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Senator calls on Zuckerberg to testify before Congress

Cambridge Analytica contractor agrees to meet with House panel

A former Cambridge Analytica contractor and Facebook officials on Tuesday agreed separately to speak to Congress amid growing calls on Capitol Hill for the election data firm and the social media giant to explain how 50 million Facebook users' data was used in the 2016 election.

Trump on Texas bombings: These are sick people

President Trump calls the series of bombings in Texas "terrible" and calls the bomb makers "sick people."


Slovak president calls for stronger cabinet shuffle as protests continue

BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Slovak President Andrej Kiska rejected prime minister-designate Peter Pellegrini's proposed cabinet on Tuesday and called for stronger changes to the government by Friday to help calm a political crisis brought on by the murder of a journalist.


U.N. calls for Turkey to end state of emergency, halt violations

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations called on Turkey on Tuesday to end the state of emergency in place since July 2016 that it said had led to widespread human rights violations including the arrest of 160,000 people and dismissal of nearly the same number of civil servants, often arbitrarily.


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

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.


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.


Facebook under pressure as U.S., EU urge probes of data practices

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg faced calls on Monday from U.S. and European lawmakers to explain how a consultancy that worked on President Donald Trump's election campaign gained improper access to data on 50 million Facebook users.


As U.S. opioid crisis grows, Trump calls for death penalty for dealers

MANCHESTER, N.H. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump spelled out in new detail several steps he favors to fight a U.S. epidemic of opioid abuse, including the execution of drug dealers, a proposal that has gained little support from drug abuse and judicial experts.


On eve of Trump-Saudi meeting, Riyadh calls Iran nuclear deal flawed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia called the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers a "flawed agreement" on Monday, on the eve of a meeting between the Saudi crown prince and U.S. President Donald Trump who have both been highly critical of Iran.


Whole Foods calls supplier summit amid Amazon angst

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Whole Foods will host a summit beginning Tuesday for up to 200 of its suppliers in its hometown of Austin, Texas, amid anxiety and speculation about how its ongoing business revamp will play out under new owner

Time's Up calls for investigation into NY DA

Time's Up, the female-led organization formed in the aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, has called for an investigation into Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance for his failure to prosecute the former movie mogul.


Facebook under pressure as EU, U.S. urge probes of data practices

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg faced calls on Monday from U.S. and European lawmakers to explain how a consultancy that worked on President Donald Trump's election campaign gained access to data on 50 million Facebook users.

Drug Abuse and Traffic

Trump to Visit New Hampshire to Present Opioid Plan

The plan calls for reducing the supply of illicit drugs with better interdiction and tougher penalties, reducing opioid prescriptions and overall demand, and expanding access to treatment.


Bundesbank's Buch adds to calls for cryptocurrency regulation

BERLIN (Reuters) - Regulation of cryptocurrencies must be considered, Bundesbank vice president Claudia Buch told Reuters, even though she does not believe they pose a threat to financial stability.


Facebook critics want regulation, investigation after data misuse

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc faced new calls for regulation from within U.S. Congress and was hit with questions about personal data safeguards on Saturday after reports a political consultant gained inappropriate access to 50 million users' data starting in 2014.

Former CIA chief calls Trump 'a disgraced demagogue' after McCabe firing

Former CIA Director John Brennan responded Saturday to President Donald Trump's tweet about the firing of former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, calling the President "a disgraced demagogue."


Bosnian Serb leader calls for "peaceful" change of Balkan borders

SARAJEVO (Reuters) - Bosnian Serb nationalist leader Milorad Dodik suggested on Friday that Bosnia's Serb region and a Serb-dominated part of Kosovo should merge with Serbia, defying the stance of international peace sponsors against any border changes.


EU calls for industry input on U.S. tariff retaliation list

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission called for industry views on Friday on a list of U.S. products it will subject to import tariffs if the United States taxes European steel and aluminum.


Haas calls time on career spanning more than two decades

(Reuters) - Former world number two Tommy Haas officially announced his retirement from tennis at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells on Thursday, ending a career that spanned more than two decades.


Mexico's No. 2 presidential candidate calls Trump policies 'crazy'

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The Mexican presidential candidate running in second place said on Wednesday U.S. President Donald Trump's economic policies were a "crazy" bid to turn back the clock on advancing technologies that will eliminate manufacturing jobs.

