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China air force drills again in South China Sea, Western Pacific

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's air force has held another round of drills in the disputed South China Sea and the Western Pacific after passing though Japan's southern islands, the air force said on Sunday, calling such exercises the best preparation for war.


GM factory worker in South Korea found dead in suspected suicide

SEOUL (Reuters) - A worker at a South Korean plant of General Motors was found dead in a suspected suicide after filing for a voluntary redundancy program of the U.S. carmaker's ailing unit, union officials and police said on Sunday.


China renews pledges to open economy, protect IP rights

BEIJING (Reuters) - China pledged on Sunday to press ahead with market opening and reforms while reiterating that it will treat domestic and foreign firms equally and protect intellectual property rights.

Watch Will Smith, Jimmy Fallon sing iconic TV theme songs

Will Smith and Jimmy Fallon perform a mashup of iconic TV theme songs on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon."


Federer's stunning loss leaves Miami tournament wide open

(Reuters) - Roger Federer suffered a shock 3-6 6-3 7-6(4) defeat to Australian wildcard Thanasi Kokkinakis on Saturday that will cost the Swiss his world number one ranking and leaves the Miami men's tournament wide open.


MIDEAST - Factors to watch - March 25

DUBAI, March 25 (Reuters) - Here are some factors that may affect Middle East stock markets on Sunday. Reuters has not verified the press reports and does not vouch for their accuracy.


Police, politicians accused of joining Sri Lanka's anti-Muslim riots

KANDY, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Police and politicians backed by the country's former strongman President Mahinda Rajapaksa joined anti-Muslim riots that rocked Sri Lanka's Kandy district this month, according to witnesses, officials and CCTV footage reviewed by Reuters.

Former Brexit volunteer alleges campaign cheated

An individual who volunteered for a Brexit campaign effort said the organization broke the law, and in turn, is arguing the referendum vote "wasn't legitimate," according to the United Kingdom's Channel 4 News.


Beijing issues three-day major smog alert, third this year

BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing declared its third major smog alert of 2018, and the second this month, just a day after being named the top performer among 28 Chinese cities that took special measures to rein in pollution.

Banking and Financial Institutions

A Top Candidate for New York Fed’s Leader: San Francisco’s

The president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York is set to retire this year. One possible replacement is John Williams, who has led the San Francisco Fed since 2011.


Austin bomb suspect called self a 'psychopath,' congressman says

(Reuters) - The 23-year-old Texan blamed for a deadly Austin bombing spree described himself as a psychopath and showed no remorse in a confession he taped before blowing himself up as police closed in to arrest him, a U.S. congressman said on Saturday.


Thai politics: No country for young men?

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A 39-year-old motor parts billionaire and extreme sports enthusiast seeking to shake up Thai politics has been compared to France's Emmanuel Macron and Canada's Justin Trudeau for his youth.

What happens when students lead marches around the country over gun violence: Cheers, tears and promises

Thousands of students, teachers and other concerned citizens descended on the capital Saturday carrying signs and wearing symbolic price tags to say "enough" to gun violence.


Federer to skip European clay court season again

(Reuters) - Roger Federer will skip the upcoming European clay court season, including the French Open, he said on Saturday after his shock loss to 175th-ranked Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis at the Miami Open.


'Vote them out!': Thousands register to vote at U.S. gun-control marches

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Voter registration activists fanned out among young Americans who marched for tighter gun laws on Saturday, signing up thousands of first-time voters who vowed to eject lawmakers who oppose gun controls.


'No more' or we vote you out: students lead huge U.S. anti-gun rallies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Chanting "never again," hundreds of thousands of young Americans and their supporters answered a call to action from survivors of last month's Florida high school massacre and rallied across the country on Saturday to demand tighter gun laws.


Academy of Motion Pictures chief denies sexual harassment allegation: report

(Reuters) - The president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization behind the Oscars, has denied a sexual harassment allegation, Variety reported on Saturday.


Jose Abreu, creator of Venezuelan El Sistema youth orchestras, dies

CARACAS (Reuters) - Jose Abreu, the award-winning founder of a program that pulled thousands of Venezuelan children from crime and poverty through music, died on Saturday, aged 78.

School Shootings and Armed Attacks

At Rallies, Students With a Different View of Gun Violence: As Urban Reality

The protests in Washington and Chicago drew young people for whom the anguish of shootings feels different: The bloodshed comes not in isolated bursts of mass slaughter, but instead in a ceaseless rhythm.


Tropical Cyclone Nora lashes northern Australia

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The far north of Australia was lashed by a Category 3 tropical cyclone over the weekend, bringing strong winds and heavy rain that raised fears of potential flooding.


Iowa family of four found dead in Mexico killed by gas: officials

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - An Iowa family of four found dead at their vacation condominium in a Mexican seaside resort suffocated from gas, according to autopsies, local authorities said on Saturday.


Federer upset by Australian Kokkinakis in Miami

(Reuters) - World number one Roger Federer questioned his decision-making after a shock 3-6 6-3 7-6(4) defeat by Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis in the Miami Open second round on Saturday.


