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Damascus warns Israel of 'more surprises' in Syria

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DAMASCUS/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel will face "more surprises" should it again attack Syrian territory, Damascus said on Tuesday, after Syria's air defenses shot down an advanced Israeli warplane during the fiercest flare-up between the old foes in 36 years. [Source]

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Carnival probes security personnel's response to brawl in South Pacific cruise

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Carnival Corp , the world's largest cruise operator, said on Monday it was investigating the response of its security personnel to a brawl that broke out on one of its South Pacific cruises that resulted in 23 passengers being removed.

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Swastikas Discovered at Polish Embassy in Israel After ‘Jewish Perpetrators’ Comment

The obscene graffiti followed a remark by the Polish prime minister defending a new law criminalizing suggestions that Poland was a perpetrator of the Holocaust.

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Oxfam says Haiti director admitted using prostitutes

LONDON (Reuters) - Oxfam's country director in Haiti admitted to using prostitutes at his residence during a relief mission before resigning in 2011, according to an internal investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct released by the charity on Monday.

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Global dividends hit record of $1.25 trln in 2017, more to come

MILAN, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Global dividends rose 7.7 percent to an all-time high of $1.25 trillion (1 trillion euros) last year boosted by a buoyant world economy and rising corporate confidence, Janus Henderson said on Monday, predicting another record year ahead.

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Trump: FBI missed signs on Florida shooting due to Russia probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump attacked the FBI and lawmakers probing suspected Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and said an excessive focus on Russia led federal investigators to miss signs that could have prevented a deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school.

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Bill Gates says he should pay 'significantly higher' taxes

Microsoft founder and billionaire Bill Gates says he should pay more in taxes and that the government should require other superwealthy people like him to contribute "significantly higher" amounts.

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'Bad guy' Russia emerges as central player in Western diplomacy

MUNICH (Reuters) - European and U.S. officials divided over U.S. President Donald Trump's foreign policy found common cause this weekend in decrying what they say is Russia's covert campaign to undermine Western democracies.

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Five killed in attack on church in Russia's Dagestan: agencies

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A man in Russia's southern province of Dagestan shot into a crowd leaving a church on Sunday, killing five people and injuring at least five others, Russian news agencies reported, citing the local health ministry.

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E.P.A. Chief Pruitt Postpones Trip to Israel Amid Scrutiny of High-Priced Travel

The trip, which already had been postponed once before, was intended to focus on water issues. The agency declined to give a reason for the delay.

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Israeli scientists complete mock Mars mission in Negev desert

RAMON CRATER, Israel (Reuters) - A team of six Israeli researchers on Sunday ended a four-day Mars habitat experiment in Israel's Negev desert where they simulated living conditions on the Red Planet, Israel's Science and Technology Ministry said.

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Opinion: 'Black Panther' inspires more than African Americans

The box-office success of "Black Panther" gives me hope that one day my minority group, Arab Americans and Muslims, will see a superhero from our community on the big screen.

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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.

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All 65 passengers, crew feared dead in Iranian plane crash

DUBAI (Reuters) - All 65 passengers and crew were feared dead in a plane crash in central Iran on Sunday after the domestic flight came down in bad weather in a mountainous region.

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Netanyahu to Iran: ‘Do Not Test Israel’s Resolve’

Brandishing what he said was part of an Iranian drone shot down by the Israeli military, the prime minister warned in a speech in Munich against crossing Israel’s “red lines.”

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2 Gazans killed in Israeli airstrike after bomb injures 4 Israeli soldiers

Two Palestinians in Gaza were killed Saturday night in Israeli airstrikes after four Israeli soldiers were wounded by an explosive device along the Gaza border.

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Estonia calls for EU to spend more for defense in border states

MUNICH (Reuters) - Estonia, worried about a continued Russian military buildup, on Sunday called for the European Union to spend more on the defense of its external borders.

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Exclusive: For now, U.S. wants Europeans just to commit to improve Iran deal

WASHINGTON/PARIS/MUNICH (Reuters) - The United States has sketched out a path under which three key European allies would simply commit to try to improve the Iran nuclear deal over time in return for U.S. President Donald Trump keeping the pact alive by renewing U.S. sanctions relief in May.

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Father who forgave son for family's murder asks Texas to spare his life

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A Texas man who survived a deadly domestic attack hatched by his son is pushing the state to grant clemency to the condemned man, although it has never spared a death row inmate solely at the formal request of the victim's family.

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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.

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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.

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All 66 passengers, crew feared dead in Iranian plane crash

DUBAI (Reuters) - All 66 passengers and crew were believed to have been killed in a plane crash in central Iran on Sunday, an airline spokesman said, after the domestic flight came down in bad weather in a mountainous region.

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All 66 passengers, crew believed dead after plane crashes in central Iran

DUBAI (Reuters) - All 66 passengers and crew aboard a plane that crashed in central Iran on Sunday were believed to have been killed, state media reported.

