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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia gets the jitters as Fed meeting looms

SYDNEY, March 19 (Reuters) - Asian share markets got off to a hesitant start on Monday for a week in which the Federal Reserve is likely to deliver a hike in U.S. interest rates and perhaps signal that as many as three more lie in store for the rest of the year.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Voter Registration and Requirements

Editorial | Tune In, Turn Out: Kris Kobach’s Voting Sham Gets Exposed in Court

In a Kansas courtroom, the nation’s leading vote suppressors are being revealed for the con artists they are.


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.


China's environment minister says plans tougher air quality targets

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will set more stringent targets for improving the nation's air quality under a new three-year plan, its environment minister said on Saturday, as the world's No.2 economy aims to clear its notoriously toxic skies.


Former FBI No.2 McCabe fired; claims he is being targeted

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired the FBI's former No.2 official Andrew McCabe Friday, prompting McCabe to say he is being targeted because he is a crucial witness into whether President Donald Trump tried to obstruct the Russia investigation.


Slightly elevated blood sugar tied to heart and kidney problems

(Reuters Health) - People who have slightly elevated blood sugar that’s not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis may still have a higher risk of heart and kidney disease than individuals with normal blood sugar, a U.S. study suggests.


Opinion: Stop Apologizing for Being Elite

The energy that elites spend being ashamed of their advantages would be better spent sharing the fruits of those advantages.


The Price French Bulldogs Pay for Being So Cute

Their health problems are a human creation.


Is $71 as good as it gets for oil bulls this year?

LONDON (Reuters) - On the surface, things look good for oil producers. Global oil demand is set to grow at its fastest pace in three years and OPEC's discipline in sticking to output cuts has been unprecedented.

N. Korean nuclear reactors show new signs of activity

New satellite imagery examined by Western experts suggests North Korea has begun preliminary testing of one of its nuclear reactors at the Yongbyon research facility. The disclosure comes as preparations get underway for the summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in next month -- and ahead of Kim's planned meeting with President Trump in May.


UPDATE 4-Largest U.S. radio company iHeartMedia files for bankruptcy

* Seeks to maintain 'business as usual' during process (Adds lawyers' comments, other details from bankruptcy court hearing)


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.


Meredith moves to sell Time, Fortune and Sports Illustrated titles: sources

(Reuters) - U.S. media company Meredith Corp has hired advisers to explore a sale of its Time, Fortune, Money and Sports Illustrated magazines following its $1.84 billion acquisition of Time Inc in January, people familiar with the matter said.

iHeartMedia files for bankruptcy


Japan recall Honda for World Cup tune-ups, Okazaki omitted

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan recalled midfielder Keisuke Honda on Thursday for their World Cup warm-up matches against Mali and Ukraine in Belgium later this month.


China, Russia welcome Korean peace efforts with diplomacy in overdrive

SEOUL (Reuters) - China's President Xi Jinping offered encouragement for South Korea's initiative to nurture peaceful engagement with North Korea, and Russia also expressed support, the South Korean official leading diplomatic efforts said on Thursday.

North Korean foreign minister heads to Sweden amid US summit speculation

North Korea's foreign minister is visiting Sweden Thursday and Friday, the Swedish government announced, in the first significant diplomatic move by Pyongyang since a momentous summit with the US was announced a week ago.


Largest U.S. radio company iHeartMedia files for bankruptcy

(Reuters) - IHeartMedia Inc filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Thursday as the largest U.S. radio station owner reached an in-principle agreement with creditors to restructure its overwhelming debt load.


CORRECTED-Largest U.S. radio company iHeartMedia files for bankruptcy

March 15 (Reuters) - Radio broadcaster iHeartMedia Inc on Thursday said ‍the company and its units, including iHeartcommunications Inc, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.


BRIEF-iHeartMedia files for bankruptcy


Opinon: West should stop feigning heartbreak

Distance commentary is never a healthy task. And with Syria, with the drumbeat of shrapnel in children and starving, drowsy mothers in the background, it often feels fraudulent -- as the writer is so far away from a reality seen only on YouTube.


Freestyle skiing: Korean moguls skiers banned for sexual harassment

SEOUL (Reuters) - Two male South Korean moguls skiers who competed at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics have been banned for life after female team mates complained of being sexually harassed at an event in Japan, the Korea Ski Association (KSA) has said.


China, Russia welcome Korean peace drive: South Korean envoy

SEOUL (Reuters) - China's President Xi Jinping offered encouragement for South Korea's initiative to nurture peaceful engagement with North Korea, and Russia also expressed support, the South Korean official leading diplomatic efforts said on Thursday.


Once harassed herself, South Korean lawyer fights for #MeToo victims

SEOUL (Reuters) - Almost a decade ago, Lee Eun-eui was thrust into a lonely battle against her employer Samsung after she reported unwelcome touching by a superior.

A strong handshake could indicate a healthy heart


Bomb targets police in Pakistan, killing seven people in eastern city of Lahore

LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - A bomb blast ripped through a police checkpoint in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore on Monday, killing seven people and wounding 18, a rescue official said.


Former South Korean president Lee appears for questioning over graft charges

SEOUL (Reuters) - Former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak appeared for questioning on Wednesday over allegations he took bribes when he was in office, following months of investigations into his family and acquaintances over the graft charges.

