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Beijing issues three-day major smog alert, third this year

BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing declared its third major smog alert of 2018, and the second this month, just a day after being named the top performer among 28 Chinese cities that took special measures to rein in pollution.

Banking and Financial Institutions

A Top Candidate for New York Fed’s Leader: San Francisco’s

The president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York is set to retire this year. One possible replacement is John Williams, who has led the San Francisco Fed since 2011.


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.


A month after PNG quake, cash-strapped government struggles to help the hardest-hit

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Almost a month after a deadly earthquake, Papua New Guinea is struggling to get aid to desperate survivors, having allocated just a fraction of its relief funds, while a rent dispute left disaster officials briefly locked out of their offices.


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.


Magnitude 6.3 quake strikes off Papua New Guinea, no tsunami threat

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck off the northeast coast of an island of the Pacific Ocean nation of Papua New Guinea on Saturday, officials said, but the tremor posed no tsunami threat to the region.


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.


UK investigators search London office of firm at center of Facebook data storm

LONDON (Reuters) - Investigators from Britain's data watchdog searched the London offices of Cambridge Analytica, the data analytics firm at the center of a storm over allegations it improperly harvested Facebook data to target U.S. voters.

Hurricane Harvey (2017)

Built to Flood: Houston Speculators Make a Fast Buck From Storm’s Misery

A new economy has arisen in the suburbs of Houston battered by storms: the buying and selling of flooded homes.

Gun Control

Highlights for a March Weekend From Opinion

Here is a roundup of some recent pieces for you weekend reading, including several on the debate over gun laws.


Whales die after mass stranding in Australia

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - All but six of more than 150 short-finned pilot whales that stranded themselves on a beach in Western Australia have died, despite efforts from authorities and local beachgoers to save them, officials said on Saturday.

John Bolton, China, Uber: Your Friday Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

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.


EPA decision to pave way for changes in fuel efficiency rules: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Administration plans to declare by April 1 that the Obama administration's vehicle efficiency rules through 2025 are "not appropriate," two officials briefed on the matter said Friday.

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.


Advocates praise U.S. federal flood insurance funding

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Advocates who have been pushing for renewal of the U.S. federal flood insurance programs in the wake of last year's devastating hurricanes and floods praised Congress for extending the program through July 31.


U.S. asks China not to implement ban on foreign garbage

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States asked China on Friday not to implement a ban on imports of scrap materials, after the world's top scrap buyer abruptly shut the door to many types of waste, throwing the global recycling industry into turmoil.


Arctic Ocean ice near record low for winter, boost for shipping

OSLO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Winter sea ice on the Arctic Ocean covered the second smallest area on record this year, part of a thaw that is opening the region to shipping and oil exploration and may be disrupting weather far to the south, scientists said on Friday.


UPDATE 1-U.S. drillers add oil rigs for 2nd consecutive week -Baker Hughes

(Adds Permian rigs, Good Friday holiday schedule) March 23 (Reuters) - U.S. energy companies added oil rigs this week for a second week in a row, data showed on Friday, as drillers followed through on plans to boost spending, encouraged by crude prices rising toward their highest in nearly three years. Drillers added four oil rigs in the week to March 23, bringing the total count to 804, the highest since March 2015, General Electric Co's Baker Hughes energy services firm said in


Bank of America pays $42 million fine in New York 'masking' probe

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bank of America Corp will pay a $42 million fine and admitted wrongdoing to settle claims by New York's attorney general that it fraudulently routed clients' stock trades to outside firms, including one run by swindler Bernard Madoff.

Parkland students press for gun control ahead of Saturday's march

A day ahead of March for Our Lives, the South Florida school shooting survivors leading the gun control demonstration made their presence felt Friday in Washington, pressing lawmakers for their cause and asking why more restrictions weren't already passed.


Britain blocks plans for new coal mine on climate grounds

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain has rejected plans for a new open cast coal mine in northeastern England, as it could hamper efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and curb climate change, the minister for local government said on Friday.


Nature's 'alarming' decline threatens food, water, energy: U.N.

OSLO (Reuters) - Human activities are causing an alarming decline in the variety of plant and animal life on Earth and jeopardizing food, clean water and energy supplies, a U.N.-backed study of biodiversity said on Friday.


Beijing top performer as Chinese cities cut Oct-Feb pollution levels

BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing achieved the biggest reduction in average pollution levels among 28 cities in northern China over October-February, in a sign that winter curbs on industry significantly improved air quality in the capital, official data showed on Friday.

New York City

New York Today: New York Today: The Right to Disconnect

Friday: A bill to cut back on after-hours email, weekend events, and your thoughts on working after clocking out.


New York firefighter killed in blaze on set of Bruce Willis movie

(Reuters) - A New York City firefighter was killed and five others including two firefighters were injured in a blaze in a historic building where a movie starring Bruce Willis and Alec Baldwin was being filmed, local media reported and officials said early on Friday.


