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Pro-Kurdish party launches protests against Turkish crackdown

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkey's pro-Kurdish parliamentary opposition launched three months of protests on Tuesday against a state crackdown which has seen dozens of lawmakers and mayors jailed over suspected links to militant separatists.


Say cheese! New Singapore air terminal automates departures with face recognition

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - When a new terminal opens in 2017 at Singapore's Changi Airport, the world's best for five years straight according to a survey, passengers will be able to, in theory, go through check-in to boarding without speaking to another person.

US missile launch expected in Alaska

A missile launch from a Kodiak, Alaska, facility is expected this weekend, according to the US Coast Guard.


Japan's Mizuho chooses Frankfurt for post-Brexit EU hub

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Mizuho Financial Group said it would set up a subsidiary in Frankfurt, the latest Japanese bank to choose the German city as its new base in the European Union as Britain...


Logitech increases outlook after first-quarter beats forecasts

ZURICH (Reuters) - Logitech International raised its profit outlook for the year after strong sales of its gaming and video collaboration products helped the computer peripheral maker beat forecasts in its first quarter.


BRIEF-Dassault Systemes to collaborate on 3D EXPERIENCE PLATFORM with U.S. colleges and universities



Exclusive: Australia to accept first Central American refugees under U.S. deal - sources

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia will accept several dozen Central American refugees within the next few months, two sources familiar with the process told Reuters, the first transfers under a controversial refugee swap arrangement agreed with the United States.


Rathbone Brothers first-half pretax profit up 16.7 percent

LONDON (Reuters) - British wealth manager Rathbone Brothers plc posted a 16.7 percent rise in first-half pretax profit on Tuesday, boosted by market gains and a rise in assets under management.


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.


BRIEF-Dream Industrial REIT announces first U.S. asset acquisition

July 24 (Reuters) - Dream Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust


BRIEF-First Bank reports Q2 earnings per share $0.15

* First Bank reports second quarter 2017 net income of $2.0 million, an increase of 38% from 2016


UPDATE 2-Anadarko becomes first U.S. oil producer to slash 2017 capex

July 24 (Reuters) - U.S. oil producer Anadarko Petroleum Corp posted a larger-than-expected quarterly loss on Monday and said it would cut its 2017 capital budget by $300 million because of depressed oil prices, the first major U.S. oil producer to do so.


Wells Fargo asks court to require client information be returned

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wells Fargo & Co has asked judges in New York and New Jersey to require a lawyer representing a former employee to immediately return reams of client information the bank...


Carlyle seeks $15 billion for its seventh U.S. buyout fund: Bloomberg

(Reuters) - Private equity firm Carlyle Group LP is looking to raise $15 billion for its next U.S. buyout fund, Bloomberg reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the matter.


UPDATE 1-U.S. jury finds AbbVie liable for misrepresentation in first AndroGel verdict

NEW YORK, July 24 (Reuters) - A federal jury in Chicago on Monday found AbbVie Inc fraudulently misrepresented the risks of its testosterone replacement drug AndroGel and ordered the drugmaker to pay $150 million in punitive damages.


BRIEF-Teva announces launch of generic vagifem in U.S.

* Teva announces the launch of generic vagifem in the United States


U.S. jury finds AbbVie liable for misrepresentation in first AndroGel verdict

NEW YORK, July 24 (Reuters) - A federal jury in Chicago on Monday found AbbVie Inc fraudulently misrepresented the risks of its testosterone replacement drug AndroGel and ordered the drugmaker to pay $150 million in punitive damages.


BRIEF-J.P. Morgan launches new MBS agency index

* J.P. Morgan launches new MBS agency index Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:


Britain launches fund to boost electric battery technology

BIRMINGHAM/ LONDON (Reuters) - Britain launched a 246 million-pound ($320 million) fund on Monday to boost the development and manufacturing of electric batteries, a major growth area for the car and energy sectors.


After disapproval, award-winning Singapore cartoonist gets official congrats

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore officials on Monday congratulated the cartoonist who swept the international comic industry's "Oscars", having withdrawn his grant two years ago for portraying the...


Samsung Bioepis launches U.S. sales of Remicade biosmiliar

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's Samsung Bioepis Co Ltd said it started U.S sales of its copy of Johnson & Johnson's rheumatoid arthritis drug Remicade on Monday - a move set to further undermine sales of the U.S. firm's top-selling drug.


BRIEF-Johnson & Johnson announces encouraging first-in-human clinical data for investigational HIV preventive vaccine

* Johnson & Johnson announces encouraging first-in-human clinical data for investigational HIV preventive vaccine


UPDATE 1-Malaysia's CIMB to partner Alipay for mobile payment platform

* Comes as Chinese fintech firms expand abroad (Adds comment from Ant Financial, background)


Malaysia's CIMB to partner Alipay for mobile payment platform

KUALA LUMPUR, July 24 (Reuters) - CIMB Group Holdings Bhd , Malaysia's second-biggest bank, on Monday said its subsidiary will form an equity joint venture with Ant Financial Services Group, the parent of Alipay, to provide mobile wallet and related financial services.


