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In Syria, Russia securing position as Assad presses war

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 8:33am
BEIRUT (Reuters) - With the map of Syria's conflict decisively redrawn in President Bashar al-Assad's favor, his Russian allies want to convert military gains into a settlement that stabilizes the shattered nation and secures their interests in the region.

Exclusive: Italy plans big handover of sea rescues to Libya coastguard

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 8:32am
ROME/TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Italy wants Libya's coastguard to take responsibility within three years for intercepting migrants across about a tenth of the Mediterranean even as Libyan crews struggle to patrol their own coast and are accused of making deadly mistakes at sea.

CSX shares tumble after CEO's medical leave

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 8:09am
(Reuters) - CSX Corp's shares tumbled on Friday in premarket trading after the No. 3 U.S. railroad said Chief Executive Hunter Harrison was taking medical leave for unexpected complications from a recent unspecified illness.

U.S. says concerned about Myanmar's silence over where Reuters journalists are being held

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 6:57am
YANGON (Reuters) - The U.S. embassy in Myanmar said on Friday it was concerned that there had been no word on the whereabouts of two Reuters journalists three days after they were detained, and that authorities had not allowed their families to visit them.

World trade order in a wobble as Washington snubs WTO status quo

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 6:43am
BERLIN (Reuters) - The frustration of Roberto Azevedo was evident when, as director general of the World Trade Organization, he summed up the results of a three-day ministerial conference in Buenos Aires in the past week. There were simply none.

Congo child soldiers awarded $10 million compensation in landmark ruling

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 6:39am
THE HAGUE (Reuters) - International war crimes judges awarded $10 million in compensation on Friday to child soldiers recruited by convicted Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga - the largest reparation of it kind.

Bitcoin hits new record high as warnings grow

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 5:47am
LONDON (Reuters) - Bitcoin blasted to another all-time high of just over $17,750 on Friday, up 8 percent on the day, as concerns grew over the risks of investing in the highly volatile and speculative instrument.

Some Canada firms could move to U.S. amid NAFTA worries: survey

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 5:21am
OTTAWA (Reuters) - More a quarter of Canadian firms could move part of their operations to the United States amid uncertainty over the future of the NAFTA trade pact, the nation's export credit agency said on Friday.

Kremlin: Putin and Trump agreed to exchange information on North Korea

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 5:19am
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Friday that President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump had agreed in a phone call to exchange information about North Korea and cooperate on possible initiatives to resolve a crisis around the Asian nation.

Ryanair to recognize unions in historic shift to stop strike

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 5:16am
DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ryanair has offered to recognize pilot unions for the first time in its 32-year history in a last-minute bid to stop its first-ever pilot strike from taking place later on Friday.

Tesla largely responsible for slide in U.S. home solar sales: report

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 5:10am
(Reuters) - After years of double-digit growth, home solar installations in the United States are poised to fall for the first time this year, according to a report released on Thursday by GTM Research.

Mexico plots open trade course to escape Trump's NAFTA threats

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 5:09am
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's 'America First' brand of economic nationalism is pushing Mexico to seek sanctuary in more open commercial ties elsewhere to soften the blow of a possible breakdown of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Family-friendly Disney to bring edgier Fox fare to streaming video

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 4:06am
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co is poised to add foul-mouthed superhero Deadpool and gory TV series "American Horror Story" to its portfolio, a novel move for the king of family-friendly entertainment into the adult-oriented programming consumers are devouring on streaming video.

Transneft says its computers were used for mining cryptocurrency

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 4:00am
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Computers at Transneft have been used for the unauthorized manufacture, or "mining", of the cryptocurrency Monero, a vice-president of the Russian pipeline operator said.

Documentarian Morgan Spurlock steps down after admitting misconduct

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 7:16pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Award-winning U.S. documentary maker Morgan Spurlock stepped down from his production company on Thursday after saying on social media that he had engaged in sexual misconduct.

Murdoch bets live sports and news will boost new, smaller Fox

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 7:06pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Rupert Murdoch is banking on Americans' love of live sports and breaking news for a new, slimmed down version of his Fox TV business after selling the company's film studios and international operations to Walt Disney Co .

Republicans join push to lift secrecy around misconduct in Congress

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 5:08pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Prominent Republican senators on Thursday embraced a push to overhaul rules for addressing sexual harassment in the U.S. Congress, signing on to a bill that would protect victims and require lawmakers to pay for their own settlements.

Firefighter killed battling massive California blaze

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 4:45pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A firefighter was killed while battling a massive wildfire burning in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, fire officials said on Thursday.

U.N. chief presses for release of arrested Reuters journalists in Myanmar

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 4:43pm
TOKYO/YANGON (Reuters) - The arrest of two Reuters journalists in Yangon this week was a signal that press freedom is shrinking in Myanmar and the international community must do all it can to get them released, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Thursday.

Uber investor departs venture firm amid harassment claims

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 4:35pm
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Silicon Valley investor Shervin Pishevar, known for his early bet on Uber Technologies Inc, said on Thursday that he would sever ties with his venture capital company, Sherpa Capital, after being accused of sexual misconduct.

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