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United States Politics and Government

Op-Ed Columnist: The Democrats Are Right — and Should Settle

A tactical retreat could help put the focus back on economic issues.


On Pro Football: Patriots End a Week of Hand-Wringing With Another A.F.C. Crown

Tom Brady’s injured throwing hand caused much concern for Patriots fans, but he engineered yet another comeback in a victory over the Jaguars that sent New England to the Super Bowl.

Nicole Kidman: Women over 40 'powerful and viable'

A flu-stricken Nicole Kidman had tears in her eyes as she accepted her first Screen Actors Guild Award on Sunday for her role in HBO's "Big Little Lies."


Icahn, Deason call on Xerox to explore options, including sale: WSJ

(Reuters) - Hedge fund investor Carl Icahn and another major owner of Xerox Corp stock, Darwin Deason, are pushing the digital print technology provider to explore strategic alternatives, including a sale, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.


UPDATE 1-Icahn, Deason call on Xerox to explore options, including sale -WSJ

Jan 21 (Reuters) - Hedge fund investor Carl Icahn and another major owner of Xerox Corp stock, Darwin Deason, are pushing the digital print technology provider to explore strategic alternatives, including a sale, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.


Icahn, Deason call on Xerox to explore options, including sale -WSJ

Jan 21 (Reuters) - Hedge fund investor Carl Icahn and another major owner of Xerox Corp stock, Darwin Deason, are pushing the digital print technology provider to explore strategic alternatives, including a sale, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.

Viola Davis delivers powerful Me Too' movement

Actress Viola Davis, on the day when hundreds of thousands of women took to the streets across America, on Saturday sought to give voice to the silent and faceless victims of sexual assault.

United States International Relations

Op-Ed Columnist: Year One in Donald Trump’s World

The president’s universe is a place of dread, not deals.

United States International Relations

Editorial: Syria Is Now Mr. Trump’s War

Despite campaign promises to keep the United States out of foreign conflicts, the president appears to be digging in for the long haul in Syria.


UPDATE 1-Foreigners maintain large-scale purchases of Canada securities

OTTAWA, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Foreign investment in Canadian securities, particularly bonds, remained strong in November and was on track to hit an annual record, Statistics Canada data indicated on Friday.


Turkey detains five activists, including husband of freed German journalist: party

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish police on Thursday detained at least five members of two leftist parties, including the husband of German journalist Mesale Tolu, who was freed from prison last month, the Socialist Party of the Oppressed (ESP) said on social media.


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Amazon shortlists 20 cities, including Toronto, for second headquarters

(Reuters) - Inc has short-listed 20 cities and regions, including Canada's Toronto, for the construction of a second headquarters that it says will generate 50,000 new, high-paying jobs in a $5 billion investment.


Beijing Games could help end NHL/IOC standoff

(Reuters) - Since saying "I do" to the International Olympic Committee in 1998 the National Hockey League and Winter Games have endured an often tumultuous relationship, one that ended last year in an acrimonious separation.

United States International Relations

Souring World Views of Trump Open Doors for China and Russia

A Gallup survey of people in 134 countries found that just 30 percent approved of American leadership under President Trump, a drop of nearly 20 points.

Layoffs and Job Reductions

Six Are Laid Off at Saveur Magazine, Including Its Editor

As the publishing company Bonnier cuts 17 percent of its American employees, the staff of a long-running food magazine shrinks.


Eric Wynalda Discusses His Financial Problems — and Everything Else

The former member of the United States national team is taking an aggressive outsider approach in his campaign to be president of U.S. Soccer.


Tennis: Powerful Pera sends ninth seed Konta out

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - World number 123 Bernarda Pera sent ninth seed Johanna Konta tumbling out of the second round of the Australian Open on Thursday with a 6-4 7-5 upset in blazing sunshine on court two.

Sen. Jeff Flake defends free press — and criticizes the President for his constant cries of 'fake news'

United States International Relations

Pentagon Suggests Countering Devastating Cyberattacks With Nuclear Arms

President Trump has not yet approved a draft strategy that would expand “extreme circumstances” for nuclear retaliation to include a crippling cyberattack.


Airbus aims to seize jet production crown from Boeing in 2020

PARIS (Reuters) - Airbus is three years away from recovering leadership of the commercial aircraft market by outproducing U.S. rival Boeing , its top planemaker predicted on Monday.


Dutch keen to retain crown on Gangneung ice

(Reuters) - The Dutch contingent headed for the Winter Olympics aim to top the speed skating medal table once again, but expecting them to repeat their dominance from Sochi four years ago is unrealistic, according to technical director Arie Koops.

Queen says crown could break your neck

In a new Smithsonian Channel documentary airing January 14, Queen Elizabeth II recounts her 1953 coronation.

United States International Relations

Trump Stops Short of Reimposing Iran Sanctions but Sets Deadline to Overhaul Deal

President Trump approved sanctions against the head of Iran’s judiciary, a powerful figure the administration holds culpable for the violent crackdown on anti-government protests.

The crown will break your neck, Queen says

A heavy crown. A jewelry heist. And the richest man in the world. Here's this week's politics-free side of the news.


Review: One Vote for ‘Victoria’ Over ‘The Crown’

In the battle of prestige series about British queens, the glossy pleasures of PBS’s “Victoria” can hold their own against Netflix’s highly lauded “The Crown.”

