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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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Yellen's stock rises as she leads Fed from crisis-era policy

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - From her early days as Federal Reserve chair, Janet Yellen has been the target of criticism from Republicans worried that the central bank's massive bond-buying programs and near-zero interest rates engineered by her predecessor would be the ruin of the country.


South Korea's Moon says North Korea crisis must be handled in 'stable' manner

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in called on Thursday for the North Korean nuclear crisis to be handled in a stable manner, so that peace was not destroyed.


Trump urges 'strong and swift' U.N. action to end Rohingya crisis

UNITED NATIONS/COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is urging the U.N. Security Council to take "strong and swift action" to bring Myanmar's Rohingya crisis to an end, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday, calling the violence there a threat to the region and beyond.

Pain-Relieving Drugs

‘The Pills Are Everywhere’: How the Opioid Crisis Claims Its Youngest Victims

Increasingly, toddlers and young children are being found unconscious or dead after consuming an adult’s drugs.

Trump blames Clintons for North Korea nuke crisis

President Donald Trump on Wednesday blamed his former campaign rival, Hillary Clinton, and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, for the North Korean nuclear crisis.

Sen. Cassidy insists bill will cover more people

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) defends the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill, saying more people will receive affordable coverage and those with pre-existing conditions will be protected.

CommCore Consulting Group

Who’d Create a P.R. Crisis on Purpose? Well, Only the Sweat Was Real

The Times’s advertising reporter found out what it’s like to be a brand in the middle of a social-media-driven disaster.


Qatar's emir renews call for dialogue over Gulf crisis

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani on Tuesday renewed a call for "unconditional dialogue" to end a political crisis pitting his country against four Arab states.


BRIEF-NY A.G. Schneiderman, coalition of AGs expand investigation into opioid crisis

* New York A.G. Schneiderman, bipartisan coalition of AGs expand multistate investigation into opioid crisis


Unbudgeted: How the opioid crisis is blowing a hole in small-town America's finances

INDIANA, Pa./CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (Reuters) - As deaths mount in America's opioid crisis, communities on the front lines face a hidden toll: the financial cost.

Aung San Suu Kyi addresses nation over Rohingya crisis

Crowds gathered outside a large screen in Yangon, Myanmar as the nation's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi prepared to speak to the country amid intense criticism her handling of the Rohingya crisis.

The opioid crisis took this 8-year-old's father away

It all started with pain killers after a dentist appointment. Now, Drake, a 32-year-old from Columbus, Ohio has struggled with opioid abuse for more than a decade.

'Rocket Man' tweet and threats haven't quelled N. Korea crisis

Like all of President Donald Trump's enemies, Kim Jong Un now has a catchy nickname -- "Rocket Man."


UPDATE 3-Euro crisis over, Portugal's investment-grade comeback cuts bond yields

* Portugal leads European shares to six-week high (Updates prices)

UNICEF: Children at heart of Rohingya crisis

UNICEF'S Edouard Beigbeder explains to CNN what is needed for child refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar.


UPDATE 2-Euro crisis over, Portugal's investment grade comeback cuts bond yields

* S&P 1st of big three ratings agencies to lift Portugal back

Rohingya (Ethnic Group)

Despite Outrage Over Rohingya Crisis, Few Call for Sanctions on Myanmar

Under military rule, Myanmar was one of the most sanctioned countries in the world. A return to such isolation seems unlikely, despite the violence against a minority Muslim group.


UPDATE 1-Euro crisis over, Portugal's return to investment grade sends bond yields sliding

* S&P 1st of big three ratings agencies to lift Portugal back


In shedding bonds, Fed aims for boring end to crisis-era measures

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve is set on Wednesday to announce the start of a plan to trim its $4.5-trillion (3.31 trillion pounds) portfolio of assets, much of it amassed in response to the 2007-2009 financial collapse, marking another milestone in bringing to an end the crisis-era measures.


Rights group urges new Myanmar sanctions over Rohingya crisis

YANGON (Reuters) - A rights group has called for targeted sanctions and an arms embargo against the Myanmar military in response to an offensive that has sent 410,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh to escape what the United Nations has branded ethnic cleansing.

Pain-Relieving Drugs

Amid Opioid Crisis, Insurers Restrict Pricey, Less Addictive Painkillers

Drug companies and doctors have been accused of fueling the opioid crisis, but some question whether insurers have played a role, too.

Florida Keys residents trickle back to warning of new crisis

Florida Keys residents will be allowed to return home this weekend to assess damage to their properties caused by Hurricane Irma. However, officials said they are worried a new crisis could emerge when homeowners find their neighborhoods have no fuel, power, running water and other basic services.


Bangladesh warns Myanmar over border amid refugee crisis

DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh has accused Myanmar of repeatedly violating its air space and warned that any more "provocative acts" could have "unwarranted consequences", raising the possibility of a deterioration in relations already strained by a refugee crisis.

The Rohingya refugee crisis in photos

Large numbers of Rohingya Muslims are fleeing violence in Myanmar's Rakhine State.

