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UPDATE 2-Roche's Tecentriq notches third cancer cocktail trial win

* Still awaiting overall survival data (Recasts to focus on Roche's strategy, adds analyst comment)


China, not North Korea, to dominate Japan military planning

TOKYO (Reuters) - North Korea's growing missile arsenal might be the most obvious and immediate military threat facing Japan, but defense planners in Tokyo are focused on a much larger and more challenging foe as they prepare for the years ahead.

#MeToo Movement

Cuomo Orders a Review of Vance’s Handling of Weinstein Investigation

The inquiry will focus on the decision by the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., to not prosecute Harvey Weinstein after a 2015 sexual assault allegation.


UPDATE 2-Shares in Britain's Micro Focus plunge as revenues deteriorate, CEO quits

* Annual revenues could fall 6-9 percent Chief operating officer to replacing departing CEO


European shares open lower, Micro Focus plummets

LONDON, March 19 (Reuters) - European shares fell on Monday as caution gripped investors ahead of an expected Fed rate hike, while earnings and M&A took centre stage with software company Micro Focus' sinking and a bid for Hammerson boosting commercial real estate stocks.


FOCUS-How China's ride-hailing giant Didi plans to challenge Uber in Mexico

MEXICO CITY/SAN FRANCISCO, March 19 (Reuters) - Working quietly from a shared office space in one of Mexico City's trendiest neighborhoods, China's ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing is planning to hit its archrival Uber where it hurts.


G20 watchdog focuses on rules review, holds fire on cryptocurrencies

LONDON (Reuters) - The global watchdog that drove through a welter of banking and market reforms after the financial crisis said it will pivot more toward reviewing existing rules and away from designing new ones.

Here's what you missed in less than a day in Washington

While a good deal of America was likely focused on Friday's NCAA upset, the nation's capital was entrenched in its own kind of March Madness.

United States International Relations

North Korea-Sweden Talks Focus on ‘Peaceful Solution’ to Nuclear Conflict

The Swedish and North Korean foreign ministers concluded three days of talks, discussions which may help facilitate a meeting between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un.

Jews and Judaism

News Analysis: Anti-Semitism Is Rising. Why Aren’t American Jews Speaking Up?

The leaders of major Jewish organizations have been focused on Israel, not the brewing storm in our own country.

News and News Media

The Future of Time Warner, Coming Soon to a Court Near You

The talk in media circles is focused on what happens if the AT&T deal is stopped by the government and Time Warner is forced to go it alone.


Cambodia kicks off drills with 'great friend' China as U.S. ties sour

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - China and Cambodia on Saturday kicked off military exercises focused on counter-terrorism and rescue operations, highlighting the strong ties between the two countries amid strained relations between Cambodia and the United States.

Midterm Elections (2018)

Op-Ed Contributors: Democrats, Put District Over Party, Pelosi and Washington

The winning formula for 2018 is a relentless local focus, say two prominent observers.


FOCUS-Walmart patents hint at future where its drones tend the farms

NEW YORK/CHICAGO, March 15 (Reuters) - Walmart Inc's patent filings hint that it may see a future where farmers use its drones to not only spot crop problems but selectively apply chemicals or even disperse pollen to bring shoppers the freshest and cheapest food possible.


Motor racing: Ocon focuses on future after the fireworks

LONDON (Reuters) - Esteban Ocon says Force India need have no concerns about any repeat of last year's clashes between him and Mexican team mate Sergio Perez when the Formula One season starts in Australia next week.


China's Jiangsu vows to step up smog war after Jan spike: report

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Eastern China's Jiangsu province will step up its war on pollution and focus on "high-quality development" following a spike in smog early this year, the China Daily reported, citing the provincial governor.

Teachers and School Employees

Media Memo: At the Fox News Site, a Sudden Focus on Women as Sex Offenders

After the harassment-related departures of executives and hosts, there was a spike in articles on female teachers abusing students.

Why Republicans should be nervous

It's easy -- and understandable -- to focus on whether or not Conor Lamb is going to wind up with more votes than Rick Saccone when all the ballots are counted from Tuesday's special election in Pennsylvania.

United States Politics and Government

News Analysis: As White House’s Revolving Door Whirls, Chaos Is the Only Constant

Anyone looking for a pattern should focus squarely on the man behind the desk in the Oval Office. “I like conflict,” President Trump said.


Vice Media names Nancy Dubuc CEO, co-founder Smith to be chairman

(Reuters) - Vice Media LLC on Tuesday named Nancy Dubuc as chief executive officer, succeeding co-founder Shane Smith, three months after the millennial-focused media firm apologized for allowing a "boy's club" atmosphere to flourish at the company.


