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Demonstrations, Protests and Riots

Charlottesville Wounds Still Fresh, Boston Girds for Dueling Protests

Amid heightened tensions, a handful of cities were preparing for demonstrations this weekend over Confederate symbols and white nationalism.


U.S. prosecutors recommend three years in prison for VW engineer Liang

DETROIT (Reuters) - Federal prosecutors on Friday recommended a three-year prison sentence for Volkswagen AG engineer James Liang for his role in a diesel emissions scandal that has cost the German automaker as much as $25 billion.

States consider protections for drivers who hit protesters

The death of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, Virginia, has renewed focus on bills that surfaced this year in a half-dozen state legislatures that proposed limited protections for drivers who cause injury or death to protesters.

Close, Chuck

16 Members of White House Arts Committee Resign to Protest Trump

Artists, authors, performers and others stepped down from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities after Mr. Trump’s remarks about white nationalists.


Syrian city's rebel districts still in ruins years after Assad victory

HOMS, Syria (Reuters) - President Bashar al-Assad's victory in Homs is still evident in the rubble of Baba Amr, a former symbol of the rebellion where five years later only a handful of people live among ruins.

United States Politics and Government

James Murdoch Pledges $1 Million to Anti-Defamation League as Trump Protest

Mr. Murdoch, the son of a frequent ally of President Trump’s, gave a candid statement, via email, against the white supremacist sentiment that swept through Virginia last weekend.


U.S. rights group rethinks defending hate groups protesting with guns: WSJ

(Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union will no longer defend hate groups seeking to march with firearms, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, a policy change that comes on the heels of protests by white nationalists and counter-protesters over the weekend in Virginia.

Charlottesville, Va, Violence (August, 2017)

Mediator: Where Is the Line? Deadly Protest Forces Media to Decide

In the wake of a tragedy, the media universe is grappling with an issue it has avoided for years.


Venezuela's new chief prosecutor vows to jail protest leaders

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Venezuela will hunt down and jail leaders of violent protests that have rocked the country since April, its new top prosecutor said on Thursday, a day before a hate crimes law was expected to be approved despite fears that it will be used to crush dissent.


Norway authorities stop Greenpeace protests at Arctic well

OSLO (Reuters) - Norwegian coast guards stopped Greenpeace from protesting at a site of the country's northernmost exploration well drilled by Statoil, the environmentalist group said on Thursday.


BRIEF-FDA provides update on its investigation into inaccurate results from certain lead tests‍​

* U.S. FDA provides update on its investigation into inaccurate results from certain lead tests‍​

Analysis: Bob Corker just went there

Bob Corker is no Donald Trump hater. Which makes what the Tennessee Republican senator said Thursday about the President all the more powerful.


Preemies do better now than years ago, but still at risk

(Reuters Health) - Children born very prematurely today are more likely than those born years ago to survive without a serious disability, but they're still at risk for developmental delays, according to a new study from France.

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.


Facebook tests adding news stories customized to users' interests

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 17 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc is testing a feature in the Facebook News Feed that provides customized links to news on topics of interest to individual users, as the company continues to search for ways to increase the amount of time that people spend using the world's largest social media network.

Las Ramblas: First terror attack in Spain for years

Spanish police say they are treating a deadly van ramming in Barcelona as a terror attack -- a revelation that is likely to come as a shock to a country that has largely been spared the assaults that have hit its neighbors in recent years.


Caftans and Quivers: An Archery Competition 500 Years in the Making

Dressed in ancient-style robes and clutching bows and arrows made of traditional materials, competitors at the Conquest Cup in Istanbul preserve Ottoman-style archery in a modern setting.


Deere shares reap bounty as quarterly test looms

NEW YORK, Aug 17 (Reuters) - The harvest has come in for stock investors in Deere & Co but a more plentiful bounty may rest on further improvement in the farm equipment maker's performance.

Freedom of Speech and Expression

In Backing Alt-Right, A.C.L.U. Embraces Role in Defending ‘Groups We Detest’

The group’s defense of a planned rally in Virginia, before the violence, has parallels to its seminal role in a proposed neo-Nazi gathering in Skokie, Ill., in 1977.


Cycling: Former Olympic champion Sanchez fails doping test

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Spain's former Olympic champion Samuel Sanchez has been suspended with immediate effect after testing positive for banned growth hormones, cycling's governing body said on Thursday.


UPDATE 1-Britain's Asda reports first sales growth in three years

LONDON, Aug 17 (Reuters) - Asda, the British supermarket arm of Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, on Thursday reported its first underlying sales growth for three years, helped by food price inflation and very weak comparative numbers last year.

Why historian thinks Charlottesville is pivotal moment in Trump's 'political collapse'

Amid the white supremacist-fueled violence over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, and President Donald Trump's assertion that "both sides" bear responsibility for it, there's an active debate about whether any president has ever behaved like this before in the face of a national crisis. Hoping to find some answers -- and some much-needed historical context -- I reached out to Tim Naftali, a history professor at New York University. Naftali is also the former director of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and is a CNN contributor. Our conversation, conducted via email and lightly edited for flow, is below.

Politics and Government

Joshua Wong and 2 Others Jailed in Hong Kong Over Pro-Democracy Protest

Mr. Wong and two fellow leaders of the monthslong demonstrations in 2014 were jailed after the Beijing-backed government of Hong Kong pushed for harsher punishment.


