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Plane taking freed Nigerian schoolgirls to capital Abuja: Reuters witness

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - A plane carrying scores of Nigerian schoolgirls freed by Islamist Boko Haram militants on Wednesday has taken off from Maiduguri for the capital Abuja, a Reuters witness reported.

Social Media

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Vows to Bolster Privacy Amid Cambridge Analytica Crisis

In his first public statements concerning a data privacy scandal, Mr. Zuckerberg said “there’s more to do, and we need to step up and do it.”


High speed: China's Geely 2017 net profit soars amid global push

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese carmaker Geely Automobile Holdings Ltd , whose chairman recently took a $9 billion stake in Germany's Daimler AG , said on Wednesday its profits more than doubled in 2017, driven by strong domestic sales of popular SUVs.

Social Media

Cambridge Analytica Suspends C.E.O. Amid Facebook Data Scandal

The company’s board said it was suspending the chief executive, Alexander Nix, with immediate effect, pending an independent investigation.


Toyota pauses self-driving car testing amid Uber accident probe

DETROIT (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp said on Tuesday it will pause autonomous vehicle testing following an accident in which an Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] self-driving vehicle struck and killed a woman in Tempe, Arizona.


CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-Whole Foods calls supplier summit amid Amazon angst

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK, March 19 (Reuters) - Whole Foods will host a summit on Tuesday for up to 200 of its suppliers, amid anxiety about how its ongoing business revamp will play out under new owner

Social Media

Facebook Executive Planning to Leave Company Amid Disinformation Backlash

Facebook has reached a deal with its chief information security officer to depart after disagreements over how to address its role in spreading disinformation, said people briefed on the matter.


Foreign insurers gain in China amid scrutiny of riskier local products

* Foreign insurers to hire up to 40 percent more sales agents


Whole Foods calls supplier summit amid Amazon angst

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Whole Foods will host a summit beginning Tuesday for up to 200 of its suppliers in its hometown of Austin, Texas, amid anxiety and speculation about how its ongoing business revamp will play out under new owner


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.


G20 financial leaders seek 'free trade' pledge amid U.S. tariffs concern

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - The world's financial leaders were seeking on Monday to clearly endorse free trade and renounce protectionism amid concern that U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum and looming actions against China could trigger a trade war that would hurt global growth.


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.


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.

#MeToo Movement

President of Steven Cohen’s Investment Firm Quits Amid Gender Bias Lawsuit

Douglas Haynes stepped down as president of the $11 billion investment firm, a month after being named as a defendant in a gender discrimination lawsuit.

Appointments and Executive Changes

Second Top Nike Executive Departs Amid Complaints of Workplace Behavior

Nike confirmed the departure of a second senior executive within 24 hours on Friday, as it acknowledged internal complaints over behavior at the company.


China to bar people with bad 'social credit' from planes, trains

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China said it will begin applying its so-called social credit system to flights and trains and stop people who have committed misdeeds from taking such transport for up to a year.


ASEAN, Australia reject protectionism amid fears of Trump trade war

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Australia reject protectionism, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his Singapore counterpart said on Friday, amid fears about a possible trade war sparked by U.S. plans to raise tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.


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.


CANADA STOCKS-TSX opens higher amid rise in oil price

TORONTO, March 15 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index opened higher, lifted by gains in global stocks and oil prices.

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.


Asia stocks sag, bonds advance amid simmering trade worries

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks sagged on Thursday while government bonds attracted safe-haven demand amid mounting investor concerns that growing trade tensions will hurt the global economy.


Japan finance minister to skip G20 amid parliamentary wrangling over suspected scandal

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso will not attend the Group of 20 finance leaders' meeting in Buenos Aires next week due to parliamentary wrangling over altered documents in a suspected favoritism scandal, a ruling party source told Reuters.

Capital Punishment

Oklahoma Turns to Gas for Executions Amid Turmoil Over Lethal Injection

If the plan is approved, it will be the first state to put prisoners to death using nitrogen gas, which starves the body of oxygen.


Wall Street falls amid fears of trade war with China

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks fell on Wednesday after President Donald Trump sought to impose fresh tariffs on China, intensifying fears of a trade war that could raise costs and hurt overseas sales for U.S. companies.


Russian rouble down amid Moscow-London tensions, lower oil prices

MOSCOW, March 13 (Reuters) - The Russian rouble weakened on Tuesday pressed by geopolitical tensions between Russia and Britain, as well as weak oil prices.


Nepal begins probe of plane crash that killed 49, airline defends pilot

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Investigators have retrieved the flight data recorder from the wreckage of a Bangladeshi airliner that crashed, killing at least 49 aboard, including the crew, when it attempted to land in Nepal's capital, officials said on Tuesday.


Flight data recorder retrieved from wreckage of Nepal plane crash

KATHMANDU, March 13 (Reuters) - Investigators have retrieved the flight data recorder from the wreckage of a US-Bangla Airlines passenger plane that crashed, killing at least 49 people on board, as it attempted to land at Kathmandu, a senior airport official in Nepal's capital said on Tuesday.

Heiress reportedly dies in plane crash

Turkish socialite Mina Basaran was reportedly killed after an airplane carrying her home from her bachelorette party crashed in Iran.


Fewer U.S. high school athletes play football amid concussion fears

(Reuters Health) - Participation in high school football has been steadily falling in recent years amid mounting concerns about the potential for traumatic brain injuries to lead to lasting health problems, a U.S. study suggests.