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Gazit-Globe sells more Regency Centers shares for $101 mln

* Israeli real estate developer Gazit-Globe Ltd said on Sunday it sold another 1.03 percent, or 1.76 million shares, in Regency Centers Corp for $101 million.

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Israel strikes Gaza after soldiers hurt, two Palestinians dead

GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli fire killed two Palestinian teenagers in Gaza, local health officials said on Sunday, after Israel launched attacks against 18 targets belonging to militant groups in the enclave in response to an explosion that wounded four Israeli soldiers.

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U.S. still unsure who directed Syria attack, despite Russian dead

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is still unsure who directed a Feb. 7 attack on U.S. and U.S.-backed forces in Syria, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Saturday, even as he acknowledged accounts that Russian civilian contractors were involved.

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Florida school massacre suspect on authorities' radar in 2016: media

PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - A teenager accused of fatally shooting 17 people at a Florida high school was investigated by police and state officials as far back as 2016 after slashing his arm in a social media video, and saying he wanted to buy a gun, but authorities determined he was receiving sufficient support, newspapers said on Saturday.

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Firearms debate rages as Florida rally coincides with gun show

MIAMI (Reuters) - Student survivors of a mass shooting that killed 17 people at a Florida high school called for gun restrictions on Saturday during an angry and somber rally, but attendees at a nearby gun show said firearms could not be blamed for the massacre.

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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.

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Chilean sexual abuse victim testifies before Vatican investigator

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The key witness in the case of a Chilean bishop accused of covering sexual abuse said on Saturday he gave "eye opening" testimony to a papally mandated investigator and hoped it would lead to the truth.

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Florida school massacre suspect on authorities' radar in 2016: report

PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - A teenager accused of shooting to death 17 people at a Florida high school was investigated by police and state officials as far back as 2016 after slashing his arm in a social media video, and saying he wanted to buy a gun, but authorities determined he was receiving sufficient support, a newspaper said on Saturday.

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Proxy advisory firm ISS says Qualcomm should negotiate sale to Broadcom

(Reuters) - U.S. semiconductor company Qualcomm Inc should try to negotiate a sale to Broadcom Ltd following the latter's sweetened $121 billion offer, proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services Inc (ISS) said.

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Trump Should Get Behind Romney’s Candidacy, McConnell Says

In an interview, Senator Mitch McConnell said that Mitt Romney’s Senate run was an illustration of Republicans’ improving fortunes entering a challenging midterm campaign.

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Israel's Netanyahu condemns Polish PM for 'Jewish perpetrators' comment

WARSAW (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned his Polish counterpart on Saturday for saying Jews were perpetrators in World War Two as well as Poles and others, just weeks after Warsaw drew criticism over a new Holocaust law.

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U.S. calls for action to halt Iran's growing 'network of proxies'

MUNICH (Reuters) - U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster called on Saturday for more forceful action to halt Iran's development of what he said was an increasingly powerful network of proxy armies in Lebanon, Syria, Yemen and Iraq.

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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.

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As Ramaphosa Hails a ‘New Dawn,’ South Africans See More of the Same

Few in Soweto township expect change now that Cyril Ramaphosa is president. But none can imagine voting against the African National Congress.

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Exclusive: Indian banks may take more than $3 billion hit from PNB fraud - tax department

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian banks could take a hit of more than $3 billion from loans and corporate guarantees provided to diamond companies at the center of a massive alleged fraud at the state-run Punjab National Bank, the tax department has estimated.

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Mexico helicopter crash kills 13 on ground in wake of earthquake

SANTIAGO JAMILTEPEC, Mexico (Reuters) - At least 13 people on the ground, including three children, were killed when a Mexican military helicopter carrying top officials surveying damages from an earthquake crashed in a small town in the southern state of Oaxaca, authorities said on Saturday.

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Turkey summons Dutch charge d'affaires over Armenian 'genocide' motions

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey summoned the Dutch charge d'affaires to Ankara on Saturday to express its unhappiness with a pair of proposed bills that would see the Netherlands recognize as genocide the 1915 killing of as many as 1.5 million Armenians.

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Pope renews commission on sexual abuse, Vatican promises victims more say

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis renewed a commission on clergy sexual abuse on Saturday, confirming a U.S. cardinal as its head, as the Vatican promised to give victims a greater say in its work.

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Public reports 'clearly show' Assad's use of chemical weapons: McMaster

MUNICH (Reuters) - U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said on Saturday that, despite denials, public reports showed that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was using chemical weapons, and added that it was time for the international community to hold the Syrian government accountable.

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Analysis: Week of chaos, again, engulfs Trump's Washington

Another bitter week that took Washington to the brink of exhaustion landed Donald Trump at the epicenter of more tragedy, scandal and rancor than a conventional president would hope to face in a full year.

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Oxfam sex abuse criticism disproportionate, chief executive says

LONDON (Reuters) - Oxfam's chief executive said criticism of the charity following a sex abuse scandal had been disproportionate, according to comments published on Saturday.

