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Male artists win big but female singers dominate American Music Awards stage

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pink, Lady Gaga and Christina Aguilera led female artists of pop music dominating the American Music Awards stage on Sunday with powerful performances, despite being edged out by male artists in most award categories this year.

Mueller seeking interview with publicist who set up Russian-Trump Jr. meeting

Special counsel Robert Mueller is in talks with the attorney for the British publicist who set up the 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer, according to a source familiar with the matter.


U.S. civil rights activist Jesse Jackson says he has Parkinson's disease

(Reuters) - U.S. civil rights activist Jesse Jackson announced on Friday that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, an ailment that constrains movement and gets progressively worse with time.

The Daily

The Daily: Listen to ‘The Daily’: Counting Civilian Casualties in Iraq

In Part 2 of our look at the U.S.-led fight against ISIS, the survivor of an airstrike sets out to learn why his home was targeted.


'Raj Pink' diamond, top gems, fail to sell at Sotheby's sale

GENEVA (Reuters) - A large pink diamond, rare for its color and clarity, was among several major jewels that failed to sell on Wednesday at Sotheby's auction in Geneva.


London theater says 20 men made allegations against Kevin Spacey

LONDON (Reuters) - The Old Vic theater in London said on Thursday it had received 20 separate allegations of inappropriate conduct by Kevin Spacey from 20 men who came into contact with him at the theater, or in connection with it, between 1995 and 2013.

The Daily

The Daily: Listen to ‘The Daily’: Targeting ISIS, and Killing Civilians

The U.S.-led air campaign been hailed as the most precise in history. But its civilian death toll has been far higher than anyone has acknowledged.


Da Vinci portrait of Christ sells for record $450.3 million in New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Leonardo da Vinci's portrait of Christ "Salvator Mundi" sold for a record-smashing $450.3 million on Wednesday at Christie's in New York -- more than double the old mark for any work of art at auction.


'Raj Pink' diamond fails to sell at Geneva sale: Sotheby's

GENEVA (Reuters) - "The Raj Pink", the largest known diamond graded "fancy intense pink" for its rare color, was among several major jewels stranded on the auction block on Wednesday at Sotheby's sale in Geneva.


Memories in milk bottles: Polish exhibition 'shouts out' annihilation story of Warsaw Ghetto

WARSAW (Reuters) - A deeply moving exhibition of archives documenting the life and annihilation of Jews by Nazi Germany in the Warsaw Ghetto during World War Two goes on public display in Poland on Thursday.


Golden leaf cut from Napoleon's crown goes under hammer in France

PARIS (Reuters) - A golden laurel leaf cut from the crown of French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte will be auctioned near Paris on Sunday.


Last piece of missing Magritte painting found in Brussels

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The missing last piece of a painting by Belgian surrealist Rene Magritte was found underneath another of the artist's works at a museum in Brussels using x-ray imaging.

Hudner, Thomas J Jr

Thomas Hudner, War Hero in a Civil Rights Milestone, Dies at 93

Lieutenant Hudner defied expectations when he tried to rescue the Navy’s first black aviator during the Korean War. He was awarded the Medal of Honor.


UPDATE 3-Seeking to dodge default, Venezuela hosts creditors

CARACAS, Nov 13 (Reuters) - Venezuela's socialist government welcomed scores of creditors on Monday for talks intended to renegotiate a crippling foreign debt and avert a default that could compound the once-prosperous OPEC nation's economic crisis.

Halbouni, Manaf

A Monument to Syria’s Civil War Is Erected in Berlin

A German-Syrian artist has recreated a famous photograph of a barricade made of buses during the Syrian civil war.


Seeking to slow climate change, lawsuits look to the constitution

BONN, Germany (Reuters) - Climate activists will argue in an Oslo court this week that Norway's plans for Arctic oil exploration are unconstitutional, in an emerging branch of law where plaintiffs are trying to enlist a nation's founding principles to limit warming.


AIRSHOW-Russia, UAE in early talks to build civil aircraft – Rostec CEO

DUBAI, Nov 12 (Reuters) - Russia has initiated preliminary talks with the United Arab Emirates for joint production of a civil aircraft in the Gulf state, the head of Russia's state-owned defence company said on Sunday.

Mass graves of civilians executed by ISIS found

Mass graves containing the remains of civilians executed by ISIS have been found in the disputed Iraqi province of Kirkuk, Iraqi authorities told reporters on Saturday.


Exhibit at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate evokes Syrian war

BERLIN (Reuters) - Three upended buses, a reminder of a barricade erected in Aleppo in 2015 at the height of the Syrian civil war, appeared in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on Friday as part of an installation by Syrian-German artist Manaf Halbouni.


Poems in Dottyville: How two traumatized soldiers changed notions of war

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - An imposing 19th Century building with elegant manicured lawns and sweeping views of the Edinburgh skyline seems an unlikely place to have earned the nickname "Dottyville" from one of Britain's most revered poets.


Philippine militants sought July deal to end Marawi conflict, intermediaries say

MANILA (Reuters) - Islamic State-inspired militants who battled troops in a southern Philippine city for 154 days sought a way out two months into the fierce conflict, but the government ignored their proposal, a separatist negotiator and a minister said.


'That's art?' Baby turns heads in Manhattan auction house window

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A sculpture of a baby sleeping in an unusual New York City exhibit has Park Avenue window-shoppers alerting auction house staff that a child has been “forgotten in the display.”

Artists light up the forest

I haven't been walking around "A Forest Where Gods Live" for long, when I realize I've become part of the exhibit. As I stroll through a vast azalea garden, the bushes light up, their bright gold glow radiating across the field as sensors on the plants transmit the news of my presence to each other.


Dance star Akram Khan prepares for swansong tour

LONDON (Reuters) - One of Britain's most celebrated dancer-choreographers, Akram Khan, is tackling the rise of xenophobia in his latest work, which he says will be his last as a leading performer.


