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Hoping to extend maritime reach, China lavishes aid on Pakistan town

GWADAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - China is lavishing vast amounts of aid on a small Pakistani fishing town to win over locals and build a commercial deep-water port that the United States and India suspect may also one day serve the Chinese navy.

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.

California Today

California Today: California Today: A Timber Town’s Water Fight

Friday: A water battle in Weed, U.C.L.A.’s record application numbers, the first marijuana licenses and reactions to the NorCal/SoCal debate.


Train collides with school bus in southern France: local townhall

PARIS (Reuters) - A train collided with a school bus outside the town of Perpignan in southern France on Thursday and emergency services were at the scene, a local official said.

Donald Trump won 81% of the vote in this small town. Life has changed little, but people remain in his corner

How Newtown defined Chris Murphy's mission

Sen. Chris Murphy looks back on how his political career was shaped by the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting, five years after it happened.


Ex-New York town official sentenced to two-and-half years for bond fraud

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former elected official of a New York City suburb was sentenced to 2-1/2 years in prison on Wednesday following his conviction in what U.S. prosecutors have called the first criminal securities fraud case brought over municipal bonds.

Colleges and Universities

‘Where Out-of-Town Girls Could Come Feel Safe in New York’

Alumnae of the women’s school Finch College, which closed in 1975, still gather regularly to reminisce about high jinks and distribute scholarships.

Newtown, Conn, Shooting (2012)

Newtown Is ‘Still So Raw,’ Five Years After Massacre

The country is often reminded of what grief looks like immediately after mass violence. But Newtown shows how mourning evolves and endures years later.

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.


Cutler, Dolphins snap Patriots' eight-game win streak

(The Sports Xchange) - Jay Cutler threw three touchdown passes as the double-digit underdog Miami Dolphins upset the New England Patriots 27-20 on Monday night at Hard Rock Stadium.

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.


Op-Ed Contributor: An Everyman — Just Not Ours

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

Dolphins and Porpoises

Trilobites: Tracking Dolphins With Algorithms You Might Find on Facebook

Scientists leveraged machine learning techniques to sift through recordings of dolphin clicks, which could help with monitoring the health of the sea mammals.


On Tax Bill, It’s Trump vs. His Hometown

The Republican tax bill being shepherded by Mr. Trump would hurt New York, his home state. “You guys seem to be doing O.K.,” he told donors last week.


Displaced by mining, Peru villagers spurn shiny new town

NUEVA FUERABAMBA, Peru (Reuters) - This remote town in Peru's southern Andes was supposed to serve as a model for how companies can help communities uprooted by mining.


INSIGHT-Displaced by mining, Peru villagers spurn shiny new town

NUEVA FUERABAMBA, Peru Dec 7 (Reuters) - This remote town in Peru's southern Andes was supposed to serve as a model for how companies can help communities uprooted by mining.

Urban Areas

What Happened to the American Boomtown?

The places with the most opportunity used to attract the most new residents, in a cycle of fast-growing cities and rising prosperity. But no more.


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.


Asian dolphins a step closer to extinction: group

TOKYO (Reuters) - The International Union for Conservation of Nature said on Tuesday it had changed the status of the Irrawaddy dolphin and finless porpoise, both living in Asian waters, to "endangered" from "vulnerable", meaning they are closer to extinction.

Town at center of Brexit tug-of-war fears border changes

Tucked away in the rolling hills of County Armagh in Northern Ireland lies a quiet village called Middletown. Its name couldn't be more apt. That's because Middletown stands amid a Brexit tug-of-war.

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.

Russia 2018 World Cup draw — Live!

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


BRIEF-Sears Hometown And Outlet Stores Q3 Loss Per Share $0.48


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.

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.

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.


Police in Trump-supporting towns aid immigration officials in crackdown

BENSALEM, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Dozens of police departments in the United States have been granted new powers, or are seeking them, to check the immigration status of people they arrest, aiding President Donald Trump's broad crackdown on people living in the country illegally.


Suspected Boko Haram militants take over northeast Nigeria town: residents

BAUCHI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Suspected members of Islamist militant group Boko Haram took over a town in the restive state of Borno in northeast Nigeria on Saturday, residents said.


Suspected Boko Haram militants take over Magumeri town in northeast Nigeria: residents

BAUCHI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Suspected members of Islamist militant group Boko Haram took over the town of Magumeri in northeast Nigeria on Saturday, residents said.

Sevigny, Chloe

Chloë Sevigny on Playing an Addict in ‘Downtown Race Riot’

Ms. Sevigny talks about starring in the new play, beating up stuffed animals for Pussy Riot and moving back to Manhattan.

Amazon's Black Friday sale is on — here's what to shop

Rescuing Cape Town's 'left behind' children

Top 10 CNN Hero Rosie Mashale is a former school teacher who found an abandoned child on her doorstep in 2000. Since then, she has raised a generation of AIDS orphans. Cast your vote for the CNN Hero of the Year at and watch CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute, Sunday, Dec. 17 at 8 pm ET.


SEC charges N.Y. town, ex-official, with defrauding municipal investors

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday charged Oyster Bay, New York, and its former top elected official with defrauding investors in the town’s municipal securities offerings, the agency said in a statement.

