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New Candidates Emerge for Trump’s Top Environmental Adviser

A new candidate was needed after the White House withdrew its previous nominee, who had drawn criticism for calling carbon dioxide the “gas of life.”

Billy Graham to lie in honor at US Capitol next week

The Rev. Billy Graham will lie in honor in the US Capitol rotunda beginning next week, House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a statement on Thursday.


Air strikes hammer Syria's Ghouta for fifth day, U.N. mulling ceasefire resolution

AMMAN (Reuters) - Warplanes pounded the last rebel enclave near Syria's capital for a fifth day running on Thursday as the U.N. Security Council considered demanding a 30-day truce  across the country to allow emergency aid deliveries and medical evacuations.

Obama cheers on the 'fearless students'

Former President Barack Obama voiced his support Thursday for the "fearless students" of Parkland, Florida, telling them, "we've got your backs."

Chloe Kim and Jimmy Fallon photobomb fans

17-year-old Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim stopped by "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" to photobomb unsuspecting fans.

Security footage from school misled cops

Surveillance footage from the Florida high school where 17 people were gunned down was not live, as responding officers initially thought -- it was actually on tape delay, the Sun Sentinel newspaper reported.


Groups refile lawsuits to block net neutrality reversal

WASHINGTON, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Web browser developer Mozilla Corp and video-sharing website Vimeo Inc said on Thursday they had refiled legal challenges intended to block the Trump administration's repeal of landmark net neutrality rules from taking effect.


NRA chief slams anti-gun "elites" after Florida school massacre

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the National Rifle Association lashed out at gun control advocates on Thursday, saying Democratic elites are politicizing the latest mass school shooting in the United States to erode the country's constitutionally guaranteed gun rights.


Chevrolet Bolt wins top 'green car' from Consumer Reports

WASHINGTON, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Hyundai Motor Co's Genesis brand topped the annual ranking of new vehicles by influential U.S. magazine Consumer Reports, while General Motors Co's electric Chevrolet Bolt was named top pick for compact green car.


Romanian justice minister calls for dismissal of anti-corruption prosecutor

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romanian Justice Minister Tudorel Toader called on Thursday for the dismissal of chief anti-corruption prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi for what he said were "acts and facts intolerable to the rule of law."


Pentagon to provide recommendation on transgender individuals to Trump this week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will provide his recommendation to President Donald Trump on transgender individuals and military service sometime this week, the Pentagon said on Thursday.


President of Tezos Swiss foundation steps down

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The president of a Swiss foundation that conducted a $232 million online fundraiser for the embattled Tezos cryptocurrency project has stepped down, the foundation said in a statement on Thursday.

Fashion and Apparel

Fosun Triumphs in Bidding War for Lanvin, Troubled Fashion House

The deal was the second Chinese takeover of a European luxury brand in a month.


Toys are not us: Target investors

(Reuters) - Target Corp should hold off on plans to cash in on a perceived advantage in toys after the collapse of Toys "R" Us, several of the company's investors told Reuters, worried it could eat up capital desperately needed in an Amazon-dominated retail world.


BRIEF-Neuberger Berman To Vote For Shareholder Proposal Regarding Right To Call Special Meeting At Nuance Communications



Snap chief earns $638 million in 2017, third-highest CEO payout ever

(Reuters) - Snap Inc Chief Executive Officer Evan Spiegel received $637.8 million as total compensation as the company went public last year, the third-highest annual payout ever received by a company's chief executive.


Turkish opposition sounds alarm over proposed voting law changes

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's opposition said on Thursday new electoral regulations proposed by President Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party and its nationalist allies could open the door to fraud and jeopardise the fairness of 2019 elections.


BRIEF-Abarca, Amgen Enter Outcomes-Based Agreement For Repatha



Takata agrees to settle U.S. probe by 44 state AGs over deadly air bags

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Takata Corp's U.S. unit agreed Thursday to settle a probe by 44 state attorneys general into claims it concealed a deadly safety defect with air bag inflators.


Nigerian state governor says no missing schoolgirls rescued: residents

DAPCHI, Nigeria (Reuters) - The governor of the Nigerian state of Yobe on Thursday told residents of a village that no missing girls had been rescued following a Boko Haram attack, according to four of those who heard the official speak.


BMW settles U.S. claims it refused lease refunds to military personnel

(Reuters) - BMW AG agreed to pay more than $2.2 million to settle U.S. government claims that it failed to provide required refunds to 492 military personnel who lawfully terminated their vehicle leases because they were called to duty.


UPDATE 1-Bombardier CFO says used business jet market inching toward sellers

MONTREAL, Feb 22 (Reuters) - The market for higher-end, pre-owned business jets is beginning to favor sellers, after years where buyers had the upper hand because of elevated supply, Bombardier Inc's chief financial officer said on Thursday.


UPDATE 2-BMW settles U.S. claims it refused lease refunds to military personnel

Feb 22 (Reuters) - BMW AG agreed to pay more than $2.2 million to settle U.S. government claims that it failed to provide required refunds to 492 military personnel who lawfully terminated their vehicle leases because they were called to duty.


