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Tennis: Tsonga edges Shapovalov to strike blow for old guard

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - There was a time when Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was one of the new kids bounding on to the block, swinging from the hip and shaking up the established hierarchy in men's tennis.


Tennis: Second seed Wozniacki battles back from the brink

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Second seed Caroline Wozniacki saved two match points as she battled back from 5-1 down in the deciding set to beat Melbourne Park debutante Jana Fett 3-6 6-2 7-5 in the second round of the Australian Open on Wednesday.


Tennis: Karlovic becomes oldest man in third round for 40 years

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Croatia's Ivo Karlovic became the oldest man to reach the third round of the Australian Open for 40 years when he edged Japan's Yuichi Sugita in five sets in withering heat on Wednesday.


Tennis: Seed slayers Bencic, Zhang tumble back to earth

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Seed slayers Belinda Bencic and Zhang Shuai were brought back down to earth at the Australian Open on Wednesday as they both failed to follow up their first-round exploits.


Tennis: Tsonga tames Shapovalov in five-set classic

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga required all his years of experience to tame Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov and reach the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday.


Tennis: Second seed Wozniacki fights back from the brink

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Second seed Caroline Wozniacki saved two match points as she battled back from 5-1 down in the deciding set to beat Melbourne Park debutante Jana Fett 3-6 6-2 7-5 in the second round of the Australian Open on Wednesday.


Tennis: Dream grand slam debut continues for 15-year-old Kostyuk

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Ukrainian 15-year-old Marta Kostyuk became the youngest player to reach the third round of a grand slam in over 20 years when she defeated local wildcard Olivia Rogowska at the Australian Open on Wednesday.


Tennis: Svitolina struggling with injury after second round win

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Fourth seed Elina Svitolina revealed she had been dealing with injury issues at the Australian Open after successfully negotiating a tricky second round match against Katerina Siniakova on Wednesday.


Tennis: Giant killers Bencic and Zhang tumble back to earth

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Seed slayers Belinda Bencic and Zhang Shuai were brought back down to earth at the Australian Open on Wednesday as they both failed to follow up their first-round exploits.


Tennis: Svitolina sets up clash with 15-year-old compatriot

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Fourth seed Elina Svitolina came through a first set wobble to set up a third-round meeting with 15-year-old compatriot Marta Kostyuk with a 4-6 6-2 6-1 victory over Katerina Siniakova on Wednesday.

38 excruciating minutes in Hawaii reveal key questions


U.S. House panel to hold hearing on emergency alerts after Hawaii error

(Reuters) - A U.S. House of Representatives panel said on Tuesday it planned a hearing to review a false missile alert sent in Hawaii over the weekend that stirred panic and anger in the Pacific island state.


Japan issues false alarm over missile launch, days after Hawaii alert gaffe

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese public broadcaster NHK issued a false alarm on Tuesday saying North Korea appeared to have launched a missile and urging people to take shelter, but it managed to correct the error within minutes.

Nuclear Weapons

Days After Hawaii’s False Missile Alarm, a New One in Japan

NHK, Japan’s public broadcaster, accidentally sent news alerts that North Korea had launched a missile, before quickly correcting the error.


Days after Hawaii alert gaffe, Japan issues false alarm about a missile launch

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese public broadcaster NHK issued a false alarm about a North Korean missile launch on Tuesday, just days after a similar gaffe caused panic in Hawaii, but it managed to correct the error within minutes.


Tennis: Wawrinka happy to be back, but still feeling pain

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Stan Wawrinka feels great to be back after his first-round victory at the Australian Open on Tuesday but is still experiencing pain in the left knee that required surgery last season.


Tennis: My brother still makes fun of me, says Zverev

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Alexander Zverev can no longer hope to fly under the grand slam radar following a brilliant 2017 season but the hype has done little to change things on the home front, the 20-year-old wunderkind insists.


Tennis: Kerber consigns 2017 to the history books

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Angelique Kerber has turned the page on a horror 2017 season and is focused firmly on making a fresh start to her career, the German said after sailing into the second round at Melbourne Park on Tuesday.


Tennis: Prize money row rumbling behind scenes at Melbourne Park

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Six-times Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic is leading calls for players to be given a greater share of the sport's revenues and have their own union independent of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), a report in the Daily Mail said.


Tennis: Raonic slumps to early exit at Melbourne Park

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Former world number three Milos Raonic was sent tumbling out of the Australian Open first round by Lukas Lacko on Tuesday, the Canadian's earliest grand slam exit since the 2011 French Open.


Tennis: Aggressive Konta makes light work of Brengle

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Ninth seed Johanna Konta skipped past Madison Brengle into the second round of the Australian Open on Tuesday, the Briton overpowering her American opponent 6-3 6-1 in 66 minutes on Hisense Arena.

False Alarms

Sender of Hawaii’s False Alarm Is Reassigned, but Not Named

A state official says the employee who erred should not pay the price for a system that “made it too easy for a simple mistake to have very serious consequences.”

These are the texts people sent to loved ones during the Hawaii missile alert

Hawaiian residents and vacationers spent 38 horrific minutes preparing for an incoming ballistic missile and possible death on Saturday, until the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency corrected a false alarm message.

A timeline of Trump's actions during the Hawaii false alarm

As Hawaiians catch their breath following the jarring missile alert mishap over the weekend, scrutiny has reached the White House and how it grappled with the mistaken alarm.

