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'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. [Source]

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For months, the President's advisers kept him constrained. But he's taking public his private resentment about the man running the Russia probe.

There's been an important shift over the last few days in President Donald Trump's approach to the ongoing special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election as his rhetoric and his legal team have begun to reflect an increased focus on winning the fight for public opinion rather than cooperating with the actual probe.

Women in Bill O'Reilly defamation suit want settlement agreements made public

Polish priest publicly wishes for Pope's quick death in homily

A Catholic priest from Poland is facing rebuke after calling Pope Francis a "foreign body" in the church and implying the Pope should pass away soon if his views on refugees and non-Christian beliefs don't change.


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



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.


Paris mulls free public transport to reduce pollution

PARIS (Reuters) - The mayor of Paris wants to make all public transport free in an effort to reduce air pollution, but faces staunch opposition from the head of the regional transport authority who said the move would hit taxpayers.


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.


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.

Pulse shooter's wife to FBI: 'I wish I had been more truthful'

The wife of the man who killed dozens of people at an Orlando nightclub in 2016 told FBI investigators she knew beforehand that he was going to do something violent.

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

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

Republicans say we don't need a law to protect Robert Mueller

Republicans are bluntly warning President Donald Trump to lay off his attacks on special counsel Robert Mueller, but there is scant support among the GOP to pass legislation that would prevent Trump from firing the special counsel.


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.

Books and Literature

Nonfiction: The Revolution Has Been Televised

Joy Press’s new book, “Stealing the Show,” traces the ways in which women have transformed the TV landscape.

Supreme Court denies Pennsylvania Republicans' request to block new congressional maps

The Supreme Court has denied a request from Pennsylvania Republicans to block new congressional maps that could tilt several key races in Democrats' favor from being used in the midterm elections.

Native Americans

There’s Never Been a Native American Congresswoman. That Could Change in 2018.

Native American women are running for office in record numbers. Some are fighting pipelines. Others are fighting environmentalists.


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.


Republican senator joins call for Facebook CEO to testify about data use

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Senator John Kennedy has joined his Democratic colleague Amy Klobuchar in calling on Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg to testify before Congress following reports that a political consultancy gained inappropriate access to data on millions of Facebook users.


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.

Women and Girls

She Was the Only Woman in a Photo of 38 Scientists, and Now She’s Been Identified

At a whale biology conference in 1971, one attendee was photographed but not named. Internet sleuths tracked her down.


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 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)


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.


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.

Republican Party

How Top Republicans Reacted, or Didn’t, to Trump’s Tweets on Mueller

Some leading Republicans warned the president against firing the special counsel, but many had no response.


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.


Republican lawmakers concerned by Facebook data leak

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Several U.S. Republican lawmakers expressed concern over privacy violations on Sunday after media reports that a political consultancy that worked on President Donald Trump's campaign gained inappropriate access to 50 million Facebook users' data.


UPDATE 1-U.S. Republican lawmakers concerned by Facebook data leak

WASHINGTON, March 18 (Reuters) - Several U.S. Republican lawmakers expressed concern over privacy violations on Sunday after media reports that a political consultancy that worked on President Donald Trump's campaign gained inappropriate access to 50 million Facebook users' data.


U.S. Republican lawmakers concerned by Facebook data leak

WASHINGTON, March 18 (Reuters) - Several U.S. Republican lawmakers expressed concern over privacy violations on Sunday after media reports that a political consultancy that worked on President Donald Trump's campaign gained inappropriate access to 50 million Facebook users' data.

Republicans warn Trump

Key Republicans on Sunday warned President Donald Trump not to interfere with special counsel Robert Mueller.


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.

Trump, Donald J

Trump Assails Mueller, Drawing Rebukes From Republicans

While President Trump had largely sought to avoid alienating the special counsel in recent months, he has shifted his tone in the past two days.


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.


Republicans to Trump: Let Mueller do his job

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican senators warned President Donald Trump on Sunday not to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and said the president must let federal investigators looking into Russian meddling in the U.S. election do their jobs.


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.


