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Motor racing: Stirling Moss retires from public life at 88

LONDON (Reuters) - British Formula One great Stirling Moss is retiring from public life at the age of 88 to rest and spend more time with his family, his son Elliot announced on Friday.


U.S. military puts 'great power competition' at heart of strategy: Mattis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military has put countering China and Russia at the center of a new national defense strategy unveiled on Friday, the latest sign of shifting American priorities after more than a decade and a half of focusing on the fight against Islamist militants.


Slowly, Germany begins to ponder life after Merkel

BERLIN (Reuters) - She has not faced a credible challenge to her rule as German chancellor for more than 12 years. Now, members of Angela Merkel's conservatives are starting to look ahead to potential alternatives to lead their party and country.


UPDATE 1-Lincoln Financial to buy Liberty Life Assurance Co for $3.3 bln

Jan 19 (Reuters) - Lincoln Financial Group said on Friday it would buy fellow insurer Liberty Life Assurance Co of Boston for about $3.3 billion from Liberty Mutual to boost its presence in the group benefits market.


BRIEF-Protective Enters Agreement To Reinsure Liberty Life, Annuity Business



Op-Ed Contributor: How the Pro-Life Movement Has Promoted Liberal Values

Right-to-life advocacy supported the advance of free speech.


Turkish minister says military operation in Syria's Afrin should happen without delay

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's Defence Minister Nurettin Canikli said on Friday that a military operation in Syria's Afrin region should be carried out without delay and that Ankara and Moscow would continue talks about Turkey's planned military action.

Phelps: 'I am extremely thankful that I did not take my life'

Far from the familiar waters of an Olympic pool, swimmer Michael Phelps shared the story of his personal encounter with depression at a mental health conference in Chicago this week.

N. Korea plans pre-Olympics military parade, diplomats say

The Winter Olympics opening ceremony may not be the only parade North Korea is planning on participating in next month.


North Korea may hold military parade on eve of Olympics, analysts say

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea may be preparing to hold a military parade on the eve of next month's winter Olympics in South Korea, analysts and diplomats say, even as the two countries have sought to mend ties.

Bicycles and Bicycling

Modern Love: The Bike That Saved My Life

Saddled with a run-down house, a faltering marriage and a vanishing bank account, a woman takes to her two-wheeler.


Japan criticizes U.S. for military flights over school in Okinawa

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan criticized the U.S. military on Friday for breaking a pledge to avoid flying helicopters over a school next to its base in Okinawa, a rare flash of discord with Tokyo's main ally.


UPDATE 1-MetLife, U.S. regulators agree to set aside legal fight

WASHINGTON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - The U.S. government and MetLife Inc announced on Thursday they would jointly seek to dismiss an appeal over whether the insurance company should face stricter oversight as a key part of the financial system.


MetLife, U.S. regulators agree to set aside legal fight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government and MetLife announced on Thursday they would jointly be seeking to dismiss an appeal over whether the insurance company should face stricter oversight as a key part of the financial system.


Jordan says Israel apologizes for deaths of two Jordanians at embassy

AMMAN (Reuters) - Jordan said on Thursday that Israel had formally apologized for the deaths of two of its citizens killed by an Israeli security guard last July in an incident that soured ties and led to the closure of the Israeli embassy in Amman, state media said.


Jordan says Israel apologizes for killing of two Jordanians in embassy incident

AMMAN (Reuters) - Jordan said on Thursday that Israel had formally apologized for the deaths of two of its citizens killed by an Israeli security guard last July in an incident that has soured ties and led to the closure of the Israeli embassy in Amman, state media said.


UPDATE 1-Train crashes in Mexico City suburb, killing at least 5

MEXICO CITY, Jan 18 (Reuters) - A train derailed in a densely populated Mexico City suburb on Thursday morning, killing at least five people, local authorities said.


Jordan says Israel apologizes for killing of two Jordanians in embassy incident: government spokesman

AMMAN (Reuters) - Jordan said on Thursday that Israel has formally apologized for the deaths of two of its citizens killed by an Israeli security guard last July in an incident that has soured ties and led to the closure of the Israeli embassy in Amman, state media said.

Trump: 'Worst thing' about shutdown would be effect on military

President Donald Trump told reporters at the Pentagon Thursday that he the worst results of a possible government shutdown would be the impact on the US military.


Train crashes in Mexico City suburb, killing at least five

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A train derailed in a densely populated Mexico City suburb on Thursday morning, killing at least five people, local authorities said.


Suspected Boko Haram attack in Niger kills at least four soldiers

NIAMEY (Reuters) - Suspected Boko Haram fighters have killed at least four soldiers and a civilian in an attack on a military post in Niger's southeastern Diffa region, local officials and two security sources said on Thursday.


Train crashes in Mexico City suburb, killing at least 5

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A train derailed in a densely populated Mexico City suburb on Thursday morning, killing at least five people, local authorities said.


China is a disruptive force, U.S. Pacific military chief says

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. military's Pacific command called China a disruptive power in the Indo-Pacific region on Thursday and urged countries in the area to build capabilities and work together to ensure free and open seas.


Emirates hands Airbus A380 superjumbo a lifeline with $16 billion order

NANTES, France (Reuters) - Emirates announced a deal for up to 36 Airbus A380 aircraft on Thursday worth as much as $16 billion at list prices, saving the world's biggest passenger jet from death row and securing its future for at least another decade.


