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

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


BRIEF-Blackberry And Jaguar Land Rover Sign Collaborative Supply Agreement



UPDATE 1-China calls U.S. repeat abuser of world trade rules

* WTO says U.S. anti-subsidy tariffs partly violated 2014 ruling


ADB signs $250 million loan deal for China geothermal heating

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


Dollar on defensive after Fed, trade worries hit shares

TOKYO (Reuters) - The U.S. dollar slipped on Thursday after the Federal Reserve did not signal a faster pace of rate hikes this year while worries about a coming announcement on tariffs from U.S. President Donald Trump dented Asian shares.


UPDATE 5-Peru's president, ensnared in scandals, resigns on eve of impeachment vote

LIMA, March 21 (Reuters) - Peru's center-right President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski announced his resignation on Wednesday after vote-buying allegations ensnared him in a fresh scandal on the eve of an impeachment vote, capping months of political turmoil in one of Latin America's most stable economies.


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

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


Dollar on defensive after Fed, trade worries nag shares

TOKYO (Reuters) - The U.S. dollar was on the defensive on Thursday after posting its largest loss in two months when the Federal Reserve turned out to be less hawkish than anticipated.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Dollar on defensive after Fed, trade worries nag shares

* Dollar weakens broadly after Fed forecast 2 more hikes in 2018


Fed lifts rates, signals tougher stance as economy strengthens

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve raised interest rates on Wednesday and forecast at least two more hikes for 2018, highlighting its growing confidence that tax cuts and government spending will boost the economy and inflation and spur more aggressive future tightening.

Odebrecht SA

Peru’s President Offers Resignation in Vote-Buying Scandal

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, in office since 2016, was battered by secretly recorded tapes showing votes being exchanged for money and favors.


BRIEF-Tecsys Announces Resignation Of CFO



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

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

United States Politics and Government

Borrowing G.O.P. Playbook, Democratic States Sue the Government and Rack Up Wins

Democratic attorneys general are suing the Trump administration, just as their Republican counterparts sued the Obama administration. Each side has scored victories.


Sparks fly in Moscow as Russia and Britain trade accusations over spy poisoning

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Britain accused Moscow on Wednesday of running an assassination program to eliminate its enemies, while Russia said Britain may itself have orchestrated the poisoning of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in England.

Starbucks says it has achieved gender and race pay equity in the United States


GLOBAL MARKETS-Energy lifts stocks despite jitters on Fed, trade, tech

NEW YORK, March 21 (Reuters) - A rise in oil prices to a six-week high helped reverse a day-long decline in world equity markets Wednesday ahead of a likely increase in U.S. interest rates and guidance on how many more to expect for this year.

United States Politics and Government

White House Job Requirement: Signing a Nondisclosure Agreement

President Trump insisted on the agreements, but it’s an open secret in the West Wing they can’t be enforced.


U.S. set for China tariffs by Friday as trade diplomat says has tools

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will likely announce tariffs on Chinese imports by Friday, a source in the administration said, as the top U.S. trade diplomat told lawmakers he had the tools to strike back over Chinese theft of U.S. tech know-how.


Designed in California, made in China: how the iPhone skews U.S. trade deficit

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump often tweets from his iPhone about pressuring China to address its $375 billion trade surplus with the United States. But a closer look at the Apple smartphone reveals how the headline figure is distorted.


Cautious trade for European shares ahead of Fed

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


Myanmar's president resigns 'to take rest from duties'

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's civilian president, Htin Kyaw, has resigned with immediate effect "in order to take rest from the current duties and responsibilities", his office said in a statement posted on Facebook on Wednesday.


Despite warning signs, Trump says Republicans can keep House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Despite signs that Democrats are in a strong position, U.S. President Donald Trump vowed on Tuesday to beat expectations and keep the House of Representatives in Republican control in the mid-term elections in November.


G20 sees need for 'dialogue,' fails to defuse trade war threat

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - The world's financial leaders rejected protectionism on Tuesday and urged "further dialogue" on trade, but failed to diffuse the threat of a trade war days before U.S. metals tariffs take effect and Washington is to announce measures against China.


G20 sees need for 'dialogue,' fails to diffuse trade war threat

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - The world's financial leaders rejected protectionism on Tuesday and urged "further dialogue" on trade, but failed to diffuse the threat of a trade war days before U.S. metals tariffs take effect and Washington is to announce measures against China.


BRIEF-Art's Way Manufacturing Says Amber Murra To Resign As CFO


Nor'easter may bring the most significant spring snow in years

It's the first day of spring, but the Northeast can't seem to shake off winter.


