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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

Kasich slams Trump's Obamacare threat

Governor John Kasich (R-OH) tells CNN's Jake Tapper that President Trump's proposal to halt payments for key Obamacare subsidies would be "a disaster."


New Zealand opposition leader launches campaign for 'brave' tackling of inequality

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand’s 37-year-old opposition leader, Jacinda Ardern, officially launched her election campaign on Sunday, pledging her government would be “bold”, “brave” and tackle rising inequality should it win next month’s election.

Analysis: Trump's muddled view of American history

President Donald Trump, like his predecessors in the Oval Office, has periodically turned to history. Unlike presidents of the past, his grip on the decades before his inauguration appears, at times, tenuous or non-existent.

Trump's very bad week with business


Spain, a Leader in Foiling Attacks, Falls Victim to One Anyway

Spain has a reputation as one of Europe’s most dogged counterterrorism operators, and officials are struggling to answer how a group of youths carried out a deadly attack.


UPDATE 1-Former workers at U.S.-owned miner Freeport Indonesia injured in clash with police

Aug 19 (Reuters) - Hundreds of workers laid off by Freeport Indonesia clashed with security forces, injuring three, near the company's mines in the eastern province of Papua on Saturday, company and union officials said.

Fugitive Barcelona attack suspect named

Spanish authorities are hunting for Younes Abouyaaqoub, a suspect in the deadly Barcelona terror attack who police say remains at large, a spokesman for the Catalan police told CNN on Saturday.

Pastor first to quit Trump's evangelical advisory board

A New York City megachurch pastor became the first religious leader to step down from President Trump's evangelical advisory board.

Trump's messaging sparks concerns of 'emboldened' alt-right

With major cities across the country bracing for an unusual wave of far-right rallies in the coming days, local and federal law enforcement officials are concerned about the potential for more violence amid warnings that white supremacist groups were empowered by President Donald Trump's response to the deadly attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday.

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."


Golf: At home Simpson halfway co-leader at Greensboro

GREENSBORO, North Carolina (Reuters) - Webb Simpson recovered from two consecutive bogeys to join fellow American Ryan Armour in the lead on 13-under par after the second round at the Wyndham Championship on Friday.


Red Sox Renew Push to Rename Yawkey Way Amid Monument Debate

The team’s principal owner, John Henry, said the club would make a new effort to have Boston rename a street outside Fenway Park that honors a former owner who resisted efforts to integrate baseball.

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


Former UAW official charged in Fiat Chrysler payoff probe

(Reuters) - A former senior official at the United Auto Workers trade union was charged on Friday with conspiring with other union officials to accept improper payments from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV officials over a four-year period.

Tapper: Don't blame Bannon for Trump's remarks

CNN's Jake Tapper breaks down the recent firing of White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, and says people blaming him for Trump's remarks are not looking at the facts.


BRIEF-Sanchez Energy, plaintiffs, all named defendants enter into stipulation of settlement

* Sanchez Energy- ‍on Aug 11, co, plaintiffs, all named defendants entered into stipulation of settlement of AUG 2013 purchase of working interests in tuscaloosa marine shale​


What's in a name? Virginia school enters Confederate symbols battle

MANASSAS, Va. (Reuters) - In the northern Virginia county where Confederate general Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson earned his famous moniker, a battle has begun to remove his name from the local high school where it appears in large white letters on the red brick facade.

Trump's most controversial moves this month

CNN Anchor Brooke Baldwin on Thursday listed the controversial moves that President Donald Trump made this past month, which has been one of the most tumultuous in recent White House history.

CNN anchor lists Trump's month of controversies

CNN's Brooke Baldwin takes a look at President Trump's chaotic past four weeks.

Breaking down Trump's chaotic month

CNN's Brooke Baldwin takes a look at President Trump's chaotic past four weeks.

Trump's arts panel quits en masse

Hollywood and Broadway appear to be taking a page from Wall Street's playbook.


BRIEF-General Motors names Jeffrey Massimilla as new Vehicle Safety Chief ‍​

* Says Massimilla is currently GM’s Chief Cybersecurity Officer‍​

Analysis: Trump's worst weeks, ranked

Donald Trump has been President for 30 weeks -- or 210 days if you are counting.

Why do you hate me? A brown woman talks to a former white nationalist

Everybody's writing about white nationalists. But nobody's asking them the things I really want to know, as a woman of color and a mom of two kids. I reached out to Arno Michaelis, a former activist in the white power movement, to better understand how their world might affect mine. He is the author of "My Life After Hate" and details his journey in this CNN Opinion piece. Our phone conversation, lightly edited for flow, is below.


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.


