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Tiny, Wealthy Qatar Goes Its Own Way, and Pays for It

Among Persian Gulf states, Qatar was the picked-on little sibling. Gas riches and an independent-minded ruling family changed that. Now it’s in the fight of its life.


Tennis: Kerber ends Hsieh's fairytale run to reach quarters

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Former champion Angelique Kerber was driven to distraction by the unorthodox game of world number 88 Hsieh Su-wei but overhauled the Taiwanese battler 4-6 7-5 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Monday.


Senator says FBI lost crucial texts tied to Clinton probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation has lost about five months worth of text messages between two staffers who worked on probes into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails and possible collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, according to a Republican lawmaker.


Trump: Senate should change rules if shutdown stalemate continues

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Trump said on Twitter Sunday that if the government shutdown stalemate continued, Republicans should fund the government by changing Senate rules - which currently require a super-majority for appropriations bills to pass.

Trump, Donald J

Op-Ed Columnist: Hillary Lost, but the Future Is Hers

Women will follow Clinton’s lead right into the White House.


Nicolle Wallace’s Road From the White House to 30 Rock

How a former aide to George W. Bush and campaign strategist for John McCain’s 2008 presidential run has became a somewhat unlikely TV star at MSNBC.


Where China Built Its Bomb, Dark Memories Haunt the Ruins

The birthplace of China’s nuclear arsenal is now a patriotic showpiece, celebrating its scientists as heroes. But traumatic parts of its history go unmentioned.


Ngannou's rags-to-riches tale tops card at UFC 220

(Reuters) - Five years after being homeless on the streets of Paris, Francis Ngannou could be crowned UFC heavyweight champion at UFC 220 in Boston on Saturday, but he will have to bring all of his awesome power if he is to beat title holder Stipe Miocic.


Exclusive: Most U.S. states lost coal mining jobs in 2017 – data

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nearly two-thirds of U.S. coal producing states lost coal mining jobs in 2017, even as overall employment in the downtrodden sector grew modestly, according to preliminary government data obtained by Reuters.

This Is Cinerama (Movie)

Long Before Imax, the Curious Tale of Cinerama

The Museum of Modern Art is screening digital restorations of the format that paved the way for wide-screen films.


Growing pains for #MeToo as Ansari tale sparks backlash talk

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Less than four months after the #MeToo movement inspired a national conversation about sexual misconduct and led to the downfall of dozens of powerful American men, a backlash seems to be underway.

Edelman, Simon

He Leaked a Photo of Rick Perry Hugging a Coal Executive. Then He Lost His Job.

An Energy Department photographer says he was fired for exposing the coal industry’s influence with the Energy secretary.

Books and Literature

Nonfiction: Gifted and Talented and Complicated

In “Off the Charts,” Ann Hulbert examines the lives of child prodigies, who often fail to sustain their accomplishments into adulthood.

'The Handmaid's Tale' season 2 has premiere date

Get ready to return to Gilead.


Rishikesh Journal: Rebuilding on the Beatles, an Ashram in India Hopes for Revival

In Rishikesh, which hit the world’s eye when the Fab Four went there to study with the Maharishi in 1968, renovations and remembrances are underway.

California Today

California Today: California Today: In Montecito, Shock Over Lost Lives and Homes

Friday: Mudslide survivors tell their stories, Gavin Newsom calls on President Trump to resign, and tenants target limits on rent control.

Pop and Rock Music

How Camila Cabello Lost Some Friends and Found Her Voice

The “Havana” singer and former Fifth Harmony member opens up about her solo journey and “super awkward” split from the group.


Chelsea spurn chances in League Cup stalemate with Arsenal

LONDON (Reuters) - Chelsea failed to make their home advantage count as they missed a string of chances to draw 0-0 with Arsenal in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final on Wednesday.


Mexico City Journal: After Lives on the Streets, Mexican Women Find a Haven for Healing

Casa Xochiquetzal is a shelter in Mexico City for retired, or semiretired, prostitutes, a place where they can escape from the dangers and indignities of life on the streets.

Why you may struggle to keep off lost weight

Scientists following 16 "Biggest Loser" contestants say they know why many dieters can't keep off lost weight. Jake talks with the study's lead researcher.


In Deepest Cold, a Subway Car Becomes the Shelter of Last Resort

With temperatures in the single digits over the weekend, the E train turned into a rolling refuge for the homeless.


Trilobites: This Worm Evolved Self-Fertilization and Lost a Quarter of Its DNA

When a worm’s hermaphroditic females developed the ability to reproduce on their own, they may have shed a lot of genes related to male reproduction.


Female-driven 'Handmaid's Tale,' 'Big Little Lies' leads Globes TV wins

LOS ANGELES, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Dystopian saga "The Handmaid's Tale" and drama "Big Little Lies" won the top television honors at Sunday's Golden Globes awards, where stories about women led a ceremony dominated by the Time's Up movement to fight workplace sexual harassment.

Heroic tales of bravery from the winter storm

Ryan Saba and Ray Armstead went out into the winter storm to grab a bite to eat.

