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Every job is safe in White House -- until it's not

What some view as chaos in the White House is actually a streamlining and synchronization of President Donald Trump's senior team. Much like the drama of a season finale of "The Apprentice," Trump is taking bold steps to shape a staff with strong adherence to his policies and stronger allegiance to him.

Berlusconi, Silvio

News Analysis: The Poison Putin Spreads

The long-serving Russian leader, who is about to be re-elected for a six-year term, has become a model for the modern autocrat.

Social Media

Opinion: Grab a Pillow: Weekend Reads From Opinion

Catch up on some of our favorite recent pieces.


Exclusive: Russian billions slip through Latvia's loose net

RIGA (Reuters) - Latvia launched just 85 money-laundering investigations in 2017 even though its banks flagged 17,900 suspect transactions, data seen by Reuters shows, highlighting the challenge the Baltic state faces in repairing its tarnished reputation.


Venus through to Indian Wells semis, faces Kasatkina

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

It's been almost six months since Hurricane Maria, and Puerto Ricans are still dying

Lourdes Rodriguez heard the scream early on the morning of January 6, before the sun rose and before the frogs began their chorus.


BlackBerry says CEO Chen to stay on through 2023

(Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd, has extended Executive Chairman and Chief Executive John Chen's contract by five years through November 2023, the Canadian company said on Thursday.


Weight loss spreads within couples in ‘ripple effect’

(Reuters Health) - When one-half of a couple embraces good health, there’s a higher likelihood that the other half will, too, a recent study suggests.


BlackRock overweight local currency EM debt, sees buffer in spreads

LONDON (Reuters) - BlackRock is overweight local currency emerging market debt, seeing a potential for positive returns and a buffer in spreads as U.S. interest rates rise, Sergio Trigo Paz, the...

John King: It's possible Saccone can win but unlikely

CNN's John King has analyzed the numbers and says that while it's possible Republican Rick Saccone could still pull off a win in Pennsylvania, it's unlikely.


RPT-COLUMN-Aluminium through the looking glass after Trump's tariffs: Andy Home

LONDON, March 13 (Reuters) - In a little more than a week's time the United States will impose a tariff of 10 percent on all aluminium imports and 25 percent on all steel imports.


High-end art sales boom in 2017, but it's only a partial market rebound

ZURICH (Reuters) - The works of great artists buoyed the art market last year and none did more than Leonardo da Vinci, whose 'Salvator Mundi' sold to great fanfare for $450 million in New York in November.

Rexit shows it's a Trump-only show


COLUMN-Aluminium through the looking glass after Trump's tariffs: Andy Home

LONDON, March 13 (Reuters) - In a little more than a week's time the United States will impose a tariff of 10 percent on all aluminium imports and 25 percent on all steel imports.

A sixth grader makes a will 'just in case' of a school shooting

As Javon Davies reads out a list of his most prized possessions, it's hard not to smile: His Playstation, his video games, his TV, his cat. It's typical sixth grade stuff through and through.


BRIEF-Orexigen Therapeutics says plans near-term sale through Chapter 11 of U.S. bankruptcy code


Times Up co-founder: 'It's never going to be over'


Tennis: Nishikori withdraws from Indian Wells through illness

(Reuters) - Japan's Kei Nishikori said on Sunday he had withdrawn from the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells through illness.


It's not just theater: U.S. officials defend Trump-Kim meeting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials on Sunday defended President Donald Trump's decision to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, saying the move was not just for show and not a gift to Pyongyang, as one senator insisted.

Artificial Intelligence

Opinion: Eyes Here: Weekend Reads From the Opinion Section

In case you want to get caught up, here are some of our favorite recent pieces.


Trump says North Korea agrees to not test missiles 'through meetings'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday North Korea had agreed to not conduct another missile test until after proposed meetings with its leader, Kim Jong Un, had taken place, as he sought to rally international support for a potential summit.

Anderson Cooper: It's not about the infidelity

CNN's Anderson Cooper says the fallout around allegations leveled against President Donald Trump by porn actress Stormy Daniels is not about the infidelity, but paying to hush it up just before the 2016 US election.

Analysis: It's 'likely' Stormy Daniels will get to tell her Donald Trump story

On Tuesday, porn star Stormy Daniels sued President Donald Trump and his attorney Michael Cohen. At issue was the non-disclosure agreement Daniels and Cohen had signed just before the 2016 election -- a move aimed at ensuring her silence about an alleged affair with Trump in 2006. Daniels is claiming that because Trump himself never signed the hush agreement, it is null and void -- and that she is free to tell the story of her alleged relationship with the now-president of the United States.

Computers and the Internet

It’s True: False News Spreads Faster and Wider. And Humans Are to Blame.

False claims posted on Twitter were 70 percent more likely to be shared than the truth, researchers at M.I.T. found. And people appear to prefer false news.


U.S. F-35 fighter modernization could cost $16 billion through 2024

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon estimates it will cost nearly $16 billion to modernize the fleet of F-35 jets through 2024, a U.S. lawmaker said on Wednesday, citing information provided by the Pentagon on the stealth fighter jet program.


U.S. investors wanting out of gun stocks find it's not so easy

NEW YORK (Reuters) - In the three weeks since America's deadliest high school took the lives of 17 students and teachers, companies such as Delta Air Lines Inc and Dick's Sporting Goods Inc have cut...


