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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.


South Korea to send K-pop singers to Pyongyang in late March

SEOUL (Reuters) - A group of South Korea's K-pop singers will visit Pyongyang from March 31, the South said on Tuesday, a reciprocal visit after North Korea sent performers to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

Significant damage in the Southeast from severe storms

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


BRIEF-Adtran Says Broad Based Agreement With Sumitomo Electric Industries​ For North American MSO Business



China, not North Korea, to dominate Japan military planning

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


Motor racing: Battling Bottas looks for a step up Down Under

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Valtteri Bottas knows he needs to step up his game from last season if he is to have any chance of keeping his place at Mercedes and has targeted a top-two finish at this weekend's season-opening Australian Grand Prix.


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

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


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

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

US and South Korea announce start date for annual military exercises

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

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

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

Books and Literature

Op-Ed Columnist: What Holds America Together

Walt Whitman had a prescription for national renewal.


Motor racing: Hamilton on top, but concern at grassroots level

BANBURY, England (Reuters) - Britain is on top of the world in Formula One, with Lewis Hamilton beginning his quest for a fifth championship in Australia this weekend, but there is concern at grassroots level.


Bouchard passes first test in Miami qualifying

(Reuters) - Canadian Eugenie Bouchard beat American wildcard Allie Kiick 6-2 6-2 to be among a parade of former top 20 players to win their first round qualifying matches at the Miami Open on Monday.


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.


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

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


BRIEF-Halcyon Management Partners Lp Reports 14.2 Pct Stake In Finjan Holdings As Of March 7



Broadway stars Lin-Manuel Miranda and Platt release #MarchforOurLives song

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Two of Broadway's biggest stars teamed up to release a song on Monday in support of the March for Our Lives gun control movement started by students at a Florida high school.


U.S.-Canada-Mexico World Cup bid unconcerned about anti-U.S. sentiment

(Reuters) - Soccer officials from the United States, Mexico and Canada said on Monday they were unconcerned about any anti-American feeling as they began their final push to host the 2026 World Cup.


South Africa's Tiger Brands closes Pretoria plant after listeria found

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Tiger Brands has closed its factory in Pretoria where listeria was detected as South Africa faces the worst outbreak of the disease, which has killed 180 people since January 2017.

4th nor'easter in 3 weeks to hit Northeast

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


Soccer - 'Outrageous' Ronaldo has Messi in his sights

MADRID (Reuters) - After an uncharacteristically slow start to the season which provoked questions about his longevity, Cristiano Ronaldo has roared back to life with a torrent of goals and now has La Liga's top scorer award in his sights.


Alibaba doubles Lazada investment to $4 billion in aggressive Southeast Asian expansion

BEIJING/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd said it will invest an extra $2 billion in Southeast Asian e-commerce firm Lazada Group and tapped a top executive to run the business, as it takes on rivals such as tech titan Amazon in an aggressive expansion in the region.


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

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


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

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


PRESS DIGEST- Wall Street Journal - March 19

March 19 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories in the Wall Street Journal. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


Alibaba to invest extra $2 billion in Lazada in aggressive Southeast Asian expansion

BEIJING (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd said it will invest an additional $2 billion in Southeast Asian e-commerce firm Lazada Group and replace its chief executive, consolidating its control over the firm as it targets an aggressive expansion in the region.


UPDATE 1-Alibaba to invest extra $2 bln in Lazada in aggressive Southeast Asian expansion

* CEO replaced by long-time Alibaba executive Lucy Peng (Adds detail from release, context)


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.


Triumphant Osaka draws Serena Williams in first round at Miami

(Reuters) - Indian Wells champion Naomi Osaka will have little time to celebrate in her first career victory with the Japanese drawing eight-time champion Serena Williams in the first round of next week's Miami Open.

Basketball (College)

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

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


Del Potro ends Federer's streak to win Indian Wells title

(Reuters) - Juan Martin del Potro saved three match points in a thrilling final at the BNP Paribas Open before handing world number one Roger Federer his first loss of the year and claiming his maiden Masters 1000 title on Sunday.


McIlroy blitzes Bay Hill back nine to end title drought

(Reuters) - Rory McIlroy staged a spectacular back nine charge to claim a three shot victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday, collecting his first PGA Tour win since 2016 and putting himself among the red-hot favorites for the U.S. Masters.