Interior Design and Furnishings

The ‘Weird Al Yankovic of Drag’ Gets an Extreme Home Makeover

Jackie Beat’s five-bedroom suburban showplace was decorated with inspiration from “Planet of the Apes,” “Carrie” and other pop-culture touchstones.


Bolivian women weave devices to patch holes in hearts

(Reuters Health) - A team of Bolivian women are using indigenous Aymara weaving patterns to craft devices that can help repair heart defects, doctors involved in developing the device report in JAMA.

Watch: Tillerson speaks after being fired

Outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks after being fired from his post by President Donald Trump.

Analysis: Tillerson is out. So, who gets fired next?

Rex Tillerson, after more than a year of semi-public feuding with President Donald Trump, has been fired.


Britain's May gets EU support, cautious backing from Trump, in showdown with Russia

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain gave Russia until midnight on Tuesday to explain how a Soviet-era nerve agent was used against a former Russian double agent, and U.S. President Donald Trump said he would condemn Russia if British evidence incriminated Moscow.


U.S. farm group targets Trump with free-trade ads

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A farm lobbying group is spending $500,000 to air television ads on channels near U.S. President Donald Trump's home in Florida to encourage free trade, with the group worried recent metal tariffs could result in retaliation against U.S. agricultural goods.

United States International Relations

Japan Fears Being Left Behind by Trump’s Talks With Kim Jong-un

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has cultivated close ties with President Trump, but appears sidelined on North Korea.

Trump gets gift from Republicans on House panel probing Russia election meddling

Donald Trump's friends on Capitol Hill have delivered.

Animal Behavior

Near Noisy Oil Fields, Lovesick Birds Change Their Tunes

“Hey, hey, sexy, hey, I’m Bob, a Savannah sparrow.” Birds near oil fields tweak their mating calls in complex ways that researchers are only starting to grasp.


Editorial Notebook: Being the Mayor’s Wife Shouldn’t Be a Paying Job

It’s fine for Mr. de Blasio to value the counsel of his wife, but it’s wrong for him to think she should be paid.


O.J. Simpson gets tongues wagging, but 'American Idol' wins on TV

LOS ANGELES, March 12 (Reuters) - A more than 10 year-old interview in which O.J. Simpson gave a hypothetical account of how he might have murdered his ex-wife fired up social media, but Americans proved more interested in watching the return of "American Idol," television ratings data on Monday showed.


Newer gout drug poses risk to heart patients

Gout sufferers with major pre-existing heart disease face a higher risk of death if they are treated with the drug febuxostat, a large long-term study has concluded


Women with bigger waist and hips have higher heart attack risk

While obesity is associated with an increased risk for heart attacks, a new study suggests that hip and waist size may play a bigger role, particularly for women.

World Health Organization gets ready for 'Disease X'

The World Health Organization included "Disease X" in its most recent global plan for accelerating research and development during health emergencies like the Ebola, SARS or Zika epidemics.

'Ready Player One' premiere gets cheers, despite technical difficulties

Steven Spielberg's "Ready Player One" had its world premiere Sunday night. Like the classic '80s arcade games the movie references, the premiere came with a few glitches.


North Korean 'caution' seen in announcing stance on upcoming summits: Seoul

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea's silence on its upcoming summits with the United States and South Korea is probably due to caution over organizing its stance on the meetings, the South said on Monday, as China's leader urged patience.

Taylor Swift gets backlash over her dance moves

Singer Taylor Swift is getting backlash after some are saying she mimicked moves in her latest music video "Delicate" after a Kenzo ad.


South Korea kicks off due diligence on GM's South Korean unit: KDB

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea held an initial meeting on Monday for its due-diligence of General Motors' local unit to decide whether to provide funds for the unit's troubled operations.


Colorado investigator relents after being jailed for refusing to testify in death-row case

DENVER (Reuters) - A Colorado criminal defense investigator, jailed for refusing to testify in a death row inmate's appeal because of her religious beliefs, has agreed to comply with a prosecution subpoena that could set her free, her attorney said on Sunday.

Meredith Corporation

A Heartland Company Leads the Media Race

After buying Time Inc. for $2.8 billion, Meredith is the largest magazine company in the United States, but it’s not about to change its unassuming style.


Turkish warplanes destroy 18 Kurdish militant targets in Iraq: Anadolu

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish warplanes destroyed at least 18 targets belonging to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq over the weekend, the state-run Anadolu news agency said on Sunday.

President Trump mocks being presidential

During a campaign speech for Rick Saccone, the GOP candidate for Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District, President Trump mocked what "being presidential" would sound like, after recounting criticism on how he speaks.

Wild horse ride gets nightclub in trouble

A Miami nightclub is under investigation for animal cruelty after video shows a woman riding a horse on the dance floor.


UPDATE 1-Regeneron/Sanofi heart drug succeeds in major trial; Will insurers pay?

March 10 (Reuters) - A potent, expensive cholesterol drug sold by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and Sanofi significantly reduced major adverse heart events in a huge study presented on Saturday but it remains to be seen whether the new data will prompt insurers to pay for increased use of the medicine.


Regeneron/Sanofi heart drug succeeds in major trial; Will insurers pay?