DACA, Hawaii, Australian Open: Your Monday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

Hawaii has been preparing for missile attack, now its credibility is under fire

Hawaii has taken emergency preparedness very seriously.


Myanmar says temporary camp will house 30,000 Rohingya targeted for repatriation

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar is building a camp to temporarily house 30,000 Rohingya Muslims targeted for repatriation after fleeing violence in Rakhine State, state media reported on Monday, as Myanmar and Bangladesh meet to discuss how to implement a repatriation deal.


Tennis-Dimitrov schools Novak to reach second round at a canter

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Grigor Dimitrov gave qualifier Dennis Novak a lesson in grand slam tennis to reach the second round of the Australian Open at a canter with a 6-3 6-2 6-1 victory on Monday.

Politics and Government

False Missile Alert Looms as a Black Eye for Hawaii and Its Governor

The false alarm and its delayed retraction added to criticism of Gov. David Ige and raised worries about the state’s reputation with tourists.


Hawaii says lack of adequate fail-safe measures led to false missile alert

HONOLULU (Reuters) - Human error and a lack of adequate fail-safe measures during a civil defense warning drill led to the false missile alert that stirred panic across Hawaii over the weekend, a state emergency management agency spokesman acknowledged on Sunday.

Here's what went wrong with Hawaii's false emergency alert

An emergency missile alert accidentally went out to everyone in Hawaii on Saturday after an employee "pushed the wrong button."

Colleges and Universities

On Campus: It’s Hard to Study if You’re Hungry

Half of all college students struggle with food insecurity, which is closely linked to lower graduation rates.


FCC says appears Hawaii had no safeguard to stop missile scare

(Reuters) - Hawaii apparently did not have adequate safeguards in place to prevent a false emergency alert about a missile attack that panicked residents for more than a half-hour before it was withdrawn, a federal official said on Sunday.

Asia and Australia Edition: Hawaii, North Korea, Iran: Your Monday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

FCC chairman: Hawaii lacked 'reasonable safeguards'

The FCC investigation into Hawaii's false missile alarm is underway and already showing Hawaii lacked "reasonable safeguards," agency chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement Sunday.

Trump, Hawaii, Montecito: Your Weekend Briefing

Here’s what you need to know about the week’s top stories.


Brexit vote may be reversed, says British campaigner Farage

LONDON (Reuters) - Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage said on Sunday he was increasingly concerned that a vote for Britain to leave the European Union could be overturned by a powerful group of the bloc's supporters.

Nuclear Weapons

The Interpreter: Hawaii False Alarm Hints at Thin Line Between Mishap and Nuclear War

Security experts called it a frightening warning of how a technical error could trigger an unintended conflict with North Korea.


Tennis: Kyrgios can become global superstar, says Becker

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australian maverick Nick Kyrgios is ready to win over his doubters and can become an 'international sporting superstar' according to former world number one Boris Becker.


Golf: Hoge leads as players put Hawaii missile scare behind them

(Reuters) - Unheralded Tom Hoge birdied the final two holes to take a one-stroke lead after an eventful third round of the Sony Open in Hawaii on Saturday.


Tennis: Tomic slide continues with Australian Open failure

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Bernard Tomic's slide down the ATP rankings is set to continue after he fell 6-1 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 to Italy's Lorenzo Sonego in the final round of Australian Open qualifying on Sunday.

Hawaii visitor: I could feel the blood stand still in my body

It was a beautiful morning, like most, on the island of Oahu: 79 degrees with a big, bright sun. I was at a marina with my family on Kaneohe Bay, blowing the last bits of air into an orange inflatable raft, when the alert came. All caps: "BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND ... NOT A DRILL."

What went wrong in Hawaii

Human error is blamed for a false alarm of a missile heading for Hawaii, but the scare left Americans wondering how the missile detection and emergency messaging systems are supposed to work -- and what went wrong.

Hawaii governor explains the 38-minute delay

Hawaii Governor David Ige details what procedures were taken moments after a false emergency alert notification claiming a "ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii" was sent out.

Wireless Communications

False Missile Warning in Hawaii Adds to Scrutiny of Emergency Alert System

An errant cellphone alert about an incoming ballistic missile set off a panic and prompted calls for major improvements to America’s approach to disaster notification.

What it was like to get a missile alert in Hawaii

I could tell something was wrong the moment my wife stepped into our hotel room.


Tears and panic as false missile alert unnerves Hawaii

HONOLULU (Reuters) - Panic and confusion swept Hawaii on Saturday as a mistaken alert about a ballistic missile attack spread across the Pacific U.S. state, sending residents and tourists scrambling for shelter and questioning why an all-clear was not issued faster.


FCC says launching full inquiry into false Hawaii missile alert

(Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Saturday it was launching a full investigation into a false emergency alert that said a ballistic missile was headed for Hawaii, the chairman of the commission said.

Hawaii's chill lifestyle was turned upside down after an incoming missile alert was mistakenly sent

Residents of Hawaii and folks on holiday glanced at their phones Saturday morning and were greeted by an ominous message.


Ballistic missile warning sent in error by Hawaii authorities

HONOLULU (Reuters) - An emergency alert was sent mistakenly on Saturday to Hawaii's residents warning of an imminent ballistic missile attack when an employee at the state emergency management agency pushed the "wrong button," Hawaii's governor said.

Hawaii official: This was my fault

Governor David Ige and Hawaii's emergency administrator Vern Miyagi are blaming human error for a false incoming missile alert that was sent out in Hawaii.