Cooking and Cookbooks

On Dessert: What Children — and Parents — Can Learn From Baking Together

A bonding activity that builds joy and character.

Race and Ethnicity

Feature: The Culture Caught Up With Spike Lee — Now What?

After more than three decades as a provocateur, the filmmaker has returned to the movie that made him famous.

Skin Cancer

Skin Cancers Rise — Along With Questionable Treatments

Dermatology is booming, with private equity investments and an influx of physician assistants doing the work of doctors. Are patients being well served?


Call It Splitsville, N.Y.: Hasidic Enclave to Get Its Own Town

Residents in the village of Kiryas Joel, in Orange County, and those in the Town of Monroe voted to part ways, ending years of conflict over zoning.


Marked for ‘De-escalation,’ Syrian Towns Endure Surge of Attacks

An accord that tried to curb attacks in rebel-held areas has been touted as a crucial step in ending the long civil war. But increasingly, that deal is failing.


Iraqi forces recapture last Islamic State-held town

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi forces captured the border town of Rawa, the last remaining town under Islamic State control, on Friday, signaling the complete defeat of the group's self-proclaimed caliphate.


Iraqi forces recapture last Islamic State-held town of Rawa: statement

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq forces captured the border town of Rawa, the last remaining town under Islamic State control, on Friday, the Iraqi military said in a statement.

Iraqi forces launch operation to liberate last ISIS-held town

Iraqi forces have begun a large-scale operation to liberate the town of Rawa from ISIS, one of the militant group's last footholds in the country.


U.S. towns, cities fear taxpayer revolt if Republicans kill deduction

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - From Pataskala, Ohio, to Conroe, Texas, local government leaders worry that if Republican tax-overhaul plans moving through the U.S. Congress become law, it will be harder for them to pave streets, put out fires, fight crime and pay teachers.

Square CEO: Our tech helped save a struggling town


New Quay Journal: A Cliff-Edge Town Visited by Poets, Dolphins — and Octopuses

Octopuses and giant barrel jellyfish come and go in a town where Wales’s best-known alcoholic drank. The dolphins seem to be staying, so far.


Diagnosis: Was This a Virus, or Something More Dangerous for Her — and Her Fetus?

It began with the symptoms of a passing illness. But the woman got steadily worse, and the doctors worried that it was something else entirely.

Fashion and Apparel

3 Designers Creating Clothes for Life — Not the Runway

Independent, understated, anonymous, even: A trio of sought-after labels specialize in the sort of thoughtful, well-made garments categorized as slow fashion.

Suits and Litigation (Civil)

Connecticut Supreme Court Hears Newtown Families’ Appeal Against Gun Companies

The court heard arguments in a lawsuit filed by the relatives of the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting who say the rifle used was marketed as a weapon of war.


Arkansas town reaches settlement in 'debtors' prison' lawsuit

(Reuters) - An Arkansas town has agreed not to jail defendants who cannot afford to pay court fees after it was sued by civil rights groups who charged it ran what amounted to a modern-day debtors' prison.

Moore, Roy S

Roy Moore, Long Divisive in His Hometown, and Even More So Now

Amid long-whispered rumors and allegations of sexual impropriety, an Alabama county seeks to make sense of its most famous resident.

United States Politics and Government

An Alabama Senate Candidate Keeps Democratic Leaders Away — but Not Their Money

Doug Jones has portrayed his race for the Senate as an Alabama effort, apart from the national Democratic Party, but he is reaping the fruit of an energized party.


More than 60 killed in air strike on Syrian market town

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The death toll from air strikes on a Syrian town in a "de-escalation zone" has risen to 61, a war monitor said on Tuesday, a demonstration of the fragile state of areas set up in attempt to ease the violence.


Newtown families seek to hold gun maker accountable in Connecticut court

HARTFORD, Conn. (Reuters) - A lawyer for families who lost loved ones in the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting told Connecticut's highest court on Tuesday that Remington Outdoor Co [FREDM.UL] should be held responsible because its military-themed marketing was designed to appeal to young men like killer Adam Lanza.


Panthers maul Dolphins behind Newton's four touchdown passes

(The Sports Xchange) - Cam Newton threw four touchdown passes and the Carolina Panthers pounded the Miami Dolphins in a 45-21 victory on Monday at Bank of America Stadium.


Get in Line: The $100 Million da Vinci Is in Town

In New York, where no museum contains a painting by Leonardo, it was a rare opportunity to view the artist’s work.


Tyson weighs sites for $320 million chicken plant after Kansas town objects

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Tyson Foods Inc is weighing new sites for a $320 million chicken slaughterhouse after opposition from residents of a small Kansas town picked for the project, the chief executive said on Monday.

Sutherland Springs, Tex, Shooting (2017)

Covering a Mass Shooting, and Adding to a Town’s Pain

A media frenzy after the mass shooting in Sutherland Springs makes a correspondent wonder if it’s time to discuss how such events are covered.


In grieving Texas town, faith sustains those left behind

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (Reuters) - Joe Holcombe and his wife, Claryce, lost eight members of their family in the Texas church shooting last Sunday, including their son, grandchildren, a pregnant granddaughter-in-law and a great- granddaughter who was still a toddler. But they are serene.

