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Sudanese children of Islamic State militants released in Libya

MISRATA, Libya (Reuters) - Four children from Sudan whose parents are believed to have been killed fighting for Islamic State in the Libyan city of Sirte last year were handed over to the Sudanese consul on Sunday for return to their country.


United States beat Europe to retain Solheim Cup

(Reuters) - The United States beat Europe by five points to retain the Solheim Cup in Iowa on Sunday as the Americans continued their near invincibility on home soil.

Polls: Majority in 3 key states 'embarrassed' by Trump

A suite of new NBC News/Marist polls has found that majorities in three key states that helped tip the election for President Donald Trump now say they feel "embarrassed" by his conduct in office.


Joint Taliban, Islamic State raid killed disarmed Afghan fighters, civilians: U.N.

KABUL (Reuters) - A combined force of Taliban and "self-proclaimed" Islamic State militants killed at least 36 people in what may amount to war crimes during a raid on a northern Afghan town this month, the United Nations said on Sunday.


Iraq's Kurds might put off independence vote in return for concessions from Baghdad -official

SULAIMANIYA, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraq's Kurds may consider the possibility of postponing a planned Sept. 25 referendum on independence in return for financial and political concessions from the central government in Baghdad, a senior Kurdish official said.


Grace Mugabe returns to Zimbabwe after South Africa assault allegation

HARARE (Reuters) - Grace Mugabe returned to Zimbabwe early on Sunday, state media reported, after a 20-year-old model accused the first lady of assaulting her in an upmarket Johannesburg hotel room.


Nadal returns to Brisbane to open 2018 season

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal, who will return to the top of the world rankings for the first time in three years on Monday, announced on Sunday that he would be opening his 18th season as a professional at the Brisbane International in January.


Iraqi ship sinks after collision, at least four sailors dead: state TV

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - An Iraqi ship sank on Saturday after a collision with another vessel in Iraq's territorial waters, killing at least four sailors, Iraqi state television reported.

Emergency room doctor: Whites have refused my care

Dr. Esther Choo is an Asian-American emergency room physician who has practiced medicine for more than a decade. Yet, she says, a few times a year, a patient will refuse to let her treat them. Solely because of her race.

Trump gushes over Bannon's return to Breitbart

President Donald Trump wished his former chief strategist Steve Bannon well upon his return to the conservative website Breitbart News, tweeting Saturday, "Fake News needs the competition!"


Israel's Netanyahu to discuss Middle East with Putin: statement

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will discuss the Middle East with Russian President Vladimir Putin when they meet in the Russian resort of Sochi next week, his office said on Saturday.


The Islamic State's Claim to Spain

Spain hasn’t been in ISIS’ crosshairs as much as France and Britain, but it has been as a through-point for ISIS recruits and target of its propaganda for years.

Heather Heyer's cousin: Why have we been turning our heads the other way?

This last week has been surreal for my family. We lost one of our own in one of the most public ways possible. A man in a car ran down my cousin, Heather Heyer, because she decided to join her fellow Charlottesville residents against the neo-Nazis and white supremacists on their streets.


Graffiti activists in Berlin turn Nazi symbols into art

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


Nigeria's Buhari to return home after sick leave in Britain: presidency

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari will on Saturday return from medical leave in Britain where he has been since May 7, a presidential spokesman said.

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.


Lebanese army launches operation against Islamic State

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Lebanese army declared on Saturday that it had launched an offensive against an Islamic State enclave straddling the northeast border with Syria, a Lebanese security source said.

Bannon returns to Breitbart, declares war

Now that Steve Bannon is out of the White House, will Breitbart continue to support the President? CNN's Randi Kaye reports.

Trump's ex-stategist tells Weekly Standard that right-wing, populist leadership he championed is at an end

After his ouster from the West Wing on Friday, ex-White House chief strategist Steve Bannon declared the Trump presidency that his brand of populist, right-wing conservatives helped make a reality is "over."


After firing, Bannon returns to his 'killing machine'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With Stephen Bannon, the worry always was that he could be even more disruptive to President Donald Trump’s White House from outside than he was within.

United States Politics and Government

Bannon Said to Be Planning His Return to Breitbart News

A comeback of its onetime chairman could help reanimate the website as a gathering spot for President Trump’s most ardent populist supporters.


British Columbia extends wildfire state of emergency for third time

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - The Canadian province of British Columbia has extended a state of emergency for a third time until Sept. 1 because of wildfires raging across the region, the provincial government said on Friday.

One picture that shows the remarkable White House staff turnover

The photo above was taken on January 28 in the Oval Office.

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.


How Jinder Mahal, an Indian WWE Star, Is Turning Up the Heat

Yuvraj Singh Dhesi, better known as Jinder Mahal, is helping the WWE attract fans from its next big target: India.