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.


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.


RPT-China, HK stocks slump most in 6 weeks on trade war fears, bonds in demand

* Currency markets quiet, Beijing not seen changing FX policy (Repeats to attach to alerts on Hong Kong market's closing levels)


China, HK stocks slump most in 6 weeks on trade war fears, bonds in demand

* Currency markets quiet, Beijing not seen changing FX policy (Adds Hong Kong close, details)


World Bank backs efforts to control agricultural pollution in East Asia

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The World Bank is backing efforts to control agricultural pollution in East Asia, the bank said in a statement, as rising consumption and urbanization boost the region's food demand.

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.


China gives Baidu go-ahead for self-driving tests after U.S. crash

SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - China's capital city has given the green light to tech giant Baidu Inc to test self-driving cars on city streets, indicating strong support for the budding sector even as the industry reels from a fatal accident in the United States.


UPDATE 2-China gives Baidu go-ahead for self-driving tests after U.S. crash

* Crash in U.S. this month has raised safety concerns (Adds comments from sources close to DiDi Chuxing)


Australian rescuers race to save whales after mass stranding

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian rescuers were racing against time to save dozens of short-finned pilot whales on Friday after more than 150 of the migrating mammals got stranded on the country's west coast.


China stocks tumble to 6-week low, roiled by trade war fears

* China, HK indexes poised for worst day since early February


PRESS DIGEST-New York Times business news - March 23

March 23 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories on the New York Times business pages. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


Southern California evacuation orders lifted as mudslide threat eases

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


Ibrahimovic says farewell to Manchester United ahead of U.S. move

LONDON (Reuters) - Zlatan Ibrahimovic said farewell to Manchester United on Thursday after the Premier League club agreed to terminate the Swedish striker's contract ahead of an expected move to Los Angeles Galaxy.

Facebook, John Dowd, Syria: Your Thursday Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.


Investors pull $9.6 bln from U.S. stock funds in week -Lipper

NEW YORK, March 22 (Reuters) - U.S. fund investors stripped $9.6 billion from stocks during the most recent week, Lipper data showed on Thursday, adding to the pressure building on markets.


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.

Toys 'R' Us founder dies a week after company announced it will close

Zuckerberg, Mark E

Bits: Kevin’s Week in Tech: Zuckerberg’s Answers to Privacy Scandal Raise More Questions

Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook’s reliance on advertising aligned with its mission to build a community. But what if Facebook cost $5 per month to use?


New York, New Jersey airport workers could get hike in minimum wage

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The board that oversees major airports in New York and New Jersey voted on Thursday to consider phasing in a minimum wage increase to $19 per hour by 2023, affecting about 20,000 workers.

Wages and Salaries

New York-Area Airport Workers on Way to $19 Per Hour

The Port Authority, which oversees Kennedy, La Guardia and Newark Airports, is expected to recommend that the agency raise the minimum wage by the fall of 2023.


New York City probes Kushner Cos buildings over possible 'illegal activity'

(Reuters) - A New York City regulator is investigating 13 buildings controlled by a company formerly run by Jared Kushner, a top aide to U.S. President Donald Trump and his son-in-law, over possible "illegal activity" related to work permits, according to public filings.


Southern California on guard as heavy rains raise mudslide risk

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

Stormy Daniels: This is a nightmare

Stormy Daniels is everywhere: Her smiling face is all over magazines and cable news. She is touring the country on a tour branded "Make America Horny Again." She looks like she's having fun.


Macron pushes for EU minimum price for carbon

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Europe must set a minimum price for carbon, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday, something that would require a new tax on imports from non-EU countries that are not doing enough to tackle climate change.


Macron says carbon pricing a key battle for Europe

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday said agreeing on a floor price for carbon would be one of Europe's big battles in the years to come and cautioned that reaching agreement would not be easy.


Brazil battles drought as world's largest water forum meets

CEILANDIA, Brazil (Reuters) - Diane Pereira had already used up half a large plastic water barrel by 9 a.m. as she cooked rice and beans for the coming lunch crowd as gospel music played quietly in her small, doorless restaurant in Ceilandia, a poor suburb of Brazil's capital.

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."


U.S. weekly jobless claims increase slightly

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week, but the increase was marginal, suggesting strong job growth in March that should underpin consumer spending.


New York building regulator probes Kushner Companies properties

(Reuters) - A New York City regulator is probing 13 buildings controlled by a company formerly run by Jared Kushner, a top aide to U.S. President Donald Trump and his son-in-law, over possible "illegal activity" related to work permits, according to public filings.


Greenpeace boards rig due to drill for Statoil in Arctic

OSLO (Reuters) - Greenpeace activists have boarded a rig that was due to sail to the Arctic to drill prospects on behalf of oil firm Statoil, the environmental group said on Thursday.

New York City

New York Today: New York Today: Commuting After the Snowstorm

Thursday: A look at the morning commute, the Affordable Art Fair, and a search for commuter art.