What will Kim do next? Sixth nuclear test seen critical for North Korea

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea says it has developed intercontinental missiles capable of targeting any place in the United States.

Reporter: Protesters were organized

Elle Reeve of Vice News talks to CNN's Anderson Cooper about her experience on the ground in Charlottesville, Virginia, during a white nationalist rally that has sparked national outrage.

Woman rear-ended by Charlottesville suspect: God put me there for a reason

The two women who were in the car hit by the Charlottesville attacker detail their experience moments after the crash and say God put them there for a reason.


Ex-Eaton Vance Corp trader gets 1-1/2 years in prison for fraud

BOSTON, Aug 16 (Reuters) - A former Eaton Vance Corp portfolio manager was sentenced to 1-1/2 years in prison on Wednesday for engaging in a fraudulent options trading scheme that prosecutors said had netted him more than $1.5 million in profits.


UPDATE 4-Trump jettisons business councils after CEOs quit in protest

* Wall Street speculates about future of Cohn, Mnuchin (Adds Dow CEO, Tillerson, latest market reaction, speculation on future of Cohn and Mnuchin)


New York Times editor testifies in Sarah Palin's defamation lawsuit

(Reuters) - The editor of the New York Times editorial board on Wednesday took the witness stand in a lawsuit filed by former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who claims that a June editorial in the paper defamed her by linking her to a 2011 mass shooting.


DRW to buy RGM in latest deal among high-speed trading firms

NEW YORK, Aug 16 (Reuters) - Proprietary trading firm DRW Holdings on Wednesday said it agreed to buy RGM Advisors, in the latest example of consolidation among high-frequency trading (HFT) firms, which have struggled remain profitable amid rising costs and low market volatility.


BRIEF-Toyota, Servco Pacific pilot test new car share application

* Toyota and Servco Pacific Inc partnered to test a new car-sharing technology in Honolulu, Hawaii​


UPDATE 1-Oil producers signal offshore return in latest Gulf of Mexico auction

HOUSTON, Aug 16 (Reuters) - Major oil producers pushed up high bids at a Gulf of Mexico offshore auction to $121 million on Wednesday, a nearly seven-fold increase from a year ago, as their return to deep water exploration gained momentum.

United States Politics and Government

Jewish Trump Officials Silent on President’s Defense of Anti-Semitic Protesters

Gary D. Cohn, Steven Mnuchin and Jared Kushner have not commented publicly, though Mr. Cohn was described by those close to him as disgusted with the remarks.

Miami Marlins

On Baseball: Derek Jeter’s Greatness Will Be Tested as Owner of a Losing Team

Jeter, the former Yankees star, has always had a vision. And if all goes as planned, he will see it become reality when he becomes an owner of the Miami Marlins.

Trump, Donald J

Trump’s Council of C.E.O.s in Disarray Following Remarks on Protest

The president’s Strategic and Policy Forum, led by Stephen A. Schwarzman, appeared on the verge of disbanding.

United States Politics and Government

Right and Left React to Trump’s Latest Charlottesville Comments Blaming ‘Both Sides’

Read about how the other side thinks about the President’s news conference, Confederate monuments, and responding to the violence of hate groups.

Michael Moore buses audience to Trump Tower protest

Filmmaker Michael Moore invited the audience at his one-man Broadway show to join him at a Trump Tower protest.

Source: McConnell upset at Trump over latest Charlottesville remarks

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has been publicly silent so far over President Donald Trump's latest remarks on Charlottesville, is privately upset with the President's handling of the episode, according to a source close to the Kentucky Republican.

Serena WIlliams: 'People think I'm mean because I'm black'

Serena Williams may be about to become a mother for the first time, but the tennis great has admitted to having an "outrageous plan" to defend her Australian Open title next January. In a wide-ranging interview, she talks about pregnancy, race and power.


Four years without Big Ben's bongs? It can't be right, says UK PM May

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday it could not be right for "Big Ben", the bell in the British parliament's clock tower whose bongs are one of the country's most...


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Philippine lawmakers reject leftist cabinet minister in latest cabinet exit

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine lawmakers rejected the appointment of the social welfare minister on Wednesday after more than a year in office, marking the fourth exit from President Rodrigo Duterte's cabinet this year.



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Mobile language app Babbel, Cambridge team up for English tests

OXFORD, Aug 16 (Reuters) - Germany's Babbel, the highest grossing maker of mobile language-learning apps, has teamed up with Cambridge University's English language certification arm, setting a new, high-quality standard for digital language testing, the companies said on Wednesday.


Venezuelan protesting violinist released by authorities

CARACAS (Reuters) - A young violin player who became a symbol of anti-government protests in Venezuela was released on Tuesday after three weeks in detention, according to the country's chief prosecutor.

Charlottesville, Va, Violence (August, 2017)

Protester Arrested in Toppling of Confederate Statue in Durham

Officials said they would punish perpetrators after a Confederate statue was toppled during a protest expressing sympathy with victims of the violence in Charlottesville.

Heather Heyer was worried she'd get shot during protest

A public memorial service for Heather Heyer, a counterprotester killed Saturday when a speeding car was driven into a crowd, will be held Wednesday morning in Charlottesville, Virginia.

After years of not waiting for the facts, Trump blames Charlottesville vagueness on just that

President Donald Trump, a man who has quickly and bluntly called out terrorist attacks for years and slammed his opponents for being too sheepish in the face of terror, said Tuesday that he gave a vague statement about violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday because he wanted to wait for the facts.

