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Trump calls North Korea 'sincere' on possible nuclear talks, others skeptical


WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - Feeling the pressure of sanctions, North Korea seems "sincere" in its apparent willingness to halt nuclear tests if it held denuclearization talks with the United States, President Donald Trump said on Tuesday as U.S., South Korean and Japanese officials voiced skepticism about any discussions. [Source]

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GM factory worker in South Korea found dead in suspected suicide

SEOUL (Reuters) - A worker at a South Korean plant of General Motors was found dead in a suspected suicide after filing for a voluntary redundancy program of the U.S. carmaker's ailing unit, union officials and police said on Sunday.


Police, politicians accused of joining Sri Lanka's anti-Muslim riots

KANDY, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Police and politicians backed by the country's former strongman President Mahinda Rajapaksa joined anti-Muslim riots that rocked Sri Lanka's Kandy district this month, according to witnesses, officials and CCTV footage reviewed by Reuters.


Thai politics: No country for young men?

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A 39-year-old motor parts billionaire and extreme sports enthusiast seeking to shake up Thai politics has been compared to France's Emmanuel Macron and Canada's Justin Trudeau for his youth.


Tropical Cyclone Nora lashes northern Australia

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The far north of Australia was lashed by a Category 3 tropical cyclone over the weekend, bringing strong winds and heavy rain that raised fears of potential flooding.


Pro-government candidates in election for rubber-stamp Turkmen parliament

ALMATY (Reuters) - People in Turkmenistan are to vote in a parliamentary election on Sunday, with a choice between three parties and some independents, but all the candidates are ultimately loyal to the gas-rich desert nation's leader, President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov.


Stormy Daniels, Trump’s Unlikely Foe, Is ‘Not Someone to Be Underestimated’

To many in the capital, the pornographic actress has become an unexpected force. But those who know her well view the moment differently.

Trump's midterms rallying cry: 'I need allies'

Fresh off a staggering loss for Republicans in Pennsylvania's deep-red 18th district, President Donald Trump has a message to supporters: "I need allies."


U.S. says killed two 'terrorists' in southern Libya air strike

TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - U.S. forces said they had killed "two terrorists" in an air strike in southwestern Libya on Saturday as part of efforts to deny militants a safe haven in the country's vast desert.


Congo military kills 13 rebels in Ituri clashes: army spokesman

GOMA, Congo (Reuters) - Congo's military said on Saturday it had killed 13 militiamen during clashes with an unidentified group after coming under attack in the country's volatile northeastern Ituri province.


Peruvian judge bars ex-president Kuczynski from leaving country

LIMA (Reuters) - A Peruvian judge on Saturday imposed travel restrictions on former President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who resigned this week while facing near-certain impeachment over ties to a construction firm at the heart of a graft investigation.

Opinion: The lawyer Trump wants to represent him has been dead for 32 years

It's becoming increasingly clear who President Donald Trump really wants to represent him in the Robert Mueller investigation -- and there's a good reason he can't have him.

Trump considers expelling Russian diplomats

President Donald Trump is weighing a recommendation from his National Security Council that he expel a group of Russian diplomats from the US in response to the poisonings of a former Russian double agent and his daughter in England, a source with knowledge of the situation told CNN.


Italian parties reach deal on parliamentary speakers

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement hooked up with conservative parties on Saturday to elect the speakers of both houses of parliament, but there was no sign yet they might extend this pact and form a government.


Greek shipping tycoon denies drugs charges

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek shipping tycoon and the owner of Olympiakos Piraeus and Nottingham Forest soccer teams, Vangelis Marinakis, denied any links to drug trafficking on Saturday, a day after a Greek prosecutor brought preliminary charges against him.


Ivorians vote in senate poll likely to shore up president's power

ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Ivorians voted for a new senate on Saturday in a poll likely to shore up President Alassane Ouattara's grip on power, amidst an opposition boycott, while doing little to relieve ethnic tensions lingering from a decade of crisis.

Schwarzenegger: Trump's feeling on CA is mutual

Arnold Schwarzenegger says the GOP is "dying at the box office" by not having more inclusive messages and policies, and suggests that California doesn't care about President Donald Trump.


Italian election winners reach deal on parliamentary speakers

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement hooked up with conservative parties on Saturday to elect the speakers of both houses of parliament, but there was no sign yet they might extend this pact and form a government.


Sierra Leone court upholds injunction to delay election run-off

FREETOWN (Reuters) - A Sierra Leone court on Saturday upheld a request by a member of the ruling party for an injunction to delay a presidential election run-off that was meant to happen next Tuesday.


Russian soccer World Cup city razes 'love it or hate it' Soviet-era landmark

YEKATERINBURG/MOSCOW (Reuters) - As Russia hurries to spruce up its venues for this year's soccer World Cup, the Urals city of Yekaterinburg on Saturday blew up its most famous landmark -- a rusty, half-finished Soviet-era television tower.