Pro-government candidates in election for rubber-stamp Turkmen parliament

ALMATY (Reuters) - People in Turkmenistan are to vote in a parliamentary election on Sunday, with a choice between three parties and some independents, but all the candidates are ultimately loyal to the gas-rich desert nation's leader, President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov.

Gun Control

Students Lead Huge Rallies for Gun Control Across the U.S.

The young people, as they seized the nation’s attention, vowed that their grief about school shootings and their frustration with adults’ inaction would power a new generation of activism.


A month after PNG quake, cash-strapped government struggles to help the hardest-hit

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Almost a month after a deadly earthquake, Papua New Guinea is struggling to get aid to desperate survivors, having allocated just a fraction of its relief funds, while a rent dispute left disaster officials briefly locked out of their offices.

Basketball (College)

Loyola-Chicago Is in the Final Four After a Rout of Kansas State

The 11th-seeded Ramblers, who won their first three tournament games by a combined 4 points, rolled over Kansas State on Saturday night in the South Regional final.

Temer, Michel (1940- )

Michel Temer, Brazil’s Deeply Unpopular President, Signals Run for a New Term

President Michel Temer’s approval ratings have been in the single digits for months. But he says he has a legacy to defend. “It would be cowardly not to be a candidate,” he said.


Waymo CEO says its tech would have handled Uber self-driving incident safely

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - The head of Alphabet Inc's autonomous driving unit, Waymo, said on Saturday that the company's technology would have safely handled the situation confronting an Uber self-driving vehicle last week when it struck a pedestrian, killing her.


A month after PNG quake, cash-strapped govt struggles to help the hardest-hit

SYDNEY, March 25 (Reuters) - Almost a month after a deadly earthquake, Papua New Guinea is struggling to get aid to desperate survivors, having allocated just a fraction of its relief funds, while a rent dispute left disaster officials briefly locked out of their offices.

Why I march: People reveal what compelled them to take a stand

From one tragic event came many reasons to march.

GOP lawmaker to drop re-election bid

Republican Rep. Ryan Costello plans to drop his bid for reelection in the 2018 House election for Pennsylvania's 6th Congressional District and will retire at the end of his term.

She left her gun at home, then was assaulted

Gun rights supporter Savannah Lindquist says that she believes in gun rights for self defense, after she attended a gun-free zone and was sexually assaulted.

Gun Control

Demonstrators Who Brought Guns and an Opposing Message: ‘Shoot Back’

Supporters of the Second Amendment gathered at state capitals and in city centers on Saturday, hoping to counter hundreds of thousands who rallied for stricter gun laws.

George Clooney, Paul McCartney and more celebrities join March for Our Lives

On stage and in song, on social media and in silent participation, several celebrities showed their support for the student organizers behind March for Our Lives.


Thomas, Watson, Noren and Kisner make Match Play semi-finals

(Reuters) - Americans Justin Thomas and Bubba Watson are set for a heavyweight showdown at the WGC-Dell Match Play after winning their quarter-finals in Texas on Saturday.


Stormy Daniels, Trump’s Unlikely Foe, Is ‘Not Someone to Be Underestimated’

To many in the capital, the pornographic actress has become an unexpected force. But those who know her well view the moment differently.

While students marched for their lives, these folks marched for their guns

While millions were marching in support of gun control Saturday at the March for Our Lives demonstrations in Washington and across the country, there were groups of people who also gathered at those same marches in support of the Second Amendment.


Corporate watchdog to appoint inspectors to Ireland's largest newspaper group

DUBLIN, March 24 (Reuters) - Ireland's corporate watchdog intends to apply to the High Court to appoint inspectors to investigate Independent News & Media (INM), Ireland's largest newspaper group said on Saturday.

Some of the most powerful signs from the march

Demonstrators brought more than passion to the March for Our Lives protests across the world on Saturday.

Parkland, Fla, Shooting (2018)

For Parkland Students, a Surreal Journey From ‘Normal’ to a Worldwide March

Little is ordinary for the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, who arrived in Washington Saturday to protest gun violence with huge crowds.

GOP donor launches gun reform group

Republican donor Al Hoffman Jr. announced the launch of an advocacy organization on Saturday that will push Congress to pass comprehensive gun control legislation.


Huge rallies led by students demand tighter U.S. gun controls

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of Americans galvanized by last month's Florida school massacre rallied in cities across the country on Saturday to demand tighter gun laws.

Students rally in Washington and across US

To hear the National Rifle Association tell it, Saturday's March for Our Lives was orchestrated by billionaires and Hollywood to push an anti-gun agenda.

Amy Schumer: How do they sleep at night?

Comedian Amy Schumer spoke out on ending gun violence at the March for Our Lives in Los Angeles.


Garnett leads Conners by three in Dominican Republic

(Reuters) - American Brice Garnett stumbled late but still opened up a three-stroke lead over Canadian Corey Conners after the third round at the Corales Puntacana Championship in the Dominican Republic on Saturday.

Why these marchers have price tags

Marjory Stoneman Douglas students are wearing bright-orange price tags at the March for Our Lives rally. Each says: $1.05.

Trump's midterms rallying cry: 'I need allies'

Fresh off a staggering loss for Republicans in Pennsylvania's deep-red 18th district, President Donald Trump has a message to supporters: "I need allies."