BlackBerry rally derailed as investors lose patience on turnaround

TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd shares have been plunging from their more than two-year high hit in June after lackluster earnings and competitive threats have raised doubts about prospects for a turnaround at the business software maker.


U.S. State Department hit by system-wide email outage: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department's email systems have been hit by a broad outage, a State Department official said on Friday.

'Hate is not an American value, Secretary of State Tillerson says

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told participants in the State Department Students Program on Friday that issues of race and diversity were on everyone's mind given the events of the past week, going on to say that "hate is not an American value" and that those who embrace it "damage our public discourse."


Iraqi forces prepare to retake Tal Afar from Islamic State militants

BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Five weeks after securing victory in Mosul, Iraqi forces have moved into positions around the city of Tal Afar, their next objective in the U.S.-backed campaign to defeat Islamic State militants, Iraqi military commanders say.


Trump raises Cyber Command status: statement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump elevated the Pentagon's U.S. Cyber Command on Friday in a move aimed at emphasizing the development of cyber weapons to deter attacks, punish intruders and tackle adversaries.


Nigeria's freed Chibok girls to return home 'fully recovered'

ABUJA (Reuters) - More than 100 girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram militants in the Nigerian town of Chibok in 2014 are ready to return to normal life after being released and receiving psychological and medical treatment, the government said on Friday.


Syrian army encircles Islamic State in central Syria advance

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria's army and its allies have encircled an Islamic State (IS) pocket in central Syria after a series of advances in the desert region, state media, a Hezbollah military media unit and a war monitor said on Friday.


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


BRIEF-Rayonier Advanced Materials enters first restatement agreement to amend and restate credit agreement

* On Aug 17 co entered first restatement agreement to amend and restate credit agreement, dated as of June 24, 2014​


UPDATE 2-China to curb "irrational" overseas Belt and Road investment-state planner

* NDRC says will provide guidance to Chinese firms going abroad


Lenovo says more confident it can achieve mobile turnaround goal

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese personal computer maker Lenovo Group Ltd is more confident it can achieve its turnaround goal for its mobile business in the second half of fiscal year 2018, Chairman and Chief Executive Yang Yuanqing told Reuters on Friday.


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.


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.


BRIEF-Encore Capital Group says co entered into a third amended and restated senior secured note purchase agreement

* Encore Capital Group Inc - on August 11, 2017, company entered into a third amended and restated senior secured note purchase agreement

Police Brutality, Misconduct and Shootings

Videos Show Ohio Police Officer Violently Arresting Black Man

A Facebook video and dash cam footage show a police officer beating Richard Hubbard III after pulling him over.


BRIEF-Allstate says July catastrophe losses $181 mln, pre-tax​- SEC filing

* Says ‍estimated catastrophe losses for month of July 2017 of $181 million, pre-tax​ - SEC fililng


Turner to launch sports streaming service in 2018

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Turner Broadcasting System plans to launch a standalone sports streaming service for consumers in 2018, the Time Warner Inc unit said on Thursday.


BRIEF-Premier concludes previous statements in qtrly reports on form 10-Q for qtrs ended Dec 31,2016 and March 31, should no longer be relied upon​​

* Premier - on aug 15 ‍concluded previous statements in qtrly reports on form 10-q for qtrs ended dec 31,2016 & march 31, should no longer be relied upon​​


Suspected Thai militants turn stolen cars into bombs: police

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Suspected militants raided a car dealership in southern Thailand and turned two of the cars into bombs, police said on Thursday, adding that a "new generation" of Muslim separatists was operating in the insurgency-plagued region.

Hear 'white advocate' and Trump make similar statements

CNN Senior Investigative Correspondent Drew Griffin spoke with a leader in the white nationalist movement and found striking similarities to the arguments the President himself presented.


Brazil regulator orders Eletrobras to return $951 mln within 90 days

BRASILIA, Aug 16 (Reuters) - Brazil's electricity regulator Aneel on Wednesday ordered state-controlled power holding Eletrobras to return 3 billion reais ($951.54 million) received as subsidies to a government fund.


LaSalle sets $1 billion target for pan-Asia real estate fund

NEW YORK, Aug 16 (Reuters) - LaSalle Investment Management Inc has set a new capital-raising target of $1 billion for the fifth of its pan-Asia opportunistic real estate funds, one of which is expected to significantly outperform a target annual return of 18 percent, the unit of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc said on Wednesday.

Fact check on Trump's statement

CNN's Jake Tapper looks at President Trump's stated reason for his 48-hour delay in condemning white supremacists. Read more at


Iraq seeks international help to investigate Islamic State crimes

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Iraq asked for international help on Wednesday to collect and preserve evidence of crimes by Islamic State militants and said it is working with Britain to draft a United Nations Security Council resolution to establish the investigation.


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.