Israel's El Al seeks U.N. help in bid to fly through Saudi airspace

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - El Al Israel Airlines has appealed to the United Nations over a bid to reroute its services between Tel Aviv and India through Saudi Arabian airspace.

It isn't over for New York City. It's just getting started.


Models take a walk through wintry woods for Chanel

PARIS (Reuters) - Chanel wrapped up its models in leaf-motifed prints on Tuesday, celebrating autumn as it recreated a misty forest inside Paris's Grand Palais.


Counting through the night, Germany's SPD readies coalition verdict

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) began counting the votes of hundreds of thousands of party members who will decide if a new coalition under Chancellor Angela Merkel takes office, more than five months after a general election.


11 of Our Best Reads

Get some help with your Oscar pool ballot. Meet the Met’s new maestro. The pain of loving an old dog and more.


Dialog expects to supply chips to Apple through 2020: CEO in paper

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Dialog Semiconductor expects Apple , its top customer, to use its chips for a significant proportion of its devices in 2019 and 2020, Chief Executive Jalal Bagherli told a German newspaper.


Dialog expects to supply chips to Apple through 2020 - CEO in paper

FRANKFURT, March 3 (Reuters) - Dialog Semiconductor expects Apple, its top customer, to use its chips for a significant proportion of its devices in 2019 and 2020, Chief Executive Jalal Bagherli told a German newspaper.

Brick and Tile

Telling a Story Through Tiles

Mosaics, some with 24-karat gold accents or hand-crafted patterns, prove an antidote to silent white walls.


Telling a Demigod’s Story Through ‘Collective Virtuosity’

“Pan,” a genre-defying work for the flutist Claire Chase and mass participation, is as much about community building as it is about music.


Putin says Russia needs breakthrough in living standards

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia needed a breakthrough in living standards.

Trump to lawmakers: 'Take the gun first, go through due process second' in some cases

President Donald Trump, during a bipartisan meeting Wednesday with lawmakers to discuss school safety and gun measures, said it might be better in some cases to allow law enforcement to confiscate weapons from potentially disturbed individuals before allowing due process.

Trump: I told NRA, 'It's time. We're gonna stop this nonsense.'

President Donald Trump called on a bipartisan group of lawmakers at the White House on Wednesday to "turn our grief into action" and move in a bipartisan way "to end this senseless violence" of mass shootings.


Modern Love: Modern Love Podcast: Jennifer Beals Reads ‘From He to She in First Grade’

This week, the “Taken” star tells the story of two parents who help their child find her identity.

Opinion: Dick's is showing how it's done

On Wednesday, Dick's Sporting Goods announced in a letter from its chairman and CEO, Edward Stack, that it will stop selling weapons like the rifle used in the shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school on February 14. The company is no longer going to sell assault-style rifles or high capacity magazines and won't sell any firearms to people who are under the age of 21. In eloquent language, Stack also called on lawmakers to enact gun reform so other companies do the same.


At KFC's UK restaurants, it's not all gravy

LONDON/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Yum Brands Inc said on Wednesday it is offering limited menus at its reopened UK KFC restaurants after a chicken supply snafu with a new delivery firm, but now there is a gravy shortage.


UPDATE 2-Bayer goes through "ups and downs" as Monsanto deal drags on

* Shares fall 3.4 pct to 15 month low (Releads, adds analyst, CEO quote)

West Virginia teacher strike over thanks to sixth-grader

The strike that closed West Virginia's public schools for four days is over, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced Tuesday evening.

Law and Legislation

Gun Control Bills, Including Program to Arm Teachers, Race Through Florida Legislature

Florida lawmakers are considering funding a voluntary program that would allow school staff, including teachers, to carry concealed weapons on campus.


'It's a lifestyle': Teens at Florida shooting club defend guns

SUNRISE, Fla. (Reuters) - Reanna Frauens, a lifelong gun enthusiast and a proud member of the Markham Skeet, Trap & Sporting Clays Club, is about the same age as many of the 17 victims killed by a shooter with an assault rifle at a Florida high school about a dozen miles away.

Dior through the ethereal lens of Paolo Roversi

Italian fashion photographer Paolo Roversi has been taking portraits in the same Paris studio for more 30 years. And, speaking with him about his craft, it seems no coincidence that the space was once a painter's atelier.

Trump: It's OK to fight the NRA sometimes

President Donald Trump says he met with NRA leaders and told them that something more must be done to enforce stronger background checks in America.


BRIEF-Callinex Increases Flow-Through Financing To $2.3 Mln

* CALLINEX INCREASES FLOW-THROUGH FINANCING TO $2.3M Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:


British police sift through rubble at scene of fatal blast

LEICESTER, England (Reuters) - British police searched for survivors on Monday in the rubble of a shop and apartment destroyed by an explosion that killed at least four people in the city of Leicester on Sunday evening.


Curling: Breakthroughs for U.S. and Asia, double disaster for Canada

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - South Korea's dream run to the women's final, a spectacularly-achieved first gold for the United States and a third triumph in four Games for Sweden's women were the headline stories of the 18-day curling competition at the Winter Olympics.


Singing Their Way Through Retirement

Choral practice can help participants take fewer medications, experience less depression and make fewer hospital visits.