Emirates hands Airbus A380 superjumbo lifeline with $16 billion order

NANTES, France (Reuters) - Emirates announced a deal for up to 36 Airbus A380 aircraft on Thursday worth as much as $16 billion at list prices, saving the world's biggest passenger jet from death row and securing its future for at least another decade.


Emirates hands A380 superjumbo lifeline with $16 billion order

NANTES, France (Reuters) - Emirates announced a deal for up to 36 Airbus A380 aircraft on Thursday worth as much as $16 billion at list prices, saving the world's biggest passenger jet from death row and securing its future for at least another decade.


Bus catches fire in Kazakhstan, killing 52 Uzbeks: Kazakh Interior Ministry

ALMATY (Reuters) - A bus caught fire in a remote part of Kazakhstan on Thursday, killing 52 citizens of neighboring Uzbekistan, the Kazakh Interior Ministry said on Thursday.


Bus catches fire in Kazakhstan, killing 52: Interior Ministry

ALMATY (Reuters) - Fifty-two people were killed after a bus they were traveling in caught fire in Kazakhstan's north-western Aktau region, the country's interior ministry said on Thursday.

White supremacists responsible for most extremist killings in 2017, ADL says

White supremacists were responsible for the majority of extremist killings in 2017 compared to other groups, according to a newly released report by the Anti-Defamation League.

Politics and Government

A Girl’s Killing Puts Germany’s Migration Policy on Trial

A deadly stabbing in a small German town has become Exhibit A for those arguing that Germany’s migration policy has increased the risk of violent crime.


How neighborhoods shape life with diabetes

(Reuters Health) - - People with diabetes who live in poor communities with limited access to exercise facilities or grocery stores may have a harder time managing their symptoms than diabetics living in more affluent areas, a U.S. study suggests.


Trilobites: Being Antisocial Leads to a Longer Life. For Marmots.

Unlike most mammals, yellow-bellied marmots with more active social lives died younger than those that kept to themselves, scientists found after tracking them for 13 years.


Italy approves military mission in Niger, more troops to North Africa

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's parliament approved on Wednesday an increased military presence in Libya and the deployment of up to 470 troops in Niger to combat migration and the trafficking of people toward Europe, many of whom wash up on Italian shores.


Indonesia sends military to help fight health crisis in Papua

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia is deploying military paramedics to carry food and vaccines to a remote part of its easternmost province of Papua, where reports say at least 61 infants died from malnutrition and diseases such as measles.

Trump expands US military footprint despite his rhetoric as candidate

At one rally after the next, candidate Donald Trump lamented the "trillions of dollars spent and thousands of lives lost" in the Middle East, criticized his opponent as a warmonger and signaled he would scale back US military commitments abroad.

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Joshua Wong, Democracy Advocate, Is Sentenced in Hong Kong

Joshua Wong got three months in prison for his role in 2014 protests demanding freer elections for the leader of Hong Kong.


Nations to consider more North Korea sanctions, U.S. warns on military option

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Twenty nations agreed on Tuesday to consider tougher sanctions to press North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned Pyongyang it could trigger a military response if it did not chose negotiations.

Killing NAFTA would cost 300,000 US jobs, analysis shows


FDA to speed review of medical products for use by military

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Department of Defense launched a program on Tuesday to speed the development and review of medical products needed by the military, such as freeze-dried plasma that could prevent wounded troops from bleeding to death.

Cooking and Cookbooks

In Canada, Hunting and Preserving an Indigenous Way of Life

As the country grapples with a troubled past, a new generation of cooks and scholars is reclaiming and spreading the cuisine of its ancestors.


FDA to speed review of medical products used by military

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Department of Defense launched a program on Tuesday to speed up the development of drugs that could be used by military personnel.

Experts: Massive oil spill off China's coast may affect marine life for decades

A massive oil tanker that sank off the coast of China could affect marine life for decades, environmentalists and experts say.

Capital Punishment

To Try to Save Client’s Life, a Lawyer Ignored His Wishes. Can He Do That?

The Supreme Court will decide whether Larry English violated his client’s constitutional rights by telling the jury the man killed three people.

Politics and Government

Op-Ed Columnist: John Stuart Mill Showed Democracy as a Way of Life

The Victorian-era philosopher is a hero of democracy.


Ugandan lawyers seek to quash Museveni 'president for life' law

KAMPALA (Reuters) - Uganda's leading lawyers sought on Monday to overturn a law that critics say would allow incumbent leader Yoweri Museveni to effectively become president for life.


Enjoying the high life, up on the roof in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv (Reuters) - When it comes to the high life in Tel Aviv, residents of the Mediterranean metropolis need look no further than their own rooftops.


MOVES-StanChart's Kheraj to chair Rothesay Life

LONDON, Jan 15 (IFR) - Naguib Kheraj, who used to run JP Morgan Cazenove, has been appointed chairman of bulk annuity provider Rothesay Life.


Four Pakistani soldiers killed in Indian fire across tense Kashmir frontier

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Four Pakistani soldiers were killed on Monday in shelling by Indian forces in the disputed Kashmir region, the Pakistani army said, the latest clash between the nuclear-armed neighbors who have also been exchanging heated challenges.

United States Defense and Military Forces

Military Quietly Prepares for a Last Resort: War With North Korea

It’s normal for American commanders to draw up combat plans. But recent exercises signal that the military wants to be ready for options on the Korean Peninsula.

