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Qualcomm deals blow to Broadcom's bid with sweetened NXP deal

(Reuters) - U.S. semiconductor company Qualcomm Inc on Tuesday unveiled a sweetened $44 billion agreement to acquire NXP Semiconductors NV , its most defiant move in its defense against a hostile $121 billion bid from Broadcom Ltd .


Gap brand CEO Jeff Kirwan to leave retailer, shares fall

(Reuters) - Gap Inc said on Tuesday it was disappointed with the progress at turning around the fortunes of its eponymous brand and that the head of the business, Jeff Kirwan, was leaving.


Republicans will sue to block court-drawn Pennsylvania congressional map

(Reuters) - State and national Republican officials will file a federal lawsuit as soon as Wednesday seeking to block a new Pennsylvania congressional map released on Monday by the state's high court, the party's congressional campaign arm said on Tuesday.


UPDATE 6-Qualcomm deals blow to Broadcom's bid with sweetened NXP deal

* Shares of NXP up 6.1 pct (Adds interview with Qualcomm presiding director)


Lawyer charged with lying in U.S. probe of Russia election role

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. special counsel who is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election has charged an attorney with lying about his communications with Rick Gates, a former aide to Donald Trump's campaign.


Italy rails against company relocations in bitter election campaign

ROME, Feb 20 (Reuters) - European Union rules are helping less wealthy nations swipe jobs from their bigger partners, Italy's industry ministry said on Tuesday, as plans by a multinational to shift production to Slovakia took centre stage in the national election campaign.


UPDATE 6-U.S. crude prices rise on Cushing draw, Brent eases

* Genscape says crude at Cushing hub falls 2.1 mln bbls- trade

Dallas official wants NRA to move convention to another city

The National Rifle Association should move its annual convention from Dallas to somewhere else after last week's massacre at a Florida high school that left 17 students dead, a Dallas city official says.

Emergency Medical Treatment

Treating the Victims, and the Teenager Accused of Gunning Them Down

Emergency workers at a Florida hospital treated victims from last week’s mass shooting, and then they trained their attention on the man accused of the carnage.

Mueller charges lawyer with lying about interaction with ex-Trump aide

Special counsel Robert Mueller has filed a charge against a lawyer for lying to investigators about his interaction with former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates in September 2016.


BRIEF-Duke Energy Corp Says Issuing $2 Billion Of Equity In 2018

* DUKE ENERGY CORP SAYS ISSUING $2 BILLION OF EQUITY IN 2018 Source text ( Further company coverage: (Bengaluru Newsroom: +1 646 223 8780)

She sawed her own gun in half to send a message

Amanda Meyer grew up around guns. She took a hunter safety class in her hometown in Iowa when she was 14 and her parents emphasized proper gun handling from a very early age.


Walmart holiday-quarter profit drops, online struggles spook investors

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Walmart Inc , the world's biggest retailer, on Tuesday posted a sharp drop in profit and online sales growth during the critical holiday period and forecast annual profit at the lower end of expectations.


UPDATE 4-Walmart holiday-qtr profit drops, online struggles spook investors

NEW YORK, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Walmart Inc, the world's biggest retailer, on Tuesday posted a sharp drop in profit and online sales growth during the critical holiday period and forecast annual profit at the lower end of expectations.


EMERGING MARKETS-LatAm currencies weaken as dollar rebounds globally

By Bruno Federowski SAO PAULO, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Latin American currencies weakened on Tuesday as the U.S. dollar strengthened worldwide after hitting a three-year low last week. Currencies from Brazil, Mexico and Colombia weakened between 0.3 percent and 0.9 percent. The Chilean peso was barely changed as profit-taking partially offset the global upswing in the U.S. currency. Concerns that the United States could pursue a weaker dollar policy and by mounting worries about the


UPDATE 2-Bilfinger to seek compliance damages from former executives

* Alleges ex-execs failed to install proper compliance system

How 'thoughts and prayers' became a cynical meme

Semantic satiation is the phenomenon in which a word or phrase is repeated so often it loses its meaning. But it also becomes something ridiculous, a jumble of letters that feels alien on the tongue and reads like gibberish on paper.

Army awards medals to students killed in Florida shooting

The US Army is awarding medals for heroism to three students killed in last week's school shooting in Parkland, Florida.


UPDATE 2-$2 bln share issue takes shine off Duke Energy profit beat

Feb 20 (Reuters) - U.S. power provider Duke Energy Corp said on Tuesday it would issue $2 billion in new shares this year to deal with the financial impact of recent tax reforms that it also said would weigh on 2018 earnings growth.


Harsher sanctions needed against Venezuela, targeting oil: OAS chief

GENEVA (Reuters) - Sanctions should be stepped up against Venezuela's leaders and oil sector in response to the country's repressive political climate, the head of the Organisation of American States (OAS) said on Tuesday.

The airstrikes keep coming in this besieged Syrian suburb

More than 100 civilians have been killed in Syria's Eastern Ghouta in the past 24 hours, the largest single-day death toll in the rebel-held area in nearly three years, according to observers.


Vatican special envoy hears sex abuse victim testimony in Chile

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - The Vatican's top sexual abuse investigator said he had started taking testimony on Tuesday from victims in the Chilean capital, where he is looking into accusations that a bishop appointed by Pope Francis covered up crimes against minors.


