(Reuters) - U.S. semiconductor company Qualcomm Inc on Tuesday unveiled a sweetened $44 billion agreement to acquire NXP Semiconductors NV , its most defiant move in its defense against a hostile $121 billion bid from Broadcom Ltd .
(Reuters) - State and national Republican officials will file a federal lawsuit as soon as Wednesday seeking to block a new Pennsylvania congressional map released on Monday by the state's high court, the party's congressional campaign arm said on Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. special counsel who is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election has charged an attorney with lying about his communications with Rick Gates, a former aide to Donald Trump's campaign.
ROME, Feb 20 (Reuters) - European Union rules are helping less wealthy nations swipe jobs from their bigger partners, Italy's industry ministry said on Tuesday, as plans by a multinational to shift production to Slovakia took centre stage in the national election campaign.
The National Rifle Association should move its annual convention from Dallas to somewhere else after last week's massacre at a Florida high school that left 17 students dead, a Dallas city official says.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Walmart Inc , the world's biggest retailer, on Tuesday posted a sharp drop in profit and online sales growth during the critical holiday period and forecast annual profit at the lower end of expectations.
NEW YORK, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Walmart Inc, the world's biggest retailer, on Tuesday posted a sharp drop in profit and online sales growth during the critical holiday period and forecast annual profit at the lower end of expectations.
By Bruno Federowski SAO PAULO, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Latin American currencies weakened on Tuesday as the U.S. dollar strengthened worldwide after hitting a three-year low last week. Currencies from Brazil, Mexico and Colombia weakened between 0.3 percent and 0.9 percent. The Chilean peso was barely changed as profit-taking partially offset the global upswing in the U.S. currency. Concerns that the United States could pursue a weaker dollar policy and by mounting worries about the
Semantic satiation is the phenomenon in which a word or phrase is repeated so often it loses its meaning. But it also becomes something ridiculous, a jumble of letters that feels alien on the tongue and reads like gibberish on paper.
Feb 20 (Reuters) - U.S. power provider Duke Energy Corp said on Tuesday it would issue $2 billion in new shares this year to deal with the financial impact of recent tax reforms that it also said would weigh on 2018 earnings growth.
GENEVA (Reuters) - Sanctions should be stepped up against Venezuela's leaders and oil sector in response to the country's repressive political climate, the head of the Organisation of American States (OAS) said on Tuesday.
SANTIAGO (Reuters) - The Vatican's top sexual abuse investigator said he had started taking testimony on Tuesday from victims in the Chilean capital, where he is looking into accusations that a bishop appointed by Pope Francis covered up crimes against minors.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a blow to gun rights activists, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday turned away a challenge to California's 10-day waiting period for firearms purchases that is intended to guard against impulsive violence and suicides.
LIMA, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Southern Copper Corp won a tender to develop Peru's Michiquillay copper mine with a proposal to transfer $400 million to the government and pay 3 royalties, the government said on Tuesday.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States is "ready to talk" Middle East peace with the Palestinians, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Tuesday in remarks directed at Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during a meeting of the U.N. Security Council.
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain must take steps towards setting a budget for Northern Ireland while it explores whether agreement can be reached to restore the province's power-sharing government, the British minister for the region said on Tuesday.
BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) - The British government will publish a consultation paper on future agriculture policy "very shortly", Environment Minister Michael Gove said on Tuesday, as farmers demanded more clarity on their prospect after the country quits the European Union.
GENEVA (Reuters) - South Korea has launched a wide-ranging complaint at the World Trade Organization to challenge the U.S. use of anti-subsidy and anti-dumping duties, citing their use on steel and transformers, a WTO filing showed on Tuesday.
PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - Busloads of Florida students headed on Tuesday to the state capital Tallahassee to call for a ban on assault rifles, pressing on with protests after a shooting rampage at a high school that killed 17 teens and educators.
TOULOUSE, France (Reuters) - Airbus got a boost for its largest twin-engined jet on Tuesday when Qatar Airways said it was considering upgrading some of its A350 orders to the largest model as it took delivery of the first such plane.
LONDON (Reuters) - British-Korean youngster Jack Aitken will be the Renault Formula One team's official reserve driver this season, replacing Russian Sergey Sirotkin, who has switched to a race seat with Williams.
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A North Korean cyber espionage group previously known only for targeting South Korea's government and private sector deepened its sophistication and hit further afield including in Japan and the Middle East in 2017, security researchers said on Tuesday.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli police alleged on Tuesday that Benjamin Netanyahu's former spokesman tried to bribe a judge to drop a fraud case against Netanyahu's wife, the latest corruption investigation encircling the long-serving prime minister.