Former Catalan leader faces arrest in Finland

HELSINKI/BARCELONA, Spain (Reuters) - Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont faces arrest in Finland after authorities there received an international warrant for his detention issued by Spain, the latest legal action against separatist politicians from the wealthy northeastern region.

International Trade and World Market

Trump’s Tariffs Keep Allies, Markets and Industry Guessing

A chaotic rollout of steel and aluminum tariffs, including a last-minute list of countries temporarily exempted from them, has left trade experts puzzled.


Croatians protest against European treaty they say threatens traditional family

ZAGREB (Reuters) - Thousands of Croat conservatives protested on Saturday against the proposed ratification of a European treaty that describes gender as a "social role," fearing it could undermine traditional family values in the predominantly Catholic country.


Bomb kills two in Alexandria ahead of Egypt presidential vote

CAIRO (Reuters) - A bomb placed under a car exploded in Egypt's second city Alexandria on Saturday, killing two people including a policeman, two days before the country is due to hold a presidential election.

World wary as Trump turns to hardliners Bolton and Pompeo

President Donald Trump's decision to bring on John Bolton as national security adviser jolted the usually careful diplomatic world enough that a few unusually frank adjectives slipped out.

Transgender and Transsexuals

Trump Approves New Limits on Transgender Troops in the Military

The directive essentially bans service members from identifying as transgender, but it also largely gives the Pentagon the ability to make exceptions.

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

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


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

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


Peru political crisis thrusts engineer-turned-diplomat into power

LIMA (Reuters) - Until this week, Martin Vizcarra led a quiet life as Peru's ambassador to Canada, overseeing the two nations' friendly relations from Ottawa, the Canadian capital.


Trump moves to limit transgender individuals from military service

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump signed a memorandum on Friday that limits transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. military, but gives the armed forces some latitude in implementing policies.

Fact Check

Fact Check: Trump’s Objections Require Some Corrections

President Trump said that American troops would receive the largest pay raise in a decade and that Democrats fought against a solution for Dreamers. Neither claim is true.

Trump, Donald J

Op-Ed Columnist: Biden and Trump Talk Trash

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


Ghana votes to host U.S. military; opposition boycotts vote

ACCRA (Reuters) - Ghana's parliament on Friday night ratified a deal granting "unimpeded" access to the United States to deploy troops and military equipment in the West African nation in a vote boycotted by the opposition, legislators said.

Fact checking Trump's tweets

CNN's Jake Tapper and take a look at a series of tweets President Trump posted after the firing of ex-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

This base holds the nuclear codes

CNN's Barbara Starr gets an exclusive look inside the base that would oversee a possible US nuclear strike.

Lawyer to Trump: This is a warning shot

Stormy Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti took to Twitter to claim he has a disc containing evidence substantiating his client's allegations of an affair with Donald Trump.


Trump's new security adviser known for clashes with spy agencies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Incoming White House national security adviser John Bolton's history of clashes with U.S. intelligence agencies suggests how he might handle North Korea and Iran, two of the thorniest challenges he and U.S. President Donald Trump face.

Bolton, John R

Even by Trump Standards, a Lot Has Happened This Week. Let Us Catch You Up.

Here are six of the biggest stories driving American politics this week.


Exclusive: Comoros passport scheme was unlawful, abused by 'mafia' networks - report

NAIROBI/MORONI (Reuters) - A programme to sell Comoros Islands citizenship to fund development resulted in thousands of passports being sold outside official channels via "mafia" networks and up to $100 million of revenues went missing, according to a report by the small Indian Ocean state's parliament.


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

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


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

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

Melania Trump rides solo to Air Force One, again

The day after a CNN interview with a former Playboy model who claims to have had a 10-month affair with her husband, first lady Melania Trump opted to leave President Donald Trump alone for the ride from the White House to Andrews Air Force Base.

Trump used to criticize Bush over the Iraq War. Now he's bringing Bush-era officials back into power.

Fifteen years and a few days after the war began, the Iraq hawks are flying high again -- thanks mostly to President Donald Trump, who has called the invasion a mistake but on Thursday night made one of its leading proponents, John Bolton, his national security adviser.

Analysis: The 26 oddest lines from Trump's spending bill signing

After threatening a veto via Twitter on Friday morning, President Donald Trump -- flanked by several of his favorite (for now) Cabinet secretaries -- announced he had signed the $1.3 trillion budget bill that will keep the government funded and open through September.


Italy's Berlusconi accuses League ally of betrayal over Senate job

ROME (Reuters) - Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia (Go Italy!) party on Friday accused the far-right League of breaking ranks with its conservative ally during a vote to select the speaker of the Senate.

United States Politics and Government

After Another Week of Chaos, Trump Heads to Palm Beach. No One Knows What Comes Next.

President Trump prepared to leave the White House for Florida after a head-spinning series of moves on national security, trade, the budget and with his legal team.


Republican lawmaker seeks Trump Cabinet secretary's pricey door fix details

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican head of a government oversight panel in Congress asked U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke this week to provide details on a contract to replace doors in his office that initially ran to $139,000, one of several inquiries by lawmakers of spending by Trump administration officials.


