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Brazil's Kroton looks to expand overseas through acquisitions

SAO PAULO, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Brazilian for-profit education company Kroton Educacional SA has begun studies to expand abroad via acquisitions and is also eyeing new domestic targets, the firm's chairman and senior executives said on Monday.


Poland's Morawiecki sworn in as new prime minister

WARSAW (Reuters) - Polish Finance Minister Mateusz Morawiecki was sworn in by President Andrzej Duda as the country's new prime minister on Monday, replacing Beata Szydlo, who became a Deputy Prime minister.


WTO losing focus, must rethink development: U.S. trade chief

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's trade chief said on Monday that the World Trade Organization is losing its focus on trade negotiations in favor of litigation and needed to rethink how it defines developing economies.


Lighthizer says WTO losing focus, must rethink development

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's trade chief said on Monday that the World Trade Organization is losing its focus on trade negotiations in favor of litigation and needed to rethink how it defines developing economies.


Iran foreign minister defends missile program, asks European support

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran's foreign minister on Monday defended its ballistic missile program and urged European countries not to be influenced by U.S. President Donald Trump's confrontational policy towards Tehran.


Kuwait replaces oil and finance ministers: state news agency

DUBAI (Reuters) - Kuwait replaced its oil and finance ministers in a cabinet reshuffle on Monday, state news agency KUNA reported.


Paris Journal: A Roma Circus Makes a Home, and Builds Bridges, in Paris

The Romanès family puts on a spontaneous performance of song, dance and acrobatics, while promoting a message of acceptance.


Situation on Korean Peninsula risks moving into 'hot phase': Ifax cites Russian foreign minister

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The situation on the Korean Peninsula risks to move into a "hot phase", Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned on Monday, the Interfax news agency reported.


Mosul Journal: After Fall of ISIS, Iraq’s Second-Largest City Picks Up the Pieces

The battle to drive the Islamic State out of Mosul left much of the city in ruins. Now, residents are pulling together to rebuild.


Britain's Labour Party looks to move some BoE functions away from London

(Reuters) - Britain's Labour Party is considering moving some of Bank of England's functions to Birmingham, from its current home in Threadneedle Street in the City of London, according to an interim report on the British financial system released on Sunday.


Bangladesh minister says wants to 'wipe out' Manila bank for heist role

DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh's finance minister said late on Saturday he wanted to "wipe out" a Philippines bank that was used to channel $81 million stolen from the Bangladeshi central bank's account with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York last year.


China looks to nuclear option to ease winter heating woes

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - With its smog-prone north desperate to slash coal consumption, China is looking to deploy nuclear power to provide reliable winter heating, raising public safety concerns - though developers say the risks are minimal.


Iraq Prime Minister Declares Victory Over ISIS

Haider al-Abadi said, “Our forces fully control the Iraqi-Syrian border,” but analysts warned that it did not mean the end of the Islamic State threat.


Russia fully compliant nuclear missile treaty: deputy foreign minister

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is fully committed to the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty and plans to continue complying with it, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Saturday.


Germany's Gabriel denies report he is eyeing finance minister post

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Saturday denied a report that said the Social Democrat, whose party has agreed to enter talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on forming a coalition, was eyeing the post of finance minister.


Britons can change terms of Brexit to diverge from EU: pro-Brexit minister Gove

LONDON (Reuters) - British voters will be able to change the terms of the country's relationship with the European Union after leaving the bloc if they don't like the final Brexit deal, senior cabinet minister and pro-Brexit lawmaker Michael Gove said on Saturday.


UK foreign minister arrives in Iran to lobby for jailed aid worker

DUBAI (Reuters) - British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson arrived on Saturday in Iran, where he is expected to lobby his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif for the release of jailed Iranian-British aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.


Ahead of Canada fighter jet announcement, Boeing looks to future

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Boeing Co , which is locked in a dispute with the Canadian government, said on Friday it would continue to look for ways to work with the country, which is expected next week to announce it is scrapping plans to buy 18 of the U.S. planemaker's Super Hornet fighter jets.


HNA looks to float Swiss Gategroup early next year -sources

FRANKFURT/ZURICH, Dec 8 (Reuters) - China's HNA Group, which has started selling off assets to allay liquidity concerns, is pushing for a flotation of its Swiss airline caterer Gategroup Holding early next year, people close to the matter said.


Iran's defense minister to visit Russia soon: RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Iranian Defence Minister Amir Hatami plans to visit Russia soon, the RIA news agency reported on Friday, citing a source at the Iranian defense ministry.


British foreign minister to visit Iran, lobby for jailed aid worker

LONDON (Reuters) - British foreign minister Boris Johnson will travel to Iran on Saturday to lobby counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif for the release of jailed Iranian-British aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

Majority polled think there was probably improper contact

President Donald Trump's approval rating sits at 32%, according to a new poll released by the Pew Research Center, matching the lowest level in any poll on his approval since he took office in January.

If you think Pence rule is a good idea, think again

'The Crown' looks polished in regal 2nd season

The upper lips remain admirably stiff in "The Crown," but Season 2 takes what was a fine Netflix drama and polishes it to a high gloss -- presenting its stories more crisply, while providing a stronger showcase for its regal core cast.


Trilobites: You Should Think of Hummingbirds as Bees With Feathers

Scientists say it will be easier to understand hummingbirds in some cases if we use insights gained from the study of bees.