North American Free Trade Agreement

From Mexico to the U.S., a Nafta Tale of Two Truckers

Restricted from operating in the United States, most Mexican drivers must hand off their cargo. The Trump administration wants even tighter controls.


Newfound Pride in Guaraní, a Language Long Disdained in Paraguay

While the indigenous language is widely spoken across the country, its use is much more common in the streets than the halls of power. Now, officials are pushing to end its second-class status.

Books and Literature

Nonfiction: The Presidential Election That America Lost

Lawrence O’Donnell’s “Playing With Fire” retells the story of the 1968 presidential election and sees parallels with today.


20 Great Reads You Probably Missed in 2017

With news breaking at a relentless pace, you might have missed some terrific articles The New York Times published this year. Here’s a selection.


Trump breaks with Bannon, says former White House aide 'lost his mind'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump blasted former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon on Wednesday as having "lost his mind" in the fallout over damaging comments Bannon made about Trump's son Donald Trump Jr. in excerpts from a new book.

Trump unloads on Bannon: 'He lost his mind'

President Donald Trump excoriated his former chief strategist Steve Bannon in a statement Wednesday, claiming that Bannon "lost his mind" after being pushed out from the White House. CNN's Jeff Zeleny reports.


Trump breaks with Bannon, says former aide 'lost his mind'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday blasted former White House adviser Steve Bannon as having "lost his mind" in the fallout over damaging comments Bannon made about Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., in excerpts of a new book.

Bannon, Stephen K

Trump Says Bannon Has ‘Lost His Mind’ After Bannon Insults Donald Trump Jr.

“Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency,” President Trump said in a statement. “When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.”


Sidangkou Journal: China’s ‘Saxophone Capital,’ a Factory Town Transfixed by Kenny G

Once derided as a bourgeois excess, the saxophone is making a comeback in China. And one northern village is delighted to be playing its part.


Storm Eleanor Batters Europe

Carrying winds of 100 miles per hour, the storm brought hail and heavy rain, flooded streets and uprooted trees.


Leusden Journal: Afraid of Falling? For Older Adults, the Dutch Have a Cure

The Dutch, like people elsewhere, are living longer than in previous generations. Courses that teach fall prevention, and how to fall correctly, are gaining popularity.


A Cuban Island That Has Played Both Paradise and Prison

The Isle of Youth — which has been both a Communist Utopian getaway and home to a brutal prison that housed Castro for a time — is a world apart, even by Cuban standards.


Darts: No fairytale finish for Taylor as Cross wins world title

LONDON (Reuters) - The great Phil Taylor bowed out of professional darts after the 16-time champion lost 7-2 to debutant Rob Cross in the final of the PDC World Championship at Alexandra Palace on Monday.


The Wall of Love Outside a Jail

Families have turned the side of a warehouse facing a federal jail in Brooklyn into a message board for their imprisoned relatives.


The World Celebrates New Year’s Eve

As midnight struck from East to West, revelers welcomed 2018 with fireworks, festivities, food, drinks and dancing. (And hundreds of weddings.)


Kazakhstan Prizes Its Cowboys, but Few Want to Saddle Up for Harsh Life

Kazakh cowboys, while proud of providing their rapidly modernizing nation with a link to its nomadic past, rarely want their children to follow them onto the frigid steppes.

NYC mayor to CNN: We've lost 12 people and could lose more

New York Mayor Bill De Blasio discusses the fire at an apartment building that killed at least a dozen people.

Politics and Government

Italy’s President Dissolves Parliament and Officially Opens Election Season

The elections will be the next test of an important European nation that hopes to ward off potential outside meddling, internet propaganda and populist forces.


Cairo Journal: Bump, Tumble, Go Faster! In Egypt, Roller Derby Is Real Life

The women on the Cairollers, Egypt’s only roller derby club, say the sport’s bump and tumble help unleash their frustrations and offer a sense of empowerment.


At an Air Show in China, Drones, Not Jets, Are the Stars

China makes the world’s most popular drones. The country’s passion for unmanned flying machines runs deep — and starts at an early age.


Just Saying No: Luminaries Who Have Shunned Awards

As the French chef Jérôme Brochot returns his Michelin star, here is a look at others who have turned down celebrated honors and awards.


Review: ‘In the Fade’ Is a Tale of Grief and Violence in Modern Germany

In Fatih Akin’s new film, Diane Kruger plays a Hamburg woman who fights for justice and sanity after the murder of her husband and son.

Trump, Donald J

Op-Ed Columnist: America Is Not Yet Lost

So far, the nation hasn’t retreated into cynicism.


In Tangled Afghan War, a Thin Line of Defense Against ISIS

The Islamic State in eastern Afghanistan has survived intense pressure from American airstrikes and raids by United States and Afghan forces.


6 Tales of Parents Who Did What It Took to Snag Must-Have Toys at Christmas

We asked readers to tell us how far they (or a parent) had gone to get a popular toy. Tales of determination, ingenuity and luck poured in.


‘We Are Afraid of Christmas’: Tensions Dampen Holiday in India

Christmas is becoming big business in India, where it has a cosmopolitan appeal to people of many faiths. But far-right Hindu groups have put the holiday in their cross hairs.