March 10 (Reuters) - A potent, expensive cholesterol drug sold by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and Sanofi significantly reduced major adverse heart events in a huge study presented on Saturday, but it remains to be seen whether the new data will prompt insurers to pay for increased use of the medicine.


Trump's tariffs could hit U.S. state, city budgets: S&P

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports could result in economic growth that is slower than states assumed in their budget forecasts, S&P Global Ratings said on Friday.

Trump isn't the 1st US president to get a North Korean invite. But he's the first to accept.

No US president has agreed to sit down with a North Korean leader -- until now.


Doctor in Insys opioid kickback scheme gets four years in prison

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Reuters) - A Rhode Island doctor was sentenced on Friday to more than four years in prison after admitting he took kickbacks from Insys Therapeutics Inc to prescribe its fentanyl-based cancer pain drug to people who did not suffer from the condition.

'Not a surprise': Tillerson changes his tune on Kim meeting

US President Donald Trump's decision to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "was not a surprise in any way," US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday, less than a day after the top US diplomat said conditions were not yet ripe for negotiations with North Korea.

United States International Relations

News Analysis: Secret Tunnels, Mobile Missiles and Many Warheads: Verifying North Korean Disarmament Poses Challenges

North Korea has tested six nuclear weapons and, according to American intelligence agencies, has 20 to 60 more.


Suicide blast targets gathering in Afghan capital Kabul

KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide bomber blew himself up in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Friday, killing at least seven people in an attack on a crowd gathered to commemorate a political leader from the mainly Shi'ite Hazara minority, officials said.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Op-Ed Columnist: The Stormy Daniels Scandal Gets Serious

Trump’s porn star payoff may have violated campaign finance law.


Asia shares firm as Trump agrees to meet North Korean leader

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian shares pared sharp early gains on Friday ahead of U.S. payrolls data which could hasten Federal Reserve rate hikes, and as some caution set in about the new entente between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia shares firm as Trump agrees to meet North Korean leader

SYDNEY, March 9 (Reuters) - Asian shares pared sharp early gains on Friday ahead of U.S. payrolls data which could hasten Federal Reserve rate hikes, and as some caution set in about the new entente between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump.


Trump ready to meet North Korean leader Kim by May: South Korean official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump is ready to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un by May in response to Kim's invitation to hold the first-ever U.S.-North Korea summit, a South Korean envoy said, marking a potentially dramatic breakthrough in the North Korea nuclear standoff.

United States International Relations

Seeking ‘Peaceful Resolution’: Transcript of South Korean Adviser’s Remarks

Remarks by South Korea’s national security adviser, Chung Eui-yong, at the White House after a meeting with President Trump.

US and North Korean leaders will meet by May, South Korean official says. Sanctions to stay for now, US says.

President Donald Trump will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un by May, the South Korean national security adviser announced Thursday at the White House.

Kim Jong-un

South Korean Official on Trump, Kim Jong-un and Denuclearization

Mr. Trump and Mr. Kim were said to have agreed to direct talks, a first between a U.S. president and a North Korean leader.


South Koreans brief U.S. officials on landmark talks with North Korea's leader

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - South Korean envoys briefed American officials on Thursday on their unprecedented meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, while the U.S. secretary of state said that though "talks about talks" might be possible with Pyongyang, denuclearization negotiations were likely a long way off.

Paul Manafort gets a trial date

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has entered a plea of not guilty to charges of bank fraud and tax crimes in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia.

Florida lawmaker gets emotional during gun bill debate

Florida State Rep. Jared Moskowitz (D), a Stoneman Douglas alumnus, delivers an emotional speech before the Florida house approves gun legislation raising the age to purchase a gun to 21 and allowing some teachers to carry guns.


Heart disease patients live longer when they exercise

(Reuters Health) - Older adults with heart disease who regularly exercise, even a little bit, may live longer than they would without any physical activity, a Norwegian study suggests.


South Koreans in Washington to brief on talks with North Korean leader

WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - Two senior South Korean officials arrived in the United States on Thursday to brief U.S. officials on their meeting this week with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Pyongyang's apparent willingness to discuss denuclearization with Washington.


Foxconn gets China go-ahead for Shanghai IPO of subsidiary

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has approved the Shanghai listing of an internet and industrial-focused subsidiary of Taiwan's Foxconn, which the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer hopes will help fund new projects.

3-D scanner can diagnose heart diseases in 90 seconds

At 22, many of us are finishing up college and hoping we might get be lucky enough to land a stable job. Peeyush Shrivastava is a little different.

South Korean officials leave for US with message from N. Korea

Top South Korean negotiators left for the United States Thursday to brief their American counterparts on the outcome of their historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un earlier this week.


Golf: LPGA's Evian moves to summer to avoid being watered down

(Reuters) - The much-maligned Evian Championship in France will move to a July date from September starting in 2019 and become the world's second richest women's tournament, the LPGA said on Wednesday.

Illegal Immigration

Sessions Targets California Immigrants Using a Ruling That Protected Them

The principle of federal supremacy over immigration established in a Supreme Court ruling in favor of the Obama administration could help the Trump Justice Department advance a different goal.

Teachers and School Employees

Op-Ed Contributor: Fed-Up Teachers Take Heart From West Virginia Strike

A statewide walkout has ended in West Virginia, but may mobilize other teachers to take action for better pay.


