News Trends, News Analysis, News Archive.



Related Articles

cnn.com

This is the cognitive test the president took

Before President Donald Trump's physical examination on Friday, Dr. Ronny Jackson had decided he wasn't going to perform a cognitive assessment. Jackson said he didn't feel the test was necessary. But the president requested he be tested, anyway.

cnn.com

President asked the White House doctor for a cognitive exam after speculation about Trump's mental fitness

Dr. Ronny Jackson, the White House physician who last week declared President Donald Trump in "excellent health," provided more details of the President's medical exam during a briefing on Tuesday.

companyNews reuters.com

UPDATE 2-Brazil's Caixa suspends VPs after presidential order

BRASILIA, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Brazilian state lender Caixa Economic Federal suspended four of its vice presidents on Tuesday after President Michel Temer called on them to step down and defend themselves from accusations of wrongdoing.

healthNews reuters.com

FDA expects IV fluid shortage to improve in coming weeks, months

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday it expects a shortage of intravenous saline fluids for hospitals due to damage to key manufacturing facilities in Puerto Rico to improve over the coming weeks and months.

worldNews reuters.com

China rights lawyer says legal license revoked after criticizing President Xi Jinping

BEIJING (Reuters) - A prominent Chinese rights lawyer who wrote an open letter criticizing President Xi Jinping said on Monday that authorities had revoked his license to practice law.

#MeToo Movement nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: The President and the Porn Star

Trump’s sexual license has turned the culture wars upside down.

United States Defense and Military Forces nytimes.com

Turkey’s President Assails U.S.-Trained Kurdish Border Force

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey criticized a proposed American-trained force that could put thousands of Kurdish militia on the Turkish border.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Nokia Wins Five-Year Managed Services Agreement To Manage Optus' Network

* NOKIA WINS FIVE-YEAR MANAGED SERVICES AGREEMENT TO MANAGE OPTUS' NETWORK

worldNews reuters.com

Collapse of Colombian bridge kills nine workers, injures five

BOGOTA (Reuters) - At least nine construction workers were killed and five injured when a partially-constructed bridge collapsed in central Colombia on Monday, an official from the disaster response agency said.

worldNews reuters.com

Ugandan lawyers seek to quash Museveni 'president for life' law

KAMPALA (Reuters) - Uganda's leading lawyers sought on Monday to overturn a law that critics say would allow incumbent leader Yoweri Museveni to effectively become president for life.

cnn.com

Dear President Trump: Churchill would have been a climate leader

There could be no starker illustration of the profound differences that exist between Washington and London -- despite alignment on many other issues -- than comments this week by our two leaders on climate change and the environment.

worldNews reuters.com

Nephew of assassinated president Sadat says Egypt too repressive for election bid

CAIRO (Reuters) - The nephew of assassinated Egyptian president Anwar al-Sadat said on Monday he would not, as widely expected, challenge incumbent Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in the presidential election because an environment of fear surrounds the vote.

technologyNews reuters.com

Samsung aims to double Africa's share of its revenues in five years

NAIROBI (Reuters) - South Korea's Samsung Electronics plans to double the annual revenue contribution from its African markets to 20 percent of the firm's global total in the next five years, the head of its business on the continent said on Monday.

worldNews reuters.com

Philippines' president made call on China's sea research - spokesman

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte personally made a decision to let China conduct scientific research off the Philippines' Pacific coast, his spokesman said on Monday, despite concern among critics about threats to maritime sovereignty.

cnn.com

Ivana Trump says the US President is 'definitely not racist'

US President Donald Trump may occasionally say "silly" things but he's "definitely not racist," his first wife Ivana Trump said Monday.

cnn.com

WaPo: President Trump averages 5-6 false claims a day

In a recent analysis, The Washington Post reported that President Trump has made over 2,000 false claims before the end of his first full year in office.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Enghouse Systems names Vince Mifsud as president

* ‍MOST RECENTLY, MIFSUD WAS CEO OF SCRIBBLE TECHNOLOGIES INC​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

Johnson Sirleaf, Ellen nytimes.com

Liberia President’s Ouster by Party May Raise Questions Over Her Legacy

Senior members of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s Unity Party accused her of supporting the opposition candidate George Weah, who is now president-elect.

worldNews reuters.com

Peru ex-President Fujimori hospitalized with heart problems: media

LIMA (Reuters) - Alberto Fujimori, Peru's former authoritarian president who was freed from a 25-year prison sentence with a humanitarian pardon last Christmas Eve, was hospitalized with heart problems on Sunday, his doctor told local newspaper El Comercio.

cnn.com

'SNL' mocks President Oprah hype

After Oprah's rousing speech at the Golden Globes, "Saturday Night Live" joined in on Oprah's presidential hype.

environmentNews reuters.com

Death toll rises to 19 in California mudslides, five still missing

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The death toll from mudslides that devastated parts of California's scenic Santa Barbara County rose to 19 on Saturday amid a massive influx of emergency crews searching for five people still missing.

cnn.com

Norwegian: No thank you, President Trump

cnn.com

Five ways you can be a better American than Trump

worldNews reuters.com

Czech presidential vote sets up Zeman-Drahos second round clash

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Incumbent east-looking Milos Zeman won the first round of the Czech Republic's presidential election on Saturday but runner up Jiri Drahos may pose a strong challenge in the second round in two weeks, nearly complete results showed.

worldNews reuters.com

Incumbent Zeman leads Czech presidential election: half votes counted

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Incumbent Milos Zeman led the first round of the Czech Republic's presidential election on Saturday with 41.99 percent of the vote, results from 51.3 percent of voting districts showed.

topNews reuters.com

Las Vegas gunman emailed about bump stocks months before rampage: documents

(Reuters) - Three months before killing 58 people and wounding more than 500 in Las Vegas last October, the gunman behind the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history sent emails discussing buying bump stocks, which can make semiautomatic rifles fire hundreds of rounds a minute, media reports on unsealed search warrants showed.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Mr. President, Your Toga Is Showing

