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Kvitova beats Muguruza in Qatar final to get back into top 10

(Reuters) - Twice Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova stormed back into the world's top 10 for the first time since being stabbed just over two years ago when she beat Spain's Garbine Muguruza in the Qatar Open final on Sunday for her second title of the season.


Leading SPD mayors back coalition with Merkel, poll shows

BERLIN (Reuters) - Leading Social Democrat (SPD) mayors favor joining a coalition government with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, a poll showed on Sunday, boosting the prospects of the center-left party backing the alliance in a ballot starting this week.


Netanyahu says Israel could act against Iran's 'empire'

MUNICH (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israel would act against Iran, not just its allies in the Middle East, if needed, reiterating his country's position that Tehran was the world's greatest threat.


Saudi Arabia welcomes push for U.N. action against Iran on missiles

MUNICH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia on Sunday welcomed a draft United Nations resolution offered by Britain, the United States and France that would condemn Iran for failing to stop its ballistic missiles from falling into the hands of Yemen’s Houthi group.


Golf: Bubba back in business with one-shot lead in Los Angeles

(Reuters) - Bubba Watson, back in business with a new ball on a course where he has won twice before, took the third-round lead at the Genesis Open on Saturday as a large pack queued up close behind.


4 Israelis Hurt by Bomb Set in Flag at Gaza Fence, Igniting Night of Fighting

Israel responded with airstrikes on an attack tunnel and five other targets across Gaza. A rocket fired at Israel struck the roof of a home but did not explode.

Trump, Donald J

News Analysis: Trump’s Conspicuous Silence Leaves a Struggle Against Russia Without a Leader

President Trump depicted indictments charging Russians with interfering in America’s politics as a vindication for himself rather than a threat to the United States.


Britain's May wins backing for EU security pact, timing unclear

MUNICH (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May made her case on Saturday for a new security treaty with the EU from next year, winning support from EU and U.S. officials who agreed the issue was too important to risk getting subsumed in broader Brexit negotiations.

Shears, Jake

Jake Shears, of Scissor Sisters, Stages His Own Comeback

After years of self-imposed exile, the glam rocker returns to the limelight on Broadway, and with a new memoir chronicling a saucy slice of Downtown New York.


Nishikori reaches New York semi-finals with comeback win

(Reuters) - Japan's Kei Nishikori survived his toughest test since his return to the ATP Tour, having to come back from behind to beat Radu Albot 4-6 6-3 6-1 on Friday to reach the semi-final of the New York Open.


Op-Ed Columnist: Awaken, Poland, Before It’s Too Late

The Polish lurch into illiberalism and rewritten history is an immediate danger to the European idea.

Alpine Skiing

Lindsey Vonn Super-G Live Results: Back at the Olympics

Lindsey Vonn begins her 2018 Olympics in the super-G, an event she has a strong chance to medal in. Stay here for live updates and analysis.

New bank fraud allegations against Manafort revealed

Special counsel Robert Mueller's office dropped more potentially damning details -- from an allegation of "additional criminal conduct" to personal financial troubles -- in a response to Paul Manafort's request to change his bail proposal on Friday.

Big business tells Trump that tariffs could backfire


Stock volatility: back with a bang and here to stay

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stock markets are unlikely to return to the unusually calm conditions seen last year, even though equities have already recovered more than half the ground lost in the recent selloff and traders have rapidly dialed down fear.


Ageless Federer rides his time machine back to the top

LONDON (Reuters) - They know a thing or two about time in Switzerland -- their cuckoo clocks, expensive wristwatches and unerring railway timetables are proof of that.

United States Politics and Government

Special Counsel Issues Indictment Against 13 Russian Nationals Over 2016 Election

The special counsel charged 13 foreigners associated with Russia and three Russian organizations with illegally using social media platforms to sow political discord.


Back on top, Federer becomes oldest ATP world number one

(Reuters) - Roger Federer added yet another record to his vast collection when he guaranteed becoming the oldest ATP world number one by beating Dutchman Robin Haase 4-6 6-1 6-1 to reach the semi-finals in Rotterdam on Friday.


Uber introduces new safety features as it fights to retain London license

LONDON (Reuters) - Taxi service Uber [UBER.L], battling to retain its license to operate in the British capital, said on Friday it would introduce new safety features, including 24-hour telephone support for riders and drivers.


Backstory: Warren Buffett's Valentine's Day surprise for investors

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Warren Buffett had a Valentine’s Day surprise for investors in Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd .   

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Op-Ed Contributor: Saving Winter Is More Than About Snow. It’s About Jobs.

Aggressive action on the climate is essential to save the sports celebrated at the Winter Games and the businesses that depend on them.

Martins, Peter

Abuse Accusations Against Peter Martins Are Not Corroborated, Inquiry Says

Former New York City Ballet dancers accused Mr. Martins of verbal and physical abuse, and an anonymous letter contained sexual harassment allegations against him.

Analysis: If you blinked, you missed the immigration fight

Remember that big, amendment-laden debate the Senate was preparing for as the world's greatest deliberative body began to grapple with what to do about the nation's broken immigration system?


Two-thirds of SPD supporters back German grand coalition: poll

BERLIN (Reuters) - Two thirds of supporters of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) back forming a coalition government with Angela Merkel's conservatives, an opinion poll showed on Friday.

United States Politics and Government

On Washington: No Room for Debate: Senate Floor Fight Over Immigration Is a Bust

After raising expectations of an old-school fight, the Senate ended up gridlocked as usual, as leaders shied away from politically charged votes.

Anguish: Mom pleads with Trump: Do something!

"President Trump, please do something! Do something. Action! We need it now! These kids need safety now!"