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Turkey denies use of chemicals in Syria's Afrin, says accusations baseless

BEIRUT, ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey never used chemical weapons in its operations in Syria, and takes the utmost care of civilians, a Turkish diplomatic source said, after Syrian Kurdish forces and a monitoring group accused it of carrying out a gas attack in Syria's Afrin region.

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As support falls, German SPD sees 'no Plan B' to Merkel coalition

BERLIN (Reuters) - Support for Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) hit a record low, a poll showed, and the party's leader-in-waiting said she had "no Plan B" should members reject a coalition deal with Angela Merkel's conservatives.

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Ukraine progress should soften sanctions on Russia: Germany's Gabriel

MUNICH (Reuters) - German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Saturday said he favored easing some sanctions imposed on Russia if a ceasefire could be implemented in eastern Ukraine with the help of U.N. peacekeepers.

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Clapper: More shoes will drop in probe

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper tells CNN's Anderson Cooper that he thinks more details about the financial relationships between the Trump organization before the election and the Trump campaign will surface in the Mueller investigation.

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FBI admits failure to act on Florida school gunman, drawing anger

PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Friday it had failed to act on a tip warning that the man now accused of killing 17 people at a Florida high school possessed a gun, the desire to kill and the potential to commit a school shooting.

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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.

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Russian indictments could set stage for more Mueller charges

(Reuters) - Special Counsel Robert Mueller's indictment of 13 Russian individuals and three organizations for allegedly interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election sets the stage for the prosecution of Americans who may have helped the Russian effort, some legal experts said.

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FBI admits failure to act on Florida school gunman, draws anger

PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation on Friday said it failed to act on a tip that the teenager accused of killing 17 people in Florida had guns and the desire to kill, drawing calls from Florida's Republican governor for the FBI director to resign.

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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.

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Qualcomm says open to more deal talks with Broadcom following meeting

(Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc on Friday called a meeting with Broadcom Ltd to discuss the latter's $121 billion bid constructive and opened the door to more talks, but continued to reject the proposed deal between the semiconductor companies.

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U.S. Commerce Department proposes hefty import curbs on steel, aluminum

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Commerce Department has recommended that President Donald Trump impose steep curbs on steel and aluminum imports from China and other nations ranging from global and country-specific tariffs to broad import quotas, according to proposals released on Friday.

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Rick Scott: FBI director should resign

Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered a review Friday into how the Justice Department and FBI respond to indications of potential violence after the bureau said it failed to act on a tip about the shooter in the Parkland, Florida, school massacre.

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Obama Portraits ‘Push Us to Think More,’ Readers Say

Times readers said the portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama were unconventional, not unlike the former first couple, while others felt it didn’t capture their spirit.

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Playlist: The Playlist: Frank Ocean Rescues ‘Moon River,’ and 10 More New Songs

Hear the week's most notable tracks from Courtney Barnett, Gregory Porter, Tinashe and more.

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Trump, Israel's Netanyahu to meet at White House March 5: officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for a meeting at the White House on March 5, two U.S. officials said on Friday.

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22 more child deaths blamed on flu

The deaths of 22 more children from flu-related causes were reported Friday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in its weekly surveillance report.

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Turkey Frees One Journalist, but Jails Several More for Life

The sentences signaled an intensifying campaign against independent news, even as a reporter whose case caused tensions with Germany was released after a year in custody.

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U.S. and Turkey agree to mend ties; Turks propose joint deployment in Syria

ANKARA (Reuters) - The United States and Turkey agreed on Friday to try to rescue a strategic relationship that Washington acknowledged had reached a crisis point, with Turkey proposing a joint deployment in Syria if a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia leaves a border area.

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Lebanon speaker: U.S. proposal on Lebanon-Israel disputed waters 'unacceptable' - NNA

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanese parliament speaker Nabih Berri said on Friday that U.S. proposals regarding the disputed Lebanon-Israel maritime border were "unacceptable", state news agency NNA said.

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Israeli protesters urge Netanyahu to step down over bribery allegations

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Israeli demonstrators gathered in Tel Aviv on Friday to urge Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to resign after police recommended he be charged with bribery in two corruption cases.

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Coca-Cola sales beat as consumers drink more vitamin water, coffee

(Reuters) - Coca-Cola Co reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and sales on Friday as it sold more teas, coffees and vitamin water, sending its shares up 2.4 percent.

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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.

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Grief and anger as Florida prepares to bury victims of school massacre

PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - As families prepared on Friday to bury victims of another U.S. mass shooting, grief mixed with anger amid signs of possible lapses in school security and indications that law enforcement may have missed clues about the suspected gunman's plans.

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UPDATE 2- Under investor pressure, Danone eyes more profit growth in 2018

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South Africa's Ramaphosa set to outline priorities in key speech

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, is expected to give more details about how he plans to tackle corruption and boost economic growth on Friday, when he delivers his first state of the nation address.