Crown will break your neck, Queen says

Britain's Queen Elizabeth has shared rare and private thoughts of her coronation for an upcoming BBC documentary, describing the Imperial State Crown as so heavy "your neck would break off."


Halep leads host of contenders for Serena's crown

(Reuters) - Picking a women's singles champion at the Australian Open could resemble a lucky dip this year with Serena Williams' continued absence again leaving the door ajar.


Tunisia arrests another 150 including opposition leaders over unrest

TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisian authorities arrested another 150 people including local opposition leaders over unrest against price and tax rises that prompted troop deployments to restive towns, and activists called for renewed rallies at the weekend.


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.

Air Pollution

A Blue Sky in Beijing? It’s Not a Fluke, Says Greenpeace

The advocacy group says air quality has drastically improved in several northeastern Chinese cities, but regions far from the capital have not seen the same results.


Horrible carriage, unwieldy crowns: Queen Elizabeth's candid views of coronation and royal jewels

LONDON (Reuters) - Speaking for the first time about her coronation 65 years ago, Britain's Queen Elizabeth has revealed how uncomfortable riding in her golden carriage to the ceremony was and how...


Exclusive: Kering evaluating Puma options including spin to shareholders - sources

FRANKFURT/LONDON (Reuters) - French luxury goods group Kering is evaluating options for its German sports goods brand Puma , including a spin-off of Puma to its own shareholders, two people close to the matter said.


BRIEF-SS&C To Acquire DST Systems $5.4 Bln, Including Debt​



Beijing winning pollution battle as other Chinese cities fall behind

BEIJING (Reuters) - As Beijing and the surrounding region reported big improvements in air quality last year, nationwide gains were much more muted as industrial activity shifted further away from the capital, a report by Greenpeace shows.


Martinod looks to crown unconventional career with gold

LONDON (Reuters) - Marie Martinod ended her prolific freestyle skiing career 11 years ago to start a family at the age of 22, before the Frenchwoman was lured back after a five year hiatus when the event was included in the Olympics for the first time in 2014.


BRIEF-Crown Castle Announces Pricing Of Senior Notes Offering


Arpaio, Joseph M

Editorial Observer: Joe Arpaio’s Latest Offense — Running for Senate

On a day of hope for a breakthrough on immigration, the race-baiting ex-sheriff pardoned by the president makes a pathetic plea for attention.


BRIEF-Crown Castle Commencing Public Offering Of Senior Notes Due 2023, Senior Notes Due 2028



Airbus, Areva sign agreements in China as Macron visits Beijing

BEIJING, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Airbus on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding with China's state planner on expanding cooperation in the aeronautical industry in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin, as part of French President Emmanuel Macron's visit to China.

Cosmopolitan (Magazine)

First Words: Who Decides What’s ‘Sexy’ — And Who Pays for It?

People lust after everything from actors to new consumer goods. A vast marketplace caters to some of those desires, and exploits others.

United States International Relations

Editorial: Unrest Shows the Iran Nuclear Deal’s Value, Not Its Danger

By raising expectations for a better life, the accord made Iranians less tolerant. Pulling out now would empower regressive forces.

United States International Relations

Op-Ed Contributor: How Not to Engage With Pakistan

President Trump’s attempt at humiliating and punishing Pakistan won’t work. Pakistan has greater leverage over us than we imagine.

Gillibrand: Oprah's Golden Globes speech was 'powerful'

Oprah Winfrey is "actively thinking" about running for president of the United States, according to two of her close friends, and many are already expressing their support for the TV star -- even a potential 2020 primary opponent.

United States International Relations

Trump’s Twitter Threats Put American Credibility on the Line

Nearly a year after the president took office, the world is still figuring out whether to take his fiery words as policy pronouncements, or to simply ignore them.


Stand-off over powerful Afghan governor foreshadows bitter election fight

MAZAR-I SHARIF, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A stand-off between Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Atta Mohammad Noor, the powerful provincial governor he is trying to remove from his northern stronghold, is increasingly turning into a battle over next year's presidential election.

United States International Relations

Editorial: Pakistan, the Endlessly Troublesome Ally

The country has played a double game, accepting American funding while backing militants who protect Pakistani interests in Afghanistan and Kashmir.

Trump asks for $33B for border, including $18B for wall

The Trump administration has revealed its master plan for securing the border -- and it's going to cost $33 billion.


Saudi Crown Prince to meet Macron in Paris soon: French TV

PARIS (Reuters) - Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is to travel to Paris to meet French President Emmanuel Macron at around the end of February or early March, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told French TV CNEWS.

United States International Relations

North and South Korea Agree to Border Talks Next Week

The talks to be held on the border between the two Koreas could lead to a thaw after years of tensions over the North’s nuclear weapons program.


Powerful blizzard hammers U.S. Northeast, snarling travel

BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - High winds and heavy snow barreled into the U.S. Northeast on Thursday, shutting schools and government offices, leaving tens of thousands without power and snarling travel as New York's JFK Airport halted flights due to whiteout conditions.


Powerful snowstorm hits eastern U.S., snarling travel

BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - High winds and heavy snow barreled into the U.S. Northeast on Thursday, closing schools and government offices and disrupting travel as work crews scrambled to clear roads before plummeting temperatures turn snow into treacherous ice.

United States International Relations

Trump Watches From the Sidelines as the Koreas Begin to Talk

The Trump administration doesn’t oppose diplomatic talks on the Korean Peninsula but worries the North will try to drive a wedge between the United States and South Korea.


