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GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks struggle as bond yields, dollar regain traction

LONDON, Feb 20 (Reuters) - A six-day rebound in world stocks began to splutter on Tuesday, as bond market borrowing costs regained traction and the dollar kicked firmly away from a three-year low.


Language app Babbel translates European success to U.S. market

BERLIN (Reuters) - It might seem a tall order to persuade people to spend as much to learn a language on their smartphone as it costs to subscribe to a music streaming or video-on-demand service.


Slovenia ice hockey player Jeglic fails doping test, to leave Games: CAS

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Slovenia men's ice hockey player Ziga Jeglic has tested positive for a banned substance and has been suspended for the remainder of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said on Tuesday.


Alpine skiing: Vonn faces last downhill gold chance - barring miracles

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Lindsey Vonn, the most successful World Cup woman skier of all-time, is "99.9 percent sure" that Wednesday will mark her final Olympic downhill race.


REFILE-Oil markets mixed on lower Canadian flows, firmer dollar

* Overall markets well supported by ongoing OPEC production cuts


REFILE-GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian stocks dip after European surge fades, dollar firm

* European stocks dip overnight, US markets closed Mon for holiday


EMERGING MARKETS-Brazil stocks up on corporate newsflow; trading volumes thin

By Bruno Federowski SAO PAULO, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Brazilian stocks rose on Monday on thin trading volumes following a heavy batch of corporate updates. The benchmark Bovespa stock index rose 0.3 percent, supported by shares of state-controlled oil company Petróleo Brasileiro SA on the heels of rising crude prices. Shares in electronics and appliance retailer Via Varejo SA rose 1.1 percent following solid fourth-quarter earnings figures. Fibria Celulose SA and Suzano Papel e


GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks break recovery streak with U.S. and China closed

LONDON, Feb 19 (Reuters) - World stocks were set to post their first loss in five days on Monday, breaking a winning streak that saw them recover almost half their losses from a violent sell-off two weeks ago.


Collect some uranium glass for that peaceful glow

ZURICH (Reuters) - Uranium glass occupies a little-known niche in the collectables world, whose members appreciate its soft color and distinctive glow, which comes from the uranium added as the glass...


As China's Year of the Dog begins, imperial Pekingese breed is scarce

BEIJING (Reuters) - For centuries, owning the flat-faced Pekingese dog was a luxury to be enjoyed only by China's royal family.


UPDATE 2-Australia's Domain steady in slipping property market, shares rise

* Domain posts 12.5 pct revenue rise in stalled property market


GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares extend global recovery, volatility subsides

TOKYO, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Asian shares ticked up on Monday, joining a global recovery for equity markets as sentiment improved gradually from a recent shakeout that stemmed from fears of creeping inflation and higher borrowing costs.


Lego builds foundations in China classrooms as old markets slow

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Danish toymaker Lego is hoping to build a following with Chinese parents by promoting its place in the classroom as well as the toy box.


Jittery U.S. bond market braces for supply wave

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bond investors, who have been on edge over signs of growing inflation and a possibly more aggressive Federal Reserve, will have their work cut out for them as the U.S. government seeks to sell $258 billion worth of debt this coming week.

Olympic Games (2018)

On Olympics: Why the Pyeongchang Games Are Different From All the Others

South Korea has imprinted its iridescent style on the Olympics, making it a feast for the senses, with bold food, bright colors and brash graphics.


Burberry shows its colors for designer Bailey's swansong

LONDON (Reuters) - Burberry's star designer Christopher Bailey bid goodbye to the British brand on Saturday with a colour-infused show, showcasing designs with a rainbow twist on the label's famed...


RPT-Facebook faces big challenge to prevent future U.S. election meddling

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON, Feb 16 (Reuters) - The Russian influence operation designed to tamper with the 2016 U.S. presidential election used a combination of old-school espionage tactics and 21st-century technologies that will not be easy to stop, even now that the methods have been exposed, experts said.


Facebook faces big challenge to prevent future U.S. election meddling

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON, Feb 16 (Reuters) - The Russian influence operation designed to tamper with the 2016 U.S. presidential election used a combination of old-school espionage tactics and 21st-century technologies that will not be easy to stop, even now that the methods have been exposed, experts said.


U.S. faces shortage of developmental and behavioral pediatrics specialists

(Reuters Health) - A shortage of clinicians specializing in pediatric behavioral and developmental disorders is translating into long wait times for new patient appointments amid surging demand, a new study suggests.


Trader sues Fidelity over website glitch during market rout

BOSTON, Feb 16 (Reuters) - A New Jersey trader filed a lawsuit against Fidelity Investments, accusing it of "gross negligence" because he could not make trades on the company's website earlier this month during a volatile time on the stock market.


British actor Robert Pattinson says he does not believe in true love

BERLIN (Reuters) - British actor Robert Pattinson does not believe in true love, he said at the Berlin Film Festival on Friday, in contrast to the lovestruck pioneer he portrays in the western comedy period film "Damsel".


