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NFL suspends Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott

The NFL suspended Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliot for six games for violating the league's personal conduct policy. Andy Scholes reports. [Source]

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'Catching' a U-2 fresh back from America's air wars

AL DHAFRA AIR BASE, United Arab Emirates (Reuters) - It may not sound possible to "catch" an American spy plane while driving a Dodge Charger. But that's precisely what we did on a sweltering August...


BRIEF-B&G Foods to acquire Back To Nature Foods Company

* B&G Foods - sees deal to be immediately accretive to its earnings per share, free cash flow

Mugabe, Grace

Grace Mugabe Is Back in Zimbabwe, Trailed by Assault Accusations

The South African government said it had granted diplomatic immunity to Zimbabwe’s first lady, who was accused of beating up a model in a luxury hotel.


Iraqi forces start offensive to take back IS-held city of Tal Afar

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi security forces launched on Sunday an offensive to take back the city of Tal Afar, their next objective in the U.S.-backed campaign to defeat Islamic State militants, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said.


Golf: Stenson leads by one in Greensboro, Love three back

GREENSBORO, North Carolina (Reuters) - Swede Henrik Stenson remained patient before reeling off three consecutive birdies to earn a one-shot lead after the third round at the Wyndham Championship on Saturday.

Bannon, Stephen K

Stephen Bannon’s Path from Breitbart to the West Wing, and Back

A guide to reporting by The New York Times about the former White House chief strategist and the news he generated during his 366 days working for President Trump.


Ormsby blitzes back nine for Fiji lead

(Reuters) - Australia's Wade Ormsby tore up the back nine with five birdies to take a one-stroke lead at the end of the third round of the Fiji International at Sigatoka on Saturday.


India's Infosys approves up to $2 billion buyback of shares

MUMBAI (Reuters) - The board of India's second biggest IT firm, Infosys Ltd , on Saturday approved a share buyback program of up to 130 billion rupees ($2.03 billion), a day after Vishal Sikka resigned as chief executive after a long-running feud with the company's founders.


Amid Trump backlash, his U.N. envoy says stand up, isolate hate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told staff in an email - seen by Reuters on Friday - that everyone must stand up and condemn hate, as President Donald Trump faces a backlash for his response to violence at a protest by white nationalists.

Within hours of being fired, Trump's former chief strategist gets his old job back at far-right news site


Spouse hostility may worsen chronic low back pain

(Reuters Health) - People with chronic low back pain may feel it even more sharply if their spouses are critical and unsupportive of their condition, according to a recent study.


To Hit a Passer and ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’: A Linebacker’s Two Sides

The Giants’ linebacker has created a vibrant book club on Instagram, drawing fans and fellow readers.


BRIEF-Risesun Real Estate Development's unit signs strategic agreement with Alibaba-backed logistics firm

* Says unit signs strategic agreement with Alibaba-backed logistics firm on areas including internet of things, e-commerce innovation


UPDATE 1-Jack Ma-backed Yunfeng leads $1.7 bln purchase of MassMutual Asia unit

* Other investors include Ant, GIC-affiliate City-Scape (Recasts with details of the deal, Yunfeng share price surge)

Witness: Attack sent 'tidal wave' of people running from scene

People on the scene recount what it was like as a van plowed through a crowded plaza in a popular Barcelona area

GOP senators strike back in Trump's public war of words

Sen. Bob Corker's questioning of the President's competence Thursday is the starkest signal yet that Republican senators are returning fire in the public and pointed battle Donald Trump has waged with members of his own party.


Students head back to unfunded schools in three U.S. states

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The failure of three U.S. states to enact legislation to fund education has left hundreds of school districts scrambling for cash as students return to the classroom.

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.

Gun Control

How New Jersey Got 4,775 Guns Back

An M-16 and a sawed-off shotgun were among the nearly 5,000 guns collected at a two-day buyback event in New Jersey, where guns could be dropped off with no questions asked.


Asia shares up on North Korea reprieve, dollar back in doldrums

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Asian stocks edged up on Thursday as tensions between the U.S. and North Korea came off the boil, while worries about President Donald Trump's ability to implement his pro-growth agenda and the Federal Reserve's concerns about low U.S. inflation hit the dollar.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia shares up on North Korea reprieve, dollar back in doldrums

* Dollar drops after Fed minutes, Trump disbands advisory councils

These Trump voters back him on Charlottesville

Supporters in Kentucky react to President Trump's comments on the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. CNN's Brynn Gingras reports.


UPDATE 1-Ireland says EU demand that Apple pay it 13 bln euros in back taxes unjustified

BERLIN, Aug 16 (Reuters) - Ireland's finance minister said the European Commission's demand that Dublin collect up to 13 billion euros ($13.8 bln) in back taxes from Apple was unjustified, in an interview with Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine (FAZ) newspaper.


Samsung, Foxconn to back cable-free phone tech

(Reuters) - A startup backed by Tony Fadell, one of the fathers of the Apple iPod, plans to announce Wednesday it is working with Samsung Electronics Co Ltd , Foxconn parent Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd and others on a new way for mobile phones to transfer large amounts of data without using wires or WiFi connections.


Backlash against Trump intensifies after his comments on Virginia violence

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Several leading members of Donald Trump's Republican Party and key ally Britain sharply rebuked the U.S. president on Wednesday after he insisted that white nationalists and protesters opposed to them were both to blame for deadly violence in the Virginia city of Charlottesville.

Daniel Craig says he's back as James Bond

Bond, James Bond will again be played by Craig, Daniel Craig.


Pullback in U.S. fracking sand use pressures producers

Aug 16 (Reuters) - U.S. shale oil companies are pulling back on the amount of sand they use to hydraulically fracture new wells, responding to rising prices of the material that are driving up costs.


