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Disappointing HSBC update, weak miners keep FTSE in the red

MILAN, Feb 20 (Reuters) - The UK's top share index inched lower on Tuesday, weighed down by a disappointing update from banking heavyweight HSBC and declines in big mining stocks on metal price weakness.


South Africa's Ramaphosa says it's time to review cabinet make up

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa's new President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Tuesday it was time to consider the make-up of his cabinet, amid growing speculation about whether Finance Minister Gigaba would keep his job.


How a U.S. coal deal warmed Ukraine's ties with Trump

KIEV (Reuters) - For the first time in Ukraine's history, U.S. anthracite is helping to keep the lights on and the heating going this winter following a deal that has also helped to warm Kiev's relations with President Donald Trump.


France says committed to Iran deal, will keep talking to European, U.S allies

PARIS (Reuters) - France reaffirmed its commitment to the Iran nuclear deal on Monday, saying it wanted it to be strictly implemented and was continuing talks with its European and U.S. partners on the program.


Ice hockey: Unified Korean team could be Beijing-bound

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - The prospect of seeing a unified Korean women's ice hockey team return to action at the 2022 Winter Olympics would be welcomed by International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), who believe it would keep alive the message of peace and hope.

School Shootings and Armed Attacks

For Parents of Shooting Victims, a Support Network That Keeps Growing

Those who have lost children in earlier tragedies will reach out to the newest grieving parents to console, advise and often recruit them to the gun control cause.


Exclusive: For now, U.S. wants Europeans just to commit to improve Iran deal

WASHINGTON/PARIS/MUNICH (Reuters) - The United States has sketched out a path under which three key European allies would simply commit to try to improve the Iran nuclear deal over time in return for U.S. President Donald Trump keeping the pact alive by renewing U.S. sanctions relief in May.

Romney open to new gun measures

Mitt Romney said Friday that the nation must act swiftly to address the scourge of gun violence, stating that he was open to tougher measures like "enhanced background checks" if they would help keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill.


Ukraine progress should soften sanctions on Russia: Germany's Gabriel

MUNICH (Reuters) - German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Saturday said he favored easing some sanctions imposed on Russia if a ceasefire could be implemented in eastern Ukraine with the help of U.N. peacekeepers.


Salary + 144 eggs: Venezuelan firm offers unusual monthly compensation

CARACAS (Reuters) - A Venezuelan security firm is looking to attract personnel with a "motivational" bonus of 144 eggs for good presentation and time-keeping - alongside a $10 per month salary.

Benanti, Laura

Encounters: Laura Benanti Sings With Her Daughter, When She’s Not Impersonating Melania Trump

Laura Benanti, the cabaret performer and Broadway star, keeps a low profile in her Harlem neighborhood.


Berlin festival movie tells true story of Cold War rebels with a cause

ESSEN, Germany/BERLIN (Reuters) - As Soviet tanks crushed an uprising in Hungary in 1956, a group of children in East Germany began their own protest, taking on a communist regime that would keep their country divided for three more decades.

Analysis: Washington's political impotence is on full display

In Washington, political alienation is now so intense that the world's most powerful nation can't agree how to keep its next generation safe in school -- or fix the system regulating immigration, the human lifeblood which has been America's foundation.


U.S. tries to keep some Russia probe details secret despite Republican memo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday fought in federal court to keep some minor details of its counterintelligence probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election under wraps, even after President Donald Trump had unwrapped them.


Two-way ace Ohtani untroubled by pressure after Angels move

(Reuters) - Japanese two-way standout Shohei Ohtani is keeping his cool under the spotlight following his high-profile move to the Los Angeles Angels, saying he is only focused on helping the Major League Baseball (MLB) side win.

Transit Systems

Op-Ed Contributor: Who Keeps Britain’s Trains Running? Europe

Britain is knitted together by transportation networks that are overwhelmingly in the hands of foreign states.


Japan's Abe, Trump agree to keep up pressure on North Korea

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed to keep up pressure on North Korea until Pyongyang abandons its nuclear and missile programs, Japan's foreign ministry said on Thursday.

Elections, House of Representatives

How an Abundance of Democratic Candidates Could Help the G.O.P. Hold the House

In a lesson in unintended consequences, a voting reform put in place in California could end up keeping Democrats off the ballot in two battleground districts.


Alpine skiing: Weather delays put Pyeongchang course workers to the test

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - The fierce winds that have postponed the majority of Alpine skiing events may be keeping Olympic athletes sidelined, but course workers are pulling in overtime shifts to ensure the slopes are ready for action when the gusts finally subside.

