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London zoo names newborn Okapi after Meghan Markle

LONDON (Reuters) - Meghan Markle, the American actress who is engaged to Britain's Prince Harry, has a new namesake after London zoo named a just-born Okapi after her in honor of her wedding in May.


Keep going to work, Britain's May tells public service employees at Carillion

LONDON, Jan 17 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May urged workers employed by failed services and construction company Carillion for public service contracts to keep going to work confident that they will be paid.


Karlovic becomes oldest man in third round for 40 years

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


BRIEF-Varun Beverages Approves Buying Franchisee Rights For Pepsico India's Sub-Territory In Bihar



Wilma! Malaysian sultan gets his own Flintstone car

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - A Malaysian sultan, known for his love of cars, was this week given his very own car right out of history, but he won't be getting blisters on his feet driving it around.


Melrose offers to buy Britain's GKN for $10.2 bln

Jan 17 (Reuters) - Turnaround specialists Melrose on Wednesday made a firm offer to buy GKN for 430.1 pence per share or 7.4 billion pounds ($10.18 billion) after meeting its shareholders, adding pressure on the British engineering company to accept the deal.


BRIEF-Cott says UK's CMA accepts phase 1 remedy in sale of beverage manufacturing business to Refresco



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

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


World's biggest flooded cave found in Mexico, explorers say

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A group of divers has connected two underwater caverns in eastern Mexico to reveal what is believed to be the biggest flooded cave on the planet, a discovery that could help...


Editorial: Donald Trump vs. Guantánamo’s Forever Prisoners

A new legal challenge represents the sharpest test yet at the prison of America’s commitment to fundamental principles of due process.


Critic’s Notebook: On Artists and Audiences at American Realness

Watching performances at the American Realness festival, our critic was nudged into thinking about artists’ attitude toward audiences.


WHO recommends yellow fever shot to Sao Paulo visitors

BRASILIA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization said on Tuesday that the whole of Sao Paulo state, which includes Brazil's largest city, Sao Paulo, should be considered at risk for yellow fever and recommended foreign travelers get vaccinated before visiting.


UPDATE 1-Britain's RBS pulled plug on Carillion days before collapse

LONDON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Carillion collapsed only days after Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), one of the British group's main lenders, tightened the terms of its funding, court documents show.


Trump says he wants more immigrants from 'everywhere'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump, asked whether he wanted more immigrants from Norway, said on Tuesday that he wanted the United States to draw immigrants from nations around the world.

'Little girls don't stay little forever. They turn into strong women who return to destroy your world'

Kyle Stephens said she had her first sexual experience when she was 6 years old.


Brussels recreates rape victim outfits in exhibition

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A new exhibition in Brussels showcases the stories of student rape victims by recreating the outfits they wore during their assault, inspired by a project created by students at...


Senate Democrats close to winning majority backing to reverse net neutrality rollback

Jan 16 (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Democrats said on Tuesday they had the backing of 50 members of the 100-person chamber to overturn the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s reversal of landmark Obama administration net neutrality rules, but still faced an uphill battle.


Blast injures several in Belgium, terrorism ruled out: police

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - An explosion injured several people and brought down a residential building in the Belgian city of Antwerp on Monday evening, police said, stressing the incident was not related to terrorism.


UPDATE 6-Britain's Carillion collapses after banks pull the plug

* Carillion won state contracts since July profit warning (Adds industry reaction, detail)


Whisky and waders as fishermen welcome salmon season in Scotland

KENMORE, Scotland (Reuters) - On the banks of the River Tay in the Scottish highlands, a parade of pipers and a whisky-based blessing helped mark the start of the country's salmon fishing season on...


Britain's Carillion collapses after banks pull the plug

LONDON (Reuters) - Carillion collapsed on Monday when its banks pulled the plug, triggering Britain's biggest corporate failure in a decade and forcing the government to step in to guarantee public services from school meals to road works.


UPDATE 5-Britain's Carillion collapses after banks pull the plug

* Carillion won state contracts since July profit warning (Adds background)


Ancient Greek tragedy tells timeless story of Syrian flight

BERLIN (Reuters) - A group of Syrian women are adapting the Euripides' tragedy "Iphigenia", using a a play set during an ancient war to bring Berlin audiences closer to the plight of women driven...


Enjoying the high life, up on the roof in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv (Reuters) - When it comes to the high life in Tel Aviv, residents of the Mediterranean metropolis need look no further than their own rooftops.


Hedge funds intensify bearish dollar, U.S. bond bets: McGeever

LONDON (Reuters) - The direction fast money is flowing at the start of the year could not be clearer as hedge funds and speculators ramp up their bets on a lower dollar and higher U.S. bond yields.


Britain's Carillion collapses, forcing government to step in

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Carillion collapsed on Monday after its banks lost faith in the construction and services company, throwing hundreds of major projects into doubt and forcing the government to step in to guarantee vital public services.


