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Op-Ed Contributor: To Defend America, Don’t Overreach

The Iraq war began 15 years ago. Realism demands that we remember how badly it failed.


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.


Pompeo to meet Tillerson, U.S. senators on transition

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, will meet with Rex Tillerson at the State Department on Monday before heading to the Capitol to start trying to win confirmation from the Senate, a U.S. official said.

Lawmaker apologizes for raising theory about Jewish family controlling weather

A Washington, DC, council member apologized Sunday night after receiving backlash for comments he made in a video implying Washington's snowy March weather was controlled by Jewish financiers.


Lens: Pride and Self-Love in the L.G.B.T.Q. African Diaspora

Mikael Owunna met and photographed more than 50 L.G.B.T.Q. Africans in 10 countries across Europe and North America, and the resulting images exhibit the power that comes from insiders documenting their own community.


Cracking the co-working code in commercial real estate

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Real estate brokers scoff that just a fraction of U.S. office space is occupied by co-working and other flexible workspace options, yet data shows over one-quarter of new leases signed in the past two years came from this burgeoning business.

Basketball (College)

N.C.A.A. Women’s Tournament: Oregon State Upsets Tennessee

The Beavers triumphed by a score of 66-59. In other games, Louisville beat Marquette and North Carolina State beat Maryland.

United States International Relations

Before Saudi’s Visit, Administration Implores Congress Not to Block Military Aid

Even as the State Department weighs approval of more than $1 billion in new arms, lawmakers are pushing for a resolution that they say would prevent Washington from giving the Saudis “a blank check.”


China promoting foreign minister as state councilor

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will retain his job and also be promoted to a state councilor, according to a list of nominations for posts for a government reshuffle announced on Monday.

Pompeo set to meet with Tillerson

CIA Director Mike Pompeo will meet with outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the State Department on Monday after the former was picked to be Tillerson's replacement.

United States International Relations

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

He has damaged the American brand.


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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?

Africa's only female president to resign

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


Rebels in Syria's eastern Ghouta discussing ceasefire with U.N.: statement

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The main rebel group in the southern pocket of Syria's opposition-held eastern Ghouta told Reuters on Sunday it was negotiating with a United Nations delegation about a ceasefire, aid and the evacuation of urgent medical cases.


‘S.N.L.’ Takes Aim at Betsy DeVos, Jeff Sessions and Rex Tillerson

In an episode hosted by Bill Hader, “Saturday Night Live” addressed what has felt like round-the-clock firings and turmoil in the Trump administration.


Albania arrests 39 for smuggling people into Britain and United States

TIRANA (Reuters) - Albanian police arrested 39 people on Saturday including four police officers on charges of having smuggled some 1,000 Albanians to Britain, the United States and Canada, and are looking for a dozen others, including two Bulgarians.

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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.


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.

Read McCabe's statement: This is what happens when law enforcement is politicized

Statement by Andrew McCabe:


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Corn-state senators seek Trump meeting as U.S. biofuel changes loom

(Reuters) - A group of senators from U.S. corn states have asked President Donald Trump for a meeting about the nation's biofuels law, amid expectations the administration will soon act to lower the regulation's costs to the oil refining industry.


Coca-Cola, U.S. State Dept to use blockchain to combat forced labor

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Coca-Cola Co and the U.S. State Department along with two other companies said on Friday they are launching a project using blockchain's digital ledger technology to create a secure registry for workers that will help fight the use of forced labor worldwide.

United States International Relations

Remember Rex Tillerson? The Secretary of State’s Changing Role

Rex W. Tillerson had a difficult relationship with President Trump almost from the start. The challenges he faced help illustrate how the cabinet role has transformed.

California appoints an undocumented immigrant to a state post

Lizbeth Mateo seems to be a woman that's going places. She was the first person in her family to go to college. She has a law degree, and her own firm in metro Los Angeles. She was just appointed to a California state senate committee.

A state lawmaker in Tennessee says lawmakers didn't have enough information on white supremacy to debate

It sounds like the kind of legislation that should easily breeze through a statehouse, even in these politically divided times: a resolution denouncing white nationalists and neo-Nazis.


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.


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.