United States Defense and Military Forces

Why Did the U.S. Allow a Convoy of ISIS Fighters to Go Free?

American officials say the decision to end a two-week standoff involved a trade-off of competing priorities, and speaks to the complexity of the Syrian war.


Olympics: Korea crisis no problem for Pyeongchang: North Korean IOC member

LIMA (Reuters) - The Pyeongchang winter Olympics in February will not be affected by the escalating crisis on the peninsula and North Korea will hopefully be able to send athletes, the country's International Olympic Committee member Chang Ung said on Friday.

Madeleine Albright calls for diplomatic approach to crisis

Former secretary of state and US ambassador to the UN Madeleine Albright suggested that the Trump administration needs to be more cohesive in its strategy toward North Korea and called for a return to the six-party talks in the wake of that nation's latest missile launch.


Qatar's emir says ready to talk to end Gulf crisis

BERLIN (Reuters) - Qatar is ready to sit at the negotiating table to try to end a dispute with its Gulf Arab neighbors, Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said on Friday in Berlin.


UPDATE 1-Qatar's emir says ready to talk to end Gulf crisis

* Qatar warns its citizens against travel to Egypt (Adds comments on investment, foreign ministry statement)


Peru's Congress ousts cabinet as political crisis deepens

LIMA (Reuters) - Peru's opposition-controlled Congress ousted center-right President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski's cabinet in a vote of no-confidence early on Friday, pitching the copper-producing Andean country into its worst political crisis in years.


Latin American nations seek Venezuela crisis mediation

SANTO DOMINGO/CARACAS (Reuters) - Four Latin American nations will join an attempt to mediate Venezuela's political crisis in new talks later this month, the president of the Dominican Republic said on Thursday.

North Korea

North Korea Launches Another Missile, Escalating Crisis

The test is the 15th such one this year and the first since the country detonated its most powerful nuclear bomb to date.

US citizen fighting for ISIS is captured

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces have detained a US citizen who had been fighting with ISIS in Syria, a US military official told CNN Thursday.

Hunt for ISIS leader Baghdadi is still on

The hunt for ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is very much on.

She's coupon-clipping to help hurricane victims

A Texas woman is putting her extreme couponing skills to work for victims of Hurricane Harvey.


Barclays wins end to U.S. litigation over pre-crisis disclosures

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Barclays Plc won the dismissal on Wednesday of U.S. class-action litigation by investors who bought its stock just months before the 2008 global financial crisis, and accused it of concealing its exposure to risky debt and an inability to manage credit risks.


The Rohingya in Myanmar: How Years of Strife Grew Into a Crisis

The bloodshed that has driven the Muslim minority group out of Myanmar in large numbers is the latest stage of a conflict that has unfolded over decades.


Shocked residents return to Irma-ravaged Florida Keys

ISLAMORADA, Fla., Sept 13 (Reuters) - Evacuees from Hurricane Irma were early on Wednesday returning to the Florida Keys, where sunrise will give them a first glimpse of devastation that has left countless homes and businesses in ruins.


France insists it will go through with labor reform, day after protests

PARIS (Reuters) - French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Wednesday that he would pay attention to demonstrations against his planned labor reforms but pledged to push through with them, a day after protests took place nationwide.


Myanmar's Suu Kyi to skip U.N. assembly to deal with Rohingya crisis

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's national leader Aung San Suu Kyi, facing outrage over ethnic violence that has forced about 370,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh, will not attend the upcoming U.N. General Assembly because of the crisis, her office said on Wednesday.


Myanmar's Suu Kyi to skip U.N. General Assembly amid Rohingya crisis

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's national leader Aung San Suu Kyi, facing outrage over ethnic violence that has forced about 370,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh, will not attend the upcoming U.N. General Assembly session in New York, a party spokesman said on Wednesday.


Trump won't insist border wall funds be tied to DACA relief: aide

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will not necessarily insist that funding for a border wall with Mexico be included in legislation to address protections for children brought to the United States illegally, a senior aide said on Tuesday.


DowDuPont alters post-merger breakup plans amid investor pressure

(Reuters) - DowDuPont, formed through the merger of chemical giants Dow Chemical and DuPont, is shifting some operations in the three units it plans to create, in a bid to avert a prolonged fight with activist investors over its post-merger plan.


UPDATE 2-DowDuPont alters post-merger breakup plans amid investor pressure

Sept 12 (Reuters) - DowDuPont, formed through the merger of chemical giants Dow Chemical and DuPont, is shifting some operations in the three units it plans to create, in a bid to avert a prolonged fight with activist investors over its post-merger plan.


DowDuPont alters post-merger breakup plan

(Reuters) - DowDuPont, which was formed when chemical giants Dow Chemical and DuPont merged, is making changes to its initial plans of splitting the company into three units, the company said on Tuesday.