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Exclusive: Walmart in talks to buy more than 40 percent of India's Flipkart - sources

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Walmart Inc is in talks to purchase a stake of more than 40 percent in Indian e-commerce firm Flipkart, a direct challenge to Amazon.com Inc in Asia's third-largest economy, two sources familiar with the matter said on Friday.

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Pakistan could face economic pain from return to terrorist financing 'gray list'

ISLAMABAD/WASHINGTON/HONG KONG (Reuters) - The prospect of Pakistan being placed back on a global terrorist financing watchlist could endanger its handful of remaining banking links to the outside world, causing real financial pain to the economy just as a general election looms.

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Telltale internet message may have foreshadowed Florida school massacre

PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - The 19-year-old man accused of shooting 17 people to death at a Florida high school legally purchased the assault rifle used in the killings and may have foreshadowed the attack in a social media comment investigated by the FBI last year, authorities said on Thursday.

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UPDATE 1-Canada regulator allows more Kinder Morgan pipeline construction

VANCOUVER, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Canadian regulator National Energy Board (NEB) on Thursday issued rulings that allow Kinder Morgan Canada to do additional construction work on an oil pipeline expansion that is fiercely opposed by the province of British Columbia.

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Accused Florida gunman visited restaurants, store after killing: police

PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - The 19-year-old man accused of killing 17 people at a Florida high school fled hidden in a crowd of frightened students and visited two fast food restaurants before he was arrested less than two hours after the massacre, officials said on Thursday.

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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.

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News Analysis: In Netanyahu’s Israel, the Divisiveness Is Now All About Him

Israeli politics has always been noisily contentious, but with the prime minister facing possible bribery charges, the toxicity threatens to reach new heights.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Trump Wants to Make America White Again

Democrats should be enraged by the immigration policies championed by the White House.

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Breast MRIs may lead to more biopsies that catch fewer cancers

(Reuters Health) - Women who get magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) screening tests for breast cancer are more likely to get invasive surgical biopsies to look for tumors than women who just get screening mammograms, a U.S. study suggests.

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'Do you fear me?': Venezuela's Maduro vows to gatecrash regional summit

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's unpopular socialist president Nicolas Maduro said on Thursday his right-wing Latin American counterparts showed intolerance by trying to exclude him from an upcoming summit in Lima - and he vowed to go anyway.

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Rights group sues to block Ohio Down syndrome abortion ban

CLEVELAND (Reuters) - The ACLU filed a lawsuit on Thursday challenging an Ohio law that criminalizes abortions if a doctor performing a termination is aware that the woman has received a diagnosis that her fetus has Down syndrome.

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No more cheeseburgers in McD's Happy Meals

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Sinn Fein leader says there will be more Northern Ireland talks

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald said on Thursday there would be more talks on restoring devolved government in Northern Ireland, but the timing was uncertain.

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Three more states are investigating Aetna

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Suspect in Florida school massacre charged with 17 murders

PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - A 19-year-old man who had been expelled from his Florida high school was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder on Thursday, after authorities said he unleashed one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history.

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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.

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Trilobites: Borneo Lost More Than 100,000 Orangutans From 1999 to 2015

Deforestation on the island has harmed the primates, but a study found they also disappeared from more intact forests, suggesting people may be killing them.

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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.

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More than a movie, 'Black Panther' is a movement

Black people have been striving to remind the world for years that Africa is a continent, not a country.

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House Speaker Ryan: Florida shooting shouldn't threaten right to own guns

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Paul Ryan, in a round of interviews with conservative radio shows on Thursday, said the Florida school shooting that killed at least 17 people on Wednesday should not threaten citizens' rights to own guns.

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Give women more time to give birth, make choices: WHO

GENEVA (Reuters) - Women in labor should be given more time to give birth and have fewer medical interventions, while participating more in decision-making, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

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Ramaphosa elected president of South Africa

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

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Gunman in Florida high school shooting held on 17 murder counts

PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - A 19-year-old man who had been expelled from his Florida high school was held on 17 counts of murder on Thursday, the morning after authorities say he opened fire at the school, unleashing one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history.

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Speed skating: Canada's Bloemen wins 10,000m, Kramer fails again

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Canada's Ted-Jan Bloemen produced an inspired display of impeccable technique to claim gold in the men's 10,000 meters on Thursday in an Olympic record time of 12 minutes and 39.77 seconds.

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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.

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EU tells Facebook, Google and Twitter to do more for users

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Europe's justice commissioner told Facebook , Twitter and Google on Thursday to do more to bring their user terms in line with EU law, ramping up pressure on the tech giants after their efforts were deemed too little.

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French pharma group Ipsen sees more asset purchases, U.S. growth

PARIS (Reuters) - French pharma company Ipsen expects to bring more drugs to combat cancer, rare diseases and mobility impairment into its pipeline this year and has around one billion euros ($1.25 billion) for asset purchases, its chief executive said.

