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Health Workers Who Oppose Abortion Get New Protections

The Trump administration announced a new “conscience and religious freedom” office to protect health workers who oppose abortion, sex-changes and some contraception.


U.S. government to shield health workers under 'religious freedom'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government is seeking to further protect the "conscience and religious freedom" of health workers whose beliefs prevent them from carrying out abortions and other procedures, in an effort likely to please conservative Christian activists and other supporters of President Donald Trump.


HRW says Trump is 'disaster' for human rights, fuels authoritarians

PARIS (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's record on human rights in his first year in office has been a "disaster" and has encouraged oppression by authoritarian leaders from China to Russia, the head of Human Rights Watch said in an interview on Wednesday.

HHS is expected to unveil 'conscience protections' for health care workers

The Department of Health and Human Services is expected to announce a rule protecting health care workers who cite moral or religious reasons to not provide certain medical procedures, sources tell CNN.


Florida man gets prison for trading on tip about Gilead deal

Jan 17 (Reuters) - A Florida man was sentenced on Wednesday to one year in prison for engaging in insider trading based on a tip he received from an ex-Morgan Stanley broker about Gilead Sciences Inc's planned $11.2 billion purchase of Pharmasset Inc in 2011, prosecutors said.


Psychic paid $3.5 million for exorcisms gets prison for evading U.S. taxes

BOSTON (Reuters) - A self-proclaimed psychic was sentenced on Wednesday to 26 months in prison after admitting that she tried to avoid paying taxes on over $3.5 million that she received from an elderly Massachusetts woman seeking to cleanse herself of demons.

American businesses can't find workers

6-year-old dies after contact with bat

A 6-year-old Florida boy died after he came in contact with a bat and contracted the rabies virus.

Bicycles and Bicycling

After Cyclists Died, Safer Crosstown Bike Lanes Are Planned for Midtown Manhattan

New York City is moving to install protected crosstown bike lanes: one going east on 26th Street and one going west on 29th Street.


CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-Russia awarded rights to Stolichnaya vodka brand in Benelux

AMSTERDAM, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Russia's state-owned Sojuzplodoimport won a Dutch appeals court ruling on Tuesday giving it the rights to the Stolichnaya vodka brand in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg (Benelux) and stripping them from SPI Group's Spirits International.


Brazil commission to negotiate transfer of rights with Petrobras

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 17 (Reuters) - The Brazilian government on Wednesday created a commission to negotiate the terms of a so-called "transfer of rights" program with state-controlled oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras).


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



Arson attack rips through office of Russian human rights group

MOSCOW (Reuters) - One of Russia's biggest human rights groups said on Wednesday that one of its offices in southern Russia had been badly damaged in an overnight arson attack, an incident it said was part of a campaign to drive it from the region.


BRIEF-Cineworld ‍Fully Underwritten Rights Issue Raising Proceeds Of 1.7 Bln STG - bookrunner



Jo Jo White, Deadeye Shooter for Boston Celtics, Dies at 71

White played 10 seasons for the Celtics and helped lead the team to N.B.A. championships in 1974 and 1976.

YouTube assigning workers to review videos to avoid another Logan Paul-type disaster


Editorial: Donald Trump vs. Guantánamo’s Forever Prisoners

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


UPDATE 3-Hess cutting hundreds of workers as it battles activist investor

HOUSTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Hess Corp is cutting roughly 13 percent of its workforce and streamlining operations as it battles an activist hedge fund shareholder pushing for the U.S. oil and gas producer to post its first quarterly profit since 2014.

Krim, Mathilde

Mathilde Krim, Mobilizing Force in an AIDS Crusade, Dies at 91

Dr. Krim raised awareness of the scourge and money to fight it while lobbying governments and enlisting a broad spectrum of powerful allies.


Some 1,400 migrants rescued at sea, two bodies recovered: Italy coastguard

ROME (Reuters) - Some 1,400 migrants were plucked from overcrowded boats off the coast of Libya on Tuesday, Italy's coastguard said, and two bodies were recovered.


UPDATE 2-Hess cutting hundreds of workers as it battles activist investor

HOUSTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Hess Corp is cutting roughly 13 percent of its workforce and streamlining operations as it battles an activist hedge fund shareholder pushing for the U.S. oil and gas producer to post its first quarterly profit since 2014.


Hess to cut hundreds of workers as it battles activist investor-sources

HOUSTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - U.S. oil and gas producer Hess Corp is cutting hundreds of employees and streamlining operations as it battles an activist shareholder agitating for higher margins, according to two sources familiar with the matter.


Equities advance as Dow tops 26,000, dollar steadies

NEW YORK (Reuters) - World stock markets advanced on Tuesday, with investors on Wall Street pushing the Dow index past the 26,000 threshold, while the U.S. dollar strengthened after four days of declines.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Equities advance as Dow tops 26,000, dollar steadies

* ECB signals pull euro from 3-year high (Updates with U.S. market open, changes dateline; previous LONDON)


Russia readies supercomputer to improve World Cup weather forecasts

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is setting up a supercomputer meant to improve weather forecasts ahead of this year's soccer World Cup finals, the authorities said on Tuesday.

Husband of 'Real Housewives' star dies

Zarin was the husband of former cast member Jill Zarin. He died from cancer at 71.


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.


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.