State Street's Kumar wants answers on shareholder rights

BOSTON (Reuters) - State Street Corp wants answers from companies that lack such things as independent board leaders or equal voting rights for investors, a top executive at the asset manager said,...

United States International Relations

Op-Ed Columnist: In Faint Praise of Rex Tillerson

The more the outgoing secretary got to know Trump, the more he was offended.


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.


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Colonial Pipeline to pay Alabama $3.3 million for 2016 spills: state official

(Reuters) - Colonial Pipeline Co will pay $3.3 million to the state of Alabama to cover damages and penalties from an explosion and a spill on its gasoline line in 2016, the state's attorney general said on Thursday.


Tillerson to talk soon with successor nominee Pompeo: State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fired U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to speak soon with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who has been nominated to succeed him, the State Department said on Thursday.

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

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


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.

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."


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.

US diplomats told not to share details on Tillerson firing

Just after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's sudden firing Tuesday morning, American diplomats at posts spanning the globe were then increasingly surprised -- and in some cases disturbed -- to receive guidance from Washington telling them not to post or retweet the statement from Undersecretary of State Steve Goldstein on how Tillerson was fired by President Donald Trump, according to multiple diplomats who spoke to CNN about the guidance.

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.”


Oklahoma to become first U.S. state to use nitrogen gas for executions

(Reuters) - Oklahoma plans to start using nitrogen gas for executions, officials said on Wednesday, in what would be the first such method of capital punishment in the United States.


Harper Lee estate sues Broadway's 'To Kill a Mockingbird' play

(Reuters) - The estate of "To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee has sued the producer of an upcoming Broadway adaptation, arguing that writer Aaron Sorkin's script deviates too much from the beloved novel about race relations in the Depression-era U.S. South.

United States International Relations

Cabinet Changes Could Delay Planning for Meeting with Kim Jong-un

Mike Pompeo, the new secretary of state, won’t be able to contact South Koreans, let alone North Koreans, until the Senate approves his nomination.


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.

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Op-Ed Columnist: Dictators Love Trump, and He Loves Them

The United States used to stand up for human rights, but that was before the Trump administration.

Writing and Writers

Harper Lee’s Estate Sues Over Broadway Version of ‘Mockingbird’

The federal suit says that Aaron Sorkin’s script for the play, set this fall for Broadway, deviates too much from “To Kill a Mockingbird.”


U.S. to continue trade protections on biofuels: commerce secretary

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told a Senate panel on Wednesday that the administration of President Donald Trump plans to continue to protect U.S. biofuel producers with trade actions, such as tariffs.

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Best of Late Night: Jimmy Fallon Roasts Trump for Bragging That He Fired Tillerson ‘by Myself’

“Trump brags about firing people the same way a toddler brags about using the bathroom alone for the first time,” Fallon said.

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From Jokes to Near Tears, Tillerson’s Final Brush With Diplomacy

Returning to Washington after a week of urging détente across Africa, Mr. Tillerson was fired in a decidedly undiplomatic presidential tweet.


Tokyo bids farewell to 'trustworthy' Tillerson, Seoul awaits seasoned Pompeo

TOKYO/SEOUL (Reuters) - Japan's foreign minister said on Wednesday he personally regretted the departure of "frank, trustworthy" U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ahead of a proposed summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.


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.

Late night weighs in on Tillerson's firing

Late night TV hosts poke fun at President Trump after announcing he fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.


Tokyo farewells 'trustworthy' Tillerson, Seoul awaits seasoned Pompeo

TOKYO/SEOUL (Reuters) - Japan's foreign minister said on Wednesday he personally regretted the departure of "frank, trustworthy" U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ahead of a proposed summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.


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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In Replacing Tillerson With Pompeo, Trump Turns to Loyalists Who Reflect ‘America First’ Views

Mr. Tillerson’s dismissal pulls the White House even further out of the economic and foreign policy mainstream and closer to the nationalist ideas that animated Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Samantha Power: How Mike Pompeo Could Save the State Department

He can’t change the president, but he can get back to trying to solve problems in the real world.


Trump considers Rick Perry for veterans affairs secretary: NYT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is considering whether to fire his secretary of veterans affairs and replace him with Energy Secretary Rick Perry, a New York Times report said on Tuesday, citing two sources close to the White House.

