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ISIS brides flee as noose tightens on terror group

They tell stories that their lives depend upon. All insist they were shocked and appalled when they learned what ISIS was really like. They are the former brides of ISIS fighters -- once lured into living in the so-called caliphate -- now stuck between the militants' crumbling stronghold and home countries that most likely don't want them back. [Source]

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Red Cross urges West, Saudi-led coalition to resolve Yemen crisis

GENEVA (Reuters) - Western and regional powers must use their influence on Yemen's warring parties to end a two-year conflict that has exacerbated a huge cholera epidemic and left the country in ruins, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Wednesday.


DuPont beats on strong demand in agriculture business

(Reuters) - Chemicals and seeds company DuPont , which is merging with Dow Chemical , beat analysts' estimates for both profit and revenue on Tuesday, helped by higher sales in its agriculture business.


Citigroup hosts investors for first time since the financial crisis

NEW YORK (Reuters) - For the first time since receiving three government bailouts during the 2007-2009 financial crisis, Citigroup Inc on Tuesday is holding a day-long conference for investors, marking another step in the recovery of what was once the biggest U.S. bank.


RPT-Citigroup hosts investors for first time since the financial crisis

NEW YORK, July 25 (Reuters) - For the first time since receiving three government bailouts during the 2007-2009 financial crisis, Citigroup Inc on Tuesday is holding a day-long conference for investors, marking another step in the recovery of what was once the biggest U.S. bank.


Turkey's Erdogan ends Gulf tour with no progress reported on Qatar crisis

DOHA (Reuters) - Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan left Qatar on Monday after two days in the Gulf trying to mediate in the worst row among Arab states for years but there was no sign he had made any progress.


Venezuela crisis enters pivotal week, Maduro foes protest

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's opposition planned to plaster election centers with banners and rally in honor of dead protesters on Monday in a final week-long push to force President Nicolas Maduro into aborting a controversial congress.

Official: Kushner leading White House outreach on Jerusalem crisis

The White House is reaching out to international leaders to quell the crisis in Jerusalem, a senior administration official confirmed to CNN on Sunday.

United States Politics and Government

Fact Check: How Trump Got It Wrong in Saying The Times ‘Foiled’ ISIS Leader’s Capture

An Army general said a leak had cost a chance to capture the head of the Islamic State. But a Pentagon announcement weeks earlier would have tipped the militant off.

Rand Paul insists on 'clean repeal vote'

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) says he will vote to proceed to a debate on the GOP Senate health care bill if there is a clean repeal of Obamacare.


Erdogan kicks off Gulf crisis diplomacy with Saudi visit

DUBAI (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Saudi Arabia and met King Salman on Sunday, Saudi state news agency SPA reported, his first stop on a Gulf diplomatic tour aimed at healing an Arab rift with Ankara's ally Qatar.


Germany must act now to stop re-run of refugee crisis, Merkel rival says

AACHEN, Germany (Reuters) - Germany needs to take action now to prevent a re-run of 2015, when some 890,000 migrants arrived in the country, Chancellor Angela Merkel's Social Democrat challenger for a September election told Reuters on Sunday.


MIDEAST STOCKS-Amlak boosts Dubai, Qatar pulls back from near pre-crisis level

DUBAI, July 23 (Reuters) - Islamic finance firm Amlak helped to boost Dubai's stock market on Sunday while Qatar pulled back after events at the weekend failed to point to progress in resolving the diplomatic crisis between Doha and neighbouring states.


Marawi standoff enters third month, underlining crisis in Philippines

MANILA (Reuters) - Two months after Islamist militants launched an assault on one of the biggest southern cities in the Philippines, the fighting is dragging on, and President Rodrigo Duterte says he is prepared to wait for a year for it to end.

US soldier charged with trying to help ISIS

A soldier in the US Army has been indicted by a grand jury for allegedly attempting to provide material support to ISIS, the Justice Department announced Saturday.

Boy rescued from ISIS: Canada please help me

A 12-year old Yazidi boy rescued by the Iraqi army having been captured by ISIS in 2014 wants to be reunited with his family in Canada.


Iraq’s Hardball Tactics to Root Out ISIS

Some of the methods Iraqi authorities are using to weed out ISIS supporters among Sunni civilians in newly liberated Mosul have heightened concerns over human rights abuses.

Laughing at ISIS to defeat them

Deep in the outskirts of Mumbai, India, tucked away in a small conference room among dozens of buildings known as Bollywood's "Film City," the US government is implementing a unique, and until now, unknown counterterrorism program aimed at diminishing the online influence of terror groups like ISIS - by making fun of them.

Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)

ISIS’ Core Helps Fund Militants in Philippines, Report Says

The Islamic State’s central command in Syria has sent tens of thousands of dollars to groups that seized a southern Philippine city, a research group said.


Flint water crisis whistle-blowers win MIT Media Lab's 'Disobedience Award'

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Reuters) - The pediatrician and professor who first drew national attention to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, that exposed residents to dangerously high levels of lead are set to receive the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab's first "Disobedience Award" on Friday.


Winning toilet paper gowns offered to brides-in-need

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A toilet paper wedding dress with 1,500 hand-cut butterflies made by a mother of two in her spare time won the $10,000 first prize in a quirky New York fashion competition on...