Wozniacki says she, her family verbally abused at Miami match

(Reuters) - Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki said on Saturday she and her family were verbally abused and the subject of death threats by spectators during her loss to Monica Puig at the Miami Open the previous day.


U.S. says killed two 'terrorists' in southern Libya air strike

TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - U.S. forces said they had killed "two terrorists" in an air strike in southwestern Libya on Saturday as part of efforts to deny militants a safe haven in the country's vast desert.

Kushner, Jared

As Ties With Mexico Fray, Kushner Works Quietly to Mend Them

Allies of Jared Kushner and Mexican officials say he has worked, with some success, to preserve a relationship that has been corroded by President Trump’s clashes with his Mexican counterpart.

Health issues kept her from marching but not participating

Not everyone could join the March For Our Lives, but that didn't mean they weren't rallying behind the movement.


Gary Lincoff, 75, Dies; Spread the Joy of Mushrooms Far and Wide

Mr. Lincoff, a self-taught mycologist, led mushroom hunts from Siberia to Central Park, where he found more than 400 species just blocks from his apartment.


Congo military kills 13 rebels in Ituri clashes: army spokesman

GOMA, Congo (Reuters) - Congo's military said on Saturday it had killed 13 militiamen during clashes with an unidentified group after coming under attack in the country's volatile northeastern Ituri province.

This Parkland shooting victim would have turned 18 today

As he read the names of the 17 victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre, student Cameron Kasky saved one name for last:

Parkland survivor's speech to marchers was the length of the shooting spree

Emma Gonzalez, a student and survivor of the Parkland, Florida, stood on stage at the March for Our Lives for 6 minutes and 20 seconds.


Radwanska surprises number one Halep

(Reuters) - Former champion Agnieszka Radwanska stunned world number one Simona Halep in the third round of the Miami Open, winning 3-6 6-2 6-3 on Saturday.

I downloaded 14 years of my Facebook data and here's what happened


Peruvian judge bars ex-president Kuczynski from leaving country

LIMA (Reuters) - A Peruvian judge on Saturday imposed travel restrictions on former President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who resigned this week while facing near-certain impeachment over ties to a construction firm at the heart of a graft investigation.

The Parkland kids keep checking their privilege

Ahead of the March for our Lives rally, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student David Hogg said the media's biggest mistake while covering the school's shooting was "not giving black students a voice."

Opinion: The lawyer Trump wants to represent him has been dead for 32 years

It's becoming increasingly clear who President Donald Trump really wants to represent him in the Robert Mueller investigation -- and there's a good reason he can't have him.

Data-Mining and Database Marketing

How Calls for Privacy May Upend Business for Facebook and Google

Internet companies were built on a model in which people gave up their information for free services. Now, that idea is under siege.


Gudeta shatters women's half marathon record in Spain

(Reuters) - Ethiopa's Netsanet Gudeta broke Kenya's dominance in the World Half Marathon Championships by smashing the women's only race world record in Valencia, Spain on Saturday.


Opinion: We’re All in the Ghetto Now

African-Americans know what it feels like to be ignored by those in power. Thanks to Trump, the rest of America is getting a taste of that now.

MLK Jr.'s granddaughter: No guns in this world

Yolanda Renee King, the granddaughter of Martin Luther King Jr., talks with CNN's Brooke Baldwin about speaking at the March for Our Lives rally in Washington.

Trump considers expelling Russian diplomats

President Donald Trump is weighing a recommendation from his National Security Council that he expel a group of Russian diplomats from the US in response to the poisonings of a former Russian double agent and his daughter in England, a source with knowledge of the situation told CNN.

Obama and these lawmakers are paying attention

Prominent congressional Democrats and former President Barack Obama expressed support Saturday for the March for Our Lives rallies calling for stricter gun control.


Italian parties reach deal on parliamentary speakers

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement hooked up with conservative parties on Saturday to elect the speakers of both houses of parliament, but there was no sign yet they might extend this pact and form a government.


Drilling in ‘Australia’s Galápagos’ Raises Hopes of Jobs and Fears of Spill

The Great Australian Bight, a pristine stretch of ocean, is believed to have enormous natural gas reserves. The local fishing and tourism industries worry the risks of drilling outweigh talk of jobs.

Gun Control

Opinion: Stop Shielding Gun Makers

The firearms industry cannot be held legally accountable for the mayhem their weapons cause. That needs to change.

Iraq War (2003-11)

Op-Ed Columnist: Bolt the Oval Against Bolton

After years of mocking his Republican predecessor, is President Trump now following in W.’s pre-emptive footsteps?

Dating and Relationships

Opinion: Are You Really in Love if It’s Not on Instagram?

Your #weekiversary posts are lame.


Opinion: Francis, the Anti-Strongman

In our authoritarian age, the pope offers a different model of power.

Social Media

Opinion: Don’t Delete Facebook. Do Something About It.

Getting rid of your Facebook account will only offload the platform’s problems onto someone else.


Poulter compliments Oosthuizen for Green Jacket he doesn't have

(Reuters) - Ian Poulter paid a big if not quite deserved compliment to Louis Oosthuizen after beating the South African at the WGC-Dell Match Play on Saturday.