Rex Tillerson, Russia, California: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing

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

Trump considers replacing his embattled Veterans Affairs secretary with Rick Perry, sources say

President Donald Trump has grown irritated with his embattled Veterans Affairs secretary, David Shulkin, and is now making plans to remove him from his post, two sources familiar with the move tell CNN.

United States Politics and Government

Trump Eyes Replacing His Veterans Affairs Secretary With His Energy Chief

President Trump, looking to broaden the shake-up of his cabinet, has spoken to Energy Secretary Rick Perry about taking over the Department of Veterans Affairs.


Wall Street slides on Tillerson exit, tariff worries

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street's major indexes fell on Tuesday as the dismissal of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the possibility of additional U.S. import tariffs against China dragged down stocks across sectors.


Trump fires Tillerson, a moderate; replaces him with hawkish spy chief Pompeo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday after a series of public rifts over policy on North Korea, Russia and Iran, replacing his chief diplomat with loyalist CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

No thanks: The one person Tillerson didn't thank

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson thanked the American people, his State Department staff and the nation's extensive network of diplomats in his farewell statement on Tuesday.

Analysis: Tillerson ouster shows Trump is unleashed

President Donald Trump's firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is the latest move in an audacious power play designed to build a governing team in his own image and to purge restraints that have tempered his brazen, impulsive instincts.

Asia and Australia Edition: Rex Tillerson, Nerve Agent, Broadcom: Your Wednesday Briefing

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


Out in Africa? Tillerson trip leaves hosts nonplussed

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - From the outset, Rex Tillerson's first trip to Africa looked half-hearted and token, but with the hindsight knowledge that the U.S. Secretary of State was fired just two days in, his African hosts who must be wondering why they bothered.

Watch: Tillerson speaks after being fired

Outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks after being fired from his post by President Donald Trump.

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Editorial: Trump May Make America Miss Rex Tillerson

Tillerson eviscerated the State Department, but his replacement, Mike Pompeo, will encourage the president’s hot-headed hawkishness.

Ex-diplomat: says Tillerson's public firing makes my head explode

Tuesday's public firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, by presidential tweet no less, is a bizarre and veritable head-exploder.

Analysis: Tillerson is out. So, who gets fired next?

Rex Tillerson, after more than a year of semi-public feuding with President Donald Trump, has been fired.

White House fires top Tillerson aide

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


Trump fires top diplomat Tillerson after clashes, taps Pompeo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday after a series of public rifts over policy on North Korea, Russia and Iran, replacing his chief diplomat with loyalist CIA Director Mike Pompeo.


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.


CIA's Pompeo brings insider's touch to secretary of state role

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - CIA Director Mike Pompeo, if confirmed as the next secretary of state, would bring a number of assets to his new role as the top U.S. diplomat: the confidence of President Donald Trump, government experience and an insider's knowledge of Congress and the federal bureaucracy.

United States Politics and Government

Trump Answers Questions on Rex Tillerson and Mike Pompeo: Full Transcript

President Trump answered questions about the shake-up in his administration.

Analysis: Tillerson was never Trump's guy

The hiring of Rex Tillerson as secretary of state was touted as both a coup and a symbol by Donald Trump.


Dollar falls, shares flinch as Trump turfs out Tillerson

LONDON (Reuters) - The dollar fell on Tuesday and share markets flinched as news broke that U.S. President Donald Trump had ousted yet another of his top team, this time Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.


Trump fires chief diplomat Tillerson after clashes, taps Pompeo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday after a series of public rifts over issues including North Korea and Russia, replacing his chief diplomat with loyalist CIA Director Mike Pompeo.


CANADA STOCKS-TSX climbs at open as Tillerson ouster lifts gold

NEW YORK, March 13 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index opened higher on Tuesday, buoyed by gold producers as the metal's prices moved higher after news that U.S. President Donald Trump replaced Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Rex Tillerson, Britain, Qualcomm: Your Tuesday Briefing

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

Tillerson 'will be much happier now,' Trump says

President Donald Trump has fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and is replacing him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Dollar falls, shares flinch as Trump turfs out Tillerson

LONDON, March 13 (Reuters) - The dollar fell on Tuesday and share markets flinched as news broke that U.S. President Donald Trump had ousted yet another of his top team, this time Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.