Turkish socialite killed in plane crash after bachelorette party

A wealthy Turkish socialite and seven of her friends were killed on Sunday after the airplane carrying them home from her bachelorette party crashed in Iran, according to Turkish media reports and the head of the Turkish Red Crescent.


Bangladeshi plane crashes in Nepal, killing at least 49

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - At least 49 people were killed on Monday when a Bangladeshi airliner crashed in cloudy weather as it came in to land at the Nepalese capital's hill-ringed airport, officials said.

Putin says he gave order to shoot down passenger plane in 2014

Russia's Vladimir Putin ordered the downing of a passenger plane that had reportedly been overtaken by hijackers planning to target the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014, the President said in a new film.

At least 49 dead after plane crashes at Nepal airport

At least 39 people are dead after a plane crashed on the runway while landing at Tribhuvan Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal on Monday, police spokesperson Manoj Neupane told CNN.


Bangladeshi plane crashes in Nepal, killing at least 50

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - A Bangladeshi airliner crashed on Monday after making an unexpected turn in cloudy weather as it came in to land at the airport in Nepal's capital, killing at least 50 people, officials said.

Airlines and Airplanes

Plane Crashes in Kathmandu, With Many of Its 67 Passengers Feared Killed

A US-Bangla Airlines flight from Bangladesh slammed into a field short of the runway and caught fire, and at least 40 people were killed.


Bangladesh plane carrying 71 people crashes in Nepal

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - A Bangladeshi aircraft carrying 67 passengers and four crew crashed on Monday while coming in to land at the airport in the Nepali capital, Kathmandu, an airport official said, adding that 17 people on board had been rescued.


UPDATE 2-Bangladesh plane carrying 71 people crashes in Nepal

KATHMANDU, March 12 (Reuters) - A Bangladeshi aircraft carrying 67 passengers and four crew crashed on Monday while coming in to land at the airport in the Nepali capital, Kathmandu, an airport official said, adding that 17 people on board had been rescued.


Bangladesh plane carrying 67 passengers crashes in Nepal

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - A Bangladeshi aircraft carrying 67 passengers crashed on Monday while coming in to land at the airport in the Nepali capital, Kathmandu, an airport official said, adding that 17 people on board had been rescued.


Turkish socialite and friends killed in plane crash in Iran

ISTANBUL/DUBAI (Reuters) - A wealthy Turkish socialite and her friends were among the 11 people killed on Sunday when a private plane bringing them home from a Dubai bachelorette party crashed into an Iranian mountainside.


All eight passengers killed as private Turkish plane crashes in Iran: Red Crescent

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - All eight passengers were killed on Sunday when a private plane belonging to Turkish firm Basaran Holding crashed in Iran, the head of the Turkish Red Crescent said on Twitter.


Putin order for bomb threat plane to be downed in 2014 canceled after false alarm

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's Vladimir Putin in 2014 ordered a passenger aircraft which was reported to be carrying a bomb and targeting the opening of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi to be downed, the president said in a film shown on Sunday.


Turkish warplanes destroy 18 Kurdish militant targets in Iraq: Anadolu

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


Trump’s Military Parade Plans Come Into Focus: Planes, but No Tanks

The parade, scheduled for Veterans Day in Washington, will provide a history lesson with “an emphasis on the price of freedom,” according to a memo.

Opinion: I had the coolest job on the planet ... at Tower Records

I was just 16 when I walked into Tower Records in San Diego in 1986 and showed them I could count.


Convoy delivers food to Syria's besieged Ghouta amid shelling

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A convoy of relief trucks crossed front lines into the rebel-held Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta on Friday and unloaded all its food to the trapped population, despite fighting that the Red Cross said had come "extremely close".


Japan tax agency head quits amid cronyism scandal

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's National Tax Agency chief, under fire for remarks about a suspected cronyism scandal, quit on Friday, but his resignation was unlikely to end the furor over the affair that threatens to erode Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's popularity.

Hayden Planetarium

At the Hayden Planetarium, a Joyride Across the Cosmos

The planetarium has a multimillion dollar project that uses computers and satellite images to simulate a flight to distant galaxies.


Japan probes possible suicide of finance official amid cronyism scandal: media

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese police are investigating as possible suicide the death of an official at a finance ministry bureau that handled a land deal at the heart of a cronyism scandal threatening Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's popularity, media said on Friday.


Golf: Tiger tames gusty winds for opening 70 at Valspar

(Reuters) - Tiger Woods gave himself a high grade after taming strong and gusty winds to trail first round Canadian leader Corey Conners by three strokes at the Valspar Championship in Florida on Thursday.


North, South Korea won't march together at Paralympics amid flag row

SEOUL (Reuters) - South and North Korea will not march together at the opening ceremony of the Winter Paralympics, as they did at the Olympics last month, because they cannot agree on a united flag that erases islands disputed with Japan, officials said.


South Korea vows tougher laws on sexual abuse amid #MeToo wave

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea vowed on Thursday to strengthen laws against sexual assault and implement measures to reduce harassment as the #MeToo campaign sweeps the country and sparks calls for meaningful action to tackle sexual abuse.

Tooke, Tony

U.S. Forest Service Chief Resigns Amid Sexual Harassment Accusations

Tony Tooke “has determined that it is best for the Forest Service, its future and its employees that he step aside,” Sonny Perdue, the agriculture secretary, said in a statement on Wednesday.


U.S. Forest Service chief resigns amid sexual misconduct accusations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Forest Service, Tony Tooke, resigned on Wednesday amid an investigation into accusations of sexual misconduct made against him.