ATP says 'no evidence' Harrison made racist remarks

(Reuters) - The ATP said on Friday it found no evidence that Ryan Harrison directed racist remarks at fellow American Donald Young during their stormy first-round match at the New York Open.

What the fate of Meghan Markle's troll reveals


Facebook loses Belgian privacy case, faces fine of up to $125 million

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A Belgian court threatened Facebook on Friday with a fine of up to 100 million euros ($125 million) if it continued to break privacy laws by tracking people on third-party websites.


UPDATE 1-Facebook loses Belgian privacy case, faces fine of up to $125 mln

BRUSSELS, Feb 16 (Reuters) - A Belgian court threatened Facebook on Friday with a fine of up to 100 million euros ($125 million) if it continued to break privacy laws by tracking people on third-party websites.

Stocks and Bonds

Wealth Matters: 5 Tips to Weather a Turbulent Stock Market

Market volatility is normal. Don’t fret. This advice from professionals could help prevent a volatile ride from derailing your financial planning.


GE faces shareholder lawsuit over insurance shortfall, SEC probe

NEW YORK (Reuters) - General Electric Co was sued on Friday by a shareholder who accused the conglomerate of concealing mounting insurance liabilities and a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission probe, costing shareholders tens of billions of dollars.


UPDATE 1-GE faces shareholder lawsuit over insurance shortfall, SEC probe

NEW YORK, Feb 16 (Reuters) - General Electric Co was sued on Friday by a shareholder who accused the conglomerate of concealing mounting insurance liabilities and a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission probe, costing shareholders tens of billions of dollars.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks set for best week in 6 years, dollar climbs

NEW YORK, Feb 16 (Reuters) - Global stocks rose on Friday and were set for their best week in six years as strong corporate earnings offset concerns about rising inflation and interest rates, while the U.S. dollar edged higher from a three-year low against major currencies.

Please don't sanitize Meghan Markle

If the rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain, the rain on the grounds of Kensington Palace will fall in a markedly similar fashion.


U.S. senator's biofuel overhaul faces resistance

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - Texas Senator John Cornyn’s plan to overhaul U.S. biofuels policy faces resistance from the oil and ethanol sectors, reducing chances of a reboot to the controversial regulations, sources familiar with the matter said.

Parents struggle with the unfathomable as they prepare to bury loved ones

Holding candles and each other, community members in Parkland, Florida, gathered Thursday night to honor the 17 people who were gunned down at the local high school.


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 .   


Ice hockey: Russians up and running with big win over Slovenia

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - After a stunning opening loss to Slovakia, Kiril Kaprizov scored a hat-trick as the Olympic Athletes from Russia stormed back on Friday to crush Slovenia 8-2 and set up a key group game against the United States in the men's Olympic ice hockey tournament.

Antique and Classic Cars

The Secret of Success in a Chilly Classic Car Market

Auction prices for high-end collectible automobiles have dropped as specialists have replaced speculators. Cars that do sell have one thing in common: They still work.


Curling: Canada tumble into 0-3 hole with loss to Denmark

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Defending gold medalists Canada were in danger of crashing out of the Olympic women's curling tournament after a shock 9-8 extra-end loss to Denmark on Friday left them without a win through three rounds.


Berlinale film shows refugees' lives at historic airport

BERLIN (Reuters) - In 2015, with Germany facing turmoil after flinging its doors open to a million refugees, Berlin repurposed a defunct airport to house them, creating an ad hoc village that is the...

Women and Girls

Modern Love: How ‘Lolita’ Freed Me From My Own Humbert

A teenager in distress turns to a famous novel with the hope of normalizing her situation. Instead, it provides a road map of escape.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares extend bounce to 5th day, dollar sags to 3-year low

* Fall in Vix futures suggest position unwinding over for now

Health Insurance and Managed Care

New Health Secretary Faces First Test as Idaho Skirts Federal Law

Alex M. Azar II, the health secretary, told Congress he would scrutinize Idaho’s plan to allow sale of insurance that does not comply with the Affordable Care Act.


BRIEF-Piper Jaffray Forms Middle-Market Debt Underwriting Vehicle



U.S. market gurus who predicted selloff say current calm an illusion

Some veteran investors who were vindicated in calling for a pullback in shares and a spike in volatility could now be cheering. Actually, they're looking at the risks that still lie ahead in the...


GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks climb, shrugging off inflation data; dollar falls

* Dollar weakens to 15-month low vs yen despite rising yields


U.S. regulator moves to clear market barriers for energy storage technology

WASHINGTON, Feb 15 (Reuters) - In a boost for electric storage technology, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Thursday approved a new rule to remove barriers to batteries and other storage resources in U.S. power markets.


French farmer finds happiness in life before machines

RIEC-SUR-BELON, France (Reuters) - When farm machinery revolutionized French agriculture in the years after World War Two, a young Jean-Bernard Huon turned his back on the new technology.

Loved ones lost: Remembering the shooting victims

A football coach. An athletic director. And young, fresh-faced students.


Thomson Reuters chair sought better terms for financial unit: WSJ

TORONTO (Reuters) - Thomson Reuters Corp Chairman David Thomson urged the company's board of directors to seek better terms for its $17 billion sale of a large chunk of its business to Blackstone Group LP , the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing people close to the deal.