Golf: Inconsistent Woods five back of clubhouse lead at Riviera

(Reuters) - Tiger Woods finished five shots back of clubhouse leader Tom Hoge after mostly struggling off the tee in the first round of the Genesis Open in Pacific Palisades, California on Thursday.

American being held as ISIS fighter sought media access

An American citizen being held by the United States in Iraq for allegedly fighting for ISIS said he traveled to Syria to work as a journalist and chronicle what life was like under the terror group, according to newly released court documents.


Boeing stays in race to supply Canada with fighter jets: sources

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Boeing Co , locked in a trade dispute with the Canadian government, has applied to stay in the race to supply Canada with 88 new fighter jets, three well-placed sources said on Thursday.


Peru LNG transport gradually coming back after pipeline rupture

LIMA, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Liquefied natural gas (LNG) transportation in Peru is being gradually restored after a pipeline rupture this month choked off exports, its operator Transportadora de Gas del Peru (TGP) said on Thursday.


U.S. court says Trump travel ban unlawfully discriminates against Muslims

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's travel ban targeting people from six Muslim-majority countries violates the U.S. Constitution by discriminating on the basis of religion, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday in another legal setback for the policy.


Ramaphosa elected president of South Africa, vows anti-corruption fight

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Cyril Ramaphosa was elected as South Africa's president in a parliamentary vote on Thursday and pledged to tackle endemic corruption after scandal-ridden Jacob Zuma resigned on orders from the ruling African National Congress.


BBVA-backed U.S. digital banking startup Azlo readies for launch

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Azlo, a U.S. digital banking startup that is majority-owned by Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria S.A., will open for business this week, marking the latest effort by the Spanish lender to attract a new generation of digital-savvy customers.


Hedge fund Bridgewater makes $22 billion bet against European firms

LONDON/FRANKFURT/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bridgewater has shown its hand in Europe with a $22 billion bet against some of the continent's biggest companies, filings reviewed by Reuters show, part of a bigger shift by the world's largest hedge fund manager.

Ramaphosa, Cyril

An Elite South African Who Vows to Fight for the Ordinary Citizen

Cyril Ramaphosa was a protégé of Nelson Mandela before becoming one of South Africa’s richest men. As president, he vows to address gaping inequality.


Figure skating: After poor team skate, Chen headed straight back to practice

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - After falling in a trademark jump on Olympic ice and making several other mistakes in competition, some skaters might call it a day. But not Nathan Chen.


South Africa starts walk back to post-Zuma rehabilitation

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africans awoke to a nation without Jacob Zuma as president for the first time in nine years on Thursday, after the scandal-plagued head of state reluctantly resigned on orders from the ruling African National Congress (ANC).


Austrian defence minister says will re-assess decision on Eurofighter programme

VIENNA, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Austria's new government will re-assess the previous administration's decision to end the country's Eurofighter jet programme early, Defence Minister Mario Kunasek said on Thursday.


Pentagon chief urges Turkey to stay focused on fighting Islamic State

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis urged Turkey to remain focused on fighting Islamic State militants in Syria, a Pentagon statement on Thursday said.


Trump backs 25-cent-a-gallon gasoline tax hike: senator

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump endorsed hiking the federal gasoline tax by 25 cents a gallon in a meeting with lawmakers on Wednesday about funding his infrastructure spending proposal, a Democratic lawmaker said.


Cisco beats estimates, boosts buyback program by $25 billion

(Reuters) - Cisco Systems Inc reported its first rise in quarterly revenue in more than two years, which also topped analysts' estimates, as the network gear maker's years-long efforts to transition to a software-focused company begins to take hold.

Snapchat is fighting Instagram for celebrities


Treasury's Mnuchin says sanctions against Russians 'in the near future'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told lawmakers on Wednesday that sanctions against wealthy Russians in retaliation for Moscow's meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election would be released shortly.


SpaceX gets U.S. regulator to back satellite internet plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Elon Musk's SpaceX, fresh off the successful launch this month of the world's most powerful rocket, won an endorsement on Wednesday from the top U.S. communications regulator to build a broadband network using satellites.

Great Britain Withdrawal from EU (Brexit)

Boris Johnson Warns Against a Brexit Do-Over

The foreign secretary, often mentioned as potential prime minister, offered Brexit opponents some reassuring words, but no real concessions.

It's outrageous that women have to fight for this

Women pressuring T.J. Shope, a Republican Arizona state representative, to push forward a bill that would provide free and unlimited feminine hygiene products to female inmates in Arizona's state prison are sending him -- what else? -- tampons and pads.

Olympic Games (2018)

Shaun White’s Bumpy Ride Back to the Top

After a disappointing fourth place in the halfpipe at the 2014 Games, the world’s best snowboarder had to “put it down” for another Olympic gold medal.


Skeleton: American Daly back to banish Sochi angst

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - It took only seconds for John Daly's dream of an Olympic medal to be crushed at the Sochi Games but a full three years before the American skeleton racer was prepared to face his demons again.


OECD says energy taxes in developed economies too low to fight climate change

LONDON (Reuters) - Energy taxes in major advanced economies are not doing enough to reduce energy use, improve energy efficiency and drive a shift toward low-carbon sources, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said on Wednesday.


Maldives tries to fight off travel alerts as tourists stay away

MALE (Reuters) - Tourists have been cancelling hundreds of hotel bookings in Maldives every day since the imposition of a state of emergency last week, tour operators say, despite government assurances things are normal in the resort islands, far from the capital.


U.S. restaurant workers target low wages in campaign against sexual harassment

(Reuters) - Restaurant workers in seven U.S. cities on Tuesday lobbied state and local lawmakers to combat sexual harassment in the industry by shifting from the $2.13 federal minimum wage for tipped employees to a higher "fair" wage.