Security advisers from U.S., South Korea, Japan meet on North Korean summits: Seoul

SEOUL (Reuters) - The top national security advisers of the United States, South Korea and Japan met at the weekend to discuss North Korea and the "complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula", South Korea's presidential Blue House said on Monday.


Critic’s Notebook: South by Southwest Music Festival: 17 Acts That Stood Out

The lack of an arena-circuit headliner at this year’s festival, the 32nd, just helped level the playing field for the performers who still flock to Austin, Tex.


Osaka dominates Kasatkina for career-first title

(Reuters) - Japan's Naomi Osaka claimed her first career title with a commanding 6-3 6-2 victory over Russian Daria Kasatkina in a battle of 20-year-olds at the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday.

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

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


Dovizioso pips Marquez to win MotoGP opener in Qatar

(Reuters) - Italian Andrea Dovizioso won the Qatar Grand Prix for Ducati by the blink of an eye on Sunday as MotoGP served up a season-opening thriller at the floodlit Losail circuit.


Dovizioso wins MotoGP opener in Qatar

(Reuters) - Italian Andrea Dovizioso won MotoGP's season-opening Qatar Grand Prix for Ducati on Sunday after a thrilling duel down to the line with Honda's reigning champion Marc Marquez.


Shi beats Lin to win All England badminton final

(Reuters) - Seventh seed Shi Yuqi beat compatriot Lin Dan to win an all-Chinese final of the All England Open badminton championships in Birmingham on Sunday.

State of the Cartoonion: March Madness

On State of the Cartoonion, it's March Madness in the White House and Jake Tapper looks at the question everyone's been asking: Who's out next?


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

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

Sweden to help negotiate release of Americans held in North Korea

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

US, North Korea representatives to meet

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


Australians flee homes as grassfires hit southeast

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


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

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


Australians flee homes as bushfires hit arid southeast

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


Now North Korean diplomat heads to Finland amid new diplomatic flurry

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


Jamaica's Blake sees Commonwealth Games as step to build on Bolt's legacy

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Next month's Commonwealth Games will be Yohan Blake's chance to build on Usain Bolt's "legacy" and step out of the track great's shadow, the former 100 meters world champion said on Sunday.


Stenson holds one-shot lead at Bay Hill, Woods five back

(Reuters) - Henrik Stenson held a one-stroke lead over Bryson DeChambeau with big names Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Rickie Fowler pushing into contention and Tiger Woods five shots back after the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Saturday.


Federer survives scare, to face Del Potro in Indian Wells final

(Reuters) - World number one Roger Federer survived a scare from unseeded Borna Coric to beat him 5-7 6-4 6-4 in the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday and set up a final showdown with Juan Martin del Potro who cruised to a 6-2 6-3 win over Milos Raonic.


Vergne stretches Formula E lead with victory in Uruguay

(Reuters) - French driver Jean-Eric Vergne won Uruguay's Formula E round in Punta del Este from pole position on Saturday to stretch his overall lead in the all-electric series to 30 points.


Federer survives scare to advance to Indian Wells final

(Reuters) - World number one Roger Federer survived a scare from unseeded Borna Coric to beat him 5-7 6-4 6-4 in the BNP Paribas Open semi-finals on Saturday and keep his bid for a record sixth Indian Wells title alive.

United States International Relations

North Korea-Sweden Talks Focus on ‘Peaceful Solution’ to Nuclear Conflict

The Swedish and North Korean foreign ministers concluded three days of talks, discussions which may help facilitate a meeting between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un.


Zarco takes pole for MotoGP's Qatar opener in record time

(Reuters) - Frenchman Johann Zarco took the first pole position of the MotoGP season for the non-works Tech3 Yamaha team on Saturday with a record lap around Qatar's floodlit Losail circuit.


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

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


Cycling: Nibali claims thrilling Milan-San Remo win

SAN REMO, Italy (Reuters) - Vincenzo Nibali timed his move to perfection to claim the Milan-San Remo "Monument" classic as he just held off the sprint specialists over 291 km on Saturday.


Morocco plans to spend $15.8 billion if it gets 2026 soccer World Cup

CASABLANCA (Reuters) - Morocco has proposed using 14 stadiums and budgeting to spend 15.8 billion dollars on infrastructure if it wins the right to host the World Cup soccer finals in 2026, the country's bid committee announced at a news conference on Saturday.


