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Judge rejects U.S. demand to exclude AT&T argument in Time Warner merger trial

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - AT&T Inc can cite a voluntary commitment not to withhold content in licensing talks as a key part of its defense when an antitrust trial begins next week over the fate of the company's planned $85 billion merger with Time Warner Inc , U.S. District Judge Richard Leon said on Tuesday.


U.S. wants judge to exclude key AT&T argument in Time Warner merger trial

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department wants a judge to bar AT&T Inc from using a voluntary commitment it made on licensing content as part of its defense when an antitrust trial begins next week over the fate of the company's planned $85 billion merger with Time Warner Inc , court documents show.

Classical Music

Critic’s Notebook: With James Levine Fired, Should We Rethink Maestro Worship?

The fate of Mr. Levine at the Metropolitan Opera may be an opportunity to consider the vast, almost mystical power granted to conductors.


As sanctions loom, Venezuelan official seeks U.S. talks over prisoners

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Venezuelan state governor made an unusual visit to Washington this week, seeking meetings in Congress to discuss the fate of a U.S. citizen imprisoned in the South American nation, U.S. sources said on Wednesday.


Pressure mounts on Airbus A330 in widebody order battle

PARIS (Reuters) - Imminent airline decisions on $10 billion of wide-body plane orders could influence the fate of Airbus' A330neo even before the recently upgraded jet completes flight trials, industry sources said.

Dreamers' fate uncertain as deadline passes

DACA participants are living on edge after lawmakers missed President Trump's March deadline for a deal to keep Dreamers in the US. CNN's Sara Sidner reports.

Colbert grills Omarosa on Trump presidency and her 'plantation' comment

Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman responded to a question Tuesday night on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" about the fate of the country under President Trump by saying, "we'll have to wait and see."

Statue's fate will be decided next week

Airlines and Airplanes

How Boston’s Airport Bounced Back From the Storm That Crippled J.F.K.

Kennedy Airport was overwhelmed for days after a January snowstorm. How did Logan escape the same fate? The key might lie in how it’s managed.


A wartime tragedy resurfaces in Berlinale refugee study

BERLIN (Reuters) - Decades after he won a Silver Bear prize for a pioneering film about the fate of Jews fleeing Nazi Germany, Swiss director Markus Imhoof returns to the Berlinale with "Eldorado", a meditation on Europe's attitudes to refugees arriving today.

United States International Relations

As China Puts Pressure on Taiwan, Signs of a U.S. Pushback

Concern about the self-governing island’s fate seems to be building in Washington, even as President Trump seeks China’s help on other issues.


German court to decide on fate of 15 million diesel cars

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's highest administrative court in Leipzig will on Thursday decide the fate of 15 million diesel vehicles in the country when it rules on whether cities in Europe's largest car market can ban heavily polluting cars.


Britain and U.S. in talks over captured British Islamic State fighters: UK minister

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain and the United States are in talks about the fate of two captured British Islamic State militants, suspected of being part of a notorious group known for torturing and killing Western hostages, British Home Secretary Amber Rudd said.


S.Korea's fin min vows to negotiate with GM over fate of plants

SEOUL, Feb 20 (Reuters) - South Korea's finance minister said on Tuesday the government would hold talks with General Motors over the future of its four plants after the company announced the closure of one and left the other three in the balance.

What the fate of Meghan Markle's troll reveals

United States Politics and Government

Senate Rejects Trump’s Immigration Plan

The measure would have severely limited chain migration, ended the visa lottery, funded the border wall and resolved the fate of the Dreamers.

DACA hangs in the balance as bipartisan deal gets hit

The fate of hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients could rest with moderate lawmakers in the Senate -- and whether they can convince President Donald Trump that their path forward is the only answer left, even if it doesn't give him everything he wants.

Analysis: Dems midterm fate probably isn't tied to Pelosi

Republicans are trying to turn the midterms on their head. Instead of the expected referendum on a still relatively unpopular Republican president, Republicans are hoping to bring Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi to the forefront.


ANC orders Zuma to step down as South African president

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's ruling party ordered Jacob Zuma on Tuesday to step down as head of state after marathon talks over the fate of a leader whose scandal-plagued years in power darkened and divided Nelson Mandela's post-apartheid 'Rainbow Nation'.

Parents want custody to stop transgender teen having hormone treatment

An Ohio court will decide the fate of a transgender teen who is in what the judge describes as a "gut-wrenching situation."


