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Kidnappers abduct two Americans, two Canadians in Nigeria; two police killed

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 1:50pm
KADUNA, Nigeria (Reuters) - Kidnappers have abducted two Americans and two Canadians in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna, killing two police officers, a police spokesman said on Wednesday.

Mexico ex-first lady would end husband's army policy if elected

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 1:14pm
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican presidential hopeful and former first lady Margarita Zavala pledged to curb violence and crime by pulling soldiers off the streets in a reversal of her husband's military-led drug strategy that ushered in a sharp increase in violence.

Twitter may notify users exposed to Russian propaganda during 2016 election

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 12:37pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Twitter may notify users whether they were exposed to content generated by a suspected Russian propaganda service, a company executive told U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday.

Kidnappers abduct two Americans, two Canadians in Nigeria, two police killed: police official

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 11:41am
KADUNA, Nigeria (Reuters) - Kidnappers have abducted two Americans and two Canadians in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna, killing two police officers, a police spokesman said on Wednesday.

Goldman investors rattled by latest plunge in bond trading

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 11:20am
(Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc on Wednesday reported a sharp drop in trading revenue that renewed questions about its ability to revive a moribund profit driver or find business to replace it, sending shares down 3 percent.

Russia: North Korea summit undermines U.N., aggravates situation

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 10:54am
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia hit out on Wednesday at a U.S.-led effort to increase international pressure on North Korea, saying it was making the situation worse and undermining the United Nations.

Flights canceled, schools closed across snowy U.S. South

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 10:26am
(Reuters) - A bitter winter storm gripped much of the South on Wednesday, prompting schools to close and causing thousands of flight delays and cancellations as snow, ice and record-breaking cold hit the region.

Republicans eye another short-term bill to fund government

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 9:27am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House dispatched chief of staff John Kelly to meet with Hispanic members of Congress on Wednesday to ease tensions over an immigration issue threatening to derail efforts on a funding bill to avert a partial government shutdown.

Bitcoin slumps below $10,000, half its peak, as regulatory fears intensify

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 9:20am
LONDON/TOKYO (Reuters) - Bitcoin skidded below $10,000 on Wednesday, halving in value from its peak price, with investors gripped by fears regulators could clamp down on the volatile cryptocurrency that sky-rocketed last year.

Tech stocks lead Wall Street higher; banks drop

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 9:11am
(Reuters) - Wall Street's main indexes were lifted by modest gains in technology stocks on Wednesday, led by Microsoft, IBM and Intel.

Pennsylvania race to test Democrats' hopes for anti-Trump wave

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 8:45am
HOUSTON, Pa. (Reuters) - The conservative southwest corner of Pennsylvania, a patchwork of small towns, farms and Pittsburgh suburbs where voters backed Republican Donald Trump by 20 percentage points in 2016, seems an unlikely spot for a possible Democratic renaissance.

Koreas to form unified ice hockey team, march together in Olympics

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 8:22am
SEOUL (Reuters) - The two Koreas will field a combined women's ice hockey team and march together under one flag at next month's Winter Olympics in the South, Seoul said on Wednesday, after a new round of talks amid a thaw in cross-border ties.

Goldman posts first quarterly loss in 6 years on tax hit; trading slumps

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 7:58am
(Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Inc on Wednesday posted its first quarterly loss in six years on a huge tax charge but adjusted profit trumped analysts' estimates, as strength in the investment banking business cushioned the blow from a slump in trading.

Bitcoin jolted by regulation worries, tumbles 11 percent on extended sell-off

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 6:08am
TOKYO/LONDON (Reuters) - Bitcoin skidded more than 11 percent on Wednesday, extending a precipitous downturn in fortunes with investors spooked by fears regulators might clamp down on an asset whose value has skyrocketed in the past year.

Euro surge threatens profitable bond trades

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 5:26am
LONDON (Reuters) - The euro's sizzling January rally is undermining one of the most profitable bond market trades of recent years by potentially raising hedging costs and thereby eroding profits of overseas investors.

#MeToo effect: Calls flood U.S. sexual assault hotlines

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 5:14am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The phones at U.S. sexual assault hotlines have been ringing in record numbers as the #MeToo social movement spurs victims to reach out for help, sending organizations scrambling to keep up.

Exclusive: J&J attracts Chinese interest for diabetes business in potential $3-4 billion deal - sources

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 5:09am
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese bidders are circling a diabetes care business owned by the world's largest healthcare company Johnson & Johnson in a deal that could fetch up to $4 billion, five people with direct knowledge told Reuters.

As Trump heads to Davos, survey points to rising risk of war

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 3:03am
BERLIN (Reuters) - The risk of political and economic confrontations between major powers, including outright military conflicts, has risen sharply, according to a survey released by the World Economic Forum (WEF) days before its annual gathering in Davos.

North Korea to send cheerleaders to Olympics but Japan sees little to applaud

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 2:38am
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea will send a 230-strong cheering squad to the Winter Olympics in the South next month, Seoul said on Wednesday after both sides held talks amid a thaw in inter-Korean ties and as Japan urged caution over the North's "charm offensive".

Bitcoin jolted by regulation worries, falls 7 percent on extended selloff

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 12:08am
TOKYO/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Bitcoin extended its sharp tumble of the past 24 hours, skidding more than seven percent on Wednesday in a rapid downturn in fortunes as investors were spooked by fears regulators might clamp down on an asset whose value has skyrocketed in the past year.