MLK Jr.'s granddaughter surprises rally crowd

Yolanda Renee King, the granddaughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., makes a surprise appearance at the March for Our Lives rally in Washington.

Colleges and Universities

Opinion: Stop Asking About My Kid’s College Plans

“Have you guys made your list yet?” everyone asks. I hate this question. “We” aren’t going to college; my daughter is.


Second seed Thomas continues great form at Match Play

(Reuters) - Second seed Justin Thomas continued his barnstorming run at the WGC-Dell Match Play with another emphatic victory in Texas on Saturday.


Indian agency denies reported security lapse in ID card project

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The semi-government agency behind India's national identity card project on Saturday denied a report by news website ZDNet that the program has been hit by another security lapse that allows access to private information.


Massive crowds rally across U.S. to urge tighter gun controls

WASHINGTON/PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of Americans galvanized by last month's Florida school massacre rallied on Saturday at nationwide March For Our Lives protests led by students demanding tighter gun laws.

United States Politics and Government

News Analysis: ‘America First’ Bears a New Threat: Military Force

Not since the immediate aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, have key national security leaders so publicly raised the threat of armed confrontation if foreign adversaries do not meet America’s demands.

Obama has a message for marchers

Former President Barack Obama tweeted his support for students marching across the US to demand gun control, telling them they're leading the charge.

Hogg to politicians: Doing nothing is no longer safe

Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg gave an impassioned speech during March for Our Lives in Washington.


Golf: Thomas joins Watson, Aphibarnrat in Match Play quarters

(Reuters) - Second seed Justin Thomas continued his barnstorming run at the WGC-Dell Match Play with another emphatic victory in Texas on Saturday.

Data-Mining and Database Marketing

Timeline: Facebook and Google Under Regulators’ Glare

In 2011, the F.T.C. first required a company to create a comprehensive data privacy program for consumers. Europe will soon take another big step.

Paul McCartney: `One of my best friends was killed in gun violence'

Paul McCartney attended the March for Our Lives in New York on Saturday, telling CNN the cause was important to him because he lost John Lennon to gun violence.


France mourns 'hero' officer who took place of hostage in attack

PARIS (Reuters) - France was in mourning on Saturday for a French security officer who died from gunshot wounds after voluntarily taking the place of a female hostage during a supermarket siege by an Islamist militant.


In France, Officer Slain After Swapping Places With Hostage Is Hailed as Hero

France mourned a police officer who died of his injuries after swapping places with a hostage held by a gunman claiming allegiance to the Islamic State.

Randi Kaye: This shows why dog breeders need to be regulated

It's hard to imagine a mansion serving as a house of horrors. But that's exactly what it looked like inside of Christina Fay's Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, home last June, when 75 Great Danes — yes, 75 — were found in horrible conditions.

Washington (DC)

Thousands March to End Gun Violence

On Saturday, tens of thousands of people poured into the streets in Washington and cities across the globe to take a stance against gun violence.

Family loses it when teen accepted to college

Jada Wiltz gets accepted to the college of her choice and her family goes nuts. HLN's Lynn Smith reports.

Black people just want this


Young Migrants’ Return to Mexico Is More ‘Exile’ Than Homecoming

Mexicans who spent much of their lives in the United States can feel lost and scared when they return, either voluntarily or by force. But a growing network of community groups eases the transition.


Greek shipping tycoon denies drugs charges

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek shipping tycoon and the owner of Olympiakos Piraeus and Nottingham Forest soccer teams, Vangelis Marinakis, denied any links to drug trafficking on Saturday, a day after a Greek prosecutor brought preliminary charges against him.


A Dying Southern Town Needed a Miracle. Marijuana Came Calling.

Cotton Plant, Ark., a small city hollowed out by racism and economic change, may get a boost from the state’s recent legalization of medical marijuana.


The Catholic Church - coming to a Starbucks near you?

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - It might be called Cappuccino Catholicism.


Ivorians vote in senate poll likely to shore up president's power

ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Ivorians voted for a new senate on Saturday in a poll likely to shore up President Alassane Ouattara's grip on power, amidst an opposition boycott, while doing little to relieve ethnic tensions lingering from a decade of crisis.

Medicaid is a lifeline for nearly half of this county's residents


Moscow says Europe 'unpredictable and aggressive' over Skripal: RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Moscow is uncomfortable about European states' stance over the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in England, RIA news agency cited the Kremlin as saying on Saturday.


JCDecaux open to bidding for U.S. peers but nothing planned: CEO

PARIS (Reuters) - French outdoor advertising company JCDecaux could consider bidding to take over U.S. competitors Clear Channel or Outfront Media but nothing is planned in the short term, its chief executive said on Saturday.


JCDecaux open to bidding for U.S. peers but nothing planned - CEO

PARIS, March 24 (Reuters) - French outdoor advertising company JCDecaux could consider bidding to take over U.S. competitors Clear Channel or Outfront Media but nothing is planned in the short term, its chief executive said on Saturday.

Congress bans restaurants from skimming tips

Schwarzenegger: Trump's feeling on CA is mutual

Arnold Schwarzenegger says the GOP is "dying at the box office" by not having more inclusive messages and policies, and suggests that California doesn't care about President Donald Trump.