Tillerson denounces racism in wake of Trump's Charlottesville comments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With U.S. President Donald Trump increasingly isolated over his response to white nationalist violence in Virginia, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued a broad condemnation of racism on Friday and promised to make his department more racially diverse.

Trump, national security team head for Camp David

President Donald Trump decamps to the Maryland woods Friday to discuss US strategy in Afghanistan as his aides seek to mitigate the self-made crisis over race that's left the President isolated but defiant.


UPDATE 1-Former Uber CEO says investor lawsuit a 'public and personal attack'

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 17 (Reuters) - The ousted chief executive of Uber Technologies Inc called a lawsuit filed against him by one of the company's top investors a "public and personal attack" without merit, according to court documents filed late on Thursday.


Former Uber CEO says investor lawsuit a 'public and personal attack'

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The ousted chief executive officer of Uber Technologies Inc called a lawsuit filed against him by one of the company's top investors a "public and personal attack" without merit, according to court documents filed late on Thursday.


Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka resigns; company names interim chief executive

(Reuters) - India's No. 2 IT Services company Infosys Ltd said Vishal Sikka had resigned as managing director and chief executive of the company with immediate effect, sending shares tumbling more than 7 percent in early trading on Friday.


UPDATE 1-Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka resigns; co names interim chief executive

Aug 18 (Reuters) - India's No. 2 IT Services company Infosys Ltd said Vishal Sikka had resigned as managing director and chief executive of the company with immediate effect, sending shares tumbling more than 7 percent in early trading on Friday.


Jailed former Mexican governor starts hunger strike over 'witch hunt'

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Former Mexican governor Javier Duarte, in jail awaiting trial on graft charges, has embarked on a hunger strike to protest the "witch hunt" against him, according to a letter he wrote that was published by local TV on Thursday.


MOVES-JPMorgan names Deutsche banker as China investment banking vice chairperson - memo

HONG KONG, Aug 18 (Reuters) - JPMorgan Chase & Co named on Friday Lan Chen as the vice chairperson of the U.S. bank's global investment banking business in China as part of its efforts to expand in that market, according to an internal memo seen by Reuters.

Monuments and Memorials (Structures)

Confederate Leaders’ Descendants Say Statues Can Come Down

Great-great-grandchildren of Jefferson Davis, Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee disagree with President Trump that moving Confederate monuments destroys American history and culture.


Venezuela's new chief prosecutor vows to jail protest leaders

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


U.S. Navy to remove senior leaders of warship after deadly June crash

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy will relieve the two senior officers and the senior enlisted sailor on a U.S. warship that collided with a Philippine container ship in June off the coast of Japan, the Navy said on Thursday,

USS Fitzgerald's leadership removed

The commanding officer, executive officer and senior non-commissioned officer of the USS Fitzgerald are due to be removed from their duties for cause amid the fallout surrounding the deadly collision between the USS Fitzgerald and a cargo ship off the coast of Japan on June 17.


BRIEF-SeaChange International names ‍william Markey chairman of board

* SeaChange International Inc - ‍William Markey has been named chairman of board and Steven Craddock has decided to retire from board​

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

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

Sen. Scott: Trump's moral authority is compromised

Sen. Tim Scott added his voice Thursday to the chorus of Republican criticism over President Donald Trump's comments on the racially motivated protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, saying his moral authority was compromised by his statements.


BRIEF-FalconStor announces key executive leadership appointments

* FalconStor Software - appointment of Todd Brooks as chief executive officer and Patrick McClain as chief financial officer, both effective immediately

These voters stand by Trump's Charlottesvillle remarks

While much of the country lambasts President Donald Trump's reaction to Charlottesville, support for him in this part of Kentucky remains strong.


Trump's attacks could leave him friendless if impeachment comes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump has stepped up his attacks on Republican senators, an approach he may regret if he is someday impeached and the Senate has to weigh charges against him stemming from an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.

Republican senator questions Trump's competence

Sen. Bob Corker slammed President Donald Trump's handling of the racially motivated protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, charging that the President "has not demonstrated he understands the character of this nation."


BRIEF-NRT names Roger Favano as CFO

* ‍NRT LLC - Favano replaces Kevin Greene​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:


BRIEF-Medovex Corporation names Charlie Farrahar as CFO

* Medovex Corporation names Charlie Farrahar Chief Financial Officer


U.S. House Democratic leader Pelosi calls for Confederate statue removal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday joined calls for the immediate removal of Confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol, shortly after President Donald Trump expressed regret over statues and monuments being removed in some cities.