Maybe he isn’t as unprecedented a leader as we think. All hail!

worldNews reuters.com

Former Argentine vice president freed pending corruption trial

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina's former economy minister and vice president, Amado Boudou, was freed from jail on Friday after an appeals court ruled that he was unlikely to interfere in a corruption case against him.

technologyNews reuters.com

Ex-mobile phone industry executive gets five years for text message scam

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former mobile phone industry executive was sentenced to five years in prison on Friday after he was found guilty of defrauding cellphone customers by charging them millions of dollars for unwanted text messages.

worldNews reuters.com

Czechs pick between east-looking Zeman and pro-western challengers in presidential vote

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czechs wrap up voting on Saturday in the first round of a presidential election in which eight candidates are seeking to oust the incumbent Milos Zeman, whose inclination toward far-right groups and warm relations with Russia and China have split public opinion.

cnn.com

Chris Matthews apologizes for making comment about 'Bill Cosby pill' before interviewing Hillary Clinton

Trump, Donald J nytimes.com

News Analysis: A President Who Fans, Rather Than Douses, the Nation’s Racial Fires

After his latest incendiary comments, the president’s critics say there is no doubt he is a racist. The White House calls such suggestions “insulting.”

cnn.com

President honors MLK Jr. amid cries of racism

President Donald Trump signed a proclamation Friday declaring Martin Luther King Jr. Day, one day after making disparaging comments about Haiti and African countries.

cnn.com

Gupta: 'Competent' or 'crazy' misses the point of presidential mental health

The discussion around the health of President Trump has reached a new level of urgency this week because he will be an outpatient at Walter Reed Medical Center today, undergoing a battery of tests to determine whether he is "fit to lead," a colloquial term many use but with little clinical basis.

businessNews reuters.com

Federal Reserve fines five banks to wrap up mortgage servicing charges

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve fined five large U.S. banks a combined $35.1 million to settle cases of mortgage servicing flaws dating back to 2011.

companyNews reuters.com

UPDATE 1-Federal Reserve fines five banks to wrap up mortgage servicing charges

WASHINGTON, Jan 12 (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve fined five large U.S. banks a combined $35.1 million to settle cases of mortgage servicing flaws dating back to 2011.

worldNews reuters.com

Jailed leader of Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition makes first court appearance in 14 months

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The head of Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition on Friday made his first public appearance since his arrest 14 months ago, standing before an Istanbul court on charges of insulting President Tayyip Erdogan.

worldNews reuters.com

Eastward-looking Zeman is favorite as Czechs vote for president

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czechs started voting on Friday in the first round of a presidential election in which eight candidates are seeking to defeat incumbent Milos Zeman, whose brash style and leanings toward eastern powers have sharply divided opinion.

cnn.com

Trump denies making 'shithole countries' comment

President Donald Trump on Friday denied describing certain nations as "shithole countries" during a meeting where he rejected a bipartisan deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

cnn.com

Past presidents' physicals: What we learned

President Donald Trump is scheduled to undergo a physical examination Friday at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. The exam will be conducted by US Navy Rear Adm. Dr. Ronny Jackson, the same physician who performed President Barack Obama's last two physicals while in office.

cnn.com

Trump set for first doctor's exam as president

Doctors and nurses will poke and prod President Donald Trump on Friday during his first known medical checkup since taking office, the results providing the most accurate gauge yet of how a year being commander in chief has worn on the presidential frame.

healthNews reuters.com

Trump to get first presidential medical exam amid questions about fitness

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump has his first medical exam as U.S. president on Friday after a week in which his mental fitness for the job has come under intense scrutiny.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: The Republicans’ Fantasy Investigation

Republicans would rather defend Donald Trump than find the truth.

cnn.com

President Trump's other insensitive comments on race, ethnicity

President Donald Trump's comments Thursday decrying the migration of citizens from "shithole countries" was criticized as racially insensitive.

Ford, Harold E Jr nytimes.com

A Wall St. Executive’s Downfall Seemed Sudden. It Was Years in the Making.

A female reporter accused Harold E. Ford Jr., a former congressman, of inappropriate behavior. Morgan Stanley found no proof but fired him. How one Wall Street firm responded to misconduct allegations.

worldNews reuters.com

German coalition talks drag on, president warns Europe at stake

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party grouping and Social Democrats (SPD) toiled deep into the night on Thursday to overcome differences on tax cuts and other issues that threatened to block a new "grand coalition" government.

Social Media nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Social Media Is Making Us Dumber. Here’s Exhibit A.

Steven Pinker is a liberal, Jewish professor. But social media convinced people that he’s a darling of the alt-right.

cnn.com

President reportedly suggests US get more people from countries like Norway

President Donald Trump expressed frustration behind closed doors with people coming to the US from "shithole countries," The Washington Post reported on Thursday.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-WestJet Says Three New Vice-Presidents Will Join Senior Leadership Team

* WESTJET AIRLINES LTD - THREE NEW VICE-PRESIDENTS WILL BE JOINING SENIOR LEADERSHIP TEAM Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

worldNews reuters.com

Europe at stake in German coalition talks: president tells negotiators

BERLIN (Reuters) - German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Thursday reminded would-be coalition partners about the high stakes involved - and their responsibility for Europe - as negotiators worked through a tough final evening of talks about forming a new government.

worldNews reuters.com

Nephew of killed Yemeni president calls on Saudi-led coalition to stop war

DUBAI (Reuters) - A nephew of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh has called for an end to the Yemen war, in his first public appearance since his uncle was killed by his former Houthi allies last month.

worldNews reuters.com

Ghana president names ex-minister as anti-graft prosecutor

ACCRA (Reuters) - Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo on Thursday named a former attorney-general as anti-graft prosecutor to probe specific cases of corruption including those committed by politicians.

worldNews reuters.com

Czech PM Babis supports incumbent Zeman in presidential election

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis backed incumbent Milos Zeman in the country's presidential election, which starts with a first round on Friday and Saturday.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Meridian Waste Solutions Names Scott Bradshaw As Area President

* MERIDIAN WASTE SOLUTIONS NAMES SCOTT BRADSHAW AS AREA PRESIDENT Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Keane Group Sees Revenue $498 Mln To $500 Mln For Three Months Ended Dec. 31

* KEANE GROUP SEES REVENUE $498 MILLION TO $500 MILLION FOR THREE MONTHS ENDED DEC. 31

cnn.com

We should we know about a president's health?