Nishikori wins comeback match in New York

(Reuters) - Kei Nishikori returned to an ATP Tour level event for the first time since last August and cruised into the second round of the inaugural New York Open with a 7-5 6-3 win over American wild card Noah Rubin on Tuesday.


Israeli police recommend bribery charges against Netanyahu

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli police on Tuesday recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for bribery in two criminal investigations but the Israeli leader, calling the allegations baseless, vowed to remain in office.


Broadcom scales back Qualcomm board challenge to simple majority

(Reuters) - Broadcom Ltd cut the number of board seats it was trying to win at Qualcomm Inc to six from 11 on Tuesday, saying this would let Qualcomm shareholders push the U.S. chip maker toward a sale while ensuring continuity.

Authorities find evidence against the Israeli PM of 'accepting bribes, fraud, and breach of trust,' according to a police report

Israeli police said Tuesday there is "sufficient evidence" to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on criminal charges in two corruption cases.

Mnuchin's wife Louise Linton: 'I was so stupid. I wish I could take it back'

Louise Linton may be the most honest person in Washington. Ask her if she's ready to leave town after a rocky start and she'll say no -- she's just finished decorating her house.


FBI's Wray contradicts White House on Porter background check

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - FBI Director Christopher Wray on Tuesday contradicted the White House version of events surrounding the background check for a former top aide accused of domestic abuse by two ex-wives, triggering more disarray around the controversy.

Trump aide's anticipated elevation highlights how top officials were willing to overlook signs that there were potential abuse allegations in his background

Rob Porter was involved in serious discussions to be promoted when he abruptly resigned from the White House last week amid allegations that he abused his two ex-wives, multiple sources familiar with the matter tell CNN.

United States Defense and Military Forces

Dozens of Russians Are Believed Killed in U.S.-Backed Syria Attack

Although only four Russians have been confirmed dead, reports continue to circulate that many more died in fighting in eastern Syria on Feb. 7-8.


WikiLeaks founder Assange loses bid to halt UK legal action against him

LONDON (Reuters) - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange lost a legal bid on Tuesday to persuade British authorities to drop further action against him for breaching his bail conditions when he walked into the Ecuadorean embassy in London in 2012.

United States Politics and Government

White House Was Warned of Rob Porter’s Background Months Earlier Than Acknowledged

The F.B.I. told White House officials last March about problems in the background of Rob Porter, the aide who resigned in a domestic abuse scandal. The White House has said it learned of the issues in July.

FBI: Porter background check done in July 2017

During a Senate Intellignece Committee hearing, FBI Director Christopher Wray says the FBI completed a background check on former White House staff secretary Rob Porter in July 2017, despite the White House saying the check was never completed.


Blue Apron ramps marketing back up, revenue drop smaller than feared

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Blue Apron Holdings Inc shares jumped 9 percent in premarket trading on Tuesday after the meal-kit maker reported a smaller-than-expected revenue drop and quarterly loss as a costly distribution hub switch forced it to slash marketing.


South Africa's drought-stricken Cape Town pushes back 'Day Zero' to June 4

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's drought-stricken city of Cape Town has pushed back its estimate for "Day Zero," when residents will have to start queuing for water, to June 4 from May 11 due to a decline in water usage, the city's deputy mayor said on Tuesday.

Drug Abuse and Traffic

Meth, the Forgotten Killer, Is Back. And It’s Everywhere.

The fight against methamphetamines was successful, but only to a point. In some states it’s now the leading cause of drug-related deaths.


Goldilocks fights back but bears still swinging

LONDON (Reuters) - The fight between Goldilocks bets - on the not too hot, not too cold global economy - and market bears who have delivered some hefty blows in recent weeks, continued on Tuesday with little sign yet of a clear winner.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Goldilocks fights back but bears still swinging

LONDON, Feb 13 (Reuters) - The fight between Goldilocks bets - on the not too hot, not too cold global economy - and market bears who have delivered some hefty blows in recent weeks, continued on Tuesday with little sign yet of a clear winner.


UPDATE 1-Norway wealth fund to firms: fight corruption

OSLO, Feb 13 (Reuters) - Norway's $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund, which is the world's largest, set out new expectations on Tuesday for how the 9,100 companies it invests in should make fighting corruption a priority.


Cryptocurrency traders to launch lawsuit against Coincheck on Thursday: lawyer

TOKYO (Reuters) - A group of cryptocurrency traders will file a lawsuit against Coincheck Inc on Thursday over last month's theft of $530 million in digital money from the Tokyo-based exchange, a lawyer representing the claimants said.


No, That’s Not a Mop. It’s a Puli.

A rainy day can mean 10 hours under a dryer for a puli, a Hungarian herding dog whose coat grows into tight cords that hang like fringe.

Patient advocacy groups accused of getting kickbacks from opioid manufacturers

A new report alleges that five of the United States' largest opioid manufacturers paid patient advocacy groups nearly $9 million between 2012 and 2017 to help push an agenda that promoted opioid use.


Trump Administration Targets Obama-Era Effort to Limit Methane

The rule, dating from President Barack Obama’s final days in office, survived a Senate vote in 2017 but now faces formal repeal.

United States Politics and Government

Accusations Against Aide Renew Attention on White House Security Clearances

More than a year after joining the White House as a senior adviser, the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is among those without a permanent security clearance.

Gun Control

Op-Ed Contributor: Background Checks Are Not the Answer to Gun Violence

There are problems in the background check system that need fixing. But even then, there are better ways to prevent mass shootings.

'Three Billboards' backlash flows from debate over its message

"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" has become one of Oscar season's most divisive films, producing fierce blowback based on what feels like a not-entirely-fair interpretation about what it says, or doesn't, about people's ability to achieve redemption.

