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China urges U.S. away from 'brink' as Trump picks trade weapons

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China urged the United States on Friday to "pull back from the brink" as President Donald Trump's plans for tariffs on up to $60 billion in Chinese goods moved the world's two largest economies closer to a trade war.


EU leaders confirm Brexit transition offer, joint trade line

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders formally adopted on Friday their joint negotiating stance on a future trade relationship with Britain after it leaves the bloc, said the chairman of the summit, Donald Tusk.

Driver dies in fiery crash at air base

An unauthorized vehicle drove onto Travis Air Force Base in Northern California, crashed and erupted into flames, killing the driver, authorities said.


Air strikes hit in Ghouta despite rebel ceasefire effort, monitor says

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Air strikes hit a rebel-held enclave of Syria's eastern Ghouta region on Friday despite a ceasefire that the rebel group who controlled the area had said would take effect at midnight, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.


World stocks slide, yen jumps, as trade war fears grip markets

LONDON (Reuters) - The threat of a global trade war sent stock markets sliding and investors rushing for the safety of currencies like the yen and government bonds on Friday, after U.S. President Donald Trump announced tariffs on up to $60 billion of Chinese goods.


Catalan separatists to appear before Spain's Supreme Court

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's Supreme Court will rule on Friday on whether to send four Catalan separatist leaders back to jail while an investigation into their roles in Catalonia's banned independence push last year continues.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks slide, yen jumps, as trade war fears grip markets

* U.S. Treasury yields set for biggest two-week fall since Sept


BRIEF-Fox Says Bofa Assigned Right To Participate In Lenders Syndicate For Sky Deal Financing



GSK pulls out of $20 billion race for Pfizer consumer assets

LONDON (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline has withdrawn from the race to buy Pfizer's consumer healthcare business, the British company said on Friday, endangering an auction the U.S. drugmaker hoped would bring in as much as $20 billion.


UPDATE 1-Activist investor critical of Vivendi's T.Italia 'delay tactics'

MILAN, March 23 (Reuters) - Activist investor Elliott Advisors slammed as "cynical and self-serving" a move by French media group Vivendi to force Telecom Italia to name a new board after a majority of directors resigned.


UPDATE 2-GSK pulls out of $20 bln race for Pfizer consumer assets

* GSK shares up on relief dividend appears safe (Adds Pfizer comment, context)


Thiam's earnings dip as Credit Suisse overhauls executive pay

ZURICH (Reuters) - Credit Suisse is revising pay for top management as it completes a major overhaul, hoping to ease shareholder concerns with a returns-focused policy and lower 2017 rewards.

Garbage patch in the Pacific is now three times the size of France

A huge, swirling pile of trash in the Pacific Ocean is growing faster than expected and is now three times the size of France.


British police investigate suspicious package in London near the Gherkin

LONDON (Reuters) - British police said they were investigating reports of a suspicious package in the City of London on Friday and had put cordons in place near the building known as the Gherkin.


BRIEF-Galaxy Entertainment Group Acquires 5.3 Mln Shares In Wynn Resorts



Europeans eye Russian expulsions over UK spy attack

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Several European governments moved closer on Friday to expelling Russian diplomats in a show of support for Britain, which ordered out 23 "undeclared intelligence agents" after a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy.


Investigators seek clues whether Austin bomber worked alone

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Federal investigators were on Friday seeking clues about what motivated the 23-year-old man they say was responsible for the deadly Texas bombing spree and whether he had help building or planting his bombs.


Exclusive: U.S. warship sails near disputed islands in South China Sea, officials say

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy destroyer carried out a "freedom of navigation" operation on Friday, coming within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built by China in the South China Sea, U.S. officials told Reuters, a move likely to anger Beijing.


Israeli social trading firm eToro raises $100 million in private funding

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Israeli social investment platform eToro said it raised $100 million in private financing, bringing total funds raised to $162 million.


Putin to address Russian people after officials declare election results valid

MOSCOW, Russia (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin is set to address the Russian people on Friday at 10:00 GMT after the results of an election that gave him a new six-year term were declared valid, the Kremlin said.


BRIEF-U.S. Silica to buy EP Minerals for $750 million



Convoy departs British embassy in Moscow ahead of expulsion deadline

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A convoy of vehicles left the British Embassy in Moscow on Friday ahead of a Russian deadline for 23 diplomats to leave the country, a Reuters camera operator said.


UPDATE 1-Norsk Hydro sees limited impact from U.S. aluminium tariffs

OSLO, March 23 (Reuters) - Norwegian aluminum-maker Norsk Hydro said on Friday new U.S. tariff barriers on aluminium would have little direct impact on the firm.

Watch Anderson Cooper's full interview with Karen McDougal

Former Playboy model Karen McDougal sits down with CNN's Anderson Cooper to discuss her alleged affair with President Donald Trump and her lawsuit against a company she says kept her original account from publication.


BRIEF-Pfizer says continues to evaluate options for consumer health



RPT-China, HK stocks slump most in 6 weeks on trade war fears, bonds in demand

* Currency markets quiet, Beijing not seen changing FX policy (Repeats to attach to alerts on Hong Kong market's closing levels)

Watch T. rex burst into flames at dino park

An animatronic Tyrannosaurus rex at a dinosaur park in Colorado caught on fire due to electrical issues, according to the park.