New Trump lawyer in Russia probe yet to be hired

(Reuters) - A Washington lawyer and Fox News guest who was expected to join U.S. President Donald Trump's legal team this week in the special counsel's Russia probe has yet to be retained, another of Trump's lawyers said on Friday.


Car bomb rips through crowd at Afghan wrestling match

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A car bomb killed at least 14 people and wounded dozens more who had gathered to watch a wrestling match in southern Afghanistan on Friday, officials said.

International Trade and World Market

The Interpreter: Trump’s Tariffs: Another Retreat From the Postwar World Order

Whether a return to 19th-century-style geopolitics and great-power rivalry will help or hurt China’s global position is unclear.


Who's your friend? Wistful EU embraces May before Brexit

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - With Brexit a year away, European Union leaders made a point on Friday of embracing Theresa May, with some treating her troubles with Russia and the United States as an opportunity to show Britain who its friends are.


Trump says will sue drug companies over opioids

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said his administration will be suing some drug companies as part of its fight against the opioid drug crisis, without giving more detail.

Trump: 'We had no choice but to fund our military'


Trump signs budget deal after raising government shutdown threat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump signed Congress' newly passed $1.3 trillion spending bill on Friday, ending suspense over a surprising threat he made hours earlier to veto the budget and shut down the federal government.

Trump: I'll never sign a bill like this again

President Trump says he signed the spending bill but also criticizes part of the bill and Democrats.

US-S. Korea trade deal is close

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


Syrian army celebrates as rebels quit most of their Ghouta stronghold

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


U.S. charges, sanctions Iranians for global cyber attacks on behalf of Tehran

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Friday charged and sanctioned nine Iranians and an Iranian company for attempting to hack into hundreds of universities worldwide, dozens of companies and parts of the U.S. government, including its main energy regulator, on behalf of Tehran's government.


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

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


May welcomes Brexit transition, trade talks loom

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


Thousands join 'Black Friday' marches against Polish abortion restrictions

WARSAW (Reuters) - Thousands of Poles dressed in black protested across the country on Friday against an attempt by the ruling conservatives and the powerful Catholic Church to ban most abortions.


McCain presses Trump CIA nominee over her record on interrogations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator John McCain on Friday pressed President Donald Trump's nominee to be CIA director, Gina Haspel, for information about her ties to the agency's past use of harsh interrogation techniques, underscoring challenges she faces winning confirmation.


Afghan suicide bomber kills at least 10 at wrestling match

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A car bomb in the southern Afghan province of Helmand killed at least 10 people and wounded 35 who had gathered on Friday for a wrestling match, officials said.

Opinion: Playboy model shows more honesty than Trump

In this, the era of Trump, it is no surprise that the former Playboy model who told of an affair with the man who became president has shown herself to be more honest, empathetic, courageous, and decent than the President of the United States.


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

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

Vetoes (US)

Trump Says He May Veto Spending Bill, Risking Government Shutdown

The president complains the spending bill fails to address immigration issues and the border wall. A presidential veto could shut down the government.


U.S. showcases stealth fighter training on amphibious carrier

ABOARD USS WASP, Philippine Sea (Reuters) - The U.S. military on Friday launched vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) F-35Bs from the deck of the USS Wasp amphibious carrier in the waters around Okinawa in its first show of stealth aircraft force at sea.


Trump threatens to veto spending bill, raising government shutdown risk

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump made a surprising threat to veto Congress' newly passed $1.3 trillion spending bill, a move that raised the specter of a possible government shutdown ahead of a midnight Friday deadline to keep federal agencies open.


Trump on Twitter (March 23): DACA, Omnibus spending bill

The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS.

Trump: I'm considering vetoing spending bill

President Donald Trump threatened Friday to veto the omnibus spending bill passed by Congress just after midnight, citing concerns on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.


Ukraine's Savchenko goes on hunger strike over detention

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian lawmaker Nadiya Savchenko began a hunger strike on Friday to protest her detention on charges of planning a coup against the government, less than two years after being welcomed home as a national hero.


Syrian rebels, Russians to negotiate end to Ghouta suffering-rebel group

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A Syrian rebel group in one besieged eastern Ghouta pocket said on Friday it would try to negotiate an end to an army assault there, while insurgents in another nearby enclave withdrew.


Sarkozy vows to vanquish 'Gaddafi gang', fights barring order

PARIS (Reuters) - Nicolas Sarkozy will challenge a barring order that forbids him from meeting key accusers and allies or traveling to countries such as Libya pending a judicial investigation into allegations that Muammar Gaddafi bankrolled his 2007 election campaign.


Spain to try Catalan separatist leaders for rebellion

MADRID (Reuters) - Twenty-five Catalan leaders will be tried for rebellion, embezzlement or disobeying the state, Spain's Supreme Court ruled on Friday, in a sharp escalation of legal action against separatists in the northeastern region.

