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Tennis: Puig stuns Wozniacki in Miami, Osaka's run over

(Reuters) - Monica Puig shrugged off an opening set bagel to rally for a 0-6 6-4 6-4 victory over world number two Caroline Wozniacki in the second round of the Miami Open on Friday.


Boxing: Nevada State suspends Alvarez after second positive test

(Reuters) - Mexican boxer Canelo Alvarez was temporarily suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission following two positive tests for the banned fat-burning drug clenbuterol, the body's executive director Bob Bennett said in a statement on Friday.


Motor racing: Ferrari's Vettel tops final free practice

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Four-times Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel led a Ferrari 1-2 in the final free practice ahead of qualifying for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on Saturday.


Motor racing: Angry Ricciardo slams stewards for grid penalty

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - A frustrated Daniel Ricciardo condemned Formula One stewards at the Australian Grand Prix after the Red Bull driver was handed a three-place grid penalty for his home race on Sunday.

South Korea says North Korea agrees to hold high-level talks

South Korea said Saturday that North Korea has accepted its proposal to hold high-level inter-Korean talks next week.


South Korea says North agrees to hold summit preparation talks on March 29

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea has agreed to hold high-level talks with South Korea on March 29 at the border truce village of Panmunjom to prepare for a summit of their leaders planned for April, the South said on Saturday.


Djokovic out but Del Potro, Cilic move on in Miami

(Reuters) - Six-time champion Novak Djokovic's hopes of turning around his season at the Miami Open ended in the second round when he was defeated 6-3 6-4 by Frenchman Benoit Paire on Friday.


McIlroy, Spieth eliminated from Match Play as seeds tumble

(Reuters) - Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth were among the big names eliminated from the WGC-Dell Match Play on Friday, leaving only two of the top 10 seeds to contest the knockout rounds.


Romo shoots 82 to finish last in PGA Tour debut

(Reuters) - Former NFL quarterback Tony Romo missed the cut after shooting an 82 in the second round of the Corales Puntacana Championship in the Dominican Republic on Friday.


UPDATE 3-Moody's keeps South Africa rating at investment grade, revises outlook

* Losing investment rating would have triggered bonds selloff


Trump should insist on Libya-style denuclearization for North Korea: Bolton

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - John Bolton, U.S. President Donald Trump's new national security adviser, said Trump should insist that any meeting he holds with North Korea's leader must be focused squarely on how to eliminate that country's nuclear weapons program as quickly as possible.


Djokovic ousted, but Cilic moves on in Miami

(Reuters) - Six-time champion Novak Djokovic's hopes of turning around his season at the Miami Open ended in the second round when he was defeated 6-3 6-4 by Frenchman Benoit Paire on Friday.


Serbia expelled from handball event for cancelling Kosovo match

BELGRADE (Reuters) - Preparations for a historic handball match between political adversaries Serbia and Kosovo ended in chaos on Friday with the expulsion of the host nation after it canceled the fixture over security concerns.


McIlroy thrashed by Harman, eliminated from Match Play

(Reuters) - Rory McIlroy has been eliminated from the WGC-Dell Match Play after being comfortably defeated 5&3 by diminutive giant killer Brian Harman on Friday.


Arctic Ocean ice near record low for winter, boost for shipping

OSLO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Winter sea ice on the Arctic Ocean covered the second smallest area on record this year, part of a thaw that is opening the region to shipping and oil exploration and may be disrupting weather far to the south, scientists said on Friday.


Ibrahimovic looks set to shine in city of stars

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - It was fitting that Zlatan Ibrahimovic, a player with near-limitless self confidence, would announce his arrival in a city packed with movie stars and big egos with a full-page newspaper advert proclaiming: "Dear Los Angeles, You're welcome."


Svitolina ends Osaka's run to reach third round in Miami

(Reuters) - Ukrainian fourth seed Elina Svitolina ended Naomi Osaka's remarkable recent run with a 6-4 6-2 triumph over the Indian Wells champion in the second round of the Miami Open on Friday.


Cycling: Cavendish ruled out of Commonwealth Games

LONDON (Reuters) - Mark Cavendish has pulled out of the Commonwealth Games to recover from injuries he sustained in a horrific crash at last week's Milan-San Remo race, his team announced on Friday.


South Africa's Ramaphosa changes Zuma rule on influence-peddling inquiry

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's new President Cyril Ramaphosa has changed a rule that said evidence produced at a judicial inquiry into allegations of influence-peddling signed by his predecessor Jacob Zuma could not be used in a criminal case.


Britain's Tinkler to miss Commonwealth Games with ankle injury

(Reuters) - Britain's Olympic medal-winning gymnast Amy Tinkler will miss next month's Commonwealth Games in Australia after tearing ankle ligaments during a warm-up routine at the Gymnastics World Cup in Birmingham on Thursday.


Exclusive: U.S. warship sails near disputed South China Sea island, officials say

WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy destroyer carried out a "freedom of navigation" operation on Friday, coming within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built by China in the South China Sea, U.S. officials told Reuters.


Force India Formula One team rule out name change this year

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Force India will not be changing their name this season despite having a new one in mind, the Formula One team said at the opening Australian Grand Prix.

John Bolton on: North Korea, Russia, bombing Iran and Iraq War

John Bolton said on Thursday that his past policy statements are "behind me" and that, after taking over next month as President Donald Trump's national security adviser, "The important thing is what the President says and the advice I give him."


Hamilton fastest but Red Bull, Ferrari in hunt

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton topped the timesheets for Mercedes in both practice sessions at the Australian Grand Prix on Friday but Red Bull's Max Verstappen showed enough pace to give the Silver Arrows pause for thought.