Gun Control

Appeal Offers Hope for Newtown Families in Suit Against Gun Companies

The lawsuit brought by families of people killed at Sandy Hook relies on a novel strategy in attempt to hold gun companies responsible for the 2012 attack.

Sutherland Springs, Tex, Shooting (2017)

Days After Church Shooting, Texas Town Begins to Bury Its Dead

As the funerals begin for the 26 victims of a shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Tex., mourners remember the married couple Richard and Therese Rodriguez.


Texas town holds first burials after church massacre

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (Reuters) - The tiny Texas town reeling from a gun massacre that killed 26 churchgoers buried the first of the victims on Saturday, in a remote cemetery where a series of funerals is being held this week.


Iraqi forces launch offensive to recapture last town in Islamic State control

ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi forces launched an offensive on Saturday to capture Rawa, the last remaining town under Islamic-State control, leaving the group's self-proclaimed caliphate on the verge of complete defeat.

United States Politics and Government

Op-Ed Columnist: Sex, Senators and — Oh Gosh, Mitt

Romney has been a veritable profile in courage by Republican standards.


Hezbollah media unit: Islamic State leader reported in Syrian town

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A Hezbollah-run media unit said on Friday Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was reported to have been in the Syrian town of Albu Kamal during the Syrian army and its allies' operation to clear it.


Hezbollah says IS leader Baghdadi reported in Syrian town

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A Hezbollah-run media unit said on Friday Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was reported to have been in the Syrian town of Albu Kamal during the Syrian army and its allies' operation to clear it.


Islamic State takes back half of Syrian town from Syrian army, allies: Observatory

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday that Islamic State has taken back control of half of the Syrian town of Albu Kamal.


Hezbollah media: IS leader Baghdadi was reported in Syrian town

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A Hezbollah-run news outlet said on Friday that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was reported present in the Syrian town of Albu Kamal during the Syrian army and its allies' operation to clear it.

Carlson asked about Trump at town hall

An audience member asks Gretchen Carlson a question about President Trump during CNN's town hall on sexual harassment.


Two Border Cities Share Russian History — and a Sharp European Divide

While attached to Russia by ethnicity and emotion, residents of Narva, Estonia, say they would never actually want to live there.


Marib Journal: As Yemen Crumbles, One Town Is an Island of Relative Calm

Years of war have devastated much of Yemen, but a combination of oil wealth and security have allowed Marib to grow.

Cape Town (South Africa)

Frugal Traveler: A $1,000 Day in Cape Town for $100

Taking a high-end itinerary in the charming South African city and, keeping its general spirit, remaking it on a more modest budget.

How this Kentucky coal town is trying to bring its economy back to life

It's a bittersweet celebration.

CNN to host town hall discussion on sexual harassment in US


Restaurant Review: Peru and Japan Meet in Midtown, at the Sprawling Sen Sakana

A sleek new restaurant specializes in a hybrid cuisine that many New Yorkers know only from Nobu.

Amadiya (Iraq)

Amadiya Journal: An Iraqi Town Where Muslims, Jews and Christians Coexist, in Theory

Behind a wall, in a garden, at the foot of an old stone staircase, is the underground tomb of Hazana of Amadiya, a Jew celebrated by some Muslims and Christians, too.


Lab Chimps Are Moving to Sanctuaries — Slowly

Medical experimentation on chimpanzees has ended, but moving all of them into retirement will be a difficult task.

Sutherland Springs, Tex, Shooting (2017)

For Tight-Knit Texas Town, Horror of Shooting Makes ‘No Sense’

In the town of Sutherland Springs, everyone knew a victim of the massacre at the First Baptist Church, and some knew many.


Gunman storms small-town Texas church, killing at least 26

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (Reuters) - A gunman with an assault rifle stormed a church in rural Texas on Sunday, killing at least 26 worshippers and wounding 20 others in a rampage to be notched into a litany of mass shootings that have plagued the United States in recent years.


Gunman kills at least 26 worshipers at small-town Texas church

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (Reuters) - A gunman dressed in black tactical gear massacred at least 26 worshipers and wounded 20 others at a white-steepled church in Texas on Sunday, carrying out the latest in a series of mass shootings that have plagued the United States.


Texas gunman kills at least 26 worshipers at small-town church

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (Reuters) - A gunman massacred at least 26 worshipers and wounded 20 others at a church in southeast Texas on Sunday, carrying out the latest in a series of mass shootings that have plagued the United States, authorities said.


Scandal-hit Kobe Steel has a 'look the other way' culture, they say in hometown

KOBE, Japan (Reuters) - The fresh university graduate, eager to make a good impression on the job at one of Kobe Steel Ltd's main plants in Japan, punched the wrong measurements into machines making steel pipes, causing a large batch to come out too short.


Iraqi Shi'ite militia says will fight IS in Syria border town

BEIRUT (Reuters) - An Iraqi Shi'ite militia fighting Islamic State in Iraq near the border with Syria will also take on the jihadist group in the Syria border town of Albu Kamal, the militia's spokesman was quoted as saying on Friday.