Russian ex-minister Ulyukayev: I am victim of 'monstrous set up'

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Former Russian economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev, accused of taking a $2 million bribe from Rosneft chief executive Igor Sechin, told a court on Thursday he was the victim of "a monstrous and cruel provocation."


UPDATE 1-Russian ex-minister Ulyukayev: I am victim of 'monstrous set up'

MOSCOW, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Former Russian economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev, accused of taking a $2 million bribe from Rosneft chief executive Igor Sechin, told a court on Thursday he was the victim of "a monstrous and cruel provocation."


Russian ex-minister Ulyukayev tells court he is victim of 'monstrous setup'

MOSCOW, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Former Russian economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev, accused of taking a $2 million bribe from Rosneft chief executive Igor Sechin, told a court on Thursday he was the victim of "a monstrous and cruel provocation."


Britons who join Islamic State should be hunted and killed: defence minister

LONDON (Reuters) - Britons who have joined the Islamic State militant group in Syria and Iraq should be hunted down and killed, Britain's new defence minister said.

Coats and Jackets

What’s Next for Bode Miller After Skiing? Hint: Think Fashion

The newly retired skier teamed up with Aztech Mountain, a sports apparel start-up, and will be an NBC commentator during the Winter Games.

Books and Literature

Books of The Times: In His Final Fiction, Sam Shepard Chases Familiar Themes

“Spy of the First Person,” about a dying man, is shot through with dread and decay but has parched humor as well.

Starbucks Corporation

The World’s Biggest Starbucks Opens in Shanghai. Here’s What It Looks Like.

The company’s new store in China is aimed squarely at a country of tea drinkers that has emerged as a major core of its business.


Amazon Prime Video now available on Apple TV

Dec 6 (Reuters) - Inc and Apple Inc have partnered to bring the Amazon Prime Video app to Apple TV in over 100 countries, the companies said on Wednesday.


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Czech president appoints Andrej Babis as new prime minister

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech billionaire businessman Andrej Babis was appointed prime minister on Wednesday after his ANO party came first in an October election, and he must now focus on securing parliamentary backing for a minority administration.


Plot to Kill U.K. Prime Minister Foiled, Court Hears

Prosecutors described a plan to bomb Theresa May’s offices and residence on Downing Street and then to stab her to death.


Fighting for Redemption

A former organized-crime enforcer in Bangkok, Chalermpol Sawadsuk embraced Muay Thai in prison and now fights legally for a living.

Israeli Prime Minister reinforces bond with US

After the announcement that President Trump will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the alliance with US is "irreplaceable."


A Long-Dead Cambodian King Is Back — and He Looks Familiar

Some think Prime Minister Hun Sen considers himself the reincarnation of a 16th-century ruler. Recently built statues certainly suggest a resemblance.


Zimbabwe court again postpones former finance minister's bail hearing

ZIMBABWE (Reuters) - A Zimbabwean court has postponed to Thursday the bail hearing of former finance minister Ignatius Chombo, who is facing charges of corruption dating back two decades.


Amazon launches subscription-based Prime service in Singapore

SINGAPORE, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Inc on Wednesday launched its subscription-based Prime service in Singapore that provides access to fast shipping, streaming and gaming, intensifying competition with incumbent rival Alibaba-backed Lazada in Southeast Asia.


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Chris Ruddy on Mueller investigation: Trump 'thinks there's nothing to it'

President Donald Trump thinks his involvement in the special counsel investigation "will be wrapped up pretty soon," according to Chris Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax and a longtime friend of the President.


While U.S. Senate pushes Alaska wildlife refuge drilling, industry looks elsewhere

(Reuters) - Even as the U.S. Senate moves to allow oil drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), the real action is 150 miles (241 km) west, where industry proponents hope a coming sale of 10 million acres of land will revitalize the state's sagging crude production.

Hariri, Saad

It’s Official: Lebanese Prime Minister Not Resigning After All

What happens in Saudi Arabia stays in Saudi Arabia, including the short-lived surprise resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri of Lebanon.

Ball: I think my son has had enough

In an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo, LaVar Ball explains why he pulled his son, LiAngelo, from UCLA, saying the punishment has been enough.

Ex-House Majority Leader on Moore: 'I think he deserves to lose'

Former GOP House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Tuesday that Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore doesn't deserve to win the special election in Alabama.


Shire in deal to develop a new way to administer hemophilia drug

(Reuters) - Shire Plc said on Tuesday it had partnered with a California-based company to develop a new way to administer a drug to treat hemophilia A.


Poland's PiS may sack PM Szydlo, replace with finance minister: sources

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party may replace Prime Minister Beata Szydlo next week with Finance Minister Mateusz Morawiecki as part of a long-expected government reshuffle, four sources told Reuters on Tuesday.


Saudi has completed main wave of arrests in anti-graft purge, minister says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has completed the main wave of arrests in its sweeping crackdown on corruption and is preparing to channel billions of dollars of seized funds into economic development projects, a Saudi minister said on Monday.


New Zealand foreign minister praises China ties, damps fears of protectionism

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand will develop a close relationship with China, Foreign Minister Winston Peters said on Tuesday, putting to rest fears that his protectionist campaign rhetoric would fuel tension with a key trading partner.


