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Former Iranian president asks Supreme Leader to end house arrests

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran's former president Mohammad Khatami has called on Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to end the house arrest of opposition leaders, Khatami’s website reported Sunday, the first such public call by a senior political figure

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Vietnam's president calls for tougher internet controls

HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam's president called on Sunday for tougher controls on the internet in the face of dissidents who are using it to criticize the ruling Communist Party, and to combat threats to cybersecurity.


Austria joins Germany in condemning Erdogan interference

BERLIN (Reuters) - Austria has joined neighbor Germany in its criticism of the Turkish President over inflammatory comments ahead of the European Union members' forthcoming elections.

Jury believed what others had not: Caregiver raped women

At first, no one believed them when they said the charming, well-liked aide in the nursing home where they lived had raped them.

President tweets that 'sometimes you need protest in order to heal'

President Donald Trump tweeted his support for the Boston Police Department's handling of a self-described free speech rally and counterprotest march that brought thousands to the city's downtown Saturday, adding that he applauded "the many protestors in Boston who are speaking out against bigotry and hate."

Saudi Arabia

The Benefits of Standing by the President

Stephen Schwarzman of Blackstone is among President Trump’s most reliable Wall Street allies. His Washington profile helped nail a big deal in Saudi Arabia.

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

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


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

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Demonstrations, Protests and Riots

Charlottesville Wounds Still Fresh, Boston Girds for Dueling Protests

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


Investor Carl Icahn steps down as adviser to President Trump

(Reuters) - Billionaire investor Carl Icahn ended his role as a special adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday after facing criticism that policy recommendations he offered could help his own investments.

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Carl Icahn Quits as a Special Adviser to President Trump

The billionaire investor’s views on environmental regulations had raised criticism from Democratic lawmakers.


Carl Icahn steps down as adviser to President Trump

(Reuters) - Billionaire investor Carl Icahn on Friday ended his role as a special adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump after facing criticism that his recommendations on policy could help his own investments.


UPDATE 1-Carl Icahn steps down as adviser to U.S. President Trump

Aug 18 (Reuters) - Billionaire investor Carl Icahn on Friday ended his role as a special adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump after facing criticism that his recommendations on policy could help his own investments.


Mayor says Lee statue must go as debate over U.S. slave past rages

DURHAM, N.C. (Reuters) - The mayor of Charlottesville called on Friday for a special session of Virginia's legislature to let localities decide the fate of Confederate monuments like the statue that was the focus of a far-right rally last week that turned deadly.

President angry with chief strategist who was quoted contradicting Trump on N. Korea

President Donald Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon is out at the White House, two administration officials told CNN on Friday.


MOVES-Stifel names new senior vice presidents

Aug 18 (Reuters) - Stifel Financial Corp said Nicholas Dukas and Jason Dukas have joined its broker-dealer unit Stifel, Nicolaus & Co Inc's private client group office as senior vice presidents of investment.


Germany bets on second time lucky with migrant workers

GESCHER, Germany (Reuters) - As Germany struggles to absorb more than a million migrants from the Middle East and Africa, the government is hoping to avoid the mistakes it made half a century ago when it brought in a generation of guest workers from Turkey.

Romney to President Trump: Apologize

Mitt Romney called on President Donald Trump Friday to apologize for his comments about Charlottesville, Virginia, saying the President's remarks this week "caused racists to rejoice."

Mother of Va. victim: 'I'm not talking to the President'

The mother of the woman killed in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend said she is not interested in hearing from the President because she believes he equated her daughter to white supremacists.


Erdogan tells Turks in Germany to vote against Merkel

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Friday said German Chancellor Angela Merkel was an enemy of Turkey and called on Turks in Germany to vote against her and other major parties in next month's elections.


Hend eyes Presidents Cup audition at Fiji International

(Reuters) - Australia's Scott Hend put his hand up for Presidents Cup selection after firing a six-under-par 66 to grab a share of the lead after the second round of the Fiji International on Friday.


Stolen samurai-wielding swordsman targets Taiwan Presidential Office

TAIPEI (Reuters) - A man wielding a stolen samurai sword tried to break into Taiwan's presidential palace on Friday and wounded a military policeman who stopped him, the Presidential Office said.