UPDATE 2-U.S. should clear way for tech companies to help Iranians -former crown prince

WASHINGTON, Jan 3 (Reuters) - The Trump administration should encourage U.S. technology companies to provide communication services to Iranians as they protest their country's clerical rulers, said Reza Pahlavi, the last heir to the Iranian monarchy.

United States International Relations

A Foreign Hand in Protests? Iranians See Confirmation in Their History

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s accusation resonates for many Iranians, whose country has long been subject to foreign interference.


Trilobites: The Strange Origin of a Manakin’s Golden Crown

Biologists are unlocking how three neighboring birds became distinct species, with a golden-crowned hybrid emerging from two species with different head colorings.


Beijing meets 2017 air pollution target set under 2013 clean-up plan

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's smog-prone capital Beijing met its air quality targets last year following a crackdown on polluters and a sustained period of favorable weather, the local environmental agency said in a statement on Wednesday.


Beijing to build $2 billion AI research park: Xinhua

BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing authorities will build a 13.8 billion yuan ($2.12 billion) artificial intelligence development project in the city's west, the official Xinhua news agency said on Wednesday.

United States International Relations

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Is the Trans-Atlantic Relationship Dead?

If it is, Germans can’t decide what comes after.

United States International Relations

Trump Tweets His ‘Nuclear Button’ Is ‘Much Bigger’ Than Kim Jong-un’s

President Trump again raised the prospect of nuclear war with North Korea on Tuesday, boasting that he commands a “more powerful” arsenal of devastating weapons than the outlier government in Asia.

United States International Relations

Trump Reiterates Support for Iranian Protesters, but Also Criticizes Obama

Unlike President Barack Obama, who was faulted for his response to the protests that became known as the Green Movement, President Trump has come down on the side of the demonstrators


BRIEF-Amazon Been In Talks With Several Companies Including P&G, Clorox About Letting Them Promote Products On Its Echo Devices - CNBC‍​


Powerful Hollywood women help form group targeting harassment in all industries

A group of more than 1,000 women in entertainment have detailed a comprehensive plan to combat sexual harassment across industries.


Personal Health: They Took On the Food Giants — and Won

For decades, the Center for Science in the Public Interest has worked to influence public policy on nutrition.

Sexual Harassment

Powerful Hollywood Women Unveil Anti-Harassment Action Plan

Shonda Rhimes and Reese Witherspoon are among the 300 actresses and insiders behind Time’s Up, an initiative for legal protections for workers nationwide.


Costa Rican plane crash kills 12, including 10 U.S. citizens

SAN JOSE (Reuters) - A Costa Rican plane crashed into woodland off a popular tourist beach on Sunday, killing 10 U.S. citizens and two local pilots, the Costa Rican government said.


Costa Rica plane crash kills 12, including 10 U.S. citizens

SAN JOSE (Reuters) - A plane crash in Costa Rica on Sunday killed 10 U.S. citizens and two local pilots, the Costa Rican government said.


Turkey detains 20 suspected Islamic State members, including 15 foreigners: police

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish police have detained 20 people, including 15 foreign nationals, on suspicion of links to Islamic State during raids in Istanbul, tightening security ahead of the anniversary of a nightclub attack in which dozens were killed.

United States International Relations

Op-Ed Contributor: How Can Trump Help Iran’s Protesters? Be Quiet.

Public support from the United States government will do the demonstrators more harm than good.


China jails 36 for gang crimes including extortion, homicide

BEIJING (Reuters) - A court in southern China has sentenced 36 people to prison terms of up to 25 years for gang crimes including homicide, assault and setting up illegal casinos, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday.

Some Afghan Children Find an Alternative to Jail — for Now

Orphanages for Afghan children of jailed mothers meet part of the need, but funding cuts threaten their future and many others stay in prison.

United States International Relations

Frustrated U.S. Might Withhold $255 Million in Aid From Pakistan

American officials are frustrated over Pakistan’s lack of cooperation on counterterrorism, including its refusal to hand over a militant who helped hold Americans hostage.


Apartment fire in New York City kills 12 including four children

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investigators in New York City searched early on Friday for the cause of an apartment fire that killed 12 people including four children in the city's deadliest blaze in at least a quarter of a century.


Beijing may be starting to win its battle against smog

BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing may have turned a corner in its battle against the city's notorious smog, according to Reuters calculations, and environmental consultants say the Chinese government deserves much of the credit for introducing tough anti-pollution measures.


Fire in New York City apartment block kills 12 including four children

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investigators in New York City searched early on Friday for the cause of a blaze that ripped through an apartment building in the Bronx and killed 12 people including four children, in the city's deadliest fire in at least a quarter of a century.


CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-Australia's Crown Resorts signs several deals to cut debt

Dec 14 (Reuters) - Australian casino operator Crown Resorts said on Thursday it had signed several deals to divest assets to cut debt, including selling interest in a site on the Las Vegas Boulevard for $300 million.


Fire in New York City apartment block kills 12 including an infant

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investigators in New York City searched early on Friday for the cause of a blaze that ripped through an apartment building in the borough of the Bronx, killing 12 people including an infant, in the city's deadliest fire in at least a quarter of a century.

United States International Relations

Trump’s Way: Trump, the Insurgent, Breaks With 70 Years of American Foreign Policy

President Trump has transformed the world’s view of the United States from an anchor of the international order into something more inward-looking and unpredictable.