BRIEF-BRT Apartments Acquires 586 Unit Value Add Property In Lawrenceville, Georgia



UPDATE 1-Snap chief earns $638 mln in 2017, third-highest CEO payout ever

Feb 22 (Reuters) - Snap Inc Chief Executive Officer Evan Spiegel received $637.8 million as total compensation as the company went public last year, the third-highest annual payout ever received by a company's chief executive.

School cameras had over 20-minute delay

CNN's Kaylee Hartung reports on new details that the security cameras at Stoneman Douglas High School had a 20-minute tape delay that slowed police from capturing the shooter.


Lawsuit says race motivated Trump to end immigrant protections

BOSTON (Reuters) - A group of Haitian and Salvadoran immigrants on Thursday filed a lawsuit claiming that the decision by U.S. President Donald Trump's administration to terminate the protections that allowed them to remain in the country was racially motivated.


Stymied by regulators, Airbnb looks to luxury vacations, hotels for growth

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Airbnb is rolling out new services aimed at attracting travelers looking for luxury accommodations and traditional hotels, the latest move to contend with sputtering growth in its original home-renting business.


Pence rallies conservatives with call to fight hard at 2018 elections

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Mike Pence rallied thousands of conservative activists on Thursday to fight back against a Democratic drive to take over the U.S. Congress in 2018 elections, calling it crucial to advance President Donald Trump's agenda.


UPDATE 6-Oil prices climb after unexpected drop in U.S. crude stocks

* Weaker dollar supports oil prices (New throughout, updates prices, market activity and comments; new byline, changes dateline, previously LONDON)

Gun Control

How the N.R.A. Keeps Federal Gun Regulators in Check

The A.T.F.’s weakened political position is partly because the N.R.A. has long used its sway to hobble the agency as well as because of a dearth of leadership and resources.

Trump wants to raise the gun purchase age to 21 and end bump stock sales

President Donald Trump sought Thursday morning to firm up his political positions on the swirling gun debate while also defending the National Rifle Association, which has come under fierce criticism in the wake of last week's school shooting in Florida.


Brazil's defense minister says SpaceX, Boeing interested in launching from Amazon base

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's defense minister said on Thursday that SpaceX, Boeing and other companies have expressed interest in launching rockets from the South American nation's Alcantara military base near the equator, and that a delegation of interested parties visited the site late last year.


New Jersey Democrats seek to bar gunmakers from pension funds

BOSTON (Reuters) - New Jersey legislators on Thursday said they plan to introduce bills to bar state pension funds from investing in gun manufacturers.

Education (K-12)

Op-Ed Contributor: A Combat Zone, With Desks

Much of what I learned in the Army is horrifyingly relevant in the classroom.

Parkland students raise $3.7 million in 3 days. Here's how they'll spend it

As the survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting turn their waking nightmares into a national revolution, their supporters have funneled huge sums of money to the students' cause.


Factbox: Trump on Twitter (Feb 22) - School shootings, bump stocks, school safety

The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS.

The end of net neutrality is coming in April

Analysis: Rubio takes heat but finds his voice

He didn't look like "Little Marco."

#MeToo Movement

Op-Ed Contributor: I’m a Campus Sexual Assault Activist. It’s Time to Reimagine How We Punish Sex Crimes.

We cannot jail, fire or expel our way out of this crisis. We need other options.

Hedge fund billionaire: 70% chance of recession before 2020 election


Puerto Rico should rebuild power from scratch: Fed official

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Puerto Rico should "start from scratch" rebuilding its already outdated power infrastructure after deadly Hurricane Maria last year devastated it and left citizens marooned, the U.S. central banker overseeing the island territory said on Thursday.


Wall St. rises sharply as rate hike fears ease

(Reuters) - Gains in technology and industrial shares helped U.S. stocks rebound from a two-day fall on Thursday as investors shrugged off the prospects of more interest rate hikes this year.


U.S. judge in Russia probe orders sealed hearing in Gates case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge has ordered a closed hearing for Friday in the Russia probe case of Rick Gates, a former campaign aide for President Donald Trump, according to a court filing on Thursday.

All of West Virginia's public schools are closed due to a teacher walk-out over pay

Public schools across West Virginia are closed Thursday as teachers and other school employees hit the picket lines, demanding higher wages and better benefits.

Wayne LaPierre calls out Democrats and warns of a government overreach over and above gun control

The National Rifle Association's executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre slammed Democrats for their reaction to the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, and warned of government overreach extending far beyond the limiting of fire arms.

Marco Rubio: Banning semiautomatic rifles is 'well outside' mainstream

Sen. Marco Rubio is defending his stance against a ban on semiautomatic rifles -- claiming that the position is "well outside" mainstream opinion -- after he signaled an openness to limited gun control measures at a CNN town hall on school shootings.


German court delays ruling on diesel ban to next week

LEIPZIG, Germany (Reuters) - A German court has delayed a ruling on whether major cities can ban heavily polluting diesel cars, which could hit the resale value of up to 15 million vehicles in Europe's largest car market and force automakers to pay for costly modifications.


Motorcycling: Tech3 team to split with Yamaha at end of season

(Reuters) - The Tech3 MotoGP team will end their partnership with Yamaha at the end of the season, the Japanese manufacturer announced on Thursday.


New Ferrari looks a big step up, says Vettel

(Reuters) - Ferrari's new SF71H Formula One car already looks a big step up from last year's before it has turned a wheel in anger, four times world champion Sebastian Vettel said at Thursday's unveiling.