Qatar crisis strains Saudi-led Arab alliance in Yemen war

DUBAI (Reuters) - A crisis between Qatar and four Arab countries is straining a Saudi-led coalition backing Yemen's government in a two-year war against Iranian-aligned Houthis and slowing the alliance's military advances.


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Somalis in Minneapolis Shocked and Saddened by Police Shooting

Somalis in his precinct welcomed Officer Mohamed Noor last year, but they’re now grappling with his having fatally shot an Australian woman who had called 911.


Audi under fire in China for ad comparing used cars with brides

BEIJING (Reuters) - German luxury carmaker Audi AG has come under fire from consumers in China for an advert that compared buying a second-hand car to checking out a bride-to-be.

Damond, Justine (d 2017)

Australians Shocked by U.S. Killing: ‘It Would Have Never Happened Here’

The killing of Justine Damond by a police officer in Minneapolis, her home after leaving Sydney, is all the more stunning to her friends because of the life she led.


Dengue kills 21 in Indian tourist hotspot, crisis looms

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, India (Reuters) - A dengue outbreak has killed at least 21 people in India's southern state of Kerala in the past three weeks, a government official said, adding that there was a shortage of medicines and health workers to tackle the crisis in the tourist hotspot.


Egypt ends visa-free entry for Qataris, insists Doha meets demands

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt will end visa-free entry for Qatari nationals with some exceptions, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said on Monday, the latest measure taken against Doha which Cairo and three Gulf governments are boycotting.


Qatar says media report reveals UAE role in hack that sparked crisis

LONDON/DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar said on Monday that a U.S. media report had shown that the United Arab Emirates was involved in an alleged hack of Qatar's state news agency in late May that helped spark a diplomatic crisis in the Gulf.

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The Cost of a Hot Economy in California: A Severe Housing Crisis

An explosion in costs has emerged as a central problem for the state, and state and local governments are pondering a series of measures to correct course.

ISIS brides flee as noose tightens on terror group

They tell stories that their lives depend upon. All insist they were shocked and appalled when they learned what ISIS was really like. They are the former brides of ISIS fighters -- once lured into living in the so-called caliphate -- now stuck between the militants' crumbling stronghold and home countries that most likely don't want them back.


Myanmar insists no North Korea links as U.S. envoy visits

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar has no military ties with North Korea, a Myanmar official said on Monday, as a U.S. diplomat responsible for North Korea arrived for talks in which he is likely to seek assurances on efforts to isolate it.

ISIS wife: It was like Tinder

CNN's Nick Paton Walsh speaks with the wives of ISIS in Syria. The women have been rounded up and are being held as ISIS sympathizers, but have not been charged with crimes.

Sayed, Abu (d 2017)

ISIS Leader in Afghanistan Is Killed by Drone, Pentagon Says

The death comes as the Trump administration is close to completing a review to help determine its broader strategy in Afghanistan.

Brides panic as bridal chain shuts stores across country

Wedding planning is tough. For hundreds of women, it just got a lot tougher.

US kills leader of ISIS in Afghanistan

The Pentagon said Friday that US forces have killed Abu Sayed, the leader of ISIS-Khorasan, the terror group's Afghanistan affiliate.

Photos show arrested soldier kissing ISIS flag

A US Army soldier accused of supporting ISIS kissed and posed next to the terror group's flag, photos released by the US attorney's office in Honolulu show.


Brazil lawmaker Maia emerges to shield reforms from crisis

BRASILIA (Reuters) - The scion of a storied political clan is edging closer to being Brazil's third president in just over a year, a change that would be blessed by business elites who view House Speaker Rodrigo Maia as the easiest solution to a political crisis.


Cuts to Medicaid could worsen U.S. opioid crisis, governors warn

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Reuters) - Proposals by U.S. Senate Republicans to phase out the expansion of the Medicaid health insurance program for low-income Americans could hurt state efforts to fight the country's opioid drug addiction crisis, governors warned on Thursday.


Tillerson leaves Gulf after crisis talks, no word on progress

DOHA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson left Qatar on Thursday after a tour of Gulf Arab countries aimed at easing the worst regional dispute in years, but made no comment on whether any progress had been made in resolving the month-long crisis.


Annual Northern Ireland parades begin peacefully amid political crisis

BELFAST (Reuters) - Annual parades in Northern Ireland that frequently trigger sectarian violence began peacefully on Wednesday with little sign the British province's political crisis is increasing tensions in volatile areas.


France's Le Drian to visit Gulf states, seeks to help end Qatar crisis

PARIS (Reuters) - French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will visit Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on July 15-16 as part of efforts to ease tension between those countries regarding Qatar, his office said in a statement.


Among Trump associates, concern and frustration over Donald Jr. crisis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fresh off one foreign trip and preparing for another, Donald Trump was enjoying a period of relative calm - until the White House was rocked by a fresh controversy over contacts between the president's campaign and Russia.

ISIS on verge of defeat in Raqqa, but damage is done

The closer you get to the last bedrock of ISIS, the more obvious their impact and the more frequent the sights and stories of loss and deprivation.


Aurélie Dupont Learns to Breathe, and Be Free, Again

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Warning of economic crisis, top UK Liberal Democrat predicts anti-Brexit backlash

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is heading toward a new economic crisis which could raise popular support for anti-Brexit parties, the former business minister and likely next leader of the pro-EU Liberal Democrats said on Tuesday.