China, HK stocks slump most in 6 weeks on trade war fears, bonds in demand

* Currency markets quiet, Beijing not seen changing FX policy (Adds Hong Kong close, details)


Indivior plunges after losing opioid addiction patent case

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Indivior is set to face cheap competition to its opioid addiction treatment Suboxone Film after losing a patent protection case, sending its shares more than 20 percent lower on Friday.

Bolton hits 'munchkin' for leaks

President Trump's incoming national security adviser, John Bolton, told Fox News that foreign leaders can't be open in conversation if "some munchkin in the Executive branch" is leaking talking points with the president.

Bomber showed no remorse in confession video, lawmaker says

The Austin bomber showed no remorse in a 25-minute "matter-of-fact" confession video that he recorded hours before he blew himself up, Texas Rep. Michael McCaul said.

United States International Relations

Op-Ed Columnist: Macron-Trump, a Friendship that Must Deliver

As Trump surrounds himself with hawks, Macron may be a bulwark against disaster.

United States International Relations

Trump’s Appointment of John Bolton Raises Concern in Asia

“We will have to see if Bolton opens his mouth and launches his verbal attacks against the North,” said one South Korean analyst, fearing that talks with Kim Jong-un would be derailed.

'Subvertising' hackers are using street ads to protest

Commuters in London were recently given a glimpse of Harry Potter as he had never been seen before.


Nissan says aims to sell 1 million electric vehicles annually by 2022

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) - Nissan Motor Co announced plans to sell 1 million electric vehicles (EVs) annually by 2022 and said it would focus its lower-emissions lineup on all-battery and gasoline-hybrid EVs rather than costlier technologies including plug-in hybrids.


As Toshiba's $18 billion chip unit sale faces tight deadline, IPO looms

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Toshiba Corp faces a Friday deadline to win Chinese antitrust approval to sell its prized $18 billion memory-chip business by end-March, raising the possibility the deadline may be missed and that it will seek alternatives such as an IPO.


Some charges to be dropped against Vatican treasurer Pell, court hears

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Some of the alleged historical sexual offense charges against Vatican treasurer George Pell will be dropped because one of his accusers is unfit to give evidence, an Australian court heard on Friday.

Editorial: Young Slovaks Show Extremism in Europe Can Be Defied

Protesting the murder of a journalist, a generation on the rise refuses to be silent when unscrupulous politicians erode hard-won freedoms.


World Bank backs efforts to control agricultural pollution in East Asia

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The World Bank is backing efforts to control agricultural pollution in East Asia, the bank said in a statement, as rising consumption and urbanization boost the region's food demand.

McConnell laughs off Corker's jab

Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) demands an explanation from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) about the delayed bill vote.

An ex-Playboy model told CNN she had a sexual relationship with Donald Trump. Next up is a '60 Minutes' interview with Stormy Daniels

The question now is whether President Donald Trump can hold his tongue -- or his tweets -- amid a gathering storm of televised allegations and court gambits about his sexual conduct.

Roseanne Barr and Kimmel talk Trump

Roseanne Barr and John Goodman appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" to discuss the reboot of the show "Roseanne" and Barr's decision to make her character a Trump supporter.


Pampered pooches take to the sky in travel niche

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Ding Dong and Fun Fun, a pair of 12-year-old Yorkshire terriers, know how to enjoy the high life - literally.


Alibaba eyes China 'listing' as early as mid-year: IFR

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is planning a mainland listing via depositary receipts that could come as early as the middle of this year, Thomson Reuters unit IFR reported, citing a person with knowledge of the matter.


Stocks tumble, bonds and yen gain as trade war fears drive rush to safety

TOKYO (Reuters) - The rumblings of a global trade war shook stock and currency markets on Friday after U.S. President Donald Trump announced long-promised tariffs on Chinese goods and China retaliated with a pledge to fight to the end of any such war.

Tariffs show Trump doesn't want China's help with North Korea

The US and China hit each other with billions of dollars in tariffs this week as the two countries edge closer to a trade war, a dramatic shift in a relationship which seemed to be growing stronger under President Donald Trump as he relied on Beijing for help with North Korea.


Facebook dropped from Australian Ethical ETF after data breach

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc will be removed from the Australia-based BetaShares Global Sustainability Leaders Exchange Traded Fund (ETHI) due to recent "controversies", its Responsible Investment Committee (RIC) said on Friday.


Ecclestone urges F1 to take breakaway threat seriously

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Formula One's former commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone has warned owners Liberty Media to take the threat of a breakaway series seriously and said Mercedes could follow Ferrari out of the championship.


China gives Baidu go-ahead for self-driving tests after U.S. crash

SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - China's capital city has given the green light to tech giant Baidu Inc to test self-driving cars on city streets, indicating strong support for the budding sector even as the industry reels from a fatal accident in the United States.


UPDATE 2-China gives Baidu go-ahead for self-driving tests after U.S. crash

* Crash in U.S. this month has raised safety concerns (Adds comments from sources close to DiDi Chuxing)


Congress approves $1.3-trillion spending bill, sends to Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress voted early on Friday to approve a $1.3-trillion government funding bill with large increases in military and non-defense spending, sending it to President Donald Trump, who was expected to sign it into law.