UK's May to appoint new aid minister, seeking to maintain delicate Brexit balance

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to appoint a new aid minister on Thursday following a resignation which has left her with the difficult task of finding the right person to maintain fragile unity in a cabinet divided over Brexit.

Books and Literature

Nonfiction: World War II Seen by a Classicist, and Other New Books About Conflict

Thomas E. Ricks surveys 12 new books of military history.


U.N. says believes Afghanistan air strike killed civilians

KABUL (Reuters) - The United Nations mission in Afghanistan said at least 10 civilians may have been killed by an air strike in the northern city of Kunduz last week, despite a U.S. military investigation that found no civilian deaths.


'Glengarry Glen Ross' revival examines the dark side of cutting deals

LONDON (Reuters) - In an age where a real-estate salesman has assumed the highest political office in the United States, a new revival of David Mamet's Pulitzer Prize-winning "Glengarry Glen Ross" in London is highlighting the dark side of the art of the deal.


RPT-UPDATE 1-EU's Vestager seeking details on Apple's recent tax set-up

LISBON, Nov 7 (Reuters) - European Union regulators have asked iPhone maker Apple for details of its recent tax structure following last year's order to pay back taxes of up to 13 billion euros ($15 billion) to Ireland, Europe's anti-trust chief said on Tuesday.

A Trump Defense Department nominee: 'Insane' that civilians can buy assault rifles

President Donald Trump's nominee for Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, Dr. Dean Winslow, said Tuesday it is "insane" that a civilian can buy a semi-automatic weapon like the gun that Devin Kelley used in the Texas church shooting.


EU's Vestager seeking details on Apple's recent tax set-up

LISBON (Reuters) - European Union regulators have asked iPhone maker Apple for details of its recent tax structure following last year's order to pay back taxes of up to 13 billion euros ($15 billion) to Ireland, Europe's anti-trust chief said on Tuesday.


UPDATE 1-EU's Vestager seeking details on Apple's recent tax set-up

LISBON, Nov 7 (Reuters) - European Union regulators have asked iPhone maker Apple for details of its recent tax structure following last year's order to pay back taxes of up to 13 billion euros ($15 billion) to Ireland, Europe's anti-trust chief said on Tuesday.


EU's Vestager says seeking details on Apple's recent tax set-up

LISBON (Reuters) - EU regulators have asked iPhone maker Apple for details of its recent tax structure following last year's order to pay back taxes of up to 13 billion euros ($15 billion) to Ireland, Europe's anti-trust chief said on Tuesday.


East meets West as Louvre Abu Dhabi opens in the Gulf

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Abu Dhabi opens its Louvre museum on Saturday, positioning itself as a city of cultural tourism with a display of hundreds of works that it hopes will draw visitors from around the world.


Australia can breathe easy after 17th century map restored

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A 17th century map of Australia, predating British settlement, has gone on display for the first time after suffering extensive damage while purportedly housed for hundreds of years in a Swedish warehouse.


U.S. investigation finds no Afghan civilian casualties in Kunduz strike

KABUL (Reuters) - A U.S. investigation into reports that at least 13 civilians were killed during an operation in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz last week found no evidence of any civilian casualties, a statement from the U.S. military in Kabul said on Tuesday.


Mattis backs Geneva process on Syrian conflict

HELSINKI (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday he backed diplomatic efforts to bring an end to the Syrian civil war, which has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives over more than six years of conflict, as Islamic State militants near defeat.


U.S. investigates reports of civilian casualties in Afghanistan

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan and U.S. military authorities are investigating reports that as many as 13 civilians were killed in an operation in the northern region of Kunduz, officials said on Monday, but details remain sketchy three days after the incident.


Saudi-led coalition calls missile 'dangerous escalation' of Yemen conflict

RIYADH (Reuters) - A Saudi-led coalition on Sunday accused Yemen's Houthi militia of a "dangerous escalation", a day after Saudi air defense forces intercepted a ballistic missile fired by the group towards the capital Riyadh.

Trump says he dropped Manafort due to 'potential conflicts' with 'certain nations'

President Donald Trump said he dropped Paul Manafort as his campaign chairman because of Manafort's involvement with "certain nations," according to excerpts of an interview published Saturday.


Paintings by Indian elephant auctioned off in Hungary

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Paintings created by an Indian elephant who enjoys wielding a brush were auctioned off by a Hungarian traveling circus on Saturday.

Civilian Casualties

U.S. Strikes Caused at Least 13 Civilian Casualties, Afghans Say

Residents of the restive province of Kunduz said the Taliban forced them to retrieve their dead after a night of fighting, when U.S. aircraft struck again, killing at least 13.

Newly released batch of Kennedy files shows FBI analysis portrayed the civil rights leader negatively


Land conflict halts output at Buenaventura's silver mine in Peru

LIMA, Nov 3 (Reuters) - Members of an Andean community have forcibly suspended production at Peruvian miner Buenaventura's Uchucchacua silver mine since Tuesday to demand compensation for land use, the precious metals mining company said.


Albanians view antique communist-era spyware in 'House of Leaves'

TIRANA (Reuters) - In the days of communist Albania's near-total isolation, Saimir Maloku used his technical knowhow to gain illicit glimpses of the outside world. Unluckily for him, as he and his father watched forbidden Italian television, the regime was watching him.


Nazi-era art hoard makes German exhibition debut in Bonn

BERLIN (Reuters) - Some 250 art works from a huge trove hoarded by a collector during the Nazi era went on display in Germany for the first time on Thursday, as its curators pursue efforts to find the rightful owners of pieces identified as looted.


More than 180,000 people, mostly Kurds, displaced by Iraqi-Kurdish conflict

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - More than 180,000 civilians, mostly Kurds, have been displaced by the conflict between the Iraqi central government and the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq, humanitarian organizations said on Thursday.


Singer Neil Young to auction model train collection

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rock singer Neil Young is selling some of his most prized possessions - part of his model train collection.