U.S. military’s Pacific Command says ballistic missile warning sent in error to Hawaii

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military's Pacific Command said on Saturday there was no ballistic missile threat to Hawaii after an official message was mistakenly sent to Hawaii residents' mobile phones warning them of an imminent attack.

Hawaii congresswoman: You'd be angry like me

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) says Hawaiians got a "taste of stark reality" when they received a false missile alert.


Alert About Missile Bound for Hawaii Was Sent in Error, Officials Say

The alert appeared on cellphones warning people to “seek immediate shelter,” and said, “This is not a drill.” The authorities said it was a false alarm.

False missile alarm shakes up Hawaii

An emergency alert notification sent out on Saturday claiming a "ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii" was a false alarm, according to the Hawaii Office of Emergency Management and a tweet from one of the state's Democratic congresswomen.


Tennis: Returning Djokovic still managing elbow injury

Jan 13 (Reuters) - Former world number one Novak Djokovic admits his elbow is not yet 100 percent as the Serb prepares to return from six months out at the Australian Open.


Tennis: Kerber issues Australian Open warning with Sydney triumph

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Former world number one Angelique Kerber continued her 2018 resurgence with a 6-4 6-4 win over Ashleigh Barty in the Sydney International final on Saturday, giving herself a welcome boost ahead of next week's Australian Open.


Tennis: Tired of the 'roller-coaster', Kyrgios seeks a steady ride

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - An upbeat but calm Nick Kyrgios heads into the Australian Open feeling confident about his mental game and keen to keep a level head through the season after a "roller-coaster" ride in 2017.


Tennis: Brand-less, slam-less Halep looks for more in Melbourne

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Simona Halep enters the Australian Open with the world number one ranking and a familiar set of doubts over her ability to win a grand slam.


Tennis: Dimitrov, Zverev ready to step up to grand slam glory

Jan 13 (Reuters) - Grigor Dimitrov and Alexander Zverev, two men who made perhaps the biggest steps forward in 2017, believe they are ready to contend for the title at the Australian Open, which begins in Melbourne on Monday.


Tennis: Uncle Toni still 'more than anything' for Nadal

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - World number one Rafa Nadal embarks on a new era without his coach and uncle in the players' box at the Australian Open but the Spaniard said he would always welcome advice from his lifelong mentor with open arms.


Tennis: First grand slam title was 'overwhelming', says Stephens

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Without a victory since her stunning U.S. Open triumph last September, American Sloane Stephens admitted on Saturday that the experience of becoming a grand slam winner had been "overwhelming". "I think it's always a tough transition when you go from not playing tennis for 11 months to winning a grand slam," Stephens told a news conference at the Australian Open, which begins on Monday.


Golf: Improved Harman surges three shots clear in Hawaii

(Reuters) - Left-hander Brian Harman took another small step towards a spot on the United States Ryder Cup team when he eagled his final hole to take a three-shot halfway lead at the Sony Open in Hawaii on Friday.


Tennis: Wawrinka feared for career during long layoff

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Stan Wawrinka feared his debilitating knee injury might be the end of a glittering tennis career boasting three grand slam titles and said he had only been cleared to play the Australian Open two days before the tournament.


Australian Open Begins a Challenging Season in Tennis

Familiar names on and off the court will be missing at the first Grand Slam of the year.


UK's former Brexit campaign boss says no desire for a re-run of the EU referendum

LONDON (Reuters) - British voters do not want a re-run of the referendum on European Union membership and any hint of another vote undermines the government's Brexit negotiations, the former CEO of Britain's main "Leave" campaign told Reuters.


Tennis: Margaret Court Arena should be renamed, says King

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Twelve-times grand slam champion Billie Jean King said on Friday that Margaret Court's name should be stripped from the Australian Open showcourt due to her divisive views on sexuality.


Beijing professor dismissed as sexual harassment allegations spark campus activism

BEIJING (Reuters) - A professor in China accused of sexually harassing students under his supervision has been removed from teaching posts by a top Beijing university, in a case that has sparked national media coverage and a nascent #MeToo movement in the country.


Tennis: Vandeweghe bringing new attitude to Melbourne

(Reuters) - Coco Vandeweghe feels the biggest misconception about her is that she is arrogant but the outspoken American is not letting that get in the way of her quest for a maiden grand slam title at the Australian Open.

Brexit campaigner says he may support a second referendum

Nigel Farage, the most prominent campaigner for Britain to leave the European Union, says he is warming to the idea of a second Brexit referendum.


Brexit campaigner Farage says warming to idea of second EU referendum to end debate

LONDON (Reuters) - Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage said on Thursday he was warming to the idea of holding a second referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union, arguing that another vote would see "Leave" win again and end the debate.

Middle East and Africa Migrant Crisis

German Idea to Fight Anti-Semitism: Make Immigrants Tour Concentration Camps

Jewish advocacy groups welcomed an idea to make such tours mandatory for immigrants to Germany. But some experts called the idea simplistic.

Roiphe, Katie

A Feminist Twitter Campaign Targets Harper’s Magazine and Katie Roiphe

Word went out that an article would identify a creator of a list of media industry men accused of sexual harassment. Women urged writers to push back.


Cyprus company sues ex-Trump campaign manager Manafort for fraud

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort faced a new legal headache on Wednesday after a Cyprus-based company tied to a Russian oligarch sued him and his business partner Richard Gates over allegations they committed financial fraud by misappropriating millions of dollars.