Fashion and Apparel

In Milan, Military Rigor Meets Instagram Excess

Neil Barrett hones his classic style while Versace ranges from zebra stripes to velvet suiting.


Transgender U.S. military recruits enlist amid uncertainty

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Transgender Americans are openly enlisting in the U.S. military for the first time, saying they feel confident that court rulings blocking Republican President Donald Trump's ban on their service will stand.

Hawaii's chill lifestyle was turned upside down after an incoming missile alert was mistakenly sent

Residents of Hawaii and folks on holiday glanced at their phones Saturday morning and were greeted by an ominous message.


U.S. military’s Pacific Command says ballistic missile warning sent in error to Hawaii

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military's Pacific Command said on Saturday there was no ballistic missile threat to Hawaii after an official message was mistakenly sent to Hawaii residents' mobile phones warning them of an imminent attack.

Liberalism (US Politics)

Op-Ed Columnist: Is There Life After Liberalism?

Neither the populists nor the philosophers are ready with alternatives.

Man confesses to 1993 killing in TV interview

Frank McAlister's death nearly 25 years ago had long stumped detectives. The 19-year-old's skeletal remains were found in rural Northern California months after the car he'd been driving was found mysteriously abandoned in a Costco parking lot in Redding.

Obama on his post-White House life

Former President Barack Obama makes his first talk show appearance since leaving office.

Killen, Edgar Ray

Edgar Ray Killen, Convicted in ’64 Killings of Rights Workers, Dies at 92

Mr. Killen, who died in prison, drew a 60-year sentence in 2005 after evading conviction 41 years earlier in the murders of three civil rights campaigners.


Edgar Ray Killen, convicted in 'Mississippi Burning' killings, dead at 92

(Reuters) - Edgar Ray Killen, the preacher and Ku Klux Klansman convicted and sent to prison more than 40 years after he plotted the 1964 slayings of three civil rights activists in the "Mississippi Burning" case, died on Thursday night at the age of 92, Mississippi correction officials said.

Cooking and Cookbooks

Where Has This Treat Been All Your Life? Canada

With its flaky pastry, caramelized crust and bracingly sweet filling, the butter tart has it all.


Myanmar's Suu Kyi says army admission on killings a positive step

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Friday it was "positive" that the country's military was taking responsibility for the actions of troops, after the army said soldiers were involved in killing 10 captured Rohingya Muslims.


Canada's Sun Life sees $200 mln Q4 charge from U.S. tax reform

Jan 12 (Reuters) - Canadian insurer Sun Life Financial said on Friday it will take a one-time charge of about $200 million in the fourth quarter due to the impact of the recently enacted U.S. tax reform.


Canada lynx no longer threatened by extinction: U.S. wildlife agency

PINEDALE, Wyo. (Reuters) - The Canada lynx, a wild cat found in just a handful of mostly western U.S. states as well as Canada, no longer needs federal protection from extinction in the Lower 48 states, U.S. wildlife officials said on Thursday, sparking an outcry from conservationists.


Wilder sentenced to community service for marijuana possession

(Reuters) - Heavyweight boxing champion Deontay Wilder was ordered to perform 60 hours of community service on Thursday after being found guilty of misdemeanor marijuana possession.

Ingredients for life found in meteorites


Myanmar admission soldiers killed Rohingya 'an important step': U.S. envoy

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's admission that soldiers were involved in the murder of 10 Muslims in September was an important step and the United States hoped it would be followed by more transparency and accountability, the U.S. ambassador said on Thursday.


Gourmet chocolate becomes economic lifeline in Venezuela crisis

CARACAS (Reuters) - In a modest apartment near a Caracas slum, nutrition professor Nancy Silva and four aids spread rich, dark Venezuelan cocoa on a stone counter to make chocolate bars to be sold in...


Japan protests presence of Chinese military ship in waters near disputed islands

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan on Thursday protested to China after a Chinese military vessel was detected in waters near disputed islands in the East China Sea, calling on China to avoid actions that could interfere with improving bilateral ties.

US military leader threatens ISIS with death by shovel

The top enlisted leader in the US military has issued a stark and graphic warning to all remaining ISIS fighters: Surrender or face a violent death at the hands of coalition forces, who will carry out the task using anything from bombs to entrenchment shovels.


'Sell Drugsz' rapper sentenced for narcotics trafficking in Rhode Island

BOSTON (Reuters) - A Rhode Island rapper whose songs include "Sell Drugsz" and "Feds Watching" has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for trafficking heroin and fentanyl, federal prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Her life is here. Now she's being told to leave.

A recurring nightmare shakes Gilma Ramirez from her slumber in the predawn hours. She awakens with her heart palpitating, tears welling up.


Rex Reed Bangs a Gong on the Mediocrity of Modern Life

The tirelessly acidic film critic recalls when screens were silver, not small; when actors were stars, not celebrities; and when written opinion wasn’t free.


Soldiers loot arms, burn military base in Ivory Coast's second largest city

ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Soldiers in Ivory Coast's second largest city looted weapons from the base of a rival elite military unit before setting it on fire during an overnight clash, leaders of the faction that carried out the raid said on Wednesday.


Soldiers loot arms, burn military base in Ivory Coast's second city

ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Soldiers in Ivory Coast's second largest city looted weapons from the base of an elite military unit overnight before setting it on fire, leaders of the faction said on Wednesday.