Britain blocks plans for new coal mine in northeast England

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain has refused permission for a new open cast coal mine in northeastern England, the minister for local government said on Friday.


Britain's Yarnold has knee surgery to treat joint disease

(Reuters) - Double Olympic skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold has had knee surgery to treat a rare genetic joint disease, the British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association said on Friday.


South Africa detects avian flu in seabirds

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa has detected an outbreak of avian flu in seabirds, citing the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain that infected the country's poultry industry last year.


Motor racing: Ricciardo handed three-place penalty for home race

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Daniel Ricciardo's Australian Grand Prix jinx struck again on Friday with the Red Bull driver handed a three-place grid penalty for his home race for going too fast during red flag conditions.

Luxury cruise ship sliced in half

Why build a bigger cruise ship when you can just cut one in half and add an extra 15 meters to the middle?

Civil War (US) (1861-65)

Op-Ed Columnist: The White Southern Anti-Trump

Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans defends the values Trump trashes.


Exclusive: U.S. warship sails near disputed islands in South China Sea, officials say

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy destroyer carried out a "freedom of navigation" operation on Friday, coming within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built by China in the South China Sea, U.S. officials told Reuters, a move likely to anger Beijing.

United States International Relations

Op-Ed Columnist: Macron-Trump, a Friendship that Must Deliver

As Trump surrounds himself with hawks, Macron may be a bulwark against disaster.

An ex-Playboy model told CNN she had a sexual relationship with Donald Trump. Next up is a '60 Minutes' interview with Stormy Daniels

The question now is whether President Donald Trump can hold his tongue -- or his tweets -- amid a gathering storm of televised allegations and court gambits about his sexual conduct.

Tariffs show Trump doesn't want China's help with North Korea

The US and China hit each other with billions of dollars in tariffs this week as the two countries edge closer to a trade war, a dramatic shift in a relationship which seemed to be growing stronger under President Donald Trump as he relied on Beijing for help with North Korea.


Ecclestone urges F1 to take breakaway threat seriously

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Formula One's former commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone has warned owners Liberty Media to take the threat of a breakaway series seriously and said Mercedes could follow Ferrari out of the championship.


Vietnam scraps South China Sea oil drilling project under pressure from Beijing: BBC

HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam's state oil firm PetroVietnam has ordered Spanish energy firm Repsol to suspend its "Red Emperor" project off the country's southeastern coast following pressure from China, the BBC reported on Friday.


Powell left out of Jamaica's Gold Coast team because of injury: JAAA

KINGSTON (Reuters) - Former 100 meters world record holder Asafa Powell was left out of the Jamaica team for next month's Commonwealth Games because he was injured, the head of the country's athletics association said on Friday.


Tennis: Kuhn gets early taste of tour victory in Miami

(Reuters) - Nicola Kuhn became the youngest Spaniard to win an ATP World Tour match since Rafa Nadal after the 18-year-old's 7-6(4) 6-4 victory over Darian King at the Miami Open on Thursday.


Motor racing: Hamilton leads Mercedes 1-2 in first practice

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton led a Mercedes 1-2 at the top of the timesheets for the first free practice session at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on Friday, while McLaren's hopes of a clean start were tempered by reliability issues.


NBA leaps on esports bandwagon with new league

LONDON (Reuters) - The inexorable advance of esports will break new ground next month when the NBA becomes the first American professional sports organization to operate an esports league.


Southern California evacuation orders lifted as mudslide threat eases

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Authorities in Southern California lifted evacuation orders on Thursday for more than 60,000 people living adjacent to fire-scarred foothills and mountain slopes along the Santa Barbara coast as rains and the threat of dangerous mudslides abated.


Ibrahimovic says farewell to Manchester United ahead of U.S. move

LONDON (Reuters) - Zlatan Ibrahimovic said farewell to Manchester United on Thursday after the Premier League club agreed to terminate the Swedish striker's contract ahead of an expected move to Los Angeles Galaxy.


Nike forecasts reversal in North America sales decline, tops estimates

(Reuters) - Nike Inc on Thursday signaled an end to revenue declines in North America as the world's largest footwear maker reaps the benefits of its efforts to sell directly to customers and focus on new launches.


Former NFL quarterback Romo shoots 77 in PGA Tour debut

(Reuters) - Tony Romo acknowledged the unforgiving nature of professional golf after carding five-over-par 77 in the opening round at the Corales Puntacana Championship in the Dominican Republic on Thursday.


Halep survives Dodin scare to advance in Miami

(Reuters) - World number one Simona Halep survived a scare from France's Oceane Dodin on Thursday, beating the lucky loser 3-6 6-3 7-5 to reach the Miami Open third round.


No repeat championship for Johnson at WGC Match Play

(Reuters) - Defending champion Dustin Johnson has no chance of advancing to the knockout phase of the WGC-Match Play after suffering a second straight defeat in Austin, Texas on Thursday.


Women's soccer league gaining foothold in U.S.

(Reuters) - Women's professional soccer has long been a tough sell in the United States but the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) is already in uncharted territory as it gets set to open its sixth season this weekend.


Southern California on guard as heavy rains raise mudslide risk

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Heavy rains in Southern California on Thursday threatened to cause dangerous mudslides in the hills northwest of Los Angeles, after thousands of people evacuated their homes in a region where slides killed 21 people in January.


South Korea ex-president Lee detained on graft charges

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean former president Lee Myung-bak was detained early on Friday on charges of taking bribes when he was in office, becoming the country's fourth leader to end up behind bars.


Soccer: Ibrahimovic set to leave Manchester United for LA Galaxy - reports

LONDON (Reuters) - Zlatan Ibrahimovic looks set to leave Manchester United imminently and join Los Angeles Galaxy, according to media reports in Britain and the United States on Thursday.