Top court snubs challenge to California gun waiting period

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a blow to gun rights activists, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday turned away a challenge to California's 10-day waiting period for firearms purchases that is intended to guard against impulsive violence and suicides.


Peru says Southern Copper wins auction to develop Michiquillay mine

LIMA, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Southern Copper Corp won a tender to develop Peru's Michiquillay copper mine with a proposal to transfer $400 million to the government and pay 3 royalties, the government said on Tuesday.


BRIEF-Nucor Sets Quarterly Cash Dividend Of $0.38 Per Share

* NUCOR CORP - SETS QUARTERLY CASH DIVIDEND OF $0.38 PER SHARE Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:


Golf: Universal world handicap system to be introduced from 2020

(Reuters) - Golfers will be able to take a universal handicap to courses around the world from 2020 in a shake-up of the system announced by organizers on Tuesday.


U.S. says ready to talk Mideast peace; Abbas calls for conference

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States is "ready to talk" Middle East peace with the Palestinians, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Tuesday in remarks directed at Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during a meeting of the U.N. Security Council.


Britain set to take further budgetary control of Northern Ireland

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain must take steps towards setting a budget for Northern Ireland while it explores whether agreement can be reached to restore the province's power-sharing government, the British minister for the region said on Tuesday.

Jimmy Fallon interviews Paul Rudd in 60 seconds

Jimmy Fallon is currently sharing NBC airtime with the Olympics and that means abbreviated episodes of "The Tonight Show."


UK promises post-Brexit agriculture plan as farmers demand more clarity

BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) - The British government will publish a consultation paper on future agriculture policy "very shortly", Environment Minister Michael Gove said on Tuesday, as farmers demanded more clarity on their prospect after the country quits the European Union.

George and Amal Clooney to attend March For Our Lives

George and Amal Clooney have stepped up in support of the survivors of the deadly shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Guess co-founder steps aside amid Kate Upton allegations

Analysis: 15 questions for Sarah Sanders

For the first time in a week, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders will take questions from the media on Tuesday afternoon. And what a week it's been.


South Korea launches WTO trade challenge against U.S. duties

GENEVA (Reuters) - South Korea has launched a wide-ranging complaint at the World Trade Organization to challenge the U.S. use of anti-subsidy and anti-dumping duties, citing their use on steel and transformers, a WTO filing showed on Tuesday.


More bombs hit Syria's Ghouta after heaviest death toll in years

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Pro-government forces pounded Syria's eastern Ghouta on Tuesday, killing at least 66 people after the enclave's heaviest one-day death toll in three years, a monitoring group said.


Florida teens travel to state capital demanding action on guns

PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - Busloads of Florida students headed on Tuesday to the state capital Tallahassee to call for a ban on assault rifles, pressing on with protests after a shooting rampage at a high school that killed 17 teens and educators.


Qatar says may switch part of A350 order to biggest model

TOULOUSE, France (Reuters) - Airbus got a boost for its largest twin-engined jet on Tuesday when Qatar Airways said it was considering upgrading some of its A350 orders to the largest model as it took delivery of the first such plane.


Motor racing: Renault launch F1 car and name Aitken as reserve driver

LONDON (Reuters) - British-Korean youngster Jack Aitken will be the Renault Formula One team's official reserve driver this season, replacing Russian Sergey Sirotkin, who has switched to a race seat with Williams.


Lesser-known North Korea cyber-spy group goes international: report

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A North Korean cyber espionage group previously known only for targeting South Korea's government and private sector deepened its sophistication and hit further afield including in Japan and the Middle East in 2017, security researchers said on Tuesday.


S&P, Dow falter after six days of gains as Walmart weighs

(Reuters) - A steep fall in Walmart's shares put the skids on the S&P 500 and the Dow's six-day winning streak, but gains in Amazon and technology stocks kept the Nasdaq in positive territory.


Cape Town Pushes Back ‘Day Zero’ as Residents Conserve Water

Sharp restrictions on water use and help from farmers pushed back the day when taps would run dry, but the city remains in a water crisis.


New corruption cases entangle Netanyahu aides

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli police alleged on Tuesday that Benjamin Netanyahu's former spokesman tried to bribe a judge to drop a fraud case against Netanyahu's wife, the latest corruption investigation encircling the long-serving prime minister.

Amazon perk: 5% cash back at Whole Foods


Albertsons to buy rest of Rite Aid as Amazon threat looms

(Reuters) - Supermarket operator Albertsons Companies Inc will buy the rest of Rite Aid Corp not being sold to Walgreens Boots Alliance , the latest in a string of drug industry mergers to tackle the threat of Inc .

The Point: Why the new Pennsylvania map is a 'huge' deal in the fight for House control

On Monday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court redrew the state's congressional lines in advance of the 2018 election. (The court had previously ruled that the map drawn by Republicans earlier in the decade was driven mainly by partisan consideration and therefore in violation of the state's constitution.)


U.S. to extend skimpy health insurance outside of Obamacare

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Tuesday proposed extending the availability of skimpy health insurance plans to millions of Americans in another Trump administration move aimed at undercutting the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare.


Seas to rise about a meter even if climate goals are met - study

OSLO (Reuters) - Sea levels will rise between 0.7 and 1.2 meters (27-47 inches) in the next two centuries even if governments end the fossil fuel era as promised under the Paris climate agreement, scientists said on Tuesday.