Cyprus company sues ex-Trump campaign manager Manafort for financial fraud

(Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort faced a new legal headache on Wednesday after a Cyprus-based company sued him and his business partner Richard Gates over allegations they committed financial fraud by misappropriating millions of dollars.


Tennis: Del Potro too strong for Shapovalov in Auckland

(Reuters) - Argentine Juan Martin del Potro made a confident start to his preparations for the Australian Open with a 6-2 6-4 win over Denis Shapovalov at the Auckland Classic on Wednesday.


Tennis: Sabalenka upsets Zhang in Hobart, Watson advances

(Reuters) - Belarus teen Aryna Sabalenka blasted top seed Zhang Shuai out of the Hobart International on Wednesday while former champion Heather Watson had a smooth ride to the quarter-finals with a 6-2 6-2 win over wildcard Jaimee Fourlis.


Tennis: Rublev leading the Russian advance into Melbourne

(Reuters) - "Sound the alarm! The Russians are coming" sounds like Cold War paranoia but when applied to the world of men's tennis it might be worth sitting up and taking notice.


Democrats vow to force vote on net neutrality, make it a campaign issue

WASHINGTON, Jan 9 (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Democrats said on Tuesday they will force a vote later this year on the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's reversal of landmark Obama administration net neutrality rules and will try to make it a key issue in the 2018 congressional elections.


France's Deneuve denounces #Metoo campaign for 'puritanism'

PARIS (Reuters) - Actress Catherine Deneuve and 99 other French women on Tuesday denounced a backlash against men following the Harvey Weinstein scandal, saying the #Metoo campaign against sexual harassment amounted to "puritanism" and was fueled by a "hatred of men."

Colleges and Universities

On Campus: No College Kid Needs a Water Park to Study

Trustees must rein in frivolous spending at public universities.

What an Oprah campaign might look like, in GIFs

Oprah Winfrey, like the majority of natural-born American citizens over the age of 35, could decide to run for president in 2020.


Critic’s Notebook: Home to Hawaii in Search of Poke

In Honolulu, where our critic grew up, the quintessential marinated-fish dish appears in a welter of different styles and stores.


Remote camp on Jordan-Syria border getting U.N. aid by crane lift

AMMAN (Reuters) - United Nations agencies began on Monday delivering aid for the first time in six months to some 60,000 Syrian refugees stranded in a desolate area near where Syria's border meets the Jordanian and Iraqi frontiers, aid agencies and Jordanian officials said.


UPDATE 2-German industrial workers strike as union steps up pay campaign

* German economy buoyant, record numbers in work (Adds employers' association head, more strike participants)

Her message of 'a new day is on the horizon' could have doubled as a campaign rallying cry

The inevitability of Romney's next campaign


Dominant Johnson cruises to victory in Hawaii

(Reuters) - World number one Dustin Johnson eased to an eight-shot victory at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii on Sunday.


Johnson cruises to victory in Hawaii

(Reuters) - World number one Dustin Johnson eased to an eight-shot victory at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii on Sunday. Johnson entered the final round with a two-shot advantage and blew away the field with an eight-under-par 65 at the wide open Kapalua Plantation course on Maui.


Kyrgios wins Brisbane tennis title in Australian Open boost

(Reuters) - Nick Kyrgios beat Ryan Harrison 6-4 6-2 in the Brisbane International final on Sunday to clinch his maiden tour title on home soil and gain a big confidence boost ahead of the Australian Open.


Tennis: Makarova stuns Ostapenko in sweltering Sydney

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Ekaterina Makarova kept cool in the fierce Australian heat to upset the French Open champion and world number seven Jelena Ostapenko 7-6(3) 6-1 in the opening round of the Sydney International on Sunday.


Iraq returning displaced civilians from camps to unsafe areas

AMRIYAT AL-FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi security forces are forcibly returning civilians from refugee camps to unsafe areas in the predominantly Sunni Anbar province, exposing them to death from booby-traps or acts of vigilantism, refugees and aid workers say.


Halep warms up for Australian Open with Shenzhen tennis title win

(Reuters) - World number one Simona Halep continued her preparations for the Australian Open by lifting the Shenzhen Open title after a 6-1 2-6 6-0 victory over holder Katerina Siniakova on Saturday.


Svitolina sends Australian Open warning with Brisbane tennis title triumph

(Reuters) - Ukrainian Elina Svitolina got the perfect boost ahead of the Australian Open by lifting the Brisbane International title with a 6-2 6-1 win over qualifier Aliaksandra Sasnovich on Saturday.

United States Politics and Government

Trump and Republicans to Meet at Camp David With Urgent Matters Looming

President Trump and Republican leaders in Congress are to meet Friday at Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland, to discuss a range of urgent domestic matters.


Tennis: Alerts over suspicious matches fell in 2017, says TIU

LONDON (Reuters) - Match alerts fell to a three-year low in 2017 as the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) continued to bolster its measures to protect the sport from the threat of corruption.


Tennis: Auckland Classic set for Sunday finish after further rain

(Reuters) - The Auckland Classic will be extended by a day with the final now scheduled to be played on Sunday after persistent rain washed out play for a second consecutive day on Friday.


Tennis: Nishikori set to launch comeback in Newport Beach

(Reuters) - Japan's Kei Nishikori plans to launch his comeback at the inaugural Challenger Tour event in Newport Beach, California, beginning Jan. 22, the organizers said.