Wait, I know you: home security startup taps face-recognition tech

(Reuters) - A team of engineers that worked on self-driving cars and helped invent Google Street View wants to help people guard their homes against intruders using the same style of facial recognition that unlocks smart phones.


At country home, Britain's May hopes to settle Brexit divisions

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May hopes on Thursday to settle disputes over her Brexit strategy that are dividing her cabinet and party, and frustrating her negotiating partners in the European Union.

Suspicious package sent to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Police launched an investigation after suspicions were raised about a package sent to a royal residence in London, reportedly addressed to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Many in the media love mass shootings, NRA spokeswoman says

A National Rifle Association spokeswoman argued Thursday that "many in legacy media love mass shootings" during a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference.


U.S. jobless claims near 45-year low as economic outlook brightens

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell to a near 45-year low last week, pointing to strong job growth in February and solid momentum in the economy.


The Problem With Broadway Revivals: They Revive Gender Stereotypes, Too

Audiences love the classic songs. And producers love filling seats. But in this #MeToo moment, what to make of musicals like “My Fair Lady” and “Carousel”?


Yugoslav army veteran lobs grenade at U.S. embassy in Montenegro, then blows himself up

PODGORICA (Reuters) - A Yugoslav army veteran who manned anti-aircraft defenses during the NATO bombing in 1999 tossed a hand grenade into the U.S. embassy compound in Podgorica, capital of Montenegro, around midnight and then blew himself up, police said on Thursday.

The politics of fear is dying out in Africa

Lenin was once quoted as saying, "There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen." This could perfectly describe the past week in Africa. Across the continent, a number of game-changing political developments have followed each other in quick succession in one of the most tumultuous weeks of any decade.


Film about downfall of Brazilian President Rousseff hits screen in Berlin

BERLIN (Reuters) - Brazilian society remains deeply divided one and a half years after President Dilma Rousseff was impeached and removed from office, said the director of a new documentary about the period.


Iran stays within main limits of nuclear deal, IAEA report shows

VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran has stayed within the main restrictions on its nuclear activities imposed by a 2015 deal with major powers, a confidential quarterly report by the U.N. atomic watchdog seen by Reuters showed on Thursday.


Norway's sovereign wealth fund buys 245 million pounds stake in UK's Shaftesbury

(Reuters) - The sovereign wealth fund of Norway bought a 245 million pounds ($342 million) stake in British property group Shaftesbury from Invesco, regulatory filings showed on Thursday.


Ford reshuffles executives after abrupt departure of U.S. chief

(Reuters) - Ford Motor Co on Thursday named company insider Kumar Galhotra as head of its North American operations, filling the gap left by the abrupt departure of Raj Nair after an internal investigation uncovered "inappropriate behavior" by the executive.

Student calls NRA chief's remarks 'insensitive'

Ex-Google engineer: I was fired for pushing back on discrimination

Would arming teachers be a 'deterrent' or 'a recipe for disaster'?

A suggestion to arm teachers is back in the spotlight this week in the wake of the Florida high school shooting after President Donald Trump raised the idea Wednesday.

National Rifle Assn

N.R.A. Chief, Wayne LaPierre, Offers Ardent Defense of 2nd Amendment

Wayne LaPierre, the N.R.A. chief, delivered remarks to the annual Conservative Political Action Conference.


Halo raises hackles as Mercedes present their new 'diva'

SILVERSTONE, England (Reuters) - Formula One champions Mercedes launched their 2018 car on Thursday with team boss Toto Wolff hoping it proved less temperamental than the last one and admitting he would like to attack it with a chainsaw.

News and News Media

Margaret Brennan Named Host of ‘Face the Nation’ on CBS

Ms. Brennan, who succeeds John Dickerson, becomes the only female journalist currently serving as the solo anchor of a major Sunday political show.


Israeli Bezeq's owner to remain in custody until Monday

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The controlling shareholder of Bezeq Israel Telecom, Israel's largest telecoms group, has been ordered to remain in police custody until Monday as part of an investigation into the firm.

Trump, Melania

Questions Swirl as Melania Trump’s Parents Obtain Green Cards

It is unclear how or when Viktor and Amalija Knavs got green cards, but immigration experts said the most likely way would have been a program the president has railed against.


Irish taxman sees disputed Apple bill remaining around $16 billion

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland expects the final disputed tax bill that the European Commission ordered it to collect from Apple to be "in the ballpark" of the 13 billion euros ($16 billion) estimated, the head of the country's tax collectors said on Thursday.

SpaceX sends three satellites to space


Japan wins WTO dispute over South Korean bans on Fukushima-related food

TOKYO/GENEVA (Reuters) - A World Trade Organization ruling on Thursday largely upheld a Japanese complaint against South Korea's import bans and additional testing requirements imposed on Japanese seafood because of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.


Mexico's Televisa to partner with Amazon on content for video

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican broadcaster Televisa announced on Thursday it would partner with Amazon to distribute original content on the e-commerce giant's video streaming platform.


Olympics: Holograms may help more fans catch the action at Tokyo Games

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese telecommunications company NTT is hoping to bring an added dimension to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by projecting live sporting events with its 3D hologram technology.