UPDATE 1-Trade jitters send European shares to two-week low

* Reckitt gains after pulling out of Pfizer bid race (Updates prices, adds quotes, detail)


China's Hunan province to free up natural gas prices for vehicles from April 1

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's central province of Hunan will no longer set prices of natural gas used by vehicles, starting from April 1, the state-run Hunan Daily said.


Toxic gases from Indonesian volcano send 30 to hospital

JAKARTA (Reuters) - An Indonesian volcano belched thick clouds of sulphuric gas on Wednesday, sending 30 people to hospital and prompting the closure of the popular tourist and mining site.


Southern California on guard as heavy rains may trigger mudslides

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


Global carbon emissions hit record high in 2017

LONDON (Reuters) - Global energy-related carbon emissions rose to a historic high of 32.5 gigatonnes last year, after three years of being flat, due to higher energy demand and the slowing of energy efficiency improvements, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said.


ADB signs $250 million loan deal for China geothermal heating

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Asia Development Bank (ADB) said on Thursday it would provide a $250 million loan to Sinopec Green Energy Geothermal Co (SGE) and Iceland's Arctic Green Energy Corp (AGE) to develop clean geothermal heat in smog-prone northern China.


'Four'easter' pounds U.S. East as Californians wary of mudslides

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. East's fourth major snowstorm this month brought heavy snow on Wednesday, snarling flights and commuter travel, closing schools and triggering emergency declarations in several states.


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.


Last three years hottest on record, severe weather hits 2018: U.N.

OSLO (Reuters) - The past three years were the hottest on record and heat waves in Australia, freak Arctic warmth and water shortages in Cape Town are extending harmful weather extremes in 2018, the United Nations said on Thursday.

New York's primary is shaping up to be a blockbuster

"Only in New York, kids, only in New York."

Austin, Facebook, Nor’Easter: Your Wednesday Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.


'Four'easter' storm pounds U.S. East, states declare emergencies

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. East's fourth major snowstorm this month swept through the region with heavy snow and high winds on Wednesday, snarling flights and commuter travel, closing schools and triggering emergency declarations in New York City and New Jersey.

Hurricane Maria (2017)

Op-Ed Contributor: The Refugees in New York’s Hotel Rooms

Puerto Ricans like me are stranded here. It can hardly be called living; it’s barely surviving.


Chevron says it will not dispute climate science in U.S. lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A Chevron attorney said in court on Wednesday that the company supports scientific conclusions that humans are causing climate change, a response to a lawsuit that accuses five major energy producers of misleading the public for years about their role in global warming.


UBS in $230 million settlement of New York mortgage securities probe

NEW YORK (Reuters) - UBS AG has reached a $230 million settlement to resolve charges brought by New York state that it misled and hurt investors by selling subprime mortgage securities that contributed to the 2008 global financial crisis.


UPDATE 1-UBS in $230 mln settlement of New York mortgage securities probe

NEW YORK, March 21 (Reuters) - UBS AG has reached a $230 million settlement to resolve charges brought by New York state that it misled and hurt investors by selling subprime mortgage securities that contributed to the 2008 global financial crisis.


Academic in Facebook storm worked on Russian 'dark' personality project

MOSCOW/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The psychologist at the center of a scandal over the misuse of millions of Facebook users' personal data worked with Russian researchers on a study of toxic personality traits.


Facebook and UK political consultancy sued in data storm

NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) - A U.S. resident has sued Facebook and a British-based political consultancy for obtaining data from millions of the social media site's users without their permission, while an academic at the center of the storm accused both firms of scapegoating him.


Germany confirms H5N6 bird flu case on island farm

HAMBURG (Reuters) - German authorities have confirmed outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu type at a farm on an island off the German North Sea coast, the Schleswig-Holstein state agriculture ministry said on Wednesday.


Winter 'four'easter' storm hits U.S. East, snarling traffic, closing schools

(Reuters) - Millions of commuters along the U.S. East Coast faced another round of heavy snow, ice and gusty winds on Wednesday as the fourth major snowstorm this month struck the region, closing schools, grounding flights and halting buses and trains.

United States International Relations

U.S. Taking Negotiations ‘One Week at a Time’ on Expiring Iran Deal

The chief American envoy to the Iran nuclear talks is banking on political savvy and Midwestern earnestness to salvage the deal that President Trump wants to scrap.


UPDATE 5-Oil approaches six-week highs as concern grows over Middle East

* Upcoming: EIA U.S. output, inventory data due on Weds (Updates prices)


CANADA STOCKS-Canada's main index edges higher ahead of Fed meeting

TORONTO, March 21 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index opened lower, before quickly reversing course on Wednesday, led by financials and energy stocks, though investors were on edge ahead of an imminent U.S. interest rate hike.


Wall Street opens flat, tech drags ahead of Fed

(Reuters) - U.S. stocks opened little changed on Wednesday as traders moved cautiously ahead of an expected Federal Reserve interest rate hike, while a drop in Facebook Inc's shares on privacy concerns again weighed on the technology sector.