On Friday, at the age of 71, President Trump is undergoing his first-known health physical since taking office, and observers are hoping it will shed light on both his physical and mental health.

topNews reuters.com

Kremlin rejects U.S. charge of meddling in Mexican presidential poll

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin dismissed a U.S. allegation it was meddling in Mexican politics ahead of a presidential election there as unfounded.

worldNews reuters.com

U.S. travel warning puts five Mexican states on par with war-torn nations

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Rampant crime and gang activity in Mexico prompted the U.S. State Department on Wednesday to issue a stringent travel advisory, warning tourists to completely avoid five Mexican states, an advisory level often reserved for nations at war.

cnn.com

Lawmakers tout different DACA proposals as the one that meets the President's wishes

If the "four pillars" that emerged out of the White House immigration meeting spurred anything Wednesday on Capitol Hill, it was a fresh PR strategy.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates nytimes.com

Editorial: Who Will Listen to Democrats’ Warning on Russia?

In the face of Republican complacency, Senate Democrats issue the most comprehensive public analysis thus far of Moscow’s war on the West.

worldNews reuters.com

Tunisian police clash with protesters in at least five towns

TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisian police on Wednesday night clashed with anti-government protesters in at least five towns including one district of the capital Tunis, witnesses said, in a fourth night of demonstrations against austerity measures.

Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic (Book) nytimes.com

Books of The Times: Will Democracy Survive President Trump? Two New Books Aren’t So Sure

David Frum’s “Trumpocracy” takes aim at the president and those who empower him, and “How Democracies Die,” by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, reads at times like a sly subtweet of the Republican Party.

Salvadoran-Americans nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: President Trump Is Breaking Up My Family

My siblings and I will have to care for ourselves if my parents are sent back to El Salvador.

businessNews reuters.com

U.S. import prices post smallest gain in five months; inventories rise

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. import prices recorded their smallest increase in five months in December and underlying imported price pressures were muted amid declining costs for food and consumer goods.

politicsNews reuters.com

Vice President Pence to lead U.S. delegation to Winter Olympics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence will lead the U.S. delegation to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, next month, a senior White House official said on Wednesday.

businessNews reuters.com

U.S. import prices post smallest gain in five months

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. import prices recorded their smallest increase in five months in December and underlying imported price pressures were muted amid declining costs for food and consumer goods.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Transglobe Energy says ‍Randy Neely promoted to president, Edward Ok appointed CFO​

* TRANSGLOBE ENERGY CORPORATION ANNOUNCES 2018 CAPITAL BUDGET AND MANAGEMENT PROMOTIONS

worldNews reuters.com

French President Macron says contract with China for 184 A320s to be finalized soon

BEIJING (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron said a contract with China for 184 Airbus A320s would be finalized soon and that his country also had ambitions to sell A350 and A380 planes to China in coming weeks or months.

companyNews reuters.com

UPDATE 1-French President Macron says contract with China for 184 A320s to be finalised soon

* No jet order placed during Macron's visit to China (Adds Airbus response, details of market-share parity with Boeing)

companyNews reuters.com

French President Macron says contract with China for 184 A320s to be finalised soon

BEIJING, Jan 10 (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron said a contract with China for 184 Airbus A320s would be finalised soon and that his country also had ambitions to sell A350 and A380 planes in coming weeks or months.

worldNews reuters.com

French President Macron downplays lack of big deals during China visit

BEIJING (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron sought to downplay the lack of business mega-deals during his state visit to China, saying other countries had trumpeted big figures in the past that masked more modest realities.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates nytimes.com

Trump’s Longtime Lawyer Sues BuzzFeed and the Firm Behind Russia Dossier

Saying “enough is enough,” Michael D. Cohen filed the defamation suit after denying for the past year that he played any part in a conspiracy to help elect President Trump.

cnn.com

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

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

cnn.com

Watch President Trump half-sing the National Anthem

President Trump half-sings the National Anthem. CNN's Jeanne Moos says everyone's a music critic.

Global Warming nytimes.com

How a Coal Baron’s Wish List Became President Trump’s To-Do List

Robert E. Murray, the chief executive of Murray Energy, wrote a lengthy “action plan” last year for President Trump. There’s not much left undone.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: I’m Proud We Published the Trump-Russia Dossier

The president called the Steele report ‘fake news.’ A year later, it’s clear that’s not the case.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-GrubHub Says Adam Dewitt Appointed President

* - ‍MATTHEW MALONEY NOTIFIED CO HE WILL VACATE HIS POSITION AS PRESIDENT, EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY​

cnn.com

Opinion: The president who harped on the National Anthem fumbled it

Monday night, Donald Trump made an appearance at the College Football Playoff national championship game in Atlanta. But when he joined members of the military on the field for the National Anthem before the game, it became clear he couldn't -- or wouldn't fully sing along. At different points, he mouthed some things, smiled painfully, and had his mouth closed.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: My Invitation From Donald Trump Jr.’s Father

A missed opportunity “to Learn the Trump Family’s Most Successful Wealth Creation Secrets.”