Opinion: Is the fall of Mosul the fall of ISIS?

The tidal wave of tens of thousands of "foreign fighters" that once flocked from around the Muslim world and beyond to ISIS' black banners has slowed to a trickle. Estimates cited by The Washington Post suggest that the flow of foreign recruits to ISIS had dropped from a high of 2,000 a month to 50 a month by last fall.

The secret documents that help explain the Qatar crisis

Qatar made a series of secret agreements with its Gulf neighbors in 2013 and 2014 barring support for opposition and hostile groups in those nations, as well as in Egypt and Yemen, according to copies of the agreements obtained exclusively by CNN.

Qatar crisis: Can Rex Tillerson fix this mess?

Can Rex Tillerson resolve the tough diplomatic problems facing the world and become a consequential US secretary of state? We may be about to find out.

This is what happens after ISIS destroys a city

Iraq's leader says national forces backed by a US-led coalition have retaken the city of Mosul after more than three years of ISIS rule. Now Iraqis are facing the daunting task of what to do with their historic city, much of it reduced to rubble and still at threat of ISIS attacks.


China's LeEco crisis to cost listed unit $2.5 billion in market value, funds estimate

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Struggling Chinese conglomerate LeEco could see the market value of its listed unit fall around $2.5 billion should its shares resume trading, showed estimates from three mutual fund investors, as the unit extended a trading suspension.


West Bank gets Israeli power boost as Gaza endures energy crisis

JENIN, West Bank (Reuters) - State-owned Israel Electric Corp [ISECO.UL] and the Palestinian Authority signed an agreement on Monday to boost Israeli electrical supply to the occupied West Bank, even as Gaza endures daily blackouts in a Palestinian political dispute.


Tillerson to visit Gulf for talks on Qatar crisis

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will start a four-day visit to Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia on Monday for talks with Gulf Arab leaders, the State Department announced.

Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)

Iraqi Prime Minister Arrives in Mosul to Declare Victory Over ISIS

The battle came at great cost, with about a thousand deaths among the Iraqi forces and many hundreds of civilians killed. Now, officials must confront a humanitarian crisis.


ISIS, Battered but Still Potent, Returns to Its Insurgent Roots

The Islamic State’s state-building project is crumbling, but it still has an international reach and an ideology that motivates attackers around the world.

CNN Exclusive: Inside ISIS-held Raqqa

CNN has gained rare access inside the Old City of Raqqa, as rebels and international forces tighten their grip on the final bastion of ISIS' de facto capital.


US taps ex-envoy to NATO Volker to resolve Ukraine crisis: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has appointed Kurt Volker, the former U.S. Ambassador to NATO, to serve as a special representative to Ukraine, according to a media pool report citing State Department official R.C. Hammond.

The opioid crisis is draining US of jobs

Ohio man pleads guilty to trying to join ISIS

An Ohio man pleaded guilty Thursday to trying to join ISIS, the US Department of Justice said.

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Review: In ‘City of Ghosts,’ Fighting ISIS With Journalism

In this documentary, Matthew Heineman (“Cartel Land”) focuses on the gutsy Syrian citizen-journalist group called Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently.

Pain-Relieving Drugs

Opioid Prescriptions Fell Over 5 Years, but No Easy End to Addiction Crisis

The prescribing rate in 2015 was lower than 2010, but still three times as high as it was in 1999. Tremendous regional variation around the country remains.


Bombs May Not Defeat ISIS (but Maybe the Internet Will)

A Syrian man risks his life to expose ISIS atrocities. He’s now asking Silicon Valley to do more to help.

Ex-CIA chief: US faces nuclear crisis

Former CIA Director James Woolsey comments on President Trump's relationship with China, saying that Twitter diplomacy would be a "disaster" in the face of threats like North Korea.

Coalition forces close in on ISIS strongholds

CNN's Nick Paton Walsh reports coalition forces are closing in on ISIS strongholds of Raqqa, Syria and Mosul, Iraq.


Exclusive: Energy giants court Qatar for gas expansion role despite crisis

LONDON (Reuters) - The West's three biggest energy corporations are lobbying Qatar to take part in a huge expansion of its gas production, handing Doha an unintended but timely boost in its bitter dispute with Gulf Arab neighbors.

Trump has dragged America into a permanent state of crisis

Shortly before his first Fourth of July in office, Ronald Reagan honored the NAACP by addressing its convention. Eight years later, President George H.W. Bush declared, ''The law cannot tolerate any discrimination, and my administration will not tolerate abuse of that principle.'' In 2001, his son used his first July Fourth in office to advocate "brotherly love" in Philadelphia. Bush's successor, Barack Obama, made news when he warned that Russia's Vladimir Putin still had "one foot" in the Cold War.

Defense and Military Forces

For Iran, Qatar Crisis Is a Welcome Distraction

Tehran’s clerics were nervous after President Trump’s Saudi visit, when the entire Persian Gulf seemed lined up against them. Then came the Arab rift.

Politics and Government

Dispute Over Singapore Founder’s House Becomes a National Crisis

Lee Kuan Yew, who died in 2015, stipulated that his home should eventually be destroyed. Two of his children have accused the third, the prime minister, of defying those wishes for political gain.


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Former jihadist warns ISIS' fight in Philippines could spill into a wider war

A decade after his release from prison, a former henchman of ISIS' leader in Asia predicts the battle unfolding in the southern Philippines city of Marawi won't stop there.