‘I’m Struggling to Survive’: For Rohingya Women, Abuse Continues in Camps

Even after escaping Myanmar, survivors of rape and other trauma find themselves still vulnerable and commodified in the brokenness of refugee life.

Extraterrestrial Life

Op-Ed Columnist: Flying Saucers and Other Fairy Tales

Why ancient folklore might tell us more than federal research about alien encounters.


As Prince Accelerates Changes for Women, Saudis Adapt at Varied Pace

The dizzying changes put in place by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have the potential to radically change Saudi women’s lives, if the men in their lives don’t put on the brakes.


Watch These Brooklyn Skate Club Regulars Dance Their Wheels Off

There’s magic in the skates: On Wednesday nights, the Brooklyn Skate Club transforms a gymnasium in Bedford-Stuyvesant into a swirl of bodies.


Verona Journal: Pandoro Is Italy’s Christmas Miracle. Easter Is Another Story.

Workers at Melegatti, the maker of traditional Christmas cakes, have staved off layoffs by urging Italians to eat pandoro.

Books and Literature

In Search of Lost Time

The Book Review’s Egos columnist gives her top memoir picks of 2017.

Culture (Arts)

Their Words to Live By: Artists We Lost in 2017

Artists who died this year left behind gripping scenes, profound turns of phrase, unforgettable melodies and plenty of laughter. We pay tribute to a few of the most notable — through their own words.


17 Postcards From Our Correspondents Around the World in 2017

“Journals” are a longstanding New York Times feature that tries to take readers to new places. These were some of our favorites from the year.

Labor and Jobs

Op-Ed Columnist: The Workers Paradise

How Republicans can take care of their own.

Boats and Boating

Recovering What Was Lost in the U.S. Virgin Islands, One Boat at a Time

Back-to-back hurricanes destroyed hundreds of boats that were people’s livelihoods and even homes.


Pakistan Church Attacked by 2 Suicide Bombers

ISIS claimed responsibility for the assault in Quetta that left at least eight dead and 30 injured, raising concerns about the security of Christians in the country.


False paradise? EU is no haven of Net neutrality, say critics

LISBON/MILAN (Reuters) - America's decision to scrap rules designed to ensure a free and open internet leaves the European Union as the biggest market where Net neutrality still prevails -- but critics say the EU is not a level playing field.


Tony Manero Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, but Disco Does, for One Night Only

The anniversary of “Saturday Night Fever,” celebrated at the original disco where the movie was filmed, underscores how much Brooklyn has changed.

Omarosa denies tale of White House confrontation

Omarosa Manigault Newman, the White House aide whose resignation was announced on Wednesday, denied reports that she left the White House after a dramatic confrontation with White House chief of staff John Kelly.

Books and Literature

Books News: From Two Scholars, African-American Folk Tales for the Next Generation

In their new collection, Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Maria Tatar have reintroduced stories from the African diaspora.


It's a rum thing: Madeira's lost spirit gets a boost

FUNCHAL, Portugal (Reuters) - The Portuguese island of Madeira is best known for its eponymous fortified wine, but it was not always king of drinks alone -- there was rum, too.

Dad who lost gay daughter protests Moore rally

Alabama farmer Nathan Mathis speaks about his gay daughter's suicide and his opposition to Roy Moore's candidacy for Alabama's open senate seat.


Paris Journal: A Roma Circus Makes a Home, and Builds Bridges, in Paris

The Romanès family puts on a spontaneous performance of song, dance and acrobatics, while promoting a message of acceptance.


Mosul Journal: After Fall of ISIS, Iraq’s Second-Largest City Picks Up the Pieces

The battle to drive the Islamic State out of Mosul left much of the city in ruins. Now, residents are pulling together to rebuild.


Shohei Ohtani Will Take His Two-Way Talents to the Angels

And now the questions to go with his signing: Is it Otani or Ohtani? Is he really a pitcher and a hitter? Is there precedent for such a player?

Prayers and Prayer Books

Lost in Translation? Pope Ponders an Update to Lord’s Prayer

“Lead us not into temptation” is not quite right, Francis said. “Do not let us fall into temptation” might be more precise.

In less than a month, the onetime 'SNL' talent went from presidential prospect to brink of unemployment

Al Franken's fall from Democratic party grace, and a perch where he stood among its most popular figures, came abruptly, a confounding plunge -- and to many Democrats, a stinging betrayal -- following his long and meticulous ascent from "Saturday Night Live" comedian to national politics.


In the Arab World, the Rallying Cry of Jerusalem May Have Lost Its Force

The U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital deals a blow to an aspiration of the Arab world. But for many Arab leaders, the issue has been displaced by other priorities.


Fighting for Redemption

A former organized-crime enforcer in Bangkok, Chalermpol Sawadsuk embraced Muay Thai in prison and now fights legally for a living.


A Long-Dead Cambodian King Is Back — and He Looks Familiar

Some think Prime Minister Hun Sen considers himself the reincarnation of a 16th-century ruler. Recently built statues certainly suggest a resemblance.