They donated the max to a senator after their son said he was running against her

Just months after Republican Kevin Nicholson announced his bid to unseat incumbent Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin in 2018, his own parents donated the legal maximum to her primary campaign.

Snapchat faces backlash after app redesign

As the update rolls out to more users, Snapchat is getting criticism that the new interface is difficult to navigate.


Wall Street bounces back after tumultuous week

(Reuters) - Wall Street's three major indexes rebounded on Monday with broad-based gains as investors regained some confidence after U.S. equities' biggest weekly drop in two years, but strategists stopped short of calling an end to the market pullback.


US STOCKS-Wall St bounces back after tumultuous week

* Stocks rebound after Friday's test of S&P 200-day moving avg.


U.S. progress against sleep-related infant deaths is stalling

(Reuters Health) - While a nationwide push to get babies to sleep on their backs initially produced steep declines in unexplained and sleep-related infant deaths, U.S. progress against these fatalities has been minimal in recent years.


Unilever threatens to cut back online ads over 'toxic' content

LONDON/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Unilever , one of the world's biggest spenders on advertising, has threatened to pull ads from digital platforms such as Facebook and Google if they "create division" in society or fail to protect children.


UPDATE 1-Unilever threatens to cut back online ads over "toxic" content

* Echoes similar calls from Procter & Gamble (Adds details on Unilever's ad spending, YouTube boycott)

Why we're fighting for MLK's final cause

Fifty years ago today, hundreds of black sanitation workers in Memphis walked off their jobs after two of their brothers were crushed to death by their truck's faulty compactor. For more than 60 days, the striking workers made daily marches from the local church to city hall, wearing signs that declared, "I AM A MAN."


Wall Street up for second straight day, clawing back after sell-off

(Reuters) - Wall Street's main indexes rose for a second straight session on Monday, led by gains in technology and financial stocks, after its worst week in two years as the specter of rising inflation led to fears of accelerated interest rate hikes.


Luge: Geisenberger sets gold medal pace as Germany hit back

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - A day after Felix Loch's shock meltdown, Germany's peerless luge team got back on track as reigning champion Natalie Geisenberger emerged in the gold medal position after Monday's opening runs of the women's singles.

Flaws in gun background check system cost lives

CNN's Jose Pagliery explains how holes in the background check system are letting guns end up in the wrong hands.

The Supreme Court justice says she's not worried about a backlash and is putting her faith in millennials

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg believes the "#MeToo" movement will have "staying power" and that she doesn't worry about a serious backlash.

China: Stealth fighters are combat-ready

China says its newest stealth fighter is combat-ready.

Pelosi, Nancy

Nancy Pelosi Wants to Take Back the House. But She Faces a More Urgent Test.

At 77, Ms. Pelosi remains a dominant figure in Washington. How she bridges Democrats’ factions on immigration may help determine whether she can lead her party to a majority.


Olympics: Mazdzer comes back from abyss to claim silver

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Chris Mazdzer's luge career was on a slippery slope only weeks before he put together a brilliant run to deliver the United States a long-awaited individual Olympic medal in the men's event on Sunday.

Report: Rob Porter claims WH told him to 'stay and fight'

Former White House staff secretary Rob Porter told associates that officials at the White House encouraged him to "stay and fight" rather than resign after a report detailed allegations of domestic abuse, Axios reported Sunday.

Luge Racing

What Is Luge? It’s Like Sledding at 90 Miles Per Hour

The luge, an Olympic event since 1964, feels familiar. But it’s one of the more dangerous sports.

Regulation and Deregulation of Industry

Trump Rules: F.D.A. Chief Goes Against the Administration Stereotype

Dr. Scott Gottlieb isn’t rolling back his agency’s mission, although he is straddling the interests of the drug and health industries along with public health.


Friend or foe? Assad quietly aids Syrian Kurds against Turkey

ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria's U.S.-backed Kurds are getting indirect help from an unlikely source in their war against Turkey in the northwestern region of Afrin: President Bashar al-Assad.

Olympic Games (2018)

It’s Crazy Mikaela Shiffrin Will Aim for 3 Skiing Golds. It’s Crazier She May Get Them.

Already the world’s best in the slalom events, the 22-year-old has set her sights on all the Alpine races.


U.S. drops charges against defendant in NCAA corruption case

(Reuters) - Federal prosecutors have dropped all criminal charges against the former director of an amateur basketball program who was among 10 people charged last year in a major corruption case involving college basketball, according to a court filing.


Venus gives U.S. lead against Netherlands

(Reuters) - Venus Williams gave holders United States the perfect start in their Fed Cup World Group opener against the Netherlands with a 6-1 6-4 defeat of Arantxa Rus in Asheville on Saturday - her 1,000th match as a professional.

Sexual Harassment

Latino Business Group Weighs Harassment Allegation Against C.E.O.

Javier Palomarez, the head of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, faces accusations of sexual misconduct and financial improprieties, which he denies.


Italians march against racism after shooting spree against migrants

MACERATA, Italy (Reuters) - Thousands of Italians marched against racism on Saturday in the city of Macerata where a man opened fire on African migrants a week ago, injuring six people in what police said was a racially motivated attack.

Defense and Military Forces

After a Mosque Massacre, Egypt Strikes Back in Sinai

Egyptian Air Force pounded militant targets late Friday as part of a major operation in North Sinai. But the military provided scant detail about the operation.

Porter's ex-wives say Mormon church counseled them against divorce

Colbie Holderness says she met Rob Porter at a Mormon student congregation in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Lifelong Mormons, they married in the church in 2003. When Porter turned abusive and their marriage went bad, Holderness said, they turned to the church for guidance.