Italian election winners reach deal on parliamentary speakers

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement hooked up with conservative parties on Saturday to elect the speakers of both houses of parliament, but there was no sign yet they might extend this pact and form a government.


Transgender Workers Gain New Protection Under Court Ruling

Federal judges say that employers cannot legally discriminate against employees transitioning from one sex to the other.


#DeleteFacebook? Privacy proves hard to protect online

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Anyone tempted to #DeleteFacebook after the personal data of millions of users fell into the hands of a political consultancy is still likely to be monitored by the social network, which tracks nearly 30 percent of global website traffic.

Computer Security

Justice Dept. Revives Push to Mandate a Way to Unlock Phones

F.B.I. and Justice Department officials have been quietly meeting with security researchers who have been working on approaches to provide such access to encrypted devices.

Survivors of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting are rallying in Washington for stricter gun control laws


Sierra Leone court upholds injunction to delay election run-off

FREETOWN (Reuters) - A Sierra Leone court on Saturday upheld a request by a member of the ruling party for an injunction to delay a presidential election run-off that was meant to happen next Tuesday.


Russian soccer World Cup city razes 'love it or hate it' Soviet-era landmark

YEKATERINBURG/MOSCOW (Reuters) - As Russia hurries to spruce up its venues for this year's soccer World Cup, the Urals city of Yekaterinburg on Saturday blew up its most famous landmark -- a rusty, half-finished Soviet-era television tower.


This Is What I Do When I Hear the Bombs Explode

A Times reporter in Kabul has experienced eight suicide bombings since 2016, seven in the last year. Sick of it, she still goes to the scene. “If I don’t, who will?”

Why you'll see a lot of 'evil eye' gloves at the march

When the March for Our Lives fills cities around the country this weekend, keep your eyes peeled for, well, eyes.

Want gun reform? Republicans who support gun control need to run in the primaries


Former Catalan leader faces arrest in Finland

HELSINKI/BARCELONA, Spain (Reuters) - Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont faces arrest in Finland after authorities there received an international warrant for his detention issued by Spain, the latest legal action against separatist politicians from the wealthy northeastern region.

Gun Control

March for Our Lives: Students Protesting Guns Say ‘We Just Have Our Lives to Lose’

Tens of thousands of people, outraged by a recent school shooting and energized by the student survivors, planned to protest in Washington and around the world on Saturday, demanding an end to gun violence.

International Trade and World Market

Trump’s Tariffs Keep Allies, Markets and Industry Guessing

A chaotic rollout of steel and aluminum tariffs, including a last-minute list of countries temporarily exempted from them, has left trade experts puzzled.


Hundreds of thousands set to march for tighter U.S. gun controls

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of Americans are expected to rally nationwide on Saturday for tighter gun laws in "March For Our Lives" protests led by survivors of the Florida school massacre, which reiginited public anger over mass shootings.


Dutch soccer icon Gullit switched on by esports

LONDON (Reuters) - Ruud Gullit won soccer league titles in Italy and the Netherlands and his flowing dreadlocks, together with Marco van Basten's wondergoal, were the abiding memories of the Dutch side that won the 1988 European Championship.

Diller, Barry

With....: ‘All Men Are Guilty,’ Says Mega-Mogul Barry Diller

The chairman of IAC and husband of Diane von Furstenberg reflects on pornography, philanthropy and the end of Hollywood as we knew it.

Cambridge Analytica's London offices searched

Enforcement officers from the UK's Information Commissioner's Office early Saturday finished searching the London offices of Cambridge Analytica, the political consultancy company accused of manipulating Facebook data during the 2016 US election, an ICO spokesman told CNN.


Magnitude 6.3 quake strikes off Papua New Guinea, no tsunami threat

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck off the northeast coast of an island of the Pacific Ocean nation of Papua New Guinea on Saturday, officials said, but the tremor posed no tsunami threat to the region.


As Syrian rebels quit Ghouta, Douma stands alone

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army paused its bombardment of Douma, the last rebel bastion near Damascus, after midnight, a war monitor said on Saturday, as insurgents prepared to leave the rest of their former enclave of eastern Ghouta.


Croatians protest against European treaty they say threatens traditional family

ZAGREB (Reuters) - Thousands of Croat conservatives protested on Saturday against the proposed ratification of a European treaty that describes gender as a "social role," fearing it could undermine traditional family values in the predominantly Catholic country.


Bomb kills two in Alexandria ahead of Egypt presidential vote

CAIRO (Reuters) - A bomb placed under a car exploded in Egypt's second city Alexandria on Saturday, killing two people including a policeman, two days before the country is due to hold a presidential election.

International Trade and World Market

Globalization’s Backlash Is Here, at Just the Wrong Time

The world economy became more interconnected in the 1990s and 2000s, delivering immediate pain to rich countries, along with benefits that only now are starting to be more apparent.


UK investigators search London office of firm at center of Facebook data storm

LONDON (Reuters) - Investigators from Britain's data watchdog searched the London offices of Cambridge Analytica, the data analytics firm at the center of a storm over allegations it improperly harvested Facebook data to target U.S. voters.