Vietnam scraps South China Sea oil drilling project under pressure from Beijing: BBC

HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam's state oil firm PetroVietnam has ordered Spanish energy firm Repsol to suspend its "Red Emperor" project off the country's southeastern coast following pressure from China, the BBC reported on Friday.


China urges U.S. to 'pull back from brink' as Trump unveils tariffs

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China urged the United States on Friday to "pull back from the brink" as President Donald Trump's plans for tariffs on up to $60 billion in Chinese goods brought the world's two largest economies closer to a trade war.


No laughing matter: China regulator bans TV parodies amid content crackdown

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's media regulator is cracking down on video spoofs, the official Xinhua new agency reported, amid an intensified crackdown on any content that is deemed to be in violation of socialist core values under President Xi Jinping.

Protesters block NBA arena over fatal Sacramento police shooting

Protesters marched into City Hall in Sacramento, California, and onto an interstate highway Thursday as the mayor called for calm after police killed an unarmed black man they believed had a gun.


Video of police shooting unarmed black man sparks protests in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Newly released video footage of police killing an unarmed black man in a barrage of gunfire in Sacramento, California, left the mayor "horrified" and sparked street protests on Thursday that gridlocked traffic in the state capital for hours.


Australian rescuers race to save whales after mass stranding

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian rescuers were racing against time to save dozens of short-finned pilot whales on Friday after more than 150 of the migrating mammals got stranded on the country's west coast.

International Trade and World Market

Responding to Trump, China Plans New Tariffs on U.S. Goods

China proposed tariffs on $3 billion worth of American fruit, pork, wine and other goods, striking back just hours after President Trump’s announcement.

McDougal on 'Access Hollywood' tape: 'Not the man that I knew'

Karen McDougal said she had a 10-month affair with Donald Trump before he was President, and while "disgusted" by his comments that surfaced during the 2016 campaign about grabbing women's genitals, she said it was not the Trump she knew.


France's president sees popularity hit record low: poll

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron's popularity has fallen to its lowest point so far in his presidency, a poll showed on Friday, a day after nationwide protests against his reform drive brought tens of thousands of public workers on the streets.


China stocks tumble to 6-week low, roiled by trade war fears

* China, HK indexes poised for worst day since early February

Europe Edition: Tariffs, Strikes, Facebook: Your Friday Briefing

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


PRESS DIGEST -Wall Street Journal - March 23

March 23 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories in the Wall Street Journal. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


Powell left out of Jamaica's Gold Coast team because of injury: JAAA

KINGSTON (Reuters) - Former 100 meters world record holder Asafa Powell was left out of the Jamaica team for next month's Commonwealth Games because he was injured, the head of the country's athletics association said on Friday.


Tencent loses $24 billion in market cap after Naspers' selldown

HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's Tencent Holdings Ltd saw its shares down 4.51 percent at the midday trading break on Friday after the internet firm's largest shareholder, Naspers Ltd , said it would lower its stake for the first time in 17 years.

Obama welcomed to New Zealand with Maori nose-rub

Former President Barack Obama got up close and personal with some native New Zealanders.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks tumble, bonds and yen gain as trade war fears drive rush to safety

* Dollar/yen drops below 105.00 for first time since Nov 2016


UPDATE 1-Petronas says involved in TransCanada's proposal to build gas pipeline extension

KUALA LUMPUR, March 23 (Reuters) - Malaysia's Petronas said on Friday it is one of the producers involved in TransCanada's proposal to expand a pipeline system that would open up more markets for the energy company's gas produced in Western Canada.

McDougal on photo with Melania: I tried to keep my distance

Former Playboy model Karen McDougal describes meeting Melania Trump in an exclusive interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper.


Apartment blaze in Ho Chi Minh City kills 13, injures 27

HANOI (Reuters) - A fire in a Ho Chi Minh City apartment block killed 13 people in the early hours of Friday, state media and a fire department official in the Vietnamese economic hub said.


UPDATE 2-Oil rises more than 1 pct as Saudi says production curbs could last into 2019

* Brent to rise to $75/b by Q3 on strong demand - Morgan Stanley (Updates prices)


UPDATE 4-Steve Wynn sells stake in company he founded, Macau casino Galaxy buys in

* Galaxy, Wynn bosses say companies have same core values (Add detail on other shareholders, stake value)


Asian oil, gas producers stepping up activity after long lull

* Asian govts need to improve fiscal terms to attract investors


Tennis: Kuhn gets early taste of tour victory in Miami

(Reuters) - Nicola Kuhn became the youngest Spaniard to win an ATP World Tour match since Rafa Nadal after the 18-year-old's 7-6(4) 6-4 victory over Darian King at the Miami Open on Thursday.


PRESS DIGEST-New York Times business news - March 23

March 23 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories on the New York Times business pages. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


Kentucky Senate passes bill restricting abortion procedure

(Reuters) - The Kentucky Senate overwhelmingly approved legislation on Thursday to ban a common abortion procedure once the patient reaches her 11th week of pregnancy, in what would amount to one of the strictest abortion limits yet in the United States.


