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Rising poverty gnaws at Italian social fabric as election nears

HERCULANEUM, Italy (Reuters) - Roberto Biondi's 89-year-old mother has Alzheimer's, is housebound and no longer recognizes her son. She is also the family's main breadwinner.


Afghanistan's ArtLords daub walls with messages of defiance, hope

KABUL (Reuters) - Activists in Afghanistan are speaking out against corruption and spreading messages of peace and social justice with murals, many painted on concrete blast walls that have risen to ward off militant bombs.

Opinion: Trump should read this every day

The Washington Post reported this month that President Donald Trump "rarely if ever" reads the classified intelligence briefing he gets each morning, in a break with presidential tradition.

#MeToo Movement

A Director’s Apology Adds Momentum to South Korea’s #MeToo Movement

“I am ready to take all punishment, including legal responsibilities for my crimes,” said Lee Youn-taek, a prominent theater director accused of sexual harassment.


Poland spares forest to win EU favor, but damage already done

BIALOWIEZA, Poland (Reuters) - When Poland sought to ease tensions with the European Union by declaring a halt to logging in the ancient Bialowieza forest, it did not announce how many trees it had already cut down.


Malawi cholera cases pass 500, eight people dead

BLANTYRE (Reuters) - Cholera cases in Malawi have tripled and four more people have died, the Ministry of Health said on Monday, a month after the spread of the disease from Zambia was thought to have been contained.

Freestyle Skiing

After Fighting for His Life, a Freestyle Skier Is Ready for Some Luck

Torin Yater-Wallace, a 22-year-old from Colorado, has spent much of the last few years recovering from a devastating run of injuries and other health woes.


Figure skating: Record-breaking Virtue, Moir dance into first place

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Canada's Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir made a perfect start in their bid to add another Olympic medal to the four they already possess by breaking their own short program world record to skate clear of the field on Monday.

Murders, Attempted Murders and Homicides

Out of Prison, Fiancée in Kayak Case Says, ‘I’m Not Heartless’

Nearly three years after her arrest in the drowning death of her fiancé, Angelika Graswald speaks publicly about the case that drew widespread attention.

Environmental Protection Agency

E.P.A. Chief Pruitt Postpones Trip to Israel Amid Scrutiny of High-Priced Travel

The trip, which already had been postponed once before, was intended to focus on water issues. The agency declined to give a reason for the delay.

Read: Emma Gonzalez's full speech

Emma Gonzalez, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, addressed a gun control rally on Saturday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, days after a gunman entered her school in nearby Parkland and killed 17 people.


A Word With: Gillian Jacobs Is Ready to Let Go of Her Fears

Ms. Jacobs, of “Community” fame, talks about the adrenaline rush of “Kings” at the Public, the gift of empathy and her own #MeToo moments.


Stock volatility: back with a bang and here to stay

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stock markets are unlikely to return to the unusually calm conditions seen last year, even though equities have already recovered more than half the ground lost in the recent selloff and traders have rapidly dialed down fear.


Obama Portraits ‘Push Us to Think More,’ Readers Say

Times readers said the portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama were unconventional, not unlike the former first couple, while others felt it didn’t capture their spirit.

Read the indictment

A federal grand jury in the District of Columbia returned an indictment Friday against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities accused of violating US laws to interfere with US elections and political processes.

College in Washington state on lockdown after reports of gunfire

Highline College in Washington state is on lockdown after reports of gunfire on the campus south of Seattle, the college said Friday morning in Facebook posts and automated phone recordings. "Lockdown. This is not a drill. Close doors, close windows. Police are responding to campus," one post reads.


BRIEF-Waymo Is Readying A Ride-Hailing Service That Could Directly Compete With Uber -Quartz



Novartis readies to auction U.S. generic pills business: sources

(Reuters) - Switzerland's Novartis AG is preparing to auction its U.S. generic pill business, looking to shed a unit that has struggled amid fierce price competition, people familiar with the matter said on Friday.

Labor and Jobs

The Workologist: When Early Retirement Turns Into a Total Bore

A reader sold his business and, at 55, no longer needs to work. But now he feels adrift and wonders whether to get back into the work force. And if so, how?

Books and Literature

How Does a Political Reporter Write a Memoir? First, Read Books. A Lot of Books.

A reporter who spent a decade covering Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaigns talks about her adjustment to book leave and finding the “foreign land where writers live.”