Travel and Vacations

In Haiti, Tracing a Paradise Lost

The U.N. says the country is now stable, and tourism is growing. But the former vacation paradise still has a faded beauty.


Families of lost Argentina submarine crew decry government response

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Dozens of relatives of the 44 crew members of an Argentine submarine that went missing on November 15 marched from a naval base on Sunday, demanding to know what happened and criticizing the government's response to the tragedy.


In a Venezuela Ravaged by Inflation, ‘A Race for Survival’

Venezuelans of all classes have been hit hard by sharply rising costs, and the economic turmoil has turned the most basic tasks — like food shopping and commuting — into feats of endurance.


From the Arctic’s Melting Ice, an Unexpected Digital Hub

The receding ice has opened new passageways for high-speed internet cables. Point Hope, a gravel spit in northwest Alaska, is along one of the new routes.


Mexico’s Government Is Blocking Its Own Anti-Corruption Drive, Commissioners Say

Members of the nation’s new system against graft, inaugurated by the president after several scandals, say they are routinely thwarted by the government.


Sanofi ends development of Clostridium difficile vaccine

(Reuters) - Pharmaceutical company Sanofi SA said on Friday that it had ended development of an experimental vaccine for Clostridium difficile infection, after an early look at late-stage trial results indicated a low probability for success.


BRIEF-Ford U.S. Sales Totaled 210,771 Vehicles For Nov, a 6.7 Pct Gain Over 2016‍​


Documentary Films and Programs

Review: The Strange Tale of the ‘Voyeur’ and the Journalist

This squirmy documentary follows the celebrated journalist Gay Talese’s infamous investigation of a motel owner who spied on guests.


Turkish 'Microangelo' tells Istanbul's tale on miniature objects

ANKARA (Reuters) - Following his morning stroll around Istanbul's medieval Galata tower, Hasan Kale walks into a bulk food market to examine the goods that will make up his next canvas.


Copper miners, smelters at stalemate over processing charges

* Concentrate market will be in deficit next year - Standard Chartered


A Lonely Death

In postwar Japan, a single-minded focus on rapid economic growth helped erode family ties. Now, a generation of elderly Japanese are dying alone.


Works in Progress: Santa’s Workshop Is Real, and It’s in Brooklyn

When you need an over-the-top, talking, moving, blinking, singing Christmas display, call Lou Nasti, maestro of the holiday lawn ornament.

United States Politics and Government

Trump Wanted a Bigger Tax Cut for the Rich but Lost to Ivanka

President Trump hoped to devote proceeds from repealing a health care mandate to helping the rich. Then came opposition from Ivanka Trump and Republican senators.

She lost 115 pounds while Instagram watched

Watch how Morgan Bartley's weight loss journey inspired many on Instagram.

Their incredible story got lost in all the politics

When Peter McDonald, Fleming Begaye and Thomas Begay joined the elite fraternity of Navajo Code Talkers during World War II, they had no idea what they were getting into.


Activist White Tale to take demands to Clariant shareholders

ZURICH (Reuters) - Activist investor White Tale said it would take its demands directly to Clariant's shareholders after the Swiss specialty chemicals maker snubbed its request for an independent strategic review and three seats on its board of directors.


BRIEF-‍White Tale responds on Clariant statement​



Kremlin vows to defend Russian athletes after lost Sochi medals over doping

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will take steps to defend the interests of its athletes who were disqualified and stripped of their medals from the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics for doping, the Kremlin said on Monday.


Russia will defend athletes after Olympic medals lost over doping: Kremlin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday that Russia would take measures to defend the interests of the athletes who were disqualified and stripped of medals from the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics for doping.

Rohingya (Ethnic Group)

Op-Ed Columnist: Myanmar Is Not a Simple Morality Tale

The West made a saint of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. The Rohingya crisis revealed a politician.

United States Defense and Military Forces

Three Sailors Lost in Plane Crash Near Japan Are Identified

The United States Navy identified the men as Steven Combs, Matthew Chialastri and Bryan Grosso.


India’s Gay Rights Activists Seize Momentum After Landmark Ruling

A Supreme Court decision that citizens have a constitutional right to privacy is seen as a crucial advance in the fight against a law criminalizing sex between men.

Chauffeurs and Drivers

The Saga of Yoko Ono, Her Chauffeur and Lost Lennon Treasures

A trove of diaries and personal effects of the slain Beatle were stolen from Yoko Ono by her driver, the police said. The driver says otherwise.


UPDATE 2-Clariant snubs review demand as showdown with White Tale looms

ZURICH, Nov 24 (Reuters) - Clariant on Friday rejected its largest shareholder White Tale's demand for an independent strategic review and three board seats, setting up a showdown with the activist investor which blocked its $20 billion merger with Huntsman.


Clariant snubs review demand as showdown with White Tale looms

ZURICH (Reuters) - Clariant on Friday rejected its largest shareholder White Tale's demand for an independent strategic review and three board seats, setting up a showdown with the activist investor that last month blocked its $20 billion merger with Huntsman .


U.S. Navy halts search for three sailors lost in Philippine Sea air crash

TOKYO (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy said it has called off a search for three sailors missing since a transport plane crashed in the Philippines Sea south of Japan on Wednesday enroute to the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier.