Vietnam War

Vietnam '67: Chuck Hagel: Serving in Vietnam — With My Brother

They served together, and were wounded together twice.

Books and Literature

Nonfiction: The Oil and Gas Sector Is Changing — and So Is Geopolitics

In “Windfall,” Meghan O’Sullivan offers a tour of the world and how the rise of cheap gas and fracking are causing shifts in power.

United States International Relations

Op-Ed Contributor: Rex Tillerson: I Am Proud of Our Diplomacy

The United States has helped push Islamic State out of Syria and Iraq, and is on stronger footing in its dealings with North Korea, Russia and China.


Japan manufacturing scandals haven't hurt image but have been powerful lessons: ministry official

TOKYO (Reuters) - A string of data-tampering scandals at Japanese manufacturers has not tarnished Japan's image, though it has been a powerful reminder to avoid sacrificing quality when under cost or delivery pressure, a senior economic official said on Wednesday.


Kuwait arrests five over video deemed offensive to crown prince

DUBAI (Reuters) - Kuwait arrested five suspects accused of posting a video on social media considered offensive to the Gulf state's crown prince, the interior ministry said on Tuesday.


China, Pakistan to look at including Afghanistan in $57 billion economic corridor

BEIJING (Reuters) - China and Pakistan will look at extending their $57 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor to Afghanistan, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Tuesday, part of China's ambitious Belt and Road plan linking China with Asia, Europe and beyond.


Beijing tops China's first 'green development' index, but sinks in public opinion

BEIJING (Reuters) - China published its first "green development" index on Tuesday, listing regional governments which promote environmentally friendly development, with Beijing coming out top, though it came second-to-last in a survey of public satisfaction.

Debt Collection

China’s New Lenders Collect Invasive Data and Offer Billions. Beijing Is Worried.

Government officials are moving to curb a new generation of businesses that make personal loans online, amid concerns about privacy and rising debt.

Education (K-12)

One Target in Beijing’s Migrant Crackdown: Schoolchildren

The demolition of schools for migrant children has driven 15,000 students out of their classrooms, depriving many of a chance at an education.

Corporate Taxes

Tax Bill Is Great for Accountants — Unless They Have Holiday Plans

Working vacations. Pizza-fueled all-nighters. Overflowing inboxes. Auditors, analysts and accountants are racing to dissect the new tax law.


Hong Kong leader says she won't blindly obey Beijing's orders

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said she would not blindly obey the orders of Communist Party leaders in Beijing, while admitting the government has no way to suppress skyrocketing prices in one of the most expensive property markets in the world.


Australian PM says nine foreigners among those hurt when driver plows into crowd

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Nearly half the 19 people injured when a driver with no known extremist links plowed into pedestrians in the southern city of Melbourne were foreign nationals, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Friday.

Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain

‘The Crown’: The History Behind Season 2 on Netflix

Here’s an episode-by-episode survey of Season 2 of “The Crown” and a look at how some of the events it depicts were covered in The New York Times.

United States International Relations

Pence’s Christmas Pilgrimage Is Canceled. His Next Mideast Move Is Complicated.

Vice President Mike Pence planned to meet with Christian leaders in the Middle East but several canceled after President Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

United States International Relations

Trump Threatens to End American Aid: ‘We’re Watching Those Votes’ at the U.N.

The General Assembly is scheduled to vote on Thursday on a resolution that would condemn President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

United States International Relations

Op-Ed Contributor: Susan Rice: When America No Longer Is a Global Force for Good

President Trump’s National Security Strategy articulates an “America First” vision that may only make America weak.

Law, Bernard F

Bernard Law, Powerful Cardinal Disgraced by Priest Abuse Scandal, Dies at 86

Cardinal Bernard F. Law’s stature as archbishop of Boston and America’s senior Roman Catholic prelate was shattered in 2002 after revelations that he had protected child molesters for years.


Beijing angered as Taiwan probes tiny pro-China opposition party

BEIJING/TAIPEI (Reuters) - China has expressed its strong opposition and concern after the Taiwan government began a probe into a tiny but passionately pro-China opposition party for national security reasons, the latest flashpoint between Beijing and Taipei.

Federal Taxes (US)

Op-Ed Columnist: Merry Christmas, Vladimir — Your Friend, Donald

Russia continues to get a strong return on its investment.


BRIEF-Crown Holdings CFO Says Free Cash Flow Per Share Improves 31 Pct From $4.34 In Pro Forma 2017 To $5.70 In 2019



BRIEF-Beijing Thunisoft Says It Signs Framework Agreement With Alibaba Cloud

* SAYS IT SIGNS FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT WITH ALIBABA CLOUD Source text in Chinese: Further company coverage: (Reporting by Hong Kong newsroom)

United States International Relations

Op-Ed Columnist: Trump’s National Security Strategy Is a Farce

“It’s impossible to know what the United States position is,” says a European ambassador. The administration has no policy. It has outbursts.

United States International Relations

Op-Ed Contributor: America’s Blind Eye to Honduras’s Tyrant

Why does the United States continue to support a strongman who abets assassination and destroys democracy?

Politics and Government

Afghan President Fires a Powerful Governor From Post He Held 13 Years

The removal of the former warlord Atta Muhammad Noor, who had amassed great wealth, could further fray the struggling coalition government.