UPDATE 3-Britain's Carillion collapses, forcing government to step in

* PM May's government under pressure over fate of Carillion (Adds reaction, background)


Saudi Arabia begins screening films after decades-long ban lifted

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia began screening feature-length animated children's films this weekend in a makeshift theater, after a 35-year-old ban on cinemas was lifted in the...


UPDATE 2-Britain's Carillion collapses as banks refuse to lend it any more money

* PM May's government under pressure over fate of Carillion (Adds details)

Condoleezza Rice: Kim Jong Un is pretty clever

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told CNN's David Axelrod she thinks North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is turning out to be "actually pretty clever."

Condoleezza Rice: Kim Jong Un is 'actually pretty clever'

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says she thinks North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is "turning out, much more so than I thought, to be actually pretty clever."


RPT-U.S. 'socially screened' funds draw second-biggest inflows ever

NEW YORK, Jan 12 (Reuters) - U.S. investors poured $4.7 billion into so-called socially responsible mutual funds and exchange-traded funds in 2017, the category's second-biggest annual inflow ever, with managers pointing to Trump administration policies as a reason for the move.


Brexit vote may be reversed, says British campaigner Farage

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

Bitcoin (Currency)

Everyone Is Getting Hilariously Rich and You’re Not

The revolution will be ushered in by young guys who are also cryptocurrency millionaires. Oh wait, they may be broke already.

Iran threatens 'severe' response to US sanctions against judiciary chief

Iran slammed US President Donald Trump's decision to target the head of its judiciary with sanctions, saying the move warrants a "severe" response.

United States Politics and Government

Resisting the Label of Victim, but Forever Scarred by a Mass Shooting

Matt Mika was badly wounded during last summer’s attack on the Republican congressional baseball team. Nearly every hour brings a reminder of what he can no longer do.


Saudi women score right to watch men's soccer in stadiums

JEDDAH (Reuters) - Women in black abayas and fluorescent orange vests stood at the gates at King Abdullah Stadium, welcoming people into the family section that, for the first time in Saudi Arabia,...


U.S. 'socially screened' funds draw second-biggest inflows ever

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. investors poured $4.7 billion into so-called socially responsible mutual funds and exchange-traded funds in 2017, the category's second-biggest annual inflow ever, with...

Kentucky is first state ever to require Medicaid recipients to work

Mars (Planet)

Trilobites: If We Ever Get to Mars, the Beer Might Not Be Bad

College students at Villanova University found that hops, leafy greens, carrots and scallions all could grow in an approximation of Martian dirt.


BRIEF-Evermount Ventures Signs LOI With SW Tech Corp For Proposed Qualifying Transaction



Ancient statues looted in Lebanese war returned decades later

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A marble bull's head made 2,400 years ago for a Phoenician temple and looted during Lebanon's civil war arrived in Beirut on Friday after American officials found it in the United...


China's blockchain fever gets hotter even as regulator queries price surge

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's blockchain-related companies extended their bullish run on Friday, as punters brushed aside concerns raised by regulators about the rationality of stock price surges this week.

Oldest pro soccer player extends contract

He started his career back when Ronald Reagan was President, Mike Tyson heavyweight champion, and Liverpool won the English league. Now the world's oldest soccer player has extended that remarkable run.


German minister backs culling of wild boars to fight swine fever: paper

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt is backing an "intelligent reduction" of Germany's growing wild boar population to prevent a further spread of African Swine Fever (ASF), the Rheinische Post newspaper reported on Friday.


Saudi women-only motorshow opens in Jeddah

JEDDAH (Reuters) - Women flocked to Le Mall in Jeddah on Thursday to check out the kingdom's first car exhibition aimed at women, a few months after Saudi Arabia granted them the right to drive.


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

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

Nearly every governor with ocean coastline opposes Trump's drilling proposal

The Trump administration's proposal to open vast portions of US coastline to oil drilling was met with ferocious opposition from a number of the coastal governors it would affect.


Australia's weather bureau downgrades forecast severity of Cyclone Joyce

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's weather bureau has cut the forecast strength of a cyclone bearing down on the continent's far northwest on Friday.

Greta Gerwig, Mira Sorvino say they'll never work with Woody Allen again

Mira Sorvino and Greta Gerwig have credits in Woody Allen movies, but they never will again, the women say.


Fragment of flag Nelson flew at Trafalgar to go up for auction

LONDON (Reuters) - A piece of the Union Jack flag believed to have been flown from British military leader Lord Horatio Nelson's ship during the Battle of Trafalgar is to be auctioned in London later...

Trump's abrupt reversal on surveillance bill

President Donald Trump complicated a closely coordinated effort between his administration and congressional Republican leadership on a six-year extension of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, otherwise known as FISA.


Gourmet chocolate becomes economic lifeline in Venezuela crisis

CARACAS (Reuters) - In a modest apartment near a Caracas slum, nutrition professor Nancy Silva and four aids spread rich, dark Venezuelan cocoa on a stone counter to make chocolate bars to be sold in...


