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Trump to lay out U.S. strategy for Afghanistan on Monday night

BRIDGEWATER, N.J./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will lay out his long-awaited U.S. strategy for the war in Afghanistan in a prime-time television address to the American people on Monday night, the White House said on Sunday.


Tens of thousands protest in Hong Kong over jailing of democracy activists

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday to protest against the jailing of three young democracy activists, with many questioning the independence of the Chinese-ruled city's judiciary.


Thousands protest in Hong Kong over jailing of democracy activists

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Thousands of people took to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday to protest against the jailing of three young democracy activists, with many questioning the independence of the Chinese-ruled city's judiciary.

Thousands show up to counter a self-proclaimed free-speech rally in a Boston Common gazebo

A self-described "free speech" rally on Saturday in downtown Boston was dwarfed by thousands of counterprotesters opposed to the organizers' right-wing views.


Thousands Protest Against White Supremacy

Demonstrators poured into the nation’s streets and parks over the weekend to denounce white supremacy and Nazism, one week after clashes between far-right demonstrators and counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Va., turned deadly.

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Thousands take to streets in Boston protest against hate speech

BOSTON (Reuters) - Thousands of people in Boston protested a "Free Speech" rally featuring right-wing speakers on Saturday, with hundreds of police mobilized to prevent a recurrence of violence that left a woman dead at a Virginia white-supremacist protest last week.

Thousands expected to march as debate rages across the nation about racism and Confederate monuments

Counterdemonstrators began gathering Saturday morning in Boston in response to a self-described free speech rally that has sparked concerns of possible violence.

I lived through the Barcelona terror attacks


Activists protest in Germany against neo-Nazi vigil for Hitler ally

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Graffiti activists in Berlin turn Nazi symbols into art

BERLIN (Reuters) - Horrified at the sight of swastikas scrawled on walls, children's playgrounds and building sites, a group of graffiti artists in Berlin is transforming the Nazi symbols into colorful artwork such as flowers, cars and animals.


Thousands of Players, Hundreds of Events and Little Reward

The lower levels of tennis can be both a proving ground for elite prospects as well a charade of mediocre athletes playacting as professionals.

Unmasking Antifa: Seeking peace through violence

On the morning of Donald Trump's inauguration, Keval Bhatt hunted through a closet in his parents' Virginia home for the darkest clothes he could find.

James Bond through the years

Daniel Craig will be taking his martinis shaken, not stirred, for a fifth time as James Bond. Here is a look at the other actors who have gone "undercover" as 007.

Birkerts, Gunnar

Gunnar Birkerts, Architect, Dies at 92; Gave Shape to the Unexpected

The Latvian-born Mr. Birkerts was inspired by Scandinavian masters of Modernism.


The Night the Oxygen Ran Out in an Indian Hospital

The Modi government has been sharply criticized after children died when a vendor cut off oxygen supplies for lack of payment.

Thousands gather for peaceful candlelight vigil at UVA

Thousands gathered Wednesday night for a vigil at the University of Virginia days after violent clashes in Charlottesville led to the death of a woman during a white supremacist rally. The crowd sang, "we are not afraid," a verse from "We Shall Overcome."


Philippine police say 25 criminals killed overnight, 14 in anti-drugs ops

MANILA (Reuters) - Twenty-five criminals were killed overnight in the Philippine capital Manila, police said on Thursday, including 14 in anti-drug operations in a second night of heavy bloodshed this week as a fierce war on drugs intensifies.


Thousands of Mexicans march to scrap NAFTA, as government fights to save it

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - While Mexican government negotiators fought tooth and nail to save the North American Free Trade Agreement during talks in Washington, thousands of Mexican farmers and workers took to the streets on Wednesday demanding the deal be scrapped.

On late-night TV, Trump's no laughing matter anymore

California Today

California Today: California Today: ‘Hamilton’ Sweeps Through the State

Wednesday: A hit musical arrives in Los Angeles, a white supremacist’s San Jose upbringing, and traces of Russia’s legacy in California.

Baltimore removes Confederate statues by night

The Baltimore City Council voted unanimously to immediately remove four Confederate monuments, CNN affiliate WBAL reported. The Roger B. Taney Monument was one that was removed overnight.


BRIEF-Balmoral Resources to raise $7.0 mln and increase brokered private placement of national flow-through common shares

* Balmoral to raise $7.0 million: increases previously announced brokered private placement and announces second, non-brokered private placement of flow-through common shares

Monuments and Memorials (Structures)

Baltimore Removes Confederate Statues in Overnight Operation

Small crowds gathered and the mood was “celebratory,” days after violence broke out over the removal of a monument in Virginia.


Hurricane Gert strengthens, expected to weaken by Thursday: NHC

(Reuters) - Hurricane Gert, the second of the 2017 Atlantic season, strengthened slightly on Wednesday as it accelerated through the Atlantic Ocean in a northeasterly direction, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Baltimore removes Confederate statues overnight

Baltimore removed at least two Confederate statues early Wednesday after a white nationalist rally to protect monuments turned deadly in Virginia over the weekend.

32 killed in bloody night in Philippines' war on drugs

Thirty-two suspected drug dealers were killed in shootouts across one province in the Philippines on Tuesday, police said, in a bloody 24 hours for the country's war on drugs.