91st Edition of a Parade, and Always New

Security was stepped up for the Thanksgiving Day parade, but the children and adults along the route paid more attention to Olaf and the Grinch.


RPT-INSIGHT-How 'princess' of Angola lost her oil crown

LUANDA/LONDON, Nov 23 (Reuters) - On Oct. 6, with the dust still settling on Angola's first change of power in 38 years, new President João Lourenço sat down with international oil majors at the presidential palace in Luanda.


How 'princess' of Angola lost her oil crown

LUANDA/LONDON (Reuters) - On Oct. 6, with the dust still settling on Angola's first change of power in 38 years, new President João Lourenço sat down with international oil majors at the presidential palace in Luanda.


INSIGHT-How 'princess' of Angola lost her oil crown

LUANDA/LONDON, Nov 23 (Reuters) - On Oct. 6, with the dust still settling on Angola's first change of power in 38 years, new President João Lourenço sat down with international oil majors at the presidential palace in Luanda.

Immigration and Emigration

Papua New Guinea’s Police Storm Refugee Camp in Effort to End Stalemate

The authorities on Manus Island confronted hundreds of asylum seekers, destroying their possessions and demanding they leave for alternate facilities.

Computers and the Internet

State of the Art: Twitter, It’s Time to End Your Anything-Goes Paradise

Twitter should scrap a founding principle — everyone gains equal footing and any behavior is tolerated — and create a new system that rewards positive contributions.


Family, legacy celebrated in animated Mexican tale 'Coco'

LOS ANGELES, Nov 21 (Reuters) - Who lives, who dies, who tells your story?

Man who lost nose, mouth describes vicious bear attack

The grizzly bear grabbed Lee Brooke from behind, pulled him off the ground and then rode on his back down a slope, crushing the left side of his body. It also bit off much of his face. As Brooke lay bleeding, unaware of the extent of his injuries, he could see his nose and mustache on the ground.

How Janet Jackson lost 70 pounds

Janet Jackson's dance moves aren't the only thing garnering applause from fans during her "State of the World" tour.


BRIEF-Talen Energy Supply ‍prices $225 mln offering of senior notes

* Talen Energy Supply, LLC prices $225 million offering of senior notes


Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip Mark 70 Years of Marriage

Britain’s longest-serving monarch and her husband celebrated with the release of new photographic portraits of the royal couple.


BRIEF-Talen Energy Supply commences tender offer for up to $100 mln of outstanding 4.625 pct notes due 2019

* Talen Energy Supply, Llc announces commencement of tender offer for up to a maximum aggregate principal amount of $100,000,000 of its outstanding 4.625 pct notes due 2019 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:


BRIEF-Talen Energy Supply reports $100 mln offering of senior notes

* Talen Energy Supply, Llc announces $100 million offering of senior notes Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

Diet and Nutrition

The New Health Care: How I Lost Weight and Learned to Love Thanksgiving Again

When we moralize about food, we remove joy from eating and forget the benefits of moderation.


With little movement, NAFTA talks said to run risk of stalemate

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Talks to update the North American Free Trade Agreement appeared to be in danger of grinding toward a stalemate amid complaints of U.S. negotiators' inflexibility, people familiar with the process said on Sunday.


Helping the poor is a 'Passport to Paradise,' Pope says

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis welcomed the poor, homeless and unemployed as guests of honor for a Mass and gourmet meal in the Vatican on Sunday, saying that helping the needy was one way of obtaining a "passport to paradise".


In Rio de Janeiro, ‘Complete Vulnerability’ as Violence Surges

After a respite that began before the Olympics, Brazil’s showcase city is reeling as ever more neighborhoods fall under the control of drug gangs.


Political Clashes in Kenya Leave Several Dead

The opposition politician Raila Odinga returned from abroad, and his supporters clashed with the police.

They lost their lives in the line of duty

Philadelphia police Officer Jonny Castro has painted digital portraits of dozens of police and other first responders who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Why conservatives lost faith in mainstream media

The conservative skepticism of the media runs deep.


BRIEF-Talend announces offering of 2,750,000 American depositary shares by selling shareholders

* Talend announces offering of 2,750,000 American depositary shares by selling shareholders Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:


North Korean Soccer Talent Tests Defenses and Sanctions

Some government officials in Italy wonder if a group of North Korean soccer players there are free from the control of their government.


Britain targets tech talent by doubling visa numbers

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is to double the number of visas available to exceptional workers in areas like digital technology and science to 2,000 to help retain an edge after Brexit.


BRIEF-Talen Energy Supply announces $400 mln offering of senior notes

* Talen Energy Supply Llc announces $400 million offering of senior notes


Russia, U.S. stalemate over Syria chemical weapons inquiry

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia said on Monday it was talking to the United States about the U.N. Security Council renewing an international inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria, but Washington countered that Moscow had refused to engage on a U.S.-drafted resolution.


Skipton Journal: Yes, This Is Britain’s Happiest Place. (It Looks Beautiful in the Rain.)

An area in Yorkshire topped a national survey, upsetting stereotypes that northern England is colder, poorer and less sophisticated than the south.