This year's NBA All-Star Game is different from any other

Forget everything you once knew about the NBA All-Star Game and how it works.


Retirement savers, how much market risk can you handle?

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The opinions expressed here are those of the author, a columnist for Reuters.


A year into OPEC's production cuts, Asia's oil markets have tightened

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Just over a year into production cuts lead by OPEC and Russia, oil markets in Asia have tightened noticeably as significant amounts of excess crude have been taken off tankers used for storage and delivered to customers across the region.

School Shootings and Armed Attacks

As Shots Ring Out, a Student Texts: ‘If I Don’t Make It, I Love You’

Scenes from a dread-filled day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where a former student fatally shot 17 people.


Boarding now for a flight from Tokyo to Paris that never takes off

TOKYO (Reuters) - Fasten your seatbelts for a flight departing to Paris, and never leave the ground.


French start-up Sigfox faces 5G juggernaut in Internet of Things

PARIS (Reuters) - French start-up Sigfox, which builds networks to connect washing machines and other objects to the internet, says it is struggling to meet its growth targets due to high expectations for alternative, forthcoming 5G services.

United States Politics and Government

When You’re in Love With Your Political Opposite

You vote red, I vote blue. Debate is hot, and so are you.


Stock market shrugs off CPI rise but inflation obsession may linger

NEW YORK (Reuters) - So, were the stock market's fears about inflation ... inflated?

People can't stop watching Hallmark's cheesy TV movies

Prince Henrik of Denmark dies, refused to be buried next to his queen

Prince Henrik of Denmark died Tuesday with his wife, Queen Margrethe, at his side. But he will not be buried in the plot next to hers, breaking a centuries-old royal tradition.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Bond prices drop, stocks rally after spike in U.S. CPI data

NEW YORK, Feb 14 (Reuters) - U.S. debt prices fell on Wednesday after a spike in U.S. consumer prices in January raised expectations the Federal Reserve may quicken the pace of interest rate hikes, while global stocks rose as investors took a longer view of inflation.


Traditional music returns in Syria's war torn Aleppo

ALEPPO, Syria (Reuters) - Traditional musicians in Syria's Aleppo say their art is flourishing again 13 months after fighting in the city ended, as new students learn the techniques of "Qoudud"...


White House faces new pressure from Congress over aide's departure

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump faced new pressure on Wednesday from his Republican allies in Congress over domestic abuse allegations against a former aide as lawmakers questioned whether his administration has properly vetted top staffers.

Valentine's Day

Islamabad Journal: ‘You Can’t Ban Love’: Pakistanis Defy a Valentine’s Day Prohibition

In Islamabad, plenty of couples found ways to celebrate the outlawed holiday, which was deemed last year to be “against the teachings of Islam.”


Myanmar policeman who detained Reuters pair 'did not know arrest procedures'

YANGON (Reuters) - A police officer who said he was part of the team that detained two Reuters reporters in Myanmar in December told a court on Wednesday that he was not familiar with police procedures for recording arrests.


Ice Hockey: Slovenia down U.S. 3-2 in overtime

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Slovenia came from two goals down in the third period to beat the United States 3-2 in overtime on Wednesday in the opening round of the men's Olympic hockey tournament.

Flu warfare may look different next year

New ways of preventing and treating the flu are on the horizon.

Where should you put money if you think the market will crash?


Portugal tourist arrivals spike 12 percent to new record in 2017

LISBON (Reuters) - The number of foreign tourists visiting Portugal rose nearly 12 percent last year to a record 12.7 million people, contributing to the once-bailed out country's strongest economic...

I paid $102.32 to find love

Sitting on the couch in my New York apartment, I sipped some wine and hesitantly typed the last few digits of my debit card into a subscription box on a paid dating site. At the time, I was a 24-year-old producer traveling the country, covering breaking news and the 2016 election. I had built a network of great colleagues and friends.

At 24, I paid $102.32 to find love

Sitting on the couch in my New York apartment, I sipped some wine and hesitantly typed the last few digits of my debit card into a subscription box on a paid dating site. At the time, I was a 24-year-old producer traveling the country, covering breaking news and the 2016 election. I had built a network of great colleagues and friends.


Physical oil market sends warning to OPEC: Rout might not be over

LONDON (Reuters) - As OPEC watches a near 15 percent drop in the oil price in three weeks, important indicators in the physical crude market are flashing signals that the decline might be far from over.

How much will US spend on Valentine's Day?

It's no surprise that Americans spend quite a bit of money to show their love on Valentine's Day. Here's a breakdown, by the numbers.

Ways to make someone feel loved, besides saying it

We say it before we end a phone call. We type it in our texts. It's the last words we speak before we say good night. "I love you" is possibly the most popular three-word phrase in the world, spoken millions of times every day.


From Russia with love: OAR skier weds athlete not invited to Games

YUZHNO-SAKHALINSK, Russia (Reuters) - Russian freestyle skier Semen Denshchikov on Wednesday married a skeleton racer who was not invited to compete in Pyeongchang in a Valentine's Day ceremony meant...