Univision Communications to replace CEO amid failed IPO plans -WSJ

March 7 (Reuters) - Spanish language broadcaster Univision Communications Inc is considering replacing Chief Executive Officer Randy Falco, and undertake a business review that could lead to cost cuts, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, citing sources.


India PNB's CEO meets serious fraud office amid probe into $2 billion scam

MUMBAI (Reuters) - The chief executive of India's Punjab National Bank (PNB) met officials of the serious fraud office on Wednesday, as authorities widened a probe into a $2 billion fraud that has been billed as the country's biggest banking scam.


US STOCKS-Winds of trade war spook Wall St as Trump adviser quits

* Cohn quits after losing fight with White House over tariffs

Dominguez, Jorge I

Harvard Professor Resigns Amid Allegations of Sexual Harassment

Jorge I. Domínguez, 72, a longtime government professor, was accused by 18 women of unwanted advances and other inappropriate behavior.

Russian military plane crashes in Syria, killing all 39 on board

Thirty-nine people, including military personnel, were killed when a Russian transport plane crashed Tuesday while trying to land at Hmeimin air base in northwest Syria, Russian state media reported.


U.S. to provide more than $533 million in aid amid African conflicts, drought

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will give more than $533 million in humanitarian aid for victims of conflicts and drought in Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan and the West and Central African countries bordering Lake Chad, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday.


U.S. pushes NAFTA talks pace, warns of political headwinds

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican and U.S. officials pushed on Monday to speed up NAFTA negotiations, with the United States floating the idea of reaching an agreement "in principle" in coming weeks to avoid political headwinds later this year.


VW mulls trucks IPO amid steps to boost efficiency: CEO

GENEVA (Reuters) - Volkswagen is pondering a stock sale of its truck and bus division as part of ongoing efforts to boost the group's efficiency, the carmaker's chief executive said on Monday.


U.S. carrier arrives in Vietnam amid rising Chinese influence in region

DANANG, Vietnam (Reuters) - A U.S. aircraft carrier arrived in Vietnam on Monday for the first time since the end of the Vietnam War, dramatically underscoring the growing strategic ties between the former foes at a time when China's regional influence is rising.


South Korea closes 84-year-old poet's exhibition amid sexual harassment claims

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's capital has closed an exhibition by poet Ko Un, long the country's hope for a Nobel Prize in literature, amid allegations of sexual misconduct and the government is considering removing his work from textbooks.


Global shares falter on trade war fears; euro choppy amid Italian uncertainty

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian investors dumped shares and drove to the safety of the yen and gold on Monday amid fears of a global trade war and worries of political uncertainty in Italy, risks that cloud the outlook for world growth.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Shares falter on trade war fears; euro choppy amid Italian uncertainty

SYDNEY, March 5 (Reuters) - Asian investors dumped shares and drove to the safety of the yen and gold on Monday amid fears of a global trade war and worries of political uncertainty in Italy, risks that cloud the outlook for world growth.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares subdued by trade war fears; euro choppy amid Italian uncertainty

SYDNEY, March 5 (Reuters) - Asian shares stumbled to near three-week lows on Monday amid fears of a global trade war, while the euro was unsteady in currency markets due to worries that an anti-establishment coalition government could emerge from elections in Italy.


China boosts defense spending amid military modernization

BEIJING (Reuters) - China unveiled its largest rise in defense spending in three years on Monday, setting an 8.1 percent growth target compared to 2017, fuelling the country's ambitious military modernization program amid rising Chinese security concerns.


Asian shares subdued; euro choppy amid Italian uncertainty

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian shares hovered near 2-1/2 week lows and the safe-haven yen rose on Monday amid fears of a global trade war, while the euro pared gains as investors worried Italy's national elections could deliver an anti-establishment government.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares subdued; euro choppy amid Italian uncertainty

SYDNEY, March 5 (Reuters) - Asian shares hovered near 2-1/2 week lows and the safe-haven yen rose on Monday amid fears of a global trade war, while the euro pared gains as investors worried Italy's national elections could deliver an anti-establishment government.

Books and Literature

Books of The Times: A Monster in the Mold of Hannibal Lecter Haunts ‘The Sandman’

In this thriller by Lars Kepler, the pen name of a husband-and-wife team, a man returns home after 13 years missing and offers clues to a serial killer’s crimes.


Canada's Freeland to meet top U.S. Congressmen amid trade row: lawmaker

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland will on Sunday meet a top U.S. Republican lawmaker overseeing trade as tensions between the two neighbors ramp up over possible American steel and aluminum tariffs.

Plane aborts landing amid ferocious winds

A monster nor'easter with wind speeds exceeding 60mph is causing trouble for planes in the Northeast.


Iran finds flight recorders of crashed passenger plane

DUBAI (Reuters) - Emergency teams have recovered the flight recorders of a plane that crashed into a mountaintop in southwest Iran two weeks ago, killing all 66 passengers and crew, state news agency IRNA reported on Sunday.


Wie drains monster putt to end title drought in Singapore

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Michelle Wie drained a monster birdie putt from off the green on the final hole to record a stunning one-shot victory at the HSBC Women's World Championship after a thrilling final round of low scoring and late drama on Sunday.


Turkish warplanes hit pro-Syrian government forces in Afrin, kill 36: monitor

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkish warplanes struck pro-Syrian government forces in the northwestern Afrin region of Syria on Saturday, killing at least 36 of them, as Turkey's assault in the Kurdish region gathered pace, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.