US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Wall Street opens flat, tech drags ahead of Fed

March 21 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks opened little changed on Wednesday as traders moved cautiously ahead of an expected Federal Reserve interest rate hike, while a drop in Facebook Inc's shares on privacy concerns again weighed on the technology sector.


Germany's Merkel rejects nationwide driving bans for diesel cars

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday the federal government rejects the idea of introducing comprehensive driving bans for diesel vehicles, calling instead for tailored solutions to bring down car emissions in heavily polluted cities.

Rocky Mountain National Park's Wizard of Winter

During the winter season in Rocky Mountain National Park, visitors may be lucky enough to spot elk, coyotes, deer or snowshoe hares.

Here's what the storm looks like from space


Britain intends to stay in Europe's carbon market until at least 2020

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain intends to remain in Europe's emission trading system (ETS) until at least the end of its third trading phase running from 2013-2020, Britain's energy minister said on Wednesday.


U.S. judge to question Big Oil on climate change

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Five of the world's biggest energy producers will be questioned by a federal judge on Wednesday about climate change science, part of a lawsuit that accuses the companies of misleading the public for years about their role in global warming.

New York City

New York Today: New York Today: Spring Snowstorm

Wednesday: The latest on the storm heading toward New York City, and how it could affect your commute.

Donald Trump, Snowstorm, Austin: Your Wednesday Briefing

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


Cautious trade for European shares ahead of Fed

LONDON, March 21 (Reuters) - European shares edged lower in early dealing on Wednesday, with investors cautiously awaiting the conclusion of a U.S. Federal Reserve meeting for signals on the pace of expected interest rate rises.


Asia a key battleground in fight against killer air pollution: U.N.

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Asia is a critical battlefield in the global fight to rein in air pollution, registering about 5 million premature deaths each year, delegates at a United Nations conference said on Wednesday, as urged tougher enforcement of curbs.


AB InBev sets climate, water goals to keep fizz in beer sales

OSLO (Reuters) - Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's biggest brewer, said on Wednesday it would cut its greenhouse gas emissions by a quarter by 2025 and help thousands of farmers cope with disruptions to water supplies stoked by global warming.


Winter storm to strike U.S. East, snarling traffic, closing schools

(Reuters) - Millions of commuters along the U.S. East Coast will face another round of heavy snow, ice and wind gusts on Wednesday when the fourth major snow storm this month strikes the region, closing schools, grounding flights and halting buses and trains.


Trump, deemed 'not above the law,' faces legal storm

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump faced legal challenges from women on two fronts on Tuesday as a defamation lawsuit brought by a former Apprentice TV show contestant moved forward and a former Playboy model who said she had an affair with Trump sued to undo a confidentiality agreement.


Caution creeps into Asian trading ahead of Fed decision

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A hush settled over financial markets on Wednesday as investors waited to hear how often the Federal Reserve might hike U.S. rates this year, while the currencies of exporting nations were rattled by fears of a full-blown trade war.


New Zealand declares subantarctic Antipodes Island mice-free

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - The subantarctic Antipodes Island is now mice-free after an eradication effort aiming to protect the World Heritage site's unique and diverse wildlife and flora, New Zealand's Conservation ministry said on Wednesday.

FedEx, Facebook, Iraq: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.


Ex-New York State Assembly Speaker Silver loses bid to avoid retrial

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday rejected former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's bid to dismiss his indictment on corruption charges, clearing the way for a possible retrial after his earlier conviction had been thrown out.


Drillers snap up federal leases near Utah's wilderness monuments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Tuesday auctioned off more than 51,000 acres (21,000 hectares) in southeastern Utah for oil and gas development, a sign of strong industry demand in a region conservationists have vowed to protect.

Polygraph: Stormy Daniels was being truthful

Stormy Daniels was "truthful about having unprotected vaginal intercourse with Donald Trump in July 2006," according to a polygraph test report from 2011.

Stormy Daniels' friend: She fears for life

Stormy Daniels' friend Alana Evans says both she and Daniels have received threats from people formerly in the adult film industry.

United States Politics and Government

Op-Ed Columnist: The Calm Before the Stormy

What’s behind President Trump’s curious silence about a porn star and her story?


Judge blocks Mississippi law that would ban abortions after 15 weeks

(Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked a Mississippi law that would ban abortions after 15 weeks in a ruling handed down one day after the state's governor signed the measure.


New York Region Braces for Major Snowstorm

Even as the calendar turns to spring, winter refuses to relinquish its grip with forecasters predicting 12 to 16 inches of snow starting on Wednesday.


BMW searched by German police in emissions swoop

FRANKFURT/MUNICH (Reuters) - BMW's headquarters were raided on Tuesday by German prosecutors investigating the suspected use of illegal emissions control software capable of manipulating exhaust levels.