A dog's life: In Beijing's Forbidden City, no holiday for canine patrol

BEIJING (Reuters) - As China ushers in the Lunar Year of the Dog, hundreds of millions of Chinese are traveling to their hometowns to spend the week-long national holiday with their families.

Singles vs couples: Who wins in the game of love?

Each year when Valentine's Day approaches, our thoughts turn to love, relationships and coupling.


EMERGING MARKETS-Emerging stocks, FX sail higher ahead of US inflation

LONDON, Feb 14 (Reuters) - Emerging stocks extended their rally for a third day and a weaker dollar lifted currencies ahead of a key U.S. inflation report on Wednesday while South Africa investors were poised for the next twist in the saga over President Jacob Zuma's future.


Potash market recovery boosts Israel Chemicals' revenue, profit

JERUSALEM, Feb 14 (Reuters) - Israel Chemicals (ICL) reported on Wednesday higher revenue and profit in the fourth quarter, beating expectations as potash prices rose and expenses fell at the world's sixth-largest producer of the fertiliser ingredient.


BRIEF-Glaxosmithkline Submits Landmark Impact Data To European Medicines Agency To Support Expanded Label For Trelegy Ellipta​



GLOBAL MARKETS- US inflation test looms large, dollar falls

LONDON, Feb 14 (Reuters) - The dollar slid to a 15-month low against the yen on Wednesday, while world stock markets found firmer ground ahead of U.S. inflation numbers that could soothe, or inflame, fears of faster interest-rate hikes globally.

Who wins in the game of love?

Each year when Valentine's Day approaches, our thoughts turn to love, relationships and coupling.

Ways to make someone feel loved

We say it before we end a phone call. We type it in our texts. It's the last words we speak before we say good night. "I love you" is possibly the most popular three-word phrase in the world, spoken millions of times every day.

Managing the pressure of Valentine's Day

Americans have a love-hate relationship with Valentine's Day.


Flynn the bichon frise fetches top prize at Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A bichon frise named Flynn was crowned best in show at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday, triumphing over the nearly 3,000 dogs that competed in the...


Cash and carry: Woman in China rides through X-ray scanner rather than part with purse

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A woman in southern China accompanied her purse through a train station's luggage x-ray machine rather than part with the bag amid the Lunar New Year holiday rush, Chinese media...


Lonely at Valentine's? Philippines offers pet lovers dates with dogs

MANILA (Reuters) - Man's best friend has been the blind date buddy for some Filipinos around Valentine's Day, with a Manila rescue center playing cupid by putting on candle-lit dinners to try to...

Artist marks the most romantic day of the year with real hearts

Some people love red roses on Valentine's Day. Others prefer a box of chocolates. But how about a real, raw heart?

Trump's love for the word 'stupid'

There are many ways Trump loves to use the word "stupid." CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on stupidity, Presidential-style.


Explainer: Rising U.S. inflation and what it means for markets

(Reuters) - U.S. financial markets have been roiled recently by something neither the economy nor investors have had to contend with for the better part of a decade: concerns they may soon have to reckon with rising inflation.


Market volatility, budget deficits pose test for Fed's Powell

DAYTON, Ohio (Reuters) - When the Federal Reserve's policy meeting ended last month, U.S. stock indexes were near record highs, market volatility was almost non-existent and policymakers chatted about the calm waters welcoming incoming central bank chief Jerome Powell.

The Heart Is a Shifting Sea: Love and Marriage in Mumbai (Book)

Books of The Times: First Comes Love, Then Comes What Exactly?

Two new books, Roseann Lake’s “Leftover in China” and Elizabeth Flock’s “The Heart Is a Shifting Sea,” examine how marriage has withstood breakneck economic growth and social change in China and India.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Yields, stocks dip ahead of US inflation data

NEW YORK, Feb 13 (Reuters) - U.S. bond yields and world equity markets dipped on Tuesday, ahead of a widely anticipated U.S. inflation report later this week that may provide some indication of the pace of future interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve.


Top dog to fetch 'Best in Show' prize at New York Westminster Show

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Even the most prestigious pooches in the 142nd annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, where top dog will be crowned "Best of Show" on Tuesday, are still cuddly canines at heart.


U.N. says Reuters report on Myanmar massacre demands 'attention, action'

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A Reuters investigation into the killing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and other reports of grave abuses "demand our attention and action," a senior United Nations official told the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday.


French nun speaks of Lourdes 'miracle' that ended crippling disability

BEAUVAIS, France (Reuters) - A nun whose recovery from decades of debilitating back pain was declared a "miracle" by the Catholic Church spoke on Tuesday of the day she stood up, removed a brace from...


UK's Prince Harry and tartan-clad Meghan wow Edinburgh

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Prince Harry and his American fiancee Meghan Markle, who was dressed in a Scottish tartan coat, were welcomed enthusiastically in Edinburgh on Tuesday on an official joint visit...