BRIEF-Boothbay Absolute Return Strategies discloses 7.5 pct passive stake in Atlantic Acquisition Corp - SEC filing

* Boothbay Absolute Return Strategies LP discloses 7.5 percent passive stake in Atlantic Acquisition Corp as of August 8, 2017 - SEC filing Source text - ( Further company coverage:


Amphetamine combo linked to Islamic State more potent than thought

LONDON, Aug 16 (Reuters) - A synthetic psychoactive drug linked to substance abuse in the Middle East and said to be a fund-raising tool and stimulant for Islamist militants is more dangerous than previously thought, scientists said on Wednesday.

Neo-Nazi website returns with Russian help

Demonstrations, Protests and Riots

After Charlottesville Violence, Colleges Brace for More Clashes

With their legal options limited by the First Amendment, colleges are expecting a rush of controversial speakers and are making plans to control violence.

California Today

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

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


Serena eyes 'outrageous' Australian Open return

(Reuters) - Serena Williams aims to defend her Australian Open title next year, the American saying the rapid return to action would only give her around three months to prepare after giving birth to her first child.


U.S. WW2 veteran returns flag to family of fallen Japanese soldier

TOKYO (Reuters) - When U.S. Marine Marvin Strombo found a Japanese flag on the body of an enemy soldier during World War Two, he took and promised to one day return it to the family of his fallen foe.


Daniel Craig confirms he will return as James Bond

LONDON (Reuters) - British actor Daniel Craig has confirmed he will reprise the role of James Bond one last time, ending months of speculation.

How the media covered Trump's statements

Reporters waited in the lobby of Trump Tower on Tuesday for vague remarks from President Trump about infrastructure. White House aides tamped down expectations ahead of time: they said the president was not expected to take questions.


Golf: Bae swaps firing range for driving range ahead of return

SEOUL (Reuters) - Bae Sang-moon took his first steps back into civilian life on Wednesday after completing his mandatory stint in the South Korean military and the two-time PGA Tour winner is eager to get his golfing career back on track.

Late night reacts to violent weekend

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

Stolen $160M painting found at estate sale

An iconic painting by Willem de Kooning entitled, "Woman-Ochre," is returning home after being stolen 31 years ago.

United States Politics and Government

Trump Reminded Threats Work Differently in Diplomacy Than in Real Estate

President Trump is accustomed to using strong statements as a negotiating tactic. But on the global stage, the politics of intimidation can get complicated.

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


Colombia's FARC rebels turned in more than 8,000 weapons: U.N.

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's Marxist FARC rebel group handed in more than 8,000 weapons and nearly 1.3 million pieces of ammunition as it demobilized after a peace deal with the government, the United Nations said.


BRIEF-Unisync board reinstates Douglas Good as CEO

* Unisync Corp - ‍Douglas F Good has re-assumed position of President and CEO of Unisync​

One side in Charlottesville was bad and one side was violent, Trump says

In a remarkable news conference in the lobby of Trump Tower, President Donald Trump blamed the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, Saturday on both sides of the conflict, equating the white supremacists on one side with the "alt-left" on the other side.

Demonstrations, Protests and Riots

Justice Dept. Demands Data on Visitors to Anti-Trump Website, Sparking Fight

A web hosting firm is fighting a sweeping search warrant for information about visitors to an anti-Trump website used to organize inauguration protests.


BRIEF-Sunshine Bancorp says CenterState Banks deal provides termination rights for co, CenterState - SEC filing

* CenterState Banks deal provides termination rights for co, CenterState - SEC filing

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.

Would firing Bannon turn Breitbart against Trump?


In Iran, Islamic State seeks to fan militancy among minorities

LONDON/DUBAI (Reuters) - Islamic State is seeking to radicalize disaffected ethnic minorities in majority Shi'ite Iran to encourage attacks intended to avenge Tehran's offensive against the group across the Middle East.


Zimbabwe's Grace Mugabe turns herself into South African police: TV

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's first lady, Grace Mugabe, handed herself in to South African police on Tuesday after reports she had assaulted a woman in Johannesburg's up-market Sandton district over the weekend, eNCA television said.

Civil War (US) (1861-65)

State Leaders Call for Confederate Monuments to Be Removed

The violence in Charlottesville, Va., is prompting a new push to relocate prominent symbols of the Confederacy.

Demonstrations, Protests and Riots

Police Brace for More White Nationalist Rallies, but Have Few Options

Protesters with guns make for a volatile situation. But the police can do little more than keep enemies apart and take careful note of their mood.

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.


Italy to return ambassador to Cairo, ending standoff over murdered student

ROME (Reuters) - Italy said on Monday it would return its ambassador to Cairo more than a year after the murder of an Italian graduate student led the Rome government to recall its previous envoy.

America's top business leaders are turning on Trump

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.


Syrian army comes closer to encircling Islamic State in central Syria desert

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army and its allies advanced in the central Syrian desert on Monday and could soon encircle an Islamic State pocket, part of a multi-pronged thrust into eastern areas held by the jihadist group.