Poland to ban Ukrainians with 'anti-Polish views'

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland plans to bar Ukrainians with "anti-Polish views", its foreign minister said on Thursday, emphasizing the nationalist credentials of his ruling party that often talks of the "historic wrongs" inflicted on Poles by their neighbors.

Rohingya (Ethnic Group)

Aung San Suu Kyi Makes First Visit to Rohingya Conflict Zone in Myanmar

“We all have to try our best to live peacefully,” said Myanmar’s civilian leader, who has been faulted for not condemning the military’s atrocities in Rakhine State.


BRIEF-Allergan receives civil investigative demand from the State of North Carolina DoJ

* Allergan Plc says on October 16, company received a civil investigative demand from the State of North Carolina Department of Justice‍​ - SEC filing


At West Bank tea party, artist Banksy offers royal 'apology' for Balfour Declaration

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (Reuters) - British street artist Banksy has offered a royal "apology" engraved on Israel's barrier in the occupied West Bank for Britain's endorsement a century ago of the establishment of a Jewish homeland in Palestine.

Spanish Language

Seeking a Voice, via a Bilingual M.F.A., in Writing and in Life

In a program at the University of Texas at El Paso, students from both sides of the border write and speak in English, Spanish and Spanglish.

Kevin Spacey seeking treatment after allegations

Actor Kevin Spacey is seeking unspecified treatment following an accusation of sexual assault by an actor, who says he was a minor at the time, and amid new reported allegations by a British man.


New York gallery for 'Nina' caricaturist Hirschfeld breached contract: judge

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that a non-profit exhibiting art by Al Hirschfeld had the right to terminate its contract with a Manhattan gallery that had sold works by the late theater and screen caricaturist for more than four decades.


Nazi art trove goes on display at Swiss museum, heir to Gurlitt collection

BERN (Reuters) - Some 150 art works from a massive trove amassed by a German collector during the Nazi era went on public display for the first time on Wednesday in the Swiss capital, amid lingering questions about the origins of the collection.

Colbert, Stephen

Best of Late Night: Colbert Slams Kelly’s Explanation of the Civil War

Responding to the chief of staff’s remarks blaming “a lack of compromise,” Stephen Colbert said, “What do you think caused World War II, a zoning issue?”

Civil War (US) (1861-65)

A Refusal to Compromise? Civil War Historians Beg to Differ

Historians respond to John Kelly’s claim that “the lack of an ability to compromise” led to the Civil War.


Trump chief of staff's Civil War comment sparks criticism

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House Chief of Staff John Kelly's comment that the U.S. Civil War was sparked by a lack of "compromise" drew criticism and reignited a debate over Confederate monuments and the role of slavery.


U.S. to oppose U.N. resolution seeking end to U.S. embargo on Cuba: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will vote against a U.N. General Assembly resolution on Wednesday calling for the lifting of the U.S. embargo against Cuba, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday, reversing Washington's abstention of last year.

Net Neutrality

Op-Ed Contributor: Net Neutrality: Why Artists and Activists Can’t Afford to Lose It

A level internet playing field lets them, and everyone else, bypass powerful gatekeepers.


Work-family conflict helps explain gender gap in doctors’ depression

(Reuters Health) - Female doctors in training may be more likely to become depressed than their male counterparts at least in part because of difficulties balancing work with family life, a U.S. study suggests.


U.S. Army deserter Bergdahl was efficient, conflicted: witness

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Reuters) - U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was an efficient soldier who at times seemed conflicted about his unit's mission in Afghanistan before walking off his post in June 2009 in an act of desertion, his former squad leader testified on Tuesday.


Assad sets sights on Kurdish areas, risking new Syria conflict

BEIRUT (Reuters) - With Islamic State near defeat in Syria, Damascus is setting its sights on territory held by Kurdish-led forces including eastern oil fields, risking a new confrontation that could draw the United States in more deeply and complicate Russian diplomacy.


BRIEF-Chemed reaches final agreement to end civil litigation & false claims act brought by U.S. DOJ in May 2013​

* Chemed - Reached final agreement to end civil litigation and false claims act brought by U.S. Department of Justice in May 2013​


Trump chief of staff's Civil War comment draws fire

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House Chief of Staff John Kelly's comment that the U.S. Civil War was sparked by a lack of "compromise" drew criticism and reignited a debate over Confederate monuments and the role of slavery.

Secession and Independence Movements

Ex-Leader of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, Not Seeking Asylum in Belgium

Carles Puigdemont said he had traveled to Belgium to put the territorial conflict “in the institutional heart of Europe.”


Sacked Catalan leader Puigdemont says accepts snap election, not seeking asylum

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Sacked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont on Tuesday said he accepted the snap elections called by Spain's central government in Catalonia and he was not seeking asylum in Belgium at a press conference given in Brussels.

Kelly: 'Lack of an ability to compromise' led to Civil War

White House chief of staff John Kelly spoke to the "good" and "not so good" parts of US history on Monday, speaking highly of Confederate general Robert E. Lee and attributing the origin of the American Civil War to a "lack of an ability to compromise."

Kelly, John F (1950- )

John Kelly Pins Civil War on ‘Lack of Ability to Compromise’

Twitter reacted swiftly, and not sympathetically, after Mr. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, spoke with the conservative commentator Laura Ingraham.

Seeking a polygamist? There's an app for that

Lisa Ling meets a woman looking for love on a dating app specifically for polygamists. Watch "This Is Life with Lisa Ling" Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Banks, Dennis

Dennis Banks, a Leader of American Indian Civil Rights Movement, Dies at 80

Mr. Banks, a Chippewa, led often-violent insurrections to protest the treatment of Native Americans and to call attention to a history of injustices against them.


Female Artists Sign Letter Against Sexual Harassment

Signed by the likes of Laurie Anderson, Cindy Sherman, and Lynn Nottage, the letter also condemns the publisher of Artforum, Knight Landesman.

