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Kidnapping and Hostages

‘We Are Here for Your Students’: Boko Haram Abduction of More Girls Pressures Nigeria’s President

The attack on the Dapchi school, in which gunmen gathered up 110 girls, has left parents asking how the government could let a mass kidnapping happen, again.


Syria's Assad visits army in eastern Ghouta as rebels in talks

BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday visited Syrian soldiers who appear close to defeating the last major opposition foothold near Damascus and met some of the many thousands of people uprooted during the government offensive.


Senator Durbin: No government shutdown over budget

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senior U.S. Democratic Senator Dick Durbin said on Sunday that lawmakers would find a way to pass a budget in time for a Friday deadline to fund government agencies despite disagreement over immigration issues.


Congress aims for six-month shutdown ... of budget squabbles

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress, facing yet another government shutdown deadline at midnight on Friday, will try this week to approve a massive spending bill that would end lawmakers' nettlesome budget infighting, at least through Sept. 30.


Incoming Slovak PM expects to name new ministers in coming week

BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Slovakia's ruling coalition aims to select new ministers this week, incoming Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini said on Sunday as the government seeks to navigate its way through a political crisis sparked by the murder of a journalist.

Could congressman's offer save McCabe's pension?

Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe was hours away from retiring and receiving full benefits. Now multiple Democrats are offering McCabe a job and say he could get his pension by working a few more days for the federal government.


U.S. government to accept metals tariffs exclusion requests from Monday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Commerce Department said it will begin accepting requests on Monday for product exclusions from President Donald Trump's new steel and aluminum import tariffs, but it could take up to 90 days for the agency to make determinations.

Alcoholic Beverages

This Study May Find That Moderate Drinking Is Healthy. The Alcohol Industry Was Asked to Pay for It.

Scientists and government officials waged a concerted campaign to obtain funding from the alcohol industry for research that may enshrine alcohol as a part of a healthy diet.

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.


Syrian monitor says strikes on Ghouta rebel town kill 30

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said air strikes on a rebel pocket in eastern Ghouta killed 30 people gathering to leave to government lines on Saturday.

Spy agency contractor posted sensitive code on Facebook, FBI says

A disgruntled government contractor who worked with a US spy agency stole high-tech espionage radio equipment worth $340,000, took classified material, and is suspected of leaking sensitive computer code on his Facebook page, according to a new court filing by FBI agents who recently searched the man's home in Virginia.


U.S. to cover advanced genomic testing for Medicare cancer patients

(Reuters) - The U.S. government said on Friday it will pay for certain genetic tests for Medicare-eligible patients with advanced cancer, in a bid to help match patients with the drugs most likely to provide benefit.

Embargoes and Sanctions

Wine and Diamonds: How North Korea Dodges Sanctions

With smuggled luxury goods and illicitly purchased oil, Kim Jong-un’s government maneuvers around measures meant to inhibit its nuclear program.


Argentina prepares 4G spectrum auction that could raise $800 million: source

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina is preparing to auction 90 megahertz of 4G spectrum to mobile telephone and internet companies in a process that has already attracted interest from Telecom Argentina SA, Telefonica SA and Claro, a government source told Reuters.


Fight over U.S. spending bill rekindles immigration debate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As another U.S. government funding deadline looms, a huge spending bill is ground zero in the latest battle between Republicans and Democrats in Congress over President Donald Trump’s push to toughen immigration policy.


Hong Kong's CLP says finalizing environmental study for LNG project

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Hong Kong utility CLP Power [CLPHKF.UL] said on Friday it was finalizing an environmental impact assessment study for its liquefied natural gas (LNG) project and will soon submit it to the Hong Kong government.

US accuses Russia of cyber attacks on power grid

The US government has accused Russia of remotely targeting the US power grid, as part of its newly unveiled sanctions on the country.

Opinion: Why is Trump like a pussycat when it comes to calling out Putin?