Demonstrations, Protests and Riots

C.E.O.s React After Trump Attacks Merck Chief

The New York Times is following reaction to President Trump’s mocking attack on the chief executive of Merck, who resigned from one of the president’s advisory councils.

Watch President's full statement

After facing two days of criticism for his response to the violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, President Trump condemned the attack in a statement from the White House.


BRIEF-Studio City International Holdings Ltd files registration statement for possible IPO

* Studio City International Holdings Limited announces confidential filing of draft registration statement for initial public offering


Court finds defrauding Islamic State is a crime in Germany

BERLIN (Reuters) - A German court has found a Syrian refugee guilty of attempting to defraud Islamic State, a court spokeswoman said on Monday, granting legal protection to a group viewed as terrorists by the European Union.

Demonstrations, Protests and Riots

U.S. Rallies Behind Charlottesville

Vigils were held across the country on Sunday to honor the life of Heather D. Heyer, who was killed a day earlier while protesting a rally of white nationalists.


South Australia state follows Telsa battery project with thermal solar plant

SYDNEY, Aug 14 (Reuters) - An Australian state leading a push for renewable energy over fossil fuels is backing a new solar thermal plant costing A$650 million ($512 million) to replace a coal-fired generator.


Chinese state newspaper says Trump trade probe will 'poison' relations

BEIJING (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's order to his top trade adviser to investigate supposedly unfair Chinese trade practices will "poison" relations between the two countries, a Chinese state-run newspaper said on Monday.


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.

Demonstrations, Protests and Riots

McAuliffe Defends Police Response to Violence in Charlottesville

Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia on Sunday strongly defended the police response to the violent demonstrations there Saturday, saying authorities had done “great work” in “a very delicate situation.”


Iraqi Shi'ite leader visits UAE, strengthening ties with Sunni states

ERBIL, Iraq, (Reuters) - An influential Iraqi Shi'ite cleric plans to visit the United Arab Emirates on Sunday, strengthening his ties with Sunni-ruled states of the Middle East.


Egyptian train crews held following fatal crash: state news agency

CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian prosecutor has ordered the detention of the train drivers and their assistants involved in the fatal collision in Alexandria on Friday, state news agency MENA said.

What we know about the violent clashes and the car attack that left 1 dead and dozens injured

One person died when a car plowed into a crowd following a dispersed gathering of white nationalists and counterprotesters in Charlottesville.


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.


Senior Islamic State commanders killed in Afghanistan air strike: U.S. military

KABUL (Reuters) - Several senior members of Islamic State's central Asian affiliate were killed in a U.S. air strike in Afghanistan, officials said on Sunday.

2 Virginia state troopers die when helicopter crashes while patrolling clashes

One was a veteran law enforcement officer with more than two decades as a Virginia state trooper. The other was a pilot who transferred to the state police aviation unit last month and was one day away from his 41st birthday.


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.

Cillizza: It's hard to imagine a less presidential statement

A group of white supremacists -- screaming racial, ethnic and misogynistic epithets -- rallied in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday. One person was killed and 19 others were injured when a car sped into a group of counter-protesters.

Demonstrations, Protests and Riots

Trump Condemns Violence on ‘Many Sides’ in Charlottesville

Speaking from his golf club in New Jersey, the president did not specifically criticize the marching white supremacists or their Nazi-era slogans.


State of Emergency in Virginia as White Nationalists March

The governor of Virginia declared a state of emergency in Charlottesville on Saturday as white nationalists clashed with counterprotesters for the second day in a row over a plan to remove the statue of a Confederate general from a city park.


Canadian pastor returns home after release from N. Korean prison

TORONTO (Reuters) - A Canadian pastor who was imprisoned in North Korea for more than two years has arrived home in Canada, where he was resting after being reunited with his family on Saturday, a family spokeswoman said.


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.


'Logistics' hold up Lebanese deal for rebels, refugees to return to Syria

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Implementation of a deal for the return of a group of Syrian refugees and rebels to Syria from Lebanon was delayed on Saturday, with a military news outlet run by the Lebanese group Hezbollah saying it was due to "a logistical problem".


Canadian pastor returns home after release from North Korean prison

TORONTO (Reuters) - Pastor Hyeon Soo Lim on Saturday arrived home in Canada, where he was resting after being reunited with his family following a long trek from North Korea, where he had been imprisoned since 2015, according to a family spokeswoman.

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.

Violent clashes at white nationalist rally

Two people have been injured after an altercation during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia today according to the city of Charlottesville's verified twitter account. The injuries are characterized as serious but non-life threatening.

DNC chair: I'm elated for Obama to return

DNC Chair Tom Perez says he's "elated" for former President Obama to return and help Democrats this fall, as The Hill first reported.

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.


Syrian army secures Islamic State-held town in Homs province: state media

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian government forces seized full control of the last major town in Homs province held by Islamic State, Syrian state media reported on Saturday, as the army and its allies press a multi-pronged advance into eastern areas held by the jihadist group.