The NRA used to be much more bipartisan. Now it's mostly just a wing of the GOP

During his speech Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference, National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre launched an attack on the Democratic Party and its "socialist agenda." The speech marked just how partisan gun policy, and thus the NRA, has become.

Trump reads out lyrics of anti-immigrant song

President Donald Trump read the lyrics of an anti-immigrant song titled "The Snake" on Friday, reverting to a campaign staple that Trump has used to criticize United States' immigration policy.


Canadian police charge suspected serial killer with sixth murder

TORONTO (Reuters) - Toronto police said on Friday that they have charged Bruce McArthur with a sixth murder, expanding the number of deaths blamed on the 66-year-old landscaper in a case that has shaken the city's gay community.

Parkland, Fla, Shooting (2018)

As Gunman Rampaged Through Florida School, Armed Deputy ‘Never Went In’

Surveillance video showed the only armed sheriff’s deputy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., doing “nothing” during last week’s deadly shooting.

Trump opposes 'active shooter drills' because it's a negative thing for kids

President Donald Trump grew indignant on Thursday in opposing "active shooter drills" in schools, making a rare reference to his own son as he described the practice as "crazy."

Parkland congressman: 'It's not too soon, it's too late' to talk about gun control

Rep. Ted Deutch said "it is too late" to be having the conversation about gun control after 17 people were killed last week in the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Survivor reads poem she wrote to Trump

Aly Sheehy, a survivor of the Parkland school shooting, reads a poem she wrote to President Trump about his response to the massacre.


Drought-hit Cape Town dreads 'Day Zero' when taps will run dry

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - A tough water-saving regime and the generosity of farmers have given South Africa's main tourist hub welcome respite from a severe drought and helped push back a dreaded "Day Zero" when Cape Town's taps are expected to run dry.

Fashion and Apparel

Telling Italy’s Story Through Its Clothes

A new exhibition in Milan, “Italiana: Italy Through the Lens of Fashion,’’ argues that a Prada dress can help explain Italian identity.

Florida survivor: It's a start.


South Africa's Ramaphosa says it's time to review cabinet make up

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa's new President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Tuesday it was time to consider the make-up of his cabinet, amid growing speculation about whether Finance Minister Gigaba would keep his job.

It's been a wild Presidents' Day weekend of Trump tweets

Even by his standards, President Donald Trump's weekend tweetstorm was epic, covering a range of topics from NASCAR to Iran to Oprah Winfrey's most recent CBS "60 Minutes" segment.


World stocks extend global recovery, set for sixth day of gains

LONDON (Reuters) - World stocks were set for a sixth session of gains on Monday, extending a recovery from a selloff sparked by fears of creeping inflation and higher borrowing costs.

Automobile Racing

At Daytona, Austin Dillon and Darrell Wallace Jr. Break Through Behind Familiar Numbers

Driving the well-known No. 3 and No. 43 cars, Dillon and Wallace finished in the top two spots in a race that was packed with tantalizing story lines.


UPDATE 3-Three held as $1.8 bln fraud ripples through Indian banks

* Three arrested to remain under police custody til March 3-court


BRIEF-CVS Group Raises 60 Mln Pounds Through Placing​



Wall Street on course for sixth day of gains

(Reuters) - U.S. stocks rose on Friday, led by gains in technology and healthcare stocks, putting the main indexes on course for strong weekly gains as they bounced back from a brutal selloff earlier this month.

Analysis: It's been a year since Trump did this

Exactly one year ago today, Donald Trump held the first formal solo news conference of his presidency.

Painkiller used to cost $139. Now it's $2,979.


Turkish military says sets up sixth observation post in Syria's Idlib

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The Turkish military has set up the sixth observation post in northern Syria's Idlib province on Thursday as part of a de-escalation deal which it agreed with Iran and Russia, the army said.


Afghan Taliban say they want to end war through dialogue

KABUL (Reuters) - The Taliban said on Wednesday, in a rare statement to the American people, they wanted to end Afghanistan's 17-year war through talks, while warning the message should not be seen as a sign of weakness and the fight against U.S. forces would go on.

United States Politics and Government

Op-Ed Columnist: The Trump Stain Spreads

In a White House without integrity, everything becomes tainted.

It's outrageous that women have to fight for this

Women pressuring T.J. Shope, a Republican Arizona state representative, to push forward a bill that would provide free and unlimited feminine hygiene products to female inmates in Arizona's state prison are sending him -- what else? -- tampons and pads.

Donald Trump's golf swing? It's pretty good

As far as presidents go, Donald Trump swings a golf club pretty well, for a big man in his 70s. If not exactly dynamite off the tee, he is at least solid. And while his technique around the greens is quirky, he somehow makes it work.


Events rescheduled as high winds sweep through Pyeongchang

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Several Olympic events were postponed or rescheduled as strong winds swept through the Pyeongchang region on Wednesday, damaging temporary structures set up for the Games.


Cash and carry: Woman in China rides through X-ray scanner rather than part with purse

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A woman in southern China accompanied her purse through a train station's luggage x-ray machine rather than part with the bag amid the Lunar New Year holiday rush, Chinese media...