UK's May defends Saudi ties as crown prince gets royal welcome in London

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May defended Britain's links to security ally Saudi Arabia on Wednesday as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met Queen Elizabeth for lunch on a high-profile visit that drew protests over Riyadh's human rights record.


Being a Sober Parent in a Wine Mom Culture

As the opioid crisis draws attention to the impact of addiction on families, there may be a path to a new openness to sober parenting.

Travel and Vacations

Heads Up: Los Angeles, Once Gluten’s Heart of Darkness, Emerges as Bread Paradise

Long synonymous with carbo-phobia and anti-gluten mania, greater Los Angeles has become an unlikely bakery and bread haven.

Trump teeters on the edge of a familiar North Korean trap

President Donald Trump frequently scorches the last three presidents for leaving him a nightmare scenario on North Korea: the threat that the isolated state could soon deliver a nuclear weapon directly to the US mainland.


South Korean officials prepare to reassure partners ahead of North Korea summit

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - South Korean officials who met with North Korea's Kim Jong Un this week will depart for Washington on Thursday, seeking to reassure their U.S. ally ahead of negotiations about ending Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program and preventing the outbreak of war.

Actors and Actresses

‘Frozen’ on Broadway Made Them Sisters. Heartbreak Made Them Friends.

Caissie Levy and Patti Murin have the roles of a lifetime in the adaptation of Disney’s hit. But becoming Elsa and Anna was no fairy tale.

United States Politics and Government

Trump’s Trade Plan Threatens to Derail Korean Security Talks

President Trump’s proposed tariffs on steel could antagonize South Korea when the United States most needs its ally.


Nice Work if You Can Get It: Being a Volunteer Usher on Broadway

Word has gotten out that volunteer ushers can see plays for free. And competition is getting increasingly fierce.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Dollar slides on Korean news; Asia lifts world stocks

NEW YORK, March 6 (Reuters) - The U.S. dollar dropped to a two-week low on Tuesday as traders bet on riskier currencies on news North and South Korea would hold their first summit in more than a decade and after the South said the North was willing to discuss denuclearization with the United States.


Logitech CEO says big acquisitions unlikely as it targets sustained growth

ZURICH (Reuters) - Logitech Chief Executive Bracken Darrell said large acquisitions were unlikely as the maker of gaming keyboards and wireless speakers forecast sales growth would slow next year.


After Park, former South Korean President Lee summoned over bribery allegations

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean prosecutors have called former President Lee Myung-bak to appear for questioning over allegations he took bribes when in office, a prosecutor said on Tuesday in the latest top-level political corruption scandal to rock the country.

Child Marriage

Uphill Battle Against Child Marriage Is Being Won in India, for Now

More aggressive enforcement has led to a large drop in illegal marriages, a new report finds. But in some areas, it is still a struggle to protect children.


South Korean provincial governor resigns over sexual assault claim

SEOUL (Reuters) - An up-and-coming South Korean provincial governor announced his resignation on Tuesday, just hours after an aide accused him of repeated sexual assault, as the snowballing #MeToo movement rattled the country's political establishment.

United States Politics and Government

Trump’s Hopes of Being the ‘Neutral Guy’ in the Mideast Seem Long Gone

Hosting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, the president said he still had “a good chance” of forging peace, but a deal seems further away than ever.


South Korean chat app firm Kakao plans blockchain unit

SEOUL (Reuters) - Kakao Corp, South Korea's largest messaging app operator, said on Monday it is planning to establish a unit focusing on blockchain technology.


Exclusive: Airbus sets services goal, targets productivity gains

PARIS (Reuters) - Airbus has set a goal of tripling services revenues from its commercial aircraft business to $10 billion within seven years and sharply reducing the number of times its jets are stranded on the ground for technical reasons, industry sources said.


South Koreans meet North Korean leader Kim for talks about talks

SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean delegation met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Monday, a South Korean official said, after arriving in the North on a visit aimed at encouraging North Korea and the United States to talk.

New York City

New York Today: New York Today: Heartwarming Commutes

Monday: Positive stories from the underground, celebrating Alice Coltrane, and the Bunion Derby.


S.Korean chat app firm Kakao plans blockchain unit

SEOUL (Reuters) - Kakao Corp, South Korea's largest messaging app operator, said on Monday it is planning to establish a unit focusing on blockchain technology.


UPDATE 4-Visiting South Korean delegation meets North Korean leader Kim

* Delegation will aim to bring Pyongyang, Washington to talks


South Korean team heads to North in bid to bring U.S., North to nuclear talks

SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean delegation left for North Korea on Monday, a presidential official said, aiming to bring the North and the United States together for talks in a bid to rein in the North's nuclear and missile programs.


UPDATE 3-S.Korean team heads to North in bid to bring U.S., North to nuclear talks

* Delegation will aim to bring Pyongyang, Washington to talks

United States International Relations

South Korean Envoys Fly to North Korea to Meet Kim Jong-un

The envoys plan to meet the North Korean leader in an effort to help start a dialogue between the North and the United States.

United States International Relations

Need a North Korean Missile? Call the Cairo Embassy

Egypt has long had military ties to North Korea, but their weapons trade violates international sanctions, officials say, and has angered the U.S.