Iraqi PM welcomes FIFA decision to lift ban on Iraqi stadiums

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi welcomed a decision from soccer's world governing body FIFA to lift a ban on hosting competitive international soccer matches at stadiums in three Iraqi cities.


Tennis: Osaka stuns Halep as rising stars reach Indian Wells final

(Reuters) - Japan's Naomi Osaka made short work of a subdued world number one Simona Halep on Friday, the unseeded 20-year-old racing to a 6-3 6-0 semi-final victory to set up a surprise BNP Paribas Open final against Daria Kasatkina.


Australia, Southeast Asia to share intelligence to fight terror

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia signed an agreement on Saturday with Southeast Asian nations including Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei and the Philippines promising to share intelligence to combat terrorism.


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.


Raonic outlasts Querrey, to face Del Potro in semis

(Reuters) - Milos Raonic overcame his frustrations to outlast Sam Querrey and advance to the BNP Paribas Open semi-finals with a 7-5 2-6 6-3 victory on Friday while Juan Martin del Potro found his form late to down Philipp Kohlschreiber 3-6 6-3 6-4.

Central Intelligence Agency

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

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


Stenson, DeChambeau share second-round lead at Palmer

(Reuters) - Bryson DeChambeau closed out his second round with a birdie to join Henrik Stenson at the top of the Arnold Palmer Invitational leaderboard on Friday as Tiger Woods struggled in his bid for a record ninth Bay Hill title.


Horse racing: BHA to investigate deaths of six horses at Cheltenham

LONDON (Reuters) - The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) is to investigate the deaths of six horses at this week's Cheltenham Festival, including four on the final day.


Canada's De Grasse pulls out of Commonwealth Games

(Reuters) - Canadian triple Olympic sprint medalist Andre De Grasse has withdrawn from next month's Commonwealth Games to concentrate on his fitness for the outdoor season, he said on Friday.


VAR will be used at Russia World Cup, says FIFA

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Video assistant referees (VARs) will be used at the World Cup for the first time when the finals get underway in Russia in June, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Friday.


Horse racing: Native River wins Cheltenham Gold Cup duel

LONDON (Reuters) - Native River, ridden by champion jockey Richard Johnson and trained by Colin Tizzard, won the Cheltenham Gold Cup after beating 4-1 favorite Might Bite in an almighty duel on Friday.


Stenson, DeChambeau share early second-round lead at Palmer

(Reuters) - Bryson DeChambeau collected a birdie on his last hole to grab a share of the early second-round lead alongside Henrik Stenson at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Friday, as Rory McIlroy, Ernie Els and Rickie Fowler all moved into contention.


Sharapova withdraws from Miami Open with forearm injury

(Reuters) - Maria Sharapova's troubled start to the season has continued with the Russian having to withdraw from the Miami Open due to a left forearm injury, tournament organizers said on Friday.

How to stream every March Madness game

A match tips off and office pools across the country brace for college basketball's destiny. The moments that make or break your brackets are streaming on March Madness Live.

NCAA Basketball Championships (Men)

March Madness 2018 Live Updates: TV Schedule and Scores by Region

The first round of the 2018 men’s N.C.A.A. tournament continues on Friday. Stay here for live scores, updates and analysis.


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

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

Embargoes and Sanctions

Wine and Diamonds: How North Korea Dodges Sanctions

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


South Africa hits fallen Zuma with arms deal corruption charges

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

Bridges and Tunnels

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

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


Runaway chair lift injures skiers at Georgian resort

(Reuters) - At least eight people were injured when a malfunctioning ski lift hurled people from their seats in the Georgian ski resort of Gaudari on Friday, local media reported.

Alpine Skiing

How Training for the Paralympics Became a Full-Time Job

Being a Paralympic athlete used to be a part-time, do-it-yourself pursuit. Not anymore.


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

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


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

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


Deadly listeria could herald tighter food safety rules in South Africa

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

Weddings and Engagements

Vows: Writing Their Own Stories, Together

The couple met on a yellow school bus as each began a two-year stint with Teach for America.


South Korea aims for high-level talks about talks with North

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea will seek high-level talks with North Korea this month as preparations for a summit began on Friday, the presidential chief of staff said, while officials in the South expressed interest in a separate summit with the United States.


South Africa's RCL says no traces of deadly listeria strain at its factory

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Independent tests at RCL Foods' processed meat factory have not found any traces of a listeria strain that has killed 180 people since January last year, the South African food producer said on Friday.