China pledges friendship with Taiwan amid tensions over U.S. bill

BEIJING (Reuters) - China wants to deepen friendship with Taiwan, the ruling Communist Party's fourth-ranked leader said on Saturday, a day after state media warned China could go to war over Taiwan if a U.S. bill promoting closer ties with the island becomes law.


High winds, flooding lash U.S. Northeast, one person killed

BOSTON (Reuters) - A storm with winds topping 80 miles per hour (129 km per hour) lashed the U.S. East Coast from Maine to Virginia on Friday as it flooded streets in Boston, grounded flights, halted trains and claimed at least one life.


High winds, flooding hammer U.S. Northeast; storm due to worsen

BOSTON (Reuters) - Seawater poured onto coastal streets in Boston where businesses were surrounded with flood barriers and sandbags, and waves pounded homes along Massachusetts's shore as a storm packing heavy winds hit the U.S. East Coast from Maine to Virginia.

Pilot landing at Dulles in high winds: "Pretty much everyone on the plane threw up"


Investors urge Novartis to exert 'moral influence' amid Greek probe

ZURICH (Reuters) - Several Novartis shareholders urged the Swiss drugmaker on Friday to improve its oversight of staff, amid a widening probe into allegations that managers paid bribes to doctors and public officials in Greece.


South Africa to investigate water ministry amid severe drought

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa's parliament will conduct an inquiry into allegations of mismanagement at the water ministry, a senior lawmaker said on Friday, as the country's tourist hub Cape Town grapples with the worst recorded drought in its history.


Malaysia's AirAsia says still with Airbus, no plans to buy Boeing planes

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian budget airline AirAsia Bhd is sticking with Airbus and has no plans currently to purchase Boeing aircraft, Group CEO Tony Fernandes said at a press briefing late on Thursday.


West Virginia teachers strike on Friday amid stubborn pay dispute

(Reuters) - West Virginia teachers were set to strike for a seventh day on Friday as state lawmakers balk at the governor's promise to raise salaries that are close to the bottom for U.S. educators, the state Education Department said.


U.S. ambassador to Mexico to resign amid tense bilateral relations

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobson will step down from the job in May, she said on Thursday, joining a growing list of senior State Department officials to resign from the agency during the presidency of Donald Trump.

United States International Relations

U.S. Ambassador to Mexico to Quit Amid Tense Relations Under Trump

Roberta S. Jacobson is one of the most experienced Latin America experts in the State Department, having spent most of her 31-year tenure focused on the region.


UPDATE 3-Indian jeweller's bankrupt US firm whets buyer interest amid $2 bln fraud probe

* Firestar Diamond filed for bankruptcy protection on Feb. 26


Indian jeweler's bankrupt U.S. firm stirs buyer interest amid $2 billion fraud probe

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Potential buyers have expressed strong early interest in a bankrupt U.S. firm of Indian jeweler Nirav Modi, who has been accused of involvement in a $2-billion bank fraud in India, court filings show.


UPDATE 1-Indian jeweller's bankrupt US firm stirs buyer interest amid $2 bln fraud probe

* Firestar Diamond filed for bankruptcy protection on Feb. 26


Amid NAFTA talks, Mexico airs concerns over U.S. steel tariffs

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's economy minister met with top U.S. trade officials on Wednesday midway through the latest push to renegotiate the NAFTA trade deal, as concerns about steel added to trade tensions between the two countries.


U.S. Olympic Committee chief steps down amid abuse scandal fallout

(Reuters) - U.S. Olympic Committee Chief Executive Scott Blackmun is resigning for health reasons, the organization said on Wednesday, following months of sustained criticism in the wake of the sex abuse scandal involving former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.

Defense and Military Forces

Amid Turkish Assault, Kurdish Forces Are Drawn Away From U.S. Fight With ISIS

Kurdish fighters in Syria who have been key in the American-led campaign against the Islamic State are peeling off to respond to Turkish attacks.


Exclusive: Amid liquidity concerns, China's HNA Group aviation fuel bill hits $476 million - sources

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's HNA Group has amassed an estimated 3 billion yuan ($476 million) bill with a state-run aviation fuel company, two oil industry sources said, underscoring how a deepening cash crunch is plaguing core operations at the conglomerate.


U.S. state officials offer Delta new home amid NRA blowback

(Reuters) - Several state officials on Tuesday offered Delta Air Lines a new place to call home after a Georgia legislator said he would kill lucrative tax benefits to the Atlanta-based carrier as retribution for its decision to sever ties with the National Rifle Association.


Gabon accuses France's Veolia of polluting amid concession dispute

LIBREVILLE (Reuters) - Gabon accused French environmental services group Veolia on Tuesday of widespread pollution at SEEG, the power and water utility it operates there, amid a growing dispute over the company's concession.


U.S. trade officials meet auto executives amid latest NAFTA push

WASHINGTON/MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - U.S. trade officials are due to meet auto industry executives on Tuesday, three sources said, in a possible sign of increased discussion of automotive content requirements that have become a sticking point in efforts to rework the NAFTA trade deal.


Syrian warplanes strike eastern Ghouta despite Russian truce

BEIRUT/GENEVA (Reuters) - Syrian government warplanes struck the eastern Ghouta region on Tuesday and Damascus accused rebels of shelling a safe route out, despite a Russian call for a five-hour truce that failed to halt one of the most devastating campaigns of the war.

Watch plane engine catch fire in-flight

A Southwest Airlines flight was traveling from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles when the engine caught fire.