Demonstrations, Protests and Riots

Planned Rally by White Nationalists Has College Town on Edge

A rally against the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee has Charlottesville, home to the University of Virginia, bracing for a weekend of potential violence.


Playlist: The Playlist: Pink Returns, Asking Questions With No Clear Answers

Hear the 9 tracks that caught our critics' attention this week, from Frankie Rose, Marshmello and more.


President Uhuru Kenyatta Is Declared Victor of Kenyan Election

Mr. Kenyatta won a contest marred by allegations of vote-rigging and the killing of a top election official.


Monte dei Paschi reports 3.1 billion euro loss as state steps in

MILAN (Reuters) - Monte dei Paschi di Siena reported a 3.1 billion euro ($3.7 billion) second-quarter loss after additional writedowns on the bad loans Italy's fourth biggest bank is selling as part of its bailout by the state.


BRIEF-Ashland Global Holdings declared force majeure in Europe on 1.4 BDO, THF and formaldehyde

* Declared a force majeure in europe on 1.4 butanediol (BDO), tetrahydrofuran (THF) and formaldehyde


UPDATE 2-Strong loonie weakens Canada Pension Plan's returns

* Caisse achieves 5 percent return in first half (Adds comment from CPPIB CEO, Caisse results)


Quebec pension fund manager CDPQ's investment returns strengthen

Aug 11 (Reuters) - Caisse de depot et Placement du Quebec (CDPQ), Canada's second-biggest public pension fund, reported an average return on its investments of 5 percent in the first half of 2017, compared with a 2 percent rise in 2016.


BRIEF-Xinyuan Real Estate announces Q2 revenue of $488.2 million

* Xinyuan Real Estate Co., Ltd. announces second quarter 2017 financial results


BRIEF-Azul announces expansion of international network from Brazil to the United States​

* ‍Announces two new markets from Brazil to Florida, which are Belo Horizonte to Orlando, and Belem to Fort Lauderdale (Miami)​


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.


Russian dopers ordered to return Olympic medals, some say no

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The silver medals Russian sprinter Tatyana Firova won at the Beijing and London Olympics are stored in a safe in her apartment near Moscow in defiance of the International Olympic Committee, which has wanted them back for months.


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.


The Breakdown: Australians Turn In 12,500 Guns in National Amnesty’s First Weeks

Many of the surrendered weapons were thought to be unwanted long guns, like rifles, rather than the concealable handguns that most appeal to criminals.

Officer: Video of Penn State fraternity incident was deleted

Prosecutors say surveillance video was deleted from the basement of the house where they say Penn State's Beta Theta Pi pledges were forced to drink alcohol for a hazing ritual, and more charges are now imminent against at least one of the fraternity brothers already facing multiple counts in the hazing death of 19-year-old sophomore Tim Piazza.

Trump, Donald J

Trump Plans to Declare Opioid Epidemic a National Emergency

The declaration would help direct more financial resources and attention to the drug problem in communities across the country.


Trump declares national emergency on opioid abuse

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday declared the opioid epidemic a national emergency and said his administration was drafting papers to make it official.

Trump says he plans to declare opioid emergency

President Donald Trump said Thursday that his administration is working to declare the opioid crisis a national emergency, a designation that would offer states and federal agencies more resources and power to combat the epidemic.

Hear Trump's statement on North Korea

President Trump comments on his statement that North Korea will face "fire and fury" if they continue to threaten the United States.

Global Warming

Students, Cities and States Take the Climate Fight to Court

A wave of lawsuits across the world asks judges to do what governments have so far failed to do: aggressively confront global warming.


Cooking gas shortages force Venezuelans to turn to firewood

PUERTO ORDAZ/CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuelan homemaker Carmen Rondon lives in the country with the world's largest oil reserves, but has spent weeks cooking with firewood due to a chronic shortage of home cooking gas - leaving her hoarse from breathing smoke.

'The Crown' Season 2 gets return date

Attention royal subjects: we now know when to get ready for "The Crown."


UPDATE 3-Macy's, Kohl's sales declines raise turnaround concerns

Aug 10 (Reuters) - Shares of department store chains Macy's Inc and Kohl's Corp tumbled on Thursday as the companies reported a drop in quarterly same-store sales, stoking concerns that their turnaround may still be a long way off.


Banco do Brasil sees return on equity converging on cost of capital

SAO PAULO, Aug 10 (Reuters) - Banco do Brasil SA's operations could soon be profitable again in the coming quarters, executives said on Thursday, underscoring efforts to cut costs and boost efficiency as interest rates decline.

Headphones and Headsets

Tech Tip: Turning Down the Volume for Young Ears

Software settings or special headphones can protect children’s hearing from gadgets that play too loudly.