Valentine's Day

Three Centuries of Valentines Offer 12,000 Ways to Say ‘I Love You’

Look inside a vast collection of cards, from as early as the 1680s, featuring pop-ups, cutouts and Civil War soldiers.


Thomson Reuters says CEO Jim Smith in hospital

TORONTO, Feb 13 (Reuters) - Thomson Reuters Corp Chief Executive Jim Smith is in a hospital, under observation, the company said on Tuesday.


BRIEF-Thomson Reuters Says CEO Jim Smith Taken to Hospital On Monday



Teva planned for second generic Copaxone to enter market in 2018

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Israel-based Teva Pharmaceutical Industries said on Tuesday it had anticipated and planned for a second generic competitor to its multiple sclerosis treatment Copaxone to enter the market in 2018.


Q&A: Volatility creates opportunity in emerging markets - PGIM head

(Reuters) - The only thing abnormal that the head of Prudential Financial Inc's asset management unit sees in the recent burst of stock market volatility is that it had not happened sooner. PGIM...


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.

The bond market scare might not be over


The different faces of love

(Reuters) - To mark Valentine's Day, Reuters photographers documented the stories of over 20 couples from around the globe.


UK's Oxfam faces more pressure after new report of sex abuse by aid workers

LONDON (Reuters) - British aid organization Oxfam faced fresh pressure on Tuesday after a former senior member of staff said her concerns about "a culture of sexual abuse" involving aid workers in some the organization's offices had been ignored.


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.


History suggests strong economy can ward off bear market

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Faith in the economy is reason to think this current stock market correction is unlikely to deepen into a full-blown bear market.


Pug, borzoi among breeds to advance to final at Westminster Dog Show

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A borzoi, pug, bichon frise and border collie won Monday's group competitions at the 142nd annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and will vie for the contest's top prize.


Eat, Pray, Love: An Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day Dilemma

For the first time in 73 years, the two occasions fall on the same day, posing culinary challenges for Christians who observe Lent.


Oil prices firm as global stock markets rebound

* API to report storage estimates on Tuesday, EIA on Wednesday

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.

This lonely frog is looking for love online

An 11-year-old Bolivian water frog named Romeo has been looking for his "Juliet" for the past decade to save his species.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Op-Ed Contributor: Is Trump Working On a Different Kind of ‘Massacre’?

The president may have learned from Nixon and his Saturday Night Massacre that purges are best done slowly.


GLOBAL MARKETS-World shares rebound after worst week in two years

NEW YORK, Feb 12 (Reuters) - World shares rallied on Monday in a broad advance that brushed off fresh rises in global bond yields that have been driven by inflation fears as investors shifted asset allocations after the worst week in global markets in the past two years.


Fasting or champagne? Valentine's Day, Ash Wednesday in rare confluence

BOSTON (Reuters) - Chocolates and champagne or ashes and fasting?


New York's Westminster Show: Where 'Good Dog!' is not good enough

NEW YORK (Reuters) - For the nearly 3,000 dogs converging on New York City on Monday for the annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, "Good Dog!" is a dreaded assessment but "Best Dog!" is a dream...


EMERGING MARKETS-Emerging stocks bounce, S.Africa firms as Zuma's fate weighed

LONDON, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Emerging stocks bounced off 1-1/2 month lows on Monday, snapping a seven-day losing streak as developed equity markets steadied, while South African markets gained ahead of a meeting set to decide President Jacob Zuma's fate.


Oppa Gangneung style! - fashion on show at the Games

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Biting winds and freezing temperatures can make it hard to strike a balance between looking cool and staying warm at South Korea's Winter Olympics.


RPT-COLUMN-VIX 20-20 vision needed for clear market outlook: McGeever

LONDON, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Market seismographs are still twitching at levels almost twice the historical average and Wall Street's gauge of implied volatility needs to return below 20 percent for stocks to stabilise.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks try a tentative bounce, bonds fret on U.S. inflation

SYDNEY, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Asian share markets found a semblance of calm on Monday as S&P futures extended their bounce, though global investors were still fretting about the risks from looming U.S. inflation data after last week's sharp sell-off.


Trump plan to overhaul U.S. infrastructure faces steep hurdles

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will roll out an infrastructure plan on Monday that already faces significant hurdles in Congress because it does not offer as much new federal funding as Democrats want or directly address how to pay for the effort.


China's millennium-old fireworks hub grapples with bans and shifting traditions

LIUYANG, China (Reuters) - From the concrete bunkers carved into the hillside, where workers gingerly handle piles of explosive black powder, to the shopfronts selling colorful boxes of pyrotechnics,...


Oil firms as stocks markets steady

* Soaring U.S. output undermines OPEC efforts to prop up prices


Royal joyride: UK's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle plan wedding day carriage tour

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle will celebrate their wedding day with members of the public by taking a carriage ride through the English town of Windsor, the prince's office at Kensington Palace said on Monday.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Shares try to steady, bonds fret on U.S. inflation

SYDNEY, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Asian share markets were struggling to find their footing on Monday as investors fretted about the risks from looming U.S. inflation data, although early gains on S&P futures offered a sliver of support.

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.