Israel's Partner Comms second-quarter profit rises less than expected

JERUSALEM, Aug 16 (Reuters) - Partner Communications , Israel's second-largest mobile phone operator, reported a smaller than expected rise in quarterly profit as it lost customers amid fierce competition in the sector.


Philippine troops to help cull thousands of fowl in bird flu battle

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines will deploy hundreds of troops to hasten a cull of about 600,000 fowl, the farm minister said on Wednesday, as part of efforts to rein in the Southeast Asian nation's first outbreak of bird flu.

Late-night shows take on Trump

President Trump's news conference left many shocked while leaving late night hosts, such as ABC's Jimmy Kimmel, ready to respond -- even if they had other things planned.

Late night reacts to violent weekend

Late night comics get serious over Charlottesville, Virginia. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on when comedians hold the laughs.

Fox News, Daily Caller delete posts encouraging people to drive through protests


Australia shares expected for a steady start, NZ flat

Aug 16 (Reuters) - Australian shares are likely to open flat on Wednesday, tracking Wall Street which ended little changed after retailer stocks' results weighed, offsetting gains on strong U.S. retail sales data in July. Worries about retailers' earnings and the outlook for home improvement stores dragged on the S&P, with Home Depot Inc and Lowe's Companies Inc representing biggest drags on the benchmark. The local share price index futures fell

Late night tackles Trump on Charlottesville

Late-night hosts Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert criticize President Trump's response to white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.


UPDATE 2-Oil prices steady after overnight tumble on dollar strength, China concerns

SINGAPORE, Aug 15 (Reuters) - Oil prices steadied on Tuesday after sharp falls the session before to the lowest in about three weeks as a stronger U.S. dollar and a drop in Chinese refining runs hit the market.

Anti-Trump rally draws thousands to Trump Tower

Shouting "Shame!, Shame! Shame," anti-Trump protesters awaited the President as he returned to New York City Monday night for the first time since taking office.


Tropical Storm Gert strengthens, expected to become hurricane late Monday

(Reuters) - Tropical Storm Gert continued to strengthen and is expected to develop into the second hurricane of the Atlantic season by late on Tuesday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in an advisory on Monday.

Charlottesville activists: Love trumps hate, eventually


Tropical storm Gert expected to become hurricane by late Tuesday: NHC

(Reuters) - Tropical storm Gert is expected to strengthen into the second hurricane of the Atlantic season by late Tuesday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in an advisory on Monday.


BRIEF-Crescita Therapeutics announces amended loan agreement with Knight Therapeutics

* Crescita Therapeutics announces amended loan agreement with Knight Therapeutics


Hideki Matsuyama Trips in Pursuit of a Breakthrough at the P.G.A. Championship

Matsuyama, trying to become the first Japanese golfer to win a men’s major, admitted that pressure played a role in his play as he slipped into a tie for second.


Storm near Turks and Caicos expected to become cyclone: NHC

(Reuters) - A broad low pressure area over the Caribbean Sea has an 80-percent chance of developing into a cyclone, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Saturday.

Another Saturday Night Massacre? DC may be ready

A bipartisan group of senators recently introduced legislation designed to prevent the firing of the man investigating President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller.

Torch-bearing activists march through campus Friday night. Thousands expected at a rally Saturday

Alt-right activists held torches and marched late Friday through the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville.

Kristen Bell helps us through Faris/Pratt split

Kristen Bell knows how difficult marriage can be.

Cruise ship bans late-night fun because of pirates

It was all fun and games for the nearly 2,000 passengers that set sail on the Sea Princess from Sydney on the first leg of cruise of a 104-day cruise. But that all changed when the captain delivered some ominous news.


Weak U.S. dollar means unexpected bargains for foreign tourists

(Reuters) - Toshi Sugiyura and his wife Naka had a pleasant surprise awaiting them in San Francisco when the couple arrived from Japan on an anniversary trip, thanks to the U.S. dollar's months-long slide against the yen.

Social Media

Snap Stumbles Through Another Disappointing Quarter

The company did little to ease concerns about its future, posting financial results that missed Wall Street expectations.


Semenya eases through 800 meters heats, Arzamasova out

LONDON (Reuters) - Olympic champion Caster Semenya maintained her two-year unbeaten record over 800 meters as she eased through the first round at the World Championships on Thursday.


Snap posts lower-than-expected daily active users, shares drop

(Reuters) - Snap Inc reported a lower-than-expected number of daily active users for Snapchat, its popular messaging app, for the second quarter as the company grapples with stiff competition from Facebook Inc, sending its shares down about 6 percent in extended trading.


BRIEF-Cohen & Steers reports 11.80 pct passive stake in American Campus Communities

* Cohen & Steers Inc reports a 11.80 pct passive stake in American Campus Communities Inc as of July 31 - SEC filing​


U.S. weather forecaster sees El Niño unlikely through 2017-2018 winter

(Reuters) - A U.S. government weather forecaster said on Thursday there were no active El Niño or La Niña patterns, and neutral conditions were favored in the Northern hemisphere through the 2017-18 winter.