United States International Relations

Editorial: Is North Korea Causing Trouble or Giving Peace a Chance?

The question shouldn’t keep the two sides from meeting to resolve a nuclear standoff.


Trilobites: How Cockroaches Crash Into Walls and Keep Going

The ability of the ancient pests may owe less to their speed than to their tough-shock absorbent exoskeletons. The finding could help engineers design tougher robots.


Amerisource deal may not keep Walgreens competitive: analysts

(Reuters) - Walgreens' potential deal for drug distributor AmerisourceBergen will boost its cash flow and push it deeper into a lucrative specialty pharmacy market, but may fail to keep it competitive in an evolving U.S. healthcare sector, analysts said.


A Hot, Dry Winter in California. Could It Be Drought Again?

A persistent ridge of air in the Pacific is keeping winter storms away, and the Sierra snowpack, source of much of the state's water, is suffering.


North Korea warms to South Korea after visit, volume down on border propaganda

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea's leader said he wants to boost the "warm climate of reconciliation and dialogue" with South Korea after his high-level delegation returned from a visit to the South, as his foes reiterated the need to keep up maximum pressure and sanctions.

Her best friend died, so she wrote to Trump

Ava Rose Olsen's best friend was killed by a shooter during recess at her elementary school. She wrote to President Trump to ask what he will do to "keep kids safe."


Upcoming state elections cast shadow over Illinois budget prospects

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Illinois' upcoming elections are casting a shadow over the state's ability to pass a new budget, tackle its financial liabilities and keep its credit ratings from sinking into junk, analysts said.


Murdoch pledges independent Sky News to smooth path for Fox deal

LONDON (Reuters) - Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox pledged to keep Sky News independent and continue funding the loss-making channel for five years, in an attempt to overcome regulatory concerns over its $15.7 billion takeover of pay-TV firm Sky.

Oxfam warned it could lose millions in funding over sex crimes scandal

The British charity Oxfam will fight to keep millions of pounds in public funding in a meeting with UK officials Monday over allegations that its aid workers hired prostitutes in Haiti.

A smile will improve your run, research finds

For athletes of all levels, endurance -- how long they can keep going at their chosen sport -- is made up of physiological and psychological factors.

NASA keeping tabs on Musk's Tesla

NASA says it is keeping track of Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster so as not to confuse it with an asteroid discovery in the future.

Federal Taxes (US)

Op-Ed Columnist: Trumpism for Thee, but Not for Me

The president keeps protecting his supporters from his own policies.


Investor Soros pledges new donation to pro-EU group

(Reuters) - Billionaire financier George Soros will pledge an additional 100,000 pounds ($138,130) to Best for Britain, a campaign group seeking to keep Britain in the European Union, the group said in an email to Reuters.


North Korea keeps mum on summit invite as its delegation completes South visit

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea's delegation sent to the Winter Olympics held "frank and candid" talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the North Korean news agency said on Sunday, but it made no mention of the North's invitation to Moon to Pyongyang for a summit.


North Korea keeps mum on summit invite as its delegation winds up South visit

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea's delegation sent to the Winter Olympics held "frank and candid" talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the North Korean news agency said on Sunday, but it made no mention of the North's invitation to Moon to Pyongyang for a summit.

Why NASA is keeping tabs on Elon Musk's roadster


Opinion: Single Mothers Are Not the Problem

Shortsighted social policies are what keep families in poverty.


Opinion: For a Better Marriage, Act Like a Single Person

Research is finding that cocooning with your spouse instead of keeping up with friends could make wedded bliss more elusive.


South Korea's Moon hosts North Korean talks as Pence keeps up pressure

SEOUL/PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister on Saturday, hoping to translate Olympics detente into meaningful progress towards resolving a tense standoff over the North's nuclear and missile programmes.


U.S. budget deal grants $1.5 billion for drug-affected babies, families

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. budget deal adopted by Congress on Friday includes what advocates call a landmark compromise to provide an estimated $1.5 billion over 10 years to try to keep struggling families together, including those with babies born dependent on opioids.


U.S. budget deals grants $1.5 billion for opioid-addicted babies, families

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. budget deal adopted by Congress on Friday includes what advocates call a landmark compromise to provide an estimated $1.5 billion over 10 years to try to keep struggling families together, including those with babies born dependent on opioids.