Digital currency sales face rocky path with more regulatory focus

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A global regulatory crackdown on cryptocurrencies created by startups to finance new projects could slow the pace of virtual currency sales as questions mount about their transparency and the risk of scams for investors.

Opinion: Breaking glass ceiling doesn't give her a pass

Donald Trump's elevation of Gina Haspel to director of the CIA is historic: She will be the first woman to lead the agency. While the announcement comes amid the chaos of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's firing and the move of present CIA Director Mike Pompeo to run the State Department, it's important to note that in a nation focused on women's equality, payments to porn stars and a Trump administration that is far behind its predecessors in the promotion of women to top posts, Haspel has broken a glass ceiling.


FOCUS-New Boeing jet to accelerate services shake-up

* CEO says jet launch decision hinges partly on services push


Major plot twist for students at Saudi Arabia's first cinema school

JEDDAH (Reuters) - Student Sama Kinsara adjusts her camera at Saudi Arabia’s only cinema school, her dream of seeing her work on the big screen coming into focus after the lifting of the country's...

California Today

California Today: California Today: ‘We Are Focusing on Bridges, Not Walls,’ Brown Says to Trump

Monday: President Trump is visiting SoCal, Gavin Newsom fights his “Davos Democrat” image, and a Hispanic community center defies the rain.


FOCUS-Corn as cash: Brazil's bartering farmers raise risks for Canada's Nutrien

By Rod Nickel and Ana Mano WINNIPEG, Manitoba/SAO PAULO, March 12 (Reuters) - Taking a page from its aggressive growth strategy in the United States, cash-rich Canadian fertilizer giant Nutrien Ltd plans to plow investment into Brazil in a bid to reap up to 30 percent of farm supply sales in fertile pockets of the country. But business in Brazil's farm sector - the world's fastest growing - strays far from the usual practices in North America's farm belt, where Nutrien is a


Trump’s Military Parade Plans Come Into Focus: Planes, but No Tanks

The parade, scheduled for Veterans Day in Washington, will provide a history lesson with “an emphasis on the price of freedom,” according to a memo.


UPDATE 3-Intel downplays report of interest in Broadcom

March 9 (Reuters) - Microchip maker Intel Corp responded to a news report that it is considering a possible bid for Broadcom Ltd by saying that it is focused on integrating previous acquisitions, raising doubt over the idea.


BRIEF-Covance Forms Immunology & Immunotoxicology Unit Focused On Biologic Drug Development

March 9 (Reuters) - Laboratory Corporation Of America Holdings:


European shares edge down as focus turns to U.S. jobs

LONDON, March 9 (Reuters) - European shares opened slightly lower as investors held their nerve after the announcement of U.S. tariffs and the focus turned to the U.S. jobs report later on Friday.


Foxconn gets China go-ahead for Shanghai IPO of subsidiary

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has approved the Shanghai listing of an internet and industrial-focused subsidiary of Taiwan's Foxconn, which the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer hopes will help fund new projects.


UPDATE 1-Easing tariff fears buoy European shares; M&A, earnings in focus

LONDON, March 8 (Reuters) - European shares edged higher on Thursday, as dealmaking gathered pace and fears of a trade war eased, though some disappointing earnings updates weighed.


Fading trade fears support European shares; M&A, earnings in focus

LONDON, March 8 (Reuters) - European shares inched up in early deals on Thursday, as dealmaking gathered pace and fears of a trade war faded, although some disappointing earnings updates weighed.


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.


Review: ‘Jessica Jones’ Returns, Well Timed for the Time’s Up Moment

The Netflix-Marvel superhero series, already more focused on female characters than most dramas, was entirely directed and mostly written by women in Season 2.


Pioneering UK music paper NME to close print edition

LONDON (Reuters) - NME, the pop music newspaper that created the first British singles chart in 1952, will be printed for the final time this week as it shifts focus to its digital audience, publisher Time Inc said on Wednesday.


World Economic Forum leads creation of fintech cyber security consortium

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The World Economic Forum has led the creation of an industry consortium focused on improving the cybersecurity of financial technology companies, as collaboration between fintechs and financial institutions grows.


Ryan: Trump's planned steel, aluminum tariffs too broad

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The most powerful member of the U.S. House of Representatives said on Tuesday that President Donald Trump's planned tariffs on steel and aluminum imports are too broad and open the country to possible retaliation, adding that he encouraged the White House to more narrowly focus its approach.


Special Report: By rewriting history, Hindu nationalists aim to assert their dominance over India

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - During the first week of January last year, a group of Indian scholars gathered in a white bungalow on a leafy boulevard in central New Delhi. The focus of their discussion: how to rewrite the history of the nation.