Endeavour Energy kicks off North Sea assets sale -sources

LONDON, March 22 (Reuters) - Endeavour Energy UK has launched the sale of its North Sea oil and gas assets at an ambitious price target of $500 million, according to two industry sources and a document seen by Reuters.


Sprint king Bolt to get his Dortmund trial on Friday

BERLIN (Reuters) - Multiple Olympic champion Usain Bolt will train with Borussia Dortmund on Friday as the retired Jamaican sprinter fulfils his ambition to workout with a major professional soccer team, the German club said on Thursday.


Formula One start lights moved to compensate for halo

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Formula One has changed the positioning of race start lights to ensure drivers can see clearly around the new halo head protection system that debuts in Australia this weekend.

Conservatism (US Politics)

Op-Ed Contributor: Will Canada Elect a Tin-Pot Northern Trump?

Doug Ford’s rise to power in Ontario signals the Conservative brand is now principally a marker of contempt for political order itself.


Southern California on guard as heavy rains may trigger mudslides

(Reuters) - The threat of dangerous mudslides will grow on Thursday as a storm rolls through coastal California, where thousands have fled from homes near hillsides that were stripped of vegetation by massive wildfires.


Motor racing: Hamilton says critical Rosberg trying to get 'headlines'

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton has dismissed criticism from former Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg as the product of someone seeking "headlines".


Motor racing: Hamilton, Vettel savor competing against the 'best'

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The tension of a rivalry that produced 'road rage' and acrimony between Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel in 2017 was absent on Thursday as the four-times Formula One champions made nice before the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.


Boxing: Parker a bigger all-round threat than Wilder, says Joshua

(Reuters) - Britain's Anthony Joshua says his next opponent, WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker, is a more well-rounded fighter than Deontay Wilder and does not appear overly impressed with the WBC belt holder's recent win over Luis Ortiz.


Sousa beats Harrison to set up Goffin clash in Miami

(Reuters) - Brazil's Joao Sousa edged American Ryan Harrison 7-6(4) 7-6(4) in first round action at the Miami Open on Wednesday as unseeded players enjoyed a day in the limelight in Florida.


South Korea presidential office proposes two-term presidency, lower voting age

SEOUL (Reuters) - The South Korea presidential office on Thursday proposed a four-year, two-term presidency, as widely expected, saying the current five-year single-term presidency hails from the age of dictatorship.


Johnson, McIlroy lose on first day of Match Play

(Reuters) - World number one Dustin Johnson and four-time major winner Rory McIlroy suffered surprise defeats on Wednesday as the WGC-Dell Match Play got off to a typically unpredictable start in Texas.


North Korea's rubber-stamp parliament to meet in April ahead of inter-Korean summit

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea's Supreme People's Assembly, the isolated state's rubber-stamp parliament, will hold a meeting on April 11, the North's state media said on Thursday, just weeks before an historic summit between North and South Korea.


Manchester United apply to establish professional women's team

LONDON (Reuters) - Manchester United have applied to the Football Association to establish a professional team in the second tier of the Women's Super League, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday.


Red-hot Osaka powers past Serena in Miami

(Reuters) - Indian Wells champion Naomi Osaka defeated 23-times grand slam champion Serena Williams 6-3 6-2 in the Miami Open first round on Wednesday, the latest big win for the emerging 20-year-old Japanese player.

Asia and Australia Edition: Austin, North Korea, Cambridge Analytica: Your Thursday Briefing

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


WADA President confident on Russia despite apparent impasse

LAUSANNE (Reuters) - World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) President Craig Reedie said changing circumstances made him confident Russia would become compliant with international anti-doping standards despite an apparent impasse.


Cycling-Bikes to be dismantled in fight against technological fraud - UCI

GENEVA (Reuters) - The International Cycling Union (UCI) will use X-ray technology and randomly select bikes to dismantle following a race in an increased effort to fight technological fraud, the governing body said on Wednesday.


Construction at World Cup stadium in Samara still behind schedule, says FIFA

SAMARA, Russia (Reuters) - FIFA warned on Wednesday that a huge amount of work still needs to be done to get the stadium in Samara ready for the World Cup which kicks off on June 14.


Doping-Two key points blocking Russian reinstatement, says WADA chief

LAUSANNE (Reuters) - Russia's progress towards being declared compliant with international anti-doping standards has become bogged down over two key points, the head of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said on Wednesday.


Strike in northwest Syria kills 20, including 16 children: monitor

BEIRUT (Reuters) - An air raid on a rebel-held area of northwestern Syria killed 20 people including 16 children fleeing an earlier strike on a school, rescue workers said on Wednesday.

Containers go overboard when cargo ship crashes

A cargo ship crashes into another cargo ship while it was docked, knocking a total of 21 containers overboard.


China Southern places $3.6 billion Boeing 737 MAX order for Xiamen Airlines subsidiary

(Reuters) - China Southern Airlines Co Ltd said on Wednesday it had placed an order for 30 Boeing Co 737 MAX narrowbodies for its Xiamen Airlines subsidiary in a deal the plane maker said was worth more than $3.6 billion at list prices.


Horse racing - Injured Walsh to miss Grand National

LONDON (Reuters) - Irish Jockey Ruby Walsh has been ruled out of next month's Grand National because of a broken leg but hopes to be back on home turf for the five-day Punchestown meeting at the end of April.


WADA says Russia making slow progress towards reinstatement

LAUSANNE (Reuters) - The head of the world anti-doping agency (WADA) complained on Wednesday of slow progress by Russian authorities towards making the country's anti-doping agency (RUSADA) compliant with international standards.


Hamilton, Vettel kick off race for fifth title at Australian Grand Prix

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The first installment of what Formula One fans hope will be a genuine season-long tussle kicks off on Sunday as four-times champions Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel lock horns at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.