Motor racing: Hamilton leads Mercedes 1-2 in first practice

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton led a Mercedes 1-2 at the top of the timesheets for the first free practice session at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on Friday, while McLaren's hopes of a clean start were tempered by reliability issues.

Politics and Government

Emmanuel Macron Becomes France’s Answer to Strongman Populism

With the National Assembly firmly in his pocket, France’s president has had almost unchecked authority to carry out his agenda.


Mexican president defends energy reform from leftist's attacks

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's president on Thursday defended his decision to open the energy sector against attacks from the man currently favorite to succeed him, saying a rollback of the measure could cost the country billions of dollars in lost investment.


Ex-Playboy model tells CNN she 'was in love' with Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who claims to have had a 10-month affair with U.S. President Donald Trump starting in 2006, told CNN’S Anderson Cooper 360 in an interview broadcast on Thursday night that she was in love with Trump.

Murders, Attempted Murders and Homicides

Protests Grip Sacramento After Police Fatally Shoot Unarmed Black Man

Stephon Clark was shot dead by officers searching for a man who had been breaking windows. They said they thought he was armed, but no weapon was found.

Asian stocks plummet after Dow's big loss

American Media Inc

Ex-Playboy Model Karen McDougal Details 10-Month Affair With Donald Trump

In a lengthy television interview, Ms. McDougal said she was hurt when the president offered her money after sex, but added that they ended up in love.

Mudd: 'Aggressive' Bolton a WH risk

CNN analyst Phil Mudd weighs in on the effect incoming national security adviser John Bolton might have on President Donald Trump's administration.

Conservative commentator: If you lie with dogs, you get fleas

Republican strategist Alice Stewart tells CNN's Don Lemon it's hard to feel sympathy for Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model who alleges she had a 10-month affair with Donald Trump.


Boeing will not appeal trade case against Bombardier: spokesman

MONTREAL (Reuters) - Boeing Co will not appeal against the U.S. trade commission ruling that allows Canada's Bombardier Inc to sell its newest jets to U.S. airlines without heavy duties, a Boeing spokesman said on Thursday.

Bolton's move to White House signals a more hawkish turn

John Bolton promised President Donald Trump that "he wouldn't start any wars" if he were hired to be the third national security adviser at the White House in just 14 months -- a claim that generated skepticism across Washington.


Japan regulator warns cryptocurrency exchange Binance over unregistered operations

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's financial watchdog on Friday issued a warning to Hong Kong-based cryptocurrency exchange Binance for operating without registration, the latest move by regulators to tighten standards in the country's digital money industry.


NBA leaps on esports bandwagon with new league

LONDON (Reuters) - The inexorable advance of esports will break new ground next month when the NBA becomes the first American professional sports organization to operate an esports league.


Trade fears loom as Samsung Electronics shareholders approve stock split

SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd shareholders approved a stock split on Friday making it easier for retail shareholders to hold shares in the tech giant, at an annual meeting also dogged by concerns about global trade tensions.

NCAA Basketball Championships (Men)

Loyola-Chicago Holds Off Nevada for a Third Straight Upset

The No. 11 Ramblers and Sister Jean continued their unlikely run with a narrow victory over the seventh-seeded Wolf Pack.


Southern California evacuation orders lifted as mudslide threat eases

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Authorities in Southern California lifted evacuation orders on Thursday for more than 60,000 people living adjacent to fire-scarred foothills and mountain slopes along the Santa Barbara coast as rains and the threat of dangerous mudslides abated.

School shooting victim to be taken off life support, family says

The 16-year-old girl who was shot by an armed student at Great Mills High School in Maryland will be taken off life support, her family said.

Austin (Tex)

In Austin, a Bomber’s Rampage Exposes Racial Fault Lines Long Buried

The bombs planted by a 23-year-old white man have raised lingering questions about race, geography and class in one of Texas’ most liberal cities.


Review: ‘Frozen’ Hits Broadway With a Little Magic and Some Icy Patches

The neurotic stage musical adaptation of the animated blockbuster raises questions about how Disney transforms its biggest hits.


Stocks slide, bonds and yen advance as trade war fears drive rush to safety

TOKYO (Reuters) - Stock markets slid and perceived havens such as government bonds and the yen gained on Friday as investors rushed to safety after U.S. President Donald Trump announced long-promised tariffs on Chinese goods, stoking fears of a global trade war.


Seize on 'new dynamic' to agree Brexit deal, May tells EU

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May urged EU leaders to seize on "a new dynamic" in Brexit talks and solve differences over a future border with Ireland to agree a deal on their future partnership.


BRIEF-‍Amicus Therapeutics Announces Approval Of Galafold For Fabry Disease In Japan​



BRIEF-Boeing Is Not Appealing Case Against Bombardier At U.S. Trade Court - Spokesman ‍​



GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks slide, bonds and yen advance as trade war fears drive rush to safety

* Dollar/yen drops below 105.00 for first time since Nov 2016


Steve Wynn sells stake in company he founded, Macau casino Galaxy buys in

(Reuters) - Steve Wynn, the former chief executive of Wynn Resorts Ltd , has agreed to sell all his remaining 8 million shares in the firm in a dramatic exit of the casino and hotel company he founded over 16 years ago.