World Economic Forum leads creation of fintech cybersecurity consortium

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The World Economic Forum has led the creation of an industry consortium focused on improving the cybersecurity of financial technology companies, as collaboration between fintechs and financial institutions grows.


South Korea's Moon says Seoul must bolster defense against North

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Tuesday the military should focus "all its power" to boost its defense capabilities to counter North Korea's missile and nuclear programs, even while it engages Pyongyang in dialogue.

European Fine Art Fair

Tefaf Widens Its Focus From Maastricht to a World of Art Collectors

The art fair’s Dutch organizer is making moves to balance the needs of exhibitors in the Netherlands and New York with a growing international audience.


South Korean chat app firm Kakao plans blockchain unit

SEOUL (Reuters) - Kakao Corp, South Korea's largest messaging app operator, said on Monday it is planning to establish a unit focusing on blockchain technology.


Telia sells Azercell stake in gradual exit from Eurasia

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Nordic telecom group Telia on Monday said it had sold its stake in Azerbaijan mobile operator Azercell, which it co-owns with Turkcell, part of a shift to focus on its main markets in Nordic and Baltic countries.

Espionage and Intelligence Services

Op-Ed Contributor: America’s Other Espionage Challenge: China

The focus on Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election has pushed out of public attention the threat posed by spies for China.


S.Korean chat app firm Kakao plans blockchain unit

SEOUL (Reuters) - Kakao Corp, South Korea's largest messaging app operator, said on Monday it is planning to establish a unit focusing on blockchain technology.


China keeps growth target at 6.5 percent, stays focused on financial risks

BEIJING (Reuters) - China aims to expand its economy by around 6.5 percent this year, the same as in 2017, while pressing ahead with its campaign to reduce risks in the financial system, Premier Li Keqiang said Monday.


France's far-right National Front to change name as Le Pen seeks rebound

PARIS (Reuters) - French far-right leader Marine Le Pen will this weekend unveil a new name for the 45-year-old National Front and a refocus on immigration as it searches for more voters and relevance in a political landscape transformed by President Emmanuel Macron.

Netanyahu is fighting for his political survival

Every week, I offer a glimpse of the kind of intelligence assessments that are likely to come across the desk of the President of the United States. Modeled on the President's Daily Briefing (PDB), which the Director of National Intelligence prepares for the President on an almost daily basis, my Presidential Weekly Briefing focuses on the topics and issues that the President needs to know to make informed decisions.

United States International Relations

Mueller’s Focus on Adviser to United Arab Emirates Indicates Widening of Inquiry

The special counsel has asked about the role of the adviser, George Nader, in White House policymaking, indicating that he is examining Emirati influence on the Trump administration.

Work-Life Balance

Women Could Decide Italy’s Election, but They Feel Invisible

Lacking social services, few women return to the work force after having children. Yet politicians have focused proposals on immigration and security.

Refugees and Displaced Persons

Why Italy’s Insular Election Is More Important Than It Looks

Before Sunday’s vote, Italy’s campaign, self-obsessed as it has been, brought into focus the political forces that portend badly for the European Union.


Trump administration to crack down on securities, tax fraud

(Reuters) - Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Friday laid out the Trump administration's approach to fighting financial crime, saying the government will focus more heavily on certain tax violations and that it is cracking down on securities fraud.


With New Museum and Fair, Marrakesh Joins the Art World Map

The Moroccan city is now home to a private museum and an outpost of an international art fair, which both focus on contemporary African works.


BOJ's Kuroda: To guide policy with focus on hitting price goal

TOKYO (Reuters) - Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Friday he intended to guide monetary policy with utmost focus on achieving the central bank's 2 percent inflation target.

United States International Relations

U.S. Ambassador to Mexico to Quit Amid Tense Relations Under Trump

Roberta S. Jacobson is one of the most experienced Latin America experts in the State Department, having spent most of her 31-year tenure focused on the region.

Gun injuries fall during NRA conventions, study says

During National Rifle Association annual conventions, when about 80,000 gun owners spend a few days focused on seminars, events and meetings, America seems to be safer, new research suggests.


Lens: Indians Celebrating India at Houston FotoFest

This year’s FotoFest International, the first and longest-running worldwide photography biennial, focuses on work by artists of Indian origin.


India's Bharti Airtel wants to get out of towers, committed to Africa

BARCELONA (Reuters) - India's Bharti Airtel is exploring merger and sale options for its mobile towers businesses as Chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal seeks to get out of the infrastructure game and focus on connectivity.