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.


Many who groom pubic hair end up with minor injuries

(Reuters Health) - Most adults in the United States groom their pubic hair, and a significant percentage of them end up with cuts and infections as a result, researchers say.

Analysis: What if President Trump is just winging it?

When President Donald Trump says or does something controversial or just plain dumb, the initial analysis is almost always the same: He's doing this on purpose to distract from something else!


Found: Oldest Known Photo of a U.S. President (Socks and All)

A recently surfaced original daguerreotype taken in 1843 of John Quincy Adams will be auctioned at Sotheby’s in October.

In tweets, President says taking away 'beautiful' Confederate monuments rips apart US culture

President Donald Trump on Thursday denounced the removal of monuments to Confederate figures as "sad" and "so foolish," days after white supremacists and neo-Nazis took to Charlottesville, Virginia, to violently protest the planned removal of a statue of the Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.


Germany's Lufthansa looking to buy majority of Air Berlin planes

BERLIN/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's Lufthansa is considering buying a majority of insolvent Air Berlin's aircraft, two people familiar with the matter said, as the government and rivals race to carve it up.

Dad believes he may have found Natalee Holloway's remains in Aruba

The father of Natalee Holloway, the American teen who disappeared in Aruba back in 2005, says he and a private investigator found human remains in Aruba that may be his daughter's body.


Turkey criticizes Merkel, says Germany can't dictate EU policy

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's EU minister said on Thursday that German Chancellor Angela Merkel's comments about halting the expansion of a customs union between Ankara and the European Union harmed the credibility of the bloc.

S. Korea's President pledges 'no war on Korean peninsula'

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has said US and South Korean policies are aligned on North Korea and promised there "will be no war on the Korean peninsula ever again."


Police believe thieves steal Venezuela zoo animals to eat them

MARACAIBO, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuela authorities are investigating the theft of animals from a zoo in western state of Zulia that were likely snatched to be eaten, a further sign of hunger in a country struggling with chronic food shortages.

In a trying week for the President, Ivanka Trump has remained mostly silent

Sequestered on a two-day holiday with her husband Jared Kushner in Vermont, Ivanka Trump, President Donald Trump's eldest daughter -- one of his senior advisers and the closest member of his family who is Jewish -- has yet to comment on the events of her father's Tuesday afternoon press conference.

For CEO President, collapse of business panels is a stunning rebuke


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United States Politics and Government

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

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


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Former Presidents Bush denounce racial bigotry

Former Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush joined the chorus of lawmakers speaking out to condemn the racist violence that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend.


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Turkey asks Germany to extradite coup suspect: foreign minister

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey has asked Germany to extradite a theology lecturer suspected of playing a major role in last year's failed coup, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday.


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.

Jan Brewer dismisses outrage over comments as 'sour grapes'

During "CNN Tonight" with Don Lemon, former Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and commentator Ana Navarro spar over comments President Donald Trump made during his press conference regarding the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.


Australian agency believes it can locate MH370 with 'unprecedented precision'

SYDNEY/KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Australia's main scientific agency said on Wednesday it believed with "unprecedented precision and certainty" that a missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft crashed into the sea northeast of an area scoured in a fruitless two-year underwater search.


Indonesian president calls to safeguard pluralism from extremist threat

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's president said on Wednesday that the world's most populous Muslim-majority country needed to pull together to meet the threat of extremism and safeguard a constitution that enshrines religious freedom and diversity.

Analysis: President Trump reveals his authentic political soul in a torrent of anger

It was like watching a human Twitter feed.

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

David Duke on Trump: Thank you for your honesty and courage

Here's what you need to know about President Donald Trump's wild news conference Tuesday: It drew the immediate praise of David Duke.

United States Politics and Government

Trump Takes Aim at Executives Leaving Presidential Council

President Trump, on a day he faced a rebuke from Walmart’s C.E.O. and another departure from his manufacturing council, said the executives were “embarrassed” for making products overseas.


Texas governor signs bill to limit insurance coverage for abortions

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The Republican governor of Texas signed into law on Tuesday a measure that will restrict insurance coverage for abortions, compelling women to buy a supplemental plan if they want coverage for the procedure.