Birds in rural France wiped out at "dizzying" rate

PARIS (Reuters) - Bird populations are collapsing in rural France at a catastrophic rate, according to two studies published on Tuesday which drew a link to the intense use of pesticides in farming.


McDonald's sets greenhouse gas reduction targets

(Reuters) - McDonald's Corp on Tuesday announced an approved, science based target to cut greenhouse gas emissions and battle climate change, saying it is the first restaurant company to do so.


Journey to Antarctica: seals, penguins and glacial beauty

ABOARD THE ARCTIC SUNRISE (Reuters) - The trip began in Punta Arenas, the capital of Magallanes region, Chile. We had spent three days aboard the Arctic Sunrise, a Greenpeace ship docked in one of the city’s harbors, to test our equipment and conduct security drills. I was eager to get to Antarctica.


Turkey detains more than 100 suspected PKK members ahead of Newroz spring festival

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish authorities on Tuesday detained more than 100 suspected Kurdish militants on suspicion of planning illegal demonstrations or plotting attacks for the Newroz spring festival, police, state media and a security source said.


Paris mulls free public transport to reduce pollution

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


U.S. Interior Department offers oil leases near Utah's wilderness monuments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Interior on Tuesday will auction off more than 51,000 acres (21,000 hectares) in southeastern Utah for oil and gas development, over objections from conservationists, who say the move threatens sensitive archaeological and wilderness sites.


Thousands on California coast ordered to leave ahead of possible mudslides

(Reuters) - Authorities on southern California's Pacific coast ordered thousands of residents to evacuate their homes on Tuesday to avoid possible mudslides caused by rain on hills denuded by wildfires of vegetation.

New York City

New York Today: New York Today: Sniffing Out Trouble

Tuesday: Spring cleaning with bedbug-hunting dogs, the Queens World Film Festival, and five newly renovated city parks.


Global stocks tread water ahead of Fed meeting

LONDON (Reuters) - Global equities trod water on Tuesday ahead of a U.S. Federal Reserve policy meeting, while investors reassessed their views of tech stocks following a slump in Facebook's shares after reports of data misuse.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Global stocks tread water ahead of Fed meeting

LONDON, March 20 (Reuters) - Global equities trod water on Tuesday ahead of a U.S. Federal Reserve policy meeting, while investors reassessed their views of tech stocks following a slump in Facebook's shares after reports of data misuse.


World's last male northern white rhino dies

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

Significant damage in the Southeast from severe storms

Severe storms smacked the Southeast Monday, bringing possible tornadoes, powerful winds and hailstones the size of baseballs.


Exclusive: Faced with Delhi's pollution, India's federal agencies bought air purifiers

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - As pollution choked India's capital Delhi in recent years, a total of 140 air purifiers were purchased for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's offices and at least six other government agencies, according to previously unpublished government data.


METALS--LME copper slips for fourth day ahead of Fed meeting

(Adds analyst comment, updates prices) BEIJING, March 20 (Reuters) - London Metal Exchange (LME) copper prices fell for a fourth session on Tuesday, tracking a fall in equities as investors trimmed positions ahead of a U.S. Federal Reserve meeting starting later in the day. The Fed is widely expected to raise interest rates for the United States this week for the sixth time since December 2015 at the two-day policy meeting, the first under new Chairman Jerome Powell. "The risk-off t


Mississippi Bans Abortions After 15 Weeks; Opponents Swiftly Sue

“We are saving more of the unborn than any state,” Gov. Phil Bryant said. Abortion rights advocates called the bill clearly unconstitutional.

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

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


GRAINS-Wheat prices firm after deep losses, rains aid drought-hit US winter crop

SINGAPORE, March 20 (Reuters) - Chicago wheat prices rose on Tuesday, clawing back some ground from their biggest three-day decline since 2013 after rains brought relief to the parched U.S. winter wheat crop in the southern Plains. Corn ticked higher to end a four-session losing streak, while soybeans edged up following deep losses on Monday. FUNDAMENTALS * The Chicago Board of Trade most-active wheat contract had risen 0.9 percent to $4.54-3/4 a bushel by 0058 GMT. The ma

Trump attorney taunts Stormy Daniels

Michael Cohen, a longtime attorney and confidant of President Donald Trump, joked about the ongoing litigation he and the President have with Stormy Daniels, suggesting he might use winnings from the case to take a long trip.


New York Subway’s On-Time Performance Hits New Low

Only 58.1 percent of weekday trains arrived on time in January, down from 64.1 percent a year earlier, according to a new report.

WaPo: Trump lawyers trying to get ahead of Mueller interview

Lawyers for President Donald Trump recently provided the special counsel's office with documents in an attempt to limit the scope of an interview between Trump and special counsel Robert Mueller, The Washington Post reported Monday.

Cambridge Analytica, Trump, Cynthia Nixon: Your Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.


