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Facebook scandal could push other tech companies to tighten data sharing

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Big internet companies and small software developers alike are likely to face scrutiny over how they share customer information in the wake of the scandal involving Facebook Inc and the British election consulting firm Cambridge Analytica.


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

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


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.


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

New Tesla pay package could make Elon Musk the richest man alive

United States Politics and Government

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

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

Trump, Donald J

Trump Plans to Slap Stiff Tariffs and Investment Restrictions on China

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

Politics and Government

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Can Australia Regulate Intra-Office Sex?

A sexual relationship between a minister and a staff member has become a firing offense, like corruption or a conflict of interest.

United States International Relations

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

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

Hurricane Maria (2017)

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

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


Op-Ed Contributor: An End to the Class vs. Race Debate

A new study rebuts the belief that if we address class issues, we can fix racism.


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.


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.


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.

Politics and Government

Op-Ed Contributor: The Young Feminist Who Died for My People

Anna Campbell could not stand by as President Assad, Russia, Turkey and the Islamic State waged war on Syrian Kurds.

Why Trump's tax cuts could backfire


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.

Facebook Inc

Op-Ed Columnist: Facebook Doesn’t Get It

Was it the reason Trump won? That’s the wrong question.

Presidential Election of 2016

Op-Ed Columnist: Trump Hacked the Media Right Before Our Eyes

It was television, not Facebook, that made him president.


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.


Op-Ed Contributor: Why I Stay in Gaza

More of the same means that things are only getting worse. And yet.


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.

How skin care could protect you from pollution

Like many teenagers, Nicolas Travis struggled with severe acne. But he did something about it.

United States Politics and Government

Op-Ed Columnist: Get Me Back My Turkey

A Bedouin lesson for handling President Trump and Vladimir Putin.

Oceans and Seas

Op-Ed Contributor: Bigger Is Not Better for Ocean Conservation

Nations are protecting vast expanses of open sea but their first priority should be their richly biodiverse coastal waters.


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.

United States Politics and Government

Op-Ed Columnist: The Calm Before the Stormy

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


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.

Facebook, the disrupter, could get disrupted

Facebook is under fire for allowing a Trump-affiliated firm, Cambridge Analytica, to access the private information of 50 million users. Facebook did not inform those users that their personal data was being harvested in an attempt to help Donald Trump win the 2016 election.


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)

Economic Conditions and Trends

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Aggressive Abroad, Putin Plays a Cautious Economic Game at Home

While other leaders scramble to boost economic growth, Vladimir Putin cares only about stability. And the Russian people seem fine with that.


Op-Ed Contributor: Avoiding Collisions in Outer Space

To sustain the commercial space race, we need to streamline and coordinate rules to manage the proliferation of private satellites.

Facebook's data crisis could get even worse


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


Teachers and School Employees

Their Pay Has Stood Still. Now Oklahoma Teachers Could Be the Next to Walk.

After West Virginia, teachers in some other conservative states are protesting over pay and benefits, with a statewide strike looming in Oklahoma at the start of April.

Advertising and Marketing

Advertising: Air France Reminds Travelers What Their Flight Could Be Like

In a new ad campaign aimed at distinguishing itself from low-cost competitors, the airline is emphasizing the in-flight perks included with a standard ticket.

International Trade and World Market

Op-Ed Contributor: What the West Doesn’t Get About Xi Jinping

Why would China commit to a liberal world order that doesn’t reflect its own political values?

War Crimes, Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity

Op-Ed Contributor: The Death of a Genocide

In Argentina, murderers bought groceries at the supermarket, torturers were in line at the bank.

Hurricane Maria (2017)

Op-Ed Contributor: Forgotten and Suffering in Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico six months ago this week. We’re still struggling to rebuild.

Freedom of Speech and Expression

Op-Ed Contributors: The Abortion Case That’s Really About the First Amendment

A Supreme Court decision could lead to widespread, ideologically motivated censorship.

How your next meal could help fight depression and stress

Do you find that food deeply affects your mood? Science is beginning to back up such gut feelings.

United States Economy

Up, Up, Up Goes the Economy. Here’s What Could Knock It Down.

Some economists say the recovery could continue for years. But many see the seeds of the next crisis being sown in government policy choices.


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


Yankees-Red Sox Rivalry Could Follow N.F.L. to London

A two-game series in 2019 would give baseball a rare chance to showcase itself for a country where the sport is not ingrained into the culture.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Op-Ed Columnist: Trump’s High-Tech Dirty Tricksters

Undercover video shows the president’s digital consultants acting like thugs.