McConnell officially tees up immigration debate next week

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell teed up a pivotal immigration debate for consideration next week early Friday morning, keeping a promise as soon as the Senate voted to end a government shutdown.

Olympic Games

Dozens of Russian Athletes Lose Appeal, Keeping Them Out of Pyeongchang Olympics

The 47 athletes who were denied included Viktor Ahn, a short-track speedskater who has won six Olympic gold medals, and Anton Shipulin, a biathlon world champion.


RPT-AIRSHOW-U.S., Israeli drone makers keep wary eye on rising Chinese

* Cheaper Chinese military drones on display at Singapore Airshow


Chengdu Journal: At Chinese Fight Club, One Boxer’s First Rule: Don’t Tell His Parents

In Chengdu, the owners of the “Monster Private War Club” want to make fighting cool. But to stay open, they also need to keep it respectable.


Free Lyft may not help poor people keep doctor appointments

(Reuters Health) - Giving poor people free use of ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft for doctor appointments doesn’t make them any less likely to become no-shows than patients who have to find their own way there, a U.S. study suggests.


Thousands of Palestinians jam Gaza border, temporarily opened by Egypt

GAZA (Reuters) - Thousands of Palestinian travelers gathered at Gaza's border crossing with Egypt on Thursday hoping for a brief chance to leave after Cairo temporarily opened a frontier it largely keeps closed as it battles an Islamist insurgency on the other side.


U.S., Israeli drone makers keep wary eye on rising Chinese

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Cheaper Chinese military drones are chipping away at U.S. and Israeli domination of the industry, fuelling a new race as companies predict a rise in demand especially in regions such as Asia.


Waiting to Treat the Cancer

It would be a race between the leukemia returning and the insurance company approving the procedure that could keep it at bay permanently.

Analysis: The pre-Trump Republican Party is dead

On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that a deal had been reached with Democrats to not only keep the government open past the Thursday night deadline, but also actually ensure it was funded for the next two(!) years.


BRIEF-TGS CEO aims to keep dividend at $0.2 per share in coming quarters


Archives and Records

How to Preserve Your Family Memories, Letters and Trinkets

Good archival practices might not be exciting, but they could be the key to keeping your family history intact for future generations.

Social Media

Tech We’re Using: Keeping Gear (and Herself) Warm at the Winter Olympics

Covering the Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, requires some preparations when it comes to making sure your tech (and your feet) work as intended.

United States Politics and Government

Op-Ed Columnist: Trump’s Worst Watcher

John Kelly is the crisis control guy who keeps creating crises.


New York's Met can keep Picasso sold during Nazi flight: judge

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit seeking the return by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan of a Pablo Picasso masterpiece that a German Jewish businessman was allegedly forced to sell at a low price, to fund an escape from the Nazis and fascism.

Opinion: Why this upheaval was inevitable

The sharp plunge in stock markets around the world earlier this week tells us that major central banks, with the US Federal Reserve at the forefront, have severely underestimated the risk of keeping interest rates too low for too long. Now that markets expect higher rates -- due to improved economic growth, higher inflation, growing fiscal deficits, and the unwinding of central bank balance sheets -- it has become clear that monetary stimulus created a pseudo wealth effect, and that suppressing interest rates by unconventional policy to spur risk-taking and pump up asset prices was itself a risky strategy.


Exclusive: Cuba grants visa to senior U.S. diplomat to lead Havana embassy

HAVANA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cuba has given a visa to a senior American diplomat to lead the U.S. embassy in Havana, a U.S. official said, in a sign both nations want to keep open lines of communication despite a sharp deterioration in relations since President Donald Trump took office.


BRIEF-Pioneer Natural Resources Plans 20 Permian Rigs for 2018


United States Politics and Government

Senate Leaders Reach Deal to Raise Spending over Two Years

The agreement would raise spending caps on military and domestic spending, and it could help ensure passage of a temporary measure to keep the government open past Thursday.


One hippopotamus... London Zoo counts its animals in delayed census

LONDON (Reuters) - Keepers started counting the animals in London Zoo on Wednesday, in an annual stock take that was delayed by a fire in December.

These defendants were so threatening their juries were anonymous

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's violent past warrants keeping the identity of potential jurors at his September trial a secret, according to a federal judge in New York.


House passes stopgap spending bill to avert shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday approved another stopgap bill to keep the federal government from shutting down, hours after President Donald Trump said he would "love" to see a shutdown if immigration legislation were not included.