BRIEF-Time Inc names Lori Leibovich editor-in-chief of HEALTH

* Leibovich succeeds Clare McHugh as HEALTH editor-in-chief​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:


US STOCKS-Wall St falls on concerns over Trump's pro-growth policy

* Indexes down: Dow 0.37 pct, S&P 0.42 pct, Nasdaq 0.71 pct (Adds details, changes comments, updates prices)


BRIEF-Freddie Mac names Stacey Goodman CIO

* Most recently, Goodman was executive vice president, chief information and operations officer at CIT​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:


Cycling: Former Olympic champion Sanchez fails doping test

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

Trump isolated as US military, business and political leaders condemn racism

US President Donald Trump found himself more isolated than at any point in his presidency on Thursday, cast aside by business allies, condemned by prominent Republicans and the subject of a rare, if coded rebuke from two living predecessors.


Iranian opposition leader hospitalized after hunger strike: report

ANKARA (Reuters) - Mehdi Karroubi, an elderly Iranian opposition leader under house arrest since 2011, was hospitalized on Thursday after starting a hunger strike to support his demand for a public trial, his official website reported.

Trump's war on regulation has big tradeoffs


MOVES-Uber names Brooks Entwistle chief business officer of APAC unit

Aug 17 (Reuters) - Ride-hailing company Uber Technologies Inc on Thursday named Brooks Entwistle as chief business officer for its Asia-Pacific business.

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

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


Hong Kong democracy leader defiant as three jailed for months

HONG KONG (Reuters) - An appeals court jailed three leaders of Hong Kong's democracy movement for six to eight months on Thursday, dealing a blow to the Chinese-ruled city's youth-led push for universal suffrage and prompting accusations of political interference.


Three young Hong Kong democracy leaders jailed for months

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A Hong Kong appeal court on Thursday jailed three prominent young Hong Kong democracy leaders for several months for "unlawful assembly" linked to the city's months-long pro-democracy protests in 2014.


Trump's crisis spurs talk of White House departures

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON, Aug 16 (Reuters) - President Donald Trump’s turnabout on the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia has rocked his administration, leading to rising speculation that some top officials may be looking for a way out.

Trump's embattled chief strategist says he's fighting other top White House aides 'every day'

Embattled White House chief strategist Steve Bannon declared in an interview published Wednesday that the US is at "economic war with China," promised aggressive trade actions against Beijing and said he is "fighting" other top White House aides "every day."


UPDATE 1-Trump's Virginia comments last straw for disenchanted CEOs

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON, Aug 16 (Reuters) - Several U.S. chief executives had been considering resigning from Donald Trump's business advisory councils for months after the president said he would pull out of the Paris climate accord and ban transgender people from the military, sources told Reuters on Wednesday, long before Trump's comments on racial violence this week pushed them over the edge.

What happened behind the scenes as Trump's business councils fell apart

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

Former CIA director slams Trump's 'dangerous' comments

Former CIA director John Brennan slammed President Donald Trump's "dangerous" and "ugly" comments on the deadly violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend -- writing a personal letter to CNN's Wolf Blitzer after "The Situation Room" anchor spoke publicly about the fact that he lost all four grandparents to the evils of Nazism.

By leaving Trump's panel, CEO's made things worse

It's hard to imagine that mob violence over a Confederate statue in Charlottesville, Virginia, has any bearing on business groups organized by the White House, but the President's two CEO panels ended up toppled in the chaos of the past week anyway. There is a lesson here, but it may be different from what you think.


Trump's Virginia remarks frustrate Republicans' tax push

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - U.S. congressional Republican leaders were set to promote their tax reform goals at a special gathering in California on Wednesday, but their plans were overshadowed by growing furor over President Donald Trump's controversial statements on Virginia protests that turned deadly.


BRIEF-Davidstea appoints Howard Tafler as interim CFO

* Davidstea Inc says on August 14, 2017, co appointed Howard Tafler to serve as interim chief financial officer‍​ - SEC filing ‍​ Source text: ( Further company coverage:

Service chiefs' tweets show leadership

As of Wednesday, each of the four service chiefs -- the heads of the Navy, Army, Marine Corps and Air Force -- have issued statements denouncing racism and bigotry in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

How much longer can decent people serve in Trump's cabinet?

President Donald Trump was not standing alone on the podium when he informed the world that some participants in the Charlottesville neo-Nazi march were "very fine people."


Trump's stance on Virginia violence shocks America's allies

BERLIN/LONDON (Reuters) - America's closest allies condemned U.S. President Donald Trump in unusually strong and personal terms on Wednesday after he put part of the blame for violent clashes in the state of Virginia on those marching against gun-brandishing neo-Nazis.


Ackman says owned stake in Hilton, a previously unnamed bet

BOSTON (Reuters) - Investor William Ackman said on Wednesday his hedge fund had bought and sold a stake in Hilton Worldwide Holdings, identifying the portfolio company that recently earned him a double digit return.