House Republicans vote to release Russia report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House Intelligence Committee voted along party lines on Thursday to adopt a Republican report on the panel's investigation of Russia and the 2016 U.S. election, formally ending a probe marred for months by bitter partisan conflict.


China strikes back in trade spat, aims tariffs at $3 billion U.S. goods

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China unveiled plans on Friday to impose tariffs on up to $3 billion of U.S. imports in retaliation against U.S. tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminum products, as the world's two largest economies stood on the brink of a trade war.


Trump picks hardliner Bolton to replace McMaster as national security adviser

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump shook up his foreign policy team again on Thursday, replacing H.R. McMaster as national security adviser with John Bolton, a hawk who has advocated using military force against North Korea and Iran.


UPDATE 4-EU leaders await final word from Trump on tariffs

* U.S. Trade Representative says EU to get "pause" on tariffs


UPDATE 1-Steve Wynn sells stake in company he founded, Macau casino Galaxy buys in

* Galaxy, Wynn bosses say 'shared values' (Adds details and context)


MOVES-UBS names Kendall interim head for CCS Americas after Reece exit

March 22 (Reuters) - The head of corporate client solutions for the Americas at UBS Group AG, Joe Reece, is leaving the Swiss lender after just four months in the role, according to an internal memo, the contents of which were confirmed by a spokeswoman for the bank.

McDougal: I voted for him, why would I want to damage him?

Former Playboy model Karen McDougal defended her decision to tell her story of her relationship with Donald Trump, and said she didn't want to damage him.

Karen McDougal tells CNN that she was intimate with the future US President 'many dozens of times'

Karen McDougal confirmed to CNN in an interview on Thursday that she had a 10-month sexual relationship with Donald Trump before he was President, saying they were together "many dozens of times."


Record number of U.S. Marines to train in Australia in symbolic challenge to China

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The United States will deploy a record number of Marines to train in Australia, the Australian defence minister said on Friday, as Washington seeks to counter what it describes as Chinese aggression in the region.


China's Baidu gets green light for self-driving vehicle tests in Beijing

SHANGHAI, March 23 (Reuters) - China's capital city has given the green light to tech giant Baidu Inc to test self-driving cars on city streets, an important step as the country looks to bolster its position in the global race for autonomous vehicles.

It's too early to say whether 'troubled young man' is the wrong term for Austin bomber

The Austin, Texas, serial bomber, 23-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt, was, according to Austin Police Chief Brian Manley, a "very troubled young man."


EU backs Britain in blaming Russia for spy attack, recalls envoy

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders backed Britain on Thursday in blaming Moscow over a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in England and recalled their envoy to Moscow in a symbolic protest.


U.S. Missile Defense Agency budget boosted to $11.5 billion

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Missile Defense Agency saw its 2018 budget jump to its highest level on record at $11.5 billion in an appropriations bill on Thursday as the agency's head said he was exploring the use of armed drones to counteract North Korea.


U.S. Missile Defense Agency budget boosted to $11.5 bln

WASHINGTON, March 22 (Reuters) - The U.S. Missile Defense Agency saw its 2018 budget jump to its highest level on record at $11.5 billion in an appropriations bill on Thursday as the agency's head said he was exploring the use of armed drones to counteract North Korea.

Austin (Tex)

Were the Austin Bombings Acts of Terrorism? Why Law Enforcement Says No

A police chief’s comment about the suspected bomber ignited a debate about who should be considered a terrorist.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

McMaster to Resign as National Security Adviser, and Will Be Replaced by John Bolton

Lt. Gen H.R. McMaster struggled to impose order on a fractious national security team and a president resistant to his sort of military discipline.


California mayor 'horrified' by video of police fatal shooting

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - The mayor of Sacramento, California, said on Thursday he was "horrified" by video showing police officers firing 20 gunshots at an unarmed black man who was slain in the backyard shooting.

Bolton says his past comments are now behind him as he gears up for a White House role

Newly named White House national security adviser John Bolton tried to distance himself from his past statements on Thursday, mere minutes after being named President Donald Trump's new top national security aide.

School Shootings and Armed Attacks

Beyond Gun Control, Student Marchers Aim to Upend Elections

With hundreds of March for Our Lives demonstrations planned for Saturday, high school students say this is a moment of political awakening for their generation.

de Blasio, Bill

De Blasio Donor Says He Steered Thousands in Bribes to Mayor’s Campaigns

A Long Island restaurateur testified that Bill de Blasio not only knew of the illegal scheme; he said that the mayor encouraged it.


Samsung Electronics CEO expects higher demand for value-added memory chips in 2018

SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd expects demand to increase for value-added memory chips handling large data this year, its CEO said on Friday.


Maryland high school shooting victim to be taken off life support: mother

(Reuters) - A 16-year-old girl who was critically wounded this week when she was shot by a fellow student at her high school in Maryland will be taken off life support on Thursday evening, her mother said.

McDougal says Trump compared her to Ivanka

Karen McDougal tells CNN's Anderson Cooper that Donald Trump said she was beautiful like his daughter, Ivanka Trump.