Golf: Rookie Murray clinches first PGA Tour title by one stroke

(Reuters) - A lucky break at the 13th hole paved the way for PGA Tour rookie Grayson Murray to win the Barbasol Championship by one stroke in Alabama on Sunday.


Nigeria releases first photo of ailing president in almost 80 days

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria released a photograph of President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday, the first in almost three months after he left the country on May 7 for medical leave in Britain.


Alternate history of Singapore scoops comic books awards in U.S.

SAN DIEGO, Calif (Reuters) - Singaporean graphic novelist Sonny Liew dominated the comic industry's equivalent of the Oscars, scooping three Eisner Awards for "The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye" - a...


MSF reopens first Kunduz clinic since deadly hospital air strike in 2015

KABUL (Reuters) - Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) reopened a small medical clinic in Kunduz, Afghanistan, on Saturday, their first facility there since the American airstrikes that destroyed a hospital in 2015.


Al Qaeda suspect makes first appearance in U.S. federal court

(Reuters) - Ali Charaf Damache, an al Qaeda suspect accused by the United States of conspiring to support terrorists, made an initial appearance in a federal court in Philadelphia on Friday following his extradition from Spain, the Justice Department said.


BRIEF-First Savings Financial Group,First National Bank of Odon sign acquisition agreement

* First Savings Financial Group Inc and the First National Bank of Odon sign definitive acquisition agreement


Global investors turn to stocks - canny bet or market top?: James Saft

With equity indexes at all-time highs, global mutual fund and ETF investors may be choosing now as the time to reverse a long-running move into bonds and out of equities.


BRIEF-First Bancshares Q2 earnings per share $0.26

* The First Bancshares, Inc. reports quarterly results and declares quarterly dividend


Athletics: Bolt breaks 10 seconds for first time this season in Monaco win

MONACO (Reuters) - Eight-times Olympic sprinting champion Usain Bolt ran under 10 seconds for the first time this year as he narrowly won the 100 meters at the Monaco Diamond League meeting on Friday.

First woman enlists to become a Navy SEAL

A woman will train with other potential officers this summer in hopes of becoming the first female Navy SEAL.


Digital wealth manager Flynt gets Swiss banking license

ZURICH (Reuters) - Digital wealth management start-up Flynt has received a banking license from Swiss finance watchdog FINMA, it said on Friday, representing a first for a Swiss financial technology...


LVMH's Louis Vuitton launches e-commerce website in China

PARIS (Reuters) - French fashion brand Louis Vuitton, part of luxury giant LVMH , said on Friday it had launched an e-commerce website in China to tap a booming online shopping market.


Clouds forming over top fund managers' sunny investment calls

LONDON (Reuters) - Stock prices climbing ever high as interest rates and volatility plumb rock bottom: for some of the world's top asset managers, the investment outlook is as good as it gets.


China equity funds, local debt top first-half emerging market performance tables

LONDON (Reuters) - Chinese and Indian equity funds sprinted away from their emerging market rivals in the first half of 2017, whilst local currency bond funds shone as the dollar weakened.


BRIEF-Sartorius Stedim Biotech 2017 first-half figures



Japan's Mitsui to sell stake in UK's First Hydro

TOKYO, July 21 (Reuters) - Japanese trading house Mitsui & Co said on Friday it has agreed to sell its entire 25 percent stake in UK hydro power firm First Hydro to Brookfield Renewable Partners L.P. for more than 5 billion yen ($45 million).


BUZZ-Japan's Mitsui to sell stake in U.K. First Hydro

** Japan's Mitsui & Co said it has agreed to sell its entire 25 percent stake in UK hydro power firm First Hydro to Brookfield Renewable Partners L.P.


BRIEF-Washingtonfirst Bankshares Q2 core earnings per share $0.42

* Washingtonfirst Bankshares Inc reports 21% increase in net income and 29% increase in core net income for the second quarter 2017


U.S. taxable bond funds gather most cash since March: Lipper

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. fund investors shifted $7.6 billion to the safe harbor of taxable bonds during the most recent week, Lipper data showed on Thursday, as Republicans efforts to pass major...


BRIEF-Republic First Bancorp reports Q2 earnings per share $0.04

* Republic First Bancorp, Inc. Reports second quarter financial results


U.S. Navy to commission first 'Ford-class' carrier on July 22

(Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Defense said the Navy will commission its first "Ford-class" aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford, on Saturday at its base in Norfolk, Virginia - three years behind schedule and billions over budget.


U.S. muni bond funds post $298.6 million in inflows: Lipper

(Reuters) - U.S. municipal bond funds reported $298.6 million of net inflows in the week ended July 19, compared with $172.6 million in outflows in the previous week, according to data released by...


U.S. rule on class-action suits against banks under fire in Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. Congress are moving quickly to try to eliminate a new regulation that bars financial firms from forcing consumers into arbitration to settle disputes...


BRIEF-Citizens First Corp reports Q2 earnings per share $0.43

* Citizens First Corporation announces second quarter 2017 results and completion of preferred stock redemption


CalSTRS sees annual returns jump to 13.4 percent from 1.4 percent

(Reuters) - The California State Teachers’ Retirement System reported a 13.4 net percent return on investment for the fiscal year that ended June 30, the first time the pension fund exceeded...