Video shows John Kelly's reaction to Trump's speech

On Tuesday, President Trump's aides planned an infrastructure-focused event that didn't go according to plan. NBC captured video of Chief of Staff John Kelly looking stern as his boss went off script.


UPDATE 1-Ackman says owned stake in Hilton, a previously unnamed bet

BOSTON, Aug 16 (Reuters) - Investor William Ackman said on Wednesday his hedge fund had bought and sold a stake in Hilton Worldwide Holdings, identifying the portfolio company that recently earned him a double digit return.


3M CEO Inge Thulin resigns from Trump's manufacturing council

(Reuters) - 3M Co said on Wednesday Chief Executive Inge Thulin had resigned from President Donald Trump's Manufacturing Advisory Council.

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


Ackman says owned Hilton, identifying company as a previously unnamed bet

BOSTON, Aug 16 (Reuters) - Investor William Ackman said on Wednesday his hedge fund had bought and sold a stake in Hilton Worldwide Holdings, identifying the portfolio company that recently earned him a double digit return.


Kenyan opposition leader will go to Supreme Court over disputed election

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga said on Wednesday he would challenge last week's presidential election result in court, calming fears that further street protests by his supporters might lead to widespread violence.

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.

Here are the Republicans denouncing Trump by name

Republicans are mixed in their response after President Donald Trump's unpredictable Tuesday news conference, during which he defended white supremacists and blamed "both sides" for violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.


Republican senator Graham says Trump's race remarks dividing U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham on Wednesday called out fellow Republican President Donald Trump, saying his remarks in the wake of last weekend's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, were dividing the nation and at odds with many Republicans' views.


White House names Hicks interim communications director

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Longtime Trump communications aide Hope Hicks has been named as interim communications director, the White House said on Wednesday, in the latest personnel move for President Donald Trump as he continues to seek someone for the job.


Kenya opposition leader will go to Supreme Court over disputed elections

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya opposition leader Raila Odinga said on Wednesday he would go to court over last week's presidential election results, ignoring calls by some election observers that he concede defeat to President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Trump's failure of leadership on Charlottesville violence is another sign of a presidency in peril

Donald Trump's insistence Tuesday that "both sides" were responsible for the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, has turned what was a fumbling presidency into what now appears to be one on the verge of total collapse.

'Alt-right' leader won't speak at University of Florida

Alt-right icon Richard Spencer is running out of campuses to host him.


With a wary eye on Iran, Saudi and Iraqi leaders draw closer

BAGHDAD/DUBAI (Reuters) - It was an unusual meeting: an Iraqi Shi'ite Muslim cleric openly hostile to the United States sat in a palace sipping juice at the invitation of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, the Sunni kingdom that is Washington's main ally in the Middle East.


UnitedHealth names Wichmann CEO, Helmsley executive chairman

NEW YORK (Reuters) - UnitedHealth Group Inc said on Wednesday president David Wichmann will become the company's chief executive, succeeding Stephen Hemsley, who is moving to the newly created role of executive chairman after more than a decade at the helm of the largest U.S. health insurer.

Will more execs quit Trump's jobs council?


MOVES-MUFG names Sanjiv Vohra to co-head corporate banking in Asia & Oceania

Aug 16 (Reuters) - Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc , Japan's largest lender by assets, named Sanjiv Vohra to co-head its global corporate banking division in Asia and Oceania.


BRIEF-Wabco Holdings names Alexander De Bock interim CFO effective Oct 1

* Wabco Holdings names Alexander De Bock to serve as interim CFO, effective October 1, 2017.

After Trump's remarks, Fox News focuses on the left and the media

Only Fox News can bring down President Trump, a recent New York Times op-ed argued. "If Fox turns, it's inevitable," it said.

Colbert slams Trump's press conference

Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O'Brien, Stephen Colbert and James Corden took aim at President Donald Trump's press conference on the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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.

The CEOs who quit Trump's business councils

At the beginning of his presidency, major CEOs seemed eager to join Trump's multiple business and economic advisory boards. Here are a few who have since jumped ship.


As NAFTA talks begin, Trump's 'America First' agenda looms large

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As the United States, Canada and Mexico kick off negotiations on Wednesday to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement, the biggest uncertainty is whether a deal can pass President Donald Trump's "America First" test.

Charlottesville, Va, Violence (August, 2017)

2 Sisters in Charlottesville Sue Far-Right Leaders Over Car Attack

The lawsuit names 28 defendants, including the man suspected to be the driver and organizers of the white nationalist rally.

Van Jones breaks down over Trump's comments

A tearful Van Jones speaks with CNN's Anderson Cooper about President Trump's recent comments regarding the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.