Catalonia (Spain)

Resist or Obey Madrid’s Rule? Catalonia Civil Servants Must Decide

Catalonia’s ministers, lawmakers, teachers, policemen and other government workers face the question of accepting Madrid’s authority — or staying loyal to their ousted leader.


'East German' art show another step in still-rocky unification

POTSDAM, Germany (Reuters) - A display of artworks created during 40 years of East German history could help Germans from east and west bridge the divide that still separates them 27 years after unification.


Rare, hidden portrait of Mary, Queen of Scots revealed

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - A rare, unfinished portrait believed to be of Mary, Queen of Scots has been found underneath another 16th-century painting after an X-ray revealed a ghostly likeness of the executed queen.


U.S.-led forces acknowledge killing 51 more civilians in Iraq, Syria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State militants said on Thursday another 51 civilians had been killed in strikes in Iraq and Syria, raising the total number of civilians it has killed to 786 since 2014.


Catalan leader to call election as Madrid readies take over of independence-seeking region

MADRID/BARCELONA (Reuters) - Catalonia's leader Carles Puigdemont was set on Thursday to call a snap regional election, reacting to pressure from the Spanish government as it prepared to take direct control of the autonomous region to block its drive for independence.


Purple reigns at London exhibition charting Prince's career

LONDON (Reuters) - Paisley, pop hits and of course purple are coming to London's O2 arena in a new exhibition of personal memorabilia of the late singer Prince.

Trump blames media for 'uncivil' image

President Trump says the media makes him out to be more uncivil than he really is. CNN's Jake Tapper discusses.


Kenya opposition leader urges vote boycott, civil disobedience

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya opposition leader Raila Odinga urged supporters to boycott Thursday's repeat presidential election and persuade their friends to do the same, saying he would lead a campaign of civil disobedience against the government.


U.S. court sides with illegal immigrant teen seeking an abortion

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A 17-year-old illegal immigrant in federal custody in Texas can have an abortion immediately despite the objections of President Donald Trump's administration, a U.S. appeals court decided on Tuesday in a ruling spearheaded by Democratic-appointed judges.


Note with Einstein's theory on life auctioned for $1.3 million

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Strapped for cash in a Tokyo hotel, Albert Einstein wrote his take on life on a note and handed it to the bellboy instead of a tip. The physicist's formula for happy living fetched $1.3 million on Tuesday, a Jerusalem auction house said.


BRIEF-Basf says seeking to strengthen ag business further

* CEO says will look to strengthen agriculture business further after Bayer deal

Artists prepare for $90M funeral

Preparations for the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej's cremation have been underway for the past year. In an old and cluttered studio outside Bangkok, sculptor Chatmongkol Insawang has been hard at work.


Art of the deal: Trump's Empire State Building doodle fetches $16,000

NEW YORK (Reuters) - George W. Bush famously turned to portrait painting as a hobby when he left office. Could President Donald Trump one day follow in his footsteps, encouraged by the recent sale of his drawing of New York City's Empire State Building for $16,000?


U.S. judge questions states seeking to restore Obamacare payments

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Monday appeared skeptical toward a request from several states that want him to order the administration of Republican President Donald Trump to continue payments to health insurers under Obamacare.


Tillerson urges Iraq, Kurds to resolve conflict through dialogue

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged the Iraqi government and the Kurdistan region on Monday to resolve their conflict over Kurdish self-determination and disputed territories through dialogue.


UPDATE 2-Germany's coalition-seeking Greens and liberals find common ground on tax

BERLIN, Oct 23 (Reuters) - The two parties that are in talks to join German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives in government inched closer together in one of the most bitterly contested policy areas on Monday, brightening prospects for a coalition.


In Beirut, play about Syria's war gets as close to home as it can

(This version of the October 22 story corrects ages of director and writer)


Sierra Leone to auction multi-million dollar diamond to benefit poor

Ramat Gan, ISRAEL (Reuters) - Sierra Leone hopes to raise millions of dollars for development projects by auctioning a huge uncut diamond, believed to be one of the world's largest, in New York in December.


Catalonia warns of civil disobedience as Madrid readies direct rule

MADRID (Reuters) - Catalonia said on Monday it was confident all officials including police would defy attempts by Madrid to enforce direct rule on the region, in an escalating dispute that has raised fears of unrest among Spain's European allies.

Hudson River School

Fine Arts & Exhibits: ‘Scenes of Solitude’ From Hudson River School Artists

A show at the Albany Institute of History & Art is the opening act for exhibits at the Met and the Thomas Cole National Historic Site.


Graffiti set design adds punch to Cuba theater festival

HAVANA (Reuters) - A play parodying the lengths some Cubans will go to in order to earn a few tourist dollars set against the backdrop of socially critical graffiti is adding punch to Havana’s annual theater festival.


Italy gets back looted mosaic from Emperor Caligula's ship

ROME (Reuters) - A floor mosaic from one of Roman Emperor Caligula's opulent private ships, which was stolen after World War Two, is on its way back to Italy from the United States where it has been recovered from a private collection.

National Assn for the Advancement of Colored People

N.A.A.C.P., Seeking a New Voice, Names Derrick Johnson as President

With a pair of major announcements on Saturday, the century-old organization moved to reclaim its role as the nation’s pre-eminent voice on civil rights.


Fine Arts & Exhibits: Alexis Rockman Portrays the Great Lakes in Glory and Decline

The Great Lakes Cycle is made up of five oil, alkyd and acrylic paintings that depict environmental issues affecting the lakes. The exhibition is traveling around the country.

United States Politics and Government

Conflicting Accounts in Niger Ambush Are Subject of Pentagon Investigation

Nigerien officials have said that a convoy gave chase to Islamic militants who later returned to ambush them, but American troops say they didn’t pursue the militants before the attack.


As ISIS’ Role in Syria Wanes, Other Conflicts Take the Stage

The Syrian war did not begin or end with the Islamic State. Who will control the cities and territories where ISIS was evicted is an open question.

Did Japan just ban tattoo artists?