Powerful Afghan regional leader ousted as political picture clouds

KABUL (Reuters) - One of Afghanistan's most powerful regional politicians was ousted as governor of the northern province of Balkh on Monday, setting up a confrontation that adds to the uncertainty around President Ashraf Ghani's Western-backed government.


BRIEF-‍Mr Green Acquires Evoke Gaming Including Redbet​



CEE MARKETS-Crown softens as market focuses on rate meeting, other currencies firm

* Czech central bank raises banks' countercyclical buffer rate * Fails to lift the crown, main rate seen on hold on Thursday * Warsaw/Brussels showdown watched * Dinar bid at 4-week-highs as Fitch and S&P upgrade Serbia (Adds Hungarian government bonds yield decline, Polish wages) By Sandor Peto and Bartosz Chmielewski BUDAPEST/WARSAW, Dec 18 (Reuters) - The crown eased slightly on Monday on rising expectations that the Czech central bank (CNB) will not lift its main in


Artist Who Filmed Beijing Crackdown Is Reportedly Freed on Bail

Hua Yong had recorded the city’s campaign to expel migrant workers in short videos and said in one of his last clips that his arrest was imminent.

Battaglia, Letizia

The Saturday Profile: 11 Powerful Women We Met Around the World in 2017

A warlord, a novelist, a diplomat, a centenarian and other exceptional women our overseas correspondents wrote about in 2017.

United States International Relations

Op-Ed Contributors: Actually, Egypt Is a Terrible Ally

The United States needs to face reality: Egypt is neither important nor helpful.


Farah crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Olympic and world champion Mo Farah capped his final season as a track athlete by winning the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award on Sunday.


Honduran helicopter crash kills six, including president's sister

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - The sister of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez and five others died when the helicopter they were traveling in crashed on Saturday, the Honduran military said.

United States International Relations

Editorial: Donald Trump Seems Confused About Jerusalem

The president is showing how to take a vexing problem and make it harder.

Health Insurance and Managed Care

A Last Push for Obamacare Sign-ups — and Worries About Who Got Hurt

Blacks and Hispanics saw the biggest gains under the Affordable Care Act. They’re also likely to be most affected by cuts to this year’s enrollment period, which ended Friday.


Danish central bank says 'no' to e-crown

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Introducing a digital version of the Danish crown currency would pose risks to financial stability without improving payment solutions for Danes, the central bank said on Friday.


Beijing spared as smog triggers curbs on factories across northern China

BEIJING (Reuters) - Smog warnings across northern China have forced authorities to order factories to reduce output, construction sites to slow work, and the enforcement of limits on the use of diesel-fueled vehicles on Thursday.


Beijing evictions leave migrant workers in limbo as winter deepens

BEIJING (Reuters) - Winter is bringing a frigid existence and an uncertain future for migrant workers in Beijing deprived of electricity and heating as they resist a month-long campaign to evict them from the city's urban villages.


UPDATE 1-Australia's Crown Resorts signs several deals to cut debt

Dec 14 (Reuters) - Australian casino operator Crown Resorts said on Thursday it had signed several deals to divest assets to cut debt, including selling interest in a site on the Las Vegas Boulevard for $300 million.


Australia's Crown Resorts signs several divestment deals to reduce debt

Dec 14 (Reuters) - Australian casino operator Crown Resorts said on Thursday it has signed several divestment deals as part of its ongoing debt reduction strategy, including the sale of its interest in a Las Vegas site for $300 million to a unit of Wynn Resorts Ltd.


China's industrial heartland struggles in Beijing's fight against smog

SHIJIAZHUANG, China (Reuters) - Severe natural gas shortages are hitting businesses and residents across China's industrial heartland as an unprecedented government effort to clean up an environment devastated by decades of unbridled growth backfires.


U.S. shoemaker Rockport explores options including sale -sources

NEW YORK, Dec 13 (Reuters) - The Rockport Group is exploring its options, including a possible sale, after one of the U.S. footwear maker's major debtholders took ownership of the company, people familiar with the matter said Wednesday.


Lexinfintech slashes U.S. IPO as Beijing reins in micro-lenders

HONG KONG, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Chinese consumer lending firm Lexinfintech has slashed the size of its initial public offering to between $108 million and $132 million - a move that comes in the wake of a crackdown by Beijing on fast-growing online micro-lenders.


Boxing: Australian Horn beats Corcoran to retain world welterweight crown

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Jeff Horn retained his WBO welterweight world title by technical knockout when Briton Gary Corcoran's corner threw in the towel in the 11th round of their contest in Brisbane on Wednesday.


South Korean firms flock to Beijing hoping summit will hasten thaw with China

SEOUL (Reuters) - Hoping a thaw in relations with China will reopen opportunities after a diplomatic spat earlier this year cost many of them business, some 300 South Korean executives joined President Moon Jae-in for the start of his four-day trip to China on Wednesday.


Artist Flees Beijing After Filming Devastation of Mass Evictions

Hua Yong, a painter, has shot and posted online dozens of videos documenting the forced removal of thousands of migrant workers from Beijing.

United States International Relations

Tillerson Says Embassy in Jerusalem Is at Least Three Years Away

On Tuesday, Rex W. Tillerson discussed the future of the embassy in a speech at the State Department and then took questions from department employees.

Children and Childhood

Opinion: Ed Sheeran Raises Money for Liberia — And Is Promptly Shamed

Criticizing the singer for promoting “poverty porn” hurts people the world has forgotten.