GOP leaders want to put off Yemen war powers vote

The Senate is expected to debate a war powers resolution next week that calls for the United States to end its involvement in the Yemen conflict, but a top Senate Republican leader signaled Thursday GOP leaders would prefer to put off a final vote on the divisive issue until after it can be more closely studied in committee.

Former US North Korea envoy calls Trump's acceptance of Kim meeting 'a great outcome'

The man who spearheaded US diplomatic efforts on North Korea until his surprise retirement earlier this month said he welcomes plans for a meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which is expected to take place in May.


Wells Fargo CEO defends pay; calls Senator Warren's criticism 'inappropriate'

DETROIT (Reuters) - Wells Fargo & Co Chief Executive Tim Sloan on Thursday defended a 35 percent gain in his latest compensation package, while describing comments last year by Democratic U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, who had called for his ouster, as "inappropriate."


Nestle chairman calls CEO 'man of action,' praises his first year

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Nestle SA's chairman gave a vote of confidence to Chief Executive Mark Schneider 14 months into his tenure at the helm of the world's biggest packaged food company as it struggles to recover from a sixth straight year of slowing growth.


West calls on Russia to explain nerve toxin attack on former double agent

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain, the United States, Germany and France jointly called on Russia on Thursday to explain a military-grade nerve toxin attack in England on a former Russian double agent, which they said threatened Western security.

Maryland's state song calls Northerners 'scum.' That may change soon

For almost eight decades, the official state song of Maryland has been a Confederate ballad whose lyrics call Unionists "Northern scum" and President Abraham Lincoln a "despot" and a "tyrant."


EU watchdog calls for review of Barroso's Goldman role

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Ombudsman called on the EU executive on Thursday to review whether its former president, Jose Manuel Barroso, ought to be working for Goldman Sachs after complaints that he was harming the EU's image.

Governor calls student walkout 'shameful'

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R) says he thinks the National School Walkout is a "shameful" attempt by a left-wing group to use students to further their political agenda.


Ford recalls 1.38 million vehicles for loose steering wheel bolts

(Reuters) - Ford Motor Co said Wednesday it is recalling 1.38 million vehicles in North America for potentially loose steering wheel bolts that could detach, in a callback linked to two accidents and one injury.


Goldman calls for Hong Kong to rethink dual-class founder share limits

HONG KONG, March 14 (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc has called on Hong Kong to reconsider planned limits on how much equity company founders can hold when the city introduces dual-class shares, warning they could dent the city's competitiveness versus major centres like New York.

Deaths (Fatalities)

Explosions Rattle Austin as Calls About Suspicious Packages Mount

The police, who believe the blasts were linked, said they had received 265 calls from residents about packages.


Honda, Ford to testify at U.S. Senate Takata hearing: aides

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Executives from Honda Motor Co , Ford Motor Co and Key Safety Systems will testify at a March 20 hearing on the ongoing massive Takata Corp air bag inflator recalls of more than 60 million vehicles, committee aides briefed on the matter said Tuesday.


Amazon recalls power banks due to fire, chemical burn hazards

(Reuters) - Inc has recalled some of its portable chargers in the United States following reports of overheating and fire, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said on Tuesday.


Suspicious package reports surge after deadly Texas parcel bombs: police

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Police have received more than 150 calls about suspicious packages after three parcel bombs left outside homes in Austin, Texas, exploded this month in related attacks that killed two people and injured two others, officials said on Tuesday.

Animal Behavior

Near Noisy Oil Fields, Lovesick Birds Change Their Tunes

“Hey, hey, sexy, hey, I’m Bob, a Savannah sparrow.” Birds near oil fields tweak their mating calls in complex ways that researchers are only starting to grasp.

Actors and Actresses

The First Time: Anna Deavere Smith: The First Time a White Person Wrote ‘Love’ to Me

The playwright and actress recalls making an unexpected friendship in a Baltimore high school in the early 1960s, and feeling less invisible.


Slovak PM Fico's coalition partner calls for early elections

BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Slovak junior ruling party Most-Hid (Bridge) will seek talks with coalition parties about leading the country toward early elections or will leave the government coalition if no agreement is made, its leader Bela Bugar said on Monday.


Tech Tip: How to Prevent the ‘Butt Dial’

Smartphone software can make it a little too easy to dial up your contacts whether you meant to or not, but you can help cut down on accidental calls.

DeVos calls on Trump to not use foul language

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Monday criticized President Donald Trump's use of vulgarity on the campaign trail to mock NBC News anchor Chuck Todd, pointing to "an opportunity and responsibility to be examples to our kids."