Wheelchair-bound athlete honored for climbing up mountain

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A car accident seven years ago stripped professional Hong Kong rock climber Lai Chi-wai of his ability to walk, but this did not stop him climbing up a mountain that is roughly...


Tunisia deploys army in several cities as violent protests intensify

TUNIS (Reuters) - Over 300 protesters were arrested overnight and the army was deployed in several Tunisian cities in violent demonstrations over prices, taxes and unemployment that have swept the country.


Round up my ride! Bulgarian returns Singapore's damaged rental bikes

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A sea of yellow and orange bicycles in Singapore's public spaces shows how quickly the city-state has embraced the shared-bike culture since major operators such as Chinese...


Evergreen Federer is clear Australian Open favorite

(Reuters) - Roger Federer is the "clear favorite" to retain his Australian Open title over an injury-riddled field when the first grand slam of the season starts next week in Melbourne, tennis analysts said on Wednesday.

Butterflies and Moths

Finding the Oldest Fossils of Butterflies Using a Human Nose Hair

While studying ancient pollen in the black goop of sediment collected in Germany, researchers discovered 200 million-year-old butterfly scales.

After Serena Williams gave birth, 'Everything went bad'

In January 2017, two months into her pregnancy, tennis superstar Serena Williams competed in -- and won -- the Australian Open. At 20 weeks pregnant, with the smallest of baby bumps, she posted a picture on Snapchat of her athletic body, in a yellow bikini. Hers was a fortunate and healthy pregnancy, by any standard.


Palestinians in East Jerusalem cherish horses as family

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Palestinian Fares Salem treats the horses he looks after at stables overlooking Jerusalem's walled Old City as though they were members of his own family.

Everything's near a record high. Is the market too hot?


Buffett says he will never invest in cryptocurrencies

(Reuters) - Berkshire Hathaway's Warren Buffett said on Wednesday he will never invest in cryptocurrencies.

Bannon and the never Trumpers should unite

She'll carry these scars with her forever

Jason McMillan and Rachel Sheppard were seriously injured when a gunman opened fired on a Las Vegas crowd and may never fully recover.


In digital age, circus maintains flesh-and-blood appeal

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Budapest's international circus festival shows audiences are still captivated by the emotion of a live performance, Charlie Chaplin's son Eugene, who heads the jury, said.


Japanese astronaut apologizes for 'fake news' of height increase

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai, on a mission to the International Space Station, apologized on Wednesday for saying he had grown 9 cm (3.5 inches) while in space and expressing...


Bayer, J&J win reversal of $28 million verdict in Xarelto lawsuit

(Reuters) - A Pennsylvania state court judge on Tuesday overturned a $27.8 million jury award to an Indiana couple who accused Bayer AG and Johnson & Johnson of failing to warn of internal bleeding risks of their drug Xarelto, the companies said.


Bayer, J&J win reversal of $28 mln verdict in Xarelto lawsuit

Jan 9 (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania state court judge on Tuesday overturned a $27.8 million jury award to an Indiana couple who accused Bayer AG and Johnson & Johnson of failing to warn of internal bleeding risks of their drug Xarelto, the companies said.

Hours after saying he'd be OK with whatever lawmakers came up with on DACA, President adds the wall

Just hours after a bipartisan meeting on the future of hundreds of thousands of young immigrants, President Donald Trump tweeted that he still wanted to see a wall on the southern US border as part of any immigration deal.


South Korea's Moon says can never give up goal of denuclearizing Korean peninsula

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Wednesday denuclearizing the Korean peninsula is an aim that cannot be abandoned, but also that he did not want the immediate reunification of North and South Korea.

In swift reversal, Trump admin says no new drilling off Florida

The Trump administration said Tuesday that it would not seek to bring oil and gas drilling to the waters off Florida, conceding to vocal opposition from the Republican governor of the tourism-driven state.


Los Angeles prosecutor drops artist's sex accusation against Polanski

(Reuters) - Prosecutors in Los Angeles said on Tuesday they declined to pursue criminal charges against film director Roman Polanski after a woman said last fall that he molested her 43 years ago when she was 10 years old.


'Farce' - no new start for Britain's May with reshuffle

LONDON (Reuters) - A government reshuffle by British Prime Minister Theresa May was dismissed even by some of her allies on Tuesday as a failure that one said left her attempt to reassert her authority in "smoke and wreckage".


Feeding the fashionistas: Gucci turns to fine dining

Luxury labels are accustomed to tempting fashionistas, and now they're stretching from haute couture to haute cuisine.

Books and Literature

Nonfiction: The War That Never Goes Away

Max Boot’s “The Road Not Taken” looks at one American’s role in Vietnam.


'The Shape of Water' leads nominations for Britain's BAFTA awards

LONDON (Reuters) - Guillermo del Toro's fantasy "The Shape of Water" leads the field for next month’s British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards after securing 12 nominations on Tuesday.