Trump-backed candidate for Senate heads to Alabama run-off

(Reuters) - A Republican candidate backed by President Donald Trump for a U.S. Senate seat from Alabama is expected to finish a distant second in a primary election on Tuesday, but will still have enough votes to advance to a run-off, local news projected.


METALS-London zinc edges towards decade-high on back of steel price rally

MELBOURNE, Aug 16 (Reuters) - London zinc was edging towards its highest in a decade on Wednesday, boosted as a months-long rally in steel prices also pushes up markets for steelmaking raw materials.


Trump infrastructure push rolls back environmental rules

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday rolled back rules regarding environmental reviews and restrictions on government-funded building projects in flood-prone areas as part of his proposal to spend $1 trillion to fix aging U.S. infrastructure.


Trump to Roll Back Obama’s Flood Standards for Infrastructure

The White House is expected to eliminate standards set in 2015 to develop new infrastructure with climate change and sea-level rise in mind.

GOP PAC leader backs Kid Rock Senate run

The president of a Republican PAC said he's interested in Kid Rock running for Senate.


Trump hits back at CEOs over response to Virginia violence

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump hit back on Tuesday at business leaders who quit a presidential advisory panel in protest over his response to a rally by far-right groups that turned deadly in Virginia, calling the executives "grandstanders."


UPDATE 1-Trump hits back at CEOs over response to Virginia violence

* AMA president quits manufacturing jobs initiative (Adds Dent, Summers, Trump tweets, Scott Paul, Confederate statues)


UPDATE 1-Massachusetts regulator investigates trade order 'kickbacks'

BOSTON/NEW YORK, Aug 15 (Reuters) - The top securities regulator in Massachusetts on Tuesday said he is investigating whether brokerages route trade orders in a way that gives them a potential financial advantage but may disadvantage clients.


Algerian presidency brings Ahmed Ouyahia back as prime minister

ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algeria's presidency has named Ahmed Ouyahia as prime minister, replacing Abdelmadjid Tebboune after just three months in the job, the president's office said on Tuesday.


Macron tells Erdogan he wants detained journalist back in France

PARIS (Reuters) - President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday expressed his concerns over a French journalism student detained in Turkey in a telephone call with Turkish leader Tayyip Erdogan, the Elysee Palace said.


Massachusetts regulator investigates trade order 'kickbacks'

BOSTON, Aug 15 (Reuters) - The top securities regulator in Massachusetts on Tuesday said he is investigating whether brokerages route trade orders to receive what he described as kickbacks.


Trump faces business backlash over handling of Charlottesville upheaval

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump, facing a mounting political furor and backlash from business leaders, has explicitly condemned neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacists two days after a rally by hate groups in Virginia turned deadly.


UPDATE 3-Back from holiday, Merkel shifts gear on diesel

* Tax breaks to remain in place for now (Adds comment from Volkswagen)

Demonstrations, Protests and Riots

Trump Is Set to Make First Trip Back to His Manhattan Home

After a white nationalist protest in Virginia erupted into violence over the weekend, concerns have escalated over what Mr. Trump’s arrival in New York might provoke.


BRIEF-DNB ASA says share buy-back programme has been finalised

* DNB ASA says total of 5.4 million shares were repurchased in open market, whereas a total of 2.7 million shares will be redeemed from state of Norway


Back from holiday, Merkel shifts gear on diesel

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany must eventually follow other European countries in banning new diesel cars from the roads, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, conceding for the first time that diesel's days were numbered in the wake of the emissions scandals.


Philippines suspends Uber operations for one month

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines on Monday suspended the accreditation and operation of Uber [UBER.UL] for one month, in a decision that followed a government crackdown on unregistered drivers offering app-based ride-hailing services.


UPDATE 1-Banks lead relief rally for European stocks, fundamentals back in focus

* RWE gains after strong results, better outlook (ADVISORY- Follow European and UK stock markets in real time on the Reuters Live Markets blog on Eikon - see cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets)


Battles between Philippine extremists, government-backed separatists kill 25

MANILA (Reuters) - Fighting between government-backed separatist rebels and pro-Islamic State militants have killed at least 25 people in the southern Philippines, the army said on Monday, as the military battles to restore order on the troubled island of Mindanao.


Northern Indian state suspends hospital chief after deaths of 60 children

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh has suspended the head of a hospital where at least 60 children died, while the federal health minister on Sunday vowed action against the culprits, as state and hospital officials traded blame over funding matters.


Top UK ministers: Brexit transition cannot be back door to staying in EU

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain needs a transition period to soften its exit from the European Union, but it cannot be used to stop Brexit, two senior British ministers said on Saturday.


Pearson roars back to win world 100m hurdles gold

LONDON (Reuters) - Australia's Sally Pearson completed one of the great sporting comebacks when she overcame two years of injury agony to win the world 100 meters hurdles title at the age of 30 on Saturday.

Doctors Without Borders

Doctors Without Borders Suspends Migrant Rescue Patrols Off Libyan Coast

The aid group said threats from Libyan Coast Guard vessels posed a risk to the crew of its rescue ship.

Kendall Jenner faces backlash ... again

Model and television personality Kendall Jenner faces backlash after appearing in an Adidas "Originals" commercial, months after starring in a controversial Pepsi advertisement.


MSF suspends Mediterranean rescues as migrant dispute mounts

ROME (Reuters) - Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said on Saturday it was suspending its migrant rescues in the Mediterranean because it felt threatened by the Libyan coastguard and the Italian government's policies have made its job harder.