(Reuters) - Supermarket operator Albertsons Companies Inc will buy the rest of Rite Aid Corp not being sold to Walgreens Boots Alliance , the latest in a string of drug industry mergers to tackle the threat of Amazon.com Inc .
On Monday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court redrew the state's congressional lines in advance of the 2018 election. (The court had previously ruled that the map drawn by Republicans earlier in the decade was driven mainly by partisan consideration and therefore in violation of the state's constitution.)
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Tuesday proposed extending the availability of skimpy health insurance plans to millions of Americans in another Trump administration move aimed at undercutting the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare.
OSLO (Reuters) - Sea levels will rise between 0.7 and 1.2 meters (27-47 inches) in the next two centuries even if governments end the fossil fuel era as promised under the Paris climate agreement, scientists said on Tuesday.
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LONDON (Reuters) - Oxfam's chief executive apologized on Tuesday for saying a wave of condemnation over sex abuse by its staff was disproportionate as it had not "murdered babies in their cots" after a scandal that has prompted new reports of abuse.
(Reuters) - Home Depot Inc's profit and revenue topped Wall street estimates for the sixth straight quarter as more shoppers visited the No.1 U.S. home improvement chain and, on average, spent more in an improving housing market.
TORONTO (Reuters) - Thomson Reuters Corp said on Tuesday Chief Executive Officer Jim Smith is in stable condition after an arrhythmia incident on Feb. 12 and is expected to be released from hospital within the next two weeks.
GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Finland beat South Korea 5-2 on Tuesday to reach the men's Olympic ice hockey quarter-finals as the hosts bowed out of the tournament after a spirited performance in their final game.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - France's Martin Fourcade gave another brilliant display of skiing and shooting to erase a big German lead and claim the Olympic gold for his team in the Olympic biathlon mixed relay on Tuesday.
LONDON (Reuters) - There were no survivors among the 65 passengers and crew on an Iranian plane that ploughed into a mountain top, where most of the bodies lie buried under snow, the first rescue team to reach the wreckage said on Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to revive litigation in which shareholders accused the federal government of overstepping its authority when it restructured mortgage finance firms Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac following the 2008 housing crisis.
Kansas congressional candidate Tyler Tannahill defends continuing his campaign's AR-15 giveaway in the wake of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting, saying, "I do support the Second Amendment in the hard times and the bad."
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - The much-heralded Jamaican women's bobsleigh team made their Winter Olympic debut on Tuesday on a night of color and emotion and coming 30 years after the country's first appearance at the Games in Calgary.
GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Yannic Seidenberg scored less than a minute into overtime to propel Germany past Switzerland 2-1 on Tuesday and give them the last spot in the quarter-finals of the men's Olympic ice hockey tournament.
(Reuters) - Guess Inc said on Tuesday its co-founder Paul Marciano will give up his day-to-day responsibilities at the company on an unpaid basis pending the completion of a probe into accusations of improper conduct.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will host Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven on March 6 at the White House, the president's press secretary said on Tuesday, amid concerns in the Nordic region about Russia's military buildup.
(Reuters) - Medical device maker Medtronic Plc's quarterly revenue beat analysts' expectations as new product launches drove sales across its business units, but weaker-than-expected margins clouded the earnings report.
HYDERABAD, India (Reuters) - India's software services exports will see revenue growth of 7-9 percent in constant currency terms in the fiscal year to March 2019, a leading lobby group forecast on Tuesday, as the industry continues to recover from what has been a tough year.
BERLIN (Reuters) - It was a role Robin Williams wanted to play in honor of his friend "Superman" actor Christopher Reeve - the true story of a quadriplegic who despite his disability makes his name as a talented cartoonist.
MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has "lost trust" in local news site Rappler and barred it from covering his official events, his spokesman said on Tuesday, in the latest blow for an outlet known for its tough scrutiny of his government.
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Nestle SA will launch its first organic food line in Brazil in the coming weeks, an executive told Reuters, as the world's biggest food company makes a global push to capture growing interest in healthy and organic products.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Russian Olympic medalist Alexander Krushelnitsky has denied taking a banned substance in a suspected doping case that has rocked the Pyeongchang Winter Games and could imperil Russia's efforts to regain its full Olympic status.
BUCHAREST, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Romania could almost double its natural gas production to about 20 billion cubic metres a year by 2025, helped by new offshore discoveries in the Black Sea, the head of the National Agency for Mineral Resources (ANRM), Sorin Gal, said on Tuesday.
Former Republican Congressman Jack Kingston questions whether teens who survived the Parkland, Florida, school shooting can plan a nationwide anti-gun rally, saying Democratic groups are behind the efforts.