Trump, Donald J

Trump Considers Reshuffling Legal Team as He Takes On Mueller More Aggressively

President Trump has discussed firing one lawyer, and another has considered quitting. A third, who has pushed theories on television that the F.B.I. framed the president, was hired.

Books and Literature

Op-Ed Columnist: What Holds America Together

Walt Whitman had a prescription for national renewal.

Civilian Casualties

Op-Ed Contributor: Fifteen Years Ago, America Destroyed My Country

Let’s stop calling the invasion of Iraq a “blunder” and call it what it is: a crime.

United States International Relations

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.

United States Economy

Op-Ed Columnist: Trump and Trade and Zombies

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


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.

Banking and Financial Institutions

Op-Ed Contributor: China’s New Central Banker Is Just as Important as the Fed’s

Yi Gang’s next moves as head of the People’s Bank of China will have a big impact on the world economy.

Computers and the Internet

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Facebook’s Surveillance Machine

It’s true that the Cambridge Analytica incident wasn’t a security breach. It was something far worse.

Native Americans

There’s Never Been a Native American Congresswoman. That Could Change in 2018.

Native American women are running for office in record numbers. Some are fighting pipelines. Others are fighting environmentalists.


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.

Trump, Donald J

Trump to Hire Lawyer Who Has Pushed Theory That Justice Dept. Framed the President

The lawyer, Joseph E. diGenova, will serve as an aggressive player on the president’s legal team.


Op-Ed Contributor: Israel’s Self-Inflicted Wounds

Why I fear for the nation I love.


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.

Defense and Military Forces

Op-Ed Contributor: The Dirty Secret of American Nuclear Arms in Korea

North Korea may be unreliable, but it was America that broke with the Korean armistice by introducing nuclear weapons into South Korea in 1958.

Gun Control

Op-Ed Contributor: Why I Didn’t Join My School’s Walkout

I am a high school junior, and I shoot guns and hunt. Many of the kids protesting guns right now don’t seem to know that much about them.

Afghanistan War (2001- )

Op-Ed Contributor: The U.S. Needs to Talk to the Taliban in Afghanistan

Washington shies away from the idea of direct talks, but the Taliban see the United States as the decisive actor on the battlefield.


Op-Ed Contributor: Iranians Do New Year’s Better

In learning to appreciate my Iranian background, I started to see the beauty of Nowruz.

Trump, Donald J

‘You Will Not Destroy America’: A Trump Battle Is No Longer One-Sided

The president and former law enforcement and intelligence officials are trading Twitter insults, turning a conflict that would have once stayed private into a public brawl.

Workplace Hazards and Violations

Deadline Is Today in McDonald’s Labor Case That Could Affect Millions

The National Labor Relations Board’s chief lawyer, a Trump appointee, is reportedly trying to reach a settlement to avert a landmark ruling.


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.

United States International Relations

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

He has damaged the American brand.

Education (K-12)

Op-Ed Columnist: A Winning Political Issue Hiding in Plain Sight

An issue that people care about and doesn’t need to be partisan.


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.

Real Estate and Housing (Residential)

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Nashville Demolition Blues

This city’s building boom has reached the place where my family and friends wove a life.


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.

Trump, Donald J

Trump Assails Mueller, Drawing Rebukes From Republicans

While President Trump had largely sought to avoid alienating the special counsel in recent months, he has shifted his tone in the past two days.

Could congressman's offer save McCabe's pension?

Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe was hours away from retiring and receiving full benefits. Now multiple Democrats are offering McCabe a job and say he could get his pension by working a few more days for the federal government.


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.

Presidential Election of 2020

Op-Ed Columnist: Democrats Are Primed for 2018 and Looking Pretty in 2020

Ignore naysayers. The party’s field of presidential contenders is chockablock with potential.

Oceans and Seas

Op-Ed Columnist: A Parable of Self-Destruction

Easter Island’s demise is a lesson for the world.


Contributing Op-Ed Writer: The Case for a Carbon Tax on Beef

It would reduce greenhouse gas emissions, water pollution, deforestation, species loss and human mortality. So what’s the holdup?

Demonstrations, Protests and Riots

Op-Ed Contributor: What the Dreamers Can Teach the Parkland Kids

From one activist to another: Trust your instincts, study your history and don’t read the comments.

Fox News Channel

Op-Ed Columnist: Trump, Flush With Power

The president wants to bring the Fox cast into the White House, fully merging with the source of his ideas, tweets and gratification.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Op-Ed Columnist: The Rise of Euro-Putinism

Putin’s victory on Sunday is a certainty, but what other victories might he win in Europe?