Saudi Arabia

Riyadh Ritz, Converted to Posh Prison by Saudis, Is Reopening to Guests

The Ritz-Carlton website showed it was accepting reservations as of Feb. 14, starting at $650 a night.


Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan dies suddenly at 46

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Dolores O'Riordan, the lead singer of Irish rock group The Cranberries, died suddenly on Monday at the age of 46 during a recording trip to London, her publicist said. The cause of death was unclear.


Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan dies suddenly at 46

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Dolores O'Riordan, the lead singer of rock group The Cranberries, died suddenly on Monday at the age of 46 during a trip to London for a recording session, her publicist said.

Cranberries, The (Music Group)

Dolores O’Riordan, Lead Singer of the Cranberries, Dies

The singer was 46. There was no immediate information about the cause of death.

Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan dies at age 46

Dolores O'Riordan, the lead singer of the Irish band The Cranberries, died in London on Monday, according to a statement from her publicist.


Britain will pay Carillion's private sector workers for 48 hours -minister

LONDON, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Britain will pay Carillion workers on private sector contracts for 48 hours after the infrastructure firm's collapse but will not offer them the same protection as those in the public sector, the minister handling the liquidation said on Monday.


U.S. automakers bet on diesel trucks after VW scandal

DETROIT (Reuters) - U.S. automakers are unveiling new diesel pickup trucks even as diesel sales have fallen sharply since Volkswagen AG's 2015 diesel emissions scandal.


Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan dies suddenly at 46: RTE TV

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Dolores O'Riordan, the lead singer of rock group The Cranberries, has died suddenly in London at the age of 46, Irish state broadcaster RTE reported on Monday.


Bahrain court upholds jail sentence against rights activist Rajab

DUBAI (Reuters) - Bahrain's top court on Monday upheld a two-year prison sentence imposed last year by a lower tribunal on rights campaigner Nabeel Rajab over comments he was alleged to have made to journalists, a rights group said.

Woman dies after fire on Florida casino boat

A woman died and 15 people were injured when a fire broke out on a shuttle boat taking passengers to a casino boat near New Port Richey, Florida, north of Tampa.


Saudi hotel to reopen after being used as prison in corruption purge

RIYADH (Reuters) - The luxury Riyadh hotel used as a prison during Saudi Arabia's crackdown on corruption will reopen for business next month, according to a company employee and its website, suggesting authorities are close to settling the cases of many suspects.

Deaths (Obituaries)

Doug Harvey, Hall of Fame Umpire Whom Players Called God, Dies at 87

Harvey was considered firm and fair during a 31-season career spent entirely in the National League. He worked five World Series and six All-Star Games.


Nine bodies found in truck in Mexican state of Veracruz

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Nine dismembered bodies were found piled in a truck on Saturday night in the violent Mexican state of Veracruz, the governor said on Sunday, describing the crime as a clash of rival gangs.


Motor racing: Dan Gurney, all American racer, dies at 86

(Reuters) - American racer Dan Gurney, a Formula One and Le Mans 24 Hours winner in the 1960s who started a trend by spraying champagne on the victory podium, died in California on Sunday aged 86.

Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)

He Studied Accounting. Now He Hunts the Taliban.

Lt. William Conway, who leads a team that identifies Taliban and Islamic State threats in Afghanistan, is not your typical military intelligence analyst.

Deaths (Obituaries)

Keith Jackson, Voice of College Football, Dies at 89

Mr. Jackson was synonymous with Saturday college football for millions of fans through five decades.


Chinese salvagers recover two bodies from flaming Iranian tanker

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A Chinese salvage team recovered two bodies on Saturday from a stricken Iranian oil tanker, that was still blazing a week after it caught fire and was left adrift following a collision in the East China Sea, state news agency Xinhua reported.

Tunney, John V.

John V. Tunney, Boxer’s Son Who Lasted One Term in the Senate, Dies at 83

Mr. Tunney seemed to be a rising star in the Democratic Party until a Senate re-election loss sent him into early political exile because of turbulent times.

Prisons and Prisoners

Big City: Selling Prisoners Cheetos, Not Chomsky

The governor canceled a program that would have limited the books inmates could receive, but the larger problems with marketing to prisoners persist.

21-year-old dies from flu complications

Kyler Baughman, a seemingly fit 21-year-old, died after being diagnosed with the flu.


Opinion: To Make Prisons ‘Safer,’ Some Are Banning . . . Books

Denying people the right to read, especially books that reflect their own lives, has a sordid history.

Killen, Edgar Ray

Edgar Ray Killen, Convicted in ’64 Killings of Rights Workers, Dies at 92

Mr. Killen, who died in prison, drew a 60-year sentence in 2005 after evading conviction 41 years earlier in the murders of three civil rights campaigners.


BRIEF-Volkswagen, Consumer Class Confirm Agreement In Canada Involving 3.0L Diesel Vehicles


Klansman convicted in 'Mississippi Burning' case dies in prison

A Klansman found guilty for his role in the 1964 Freedom Summer killings of three civil rights workers has died in prison, according to the Mississippi Department of Corrections.


Edgar Ray Killen, convicted in 'Mississippi Burning' killings, dead at 92

(Reuters) - Edgar Ray Killen, the preacher and Ku Klux Klansman convicted and sent to prison more than 40 years after he plotted the 1964 slayings of three civil rights activists in the "Mississippi Burning" case, died on Thursday night at the age of 92, Mississippi correction officials said.