Let's work together on defense, France and Germany tell Europe

MUNICH (Reuters) - The defense ministers of Germany and France pledged to redouble their military and foreign policy cooperation efforts on Friday, inviting other European countries to participate if they felt ready to do so.


Kosovo ready to vote on key border deal with Montenegro

PRISTINA (Reuters) - Kosovo's parliament will vote soon on a border agreement with Montenegro that's needed for Kosovars to get visa-free travel privileges from the European Union, three years after the terms of the deal were initially agreed, President Hashim Thaci said on Friday.


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

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


Months away from Malaysian election, EU's move stirs discontent in palm groves

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - An EU decision to curb palm oil imports was the last thing Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak needed ahead of a coming election, with rural voters already aggrieved over financial scandals at state-owned palm oil agency Felda.

Woman reading grandson's journal may have foiled a school attack

A woman in Everett, Washington, was looking through her grandson's journal Monday night when she found something that would forever change her view of him.

CDC: Flu vaccine just 36% effective this season

Flu season is still raging in the United States, yet already it ranks among the most difficult in recent years. One reason: This year's vaccine has been just 36% effective against both A and B virus strains, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated in Thursday's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.


U.S. regulator warns of cryptocurrency 'pump-and-dump' schemes

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. derivatives regulator warned investors on Thursday about cryptocurrency "pump-and-dump" scams that aim to rip off investors by inflating the price of volatile virtual tokens through spreading bogus information.


Motor racing: Danica ready for her final Daytona 500 start

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (Reuters) - Danica Patrick, who inspired young women to break into the male-dominated sport of motor racing, will make her final NASCAR start at Sunday's Daytona 500.

Van Jones: 'Black Panther' is a revelation

Hollywood is offering a vision of a technological future that is in many ways already an empowering reality for a rising cohort of African and African-American technologists. President Trump, who insults people of color, should take notice, writes Van Jones.


UK blames Russia for cyber attack, Moscow decries Western campaign

LONDON/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Britain blamed Russia on Thursday for a cyber-attack last year, publicly pointing the finger at Moscow for spreading a virus which swept across Europe and beyond, hitting companies and other users after initially targeting Ukraine.

Olympic Games (2018)

Your Designs: Olympic Logos for Russia and the Two Koreas

What should the Olympic Athlete From Russia logo look like? How about the Korean Unification Flag? We asked readers for their design proposals.


BBVA-backed U.S. digital banking startup Azlo readies for launch

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Azlo, a U.S. digital banking startup that is majority-owned by Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria S.A., will open for business this week, marking the latest effort by the Spanish lender to attract a new generation of digital-savvy customers.

Indian Food (Cuisine)

Floyd Cardoz Pivots Again, for an Elusive Ingredient: Fun

The chef will transform his underperforming SoHo restaurant Paowalla into a lively canteen for Indian street food and snacks, the Bombay Bread Bar.


UK blames Russia for cyber attack, says won't tolerate disruption

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain blamed Russia on Thursday for a cyber-attack last year, publicly pointing the finger at Moscow for spreading a virus which disrupted companies across Europe including UK-based Reckitt Benckiser.


Indivior legal costs rise, new anti-addiction drug ready

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Indivior, which makes drugs to treat opioid addiction and plans to launch a key new product this month, said on Thursday it had increased provisions for investigative and antitrust litigation matters to $438 million.

School Shootings and Armed Attacks

As Shots Ring Out, a Student Texts: ‘If I Don’t Make It, I Love You’

Scenes from a dread-filled day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where a former student fatally shot 17 people.

United States Politics and Government

Op-Ed Columnist: The Trump Stain Spreads

In a White House without integrity, everything becomes tainted.


RPT-Indian state warns local firms over spread of unauthorised Monsanto GM cotton

NEW DELHI, Feb 15 (Reuters) - A top Indian cotton-growing state has told two local companies that seeds they sold to farmers may have contained traces of an unapproved GM strain from Monsanto, according to government notices seen by Reuters that warn of action against the firms.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus shares post-op photo

Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus is "ready to rock" after successful surgery for breast cancer.


FDA approves J&J prostate cancer treatment

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved Johnson & Johnson's Erleada treatment for use in prostate cancer patients whose cancer has not spread but continues to grow despite hormone therapy.