(Reuters) - U.S. grocery chain operator Albertsons Companies Inc said on Tuesday it would buy the drug stores that Rite Aid Corp is not selling to Walgreens Boots Alliance , in a deal that would create a company with $83 billion in annual revenue.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - The Hungarian Olympic Committee will consider changing its selection procedures after skier Elizabeth Swaney’s halfpipe performance went viral, with many fans wondering why an athlete of such limited ability was competing at the Games.
(Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures fell more than half a percent as Wall Street returned from a long holiday weekend on Tuesday, a rise in bond yields and underwhelming results from Walmart halting a six-day winning streak for the major indexes.
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Pro-government forces bombarded Syria's eastern Ghouta on Tuesday, killing at least 49 people, after the heaviest one-day death toll there in three years on Monday, a war monitoring group said.
(Reuters) - U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm Inc raised its offer to buy NXP Semiconductors NV to $127.50 per share on Tuesday, and said it has the backing of the shareholder group led by hedge fund Elliott Management that opposed its previous proposal.
GENEVA (Reuters) - An upsurge of violence in southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo is set to cause a "humanitarian disaster of extraordinary proportions", the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said on Tuesday.
GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Olympic ice dancers are taking extra precautions to ensure their costumes get attention for all the right reasons, using tape and glue to guarantee they stay covered up as they glide around the ice.
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia seized a record 1.6 tonnes of crystal methamphetamine from a ship off the northern island of Batam on Tuesday, a narcotics official said, the second major drug bust this month.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Retail behemoth Walmart Inc on Tuesday reported a lower-than-expected quarterly profit and posted a sharp drop in online sales growth during the critical holiday period, sending its shares slumping more than 6 percent in premarket trade.
VIENNA (Reuters) - Brexit minister David Davis said on Tuesday Britain and the European Union could reach a deal to access each others' markets and dismissed fears Britain would use Brexit to cut regulation to attract global businesses, despite past threats to do so.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - France's Martin Fourcade gave another brilliant display of skiing and shooting to erase a big German lead and claim the Olympic gold for his team in the Olympic biathlon mixed relay on Tuesday.
LONDON (Reuters) - The Iranian foreign ministry said on Tuesday it had summoned the Swedish ambassador to protest over Sweden's granting of citizenship to a Stockholm-based scientist being held in Tehran under a death sentence.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Four years after suffering a life-threatening condition, American snowboarder Aaron "AJ" Muss says he wants to be recognized as one of the best in his sport and "not because I overcame something."
CARACAS (Reuters) - Yasmira Castano felt she had a fresh chance at life when she received a kidney transplant almost two decades ago. The young Venezuelan was able to finish high school and went on to work as a manicurist.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investors should brace for a possible replay of the 1987 stock market crash later this year, given this month's slump came against the backdrop of Federal Reserve interest rate...
(Reuters) - Staff members will return to work on Friday at the Florida school where a gunman shot and killed 17 people in the deadliest shooting ever at a U.S. high school, district officials said, with students expected back next week.
(Reuters) - Home Depot Inc's profit beat market estimates for the sixth straight quarter on Tuesday as more shoppers visited the No.1 U.S. home improvement chain and spent more on average amid an improving housing market.
MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's Balearic Islands is fining flat-sharing and rental service Airbnb 300,000 euros ($370,140) for advertising unregistered homes in Mallorca on its web site, the regional government said on Tuesday.
GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Norway reached the men's Olympic ice hockey quarter-finals for the first time after Alexander Bonsaksen's wrist shot secured their 2-1 overtime win against Slovenia on Tuesday.
(Reuters) - Largest U.S. standalone medical device maker Medtronic Plc reported a third-quarter profit in-line with analysts' estimates, as sales across all its units, except the minimally invasive therapies business, grew.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli police revealed on Tuesday they had arrested the controlling shareholder and CEO of the country's biggest telecoms company, as well as two former officials with close ties to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a corruption case.
GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Elise Christie's disastrous Winter Olympics ended in a third ignominious failure when the British short track skater was disqualified in her women's 1,000 meters heat and had to be carried off the track on Tuesday.
In an interview with CNN's Alisyn Camerota, the couple who took in Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz said they knew the depressed 19-year-old had multiple guns, but felt safe knowing the weapons were locked up.
LONDON (Reuters) - An outbreak of typhoid fever in Pakistan is being caused by an extensively drug resistant "superbug" strain, a sign that treatment options for the bacterial disease are running out, scientists said on Tuesday.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - In packing for the Winter Olympics, Canadian entrepreneur Domenico Ciarallo stuffed his bags with hats and t-shirts bearing the logo of his company, which makes locker-room dryers.
LONDON (Reuters) - Oxfam chief executive Mark Goldring apologized on Tuesday for saying a wave of condemnation of the charity over sex abuse by its staff was disproportionate as it had not "murdered babies in their cots".