BRIEF-Golden Queen Announces Trading Date And Exercise Period Of Rights Offering



U.N. says suspected rights abuses after deadly gunfight 'troubling'

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The United Nations said on Thursday it was deeply concerned that Mexican security forces may have violated human rights in responding to a gun battle near the seaside resort of Acapulco in which 11 people were killed.

Kushner's effort to sway Trump on prison reform is smart

Conventional wisdom told us that we should have lost all hope for any federal criminal justice reform after President Donald Trump was elected. His law and order rhetoric as a candidate and his nomination, as President, of Jeff Sessions to be Attorney General were alarming.


Motorhead's 'Fast Eddie' Clarke dies at 67

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Guitarist Eddie Clarke, the last surviving member of British metal band Motorhead's line-up during its heyday, has died at the age of 67, the band's official Facebook page said on Thursday.


Facing U.S. extradition, bin Laden associate attacks French prison guards

PARIS (Reuters) - A German believed to have been an associate of Osama bin Laden and convicted for his part in an attack on a synagogue in Tunisia in 2002 attacked four prison guards on Thursday weeks before being eligible for extradition to the United States.

Why workers are saying 'I quit!'

Trump appointee may help McDonald's in a dispute with Fight for $15 workers

Sky-rise living: Palace or prison?

If you see a drawing of pre-Great Fire London, you see a jumbled low-rise city. An urban miasma of homes and inns punctured by an incredible amount of spires that point toward the sky.


Philippines exhumes bodies of two children in dengue vaccine probe

MANILA (Reuters) - A Philippine government agency on Thursday exhumed the bodies of two children whose parents suspect they died of dengue after receiving a new vaccine against the disease, although its maker said it was not known to have caused any deaths in the country.


Californian man dies hiking Australia's sweltering outback

SYDNEY (Reuters) - An American tourist has died in the Australian outback while hiking though sweltering conditions on the Larapinta Trail, renowned for its ancient Aboriginal sacred sites, police said on Thursday.


Alcoa Canada workers' union rejects contract offer

Jan 10 (Reuters) - Unionized workers at Alcoa Corp's aluminum smelter in Becancour, Quebec rejected the company's latest contract offer.


Ford sued by truck owners alleging diesel emissions cheating

(Reuters) - Ford Motor Co installed emissions-cheating software in its F-250 and F-350 Super Duty trucks to ensure they passed federal tests, according to a lawsuit by truck owners filed on Wednesday.


Bosch says takes diesel software manipulation allegations very seriously

FRANKFURT, Jan 10 (Reuters) - German auto supplier Robert Bosch on Wednesday said it took "very seriously" allegations of diesel software manipulation, responding to a lawsuit brought by U.S. law firm Hagens Berman.


Canada takes United States to WTO in complaint over trade remedies

GENEVA (Reuters) - Canada has launched a wide-ranging trade dispute against the United States, challenging Washington's use of anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties, Canada said in WTO filing dated Dec. 20 and published on Wednesday.

Animal rights versus big game conservation

Illegal Immigration

Archidona Journal: Short on Space for Migrants, Spain Sent Them to a Town’s New Prison

Their arrival has provoked mixed feelings in the town, with some protesting their treatment and some concerned about possible damaged to the prison before its opening.


German would-be coalition partners eye diesel engine refits - document

BERLIN, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Germany's would-be coalition partners said in a draft paper drawn up by a working group that Germany needed cleaner, more efficient combustion engines, including possible hardware modifications, to protect the climate and preserve clean air.


UPDATE 2-Russia awarded rights to Stolichnaya vodka brand in Benelux

AMSTERDAM, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Russia's state-owned Sojuzplodoimport won a Dutch appeals court ruling on Tuesday giving it the rights to the Stolichnaya vodka brand in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg (Benelux) and stripping them from SPI Group's Spirits International.


Human antibodies made in cows could be developed to treat MERS

LONDON (Reuters) - Human antibodies made in genetically engineered cows have proved safe in an early stage clinical trial, U.S. scientists said on Wednesday, and could be developed into a treatment for the fatal viral disease, MERS.


Survivors say about 50 migrants may have died off Libya

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Survivors from a boat that sank off Libya's coast on Tuesday said about 50 people who had embarked with them were missing and feared dead.


Coal mining executive blasts U.S. regulators for rejecting subsidies

WASHINGTON, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Robert Murray, the chief executive one of America's largest coal mining companies, criticized U.S. regulators on Tuesday for rejecting the Trump administration's proposed subsidies for aging coal and nuclear power plants - saying the decision could lead to higher electricity costs for consumers.


Rights group criticizes Thai PM's cardboard cutout gesture

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, known for his temperamental outbursts, has adopted a unique tactic to avoid tricky questions from reporters -- leave a cardboard cutout of himself for reporters to quiz.

Sagner, Alan

Alan Sagner, Who Revitalized the Port Authority, Dies at 97

A Democratic fund-raiser, he ran the New York-New Jersey agency from 1977 to 1985 and later headed the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Police Brutality, Misconduct and Shootings

Mourning Erica Garner: ‘When Her Father Died, an Activist Was Born’

Although the death of Ms. Garner, 27, was attributed to natural causes, some mourners said her heart had been beaten down by injustice.


