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New Zealand Labour to form next government with support of small nationalist party

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 3:01am
WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand's Labour leader Jacinda Ardern will form the country's next government after gaining the support of a small nationalist party holding the balance of power following an inconclusive Sept. 23 election.

Thirty years ago this week, Wall Street slid into the abyss

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 2:55am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Thirty years ago, before heading to work at the New York Stock Exchange, Peter Kenny left his home in lower Manhattan and made a detour to the nearby Our Lady of Victory church to pray to St. Jude, the Roman Catholic patron saint of desperate and lost causes.

Taliban kill at least 43 Afghan troops as they storm base: officials

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 2:39am
KABUL (Reuters) - The Afghan Taliban stormed a military base in the south of the country killing at least 43 troops on Thursday, the Defence Ministry said, with the militants putting the toll at at least 60.

'Nowhere to hide': North Korean missiles spur anxiety in Japan fishing town

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 1:58am
ERIMO, Japan (Reuters) - Ever since North Korea lobbed two missiles far above this windswept fishing town on Japan's northern island of Hokkaido, seaweed farmer Mitsuyo Kawamura says she's been on edge.

Senate poised for crucial vote related to tax reform measure

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:12am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's drive to overhaul the U.S. tax code headed for a pivotal moment on Thursday, with Senate Republicans poised to approve a budget measure that would help them pass tax legislation without Democratic support.

China's third-quarter economic growth slows as expected, property measures bite

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 11:47pm
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's economic growth slowed slightly in the third quarter, as expected, as the government's efforts to rein in property market and debt risks tempered activity in the world's second-largest economy.

China suggests Xi's political ideology to be elevated in party constitution

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:35pm
BEIJING (Reuters) - Top Chinese officials have praised President Xi Jinping's political ideology unveiled at a key Communist Party Congress, an indication that he could cement his power with his new slogan being incorporated into the party's constitution.

China third-quarter GDP grows 6.8 percent year-on-year, meets expectations

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 9:06pm
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's economy grew 6.8 percent in the third quarter from a year earlier, official data showed on Thursday, in-line with expectations and below the previous quarter's growth as fixed asset investment growth slowed.

Special Report: Backroom battle imperils $230 million cryptocurrency venture

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 8:56pm
ZUG, Switzerland/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Just three months ago, a tech project called Tezos raised $232 million online in a wildly successful "initial coin offering," in which new digital currency is parcelled out to buyers. At the time, it was the most money ever raised from the public in the white-hot cryptocurrency sector.

Exclusive: Trump selects Washington lawyer Joe Simons to head FTC - official

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 6:50pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump has selected Joseph Simons, an antitrust attorney from a Washington law firm, to head the Federal Trade Commission, a White House official said on Wednesday.

White House says Trump's check to military family has been sent

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 6:27pm
That was the message from the White House on Wednesday after the father of a slain U.S. Army sergeant said a generous offer from President Donald Trump had not materialized.

Blue Apron cuts 6 percent of its workforce

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 5:59pm
(Reuters) - Blue Apron Holdings Inc said it had cut about 6 percent of its total workforce, nearly four months after going public, as the meal-kit delivery company comes under increasing pressure from deep-pocketed rivals such as Inc .

Exclusive: White House to nominate Simons, Phillips, Chopra to FTC - White House official

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 5:51pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House will nominate Joseph Simons, Noah Phillips and Rohit Chopra to the Federal Trade Commission, a White House official said on Wednesday.

Spain-Catalonia standoff set to intensify as leaders take hard lines

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 5:48pm
MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's political showdown with Catalonia is set to reach a new level on Thursday when political leaders in Madrid and Barcelona are expected to make good on pledges made to their supporters to stick to their tough positions over the region's future.

Canada's Quebec province to ban face coverings in public sector

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 4:15pm
QUEBEC CITY, Quebec (Reuters) - Quebec will ban face coverings for people giving or receiving provincial government services under a law passed on Wednesday that rights groups have criticized as marginalizing Muslim women in the mainly French-speaking Canadian province.

Senate Republicans appear to have votes to pave way to tax reform

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 3:06pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republicans appeared to have enough votes on Wednesday to pass a budget measure that is crucial to President Donald Trump's hopes of enacting tax reform legislation before the end of the year.

Judge raises doubts over suit against Trump on foreign payments

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 3:06pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge in New York voiced skepticism on Wednesday over whether groups and individuals should be able to proceed with a lawsuit against President Donald Trump alleging that he violated the U.S. Constitution by accepting foreign payments through his hotels and other businesses.

White House says Trump opposes Senate's bipartisan Obamacare deal

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 3:04pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan deal from two senators to stabilize Obamacare by restoring subsidies to health insurers suffered major setbacks on Wednesday with the White House saying President Donald Trump now opposes it and senior Republicans speaking out against it.

Ford to recall 1.34 million trucks in North America for door latch fix

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 3:03pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co said on Wednesday it would recall 1.34 million 2015-17 Ford F-150 and 2017 Ford Super Duty trucks in North America to add water shields to side door latches at a cost of $267 million.

On Iran, U.S. asks U.N. Security Council: 'Where's the outrage?'

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 2:24pm
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States accused Iran on Wednesday of violating several United Nations Security Council resolutions, saying it would no longer "turn a blind eye" and asking the 15-member council of Tehran's behavior: "where's the outrage?"