Hamburg Journal: Come for the Herring, Stay for the Chitchat: An Unlikely Haven for the Aged

An uproar among older Hamburg residents over the fate of a cafeteria speaks to the challenges older Germans face in finding spaces in modern society.


GM to shut one South Korea plant, decide on fate of others within weeks

DETROIT/SEOUL (Reuters) - General Motors Co said it will close one of its four plants in South Korea and incur an $850 million impairment charge as part of a restructuring of its money-losing business in Asia's fourth-biggest economy.


ANC decides to remove Zuma as South African President

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The ANC has decided to sack Jacob Zuma as President of South Africa, a senior official said on Tuesday, after a marathon meeting to determine the fate of a leader whose scandal-plagued years in power darkened and divided Nelson Mandela's 'Rainbow Nation'.


At long last, Senate debates 'Dreamer' immigrants' future

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate began a major, free-for-all immigration debate, its first in nearly five years, on Monday evening that could decide the fate of at least 700,000 "Dreamer" immigrants, young people brought into the country illegally years ago as children.


At long last, Senate to debate 'Dreamer' immigrants' future

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate was to begin a major, free-for-all immigration debate, its first in nearly five years, on Monday evening that could decide the fate of 700,000 "Dreamer" immigrants, young people brought into the country illegally years ago as children.


EMERGING MARKETS-Emerging stocks bounce, S.Africa firms as Zuma's fate weighed

LONDON, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Emerging stocks bounced off 1-1/2 month lows on Monday, snapping a seven-day losing streak as developed equity markets steadied, while South African markets gained ahead of a meeting set to decide President Jacob Zuma's fate.


South African President Zuma's fate to be decided on Monday, says ANC head

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The ANC will decide President Jacob Zuma's fate at a special meeting on Monday, the party's new chief said, in what could be the most serious bid yet to unseat a leader damaged by corruption allegations.

United States Politics and Government

Trump Blocks Release of Memo Rebutting Republican Claims

President Trump blocked the release of a classified Democratic memo, setting up a potential showdown with Congress over the fate of its contents.


From ballet to bust, South Korea's Olympic venues face uncertain fate

GANSEONG, South Korea (Reuters) - With its rocky, overgrown, and snowless piste, the isolated and abandoned Alps Ski Resort deep in the mountains of South Korea's Gangwon province is a decaying monument to the fate of winter sports in the country.


Mattis says U.S. service members in DACA will generally not be deported

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Thursday that service members in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program will not be deported, other than a few exceptions, even as lawmakers debate the fate of children brought to the United States illegally.

Opinion: Pence's fateful choice at the Pyeongchang Olympics

Vice President Mike Pence is on his way to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. But he's not just going to cut ribbons and watch sports. The fateful question is whether he's going there to improve the chances of a diplomatic solution to the confrontation between the United States and North Korea -- or essentially to give Kim Jong Un the finger.


U.S. jurors' identities in 'El Chapo' drug trial to remain secret

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge in Brooklyn has ruled that the identities of jurors expected to decide the fate of accused Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman at a trial this year will be kept secret.

Oil tanker with 22 aboard is missing

The search for a missing oil tanker off the coast of West Africa entered its fourth day Sunday, with no word on the fate of the 22 Indian nationals aboard the vessel.

South Africa

In South Africa, One Question Dominates: How Much Longer Should Zuma Stay?

With a rival’s election as the leader of the African National Congress, the fate of President Jacob Zuma is driving South African politics: Should the deeply unpopular leader step down now?

A whale learns to say 'hello.' Here's the week's politics-free news.

A 'Black Panther' roars. A whale says "hello." And a groundhog silently decides our winter fate. It's time for this week's politics-free side of the news.

Education (K-12)

With DACA in Limbo, Teachers Protected by the Program Gird for the Worst

About 9,000 unauthorized immigrants protected under DACA work in the nation’s schools. But as the program’s fate has become uncertain, so has theirs.


As U.S. immigration debate rages, 'Dreamers' await their fate

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - As U.S. President Donald Trump and congressional leaders discuss the fate of some 700,000 immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children, the young people whose lives hang in the balance fret about their future.

United States Politics and Government

Op-Ed Columnist: Trump Repeats Nixon’s Fateful Panic

This time, the president’s defenders are complicit in the concealment.

Historic Buildings and Sites

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: A Monument the Old South Would Like to Ignore

The debate over the fate of Nashville’s Fort Negley tests the traditional Southern argument for preserving history.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia Frees Media Mogul, but His Company’s Fate Remains a Mystery

MBC’s owner resisted a purchase offer from Saudi Arabia’s crown prince. He was among those seized in what the Saudis called a corruption crackdown.


