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Turkey says U.S. conviction of banker is 'unprecedented interference'

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 4:36am
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey said on Thursday a U.S. jury's decision to convict a Turkish banker for helping Iran evade sanctions was an unprecedented interference in its internal affairs, and dismissed the court case as a political plot.

Tony Blair tells UK voters: time is running out to stop Brexit folly

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 4:17am
LONDON (Reuters) - Former British prime minister Tony Blair told voters on Thursday that time was running out to reverse Brexit, a folly that he said would torpedo Britain's remaining clout and be regretted for generations to come.

Exclusive: Trump administration to announce cuts in 'security assistance' for Pakistan

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 4:15am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's administration has been informing members of Congress that it will announce as soon as Wednesday plans to cut off "security assistance" to Pakistan, congressional aides said on Wednesday, a day after the White House warned Islamabad it would have to do more to maintain U.S. aid.

Quest for new oil discoveries still on back burner

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 4:08am
LONDON (Reuters) - Despite the strongest start for oil prices in four years, the world's top oil companies are hesitating to accelerate the search for new resources as a determination to retain capital discipline trumps the hope of making bonanza discoveries.

Nobel peace laureate Ebadi urges Iranians to keep up protests

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 3:11am
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi urged the people of Iran to engage in civil disobedience and press on with nationwide protests that are posing the boldest challenge to its leaders since pro-reform unrest in 2009.

Israeli military to probe death of disabled Palestinian in Gaza

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 2:16am
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The Israeli military said on Thursday it would further investigate the death of a wheechair-bound Palestinian who was killed in clashes over U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Trump breaks with Bannon, says former White House aide 'lost his mind'

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 11:06pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump blasted former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon on Wednesday as having "lost his mind" in the fallout over damaging comments Bannon made about Trump's son Donald Trump Jr. in excerpts from a new book.

Los Angeles' large Iranian community cheers anti-regime protests

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 9:36pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Many in Los Angeles' Iranian expatriate community, the largest in the United States, are heartened by anti-government street protests back home but want to make sure international focus stays on what they see as a struggle for democracy.

Asian shares at 10-year peak on upbeat data, oil elevated on Iran unrest

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 8:42pm
TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares scaled a 10-year high on Thursday as solid economic data from the United States and Germany reinforced investors' optimism while oil prices hovered at 2-1/2-year high with unrest in Iran stoking supply disruption concerns.

Friends of arrested Reuters reporter in Myanmar pour out hearts on social media

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 8:26pm
YANGON (Reuters) - Ever since Reuters Myanmar reporter Wa Lone was arrested on Dec. 12 on suspicion of violating the Official Secrets Act, friends and former colleagues have poured out their hearts and expressed hopes for his release on social media.

Security flaws put virtually all phones, computers at risk

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 8:25pm
FRANKFURT/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Security researchers on Wednesday disclosed a set of security flaws that they said could let hackers steal sensitive information from nearly every modern computing device containing chips from Intel Corp, Advanced Micro Devices Inc and ARM Holdings.

Tesla pushes back Model 3 production target again, despite progress

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 6:15pm
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Tesla Inc delayed a production target for its new Model 3 sedan for the second time on Wednesday, disappointing investors even as it claimed "major progress" overcoming manufacturing challenges that have hampered the vehicle's rollout.

'Bombogenesis' takes aim at U.S. Northeast as snow sweeps South

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 5:11pm
CHARLESTON, S.C./BOSTON (Reuters) - A rare winter storm hit the U.S. Southeast on Wednesday, bringing Florida's capital its first snow in three decades and snarling travel, while New England braced for a "bombogenesis" blizzard forecast to bring heavy accumulations on Thursday.

Americans should worry about Kim's mental fitness, not Trump's: White House

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 4:48pm
WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - The White House on Wednesday defended Donald Trump's tweet about the size of his nuclear button, saying Americans should be concerned about the North Korean leader's mental fitness, not their president's.

Iran deploys Revolutionary Guards to quell 'sedition' in protest hotbeds

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 3:01pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards have deployed forces to three provinces to put down anti-government unrest after six days of protests that have rattled the clerical leadership and left 21 people dead.

Canada criticizes U.S. softwood lumber duties, vows to resist

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 2:54pm
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - The Canadian government on Wednesday criticized the United States for a decision to impose duties on certain softwood lumber exports and underlined its determination to fight the move.

Trump breaks with Bannon, says former aide 'lost his mind'

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 2:48pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday blasted former White House adviser Steve Bannon as having "lost his mind" in the fallout over damaging comments Bannon made about Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., in excerpts of a new book.

'Bombogenesis' takes aim at U.S. Northeast as South hit by snow

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 2:26pm
CHARLESTON, S.C./BOSTON (Reuters) - A rare winter storm hit the U.S. Southeast on Wednesday, bringing Florida's capital its first snow in three decades and snarling travel, while New England braced for a "bombogenesis" blizzard forecast to bring heavy accumulations on Thursday.

Fed policymakers see future rate rises guided by inflation, fiscal stimulus

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 2:17pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Federal Reserve policymakers showed worry over the fate of currently low inflation and saw recent tax changes as providing a boost to consumer spending, according to the minutes of the U.S. central bank's last policy meeting on Dec. 12-13 released on Wednesday.

Spotify makes confidential filing for U.S. IPO: source

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 12:14pm
NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Music streaming service Spotify has filed confidentially with U.S. regulators for an initial public offering and is targeting a direct listing in the first half of 2018 that would allow some longtime investors to cash out, a source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.