AstraZeneca spins off autoimmune drugs into new biotech company

LONDON (Reuters) - AstraZeneca is spinning off six early-stage experimental drugs into a new $250 million standalone biotech company focused on severe autoimmune diseases.


FOCUS-Bunge's coveted Argentina plants lure ADM takeover approach

ROSARIO, Argentina/CHICAGO, Feb 28 (Reuters) - On the banks of the Parana River, machines hum 24 hours a day in Argentina's grain ports, churning out soy-based animal feed and shooting it straight into the hulls of ships bound for buyers worldwide.


Why Oppenheimer Global fund is focusing on biotech as rates rise

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The recent volatility in the global stock market may make some investors feel queasy, but it is providing a buying opportunity in biotechnology stocks.

Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures

Amazon Buys Ring, Maker of Smart Home Products

Amazon has made home automation a major focus because of the success of its Echo family of products.


Review: ‘The Looming Tower’ Is a History of 9/11, Minus Most of the History

Hulu’s fictionalized adaptation of the prizewinning account of the Sept. 11 attacks cuts the back story and focuses on the detective thriller.


House speaker says focused on gun background checks, not bans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican leaders in Congress said on Tuesday they were not likely to arm teachers or raise the minimum age for buying semiautomatic rifles in a sign that two of President Donald Trump's proposals may not get far on Capitol Hill after a deadly Florida school shooting.


Ford launches self-driving pilot with delivery partners in Miami

(Reuters) - Ford Motor Co is taking a different approach from rival General Motors Co in deploying self-driving vehicles, focusing initially on partnering with and operating vehicles for a variety of companies, from Domino's Pizza to Lyft, executives said.


Wall Street rises as concerns over interest rates ease

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks rose to more than three-week highs on Monday, recovering much of the losses sustained in a sell-off earlier this month, as a decline in Treasury yields assuaged investor concerns about rising interest rates and refocused attention on economic growth.


Sony pins hopes on 4K video to revive smartphone sales

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Japan's Sony Corporation is turning its focus to 4K high-definition video recording in its new Xperia XZ2 smartphone to differentiate itself from rivals that have caught up in camera technology.


European shares edge higher, Hiscox slumps

LONDON, Feb 26 (Reuters) - European shares opened slightly higher on Monday with gains across bourses and sectors, as focus gradually shifts from the earnings season to monetary policy and politics this week with Italy's general election on Sunday.

Colleges and Universities

Arizona Republicans Inject Schools of Conservative Thought Into State Universities

State lawmakers created new college programs focused on Western thinkers, drawing the ire of longtime faculty members who called the courses unnecessary.


UPDATE 1-Samsung launches Galaxy S9 with focus on social media

* Samsung faces competition, lost ground in India, China in Q4 (Adds events details, analyst reaction)

Senator on shootings: Public policy has failed

Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy said Sunday that the effort to stem mass shootings like the one in Parkland, Florida, needs to go beyond focusing on law enforcement and encompass a comprehensive approach to gun control and mental health.


Samsung launches Galaxy S9 with focus on social media

BARCELONA/SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd unveiled its flagship Galaxy S9 smartphone on Sunday with an emphasis on visual applications for social media, hoping to attract tech-savvy young consumers to weather a market slowdown.


Norwegian wealth fund wants to invest in German Mittelstand -Focus

FRANKFURT, Feb 24 (Reuters) - Norway's $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund, the world's biggest, wants to invest in German medium-sized private companies if the Norwegian government allows it to do so this year, its head Yngve Slyngstad told German magazine Focus.


CORRECTED-RPT-FOCUS-How General Electric gambled on fossil fuel power, and lost

NEW YORK, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Last March, executives at General Electric Co's power-plant business gave Wall Street a surprisingly bullish forecast for the year. Despite flat demand for new natural gas power plants, they said, GE Power's revenue and profit would rise.


CORRECTED-FOCUS-How General Electric gambled on fossil fuel power, and lost

NEW YORK, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Last March, executives at General Electric Co's power-plant business gave Wall Street a surprisingly bullish forecast for the year. Despite flat demand for new natural gas power plants, they said, GE Power's revenue and profit would rise.


Off Broadway’s Spring Semester: Five New Plays About School

Playwrights this season are focused on many kinds of unsentimental education.


Stock futures point to higher open for Wall Street

(Reuters) - U.S. stock index were higher on Friday as bond yields retreated for the second straight day, with investors also focusing on speeches by Federal Reserve officials for their views on interest rates.


Exclusive: U.S. official focused on election security will be replaced

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of a federal commission who has helped U.S. states protect election systems from possible cyber attacks by Russia or others is being replaced at the behest of Republican House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and the White House.