Kellyanne Conway chimes in on Biden-Trump feud

Counselor to President Trump, Kellyanne Conway, discusses distractions at the White House.

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

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

Arctic cabin on a sled is chasing the Northern Lights

Seeing the Northern Lights is an unforgettable experience, but standing outside in the cold waiting for them to appear is pretty tedious.

International Trade and World Market

Trump Just Pushed the World Trade Organization Toward Irrelevance

In announcing tariffs on Chinese goods, President Trump bypassed the body founded 23 years ago to keep the peace in global commerce.


Britain blocks plans for new coal mine in northeast England

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

Wages and Salaries

Trump Administration Retreats on Tip-Sharing Plan in Compromise

A Labor Department proposal would have given employers control over redistribution of tips, but the congressional spending bill would establish strict limits.


Russia's Putin says focus in new term will be improving living standards

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday he would repay the trust voters had placed in him by working toward creating jobs, raising incomes, improving healthcare and building new infra-structure.


Exclusive: Trump official quietly drops payday loan case, mulls others - sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top cop for U.S. consumer finance has decided not to sue a payday loan collector and is weighing whether to drop cases against three payday lenders, said five people with direct knowledge of the matter.


China urges U.S. away from 'brink' as Trump picks trade weapons

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China urged the United States on Friday to "pull back from the brink" as President Donald Trump's plans for tariffs on up to $60 billion in Chinese goods moved the world's two largest economies closer to a trade war.


EU leaders confirm Brexit transition offer, joint trade line

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders formally adopted on Friday their joint negotiating stance on a future trade relationship with Britain after it leaves the bloc, said the chairman of the summit, Donald Tusk.


Air strikes hit in Ghouta despite rebel ceasefire effort, monitor says

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Air strikes hit a rebel-held enclave of Syria's eastern Ghouta region on Friday despite a ceasefire that the rebel group who controlled the area had said would take effect at midnight, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.


Catalan separatists to appear before Spain's Supreme Court

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's Supreme Court will rule on Friday on whether to send four Catalan separatist leaders back to jail while an investigation into their roles in Catalonia's banned independence push last year continues.

Civil War (US) (1861-65)

Op-Ed Columnist: The White Southern Anti-Trump

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


British police investigate suspicious package in London near the Gherkin

LONDON (Reuters) - British police said they were investigating reports of a suspicious package in the City of London on Friday and had put cordons in place near the building known as the Gherkin.

Meyers, Seth

Best of Late Night: Seth Meyers on Trump vs. Biden: ‘Can You Imagine That Fight?’

Meyers and other hosts had fun speculating about how actual fisticuffs between the tough-talking political septuagenarians would play out.


Putin to address Russian people after officials declare election results valid

MOSCOW, Russia (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin is set to address the Russian people on Friday at 10:00 GMT after the results of an election that gave him a new six-year term were declared valid, the Kremlin said.


Convoy departs British embassy in Moscow ahead of expulsion deadline

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A convoy of vehicles left the British Embassy in Moscow on Friday ahead of a Russian deadline for 23 diplomats to leave the country, a Reuters camera operator said.

United States International Relations

Op-Ed Columnist: Macron-Trump, a Friendship that Must Deliver

As Trump surrounds himself with hawks, Macron may be a bulwark against disaster.

United States International Relations

Trump’s Appointment of John Bolton Raises Concern in Asia

“We will have to see if Bolton opens his mouth and launches his verbal attacks against the North,” said one South Korean analyst, fearing that talks with Kim Jong-un would be derailed.


Some charges to be dropped against Vatican treasurer Pell, court hears

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Some of the alleged historical sexual offense charges against Vatican treasurer George Pell will be dropped because one of his accusers is unfit to give evidence, an Australian court heard on Friday.

An ex-Playboy model told CNN she had a sexual relationship with Donald Trump. Next up is a '60 Minutes' interview with Stormy Daniels

The question now is whether President Donald Trump can hold his tongue -- or his tweets -- amid a gathering storm of televised allegations and court gambits about his sexual conduct.

Roseanne Barr and Kimmel talk Trump

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

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

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


Congress approves $1.3-trillion spending bill, sends to Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress voted early on Friday to approve a $1.3-trillion government funding bill with large increases in military and non-defense spending, sending it to President Donald Trump, who was expected to sign it into law.


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

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


China urges U.S. to 'pull back from brink' as Trump unveils tariffs

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China urged the United States on Friday to "pull back from the brink" as President Donald Trump's plans for tariffs on up to $60 billion in Chinese goods brought the world's two largest economies closer to a trade war.


No laughing matter: China regulator bans TV parodies amid content crackdown

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's media regulator is cracking down on video spoofs, the official Xinhua new agency reported, amid an intensified crackdown on any content that is deemed to be in violation of socialist core values under President Xi Jinping.

International Trade and World Market

Responding to Trump, China Plans New Tariffs on U.S. Goods

China proposed tariffs on $3 billion worth of American fruit, pork, wine and other goods, striking back just hours after President Trump’s announcement.