Tiger to start 2018 campaign at Farmers Insurance Open

(Reuters) - Former world number one Tiger Woods will make his much-anticipated 2018 debut at this month's Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego, his first official PGA Tour event since missing the cut at the same tournament last year.


Tennis: Rain washes out entire day's play at Auckland Classic

(Reuters) - Persistent rain washed out an entire day's play at the Auckland Classic on Thursday with more showers predicted to affect Friday's packed schedule.


Tennis: Svitolina in Brisbane semis after Konta's injury pullout

(Reuters) - Elina Svitolina entered the Brisbane International semi-finals after her opponent Johanna Konta retired with a hip injury during the third set of the quarter-final contest on Thursday.


Tennis: Murray pulls out of Australian Open with hip injury

(Reuters) - Former world number one Andy Murray has pulled out of the Australian Open after failing to recover from a hip injury, tournament organizers said on Thursday.


Tennis: No wildcard for Tomic at Australian Open

(Reuters) - Bernard Tomic is set to sit out the Australian Open after Tennis Australia (TA) decided not to award him a wildcard to the main draw, the organizers said on Thursday.


Tennis: Muguruza awarded wildcard at Sydney International

(Reuters) - Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza has accepted a wildcard into next week's Sydney International, the tournament organisers said on Thursday.


Trump's ex-campaign manager Manafort sues Special Counsel Robert Mueller

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort sued Robert Mueller on Wednesday, alleging that the special counsel's wide-ranging investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia exceeded his legal authority and needed to be reined in.

Analysis: Bannon is 100% right about Russia and Trump campaign

In a new book detailing the wild first year of Donald Trump's presidency, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is quoted blasting top operatives in the 2016 campaign for their naivete and idiocy in their dealings with the Russians.

Roy Moore's campaign chief to run for Congress

Rich Hobson, who managed Roy Moore's failed Alabama Senate campaign, is set to announce he'll run in this year's Republican primary against Rep. Martha Roby.


Tennis: Mertens, Goffin find form as Belgium beat Australia in Hopman Cup

(Reuters) - Elise Mertens fended off Daria Gavrilova while David Goffin blitzed his way past Thanasi Kokkinakis as Belgium secured a 3-0 victory over Australia in the Hopman Cup on Wednesday.

Attorney for Roy Moore's son says he campaigned for Jones

Roy Moore entered Election Day trying to bat away allegations of anti-Semitism, with his wife Kayla Moore telling the public, "One of our attorneys is a Jew."

How involved in Trump campaign was Papadopoulos?

CNN's Anderson Cooper breaks down the conflicting reports of how involved George Papadopoulos was in the Trump campaign.


BRIEF-Sucampo Pharmaceuticals Received Notification From FDA That It Has Extended PDUFA Goal Date By 3 Months



Palestinian militant chief in Lebanon camp says he's moved to Syria

SIDON, Lebanon (Reuters) - A prominent Palestinian militant whose followers have fought other factions in a refugee camp in Lebanon has traveled to Syria, he said, removing one of the main combatants in one of Lebanon's most volatile settlements.


A Cuban Island That Has Played Both Paradise and Prison

The Isle of Youth — which has been both a Communist Utopian getaway and home to a brutal prison that housed Castro for a time — is a world apart, even by Cuban standards.


Tennis: Tearful Garcia succumbs to back injury in Brisbane

BRISBANE (Reuters) - Fourth seed Caroline Garcia left the court in tears after a lower back injury forced the Frenchwoman to retire from her first round match against Alize Cornet at the Brisbane International on Sunday.

NYT: Trump campaign adviser told Australian diplomat Russia had dirt on Clinton

George Papadopoulos told an Australian diplomat that Russia had "political dirt" on Hillary Clinton in May of last year, a conversation that might have played a role in the FBI's decision to open an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, according to a report published Saturday.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

How the Russia Inquiry Began: A Campaign Aide, Drinks and Talk of Political Dirt

George Papadopoulos, a Trump foreign policy adviser, was the improbable match that set off a blaze that has consumed the first year of the Trump administration.


BRIEF-Camposol SA Sees U.S. IPO Of Up To $460 Mln

* CAMPOSOL SA SEES U.S. IPO OF UP TO $460 MILLION - SEC FILING‍​ Source text: ( Further company coverage:


BRIEF-Campbell Soup Says Entered Into Three-Year Credit Agreement With Credit Suisse, Cayman Islands Branch ‍​



Tennis: Serena, Fed and Rafa make it landmark year for greats

LONDON (Reuters) - Serena Williams needed just one January fortnight to underline her greatness before Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal then spent the rest of 2017 reminding us of why tennis really is still basking in its age of sporting wonders.

Death threats force professors off campus

Two dozen students marched out of their classroom at Drexel University in Philadelphia last month carrying signs that read "Where is our professor?" and "Bring back GCM."


In Rohingya refugee camp, a wedding is celebrated

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) - The bride's hands are covered with decorative patterns inked in henna, the groom is perfumed and the guests feast and dance the night away in a colorful tent.


Tennis: Fitness comes first for returning Murray, Djokovic

(Reuters) - Former world number ones Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic are relishing their return to competition after serious injuries cut their last campaigns short, but the overriding aim for both players in the New Year is to stay fit and healthy.


Tennis: Ferderer plans to keep expectations in check for 2018

(Reuters) - Roger Federer did not know what to expect when he touched down in Australia in 2017.


Tennis: Unprepared Nadal withdraws from Brisbane tournament

SYDNEY (Reuters) - World number one Rafa Nadal's preparations for next month's Australian Open have suffered a blow after he was a late withdrawal from the Brisbane International tournament on Thursday.