Paris tourism shakes post-attack lull to record decade-best 2017

PARIS (Reuters) - Tourists flocked back to Paris last year as safety concerns following a spate of attacks by Islamist militants appeared to ease, making 2017 the city's best year for foreign...


Soft romance fills Fendi's Milan catwalk show

MILAN (Reuters) - Elegant capes, geometric patterns and pleats in soft shades filled Fendi's show on Thursday, as the Italian fashion house presented a feminine and romantic fall-winter collection.


Diarrhea kills 26 Congolese refugees in Uganda, infects hundreds: U.N.

KAMPALA (Reuters) - Twenty-six refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo have died in a camp in Uganda from acute diarrhea, and hundreds more cases have been registered, an official from the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR said on Thursday.


Curling: U.S. add to Canadian misery with semi-final win

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - The United States ended Canada's bid for a fourth consecutive men's Olympic curling gold medal with gritty 5-3 semi-final win over their northern neighbors on Thursday to set up a final showdown with Sweden.


Death toll from listeria outbreak in South Africa more than doubles to 172

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The death toll from an outbreak of the food-borne disease listeria in South Africa has more than doubled from previous numbers given in January to 172 deaths, the government said on Thursday.


IOC edges closer to bringing Russia in from the cold - sources

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is edging closer to allowing Russia to march behind their national flag at the Winter Games closing ceremony, sources said, in a move Moscow hopes will mark the end of its ostracism from world sport.

UN mulls Syria action as deaths rise

UN Security Council members may vote Thursday on a temporary ceasefire for Syria's besieged Eastern Ghouta region, a day after the United Nations' chief deplored the plight of the civilians trapped there as "hell on earth."

McMaster could leave White House after months of tension with Trump

With tensions flaring between President Donald Trump and national security adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, the Pentagon is considering options that would allow the President to potentially move the three-star general out of his current role and back into the military, according to half a dozen defense and administration officials.

Analysis: Where Billy Graham 'missed the mark'

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. electrified the nation when he gave his "I Have a Dream" speech, but there was another famous American pastor who was not impressed.


Russia makes $15 million anti-doping payment to comply with ban terms

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Russia's Olympic Committee (ROC) has paid $15 million to help develop international anti-doping efforts as part of the conditions set for the country's possible return to the Games, it said on Thursday.

California Today

California Today: California Today: After Legalization, Dr. Dre’s ‘Weed Man’ Is Thriving

Thursday: A man who sold marijuana to celebrities hopes Compton will reconsider its ban, a school shooting threat in Whittier, and a new road map to weight loss.


BRIEF-Enviva Partners Says Q4 Revenue Rose 27.3 Pct To $161 Mln



BRIEF-Barrick Says Richard Williams Taking On New Role As Chairman's Executive Envoy To Tanzania



USDA secretary wants separate immigration program for agricultural workers

ARLINGTON, Va. (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said on Thursday the government wants a separate immigration program for agricultural workers.


BRIEF-Apellis Pharmaceuticals Announces 18-Month Results Of Phase 2 Study Of APL-2 In Geographic Atrophy



Death toll from Mozambique summer rains reaches 50

MAPUTO (Reuters) - The southern hemisphere summer rainy season has killed 50 people in Mozambique since October, the country's National Institute for Disaster Management (INGC) said in its latest update on Thursday.


Newmont posts market-beating profit, sees itself leading world output

TORONTO (Reuters) - Newmont Mining Corp reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit on Thursday and maintained a production prediction that would see it take the title of world's largest bullion producer from rival Barrick Gold .


Somali children abused in anti-insurgency crackdown, families say

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somali children suspected of links to the Islamist insurgency are being held in adult jails where they are vulnerable to abuse, and tried in military courts, Somali families said, backing up allegations in a human rights report.


Coca-Cola Femsa reports steep net loss in fourth quarter

MEXICO CITY, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Coca-Cola Femsa reported on Thursday a net loss of 24.24 billion pesos ($1.233 billion) in the fourth quarter, hampered by a change in the reporting of its results in Venezuela.


UPDATE 2-Newmont posts market-beating profit, sees itself leading world output

TORONTO, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Newmont Mining Corp reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit on Thursday and maintained a production prediction that would see it take the title of world's largest bullion producer from rival Barrick Gold.


BRIEF-InterDigital Reports Q4 Earnings Per Share $1.48



Investors take flight after Angry Birds maker warns on profit

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Angry Birds game maker Rovio Entertainment warned on profits on Thursday, wiping more than 40 percent off the Finnish company's shares and leaving investors nursing big losses following a flotation last September.


BRIEF-Fiera Capital Issues Class A Subordinate Voting Shares To DJM Capital



Trump says arming some teachers would stop shootings 'instantly'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday pushed his call to arm teachers following last week's school massacre in Florida, saying it would be limited to those with military or special training but "would solve the problem instantly."


EU's top court says Poland breached air pollution rules

BRUSSELS/WARSAW (Reuters) - The European Union's top court on Thursday said Poland had failed to uphold air quality standards, part of a wider EU battle to reduce deaths from airborne pollution which it estimates kills 400,000 people every year.