EU primes UK trade offer, seeks Brexit transition endorsement

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU governments agreed on Tuesday to offer British banks and airlines hope of good market access after Brexit but kept London waiting for confirmation it will get the transition deal it wants to avoid disrupting business.


G20 to recognize need for 'further dialogue and actions' on trade

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - The world's financial leaders are likely to reaffirm on Tuesday their commitment to fighting protectionism and recognize the need for "further dialogue and actions" on trade, just days before U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs are to enter into force.


METALS-Copper hits three-month low on rising inventories, trade war fears

* GRAPHIC-2018 asset returns: (Updates with closing prices)


Slovak PM-designate to rework cabinet list after president rejects proposals

BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Slovakia's prime minister-designate Peter Pellegrini said on Tuesday he would propose a new list of ministers on Wednesday after the president rejected his cabinet proposals.


BlackBerry shares rise after software security pact with Microsoft

(Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd's shares rose 4 percent in early trading on Tuesday after the company said it would provide security for one-time rival Microsoft Corp's flagship Office apps.


BRIEF-U.S. Patent And Trademark Office Awards Biopharmx Patent Protection For Novel Tetracycline-Class Topical Drug Compositions


Trying to force an end to the Russia probe would test the GOP's support of Trump and may impact midterms

Robert Mueller has Donald Trump in a box.


China's premier hopes trade war can be averted, pledges more open economy

BEIJING (Reuters) - Voicing hopes that Beijing and the United States could avoid a trade war, Premier Li Keqiang told the close of the annual parliament session that China would open its economy further, so that foreign and Chinese firms can compete on an equal footing.


WRAPUP 2-China's premier hopes trade war can be averted, pledges more open economy

* China's Li says foreign firms will compete on equal footing

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.


Weinstein Company Files for Bankruptcy and Voids Nondisclosure Pacts

As part of the filing, the studio said it released anyone “who suffered or witnessed any form of sexual misconduct by Harvey Weinstein” from nondisclosure agreements.


COLUMN-Banks brace for higher funding costs as crisis-era signal flashes: McGeever

LONDON, March 19 (Reuters) - The last time banks had to pay this much to borrow dollars from each other over near risk-free borrowing costs, the euro zone's very existence was in peril. The time before that, the global financial system was slowly coming back from the brink of collapse.

How a designer got his scarf into 'Black Panther'

United States Economy

Op-Ed Columnist: Trump and Trade and Zombies

Coming soon: a battle of bad ideas that refuse to die.


Mississippi governor signs bill banning abortions after 15 weeks

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

Mississippi signs into law the earliest abortion ban in US

With a swipe of a pen Monday, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed into law a bill that prevents women from getting abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. His state, effective immediately, now holds the distinction of having the earliest abortion ban in the nation.


G20 pushes for free trade as U.S. vows to defend national interest

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - The world's financial leaders sought on Monday to endorse free trade amid concerns over U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminium, while the United States said it could not sacrifice its national interests to make the system work.


G20 financial leaders seek 'free trade' pledge amid U.S. tariffs concern

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - The world's financial leaders were seeking on Monday to clearly endorse free trade and renounce protectionism amid concern that U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum and looming actions against China could trigger a trade war that would hurt global growth.


A Curveball From the New Tax Law: It Makes Baseball Trades Harder

The change of a single word in the new tax law means baseball, basketball and other sports franchises could now face capital gains taxes every time they exchange players.


LVMH taps ex-Vuitton Jones for men's designs at Dior

PARIS (Reuters) - French fashion house Christian Dior said on Monday that Kim Jones, formerly of Louis Vuitton, would replace Kris Van Assche as its menswear designer, as parent LVMH seeks to revamp...


SoftBank could relist British chip designer ARM: FT

(Reuters) - SoftBank Group Corp could relist ARM Holdings, the British chip designer it bought two years ago, according to a senior executive at the Japanese conglomerate, the Financial Times reported on Monday.


German finance minister 'seriously worried' about U.S. trade stand-off

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz is "seriously concerned" about a trade stand-off with the United States, he told mass-selling daily newspaper Bild.


Apple is designing and testing screens: Bloomberg

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Apple Inc. is for the first time creating its own device displays, according to a Bloomberg News report on


Apple is designing and testing screens -Bloomberg

NEW YORK, March 18 (Reuters) - Apple Inc. is for the first time creating its own device displays, according to a Bloomberg News report on


Forty-five U.S. trade groups urge Trump to avoid tariffs against China

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Forty-five U.S. trade associations representing some of the largest companies in the country are urging President Donald Trump not to impose tariffs on China, warning it would be "particularly harmful" to the U.S. economy and consumers.


