after quake rocks Taiwan tourist area

HUALIEN, Taiwan (Reuters) - Rescuers combed through the rubble of collapsed buildings on Wednesday, some using their hands as they searched for about 145 people missing after a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck near the popular Taiwanese tourist city of Hualien overnight.


Taiwan Earthquake Kills at Least Four and Leaves Scores Missing

The 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck at 11:50 p.m. near Hualien, on the eastern coast of Taiwan. More than 200 were injured.


At least two killed, 150 missing after quake rocks Taiwan tourist area

HUALIEN, Taiwan (Reuters) - Rescuers combed through the rubble of collapsed buildings on Wednesday, some using their hands as they searched for about 150 people missing after a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck near the popular Taiwanese tourist city of Hualien overnight.


At least two dead in magnitude 6.4 quake in Taiwan: Premier

TAIPEI (Reuters) - A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck near the coastal city of Hualien in Taiwan late on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, killing at least two people and causing several buildings to collapse.


Two dead, more than 100 injured in Taiwan earthquake: government

TAIPEI (Reuters) - At least two people were killed and more than 100 injured in an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 that hit the coastal Taiwanese city of Hualien late on Tuesday, the government said.


Magnitude 6.4 quake strikes northeast Taiwan, hotel collapses

TAIPEI (Reuters) - A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck just to the northeast of the city of Hualien in Taiwan late on Tuesday, the U.S Geological Survey said, causing a hotel to collapse and forcing the closure of a nearby highway, the government said.


Review: In ‘Before We Vanish,’ the Aliens Have a Lot of Questions

The latest from the Japanese horror master Kiyoshi Kurosawa is a philosophical inquiry as a prelude to extraterrestrial invasion.

Grammy Awards

Critic’s Notebook: Pop Keeps Changing. And the Grammys Turn a Deaf Ear, Again.

By sticking by its old heroes — and familiar sounds — the awards show risks alienating tomorrow’s stars.


Alienation drives young Palestinians beyond politics

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Confrontations between young Palestinians and Israeli soldiers have taken on a life of their own since Palestinian leaders called for protests against Donald Trump's decision to treat Jerusalem as Israel's capital.


Alien sightings are no excuse for filing your tax return late

LONDON (Reuters) - As Britain's deadline for annual tax returns looms, revenue authorities have warned they will be keeping a sharp lookout for any mention of aliens.


Aliens, apocalypse, lightning? ... No, just a meteor rocking Michigan

(Reuters) - A bright meteor briefly swept across the sky over parts of the U.S. Midwest and Canada on Tuesday, weather and geology agencies said, and then caused a powerful explosion that rattled homes and onlookers.

Women and Girls

Op-Ed Contributor: Catherine Deneuve and the French Feminist Difference

Simone de Beauvoir viewed America’s war between the sexes as unproductive and alien. She’s still shaping Frenchwomen’s views today.

United States Politics and Government

Trump Appears to Endorse Path to Citizenship for Millions of Immigrants

President Trump said he would be willing to “take the heat” politically for a sweeping immigration deal, which could alienate some of his supporters.


Snow in the Sahara Creates White-Capped Dunes of Eerie Beauty

Up to 15 inches fell in northwestern Algeria, creating an alien-looking landscape right here on Earth.

The man who fell to Earth

With such otherworldly characters as Ziggy Stardust, Major Tom and Aladdin Sane under his belt, it's no wonder that, in 1976, David Bowie was approached to bring his alien tendencies to the big screen for his first starring role.


How ‘The Alienist’ Finally Found a Screen

Nearly 24 years after it was published, the historical thriller is appearing onscreen, as a TNT series beginning Jan. 22.

United States Politics and Government

Led by the Mercers, Bannon’s Allies Abandon Him

Stephen K. Bannon’s provocative remarks about President Trump and his family, and Mr. Trump’s angry response, further alienated some of Mr. Bannon’s most important backers.

Opinion: Does alien life exist?

Last month, the New York Times published an article describing a secret government program investigating reports by military pilots of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) they encountered in the course of their daily duties. The media was awash with stories of flying saucers and extraterrestrial encounters, with scientists downplaying the likelihood of alien visitation and UFO enthusiasts exclaiming their excitement.


Sorry, sci-fi fans: star's oddness not due to alien mega-structure

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It was too good to be true. Scientists have ruled out the most exotic explanation -- an orbiting alien mega-structure -- for the behavior of a celestial oddity dubbed Tabby's Star that has been puzzling scientists with its sporadic dimming and brightening.


De Blasio’s Second Inauguration: Less Fanfare, Dimmed Star Power

With Mayor de Blasio having alienated some luminaries who attended his first inauguration, his second swearing-in will have a pared-down look.