With $250 Million Gift, Columbia Medical School Looks to End Student Debt

A major donation from Dr. P. Roy Vagelos, the former chairman of Merck, will be used to underwrite financial aid for future doctors.

Chermayeff, Ivan

Ivan Chermayeff, Eminent Designer of Familiar Logos, Dies at 85

One of the first to convey corporate identity by means of abstraction, Mr. Chermayeff created logos for Showtime, the Smithsonian, Pan Am and more.


On foreign policy, lets stop waiting for U.S. decisions, German minister says

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel will on Tuesday urge his country to become more assertive on foreign policy issues and less dependent on the United States, according to excerpts of a speech he is due to give, cited by the newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung.


Ireland expects Apple back tax in escrow account in first quarter, 2018: minister

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Ireland expects iPhone maker Apple to start paying up to 13 billion euros ($15.4 billion) in back taxes into an escrow account in the first quarter of 2018, the finance minister said on Monday.


Russian prosecutors seek 10 years in jail for ex-economy minister -agencies

MOSCOW, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Russian prosecutors on Monday sought a sentence of 10 years in jail for ex-economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev, on trial on charges of extorting a $2 million bribe from Rosneft chief Igor Sechin, Russian news agencies reported.


Irish minister sees progress on border issue but no agreement with UK yet

LONDON (Reuters) - Negotiations over future border arrangements between the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland after Brexit have made progress but there is no agreement yet, Ireland's European Affairs Minister Helen McEntee said on Monday.


China think tank calls for 'democratic' internet governance

WUZHEN, China (Reuters) - China ranks fifth among 38 nations globally in standards of cyber governance, a top state-backed internet think tank said on Monday, calling for a 'democratic' internet governance system to eradicate inequalities it said marginalized developing nations.


Rio Tinto holds course as it looks inward for new chairman

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Global miner Rio Tinto signaled on Monday it will stick with its "value over volume" strategy, outlining further moves to boost shareholder returns and appointing a new chairman from within its board.


Ministers Look to Revive Martin Luther King’s 1968 Poverty Campaign

Religious leaders hope protests and civil disobedience can force the issue of poverty back onto the national agenda at a time when attention is focused mainly on the middle class.

Christie, Christopher J

Christie Looks to Sports Gambling for a Rare Second-Term Victory

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey will be in Washington for oral arguments in a case that could set the stage for legalized sports betting, and burnish his legacy.


Qatari emir to attend Gulf summit despite row: foreign minister

DOHA (Reuters) - Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani will attend the annual summit of Gulf Arab heads of state in Kuwait on Dec. 5 and 6, Qatar's foreign minister told reporters on Sunday, despite a deep dispute within the group.

Trump, Donald J

News Analysis: Wrenched From Scandal to Success, Trump Looks Ahead, and Over His Shoulder

Even in a whirlwind presidency, it was a dizzying span of hours: One of the president’s closest former aides pleaded guilty, shortly before the Senate voted to cut taxes.


Australian former deputy prime minister returns to parliament

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia's former Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce will return to parliament after he won an essential by-election for his seat, just over a month after he was kicked out over a dual citizenship crisis that cost the conservative coalition government its majority.


Israel may adjust corporate tax after U.S. slash - finance minister

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel may have to make adjustments to its corporate tax rate, Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon said on Saturday in response to a tax slash approved by the U.S. Senate.


In a Venezuela Ravaged by Inflation, ‘A Race for Survival’

Venezuelans of all classes have been hit hard by sharply rising costs, and the economic turmoil has turned the most basic tasks — like food shopping and commuting — into feats of endurance.


Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa drops education minister after public outcry

(Reuters) - Zimbabwe's new president Emmerson Mnangagwa dropped his education minister, a day after reappointing him to a cabinet which gave top posts to senior military officials in what was widely seen as a reward for the army's role in the removal of his predecessor, Robert Mugabe.


From the Arctic’s Melting Ice, an Unexpected Digital Hub

The receding ice has opened new passageways for high-speed internet cables. Point Hope, a gravel spit in northwest Alaska, is along one of the new routes.

Citizenship and Naturalization

So, Meghan Markle, Are You Familiar With the Statute of Rhuddlan?

Prince Harry’s fiancée will have to become familiar with that and numerous other obscure facts in order to gain British citizenship.


Mexico’s Government Is Blocking Its Own Anti-Corruption Drive, Commissioners Say

Members of the nation’s new system against graft, inaugurated by the president after several scandals, say they are routinely thwarted by the government.


Kosovo PM removed from international arrest warrant: minister

PRISTINA (Reuters) - Kosovo’s Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj was removed from an international arrest warrant issued by Serbia, lifting an obstacle to him travelling outside the country, the justice minister said on Friday.


Canadian minister pushing for Calgary bid to hold Winter Games again: CBC

(Reuters) - Canada's minister of sport is pushing for Calgary to bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics and said the legacy from the last time the western Canadian city hosted the Games was worth it, according to a CBC report on Friday.

Great Britain

Anglican Minister Urges Prayers for Prince George to Be Gay

The Very Rev. Kelvin Holdsworth said that the church might accept same-sex marriage if the prince, now 4, one day found the love of “a fine young gentleman.”


Too cold for a theme park, Disney looks to toy stores in Russia

MOSCOW, Dec 1 (Reuters) - Though too cold for a theme park, Russia's underserved toy market makes it an attractive business prospect for Walt Disney Co, the head of its Russian operations said on Friday.