Qataris rally behind Emir amid Gulf crisis

As Qatar faces the deadline of an ultimatum by its neighbors to comply with their list of sweeping demands, there is an atmosphere of defiance and patriotism in the capital Doha.

Raqqa (Syria)

U.S.-Backed Forces Close to Trapping ISIS Holdouts in Raqqa

The battle for the capital of the Islamic State’s self-proclaimed caliphate provides the American-led coalition, and the Trump administration, with an opportunity to deliver a blow to ISIS.


Qatar stock index sinks 3.1 pct before deadline in diplomatic crisis

DUBAI, July 2 (Reuters) - Qatar's stock market fell sharply on Sunday as a deadline for Doha to accept a series of political demands by four Arab states was expected to expire later in the day with no sign of a resolution.

Iraqi forces try to clear alley, then ISIS bomber strikes

Brutal fighting between the Iraqi Army and ISIS continues. ISIS is being forced to give way, but the price is high. CNN's Nick Paton Walsh has the story.


UPDATE 1-Brazil unions protest Temer's reforms amid political crisis

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 30 (Reuters) - Labor unions staged a nationwide strike on Friday to protest against legislative changes to Brazil's labor and pension laws that are central to the economic reform agenda of embattled center-right President Michel Temer.

Fighters surround ISIS-controlled Raqqa, commander says

In a major push to defeat ISIS, US-backed fighters have surrounded the Syrian city of Raqqa as they try to oust the militants from their de facto capital.


Several UK banks stop selling Qatar riyals as diplomatic crisis mounts

* Barclays halts trade for retail customers, continues corporate


GLOBAL MARKETS-Brightening economy sets euro up for strongest quarter since debt crisis

LONDON, June 30 (Reuters) - The euro came off yearly highs on Friday but was still set for its strongest quarter in six years as investors pile into the currency on a brightening euro zone economy and its implications for monetary policy in the bloc.

Iran scolds Trump: ISIS would own Baghdad without our help

The speaker of Iran's Parliament has expressed disbelief at the Trump administration's travel ban for citizens from six countries, including Iran, saying his country has led the fight against terrorism in the Middle East.

ISIS is losing Mosul and most of its income

What helicopter attack tells us about the Venezuela crisis

Downtown Caracas was the scene of an alleged audacious attempt to destabilize the faltering government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro this week.

United States Politics and Government

ISIS Reverts to Insurgent Roots to Pose Long-Term Threat, Study Says

Islamic State militants have carried out nearly 1,500 attacks in cities in Iraq and Syria that were liberated from its control, according to a new study.


Dow and DuPont reaffirm to close merger in August 2017

June 28 (Reuters) - Dow Chemical Co and DuPont on Wednesday reaffirmed their expectation to close their merger in August.


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Diehard ISIS fighters await final standoff

What stands out most when you enter the Old City of Mosul is the smell.

'Handmaids' descend upon Hill to protest health care bill

A group of about 30 women dressed in "Handmaid's Tale"-inspired attire -- red cloaks and white bonnets -- walked the US Capitol grounds Tuesday to protest the proposed GOP health care bill


Brazil's Temer calls graft charge a 'fiction' as crisis deepens

BRASILIA (Reuters) - President Michel Temer called a corruption charge filed against him by Brazil's top prosecutor a "fiction" on Tuesday, as the nation's political crisis deepened under the second president faced with possible removal from office in just over a year.


UPDATE 1-Brazil's Temer calls graft charge a 'fiction' as crisis deepens

BRASILIA, June 27 (Reuters) - President Michel Temer called a corruption charge filed against him by Brazil's top prosecutor a "fiction" on Tuesday, as the nation's political crisis deepened under the second president faced with possible removal from office in just over a year.


Canada allows Dow, Dupont merger after firms agree to sell assets

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's Competition Bureau said on Tuesday it would allow a planned merger between DuPont and Dow Chemical Co after both firms agreed to dispose of some assets.


UPDATE 1-Canada allows Dow, Dupont merger after firms agree to sell assets

OTTAWA, June 27 (Reuters) - Canada's Competition Bureau said on Tuesday it would allow a planned merger between DuPont and Dow Chemical Co after both firms agreed to dispose of some assets.


Fed's Yellen expects no new financial crisis in 'our lifetimes'

LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said on Tuesday that she does not believe that there will be another financial crisis for at least as long as she lives, thanks largely to reforms of the banking system since the 2007-09 crash.


Mexico watchdog gives conditional approval to Dow, DuPont merger

MEXICO CITY, June 27 (Reuters) - Mexico's antitrust watchdog said on Tuesday that it has given approval to DuPont and Dow Chemical Co to merge on the condition that they sell certain crop protection products and other assets.


Germany urges all sides in Qatar crisis to talk, avoid escalation

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel appealed to all sides involved in the Qatar crisis to meet for direct talks to avoid a further escalation.

Raqqa: Secret video shows ISIS losing chokehold on its 'capital'

Video shot inside the ISIS 'capital' shows a reign of terror crumbling and a growing resistance to the terrorists.

Casualties rise as Philippines battles ISIS

CNN's Ivan Watson gets a first hand look at the toll the Phillippines battle against ISIS is taking on its people.