Stocks slip as Walmart drags down the Dow

Cape Town diary: For the first time, I'm optimistic

Driving through a middle-class suburb of Cape Town a few days ago, I noticed about 20 people lined up in an orderly queue on the sidewalk. As I got closer, I saw that everyone was carrying plastic containers, and some even had garbage bins.


Oxfam chief apologizes for 'babies in cots' comment as more abuse reported

LONDON (Reuters) - Oxfam's chief executive apologized on Tuesday for saying a wave of condemnation over sex abuse by its staff was disproportionate as it had not "murdered babies in their cots" after a scandal that has prompted new reports of abuse.

Doping (Sports)

Russia Confirms Curler’s Doping Positive but Raises Doubts About Drug’s Source

Russian officials said the level of meldonium in Alexander Krushelnytsky’s system suggested he took the drug just once, something that would be “absolutely useless and ineffective.”


The Stone: What We Owe to Others: Simone Weil’s Radical Reminder

She believed we have obligations to attend to our fellow humans. How could that spirit change our politics?


Home Depot's earnings powered by strong U.S. housing market

(Reuters) - Home Depot Inc's profit and revenue topped Wall street estimates for the sixth straight quarter as more shoppers visited the No.1 U.S. home improvement chain and, on average, spent more in an improving housing market.

Fergie explains National Anthem performance

Fergie is sorry that some people didn't love her rendition of the National Anthem.


Thomson Reuters says CEO Jim Smith to make full recovery after arrhythmia incident

TORONTO (Reuters) - Thomson Reuters Corp said on Tuesday Chief Executive Officer Jim Smith is in stable condition after an arrhythmia incident on Feb. 12 and is expected to be released from hospital within the next two weeks.


Ice Hockey: Finland advance as South Korea's Olympic journey ends

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Finland beat South Korea 5-2 on Tuesday to reach the men's Olympic ice hockey quarter-finals as the hosts bowed out of the tournament after a spirited performance in their final game.


Biathlon: Brilliant Fourcade claims mixed relay gold for France

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - France's Martin Fourcade gave another brilliant display of skiing and shooting to erase a big German lead and claim the Olympic gold for his team in the Olympic biathlon mixed relay on Tuesday.


No survivors as Iran finds wreckage of plane on mountain

LONDON (Reuters) - There were no survivors among the 65 passengers and crew on an Iranian plane that ploughed into a mountain top, where most of the bodies lie buried under snow, the first rescue team to reach the wreckage said on Tuesday.


U.S. top court rejects investor appeals over Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to revive litigation in which shareholders accused the federal government of overstepping its authority when it restructured mortgage finance firms Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac following the 2008 housing crisis.

GOP candidate defends his campaign's AR-15 giveaway

Kansas congressional candidate Tyler Tannahill defends continuing his campaign's AR-15 giveaway in the wake of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting, saying, "I do support the Second Amendment in the hard times and the bad."

Trump administration expands short-term health plans in blow to Obamacare


Bobsleigh: Jamaicans enjoy their Winter moment in the sun

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - The much-heralded Jamaican women's bobsleigh team made their Winter Olympic debut on Tuesday on a night of color and emotion and coming 30 years after the country's first appearance at the Games in Calgary.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Former Skadden Lawyer Accused in Russia Investigation of Making False Statements

The attorney was interviewed by the special counsel about work he did in Ukraine with Rick Gates, who went on to serve on President Trump’s campaign.


Ice Hockey: Germany edge out Switzerland to reach quarters

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Yannic Seidenberg scored less than a minute into overtime to propel Germany past Switzerland 2-1 on Tuesday and give them the last spot in the quarter-finals of the men's Olympic ice hockey tournament.

O'Rourke, Beto

The Lone Star Long Shot Who Wants to Topple Ted Cruz

Representative Beto O’Rourke is making a long-shot bid to defeat Ted Cruz and become the first Democrat in Texas to win a statewide office since 1994.


Agonizing subway ride lands New York woman Worst Commute award

NEW YORK (Reuters) - This is one contest no New York City subway rider wants to win.


Guess co-founder gives up duties during probe of alleged improper conduct

(Reuters) - Guess Inc said on Tuesday its co-founder Paul Marciano will give up his day-to-day responsibilities at the company on an unpaid basis pending the completion of a probe into accusations of improper conduct.


Trump to host Swedish prime minister on March 6: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will host Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven on March 6 at the White House, the president's press secretary said on Tuesday, amid concerns in the Nordic region about Russia's military buildup.


Xerox shareholders Icahn, Deason urge company to sell itself to rivals

(Reuters) - Xerox Corp shareholders Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason said on Tuesday the U.S. company should seek to sell itself to one of its rivals or a private equity firm.


Kenya’s Political Turmoil Is a Tale of Fathers and Sons

The fathers of Kenya’s president and opposition leader were political allies who became adversaries. In a sense, the sons are repeating their battles.


Ohio school on lockdown after student apparently shoots self

(Reuters) - A school in Massillon, Ohio, was on lockdown on Tuesday morning after a student suffered an "apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound," the school district said.


