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Analysis: Trump's Russia delusion bubbles over

President Donald Trump has long been obsessed with the idea that the investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election is really nothing more than a political scheme to rob him of the credit he so rightly deserves for winning that race. Over the last 24 hours, however, that obsession has been tuned up a notch, with Trump unleashing a series of bitter tweets attacking even his own top advisers and agencies for their alleged complicity in this narrative.

de Blasio, Bill

Homelessness, Step by Step

New York City makes it hard to enter shelters, and the housing market makes it hard to leave them. The process has many phases — the stages of homelessness.


India's City Union Bank CEO says suffered cyber hack via SWIFT system

MUMBAI, Feb 18 (Reuters) - India's City Union Bank said on Sunday that "cyber criminals" had hacked its systems and transferred nearly $2 million through three unauthorised remittances to lenders overseas via the SWIFT financial platform.


Leftist and young buck lead as Mexico parties make presidential picks

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's political parties will formally choose presidential candidates on Sunday, setting the stage for a race between a leftist holding a strong lead, a young leader of a right-left coalition catching up, and a trailing ruling party candidate.

Mensah, Emmanuel (1991-2017)

Soldier Who Died Saving People From Bronx Fire Is Hailed at His Funeral

Pfc. Emmanuel Mensah’s funeral was the last for the 13 victims of the December fire, the deadliest in New York City in over 25 years.


Pope renews commission on sexual abuse, Vatican promises victims more say

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis renewed a commission on clergy sexual abuse on Saturday, confirming a U.S. cardinal as its head, as the Vatican promised to give victims a greater say in its work.


India's City Union says hit by fraudulent remittances via SWIFT system

MUMBAI, Feb 17 (Reuters) - India's City Union Bank Ltd on Saturday said it had suffered three "fraudulent remittances" of nearly $2 million that had been pushed through the SWIFT financial platform.


Three Suicide Bombers Kill at Least 18 in Nigeria

The attackers, all believed to be women, targeted a fish market in Maiduguri, the Nigerian city that gave rise to the Islamist militants of Boko Haram.


Big Mexico quake cuts power and damages homes; two dead in crash

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A prolonged 7.2 magnitude quake that rocked Mexico on Friday left nearly a million homes and businesses without power in the capital and south but the only reported deaths came when a military helicopter crashed after surveying the aftermath.

7.2 earthquake jolts southern Mexico

A magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck southeastern Mexico on Friday night, with the epicenter in the state of Oaxaca, the US Geological Survey reported. An earthquake alert was issued in Mexico City and buildings were evacuated there, CNN's Leyla Santiago said. No reports on injuries or damage were immediately available.


Powerful 7.2 quake rocks buildings in Mexico, minor damage reported

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A 7.2 magnitude quake rocked Mexico on Friday, a prolonged rumble that the government said had caused minor damage to buildings in the southern state of Oaxaca, but with no preliminary reports of deaths.


Mexico's Pemex says no immediate reports of quake damage at its plants

MEXICO CITY, Feb 16 (Reuters) - The installations of Mexican national oil firm Pemex appear not to have sustained any damage after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck southern Mexico on Friday, the company's chief executive said.


BRIEF-Berry Global Announces Proprietary Spinlace Capacity Investment



Yemeni man pleads guilty in U.S. to trying to join Islamic State

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Yemen-born New York City resident on Friday pleaded guilty to attempting to provide support to Islamic State, admitting that he tried to join the organization and urged someone else to join too.

Cooking and Cookbooks

City Kitchen: A Chicken Potpie Fit for a Party

To give this homey dish a certain elegance, use frozen puff pastry and turn it into fetching, flaky hand pies.


A New Juliet Blooms as a Ballerina

Indiana Woodward, a soloist at City Ballet, is making her debut as Juliet — a dream role.

World's tallest hotel opens

The world's tallest hotel has officially opened its doors in Dubai -- scaling the clouds and towering above the city below.


UK to push EU for City of London's favored Brexit plan: FT

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's government is ready to push for the kind of Brexit regulation plan that the City of London has long favored but which has already run into opposition in Brussels, the Financial Times reported on Friday.


Dashed hopes for Mexico oil boom leave Gulf Coast hotels idle

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - When a Mexican real estate investment trust bought four hotels along the country's Gulf coast operating under the Marriott, Quality Inn and Fiesta Inn brands, it expected the government's recent energy reform to attract droves of oil executives, engineers and technicians.