'Couple of hundred' ISIS fighters left in Mosul

Only a "couple of hundred" ISIS fighters remain in Mosul, as a US-led coalition continues to rid the terror group from Iraq's second-largest city, a coalition spokesman said Monday.


Romania names new prime minister to defuse crisis

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romania's president named outgoing economy minister Mihai Tudose as prime minister on Monday, clearing the way for a new leftist-led government to be formed by the end of this week and end a political crisis threatening to sour investor confidence.

Government websites in 3 states hacked with ISIS messages

Government websites in Ohio, Maryland and New York have been hacked with what appears to be pro-ISIS propaganda.

Ohio Gov. Kasich targeted in pro-ISIS hack

The websites of Ohio Gov. John Kasich and a Maryland County were hacked Sunday, displaying what appeared to be pro-ISIS propaganda.

Takata, hit by airbag crisis, files for bankruptcy

The company at the heart of one of the worst auto safety scandals in history has filed for bankruptcy.

Takata Corp

Takata, Unable to Overcome Airbag Crisis, Files for Bankruptcy Protection

The Japanese company at the center of the most far-reaching auto safety crisis in history said it would sell its assets to Key Safety Systems, a Chinese-owned American rival.

Almost 350,000 flee city under siege as ISIS fights to keep control

During the rainy season on the southern Philippines island of Mindanao, storms are foreshadowed by flashes of lightning in the distance, visible above the treetops.

ISIS fighters battle street to street

ISIS gains a foothold in the Philippines after taking over the city of Marawi. CNN's Ivan Watson reports.

Credit and Debt

After Puerto Rico’s Debt Crisis, Worries Shift to Virgin Islands

With debts piling up and lenders growing nervous, the U.S. Virgin Islands is approaching the same kind of fiscal crisis that engulfed Puerto Rico.


China urges Afghans, Pakistan to form crisis-management mechanism

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has urged Afghanistan and Pakistan to improve relations and establish a crisis prevention and management mechanism, the Chinese foreign ministry said.

United States Politics and Government

Commando Raids on ISIS Yield Vital Data in Shadowy War

Risky Special Operations missions targeting midlevel figures can prove valuable for unearthing information about the Islamic State’s inner circle.

Could Senate health care bill make opioid crisis 'worse'?

During a contentious interview with CNN, Kellyanne Conway said Friday that the news media needs to cover the nation's opioid crisis more, and she beat back at suggestions that the new health care bill does nothing to improve the epidemic.


U.S. military says crisis communications link with Russia 'in use'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military said on Friday that a crisis communications link with Russia meant to avoid an accidental clash over Syria was "in use," even after Moscow threatened to abandon it over the U.S. downing of a Syrian military jet on Sunday.


Offer to let EU citizens stay is fair, insists UK's May

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May defended her offer to guarantee EU citizens living in Britain broadly the same rights as Britons on Friday, saying differences could be overcome by a "constructive" attitude to Brexit talks.


High hopes ride on marijuana painkillers amid opioid crisis

June 23 (Reuters) - A handful of drugmakers are taking their first steps toward developing marijuana-based painkillers, alternatives to opioids that have led to widespread abuse and caused the U.S. health regulator to ask for a withdrawal of a popular drug this month.

Call the librarian: Unlikely heroes of US opioid crisis

Russian warships fire missiles at ISIS targets In Syria

Russian warships fired six missiles on ISIS targets in Syria on Friday, according to state media.


Rescuers made 'scapegoat' for Italian frustration with migrant crisis

ABOARD THE AQUARIUS RESCUE SHIP (Reuters) - Anne Marie Loof has devoted her life to humanitarian work but says she understands why some Italians have started painting people like her as villains.


Arab states send Qatar 13 demands to end crisis, official says

DUBAI (Reuters) - Four Arab states boycotting Qatar over alleged support for terrorism have sent Doha a list of 13 demands including closing Al Jazeera television and reducing ties to Iran, an official of one of the four countries said.


Video Refutes ISIS Claim That U.S. Blew Up Mosque

Al Nuri Grand Mosque, in Mosul, Iraq, was blown up on Wednesday. The Islamic State said a U.S. airstrike destroyed it. But surveillance footage shows that the building appeared to be packed with explosives and not hit by an air strike.

Officials: Sniper hit ISIS target 2 miles away

A Canadian special operations sniper successfully hit an ISIS fighter from a record-breaking distance of more than two miles away while assisting Iraqi forces in the push to retake Mosul, according to Canadian Special Operations Command.

Trump ends his self-made crisis where it started: Twitter

President Donald Trump finally, grudgingly, had no choice but to come clean.


OAS nations make last-ditch effort to condemn Venezuela for crisis

CANCUN, Mexico (Reuters) - Mexico and the United States pushed on Wednesday to condemn Venezuela's government for its handling of the political and economic crisis in the South American country, on the final day of a meeting of the Organization of American States, sources told Reuters.

US denies ISIS claim that it bombed iconic Mosul mosque

US officials on Wednesday denied a ISIS claim that US forces bombed Iraq's iconic Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul. The mosque is where ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in 2014 announced an Islamic "caliphate."

Mosque where ISIS caliphate declared blown up

The Grand al-Nuri Mosque in Mosul, Iraq, where ISIS's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared the creation of a "caliphate" has been blown up. But as CNN's Hala Gorani and Arwa Damon report, there are conflicting accusations over who is responsible.