Analysis: Can Doug Jones defy the most powerful trend shaping modern Senate elections?

In today's Alabama US Senate election, Democrat Doug Jones isn't running just against Republican Roy Moore. Jones is also running against the most powerful trend shaping modern elections for the US Senate.

United States International Relations

Talk of Trump Visit Tests U.K.’s ‘Special Relationship’

The American ambassador in London said he hoped a planned trip by President Trump would go ahead despite vocal opposition.


RPT-Unibail-Rodamco agrees to buy Australia's Westfield for $24.7 bln including debt

SYDNEY, Dec 12 (Reuters) - France's Unibail-Rodamco SE has agreed to acquire Australian mall owner Westfield Corp for $24.7 billion including debt, in what would be the biggest takeover of an Australian company on record.


Unibail-Rodamco agrees to buy Australia's Westfield for $24.7 bln including debt

SYDNEY, Dec 12 (Reuters) - France's Unibail-Rodamco SE has agreed to acquire Australian mall owner Westfield Corp for $24.7 billion including debt, in what would be the biggest takeover of an Australian company on record.

Great Britain Withdrawal from EU (Brexit)

Theresa May Quiets the Critics — in Her Own Party

The British prime minister had to calm waters roiled by her own cabinet members, who seemed to undercut a hard-won agreement on Friday to keep Brexit talks alive.


South Korea's Moon, China's Xi to talk North Korea, trade in Beijing summit

SEOUL/BEIJING (Reuters) - Reining in North Korea's nuclear ambitions will top South Korean President Moon Jae-in's agenda in Beijing during a visit this week aimed at breaking the ice after a furious row with China over Seoul's deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system.


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.

United States International Relations

Op-Ed Contributor: Mohammad Javad Zarif: Europe Must Work With Iran

The United States seems committed to belligerence in the Middle East. Europe can help de-escalate.

Beijing razes migrant workers' homes

Modern Beijing was built on the backs of low-paid migrants like Zhao Guihua.


Motor racing: Hamilton crowned F1 champion at royal palace

VERSAILLES, France (Reuters) - Britain's Lewis Hamilton was handed the Formula One world championship trophy for the fourth time on Friday at a gala prizegiving ceremony in the sumptuous palace of France's former monarchy.

United States International Relations

Editorial: Trump’s Scare Tactics on North Korea Scare Us

The Trump administration’s threats of war will not make Kim Jong-un back down.


Saudi Arabia Disputes That Crown Prince Bought ‘Salvator Mundi’

Its embassy in Washington said the crown prince merely acted as an “intermediary purchaser” for Abu Dhabi. American officials say otherwise.


Op-Ed Contributor: An Everyman — Just Not Ours

Understanding France’s ardor for Johnny Hallyday does not come easily to Americans.

'Crown' star Matt Smith on who should play Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle is not only joining Britain's real royal family, she could also have a part in the fictitious one.

Trent Franks, Brexit, ‘The Crown’: Your Friday Briefing

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


Japan's Oxford-educated crown prince to bring global view to Chrysanthemum Throne

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Oxford-educated crown prince, Naruhito, looks set to bring a more global outlook to the ancient imperial institution while carrying on Emperor Akihito's legacy of promoting peace and reconciliation with Asia when he ascends the throne in 2019.

Mohammed bin Salman (1985- )

Saudi Crown Prince Was Behind Record Bid for a Leonardo

Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman worked through a friend to buy Leonardo da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi” for a record $450.3 million, officials say.

United States International Relations

News Analysis: Did Trump Kill Off a Two-State Solution? He Says No, Palestinians Say Yes

The chief Palestinian negotiator said Mr. Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital means a radical P.L.O. shift — to a push for a single state, with equal civil rights.

'The Crown' looks polished in regal 2nd season

The upper lips remain admirably stiff in "The Crown," but Season 2 takes what was a fine Netflix drama and polishes it to a high gloss -- presenting its stories more crisply, while providing a stronger showcase for its regal core cast.

The Crown (TV Program)

Review: ‘The Crown’ Season 2 Takes the Queen From Crisis to Crisis

Netflix’s award-winning series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II covers war, sex and the difficulties of managing a royally messed up family.

United States International Relations

For Trump, an Embassy in Jerusalem Is a Political Decision, Not a Diplomatic One

The president seemed to relish playing a familiar role: the political insurgent, defying foreign policy orthodoxy on behalf of the people who elected him.

Columnist: Trump gave away the crown jewel

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman criticized President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the US embassy there, saying Trump "gave away the crown jewel of American foreign policy for free."


‘The Crown’: A Look Back at Season 1 and the History Behind It

Here’s an episode-by-episode summary of Season 1 of “The Crown,” and a survey of how some of the historical events were covered in The New York Times.

United States International Relations

Trump Plans to Formally Recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

Ignoring warnings from diplomats around the world, President Trump would reverse decades of American policy toward the divided city.

United States International Relations

Tillerson Suggests Cuba Could Have Stopped ‘Targeted Attacks’ on U.S. Diplomats

“You probably know” who attacked the 24 American diplomats in Cuba, the secretary of state said. “You can stop it. It’s as simple as that.”

United States International Relations

Tillerson Says Trump Remains Committed to Mideast Peace

Before an announcement expected to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expressed reassurances about the consequences of the decision.

United States International Relations

Op-Ed Contributor: The Price of War With North Korea

It is all but inevitable that many thousands of South Koreans and Americans would be sacrificed.