worldNews reuters.com

Ex-Catalan President Artur Mas steps down as leader of separatist party

MADRID (Reuters) - Former Catalan president Artur Mas said on Tuesday he would step down as head of his separatist political party to pave the way for new leaders of Catalonia's independence movement after reports of internal divisions.

worldNews reuters.com

Egypt's President Sisi wins huge parliamentary support for a second term

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has won the backing of over three-quarters of parliamentarians for a second term as president, lawmakers said on Tuesday, a day after a timeline for the election was announced.

entertainmentNews reuters.com

Trump says he could beat Oprah Winfrey in a presidential race

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he could beat media mogul Oprah Winfrey in a presidential contest but said he did not think the actress and talk show host would run.

companyNews reuters.com

UPDATE 2-European shares at fresh highs on earning optimism, dealmaking

* Global earnings revisions at all-time high - Citi (Recasts, adds details, closing prices)

entertainmentNews reuters.com

Oprah Winfrey 'intrigued' by U.S. presidential run: friend Gayle King

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Media magnate Oprah Winfrey is "intrigued" by the possibility of running for the U.S. presidency in 2020 but is not considering it now, a close friend said on Tuesday after Winfrey's speech at a Hollywood awards show thrust her name into the political arena.

cnn.com

Congress has about 2 months to preserve DACA

sportsNews reuters.com

Britain sets Pyeongchang target of at least five medals

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain has set its winter athletes a "best ever" target of at least five medals at the Pyeongchang Olympics after more than doubling funding since Sochi four years ago.

cnn.com

Does Trump's light schedule make him a part-time President?

CNN's Anderson Cooper takes a look at President Trump's claim that he doesn't get to watch much television because he is busy reading documents.

cnn.com

Why doesn't the president get a thorough mental check?

With a tell-all book raising concerns about US President Trump's mental stability, there is a renewed question asking why the most powerful man in the world is not required to pass a thorough mental health exam.

sportsNews reuters.com

Journeyman golfer Fritsch banned for three months for doping violation

(Reuters) - Canadian golfer Brad Fritsch has been banned for three months after he reported himself to PGA Tour officials for violating its anti-doping policy, the governing body said on Monday.

entertainmentNews reuters.com

Trump would welcome challenge from Oprah Winfrey for president

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump would gladly face Oprah Winfrey as an opponent in the 2020 presidential race, a White House spokesman said on Monday after social media buzz from her speech at an awards show thrust her name into the political arena.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates nytimes.com

Fusion GPS Founder Hauled From the Shadows for the Russia Election Investigation

Glenn R. Simpson’s firm quietly compiled the notorious dossier of possible links between President Trump and Russia. Then it became public.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Nordstrom Rack President Karen McKibbin To Retire

* NORDSTROM - GEEVY THOMAS, CHIEF INNOVATION OFFICER, WILL SUCCEED KAREN MCKIBBIN

cnn.com

The President's lawyers are discussing how to limit the scope of what the special counsel can ask

Lawyers for President Donald Trump are anticipating a request for the President to talk to special counsel Robert Mueller and are discussing how to define the parameters of any interview, according to sources with knowledge of the matter.

Dogs nytimes.com

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: What the President Doesn’t Get About Dogs

They’re loyal and loving. All Donald Trump has is Stephen Miller.

cnn.com

Opinion: Oprah would make an exceptional president

In the hours after Oprah Winfrey's inspiring speech at the Golden Globe Awards, CNN's Brian Stelter reported that friends close to Oprah have said she is "actively thinking" about running for president in 2020. And progressives, like me, could not be happier.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Copart says Vincent W. Mitz Notified Co Of His Intention To Resign As President, EFFECTIVE ON DEC. 31, 2018

* COPART INC - ‍ON JAN. 4, 2018, VINCENT W. MITZ NOTIFIED CO OF HIS INTENTION TO RESIGN AS PRESIDENT OF COMPANY, EFFECTIVE ON DEC. 31, 2018 - SEC FILING​ Source text - (http://bit.ly/2mfyXml) Further company coverage:

cnn.com

6 times Oprah stoked or shot down presidential aspirations

Oprah Winfrey's speech rocked the Golden Globes Sunday evening, fueling speculation that the influential media mogul could have her sights set on the 2020 presidential race.

entertainmentNews reuters.com

Oprah for president? Winfrey fans urge White House run after #MeToo speech

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Oprah Winfrey fans lit up Twitter on Monday with calls for her to run for U.S. president after the entertainment star gave an inspiring "new day" speech at an awards show in support of those who have exposed sexual misconduct in Hollywood and beyond.

cnn.com

President Trump faces heavy decision on elephants

To look at, they're what most would call elephant tusks, ears or tails.

worldNews reuters.com

Turkey to extend state of emergency for another three months, Deputy PM says

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey will extend a state of emergency imposed after the July 2016 coup attempt for another three months, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Monday.

cnn.com

How Trump became 'the white affirmative action president'

When the Trump administration recently signaled that it was going to crack down on affirmative action, some critics responded with an odd request:

Trump, Donald J nytimes.com

Strong Economies Lift Presidents. Trump Seems an Exception.

His approval ratings reflect political weakness despite good news on several fronts.