McLaren car is '100 percent' ready, says Alonso

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Fernando Alonso has played down reliability concerns about the new Renault-powered McLaren, saying problems that arose during pre-season testing have been fixed and the car will be "100 percent" ready for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.


McIlroy hopes Bay Hill ascent can lead to Augusta joy

(Reuters) - Rory McIlroy believes Sunday's Arnold Palmer Invitational triumph provided vindication to his assertion that he was close to his best as the Northern Irishman hopes to carry that form to a maiden U.S Masters victory at Augusta next month.


South Korea's Moon says three-way summit with North Korea, U.S. possible

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Wednesday a three-way summit with North Korea and the United States is possible and that talks should aim for an end to the nuclear threat on the Korean peninsula.


American teen Anisimova stuns Wang in Miami

(Reuters) - American teenager Amanda Anisimova, fresh off an impressive run at Indian Wells, beat China's Wang Qiang 6-3 1-6 6-2 at the Miami Open on Tuesday to set up a second round clash with Spanish third seed Garbine Muguruza.


Tennis: Tomic's return to court ends early in France

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Bernard Tomic's bid to kick-start his career after slipping to 181st in the world hit a speed bump on Tuesday when the 25-year-old Australian was knocked out in the first round of a second-tier tournament in France.


'Don't mess with Marchionne', Wolff warns Formula One

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has warned that a breakaway series to rival Formula One is a "realistic" possibility if the championship's stakeholders fail to placate Ferrari in their long-term vision for the sport.

Sunken WWII warship discovered

Wreckage from the USS Juneau, a World War II cruiser sunk by a Japanese torpedo in 1942, has been discovered by a team of explorers led by billionaire Paul Allen on the floor of the South Pacific off the coast of the Solomon Islands.


Johnson faces dangerous group at WGC-Dell Match Play

(Reuters) - World number one Dustin Johnson opens his WGC-Dell Match Play title defense in Texas on Wednesday in a dangerous group that includes fellow American Kevin Kisner, Canadian Adam Hadwin and Austrian Bernd Wiesberger.


Exclusive: Cycling - X-ray trucks to be used at top races to detect motors

PARIS (Reuters) - The International Cycling Union (UCI) will use X-ray equipped trucks on Grand Tour stages and leading classic races this season following an increase in concerns about riders using motors inside their bikes.

Saudi prince's WH visit continues Kushner courtship

When Donald Trump stepped into the White House in 2017, the President gave his son-in-law-turned-senior-aide Jared Kushner considerable power in trying to strike a deal for Middle East peace. Enter Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, another anointed son looking to make a name for himself after his father gave him considerable power.


BRIEF-Black Box To Work On Engineering Program For U.S. Army Southwest Asia Outside Plant (SWA-OSP)



Sudan, the Last Male Northern White Rhino, Dies in Kenya

Just two members of the charismatic subspecies remain, both female. But scientists still hope to prevent the extinction of the animals.


Boxing-Injured Saunders postpones WBO title defense

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders has postponed his title defense against Martin Murray next month after suffering a hand injury in training.


World record holder Kimetto snubs London for Vienna Marathon

(Reuters) - World record holder Dennis Kimetto will run the Vienna City Marathon on April 22, organizers announced on Tuesday.


Tennis: Fever-Tree puts fizz back into Queens

LONDON (Reuters) - The makers of Fever-Tree mixer drinks are putting some fizz into the annual Wimbledon warm-up event at Queen's Club with a three-year sponsorship deal announced on Tuesday.


World's last male northern white rhino dies

NAIROBI (Reuters) - The world's last male northern white rhino has died, the Kenyan conservancy taking care of it said, leaving only two females of its subspecies alive in the world although scientists still hope they can save it from extinction.


South Korea to send K-pop singers to Pyongyang in late March

SEOUL (Reuters) - A group of South Korea's K-pop singers will visit Pyongyang from March 31, the South said on Tuesday, a reciprocal visit after North Korea sent performers to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

Significant damage in the Southeast from severe storms

Severe storms smacked the Southeast Monday, bringing possible tornadoes, powerful winds and hailstones the size of baseballs.


BRIEF-Pratt & Whitney Said To Ship Spare Engines For Grounded IndiGo Jets Within 40 Days - ET Now Citing Agencies



BRIEF-Adtran Says Broad Based Agreement With Sumitomo Electric Industries​ For North American MSO Business



China, not North Korea, to dominate Japan military planning

TOKYO (Reuters) - North Korea's growing missile arsenal might be the most obvious and immediate military threat facing Japan, but defense planners in Tokyo are focused on a much larger and more challenging foe as they prepare for the years ahead.


Motor racing: Battling Bottas looks for a step up Down Under

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Valtteri Bottas knows he needs to step up his game from last season if he is to have any chance of keeping his place at Mercedes and has targeted a top-two finish at this weekend's season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

United States Defense and Military Forces

U.S. and South Korea to Resume Joint Military Exercises

On April 1, the countries will resume the annual drills that they suspended during the Olympics and Paralympics, the Pentagon announced Monday.


U.S.-South Korea military exercises to resume next month

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and South Korea will resume joint military drills next month, Seoul and Washington said on Tuesday, exercises that will go ahead despite U.S. President Donald Trump's planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.


U.S.-South Korea military exercises to start next month

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and South Korea have agreed to resume joint military drills early next month, the Pentagon said, a move that was expected despite U.S. President Donald Trump's planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

US and South Korea announce start date for annual military exercises

The US said Monday that its major "Foal Eagle and Key Resolve" annual military exercises with South Korea will start April 1, an announcement that comes as President Donald Trump readies for a potential major summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which could happen as early as May.