Pelosi, Nancy

Op-Ed Columnist: And Now, the Nancy Pelosi Drama

She stars in more ads than auto insurance.


Mexican election front-runner offers referendums, could end term early

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican presidential front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Friday he will hold a referendum on his performance every two years if he wins election in July, and would cut his six-year term short if he loses the consultation.


Icahn unveils 6.9 percent stake in Newell, could seek board seat

(Reuters) - Activist investor Carl Icahn on Friday disclosed a 6.86 percent stake in Sharpie pens maker Newell Brands Inc , and said he could seek a board seat at the company, which is already battling another top shareholder over board representation.


Caterpillar's latest restructuring move could cut 880 jobs

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Caterpillar Inc will close two facilities in Texas and Panama and is also considering shutting its engine manufacturing plant in Illinois as part of a strategy to boost profitability and better handle business cycles, but the move could cut 880 jobs.

Gun Control

Op-Ed Contributor: Why Gun Culture Is So Strong in Rural America

After a mass shooting, where you might blame guns, rural conservatives don’t. They blame the shooter.

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.

St Patrick's Day

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: How the Irish Could Still Save Civilization

Ireland’s leader, Leo Varadkar, the gay son of a Hindu father of Indian descent, tries to nudge the United States back to the moral high ground.


Caterpillar to close facilities, could cut 880 jobs

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Caterpillar Inc will close two facilities and is contemplating the closure of its engine manufacturing plant in Illinois, which together could potentially result in about 880 job losses, a company spokeswoman told Reuters 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.


Argentina prepares 4G spectrum auction that could raise $800 million: source

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina is preparing to auction 90 megahertz of 4G spectrum to mobile telephone and internet companies in a process that has already attracted interest from Telecom Argentina SA, Telefonica SA and Claro, a government source told Reuters.


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.


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.


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...

Christians and Christianity

Op-Ed Columnist: Pope Francis Is Beloved. His Papacy Might Be a Disaster.

Francis takes risks while reshaping the Catholic Church’s relations with the modern world.

United States Politics and Government

Op-Ed Columnist: Burn It Down, Rex

The grown-ups on the way out of Trump’s White House should tell us what they saw.

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.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Op-Ed Contributor: What Makes Putin So Popular at Home? His Reputation Abroad

The truth is, Russia’s president would win this weekend’s election even without manipulating the ballot.


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.

Dating and Relationships

Modern Love: She Was My World, but We Couldn’t Marry

A young lawyer sidelined by a mystery ailment wishes he could plan a full and lasting life with the woman he loves.

Mueller probe could go into summer, NYT reporter says

New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman tells CNN's Anderson Cooper that Robert Mueller's investigation could last into the summer.


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.

Lamb, Conor J (1984- )

Op-Ed Columnist: Worthy Is the Lamb

A Democratic candidate wins while reinforcing his party’s soul.

Social Media

Op-Ed Contributor: Banning Social Media Won’t Stop Hate Speech

The “digital curfew” is an incomplete solution to mob violence in Sri Lanka and elsewhere

Republican Party

Op-Ed Columnist: Voters May Be Wising Up

The Pennsylvania special election vote suggests Republican bait and switch doesn’t work like it used to.

Interest payments on US debt could top $1 trillion under current policies

Fines (Penalties)

Op-Ed Contributor: A Billionaire and a Nurse Shouldn’t Pay the Same Fine for Speeding

A flat fine threatens poor people with financial ruin, but it lets rich people off easy. Real justice requires punishment that is equally felt.

United States Politics and Government

Op-Ed Contributors: Is Trump Giving Authoritarianism a Bad Name?

Support for a “strong” leader has dropped in America — but retains a foothold in the G.O.P.

Trump, Donald J

Trump Says He Made Up Deficit Claim in Talk with Trudeau, Baffling Canadians

The president boasted that he was just improvising when he insisted to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that the U.S. had a trade deficit with Canada.


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)

Andrew McCabe is set to retire Sunday, but could lose his job -- and pension -- if a recommendation is followed

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is currently at the Justice Department meeting with the deputy attorney general's office making his case why he should not be fired days before his 50th birthday and lose his pension, a source familiar with the meeting said.

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

Midterm Elections (2018)

Op-Ed Contributors: Democrats, Put District Over Party, Pelosi and Washington

The winning formula for 2018 is a relentless local focus, say two prominent observers.