Medtronic quarterly revenue beats, margins disappoint

(Reuters) - Medical device maker Medtronic Plc's quarterly revenue beat analysts' expectations as new product launches drove sales across its business units, but weaker-than-expected margins clouded the earnings report.


Zambia cholera epidemic continues to slow as number of deaths declines

LUSAKA (Reuters) - Zambia's cholera epidemic continues to slow with seven deaths recorded over the last month, Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya said on Tuesday.


Indian software services sector to grow 7-9 percent in FY19 - lobby group

HYDERABAD, India (Reuters) - India's software services exports will see revenue growth of 7-9 percent in constant currency terms in the fiscal year to March 2019, a leading lobby group forecast on Tuesday, as the industry continues to recover from what has been a tough year.


Disabled by alcohol - Van Sant brings cartoonist biopic to Berlin

BERLIN (Reuters) - It was a role Robin Williams wanted to play in honor of his friend "Superman" actor Christopher Reeve - the true story of a quadriplegic who despite his disability makes his name as a talented cartoonist.

'Black Panther' star pays up after bet

Lupita Nyong'o makes "Black Panther" co-star Michael B. Jordan do push-ups after he lost a bet.

Trump keeps up attacks on Obama over Russian meddling

President Donald Trump is continuing to blame his predecessor for not doing enough to deter Russian interference in the 2016 election.


Philippine leader bans news site from covering his events over 'fake news'

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has "lost trust" in local news site Rappler and barred it from covering his official events, his spokesman said on Tuesday, in the latest blow for an outlet known for its tough scrutiny of his government.

Short-Track Speedskating

Short-Track Speedskaters Are Lopsided

They spend hours torqued to the left as they speed around a tight oval. As a result, their bodies are asymmetrical, with much of their right sides bulkier.


Nestle set to launch first organic products in Brazil in coming weeks

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Nestle SA will launch its first organic food line in Brazil in the coming weeks, an executive told Reuters, as the world's biggest food company makes a global push to capture growing interest in healthy and organic products.


Short track: South Korea basks in golden chaos

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - South Korea powered to gold in a chaotic Olympic women’s short track speed skating 3,000 meters relay on Tuesday, defending the title they won in Sochi.

New York City

New York Today: New York Today: Albany Agenda

Tuesday: Legislation to watch this year, “Malcolm X Speaks”, and a look at key players in Albany.


Russian medalist denies doping after positive test

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Russian Olympic medalist Alexander Krushelnitsky has denied taking a banned substance in a suspected doping case that has rocked the Pyeongchang Winter Games and could imperil Russia's efforts to regain its full Olympic status.

California Today

California Today: California Today: Senators Vent Their Frustration About Guns

Tuesday: Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein speak out after a school shooting, an army of bots spring into action, and “Tacros” arrive at the Ferry Building.

Serena Williams: What my near-death experience taught me

I almost died after giving birth to my daughter, Olympia.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Trump Tries to Shift Blame to Obama for Not Countering Russian Meddling

President Trump suggested that the Obama administration did not do enough to prevent the Kremlin’s influence campaign.


BRIEF-Firm Capital American Realty Partners Announces Acquisitions Of US$33.1 Million Of Residential Properties

Feb 20 (Reuters) - Firm Capital American Realty Partners Corp:


UPDATE 1-Romania says its natural gas output set to double by 2025

BUCHAREST, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Romania could almost double its natural gas production to about 20 billion cubic metres a year by 2025, helped by new offshore discoveries in the Black Sea, the head of the National Agency for Mineral Resources (ANRM), Sorin Gal, said on Tuesday.


BRIEF-Ciena Corp CEO's 2017 Total Compensation Was $7.6 Million

* CIENA CORP CEO GARY B. SMITH'S 2017 TOTAL COMPENSATION WAS $7.6 MILLION VERSUS $6.2 MILLION IN 2016 – SEC FILING‍​ Source text ( Further company coverage:


BRIEF-Southeastern Asset Management Reports A 9.8 Pct Stake In Actuant Corp



BRIEF-Ecolab Reports Q4 EPS Of $1.93


Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

Syrian Bombardment Kills Nearly 100 in Eastern Ghouta

Residents of the rebel-held enclave near Damascus described the events as an all-out attack on civilians and infrastructure to force a surrender.

Ex-GOP rep.: Dems coaching the survivors

Former Republican Congressman Jack Kingston questions whether teens who survived the Parkland, Florida, school shooting can plan a nationwide anti-gun rally, saying Democratic groups are behind the efforts.


BRIEF-Imax Says Marvel Studios' Black Panther Had $35 Mln Four-Day Global Debut



Albertsons to buy Rite Aid in cash-and-stock deal

(Reuters) - U.S. grocery chain operator Albertsons Companies Inc said on Tuesday it would buy the drug stores that Rite Aid Corp is not selling to Walgreens Boots Alliance , in a deal that would create a company with $83 billion in annual revenue.


BRIEF-Boston Scientific Corp Files For Potential Debt Shelf Offering



Freestyle skiing: Hungary may rethink after Swaney halfpipe display

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - The Hungarian Olympic Committee will consider changing its selection procedures after skier Elizabeth Swaney’s halfpipe performance went viral, with many fans wondering why an athlete of such limited ability was competing at the Games.