Wife charged in murder, 21 years later

A 21-year-old murder mystery is finally getting some clarity.

Moore, Michael

Michael Moore Takes His Broadway Audience on Buses to Protest Trump

Mr. Moore’s Broadway plan has made Donald J. Trump the target of his rumpled, moral ire. On Tuesday, he bused his audience to Mr. Trump’s door.

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


BRIEF-Toll Brothers Inc says gave redemption notice to holders of its outstanding 0.50 percent exchangeable senior notes due 2032 - SEC filing

* Toll brothers Inc says its unit delivered a notice of redemption to holders of its outstanding 0.50 percent exchangeable senior notes due 2032 - SEC filing


UPDATE 1-Chip testing firm urges blocking rival Xcerra's sale to China fund-WSJ

Aug 15 (Reuters) - U.S. semiconductor testing company Cohu Inc is trying to block the sale of rival Xcerra Corp to a Chinese government-controlled fund citing national security concerns, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.


Raonic latest to withdraw from Cincinnati tournament

(The Sports Xchange) - Milos Raonic withdrew from the Western & Southern Cincinnati Open tennis tournament, pulling out on Tuesday due to a wrist injury.


Blackstone ends talks for NSO Group stake that prompted protest: sources

(Reuters) - Blackstone Group has pulled out of discussions to buy part of Israeli mobile surveillance software maker NSO Group, according to people familiar with the talks that had been criticized by digital privacy activists.


Chip testing firm urges blocking rival Xcerra's sale to China fund-WSJ

Aug 15 (Reuters) - U.S. semiconductor testing company Cohu Inc is trying to block the sale of rival Xcerra Corp to a Chinese government-controlled fund citing national security concerns, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.


Tennis:Last two years have taken heavy toll on Murray, says mum Judy

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - The last two years on the relentless ATP Tour have taken their toll on Andy Murray, the three times grand slam champion's mum Judy told Reuters.

A company is fighting a search warrant it claims would make them turn over info on anti-Trump protesters

A web hosting provider is fighting back against a search warrant that it claims would require them to turn over information on visitors to a website used to organize protests against President Donald Trump, according to court filings first published on the company's blog Monday.

Presidential Election of 2016

Survey Says: The Obama-Trump Voters Are Real. Here’s What They Think.

They supported Mr. Obama in 2012 and are the main reason Mr. Trump is president now. What can we learn from them?

Protesters pull down Confederate statue in North Carolina

A protest in Durham, North Carolina, organized to stand in solidarity with anti-racist activists in Charlottesville, Virginia, took a turn Monday when participants toppled a Confederate statue.

Attacker wanted blood, says protester hit by car

Marcus Martin, the man who saved his fiancée from a car attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, says the suspect who hit him did so intentionally.


Thai activist jailed for two and a half years for posting BBC article

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A Thai student activist was jailed for two and a half years on Tuesday for posting on Facebook a BBC article deemed offensive to Thailand's king, his lawyer said.


Saudi Arabia and Iraq to re-open border crossing after 27 years

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia and Iraq plan to open the Arar border crossing for trade for the first time since 1990, when it was closed after the countries cut ties following Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait, Saudi local media reported on Tuesday.


Trump's popularity faces test in Alabama's Senate race

(Reuters) - Voters in Alabama head to the polls on Tuesday to choose Republican and Democratic nominees for a U.S. Senate seat, in a race that has been dominated by debate over President Donald Trump.

World's fastest street car costs $3 million

The Bugatti Chiron can hit a top speed of 261 mph but it's going to cost you a whopping $3 million.

Monuments and Memorials (Structures)

Protesters Tear Down Confederate Statue in Durham

Days after clashes in Charlottesville, Va., protesters toppled a statue of a Confederate soldier that had stood in front of the old Durham County Courthouse in North Carolina for nearly a century.

Durham (NC)

Protesters in Durham Topple a Confederate Monument

Officials around the country have removed or considered removing Confederate relics. But in North Carolina on Monday, activists took matters into their own hands.

Protesters topple Confederate statue

Protestors tear down a Confederate monument in Durham, North Carolina.

Demonstrations, Protests and Riots

Who Were the Counterprotesters in Charlottesville?

The counterprotesters were united against white supremacy, but they advocated a wide array of beliefs, tactics and goals.


NFL player sits out national anthem to protest Virginia violence

(Reuters) - Seattle Seahawks player Michael Bennett remained seated during the playing of the U.S. national anthem before a pre-season National Football League game to protest deadly violence at a white supremacist rally in Virginia over the weekend, his team said.

Protesters blame police for not stopping Charlottesville fury

As Charlottesville begins to heal after this weekend's violence, many are wondering how things got out of hand so quickly.

Meet the world's fastest car. Price: $3 million

Driving the Bugatti Chiron provides a lesson in glorious excess.


Out There: During an Eclipse, Darkness Falls and Wonder Rises

A total solar eclipse brings tears, screams, even reverence to those in its path.

Charlottesville (Va)

Bulletin Board: Some Readers Say ‘White Nationalist’ Normalizes the Charlottesville Protesters

Our Standards editor says we used a range of descriptions for the groups at the center of the violence, including neo-Nazis, white supremacists and white nationalists.