Haas calls time on career spanning more than two decades

(Reuters) - Former world number two Tommy Haas officially announced his retirement from tennis at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells on Thursday, ending a career that spanned more than two decades.


Ruthless Federer sends Chung packing, faces Coric next

(Reuters) - South Korean Chung Hyeon managed to hang around against Roger Federer a little longer this time around, but only just, as the Swiss maestro advanced to the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open 7-5 6-1 on Thursday.


Indonesia pushes for Southeast Asian patrols of disputed waters

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Indonesia has lobbied Southeast Asian countries to carry out maritime patrols in the disputed South China Sea, claimed in most part by China, to improve security, Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu said on Friday.


South Korea gears up for summit, report shows North Korea testing reactor

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean officials began preparations on Friday for a summit next month with North Korea aimed at reducing tensions on the peninsula, as a report showed the North had probably begun testing a nuclear reactor as recently as late February.


Motor racing - Hamilton, Vettel ready to fight for high five

LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One fans will be hearing a lot about Juan Manuel Fangio this season as Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel battle to match the late Argentine's 1950s feat of five world championships.


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.


Motor racing - Teenager Stroll is now the face of experience at Williams

LONDON (Reuters) - Lance Stroll is still Formula One's youngest driver but the 19-year-old Canadian will also be his Williams team's most experienced man on the starting grid this season.


Venus through to Indian Wells semis, faces Kasatkina

(Reuters) - Venus Williams swept aside Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3 6-2 on a windy afternoon at the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday to set up a semi-final against rising Russian Daria Kasatkina, who beat Angelique Kerber 6-0 6-2 earlier in the day.


F1 breaks new ground with first global marketing campaign

LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One is distancing itself further from the Bernie Ecclestone era by launching a paid-for global marketing campaign for the first time.


Stenson on top at Palmer Invitational but Woods on prowl

(Reuters) - Henrik Stenson turned in a sizzling eight-under 64 to grab the first round lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Thursday, while Tiger Woods was back near the top of the leaderboard and on the prowl for a ninth Bay Hill title.


Coric battles back to upset Anderson at Indian Wells

(Reuters) - Croatian young gun Borna Coric battled back from 4-2 down in the third set to fell world number nine Kevin Anderson 2-6 6-4 7-6(3) and advance to the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Thursday.


North American 2026 World Cup bid picks 23 potential host cities

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


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

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

Aurora Borealis

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

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

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

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


North Korean foreign minister visits Sweden amid summit speculation

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

Asia and Australia Edition: Russia, South Africa, Saudi Arabia: Your Friday Briefing

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


McLaren say Ferrari broke agreement with Mekies move

LONDON (Reuters) - McLaren took issue with Ferrari and Formula One's governing body on Thursday after the Italian team hired a top technical official from the FIA.


Woods back in contention at happy hunting ground

(Reuters) - Tiger Woods was back at one of his favorite events and near the top of the leaderboard after carding a rock solid four-under 68 to sit one off the early first-round lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Thursday.


Thiem withdraws from Miami Open due to injury

(Reuters) - World number six Dominic Thiem has withdrawn from the Miami Open due to an ankle injury, with the Austrian hoping to return for the claycourt season in Europe next month.

NCAA Basketball Championships (Men)

March Madness Live Updates: N.C.A.A. Tournament Scores by Region

The first round of the 2018 men’s N.C.A.A. tournament begins Thursday. Stay here for live scores, updates and analysis.


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

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

If the 2020 Democratic primary were a March Madness bracket ...

The 2020 Democratic presidential primary doesn't officially tip off for another 22 months, but the game-planning is already well underway. We are now, with history as a guide, probably less than a year from the early favorites making their formal declarations.


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

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

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

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


Chicago pulls out as potential host city for 2026 World Cup

(Reuters) - Chicago has joined Vancouver in pulling out of the chance to be a host city in a joint United State-Canada-Mexico bid for the 2026 World Cup, citing uncertainty over potential costs and FIFA's inflexibility.


Sports court upholds four-year ban for Polish weightlifter Zielinski

ZURICH (Reuters) - The Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Thursday confirmed a four-year period of ineligibility for Tomasz Zielinski, a Polish weightlifter who tested positive for a banned substance two years ago.


Restaurant Review: A Celebration of Black Southern Food, at JuneBaby in Seattle

The chef Edouardo Jordan locates the pleasure and meaning of hog maw, pigs’ ears and other “ingredients we don’t want to talk about.”