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* DowDuPont announces results of comprehensive portfolio review


North Korea crisis so far no threat to Pyeongchang 2018: IOC

LIMA (Reuters) - The escalating North Korean crisis had so far raised "no hint" of a security threat for next year's Pyeongchang 2018 winter Olympics in South Korea, the International Olympic Committee said on Monday.

Human Rights and Human Rights Violations

Rohingya Crisis in Myanmar Is ‘Ethnic Cleansing,’ U.N. Rights Chief Says

The security campaign that has led more than 300,000 people to flee to Bangladesh is in clear violation of international law, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said.


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* Nexgen Energy Ltd - ‍upon closing of transaction, company will hold a 100 pct interest in property​


Rohingya crisis fans communal tensions across Myanmar

YANGON/SHAMLAPUR, Bangladesh (Reuters) - Communal tensions appeared to be rising across Myanmar on Monday after two weeks of violence in Rakhine state that have triggered an exodus of about 300,000 Rohingya Muslims, prompting the government to tighten security at Buddhist pagodas.


Exclusive: Iraq holding 1,400 foreign wives, children of suspected ISIS fighters

SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi authorities are holding 1,400 foreign wives and children of suspected Islamic State fighters in a camp after government forces expelled the jihadist group from one of its last remaining strongholds in Iraq, security and aid officials said.


Russia urges dialogue to solve Gulf crisis

JEDDAH (Reuters) - Arab countries involved in a diplomatic dispute with Qatar should enter into direct talks with Doha to solve the crisis, Russia's foreign minister said on a trip to Saudi Arabia on Sunday.


Merkel suggests Iran-style nuclear talks to end North Korea crisis

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel told a newspaper she would be prepared to become involved in a diplomatic initiative to end the North Korean nuclear and missiles program, and suggested the Iran nuclear talks could be a model.


Rohingya insurgents declare temporary ceasefire amid humanitarian crisis

BANGKOK/COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) - Rohingya insurgents declared a month-long unilateral ceasefire, starting on Sunday, to enable aid groups to help ease a humanitarian crisis in northwest Myanmar.

US-backed forces move on ISIS

US-backed forces in Syria said Saturday they were launching an offensive against ISIS in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor.


Saudi crown prince talks with Qatari emir on Gulf crisis

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received a phone call on Friday from Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, state media from both countries reported, in what could be a breakthrough in the dispute between Doha and neighboring Arab states.

Politics and Government

Catalonia Independence Bid Pushes Spain Toward Crisis

The region’s latest vote on separation, scheduled for Oct. 1, is significantly riskier than previous efforts and thrusts Spain into uncharted territory.

Muslims and Islam

The Last Days of ISIS’s Capital: Airstrikes if You Stay, Land Mines if You Flee

A Times reporter travels to Raqqa, the wounded heart of the Islamic State, and finds residents trapped by airstrikes, artillery fire and land mines.


Bangladesh wants 'safe zones' to ease Rohingya crisis, but seen unlikely

DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh has proposed creating "safe zones" run by aid groups for Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar's Rakhine state to stop hundreds of thousands of refugees crossing into its territory following a military crackdown.


Trump offers to mediate talks on Qatar crisis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday said he would be willing to step in and mediate the worst dispute in decades among the U.S.-allied Gulf Arab states and Qatar, and said that he thinks a deal could come quickly.


China agrees U.N. action, and talk, needed to end North Korea crisis

BEIJING/VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (Reuters) - China agreed on Thursday that the United Nations should take more action against North Korea after its latest nuclear test, while also pushing for dialogue to help resolve the standoff.

Republican leaders in the room 'shell-shocked' following Trump deal with Democrats

President Donald Trump surprised the leaders of his own party in Congress on Wednesday when he backed a deal pushed by Democrats to attach hurricane relief money to a shorter-term bump in the debt ceiling as well as keeping the government open, cutting off his own Treasury secretary to strike a deal.


Putin says sanctions, pressure alone won't resolve North Korea crisis

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia/SEOUL (Reuters) - Resolving the North Korean nuclear crisis is impossible with sanctions and pressure alone, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday after meeting his South Korean counterpart, adding that the impact of cutting oil would be worrying.

Putin: North Korea crisis could be 'impossible' to solve

A day after predicting "global catastrophe" if North Korea's nuclear tests lead to anything other than talks, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the situation may be "impossible" to resolve.

Hazardous and Toxic Substances

Crisis Is Over at Texas Plant, but Chemical Safety Flaws Remain

Explosions at a chemical plant near Houston have revealed gaps in emergency response and disclosure rules for the chemical industry nationwide.

United States Politics and Government

Trump’s Phone Buddy in North Korea Crisis: Shinzo Abe

The two leaders have chatted by telephone 13 times, golfed together and met in person three times, with the crisis over North Korea cementing their relationship.


India's Modi heads to Myanmar as Rohingya refugee crisis worsens

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will discuss rising violence in Myanmar's western Rakhine state during a visit that begins on Tuesday, and push for greater progress on long-running Indian infrastructure projects, officials said.