France's president sees popularity hit record low: poll

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron's popularity has fallen to its lowest point so far in his presidency, a poll showed on Friday, a day after nationwide protests against his reform drive brought tens of thousands of public workers on the streets.


Apartment blaze in Ho Chi Minh City kills 13, injures 27

HANOI (Reuters) - A fire in a Ho Chi Minh City apartment block killed 13 people in the early hours of Friday, state media and a fire department official in the Vietnamese economic hub said.


Mexican president defends energy reform from leftist's attacks

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's president on Thursday defended his decision to open the energy sector against attacks from the man currently favorite to succeed him, saying a rollback of the measure could cost the country billions of dollars in lost investment.


Ex-Playboy model tells CNN she 'was in love' with Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who claims to have had a 10-month affair with U.S. President Donald Trump starting in 2006, told CNN’S Anderson Cooper 360 in an interview broadcast on Thursday night that she was in love with Trump.

American Media Inc

Ex-Playboy Model Karen McDougal Details 10-Month Affair With Donald Trump

In a lengthy television interview, Ms. McDougal said she was hurt when the president offered her money after sex, but added that they ended up in love.


Trump picks hardliner Bolton to replace McMaster as national security adviser

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump shook up his foreign policy team again on Thursday, replacing H.R. McMaster as national security adviser with John Bolton, a hawk who has advocated using military force against North Korea and Iran.


UPDATE 4-EU leaders await final word from Trump on tariffs

* U.S. Trade Representative says EU to get "pause" on tariffs


Record number of U.S. Marines to train in Australia in symbolic challenge to China

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The United States will deploy a record number of Marines to train in Australia, the Australian defence minister said on Friday, as Washington seeks to counter what it describes as Chinese aggression in the region.

United States International Relations

News Analysis: With Bolton, Trump Creates a Hard-Line Foreign Policy Team

There is little in John R. Bolton’s past to indicate he has much time for the diplomatic process, where to get something the United States also gives something.


EU backs Britain in blaming Russia for spy attack, recalls envoy

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders backed Britain on Thursday in blaming Moscow over a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in England and recalled their envoy to Moscow in a symbolic protest.

McDougal says Trump compared her to Ivanka

Karen McDougal tells CNN's Anderson Cooper that Donald Trump said she was beautiful like his daughter, Ivanka Trump.

McDougal: Trump was sweet, respectful

Karen McDougal tells CNN's Anderson Cooper that the man people see on TV is not the man she knew Donald Trump to be.


In Indonesia, a shadowy campaign to stoke unrest as elections loom

BANDUNG, Indonesia (Reuters) - A spate of mysterious attacks on Islamic clerics, schools and mosques in Indonesia in recent weeks has ramped up tensions as the world's most populous Muslim-majority country heads into provincial elections and a presidential poll next year.

International Trade and World Market

Editorial: Trump‘s Half-Baked China Tariffs

He’s right to accuse it of stealing American technology, but has no idea how to fix the problem.

Trump replaces H.R. McMaster with John Bolton as national security adviser

President Donald Trump's national security adviser H.R. McMaster has agreed to resign, a White House official announced on Thursday.

Stelter: President Trump hires a talking head - again

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Editorial: Would You Want to Be Donald Trump’s Lawyer?

We didn’t think so.

Federal Budget (US)

Spending Plan Moving Through Congress Is a Rebuke to Trump. Here’s Why.

Even with Republicans in charge, the measure increases funding for many programs the president had sought to cut or kill, and in some cases bars him from pursuing his goals.


Saudi Arabia has options if U.S. walks from nuclear power deal: minister

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has international partners it can work with if the United States walks away from a potential deal on nuclear power technology over concerns about nuclear proliferation, Khalid al-Falih, the kingdom's energy minister, said in an interview on Thursday.


Nike forecasts reversal in North America sales decline, tops estimates

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


Syrian refugee sets himself on fire at a Greek migrant camp

ATHENS (Reuters) - A 26-year old Syrian man set himself on fire at a refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos on Thursday, in one of the most serious incidents involving stranded migrants in many months.

Divorce, Separations and Annulments

Unbecoming a Trump

After a dozen years, Vanessa Haydon Trump says she is leaving the first family.


Russian agent may have limited mental capacity after nerve attack

LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A military-grade nerve toxin attack on former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter may have left them with compromised mental capacity and it is unclear whether they will recover, a British judge said on Thursday.


Stocks tumble to worst day in six weeks after Trump tariff action

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks slumped on Thursday as President Donald Trump's move to impose tariffs on up to $60 billion of Chinese imports drove fears about the impact on the global economy, fueling the biggest percentage declines in Wall Street's three major indexes since they entered correction territory six weeks ago.


Poland says U.S. missile shield site delayed until 2020

WARSAW (Reuters) - Technical problems will delay the completion of the Polish section of a U.S. defence shield by two years to 2020, Poland's defence ministry said on Thursday.