ATM pharmacy to cut queues for South Africa's AIDS patients

ALEXANDRA, South Africa (Reuters) - South Africa has launched an ATM-like vending machine to dispense medicines to patients with chronic illnesses such as AIDS in a move aimed at reducing waiting times and congestion in public healthcare facilities.


Norway's Scatec Solar says three projects caught in South Africa row

OSLO (Reuters) - Three solar plants planned by Norway's Scatec Solar were among 27 energy deals blocked by a South African court on Tuesday when it agreed to hear a legal challenge by a group loyal to ousted President Jacob Zuma, the firm said on Thursday.


South Africa expects listeria infections to increase

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's health minister expects the infections from the worst listeria outbreak in history that has killed 180 people since January last year to increase and warned that there could also be other cases in the southern Africa region.


Rossi to race on into his 40s after signing new deal

(Reuters) - Italian MotoGP great Valentino Rossi has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him at the factory Yamaha team into his 40s.

Trump hints at withdrawing US troops from South Korea over trade

President Donald Trump on Wednesday appeared to threaten to withdraw US troops from South Korea if he can't get a better trade deal with Seoul,


Japan recall Honda for World Cup tune-ups, Okazaki omitted

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan recalled midfielder Keisuke Honda on Thursday for their World Cup warm-up matches against Mali and Ukraine in Belgium later this month.

Immigration and Emigration

Australia Considers Emergency Visas for White South African Farmers

South Africa responded angrily to comments by the Australian minister in charge of immigration, who said white South African farmers deserved protection in a “civilized country.”

Pennsylvania, Elizabeth Holmes, March Madness: Your Thursday Briefing

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

North Korean foreign minister heads to Sweden amid US summit speculation

North Korea's foreign minister is visiting Sweden Thursday and Friday, the Swedish government announced, in the first significant diplomatic move by Pyongyang since a momentous summit with the US was announced a week ago.


South Korea's Lotte Data Communication says plans IPO

SEOUL (Reuters) - Lotte Data Communication Co, a unit of South Korea's Lotte Group, said on Thursday it has sought approval from the country's stock exchange for an initial public offering (IPO).


UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on March 15

March 15 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE futures were flat ahead of the cash market open on Thursday.


Halep prevails at windy Indian Wells, meets Osaka in semis

(Reuters) - World number one Simona Halep overcame strong winds and a determined Petra Martic to advance to the BNP Paribas Open semi-finals with a three-set victory on Wednesday.


Sister of South Carolina mass shooter arrested on weapons charges

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


Federer fends off Frenchman Chardy at Indian Wells

(Reuters) - World number one Roger Federer advanced to the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open with a 7-5 6-4 victory over Jeremy Chardy on Wednesday.

Ariana Grande to join student march

The students taking part in March for Our Lives in Washington D.C. later this month are going to have some superstar singers by their sides.


Freestyle skiing: Korean moguls skiers banned for sexual harassment

SEOUL (Reuters) - Two male South Korean moguls skiers who competed at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics have been banned for life after female team mates complained of being sexually harassed at an event in Japan, the Korea Ski Association (KSA) has said.


Motor racing: F1 rookie Leclerc steps up to the big time

LONDON (Reuters) - Charles Leclerc will have two men in mind, their memories living on as a source of strength and support, when he makes his Formula One race debut for Sauber in Australia next week.


Motor racing: Alonso ready to fight on two fronts

LONDON (Reuters) - Fernando Alonso faces the busiest year of any Formula One driver but the Spaniard has played down fears he could be spreading himself too thin by competing in two world championships at once.


Motor racing: Ocon focuses on future after the fireworks

LONDON (Reuters) - Esteban Ocon says Force India need have no concerns about any repeat of last year's clashes between him and Mexican team mate Sergio Perez when the Formula One season starts in Australia next week.


Motor racing: New dad Perez sees career-determining year ahead

LONDON (Reuters) - Fatherhood has changed Sergio Perez's life since the end of last season and the Mexican hopes the coming year in Formula One could be just as transformative on the track.


China, Russia welcome Korean peace drive: South Korean envoy

SEOUL (Reuters) - China's President Xi Jinping offered encouragement for South Korea's initiative to nurture peaceful engagement with North Korea, and Russia also expressed support, the South Korean official leading diplomatic efforts said on Thursday.