As storms pummel Southeast, New England braces for another nor'easter

It doesn't look like winter is giving up easily.


'Socially responsible' investors reassess Facebook ownership

NEW YORK (Reuters) - With European and U.S. lawmakers calling for investigations into reports that Facebook user data was accessed by UK based consultancy Cambridge Analytica to help President Donald Trump win the 2016 election, investors are asking even more questions about the social media company's operations.


Motor racing: Hamilton on top, but concern at grassroots level

BANBURY, England (Reuters) - Britain is on top of the world in Formula One, with Lewis Hamilton beginning his quest for a fifth championship in Australia this weekend, but there is concern at grassroots level.


Bouchard passes first test in Miami qualifying

(Reuters) - Canadian Eugenie Bouchard beat American wildcard Allie Kiick 6-2 6-2 to be among a parade of former top 20 players to win their first round qualifying matches at the Miami Open on Monday.


Brazil to launch canal to drought-stricken northeast this year: minister

BRASILIA (Reuters) - A canal set to deliver water to two drought-stricken states in northeastern Brazil is set to go into operation by year's end, a government minister said on Monday.


Pompeo to face tough questions on North Korea, Iran: senator

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican who heads the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee said on Monday that U.S. President Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, will face tough questions on North Korea and Iran if he is to be confirmed in the role.


U.S.-Canada-Mexico World Cup bid unconcerned about anti-U.S. sentiment

(Reuters) - Soccer officials from the United States, Mexico and Canada said on Monday they were unconcerned about any anti-American feeling as they began their final push to host the 2026 World Cup.


South Africa's Tiger Brands closes Pretoria plant after listeria found

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Tiger Brands has closed its factory in Pretoria where listeria was detected as South Africa faces the worst outbreak of the disease, which has killed 180 people since January 2017.

4th nor'easter in 3 weeks to hit Northeast

Spring begins Tuesday, but winter isn't ready to retire just yet.


Soccer - 'Outrageous' Ronaldo has Messi in his sights

MADRID (Reuters) - After an uncharacteristically slow start to the season which provoked questions about his longevity, Cristiano Ronaldo has roared back to life with a torrent of goals and now has La Liga's top scorer award in his sights.


Alibaba doubles Lazada investment to $4 billion in aggressive Southeast Asian expansion

BEIJING/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd said it will invest an extra $2 billion in Southeast Asian e-commerce firm Lazada Group and tapped a top executive to run the business, as it takes on rivals such as tech titan Amazon in an aggressive expansion in the region.


UPDATE 2-Henkel warns that delivery woes hit sales in North America

* Confirms full year 2018 outlook (Adds share move, background)


UPDATE 3-Alibaba to invest extra $2 bln in Lazada in aggressive Southeast Asian expansion

* CEO replaced by long-time Alibaba executive Lucy Peng (Adds Southeast Asia e-commerce forecast, Lazada presence)


Relationship goals: Ford tries to rebuild trust with China partners

BEIJING (Reuters) - After 20-odd years of "marriage" in China, Ford Motor Co is having relationship issues.


BRIEF-Austal Says ‍Independence Class Littoral Combat Ship Successfully Completed Acceptance Trials



Alibaba to invest extra $2 billion in Lazada in aggressive Southeast Asian expansion

BEIJING (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd said it will invest an additional $2 billion in Southeast Asian e-commerce firm Lazada Group and replace its chief executive, consolidating its control over the firm as it targets an aggressive expansion in the region.


UPDATE 1-Alibaba to invest extra $2 bln in Lazada in aggressive Southeast Asian expansion

* CEO replaced by long-time Alibaba executive Lucy Peng (Adds detail from release, context)


Tiger puts game back together bit-by-bit ahead of Masters

(Reuters) - Tiger Woods came up short in his bid for a comeback win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday but a promising performance for a second week in a row looks like sending him off to next month's U.S. Masters with growing confidence.


Triumphant Osaka draws Serena Williams in first round at Miami

(Reuters) - Indian Wells champion Naomi Osaka will have little time to celebrate in her first career victory with the Japanese drawing eight-time champion Serena Williams in the first round of next week's Miami Open.

Basketball (College)

Texas A&M Swats Second-Seeded North Carolina From Tournament

A huge block in the first half set the tone in a game in which the Tar Heels were forced out to the perimeter and could not catch up.


Del Potro ends Federer's streak to win Indian Wells title

(Reuters) - Juan Martin del Potro saved three match points in a thrilling final at the BNP Paribas Open before handing world number one Roger Federer his first loss of the year and claiming his maiden Masters 1000 title on Sunday.


McIlroy blitzes Bay Hill back nine to end title drought

(Reuters) - Rory McIlroy staged a spectacular back nine charge to claim a three shot victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday, collecting his first PGA Tour win since 2016 and putting himself among the red-hot favorites for the U.S. Masters.


Security advisers from U.S., South Korea, Japan meet on North Korean summits: Seoul

SEOUL (Reuters) - The top national security advisers of the United States, South Korea and Japan met at the weekend to discuss North Korea and the "complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula", South Korea's presidential Blue House said on Monday.


Critic’s Notebook: South by Southwest Music Festival: 17 Acts That Stood Out

The lack of an arena-circuit headliner at this year’s festival, the 32nd, just helped level the playing field for the performers who still flock to Austin, Tex.


Osaka dominates Kasatkina for career-first title

(Reuters) - Japan's Naomi Osaka claimed her first career title with a commanding 6-3 6-2 victory over Russian Daria Kasatkina in a battle of 20-year-olds at the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday.