LONDON (Reuters) - Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox has strengthened its offer to protect the independence of Sky's loss-making news channel to try to overcome regulatory concerns about Fox's takeover of the parent company.
CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa's drought-stricken city of Cape Town has pushed back its estimate for "Day Zero," when taps are expected to run dry, to July 9 from June 4 due to a decline in water usage, the city's deputy mayor said on Tuesday.
SAO PAULO/BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's major telecoms operators stand to free up hundreds of millions of dollars to invest in technologies like 4G and broadband by unloading unwanted assets, as a push by the sector to overhaul decades-old rules shows signs of paying off.
TOKYO (Reuters) - Sixteen Japanese cryptocurrency exchanges will fix plans as early as next week to create a self-regulating body in a bid to better safeguard investors after a $530 million digital money heist last month, two source familiar with the plan said.
GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - South Korea qualified for a place in the Olympic women's curling semi-finals with a 9-6 win over the United States on Tuesday as Canada's hopes of defending their gold medal hung by a thread following a 7-5 loss to China.
HONG KONG/LONDON (Reuters) - HSBC Holdings reported a smaller than expected rise in annual profits and unveiled plans to raise up to $7 billion to bolster its capital, as CEO Stuart Gulliver hands over to a new leadership team on Tuesday.
MILAN, Feb 20 (Reuters) - The UK's top share index inched lower on Tuesday, weighed down by a disappointing update from banking heavyweight HSBC and declines in big mining stocks on metal price weakness.
JOHANNESBURG, Feb 20 (Reuters) - South Africa's Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown on Tuesday ordered rail utility Transnet to report to law enforcement officials irregularities in the awarding of a 54 billion rand ($5 billion) contract to acquire locomotives in 2014.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Poland's decision to increase logging in the primeval forest of Bialowieza breaks EU law, an advisor to the EU's top court said on Tuesday, backing the European Commission against the Polish government.
TOKYO, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Sony Corp said on Tuesday it would become the latest blue-chip firm to jockey for position in Japan's taxi and ride-hailing market, with plans for a joint venture to develop an artificial intelligence-based hailing system.
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore said on Tuesday it had agreed to a request from Britain not to carry out corporal punishment on a suspected bank robber if he is extradited to face charges in the city-state.
CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa's new President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Tuesday it was time to consider the make-up of his cabinet, amid growing speculation about whether Finance Minister Gigaba would keep his job.
GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - They have to skate fast in front of hundreds of people, pick up flowers as quickly as possible and stay unflustered when dozens of stuffed animals rain down on the ice.
LONDON (Reuters) - Iran has located a passenger plane that crashed with 65 people on board, a military spokesman said on Tuesday, two days after it disappeared from radar over mountainous terrain, increasing Iranians' fears about the country's aging fleet of aircraft.
GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - The unified Korean women's ice hockey team ended their historic Olympic run with a fifth straight loss on Tuesday but they signed off by adding one more goal to their total in front of another bumper audience of adoring fans.
PARIS (Reuters) - Fashion labels may be falling over themselves to court young, smartphone-wielding shoppers, but there's one millennial-inspired trend that is only catching on slowly: catwalk shows where clothes are available to buy instantly rather than months later.
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Archaeologists exploring the word's biggest flooded cave in Mexico have discovered ancient human remains at least 9,000 years old and the bones of animals who roamed the earth during the last Ice Age.
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Eleven Chinese warships sailed into the East Indian Ocean this month, a Chinese news portal said, amid a constitutional crisis in the tiny tropical island chain of the Maldives now under a state of emergency.
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain and the United States are in talks about the fate of two captured British Islamic State militants, suspected of being part of a notorious group known for torturing and killing Western hostages, British Home Secretary Amber Rudd said.
GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - As if getting to the Olympics was not hard enough for South Korean ice dancers Min Yura and Alexander Gamelin, the two were briefly caught up in a diplomatic fuss over their free dance music and then suffered a wardrobe malfunction.
LONDON, Feb 20 (Reuters) - European shares edged back in positive territory on Tuesday after ending a three-day recovery in the previous session when Wall Street and Chinese markets were closed for holiday.
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in lauded Russia's participation at the Winter Games on Tuesday, saying it had "made our Olympics better", despite calls from some athletes and anti-doping agencies for Russians to be banned from competing at the event.
GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Canadian ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir claimed their second Olympic gold medal with a brilliant free dance on Tuesday, edging to the top of the podium by less than a point and breaking the world record into the bargain.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Slovenia men's ice hockey player Ziga Jeglic has tested positive for a banned substance and has been suspended for the remainder of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said on Tuesday.