Spieth backs up his swagger with impressive first round

SOUTHPORT, England (Reuters) - Two-time major winner Jordan Spieth said his opening round in the British Open at Royal Birkdale on Thursday was one of the finest he had ever produced in a major after he took a share of the clubhouse lead with a five-under par score of 65.


BNP Paribas Asset Management hires former Pioneer chief Sandro Pierri

PARIS (Reuters) - BNP Paribas' asset management arm has appointed Sandro Pierri, former head of Pioneer Investments, as its global head of client group, sales and marketing organization as of...


BRIEF-BancFirst Corp Q2 earnings per share $1.42

* Q2 earnings per share view $1.16 -- Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S


U.S. 30-year mortgage rates fall back below 4 percent: Freddie Mac

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Interest rates on U.S. 30-year mortgages dropped back below 4 percent this week in line with a drop in Treasury yields, retreating from their highest levels in two months,...


Fireman Capital Partners promotes two executives

(Reuters) - Private equity firm Fireman Capital Partners said on Thursday that it had promoted two of its senior executives.


Tacit Investment names new head of strategic relationships

(Reuters) - London-based Tacit Investment Management said it has appointed Leigh Stephens as the head of strategic relationships.


Asset manager Pictet appoints three non-executive directors

(Reuters) - Pictet Asset Management Holding SA said it appointed three senior executives to its board, effective July 1.


Walker Crips appoints Edward Harvey as investment director

(Reuters) - UK-based investment management company Walker Crips Group Plc said it had appointed Edward Harvey as investment director to its investment management division in London.


BRIEF-Sears Holdings Corp ‍announces launch of kenmore products on Amazon.Com​

* Sears Holdings Corp - ‍announced launch of kenmore products on Amazon.Com​


BRIEF-Incyte says first patient treated in Phase 3 clinical trial of itacitinib

* Incyte announces first patient treated in Phase 3 clinical trial of itacitinib for acute graft-versus-host disease


Investing in health savings accounts: Not ready for prime time

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Will health savings accounts be the new 401(k)?


UK watchdog said property funds poorly prepared for Brexit vote turbulence

LONDON (Reuters) - Asset managers did not plan properly or have clear procedures for valuing their property funds under stressed market conditions such as those in the aftermath of Britain's June...


Blackstone raising at least $3 billion in first Asia PE fund: sources

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Blackstone Group LP is seeking to raise up to $3 billion in its first Pan-Asia buyout fund for investments in sectors including high-end manufacturing and healthcare, people familiar with the plan told Reuters.


UPDATE 1-Blackstone raising at least $3 bln in first Asia PE fund-sources

* Fund size not finalised, could be bigger than $3 bln-source


Blackstone raising at least $3 bln in first Asia PE fund

* Fund size not finalised, could be bigger than $3 bln-source


PetroChina unloading first Chinese purchase of oil from US strategic reserves -shipping data

SINGAPORE, July 20 (Reuters) - PetroChina is this week unloading the first Chinese purchase of crude oil from U.S. strategic petroleum reserves at a port in eastern China, according to shipping data and two industry sources.


UPDATE 1-Unilever lifts margin target after first-half improvement

LONDON, July 20 (Reuters) - Unilever lifted its full-year margin target on Thursday after seeing a big improvement in the first half, underlying its ability to boost returns as an independent firm after rebuffing a $143 billion takeover bid earlier this year.


France launches field-to-fork food debates

PARIS (Reuters) - France, widely seen as a country synonymous with good food, will launch on Thursday a wide set of debates on the sector ranging from field to fork and aimed at improving farm incomes and the industry's environmental record.


Amazon launches shopping social network Spark for iOS

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Inc has launched a social feature called Spark that allows members to showcase and purchase products on its platforms, the retail giant's first clear move into the world of social media.


In hedge funds, skin in the game is critical: James Saft

You might want to make sure your hedge fund managers have lots of skin in the particular game you are playing alongside them.


BRIEF-First Connecticut Bancorp Q2 earnings per share $0.32

* First Connecticut Bancorp, Inc reports second quarter 2017 earnings of $0.32 diluted earnings per share


Blackstone backs ex-TPG-Axon executive's new fund with seed investment: sources

BOSTON (Reuters) - Blackstone Group has written the first check from its latest seeding fund, sources familiar with the matter said this week, committing $100 million in start-up capital to a new...

Trump's first six months by the numbers

On Thursday, President Donald Trump finishes his first six months -- yes, months -- in office.


GM cleared in first case over updated ignition switch

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal jury in New York on Wednesday found General Motors was not to blame for a crash of an Arizona man who alleged that his accident was caused by an updated version of the carmaker's ignition switch that did not adequately fix the flaws of a previous model.


New banking regulator defends agency effort to regulate fintech

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The new head of a U.S. banking regulatory agency on Wednesday defended his predecessor's efforts to explore granting special federal charters to startup online lenders.


Uruguayans begin buying cannabis in pharmacies in world first

MONTEVIDEO (Reuters) - Pharmacies in Uruguay began selling cannabis directly to consumers on Wednesday, culminating a long and pioneering legalization effort that began over three years ago.


Facebook to launch news subscription product: TheStreet

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc plans to launch a subscription-based news product, and will begin initial tests in October, TheStreet reported on Tuesday, citing the social media company's news partnerships head Campbell Brown at a conference.