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Israeli startup CommonSense Robotics raises $20 million

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Israel's CommonSense Robotics, whose technology enables retailers to offer quick and affordable grocery deliveries, said on Thursday it has raised $20 million in an early-stage investment round, bringing its total funding to $26 million.

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No More Sex Between Ministers and Staff, Australia’s Prime Minister Declares

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the ban after a political scandal involving the deputy prime minister and a former staff member who is now pregnant.

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Floyd Cardoz Pivots Again, for an Elusive Ingredient: Fun

The chef will transform his underperforming SoHo restaurant Paowalla into a lively canteen for Indian street food and snacks, the Bombay Bread Bar.

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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).

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Ex-student arrested after 17 shot dead at Florida high school

PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - A 19-year-old gunman returning to a Florida high school where he had once been expelled opened fire with an assault rifle on Wednesday, killing 17 people and wounding more than a dozen others before he was arrested, authorities said.

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Why the IOC should see Shaun White as a warning sign

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Ex-student kills 17 in shooting spree at Florida high school

PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - A 19-year-old gunman returned to a Florida high school where he had once been expelled for disciplinary reasons and opened fire with an assault-style rifle on Wednesday, killing 17 people and injuring more than a dozen others before he was arrested, authorities said.

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Lens: Which of These Images Should Be the World Press Photo of the Year?

World Press Photo has announced the six finalists for photo of the year.

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Zuma quits, ending scandal-plagued term as South African president

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Jacob Zuma resigned as President of South Africa on Wednesday, reluctantly heeding orders by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) to bring an end to his nine scandal-plagued years in power.

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'Numerous' fatalities after shooting at Florida high school

PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - A shooter opened fire in a Florida high school on Wednesday morning, killing multiple people and sending hundreds of panicked students fleeing into the streets while others huddled in classrooms as police hunted for the gunman.

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Berkshire buys Teva, bites more Apple, feels IBM blues

(Reuters) - Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc on Wednesday said it has taken a new stake in Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd , significantly boosted its holdings of Apple Inc and has nearly shed a less successful investment in IBM Corp .

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U.S. bank stocks rally, analysts see more upside

(Reuters) - Bank shares soared on Wednesday as investors bet rising inflation would push up interest rates and boost bank profits, and analysts forecast yet more gains from strong economic growth and...

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Zuma quits as President of South Africa

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Jacob Zuma resigned as President of South Africa on Wednesday, heeding orders by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) to bring an end to his nine scandal-plagued years in power.

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Viola Davis says she's worthy of more pay

Viola Davis is one of the most revered and decorated actresses in Hollywood, but the star of stage and screen says her paychecks and opportunities don't necessarily reflect her esteemed position.

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Trauma support may help low-income families earn more

(Reuters Health) - A federal assistance program designed to move low-income families toward financial independence comes up short – but results might improve if families also receive support that helps them deal with traumatic experiences, a new study suggests.

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Wrong turn could have sparked security scare at U.S. spy agency: FBI

FORT MEADE, Md. (Reuters) - A wrong turn may have led three men to drive onto the campus of the U.S. National Security Agency near Washington on Wednesday, sparking a scare that drew gunfire from guards and sent three to the hospital, FBI officials said.

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More banks joining $14 billion debt for Blackstone's TR unit buy

LONDON (Reuters) - More banks are poised to join a $14 billion financing backing U.S. private equity firm Blackstone Group’s acquisition of a majority stake in the Financial and Risk business of Thomson Reuters Corp , banking sources said on Wednesday.

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More Israelis believe police than Netanyahu, polls show

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Almost half of Israel's electorate believe the country's police, who say they have gathered evidence against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and called for him to be charged with bribery, a poll showed on Wednesday.

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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.

Scarlet A: The Ethics, Law, & Politics of Ordinary Abortion (Book) nytimes.com

Books of The Times: ‘Scarlet A’ Wants Less Shouting About Abortion and More Talking

Katie Watson says that with so much focus on “extraordinary” cases, there is something “unreal” about the American conversation about abortion.

Great Britain Withdrawal from EU (Brexit) nytimes.com

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.

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Several hurt when motorist tries to enter U.S. spy agency

FORT MEADE, Md (Reuters) - Several people were injured on Wednesday when an unauthorized motorist tried to drive onto the campus of the U.S. National Security Agency near Washington, prompting guards to open fire on the vehicle, officials said.

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U.N. says bombs will litter Mosul for more than a decade

GENEVA (Reuters) - The Iraqi city of Mosul will remain strewn with unexploded bombs for a decade, endangering a million or more civilians who want to return home following the end of three years of Islamic State occupation, a U.N. demining expert said on Wednesday.

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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.

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

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After bribery allegations, Netanyahu's government stable - for now

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Key coalition partners said on Wednesday they would stick with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for now, pending a decision by the attorney general whether to indict him for bribery as recommended by police.