Portuguese carnival revelers poke fun at Putin, Trump and Kim

LISBON (Reuters) - Portuguese revelers portray Russian President Vladimir Putin, U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as sharks, in a yearly carnival famed for its...


UPDATE 1-IMF's Lagarde says market swings aren't worrying, but wants reforms

DUBAI, Feb 11 (Reuters) - Sharp swings in global financial markets in the past few days are not worrying since economic growth is strong but reforms are still needed to avert future crises, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund said on Sunday.


IMF chief says market fluctuations aren't worrying

DUBAI, Feb 11 (Reuters) - Sharp fluctuations in global equity markets and other markets in the past few days are not worrying, as global economic growth is strong and available financing is ample, International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde said on Sunday.

'I love this s***... I thrive on it,' sheriff says after deadly pursuit

Shortly after Tennessee law enforcement shot and killed a man during a two-county vehicle chase in April, White County Sheriff Oddie Shoupe seemed fired up as he recalled his conversations with dispatchers.

Driverless and Semiautonomous Vehicles

After Settling With Uber, Waymo Faces Bigger Challenges

The self-driving car unit of Google’s parent company was a pioneer in self-driving cars. Now, its former engineers are among its toughest competitors.


Carnival lights up Rio despite crime wave, yellow fever scare

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Carnival festivities took over Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, as revelers danced and drank at block parties with names like "fire in the underpants," despite an extended crime...

Freedom of the Press

Opinion: Living Abroad Taught Me to Love America

Many liberals talk about moving to another country to avoid Trump. I did the opposite.

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (2017)

News Analysis: Republicans Have an Election Message, but Trump’s Insensitive Remarks Undercut It

Tax cuts and economic growth appear to be improving the party’s political position, but President Trump can’t seem to stop antagonizing voters, especially women.


UK's Johnson says to raise detained Reuters reporters with Suu Kyi

KUTUPALONG, Bangladesh (Reuters) - Britain's foreign minister said he would raise the case of two Reuters journalists detained in Myanmar with the country's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, on Sunday, referring to a report they authored on violence against minority Rohingya Muslims.

10 shocking facts about last week's stock market

Reuters Group PLC

Reuters Publishes Account of Myanmar Massacre After Journalists’ Arrests

The news agency used photos and witness accounts to describe the killings of 10 Rohingya men. Two reporters who worked on the article were charged with obtaining state secrets.

United States Politics and Government

Op-Ed Columnist: One Honorable American’s Love of Trump

Lesson for Democrats: The same old won’t work in 2020.

Lovebug Starski (1960-2018)

Lovebug Starski, Hip-Hop Trailblazer, Is Dead at 57

A versatile D.J. and rapper, in the 1970s he was a key figure in the development and evolution of a new kind of music in the South Bronx.

Car Services and Livery Cabs

With Waymo Settlement, Uber C.E.O. Makes His Mark

In settling a driverless car trade secrets dispute with Waymo, Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber’s C.E.O., showed how he employs the tactics of conciliation, regret and compromise.


Six Films to Watch if You Loved ‘Lady Bird’

“Lady Bird” is a refreshing coming-of-age tale. But it comes from a long line of great movies about headstrong young women. These six are streaming.


Bond vigilantes awaken counterparts in the stock market

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bond vigilantes could be finding allies in the stock market.

United States Economy

Strategies: The Stock Market Has Turned Nasty. It Was Long Overdue.

Losses mounted in the markets this past week. The downturn is a reminder that while stock investing has been profitable over the long run, it is a risky and often painful pursuit, our columnist says.


U.S. stock market chill threatens to 'put IPOs on ice'

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wide swings in the U.S. stock market has blunted initial public offering (IPO) activity on Wall Street in what was set to be the busiest week for new listings in more than...


GLOBAL MARKETS-Equity markets drop amid continued choppiness, bond yields dip

* China stocks have worst day in two years before Lunar new year

Rand Paul, Stock Market, Winter Olympics: Your Friday Briefing

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


Glass ceiling for dogs? Males win Westminster almost twice as often

NEW YORK (Reuters) - After the German shepherd Rumor won the top prize at last year's Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York, she had her first litter of puppies and retired from competition,...


BRIEF-‍Janssen Submits Marketing Authorisation Application To EMA For Apalutamide



UPDATE 1-Stock market pain brings relief to battered bonds

* Euro zone periphery govt bond yields (Adds graphic)


Reuters report on Myanmar massacre brings calls for independent probe

(Reuters) - A Reuters investigation into the killing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar prompted demands from the U.S. State Department for a credible investigation into the bloodshed there and calls for the release of two journalists who were arrested while working on the report.

Dating and Relationships

Modern Love: Just for Tonight, Pretend You Don’t Know Me, O.K.?

For a Valentine’s date, they wanted to go to a bar and act as if they were strangers. Then she sat next to someone else.

Stocks and Bonds

Asian Markets Follow Wall Street’s Lead in a Broad Sell-Off

Shares from Tokyo to Hong Kong to Shanghai fell sharply, a move that many analysts saw coming after a big run-up in recent months.