BRIEF-Gap Announces Departure Of Gap Brand President


Survivor hits back on conspiracy theory

Delaney Tarr and Brandon Abzug, two students who survived the Parkland, Florida, school shooting, told CNN's Alisyn Camerota that claims that they're being coached by Democrats are "despicable."


Walmart worries, bond yields threaten six-day winning streak

(Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures fell more than half a percent as Wall Street returned from a long holiday weekend on Tuesday, a rise in bond yields and underwhelming results from Walmart halting a six-day winning streak for the major indexes.


More bombs fall on Syria's Ghouta after heaviest toll in years

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Pro-government forces bombarded Syria's eastern Ghouta on Tuesday, killing at least 49 people, after the heaviest one-day death toll there in three years on Monday, a war monitoring group said.


Airbus sees no demand for bigger A350 for now

TOULOUSE, France (Reuters) - Airbus is not planning a larger A350 jet and will focus on developing existing versions of the widebody aircraft, an executive said on Tuesday.


BRIEF-American Midstream Enters Definitive Agreement To Sell Refined Products Terminals



Aimmune's peanut allergy drug meets main goal, shares surge

(Reuters) - U.S. drug developer Aimmune Therapeutics Inc said on Tuesday its peanut allergy drug met the main goal of an eagerly awaited late-stage study, sending its shares up 18 percent premarket.

Florida, Syria, Fox News: Your Tuesday Briefing

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


Qualcomm gets hedge fund nod with raised offer for NXP

(Reuters) - U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm Inc raised its offer to buy NXP Semiconductors NV to $127.50 per share on Tuesday, and said it has the backing of the shareholder group led by hedge fund Elliott Management that opposed its previous proposal.

Poll: Most blame Congress, Trump for not doing more to prevent mass shootings

A majority of Americans blame Congress and President Donald Trump for not doing more to prevent mass shootings, a new Washington Post/ABC News poll finds.


U.N. warns of extraordinary humanitarian disaster in southeast Congo

GENEVA (Reuters) - An upsurge of violence in southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo is set to cause a "humanitarian disaster of extraordinary proportions", the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said on Tuesday.


With glue and tape, skaters strive to keep covered up

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Olympic ice dancers are taking extra precautions to ensure their costumes get attention for all the right reasons, using tape and glue to guarantee they stay covered up as they glide around the ice.

Opinion: The mom's story I could not forget

Some stories do not leave you. You cannot forget them long after you tell them. And you wonder, often, how they end.


Indonesia seizes record 1.6 tonnes of crystal methamphetamine

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia seized a record 1.6 tonnes of crystal methamphetamine from a ship off the northern island of Batam on Tuesday, a narcotics official said, the second major drug bust this month.

Kashmir and Jammu (India)

Journalist or Terrorist? Kashmir Photographer Is Jailed, Pending Answer

The Indian authorities say a young conflict photographer in Kashmir conspired against them. But journalists insist he was jailed to silence him.

More fowl news! KFC chicken shortage will hit UK stores all week


Walmart profit drops, online sales slow in key holiday quarter

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Retail behemoth Walmart Inc on Tuesday reported a lower-than-expected quarterly profit and posted a sharp drop in online sales growth during the critical holiday period, sending its shares slumping more than 6 percent in premarket trade.

Albertsons agrees to buy Rite Aid


Factbox: Trump on Twitter (Feb 20) - Obama administration, America's elections, taxes

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


Britain urges EU to work jointly on Brexit deal, won't undercut rivals

VIENNA (Reuters) - Brexit minister David Davis said on Tuesday Britain and the European Union could reach a deal to access each others' markets and dismissed fears Britain would use Brexit to cut regulation to attract global businesses, despite past threats to do so.


Brilliant Fourcade claims mixed relay gold for France

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - France's Martin Fourcade gave another brilliant display of skiing and shooting to erase a big German lead and claim the Olympic gold for his team in the Olympic biathlon mixed relay on Tuesday.


Bobsleigh: Feel the rhythm - Jamaican women make debut

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - The Jamaican women's bobsleigh team made their Winter Olympic debut on Tuesday, thirty years after the country's first appearance at the Games in Calgary.

Union workers want Disney to pay tax cut bonuses


Iran summons Swedish envoy over granting of citizenship to prisoner

LONDON (Reuters) - The Iranian foreign ministry said on Tuesday it had summoned the Swedish ambassador to protest over Sweden's granting of citizenship to a Stockholm-based scientist being held in Tehran under a death sentence.


Snowboarding: American survivor Muss keen to make his mark on snow

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Four years after suffering a life-threatening condition, American snowboarder Aaron "AJ" Muss says he wants to be recognized as one of the best in his sport and "not because I overcame something."

Man wins custody of 13 surrogate children

A Thai court has given a wealthy Japanese businessman sole custody of 13 children he fathered through surrogates in Thailand.


With medicine running out, Venezuelans with transplants live in fear

CARACAS (Reuters) - Yasmira Castano felt she had a fresh chance at life when she received a kidney transplant almost two decades ago. The young Venezuelan was able to finish high school and went on to work as a manicurist.


Guggenheim's Minerd warns of a possible replay of 1987 stock market crash

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investors should brace for a possible replay of the 1987 stock market crash later this year, given this month's slump came against the backdrop of Federal Reserve interest rate...