BRIEF-John Bilbrey Retires As Chairman Of Hershey Co Board



BRIEF-Commvault Names Andy Vandeveld, VP, Worldwide Alliances



BRIEF-CVR Partners Reports Q4 Loss Per Share Of $0.24



Egypt sentences 21 to death for planning attacks

CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court on Thursday sentenced 21 suspected extremists to death, including 16 in absentia, on charges of bomb making and planning attacks on public and private infrastructure, judicial sources said.


Belgian police set up security cordon after murder report

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Police closed down a street in southern Brussels in a major security operation involving specialist armed units on Thursday after a report of a possible murder.

Russian opposition activist detained

Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny was detained after a visit to the dentist on Wednesday, he said on Twitter.


U.S. jobless claims fall to near 45-year low; six states estimated

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell to a near 45-year low last week, but claims for six states were estimated because of Monday's Presidents Day holiday.

Trump wants concealed guns for 'adept teachers'

President Donald Trump, after listening to a series of emotional stories and pleas to enhance school safety at the White House Wednesday, floated the idea of arming teachers and school staff, an idea that was met with support from many of the attendees.


Short track: Dutchwoman Schulting claims 1,000m gold

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Suzanne Schulting of the Netherlands won gold in the Olympic women's 1,000 meters short track speed skating ahead of Canada's Kim Boutin on Thursday.


Ice Hockey: 'Oops' shot snaps Canadian hold, wins gold for U.S.

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - She's practiced the 'Oops, I did it again' thousands of times in training, and on Thursday her signature trick was worth its weight in Olympic gold as American Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson's shootout winner broke a Canadian 16-year stranglehold on the women's ice hockey title.


Mercedes and Hamilton hope to start season with new deal done

SILVERSTONE, England (Reuters) - Four times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes hope to have a new long-term deal wrapped up before the season starts in Australia next month, both parties said on Thursday.


Uber will aggressively invest in Southeast Asia, won't let SoftBank rule it: CEO

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc's [UBER.UL] chief executive pledged to continue investing aggressively in Southeast Asia even though the U.S. ride hailing firm expects to lose money in the fast growing market due to costly battles with rivals such as Grab.


Seychelles preserves swathes of marine territory in debt-for-nature deal

VICTORIA (Reuters) - The island nation of Seychelles designated some of its fragile coastal areas for protection from commercial fishing, oil exploration and development this week in return for a novel deal relieving it of part of its sovereign debt.


U.N. pleads for truce to avert 'massacre' as strikes hit Syria's Ghouta for fifth day

AMMAN (Reuters) - Warplanes pounded the last rebel enclave near the Syrian capital for a fifth straight day on Thursday as the United Nations pleaded for a ceasefire to halt one of the fiercest air assaults of the seven-year civil war and prevent a "massacre".


Man lobs grenade at U.S. embassy in Montenegro, then blows himself up

PODGORICA (Reuters) - An unidentified man threw an explosive device, probably a hand grenade, at the U.S. embassy building in Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro, around midnight before blowing himself up, the government said on Thursday.

School Shootings and Armed Attacks

Trump Says He Advocates Arming Only Teachers With Special Training

President Trump took to Twitter to say that he does not want to give all teachers guns to fight mass shootings, but give “concealed guns” to teachers with “military or special training experience.”


Stock futures largely flat as Fed points to more rate hikes

(Reuters) - US stock futures were little changed on Thursday, as the prospects of further interest rate increases this year kept investors on the edge.

Listen to your heart: not doing that almost cost me my life


Sangamo in $3 billion gene-editing deal with Gilead

(Reuters) - U.S. drugmaker Gilead Sciences Inc will use Sangamo Therapeutics Inc's gene-editing technology to develop cancer treatments in a deal potentially worth about $3 billion to Sangamo, the companies said on Thursday.


Factbox: Trump on Twitter (Feb 22): Gun policy

The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS.


Short track: Hungary storm to first Winter Games gold

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Hungary claimed their first gold medal at a Winter Olympics by pulling off a stunning victory in the men's 5,000 meters relay on Thursday after a fall cost South Korea a place on the podium.


Biathlon: Domracheva claims relay gold for Belarus

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Darya Domracheva overcame errant shooting by skiing a perfect final leg to claim the women's Olympic 4x6km relay gold for Belarus in a see-saw race held in swirling snow on Thursday.

The opioid crisis is draining the US workforce


Novo's pioneering diabetes pill impresses in first big study

COPENHAGEN/LONDON (Reuters) - The world's largest diabetes drugmaker, Novo Nordisk, on Thursday presented the first successful data from a large final-stage study of a pill it hopes will transform the diabetes market.


Toys are not us, investors to Target

(Reuters) - Target Corp should hold off on plans to cash in on a perceived advantage in toys after the collapse of Toys "R" Us, several of the company's investors told Reuters, worried it could eat up capital desperately needed in an Amazon-dominated retail world.


Alpine skiing: American Shiffrin ends 'rollercoaster' Games on high note

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Surprise successes, shocking failures and a dizzying number of scheduling changes made for a turbulent three weeks in Pyeongchang for Mikaela Shiffrin, but the American said she is walking away happy after taking silver in Thursday's combined.


Exclusive: As Trump trashes NAFTA, Mexico turns to Brazilian corn

CHICAGO/MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican buyers imported ten times more corn from Brazil last year amid concern that NAFTA renegotiations could disrupt their U.S. supplies, according to government data and top grains merchants.