UPDATE 2-Fibria controlling shareholders confirm bid from Paper Excellence

RIO DE JANEIRO, March 13 (Reuters) - BNDESPar and Votorantim Participações SA confirmed on Tuesday that they have received an unsolicited takeover bid from Netherlands-based Paper Excellence for their controlling stake in Brazilian pulp producer Fibria Celulose SA.

Tillerson didn't get to speak with Trump and is unaware of the reason for his firing, State official says

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

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


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.

United States International Relations

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

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

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

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

Sources: Trump, Cabinet secretary at odds

Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin is at odds with his staff and the White House, according to reports. CNN's Sara Ganim reports.

Secretaries of state slam provision to allow Secret Service at polling places

More than a dozen secretaries of state slammed a rider attached to legislation to reauthorize the Department of Homeland Security that would allow Secret Service to be dispatched to polling places nationwide during a federal election.


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.


U.S. may lift travel ban on 'important partner' Chad, Tillerson says

N'DJAMENA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Monday Washington was considering lifting a travel ban on Chad, offering an olive branch to a key ally in the fight against Islamist militant groups in West Africa.


In bow to NRA, Trump throws gun purchase age to states, courts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Monday he put off action on raising the minimum age for gun purchases, one of several measures he had backed after the latest U.S. school shooting but skirted after heavy opposition from gun rights groups.


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Data breach victims can sue Yahoo in the United States: judge

(Reuters) - Yahoo has been ordered by a federal judge to face much of a lawsuit in the United States claiming that the personal information of all 3 billion users was compromised in a series of data breaches.


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.

White House officials alarmed at education secretary's interview

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


U.S. could lift travel ban on 'important partner' Chad: Tillerson

N'DJAMENA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Monday Washington was considering lifting a travel ban on Chad, offering an olive branch to a key ally in the fight against Islamist militant groups in West Africa.


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.


Commerce secretary to push EU to lower tariffs: Trump

BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross will urge the European Union to lower its trade barriers, U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday, calling them unfair to U.S. farmers and industry, a view the EU firmly rejects.


British PM May to make statement about nerve attack on Russian spy

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May will bring Britain's parliament up to date on the investigation into a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy on Monday, and one senior lawmaker expected her to point the finger of blame at Moscow.

Education Secretary struggles to answer questions about schools in her home state

Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos stumbled her way through a tense portion of her interview on CBS's "60 Minutes" Sunday night, struggling to answer some basic questions about schools in her home state of Michigan and admitting that she does not "intentionally" visit underperforming schools.


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.


Tillerson cuts short Africa trip to return to Washington

N'DJAMENA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will cut short his first diplomatic trip to Africa on Monday to return to deal with urgent work in Washington, his spokesman said.


Trump says Commerce Secretary Ross to speak with EU on tariffs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross will speak with European Union representatives about lowering tariffs against the United States, President Donald Trump said on Monday.


Exclusive: Mexican state pension fund spent millions on failing builder - sources

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's state workers' pension fund plowed more than $20 million into ICA and became the largest shareholder as the builder spiraled toward insolvency, according to people familiar with the matter, with the fund's investment set to be wiped out in a restructuring.


Chinese state media defends removing presidential term limits

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

How to fund a British stately home in the 21st century

Imagine if your home had turrets, a ballroom, or a maze in the garden. Some people's homes have all those things. But while life in a palace -- or a castle -- might sound like a fairytale existence, it costs a princely sum of money to run a stately home.


Israel's Elbit to buy state-owned IMI Systems for 1.8 bln shekels

JERUSALEM, March 11 (Reuters) - The Israeli government said on Sunday it was selling weapons manufacturer IMI Systems to Elbit Systems for 1.8 billion shekels ($523 million).


UK says to respond appropriately if foreign state poisoned ex-spy

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will respond "appropriately" if a foreign state is found to have been involved in the poisoning of a former Russian spy in England a week ago, finance minister Philip Hammond said on Sunday.


South Africa gold miners' silicosis lawsuit settlement expected within six weeks

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African gold producers will likely reach a settlement within six weeks in a lawsuit over a fatal lung disease that companies have set aside 5 billion rand ($420 million) in provisions for, a lawyer and industry group said on Sunday.