One week after Rob Porter resigned over allegations of domestic abuse the controversy surrounding his tenure is not only alive, it's multiplying

When White House staff secretary Rob Porter resigned last Wednesday, a day after domestic violence accusations against him became public, it felt like the beginning and end of yet another brief and ugly Trump era administrative flop.

Scientific breakthrough could be as simple as measuring the wobble of a muon

This past week was an exciting one for scientists. No, not only because of the breathtaking launch of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket, but also because a new, ultra-precise, scientific facility is beginning operations at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, just outside Chicago. The facility, called the g-2 experiment (pronounced "g minus 2") could lead to the world's scientific community rewriting the textbooks.


Snowboarding: Big boys through top-quality halfpipe qualifying

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Pre-Olympics favorites including two-time gold medalist Shaun White qualified for the men's snowboard halfpipe final in a high-scoring, high-flying contest on Tuesday.

A 25-year study of satellite data shows the oceans have risen nearly 3 inches, and it's getting faster

Sea level rise is happening now, and the rate at which it is rising is increasing every year, according to a study released Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


Ski jumping: Norway's Lundby flies through blizzard to take gold

PYEONGCHANG (Reuters) - Maren Lundby of Norway outsoared her rivals on a night of snow, wind and biting cold to win the women's Olympic ski jumping competition on Monday.


Foxconn to use proceeds from unit's Shanghai IPO to fund $4 billion projects

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Taiwan's Foxconn, the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer, said it plans to use proceeds from a Shanghai listing of one if its subsidiaries to fund eight projects totaling 27.3 billion yuan ($4 billion).


For Ghana's sole racer, it's not about taking part

PYEONGCHANG (Reuters) - Taking part in the Pyeongchang Games is not the end goal for Ghana's first skeleton racer Akwasi Frimpong -- he wants to set the foundations for more Winter Olympians from Africa.

Trump in 1994: 'I go through the roof' when dinner's not ready

After President Donald Trump defended a senior aide accused of domestic violence, journalist Nancy Collins reflects on her 1994 ABC interview with Trump, in which he discussed his then-wife, saying, "When I come home and dinner's not ready, I go through the roof."

North Korea is winning the Olympics -- and it's not because of sports

The last time South Korea hosted an Olympic Games, the North went so far in its attempt to best the attention Seoul was getting that it drove its economy into perdition and its people into starvation.


Criminal code revamp plan sends chill through Indonesia's LGBT community

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Zulfikar Fahd, an openly gay man, says he flew from Indonesia to Canada late last month and claimed asylum on grounds that he faced discrimination and persecution in his home country, which is poised to criminalize same-sex relations and consensual sex outside marriage. 


Frenzied demand for Nvidia's graphic chips shoot prices through the roof

(Reuters) - Nvidia Corp's graphic processors, or GPUs, are so overwhelmingly popular that gamers and cryptocurrency miners are willing to pay up to three times the original list price to get their hands on its cards online.


Storm barrels through U.S. Midwest with snow and frigid temperatures

MILWAUKEE, Wis./CHICAGO (Reuters) - A major winter storm barreled into Chicago and Milwaukee early on Friday, dumping heavy snow and dropping temperatures well below freezing as it forced schools to close and threatened to leave travel at a stand still across the Midwest.


Top skiers through, local favorite crashes

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - France's Perrine Laffont qualified in first place for the final of the women's moguls after the first round of qualifying on Friday.


Oil falls for sixth day as supply fears mount

TOKYO (Reuters) - Oil prices fell for a sixth day on Friday after Iran announced plans to boost production and U.S. crude output hit record highs, adding to concerns about a sharp rise in global supplies.

Omarosa on Trump WH: It's not going to be OK

Former White House aide Omarosa says we should be worried about the White House. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports she warns "it's so bad."


U.S. oil falls for sixth day as supply fears mount

TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. oil prices fell for a sixth day on Friday after Iran announced plans to boost production and U.S. crude output hit record highs, adding to concerns about a sharp rise in global supplies.

It's up to Congress to make life-saving drugs affordable


Through Forests and Farmlands, Peruvian Sheep Herders of the Pacific Northwest

Sofia Jaramillo looks at the lives of Peruvian sheep herders who, isolated from their families, work in Washington State.


It's alive! Tom Hardy waxwork with beating heart unveiled in London

LONDON (Reuters) - Madame Tussauds waxwork museum is offering fans of actor Tom Hardy a new and unusual chance to get close to their idol - launching a waxwork figure of the actor with a beating heart, that visitors can pose with and even cuddle.

It's on: USA beats Russian athletes in curling

It is not exactly the height of the Cold War, but there is always a frisson when the USA meets Russia as it did in the opening curling match of the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Olympic Games (2018)

Norovirus Spreads at Olympics: Now 128 Confirmed Cases

With 42 more cases at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, officials are intensifying efforts to contain it.

Football recruit's mom walks out during signing ceremony

Four-star wide receiver Jacob Copeland committed to the University of Florida on National Signing Day. His mother walked out of the signing ceremony when he made the announcement.


U.S. IPOs start scraping through despite market jitters

(Reuters) - At least four companies managed to price their initial public offerings (IPOs) in New York on Wednesday, defying this week's stock market volatility which led to three other stock market flotations being postponed.

Right-wing media obsesses over FBI text message story. Hours later, it's debunked.