Republican senator expects Trump to pull out of Iran deal: CBS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he expects President Donald Trump to pull out of the Iran nuclear agreement in May.


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.


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.


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.

Automobile Racing

Sporting: Florida at 200 M.P.H.

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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.


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.


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.


Bosnian Serb leader calls for "peaceful" change of Balkan borders

SARAJEVO (Reuters) - Bosnian Serb nationalist leader Milorad Dodik suggested on Friday that Bosnia's Serb region and a Serb-dominated part of Kosovo should merge with Serbia, defying the stance of international peace sponsors against any border changes.


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.

Analysis: Trump's very public embarrassment of H.R. McMaster

President Donald Trump has apparently grown sick of H.R. McMaster and is preparing to jettison his national security adviser in the not-too-distant future. That news was first broken by The Washington Post on Thursday night but subsequently confirmed by CNN. It appears to now be a matter of when, not if, McMaster will leave.


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.

California Today

California Today: California Today: A Case Against Cuts to Public Pensions

Friday: Joan Baez on retirement, a former reporter now homeless and the death of a retail mecca


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.


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.


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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.

It's been almost six months since Hurricane Maria, and Puerto Ricans are still dying

Lourdes Rodriguez heard the scream early on the morning of January 6, before the sun rose and before the frogs began their chorus.

The modern young man TV's been waiting for

The trip to the grocery store is going well for the trio of pre-teen boys sent there on a mom-ordered excursion until they hit a snag that finds them staring down an aisle filled with Kotex and Always.


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.

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.


Democrats accuse Republicans of stalling on Trump administration records

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats on a congressional oversight panel accused Republicans on Thursday of failing to insist that U.S. President Donald Trump's administration comply with requests for records in an investigation of security clearance practices, use of private jets and private email accounts.

Republican Jeff Flake: 'My party might not deserve to lead'

As Republicans face a potential Democratic wave in this year's midterm elections, Republican Sen. Jeff Flake argued Thursday that his party "might not deserve to lead" given its support for President Donald Trump.


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.


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.”


ATM pharmacy to cut queues for South Africa's AIDS patients

ALEXANDRA, South Africa (Reuters) - South Africa has launched an ATM-like vending machine to dispense medicines to patients with chronic illnesses such as AIDS in a move aimed at reducing waiting times and congestion in public healthcare facilities.


Exclusive: Hungary premier's friends and family win more and more public business

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's friends and family have been increasingly successful in winning publicly funded business since he resumed power in 2010, a Reuters analysis of public procurement data shows.


Norway's Scatec Solar says three projects caught in South Africa row

OSLO (Reuters) - Three solar plants planned by Norway's Scatec Solar were among 27 energy deals blocked by a South African court on Tuesday when it agreed to hear a legal challenge by a group loyal to ousted President Jacob Zuma, the firm said on Thursday.


South Africa expects listeria infections to increase

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's health minister expects the infections from the worst listeria outbreak in history that has killed 180 people since January last year to increase and warned that there could also be other cases in the southern Africa region.


Rossi to race on into his 40s after signing new deal

(Reuters) - Italian MotoGP great Valentino Rossi has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him at the factory Yamaha team into his 40s.

Trump hints at withdrawing US troops from South Korea over trade

President Donald Trump on Wednesday appeared to threaten to withdraw US troops from South Korea if he can't get a better trade deal with Seoul,


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.

Immigration and Emigration

Australia Considers Emergency Visas for White South African Farmers

South Africa responded angrily to comments by the Australian minister in charge of immigration, who said white South African farmers deserved protection in a “civilized country.”


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.


South Korea's Lotte Data Communication says plans IPO

SEOUL (Reuters) - Lotte Data Communication Co, a unit of South Korea's Lotte Group, said on Thursday it has sought approval from the country's stock exchange for an initial public offering (IPO).


Halep prevails at windy Indian Wells, meets Osaka in semis

(Reuters) - World number one Simona Halep overcame strong winds and a determined Petra Martic to advance to the BNP Paribas Open semi-finals with a three-set victory on Wednesday.