What motivates ISIS fighters -- and those who fight against them

Scott Atran and his research colleagues were sitting face-to-face with captured ISIS fighters in Kirkuk, a city in northern Iraq, near the front lines of battle.


Nearly 90,000 Rohingya escape Myanmar violence as humanitarian crisis looms

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh/YANGON (Reuters) - Nearly 90,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since violence erupted in Myanmar in August, pressuring scarce resources of aid agencies and communities already helping hundreds of thousands of refugees from previous spasms of violence in Myanmar.


North Korea earthquake suggests sixth nuclear test as Trump, Abe discuss 'escalating' crisis

SEOUL (Reuters) - Two shallow earthquakes shook North Korea on Sunday, suggesting it had detonated a sixth nuclear test device, hours after it said it had developed an advanced hydrogen bomb that possesses "great destructive power".


North Korea says it has developed 'advanced hydrogen bomb' as Trump, Abe discuss 'escalating' crisis

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said on Sunday it has developed an advanced hydrogen bomb that possesses "great destructive power" as U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe talked by phone about the "escalating" nuclear crisis.


Laughing in crisis, Venezuelan acts out dissident Ortega's tale

CARACAS (Reuters) - Laughing at their own tribulations, Venezuelan theatergoers have been enjoying a new satire about a senior official who broke with President Nicolas Maduro and fled the socialist-ruled country in a boat.

United States Defense and Military Forces

ISIS Is on Its Heels, but Fighting to the Death

American officials say the pace of the fight against the Islamic State is not slowing, even as the militants’ territory continues to shrink.


Tal Afar After Liberation From ISIS: Battered but Still Standing

Iraqi commanders attributed the comparatively light damage to an escape corridor they had purposely left so the fighters would flee into the desert.


Stranded ISIS Convoy Symbolizes Militants’ Stalled Campaign

The Islamic State’s convoy, chased around Syria for five days with nowhere to go, has become emblematic of the militants’ declining fortunes.

Muslims and Islam

A Long-Pursued ISIS Preacher Is Finally Charged in New York

Abdullah el-Faisal’s teaching has influenced many terrorists. Now he’s charged in the first international terror case brought by New York prosecutors.

The surprising reality of the ISIS threat

Last month, the Pew Research Center released the results of a survey asking the citizens of 38 countries to name a major threat to their nation. This is the last in a special series of op-eds that also appear in Fareed's Global Briefing looking at the top perceived threats among Americans. You can sign up for the Global Briefing newsletter here.


Exclusive: Displaced Rohingya in camps face aid crisis after Myanmar violence

SITTWE, Myanmar (Reuters) - Around 120,000 displaced people - mostly Rohingya Muslims - in camps in Myanmar's Rakhine state are not receiving food supplies or healthcare after the U.N. and aid groups suspended operations following government accusations of supporting insurgents.


BRIEF-WSFS Financial called $55 mln senior debt with 6.25 pct​ coupon rate

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Dow, DuPont complete planned merger to form DowDuPont

(Reuters) - Dow Chemical Co and DuPont said on Friday the companies had successfully completed their planned $130 billion merger to form DowDuPont.


BRIEF-DowDuPont merger successfully completed

* DowDuPont Inc - moves toward separation into publicly traded cos in agriculture, materials science, specialty products; expected to occur in 18 months‍​

Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)

In City of Ruins, Philippines’ Battle Against ISIS Rages On

Times journalists went to a newly captured part of Marawi, finding profound destruction in the city and despair among the civilians forced out of it.


Guatemala political crisis may affect growth: central bank

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Guatemalan economic growth may slow if a political crisis sparked by a dispute between President Jimmy Morales and the head of a U.N. anti-corruption body persists, the head of the central bank said on Thursday.

Defense and Military Forces

News Analysis: Officials Eye Euphrates River Valley as Last Stand for ISIS

Even with the Islamic State on the run, U.S. advisers grapple with political and military problems in wresting Iraqi and Syrian towns from extremists.

United States International Relations

Mattis Insists He and Trump Are on the Same Page on North Korea

Asked if he had considered resigning over policy differences with the president, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he was committed to serving as secretary of defense.

North Korea crisis needs a grown-up, Mr. President

Early Wednesday morning North Korea launched a Hwasong-12 missile which traveled 1,678 miles over the Japanese island of Hokkaido and landed in the Pacific Ocean.


Iraq Declares Victory Over ISIS in Tal Afar

The battle, which lasted just 11 days, was another sign that the militant group’s days of administering territory are rapidly coming to a close.

Iraqi forces retake key city in fight against ISIS

Iraqi forces have seized the strategically important city of Tal Afar from ISIS, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Thursday.


Venezuela's baseball talent pool shrinks as food crisis widens

CARACAS (Reuters) - Young baseball players from poor families in Venezuela are not getting the nourishment needed to realize their dream of playing professionally in the United States, as acute food shortages close off one of the few remaining avenues out of poverty in the recession-hit country.