Head of OAS anti-corruption mission in Honduras resigns

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The head of the Organization of American States' anti-corruption mission in Honduras said on Thursday he would resign over a lack of support from authorities in the Central American country and clashes with OAS leadership.


E-commerce firm Mercado Libre to open distribution centers in Mexico

MEXICO CITY, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Mercado Libre, Latin America's home-grown e-commerce firm, said on Thursday that it would open two large distribution centers in Mexico as part of an effort to improve its logistics in the country.


Former NY City teacher, brother charged with attempted bomb-making

(Reuters) - A former New York City high school teacher and his brother were arrested on Thursday and charged with attempting to build an explosive device after an investigation by the FBI, according to authorities.


Exclusive: Mexico foreign minister heads to Caribbean to win over Venezuelan allies - official

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's foreign minister will travel to Jamaica, Grenada and Saint Lucia in March, a Mexican official said on Thursday, as part of efforts to erode Venezuela's oil-based influence in the Caribbean.


UPDATE 1-BHP Billiton to drill two new deepwater wells in Trion this year

MEXICO CITY, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Drilling of a new appraisal well and a separate exploration well in BHP Billiton deepwater Trion project will begin later this year, part of a plan approved by Mexican regulators on Thursday that also revised downward the project's estimated oil and gas resources.


Mexico finds remains possibly belonging to law enforcement agents

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The Mexican attorney general's office said on Thursday it found human remains that may belong to two law enforcement agents specializing in organized crime who recently appeared in an online video that seemed to show their kidnapping.

Martins, Peter

Abuse Accusations Against Peter Martins Are Not Corroborated, Inquiry Says

Former New York City Ballet dancers accused Mr. Martins of verbal and physical abuse, and an anonymous letter contained sexual harassment allegations against him.


Two men arrested in New York City with bomb-making material: NY Times

(Reuters) - Authorities arrested two people in New York City on Thursday and planned to charge to them with building an explosive device after what they described a federal terrorism investigation, the New York Times reported, citing an unnamed law enforcement official.

Politics and Government

News Analysis: In Netanyahu’s Israel, the Divisiveness Is Now All About Him

Israeli politics has always been noisily contentious, but with the prime minister facing possible bribery charges, the toxicity threatens to reach new heights.


New York police sergeant cleared in deadly shooting of woman: union

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York City police sergeant was found not guilty of all charges on Thursday in the 2016 death of a emotionally disturbed woman whom he shot as she wielded a baseball bat in her apartment, the officer's union said.


Fit City: Orthodox Jew, Unorthodox Boxing Teacher

Yuri Foreman, a former world champion and now a rabbi, teaches a class of devoted students every week at the 92nd Street Y.

As marijuana use rises, doctors warn pregnant women

Two-year-old Maverick Hawkins sits on a red, plastic car in his grandmother's living room in the picturesque town of Nevada City, Calif., in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. His playpal Delilah Smith, a fellow 2-year-old, snacks on hummus and cashews and delights over the sounds of her Princess Peppa Pig stuffie.


On eve of investigation, Vatican says pope meets sex abuse victims often

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis regularly meets with victims of sexual abuse, the Vatican said on Thursday, a disclosure that follows intense criticism of his defense of a Chilean bishop accused of covering up abuse.


Wes Anderson's tale of deported dogs opens Berlin film festival

BERLIN (Reuters) - U.S. director Wes Anderson's "Isle of Dogs" - a quirky movie about a Japanese city that deports its dogs to a garbage dump island during an outbreak of canine flu - became the first animation to open the Berlin film festival.


Vatican denies ex-pope Benedict suffering from debilitating disease

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican on Thursday denied a German magazine report that former Pope Benedict was suffering from a paralyzing disease of the nervous system.

North America's most Chinese city

A trip to eat the world's best dumplings might be shorter than expected for those in North America: Forget Shanghai and head to Richmond, British Columbia, a bustling suburb of Vancouver and the most Chinese city in on the continent.


Mexico's Financiero Interacciones sees cheaper loans on Banorte tie-up

MEXICO CITY, Feb 14 (Reuters) - Mexico's state and municipal government debt sector will likely see lower borrowing costs in the coming months following the acquisition of Grupo Financiero Interacciones by Banorte, Interacciones CEO said on Wednesday.


Indigenous Mexican presidential candidate injured in highway accident

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The first indigenous woman to run for the Mexican presidency was injured and at least one other person killed when a van in which she was traveling was involved in an accident in western Baja California state on Wednesday, campaign social media said.