Transcript: The President's Trump Tower Q and A

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Hello, everybody. Great to be back in New York with all of our friends, and some great friends outside the building, I must tell you.


Mexico's president denies campaign received funds from Odebrecht bribes

MEXICO CITY, Aug 15 (Reuters) - Mexico's president's office on Tuesday rejected allegations that bribes by Brazilian builder Odebrecht were funneled into the 2012 campaign of President Enrique Pena Nieto.


Flimsy evidence behind many FDA approvals

(Reuters Health) - Many drugs granted accelerated approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lack clear evidence of safety and effectiveness, and the same is true for most high-risk medical devices, according to two new reports in the Journal of the American Medical Association.


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United States International Relations

Iran’s President Threatens to Restart Nuclear Program

Hassan Rouhani says he could revive uranium-enrichment activities in “hours” if the American government imposes any further sanctions.


Germany awards licenses to increase onshore wind capacity by 1 GW

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany will increase its onshore wind energy capacity by more than 1 gigawatt, equal to that of a nuclear plant, under new licenses awarded on Tuesday, its network regulator said.


Indonesia police uncover alleged plot to bomb presidential palace

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian police on Tuesday arrested five suspected Islamist militants and seized chemicals near the capital, Jakarta, that they said were being used to make bombs for attacks on the presidential palace at the end of August.

United States Politics and Government

Theories Abound Over Meaning of Trump’s ‘Many Sides’ Remark

President Trump’s reluctance to single out the far right reflects a view widely held by conservatives that the news media willingly overlooks left-wing extremism.


Germany provides 150 mln euro bridging loan to insolvent Air Berlin

BERLIN, Aug 15 (Reuters) - Germany has made a bridging loan of 150 million euros ($176.16 million) available to Air Berlin to ensure flights continue after the airline filed for insolvency, two German ministries said on Tuesday.


Former Mexican presidential aide denies taking bribes from Odebrecht

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A close former aide of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, "categorically denied" allegations he received $10 million in bribes from Odebrecht during the 2012 presidential campaign and later when he headed state oil company Pemex.

The President on Monday said what many thought he should have expressed two days ago

Even the walls of Donald Trump's private New Jersey golf club weren't enough to shield the President from the withering criticism he endured for 48 hours this weekend.

Trump's words were too little too late, many say

It took President Donald Trump less than an hour to denounce Merck Pharma's Ken Frazier on Twitter after the executive resigned from the President's Manufacturing Council.


Germany's Merkel heckled by right-wingers at campaign rally

GELNHAUSEN, Germany (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel was booed and whistled at by supporters of the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) at a campaign rally on Monday as she sought to persuade voters to grant her a fourth term in next month's election.

President specifically calls out white supremacists and other hate groups two days after fatal car attack

President Donald Trump directly condemned white supremacists and neo-Nazis in a statement from the White House Monday afternoon.


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Charlottesville, Va, Violence (August, 2017)

Transcript and Video: President Trump Speaks About Charlottesville

Mr. Trump once again addressed the violence that occurred in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend after white nationalists clashed with counterprotesters.


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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.


Hundreds killed in Sierra Leone mudslide: vice president

Hundreds of people are believed to have been killed when a mudslide struck the outskirts of Sierra Leone's capital Freetown on Monday, Vice President Victor Foh said.

President condemns Charlottesville attack after facing days of criticism, calls white supremacists 'repugnant'

Sessions vows 'vigorous' action in wake of Charlottesville tragedy

Attorney General Jeff Sessions vowed Monday that the Justice Department will "take the most vigorous action" to protect Americans against "racism and bigotry" in the aftermath of the tragedy in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend.


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.

Colombian President to Pence: No US military intervention in Venezuela

Two days after US President Donald Trump said he would not rule out a military option to intervene in Venezuela, the President of Colombia had a message for his American counterpart: Rule it out.

Aides try to explain why the President has yet to condemn white supremacists

A series of White House aides on Sunday looked to explain President Donald Trump's statement the day before that failed to condemn white supremacists or the "alt-right" for violence that left three people dead in Charlottesville, Virginia.