U.N. chief urges end to Palestinian feuding amid energy crisis

GAZA (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday for an end to Palestinian political divisions that have deepened an energy crisis in the isolated enclave of two million people.

Defense and Military Forces

U.S. Military Threatens to Bomb Convoy Transferring ISIS Fighters

The American command criticized a deal to relocate 600 militants and their families from Lebanon to eastern Syria, saying they could be “lucrative targets.”


Queens Man Is Charged With Trying to Enter Syria to Join ISIS

Before his arrest, Parveg Ahmed had been stopped and questioned at Kennedy Airport about social media posts praising ISIS.

Raqqa in ruins: Drone footage reveals devastation in ISIS' stronghold

The streets are eerily empty, with few signs of life in sight. Plumes of smoke billow from the top floors of hollowed out buildings. Neighboring structures appear flattened by mortars and bombs.


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* Maxpoint Interactive says ‍it may terminate merger agreement with harland clarke under certain circumstances, & Harland will pay co termination fee of $5.3 million


Europeans, Africans agree renewed push to tackle migrant crisis

PARIS (Reuters) - Europe's "big four" continental powers and three African states agreed a plan on Monday to tackle illegal human trafficking and support nations struggling to contain the flow of people across the desert and Mediterranean sea.


Lebanon Frees Hundreds of ISIS Fighters in Exchange for Soldiers’ Bodies

Hundreds of Islamic State militants are being taken to eastern Syria in a deal for the remains of eight people thought to be Lebanese soldiers.


Pope to visit Myanmar, Bangladesh amid Rohingya crisis

ROME (Reuters) - Pope Francis plans to visit Myanmar and Bangladesh in late November and early December, two countries caught up in a crisis over the Rohingya Muslim minority.

Iraqi forces retake central Tal Afar from ISIS

Iraqi forces have recaptured the urban center of Tal Afar from ISIS fighters, giving the government near control of a key city in their fight against the terror group.

Defense and Military Forces

Lebanese Army, Hezbollah and Syrian Army Declare Cease-Fire With ISIS

The Lebanese Army announced a truce to try to recover soldiers. Separately, Hezbollah and its Syrian allies said Islamic State fighters had surrendered.


Slovak government leaders strike new coalition deal to defuse crisis

BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Slovak government leaders agreed on Friday to amend a coalition agreement to lure back a junior party which withdrew its support for the alliance three weeks ago, provoking a political crisis.

Regulation and Deregulation of Industry

Yellen Warns Against Erasing Regulations Made After the Financial Crisis

Janet Yellen, the Federal Reserve chairwoman, said Friday that stronger financial regulations have benefited the economy and should be preserved.

US military facing readiness crisis warnings

Military leaders, Congress and government watchdogs have all warned for years that the military faces a possible readiness crisis as it has slashed training and maintenance to keep up with budget cuts and increased operations around the globe. CNN's Dianne Gallagher has more.

Warnings of US military readiness 'crisis'

Military leaders, Congress and government watchdogs have all warned for years that the military faces a possible readiness crisis as it has slashed training and maintenance to keep up with budget cuts and increased operations around the globe.

Arizona GOP senator insists he wants to 'work with' Trump

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake insists that he wants to "work with" President Donald Trump -- despite Trump's attempts to find a challenger to replace the sitting senator in his upcoming election.


Qatar banks seek Asian, European funding as diplomatic crisis bites

DUBAI, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Qatari banks are turning to Asia and Europe for funding after clients from other Arab states pulled billions of dollars from their accounts following a regional diplomatic rift.


Excessive force won't solve Myanmar's Rohingya crisis: Annan panel

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar should respond to a crisis over its Muslim Rohingya community in a "calibrated" way without excessive force, a panel led by former U.N. chief Kofi Annan said on Thursday, adding that radicalization was a danger if problems were not addressed.

Ready, set, tears: 'This Is Us' Season 2 is upon us!

Ready, set, tears.


In economic crisis, Angola votes for first new leader in 38 years

LUANDA (Reuters) - Angolans headed to the polls on Wednesday in a parliamentary election expected to usher in the ruling party's defense minister as the first new leader of Africa's second-biggest oil producer for 38 years.


Wilmington Trust indictment linked to crisis may be tainted -filing

NEW YORK, Aug 22 (Reuters) - A federal indictment against Wilmington Trust Corp and four former executives for allegedly hiding soured loans may need to be dismissed if it was obtained through false grand jury testimony, lawyers for the defendants said on Tuesday.


UPDATE 1-Qatar deposits $6.9 bln in banks in July to offset crisis outflows

* Qatari banks cutting overseas exposure, domestic growing (Adds details, analysis)

US: Diplomacy remains key to N. Korea crisis

Amid tensions with North Korea, the United States and South Korea continue joint military drills. CNN's Lynda Kinkade has more.


U.S. admiral says diplomacy key to resolving North Korea crisis

OSAN, South Korea (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. military's Pacific Command said on Tuesday it was more important to use diplomacy to counter North Korea's missile threat rather than consider what actions by the reclusive North might trigger a preemptive strike.