Japanese canoeist faces life ban for spiking rival's drink

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese sprint canoeist is facing a life ban after admitting to spiking a rival's drink with an anabolic steroid to scuttle his Olympic dreams, the Kyodo news agency reported on Wednesday.


Tom Brady Gave a Filmmaker Unusual Access to His Private Life

It is unclear how much Bill Belichick and the Patriots know about the project.


Trump orders mental health aid for military veterans to prevent suicide

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order directing government departments to try to prevent suicide among military veterans by treating mental health problems before they become more serious.


Trump to order mental health aid to prevent suicide among military veterans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Tuesday was set to sign an executive order that will direct government departments to try to prevent suicide among military veterans by treating mental health problems before they become more serious.


Chinese court jails two for life over $2.4 billion pyramid scheme

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A Chinese court has sentenced two people to life imprisonment for fraud in a 15.6 billion-yuan ($2.39 billion) pyramid scheme that sucked in more than 200,000 people.

Books and Literature

Nonfiction: What Life in Confinement Meant for Ezra Pound’s Work

In “The Bughouse,” Daniel Swift explores the relationship between Pound’s mental state and his poetic genius.


Japan calls on U.S. to take safety steps in wake of Okinawa military incidents

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese officials on Tuesday called on the United States to take thorough measures to protect Japanese citizens a day after a U.S. helicopter made an emergency landing on the grounds of a hotel on the southern island of Okinawa.


Four sentenced to prison, college fraternity banned for hazing death

STROUDSBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania court on Monday sentenced four members of a national college fraternity to a maximum of two years in prison and banned the group from operating in the state for 10 years because of the 2013 death of a student during hazing incident.


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Greek court temporarily freezes asylum to Turkish soldier

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece won on Monday a temporary injunction freezing asylum granted to a Turkish soldier who fled with seven others to the country after a botched coup attempt against Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in 2016.


U.S. military helicopter makes emergency landing at Japanese hotel

TOKYO (Reuters) - A U.S. attack helicopter made an emergency landing in the grounds of a hotel on Japan's Okinawa island on Monday, the latest in a string of mishaps involving U.S. military aircraft that has fueled public opposition to the U.S. presence there.


Cambodia marks 39 years since fall of brutal 'killing fields' regime

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Thousands of Cambodian survivors of the Khmer Rouge on Sunday marked 39 years since the fall of the brutal regime that killed an estimated 1.7 million people.

Vietnam War

Vietnam '67: Soldiers in la Guerra

Latinos made up a disproportionately high number of the Vietnam War’s casualties.


To Get a Loved One’s Face, a Lifelike Mask in Return

NYU surgeons hope a 3-D printed reproduction will encourage people to donate the faces of dying family members for use as transplants.

Teen 'engulfed in flames' while roasting marshmallows fights for her life

Family and friends describe 14-year-old Layne Chesney as an avid softball player already in the sights of college scouts. Now, the South Florida teen is in critical condition after a fire on New Year's Eve.


American Detained by U.S. Military Says He Wants to Sue

An American citizen being held as an enemy combatant has told the A.C.L.U. he wants the group to represent him in challenging his indefinite wartime detention.


Georgian ex-president sentenced in absentia for abuse of power

TBILISI (Reuters) - A Georgian court sentenced former leader Mikheil Saakashvili in absentia to three years in prison on Friday for seeking to cover up evidence about the murder of a Georgian banker when he was president - a verdict which he denounced as illegal.


North Korea agrees to talks after U.S., South Korea postpone military drills

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea agreed on Friday to hold official talks with the South next week, the first in more than two years, hours after the United States and South Korea delayed a military exercise amid a standoff over the North's nuclear and missile programs.


North Korea agrees to talks after U.S.-South Korea military drills are postponed

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea agreed on Friday to hold official talks with the South next week, the first in more than two years, hours after the United States and South Korea delayed a military exercise amid a standoff over the North's nuclear and missile programs.


Peru's pardoned Fujimori leaves clinic, starts life as free man

LIMA (Reuters) - Peru's recently-pardoned former authoritarian leader Alberto Fujimori left a hospital as a free man for the first time in 12 years on Thursday, waving to his supporters from a wheelchair before entering a car with his lawmaker son Kenji.

US, South Korea to suspend military drills during Olympics

US President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in have agreed to delay their regular joint military drills during the Winter Olympic Games in February, Korea's presidential office said Thursday.

Opinion: Does alien life exist?

Last month, the New York Times published an article describing a secret government program investigating reports by military pilots of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) they encountered in the course of their daily duties. The media was awash with stories of flying saucers and extraterrestrial encounters, with scientists downplaying the likelihood of alien visitation and UFO enthusiasts exclaiming their excitement.


U.S. military warns against getting hopes up over North Korean overture

SEOUL (Reuters) - The head of U.S. forces in South Korea warned on Thursday against raising hopes over North Korea's peace overture amid a war of words between the United States and the reclusive North over its nuclear and missile programs.


Israeli military to probe death of disabled Palestinian in Gaza

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The Israeli military said on Thursday it would further investigate the death of a wheechair-bound Palestinian who was killed in clashes over U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.


Plane wreck lifted from Sydney river after crash killing British CEO

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian air crash investigators and police on Thursday hoisted the wreckage of a seaplane from the Sydney river where it sank after crashing on New Year's Eve, killing six people including the chief executive of British catering company Compass Group Plc.