President Trump's reelection campaign releases television ad

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's reelection campaign released its first television advertisement on Sunday, a 30-second spot that attacks Democrats and touts the accomplishments of his first seven months in office.


Argentina primary vote measures appetite for populist ex-president

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentines vote on Sunday in a closely watched mid-term primary election that will test their appetite for bringing back the left-wing populism of former President Cristina Fernandez.


Argentina primary vote measures appetite for populist ex president

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentines vote on Sunday in a closely watched mid-term primary election that will test their appetite for bringing back the left-wing populism of former President Cristina Fernandez.


Charlottesville violence tests Trump's presidential mettle

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


Two killed in helicopter crash near Virginia protests

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

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.


Mexican president embraces party change allowing outsider candidates

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Saturday endorsed a change to the Institutional Revolutionary Party's (PRI) rules that allows outsiders to run for president, a move that gives the embattled leader greater power to anoint his successor.

Clinical Trials

A Cancer Conundrum: Too Many Drug Trials, Too Few Patients

Breakthroughs in immunotherapy and a rush to develop profitable new treatments have brought a crush of clinical trials scrambling for patients.

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.


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.

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.

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.


Chilean judge takes second stab at resolving murder of ex-president

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - A Chilean judge formally accused six people on Friday of assassinating a former president during the country's 1973 to 1990 dictatorship, marking the second time in a decade he has moved to resolve the enduring murder case.


Peru's president urges Venezuela's Maduro to step down

LIMA (Reuters) - Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski on Friday urged Venezuela's president Nicolas Maduro to step down, calling him a "dictator", and rejected the socialist leader's call for the two to meet face-to-face along with other presidents in the region.

President warns North Korean leader against overt threats to US territories or allies

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


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.


Brazil president weakened by graft charge, losing fiscal battle

BRASILIA, Aug 11 (Reuters) - Brazilian President Michel Temer has burned through political capital fighting corruption charges and is struggling to push forward his economic agenda meant to rein in a gaping budget deficit.

President again warns North Korean leader against threatening US territories or allies

Cooking and Cookbooks

A Good Appetite: Fruit Cobbler Shows Off Its Many Sides

This summer standby can be made with pie crust, biscuits or cake — but its greatest versatility lies in the fruit you use.

Russia's society: Why so many oligarchs?

Haute couture, private jets and super yachts: Russia's all about conspicuous consumption. But the country's also home to millions living below the poverty line. CNN's Clarissa Ward explains how this huge inequality came about.


Pimco's Ivascyn says firm has built 'above average' cash position

NEW YORK, Aug 11 (Reuters) - Pacific Investment Management Co, which oversees more than $1.6 trillion of assets, has built up an above-average cash position firmwide and has held S&P put options as geopolitical and military risks mount, Dan Ivascyn, group chief investment officer at Pimco, said on Friday.


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.


Germany believes European Commission will propose electric cars quotas

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany believes the European Commission will propose quotas for electric cars in it next review of measures to cut emissions, a spokesman for the German environment ministry said on Friday.


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.


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Dutch bank ING thrives in Germany with zero-fee, online-only accounts

* ING CEO Hamers: internet banking is cheaper, easier, better


Mexico ruling party's reform strengthens president ahead of 2018 vote

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A move by Mexico's ruling party to allow an outsider to run for president strengthens the hand of beleaguered leader Enrique Pena Nieto, granting him more power to pick his own candidate and opening a path for his finance minister, Jose Antonio Meade.


Quebec border camp swells with asylum seekers from U.S., many Haitian

SAINT-BERNARD-DE-LACOLLE, Quebec (Reuters) - Dozens of army tents dotted the Canadian border on Thursday to house hundreds of asylum seekers, many from Haiti, streaming into the country from upstate New York to file refugee claims.

President says he was surprised by Manafort raid in Russia probe

President Donald Trump said he was "surprised" by the fact that the FBI conducted an early morning raid of his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort's home last month.

United States Politics and Government

President Trump Escalates Criticism of Mitch McConnell as Majority Leader

For days, Mr. Trump has trained his fire on Mr. McConnell, venting on Twitter about the Senate’s inability to pass a health care repeal bill.