BRIEF-Knight Therapeutics qtrly earnings per share $‍0.003​

* Qtrly earnings per share $‍0.003​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

United States International Relations

On North Korea Threat, ‘Americans Should Sleep Well at Night,’ Tillerson Says

Despite recent exchanges between North Korea and President Trump, the secretary of state says Americans should not be concerned about threats from the country.


Storm Franklin expected to hit Mexico's east coast as hurricane: NHC

(Reuters) - Tropical storm Franklin has gained in strength and is expected to develop into a hurricane later on Wednesday, hitting Mexico's eastern Veracruz state as a hurricane on Wednesday night or early on Thursday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.


Wendy's posts better-than-expected quarterly sales

Aug 9 (Reuters) - U.S. burger chain Wendy's Co reported better-than-expected quarterly sales, helped by higher franchise revenue and rental income.


Thousands of protesters disrupt traffic in India's financial capital

MUMBAI (Reuters) - More than 200,000 protesters poured into India's financial capital on Wednesday, disrupting traffic and straining the railway network, to press their demands for reserved quotas in government jobs and college places for students.

What NK's 'thousands-fold' revenge may mean

National security adviser H.R. McMaster said the U.S. is preparing for a 'preventive war' with North Korea. CNN's Barbara Starr reports.

Dems' road to a House majority runs through 7 California seats

For Democrats hoping to turn President Donald Trump's unpopularity into an opportunity to take control of the House next year, this Orange County community is ground zero.


Mazda announces breakthrough in long-coveted engine technology

TOKYO (Reuters) - Mazda Motor Corp unveiled plans for the world's first commercial gasoline engine using compression ignition, placing traditional engines at the center of its strategy days after saying it would develop electric cars with Toyota Motor Corp.


UPDATE 1-Mazda announces breakthrough in long-coveted engine technology

* Says it is first to commercialise compression ignition tech

Emma in the Night (Book)

Books of The Times: ‘Emma in the Night,’ a Thriller That Keeps Readers Guessing

Wendy Walker’s latest novel revolves around the mysterious disappearance of two teenage sisters.


CBS reports better-than-expected profit and revenue

(Reuters) - CBS Corp , owner of the most-watched U.S. TV network, on Monday reported a bigger-than-expected profit and revenue for the second quarter, driven by higher content licensing and subscription fees.


Tenet posts bigger-than-expected loss on weak patient volumes

(Reuters) - For-profit U.S. hospital operator Tenet Healthcare Corp slashed its full-year forecasts on Monday and reported a bigger-than-expected quarterly loss, hurt by softer patient volumes.


UPDATE 2-Tyson posts better-than-expected profit, bets on chicken

Aug 7 (Reuters) - Tyson Foods Inc reported stronger-than-expected quarterly results on Monday, sending its shares up 5 percent, and said it would ramp up chicken production in the face of record demand from U.S. consumers.

Defense and Military Forces

Thousands of Yemeni Forces Target Qaeda Stronghold

Troops descended on Shabwa Province to secure oil and gas facilities in the largest military operation against Qaeda fighters in Yemen since April 2016.


Athletics: Neutral Shubenkov struggles through opening hurdles round

LONDON (Reuters) - Titleholder Sergey Shubenkov, competing as a neutral after Russia's ban from athletics, struggled through the opening round of the men's 110 meters hurdles at the World Championships on Sunday.


Bolt beaten but through after scoreboard scare

LONDON (Reuters) - Usain Bolt booked his place in the World Championships 100 meters final on Saturday but he was given a double scare by American Christian Coleman, who beat him in their semi, and the stadium scoreboard, which initially left him off the results.


Athletics: Amos safely through in wide-open men's 800 meters

LONDON (Reuters) - The injury-enforced absence of David Rudisha has left the door open for the men's 800 meters title at the World Athletics Championships and half a dozen contenders, led by Nijel Amos, will fancy their chances following Saturday's first round.


Walker strides into lead halfway through WGC-Bridgestone

(Reuters) - Jimmy Walker, one week away from the defense of his PGA Championship title, fired a five-under 65 to seize a two-shot lead after two rounds of the World Golf Championship-Bridgestone Invitational on Friday.


Thousands of animals, many dead, found in California warehouse

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Thousands of birds, reptiles and other animals, many of them dead, were found inside a warehouse in a Southern California industrial complex on Friday after police investigated odor complaints.


Big guns cruise through in wide-open women's 1500

LONDON (Reuters) - All the big names advanced from the first round of the women’s 1,500 meters on Friday, an event that is shaping up to be one of the most intriguing of the World Championships.


New 'Game of Thrones' episode leaks online through HBO partner

(Reuters) - The unaired fourth episode of the new season of HBO's hit series "Game of Thrones" has been leaked online, the premium channel's distribution partner Star India said on Friday.


EMERGING MARKETS-Latam currencies dip on stronger-than-expected U.S. jobs data

By Bruno Federowski SAO PAULO, Aug 4 (Reuters) - Latin American currencies fell on Friday as stronger-than-expected U.S. jobs figures bolstered the case for a third U.S. interest rate hike this year, spurring demand for dollars. U.S. nonfarm payrolls increased by 209,000 jobs last month, above analyst expectations, while June's report was revised to show a bigger gain than previously reported. Average hourly earnings rose 0.3 percent after gaining 0.2 percent in June. The positi


U.S. payrolls increase more than expected, wages rise

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. employers hired more workers than expected in July and raised their wages, signs of labor market tightness that likely clears the way for the Federal Reserve to announce next month a plan to start shrinking its massive bond portfolio.