Olympic steeplechase gold medalist Ashenfelter dies at 94

(Reuters) - American Horace Ashenfelter III, who stunned the world when he won the gold medal in the 3,000-metre steeplechase at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, died on Sunday in New Jersey at age 94, according to media reports.

Rollins, Tim

Tim Rollins Dies at 62; Turned Bronx Teenagers Into Art Stars

Mr. Rollins devoted almost all of his career to an unusual combination of art-making and teaching, and to the group known as Tim Rollins + K.O.S.


Four sentenced to prison, college fraternity banned for hazing death

STROUDSBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania court on Monday sentenced four members of a national college fraternity to a maximum of two years in prison and banned the group from operating in the state for 10 years because of the 2013 death of a student during hazing incident.

Cliven Bundy released from prison

Rancher Cliven Bundy, was released from custody Monday, according to his attorney, Bret Whipple.


Four face prison time in fraternity hazing death in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pa (Reuters) - Four former members of a New York college fraternity chapter face prison time when they are sentenced on Monday after pleading guilty to the most serious charges in a freshman's 2013 hazing death in Pennsylvania.


UPDATE 2-German industrial workers strike as union steps up pay campaign

* German economy buoyant, record numbers in work (Adds employers' association head, more strike participants)


CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-German industrial workers stage strikes in pay dispute

DUESSELDORF, Germany, Jan 8 (Reuters) - German industrial workers staged strikes at metals and engineering firms on Monday in support of wage claims by union IG Metall, which announced a further wave of walkouts for Tuesday.

Iranian protester dies in police custody

A 22-year-old man who was arrested during the recent anti-government protests in Iran has died in police custody, according to a report on state-run media on Monday.


UPDATE 1-German industrial workers stage strikes in pay dispute

* German economy buoyant, record numbers in work (Adds plans for further strikes on Tuesday, employers' comment)


EMERGING MARKETS-Emerging stocks grind higher, FX suffer as dollar steadies

LONDON, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Emerging stocks extended their power-run on Monday for a fifth straight session, flirting with near-decade peaks, though currencies took a step back following a stellar start to the week as the dollar regained its footing.


German industrial workers stage strikes in pay dispute

DUESSELDORF, Jan 8 (Reuters) - German industrial workers staged strikes at companies across the metals and engineering sectors on Monday as part of a campaign by union IG Metall for higher pay.


Ford to launch diesel truck to grab fuel economy edge

DETROIT (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co plans this spring to offer a diesel engine version of its best-selling F-150 pickup truck, looking to gain a marketing edge as its main rivals ramp up more efficient pickups of their own.


Tatsuro Toyoda, Who Led Toyota’s Global Expansion, Dies at 88

Mr. Toyoda led Toyota’s first factory in North America, bringing with him a Japanese approach to manufacturing and labor relations.


Libyan coastguard recovers bodies of two migrants, others missing

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya's coastguard on Sunday recovered the bodies of two female migrants who perished trying to cross the Mediterranean and picked up at least 250 survivors from two boats east of Tripoli, officials said.


Celgene readies deal to buy Impact Biomedicines for as much as $7 bln -WSJ

NEW YORK, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Celgene Corp is expected to announce Monday that it is acquiring Impact Biomedicines for as much as $7 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.

Prisons and Prisoners

Outside Iran’s Most Notorious Prison, Calls for Loved Ones to Be Freed

More than 500 people have been arrested in Tehran during the recent protests, and the families and friends of prisoners have gathered outside Evin Prison to call for their release.


UPDATE 2-Former WTO, Goldman and BP chief Peter Sutherland dies at 71

* Former EU Commissioner had been ill for some time -family (Adds tribute from WTO spokesman)


Former WTO, Goldman and BP chief Peter Sutherland dies at 71

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Former World Trade Organization director general Peter Sutherland, who was also a long-serving chairman of oil giant BP and the overseas arm of Goldman Sachs , died on Sunday aged 71.


UPDATE 1-Former WTO, Goldman and BP chief Peter Sutherland dies at 71

* Former EU Commissioner had been ill for some time -family (Adds detail, quotes from Irish PM, President and EU chief)


Former WTO, Goldman chief Peter Sutherland dies at 71

DUBLIN, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Former World Trade Organisation director general and Goldman Sachs international chairman Peter Sutherland died on Sunday at the age of 71, Ireland’s foreign minister said.


Man dies in Stockholm blast; police see no terrorism link

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - One man died after an explosion outside an underground station in Stockholm on Sunday, police said, adding they did not believe the incident was terrorism-related.


French pop star France Gall dies at 70

PARIS (Reuters) - Singer France Gall, whose hits -- including a Eurovision triumph with Serge Gainsbourg -- made her an icon of French pop music, has died aged 70.


Foxconn worker in China dies after jumping from window - China Labour Watch

BEIJING, Jan 7 (Reuters) - A worker at a factory in China operated by iPhone maker Foxconn died on Saturday after jumping from a window, according to a statement from China Labour Watch, a U.S.-based activist organisation, which cited information from employees.

Track and Field

Horace Ashenfelter, Olympic Victor of a Cold War Showdown, Dies at 94

Ashenfelter, an F.B.I. agent, won gold at the 1952 Games by passing a favored Soviet runner on the final water obstacle of the 3,000-meter steeplechase.