China plans to respond with tariffs on US imports

Labeling and Labels (Product)

Op-Ed Columnist: Speaking as a White Male …

How much does identity shape opinion?


Daughter of Uber autonomous vehicle victim retains lawyer

PHOENIX, Ariz (Reuters) - The daughter of the woman killed by an Uber [UBER.UL] self-driving vehicle in Arizona has retained a personal injury lawyer, underlying the potential high stakes of the first fatality caused by an autonomous vehicle.

United States International Relations

Man in the News: John Bolton, an Undiplomatic Voice for American Might

If President Trump wanted a national security adviser who would match his confrontational approach to the world, then Mr. Bolton fits the bill.

McDougal: Trump was sweet, respectful

Karen McDougal tells CNN's Anderson Cooper that the man people see on TV is not the man she knew Donald Trump to be.


In Indonesia, a shadowy campaign to stoke unrest as elections loom

BANDUNG, Indonesia (Reuters) - A spate of mysterious attacks on Islamic clerics, schools and mosques in Indonesia in recent weeks has ramped up tensions as the world's most populous Muslim-majority country heads into provincial elections and a presidential poll next year.

International Trade and World Market

Editorial: Trump‘s Half-Baked China Tariffs

He’s right to accuse it of stealing American technology, but has no idea how to fix the problem.


Ibrahimovic says farewell to Manchester United ahead of U.S. move

LONDON (Reuters) - Zlatan Ibrahimovic said farewell to Manchester United on Thursday after the Premier League club agreed to terminate the Swedish striker's contract ahead of an expected move to Los Angeles Galaxy.

Trump replaces H.R. McMaster with John Bolton as national security adviser

President Donald Trump's national security adviser H.R. McMaster has agreed to resign, a White House official announced on Thursday.

Former Playboy model to Melania: I'm sorry

Former Playboy model Karen McDougal got emotional about the current first lady while discussing her alleged affair with now-President Trump.

Stelter: President Trump hires a talking head - again

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Editorial: Would You Want to Be Donald Trump’s Lawyer?

We didn’t think so.

Parkland, Fla, Shooting (2018)

His Brother Was Shot in Chicago. He’s Marching With Students From Parkland.

Ke’Shon Newman’s brother was shot nine times on Chicago’s South Side, where gun violence is a daily threat. Now, Ke’Shon is heading to Washington to march with high school students from Parkland, Fla.

United States Defense and Military Forces

State Dept. Approves $670 Million Arms Deal With Saudi Arabia

The proposed sale, which is bound to be questioned by Congress, came hours after Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Pentagon leaders to discuss the Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen.

Federal Budget (US)

Spending Plan Moving Through Congress Is a Rebuke to Trump. Here’s Why.

Even with Republicans in charge, the measure increases funding for many programs the president had sought to cut or kill, and in some cases bars him from pursuing his goals.


Saudi Arabia has options if U.S. walks from nuclear power deal: minister

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has international partners it can work with if the United States walks away from a potential deal on nuclear power technology over concerns about nuclear proliferation, Khalid al-Falih, the kingdom's energy minister, said in an interview on Thursday.


Novartis touts U.S. filing plans for MS drug as patent losses loom

ZURICH (Reuters) - Novartis plans to file its BAF312 multiple sclerosis drug for U.S. approval within weeks, the Swiss drugmaker said on Friday, as it seeks to refresh its portfolio of neurological medicines that is about to be hit by patent losses.

Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures

AT&T Would Use Time Warner as a ‘Weapon,’ Justice Dept. Says

In opening statements of government’s case to block the AT&T-Time Warner merger, the two sides offered starkly different visions of the TV industry.


Facebook apology does little to satisfy lawmakers, Wall Street

WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) - Facebook Inc came under further pressure from lawmakers, investors, advertisers and users on Thursday, the day after Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg admitted the social media network made mistakes in letting 50 million users' data get into the hands of political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.


Dropbox IPO priced higher than expected on strong demand

(Reuters) - Dropbox Inc's initial public offering, the largest tech stock debut in more than a year, was priced at $21 per share, the company announced on Thursday, higher than expected.


Government funding bill hits snag in Senate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Legislation to fund the government beyond Friday, which was on a fast track toward passage by the U.S. Congress, hit a bump on Thursday as Republican Senator Rand Paul employed procedural delays while he hunkered down to read the 2,232-page tome.

Pacific Ocean

The ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ Is Ballooning, 87,000 Tons of Plastic and Counting

Floating between California and Hawaii, the trash zone is up to 16 times bigger than previously thought, a new study suggests, and is growing "exponentially."


Investors pull $9.6 billion from U.S. equity funds, deepening selloff

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. fund investors stripped billions from stocks during the most recent week, Lipper data showed on Thursday, adding to the selling pressure building on markets.

McMaster's outspoken military career

H.R. McMaster is a military general with a reputation for speaking his mind, and rumors of tension with the President have clouded his White House tenure.


Nike forecasts reversal in North America sales decline, tops estimates

(Reuters) - Nike Inc on Thursday signaled an end to revenue declines in North America as the world's largest footwear maker reaps the benefits of its efforts to sell directly to customers and focus on new launches.


