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

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


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

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

Trump, Donald J

Op-Ed Columnist: Biden and Trump Talk Trash

It’s always nice to think about a different president.


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

* Losing investment rating would have triggered bonds selloff


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

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


Trump should insist on Libya-style denuclearization for N.Korea -Bolton

WASHINGTON, March 23 (Reuters) - John Bolton, U.S. President Donald Trump's new national security adviser, said Trump should insist that any meeting he holds with North Korea's leader must be focused squarely on how to eliminate that country's nuclear weapons program as quickly as possible.


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US-S. Korea trade deal is close

President Donald Trump said Friday that the United States is close to striking a trade deal with South Korea, an achievement that would mark an end to the free trade agreement between the two countries.


Syrian army celebrates as rebels quit most of their Ghouta stronghold

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian rebels agreed to surrender a second besieged enclave in eastern Ghouta on Friday as their comrades in another insurgent pocket in the area continued their withdrawal after a month-long assault by the army.


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

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


May welcomes Brexit transition, trade talks loom

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May welcomed the approval by European Union leaders on Friday of a transition period to help business adapt after Brexit, telling the bloc to ride the "new dynamic" in upcoming trade talks.


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

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


UPDATE 7-Oil rises on Saudi talk of extending output cuts into 2019

* Brent to hit $75 by Q3 on strong demand -Morgan Stanley (Updates prices)

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

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


Britain blocks plans for new coal mine in northeast England

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


South Africa detects avian flu in seabirds

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

Civil War (US) (1861-65)

Op-Ed Columnist: The White Southern Anti-Trump

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


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

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

Roseanne Barr and Kimmel talk Trump

Roseanne Barr and John Goodman appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" to discuss the reboot of the show "Roseanne" and Barr's decision to make her character a Trump supporter.

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

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


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

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

Idaho senator holds up vote over rivalry with deceased governor

As Congress raced toward another spending deadline, most were watching Sen. Rand Paul's objections to a proposed spending plan. But another Republican was creating more headaches for GOP leaders: Sen. James Risch of Idaho.


Trade fears loom as Samsung Electronics shareholders approve stock split

SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd shareholders approved a stock split on Friday making it easier for retail shareholders to hold shares in the tech giant, at an annual meeting also dogged by concerns about global trade tensions.

NCAA Basketball Championships (Men)

Loyola-Chicago Holds Off Nevada for a Third Straight Upset

The No. 11 Ramblers and Sister Jean continued their unlikely run with a narrow victory over the seventh-seeded Wolf Pack.


Southern California evacuation orders lifted as mudslide threat eases

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

Stelter: President Trump hires a talking head - again


Nike forecasts reversal in North America sales decline, tops estimates

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


Wisconsin governor ordered to hold special elections after Democratic outcry

(Reuters) - Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker must hold special elections in two state districts, a judge ruled on Thursday, after Democrats said he was putting off the votes over fears of losing the formerly Republican-held seats.


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Behold Gunbook -- Facebook for gun lovers

A social network for gun lovers who might be frustrated by Facebook's policies allows them to showcase their weapons, discuss and give advice on all aspects of shooting, and even sell their guns.


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

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


Southern California on guard as heavy rains raise mudslide risk

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


Italian parties seek parliamentary deal; government talks far away

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and rightist parties are looking to wrap up a deal on who should be appointed as speakers for the new parliament, which opens on Friday after this month's inconclusive elections.


South Korea ex-president Lee detained on graft charges

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


Endeavour Energy kicks off North Sea assets sale -sources

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

Police fatally shot man holding cell phone in his grandmother's yard

Sacramento police officers shot and killed a black man in his grandmother's backyard because they believed he was pointing a gun at them, police said.


Steve Wynn cuts stake in Wynn Resorts, becomes No. 3 holder

(Reuters) - Steve Wynn, the former chief executive of Wynn Resorts Ltd , has lowered his stake in the casino operator to about 7.8 percent from 11.78 percent, a regulatory filing showed on Thursday.

Conservatism (US Politics)

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

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


Southern California on guard as heavy rains may trigger mudslides

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


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

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


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

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


Government official says GM Korea finds it hard to share information about global strategies

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's vice finance minister said on Thursday there is tension between GM Korea and the Korea Development Bank because the U.S. automaker isn't sharing internal information about the company necessary for the bank to carry out due diligence.

United States International Relations

Op-Ed Columnist: Trump’s Talk Worries Me, Like the Talk Before the Iraq War

His cavalier approach reminds me of Cheney’s 15 years ago.

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

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


What the Federal Reserve rate hike means for U.S. households

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The effects of the Federal Reserve interest rate hike announced on Wednesday will extend beyond corporate America to household budgets.


U.S. makes contingency plans in case Iran nuclear talks fail

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has had constructive talks about the Iran nuclear deal with Britain, France and Germany but is making contingency plans should they fail, the lead U.S. negotiator said on Wednesday.