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

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


Mississippi governor signs bill banning abortions after 15 weeks

(Reuters) - Mississippi's governor signed into law on Monday the most restrictive abortion measure in the United States, which abortion rights advocates have vowed to contest in court as unconstitutional.

Elections, Governors

Cynthia Nixon Enters Race for New York Governor

Ms. Nixon, an education activist best known for her work on “Sex and the City,” is expected to challenge Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo from the political left.


Trump administration preparing list of possible biofuels tweaks: sources

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The heads of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Agriculture Department are scheduled to meet on Tuesday to winnow down proposals to lower the cost of the nation's biofuels policy to oil refiners, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

Opinion: A weekend of issues in the Trump presidency

We were lulled into submission early Friday night. All week President Donald Trump had raised the possibility there would be major personnel changes in the White House: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had already been fired by tweet earlier in the week, but the rumors -- egged on by Trump himself -- were swirling that there would be other "You're Fireds."


'Sex and the City' actress Cynthia Nixon to run for New York governor

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Actress and liberal activist Cynthia Nixon, one of the stars of the hit television series "Sex and the City," announced on Monday she would run for governor of New York, challenging incumbent Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic nomination.


Canada prepares for legal pot with new license class, strict labels

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's health regulator on Monday set out thresholds for a new class of cannabis cultivation and processing licenses, and outlined strict requirements for the packaging and labeling of recreational marijuana ahead of its legalization this year.


Storms bring much-needed moisture to U.S. Plains wheat belt

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A winter storm brought beneficial rain and snow on Monday to portions of the southern U.S. Plains, where the region's hard red winter wheat crop has endured months of drought, an agricultural meteorologist said.


British wind power output hits record

LONDON (Reuters) - Power generation from Britain's wind farms hit a record 14.2 gigawatts (GW) on March 17, National Grid said on Monday.


U.S. Supreme Court allows Flint water contamination lawsuits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday gave the green light to two class-action lawsuits filed by residents of Flint, Michigan who are pursing civil rights claims against local and state officials over lead contamination in the city's water supply.


India most vulnerable country to climate change - HSBC report

LONDON (Reuters) - India is the most vulnerable country to climate change, followed by Pakistan, the Philippines and Bangladesh, a ranking by HSBC showed on Monday.

4th nor'easter in 3 weeks to hit Northeast

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


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

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


Sisi's only challenger lays low ahead of Egyptian election

CAIRO (Reuters) - Days ahead of Egypt's presidential election, Moussa Mostafa Moussa, the only candidate standing against incumbent Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, is avoiding the limelight.

Congress' to-do list this week: Avert a shutdown, war debate vote

Congress is expected to vote on a massive $1.3 trillion spending package this week that keeps all of the government funded, but what controversial policy riders tucked inside are the thing to watch?

New York City

New York Today: New York Today: The Evolution of the Apartment

Monday: A history of city living, the Socially Relevant film festival, and researching your apartment.


Societe Generale hopes for resolution to Libor, Libya inquiries within weeks

PARIS (Reuters) - Societe Generale SA said on Monday that it hoped to resolve "within weeks" U.S. investigations into alleged Libor rigging and transactions made by the French bank involving Libyan counterparts.


Japan court rejects lawsuit against construction of nuclear plant

TOKYO (Reuters) - A court in northern Japan on Monday rejected a lawsuit to halt construction of a nuclear plant, said the company building the facility, Electric Power Development Co (J-Power).


Tropical storm Eliakim kills 17 in Madagascar: authorities

ANTANANARIVO (Reuters) - At least 17 people died when a tropical storm hit eastern Madagascar over the weekend, authorities said.


Hundreds flee Australian bushfires that kill cattle, destroy homes

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian authorities urged people to remain alert on Monday as bushfires that have destroyed dozens of homes, killed cattle and forced hundreds of residents to flee continued to burn out of control in the southeast of the country.

Trump's weekend of assaults on Mueller's probe pushed DC closer to the major crisis of governance that may unfold if he fires the special counsel


Tiger puts game back together bit-by-bit ahead of Masters

(Reuters) - Tiger Woods came up short in his bid for a comeback win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday but a promising performance for a second week in a row looks like sending him off to next month's U.S. Masters with growing confidence.

Fourth winter storm in 3 weeks to hit East Coast

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

Winter in a hidden mountain village

In Ginzan Onsen, historic buildings overlook the pristine and calming Ginzan River, which flows through the center of the village.

Education (K-12)

For New Schools Chancellor, New York City Is a Big Leap

Richard Carranza will lead the country’s biggest school district after a stint in Houston so brief that his record is hard to judge.


Australian wildfires destroy homes, kill cattle as hundreds of people flee

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian authorities urged people to remain alert on Monday as wildfires that have destroyed homes, killed cattle and forced hundreds of residents to flee continued to burn out of control in the southeast of the country.


RPT-Wall St Week Ahead-Wall Street's tech love affair might end in tears

SAN FRANCISCO, March 16 (Reuters) - Outsized returns delivered by, Netflix and other heavyweight technology stocks have made them heroes on Wall Street, but some strategists warn that investors' reliance on them exacerbates the risk of a steep downturn.