Traffic Accidents and Safety

Peru Bans Buses From Road Where Bus Plunged, Killing 51

The scene of the accident is a notorious stretch of road known as the Devil’s Curve that has been the site of at least 20 accidents since 1990.

Republicans in South Carolina want to honor black Confederate soldiers. There's just one problem...

At a time when people are battling over whether to take down Confederate War statues and memorials, a pair of state lawmakers in South Carolina want to put one up.


U.N. human rights officials urge Iran to spare life of juvenile murderer

GENEVA (Reuters) - United Nations human rights experts called on Iran to spare the life of a man, due to be executed on Thursday, who was convicted of raping and killing a child when he was a juvenile.


Op-Ed Contributor: P.C. Language Saved My Life

What I wish kids growing up in West Baltimore like me knew about “zi,” “zer,” and being gender non-binary.

Traffic Accidents and Safety

Peru Bus Plunges Off ‘Devil’s Curve,’ Killing at Least 48

The bus was carrying 57 passengers to Lima, the capital, when it was hit by a truck and tumbled down a slope to a rocky beach, the police said.


Made in China: New and Potentially Lifesaving Drugs

A growing number of Chinese pharmaceutical companies are trying to break into the United States, seeking regulatory approval to offer their treatments for cancer and other ailments.


Russian military helicopter crashes in Syria, killing two: agencies

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian military MI-24 helicopter crashed in Syria on Dec. 31 due to a technical fault, killing both pilots, Russian news agencies cited the Ministry of Defence as saying on Wednesday.

Palestinian teen charged with slapping Israeli soldier

Israeli military prosecutors have charged a Palestinian teenager with assault and 4 other charges on Monday after she was seen on video slapping an Israeli soldier. CNN's Oren Liebermann reports.


Venezuela says soldier arrested for killing pregnant woman in line for pork

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan authorities arrested a National Guard soldier over the weekend and accused him of shooting a pregnant 18 year-old during an incident that local media described as a melee over scarce pork.

Trump administration to continue to withhold military aid to Pakistan

The White House said Monday that it will continue to withhold $255 million in military aid to Pakistan out of frustration over what it has characterized as Islamabad's obstinance in confronting terrorist networks.


Israel indicts Palestinian teenage girl who punched soldier: army

OFER PRISON, West Bank (Reuters) - Israel indicted a 16-year-old Palestinian girl on Monday on charges including assault for punching an Israeli soldier in the face two weeks ago, an incident which made her into a hero for Palestinians and was seen as humiliating by right-wing Israelis.

Preventive Medicine

Finding Purpose for a Good Life. But Also a Healthy One.

Happiness has little to do with it. Research suggests meaning in your life is important for well-being.


Japan's Nippon Life eyeing M&A for foreign boutique bond and alternative funds

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Nippon Life Insurance Co [NPNLI.UL], which recently struck a deal to buy about a quarter of U.S. investment firm TCW Group, is scouting for opportunities to buy boutique managers of bonds and alternative assets, its president said.


Congo security forces accused of killing two during anti-government protests

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congolese security forces shot dead two men on Sunday during protests against President Joseph Kabila's refusal to step down from office, Human Rights Watch said.

Murders, Attempted Murders and Homicides

Congo Reports Arrest in Killing of 2 U.N. Experts

The experts, Michael Sharp, an American, and Zaida Catalan, a Swede, were investigating crimes associated with a rebellion in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Soldier home for the holidays died rescuing neighbors from NYC fire

Private Emmanuel Mensah joined the Army National Guard one year ago so he could help others, according to his father.

Soldier died rescuing others from fire

Soldier Emmanuel Mensah, 28, was home for Christmas when he was killed in a fire in the Bronx, New York, his father Kwabena Mensah told CNN. CNN's Ana Cabrera reports.

Disc Jockeys

Opinion: A D.J. Could Save Your Life Tonight

A real D.J. is part shaman, part tech wizard, part crowd psychologist, all artist. Many people claim the title, but far fewer embody it.


Greek government applies for cancellation of asylum granted to Turkish soldier

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The Greek government said on Saturday that it had filed a request for the cancellation of the asylum granted to a Turkish soldier accused of involvement in last year's coup attempt.

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The Neediest Cases Fund: ‘It Was His Life or Mine’: A Drastic Plan Altered Her Course

Feeling terrified and tormented, Jacqueline Torres bought a gun. Two decades later, she is still rebuilding her life after serving time for attempted murder.


California suspect held in hoax that led to police killing Kansas man

(Reuters) - A 25-year-old man was in a Los Angeles jail on Saturday in connection with a prank call that resulted in the shooting death of an unarmed man by a Kansas police officer at a home where the caller said hostages were being held, authorities and media reports said.


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

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


Zambia president orders military to help fight cholera spread

LUSAKA (Reuters) - Zambian President Edgar Lungu has directed the military to help fight the spread of cholera, which has killed 41 people in the nation's capital and made more than 1,500 others sick since late September.

Transgender man cautiously hopeful as the date he can join US military nears

Nicolas Talbott, a transgender man, is just days away from his dream: trying to join the military.


U.S. military to accept transgender recruits on Monday: Pentagon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon said on Friday that the U.S. armed forces will begin accepting transgender recruits on Monday as ordered by federal courts after the Trump administration decided not to appeal rulings that blocked President Donald Trump's transgender ban.