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

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


Top executive resigns from Cohen's Point72 after lawsuit, fundraising

(Reuters) - Douglas Haynes has resigned as president of Point72 Asset Management LP, a spokeswoman for billionaire Steven Cohen's investment firm said on Sunday, as the company and Haynes face a lawsuit claiming women are subject to a hostile working environment.

Basketball (College)

N.C.A.A. Men’s Tournament: Purdue Survives Without Isaac Haas

Butler had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds, but Purdue made it through to the Round of 16 without its senior center.


U.S. tariffs, China trade tensions overshadow G20 finance meeting

Buenos Aires (Reuters) - Worries about the potential for a U.S.-China trade war and frustration over U.S. President Donald Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs threatened to dominate a gathering of finance leaders this week amid strengthening growth.

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.


New German finance ministry pushes free trade at G20 meeting

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Germany's new finance minister Olaf Scholz warned on Sunday that protectionism could harm future economic prospects and said Germany would continue talks to dissuade the United States from imposing planned punitive steel and aluminum tariffs.


Thousands of Australian homes without power after cyclone hits

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


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.


Trump signs U.S.-Taiwan travel bill, angering China

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday signed legislation that encourages the United States to send senior officials to Taiwan to meet Taiwanese counterparts and vice versa, angering China, which views the self-ruled island as a wayward province.

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

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


Trump signs U.S.-Taiwan travel bill; China 'strongly dissatisfied'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Friday signed legislation that encourages the United States to send senior officials to Taiwan to meet Taiwanese counterparts and vice versa, angering China, which views Taiwan as a wayward province.

Fashion and Apparel

Two by Design: The Creative Couple Bridging the Worlds of Hospitality and Embroidery

Naina Shah and Abhishek Honawar work between New York and India: she in fashion, he in hospitality. Next, they will team up on their own design studio.


Trump signs U.S.-Taiwan travel bill that China has opposed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Friday signed legislation that would allow U.S. officials to travel to Taiwan to meet their Taiwanese counterparts, a move certain to anger China, which views Taiwan as a wayward province.


BRIEF-Ngl Energy Partners Does Not Expect Material Impact From Ferc Ruling


Hannity jabs Shep Smith in sign of rift between Fox News opinion and news

United States Politics and Government

Op-Ed Contributor: Trump Was Elected to Govern Without These People

The duty of the president’s team is not to second guess him or the outcome of the last election.


Over 100 countries agree to seek digital tax consensus by 2020: OECD

PARIS (Reuters) - Some 110 countries have agreed to work towards forming an international consensus by 2020 on how to tax digital businesses across borders, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development said on Friday.

United States Economy

Most Americans Produce Services, Not Stuff. Trump Ignores That in Talking About Trade.

The president’s outlook on service workers could have real economic consequences.


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.


Trade body urges EU to scrap changes to supervision of funds

LONDON (Reuters) - A major revamp of how investment funds are managed and regulated in Europe appears to be aimed at taking business from Britain and should be scrapped as there is no evidence it is...

Alzheimer's Disease

Ties: Dementia’s Gift: Facing Cancer Without the Fear

The mercy of dementia is that Mom is immune to the psychological distress that often accompanies cancer treatment.


ASEAN, Australia reject protectionism amid fears of Trump trade war

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Australia reject protectionism, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his Singapore counterpart said on Friday, amid fears about a possible trade war sparked by U.S. plans to raise tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.


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

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


Leshi shares plunge after 'white knight' chairman resigns

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Shares in Leshi Internet Information & Technology Corp Beijing slumped 10 percent on Friday after its chairman resigned, fanning fears he would no longer play a white knight role for the embattled firm.


Nike brand president resigns; company probes workplace complaints

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


Shares in China's Leshi tumble after 'white knight' chairman resigns

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Shares in Leshi Internet Information & Technology Corp Beijing slumped by their daily limit of 10 percent on Friday after its chairman resigned, fanning fears he would no longer play a white knight role for the embattled firm.

Appointments and Executive Changes

Nike Executive Resigns; C.E.O. Addresses Workplace Behavior Complaints

Trevor Edwards will step down as brand president. He was seen as a potential successor to the chief executive, Mark Parker, who informed workers about reports of misbehavior at Nike.


Rejecting protectionism, ASEAN and Australia commit to free trade

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Australia reject protectionism and embrace free trade, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his Singapore counterpart Lee Hsien Loong said on Friday.