Former Trump campaign manager Lewandowski accused of sexual harassment

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski has been accused by a singer of slapping her buttocks without her consent at a party in November.


UPDATE 2-Mallinckrodt to buy Sucampo for about $840 mln

* Deal for $18/share, a premium of about 6 pct to Friday close


UPDATE 1-Mallinckrodt to buy Sucampo for about $840 mln

Dec 26 (Reuters) - Drugmaker Mallinckrodt Plc said on Tuesday it would buy Sucampo Pharmaceuticals Inc for about $840 million, excluding debt, to gain access to its constipation drug, Amitiza.


BRIEF-Sucampo Pharma Says If Merger Agreement Terminated, Co Agreed To Pay Mallinckrodt Fee Of $44 Million



BRIEF-Mallinckrodt To Buy Sucampo Pharmaceuticals For About $1.2 Bln


Tests and Examinations

On Campus: The Reddit Connection That Got Me Into College

After dropping out of rabbinical seminary, I was directionless. I spent a lot of time on the internet.

Recent US actions point to a confrontational policy, unlike what Trump called for during his campaign

In the space of a week, the Trump administration has named Russia a "rival power," sanctioned a close Putin ally, and decided to give Ukraine anti-tank weapons to help in its fight against Moscow-backed militias.

A tragic injury to a Syrian infant sparks a social media campaign spotlighting a humanitarian crisis

Karim Abdel Rahman -- a Syrian infant who lost his left eye two months ago in an artillery attack -- has become a symbol of the carnage and the humanitarian crisis in the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta.


‘I’m Struggling to Survive’: For Rohingya Women, Abuse Continues in Camps

Even after escaping Myanmar, survivors of rape and other trauma find themselves still vulnerable and commodified in the brokenness of refugee life.


BRIEF-Bank Of Hawaii Says It Is Increasing Minimum Wage Level To $15/Hour Effective Jan 1, 2018​


Ex-Farenthold aide claims she was pressured to perform campaign duties

A former aide to GOP Rep. Blake Farenthold contacted the House Ethics Committee last week to detail what she said were regular requests from the congressman and his chief of staff to perform campaign-related duties even though she was never paid by or volunteered with his congressional campaign.


Ugandan army attacks rebel camps in eastern Congo

KAMPALA (Reuters) - The Ugandan army on Friday attacked rebel camps in eastern Congo, an army spokesman said.


House widens ethics probe to include Farenthold campaign work

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The ethics probe into U.S. Representative Blake Farenthold, who is already under a cloud for alleged sexual misconduct, is being expanded to look into whether he mixed his political campaign with congressional work and lied to the House Ethics Committee, the panel said on Thursday.


Catalonia votes in election pivotal for independence campaign

BARCELONA/MADRID (Reuters) - Catalonia on Thursday holds a regional election which the Spanish government hopes will strip pro-independence parties of their control of the Catalan parliament and end their campaign to force a split with Spain.


Tennis: Miami Open moving from Key Biscayne to NFL stadium

(Reuters) - The Miami Open will move in 2019 to Hard Rock Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins National Football League team, tournament owner IMG announced on Wednesday.

United States Politics and Government

With Tax Overhaul, Trump Fulfills a Campaign Promise and Flexes Republican Muscle

President Trump will enter his second year in office with a major legislative achievement, which Republicans will try to sell to voters in midterm elections.


Tennis: Kyrgios to stay coach-less in new season

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Nick Kyrgios has sacrificed his love of basketball for more time in the gym to get fit for the Australian Open but sees no immediate need for the extra discipline of a full-time coach.

Committee is examining 2016 Jill Stein campaign

Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr says his committee is examining the campaign of Green Party 2016 presidential candidate Jill Stein as part of its investigation into Russian meddling in the US election, and he suggested the panel has more questions for Hillary Clinton's campaign.


BRIEF-Avis Budget Group Named Exclusive Car Rental Partner Of Hawaiian Airlines



BRIEF-Orex, Canasil And Pan American Sign Letter Of Intent To Advance Exploration In Sandra Escobar Mining Camp


Labor and Jobs

Op-Ed Columnist: The Workers Paradise

How Republicans can take care of their own.


Hershey, Campbell bet nearly $6 billion on healthy snacks makers

(Reuters) - Campbell Soup Co and Hershey Co on Monday unveiled deals totaling nearly $6 billion to buy healthy packaged snacks makers, the latest example of big U.S. food companies trying to cater to an increasing American preference for healthy foods.


BRIEF-Campbell To Acquire Snyder’S-Lance, Inc For $4.87 bln



Campbell Soup to buy snacks maker Snyder's-Lance for $4.87 billion

(Reuters) - Campbell Soup Co will buy Pretzels and Cape Cod chips maker Snyder's-Lance Inc for $4.87 billion as it looks to expand its snack business amid sagging soup sales.


Campbell Soup to buy snacks maker Snyder's-Lance for $4.87 bln

Dec 18 (Reuters) - Campbell Soup Co will buy Pretzels and Cape Cod chips maker Snyder's-Lance Inc for $4.87 billion as it looks to expand its snack business amid sagging soup sales.


Tennis: Positive Kvitova looking forward to a stronger 2018

(Reuters) - Returning to playing tennis again was all Petra Kvitova could have hoped for after being stabbed in the hand last December and the twice Wimbledon champion is glad that a tough and emotional year is coming to an end.