Federal judge orders State Department to search for more Clinton Benghazi emails

A federal judge has ordered the State Department to search for any additional Benghazi-related emails then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may have sent or received from aides Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills or Jake Sullivan at their addresses.


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.


Turkey detains suspected Islamic State militant for planning to bring down U.S. plane: Dogan

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish authorities have detained a suspected Islamic State militant of Russian origin after he allegedly planned to use a drone to bring down a U.S. plane at the Incirlik air base, Dogan News Agency said on Thursday.


BRIEF-Maven Gig expands across United States

* Freelance drivers in Los Angeles have access to maven gig vehicles


RPT-COLUMN-Bullish funds' return to copper a taste of things to come? Andy Home

LONDON, Aug 9 (Reuters) - London copper on Wednesday morning touched a high of $6,515 per tonne, a price level last seen in December 2014.


Franklin now a hurricane, nearing Mexico oil state: U.S. NHC

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Franklin, upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane from a tropical storm, is expected to hit eastern Mexico's key oil-producing Gulf state of Veracruz on Wednesday evening or early Thursday morning, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Wednesday.

This state just made it illegal for the boss to call you in to work at the last minute


Islamic State threatens new attacks in Iran in video

(Reuters) - Islamic State issued a video on Wednesday threatening new attacks in the Iranian capital Tehran and calling on young Iranians to rise up and launch jihad in their country.


Murray withdraws from Cincinnati Masters, eyes U.S. Open return

(Reuters) - World number one Andy Murray will not compete in the Cincinnati Masters next week due to an ongoing hip injury, but hopes to play at the U.S. Open in New York later this month, he said on Wednesday.

Demonstrations, Protests and Riots

Airbnb Cancels Accounts Linked to White Nationalist Rally in Charlottesville

Participants may have trouble finding a place to stay — and agreeing on where to gather, since the city has asked that the demonstration be moved.


Islamic State still a threat as Mosul residents return to city in ruins

MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Abu Ghazi stood smoking a cigarette outside what used to be his home in Mosul's Old City, where only the sound of the footsteps of a few soldiers on patrol and twisted pieces of metal and fabric flapping in the wind disturb the eery silence.


Athletics: Botswana's Makwala cleared to run in 200 meters after U-turn

LONDON (Reuters) - Botswana sprinter Isaac Makwala has been cleared to run in the men's 200 meters at the World Athletics Championships in a dramatic about turn by the global athletics body (IAAF) which had previously barred him for medical reasons.


Long wait for captive Yazidis' return spent rebuilding shrine in Iraq's Bashiqa

BASHIQA, Iraq (Reuters) - Yazidi men and boys in the town of Bashiqa north east of Mosul are rebuilding a shrine destroyed by Islamic State as they wait for the return of women from their community taken captive years ago by the jihadists.

City approves $10 minimum wage. State blocks it


COLUMN-Bullish funds' return to copper a taste of things to come? Andy Home

LONDON, Aug 9 (Reuters) - London copper on Wednesday morning touched a high of $6,515 per tonne, a price level last seen in December 2014.


Kenya Election Returns Were Hacked, Opposition Leader Says

Raila Odinga denounced as a fraud preliminary results that put him a long way behind the incumbent, Uhuru Kenyatta, renewing fears of violence.


BRIEF-Ferroglobe confirms United States Department of Commerce’S preliminary determinations imposing subsidy duties against imports of silicon metal

* Ferroglobe confirms United States Department of Commerce’S preliminary determinations imposing subsidy duties against imports of silicon metal


Four policemen killed in attack in Egypt's North Sinai: state newspaper

CAIRO (Reuters) - Four Egyptian policeman were killed on Wednesday when gunmen fired at a patrol car in the northern Sinai city of al-Arish, state newspaper Al-Ahram reported.


UPDATE 1-Security group G4S turnaround on track as H1 profit up 7.6 pct

* Net debt to EBITDA 2.7 times (Adds debt, detail, background)


Security giant G4S turnaround on track as H1 profit up 7.6 pct

EDINBURGH, Aug 9 (Reuters) - The world's largest security firm G4S said its ongoing turnaround was on track on Wednesday as it posted a 7.6 percent rise in first-half profit and forecast better contract potential ahead.


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.

US won't declare opioid emergency, Health Secretary Price says

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price announced Tuesday that President Donald Trump has no immediate plans to declare the nation's opioid epidemic a public health emergency, a decision that flies in the face of the key recommendation by the President's bipartisan opioid commission.


Senior U.S. envoy tries to calm fears over State Department re-design

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The No. 2 U.S. diplomat on Tuesday sought to allay concerns among the State Department's rank-and-file employees over possible layoffs and perceptions of a lack of firm direction under the administration of President Donald Trump.

Cillizza: Trump's hard turn on Kim Jong Un

President Donald Trump significantly ratcheted up his rhetoric toward North Korea in the wake of news that the rogue nation has successfully miniaturized a nuclear warhead to fit into an intercontinental ballistic missile.