South Africa's Pistorius back in prison after spending night in hospital

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Oscar Pistorius, the South African Paralympic gold medalist serving a six-year jail term for murdering his girlfriend, is back in prison after spending a night hospital, a prison service spokesman said on Friday.

Colleges and Universities

Campus Disrupted: More Diversity Means More Demands

Students are protesting for official recognition of their identities, whether racial, ethnic, sexual, religious, first-generation, low-income or immigrant.

Colleges and Universities

Campus Disrupted: Targets of Internet Outrage

Death threats and protests as professors’ statements about race and politics go viral.

Colleges and Universities

Campus Disrupted: Behind Berkeley’s Semester of Hate

When far left meets far right, sparks fly. Students from both sides discuss their political journeys.


Rwandan polls open in election expected to hand Kagame third term

KIGALI (Reuters) - Rwandan voters queued in long lines on Friday to cast their ballots in a presidential election that incumbent President Paul Kagame is tipped to win by a landslide after 17 years in power.


Toyota lifts outlook, first quarter profit falls less than market expected

TOKYO (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp raised its full-year outlook on Friday after posting a lower than expected fall in quarterly operating profit thanks to favorable exchange rates.

The unexpected beauty of Sri Lanka's mangroves

Tourism in Sri Lanka -- the tropical island nation just a stone's throw from the tip of southern India -- is on an upswing, thanks to thousands of miles of sugar-sand coastline, lush interiors dotted with tea plantations and the mystique of a place that's still relatively undiscovered.

Mueller, Robert S III

Mueller Issuing Subpoenas Through Washington Grand Jury

At least some of the subpoenas were related to Michael T. Flynn, the former national security adviser, but whether any related to other Trump campaign members was unclear.


BRIEF-Gopro expect margins to continue to improve throughout 2017- conf call



Viacom reports better-than-expected revenue, profit

(Reuters) - Viacom Inc, the owner of MTV, Comedy Central and Paramount, posted better-than expected quarterly revenue and profit as higher affiliate revenue offset continued declines in U.S. advertising revenue.

Suge Knight accused of threatening 'Straight Outta Compton' director

Former rap mogul Suge Knight is in trouble again with the law.


Activists accuse Poland of logging in ancient forest despite EU order

WARSAW (Reuters) - Environmental activists accused Poland of ignoring an order from the EU's top court to stop large-scale logging in one of Europe's last ancient forests - an allegation dismissed by Warsaw.


Athletics: Felix ready to forget 2016 nightmare and win more gold

LONDON (Reuters) - After a nightmarish 2016, Allyson Felix is hoping for "a redo" this year as the American defends her 400 metres title at the World Athletics Championships.

Late night hosts slam Trump's immigration plan

Late night comedians take jabs at President Trump's proposed immigration legislation.

'Detroit' attacks racial injustice through intense history

Intense and disturbing, "Detroit" aspires to present-day relevance by chronicling a tale of racial injustice that's a half-century old. Yet the line drawn from those harrowing events to today is partially muddled by a misplaced focus, dwelling on a night of brutal police violence but shortchanging its equally significant aftermath.

United States Politics and Government

Activists Aim to Turn Sun Belt Into Front Line on Climate

In the sweltering Sun Belt, workers laboring outdoors are wrestling with the personal and political consequences of a worsening environment.

Labor and Jobs

Amazon’s Jobs Fair Sends Clear Message: Now Hiring Thousands

Amazon’s nationwide jobs fair on Wednesday offered a vivid illustration of its ascendance and seemingly insatiable need for workers to fuel its growth.

Genetics and Heredity

In Breakthrough, Scientists Edit a Dangerous Mutation From Genes in Human Embryos

Researchers have found a way to reliably remove disease-causing mutations from human embryos, an achievement sure to renew concerns over so-called designer babies.

Infamous hijackings through the years


BRIEF-IDM Mining reports non-brokered private placement flow-through financing

* IDM mining announces non-brokered private placement flow-through financing


Activists attack Wisconsin's Foxconn deal as harmful to wetlands

(Reuters) - Activists on Tuesday attacked Wisconsin's plan to waive environmental reviews for Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn's proposed $10 billion LCD flat-screen factory, calling it a roadmap to destruction of precious state wetlands.

Trump's biggest nightmare? China and Russia's friendship

There was a frightening new guest at the party that marked Russia's Navy Day celebrations this past weekend -- perhaps representing the greatest single global challenge for President Donald Trump.


SoftBank in talks to invest in India's Flipkart through fund - sources

MUMBAI/BENGALURU, Aug 1 (Reuters) - SoftBank Group is still in talks to invest in India's Flipkart - despite the collapse of discussions to fold a smaller rival into India's largest e-commerce site - but it would do so through its Vision Fund, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Late night says goodbye to Anthony Scaramucci

Seth Meyers, Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah poked fun at Anthony Scaramucci being ousted as White House communications director after 10 days.