United States International Relations

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

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


Estate of Oklahoma man killed by reserve deputy to receive $6 million

(Reuters) - Officials in Tulsa County, Oklahoma, have agreed to pay a record $6 million to the estate of an unarmed black man who was fatally shot in 2015 by a white volunteer sheriff's deputy who thought his pistol was a Taser, federal court documents showed.

United States International Relations

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

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

United States International Relations

Op-Ed Columnist: Can North Korea Trust Us?

The examples of Libya and Iraq make Trump’s task harder.

United States International Relations

Trump to Make First Visit as President to Latin America

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


South African rights lawyer plans listeria class action against Tiger Brands

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A human rights lawyer plans to launch a class action lawsuit against South African food producer Tiger Brands on behalf of the families of people who died and those affected by the worst listeria outbreak in history.


Tillerson 'not feeling well', cancels activities in Kenya

NAIROBI (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson canceled scheduled events on Saturday on the second day of a visit to Kenya because he had been feeling unwell, a State Department spokesman said, adding that he would resume his program on Sunday.


Zambia deports racey South African dancer Zodwa Wabantu

LUSAKA (Reuters) - Zambia on Saturday deported a controversial female South African dancer, Zodwa Wabantu, who is popularly known for performing without underwear, on the grounds that her performance would "undermine national values".


In state media, China presents itself as crucial to U.S.-North Korea talks

BEIJING (Reuters) - China helped bring about a dramatic easing of tensions between the United States and North Korea, according state media outlets, adding evidence that the government sees itself as a central player in any agreement despite largely sitting on the sidelines so far.

Rex Tillerson cancels day's events in Kenya over illness

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson canceled his public schedule in Kenya on Saturday due to illness.

Why China footprint in Africa worries US

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson set out this week for his first trip to sub-Saharan Africa, where he is holding meetings with influential leaders across the continent.


U.S.'s Tillerson 'not feeling well', cancels activities in Kenya

NAIROBI (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson canceled scheduled events on Saturday on the second day of a visit to Kenya because "he is not feeling well", a State Department spokesman said.

United States International Relations

Planning Begins for Kim Jong-un Meeting Some Trump Aides Believe Will Never Happen

The administration is already deliberating over the logistics and location of the meeting, which has still not been officially confirmed by North Korea.


Trump's tariffs could hit U.S. state, city budgets: S&P

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports could result in economic growth that is slower than states assumed in their budget forecasts, S&P Global Ratings said on Friday.


U.S. states with more support for midwives have better birth outcomes

(Reuters Health) - States with laws that make it easier for midwives to care for pregnant women and deliver babies may have better birth outcomes than states where it’s harder for midwives to provide care, a recent study suggests.


U.S.'s Tillerson says Kenya should not stifle media, threaten courts

NAIROBI (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Friday in Nairobi that he had shared his concerns with Kenya's president about the importance of democracy and said the government should not stifle the media and threaten the courts.


New York governor requests to exclude state from offshore drilling program

(Reuters) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday said he had formally asked for the state to be excluded from a federal offshore drilling program that he said would threaten its ocean resources and endanger efforts toward a cleaner energy economy.

'Not a surprise': Tillerson changes his tune on Kim meeting

US President Donald Trump's decision to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "was not a surprise in any way," US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday, less than a day after the top US diplomat said conditions were not yet ripe for negotiations with North Korea.


Tillerson says Kenya should not stifle media, threaten courts

NAIROBI (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Friday that he had shared his concerns with Kenya's president about the importance of democracy and said the government should not stifle the media and threaten the courts.

United States International Relations

Opinion: Donald Trump’s Thoroughly American Foreign Policy

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

United States International Relations

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

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


South Africa's Tiger Brands calls in experts to identify listeria cause

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African food producer Tiger Brands said on Friday it had appointed an expert team to identify the causes of a listeria outbreak that has killed 180 people in the past 14 months and which has been traced to one of its factories.

United States International Relations

Editorial: On North Korea, Donald Trump Does the Right Thing, for Once

The president will need to do a lot of careful planning in the coming weeks for his historic meeting with Kim Jong-un to be a success, though.