Woman suing over Trump affair story to appear on CNN tonight

Karen McDougal, who reportedly signed an agreement in 2016 compelling her silence about an affair with President Donald Trump years prior, is scheduled to appear on CNN Thursday night.

More anti-Muslim, conspiratorial tweets emerge from Trump's pick for top UN migration job

Ken Isaacs, the Trump administration pick to head the international organization that coordinates assistance to migrants worldwide, once wrote on Twitter that Austria and Switzerland should consider building a wall in the Alps to keep refugees out.


Trump edges closer to China tariffs, appears to avert trade war

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump signed a presidential memorandum on Thursday that could impose tariffs on up to $60 billion of imports from China, although his action was far removed from threats that could have ignited a global trade war.

President Trump shakes up legal team

President Donald Trump's lead lawyer, John Dowd, has resigned from the President's personal legal team handling the response to the Russia investigation. CNN's Ryan Nobles reports.


Trump's lead lawyer in Russia probe resigns

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's lead lawyer in the special counsel investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election, John Dowd, resigned on Thursday, the same week Trump added another Washington lawyer to his team.

Don't run for president, says Trump

President Trump jokingly said he would advise his 25-year-old self to not run for president.

Analysis: Why Trump's China tariffs are likely to be bad for him

On Thursday, President Donald Trump announced a series of tariffs totaling $50 billion against China, the second time this month he has instituted tariffs. (The first were on steel and aluminum and not specifically directed at China.)


Russia may annul election results at two polling stations: officials

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia could annul results at two polling stations where Reuters reporters witnessed people voting more than once during Sunday's presidential election, election officials said on Thursday.


Mattis tells Saudi leader of urgent need to find end to Yemen war

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - There is an urgent need to find a political solution to Yemen's war, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Thursday, as he voiced hope for a U.N. special envoy's peace efforts and firmly backed Riyadh.


China should prepare for military action over Taiwan: Chinese paper

BEIJING (Reuters) - China should prepare for military action over self-ruled Taiwan and pressure Washington over cooperation on North Korea after the United States passed a law to boost ties with Taiwan, a widely read Chinese state-run newspaper said on Thursday.

John Dowd steps down as President Trump ramps up his attacks on special counsel Robert Mueller

President Donald Trump's lead lawyer, John Dowd, has resigned from the President's personal legal team handling the response to the Russia investigation, according to The New York Times and The Washington Post.

United States Politics and Government

John Dowd Resigns as Trump’s Lead Lawyer in Special Counsel Inquiry

Mr. Dowd’s departure is the latest change among President Trump’s legal team as the president has begun directly attacking the special counsel in public.


Mattis tells Saudi leader: urgent need to find end to Yemen's war

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Thursday there was an urgent need to find a political solution to Yemen's war, as he voiced hope for a U.N. special envoy's peace efforts and firmly backed Riyadh.

Opinion: Trump sticks two thumbs in China's eye

Donald Trump is poised to stick a second thumb in the eye of China and its newly ordained President for life, Xi Jinping. On Thursday, it was $50 billion worth of ill-advised tariffs against a country fully able to retaliate with a devastating tariff war of its own. Last week, the first thumb was in the form of a simple two-line note from the White House. Sandwiched between three congressional bills renaming post offices, Trump signed into law the Taiwan Travel Act, which encourages "visits between officials of the United States and Taiwan at all levels."


Catalan secessionists likely to fail again to elect new regional head

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Catalan secessionist parties are likely to fail for a third time to elect a new regional head on Thursday after the far-left group CUP said it would abstain in a vote of confidence.


Trump sets China tariff plan, edges away from global trade war

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump signed a presidential memorandum on Thursday that could impose tariffs on up to $60 billion of imports from China, although his action was far removed from threats that could have ignited a global trade war.


Britain seeks European help against Russian spy networks

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britain is asking other European states to crack down together on Russian spy networks that could be preparing similar attacks to the nerve agent assault on a former Russian spy in England, diplomats said.

Trump hits China with tariffs

President Donald Trump launched the next salvo in his widening war on Chinese trade abuses, this time taking aim at China's unfair seizure of US intellectual property.

United States Economy

Trump Hits China With Trade Measures as White House Exempts Allies From Tariffs

President Trump said he will impose about $60 billion worth of annual tariffs against Chinese imports.

Trump: We have largest trade deficit in world

President Trump announces new tariffs against China.

Analysis: This resignation tells you a lot about Trump's mindset

The resignation of John Dowd, Donald Trump's top personal attorney, is the latest -- and largest -- signal that the President of the United States is shifting his strategy in regards special counsel Bob Mueller's ongoing probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

United States International Relations

Trump’s Trade Threats Put China’s Leader on the Spot

President Trump’s latest restrictions on Chinese goods and investments could shake China’s economy and strain the power structure Xi Jinping has created for himself.


Trump's lead lawyer in federal Russia probe resigns

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's lead lawyer in the U.S. investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election said on Thursday he had resigned.