The President says his warning to North Korea might not have gone far enough and won't rule out a preemptive strike


Ex-investment bank vice president pleads guilty to insider trading

Aug 10 (Reuters) - A former investment banking vice president pleaded guilty on Thursday to a U.S. charge that he engaged in insider trading in Neustar Inc shares before the advertising technology company announced it would be acquired by a private equity firm.


Germany to inspect Ford Mondeo cars over emissions testing: WirtschaftsWoche

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


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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.

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

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


Mexico's ruling party moves toward allowing outsider presidential candidate

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) took a key step on Wednesday toward allowing non-party members, such as Finance Minister Jose Antonio Meade, to run for president in next year's election.

United States Politics and Government

With North Korea, Past Presidents Preferred Words Over ‘Fire’

Mr. Trump’s remarks warning of “fire and fury” if North Korea continued threatening the U.S. broke with a tradition of American presidents using urgent diplomacy to quell crises with North Korea.

FaceApp's new 'ethnicity filters' spark outrage

President Trump's 'fire and fury' is the new 'lock her up!'

Faced with a challenge that he has, as usual, turned into a personal feud, President Donald Trump has coined a new catchphrase. His threat of "fire and fury," directed at Kim Jong Un, is the nuclear equivalent of "Lock her up," which Trump used against Hillary Clinton.

US believes Americans subjected to acoustic attack

The United States has expelled two Cuban diplomats after US diplomats in Havana reported experiencing "physical symptoms" following "incidents." CNN's Patrick Oppmann reports.


Texas bill restricting insurance coverage for abortions nears approval

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A Texas bill that would restrict insurance coverage for abortions was approved by the state's Republican-controlled House of Representatives on Wednesday, a move critics called cruel and damaging to women's health.

Anger (Emotion)

Anger Rooms Are All the Rage. Timidly, We Gave One a Whack.

Who needs a therapist when you can pay to hurl crockery and shatter TV screens with bats and crowbars, with or without your beloved?


Polish president at loggerheads with ruling party over army

WARSAW (Reuters) - Polish President Andrzej Duda has blocked the appointment of new generals, in a fresh sign of tension between the head of state and the ruling nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party that originally backed him.


Iranian president names three women to government posts after criticism

(Reuters) - Iranian president Hassan Rouhani brought three women into the government on Wednesday, one day after being criticized on social media for submitting an all-male list of cabinet members to parliament for approval.


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.


Kenya opposition rejects poll results showing president in lead

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga rejected early results of a presidential election on Wednesday that showed he was losing to incumbent and long-time rival Uhuru Kenyatta, stoking fears that his disgruntled supporters could take to the streets.


VW workers want new model for Germany to boost flagging output

BERLIN (Reuters) - Volkswagen's top labor representative has urged the carmaker's management board to assign a new vehicle model to Germany to boost flagging capacity utilization or risk missing hard-fought productivity goals.

Trump's staff regularly present him with screen shots of his TV coverage

In the course of any given day, President Trump finds time to tweet his thoughts, to watch cable news and to tweet his thoughts about cable news. He also finds time to review a packet prepared by his staff showing how he is being covered by those same cable networks.


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Kenya opposition leader rejects poll results showing presidential lead

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's president took an early lead as results from national polls rolled in Wednesday, the election board said, but the opposition dismissed the numbers as "fake" and said their own tally showed they were winning.

Opinion: Obama shows Trump how to be presidential

A decade after vicious election-related violence in Kenya left more than 1,000 dead and the country in shock, Kenyans were voting Tuesday in a hotly contested presidential election. Trust -- in politicians, in the integrity of the political system -- remains low. Fear -- that the vote will be compromised, that unscrupulous leaders will inflame the public -- runs high.


Brazil president's lawyers demand removal of top prosecutor

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Lawyers defending Brazilian President Michel Temer against corruption allegations asked the Supreme Court on Tuesday to remove the prosecutor general from the investigation, arguing he is no longer fit to lead it.


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Factbox: Germany, carmakers agree steps to cut diesel pollution

(Reuters) - German ministers, regional politicians and car executives have agreed a package of measures aimed at cutting inner-city air pollution and averting bans on diesel cars.

There have never been this many job openings in America

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

4-year-old shot in possible road rage incident

Cleveland police are looking for two men suspected of following a mother and her two kids and opening fire.