French gendarme who took place of hostage dies of gunshot wounds

PARIS (Reuters) - France was in mourning on Saturday for a French security officer who died from gunshot wounds after voluntarily taking the place of a female hostage during a supermarket siege by an Islamist militant.

Politics and Government

Egypt’s Election Should Be a Lock. So Why Is President Sisi Worried?

The campaign has exposed tensions in Egypt’s security establishment that appear to have rattled Mr. Sisi, who has ratcheted up repression.

The NRA used to support gun control. What changed?

The National Rifle Association is one of the most powerful advocacy groups in Washington, but it didn't start out that way. Watch "The Van Jones Show" on Saturday, March 24, at 7 p.m. ET.


Motor racing: McLaren ready for 'attack mode', says buoyed Alonso

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - McLaren's hopes of returning to the Formula One big-time with Renault power appeared ambitious after qualifying at the Australian Grand Prix on Saturday but a relieved Fernando Alonso was content to be in the hunt for points.


WRAPUP 4-China warns U.S. it will defend own trade interests

* Chinese Vice Premier, U.S. Treasury Secretary spoke by phone


Netflix and Formula One team up for documentary series

LONDON (Reuters) - Netflix are to make a documentary series chronicling the 2018 Formula One season and which will be screened next year, the sport's rights holders announced on Saturday ahead of the opening race in Australia.


Motor racing-Netflix and Formula One team up for documentary series

LONDON, March 24 (Reuters) - Netflix are to make a documentary series chronicling the 2018 Formula One season and which will be screened next year, the sport's rights holders announced on Saturday ahead of the opening race in Australia.


This Woman Makes a Living Destroying Jeans and Fixing Houses

Jamie Haller, the creative director of the denim line NSF, has a side hustle with her husband involving lots of salvaged parts.

Police shooting protesters: 'Cells up, don't shoot'

Demonstrators in Sacramento marched for hours Friday through California's capital and called for justice in the contentious police shooting death of Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man.

Hurricane Harvey (2017)

Built to Flood: Houston Speculators Make a Fast Buck From Storm’s Misery

A new economy has arisen in the suburbs of Houston battered by storms: the buying and selling of flooded homes.

Computers and the Internet

Siri, Alexa and That Google Gal Will Get You Only So Far

One woman tries the next generation of virtual personal assistants. None of them brought her coffee.


Motor racing: Brilliant Hamilton blazes to Melbourne pole

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton roared to a record seventh pole at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on Saturday, blitzing the field in his Mercedes with a blazing lap at Albert Park.


China warns U.S. it will defend own trade interests

BEIJING (Reuters) - The United States has flouted trade rules with an inquiry into intellectual property and China will defend its interests, Vice Premier Liu He told U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in a telephone call on Saturday, Chinese state media reported.

French officer who offered himself for a hostage in supermarket attack dies

A French police officer who asked a gunman to let him take the place of a hostage in a supermarket attack has died.


India queries Cambridge Analytica over alleged Facebook data breach

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India has set a March 31 deadline for London-based political consultancy Cambridge Analytica to respond to a query on whether it was engaged to improperly harvest Facebook data on Indian citizens, the information technology ministry said.


WRAPUP 3-China warns U.S. it will defend own trade interests

* Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, U.S. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin spoke over phone


French policeman who took place of hostage dies of gunshot wounds

PARIS (Reuters) - A gendarme who was shot three times after voluntarily taking the place of a hostage during a supermarket siege in southwestern France on Friday has died, France announced on Saturday.

Women and Girls

At Swedish Preschool, Boys Learn to Dance and Girls Learn to Yell

The state curriculum urges teachers to “counteract traditional gender roles,” and at one school, girls are encouraged to shout “No!” and boys run the play kitchen.

Students holding March for Our Lives events in Washington and across US

Survivors of the deadly shooting rampage at a Parkland, Florida, high school are set to lead thousands Saturday in a March for Our Lives on Washington, delivering their impassioned pleas for stricter gun control law to the nation.


Why Outer Suburbs in the East and Midwest Have Stopped Booming

Many counties, including rich ones, are aging and experiencing more deaths than births, without growth through immigration or migration.

Wells Fargo & Company

The Former Khmer Rouge Slave Who Blew the Whistle on Wells Fargo

Duke Tran was a prisoner in Cambodia. He escaped to America and got a job at Wells Fargo. Then he encountered what he alleged was wrongdoing and had to decide what to do.

New York Times

Quebec Road Trip: Humans of Quebec: Portraits of Those I Met on My Road Trip

After 10 days on the road, these are some of the Quebecers our newest Canada correspondent, Dan Bilefsky, won’t forget.

Customs (Tariff)

What Bananas Tell Us About Trade Wars

The banana wars were spats that escalated, tariff by tariff, into a decades-long dispute between the United States and the European Union.


Man arrested for burglarizing Patriots Gronkowski's home

(Reuters) - A 31-year-old man has been arrested and two men remain at large for burglarizing the Massachusetts home of New England Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski following the team's Super Bowl loss, police said.

School district is arming students with rocks in case of a shooter

A Pennsylvania school district has a different solution for tackling intruders: rocks.