Travel and Vacations

On the Border: Through a Tijuana Turnstile and Into Tacos and Tortas

Tijuana, steps away from San Diego, is full of flavor: birria tacos, Caesar’s famous salads and creative Baja cuisine.


German coalition negotiators push through until dawn

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) negotiated through the night into Wednesday in a marathon final push to try to nail down a new coalition agreement.

GOP senator on Trump nominee: It's hard to confirm 'cynics and nuts'

One of President Donald Trump's nominees is drawing condemnation and mockery from a Republican senator over his past statements pushing conspiracy theories and unfounded political attacks on Trump's opponents. 


Kremlin says it's up to Russia where it deploys its missiles

MOSCOW (Reuters) - It is Russia's sovereign right to decide where it deploys its military resources on its own territory, a Kremlin spokesman said on Tuesday, commenting on reports that Russia had deployed nuclear-capable Iskander missiles in Kaliningrad.


BRIEF-SL Green Realty Says Matthew Diliberto, Co Agreed To Extend Diliberto's Term As CFO For Additional 3 Years Through Jan 1, 2021‍​


This water gun can cut through concrete


It's when, not if: Singapore worries, and prepares, for militant attack

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Armed officers patrol a train station where television screens and giant posters warn of the threat from militants. Nearby, fake gunmen storm a shopping mall in one of many recent terror attack simulations.


Italian man held after driving through city shooting at black people

ROME (Reuters) - An Italian man opened fire on African migrants in the central city of Macerata on Saturday, injuring six people before he was captured, in what police said was a racially motivated attack.

'Australian flu': It's not from Australia

We are speaking Italian each time we say "influenza."


Patriots seek record-tying sixth Super Bowl title

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - The defending champion New England Patriots will try to add to what is arguably the NFL's greatest dynasty when they seek a record-tying sixth Super Bowl title on Sunday.

Would you ride a 93 mph zip line through the mountains?

It's going to take some nerve to attach yourself to a zip wire, then whiz at velocities of close to 100 miles per hour down the UAE's highest mountain.

NFL stars reads mean tweets

Former and current NFL stars read out mean tweets about themselves ahead of Super Bowl weekend on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"

Parmalat SpA

‘My Baby Almost Died’: Formula Scandal Sends Shudders Through France

Lactalis, a giant dairy products company, has had to recall more than 7,000 tons of products contaminated with salmonella. It did not alert regulators to past problems.


After London launch, Ford to start Chariot minibus service in sixth U.S. city

LONDON (Reuters) - Ford will launch its Chariot minibus services in a sixth U.S. city "very shortly", further expanding the service designed to appeal to those moving away from traditional car ownership after it began in London this week, an executive told Reuters.


South Africa's water crisis spreads from Cape Town

KATSE DAM, Lesotho (Reuters) - Cape Town is running out of water and low dam levels in the emerald-green highlands of Lesotho are raising alarm bells in South Africa's industrial heartland around Johannesburg, which has so far avoided the shortages hitting other regions.


Trump preaches cooperation, but can he follow through?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump spoke of unifying the country and delivering for the American people -- and he has the opportunity to back up his words with action almost immediately.


Crumbling bridges? Fret not America, it's not that bad

WASHINGTON(Reuters) - In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Donald Trump called out the nation's crumbling infrastructure and called for more spending on bridges and roads.

If it's not the flu, this might be making you sick

A runny nose, cough, sore throat, breathing problems, fever, headache, diarrhea: If you came down with these symptoms in the middle of winter, you'd probably assume it's the flu and take to your bed immediately. Think again.


U.S. washer tariffs put Samsung, LG supply chains through the wringer

SEOUL (Reuters) - When South Korea's Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics last year announced plans to build home appliance factories in the United States, they hoped to sidestep any fallout from President Donald Trump's "America First" manufacturing and jobs mantra.


U.S. rejects proposals to unblock NAFTA, will seek 'breakthroughs'

MONTREAL (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's trade chief rejected Canadian proposals for unblocking NAFTA modernization talks on Monday but pledged to seek "breakthroughs" by late February, easing concerns that Washington would soon withdraw from the trilateral pact.


Golf: Day beats Noren at sixth extra hole in playoff

LA JOLLA, California (Reuters) - Australian Jason Day won for the first time in 20 months when he beat Alex Noren in eerie silence in a playoff at the Farmers Insurance Open on Monday.


5 Cheap(ish) Things to Help You Get Through Flu Season

It’s really bad this year! These five things can help.


Roche wins FDA's breakthrough therapy label for autism drug

ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss drugmaker Roche said on Monday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted its breakthrough therapy designation for Balovaptan to treat autism spectrum disorder (ASD), potentially accelerating its development and approval.

Hillary reads from 'Fire and Fury' at Grammys

Hillary Clinton appeared on the Grammy Awards to read for comedian James Corden's Best Spoken Word Album auditions.


Federer fights off Cilic to win sixth Australian Open

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Roger Federer fought off a fierce challenge from Croatia's Marin Cilic to claim a record-equaling sixth Australian Open title with 6-2 6-7(5) 6-3 3-6 6-1 victory on Sunday.


Federer fights off Cilic to win sixth Australian Open title

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Switzerland's Roger Federer claimed a record-equaling sixth Australian Open title with a 6-2 6-7(5) 6-3 3-6 6-1 victory over Croatia's Marin Cilic on Sunday.