Australian citizenship crisis erodes support for government

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's government hit a six-month low in a widely-watched opinion poll on Monday, with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's one-seat majority in jeopardy over a citizenship crisis which could see three cabinet ministers thrown out of parliament.


Barcelona Attack Suspects Had Ties to Imam Linked to ISIS

The imam, Abdelbaki Essati, brought the young men under his influence in their mountain town of Ripoll, even though few of them regularly attended mosque.


Iraqi Forces Start Offensive to Retake Tal Afar From ISIS

Tal Afar is one of the last big cities in Iraq still under control of extremists.


Millions of Americans to gaze upon Monday's once-in-a-lifetime eclipse

(Reuters) - Twilight will fall at midday on Monday, stars will glimmer and birds will roost in an eerie stillness as millions of Americans and visitors witness the first total solar eclipse to traverse the United States from coast to coast in 99 years.


Scientist Hawking blames UK government for health service 'crisis'

LONDON (Reuters) - Physicist Stephen Hawking has criticized the British government for causing a crisis in the state-run National Health Service (NHS), saying it had to be protected from becoming a profit-making U.S.-style system.


Seventh Australian senator referred to High Court as citizenship crisis deepens

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - A crisis engulfing Australia's parliament has widened after a key independent senator became the seventh parliamentarian referred to the High Court to determine if his dual citizenship makes him ineligible to sit in parliament.

Mosul (Iraq)

Revived After Mosul, Iraqi Forces Prepare to Battle ISIS in Tal Afar

Iraqi forces, who suffered heavy casualties in the monthslong battle for Mosul, are ready to launch their fight to retake Tal Afar from Islamic State fighters, American officials said.


Exclusive: Mexico's top diplomat visits Cuba to seek help on Venezuela crisis

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's foreign minister is in Havana hoping to persuade Cuba, one of Venezuela's top allies, to help resolve the tense political situation in the beleaguered South American nation, according to a senior Mexican official briefed about the trip.


Australia's citizenship crisis spreads, key Senator under a cloud

CANBERRA/SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's widening citizenship crisis entangled a seventh politician on Friday, a key independent senator whose support is critical for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to pass legislation through a hostile Senate.


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* Premier - on aug 15 ‍concluded previous statements in qtrly reports on form 10-q for qtrs ended dec 31,2016 & march 31, should no longer be relied upon​​

The futuristic plastic homes that paid the price of the oil crisis

Why aren't more of us choosing to holiday in plastic cabins?


Trump's crisis spurs talk of White House departures

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON, Aug 16 (Reuters) - President Donald Trump’s turnabout on the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia has rocked his administration, leading to rising speculation that some top officials may be looking for a way out.

United States Politics and Government

Trump’s Embrace of Racially Charged Past Puts Republicans in Crisis

The president’s response to the Charlottesville violence has drawn starkly different reactions between his core supporters and party leaders who fear political oblivion.

My grandparents would be shocked by Trump

My grandparents, Myron Kuznicki and Raisse Volovitz, arrived in America in the 1920s. At the time, they were escaping anti-Semitism in Russia and Ukraine.


U.N. chief: Venezuela gov't, opposition talks needed to solve crisis

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday that Venezuela's government and opposition needed to talk and compromise to solve the country's political crisis.

My uncle was radicalized like ISIS, nephew says

Jacob Scott, the nephew of Peter Tefft, a white nationalist who demonstrated in Charlottesville, talks to CNN about Tefft's online radicalization.


Despite losing trial to Taylor Swift, DJ insists he never groped her

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The former Colorado radio DJ who lost a court case to Taylor Swift insisted on Tuesday that he "never grabbed" the pop star's bare buttocks while posing for a photo with her four years ago.

Do US-South Korean war games risk escalating crisis?


ISIS Claims Suicide Bombing That Killed at Least 15 in Pakistan

The bomber riding a motorcycle on Saturday rammed a military truck in Quetta, ahead of Pakistan’s 70th anniversary of independence.

Google Inc

A Crisis Forces Google to Uphold Its Values While Fostering Debate

Employees are encouraged to speak up in online forums, but those forums have become heated over an internal memo that questioned the role of women in tech.

US B-1 bombers ready if called upon by Trump

Shortly after tweeting the US military was "locked and loaded" should North Korea "act unwisely," President Donald Trump returned to Twitter on Friday to emphasize his point by retweeting images of US B-1 bombers currently stationed in Guam.


Sanctions not the solution for Venezuela crisis: U.N. expert

GENEVA (Reuters) - Imposing sanctions on Venezuela is not the answer to resolving the growing crisis in the country which is already reeling from shortages of food and medicines, a United Nations human rights investigator said on Friday.

New Orleans flooding crisis by the numbers

Louisiana's governor declared a state of emergency in New Orleans as officials and residents scramble in the aftermath of last Saturday's heavy storm that left the city underwater this week.