UPDATE 3-Wells Fargo changes board, names Duke chair in response to scandal

Aug 15 (Reuters) - Wells Fargo & Co Vice Chair Betsy Duke will replace retiring Chair Stephen Sanger next year, one of several changes announced on Tuesday in a board overhaul following a sales practices scandal.

Opinion: What threatens Trump's fragile masculinity

All our hearts -- and most of America's news crews -- have been in Charlottesville, Virginia this week. It's hard to quite fathom the darkness that comes from seeing neo-Nazis marching in a college town, a counterprotester brutally killed and the US President blaming "many sides" for bigotry and violence.

Republicans on Trump's comments: No. Just no.

Members of Congress in President Donald Trump's own party were among those lawmakers quick to criticize comments the President made in a news conference that laid blamed on both sides of protesters at a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that turned violent over the weekend.

The 14 most shocking comments from Trump's Q and A

He simply couldn't help himself.

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.

Elaine Chao on Trump's criticism of husband: I stand by both

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao stood shoulder-to-shoulder Tuesday with President Donald Trump, the same man who railed against her husband, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, last week and demanded that the lawmaker "get back to work" on health care.

Execs on Trump's panel: What they've said


Wells Fargo announces board changes, names new chair

(Reuters) - Wells Fargo & Co on Tuesday announced multiple changes in its board of directors, including a new chair, adding a new independent director and changing the composition of board committees.


Raonic latest to withdraw from Cincinnati tournament

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


MOVES-Houlihan Lokey names new managing director

Aug 15 (Reuters) - Investment bank Houlihan Lokey Inc said James Wolf has joined its tax & financial reporting valuation practice within the financial advisory services as a managing director.


Former Miss America launches bid for Illinois attorney general

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A former Miss America and Harvard Law School graduate said on Tuesday she would seek the Republican nomination in Illinois' attorney general race next year.

GOP PAC leader backs Kid Rock Senate run

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


CellSavers changes name to Puls, raises $25 million in private funding

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - CellSavers, a U.S.-Israeli company that provides instant services for smart devices, said on Tuesday it was changing its name to Puls and that it raised $25 million in a new funding round.

United States International Relations

South Korea’s Leader Bluntly Warns U.S. Against Striking North

President Moon Jae-in said Tuesday that unilateral military action over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program would be intolerable.

America's deadly game of follow the leader

Alabama candidates vie for Trump's blessing

Alabama Senate GOP candidates vie for President Trump's endorsement as voters cast their ballots in a primary to decide who will fill Jeff Sessions' former seat.


Former senior al Shabaab leader says militants should leave group

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - The one-time deputy leader of Somali Islamist militants al Shabaab called on Tuesday for others to quit the group following his defection to the government side in Mogadishu.


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

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


Modi urges India to reject violence in name of religion

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged India on Tuesday to reject religious violence, after a series of attacks against minorities sparked debate about whether a surge of Hindu nationalism is undermining the country's secular ideals.

Why Trump's ad libs mean more than his scripted response

President Donald Trump's examination on race is not over, not by a long shot.


U.S. auto safety advocacy group names Obama-era official to top post

(Reuters) - U.S. auto safety advocacy group Center for Auto Safety has appointed an official with a track record in federal government consumer protection agencies as its new executive director, the industry body said on Tuesday.


BRIEF-Intel CEO leaves Trump's Manufacturing Council

* Intel CEO leaves Trump's Manufacturing Council Source text - Further company coverage: (Bengaluru Newsroom)


Cycling: Australian former Olympic champion Wooldridge dies

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australian cyclist Stephen Wooldridge, a former Olympic and world champion, has died at the age of 39.

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.

Why Trump's words were encouraging to racists

CNN's Sara Sidner explains that while the president may have condemned racists by name, his earlier words may have sparked the movement.


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.


BRIEF-Campbell Soup says Denise Morrison to continue on Trump's manufacturing jobs council

* Campbell Soup Co says Denise Morrison "will remain on the President's manufacturing jobs initiative‍​" Further company coverage:

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.

How white nationalists heard Trump's word

Two days apart, President Trump issued two different statements about the violence that engulfed Charlottesville, Virginia, during a white supremacist rally over the weekend.

Charlottesville: Tracking Trump's response

On Saturday, President Trump failed to mention white nationalists after the attack in Charlottesville. Two days later, he directly condemned the groups.


Trump's probe on China intellectual property theft could spur change

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump returned to Washington on Monday to authorize an inquiry into China's alleged theft of intellectual property, a step that analysts say is aimed at pressuring Beijing into a negotiated settlement to revise its practices.