House sends short-term spending bill to Senate

House Republicans are poised to pass a short-term spending bill to keep the government funded through March 23 Tuesday night, but it's just the first step to avert a government shutdown.

Police Brutality, Misconduct and Shootings

In Baltimore, Brazen Officers Took Every Chance to Rob and Cheat

A far-reaching corruption scandal is the last thing Baltimore’s troubled police department needs. But day after day, the revelations keep coming.


Iran-backed Iraqi groups urge full U.S. withdrawal, hardliners threaten attacks

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Two major Iraqi Shi'ite groups backed by Iran are demanding all U.S. forces leave Iraq, opposing plans by Baghdad and Washington to keep some there for training and advisory purposes.

California Today

California Today: California Today: Traffic Is Terrible, but Californians Keep Buying Cars

Tuesday: Car ownership jumps, President Trump lashes out at Rep. Adam Schiff and how climate change is affecting family planning.


Curling: Team USA's Hamiltons keep sibling rivalry on ice

PYEONGCHANG (Reuters) - Ask brother-sister team mates Matt and Becca Hamilton which one is the alpha personality on their U.S. mixed doubles Olympic curling team and they are both likely to raise their hands.


PRECIOUS-Gold holds steady as equities fall; rate outlook keeps lid on prices

Feb 6 (Reuters) - Gold prices held steady on Tuesday, buoyed by a tumble in global equity markets but pressured by expectations for more U.S. interest rate hikes this year. FUNDAMENTALS * Spot gold was largely unchanged at $1,338.62 an ounce at 0112 GMT, after rising 0.5 percent on Monday. * The metal on Friday fell 1.2 percent in its biggest one-day decline since Dec. 7. Last week, gold saw its largest weekly drop since the week ending Dec. 8. * U.S. gold future

House will vote on a bill to keep government open past Thursday (yes, that again)

House GOP leaders are moving ahead with a plan to keep the government funded into mid-March, but there's a catch that Democratic leaders aren't going to like.


U.S., Peru agree to keep collaborating in drugs trafficking fight

LIMA (Reuters) - Peru's foreign minister said on Monday that she and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had agreed to keep working together to fight drug trafficking, days after President Donald Trump had threatened to curb aid to drug hotspots.

Virtual Currency

As Bitcoin Bubble Loses Air, Frauds and Flaws Rise to Surface

Hackers draining online exchanges. Ponzi schemes. Regulators unable to keep up with heightened interest in virtual currencies. A young industry’s problems have become clearer in recent weeks.


Belgian business rallies to Brussels Airlines in face of Lufthansa shift

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Nearly 100 Belgian companies called on Monday for Germany's Lufthansa to keep Brussels Airlines based in Belgium and not to merge it with Eurowings, to protect jobs and business links.


Russia says it has measures it can take against the U.S.: Izvestia

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia still has counter measures it can take against the United States in a tit-for-tat sanctions battle, but is keeping its powder dry for now, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told the Izvestia newspaper in an interview published on Monday.


Things You Should Think About or Accomplish This Week

Plus, tips for keeping your New Year’s resolutions.


'Let's talk': Japan hopes low-key strategy averts U.S. trade flare-up

TOKYO (Reuters) - Economic talks between the United States and Japan, tackling topics from persimmons and potatoes to energy and infrastructure, have helped keep Tokyo clear of protectionist moves such as those that recently hit Chinese solar panels and South Korean washers.


Eagles 41, Patriots 33 | Eagles win Super Bowl LII: The Eagles Vanquish the Patriots to Win Their First Super Bowl

In a battle of offenses, Zach Ertz scored the winning touchdown with 2:21 left as Philadelphia won, 41-33, to keep Tom Brady and New England from their sixth N.F.L. title.

Labor Department (US)

Labor Dept. Plan Could Let the Boss Pocket the Tip

A move to allow restaurants and other employers to impose tip sharing on workers, and in some cases keep the money, is under fire from labor groups.


Neither snow nor slush keeps fans from Super Bowl joy

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - Neither snow nor slush nor sub-zero temperatures kept American football fans from celebrating the virtual holiday that is Super Bowl Sunday as massive crowds descended on downtown Minneapolis ahead of the big game.

United States Politics and Government

Editorial: How Trump Can Keep His Vows on Opioids and Infrastructure

Perhaps he will finally take them seriously to impress midterm voters. If so, there are many good ideas to consider.


Caution after Wall Street caps off worst week in years

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Signs that a long-awaited correction may have arrived on Wall Street will keep investors on edge on Monday after the S&P 500 closed off the week with its biggest percentage drop in two years.