Van Jones: It's been a tale of two presidencies

President Trump's second year is "a tale of two presidencies," Van Jones said Saturday in opening his new CNN show, arguing that while "our economy is coming up ... our society is coming apart."

Settle in with these weekend reads

A student suing to stop prayers in her school. A 12-year-old determined not to become a child bride. Grab a cup of coffee and settle in. Here's what you might have missed amid a busy news week:

Conan: It's exhausting to keep up with Trump

Conan O'Brien weighs in on the difficulties of being a comedian during the era of President Donald Trump, claiming "it's hard to find a joke that's more absurd than what's actually happening."


REFILE-GLOBAL MARKETS-World stocks party like it's '99, dollar wilts again

LONDON, Jan 26 (Reuters) - World stocks were set for their longest weekly winning streak since 1999 on Friday, while the dollar buckled again as its weakest run since 2010 reverberated through almost every major asset class.

Trump: It's an exciting day


South Korean hospital fire kills at least 37, patients walk through fire to escape

SEOUL (Reuters) - A fire in a South Korean hospital that did not have a sprinkler system killed at least 37 people and injured more than 70 others on Friday, officials said, the latest tragedy to raise concerns over the country's safety standards.

See what it's like to fly over Mars

Digital artist Jan Frojdman spent three weeks shifting through 33,000 images obtained from NASA to create this 3D model of Mars.


NAFTA negotiations grind on, little sign of quick breakthrough

MONTREAL (Reuters) - U.S. negotiators are holding firm in their demands for a wide-ranging overhaul of NAFTA, sources close to the talks said on Thursday, raising questions about whether any real movement is happening at the latest round of negotiations on the treaty.


UPDATE 3-NAFTA negotiations grind on, little sign of quick breakthrough

MONTREAL, Jan 25 (Reuters) - U.S. negotiators are holding firm in their demands for a wide-ranging overhaul of NAFTA, sources close to the talks said on Thursday, raising questions about whether any real movement is happening at the latest round of negotiations on the treaty.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Op-Ed Contributor: Seeing Through the Fog in the Mueller Russia Probe

Was there a conspiracy on the part of Trump’s inner circle to mislead federal officials?

Bedouin bet on Egypt's first through-hike

Seen from above, Egypt's Sinai Peninsula is a dun-colored triangle of desert, a vast wedge that splits Asia from Africa.

Mueller wants to talk to Trump and vice versa. So it's a done deal right? Not quite

Gowdy: 'It's nobody's business' who McCabe voted for

Rep. Trey Gowdy says he hopes President Donald Trump didn't ask then-acting FBI director Andrew McCabe who he voted for in the 2016 election.


BRIEF-Range Resources Sees About $1 Bln Of Cumulative Free Cash Flow Through 2022



China's illegal opioids enter U.S. through Postal Service gaps: probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Illegal shipments of the powerful and addictive opioid fentanyl are pouring into the United States by mail from China and the U.S. Postal Service must step up the use of high-tech detection methods to fight the problem, according to a congressional report unveiled on Wednesday.


A weak dollar 'good' for the U.S.? It's complicated

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A dollar rout intensified on Wednesday after U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said a lower greenback was "good for us" - though a weaker U.S. currency may not prove a long-term economic boost.

Judge reads from Nassar's letter, tosses it

Ahead of sentencing ex-USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, the crowd reacted as Judge Rosemarie Aquilina read part of a letter that Nassar wrote to the court.


25 Years After a Breakthrough at Sundance, Trying to Break Through Again

Leslie Harris’s indie “Just Another Girl on the I.R.T.” won a special jury prize in 1993, but making another film about a black woman has proved difficult.


Wary Federer through to semis after Hawkeye hiccup

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - A momentary loss of Roger Federer's trademark cool enlivened an otherwise routine victory by the defending champion over Tomas Berdych as the Swiss player moved into the semi-finals of the Australian Open on Wednesday.

It's WAY too early to count out Trump for 2020

A new CNN poll shows Donald Trump being easily beaten in 2020 by three potential Democratic nominees. Joe Biden is ahead 57-40%. Bernie Sanders by 55-42%. Oprah Winfrey by 51-42%.


Swiss marchers protest against Trump, break through Davos security cordon

ZURICH/DAVOS (Reuters) - Anti-capitalists marched through Swiss cities on Tuesday to protest a planned visit by U.S. President Donald Trump to the World Economic Forum (WEF) and broke through a security cordon in Davos.

Vermont becomes first state to legalize marijuana through legislature

Vermont, the "Green Mountain State," has become the first state to legalize marijuana by passing a law in the legislature rather than by use of a ballot measure.


Tennis: It's all about me, says cucumber cool Pliskova

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Karolina Pliskova may have been somewhat confused by being compared to a cucumber after reaching the quarter-finals of the Australian Open but she was crystal clear about what she needed to do to go a step further.


Halliburton upbeat on 2018 as oil recovery spreads

(Reuters) - U.S. oilfield services company Halliburton Co reported a bigger-than-expected adjusted quarterly profit on Monday and gave an upbeat outlook for 2018, as higher oil prices continue to push U.S. production to near-record levels.

McConnell: If we learned anything, it's this ...