NFL suspends Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott

The NFL suspended Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliot for six games for violating the league's personal conduct policy. Andy Scholes reports.

NFL warns Ezekiel Elliott of 'potential banishment'

The NFL may be without one of its biggest stars, as the league announced in a statement Friday that Commissioner Roger Goodell has suspended Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott for six games for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.

Fear creeping back on Wall Street

The doom-and-gloom crowd on Wall Street is making a comeback.


Los Angeles City Council backs 2028 Olympic bid

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Los Angeles City Council on Friday voted unanimously to authorize the city to sign a contract with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to host the 2028 Summer Games.


U.S. diplomat engaging in back-channel diplomacy with North Korea: AP

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has been engaging in back-channel diplomacy with North Korea for several months, the Associated Press reported on Friday, as President Donald Trump stepped up his warnings to Pyongyang amid rising tensions in the region.


Cowboys RB Elliott suspended six games

(The Sports Xchange) - Dallas Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott was suspended six games by the NFL on Friday for violating the league's personal conduct policy after multiple domestic violence incidents.

Dallas Cowboys

Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott Suspended 6 Games for Personal Conduct

The N.F.L. made its ruling after an independent investigation into allegations of domestic violence. The Dallas running back has not been charged.


BRIEF-Panoro Energy says has resolved to buyback 1 mln shares

* Panoro Energy Asa says has resolved to buy back 1 million shares as set out in offer Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

Key GOP senators back McConnell, who's under fire from Trump

Several key Republican senators are leaping to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's defense as the Kentucky lawmaker's relationship with President Donald Trump continues to deteriorate.


U.S. diplomat engaging in back-channel diplomacy with North Korea - AP

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has been engaging in back-channel diplomacy with North Korea for several months, the Associated Press reported on Friday, as President Donald Trump stepped up his warnings to Pyongyang amid rising tensions in the region.

Walmart Stores Inc

Walmart Apologizes for Sign Advertising Guns as Back-to-School Item

A photo that was shared widely online shows a sign above a glass case filled with firearms; it tells customers to “own the school year like a hero.”

What the eclipse will look like in your backyard

The eclipse of the century is fast approaching on August 21, and it will be a show for the ages. It has been nearly 100 years since a total eclipse has moved from coast to coast across the United States. This one will be unique, as it travels more than 3,000 miles over land, where tens of millions of Americans will be able to view it, a vast difference from many eclipses that occur over oceans or remote regions of the Earth.

Backstreet Boys nostalgia holds strong

I had three options when the young woman working at the hotel front desk asked me what had brought me to Las Vegas -- lie, mumble a vague explanation that I was in town for work, or truthfully tell her that I was here to cover the opening night of the Backstreet Boys' residency at Planet Hollywood and was fully prepared for a possibly religious musical experience.


Chipotle closes Dallas restaurant seen in viral rodent video

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc on Thursday said it has closed the Dallas restaurant where a diner shot video of rodents crawling on the restaurant floor that was widely shared on the internet three weeks ago.


Steven Soderbergh Quit Movies. Now He’s Back. What Gives?

The director admits to “shooting my mouth off,” but he was genuinely fed up with prestige filmmaking. The caper “Logan Lucky” is his bid for a new way forward.

Sen. McCain: 'I'm coming back'

Sen. John McCain posted a Facebook video where he spoke about his health care vote, addressed his brain cancer treatment and joked about those who want him dead.

Walmart apologizes for sign marketing guns as back-to-school items


Deranged Down Under: ‘To Hell and Outback’

Predatory trucks, bloodthirsty boars and psychopaths are part of a film series exploring the unhinged cinematic world of Ozploitation.


UPDATE 1-Unilever to buy back Dutch preference shares

LONDON, Aug 9 (Reuters) - Unilever has agreed to buy back the bulk of its Dutch preference shares and to launch a public offer for the rest, valuing them at 450 million euros, as the Anglo-Dutch consumer goods company seeks to simplify its capital structure.


MLB suspends umpire for comments on Rangers' Beltre

(Reuters) - The World Umpires Association has hit out at Major League Baseball after umpire Joe West was reportedly suspended for three games due to comments he made about Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre.


Querrey battles back, Berdych withdraws at Rogers Cup

(Reuters) - American Sam Querrey overcame a sluggish start to defeat Frenchman Vincent Millot 4-6, 7-6(4), 7-5 in their first round match at the Rogers Cup in Montreal on Tuesday.


Canadian officials back in North Korea to discuss imprisoned pastor

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian officials have traveled to North Korea to discuss the case of a Canadian pastor serving a life sentence there, a spokesman for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday.


Trump administration switches sides, backs Ohio over voter purges

(Reuters) - The Trump administration has reversed an Obama administration stance and will support Ohio in its bid at the U.S. Supreme Court to revive a state policy of purging people from voter-registration lists if they do not regularly cast ballots.

Zuma, Jacob G

Jacob Zuma Beats Back No-Confidence Vote in South Africa

The motion failed, with 177 yes votes and 198 no votes. Mr. Zuma has been beset with corruption allegations.


U.S. to haul stricken destroyer from Japan back to U.S. for repairs

TOKYO (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy on Tuesday said it will haul the guided missile destroyer severely damaged in a collision with a freighter in Japanese waters back to the United States for repairs as soon as September.


UPDATE 1-China ride-hailing firm DiDi backs Uber rival Careem

DUBAI/FRANKFURT, Aug 8 (Reuters) - DiDi Chuxing, China's largest ride-hailing firm, has invested in Middle East online taxi service Careem in a new partnership deal that marks Didi's latest international expansion against rival Uber.