Fight Over Cambodian Leader’s Facebook ‘Likes’ Reaches a U.S. Court

An opposition politician argues that Hun Sen, the Asian country’s authoritarian premier, has used social media to spread fake news and strengthen his hold on power.


Exclusive: Brazil police see no evidence in port bribery case against president

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's Federal Police will likely recommend shelving an investigation into alleged bribery of President Michel Temer in return for extending port concessions last year because it has turned up no evidence, its chief told Reuters on Friday.

United States International Relations

In Charm Offensive, Qatar Pushes for a Comeback in Washington

After a disastrous 2017, Qatar is winning over fans in the Trump administration. But given the country’s ties to Iran, risks remain.

Rep. Farenthold has still not paid back $84K settlement he said he would repay

Two months ago, Rep. Blake Farenthold vowed to repay the $84,000 he used in taxpayer money to pay the settlement of a former aide who accused him of sexual harassment and other improper conduct.


Guess forms committee to oversee investigation against co-founder

(Reuters) - Fashion retailer Guess Inc on Friday said its board had formed a special committee to oversee an ongoing investigation into allegations of improper conduct by co-founder Paul Marciano.

Computer and Video Games

Future Tense: Clap On Your Bose, Baby, ’Cause It’s Noisy as Heck Out There

The ding of texts and tweets; the tap of typing; the blurt of video games, the click of the camera shutter — all part of the new dystopian audioscape.


Critic’s Notebook: ‘Homeland’ Season 7: Once Again, It’s All Up to Carrie

After the deadly events of Season 6, the heroine of Showtime’s spy thriller is on her own. Can she save the country and still stay on her meds?


Islamic State fighters move to Syria's Idlib, clash with factions: sources

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters clashed with Syrian insurgents in the northwestern province of Idlib on Friday, a monitoring group and a rebel commander said, accusing pro-government forces of opening a corridor for the jihadists to reach the region.


Airbus agrees to $99 million penalty in Eurofighter Austria case

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Airbus said on Friday it had agreed to pay a penalty of 81.25 million euros ($99 million) demanded by the Munich public prosecutors office to conclude an investigation into the sale of Eurofighter aircraft to Austria in 2003.


The Political Scientist Giving the Art World Something to Think About

The word “art” is not mentioned in the index of Patrick J. Deneen’s “Why Liberalism Failed.” But the book has many lessons for those in the business.


U.S. budget deal sets up wider fight over deficits, immigration

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The budget deal passed by U.S lawmakers early on Friday will alleviate the spending fights that marked President Donald Trump's first year in office, but sets the stage for a battle over immigration and who is to blame for exploding deficits ahead of November's congressional elections.


China says new stealth fighter put into combat service

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has put into combat service its new generation J-20 stealth fighter, a warplane it hopes will narrow the military gap with the United States, the Chinese air force said on Friday, making it operationally ready.


U.S. urges Cambodia to take back deportees

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - The United States has urged Cambodia to take back people that Washington wants to deport, a U.S. official visiting Cambodia said on Friday, referring to Cambodians who have been convicted of crimes or overstayed their visas.

How N. Korea is guarding against defections

Almost 500 North Koreans are in South Korea for the Winter Olympics -- in a land they have been brought up to see as enemy territory; one clearly more prosperous and more free than their own.


Trump 'energy dominance' policy pits Washington against Moscow

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Last July, U.S. President Donald Trump stood beside his Polish counterpart, Andrzej Duda, in Warsaw and promised to help wean the nation off Russian energy imports. He offered U.S. fuel as an alternative, "so that you can never be held hostage to a single supplier."


Alpine skiing: Taking risks could backfire in Pyeongchang - Milller

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Pyeongchang's relatively benign downhill and super-G courses will favour skiers with natural ability and punish those trying to make up time with risky maneuvers, former Olympic champion Bode Miller told Reuters this week.


Los Angeles prosecutors review three sex assault accusations against Weinstein

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles prosecutors are reviewing three accusations of sexual assault against Harvey Weinstein, a step toward possible criminal charges for the movie producer, a spokesman for the county District Attorney's office said on Thursday.


White House wasn't fully aware of allegations against ex-aide: spokesman

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House was not fully aware of the extent of the domestic abuse allegations against former White House aide Rob Porter until photographs of an ex-wife with a black eye emerged on Wednesday, a White House spokesman said on Thursday.


BRIEF-‍Pacific Biosciences Announces Outcome Of First Phase Of Patent Litigation Against Oxford Nanopore​


House Committee on Intelligence

How Partisan Has House Intelligence Panel Become? It’s Building a Wall

Since taking up its Russia inquiry last year, the committee, once an oasis of country-first cooperation in a divided Congress, has descended into dysfunction.


Chengdu Journal: At Chinese Fight Club, One Boxer’s First Rule: Don’t Tell His Parents

In Chengdu, the owners of the “Monster Private War Club” want to make fighting cool. But to stay open, they also need to keep it respectable.

Captured ISIS fighters provide clues to remains of Jihadi John victims

Information about the possible location of the remains of US hostages killed by ISIS in Syria has been provided in recent days by two ISIS fighters captured in eastern Syria in early January, according to multiple US officials.


Republicans, Democrats fight over infrastructure plans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Democrats on Thursday proposed $1 trillion in new infrastructure spending over 10 years - five times the amount President Donald Trump is expected to offer in his upcoming plan to spur states and cities to seed new public works projects.


White House: Kelly became 'fully aware' of allegations against ex-aide on Wednesday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House Chief of Staff John Kelly became fully aware of allegations of domestic abuse against former aide Rob Porter on Wednesday, White House spokesman Raj Shah said on Thursday.