New Zealand's former deputy PM Jim Anderton dies, aged 79

SYDNEY (Reuters) - One of New Zealand's senior political figures, former deputy prime minister James Patrick Anderton, has died in a Christchurch hospital, aged 79.

'Coach' actor Jerry Van Dyke dies

Jerry Van Dyke, the younger brother of fellow comedian and actor Dick Van Dyke, died Friday at his Arkansas ranch, his wife Shirley Ann Jones told CNN. He was 86.

van Dyke, Jerry

Jerry Van Dyke, ‘Coach’ Actor and Foil for His Brother, Dick, Dies at 86

After decades in show business, Mr. Van Dyke emerged from his older brother’s shadow with an Emmy-nominated role in the long-running ABC sitcom “Coach.”


John Young, 'most experienced' U.S. astronaut, dies at 87

(Reuters) - U.S. astronaut John Young, who walked on the moon in 1972 and even smuggled a corned beef sandwich into orbit during a career that made him the only person to fly with three NASA space programs, has died at age 87, officials said on Saturday.

Space and Astronomy

John Young, Who Led First Space Shuttle Mission, Dies at 87

Mr. Young also walked on the moon and was the only astronaut to fly in the Gemini, Apollo and shuttle programs.

Space shuttle's first commander dies

Former astronaut John Young, a NASA trailblazer whose six journeys into space included a walk on the moon and commanding the first space shuttle flight, died Friday after complications from pneumonia, NASA said Saturday.


U.S. astronaut John Young dies at age 87: NASA

(Reuters) - Veteran U.S. astronaut John Young, who walked on the moon and even smuggled a corned beef sandwich into orbit during one of his six missions in space, has died at age 87, NASA said on Saturday.


Former Toyota chief Tatsuro Toyoda dies at 88

Jan 6 (Reuters) - Former Toyota Motor Corp President Tatsuro Toyoda, who helped the Japanese automaker become a global industrial power in the early 1990s, has died at the age of 88, the company said on Saturday.


Italy's coast guard says eight migrants died at sea

MILAN (Reuters) - The Italian coast guard recovered the bodies of eight people as it rescued a further 84 from dinghy that ran into trouble off Libya's coast, it said on Saturday.


Illegal immigrant acquitted in California death gets prison on gun charge

(Reuters) - An illegal immigrant acquitted in a fatal San Francisco shooting, in a verdict condemned by President Donald Trump, was sentenced to three years in prison on a lesser gun charge on Friday.

Ex-lawmaker runs for seat after prison

Former congressman Michael Grimm talks to CNN's Jake Tapper about his felony conviction and decision to get back into politics after serving time in prison.

Corruption (Institutional)

Georgian Court Sentences Mikheil Saakashvili in Absentia to 3 Years in Prison

A Georgian court sentenced in absentia the former president to three years in prison for abusing his pardon powers while serving as president.


REFILE-Kala Pharma posts mixed results from dry eye disease drug studies

Jan 5 (Reuters) - Kala Pharmaceuticals Inc on Friday reported mixed results from two late-stage trials testing its drug to provide temporary relief from the signs and symptoms of dry eye disease.


Kala Pharma posts mixed results from dry eye disease drug studies

Dec 28 (Reuters) - Kala Pharmaceuticals Inc on Friday reported mixed results from two late-stage trials testing its drug to provide temporary relief from the signs and symptoms of dry eye disease.


Review: In ‘The Chi,’ a Young Man Dies, and the Ripples Spread

The new Showtime drama from Lena Waithe is not so much a crime story as a story about what happens after a crime.

Writing and Writers

Aharon Appelfeld, Israeli Novelist and Holocaust Survivor, Dies at 85

Mr. Appelfeld made the plight of Jews during World War II his great subject, yet he told his stories obliquely, from a seemingly naïve viewpoint.


Shaw Communications former CEO Jim Shaw dies

Jan 4 (Reuters) - Shaw Communications Inc's former chief executive, Jim Shaw, died on Wednesday at the age of 60, the Canadian telecom company said in a statement.

Bass, Fred

Fred Bass, Who Made Strand Bookstore a Mecca, Dies at 89

Building on what his father began, Mr. Bass ultimately oversaw a bustling emporium housing “18 miles of books” in Lower Manhattan, with outposts here and there.


U.N. human rights officials urge Iran to spare life of juvenile murderer

GENEVA (Reuters) - United Nations human rights experts called on Iran to spare the life of a man, due to be executed on Thursday, who was convicted of raping and killing a child when he was a juvenile.


UPDATE 1-German 2017 car sales up 2.7 pct, diesels plunge

* German 2017 diesel-car sales down 13 pct to 1.34 mln -source

New York Times Neediest Cases Fund

The Neediest Cases Fund: Breaking the Hold of Drugs to Earn the Embrace of Her Children

Cassandra Darlington hit rock bottom when her five children were placed in foster care. Sixteen years into sobriety, she is awed by their capacity to forgive.


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.

Mormons (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints)

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.


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.


UPDATE 1-Refresco to offer remedies to UK watchdog concerns over bottling deal

LONDON, Jan 3 (Reuters) - Drinks bottler Refresco is willing to offer remedies to concerns voiced by Britain's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) over the Dutch company's $1.25 billion acquisition of Cott Corp's bottling activities.

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.


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.