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) contends that shutting down the government over "the issue of illegal immigration" is a strategy the American people didn't understand.

WSJ: Cohen paid porn star through private LLC created just weeks before election

Just weeks before the 2016 presidential election, President Donald Trump's lawyer formed a private LLC to pay a former porn star in exchange for not speaking publicly about an alleged sexual encounter with the then-candidate, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.


Car plows through Copacabana sidewalk, kills baby, injures 15

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A speeding car plowed through evening strollers on a crowded sidewalk of Rio's famed Copacabana beach on Thursday in an apparent accident, killing an 8-month old baby and injuring 15 people, police said.


Moira Donegan’s Spreadsheet Was an ‘Act of Real Solidarity’

Moira Donegan started the online spreadsheet of men in the media industry accused of sexual harassment. She spoke with The Times about why she created it and what her life has been like since.

Cupp: Tide pod insanity. It's better that we know

A small silver lining amid a life-threatening trend: Thanks to a generation's obsession with DIY stardom and oversharing, we can at least know immediately, in real time, about the dumb fadsand dangerous pranks sweeping the basements, mall food courts and parking lots across the country, writes SE Cupp, and do something to save lives.


Wall St. treads water as rising interest rates balance tech growth

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street's main indexes seesawed in choppy trade on Thursday, as gains in tech stocks offset losses in interest-rate sensitive sectors.


US STOCKS-Wall St treads water as rising interest rates balance tech growth

* Dow down 0.19 pct, S&P up 0.02 pct, Nasdaq up 0.16 pct (Updates to late afternoon, changes byline, adds dateline NEW YORK)

It's a real shame Trump didn't eat more fish

Cast your mind back to the 1970s. A young Czech-born model named Ivana joins her husband-to-be at the touristy restaurant called Tavern on the Green on the west side of New York's Central Park.

Why it's so hard to treat dementia

Finding a cure for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's is challenging. They're difficult to diagnose, and drugs struggle to get into the brain as the brain's blood supply is largely separate to the rest of the body.


Tennis: Injured Del Potro battles through to third round

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro battled an apparent thigh injury and sapping heat to down Russia's Karen Khachanov 6-4 7-6(4) 6-7(0) 6-4 and reach the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday.

As a new day dawns in DC, it's still unclear if Republican leaders have enough support to keep the government open

House Republican leaders are moving toward a vote Thursday to avoid a shutdown, but as a new day dawns in Washington, it's still unclear if GOP leaders have enough support to keep the government open.


Chelsea through on penalties, Bournemouth lose to Wigan

LONDON (Reuters) - Chelsea won a penalty shootout to beat second tier Norwich City on Wednesday and sneak into the FA Cup fourth round following a tempestuous replay that ended 1-1 after extra time with the Premier League champions reduced to nine men.


Police comb through filthy California home where starving siblings found

(Reuters) - Investigators on Wednesday conducted an exhaustive search of the foul-smelling, filthy tract home east of Los Angeles where a California couple are accused of keeping captive and nearly starving 13 minor and adult children, police said.

It's so cold here, eyelashes are freezing

Temperatures in parts of the Siberian region of Yakutia have dropped to minus 67 degrees Celsius, prompting even eyelashes to freeze.


Wave of looting shutters stores, spreads fear in Venezuela

CARACAS/SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela (Reuters) - A wave of looting by hungry mobs across Venezuela has left streets of shuttered shops in provincial towns and pushed some store owners to arm themselves with guns and machetes, stirring fear that the turmoil could spread to the capital Caracas.


Arson attack rips through office of Russian human rights group

MOSCOW (Reuters) - One of Russia's biggest human rights groups said on Wednesday that one of its offices in southern Russia had been badly damaged in an overnight arson attack, an incident it said was part of a campaign to drive it from the region.


Amid tension, China carrier group sails through Taiwan Strait

TAIPEI (Reuters) - A Chinese carrier group has sailed through the narrow Taiwan Strait that separates the self-ruled island from its giant neighbor but no unusual activity was detected, Taiwan said on Wednesday, amid heightened tension with Beijing.


Guatemalan president reshuffles cabinet halfway through term

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales reshuffled his cabinet on Tuesday, changing his ministers for the environment, the economy and social development as he reached the halfway point of his four-year term.


BRIEF-NSK Will Probably Generate Roughly 108 Bln Yen In Group Operating Profit In The Year Through March 2019 - Nikkei



Philippine province declares 'calamity' as volcano lava spreads

MANILA (Reuters) - A central Philippine province declared a state of calamity on Tuesday as a volcano spewed lava that reached the limits of a six-km radius no-go zone and spread ash on nearby farming villages.


U.N. hopes imports will help 'stave off famine' in Yemen as diphtheria spreads

GENEVA (Reuters) - The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen has authorized four U.S.-funded cranes to operate at Hodeidah port until Friday, United Nations aid agencies said on Tuesday, calling for the date to be extended to permit continued offloading of life-saving goods.


Sublime Federer breezes through Melbourne opener

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Defending champion Roger Federer was quickly into his majestic stride with a straight-sets victory over Slovenian Aljaz Bedene in his opening match at the Australian Open on Tuesday.


Federer breezes through opener in Melbourne

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Defending champion Roger Federer got quickly into his majestic stride with a straight-sets win over Slovenian Aljaz Bedene in his opening match at the Australian Open on Tuesday.