World wary as Trump turns to hardliners Bolton and Pompeo

President Donald Trump's decision to bring on John Bolton as national security adviser jolted the usually careful diplomatic world enough that a few unusually frank adjectives slipped out.


Table tennis: India's Ghosh suspended over sex crime allegation

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Indian table tennis player Soumyajit Ghosh has been provisionally suspended by his country's governing body after an 18-year-old woman filed a rape allegation against him with the police.


China says ready to defend its interests in U.S. trade spat

BEIJING (Reuters) - The United States has flouted trade rules with an inquiry into intellectual property and China will defend its interests, Vice Premier Liu He told U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in a telephone call on Saturday, Chinese state media reported.


WRAPUP 1-China says ready to defend its interests in U.S. trade spat

* Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, U.S. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin spoke over phone

Gun Control

Highlights for a March Weekend From Opinion

Here is a roundup of some recent pieces for you weekend reading, including several on the debate over gun laws.


Tennis: Puig stuns Wozniacki in Miami, Osaka's run over

(Reuters) - Monica Puig shrugged off an opening set bagel to rally for a 0-6 6-4 6-4 victory over world number two Caroline Wozniacki in the second round of the Miami Open on Friday.


UPDATE 2-Apple's Tim Cook calls for calm heads on China, U.S. trade

BEIJING, March 24 (Reuters) - Apple Inc's Chief Executive Tim Cook on Saturday called for "calm heads" and more open trade, amid rising fears of a trade war between the United States and China.


Boxing: Nevada State suspends Alvarez after second positive test

(Reuters) - Mexican boxer Canelo Alvarez was temporarily suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission following two positive tests for the banned fat-burning drug clenbuterol, the body's executive director Bob Bennett said in a statement on Friday.


Motor racing: Ferrari's Vettel tops final free practice

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Four-times Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel led a Ferrari 1-2 in the final free practice ahead of qualifying for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on Saturday.

Transgender and Transsexuals

Trump Approves New Limits on Transgender Troops in the Military

The directive essentially bans service members from identifying as transgender, but it also largely gives the Pentagon the ability to make exceptions.


Motor racing: Angry Ricciardo slams stewards for grid penalty

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - A frustrated Daniel Ricciardo condemned Formula One stewards at the Australian Grand Prix after the Red Bull driver was handed a three-place grid penalty for his home race on Sunday.


UPDATE 3-New Peruvian leader vows to fight corruption 'at any cost'

LIMA, March 23 (Reuters) - Peru's new President Martin Vizcarra promised to fight corruption "at any cost," two days after his predecessor was toppled by a sprawling graft scandal and constant clashes with the opposition-run Congress.

Gun Control

Op-Ed Contributor: The Gun Reform Battle Plan for 2018

When you finish marching this weekend, march into the congressional districts where you can actually make a difference.

South Korea says North Korea agrees to hold high-level talks

South Korea said Saturday that North Korea has accepted its proposal to hold high-level inter-Korean talks next week.

See NBA dancer chase down laptop thief

Hannie Dong, a professional dancer with the Golden State Warriors, chased down the thief who stole her laptop at a Starbucks.


South Korea says North agrees to hold summit preparation talks on March 29

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea has agreed to hold high-level talks with South Korea on March 29 at the border truce village of Panmunjom to prepare for a summit of their leaders planned for April, the South said on Saturday.


Djokovic out but Del Potro, Cilic move on in Miami

(Reuters) - Six-time champion Novak Djokovic's hopes of turning around his season at the Miami Open ended in the second round when he was defeated 6-3 6-4 by Frenchman Benoit Paire on Friday.


Apple's Tim Cook calls for calm heads on China, U.S. trade

BEIJING, March 24 (Reuters) - Apple's CEO Tim Cook said on Saturday that he hopes "calm heads" will prevail as trade tensions between China and the United States flare, when asked to comment on President Donald Trump's tariff announcement on Thursday.


CORRECTED-Barrick Gold cuts 2017 compensation for top two executives

TORONTO, March 23 (Reuters) - Barrick Gold Corp, the world's largest producer of bullion, cut the 2017 compensation for its top two executives to reflect a challenging "shareholder experience" and operations at some mines.

Sandy Hook survivor joins Parkland students Saturday to say 'Enough'

Lauren Milgram has a mission. The sweet and funny, shy yet confident, 12-year-old will join an anticipated hundreds of thousands of people at the March for Our Lives in Washington on Saturday.

School Shootings and Armed Attacks

Exposures: Arming Teachers

In as many as a dozen states, schools have already taken advantage of laws that allow employees to carry guns. Ohio is one of them.


California police shooting of unarmed black man forcing look at policies

SACRAMENTO/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Did police tell an unarmed black man who they were before shooting him to death in a dark backyard in Sacramento, California? That question is forcing an examination of policies dictating when and how police identify themselves while encountering suspects.


Peru political crisis thrusts engineer-turned-diplomat into power

LIMA (Reuters) - Until this week, Martin Vizcarra led a quiet life as Peru's ambassador to Canada, overseeing the two nations' friendly relations from Ottawa, the Canadian capital.


NEWSMAKER-Peru political crisis thrusts engineer-turned-diplomat into power

LIMA, March 23 (Reuters) - Until this week, Martin Vizcarra led a quiet life as Peru's ambassador to Canada, overseeing the two nations' friendly relations from Ottawa, the Canadian capital.