United States Politics and Government

2 of ISIS’s Infamous British Fighters Are Captured by Syrian Kurds

The men were part of a notorious group of Islamic State militants known as the “Beatles” because of their British accents.

Mom of gay US Olympian speaks out against Pence

Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon's mom Kelly addresses her son's decision to forgo a meeting with the vice president at the Winter Olympics after Pence's past funding of gay conversation therapy.

Opioids and Opiates

Drug Industry Wages Opioid Fight Using an Anti-Addiction Ally

Pharmaceutical companies have enlisted the support of a prominent anti-addiction advocate as they battle the perception that they created an epidemic.


Internet firms back congressional vote to restore net neutrality rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A trade group representing Alphabet Inc , Facebook Inc and other internet firms on Thursday backed a congressional reversal of the Trump administration’s December repeal of net neutrality rules.


French labor court backs Uber in driver contract dispute

PARIS (Reuters) - Uber [UBER.UL] won a rare French victory on Thursday against attempts to force the ride-hailing operator to recognize its drivers as employees, a prospect that would undermine its entire business model.


Venezuela opposition ponders whether to fight Maduro in vote

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's opposition was to huddle on Thursday and debate whether to participate in a controversial April presidential vote despite the barring of its best two candidates and an electoral board favoring President Nicolas Maduro.


Reckitt, GSK balance risk-reward in high-stakes Pfizer fight

LONDON (Reuters) - The leaders of GlaxoSmithKline and Reckitt Benckiser -- two of Britain's best-known but underperforming companies -- are in a high-stakes battle for a dose of Advil to ease their pain.

Republicans railed against spending until they were in charge

Once the party of fiscal discipline, Republicans are learning under President Donald Trump that spending money is much easier in Washington than cutting back.


Istanbul's back alleys and high streets teem with cats

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - In Istanbul's narrow backstreets, cats perch on rooftops and window sills, crouch on doorsteps and rest on nearly every corner.


Nestle defends itself against baby milk criticism

ZURICH (Reuters) - Nestle defended itself on Thursday against an activist group's criticism of its baby milk, saying it respects international marketing standards and does not suggest its products are better than breastmilk.

Olympic Games (2018)

On Olympics: A Surprise (?) at the Winter Olympics: It’s Really Cold

Recent Games were balmy. But not Pyeongchang, South Korea, where officials are providing hand and seat warmers for the opening ceremony Friday.

Books and Literature

Essay: Good Paperback Vibrations

What one reader learned about sex from the best-selling novels of his childhood.


Philippines says Hague court weighs complaint against Duterte over drug war deaths

MANILA (Reuters) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) has told the Philippines that it has begun a preliminary examination of a complaint accusing President Rodrigo Duterte of crimes against humanity, his spokesman said on Thursday.


Exclusive: Uighur Thai jail escapees detained in Malaysia and China wants them back - sources

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Eleven ethnic Uighur Muslims from China, missing since their dramatic escape from a Thai jail last year, have been detained in Malaysia and Beijing wants them back, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

House passes scale-back of Obama-era menu calorie count rules

The way restaurants and other food establishments in the United States label calorie counts on their menus could look different starting this spring, and while some politicians and industry groups are applauding this potential change, some public health experts are raising concerns.


Philippines says ICC examining complaint against Duterte over drug war deaths

MANILA (Reuters) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) has informed the Philippines that it has begun a preliminary examination of a complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte that accuses him of crimes against humanity, his spokesman said on Thursday.

Omarosa: 'Big Brother' co-stars want to 'stab her in the back' like at White House

During the season premiere of "Celebrity Big Brother" Wednesday night, former White House aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman did not hide her true feelings when it came to her recent stint in Washington.

Moore, Johnnie Jr (1983- )

Evangelicals, Having Backed Trump, Find White House ‘Front Door Is Open’

As President Trump prepares to speak at the National Prayer Breakfast, conservative religious leaders have hailed the president’s first-year agenda as their own.

Immigration and Emigration

Editorial: Trump’s Backward View of Immigration

The president is targeting sensible immigration policies, while smearing those who come to the U.S. illegally as criminals.


Turnstile Jumping Pits de Blasio Against Police Reformers

A new policy on fare evasion in Manhattan has made strange political bedfellows, and poses a problem for Mayor Bill de Blasio with police reform and poverty advocates.

Science and Technology

In Fight Over Science Education in Idaho, Lawmakers Move to Minimize Climate

On Wednesday, lawmakers in Idaho voted to gut their state’s science standards of all but a few mentions of climate change.

Why isn't the RNC giving back Steve Wynn's money?

Late on Tuesday, casino magnate Steve Wynn stepped down as CEO from Wynn Resorts, citing the distraction caused by a series of allegations of sexual harassment made against him in a recent Wall Street Journal story.

Valentine's Day

The Secret to a Perfect Wedding Proposal (Hint: It’s Not Valentine’s Day)

Valentine’s Day lends itself to showtime, not sincerity. Find a date that is more meaningful for you as a couple.


France's Macron to push for pan-EU parliament lists despite setback

STRASBOURG/PARIS (Reuters) - European Union lawmakers rejected a proposal on Wednesday for pan-EU lists of candidates for seats in the European Parliament but French President Emmanuel Macron said he would continue to press for such transnational lists.


Al Qaeda trying to regroup in Tunisia after Islamic State setbacks: sources

TUNIS/ALGIERS (Reuters) - The killing of a senior Algerian militant by special forces soon after he slipped into Tunisia has raised concern that al Qaeda is trying to regroup in the North African state as rival Islamic State has suffered major setbacks, security sources say.

United States International Relations

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: It’s Time for an Immigration Enchilada

President Trump’s proposed immigration overhaul might be good for Mexico.