Transgender and Transsexuals

Time Is Running Out on Texas Bathroom Bill

With just days left in a special legislative session, supporters of transgender restrictions are pessimistic about the chances of legislation in the face of business opposition.

Mayor back at work after son's death

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry returned to work Monday, more than a week after her 22-year-old son died.

Health Insurance and Managed Care

Facing Trump Subsidy Cuts, Health Insurance Officials Seek a Backup Plan

State commissioners are debating what to do if President Trump stops subsidies paid to insurance companies on behalf of millions of low-income people.


Brazil suspends murder trial in Samarco disaster over possible illegal evidence

BRASILIA (Reuters) - A judge in Brazil has temporarily suspended criminal proceedings against 22 people and four companies accused of killing 19 people in the 2015 Samarco mine disaster, over the legality of phone intercepts between executives involved and other evidence.


BRIEF-Medequities Realty Trust to acquire behavioral facilities in Las Vegas and Dallas for $25 million

* Medequities Realty Trust signs definitive agreement to acquire behavioral facilities in Las Vegas and Dallas for $25 million


Venezuela government supporters march as hackers back army base attack

CARACAS (Reuters) - Supporters of President Nicolas Maduro marched in Caracas on Monday in favor of a new legislative superbody as hackers took down dozens of state websites to show their support for a pre-dawn armed assault on a military base the day before.


Anthem to pare back Obamacare offerings in Nevada and Georgia

(Reuters) - U.S. health insurer Anthem Inc said on Monday it will no longer offer Obamacare plans in Nevada's state exchange and will stop offering the plans in nearly half of Georgia's counties next year.

Cillizza: Pence wants Trump to know he's not running for president. Not at all. Zip. Zero.

The New York Times published a story over the weekend detailing the "shadow" campaign underway among ambitious Republicans to be prepared in the event that President Donald Trump doesn't run for a second term in 2020.


Samsung scion Jay Y. Lee fights back tears as prosecutors seek 12-year jail term

SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee fought back tears and denied wrongdoing on Monday as prosecutors sought a 12-year jail term on charges that include bribing the former president to help cement control of the South Korean tech giant.


Vernalis hit by fresh U.S. setback for cough and cold drug

LONDON (Reuters) - Shares in Vernalis fell 5.3 percent on Monday as the British biotech company backed by fund manager Neil Woodford and his previous employer Invesco announced a fresh setback for a key new drug in the United States.


Warburg Pincus-backed ESR in talks to buy Singapore's Sabana REIT-sources

SINGAPORE, Aug 7 (Reuters) - Warburg Pincus-backed e-Shang Redwood (ESR) is in advanced talks to buy struggling Sabana Shariah Compliant Industrial REIT, sources familiar with the process said, in a likely first consolidation step in Singapore's $3.5 billion mid-cap industrial trusts sector.


‘Detroit’ Suffers Box-Office Setback as ‘Dark Tower’ Is No. 1

Annapurna Pictures, founded by Megan Ellison, gambled that a wide audience would embrace “Detroit.” Instead, it earned $7.3 million, good for eighth place.

Fox News suspends host Eric Bolling

Fox News says that host Eric Bolling will be suspended from air pending the results of an investigation into whether he sent lewd photos to co-workers. Bolling's attorney denies the claims.


UK needs Brexit fall-back position, says ex-BoE governor King

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain needs to make clear to the European Union that it is prepared to go it alone if it fails to reach a satisfactory deal in Brexit talks, former Bank of England Governor Mervyn King said on Saturday.

Global Warming

Let Forest Fires Burn? What the Black-Backed Woodpecker Knows

A scientific debate is intensifying over whether too much money and too many lives are lost fighting forest fires.


NFL: 49ers linebacker Smith out for the season

(Reuters) - San Francisco 49ers linebacker Malcolm Smith is out for the season with a torn pectoral muscle, the NFL reported on Saturday.

Venezuela opposition leader back to house arrest

Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, whose recent imprisonment was criticized by the international community, was released to house arrest late Saturday.


U.S. suspends search for missing Marines after crash off Australia

WASHINGTON/SYDNEY, Aug 6 (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps suspended their search and rescue efforts on Sunday for three U.S. Marines missing after their aircraft crashed into the sea off Australia's northeast coast a day earlier, the U.S. Marine Corps said.


Manyonga claims long jump gold to crown remarkable comeback

LONDON (Reuters) - South Africa's Luvo Manyonga won the World Championship long jump title on Saturday to make up for the disappointment of missing out on a gold medal in last year's Olympics by one centimeter.

Sexual Harassment

Fox News Suspends Eric Bolling After Report of Lewd Text Messages

Mr. Bolling, a longtime host at the network, was accused of sending photographs of male genitalia to at least three female colleagues.

Wireless Communications

How This U.S. Tech Giant Is Backing China’s Tech Ambitions

Qualcomm is providing the money, expertise and engineering to help drive Beijing’s master plan to create its own technology superpowers.


Paysafe backs $3.9 billion offer from Blackstone/CVC group

(Reuters) - Payments processing company Paysafe Group has backed a 3 billion pound ($3.9 billion) takeover offer from a consortium of funds managed by Blackstone and CVC Capital Partners [CVC.UL], the latest in a string of deals in the sector.


U.S. gun background checks in July fell most since 2013

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Background checks related to U.S. firearm purchases suffered their deepest quarterly decline in over three years in July, suggesting a sales slump despite price discounts aimed at improving customer demand following President Donald Trump's election.

Duggar son-in-law faces transphobic backlash

A son-in-law of the Duggars is in hot water for his comments about transgender people.