In the future, your kitchen will think for itself

United States International Relations

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Prime Minister, Tell Trump He’s Not Welcome in Britain

The president’s endorsement of a fringe far-right group undermines our country — and the special relationship.

Final Brexit hurdle looks near impossible

Northern Ireland is becoming Brexit's square peg that refuses to squeeze into a round hole.


Venezuela arrests ex-oil minister and ex-PDVSA head: sources

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan authorities detained former Oil Minister Eulogio del Pino and former state oil company PDVSA [PDVSA.UL] president Nelson Martinez overnight as a part of a broad anti-corruption probe, two sources told Reuters on Thursday.


The thinking behind Kim Jong Un's 'madness'

SEOUL (Reuters) - On an icy December day in 2011, North Korea's new leader Kim Jong Un was accompanied by seven advisers as they escorted the hearse that carried his father, Kim Jong Il, through the streets of Pyongyang.


Italy would like to clinch Alitalia deal before elections - minister

ROME, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Italy's government would like to strike a deal on the sale of struggling carrier Alitalia before national elections due by May, but will not be pressured to do it at any cost, Industry Minister Carlo Calenda told RAI state radio on Thursday.


A Lonely Death

In postwar Japan, a single-minded focus on rapid economic growth helped erode family ties. Now, a generation of elderly Japanese are dying alone.

Driverless and Semiautonomous Vehicles

Judge Tells Uber Lawyer: ‘It Looks Like You Covered This Up’

A long-awaited trade-theft trial between Waymo and Uber was delayed until next year so Waymo’s lawyers can examine evidence that surfaced in recent days.


Iceland's Left-Green opposition leader to become new prime minister

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Iceland's opposition leader Katrin Jakobsdottir will become the country's new prime minister, after her Left-Green Movement on Wednesday agreed to form a coalition government, state broadcaster RUV reported.

What's streaming on Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu


Works in Progress: Santa’s Workshop Is Real, and It’s in Brooklyn

When you need an over-the-top, talking, moving, blinking, singing Christmas display, call Lou Nasti, maestro of the holiday lawn ornament.


Trump to host Libyan Prime Minister Sarraj at White House on Friday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will host Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj at the White House on Friday for talks on counterterrorism cooperation and ways to expand bilateral engagement, the White House in a statement on Wednesday.


Joining NATO would help Finland's security but unlikely for now: finance minister

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Joining NATO would improve Finland's security but is unlikely to happen any time soon because of a lack of wider support, Finance Minister Petteri Orpo said on Wednesday.


Amazon offers tickets to early 'Jumanji' screenings for Prime members

Nov 29 (Reuters) - Inc on Wednesday said members of its shopping club Prime could purchase tickets to an early screening of Sony Pictures' "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" in more than 1,000 U.S. cinemas, in its latest move to court subscribers.


U.S. experts think North Korea could launch missile 'within days': government sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. government experts think North Korea could conduct a new missile test within days, in what would be its first launch since it fired a missile over Japan in mid-September, two authoritative U.S. government sources said on Tuesday.


German minister's vote on weed-killer should not happen again: Merkel

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday said she regretted a conservative minister's vote in favor of an EU proposal to extend the use of a weed-killer against the wishes of a cabinet colleague, adding such incident should not happen again.

Vietnam War

Vietnam '67: Rethinking ‘McNamara’s War’

How much blame does the whiz-kid defense secretary deserve for Vietnam?

Former consumer agency chief shares how he thinks power struggle will play out

Richard Cordray, who stepped down from the top Consumer Financial Protection Bureau position prior to the weekend, has his thoughts on how the power struggle for his old job will play out.


Mexico finance minister resigns to seek presidency for ruling party

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's finance minister resigned on Monday to seek the 2018 presidential nomination of the ruling party, anticipating a major break with tradition as it seeks outside help to clean up its tarnished image and stay in office for another six years.

New Cristiano Ronaldo bust actually looks like him

Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo's good looks are finally immortalized with a bust that actually looks like him.


Mexico finance minister Meade resigns to run for presidency

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's finance minister Jose Antonio Meade stepped down on Monday to seek the 2018 presidential nomination for the ruling party, which hopes his honest reputation will help counter the taint of corruption that has blighted its record in power.


Former Zimbabwe finance minister Chombo to be held in custody until trial

HARARE (Reuters) - Ousted Zimbabwe finance minister Ignatius Chombo, charged with three counts of corruption in offences that allegedly took place two decades ago, was denied bail on Monday and will be detained in custody until his case is heard on Dec 8.


Mexico's finance minister Meade resigns as presidential race looms

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's finance minister, Jose Antonio Meade, stepped down on Monday amid speculation the veteran technocrat will run for president in next year's election under the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) banner.

Politics and Government

After Tumultuous Week, Germany’s Politics Look to the Familiar

Leaders of the German chancellor’s conservative party say a coalition with the Social Democrats would provide more stability than a minority government.


Ex-Russian minister says he thought bag with $2 million cash was gift of alcohol

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Former Russian economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev, accused of extorting a bribe, told a court on Monday he thought a bag holding $2 million in cash which he took from Rosneft chief executive Igor Sechin held a gift of expensive alcohol.