UPDATE 3-Europe targets U.S. bourbon, bikes, blue jeans for trade riposte

* Juncker mentions Harley Davidson, bourbon, Levi jeans (Updates with EU's list, Juncker on types of products)


Exclusive: GM plants to cut 5,000 South Korean jobs

SEOUL (Reuters) - General Motors' South Korean unit plans to slash 5,000 jobs, or about 30 percent of its workforce, but keep production steady if Seoul agrees to its $2.8 billion proposal for the loss-making operation, according to a document seen by Reuters.


Attackers hit targets in Burkina Faso's capital in coordinated assault

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Armed assailants attacked several targets in Burkina Faso's capital on Friday, including the army headquarters and the French embassy, in a coordinated assault that France's ambassador to the West African region called a terrorist attack.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Op-Ed Columnist: The Trump-Russia Story Gets Even Weirder

Clues to global intrigue in the Instagram account of a jailed prostitute.


Exclusive: GM plants to cut 5,000 South Korean jobs, keep production at current level - document

SEOUL (Reuters) - General Motors' South Korean unit plans to slash 5,000 jobs, or about 30 percent of its workforce, but keep production steady if Seoul agrees to its $2.8 billion proposal for the loss-making operation, according to a document seen by Reuters.


Smog-prone Hebei targets 6 percent PM2.5 cut in 2018

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The smog-prone Chinese province of Hebei will proceed "steadily" with plans to convert households from coal to gas heating this year, as it bids to cut concentrations of hazardous airborne pollution by more than six percent.

Driver gets lost in DC, fueling worry over 'missile' near White House

A giant missile-looking item raised concern near the White House as it drove down the street on the back of a tractor trailer Thursday night, the same day Russia announced new missile systems.

Senator says Kushner has no business being in White House

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) says he believes Jared Kushner has no business being in the White House and expresses concern he could be a compromising presence.


Transparency? Check. Results? Stay tuned. Trump TV rocks DC

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a case of reality TV meets Washington, President Donald Trump is bringing television cameras into normally private White House talks with lawmakers that feature sharp debates and, seemingly, policy-making on the fly.

Milton Resnick

Milton Resnick Gets His Due on New York’s Lower East Side

A foundation funded in part by the Abstract Expressionist’s wife, will show more than 40 of the artist’s most famous works, including “New Bride.”

Putin shows Florida being hit in nuke strike

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday used a concept video of unlimited range nuclear warheads apparently raining down on Florida -- President Donald Trump's home away from home -- to tout his country's new firepower. Inc

Bit by Bit, Whole Foods Gets an Amazon Touch

It has been six months since Amazon took over Whole Foods for $13.4 billion. Here are a handful of notable changes Amazon has made to Whole Foods so far.

Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13)

Trump Targets MS-13, a Violent Menace, if Not the One He Portrays

The transnational gang is a bit player compared with drug cartels. But its violence has helped the Trump administration sell its campaign against immigration.


Voestalpine CEO confident about reaching full-year targets

FRANKFURT, March 1 (Reuters) - Austrian steelmaker Voestalpine expects to comfortably meet its targets for the current financial year, which ends on March 31, its chief executive said.


Indian jeweller's bankrupt U.S. firm gets strong interest from buyers- court papers

NEW DELHI, March 1 (Reuters) - A bankrupt U.S. firm of Indian jeweller Nirav Modi, who is accused of being involved in a $2 billion bank fraud in his home country, has received strong early expressions of interest from buyers, according to court filings.


South Korean president lashes Japan over wartime use of 'comfort women'

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in described Japan's wartime use of "comfort women" as a "crime against humanity" on Thursday in some of his strongest comments yet, sparking an immediate protest from his key ally in containing North Korea.

Trump, Donald J

Editorial: Donald Trump Gets a Lesson From That ‘Very Bad Judge’

Can you guess which man is the model public servant?

Is your paycheck being taxed enough?

Korean scrub mistress spills her secrets

For first-timers in a bathhouse in South Korea, stripping naked and soaking for hours in tubs with strangers often comes as a jolt.

Ellen's surprise gets Kimmel choked up

Ellen DeGeneres surprises Jimmy Kimmel by dedicating a room at Children's Hospital Los Angeles after his son.

Analysis: Are Trump supporters being dishonest with pollsters? Probably not.

This past weekend Marquette University Law School Professor Charles Franklin published an interesting analysis of President Donald Trump's approval rating. He noted that Trump tends to do better in polls in which there isn't a live interviewer present. The Washington Post's Philip Bump (who put together some really good charts) pointed out that this difference could arise out of people, especially Democrats, being afraid to admit support for Trump because it is socially undesirable to say you're for Trump.


China Xi's expansive agenda gets boost with move to end term limits

BEIJING (Reuters) - In clearing the way to serve as Chinese president indefinitely, Xi Jinping has sought to head off speculation over his future and amass even more authority to implement his key political objectives, analysts and sources close to the leadership say.

Kevin Smith gets emotional after health scare

Actor Kevin Smith posted an emotional video on Facebook Live days after suffering a major heart attack.


A question of interest at the heart of debate over GM Korea rescue

SEOUL (Reuters) - For years, General Motors resisted calls from South Korean officials to cut interest rates it was charging on nearly $3 billion in loans to its loss-making South Korean unit, according to three sources and documents seen by Reuters.