Kenyans Vote in Presidential Election, Amid Fears of Violence

Concerns about vote-rigging are high, and there are worries that the country could see a repeat of the deadly clashes that followed previous elections.


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.

South Africa's president could be forced out today

South African President Jacob Zuma faces a parliamentary vote of no-confidence Tuesday in a secret ballot that will test the loyalty of members of his party, the African National Congress (ANC).

Erdogan: Germany is 'abetting terrorists'

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Germany of "abetting terrorists" amid a widening spat between Ankara and Berlin.

Kenyans vote in hotly contested presidential election

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

Opinion: Outrage over Google memo goes too far

Over the weekend, a Google employee wrote what has been described as a 10-page "manifesto against diversity." Boiling down 10 pages into a short column, and then commenting on it, is impossible.

The President's approval rating is at its lowest, and only 24% trust what the White House says, CNN poll finds

Six months into his presidency, Donald Trump's overall approval rating stands at its lowest point in CNN polling, while three-quarters of Americans say they can't trust most what they hear from the White House.


Mexico's ruling PRI weighs loosening party rules to open presidential field

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The head of Mexico's ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) said on Monday that the PRI's method for choosing its presidential candidate needs a shakeup, ahead of a key gathering this week when PRI members will decide on changing the rules.


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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.


Turkey's Erdogan claims Germany abetting terrorists

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused Germany on Monday of assisting terrorists by not responding to thousands of files sent to Berlin or handing over suspects wanted by Turkish authorities.

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.


Germany should consider electric cars quotas, deputy economy minister says

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany should consider introducing binding quotas for electric cars for an automobile sector seeking to recover from a diesel emissions scandal and keep its place as a leading producer, deputy economy minister Matthias Machnig said on Monday.

Conway: Pence is a loyal vice president

White House officials and Vice President Mike Pence are pushing back against a New York Times report claiming he is readying to campaign for president in 2020 should Trump not seek re-election.

United States Politics and Government

Many Politicians Lie. But Trump Has Elevated the Art of Fabrication.

President Trump is not the first president to be caught in lies. But the degree to which he has trafficked in falsehoods is raising questions about whether standards for veracity have eroded.


UPDATE 1-Germany's FMC to buy U.S. home dialysis firm NxStage for $2 bln

* Wants to position itself as global leader in home dialysis (Adds details on offer, financing, NxStage finances, savings potential and integration cost)


Germany's FMC to buy U.S. home dialysis firm NxStage for $2 bln

FRANKFURT, Aug 7 (Reuters) - German dialysis provider Fresenius Medical Care (FMC) has agreed to buy U.S. home dialysis device maker NxStage for around $2 billion in cash, FMC said in a statement on Monday.


Trump says he spoke to South Korean president about U.N. sanctions on North Korea

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said he had spoken with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Sunday, a day after the U.N. Security Council backed new sanctions on North Korea over its intercontinental ballistic missile tests.


As Kenya’s Vote Nears, Fear That ‘Fake News’ May Fuel Real Bloodshed

Tactics familiar in the U.S. and Europe are now being used in the presidential election of a country with a history of political violence.

Pence for president? Here's what he says

Vice President Mike Pence sought to bat down a report from The New York Times on Sunday that said he would plan to run for president should President Donald Trump not seek a second term.


Pence denounces suggestion he is eyeing 2020 presidential bid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday denied a New York Times report suggesting he is eyeing a 2020 run for president, calling it "disgraceful and offensive."


Pence denounces suggestion he is eyeing 2020 U.S. presidential bid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday denounced as false a New York Times article suggesting he is eyeing a 2020 run for president, calling it "disgraceful and offensive."

Travel and Vacations

Nazi Salutes Land Chinese Tourists in Hot Water in Germany

The police in Berlin arrested the two tourists for snapping photos of each other doing a Hitler salute outside the Reichstag, the lower house of Parliament.


Germany's SPD rejects NATO 2 percent defense spending target

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Social Democrats on Sunday rejected NATO's target of spending 2 percent of economic output on the military, and blasted German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her conservatives for kowtowing to the demands of U.S. President Donald Trump.


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.