Ex-Russian minister says he thought bag with $2 mln cash was gift of alcohol

MOSCOW, Nov 27 (Reuters) - Former Russian economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev, accused of extorting a bribe, told a court on Monday he thought a bag holding $2 million in cash which he took from Rosneft chief executive Igor Sechin held a gift of expensive alcohol.


Berlusconi suggests Italian general could be next prime minister

ROME (Reuters) - Silvio Berlusconi has suggested a Carabinieri (military police) general could be Italy's next prime minister if his center bloc wins national elections slated for early 2018.


Mexico finance minister to resign as presidency race looms: sources

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican finance minister Jose Antonio Meade will step down on Monday, two people familiar with the matter said on Sunday, as the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) gears up to pick its candidate for the 2018 presidential election.

Pakistan law minister resigns after blasphemy protests

Pakistan's Law Minister Zahid Hamid has resigned after days of protest rocked the country over accusations of blasphemy in amended parliamentary laws.

Sen. Graham on tax reform: 'I think we'll get there'

Sen. Lindsey Graham says he's hopeful about the GOP's chances of passing tax reform in the Senate before the end of the year.

Hariri, Saad

Lebanon’s Vanishing Prime Minister Is Back at Work. Now What?

Saad Hariri, absent for three weeks and seemingly forced to resign by Saudi Arabia, is faced with an intractable clash of Saudi and Iranian interests.


Ousted Zimbabwe finance minister Chombo faces corruption charges

HARARE (Reuters) - Former Zimbabwe finance minister Ignatius Chombo, among those detained by the military before Robert Mugabe resigned as president, was charged on Saturday with corruption, including trying to defraud the central bank in 2004.


Ousted Zimbabwe finance minister Chombo in court over corruption charges

HARARE (Reuters) - Former Zimbabwe finance minister Ignatius Chombo, among those detained by the military when it seized power before Robert Mugabe resigned, was charged on Saturday with three counts of corruption in offences that allegedly occurred more than a decade ago.


French minister 'shocked' by job cuts at Nestle's Galderma unit

PARIS (Reuters) - French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Saturday he was particularly "shocked" by Nestle's plans to cut up to 450 jobs at its Galderma skin-health research plant in the south of France as the plant benefited from a research tax credit.


French minister believes banks had 'good reasons' to close National Front accounts

PARIS (Reuters) - French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Saturday he believed the banks that closed the accounts of far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen and her party had good reasons to do so.


India’s Gay Rights Activists Seize Momentum After Landmark Ruling

A Supreme Court decision that citizens have a constitutional right to privacy is seen as a crucial advance in the fight against a law criminalizing sex between men.


Ousted Zimbabwe finance minister Chombo in court to face corruption charges

HARARE (Reuters) - Former Zimbabwe finance minister Ignatius Chombo, who was among those detained by the military when they seized power before Robert Mugabe resigned this week, appeared in court on Saturday to face corruption charges, his lawyer said.


Castro meets North Korea minister amid hope Cuba can defuse tensions

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban President Raul Castro met with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho on Friday amid hopes the Communist-run island might be able to convince its Asian ally to avert a showdown with the United States.


Ukraine rebel region's security minister says he is new leader

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The security minister of Ukraine's pro-Russian rebel region of Luhansk said on Friday he was taking over power from regional chief Igor Plotnitsky, who days earlier had said he was facing an attempted armed coup to force him out.


Irish government looks set to fall over policing scandal

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland's government looked set to collapse on Friday after the party propping it up submitted a motion of no confidence in the deputy prime minister in violation of a three-year support agreement.

Thinking you have insomnia may cause health problems

Thinking you have a sleep problem -- even if you don't -- may be just as bad for your overall well-being as actually having a sleep disorder, a new review published in Behaviour Research and Therapy suggests.


Peru's prime minister skeptical about bill to expand anti-graft rules

LIMA (Reuters) - The government of Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski will likely object to a bill passed by Congress that aims to expand new anti-graft restrictions to Grana y Montero and other local partners of Brazilian builder Odebrecht [ODBES.UL], the prime minister said Thursday.


91st Edition of a Parade, and Always New

Security was stepped up for the Thanksgiving Day parade, but the children and adults along the route paid more attention to Olaf and the Grinch.


Party backing Irish government calls for deputy prime minister to resign

DUBLIN (Reuters) - The party propping up the Irish government called on Thursday for the deputy prime minister to resign over her handling of a legal case involving a police whistleblower, a move that raises questions about the future of the government.


UPDATE 1-Chad's President Deby sacks finance minister - decree

N'DJAMENA, Nov 23 (Reuters) - Chad's President Idriss Deby has sacked Finance Minister Christian Georges Diguimbaye, a government decree showed.


Chad's President Deby sacks finance minister - decree

N'DJAMENA, Nov 23 (Reuters) - Chad's President Idriss Deby has sacked Finance Minister Christian Georges Diguimbaye, a government decree showed.


Merkel looks secure for now despite coalition chaos

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives are rallying around her despite the failure of talks to form a three-way ruling coalition, buying her time in office and putting the onus on her Social Democrat rivals to break Germany's political impasse.


Troubled Altice looks to offload Dominican republic unit - FT

Nov 22 (Reuters) - Telecoms and cable group Altice NV is looking to sell its telecom network in the Dominican Republic, the Financial Times reported, citing sources.


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The future looks bright: light pollution rises on a global scale

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The world is getting brighter, but scientists say that may not be a good thing.