Bride trapped in elevator on big day

A bride had to call for help after she became stuck in an elevator on the way to her wedding reception.

Actors and Actresses

Glenda Jackson on Quitting Parliament, Playing Lear and Returning to Broadway

After winning two Oscars, she stopped acting for decades to fight Thatcherism. Now, at 81, she’s tackling an Edward Albee classic. But she insists, “I lead a very dull life.”


Florida school staff members to return this week after mass shooting that killed 17

(Reuters) - Staff members will return to work on Friday at the Florida school where a gunman shot and killed 17 people in the deadliest shooting ever at a U.S. high school, district officials said, with students expected back next week.


Home Depot's profit, sales top estimates on higher traffic, spending

(Reuters) - Home Depot Inc's profit beat market estimates for the sixth straight quarter on Tuesday as more shoppers visited the No.1 U.S. home improvement chain and spent more on average amid an improving housing market.


Spain's Balearic Islands to fine Airbnb 300,000 euros for illegal rentals

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's Balearic Islands is fining flat-sharing and rental service Airbnb 300,000 euros ($370,140) for advertising unregistered homes in Mallorca on its web site, the regional government said on Tuesday.


Exclusive: EU scraps border projects as 'Ukraine fatigue' grows

KIEV (Reuters) - The European Union is shutting down a border checkpoint scheme with Ukraine, deepening doubts about Kiev's ability to deliver reforms in return for billions in European aid.


Short track: South Korea continue relay dominance

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - South Korea powered to gold in the Olympic women’s short track speed skating 3,000 meters relay on Tuesday, defending the title they won in Sochi.


Ice Hockey: Norway beat Slovenia in first win since Lillehammer

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Norway reached the men's Olympic ice hockey quarter-finals for the first time after Alexander Bonsaksen's wrist shot secured their 2-1 overtime win against Slovenia on Tuesday.


Medtronic quarterly profit meets expectations

(Reuters) - Largest U.S. standalone medical device maker Medtronic Plc reported a third-quarter profit in-line with analysts' estimates, as sales across all its units, except the minimally invasive therapies business, grew.


Netanyahu confidants named as suspects in new corruption probe

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli police revealed on Tuesday they had arrested the controlling shareholder and CEO of the country's biggest telecoms company, as well as two former officials with close ties to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a corruption case.

Chattanooga (Tenn)

The 52 Places Traveler: Chattanooga Is Changing. But Its Charms Remain.

Despite some transformative growing pains, the city may well be one of the most pleasant and livable ones in the United States.


Christie's nightmare Games ends in disqualification

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Elise Christie's disastrous Winter Olympics ended in a third ignominious failure when the British short track skater was disqualified in her women's 1,000 meters heat and had to be carried off the track on Tuesday.

Depressed teen's guns didn't raise red flags for host family

The Florida couple who took in school shooter Nikolas Cruz knew the depressed 19-year-old owned multiple guns, but felt safe knowing the weapons were under lock and key.

Shooter's host family worries about their son

In an interview with CNN's Alisyn Camerota, the couple who took in Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz said they knew the depressed 19-year-old had multiple guns, but felt safe knowing the weapons were locked up.


Study finds new superbug typhoid strain behind Pakistan outbreak

LONDON (Reuters) - An outbreak of typhoid fever in Pakistan is being caused by an extensively drug resistant "superbug" strain, a sign that treatment options for the bacterial disease are running out, scientists said on Tuesday.

The world has a right to know about Trump's war powers

Bribery and Kickbacks

Netanyahu Faces New Accusations: Did His Adviser Try to Bribe a Judge?

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was already accused of accepting nearly $300,000 in bribes. The latest allegations could amount to obstruction of a criminal investigation.


The brand Olympics: getting attention without getting in trouble

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - In packing for the Winter Olympics, Canadian entrepreneur Domenico Ciarallo stuffed his bags with hats and t-shirts bearing the logo of his company, which makes locker-room dryers.


Oxfam chief apologizes for 'babies in cots' comment on sex abuse scandal

LONDON (Reuters) - Oxfam chief executive Mark Goldring apologized on Tuesday for saying a wave of condemnation of the charity over sex abuse by its staff was disproportionate as it had not "murdered babies in their cots".


Murdoch's Fox seeks to win bid approval by extending Sky News guarantee

LONDON (Reuters) - Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox has strengthened its offer to protect the independence of Sky's loss-making news channel to try to overcome regulatory concerns about Fox's takeover of the parent company.


South Africa's drought-stricken Cape Town pushes back 'Day Zero' to July 9

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa's drought-stricken city of Cape Town has pushed back its estimate for "Day Zero," when taps are expected to run dry, to July 9 from June 4 due to a decline in water usage, the city's deputy mayor said on Tuesday.


Brazilian rule changes may allow telecoms firms to unload assets

SAO PAULO/BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's major telecoms operators stand to free up hundreds of millions of dollars to invest in technologies like 4G and broadband by unloading unwanted assets, as a push by the sector to overhaul decades-old rules shows signs of paying off.

Analysis: Places that will decide the 2018 midterms

Red pockets. Romneyland. Blue-collar blues.

She's traveling the world collecting people's beautiful moments

What's your definition of a beautiful moment?


Letter of Recommendation: Letter of Recommendation: Spoilers

Knowing what’s going to happen can amplify the pleasure of the moviegoing experience.