Things move fast in President Trump's Washington. You can hardly keep up with the news. Unless, that is, you are waiting for Trump to condemn Russian President Vladimir Putin and his government. Then it requires a great deal of patience. And the world has taken notice.


In a first, U.S. blames Russia for cyber attacks on energy grid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Thursday blamed the Russian government for a campaign of cyber attacks stretching back at least two years that targeted the U.S. power grid, marking the first time the United States has publicly accused Moscow of hacking into American energy infrastructure.


U.S. sanctions Russians for meddling, but not Putin's oligarchs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States slapped sanctions on Russian individuals and entities for U.S. election meddling and cyber attacks but put off targeting oligarchs and government officials close to President Vladimir Putin, prompting lawmakers in both parties to say President Donald Trump needs to do much more.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Investors flock to safe-haven bonds; stocks end mixed

NEW YORK, March 15 (Reuters) - The S&P 500 edged slightly lower on Thursday, in its first four-day losing streak of 2018, while global political tensions kept demand high for safe-haven government bonds on both sides of the Atlantic.


China may adopt some of Germany's law on self-driving cars: expert

BERLIN (Reuters) - The Chinese government is evaluating a German law that lays the groundwork for use of self-driving cars, and will likely adopt some of the German rules, a legal expert said on Thursday.


Colombia tribunal begins mammoth task of investigating, trying war crimes

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's transitional justice tribunal - designed to try former leftist rebels and government soldiers for crimes during the country's five-decade war - will begin collecting evidence and preparing its first hearings, officials said on Thursday.


Asylum seekers sue U.S. government over prolonged detention

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A group of migrants seeking asylum in the United States sued the Trump administration on Thursday, claiming the government is unfairly keeping them in custody while they pursue their cases in immigration court.


U.S. blames Russia for cyber attacks on energy grid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Thursday blamed the Russian government for a campaign of cyber attacks stretching back two years that targeted the U.S. power grid including nuclear facilities.


How Congo faced down some of the world's biggest mining firms

DAKAR (Reuters) - In an ornate room in Democratic Republic of Congo's presidential palace last week, some of global mining's most powerful men faced off against government officials over proposed changes to the country's mining code.


Thousands flee in first mass exodus from Syria's besieged eastern Ghouta

EASTERN GHOUTA, Syria (Reuters) - Thousands of Syrian civilians fled from a rebel pocket in eastern Ghouta on Thursday, crossing by foot to army positions in the first mass exodus from the besieged enclave since Syrian government forces launched an assault to capture it a month ago.


Putin rides 'Russia First' wave toward election victory

MOSCOW/YEKATERINBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Russian voters are set to propel Vladimir Putin to another term as president in an election on Sunday, giving him credit for standing up for Russia against Western governments that view him as a dangerous autocrat.


Rape used as wide-scale weapon of war in Syria: U.N. report

GENEVA (Reuters) - Syrian government forces and allied militias have raped and sexually assaulted women, girls and men in a campaign to punish opposition communities - acts that constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity, U.N. investigators said on Thursday.


JPMorgan to launch umbrella bond index covering all sectors

LONDON (Reuters) - JPMorgan will launch a new overall bond index on Thursday that will unify all of the bank's flagship bond indexes that cater to specific areas such as government bonds and emerging...


Thousands stream out of Syrian rebel enclave as army advances

BEIRUT/DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Thousands of Syrians fled a rebel-held town in eastern Ghouta on Thursday and crossed by foot to government territory, a Reuters witness and a war monitor said, as the army pressed its advance into the last major opposition stronghold near Damascus.


Slovak president supports PM's resignation condition: government party

BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Slovak President Andrej Kiska supports Prime Minister Robert Fico's offer to resign on condition that his party be allowed to pick the next government leader, a junior party in the ruling coalition said on Thursday.

North Korean foreign minister heads to Sweden amid US summit speculation

North Korea's foreign minister is visiting Sweden Thursday and Friday, the Swedish government announced, in the first significant diplomatic move by Pyongyang since a momentous summit with the US was announced a week ago.