Indian state warns local firms over spread of unauthorised Monsanto GM cotton

NEW DELHI, Feb 14 (Reuters) - A top Indian cotton-growing state has told two local companies that seeds they sold to farmers may have contained traces of an unapproved GM strain from Monsanto, according to government notices seen by Reuters that warn of action against the firms.


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.

We need to talk about erotic art

Twenty-nine years ago, a group of anonymous feminist artists known as the Guerrilla Girls unveiled a poster that read, "Do women have to be naked to get into the Met. Museum? Less than 5% of the artists in the Modern Art Sections are women, but 85% of the nudes are female."


Free public transport no substitute for vehicle changes, Germany says

BERLIN (Reuters) - An eye-catching proposal to trial free public transport in some German cities as a means of cutting emissions from dirty private cars is not intended as a substitute for efforts to clean up cars already on the road, a government spokesman said.

Travel and Vacations

Explorer: At New Zealand Trail Huts, Shelter, Conversation and Community

Sometimes there’s solitude. Other times, lively discussions with new friends. And at every stop in the hut system there’s the Intentions Book. It’s must-reading.

This US senator is always ready with a one-liner

Louisiana Sen John Kennedy has made a name for himself in the halls of Congress, where reporters have come to expect a funny quip in response to questions.


Fiji escapes widespread damage from Cyclone Gita: official

WELLINGTON/SYDNEY (Reuters) - Fiji has escaped major damage from the Category 4 cyclone that tore through the Pacific Island nation overnight, a government official said on Wednesday, with no major population centers affected.

New cancer test isn't ready for prime time


Asia shares, dollar tense for inflation test

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian shares were set for a tense session on Wednesday as investors await readings on U.S. inflation that could fan fears of faster rate hikes and unleash another burst of global volatility.


U.S. 2018 elections 'under attack' by Russia: U.S. intelligence chief

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Leaders of U.S. intelligence agencies warned on Tuesday that Russia will try to interfere in the 2018 U.S. midterm elections by using social media to spread propaganda and misleading reports, much as it did in the 2016 campaign.

The US Senator always ready with a one-liner

Louisiana Sen John Kennedy has made a name for himself in the halls of Congress, where reporters have come to expect a funny quip in response to questions.

Mnuchin's wife Louise Linton: 'I was so stupid. I wish I could take it back'

Louise Linton may be the most honest person in Washington. Ask her if she's ready to leave town after a rocky start and she'll say no -- she's just finished decorating her house.


Drug copies ready to take next bite out of Roche's cancer sales

LONDON (Reuters) - European oncologists will soon get their hands on cut-price copies of breast cancer drug Herceptin, turning the screws on maker Roche and giving another boost to a new breed of companies focused on so-called biosimilars.

Smashing Pumpkins explains member's absence

Smashing Pumpkins haven't officially announced a reunion yet, but they are already explaining the absence of one of the group's members.


Russian & American skeleton racers refuse to break the ice

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Russian and American skeleton racers are refusing to speak to each other at the Pyeongchang winter Games in a spat that centers on allegations of widespread Russian doping.

Rumors and Misinformation

Fake News and Bots May Be Worrisome, but Their Political Power Is Overblown

It’s very hard to change people’s minds, especially when so many are already committed partisans.


Few Americans reporting cryptocurrency trading to IRS for now: report

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Less than 100 people out of the 250,000 individuals who have already filed federal taxes this year through company Credit Karma reported a cryptocurrency transaction to U.S. tax authorities, the company said on Tuesday.


Olympics: Tokyo 2020 Games budget to benefit from fresh reforms

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - The Tokyo 2020 Olympics will benefit from a fresh batch of International Olympic Committee (IOC) reforms, despite having already slashed their initial budget by roughly $2.5 billion, the IOC said on Tuesday.


Cyclone wreaks havoc in Tonga's capital, parliament flattened, homes wrecked

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Tonga's neighbors scrambled to deliver emergency relief on Tuesday after Cyclone Gita tore across the Pacific island nation in the middle of the night, flattening the parliament, tearing roofs off homes and causing widespread flooding.

Analysis: What makes no sense about Trump's response to Porter allegations

On Monday afternoon, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders read a prepared statement about the White House's handling of allegations that former staff secretary Rob Porter had physically and mentally abused both his ex-wives.