Indigenous Mexican presidential candidate involved in highway accident

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A van carrying the first indigenous woman to run for the Mexican presidency was involved in a highway accident on Wednesday in western Baja California state that killed at least one person and injured the candidate, according to social media associated with her campaign.


Trump, Pena Nieto meeting planned for next few weeks: Mexican foreign ministry

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Mexico's Enrique Pena Nieto is being planned for sometime during the next few weeks, Mexico's foreign ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.


New York state seeks expedited timeline to close city's Rikers Island jail

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York state officials on Wednesday recommended speeding up New York City's timeline for closing its Rikers Island jail, saying the troubled facility is violating inmates' constitutional rights and state laws.


State considers expediting timeline to close New York's Rikers Island jail

NEW YORK (Reuters) - State officials on Wednesday recommended speeding up New York City's timeline for closing its Rikers Island jail, saying the troubled facility is violating inmates' Constitutional rights and state laws.


UPDATE 1-America Movil will spend $8 bln on capex in 2018, CEO says

MEXICO CITY, Feb 14 (Reuters) - America Movil, Mexico's largest telecommunications firm, will increase capital expenditures to around $8 billion this year, Chief Executive Officer Daniel Hajj said during a call with analysts on Wednesday.


U.N. says bombs will litter Mosul for more than a decade

GENEVA (Reuters) - The Iraqi city of Mosul will remain strewn with unexploded bombs for a decade, endangering a million or more civilians who want to return home following the end of three years of Islamic State occupation, a U.N. demining expert said on Wednesday.


Traditional music returns in Syria's war torn Aleppo

ALEPPO, Syria (Reuters) - Traditional musicians in Syria's Aleppo say their art is flourishing again 13 months after fighting in the city ended, as new students learn the techniques of "Qoudud"...

Prisons and Prisoners

New York State May Move to Close Rikers Ahead of City’s 10-Year Timeline

A report by the Commission of Correction found worsening conditions at the New York City jail, vowing to “expeditiously” close the complex.


Opel says to build next-generation Corsa in Spain

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Opel, the German carmaker now owned by France's PSA Group , said a new version of its Corsa city car would be built exclusively in Zaragoza, Spain, from 2019.


A dog's life: In Beijing's Forbidden City, no holiday for canine patrol

BEIJING (Reuters) - As China ushers in the Lunar Year of the Dog, hundreds of millions of Chinese are traveling to their hometowns to spend the week-long national holiday with their families.


Pakistani Taliban kill four government paramilitary troopers in gun attack

Quetta, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistani Taliban militants shot dead four paramilitary soldiers in Pakistan's western city of Quetta, where last month seven security men were killed in a suicide attack, police and the Islamist group said.

Off-duty Chicago police commander shot and killed

An off-duty police commander who responded to a call was fatally shot Tuesday in downtown Chicago, the city's top officer said.


Building diplomacy, not just walls: U.S. starts work on new Mexico embassy

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The United States broke ground on a new $943 million embassy in Mexico City on Tuesday, a move hailed by officials from both countries as a win for diplomacy after months of tension over President Donald Trump's plan to build a tall border wall.


UPDATE 2-Mexico's America Movil reports steepest loss in 16 years

MEXICO CITY, Feb 13 (Reuters) - America Movil, the crown jewel of Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim's empire, reported its largest loss in 16 years in the fourth quarter, hampered by the peso's depreciation against the dollar and euro.

Attacks on Police

Chicago Police Commander Killed on Busy Downtown Block

The commander, who was chasing a man near City Hall, was the fifth police officer in the United States to be fatally shot in the last week, and the 12th so far this year.


One man killed, two wounded in shooting in Utah: police

(Reuters) - One man was killed and two other men were wounded in a shooting outside Salt Lake City on Tuesday, and police said were looking for whoever carried out the attack.

Suspected Toronto serial killer frequented Gay Village

When Bruce McArthur was charged with five counts of murder for allegedly killing several gay men and burying their remains in potted plants around Toronto, many in the city's LGBTQ community were in shock.


'Chelsea Bomber' receives two life sentences

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New Jersey man convicted of planting bombs in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood in 2016 received two life sentences on Tuesday, after expressing no remorse in a Manhattan courtroom for engineering the explosion that injured 30 people.


Mexico presidential hopeful says he is target of government spying

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A Mexican presidential candidate denounced on Tuesday alleged surveillance of his movements by the government and demanded an explanation, the latest in a series of accusations that Mexico is spying without due cause on its own citizens.