Asia and Australia Edition: Russia, North Korea, Xi Jinping: Your Monday Briefing

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


Dovizioso pips Marquez to win MotoGP opener in Qatar

(Reuters) - Italian Andrea Dovizioso won the Qatar Grand Prix for Ducati by the blink of an eye on Sunday as MotoGP served up a season-opening thriller at the floodlit Losail circuit.

Opinion: Trump's 'great day for democracy' smacks of dictatorship

If the firing of former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe on Friday night felt like something you'd see in a third-world dictatorship, you aren't alone.


Dovizioso wins MotoGP opener in Qatar

(Reuters) - Italian Andrea Dovizioso won MotoGP's season-opening Qatar Grand Prix for Ducati on Sunday after a thrilling duel down to the line with Honda's reigning champion Marc Marquez.


Shi beats Lin to win All England badminton final

(Reuters) - Seventh seed Shi Yuqi beat compatriot Lin Dan to win an all-Chinese final of the All England Open badminton championships in Birmingham on Sunday.


North Korean diplomat heads to Finland ahead of possible U.S. talks

SEOUL/BEIJING (Reuters) - A senior North Korean diplomat left for Finland on Sunday for talks with former U.S. and South Korean officials, Yonhap News Agency reported, amid a series of diplomatic encounters ahead of a possible U.S.-North Korean summit.

Sweden to help negotiate release of Americans held in North Korea

Sweden is helping negotiate the release of three Americans held captive in North Korea, sources with knowledge of the negotiations tell CNN.

US, North Korea representatives to meet

Representatives of North Korea, South Korea and the United States are set to meet in Finland for talks on denuclearization, according to South Korean and Finnish officials.


Australians flee homes as grassfires hit southeast

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Bush and grass fires sweeping across Australia's southeast destroyed homes, killed cattle and forced hundreds to flee on Sunday as dry, hot winds fanned the flames.


Southeast Asia, Australia 'gravely' concerned by North Korean weapons

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Southeast Asian countries and Australia said on Sunday they held "grave concerns" about escalating tension caused by North Korea's nuclear and missile programs and urged "irreversible" denuclearization.


Australians flee homes as bushfires hit arid southeast

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Bushfires sweeping across Australia's southeast destroyed homes, killed cattle and forced hundreds to flee on Sunday as dry, hot winds fanned the flames.


Now North Korean diplomat heads to Finland amid new diplomatic flurry

SEOUL/BEIJING (Reuters) - A senior North Korean diplomat left for Finland on Sunday for talks with former U.S. and South Korean officials, Yonhap News Agency reported, amid a series of diplomatic encounters ahead of a possible U.S.-North Korean summit.


Jamaica's Blake sees Commonwealth Games as step to build on Bolt's legacy

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Next month's Commonwealth Games will be Yohan Blake's chance to build on Usain Bolt's "legacy" and step out of the track great's shadow, the former 100 meters world champion said on Sunday.


Stenson holds one-shot lead at Bay Hill, Woods five back

(Reuters) - Henrik Stenson held a one-stroke lead over Bryson DeChambeau with big names Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Rickie Fowler pushing into contention and Tiger Woods five shots back after the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Saturday.


Federer survives scare, to face Del Potro in Indian Wells final

(Reuters) - World number one Roger Federer survived a scare from unseeded Borna Coric to beat him 5-7 6-4 6-4 in the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday and set up a final showdown with Juan Martin del Potro who cruised to a 6-2 6-3 win over Milos Raonic.


Vergne stretches Formula E lead with victory in Uruguay

(Reuters) - French driver Jean-Eric Vergne won Uruguay's Formula E round in Punta del Este from pole position on Saturday to stretch his overall lead in the all-electric series to 30 points.


Federer survives scare to advance to Indian Wells final

(Reuters) - World number one Roger Federer survived a scare from unseeded Borna Coric to beat him 5-7 6-4 6-4 in the BNP Paribas Open semi-finals on Saturday and keep his bid for a record sixth Indian Wells title alive.

United States International Relations

North Korea-Sweden Talks Focus on ‘Peaceful Solution’ to Nuclear Conflict

The Swedish and North Korean foreign ministers concluded three days of talks, discussions which may help facilitate a meeting between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un.


Zarco takes pole for MotoGP's Qatar opener in record time

(Reuters) - Frenchman Johann Zarco took the first pole position of the MotoGP season for the non-works Tech3 Yamaha team on Saturday with a record lap around Qatar's floodlit Losail circuit.


Sweden, North Korea talks end, may help pave way for Trump-Kim encounter

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - North Korean and Swedish foreign ministers ended three days of talks on Saturday on the security situation on the Korean peninsula which may help prepare the way for a planned meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.


Cycling: Nibali claims thrilling Milan-San Remo win

SAN REMO, Italy (Reuters) - Vincenzo Nibali timed his move to perfection to claim the Milan-San Remo "Monument" classic as he just held off the sprint specialists over 291 km on Saturday.


Morocco plans to spend $15.8 billion if it gets 2026 soccer World Cup

CASABLANCA (Reuters) - Morocco has proposed using 14 stadiums and budgeting to spend 15.8 billion dollars on infrastructure if it wins the right to host the World Cup soccer finals in 2026, the country's bid committee announced at a news conference on Saturday.


Iraqi PM welcomes FIFA decision to lift ban on Iraqi stadiums

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi welcomed a decision from soccer's world governing body FIFA to lift a ban on hosting competitive international soccer matches at stadiums in three Iraqi cities.


Tennis: Osaka stuns Halep as rising stars reach Indian Wells final

(Reuters) - Japan's Naomi Osaka made short work of a subdued world number one Simona Halep on Friday, the unseeded 20-year-old racing to a 6-3 6-0 semi-final victory to set up a surprise BNP Paribas Open final against Daria Kasatkina.