North Korea

A Timely Guide to the North Korea Crisis

North Korea, long a source of global tension, overtook the news this week when President Trump threatened “fire and fury like the world has never seen.”


Olympics: IOC monitoring North Korea crisis, 2018 Games 'on track'

BERLIN (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee said on Thursday it was "closely monitoring" rising tensions on the Korean peninsula, less than 200 days before the 2018 Winter Olympics are set to begin in South Korea's Pyeongchang.


China seethes on sidelines amid latest North Korea crisis

BEIJING (Reuters) - Angered as the United States and its allies ignore Chinese calls to calm tensions over North Korea, and distracted by domestic concerns, China is largely sitting out the latest crisis with nuclear-armed Pyongyang.


Rouble steady as higher oil offset U.S. and North Korea crisis

MOSCOW, Aug 10 (Reuters) - The Russian rouble was stable on early trade on Thursday, under the pressure from geopolitical tensions between the United States and North Korea but supported by rising oil prices.

Opinion: Natanyahu's political crisis

In Israeli politics, the old saying goes, you can be dead or dead and buried. There are rarely second acts. But then there is Benjamin Netanyahu -- a man who has survived defeat, scandal and now, in his fourth term, stands to become the longest-serving Israeli Prime Minister in Israel's short history. In doing so he would surpass the towering figure of David Ben-Gurion.

Europe is facing a major butter crisis

Europe is facing a major butter crisis.


RPT-GRAPHIC-Ten-years from global financial crisis: a decade in charts

LONDON, Aug 9 (Reuters) - Ten years ago on Wednesday marked the start for many observers of the global financial crisis - a series of rolling credit shocks and bank crashes that led to the deepest world recession for a generation and a decade of slow growth and painful repair.


Scant oversight, corporate secrecy preceded U.S. weed killer crisis

NEW YORK (Reuters) - As the U.S. growing season entered its peak this summer, farmers began posting startling pictures on social media: fields of beans, peach orchards and vegetable gardens withering away.


INSIGHT-Scant oversight, corporate secrecy preceded U.S. weed killer crisis

* New formulations of herbicide dicamba blamed for widespread crop damage


Diplomacy fails to defuse India, China border crisis: sources

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's diplomatic efforts to end a seven-week military standoff with China have hit a roadblock, people briefed on the talks said, prompting Chinese state-run media to trumpet rhetoric of "unavoidable countermeasures" on the unmarked border.


Vowing Again to Tackle Opioid Crisis, Trump Faults His Predecessor

The president met with top advisers at his New Jersey golf club to discuss the drug overdose problem, but offered no specific initiatives to stem the tide.


Trump says U.S. will 'win' in fight against opioid crisis

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Tuesday the United States had no alternative but to defeat an epidemic of opioid drug use, but announced no new policies to combat the health crisis that kills more than 100 Americans daily.


Trump plans 'major briefing' on opioid crisis

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump has scheduled what he called a "major briefing" for Tuesday on the epidemic of opioid drug use in the United States, a health crisis that kills more than 100 Americans daily.


Diplomacy to defuse India, China border crisis slams into a wall: sources

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's diplomatic efforts to end a seven-week military standoff with China have hit a roadblock, people briefed on the talks said, prompting Chinese state-run media to trumpet rhetoric of "unavoidable countermeasures" on the unmarked border.


Trump to hold briefing on opioid crisis at 3 p.m./1900 GMT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said he will hold a briefing on Tuesday to discuss the opioid crisis in the United States.

Trump gets a win, but sees no easing of crisis

The Trump administration can claim a genuine foreign policy win, marked by deft diplomacy on two continents, following the passage of the most punitive UN sanctions ever imposed against North Korea.

Temple Mount (Jerusalem)

Jordan’s King, Spurred by Jerusalem Mosque Crisis, Meets With Palestinian Leader

The visit sent a message to Jordanians angry over the hero’s welcome given to an Israeli Embassy guard who fatally shot two Jordanians in Amman.

ISIS and Taliban join forces in deadly attack

Taliban and ISIS forces launched a joint attack on a village in northern Afghanistan, killing 50 people including women and children, local officials claimed.

Refugees and Displaced Persons

Children’s Authors Take On the Refugee Crisis

More than a dozen new books feature young displaced Muslims as protagonists as writers use the current tumult to personalize the conflicts for readers.

Trump relatively quiet on opioid crisis, despite campaign vows

President Donald Trump has visited West Virginia -- one of the states hit hardest by the opioid crisis -- twice in the last two weeks. Although his presidential commission on opioids urged him Monday to declare the epidemic a public health emergency, Trump has been relatively quiet on the issue.

Police: ISIS plotted to blow up plane

Police in Australia say they have uncovered details of two ISIS terror attack plans targeting a commercial airliner. CNN's Brian Todd reports.


BRIEF-Dyadic concludes research services agreement with Dupont

* Dyadic announces the conclusion of its research services agreement with Dupont


OIC, UN working together to solve Rohingya refugee crisis: OIC chief

DHAKA (Reuters) - The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the United Nations are working with Bangladesh's government to solve the Rohingya refugee crisis, the head of OIC said on Friday.