Demonstrations, Protests and Riots nytimes.com

Iran’s President Takes On His Hard-Line Critics

Hassan Rouhani argued that it was not only the bad economy that brought Iranians to the streets last week but also restrictive policies.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Schneider National Says CFO Will Be Retiring Within Next 6 Months

* SCHNEIDER NATIONAL SAYS ON JAN 5, LORI LUTEY, CO'S EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND CFO, WILL BE RETIRING WITHIN NEXT 6 MONTHS - SEC FILING

politicsNews reuters.com

Furious Trump aide assails book, calls president a 'genius'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A senior aide to U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday assailed a new book rattling the White House, called his boss a genius and launched an attack on news coverage before a TV anchor urged him to calm down and cut off their interview.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates nytimes.com

Kushner’s Financial Ties to Israel Deepen Even With Mideast Diplomatic Role

An Israeli insurance company’s previously undisclosed $30 million investment in Jared Kushner’s family company could fuel the perception of conflicts of interest.

cnn.com

In a fiery CNN interview, Stephen Miller blasted Steve Bannon and called the President a 'political genius'

Trump policy adviser Stephen Miller kept up the drumbeat against former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, calling his comments in a new book on President Donald Trump "grotesque."

worldNews reuters.com

South Africa's parliament to review rules on removing president

JOHANNESBURG, (Reuters) - South Africa’s parliament said on Sunday it would review its rules relating to removing the country's president, after the constitutional court ruled on Dec. 29 that lawmakers had previously failed to hold President Jacob Zuma to account.

cnn.com

Source: Bannon was going to call Trump Jr. a patriot. And then the President did this

Steve Bannon was only minutes away from attacking "Fire and Fury" author Michael Wolff over quotes attributed to the former White House chief strategist, but he decided not to do so after President Donald Trump attacked him after the release of excerpts from the book, according to a source familiar with the situation.

cnn.com

President Trump: I'm a very stable genius

President Trump praised his own mental stability and intelligence on Twitter following a controversial book about his time in office by Michael Wolff.

politicsNews reuters.com

Trump book author says his revelations will bring down U.S. president

LONDON (Reuters) - The author of a book that is highly critical of Donald Trump's first year as U.S. president said his revelations were likely to bring an end to Trump's time in the White House.

cnn.com

Opinion: Sessions just made the opioid war harder to win

On Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions ended the federal policy of non-interference with marijuana-friendly state laws. While controversial for many reasons, this move is first and foremost a significant step backward in our country's fight against opioid addiction.

worldNews reuters.com

Five heads found on car in Mexico Gulf state of Veracruz

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The heads of five men displayed atop a car were found on Friday in the Gulf state of Veracruz in southeastern Mexico, local authorities said, in the midst of a spike in violence in the country.

Costa Rica nytimes.com

After a Tragedy, Making the Case for Costa Rica

The tragedy of the crash is particularly difficult to reconcile with the remarkable beauty of Costa Rica — a place I wouldn’t hesitate to return to.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributors: Did Trump Obstruct Justice?

New reporting makes for a compelling case that he did, on multiple counts.

companyNews reuters.com

UPDATE 3-Author of Trump book contradicts president, says aides see him as a 'child'

WASHINGTON, Jan 5 (Reuters) - The author of a deeply critical book about Donald Trump's first year in office said on Friday he had spoken with the president while working on it, contradicting Trump's assertion that he had never talked to the writer for the book and had not authorized any access to the White House.

politicsNews reuters.com

Author of Trump book contradicts president, says aides see him as a 'child'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The author of a deeply critical book about Donald Trump's first year in office said on Friday he had spoken with the president while working on it, contradicting Trump's assertion that he had never talked to the writer for the book and had not authorized any access to the White House.

companyNews reuters.com

UPDATE 2-Author of Trump book contradicts president, says aides see him as a 'child'

WASHINGTON, Jan 5 (Reuters) - The author of a deeply critical book about Donald Trump's first year in office said on Friday he had spoken with the president while working on it, contradicting Trump's assertion that he had never talked to the writer for the book and had not authorized any access to the White House.

politicsNews reuters.com

Author of Trump book contradicts president, says he interviewed him

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The author of a deeply critical book about Donald Trump's first year in office said on Friday he had spoken with the president while working on it, contradicting Trump's assertion that he had never talked to the writer for the book and had authorized "Zero access" to the White House.

politicsNews reuters.com

Trump book author Michael Wolff contradicts president, says he interviewed him

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The author of a deeply critical book about Donald Trump's first year in office said on Friday he had spoken with the president while working on it, contradicting Trump's assertion that he had never talked to the writer for the book and had authorized "Zero access" to the White House.

worldNews reuters.com

Georgian ex-president sentenced in absentia for abuse of power

TBILISI (Reuters) - A Georgian court sentenced former leader Mikheil Saakashvili in absentia to three years in prison on Friday for seeking to cover up evidence about the murder of a Georgian banker when he was president - a verdict which he denounced as illegal.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Centerpoint Energy Announces Five-Year Capital Investment Plan

* CENTERPOINT ENERGY ANNOUNCES FIVE-YEAR CAPITAL INVESTMENT PLAN

Books and Literature nytimes.com

Nonfiction: The Presidential Election That America Lost

Lawrence O’Donnell’s “Playing With Fire” retells the story of the 1968 presidential election and sees parallels with today.

technologyNews reuters.com

Singapore fines five electronics firms $14.7 million in biggest anti-competition penalty

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore on Friday fined five electronics parts makers a total of S$19.5 million ($14.7 million) for price-fixing and other cartel activities, the biggest anti-competition penalty in the city-state, the Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS) said.

cnn.com

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

Nothing means more to Donald Trump than his image.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Faurecia Announces Signing A MOU For A Five-Year Collaboration With Accenture

* ANNOUNCES SIGNING A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING FOR A FIVE-YEAR COLLABORATION WITH ACCENTURE

Politics and Government nytimes.com

The Saturday Profile: A Rival Steps up to Challenge Turkey’s President Erdogan

Meral Aksener, a former interior minister, wants to reverse much of what Mr. Erdogan has forged in nearly 15 years at the helm.

worldNews reuters.com

Top EU diplomat meets Cuban president at end of visit

HAVANA (Reuters) - The European Union's top diplomat Federica Mogherini met Cuban President Raul Castro on Thursday as she ended a two-day visit to the Communist country aimed at strengthening engagement even as the Trump administration backtracks on a fragile detente.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates nytimes.com

Obstruction Inquiry Shows Trump’s Struggle to Keep Grip on Russia Investigation

The special counsel’s investigation has uncovered several incidents involving the president that raise questions about whether he obstructed justice.