Italian parties seek parliamentary deal; government talks far away

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

Why did Trump's lead lawyer drop out now?

President Donald Trump's lead lawyer, John Dowd, has resigned from the President's personal legal team handling the response to the Russia investigation.


South Korea ex-president Lee detained on graft charges

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


Pressure mounts on Macron over arms sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE

PARIS (Reuters) - Two rights groups have given the French government two months to halt weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates or face legal action, adding to pressure on President Emmanuel Macron to scale back support of a Riyadh-led offensive in Yemen.


Suspect in Palestinian assassination attempt among four dead in Gaza shootout: Hamas

GAZA (Reuters) - Hamas said its security forces in Gaza shot dead on Thursday the main suspect behind an attempt to assassinate the Palestinian prime minister, a bombing that threatens to unravel its reconciliation agreement with the West Bank-based government.


Britain seeks European help against Russian spy networks: diplomats

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britain is seeking help from other European countries to take action against Russian spy networks that could be preparing similar attacks as the nerve agent assault on a former Russian spy in England, diplomats said.


Endeavour Energy kicks off North Sea assets sale -sources

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


Famous Turkish singer sentenced to 10 months in jail for insulting Erdogan

ANKARA (Reuters) - A famous Turkish singer and actress has been sentenced to 10 months in prison for insulting President Tayyip Erdogan during a performance in 2016, the Hurriyet newspaper said on Thursday.

Analysis: 3 things revealed by Trump's tweet that he could knock out Biden

On Thursday morning at 6:19 a.m. ET, the President of the United States tweeted this: "Crazy Joe Biden is trying to act like a tough guy. Actually, he is weak, both mentally and physically, and yet he threatens me, for the second time, with physical assault. He doesn't know me, but he would go down fast and hard, crying all the way. Don't threaten people Joe!"

Trump, Biden go back and forth with physical threats

Donald Trump responds to former Vice President Joe Biden's reaction to the President's comments on women.

Why Trump's tariffs on China are a big deal

United States Politics and Government

Trump Threatens Biden, Saying He ‘Would Go Down Fast and Hard’ if They Fought

Mr. Trump said Mr. Biden “would go down fast and hard” if the two men fought. Mr. Biden had said that, if he was in high school, he would “beat the hell” out of Mr. Trump for disrespecting women.

Stormy Daniels' attorney says Trump lawyers behave like thugs

The attorney for Stormy Daniels accused President Donald Trump's legal team Thursday of "engaging in thuggish behavior."


EU court backs more transparency in EU legislative process

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - Europe's second-highest court sided with proponents of more transparency in the EU lawmaking process on Thursday, saying that European Parliament should provide key documents in talks between legislators and EU countries on demand.


Ukraine detains war hero Savchenko over suspected coup plot

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's State Security Service on Thursday detained lawmaker Nadiya Savchenko, an ex-military helicopter navigator who became a national hero after being held in a Russian jail, on charges of planning a military-style coup.


Main suspect in attack on Palestinian PM dead after gun battle: Gaza security official

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The main suspect in last week's attempted assassination of Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah died of his wounds after a gun battle on Thursday with Hamas-run security forces in the Gaza Strip, a security official said.


Meditation and law: The Suu Kyi loyalist tipped for Myanmar presidency

YANGON (Reuters) - Win Myint, the long-serving member of Myanmar's ruling party who is expected to become the country's next president within days, is described by colleagues as a skilled political operator with a crucial quality - loyalty to de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi.


French public sector, rail workers strike in test for Macron

PARIS (Reuters) - Teachers, train conductors and airline controllers walked off the job across France on Thursday, disrupting transport and public services in a test of public anger with President Emmanuel Macron's reform drive.

Conservatism (US Politics)

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

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


Dutch say 'no' in referendum on spy agency tapping powers

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch voters have narrowly rejected a law that would give spy agencies the power to carry out mass tapping of Internet traffic delivering a setback to Prime Minister Mark Rutte's government.

International Trade and World Market

Trump Says Getting Tough on Chinese Trade Will Empower U.S. He Risks the Opposite.

By alienating allies, the United States could undermine the potential for collective action among countries nursing shared grievances with China.

Jake Tapper: Trump nastier to me than to Putin

CNN's Jake Tapper recounts Donald Trump's frustration over White House leaks and outlines the President's infrequent criticism of Vladimir Putin.

Anderson Cooper to Trump: Where is Putin's nickname?

CNN's Anderson Cooper discusses US President Donald Trump's relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.


Maldives lifts state of emergency after 45 days

MALE (Reuters) - Maldives President Abdulla Yameen on Thursday lifted a 45-day state of emergency which had outlawed protests amid political upheaval on the Muslim-majority Indian Ocean island chain.


Turkey says will drive Kurdish YPG from Syrian border area if no deal with U.S.

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey will drive the Kurdish YPG militia away from the Syrian border if it does not reach agreement with the United States on a plan to remove the group from Syria's Manbij region, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday.