Bathrooms and Toilets

Toilet Paper Shortage Strikes Taiwan Amid Pricing Panic

Retailers are having difficulty keeping the daily necessity in stock, as plans for price increases have sent consumers flocking to stores.

United States Politics and Government

Melania Trump Parts Ways With Adviser Amid Backlash Over Inaugural Contract

The Trumps were upset when they learned that an adviser to the first lady had won a $26 million contract to help plan the president’s inauguration.


JetBlue talks pick up with planemakers over replacing jets

MONTREAL/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jet Blue Airways Corp met with Canadian planemaker Bombardier Inc and also had plans to meet with Brazil's Embraer SA this month, according to an internal email reviewed by Reuters, in a signal that talks are picking up for the U.S. airline's closely watched sales campaign.


New board members proposed for Israel's Bezeq amid police investigation

TEL AVIV, Feb 26 (Reuters) - The parent company of Bezeq Israel Telecom is seeking to appoint new members to the company's board to replace three directors who submitted resignations amid an ongoing police investigation of fraud and other securities offences.

Fashion and Apparel

Fashion Review: Playing It Safe Amid the Protests

Armani, Cavalli and Ferragamo sent out classic styles but Versace took a chance by pairing styles with matching scarves.


Italy's League rallies in Milan as tense election campaign winds up

MILAN (Reuters) - Northern League leader Matteo Salvini drew thousands of supporters to a rally in Milan on Saturday as campaigning intensified ahead of a March 4 election expected to give most seats to a right-wing coalition of which his party is a member.

Title of Don Jr.'s remarks in India changes amid backlash over conflicts

As Donald Trump Jr. prepared to take the stage Friday at a conference for business leaders in New Delhi after a nearly weeklong visit to India, the event's organizers made a late change to the title of his public remarks. The modification, after several days of intense criticism over potential conflicts of interest, appeared to be an attempt to distance the President's son from any political activity.

United States Defense and Military Forces

Lens: Coming of Age Amid Patriotic Training

Sarah Blesener documented 10 programs that teach patriotic values and military skills to American children and teenagers.

Doctors forced to use expired drugs amid deaths

The devastation wrought in Eastern Ghouta by a relentless bombardment by the Syrian regime has forced doctors to use expired drugs and scramble for water as the number of dead reached 300 in three days, medics and activists said.

NRA spokeswoman: 'Insane monster' shouldn't have been able to get a firearm

Dana Loesch, the spokesperson for the National Rifle Association, says a shooter who killed 17 people last week at a high school in Florida should not have been able to get a firearm.


UPDATE 2-Telefonica Brasil reports 25 pct profit jump amid high-end push

SAO PAULO, Feb 21 (Reuters) - Telefonica Brasil SA , the country's largest telecommunications company, on Wednesday reported that fourth-profit rose 25 percent from a year ago as it increased its reliance on higher-end offerings.


UPDATE 2-Natgas producer EQT to spin off midstream operations amid investor pressure

Feb 21 (Reuters) - Oil and gas producer EQT Corp said on Wednesday it would spin off its midstream business to create a standalone publicly traded company, yielding to months of pressure from shareholders.


Bodies recovered from Iran plane crash site

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The bodies of seven victims of Sunday's air crash in Iran were brought down from the mountainous crash site on Wednesday, according to Mizan, the official news site of the Iranian judiciary.


BRIEF-MTU Aero CEO expects more clarity on possible Boeing middle of market plane this year

Feb 21 (Reuters) - Mtu Aero Engines management during a press conference:

Education (K-12)

D.C. Schools Chancellor Resigns Amid Outcry Over Daughter’s School Transfer

The chancellor, Antwan Wilson, had come under investigation for how his daughter recently transferred to a coveted high school, bypassing about 700 students on a wait-list.


Brazil's 'What a shot' music video stirs debate amid violent crime wave

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A viral music video called "What a shot" is stirring debate in Brazil about the glamorization of crime and freedom of expression, as surging crime in Rio de Janeiro has led the government to put troops in charge of security in the tourist city.

Guess co-founder steps aside amid Kate Upton allegations


No survivors as Iran finds wreckage of plane on mountain

LONDON (Reuters) - There were no survivors among the 65 passengers and crew on an Iranian plane that ploughed into a mountain top, where most of the bodies lie buried under snow, the first rescue team to reach the wreckage said on Tuesday.


Iran finds wreckage of crashed plane on top of mountain

LONDON (Reuters) - Iran has located a passenger plane that crashed with 65 people on board, a military spokesman said on Tuesday, two days after it disappeared from radar over mountainous terrain, increasing Iranians' fears about the country's aging fleet of aircraft.


Chinese warships enter East Indian Ocean amid Maldives tensions

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Eleven Chinese warships sailed into the East Indian Ocean this month, a Chinese news portal said, amid a constitutional crisis in the tiny tropical island chain of the Maldives now under a state of emergency.


UPDATE 1-Iran finds wreckage of crashed plane on top of mountain

* Iranians angry about state of aging aircraft fleet (Adds quotes, protest)

Iran Aseman Airlines

Iran Plane Crash Leads to Search-and-Rescue Effort at 14,500 Feet

Because of bad weather conditions, the rescue teams have been unable to use helicopters to fly over the crash site, and its members have climbed Mount Dena in search of debris.

Iran plane crash site found, state media says

Iranian investigators have located the site of Sunday's plane crash that killed all 65 people on board, state TV reported Monday.