Black is a color you won't find on the walls of Ron Sugano's tattoo parlor in the upmarket Meguro district of south-west Tokyo, where quaint geometric houses line quiet streets.


Turkish police detain leading civil society figure: media

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish police have detained the prominent civil society figure and businessman Osman Kavala at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport as part of a secret investigation, the T24 news website and other media said on Thursday.


Harry Potter exhibition blends wizardry with history

LONDON (Reuters) - A new exhibition celebrating the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book's publication is offering 'muggles' with an interest in magic the chance to view rare memorabilia, combined with historic artifacts referenced in the popular series.


BRIEF-Foxconn and IDG seeking $1.5 bln for car tech fund - Bloomberg

* Foxconn and IDG seeking $1.5 billion for car tech fund - Bloomberg Source text - Further company coverage:

Hazardous and Toxic Substances

Editorial: Mr. Trump Outdoes Himself in Picking a Conflicted Regulator

The nominee to lead the E.P.A. chemicals office is a threat to public health.


Too racy for Louvre, sex sculpture finds home at Pompidou Centre

PARIS (Reuters) - In the end it was just too kinky for the Louvre.

Trump: Marino out due to conflict of interest

Donald Trump explains to Fox News Radio why Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA) pulled his name from consideration for drug czar.

As the President tries to undo Obama-era policies, progressive lawyers are seeking national injunctions

As the Trump administration seeks to obliterate Obama-era policies, progressive lawyers are racing to court asking for an extreme form of relief, urging judges to reach deep into their judicial tool kits and issue national -- even global -- injunctions.


UPDATE 3-Oil jumps on fears of new Iran sanctions, Iraq conflict

* Trump refused on Friday to certify Iran nuclear deal compliance


UPDATE 2-Oil jumps on fears of new Iran sanctions, Iraq conflict

* Trump refused on Friday to certify Iran nuclear deal compliance


BRIEF-Bombardier seeking investors for its aerospace businesses - Bloomberg

* Bombardier Inc. is seeking investors for its aerospace businesses and considering a sale of some operations - Bloomberg, citing sources‍​ Source: Further company coverage:

United States Politics and Government

Aiding Transgender Case, Sessions Defies His Image on Civil Rights

In an unusual move, the attorney general has sent a federal hate crimes lawyer to Iowa to help prosecute a man charged with murdering a transgender high school student.

Tillerson: Trump isn't seeking war with North Korea

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says diplomatic talks between the United States and North Korea will continue until "the first bomb drops."


We are closer than ever to 1930s-style totalitarianism - Atwood

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The world is closer to the dark days of the 1930s than at any time since, Canadian author Margaret Atwood said on Saturday in Frankfurt, where she was due to receive a prestigious German literary award.


Copyright restored to poor family of Australian Aboriginal artist

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The impoverished family of Australia's most famous Aboriginal artist, Albert Namatjira, has been given copyright to his works after years of fruitless campaigning triggered the intervention of a philanthropist.

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010)

News Analysis: Trump Adopts Obama Approach While Seeking to Undo a Legacy

Like his predecessor, President Trump has grown frustrated with Congress and as a result has turned to executive power to advance a stalled agenda.


NFL not seeking mandate for players to stand during anthem

(Reuters) - The NFL said on Friday it has no plans to mandate players stand for the U.S. national anthem, but will rather present a possible solution on how to end the controversial protests when it meets with team owners next week.


NFL: League not seeking mandate for players to stand during anthem

(Reuters) - The NFL said on Friday it has no plans to mandate players stand for the U.S. national anthem, but will rather present a possible solution on how to end the controversial protests when it meets with team owners next week.


World's largest pink diamond expected to fetch up to $30 million at auction

LONDON (Reuters) - "The Pink Raj", an intense pink diamond described by experts as the world's largest, is expected to fetch up to $30 million when it is auctioned in Geneva next month.


Bruno Mars leads music's AMA nominations as female artists edged out

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The men of pop and hip hop led the nominations for the American Music Awards (AMA) on Thursday, while female artists were left out of most categories.


Stars of British art world donate works for Grenfell fire survivors

LONDON (Reuters) - A group of Britain's most successful contemporary artists has donated valuable works to sell at a charity auction for the survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire, which killed about 80 people at a London social housing block in June.


Italy's Gucci bans fur, joining others in seeking alternatives

PARIS (Reuters) - Italy's Gucci will stop using fur in its designs from next year, joining a growing number of fashion houses looking at alternatives after coming under pressure from animal rights activists and changing consumer tastes.


UPDATE 1-UK to publish draft energy price cap laws, seeking to fix "broken" market

LONDON, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Britain will publish a draft law on Thursday designed to cap consumer gas and electricity prices for millions of households, taking action to try and fix a market it says punishes loyal customers.


UPDATE 1-MMG seeking M&A in copper, zinc, other commodities - CEO

* May partner with others on acquisitions - Jiao (Adds CEO comment, industry context)


UK to publish draft energy price cap laws, seeking to fix "broken" market

LONDON, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Britain will publish on Thursday a draft law designed to cap consumer energy prices for millions of households, taking action to try and fix a market it says punishes loyal customers.


Trump denies seeking nearly tenfold increase in U.S. nuclear arsenal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday denied a report from NBC News that he told his national security advisers in July he wanted to increase the country's nuclear arsenal by nearly tenfold, saying he argued for its modernization.


Personal Journeys: Seeking Solitude in Japan’s Mountain Monasteries

Koyasan is one of the premier destinations for Buddhist pilgrims in Japan. As its popularity peaks, can it still be enjoyed by a visitor seeking quietude?


U.S. government undercounted civilians killed by police

(Reuters Health) - U.S. police killed 1,166 people - more than three a day - in 2015, but an official government count missed a majority of the deaths, a new study shows.


U.S. still seeking explanation for arrest of staff in Turkey: ambassador

ANKARA (Reuters) - The United States is still seeking an explanation from Ankara for the detention of staff at U.S. missions in Turkey which led Washington to stop issuing visas and triggered a diplomatic crisis, the U.S. ambassador said on Wednesday.