N. Korean nuclear reactors show new signs of activity

New satellite imagery examined by Western experts suggests North Korea has begun preliminary testing of one of its nuclear reactors at the Yongbyon research facility. The disclosure comes as preparations get underway for the summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in next month -- and ahead of Kim's planned meeting with President Trump in May.

Bridge designed to withstand a Category 5 hurricane

On paper, the 40-foot wide pedestrian bridge on Florida International University's campus was an engineering feat, boasting several superlatives.


BRIEF-Titan Medical Announces Director Resignation

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Pedestrian-friendly road design law tied to fewer traffic deaths

(Reuters Health) - Pedestrian deaths have decreased significantly in Florida since the state implemented a law mandating roadway design that accommodates walkers and cyclists from the beginning, according to a new study.


48 Hours: A Fashion Designer’s Otherworldly Costumes for the Royal Ballet

Backstage at the Royal Opera House, the British-Canadian designer Erdem Moralioglu fine-tunes the costumes for his first ballet.


Dow gains as trade war worries ebb on Navarro's comments

(Reuters) - The Dow Jones Industrial Average added more than 200 points on Thursday as industrial stocks gained after the White House trade adviser sought to play down chances of a trade war due to protectionist policies.


US STOCKS-Dow gains as trade war worries ebb on Navarro's comments

* Dow up 0.82 pct, S&P 0.13 pct, Nasdaq off 0.04 pct (Updates to early afternoon)

International Trade and World Market

After Admitting Uncertainty Over Trade Figure, Trump Repeats False Claim About Canada

The U.S. had a trade surplus with Canada of $12.5 billion in 2016. But during a fund-raiser in Missouri on Wednesday evening, the president recounted ignoring that reality in a meeting with the Canadian prime minister.


EMERGING MARKETS-LatAm equities fall for 3rd session on trade war fears

SAO PAULO, March 15 (Reuters) - Latin American equities slumped for the third straight session on Thursday, as traders said fears of a trade war continued, with Brazil's Bovespa leading losses due in part to disappointing results at state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA. Earlier in the week, sources told Reuters that U.S. President Donald Trump was seeking to impose tariffs on up to $60 billion of Chinese imports, targeting the technology and telecommunications sectors. Trade


Facebook Lite to launch in developed countries, including U.S.

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Thursday said it will roll out the stripped down version of its social media platform, Facebook Lite, to more countries including developed ones, to attract users struggling with slower mobile data connections.


10 Polaroids: Design Legend Murray Moss Captures His Beloved Objects — in Polaroids

The founder of the much-missed SoHo design store Moss shares a few of his favorite things.

Ex-ESPN head John Skipper says he resigned over cocaine extortion plot

International Trade and World Market

Op-Ed Columnist: Paul Krugman Explains Trade and Tariffs

Pennsylvania, China, steel and illusions. Here are his answers to some of your questions.

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


Mexico, Canada should be set to continue with NAFTA without U.S.: minister

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Mexico and Canada should be ready to continue with a version of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) without the United States, the Mexican economy minister said on Thursday.


'Forget about it': EU kills pizzeria's 'Mafia' trademark

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - EU judges failed to see the funny side of branding a chain of pizzerias as "The Mafia", rejecting an appeal on Thursday by a Spanish company to keep European trademark protection for its marketing slogan.


Natgas producer EQT's CEO Steven Schlotterbeck resigns

March 15 (Reuters) - Natural gas producer EQT Corp said on Thursday Chief Executive Officer Steven Schlotterbeck had resigned, effectively immediately, for personal reasons.


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,


Versace and Furla join designer labels ditching fur

MILAN (Reuters) - Italian fashion house Versace and handbag and accessories maker Furla said they would stop using real fur in their creations, joining a growing list of luxury labels turning their backs on the fur industry.

Smoking and Tobacco

Global Health: In Poor Countries, Antismoking Activists Face Threats and Violence

Killings, death threats and “wanted” posters are used to intimidate advocates fighting the spread of tobacco to poor and middle-income nations.

Alison Hargreaves

Overlooked No More: Alison Hargreaves, Who Conquered Everest Solo and Without Bottled Oxygen

Hargreaves sent her children a message from the apex: “I am on the highest point of the world, and I love you dearly.” She perished months later while descending Earth’s second-highest peak, K2.


Who will get the nod to design Meghan's dress for UK royal wedding?

LONDON (Reuters) - For the fashion world, when American actress Meghan Markle joins the British royal family in less than two months' time when she marries Prince Harry, there is only one issue that matters - who will design her wedding gown?