Syrian refugee sets himself on fire at a Greek migrant camp

ATHENS (Reuters) - A 26-year old Syrian man set himself on fire at a refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos on Thursday, in one of the most serious incidents involving stranded migrants in many months.

Social Media

Op-Ed Contributor: How to Prevent Smart People From Spreading Dumb Ideas

Think first before you retweet that bit of fake news.

Divorce, Separations and Annulments

Unbecoming a Trump

After a dozen years, Vanessa Haydon Trump says she is leaving the first family.


Contributing Op-Ed Writer: If You Love High TV Bills, This is the Merger for You

An antitrust challenge to AT&T’s merger with Time Warner is the last chance to stop pay-television bills from getting any higher.


Art Review: Real, or Too Real? A Dazzling Show Goes the Way of All Flesh

Welcome to the dollhouse, sideshow, morgue, cabinet of wonders and art-thriller that is “Like Life” at the Met Breuer.


Former NFL quarterback Romo shoots 77 in PGA Tour debut

(Reuters) - Tony Romo acknowledged the unforgiving nature of professional golf after carding five-over-par 77 in the opening round at the Corales Puntacana Championship in the Dominican Republic on Thursday.


Halep survives Dodin scare to advance in Miami

(Reuters) - World number one Simona Halep survived a scare from France's Oceane Dodin on Thursday, beating the lucky loser 3-6 6-3 7-5 to reach the Miami Open third round.

Scottish comedian's Nazi salute dog video was awful. But it wasn't a crime

A Scottish comedian was literally convicted of a crime for making a joke.


Texas bomber's roommates released by police after questioning

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Two roommates of the 23-year-old man behind this month's deadly bombing spree that unnerved Austin have been questioned and released from custody, police in the Texas capital said on Thursday.


Wisconsin governor ordered to hold special elections after Democratic outcry

(Reuters) - Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker must hold special elections in two state districts, a judge ruled on Thursday, after Democrats said he was putting off the votes over fears of losing the formerly Republican-held seats.

Facebook, John Dowd, Syria: Your Thursday Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.


Kansas militia members wanted to kill Muslims -prosecutor

WICHITA, Kan. (Reuters) - Three men charged with plotting to bomb an apartment complex in western Kansas, where Muslim immigrants from Somalia lived and had a mosque, wanted to kill as many as possible and send a message they were not welcome in the United States, a prosecutor said on Thursday.

Bannon: If Kelly goes, replacement unlikely

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon says that if current White House chief of staff John Kelly were to leave his position, he does "not believe there will be another chief of staff."


JPMorgan mulls spin-off of blockchain project Quorum: sources

NEW YORK (Reuters) - JPMorgan Chase & Co is considering a spin-off of its marquee blockchain project Quorum believing independence from the bank could increase the platform's appeal, sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

Opinion: Only 117 years 'til this asteroid (possibly) hits us

Chicken Little was right. In a very literal sense, the sky is falling. Not today and not tomorrow, but eventually. NASA has announced that on September 22, 2135 (which happens to be a Thursday, if you need to check your schedule), there is a small chance an asteroid a third of a mile across (named Bennu) will slam into the Earth with an impact energy equivalent to the currently deployed arsenal of US nuclear ballistic missiles.


Kubinka Journal: Patriotic Youth Army Takes Russian Kids Back to the Future

The Youth Army, a recent Kremlin creation, is designed to imprint nationalist fervor, but critics doubt Russia needs a militaristic league for the young.


Syria rebels depart eastern Ghouta town on government buses in first surrender

BEIRUT/DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syrian rebels withdrew in busloads from a town in eastern Ghouta on Thursday and handed it over to the army, the first such surrender since one of the fiercest campaigns of the seven-year war began more than a month ago.

The pandemic that threatens women globally

The #MeToo campaign has shed light on sexual harassment and assault in shocking ways. The legal and political fallout, from Harvey Weinstein to convicted US Olympics doctor Larry Nassar, marks a shift in our culture. But noticeably absent from the conversation is how to support women's health and reduce violence against women and girls (VAWG).


Saudi Arabia's new crown prince to sit down with Wall Street

BOSTON/NEW YORK, March 22 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's crown prince will rub shoulders in New York next week with top figures from Wall Street and Corporate America, part of a whistle-stop first visit to the United States since becoming King Salman's heir apparent last year.


BRIEF-Avigilon Shareholders Approve Acquisition By Motorola Solutions



Russian agent may have limited mental capacity after nerve attack

LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A military-grade nerve toxin attack on former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter may have left them with compromised mental capacity and it is unclear whether they will recover, a British judge said on Thursday.


Strikes Disrupt France as Thousands Protest Macron Overhauls

Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets across the country as civil servants and railway workers angry with President Emmanuel Macron’s reforms went on strike.


Investors pull $9.6 bln from U.S. stock funds in week -Lipper

NEW YORK, March 22 (Reuters) - U.S. fund investors stripped $9.6 billion from stocks during the most recent week, Lipper data showed on Thursday, adding to the pressure building on markets.