Fish and Other Marine Life

Huge Oil Spill Spreads in East China Sea, Stirring Environmental Fears

The disaster could be the worst oil spill in decades, and Greenpeace calls it a threat to “an important spawning ground” for fish and several whale species.


Fire rips through 17th century heritage building in Indonesia

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A huge fire destroyed most of a Dutch colonial heritage site dating back to the 17th century, including a maritime museum, in the north of the capital Jakarta on Tuesday.


BRIEF-KBR Says No Disruption To UK Defense Project Being Executed Through JV With Carillion



Erdogan: we will 'strangle' U.S.-backed force in Syria "before it's even born"

BEIRUT/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan threatened on Monday to "strangle" a planned 30,000-strong U.S.-backed force in Syria "before it's even born," as Washington's backing for Kurdish fighters drove a wedge into relations with one of its main Middle East allies.


Erdogan: we will 'strangle' U.S.-backed force in Syria 'before it's even born'

BEIRUT/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan threatened on Monday to "strangle" a planned 30,000-strong U.S.-backed force in Syria "before it's even born," as Washington's backing for Kurdish fighters drove a wedge into relations with one of its main Middle East allies.


Philippines widens evacuation area as lava spreads around restive volcano

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines ordered the forced evacuation of people from two more municipalities near a restive volcano on Monday as the chief volcanologist warned of a possible hazardous eruption "within weeks or even within days".


VW to spend more than $3.3 billion through 2020 on U.S. model expansion

DETROIT (Reuters) - Volkswagen plans to spend more than $3.3 billion on development and production of new models in North America from 2018 to 2020 as the German group reboots operations in the world's second-largest auto market.


VW to spend more than $3.3 bln through 2020 on U.S. model expansion

DETROIT, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Volkswagen plans to spend more than $3.3 billion on development and production of new models in North America from 2018 to 2020 as the German group reboots operations in the world's second-largest auto market.


Factbox: Mascots at Winter Olympics through the years

(Reuters) - A list of the mascots for the Winter Olympics from 1968-2018:


Corporations may dodge billions in U.S. taxes through new loophole: experts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A loophole in the new U.S. tax law could allow multinational corporations like Apple Inc to avoid paying billions of dollars in taxes on profits stashed overseas, according to experts.


Corporations may dodge billions in U.S. taxes through new loophole -experts

WASHINGTON, Jan 11 (Reuters) - A loophole in the new U.S. tax law could allow multinational corporations like Apple Inc to avoid paying billions of dollars in taxes on profits stashed overseas, according to experts.


Putin says it's up to Washington, not Moscow, to improve ties

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday it was up to Washington and not Moscow to improve ties between the two countries.

European Commission

Op-Ed Contributor: The Battle Line for Western Values Runs Through Poland

If the European Union confronts the populist, nationalist government in Warsaw, it can prove that it stands for something.


BRIEF-First Commonwealth To Enter The Cincinnati Market Through The Acquisition Of Foundation Bank


Opinion: The problem isn't Trump's brain. It's his heart.

During an hourlong performance Tuesday at a table crowded with lawmakers -- let's call it The President Show -- Donald Trump appeared determined to prove two things. The first was obvious: After much speculation about his temperament, inspired by the dark portrait painted in the book "Fire and Fury," he no doubt wanted to show himself to be an executive in command of the issues and fit to govern. The second was that he is a good man with a warm heart.


BRIEF-Sinclair Broadcast, ABC Announce Extension, Renewals Of Affiliation Agreements Through 2022



METALS-Nickel pushes through technical levels to 2-1/2 year high

LONDON, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Nickel broke through key technical levels to reach its highest since 2015 on Wednesday as a sharply weaker dollar helped push dollar-denominated industrial metals broadly higher by making them cheaper for users of other currencies.


BRIEF-Caesarstone Says Averbuch Will Remain With Co Through The End Of First Quarter Of 2018



Corals die, farmers suffer through Australia's third-hottest year

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia had its third-hottest year on record in 2017, the country's weather bureau said on Wednesday, as global warming changed the continent's climate and farmers warned unpredictable seasons are hurting the $47 billion agricultural sector.

Exxon claims it's the victim of a vast conspiracy


BRIEF-Therapix Biosciences Announces Expansion Into Precision Medicine Through New Fully-Owned Subsidiary



North, South Korea agree to resolve issues through dialogue

SEOUL (Reuters) - North and South Korea on Tuesday agreed on negotiations to resolve problems and military talks aimed at averting accidental conflict, after their first official dialogue in more than two years, as Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program fuels tension.


BRIEF-Azure Power - Won 200 Megawatt Solar Power Project Through Auction Conducted By Solar Energy Corp Of India


Dems on Oprah: It's not crazy and she could win, but ...


Britain sends frigate to escort Russian ships through English Channel

LONDON (Reuters) - A British frigate escorted Russian ships through the English Channel on Monday, Britain's defense ministry said, adding that it was the latest sign of an upsurge in Russian naval activity near UK waters over the festive period.


'Three Billboards' wins big as Golden Globes power through sex scandal

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Dark drama "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" was the big winner with four Golden Globes awards on Sunday on a night marked by scathing jokes about sexual harassment and passionate odes to those breaking their silence.