Maryland man indicted for attempted murder of FBI agent, Islamic State support

(Reuters) - A federal grand jury has indicted a Maryland man on charges of attempting to murder an FBI agent and trying to provide support to Islamic State militants, U.S. prosecutors said on Tuesday.

'King of the Hill' might return to Fox

The TV reboot train keeps chugging ahead.


BRIEF-‍United Airlines increases nonstop service from six hub cities to cities in 5 U.S. states

* Is increasing nonstop service from six hub cities to cities in Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, Nevada​


MOVES-Lloyds names McDougall head of commercial real estate team

Aug 8 (Reuters) - Lloyds Banking Group Plc's commercial banking division on Tuesday named Madeleine McDougall as head of its real estate team.


David Letterman returns to television with 2018 Netflix series

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - More than two years after signing off from CBS' "The Late Show," David Letterman is returning to television with a six-episode talk show on Netflix Inc , the streaming platform said Tuesday.


David Letterman Will Return to TV in a New Netflix Series

Mr. Letterman, the innovative late-night host, is preparing a program that will feature long-form interviews and his explorations of the wider world.

Military Aircraft

Missing Marines Declared Dead and Identities Released Days After Aircraft is Found

Officials suspended the search for the missing Marines early Sunday morning, about 11 hours after their hybrid aircraft, an MV-22 Osprey, entered the water.


UPDATE 1-Nigeria to seek out-of-court settlement over state funds

LAGOS, Aug 8 (Reuters) - Nigeria said on Tuesday it planned to withdraw its case against seven local banks over what it says is $793 million due to the state, and that it was seeking an out-of-court settlement instead.


Exclusive: British banks' turnaround plans frustrated by U.S. justice delays

LONDON (Reuters) - Legal and investigative delays at the U.S. Department of Justice are thwarting efforts by three of Britain's biggest banks to rehabilitate themselves after the global financial crash and other problems, the banks' chief executives have said.


UPDATE 1-Euronext renews deal with LSE business in clearing u-turn

* Bank of France says deal good for Paris financial centre (Adds Euronext, Bank of France comments)


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.


Myanmar's Suu Kyi turns to state media amid fears for newly gained freedoms

MYAETINEKAN VILLAGE, Myanmar (Reuters) - Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has turned to state-run media inherited from the former junta in an overhaul of her PR approach, after warnings her agenda is being swamped by crises and amid fears among rights groups of eroding free speech.


Guardiola hopeful of Gundogan return next week

(Reuters) - Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is close to full-fitness after recovering from a long-term injury with manager Pep Guardiola hoping to include the Germany international in the squad for next week's friendly against Girona.


German state conservatives seek tougher VW oversight

BERLIN (Reuters) - Conservatives in Germany's Lower Saxony state called on Tuesday for tougher oversight of carmaker Volkswagen, in which the state owns a fifth of the shares.


Japan Display may seek outside investor for turnaround: Nikkei

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan Display Inc is considering seeking funds from an outside investor to help finance an overhaul of its ailing smartphone screen-making business, including 3,500 job cuts, the Nikkei business daily reported on Tuesday.


Online lenders upbeat about turnaround progress, but worries linger

NEW YORK (Reuters) - LendingClub Corp and OnDeck Capital Inc surprised investors on Monday with strong growth forecasts that sent the online lenders' stocks soaring, but analysts said the sector's health was still a concern.

Prison turned into dorm-like haven

Fareed takes a look at reforms to North Dakota's state prison system, inspired by the Norwegian style of incarceration.


BRIEF-Eclipse Resources enters fourth amendment to second amended & restated credit agreement

* Says ‍on August 1, entered fourth amendment to second amended and restated credit agreement - SEC filing​

Immigration and Emigration

States Have Already Passed Almost Twice as Many Immigration Laws as Last Year

Issues included sanctuary cities, identification rules, benefits and civics lessons in the schools.


BRIEF-Allstate and Truamerica Multifamily JV acquires Escondido apartment community

* Truamerica multifamily/allstate joint venture acquires escondido apartment community


Security source says initial information shows Islamic State fired rockets into Lebanon

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A Lebanese security source said there was initial information that Islamic State had fired seven Grad rockets into Lebanon on Monday from its enclave on the border with Syria, without causing any injuries.


Taliban deny cooperating with Islamic State in Afghan attack

KABUL (Reuters) - The Taliban rejected reports they used foreign fighters and cooperated with Islamic State in fighting at a remote village in northern Afghanistan this weekend where officials said dozens of local police and civilians were killed.


German state of Lower Saxony sets Oct. 15 date for new election

HANOVER, Germany (Reuters) - The German state of Lower Saxony will hold new elections on Oct. 15, after a Greens party member defected to the conservatives on Friday, costing the current coalition government its one-seat majority, Premier Stephan Weil told reporters on Monday.