Shares in video games maker Ubisoft hit record high after first-quarter sales

PARIS (Reuters) - Shares in French video games maker Ubisoft hit a record high on Wednesday, after Ubisoft posted an increase in first-quarter sales.


Swimming: Twichell takes first U.S. gold of Budapest worlds

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Ashley Twichell won the U.S. swimming team's first gold medal of the Budapest world championships on Wednesday with victory in the women's five km open water event.


Singapore annuls marriage after husband changes sex: report

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore has annulled a couple's marriage after the husband changed sex, the Straits Times newspaper reported on Wednesday, prompting an outcry from a group that campaigns for the rights of gay and transgender people.


U.S. Bancorp's profit beats on higher rates

(Reuters) - U.S. Bancorp reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit on Wednesday as the largest U.S. regional bank benefited from higher interest rates.


Morgan Stanley's quarterly profit rises 11.4 percent

(Reuters) - Morgan Stanley reported an 11.4 percent rise in quarterly profit on Wednesday, driven by strength in its investment banking and wealth management businesses.


NBC News to launch twice-daily show on Snapchat

(Reuters) - Comcast Corp's NBC News is launching a twice-per-day news show on Snapchat, the company said on Wednesday, part of its push to attract younger viewers who tend to watch TV on mobile devices.

First on CNN: House Dem to try to force GOP to go on record supporting Russia probe

As the daily drip of revelations continues about how President Donald Trump's campaign interacted with Russian representatives during the 2016 presidential campaign, one House Democrat is calling on Republicans to put their money where their mouths are.

Voter Registration and Requirements

Trump Election Commission, Already Under Fire, Holds First Meeting

The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity begins public life facing questions about its impartiality, its agenda and even its reason for being.


Singapore offers cargo plane, drones to help Philippines fight militancy

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore has offered a military transport airplane, drone surveillance aircraft and use of combat training facilities to support the Philippines' fight against the rising threat of Islamist militancy, the defence ministry said on Wednesday.


TalkTalk adds 20,000 broadband customers in first quarter

LONDON, July 19 (Reuters) - British broadband operator TalkTalk said on Wednesday it added 20,000 broadband customers on its network in its first quarter while churn fell to 1.2 percent, helped by take-up of its fixed low price plans.

Cop who shot woman was precinct's first Somali officer

Mohamed Noor, the on-duty Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an Australian-born woman on Saturday night, had been with the force for two years and was his precinct's first Somali-American officer.


Brazil approves long-term tests at Petrobras Libra platform

SAO PAULO, July 18 (Reuters) - Brazil's environmental agency Ibama has issued an operating license for long-term tests at the Pioneiro de Libra floating platform operated by Petroleo Brasileiro SA, according to a statement on the agency's website on Tuesday.


China's financial stability focus is good reason to give wide berth: James Saft

NEW YORK (Reuters) - (James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.)


Brazil's BNDES loan disbursements down 17 pct in first half of 2017

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 18 (Reuters) - Loan disbursements at Brazil's state development bank BNDES dropped 17 percent to 33.483 billion reais ($10.60 billion) in the first half of 2017 from a year earlier, the bank said on Tuesday.


BRIEF-Paragon Offshore emerges from Chapter 11‍​, launches CEO search

* Paragon Offshore completes restructuring plan and emerges from Chapter 11‍​


Banks overtake tech stocks as top overweight sector: BAML poll

LONDON (Reuters) - Banks overtook tech stocks as the most overweight global sector in July, according to a copy of Bank of America Merrill Lynch's fund manager poll seen by Reuters, with 'long...


Bank of America beats Wall Street view on consumer banking, cost cuts

(Reuters) - Bank of America Corp reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit on strength in its consumer bank and cost cuts that are beginning to bear fruit after years of branch closures, staff...


Goldman's bond trading revenue slumps 40 percent

(Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc reported a 40 percent slump in bond trading revenue, mirroring a broader weakness in trading activity that has plagued big U.S. banks in the latest quarter.


Comerica second-quarter profit nearly doubles on higher interest income

(Reuters) - Regional bank holding company Comerica Inc reported a better-than expected quarterly profit on Tuesday, helped by higher net interest income and lower expenses.

Klam, Matthew

First Words: Everywhere You Look, We’ve Downgraded Real Problems Into Mere ‘Issues’

One simple word might help explain how every last thing in our society seems to have become a point of contention.


Insurers paid out $19.5 billion for natural disasters in first half: Munich Re

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Insurers paid out around $19.5 billion for natural disaster claims in the first half of 2017, almost 40 percent less than the year-earlier payout of $32 billion, reinsurer Munich Re said on Tuesday.


BRIEF-Multi Commodity Exchange of India, Thomson Reuters to launch co-branded commodity indices in India

* Says MCX and Thomson Reuters join hands to launch co-branded commodity indices in India Source text - ( Further company coverage:


Zalando sales growth slows, launches membership scheme

BERLIN, July 18 (Reuters) - Zalando, Europe's biggest pure online fashion retailer, saw sales growth slow in the second quarter, while profitability improved as it launched a membership scheme seen as helping it fight a rising threat from Amazon.