The most beautiful small towns in Mexico


Eagles acquire Pro Bowl running back Ajayi from Dolphins

(The Sports Xchange) - The Philadelphia Eagles acquired Pro Bowl running back Jay Ajayi from the Miami Dolphins on Tuesday for a fourth-round pick in the 2018 draft.


MOVES-AIG appoints Chris Townsend CEO of international general insurance

Oct 30 (Reuters) - American International Group Inc appointed Chris Townsend to the newly created role of chief executive officer of international general insurance, the company said on Monday.


BRIEF-AIG names Chris Townsend as CEO, International General Insurance

* AIG names Chris Townsend as chief executive officer, International General Insurance Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:


UPDATE 1-Hudson's Bay, RioCan exploring sale of downtown Vancouver store

TORONTO, Oct 30 (Reuters) - A joint venture between Hudson's Bay Co and RioCan REIT is exploring the sale of HBC's flagship store in downtown Vancouver, the companies said Monday, stepping up efforts to extract value from the department store owner's substantial real estate holdings.


Monrovia Journal: In Liberia, an Executive Mansion Fit for a President — and Ghosts, Too

No president who has slept at the mansion for any extended period has come to a decent end. The place, as any Liberian will tell you, is both haunted and jinxed.

Refugees fear attack by townspeople if they leave immigration center

A confrontation is looming in Papua New Guinea (PNG) between local authorities and more than 700 men who are refusing to leave an Australian-run immigration processing center.

Romantic towns in northern Italy's lakes region

While they remain largely unknown to many, the trail of towns skirting northern Italy's lakes have become a haven for true romantics thanks to their enchanting, cinematic settings.


Ravens rout Dolphins but lose Flacco

(The Sports Xchange) - The Baltimore Ravens lost quarterback Joe Flacco to a concussion and still managed to snap the Miami Dolphins' three-game winning streak with a dominant 40-0 victory on Thursday.


Iraqi government launches military operation to recapture towns

(Reuters) - The Iraqi government launched an offensive early on Thursday to recapture from Islamic State the western Iraqi towns of Rawa and al-Qaim close to the Syrian border, al-Arabiya television reported.

Llivia (Spain)

Llivia Journal: This Catalan Town Has Already Broken From Spain, Physically at Least

Llivia, a five-square-mile town, is a geographic and historical anomaly that has existed for more than 350 years as a Spanish enclave inside France.


Observatory: Islamic State killed at least 128 people in Syrian town

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Monday Islamic State killed at least 128 people in the Syrian town of al-Qaryatayn in central Homs over a three-week period before the Syrian army recaptured it on Saturday.

$4 million Rodin sculpture discovered in NJ town hall by 22-year-old archivist

Long-forgotten Rodin sculpture found in NJ town hall

In the corner of the council room of the town hall in Madison, New Jersey, sits a sculpture by Auguste Rodin that had been overlooked for years.


Storm Brian clobbers Ireland and British coastal towns, buildings damaged

TENBY, Wales (Reuters) - Storm Brian battered towns in Ireland and along the western coast of England and Wales on Saturday, with gusts and high seas causing heavy damage to buildings.


Rockets strike downtown Kabul, no casualties reported

KABUL (Reuters) - As many as two rockets landed near the international military headquarters in downtown Kabul early on Saturday morning, Afghan security officials said.

EPA says this town at highest risk of developing cancer from toxins. The plant emitting them says otherwise

Geraldine Watkins sits at the kitchen table in her ranch home, rattling off the names of friends and relatives in her small Louisiana town who've died of cancer over the last 40 years.


Cuba unveils Jose Marti statue, a gift from Trump's hometown

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba unveiled a replica of a New York statue of independence hero Jose Marti on Friday, putting a gift from the hometown of U.S. President Donald Trump on public display at a time...


Art Review: Omer Fast’s Chinatown Installation Is a Misfire

Part of the artist’s current solo at James Cohan’s Chinatown space, “August,” reads as nasty condescension.

Sexual Harassment

Harvey Weinstein: Hollywood’s Open Secret — and Punch Line

As Hollywood opened up about the alleged sexual harassment by Harvey Weinstein, our reporter found that the industry had been making references about him in TV shows and awards programs for years.

The town paying people to move there

The mayor of Italian town Candela has come up with a practical solution to its dwindling population number -- paying people to become residents.


'Nowhere to hide': North Korean missiles spur anxiety in Japan fishing town

ERIMO, Japan (Reuters) - Ever since North Korea lobbed two missiles far above this windswept fishing town on Japan's northern island of Hokkaido, seaweed farmer Mitsuyo Kawamura says she's been on edge.

Cruz, Sanders to debate tax reform in CNN town hall

As the Senate gets ready to make a major move on tax reform, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont will participate in a CNN town hall debate Wednesday night to discuss efforts to overhaul the tax code.


Show Us Your Wall: David and Sybil Yurman: Out of Africa — and the Subconscious

From Danish modern furnishings to African masks, a jewelry power couple’s collections are inspired by memories and travels.


Keno City Journal: Faded Yukon Gold Rush Town, Population 20, Mines Its Weirdness

Prospectors, prostitutes and bootleggers have come and gone. There’s no cellphone service and no police. But there are two bars, whose owners haven’t been on speaking terms for over a decade.