Tesla shareholders approve CEO Musk's $2.6 billion compensation plan

SAN FRANCISCO/BOSTON (Reuters) - Tesla Inc shareholders approved a compensation package potentially worth as much as $2.6 billion for Chief Executive Elon Musk on Wednesday in a test of their confidence in the leader of the electric car company.


What a Federal Reserve rate hike means for U.S. households

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The effects of the expected Federal Reserve interest rate hike on Wednesday will extend beyond corporate America to household budgets.


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

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


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

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


Hungary's ruling Fidesz holds clear lead as election nears: polls

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Prime Minister Viktor Orban's ruling Fidesz party remains the runaway leader in polls less than three weeks before national elections, with right-wing opposition party Jobbik in second place, surveys from Publicus and Zavecz Research showed on Wednesday.


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U.S. ties 'super important' says Mexican leftist's pick to lead NAFTA talks

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A former World Trade Organization economist picked to lead NAFTA negotiations by the front-runner in the race for Mexico's presidency told Reuters on Tuesday that modernizing parts of the pact should be possible while stressing the importance of relations with the United States.

Lipinski holds narrow lead over progressive challenger

Rep. Dan Lipinski, a centrist, anti-abortion Democrat, holds a narrow lead over his progressive challenger, Marie Newman, in Tuesday's primary contest to represent a Chicago-area House seat.


US ties "super important" says Mexican leftist's pick to lead NAFTA talks

MEXICO CITY, March 20 (Reuters) - A former World Trade Organization economist picked to lead NAFTA negotiations by the front-runner in the race for Mexico's presidency told Reuters on Tuesday that modernising parts of the pact should be possible while stressing the importance of relations with the United States.


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

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


UPDATE 1-S.Korea's SK Innovation to buy U.S. shale oil company

* Plans to expand shale oil development businesses (Adds details, background)


Vanguard defends proxy powers for small-time shareholders

BOSTON, March 20 (Reuters) - A push to restrict shareholder resolutions could shut out many small investors with concerns about corporate governance, an executive at asset manager Vanguard Group said.


Tesla denies Musk in talks with Israeli AI vision firm Cortica

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - U.S. electric car company Tesla Inc said on Tuesday that Chief Executive Elon Musk, who was visiting Israel, did not discuss a collaboration with artificial intelligence firm Cortica.


Exclusive: Salesforce in advanced talks to buy MuleSoft - sources

(Reuters) - Inc is in advanced discussions to acquire U.S. software maker MuleSoft Inc , people familiar with the matter told Reuters on Tuesday, as it looks to expand its offerings beyond customer relationship management software.


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North American Free Trade Agreement

In Nafta Talks, U.S. Tries to Limit Junk Food Warning Labels

A Trump administration proposal would limit the ability of Mexico, Canada and the U.S. to warn consumers about the dangers of foods linked to obesity.


EU's Barnier sees most difficult Brexit issues to come at the end of talks

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier said on Tuesday he expected the most difficult negotiations with London to come at the end of the process.


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

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


United Airlines pauses cargo-hold pet transport after missteps

NEW YORK (Reuters) - United Airlines is halting the shipment of pets in airplane cargo holds while it studies improvements, the carrier said on Tuesday, after the death of a puppy and mistakes in handling other dogs last week sparked negative publicity.


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.


Elon Musk in talks with Israeli AI vision firm Cortica: report

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Silicon Valley billionaire Elon Musk was in Israel to discuss a collaboration between electric car company Tesla Inc and Tel Aviv-based artificial intelligence firm Cortica, the Globes financial news website said on Tuesday.


World's last male northern white rhino dies

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

Women and Girls

Talk: Vivica A. Fox Wants Women in Hollywood to Last Past 35

The actress and author on her time in Trump’s orbit and aging in Hollywood.


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.


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China, not North Korea, to dominate Japan military planning

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

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.


UPDATE 2-CEFC China's chairman to step down; CITIC in talks to buy stake in unit

* Ye probed for alleged economic crimes by Chinese authorities


CITIC Group in talks for up to 49 pct stake in CEFC unit - CEFC exec

BEIJING, March 20 (Reuters) - CEFC China Energy is in talks with China's state-run CITIC Group for CITIC to take a maximum 49 percent stake in the private conglomerate's European unit, a CEFC executive briefed on the matter told Reuters on Tuesday.


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

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


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

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

US and South Korea announce start date for annual military exercises

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

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

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

The special counsel's team gives Trump's lawyers more details on what they want to talk to the President about

As President Donald Trump's reaction to special counsel Robert Mueller grows more irate by the day, attorneys on both sides sat down last week in a rare face-to-face discussion about the topics investigators could inquire of the President. It was the first in-person meeting after several weeks of informal discussions between the two sides, according to two sources familiar with the talks.