United States International Relations

Donald Trump Jr. Retreats From Foreign Policy on India Trip

A speech in New Delhi was going to focus on “reshaping Indo-Pacific ties.” Now, after criticism about mixing business and policy, it will be a “chat.”


Mexican oil shake-up likely if frontrunner wins presidency, says adviser

MEXICO CITY, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Mexico's presidential frontrunner is not opposed to foreign investment in the country's oil, his top energy adviser said, but his government would make dramatic changes to energy strategy, including a new focus on refining rather than crude exports.


Exclusive: U.S. official focused on election security being replaced

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of a federal commission who has helped U.S. states protect election systems from possible cyber attacks by Russia or others is being replaced at the behest of Republican House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and the White House.


BRIEF-Integer Holdings Announces Refocused Strategy To Drive Sales



Exclusive: U.S. official focused on election security being shoved aside

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of a federal agency who has helped U.S. states protect election systems from possible cyber attacks by Russia or others is being removed from his post by Republican House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and the White House.

Rohingya (Ethnic Group)

A Bombing in Northern Myanmar Signals Strife Beyond the Rohingya

While global attention has focused on the plight of Rohingya refugees, other long-running ethnic conflicts plague Myanmar’s restive borderlands.


Woods makes rare back-to-back starts as PGA Tour revs up

(Reuters) - Missing the cut last week provided a reality check for Tiger Woods, who nevertheless will be the focus of attention again as he headlines a major-worthy field at the Honda Classic starting in south Florida on Thursday.

'Access+Ability' showcases surprising designs

Eye-catching objects designed for, and by, people with physical and other disabilities are the focus of the current "Access+Ability" exhibition in New York.


Slowing U.S. auto sales prompts Japan automakers to rethink discounts

TOKYO (Reuters) - A second year of slowing growth in the U.S. auto market is forcing Japanese automakers to look beyond discounts to grow market share and focus more on boosting profitability in their largest market.


Asian stocks gain, dollar extends recovery

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks gained on Wednesday, while the dollar advanced as traders near-term focus shifted to the minutes of the Federal Reserve's last policy meeting for hints on the future pace of U.S. monetary tightening.


Asian stocks led higher by Japan as dollar extends recovery

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese shares led Asian markets higher after a weak start on Wednesday, with Japanese export focused companies attracting investors as the dollar gained against the yen thanks to U.S. Treasury debt yields hovering near highs not seen in four years.

Trump wasn't blaming school shooting on FBI's Russia investigation, Sanders says

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders tried to finesse a weekend tweet from President Donald Trump blaming the FBI's Russia investigation for missing a tip about the Florida shooting, saying the agency should not focus on a "hoax in terms of investigating the Trump campaign."


Canada's PM says India trip about broader ties not just political ones

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau downplayed talk of a snub by the Indian government on his first state visit to the country this week, and cast his trip as being focused on building business and cultural ties and not just political ones.


Airbus sees no demand for bigger A350 for now

TOULOUSE, France (Reuters) - Airbus is not planning a larger A350 jet and will focus on developing existing versions of the widebody aircraft, an executive said on Tuesday.

After #MeToo, why isn't there more focus on domestic violence?

The #MeToo movement has prompted an ongoing national reckoning with the issues of sexual harassment and sexual assault.


On Baseball: Bryce Harper Doesn’t Want to Talk About the Future, or the Past

The Washington Nationals slugger is a pending free agent with a history of playoff failure, but he is demanding all of the focus to be on this season.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

After Florida School Shooting, Russian ‘Bot’ Army Pounced

Twitter accounts suspected of having links to Russia were focused on Robert Mueller. But after news broke about the shooting, they quickly changed their focus.

Fox News Channel

Fox News Plans a Streaming Service for ‘Superfans’

Fox Nation will focus primarily on right-leaning commentary and charge viewers a subscription fee.

Oscar-nominated short focuses on police brutality

If a picture is worth a thousand words, what's the value of grainy police dash-cam video of a mundane encounter gone wrong? That's a question raised, if not entirely answered, by "Traffic Stop," an Oscar-nominated short that's making its TV debut on HBO.

Trump questions why Obama didn't act to stop Russian meddling

President Donald Trump remained focused on the Russia matter on Monday, questioning in a tweet why his predecessor didn't act to prevent Moscow from interfering in US elections.


Trump says FBI missed signs on Florida shooting due to Russia probe, draws criticism

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump attacked the FBI and lawmakers probing suspected Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S presidential election, drawing sharp criticism for saying an excessive focus on Russia led investigators to miss signs that could have prevented a deadly school shooting in Florida.