America's top business leaders are turning on Trump

Frazier, Kenneth C

DealBook: Merck’s Leader Took a Stand. What About the Other C.E.O.s?

Ken Frazier of Merck had the courage to resign as a presidential adviser, but other chief executives have been less forceful in responding to Mr. Trump.


BRIEF-Conagra brands names Delu Jackson vice president of Precision Marketing

* Conagra brands names Delu Jackson vice president of Precision Marketing Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:


Big-name U.S. hedge funds shed healthcare stocks during the rally in second quarter

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Several big-name hedge fund investors trimmed their stakes in healthcare companies in the second quarter as the sector led the broad U.S. stock market higher, rallying as Republican efforts to repeal and replace President Obama's signature healthcare law dimmed.


WRAPUP 1-Big-name U.S. hedge funds shed healthcare stocks during the rally in Q2

NEW YORK, Aug 14 (Reuters) - Several big-name hedge fund investors trimmed their stakes in healthcare companies in the second quarter as the sector led the broad U.S. stock market higher, rallying as Republican efforts to repeal and replace President Obama's signature healthcare law dimmed.

Cillizza: Saturday was Trump's worst day as POTUS

Donald Trump's presidency has been marked by low moments. The false assertions regarding the size of his inauguration crowd. The testy phone calls with longtime allies. The false claim that Barack Obama wire-tapped Trump Tower during the 2016 campaign. The botched rollout of the so-called "travel ban." Tweets attacking everyone from his attorney general to Mika Brzezinksi.

United States International Relations

U.S. General and South Korean Leader Push for Diplomacy on North Korea

Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. said the priority on North Korea was to support diplomatic and economic measures. China said it would enforce new sanctions.


Venezuela's Maduro seeks to capitalize on Trump's military threat

CARACAS (Reuters) - While U.S. Vice President Mike Pence travels to Latin America tamping down concern over his boss's threat of possible military action in Venezuela, the country's leader Nicolas Maduro sought to capitalize on local outrage by holding an "anti-imperialist" protest on Monday.

Opinion: Global disbelief over Trump's rebuke

The images of mayhem in Charlottesville led the main national newscast on Sunday night in the Netherlands -- a country that, like much of Europe and the rest of the world, has a keen interest in what goes on in the United States.

Former Virginia attorney general to CNN pundit: 'Shut up'

A debate about the weekend's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, got heated Monday morning as a former Virginia attorney general asked a CNN political commentator to "shut up."


Raytheon names former U.S. deputy defense secretary to board

Aug 14 (Reuters) - Tomahawk missile maker Raytheon Co on Monday named former U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work as a director to its board.

Oliver slams Trump's Charlottesville response

On HBO's "Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver slammed President Donald Trump's response to the violent attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, during a gathering of white nationalists.


HSBC names Dave Watts as chief finance officer for UK unit

LONDON, Aug 14 (Reuters) - HSBC has appointed Dave Watts as chief finance officer of its new British unit HSBC UK, according to an internal memo seen by Reuters on Monday.


Malaysia ruling party leaders denounce violence at Mahathir forum

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Leaders of Malaysia's ruling party have condemned violence that erupted at a forum where former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad was speaking, as political tension rises ahead of a general election that could be called in coming months.

Why Trump's words -- and omissions -- matter

From time to time, in moments of tragedy or international peril, a president is called up on to say the right words at the right time and foster the national unity or summon the gravity such events often produce.


Trump's NAFTA autos goals to collide with industry as talks start

WASHINGTON, Aug 14 (Reuters) - The Trump administration has set a collision course with the auto industry as it launches renegotiations of the 23-year-old NAFTA trade pact this week, aiming to shrink a growing trade deficit with Mexico and tighten the rules of origin for cars and parts.

Civil rights leaders demand Trump disavow supremacists

A coalition of major civil rights and faith groups on Sunday called on President Donald Trump to "directly disavow the white supremacists" who participated in violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, this weekend -- a reference to Trump's remarks condemning the deadly clashes on Saturday.

Bill Maher on Trump's presidency

Bill Maher says he got it wrong.

Ex-deputy leader of Al-Shabaab surrenders

Former Al-Shabaab deputy leader and spokesman Mukhtar Robow Ali surrendered to Somali authorities on Sunday, according to a state official.

Former spy chief: Denuclearized North Korea not in the cards

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, now a CNN contributor, said Sunday that he does not foresee a scenario where North Korea relinquishes its nuclear weapons.


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.


An Ex-Shabab Leader Surrenders in Somalia, Officials Say

Abu Mansoor Mukhtar Robow surrendered to government forces on Sunday, in a surprise move that could weaken the country’s Islamist militants.