Space and Astronomy

Out There: An Interstellar Visitor Both Familiar and Alien

Astronomers offer new details about Oumuamua, a probable asteroid arriving from beyond the solar system and leaving in a big hurry.


Pakistan's Finance Minister Dar relieved after taking sick leave: media

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has been relieved of his portfolio as he is taking time off with sick leave, local media reported on Wednesday, following weeks of speculation about Dar's future in the wake of corruption proceedings against him.

Great Britain Withdrawal from EU (Brexit)

U.K. Finance Minister Seeks to Placate Angry Young Voters

With Brexit looming large, more-affordable housing featured prominently as Philip Hammond presented his budget to Parliament.

If you think politics makes Thanksgiving dinner unbearable, you're correct


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* ‍Fiji's Minister of Mines has approved grant of new Navilawa Special Prospecting licence​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

Yellen, Janet L

As Her Last Day With the Fed Nears, Janet Yellen Looks Back on Her First

The Fed chairwoman, Janet Yellen, answered questions about policy and her life in economics one day after announcing plans to step down next year.


Philippines minister to keep open pit mining ban as Duterte rejects call to lift it

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu said on Wednesday he would keep a ban on open pit mining after President Rodrigo Duterte rejected a recommendation by a government panel to reverse it.


After a Mysterious Odyssey, Lebanon’s Prime Minister Is Home

Many questions remain, including whether he will make his resignation official or rescind it, and whether Saudi Arabia had pressed him to resign.

Weather looks good for holiday travel

Maybe there will be less family fighting due to seasonal affective disorder this year, because if there is one thing to be thankful for, it will be the cool, crisp, blue-sky days ahead this week.


UPDATE 1-Total risks entire Iran investment if it pulls out of project - Iran minister

* Potential new U.S. sanctions create uncertainty (Adds Total comment)

Justice Dept. looks into school's use of race in admissions after complaint involving Asian-Americans

The Justice Department is actively investigating Harvard University's use of race in its admissions policies and has concluded the school is "out of compliance" with federal law, according to documents obtained by CNN.


Denmark to ramp up cyber security efforts: defense minister

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Denmark intends to invest to boost efforts to prevent cyber attacks in a strategy to be presented early next year, its defense minister said on Tuesday.


UK Brexit minister says EU agreement likely, but UK ready for no deal

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Brexit minister David Davis said on Tuesday that reaching a deal with the European Union was the most likely outcome of talks, but added that the British government was prepared for no agreement with the bloc.


UPDATE 2-Rosneft's Sechin to miss hearing at ex-minister corruption trial - media

* Sechin, former minister in rival Kremlin factions (Add detail on an event in West Siberia, quotes, background)


Regulators rethink assessing risks at big insurers

LONDON, Nov 21 (Reuters) - A global list of insurers that must comply with tougher rules won't be updated this year because its compilation could change, the Financial Stability Board said on Tuesday.


SoftBank funding may spur Uber to re-think tough Southeast Asian market

SINGAPORE(Reuters) - SoftBank Group's multi-billion dollar investment in Uber Technologies Inc opens up the possibility of combining it with other ride-hailing assets the Japanese group owns in a consolidation of a rapidly growing business across Asia, industry sources say.


PM May meets senior ministers to discuss Brexit divorce bill offer

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May met with senior members of her ministerial team on Monday to discuss their response to European Union demands for more detail on how much Britain is willing to pay as part of its Brexit divorce package.

Qatari foreign minister calls out Saudi Arabia over 'drama and discord'

Qatar's chief diplomat warned of "dark ages" in the Middle East on Monday, calling out neighboring states for perpetuating "drama and discord" as part of a "dangerous game of power."


Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip Mark 70 Years of Marriage

Britain’s longest-serving monarch and her husband celebrated with the release of new photographic portraits of the royal couple.


BRIEF-Canada energy minister: Keystone has secured all required approvals

* Canada energy minister says with Nebraska decision, Keystone XL pipeline "has now secured all the required approvals in both Canada and the U.S"

Red carpet looks from the American Music Awards


Israeli minister reveals covert contacts with Saudi Arabia

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An Israeli cabinet minister said on Sunday that Israel has had covert contacts with Saudi Arabia amid common concerns over Iran, a first disclosure by a senior Israeli official of such contacts.


In Rio de Janeiro, ‘Complete Vulnerability’ as Violence Surges

After a respite that began before the Olympics, Brazil’s showcase city is reeling as ever more neighborhoods fall under the control of drug gangs.


Lebanese Prime Minister Arrives in France After Mysterious Saudi Stay

Questions are swirling about why Mr. Hariri spent two weeks in Saudi Arabia, where he announced his resignation.


BRIEF-PrimeEnergy Corporation Q3 shr loss $1.22‍​

* PrimeEnergy Corp qtrly revenues ‍$17.2 million versus $16.5 million ​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:


Qatar foreign minister decries 'reckless leadership' in region

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Qatar's foreign minister on Friday criticized "reckless leadership" in the Gulf for a number of crises including the Gulf rift and Lebanon, taking apparent aim at Saudi Arabia.


Political Clashes in Kenya Leave Several Dead

The opposition politician Raila Odinga returned from abroad, and his supporters clashed with the police.


A Good Appetite: Pizza for Breakfast, but Not What You Think

Topped with bacon and eggs, it’s perfect for breakfast or brunch, and even goes well with coffee.