Iran cannot confirm missing plane found, freeze hampers search

LONDON (Reuters) - The wreckage of an Iranian plane that crashed with 65 people on board was found in central Iran, state media said on Monday, but aviation authorities could not confirm the report.


Alibaba, Tencent rally troops amid $10 billion retail battle

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's tech giants Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Tencent Holdings Ltd , worth a combined $1 trillion, are on a retail investment binge, forcing merchants to choose sides amid a battle for shoppers' digital wallets.


Iran continues search for missing plane, no wreckage found yet

LONDON, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Iranian rescue teams were still trying to locate the wreckage of a plane on Monday a day after it crashed with 65 people on board, as glacial temperatures and mountainous terrain hampered their search.


Russian medalist leaves Games amid doping probe: official

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Russian curling medalist Alexander Krushelnitsky has left the Olympic village and surrendered his accreditation after being suspected of testing positive for a banned substance, a Russian Olympic delegation official said on Monday.

Environmental Protection Agency

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

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


All 65 passengers, crew feared dead in Iranian plane crash

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


UPDATE 4-All 65 passengers, crew feared dead in Iranian plane crash

* Rescue helicopters to search crash site due to bad weather (Adds airline s65 on board, search continues, relatives' quote)


All 66 passengers, crew feared dead in Iranian plane crash

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


UPDATE 3-All 66 passengers, crew feared dead in Iranian plane crash

* Rescue helicopters unable to land due to bad weather (Adds Khamenei, Rouhani statement, details, background)

Plane crashes in Iran with 66 aboard, report says

A passenger plane flying from Tehran with 66 people aboard crashed in central Iran, local media reported Sunday.


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

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

Aviation Accidents, Safety and Disasters

Plane Crash in Iran Kills 66 in Foggy, Mountainous Area

Aseman Airlines said a turboprop plane carrying 60 passengers and six crew members had flown into a mountain, killing all aboard.

Sex Crimes

Pope Revives Sexual Abuse Commission Amid Criticism of Vatican

An American cardinal will head the commission, the Vatican said, and it will include survivors of clergy abuse.


Pyeongchang winds return to delay women's super-G

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - The high winds which wreaked havoc on the Alpine skiing schedule at Pyeongchang Olympics earlier this week returned on Saturday to delay the women's super-G race.

Melania Trump arrives solo at air base amid second affair scandal

First lady Melania Trump eschewed the traditional South Lawn couple's walk to Marine One on Friday amid another adultery allegation scandal, opting instead to drive separately ahead of President Donald Trump.


Thailand decorates Myanmar's army chief amid Rohingya crisis

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand awarded Myanmar's army chief a royal decoration on Friday amid allegations of crimes by Myanmar security forces against Rohingya Muslims that have prompted international condemnation.


Number of crypto hedge funds soars amid bitcoin volatility

LONDON (Reuters) - The number of hedge funds focused on trading cryptocurrencies more than doubled in the four months to Feb. 15, despite sharp falls in the value of the virtual coins in recent weeks, data from fintech research house Autonomous NEXT showed on Thursday.

What passenger planes might look like in 2068

If time travelers from 1968 found themselves in an airport today, there might be plenty of changes that surprise them. But the planes would look reassuringly familiar.


Electric airplane start-up Eviation aims to enter service in 2021 after battery deal

SINGAPORE, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Electric airplane start-up Eviation Aircraft Ltd is aiming for its 9-seat commuter aircraft to be flying passengers by 2021 after signing up South Korea's Kokam as its battery supplier, the Israeli company's chief executive said on Thursday.


Airbus takes 1.3 billion euros charge on A400M military plane

PARIS (Reuters) - Airbus on Thursday took a 1.3 billion euros ($1.6 billion) writedown on its A400M military transport plane, lifting cumulative charges on Europe's troubled defense project above 8 billion euros and clouding higher-than-expected underlying profits.


Airbus takes 1.3 bln euros charge on A400M military plane

PARIS, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Airbus on Thursday took a 1.3 billion euros ($1.6 billion) writedown on its A400M military transport plane, lifting cumulative charges on Europe's troubled defence project above 8 billion euros and clouding higher-than-expected underlying profits.

Exploring Japan's spectacular 'snow monsters'

As the cable car glides up the mountain in Japan's Yamagata prefecture, the snow-covered fir trees below begin to transform, taking on a bulkier appearance as their green coats disappear under a mass of white.


Events rescheduled as high winds sweep through Pyeongchang

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Several Olympic events were postponed or rescheduled as strong winds swept through the Pyeongchang region on Wednesday, damaging temporary structures set up for the Games.


Ukraine leader gives Putin condolences over plane crash: Kremlin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by telephone to his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko on Monday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

See scary plane landing after mechanical error

A United Airlines flight departing from San Francisco was forced to make an emergency landing after the engine cover came off.


Southwest is sued by Arabic speaker who was removed from plane

(Reuters) - Southwest Airlines Co was sued on Tuesday by an American citizen who came to the United States as an Iraqi refugee and said he was removed from a California flight after another passenger became unnerved upon hearing him speak in Arabic.


Snowboarding: No official complaints about high winds - FIS

PYEONGCHANG (Reuters) - The International Ski Federation (FIS) has refuted claims that athletes' complaints had been ignored in the build-up to the controversial women's snowboard slopestyle Olympic final on Monday.

Sexual Harassment

Leader of Latino Business Group Steps Down Amid Sexual Harassment Claims

The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce said that its president and chief executive, Javier Palomarez, would step aside immediately.