Finances nytimes.com

Editorial: Making Art Lovers Pay

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is dropping its “suggested” admission for out-of-staters, in favor of a mandatory set of fees.

sportsNews reuters.com

Brazil's Bellucci banned five months for doping

(Reuters) - Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci was given a five-month, back-dated doping suspension but was considered not guilty of any "significant fault or negligence," the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme said on Thursday.

worldNews reuters.com

Costa Rica plane crash probe could take months: aviation chief

SAN JOSE (Reuters) - It could take months to determine the cause of a plane crash in Costa Rica that killed 12 people because the aircraft was badly burned and lacked a flight data recorder, the director of the country's civil aviation agency told Reuters on Thursday.

worldNews reuters.com

Mexico presidential favorite puts himself at heart of security plan

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The left-wing frontrunner to win this year's Mexican presidential election said on Thursday that he would personally take a central role in restoring order after years of violence that has claimed tens of thousands of lives.

worldNews reuters.com

U.S. sanctions five entities tied to Iran's missiles program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Thursday sanctioned five Iranian-based entities it said were owned or controlled by a industrial firm responsible for developing and producing Iran's solid-propellant ballistic missiles.

cnn.com

Trump isn't the first quirky president

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Sprint Names Telecom And Cable Industry Executive Michel Combes As President & CFO

* SPRINT NAMES ACCOMPLISHED TELECOM AND CABLE INDUSTRY EXECUTIVE MICHEL COMBES AS PRESIDENT & CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

worldNews reuters.com

South Korea's President Moon meets former 'comfort women'

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Thursday met women who were forced to work in Japanese wartime brothels, days after their plight again cast a shadow over relations with Japan.

cnn.com

Bannon blasts President and first family

"Fire and Fury" brings brutal new details into the limelight including attacks on the first family's IQ.

cnn.com

Ivanka Trump, husband agreed she'd be the one to run for president, book says

Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, made a deal when they came to Washington to serve in the White House that the first daughter would become the first female president if the opportunity arose, according to a forthcoming book obtained by The Guardian.

worldNews reuters.com

South Korea's President Moon to meet former 'comfort women'

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in will on Thursday meet women who were forced to work in Japanese wartime brothels, days after their plight has again cast a shadow over ties between South Korea and Japan.

cnn.com

Carl Bernstein: Trump is a toxic president

Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein says the Trump White House is responding to the Russia investigation as if it is part of a "train wreck" and doesn't know what to do.

cnn.com

President started 2018 angered over uncertainty around the Russia probe. Then Steve Bannon made it worse.

President Donald Trump started 2018 in a fury partly fueled by anger at his legal team for offering shifting timelines about when the Russia investigation would end, according to two sources familiar with the President's mindset.

cnn.com

Opinion: Hey President Trump, please don't stop tweeting

President Trump, if you are reading this in between chugging your beloved Diet Cokes or hitting a seven iron at your private country club, please ignore those voices that tell you to rein in your tweets.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates nytimes.com

Paul Manafort Sues Mueller and Asks a Judge to Narrow the Russia Investigation

The highly unusual lawsuit says the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, was given an overly broad mandate and needs to be reined in.

cnn.com

President explodes as book quotes his ex-adviser Bannon saying a Trump Jr. meeting was 'treasonous'

President Donald Trump excoriated his former chief strategist Steve Bannon in a statement Wednesday, claiming that Bannon "lost his mind" after being pushed out from the White House.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Horizon Appoints James Neff President

* HORIZON APPOINTS JAMES D. NEFF PRESIDENT Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

topNews reuters.com

President of the Mormon church, Thomas Monson, dies at 90

(Reuters) - Thomas Monson, leader of the Mormon church, has died at the age of 90 at his home in Salt Lake City, Utah, the church said on Wednesday.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates nytimes.com

Talk: Masha Gessen Is Worried About Outrage Fatigue

The journalist on alternative facts, what Putin thinks of Trump and whether the Mueller investigation will be able to prove collusion.

Mormons (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) nytimes.com

Thomas Monson, President of the Mormon Church, Dies at 90

As the leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he enlarged the ranks of female missionaries but stood firm against ordaining women as priests and against same-sex marriage.

domesticNews reuters.com

Mormon President Thomas Monson dies at 90

(Reuters) - Mormon President Thomas Monson, who headed one of the world’s fastest growing and most affluent religions, has died at his home in Salt Lake City, Utah, the church said on Wednesday.

cnn.com

Mormon church president dies at 90

Thomas S. Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died Tuesday at his home in Salt Lake City, Utah, according to a statement from the organization. He was 90.

domesticNews reuters.com

Mormon President Thomas Monson dies aged 90 in Utah: church

(Reuters) - Mormon President Thomas Monson, who headed one of the world’s fastest growing and most affluent religions, has died at his home in Salt Lake City, Utah, the church said on Wednesday.

worldNews reuters.com

Al Shabaab kills five Kenyan policemen who were out on patrol

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Five Kenyan policemen were killed in an attack on their vehicle in the northeast county of Mandera near the border with Somalia late on Tuesday, a government official in the area said.

cnn.com

The President warns Kim Jong Un that he has a mightier nuclear arsenal at his disposal in a tweet

President Donald Trump on Tuesday taunted North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, warning Kim about the US' nuclear capabilities as tensions worsen between the two nations.

cnn.com

Burnett: President's tweet fits pattern

CNN's Erin Burnett says President Trump's tweet about Huma Abedin, which called for the former Clinton aide to go to jail before being charged with a crime, fits a pattern.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributors: The Republicans’ Fake Investigations