Republican senator on Trump's remarks: 'This is a time to lay blame'

Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday that President Donald Trump needed to make a forceful statement against white supremacy.

Jake Tapper, WH adviser spar over Trump's response

CNN's Jake Tapper presses White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert over President Trump's response to the violence that erupted between white nationalists and counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Virginia.


Violence breaks out at former Malaysian PM Mahathir's forum

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Violence broke out at a forum attended by former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamed on Sunday, a member of Mahathir's party said.


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.

Opinion: Charlottesville spotlights Trump's toxic failure to lead

The roiling spectacle of racial violence that unfolded in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday leaving three people dead -- one killed when a car plowed into a crowd and two Virginia State Police officers who died in a helicopter crash -- represents the culmination of naked appeals by an American president and a major political party to the most shameful aspects of our nation's history.


Kenya opposition leader defies pressure to concede defeat

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga on Sunday called for a strike to support his claim to the presidency and accused the ruling party of "spilling the blood of innocent people", despite growing pressure on him to concede election defeat.


In Alabama's Senate race, contenders fight over who is Trump's biggest fan

(Reuters) - At first glance, U.S. Representative Mo Brooks seems exactly the kind of candidate President Donald Trump would love to see win Tuesday's Republican primary election for Alabama's open U.S. Senate seat.


Exclusive: Zambia to drop treason charges against opposition leader - sources

LUSAKA (Reuters) - Zambia plans to drop treason charges against the country's main opposition leader and free him from prison on Monday under a deal brokered by the Commonwealth secretary-general, government and legal sources told Reuters.

Trump's faith advisers condemn white supremacists

As thousands of white nationalist and "alt-right" protesters descended on Charlottesville, Virginia, for the "Unite the Right" rally Saturday and clashed with counterprotesters, voices from both sides of the aisle were raised to condemn the gathering.


Trump's threat of Venezuela military action could bolster Maduro

CARACAS (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's talk of possible military action in Venezuela could be a political life-line for the country's unpopular leader, who has long used the threat of U.S. aggression to justify policies that have shredded the economy.


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.

Trump's Charlottesville response riles panel

CNN political commentators Symone Sanders and Jack Kingston spar over President Donald Trump's response to violence occurring during a white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Former KKK leader invokes Trump's name

Former KKK leader David Duke invoked President Trump's name at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

DNC leader says GOP is 'the party of racism'

A top Democratic National Committee leader called the Republican Party "the party of racism" at a conference for liberal activists Friday, pointing to President Donald Trump's positions on immigrants and refugees.


Ringleader of Venezuela military base attack captured: minister

CARACAS (Reuters) - The ringleader of an Aug. 6 attack on a Venezuelan military base near the city of Valencia was captured on Friday, Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino said in a tweet on Friday.


Jefferson Starship guitarist can pursue lawsuit over band name

(Reuters) - A founding member of Jefferson Starship may pursue part of his lawsuit seeking to stop former bandmates from using the rock group's name, a federal judge ruled on Friday.

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.

Congressional leaders say they're being left in the dark

Several key congressional leaders say they have yet to hear from the White House on the administration's North Korea strategy as President Donald Trump has ratcheted up his rhetoric threatening "fire and fury" against Pyongyang.

Hear Trump's latest comments on North Korea

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

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


Vietnamese Art Has Never Been More Popular. But the Market Is Full of Fakes.

Prices have topped $1 million, but national museums and major auction houses have promoted works later said to be fraudulent.


MOVES-Barclays names Stephen Dainton global head of equities

Aug 11 (Reuters) - Barclays Plc on Friday named Stephen Dainton as global head of equities.

Politics and Government

Trump’s Tough Talk on North Korea Puts Japan’s Leader in Delicate Spot

North Korea’s accelerating military advances — and President Trump’s volatile response — could complicate Japan’s close alliance with the United States.


Former UK spy chief says encryption 'very positive' despite attacks

LONDON (Reuters) - A former British spy chief said on Friday that encryption of online communications was "very positive" for the country's national security interests despite the difficulties that it poses for security services attempting to tackle militants.

'Weekend Update' roasts Trump's sons, Scaramucci

"Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update: Summer Edition" roasts Anthony Scaramucci, Don Jr. Trump and Eric Trump.

Panel erupts over Trump's joke

Political commentators Ana Navarro and Nan Hayworth spar over President Trump thanking Putin for expelling American diplomats because it will cut down on payroll.

State Legislatures

Daniel Loeb, a Cuomo Donor, Makes Racially Charged Remark About Black Leader

A major financial backer of the New York governor accuses State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins of having done “more damage to people of color than anyone who has ever donned a hood.”


Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chief, drops legal team

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, has tapped a new legal team to represent him as government lawyers examine possible Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, his spokesman Jason Maloni said.