Halep prevails in three sets to advance to semi-finals

(Reuters) - Romanian world number one Simona Halep overcame strong winds and a determined Petra Martic of Croatia to advance to the BNP Paribas Open semi-finals with a three-set victory on Wednesday.


Once harassed herself, South Korean lawyer fights for #MeToo victims

SEOUL (Reuters) - Almost a decade ago, Lee Eun-eui was thrust into a lonely battle against her employer Samsung after she reported unwelcome touching by a superior.


Vancouver out as potential 2026 World Cup host city

(Reuters) - Vancouver will not be part of Canada's bid to co-host the 2026 World Cup with the United States and Mexico after the province balked at signing a contract amid concerns about unpredictable costs.


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

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


House Republicans set March 22 vote on their Russia report

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


Golf: Tournament of Champions to launch 2019 LPGA season

(Reuters) - The Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions, a winners-only event, will open the 2019 LPGA Tour season in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, the Ladies Professional Golf Association announced on Wednesday.

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

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


South Dakota sues opioid makers as litigation swells

(Reuters) - South Dakota on Wednesday sued three major drugmakers, accusing them of deceptively marketing prescription opioids and contributing to a nationwide epidemic.


Red Bull may be fastest in Melbourne, says Hamilton

(Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton suspects Red Bull may have the fastest car on the Formula One starting grid at next week's Australian season-opener.


Garcia names daughter Azalea after Augusta's 13th hole

(Reuters) - Every time Sergio Garcia says his daughter's name, the U.S. Masters champion will be reminded of the moment which kept alive his hopes of winning his first major title.


Russia soccer official shrugs at British government World Cup boycott: report

MOSCOW (Reuters) - It does not matter if British officials boycott the soccer World Cup, which will be hosted by Russia, Interfax news agency cited Russian Football Union Vice President Nikita Simonyan as saying on Wednesday.


Motor racing: FIA safety director Mekies to join Ferrari F1 team

LONDON (Reuters) - Laurent Mekies, the governing FIA's head of safety, will join Ferrari on Sept. 20, the Formula One team announced on Wednesday.


Alpine skiing: Italy's Goggia pips Vonn for downhill title, Feuz wins men's

(Reuters) - Italy's Olympic champion Sofia Goggia won the women's World Cup downhill title by three points on Wednesday despite finishing second to Lindsey Vonn at the season-ending showpiece in Are.


Norwegian wins Iditarod sled dog race across Alaska: 9 days, 12 hours

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - A Norwegian musher won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race early on Wednesday, notching the third victory ever for his home country in the 46-year history of the annual 1,000-mile (1609-km) trek across Alaska's wilderness.


Sailing: Spithill relishes Italian adventure and beast of a challenge

LONDON (Reuters) - Twice America's Cup winning skipper Jimmy Spithill says the lure of Italy and the challenge of sailing a cutting-edge monohull 'beast' were behind his decision to return to the competition with Luna Rossa Challenge.

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The Loneliness of the American Paralympics Reporter

Best I can tell, I’m the only one here from a major American news outlet other than NBC, which broadcasts the Games.


UPDATE 1-South Africa antitrust watchdog charges Takata with price fixing

JOHANNESBURG, March 14 (Reuters) - South African competition watchdog charged Takata Corp with price fixing on Wednesday, another blow to the Japanese auto safety products maker in the throes of a massive airbag scandal. The Competition Commission said Takata worked with other firms to fix prices, divide the market and collude in their bidding for four different seat belts and airbags contracts with as three auto makers.


Wozniacki loses in Indian Wells, Halep advances

(Reuters) - Caroline Wozniacki blew any chance she had to overtake Simona Halep as world number one after losing 6-4 7-5 to Darya Kasatkina in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Tuesday.


Singapore investigating firms accused of selling luxury goods to North Korea

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


Motor racing - Love it or loathe it, Formula One has a halo

LONDON (Reuters) - It is safe to say that Formula One's clunky 'halo' head protection device, the most obvious novelty of the 2018 season, has divided opinion.

Bribery and Kickbacks

Now Two Former Presidents of South Korea Are Under Investigation

Lee Myung-bak is the fifth former South Korean president to be questioned by prosecutors on corruption accusations since the 1990s.