Battling Swift Current, Divers Had to Cut Passengers from Helicopter Harnesses

The crash revived calls for helicopter tours to be restricted over Manhattan and raised questions about the safety of amateurs being allowed on so-called photo flights.


Women, Art and the Houses They Built

The installation called Women House recalls the birth of feminist art and highlights a new generation’s take on issues of domesticity.

Officials respond to downed helicopter in New York river

A New York Police Department spokesperson tells CNN they are responding to calls about a helicopter down in the East River.

Trump calls NBC News' Chuck Todd 'a sleeping son of a bitch'

Railing against much of the mainstream press, President Donald Trump continued to air his grievances with the media, honing in on NBC News anchor Chuck Todd.


Venezuela's Maduro calls U.N. rights chief a U.S.-backed 'tumor'

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan socialist President Nicolas Maduro said on Friday the United Nations human rights chief was a puppet of the United States who had implanted himself like a "tumor" and had no right to criticize Maduro's handling of the crisis-stricken nation.

Deputy told officers to stay back as FL shooting was taking place, calls show

The armed resource officer for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who didn't enter the building where an active shooting was taking place said through his attorney that he thought the shots were coming from outside. But in dispatch audio of the incident, he said he had heard that it was "by, inside the 1200 building."


South Africa's Tiger Brands calls in experts to identify listeria cause

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African food producer Tiger Brands said on Friday it had appointed an expert team to identify the causes of a listeria outbreak that has killed 180 people in the past 14 months and which has been traced to one of its factories.


WRAPUP 5-Asia's biggest exporters bristle over U.S. tariffs, fanning trade war fears

TOKYO March 9 (Reuters) - Major Asian nations reacted sharply on Friday to U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, warning of damage to relations amid industry calls for retaliation.


German steel body calls on EU to counter U.S. steel tariffs

FRANKFURT, March 9 (Reuters) - Germany's steel association called on the European Union to come up with effective countermeasures to the imposition of U.S. import tariffs on steel and aluminum, warning Europe might be forced to absorb more volumes as a result.


Asia's biggest exporters bristle over U.S. tariffs, fanning trade war fears

TOKYO (Reuters) - Major Asian nations reacted sharply to U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports on Friday, warning of damage to relations amid industry calls for retaliation.

Instead of 911, they called their parents

When shooting erupted at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the first thing some students did was contact their parents. Those parents' voices could be heard on the line in 911 calls released Thursday.

School Shootings and Armed Attacks

‘Someone’s Shooting Up the School’: Florida 911 Calls Reveal Moments of Panic

The Broward County sheriff’s office released audio recordings from 10 of the more than 70 emergency calls received during the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.


Venezuela opposition calls for protest against presidential vote

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's opposition is calling for a national protest later this month against a "fraudulent" election it says is stacked in favor of President Nicolas Maduro, the first major mobilization since last year's wave of street protests.


Egypt struggles to end female genital mutilation

AWLAD SERAG, Egypt (Reuters) - In a tiny village in Egypt's southern province of Assiut, 16-year-old Amany Shamekh, who wants to be an artist one day, recalls how she was illegally circumcised with a razor blade.


South Korea vows tougher laws on sexual abuse amid #MeToo wave

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea vowed on Thursday to strengthen laws against sexual assault and implement measures to reduce harassment as the #MeToo campaign sweeps the country and sparks calls for meaningful action to tackle sexual abuse.


U.S. senators call new hearing on Takata auto air bag inflators

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senators will convene a previously undisclosed hearing to focus on the status of Takata air bag inflator recalls, the largest, most complex recall process in auto history that some lawmakers say is too slow.


Cycling: UCI chief calls for Team Sky investigation

LONDON (Reuters) - Cycling's governing body (UCI) should investigate if Team Sky broke anti-doping rules, UCI President David Lappartient told the BBC on Wednesday.


Europe's medicines regulator calls for recall of Biogen, AbbVie multiple sclerosis drug

(Reuters) - Europe's medicines regulator recommended the immediate suspension and recall of Biogen Inc and AbbVie Inc's multiple sclerosis drug Zinbryta, following 12 reports of inflammation of the brain, three of which cases were fatal.

Cillizza calls out Trump's 'no chaos' claim

CNN's Chris Cillizza considers whether a chaotic White House can still get things done.


Sutton calls for Wiggins, Freeman to 'tell the truth'

(Reuters) - Briton's first Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins and former Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman need to come forward and give a full explanation of how they used asthma drugs, according to the team's ex-coach Shane Sutton.