Real Estate and Housing (Residential)

The Most Common Obstacles to a Sale — and What to Do About Them

In a market dominated by older homes, there is no such thing as a perfect New York property. Agents talk about how they deal with the worst flaws.

5 best downtown Los Angeles restaurants


Syrian army battles Islamic State in al-Mayadin town: report

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army and its allies have captured areas of Islamic State-held al-Mayadin in eastern Syria, a Hezbollah-run military news outlet reported on Thursday, in an advance into the jihadist group's main urban base of operations in Syria.


Woman's murder prompts mass eviction of Syrians from Lebanese town

MIZIARA, Lebanon (Reuters) - Abu Khaled had lived in the Lebanese town of Miziara for almost 20 years until a woman's suspected murder by a Syrian refugee led to his expulsion alongside several hundred other Syrians.

Affordable Housing

New Jersey Town Says ‘No Thanks’ to Development

Faced with a proposal to turn a former industrial site into apartments, parks and affordable housing, Edgewater says it will take the land by eminent domain.


From WALL-E to POST-E: Robot helps deliver mail in German town

BERLIN (Reuters) - Postal workers in the western German town of Bad Hersfeld are getting a helping hand from a new colleague. A bright yellow, four-wheeled robot will carry mail and packages and...


Dhanushkodi Journal: In India, a Ghost Town and a Mythological Bridge

Dhanushkodi was destroyed in a cyclone, but pilgrims still visit to see the supposed remains of an ancient structure built by Lord Rama to rescue his wife.

Jimmy Kimmel gets emotional about his hometown, Las Vegas

Late night TV hosts addressed the mass shooting that took place in Las Vegas on Sunday, but arguably none had the raw emotion of Jimmy Kimmel -- whose opening monologue had an extra level of poignancy since the host is from Vegas.


Abandoned by tourists, Bali town counts cost of Indonesia volcano

AMED, Indonesia (Reuters) - A Balinese town once bustling with holidaymakers has almost emptied of tourists after warnings that nearby Mount Agung could erupt at any time - a snapshot of the growing cost the rumbling volcano poses to Indonesia's economy.

National Anthems

On Pro Football: Please Rise for Our National Anthem — if You’re Not Too Busy

At football games, the anthem has been cherished by some and — let’s be honest — endured by others. Either way, it signals the game is starting.

Edificio Copan (Sao Paulo, Brazil)

São Paulo Journal: In São Paulo, Iconic Building Helps Revive a Blighted Downtown

A landmark Oscar Niemeyer building, the Edifício Copan, had a troubled start. Now, its transformation has helped draw visitors to an area that was once avoided and feared.


Three Miami Dolphins players defy Trump order to stand during anthem

LONDON (Reuters) - Three Miami Dolphins players knelt for the American national anthem before their NFL game in London on Sunday, after U.S. President Donald Trump had said the previous day that it was “very important” that players stood.


Syrian Observatory: Islamic State captures town from government

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Sunday that Islamic State fighters had seized control of the town of al-Qaryatayn in Homs province, part of a wider counterattack by the jihadists as they resist a fierce offensive in eastern Syria.


Global Health: They Swallowed Live Typhoid Bacteria — On Purpose

A clinical trial enlisted some of England’s brightest minds, tempted by curiosity and cash. They proved a new typhoid vaccine works and could save children’s lives.

Puerto Rican town's desperate plea is finally answered

Help finally arrived to a desperate town in Puerto Rico after a single photograph signaled just how badly supplies were needed.


Students protest U.S. Attorney General speech at Georgetown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Students and faculty at Georgetown Law School gathered on Tuesday to protest that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was delivering an address about the right of free speech on college campuses to an invitation-only audience without giving critics of the Trump administration an opportunity to ask questions.

Muslim Americans

Feature: How Fake News Turned a Small Town Upside Down

At the height of the 2016 election, exaggerated reports of a juvenile sex crime brought a media maelstrom to Twin Falls — one the Idaho city still hasn’t recovered from.

Politics and Government

Germany’s Far Right Complicates Life for Merkel — and the E.U.

Political fragmentation and populism in Germany will make it harder for Angela Merkel to pair with President Emmanuel Macron of France to revitalize Europe.

Books and Literature

Fiction: In a Quiet Ohio Town, Who Started the Fire, and Why?

Celeste Ng’s “Little Fires Everywhere” witnesses the mysteries of arson, kinship and community in late-’90s suburban America.


Palanan Journal: For Isolated Philippine Town, a Planned Road Is a Lifeline and a Worry

A new road to a previously unconnected coastal town is promising prosperity for its indigenous residents, but it may also endanger their culture.

Hurricane Maria (2017)

In a Puerto Rican Town, ‘Water Came out of Nowhere’

In the hard-hit town of Toa Baja, Hurricane Maria’s wrath swept some residents to their deaths.

Middle East and Africa Migrant Crisis

Seeking Asylum — and Finding Hatred — in Germany

Escaping violence in Libya, Abode struggles to belong in a German town that has become a flashpoint of anti-immigrant anger.