Slovak president supports PM's resignation condition: government party

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


Global brands brace for impact ahead of China's dreaded consumer day show

BEIJING/SHANGHAI, March 15 (Reuters) - Chinese and foreign firms are steeling themselves ahead of the country's annual consumer day TV show, which uncovers corporate bad behaviour and has a history of rattling major global brands in the world's No. 2 economy.


China's unspoken compact put to test by Xi power play

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The unspoken compact that has anchored the relationship between China's government and its people - stay out of politics and we'll help you prosper - is being tested like never before by President Xi Jinping's move to extend his power.


Asia stocks sag, bonds advance amid simmering trade worries

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks sagged on Thursday while government bonds attracted safe-haven demand amid mounting investor concerns that growing trade tensions will hurt the global economy.


Stocks retreat, bonds advance as simmering trade woes curb risk appetite

TOKYO (Reuters) - Stock markets slipped broadly on Thursday while government bonds attracted safe-haven demand amid mounting investor concerns that growing trade tensions would hurt the global economy.


Stocks sag, bonds supported as simmering trade woes curb risk appetite

TOKYO (Reuters) - Stock markets sagged broadly on Thursday while government bonds attracted safe-haven demand amid mounting investor concerns that growing trade tensions would hurt the global economy.


Wall Street falls amid fears of trade war with China

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks fell on Wednesday after President Donald Trump sought to impose fresh tariffs on China, intensifying fears of a trade war that could raise costs and hurt overseas sales for U.S. companies.


Slovenian PM Cerar resigns

LJUBLJANA (Reuters) - Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar resigned late on Wednesday, hours after the Supreme Court annulled the result of a September referendum that approved a 1-billion-euro railway project, the centre-left government's biggest investment programme.

Trump signals wider West Wing shake-up

A day after firing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, sources indicate President Trump may not be done with his West Wing shake-up. CNN's Kaitlan Collins reports.


Dow slides as trade war worries weigh on industrials

(Reuters) - The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell more than 250 points, or 1 percent, on Wednesday as industrial stocks tumbled over growing fears of a trade war with China after President Donald Trump sought to impose fresh tariffs.


US STOCKS-Dow slides as trade war worries weigh on industrials

* Dow down 0.9 pct, S&P off 0.32 pct, Nasdaq up 0.01 pct (Updates to early afternoon)


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.


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

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


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

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

Trade deficit isn't always a bad thing


Exclusive: Gazprom to cut hundreds of traders as Kremlin retreats from West

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian gas giant Gazprom will cut hundreds of jobs at its overseas trading and export offices, including Britain, and move them to St Petersburg, according to two sources familiar with the plan, which comes at a time of rising tensions with the West.


Renewed trade war fears pummel world shares, dollar

LONDON (Reuters) - World shares slipped for the second straight day and the dollar held near one-week lows after U.S. President Donald Trump's threats to slap $60 billion in tariffs on Chinese imports reminded investors of the threat to world economic growth.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Renewed trade war fears pummel world shares, dollar

* World equity index further off one-month high as Asian markets fall


Pennsylvania vote down to wire in ominous sign for Republicans

CANONSBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - A U.S. House of Representatives election in Pennsylvania that is seen as a referendum on President Donald Trump's performance was a dead heat on Tuesday, an ominous sign for Republicans eight months ahead of congressional elections.


Asian shares, dollar fall as U.S. trade fears eclipse strong China data

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Shares faltered and the dollar skidded on Wednesday as investors fretted over the threat of new U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports, brushing aside data that showed the Asian economy got off to a solid start in 2018.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares, dollar fall as U.S. trade fears eclipse strong China data

* Trump seeking tariffs of up to $60 bln on Chinese goods-sources

International Trade and World Market

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

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


U.S. airline industry primed for springtime boost: trade group

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. airlines will carry an all-time high number of passengers this spring, an industry trade group forecast on Wednesday, as increased competition and persistently lower fares make flying more accessible to the general public.

Trump signals wider senior staff shake-up may be coming

President Donald Trump signaled on Tuesday he's prepared to dismiss aides with whom he's clashed -- including national security adviser H.R. McMaster -- as he works to surround himself with advisers more aligned with his populist agenda and freewheeling style.


White House hosts meeting on Gaza crisis without Palestinians present

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


In California, Trump examines Mexico border wall designs

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump toured the U.S. border with Mexico on Tuesday and examined eight styles of walls, prototypes for the barrier he promised to build to keep out illegal immigrants and drugs.