Malaysian rapper Namewee in the dog house over 'obscene' Lunar New Year video

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia detained rapper Namewee on Thursday amid an uproar over an "obscene" Lunar New Year music video depicting people in dog masks dancing in what appears to be the administrative capital of Putrajaya.


Buffett letter may tout optimism as broader market worries ebb

(Reuters) - Warren Buffett may use part of his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway Inc shareholders, due on Saturday, to renew his optimism about America, at a time economic growth is on the upswing and U.S. stocks sit near record highs despite rising interest rates.


Indonesia president says toxic river should be clean enough to drink

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's president on Thursday said water from the Citarum River should be made drinkable within seven years under a new cleanup project for the Java island river often ranked among the world's most polluted.


Sports betting will gain from UK crackdown on slot machines: Playtech CEO

(Reuters) - If the UK government makes good on promises to cut stakes on fixed odds slot machines, consumers and gambling shops will flip to sports betting terminals instead, the head of the world's largest gambling software maker said on Thursday.

Tears, boos and tense exchanges on day of confrontation

From the nation's capital to the hallways of the Florida Capitol, parents and students confronted lawmakers Wednesday to demand gun reform after a massacre at a high school in Parkland.


For some, traumatic life jolts lead to profound, personal growth

CHICAGO (Reuters) - (The opinions expressed here are those of the author, a columnist for Reuters.)


Easy fixes to school security prove elusive after Florida shooting

(Reuters) - Two weeks before a gunman fatally shot 17 people at a Florida high school, Bill Lee, the president of the state's school administrators association, warned that Florida's schools were vulnerable to just such an attack.


Russian opposition leader Navalny briefly held ahead of March election

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was detained by police on Thursday but then released a short while later, weeks ahead of a presidential election in which he has been barred from running.

Marco Rubio, Ivanka Trump, Ice Hockey: Your Thursday Briefing

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


Israeli chipmaker TowerJazz profit up, first quarter guidance misses forecast

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Israeli chip maker TowerJazz reported higher-than-expected fourth quarter net profit on Thursday but its guidance for revenues in the first quarter was lower than forecasts, sending its shares down.


Paris metro expansion plan delayed before 2024 Olympics

PARIS (Reuters) - Paris on Thursday admitted construction delays to its 38.5-billion-euro ($47 billion) metro expansion plan, despite having promised easy to access public transport to 100 percent of venues for the 2024 Olympic Games.


Iran says may withdraw from nuclear deal if banks continue to stay away

LONDON (Reuters) - Iran will withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal if there is no economic benefit and major banks continue to shun the Islamic Republic, its deputy foreign minister said on Thursday.

Ivanka Trump is South Korea-bound

Ivanka Trump is headed to South Korea on Thursday, where she will lead the presidential delegation to the closing ceremony of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games.


Three executions planned Thursday for three U.S. states

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Alabama, Florida and Texas plan to execute inmates on Thursday and if carried out, it would be the first time in eight years that three people on death row have been executed on the same day since the death penalty was reinstated in the United States.

New York City

New York Today: New York Today: Our City’s Rosa Parks

Thursday: The 19th-century woman who desegregated New York City’s public transit, colder weather, and Beer Week.

Freedom of Speech and Expression

Op-Ed Columnist: Free Speech and the Necessity of Discomfort

Journalism under the siege of the perpetually enraged reader.


North Korean closing Olympics delegation includes man blamed for deadly sinking

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea will send a high-level delegation to South Korea for the Winter Olympics closing ceremony, officials said on Thursday, including the man blamed for the 2010 sinking of a South Korean navy ship that killed 46 sailors.


Dutch prosecutors say won't open criminal case against big tobacco firms

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch prosecutors on Thursday rejected a call by civil groups, hospitals and the city of Amsterdam to open a criminal case against major tobacco companies, saying the firms had adequately warned smokers of the health risks.


When Jokes Become a Crime: Free Speech Under Fire in Lebanon

A surge of legal cases against entertainers, journalists and activists has raised concerns about one of the Arab world’s freest environments.

Travel and Vacations

36 Hours: 36 Hours in Mendoza, Argentina

The gastronomic scene has been growing by leaps and bounds. And then, both within and beyond the city’s boundaries, there’s the wine: malbecs, torrontés and more.


Deadly flooding forces evacuations across U.S. South, Midwest

(Reuters) - The U.S. Southern Plains and Midwest braced for more flooding on Thursday as snow-melting temperatures and heavy rains swelled waterways after claiming the lives of at least two people, including a child, and forcing hundreds of people to evacuate.

Nursing Homes

Complaints About Nursing Home Evictions Rise, and Regulators Take Note

One reason for the evictions, legal advocates say, is that the residents’ better-paying Medicare coverage is ending and will be replaced by Medicaid.


Strikes hit Syria's Ghouta for fifth day as U.N. pleads for ceasefire

AMMAN (Reuters) - Warplanes pounded the last rebel enclave near the Syrian capital for a fifth straight day on Thursday, as the United Nations pleaded for a halt to one of the fiercest air assaults of the seven-year civil war.

Colbert, Stephen

Best of Late Night: Jimmy Kimmel Attacks Conspiracy Theorists for Trying to Discredit Students

Kimmel asked, “Do you really think these kids, these teenagers who spoke out after a shooting at their school, are actors?”