Pope praises joint Korean Olympic teams, Vatican willing to back peace initiatives

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis said on Wednesday the participation of North Korean athletes in the Olympics raised hopes for reconciliation on the Korean peninsula and that the Vatican was ready to back any peace initiative.


METALS-London metals recover as stock markets bounce back

BEIJING, Feb 7 (Reuters) - London metals on Wednesday recovered some of the ground they had lost in the previous session as global equities bounced back after days of sharp falls. FUNDAMENTALS * LME COPPER: Three-month copper on the LME was up 1 percent at $7,145 a tonne by 0154 GMT, recovering from a 1.3 percent drop in the previous session. * SHFE COPPER: The most-traded March copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange was down 0.1 percent at 53,080 yuan ($8,485.33)


Snapchat overhaul convinces investors it can fight Instagram

(Reuters) - Snapchat owner Snap Inc on Tuesday reported surging growth in users and revenue in its latest quarter, reviving hopes that it can survive competition with Facebook Inc's Instagram and sending its shares up more than 20 percent.


Asia stocks back from the brink as Wall St. rallies

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian share markets were trying to find their footing on Wednesday as a semblance of calm returned to Wall Street where major indices bounced into the black after days of deep losses.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia stocks back from the brink as Wall St rallies

* Distressed selling might have peaked, but volatility a risk


Idaho Stripped Climate Change From School Guidelines. Now, It’s a Battle.

Idaho is the only state whose legislature has removed climate change from its education standards. Teachers and students testified for it to be reinstated.


Wall Street roars back, traders eye volatility ahead

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Shaken out of many months of calm, Wall Street braced for a higher level of volatility in the days ahead, after a roughly 2 percent rebound in U.S. stocks on Tuesday followed the biggest one-day selloff in more than six years.


Lawmaker warns U.S. Attorney General against stifling whistleblowers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Justice Department memo issued in January to employees about their communications with Congress may run afoul of rules designed to protect government whistleblowers from being muzzled, a Republican lawmaker said on Tuesday.


Wall Street roars back in whipsaw session

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks posted sharp gains in another wild trading session on Tuesday, as indexes rebounded from the biggest one-day drops for the S&P 500 and the Dow in more than six years that stalled the market's record run.


Bitcoin bounces back from three-month low in volatile trade

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bitcoin rallied from three-month lows below $6,000 in choppy trading on Tuesday, but worries lingered about a global regulatory clampdown and moves by banks to ban buying bitcoin with credit cards.

Stocks and Bonds

Your Money: So It’s Your First Market Hiccup. What Should You Do Now?

Tempted to sell? Answer these six questions first, including ones about your timing, your goals, your predictive skills and your overall anxiety level.


Republicans join Democrats' stand against Trump's 'treasonous' claims

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some U.S. Republican lawmakers joined their Democratic colleagues on Tuesday in criticizing President Donald Trump for labeling them as "treasonous" and "un-American" in response to the cold reception they gave him during his State of the Union address last week.


CAS decision to clear 28 Russians setback for clean sport: WADA committee

ZURICH (Reuters) - The World Anti-Doping Agency's Athlete Committee has expressed disappointment over the decision by sport's highest court CAS to reinstate the medals and results of 28 Russians at the 2014 Winter Games, calling it "a massive setback for clean sport".

Manchin seeks pledge from senators: Don't campaign against each other

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, who's facing a tough re-election bid in West Virginia, will take to the Senate floor Tuesday and urge his colleagues to sign a pledge vowing not to campaign against other sitting senators.

How the Falcon Heavy stacks up against other big rockets

Trump to call for closing immigration 'loopholes' to fight MS-13

President Donald Trump will host law enforcement and elected officials at the White House on Tuesday to discuss closing what a White House official called "loopholes" that make it more difficult to combat the MS-13 gang.


Hundreds protest against U.S. arms embargo in South Sudan, journalists attacked

JUBA (Reuters) - Hundreds of protesters massed outside the U.S. embassy and U.N. headquarters in South Sudan's capital on Tuesday, chanting slogans against an arms embargo imposed by Washington, before some attacked journalists at the scene.


Iran-backed Iraqi groups urge full U.S. withdrawal, hardliners threaten attacks

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Two major Iraqi Shi'ite groups backed by Iran are demanding all U.S. forces leave Iraq, opposing plans by Baghdad and Washington to keep some there for training and advisory purposes.

Are Trump's tax cuts backfiring on Wall Street?

Backlash after Doritos pitch chips for women

Twitter sounded off after the CEO of PepsiCo said Doritos was working on chips for women that don't crunch as loudly.


EU lawmakers back reforms to boost carbon emissions price

STRASBOURG (Reuters) - European lawmakers backed a long-awaited deal to reform the EU's carbon market after 2020 on Tuesday and shore up prices in the bloc's flagship tool for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from some 12,000 industrial and power installations.


Hong Kong's top court frees three democracy leaders, but warns against future activism

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong's highest court freed three young leaders of the city's pro-democracy movement on Tuesday, including the public face of the protests, Joshua Wong, in a stark reversal of an earlier ruling, but it warned against future acts of dissent.


Erdogan says U.S. has 'calculations' against Turkey, Iran, Russia in Syria

ANKARA (Reuters) - The United States is working against the interests of Turkey, Iran and maybe Russia in northern Syria, where it is sending in military supplies to an area controlled by Kurdish-dominated forces, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday.


UPDATE 2-Investment to hold back Ocado's earnings growth

* CEO regrets going to Presidents Club dinner (Adds detail, CEO, analyst comments, shares)


Swiss air force grounds five Hornet fighter jets

ZURICH, Feb 6 (Reuters) - The Swiss air force has grounded five of its 30 F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets after finding tiny cracks in their landing flaps.