Books and Literature

Op-Ed Columnist: What Holds America Together

Walt Whitman had a prescription for national renewal.


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

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


Supreme Court upholds Pennsylvania election map in win for Democrats

(Reuters) - In a boost to the Democratic Party's chances of winning back the U.S. Congress this year, both the U.S. Supreme Court and a Pennsylvania panel of federal judges on Monday rejected Republicans' efforts to block the state's new congressional district map from taking effect.


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

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


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G20 leaders to hold fire on cryptocurrencies amid discord: sources

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - The world's financial leaders gathering in Argentina on Monday are likely to stop short of any specific action aimed at regulating cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, amid discord over the approach, sources at the summit told Reuters.


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.

Man banned from Facebook for giving data to firm that worked for Trump's campaign is willing to speak to FBI

4th nor'easter in 3 weeks to hit Northeast

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


ECB, BOJ seen holding rates as Fed plows ahead: Bank of America Merrill Lynch

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The European Central Bank and Bank of Japan are about three years behind the Federal Reserve in policy normalization as inflation in Europe and Japan will likely stay below their...


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.

Defense and Military Forces

Op-Ed Contributor: The Dirty Secret of American Nuclear Arms in Korea

North Korea may be unreliable, but it was America that broke with the Korean armistice by introducing nuclear weapons into South Korea in 1958.

Afghanistan War (2001- )

Op-Ed Contributor: The U.S. Needs to Talk to the Taliban in Afghanistan

Washington shies away from the idea of direct talks, but the Taliban see the United States as the decisive actor on the battlefield.

Pregnancy and Childbirth

The Stone: How to Talk About Abortion

Removing arguments of individual morality from the equation is the best way to find consensus and determine public policy.


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Amid Brexit deal talk, EU summons envoys, media

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU Brexit negotiators summoned national envoys and journalists at short notice on Monday as speculation mounted among diplomats of an interim deal to grant Britain a transition -- though some urged caution.


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

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


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

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


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)

Basketball (College)

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

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


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.


Disputes with temporary workers add to GM Korea's challenges

BUPYEONG, South Korea (Reuters) - Having lost his temporary job as a mechanist at GM Korea twice in the past eight years, Shin Hyun-chang was eagerly awaiting a court ruling last month on whether the automaker would be forced to recognize him as a full-time employee.


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.

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

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


G20 watchdog focuses on rules review, holds fire on cryptocurrencies

LONDON (Reuters) - The global watchdog that drove through a welter of banking and market reforms after the financial crisis said it will pivot more toward reviewing existing rules and away from designing new ones.


Burundi to hold referendum on extending presidential terms in May

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza on Sunday set May 17 as the date for a referendum that could extend his rule for at least a decade.


Syria's Assad visits army in eastern Ghouta as rebels in talks

BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday visited Syrian soldiers who appear close to defeating the last major opposition foothold near Damascus and met some of the many thousands of people uprooted during the government offensive.


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

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

Sweden to help negotiate release of Americans held in North Korea

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

US, North Korea representatives to meet

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


Australians flee homes as grassfires hit southeast

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


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

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


Australians flee homes as bushfires hit arid southeast

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


Now North Korean diplomat heads to Finland amid new diplomatic flurry

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


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.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Data Firm Tied to Trump Campaign Talked Business With Russians

Cambridge Analytica, a company that developed technology to target voters, has denied having connections to Russia. But evidence suggests otherwise.

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.

McCabe has memos documenting talks with Trump

Much like fired FBI Director James Comey, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe wrote memos documenting his conversations with President Donald Trump before he was fired Friday, a source with knowledge of the matter told CNN.


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

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


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.

Central Intelligence Agency

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

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


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They Talk About Porn in This Show. Audience Participation Is Encouraged.

“Prurience,” a new immersive theater piece by Christopher Green, is set at a self-help group for pornography addicts.


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

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

United States Economy

Most Americans Produce Services, Not Stuff. Trump Ignores That in Talking About Trade.

The president’s outlook on service workers could have real economic consequences.

Embargoes and Sanctions

Wine and Diamonds: How North Korea Dodges Sanctions

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


South Africa hits fallen Zuma with arms deal corruption charges

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

Bridges and Tunnels

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

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


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

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


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

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


Deadly listeria could herald tighter food safety rules in South Africa

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


State Street's Kumar wants answers on shareholder rights

BOSTON (Reuters) - State Street Corp wants answers from companies that lack such things as independent board leaders or equal voting rights for investors, a top executive at the asset manager said,...


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.


Toyota, Uber in talks on self-driving tech: Nikkei

TOKYO (Reuters) - Uber Technologies is discussing the possibility of installing its self-driving system in Toyota Motor Co vehicles as the U.S. ride-hailing firm seeks to sell its autonomous driving technology to outside companies, the Nikkei reported on Friday.