UPDATE 1-Starbucks signs licensing agreement with Brazil investment firm

SAO PAULO, March 13 (Reuters) - Sao Paulo investment firm SouthRock Capital has signed an agreement with Starbucks Corp that gives it the right to develop and operate branches of the Seattle-based chain in Brazil, the companies said late on Monday.


U.S. health spending twice other countries' with worse results

(Reuters Health) - The U.S. spends about twice what other high-income nations do on health care but has the lowest life expectancy and the highest infant mortality rates, a new study suggests.


Exclusive: G20 financial leaders to speak against unfair trade practices - draft communique

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The world's financial leaders will pledge to fight unfair trade practices and stress the role of global trade rules when they meet on March 20, as the United States raises the threat of a global trade war by imposing import tariffs on steel and aluminum.

Why this Pope's resignation shocked the world

When Pope Benedict XVI resigned the papacy in 2013, he became the first pontiff in nearly 600 years to step down. Watch a new episode of "Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History," Sunday at 10 p.m. ET/PT.


Volkswagen assigns $25 billion in battery orders in electric car drive

BERLIN (Reuters) - Volkswagen has picked partners to provide battery cells and related technology worth around 20 billion euros ($25 billion) for its growing electric car program, adding further pressure on U.S. pioneer Tesla .


Trump signals Kudlow is front-runner for top economic job

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


U.S. general signals support for Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A top U.S. general on Tuesday signaled support for the Iran nuclear deal, saying the agreement, which President Donald Trump has threatened to withdraw from, has played an important role in addressing Iran's nuclear program.


Biofuel credits continue free fall in wake of refiner settlement: traders

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Renewable fuel credits for 2018 continued their sharp decline on Tuesday after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency granted a bankrupt Philadelphia refiner significant relief from its biofuel obligations.

California Today

California Today: California Today: Meet L.A.’s New Design Czar

Tuesday: The authorities brace for protest, an intense snowfall hits Sierra Nevada, and a new statue commemorates agricultural guest workers.

Parkland survivors ask parents to sign a pledge: Put child safety over guns with your vote

There are a million ways to make a difference in the world. A month after a shooting left 17 dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the survivors of the shooting -- along with their families, supporters -- and the memory of those lost, are still leading national conversations about gun control and school safety.

ICE spokesman resigns, slams Trump admin officials

James Schwab, a spokesman for the San Francisco Division of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, has resigned, citing what he says are falsehoods being spread by members of the Trump administration including Attorney General Jeff Sessions.


U.S. farm group targets Trump with free-trade ads

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A farm lobbying group is spending $500,000 to air television ads on channels near U.S. President Donald Trump's home in Florida to encourage free trade, with the group worried recent metal tariffs could result in retaliation against U.S. agricultural goods.

International Trade and World Market

Op-Ed Contributor: To Fight China on Trade, We Need More Than Tariffs

Broad tariffs alone won’t do anything to stop China’s unfair practices. The U.S. should use every tool in its arsenal.


Volkswagen assigns 20 billion euros in battery orders, speeds EV push

BERLIN (Reuters) - Volkswagen said it has selected partners to provide battery cells and related technology worth around 20 billion euros ($24.7 billion) for electric-vehicle (EV) projects in Europe and China, pushing ahead with a shift to zero-emission cars.


GM Korea asks for plant site to be designated foreign investment zone

SEOUL (Reuters) - General Motor on Tuesday asked South Korea to designate its factory site in the city of Bupyeong as a foreign investment zone to be eligible for corporate tax benefits, an official at Incheon Metropolitan City told Reuters.

The countries where spanking is illegal

Most parents know the proverb, "spare the rod, spoil the child."

Hidden designs in famous logos

There is an arrow hidden in the FedEx logo. (If you've never noticed, go take a look, and prepare to be blown away.)


By Design: The Women Responsible for the Look of Your Next All-Day Cafe

Spirulina smoothies, quinoa bowls, chicory salads: They’re all dining clichés. But so is the décor around them: brass sconces, midcentury chairs, tile mosaics.

How the Great Recession impacted your health

The Great Recession of the early 21st century was a period of global economic decline marked by high unemployment and stagnant wages.


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.


137 House Democrats sign letter urging action against Russia

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


Brazil's BTG Pactual prepares for 'gradual' return of Esteves -CFO

SAO PAULO, March 12 (Reuters) - Latin America's largest independent investment bank Banco BTG Pactual SA is preparing for the gradual return of its founder and former chief executive André Esteves when courts drop charges against him, a senior executive told Reuters.


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.


Stocks reflect little concern of broad trade war: Goldman Sachs

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's move to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports has rippled through financial markets, but stocks appear to be shrugging off the potential for a broader global trade war, according to Goldman Sachs strategists.