Op-Ed Columnist: The Madness of American Crowds

There’s nothing new about Trump, but that’s not necessarily reassuring.

Drug Abuse and Traffic

Fixes: A City Stalked by Overdoses Fights Back

Philadelphia is trying new strategies to combat the opioid epidemic, including planning a supervised site for drug use.

United States Politics and Government

Op-Ed Contributor: Missing Conservatism? Just Wait for a Democratic President

Republicans will complain again about overweening government, accelerating social change and American decline.


Japan's cryptocurrency exchanges to form new self-regulating body: sources

TOKYO (Reuters) - Sixteen Japanese cryptocurrency exchanges will fix plans as early as next week to create a self-regulating body in a bid to better safeguard investors after a $530 million digital money heist last month, two source familiar with the plan said.


Curling: South Korea earn playoff spot with win over U.S

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - South Korea qualified for a place in the Olympic women's curling semi-finals with a 9-6 win over the United States on Tuesday as Canada's hopes of defending their gold medal hung by a thread following a 7-5 loss to China.


HSBC profit disappoints as CEO Gulliver bows out

HONG KONG/LONDON (Reuters) - HSBC Holdings reported a smaller than expected rise in annual profits and unveiled plans to raise up to $7 billion to bolster its capital, as CEO Stuart Gulliver hands over to a new leadership team on Tuesday.


Personal Journeys: Family, Meet My Old Love: Saigon

Twenty years after my first visit to the Vietnamese city, would the people I love most love the land I love most?


Skeptical U.S. Rebuffs Mexico’s Request for Aid in Spyware Inquiry

Officials are said to be worried about being used as a fig leaf in the case, which involves the use of surveillance technology to spy on Mexican government critics.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual Misconduct Spurs New Elections: The #MeToo Races

Nearly a dozen special elections are being held in 2018 to fill vacancies left by lawmakers accused of sexual harassment or misconduct.

Search Engines

Feature: The Case Against Google

Critics say the search giant is squelching competition before it begins. Should the government step in?


Refiner goes belly-up after big payouts to Carlyle Group

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Throughout 2016 and 2017, a rail terminal built to accept crude oil for the largest East Coast refinery often sat idle, with few trains showing up to unload.

Olympic Games (2018)

Unified Korean Hockey Team Finishes Winless. So Why All the Cheering?

Shouldering a heavy political weight, the team lost its final game, but the outcome was beside the point for many optimistic spectators.


Disappointing HSBC update, weak miners keep FTSE in the red

MILAN, Feb 20 (Reuters) - The UK's top share index inched lower on Tuesday, weighed down by a disappointing update from banking heavyweight HSBC and declines in big mining stocks on metal price weakness.

Figure Skating

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir Are Ice Dancing’s King and Queen

The Canadians modernized ice dancing and skated their way into the history books Tuesday at the Winter Games.


Global stocks struggle as bond yields, dollar regain traction

LONDON (Reuters) - A six-day rebound in world stocks began to splutter on Tuesday, as bond market borrowing costs regained traction and the dollar kicked firmly away from a three-year low.

Common products like perfume contribute to air pollution

Picture the causes of air pollution in a major city and you are likely to visualise pollutants spewing out of cars, trucks and buses.

Bad heart? Don't forget your flu shot

The flu vaccine may have an important benefit beyond protecting against influenza: It may also prevent heart attacks, especially in those at high risk, experts say.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks struggle as bond yields, dollar regain traction

LONDON, Feb 20 (Reuters) - A six-day rebound in world stocks began to splutter on Tuesday, as bond market borrowing costs regained traction and the dollar kicked firmly away from a three-year low.


S.African minister orders Transnet to report irregularities over locomotive contract

JOHANNESBURG, Feb 20 (Reuters) - South Africa's Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown on Tuesday ordered rail utility Transnet to report to law enforcement officials irregularities in the awarding of a 54 billion rand ($5 billion) contract to acquire locomotives in 2014.


Alpine skiing: Beyond Vonn and Goggia, challengers hope for a downhill upset

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - A glance at the form book and women's downhill race at the Pyeongchang Olympics looks all about Lindsey Vonn v Sofia Goggia.

US assault rifles being sold on jihadist online forums in Syria

US-supplied weapons originally intended for moderate allies in Syria have ended up for sale on jihadist online forums in the country's northern al Qaeda heartland.


EU court adviser backs Commission in forest dispute with Poland

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Poland's decision to increase logging in the primeval forest of Bialowieza breaks EU law, an advisor to the EU's top court said on Tuesday, backing the European Commission against the Polish government.


Language app Babbel translates European success to U.S. market

BERLIN (Reuters) - It might seem a tall order to persuade people to spend as much to learn a language on their smartphone as it costs to subscribe to a music streaming or video-on-demand service.

After #MeToo, why isn't there more focus on domestic violence?

The #MeToo movement has prompted an ongoing national reckoning with the issues of sexual harassment and sexual assault.


UPDATE 1-Indian software services sector to grow 7-9 pct in FY19 - lobby group

* Current outlook is one of cautious optimism - NASSCOM president


CORRECTED-UPDATE 3-Japan's Sony to form alliance to build taxi-hailing system

TOKYO, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Sony Corp said on Tuesday it would become the latest blue-chip firm to jockey for position in Japan's taxi and ride-hailing market, with plans for a joint venture to develop an artificial intelligence-based hailing system.