False paradise? EU is no haven of Net neutrality, say critics

LISBON/MILAN (Reuters) - America's decision to scrap rules designed to ensure a free and open internet leaves the European Union as the biggest market where Net neutrality still prevails -- but critics say the EU is not a level playing field.


U.S. judge to lift house arrest for former Trump campaign manager Manafort

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. District Court judge on Friday said she would release former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort from house arrest once he meets certain conditions, expressing satisfaction that the $10 million he agreed to forfeit would be available if he ever failed to appear for court proceedings.


Thailand battles drug-resistant malaria strains that imperil global campaign

BO RAI, Thailand (Reuters) - Once a smuggling stop for Cambodia's Khmer Rouge guerrillas, Thailand's border town of Bo Rai finds itself on the frontline of a new battle against drug-resistant strains of malaria that could frustrate global attempts to stamp out the disease.

Health Insurance and Managed Care

Hawaii Launches Long-Term Care Program

This week, Hawaii launched the Kupuna Caregivers Program to help support working family caregivers.


House committee questions head of Trump campaign data firm: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Members of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee on Thursday interviewed the head of a data analysis firm to determine whether Donald Trump's election campaign team sought his help to find thousands of emails missing from Hillary Clinton's private server, three sources familiar with the session said.


Chile presidential hopefuls end campaigns before Sunday vote

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile's presidential hopefuls ended their campaigns in downtown Santiago on Thursday ahead of an uncertain runoff election whose outcome will determine whether the world's top copper producer turns to the right or maintains its center-left track.


Brazil's Petrobras to announce partnership for Campos Basin- CEO

SAO PAULO, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Brazilian state-controlled oil company Petróleo Brasileiro SA will announce soon a partnership to allow Campos Basin, which first produced oil 40 years ago, to continue producing for a long time, Petrobras Chief Executive Officer Pedro Parente said.


BRIEF-Snyder's-Lance Hires Bank To Weigh Sale After Campbell Approach- CNBC



Chile presidential hopefuls wrap up campaigning ahead of Sunday vote

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile's presidential hopefuls were to wrap up campaigning on Thursday, three days ahead of a tight runoff election whose outcome will determine whether the world's top copper producer will turn to the right or maintain its center-left track.


Oasis star Liam Gallagher lends voice to Christmas climate change campaign

LONDON (Reuters) - Former Oasis front man Liam Gallagher has lent his distinctive voice to a Christmas-themed video produced by an activist group highlighting climate change.


Splits on Italian right buoy opponents as campaigning starts

ROME (Reuters) - The leader of Italy's far-right Northern League said on Thursday he was suspending contacts with his main political ally, former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, because of a disagreement over how tough courts should be on murderers and rapists.


Philippines' Duterte says dengue campaign carried out in 'good faith'

MANILA (Reuters) - President Rodrigo Duterte believes the previous Philippine government acted in good faith in launching an immunization drive that used a new dengue vaccine on hundreds of thousands of children, he said on Wednesday.


At least 39 Yemenis dead in Saudi-led raid on police camp in Sanaa: official

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi-led coalition aircraft struck a military police camp in the Houthi-controlled Yemeni capital Sanaa on Wednesday, killing at least 39 people and wounding 90 more, including some prisoners, an official and witnesses said.


Saudi-led coalition kills 39 in strike on police camp in Yemen capital: witnesses

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi-led coalition aircraft struck a military police camp in the Houthi-controlled Yemeni capital Sanaa on Wednesday, killing at least 39 people and wounding 90 more including some prisoners, an official and witnesses said.


On Campus: Roy Moore Drowns Us Out

He is a symbol of the way injustices fester and grow.

This state bumps Hawaii from the top of the list

Despite years of efforts to even out health disparities across the United States, some states are dramatically healthier than others, according to a new report.

The 11 weird moments at Roy Moore's final campaign rally

Roy Moore's final rally Monday night in the Alabama Senate race was everything you might expect it to be -- a political circus, with Steve Bannon, the one-time chief strategist in the Trump White House, serving as ringmaster.

Women and Girls

On Campus: It’s Pretty Crazy to Be a Young Woman in Roy Moore’s Alabama

I’m shocked to see friends and relatives support a credibly accused sexual predator, all because he’s a Republican.


Campaign to Drive Out Migrants Slams Beijing’s Best and Brightest

Tens of thousands of hopeful college graduates moved to the city seeking better jobs and better lives. Now the authorities are telling them to leave.

Refugees and Displaced Persons

Fearing the Worst, China Plans Refugee Camps on North Korean Border

A Chinese county has a blueprint in place if a crisis in North Korea results in thousands of refugees crossing the border.


Roy Moore campaign casts Alabama race as referendum on Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The campaign of Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for U.S. senator in Alabama who has been accused of sexual misconduct, appealed on Sunday to President Donald Trump's supporters, saying a vote for Moore would be a vote for Trump's agenda.

Colleges and Universities

On Campus: The Importance of Dumb Mistakes in College

Students deserve the chance to try out ideas without incurring the wrath of the entire internet.

He isn't campaigning for Moore in Alabama but is having a rally in Pensacola, 25 miles from the border

President Donald Trump isn't campaigning for Roy Moore in Alabama -- but he's holding a campaign-style rally just 25 miles from the state line ahead of Tuesday's special election.