BRIEF-Oasis Petroleum CEO's 2017 Total Compensation $6.8 Mln



BRIEF-Occidental Petroleum CEO's 2017 Total Compensation $12.7 Mln



BRIEF-Dover Says CEO's 2017 Total Compensation $9.95 Mln



No repeat championship for Johnson at WGC Match Play

(Reuters) - Defending champion Dustin Johnson has no chance of advancing to the knockout phase of the WGC-Match Play after suffering a second straight defeat in Austin, Texas on Thursday.


BRIEF-Baidu Announces Pricing Of $1.5 Bln Notes Offering

* BAIDU INC - ‍PUBLIC OFFERING CONSISTS OF US$1 BILLION OF 3.875% NOTES DUE 2023 AND US$500 MILLION OF 4.375% NOTES DUE 2028​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:


Vital Medicare counseling service escapes U.S. budget cuts for now

Catherine Jones lives on $930 a month in Social Security benefits, so every dollar counts for the retired Detroit nurse. Her income is low enough to qualify for a special Medicare program that covers...


BRIEF-vTv Therapeutics Says Phase 1B Study Of TTP399 For The Treatment Of Type 1 Diabetes Completed



BRIEF-J M Smucker Announces Limited, Voluntary Recall


Congress blocks DeVos agenda in spending bill

Some significant proposals championed by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and President Donald Trump were rejected in the $1.3 trillion spending bill that's making its way through Congress.


Stocks tumble to worst day in six weeks after Trump tariff action

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks slumped on Thursday as President Donald Trump's move to impose tariffs on up to $60 billion of Chinese imports drove fears about the impact on the global economy, fueling the biggest percentage declines in Wall Street's three major indexes since they entered correction territory six weeks ago.


BRIEF-Sierra Metals Reports Q4 Financial Results



U.S. airline traffic rose 3.4 percent in 2017 to all-time high: government

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Transportation Department said on Thursday that airlines carried 3.4 percent more passengers on U.S. domestic and international flights in 2017 for an all-time high of 965 million passengers.

Toys 'R' Us founder dies a week after company announced it will close


House sends $1.3 trillion spending bill to Senate as Friday deadline looms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives approved a $1.3 trillion spending bill on Thursday to fund federal agencies and avert a government shutdown ahead of a midnight Friday deadline, sending it to the Senate despite a revolt by fiscal conservatives worried by what they called runaway spending.


Poland says U.S. missile shield site delayed until 2020

WARSAW (Reuters) - Technical problems will delay the completion of the Polish section of a U.S. defence shield by two years to 2020, Poland's defence ministry said on Thursday.


Tillerson bids farewell to 'mean-spirited' Washington in speech to staff

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Outgoing U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson left the State Department on Thursday, calling Washington a "mean-spirited town" but saying nothing about President Donald Trump in his farewell remarks to department employees.

Woman suing over Trump affair story to appear on CNN tonight

Karen McDougal, who reportedly signed an agreement in 2016 compelling her silence about an affair with President Donald Trump years prior, is scheduled to appear on CNN Thursday night.

More anti-Muslim, conspiratorial tweets emerge from Trump's pick for top UN migration job

Ken Isaacs, the Trump administration pick to head the international organization that coordinates assistance to migrants worldwide, once wrote on Twitter that Austria and Switzerland should consider building a wall in the Alps to keep refugees out.

Billionaire CEO is on a mission to save Toys 'R' Us

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Bits: Kevin’s Week in Tech: Zuckerberg’s Answers to Privacy Scandal Raise More Questions

Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook’s reliance on advertising aligned with its mission to build a community. But what if Facebook cost $5 per month to use?

Rand Paul is reading all 2,232 page of the spending bill -- and live-tweeting

Sen. Rand Paul doesn't like Congress' omnibus spending bill, and he wants you to know it.


Trump edges closer to China tariffs, appears to avert trade war

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump signed a presidential memorandum on Thursday that could impose tariffs on up to $60 billion of imports from China, although his action was far removed from threats that could have ignited a global trade war.


Nike tops revenue, profit estimates on strong global sales

(Reuters) - Nike Inc's quarterly revenue and profit beat analysts' estimates on Thursday, helped by robust demand in its international markets and initiatives such as selling directly to customers.


Stock market principles needed in crypto world: SEC official

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The cryptocurrency trading marketplace could be improved by applying some of the principles from the stock market such as best execution and surveillance, a senior U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission official said on Thursday.


Severe combat wounds, PTSD tied to high blood pressure

(Reuters Health) - Members of the military who received severe combat wounds and have chronic post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have an amplified risk of high blood pressure as well, according to a U.S. Veterans Affairs study.

Report: Saudi crown prince bragged that Kushner was 'in his pocket'

Jared Kushner, tasked by his boss and father-in-law, President Donald Trump, with mediating Middle East peace early in the administration, has so far staked a bulk of those efforts on the ascendant Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman.


Trump's lead lawyer in Russia probe resigns

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's lead lawyer in the special counsel investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election, John Dowd, resigned on Thursday, the same week Trump added another Washington lawyer to his team.


Family of 'Star Trek' actor settles with Fiat Chrysler over fatal accident

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The family of late "Star Trek" actor Anton Yelchin has settled a wrongful death lawsuit with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV over the rollaway crash of a Jeep Grand Cherokee that killed the up-and-coming actor almost two years ago.