BRIEF-Aslan Pharmaceuticals buys full global commercial rights for Varlitinib



Rick Hall, Music Producer Known for Muscle Shoals Sound, Dies at 85

Mr. Hall turned small-town Alabama into a crucible of music, recording the likes of Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Etta James, the Osmonds and Mac Davis.

New York Times Neediest Cases Fund

The Neediest Cases Fund: Seeing an Opening to Leave Her Husband, She Took It and Didn’t Look Back

After seeking help at a domestic violence shelter in 2012, Katherine Rivera says she has pushed forward “because my kids haven’t seen happiness yet.”

Mann, Robert

Robert Mann, a Founder of the Juilliard Quartet, Dies at 97

With their prodigious technique, vast musicality and muscular playing, Mr. Mann and his colleagues helped renew America’s passion for chamber music.

Only a small slice of corporate America has shared tax savings with workers so far


Passenger rights group takes legal action that could block Niki sale to IAG

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A group representing airline passengers has taken legal action to shift insolvency proceedings for budget airline Niki to Austria from Germany, in a move that could endanger the sale of the Air Berlin unit to Britain's IAG .

Civil rights resolutions for a better America in 2018

Will 2018 be the year when racism ends and America truly has liberty and justice for all?


U.N. rights experts decry repression of activists in Saudi Arabia

GENEVA (Reuters) - United Nations human rights experts called on Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to end "repression" of rights activists and release dozens detained since September for peacefully exercising their civil and political rights.


BRIEF-Nuvo Pharmaceuticals Acquires Global Ex-U.S. Product Rights, Existing Royalty Streams To Resultz From Piedmont Pharmaceuticals



Miner Golden Star says two died in Ghana gold mine

Jan 2 (Reuters) - Canadian gold miner Golden Star Resources said on Tuesday two employees died on Dec. 29 after inhaling poisonous gasses at the company's Prestea underground gold mine in Ghana.


A Cuban Island That Has Played Both Paradise and Prison

The Isle of Youth — which has been both a Communist Utopian getaway and home to a brutal prison that housed Castro for a time — is a world apart, even by Cuban standards.


Nine dead in latest outbreak of Brazilian prison violence

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Nine inmates were killed, 14 were injured, and dozens escaped in a prison riot on Monday, national news media reported, in the latest example of Brazil's continuing difficulties maintaining control over its notoriously violent penal system.

Deaths (Obituaries)

Maura Jacobson, Creator of Witty Crosswords, Dies at 91

A superstar to crossword fans, Ms. Jacobson made more than 1,400 puzzles for New York magazine, filling them with puns and sparkling thematic clues.

Girl wanders in snow after mom dies

A 4-year-old girl was found alone in a playground after her mother died at home nearly a day earlier.


French 2017 car registrations up, diesel share below 50 pct

PARIS, Jan 1 (Reuters) - New passenger car registrations in France rose 4.74 percent to more than two million vehicles in 2017 but the share of new diesel cars fell below 50 percent for the first time since 2000, industry data showed on Monday.

Labor and Jobs

Tax Law Offers a Carrot to Gig Workers. But It May Have Costs.

A 20 percent tax deduction for setting oneself up as a business could reward severing formal employment relationships but erode benefits and security.

Workplace Hazards and Violations

Even in Poland, Workers’ Wages Flow to North Korea

Defying Washington, a NATO ally hosts North Korean laborers, showing how difficult it is to sever the nuclear pariah state from the global economy.

Soldier home for the holidays died rescuing neighbors from NYC fire

Private Emmanuel Mensah joined the Army National Guard one year ago so he could help others, according to his father.

Soldier died rescuing others from fire

Soldier Emmanuel Mensah, 28, was home for Christmas when he was killed in a fire in the Bronx, New York, his father Kwabena Mensah told CNN. CNN's Ana Cabrera reports.

John Portman

John Portman, Architect Who Made Skylines Soar, Dies at 93

Mr. Portman, who was also a developer, built futuristic office complexes and hotels with towering atriums, transforming cityscapes across the world.


Erica Garner, activist daughter of New York chokehold victim, dies at 27

(Reuters) - Erica Garner, the daughter of a New York man whose death during an attempted arrest helped spark the “Black Lives Matter” movement against police brutality, died on Saturday, a posting on her official Twitter account showed.

Garner, Eric

Erica Garner, Activist and Daughter of Eric Garner, Dies at 27

Ms. Garner, whose father died in 2014 after being put in a police chokehold, was a prominent critic of policing tactics.

New York Times Neediest Cases Fund

The Neediest Cases Fund: ‘It Was His Life or Mine’: A Drastic Plan Altered Her Course

Feeling terrified and tormented, Jacqueline Torres bought a gun. Two decades later, she is still rebuilding her life after serving time for attempted murder.

Prison Escapes

Why an Upstate Prisoner With a History of Escape Foiled His Latest

He cooked up an ingenious scheme to break out of prison. So he tried to make a deal. But it wasn’t just any plan. And he wasn’t just any inmate.


Ten prisoners in eastern Turkey on hunger strike, health worsening: lawyers

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The health of 10 women prisoners in Turkey has deteriorated since they went on hunger strike to protest against a new security measure, a lawyers' association in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir said on Saturday.