Forgotten towns of America's Deep South

A rich blue sky looms over an abandoned gas station in Texas. A solitary figure walks behind the bright red facade of a Mississippi pawnshop. A pink dress shines out from a store window on a decrepit main street in Georgia.


Stunned by Quake, Mexican Town Fears It ‘Will Never Be the Same’

Jojutla, a town south of Mexico City that is unaccustomed to earthquakes, was heavily damaged by Tuesday’s quake and is struggling to cope with a scarcity of resources.

Soon all of Hong Kong's dolphins will be dead

A near constant wind buffets the top deck of Boat 36826 as it patrols the seas north of Hong Kong's largest island, Lantau.


Guinea rioters burn down police buildings in mining town, 17 wounded

CONAKRY, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Hundreds of rioters in the Guinean bauxite mining town of Boke burned down a police and a gendarmerie building on Thursday and clashed with security forces wielding batons, leaving 17 people injured, the local Red Cross said.


Unbudgeted: How the opioid crisis is blowing a hole in small-town America's finances

INDIANA, Pa./CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (Reuters) - As deaths mount in America's opioid crisis, communities on the front lines face a hidden toll: the financial cost.


Quiet energy revolution underway in Japan as dozens of towns go off the grid

TOKYO/HIGASHI MATSUSHIMA, JAPAN (Reuters) - A northern Japanese city's efforts to rebuild its electric power system after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami mark a quiet shift away from the country's old utility model toward self-reliant, local generation and transmission.

London Subway Bombing (September, 2017)

Arrests in London Tube Bombing Stun a Suburban Town

Two young men who stayed at a foster home in Sunbury-on-Thames, outside London, have been arrested in the Parsons Green subway bombing.


Bomb blast hits Syrian town of Qamishli, injuries reported: state TV

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A motorbike exploded in the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli on Monday, wounding at least four people, Syrian state television reported.


UPDATE 2-Deadly riots block mining operations in Guinea bauxite town

CONAKRY, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Unrest over wages and electricity cuts kept the Guinean bauxite mining hub of Boke partially blocked on Friday after a night of gunfire in which witnesses said youths set up roadblocks and burnt tyres.

New York Fashion Week

Fashion Review: Marc Jacobs — He’s Still Here

The final show of New York Fashion Week was a litmus test for the continued relevance of the city’s favorite designer son.

Robberies and Thefts

The Breakdown: ‘Tiny Home’: Affordable, Stylish — but a Bit Too Easy to Steal

The police in Australia have arrested a man in the theft of a 1.5-ton Canberra home, which was hauled cross-country before they caught up with it.


Critic's Notebook: The Silent Film Returns — on Social Media

Though we may still pop headphones in to watch a YouTube rant, social media has cultivated its own mute visual culture.


Draining the swamp: Hard-hit Everglades town mops up after Irma

EVERGLADES CITY, Fla. (Reuters) - As Hurricane Irma raged through Everglades City, a tiny fishing village in a vast alligator-infested swamp, Howie Grimm hunkered down inside his house with his 88-year-old mother, a useless cell phone and a new job title.


Officials urge patience as Florida towns re-open after Irma

FLORIDA CITY/MARCO ISLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - Florida began allowing some residents to return to their homes hammered by Hurricane Irma on Tuesday, but officials warned that it would take a long time to repair the damage wrought by high winds and pounding surf, particularly in the Keys archipelago.


Macau Journal: A Debate Over a Defunct Casino — and Over Macau’s Identity

The 1960s hotel, Macau’s first casino resort, is not an architectural treasure, but many residents, especially the young, have an emotional connection.

Hurricanes and Tropical Storms

In the Caribbean, Rebuilding Nations — and the Tourism Industry

As a region assesses the damage wrought by Irma, officials say it could take years for tourism to fully recover.


Al Shabaab storms Somali border town, kills at least 10 military

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Heavy fighting erupted on Monday in the Somali border town of Balad Hawo near Kenya after Al Shabaab detonated a suicide car bomb and then stormed the military base there, the spokesman of the al Qaeda-linked group told Reuters.

Historic Buildings and Sites

A Picturesque Retreat in a Tiny Town in Puglia

When his Rome apartment grew too small for his collections, an American curator found a historic home — and layers of lost history.

Hurricane Irma (2017)

Dolphins, Flamingos and Pigs: The Animals Rescued From Hurricane Irma

While millions of humans are evacuating ahead of the storm, the relocation of animals is an extra challenge.


Hammered by Andrew, Florida town's rebuilding tested by Irma

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Reuters) - This sprawling suburb on Florida's southern tip was nearly wiped flat by one hurricane 25 years ago. Now its residents hope they have rebuilt strong enough to withstand another.

Rural Areas

Who Will Save These Dying Italian Towns?

Near-empty villages try to hold on to an endangered way of life — and some of the country’s most important artisanal traditions.


A Texas Town, Weary From Floods, Goes Underwater Again

Deweyville, Tex., swamped by a flood in 2016, gets hit once more. Some residents blame a decision to open floodgates even more than the weather.