China's unspoken compact put to test by Xi power play

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The unspoken compact that has anchored the relationship between China's government and its people - stay out of politics and we'll help you prosper - is being tested like never before by President Xi Jinping's move to extend his power.


Unilever picks Rotterdam HQ over London in blow to UK before Brexit​

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's third biggest company Unilever will scrap its London corporate headquarters and make Rotterdam its sole legal home in a blow to Prime Minister Theresa May's government almost one year to the day before Brexit.


Balancing act: Chip giant Qualcomm caught between Washington and Beijing

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm Inc , blocked this week from a takeover bid amid national security fears, was already walking a Pacific tightrope: it has government and defense contracts in America, but two-thirds of its revenue comes from China.


Asia stocks sag, bonds advance amid simmering trade worries

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks sagged on Thursday while government bonds attracted safe-haven demand amid mounting investor concerns that growing trade tensions will hurt the global economy.


India eying Boeing's Super Hornet in latest twist to air force procurement

NEW DELHI/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Boeing Co, considered the frontrunner in the race to supply the Indian navy with new fighter jets, is now in contention for a much bigger $15 billion order after the government abruptly asked the air force to consider the twin-engine planes.


Senators to grill Trump's pick for NSA chief on Russia, privacy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. senators will grill President Donald Trump's pick to lead the National Security Agency on the government's surveillance reach and a range of cyber security issues on Thursday, when he faces his second confirmation hearing to lead the electronic spy agency.


Third court rules Tepco, government liable over Fukushima disaster: media

TOKYO (Reuters) - Kyoto district court on Thursday ruled that Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) and the Japanese government were liable for damages arising from the Fukushima nuclear disaster of 2011, the Asahi newspaper said


Stocks retreat, bonds advance as simmering trade woes curb risk appetite

TOKYO (Reuters) - Stock markets slipped broadly on Thursday while government bonds attracted safe-haven demand amid mounting investor concerns that growing trade tensions would hurt the global economy.


Hard-Charging Chinese Energy Tycoon Falls From Xi Government’s Graces

Ye Jianming cast himself as a new kind of private entrepreneur in China, but his company now faces legal challenges at home and in the United States.


Stocks sag, bonds supported as simmering trade woes curb risk appetite

TOKYO (Reuters) - Stock markets sagged broadly on Thursday while government bonds attracted safe-haven demand amid mounting investor concerns that growing trade tensions would hurt the global economy.


Moroccan protesters clash with police in poor mining town

RABAT (Reuters) - Moroccan protesters on Wednesday clashed with security forces in a poor mining town where residents have been demanding government help to tackle poverty, officials and activists said.


Slovenian PM Cerar resigns

LJUBLJANA (Reuters) - Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar resigned late on Wednesday, hours after the Supreme Court annulled the result of a September referendum that approved a 1-billion-euro railway project, the centre-left government's biggest investment programme.

Stranded mom issues urgent plea to Trump

Despite news of civilian evacuations taking place in Eastern Ghouta, hundreds of thousands of people remain trapped and under the Russian-backed Syrian government's military campaign that has killed more than a thousand in less than three weeks. A trapped American mother of eight has a message for US President Trump and for the world. CNN's Jomana Karadsheh reports.


Italy's League leader opens door to government deal with 5-Star

ROME (Reuters) - The leader of Italy's eurosceptic League said on Wednesday a government deal with the anti-system 5-Star Movement was possible after an inconclusive election, raising the prospect of two radical groups running the country.

Assassinations and Attempted Assassinations

Theresa May Expels Russian Diplomats. But Now Comes the Hard Part.

The prime minister retaliated for the use of a nerve agent against a former spy, but Britain’s weakened government may find it hard to inflict much pain.


Secret trial shows risks of nerve agent theft in post-Soviet chaos: experts

MOSCOW/AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The British government says Russia is to blame for poisoning former spy Sergei Skripal with a nerve agent, and most chemical weapons specialists agree.