Australia, Southeast Asia to share intelligence to fight terror

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia signed an agreement on Saturday with Southeast Asian nations including Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei and the Philippines promising to share intelligence to combat terrorism.


Tropical cyclone cancels Darwin flights, delays shipping

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Flights to Australia's northern city of Darwin were canceled on Saturday due to Tropical Cyclone Marcus and will not resume until midnight at the earliest, with commercial shipping also disrupted.


James Levine, a Fractured Partnership and a Met Opera Lawsuit

Mr. Levine, who was fired after accusations of sexual misconduct, claims that Peter Gelb, the Met’s general manager, had long wanted to force him out.


Warriors Durant to miss two weeks with rib fracture

(Reuters) - Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant will miss at least two weeks of the NBA season after an MRI on Friday revealed a fractured rib in the latest injury setback for the shorthanded defending champions.


Raonic outlasts Querrey, to face Del Potro in semis

(Reuters) - Milos Raonic overcame his frustrations to outlast Sam Querrey and advance to the BNP Paribas Open semi-finals with a 7-5 2-6 6-3 victory on Friday while Juan Martin del Potro found his form late to down Philipp Kohlschreiber 3-6 6-3 6-4.

Central Intelligence Agency

Spies, Not Diplomats, Take Lead Role in Planning Trump’s North Korea Meeting

The C.I.A.’s emergence as the primary player speaks to the influence of Mike Pompeo, the agency’s director, who has been nominated to replace Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson.


Stenson, DeChambeau share second-round lead at Palmer

(Reuters) - Bryson DeChambeau closed out his second round with a birdie to join Henrik Stenson at the top of the Arnold Palmer Invitational leaderboard on Friday as Tiger Woods struggled in his bid for a record ninth Bay Hill title.


Horse racing: BHA to investigate deaths of six horses at Cheltenham

LONDON (Reuters) - The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) is to investigate the deaths of six horses at this week's Cheltenham Festival, including four on the final day.


Canada's De Grasse pulls out of Commonwealth Games

(Reuters) - Canadian triple Olympic sprint medalist Andre De Grasse has withdrawn from next month's Commonwealth Games to concentrate on his fitness for the outdoor season, he said on Friday.


VAR will be used at Russia World Cup, says FIFA

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Video assistant referees (VARs) will be used at the World Cup for the first time when the finals get underway in Russia in June, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Friday.


Horse racing: Native River wins Cheltenham Gold Cup duel

LONDON (Reuters) - Native River, ridden by champion jockey Richard Johnson and trained by Colin Tizzard, won the Cheltenham Gold Cup after beating 4-1 favorite Might Bite in an almighty duel on Friday.


Stenson, DeChambeau share early second-round lead at Palmer

(Reuters) - Bryson DeChambeau collected a birdie on his last hole to grab a share of the early second-round lead alongside Henrik Stenson at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Friday, as Rory McIlroy, Ernie Els and Rickie Fowler all moved into contention.


Sharapova withdraws from Miami Open with forearm injury

(Reuters) - Maria Sharapova's troubled start to the season has continued with the Russian having to withdraw from the Miami Open due to a left forearm injury, tournament organizers said on Friday.


Seoul aims for more talks about talks with North Korea this month

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - South Korea said on Friday it was seeking high-level talks this month with North Korea to prepare for a summit and that the South Korean president may meet Donald Trump before the U.S. president's planned meeting with the North Korean leader.

Embargoes and Sanctions

Wine and Diamonds: How North Korea Dodges Sanctions

With smuggled luxury goods and illicitly purchased oil, Kim Jong-un’s government maneuvers around measures meant to inhibit its nuclear program.


South Africa hits fallen Zuma with arms deal corruption charges

PRETORIA (Reuters) - Former South African president Jacob Zuma is to face corruption charges over a $2.5 billion arms deal, prosecutors said, as a years-old scandal returned to haunt him within weeks of his fall from power.

Bridges and Tunnels

Death Toll Rises to at Least Six in South Florida Bridge Collapse

Several cars were still trapped under the pedestrian walkway, which was designed to connect the campus of Florida International University to the city of Sweetwater.


Runaway chair lift injures skiers at Georgian resort

(Reuters) - At least eight people were injured when a malfunctioning ski lift hurled people from their seats in the Georgian ski resort of Gaudari on Friday, local media reported.


Trump asked South Korea officials to show flexibility in trade talks: Seoul

SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump asked South Korean officials to show flexibility in trade negotiations with the United States in a phone call with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the Blue House said in a statement on Friday.


South Africa's Zuma to be charged with corruption over arms deal

PRETORIA (Reuters) - Former South African President Jacob Zuma will be prosecuted for corruption relating to a 30 billion rand ($2.5 billion) arms deal in the late 1990s, chief state prosecutor Shaun Abrahams said on Friday.


Deadly listeria could herald tighter food safety rules in South Africa

LONDON, March 16 (Reuters) - A huge and deadly outbreak of listeria in South Africa could alter the country's approach to food-borne disease and prompt improvements in food safety standards, a leading health official said on Friday.


South Korea aims for high-level talks about talks with North

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea will seek high-level talks with North Korea this month as preparations for a summit began on Friday, the presidential chief of staff said, while officials in the South expressed interest in a separate summit with the United States.

Real Estate and Housing (Residential)

As Brooklyn Towers Soar, a Sinking Feeling for Developers

The borough is still in the midst of a building boom, but falling rents and rising vacancies at the top of the market could signal trouble ahead.


South Africa's RCL says no traces of deadly listeria strain at its factory

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Independent tests at RCL Foods' processed meat factory have not found any traces of a listeria strain that has killed 180 people since January last year, the South African food producer said on Friday.