Mosul (Iraq)

ISIS Is Said to Destroy Historic Al Nuri Mosque in Mosul

The Iraqi military accused the Islamic State of destroying the centuries-old national landmark. But the militants say an American airstrike was responsible.


BRIEF-Agrium and Potash Corp will become Nutrien, upon closure of merger transaction

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Duterte begs forgiveness, pledges to rebuild ISIS-infested city

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte begged forgiveness Tuesday for declaring martial law in Mindanao island and vowed to rebuild Marawi, the battle-scarred city at the heart of nearly four weeks of fighting between Philippines forces and ISIS-affiliated militants.

CEO of Uber resigns after months of crisis


Venezuelan crisis takes center stage at OAS meeting in Mexico

CANCUN, Mexico (Reuters) - Governments from across the Americas on Tuesday chastised Venezuela's socialist leadership for its handling of a political and economic crisis, prompting the OPEC nation's foreign minister to brand the critics as the "lapdogs of imperialism."


Crisis-era fraud charges haunt Barclays as rivals move on

LONDON (Reuters) - Criminal charges over Barclays' fundraising in the 2008 financial crisis add to the bank's legal battles in key markets just as rivals are leaving their troubles from that period behind.

United States Politics and Government

Trump ‘Is Not Under Investigation,’ His Lawyer Insists

Jay Sekulow made the assertion on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” though he acknowledged that he had no way of knowing for sure.


With a weakened leader and reeling from crisis, Britain hurtles into the Brexit unknown

LONDON (Reuters) - With her strategy unclear and her position insecure, Prime Minister Theresa May plunges this week into tortuous divorce talks with the European Union that will shape Britain's prosperity and global influence for generations to come.


Lee Kuan Yew's last will made upon his 'express instruction', says younger son

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Lee Hsien Yang, the brother of Singapore's prime minister, said on Saturday his father had expressly instructed the drafting of a last will directing the demolition of the family's iconic home, the latest salvo in a public feud between the city-state's leader and his two younger siblings.


Financial system must continue post-crisis reform efforts - SNB's Zurbruegg

ZURICH, June 16 (Reuters) - It is too early to say the financial system has stabilised following the financial crisis, so reform efforts should continue, Swiss National Bank board member Fritz Zurbruegg said on Friday.

Philippines residents trapped by fighting with ISIS-aligned militants

Fears are growing for residents trapped in the besieged Philippines city of Marawi following reports that those fleeing fighting between ISIS-aligned militants and government forces saw as many 100 dead bodies.

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Russian Military Says It Might Have Killed ISIS Leader

If the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is confirmed, it would be a big blow against the Islamic State.


UPDATE 2-Dow, DuPont merger wins U.S. antitrust approval with conditions

June 15 (Reuters) - DuPont and Dow Chemical Co have won U.S. antitrust approval to merge on condition that the companies sell certain crop protection products and other assets, according to a court filing on Thursday.


Michigan officials vow to fight charges over Flint water crisis: reports

(Reuters) - Lawyers for two top Michigan health officials on Thursday pledged to fight criminal charges filed a day earlier in connection with Flint's water crisis that was linked to an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease and at least 12 deaths, according to local news reports.


Dow, DuPont merger wins antitrust approval with conditions

(Reuters) - The planned merger of DuPont and Dow Chemical Co on Thursday has won U.S. antitrust approval on condition that the companies sell certain crop protection products and other assets, according to a court filing on Thursday.


Qatar says Gulf crisis has no impact on World Cup preparations

DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar said on Thursday a rift with fellow Gulf Arab states that includes economic sanctions on Doha has not affected its preparations to host the 2022 World Cup, and alternative sources for construction materials had been secured.


Turkey expects Saudi King to lead the effort to solve Qatar crisis, minister says

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey expects Saudi Arabia's King Salman to lead an effort to resolve the Qatar crisis, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday, adding that imposing sanctions and embargoes would not help remedy the situation.

California Today

California Today: California Today: The Housing Crisis Hits Berkeley

Thursday: Talking zoning policy with Berkeley’s mayor, a shooting in San Francisco and lottery winners who take their time.


Romania's president asks ruling coalition to solve internal crisis

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romanian President Klaus Iohannis on Thursday called on politicians to solve the country's political crisis and will only appoint a new prime minister if the incumbent resigns or loses a non-confidence vote in parliament, his spokeswoman said on Thursday.

Executions in Pakistan: Is ISIS targeting China?

The deaths of two Chinese citizens in Pakistan suggest that as Beijing's strategic and economic footprint grows so too will the threats posed to Chinese interests.

Amid diplomatic crisis, Pentagon agrees to $12B F-15 deal with Qatar

Amid the ongoing diplomatic crisis between Qatar and a number of its Gulf neighbors, the US has agreed to sell $12 billion worth of American F-15 fighters to the country.


Dispatch From Tehran: Finding Bravado, and Worry, at an Iranian Shrine Where ISIS Struck

A New York Times reporter passed commandos armed with Kalashnikovs and plainclothes agents who made no secret about their role. Nobody wanted to admit it, but things had changed.


Six Michigan officials criminally charged in Flint water crisis

(Reuters) - Six current and former Michigan and Flint officials were criminally charged on Wednesday for their roles in the city's water crisis that was suspected of being responsible for an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease that led to at least 12 deaths, the state's attorney general said.