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.

Embargoes and Sanctions

Op-Ed Contributor: Hitting Putin Where It Hurts

To get back at Moscow for attempting an assassination on British soil, Prime Minister Theresa May should go after the oligarchs.


Op-Ed Contributor: Remember Guantánamo?

The Trump administration might send more detainees there.


Alexion's second rare blood disorder drug could fortify future revenue

(Reuters) - Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc said its experimental drug to treat a rare blood disorder showed in an eagerly awaited study that it was not inferior to its flagship drug, Soliris, paving the way for the company to establish a dominant position in the market as competition looms.

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


'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.

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,

Law and Legislation

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Justice Scalia’s Fading Legacy

Using legislative history to interpret laws once risked tiptoeing over the hot coals of his scorn. No longer. Now justices use it without apology.

Freedom of the Press

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: One Thing Donald Trump Would Like Is Freedom From the Press

The president dreams of living in a world with “Fox & Friends” and almost no one else.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Op-Ed Columnist: Mike Pompeo Is Good for Diplomacy

An effective State Department needs a secretary with the president’s ear.

Afghanistan War (2001- )

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Tell the Truth About Our Longest War

Peace talks are the only way to end the war in Afghanistan. They also will probably not succeed.


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.

Politics and Government

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Welcome to the Era of Presidents for Life

Xi Jinping’s abolition of term limits will reverberate far beyond China’s borders.


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.

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.


Op-Ed Contributor: Stephen Hawking, Force of Nature

His true strength was more than just his disembodied intellect.

United States Politics and Government

Op-Ed Columnist: Want to Dive Into the Trump Job Pool? Ask Me Anything

The career counselor has the answers.

United States International Relations

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.


Toys 'R' Us could shut all U.S. stores, risking 33,000 jobs: WSJ

(Reuters) - Toys 'R' Us Inc will sell or close all its U.S. stores in the coming months, risking up to 33,000 jobs, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.


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.


Toys 'R' Us could shut all U.S. stores, risking 33,000 jobs- WSJ

March 14 (Reuters) - Toys 'R' Us Inc will sell or close all its U.S. stores in the coming months, risking up to 33,000 jobs, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Op-Ed Contributors: Beware of Devin Nunes’s Next Move

The House Intelligence Committee is done investigating. Now come the attacks against Robert Mueller.


Op-Ed Contributor: Hot Times in the Arctic

As temperatures turned unusually warm, the extent of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean reached new lows, offering a warning for the future.

A strong handshake could indicate a healthy heart

Democratic Party

Op-Ed Contributor: How a Democrat Succeeds in Trump Country

Conor Lamb shows that it can be done.


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, Donald J

Trump, Pressured to Criticize Russia for Poisoning, Leaves Comment to Aides

The president, who was visiting California before heading to Missouri, came under pressure to join a NATO ally, Britain, in taking action in response to the attack on its soil.


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.


Your Money: New U.S. gift tax strategies could alter giving

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Get a big check from a wealthy great aunt every year for your birthday? Parents buying you a car? Grandparents paying for private school tuition?

Trade deficit isn't always a bad thing

National Anthems

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Germany’s National Anthem May Be Sexist. Is America’s Racist?

“The Star-Spangled Banner” is not alone in having some disturbing lyrics.


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.


Rockefeller's Picasso could be part of biggest art collection ever sold

PARIS (Reuters) - A rare Picasso once owned by Gertrude Stein is part of an art trove belonging to the Rockefeller dynasty that could raise half a billion dollars this year, in what auctioneer Christie's says could be the most valuable sale ever of a private collection.

Lamb, Conor J (1984- )

Op-Ed Columnist: A Likely Democratic Shocker

What’s behind the probable upset? Turnout and persuasion.


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.


Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Gina Haspel’s Rise Is No Victory for Feminism

The woman President Trump has chosen to lead the C.I.A. assisted torture and helped deceive the American people. Other women should not be applauding.


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

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

Appointments and Executive Changes

Op-Ed Columnist: When Trump Takes Charge

The president might want to actually use the office, not just occupy it.

Op-Ed Columnist: Conor Lamb Roared. Republicans Should Quake.

The Democrat’s showing in Pennsylvania foretells a brutal November for President Trump and his party.


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

Politics and Government

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Why I Am Dreading Netanyahu’s Departure

Israel has had more than enough experience with novice politicians. That’s not what we need right now.

Legislatures and Parliaments

Op-Ed Contributor: So You’ve Got Populists in Your Parliament. What Next?