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010)

Op-Ed Contributor: The G.O.P. Accidentally Replaced Obamacare Without Repealing It

The health care law has become something that the party can, if not love, at least learn to live with.


Famed French fashion designer Givenchy dies at 91

PARIS (Reuters) - French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy, who dominated the industry for more than three decades and whose clothes were worn by movie stars Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly, has...

Goldman Sachs signals who its next CEO will be


Poverty row splits conservatives before German coalition deal signed

BERLIN (Reuters) - The new secretary general of Germany's conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) on Monday chided the incoming health minister, Jens Spahn, after a media backlash over comments he made on poverty.

Eat healthier without quitting sugar

Not long ago, fat was the evil dietary villain. Before that it was salt. Now the sugar-free diet has exploded onto the health and wellness scene -- and seems to have topped many people's list of New Year's resolutions.


Thomson Reuters launches bitcoin sentiment gauge for crypto traders

LONDON, March 12 (Reuters) - Thomson Reuters Corp is to track and analyse chatter about bitcoin on hundreds of news and social media websites to help investors looking for an edge in trading the world's biggest cryptocurrency, the company said on Monday.


MIDEAST STOCKS-QNB's leap lifts Qatar in early trade, most of region strong

DUBAI, March 12 (Reuters) - Qatar's stock market rose sharply in early trade on Monday because of a jump by Qatar National Bank, after the bank said it would raise its ceiling for foreign ownership. Most other Gulf bourses were also firm.


Toolbox trade wars: How a sure winner in U.S. dispute has yet to reap benefits

FRANKLIN PARK, Ill. (Reuters) - Nestled in an industrial park near the end of the runway of O’Hare International Airport, Metal Box International Inc. should be one of the winners of a little-known trade war over toolboxes.

Nuclear Weapons

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

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

One crime impacts every American

Of all the crimes on the books in the United States, there is one kind that impacts every single American citizen.


Trump to visit Boeing plant in Missouri to tout impact of tax overhaul

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will visit a Boeing Co plant in St. Louis on Wednesday to tout the impact of the tax overhaul bill signed into law in December, a White House official said on Sunday.


UPDATE 2-Trump to visit Boeing plant in Missouri to tout impact of tax overhaul

WASHINGTON, March 11 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will visit a Boeing Co plant in St. Louis on Wednesday to tout the impact of the tax overhaul bill signed into law in December, a White House official said on Sunday.

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

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


Germany, China warn Trump tariff moves threaten global trade

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany denounced moves by President Donald Trump to impose tariffs on U.S. metal imports, saying Europe needed a united response to the threat and echoing criticism from China that it risked undermining the global trade system.


UPDATE 2-Germany, China warn Trump tariff moves threaten global trade

* But EU countermeasures remain on the table (Recasts, adds VDA automobile association)


Tariffs should be part of U.S. trade policy, Trump foe Warren says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, who has traded barbs with President Donald Trump, said on Sunday she's "not afraid of tariffs," but stopped short of endorsing his decision to launch steep tariffs on steel and aluminum.


Trump's trade policies jeopardize jobs and prosperity: German minister

BERLIN (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminum imports will cost jobs and growth, German Economy Minister Brigitte Zypries told Reuters on Sunday, adding that Europe and other free traders should not let themselves be divided.

North Korea, Trade, Russia: Your Weekend Briefing

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


China says trade war with U.S. will only bring disaster to global economy

BEIJING (Reuters) - Any trade war with the United States will only bring disaster to the world economy, Chinese Commerce Minister Zhong Shan said on Sunday, as Beijing stepped up its criticism on proposed metals tariffs by Washington amid fears it could shatter global growth


Britain funds export of CSeries jets in aftermath of trade row

(Reuters) - Britain has thrown financial support for the first time behind exports of Bombardier CSeries jets part-built by Northern Ireland workers caught up in a recent trade row.

International Trade and World Market

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

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

United States International Relations

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

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


France signs deals worth $16 billion in India; to deepen defense, security ties

PARIS/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - French and Indian companies signed contracts worth 13 billion euros ($16 billion) on the first day of President Emmanuel Macron's visit to India on Saturday, the French presidency said in a statement.

How Stormy Daniels could impact the Russia investigation

Porn star Stormy Daniels and special counsel Robert Mueller are among the most talked about figures in Washington these days. At this point, they are central figures in separate stories, but could it be long before their paths intersect?