Critic’s Notebook: Nuggets of Ballet Wisdom From Bodies Trained by Balanchine

Patricia McBride, a New York City Ballet luminary, recently returned to the company to coach a Balanchine ballet she created in the 1970s.


South Africa declares drought a national disaster

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa has declared a national disaster over the drought afflicting southern and western regions including Cape Town, though the city pushed back its "Day Zero", the date when its taps are expected to run dry.

California Today

California Today: California Today: Would a Qualcomm Takeover Be Bad for San Diego?

Tuesday: How much big companies actually matter to a city, President Trump’s $4.4 trillion budget, and the key to getting good at math.


South Africa's drought-stricken Cape Town pushes back 'Day Zero' to June 4

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's drought-stricken city of Cape Town has pushed back its estimate for "Day Zero," when residents will have to start queuing for water, to June 4 from May 11 due to a decline in water usage, the city's deputy mayor said on Tuesday.


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.


Singapore poised for first sales tax hike in more than a decade

SINGAPORE, Feb 13 (Reuters) - Singapore, a city-state famed for the low-tax model that helped transform it from a gritty port town to an Asian Manhattan, is expected to put something unusual in this year's government budget announcement: a tax hike.

Police Brutality, Misconduct and Shootings

2 Baltimore Police Detectives Are Convicted of Racketeering

Daniel Hersl and Marcus Taylor worked for the city’s elite Gun Trace Task Force, whose members stole cash and resold looted narcotics. Other officers had pleaded guilty.

United States Politics and Government

Op-Ed Columnist: The End of the Two-Party System

We now have a scarcity mind-set, and that mentality and the perpetual warrior style it demands are incompatible with any civilized political creed.

This city has gone 10 days without a homicide, its longest stretch since 2013

Baltimore, a city with one of the highest per capita murder rates in the country, has not seen a homicide for 10 days and counting -- the longest murder-free period since the fall of 2013.

Education (K-12)

Op-Ed Contributor: Save Chicago’s Public Schools

Instead of trying to improve troubled schools, the city is shutting them down.

The dramatic changes in New York's skyline

The Empire State Building, the Art Deco Chrysler Building, the super-tall One World Trade Center. New York City is home to some of the world's most iconic skyscrapers.


UPDATE 1-Mexico's Alfa reports smaller net loss in 4th qtr

MEXICO CITY, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Mexican conglomerate Alfa, which competes in industries from food packaging to car parts to petrochemicals, on Monday reported a narrower net loss in the fourth quarter, hit by exchange rate losses.

New York City Ballet

A Peter Martins Ballet Loses Peter Martins, and a Slap

Peter Martins is not being erased from City Ballet, which he retired from amid accusations of harassment and abuse. But his “Romeo + Juliet” is being tweaked.

Officer was fired after he chose not to shoot a man. He's getting $175,000 settlement

A West Virginia city has agreed to pay a former police officer $175,000 to settle a wrongful-termination lawsuit after he was fired following his decision not to shoot a distraught suspect who was holding a gun.

Opinion: How one farm is delaying Cape Town's Day Zero

Like many people in Cape Town, I teared up earlier this week as I watched a video of the gates of a privately owned dam being opened to release 10 billion liters of water, a lifesaving gift for our drought stricken city.

Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker's unfortunate feud

Folks were abuzz over the weekend about Kim Cattrall slamming her former "Sex and the City" co-star Sarah Jessica Parker, but their apparent ill will is nothing new.

London City Airport (London, England)

A Relic of World War II Shuts Down a London Airport

City Airport, in the East End, was in the safety exclusion zone after a 1,100-pound German bomb found during construction work.

Why we're fighting for MLK's final cause

Fifty years ago today, hundreds of black sanitation workers in Memphis walked off their jobs after two of their brothers were crushed to death by their truck's faulty compactor. For more than 60 days, the striking workers made daily marches from the local church to city hall, wearing signs that declared, "I AM A MAN."


West Virginia policeman fired after refusing to shoot suspect settles suit

(Reuters) - A former police officer who said he was fired after not shooting a man wielding an unloaded gun during a domestic dispute agreed to drop his lawsuit against the West Virginia city he worked in after reaching a settlement, his lawyers said on Monday.


Uber tests cheaper 'Hurry Hurry' service for errands in Nairobi

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Uber is testing a service in Nairobi that was inspired by residents' use of the platform for errands and aims to tap into a new segment of the city's active ride-hailing market, a regional executive said on Monday.


New York's Westminster Show: Where 'Good Dog!' is not good enough

NEW YORK (Reuters) - For the nearly 3,000 dogs converging on New York City on Monday for the annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, "Good Dog!" is a dreaded assessment but "Best Dog!" is a dream...


