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Special Report: In Mosul's fall, informers played vital role against Islamic State

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 5:32am
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - One informer said he hid the sim card from his mobile phone in a water filter to avoid detection by Islamic State. Another concealed his in a sack of rice and made calls to his Iraqi handlers from a basement.

Catalonia to declare independence from Spain as soon as weekend: leader

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 5:15am
BARCELONA/MADRID (Reuters) - Catalonia will move as soon as this weekend to declare independence from Spain, the region's leader said, moving the European Union country closer to a rupture that threatens the foundations of its young democracy.

Warren Buffett, Larry Fink criticize Trump tax plan

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 4:00am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's tax reform plan came under new criticism on Tuesday from two towering Wall Street figures, including billionaire investor Warren Buffett, who called into question a Republican drive to slash the U.S. corporate rate.

Majority of Germans want Merkel's conservatives, FDP, Greens to form govt

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 2:26am
BERLIN (Reuters) - More than half of Germans, 57 percent, want a three-way coalition between Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) and Greens to govern their country, a Forsa survey for Stern magazine showed on Wednesday.

Divided Uber board reaches peace with SoftBank, governance deal

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 8:56pm
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc's [UBER.UL] fractured board declared peace on Tuesday, attempting to put months of strife behind it by unanimously passing a series of measures to shore up corporate governance, bring in major investor SoftBank and diminish the power of former Chief Executive Travis Kalanick.

Yahoo says all three billion accounts hacked in 2013 data theft

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 7:56pm
(Reuters) - Yahoo on Tuesday said that all 3 billion of its accounts were hacked in a 2013 data theft, tripling its earlier estimate of the size of the largest breach in history, in a disclosure that attorneys said sharply increased the legal exposure of its new owner, Verizon Communications Inc .

Bombardier dispute risks Northern Irish peace, Ireland to tell U.S.

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 7:44pm
DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland's foreign minister will raise Dublin's concerns over the impact a trade dispute between the United States and Canada's Bombardier could have on Northern Ireland's peace process when he meets Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross this week.

Las Vegas massacre probe turns to gunman's girlfriend in Philippines

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 7:21pm
LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - The investigation into the motives of a Las Vegas retiree who killed 59 people in the bloodiest mass shooting in modern U.S. history turned on Tuesday to the gunman's girlfriend in the Philippines, where she turned up after the massacre, authorities said.

Uber board votes in favor of SoftBank deal, governance changes

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 6:22pm
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc directors on Tuesday voted to allow Japan's SoftBank Group to invest in the ride services company and approved a series of governance changes that increases the independence of the board and decreases the influence of former Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick.

Yahoo says all 3 billion accounts hacked in 2013 data theft

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 5:48pm
(Reuters) - Yahoo on Tuesday said that all 3 billion of its accounts were hacked in a 2013 data theft, tripling its earlier estimate of the size of the largest breach in history, which already had spawned a nationwide lawsuit.

Trump administration backpedals on citizenship for 'Dreamers'

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 5:33pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. official told Congress on Tuesday it would be "rational" to legislate a path for citizenship for illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children, but within hours the administration backtracked, saying his comments did not state the views of President Donald Trump.

Spain's King condemns Catalan leaders as thousands take to streets

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 4:55pm
BARCELONA (Reuters) - Spain's King Felipe VI on Tuesday accused Catalan secessionist leaders of shattering democratic principles and dividing Catalan society, as thousands took to the streets to protest against a violent police crackdown against the banned independence referendum held on Sunday.

Justice Kennedy on hot seat in major voting rights case

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 3:43pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Supreme Court justices clashed on Tuesday over whether courts should curb the long-standing U.S. political practice of drawing electoral maps to entrench one party in power, with conservative Anthony Kennedy likely to cast the deciding vote.

Hurricane recovery helps boost U.S. September new auto sales

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 3:31pm
DETROIT (Reuters) - Major automakers on Tuesday posted higher U.S. new vehicle sales in September as consumers in hurricane-hit parts of the country replaced flood-damaged cars, extending a rally in their shares that began when Hurricane Harvey hit southeast Texas in late August.

Motive for Las Vegas concert massacre baffles investigators

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 2:55pm
LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Law enforcement officials puzzled on Tuesday over what motivated a retiree with no criminal record to assemble an arsenal in a high-rise Las Vegas hotel and rain gunfire onto a outdoor concert, killing at least 59 people.

Trump praises response to Puerto Rico, says crisis straining budget

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 2:49pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump expressed satisfaction on Tuesday with the federal response to Hurricane Maria's devastation of Puerto Rico, despite criticism that the government was slow to address the crisis and two weeks later much of the island's residents are still without basic necessities.

Goldman CEO keeps open mind on digital currency bitcoin

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 2:38pm
(Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein said he is keeping an open mind on bitcoin after a media report that the investment bank was exploring a new trading operation dedicated to cryptocurrencies.

Defense Secretary Mattis suggests sticking with Iran nuclear deal

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 2:34pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Tuesday the United States should consider staying in the Iran nuclear deal unless it were proven that Tehran was not abiding by the agreement or that it was not in the U.S. national interest to do so.

Trump administration backs citizenship path for 'Dreamers': official

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 2:21pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration would support legislation allowing illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children to gain lawful permanent status and eventually citizenship, a Department of Homeland Security official said in testimony to Congress on Tuesday.

Two Wall Street giants criticize Trump tax plan

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 2:07pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's tax reform plan came under new criticism on Tuesday from two towering Wall Street figures, including billionaire investor Warren Buffett, who called into question a Republican drive to slash the U.S. corporate rate.

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