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South African police raid Gupta home, ANC to sack Zuma via parliament

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's ANC unveiled plans on Wednesday to sack President Jacob Zuma via a parliamentary no-confidence vote, hours after armed police raided the luxury home of his friends, the Gupta brothers, as part of an anti-corruption investigation.

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Three shot near U.S. National Security Agency, one in custody: media

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three people were shot and wounded near the U.S. National Security Agency's headquarters in Maryland, and one person was in custody, local media reported on Wednesday.

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UK tells charities: no more cash if you don't come clean on abuse

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will stop funding overseas aid agencies if they fail to learn the lessons from Oxfam's sex abuse scandal, and the government will discuss possible prosecutions with law enforcement, the British development minister said on Wednesday.

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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.

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Hungary submits anti-immigration 'Stop Soros' bill to parliament

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary's nationalist government introduced legislation that would empower the interior minister to ban non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that support migration and pose a "national security risk".

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Israeli tech firm undercuts facial recognition to bolster privacy

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Big brother is watching. But in the future he may no longer be so all-knowing.

Weddings and Engagements nytimes.com

Should You Invite Your Ex to the Wedding?

When couples draw up their guest list, they are going to have to decide whether to include past relationships or hookups. Easy for some, not for others.

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South African police raid Gupta home, pressure cranks up on Zuma

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Heavily armed South African police raided the luxury home of the Gupta family on Wednesday as part of a probe into allegations the three brothers had corrupt links with President Jacob Zuma, who has been ordered by the ruling ANC to quit as head of state.

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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.

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Israel's Netanyahu says government coalition remains stable

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that his coalition government remained stable and would continue to govern despite police recommendations that he be indicted for bribery.

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Snowboarding: White delivers again to win third halfpipe gold

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - American Shaun White cemented his legacy as the most successful snowboarder of all time as he delivered a stunning routine under massive pressure on the final run of a gripping halfpipe final on Wednesday to win his third Winter Olympic gold and a landmark 100th for his country.

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In long Afghan war, U.S. Army tries new way to deploy trainers

FORT BENNING, Ga. (Reuters) - As a U.S. Army medic, Sergeant First Class Jonathan Ortega admits that when he gets to Afghanistan, his instinct will be to help care for any wounded Afghan troops. It is a feeling he will have to fight.

Politics and Government nytimes.com

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Do Israeli Students Need to Visit Auschwitz?

A controversial law in Poland provides an opportunity to reassess Israel’s relationship with the memory of the Holocaust.

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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.

Mandelblit, Avichai nytimes.com

Promoted by Netanyahu, Israel’s Attorney General Must Now Scrutinize Him

Avichai Mandelblit, a former aide to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, will be the one to decide if Mr. Netanyahu will be formally charged.

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One man killed, two wounded in shooting in Utah: police

(Reuters) - One man was killed and two other men were wounded in a shooting outside Salt Lake City on Tuesday, and police said were looking for whoever carried out the attack.

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Leslie Jones’s Twitter Makes Her the De Facto Olympics Fashion Critic (Again)

In 2016, the “Saturday Night Live” comedian went viral (and then went to Rio) for being an Olympics superfan. Now, in 2018, she’s off to the races again.

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UK to aid groups: no more cash if you don't come clean on abuse

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's government will tell aid agencies on Wednesday it will withdraw funding if they cannot show they are preventing abuse by staff following allegations of sexual misconduct involving British aid organization Oxfam.

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More than half the people getting food stamps are children or seniors

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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.

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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.

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Colorado shuts down funeral home operated by body parts broker

(Reuters) - Colorado officials indefinitely shut down the funeral home and crematory this week of a woman who runs a side business selling donated body parts from the same building.

Netanyahu, Benjamin nytimes.com

Netanyahu Should Be Charged With Bribery and Fraud, Israeli Police Say

The charges, which would be the first against a sitting prime minister, raised immediate doubts about his ability to stay in power.

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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.

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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.

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U.S. urges U.N. to hold Myanmar military accountable for 'ethnic cleansing'

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States on Tuesday described Myanmar denials of ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims as "preposterous" as it called on the U.N. Security Council to hold the military accountable and pressure leader Aung San Suu Kyi "to acknowledge these horrific acts that are taking place in her country."

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More Russian cyber attacks on elections 'likely': U.S. intelligence chief

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Russia is likely to pursue more cyber attacks on elections in the United States, U.S. intelligence community leaders said on Tuesday, with just months to go before U.S. congressional and local elections in November.

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Exclusive: U.S. tables motion to put Pakistan on global terrorist - financing watchlist

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The United States has put forward a motion to place Pakistan on a global terrorist-financing watchlist with an anti-money laundering monitoring group, according to a senior Pakistani official.

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U.S. intelligence chief says North Korea 'decision time' is near

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. director of national intelligence warned on Tuesday that time was running out for the United States to act on the threat posed by North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

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Mardi Gras paradegoers throw more than beads

Beads! Beads! Beads! It's all anyone ever thinks about when it comes to Mardi Gras.

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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.

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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.