'World first' statue of Jane Austen to be unveiled

It's a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen is a novelist loved across the world.


Yankees first baseman Bird having ankle surgery

(Reuters) - New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird will undergo surgery to remove excess bone growth from his right ankle, putting his season in jeopardy, the American League club said on Monday.


U.S. parents spending less on college tuition, study finds

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Despite a record-high U.S. stock market and a positive economic outlook, U.S. parents spent less on college tuition during the 2016-17 school year, according to Sallie Mae's 10th...


BRIEF-First Defiance Financial's Q2 earnings per share $0.82

* First Defiance Financial Corp announces 2017 second quarter earnings


BRIEF-Delta Air Lines to launch daily service between Los Angeles and Mexico City

* Will launch daily nonstop service between Los Angeles and Mexico City on Dec. 1


UPDATE 4-Trian launches public fight to add Peltz to P&G's board

July 17 (Reuters) - Activist fund Trian Fund Management LP launched its public push for changes at Procter & Gamble Co on Monday, nominating its Chief Executive Officer Nelson Peltz to the board in a bid to press for more drastic steps to revive sales and profits.


BRIEF-Saturn Oil + Gas announces plans to drill first viking horizontal wells

* Saturn Oil + Gas Inc. Announces plans to drill first viking horizontal wells at its lucky hills property


Trian launches public fight to add Peltz to P&G's board

(Reuters) - Trian Fund Management LP said on Monday it was seeking a seat for its billionaire chief executive on Procter & Gamble Co's board, as it looks to push the company to take more drastic steps to revive sales and profits.


Low-fee BlackRock funds rake in cash but revenues disappoint

NEW YORK (Reuters) - BlackRock Inc, the world's biggest asset manager, reported a massive influx of cash into its low-cost funds but nonetheless fell short of Wall Street's forecasts as price cuts...


China's Lufax to launch first overseas platform in Singapore

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Chinese online wealth management giant Lufax will launch its first overseas platform in Singapore, the company said on Monday, as a more welcoming regulatory environment gave...

Trump changes tune, flexes US muscle overseas

In the first six months of President Donald Trump's tenure, the US has ramped up military operations in trouble spots across the globe and is preparing to do more.


China cracks down on Dalian Wanda's overseas deals: sources

BEIJING/HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's regulators have told banks to stop providing funding for several of Dalian Wanda Group's overseas acquisitions as Beijing looks to curb the conglomerate's offshore buying spree, sources familiar with the matter said on Monday.


China urges quicker launch of pollution source survey

BEIJING (Reuters) - China is urging local authorities to speed up the launch of the country's second nationwide general survey of pollution source by establishing local investigation institutes by the end of July, showed a document published by Ministry of Environmental Protection on Monday.


"Time to get to work": Brexit negotiators start first round

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The British and EU Brexit negotiators met on Monday, pledging to "get down to work" in a first full round of talks on Britain's divorce terms from the European Union.

Bishop, Julie (1956- )

Australian Diplomat Flips Back Trump’s Appraisal of French First Lady

Asked about President Trump’s telling Brigitte Macron that she was in “good shape,” Foreign Minister Julie Bishop responded: “I wonder if she could say the same of him.”


China blocks Dalian Wanda from completing overseas deals - WSJ

July 17 (Reuters) - Chinese banking regulators have ordered the nation's big banks to put the brakes on loans to property giant Dalian Wanda Group, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

After 54 years of 'Doctor Who,' this is a first

Jodie Whittaker will become the first female doctor on the hit BBC television series "Doctor Who." CNN's MIchael Holmes reports.


BRIEF-Trian to launch proxy fight against P&G- WSJ, citing sources

* Trian to launch proxy fight against P&G- WSJ, citing sources


Eaton Vance fund managers see major upside for healthcare stocks: Barron's

(Reuters) - The portfolio managers of the $1.2 billion Eaton Vance Worldwide Health Sciences fund are expecting big gains from a trio of healthcare stocks.

'Doctor Who' to get first female lead

BBC has made history with the selection of the newest star of "Doctor Who."


BBC names first female 'Doctor Who'

LONDON (Reuters) - The lead role in British sci-fi television series "Doctor Who" will be played by a woman for the first time in its more than 50-year history, the BBC said on Sunday.


Pakistan launches military operation in tribal areas targeting Islamic State

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's military has launched a major operation in its volatile tribal areas to stop the Islamic State making inroads into areas bordering Afghanistan, the military's spokesman said on Sunday.


Thailand's Prayad targets first cut in sixth Open appearance

(Reuters) - Thailand's Prayad Marksaeng will be happy to just play all four rounds of a British Open for the first time when he makes his sixth appearance in the tournament at Royal Birkdale next week.


Australian foreign minister criticizes Trump's remark to French first lady

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on Sunday criticized comments by U.S. President Donald Trump on French first lady Brigitte Macron's appearance.

White House launches preemptive strike on CBO

The White House is calling the Congressional Budget Office's methodology for estimating the impact of Republican health care legislation "fundamentally flawed" ahead of an upcoming release of a new assessment of the Senate bill.