Interior secretary's NRA visit among trips being questioned

In September, women gun owners and enthusiasts from the National Rifle Association headed to a plush Four Seasons resort in Texas for an annual retreat and clay shooting at the Dallas Gun Club with one of the weekend's headliners: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.


Low-cal vegetarian and Mediterranean diets may both help heart health

(Reuters Health) - Healthy dieters reduced their risk factors for heart disease like weight and body fat equally when they followed a vegetarian diet that included eggs and dairy or with a Mediterranean diet that emphasized olive oil and lean fish, an Italian experiment found.

Oprah jokes about not being recognized at Starbucks

Oprah Winfrey joked about a recent trip to Starbucks when a barista didn't recognize her.


Google's Clips camera is latest effort to bring AI into home gadgets

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Babies, dogs and artificial intelligence.


Exclusive: North Korean leaders used Brazilian passports to apply for Western visas - sources

LONDON (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his late father Kim Jong Il used fraudulently obtained Brazilian passports to apply for visas to visit Western countries in the 1990s, five senior Western European security sources told Reuters.

Johnnie Walker is being replaced by Jane (on some bottles)

Actors and Actresses

Lauren Ambrose Finally Gets Her Musical

She made her name on the TV drama “Six Feet Under.” But her last musical? That was “Oklahoma!” — in high school. Now she’s playing Eliza Doolittle in “My Fair Lady.”


South Korean prosecutors seek 30 years' jail for ousted Park as supporters demand her release

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean prosecutors on Tuesday sought a 30-year jail term for former President Park Geun-hye who was ousted last year amid an influence-peddling scandal as supporters braved the winter cold outside the Seoul court demanding her immediate release.

Analysis: Gun push dims as DC gets back to work

For 12 grief soaked days, it felt like something was different this time, that the massacre of 17 people at a Florida school and the activism of teenagers who survived it would force a rethinking of America's relationship with guns.


South Korean prosecutors seek 30-year jail term for ex-President Park

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean prosecutors on Tuesday sought a 30-year jail term for former President Park Geun-hye who was ousted last year amid an influence-peddling scandal that rocked the country's business and political elite.

Dwyane Wade gets emotional over school shooting victim buried in his jersey

Miami Heat star guard Dwyane Wade got emotional Monday as he reflected on Joaquin Oliver, one of the 17 people killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting earlier this month.


Review: ‘An Ordinary Muslim’ Gets Caught Between Cultures and Genres

Hammaad Chaudry’s first play is an ambitious look at the traumas of dislocation among the assimilated children of Pakistani immigrants in London.


Liberty Media offers $1.16 billion for 40 percent in restructured iHeart

(Reuters) - Certain lenders and noteholders of iHeartMediaInc on Monday said John Malone's Liberty Media Corp proposed to buy a 40 percent stake in a restructured version of iHeart for $1.16 billion.


Blue Jays sign South Korean reliever Oh

TORONTO (Reuters) - The Toronto Blue Jays have signed South Korean free agent reliever Oh Seung-hwan to a one-year contract, the Major League Baseball team said on Monday.

North Korean man hasn't seen his family in 70 years

He's 85 years old, and hasn't seen his family in 70 years. Kwon Moon-kook is a North Korean living in South Korea just 30 minutes from the border. The sporting diplomacy has given Kwon hope that maybe he can see his family once more before he dies.


Filmmaker Kevin Smith suffers 'massive heart attack'

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Director and actor Kevin Smith, best known as the laconic sidekick "Silent Bob" of his 1990s cult comedies, said on Monday that he suffered a "massive heart attack" after taping a standup comedy show in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale.

First lady 'heartened' by student activists

First lady Melania Trump spoke out Monday about the student movement for action on guns in the wake of the tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 dead and launched a national conversation on gun violence.

Kevin Smith tweets he had 'massive heart attack'

Kevin Smith says he's lucky to be alive right now.

Jerusalem (Israel)

A Quiet Jerusalem Neighborhood Gets a U.S. Embassy, and a Spotlight

The White House is accelerating plans to move diplomatic staff members to Jerusalem, with a small office to be set up in time for the 70th anniversary of the creation of the state of Israel, in May.

10 best foods for your heart

Keeping your heart healthy is about more than avoiding fast food and overly processed chow. You can also pump up your heart's health by choosing foods that will help reduce cholesterol, lower blood pressure and reduce inflammation.


Figure skating featured farewells, new stars, North Koreans and Hanyu

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Ice dance legends announced their retirement, a five-time Olympian pairs skater finally gained gold, and two North Koreans won hearts if not medals in an Olympics packed with more drama than usual even for figure skating.

Olympic Games (2018)

Moments Large and Small in a Memorable Olympics

Members of The New York Times Olympic staff share their favorite moments from the Pyeongchang Games.

Olympic Games (2018)

With Olympics Over, Team Korea Goes Back to Being 2 Countries

Athletes from North and South Korea waved the flags of their own countries as they arrived for the closing ceremony. Only time will tell whether Olympic diplomacy has had a lasting effect.

Olympic Games (2018)

Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony: Highlights and Photographs

The Olympic Games came to a conclusion with the closing ceremony at Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium.

Olympic Games (2018)

Russians Won’t Get to March Behind Their Flag at the Olympic Closing Ceremony

The International Olympic Committee voted on Sunday to maintain its doping-related restrictions on Russia until all drug test results from the 2018 Games are in.