UPDATE 2-Vale works to speed up listing in strictest Brazil market

SAO PAULO/RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 14 (Reuters) - B igger-than-expected shareholder backing for Vale SA's stock conversion plan could lead the world's No. 1 iron ore producer to speed up the listing of common shares in Brazil's strictest market to lure a broader investor base.

White nationalists plan another protest, this time in Texas on September 11

Brace yourselves for Round 2: White nationalists are planning for another protest in September.


UPDATE 1-Vale gauges how to speed listing in strictest Brazil market

SAO PAULO/RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 14 (Reuters) - B igger-than-expected shareholder support in Vale SA's stock conversion plan could lead the world's No. 1 iron ore producer to accelerate the listing of common shares in Brazil's strictest market segment and lure a boarder base of investors.

London's Big Ben to fall silent for 4 years

Big Ben will fall silent next week for four years as "major conservation works" are carried out on the tower which houses the bell, UK Parliament announced Monday.

Number of kids going to ER for pot more than doubles in 10 years

As attitudes about marijuana shift around the world, researchers are warning parents that it's risky to keep it around children, especially those who are too young to know what it is.


UK parliament's "Big Ben" bell to fall silent for four years

LONDON (Reuters) - The "Big Ben" bell in the British parliament's famous clock tower will cease its regular bongs at noon on Aug. 21, falling silent for most of the next four years while renovation...

Economic Conditions and Trends

Japan’s Economy Grows Again, in Longest Streak in 11 Years

An uptick in domestic consumer and business spending suggests a rising optimism that the good times will continue. Government spending helped, too.


Years After Acid Attack, an Afghan Story of Survival Takes a Dark Turn

Mumtaz, splashed with acid by a spurned suitor at 18, had surgery in India and started a family. Her attacker faced a long prison sentence. Then the kidnapping and killing began.


This British Fruitcake Is Over 100 Years Old. It’s ‘Almost’ Edible.

Conservationists in Antarctica who found the ice-covered dessert believe it once belonged to the British explorer Robert Falcon Scott.

Trump flunked a test he should have passed

President Donald Trump faced a moral test this weekend: how would he deal with racist violence? Many would judge that he flunked that test. When it came to specifically condemning white supremacy, he simply didn't have the vocabulary.


CIA chief: Not surprising if North Korea tests missile again

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo said on Sunday he would not be surprised if North Korea tested another missile, given that it had two tests in July.


Hundreds of Buddhists protest against aid agencies in Myanmar's Rakhine

YANGON (Reuters) - Hundreds of Buddhists took to the streets in western Myanmar on Sunday to protest against aid organizations they accuse of giving support to Muslim Rohingya militants, police and a protest leader said.


Charlottesville violence tests Trump's presidential mettle

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (Reuters) - For President Donald Trump, this was the week when the real world began to intrude upon his presidency.


Two killed in helicopter crash near Virginia protests

(Reuters) - Two people died in a helicopter crash on Saturday near Charlottesville, Virginia, where white nationalists and counter-protesters had clashed earlier in the day, officials said.

'Blood and soil': Protesters chant Nazi slogan in Charlottesville

Some white nationalists and right-wing protesters who have converged on Charlottesville, Virginia, have been using a Nazi rallying cry.

Videos show car crash into protesters

Videos posted to social media show a car crash into protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia and then drive away.

Trump: 'There is no place for this kind of violence in America'

President Donald Trump urged unity and condemned hate in response to violent white nationalist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, that have played out on national television Saturday.


Protests Rage On in Kenya After President Is Re-Elected

Many believe the election was rigged, even though international observers concluded that it was fair and transparent.


Protesters clash again in Virginia city ahead of white nationalist rally

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (Reuters) - White nationalists clashed with counter-demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday ahead of a rally to protest the planned removal of a Confederate general's statue that critics say glorifies the era of slavery.

Demonstrations, Protests and Riots

State of Emergency Declared in Charlottesville After Protests Turn Violent

Protests of a plan to remove a statue of a Confederate general led to clashes that left several injured.

DNA test reunites brother with mom after 46 years

Texas brothers Anthony Wiggs and Raymond Abreu reunite with their mother Elsie Ramirez after decades apart, they were separated as infants because social services got involved.


‘It’s Very Easy to Die There’: How Prisoners Fare in Vietnam

Activists say a government report — possibly posted by accident — confirms their fears of high rates of executions, forced labor and deaths in custody.


Athletics: Botswana miss out after baton drop, U.S. run year's fastest time

LONDON (Reuters) - Botswana missed out on the men's 4x400 meters relay final at the World Athletics Championships on Saturday after dropping the baton in their semi-final heat while the United States ran the year's fastest time.


Bolt leads Jamaica into final, U.S. run year's fastest time

LONDON (Reuters) - Usain Bolt, running the penultimate race of his career, led Jamaica safely through their semi-final in the 4x100 meters relay at the World Athletics Championships on Saturday while United States ran the fastest time of the year.

DNA test reunites brothers with mom after 46 years

There she is ... I think I see her," an anxious Anthony Wiggs told Raymond Abreu. "With the sunglasses on."

One shot dead in Kenya election protests, police say

One person was shot dead after protests broke out in Kisumu following the re-election of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, police said Saturday.


Protesters clash in Virginia city on eve of white nationalist rally

(Reuters) - Hundreds of white marchers with blazing torches clashed briefly with counterprotesters on the Charlottesville campus of the University of Virginia on Friday, the eve of a rally planned by thousands of white nationalists, media said.