Muguruza blows away Venus to take first Wimbledon crown

LONDON (Reuters) - An inspired Garbine Muguruza stormed to her first Wimbledon title on Saturday, blowing away in-form American Venus Williams 7-5 6-0 with arguably the performance of her career after tight and tense early exchanges.


Singapore protest calls for inquiry over PM's alleged abuse of power

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Around 400 protesters gathered at Singapore's Speakers' Corner on Saturday calling for an independent inquiry into whether Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong abused his power in a battle with his siblings over what to do with their late father's house.


Pimco's Ivascyn says added high-quality duration in Treasury market this week

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Dan Ivascyn, group chief investment officer at Pacific Investment Management Co., said Friday that the Newport Beach, Calif.-based firm "added a touch of high-quality duration"...


BRIEF-First Solar says entered into second amended and restated credit agreement - SEC Filing

* First Solar Inc - on july 10, 2017, first solar entered into second amended and restated credit agreement - sec filing


Cost-cutter Schwab plans first new ETF in nearly four years

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Cost-cutting U.S. brokerage and asset manager Charles Schwab Corp is making plans to launch what could be its first new exchange-traded funds in nearly four years, a filing with...


Mortgage investors unfazed as Fed balance sheet plan looms

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve's plan for shrinking its massive balance sheet envisions a future with no holdings of mortgage bonds, a prospect that could present a significant headwind for...


U.S. growth fund managers still bullish on Tesla after shares tumble

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Growth fund managers who have long held shares in Tesla Inc said they were still confident in the electric car maker even after production problems sent the stock diving more...


Animal first: wild lioness photographed nursing leopard cub

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Scientists long assumed lions were hard-wired to kill leopards on sight, until a wild lioness was caught on camera this week nursing a leopard cub.


ICICI Lombard files for first Indian IPO by a non-life insurer

MUMBAI, July 14 (Reuters) - India's ICICI Lombard General Insurance Co Ltd has filed for an initial public offering (IPO) of shares in what would be the first IPO by a non-life insurance company in Asia's third-largest economy.


Beyonce wakes up world with first pictures of twins on Instagram

(Reuters) - Pop star Beyonce debuted the pictures of her twins, Sir Carter and Rumi, in an Instagram post on Friday, causing an internet sensation once more in her first public acknowledgement of their birth.


LPC: CLO volume jumps 100% in first half of 2017

NEW YORK, July 14 (Reuters) - The US$52.4bn of US Collateralized Loan Obligation (CLO) funds issued in the first six months of 2017 was 100% higher than a year earlier, comfortably exceeding analysts’ forecasts and brushing off concerns that regulations would temper volume.

Knowles, Beyonce

Beyoncé Releases First Photo of Her Twins

Beyoncé confirms the birth of her babies in a photo on Instagram, announcing, “Sir Carter and Rumi 1 month today.”


BRIEF-Axis Capital approves to launch Lloyd’S managing agency

* Axis Capital Holdings Ltd - effective August 4, Axis Managing Agency will assume management of Axis Syndicate 1686 at Lloyd's


JPMorgan second-quarter profit beats estimates on loan growth, higher rates

(Reuters) - JPMorgan Chase & Co , the biggest U.S. bank by assets, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit on Friday due to strong loan growth and higher interest rates.


Wells Fargo's profit rises 4.5 percent

(Reuters) - Wells Fargo & Co , the third-largest U.S. bank by assets, posted a 4.5 percent rise in second-quarter profit, helped by loan growth and higher interest rates.


BRIEF-First Cobalt provides corporate update

* First Cobalt Corp - company anticipates that trading will resume on TSX venture exchange in approximately four weeks Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:


Exclusive: Neoenergia seeks $11 billion valuation in Brazil, U.S. IPO, sources say

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Neoenergia SA, whose takeover of a smaller rival will turn it into Brazil's No. 1 power utility by customers served, is working on a dual initial public offering in São Paulo...

Colbert, Stephen

Best of Late Night: Trump’s Comment About France’s First Lady Draws Groans on Late Night

After Mr. Trump praised Brigitte Macron’s physical appearance, Stephen Colbert cautioned him, “This is not one of your European wife-shopping trips.”

Beyonce posts first photo of twins

Beyonce posted the first picture of the twins she gave birth to in June to her Instagram and confirmed their names.

Beyoncé shares first photo of twins Sir and Rumi

Forgive the Beyhive if they are tired on Friday.


Pop star Beyonce posts first pictures of twins on Instagram

(Reuters) - Pop star Beyonce posted the first pictures of her twins, Sir Carter and Rumi, in an Instagram post on Friday.


Sprint launches new leasing options for cost-conscious consumers

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sprint Corp said on Friday that it was launching new leasing options aimed at price-sensitive customers who want to upgrade their phones more often, the carrier’s latest effort to lure subscribers in an oversaturated market for wireless service.  


India's Infosys reports first-quarter profit growth on client wins

(Reuters) - Infosys Ltd, India's second-biggest software services exporter, beat profit expectations in the first quarter helped by key client wins in North America and Europe.


Golf: Runner-up king Howell tied for first-round lead at Deere Run

(Reuters) - Charles Howell III, seeking to end a decade-long victory drought, made a sizzling start with an eight-under-par 63 to share the first-round lead at the John Deere Classic on Thursday.