Wildfire rages on Greek island of Kythera, homes evacuated

ATHENS (Reuters) - A forest fire was raging on the Greek island of Kythera on Saturday, fanned by strong winds and prompting the evacuation of dozens of homes.


Germany's FDP urges new approach to Russia's annexation of Crimea

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany may have to accept Russia's 2014 annexation of the Crimea region of Ukraine as a "permanent provisional arrangement," the head of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) told a newspaper chain in comments published on Saturday.


Brazil's president expects weaker pension bill to pass: paper

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilian President Michel Temer expects Congress to water down his proposal to overhaul pension rules and approve the new legislation by a slim majority this year, he said in a newspaper interview published on Saturday.


Brazil's president expects weaker pension bill to pass -paper

BRASILIA, Aug 5 (Reuters) - Brazilian President Michel Temer expects Congress to water down his proposal to overhaul pension rules and approve the new legislation by a slim majority this year, he said in a newspaper interview published on Saturday.


Germany needs tougher laws against cyber crime, top policeman tells paper

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's top police official has called for tougher laws to fight cyber crime on the illegal internet - the Darknet - and other organized criminal structures, in an interview published on Saturday.

A brief history of presidential vacations

CNN's Chris Moody explains where Presidents of the past like to go on vacation.

US on track for 'above average' Atlantic hurricane season

Warm sea surface temperatures and a weak or non-existent El Niño will contribute to an above-normal hurricane season in the Atlantic this year, Colorado State University announced Friday.


Free lock boxes tied to safer gun storage in family homes

(Reuters Health) - Giving away free lock boxes for gun storage may lead more families to store firearms safely away from children, a recent study suggests.


Thousands of animals, many dead, found in California warehouse

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

President has done what few presidents have: Gotten low approval ratings amid a strong economy


Peru appeals court says ex-president Humala to stay in jail

LIMA (Reuters) - A Peruvian appeals court ruled on Friday that former President Ollanta Humala and his wife must remain in pre-trial detention for up to 18 months while they are investigated for campaign contributions.

Agents monitored social media for conspiracy theories and false claims believed to be from Russia, sources say

The FBI monitored social media on Election Day last year in an effort to track a suspected Russian disinformation campaign utilizing "fake news," CNN has learned.


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.


Germany accuses Vietnam of Cold War-style kidnapping of businessman

WOLFSBURG, Germany (Reuters) - Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Friday Germany was considering measures against Vietnam for kidnapping a former oil executive and described the abduction, denied by Hanoi, as reminiscent of Cold War spy movies.

11 things Germany does better than anywhere else

Cars. Efficiency. Leather shorts. Germany is known around the globe for excelling at a variety of things. Germans themselves are known as friendly and welcoming people, even if everyone thinks we have a nonexistent sense of humor.


U.S. Vice President Pence's hawkish tone on Russia contrasts with Trump approach

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When President Donald Trump scolded U.S. lawmakers on Thursday for clamping down on Moscow with new sanctions, his message clashed with the one that Vice President Mike Pence pushed during a four-day trip this week to Eastern Europe.


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Vietnam's kidnapping of businessman reminiscent of Cold War movies: Germany

WOLFSBURG, Germany (Reuters) - Germany asked a Vietnamese intelligence officer at the embassy in Berlin to leave the country as it believes he was involved in the kidnapping of a former oil executive accused of financial mismanagement back home, the foreign minister said on Friday.


Vice President Pence's hawkish tone on Russia contrasts with Trump approach

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When President Donald Trump scolded U.S. lawmakers on Thursday for clamping down on Moscow with new sanctions, his message clashed with the one that Vice President Mike Pence pushed during a four-day trip this week to Eastern Europe.

Colleges and Universities

Campus Disrupted: Targets of Internet Outrage

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

Germany accuses Vietnam of abducting executive from Berlin

A Vietnamese executive Germany says was kidnapped in Berlin has reemerged on state television in his home country.


Aldi stores in Germany stop selling eggs amid Dutch food safety scare

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Discount supermarket chain Aldi, which has more than 4,000 stores in Germany, said on Friday it was pulling all eggs from store shelves in the country as a precaution after a scare over the possible contamination of eggs from the Netherlands.