U.S. charges former Equifax executive with insider trading

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government has filed criminal and civil charges against a former Equifax Inc executive over alleged insider trading linked to last year's massive data breach at the credit reporting company, officials said on Wednesday.


Russia soccer official shrugs at British government World Cup boycott: report

MOSCOW (Reuters) - It does not matter if British officials boycott the soccer World Cup, which will be hosted by Russia, Interfax news agency cited Russian Football Union Vice President Nikita Simonyan as saying on Wednesday.


Pests, disease destroy a third of Mozambique crops, government says

MAPUTO (Reuters) - Pests and disease sweeping through Mozambique have destroyed at least a third of the country's agricultural crops over the past 11 months, a government spokeswoman said.


Myanmar urged not to drag out case against Reuters reporters

YANGON (Reuters) - Some international observers urged Myanmar on Wednesday not to drag out legal proceedings against two Reuters journalists, as they appeared in court for the 10th time since they were arrested in December and accused of possessing secret government papers.


Japan leaves door open for PM Abe-Kim Jong Un summit

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's top government spokesman left the door open on Wednesday to a possible summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to discuss the matter of Japanese citizens kidnapped by Pyongyang's agents decades ago.


Japan leaves door open for PM Abe-Kim Jung Un summit

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's top government spokesman left the door open on Wednesday to a possible summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and North Korean leader Kim Jung Un to discuss the matter of Japanese citizens kidnapped by Pyongyang's agents decades ago.


Japan would lose voice of prudence if scandal brings down Aso

TOKYO (Reuters) - If the cronyism scandal that has paralyzed parliament in Japan ends up swallowing veteran Finance Minister Taro Aso, a government hooked on radical reflationary polices would lose its strongest defender of fiscal prudence.


EXPLAINER-Chile attempts to block China from prize lithium asset

SANTIAGO/VANCOUVER, March 13 (Reuters) - Chile's government has asked antitrust regulators to block the sale of a 32 percent stake in Chilean lithium company SQM to a Chinese firm on the grounds it would give it an unfair advantage in the global race to secure resources to develop electric vehicles.


U.S. sues New York City subway operator over disabled access

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Tuesday sued the agencies that run New York City's subway, claiming they failed to make a Bronx station accessible to disabled people despite an expensive renovation.

Books and Literature

Nonfiction: Eating Away at Government From the Inside

David Cay Johnston’s “It’s Even Worse Than You Think” is an account of Trump’s efforts to create a weakened government.


Israeli government ends feud that sparked snap election talk

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's government settled a dispute on Tuesday that had threatened its survival and prompted speculation that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was seeking a snap election to help him dodge a corruption probe.


Sri Lanka to lift social media ban: minister

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka is likely to lift a ban on social media networks this week, a government minister said on Tuesday, almost a week after blocking access to prevent the spread of communal violence.


Austrian far-right chief, TV anchor settle lawsuit over fake news jibe

VIENNA (Reuters) - The far-right deputy leader of Austria's government has agreed to apologize and pay damages to a top news anchor after accusing him and national broadcaster ORF of lying, the presenter said on Tuesday, announcing a settlement.


Mexican actor Garcia Bernal brings call for end to impunity to U.N.

GENEVA (Reuters) - Actor and filmmaker Gael Garcia Bernal called on Tuesday for the United Nations and governments around the world to put pressure on his native Mexico to end impunity for corruption and large-scale killings.


Ex-aide to New York Governor Cuomo found guilty of taking bribes

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was found guilty by a Manhattan jury on Tuesday of agreeing to take bribes from executives at two companies seeking to do business with the state government, federal prosecutors said.


Russia says U.S. plans to strike Damascus, pledges military response

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Tuesday it had information that the United States planned to bomb the government quarter in Damascus on an invented pretext, and said it would respond militarily if it felt Russian lives were threatened by such an attack.


Doctors across Zimbabwe go on strike over pay, drug shortages

HARARE (Reuters) - Doctors at public hospitals across Zimbabwe have gone on strike and will not return to work until the government meets their demands for better pay and working conditions, a spokesman for a doctors' unions said on Tuesday.