Cyber threats prompt return of radio for ship navigation

LONDON (Reuters) - The risk of cyber attacks targeting ships' satellite navigation is pushing nations to delve back through history and develop back-up systems with roots in World War Two radio technology.


Garcia confirms return to Singapore Open next year

(Reuters) - U.S. Masters champion Sergio Garcia will play in next year's Singapore Open at Sentosa Golf Club for the second consecutive time, the organizers said on Monday.


Infrastructure borrowing drops as U.S. states await Trump plan details

SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Donald Trump arrived in office having promised a bold $1 trillion infrastructure investment plan over 10 years for roads, bridges, airports and transit systems crumbling by the day across the United States.


Weaning Itself From Elephant Ivory, China Turns to Mammoths

Promoters of ivory from the extinct animals say it’s an ethical alternative. Others fear it may give cover to the black-market elephant ivory trade.

Ride maker determines cause of deadly accident at Ohio State Fair

The manufacturer of an amusement park ride that malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair in July said on Sunday that the deadly incident was caused by "excessive corrosion."


Shkreli sentence turns on antics, investor impact of crime

(Reuters) - Former drug company executive Martin Shkreli could spend years in prison for Friday's investor fraud conviction if the judge focuses on the intended impact of his crime and his "Pharma Bro" social media antics, according to legal experts.

Diplomatic Service, Embassies and Consulates

Diplomats Question Tactics of Tillerson, the Executive Turned Secretary of State

A spokesman for Rex W. Tillerson said the former Exxon Mobil chief had found many problems at the State Department, but critics say he is not focusing on the most pressing issues.


German state premier on defensive over close ties with VW

BERLIN (Reuters) - The government of Germany's Lower Saxony on Sunday denied a newspaper report that its premier softened speeches critical of Volkswagen in the diesel emissions scandal at the company's request.


France has seen 271 jihadi militants return: minister

PARIS (Reuters) - France has seen 271 jihadi militants return from war zones in Iraq and Syria and all of them are subject to investigation by public prosecutors, the country's interior minister said in a newspaper interview.

South Korea

North Korean Defector, ‘Treated Like Dirt’ in South, Fights to Return

Disenchanted with life in capitalist South Korea, Kwon Chol-nam is asking to be repatriated, an impossibility under current law.


Tehran’s Turn | Part 2: Iran Gains Ground in Afghanistan as U.S. Presence Wanes

Tehran’s accelerating campaign to exert influence threatens to undo 16 years and half a trillion dollars’ worth of American efforts to forge a stable democratic Afghan government.


Southeast Asian states say Korea standoff threatens global peace

MANILA (Reuters) - Southeast Asian foreign ministers expressed grave concern on Saturday about rising tensions on the Korean peninsula stemming from long-range missile tests by North Korea that "seriously threaten" global peace and security.

Education (K-12)

Britain Turns to Chinese Textbooks to Improve Its Math Scores

The project is part of a government-backed plan to remake some English classrooms in the image of the East.


Yemenis, Iranians sue U.S. State Department, ask for visas to be processed

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Dozens of Yemenis and Iranians who won the chance to immigrate to the United States sued the U.S. State Department on Friday for not processing their visa applications after President Donald Trump's temporary travel ban was reinstated.

Ethics and Official Misconduct

Nebraska State Trooper Files Lawsuit Alleging Sexual Misconduct

The lawsuit claimed that a doctor working for the State Patrol instructed a job candidate to expose her genitalia during a physical exam.


BRIEF-Black Hills says entered amended & restated equity distribution sales agreement

* Black Hills - ‍filed new shelf registration statement on Form S-3 on Aug 4; entered amended & restated equity distribution sales agreement on aug 4​


Toyota, Mazda invite U.S. states to compete for a rich prize

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp opened the door to a bidding war among Midwestern and southern states seeking to land jobs and investment when it announced on Friday it would build a $1.6 billion U.S. assembly plant with Mazda Motor Corp .


Yemenis, Iranians sue U.S. State Dept, ask for visas to be processed

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Dozens of Yemenis and Iranians who won the chance to immigrate to the United States sued the U.S. State Department on Friday for not processing their visa applications after President Donald Trump's temporary travel ban was reinstated.

Ex-Blackwater guard's murder conviction in 2007 Baghdad shooting is overturned

A federal appeals court judge overturned the first-degree murder conviction of a security contractor involved in the 2007 shooting in Baghdad's Nusoor Square at the height of the Iraq War -- a deadly encounter that left 17 people dead.


Hezbollah says will join fight on Islamic State on Lebanese border

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, said the Shi'ite group would fight in the coming assault on an Islamic State pocket on the country's border with Syria, which he said would begin within a few days.


British Columbia extends emergency status again as wildfires rage

Aug 4 (Reuters) - The Canadian province of British Columbia on Friday extended a state of emergency by two weeks for a second time as it battled 122 fires that have forced as many as 45,000 people to flee their homes.