Iran will withdraw from nuclear deal if there is no economic benefit, deputy minister says

LONDON (Reuters) - Iran will withdraw from the landmark 2015 nuclear deal if there is no economic benefit from it and major banks continue to fail to do business with the Islamic Republic, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said on Thursday.

Freestyle Skiing

No Podium Sweep, but David Wise Repeats as Freestyle Ski Halfpipe Champion

The American, who won gold when the sport debuted at the 2014 Games, was joined on the podium by his countryman Alex Ferreira. Nico Porteous of New Zealand took bronze.


Net migration into Britain falls in year to September 2017: ONS

LONDON (Reuters) - The number of people migrating into Britain from other countries fell to 244,000 during the year to September 2017, down 29,000 from the same point in 2016, official data showed on Thursday.

North Korea to send high-level delegation to Olympics closing ceremony

North Korea is sending a high-level delegation to South Korea for the Winter Olympics closing ceremony this Sunday, South Korean officials have confirmed.


BRIEF-Lepu Medical Technology To Sell Its Entire Stake In Australia's Viralytics


Shock as Marcel Hirscher crashes out of slalom

In one of the biggest shocks of the 2018 Winter Olympics, Austrian great Marcel Hirscher crashed out of the men's slalom, squandering his chance of claiming a third gold medal.


RPT-INSIGHT-Scotch whisky makers see dram half full over Brexit

FALKIRK, Scotland/LONDON, Feb 21 (Reuters) - Scotch whisky makers were among the most fervent industry advocates for staying in the European Union, but if Britain has to leave, they prefer a clean break.

Doctors forced to use expired drugs amid deaths

The devastation wrought in Eastern Ghouta by a relentless bombardment by the Syrian regime has forced doctors to use expired drugs and scramble for water as the number of dead reached 300 in three days, medics and activists said.


Iran says we do not want nuclear weapons, there is no sunset clause in nuclear deal

LONDON (Reuters) - Iran's commitment to not seek nuclear weapons is permanent and there is no so-called sunset clause in the Iran nuclear deal, the country's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said on Thursday.

United States International Relations

As China Puts Pressure on Taiwan, Signs of a U.S. Pushback

Concern about the self-governing island’s fate seems to be building in Washington, even as President Trump seeks China’s help on other issues.


Uber will aggressively invest in SE Asia, preserve strategy post SoftBank deal

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc's chief executive pledged to continue investing aggressively in Southeast Asia even though the U.S. ride hailing firm expects to lose money in the fast growing market due to costly battles with rivals such as Grab.


Prosecutors search homes of new suspects in Audi emissions probe

BERLIN (Reuters) - German prosecutors said on Thursday they were searching the homes of three new suspects in connection with Audi's emissions scandal.


China probes report of possible North Korea sanctions breach at sea

BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Thursday it is investigating a Japanese report that a Chinese ship may have carried out a ship-to-ship transfer with a North Korean vessel in breach of U.N. sanctions.


U.S. women end drought with shootout win over Canada

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scored the winner in the shootout as the United States beat Canada 3-2 on Thursday to win their first gold medal in women's Olympic ice hockey since 1998 and snap a streak of four consecutive golds for their arch-rivals.


BRIEF-Veon Q4 EBITDA Down At $753 Million



Israeli chipmaker TowerJazz Q4 profit, revenue up

TEL AVIV, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Israeli chip manufacturer TowerJazz on Thursday reported higher quarterly net profit that beat expectations and forecast growth throughout 2018.


Man throws grenade at U.S. embassy in Montenegro, then blows himself up

PODGORICA (Reuters) - An unidentified man threw an explosive device, probably a hand grenade, at the U.S. embassy building in Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro, around midnight before blowing himself up, the government said on Thursday.


Borr Drilling buys Paragon Offshore in a push for rig market consolidation

OSLO, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Offshore rig firm Borr Drilling , controlled by Norwegian investor Tor Olav Troeim, is proposing to buy its rival Paragon Offshore for $232.5 million in a push to consolidate the fragmented rig market, it said on Thursday.


Alpine skiing: Matt completes family medal set to his own disbelief

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Michael Matt got a pep talk from his brother Mario before his second slalom run on Thursday and it did the trick with the Austrian claiming bronze to give his family a full set of Olympic medals.


UPDATE 1-Uber will aggressively invest in SE Asia, preserve strategy post SoftBank deal

* Says expects no change in India business after SoftBank deal


Alpine skiing: Sister's Sochi glory inspired Gisin to gold

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Switzerland's Alpine combined gold medal winner Michelle Gisin said her sister Dominique's downhill triumph at Sochi four years ago had inspired her to "reach for the stars".

Sheriff spars with Loesch: I'm calling 'BS'

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel's call for action to keep American schools safe.


Thailand pushes Erawan, Bongkot gas field auctions to April

BANGKOK, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Thailand expects auction terms for its petroleum gas fields to be ready in April, a month later than a date given earlier, Energy Minister Siri Jirapongphan told reporters on Thursday.

Doping (Sports)

Russian Curler Drops Doping Appeal Ahead of Decision on Closing Ceremony

Alexander Krushelnytsky has withdrawn his appeal against a positive doping test, a move that came after an aide to Russia’s president met with the I.O.C. head.