Lawmakers near deal on tax law's impact on grain market

WASHINGTON/CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers are close to resolving a problem with the new federal tax law that gives grain cooperatives an unintended market edge over private companies, but have struggled to get members of the farm sector to agree, a Republican senator said on Thursday.

Federal Budget (US)

Republicans Learn to Love Deficit Spending They Once Loathed

After years of professing fiscal discipline, Republicans are embracing budget deficits as the nation’s debt swells.


Stuart Weitzman steps out in chunky heels for New York Fashion Week

(Reuters) - Luxury shoe brand Stuart Weitzman stepped into New York Fashion Week for the first time with a brand new creative director who added chunkier heels designed for comfort to the brand's...


EMERGING MARKETS-LatAm equities fall amid global caution, monetary concerns

SAO PAULO, Feb 8 (Reuters) - Latin American equities fell sharply on Thursday, as local markets continued to mirror global caution following a sell-off in North America and Europe, while fears of more restrictive regional monetary policy also took a toll. Mexico's IPC was the region's biggest loser, falling 2.28 percent, while Brazil's Bovespa fell 1.49 percent. Chile's blue-chip IPSA index and Colombia's IGBC both fell more than 1.7 percent. Across the region, eyes were also on loc


Nebraska school will not punish alt-right student who 'loves violence'

LINCOLN, Nebraska (Reuters) - A self-proclaimed white nationalist student who appeared in a video saying he "loves violence" will not be disciplined by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the school's chancellor said on Thursday.

United States Economy

We All Have a Stake in the Stock Market, Right? Guess Again

Wall Street’s up and downs have little impact on the income or wealth of most Americans, despite the bromides of politicians on both sides of the aisle.

Bitcoin (Currency)

Opinion: What Bitcoin Reveals About Financial Markets

The cryptocurrency bubble should finally destroy our faith that the market works as advertised.


Mom-and-pop investors undeterred by wild U.S. stock market

NEW YORK (Reuters) - As the U.S. stock market suffered its worst selloff in more than six years on Monday, Richmond, Virginia-based financial adviser Jamie Cox started preparing for a flood of client...


EU lawmakers urge review of summer clock changes

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU lawmakers backed a motion on Thursday calling for an assessment of whether Europe should stop moving clocks forward and back between summer and winter time, following a call...

Eagles fans decorate loved ones' graves after Super Bowl victory

Sunday night's semi-destructive revelry was still unfolding on the streets of the City of Brotherly Love when Uber driver and Eagles fan Luis Reyes decided he'd pick up one more fare before heading home.


Wines of The Times: 2014 Barbarescos: Triumphs and Question Marks

A difficult, rainy vintage proved to be a challenge for producers. Some made the best of it with fresh, expressive and delicious wines.


Few cheers at home for Germany's loveless coalition

BERLIN (Reuters) - Angela Merkel's German coalition deal with the Social Democrats (SPD) was greeted with more scepticism than joy on Thursday, as some said the loveless alliance, born of desperation, showed the conservative chancellor's time was coming to an end.

Fashion and Apparel

On the Runway: The North Korean Cheer Squad Is Playing a Different Olympic Game

The world has never seen a bunch of boosters like this before.


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.


Love is in the air, but not on airwaves as Pakistan bans Valentine's Day

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan has banned events promoting Valentine's Day, and media coverage of any such events, for the second year in a row after a court ruled the holiday un-Islamic.


Thomson Reuters beats profit forecast, misses on revenue

(Reuters) - Thomson Reuters Corp beat Wall Street profit expectations in the fourth quarter even as revenue slightly missed forecasts.


Review: ‘Permission’ Puts Dan Stevens and Rebecca Hall on the Market

A longstanding relationship gets a jolt when a friend of the couple asks a provocative question.

Books and Literature

Nonfiction: Writers Pay Lip Service to a Universal Gesture of Love

In “The Kiss,” Brian Turner collects musings on all aspects of the act, from the romantic to the familial to the tragic.


REFILE-GLOBAL MARKETS-Shares fragile, US budget deal puts bonds on defensive

LONDON, Feb 8 (Reuters) - World stock markets remained on shaky ground on Thursday as U.S. bond yields crept back towards four-year highs after U.S. congressional leaders reached a two-year budget deal to raise government spending by almost $300 billion.


Texas flood: U.S. oil exports pour into markets worldwide

NEW YORK/LONDON/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - In the two years since Washington lifted a 40-year ban on oil exports, tankers filled with U.S. crude have landed in more than 30 countries, ranging from massive economies like China and India to tiny Togo.


U.S. IPOs start scraping through despite market jitters

(Reuters) - At least four companies managed to price their initial public offerings (IPOs) in New York on Wednesday, defying this week's stock market volatility which led to three other stock market flotations being postponed.


BRIEF-Amazon Says It Begins Grocery Delivery From Whole Foods Market



GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares flirt with 6-week low as U.S. yields creep higher

TOKYO, Feb 8 (Reuters) - Asian shares flirted with six-week lows on Thursday as U.S. bond yields crept up towards four-year highs as investors fretted that low borrowing costs enjoyed by companies for many years may be endangered by the threat of rising inflation.