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Julian Assange’s Arrest Warrant Is Again Upheld by U.K. Judge

In her second ruling in a week against the WikiLeaks founder, Judge Emma Arbuthnot suggested that Mr. Assange should leave the Ecuadorean Embassy to face a bail-jumping charge.

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ANC orders Zuma to step down as South African president

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's ruling party ordered Jacob Zuma on Tuesday to step down as head of state after marathon talks over the fate of a leader whose scandal-plagued years in power darkened and divided Nelson Mandela's post-apartheid 'Rainbow Nation'.

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Damascus warns Israel of 'more surprises' in Syria

DAMASCUS/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel will face "more surprises" should it again attack Syrian territory, Damascus said on Tuesday, after Syria's air defenses shot down an advanced Israeli warplane during the fiercest flare-up between the old foes in 36 years.

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Malaysia further downgrading ties with North Korea a year after airport assassination: sources

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - One year after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half-brother was assassinated at Kuala Lumpur's airport, Malaysia is further downgrading once-close ties with Pyongyang, sources familiar with the government's plans said.

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Don't take the president literally, aide says, after women deride 'macho-fascist' Duterte

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte should be taken seriously, but not literally, his spokesman said on Tuesday, after the controversial leader drew criticism for saying he once ordered soldiers to shoot female Maoist insurgents in the genitals.

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Countries who fought Islamic State must help rebuild Iraq: Tillerson

KUWAIT (Reuters) - The United States urged members of the coalition fighting Islamic State on Tuesday to help rebuild Iraq or risk the reversal of the gains made against the group there.

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UK initiative seeks Israeli digital health tech to assist NHS

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - The British embassy in Israel said on Tuesday it has launched a program designed to help incorporate Israeli digital health technology into the UK and its National Health Service (NHS).

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Russia says hackers stole more than $17 million from its banks in 2017

MAGNITOGORSK, Russia (Reuters) - Hackers stole more than 1 billion roubles ($17 million) from Russian banks using the Cobalt Strike security-testing tool in 2017, a central bank official said on Tuesday.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions nytimes.com

Feature: ‘I’m Just More Afraid of Climate Change Than I Am of Prison’

How a group of five activists called the Valve Turners decided to fight global warming by doing whatever it takes.

California nytimes.com

A Hot, Dry Winter in California. Could It Be Drought Again?

A persistent ridge of air in the Pacific is keeping winter storms away, and the Sierra snowpack, source of much of the state's water, is suffering.

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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.

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Brands in Hong Kong expand again as retail sales recover

HONG KONG, Feb 13 (Reuters) - Retailers in Hong Kong such as Chow Tai Fook, the world's No. 2 jeweller after Tiffany's by market capitalisation, are expanding again in a sign of confidence for a sector critical to the economy.

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Islamic State yet to suffer 'enduring defeat' says Tillerson

KUWAIT (Reuters) - The end of major combat operations against Islamic State does not mean the United States and its allies have achieved an enduring defeat of the militant group, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday.

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ANC decides to remove Zuma as South African President

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The ANC has decided to sack Jacob Zuma as President of South Africa, a senior official said on Tuesday, after a marathon meeting to determine the fate of a leader whose scandal-plagued years in power darkened and divided Nelson Mandela's 'Rainbow Nation'.

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Singapore poised for first sales tax hike in more than a decade

SINGAPORE, Feb 13 (Reuters) - Singapore, a city-state famed for the low-tax model that helped transform it from a gritty port town to an Asian Manhattan, is expected to put something unusual in this year's government budget announcement: a tax hike.

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North Korea warms to South Korea after visit, volume down on border propaganda

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea's leader said he wants to boost the "warm climate of reconciliation and dialogue" with South Korea after his high-level delegation returned from a visit to the South, as his foes reiterated the need to keep up maximum pressure and sanctions.

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GM to shut South Korean plant, more cuts could follow

DETROIT/SEOUL (Reuters) - General Motors Co said it will close one of its four plants in South Korea and incur an $850 million impairment charge as part of a restructuring of its money-losing business in Asia's fourth-biggest economy.

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South Korea's Samsung Elec extends gains to more than 5 percent

SEOUL (Reuters) - Shares in South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics jumped more than 5 percent on Tuesday amid strong buying by foreign investors.

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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.

Police Brutality, Misconduct and Shootings nytimes.com

2 Baltimore Police Detectives Are Convicted of Racketeering

Daniel Hersl and Marcus Taylor worked for the city’s elite Gun Trace Task Force, whose members stole cash and resold looted narcotics. Other officers had pleaded guilty.

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South Africa's ANC decides to remove Zuma as head of state

PRETORIA/JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's African National Congress party executive committee has decided to "recall" or remove President Jacob Zuma as head of state, a senior ANC source told Reuters on Tuesday, after a 13-hour meeting of the party's top leadership.