California looks to ramp up electric vehicle sales

(Reuters) - California said on Friday it would ramp up efforts to boost electric vehicles even as it holds talks with the Trump administration over the fate of fuel efficiency standards through 2025.


Western, Arab states sidestep Assad fate in Syria proposals

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Five Western and Arab states that have backed the rebellion against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad make no reference to his future in a document proposing changes to U.N.-led talks, an apparent recognition of his strong position in the conflict.

Meyers, Seth

Best of Late Night: Seth Meyers Skewers Chuck Schumer Over ‘Dreamers’ Negotiations

Mr. Meyers said that he didn’t trust Senator Chuck Schumer’s pledge to hold Republicans’ “feet to the fire” on their promise to allow a vote on the fate of so-called Dreamers.


SandRidge rebuffs Icahn, boosting ruckus over shale firm's fate

(Reuters) - U.S. shale oil producer SandRidge Energy Inc rejected demands from activist investor Carl Icahn on Tuesday to replace two of its board members and amend its bylaws, saying any changes should be approved by a majority of shareholders.

Larry Nassar's fate nears after more than 100 victim impact statements

The girls trusted their doctor.


U.S. House passes short-term spending bill, Senate fate uncertain

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Legislation to avoid a U.S. government shutdown at midnight on Friday advanced in Congress, as the House of Representatives on Thursday night approved an extension of federal funds through Feb. 16, although the bill faced uncertain prospects in the Senate.


About New York: On the Subway, Help Is Not Coming

A distraught man on an A train platform gets no emergency response from transit employees, leaving him, and us, to fate.


UPDATE 3-Britain's Carillion collapses, forcing government to step in

* PM May's government under pressure over fate of Carillion (Adds reaction, background)


UPDATE 2-Britain's Carillion collapses as banks refuse to lend it any more money

* PM May's government under pressure over fate of Carillion (Adds details)


Coalition deal leaves Merkel's fate in hands of Social Democrats

BERLIN (Reuters) - Angela Merkel has survived as German chancellor but the coalition deal she clinched on Friday puts her fate in the hands of her Social Democrat (SPD) partners and risks eroding support from her close allies before the end of her fourth term.

Immigration and Emigration

Head-Spinning Days for Young Immigrants as Lawmakers and Judges Debate Their Fate

As their protections disappear, hundreds of thousands of immigrants watch anxiously as each day brings hope or dismay from Washington or the courts.

Embargoes and Sanctions

Businesswoman’s Fate a Test of China’s Resolve on North Korea

The fate of Ma Xiaohong, and the business empire she built on trade with North Korea, has become a measure of China’s willingness to confront its neighbor.


Marino leads new wave of American snowboard hopes

LONDON(Reuters) - Julia Marino will head to next month's Winter Games as a major medal contender, yet the American snowboarder may not have been on the plane to Pyeongchang at all were it not for a twist of fate during her teenage years.


El Salvador Again Feels the Hand of Washington Shaping Its Fate

It has suffered from a civil war and gang violence, and is now bracing for the return of nearly 200,000 Salvadorans who have been living in the United States.

GOPers have made their 2018 election bets

Congressional Republicans spent last weekend huddling with President Trump at Camp David to frame their legislative agenda in 2018. But they have already placed the bets most likely to determine their fate in November's midterm election, as a series of dramatic events late last week demonstrated.


U.S. regulators meet with California on fate of vehicle fuel rules

WASHINGTON, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Senior U.S. government officials held talks in recent weeks with California's Air Resources Board (CARB) to discuss the goal of maintaining one set of national requirements for automakers, a move that will determine the fate of vehicle emissions rules.


Democrats, Republicans trade barbs in tense immigration talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Months of bipartisan negotiations in the U.S. Senate over the fate of young, undocumented immigrants known as 'Dreamers' turned angry on Friday, with the lead Democratic negotiator blasting the White House for making "hardline anti-immigrant" demands.


France's Macron urges respect of rule of law in talks with Erdogan

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron told his Turkish counterpart on Friday that democratic countries had to respect the rule of law in their fight against terrorism as he voiced concerns about the fate of students, teachers and journalists in the country.

Labor and Jobs

‘We’re Competing Against Everybody Just Like You’: Voices on Manufacturing in Mexico

As uncertainty continues over the fate of Nafta, we asked readers in the manufacturing industry in Mexico to share their views on globalization.

Politics and Government

Peru’s President Hangs On to Power, but at What Cost?