Olympics: Curling - Sweden take gold to end Korean fairytale run

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Sweden beat South Korea 8-3 to claim their third women's curling gold medal in four Winter Games on Sunday, ending the 'Garlic Girls' fairytale Olympic run that captivated the home nation.


Protesters target North Korean VIPs heading for Games ceremony

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean protesters tried and failed on Sunday to block a motorcade carrying North Korean dignitaries to the Pyeongchang Winter Games closing ceremony, accusing the delegation's leader of being behind a deadly 2010 attack on a South Korean warship.

Olympic Games (2018)

Opinion: Sasha Cohen: An Olympian’s Guide to Retiring at 25

One thing I have learned is that the rules for life are different from the rules for sports.

Politics and Government

European Ex-Officials Deny Being Paid by Manafort to Lobby for Ukraine

Mr. Manafort paid 2 million euros to former European officials to lobby for Ukraine’s then pro-Russian government, a new indictment says.

United States Politics and Government

Linda McMahon Gets a Ringside Seat for TrumpMania

Perhaps no other member of the president’s cabinet understands Mr. Trump as Ms. McMahon, a former pro wrestling entrepreneur, does.


Geely says won't buy more Daimler shares 'for the time being'

FRANKFURT, Feb 24 (Reuters) - China's Zhejiang Geely Holding does not plan to buy more Daimler shares "for the time being," it said on Saturday, after its chairman Li Shufu disclosed he had a 9.69 percent stake in the German carmaker.

USA's Mack gets silver in Big Air


'Peace Games' are no game-changer for South Koreans

GANGNEUNG, South Korea/SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's self-styled "Peace Games" have been a sporting success but public reaction suggests it may have failed its bigger test -- to generate the support its president needs to make bold moves to improve ties with old enemy North Korea.

Olympic Games (2018)

How to Get Started With Olympic Winter Sports

Inspired by the Olympics? People of all skill levels can get into winter sports like figure skating, bobsledding and, yes, even curling. Here’s how.

Olympic Games (2018)

Canada’s Curling Is Crumbling! Or Something Like That.

Here’s the stone cold truth: Canada’s men’s and women’s teams both ended up without an Olympic medal, an unthinkable development for a nation so dominant in the sport.


Design and dictatorship: exhibition celebrates North Korean graphics

LONDON (Reuters) - North Korea makes headlines with its military parades and nuclear program but a new London exhibition puts a spotlight on graphic design in the country.


KemPharm's opioid painkiller gets FDA approval, shares soar

(Reuters) - KemPharm Inc said on Friday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved its opioid painkiller Apadaz for the short-term management of acute pain, sending the shares of the drugmaker up as much as 36 percent in late afternoon trading.


Less-invasive heart valve replacement tied to better quality of life

(Reuters Health) - People who get minimally-invasive surgery to replace damaged heart valves have an easier time completing daily tasks and a better quality of life after the procedure, a research review suggests.


U.S. imposes more North Korea sanctions; targets ships, firms

WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - The United States said on Friday it was imposing its largest package of sanctions against North Korea on Friday, intensifying pressure on Pyongyang to give up its nuclear and missile programs.

Olympic Games (2018)

Russia, the Olympics’ Awkward Guest

Despite the country being barred from the Winter Games, Russian athletes and fans showed up and had a good time.

Olympic Games (2018)

Team U.S.A.? More Like Team Minnesota

The thrilling gold medal victory by the United States women’s hockey team capped a whirlwind 48 hours of Minnesota success at the Olympics.


Ask Well: Can Being Cold Make You Sick?

A reader asks: Can you get sick just from sitting in an overly air-conditioned room or going out without a jacket? Or do you need to actually catch a virus?

Olympic Games (2018)

Ivanka Trump Arrives in South Korea for Games and Diplomacy

The president’s daughter will meet with South Korea’s leader and attend the Olympic closing ceremony, where a North Korean delegation will also be present.


South Korea says approved visit by sanctioned North Korean to pursue peace on peninsula

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea said it approved the Winter Olympic visit by a sanctioned North Korean official, blamed for the deadly 2010 sinking of a South Korean navy ship, in the pursuit of peace and asked for public understanding.


With Easy Ride trial, Nissan takes new step toward being Uber competitor

YOKOHAMA (Reuters) - Facing a future in which self-driving cars may curb vehicle ownership, Nissan Motor Co is taking its first steps to becoming an operator of autonomous transportation services, hoping to break into a segment set to be dominated by Uber Technologies and other technology firms.


With Easy Ride trial, Nissan takes new step towards being Uber competitor

YOKOHAMA, Feb 23 (Reuters) - Facing a future in which self-driving cars may curb vehicle ownership, Nissan Motor Co is taking its first steps to becoming an operator of autonomous transportation services, hoping to break into a segment set to be dominated by Uber Technologies and other technology firms.


GM to propose wage freeze, no bonuses for South Korean workers this year

SEOUL (Reuters) - General Motors Co will propose a base wage freeze and no bonuses this year as well a suspension of some worker benefits at its money-losing South Korean unit, in an effort to cut costs, showed an internal letter seen by Reuters on Friday.


Exclusive: U.S. official focused on election security being replaced

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of a federal commission who has helped U.S. states protect election systems from possible cyber attacks by Russia or others is being replaced at the behest of Republican House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and the White House.