Ice Hockey: Korea falls to Sweden amid more unity displays

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


Exclusive: Europe's A400M army plane may see some features axed

SINGAPORE/BERLIN (Reuters) - Europe's new troop transporter may never go into battle with all the promised military capabilities after buyers of the A400M agreed to let Airbus negotiate an opt-out for features deemed too difficult to build.


Ice Hockey: Korea fall to Sweden amid more unity displays

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

Plane crash responders find 200 body parts

Emergency workers have found around 200 body parts strewn across a snowy field near Moscow at the site of a Russian plane crash that killed all 71 people onboard.


Less headwinds for renewables now says Indonesia pioneer

JAKARTA (Reuters) - The developer of Indonesia's first commercial-scale wind farm says conditions for renewable energy investors are better now than ever before, but more work is still needed for the country to achieve its wind energy targets.


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

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States may be looking more favorably at diplomatic engagement with North Korea, possibly holding dialogue, as South Korea pushes forward with plans to establish grounds for a rare summit between the two Koreas.


Organizers get creative as winds threaten day three

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Alpine skiing organizers are trying to be creative to get the Olympic program up and running after the first two days of competition were postponed because of high winds.


Russia hunts for body fragments, clues after fatal plane crash

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Emergency workers in Russia searched snow-covered fields outside Moscow on Monday, looking for body fragments and clues after a fatal plane crash a day earlier killed all 71 people on board.

Plane's final moments captured on camera

CNN's Frederik Pleitgen reports from the scene of a plane crash in Russia where all 71 people on board were killed.


Snowboarding: Anderson retains slopestyle gold in challenging winds

PYEONGCHANG (Reuters) - Sochi champion Jamie Anderson of the United States battled challenging cross winds that had delayed the start of the final to win her second successive Olympic gold in the women's snowboard slopestyle at the Pyeongchang Games on Monday.


Russian passenger plane crashes near Moscow; 71 dead

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian passenger plane crashed near Moscow soon after take-off on Sunday, killing all 71 people on board, and investigators said they were looking at all possible causes.

Aviation Accidents, Safety and Disasters

Deadly Plane Crash Near Moscow

A Russian plane carrying 71 people crashed shortly after takeoff in the Moscow region on Sunday afternoon, killing all on board.

Video shows plane wreckage

All 71 people aboard a Saratov Airlines plane died when the plane crashed southeast of Moscow on Sunday, Russian state news agency Tass reported.

Aviation Accidents, Safety and Disasters

Russian Plane With 71 on Board Crashes Near Moscow

The aircraft departed from the Moscow region on Sunday afternoon, and the official Tass news agency says the crash killed all onboard.

The plane went down near Moscow and had 65 passengers and six crew members on board, Russian officials and media report

A plane carrying 71 people crashed in the Moscow area Sunday, Russian state media news agency Tass reported.


Plane crashes near Moscow, killing 71 people: agencies

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A plane operated by Russia's Saratov Airlines crashed near Moscow on Sunday, killing all 71 people on board, news agencies said.


Erdogan aide meets U.S. National Security Adviser in Turkey amid tensions

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster held talks on Sunday in Istanbul with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman, a presidential source said, amid persistent tensions between the NATO allies over Syria and other issues.


North Korea keeps mum on summit invite as its delegation winds up South visit

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea's delegation sent to the Winter Olympics held "frank and candid" talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the North Korean news agency said on Sunday, but it made no mention of the North's invitation to Moon to Pyongyang for a summit.

United States Politics and Government

White House Speechwriter Resigns Amid Abuse Accusations

He is the second Trump administration aide to resign this week after being accused of physical and emotional abuse toward a former wife.

Porter, Robert R (1977- )

News Analysis: Amid Turmoil From Washington to Wall Street, a Surprisingly Passive President

President Trump stayed largely on the sidelines as a volatile stock market plunged, Congress sealed a budget deal and a top aide was ousted over abuse charges.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Equity markets drop amid continued choppiness, bond yields dip

* China stocks have worst day in two years before Lunar new year


Ford of Europe applies for German banking license amid Brexit uncertainty

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Ford of Europe said it has applied for a German banking license in case the carmaker's British bank is no longer allowed to offer services on a pan-European basis after Britain leaves the European Union.


Quake-hit Taiwan city winds down rescue efforts, five still missing

HUALIEN, Taiwan (Reuters) - Rescue operations in Taiwan started to wind down on Friday after a devastating 6.4-magnitude earthquake rocked the tourist area of Hualien this week, taking a toll of 12 dead and five missing.


BRIEF-‍Janssen Submits Marketing Authorisation Application To EMA For Apalutamide



Turkish warplanes strike Kurdish militia targets in Syria: media

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish warplanes resumed strikes on Kurdish YPG militia targets in Syria's Afrin region on Friday after a five-day lull that followed the shooting down of Russian warplane elsewhere in Syria, the Hurriyet newspaper and other media reported.


High winds delay start of men's downhill training

PYEONGCHANG (Reuters) - High winds delayed the start of the second day's training for the men's downhill at the Winter Olympics on Friday, organisers said, in a foretaste of the adverse weather that could affect Sunday's competition.