CIA's Pompeo brings insider's touch to secretary of state role

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - CIA Director Mike Pompeo, if confirmed as the next secretary of state, would bring a number of assets to his new role as the top U.S. diplomat: the confidence of President Donald Trump, government experience and an insider's knowledge of Congress and the federal bureaucracy.


Switzerland faces law change call to return 1MDB profits to Malaysia

BERN (Reuters) - Swiss lawmakers are pushing the government to amend the law on how to handle ill-gotten bank profits seized by authorities and pave the way to return more than $100 million linked to scandal-hit sovereign fund 1MDB to the Malaysian people.


IMF's Lagarde says cooperation needed to keep crypto-assets safe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Governments and central banks need to collaborate on developing regulations for crypto-assets to prevent them from becoming a new vehicle for money laundering and terrorist financing, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde said on Wednesday.


Britain to consider new tax mechanism for online sales

LONDON, March 13 (Reuters) - The British government will consult on a new mechanism for collecting value-added-tax (VAT) for online sales to ensure that the tax paid by consumers reaches the Treasury, finance minister Philip Hammond said during his spring statement to parliament.


Finland invests $1 billion in Nokia to boost national influence

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finland's government investment arm has spent about 844 million euros ($1.04 billion) on building a 3.3 percent stake in Nokia to strengthen national influence over the telecom network gear maker.


China's top steelmaking city deepens output curbs to extend war on smog

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's top steelmaking city of Tangshan will order some steel mills to cut production by as much as half to improve air quality, after curbs put in place during winter expire in March, the government said on Tuesday.


China to merge regulators, create new ministries in biggest overhaul in years

BEIJING (Reuters) - China is merging its banking and insurance regulators, giving new powers to policymaking bodies such as the central bank and creating new ministries in the biggest government shake-up in years.

Widow: British government can't provide safety

In an exclusive television interview with CNN's Nic Robertson, the widow of murdered Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, urges the UK government to do more to protect Russians who have sought shelter in Britain.


Shanghai government says Tesla talks on track despite Musk outburst

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Talks between Telsa Inc and Shanghai authorities over building a local manufacturing plant remain on track, the city government said on Tuesday, easing concerns of a breakdown in negotiations after the electric carmaker's chief criticized Chinese trade rules last week.


Shanghai gov't says Tesla talks on track despite Musk outburst

SHANGHAI, March 13 (Reuters) - Talks between Telsa Inc and Shanghai authorities over building a local manufacturing plant remain on track, the city government said on Tuesday, easing concerns of a breakdown in negotiations after the electric carmaker's chief criticised Chinese trade rules last week.


GM president says 'shared sacrifice' needed to fix GM Korea

DETROIT (Reuters) - General Motors Co President Dan Ammann said on Monday the automaker's troubled South Korean operations can be a "sustainable, profitable business," if unions and the South Korean government agree quickly on a restructuring.


China to merge regulators, create new ministries in biggest revamp in years

BEIJING (Reuters) - China is merging its banking and insurance regulators and creating a slew of ministries including a new agricultural and rural affairs ministry as part of the biggest government shake-up in years.

Espionage and Intelligence Services

As Putin’s Opponents Flocked to London, His Spies Followed

Russia now has more intelligence agents in London than during the Cold War. The poisoning of a retired Russian double agent has put pressure on the British government to rein them in.


A Visit Behind the Lines: President Trump Heads to California

Mr. Trump is making his first visit as president to California at a time of extraordinary tensions between these two governments.

Opinion: Overseas killings are in Russia's DNA

The attempted murder last week in the United Kingdom of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal by means of a nerve agent immediately called to mind the fatal poisoning of another former officer of the Russian security services, Alexander Litvinenko, victim of a polonium attack in London in 2006. The Russian government denies any involvement, of course, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov expressed outrage that anyone would suggest otherwise.


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.


No love match for Germany in Merkel's third grand coalition

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel and her partners met to formally sign their agreement on a new "grand coalition" government on Monday and admitted it was a political necessity, not a "love match".