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News Analysis: Secret Tunnels, Mobile Missiles and Many Warheads: Verifying North Korean Disarmament Poses Challenges

North Korea has tested six nuclear weapons and, according to American intelligence agencies, has 20 to 60 more.

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The Man Bringing Trump and Kim Jong-un Together

Once accused of “appeasement” by President Trump, President Moon Jae-in’s persistence in bringing together North Korea and the United States suddenly appears to be paying off.


UPDATE 1-S.Africa watchdog approves $900 mln Sinopec, Chevron deal

JOHANNESBURG, March 9 (Reuters) - China's Sinopec Corp got a major boost in its pursuit of Chevron's South Africa and Botswana assets after South Africa's Competition Tribunal approved, with conditions, the $900 million transaction on Friday.

Interior Department explains $139K doors for secretary's office

The doors to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's office are getting a nearly $139,000 upgrade.

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Op-Ed Columnist: President Trump’s North Korea Gamble

Talking is better than bombing, but a summit is not the way to begin.

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Seeking ‘Peaceful Resolution’: Transcript of South Korean Adviser’s Remarks

Remarks by South Korea’s national security adviser, Chung Eui-yong, at the White House after a meeting with President Trump.


States' rights rancher Ryan Bundy to run for Nevada governor

(Reuters) - Ryan Bundy, who was at the forefront of two armed confrontations between right-wing militia activists and the U.S. government over the past four years, said on Thursday he planned to run for Nevada governor on a states' rights platform.

State Department warns spring breakers of Mexico threat

The State Department warned US citizens against travel to Mexico's Playa del Carmen late Wednesday, a week after an explosive device was found on a tourist ferry in the area.

Hear South Korea's statement

North Korea has invited President Donald Trump to meet their leader, Kim Jong Un, according to a senior US official and a former US senior official.

Teacher tells class not to date African-Americans because they aren't worth it

A Florida teacher has been suspended after his school district concluded he repeatedly used the N-word in class, and told his 7th and 8th graders not to date African Americans "because they are not worth it," among other violations.


State Department offers rewards for info on Pakistani militant leaders

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department said on Thursday that it is offering a $5 million reward for information on Mullah Fazlullah, the chief of the Pakistani Taliban, whose men shot Malala Yousafzai, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

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Tillerson, in Africa, Dodges Questions on Vulgarity and Trolling

The secretary of state is on a five-nation tour of Africa. He started in Ethiopia, a police state that is also home to the African Union’s headquarters.


State Department says offering rewards for info on Pakistani militant leaders

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department said on Thursday that it was offering a $5 million reward for information on Mullah Fazlullah, the chief of the Pakistani Taliban.

An officer got sent to the wrong house, state patrol says, and ended up dead

A Missouri police officer killed this week in the line of duty met with gunfire only after he was dispatched to the wrong house, a Missouri Highway Patrol official said.

11 countries sign trade pact without the United States


Merrill Lynch to pay $1.25 million penalty in SEC settlement: statement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Merrill Lynch has agreed to settle U.S. charges over allegations that it did not properly prevent unregistered sales of a software company's shares on behalf of a China-based issuer, the Securities and Exchange Commission said on Thursday.


U.S. State Dept approves $467 million in military sales to Qatar and UAE

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department approved a total of $467 million worth of potential foreign military sales to Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, the Pentagon said in separate approval notices on Thursday.


Africa should avoid forfeiting sovereignty to China over loans: Tillerson

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Thursday that African countries should be careful not to forfeit their sovereignty when they accept loans from China, the continent's biggest trading partner.


South Africa health minister says will support listeria litigation

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa's health minister said on Thursday the government would support any community intending court action over the world's largest listeria outbreak that has killed 180 people since December.


Germany's SAP admits misconduct in South Africa Gupta deals

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - German software maker SAP found compliance breaches and "indications of misconduct" in $50 million of public sector deals in South Africa involving the Guptas, friends of former president Jacob Zuma accused of corruption, it said on Thursday.

How will Trump's tariffs on imported aluminum and steel affect your state?

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that his promised tariffs on steel and aluminum imports -- 25% on steel, 10% on aluminum -- would be applied in a "very loving way."

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Op-Ed Contributors: Right-to-Work Laws Have Devastated Unions — and Democrats

Researchers find a big impact, and bad news for Democrats, in races from the presidential level on down.


