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U.N. probes alleged abduction of North Korean restaurant workers, official says

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 5:29am
SEOUL (Reuters) - A senior United Nations human rights official on Thursday said he was investigating North Korea's allegations that a dozen restaurant workers who arrived in the South from China last year were abducted against their will.

U.N. chief says arrest of Reuters journalists shows erosion of press freedom in Myanmar

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 5:23am
TOKYO (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.

Investors call on Sanderson, Denny's, McDonald's to cut antibiotics

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 5:22am
(Reuters) - An investor coalition that presses for corporate responsibility is calling on U.S. food companies McDonald's Corp, Denny's Corp and Sanderson Farms Inc to stop buying or producing meat raised with medically important antibiotics.

Federal Communications Commission set to reverse net neutrality rules

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 5:14am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is expected on Thursday to rescind net neutrality rules championed by Democratic former President Barack Obama that barred the blocking or slowing of internet traffic.

Bitcoin fever exposes crypto-market frailties

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 4:27am
LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - As bitcoin raced to another record high on Tuesday, one of the biggest providers of digital currency wallets, Coinbase, went down under the weight of traffic, leaving many of its more than 10 million customers unable to access their funds.

Asia stocks slightly up after Fed move; dollar, U.S. yields sag

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 2:20am
TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks generally rose on Thursday after the Federal Reserve delivered a much-anticipated interest rate hike, while its caution on inflation tempered expectations for 2018 tightening, weighing on the dollar and Treasury yields.

Israel closes Gaza border crossings after Palestinian rocket strikes

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 2:18am
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel announced the closure of its Gaza border crossings on Thursday in response to daily rocket fire from the enclave over the past week after U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital stoked Palestinian anger.

South Africa's Zuma appeals court ruling on state prosecutor's appointment: local media

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 2:16am
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has filed an appeal against a court ruling that his appointment of a state prosecutor to decide whether to reinstate corruption charges against him was not valid, local media reported on Thursday.

U.N.'s Guterres warns against 'sleepwalking' into war over North Korea

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 11:57pm
TOKYO (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, warning against the danger of "sleepwalking" into war, said on Thursday that Security Council resolutions on North Korea's nuclear and missile programs must be fully implemented by Pyongyang and other countries.

Mexico Senate committees pass controversial security bill

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 9:40pm
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican Senate committees on Wednesday approved a controversial security bill that human rights groups say risks granting excessive power to the armed forces in their already checkered role in combating organized crime in the country.

Republicans forge tax deal, final votes seen next week

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 6:38pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans reached a deal on final tax legislation on Wednesday, clearing the way for final votes next week on a package that would slash the U.S. corporate tax rate to 21 percent and cut taxes for wealthy Americans.

Republicans craft tax deal, final votes seen next week

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 5:57pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans reached a deal on final tax legislation on Wednesday, clearing the way for final votes next week on a package that would slash the U.S. corporate tax rate to 21 percent and cut taxes for wealthy Americans.

Disney deal set to value Fox at more than $75 billion: source

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 5:18pm
(Reuters) - Walt Disney Co's deal to buy film, television and international businesses from Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox Inc will value the latter at over $40 per share, or $75 billion, a person familiar with the matter said.

U.S. agency to vote on net neutrality rules despite outcry

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 5:12pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Internet service providers clashed with Democrats and celebrities like "Star Wars" actor Mark Hamill ahead of a vote on the Trump administration's plan to revoke net neutrality rules barring the blocking or slowing of internet traffic.

After Alabama upset, Democrats see new prospects in U.S. South

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 2:59pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The solidly Republican South suddenly looks a little less solid.

Fed raises interest rates, keeps 2018 policy outlook unchanged

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 2:57pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve raised interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point on Wednesday, as anticipated, but left its rate outlook for the coming years unchanged even as policymakers projected a short-term acceleration in U.S. economic growth.

Congress secures tax deal, Trump backs 21-percent corporate rate

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 2:52pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans have reached a deal on final tax legislation, the U.S. Senate's top Republican tax writer said on Wednesday, with President Donald Trump saying he would back a sharply lowered corporate tax rate of 21 percent.

U.S. judge orders accused New York bomber detained ahead of trial

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 2:32pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Bangladeshi man accused of attempting a suicide bombing in a busy New York City commuter hub will remain in federal custody while he awaits trial on charges that include supporting a foreign terrorist organization, a judge ruled on Wednesday.

U.S. court removes creditor hurdle to a Westinghouse bankruptcy plan

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 2:06pm
WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) - A U.S. judge shot down on Wednesday a request by creditors of Westinghouse Electric Co LLC for a bigger role in the nuclear technology company's bankruptcy just days after its parent company Toshiba Corp proposed a restructuring plan.

Airbus leadership under fire as crisis deepens

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 1:33pm
TOULOUSE/PARIS (Reuters) - Airbus is engulfed in a fresh bout of speculation over the future of senior managers as corruption probes rattle the aerospace company and add fuel to a long-running clash of egos at the top, people familiar with the group said.

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