Clariant, Huntsman investor backs merger, fears fight is a distraction

ZURICH (Reuters) - A big investor in Clariant and Huntsman backs the chemical companies' planned $20 billion merger, saying it would unlock synergies and lift profits more than any alternative from activists seeking to derail the deal.


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.


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.

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Jump In! Double Dutch is Back

After a three-decade hiatus, the Double Dutch Summer Classic tournament returned to Lincoln Center to celebrate the history, diversity and evolution of the game.


UPDATE 1-Paysafe backs $3.9 bln offer from Blackstone/CVC group

Aug 4 (Reuters) - Payments processing company Paysafe Group has backed a 3 billion pound ($3.9 billion) takeover offer from a consortium of funds managed by Blackstone and CVC Capital Partners, the latest in a string of deals in the sector.

Opinion: Why white grievance remains Trump's fallback

Conservatives busy defending the Trump administration's plans to reform the immigration system and delve into affirmative action policy need to understand something that simply won't change during the Trump era: Everything the administration proposes that even hints at race or ethnicity will receive heightened, and sometimes even unfair, scrutiny.


U.S.-backed Yemeni troops attack al Qaeda in southern state

DUBAI (Reuters) - Yemeni troops, backed by the United States and the United Arab Emirates, conducted several raids against the local affiliate of al Qaeda in Shabwa province on Thursday, the Emirati state news agency WAM said.


BRIEF-Black Mountain Sand announces multi-year supply contract with Diamondback Energy

* Black Mountain Sand LLC announces multi-year supply contract with Diamondback Energy Inc


Jamaican authorities back Russia's failed attempt to have doping ban lifted

London (Reuters) - Jamaican athletics authorities are in the firing line once again after voting in favor of a bid to lift Russia's ban from international competition for doping.

McCain backs top commander, slams Trump on Afghanistan

Sen. John McCain slammed President Donald Trump on Thursday amid reports that Trump is weighing firing Gen. John Nicholson, the top US military commander in Afghanistan.

Russia and Syria regime recruiting US-backed rebels

Russia and the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are attempting to entice US-backed rebels based at the At Tanf garrison in southern Syria to switch sides, US officials tell CNN, in an apparent bid to oust the coalition from a strategic piece of real estate that is seen as crucial to Syria and Iran's long-term interests in the region.


BRIEF-American International Group CEO says will not provide guidance on buybacks

* AIG CEO says will not provide guidance on buybacks - Conf Call


South Africa's cabinet backs bid to host 2023 rugby World Cup

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa's cabinet said on Thursday it backed a bid by the country's rugby union to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023, having hosted the tournament once in 1995.

New York City

New York Today: New York Today: The Gift of a Backpack

Thursday: A simpler back-to-school shopping list, a Louis Armstrong tribute, and the “One Film, One New York” project.


Rosneft CEO: U.S. sanctions will backfire, hurt U.S. energy majors

NIZHNEBUREISKY, Russia, Aug 3 (Reuters) - New U.S. sanctions imposed on Russia will have negative consequences for the United States and backfire on U.S. energy majors, Igor Sechin, chief executive officer of Russia's largest oil producer Rosneft , said on Thursday.


UPDATE 3-In rare bipartisan display, U.S. Democrats back Trump on China trade probe

WASHINGTON, Aug 3 (Reuters) - Three top Democratic senators, in a rare show of bipartisanship, on Wednesday urged U.S. President Donald Trump to stand up to China as he prepares to launch an inquiry into Beijing's intellectual property and trade practices in coming days.

United States Politics and Government

Under Trump, a Hollowed-Out Force in Syria Quickly Lost C.I.A. Backing

The shuttering of the C.I.A. program, one of the most expensive efforts to arm and train rebels since the 1980s, has forced a reckoning over its successes and failures.

International Trade and World Market

As Washington Tries to Protect Tech, China Could Fight Back

As the Trump administration takes on Beijing over intellectual property, global trade rules could favor China.


New website aims to track Russian-backed propaganda on Twitter

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A website launched on Wednesday seeks to track Russian-supported propaganda and disinformation on Twitter, part of a growing non-governmental effort to diminish Moscow's ability to meddle in future elections in the United States and Europe.


In rare bipartisan display, Democrats back Trump on China trade probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three senior Democratic senators, in a rare show of bipartisanship, urged U.S. President Donald Trump to stand up to China as he weighs launching an investigation of its intellectual property and trade practices.

Trump backs radical change in US immigration

President Donald Trump, joined by Republican Sens. David Perdue and Tom Cotton at the White House on Wednesday, will throw his support behind legislation that looks to curb the level of legal immigration into the United States by proposing a skills-based immigration system, a White House official told CNN.


Kubica starts test that could lead to F1 comeback

(Reuters) - Robert Kubica began a Formula One test in Hungary on Wednesday that could determine whether the Pole makes a remarkable race comeback more than six years after a rally crash cut short his grand prix career.


MIDEAST STOCKS-Pullback in crude oil weighs on Gulf in early trade

DUBAI, Aug 2 (Reuters) - A strong pullback in crude oil prices overnight and their continued decline early on Wednesday weighed on oil-linked sectors in the Gulf, while Dubai dropped on profit taking.


Anthem to cut back Obamacare plan offerings in California

Aug 1 (Reuters) - U.S. health insurer Anthem Inc is pulling back from 16 of 19 pricing regions in California where it offered Obamacare options this year, state officials said on Tuesday.


UPDATE 2-CSX chief executive attributes service disruptions to employee push-back

SEATTLE, Aug 1 (Reuters) - CSX Corp Chief Executive Hunter Harrison has apologized to customers for service disruptions that he attributed to some railroad employees resisting changes at the company, according to an email seen by Reuters.