UPDATE 2-Henkel gives cautious outlook after beauty sales fall

* Shares rise to top of German blue-chip index (Adds shares, comments from analyst call)


Indonesia landslide on Java island kills five, over a dozen missing

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A landslide on Indonesia's heavily populated island of Java on Thursday killed at least five people and left more than 15 people missing, an official at the country's disaster agency said.


BRIEF-Deutsche Telekom To Invest 12.5 Bln Euros In 2018 - CEO



Embattled Australian deputy PM faces call to step down as party leader

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia's embattled deputy prime minister, under pressure over an extramarital affair, faced a call to step down as leader of his party on Thursday, the first such call from a member of the party, which is part of the ruling coalition.


RPT-UPDATE 1-Trial of Macau lawmaker fuels new wave of activism in casino hub

MACAU, Feb 22 (Reuters) - A trial involving Macau's youngest lawmaker is pitting a vocal younger generation of activists pushing for greater government transparency against the territory's political and business elites. Lawmaker Sulu Sou, 26, is facing charges of aggravated disobedience during a protest against perceived conflict of interest by the Chinese-controlled territory's leader, Fernando Chui. The case has drawn parallels between Sou and democracy activists like Joshua Wong in neighbouri


Russian curling medalist guilty of doping violation, says CAS

PYEONGCHANG/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Olympic curler Alexander Krushelnitsky has been found guilty of an anti-doping violation after testing positive for the banned substance meldonium, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Thursday.


Alpine skiing: Fortune shines at last on 'Old Man' Myhrer

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Four years ago, Andre Myhrer was in second place going into the deciding run of the Olympic slalom, but failed to finish the course as he struggled with an injured knee.


Gisin holds off Shiffrin to claim combined gold

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Switzerland's Michelle Gisin held off the might of American Alpine skiing to win the women's combined at the Pyeongchang Games on Thursday, claiming victory ahead of Mikaela Shiffrin while her fellow Swiss Wendy Holdener won bronze.

Sharing stories of miscarriage helps women grieve, fight for change

Miscarriage holds the unusual position of being both very common and routinely avoided in polite conversation.

Tools to encourage kids' creativity

During a typical day, kids and teens check out YouTube, watch TV, play video games, scroll through social media feeds, and listen to music. Overall, they're passive consumers of the content they love -- which is fine.

A global scandal, made in Germany

A piece of gray pipe hangs among the potted plants on Susanne Jallow's apartment balcony. Hidden inside the nondescript tube is a tiny computer, seven cables and a particle sensor.


U.S. Beats Canada for First Women’s Hockey Gold Since 1998

The Americans scored in the third period to tie the score and send the game to overtime, then prevailed in a shootout.


Distrust of unions, and GM, hangs over South Korean efforts to stem job losses

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in is in a bind.

Voices from Syria's former oasis: 'They will all die, one by one'

Premature twin boys born into chaos. An oncologist without medicine to treat her cancer patients. And a mother's last wish -- for her children not to die hungry.


Alpine skiing: Myhrer the master after slalom rivals bomb out

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Sweden's Andre Myhrer won the men's Olympic slalom on Thursday at the age of 35, keeping his head while others were losing theirs as both his main rivals destroyed their chances with uncharacteristic mistakes.


Japan MOF's Asakawa: to actively engage in G20 debate on cryptocurrencies

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's top financial diplomat Masatsugu Asakawa said on Thursday that G20 finance leaders would raise the issue of cryptocurrencies at their meeting in Buenos Aires in March.


How to Save Money and Energy Heating Your Apartment

We’ve compiled free, low-cost, reversible and take-it-with-you changes renters can make in their homes to save on their heating bills.

Who is NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch?

The victims' families and survivors of the Florida high school shooting have not held back, calling out the National Rifle Association in the days since the massacre.


Playing medal yo-yo is no fun for Games athletes

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - In four years U.S. skeleton racer Katie Uhlaender has ridden an emotional roller coaster as intense as her sport, which involves hurtling down a steep, twisting tongue of ice, head first.


German court to decide on fate of 15 million diesel cars

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's highest administrative court in Leipzig will on Thursday decide the fate of 15 million diesel vehicles in the country when it rules on whether cities in Europe's largest car market can ban heavily polluting cars.


Greenpeace appeals to Thai PM to tackle air pollution 'crisis'

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Environment group Greenpeace on Thursday called on Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to tackle an air pollution "crisis" in Bangkok, weeks after a pollution agency said the city's air quality had hit dangerous levels.

'My daughter... was shot in the back,' dad tells Rubio

Here are some of the most contentious moments from the CNN town hall "Stand Up: The Students of Stoneman Douglas Demand Action."


Oil from sunken Iran tanker reached Japan shores: Coast Guard

TOKYO (Reuters) - Oil that reached islands in southern Japan earlier this month is highly likely to have come from the sunken Iranian tanker Sanchi, the Japan Coast Guard said on Thursday.

Should Parkland shooter get death penalty?

Will justice for the Parkland, Florida, shooter mean he will face the death penalty?


North Korea's closing Olympics delegation includes man blamed for deadly ship sinking

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea will send another high-level delegation to South Korea for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics closing ceremony, officials said on Thursday, including the man blamed for the 2010 sinking of a South Korean navy ship that killed 46 sailors.