BRIEF-Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores reports Q2 loss per share $1.30

* Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. Reports second quarter 2017 results

Comedy and Humor

Heard the One About Jamestown? State Bets Comedy Can Spark a Revival

New York State officials have invested nearly $10 million in a National Comedy Center, hoping it draws people to a city where the poverty level is around 29 percent.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

What Trump Told 'Dreamers' — Before He Ended DACA

President Trump is winding down DACA. But Trump and his administration have at times suggested that this wouldn’t happen.


Dolphins will not play at home on Sunday due to Irma

(Reuters) - The Miami Dolphins will not play their season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home on Sunday due to the potential impact of Hurricane Irma on South Florida, the NFL said on Tuesday.


Pennsylvania town settles lawsuit brought by U.S. over mosque rejection

(Reuters) - A Pennsylvania town settled a lawsuit brought by the U.S. Department of Justice that alleged the town illegally denied plans for a proposed mosque, the department said on Tuesday.


BRIEF-ExxonMobil says Baytown restart activities continue, pipelines beginning to transport fuels

* Says Baytown restart activities continue, pipelines beginning to transport fuels


Frances McDormand used John Wayne as model in small-town revenge drama

VENICE (Reuters) - John Wayne was the inspiration for Frances McDormand's portrayal of an angel of vengeance in "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri", the American said ahead of the movie's premiere at the Venice film festival on Monday.

United States Open (Tennis)

Sports of The Times: A Crude Rant Gets Fognini Booted From the Open — and Good Riddance

It may take awhile for officials to decide the long-term fate of this foul-mouthed player. Based on his past behavior, though, it should be a no-brainer.


UPDATE 1-Aon to buy real estate investment firm Townsend from Colony NorthStar

NEW YORK, Sept 1 (Reuters) - Insurance broker Aon Plc said on Friday it would buy real estate investment management firm The Townsend Group from Colony NorthStar Inc for $475 million, helping expand its property investment management portfolio.


UPDATE 6-Thousands flee Texas towns flooded by Harvey; gas prices spike

ORANGE, Texas/HOUSTON, Sept 1 (Reuters) - A week after Hurricane Harvey came ashore in Texas, rescuers pressed their marathon search for survivors on Friday in large pockets of land that remained flooded by one of the costliest natural disasters to hit the United States.


Thousands flee Texas towns flooded by Harvey; gas prices spike

ORANGE, Texas/HOUSTON (Reuters) - A week after Hurricane Harvey came ashore in Texas, rescuers pressed their marathon search for survivors on Friday in large pockets of land that remained flooded by one of the costliest natural disasters to hit the United States.


UPDATE 5-Thousands flee Texas towns flooded by Harvey; gas prices spike


Japanese towns hold drills for natural disasters, and missiles too

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan held annual exercises on Friday to prepare for disasters but this year it was not just the danger of earthquakes and tsunamis that was on the minds of many people - the threat of North Korean missiles also loomed large.

Dolphins and Porpoises

Irrawaddy River Journal: In a Fragile Partnership, Dolphins Help Catch Fish in Myanmar

On the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar, dolphins help fishermen herd fish into nets, but overfishing, pollution and a lack of interest among the young threaten that bond.

Hurricane Harvey (2017)

Before and After: Harvey’s Toll on Texas Towns

Satellite images show the scale of flooding in towns outside of Houston. Satellite images ©2017 DigitalGlobe.


Diplomatic spat casts long shadow over Hyundai factory town in China

BEIJING (Reuters) - In the industrial outskirts of Beijing, a local community in the shadow of a giant Hyundai Motor Co manufacturing complex is feeling the fallout from a fierce diplomatic standoff between China and South Korea.

Hurricane Harvey (2017)

As Houston Looks to Recover, Small Towns Now Bear the Brunt

Houston has begun assessing the damage of Harvey, but the storm marched on to conquer a new swath speckled with small towns and home to millions.

Global Warming

Churchill Journal: Canadian Town, Isolated After Losing Rail Link, ‘Feels Held Hostage’

The subarctic town of Churchill has been stranded since May, when floods washed out its only link to the south. And the rail’s American owners don’t want to fix it.

Hurricanes and Tropical Storms

Texans Navigate Floodwaters — and Emotions

Videos of victims of Tropical Storm Harvey reveal the emotional toll as well as the physical in Houston and the surrounding area.

Computers and the Internet

First Words: In Our Cynical Age, No One Fails Anymore — Everybody ‘Pivots’

From Silicon Valley to the White House, changing your narrative is as easy as announcing your intention to do so.

Coming to town: Trump to tour Texas on Tuesday

President Donald Trump will head to Texas on Tuesday to visit parts of the state that were battered by Hurricane Harvey over the weekend and survey relief efforts up close.


Mountain collapses on township in China's remote southwest, killing two

BEIJING (Reuters) - A landslide caused part of a mountain to collapse on to a remote township in China's remote southwest on Monday, state media said, killing at least two people with 25 missing.

Living the high life: Europe's most beautiful hilltop towns

Tears, anger, frustration at Charlottesville town hall

Emotions ran high as Charlottesville, Virginia, residents expressed their opinions to officials at a "Community Recovery Town Hall."

Rainfall expected all night in towns of southeast Texas as Tropical Storm Harvey stalls over land

The sprawling and soaked Houston metro area and other deluged towns in southeast Texas braced for devastating floods and pummeling rainfall on Sunday as Tropical Storm Harvey stalled over land and drenched dogged searchers and anxious residents.