Divided Muslim family yearns to reunite, 70 years after India, Pakistan split

KARACHI/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - As India and Pakistan prepare to celebrate 70 years of independence from Britain next week, thousands of families in the nuclear-armed neighbors remain divided by a border that strained diplomatic ties make harder to cross.


'Let it be': Mongolians protest as bulldozers threaten Beatles monument

ULAANBAATAR (Reuters) - A statue of the Beatles in the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar could be at risk amid an alleged land grab, protesters say, as rapid development turns a city once famed for wide open spaces into a cluttered metropolis.


Taylor Swift's bodyguard testifies he witnessed groping

DENVER (Reuters) - Pop star Taylor Swift's former bodyguard on Friday corroborated her account of being groped by a Colorado disc jockey, testifying that he saw the radio personality slip his hand under her skirt as they posed for a photo.


Ex-Los Angeles investment banker gets extra five years for tribal bond fraud

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former Los Angeles investment banker imprisoned for 11 years for a stock manipulation scheme was sentenced on Friday to an additional five years for misappropriating proceeds from a bond issue by a Native American tribe.


Peru expels Venezuelan ambassador to protest constituent assembly

LIMA (Reuters) - Peru has decided to expel Venezuela's ambassador to Peru after Caracas sent an "unacceptable" response to a new Western Hemisphere group's condemnation of the country's new legislative superbody, Peru's foreign affairs ministry said Friday.

Hear Trump's latest comments on North Korea

President Donald Trump said that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "will truly regret it and he will regret it fast" if he issues an overt threat or attacks Guam or a US ally.


Pearson fastest in 100 meters hurdles semis, holder goes out

LONDON (Reuters) - Former Olympic 100 meters hurdles champion Sally Pearson continued her remarkable comeback from injury by qualifying fastest for the World Championship final as defending champion Danielle Williams failed to progress on Friday.


Should older doctors be examined, tested or forced to retire?

(Reuters Health) - At 81, Dr. Frank Stockdale continues to see breast cancer patients and believes he offers them the wisdom and knowledge from his more than 50 years of oncology practice.

Computers and the Internet

In China, Facebook Tests the Waters With a Stealth App

The social media giant has quietly authorized the release of a Chinese version of its Moments app, a highly unusual move that raises transparency questions.


Cancer survivors may seek unneeded tests for reassurance

(Reuters Health) - Many people who survive cancer fear recurrence after their treatment ends, according to a study that suggests these concerns may lead to unnecessary tests.


Nebraska funeral picketing law survives protester's challenge

(Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Friday upheld a Nebraska law that prohibits picketing within 500 feet of funerals, saying it did not violate the free speech rights of the Westboro Baptist Church, whose members condemn homosexuality.


Kenyan police prepare for protests before election announcement

NAIROBI/KISUMU, Kenya (Reuters) - Kenyan police beefed up security on Friday ahead of an expected announcement that President Uhuru Kenyatta has won re-election, despite allegations by opposition leader Raila Odinga of vote-rigging.


After years, South Koreans worry about North: food sales up, civil drills expanded

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Koreans are buying more ready to eat meals and the government plans to expand nation-wide civil defense drills planned for this month as rhetoric between North Korea and the United States ramps up tension.


Kenyan police prepare for protests ahead of election announcement

KISUMU, Kenya (Reuters) - Kenyan police took security precautions on Friday ahead of an expected announcement that President Uhuru Kenyatta has won re-election despite allegations of vote rigging by opposition leader Raila Odinga.


U.S. economic expansion to last another two years or more: Reuters poll

BENGALURU (Reuters) - The U.S. economic expansion will last at least another two years, according to a majority of economists polled by Reuters who also forecast growth will not accelerate the way the Trump administration has predicted.

Suits and Litigation (Civil)

New York Times Editorial Writer Must Testify in Sarah Palin Lawsuit

A federal judge ruled that for him to decide on a motion filed by the The Times seeking the dismissal of a defamation suit filed by Ms. Palin, the writer must appear under oath.

Climate report: Hottest year, highest greenhouse gas marks, record sea levels

The records highlighted in the "State of the Climate in 2016" report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration sound ominous.

Illegal Immigration

A Surge of Migrants Crossing Into Quebec Tests Canada’s Welcome

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government must balance its public compassion toward asylum seekers with a strict immigration system.


Art Review: Glenn Ligon Rethinks the Color Line in the Show ‘Blue Black’

The exhibition, at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation in St. Louis, draws together artists who put race on a spectrum of meanings that runs from polemical to personal and poetic.


Trump says doesn't think Iran living up to spirit of nuclear deal

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Thursday said he did not believe that Iran was living up to the spirit of the 2015 deal to curtail its nuclear weapons program.

Strong support for Taylor Swift following trial testimony

Taylor Swift's testimony against a man she has accused of groping her has sparked a wave of support for the pop star on social media.


Why Was There a Giant Inflatable Chicken Near the White House?

The bird is the latest protest stunt against the current occupant of the White House. It was the brainchild of Taran Singh Brar, an artist and documentary filmmaker based in Washington.


Citi stock to double in 4-5 years, says Mike Mayo

(Reuters) - Citigroup Inc's stock price is likely to double in the next four to five years, banking analyst Mike Mayo wrote in his first note after joining Wells Fargo Securities.