Activist Erica Garner dies after heart attack

Erica Garner -- an activist for social justice and the eldest daughter of the man who died from a police choke hold in New York in 2014 -- died on Saturday days after suffering a heart attack, according to her official Twitter account.

Best-selling mystery writer dies of cancer

Sue Grafton, the best-selling mystery writer who penned 25 novels with alphabet-based titles, starting with "A Is for Alibi" and ending with "Y Is for Yesterday," has died after a bout with cancer, her daughter, Jamie Clark, said Friday in a social media post.


U.S. crime novelist Sue Grafton dies of cancer

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Crime novelist Sue Grafton, whose Kinsey Millhone Alphabet series became world-wide best sellers, has died after a two-year battle with cancer, her daughter said on Friday.

Grafton, Sue

Sue Grafton, Best-Selling Mystery Author, Dies at 77

Ms. Grafton was best known for her so-called alphabet novels, featuring the detective Kinsey Millhone, which began with “A Is for Alibi” in 1982.

A law banning Mexican-American studies in Arizona public schools is dead

An Arizona law banning Mexican-American studies from schools has been quashed.


Recy Taylor, Who Fought for Justice After a 1944 Rape, Dies at 97

The crime was never prosecuted because two all-white grand juries refused to indict her attackers. Alabama lawmakers apologized in 2011.


Russia sentences fund head Browder to prison in absentia

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian court on Friday sentenced British investment fund head William Browder to nine years in prison in absentia after finding him guilty of deliberate bankruptcy and tax evasion, the country's general prosecutor said.


BRIEF-Atara Biotherapeutics Gets FDA Clearance To Initiate Two Phase 3 Clinical Studies To Evaluate Tabelecleucel


Women's Rights

Iran and Saudis’ Latest Power Struggle: Expanding Rights for Women

The archrivals of the Middle East appear to be vying over who can be quicker to overhaul their repressive rules for women.

Showbiz legend Rose Marie dies at 94

Broadway and television actress Rose Marie, best known for her role as Sally Rogers on "The Dick Van Dyke Show," died Thursday, her publicist said, citing her family. She was 94.

New York Times Neediest Cases Fund

The Neediest Cases Fund: Staring Down Addiction and Fending Off Harmful Voices

After conquering a lifetime of drug addiction, Allan Wilson now fights major depression while working to found a nonprofit to reduce recidivism.

Workplace Hazards and Violations

Op-Ed Contributors: American Workers Need Better Job Protections

You should not be fired for taking a sick day to care for your child. A “just cause” law would protect you.

Police: Parents locked daughter in room for 15 years until she died

A couple in Japan have been arrested after their emaciated adult daughter was found dead in a windowless room where she had apparently been locked for at least 15 years.


CANADA STOCKS-TSX steadies below record high; energy shares rise

TORONTO, Dec 28 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index was little changed on Thursday, hovering near a record high, as energy and marijuana company shares added to Wednesday's gains, offsetting losses for the industrial group.


U.N. human rights experts appalled by pardon of Peru's Fujimori

GENEVA (Reuters) - Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski's pardon of his predecessor Alberto Fujimori is an appalling "slap in the face" for victims of human rights abuses and a major setback for the rule of law, a group of U.N. human rights experts said on Thursday.

Journalist dies after stroke at airport

Veteran journalist Amanda Davis has died after suffering a stroke. She was 62.


U.N. says 'massive' rights abuses in southern Philippines could intensify under martial law

GENEVA (Reuters) - A Muslim indigenous community in the southern Philippines has suffered widespread human right abuses that could intensify with President Rodrigo Duterte's extension of martial law there, U.N.-appointed experts said.


U.N. rights investigator calls for pressure on China, Russia over Myanmar abuses

SEOUL (Reuters) - The United Nations' independent investigator into human rights in Myanmar has called for international pressure on China and Russia to try to get them to oppose human rights abuses in Myanmar.


Media Markt founder and Ceconomy shareholder Kellerhals dies

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German billionaire Erich Kellerhals, co-founder of electronics retail giant Media Markt, has died at the age of 78, a spokesman for his holding company Convergenta confirmed on Thursday.


Golf: Japan ladies' tour thrives with healthy sponsorship, full schedule

(Reuters) - The Japanese LPGA Tour quietly celebrated its 50th season this year with a full schedule and legitimate claims to being more popular than the country's stagnant men's circuit.


Kentucky state workers sue investment firms over pension shortfall

Dec 27 (Reuters) - A group of Kentucky state workers filed a lawsuit against state retirement system officials and three asset management firms on Wednesday, saying they breached fiduciary duties by embracing high-risk, high-fee investments that yielded lackluster returns.

Carney, Ralph (1956-2017)

Ralph Carney, Saxophonist for Tom Waits and Many Others, Dies at 61

Mr. Carney, who also played dozens of other instruments, was a versatile musician with a distinct sensibility who recorded widely, and wildly.

Prisons and Prisoners

Ukraine Fighting Pauses, Briefly, for Big Prisoner Exchange

The Ukrainian military and Russian-backed separatists swapped captives from a conflict in eastern Ukraine that has been going on since 2014.


Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels swap prisoners before New Year

HORLIVKA, Ukraine (Reuters) - Ukraine and pro-Russian separatist rebels conducted the largest exchange of prisoners since conflict broke out in 2014, sending hundreds of captives home to their families on Wednesday ahead of New Year and Orthodox Christmas.