Malaysia's CIMB says backup tapes containing banking customer data lost

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia's CIMB Group Holdings Bhd on Monday said some magnetic tapes containing backup customer data were lost during routine operations, adding that there has been no evidence so far that any data has been compromised.

Tax Shelters

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Paradise Papers Show How Misguided the G.O.P. Is on Taxes

We don’t need to make it easier for companies to bilk us.


Chinese Village Keeps Alive a Tradition of Indigo Dyeing

In Dali, where nearly every family grows its own rice and indigo, “having a loom is just as important as having a cow.”

Books and Literature

Get Lost in a Giant Bamboo Labyrinth

The Labirinto della Masone, in Parma, Italy, is a dream come true of the Italian publisher Franco Maria Ricci, who set out to build the largest labyrinth in the world.

Hurricane Harvey (2017)

Lessons From Hurricane Harvey: Houston’s Struggle Is America’s Tale

The Texas city’s response to a powerful storm says much about polarized visions of the country and diverging attitudes toward cities, race, liberty and science.

He lost his son in Iraq and drew Trump's ire. Here's his Veterans Day message.

At Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, the pews are packed with people who mostly do not share a history with the man they've come to hear. They rise when he enters the sanctuary at five minutes past 7 in the evening, and before he utters a single word, they give him a standing ovation.

This message gets lost in #MeToo movement

Tarana Burke, the founder of "Me Too", talks about why she started the movement and her regrets.


In Brexit-Era London, a Mosque Sits Between Two Types of Hate

Terrorism and shifting politics have left mainstream Muslims feeling wary in one of the Western cities that has been most open to them.

United States Politics and Government

With Obamacare Fight Lost, Conservatives Turn to Veterans’ Care

A conservative veterans group, founded and funded by the Koch brothers, is fighting to allow private health care to compete with Veterans Affairs hospitals.


BRIEF-Talend SA reports qtrly ‍net loss per share of $0.18

* Q3 earnings per share view $-0.19 -- Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S


UPDATE 1-FBI may have lost critical time unlocking Texas shooter's iPhone

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON, Nov 8 (Reuters) - For about 48 hours after a deadly rampage at a Texas church, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies did not ask Apple Inc to help them unlock the gunman's iPhone or associated online accounts, a person familiar with the situation told Reuters on Wednesday.


FBI may have lost critical time unlocking Texas shooter's iPhone

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - For about 48 hours after a deadly rampage at a Texas church, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies did not ask Apple Inc to help them unlock the gunman's iPhone or associated online accounts, a source told Reuters on Wednesday.

Gay Talese: Kevin Spacey accuser should 'suck it up'

Veteran journalist Gay Talese is being slammed for sympathetic comments he reportedly made about actor Kevin Spacey.


The Paradise Papers: Endowments Boom as Colleges Bury Earnings Overseas

American universities are using offshore strategies to swell their coffers, skirt taxes and obscure investments that could spark campus protests.

Books and Literature

Children’s Books: A Mark Twain Tale, Brought Back From the Dead

“The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine,” completed and illustrated by Erin and Philip Stead, unites old-fashioned storytelling virtues with a playful modern sensibility.


LVMH boss Arnault says assets referred to in "Paradise Papers" known to tax bodies

PARIS (Reuters) - Bernard Arnault, France's richest billionaire and the head of luxury goods group LVMH , said on Wednesday that assets referred to by Le Monde newspaper, in the "Paradise Papers" leaks tracking tax affairs, were known to tax authorities.

Europe Edition: Paradise Papers, Tariq Ramadan, Twitter: Your Wednesday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.


UPDATE 1-Dutch tax breaks under fire after "Paradise Papers" leaks

AMSTERDAM, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Dutch tax breaks to large international companies came under renewed fire on Tuesday after newly leaked documents revealed errors in the drafting of a tax ruling for U.S. consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble.

Tax Shelters

The Paradise Papers: How Business Titans, Pop Stars and Royals Hide Their Wealth

Records from an offshore hideaway show how an American billionaire grew one of the world’s largest trusts and another owned part of a company accused of exploiting the poor.

Tax Shelters

Op-Ed Contributor: The Paradise Papers Hacking and the Consequences of Privacy

In the world of offshore finance, confidentiality long ago became a corrosive secrecy.


EU to discuss tax havens blacklist after 'Paradise Papers' leaks

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union states will on Tuesday bring forward a discussion on plans for a tax havens' blacklists after newly leaked documents revealed investments by wealthy individuals and institutions around the globe, officials said.

Greek Civilization

A Grecian Artifact Evokes Tales From the ‘Iliad’ and ‘Odyssey’

An engraved stone with a finely detailed battle scene was found in the grave of a warrior buried about 1450 B.C.

Tax Shelters

The Paradise Papers: After a Tax Crackdown, Apple Found a New Shelter for Its Profits

The tech giant has found a tax haven in the island of Jersey, leaving billions of dollars untouched by the United States, leaked documents reveal.