Doctors may fear losing their license for seeking mental health care

(Reuters Health) - Nearly 40 percent of U.S. physicians are reluctant to seek mental health care out of fear that it might imperil their medical license, a recent study suggests.


Da Vinci portrait of Christ expected to fetch $100 million at auction

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The last privately owned Leonardo da Vinci painting and one of fewer than 20 by the Renaissance artist known to still exist is hitting the auction block, Christie's announced on Tuesday.

Trump vs. Corker encapsulates GOP civil war

The clash between President Donald Trump and Bob Corker doesn't just match a political wrecking ball against a civilized archetype of elite Republicanism.


Seeking to relaunch social agenda, UK's May to address racial disparity

LONDON (Reuters) - Ethnic minorities in Britain have a lower employment rate than white people and are under-represented in senior public sector jobs, Prime Minister Theresa May will say on Tuesday, releasing the findings of a government audit on racial disparity.


Paris exhibition charts Picasso's 'year of wonders'

PARIS (Reuters) - Some of Pablo Picasso's greatest works go on display in Paris this week, in an exhibition that charts a pivotal year in which he cemented his status as a titan of 20th-century art.


Los Angeles exhibit explores rise of Tiki culture in America

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The rise of Tiki culture in 1950s America in the aftermath of World War Two is explored in a new exhibit that opened Friday in Los Angeles.


Immigrants in U.S. seeking safe haven worry Trump may send them back

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Thousands of Salvadorans, Haitians and others now sheltered in the United States from danger in their home countries might have to leave under a crackdown the Trump administration is weighing on a program that critics slam as "back-door" immigration.


Drained of cash and riven by rivalries, UNESCO seeks leader to revive fortunes

PARIS (Reuters) - When Israel's envoy told UNESCO delegates last July that fixing the plumbing in his toilet was more important than their latest ruling, it highlighted how fractious geopolitics are paralyzing the workings of the agency.


art review: From Innovation to Provocation, China’s Artists on a Global Path

East (minus 3) meets West at the Guggenheim, in what Holland Cotter calls a “powerful, unmissable event” about a world we are still getting to know.

Hurricane Maria (2017)

Lin-Manuel Miranda Gathers All-Star Latin Artists for Hurricane Relief

The “Hamilton” mastermind, who recently went after President Trump over Puerto Rico, discusses the making of his new charity single, “Almost Like Praying.”

United States Politics and Government

Democrats, Seeking to Disavow Weinstein, Plan to Give His Donations to Charity

Senators Patrick J. Leahy, Richard Blumenthal, Martin Heinrich and Elizabeth Warren each said on Thursday they would transfer money they had received from Mr. Weinstein to charity.


U.S. probing collision between civilian drone, Army helicopter

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The National Transportation Safety Board said on Thursday it is investigating the Sept. 21 collision of a civilian drone and a U.S. Army UH-60 helicopter east of Staten Island, New York City, as concerns mount over the rising number of unmanned aircraft in U.S. airspace.


Let's paint about sex: racy feminist artists enjoy mainstream success

LONDON (Reuters) - A three-foot phallus in a child's dress seems like an unlikely symbol of female empowerment, but for artist Renate Bertlmann its presence at a major art show is a sign she has gained an acceptance denied her for decades.


Highlighting Vietnam War's relevance, exhibit opens in New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) - When the idea for a Vietnam War exhibit came up at the New-York Historical Society a few years ago, Trustee James Grant recalls that even after more than four decades, passions about it were strong.


Syrian opposition says Russian jets kill civilians fleeing across Euphrates

AMMAN (Reuters) - Military jets believed to be Russian killed at least 60 civilians trying to flee heavy fighting in the oil rich Deir al Zor province of Syria when their small boats were targeted as they sought to cross the Euphrates River, opposition activists, former residents and a war monitor said late on Wednesday.


White tiger, dark horse: North Korean art market heats up

DANDONG, China (Reuters) - Seated beneath tall windows and dressed simply in singlets and trousers, North Korean painters are hard at work. The artists staple canvases to frames or copy idyllic landscapes from laptop computers. One wears headphones as he brushes a group of running horses onto his canvas.


U.N. says 78,000 civilians could be trapped in Iraq's Hawija

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Up to 78,000 people could be trapped in Islamic State-held Hawija in northern Iraq, the United Nations said on Tuesday, as security forces push to recapture the town.


Song dynasty bowl shatters world record for Chinese ceramics, fetches $37.7 million in HK sale

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A nearly 900-year-old porcelain Song dynasty bowl smashed the world auction record for Chinese ceramics on Tuesday, selling for HK$294.3 million ($37.68 million) at a Sotheby's sale in Hong Kong.


Philippine police chief says won't stop cops from seeking church sanctuary

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines' top police commander on Tuesday said he would not prevent officers involved in the country's bloody war on drugs from seeking church protection and testifying to their alleged abuses, providing they told the truth.

Hurricane Maria shows Trump revels in conflict, chaos amid crisis

Washington has wondered for months how President Donald Trump would handle his first genuine crisis.


Palmyra statue damaged by Islamic State goes on display in Damascus

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - A 2,000-year old statue badly damaged by Islamic State in Palmyra went on display on Sunday in Damascus after being restored.


U.S. civil liberties group to challenge Trump's new travel ban

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union said on Friday that it is challenging President Donald Trump's new restrictions on people entering the United States from eight countries.


U.S.-led forces acknowledge killing 50 more civilians in Iraq, Syria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. led coalition fighting Islamic State militants on Friday confirmed that another 50 civilians had been killed in strikes in Iraq and Syria, raising the total number of civilians it has killed to 735 since the conflict began in 2014.


Is 16th-century charcoal sketch a naked Mona Lisa?

PARIS (Reuters) - A French art expert believes a charcoal drawing kept in a collection for more than 150 years may be a preparatory sketch made by Leonardo da Vinci of the Mona Lisa.