Trump calls North Korea 'sincere' on possible nuclear talks, others skeptical

WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - Feeling the pressure of sanctions, North Korea seems "sincere" in its apparent willingness to halt nuclear tests if it held denuclearization talks with the United States, President Donald Trump said on Tuesday as U.S., South Korean and Japanese officials voiced skepticism about any discussions.


Student arrested over threats to New York's Utica College

(Reuters) - A 23-year-old Utica College student was arrested on Tuesday over threatening calls he is suspected of making that led to a lockdown at the upstate New York school the previous day, police said.


Republican pushback on Trump tariffs gathers steam, talk of modifications emerge

WASHINGTON/MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Republican lawmakers stepped up calls on Tuesday for President Donald Trump to pull back from proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell added to an avalanche of criticism of the measures, saying they risked igniting a trade war and damaging the U.S. economy.

Foreign Investments

U.S. Calls Broadcom’s Bid for Qualcomm a National Security Risk

The move by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States complicates an already contentious deal.


IAG's Walsh calls for cheaper A380s as it considers fleet plan for Level

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - IAG could consider buying more A380s from Airbus if the superjumbo was cheaper, CEO Willie Walsh said, adding that he was also looking at planes for the airline group's new carrier Level.

Schiff calls for Nunberg to testify in House Russia investigation

Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Monday that the House panel needs to interview former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg as part of its Russia investigation.


Greenland PM calls parliamentary vote in April

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Greenland's Prime Minister Kim Kielsen has called parliamentary elections for next month, local media reported on Monday.


Trump says he may travel to Israel for embassy move; Netanyahu calls out Iran

WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he might travel to Israel for the opening of the U.S. embassy there as he and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented a united front against Iran in White House talks.


France calls on EU nations to adopt carbon price floor

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - France called on other EU nations to adopt a regional carbon price floor for power generators to promote a shift away from coal to more climate-friendly fuels.


Oscars 2018: A Pledge for Diversity

After a year in Hollywood marked by the #MeToo movement and Time's Up, this year's Academy Awards were dominated by calls for more diversity and inclusivity for women, people of color, immigrants and minorities.


Iranian official calls on West to scrap nuclear arms before any missile talks

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran will not negotiate over its ballistic missiles until the United States and Europe dismantle nuclear weapons and long-range missiles, a top Iranian military official said on Saturday.


As NAFTA weighs, Trump's tariffs drive new U.S. auto concerns

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - From a hotel in Mexico City, Ann Wilson, a senior executive at the U.S. Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), is fielding calls from American auto parts makers worried that President Donald Trump's metal tariffs will force them out of business.


Iran calls on U.S., Europe to scrap nuclear arms, missiles

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran will not negotiate over its ballistic missiles until the United States and Europe dismantle their nuclear weapons, a top Iranian military official said on Saturday, keeping up the Islamic republic's tough stance on the issue.


Trump, Merkel and Macron concerned about Putin's nuclear comments: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump spoke in separate phone calls on Thursday with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the leaders "shared their serious concerns" over Russian President Vladimir Putin's comments on his country's nuclear weapons, the White House said on Friday.


Snowstorms shut down Ireland, Britain calls in army for hospitals

DUBLIN/EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Snowstorms shut most of Ireland on Friday and forced Britain to call in the army to help battle some of the worst weather seen for nearly 30 years.

International Trade and World Market

Trump Calls Trade Wars ‘Good’ and ‘Easy to Win’

In a series of early-morning tweets, the president defended his decision to impose stiff tariffs on steel and aluminum.


Snow storms shut Ireland, Britain calls in the army for hospitals

DUBLIN/EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Snow storms shut most of Ireland on Friday and forced Britain to call in the army to battle some of the worst weather seen in nearly 30 years.

Sen. Orrin Hatch calls Obamacare supporters 'stupidest, dumbass people'

Sen. Orrin Hatch says supporters of the Affordable Care Act are the "stupidest, dumbass" people he's ever seen.

Anderson Cooper: Setbacks contradict past Trump claims

In light of concerns surrounding Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner's business dealings, CNN's Anderson Cooper calls out President Trump for past comments claiming he was not beholden to donors or special interests.


Philippines' Duterte tells police, soldiers not to cooperate in any drug war probe

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered police and soldiers not to cooperate in any investigation into his bloody war on drugs, amid international calls for an external probe.