Exclusive: U.S. official focused on election security being shoved aside

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of a federal agency who has helped U.S. states protect election systems from possible cyber attacks by Russia or others is being removed from his post by Republican House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and the White House.

Trump, Donald J Jr

As Donald Trump Jr. Drums Up Business in India, Some Ask What’s Being Sold

The president’s son is in India on behalf of the family business, but word that he planned a speech on foreign policy took the controversy to a new level.

Think those conversations in your head are exhausting, try being Aaron Sorkin

"The best movies are well-written. There's no such thing as a good movie that has a bad script."

Olympic Games (2018)

Sports of The Times: Enough. Give Russia Its Flag Back, Then Make Real Changes.

The debate over whether Russia gets its flag for the closing ceremony is delaying talk about a more substantive issue: Russian athletes are still doping.


Hungry City: At Belarussian Xata, Hearty Fare to Keep the Spirits Light

There is an odd magic at work at the Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn restaurant, where the food grows increasingly rich as the meal goes on.


Japan wins WTO dispute over South Korean bans on Fukushima-related food

TOKYO/GENEVA (Reuters) - A World Trade Organization ruling on Thursday largely upheld a Japanese complaint against South Korea's import bans and additional testing requirements imposed on Japanese seafood because of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Olympic Games (2018)

Go Kazakhstan! Go Japan! It Doesn’t Matter to Flag-Waving Skating Fans.

Many Olympic spectators, particularly those from Japan and South Korea, have been waving the national flags of other competitors at figure skating events.

Listen to your heart: not doing that almost cost me my life


North Korean closing Olympics delegation includes man blamed for deadly sinking

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea will send a high-level delegation to South Korea for the Winter Olympics closing ceremony, officials said on Thursday, including the man blamed for the 2010 sinking of a South Korean navy ship that killed 46 sailors.


Alpine skiing: Fortune shines at last on 'Old Man' Myhrer

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Four years ago, Andre Myhrer was in second place going into the deciding run of the Olympic slalom, but failed to finish the course as he struggled with an injured knee.


Distrust of unions, and GM, hangs over South Korean efforts to stem job losses

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in is in a bind.


South Korean chat app becomes new outlet for #MeToo movement

SEOUL (Reuters) - A chat app where South Koreans can anonymously dish the dirt on their misbehaving bosses and colleagues is belatedly stirring the country’s #MeToo movement, shedding new light on sexual harassment in the heavily male-dominated corporate culture.

Olympic Games (2018)

A Tune Heard Often at These Olympics Gets to the Heart of Being Korean

“Arirang,” a Korean folk song with countless regional variations, is beloved by people in the North and the South, and it reminds them of the ways they are the same.

Olympic Games (2018)

Critic’s Notebook: French Olympic Ice Dancers Make Skating as Ethereal as Ballet

A dance critic’s take: They didn’t win the gold, but no team matched the artistry of Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron.


Novo Nordisk gets nod from U.S. drug purchaser for new diabetes hope

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Insulin maker Novo Nordisk said its Ozempic diabetes drug had been included on a list of medicines approved for patients covered by U.S. private health schemes, setting the stage for a battle with Eli Lilly's Trulicity.

Korean Food (Cuisine)

Reporter’s Notebook: An Olympic Challenge: Eat All the Korean Food That Visitors Won’t

“It’s peak snow crab season right now,” the noted chef David Chang said. “I don’t know if people understand.” Our correspondent knew that, and much more.

Hot baths, saunas can relieve pain, may help heart

Don Benedict played handball competitively for 30 years in the Pacific Northwest. To stay in shape, he ran 5 miles every other day.


No medals but plenty of cheers for North Korean athletes

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - North Korea will not be the only nation leaving the Pyeongchang Olympics without a medal, but they are one of the few minnows of winter sports to have earned rousing cheers wherever they go.

Olympic Games (2018)

Sports of The Times: The Daredevils Above, Their Parents Below: Welcome to Big Air Snowboarding

Big air is a new event at the Olympics, and the mothers and fathers of the competitors probably deserve medals just for watching.

Olympic Games (2018)

Why Mikaela Shiffrin Brought 35 Pairs of Skis to the Olympics

She usually takes 70 pairs to competitions, ready for every kind of race, weather and snow, but she scaled down for the Pyeongchang Games.

North Koreans canceled meeting with Pence at Olympics

Vice President Mike Pence was set to meet with North Korean officials, including Kim Jong Un's sister, during his politically charged visit to the Olympics earlier this month, his office confirmed on Tuesday.

Olympic Games (2018)

Elizabeth Swaney, Viral Olympic Skier, Says She Put Her Whole Heart Into Her Halfpipe

“I don’t think I’ve ever been satisfied with my halfpipe runs, and I don’t think a lot of skiers are,” she said, after her Olympic halfpipe run drew attention.

Mergia, Hailu

An African Funk Pioneer Gets a Second Chance on a Global Stage

The Ethiopian pianist Hailu Mergia, 71, had become a taxi driver. But after a reissue revived his career, he is releasing his first new collection in two decades.

Oklahoma man gets life in prison for killing neighbor in hate crime

Stanley Vernon Majors, the Oklahoma man who gunned down his Lebanese neighbor in what prosecutors said was a hate crime, has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.