Germany is in the middle of a forced lesson in how to deal with an empowered far-right party.

Labor and Jobs

As Merkel Begins New Term, Compromises Could Undo Economic Boom

Some experts believe Germany is on the verge of refusing its own medicine on economic reform, a shift that would have major implications for Europe.

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.

International Trade and World Market

Op-Ed Columnist: Some Things Are True Even if Trump Believes Them

He’s right that we have a real trade problem with China. But he’s wrong about what to do about it.

School Shootings and Armed Attacks

Op-Ed Contributor: Dear National Rifle Association: We Won’t Let You Win. From, Teenagers.

Our parents did not succeed in ensuring our safety at school. So we must do it ourselves.

United States International Relations

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.

Economic Conditions and Trends

Op-Ed Contributor: China’s Economy Is Not Normal. It Doesn’t Have to Be.

What seem like weaknesses — imbalance, debt — have been strengths: Even corruption has spurred growth.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Op-Ed Contributor: Where Does Mike Pompeo Stand on the Issues? Too Close to Trump

From Iran to Russia, the new nominee for secretary of state will encourage all of the president’s worst instincts.


Celebrated dino-bird Archaeopteryx could fly, but not very well

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It may not have been a champion aviator, but the famous dino-bird Archaeopteryx was fully capable of flying despite key skeletal differences from its modern cousins, though not exactly gracefully, according to a new study. Think Wright Brothers, not F-22 fighter jet.


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.

Trump, Donald J

The Story of an Afghan Baby Named Donald Trump

A poor Afghan farming family named their son Donald Trump, hoping the other Trump’s good fortune would rub off on him. So far, it hasn’t.

The melting Arctic could make these late winter storms worse

As the Northeast endures its third nor'easter in ten days, winter-weary residents are wondering what's behind the weather chaos.


Op-Ed Columnist: Why Pasta Is the Answer to Trump

This is a story about rigatoni. And bucatini. And yes, the president.


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.


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.

Women and Girls

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: A #MeToo Moment for Egypt? Maybe

Two Egyptian women have started chipping the wall of impunity that Egyptian men — even human rights activists — hide behind when they abuse women.

Analysis: 3 Republicans who could challenge Trump in 2020

On Sunday, Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, was asked whether he thinks someone should challenge President Donald Trump in the 2020 Republican primary.

Education (K-12)

Op-Ed Columnist: Will Betsy DeVos Expand the School-to-Prison Pipeline?

She keeps finding new ways to fail our kids.

Domestic Violence

Op-Ed Contributor: Should an Abused Wife Be Charged in Her Husband’s Crime?

The link between domestic violence and mass shootings raises questions about what legal responsibility we load on abuse victims.

Education (K-12)

Op-Ed Columnist: Good Leaders Make Good Schools

Principals are the key to success.

Trump, Donald J

Op-Ed Columnist: Springtime for Sycophants

Trump only wants advisers who treat him like a tin-pot dictator demands.

Poaching (Wildlife)

Op-Ed Contributors: We Can Stop the Poaching of Big Cats. Here’s How.

Wild populations of cheetahs, leopards, jaguars, lions and tigers have fallen at alarming rates. We need to act fast.


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.


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.

Here's how hard President Trump's steel tariffs could hit Ford and General Motors

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.

How barbershops could help lower blood pressure

Corey Thomas admitted to his pharmacist that he hated the blood pressure medications a previous doctor had prescribed for him. They came with "horrible" side effects, he said, and so he rarely took them.


Op-Ed Contributor: Looking Up to Michelle Obama

My daughter was captivated by her portrait, and the moment captivated a lot of other people. Here’s why it matters.


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.


Innogy asset swap deal could boost competitiveness- German minister

BERLIN, March 12 (Reuters) - The asset swap deal by Germany's top utilities to divide assets of renewable energy provider Innogy could make the sector more competitive, Economy Minister Brigitte Zypries said on Monday, signaling Berlin's support for the agreement.


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.

Putin 'couldn't care less' if Russian citizens meddled in US election

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he "couldn't care less" if Russian citizens tried to meddle in the 2016 US election because, he claimed, the perpetrators weren't linked to the Kremlin.

Trump, Donald J

Trump to Push Ahead on Gun Training for School Employees, White House Says

The president also intends to establish a federal commission to examine school safety proposals, but the administration’s efforts appeared to be piecemeal and of limited scope.

Women and Girls

Op-Ed Columnist: Melania Knew

This is about the defamation of, silencing of, and shouting down of women.