Sister of South Carolina mass shooter arrested on weapons charges

(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 on Wednesday for carrying weapons at a high school, media said.


Federer fends off Frenchman Chardy at Indian Wells

(Reuters) - World number one Roger Federer advanced to the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open with a 7-5 6-4 victory over Jeremy Chardy on Wednesday.


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.


Motor racing: F1 rookie Leclerc steps up to the big time

LONDON (Reuters) - Charles Leclerc will have two men in mind, their memories living on as a source of strength and support, when he makes his Formula One race debut for Sauber in Australia next week.


Motor racing: Alonso ready to fight on two fronts

LONDON (Reuters) - Fernando Alonso faces the busiest year of any Formula One driver but the Spaniard has played down fears he could be spreading himself too thin by competing in two world championships at once.


Motor racing: Ocon focuses on future after the fireworks

LONDON (Reuters) - Esteban Ocon says Force India need have no concerns about any repeat of last year's clashes between him and Mexican team mate Sergio Perez when the Formula One season starts in Australia next week.


Motor racing: New dad Perez sees career-determining year ahead

LONDON (Reuters) - Fatherhood has changed Sergio Perez's life since the end of last season and the Mexican hopes the coming year in Formula One could be just as transformative on the track.


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.

It's been a month since Parkland. What's changed?

On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of their classrooms to reflect on the killing of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School one month ago -- and to renew the call for further strictures on gun purchases.


Halep prevails in three sets to advance to semi-finals

(Reuters) - Romanian world number one Simona Halep overcame strong winds and a determined Petra Martic of Croatia to advance to the BNP Paribas Open semi-finals with a three-set victory on Wednesday.


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.


Vancouver out as potential 2026 World Cup host city

(Reuters) - Vancouver will not be part of Canada's bid to co-host the 2026 World Cup with the United States and Mexico after the province balked at signing a contract amid concerns about unpredictable costs.


Republicans sound alarm as Democrats claim Pennsylvania win

CANONSBURG, Pa./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans sounded the alarm on Wednesday after Democrats claimed victory in a Pennsylvania congressional election seen as a referendum on U.S. President Donald Trump's performance, although the vote tally remained officially too close to call.


House Republicans set March 22 vote on their Russia report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republican lawmakers said on Wednesday they would vote on their report on the House Intelligence Committee's investigation of Russia and the 2016 U.S. election just 10 days after announcing they were wrapping up the probe.


Golf: Tournament of Champions to launch 2019 LPGA season

(Reuters) - The Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions, a winners-only event, will open the 2019 LPGA Tour season in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, the Ladies Professional Golf Association announced on Wednesday.


BRIEF-Arcus Biosciences Announces Pricing Of Initial Public Offering



BRIEF-Old Republic International Corp Files For Potential Mixed Shelf Offering Size Not Disclosed



South Dakota sues opioid makers as litigation swells

(Reuters) - South Dakota on Wednesday sued three major drugmakers, accusing them of deceptively marketing prescription opioids and contributing to a nationwide epidemic.


Red Bull may be fastest in Melbourne, says Hamilton

(Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton suspects Red Bull may have the fastest car on the Formula One starting grid at next week's Australian season-opener.


Garcia names daughter Azalea after Augusta's 13th hole

(Reuters) - Every time Sergio Garcia says his daughter's name, the U.S. Masters champion will be reminded of the moment which kept alive his hopes of winning his first major title.

'This is a wake-up call,' Republicans are told

House Republicans got a stern warning Wednesday morning to take the results of a Pennsylvania congressional race as "a wake-up call" ahead of November's midterm elections.

Begala: Republicans will need a bigger yacht

Republicans are gonna need a bigger yacht.


Trump would sign Republican bill on school safety, White House says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump is ready to sign a bill aimed at preventing school violence like the mass shooting that killed 17 in Florida last month, which would boost funding for coordination between schools and law enforcement and which the House of Representatives is poised to pass later on Wednesday.


Russia soccer official shrugs at British government World Cup boycott: report

MOSCOW (Reuters) - It does not matter if British officials boycott the soccer World Cup, which will be hosted by Russia, Interfax news agency cited Russian Football Union Vice President Nikita Simonyan as saying on Wednesday.