A Long-Dead Cambodian King Is Back — and He Looks Familiar

Some think Prime Minister Hun Sen considers himself the reincarnation of a 16th-century ruler. Recently built statues certainly suggest a resemblance.

Meyers, Seth

Best of Late Night: Seth Meyers Says Russia Meddled in the Olympics — and the Election

Mr. Meyers and other late-night hosts took on the news that Russia had been banned from competing in the 2018 Winter Games because of doping.

United States International Relations

Editorial: Does President Trump Want to Negotiate Middle East Peace?

Moving the American Embassy to Jerusalem is almost certain to anger the Palestinians and most Arab nations.

Corporate Taxes

Tax Plan Crowns a Big Winner: Trump’s Industry

Commercial real estate gets lower rates and new breaks in the Republican bills, and trusts that have been key financing sources do especially well.

United States International Relations

Tillerson, Visiting Europe, Gets Cold Shoulder

The chilly reception given to the secretary of state in Brussels reflected concerns about President Trump’s positions on Jerusalem and Iran.

United States International Relations

Emmanuel Macron Warns Trump Over Plan to Recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

Mr. Macron joined leaders from Jordan, Egypt, Turkey and the Arab League in speaking out against the move, which would overturn decades of American policy.


Danish pharma company Alk Abello to invest 1 billion crowns in North America

(Reuters) - Danish pharma company Alk Abello said on Monday it would invest about 1 billion Danish crowns ($159.5 million) over the next three years to develop its North America business and said it expected earnings to be subdued during this period.


Shareholders sue Australia's Crown Resorts over China marketing

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian casino operator Crown Resorts Ltd was slapped with a class action lawsuit on Monday for allegedly failing to inform shareholders of a marketing campaign in China that resulted in staff arrests and a slump in the share price.


Australia's Crown Resorts faces class action

(Reuters) - Australian casino giant Crown Resorts Ltd on Monday said that Maurice Blackburn Lawyers had commenced a class action proceeding against Crown in the Federal Court of Australia.

United States International Relations

Op-Ed Columnist: A Fractured 2017

As the world lurches into a new year, peace feels fragile, the truth is blurred and spectacle has taken over.

United States International Relations

As China Rises, Australia Asks Itself: Can It Rely on America?

The government and a prominent strategist clash on whether the United States will remain dominant in Asia, and whether Australia should go it alone.

United States Politics and Government

News Analysis: Republicans Near a Big Win — but Will It Lift Them Politically?

Senate passage of a trillion-dollar tax cut will be a much-needed Republican victory, but it remains to be seen whether it lifts them out of their political ditch.


Venezuela arrests relative of powerful ex-oil boss Ramirez in graft probe

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela has arrested Diego Salazar, a relative of former oil czar Rafael Ramirez, as part of an investigation into a money laundering scandal in Andorra, the South American country's state prosecutor said on Friday night.

United States International Relations

Tillerson Calls Reports of White House Ouster ‘Laughable’

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson has been dogged for months by rumors he would resign but said any White House plan for him to resign was “laughable.”

Russia 2018 World Cup draw — Live!

After almost three years of qualifying, 868 matches and 2454 goals, it has all come down to this.

Solar Energy

Australia Powers Up the World’s Biggest Battery — Courtesy of Elon Musk

South Australia had a blackout problem, and the Tesla founder had a solution: a battery the size of a football field.

United States International Relations

Editorial: Help Wanted: Top Diplomat

President Trump undermined Rex Tillerson’s success at the State Department, but that doesn’t mean his successor will do a better job.

United States International Relations

Replacing Tillerson With Pompeo Would Supplant a Moderate With a Hawk

The views of Mike Pompeo, the C.I.A. director, have put him in good stead with President Trump, who has come to value his pungent opinions and hard-charging style.


North Korea’s New Missile Is Bigger and More Powerful, Photos Suggest

South Korean officials say that photographs from the North’s latest test suggest important technical improvements on missile systems.

United States International Relations

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: How Rex Tillerson Did So Much Damage in So Little Time

The secretary of state, who may be forced out soon, presided over a historic gutting of the Foreign Service. But his replacement might be worse.

Fashion and Apparel

10 Polaroids: Marco Zanini Captures His Italian Trip — in Polaroids

The designer for Santoni documents his excursion to Italy's Marche region exclusively for T.


Powerful U.S. auto union caucus nominates regional director for president

DETROIT (Reuters) - An influential caucus at the United Auto Workers on Thursday nominated a regional director as its candidate for union president at a time when the organization has been struggling to unionize auto plants and faces an expanding federal probe into alleged misuse of funds at training centers funded by Detroit's automakers.

Eyes and Eyesight

Matter: The Scallop Sees With Space-Age Eyes — Hundreds of Them

Each scallop eye is built something like the gigantic telescopes that peer into deep space, researchers reported on Thursday.

United States International Relations

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Prime Minister, Tell Trump He’s Not Welcome in Britain

The president’s endorsement of a fringe far-right group undermines our country — and the special relationship.

United States International Relations

U.K. Outcry at Trump’s Tweets Reopens Fight Over State Visit

Lawmakers responded angrily after the president shared videos from a British far-right group, then rebuked Prime Minister Theresa May.

Immigration and Emigration

Beijing Razes Migrant Neighborhoods, Evicting Tens of Thousands

Beijing reacted to a deadly fire by demolishing entire neighborhoods populated by migrant workers, leaving many homeless as winter approaches.