P&G hits back at Peltz, says investor not entitled to board seat

(Reuters) - Procter & Gamble blasted Nelson Peltz's efforts to join the consumer goods conglomerate's board, saying the investor was not entitled to a seat and that he was being wrongly advised by people who were not in tune with the company's operations.


China's DiDi to back small Uber rival Taxify in Europe, Africa

HONG KONG/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Chinese ride-hailing company DiDi Chuxing is investing an undisclosed amount in Estonian online taxi firm Taxify to help it expand in Europe and Africa, where it has gained share in some cities against U.S. player Uber [UBER.UL].


UPDATE 1-China's DiDi to back small Uber rival Taxify in Europe, Africa

* China's DiDi to back Taxify's expansion in Europe and Africa


CSX top executive blames employee push-back on service disruptions

SEATTLE (Reuters) - CSX Corp Chief Executive Hunter Harrison has apologized to customers for service disruptions that he blamed on resistance from some of the railroad's employees, according to an email seen by Reuters, as a shipper survey found the No. 3 U.S. railroad losing business to rivals.


Germany unlikely to back diesel subsidy: state premier

DUESSELDORF (Reuters) - A meeting between German political leaders and car industry executives in Berlin on Wednesday is unlikely to back subsidies for new diesel models as a way to reduce air pollution, the premier of the North-Rhine Westphalia region said on Tuesday.


Rockefeller Foundation backs nonprofit ETF startup

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Rockefeller Foundation is helping to finance a startup hoping to build exchange-traded funds for nonprofit organizations and direct the profits back to their causes,...


Long road back for Russia after Task Force voices concerns

LONDON (Reuters) - Russia's athletics federation still has a long road to navigate if it is to overturn its ban after the head of the IAAF’s Task Force reported on Monday that several criteria for reinstatement remained unmet.


Angelina Jolie 'upset' over backlash to Cambodia film casting process

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Angelina Jolie responded to growing backlash over the casting process for her latest film, saying she was "upset" that an improvised scene during auditions had been misconstrued as taking real money away from impoverished children.


UPDATE 3-India's Snapdeal calls off sale to Flipkart in setback for SoftBank

* Snapdeal founders to run stripped-down version of co - sources


AstraZeneca fights back in cancer with new hires, fast drug status

LONDON (Reuters) - AstraZeneca hired two senior scientists to bolster its cancer drug work on Monday, signaling confidence in its oncology portfolio despite last week's big setback in a lung cancer clinical trial.


Investors stick with macro funds, hope for volatility comeback

LONDON (Reuters) - Lack of volatility in financial markets that has hit 'macro' hedge funds in the first half of the year has not stopped some investors from betting that things could get bumpier in...


HSBC says first-half profit rose 5 percent, announces up to $2 billion share buyback

HONG KONG/LONDON (Reuters) - HSBC Holdings PLC on Monday said profit rose 5 percent in the first half of the year, beating analyst estimates, and announced its third share buyback in the past year on the back of a growing capital base.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

News Analysis: Putin’s Bet on a Trump Presidency Backfires Spectacularly

If the sanctions passed by Congress last week sent any message to Moscow, it was that Mr. Trump’s hands are tied in dealing with Moscow, probably for years to come.


Trump tells Republicans to get back on healthcare bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and members of his administration on Sunday goaded Republican senators to stick with trying to pass a healthcare bill, after the lawmakers failed spectacularly last week to muster the votes to end Obamacare.

Susan Collins: 'Go back to committee' on health care

Sen. Susan Collins, one of three Republican senators who sunk the "skinny repeal" of Obamacare on Friday, said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday that it was time to build a series of health care bills through the committee process.


'Missile' fires back after relay criticism

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A war of words has broken out between two of Australia's fastest swimmers with dual world 100 meters freestyle champion James Magnussen standing by criticism of the team's relay tactics at the Budapest world championships.

Police push back against Trump's law-and-order speech

President Donald Trump's statement encouraging police officers to be "rough" with people they arrest has drawn criticism in law enforcement circles for sending the wrong message at a time of heightened tensions with the public.


'Most relaxed' hot air balloons lay back over Italy's wine valley

GUALDO CATTANEO, Italy (Reuters) - Around 30 hot air balloons took to the skies in Italy on Saturday as part of what organizers refer to as the "most relaxed" event on the international ballooning...


Broncos linebacker Ray could miss start of season

(Reuters) - Denver Broncos linebacker Shane Ray could miss the start of the NFL season after sustaining a ligament tear in his left wrist that will sideline him for six to eight weeks.


The Saturday Profile: Iraqi Surgeon Returns Home to Help the Wounded Get Back in the Fight

Dr. Munjed al-Muderis fled Baghdad in 1999 after being ordered to cut off the ears of army deserters. Now the prime minister wants him to help amputees walk again.


Peru leader renews vow to boost economy after year of setbacks

LIMA (Reuters) - Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski renewed his promise on Friday to spur a faster economic expansion in the Andean nation, forecasting at least 4 percent growth in 2018 following a year of setbacks that he apologized for not handling better.


Wells scandals show rolling back financial reforms dangerous -US Democratic senator

WASHINGTON, July 28 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Banking Committee's top Democrat said on Friday that the latest Wells Fargo & Co scandal, where customers were wrongly charged, shows that regulatory reforms resulting from the financial crisis should not be dismantled.


Injured Djokovic will come back mentally stronger, says Cash

(Reuters) - Twelve-times grand slam champion Novak Djokovic's enforced injury break gives him enough time to rediscover his intense playing style and will also make him mentally tougher on his return, former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash has said.