How Republican reform would weaken Medicare

CHICAGO (Reuters) - (The opinions expressed here are those of the author, a columnist for Reuters.)

NK missile launch ceremony taunts US

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un held an elaborate ceremony celebrating the launch of a missile that is seen by some analysts as a jab at the US. CNN's Brian Todd reports.


President Trump says French first lady is in 'such good shape'

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump praised French first lady Brigitte Macron for being in "such good shape" on Thursday during his state visit to France, according to a video on the French government's Facebook page.


Vanguard CIO Buckley to take over as CEO from McNabb on Jan. 1

BOSTON (Reuters) - Vanguard Group, the world's largest mutual fund manager, said on Thursday Chief Executive Bill McNabb will step down at year end and be replaced by Chief Investment Officer Tim...


BRIEF-EDF Renewable Energy acquires solar projects from First Solar

* EDF Renewable Energy announces acquisition of solar projects from First Solar

Trump, Donald J

Trump Tells First Lady of France: ‘You’re in Such Good Shape’

President Trump told Brigitte Macron, the first lady of France, that she was “beautiful” and in “good shape” shortly after arriving for an official visit.


The age of 'stranded assets' isn’t just about climate change: James Saft

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investors may be entering the age of "stranded assets", and it very likely could be driven as much by technological change as by climate change.


Jaguar Land Rover to produce first car entirely outside of Britain

LONDON, July 13 (Reuters) - Britain's biggest carmaker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) said on Thursday it is to build its new E-PACE compact sport utility vehicle in Austria and China, the first of its cars only to be manufactured outside of its home market.

Nevada issues first marijuana delivery license

First on CNN: Graham, Cassidy craft alternate plan

With the prospects for passing the current Senate Republican health care bill still in jeopardy, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, and Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-Louisiana, are working with their GOP colleagues on an alternative approach to replacing Obamacare: keeping much of the federal taxes in place and sending that money to the states to control.


Greenlight Capital investors pull out more than $400 million in H1: WSJ

(Reuters) - Greenlight Capital Inc, a hedge fund run by David Einhorn, was forced to pay back more than $400 million in clients withdrawals at midyear, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday,...

Airfares are going up for the first time in years


U.S. jobless claims drop for first time in a month

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell last week for the first time in a month, the latest indication of labor market strength that is sustaining economic growth.


First tech, now financing: U.S. shale firms get creative to pump more oil

HOUSTON (Reuters) - U.S. shale producers survived an oil price crash and confounded OPEC's efforts to drain a global glut by employing innovative drilling and production techniques. Now, some of these producers are turning to creative investments to pump more oil.

Theresa May's first year? A disaster. Her second will be worse

When Theresa May stood outside Downing Street one year ago Thursday after being officially appointed Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland by the Queen, her vision for Britain was ambitious.


Singapore penthouse on sale for over $72 million, a test for luxury market's recovery

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The asking price for a new three-storey Singapore penthouse, complete with a private pool on the 64th floor, has reached a dizzying S$100 million ($72.6 million).


Telecoms group Altice to launch online bank in Europe by early 2019: source

PARIS (Reuters) - French billionaire Patrick Drahi plans to launch an online bank by spring 2019 across the euro zone countries where his telecoms group Altice operates, a source close to the matter said on Thursday.


China trade with sanctions-struck North Korea up 10.5 percent in first half

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's trade with isolated and nuclear-armed North Korea rose more than 10 percent in the January-June period from a year earlier, an official said on Thursday, amid pressure from the United States for Beijing to do more to rein in its erstwhile ally.


BRIEF-Gran Colombia says gold production increased 22% in first half of 2017

* Gran Colombia steadily improving gold production with a 22% increase in the first half of 2017 to a total of 85,083 ounces


Size matters in fund management, and it doesn’t help: James Saft

Size does matter in fund management, and if you are an investor it is not helpful.


Nasdaq short interest down 0.3 percent in late June

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Short interest on the Nasdaq fell 0.3 percent in the second half of June, the exchange said on Wednesday.

Fashion and Apparel

First Person: Sure, I Have Fashion Regrets. All the Best People Do.

Is obliviousness so wrong, especially in a world where so many are stuck on getting it just right? Aren’t we all secretly grateful for a sense of fun?


German military aviation command launches cyber threat initiative

BERLIN (Reuters) - The German military's aviation safety chief has launched a new initiative against cyber threats, citing research that he said shows hackers can commandeer military airplanes with the help of equipment that costs about 5,000 euros ($5,700).


Confident Cilic eyes first Wimbledon final

LONDON (Reuters) - Croatian Marin Cilic reached the Wimbledon semi-finals for the first time with a five-set win over Luxembourg's Gilles Muller on Wednesday and said he now had real belief in his ability to go all the way.


Weekly U.S. stock fund flows deteriorate, lowest since April: ICI

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investors pulled $11.6 billion from domestic U.S. stock funds during the latest week, the most cash to flee the funds in three months, according to Investment Company Institute...


Swiss private bank Falcon introduces bitcoin asset management

ZURICH (Reuters) - Wealthy clients of Swiss private bank Falcon will be able to store and trade bitcoins via their cash holdings with the bank from Wednesday, a move that signals the traction the...