AstraZeneca gets breakthrough status for blood cancer drug

LONDON, Aug 1 (Reuters) - AstraZeneca said on Tuesday that U.S. regulators had awarded its blood cancer drug acalabrutinib "breakthrough" status for the treatment of patients with mantle cell lymphoma, a rare type of blood cancer.


Japan's Honda posts stronger-than-expected first quarter operating profit

TOKYO (Reuters) - Honda Motor Co. posted a 0.9 percent rise in operating profit for the first quarter as strong Asian sales of cars and motorcycles helped offset a slide in North American demand, while a positive currency impact also aided the bottom line.

Late-night says goodbye to Scaramucci

United States Politics and Government

Medal of Honor Goes to Vietnam Medic Who Ran Through ‘Hell on Earth’

James C. McCloughan, credited with saving the lives of 10 men over a two-day battle, was awarded the nation’s highest military decoration 48 years on.


Qatar Airways expected to access contingency routes in August: source

MONTREAL (Reuters) - Qatar Airways is expected to have access to three contingency routes over international waters in early August, after a UN-led meeting on Monday discussed air corridors for Doha following a rift with its neighbors, a source familiar with the matter said.

Colleges and Universities

Campus Political Fights Come Home for the Summer

With boycotts and protests erupting at colleges across the country, politically active students find new debate partners: Mom and Dad.


Goldman hires China banker Chu betting on expected deal growth

HONG KONG, July 31 (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc hired China-focused banker Bill Chu to its investment banking team in the country, betting on increased activity as companies in the world's second-largest economy gear up for a resumption of overseas deals.


AstraZeneca drug gets breakthrough status in early lung cancer

LONDON, July 31 (Reuters) - AstraZeneca said on Monday its immunotherapy drug Imfinzi had been granted "breakthrough" designation by U.S. regulators for treating non-metastatic lung cancer, following the success of the so-called Pacific trial.


Stranded Yemenis, thousands of others stand to lose 'golden ticket' to U.S.

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Yemen is urging the U.S. government to take in dozens of Yemenis who traveled to Malaysia in recent months expecting to immigrate to the United States, only to find themselves stranded by President Donald Trump's temporary travel ban.

Power Failures and Blackouts

Thousands Evacuate Outer Banks After Power Outage

A construction mishap severed a transmission line that brings electricity to Hatteras and Ocracoke, N.C., prompting officials to order evacuations.


Norway's Kristoff bursts through to take British Classic

LONDON (Reuters) - Norway's Alexander Kristoff burst clear of the field to win the 183-km RideLondon-Surrey Classic on Sunday.


Thousands rally in Istanbul against Israel's Al-Aqsa mosque measures

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Thousands of people rallied in Turkey's largest city on Sunday against security measures Israel has imposed at the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, shortly after Israel removed other measures that led to two weeks of violent Palestinian protests.

Cabinet tensions rise as West Wing goes through (another) shakeup

Several lingering personnel challenges facing the President, the mounting frustration of GOP congressional leaders and an August travel schedule that might make it easier for White House handymen -- it's all covered in our Inside Politics forecast.


German police rule out terrorism in Konstanz nightclub shooting

BERLIN (Reuters) - A gunman who killed one person and injured three others in a nightclub in southern Germany on Sunday was an Iraqi citizen who had lived in the country for a long time and was not an asylum seeker, police said, ruling out terrorism as a motive.


Gunman kills one, injures three in shooting at German nightclub

BERLIN (Reuters) - A 34-year-old man opened fire in a nightclub in the southern German city of Konstanz on Sunday, killing one person and seriously injuring three others, police said.


Thousands evacuated from Barcelona festival after stage fire

MADRID (Reuters) - More than 22,000 people were evacuated from an electronic music festival in Barcelona on Saturday night after a huge fire broke out on one of the stages during a sequence of the show involving fireworks, emergency services said.


Arab states expected to impose more sanctions on Qatar: newspaper

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain are expected to discuss imposing new economic sanctions on Qatar when they meet in the Bahraini capital Manama on Sunday, the pan-Arab al-Hayat newspaper reported.


Dressel makes history with three world golds in one night

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Caeleb Dressel of the United States became the first swimmer to win three gold medals in a single evening at the world championships after producing a trio of storming performances on Saturday.

Schumer, Charles E

How Schumer Held Democrats Together Through a Health Care Maelstrom

Senator Chuck Schumer of New York has nurtured the unity of a disparate party coalition, even as he has promised to try to work with Republicans.

2 arrested after girl is raped twice in 1 night

Police investigating two rapes of a 14-year-old girl in one night in Birmingham, England, made two arrests on Saturday.

Amusement parks linked to thousands of injuries last year

Thousands leave NC island after power loss

Kalla Bruhl and her boyfriend's family had their vacation short-circuited.


North Korea fires missile into sea off east coast in unusual night test

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea fired a ballistic missile on Friday in an unusual late-night test launch from its northern Jangang province that landed in the sea off its east coast, possibly in Japan's exclusive economic zone, South Korea and Japan said.

Teen raped twice in one night in UK

A manhunt is underway in Birmingham, England after a 15-year-old girl was raped twice in a single night by different attackers, police say.