Motor racing: FIA safety director Mekies to join Ferrari F1 team

LONDON (Reuters) - Laurent Mekies, the governing FIA's head of safety, will join Ferrari on Sept. 20, the Formula One team announced on Wednesday.


Republicans not ruling out recount bid in Pennsylvania election

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans are not conceding and not ruling out pursuing a recount or other legal action in a special U.S. House of Representatives election in Pennsylvania in which Democrat Conor Lamb is leading Republican Rick Saccone by a thin margin, a Republican Party spokesman said on Wednesday.


Alpine skiing: Italy's Goggia pips Vonn for downhill title, Feuz wins men's

(Reuters) - Italy's Olympic champion Sofia Goggia won the women's World Cup downhill title by three points on Wednesday despite finishing second to Lindsey Vonn at the season-ending showpiece in Are.


Norwegian wins Iditarod sled dog race across Alaska: 9 days, 12 hours

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - A Norwegian musher won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race early on Wednesday, notching the third victory ever for his home country in the 46-year history of the annual 1,000-mile (1609-km) trek across Alaska's wilderness.

Why Republicans should be nervous

It's easy -- and understandable -- to focus on whether or not Conor Lamb is going to wind up with more votes than Rick Saccone when all the ballots are counted from Tuesday's special election in Pennsylvania.


Sailing: Spithill relishes Italian adventure and beast of a challenge

LONDON (Reuters) - Twice America's Cup winning skipper Jimmy Spithill says the lure of Italy and the challenge of sailing a cutting-edge monohull 'beast' were behind his decision to return to the competition with Luna Rossa Challenge.


Republicans sound the alarm about Democratic fervor

SACRAMENTO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican state senators in California gathered in Sacramento late last month for what amounted to an intervention.

Op-Ed Columnist: Conor Lamb Roared. Republicans Should Quake.

The Democrat’s showing in Pennsylvania foretells a brutal November for President Trump and his party.


UPDATE 1-South Africa antitrust watchdog charges Takata with price fixing

JOHANNESBURG, March 14 (Reuters) - South African competition watchdog charged Takata Corp with price fixing on Wednesday, another blow to the Japanese auto safety products maker in the throes of a massive airbag scandal. The Competition Commission said Takata worked with other firms to fix prices, divide the market and collude in their bidding for four different seat belts and airbags contracts with as three auto makers.


Wozniacki loses in Indian Wells, Halep advances

(Reuters) - Caroline Wozniacki blew any chance she had to overtake Simona Halep as world number one after losing 6-4 7-5 to Darya Kasatkina in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Tuesday.


Pennsylvania vote down to wire in ominous sign for Republicans

CANONSBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - A U.S. House of Representatives election in Pennsylvania that is seen as a referendum on President Donald Trump's performance was a dead heat on Tuesday, an ominous sign for Republicans eight months ahead of congressional elections.

Message for Republicans? 'The House is on fire'

The race for Pennsylvania's 18th District was a nail-biter. CNN political analysts explain what the special election means for the November midterms.


Motor racing - Love it or loathe it, Formula One has a halo

LONDON (Reuters) - It is safe to say that Formula One's clunky 'halo' head protection device, the most obvious novelty of the 2018 season, has divided opinion.

Bribery and Kickbacks

Now Two Former Presidents of South Korea Are Under Investigation

Lee Myung-bak is the fifth former South Korean president to be questioned by prosecutors on corruption accusations since the 1990s.


BRIEF-Rapid7 Announces Pricing Of Public Offering



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.


Norwegian jumps to lead of famed Iditarod sled dog race

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - A Norwegian musher was poised on Tuesday to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and notch the third victory ever for his home country in 46 years of the annual 1,000-mile (1609-km) trek across Alaska's wilderness.


Republicans scramble to salvage congressional seat in Pennsylvania

CANONSBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - Republicans are scrambling to avoid a political embarrassment in a conservative district of Pennsylvania, where a pro-gun, pro-union Democrat could be about to win a congressional election in one of President Donald Trump's white, working-class strongholds.