Even as Pedro Pablo Kuczynski was spared impeachment, the congressional vote on his fate revealed the limitations of his power.


'Dreamer' bill to reach Senate floor in January - senator

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan immigration bill addressing the fate of so-called Dreamers, the young adults who were brought to the United States as children, will be debated on the Senate floor in January, Republican U.S. Senator Jeff Flake said on Wednesday.


Odey adds to Sky disquiet following Disney's deal with Fox

LONDON (Reuters) - Hedge fund manager Crispin Odey has argued that Sky should fetch a higher price following Walt Disney Co's $52 billion deal with Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. , adding to shareholder disquiet about the fate of the European broadcaster.

Report: Trump asked about fate of Fox News in Disney-Fox deal


Exclusive: Guggenheim Partners working to quell investor concern about management

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Top executives at asset manager and investment bank Guggenheim Partners LLC are working to quell clients' concerns about the fate of their chief executive officer and about an...

Sexual Harassment

Al Franken’s Minnesota Seat to Be Filled by Tina Smith, a Democrat

The appointment of Ms. Smith, Minnesota’s lieutenant governor, followed weeks of debate over Senator Al Franken’s fate. The seat will be up for grabs in 2018.


Judges consider HK double murder appeal by convicted former British banker

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Three judges in Hong Kong's Court of Appeal are set to decide the fate of a former British banker who was jailed for life last year for the murder of two Indonesian women he tortured and raped after his appeal hearing closed on Wednesday.

Democrats face tough choice on DACA

With just two weeks until Congress is expected to leave town, the fate of roughly 700,000 young immigrants still hangs in the balance.

Johnson, Boris

Boris Johnson Leaves Iran With Fate of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe Unclear

After the British foreign minister met with President Hassan Rouhani and expressed concern about the detained British-Iranian national, her husband said he felt renewed hope.

Woody Allen's daughter: Why does he get a pass?

Dylan Farrow, the adopted daughter of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, is asking why the director has not suffered the same fate as other powerful men in Hollywood accused of sexual misconduct.

Middle East and North Africa Unrest (2010- )

Five Strongmen, and the Fate of the Arab Spring

Leaders of five countries at the heart of the protests that erupted in 2011 — Egypt, Libya, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen — have met very different fates.

Trump to shrink Obama-established monuments

President Donald Trump is expected to announce the fate of two Utah national monuments established by President Barack Obama. CNN's Bill Weir reports.


Judge to decide fate of South Carolina ex-policeman who killed black man

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Monday will begin hearing evidence on whether a former South Carolina policeman caught on video shooting an unarmed black man in the back should spend the rest of his life in prison for a crime that many say exemplified racist law enforcement.

Flynn, Michael T

Emails Dispute White House Claims That Flynn Acted Independently on Russia

The president has called claims of unusual contacts with Russia a “hoax.” But emails show top aides closely tracked Michael T. Flynn’s fateful call to the Russian ambassador.

Tattoo leaves doctors debating man's fate

Picture this: A man is admitted to the hospital, unconscious, with a history of serious health problems and a high blood alcohol level. He has no identification and no family with him. On his chest, he has a tattoo: "Do Not Resuscitate."


Republican Senator Daines says he will support tax bill -statement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senator Steve Daines of Montana, one of several senators seen as pivotal to the fate of a Republican tax overhaul plan, said on Friday he would support the tax bill.


Spain judge to decide fate of jailed Catalans on Monday

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's Supreme Court judge will decide on Monday whether to release jailed Catalan cabinet members currently in custody after being accused of sedition, rebellion and misuse of public funds, judicial sources said.


Playing with fire: tens of thousands refuse to leave Bali volcano homes

KARANGASEM, Indonesia (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of villagers on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali are refusing to evacuate a 10-km (six-mile) danger zone around an erupting volcano, putting their fate in the hands of the gods or simply staying put to protect homes and livestock.

Federal Taxes (US)

Republican Victory May Rest Once Again With McCain, This Time on Taxes

After sinking his party’s hopes of repealing the Affordable Care Act earlier this year, the Republican from Arizona may hold the fate of a tax overhaul in his hands.

Alwaleed bin Talal

DealBook: A Prince’s Uncertain Fate Deepens Mystery in Saudi Arabia

The arrest of Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the country’s most prominent investor, has caused unease among Western businessmen wary of the lack of transparency.


Supreme Court divided over legality of patent reviews

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday appeared divided over whether a federal agency's in-house process for challenging patents violates the constitutional rights of patent owners, leaving the fate of a system that has led to a high rate of patent cancellations uncertain.