Neil deGrasse Tyson: Call me when you have a dinner invitation from an alien

Astrophysicist and author Neil deGrasse Tyson gives his perspective on the UFO video released by the Department of Defense. Watch the full interview.

Extraterrestrial Life

Op-Ed Columnist: Flying Saucers and Other Fairy Tales

Why ancient folklore might tell us more than federal research about alien encounters.

Elon Musk teases that it's a 'nuclear alien UFO from N. Korea'

Tech giant Elon Musk causes alien scare

SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket in southern California Friday night leaving a trail behind.

Waiters and Waitresses

Editorial: The Trump Administration to Restaurants: Take the Tips!

A proposed Labor Department rule would leave the door open to owners keeping tips for themselves, and could alienate customers.

Analysis: Trump's presidency is weirder than aliens

If in 2012 a stranger tapped you on the shoulder, leaned in and whispered: "Donald Trump will be the president of the United States in 2017 and also The New York Times, on a random Saturday in December, will publish a convincing report on the existence of aliens in our midst," you'd have wheeled away and laughed.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson weighs UFO evidence vs the hype

There has been a lot of talk about the existence of aliens and UFOs following reports that the Pentagon has researched them, but astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson isn't convinced, or frankly, interested.

Ex-Pentagon official: 'We may not be alone'

A former Pentagon official who led a recently revealed government program to research potential UFOs said Monday evening that he believes there is evidence of alien life reaching Earth.


Poland's new prime minister: a gamble that could backfire

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's new prime minister faces a difficult balancing act trying to repair bruised relations with the European Union without alienating the eurosceptic government's core voters.

Mysterious object analyzed for alien life

Asteroid or alien? Astronomers analyze object that could be from another solar system. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports.


Are Earthlings alone? Half of humans believe in alien life

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Nearly half of humans believe in alien life and want to make contact, a survey in 24 countries has found, in what researchers said helps to explain the lasting popularity of the "Star Wars" franchise 40 years after the first movie was screened.

Stars and Galaxies

Turning Points: The Cosmos Is Calling. What Do We Say?

If we find alien life on another planet, can we survive long enough to meet it?


Beyond the Drag Event Horizon

Filthy scary alien monster cyborg goth drag is in the club.

Space and Astronomy

Out There: An Interstellar Visitor Both Familiar and Alien

Astronomers offer new details about Oumuamua, a probable asteroid arriving from beyond the solar system and leaving in a big hurry.

Ministers (Protestant)

Quandary for Alabama Pastors: What to Say About Roy Moore

Appalled by the allegations against the Senate candidate, but hesitant to alienate churchgoers who support him, many ministers steered clear of the race in Sunday sermons.

Federal Taxes (US)

Republicans Delay Releasing Tax Bill, Signaling Trouble for Party

The bill was delayed for another day as Republicans struggled with cutting tax rates without alienating key constituencies by eliminating popular tax breaks.

Sunni Muslims

As ISIS Is Driven From Iraq, Sunnis Remain Alienated

The grievances of Iraq’s Sunni Arab minority allowed the Islamic State to flourish. How the government deals with Sunnis now could have long-term consequences.


‘The Walking Dead’ at 100: Still a Hit, but for How Much Longer?

As the zombie apocalypse drama returns for Season 8, the AMC series is looking to rebound from a stretch of storytelling shenanigans that alienated viewers.


Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Trump Alienates America’s Allies and Hands Iran a Victory

It’s now up to Congress to keep the nuclear deal alive — and protect the United States’ national security.

Police Brutality, Misconduct and Shootings

Op-Ed Contributor: ESPN Is Terrified of Jemele Hill’s Honesty on Racism

By suspending her, the sports network is making a desperate move not to alienate some viewers and sponsors.

Trump, Donald J

News Analysis: Trump Takes On All Comers, Believing Himself the Victor

If his Twitter blasts inflame racial tensions or alienate his cabinet, those are trade-offs the president has been willing to make in the quest to appear tough to his base.

United States Politics and Government

At Alabama Rally, Trump Toggles Between Republican Loyalists

The president lent his support to Alabama’s incumbent senator in a Republican runoff campaign, but risked alienating core anti-establishment voters.

Bannon: Catholics 'need illegal aliens to fill the churches'

Former White House chief strategist Steven Bannon said the Catholic Church's support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, is economically driven and owes to the church's struggle to fill pews.


For Latino Artists in Sci-Fi Show, Everyone’s an Alien

This fall, 70 transcultural museum shows will explore Los Angeles’s ties to Latin America in a far-reaching survey, “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.”