United States Politics and Government

Republican Leading House’s Russia Inquiry Softens a Key Finding

Representative K. Michael Conaway of Texas had said the Russians hadn’t favored Donald J. Trump’s candidacy. But on Tuesday, he said it was a matter of interpretation.


Kohlschreiber stuns Cilic at Indian Wells

(Reuters) - Philipp Kohlschreiber upset second seed Marin Cilic 6-4 6-4 to advance to the fourth round in the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Tuesday.


Woods brings comeback to happy hunting ground at Bay Hill

ORLANDO (Reuters) - Tiger Woods takes his rousing comeback tour to one of his favorite haunts - Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill layout, where the 14-times major winner has triumphed eight times.


Woods and Els named as Presidents Cup captains

ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - Tiger Woods and Ernie Els shifted their decades-long friendly rivalry onto the international stage as they were officially named captains for the 2019 Presidents Cup on Tuesday.

As numbers roll in, White House and Republican leaders are 'very' worried Saccone will lose


Gun control bills wait in Congress despite public support

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An unexpected resurgence of gun control proposals following last month's shooting at a Florida high school is showing signs of ebbing in the U.S. Congress, where a bill to strengthen a national background check for gun ownership is treading water despite public pressure in favor of it.


Halep beats Wang to reach Indian Wells quarter-finals

(Reuters) - World No.1 Simona Halep overcame a sluggish start to beat Wang Qiang 7-5 6-1 at the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday and book a quarter-final against Petra Martic in the California desert.

Ex-diplomat: says Tillerson's public firing makes my head explode

Tuesday's public firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, by presidential tweet no less, is a bizarre and veritable head-exploder.

Republicans in Congress blindsided by Rex firing

Several senior Republican aides in both chambers told CNN they were given no heads up on the President's decision to replace Rex Tillerson with Mike Pompeo as secretary of state, as well as the move to nominate Gina Haspel as CIA director.


Dick's Sporting expects strict gun sales policy to weigh

(Reuters) - Dick's Sporting Goods Inc , a U.S. retailer of camping supplies, sporting goods and guns, on Tuesday warned that its decision to tighten gun sales could weigh on 2018 results.


Golf: Garcia delivers thoughts on Masters while wife gives birth

(Reuters) - Winning a Masters did not change Sergio Garcia but the Spaniard was poised to have his life turned upside down on Tuesday as he discussed his Green Jacket defense while in a Texas hospital awaiting the birth of his first child.


Cycling: Kwiatkowski wins Tirreno-Adriatico ahead of Milan-San Remo

SAN BENEDETTO DEL TRONTO, Italy (Reuters) - Former world champion Michal Kwiatkowski claimed the Tirreno-Adriatico week-long race as he retained the overall leader's blue jersey after the final individual time trial on Tuesday.


Namibia records first listeria case after it kills 180 in South Africa

WINDHOEK (Reuters) - Namibia's health minister said on Tuesday it had recorded its first case of listeriosis, the biggest recorded outbreak of which has killed over 180 people and infected almost 970 in neighboring South Africa.


Tennis: Former Olympic doubles champion Flach dies, aged 54

LONDON (Reuters) - Tennis was mourning the death of former Wimbledon and Olympic doubles champion Ken Flach on Tuesday after the governing body of men's tennis, ATP, confirmed that the American had died at the age of 54.


Spotify enters South African market

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Global music streaming provider Spotify is set to launch its services in South Africa on Tuesday, marking its entry into Africa, where there is a rapid uptake of smartphones and improving telecommunications infrastructure.


Japan cautious while South Korea upbeat after North Korea talks in Tokyo

TOKYO (Reuters) - Differences between Japan and South Korea on how to handle North Korea emerged on Tuesday with South Korea upbeat on prospects but a more cautious Japan demanding that North Korea account for Japanese people it says North Korea abducted decades ago.