UPDATE 1-U.S. Supreme Court divided over legality of patent reviews

WASHINGTON, Nov 27 (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday appeared divided over whether a federal agency's in-house process for challenging patents violates the constitutional rights of patent owners, leaving the fate of a system that has led to a high rate of patent cancellations uncertain.


U.S. Supreme Court divided over legality of patent reviews

WASHINGTON, Nov 27 (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday appeared divided over whether a federal agency's in-house process for challenging patents violates the constitutional rights of patent owners, leaving the fate of a system that has led to a high rate of patent cancellation uncertain.


Possible explosion detected near Argentine sub's last-known location

MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina (Reuters) - The Argentine navy raised the possibility on Thursday that a navy submarine missing in the South Atlantic suffered an explosion, heightening concerns over the fate of the 44 crew members on the eighth day of an international search effort.


Possible explosion detected near missing Argentine sub's last known location

MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina (Reuters) - The Argentine navy raised the possibility on Thursday that a navy submarine missing in the South Atlantic suffered an explosion, heightening concerns over the fate of the 44 crew members.


Your Money: Uncertain future for those counting on medical deductions

NEW YORK (Reuters) - At a retirement community near Chicago, Jay Schachner and his friends are nervously awaiting the fate of their medical expenses amid U.S. tax overhaul.

Books and Literature

Books of The Times: Not if the Seas Rise, but When and How High

Jeff Goodell’s “The Water Will Come” reports on climate change and contemplates the future fates of coastal cities.

Mobile Applications

Skype Vanishes From App Stores in China, Including Apple’s

The app still functions in China, but its fate there is unclear as the government moves against foreign-run tools for online communication.


Sound in Atlantic not from missing Argentine submarine: navy spokesman

MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina/BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - A sound detected on Monday in the South Atlantic, near where an Argentine navy submarine with 44 crew went missing five days ago, is not believed to have come from the ill-fated vessel, a navy spokesman said.

WH: Up to the people to decide on Roy Moore

Press secretary Sarah Sanders says the White House wants to leave the fate of Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore up to the "people of Alabama."

United States Politics and Government

After House Vote on Taxes, Spotlight Shifts to Undecided Senators

The fate of the tax overhaul now hinges on a handful of undecided senators, and Senate Republican leaders cannot afford to lose more than two of their members.

Keystone Pipeline System

Nebraska Allows Keystone XL Pipeline, but Picks a Different Path

The long-fought pipeline got a final approval, but its fate still seemed uncertain. TransCanada, the pipeline company, did not say whether it would move forward.

Here are the Senate Republicans who will decide the fate of the tax bill

In the US Senate, the tax bill could fail or succeed based off of the votes of just a handful of members. After recess this week, Senators will return from Thanksgiving and move immediately to vote on a plan that would permanently lower the corporate tax rate, temporarily lower rates across the middle-class and would drastically reshape the country's tax code.


Nebraska to decide fate of controversial Keystone XL pipeline

LINCOLN, Nebraska/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nebraska regulators will announce their decision on Monday on whether to approve TransCanada Corp’s Keystone XL pipeline route through the state, the last big hurdle for the long-delayed project.

Sanders on Franken: His fate is up to Minnesota

In an interview with Jake Tapper, Senator Bernie Sanders addresses Sexual misconduct allegations against fellow Senator Al Franken


Mugabe fired as ruling party leader: ZANU-PF sources

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe was fired as leader of the ruling ZANU-PF party on Sunday and replaced by Emmerson Mnangagwa, the deputy he sacked this month, sources at a special ZANU-PF meeting to decide Mugabe's fate told Reuters.


Wall Street pulls back at week's end with tax changes mulled

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street ended the week on a sour note on Friday, with major indexes slipping modestly as investors weighed the fate of the Republicans' tax overhaul plan.


Wall Street set to end week on whimper as tax changes mulled

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street was set to end the week on a muted note on Friday, with major indexes slipping modestly, as investors weighed the fate of the Republicans' tax cut plan.


Fate of Zimbabwe's Mugabe hangs in the balance amid coup confusion

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's fate hung in the balance on Friday as he apparently resisted efforts to make him step down following a seizure of power by the army, until this week a key pillar of his 37-year-rule.

Contrasting fates of two senators and Paul Ryan reveal the tenuous thread on which all political careers hang


Britain says no link between 400 million pound debt owed to Iran and jailed aid worker

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman said on Thursday there was no link between a 400 million pound ($528 million) debt owed to Iran and the fate of a jailed Iranian-British aid worker.