The attack on our firm, Fusion GPS, is a diversionary tactic by Republicans who don’t want to investigate Donald Trump’s ties to Russia.

cnn.com

Sen. Hatch's move allows the ex-presidential candidate and Trump critic, Mitt Romney, a chance at the seat

President Donald Trump made one thing very clear over the last few months: He badly wanted Utah Republican Orrin Hatch to run for another Senate term.

cnn.com

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch's move allows the former GOP presidential nominee to return to the national stage

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch announced Tuesday that he won't seek re-election this year.

cnn.com

We should note when the president cites conspiracy theories like today's reference to the 'deep state'

Here is a tweet from the President of the United States Tuesday morning:

worldNews reuters.com

Exclusive: Liberian President-elect Weah tempers expectations, plans agriculture push

MONROVIA (Reuters) - Liberian President-elect George Weah on Tuesday set modest goals for his six-year term, calling for Liberia to start exporting crops and repairing decrepit infrastructure, in his first interview since winning election last week.

worldNews reuters.com

Uganda's Museveni signs law removing age cap for president

KAMPALA (Reuters) - Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has signed a law that scraps a 75-year age cap for presidential candidates, a spokesman for parliament said on Tuesday, a move critics say will allow him to remain in power indefinitely.

cnn.com

Analysis: Trump has averaged more than 5 falsehoods a day since he's been president

President Donald Trump has broken lots and lots of norms during his first 347 days as President. But none are as flagrant or as important as his casual relationship with the truth and utter lack of regard for being factual.

worldNews reuters.com

Egypt to extend state of emergency for three months: MENA

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt is to extend its state of emergency for three months from Jan. 13, state news agency MENA reported on Tuesday.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Sucampo Pharmaceuticals Received Notification From FDA That It Has Extended PDUFA Goal Date By 3 Months

* SUCAMPO PHARMACEUTICALS - ON DEC 28, RECEIVED NOTIFICATION FROM U.S. FDA THAT IT HAS EXTENDED PDUFA GOAL DATE BY 3 MONTHS FOR SNDA FOR LUBIPROSTONE

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Amazon.Com Says ‍More Than Five Bln Items Worldwide Shipped With Prime In 2017​

* AMAZON.COM INC - ‍MORE THAN FIVE BILLION ITEMS WORLDWIDE SHIPPED WITH PRIME IN 2017​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

topNews reuters.com

Israel changes law to make it harder to cede Jerusalem control

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's parliament passed an amendment on Tuesday that would make it harder for it to cede control over parts of Jerusalem in any peace deal with the Palestinians, who condemned the move as undermining any chance to revive talks on statehood.

companyNews reuters.com

RPT-UPDATE 4-Compass Group chief, five others killed in Sydney seaplane crash

SYDNEY/LONDON, Jan 1 (Reuters) - The chief executive of British catering giant Compass Group Plc and four members of his family were killed when the seaplane they were flying in crashed into a Sydney river on New Year's Eve.

Opera nytimes.com

Review: The Met Opera’s ‘Tosca’ Overcomes Months of Chaos

The stakes were high and the cancellations many. What the Met delivered was fine singing in a traditional-looking, scrupulously inoffensive production.

topNews reuters.com

New York family of five among the dead in Costa Rican plane crash

(Reuters) - A family of five from the New York City suburb of Scarsdale was aboard a plane that crashed into woodland off a popular tourist beach in Costa Rica on Sunday, killing all 12 people aboard, a family relative said.

cnn.com

Analysis: How 2 US presidents reacted to 2 Iranian crackdowns

When protests erupted in Iran in 2009, then-President Barack Obama reacted cautiously, concerned that a forceful intervention could make America -- reviled as the "Great Satan" by Iranian revolutionaries -- a rallying cause for the clerical regime.

worldNews reuters.com

Compass Group chief, five others killed in Sydney seaplane crash

SYDNEY/LONDON (Reuters) - The chief executive of British catering giant Compass Group Plc and four members of his family were killed when the seaplane they were flying in crashed into a Sydney river on New Year's Eve.

companyNews reuters.com

UPDATE 4-Compass Group chief, five others killed in Sydney seaplane crash

* New CEO to take helm at Compass immediately (Adds background on Cousins)

worldNews reuters.com

Compass Group chief, five others dead in Sydney seaplane crash

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The CEO of Compass Group Plc, the world's biggest catering firm, and four of his close family members were among the six people who died when the seaplane they were traveling in crashed into Sydney river on New Year's Eve.

cnn.com

Comedian says what he'd do as president

Comedian Dave Chappelle and musician John Mayer tell Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen what their first act as president would be.

worldNews reuters.com

Compass Group CEO, five others dead in Sydney seaplane crash

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The CEO of Britain's Compass Group CEO, Richard Cousins, was among six people who died after a seaplane crashed into a river in Sydney on New Year's Eve.

worldNews reuters.com

Five British among dead in Sydney New Year's Eve seaplane crash

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Five of six people killed when a seaplane crashed during a 20- minute joy ride in Sydney on New Year's Eve were British nationals, including an 11-year-old girl, authorities said.

topNews reuters.com

Italian president calls for 'realistic' proposals ahead of election

ROME (Reuters) - President Sergio Mattarella on Sunday urged political parties to make realistic proposals to tackle Italy's problems, especially joblessness, ahead of an election in March.