Roche leukaemia drug gets FDA breakthrough therapy designation

ZURICH (Reuters) - Roche Holding AG's Venclexta has won breakthrough therapy designation in acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Swiss drugmaker said on Friday.


BRIEF-TransCanada to expand Canadian mainline capacity through new investment

* TransCanada Corp - ‍approximately $160 million project is underpinned by 15-year contracts​

What you missed if you slept through dramatic Senate vote

Here's a look at the five top moments on the Senate floor early Friday during a vote on a "skinny repeal" bill to scrap key components of Obamacare.

Economic Conditions and Trends

Spain’s Long Economic Nightmare Is Finally Over

After nearly a decade of economic crisis, Spain is finally growing again, underscoring hopes that the eurozone has reached a healthier place.

United States Politics and Government

A Look Inside the Senate’s Late Night

The Capitol was brimming with tension as Republicans tried to rally support in their latest attempt to repeal Obamacare.


UPDATE 1-BNP Paribas posts smaller-than-expected fall in Q2 profit

* BNP says revenue in domestic markets down 0.3 pct (Updates with details, statement)

Homosexuality and Bisexuality

Modern Love: During a Night of Casual Sex, Urgent Messages Go Unanswered

On one of the most consequential evenings of his life, a young man still finding himself wishes he had answered the phone.

People watching eclipses through the years

The history of people watching an eclipse.


Fiat Chrysler expected to win U.S. approval to sell '17 diesels: sources

(Reuters) - U.S. and California regulators are expected to approve Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ long-delayed request to sell 2017 diesel vehicles – a move that may help the Italian-American automaker win approval for a software fix on older diesel models.


Fiat Chrysler expected to win U.S. approval to sell '17 diesels -sources

July 27 (Reuters) - U.S. and California regulators are expected to approve Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ long-delayed request to sell 2017 diesel vehicles – a move that may help the Italian-American automaker win approval for a software fix on older diesel models.


Swimming: Kalisz, Dressel shine on memorable night for U.S.

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Chase Kalisz continued American dominance of the men's 200 metres individual medley as the United States enjoyed a memorable evening at the world championships on Thursday.


U.S. general: North Korea ICBM threat advancing faster than expected

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. General Mark Milley, the chief of staff of the Army, said on Thursday that North Korea's July 4 test of an intercontinental ballistic missile showed its capabilities were advancing significantly and faster than many had expected.


At least five dead during Saudi security operation in Qatif: activists

DUBAI (Reuters) - At least five people have been killed in eastern Saudi Arabia in two days, activists and a family member said on Thursday, as security forces begin an operation to flush out suspected Shi'ite militants from the town of Awamiya in Qatif province.


Senate mulls bare-bones healthcare bill; marathon of voting expected

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republicans embarked on Thursday on another push to unravel Obamacare, working on a stripped-down bill after failing to pass broader legislation and complete a seven-year campaign to gut a law that extended health coverage to millions.


Twitter shares tumble on weaker-than-expected user growth

(Reuters) - Twitter Inc shares tumbled in premarket trading on Thursday after the social media platform reported weaker-than-expected growth in monthly active users in the second quarter.

Late night hosts roast Trump's transgender ban

Late night comedians shredded President Trump's three tweets about banning transgender people from the military.

Fight your nightmares

A bomb rips through the Humvee in the road ahead, sending it flying into the air. The pop of gunfire is everywhere.


Deutsche Bank posts unexpectedly sharp rise in second-quarter profit

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Deutsche Bank posted a sharp rise in second-quarter net profit to 466 million euros ($547 million) on Thursday, benefiting from lower legal costs for past misdeeds that outweighed a dip in debt trading.

You may be waiting longer than expected for a 'Game of Thrones' spinoff

HBO has four ideas for a "Game of Thrones" spinoff series in the works, but the network is not exactly in a rush to get any of them to air.


BRIEF-Cray to expand storage portfolio through strategic transaction and partnership with Seagate

* Cray to expand storage portfolio through strategic transaction and partnership with Seagate


BRIEF-Dividend Growth Split Announces overnight offering

* Says ‍undertaking an overnight treasury offering of class A and Preferred Shares​

Amazon to make thousands of job offers


Wildfires Force Thousands to Evacuate in Southern France

At least 10,000 people were forced to flee after a fire started near the town of Bormes-les-Mimosas, as summer blazes raged across the region.

Late night riffs on Trump's scout speech

Late night comedians Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers and James Corden poke fun at President Donald Trump's speech at the annual Boy Scout Jamboree.


Fed expected to leave rates unchanged; balance sheet in focus

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve is expected to hold interest rates unchanged on Wednesday and possibly hint that it will start winding down its massive holdings of bonds as soon as September in what would be a vote of confidence in the U.S. economy.


Fairy tales overcome nightmares at South Korea’s militarized border town

SEOUL (Reuters) - A half-hour's drive north of Seoul, along a highway lined with barbed wire, lie two shopping malls the size of several football stadiums, a stone's throw from the world's most militarized border.

United States Politics and Government

As Interior Secretary Swaggers Through Parks, His Staff Rolls Back Regulations

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is perfecting the art of image while his underlings weaken the conservation measures of the Obama administration.