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.


Shareholders in Brazil's Fibria agree to merger with pulp rival Suzano

SAO PAULO, March 16 (Reuters) - Controlling shareholders in Brazilian pulpmaker Fibria Celulose SA have agreed to merge the company with rival Suzano Papel e Celulose SA to create the world's largest market pulp producer, according to a statement.

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.


Georgia Supreme Court upholds $40 million fatal Jeep fire award

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Georgia State Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously upheld a $40 million award to the family of a four-year-old boy killed in 2012 when the 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee in which he was riding was rear-ended and burst into flames.


North American 2026 World Cup bid picks 23 potential host cities

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


North Korean foreign minister visits Sweden amid summit speculation

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


Tillerson to talk soon with successor nominee Pompeo: State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fired U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to speak soon with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who has been nominated to succeed him, the State Department said on Thursday.

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Trump Says He Made Up Deficit Claim in Talk with Trudeau, Baffling Canadians

The president boasted that he was just improvising when he insisted to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that the U.S. had a trade deficit with Canada.


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

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


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

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

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

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


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.


Yemen's Houthis and Saudi Arabia in secret talks to end war: sources

ADEN/DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia and its adversaries in Yemen's armed Houthi movement are holding secret talks to try to end a three-year-old war that has unleashed the world's worst humanitarian crisis, diplomats and Yemeni political sources said.

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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.

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,

Behold the 1,073 horsepower electric car

The established players in the global automotive industry like to call them "disruptors." They're the new kids on the block -- fresh money, bold ideas, an empowering lack of legacy to hold them back. And that makes them dangerous to the regulars, but plain exciting to everyone else.

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.

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.


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).


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.


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.


Differences on North Korea key to Trump's Tillerson decision: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Differences over how to deal with North Korea's nuclear challenge were a key factor in President Donald Trump's decision to replace Rex Tillerson as U.S. secretary of state, according to sources familiar with the internal deliberations.

700 students at his school in North Carolina. He stood alone

At 10 a.m. Wednesday, Justin Blackman got up from his desk and calmly walked out of Mr. Mendez's Spanish class. When he got outside, he discovered he was the only one.


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.


Bayer reports progress in talks with Russia over Monsanto deal

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Bayer said on Wednesday progress was being made in talks with Russia's competition watchdog FAS over the company's planned takeover of Monsanto.

Drug Abuse and Traffic

Talk: U-God Wishes He Had Sold Legal Drugs

The Wu-Tang Clan member on doing time and Martin Shkreli.


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.


Singapore investigating firms accused of selling luxury goods to North Korea

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore said on Wednesday it was investigating two local companies accused of supplying luxury goods to North Korea in violation of U.N. sanctions.


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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.


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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.


U.S. court upholds most of Texas law to punish 'sanctuary cities'

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court panel on Tuesday upheld most of a Republican-backed Texas law to punish "sanctuary cities," allowing it to remain in effect while the case is being fought in a lower court.


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Israeli government ends feud that sparked snap election talk

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's government settled a dispute on Tuesday that had threatened its survival and prompted speculation that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was seeking a snap election to help him dodge a corruption probe.


Trump loyalist Pompeo faces North Korea challenge as top diplomat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - CIA Director Mike Pompeo may have developed personal chemistry with President Donald Trump by delivering his crucial morning intelligence briefings, praising him publicly and embracing his hard-line views on issues ranging from North Korea to Iran.


SocGen in exclusive talks to buy Commerzbank's EMC unit -Handelsblatt‍​

FRANKFURT, March 13 (Reuters) - French lender Societe Generale has entered exclusive talks to buy the Equities, Markets and Commodities (EMC) division of Germany's Commerzbank after beating rival bidder Goldman Sachs , Handelsblatt reported on Tuesday.


Under pressure, France toughens talk on Turkish Syria operation

PARIS (Reuters) - France's foreign minister said on Tuesday that Turkey's operation against Kurdish militants in the Afrin region was not justified, the strongest language yet from Paris regarding its NATO ally's intervention in Syria.


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.


UPDATE 1-Richemont in talks to sell Lancel to Italy's Piquadro in fashion revamp

ZURICH, March 13 (Reuters) - Luxury goods group Richemont is in exclusive talks to sell its underperforming French Lancel leather brand to Italian high-end briefcase maker Piquadro, to put its struggling fashion and accessories business back on track.


UPDATE 2-Fibria controlling shareholders confirm bid from Paper Excellence

RIO DE JANEIRO, March 13 (Reuters) - BNDESPar and Votorantim Participações SA confirmed on Tuesday that they have received an unsolicited takeover bid from Netherlands-based Paper Excellence for their controlling stake in Brazilian pulp producer Fibria Celulose SA.


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.

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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.


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.


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

SEOUL, March 13 (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.