Aid groups seek access to Myanmar conflict zone; 15 drown as boat capsizes

YANGON (Reuters) - International aid groups in Myanmar have urged the government to allow free access to Rakhine State, where an army offensive has sent more than 500,000 people fleeing to Bangladesh but hundreds of thousands remain cut off from food, shelter and medical care.


Russia's Putin says de facto conditions created for end to Syrian civil war

ANKARA (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that the de facto conditions needed to end Syria's civil had been achieved.


'Loving Vincent' brings Van Gogh's art alive

(Reuters) - You have seen his "Sunflowers" in a museum, sung along with Don McLean to "Vincent (Starry Starry Night)" and gawped at the tens of million of dollars his works have fetched at auction.


Yves Saint Laurent designs get new airing at Paris museum

PARIS (Reuters) - A new museum showcasing the creations of late French couturier Yves Saint Laurent opens in Paris next week, offering visitors an intimate glimpse into his studio and how he pulled together his collections.


Aid groups seek access to Myanmar conflict zone; 14 drown as boat capsizes

YANGON (Reuters) - International aid groups in Myanmar have urged the government to allow free access to Rakhine State, where an army offensive has sent more than 500,000 people fleeing to Bangladesh but hundreds of thousands remain cut off from food, shelter and medical care.


Extortionist seeking millions by poisoning supermarket food: German police

BERLIN (Reuters) - A man slipped a potentially lethal poison into food, including baby food, on sale in some German supermarkets in an extortion scheme aimed at raising millions of euros, police said on Thursday. No cases of poisoning had been reported so far.

One of civil aviation's biggest failures

When the Soviet rival to the Concorde made its first foreign appearance at the Paris Air Show in 1971, everyone was impressed. In the heated race to develop a supersonic passenger jet, it was the USSR who got off to a head start.


Newly found Rubens portrait of King James I lover unveiled in Glasgow

GLASGOW, Scotland (Reuters) - A lost portrait by Rubens of the charming but unpopular Duke of Buckingham, a lover of King James I of England, has been found after an art historian spotted telltale signs of the Flemish master's hand under centuries of grime and overpainting.


Christie's to auction rare large diamond in November

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A 163.41-carat flawless white diamond found last year in Angola will go to auction in Geneva on Nov. 14, global auction house Christie's said on Thursday.


Aid groups call for access to Myanmar conflict zone

YANGON (Reuters) - International aid groups in Myanmar have urged the government to allow free access to Rakhine State, where an army offensive has sent 480,000 people fleeing to Bangladesh but hundreds of thousands remain cut off from food, shelter and medical care.

Historian: Hefner was proud of his role in civil rights movement

Presidential historian Douglas Brinkley shares his memories of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner who died at the age of 91.


El Salvador launches commission to find those missing from civil war

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - El Salvador on Wednesday launched the first commission to search for persons who went missing during its civil war, 25 years after the end of a conflict that left tens of thousands dead and hundreds of cases unresolved.


Militants attack Kabul airport during Mattis visit, U.S. strike kills civilians

KABUL (Reuters) - Suicide bombers and militants firing mortars attacked Kabul's airport during a visit by U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday, prompting a U.S. air strike that accidentally killed civilians, officials said.

The civil rights battle you don't hear about

1967 was a turning point for the Los Angeles art scene. Ferus Gallery -- the iconoclastic Hollywood space that was the first to exhibit Andy Warhol's "Campbell's Soup Cans" -- had just closed its doors. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art initiated its short-lived Art and Technology program, which paired artists with corporations in fields like aerospace or scientific research. The nascent Southern California scene was shifting from its bohemian beginnings into a more institutional position, cementing its place in art history in the process.

United States Defense and Military Forces

Pat Tillman Becomes Partisan Symbol in N.F.L. Conflict

The widow of Corporal Tillman, a football star killed in Afghanistan, said he should be remembered as a symbol of unity and that his memory “should never be politicized.”


Rescue ship says Libyan coast guard shot at and boarded it, seeking migrants

ROME (Reuters) - A Libyan coast guard vessel fired shots and boarded a humanitarian ship in the Mediterranean on Tuesday, demanding that the migrants on board be handed over to them, a spokesman for the Mission Lifeline charity said.


Vomiting aristocrats! Over-50s get a look in at Britain's Turner Prize

LONDON (Reuters) - A 62-year-old, Tanzanian-born artist whose creations include dinner plates painted with vomiting aristocrats is one of a new breed of nominee for British art's high-profile Turner Prize: an over-50.

Books and Literature

Match Book: Dear Match Book: I’m Seeking Satirical, Semifantastical and Stand-Out Literary Fiction

High-minded novels and stories that favor fairy tales, unsolved crimes and dystopian drama over the ubiquitous run-of-the-mill plots in today’s fiction.


Beset by visions, artist Yayoi Kusama has no intention of slowing down

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese avant-garde artist Yayoi Kusama, whose work commands some of the highest prices of any living female artist, said on Tuesday that at age 88, she still fills her days painting and has no intention of slowing down.


Russia denies it killed civilians in air strikes on Syria's Idlib

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian Defense Ministry on Tuesday denied allegations that its air strikes had killed civilians in Syria's Idlib province, saying that in the past few days it had only bombed Islamist militant fighters in the area.


J.C Flowers seeking buyer for its stake in Japan lender Shinsei -FT

TOKYO, Sept 26 (Reuters) - U.S. private equity firm J.C. Flowers & Co LLC is seeking a buyer for a 20 percent stake in mid-sized Japanese lender Shinsei Bank, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday, citing people with direct knowledge of the matter.


Paris mint lures tourists with treasures

PARIS (Reuters) - After more than a thousand years of service, the Paris mint has thrown its doors open to the public with a vast exhibition of treasures, collectors' coins and a view of the craftsmen in their workshops.


Christie's sells nearly $15 million of art at Shanghai auction

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Christie's sold nearly $15 million worth of art at its autumn auction in Shanghai on Sunday, with a painting by abstract master Zao Wou-ki fetching more than $5 million.