Wagner-loving Merkel has night at opera with husband

BAYREUTH, Germany (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel walked the red carpet before the country's press on Tuesday as she attended the annual Bayreuth Wagner opera festival with her husband.


U.S. home prices for May rise slower than expected

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. single-family home prices accelerated at a slower pace in April, falling short of forecasts, a survey showed on Tuesday.

US missile launch expected in Alaska

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


House expected to approve Russia sanctions bill limiting Trump's influence

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote overwhelmingly on Tuesday for a bill that would slap new sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea, potentially complicating President Donald Trump's hopes of pursuing improved relations with Moscow.

Even with new message, Dems struggle to break through

The leaders of the Democratic Party drove more than an hour west of Washington on Monday to unveil the economic agenda that was supposed to help them win back the voters who have abandoned them in droves.


BRIEF-American Campus Communities Q2 FFO per share $0.50

* American Campus Communities, Inc. Reports second quarter 2017 financial results

Moon will turn day into night across America

In less than a month, the sun will disappear -- for a short time -- across America.


Mexico's Pemex says $5 bln bond deal covers needs through 2018

MEXICO CITY, July 24 (Reuters) - Mexico's national oil company Pemex said on Monday that recent bond placements totaling about $5 billion would cover its minimum financing needs through the end of 2018.

'Diana, Our Mother' examines legacy through her sons' eyes

The 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's death is an irresistible TV milestone, one that will be recognized in an assortment of programming. HBO seeks to stand apart from that wave with "Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy," an intimate but gauzy look back, its most salient aspect being that her sons, William and Harry, participate in the reminiscing.


Polish president unexpectedly vetoes judiciary reform

WARSAW (Reuters) - Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Monday he will veto two of three bills reforming the country's judiciary system, easing worries that the ruling Law and Justice party will undermine the division of powers.


Myanmar floods kill two, displace tens of thousands

YANGON (Reuters) - Flooding across large parts of Myanmar has displaced more than 100,000 people, causing two deaths, while dramatic riverbank erosion has washed away a Buddhist pagoda, officials, residents and state media said on Monday.


Thousands ordered to evacuate as heavy rains hit northeast Japan

TOKYO (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people in northeast Japan were told to evacuate their homes on Sunday as heavy rain caused major flooding and cut some rail links, authorities said.


Thousands dance through Berlin to promote gay and lesbian rights

BERLIN (Reuters) - Thousands of revelers danced through the streets of Berlin on Saturday, many of them waving rainbow-colored flags, as they promoted lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights in...

Man plays guitar through brain surgery

A musician played the guitar while undergoing brain surgery to fix cramping in his fingers, according to the surgeon who conducted the operation in India.


The Battle for Venezuela, Through a Lens, Helmet and Gas Mask

These photographs, taken over four weeks, capture the daily turmoil that antigovernment protests have brought to the streets of Caracas.


Qatar's ruler: it is time to resolve differences through talks

DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar's ruling emir said on Friday that it was time for negotiations to resolve differences between Doha and four Arab states which have severed diplomatic ties with it.


Activists, executives tell Texas Senate to ditch bathroom bill

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Transgender activists and business leaders urged a Texas Senate panel on Friday to scrap legislation that would limit bathroom access for transgender people, saying it was a discriminatory measure that would hurt the state's economy.


Tajik opposition, rights group say government threatens activists' families

ALMATY (Reuters) - Authorities in Tajikistan have threatened to confiscate the property of people linked to opposition activists living in exile, a leading opposition politician said on Friday.


Transgender activists tell Texas Senate to ditch bathroom bill

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Transgender activists told a Texas Senate panel on Friday to scrap legislation that would limit bathroom access for transgender people, saying it was discriminatory and would place them at greater risk of being assaulted.


Greenpeace activists protest near oil rig in Norway's Arctic sea area

OSLO (Reuters) - Environmental activists protested on Friday near an offshore rig contracted by Statoil in the remote Norwegian Arctic, where the firm is looking for oil and gas deposits.

Late-night comics poke fun at Trump comment on Sessions

Seth Meyers, Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah poke fun at President Trump telling The New York Times that he would not have chosen Jeff Sessions to be his attorney general had he known Sessions would recuse himself over matters related to the 2016 presidential campaign.


Vodafone reports better-than-expected 2.2 percent growth in firs quarter

LONDON (Reuters) - Vodafone, the world's second largest mobile operator, reported better-than-expected 2.2 percent revenue growth in its first quarter, reflecting a robust performance in Italy and Spain and an acceleration in demand in Turkey.

Passenger: Bare feet on flight was a 'nightmare'

Airplane passengers are up in arms over bare feet on armrests. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on flying feet.

Humanitarian Aid

Israeli Aid Gives an Unexpected ‘Glimmer of Hope’ for Syrians

Israel has been sending in truckloads of supplies and treating thousands of sick and wounded Syrians, denting its reputation in Syria as “the devil who wants to kill us.”