Opinion: Outside the legal system, 'due process' means nothing

President Trump's predictable response to the domestic abuse accusations against Rob Porter and David Sorensen -- a tweet that read in part, "is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?" — shows his fundamental misunderstanding of this vital element of our legal system. And his tone-deaf refusal to acknowledge the victims of the alleged abuse all but confirms that his defense, at its core, is not of Porter or Sorensen at all, but rather of himself.

New York Times

‘An Extraordinary Moment’: Explaining the Russia Inquiry

Mark Mazzetti, our Washington investigations editor, answers readers’ questions about the Russia inquiry.


U.S. woman found with eye worm previously known only in cattle

NEW YORK (Reuters) - An Oregon woman has become the first person worldwide known to have had an eye infestation by a tiny worm species previously seen only in cattle that is spread by flies that feed on eyeball lubrication, U.S. government researchers said on Monday.


Tonga capital suffers widespread damage from Cyclone Gita

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Emergency services in Tonga were working to reopen roads on Tuesday and assess what assistance they may need after Cyclone Gita tore across the Pacific island nation in the middle of the night.


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

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

Olympic Games (2018)

The Most Dreaded Opponent at the Olympics: The Common Cold

It’s the game before the Games. Athletes coming to Pyeongchang strategize for weeks about how to overcome a foe they can’t see.


Trump plan to overhaul U.S. infrastructure faces steep hurdles

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will roll out an infrastructure plan on Monday that already faces significant hurdles in Congress because it does not offer as much new federal funding as Democrats want or directly address how to pay for the effort.

Trump in 1994: 'I go through the roof' when dinner's not ready

After President Donald Trump defended a senior aide accused of domestic violence, journalist Nancy Collins reflects on her 1994 ABC interview with Trump, in which he discussed his then-wife, saying, "When I come home and dinner's not ready, I go through the roof."


Trump to roll out plan to overhaul U.S. infrastructure

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will roll out an infrastructure plan on Monday that already faces significant hurdles in Congress because it does not offer as much new federal funding as Democrats want or directly address how to pay for the effort.

China: Stealth fighters are combat-ready

China says its newest stealth fighter is combat-ready.

Trump touts higher paychecks, worker bonuses as tax cut success

President Donald Trump says the recently passed tax cuts are already showing up in the paychecks of millions of workers.

United States International Relations

Tillerson’s Mideast Trip Was Already Daunting. Then Israel and Iran Collided.

Israel’s strikes in Syrian territory give even greater urgency to a top priority: managing the aftermath of the expected final defeat of the Islamic State in Syria.

Olympic Games (2018)

It’s Crazy Mikaela Shiffrin Will Aim for 3 Skiing Golds. It’s Crazier She May Get Them.

Already the world’s best in the slalom events, the 22-year-old has set her sights on all the Alpine races.


UPDATE 2-OxyContin maker stops promoting opioids, cuts sales staff

Feb 10 (Reuters) - OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP said on Saturday that it has cut its sales force in half and will stop promoting opioids to physicians, following widespread criticism of the ways that drugmakers market addictive painkillers.


OxyContin maker stops promoting opioids, cuts sales staff

(Reuters) - OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP said on Saturday that it has cut its sales force in half and will stop promoting opioids to physicians, following widespread criticism of the ways that drugmakers market addictive painkillers.


Is Your Dog Ready to Be an Instagram Star?

Cuteness counts, but so does the breed. Poodles and work dogs are out; Chihuahuas and mutts are in.


Recharged Shiffrin ready for Pyeongchang

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Mikaela Shiffrin is rested and ready to bounce back from the uncharacteristic slump that marked her lead up to the Pyeongchang Olympics, where she is a favorite to win multiple medals in alpine skiing.

Read the White House letter denying release of Democratic memo

President Donald Trump on Friday denied the request to release the Democratic memo that seeks to undercut Republican claims of FBI surveillance abuses and has sent it back to the House Intelligence Committee for changes.


Fight Over Cambodian Leader’s Facebook ‘Likes’ Reaches a U.S. Court

An opposition politician argues that Hun Sen, the Asian country’s authoritarian premier, has used social media to spread fake news and strengthen his hold on power.

Part-Time Employment

The Workologist: You’re Ready to Quit, but When Should You Actually Do It?

A reader is ready to move on but worried about catching colleagues off guard just as new projects are starting. When is the perfect time to exit?