Janitorial services provider ABM to buy GCA Services for $1.25 billion

(Reuters) - Building maintenance and janitorial services provider ABM Industries Inc said it would buy privately held rival GCA Services Group for about $1.25 billion in cash and stock to enhance its...


UK's Equiniti to buy Wells Fargo's share registration unit for $227 million

(Reuters) - Britain's Equiniti Group Plc said it would buy Wells Fargo & Co's share registration business for $227 million as it looks to enter the United States, the largest and most active share...


As Qatar row smolders, world markets tot up dependence on Gulf petrodollars

LONDON (Reuters) - Qatar's tensions with its neighbors are making world markets edgy about any hint of financial instability among the Gulf economies, whose vast store of petrodollar savings permeate...

China establishes first overseas military base

China has dispatched troops to Djibouti in advance of formally establishing the country's first overseas military base.


China sends troops to open first overseas military base in Djibouti

BEIJING (Reuters) - Ships carrying personnel for China's first overseas military base, in Djibouti in the Horn of Africa, have set sail to begin setting up the facility, as China's rapidly modernizing military extends its global reach.

Sifnos (Greece)

Summer Firsts: On a Small Greek Isle, Drawing to Discover and Remember

I hadn’t come to the Cyclades for the famous islands, and Sifnos was definitely not one. I was there for me.


UPDATE 1-Bilfinger shares fall after first profit warning under Blades

* CEO says believes now through with reassessing legacy projects


BRIEF-NEX Group first-quarter revenue rises

* Nex group plc says Q1 group revenue up 10 pct on a constant currency basis


China releases first Crown Resorts staff jailed for gambling crimes

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China released 10 employees of Australian casino operator Crown Resorts Ltd on Wednesday, the first of 16 who were detained in October and sentenced in June for gambling crimes.


BRIEF-Medtronic Plc ‍announces first enrollments in STOP AF First clinical trial​

* Clinical trial to evaluate Medtronic Cryoablation as first-line treatment for patients with symptomatic paroxysmal atrial fibrillation


Atlanta Fed trims U.S. second-quarter GDP view to 2.6 percent

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. economy is expanding at a 2.6 percent annualized pace in the second quarter based on the latest data on domestic payrolls and wholesale inventories, the Atlanta Federal...


Hyperledger releases its first production ready blockchain

NEW YORK, July 11 (Reuters) - The Hyperledger Project, a group led by the Linux Foundation, has released its first blockchain code that can be used by large businesses to build software.


U.S. senator seeks legislation to undo ban on arbitration clauses

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Tom Cotton said on Tuesday he has begun the legislative process to eliminate a new ban on mandatory arbitration clauses established by a government regulator.


Exclusive: China's Legend in talks to buy stake in Luxembourg bank BIL - source

HONG KONG/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - China's Legend Holdings Corp is in talks on a potential investment in Qatari-owned Banque Internationale a Luxembourg (BIL), a person with knowledge of the matter told...


BRIEF-First National Bank hires Barbara Cottrell as director of corporate compliance

* First National Bank hires Barbara Cottrell as director of corporate compliance Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:


Your Money: Will a countdown clock to retirement help you save?

NEW YORK (Reuters) - If you knew that buying a daily $4 cup of coffee would delay your retirement and make you work exactly four months, 17 days and 9 hours longer, would that finally entice you to...


BRIEF-InVivo Therapeutics opens first site in the UK for Inspire study

* InVivo Therapeutics opens first site in the United Kingdom for Inspire study Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:


UPDATE 1-Launching gig economy review, Britain's May hopes to regain authority

LONDON, July 11 (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May will try to wrest back control of Britain's political agenda on Tuesday by unveiling proposals to protect workers in the "gig economy" in a direct challenge to opposition parties.


BRIEF-AT&T says Virginia​ ‍governor signed letter accepting Firstnet & Co plan

* AT&T - Virginia​ ‍governor signed letter accepting firstnet & co plan to deliver wireless broadband network to commonwealth's public safety community


Trump to nominate Quarles to be first Fed vice chairman of supervision

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump plans to nominate former Treasury official Randal Quarles to be the Federal Reserve's first vice chairman of supervision, the White House said on Monday.

First Marine faces trial involving explicit image sharing scandal

A US Marine tied to the "Marines United" Facebook group was court-martialed last month, the first to face trial in relation to the scandal involving the non-consensual sharing of explicit images which came to light in March.


Joint venture by CIT Bank, Allstate, to provide business loans

(Reuters) - CIT Bank and Allstate Corp have entered a joint venture to provide loans to middle-market companies across various industries, the bank said in a statement on Monday.


UK recession, unusually, to punish gilts and pension funds: James Saft

Not only are the chances of a UK recession rising, it may be the rare recession in which bond owners get badly beaten up.


Snap shares fall below $17 IPO price for first time

(Reuters) - Snap Inc shares fell below their initial public offering price of $17 per share on Monday for the first time, highlighting a lack of confidence in the social media company, which faces fierce competition.


Investment funds buy $10.969 billion two-year note in June: U.S. Treasury

(Reuters) - Large investment managers bought $10.969 billion at a 2-year note auction held in June, compared with the $11.397 billion they purchased the previous month, data from the U.S. Treasury...