Killing of aid workers in Nigeria a setback for troubled crisis response

ABUJA (Reuters) - Islamist insurgents arrived in the northeastern Nigerian town of Rann on March 1. Ignoring the camp for 55,000 people displaced by the region's conflict, they stormed the nearby military base.


Peru prosecutors seek to bar toppled president from leaving country: source

LIMA (Reuters) - Anti-graft prosecutors in Peru on Wednesday asked a judge to bar President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski from leaving the South American country hours after he announced his resignation in the face of near-certain impeachment, a judiciary source told Reuters.

Trump attorney will appeal judge's decision in Summer Zervos defamation case

President Donald Trump's attorney plans to appeal a New York Supreme Court judge's decision to allow a defamation lawsuit against the President to go forward.


Philippine police say 13 killed in one day of drug busts

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine police killed 13 suspected drug dealers and arrested more than 100 people in dozens of anti-narcotics operations on Wednesday in a province north of the capital, its police chief said.


Forty-five countries urge Cambodia to conduct free vote, release opposition leader

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Forty-five countries called on Cambodia on Wednesday to reinstate the main opposition party, release its jailed leader and ensure a July general election is free and fair.

Analysis: The peril lurking in Trump's deepening legal mire

Robert Mueller's Russia investigation looms larger for President Donald Trump every day, but when it comes to legal jeopardy, the President has far more to worry about than just the special counsel.


Trump defends congratulatory phone call to Putin

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump defended his congratulations to Vladimir Putin on the Russian president's disputed re-election victory on Wednesday, saying he wants Putin's help in solving crises from North Korea to Syria and beyond.


Peru prosecutors seek to bar president from leaving country: source

LIMA (Reuters) - Peruvian prosecutors asked a judge late on Wednesday to bar outgoing President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski from leaving the country, hours after he resigned in the face of near-certain impeachment, a judiciary source told Reuters.


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

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


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

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


Trump set for China tariff announcement on Thursday, trade war fears grow

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will announce tariffs on Chinese imports on Thursday, a White House official said, in a move aimed at curbing theft of U.S. technology and likely to trigger retaliation from Beijing and stoke fears of a global trade war.


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

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

President Trump tweets typos ... again

Why is President Trump tweeting about castrated sheep? CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on a flurry of typos.


Chinese paper says China should prepare for military action over Taiwan

BEIJING (Reuters) - A widely read Chinese state-run newspaper said on Thursday China should prepare for military action over self-ruled Taiwan, and pressure Washington over cooperation on North Korea, after the United States passed a law to boost ties with Taiwan.

United States Politics and Government

Op-Ed Columnist: Who’s Worse — Trump Lawyers or Their Client?

Here’s help making sense of the president’s legal team.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Ex-Chief of C.I.A. Suggests Putin May Have Compromising Information on Trump

John O. Brennan said Russia may have compromising information on President Trump, setting off furious speculation about whether the former spy chief was basing that assertion on inside information.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Editorial: Why Is Trump So Afraid of Russia?

Nary a bad word about Vladimir Putin can the U.S. president find.

Trump, Donald J

Trump Plans to Slap Stiff Tariffs and Investment Restrictions on China

The president, denouncing China’s trade practices, will announce a range of stiff penalties on Chinese imports and investment, sparking concerns of a trade war.

4 things Mueller wants to hear from Trump

Special counsel Robert Mueller's team has so far discussed with President Donald Trump's lawyers four main topics they want to talk about with the President.

United States International Relations

Trump, Defending Call With Putin, Attacks ‘Crazed’ Media and His Predecessors

The president argued that the conversation in which he congratulated President Vladimir V. Putin could help relations with Russia and, in turn, national security interests.

United States International Relations

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

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


French civil servants, rail staff strike in test for Macron

PARIS (Reuters) - Teachers, hospital nurses, train conductors and airline controllers will walk off the job and take to the streets across France on Thursday in a test of public anger with President Emmanuel Macron's reform drive.

Analyst says Trump should worry about Zervos case

Donald Trump's attorney says he intends to appeal a judge's decision to allow the defamation lawsuit against Trump to go forward. The suit was filed by former "Apprentice" contestant Summer Zervos and alleges Trump defamed her after she publicly accused him of sexually assaulting her in 2007. CNN's Brian Todd reports.

Law and Legislation

Sex Trafficking Bill Heads to Trump, Over Silicon Valley Concerns

The Senate gave final passage to a bill to combat sex trafficking, disregarding concerns in Silicon Valley that it could chill internet content and harm free speech.

Trump's calls should be secret, but congratulating Putin is like praising boots when they crush ants

The revelation that President Donald Trump congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin on his, um, hard fought re-election has set off a firestorm of criticism -- from a Twitter scolding by Sen. John McCain on the right to reproach by foreign policy experts connected to former Vice-President Joe Biden on the left.

Lawmaker slams Trump on Senate floor

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) says President Donald Trump's decision to congratulate Russian President Vladimir Putin on his election win was "foolhardy" and weakened the United States.