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Venezuela's Maduro defends disputed vote, opposition divided

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 2:42pm
CARACAS (Reuters) - President Nicolas Maduro defended Venezuela's "secure" election system on Tuesday as opponents struggled to present a united front over allegations of fraud in a nationwide vote surprisingly won by the ruling socialists.

New cancer drugs help Johnson & Johnson top profit estimates

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 2:00pm
(Reuters) - Johnson & Johnson posted better-than-expected third-quarter earnings, raising its full-year forecast due to growth from new cancer drugs and high-margin treatments picked up in its $30 billion acquisition of Actelion earlier this year.

U.S. indicts major Chinese traffickers for selling fentanyl online

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 12:00pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice has indicted two major Chinese drug traffickers on charges of making illegal versions of fentanyl and selling the highly addictive drug to Americans over the internet and through international mail.

New cancer drugs help J&J top profit estimates

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 12:00pm
(Reuters) - Johnson & Johnson posted better-than-expected third-quarter earnings, raising its full-year forecast due to growth from new cancer drugs and high-margin treatments picked up in its $30 billion acquisition of Actelion earlier this year.

Wall Street banks look beyond trading to drive profits

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 11:51am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street rivals Goldman Sachs Group Inc and Morgan Stanley topped analyst expectations on Tuesday, reporting third-quarter earnings gains from a range of products and services despite an industry-wide decline in bond trading.

After victory in Raqqa over IS, Kurds face tricky peace

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:53am
RAQQA, Syria/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Kurdish groups who led the fight against Islamic State in its former capital Raqqa must navigate a complex peace to avoid ethnic tension with the city's Arab majority and to secure critical U.S. aid.

FCC chairman rejects Trump suggestion on broadcast licenses

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:36am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission's chairman said Tuesday the agency does not have authority to revoke broadcast licenses, despite suggestions from President Donald Trump.

Exclusive: Microsoft responded quietly after detecting secret database hack in 2013

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:24am
(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp's secret internal database for tracking bugs in its own software was broken into by a highly sophisticated hacking group more than four years ago, according to five former employees, in only the second known breach of such a corporate database.

U.S. indicts two Chinese in fentanyl trafficking case

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 9:04am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday it has indicted two major Chinese drug traffickers on charges of making and selling fentanyl to American customers over the internet.

Trump's drug czar nominee withdraws from consideration

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 8:46am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that Tom Marino, his pick as the U.S. drug czar, has withdrawn after it became public that the congressman advocated for legislation undermining the government's ability to crack down on pharmaceutical companies that play a role in the nation's opioid crisis.

Catalonia refuses to renounce independence, anti-government protests form

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 8:32am
MADRID/BARCELONA (Reuters) - Catalonia refused on Tuesday to bow to the Spanish government's demand that it renounce a symbolic declaration of independence, setting it on a political collision course with Madrid later this week.

Powell likely next Fed chief, though Yellen best suited: economists

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 8:28am
LONDON (Reuters) - Jerome Powell likely will be the next Federal Reserve chairman, according to a slim majority of economists in a Reuters poll - but most of them said current Fed Chair Janet Yellen would be the best option.

Special Report: They fled danger for a high-stakes bet on U.S. immigration courts

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 8:11am
OAKLAND, California (Reuters) - The two Honduran women told nearly identical stories to the immigration courts: Fear for their lives and for the lives of their children drove them to seek asylum in the United States.

Russian opposition leader's fraud conviction arbitrary, Europe's top rights court says

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 6:54am
STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - Europe's top human rights court ruled on Tuesday that Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny's conviction for fraud in 2014 had been "arbitrary and manifestly unreasonable" and ordered Russia to pay him compensation.

Google launches advanced Gmail security features for high-risk users

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 6:51am
(Reuters) - Alphabet's Google Inc said on Tuesday that it would roll out an advanced protection program in order to provide stronger security for some users such as government officials and journalists who are at a higher risk of being targeted by hackers.

China's Xi set to codify legal clout, anti-graft campaign at congress

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 6:29am
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Communist Party once shunned the rule of law, preferring to rely on what Chairman Mao Zedong called "rule of man" – essentially using the authority of party leaders to govern.

Mexico tech industry benefits from U.S. anti-immigration stance

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 6:14am
SAN FRANCISCO/MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Amazon, Facebook and other U.S. tech companies are expanding operations south of the border as Mexico works to capitalize on the Trump administration’s anti-immigration stance.

Iraqi forces seize more territory in advance against Kurds

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 5:52am
BAGHDAD/KIRKUK (Reuters) - The Baghdad government recaptured territory across the breadth of northern Iraq from Kurds on Tuesday, widening a sudden and dramatic campaign that has shifted the balance of power in the country almost overnight.

J&J reports 11.9 percent fall in quarterly profit

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 5:48am
(Reuters) - Johnson & Johnson , which completed its $30 billion acquisition of Swiss biotech Actelion in June, reported a 11.9 percent fall in quarterly profit as costs rose.

Suspected U.S. drone strikes kill 26 on Pakistan-Afghanistan frontier

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 5:46am
PARACHINAR/PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - A second suspected U.S. drone strike on Tuesday killed six people on the mountainous Pakistan-Afghanistan border, after a strike a day earlier that killed 20, government and militant sources said.