Trade war between U.S. and Europe can still be avoided - Germany

BERLIN (Reuters) - A trade war between Europe and the United States can still be averted, German Economy Minister Brigitte Zypries said on Saturday, adding she hoped that talks in Brussels this weekend could help to prevent an escalation.

International Trade and World Market

Trade War Prospect Shakes Part of Trump Base: Midwest Farmers

Rural voters voice concern that retaliation against tariffs could take aim at American agriculture, which posts a trade surplus.

Porn star's attorney: Cohen used his Trump Organization signature in email

A newly obtained email from President Donald Trump's personal attorney to the lawyer for the porn star who is suing Trump includes Michael Cohen's autosignature with his full title: executive vice president and special counsel to Donald J. Trump. The email also refers to Cohen's office being closed.


Trump's military parade planned for Veterans Day - without tanks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A military parade requested by President Donald Trump will take place in November on Veterans Day in Washington D.C., but to minimize damage to roads it will not include tanks, a Pentagon memo released on Friday said.

Trump will get a military parade -- without tanks

President Donald Trump will get his military parade, but it is unlikely to mirror the Paris Bastille Day event which inspired him as it will not involve any heavy military vehicles like tanks to avoid doing damage to the streets of Washington, according to a Pentagon planning memo shown to CNN.


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.


BRIEF-Genocea Biosciences Says Jonathan Poole Delivered Resignation As CFO


Florida governor signs gun restrictions into law

Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed Senate Bill 7026 into law Friday, the first gun control legislation enacted in the state after the Parkland school massacre on February 14.


Florida governor signs gun-safety bill into law after school shooting

(Reuters) - Florida Governor Rick Scott on Friday signed into law a package of gun-safety measures raising the legal minimum age for buying rifles, imposing a three-day waiting period on all gun sales and allowing the arming of some school employees.

United States Politics and Government

The Little-Known Trade Adviser Who Wields Enormous Power in Washington

President Trump has threatened to blow up global trade rules. Robert Lighthizer is the one who knows where to plant the explosives.


Saudi Crown Prince signs off UK visit with push for fighter deal

LONDON/RIYADH (Reuters) - Britain and Saudi Arabia took a step closer to a multi-billion- pound arms deal on Friday, touching on the most inflammatory element of their relationship at the end of an official visit to London that has mixed warm diplomacy with angry street protests.

Gun Control

Florida Governor Signs Gun Limits Into Law, Breaking With the N.R.A.

The $400 million bill imposes new restrictions on firearm purchases and the possession of “bump stocks,” funds school police officers and mental health services.

Barbie (Doll)

Frida Kahlo Is a Barbie Doll Now. (Signature Unibrow Not Included.)

Mattel’s doll is modeled after the Mexican artist, but some say the likeness is off and a family member says the company does not have rights to her image.

A $690,000 house designed to improve your health

Can a home improve your well-being? Ekkist thinks so. The development consultancy has teamed up with Studio McLeod to design Ori House, the UK's first self-build home that enhances your health.


BRIEF-Mimedx's Amniofix Injectable Granted RMAT Designation By FDA



CERAWEEK-U.S. senators urge Trump to be more 'surgical' on trade

HOUSTON, March 9 (Reuters) - Two influential U.S. senators pushed President Donald Trump on Friday to be more nuanced in his approach to trade in the wake of his controversial decision to impose tariffs on most steel and aluminum imports.


Trump may exempt more countries from tariffs: Treasury's Mnuchin

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump could exempt more countries from trade tariffs, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Friday.

Trump's trade moves may not matter in Pennsylania special election

When President Donald Trump heads to western Pennsylvania on Saturday, he'll be trying to save a struggling Republican congressional candidate locked in a tough special election race.


U.S. stocks suffer massive outflows as Trump risks trade war: BAML

LONDON (Reuters) - A marked shift toward protectionism by President Donald Trump caused sharp outflows from U.S. large-cap stocks this week, Bank of America Merrill-Lynch (BAML) strategists said on Friday.

Officer resigns after beating and tasing suspected jaywalker

A western North Carolina police officer who resigned after a body camera video shows him hitting and using a Taser on a man suspected of jaywalking will face preliminary charges of assault, the Buncombe County District Attorney's Office said Thursday.


CORRECTED-BRIEF-Voestalpine plays down impact of U.S. steel tariffs, sees more exceptions


America's biggest trade partners blast Trump's plan


WRAPUP 5-Asia's biggest exporters bristle over U.S. tariffs, fanning trade war fears

TOKYO March 9 (Reuters) - Major Asian nations reacted sharply on Friday to U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, warning of damage to relations amid industry calls for retaliation.