Airlines and Airplanes

The Paradise Papers: From Utah, Secretive Help for a Russian Oligarch and His Jet

Records leaked from an offshore law firm show how the wealthy elite sidestep prohibitions on foreigners registering private planes in the United States.

A mother's anguish: We lost more than our daughter

First Baptist Church Pastor Frank Pomeroy and his wife, Sherri, speak about the horrific church shooting that left 26 dead, including their 14-year-old daughter, Annabelle.


India orders investigation after Paradise Papers leak

NEW DELHI, Nov 6 (Reuters) - India on Monday formed a panel of government officials to investigate cases that figure in the so-called Paradise Papers, a trove of leaked documents about offshore investments of wealthy individuals and institutions.

Texas Shooting, Paradise Papers, Shalane Flanagan: Your Monday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

Asia and Australia Edition: Japan, North Korea, Paradise Papers: Your Monday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

The Paradise Papers: Kremlin Cash Behind Billionaire’s Twitter and Facebook Investments

Leaked files show that a state-controlled bank in Moscow helped to fuel Yuri Milner’s ascent in Silicon Valley, where the Russia investigation has put tech companies under scrutiny.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

The Paradise Papers: Commerce Secretary’s Offshore Ties to Putin ‘Cronies’

Wilbur Ross, the commerce secretary, retained investments in a shipping firm with business ties to Russian President Vladimir V. Putin’s inner circle.

Tax Shelters

The Paradise Papers: Millions of Leaked Files Shine Light on Where the Elite Hide Their Money

The leak, called the Paradise Papers, centers on an offshore law firm that has helped obscure the wealth of multinational companies and the superrich.


Buenos Aires Journal: The Wedding Is Fake, but the Party is Real

In Argentina, couples are delaying marriage, turning to civil unions or divorcing. So why wait for a ceremony to have a celebration?


Sporting: The Dodgers Lost, but Los Angeles Is Winning

Tinseltown has become a great American sports town.


Astros, Dodgers have talent to meet again in 2018 World Series

(Reuters) - The Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers delivered a World Series for the ages and could be seeing a lot more of each other as both clubs boast young, talented rosters that should make them contenders for years to come.


Review: ‘Shadowlands,’ a Tale of C.S. Lewis’s Romance, Tackles a Different Tragedy

William Nicholson’s biodrama, is directed by Christa Scott-Reed for the Fellowship for Performing Arts.


Wild World Series showcases next generation of MLB talent

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Major League Baseball will be the winner regardless of who triumphs in the World Series on Wednesday, as the wild series has given the league the chance to show off its young core of stars to the next generation of fans.

World Series magic spotlights football's lost luster

Great Britain Withdrawal from EU (Brexit)

What’s the Economic Cost of Brexit? Pineapples Tell a Tale

As Britain pursues an exit from the European Union, higher costs on imported goods and uncertainty about trade have conspired to weaken its economy.


UPDATE 3-Activist White Tale turns up pressure on Clariant

* Clariant says open for talks, has duty to all shareholders (Adds comment from Clariant)


Activist White Tale demands Clariant board seats, review

ZURICH (Reuters) - White Tale Holdings, the activist investor that thwarted a $20 billion merger between Clariant and U.S. rival Huntsman, on Monday demanded three seats on the Swiss chemical maker's board and an independent strategic review of the business.


UPDATE 2-Activist White Tale demands Clariant board seats, review

* Shares down nearly 2 pct in early trading (Adds Clariant response, analyst, share price)


BRIEF-Clariant - open to White Tale suggestions, will work for all shareholders

* Clariant says several talks took place with white tale since last friday


Activist White Tale wants three seats on Clariant board

ZURICH (Reuters) - Activist investor White Tale on Monday demanded three seats on Clariant's board and an independent strategic review of the Swiss speciality chemicals group after thwarting its plans to merge with U.S. peer Huntsman in a $20 billion deal.


UPDATE 1-Activist White Tale wants three seats on Clariant board

ZURICH, Oct 30 (Reuters) - Activist investor White Tale on Monday demanded three seats on Clariant's board and an independent strategic review of the Swiss speciality chemicals group after thwarting its plans to merge with U.S. peer Huntsman in a $20 billion deal.


Mexico’s Day of the Dead Parade Pays Tribute to Quake Victims

The annual parade also celebrated the rescuers who helped pull people from the rubble of collapsed buildings after two earthquakes in two weeks in September.


Catalonia’s Independence Showdown With Spain, in Photographs

As lawmakers in Madrid and Barcelona passed dueling measures, Spain careened into its greatest constitutional crisis since embracing democracy in 1978.

Traffic Accidents and Safety

‘Everyone Lost Something’

Three years after a horrific bus crash, victims are still dealing with grave injuries, emotional scars — and an underinsured bus company.

Two women and their dogs lost at sea for months

Two women who had been adrift in the Pacific Ocean for nearly five months after the engine on their sailboat stopped working have been rescued by the US Navy.


Russian helicopter lost in Arctic still missing on second day

OSLO (Reuters) - Norwegian rescuers were searching for a second day on Friday for a Russian helicopter that went missing at sea with eight people on board off the coast of the Arctic Svalbard archipelago.