Michigan officials criminally charged in Flint water crisis: report

(Reuters) - Two top Michigan health officials have been criminally charged for their roles in the handling of the Flint water crisis, the Detroit Free Press reported on Wednesday.


Michigan Official Is Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter in Flint Water Crisis

The charge against Nick Lyon, head of the state Health Department, alleges that his failure to act in the crisis resulted in the death of at least one person.


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ISIS Captures Tora Bora, Once bin Laden’s Afghan Fortress

Having expelled the Taliban, the Islamic State now has a base that is easy to defend and access to many other parts of the province, an Afghan official said.


Gulf crisis seen widening split in Syria rebellion

BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) - Confrontation between Qatar and Saudi Arabia is creating unease among Syrian rebels who expect the crisis between two of their biggest state backers to deepen divisions in the opposition to President Bashar al-Assad.


Destroying a Philippine City to Save It From ISIS Allies

In Marawi, which was seized by Islamic State-aligned rebels, the military and the militants have dug in for the long haul.


Finnish nationalists split into two groups in government crisis

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finland's nationalist Finns Party has split into two groups after choosing hardline anti-immigrant politicians as its leaders, paving the way for Prime Minister Juha Sipila to include the moderates in a new coalition government.

Iran blames US for creating ISIS

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has blamed the US for creating ISIS and fostering instability in the Middle East amid an ongoing crisis in the region.

What the Qatar crisis means for Hamas

When Palestinian militant group Hamas announced its new charter to the world, it wasn't from Ramallah or Gaza City, but from the Sheraton hotel's gilded Salwa Ballroom in Doha.

Qatar Airways CEO: U.S. 'fueling' Gulf crisis


UPDATE 1-Business confidence plummets as political crisis grips Britain

* Sterling back under pressure (Adds detail, business executives' comment)

United States Defense and Military Forces

U.S. Cyberweapons, Used Against Iran and North Korea, Are a Disappointment Against ISIS

The Islamic State’s internet use has proved a more elusive target than missile systems or centrifuges, American officials say.


MIDEAST STOCKS-Qatar stabilises after minister reassures on crisis

DUBAI, June 12 (Reuters) - Qatar's stock market stabilised in early trade on Monday from sharp falls last week after comments from the finance minister that the economy was essentially operating as normal despite a major diplomatic crisis.

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Seizing on Opioid Crisis, a Drug Maker Lobbies Hard for Its Product

Despite limited evidence to prove its drug works, the maker of Vivitrol has used political connections and marketing to push for its use for detoxing.

Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)

Long Before It Lost Turf, ISIS Was Already Targeting Britain

The Islamic State has been focused for years on attacking Britain and Iran. The recent assaults in London and Tehran make it clear the group never gave up on that goal.


News Analysis: Philippine Leader, Focused on War on Drug Users, Ignored Rise of ISIS

Islamist rebels threatened to burn down the city of Marawi. President Duterte said, “Go ahead, do it.”

Defense and Military Forces

Beyond Raqqa, an Even Bigger Battle to Defeat ISIS and Control Syria Looms

The Islamic State is expected to make its final stand farther south, near Iraq and Jordan, and whoever ousts it will play an important role in determining the region’s future.

US forces fighting ISIS in Philippines

US Special Operations Forces are assisting the Filipino military in its battle against ISIS-affiliated fighters, the US Embassy in Manila said Saturday.


As crisis drags on, Puerto Ricans weigh U.S. statehood at polls

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Against a backdrop of crumbling towns and failing schools, Puerto Ricans on Sunday will cast votes on whether their struggling island should become the 51st U.S. state.


Arab powers draw up Qatari blacklist; Turkey to send troops as Gulf crisis deepens

DUBAI/DOHA (Reuters) - Arab states that have cut diplomatic and transport ties with Qatar tightened their squeeze on Friday by putting dozens of Qatar-linked people on terrorism blacklists, while Qatari ally Turkey came to its side with plans to send troops, warships and planes.

Chinese teachers reportedly killed by ISIS in Pakistan

China has expressed "grave concern" over reports that ISIS has killed two Chinese teachers kidnapped in Pakistan.


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BRIEF-Dupont Fabros to pay $150 mln termination fee to Digital Realty in case of deal termination

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Data center company Digital Realty to buy DuPont Fabros in $7.6 billion deal

(Reuters) - Data center company Digital Realty Trust Inc said it would buy DuPont Fabros Technology Inc for an enterprise value of about $7.6 billion.


Republicans take knife to post-crisis Wall Street reforms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives voted on Thursday to replace the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law, a move that is expected to die in the Senate but open the door to revamping or eliminating regulations that came out of the 2007-09 financial crisis.


Airbus CEO worried by Qatar crisis, risk of hard Brexit

TOULOUSE, France, June 8 (Reuters) - The head of Airbus expressed worries about growing geopolitical uncertainties on Thursday, calling the rift between key customer Qatar and its Gulf neighbours troubling and warning of the impact of a "hard Brexit" on the planemaker's UK operations.

Civilian Casualties

ISIS Has Killed Hundreds of Civilians in Mosul, U.N. Says

The jihadists were said to have responded in brutal fashion to the advance of Iraqi forces backed by airstrikes from the American-led coalition.

Qatar's credit downgraded amid crisis

The blockade of Qatar by a bunch of Arab states has dealt a blow to the kingdom's credit rating.