Melbourne Journal: A Wrestling Team in Australia Fights to Prove It’s Not an ‘African Gang’

The Sudanese community in Australia has come under unwelcome scrutiny after politicians said its members were behind a crime wave in Melbourne.

National Health Service

Opinion: What It’s Like to Be a Patient With the N.H.S.

Readers tell us about their experiences with Britain’s National Health Service.

Defense and Military Forces

Videos of Syrian Militia Abusing Kurdish Fighter’s Corpse Stir Outrage

“She’s beautiful, man,” a Syrian fighter says of the partly naked body in the video. The Free Syrian Army has ordered an investigation.


Mexican leftist says can't let oil back in hands of foreigners

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, currently leading polls for Mexico's July presidential election, said on Monday he would try to stop the country's oil from falling into foreign hands and reiterated that he would review recently handed out contracts.


Congress grapples with immigration, averting funding fight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Legislation to help young "Dreamer" immigrants struggled to gain footing in the U.S. Congress on Monday, as lawmakers prepared to hold a Tuesday vote on a short-term government funding measure to avoid a rerun of January's three-day partial shutdown.


Evidence against Russians strong despite CAS blow: IOC

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Evidence against Russian athletes was strong enough to merit sanctions despite its rejection by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the head of an International Olympic Committee (IOC) probe into doping at the 2014 Sochi Games said on Tuesday.

Judicial council takes no action against former Judge Alex Kozinski

Nearly eight weeks after a federal judicial council received a sexual harassment complaint against California-based US Appeals Court Judge Alex Kozinski, the council said Monday that it was dismissing the grievance because Kozinski had stepped down in December.

Reproduction (Biological)

Matter: This Mutant Crayfish Clones Itself, and It’s Taking Over Europe

Every marbled crayfish is a female clone. The population is exploding in Europe, but the species seems to have originated in the American Southeast.

Analysis: Democrats' chances of winning back the House just got a major boost

On Monday, the Supreme Court rejected a Republican effort to halt a required redrawing of the state's 18 congressional districts before the year's midterm elections.


U.S., Peru agree to keep collaborating in drugs trafficking fight

LIMA (Reuters) - Peru's foreign minister said on Monday that she and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had agreed to keep working together to fight drug trafficking, days after President Donald Trump had threatened to curb aid to drug hotspots.


Congress grapples with immigration, steers to avert funding fight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Legislation to help young "Dreamer" immigrants struggled to gain footing in the U.S. Congress on Monday, but there were no signs yet that failure to pass such a bill would trigger a rerun of January's three-day partial government shutdown.


U.S. regulators to back more oversight of virtual currencies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Digital currencies such as bitcoin demand increased oversight and may require a new federal regulatory framework, the top U.S. markets regulators will tell lawmakers at a congressional hearing on Tuesday.


Super Bowl MVP may be Eagles' backup next season

(Reuters) - The Super Bowl champions Philadelphia Eagles may have a quarterback controversy brewing - or at least a tough decision.


German renewable power expansion will need gas as back-up: Wingas

ESSEN, Germany (Reuters) - Germany's new target of nearly doubling renewable power's share of its electricity mix by 2030 needs to be backed up by more gas-fired capacity as nuclear and coal-fired plants are retired, a top gas manager said on Monday.

Trump attacks the UK's health service -- and Britain hits back

Donald Trump's habit of testing the US relationship with Britain took a new turn Monday when he attacked the UK's National Health Service, claiming it is "going broke and not working."


U.S. regulators to back more oversight of virtual currencies: testimony

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Digital currencies such as bitcoin demand increased oversight and may require a new federal regulatory framework, the top U.S. markets regulators will tell lawmakers at a hotly anticipated congressional hearing on Tuesday.

Kosky, Barrie (1967- )

It’s ‘Carmen.’ But Not Like You’ve Ever Seen It.

The Australian director Barrie Kosky takes a fresh look at one of opera’s most performed works. Without the castanets.

Cape Town's 'Day Zero' pushed back

Cape Town officials pushed back their projections for "Day Zero" -- the day the South African city's taps are expected to run dry -- from April 16 to May 11, citing a decline in agricultural water use.


Hugh Grant settles phone-hacking claim against Mirror newspapers

LONDON (Reuters) - British actor Hugh Grant has settled a legal case against Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN) after the company admitted that reporters at its three tabloid titles had hacked into his voicemails over a 10-year period to get scoops, he said on Monday.

A CNN employee found sensitive DHS documents about a Super Bowl terrorism drill in the seatback pocket of a commercial flight

The Department of Homeland Security documents critiquing the response to a simulated anthrax attack on Super Bowl Sunday were marked "For Official Use Only" and "important for national security."


Drought-stricken Cape Town pushes back 'Day Zero' to May 11

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa's drought-stricken city of Cape Town has pushed back its estimate for "Day Zero," when residents will have to start queuing for water, to May 11 from April 16, authorities said on Monday, citing a decline in agricultural water usage.


Russia says it has measures it can take against the U.S.: Izvestia

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia still has counter measures it can take against the United States in a tit-for-tat sanctions battle, but is keeping its powder dry for now, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told the Izvestia newspaper in an interview published on Monday.


Boeing may express interest in Canada fighter jet bid: executive

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Boeing may express interest in a jet fighter competition in Canada despite a recent trade row, but is still studying the matter, a senior executive said on Monday.

Trump steps up war against FBI, but Democrats have their own memo plan

The long-hyped Republican memo on the Russia investigation resolved nothing — although it did offer an ominous glimpse of the fracture that awaits in the nation's politics when special counsel Robert Mueller wraps up his probe.