Chengdu Journal: With Dreadlocks, Rhythm and Flow, China Embraces Hip-Hop

A city better known for pandas has become an unlikely outpost of a genre rooted in African-American culture.


UPDATE 1-White Tale takes Clariant stake above 20 pct- source

ZURICH, Oct 26 (Reuters) - Activist investors seeking to block Clariant's $20 billion merger deal with Huntsman Corp have increased their stake in the Swiss specialty chemical maker to above 20 percent, triggering a disclosure filing, a source close to the matter said.


Bamian Journal: A Tale of Two Hotels, a Buddha Behind Each

A $5 million property with executive suites and a two-room mud hut with wasps and 80-cent beans speak of the Bamian Valley’s fluctuating fortunes.


U.S. has lost trust in South Sudan, Trump envoy tells president

JUBA (Reuters) - The United States has lost trust in South Sudan's government for fueling the country's civil war and must bring peace or risk losing support from Washington, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the nation's President Salva Kiir.


End of Apartheid in South Africa? Not in Economic Terms

Political liberation has yet to translate into material gains for blacks. As one woman said, “I’ve gone from a shack to a shack.”

Arts and Antiquities Looting

Monteroduni Journal: Hundreds of Italy’s Churches Were Robbed of Artworks. This One Was Recovered.

The country’s 60,000 churches are a treasure trove of masterpieces and artifacts. Protecting them from theft while keeping them open to the public is no easy task.

Artificial Intelligence

Tech Giants Are Paying Huge Salaries for Scarce A.I. Talent

Nearly all big tech companies have an artificial intelligence project, and they are willing to pay experts millions of dollars to help get it done.


BRIEF-PM Abe says govt will work with business sector to restore lost trust in Japan manufacturing

* Japan PM Abe: government will work with business sector to restore lost trust in japan manufacturing, when asked about Kobe Steel data falsification Further coverage: (Reporting By Leika Kihara)

Is this lost city a glimpse into the future?

It was the envy of the world, teeming with life, energy and grand human plans.

'Only the Brave' harrowing true tale of firefighters

The wildfires that have raged across the western U.S. add a sobering element to "Only the Brave," a square-jawed true story about the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a local firefighting crew. Filled with male bonding and macho bravado, it's a polished, old-fashioned account of heroism, one whose familiar beats and episodic nature somewhat blunt its dramatic spark.


Review: ‘Only the Brave’ Is an Inspiring Tale of Firefighter Sacrifice

This action drama from Joseph Kosinski — about the Granite Mountain Hotshots of Prescott, Ariz. — offers some real feeling under a schematic surface.


Blood and Beauty on a Texas Exotic-Game Ranch

In the hill country outside San Antonio, a safari-style world of rare and endangered species symbolizes the popularity and controversy of exotic game hunting.

Stocks and Bonds

Op-Ed Contributor: The Sad Tale of the MyRA

The failure of the Obama-era savings program shows what both parties get wrong about inequality.

He lost his home to the wildfire and poured his pain into a web comic

Brian Fies sat down with some Sharpies and some paper to process his pain the way he knows best.


BRIEF-Russel Metals says an employee lost his life due to accident at one of its facilities

* Fatal accident at Russel Metals Willams Bahcall Milwaukee facility


‘Come Out and Surrender’: Inside Raqqa, With the Fighters Who Drove Off ISIS

A New York Times photographer accompanied Kurdish fighters as they entered Raqqa, the Syrian city that had been a stronghold of the Islamic State.


Trilobites: A Mushroom Out of a Fairy Tale That You Might Find in the Forest

Recently mushroom hunters have been sharing photos of the fly agaric, which has a reputation for strange and dangerous effects when ingested by other living things.

US-backed forces say ISIS has lost its grip on Raqqa

US-backed forces fighting ISIS in Raqqa say "major military operations" in the city have ended and that the jihadists have lost their grip on their self-declared capital.


‘Allah’ Is Found on Viking Funeral Clothes

The discovery of the Arabic characters in boat graves has raised questions about the influence of Islam in Scandinavia.

Zelle, Margaretha (Mata Hari) (1876-1917)

Femme Fatale, Fallen Woman, Spy: Looking for the Real Mata Hari

On the 100th anniversary of Mata Hari’s death by firing squad, her life is being reassessed and commemorated in her home country of the Netherlands.

Agriculture and Farming

How a Seed Bank, Almost Lost in Syria’s War, Could Help Feed a Warming Planet

A plant conservationist from Syria and his colleagues are safeguarding seeds that might be crucial when more parts of the world become as hot and arid as the Middle East.

Olympic Games

On Olympics: A Seat Near Hitler and Other Olympic Tales from the Baron, 105

“Where is your recorder?” Baron Eduard von Falz-Fein asked. “Be sure it is on.” Because he had a lot to tell about the Olympic movement.

Craig Robinson reveals how he lost 50 lbs

Craig Robinson is not the man he once was.

Friedman, Michael

‘Brilliant,’ 41 and Lost to AIDS: The Theater World Asks Why

The death of Michael Friedman, a much-admired composer and lyricist, has left friends and fellow artists asking if they could have done more to help him amid signs of trouble.