South Dakota urges Supreme Court to click 'buy' on internet sales tax

PIERRE, South Dakota (Reuters) - The woman walked into Cash Hogen's hardware store last fall to ask a single question about a KitchenAid mixer on display: What did the manufacturer call that color scheme?


U.S. detecting some Taliban interest in Afghan peace talks: Mattis

KABUL (Reuters) - The United States is picking up signs of interest from Taliban elements in exploring the possibility of talks with Kabul to end the more than 16-year-old war, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Tuesday as he made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan.


China says eastern Europe summits have been very successful

BEIJING (Reuters) - China is in close preparatory talks ahead of a summit with eastern European nations scheduled in Bulgaria this year, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Tuesday, adding that he had not heard the annual event could be pared back.


UKAD tells athletes not to refuse tests over discontinued kits

(Reuters) - UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) has told British athletes not to refuse drugs tests if they are given collection kits that have recently been discontinued by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).


South Korea's Kakao to monetize taxi-hailing app by charging for some services

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's top chat app operator Kakao Corp said on Tuesday it will start charging fees for some services such as faster taxi bookings and business trips, ending nearly three years of wholly free services offered by its taxi-hailing app.

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

Donald Trump's friends on Capitol Hill have delivered.


Pyeongchang Paralympics sets new record for ticket sales

(Reuters) - The Pyeongchang Paralympics have set a new record for ticket sales, crossing 320,531 on Tuesday to break previous mark set in Sochi four years ago, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) said in a statement.

Computer Security

The One Thing That Protects a Laptop After It’s Been Stolen

Here’s one thing you can do today so if your laptop is lost or stolen, your private, personal data doesn’t fall into the wrong hands too.


U.S. picking up Taliban interest in Afghan peace talks: Mattis

KABUL (Reuters) - The United States is picking up signs of interest from Taliban elements in exploring the possibility of talks with Kabul to end the more than 16-year-old war, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Tuesday, as he made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan.


Republicans struggle to salvage congressional seat in Pennsylvania

CANONSBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - Republicans are scrambling to avoid a political disaster in a conservative district of Pennsylvania, where a pro-gun, pro-union Democrat who opposes abortion could be about to win a congressional election in one of President Donald Trump's white, working-class strongholds.


Venus cuts Serena's comeback short at Indian Wells

(Reuters) - Venus Williams cut her sister Serena's comeback to tennis short with a 6-3 6-4 win in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells on Monday.


Golf - Players champion Kim eager to defend title

SEOUL (Reuters) - After becoming the youngest golfer to win The Players Championship in 2017, South Korea's Kim Si-woo has now set his sights on being the first to successfully defend the title when he returns to TPC Sawgrass in May.


Motor racing-Liberty starts second season with bumpy road ahead

LONDON (Reuters) - Liberty Media enjoyed plenty of goodwill after taking over Formula One and ousting former supremo Bernie Ecclestone but the honeymoon is over as the Americans start a second season in charge.


Man City defeat cannot define Stoke's season, says Lambert

(Reuters) - Stoke City cannot let Monday's 2-0 Premier League defeat by runaway leaders Manchester City define their season and must seek a response when they play Everton this weekend, manager Paul Lambert has said.

United States Politics and Government

Despite Mueller’s Push, House Republicans Declare No Evidence of Collusion

House Intelligence Committee Republicans are ending their investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, saying the Trump campaign did not collude with the Kremlin.

House Republicans break with intel community and say they found no evidence of collusion

Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee announced Monday they found no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia and that they are shutting down their yearlong investigation.


Republicans shut down House Russia probe over Democratic objections

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Intelligence Committee Republicans said on Monday the panel had finished investigating Russia and the 2016 U.S. election, and found no collusion between President Donald Trump's campaign and Moscow's efforts to influence the vote.

Analysis: 3 Republicans who could challenge Trump in 2020

On Sunday, Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, was asked whether he thinks someone should challenge President Donald Trump in the 2020 Republican primary.

United States Politics and Government

White House Aides Blur the Legal Lines Between Partisans and Public Servants

At least eight complaints have been filed against White House officials since President Trump’s inauguration for potential violations of the Hatch Act.