New York Times nytimes.com

A Year in Bloopers: The Making of The Daily 360

Happy New Year from the Daily 360 team! We've made 435 videos in 426 days. Here are some of the moments that didn’t make the cut. Pro tip: If you can see the camera, the camera can see you.

cnn.com

The President tweeted support for protesters in Iran, saying 'the entire world understands that the good people of Iran want change'

President Donald Trump on Saturday tweeted his support for protests taking place in Iran this weekend, writing, "The world is watching!"

worldNews reuters.com

President-elect Weah says Liberia 'open for business', vows to fight corruption

MONROVIA (Reuters) - Liberian President-elect George Weah on Saturday declared the country open to investment and pledged to tackle entrenched corruption, in his first speech to the nation since decisively winning an election this week.

topNews reuters.com

As Peru president faced impeachment, jailed Fujimori worked to save both

LIMA (Reuters) - Last week, as Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski scrambled to survive a bid in Congress to oust him in the wake of a graft scandal, his jailed authoritarian predecessor Alberto Fujimori called on his loyalists in Congress to save the head-of-state.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates nytimes.com

How the Russia Inquiry Began: A Campaign Aide, Drinks and Talk of Political Dirt

George Papadopoulos, a Trump foreign policy adviser, was the improbable match that set off a blaze that has consumed the first year of the Trump administration.

topNews reuters.com

Russian supreme court approves ban against opposition leader Navalny from 2018 presidential election

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's Supreme Court on Saturday dismissed an appeal by Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny against a decision by the country's central election commission to bar him from taking part in next year's presidential election.

topNews reuters.com

Egypt sentences ex-President Mursi, 19 others to three years in jail for insulting judiciary

CAIRO (Reuters) - A Cairo criminal court sentenced former Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi and 19 others to three years in prison on Saturday, and fined him 2 million Egyptian pounds ($112,700) on charges of insulting the judiciary.

topNews reuters.com

Special Report: Meet the force behind Zimbabwe's 'Crocodile' president

HARARE (Reuters) - His wife is a beauty queen, his troops unseated Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe, and his motorcade is fit for a president. General Constantino Chiwenga, head of the armed forces until earlier this month, is on a roll.

healthNews reuters.com

Zambia president orders military to help fight cholera spread

LUSAKA (Reuters) - Zambian President Edgar Lungu has directed the military to help fight the spread of cholera, which has killed 41 people in the nation's capital and made more than 1,500 others sick since late September.

Trump, Donald J nytimes.com

Our Reporter Mike Schmidt on His Golf Club Interview With President Trump

I knew this was not going to go over well with the White House press office, which hates being blindsided by the president making news.

Puerto Rico nytimes.com

Three Months After Maria, Roughly Half of Puerto Ricans Still Without Power

The authorities said Friday that “approximately 55 percent of the customers who are able to receive electric power have the service restored.”

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Ani Pharmaceuticals Enters Five-Year $125 Mln Senior Secured Credit Facility With Citizens Bank

* ANI PHARMACEUTICALS ENTERS FIVE-YEAR $125 MILLION SENIOR SECURED CREDIT FACILITY WITH CITIZENS BANK

businessNews reuters.com

The year in U.S. markets in five graphs

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks are poised to close out 2017 with a stellar performance, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average , S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite all poised for gains of roughly 20 percent or more.

companyNews reuters.com

GRAPHIC-The year in U.S. markets in five graphs

NEW YORK, Dec 29 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks are poised to close out 2017 with a stellar performance, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite all poised for gains of roughly 20 percent or more.

worldNews reuters.com

Tanzania threatens to de-register churches who rap president from pulpit

DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Tanzania has threatened to revoke the registration of religious organizations that "mix religion and politics" after a cleric criticized President John Magufuli's leadership in a Christmas sermon.    Opposition leaders in Tanzania say tolerance for dissent has been rapidly disappearing since Magufuli took office in late 2015 with pledges to reform East Africa's third-biggest economy and crack down on large-scale corruption.     Tanzania's constitution protects freedom o

worldNews reuters.com

Taiwan president warns China against military aggression

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said on Friday China's military ambitions are becoming more apparent and tension between Taiwan and the mainland must not be resolved through military force.

companyNews reuters.com

REFILE-Asia Pacific loans continue slide to five-year low

Hong Kong, Dec 29 (TRLPC) - Syndicated lending in Asia Pacific, excluding Japan, hit a five-year low of US$445.31bn in 2017 and was 4.81% lower than US$467.8bn in 2016 as mergers and acquisitions activity slowed and record G3 bond issuance in dollars, euros, and yen curbed loan volume.

companyNews reuters.com

RPT-Brexit spurs near doubling of UK domestic deal-making

LONDON, Dec 29 (Reuters) - Companies seeking to "bulk up" to offset the uncertainty caused by Britain's looming EU exit helped to spur a near doubling of domestic mergers and acquisition activity this year, according to Thomson Reuters data.

worldNews reuters.com

Taiwan president says island's defense budget to grow, given China pressures

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said on Friday China's military ambitions are becoming more apparent and that the island's defense budget would "grow steadily" each year.

companyNews reuters.com

Asia Pacific loans continue slide to five-year low

Hong Kong, Dec 29 (TRLPC) - Syndicated lending in Asia Pacific, excluding Japan, hit a five-year low of US$445.31bn in 2017 and was 4.81% lower than US$467.8bn in 2016 as mergers and acquisitions activity slowed and record G3 bond issuance in dollars, euros, and yen curbed loan volume.

cnn.com

The President has tweeted more than 2,300 times, leaping from controversy to achievement to grievance

Through a little less than a year in office, President Donald Trump has tweeted more than 2,300 times, using Twitter to attack political opponents, announce policy shifts, rant about the media, spread propaganda and, in frequent pitched outbursts, seek to undermine public confidence in the Russia investigation.

Politics and Government nytimes.com

Italy’s President Dissolves Parliament and Officially Opens Election Season

The elections will be the next test of an important European nation that hopes to ward off potential outside meddling, internet propaganda and populist forces.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates nytimes.com

Trump Says Russia Inquiry Makes U.S. ‘Look Very Bad’

The president said in an interview on Thursday that the special counsel will treat him fairly, contradicting a campaign by some Republicans to discredit the investigation.