Why is everyone so excited about Nvidia?


Ancient finding in Peru sheds light on desert society - archaeologist

LIMA (Reuters) - Archaeologists have discovered two chambers used for political ceremonies on Peru's desert coast more than 1,500 years ago that had previously only been glimpsed in the illustrations...


Already ‘Moderately Severe,’ Flu Season in U.S. Could Get Worse

Fears of “Killer Aussie Flu” may be exaggerated, but this year’s predominant strain is the most dangerous, and the vaccine is a poor match for it.


Severe obesity declining among low-income U.S. kids

(Reuters Health) - The proportion of poor kids receiving government food assistance who are severely obese has declined following benefits changes designed to encourage healthier purchases, a U.S. study suggests.


Wanting a new start, Britain's May changes leadership team

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May named an ally to run the ruling Conservatives and promoted younger ministers on Monday to try to give her divided party and government a new start after a year marred by an ill-judged election, rows over Brexit and scandals.


Hoping for a new start, Britain's May appoints new Conservative Party head

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May named a new head of the ruling Conservatives on Monday in a reshuffle aimed at handing her government a new start after months of divisions over Brexit, scandals and an ill-judged election.


Hoping to reset agenda, Britain's May appoints new Conservative Party chairman

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May named immigration minister Brandon Lewis chairman of her Conservative Party on Monday at the start of a reshuffle she hopes will re-energize an agenda hurt by divisions over Brexit and an ill-judged election.


BRIEF-Selecta Biosciences Says Expects To Report Initial Results For Phase 2 Clinical Trial Of SEL-212 In Chronic Severe Gout In April 2018



Britain's Ormerod ready to take off for snowboarding gold

LONDON (Reuters) - She stands little more than five feet tall in her boots but when Katie Ormerod takes off on a snowboard she looks every inch a candidate to win Britain's first Olympic gold medal on snow.


Britain's May clear she wants Brexit deal that works for UK: spokesman

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May has been clear she wants to negotiate a Brexit deal that works for the whole of the United Kingdom and does not believe it is time for a second referendum on independence for Scotland, her spokesman said on Monday.


Italy's rightist bloc vows to reverse pension law if elected

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's rightist parties agreed on Sunday to the outlines of a joint manifesto for the country's March national election, including pledges to slash taxes, crack down on migrants and reverse planned increases to the retirement age.

Opinion: Tillerson's new line: Trump is right on everything

On Friday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson gave an exclusive interview to CNN. What might have well been his exit interview instead turned into a well-orchestrated statement of his intention to remain in his job -- at least until the end of 2018.

Everything you need to know about the big game

Hello and welcome to your preview of the 2018 College Football National Playoff championships! Pay attention, because this game should be a thriller and by the time the announcers actually get through the phrase "2018 College Football National Playoff championships," it will be half over. Let's do this.


Britain's May to change government ministers soon, senior figures reported to be safe

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Sunday she would announce changes to her ministerial team soon, with media reports saying her foreign, finance, interior and Brexit ministers would keep their jobs in a reshuffle starting on Monday.

Dem megadonor buys a copy of 'Fire and Fury' for every member of Congress

Democratic mega-donor and billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer bought every member of Congress a copy of Michael Wolff's controversial book "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House," he told San Francisco news outlet KQED on Friday.

Trump, Donald J

‘Everything I’ve Done Is 100 Percent Proper,’ Trump Says of Russia Inquiry

Mr. Trump again insisted that he was not under investigation by the special counsel, adding that “there’s been no collusion, there’s been no crime.”


Thousands of Belgians brave cold to take dip in wintery North Sea

OSTEND, Belgium (Reuters) - Thousands of people braved the biting cold of a Belgian winter on Saturday to take a dip in the North Sea in Ostend's traditional New Year's plunge.


Lottery fever: U.S. Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots top $1 billion

CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. lottery players on Friday and Saturday night will get two shots at record Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots that together topped $1 billion after going months without a winner.


BRIEF-Eversource Energy Files Preliminary Prospectus Supplement Related To A Potential Two-Part Senior Notes Offering


Secretary of State says he's 'never' questioned Trump's mental health and addresses reports about his own role

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has never questioned President Donald Trump's "mental fitness" and intends to remain at his post for the entire year, the top US diplomat told CNN in an exclusive interview.


BRIEF-RXi Pharmaceuticals Announces Reverse Stock Split



Dog guards body of dead owner for weeks over Christmas

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - A dog has been rescued by animal protection services in Hungary after being found lying alongside the body of her mistress who died weeks before.


Queen Elizabeth's granddaughter Zara expecting second baby

LONDON (Reuters) - Zara Tindall, the granddaughter of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, is pregnant with her second child, her spokeswoman said on Friday.