UPDATE 3-BHP boosts dividend as half-year profit jumps 25 pct, costs rise

* CEO says will meet activist investor Elliott Advisors (Adds bullets, share price)


Singapore says won't cane suspected bank robber if deported from UK

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore said on Tuesday it had agreed to a request from Britain not to carry out corporal punishment on a suspected bank robber if he is extradited to face charges in the city-state.


South Africa's Ramaphosa says it's time to review cabinet make up

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa's new President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Tuesday it was time to consider the make-up of his cabinet, amid growing speculation about whether Finance Minister Gigaba would keep his job.


What's it like to pick up plushies? Flower kids tell all

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - They have to skate fast in front of hundreds of people, pick up flowers as quickly as possible and stay unflustered when dozens of stuffed animals rain down on the ice.


Uber CEO sees commercialization of flying taxis in 5-10 years

TOKYO (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc Chief Executive Officer Dara Khosrowshahi said on Tuesday he can see commercialization of the Uber Air flying taxi service happening within five to 10 years.


Iran finds wreckage of crashed plane on top of mountain

LONDON (Reuters) - Iran has located a passenger plane that crashed with 65 people on board, a military spokesman said on Tuesday, two days after it disappeared from radar over mountainous terrain, increasing Iranians' fears about the country's aging fleet of aircraft.


UPDATE 2-M&A synergies, economic growth lift HeidelbergCement

* Shares up 1.5 pct (Adds details on synergies, Egypt, shares)


Ice hockey: Korean women score again but bid farewell with fifth loss

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - The unified Korean women's ice hockey team ended their historic Olympic run with a fifth straight loss on Tuesday but they signed off by adding one more goal to their total in front of another bumper audience of adoring fans.


Fashion firms dither over instant shopping on the catwalk

PARIS (Reuters) - Fashion labels may be falling over themselves to court young, smartphone-wielding shoppers, but there's one millennial-inspired trend that is only catching on slowly: catwalk shows where clothes are available to buy instantly rather than months later.


Most of Europe to see below normal temperatures in March: The Weather Company

LONDON (Reuters) - Most of Europe will experience colder than normal temperatures in March, The Weather Company said on Tuesday.


Ancient human remains, Ice Age animal bones found in giant Mexican cave

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Archaeologists exploring the word's biggest flooded cave in Mexico have discovered ancient human remains at least 9,000 years old and the bones of animals who roamed the earth during the last Ice Age.


Chinese warships enter East Indian Ocean amid Maldives tensions

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Eleven Chinese warships sailed into the East Indian Ocean this month, a Chinese news portal said, amid a constitutional crisis in the tiny tropical island chain of the Maldives now under a state of emergency.


UPDATE 1-Iran finds wreckage of crashed plane on top of mountain

* Iranians angry about state of aging aircraft fleet (Adds quotes, protest)


Britain and U.S. in talks over captured British Islamic State fighters: UK minister

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain and the United States are in talks about the fate of two captured British Islamic State militants, suspected of being part of a notorious group known for torturing and killing Western hostages, British Home Secretary Amber Rudd said.


CORRECTED -Chevron restarts drilling in Kurdistan region of Iraq (Feb 19)

Feb 19 (Reuters) - U.S. oil company Chevron Corp on Monday said it had resumed drilling operations in the Kurdistan region of Iraq (KRI).


Figure skating: 'Korea power' buoys hometown ice dancers

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - As if getting to the Olympics was not hard enough for South Korean ice dancers Min Yura and Alexander Gamelin, the two were briefly caught up in a diplomatic fuss over their free dance music and then suffered a wardrobe malfunction.


European shares edge back up, Edenred tops gainers

LONDON, Feb 20 (Reuters) - European shares edged back in positive territory on Tuesday after ending a three-day recovery in the previous session when Wall Street and Chinese markets were closed for holiday.

International Olympic Committee

Russian Fans at the Olympics Are Loud, Proud and Angry

With many of their best barred from these Games because of doping, Russian athletes have yet to win a gold medal. Their supporters say the fault lies elsewhere.


South Korean president endorses Russian presence at Winter Games

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in lauded Russia's participation at the Winter Games on Tuesday, saying it had "made our Olympics better", despite calls from some athletes and anti-doping agencies for Russians to be banned from competing at the event.

Survivors want to talk gun control with lawmakers


Virtue, Moir win second ice dance gold with world record

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Canadian ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir claimed their second Olympic gold medal with a brilliant free dance on Tuesday, edging to the top of the podium by less than a point and breaking the world record into the bargain.

Funerals and Memorials

Want to Plan for Your Death and Funeral? Here’s How.

Pre-need funeral plans can be complicated, so here is a primer on everything you’ll need to know.


Slovenia ice hockey player Jeglic fails doping test, to leave Games: CAS

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Slovenia men's ice hockey player Ziga Jeglic has tested positive for a banned substance and has been suspended for the remainder of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said on Tuesday.


Ice hockey: Donato at the double as U.S. men advance to last eight

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Ryan Donato scored twice to help the United States ease to a 5-1 win over Slovakia on Tuesday and book a spot in the men's Olympic ice hockey quarter-finals.