Ryan walks political tightrope on Trump

House Speaker Paul Ryan used his televised town hall meeting Monday to gingerly walk across the tightrope congressional Republican leaders will face this fall: how to put distance between themselves and President Donald Trump without alienating the White House.

United States International Relations

Trump Cautious on China Inquiry Over Intellectual Property Theft

The president is seeking to fulfill hard-edge campaign promises on trade without alienating Beijing during the crisis over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

McConnell, Mitch

On Washington: Trump’s Twitter Fury at McConnell Risks Alienating a Key Ally

President Trump has turned his Twitter fire on the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, but he desperately needs Mr. McConnell to pass his agenda.


Cuban graffiti artists bring social critique to Havana's walls

HAVANA (Reuters) - The graffiti of alien-like beings and balaclava-clad men appearing on Havana's dilapidated walls strikes a contrast with the upbeat political slogans and effigies of Cuban...

Conservatism (US Politics)

Trump Keeps His Conservative Movement Allies Closest

The White House has spent considerable time and effort cultivating the right, the one constituency it knows it cannot afford to alienate.


UPDATE 6-Kremlin orders Washington to slash embassy staff in Russia

* Kremlin seeks to avoid alienating Trump: analyst (Updates with stand-off over suburban property)

How life may find a way on Saturn's moon

It may not be like the alien life in science fiction, but researchers have just confirmed the presence of something that may lead to life on Titan, Saturn's largest moon, according to a study published Friday in the journal Science Advances.


Alien Donald Trump appears on Mexico City billboard

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A massive image of U.S. President Donald Trump as an alien intruder now towers above one of the busiest roads in Mexico City urging motorists to "Make America Great Again."

Turns out we may all be made of stardust, scientists say

If you were looking to space for extra-terrestrial life, maybe it's time to look in the mirror. A new study claims we might all be part-alien.

Review: 'Diana, Our Mother' is intimate but gauzy

The 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's death is an irresistible TV milestone, one that will be recognized in an assortment of programming. HBO seeks to stand apart from that wave with "Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy," an intimate but gauzy look back, its most salient aspect being that her sons, William and Harry, participate in the reminiscing.

Erdogan will regret alienating Angela Merkel

Why the Cruz amendment is smart policy

Republicans are finally getting smart on Obamacare. It took one of the savviest Republican senators -- Ted Cruz of Texas, with an assist from Mike Lee of Utah -- to get the GOP ‎to figure out how to replace Obamacare, reduce premiums, and save money for the government. And all without alienating millions of voters. But he's pulled the Republicans' fannies out of the fire by having flipped a political losing strategy into a big-time winner.


Golf - Players strike bland message at Women's Open on Trump course

BEDMINSTER, New Jersey (Reuters) - Players stuck to an apolitical party line ahead of the U.S. Women's Open at Trump National on Tuesday, resisting comment on U.S. President Donald Trump, who alienated many with controversial remarks about women.

United States Women's Open (Golf)

On Golf: On Trump’s Turf, U.S. Women’s Open Contenders Will Feel the Heat

The juxtaposition of President Trump, who has alienated women’s rights activists, and the premier women’s golf event in the country has put players in an awkward position.


Venezuela's Maduro may feel heat from both sides after Lopez move

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has sought to ease protests and global censure by granting house arrest to opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez but he risks both energizing the opposition and alienating part of his socialist base.


California’s Far North Deplores ‘Tyranny’ of the Urban Majority

Rural residents in the state’s northern reaches say they are underrepresented and politically alienated by a system that doesn’t have their interests in mind.

Sun, Jonathan (Jonny Sun)

Feature: A Whimsical Wordsmith Charts a Course Beyond Twitter

Jonny Sun’s online personality — a sentimental alien — has attracted a huge following. Now he’s trying to figure out what comes next.


Living dolls: Spanish firm makes eerily realistic human, alien babies

BILBAO, Spain (Reuters) - Want a doll that looks, moves and feels almost exactly like a newborn? Or how about a baby Avatar, or a half human-half piglet?

United States Politics and Government

Senate Health Bill May Alienate G.O.P. Conservatives

Senators are looking at changes to the House bill that would protect sick Americans and stabilize insurance markets, but nods to moderates may lose conservatives.

Trump lectures NATO, unsettles allies

When President Donald Trump lectured NATO members on their contributions to the trans-Atlantic alliance, he demonstrated a lack of understanding about how the group works and potentially alienated the US' closest allies, analysts said.

Federal Budget (US)

Divided Republicans May Find It Hard to Pass Any Budget

The budget battle ahead is likely to mirror the party’s health care fight, in which concessions to moderates alienate conservatives and vice versa.


Restaurant Review: An Identity Crisis at Italienne

The chef Jared Sippel’s restaurant is both French and Italian, formal and casual.