Asian shares pull back after U.S. techs knocked off highs

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stock markets sagged on Friday after U.S. tech shares retreated from recent rallies, though optimism on U.S. corporate earnings and the global economy underpinned overall sentiment.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares pull back after US techs knocked off highs

TOKYO, July 28 (Reuters) - Asian stock markets sagged on Friday after U.S. tech shares retreated from recent rallies, though optimism on U.S. corporate earnings and the global economy underpinned overall sentiment.


Dutch manufacturer suspends ride that killed one at Ohio fair

(Reuters) - The Dutch manufacturer of the ride that killed one man and injured seven other people at the Ohio State Fair on Thursday instructed operators to suspend use of similar rides.


Grosjean back on friendly terms with Wolff

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - French Formula One driver Romain Grosjean has made his peace with Toto Wolff after angering the Mercedes team boss by saying title contender Lewis Hamilton should have been punished for impeding him in British Grand Prix qualifying.


As drug prices drop, generics makers fight back with deals

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Generic drug makers are turning to M&A to shield themselves against a concerted effort by U.S. regulators to crack down on steep drug prices.


Norwegian Andersen aiming to take North Korea back to World Cup

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Joern Andersen had long harbored hopes of coaching in Asia, but the former Norway international never imagined he would one day end up working in one of the world's most secretive nations.


Muslim leaders urge worshippers to return to Al-Aqsa after Israel backs down

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Muslim elders urged worshippers to return to pray at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on Thursday after Israel backed down in the face of 10 days of often-violent protests and removed all security measures it had installed at the site.


UPDATE 2-AstraZeneca lung cancer study fails in big setback for company

LONDON, July 27 (Reuters) - AstraZeneca's combination of two injectable immunotherapy drugs, durvalumab and tremelimumab, failed to help patients as hoped in a closely watched advanced lung cancer trial, the British company said on Thursday.


South Korea's LG Electronics books second quarter profit held back by mobiles

SEOUL (Reuters) - LG Electronics Inc on Thursday said continued losses in its mobile unit limited growth in second-quarter profit to 13.6 percent, as the firm prepares to release a handset in the third quarter that it hopes will turn the tide.


AstraZeneca lung cancer study fails in big setback for company

LONDON (Reuters) - AstraZeneca's combination of two immunotherapy drugs, durvalumab and tremelimumab, failed to help patients as hoped in a closely watched advanced lung cancer trial, the British company said on Thursday.


UPDATE 1-AstraZeneca lung cancer study fails in big setback for company

LONDON, July 27 (Reuters) - AstraZeneca's combination of two immunotherapy drugs, durvalumab and tremelimumab, failed to help patients as hoped in a closely watched advanced lung cancer trial, the British company said on Thursday.


Europe seeks to set global trade rules after Trump steps back

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - If Donald Trump's ditching of a U.S.-led trade alliance with Pacific Rim nations wasn't a gift to the European Union, then it must be the next best thing.

Browder: Kremlin probably backed Trump Jr. meeting

American financier Bill Browder who has spent years doing business in Moscow says the Kremlin was likely behind the meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and two Russians last year.


Ravens' Flacco may miss up to six weeks with back issue

(Reuters) - Baltimore Ravens starting quarterback Joe Flacco is expected to miss between three and six weeks of action due to a disc issue in his back, the NFL said on its website on Wednesday.


Workspace startup WeWork opens China unit backed by Hony Capital, SoftBank

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Co-working space startup WeWork Cos revealed plans on Thursday for a Chinese unit with the backing of China's Hony Capital and Japan's SoftBank Group Corp, as it seeks to benefit from booming demand for shared office space in the world's second-largest economy.

Brownback, Sam

Sam Brownback, Kansas Governor, to Be Nominated as Ambassador for International Religious Freedom

In its announcement, the White House said that Mr. Brownback “worked actively on the issue of religious freedom in multiple countries.”


Trump to nominate Kansas Governor Brownback as religious freedom ambassador

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump intends to nominate Republican Kansas Governor Sam Brownback as ambassador at large for international religious freedom, the White House said on Wednesday.

Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates)

M.T.A. Board Pushes Back Against Plans to Raise Fares in 2019 and 2021

The agency’s chief financial officer said fare increases of about 4 percent every other year were needed, but some board members balked.

United States Politics and Government

Trump’s Transgender Military Ban Prompts Pushback

In a move that caught many in Washington by surprise, President Trump issued via Twitter a ban on transgender people serving in the military.


Mexico Congress backs motion defending NAFTA dispute mechanism

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's Congress backed a non-binding motion on Wednesday urging the government to reject the Trump administration's proposal to scrap the Chapter 19 dispute settlement mechanism in the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.


Nigerian Senate backs plans to reduce power of presidency

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria's upper house of parliament backed a series of constitutional amendments on Wednesday that could weaken the presidency and boost the legislature, the latest twist in a two-year power struggle between the two institutions.


UPDATE 1-CME to offer repo-backed futures and options

July 26 (Reuters) - The CME Group said on Wednesday that it will develop futures and options based on the repurchase agreement market, after a bank committee in June selected a benchmark repo rate to be used as an alternative to Libor in derivatives transactions.


Obamacare repeal battle back on Senate floor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. Senate will try again on Wednesday to approve a repeal of Obamacare as they struggle to keep a seven-year-old promise to end a law that has provided health insurance for millions of Americans but which they say is costly and intrusive.


CME to offer repo-backed futures and options

July 26 (Reuters) - The CME Group said on Wednesday that it will develop futures and options based on the repurchase agreement market, after a bank committee in June selected a benchmark repo rate to be used as an alternative to Libor in derivatives transactions.