Finnish police rap deputy minister for hiding in car boot in government crisis

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finnish police reprimanded a man for traveling in a car boot to hide his meeting with Prime Minister Juha Sipila during a government crisis last summer, saying this was breach of the traffic code.

Colbert, Stephen

Best of Late Night: Stephen Colbert Doesn’t Think Much of Al Franken’s Apologies

The “Late Show” host didn’t think “intended to be funny” was a sufficient excuse for the Minnesota senator’s behavior.


Ireland not ready to let Brexit talks move to stage 2: minister

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland is not ready to allow talks on Britain's withdrawal from the European Union to move to the second phase next month, Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said on Tuesday.


China minister warns against seduction of values by Western nations

BEIJING (Reuters) - Western countries are trying to push their culture and political values onto others, seducing them into abandoning their own, China's propaganda chief warned on Friday, saying the country must follow its own path.


Amazon serves up tennis to its UK Prime members with ATP deal

LONDON, Nov 17 (Reuters) - will exclusively stream 37 top men's tennis tournaments from 2019 to its Amazon Prime Video subscribers in Britain and Ireland after it won the ATP broadcast rights from pay-TV group Sky.


Saudi crackdown will not hit investments - energy minister Falih

BONN, Germany (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's corruption investigations are linked to a just few individuals and will not hinder investments in the kingdom, its energy minister said on Thursday.

What’s New on Netflix, HBO and Amazon Prime This Weekend

Choose between a “Daredevil” spinoff, a comedy starring Jenny Slate, a tender romantic drama and more this weekend.


Saudi foreign minister says message to Iran is: 'enough is enough'

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's foreign minister told Reuters in an interview on Thursday that the kingdom was reacting to what he called the "aggressive" behavior of its arch-rival Iran in Lebanon and Yemen.


Has All of Opera’s Gold Already Been Mined? John Adams Thinks Not.

Hiking in California’s gold country with John Adams, an enfant-terrible-turned-elder-statesman whose new Gold Rush opera is definitely not Puccini’s.


Kurdish YPG militia aims to conquer Syrian region, not fighting IS: minister

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Recent developments in Syria's Raqqa show that the Kurdish YPG militia, backed by the United States, is more concerned about capturing territory than fighting Islamic State, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in a speech on Thursday.


Senior China minister says some officials practice sorcery

BEIJING (Reuters) - Some top Chinese officials are guilty of practicing sorcery and would rather believe in gurus and Western concepts of democracy than the Communist Party, a senior minister wrote on Thursday, warning of the danger they presented to its survival.


EU ministers to look at climate deal amendment options without Poland: sources

BONN, Germany (Reuters) - The EU may need to find a way to ratify the global agreement that governs cuts in greenhouse gas emissions over the next three years without Poland, whose widespread use of coal to generate power may scupper its involvement, EU sources said.

The world looks to America to defend press freedom

Companies learn the hard way: Think before you tweet


Russia has done 'everything possible' for RUSADA reinstatement: minister

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian sports minister Pavel Kolobkov said on Wednesday the country has done everything in its power to have its anti-doping agency (RUSADA) reinstated after it was suspended over allegations of state-sponsored doping.

Analysis: Sessions sure looks like he is taking orders from Trump

On November 2, in a radio interview, President Donald Trump said this: "The saddest thing is that because I'm the President of the United States, I am not supposed to be involved with the Justice Department. I am not supposed to be involved with the FBI."


Iran 'hopes Hariri will remain Lebanon's prime minister'

LONDON (Reuters) - An Iranian official said on Tuesday Tehran hoped Saad al-Hariri would remain as Lebanon's prime minister and denied Hariri had resigned after a tense meeting with him in Beirut.

Hariri, Saad

Beirut Journal: A Missing Prime Minister Is the Antihero of Beirut’s Marathon

A Times correspondent reflects on Lebanon’s feelings, earnest and ironic, for Saad Hariri.

Hess, Amanda

How the Internet Fuels Paranoid Thinking

Today’s conspiracies have taken on the contours of the online world.


Brazilian minister quits in sign of rift in Temer's coalition

BRASILIA (Reuters) - One of four ministers representing a centrist Brazilian party in President Michel Temer's government resigned on Monday, underscoring a rift between the embattled leader and one of his most powerful coalition partners.


Ghana opens talks with Exxon on deepwater drilling contract -deputy energy minister

ACCRA, Nov 13 (Reuters) - Ghana has opened talks with Exxon Mobil Corp to allow the U.S. oil firm to undertake deepwater exploration off the West African nation's coast, a deputy energy minister said on Monday.


Airbus looks at more capacity for A350 with new layout

DUBAI (Reuters) - Airbus is working on increasing the capacity of its A350-900 aircraft as airlines look to reduce their operating costs per seat, industry executives said on Monday.


AIRSHOW-Airbus looks at more capacity for A350 with new layout

DUBAI, Nov 13 (Reuters) - Airbus is working on increasing the capacity of its A350-900 aircraft as airlines look to reduce their operating costs per seat, industry executives said on Monday.


Skipton Journal: Yes, This Is Britain’s Happiest Place. (It Looks Beautiful in the Rain.)

An area in Yorkshire topped a national survey, upsetting stereotypes that northern England is colder, poorer and less sophisticated than the south.