In a first, Gerber names boy with Down syndrome 'Spokesbaby'

(Reuters) - An 18-month-old boy with Down syndrome has been named by baby food maker Gerber as its "Spokesbaby" for 2018, the company said on Wednesday, an action hailed by advocates for people with...


First baby with Down syndrome is Gerber's baby of the year

(Reuters) - An 18-month-old boy with Down syndrome has been named by baby food maker Gerber as its "Spokesbaby" for 2018, the company said on Wednesday, an action hailed by advocates for people with...

Stocks and Bonds

For Millennial Investors, a Harsh Lesson in Market Gyrations

Severe stock swings rattled young investors, many of whom had never experienced such an intense sell-off and were left feeling “a punch to the gut.”


Gundlach: Market unwind will be 'turbulent,' not over in a few days

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jeffrey Gundlach, chief executive of Doubleline Capital, said on Wednesday that the "low rate-low volatility" market environment went on for so long that now "the unwind will be...

Trump breaks his silence on the stock market


Amazon's market value on verge of beating out Microsoft

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Inc on Wednesday was on the verge of ending the day with a stock market value higher than Microsoft Corp's for the first time, as the online shopping behemoth weathered the recent turmoil on Wall Street.

United States Economy

The Stock Market Is Worried About Inflation. Should It Be?

Is the economy at risk of overheating? The answer will depend on what really drives price increases, and what the Fed does.


Factbox: Trump on Twitter (February 7) - Republic of Korea, FBI, Stock Market

The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS.

YouTube star cut from film over racist remarks

YouTube star Kian Lawley was removed from his role in "The Hate U Give" after a video of him making racist comments surfaced.

Computers and the Internet

$2.4 Billion Deal for Chelsea Market Enlarges Google’s New York Footprint

The deal calls attention to the technology sector’s rapid expansion in the city, both in the numbers employed and the square footage occupied.

United States Economy

Trump Laments the Stock Market Plunge as a ‘Big Mistake’

In his first comments since the stock market plunged nearly 7 percent, Mr. Trump said the markets had overreacted to good economic news.


Building world's tallest tower going ahead after Saudi corruption purge

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - Construction of the world's tallest skyscraper in Jeddah is going ahead, the head of the consortium behind the $1.5 billion project said, despite the detention of...

The ultimate Valentine's Day gift: luxury linens


Lagos art lovers get chance to bid for long-lost masterpiece found in London

LONDON/LAGOS (Reuters) - A portrait of a Nigerian princess that was lost for more than 40 years has been found in a London flat and will be sold at an auction screened live in Lagos, allowing Nigerian art lovers to make bids direct from the West African mega-city.

California Today

California Today: California Today: How a Market Tumble Affects California

Monday: How Wall Street’s plunge affects California, a billionaire doctor plans to buy The Los Angeles Times and video of Peggy Fleming’s ice skating gold.


Column: Why U.S. stock market dive points to good news for retirees

CHICAGO (Reuters) - (The opinions expressed here are those of the author, a columnist for Reuters)


EMERGING MARKETS-Stocks stabilise, Zuma exit saga drags on

LONDON, Feb 7 (Reuters) - Emerging markets rode a stabilisation in global stocks on Wednesday to pull out of their heaviest slump in almost two years, though the dollar was gradually reapplying the pressure to the most heavily traded currencies.


Britain's Tesco faces record $5.6 billion equal pay claim

LONDON (Reuters) - Supermarket group Tesco is facing a potential bill of up to 4 billion pounds ($5.6 billion) to bring the wages of its female employees into line with men, according to the law firm pursuing Britain's largest equal pay claim.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Jittery world stocks clamber off 2-month lows

* Distressed selling might have peaked, but volatility a risk

Fashion and Apparel

Can Christian Louboutin Trademark Red Soles? An E.U. Court Says No

A legal adviser to the European Court of Justice has argued that the French shoe designer may not be entitled to trademark protection for his design signature.

Stocks and Bonds

Market Recovery Falters as Global Investors Grow Cautious

Shares in Asia were flat or down late Wednesday, amid signs that Wall Street’s rebound from a sharp sell-off a day earlier may not last.


Apple brings Alibaba-linked payment system into China stores amid market push

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Apple Inc will accept Chinese mobile payment app Alipay in its local stores, boosting its ties with giant e-commerce firm Alibaba Group Holding Ltd amid a push by the iPhone maker to revive growth in the world's No.2 economy.


Oil rises on report of lower U.S. crude inventories, stock market recovery

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices rose on Wednesday amid a share market recovery and supported by a report that U.S. crude inventories fell last week, although analysts warned that soaring U.S. output and a seasonal demand drop could soon weigh on crude.


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)


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

* Distressed selling might have peaked, but volatility a risk


Chan 'fell in love' with figure skating after Canada return

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Patrick Chan's new coach has said that the Canadian figure skater had fallen in love with his sport again after relocating to his homeland to train for his third and final Olympic Games.

How the stock market went from boring to bananas in just one week