UPDATE 1-Banking crisis adviser named as head of Britain's finance watchdog

* New chair faces navigating watchdog through Brexit (Adds reaction, background)


Can't please everyone: Trump energy policy riles competing sectors

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump proposed new subsidies for coal and nuclear plants, it seemed like an obvious way to deliver on campaign promises to boost the nation's energy industry.

United States Politics and Government

Op-Ed Columnist: The State Where Everyone Wants to Be Governor

For the key to our political destiny in 2018, look to Colorado.


The Struggling Artist at 86

Harry Bertschmann started his art career exhibiting alongside Mark Rothko and Franz Kline. For the next 60 years, he painted in almost total obscurity. Now he wants to get discovered.


RPT-COLUMN-Banks rake in record fees to beat trading blues: McGeever

LONDON, Jan 4 (Reuters) - By one measure, 2017 was the most lucrative year in history for investment banks.

For Trump, image is everything. A new exposé on the White House is likely painful for the President.

Nothing means more to Donald Trump than his image.


Consumer loan securitization boom put on hold as China clamps down on leverage

BEIJING (Reuters) - A boom in asset-backed securities issued by micro-lenders aiming to expand in China's fast-growing online credit market looks set to slow this year amid growing regulatory scrutiny.


Consumer loan securitisation boom put on hold as China clamps down on leverage

BEIJING, Jan 5 (Reuters) - A boom in asset-backed securities issued by micro-lenders aiming to expand in China's fast-growing online credit market looks set to slow this year amid growing regulatory scrutiny.

United States Politics and Government

Op-Ed Columnist: Everyone in Trumpworld Knows He’s an Idiot

Michael Wolff’s new book shows the cynicism of all those covering for the president.

The security of pretty much every computer has just gotten a lot worse

The security of pretty much every computer on the planet has just gotten a lot worse, and the only real solution -- which,of course, is not a solution -- is to throw them all away and buy new ones that may be available in a few years.

Spicer: There was a scrutiny never seen before

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer talks with HLN's S.E. Cupp about his time working in the Trump administration.

GOP senator rails at marijuana reversal

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) questions why Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded Obama administration memos that had adopted a policy of non-interference with marijuana-friendly state laws.


Is Donald Trump, Wall-Builder-in-Chief, a Conceptual Artist?

Christoph Büchel, the artist provocateur, proposes protecting the border wall prototypes as a national monument because they “talk so much about our history.”


Critic’s Notebook: Inspired by Harriet Tubman, an Artist Takes Glass to Extremes

Joyce J. Scott explores the terrain between craft and art in her glass-beaded series focusing on racism and violence.


'Hands off our Irn Bru': Scots vent fury at sugar cut in popular drink

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - It's known as Scotland's second national drink, but a change in the secret recipe for Irn Bru, a sticky-sweet fizzy beverage prized as a hangover cure, has prompted outrage...


U.S. jobless claims rise, data for several states estimated

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits rose for a third straight week last week, but that likely does not suggest a material shift in labor market conditions as data for several states, including California, were estimated.


Quad king Chen pushes for artistry ahead of Pyeongchang

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Nathan Chen became the first figure skater to land five quadruple jumps in a single program last year, but the 18-year-old American insists he has much more to offer.


BRIEF-Varun Beverages, Pepsico India Partner For Expanding Tropicana Product Portfolio


Olympic Games

The Greatest Figure Skater Ever Is Michael Jackson on Ice, Surrounded by Winnie the Poohs

“People see Hanyu for the first time and they become hysterical or they’re moved to tears. It’s like their lives are complete.”


No winners in U.S. Powerball jackpot worth $460 million

CHICAGO (Reuters) - No one won the Powerball jackpot on Wednesday worth an estimated $460 million, the seventh-largest prize in the game's history, the lottery website said.


U.S. Powerball jackpot swells to $460 million, game's seventh-largest

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Lottery players have another chance to strike it rich on Wednesday night when Powerball holds a drawing for a jackpot that has ballooned to an estimated $460 million, the...


Alaskan 'sunrise' girl sheds light on how humans populated Americas

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ancient DNA extracted from the skull of a six-week-old baby girl whose 11,500-year-old remains were unearthed in a burial pit in central Alaska is helping scientists resolve...


No winner in Mega Millions drawing, jackpot climbs to $418 million

(Reuters) - A jackpot for the Mega Millions lottery climbed to an estimated $418 million, the fourth largest in the game's history, after no tickets matched all six numbers during Tuesday's grand...


Britain's open to foreign investment, trade minister Fox tells China

BEIJING (Reuters) - British trade minister Liam Fox said on Wednesday that London would continue to welcome foreign investment, after a U.S. panel rejected a Chinese acquisition of a U.S. money transfer company on national security concerns.

Why everyone is talking about ripple


Cuba's Santeria priests wax positive as transition from Castros begins

HAVANA (Reuters) - Priests from Cuba’s Afro-Cuban Santeria religion forecast on Tuesday that the upcoming retirement of President Raul Castro would signify "a moment of change" that accelerates the...