U.S. allied Syrian groups form civilian council to run Deir al-Zor

Deir al Zor, SYRIA (Reuters) - U.S.-allied militias in northern Syria announced on Saturday the formation of a civilian council to govern the oil rich eastern province of Deir al Zor where they are racing with the Syrian army to capture territory held by Islamic State.


Car bomber hits NATO convoy in Afghanistan, civilians wounded

KABUL (Reuters) - A car bomber attacked a Danish convoy belonging to the NATO-led military mission in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Sunday, wounding a number of civilians but leaving international forces unharmed, security officials said.


Refugees reaching Zambia accuse DRC troops of killing civilians: U.N.

LUSAKA (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) government forces have been killing civilians in an insurgency-hit region, prompting the latest influx of refugees into northern Zambia, a senior U.N. official said, citing accounts of asylum seekers.


Accused mobster tied to Boston art heist to undergo psychiatric test

BOSTON (Reuters) - An octogenerian alleged mobster who police believe may be able to help solve the largest art heist in U.S. history will undergo a psychiatric evaluation before being sentenced on gun charges, a federal court judge in Connecticut ruled on Friday.


Bill Clinton's upcoming suspense novel to become Showtime series

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Bill Clinton's debut novel will not hit shelves for almost a year, but it is already getting the TV treatment as Showtime said Friday that it would adapt the anticipated book into a series.

Middle East and Africa Migrant Crisis

Seeking Asylum — and Finding Hatred — in Germany

Escaping violence in Libya, Abode struggles to belong in a German town that has become a flashpoint of anti-immigrant anger.


BRIEF-Atlanta Gold says court granted motion for civil contempt, on clean water act

* Atlanta Gold announces U.S. District Court decision on clean water act


London's National Gallery prevails in 'stolen' Matisse lawsuit: New York judge

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The National Gallery in London on Thursday won the dismissal of a lawsuit in which three grandchildren of a muse of the artist Henri Matisse sought to recover a painting they said was stolen shortly after World War Two.


Ai Wei-Wei critical of China at opening of Swiss exhibit

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Ai Wei-Wei denounced China's crackdown on lawyers and free speech on Wednesday but saw little hope that the upcoming Communist Party Congress would lead to more freedoms.


Waymo seeking $2.6 billion from Uber for one trade secret: lawyer

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Waymo unit is seeking about $2.6 billion from Uber for the alleged theft of one of several trade secrets in a lawsuit over self-driving cars, a lawyer for Uber said on Wednesday.


Waymo seeking $2.6 billion for one trade secret against Uber

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - An Uber [UBER.UL] lawyer on Wednesday said Alphabet Inc's Waymo unit is seeking about $2.6 billion for the alleged theft of one of several trade secrets in a lawsuit over self-driving cars.


Fed conflicted by weak U.S. inflation, global economic rebound

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Caught between a lull in U.S. inflation and a stronger global economy, the Federal Reserve is expected on Wednesday to signal whether it will raise interest rates for a third time this year or back off until prices rise more briskly.


Fed conflicted by tepid U.S. inflation, global economic rebound

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Caught between a lull in U.S. inflation and a stronger global economy, the Federal Reserve is expected on Wednesday to signal whether it will raise interest rates for a third time this year or back off until prices rise more briskly.


US Military surgeons in Afghanistan treat civilian injuries

(Reuters Health) - At U.S. military facilities in Afghanistan, roughly half of the surgeries done for local civilians during more than a decade of war have been for non-combat injuries and health problems, a recent study suggests.

Murders, Attempted Murders and Homicides

A ‘Quest for Justice’ for Murdered Civil Rights Pioneer, 52 Years Later

Who killed Alberta Jones, Louisville’s first black prosecutor, in 1965? Prodded by a professor, the police are trying again to find out.

United States Politics and Government

Donald Trump Jr. Gives Up Secret Service Protection, Seeking Privacy

The president’s eldest son, an avid camper and hunter, will be free of a contingent of agents accompanying him at all times.


Six civilians killed by roadside bomb in Afghanistan

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A roadside bomb in Afghanistan's southern province of Kandahar killed at least six civilians traveling in a car that hit the device, officials said on Monday.


New Banksy works mark Basquiat show at London's Barbican

LONDON (Reuters) - Two murals by British street artist Banksy have appeared at London's Barbican center to mark an exhibition of the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, a U.S. artist who achieved fame through the New York graffiti scene.


Gunfight erupts in southern Yemen, one civilian killed - witnesses

DUBAI (Reuters) - A gunfight erupted briefly in Aden on Saturday when a contingent loyal to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi refused to hand over its positions to a local force, security sources said, and witnesses said one civilian was killed in the incident.


North Korea says seeking military 'equilibrium' with U.S.

SEOUL/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - North Korea said on Saturday it aims to reach an "equilibrium" of military force with the United States, which earlier signaled its patience for diplomacy is wearing thin after Pyongyang fired a missile over Japan for the second time in under a month.


A museum dedicated to street art opens in Berlin

BERLIN (Reuters) - A museum for graffiti and art for public spaces will open in Berlin on Saturday and designs by local and international street artists will be exhibited on the facade of its building to kick it off.


Somali book fair offers respite from bombs

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Long associated with pirates, famine and bombs, Somalia showed a different face to the world this week as it welcomed foreign writers for the first time to its annual book fair.


What Do Artists’ Final Works Say About Their Lives?

Every body of work comes to an end. And judging by recent late-career achievements, the best is sometimes saved for last.


Trump taps top Sessions attorney to lead civil division: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is nominating U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' top aide to serve as Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice's Civil Division, the White House said in a statement on Friday.


Myanmar says U.S. official barred from Rohingya conflict zone

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar said on Friday a visiting U.S. official would not be allowed to go to a region where violence has triggered an exodus of nearly 400,000 Rohingya Muslims that the United Nations has branded a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing".