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French ex-president Sarkozy in custody in campaign funding probe: source

PARIS (Reuters) - Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was being held in police custody on Tuesday for questioning by magistrates looking into allegations of Libyan funding for his 2007 election campaign, an official in the French judiciary said.


Movie studio MGM to replace CEO Gary Barber

(Reuters) - U.S. movie studio Metro Goldwyn Mayer will replace its chief executive, Gary Barber, five months after extending his contract for five years and has begun a search for a new CEO, MGM Holdings Inc said on Monday.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Op-Ed Columnist: Trump’s High-Tech Dirty Tricksters

Undercover video shows the president’s digital consultants acting like thugs.

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.


Driving With Assad: Syria’s President Tours a Destroyed Suburb

As his soldiers wage a brutal offensive near Damascus, President Bashar al-Assad takes a leisurely drive into the heart of the civil war.


Palestinian President attacks Hamas, calls U.S. ambassador 'son of a dog'

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday called the U.S. ambassador to Israel a "son of a dog" because of his support for Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank.


U.S. bans transactions with Venezuela's digital currency: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday signed an executive order barring any U.S.-based financial transactions involving Venezuela's new petro cryptocurrency, as U.S. officials warned that it was a "scam" by President Nicolas Maduro's government to further undermine democracy in the OPEC country.


Palestinian President threatens to end Gaza reconciliation with Hamas

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday blamed the Islamist Hamas group for a bomb attack on the convoy of Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in Gaza, and threatened to end reconciliation efforts with his bitter rivals.


Trump not moving to fire Mueller but is frustrated: White House

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) - President Donald Trump is not moving to fire U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller but is frustrated by the length of the ongoing probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, the White House said on Monday.


Hungary defends anti-immigration stance at U.N. rights body

GENEVA (Reuters) - Hungary defended its anti-immigration stance on Monday at the United Nations, saying it was determined to maintain a homogeneous, Christian society.


Palestinian President Abbas blames Hamas for bomb attack on PM convoy in Gaza

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday blamed the Islamist Hamas group for the March 13 bomb attack on the convoy of Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in Gaza, saying it was a "despicable and sinful act."


U.S. blocks use of Venezuela's digital currency: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday blocked the use of Venezuelan cryptocurrencies through an executive order prohibiting such transactions by those in the United States, the White House said in a statement.

Trump, Donald J

Trump to Hire Lawyer Who Has Pushed Theory That Justice Dept. Framed the President

The lawyer, Joseph E. diGenova, will serve as an aggressive player on the president’s legal team.


Former GM, Microsoft CFO named senior White House policy official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former General Motors Co and Microsoft Corp Chief Financial Officer Christopher Liddell was named White House deputy chief of staff for policy coordination, officials said on Monday.


Saudi Aramco seeks majority stake in Indian refinery: Economic Times

(Reuters) - Oil giant Saudi Aramco is looking to buy a majority stake in a proposed refinery and petrochemical complex valued at 3 trillion rupees ($46.10 billion) in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, local daily Economic Times reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

Real Estate and Housing (Residential)

Hashtag Open House

Influencers in Los Angeles and New York are saving us from dreary old open houses. Maybe you can get some cheap rent out of your Snapchat?


China forms new economic team as President Xi kicks off second term

BEIJING (Reuters) - China elevated a key confidante of President Xi Jinping to one of the top positions in government on Monday as Beijing cracks down on riskier financing and a debt build-up that may pose systemic risks to the world's second-largest economy.


China elects new economic team as President Xi kicks off second term

BEIJING (Reuters) - China elevated a key confidante of President Xi Jinping to one of the top positions in government on Monday as Beijing cracks down on riskier financing and a debt to reduce systemic risks to the world's second-largest economy.

Village is a shrine to China's President

Visitors from across China are flocking to see President Xi Jinping's home village.

Republican Party

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

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

United States International Relations

Op-Ed Columnist: Trump: The Un-American President

He has damaged the American brand.


White House lawyer says Trump is not considering firing Mueller

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House lawyer Ty Cobb said on Sunday that President Donald Trump was not considering or discussing firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

United States Politics and Government

White House Memo: Newly Emboldened, Trump Says What He Really Feels

Ignoring the advice of aides over how to deal with the special counsel was the decision of a president who ultimately trusts only his own instincts.


Trump to unveil opioid plan seeking death penalty for drug dealers: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will unveil a plan on Monday to combat the opioid addiction crisis that includes seeking the death penalty for drug dealers and urging Congress to toughen sentencing laws for drug traffickers, White House officials said on Sunday.


White House officials made to sign non-disclosure agreements: Washington Post

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump ordered senior staff after they joined the White House to sign non-disclosure agreements following several leaks in the early months of his administration, the Washington Post reported on Sunday.

Kidnapping and Hostages

‘We Are Here for Your Students’: Boko Haram Abduction of More Girls Pressures Nigeria’s President

The attack on the Dapchi school, in which gunmen gathered up 110 girls, has left parents asking how the government could let a mass kidnapping happen, again.


Masterpiece Rental: My Life in the ‘American Gothic’ House

I laughed when I saw it, exactly as Grant Wood had depicted it. Now “the world’s second most famous White House” was mine — for $250 a month.


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.


Mexico leftist says he would try to halt energy auctions if president-elect

MEXICO CITY, March 18 (Reuters) - Mexico's leftist presidential front-runner said on Sunday that if he wins the July election, he will ask President Enrique Pena Nieto to stop at least two energy auctions scheduled to take place before the new president takes office.

Every job is safe in White House -- until it's not

What some view as chaos in the White House is actually a streamlining and synchronization of President Donald Trump's senior team. Much like the drama of a season finale of "The Apprentice," Trump is taking bold steps to shape a staff with strong adherence to his policies and stronger allegiance to him.


Peru president says he used offshore firm to legally avoid U.S. taxes: audio

LIMA (Reuters) - Peru's embattled President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski told a congressional investigative committee that he used a company in the British Virgin Islands to legally avoid paying U.S. taxes, according to audio heard by Reuters on Sunday.

The President lashed out at the special counsel's team, seeming to suggest it has a partisan bias

President Donald Trump started his Sunday morning by lashing out at special counsel Robert Mueller's team, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and former FBI Director James Comey.

Africa's only female president to resign

The president of Mauritius will resign this week over claims she used a credit card provided to her by an NGO for personal expenses, her lawyer said.

Politics and Government

Presidential Vote in Russia Sure to Give Putin 6 More Years

Vladimir V. Putin’s popularity, and firm grip, will assure him a fourth term. The size of the turnout will be seen as the strength of Mr. Putin’s mandate.


Maduro challenger shakes up Venezuela's presidential vote

CARACAS (Reuters) - At each other's throats for two decades, militants of Venezuela's socialist state and opposition seldom agree on anything. Yet mention the name of presidential candidate Henri Falcon, and both are liable to spit.


China propaganda kicks into overdrive as 'helmsman' Xi re-anointed president

BEIJING (Reuters) - With pictures of ecstatic citizens standing in applause, tearful legislators and even a social media game, China's propaganda drive has kicked into high gear following Xi Jinping's unanimous reappointment as president.

United States Politics and Government

White House Memo: Trump and the Truth: A President Tests His Own Credibility

The president’s latest made-up statement renewed the question: When does he know the things he says are false and when is he simply misinformed?

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Mueller Wants Trump’s Business Records. What’s the Russia Connection?

The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, has subpoenaed the Trump Organization for documents related to Russia. The company has a three-decade relationship with Moscow.

Comedy and Humor

Loose Ends: Daily Affirmations From the White House

Sometimes the right mantra is what you need to put everything in perspective.

United States Politics and Government

Scott Pruitt, Trump’s Rule-Cutting E.P.A. Chief, Plots His Political Future

Mr. Pruitt may be using his position as an environmental deregulation czar to position himself to run for office in Oklahoma — or perhaps the presidency.

Attorney John Dowd told CNN he's speaking for himself, but earlier said he was speaking for the President

President Donald Trump's attorney John Dowd is calling for the end of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian election meddling.

#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.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Andrew McCabe, a Target of Trump’s F.B.I. Scorn, Is Fired Over Candor Questions

Lack of candor is a fireable offense at the F.B.I., but Mr. McCabe’s last-minute dismissal from the agency was carried out against a highly politicized backdrop.


China's parliament re-elects Xi Jinping as president

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's largely rubber-stamp parliament on Saturday unanimously re-elected Xi Jinping as the country's president.

Suits and Litigation (Civil)

Trump’s Lawyers Claim Stormy Daniels Violated Confidentiality Agreement at Least 20 Times

In a court filing, the president weighs in for the first time directly on a case in which a porn actress was paid $130,000 to stay silent about an affair she claims she had with him.

United States Politics and Government

No Heads Rolled at the White House Friday (So Far). But Anxiety Abounds.

The lack of any resolution to the relentless reports of coming firings is leaving many of the president’s top advisers in limbo.

United States Politics and Government

Trump’s Tariffs Set Off Storm of Lobbying

Corporations and foreign leaders are pressing to meet with White House officials and hiring lawyers and lobbyists to push for exemptions that could be worth billions of dollars in trade.

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.

Analysis: 6 signs you're going to lose your White House job

If job security is priority, then joining the Trump administration probably isn't for you.


Next to exit Trump White House? Odds favor McMaster, online bookie says

(Reuters) - U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster is most likely the next official to leave the Trump administration, following a string of firings and resignations, according to an online betting website said which put the odds against him staying at 3/2.


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Kudlow, Lawrence A

Trump, the Television President, Expands His Cast

The choice of Larry Kudlow as chief economic adviser, a position with real influence over Americans, crosses a threshold in an administration that has already blurred the line between it and the media.


White House seeks to allay staff concerns about personnel changes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House Chief of Staff John Kelly assured aides to President Donald Trump on Friday that no immediate personnel changes were in the works, as he sought to tamp down a wave of uncertainty generated by persistent indications Trump wants more turnover.

United States Politics and Government

Despite Speculation, Trump’s Cabinet Remains Intact

Two embattled cabinet secretaries — Ben Carson and David Shulkin — remained in their jobs Friday. The absence of any formal announcements suggested an effort to tamp down the anxiety in the West Wing.

Just as Trump urged, Tarkanian drops Senate challenge to run for House seat

Danny Tarkanian is dropping his bid to unseat Nevada Sen. Dean Heller in the Republican primary and running for a House seat instead.


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Pennsylvania race shakes up the battle for the House

The results of Tuesday's special election in western Pennsylvania offer an ominous sign for Republican hopes of defending the House this fall. CNN is making changes to its rating of 17 House races -- all of them in the direction of the Democrats.


Portugal's flourishing tourism becomes economic mainstay

LISBON (Reuters) - Portugal's tourism boom has made the industry one of the biggest contributors to the national economy and the largest employer, with almost 1 million direct and indirect jobs, the...

The President's personal lawyer and the White House deny allegations of an affair between Daniels and Trump

The lawyer representing Stormy Daniels, the porn star suing President Donald Trump, claimed Friday that she has faced physical threats.


White House says no decision on whether to sign U.S.-Taiwan travel bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump has not decided whether he will sign legislation that would allow U.S. officials to travel to Taiwan to meet their Taiwanese counterparts, the White House said on Thursday, as China repeated its opposition.


Nike brand president resigns; company probes workplace complaints

(Reuters) - Nike Inc's namesake brand President Trevor Edwards has resigned and will retire in August, a company spokeswoman said on Thursday.

White House won't say if Putin is a friend or a foe

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders wouldn't say Thursday whether Russian President Vladimir Putin was a friend or a foe, telling reporters: "Russia is going to have to make that determination."

Kudlow, Lawrence A

In Larry Kudlow, Trump Finds His Economic Evangelist

The new National Economic Council director could help the president sell his agenda, but critics say he could be blinded to bad economic news.


Mexico's No. 2 presidential candidate calls Trump policies 'crazy'

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The Mexican presidential candidate running in second place said on Wednesday U.S. President Donald Trump's economic policies were a "crazy" bid to turn back the clock on advancing technologies that will eliminate manufacturing jobs.

White House: Trump was joking about Japanese bowling ball test

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said President Trump was joking when he said Wednesday that Japan uses bowling balls to test the safety of imported cars.

White House won't say if Putin is friend or foe

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says it is up to Russia to determine whether they are a friend or foe.

United States Politics and Government

White House Memo: ‘There Will Always Be Change,’ Trump Says as More Personnel Shake-Ups Loom

The president, who is famously fickle, appears to have soured on additional members of his senior leadership team, and some people around him are convinced he could make more moves soon.


House will not pass current Senate bill easing bank rules: Hensarling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives will not approve a bill easing bank rules passed by the Senate without additional provisions that would further relax regulations introduced after the 2007-2009 financial crisis, a leading lawmaker said on Thursday.


White House seeks to make personal income tax cut permanent

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration and Republicans in Congress are seeking to make temporary personal income tax cuts passed last year permanent, White House spokesman Raj Shah said on...

No, Mr. President. The US doesn't have a trade deficit with Canada


This Artist’s House Is Not a Home

On the eve of a major exhibition, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, whose art often examines interior spaces, prepares to leave the London flat where he’s lived and worked for 40 years.


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

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


Trump touts new White House economic adviser Kudlow

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday named conservative commentator Larry Kudlow as his choice to lead the National Economic Council, one day after the CNBC contributor made the announcement on-air.


Out of the Doghouse, Into the Bed

Researchers found that with a dog in the bedroom, both the humans and the dogs slept reasonably well.


Slovak president supports PM's resignation condition: government party

BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Slovak President Andrej Kiska supports Prime Minister Robert Fico's offer to resign on condition that his party be allowed to pick the next government leader, a junior party in the ruling coalition said on Thursday.


Japan's Osaka Gas has not bought LNG to replace Papua New Guinea outage - President

TOKYO, March 15 (Reuters) - Japan's Osaka Gas has so far not bought liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes to replace supplies from the shutdown of ExxonMobil Corp's Papua New Guinea project following a powerful earthquake in the country's remote highlands last month, its top executive said on Thursday.

United States Politics and Government

Trump’s Vow on Welfare Faces an Uncertain Future

Disagreement among Republicans as well as the president’s ambivalence have helped thwart a favorite conservative proposal.

Politics and Government

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Welcome to the Era of Presidents for Life

Xi Jinping’s abolition of term limits will reverberate far beyond China’s borders.

Crapo, Michael D

Senate Passes Bill Loosening Banking Rules, but Hurdles Remain in the House

The Senate, in a rare show of bipartisanship, voted 67 to 31 to ease some financial rules imposed after the 2008 financial crisis.


Trump picks TV commentator Kudlow to succeed Cohn as economic adviser

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. television commentator and conservative economic analyst Larry Kudlow will replace Gary Cohn as President Donald Trump's top economic adviser, the White House and Kudlow said on Wednesday, adding another loyalist to Trump's inner circle.

Senator: House Intel outcome gift to Putin

Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut slammed Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee for ending their probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, saying that this conclusion was a gift to both Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.


House Republicans set March 22 vote on their Russia report

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

Lawmakers knock White House for lackluster security clearance response

A pair of bipartisan lawmakers faulted the White House for a lackluster response to a letter requesting information on security clearance procedures on Wednesday.


School safety bill passes House, no action on gun control

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives approved spending more money on metal detectors, locks and other school security measures on Wednesday, but took no steps to tighten gun control laws a month after a Florida high school shooting that killed 17 people.


Trump Will Name Larry Kudlow as Top Economic Adviser

The CNBC commentator, who would replace the former Wall Street executive Gary D. Cohn, said Mr. Trump “regards himself as a free trader.”

United States Politics and Government

Conor Lamb Wins Pennsylvania House Seat and Shows Democrats the Way Into Trump Country

Democrat Conor Lamb’s performance in a Southwestern Pennsylvania House race rattled Republicans and showed Democrats how to win back Trump voters.

Lamb, Conor J (1984- )

Who Is Conor Lamb, Winner in a Special House Race in Pennsylvania?

A Democrat and first-time candidate, Conor Lamb comes from a political family and has a military background — a résumé tailor-made for Southwestern Pennsylvania.


Kudlow says Trump to name him top White House economic adviser

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. television commentator and conservative economic analyst Larry Kudlow said on Wednesday that President Donald Trump had picked him to replace Gary Cohn as the top White House economic adviser.


U.S. House passes bill to help schools combat gun violence

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed legislation to help schools and local law enforcement prevent gun violence, one month after the mass shooting at a Florida high school that killed 17 people.

Trump's new top economic adviser hates tariffs

Larry Kudlow, President Trump's pick to run the National Economic Council, has been vocal in his criticism of the President's tariffs.


Trump taps Kudlow to be top economic adviser: reports

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has picked television commentator and economic analyst Larry Kudlow to replace Gary Cohn as the top White House economic adviser, the Washington Post and CNBC reported on Wednesday.

Kudlow to become Trump's top economic adviser

President Donald Trump will name Larry Kudlow, the conservative media analyst who served as his informal economic adviser during the 2016 campaign, the next head of the White House National Economic Council, a source familiar with the decision tells CNN.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Andrew McCabe, a Symbol of Trump’s F.B.I. Ire, Faces Possible Firing

Mr. McCabe faces accusations that he was not forthcoming about F.B.I. media contacts. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reviewing a recommendation that he be fired, just days before his retirement.


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

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


U.S. pressing China to cut trade surplus by $100 billion: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is pressing China to cut its trade surplus with the United States by $100 billion, a White House spokeswoman said on Wednesday, clarifying a tweet last week from President Donald Trump.


Hungary sentences Syrian migrant to seven years for border riot

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - A Hungarian court sentenced a Syrian-Cypriot man to seven years in prison for illegally crossing the border and being an accomplice in a terrorist act during clashes with police in September 2015, state news agency MTI reported on Wednesday.


Broadcom ends bid for Qualcomm after President Trump nixes deal

(Reuters) - Singapore-based Broadcom Ltd withdrew its $117 billion bid to acquire Qualcomm Inc on Wednesday, two days after U.S. President Donald Trump blocked the attempt citing national security concerns.


Even backers of Trump's economic policies pan tariffs

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - As U.S. President Donald Trump forges ahead with his controversial trade policies, even financial experts who enthusiastically applaud many of Trump's other policies are worried that the protectionist measures could hurt U.S. growth, Reuters interviews with more than two dozen such specialists show.

Stranded American mother of eight issues urgent plea to President Trump

Deana Lynn is a 44-year-old mother from Michigan and she has been trapped in Ghouta, Syria, since 2000 with her husband and eight children. She is calling on President Trump to help Syrian citizens.

Message for Republicans? 'The House is on fire'

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


Pennsylvania House Race, in a District Trump Won by 20 Points, Is Too Close to Call

A special House election in western Pennsylvania ended the night too close to call, with Conor Lamb, a Democrat, and Rick Saccone, a Republican, separated by a few hundred votes.

Labor and Jobs

As Merkel Begins New Term, Compromises Could Undo Economic Boom

Some experts believe Germany is on the verge of refusing its own medicine on economic reform, a shift that would have major implications for Europe.

International Trade and World Market

Trump’s Tariffs Make Boeing a Potential Target in a Trade War

As a massive manufacturing exporter, the aerospace giant is particularly vulnerable to retaliation from China, a major customer.


BRIEF-Walmart to expand online grocery delivery to more than 40 pct of U.S. households by end of 2018


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.


House Democrats vow to continue Russia probe, issue own report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee said on Tuesday they would keep investigating Russia and the 2016 U.S. election, despite a decision by Republicans on the panel to shut down the probe.


UPDATE 1-U.S. House Democrats vow to continue Russia probe, issue own report

WASHINGTON, March 13 (Reuters) - Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee said on Tuesday they would keep investigating Russia and the 2016 U.S. election, despite a decision by Republicans on the panel to shut down the probe.


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.

United States Politics and Government

Republican Leading House’s Russia Inquiry Softens a Key Finding

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

Haspel, Gina

Gina Haspel, Trump’s Choice for C.I.A., Played Role in Torture Program

Ms. Haspel, the deputy director of the C.I.A., ran a secret prison in Thailand in 2002 where a Qaeda suspect was waterboarded.


White House hosts meeting on Gaza crisis without Palestinians present

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Tuesday hosted 19 nations, including Israel and Arab Gulf states, to address the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, but the Palestinian Authority boycotted the meeting, angered by the Trump administration's policies on Jerusalem.


Woods and Els named as Presidents Cup captains

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

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

President tells Marines they 'wouldn't be going to Mars' if Clinton had won

United States Politics and Government

News Analysis: As White House’s Revolving Door Whirls, Chaos Is the Only Constant

Anyone looking for a pattern should focus squarely on the man behind the desk in the Oval Office. “I like conflict,” President Trump said.


White House shakeup shows Trump tired of hearing 'no' for an answer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Almost 14 months into Donald Trump's turbulent White House tenure, loyalists are in, dissenters are out and the president himself is acting on his own instincts more swiftly than ever to make decisions on policies from trade to North Korea.

White House fires top Tillerson aide

Hours after his boss, Secretary of Rex Tillerson, was ousted Steve Goldstein, the under secretary of Public Affairs at the State Department has been fired.

United States Politics and Government

News Analysis: Under Pompeo, a Foreign Policy That Fits the President’s Worldview

The man who would become secretary of state opposes the nuclear deal with Iran and doubts North Korea will give up its nuclear arsenal through negotiations.


Trump signals Kudlow is front-runner for top economic job

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump signaled on Tuesday that conservative commentator Larry Kudlow is the front-runner to become the top economic adviser at the White House, though he said he was also speaking with other candidates.

United States Politics and Government

Mike Pompeo, a Hawk Who Pleased the President, Moves From Spying to Diplomacy

In his short tenure at the C.I.A., Mike Pompeo has brought a more openly political approach. But his clout at the White House was welcomed at the agency.

Tillerson, Rex W

Rex Tillerson Out as Trump’s Secretary of State, Replaced by Mike Pompeo

Rex W. Tillerson, a former chief executive of Exxon Mobil, had been among President Trump’s most well-regarded cabinet choices. He is replaced by Mike Pompeo, currently the C.I.A. director.

Elections, House of Representatives

Pennsylvania’s Special House Election: What to Watch For

The race for a vacant House seat in a red district near Pittsburgh has evolved into the latest test of whether Democrats can make inroads with Trump voters.

United States International Relations

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

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

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

Donald Trump's friends on Capitol Hill have delivered.


GM president says 'shared sacrifice' needed to fix GM Korea

DETROIT (Reuters) - General Motors Co President Dan Ammann said on Monday the automaker's troubled South Korean operations can be a "sustainable, profitable business," if unions and the South Korean government agree quickly on a restructuring.

GOP House member: Intel Committee has 'lost all credibility'

After the House intelligence committee announced it was shutting down its probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, a Republican who sits on it said he believes the committee has lost its credibility.


President Trump halts Broadcom takeover of Qualcomm

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday blocked microchip maker Broadcom Ltd's proposed takeover of Qualcomm Inc on national security grounds, ending what would have been the technology industry's biggest deal ever amid concerns that it would give China the upper hand in mobile communications.


UPDATE 9-President Trump halts Broadcom takeover of Qualcomm

March 12 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday blocked microchip maker Broadcom Ltd's proposed takeover of Qualcomm Inc on national security grounds, ending what would have been the technology industry's biggest deal ever amid concerns that it would give China the upper hand in mobile communications.

United States Politics and Government

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

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

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

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


Republicans shut down House Russia probe over Democratic objections

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


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U.S. House panel probes corruption allegations at Puerto Rico utility

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee on Monday issued a letter seeking answers to allegations of corruption at Puerto Rico's beleaguered electric utility, including reports that some officials accepted bribes to restore power to exotic dance clubs ahead of schedule.

Tillerson goes farther than White House and condemns Russia for UK nerve agent attack

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued a harsh condemnation of Russia following a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in the United Kingdom last week, going further than the White House's response stopping short of pinning blame for the attack on Moscow.

United States Politics and Government

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

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


A Visit Behind the Lines: President Trump Heads to California

Mr. Trump is making his first visit as president to California at a time of extraordinary tensions between these two governments.

Trump may choose TV personality as his new economic adviser

President Donald Trump told people Monday that he has settled on Larry Kudlow to replace Gary Cohn as the new director of the White House's National Economic Council, according to a source familiar with his conversations.

Read: Summary of initial GOP findings in House Russia probe


Conservative commentator Kudlow a contender to replace Cohn: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Conservative commentator Larry Kudlow has emerged as a strong contender to succeed Gary Cohn as President Donald Trump's top economic adviser, a source familiar with the matter said on Monday.

Space and Astronomy

Robert Lightfoot, NASA’s Acting Administrator, to Retire as Trump’s Nominee Is Stalled

Mr. Lightfoot has filled in since the end of the Obama administration. The agency has never gone this long without a leader confirmed by the Senate.


Larry Kudlow a strong contender to replace Cohn: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Conservative commentator Larry Kudlow has emerged as a strong contender to succeed Gary Cohn as President Donald Trump's top economic adviser, a source familiar with the matter said on Monday.

Trump may choose TV personality as new economic adviser


White House expects North Korea summit to happen despite Pyongyang's silence

WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - The White House said on Monday it fully expects an unprecedented meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to take place, even though Pyongyang has yet to comment publicly on the possibility.


Trump to meet Saudi crown prince on March 20: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will meet Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on March 20 at the White House, Trump press secretary Sarah Sanders said on Monday.


Golf: Els to captain Internationals at 2019 Presidents Cup

(Reuters) - South African Ernie Els will be captain of the International team for next year's Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia, a source told Reuters on Monday.


137 House Democrats sign letter urging action against Russia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Over two-thirds of U.S. House of Representatives Democrats urged President Donald Trump to enact sanctions on Russia, the latest push by lawmakers for a response to investigators' findings that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. election.

White House officials alarmed at education secretary's interview

White House officials were alarmed by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' struggle to answer basic questions about the nation's schools and failure to defend the administration's newly proposed school safety measures during a tour of television interviews Sunday and Monday, according to two sources familiar with their reaction.

Here's how hard President Trump's steel tariffs could hit Ford and General Motors

Analysis: Know who's afraid of the NRA? President Trump

Less than two weeks ago, President Donald Trump was mocking Republican Sen. Pat Toomey for being "afraid of the NRA" due to the fact that his bipartisan gun control proposal didn't include a provision to raise the the age to certain types of guns from 18 to 21.


Goldman Sachs president Schwartz to retire in April

(Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc said on Monday that Harvey Schwartz, the bank's president and co-chief operating officer, will retire, paving the way for David Solomon to become sole president and Chief Operating Officer.


UPDATE 1-Goldman Sachs president Schwartz to retire in April

March 12 (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc said on Monday that Harvey Schwartz, the bank's president and co-chief operating officer, will retire, paving the way for David Solomon to become sole president and Chief Operating Officer.


South Africa's Cape Town faces severe economic troubles over drought: Moody's

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Rating's agency Moody's warned on Monday the water crisis affecting Cape Town would cause the city's borrowing to rise sharply and the provincial economy to shrink the longer the situation lasted.


Artist Ai Weiwei unfazed by China ending presidential term limits

SYDNEY (Reuters) - China's removal of presidential term limits, effectively letting President Xi Jinping hold office for life, will have no impact on its culture, artist Ai Weiwei said on Monday, as he unveiled a giant artwork in Sydney depicting asylum seekers.


Women, Art and the Houses They Built

The installation called Women House recalls the birth of feminist art and highlights a new generation’s take on issues of domesticity.


Chinese papers defend removing term presidential limits

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese state media on Monday attacked criticism of a vote to end presidential term limits, which effectively allows President Xi Jinping to stay in office indefinitely, saying the key to China's path was following the Communist Party.


Babies' bodies found in bottles in house in Japan: media

TOKYO (Reuters) - Termite exterminators working on a house renovation in the Japanese capital uncovered the bodies of several babies preserved in bottles, some with umbilical cords still attached, Kyodo news agency said on Monday.

As gun control efforts paused, House to vote on school safety bill this week

The US House of Representatives is set to vote this week on a bill to give money for more security at schools, as the nation's lawmakers continue to search for legislative solutions to gun violence that can pass the Legislative Branch.

Trump, Donald J

Trump to Push Ahead on Gun Training for School Employees, White House Says

The president also intends to establish a federal commission to examine school safety proposals, but the administration’s efforts appeared to be piecemeal and of limited scope.


Colombians pick candidates in two primaries for May presidential election

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Right-wing candidate Ivan Duque and leftist Gustavo Petro will lead their respective coalitions in Colombia's May presidential election after winning primaries on Sunday.

Nuclear Weapons

News Analysis: How Trump’s Disdain for the Iran Deal Makes a North Korea Pact Even Harder

As President Trump prepares to negotiate with the North, it will be watching closely as he decides whether to abandon the landmark 2015 Iran accord.


Chinese state media defends removing presidential term limits

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese state media on Monday attacked critics of ending presidential term limits, which effectively now allows President Xi Jinping to stay in office indefinitely, saying the key to China's path was following the Communist Party.


Trump considers ex-Microsoft exec as top economic adviser: official

(Reuters) - Chris Liddell, a former executive at Microsoft Corp and General Motors Co, is under consideration to become U.S. President Donald Trump's top economic adviser, a White House official said on Sunday, confirming media reports.

Oprah has advice for any 2020 presidential candidates

Oprah Winfrey says she's "not running for office" in 2020, but she's got some advice for anyone who does.

President boasts of special election wins as he works to avoid an embarrassing loss in a blue-collar district

President Donald Trump on Sunday kept up the drumbeat for Republican Rick Saccone ahead of a special election in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, boasting of his party's "5-0" record in House special elections.

White House expected to unveil gun and school safety proposals

More than three weeks after the Parkland, Florida, school shooting, the White House later Sunday is expected to unveil some proposals on guns and school safety.

Organized Labor

My Union or My President? Dueling Loyalties Mark Pennsylvania Race

Working-class voters are the prize in a widely watched special congressional race on Tuesday, as unions try to line up their pro-Trump members behind a moderate Democrat, Conor Lamb.


Majority of Peruvians favor impeaching president: Ipsos poll

LIMA (Reuters) - A majority of Peruvians want President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski to resign or be forced from office by Congress, according to a poll by Ipsos published in a local newspaper on Sunday.


Conservative Pinera begins second term as Chile's president

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Conservative billionaire Sebastian Pinera was sworn in as Chile's president on Sunday, returning to the job after four years of center-left rule with promises to revive investments in the world's top copper producer.


China allows Xi to remain president indefinitely, tightening his grip on power

BEIJING (Reuters) - China removed presidential term limits from its constitution on Sunday, giving President Xi Jinping the right to remain in office indefinitely, and confirming his status as the country's most powerful leader since Mao Zedong died more than 40 years ago.


China allows Xi to remain president indefinitely

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's largely rubber stamp parliament on Sunday passed a series of constitutional amendments, including one that removes presidential term limits, allowing President Xi Jinping to remain in office indefinitely.

Elizabeth Warren says she isn't running for president in 2020

Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she isn't running for president in 2020.


Clinton impeachment lawyer met with Trump about White House job: source

(Reuters) - Veteran Washington lawyer Emmet Flood is under consideration for a White House job assisting U.S. President Donald Trump with the Russia probe, according to a person familiar with the matter.

President Trump mocks being presidential

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

President says his 2020 slogan will be 'Keep America Great!'

President Donald Trump on Saturday offered a preview of his 2020 campaign, announcing his new slogan will be "Keep American Great!" because 'Make America Great Again' is now outdated.


Op-Ed Columnist: The First Porn President

Can the reckoning reach all the way into the Oval?

United States International Relations

Trump’s Abrupt ‘Yes’ to North Korea: The 45 Minutes That Could Alter History

How President Trump threw aside caution and agreed to meet with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un in a daring and risky diplomatic gambit to end a nuclear standoff.

President Trump's estranged adviser tells a far-right gathering in France to handle accusations of racism with pride

President Donald Trump's estranged adviser Steve Bannon told a far-right gathering in France on Saturday that they should handle accusations of racism with pride.

International Trade and World Market

Trump’s Warning Shot on Trade Risks Igniting a Wider Conflict

Whether President Trump has begun a trade war or merely a skirmish will depend on which nations win a reprieve from his tariffs, and which retaliate.

United States International Relations

Trump’s Unpredictability on Trade and North Korea Opens a Door for China

For allies who have long looked to the United States to provide security and stability, President Trump’s actions injected fresh uncertainty into strategic calculations in Asia.

United States International Relations

Trump to Make First Visit as President to Latin America

The itinerary will include Peru, where President Trump will attend a summit meeting with leaders who have criticized his policies on immigration, and Colombia.


'No one above law' in Mexico graft fight, says presidential hopeful Meade

ACAPULCO (Reuters) - Mexico's attorney general should be given more autonomy to fight graft so that no one, not even the president, is above the law, the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party's (PRI) presidential candidate Jose Antonio Meade said.


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.

Analysis: 5 days, 15 big stories, 1 Trump White House

Quick: Tell me what happened on Monday at the Trump White House.

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

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

White House just put an asterisk on Trump, Kim Jong Un meeting

President Donald Trump will not meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un unless North Korea takes "concrete and verifiable actions" toward denuclearization, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Friday.

Global Warming

The E.P.A Chief Wanted a Climate Science Debate. Trump’s Chief of Staff Stopped Him.

The idea for a military-style exercise to question climate science encountered widespread resistance within the administration, officials said.


Democrats seek subpoenas for White House security clearance data

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats on a congressional committee investigating the White House's security clearance procedures on Friday urged the panel's Republican chairman to compel the Trump administration to turn over records they said were being withheld.


Tiger in share of clubhouse lead at Valspar

(Reuters) - Tiger Woods, in only his fourth start since returning from injury, was in a three-way share of the clubhouse lead in the Valspar Championship second round on Friday in Palm Harbor, Florida.

United States Politics and Government

Washington Memo: The President and the Porn Star: A Story’s Slow Rise Above the Din

For nearly two months, Stormy Daniels has not been the biggest story out of the Trump White House. Is that changing?


Austrian president fumes as police raids set off political storm

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria's president has demanded explanations over police raids targeting offices and staff of the main domestic intelligence service, in a case that has stoked concerns about the far right's control of the Interior Ministry.

Analysis: What's missing from this White House photo?

Thursday was International Women's Day. It was also the day the picture above was taken in the Oval Office.

Books and Literature

Profile: Andy Griffiths, the Down-Under Kids’ Author Known for His Butt Jokes, Now Builds and Builds on His Hit ‘Treehouse’ Series

His books are wildly popular among young readers in Australia, Europe and the United States, where a new one hits stores March 13.

United States International Relations

Opinion: Donald Trump’s Thoroughly American Foreign Policy

The president isn’t breaking with tradition. He’s exhibiting all of his country’s worst instincts.

United States International Relations

The Interpreter: 7 Big Things to Understand About Trump’s Talks With North Korea

Short term, the risk of war is reduced. But North Korea has already achieved a symbolic victory, while the U.S. may be set up for failure.

White House staffers describe division, friction and backbiting

A sense of uncertainty has engulfed the West Wing alongside a rash of recent staff departures, with many officials questioning who President Donald Trump will choose to fill key roles as his administration enters its second year.


Kenya's president, opposition leader pledge to heal divisions

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta called opposition leader Raila Odinga "his brother" on Friday and promised "we will begin a process of bringing our people together" after last year's contentious elections.


In Congo, voting machines raise suspicions among president's foes

DAKAR/NAIROBI (Reuters) - When election officials unveiled voting machines that resemble large tablet computers in Democratic Republic of Congo, they hailed them as the solution to a multitude of problems.

Biological and Chemical Warfare

Editorial: What Happened to Trump’s Red Line on Chemical Weapons?

Russia has been Syria’s biggest defender as it has used chemical weapons in its scorched-earth plan to destroy rebel holdouts.


UPDATE 3-Oil edges up as U.S. President Trump set to meet North Korea's Kim

* Trump will accept invitation to meet Kim Jong Un -White House

United States Politics and Government

News Analysis: Trump’s Meeting With Kim Jong-un Is Another Pledge to Do What Nobody Else Can

President Trump has claimed that he can achieve what has eluded his predecessors through the force of his own personality, but so far, he has little to show for that.