'Alien: Covenant' slides past 'Guardians 2' to win weekend with $36 million

LOS ANGELES ( - As this weekend approached, the question lingered if "Alien: Covenant" would be able to unseat "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" from the top spot at the domestic box office.

Twentieth Century Fox

‘Alien: Covenant’ Is a Ho-Hum No. 1 at the Box Office

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” came in second, while the teenage drama “Everything, Everything” was a respectable third.

Cast of 'Alien: Covenant' knows how to terrify you

It's hard to believe that it's already been 40 years since "Alien" roared into theaters and terrified audiences with its famous chest-bursting scene. Now, director Ridley Scott is back with everyone's favorite Xenomorph for more screams in "Alien: Covenant," which hits theaters on Friday.


Hollywood's big summer movies were all filmed elsewhere

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - This summer's biggest-budget films have everything moviegoers have come to expect from Hollywood blockbusters: superheroes, pirates, space aliens. But in the truest sense of the term, none of them is a Hollywood movie.

The evolution of aliens in film

In 1979, none of the promotional material for the film "Alien" showed moviegoers even a glimpse of the titular creature.

'Alien: Covenant' doesn't deliver much bite

"Alien" taught us that in space, no one can here you scream. The latest offshoot of its DNA, "Alien: Covenant," offers the lesson for fans of early incarnations that in theaters, people can indeed hear you sigh.


Review: ‘Alien: Covenant’ Stays on Brand With Its Terror

The new entry in Ridley Scott’s long-lived franchise is committed to the canny management of expectations, but that doesn’t diminish its creepiness.

Another Trump crisis derails the GOP agenda

President Donald Trump's governing agenda, which only 10 days ago showed signs of gaining steam, appears to have derailed in the aftermath of he allegedly shared classified information and dismissed of FBI director James Comey, both of which threaten to alienate Republicans while bogging down the White House once again.

9 Suggestions for Movies to Watch With Your Mother

Whether your mother enjoys weepy dramas like “Steel Magnolias” or intense films like “Aliens,” find the right movie to watch with her this Mother’s Day.


'Alien' director Ridley Scott 'heads for wider universe' in latest installment

LONDON (Reuters) - Ridley Scott, the English director of three of the sci-fi horror "Alien" films, says he is heading into a wider universe with the latest in the series: "Alien:Covenant."


How ‘Alien’ Spawned So Many Others

The 1979 sci-fi horror film has left its mark on many films, from a “Friday the 13th” sequel to the newest “Alien” prequel.

Saturn (Planet)

Plumes From Saturn’s Moon Enceladus Hint That It Could Support Life

Data from the Cassini spacecraft suggest that hydrothermal vents could provide ingredients for microbes or other forms of alien life to exist.

Alien landscapes? No, just otherworldly places here on Earth

As astronomers discover more and more planets in distant star systems, interstellar travel has again sparked the imagination. NASA now estimates that there are one billion Earth-sized planets orbiting stars similar to the sun, just in the Milky Way.

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010)

Ceding to One Side on Health Bill, Trump Risks Alienating Another

With the administration struggling to gather enough G.O.P. support in the House for a new bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, party leaders say no action is imminent.

The 'Alien' ending you didn't see

Sigourney Weaver owes a debt of gratitude to the executives at 20th Century Fox.

Tizon, Alex

Alex Tizon, Journalist Who Wrote of Alienation as Asian-American, Dies at 57

Mr. Tizon, who shared a Pulitzer Prize as a reporter, wrote the 2014 memoir “Big Little Man” in which he he asked, ‘When did this shame inside me begin?’

United States Politics and Government

2018 Dilemma for Republicans: Which Way Now on Obamacare?

Caught between alienating their conservative base and angering a broader group of voters, Republicans risk losing their House majority.

'Life' unleashes alien in scary confines of space

"Alien" established outer space as the ultimate "nowhere to run" haunted house 40 years ago, and "Gravity" more recently highlighted its still-harrowing if more mundane aspects. "Life" rather economically mashes up the two, producing a taut, suspenseful thriller that's more enjoyable the less you think about it.


Review: In ‘Life,’ Extraterrestrial Fun, Until Someone Gets Hurt

This movie offers proof of life on another planet, sure, but it is also the occasion for another “Alien”-type deadly game of hide-and-seek.


Review: ‘Saban’s Power Rangers,’ With a Color-Coded Makeover

The popular 1990s series receives a big-screen reboot, and five new teenage superheroes face off against the latest alien threat.

Saturday Night Live (TV Program)

On ‘S.N.L.,’ Donald Trump Botches His ‘Independence Day’ Moment

After a palpable absence last week, Alec Baldwin returned to play Mr. Trump in the midst of an alien invasion.