Cubs of the Caliphate: rehabilitating Islamic State's child fighters

RAWANGA CAMP, Iraq (Reuters) - While children who have been through war typically draw devastating pictures of the violence they have suffered, few show themselves as the perpetrators.


Tillerson says African countries should weigh Chinese loans carefully

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Thursday that African countries should weigh Chinese loans carefully, while adding that Washington was not trying to keep Chinese investment away from the continent.


South Africa's Exxaro full-year profit falls 65 percent

JOHANNESBURG, March 08 (Reuters) - South African miner Exxaro Resources Ltd reported on Thursday a 65 percent drop in full-year profit, weighed down by costs related to an investment vehicle that is used to increase black shareholding.

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Arizona State Suspends Lawrence Krauss During Inquiry Over Sexual Misconduct Accusations

Dr. Krauss, a leading figure in the “skeptics” movement, was placed on paid leave and barred from campus after a report was published by BuzzFeed.

Former WH press secretary Carney says the role is unrecognizable under Trump

Former White House press secretary Jay Carney said the role has become unrecognizable under President Donald Trump.

With State Dept. depleted, US may turn to outside help on North Korea

The Trump administration is considering appointing an outside expert as a special envoy to deal with the North Koreans alongside Secretary of State Rex Tillerson if talks advance to a serious stage, according to an administration official.


California governor says Trump administration waging war against state

SACRAMENTO (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday accused President Donald Trump's administration of declaring war on the most populous U.S. state, after the Justice Department sued to stop policies that protect illegal immigrants against deportation.

State wants to 'spring forward' permanently

Lawmakers in Florida are tired of the whole "fall back" and "spring forward" rigamarole. So they've approved a bill to keep Daylight Saving Time going throughout the year in their state.


StanChart reaches provisional agreement to sell Real Estate unit to Actis

LONDON (Reuters) - Standard Chartered has reached a provisional agreement to sell its real estate investment unit to private equity firm Actis, the bank's Chief Financial Officer Andy Halford told Reuters on Wednesday.


Magnitude 5.4 earthquake hits southeast Iran: state media

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A magnitude 5.4 earthquake hit southeast Iran on Wednesday evening, state media said.


Triathlon: Attackers attempt to saw off South African athlete's legs

(Reuters) - Chainsaw-wielding assailants attempted to hack South African triathlete Mhlengi Gwala's legs off, police said on Wednesday, describing the unprovoked attack as a case of attempted murder.


U.S. Energy Secretary Perry unsure if Trump's views on tariffs are final

HOUSTON (Reuters) - U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said on Wednesday he was "not sure" if President Donald Trump had made up his mind about levying tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.


South Africa's Cape Town moves back to August 'Day Zero' forecast

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa's city of Cape Town said on Wednesday that if no rainfall comes then "Day Zero", when the taps are predicted to run dry, would be pushed back to 27 August from July 9, and that the bullet could be dodged completely this year.

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State of the Art: For Two Months, I Got My News From Print Newspapers. Here’s What I Learned.

Our tech columnist tried to skip digital news for a while. His old-school experiment led to three main conclusions.


Trending: Four Wildlife Tours in the United States Worth Taking

Travelers often think they have to travel far abroad to take in majestic wildlife, but there’s an abundance of natural beauty right here in the U.S. worth checking out.


Buddhist mobs target Sri Lanka's Muslims despite state of emergency

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Buddhist mobs attacked mosques and businesses belonging to Sri Lanka's minority Muslims overnight, police said on Wednesday, despite the imposition of a state of emergency to restore peace in the bitterly divided island.


Exxon CEO struggles to reverse Tillerson's legacy of failed bets

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp's $200 million write-down last month on abandoned ventures in Russia - once its next big frontier - points to challenges facing Chief Executive Darren Woods in his second year leading the world's largest publicly traded oil producer.

Mississippi could be the first state with 15-week abortion ban

The Mississippi Senate moved one step closer Tuesday to passing a law that would prevent women from getting abortions after they are 15 weeks pregnant. If the law passes, it would be the earliest abortion limit measured in weeks of pregnancy to become law in the US.

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Op-Ed Columnist: Memo to the President on Saudi Arabia

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has a huge upside — and downside. Get to work on the upside.