Gunman kills two at Houston garage, takes his own life

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A former worker at a Houston auto repair shop fatally shot two employees on Friday and then committed suicide, Houston police said.


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Barring late legal twist, U.S. military to accept transgender recruits

(Reuters) - Transgender people will be allowed to enlist in the U.S. armed forces starting on Monday as ordered by federal courts, unless President Donald Trump's administration seeks last-minute Supreme Court intervention to try to enforce his blocked transgender ban.


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A Word With: Yara Shahidi Leaves Her TV Nest and Preps for Real Life

Ms. Shahidi of “grown-ish” talks about heading to Harvard, keeping company with Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton, and why she calls herself “black-ish.”


BRIEF-Galena Biopharma Stockholders Approve Business Combination With Sellas Life Sciences



Gunmen Attack Cairo Church, Killing at Least 8

The assault on a Coptic Orthodox Church was the latest in a wave of violence targeting the Christian minority in Egypt.


Gunmen attack church near Cairo, killing nine: ministry

CAIRO (Reuters) - Gunmen killed at least nine people including three police in an attack on a Coptic Christian church south of Cairo on Friday, medical and security sources said.


Taiwan president warns China against military aggression

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said on Friday China's military ambitions are becoming more apparent and tension between Taiwan and the mainland must not be resolved through military force.

Here's what our military was up to in December

More than 1.3 million people serve in the five branches of the US armed forces. Add in civilian employees from the US Department of Defense, and you get the world's largest employer: 3.2 million employees, according to the World Economic Forum. Take a look at some of the things the military has been doing in the past month.


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

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


Palestinian teenager who slapped Israeli soldier to face charges - army

OFER PRISON, West Bank (Reuters) - A 16-year-old Palestinian girl who slapped an Israeli officer two weeks ago will face assault charges in an Israeli military court, prosecutors said on Thursday.


Apple, Epson face French legal complaints over allegedly shortening life of products

PARIS, Dec 28 (Reuters) - Smartphone maker Apple and Japanese printer company Epson are facing legal complaints in France over allegedly speeding up the ageing process of their products to stimulate demand.


Taiwan president says China military causing regional instability

TAIPEI (Reuters) - China's frequent military activity is causing regional instability, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said on Thursday, adding that the island's forces have been keeping a close eye on what they are up to.

Crime and Criminals

Killings in New York Fall to a Record Low as Crime Rate Dives Over All

New York is on pace for its lowest homicide total since the 1950s. If the trend holds just a few more days, this year’s total will have declined for 27 straight years, to levels that police officials have said are the lowest since the 1950s.

USSR (Former Soviet Union)

Opinion: Remembering Life in the Soviet Union, One Family Photo at a Time

In family photo albums from the Soviet era, a history of pleasures, hard times and frightened silences can be read.


Gunman opens fire in Moscow pastry factory, killing one

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A gunman opened fire in a pastry factory in Moscow, killing a guard early on Wednesday, officials said.


Gunman opens fire in Moscow factory, killing one, hostages held: RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A gunman opened a fire in a pastry-making factory in Moscow on Wednesday, killing one person and taking an unknown number as hostages, Russian state news agency RIA said, citing a law enforcement source.

Russia runs aggressive military actions

New aggressive military maneuvers by Russia are causing alarm for US officials. CNN's Barbara Starr reports on just how far Russian President Vladimir Putin will push the US -- and what President Trump will do about it.

Tourist carrying husband's painkillers sentenced to 3 years in Egyptian prison

A British woman who says she was carrying painkillers for her ailing partner was sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison and fined the equivalent of $5,611 by an Egyptian court.


Syria says military jet downed in northern Hama, pilot killed

AMMAN (Reuters) - Syria's armed forces said insurgents downed a military jet in northern Hama province on Tuesday, killing the pilot.


Syria says military jet downed in northern Hama and pilot killed

AMMAN (Reuters) - Syria's armed forces said a military jet was downed by insurgents in northern Hama province on Tuesday and the pilot killed, state television said.


U.S. cities sue military over gun background-check system

(Reuters) - The cities of New York, San Francisco and Philadelphia have sued the U.S. Department of Defense to make it fix its system for reporting conviction records to a database used for background checks on gun buyers.

How an overweight shelter dog saved a man's life

Life as a 340-pound man had become unmanageable for Eric O'Grey.

Defense and Military Forces

Cross-Border Clashes in Kashmir Leave 7 Soldiers Dead

On the same day Pakistan allowed an Indian accused of spying a visit from his family, three Pakistani soldiers were killed in Kashmir.


Henry Cisneros gives life lessons on building dreams

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Henry Cisneros has spent his life working to improve U.S. cities, first as San Antonio’s City Councilor in the 1970’s, then as the city’s mayor for eight years and then as the...

Wu Gan (Activist)

Chinese Activist Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison for Shaming Officials

Under President Xi Jinping, determined activists like Wu Gan, who once survived at the edges of official tolerance, have come under concerted attack.


Bahraini military court convicts six to death on terror charges

DUBAI (Reuters) - A Bahraini military court sentenced six Shi'ite Muslim men to death and revoked their citizenship after they were convicted on charges of forming a terrorist cell and plotting to assassinate a military official, Bahrain news agency BNA reported on Monday.


Pakistan allows wife, mother to visit Indian man sentenced to death

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan allowed the wife and mother of an Indian man convicted of spying to visit him on Monday in Islamabad, eight months after he was sentenced to death by a military court.