Trump on Twitter (March 13) - Mike Pompeo, Rex Tillerson, California

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


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Former South Korean president Lee appears for questioning over graft charges

SEOUL (Reuters) - Former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak appeared for questioning on Wednesday over allegations he took bribes when he was in office, following months of investigations into his family and acquaintances over the graft charges.


Norwegian jumps to lead of famed Iditarod sled dog race

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - A Norwegian musher was poised on Tuesday to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and notch the third victory ever for his home country in 46 years of the annual 1,000-mile (1609-km) trek across Alaska's wilderness.


Kohlschreiber stuns Cilic at Indian Wells

(Reuters) - Philipp Kohlschreiber upset second seed Marin Cilic 6-4 6-4 to advance to the fourth round in the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Tuesday.


Woods brings comeback to happy hunting ground at Bay Hill

ORLANDO (Reuters) - Tiger Woods takes his rousing comeback tour to one of his favorite haunts - Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill layout, where the 14-times major winner has triumphed eight times.


Woods and Els named as Presidents Cup captains

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


Halep beats Wang to reach Indian Wells quarter-finals

(Reuters) - World No.1 Simona Halep overcame a sluggish start to beat Wang Qiang 7-5 6-1 at the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday and book a quarter-final against Petra Martic in the California desert.


Trump loyalist Pompeo faces North Korea challenge as top diplomat

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


Golf: Garcia delivers thoughts on Masters while wife gives birth

(Reuters) - Winning a Masters did not change Sergio Garcia but the Spaniard was poised to have his life turned upside down on Tuesday as he discussed his Green Jacket defense while in a Texas hospital awaiting the birth of his first child.

Here's every March Madness team ranked

The 2018 NCAA tournament bracket was released Sunday, giving a glimpse at all four regions' 16-team breakdown. But how did every team rank when it came to deciding the 68-team field?


Cycling: Kwiatkowski wins Tirreno-Adriatico ahead of Milan-San Remo

SAN BENEDETTO DEL TRONTO, Italy (Reuters) - Former world champion Michal Kwiatkowski claimed the Tirreno-Adriatico week-long race as he retained the overall leader's blue jersey after the final individual time trial on Tuesday.


Namibia records first listeria case after it kills 180 in South Africa

WINDHOEK (Reuters) - Namibia's health minister said on Tuesday it had recorded its first case of listeriosis, the biggest recorded outbreak of which has killed over 180 people and infected almost 970 in neighboring South Africa.


Tennis: Former Olympic doubles champion Flach dies, aged 54

LONDON (Reuters) - Tennis was mourning the death of former Wimbledon and Olympic doubles champion Ken Flach on Tuesday after the governing body of men's tennis, ATP, confirmed that the American had died at the age of 54.


Spotify enters South African market

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Global music streaming provider Spotify is set to launch its services in South Africa on Tuesday, marking its entry into Africa, where there is a rapid uptake of smartphones and improving telecommunications infrastructure.


Japan cautious while South Korea upbeat after North Korea talks in Tokyo

TOKYO (Reuters) - Differences between Japan and South Korea on how to handle North Korea emerged on Tuesday with South Korea upbeat on prospects but a more cautious Japan demanding that North Korea account for Japanese people it says North Korea abducted decades ago.


South Dakota urges Supreme Court to click 'buy' on internet sales tax

PIERRE, South Dakota (Reuters) - The woman walked into Cash Hogen's hardware store last fall to ask a single question about a KitchenAid mixer on display: What did the manufacturer call that color scheme?


UKAD tells athletes not to refuse tests over discontinued kits

(Reuters) - UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) has told British athletes not to refuse drugs tests if they are given collection kits that have recently been discontinued by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).


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

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's top chat app operator Kakao Corp said on Tuesday it will start charging fees for some services such as faster taxi bookings and business trips, ending nearly three years of wholly free services offered by its taxi-hailing app.


Pyeongchang Paralympics sets new record for ticket sales

(Reuters) - The Pyeongchang Paralympics have set a new record for ticket sales, crossing 320,531 on Tuesday to break previous mark set in Sochi four years ago, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) said in a statement.

US starts preps for North Korea summit

Administration officials are scrambling to turn President Donald Trump's surprise decision to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un into a reality, preparing for an unprecedented, high stakes summit with little time, an understaffed State Department and a mercurial President who may not stick to his script when the time comes.


Venus cuts Serena's comeback short at Indian Wells

(Reuters) - Venus Williams cut her sister Serena's comeback to tennis short with a 6-3 6-4 win in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells on Monday.