EMERGING MARKETS-LatAm equities fall amid global caution, monetary concerns

SAO PAULO, Feb 8 (Reuters) - Latin American equities fell sharply on Thursday, as local markets continued to mirror global caution following a sell-off in North America and Europe, while fears of more restrictive regional monetary policy also took a toll. Mexico's IPC was the region's biggest loser, falling 2.28 percent, while Brazil's Bovespa fell 1.49 percent. Chile's blue-chip IPSA index and Colombia's IGBC both fell more than 1.7 percent. Across the region, eyes were also on loc


Brazil to deploy more troops on Venezuela border amid refugee crisis

BOA VISTA, Brazil (Reuters) - The Brazilian government will deploy more troops on its border with Venezuela and start relocating tens of thousands of Venezuelan refugees who have fled into northern Brazil, Defense Minister Raul Jungmann said on Thursday.

Elusive Trump aide Hope Hicks in the spotlight amid scandal


UPDATE 1-IranAir CEO says no problems financing plane deals

Paris, Feb 8 (Reuters) - IranAir is not having problems financing plane purchases from Boeing and Airbus but deliveries could be hampered if the United States does not extend export licences, Chief Executive Farzaneh Sharafbafi said on Thursday.

United States Politics and Government

Subdued Prayer Breakfast Message by Trump Amid White House Turbulence

The president on Thursday delivered a brief and uncharacteristically subdued message of faith and American values to religious leaders.


North Korean orchestra serenades South Koreans amid protest

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - A 137-strong North Korean orchestra kicked off its first performance in South Korea on Thursday, serenading hundreds of South Koreans with familiar tunes while dozens of protesters blasted their own music outside, to the beat of drums.


Men's downhill under threat from high winds

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Race officials are considering alternative plans in case forecast high winds force the postponement of Sunday's men's downhill but the option of moving the race forward by a day has already been rebuffed by Olympic officials.


Smelters expected to reduce zinc processing fees amid mine supply shortage

* Processing fees expected to be settled at conference next week


Rheumatologist shortage looms amid surging patient demand

(Reuters Health) - A growing number of patients are seeking care from rheumatologists for chronic health problems like arthritis, back pain and osteoporosis, just as the supply of specialists is shrinking, two new studies suggest.

Plane skids off runway as ice and snow pummel the Northeast

A nasty mix of freezing rain, snow and widespread ice is bombarding much of Connecticut and Massachusetts on Wednesday, forecasters said.


Southwest Airlines plane slides during takeoff from Baltimore airport

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Southwest Airlines plane slid sideways while preparing for takeoff from Baltimore–Washington International Airport on Wednesday, according to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).


Trump says stocks drop is 'big mistake' amid strong economy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly praised Wall Street gains during his first year in office, on Wednesday dismissed recent market gyrations, saying stocks should not be falling amid strong economic news.

From fellow soldier to 'monster' in uniform

Army Spc. Sarah Reyes' instincts had always prompted her to run toward danger, not away from it.


Apple brings Alibaba-linked payment system into China stores amid market push

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Apple Inc will accept Chinese mobile payment app Alipay in its local stores, boosting its ties with giant e-commerce firm Alibaba Group Holding Ltd amid a push by the iPhone maker to revive growth in the world's No.2 economy.

Wynn, Stephen A

Steve Wynn Resigns From Company Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Mr. Wynn, a billionaire casino mogul, stepped down on Tuesday as chief executive and chairman of the board of Wynn Resorts. He is accused of decades of sexual misconduct.


RPT-AIRSHOW-Planemakers look at higher output to meet demand

SINGAPORE, Feb 6 (Reuters) - The world's largest planemakers signalled a possible increase in output of their most popular passenger jets on Tuesday, highlighting their confidence about growth in demand for air travel.


Roche notches fresh win amid crowd of immunotherapy cocktails

ZURICH (Reuters) - Roche's Tecentriq mixed with an older drug cut the risk of death in kidney cancer, marking another win for the Swiss drugmaker's immuno-oncology (I/O) cocktail as it battles better-established medicines made by its rivals.


Dunkin' Brands profit, sales beat targets amid price war

LOS ANGELES, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Dunkin' Brands Group Inc on Tuesday reported quarterly profit that topped analyst estimates as revenue came in stronger than expected amid a bitter fast-food price war.

Zuma, Jacob G

President Zuma’s Speech Postponed Amid South Africa Power Struggle

With the president facing calls to resign, Parliament announced that the annual state of the nation speech would be postponed. But who knows for how long.


Planemakers look at higher output to meet demand

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The world's largest planemakers signaled a possible increase in output of their most popular passenger jets on Tuesday, highlighting their confidence about growth in demand for air travel.

Federal Budget (US)

The Conversation: On What Planet Is the F.B.I. Anti-Republican?

Politics makes for strange bedfellows. But this is getting weirder and weirder.


Oil prices fall more than 1 percent amid global market rout

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices dropped by more than 1 percent on Tuesday, extending falls from the previous session as global financial markets tumbled lower in the wake of one of the biggest intra-day falls ever registered on Wall Street.


UPDATE 4-Oil prices fall more than 1 pct amid global market rout

* Goldman Sachs sees 1.8 mln bpd of global demand growth in 2018 (Adds comment, updates prices)


Asian shares tumble as 'goldilocks' trade unwinds

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares fell sharply on Tuesday after Wall Street suffered its biggest decline since 2011 as investors' faith in factors underpinning a bull run in markets began to crumble.


Oil prices sink 1 percent amid global market plunge, U.S. output spree

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Crude oil futures extended falls from the previous session on Tuesday, with the Brent benchmark dropping 1 percent as global financial markets headed south in the wake of Wall Street's biggest one-day decline since 2011.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Shares tumble as "goldilocks" trade unwinds

* Spectre of inflation undermines just right "goldilocks" trade