Obamacare repeal battle back on the Senate floor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After a months-long struggle, Republicans have succeeded in bringing Obamacare repeal legislation, a centerpiece of their 2016 election campaigns, to a debate on the U.S. Senate floor. Now the hard part begins.


Greece arrests Russian suspected of running $4 billion bitcoin laundering ring

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek police arrested a Russian man suspected of running a money laundering operation involving turning $4 billion from illicit business activities into the digital currency bitcoin, they said on Wednesday.


Tencent-backed Meituan-Dianping plans aggressive investment in offline retail

BEIJING, July 26 (Reuters) - China's largest provider of on-demand services Meituan-Dianping, backed by Tencent Holdings Group Ltd, said it planned to invest heavily in offline retail services in a strategy that will pitch it directly against China's top e-commerce firms.


Autos and energy firms boost European shares as earnings roll in, banks held back

* Chipmaker ASM International falls as Q3 outlook disappoints

Bitcoin (Currency)

Some Bitcoin Backers Are Defecting to Create a Rival Currency

Bitcoin Cash, to be available Aug. 1, sprang from a feud over how to govern a decentralized, open-source technology with no one set of leaders or owners.


Trump says Yellen in running to stay as Fed chair: WSJ

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said he was considering renominating Janet Yellen as Fed chairperson, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday.

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.

Schumer to GOP: Turn back now

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) implores Republican senators to vote "no" on repealing Obamacare, urging them to work with Democrats.

Scaramucci: Trump 'wants his Cabinet secretaries to have his back'

White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci defended Tuesday President Donald Trump's public critiques of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, saying Trump "wants his Cabinet secretaries to have his back."


Canada's Masse breaks 100 metres backstroke world record

BUDAPEST, (Reuters) - Canada's Kylie Masse set a world record for the women’s 100 metres backstroke at the world championships on Tuesday.


The First Time: Bill Pullman: The First Time a Fellow Actor Had My Back

It was John Candy to the rescue when a famous director of comedies questioned whether this film newcomer could get a laugh.


Maradona backs use of video technology to prevent another 'Hand of God'

(Reuters) - Diego Maradona has backed the use of video assistant referees (VARs) in soccer even though he is aware that his infamous 'Hand of God' goal would not have stood if the technology had existed during his heyday.


LPC: WebMD acquisition to be backed by US$1.7bn loan package

NEW YORK, July 25 (Reuters) - US online health publisher WebMD Health Corp’s acquisition by KKR & Co-backed Internet Brands will be financed in part by an all-loan debt structure led by Credit Suisse, according to three sources familiar with the matter.


UPDATE 1-Germany's Software AG starts probe into S.Africa kickback reports

FRANKFURT/CAPE TOWN, July 25 (Reuters) - Software AG is launching an internal investigation after a media report alleged it had paid kickbacks as part of a wide-ranging South African scandal in which fellow German software maker SAP has also been caught up.


China backs joint energy development with Philippines in disputed sea

MANILA (Reuters) - China's foreign minister on Tuesday said he supported the idea of joint energy ventures with the Philippines in the disputed South China Sea, warning that unilateral action could cause problems and damage both sides.


Germany's Software AG starts probe into S.Africa kickback reports

FRANKFURT, July 25 (Reuters) - Software AG said on Tuesday it is mounting an internal probe after a media report alleged it had paid kickbacks as part of a wide-ranging South Africa government bribery scheme that has also ensnared fellow German software maker SAP.


Trump pleads with Republicans to roll back Obamacare

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump made a last-ditch plea to U.S. Senate Republicans on Monday to "do the right thing" and fulfill seven years of campaign promises to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law.


Trump pleads with Republicans to keep their promise, roll back Obamacare

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump made a last-ditch plea to U.S. Senate Republicans on Monday to "do the right thing" and fulfill seven years of campaign promises to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law.


Trump makes last-ditch plea to Republicans to roll back Obamacare

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump pleaded with U.S. Senate Republicans on Monday to "do the right thing" on healthcare and allow debate to begin on a measure to repeal and replace Obamacare.


UPDATE 1-France ready to negotiate with Google on back taxes -minister

PARIS, July 24 (Reuters) - France is ready to negotiate a deal with Google over back taxes, budget minister Gerald Darmanin told financial daily Les Echos on Monday.


France ready to negotiate with Google on back taxes: minister

PARIS (Reuters) - France is ready to negotiate a deal with Google over back taxes, budget minister Gerald Darmanin told financial daily Les Echos.


France ready to negotiate with Google on back taxes -minister

PARIS, July 24 (Reuters) - France is ready to negotiate a deal with Google over back taxes, budget minister Gerald Darmanin told financial daily Les Echos.


Republicans' push to roll back Obamacare faces crucial test

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A seven-year Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare faces a major test this week in the U.S. Senate, where lawmakers will decide whether to move forward and vote on a bill whose details and prospects are uncertain.


UNHCR accuses Australia of backtracking on asylum seeker deal

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The U.N. refugee agency accused Australia on Monday of reneging on an agreement to settle some vulnerable asylum seekers held in controversial offshore detention centers, but Canberra said no such agreement existed.

United States International Relations

News Analysis: For Trump and Putin, Sanctions Are a Setback Both Sought to Avoid

The expansion of American sanctions against Russia can be viewed as a result of two world leaders’ overplaying their hands.


MIDEAST STOCKS-Amlak boosts Dubai, Qatar pulls back from near pre-crisis level

DUBAI, July 23 (Reuters) - Islamic finance firm Amlak helped to boost Dubai's stock market on Sunday while Qatar pulled back after events at the weekend failed to point to progress in resolving the diplomatic crisis between Doha and neighbouring states.