Norway's Telenor seeks salvation in the cloud

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Picture an old telephone exchange with operators connecting calls manually, add vast computing power by putting it on the Amazon cloud, and you have Working Group Two -- a new platform for hosting 'virtual' mobile networks.


BlackRock annual report calls punditry risk to index fund business

NEW YORK (Reuters) - BlackRock Inc on Wednesday disclosed in its annual report for the first time a risk associated with "third-party commentary citing concerns about the growth of index investing."

Source calls Trump's son-in-law paranoid after his security downgrade

The existing battle-lines between Jared Kushner and chief of staff John Kelly are further entrenched and new diplomatic challenges have arisen after the decision to downgrade Kushner's security clearance, people familiar with the matter say.

Trump again calls out Sessions

President Donald Trump on Wednesday again publicly chastised his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, this time over an investigation into alleged surveillance abuses.


Trump calls Sessions' surveillance probe decision 'disgraceful'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump launched a fresh attack on Wednesday against his attorney general, calling Jeff Sessions' decision to have the Justice Department inspector general - and not prosecutors - investigate alleged surveillance abuse "disgraceful."

Anchor calls out GOP lawmaker over Delta discount claims

CNN's Brianna Keilar pressed Georgia State Sen. Michael Williams for evidence after he suggested Delta offers discounts to Planned Parenthood.


Ivascyn generates big returns for Pimco Income Fund, not sound bites

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Dan Ivascyn, the group chief investment officer at Pacific Investment Management Co (Pimco), eschews making big, splashy investment or market calls, unlike his legendary predecessor, Bill Gross.


A question of interest at the heart of debate over GM Korea rescue

SEOUL (Reuters) - For years, General Motors resisted calls from South Korean officials to cut interest rates it was charging on nearly $3 billion in loans to its loss-making South Korean unit, according to three sources and documents seen by Reuters.


Trump discusses Iran in calls with Saudi, UAE leaders: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump discussed Iran's "destabilizing activities" and other security and economic issues in separate telephone calls with senior Saudi and Emirati leaders on Tuesday, the White House said.

Ryan Seacrest still hosting Oscar coverage

Ryan Seacrest will still host the E! network's red carpet preshow at Sunday's Academy Awards, despite renewed conversation around sexual harassment allegations made against the host and producer by a former stylist and calls from at least one high-profile actress for him to skip the event.

Broward County sheriff insists his office got 23 calls about Nikolas Cruz or his brother, but records show 45

As critics have taken aim at law enforcement for missing warning signs about South Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz, public records have emerged that conflict with Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel's statements about the number of times deputies were dispatched to the shooter's home.


USGA scraps 18-hole playoff format for U.S. Open

(Reuters) - The U.S. Open's 18-hole playoff format will be scrapped in favor of a two-hole aggregate, the United States Golf Association (USGA) said on Monday after calls to move the tournament more in line with the other three majors.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Ivanka Trump Calls Question About Father’s Sexual Misconduct ‘Inappropriate’

“I don’t think that’s a question you would ask many other daughters,” Ms. Trump, a presidential adviser, said. “I believe my father.”


Broadcom calls Qualcomm's offer for price talks 'engagement theater'

(Reuters) - Broadcom Ltd on Monday called a proposal by U.S. semiconductor peer Qualcomm Inc for a new meeting to negotiate an increase to Broadcom's $117 billion acquisition offer "engagement theater" aimed at dodging a takeover battle.

Books and Literature

Books of The Times: How Life as a Foreigner Helped Shape a Man of Letters

In “A Tokyo Romance,” the historian and editor Ian Buruma recalls a vivid and influential Japanese sojourn in his early 20s.


Trump calls for closer attention to warnings after Florida massacre

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said authorities need to do a better job of handling warnings about violent people of the sort that were missed ahead of this month's shooting at a Florida high school that killed 17 people.

Gun Control

Lines Out the Door and Strong Sales at Tampa Gun Show

As calls for gun bans intensify after the Parkland shooting, some sellers proudly display AR-15 semiautomatic rifles but say they support some limits.

Florida GOP congressman calls for ban on assault weapon sales

A Republican congressman from Florida announced his support for a ban on assault weapon sales Friday in an op-ed in The New York Times.


Weakened Merkel offers job to arch critic in young new German cabinet

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would promote her most prominent critic from within her conservative party, 37-year old Jens Spahn, to a coalition cabinet, in a sign she has heeded calls for renewal to revive her grumbling party.