House sets Tuesday vote on bill to avoid government shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives plans to vote on Tuesday on legislation to keep federal agencies operating beyond Feb. 8, when existing funds expire, a senior House Republican aide said on Friday.


Trump steps up fight over Russia probe, backs release of secret memo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump and his Republican allies on Friday escalated a campaign against U.S. law enforcement agencies over their probe into Russia by making public a classified memo that the FBI had sought to keep under wraps.

University of Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania Takes Away Steve Wynn’s Honors. And Bill Cosby’s, Too.

The school had let the entertainer keep his honorary degree despite sexual misconduct accusations, but changed its mind once it took tributes away from the casino mogul.


Museums and a Performance Artist Grapple With Chuck Close’s Work

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts will keep its Chuck Close exhibition, but will add a concurrent gallery examining gender power dynamics.


France to finance exports to Iran, aims to sidestep U.S. sanctions

PARIS (Reuters) - France will start offering euro-denominated credits to Iranian buyers of its goods later this year, a move to bolster trade while keeping it outside the reach of U.S. sanctions, the head of state-owned investment bank Bpifrance said.

You’ve Probably Given Up on Your Resolution. Let’s Get Back on Track.

We can stick it out together and keep each other accountable.

United States Politics and Government

Ordering Guantánamo to Stay Open Is One Thing, but Refilling It Is Another

Despite signing an order to keep the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, open, President Trump hasn’t solved problems that kept him from bringing new detainees there last year.


U.S. agency says will keep providing water, other essentials in Puerto Rico

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency said on Wednesday it would continue providing water, meals and other essentials to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico despite earlier reports its humanitarian mission in the U.S. territory would end on Wednesday.


Julius Baer sees net money slowdown in 2018, on lookout for acquisitions

ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss private bank Julius Baer does not expect to keep pace with last year's bumper growth in 2018 and will push ahead with hiring more client managers and looking for deals under...

California keeps a list of chemicals that could cause cancer. One is found in coffee.

California coffee shops may soon be forced to warn customers about a possible cancer risk linked to their morning jolt of java.


Fed expected to keep interest rates steady as Yellen era ends

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve is expected to leave interest rates unchanged on Wednesday while signaling a gradual tightening of monetary policy later this year as the U.S. economy continues to expand and job gains remain solid.


EU officials reject City of London's Brexit blueprint for banks - sources

LONDON, Jan 31 (Reuters) - European Commission officials have rejected the City of London's proposal to strike a post-Brexit free trade deal on financial services, a major blow to Britain's hopes of keeping full access to EU markets for one of the world's top two financial centres.

Trump signs order to keep Guantanamo open

President Donald Trump plans to announce Tuesday during his State of the Union address that he is reversing President Barack Obama's executive order to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba, two Congressional staffers told CNN.


Trump orders Guantanamo detention center to stay open

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump signed an order on Tuesday to keep open the military detention center at Guantanamo Bay after his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama, tried unsuccessfully to close the prison that has drawn international condemnation.

United States Politics and Government

As Deficit Soars Toward $1 Trillion, Congress Shrugs and Keeps Spending

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin urged Congress to lift the debt ceiling as lawmakers embark on a spending spree.

Defense and Military Forces

Op-Ed Columnist: Can Crazy Still Keep the Peace Between Israel and Iran?

The Syrian border of the Golan Heights is the second-most-dangerous place on earth.

Grammy Awards

Critic’s Notebook: Pop Keeps Changing. And the Grammys Turn a Deaf Ear, Again.

By sticking by its old heroes — and familiar sounds — the awards show risks alienating tomorrow’s stars.


Alibaba looks to modernize Olympics starting in Pyeongchang

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, one of the few Olympics sponsors signed up until 2028, said it wants to upgrade the technology that keeps the Games running and will study the Pyeongchang Games to help find ways to save future host countries money.

Conan: It's exhausting to keep up with Trump

Conan O'Brien weighs in on the difficulties of being a comedian during the era of President Donald Trump, claiming "it's hard to find a joke that's more absurd than what's actually happening."

Opinion: They were murdered for trying to keep children healthy

Murdered in plain sight for the "crime" of working to keep children healthy.

The fallout from Larry Nassar's sexual abuse is just beginning

When dusk falls Friday on Michigan State University, some students will try to keep the light shining on Larry Nassar's sexual abuse of scores of girls and young women -- and the school's role in it.