Germany to inspect Ford Mondeo cars over emissions testing: WirtschaftsWoche

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany has ordered its road transport watchdog to look at whether Ford's mid-sized Mondeo model contains an illegal emissions cheating device, business weekly WirtschaftsWoche reported on Thursday, citing the transport ministry.

Peter Kraus doesn't think 'Bachelorette' Rachel Lindsay settled

Bachelor Nation may not be content, but Peter Kraus looks to be moving on.


Observers give Kenya vote thumbs up amid pockets of protests

NAIROBI (Reuters) - International observers on Thursday praised the handling of Kenya's presidential election, with the European Union mission saying it had seen no sign of manipulation despite opposition complaints and scattered protests.


China seethes on sidelines amid latest North Korea crisis

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


Taylor Swift's mom testifies alleged groping 'shattered our trust'

DENVER (Reuters) - Whether Taylor Swift wins or loses a federal court battle stemming from her allegation that she was groped by a Denver DJ, the incident in question has already made the singer less trustful of the public and less open to fans, her mother testified.


CEE MARKETS-Dinar retests 22-month highs, Serbian central bank meets

* Dinar near 22-month high, helped by euro remittances from abroad * Serbia seen keeping region's highest interest rates on hold * Stocks fall less than Western peers By Sandor Peto BUDAPEST, Aug 10 (Reuters) - Serbia's dinar tested 22-month highs against the euro on Thursday, outperforming other Central European currencies ahead of a central bank meeting that is expected to see it key rate left on hold at 4 percent, the highest in the region. The Serbian central bank i


Turkey orders detention of 35 people, including journalists, in latest crackdown: Anadolu

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish authorities on Thursday issued detention warrants for 35 people, including nine journalists, on suspicion of links to last July's attempted military coup, the state-run Anadolu news agency said.

President's unorthodox approach to global leadership has him in a test of wills with N. Korean leader

President Donald Trump effectively ad-libbed his way into a test of wills with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and an unpredictable cycle of escalation -- largely due to both men's propensity for white-hot rhetoric and a desire to project strong leadership.


Lack of real-world testing raises doubts on U.S. missile defenses

WASHINGTON, Aug 9 (Reuters) - When simulating missile attacks from North Korea or Iran, the U.S. military says its defense system and network of radars allow it to successfully track and destroy incoming warheads.


Goldman to use 'personality test' for hiring decisions

(Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc plans to begin using a "personality test" as part of the hiring process for positions in its banking, trading and finance and risk divisions, a senior Goldman executive said on Wednesday.


Exclusive: Tesla developing self-driving tech for semi-truck, wants to test in Nevada

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Tesla Inc is developing a long-haul, electric semi-truck that can drive itself and move in "platoons" that automatically follow a lead vehicle, and is getting closer to testing a prototype, according to an email discussion of potential road tests between the car company and the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), seen by Reuters.


Entrepreneurship: Heart and Asthma Monitors? There’s an App for That

Start-ups by young Berkeley engineers are marketing devices for home use that will help heart patients and asthmatic children manage their conditions.


Oscar-winning Coen brothers to bring Western anthology series to Netflix

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Oscar-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen are transitioning to the small screen with a new Western anthology for Netflix Inc, the online streaming company said on Wednesday, the latest talent to join the platform's growing roster.

Why the left is betting on single-payer as their litmus test

When Sen. Bernie Sanders hit the road in July to gin up resistance against Republican efforts to raze Obamacare, he delivered a two-part message: First, protect the current law. Second, push on and make the case for a single-payer system, or "Medicare for all."


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

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


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.


U.N. decries excessive force in Venezuela's crackdown on protests

CARACAS/GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations slammed Venezuela on Tuesday for the use of excessive force against anti-government protesters and said security forces and pro-government groups were believed responsible for the deaths of at least 73 demonstrators since April.


Thailand sentences man to 18 years in prison for insulting monarchy

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A Thai man was jailed for 18 years on Wednesday for posting six video clips deemed insulting to the monarchy, his lawyer said, the latest conviction in junta-ruled Thailand where authorities have cracked down on critics of the monarchy and military.


Denver DJ denies groping Taylor Swift in first day of trial testimony

DENVER (Reuters) - A Colorado DJ accused of groping recording star Taylor Swift during a photo shoot four years ago testified on Tuesday that he innocently made physical contact with the singer as they posed together but denied any inappropriate behavior.


Wisconsin won't break even on Foxconn plant incentives for 25 years: analysis

(Reuters) - Wisconsin is not projected to break even on a $3 billion incentive package for a proposed LCD screen plant by Taiwan's Foxconn for at least 25 years, a legislative analysis showed on Tuesday.


Lockheed fielding more missile defense queries amid North Korea tests

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp , the Pentagon's No. 1 weapons supplier, said on Tuesday its customers want to defend themselves against possible incoming missile attacks and are increasingly asking about missile defense systems.


Spotakova reclaims world javelin title 10 years on

LONDON (Reuters) - Barbora Spotakova of the Czech Republic regained the javelin world title she first won 10 years ago at the World Championships on Tuesday.

Where India will be in another 70 years?

As the clock struck midnight on August 15, 1947, the world's biggest democracy was born. India had become an independent nation.


Moroccan injured during protest dies after weeks in coma

RABAT (Reuters) - A protester who fell into a coma after being wounded in protests that have shaken northern Morocco died in hospital on Tuesday, a lawyer and a judicial official said.

There have never been this many job openings in America

There are 6.2 million job openings in the United States, a record high, according to Labor Department figures published Tuesday.