Christians and Christianity

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Christians Need a New Right-to-Life Movement

I hope for the day when feeding the hungry, caring for the sick and welcoming refugees aren’t political issues at all.


Italy PM plans to shift military forces from Iraq to Niger

ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said on Sunday he would propose to parliament transferring some of the country's troops stationed in Iraq to Niger to fight people smuggling and terrorism.


Peru's Fujimori taken to hospital from prison, life at risk: doctor

LIMA (Reuters) - Peru's former President Alberto Fujimori was rushed from prison to a local hospital by ambulance late on Saturday after suffering a severe drop in blood pressure and abnormal heart rhythm that put him at risk of dying, Fujimori's doctor said.


Myanmar, accused of crackdown, invited to U.S.-Thai military exercise

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Myanmar military, which has been accused of ethnic cleansing against the country's Muslim Rohingya minority, has been invited back as an observer in a major multinational military exercise next year led by the United States and Thailand.       


Bus Plunges Into River in India, Killing Dozens

At least 33 people died when a bus careened off a bridge in the western Indian state of Rajasthan.


Accidentally killing migratory birds not a crime, Trump Administration says

(Reuters) - Energy companies and other businesses that accidentally kill migratory birds will no longer be criminally prosecuted, the Trump administration said Friday in a decision hailed by industry but denounced by environmental groups.


Second court rejects Trump bid to stop transgender military recruits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal appeals court in Washington on Friday rejected a bid by President Donald Trump's administration to prevent the U.S. military from accepting transgender recruits starting Jan. 1, the second court to issue such a ruling this week.


IOC bans 11 Russian winter athletes for life for Sochi 2014 doping

ZURICH (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee said on Friday it had banned 11 Russian athletes for life after they committed doping offences at the 2014 Sochi winter games.

Cop donates kidney to save stranger's life

US says Russia intentionally violating Syria military agreement

The Pentagon has accused Russia of intentionally violating an agreement intended to prevent accidents in the skies over Syria, following a recent unsafe encounter between US F-22s and Russian Su-25 jets.

'Slenderman' stabbing teen sentenced

Anissa Weier, one of two Wisconsin teens charged in the 2014 "Slenderman" stabbing of a classmate, will be committed to a state mental care facility for 25 years, a judge ordered.


Opioid crisis trims U.S. life expectancy, boosts hepatitis C: CDC

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The opioid crisis is rippling through the U.S. healthcare system, causing a spike in rates of hepatitis C related to increased opioid injections and reducing overall life expectancy among Americans, which has fallen for the second year in a row, U.S. health officials said on Thursday.


Wisconsin girl in 'Slenderman' stabbing sentenced to 25 years in psychiatric care

(Reuters) - A Wisconsin girl who along with a friend stabbed a classmate 19 times to placate the fictitious bogeyman "Slenderman" was committed on Thursday to state psychiatric care for 25 years.


Houston woman accused of killing friend, taking baby as her own

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A Houston woman who police said stabbed her friend to death, stole the mother's six-week-old baby girl and tried to pass the infant off as her own was arrested on Thursday, the same day authorities said they had found the missing child alive.


U.S. court rejects Trump bid to stop transgender military recruits on Jan. 1

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal appeals court in Virginia on Thursday rejected a bid by President Donald Trump's administration to prevent the U.S. military from accepting transgender recruits starting Jan. 1.


U.S. life expectancy fell in 2016 as opioid overdoses surged: CDC

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Life expectancy in the United States dipped in 2016 as the number of deaths due to opioid drug overdoses surged and total drug overdose deaths rose 21 percent to 63,600, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday.


A hard knock life for London's rough sleepers

LONDON (Reuters) - Outside London's Piccadilly theater where tickets cost up to 110 pounds and a banner advertising the musical "Annie" reads "It's a hard knock life", Bryan and Kevin sleep in small tents on the street.


Column: With U.S. life expectancy gains down, tax bill will make things worse

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Republican tax bill approved by Congress this week will create financial headaches for millions of taxpayers trying to navigate all the new rates and rules.

Documentary Films and Programs

Review: In ‘A German Life,’ Goebbels’s Secretary Explains Her Actions

Did Goebbels’s secretary do anything more than type? This documentary lets viewers judge.


Turkey seeks life sentences for 60 ex-military over 1997 'post-modern coup'

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Sixty people including a former military chief faced demands for life jail terms over a 1997 campaign of army pressure, known in Turkey as the "post-modern" coup, that toppled the country's first Islamist-led government, state media said on Thursday.


Shots fired at DMZ as North Korean soldier defects to South

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean guards fired warning shots across the heavily militarized border with North Korea on Thursday as a soldier from the North defected in thick fog, complicating efforts to ease tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs.


Shots fired along demilitarized zone as North Korean soldier defects

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean guards fired warning shots across the heavily militarized border with North Korea on Thursday as a soldier from the North defected, officials said, complicating efforts to ease tensions over the Pyongyang's weapons programs.


U.S. creating 'sensational hype' over China's military modernization: ministry

BEIJING (Reuters) - The United States has created "sensational hype" over China's military modernization, the defense ministry has said in reaction to a White House report branding China a competitor seeking to challenge U.S. power.


A Model Life: How Petra Nemcova transformed tragedy into joy

NEW YORK (Reuters) - If Petra Nemcova's life were a movie plot, nobody would believe it.