Mueller turns over evidence for ex-Trump campaign manager Manafort's trial

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has turned over more than 400,000 emails, financial records and other documents to defense attorneys for President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort to demonstrate what evidence the government has against him, according to a court filing on Friday.

Papadopoulos' fiancee says he didn't act 'without campaign approval'

The fiancee of former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, is speaking out publicly to push back against claims by President Donald Trump and his team that Papadopoulos was just a "coffee boy" on the campaign.


BRIEF-Linden Capital Reports A 5.1 Pct Passive Stake In Sucampo Pharmaceuticals



Rohingya widows find safe haven in Bangladesh camp

COX'S BAZAR (Reuters) - Dawn hues of pink and purple reveal a dusty valley in Bangladesh's southern hills quilted with a dense settlement of red tents home to more than 230 women and children grieving for lost husbands and fathers.

The derailment was a cost the administration was prepared to accept to fulfill Trump's campaign promise

President Donald Trump's decision Wednesday to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital has temporarily derailed the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, two senior White House officials acknowledged after Trump's speech.

The campaign promise Trump chose to keep


MOVES-Houlihan Lokey government services bankers decamp for Baird

WASHINGTON, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Two senior investment bankers specializing in government services, aerospace and defense are departing boutique investment bank Houlihan Lokey Inc for competitor Robert W. Baird, three people familiar with the moves said on Wednesday.


Ukraine police fail to find Saakashvili in protest camp raid

KIEV (Reuters) - Dozens of Ukrainian police in riot gear raided a protest camp outside parliament early on Wednesday in a failed attempt to detain former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili, who was freed from custody by supporters a day earlier.


Trump ally Bannon campaigns for Moore in Alabama

(Reuters) - A day after President Donald Trump endorsed U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama, Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon campaigned in the state, telling a crowd that allegations of sexual misconduct against Moore were part of a smear campaign to keep him from office.

Former Trump campaign aide may be hit with more charges

Robert Mueller may not be through with Rick Gates, a deputy Trump campaign aide and one of the four people who have been charged as part of the special counsel probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Admissions Standards

On Campus: Why Applying to College Is So Confusing

Universities disagree on what qualifications make an ideal student.

American Nazis post bigoted flyers on SMU campus

The Texas chapter of an American Nazi group says its members were just trying to help stop the opioid epidemic. Their signs tell a very different message.

Mueller team says ex-Trump campaign chief worked on an op-ed with a Russian linked to Russian intelligence

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was ghostwriting an op-ed while out on bail last month with a Russian who has ties to the Russian intelligence service, Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Muller's team said Monday.

Travel and Vacations

In Haiti, Tracing a Paradise Lost

The U.N. says the country is now stable, and tourism is growing. But the former vacation paradise still has a faded beauty.


Risks grow for Rohingya in Bangladesh's teeming, squalid camps

(Reuters) - Bangladesh plans to allocate more land for camps housing Rohingya refugees as concerns grow over a possible outbreak of disease in crowded, makeshift settlements clustered at the country's southern tip.

Education (K-12)

Now on Oracle’s Campus, a $43 Million Public High School

Putting a publicly funded charter school on the campus of a Silicon Valley giant is a new twist on the evolving relationship between big tech companies and schools.


Ministers Look to Revive Martin Luther King’s 1968 Poverty Campaign

Religious leaders hope protests and civil disobedience can force the issue of poverty back onto the national agenda at a time when attention is focused mainly on the middle class.

Trump's fired campaign manager writes book

In a new book to be released Tuesday, Corey Lewandowski, who was fired as Trump's campaign manager during the election, and David Bossie, another top aide, detail what it was like to work with Trump when he was running for President.

United States Politics and Government

Operative Offered Trump Campaign ‘Kremlin Connection’ Using N.R.A. Ties

A conservative operative told a campaign aide he could arrange a back-channel meeting between Donald J. Trump and President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia through his pro-gun connections.


Trump says no collusion between his campaign and Russia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday there was "absolutely no collusion" between his campaign and Russia, his first comment on a guilty plea by his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Hawaii tests nuclear warning sirens

Hawaii tests their attack siren for the first time since the Cold War era as North Korea ramps up its nuclear and missile capabilities. CNN's Sara Sidner reports.

Analysis: Of course Trump will (basically) campaign for Roy Moore

Less than a week after making clear that he would not go to Alabama to campaign for embattled Senate nominee Roy Moore, President Donald Trump is doing the next best thing: He's going to Pensacola, Florida, to hold a campaign event next Friday -- just four days before the December 12 special election.

Hawaii set to test nuclear warning sirens

Hawaii is preparing to test its nuclear warning siren system in the wake of renewed tensions between the US and North Korea. CNN's Christine Romans reports.

Trump won't campaign for Moore in Alabama, but he'll hold a rally really close

President Donald Trump will hold a campaign-style rally in Pensacola, Florida, next Friday -- just 25 miles from the Alabama border and days before the Alabama special election for US Senate.

Colleges and Universities

On Campus: The Right Way to Fix Universities

New taxes are not the answer. A radical reorientation of their mission is.


Ex-Trump campaign aide Manafort in $11.65 million bail deal: lawyer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort has agreed to an $11.65 million bail agreement with the special counsel investigating Trump campaign ties to Russia, the longtime Republican political consultant's lawyer said on Thursday.


Seeking Russian Presidency, Socialite Hits the Campaign Trail

Ksenia Sobchak, a television journalist and opposition candidate, opened a campaign office and vowed to stir a “national discussion about what is wrong with Russia.”