Review: Everyday Chatter Unveils a Mystery in ‘Say Something Bunny!’

Alison S.M. Kobayashi was determined to figure out who made a set of puzzling 1950s recordings. Her detective work led to a sneakily moving interactive play.

Nikki Haley: We will never accept a nuclear North Korea

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley issued a stern warning to North Korea on Tuesday, saying the US "will never accept a nuclear North Korea."

Haley: US will never accept a nuclear North Korea

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley says the United States and the world must continue to pressure North Korea into stopping its pursuit of a nuclear arsenal.

Her dress design changed everything

Diane von Furstenberg explains why her innovative wrap dress, which became a symbol of feminism when it debuted 40 years ago, remains a timely closet staple.


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


Solo climbers banned from scaling Mount Everest

Climbing Mount Everest has long been on the top of mountaineers' bucket lists, but it seems the prospect of taking it on solo is no longer a reality.

Flying in 2017 was safer than it's ever been


Several N.F.L. Coaches Depart as Regular Season Ends

The Oakland Raiders, Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts, Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals are looking for new leadership.


Israeli archaeologists find 2,700-year-old 'governor of Jerusalem' seal impression

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli archaeologists unveiled on Monday a 2,700-year-old clay seal impression which they said belonged to a biblical governor of Jerusalem.


Several missing after boat capsizes in Indonesia

JAKARTA, (Reuters) - Several people were missing after a speed boat carrying nearly 50 people sank off Indonesia’s Kalimantan island on Monday, rescue officials said.


In frigid Times Square, relief arrives with the new year

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Intrepid revelers from around the world endured hours of waiting in a frigid Times Square on Sunday to witness the glittering New Year's Eve ball make its annual descent at...


Intrepid revelers flock to frigid Times Square for New Year's Eve

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Revelers from around the world crowded into New York's Times Square on a bone-chilling Sunday evening to watch the glittering New Year's Eve ball make its annual descent at...


Party hardy: Revelers brave Times Square on a frigid New Year's Eve

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York's Times Square was filling up on Sunday as hordes of hardy revelers, undeterred by bitter cold and an unprecedented security operation, maneuvered for prime spots to...

Ex-Joint Chiefs boss: Nuclear war with North Korea closer than ever

The United States is "closer to a nuclear war with North Korea" than ever before, Adm. Mike Mullen, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Sunday, adding that he does not "see the opportunities to solve this diplomatically at this particular point."


Hundreds of Indonesian couples ring in the new year at mass wedding

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Hundreds of Indonesian couples celebrated New Year's Eve on Sunday night by tying the knot in a mass wedding in the capital Jakarta.


Bright lights of Times Square beckon, even on a frigid New Year's Eve

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of merrymakers are making the annual pilgrimage to New York's Times Square on Sunday to witness the giant New Year's Eve ball drop at midnight, undeterred...


Nepal Bans Solo Climbers From Mount Everest

The action was an attempt to promote safety and reduce accidents, officials said, although some climbers said they intended to challenge the rule.

Trump, Donald J

Op-Ed Columnist: Why I’m Still a NeverTrumper

A president’s character matters, no matter which policies he champions.

Trump claims he can do whatever he wants with DOJ

Republican Congressman Lee Zeldin spoke to Dana Bash about the ongoing investigation.


BRIEF-Harte Hanks Announces Reverse-Split Ratio And Date

* HARTE HANKS - BOARD ADOPTED 10-FOR-1 REVERSE SPLIT RATIO FOR REVERSE SPLIT; TO BE EFFECTED JANUARY 31, 2018 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:


The Best Opera Recording Ever Is Maria Callas Singing ‘Tosca.’ Hear Why.

These 10 clips show why a riveting 1953 version of Puccini’s opera deserves its status as one of the finest classical albums ever made.


California set for New Year's buzz with recreational marijuana sales

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California adults not content to ring in the New Year with the traditional fizz of champagne can look forward to celebrating with the buzz of marijuana, purchased for the...


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

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


New York City apartment fire kills 12, injures several others

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Twelve people were killed, including an infant, and four were critically injured on Thursday in a fire that swept through several floors of an apartment building in the New York City borough of the Bronx, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

Analysis: Why Roy Moore will never concede

Roy Moore lost.


Virginia Voting Mess Was Never Supposed to Happen After Bush v. Gore

The state produced a guidebook on questionable ballots after the hanging chads of the 2000 presidential race. But it’s now facing a similar snafu.

Women's Rights

Opinion: The Patriarchs Are Falling. The Patriarchy Is Stronger than Ever.

Can the electrifying power of #MeToo be harnessed to the slow slog of building a more gender-equal society?

Pop and Rock Music

Why Every Pop Star Wants a Piece of Starrah

With hits for Drake, Rihanna and Maroon 5, an intensely private woman is the secret queen of streaming.