CORRECTED-Japan machinery makers with China exposure take big hit amid trade war fears

TOKYO, March 23 (Reuters) - Shares of Japanese machinery makers with heavy exposure to China plummeted on Friday as China and the United States moved closer to a trade war that could damage global growth.

White House: 'Transgender persons with a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria' disqualified from serving

The White House on Friday announced a policy to ban most transgender persons from serving in the US military.


Puerto Rico board postpones certification of island's fiscal plans

(Reuters) - Puerto Rico's federally appointed Financial Oversight and Management Board said on Friday it would postpone certification of the bankrupt U.S. commonwealth's fiscal plan and announce a new certification date soon.


McIlroy, Spieth eliminated from Match Play as seeds tumble

(Reuters) - Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth were among the big names eliminated from the WGC-Dell Match Play on Friday, leaving only two of the top 10 seeds to contest the knockout rounds.


Trump moves to limit transgender individuals from military service

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump signed a memorandum on Friday that limits transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. military, but gives the armed forces some latitude in implementing policies.

Fact Check

Fact Check: Trump’s Objections Require Some Corrections

President Trump said that American troops would receive the largest pay raise in a decade and that Democrats fought against a solution for Dreamers. Neither claim is true.


Romo shoots 82 to finish last in PGA Tour debut

(Reuters) - Former NFL quarterback Tony Romo missed the cut after shooting an 82 in the second round of the Corales Puntacana Championship in the Dominican Republic on Friday.

Trump, Donald J

Op-Ed Columnist: Biden and Trump Talk Trash

It’s always nice to think about a different president.

How did Shulkin aide get plumb VA job?

At least one investigation has been launched into how a senior adviser to Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin hired on a temporary basis ended up with a coveted job leading a Washington, DC, veterans hospital, CNN has learned.

Evidence of affair on DVD, porn star's lawyer says

The lawyer representing the porn star suing President Donald Trump called a tweet he posted of an apparent data disc a "warning shot" to the President.


Family disputes California police account in shooting of black man

SACRAMENTO (Reuters) - The family of an unarmed black man shot to death by police officers in the backyard of his grandparents' house in Sacramento, California, disputes the police account that he had earlier been breaking windows, the family's attorney said on Friday.

Vietnam War

Vietnam '67: The Tragedy of Hubert Humphrey

If he had won in 1968, the Vietnam War would have ended sooner, and America would be a much different place today.


Whales die after mass stranding in Australia

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - All but six of more than 150 short-finned pilot whales that stranded themselves on a beach in Western Australia have died, despite efforts from authorities and local beachgoers to save them, officials said on Saturday.


Ghana votes to host U.S. military; opposition boycotts vote

ACCRA (Reuters) - Ghana's parliament on Friday night ratified a deal granting "unimpeded" access to the United States to deploy troops and military equipment in the West African nation in a vote boycotted by the opposition, legislators said.

United States International Relations

Op-Ed Columnist: John Bolton Is Right About the U.N.

A never-ending scandal disguised as an everlasting hope.

NFL star Michael Bennett indicted on charge of injuring elderly woman

NFL defensive end Michael Bennett was indicted Friday in Houston on a charge of injury to the elderly in connection with an incident that occurred when he was a spectator at the 2017 Super Bowl, authorities said.


BRIEF-Galileo Exploration Says Has Elected To Terminate Majuba Hill Lease And Option To Purchase Agreement


Fires and Firefighters

Blaze Erupts Beneath a Movie Set in Harlem, and a Firefighter Dies Rushing In

While filming Edward Norton’s adaptation of the novel “Motherless Brooklyn,” the crew smelled smoke. A fire had erupted in the basement.


UPDATE 3-Moody's keeps South Africa rating at investment grade, revises outlook

* Losing investment rating would have triggered bonds selloff

McCabe denies 'lack of candor' in op-ed

In an op-ed for the Washington Post, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said that he denies any "lack of candor" and that he did not knowingly mislead investigators.

Khizr Khan makes personal appeal to Supreme Court on travel ban

Gold Star father Khizr Khan wrote a personal appeal to the Supreme Court on Friday to strike down President Donald Trump's travel ban, using his family's story to argue the ban is unconstitutional and "desecrates" his son's sacrifice.

Cambridge Analytica claims audit will confirm it deleted Facebook data


Iowa Family of 4 Vacationing in Mexico Found Dead in Condo

Officials said Kevin and Amy Sharp and their two children were found in a condominium on the Yucatán Peninsula. The specific cause of death was not known.

Fact checking Trump's tweets

CNN's Jake Tapper and take a look at a series of tweets President Trump posted after the firing of ex-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.


UPDATE 1-Mexico oil reserves dip again as private firms begin to contribute

MEXICO CITY, March 23 (Reuters) - Proven oil and gas reserves in Mexico fell again this year as new discoveries failed to keep pace with ongoing production, but officials pointed to the first-ever reserves contributed by private companies operating their own blocks as silver lining.

This base holds the nuclear codes

CNN's Barbara Starr gets an exclusive look inside the base that would oversee a possible US nuclear strike.