Australia Details ‘Sophisticated’ Plot by ISIS to Take Down Plane

Two men were charged in a plot to carry an explosive onto a plane after receiving help from an Islamic State operative in Syria.


On the Front Lines of Ohio’s Heroin Crisis: Playwrights

New plays are portraying and exploring opioid addiction, using the theater industry’s response to the AIDS epidemic as a model.

Australian police: ISIS sent IED parts to would-be plane bombers

A senior ISIS commander sent parts to make an improvised explosive device (IED) to the two men who were arrested in connection to an alleged plot to take down a passenger plane, Australian police have said.

Envoy credits Trump for weakening ISIS

Special envoy Brett McGurk says that changes implemented by the Trump administration have lead to ISIS' zone of control to rapidly shrink. CNN's Michelle Kosinski reports.

Father of girl on Afghan robotics team killed in ISIS bombing

The father of a member of the Afghan all-girls robotics team that made headlines last month after overcoming US visa obstacles died this week in an ISIS bombing in Herat, Afghanistan.

5 reasons why we should care about the crisis in Venezuela

You've seen the news reports: the protests in the streets, the long lines at the stores. But you may not have paid much attention to the chaos gripping Venezuela.

The United States and Russia are plunging deeper into their worst crisis since the Cold War

The United States and Russia are plunging deeper into their worst crisis since the Cold War, with politics in both nations outpacing the capacity of either government to mitigate the danger.

Mattis, Tillerson to talk about ISIS war

Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will brief a Senate panel Wednesday on the prospects for a new authorization for the war against ISIS.


Embassy attack fuels fears ISIS bringing Iraq war to Afghanistan

KABUL (Reuters) - An attack on the Iraqi embassy in Kabul has reinforced fears that Islamic State militants are seeking to bring the group's Middle East conflict to Afghanistan, though evidence of fighters relocating from Iraq and Syria remains elusive.


Shunned from bond market, U.S. Virgin Islands faces cash crisis

ST. CROIX, V.I. (Reuters) - For a glimpse at the precarious financial health of this Caribbean island, visit its public hospital.

Sen. Flake: GOP facing identity crisis

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) says the Republican Party is in danger of losing its identity by taking up unfamiliar banners such as populism and xenophobia.


In Mosul, Revealing the Last ISIS Stronghold

A photojournalist for The New York Times documented the devastating toll within the Islamic State’s last holdout area in Mosul’s Old City.


Embattled trader Noble Group pays $40 million bond coupon: market sources

SINGAPORE/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Singapore-listed commodities trader Noble Group Ltd has paid the coupon on its 2020 bond, market sources said on Tuesday, helping to reduce worries about the company's immediate ability to service its debt.


UPDATE 1-Embattled trader Noble Group pays $40 mln bond coupon - market sources

* In overhaul, Noble last week flagged more asset sales, big loss


Noble Group pays coupon on 2020 bond - market sources

SINGAPORE, Aug 1 (Reuters) - Singapore-listed commodities trader Noble Group Ltd has paid the coupon on its 2020 bond, market sources said on Tuesday.

What next after Venezuela's vote? Crisis and isolation


New Dangers Stalk Syrian Children Still Haunted by Horrors Under ISIS

Children born and raised under Islamic State rule have experienced and witnessed astonishing brutality, even by the cruel standards of the Syrian war.


Suspected diphtheria cases up in crisis-stricken Venezuela, data suggests

CARACAS (Reuters) - Diphtheria, a serious bacterial infection that is fatal in 5 to 10 percent of cases, appears to still be spreading in Venezuela amid unsanitary living conditions and shortages of basic medicines, rarely available data suggested this week.


Vanishing Land Fuels ‘Looming Crisis’ Across Africa

Climate change, soil degradation and rising wealth are shrinking the amount of arable land in Africa. But the number of people who need it is rising fast.


Arab League urges Israel to learn lessons from Al-Aqsa crisis

CAIRO (Reuters) - The Arab League said on Thursday Israel's removal of new security measures that sparked days of violence at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque had solved the immediate crisis but urged it to learn lessons by desisting from any such steps in future.


UPDATE 3-Price hikes power Dow's results ahead of DuPont merger

* Revenue up 16 pct (Adds conference call details, analyst comment, share movement)

Dancing to defy ISIS

Ahmad Joudeh loved to dance but when ISIS stormed his neighborhood in Damascus they threatened to kill him for his art. He now performs across Europe.

Yazidi (Religious Sect)

Freed From ISIS, Yazidi Women Return in ‘Severe Shock’

In tents in northern Iraq, a grim scene of barely conscious women and girls hints at the cost of three years of sexual enslavement.


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.

Venezuela crisis: Latest updates

Venezuela has allowed CNN correspondents in to the crisis-hit country ahead of Sunday's vote called by the government to elect a special assembly to rewrite the 1999 constitution. Here is the latest:


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.