Haas calls time on career spanning more than two decades

(Reuters) - Former world number two Tommy Haas officially announced his retirement from tennis at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells on Thursday, ending a career that spanned more than two decades.


Ruthless Federer sends Chung packing, faces Coric next

(Reuters) - South Korean Chung Hyeon managed to hang around against Roger Federer a little longer this time around, but only just, as the Swiss maestro advanced to the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open 7-5 6-1 on Thursday.


Indonesia pushes for Southeast Asian patrols of disputed waters

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Indonesia has lobbied Southeast Asian countries to carry out maritime patrols in the disputed South China Sea, claimed in most part by China, to improve security, Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu said on Friday.


South Korea gears up for summit, report shows North Korea testing reactor

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean officials began preparations on Friday for a summit next month with North Korea aimed at reducing tensions on the peninsula, as a report showed the North had probably begun testing a nuclear reactor as recently as late February.


Motor racing - Hamilton, Vettel ready to fight for high five

LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One fans will be hearing a lot about Juan Manuel Fangio this season as Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel battle to match the late Argentine's 1950s feat of five world championships.


Motor racing - Bottas has a big year ahead of him

LONDON (Reuters) - Valtteri Bottas could be fighting for his Formula One future this season but the Finn says he feels less pressure than last year when he joined champions Mercedes as Lewis Hamilton's team mate.


Motor racing - Teenager Stroll is now the face of experience at Williams

LONDON (Reuters) - Lance Stroll is still Formula One's youngest driver but the 19-year-old Canadian will also be his Williams team's most experienced man on the starting grid this season.


Venus through to Indian Wells semis, faces Kasatkina

(Reuters) - Venus Williams swept aside Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3 6-2 on a windy afternoon at the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday to set up a semi-final against rising Russian Daria Kasatkina, who beat Angelique Kerber 6-0 6-2 earlier in the day.


F1 breaks new ground with first global marketing campaign

LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One is distancing itself further from the Bernie Ecclestone era by launching a paid-for global marketing campaign for the first time.


Stenson on top at Palmer Invitational but Woods on prowl

(Reuters) - Henrik Stenson turned in a sizzling eight-under 64 to grab the first round lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Thursday, while Tiger Woods was back near the top of the leaderboard and on the prowl for a ninth Bay Hill title.


Coric battles back to upset Anderson at Indian Wells

(Reuters) - Croatian young gun Borna Coric battled back from 4-2 down in the third set to fell world number nine Kevin Anderson 2-6 6-4 7-6(3) and advance to the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Thursday.


North American 2026 World Cup bid picks 23 potential host cities

(Reuters) - The New York/New Jersey area, Los Angeles, Toronto and Mexico City are among the 23 candidate host cities for the joint United States, Canada and Mexico bid for the 2026 World Cup, bid officials said on Thursday.


U.S. envoy says he urged North Korea to release Americans before summit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The State Department's recently retired envoy for North Korea said on Thursday he has urged North Korea to send a positive signal by releasing three American prisoners before a possible summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Aurora Borealis

Trilobites: Steve, a Famous Northern Light, Stays Mysterious (and Keeps His Name)

Steve is a glowing strip in the night sky, not far from the northern lights. It was named after a cartoon. Now scientists have learned more.

Former US North Korea envoy calls Trump's acceptance of Kim meeting 'a great outcome'

The man who spearheaded US diplomatic efforts on North Korea until his surprise retirement earlier this month said he welcomes plans for a meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which is expected to take place in May.


North Korean foreign minister visits Sweden amid summit speculation

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - North Korea's foreign minister landed in Sweden on Thursday for talks, prompting speculation that the two-day trip could lay the groundwork for a possible meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Asia and Australia Edition: Russia, South Africa, Saudi Arabia: Your Friday Briefing

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


McLaren say Ferrari broke agreement with Mekies move

LONDON (Reuters) - McLaren took issue with Ferrari and Formula One's governing body on Thursday after the Italian team hired a top technical official from the FIA.


Woods back in contention at happy hunting ground

(Reuters) - Tiger Woods was back at one of his favorite events and near the top of the leaderboard after carding a rock solid four-under 68 to sit one off the early first-round lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Thursday.


Thiem withdraws from Miami Open due to injury

(Reuters) - World number six Dominic Thiem has withdrawn from the Miami Open due to an ankle injury, with the Austrian hoping to return for the claycourt season in Europe next month.


South Africa's listeria outbreak in early stages, will spread: minister

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The worst listeria outbreak on record is only in its early stages and will likely infect more people in South Africa and the region, health minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Thursday.


South Carolina church shooter's sister charged for weapons at school

(Reuters) - The sister of avowed white supremacist Dylann Roof, who was sentenced to die for the 2015 massacre at a historic South Carolina black church, was arrested for carrying weapons at a high school, according to police officials.

Maryland's state song calls Northerners 'scum.' That may change soon

For almost eight decades, the official state song of Maryland has been a Confederate ballad whose lyrics call Unionists "Northern scum" and President Abraham Lincoln a "despot" and a "tyrant."


Chicago pulls out as potential host city for 2026 World Cup

(Reuters) - Chicago has joined Vancouver in pulling out of the chance to be a host city in a joint United State-Canada-Mexico bid for the 2026 World Cup, citing uncertainty over potential costs and FIFA's inflexibility.


Sports court upholds four-year ban for Polish weightlifter Zielinski

ZURICH (Reuters) - The Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Thursday confirmed a four-year period of ineligibility for Tomasz Zielinski, a Polish weightlifter who tested positive for a banned substance two years ago.


Restaurant Review: A Celebration of Black Southern Food, at JuneBaby in Seattle

The chef Edouardo Jordan locates the pleasure and meaning of hog maw, pigs’ ears and other “ingredients we don’t want to talk about.”