Exxon cuts Baytown refinery rates due to ship channel shutdown

NEW YORK, Aug 26 (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp said on Saturday it has cut rates at its 560,000 barrel-per-day Baytown, Texas, refinery due to the shutdown of the Houston Ship Channel amid Tropical Storm Harvey.

Official to town residents: Write name on arm

According to CNN's Nick Valencia, the mayor pro tem of Rockport, Texas, Patrick Rios, has encouraged his city's residents to write their name and social security number on their arm in case emergency officials have to recover their body.


U.S. towns that want to shed Confederate symbols hit bureaucratic roadblocks

(Reuters) - As early as November, the stretch of Jefferson Davis Highway that runs through Alexandria, Virginia, will boast a new title after the city council voted to erase the name of the Confederacy's president.


New mudslide hits barely recovering Swiss town

ZURICH (Reuters) - A fresh mudslide swept into a remote mountain town in eastern Switzerland on Friday where a massive landslide earlier this week left eight people missing.

Night Wolves

Inside a Putin-Linked Biker Club — And Its Combat School

As skirmishes in Ukraine continue, the Night Wolves — a Russian motorcycle club that is on friendly terms with President Vladimir V. Putin — is running a combat training center just a few hours away.

Police activity is focused around a restaurant in the heart of downtown, witness says

Police in Charleston, South Carolina, are working an "active shooter situation," according to Charles Francis, a spokesman for the Charleston Police Department.

Girls Trip (Movie)

‘Girls Trip’ Writers Make Movie History — and Influence It, Too

They say the first $100 million film from an all-black cast and creative team comes at a time when the country needs to celebrate women of color.

Carbon Capture and Sequestration

What ‘Clean Coal’ Is — and Isn’t

President Trump’s comments about “clean coal” in Phoenix betrayed a common confusion about the term.


Depopulation turns Serbian villages into ghost towns

REPUSNICA, Serbia (Reuters) - Repusnica was once a bustling village on the slopes of Mount Stara Planina in Serbia. Now its bars lie empty, its houses stand shuttered and nobody walks its streets.


Rocket strikes downtown Kabul

KABUL (Reuters) - A rocket struck the heart of Kabul's government and diplomatic area on Monday night, setting off alarms and sirens at foreign embassies, but there were no immediate reports of casualties.

Books and Literature

Fiction: Three Deadly Days: One Town’s Experience of the Holocaust

Rachel Seiffert’s novel “A Boy in Winter” probes the bonds and betrayals in a Ukrainian town as it succumbs to Hitler’s armies.


Illinois town gears up to become heart of U.S. eclipse

CARBONDALE, Ill. (Reuters) - The small southern Illinois town of Carbondale was revving up on Sunday to become eclipse central, on the eve of the total solar eclipse that will traverse the continental United States for the first time in 99 years.

A bomb factory in a beach town may be key to Spain's terror attacks

Nuria Gil had heard rumors of men squatting in a vacant property around the corner from her home, but she had never seen them herself.


How to Get Away With Murder in Small-Town India

In her last days in India, the Times bureau chief wrestles with a murder covered up in plain sight, and with what she was leaving behind.


A Word With: Dolly Parton on Her TV Movie’s Emmy Nomination and Playing the ‘Town Tramp’

NBC’s “Christmas of Many Colors” was nominated alongside TV movies about Bernie Madoff and Sherlock Holmes.

After 7 mostly unproductive months in office, Trump is again becoming what he has always been — an outsider


Belgian town cooks giant omelet amidst egg scare

MALMEDY, Belgium (Reuters) - A Belgian town honored its 22-year-old tradition of making a giant omelet on Tuesday amidst an egg contamination scare, cooking 10,000 eggs in a pan four meters wide.


Downtown? Petula Clark goes Down Farm

CROPREDY, England (Reuters) - Grammy award-winner Petula Clark sang her global hit "Downtown" about as far from "where the neon signs are pretty" as she could at the weekend -- to thousands in a field in rural England.


Syrian army secures Islamic State-held town in Homs province: state media

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian government forces seized full control of the last major town in Homs province held by Islamic State, Syrian state media reported on Saturday, as the army and its allies press a multi-pronged advance into eastern areas held by the jihadist group.

Demonstrations, Protests and Riots

Planned Rally by White Nationalists Has College Town on Edge

A rally against the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee has Charlottesville, home to the University of Virginia, bracing for a weekend of potential violence.


Woman charged with faking cancer, keeping donations from New York towns

(Reuters) - A 38-year-old Orlando woman who pretended to have terminal cancer and accepted donations when she lived in New York's Westchester County several years ago was arrested on Friday and charged with fraud, U.S. prosecutors said.

S-Town (Radio Program)

Can’t Let Go of ‘S-Town’? Here’s What to Read Next

Mercury poisoning, poetry, tattoos and sundials: These are the stories that explore the podcast’s most remarkable moments.


In a remote Irish town, a goat reigns supreme

KILLORGLIN, Ireland (Reuters) - For a few days this week a goat will be king of a small town in Ireland's rural south west.