China marks 70 years of Inner Mongolia's founding, activist complains of curbs

BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Tuesday celebrated 70 years since the founding of Inner Mongolia, its first self-proclaimed region run by ethnic minorities, as a leading Mongol activist said her communications had been interrupted and the police were following her.


Venezuela using excessive force, arrests to crush protests: U.N.

GENEVA (Reuters) - Venezuelan security forces have wielded excessive force to suppress protests, killing dozens, and have arbitrarily detained 5,000 people since April, including 1,000 still in custody, the United Nations human rights office said on Tuesday.

Kenyans vote in hotly contested presidential election

Kenyans head to the polls Tuesday in a hotly contested election that pits incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta against the nation's former prime minister.

What will the office look like in 10 years?

It happens every few years: a seismic shift in the way we live our lives fuels a change in human behavior so significant, it blows the concept of the office as we know it out of the water.


Rocket Lab says fixes test flight glitch which terminated first launch

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Rocket Lab, a Silicon Valley-funded space launch company, said a contractor's error was to blame for its maiden flight failing to reach orbit in May, but that the problem had been fixed ahead of another planned launch in the next two months.

Dental braces wire found in woman's intestine

Brace yourself for this story: Ten years after her orthodontic braces were removed, a piece of dental wire was found stuck inside an Australian woman's small intestine.

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Man Killed in 9/11 Attacks Is Identified by DNA Testing

The man, whose name was withheld by officials at his family’s request, was the first Sept. 11 victim to be identified in more than two years.

Divisive memo tests Google's free speech culture


Cuba says private sector freeze will not last years

HAVANA (Reuters) - The Cuban government said on Monday the freeze on new licenses for some private-sector occupations would not last years, in an attempt to reassure citizens worried about an apparent pause in the liberalization of the economy.


BRIEF-Freddie Mac issues Dodd-Frank stress test results

* Stress test results as of Dec. 31, 2016 under severely adverse scenario show substantial funding available under PSPA Source text ( Further company coverage:

Dutch engineers test 'floating island'

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North Korea Rails Against New Sanctions, Says U.S. Is ‘Frantic’ About Missile Tests

A statement called the new Security Council sanctions a “frenzied and desperate” effort by the United States to obliterate North Korea.


'Top Chef' host Lakshmi testifies in Teamsters extortion trial

BOSTON (Reuters) - "Top Chef" TV show host Padma Lakshmi appeared in federal court in Boston on Monday, and testified she was "terrified" after a member of the Teamsters union, accused of extorting the show's production company for jobs, appeared to threaten her in 2014.


Justice Department resumes effort to improve forensic testimony

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department is reviving efforts that first started under the Obama administration to develop uniform standards governing what forensic experts are permitted to say during criminal trials.


BRIEF-Skydance Media extends agreement with Paramount Pictures for four additional years

* Skydance Media extends worldwide production & distribution agreement for feature films with Paramount Pictures for four additional years

Spoilers: 'GoT' characters collide in latest battle royal

The following contains major spoilers from the August 6 episode of "Game of Thrones."

12-year-old reunites with addict father

American beats fastest man in history

CNN's Fredricka Whitfield chats with champion sprinter Justin Gatlin after his big win over Usain Bolt.

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Markdale Journal: An Ice Cream Maker’s Latest Recipe: Saving the Local School

It looked as if a small town in Ontario would lose its school. But a local business has proved an unlikely savior, offering millions of dollars to save it.

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Detroit’s Mayoral Election Is a Test of Recovery and Legacy

The son of the city’s first black mayor is challenging its first white mayor in 40 years in an election that comes at a pivotal point for a remade Detroit.


In Afghan review, Trump's frustration carries echoes of Obama years

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Since taking office, U.S. President Donald Trump has shown an affinity, and perhaps even a deference, to the generals he has surrounded himself with in his Cabinet and at the White House, save one exception: the war in Afghanistan.


U.N. council bans key North Korea exports over missile tests

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Saturday that could slash by a third the Asian state's $3 billion annual export revenue over Pyongyang's two July intercontinental ballistic missile tests.

UN Security Council imposes new sanctions on the regime for ballistic missile tests and other violations

The United Nations Security Council on Saturday passed a resolution imposing new sanctions on North Korea for its continued ballistic missile testing and violations of UN resolutions.


U.N. Security Council imposes new North Korea sanctions over missile tests

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Saturday that could slash by a third the Asian state's $3 billion annual export revenue over Pyongyang's two intercontinental ballistic missile tests in July.


Dibaba squeezes into 1500m final, Kipyegon fastest

LONDON (Reuters) - Defending 1500m world champion Genzebe Dibaba faced an agonizing wait before securing qualification for the final after closely contested semi-finals on Saturday.

5 years after Sikh attack, have we learned?

On August 5, 2012, a known white supremacist entered a Sikh place of worship in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, and opened fire on the congregation. Wade Michael Page's murderous rampage, which ultimately took six innocent lives, was the deadliest attack on Sikh Americans in our nation's history.

Harvard fight could change 40 years of affirmative action

The Justice Department this week signaled it would pursue Asian-American students' complaints of bias in admissions at Harvard University, a move that could ultimately alter the future of affirmative action nationwide.


Former senior China Development Bank official jailed for 14 years for graft

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's anti-graft watchdog said on Saturday the former head of the supervisory board at China Development Bank, the country's largest policy lender, has been jailed for 14 years and fined 3.5 million yuan ($520,276) for receiving bribes.