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UPDATE 2-Italy's borrowing cost spread with Spain widens to near post-crisis high

* Worries over early elections, ECB withdrawal hit Italian bonds

Trump speaks to Saudi king as Gulf crisis deepens

The leaders of the US and Saudi Arabia spoke Tuesday as a growing number of countries moved to sever ties with Qatar over alleged ties to terror networks.


Italian bond yield gap over Spain near widest since debt crisis

* Worries over early elections, ECB withdrawal hit Italian bonds

United States Defense and Military Forces

U.S.-Backed Forces Begin Assault on ISIS Stronghold in Syria

The force of Syrian Kurds and Arab militias say they have begun operations on Raqqa, the Islamic State capital.


MIDEAST STOCKS-Gulf falls as Qatar crisis worries investors, Egypt continues ascent

* Saudi petchems hit after Qatar crisis pulls down oil prices


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US-backed forces launch bid to take Raqqa from ISIS

US-backed forces in Syria have launched an offensive to seize the city of Raqqa after more than three years of ISIS rule.

Death, starvation and sorrow plague civilians trapped in Mosul as battle against ISIS rages

A Humvee screams into the field clinic a few kilometers from western Mosul's current front line. A teenage girl is carried out, listless. An elderly man is in complete shock, unable to utter a word, and is helped towards a bed. A woman struggling to breathe is quickly given oxygen.


ISIS Says It’s Behind Abduction and Killing in Australia

The police killed the assailant and rescued the woman he took hostage in a wealthy neighborhood near Melbourne. The gunman had a lengthy criminal history, the police said.

Gulf crisis is latest strain on 2022 World Cup in Qatar

A diplomatic crisis is only the latest complication as Qatar prepares to host the 2022 World Cup.

Etihad halts Qatar flights as Gulf diplomatic crisis escalates


Airlines' standoff in Venezuela getting worse as crisis deepens -IATA

CANCUN, Mexico, June 4 (Reuters) - Venezuela is withholding billions of dollars from global airlines as a deepening crisis distracts from talks, an industry representative said on Sunday, a day after United Airlines announced the end of daily service to the country.

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Manchester Bomber Met With ISIS Unit in Libya, Officials Say

The bomber, Salman Abedi, is said to have kept up contact with members of Battar al-Libi, the unit that trained the commander of the Paris attacks.

ISIS takes credit for Manila attack despite police claim it wasn't terrorism

ISIS has claimed responsibility for an attack at a casino in the Philippines capital that left more than 37 people dead, despite repeated police claims it was not terror related.

Ohio blames drugmakers for fueling opioid crisis

The state of Ohio is suing five drug companies, accusing them of fueling the opioid crisis there by misleading doctors about the risks of addiction.

10 Philippines soldiers killed in botched anti-ISIS airstrike

Ten soldiers were killed and seven others injured in what the Philippines government has described as a "friendly fire incident" in Marawi, on the southern island of Mindanao.

Prison for Air Force vet who tried to join ISIS

A US Air Force veteran convicted for providing material support to ISIS was sentenced to 35 years in prison Wednesday.


Anti-Maduro protests rage as OAS meets on Venezuela crisis

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan security forces used water cannons and teargas to disperse tens of thousands of opposition protesters heading toward the foreign ministry on Wednesday as the Organization of American States held another meeting on the crisis.


Ohio sues five drug companies over opioid crisis

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said on Wednesday his office sued five drug manufacturers, accusing them of misrepresenting the risks of prescription opioid painkillers, helping fuel a drug addiction epidemic.


UPDATE 1-Ohio sues five drug companies over opioid crisis

CHICAGO, May 31 (Reuters) - Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said on Wednesday his office sued five drug manufacturers, accusing them of misrepresenting the risks of prescription opioid painkillers, helping fuel a drug addiction epidemic.


Ohio attorney general sues five drug companies related to opioid crisis

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said on Wednesday that his office sued five drug manufacturers, accusing them of misrepresenting the risks of prescription opioid painkillers, helping fuel a drug addiction epidemic.


People smugglers make $35 bln a year on migrant crisis: IOM head

ESTORIL, Portugal (Reuters) - People smugglers make about $35 billion a year worldwide and they are driving the tragedy of migrants who die trying to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe, the head of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) told Reuters on Wednesday.

Moment Russian navy fires missiles at ISIS

Footage appears to show Russian naval vessels firing cruises missiles at suspected ISIS targets in Palmyra, Syria.


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Russian navy fires cruises missiles at ISIS in Syria

Cruise missiles launched by the Russian Navy hit a number of ISIS targets in Palmyra, Syria, Wednesday, according to Russian state media.


Japan PM says he wants to work with China to resolve North Korea crisis

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told China's top diplomat on Wednesday that he would like to work with China to try to rein in North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.


UPDATE 1-Brazil seeks to join OECD despite political crisis

BRASILIA, May 30 (Reuters) - Brazilian President Michel Temer on Tuesday sent a formal request to join the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) despite a corruption scandal that threatens to unseat him, the presidential palace said in a statement.


'Shocked' South Korea leader orders probe into U.S. THAAD additions

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in has ordered a probe after his Defence Ministry failed to inform him that four more launchers for the controversial U.S. THAAD anti-missile system had been brought into the country, his spokesman said on Tuesday.