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

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


Incoming Slovak PM expects to name new ministers in coming week

BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Slovakia's ruling coalition aims to select new ministers this week, incoming Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini said on Sunday as the government seeks to navigate its way through a political crisis sparked by the murder of a journalist.

Cambridge Analytica, McCabe, F.I.U.: Your Weekend Briefing

Here’s what you need to know about the week’s top stories.


Melting snow and heavy rain leave Croatia hit by floods

ZAGREB (Reuters) - Croatia declared a state of emergency on Sunday in its central Kosinj valley after the Lika river flooded, cutting off road access to about 500 people and leaving some villages without electricity.


Australians flee homes as grassfires hit southeast

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


Australians flee homes as bushfires hit arid southeast

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

Pennsylvania man and missing teen are found in Mexico 2 weeks later

Nearly two weeks after a 16-year-old Pennsylvania girl vanished with a 45-year-old man, the pair was found Saturday in Mexico and the man was arrested, authorities say.


Thousands of Australian homes without power after cyclone hits

SYDNEY (Reuters) - About 25,000 homes were without power on Sunday in Australia's northern city of Darwin after a tropical cyclone felled trees, canceled flights, closed schools and delayed shipping.


Residents flee flames as fires hits Australia's east

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Fires forced residents to flee to basketball stadiums and community centers in the state of Victoria on Sunday as dry, hot and windy weather moved across Australia's southeast.

Opinion: Trouble for Trump if Mueller meets Stormy

Stormy Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, has a talent for stirring the publicity pot relating to his controversial porn star client. He dropped his latest morsels Friday during a drive-by of CNN and MSNBC's morning shows. In an interview with Chris Cuomo of CNN's "New Day," he said six additional women had come forward alleging sexual relationships with President Donald Trump and that his office was in the "early stages of vetting those stories." Avenatti also claimed two of the women have nondisclosure agreements.


Walmart worker tips police to arms cache in New York college town

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Authorities alerted by a Walmart worker arrested a former Cornell University student accused of stockpiling a semi-automatic rifle, more than 300 rounds of ammunition, bomb-making materials and other deadly devices at his apartment near the upstate New York elite school.


Australia's Liberals win state election in blow for renewables lobby

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's governing Liberal party has won a tight regional election in South Australia, a victory that could deal a blow to national renewable energy plans.

Social Media

Opinion: Grab a Pillow: Weekend Reads From Opinion

Catch up on some of our favorite recent pieces.


China plans tougher goals, beefed-up inspections in war on smog

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will set more stringent targets for improving the nation's air quality under a new three-year plan, as Beijing prepares to beef up a nationwide crackdown on polluters in its years-long campaign to clear its notoriously toxic skies.


China's environment minister says plans tougher air quality targets

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will set more stringent targets for improving the nation's air quality under a new three-year plan, its environment minister said on Saturday, as the world's No.2 economy aims to clear its notoriously toxic skies.


Tropical cyclone cancels Darwin flights, delays shipping

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Flights to Australia's northern city of Darwin were canceled on Saturday due to Tropical Cyclone Marcus and will not resume until midnight at the earliest, with commercial shipping also disrupted.

Trump attorney joins Stormy Daniels lawsuit

Attorneys defending President Donald Trump and the company of his personal legal counsel, Michael Cohen, have filed to move the lawsuit against their clients by porn star Stormy Daniels to federal court and are claiming she could owe as much as $20 million for violating a nondisclosure agreement.


Warriors Durant to miss two weeks with rib fracture

(Reuters) - Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant will miss at least two weeks of the NBA season after an MRI on Friday revealed a fractured rib in the latest injury setback for the shorthanded defending champions.


Trump lawyer seeks $20 million damages from Stormy Daniels: filing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A law firm representing U.S. President Donald Trump and the corporation that paid porn actress Stormy Daniels $130,000 in what she called hush money over an alleged affair with Trump said in a court filing that it was seeking at least $20 million in damages for multiple violations of a nondisclosure agreement.

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 Defense and Military Forces

2 New York City Firefighters Killed in Iraq Helicopter Crash

The crash of an American military helicopter killed seven service members, including the two firefighters attached to an Air National Guard unit.

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.

United Airlines flight diverted after third pet incident in a week

Already under scrutiny about a dog dying in an overhead bin and another dog being accidentally sent to Japan, United Airlines on Friday acknowledged its third animal-related mistake in a week.

Miami, Louise Slaughter, Putin: Your Friday Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

Stormy Daniels' lawyer says some alleged incidents took place during Trump presidency

The lawyer representing the adult film star Stormy Daniels alleges that some of the accusations she's making against President Donald Trump occurred while Trump was in office.


Wall Street advances on strong industrial data but posts weekly losses

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The S&P 500 and the Dow Industrials rose on Friday, boosted by strong industrial output numbers, though all three of Wall Street's major indexes posted losses for the week.