U.N. vote Saturday on U.S. bid to slash North Korea exports over missile tests

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council is set to vote on Saturday on a U.S.-drafted resolution that aims to slash by a third North Korea's $3 billion annual export revenue over Pyongyang's two intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests in July.


Google tests publishing tech similar to Snapchat: source

(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google is developing technology that media companies could use to create stories similar to those found on Snapchat's "Discover" platform, a person familiar with the plans said on Friday.


UPDATE 1-Google tests publishing tech similar to Snapchat -source

Aug 4 (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google is developing technology that media companies could use to create stories similar to those found on Snapchat's "Discover" platform, a person familiar with the plans said on Friday.


U.S. pushes U.N. to slash North Korea exports by a third over missile tests

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A U.S.-drafted United Nations Security Council resolution, seen by Reuters on Friday, aims to slash by a third North Korea's $3 billion annual export revenue by banning the country's trade of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood.


Macron Takes On France’s Labor Code, 100 Years in the Making

The new French president’s boldest initiative is a bid to overhaul French capitalism. Just one thing may stand in his way: 3,324 pages of regulations.

Netanyahu ex-aide to testify in graft probe

An ongoing criminal investigation of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has taken a major step forward as his former chief-of-staff has agreed to testify against him, a court-issued gag order released by police reveals.

Taylor Swift to testify DJ groped her

Taylor Swift has been pretty quiet lately, but she will soon speak out about an alleged sexual assault.


Nebraska regulators block testimony ahead of Keystone XL hearings

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nebraska regulators weighing the fate of TransCanada Corp’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline have ruled that opponents of the project cannot use one of their best arguments against it in final hearings next week: that America does not need the oil.


Rockets, gunfire test new Russia-backed truce near Syria's Homs: monitor

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Warring sides exchanged rocket and gunfire north of the Syrian city of Homs overnight, hours after a Russia-backed truce took effect, a war monitor said on Friday, while heavy rocket fire also marred a similar deal east of the capital Damascus.


There's the rub - Danish Queen's husband refuses to share her grave

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Prince Henrik of Denmark announced on Thursday he does not wish to be buried next to his wife, Queen Margrethe of Denmark, saying he is unhappy he was never acknowledged as her...


Egyptian court sentences 50 policemen to three years in prison for striking

CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court sentenced 50 policemen to three years in prison on Thursday for organizing a strike against their working conditions in January, Egypt's official news agency MENA reported.


Three years since Islamic State attack, Yazidi wounds still open

SINJAR, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraq's Yazidis marked three years since Islamic State launched what the United Nations said was a genocidal campaign against them on Thursday, but their ordeal is far from over despite the ouster of the jihadist fighters.


Hostage Held by Al Qaeda in Mali for 5 Years Is Freed

According to a retired European intelligence official, a payment of 3.5 million euros ($4.2 million) was made for the release of Stephen McGown.


REFILE-CEE MARKETS-Crown firms after Czechs deliver first EU rate hike for years

(Refiles to update headline) * Crown jumps as CNB lifts rates, surprising part of the market * Hike is the CNB's first since 2018, EU's first since 2012 * CEE central banks unlikely to follow CNB's hike this year By Sandor Peto and Jason Hovet BUDAPEST/PRAGUE, Aug 3 (Reuters) - The crown surged on Thursday after the Czech central bank (CNB) delivered the the European Union's first central bank interest rate hike for more than five years to fight inflation. The 20 basis


More than half of India's languages may die out in 50 years - survey

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - More than half of the languages spoken by India's 1.3 billion people may die out over the next 50 years, scholars said on Thursday, calling for a concerted effort to preserve the tongues spoken by the nation's endangered tribal communities.

Woman could get 20 years today in texting suicide case

Michelle Carter's own words helped seal her involuntary manslaughter conviction in the suicide of her boyfriend Conrad Roy III.

US Air Force test-launches missile

As tensions between the US and North Korea continue to rise, the US Air Force test-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile to show its ability to defend itself. CNN's Barbara Starr reports.


HBO says it does not think entire email system compromised: memo

(Reuters) - Time Warner Inc's's HBO unit said on Wednesday that it does not believe that at this time its email system "as a whole has been compromised," according to an internal memo seen by Reuters.


New York man gets three years for ForceField stock scheme

NEW YORK, Aug 2 (Reuters) - A New York investor relations professional was sentenced on Wednesday to three years in prison after pleading guilty to taking part in a scheme to inflate the stock of LED lighting company ForceField Energy Inc.

Prince Philip retires after 65 years

After 22,219 solo engagements since 1952, 96-year-old Prince Philip attended his final public event, a Royal Marines parade at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday. CNN's Nick Glass reports.


Ohio man gets 20 years for soliciting murder of U.S. military members

(Reuters) - An Ohio man who professed support for the Islamic State militant group was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Wednesday for soliciting the murder of U.S. military personnel, federal prosecutors said.


U.S. corporate pensions see highest funding level in two years: Wilshire

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. corporate pensions' ability to meet future payouts improved to the strongest level in two years July as most of their investments appreciated, led by Wall Street's record...


Prince Philip Makes His Last Solo Appearance, After 65 Years in the Public Eye

Married to Queen Elizabeth II for nearly 70 years, the Duke of Edinburgh is retiring from most official engagements.