BRIEF-Mountain province says GK Mine in Q2 treated about 767,000 tonnes of ore through process plant

* In Q2 , GK mine treated about 767,000 tonnes of ore through process plant


UPDATE 1-Rec Silicon Q2 pretax loss bigger than expected, needs capital to China JV

* Rec silicon q2 revenues $ 61.4 million (Reuters poll $63 million) vs $71.1 mln in Q2 2016


Turkish ministry says Germany comments on activists' arrests unacceptable

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Thursday comments by the Germany government spokesman regarding Turkey's arrest of six human rights activists, including a German citizen, were unacceptable and interference in the Turkish judiciary.

Hackers attacked casino through smart fish tank, security firm says


BRIEF-Black Knight Financial Services Q2 earnings per share $0.09

* Black knight financial services reports second quarter 2017 financial results

Wildfire near Yosemite forces thousands to flee

Kim Strauss didn't see the wildfire consume his California residence, but he says he'd be surprised if the home was still there.


Art Review: Richard Gerstl, Speeding Through Life, With Sparks

The first American museum retrospective of the least-known — and maybe the best — of the Viennese modernists, who briefly painted like no one else.


Justice Department expected to drop $3 million Harley-Davidson emissions penalty: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department is expected to announce this week it is dropping a requirement that Harley-Davidson Inc spend $3 million to reduce air pollution as part of a settlement the Obama administration announced in August, sources briefed on the matter said.


US Justice Department expected to drop $3M Harley-Davidson emissions penalty -sources

WASHINGTON, July 18 (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department is expected to announce this week it is dropping a requirement that Harley-Davidson Inc spend $3 million to reduce air pollution as part of a settlement the Obama administration announced in August, sources briefed on the matter said.


Thousands evacuated central California, wildfires burn across U.S. West

MARIPOSA, Calif. (Reuters) - A 25,000-acre wildfire in central California, one of three dozen major blazes burning across the U.S. West, threatened hundreds of homes and businesses on Wednesday after forcing the evacuation of about 5,000 residents.


GRAINS-Corn extends rally as hot, dry weather expected to continue

SYDNEY, July 19 (Reuters) - U.S. corn edged higher on Wednesday, extending two-day gains to nearly 1 percent, as forecasts for continued dry weather stoked fears of widespread production losses. FUNDAMENTALS * The most active corn futures on the Chicago Board Of Trade were up 0.2 percent to $3.91-1/2 after gaining 0.7 percent in the previous session. * The most active soybean futures were up 0.3 percent at $10.05 a bushel, having firmed 0.4 percent on Tuesday. *

Trump expected to re-certify Iran deal

US President Donald Trump once promised to rip up Iran's nuclear deal, but now he is expected to re-certify the deal. CNN's Elise Labot reports.


Tens of thousands march over corruption in Dominican Republic

SANTO DOMINGO (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of protesters flooded the streets of the capital of the Dominican Republic on Sunday in the biggest demonstration of anger over corruption in decades following a landmark bribery case against top officials.

'Night of the Living Dead' director dies


Refugees Confront the Past Through Art, at a Pop-Up Museum

Inside a former prison in Amsterdam, now a haven for asylum seekers, migrants tell their stories and stir up their ghosts.

Look up! Northern Lights spectacle possible Sunday night

A geomagnetic storm could bring a spectacular show to skies across the northern United States on Sunday night.

Source: CBO report not expected Monday

The Congressional Budget Office is not expected to release its analysis of the revised Republican health care bill Monday, a Senate GOP aide tells CNN.


Huge California wildfire spreads overnight as crews dig in

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Firefighters battled on Saturday to gain control of a destructive wildfire burning near Santa Barbara, California that mushroomed in size overnight, pushed by gusty offshore winds into dry brush that has not burned in decades.


Thousands of Illinois homes swamped by flood waters as rivers keep rising

(Reuters) - Flooding north of Chicago could worsen on Saturday as rivers keep rising after a deluge earlier this week that damaged thousands of homes and sent water cascading into streets and basements, officials said.


Thousands march against referendum, extra powers for Mali president

BAMAKO (Reuters) - Thousands of Malians took to the streets on Saturday to protest against a planned referendum on constitutional changes that would give extra powers to President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, create new regions and recognize the Tuareg's ethnic homeland.

Snowglobe uses Hillary Clinton's election night confetti

Bunny Burson spent the night of the 2016 presidential election at Hillary Clinton's watch party in the Javits Center. She stared up at the center's glass ceiling with her husband and two daughters until 2 a.m., waiting for confetti to rain down on the country's first female president and her supporters.


Turkey dismisses thousands more police, civil servants and academics

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey dismissed more than 7,000 police, civil servants and academics on Friday, the eve of the anniversary of last year's attempted coup.

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.”


BRIEF-Marine Harvest Q2 EBIT as expected despite miss on volumes

* Marine harvest q2 preliminary operational ebit eur 196 million (Reuters poll eur 196 million)


Beaming Wie pushes through neck injury to finish round

BEDMINSTER, New Jersey (Reuters) - Michelle Wie said it was a “miracle” she had finished her opening round at the U.S. Women’s Open on Thursday, where she took the golfing equivalent of a time out for treatment on a painful neck sprain.

Man gets stuck in ATM, slips 'help me' notes through receipt slot

A repairman changing out the lock of an ATM was stuck inside the room that houses it -- and was forced to slip notes asking for help through the cash dispenser's receipt slot.