Tax cuts might create jobs. But where are the workers?


Canadian regulators ask CanniMed to abandon rights plan against Aurora bid

Dec 27 (Reuters) - Medical marijuana maker CanniMed Therapeutics Inc should withdraw a shareholder rights plan adopted to fend off a hostile bid from larger rival Aurora Cannibis Inc, two Canadian regulators have ruled.


Special Report: A business where human bodies were butchered, packaged and sold

PHOENIX (Reuters) - Sam Kazemi stood over the old man’s corpse. Nearby lay pliers, a scalpel and a motorized saw designed to cut drywall and pipe.


No Trump windfall for private prisons yet, but some bet on gains

(Reuters) - Investors who bet on private prison operators as big winners from Donald Trump's tough line on crime and illegal immigration are looking back at a bruising year of high hopes and disappointment. Some, however, say the stocks still offer good value even though an anticipated windfall under the Trump administration so far has failed to materialize.

Deaths (Obituaries)

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

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


NHL: Maple Leafs' goaltending great Bower dies at 93

(Reuters) - Hall of Fame ice hockey goaltender Johnny Bower died of pneumonia on Tuesday at the age of 93, his family have said.

Tourist carrying husband's painkillers sentenced to 3 years in Egyptian prison

A British woman who says she was carrying painkillers for her ailing partner was sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison and fined the equivalent of $5,611 by an Egyptian court.


India angered by Pakistan's treatment of death row prisoner's wife, mother

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India denounced Pakistan on Tuesday for its handling of the visit of the wife and mother of an Indian man on death row, saying they were harassed and prevented from talking to the prisoner freely.


India angered by Pakistan's treatment of death row prisoner's wife and mother

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India denounced Pakistan on Tuesday for its handling of the visit of the wife and mother of an Indian man on death row, saying they were harassed and prevented from talking to the prisoner freely.


Hyundai Heavy Industries Group to list Oilbank, issue $1.2 billion rights shares

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries Group plans to list its refining arm Hyundai Oilbank in an IPO in 2018 and raise about $1.2 billion via a share issue by shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries , in a move to bolster its finances.

Human Rights and Human Rights Violations

Peru in Uproar After Fujimori, a Rights Violator, Gets Medical Pardon

Former President Alberto Fujimori was not eligible for such treatment because of the nature of his crimes, legal experts in Peru said.


China hands down harshest sentence in multi-year rights crackdown

BEIJING (Reuters) - China sentenced a prominent rights activist to eight years in jail for subversion on Tuesday, his lawyer said, the harshest sentence passed in a government crackdown on activism that began more than two years ago.

Wu Gan (Activist)

Chinese Activist Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison for Shaming Officials

Under President Xi Jinping, determined activists like Wu Gan, who once survived at the edges of official tolerance, have come under concerted attack.

'Sound of Music' actress dies

"The Sound of Music" actress Heather Menzies Urich has died of brain cancer, her son told CNN. She was 68 years old.


China hands down harshest sentence yet in multi-year rights crackdown

BEIJING (Reuters) - China sentenced a prominent rights activist to eight years in jail for subversion on Tuesday, his lawyer said, the harshest sentence to be passed so far in a government crackdown on activism that began more than two years ago.

Deaths (Obituaries)

Don Hogan Charles, Lauded Photographer of Civil Rights Era, Dies at 79

Mr. Charles, the first black photographer to be hired by The New York Times, took pictures of Malcolm X, Coretta Scott King and Muhammad Ali.

Agee, William

William Agee, ’70s C.E.O. Whose Star Was Dimmed, Dies at 79

Mr. Agee’s relationship with a female subordinate, Mary Cunningham, raised issues of gender and behavior in the workplace that resonate today.

'Sound of Music' star Heather Menzies Urich dies

More than 50 years after her star turn in "The Sound of Music," actress Heather Menzies Urich has died of brain cancer, her son told CNN. She was 68 years old.


'Sound of Music' actress Heather Menzies-Urich dies at 68

LOS ANGELES ( - Actress Heather Menzies-Urich, best known for portraying Louisa von Trapp in the 1965 film "The Sound of Music," died Sunday night. She was 68.


Red Cross rebukes Israel after lawmaker confronts prisoners' families on bus

GAZA (Reuters) - The Red Cross said on Monday Israel has a duty to guarantee the safety and dignity of Palestinian families visiting prisoners, after a right-wing lawmaker was filmed shouting abuse aboard a bus taking relatives to a family visit in an Israeli jail.


Three workers die in gas accident at Libyan oilfield: source

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Three workers, two of them Sudanese, died in an accident at Libya's Zelten oil and gas field on Saturday, an oil source said.


Peru's Fujimori taken to hospital from prison, life at risk: doctor

LIMA (Reuters) - Peru's former President Alberto Fujimori was rushed from prison to a local hospital by ambulance late on Saturday after suffering a severe drop in blood pressure and abnormal heart rhythm that put him at risk of dying, Fujimori's doctor said.


Peru's Fujimori taken to hospital from prison in ambulance: local TV

LIMA (Reuters) - Peru's former President Alberto Fujimori has been taken from prison to a local hospital by ambulance to undergo treatment for abnormally low blood pressure, Fujimori's doctor Alejandro Aguinaga told local broadcaster RPP on Saturday.