Golf - Players champion Kim eager to defend title

SEOUL (Reuters) - After becoming the youngest golfer to win The Players Championship in 2017, South Korea's Kim Si-woo has now set his sights on being the first to successfully defend the title when he returns to TPC Sawgrass in May.


Motor racing-Liberty starts second season with bumpy road ahead

LONDON (Reuters) - Liberty Media enjoyed plenty of goodwill after taking over Formula One and ousting former supremo Bernie Ecclestone but the honeymoon is over as the Americans start a second season in charge.


Man City defeat cannot define Stoke's season, says Lambert

(Reuters) - Stoke City cannot let Monday's 2-0 Premier League defeat by runaway leaders Manchester City define their season and must seek a response when they play Everton this weekend, manager Paul Lambert has said.


Federer cruises past Krajinovic at Indian Wells

(Reuters) - World number one Roger Federer needed less than an hour to dispatch Filip Krajinovic at the BNP Paribas Open in California on Monday, mixing overpowering serves and pinpoint groundstrokes to advance to the fourth round of the tournament.


Wozniacki stays on track to reclaim top ranking with scrappy win

(Reuters) - Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki kept alive hopes of regaining the world number one ranking with a scrappy 6-4 2-6 6-3 third round win over Aliaksandra Sasnovich at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells on Monday.


Trump on Twitter (March 12) - Wilbur Ross, background checks, Rick Saccone

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


Russia: British threats to boycott World Cup over spy attack hurt ties, sport - Ifax

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's foreign ministry said on Monday British threats to boycott the 2018 soccer World Cup over the poisoning of a former Russian double agent in England would damage ties with Moscow and hurt world sport, Interfax news agency reported.


U.S. northeast braces for third powerful storm in two weeks

(Reuters) - The third nor'easter to hit parts of the U.S. northeast in two weeks was expected to start late on Monday and Amtrak said it would suspend service on Tuesday between Boston and New York, as the storm could bring high winds, a foot or more of snow and power outages.


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

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


Stone Age people in South Africa unharmed by supervolcano eruption

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A supervolcano eruption about 74,000 years ago on Indonesia's island of Sumatra caused a large-scale environmental calamity that may have decimated Stone Age human populations in parts of the world. But some populations, it seems, endured it unscathed.


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

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


Golf: Els to captain Internationals at 2019 Presidents Cup

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


Tillerson says several steps needed for U.S. talks with North Korea

ABUJA (Reuters) - Several steps will be necessary to agree the location and scope of talks between the United States and North Korea, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Monday.


Review: ‘The Fall’ Delivers Stirring Protest in South Africa

This ensemble piece from the Baxter Theater Center of Cape Town traces the exhilaration and ache of group activism.


Trump on Twitter (March 12) - Wilbur Ross, background checks

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

South Korea moves to ease Chinese worries over US-North Korea talks

South Korean officials met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday, as part of an effort to bring jittery regional powers on board with US President Donald Trump's stunning decision to accept a face-to-face meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.


North Korean 'caution' seen in announcing stance on upcoming summits: Seoul

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea's silence on its upcoming summits with the United States and South Korea is probably due to caution over organizing its stance on the meetings, the South said on Monday, as China's leader urged patience.


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

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


Greece suspends fixtures after soccer boss takes gun onto pitch

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece indefinitely suspended its Superleague soccer fixtures on Monday after the owner of the club PAOK Salonika was filmed wearing a gun holster as he strode onto the pitch to protest about a disallowed goal.

North Korea, East River, N.C.A.A. Tournament: Your Monday Briefing

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


Rallying: Ogier stripped of bonus points at Rally Mexico

(Reuters) - Championship leader Sebastien Ogier's M-Sport team have appealed after the Frenchman was stripped of four bonus points from Sunday's Rally Mexico, leaving him four clear of Hyundai's Thierry Neuville in the standings.

Northeast braces for third storm in under two weeks

The northeastern United States is bracing for its third significant winter storm in less than two weeks, with the potential for heavy snow from New York to Maine.


South Korea's ruling party reels from more sex abuse allegations, vows 'zero tolerance'

SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean lawmaker submitted his resignation to the National Assembly on Monday and abandoned ambitions to become Seoul's mayor, becoming the latest casualty in a spate of embarrassing allegations against members of the ruling party.