Mexico coalition plan augurs shift in presidential system

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), long the country's dominant political force, must recognize its future may lie in sharing power with longtime rivals, one of its most senior lawmakers said.


BRIEF-Broadridge appoints Tim Gokey president

* Broadridge Financial Solutions Inc - ‍ Gokey is assuming title of president from broadridge ceo rich daly, who remains ceo and a director​


Brazil's PSDB says to pick presidential candidate as soon as December

BRASILIA (Reuters) - The Brazilian Social Democratic Party, President Michel Temer's biggest ally, plans to launch its candidate for the 2018 presidential elections as soon as December, the party's two most senior leaders said on Thursday.


Zambian opposition leader detained, accused of defaming president

LUSAKA (Reuters) - Police arrested a Zambian opposition leader on Thursday and said he would be charged with defaming President Edgar Lungu, an offence that carries a maximum five-year prison term.


Trump pressured Mexico president on border wall payment: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump pressured the Mexican president to stop voicing opposition in public to his plan to have Mexico pay for a border wall, according to transcripts of phone calls published on Thursday that gave an insight into Trump's attempts to influence foreign leaders in his first days in office.

President made remarks during call with Mexico leader

In a leaked transcript of a call between President Trump and Mexican President Peña Nieto obtained by the Washington Post, Trump calls New Hampshire a "drug-infested den."


Trump pressured Mexico president not to oppose paying for wall: Post

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump pressured Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto earlier this year to stop publicly saying that Mexico would not pay for a planned border wall between the two countries, the Washington Post reported on Thursday.


Rouhani gets Iranian supreme leader's nod as second-term president, faces risks

ANKARA (Reuters) - Hassan Rouhani won the endorsement of Iran's supreme leader for his second term of president on Thursday after an easy election win, pledging to open Iran to foreign trade and investment but facing internal hardline resistance and renewed U.S. antagonism.

GOP lawmakers are less afraid of the President's ability to punish them as his poll numbers drop

Donald Trump is facing growing resistance from Republican lawmakers who are both turned off by his chronically chaotic style and increasingly unafraid of his ability to punish them politically as the President's poll numbers plummet.


Iran's supreme leader endorses Rouhani as president for second term

ANKARA (Reuters) - Iran's supreme leader formally endorsed Hassan Rouhani as president in a ceremony broadcast on state television on Thursday, after Rouhani secured a second term in a landslide election win on May 19.


Vietnam silent after Germany accuses Hanoi of kidnapping

HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam's government and state media were silent on Thursday, a day after Germany accused Hanoi of kidnapping a former Vietnamese oil executive seeking asylum in Berlin in what Germany said was an "unprecedented" breach of its laws.

Trump almost played president in 'Sharknado 3'

President Donald Trump almost played the president in "Sharknado 3." CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on what could of been.

Politics and Government

Brazilian Lawmakers Reject Bribery Prosecution of President Michel Temer

Despite widespread support for the criminal case to move forward, Brazilian lawmakers voted to spare President Michel Temer from standing trial on corruption charges.

Note to President Trump: The stock market has hit an all-time high in 30 of the last 54 months

President Donald Trump hasn't hesitated to tout the stock market's new all-time highs in recent days -- but the market's climb over the last decade means record-breaking numbers aren't quite as rare as they might seem.

President says leaders of Mexico and Boy Scouts called to praise him. They say they didn't.

In President Donald Trump's telling, officials from Mexico City to Boy Scouts headquarters are lighting up his phone line with praise.


U.S. audit watchdog fines PwC for flawed audit of Merrill Lynch brokerage

WASHINGTON, Aug 2 (Reuters) - Accounting company PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP will pay $1 million to settle a civil complaint alleging it conducted a flawed audit into Merrill Lynch's compliance with federal brokerage customer protection rules, U.S. audit watchdogs said on Wednesday.

Angela Rye: Presidents should get mental evaluations

Political commentator Angela Rye says there needs to be legislation for US presidents to get psychological evaluations, during a panel discussion calling into question Trump's phone calls with the Mexican President and the Boy Scouts of America.

Mexican president says this call didn't happen

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto denies calling President Trump to talk about what a great job the White House has been doing to secure the US-Mexico border.