Venezuela begins power rationing as drought causes severe outages

SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuela imposed electricity rationing this week in six western states, as the crisis-hit country's creaky power grid suffered from a drought that has reduced water levels in key reservoirs needed to run hydroelectric power generators.


F.A.A. Halts All ‘Doors-Off’ Helicopter Flights After New York Crash

Following a crash that killed five passengers in New York City, the Federal Aviation Administration ordered an immediate stop to the flights nationwide.

Panelists erupt over Trump-Stormy Daniels saga

Trump Advisory Board member Paris Dennard and Republican strategist Rick Wilson clash while discussing Stormy Daniels and President Trump.


New Banksy Mural in New York Protests Turkish Artist’s Imprisonment

Banksy’s latest work, a 70-foot-long piece at Houston and Bowery, honors the artist Zehra Dogan, who was jailed for painting Turkish ruins.


Five New York doctors charged with taking kickbacks from Insys

March 16 (Reuters) - Federal prosecutors have charged five New York doctors with taking kickbacks from Insys Therapeutics Inc in exchange for prescribing the company's potent spray version of the opioid drug fentanyl.


U.S. drillers add oil rigs for 7th week in eight -Baker Hughes

March 16 (Reuters) - U.S. energy companies added oil rigs for the seventh time in the last eight weeks on expectations crude prices in 2018 will top 2017, prompting more drillers to boost spending plans for this year. Drillers added four oil rigs in the week to March 16, bringing the total count to 800, General Electric Co's Baker Hughes energy services firm said in its closely followed report on Friday. The U.S. rig count, an early indicator of future o


Under scrutiny, New York Fed sets short list for Dudley successor

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve Bank of New York is considering a "handful" of candidates for what is seen as the second most influential job at the U.S. central bank, its directors said on Friday, as political pressure mounts to choose someone who breaks with past precedent.


Louise Slaughter, longtime progressive New York congresswoman, dies at 88

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic U.S. Representative Louise Slaughter, a Kentucky blacksmith's daughter who became a leading progressive voice in Congress from New York, died early on Friday, her chief of staff said. She was 88.


Porn actress Stormy Daniels physically threatened over Trump: lawyer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The adult film actress known as Stormy Daniels was physically threatened and warned to remain silent about her relationship with President Donald Trump, her lawyer told MSNBC and CNN on Friday.

New York City

New York Today: New York Today: The Journey of an Irish Bar Owner

Friday: A bartender on immigration reform, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, and the CareForce One Travelogues.


Britain, EU may reach 'provisional' Brexit transition deal next week: source

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britain and the European Union could agree a "provisional" deal next week on a post-Brexit transition period, a senior Brussels diplomat said on Friday, stressing that this will only happen if London and the bloc resolve all divorce matters first.


Hong Kong's CLP says finalizing environmental study for LNG project

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Hong Kong utility CLP Power [CLPHKF.UL] said on Friday it was finalizing an environmental impact assessment study for its liquefied natural gas (LNG) project and will soon submit it to the Hong Kong government.


M&A livens up European equity trading as STOXX heads for weekly loss

LONDON, March 16 (Reuters) - European shares saw a muted start to trading on Friday, with exchange delays hampering trade in German equities, though NEX Group was a big mover after a takeover offer.

Kimmel, Jimmy

Best of Late Night: Jimmy Kimmel Pitches for Stormy Daniels’s Legal Fund

Kimmel said, “Now you can give money to a porn star — just like the president of the United States.”

Stormy Daniels' lawyer alleges there are 6 more women with similar stories

The lawyer representing the porn star Stormy Daniels says six additional women have come forward with similar experiences to that of his client as of Thursday evening -- some who he says also claim to have nondisclosure agreements.


Indian party quits PM Modi's coalition in blow ahead of election

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - An Indian political party that governs a southern state quit Prime Minister Narendra Modi's coalition on Friday blaming it for a lack of financial support, officials said, in a blow to the coalition ahead of national elections next year.


Germans First? A Food Bank Bars Migrants, Setting Off a Storm

Chancellor Angela Merkel says, “You shouldn’t categorize people like this.” But Germans call the man who runs the food bank a “people’s hero.”


Motor racing - Bottas has a big year ahead of him

LONDON (Reuters) - Valtteri Bottas could be fighting for his Formula One future this season but the Finn says he feels less pressure than last year when he joined champions Mercedes as Lewis Hamilton's team mate.


Stormy Daniels Interview to Air on ‘60 Minutes’ This Month

Last week, Anderson Cooper interviewed Stephanie Clifford, who said she had an affair with Donald J. Trump.


Donald Trump Jr.'s wife files for divorce in New York

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The wife of Donald Trump Jr., the eldest son of U.S. President Donald Trump, has filed for divorce in New York, according to court records.

Russia, Trudeau, Florida: Your Thursday Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.