United States International Relations

News Analysis: Washington Eyes a Cold War Strategy Against North Korea

A focus on nuclear deterrence would fall short of President Trump’s promises to finally “solve” the problem with North Korea.

United States International Relations

Editorial: Is North Korea’s Nuclear Test a Sign of Hope?

With his nuclear ambitions apparently realized, Kim Jong-un may now be willing to negotiate.

Trump is betting everything in the Middle East on the Saudi Crown Prince

Donald J. Trump is not abiding by a central tenet of international diplomacy -- choose your friends wisely, particularly in the Middle East.

Parents made up claims about child abuse at Beijing kindergarten, police say

A child abuse scandal that has rocked China took a shocking turn Tuesday, as police accused two parents for fabricating tales of their children being drugged and molested at a Beijing kindergarten.


Beijing warns Taipei against hyping up China's jailing of Taiwanese activist

BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Wednesday said that any attempt to hype up its decision to jail a Taiwanese rights activist for subversion would be futile, after Taiwan's ruling political party labeled the result "unacceptable".


China police say some claims of child abuse at Beijing kindergarten unfounded

SHANGHAI, Nov 29 (Reuters) - Chinese police said on Tuesday some claims of child abuse at a Beijing kindergarten run by New York-listed RYB Education were unfounded.


Backlash as Beijing fire safety blitz forces exodus of city's underclass

BEIJING (Reuters) - In Xinjiancun, a ramshackle village of migrant workers on the far southern fringe of Beijing, demolition machinery tears into buildings as residents drag out the last of their belongings under the gaze of police and security staff.

United States International Relations

Op-Ed Contributors: Dismantling the Foreign Service

The Trump administration’s proposed deep budget cuts to the State Department and failure to fill key diplomatic posts threaten the country’s security.


South African self-defense trainer crowned Miss Universe

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - A South African woman who helps train women in self-defense was crowned Miss Universe on Sunday at the pageant held in Las Vegas, with Miss Colombia and Miss Jamaica also making...


Beijing kindergartens get permanent inspectors after abuse scandal: Xinhua

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Beijing will hire permanent inspectors to provide oversight at every one of its kindergartens following child abuse allegations at a facility run by the New York-listed RYB Education, state news agency Xinhua said late on Sunday.


Beijing kindergartens get permanent inspectors after abuse scandal - Xinhua

SHANGHAI, Nov 27 (Reuters) - Beijing will hire permanent inspectors to provide oversight at every one of its kindergartens following child abuse allegations at a facility run by the New York-listed RYB Education, state news agency Xinhua said late on Sunday.

Colleges and Universities

Op-Ed Contributor: Beijing Hinders Free Speech in America

The Chinese Communist Party is reaching into Western academic communities and silencing visiting Chinese students.


Foreigners still net sellers of Saudi stocks in wake of corruption crackdown

DUBAI, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Foreign investors were net sellers of Saudi Arabian equities for a third straight week after authorities launched a major crackdown on corruption, but by a smaller margin than in the previous week, exchange data showed on Sunday.


Egypt attack to spur on Saudi-backed Muslim military alliance: crown prince

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Sunday an attack on an Egyptian mosque that killed more than 300 worshippers would galvanize an Islamic military coalition that aimed to counter "terrorism and extremism".


China's RYB Education fires head of Beijing kindergarten embroiled in abuse scandal

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese educational services provider RYB Education Inc said it had removed the head of one of its kindergarten, as allegations of child abuse at the Beijing nursery rocked the country's booming childcare industry.


REFILE-China's RYB Education fires head of Beijing kindergarten embroiled in abuse scandal

BEIJING, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Chinese educational services provider RYB Education Inc said it had removed the head of one of its kindergarten, as allegations of child abuse at the Beijing nursery rocked the country's booming childcare industry.

Education (K-12)

Teacher Detained After Abuse Allegations at Beijing Kindergarten

Parents have said their children were drugged and forced to strip. The accusations have triggered outrage across China.


Beijing city officials call for removal of kindergarten head -report

BEIJING, Nov 25 (Reuters) - Beijing city authorities have urged RYB Education Inc to remove the head of its kindergarten where police are investigating alleged abuse of children, state media Xinhua reported on Saturday.


Beijing police detains teacher related to alleged abuse at RYB kindergarten

BEIJING, Nov 25 (Reuters) - The police of Beijing's Chaoyang district have detained a teacher on suspicion of abuse at a RYB kindergarten, the police said in an statement posted on its official Weibo account.

United States International Relations

Diplomats Sound the Alarm as They Are Pushed Out in Droves

A State Department exodus marks a new stage in the broken and increasingly contentious relationship between Rex W. Tillerson and much of his work force.


Exclusive: Paddy Power Betfair, William Hill hold deal talks with CrownBet

LONDON/SYDNEY (Reuters) - Paddy Power Betfair and William Hill have separately held talks about a deal with Australia's CrownBet as UK-focused gambling companies seek to expand overseas to offset tougher regulations in Britain.


Iran says Saudi Crown Prince's behavior 'immature, weak-minded': state TV

ANKARA (Reuters) - Iran said on Thursday that Saudi Arabia's crown prince was discredited internationally by his "immature" behavior, state television reported, after Mohammed bin Salman called Iran's Supreme Leader "the new Hitler of the Middle East".