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News Analysis: On North Korea, Trump Finds Himself in Same Position as His Predecessors

North Korea’s offer to put its nuclear weapons on the bargaining table opens the door to negotiations of unpredictable length and inevitable complexity.

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Gary Cohn Will Resign as Trump’s Top Economic Adviser

Mr. Cohn had made clear his opposition to the steel and aluminum tariffs that Mr. Trump plans to impose. It’s the latest departure from a White House in chaos.


Trump sees 'positive' statements on possible North Korea talks

WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump welcomed on Tuesday "positive" statements from South Korea that North Korea was willing to suspend nuclear tests while it held denuclearization talks with U.S. officials, but he declined to say whether he had any preconditions for talks with Pyongyang.

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Editorial: North Korea Has Put the Ball in Trump’s Court

It seems President Moon Jae-in of South Korea got what Washington has asked for: an agreement to consider eliminating nuclear weapons.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Why Are Your State Tax Dollars Subsidizing Corporations?

What looks like competition to attract businesses and jobs is actually nothing more than political theater.

All state employees in West Virginia, including striking teachers, to get 5% raise

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

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


South Africa's popular sandwich shops bear brunt of listeria scare

SOWETO, South Africa (Reuters) - As South Africa grapples with the world's worst listeria outbreak, it is small mom-and-pop stores that dot places like the black township of Soweto that are taking a financial hit as customers fear for their lives.


Sri Lanka declares state of emergency after Buddhist-Muslim clash

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka declared a nationwide state of emergency for 10 days on Tuesday to stop the spread of communal violence, a government spokesman said, after clashes erupted between majority Buddhists and members of the minority Muslim community.


Former Russian double agent critically ill in Britain, police says 'alive to fact of state threats'

SALISBURY, England (Reuters) - A former Russian double agent convicted of treason in Moscow was critically ill in a British hospital on Tuesday after exposure to an unknown substance, with police saying it had to be "alive to the fact of state threats".


Zimbabwe joins neighbors in banning South Africa meat over listeria

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe will join other countries in banning imports of processed meat products from South Africa after a deadly listeria outbreak there, Zimbabwe's ministry of health said in a statement on Tuesday.

Washington becomes first state to pass law protecting net neutrality

Washington state has a new law to protect net neutrality at a time when the feds are getting rid of it.


Trump administration backs states' bid to collect online sales taxes

WASHINGTON, March 5 (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Monday said states should be able to require online retailers to collect sales taxes, backing an appeal by South Dakota at the U.S. Supreme Court that could mean billions of dollars in revenue for state coffers.


Florida state Senate votes against arming most classroom teachers

PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - Florida's Republican-controlled Senate voted on Monday to exclude most classroom teachers from a plan to allow school staff to carry firearms as part of a package of measures in response to a school shooting that took 17 lives last month.


Strict state gun laws linked to fewer suicides and murders

(Reuters Health) - U.S. states with the strongest firearm laws have fewer gun-related murders and fewer suicides than states that take a more permissive approach to regulating these weapons, a new study suggests.

A Trump trade war would hit red states hard


South Africa blames food firms for world's worst listeria outbreak

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa said on Monday producers of cold meat products were to blame for delays in tracing the cause of the world's worst listeria outbreak, which has killed 180 people in the past year.


New York state's Utica College on lockdown from 'real, credible threat'

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Utica College in upstate New York ordered students to shelter in place on Monday because of a "real, credible threat," the private college said on Twitter without giving more details.


Arkansas becomes third U.S. state to add Medicaid work requirements

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Arkansas on Monday became the third U.S. state to require that Medicaid recipients work or participate in employment activities as a condition of receiving health insurance as the Trump administration continues to approve state requests that fundamentally change the 50-year-old program.


BRIEF-GameSparks Says It Has Been Acquired By Amazon - Statement



Athletics: Nervous Gatlin ready for 150m debut in South Africa

(Reuters) - Justin Gatlin may be the world 100 meters champion with a decade of experience behind him, but the American says he is feeling like a rookie again.


South Africa blames processed meat firms for delays in listeria probe

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's government on Monday blamed a lack of cooperation by producers of cold meats for a delay in finding the cause of a listeria outbreak that has killed 180 people in the past year.