New York fashion show to highlight #MeToo movement

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Inspired by a social media campaign aimed at exposing widespread sexual assault and harassment in U.S. life, a fashion show on Friday will have a #MeToo theme and feature models who share their stories on the runway.


Alpine Skiing: Vonn ready to bow out of Olympics on a high note

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - The most successful woman skier in World Cup history, American Lindsey Vonn says she wants to end her Olympic career on a high when she gets her fourth Games underway next week.


Athletics: Coleman gets another chance at break 'his' record

(Reuters) - World silver medalist sprinter Christian Coleman gets another chance to break the 60 meters world record this weekend, a mark he believes already belongs to him.

'Breaking Bad' star Aaron Paul is a new dad

Aaron Paul and his baby already have chemistry.


China says new stealth fighter put into combat service

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has put into combat service its new generation J-20 stealth fighter, a warplane it hopes will narrow the military gap with the United States, the Chinese air force said on Friday, making it operationally ready.

Pediatrician: 'Flu just spread like wildfire'

From coast to coast, pediatricians in the United States say this year's flu season ranks among the toughest they've seen.

Olympic Games (2018)

Vonn, With Her Dog Watching, Says She’s Ready for Her Last Olympics

Considered one of the greatest skiers of all time, she said she planned to take full advantage of her fourth Games.


L'Oreal ready to buy shareholder Nestle's stake in the firm: CEO

PARIS (Reuters) - L'Oreal stands ready to buy Nestle's 23 percent stake in the firm should its Swiss shareholder choose to sell, and it could finance a purchase through cash, by selling its Sanofi stake or by borrowing, L'Oreal's CEO said.


Senate approves budget deal, too late to avert shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate approved a budget deal including a stopgap government funding bill early on Friday, but it was too late to prevent a federal shutdown that was already underway in an embarrassing setback for the Republican-controlled Congress.


New Mexico newspaper apologizes for cartoon linking 'Dreamers' to criminality

(Reuters) - A New Mexico newspaper apologized on Thursday for publishing a cartoon portraying illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children as street criminals that drew widespread condemnation as racist.


Olympics: IOC discussing norovirus outbreak, more cases reported

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Olympic officials are discussing measures to combat the spread of a virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea after 42 new cases were confirmed at the Winter Games, a Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) official said on Friday.

Computer Security

Winter Olympics’ Security on Alert, but Hackers Have a Head Start

Some computer systems connected to the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, have already been compromised, experts said. The big question is what happens next.

Prostate Cancer

Two Prostate Cancer Drugs Delay Spread of the Disease by Two Years

The treatments could help hundreds of thousands of men worldwide stave off pain and chemotherapy, but researchers don’t yet know if they will extend lives.

Cartoons and Cartoonists

New Mexico Newspaper Apologizes for Cartoon Portraying ‘Dreamers’ as Muggers

The Albuquerque Journal, a leading New Mexico newspaper, apologized for a cartoon viewed as bigoted by many readers and political leaders.

Global Warming

How to Read Between the Lines When Scott Pruitt Talks About Climate Science

The E.P.A. chief this week suggested that global warming might not be a threat. An examination of Scott Pruitt’s evolving statements on climate change.


Before the Gun at a Biathlon Race

When the pressure starts to build, Lowell Bailey wonders: “Can I do this?” Then he looks at the snow ahead and imagines himself as a bow with an arrow drawn, ready to accelerate.

New York Times

What South Koreans Really Think of the Olympic Thaw

One reader said it was humiliating that South Korea was not marching under its own flag. Another said her grandfather might see his North Korean family again.


Years late, Syria's children of war learn to read and write

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - - Hussein al-Khalaf, aged 13, burst into tears as he sat in his classroom at the Ahmed Baheddine Rajab school near Damascus, recounting why he is learning to read and write for the first time in his life.

Will the Olympics be the same without the Russians? Nyet

As the Olympics grew up on TV, the Soviet Union -- in the midst of the Cold War -- provided U.S. broadcasters with a ready-made villain. The way the country tipped the scales in favor of its athletes in events like figure skating and gymnastics produced jokes about "Soviet judges" that translated well beyond the Games, even into movies like "Rocky IV."

Olympic Games (2018)

Norovirus Spreads at Olympics: Now 128 Confirmed Cases

With 42 more cases at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, officials are intensifying efforts to contain it.