US life expectancy drops for second year

Life expectancy in the United States has dropped again following last year's decline, which marked the first downturn in more than two decades.

It's the second time a soldier has fled across the demilitarized zone into S. Korea in less than two months

A "low-ranking" North Korean soldier defected to South Korea early Thursday morning across the demilitarized zone between the two countries, South Korea's military said.

Defense and Military Forces

North Korean Soldier Flees Heavily Guarded DMZ to South Korea

The escape was the second in a month by a North Korean soldier across a border guarded by minefields, sentry posts and fences topped with barbed wire.


Why There Are Still Trains in America Without Life-Saving Technology

Congress mandated in 2008 that all passenger rails have automatic-breaking systems. And yet preventable, deadly accidents keep occurring.


North Korean soldier defects to the South: South Korean defense official

SEOUL (Reuters) - A North Korean soldier defected to South Korea early on Thursday, a South Korean defense ministry official said, the second known defection from the North in about five weeks.


New York man sentenced to 15 years for plotting to help Islamic State

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York City resident who pleaded guilty to conspiring to support Islamic State was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Wednesday, U.S. prosecutors said.


Man sentenced to five years for threats to U.S. Jewish groups, stalking

(Reuters) - A former journalist who admitted to calling in bomb threats to U.S. Jewish centers as part of an extensive campaign of cyber stalking his ex-girlfriend was sentenced to five years in prison on Wednesday.


For better quality of life, older cancer patients need more than just medicine

(Reuters Health) - For elderly patients with cancer - who often focus on making the most of the time they have left - financial stability, leisure pursuits and physical activity may have large influences on quality of life, a U.S. study suggests.

2010: How Haitian family's life changed in US

Dady Jean's daughter came to America for treatment for a quake-related injury. They don't know how long they can stay.

Opinion: Is 'It's a Wonderful Life' sexist?

It seems like America's every cultural moment is under review thanks to Harvey Weinstein, Roy Moore and the rest of the men accused of sexual misconduct this year. I can't even watch a Christmas movie like "It's a Wonderful Life" without wondering if it is inherently sexist. And I love that movie.

Sex abuse survivors group urges against celebrating Cardinal's life

Cardinal Bernard Law, who has died 15 years after he resigned as Boston's archbishop amid allegations that he covered up for pedophile priests, will receive a full cardinal's funeral Thursday at St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.


BRIEF-Comtech Telecommunications' Unit Receives $1.5 Million Contract From Brazilian Military



South Korea says delay in military drills aimed only at ensuring peaceful Olympics

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean officials said on Wednesday a proposed delay in military drills with the United States was aimed at ensuring a peaceful 2018 Winter Olympics, not ending the North Korean missile crisis, as relations with China suffered new setbacks.


Hong Kong's underused military land a potential goldmine: but a minefield for government

HONG KONG (Reuters) - As Hong Kong seeks more land to help ease a worsening housing crisis, some lawmakers and activists are urging officials to take a fresh look at little-used swathes of more than $100 billion worth of real estate controlled by the Chinese military.


South Korea says any delay in military drills depends on North Korea's behavior

SEOUL (Reuters) - Any delay in joint military drills with the United States would depend on North Korea's behavior during the 2018 Winter Olympics, officials in Seoul said on Wednesday, while a halt to group tours from China suggested Beijing is still wary.


Review: In ‘The Greatest Showman,’ a P.T. Barnum Smaller Than Life

The film has the ingredients of a splashy good time — the charismatic Hugh Jackman, for one — but it fast becomes a standard-issue holiday biopic.


Venezuela's Maduro says 'terrorists' stole weapons from military unit

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan leftist President Nicolas Maduro said on Tuesday that "terrorists" had broken into a National Guard unit over the weekend and stolen weapons, the latest sign of volatility in the oil-rich country convulsed by a profound economic crisis.


U.N. decries Israel's killing of Gaza amputee, Israel denies he was targeted

GENEVA (Reuters) - A senior U.N. official said on Tuesday that Israel's killing of a disabled Palestinian man protesting against U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital was "incomprehensible", but Israel said he had not been targeted.


Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa drops hint military chief set for vice presidency

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa gave his clearest signal yet on Tuesday that he would appoint as vice president the military leader who led the de facto coup that ousted former leader Robert Mugabe last month.

Disney World show adds life-size Trump

The Hall of Presidents, one of Walt Disney World's popular attractions, reopened after adding a life-size animatronic President Trump.


U.S. seeks life sentence for man in Islamic State beheading plot

BOSTON (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors were due on Tuesday to ask a judge to impose a life sentence on a Massachusetts man found guilty of conspiring to support Islamic State militants in a 2015 plot to attack police and behead a blogger who organized a "Draw Mohammed" contest.


Lawmaker says soldiers in Uganda parliament building, debate on presidency halted

KAMPALA (Reuters) - Uganda's parliament abruptly adjourned a debate over the extension of presidential rule on Tuesday after a lawmaker said soldiers had entered the building.


Speeding train derails on new route in Washington state, killing three

DUPONT, Wash. (Reuters) - An Amtrak train derailed on Monday as it took a corner on a new stretch of track in Washington state at more than twice the speed limit, sending passenger cars tumbling from a bridge and killing at least three people.


Work hard, play hard: Life lessons from Sammy Hagar

(The writer is a Reuters contributor. The opinions expressed are his own.)