Hear Trump's full remarks

President Donald Trump discusses his foreign policy after a security briefing addressing North Korea, Russia investigation, defense spending and more.

Trump's most memorable lines from Bedminster

President Donald Trump took part in an extended question-and-answer session with reporters Thursday at his New Jersey golf course Thursday, fielding inquiries on the Russian probe, North Korea, transgender troops and more.


Uber investor sues to force former CEO Kalanick off board

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Venture capital firm Benchmark Capital is suing former Uber Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick to force him off the board of the ride services company and rescind his ability to fill three board seats, according to the lawsuit.

Cillizza: Trump's baffling McConnell strategy

Donald Trump, we know, is like a dog on a bone. Once he gets his teeth into something, he doesn't usually give up until it's dead or maimed, politically speaking of course.


Trump attacks Senate leader for second straight day on health policy failure

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump attacked his own party's Senate leader, Mitch McConnell, for a second day on Thursday, complaining from the steps of his private New Jersey golf club about Republicans' failure to repeal and replace Obamacare.


Benchmark Capital sues former Uber CEO Kalanick: Axios

(Reuters) - Venture capital firm Benchmark Capital is suing former Uber Chief Executive Travis Kalanick for fraud, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty, news website Axios reported on Thursday.


UPDATE 4-Wells Fargo likely to appoint former community banker to head board -WSJ

Aug 10 (Reuters) - Betsy Duke, a former Federal Reserve official and community banker from Virginia, is likely to become chairwoman of the board of Wells Fargo & Co, investors, analysts and two people with knowledge of board discussions told Reuters.


Benchmark Capital sues former Uber CEO Kalanick - Axios

Aug 10 (Reuters) - Venture capital firm Benchmark Capital is suing former Uber Chief Executive Travis Kalanick for fraud, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty, news website Axios reported on Thursday.

200 days in: Obama is still on Trump's mind

In 1962, as the United States and the Soviet Union wobbled toward nuclear confrontation, then-President John F. Kennedy got his predecessor on the phone.

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.

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.

Timeline: The Trump-McConnell relationship in Trump's tweets

President Donald Trump continued his ongoing public attacks against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Thursday, criticizing the Senate majority leader for the Republican Party's failure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Rubio defends Trump's 'fire and fury' remarks

Sen. Marco Rubio, a member of the Senate foreign affairs committee, defended President Donald Trump's stark warning to North Korea in a series of tweets Thursday morning.


Athletics: Kenya's former champion Sum pulls out of world 800m

LONDON (Reuters) - Former world 800 meters champion Eunice Sum has withdrawn from the World Athletics Championships due to illness, Kenyan officials said on Thursday.


Vietnamese kidnapping included stop at embassy in Berlin-prosecutor

BERLIN (Reuters) - German federal prosecutors said they had assumed control of an investigation of the alleged kidnapping of a Vietnamese businessman and his companion, given new evidence that the two were likely taken to the Vietnamese embassy in Berlin en route to Vietnam.


Trump attacks Senate leader McConnell over healthcare failure

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump attacked his own party's Senate leader for a second day running on Thursday, venting frustration over Republicans' dramatic failure to repeal and replace the Obamacare healthcare law on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.


Former Olympic champion Kromowidjojo sticking around for Tokyo

EINDHOVEN, Netherlands (Reuters) – - Buoyed by becoming the first woman to dip under 23 seconds for 50-metre freestyle, veteran Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands said on Thursday she would continue her career through to the next Olympic Games. She won gold in London in 2012 in the 50m and 100m freestyle, but she has since been overshadowed in by younger rivals like Canadian teenager Penny Oleksiak, Bronte Campbell of Australia, Simone Manuel of the U.S. and Swede Sarah Sjostrom, who set


Barclays names ex-Citi banker Barry Rodrigues as head of Barclaycard

LONDON (Reuters) - Barclays has named former Citigroup banker Barry Rodrigues as the head of its Barclaycard International credit card division, the British bank said on Thursday.


BRIEF-Imperva names Christopher Hylen as president and CEO

* Imperva names Christopher Hylen as president and CEO as part of leadership transition


BRIEF-Pieris Pharmaceuticals names Allan Reine CFO

* Pieris Pharmaceuticals appoints Allan Reine, M.D., as chief financial officer Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

You can stay in Trump's childhood home

AirBnB has listed Donald Trump's childhood home in Queens, New York, for $725 a night.


MOVES-RWS Holdings names Desmond Glass from GAN its new CFO

Aug 10 (Reuters) - Intellectual property support provider RWS Holdings plc said on Thursday it appointed Desmond Glass as Chief Financial Officer, effective November 6.