Israeli PM Netanyahu urges feuding coalition to remain intact

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu repeatedly urged his feuding coalition partners on Monday to remain in the government, despite speculation he was seeking its collapse and a snap election to help him survive corruption allegations.


Syria's Douma faces catastrophe, says council, as assault grinds on

AMMAN/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria's rebel-held city of Douma faces a "catastrophic" situation after becoming the main haven for thousands of people fleeing advances by government forces into eastern Ghouta, its local council said on Monday.


Syria's Douma faces catastrophe: local council

AMMAN (Reuters) - The Syrian rebel-held city of Douma faces a "catastrophic" situation as it becomes the main haven for thousands of people fleeing advances by government forces into eastern Ghouta, its local council said on Monday.


Japan's Coincheck to start repaying customers Monday after digital money heist

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck Inc, reeling from government reprimands over lax standards after $530 million dollar theft of digital money, said it would from Monday start repaying customers affected by the heist.


Taliban take district center in western Afghan province

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Taliban fighters have captured a district center in Afghanistan's western province of Farah bordering Iran, where they have battled government security forces fiercely in recent months, officials said on Monday.


Japan government says documents in suspected cronyism case were doctored: LDP official

TOKYO (Reuters) - A senior member of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) said government representatives told him on Monday that documents related to a suspected cronyism scandal had been doctored.

Afghanistan War (2001- )

Op-Ed Contributor: An Unprecedented Peace Offer to the Taliban

The Afghan government has invited the Taliban to join peace talks without preconditions and seeks a political agreement.


Saudi sets up departments to investigate, prosecute corruption cases: royal decree

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi King Salman has ordered the establishment of specialized departments in the public prosecutor's office to investigate and prosecute corruption cases, the government's information office said in a statement on Sunday.


Israel's Elbit to buy state-owned IMI Systems for 1.8 bln shekels

JERUSALEM, March 11 (Reuters) - The Israeli government said on Sunday it was selling weapons manufacturer IMI Systems to Elbit Systems for 1.8 billion shekels ($523 million).


Fierce fighting in Syria's Ghouta as Assad presses assault

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army and rebel groups engaged in fierce battles early on Sunday on a critical front in eastern Ghouta where government advances have in effect splintered the insurgent enclave into three, a war monitor said.

Fox host to Trump: Don't reward poaching

The federal government has quietly said it will consider big game trophy imports on a "case-by-case" basis, an issue that split President Donald Trump and his Interior Department.


In state media, China presents itself as crucial to U.S.-North Korea talks

BEIJING (Reuters) - China helped bring about a dramatic easing of tensions between the United States and North Korea, according state media outlets, adding evidence that the government sees itself as a central player in any agreement despite largely sitting on the sidelines so far.


UK government resists 'latte levy' in bitter blow for campaigners

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain has resisted a call by campaigners and lawmakers to impose a so-called "latte levy" on single-use coffee cups, opting instead to reduce the use of the cups through voluntary measures.

Telephones and Telecommunications

AT&T Backs Off Political Argument in Antitrust Case

AT&T has said the government blocked the company’s deal with Time Warner because of presidential politics. But that argument was absent in a filing on Friday.


Evidence of contamination at Hydro plant in Brazil, researchers say

BARCARENA, Brazil (Reuters) - A Brazilian government-backed institute is readying new evidence of contamination near the world's biggest alumina refiner, Norsk Hydro ASA's Alunorte, in the northern state of Para, a researcher told Reuters.


U.S.'s Tillerson says Kenya should not stifle media, threaten courts

NAIROBI (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Friday in Nairobi that he had shared his concerns with Kenya's president about the importance of democracy and said the government should not stifle the media and threaten the courts.


Four arrested after balcony protest at Iranian embassy in London

LONDON (Reuters) - Four people were arrested after they climbed on to a first-floor balcony of the Iranian embassy in London on Friday and waved flags in an apparent protest against the government in Tehran.