Europe, Africa ministers agree to help migrants held in Libya

BERN (Reuters) - European and African ministers agreed on Monday to try to improve conditions for migrants in Libya and seek paths such as scholarships for Africans to reach Europe legally, to cut the death toll from smuggling across the Sahara and Mediterranean.

UK government: Rohingya crisis 'looks like ethnic cleansing'

The British government has said the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar "looks like ethnic cleansing," Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman said Monday.


Think bitcoin's getting expensive? Try Zimbabwe

HARARE (Reuters) - For most investors around the world, bitcoin is a volatile and highly speculative bet. For Zimbabweans, however, the cryptocurrency seems to offer rare protection from the onset of hyperinflation and financial implosion.


Britain won't offer a new figure on Brexit bill to unlock talks: minister

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will not offer a figure or a formula for how much it believes it owes the European Union, Brexit minister David Davis said on Sunday, after the EU demanded that London spell out its approach to the final bill to unblock talks.


British ministers rally around Foreign Secretary Johnson over Iran

LONDON (Reuters) - British ministers rallied around Boris Johnson on Sunday, saying the foreign secretary was doing a "great job" and had no reason to resign over remarks that critics say may prompt Iran to extend the prison sentence of a jailed aid worker.


No figure on cost of Brexit offered to unlock talks, British minister says

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will not offer a figure or a formula for how much it believes it owes the European Union, Brexit minister David Davis said on Sunday, after the EU demanded that London spell out its approach to the final bill to unblock talks.


EU agreed no sum needed to move talks forward: British Brexit minister

LONDON (Reuters) - The European Union agreed that Britain would not have to come up with a figure for a financial deal to leave the bloc before moving talks on to discuss a trade deal, Brexit minister David Davis said on Sunday.


Chinese Village Keeps Alive a Tradition of Indigo Dyeing

In Dali, where nearly every family grows its own rice and indigo, “having a loom is just as important as having a cow.”


London mayor calls on British foreign minister Johnson to resign

LONDON (Reuters) - London Mayor Sadiq Khan called on British foreign minister Boris Johnson on Sunday to resign after a series of gaffes which he said had offended Libyans, Americans, the Spanish and others.

Judy Gold: You think you know Louis C.K.

Tax Credits, Deductions and Exemptions

California Looks at Republican Tax Measures and Sees Payback

Strongly Democratic, the state would be hit hard by the loss or scaling back of widely used deductions, and the governor sees “something very odd.”

International Relations

Case of Missing Lebanese Prime Minister Stirs Tensions in the Middle East

A series of odd events in the Middle East have analysts and diplomats wondering if they are connected, and whether they are a prelude to war.


Federer leads unfamiliar cast as Nadal sweats over injury

MILAN (Reuters) - The huge hoardings around the O2 Arena promoting the season-ending ATP Finals will get some quizzical looks this year with several familiar faces conspicuous by their absence.


Petrobras, Banco do Brasil ace state firms governance index -minister

BRASILIA, Nov 10 (Reuters) - Brazilian state-run oil company Petróleo Brasileiro SA and lender Banco do Brasil SA scored 10 out of 10 on a new corporate governance index for state-owned companies developed by the Brazilian government, a minister said on Friday.


Ministerial meeting on Airbus A400M delayed until February: sources

BERLIN (Reuters) - NATO buyer nations for the European A400M military transport plane have postponed a ministerial meeting on the troubled program for three months until February, said two sources familiar with the 20 billion euro project.


Ministerial meeting on Airbus A400M delayed to February

BERLIN (Reuters) - NATO buyer nations for the European A400M military transport plane have postponed a ministerial meeting on the troubled program for three months until February, said two sources familiar with the 20 billion euro project.


European dealmakers leave as TPG Capital rethinks region -sources

LONDON, Nov 10 (Reuters) - Three partners focused on investing in European companies have left TPG in recent months, leaving just two at the U.S. buyout firm in Europe working on new private equity deals, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Politics and Government

Lions of New York: David Dinkins Doesn’t Think He Failed. He Might Be Right.

He was a historic figure, New York’s first black mayor. At 90, he reflects on a city on the brink. Was it his fault? Or did he start the recovery?


As Trump targets immigrants, U.S. farm sector looks to automate

LOS ANGELES, Nov 10 (Reuters) - Convincing big U.S. dairy owners to buy robots to milk their cows - and reduce the farmhands they employ - used to be a tough sell for Steve Fried. Recently, his job has gotten easier, he says, in part because of President Donald Trump.


In Brexit-Era London, a Mosque Sits Between Two Types of Hate

Terrorism and shifting politics have left mainstream Muslims feeling wary in one of the Western cities that has been most open to them.


China will lift foreign ownership limits on financial market JVs: vice finance minister

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will lift the ceiling on foreign equity ownership in joint-venture firms involved in the futures, securities and funds markets to 51 percent, a vice finance minister said on Friday.


More Americans think wealthy, not middle class, will benefit from tax reform: Reuters/Ipsos

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans are more likely to believe the wealthy will benefit most from the tax reform currently being pushed in the U.S. Congress by Republicans who insist their goal is to help the middle class, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Thursday.


Pence voices U.S. concern to Turkish prime minister about arrests

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence expressed "deep concern" to Turkey's prime minister on Thursday about the arrests of American citizens and local staff of U.S. missions in Turkey, the White House said.