BRIEF-Intercept Pharma Says Shifting Guidance For Announcement Of Phase 3 Reverse Trial In Nash Patients With Compensated Cirrhosis To Q1 2018


Scott-Long, Jane

In an Era of ‘Forever Wars,’ the Middle East Bureau Manager Who Made Our Coverage Possible

Reporters, photographers and security advisers came and went. Jane Scott-Long stayed.


Tel Aviv attempts plastic brick record with 36-meter tower

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Tel Aviv residents have built a world record-contending, 36-meter (118ft) plastic brick tower, featuring more than 500,000 pieces, to honor a young cancer victim in the Israeli...


There's a good boy: Thai nurses dress babies up as dogs to ring in New Year

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Nurses at a hospital in the Thai capital showed some festive puppy love on Thursday, dressing up newborn babies up in fetching canine outfits ahead of the Year of the Dog.


RPT-COLUMN-2018, the year of the active fund manager?: McGeever

LONDON, Dec 27 (Reuters) - After years of struggling to beat the index, 2018 should be the year active fund managers earn their spurs.

Evacuations and Evacuees

Assad Must Go, Says Turkey’s Leader, Seeking Leverage as War Winds Down

The denunciation appeared to be Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s effort to remind Russia, Syria’s most powerful ally, that it cannot dictate the country’s postwar future alone.


New South African soda tax could hurt U.S. beverage exports -USDA

NEW YORK, Dec 27 (Reuters) - South Africa will start to tax sugary drinks next year, which could have an impact on $5 million worth of U.S. beverage exports, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Wednesday.


Irish coastal village hosts annual beach horse races

BALLYHEIGUE, Ireland (Reuters) - On a rugged stretch of beach in Ireland's southwest, the residents of Ballyheigue braved the wild winds from the Atlantic coast on Wednesday for the annual Christmas...


Tel Aviv attempts plastic brick record with 36-metre tower

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Tel Aviv residents have built a world record-contending, 36-meter (118ft) plastic brick tower, featuring more than 500,000 pieces, to honor a young cancer victim in the Israeli...

Library of Congress will stop saving every single public tweet

What's the Library of Congress' New Year's resolution? Trim down on its Twitter time.


Art Review: From the Personal to the Political, 19 Artists to Watch Next Year

“Fictions,” the latest of the Studio Museum in Harlem’s regular surveys of black and Latino artists, highlights personal narratives and social justice.


Column: 2018, the year of the active fund manager?: McGeever

LONDON (Reuters) - After years of struggling to beat the index, 2018 should be the year active fund managers earn their spurs.

Labor and Jobs

‘We’re Competing Against Everybody Just Like You’: Voices on Manufacturing in Mexico

As uncertainty continues over the fate of Nafta, we asked readers in the manufacturing industry in Mexico to share their views on globalization.

Deaths (Obituaries)

Johnny Bower, Oldest Full-Time N.H.L. Goalie, Dies at 93

Bower was 45 when he played his last game in the National Hockey League. He won four Stanley Cups with the Toronto Maple Leafs in a Hall of Fame career.

Perfumes and Fragrances

Skin Deep: What Perfume Are You Wearing? Now You Never Have to Tell

At Perfumarie, you smell scents on tap. The catch? You aren’t allowed to know what they are.

It's never a bad year to be rich, but 2017 was particularly generous to those with big bank accounts

Severe weather arrives across the US

Severe winter weather bears down on much of the Northwest, Midwest and Northeast as cold temperatures sweep across the US on Christmas Day. CNN's Chad Myers has more.

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Help refugees wherever they come from, Austria's Kurz says

BERLIN (Reuters) - Austria's new Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, called for an end to "failed" attempts to achieve a quota system for distributing asylum seekers around the European Union and urged new efforts to help refugees in their country of origin.


Editorial: For Russian Artists in 1917, Art Was the Thing, Not Revolution

Amid suffering and chaos, painters of every leaning largely continued doing what they had been doing, whether to mark time or to provide escape.


A Colorblind Artist? Yes, With a Little Help From His Friends

Worried that he couldn’t work as an illustrator, Loren Long hid his “obstacle.” Now it’s out in the open.


Swedish roofs can handle Santa's sleigh - if he's careful

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden's houses should be able to cope when Santa and his sleigh land on their snowy roofs this Christmas - as long as he doesn't try to deliver too many presents in one go.


Italian chef's new restaurant chain: free food made from scraps

MILAN (Reuters) - Italian Michelin-starred chef Massimo Bottura plans to open two new restaurants in Paris and Naples next year, but wealthy diners are not welcome. The food will be free, made from...


Behold the Christmas story - in a limestone cave

LJUBLJANA (Reuters) - One of the world's largest limestone caves, the Postojna Cave in western Slovenia, is a long way from a stable in Bethlehem, but its traditional living nativity is getting more...