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Retired Marine: John Kelly should resign

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UPDATE 1-GM will shut a South Korean plant, more cuts could follow

DETROIT, Feb 12 (Reuters) - General Motors Co will close one of four vehicle assembly plants in South Korea, and will decide the future of the remaining operations within weeks, based on the outcome of talks with the government and labor unions, GM President Dan Ammann told Reuters on Monday.

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Trump tells Putin more steps needed to scrap North Korea nuclear program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump, who complained last month that Moscow was "not helping us at all with North Korea," told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday that more needs to be done to scrap Pyongyang's nuclear program, the White House said.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

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.

Hurricane Maria (2017) nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Puerto Rico Needs More Than Bandages

The island’s power and water utilities require wholesale rebuilding to achieve resilience against the next big storm.

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Judge to rule on Assange's bid to escape legal action in Britain

LONDON (Reuters) - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will hear on Tuesday whether his legal bid to halt action against him for breaching bail has been successful, in a ruling that could pave the way for him to leave the Ecuadorean embassy in London.

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Weinstein Co deal should include more funds for victims: New York AG

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York's attorney general said on Monday a deal for the Weinstein Company should include a bigger compensation fund for victims of ex-chairman Harvey Weinstein, speaking a day after the state's lawsuit scuttled a deal.

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Ice Hockey: Korea falls to Sweden amid more unity displays

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Korea's unified women's Olympic hockey team suffered their second lop-sided defeat on Monday, as seven different players scored to lift Sweden to an 8-0 win on another night of jubilant displays of goodwill between the two Koreas.

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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.

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Trump Jr.'s wife hospitalized after suspicious powder scare: police

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Vanessa Trump, the daughter-in-law of U.S. President Donald Trump, and two other people were taken to a New York hospital on Monday after she opened a piece of mail containing an unidentified white powder that was later determined to be non-hazardous, officials said.

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Pence raises prospect of talks with North Korea while applying 'maximum pressure'

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has appeared to endorse deeper post-Olympics engagement between South and North Korea that could lead to direct U.S. talks, but has agreed with Seoul that sanctions must be intensified to push Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons.

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Obama unveils official portraits, jokes about wife's 'hotness'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Barack Obama joked about his ears and gray hair and praised his wife Michelle Obama's "hotness" at the unveiling of the couple's official portraits at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery on Monday.

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White House dismisses idea of U.S.-Israel discussing settlement annexation

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The United States dismissed as false an Israeli assertion on Monday that the two countries were discussing the possibility of Israel annexing Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, in a rare display of discord between U.S. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Why Oxfam's sex scandal shouldn't surprise you

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Ford expands 'Do Not Drive' warning to 33,000 more pickup trucks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co on Monday warned an additional 33,000 owners of older pickup trucks in North America to stop driving them until potentially defective Takata Corp air bag inflators can be repaired.

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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.

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Deputy head of Oxfam quits as Haiti sex scandal escalates

LONDON (Reuters) - The deputy head of Oxfam resigned on Monday over what she said was the British charity's failure to adequately respond to past allegations of sexual misconduct by some of its staff in Haiti and Chad.

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India cuts stent prices by more than 7 percent

NEW DELHI, Feb 12 (Reuters) - India has cut prices of some stents by about 7.6 percent, a government body said on Monday, in the latest setback for the country's $5 billion medical device industry.

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Israel's Netanyahu says discussing settlement annexation with U.S.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday he has been discussing with the United States the possibility of Israel annexing Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, drawing swift condemnation from Palestinian leaders.

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U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau aims for more restraint: memo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will pull back its activities and seek to promote a free market for financial services, according to a memo obtained by Reuters on Monday.

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Ice Hockey: Korea fall to Sweden amid more unity displays

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Korea's unified women's Olympic hockey team suffered their second lop-sided defeat on Monday, as seven different players scored to lift Sweden to an 8-0 win on another night of jubilant displays of goodwill between the two Koreas.

Carbon Monoxide nytimes.com

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Kills More Than 100 in China This Year

Poorly ventilated or faulty water heaters and cooking stoves have been blamed for the rash of deaths in the Guangxi region, as well as hundreds of hospitalizations.

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Head held high, Kim's sister returns to North Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) - A prim, young woman with a high forehead and hair half swept back quietly gazes at the throngs of people pushing for a glimpse of her, a faint smile on her lips and eyelids low as four bodyguards jostle around her.

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Israel awards top literature prize to novelist critical of its policies

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's national prize for literature, one of its most prestigious honors, is to be awarded this year to novelist David Grossman, an outspoken critic of Israel's policy toward the Palestinians.

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Syrian frontline town divides NATO allies Turkey and U.S.

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A dispute between Turkey and the United States over control of a north Syrian town has put the NATO allies on opposing sides of the conflict's front line, deepening a diplomatic rift ahead of a visit to Turkey by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

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Pence raises prospect of talks with North Korea alongside 'intensified' pressure

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Comments by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence suggest the United States may be looking more favorably at diplomatic engagement with North Korea as South Korea considers a rare summit with its neighbor and long-time foe.