Small earthquake rattles China's capital, Beijing

BEIJING (Reuters) - A rare small earthquake rattled the Chinese capital Beijing on Monday, centered in an area just south of the city in the neighboring province of Hebei.

London airport closed after bomb found

The London City Airport was closed on Sunday after construction workers discovered a World War II bomb in the nearby Thames River.

Suits and Litigation (Civil)

Weinstein Company Sale Delayed by N.Y. Attorney General Lawsuit

Eric T. Schneiderman filed a suit alleging the studio and its founders violated state and city laws barring gender discrimination and sexual harassment.


London City Airport shut after WW2 bomb found in Thames

(Reuters) - The London City Airport was closed on Sunday night after an unexploded World War Two bomb was discovered in the River Thames at George V Dock, the Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

Civilian Casualties

Kobani Journal: By Light of a Blood Moon, Life Returns to a Bombed-Out Syrian Landscape

Residents reluctantly return to live amid the rubble of the battered ruins of Kobani, a Kurdish city in northern Syria. They call the neighborhood The Museum.


Knife-wielding attacker wounds four church-goers in Indonesia: police

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A knife-wielding attacker wounded four church-goers in the Indonesian city of Yogyakarta on Sunday, officials said, before being shot by police who could not yet confirm if it was a terror-related incident.


Two Ohio police officers shot to death, suspect held

(Reuters) - Two Ohio police officers were shot to death on Saturday when they responded to a call and a suspect was wounded and is in custody, a spokeswoman for the city of Westerville said.


Italians march against racism after shooting spree against migrants

MACERATA, Italy (Reuters) - Thousands of Italians marched against racism on Saturday in the city of Macerata where a man opened fire on African migrants a week ago, injuring six people in what police said was a racially motivated attack.


At least 18 dead in Hong Kong bus accident

HONG KONG (Reuters) - At least 18 people died in a high-speed bus crash in Hong Kong on Saturday in one of the city's worst traffic disasters in recent years.

Single Persons

The Look: I Will Die in This Beautiful Place

To be a true New Yorker, one must love and hate the city in equal measure, and always come back.

Cooking and Cookbooks

City Kitchen: Meat and Potatoes Made Magical

A top-quality steak served with herbed, buttery potatoes makes a special dinner for two — for any occasion or no occasion.


End of NAFTA wouldn't be 'end of world': Mexican leftist's top diplomat

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The collapse of NAFTA would not be a disaster for Mexico, the top foreign policy advisor to leftist presidential election frontrunner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said, adding that Mexico should depend less on the United States and not interfere with regional neighbors.


Bombing at mosque in Libya's Benghazi kills two, wounds 75: medics

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Two people were killed and 75 wounded in a twin bombing inside a mosque in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Friday, medics said.


Slimmed-down 'fatberg' goes on display in London museum

LONDON (Reuters) - Pieces of a 130-tonne "fatberg", a ball of fat and waste that was discovered in a London sewer in late 2017, have gone on display at a museum in the city.


Porsche mulls production hike for electric cars as diesel sputters

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Sportscar maker Porsche AG may increase annual production capacity of its Mission E model beyond 20,000 cars and decide shortly about whether to electrify its Macan sports utility model, board member Detlev von Platen told Reuters.


Earthquake hits near Mexico's Pacific coast, no damage reported

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit Mexico's Pacific coast near the major port of Manzanillo on Friday, but no major damage or injures were immediately reported.


Bombing at mosque in Libya's Benghazi kills one, wounds 37: residents

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - One person was killed and 37 wounded by a twin bombing inside a mosque in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Friday, medics said.


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.

Gun Control

When a Gun Maker Proposed Gun Control

Long before a gunman using a Ruger emptied 15 high-capacity rounds in a Texas church, William B. Ruger Sr. said he would sell them only to the police.


Philippine troops kill suspected militants near city once held by rebels

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine soldiers have killed three suspected members of the pro-Islamic State Maute group, the army said on Friday, including a fighter broken out of jail in a southern city taken over by militants last year.


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.


Mexico says NAFTA rules of origin for autos will change

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said on Thursday that the country had to be realistic about the rules of origin for automobiles under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), saying that the current level will change.


Mexico telecoms regulator says all can participate in spectrum auction

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's telecommunications regulator, IFT, said on Thursday that any operator could participate in a spectrum auction this year, opening the door for billionaire Carlos Slim's America Movil to bid.