BRIEF-Staffing 360 Says As A Result Of Briand's Departure, Co Expects To Record Severance Charge Up To $0.04 Per Share



Franciscan monks put baby Jesus on bed of bullets to press for peace

ASSISI, Italy (Reuters) - Franciscan monks have put the baby Jesus in a crib made of bullet shells in a yearly "provocation" nativity scene designed to draw attention to those suffering in the world.

Culture (Arts)

Their Words to Live By: Artists We Lost in 2017

Artists who died this year left behind gripping scenes, profound turns of phrase, unforgettable melodies and plenty of laughter. We pay tribute to a few of the most notable — through their own words.


Jojo Is the Artist of Choice Among N.B.A. Stars

Joseph Anavim, a Long Island native, has made pop-art paintings for Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis and many others.


Ryanair hit with first ever pilots strike

BERLIN (Reuters) - Ryanair's efforts to avert its first ever pilots strike collapsed on Friday as pilots in Germany held a four-hour walkout although airports said there had been little impact on flights.


Britain's 'Madame Brexit' tells Poland: Your constitution is your own matter

WARSAW (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May gave Poland a rare dose of big power support on Thursday by saying that its constitution was its own affair, a sharply different tone to that of the European Union which has scolded Warsaw over judicial reforms.


Britain's digital banks: profitable or just popular?

LONDON, Dec 21 (Reuters) - British app-based bank Monzo and others like it want to make money by allowing other firms access to their customers rather than lending to them, but this is an untested path to profitability.

Australia's oldest submarine found after 103 years

The wreck of Australia's first submarine has been discovered off the coast of Papua New Guinea after disappearing without a trace 103 years ago.


Jerusalem 'Santa' offers free Christmas trees to residents

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - In a corner of Jerusalem, a man dressed as Santa Claus and riding a camel tries to lift the atmosphere a little by offering free Christmas trees to residents of a city at the...


Smells like heaven: Israeli farm recreates Magi's gifts to Jesus

ALMOG, West Bank (Reuters) - The aromatic plants bestowed on the infant Jesus are being cultivated by an Israeli entrepreneur who aims to transform the gifts of the Christmas story into therapeutic...


Australia finds wreck of first Allied submarine to sink in World War One

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia has discovered the wreck of its first submarine off the coast of Papua New Guinea, authorities said on Thursday, resolving one of the country's oldest naval mysteries...


Several injured when car hits pedestrians in Australia's Melbourne: officials

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australian police said on Thursday they have arrested the driver of a vehicle that plowed into pedestrians at a crowded intersection in the southern city of Melbourne, with as many as 12 people injured.

Virginia is proof that every vote counts


Britain's May will allow Brexit delay in exceptional circumstances

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday she would permit a delay to Britain's departure from the European Union in exceptional circumstances, bowing to criticism from her own party over the government's plan to fix the exit date in law.

A lot of households will see a lower tax bill in the next several years. But those changes will expire


Champagne? It's all in the taste, says top Europe court

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Europe's top court dashed brand-jealous champagne producers' hopes on Wednesday with a ruling that a sorbet sold by German discounter Aldi Sud could be labelled with the word...

Christians and Christianity

Hillsong Unites Believers and Those Old Agnostics John, Paul, George and Ringo

More than a thousand worshipers attended a Pentecostal singalong whose set list included Beatles hits like “Can’t Buy Me Love” and “Here Comes the Sun.”


Retiro park: Madrid's green lung

MADRID (Reuters) - On a cold winter morning, Madrid's Retiro park is filled with joggers and dog walkers enjoying the fresh air and manicured flowerbeds of one of the city's most visited attractions.


UPDATE 7-Oi creditors approve largest-ever Latin American restructuring

RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec 19 (Reuters) - Creditors in Brazilian telecoms company Oi SA approved early on Wednesday morning a plan to restructure $20 billion in debt owed by the firm, overcoming the main hurdle in Latin America's largest-ever bankruptcy process.


UPDATE 6-Oi creditors approve largest-ever Latin American restructuring

RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec 19 (Reuters) - Creditors in Brazilian telecoms company Oi SA approved early on Wednesday morning a plan to restructure $20 billion in debt owed by the firm, overcoming the main hurdle in Latin America's largest-ever bankruptcy process.

Analysis: Donald Trump is never going to release his taxes

Sometime Wednesday, President Donald Trump will sign into law a massive overhaul of the US tax system -- a reordering of who pays what (and why) the likes of which we haven't seen since the Bush tax cut in 2001.


UPDATE 5-Oi creditors debate largest-ever Latin American restructuring

RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec 19 (Reuters) - Oi SA creditors argued late into Tuesday night over a plan to restructure $20 billion in debt owed by the Brazilian telecoms company in Latin America's largest-ever bankruptcy case as major creditors stayed silent about whether they would support it.


Britain's Brexit rebels offer compromise on latest EU exit laws row

LONDON (Reuters) - British lawmakers who inflicted defeat on Prime Minister Theresa May last week in parliament over Brexit have signaled a possible compromise to avoid another row on Wednesday when legislation taking Britain out of the EU is debated.